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Ben Howard Announces The Release Date Of His Second Album, I Forget Where We Were

Ben Howard is pleased to announce the details of his eagerly anticipated second album.

I Forget Where We Were is set for release on October 20 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order now.

Fans can pre-order the physical album and the vinyl (which includes one extra song) via Ben’s website.

To coincide with its announcement, the first single from the album, I Forget Where We Were, is now streaming. You can listen to the official audio below.

The single follows the epic eight minute taster, End Of The Affair, posted online earlier this summer (official audio also below).

I Forget Where We Were follows the release of Ben’s hugely successful debut album, Every Kingdom. Every Kingdom, released in October 2011 sold in excess of one million copies globally, received a Mercury Music Prize nomination and was the catalyst for Ben picking up two Brit Awards in 2012 for British Breakthrough and British Solo Male Artist.

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Nickelback Signs With Republic Records To Release New Single, Edge Of A Revolution

Multi-platinum Grammy Award-nominated rock band Nickelback have officially inked a new record deal with Republic Records. The band is currently recording their anxiously awaited eighth full-length studio album and first since 2011’s chart-topping Here and Now which sold over 1.2 million copies in the U.S. and Canada.

Announced last week exclusively via Billboard.com, the signing was a joint effort between Republic Records co-founder and CEO Monte Lipman and President and CEO of Universal Music Canada, Randy Lennox. “Nickelback has not only proven to be one of Rock & Roll’s greatest headlining acts but their ability to write songs defining a generation may be their greatest gift of all. We are thrilled and extremely proud to work with one of music’s all-time powerhouse franchises,” said Lipman. Lennox, who brought the band to Universal Music Canada on their last album and collaborated with Lipman to secure their new home adds, “Nickelback are one of the best-selling bands in ‎Canada’s history and we’re excited to be able to extend our long-term relationship with them as they enter into this next great chapter with our friends at Republic.”

The first single from the album, Edge Of A Revolution, made its world premiere on Clear Channel this week.  The song is now live on iTunes and other digital retailers and will soon impact rock radio formats.

Since first landing on the scene in 1996, Nickelback have cemented themselves as one of the most commercially viable and important acts of the past two decades. The group’s worldwide sales exceed 50 million units, solidifying their status as the “eleventh best-selling music act” and second best-selling foreign act in the U.S. of the 21st century—behind only The Beatles. Their inescapable and irresistible smash How You Remind Me remains Billboard’s Top Rock Song of the Decade and Fourth Song of the Decade. Among all of these accolades, they’ve been crowned Billboard’s Top Rock Group of the Decade as well. Along the way, they’ve received a staggering nine Grammy Award nominations, three American Music Awards, a World Music Award, a People’s Choice Award and 12 Juno Awards.

Now, these titans stand in the midst of recording what promises to be their biggest and best offering yet kicking off this new chapter with Republic Records.

Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger adds: “We are very excited to be releasing new music for our fans and feel it’s some of our strongest material to date. During the recording process as we looked toward the next chapter, it became clear that Monte, Randy and the entire Republic/Universal team had a shared vision and passion for this project.  Their track record of Artist development speaks volumes to their success and we are honoured to be partners with them.”

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The Strypes To Release Second EP, 4 Track Mind

Ireland rock ‘n’ roll sensations The Strypes return with the release of their second EP, 4 Track Mind, available digitally now on all major digital retailers. This makes for their first release under the new partnership between Photo Finish Records and Republic Records. The EP will feature four tracks previously not available in the US including Hard to Say No, So They Say, Still Gonna Drive You Home (which was produced by famed musician Paul Weller) and a US-exclusive cover of The Ramones’, Rockaway Beach.

You can purchase the EP now here.

Supporting the EP, the band launches a string of very special US shows which started this week. Tickets are available here.

Since bursting onto the scene last spring with their debut album, Snapshot, The Strypes have gone on to light up Austin during a string of explosive gigs at the SXSW Festival, perform on both The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan in the past year and catch the attention of Rolling Stone who has sung their praises writing, “They’re at the right starting line, making an impressive entrance.”

The Strypes are currently recording their sophomore LP due out in 2015.

You can see The Strypes live on the following dates:
22 Aug Cambridge, MA                          The Sinclair
23 Aug Brooklyn, NY                              Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Angus & Julia Stone Release Latest Track, Grizzly Bear, From New Album

Grizzly Bear is Angus and Julia’s latest track to be unveiled from their forthcoming and highly anticipated Rick Rubin produced album, Angus & Julia Stone out August 1 (American Recordings/Republic Records).

