Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bee vs. Moth share first track from forthcoming album via PopMatters, announce Fall tour dates

“I fall in love with maybe two, maybe three jazz records a year. But every once in a while something comes along and perks me up. I hear the sounds of Ornette Coleman and the band Television. And sometimes in the same song.” - Bob Boilen, NPR

Austin jazz-punk group Bee vs. Moth share the first track from their forthcoming album today via PopMatters. The woozy and weird tune "Problems With Crowds" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.) Bee vs. Moth launch U.S. tour dates following the album's release in September. Please see complete dates below. 

Bassist Philip Moody and drummer Sarah Norris started Bee vs. Moth together, and began performing in 2004. The band has since grown into a diverse, rotating cast with ambitious arrangements featured in film and television scores, original videos, and live shows in Austin and throughout the country. 

Shelter in Place delivers the power and wit Bee vs. Moth fans expect from a band that likes its jazz served with a New Wave punch. But for this record, their third studio release, the band adds a kaleidoscope of new sounds with strings, saxes, brass, organ, and found percussion front and center. Working in a garage studio for several months with friends from varied corners of Austin's music scene, the band expanded its creative process to produce a focused and intensely creative result.

Shelter in Place will be released September 9th, 2014 on CD and download. The record follows the band’s 2007 debut, Soundhorn, and 2010's acclaimed Acronyms.

Bee vs. Moth also continues to produce unique film and recording projects. The 2012 SXSW Film Festival commissioned the band to debut a new silent film score for Ernst Lubitsch's The Oyster Princess (1919). This followed Bee vs. Moth’s acclaimed score to Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman. The band’s songs made their second appearance in a season of PBS’ Roadtrip Nation. Currently, Bee vs. Moth is collaborating with Austin band The Invincible Czars to re-imagine the symphonic masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition for an 11-piece double rock band, complete with horns, strings, guitars, drums, and percussion.

09/19 Austin, TX @ Spider House Ballroom w/ Peter Stopschinski and Foot Patrol
09/26 New Orleans, LA @ The Beatnik 
09/27 Atlanta, GA @ Eyedrum
09/28 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave
09/29 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's Downtown
09/30 Hamden, CT @ private house concert w/ 11twelve13
10/01 Boston, MA @ TT the Bear's Place w Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
10/02 New York, NY @ Pianos
10/03 Pittsburgh, PA @ VIA Festival - Thunderbird Cafe
10/04 Washington, DC @ Sonic Circuits Festival
10/05 Indianapolis, IN @ The Melody Inn
10/06 Tulsa, OK @ The Soundpony

Artist: Bee vs. Moth
Album: Shelter In Place
Label: Aggraveire Music
Release Date: Sept. 9th, 2014

01) It Looked Good In The Showroom
02) Pitch Helmet
03) Machine Room Reverie
04) The Snitch
05) Loop 78
06) Capt. Frank B. Earnest
07) The Buffet of Knowledge
08) Your Dime Ain’t Worth a Nickel (in the Jukebox of My Heart)
09) Problems with Crowds (STREAM)
10) Prints & Photographs
11) Dilute Fantastic

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Black Moth share new song from forthcoming album via The Onion AV Club

"Punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout." -- SPIN

"Rampant heaviosity with ferocious invention. One of the finest debut albums you'll hear all year" -- Kerrang

Britain's young new heavy rock heroes Black Moth share a new track today from their forthcoming sophomore album Condemned To Hope via The Onion AV Club. The blistering song "White Lies" is available to hear and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE).

The Leeds, UK quintet recently revealed the album's artwork by legendary 70s artist Roger Dean, whose iconic fantasy inspired paintings for Yes, Budgie, Uriah Heep and many more had nearly come to define the era's sleeve art. For Condemned To Hope, Dean drew upon vocalist Harriet Bevan's dark lyrics for inspiration on the gatefold sleeve's apocalyptic, bleak landscape. Read more about Dean's process in a discussion with Classic Rock magazine HERE.

