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Lawrence Rothman Releases Official Video For ‘Oz Vs. Eden’

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In early 2016, Lawrence Rothman will be releasing his new record that will feature key guests such as Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, and Ariel Pink via Downtown Records and Fontana North.

Ahead of the release he’s put out his new video for ‘Oz Vs Eden,’ with sampled vocals of Charli XCX. It’s a gorgeous and creepy video (perfect for Halloween) directed by Floria Sigismondi (David Bowie, Katy Perry, Bjork, The Cure) and is the debut of Kevin, the second “alter” we’ve met thus far on the first album; 3 others have pre-existed in the scope of other projects and this record willl have a total of nine alter-egos that will be revealed over time.


Autre Ne Veut Set To Release ‘Age Of Transparency’ On October 2, 2015

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Arthur Ashin, a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut, announces the release of  ’Age of Transparency,’ a genre-bending album that manipulates and fuses jazz, electronic and alternative elements.  It will be released on October 2, 2015 via Downtown Records and Fontana North.

He also shares the video for lead single, ‘World War Pt. 2.’ (directed by BANGS, a.k.a Allie Avital). Citing Michael Haneke films Funny Games and Amour, where “the horrific and grotesque emerge from mundane, sunlight environments,” as inspirations, Avital says Ashin and she aimed to create “a metaphor for the many burdens we carry with us.”

‘Age of Transparency’ marks the second step in a trilogy exploring the difficulty of making personal connections in an impersonal time. “The title comes from marketing jargon,” Ashin explains.”It’s a term for the place we’re in now, where truth and transparency are just ways to sell things and honesty is its own kind of performance.” Coming from an artist who pushes his voice and body to their breaking points, it might seem like a strange admission. But for Ashin, close is as close as you can get.”Transparency is an impossibility,” he says. “It’s more about trying to be transparent and falling on your face in the process.”

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Chet Faker Premiers New Track ’1998′ With Banks

Today, Chet Faker and LA-based singer Banks premiered ‘1998‘ via Zane Lowe‘s Apple Music Beats 1 radio show.

The original version of ’1998′ is one of the standout tracks from the singer / producer’s debut album ‘Built On Glass‘ (Downtown/Fontana North). He performed the song for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience this spring, its video has been viewed over 4 million times via Youtube, and the audio has been streamed almost 5 million times via Soundcloud. Faker also released the ‘1998 – Melbourne EditionEP‘ in conjunction with Record Store Day featuring remixes by his peers in the Melbourne house and techno scene.

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New Releases: Chet Faker ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ & Goldroom ‘It’s Like You Never Want Away’

Chet Faker has released 5 new remix versions of the highly dance-able Built On Glass single ’1998′. The digital only ’1998 Melbourne Edition’ EP kicks off with Nick’s own rework followed by  an Aussie-leaning cast of Andras Morning, Roland Tings, Otologic and Amateur Dance all putting their own spin on the track. DJ and electronic producer Goldroom pairs with George Maple, Nikki Segal, Kayslee Collins and Chela on his new 4-track EP ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away’. Vibe with both artists live at this summer’s Osheaga Music & Arts Festival.

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Goldroom Releases New EP ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away’ Today


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LA producer, songwriter and DJ Goldroom releases his new EP ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away‘ via Downtown Records and Fontana North today.  The four song EP was produced by Goldroom and features collaborations with rising female vocalists including Australian soul-pop star George Maple, Chela, Kayslee Collins and Nikki Segal. The music will roll out this week via a series of videos premiering exclusively on Snapchat Discover, making ‘It’s Like You Never Went Away,’ the first EP to debut on the platform. The videos will be released consecutively over four days, collectively telling a story.

