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
Pre-Order ‘Constant Bop’ Via iTunes HERE
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.
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.”
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
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.
“Impossibly cool.” — Vogue
“Arena-ready atmospherics and bombastic hooks…
it’s a thrilling, sophisticated new direction.” — Consequence Of Sound
“Brilliantly catchy.” — SPIN
Ex Cops, the Brooklyn-based duo comprised of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding, recently released their sophomore LP, Daggers, and the video for its latest single, ‘White Noise,’ premiered exclusively today at Paper Magazine.
The band describes the video’s concept as, “almost like a social experiment. The song is about longing for something pure in a dark place, and about the wish to silence the noise of the world and the voices in your head. So we wanted to have teenagers in our video, because kids are more pure than most grownups. And we wanted them to just dance and fight and lose it and do whatever they felt like, while we performed the song for them.”
On their sophomore effort ‘Daggers’ Ex Cops bring the hook-heavy blast of ‘90s alt-rock into a new era. The duo of Amalie Bruun and Brian Harding paired themselves with producers Billy Corgan and Justin Raisen in addition to co-writing with Ariel Pink to return guitar-pop to the grand stage that it deserves. Watch the official video for the first single ‘Black Soap’ or listen to the Ariel Pink-featuring ‘Tragically Alright.’
Vacationer, the collaborative effort from Philadelphia-based vocalist/producer Kenny Vasoli and his production partners Grant Wheeler and Matthew Young (Body Language), today premiered the video for ‘Go Anywhere’ at Paste.com.
‘Go Anywhere’ is the second single from Vacationer’s acclaimed sophomore album ‘Relief,’ released earlier this year on Downtown Records/Fontana North. The video was shot in Glenmoore, PA by director/producer Matt Albasi, who wanted to capture Vacationer’s dreamy, escapist vibes. The idea was simple: put the band in a hot air balloon and film it. It was a perfect fit.
Vacationer is currently on a North American tour, which makes stops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto in November. See full dates below for details.
Ten years have come and gone since Cold War Kids first took to the stage in their homegrown Southern California scene. Time is typically unkind to indie rock bands. So how is it that Cold War Kids are still here in 2014, selling out tours and releasing their fifth album in a decade, ‘Hold My Home,‘ amidst these 40 seasons of torrential fate winds, while so many of their peers have vanished?
“We worked really fucking hard, that’s the answer,” says vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Nathan Willett. “We worked really hard and we were successful, which is freakishly impossible, and we should embrace it. That’s our story.”
From his post at the front, Willett — along with the band’s bassist and visual director Matt Maust — has led Cold War Kids through the tricky 21st century rock and roll landscape, soaring over the peaks and facing the valleys head-on while carving out a place of the band’s own. Reaping sky-high praise from a mid-2000s blogosphere then growing wings as a live show juggernaut, they stand now as both a different animal and an unaltered beast all at once.
Mapei was too soulful for music class and poured that into her debut full-length ‘Hey Hey.’ Fusing her natural flair for R&B and rapping with influences from growing up in Sweden into timeless pop hit like the debut single ‘Don’t Wait.’ Catch her live at Toronto’s Kool Haus next week opening for former roommate Lykke Li.
Slow Magic creates cosmic electronic music oozing both otherworldly beauty and a mastery of production that come together on his second album ‘How To Run Away.’ Featuring the handcrafted samples of debut single ‘Girls’ and elastic organs and jazz piano of follow up ‘Hold Still.’ Catch Slow Magic supporting the album on tour with dates in Montreal and Toronto in September, as well as Victoria and Vancouver in October.
Fall N.A. tour includes stops in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver
“Backed by off-tempo drumbeats and pared-down keys, this is the perfect album for a wide variety of things: staring out the window on a rainy day, drinking a Corona on a beach or spending all day in bed with a special someone.” — Max Jones, Quip
After two sold-out club shows in Toronto and Vancouver at the start of the summer to mark the release of his full-length Downtown/MapleMusic Recordings debut album ‘Built On Glass,’ Australian electro-soul sensation Chet Faker returns to Canada this fall with a schedule that clearly reflects his rapidly expanding audience.
Upcoming Canadian Tour Dates:
Friday Sept. 12 — Montreal QC — Olympia (Venue changed – formerly SAT)
Saturday Sept. 13 — Toronto ON — Danforth Music Hall
Wednesday Sept. 17 — Winnipeg MB — Union Sound Hall
Friday Sept. 19 — Edmonton AB — Starlite Room
Saturday Sept. 20 — Calgary AB — The Republik
Monday Sept. 22 — Vancouver BC — Commodore Ballroom
Playing Toronto’s Kool Haus on Sept. 30 – Tickets Here
Debut album ‘Hey Hey’ out Sept. 23
Mapei has announced that she will be the main support for Lykke Li, a fellow Stockholm native and her one-time roommate, on her 14-date tour this fall. Kicking-off in Seattle on September 17, Mapei and Lykke will tour across America, including an appearance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and more dates to be announced.
“I am beyond excited and thrilled to announce that my dear friend Mapei will come on tour with me,” says Lykke Li. “It is insanely symbolic to me as she’s been my idol ever since I saw her the first time when I was 17. She was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and she dared me to follow my dream…. First stop was her Bushwick apartment and many open mics, bruised hearts, blood, sweat and tears later we will join forces again to tour America. Don’t you dare miss it.”
This marks Mapei’s second major US run this year. She will also be performing on select dates with nine-time Grammy Award-winner John Legend this month as part of his amphitheater tour.