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James Vernon, from Li Xi, shares debut “Old Ghost”

james-vernonRaised in the San Francisco Bay Area, James has been playing and recording music since his teens. He is co-founder of the odd-pop psych band, Li Xi and has released a solo recording project under his name. James blends lo-fi psychedelic pop with ambient and experimental sound. He recorded most of the record in a furniture shop in San Francisco between helping out customers.

Stream – James Vernon’s “Old Ghost”

James Vernon

Criminals
(self-released)

1. Skull
2. Old Ghost
3. Turning Inside and Out
4. Coyote Hills
5. The Actor (Featuring Jasiel Berg)
6. Piers
7. Niles Canyon
8. Losin’ Step
9. Rainier Themes
10. Mirabeau
Criminals is due out September 9, 2014.

Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech Stars In Gripping New Tensnake Video “See Right Through”

And now for something a little bit echo-ey.

TensnakeWith his debut Astralwerks release – two-track single 58 BPM / See Right Through” feat. Fiora – out now, Tensnake (aka German DJ, producer, and Mirau label-head Marco Niemerski) unveils new details on the single’s upcoming remix bundle and his forthcoming artist album. (Check out the music above the post title, you can stream while you listen).

“See Right Through” is a sumptuous deep house offering co-written by Tensnake and Tasmanian-born, Berlin based singer Fiora. Shot in the depths of the Yorkshire dales featuring Downton Abbey‘s Allen Leech, the video is a powerful interpretation of Bonnie & Clyde with a modern-day twist. Best known for his character Tom Branson, Leech gets back behind the wheel in this gritty tale of murder and lust with a bloody ending. Set against a backdrop of light-headed atmospheric bass infused with the soul-drenched vocals of Fiora, the track reflects the love story acted out so passionately by Leech.

The “58 BPM / See Right Through” two-track single marks Niemerski’s signing to Astralwerks Records, a label with a well-deserved reputation for nurturing ground breaking electronic artists. Both tracks will feature on Tensnake’s upcoming debut artist album, which will feature collaborations with the likes of Nile Rodgers, Stuart Price, Jamie Lidell and more to be announced.

A “58 BPM / See Right Through” remix bundle is set for release October 15th – with a stellar cast of remixers including “See Right Through” remixes from Medlar and Toyboy and Robin. The remix bundle will also feature Niemerski’s own interpretation of 58 BPM under the Todd Edwards-inspired moniker Toddsnake.

Tensnake upcoming tour dates:

Oct 31 – Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA

Nov 3 – Hard Fest Day of The Dead – Los Angeles, CA

Nov 7 – Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL

Nov 8 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC

Nov 9 – Verboten – Brooklyn, NY

Hauntingly beautiful, lyrics, voice, strings the whole Laura Stevenson shebang

Laura Stevenson has announced fall tour dates in support of her critically acclaimed album Wheel, honored by The Onion A/V Club as part of the “most notable music of 2013 (so far).” In addition to headline shows, Stevenson will join Cursive’s Tim Kasher on the road for a majority of the September through November run. The two are already well acquainted on account of Kasher, an admirer of her work, inviting Stevenson to sing guest vocals for a track on his new album. Upcoming tour dates below. The Philly date is November 9th at Johnny Brenda’s for my local peeps. I would LOVE to get to this show!

Wheel features strings by Grammy award winning violinist Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Antony And The Johnsons), brass accompaniment from Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Arcade Fire, David Byrne and St. Vincent), and was produced and mixed by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Frightened Rabbit, Real Estate).

Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island into a family of mariners and music makers. She spent many of her younger days on the sugar barges of NY harbor with her father and uncles, who all made their living on the water, at one time running one of the largest fleets on the Hudson. Meanwhile, her mother’s parents were successful musicians; Harry Simeone, the composer and choral arranger responsible for such works as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Margaret McCravy (stage name McCrae), a singer from South Carolina who got her start accompanying her elder siblings “The McCravy Brothers,” a harmonious gospel folk duo, before continuing on her own to record and tour with bandleader Benny Goodman. Armed with her grandfather’s love for modernist dissonance, a genetic predisposition for harmony, and with her sea legs firmly planted in the traditions of American folk singing, Stevenson began creating melodies at a very young age.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

* = w/ Tim Kasher

SEPTEMBER

05 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Deer Hunter

06 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom w/ The Deer Hunter

07 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer w/ The Deer Hunter

19 – Amityville, NY – Revolution

20 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes

27 – Richmond, VA – Strange Matter (Early Show)