Drawing unexpected songwriting inspiration from artists like Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, Goldroom turned to Southern California to create his nostalgic sound. He originally wrote the four tracks on an acoustic guitar before recording them in studio, giving the EP a melodic, effortless feel. Goldroom has produced an EP that’s a perfect antidote to the fist-pumping, club-centric culture that many associate with the genre. He’s captured the chill vibes of summertime in LA, infusing them with tropical textures.  The first single ‘Embrace‘ layers George Maple’s emotive vocals on top of the dreamy synth-pop track, creating an anthemic summertime song. Kayslee Collins teams up with Goldroom on the breezy ‘Tradewinds‘, while Nikki Segal adds her airy vocals to the beat-heavy ‘California Rain.’ On ‘Fifteen,’ Chela’s celestial voice accompanies Goldroom’s soulful, nostalgic pop.

Goldroom (aka Josh Legg) has garnered praise from Pitchfork, Fader, MTV, The Guardian (Band of the Week) and more, also earning ‘most blogged about’ honors on Hype Machine. He’s toured extensively, playing a range of festivals from SXSW and Firefly to EDM gatherings like Ultra Music Festival. Dubbed “one of Los Angeles’ dance music tastemakers” by Billboard, he’ll play several North American festival dates this summer with his live four-piece band, including resident singer Nikki Segal.

Goldroom Tour Dates:
05/17 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Festival
05/21 – San Francisco, CA @ San Antonio Recreation Area
05/23 – Bradley, CA @ Lightning in a Bottle
05/24 – Bethel, NY @ Musteryland USA
06/04 – Ozark, AR @ Wakarusa 2015
06/25 – Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
07/11 – Chicago, IL @ Mamby On The Beach
07/16 – Scranton, PA @ Camp Bisco
07/31 – Montreal, Canada @ Osheaga 2015
08/09 – Palm Springs, CA @ Splash House
08/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest 2015
09/04 – New York, NY @ Electric Zoo
11/21 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital


New Release: The River And The Road ‘Headlights’, Rhett Miller ‘The Traveler’, Mas Ysa ‘Margarita’ & Ex Cops ‘Black Soap (Eli Escobar Remix)’

The River And The Road’s new 10 track album ‘Headlights‘ is at times a bold step away from the acoustic songwriting that initially drove them, a change that can be likened to the evolution of their live performances. 2015 will see the band’s sights set firmly on the road, including a cross-Canada tour in support of the album and a summer festival schedule including Squamish Valley Music Festival, RiverFest in Elora, Ontario and TURF in Toronto. Rhett Miller’s (the lead singer of boozy raucous rockers The Old 97s) new solo album ‘The Traveler‘ is available now! ‘The Traveler‘ showcases a relentless and seemingly ageless songwriter honed by years on the road with the help of Black Prairie (a band that shares members of The Decemberists) and producer Chris Funk. Mas Ysa has shared his second new track since the Worth EP, listen to the tropical jam ‘Margarita‘ below and hear his other recent song ‘Look Uphere.

Buy ‘Headlights’ on iTunes | CD
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Buy ‘The Traveler’ on CD | Vinyl |iTunes

Buy Mas Ysa’s ‘Margarita’ on iTunes
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Buy Ex Cops’ ‘Black Soap (Eli Escobar Remix)’ on iTunes
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New Release: Penguin Prison ‘Lost In New York’ & Other Lives ‘Rituals’

Penguin Prison‘s dance-party-jam-packed sophomore album Lost In New York is available today! Lead single ‘Try To Lose’ was described by Kick Kick Snare as ”the effortlessly smooth track is the perfect jump start to spring. The perfect balance of crisp wintery melancholic lyrics and a bright infectious sounds saturated by his now signature guitar licks.” Taste test the album with the official album sampler on YouTube HERERituals, the Oklahoma band Other Lives’ third and latest full-length album, is a pure encapsulation of the trio’s relentless drive for precision. “It’s more dimensional, it’s more 3-D, if you will,” Tabish explains. “We wanted a cleaner, brighter record with more movement and more color.” The band are currently touring in support of the record with dates hitting Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal in May. Watch the official video for ‘Reconfiguration’ on the band’s YouTube HERE.

