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13 April, 2015

Art Nikels New EP In Full

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Art Nikels is a brewing presence in the East Bay and greater San Francisco music scene. Art Nikels presents a freeform blend of electronically fused psych-rock, citing influences ranging from hip-rock to kraut-höp. Unpredictable performers, their shows have reportedly oozed Flying Lotus medleys, Black Sabbath covers, and contemporary pantomime.

Their early years in a cavernous laboratory were soon forgotten. But it was there, aside their mysterious founder and beneficiary, Arthur Nikels, (and many other established lepidopterists in the field) that they truly began to formulate the axioms of their fuzz-folk morphology.



“In essence, Primitives might well be an attempt to communicate to aliens. It has all of Earth’s favourite things: sauce, colour or ‘hue’, our largest trees “Red Red Wood”, ‘Whipped Cream’, Darth Vader, dinosaur noises…. If humanity are the eponymous ‘primitives’, then Art Nikels is at least showcasing the best we Earthlings have to offer. On the whole, an admirably ambitious and satisfying collection. “

“Feels like a passing cloud on a nice warm day … Strong edge of originality” 


22 February, 2015

Andrea Balency Shares New Single

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Shares Stream For New Single ‘Waterfalls’

Out February 23rd on Bataille Music
Available as instant-grat on EP pre-order here 
“Essentially it’s a mesmeric blend of Bat for Lashes, FKA twigs and Björk. Not a bad bunch to fall in with. Currently Balency is working on her debut album. Take a soak in Waterfalls” – [Premiered by] Noisey
Waterfalls Art

New EP Volcano out 16th March


‘Production lends itself the cerebral realm, and vocals cannot help but inject the sense of flesh and blood.  Andrea Balency ekes out an uncanny blend of the two, her voice forming non-verbal notes that pile atop of percussively handled synths. Her vision is total, and it’s strikingly effective.’ 

‘Everything is immediately appealing, easy on the ear, but will satisfy fans of the avant-garde, reminding you that sometimes, flukes – out-there experiments such as O Superman – can suddenly find their way into millions of homes.’
– The Guardian 

‘A truly cosmopolitan mix.. with urban synth lines resembling ‘CMYK’-era Blake to a T. Her vocals place her firmly in a class of her own though.

‘Rather than adding to what has become the echo chamber of EDM, Balency’s ethereal voice and soft structures instead aim to mimic the movements of contemporary dance.’ 
– The New York Times

Franco-Mexican artist, singer, instrumentalist and producer ANDREA BALENCY follows her breakthrough 2014 with a brand new EP entitled Volcano, demonstrating a growth in style, experience and quality beyond that which she has already earned. Having moved from Paris where she originally settled to write her debut EP Walls (released summer 2014 via Bataille)she now resides in London for an expanded approach to her classically trained electronic compositions.


4 February, 2015

Vision Fortune Stream New Album In Full

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Vision Fortune’s ATP Recordings debut, Country Music, is out next week but you can now stream it in full via The FADER and through ATP’s Soundcloud.

Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band’s debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Described as “impressively brutal” by the NME in there 8/10 review, the band says of the album, “It was pretty isolated and things got weird after a while – whether this shows in the music is up to the listener.” They suggest listening to Country Music “in your living room, on a large speaker system (preferably with the addition of a few bass bins), late at night, feeling apprehensive, possibly naked, the heating cranked to max, drinking a White Russian, Carlito’s Way playing on the TV (on mute), squatting in a paddling pool filled with lukewarm water. Otherwise a decent pair of headphones will do.”

With that, Vision Fortune has created their most sonically inventive work to date. Starting next month, they will tour in support of Country Music throughout the UK and the US including stops at Levitation/Psych Fest, ATP Iceland andSXSW. A full list of tour dates is below.


