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Introducing…Sheppard

Sheppard

Sheppard

Formed in Brisbane in 2011, Sheppard is comprised of siblings, George, Amy and Emma Sheppard along with best-mates Jay Bovino, Michael Butler and Dean Gordon.  After conquering their native Australia, Sheppard is set to make their U.S. debut with the ultra-catchy pop anthem, Geronimo. Geronimo became the first independently released Australian single to top the ARIA chart since the 1970’s and is now the longest reining independent Australian number one of all time. The song has been number one on the Australian national airplay charts for over seven consecutive weeks since April and still remains in the top five. It is currently the most tagged track on Shazam in Australia, and is three times platinum.

The band is now set to make its way to the States.

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Owl City Release New Video For Single, Beautiful Times

Owl City has teamed up with RollingStone.com to debut the music video for his latest single “Beautiful Times (ft. Lindsey Stirling)” today. The premiere came just in time for the digital release of the multi-platinum singer, songwriter and producer’s new digital EP, Ultraviolet. Ultraviolet is now available on iTunes.

The video for Beautiful Times is a gorgeous and whimsical cinematic tale. It follows a young protagonist waking up and venturing beyond his own world while showing the musician do what he does best. With an imaginative story evocative of the song’s ethereal melodies, the clip channels the distinct and dynamic energy of Ultraviolet. Musically, it also marks the first collaboration between Owl City and Lindsey Stirling who lends her inimitable and impressive violin skills to the track.

Across Ultraviolet, the Minnesota native—aka Adam Young—seizes the spirit of his early material while still progressing as is apparent on Beautiful Times as well as tracks like Wolf Bite.

Personally, Young has grown into a prolific pop presence. His breakout single Fireflies from 2009’s Ocean Eyes is certified six-times platinum and it landed at number one in 26 countries. Moreover, it’s generated sales of 10 million tracks globally. Again in 2012, The Midsummer Station yielded the double-platinum smash Good Time (ft. Carly Rae Jepsen) also a top five hit in the U.S. Meanwhile, filmmaker Zack Snyder [Watchmen, 300] sought out Young to pen the theme song for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole while Disney tapped him for an original composition in the Academy Award-winning Wreck-It Ralph. His tunes have also been featured in The Croods, Veggietales and Smurfs 2. Peers including Armin Van Buuren and Paul Van Dyk also reached out for collaborations.

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James Bay Releases Acoustic Video For Latest Single, If You Ever Want To Be In Love

James Bay has released an acoustic video for the first single from his second EP, Let It Go.

Only available in the U.S. If You Ever Want to Be in Love is a bright and unforgettable anthem that showcases his immense range. The official follow-up to his critically acclaimed U.S. debut, last year’s The Dark of the Morning, If You Ever Want to Be in Love is the lead single off of the Let It Go EP. Here in the UK, Let It Go has already hit number 1 on the iTunes Top Singer/Songwriter Albums Chart while the title track rose to number 1 overall on Hype Machine twice.

Let It Go EP also features the heartfelt title track which stands emblematic of his songwriting prowess and artful lyricism. For both Let It Go and If You Ever Want To Be In Love, he enlisted the production talents of Jacquire King [Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men, Tom Waits] while mixing was handled by Michael Brauer [John Mayer, Coldplay].

Bay is also gearing up to support Irish sensation Hozier on his U.S. tour this fall. 2014 also sees him make his debut at prestigious UK festivals Glastonbury on June 27 and T in the Park on July 11. Bay remains a magnetic performer on stage, consistently captivating audiences with his powerful presence.

James Bay hails from the tiny town of Hitchin but he cut his teeth during rapturous sets at London’s famed Blue Flowers Club as well as Notting Hill Arts Club in addition to supporting both Laura Mvula and Rae Morris. It was at one of these very performances that a fan filmed his set and shared the video on YouTube. The video quickly caught the attention of Republic Records who ended up flying Bay to New York and signing him on the spot.

