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Tour Announcements Come From Elephant Stone

Montreal psych-rock trio Elephant Stone have announced an international tour to close out 2017. The string of dates follows the release of the band’s recent full length Ship of Fools - out now on Elephants On Parade/Burger Records.

The band has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and will be returning to stages across Canada, Europe, and the US with their “cosmos-searching live shows” this August through December.

Check out the dates below!

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Elephant Stone makes music for the head and the heart and will continue their psychedelic mission. New music coming soon. A full list of 2017 tour dates are above, check out their social media below!

Elephant Stone: Web // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // YouTube 

The Plague Promises You're "Not The Only One" With New Release

Freshly launched experimental pop-punk band, The Plague, has released "Not The Only One," the second single from their forthcoming debut EP, Hope For the F.U.T.U.R.E.

The track is a follow-up to "Danger," a single that racked up over 34K plays on Spotify in two weeks and charted in the iTunes Top 50 Hot Tracks. "Not The Only One" (originally premiering with New Noise Magazine) is a heady song about addiction, recovery, and the need to move on from toxic relationships.

Check it out below!

Frontman David Adam Monroe says "It was difficult and scary because I wasn't sure that I was ever going to find anybody that I could relate with and was afraid I was gonna be alone. I thought I wouldn't find anyone that would appreciate me for being myself. The chorus is me telling myself that it's going to be OK. On the other hand, I wrote the song so long after the situation and after I had already found those relationships, so in that way I was writing it for other people who are in that situation and need encouragement."

For more on The Plague and their rise to experimental pop-punk fame, check out the recently released singles above, and to stay up to date, check out their social media links below!

The Plague: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Jupiter Hollow Share New Music Video

The fresh faces of Jupiter Hollow have made sure to definitely get their names out there, and most recently shared a music video with listeners to show off their single "Deep In Space."

The duo premiered the music video with Prog-Sphere, along with the announcement of an upcoming EP! The prog project will be unleashing their debut EP Odyssey on January 13th with distribution by Milagro Records.

Check out the video for "Deep In Space," below!


The concept record will feature 5 tracks to introduce their ambient experimental progressive songwriting plus will act as a prelude to their planned full length 'AHDOMN'. Their sound is referred to as spacey, experimental and refreshing, reminding listeners of bands like Tool, Pink Floyd, A Perfect Circle, Tesseract, The Contortionists and Rush.

For more on Jupiter Hollow, check out their social media below!

Jupiter Hollow: Website

Sianvar Release 3rd Single

Sianvar, a post-hardcore/experimental supergroup consisting of members from Dance Gavin Dance, A Lot Like Birds, Hail the Sun, and Stolas, has released the third single from their upcoming full-length album release, Stay Lost.

The single, “BedRoots,” is available to listen to on YouTube, and we have it streaming for you below! “BedRoots” is passionate and intense, showcasing the band's handle and skill in the genre. The video features some trippy animation as well. 

Stay Lost will be released on August 5th. You can check out the music video for their previous single, “Omniphobia,” right here, and you can put in your pre-orders for the album over at MerchNow

Sianvar is going on tour to promote the album with My Iron Lung and Save Us From The Archon. You can check out the tour dates below!

Sianvar Tour Dates:
August 5th Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk
August 6th Portland, OR @ Analog
August 7th Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
August 9th Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
August 10th Denver, CO @ The Marquis Theatre
August 11th Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot Music Hall
August 12th St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird
August 13th Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
August 14th Detroit, MI @ Loving Touch
August 15th Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose
August 17th Kent, OH @ Outpost Concert Spot
August 18th Rochester, NY @ Harmony House
August 19th Providence, RI @ Firehouse 13
August 20th New York, NY @ Webster Hall (Studio)
August 21st Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
August 23rd Baltimore, MD @ Sidebar
August 24th Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
August 25th Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
August 26th Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
August 27th St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 662
August 28th Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
August 30th Houston, TX @ Walters
August 31st Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar
September 1st Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
September 2nd San Antonio, TX @ Jack’s Patio Bar
September 3rd El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
September 4th Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
September 6th Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
September 7th Fresno, CA @ Strummers

For more on this group, check out their social media below!

Sianvar: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

Hawker M. James Shares "Love Like A Hurricane"

Indie glam rocker Hawker M. James released a new single, “Love Like A Hurricane.”

This isn't the first time the song received exposure. It was featured on an episode of the FOX hit series New Girl prior to the release of the single. The song is a twist on the indie rock formula, adding Bowie-esque glam rock sensibilities into the sweet and tender lyrics. 

You can listen to “Love Like A Hurricane” right below!

Hawker M. James has spent a lot of time perfecting his recording techniques, since starting as solo acts called Admirers and Mikey Jukebox. James is best known from the band Longwave. He has been with the band since 2001 and played alongside bands such as The Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 

It took James about 15 minutes to write “Love Like A Hurricane.” James commented on the writing of the track, “It rarely happens like that—I went right down to the basement and demoed it. The words just sprang out. It was one of those times where I thought, ‘damn, is this what Dylan or Lou Reed has at any given moment?”