Wed. Mar. 4 – Leeds, UK @ The Library
Thu. Mar. 5 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice & Sleazy’s
Fri. Mar. 6 – Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Sat. Mar. 7 – Sheffield, UK @ Secret Location
Tue. Mar. 10 – London, UK @ Ace Hotel (TBC)
Wed. Mar. 11 – Brighton, UK @ Bleach
Sat. Mar. 14 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall (Levitation Fest)
Tue. Mar. 17-Sat. Mar. 21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Sun. Mar. 22 – San Antonio, TX @ Spillover Fest (TBC)
Thu. Apr. 2 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBC
Fri. Apr. 3 – Brooklyn, NY @ Palisades
Sun. Apri. 5 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
Thu. July 2 – Keflavik, IS @ ATP Iceland


“Impressively brutal”

– NME (8/10)

“The debut album from London experimental trio Vision Fortune was an atmospheric, sonically engrossing affair. Their second album, the ironically-titled Country Music, is set for release this February – and if it’s anything like their leading single ‘Dry Mouth,’ it’ll be unsettling, strangely cathartic and hook-free (in a good way).”

– Dazed (“Twenty albums to look out for in 2015”)

“In a very Liars-esque move, it’s the kind of song that resists having a hook, but you find yourself singing along anyway…this song is grimey and disgusting in a way that’s strangely calming” – Noisey

“Vision Fortune’s debut is tantalisingly restrained and thought out; paced, spaced and atmospherically imbibed within a carved-out world of ambience that they have created for themselves to exist in. Utterly Enthralling.”-Loud & Quiet (9/10, – #13 Best Album of the Year 2013)

“Fans of Liars’ freakier moments will feel right at home within the claustrophobic confines of ‘Dry Mouth…’ Driven by dagger-like synth lines and bony china bowl drum beats, it sounds like a séance” – self-titled

“The otherworldly tones and deadpan vocals on ‘Dry Mouth’ remind me quite a bit of Liars’ output in the 2000s, but even more challenging and pop-defying. Immediately after establishing the song’s central refrain, the band embarks upon an ominous instrumental interlude that leaves my mouth watering. – The Needle Drop

 “[Vision Fortune] seem to truly be thinking outside of the box, creating an entirely new kind of listening experience. This is NOT your average, cheap stab at avant-garde minimalism.” – Culture Collide

“their particular take on sonic minimalism is…uncharacteristically melodious, at times bringing to mind the Jesus Lizard and, on the other end of the spectrum, Liars.  The trio’s latest single, ‘Dry Mouth,’ adds noise-rock pioneers This Heat to the pool of comparisons.” – Prefix

“A stark depiction of wintry solemnity, with an underlying drone that feels almost inescapable, Dry Mouth is a captivating entry point for new fans and a thoroughly intriguing introduction to the forthcoming new record.” –Gold Flake Paint

Pre-order Country Musictinyurl.com/vf-cm-physical

25 January, 2015

Pop-Punk Hopefuls, Roam Stream New EP In It’s Entirety Ahead Of Release

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ROAM stream ‘Viewpoint’ EP in its entirety ahead of release this Monday
STREAM: http://smarturl.it/StreamViewpoint
UK Release shows next week
(Hopeless Records)
“UK pop-punk’s newest bright young things.” – Rock Sound

ROAM’s first record for legendary US indie label Hopeless Records is now streaming in full ahead of its release on Monday. The ‘Viewpoint’ EP is an exemplary slice of British pop-punk which sees the band step it up a gear following a big year in 2014.

The Eastbourne-based five piece will be hitting the road for a clutch of special EP release shows next week and, not ones to rest on their laurels, will be starting work on their debut album shortly, as well as heading off on their first tour of the US as part of the Glamour Kills package before hitting the UK again as support to Man Overboard in April and May.