The melodious and up-tempo, Fleetwood Mac-esque track was written and recorded in California and was brought to life thanks to Rubin’s ears and direction in the studio. As described by Rubin himself, it is the Sydney-born, Californian based siblings own “poetic depth” that carries and makes this album and track so very special.

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Weezer Announce New Album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End

Los Angeles, CA’s Weezer will release their highly anticipated ninth album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, on September 30 2014 on Republic Records. Produced by Ric Ocasek, who previously helmed production on the band’s first and third records (The Blue Album and The Green Album), Everything Will Be Alright In The End is the band’s first collection of new material in four years.

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Weezer’s album artwork

Since forming in 1992, Weezer has released a myriad of celebrated, chart-topping albums, selling over 13 million records worldwide. Following an intensely prolific couple years at the end of the aughts, the band chose to deliberately dial down the tempo in 2010, a move singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo says allowed him to write at a slower pace, giving the songs he wanted to use for an album the time to gradually grow into their final forms. He started almost every song on the piano, eventually transferring them to the guitar before taking them to the band. When it came time to record the material, Weezer reunited with the man who helped them make some of their most iconic album-length work, Cars frontman Ric Ocasek. The resulting album, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, is a stand-out gem in Weezer’s vast and varied catalogue, a reflection of a much-loved band at their very best. Organised thematically around three groups of songs, it is an album that utilises that sound from the band’s earliest days to tell new stories in 2014, creating some of the finest, most heartfelt songs Weezer has ever recorded.

Weezer have revealed the first track from the record, Back To The Shack, which can be heard here.

You can catch Weezer live on the following dates: 7/24/14 London, ON @ Rock The Park 2014
Aug 1  Las Vegas, CA @ The Cosmopolitan
Aug 2  Del Mar, CA @ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club Summer Concert Series
Aug 9 Bethlehem, PA @ Musikfest PNC Plaza
Aug 13 Southaven, MS @ Snowden Grove Amphitheater
Aug 14 Lake Charles, LA @ L’Auberge Casino Resort
Aug 31 Los Angeles, CA @ Made In America
Sept  6 Charlotte, NC @ 106.5 The End presents Weenie Roast ‘14
Sept 12 Paso Robles, CA @ Vino Robles Amphitheatre
Sept 13 Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
Sept 14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Sept 19 Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

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Angus and Julia Stone Announce North American Tour Dates

Brother and sister duo, Angus and Julia Stone have recently revealed their brand new video for their new single, A Heartbreak. The video premiered on the New York Times website.

To coincide with this release, the alternative duo have also announced a string of North American tour dates. You can catch Angus and Julia Stone live on the following dates:

06 Oct – House of Blues – San Diego, CA
07 Oct – The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
08 Oct – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
10 Oct – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
11 Oct – Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR
12 Oct – Neumos – Seattle, WA
14 Oct – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
15 Oct – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
17 Oct – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
18 Oct – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
19 Oct – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
21 Oct– Opera House – Toronto, ON
22 Oct – Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
23 Oct – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
25 Oct – Sixth & I Historic Synagogue – Washington, DC
27 Oct – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
28 Oct – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
29 Oct – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

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Introducing…Angus and Julia Stone

The captivating third, self titled album from Angus and Julia Stone is said to be the best record the siblings have ever made, a record born of spontaneity and totally unplanned.

“It took a while to get to a place where we thought it was a good idea,” they admit. “We were enjoying the time apart, enjoying our different directions. There was no conversation of, ‘When are we doing another Angus & Julia record?’ It never even came up.” In fact, the pair, over the last couple of years on solo adventures never even saw each other, aside from unexpectedly bumping into each other on the street in Paris.

It took the legendary US producer to spark the flame. From Jay Z to the Beastie Boys, Johnny Cash to Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Rick Rubin knows good music. After Rubin heard Angus and Julia’s music playing at a friend’s party he decided he had to get in contact with them. Julia received an email from one of the notorious producer and former Def Jam head associates who visited the singer at one of her NYC solo shows, urging her to take a meeting. Weeks later in LA, Julia met up with Rubin. “At that point I was saying, ‘But my brother and I aren’t playing music together,” Julia recalls of the initial meeting. “Rick said, ‘Well I’d really like to meet him too.”

