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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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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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