You can check out more music from this artist and explore James' discography at his social media links!

Hawker M. James: Bandcamp // Soundcloud

Kayo Dot Streams Album Early

Ever-changing and experimenting band Kayo Dot is about to release their newest full-length LP, Plastic House on Base of Sky.

Kayo Dot has never settled on a specific type of sound. Each and every one of their releases are radically different, ranging through genres such as chamber music, progressive black metal goth, jazz and avant-garde classical.

They are masters of experimentation and this new LP still holds true to that. In Plastic House on Base of Sky, 5 songs over 40 minutes explore the themes of futuristic noir with a vintage electronic sound, filled with rezzed-out synthesizers and ambiance tones. There is a cyberpunk tone to this record, filled with visions of decaying mechanic concepts and mysterious darkness hiding around every corner. 

Which is great news because even though the album releases this Friday from The Flenser, it is currently available for early streaming over on Noisey!

Check out Kayo Dot over on Facebook for more updates and head over to The Flenser this Friday to purchase the album!

Wrekmeister Harmonies Announce Album & Tour

Wrekmeister Harmonies returns with their latest album Light Falls scheduled to be released on September 16th through Thrill Jockey.

At the core of Wrekmeister are guitarist and vocalist, JR Robinson, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Esther Shaw. The two are joined by Godspeed You! Black Emperor musicians, Thierry Amar on bass and contrabass, Sophie Trudeau on piano, violin and vocals, and Timothy Herzog on drums. Chicago musicians Ryley Walker and Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas) who appear on the album as well.

Light Falls Tracklist:
1.  Light Falls I - The Mantra
2.  Light Falls II - The Light Burns Us All
3.  Light Falls III - Light Sick
4.  The Gathering
5.  Where Have You Been My Lovely Son?
6.  Some Were Save Some Drowned
7.  My Lovely Son Reprise

 

The title of the album originates from the text of “If This Is A Man” by Primo Levi’s.

The manuscript was written about the year he spent as an inmate at Auschwitz. The Jewish-Italian chemist and anti-fascist resistance fighter suggested in his seminal work that society sees inhumanity through gradual change. People will begin to accept things they normally find reprehensible.

Robinson adds, “I wanted to sonically convey the idea of slow, creeping change. When I came up with the title I was thinking of how when daylight turns to night time it’s a very gradual process. You are lulled into watching this slow, peaceful sunset but then all of a sudden you look up and it’s dark.”

Wrekmeister Harmonies have toured relentlessly with the likes of Bell Witch, and members of Dead to a Dying World throughout North America and Europe following the release of their album Night of Your Ascension last November. The collective will be touring North America and Europe in the new 5-piece format this fall/winter. This summer, Wrekmeister Harmonies is touring North America with Marissa Nadler. Tour dates can be found below.

Wrekmeister Harmonies Duo Tour Dates*
Jul 5 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
Jul 6 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
Jul 8 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
Jul 9 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
Jul 10 - Omaha, NE - Reverb Lounge
Jul 11 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
Jul 12 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
Jul 13 - Detroit, MI - El Club
Jul 14 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Hotel
Jul 15 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
Jul 16 - Hudson, NY - Half Moon
Jul 19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Jul 20 - Providence, RI - Aurora
Jul 21 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Jul 22 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
Jul 24 - Washington, D.C. - DC9
Jul 25 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle Backstage
Jul 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Jul 27 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
Jul 29 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
Jul 30 - Dallas, TX - Dada
Aug 1 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar
Aug 2 - San Diego, CA - Casbah
Aug 3 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
Aug 4 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Aug 5 - Big Sur, CA - Henry Miller Library
Aug 7 - Vancouver, CA - Cobalt
Aug 8 - Seattle, WA - Barboza

* w/ Marissa Nadler, Muscle & Marrow

Look for more information on Wrekmeister Harmonies to be announced soon.

Wrekmeister Harmonies: Website // Facebook

Wreck & Reference Release Second Single

Multi-instrumentalists Wreck & Reference have released their second single from their upcoming album, Indifferent Rivers Romance End.

The song is called “Powders” and it is available to listen to right now over at TinyMixTapes. Make sure to check it out!

Wreck & Reference formed in 2011 and recorded Black Cassette, their first EP, in a garage with black metal influences and heavy lyrical themes. They expanded their sonic tone on their first LP, Youth, in 2012.  Their second LP, Want, received critical acclaim from reviewers like Pitchfork, who said that the album was pushing boundaries of new experimentation. 

The much-anticipated third full length LP, Indifferent Rivers Romance End is set for release on July 22nd via longtime partners of the band, The Flenser.

The album features ten new songs and will run about 44 minutes long. The band is employing techniques and styles from different genres such as IDM and trap, mixed with with experimental pop, metal, and noise. They are using more digital sounds and synthesizers more with this latest release and furthering their experimental sound. 