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The Naked And Famous Announce Pre-Order For Deluxe Edition Of In Rolling Waves

The Naked and Famous has expanded their critically acclaimed sophomore full-length, In Rolling Waves, with a special deluxe edition available digitally on July 1. The pre-order is live on iTunes and other digital retailers now.

For this deluxe package, they teamed up with top remixers including Sombear, Ducky, Big Black Delta and more to re-imagine and re-envision key tracks. In addition, the band enlisted the talents of Chain Gang of 1974, Space Above and Strange Babes to cut covers of select songs, each act adding their own flair and fire to the music in the process.

In Rolling Waves comes to life vividly through all of these artistic innovations. You can hear a fresh vitality coursing through Sombear’s remix of the single Hearts Like Ours which premiered on HillyDilly.com. The remix tempers a lush soundscape with cinematic flourishes, allowing listeners to fall deeper into the embrace of The Naked and Famous. As synths, guitars and vocal harmonies collide, the group’s sound once again emerges vibrantly.

The gold-selling New Zealand quintet recently gave stunning performances at both Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo. They’ll cap off the summer with a string of West Coast dates starting August 20 at North Park Theatre in San Diego, CA.

 

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Lorde Announces North American Tour Dates For Autumn

Two-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum New Zealand songstress Lorde has announced she is returning to North America this Autumn. Her tour will commence in Philadelphia’s Mann Center on 5 September, making stops on the east coast, heading south, across the mid-west and winding up on west coast at the prestigious Austin City Limits Festival in October. The remaining tickets will go on-sale nationwide Friday 6 June.

Since her last North American tour — which included stops at 2014’s Coachella Festival and an impromptu appearance on stage with Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at this year’s annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards — Lorde’s critically acclaimed debut album Pure Heroine (Lava/Republic Records) continues to dominate U.S charts. Her quadruple platinum single Royals holds the record for Longest number one on the Billboard Hot 100 by a Female Artist in 2013. Her previous single Team is her second number one on Adult Top 40, making her the first female artist in Billboard history to rule over the AAA Radio Airplay chart with two songs. Team also held the top spot for four weeks and landed at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 with over 1.7 billion in radio audience to date.

In January Lorde walked away with Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance awards at the 2014 Grammy Awards and has since been nominated for an impressive 12 Billboard Music Awards and took home awards for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for her debut single Royals.

Lorde also performed her current single Tennis Court for the very first time on national television at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, held in Las Vegas.

Since it’s release in September 2013, Pure Heroine has reached platinum status and has sold over 1.2 millions copies.

Team recently held the number one spot on Top 40, Alt, Hot AC and AAA, holding the crown across five formats and becoming the number one pop song in the country.

You can catch Lorde live on the following dates:
01 Aug – Lollapalooza – Chicago, IL
03 Aug – Osheaga – Montreal, QC
05 Sept – Mann Center – Philadelphia, PA
06 Sept – Boston Calling Festival – Boston, MA
07 Sept – Artpark – Lewiston, NY
11 Sept – Ottawa Folk Festival – Ottawa, ON
12 Sept – TD Echo Beach – Toronto, ON
14 Sept – JBL Live at Pier 97 – New York, NY
15 Sept – United Palace – New York, NY
16 Sept – United Palace – New York, NY
18 Sept – The Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC
22 Sept – Grand Ole Opry House – Nashville, TN
23 Sept – LC Pavilion – Columbus, OH
24 Sept – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – Cleveland, OH
26 Sept – BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI
27 Sept – Harrah’s Casino, Stir Grove – Council Bluffs, IA
28 Sept – 1STBANK Center – Broomfield, CO
30 Sept – The Joint – Las Vegas, NV
02 Oct – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
06 Oct – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
09 Oct – Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, CA
10 Oct – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theater – San Diego, CA
10 – 12 Oct @ Austin City Limits – Austin, TX (Weekend 2 only)

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Introducing…Milky Chance

You never know who you’re going to meet on the first day of school. Sometimes, you can end up being introduced to one of the best friends you’ll ever know. That was the case for Clemens and Philipp – otherwise known as Milky Chance. The Kassel, Germany duo met in an Advanced Music Course at the start of eleventh grade and they creatively gelled right off the bat.

