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M83 and Converse partner for design contest!

M83 is partnering with beloved footwear brand Converse to release a limited edition M83-inspired Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker to be sold exclusively at www.converse.com. As part of the collaboration, Converse is launching a design contest inspired by M83’s latest critically acclaimed album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming.

For the contest, fans are encouraged to submit original artwork inspired by the Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming album or any of its songs. Drawings, paintings and photography are all acceptable mediums for submissions, but they MUST be original works of art.

Details on how to submit an entry and a full list of rules and regulations is available at www.converse.com.

Up to three winners will be selected and their artwork will be chosen to feature on limited edition M83 posters. 100 of each winning poster design will be sold at M83’s Central Park SummerStage show in NYC on August 8th. Winners will also receive a pair of the customized M83 Chuck Taylor All-Stars.

The contest began on July 2nd, and entries will be accepted until July 31, 2012.

Winners will be announced on Aug 3rd via the Converse and M83 websites.

The limited edition M83 Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are available for purchase now while supplies last at converse.com.

Following the announcement of their recently RIAA Gold Certified single, “Midnight City”, M83 are pleased to announce the addition of Treasure Island Music Festival and FYF to their Summer tour schedule. This will round out a busy Summer, which already includes Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Bumbershoot festivals, as well as a SOLD OUT Summerstage Show in NYC.

M83 is Los Angeles based French artist Anthony Gonzalez.

TOUR DATES

Aug. 1 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory

Aug. 2 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead

Aug. 3 – Chicago, IL– Lollapalooza-Grant Park

Aug. 4 – Toronto, ONT- Historic Fort York

Aug. 5 – Montreal, QUE – Osheaga Festival

Aug. 7 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

Aug. 8 – NYC – SummerStage (Sold Out)

Sept. 1-3 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival

Sep. 5 – Edmonton, AB, Canada – Edmonton Event Centre

Sep. 6 – Calgary, AB, Canada – Mac Ewan Ballroom

Sept. 26 – Miami, FL –The Fillmore At Jackie Gleason

Sep. 27 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando

Sept. 29 – Richmond, VA – The National

Sep. 30 – Norfolk, VA – NorVa

Oct. 2 –NYC– Hammerstein Ballroom

Oct. 3 –NYC – Hammerstein Ballroom

Oct. 9 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues New Orleans

Oct. 10 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center

Oct. 11 – Dallas, TX – Palladium Ballroom

Oct. 12 – Austin, TX- Austin City Limits

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Free Summer Music Series from Converse UK

Yesterday, CONVERSE UK announced the launch of REPRESENT, a free summer music series that invites fans and artists to represent their music and celebrate musical diversity at London’s legendary 100 Club, the longest running popular music venue in the world.

From July 30th to August 10th, Converse will bring REPRESENT to life through the ultimate live music experience at the iconic 100 Club. With headline acts to include Plan B, Nas, Paul Weller, Spiritualized, Toots and The Maytals, SBTRKT, UK Subs, Santigold, Overkill, Kano, John Talabot, Django Django, Best Coast and other special guests, the free concert series will present nine gigs, featuring a total of 45 notable artists who have helped shape the global music landscape of the past, present and future. Since its inception in 1942, the 100 Club has been famed for its democratic celebration of music of all genres.  Following in this spirit, REPRESENT curates its widest roster of artists to date, giving UK fans a unique chance to see their favorite acts in an intimate setting.

“This month, Converse celebrates its one year anniversary of collaborating with the 100 Club and bringing the best in established and emerging music to UK fans,” said Cheryl Calegari, Senior Marketing Director, Converse UK. “REPRESENT takes our collective commitment to music to the next level by showcasing such a wide spectrum of musical talent and offering fans a chance to get behind the music that matters most to them.”

REPRESENT follows in the footsteps of the successful ‘Converse Gigs @ 100 Club’ monthly music series, which kicked off a year ago in June 2011. The MusicWeek Award winning program has featured leading acts such as The Rapture, Gorillaz Sound System, James Murphy, Ghostpoet and Graham Coxon and continues to champion new and established artists from a variety of genres to fans and their communities.

The REPRESENT music series will also be available to global music fans through live streaming via the Converse Facebook page. For more information on artist line-ups, free ticket access and live streaming please visit

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Mark Foster, Kimbra and A-Trak’s collaborate for Converse

Today CONVERSE Inc. announces that it has brought together three distinct and unique artists for the next Three Artists. One Song collaboration featuring Mark Foster of the break-out band Foster The People; rising star, Kimbra; and trendsetting DJ, A-Trak. “Warrior” track and video will coincide with the launch of Converse’s footwear collection of seasonal colors available exclusively at Journeys locations nationwide this spring.  The music video and track will be made available to music fans via free download on Thursday, April 5, 2012 at www.journeys.com/pluginto.