Black Moth's haunting, heaving first single from Condemned To Hope, "Room 13" received a fittingly dark treatment in the video clip shot in recently unlocked servants quarters of a 200 year old haunted mansion. Watch/share the video via Metal Hammer HERE. Direct YouTube HERE.

Condemned To Hope was produced by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos, who also helmed the band's 2013 debut, The Killing Jar. "Room 13" is available as a digital single now, and a special low-price pre-order of the entire album via iTunes.

The Leeds, UK quintet's 2013 debut The Killing Jar premiered previously via of LIsten to "The Articulate Dead" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.)

Condemned To Hope will be available in North America on CD, download and limited edition gatefold vinyl on September 15th via New Heavy Sounds.

09/26  Leeds, UK @ Brudenell
09/27  Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier
09/28  York, UK @ Duchess
10/01  London, UK @ Underworld
10/02  Birmingham, UK @ Asylum 2
10/03  Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse
10/05  Glasgow, UK @ The Garage
10/06  Sheffiled, UK @ Corporation

Artist: Black Moth
Album: Condemned To Hope
Label: New Heavy Sounds
Release Date: Sept. 15th, 2014

01) Tumbleweave
02) Set Yourself Alight
03) Looner
04) The Undead King of Rock 'n' Roll
05) The Last Maze
06) White Lies (STREAM)
07) Red Ink
08) Stinkhorn
09) Room 13 (VIDEO)
10) Slumber With The Worm
11) Condemned To Hope

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Zorch premiere outtake from the Flaming Lips' Beatles tribute album via SPIN, announce new North American tour dates

"A sonic tornado of joyous electro-madness." -- Austin Chronicle 

Austin, TX hyper-kinetic duo Zorch premiere their B-side/outtake of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" recorded for the Flaming Lips' upcoming tribute to that album, titled With A Little Help From My Fwends. Zorch's original contribution of the album track "Good Morning, Good Morning" will be on the final release, but Lips frontman Wayne Coyne also asked the band to record 2 additional songs. By the time the duo submitted this song, several other artists had also covered it. Some form of those recordings will make the final cut. With Coyne's blessing, Zorch's rendition of "Sgt. Pepper's" is available to hear and share via SPIN HERE. (Direct Soundcloud HERE)

 This track features guest vocals in which every syllable of the lyrics has a different combination of voices, which never repeats. Vocalists are: Holland Andrews (AU, Like A Villian), Emma Ruth Rundle (Marriages, Red Sparowes), Karla Manzur (Dana Falconberry, Alejandro Escovedo), Ben Aqua, Rich Aucoin and Zorch drummer/singer Sam Chown.

 Zorch once again hit the road later this month for a set of North American tour dates, which includes a run with Fujiya & Miyagi. The duo also plays Fun Fun Fun Fest in their hometown in November. Please see complete dates below.

Zorch recently premiered a live in-studio performance video via Earmilk. The dual perspective clip for album track "Zut Alors" is available to watch/share HERE. (Direct YouTube HERE.) And, a high quality multi-camera live video from SXSW 2014 of the band's "We All Die Young" is available to watch/share HERE.

The band's full length debut Zzoorrcchh was released on CD, LP and download via Sargent House on July 23rd, 2013.

08/21  Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall w/ El Ten Eleven
08/27  St. Louis, MO @ The Livery
08/28  Chicago. IL @ The Burlington Bar
08/29  Pontiac, MI @ the Pike Room *
08/30  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace *
08/31  Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola*
09/03  Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
09/04  Washington DC @ Rock And Roll Hotel *
09/05  Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
09/06  Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl *
09/08  Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5 Arts
09/09  Nashville, TN @ Queen Avenue
09/10  Texarkana, TX @ The Silver Dollar
09/28  Dallas, TX @ Index Fest
11/08  Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest

* w/ Fujiya & Miyagi

Artist: Zorch
Album: Zzoorrcchh
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: July 23, 2013

01. My Joy is Explosion
02. We All Die Young (STREAM)
03. It's Kind of a Deal Where...
04. This is the Way it Goes (STREAM)
05. Mutwa
06. Zut Alors (VIDEO)
07. Inopportune Sailing
08. Cosmic Gloss
09. Oceans Dawn