“On that first day, you’re looking around the classroom trying to see who’s cool and who’s not,” laughs Clemens. “We clicked though. It didn’t take long at all for us to notice that we got along great.”

They got along so great that they played in a local band until graduation. Even though the group disbanded when their drummer left Kassel, Clemens and Philipp kept on making music. Weaving together elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals, they harnessed a style unequivocally their own.

Clemens put it best, “Think of it as the singer-songwriter spirit mixed with electronic beats. Somehow, it’s always a little bit melancholy but there’s a positive spin. You can dance to most of it too. Melancholy is something that I carry within me. I write the best songs when this mood catches me.”

In order to capture that, the boys built a tiny studio in the quiet house Clemens grew up in. Over the course of two weeks in 2013, they cut their full-length debut, Sadnecessary, on a minimalist setup, spending hours getting the settings just right. They didn’t need anything more than a rudimentary interface, microphone and computer. That’s why Sadnecessary sizzles so much.

“There was never a plan,” Clemens goes on. “We only played two shows before we decided to make the album. We never bought expensive studio equipment or even hired a producer. We did what we wanted to and what felt good at the moment. We just wanted to record our music. We never thought it would go further than that.”

However, it went a lot further than that. After cutting the tracks, Clemens and Philipp uploaded the first single, Stolen Dance, to YouTube. With its bright handclaps, plaintive acoustic guitars and his own gravelly smooth delivery, the song became a viral sensation, eventually racking up over 30 million-plus YouTube views and made them the “most blogged about act” on HypeM for that month.

About the song, he says: “It’s less of a story than a feeling. The feeling in the song refers to a certain moment I wanted to hold on to. It’s the sentiment you experience when you miss somebody you really like and just can’t spend time with that person. You’re sad the other person isn’t there but you’re also happy for the beautiful moments you’ve spent together.”

Sadnecessary, released on the musicians’ own Lichtdicht Records in Europe, became a phenomenon followed by packed shows around the continent. In early 2014, Republic Records inked a deal with Milky Chance to release the record stateside, opening them up to their largest audience yet.

Now, songs like Down By The River flow between poetic musing and delightfully danceable grooves. Clemens remains honest at every turn though: “There is actually a personal story behind Down By The River. In general it’s about being in love but there’s a lot of room for interpretation. That’s important to us.”

Ultimately, because of that emotional expanse, these songs will resonate loudly with listeners everywhere. Clemens leaves off: “At the end of the day, we’re most happy when people discover our music for themselves and have fun at one of our concerts. It’s just great when they listen to a song and connect it to a personal experience. That’s the most amazing thing and we’d love to encourage that.”

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Introducing…James Bay

Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, James was discovered by Republic Records after a fan uploaded a video of him performing in a Kentish Town pub to YouTube. After months of playing open mic nights in both Brighton and London, James was flown to New York and signed his record deal. In 2013 he released Dark of the Morning EP and is set to release new music this year. He has supported John Newman, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Beth Orton and The Rolling Stones at their 2013 Hyde Park shows.

James Bay’s new single Let It Go was produced by Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men) and is a heartfelt bookend to a past relationship which James admits was “super personal and quite hard to write. It outlines the point in a relationship where you think that you should perhaps put it all to bed. We tried it again and we tried really hard. Maybe we can just be friends and let it go. It’s really honest and I got something off my chest.”

As Bay said this song is really personal and this can be felt in the way that he sings it. There’s true emotion and passion in this voice. You’d have to have a heart made of stone not to have a tear in your eye at the end of this song. His lyrics are beautiful, “From throwing clothes across the floor/To teeth and claws and slamming doors at you/If this is all we’re living for/Why are we doing it doing it doing it anymore?/I used to recognise myself it’s funny how reflections change/We’re becoming something else I think it’s time to walk away”. Bay’s voice is reminiscent of James Morrison’s with hints of soul and blues influences. It’s strong, dynamic and interesting. His style is unique – you’ll be instantly attracted to his music.

Let It Go is out now.

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