“I had such a good time diving into the creative process working with two incredible artists to create a sound that is uniquely our own,” said Mark Foster of Foster The People. “This project has given me a new found appreciation for the power of collaboration which is something that Converse really understands.”

“Warrior” is a new genre-bending collaboration that weaves together Mark Foster, Kimbra and A-Trak’s individual musical styles to create 4 minutes of pop perfection.  Recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studios in Brooklyn, NY and remotely while on tour, “Warrior” blends the best parts of each artist’s contributions and personalities for the latest Converse Three Artists. One Song collaboration.

“Converse is in its seventh Three Artists. One Song series, and with each new collaboration we’re continually blown away by how talented these artists are when they come together to express themselves,” said Joy Howard, Vice President of North America Brand Marketing of Converse. “Mark Foster, Kimbra, and A-Trak are making some of the most exciting music out there today and we’re thrilled that our partnership with Journeys could be the catalyst for bringing them together.”

Converse has a long and rich history of championing artistic creativity and supporting the worlds of music, sport, art and fashion. Hot off the heels of the Three Artists. One Song collaboration with Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000, other collaborations in this series have included pop duo MATT & KIM, rapper and producer Soulja Boy and singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ANDREW W.K. among others. All of these artists have come together to create an original song made available to music fans globally for free.

This spring, a new Chuck Taylor All Star collection in seasonal fluorescent colors and prints will be available exclusively at Journeys locations nationwide and online at www.journeys.com.

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So great are The Spring Standards!

Could it be, could it be this be love? We have all asked ourselves that question. Yes, even you. It makes me think of rocking out and jumping around with my arms swinging over my head or strumming my air guitar. Feet in pink Converse hitting black pavement, pointed inward up and down to the beat of “Here We Go” a sweet track by an awesome band that calls themselves “The Spring Standards.”

The Spring Standards have been told many things about their music since their start in 2008. If you pick out all of the lyrics and embrace them for what they are then maybe it’s painful, maybe it’s confusing. I don’t get that in what I have heard. If you just jump along, let the music hit you… then it’s just fun and fresh. Acoustic instruments, harmonizing voices and people who love what they’re doing, it is simply sweet.

This band consists of three kids who grew up together in the woods and creeks of the Delaware/Pennsylvania border, their shared memories take them down winding back roads to starry open fields on quiet summer nights. And hey I probably know those roads seeing as how I am a fellow Delawarean myself. Isn’t it lovely when you find artists from your hometown and you like them!? Giddiness ensues!

In yellow//gold, The Spring Standards deliver 2 EPs that can be described as a set of fraternal twins, metamorphic stages, or acts in a drama. yellow // gold was recorded over the course of 2011 at Sounds Like a Fire Studio in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. It features some of Brooklyn’s finest and a lot of delicious food was eaten during its creation. Flush with rolling piano, wistful strings, and brittle to booming percussion, the power of yellow//gold comes from The Spring Standard’s understanding that these are two different yet related stories that complicate and illuminate each other.

It will be released in May 2012. Below is one of the tracks and I know you will love it!

Download & Listen:

The Spring Standards – “Here We Go” [mp3]

Enjoy!

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The xx and Converse Announce After-Party Series

converse and The xxMercury Prize winning artist The xx are partnering with Converse to present “Live From London” – an exclusive series of after-party events that will bring the London bass music culture – Dubstep, Garage, Funky among others – stateside. At 10pm following select shows on the bands US tour, the first of three special guest DJ’s tapped by Jamie xx and all hailing from the UK will take the decks before Jamie xx spins the final set of the night.

“Live From London” is the unique opportunity for American fans to experience the sounds of the vibrant, constantly shifting UK dance music scene that was an ever-present influence on Jamie and the rest of the band during the recording of their debut album. With these special after-parties featuring Fantastic Mr. Fox, Cooly G, Untold and Dusk & Blackdown, The xx will bring acts equally fascinated by club music, DJs and producers defining the current moment in the rapid evolution of London’s obsession in new genres borne from the sound of the bass. It’s a sound that never was very far from The xx, it’s just coming from the other side.

The xx North American Tour:
Sept. 22nd Los Angeles, CA Palladium
23rd Oakland, CA Fox Theater
25th Seattle, WA Paramount Theater
28th Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
29th Toronto, CANADA Massey Hall
Oct. 1st Montreal, CANADA Place Des Arts
2nd New York City, NY United Palace Theater
3rd Boston, MA Orpheum
4th Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theater
5th Washington, DC 9.30 Club
6th Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
8th Dallas, TX Granada Theater
9th Austin, TX Austin City Limits