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Penguin Prison Premieres New Album ‘Lost In New York’

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Listen To ‘Lost In New York’ HERE

Pre-Order ‘Lost In New York’ Via iTunes HERE

New York-based artist/producer/songwriter/DJ Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) will be releasing his new full-length album ‘Lost In New York‘ on May 4th via MapleMusic Recordings/Fontana North and Downtown Records.

Lost In New York‘ features incredible tracks including ‘Calling Out,’ the album’s lead single co-written with DJ/production duo Oliver; ‘Never Gets Old,’ co-written with Amanda Warner and Peter Wade of the electronic duo MNDR; and the newly released track, ‘Try To Lose.’

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New Release: Bop English ‘Constant Bop’

Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli who has released his solo debut Constant Bop today. The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Check out his upcoming tour dates here

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Bop English – AKA White Denim’s James Petralli – Debuts New Single ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ Announces Spring Tour & Album Pre-order


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Today marks the release of ‘Sentimental Wilderness‘, the second single from Bop English, the recording name of White Denim frontman James Petralli. ‘Sentimental Wilderness’ picks up right where ‘Dani’s Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)‘ leaves off, a rollicking track that features thoughtful guitar leads and melodic synths that fit seamlessly over a soundscape that is very much timelessly rock & roll-oriented. Bop English also made the pre-order for their highly anticipated debut album ‘Constant Bop‘ (due out April 14th via Downtown Records and Fontana North) live today and announced the dates for their first North American tour.

The ten tracks James decided on for the record demonstrate an encyclopedic knowledge of songwriting, revisiting everything from Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne to LL Cool J and Santana for inspiration. Despite the fact that Constant Bop is full of disparate influences, under the spell of James Petralli it all makes for an incredibly coherent album. It’s a rich and diverse record that’s teeming with pop classicism and zippy rock ‘n’ roll. There are layers upon layers to explore on Constant Bop, with a serious attention to detail being applied to every track. Scrupulous and ever diligent, there’s a ton to unwrap on ‘Constant Bop,’ a record that jumps from vocoder use on a ’60s-jazz influenced jam to sampled 808-kicks on country numbers. It’s all there, and it’s all distinctly James Petralli.

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Penguin Prison Releases “Never Gets Old” Remixes and Premieres Songs From “Lost In New York”


Sophomore Album ‘Lost In New York” To Be Released May 5 – Pre-order on iTunes HERE
Buy the ‘Never Gets Old Remix’ EP on iTunes HERE

New York-based producer/songwriter/DJ Penguin Prison (aka Chris Glover) has premiered his new single ‘Never Gets Old‘ off of his upcoming sophomore album ‘Lost In New York’ which is set to be released on May 5 via Downtown Records and Fontana North.

Co-written with Amanda Warner and Peter Wade of the electronic duo MNDR, the song “features a driving bass line that feels like you’re driving 100 MPH inside a video game with 90′s grunge distorted guitar stabs,” says Chris. “The brand new thing isn’t always better than what you’ve been using for many years. This song is dedicated to everything that never goes out of style that you can do a million times and never get tired of.”

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Chet Faker Starts Off 2015 On A High Note With A Star-Making Turn On The Ellen Degeneres Show


Chet Faker made his U.S. daytime television debut last week on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Ellen introduced the Australian singer & producer as one of her “favorite new artists,” and Idolator called it “brilliant” and a “star-making performance.” Faker performed his hit single ”Gold“ with a full band including Dave Harrington (Darkside) on bass, Kirk Schoenherr on guitar and Sam Hirschfelder playing drums.

Watch The Performance HERE

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The Brooklyn-based musician has a number of big shows lined up for 2015. He’ll headline New York City’s Terminal 5 on April 8 with special guest XXYYXX, before heading to the California desert to perform at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Faker is also set to perform to his largest audiences to-date in Australia, and has headline shows and festival appearances set throughout Asia, Europe & South America including performances at the Laneway Festival in Singapore, Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina and the UK’s Field Day. See his current tour dates below and look for additional 2015 performances to be announced soon.

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