EP Pre-orders: http://smarturl.it/ROAMmerch  #  http://smarturl.it/viewpoint

UK headline dates in Jan:

26.01 – Brighton, UK @ Audio
27.01 – Liverpool, UK @ Studio 2
28.01 – London, UK @ BarflyUS Glamour Kills Tour in Feb/March/April:

2/27 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
2/28 Orlando, FL- Backbooth
3/1 Jacksonville, FL- Murray Hill Theatre
3/2 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
3/4 Nashville, TN – Rockettown
3/5 Lawrence, KS-  The Granada
3/7 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
3/8 Salt Lake City, UT – The Loading Dock
3/10 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
3/11 Portland, OR – The Alhambra Theatre
3/13 Orangevale, CA- The Boardwalk
3/14 San diego, CA- The Epicentre
3/15 Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room
3/17 Scottsdale, AZ- Pub Rock
3/20 Grand Prairie, TX- South By So What Festival
3/21 Mission, TZ-  Nevery Say Festival
3/22 San Antonio, TX – The Korva
3/24 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird
3/26 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar &Hall
3/27 Chicago, IL – The Bottom Lounge
3/28 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
3/29 Lakewood, OH- Mahalls
3/31 Pittsburgh, PA- Altar Bar
4/1 Philadelphia, PA- Underground Arts
4/2 New York, NY – Marlin room at Webster Hall
4/3 Freehold, NJ – GameChangerWorld
4/4 Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
4/6 Balitmore, MD – Metro Gallery
4/7 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
4/8 Greensboro, NC – Greene StreetUK Tour w/ Man Overboard in April/May:
24.04 – London, UK @ Islington Academy
25.04 – Cardiff, UK @ Clwb Ifor Bach
26.04 – Bristol, UK @ Exchange
28.04 – Leicester, UK @ Scholar Bar
29.04 – Wolverhampton, UK @ Slade Rooms
30.04 – Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank
01.05 – Glasgow, UK @ Audio
02.05 – Manchester, UK @ Soundcontrol. (Pinky Swear Fest)
03.05 – Liverpool, UK @ Fury Fest
04.05 – Leeds, UK @ The Key Club.
05.05 – Belfast, UK @ Sub Bar
06.05 – Dublin, IR @ Fibber Magees




17 October, 2014

Fox And The Law Stream New Album

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“Track of the week” – Classic Rock Magazine
“Heavy, rhythmic and loud” – The Blues Magazine
“Punk rebellion mixed with bluesy guitars…this could well be the album you’ve been waiting for” – Blues Matters
“Pure rock and roll with liquid TNT in their veins” – Do206
“A garage rock album through and through. Raw and jagged in all the right places” – AltSounds

“An uninhibited barrage of hard rock” – Drunkenwerewolf
“A garage rock riot packed with youthful energy” – Glasswerk

Seattle Garage Blues Quartet Stream ‘Stoned To Death’ Album In Full

UK Release 1st November via Failure By Design Records

Following a whistle-stop tour of the UK last month plying their searing garage blues across the country, Seattle quartet Fox and the Law continue their attack on our shores with an advance stream of their third album ‘Stoned To Death’ today – the stream premiered with Brooklyn Vegan yesterday in the US.

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/user7886762/sets/stoned-to-death/s-m4mnp

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The album has already drawn praise from Classic Rock (who picked lead single ‘Cheap Talk’ as their track of the week), The Blues MagazineBlues Matters and a host of online blogs heralding their retro-rock as a refreshing and meaty slab of riffs for fans of Royal Blood, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys and Led Zepellin.

Since their 2010 formation they’ve become known as the go-to band in the Emerald City for a raucous, beer-soaked party. With the UK release of their third LP Stoned To Death on the horizon on 1st November via Failure By Design Records, they’re intent on bringing that party to British audiences.

Founder Guy Keltner (guitar, vocals) has worked with Dan O’Neil (drums), Patrick Dougherty (bass), and Peter Williams (guitar) to fulfil his vision of what a rock and roll act should be: heavy, rhythmic, and loud. They’ve had their fair share of scrapes too, with Keltner contracting the disease scarlet fever whilst recording their debut album leaving him with little other choice than to call the LP – you guessed it – Scarlet Fever.

Strong influences include T Rex, The Stooges and Stevie Ray Vaughan and the band have recorded albums with Martin Feveyear (Mudhoney, Queens of the Stone Age, Modest Mouse) and Graig Markel (Band of Horses, Nada Surf) who is the man at the production helm on Stoned To Death.

Further UK Dates TBC



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