Follow Zorch on Twitter: @Zzoorrcchh

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Oscillator Bug premieres new track from forthcoming album, announces tour with Tobacco of Black Moth Super Rainbow

"Oscillator Bug's strange sound exists at the previously unforeseen axis of Dan Deacon's maximal brainiac pop and Gary Numan's arty synthetic dream." -- SPIN

Chicago analog synth psych-pop outfit Oscillator Bug premieres another track from their forthcoming full length today via Tiny Mix Tapes. The track, "Glimmi Goe" is available to listen to and share HERE. (Direct Soundcloud link HERE.) The band joins Black Moth Super Rainbow leader and frequent tour mate Tobacco on tour this September. Please see dates below. 

Oscillator Bug previously shared the first album track via SPIN. The infectious mind-melting/melding track "Feel Rif" is available to listen to and share HERE

Oscillator Bug is like a force of nature in the age of climate change: unpredictable. Borrowing from the revolution-minded mass hallucinations of 60s psych as well as weirdo bedroom pop and several decades worth of avant-garde synth experimentalism, Oscillator Bug is a wild, infectious and occasionally disturbing rendering of 21st Century popular music. 
Oscillator Bug's Zaid Maxwell has been making music in the Windy City for several years, playing in various bands (including Shapers with The Hood Internet's Steve Reidell) and recording others. While currently playing in a couple of more explorative and caustic outfits, Maxwell was compelled to extract these 10 auditory earwigs of pop goo that had taken roost in his brain. The resulting Bursts of the Million is tunefully fun and twisted Candyland passage through someone else's fever dream that pulls listeners ever-inward. 
Album opener "Enavasion" kicks things off with one of the more jagged tunes, reminiscent of Ween's finest post-funk colliding with early Devo and driven by Maxwell's jaw-dropping falsetto vocal acrobatics. The title track pits a delicate lullaby vocal melody over a Suicide-style organ rhythm loop. Elsewhere, the hook-laden "Feel Rif" sounds like a frenzied march of warbling synth creatures and guitars that Maxwell tries desperately to keep under control, like the Sorcerer's Apprentice, singing in alternating falsetto and baritone as a shimmering melody leads into a cathartic eruption of electro-euphoria reminiscent of Of Montreal's glammy artrock. Other tracks like "Glimmi Gloe" and "Don't Go To Sleep" further emphasize the album's primal, hallucinatory glory. At times it's like "Raspberry Beret" era Prince gone lo-fi, other times a Tangerine Dream nightmare, and elsewhere a godhead rendering of Future Islands in the sky with John Lennon. Point being: buy the ticket, and take this ride.
Bursts of the Million will be available on LP, CD and download on September 9th, 2014 via Dymaxion Groove

09/08 Portand, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
09/09 Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
09/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
09/12 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
09/13 Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck *
09/14 St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
09/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock *
09/17 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
09/19 Columbus, OH @ Skully's *
09/20 Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *

* w/ TOBACCO (Black Moth Super Rainbow)

Artist: Oscillator Bug
Album:  Bursts of the Million
Label: Dymaxion Groove
Release Date: September 9th, 2014

01. Enavasion
02. Bursts of the Million
03. Giimmi Goe
04. Big Snow
05. Feel Rif (STREAM)
06. Don't Go to Sleep
07. Dearest, Arthur
08. Nadya Lyons and the Imposing Peril of a Brave New World
09. Cilycada
10. Solo

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Follow Oscillator Bug on Twitter: @MaxRockwell

Monday, August 4, 2014

Adebisi Shank stream entire album a week before release via The Guardian UK

"This is a raucous, fun ride which you'll want to be a part of. 9/10" -- Rock Sound  
"Baffling, terrifying and utterly riveting." -- NME  

Ireland's multiple award-nominated trio Adebisi Shank are streaming their entire forthcoming album a week early beginning today via major UK news outlet, The Guardian. Listen to & share This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank HERE. Direct Spotify link HERE

Adebisi Shank also announce a co-headlining show with label mates Fang Island in London, England on September 18th. Tickets and info HERE.

