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Tuesday April 14, 2015 (3 days ago)

Maritime release new single "Milwaukee" in celebration of Milwaukee Day

In celebration of Milwaukee Day (April 14th), indie pop heroes Maritime have released “Milwaukee” – their first new song since 2011’s album Human Hearts.

Check out the music video directed and produced by Bob Purvis and featuring the fine city and folks of Milwaukee front-and-center.

Download “Milwaukee” on iTunes and stay tuned for more new music from Maritime coming later this year!

Monday April 13, 2015 (4 days ago)

T. Hardy Morris announces new album Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountaintop Coming June 23rd

T. Hardy Morris is proud to announce the upcoming release of his new album Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top, out June 23rd via Dangerbird Records. The Athens, GA based songwriter, who also also lends his talent to Diamond Rugs and Dead Confederate, has spent the past year writing and recording the new album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 solo debut Audition Tapes. Vinyl fans can also get their hands on a recording of “Too Little, Too Late”, featured on the upcoming Record Store Day split 7” with Futurebirds, out April 18th.

“If Audition Tapes was a high and lonesome mellow-roast with musical touchstones like Harvest era Neil and driving down a windy backroad alone,” writes Patterson Hood of Drive By Truckers, “Drownin On A Mountaintop blasts out of the garage like some high-octane muscle car full of friends, blasting Mott The Hoople on the way to the last-call dive bar.”

You can hear that shift in gears in the single “Painted On Attitude”, A strangely complimentary mix of rollicking lo-fi southern rock pedal steel twang, run through a grunge punk buzzsaw with Morris’ snarling yet tuneful vocals serving as the sharp end of the blade. The album as a whole is a melding of these competing forces, as Hardy toes the line between his southern rock heritage and his coming of age during the heyday of alt-rock’s slacker generation. The result is a record that would be just as much at home in a Macon, GA dive bar as it would a parents-out-of-town ’90s house party in Olympia, WA.

“Like a lot of people, me and my friends growing up did a lot of crazy stuff and somehow learned how to play rock and roll in the process,” says Morris. “There was an old trailer behind my friends house and we ran an extension cord out to it and slowly bought pawn shop guitars and amps and got our hands on stuff people didn’t want anymore. We had drums and we built a guitar amp out of an old bass head and 2 car speakers. The speakers blew out immediately and it had this crazy fuzz tone. We called it The Fogerty cause it sounded like CCR.”

The rebel spirit bursting through the speakers on this album is as much about drawing from a youthful past as it is driven by the future. A lot has changed in Morris’ life since the release of Audition Tapes in 2013, which at the time was lauded by Stereogum for its “calming beauty,” and praised by Paste for its “wildly passionate” songwriting. Of all recent life events however, none is likely more significant than the birth of his daughter. Much of …Drownin On A Mountain Top was written and recorded in the run up to her birth, adding an element of urgency that pulses throughout the record.

“I wanted this record to be a kind of end-of-an-era for me,” Morris relates. “It was a very deliberate thing to record these songs before the birth of my first child. I was in a headspace and I wanted to capture it before I became a dear old dad”

On a less psychoanalytical level, …Drownin On A Mountain Top‘s ultimate sound also stems from Morris’ preoccupation with two of his former songs in particular. “Share The Needle”, from Audition Tapes, and “Country Mile”, a song he’d contributed to Diamond Rugs’ self-titled debut. Each of those tracks featured a distinct push-and-pull dynamic that ended up bridging the gap between the quieter country leanings of Audition Tapes, and the more aggressive grunge of Morris’ other band Dead Confederate.

“There is something about that push / pull that really works for my songwriting and feels right to me,” says Morris of the new direction. “People are like, ‘that’s a crazy song’, but I didn’t think of it that way. I decided to really embrace it on this record and I love the result. It’s my writing, but the playing is what makes it truly work. I knew I wanted Nick Sterchi (from Dead Confederate) to play drums on this one because he plays exactly how me and my friends tried to play when we were kids: heavy and loud. Vaughan Lamb has a really unique and noodle-y kind of hippy-punk bass style that I love.

And it goes without saying that the album couldn’t even exist without the pedal steel. Pistol (Matt Stoessel) is an incredible player and we both grew up with an affinity for a lot of the same southern rock. He knows just where to play in the songs and really bring them to life.”

…Drownin On A Mountain Top was recorded at Chase Park studios in Athens with Adam Landry & Justin Collins (Cosmic Thug Production). “We had done some demos and a lot of talking before we recorded,” Morris recounts. “We knew what we were going for and we got it. Landry & Collins helped me dial in the dynamic on a lot of the songs. They can come off the rails if the right thing doesn’t happen at the right time. It was a lot of fun to make.”

T. Hardy Morris and his band (The Hardknocks) will hit the road this spring and summer as they tour in support of Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountain Top. Keep posted for further album information and singles to be released in the coming weeks.

Tuesday April 7, 2015 (1 week ago)

Ume Too Big World EP Now Available Digitally

Ume’s new six-track Too Big World EP is now available everywhere digitally. The EP features covers of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” and Archers of Loaf’s “Web In Front,” as well as unreleased b-sides from the band’s recording sessions with producer Adam Kasper (QOTSA, Cat Power, Nirvana).