28 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café

29 – Keyser, WV – Clancy’s Irish Pub

OCTOBER

01 – Nashville, TN – The End

02 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop

03 – Normal, IL – Firehouse Pizza

04 – Moline, IL – Bier Stube

05 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room *

06 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge *

08 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Urban Lounge *

09 – Boise, ID – Neurolux *

10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge *

11 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl *

12 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *

15 – San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop *

16 – Santa Cruz, CA – The Crepe Place *

17 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room *

18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo *

19 – Las Vegas, NV – Backstage Bar & Billiards *

21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah *

22 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom *

23 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *

25 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *

26 – Austin, TX – Red 7 *

27 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds *

29 – Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder *

30 – Orlando, FL – The Social *

31 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest – Rocky’s *

NOVEMBER

01 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar *

02 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl *

03 – Raleigh, NC – Kings Barcade *

04 – Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall *

05 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *

06 – Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House *

07 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *

08 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met *

09 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *

11 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop *

12 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick *

13 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle *

14 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird *

15 – Iowa City, IA – The Mill *

16 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club *

18 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme

19 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel

20 – Rochester, NY – The Bug Jar

22 – Peekskill, NY – 12 Grapes

Who is your pick for the big game tonight?

49ersfaithfulMy husband and my younger brother are faithful, diehard 49ers fans. So we’re going to be cheering for the San Francisco 49ers to win the Superbowl tonight.

But my post is for the kiddos. We have three kids, two of which might have more fun with some activity type games during the big game. Right?

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*All symbols from the Super Bowl Bingo boards are from The Noun Project collection.

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Disclaimer that will not be needed, but I am going to say it just for preservation. I work for the University of Delaware and so there for I am a Flacco fan PLUS my Mom is Ravens fan, which means I will not cry if the 49ers should not win the game.

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We Are Augustines To Perform on “The Late Show With David Letterman” 2/24

Brooklyn’s We Are Augustines are pleased to announce that they will be making their network television debut on The Late Show With David Letterman on Friday, February 24. The band will be performing “Chapel Song,” an ode to lost love and the opener to their critically acclaimed debut album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships, an album that was named “Best Alternative Album” for 2011 by iTunes as well as one of NPR Music‘s “Top Five Concept Albums of the Year.”
We Are Augustines are also confirmed as support for Band of Skulls’ upcoming North American headline tour. Beginning in Austin, TX, during the SXSW Music Festival on Tuesday, March 13, the tour will extend through April and culminate in a performance at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, on Thursday, April 12. Shortly after, the band will be performing as part of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Saturday, April 14 and Saturday, April 21. The band is currently touring Europe with London’s The Maccabees and are scheduled to perform at HMV’s sold out “Next Big Thing” show with Frightened Rabbit in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Friday, February 10 as well as the NME Awards Show with Cloud Control on Friday, February 17.
In addition to the upcoming tour, We Are Augustines have also been included as part of theChimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty Internationalcompilation. Featuring over 80 artists that include Joan Baez, Elvis Costello, Patti Smith, Jackson Browne, Sting, Adele and many others, We Are Augustines contribute their rendition of “Mama, You Been On My Mind” for the collection that is currently available for purchase in stores and online. Chimes of Freedom is Executive Produced by legendary music executive Jeff Ayeroff and Julie Yannatta, who spearheaded Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur – a 2007 collection of John Lennon solo compositions performed by major artists including U2, Green Day, and R.E.M.
We Are Augustines will be performing at the following venues with Band of Skulls throughout March and April. Tour dates below.
MARCH
13 – Austin, TX – Antone’s  *
14 – Austin, TX – SXSW
15 – Austin, TX – SXSW
16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s  *
17 – Dallas, TX – Grenada Theatre  *
19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse  *
20 – Nashville, TN – The Cannery Ballroom  *
22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall  *
23 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer  *
24 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club  *
26 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club  *
27 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg  *
28 – Providence, RI – The Met  *
30 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre  *
31 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre  *
APRIL
02 – Detroit, MI – St Andrews Hall  *
03 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues  *
04 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line  *
06 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre  *
07 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex (Grand Room)  *
09 – Seattle, WA – Neptune  *
10 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom  *
11 – Portland, OR – Dante’s  *
12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore  *
14 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
21 – Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
* = supporting Band of Skulls
Photo: Chase Jarvis
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Hear fun’s New Song “Carry On”

It’s chilly in New York City, but things are heating up in the world ‘o fun.. We’re less than a month away from the release of SOME NIGHTS and the North American tour kicks off 8 days after that in Burlington, VT. There are a ton of HUGE surprises in the works between then and now, but we can’t let the cats out of the bag quite yet.

Don’t think that means that we’ve come to you empty handed. Hardly! Click the image below to stream a third song from SOME NIGHTS entitled “Carry On.”

Don’t forget, you can also listen to “We Are Young” and “One Foot” thanks to YouTube.