The song "World In Harmony" premiered recently via HitFix (Listen HERE), while "Voodoo Vision" debuted before that via tech ephemera site Gizmodo and is available to stream and share HERE. Direct Soundcloud link HERE. Earlier this summer, the band shared the song "Big Unit", which is available to stream and share HERE. All three tracks are available instantly with album pre-orders via iTunes HERE.

This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank: an explosion of optimism and musical Glasnost, an Arab Spring of instrumental harmony embracing all things awesome. It's the sound of the Berlin Wall falling down. It's the sound of hashtag winning. It's the sound of musclemen with lightbulb heads that rupture from their own perfection (see cover art). In a word, it's the sound of triumph... no matter the consequences.

"We were trying to make something euphoric and huge, a universe of our own imagination that we could escape into," says bassist and masked man Vin. "Our inspirations were more cinematic and fantastical." This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank bursts with pure rock anthems with undeniably danceable structures. Alongside the band's penchant for unusual instrumentation is their clever use of vocoder-effected vocals which seems to invite listeners to sing along with our robot overlords.

In creating the album's imaginary universe, Adebisi Shank drew on a hodgepodge of inspirations, including ELO, Enya, Mike Oldfield, Pixar animated films, Crash Bandicoot video game and Game of Thrones. In 2013, the Wexford, Ireland trio consisting of guitarist/vocodist Lar Kaye, drummer Mick Roe and bassist Vin relocated to a secluded house in the wilds of county Wicklow, to avoid distractions and let their imaginations run wild. Writing and recording daily, the result is a multiverse of musical possibilities.

This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank will be available everywhere on LP, CD and download via Sargent House on August 12th, 2014.

09/18  London, UK @ Birthdays w/ Fang Island

Artist: Adebisi Shank
Album: This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank 
Label: Sargent House
Release Date: August 12th, 2014

01. World In Harmony (STREAM)
02. Big Unit (STREAM)
03. Turnaround
04. Mazel Tov
05. Thundertruth
06. Sensation
07. Chaos Emeralds
08. Voodoo Vision (STREAM)
09. (trio always)

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Russian Circles announce Canadian headlining tour dates with The Atlas Moth supporting, Fall festival shows

"Their strongest offering yet, an evolutionary leap for the entirety of post-metal.10/10" -- Crave Online

"Unquestioningly one of 2013's true artistic masterpieces. 10/10" -- PopMatters

"More polished and fluid, bigger and yet somehow more intimate." -- Pitchfork

Chicago trio Russian Circles announce Fall headlining tour dates today beginning in September. Acclaimed Windy City metal band The Atlas Moth support. Prior to that, the trio play a free hometown show at Millennium Park on August 11th as part of the Downtown Sound New Music Monday Series starting at 6pm. More info HERE. And, Russian Circles also headline the ArcTangent in Bristol, UK and the Sargent House Show in Dublin, Ireland later this year.

Russian Circles continue to support their recently released, critically-praised fifth album Memorial. Stream/share Memorial in full HEREMemorial is available on LP, CD and download via Sargent House, released on October 29th, 2013. 

08/11  Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park -- FREE Music Series
08/27  Dublin, IE @ Sargent House Label Show @ Button Factory
08/29  Bristol, UK @ ArcTangent Festival
09/13  London, ON @ Rum Runner Room (London Music Hall) #
09/14  Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End #
09/15  Toronto, ON @ Lee's Place #
09/18  Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid #
09/20  Calgary, AB @ Palomino #
09/22  Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Stop #
09/24  Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop #
09/26  Minneapolis, MN @ New Music Festival @ Skyway Theater **#
09/28  Dallas, TX @ Index Festival 

** w/ Deafheaven
# w/ The Atlas Moth

Artist: Russian Circles
Album: Memorial (STREAM)
Label: Sargent House
Release date: October 29th, 2013

Track list:
01. Memoriam
02. Deficit (STREAM)
03. 1777 (STREAM)
04. Cheyenne
05. Burial
06. Ethel
07. Lebaron
08. Memorial (STREAM)

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