Raised in Sydney’s northern beaches, after word-of-mouth heat and early EPs the brother and sister duo demanded attention with their 2007 debut, A Book Like This, which was produced in London by Travis’ Fran Healy. Three years later, and the result of endless tours through Europe, North America and Australia, Angus and Julia delivered the multi-platinum, ARIA-conquering Down the Way. Led by the gentle anthem Big Jet Plane, the band had it all; a number one record, pole position in Triple J’s Hottest 100, ARIA trophies for Single and Album of the Year, invitations to play festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Coachella, Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and others. Years of touring internationally saw them selling out venues across Europe, playing to over 10,000 people at their Paris shows.

But their joint success had posed the question: could they do it alone? Angus and Julia had always been separate songwriters; initially, they’d never intended to be a duo. It was time to make a change.

And so, after wrapping tour commitments in New York City and Los Angeles Julia recorded her commanding second solo effort, By the Horns. Angus kept busy creating his own critically acclaimed release, July 2012’s Broken Bright’s. Both albums hit their mark, each songwriter revelling in the freedom of a singular vision. There was absolutely no plan to re-team.

Angus and Julia

Angus and Julia

Unconvinced they should break from their individual plans; it was when they started spending time with Rubin over a few months that thoughts about getting back together started to form. Julia said: “It wasn’t clear though – Rick felt good about it but we were both unsure and hadn’t really come around to the idea. Then we were both billed on the same festival and for the first time in a couple of years we played a song together. It felt so magical…We decided the moment we walked off stage that we would make this record with Rick.”

“We landed in LA and were looking at each other going, What the f@*k are we going to do?” Angus jokes. “We had no idea how it would come together. We decided that we would only move forward with the record if it felt real and if it felt like the right thing… I think this is what made the record what it is.”

For the first time ever the pair wrote side by side. For two weeks they holed up in Palisades, in the dry heat of summer, jamming with musicians on new songs, and working through existing tracks Angus had demoed at home in NYC and Julia had been writing while living down in Venice Beach. In September 2013, they walked into Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu.

“There’s Bob Dylan’s old 70’s tour bus in the front yard,” Julia described. She continued: “Then you’ve got the feeling of all the bands who’ve recorded there…The old scuff marks on the felt of the billiard table from the gang back when.

“Rick’s easy to work with, a very chilled-out dude. He attracts good people into his working environment, everyone there was joy. At the same time, we’ve never worked like that before – on such a big scale production. You turn around and your guitar’s been tuned, there’s someone there for amps, someone for coffee…We were overwhelmed at times.”

Velvet textures, dust-filled dreams, golden melodies. To say that this record is the band’s most grown up offering is no back-handed compliment. The record is pure Angus and Julia but there’s a brand new potency here; richness you can’t ignore – the record tracks are of spirit and statement. Angus and Julia’s creative union has resulted in their best work yet. It’s a record steeped in feeling and filled with a new found freedom and confidence that’s palatable throughout.

From the lazy garage strummed Other Things to the stomping drive of A Heartbreak, the hypnotic, languid pull of Main Street to the west coast guitar of Grizzly Bear, the record moves from mood to mood, drawing you near. Heart Beats Slow is a kiss goodbye to a long time lover while Little Whiskey burns with Angus and Julia’s most electric energy yet.

Tracks like Get Home, recorded by Angus as demos in New York, made it to the final disc. For Rubin, it was all about capturing the moment. “There’s definitely a swagger to the record,” Angus agrees on the band’s artistic throw forward. “We hadn’t ever really looked at each other’s songs the way we did on this record – there was a common ground we had found beneath us this time. Especially from both being summoned out of the blue to create something together, I think we both felt the dust lift. We both felt empowered in coming back together, the timing was unexpected but well placed.”

“We found a new way to make music together,” stated Julia of the outcome. “I think we had enough space from each other to be able to really listen to each other and appreciate each others ideas, thoughts and feelings.”

By November 2013 the tracking was done with mixing completed by Billy Bush in March 2014. Four years on from their last joint effort, Angus and Julia have delivered an album that defies expectations. Call it a coming of age or a re-invention but the new self titled record by Angus and Julia is the most exciting, visceral listen yet.

Rubin commented: ‘‘This album is extraordinary. Angus and Julia are truly unique musicians… they are authentic and pure people who do things from the heart. I’ve never worked with anyone like them before.”

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