US and Canadian dates kick off February 29th and run until May 5th. Shows are beginning to sell out so get your tickets ASAP.

Sleeper Agent will be opening the shows from February 29th to March 11th.

02/29/12 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
03/01/12 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met Cafe
03/02/12 – Towson, MD @ The Recher Theatre
03/03/12 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
03/07/12 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
03/08/12 – Orlando, FL @ Beacham Theatre
03/09/12 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
03/10/12 – Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre
03/12/12 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina Ballroom – ***NEW DATE***
03/20/12 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live Studio
03/21/12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
03/23/12 – Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
03/24/12 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House – ***SOLD OUT***
03/26/12 – Sacramento, CA @ Sacramento State University – ***NEW SHOW***
03/28/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/29/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill – ***SOLD OUT***
03/31/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
04/03/12 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
04/05/12 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
04/06/12 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre & Cafe
04/09/12 – Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
04/10/12 – Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
04/11/12 – Madison, WI @ The Majestic Theatre
04/13/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Varsity Theater
04/14/12 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre – ***SOLD OUT***
04/15/12 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
04/18/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
04/19/12 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
04/20/12 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
04/21/12 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04/25/12 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club Theatre
04/26/12 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret du Mile End
04/27/12 – Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
04/28/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts – ***SOLD OUT***
05/04/12 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
05/05/12 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater

SOME NIGHTS, will be released on Tuesday February 21st on Fueled By Ramen.

1.) Some Nights (Intro)
2.) Some Nights
3.) We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monáe)
4.) Carry On
5.) It Gets Better
6.) Why Am I the One
7.) All Alone
8.) All Alright
9.) One Foot
10.) Stars

*Bonus Track* Out On The Town

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Veronica Falls To Play Noise Pop Festival

The very best type of pop music is the kind that mixes sweetness and light with dissonance and darkness, the sort which injects a perfectly addictive harmony with something sadder, stranger. Think of the gloomy melodrama of “Tell Laura I Love Her”, which kickstarted the “teenage tragedy song” craze in the 60’s, the bleak farewell of “Seasons In the Sun” in the 70’s, even The Smiths’ “Girlfriend in a Coma” in the 80’s – all meltingly beautiful melodies with something considerably darker lurking at its heart; the black cloud on a summer’s day, the bruise on a perfect face. It is a long and storied lineage, and one which London four-piece Veronica Falls are quite happy fitting into. “We love bands like Beat Happening, Velvet Underground, Galaxie 500 and Felt, but we also love over-emotionalism”, says drummer Patrick Doyle. “We all originally bonded over the sinister sides to love songs from the 50’s and 60’s.”

Welcome to the slanted and enchanted world of Veronica Falls , where serendipity, subversion, providence, and a shared love for Roky Erickson’s worldview all have a crucial part to play. Initially forming two years ago when Doyle and Roxanne Clifford (guitars, vocals) moved to London from Glasgow and met James Hoare (also on guitars and vocals) through mutual friends, later recruiting bassist Marion Herbain. The band quickly worked up a set of songs and released their first single on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks. The single in question, “Found Love In a Graveyard”, is a singalong slice of deliciously morbid pop, the breezy harmonies and chant-along choruses slyly belying the off-kilter undercurrent of falling in love with a ghost, and neatly set the tone for what was to follow – instantly addictive pop songs streaked with shades of grey. Subsequent singles on taste-making labels such as No Pain in Pop and Trouble Records, plus a series of live shows through Europe and the US (including a fondly remembered SXSW stint this year), cemented their arrival on the music scene.

With their debut album, Veronica Falls have crafted a brilliantly concise, superbly concentrated hit of spiky, marvelously contagious indie pop with a twist – these are songs which will lodge themselves in your head as well as your heart, with style and attitude to burn. Not that the band are content to rest on their laurels – they’re already starting work on a second album, which they say has them more excited than anything else right now. If it is anything like this album, we have a lot of reason to get excited as well.

US 2012 Tour Dates

02/08 – Black Cat – Washington, DC ^
02/09 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY ^
02/10 – Voyeur Nightclub – Philadelphia, PA
02/11 – Radio – Somerville, MA ^
02/13 – Belmont – Montreal, QC ^
02/14 – The Garrison – Toronto, Canada ^
02/16 – The Empty Bottle – Chicago, IL ^
02/17 – 7th St. Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
02/20 – The Media Club – Vancouver, BC *
02/21 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA *
02/21 – 02/26 – Noise Pop Festival – San Francisco, CA
02/22 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR *
02/24 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA * ^
02/25 – Bootleg Theater – Los Angeles, CA *
02/27 – Casbah – San Diego, CA *

^with Brilliant Colors
*with Bleached

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