Download: iTunes | Amazon
Stream: Spotify | Rdio

Too Big World EP – Track Listing
1. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
2. Too Big World
3. Gleam (Acoustic)
4. Barricade
5. Web In Front
6. Common Queen

Thursday March 19, 2015 (4 weeks ago)

Butch Walker Tour Dates Announced; Tickets on Sale Friday, March 20th

Butch Walker is touring from April through June playing songs from his new album Afraid of Ghosts all across this fine land we call America (…plus Toronto. We love Canada too).

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 20th at 10am local time so get them quick!

4/27 – Pittsburgh, PA at Mr. Small’s Theatre
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA at Theatre of the Living Arts
4/29 – Pawling, NY at Daryl’s House
5/01 – Northampton, MA at Pearl Street
5/02 – Burlington, VT at Higher Ground Ballroom
5/04 – Boston, MA at The Wilbur Theatre
5/05 – New York, NY at Concert Hall, NYSEC
5/07 – Washington, DC at 9:30 Club
5/08 – Charlotte, NC at The Visulite Theatre
5/10 – Durham, NC at The Carolina Theatre
5/11 – Columbia, SC at Music Farm
5/12 – Charleston, SC at Music Farm
5/15 – Atlanta, GA at Atlanta Symphony Hall
5/17 – Nashville, TN at War Memorial Auditorium
5/19 – Detroit, MI at St. Andrew’s Hall
5/20 – Cleveland, OH at House of Blues
5/22 – Minneapolis, MN at Cedar Cultural Center
5/23 – Madison, WI at Majestic Theatre
5/24 – Chicago, IL at The Vic Theatre
5/26 – Toronto, ON at Mod Club
5/27 – Columbus, OH at Park Street Saloon
5/29 – Indianapolis, IN at Deluxe at Old National Center
5/30 – Cincinnati, OH at Bogart’s
6/02 – Columbia, MO at Rose Music Hall
6/03 – St. Louis, MO at The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill
6/04 – Tulsa, OK at Cain’s Ballroom
6/06 – Austin, TX at Stubbs
6/07 – Dallas, TX at Majestic Theatre
6/10 – Boulder, CO at Fox Theatre
6/14 – San Francisco, CA at Great American Music Hall
6/16 – Los Angeles, CA at Masonic Lodge

Thursday March 12, 2015 (1 month ago)

Ume To Release Too Big World EP on April 7th

Austin rock band Ume today announced the release of a new EP entitled Too Big World. The six-track offering will be released on Dangerbird Records on April 7th and is currently available for pre-order now on iTunes. Those who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of the title track. The new EP features covers of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” and Archers of Loaf’s “Web In Front,” as well as unreleased b-sides from the band’s recording sessions with producer Adam Kasper (QOTSA, Cat Power, Nirvana).

Too Big World EP – Track Listing
1. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
2. Too Big World
3. Gleam (Acoustic)
4. Barricade
5. Web In Front
6. Common Queen

Tuesday March 3, 2015 (1 month ago)

A. Sinclair Featured in NPR Music's Austin 100 SXSW Preview

“Shiny Things” by Austin locals A. Sinclair is featured today in NPR Music’s Austin 100 SXSW Feature. Listen & download the entire mix of great bands down at SXSW later this month.

Monday March 2, 2015 (1 month ago)

Spin Premieres Holly Miranda "All I Want Is To Be Your Girl"

Head over to Spin.com to hear the exclusive premiere of “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl” from Holly Miranda‘s sophomore album Holly Miranda in stores May 19th on Dangerbird Records.

Preorder Holly Miranda on iTunes and get an immediate download of “All I Want Is To Be Your Girl” and get the rest of the album delivered to your iTunes Library on May 19th.

Preorder the album on CD & vinyl from the official Dangerbird webstore and see Holly Miranda on tour with Andrea Gibson and at SXSW in Austin, Texas this month.

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$20 – Vinyl
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$12 – CD
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$8.99 – iTUNES
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$20 – T-Shirt

On Tour Now

Butch Walker

Mon. April 27, 2015
Mr. Small's Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
Tue. April 28, 2015
Theatre of Living Arts
Philadelphia, PA
Wed. April 29, 2015
Daryl's House
Pawling, NY

Jesse Harris

Fri. April 24, 2015
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
New York, NY

Minus the Bear

Sat. May 2, 2015
Desert Daze Festival
Mecca, CA
Fri. May 8, 2015
Mercury Ballroom
Louisville, KY
Sat. May 9, 2015
3rd & Lindsley
Nashville, TN

Sea Wolf

Wed. May 20, 2015
TivoliVredenburg
Utrecht, Netherlands
Thu. May 21, 2015
Ponyhof
Frankfurt, Germany
Sat. May 23, 2015
Kleiner Donner
Hamburg, Germany

T. Hardy Morris

Sat. April 18, 2015
The Visulite Theatre
Charlotte, NC
Thu. April 30, 2015
40 Watt Club
Athens, GA
Thu. June 25, 2015
Stone Fox
Nashville, TN

Ume

Sat. June 6, 2015
X Games
Austin, TX

Upcoming Releases

Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda

Coming May 19, 2015

T. Hardy Morris

Hardy & The Hardknocks: Drownin On A Mountaintop

Coming Jun 23, 2015

Latest Releases

Maritime

Milwaukee - Single

Released Apr 14, 2015

Ume

Too Big World - EP

Released Apr 7, 2015

Jesse Harris

No Wrong No Right

Released Feb 10, 2015

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