For more on Wreck & Reference and what they're up to, check out their social media links below!

Wreck & Reference: Facebook

ORBS Share "Exploded Birds"

With the combined forces of Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me), Ashley Ellyllon (Fear Before The March of Flames), and Adam Fisher(Fear Before The March of Flames) the music world is rocked with ORBS!

They are releasing their second album after a six year break to work on other projects. The second record, Past Life Regression, is produced by Briggs with help from Kris Hilbert Recording and Will Yip Mixing. The record is being released by Briggs' own Hogweed & Fugue Records via Equal Vision Records.

“Exploded Birds” is the first single of the album, and you can stream the track below!


The single takes the listener on a journey of chaos, suicide, and rebellion. The range of influences on this track represent the group’s wide array of talent. The song is its own concept album; watching the struggles of young person through a chaotic life. Much like Pink Floyd’s The Wall or The Who’s Quadrophenia. The song follows the protagonist as the tempo and lyrics change in this tale of pandemonium. Many of the lyrics act a voice in the mind of the protagonist, telling them to “prepare your body for death” and “release the dog they’ve got chained up."

This is the voice of the chaotic youth striving to go against the grain and raise hell. Then the protagonist is met with the past and future versions of themselves. The future protagonist reminisces the youthful past they once had that was “smothered out by routine." The future protagonist takes on their own life and regret changing it and becoming normal. This is a theme all of us as human beings experience, letting go of our youth and bracing for the end of our lives as we know it. 

Instrumentally, the track takes the influences of each member of this powerhouse of an experiment. The intro feels like a New Wave track from the early 1980’s but with its own twists and turns. Then it comes into its own “acid rock”/punk environment smack in the middle of the track. As the song winds down, the feeling becomes slowed down and labored. Like the turn of a time the song turns into a folk rock ballad that speaks to the Bob Dylan or Neil Young in all of us.
This track makes me very excited to see what the rest of the album will be.

With an album titled, Past Life Regression, the band is expected to take us other lyrical and instrumental roller coasters!       

Check out their social media below!

ORBS: Website // Facebook

In Letter Form Releases Single

Bay Area quartet, In Letter Form, treated listeners to a track off of their upcoming release!

"Face In The Crowd," comes off of the group's upcoming album Fracture. Repair. Repeat. and is an exciting single for fans and listeners to experience. The single is a psychedelic, indie purgatory you can get so easily lost into - which is made clearer by In Letter Form's drawn inspiration: Joy Division, Bauhaus, and Echo and the Bunnymen.

Imagine post punk and synth pop, which is everything I've been looking for in music lately (let's be real.) But, you don't have to imagine because you can just check out the stream of "Face In The Crowd" below!

The upcoming album will explore the whirlwind of emotions that come with grieving and repairing, which is why the foursome considers their formation a fortunate turn of events, as they were all experiencing heartbreak on some level when they came together!

Indie Minded wrote of In Letter Form, “theirs is that rare, reverential sound that not only makes you want to revisit classic artists, but pushes you to want to know more of the story behind the intriguing new band inspired by them.”

You can check out the track-listing below for the May 20th release of Fracture. Repair. Repeat.

Track List:
1. Face In The Crowd
2. Won't Get The Best Of Me
3. Wait Now
4. Audio Drones; Adagio For Terror
5. Terror (is a State of Mind)
6. High Line
7. Edison's Medicine
8. 111
9. Rain Prelude
10. Reflecting The Rain
11. Mal de Mer

 

Besides the release of their new album, In Letter Form also has tour dates available, and we highly recommend you go and check this group out! Dates below!

In Letter Form Tour Dates:
5.21 New York, NY @ Pianos
5.28 Brooklyn, NY @ Don Pedros
6.4 Mountain View, CA @ Shorline BFD
8.27 Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro Operahouse

Otherwise, you can check out In Letter Form on social media!

In Letter Form: Website // Facebook // Soundcloud

Muscle And Marrow Share New Single

With a dark and foreboding experimental sound, "Black Hole" is the second single off of Love, the upcoming second album from Portland's Muscle And Marrow. Muscle And Marrow formed in 2013 and released their debut album from Belief Mower Records, "The Human Cry", in 2014 to critical acclaim. They recorded this second album last October in Providence, RI. 

"Black Hole" is deep, heavy, operatic, and dramatic. It touches on themes that will be relevant to the overall scope of the album; death, loss, decline, and the love you can give to push through. The album also deals with feminism and the archetypes that surround that topic. 

Kira Clark sings the track with odd and intriguing vocals delivering literary lyrics. She has described this song to be about pain and the internal struggle with loneliness. 

The album is set to be released on May 27th!

Track Listing:
1. My Fear
2. Black Hole
3. Womb
4. The Drooling Mouth
5. Sacs of Teeth
6. Bereft Body
7. Light







For more info on Muscle & Marrow, check out their social media below!

Muscle & Marrow: Facebook // Bandcamp