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Against Me!
Shape Shift with Me
Total Treble Music
ADDS 9/27/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Raging, tender, organic, erotic and liberating…an album that hits both the brain and the body, simultaneously and without apology.” - NPR

“‘Shape Shift With Me’ is a collection of songs about living, and loving, with improvisational necessity. It’s as bitter as it is utopian: low dirges alongside driving ballads of fleeting love, drizzled with images of death and the occult. Grace wants to build connection, and she builds them throughout ‘Shape Shift With Me’ with ruthless honesty.” - WIRED

“‘Shape Shift With Me’, with its provocative title and explicit, non PC cover art no major label would approve, continues the band’s string of powerfully uncompromising but surprisingly tuneful albums that make you think, but only if you’re not busy thrashing in the mosh pit.” - American Songwriter

"Bolstered by whip-smart lyricism and indelible riffs, Grace bares her sensual, sentimental side – but not without a few swift kicks in the eye." - Rolling Stone

“‘Shape Shift With Me’ has catchy anthems, heavy rock songs and speed rants; it's yet another excellent, and complicated, Against Me! album.” - MAGNET

Grace is reveling in her mess, resulting in an album that is lighter, fleeter, hookier, and more fun than its predecessor.” - Allmusic

“Those who like their alt-punk laced with introspection and intellectualism will continue to like Grace’s music, and perhaps learn a bit about what it’s like to be her as well.” - The A.V. Club

“A sharply penned love letter both to the idea of romance and the people who engage in it, brimming with deep yet concisely expressed emotions that can only be worked out through topof-the-lungs bellowing.” - The Boston Globe

“‘Shape Shift With Me’ finds the veteran punk band reveling in singer Laura Jane Grace’s newfound freedom with hard-hitting results.” - Newsday

Against Me!’s past is still present, as there’s plenty of angst to confront and demons to battle. Laura Jane Grace wrote the best album of her career with ‘Shape Shift With Me’,” - Houston Chronicle


RIYL: Menzingers, Descendents, Clash, Beach Slang
DIRTY: #2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
CLEAN: #1, 4, 5, 12
Clean edits of #3 (Boyfriend) and #6 (333) included in downloads folder!

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.againstme.net/
https://twitter.com/againstme
https://www.facebook.com/AgainstMe/


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This Wild Life
Low Tides
Epitaph
ADDS 9/27/16
CD / DIGITAL

This Wild Life have only been around since 2010 but they've already had multiple lives. The duo of Kevin Jordan and Anthony Del Grosso met as outcast drummers in their hometown of Long Beach, California, and eventually formed a well-received punk act. However, they eventually started to notice that their fans seemed to gravitate toward the duo's acoustic material, which inspired them to form This Wild Life six years ago. Correspondingly if 2014's Epitaph Records debut album Clouded saw them transitioning from stage dives to sing-alongs, their new album Low Tides shows the duo taking their songwriting to the next level by fleshing out these ten tracks with expanded arrangements and inventive instrumentation. In other words, it isn't as much a reinvention as it is a progression and one that's as memorable as they come.
 
In the same way that Clouded saw This Wild Life transitioning into the acoustic realm, Low Tides sees them continuing that fearless process of evolution... although it wasn't an easy decision from the start. “A big part of what helped us make this record was the encouragement of Brett Gurewitz,” Jordan explains, referencing the label's owner and guitarist for Bad Religion. “He sat us down and said, 'Most bands don't change enough, so if you guys are proud of these songs don't be shy about trying new things and just go for it,” he continues. “Once we heard that our label owner was on board we knew we could make the record we wanted to make instead of just writing songs that we thought people wanted to hear.” That spirit of liberation is dripping all over Low Tides from the ominous aura of “Let Go” to the falsetto-friendly finale “Brick Wall”
 
“We went into this album much more open-minded than we did on the last one because we've listened to so much new music over the past three years,” Jordan explains, adding that the fact that they had more time to write and record their music this time around is another reason why Low Tides feels more fully formed. Additionally, splitting the recording duties between two producers—Copeland's Aaron Marsh and their friend Sir Sly's Jason Suwito—allowed the band to play to their strengths in a way they never have before. “Aaron is so great with organic instrumentation like strings and harmonies which we really wanted to shine through on this album,” Del Grosso explains. “Alternately Jason is a really modern producer who dove more into the moody electronic and ambient elements.” The result is the best of both sonic worlds, a fact that's evident in every note of Low Tides.
 

RIYL: City and Colour, Dashboard Confessional, Mayday Parade, Copeland
TRY: #1, 4, 7, 10
DIRTY: #6

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://thiswildlifeband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thiswildlife
https://twitter.com/thiswildlife
http://epitaph.com/artists/this-wild-life


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Wovenhand
Star Treatment
Sargent House
ADDS 9/27/16
CD / DIGITAL

“This is big music, a type of music that we don’t often hear anymore. It’s music for calling down heaven.” – Stereogum, “Album of the Week”

Wovenhand have crafted their hardest-hitting offering to date. Edwards’ musical palette has truly become limitless, and Star Treatment takes Wovenhand’s sound to its most realized and accomplished.” - Noisey

Star Treatment finds Wovenhand rumbling through a batch of songs that find the space between blues-based alt-country and unsettling stoner metal.” – A.V. Club

The music of Wovenhand and songwriter/multi- instrumentalist David Eugene Edwards has always had an unparalleled intensity. Edwards' rich, billowing and emotive voice is always the driving force of his music, but it's catapulted by his spellbinding ability to transform instruments that many people might consider mundane relics - be it banjo, accordion, lesser-known folk instruments from around the world, or even an electric guitar - into devices of dark fury and poignant beauty.

From the apocalyptic revivification of antique Americana of Sixteen Horsepower in the 90s to the threadbare balladry of Wovenhand's early releases, Edwards' music has maintained its celestial heaviness as it evolved. But now in its current incarnation, Wovenhand is a band that fully expands that power with exacting and inventive skill. It's a sound so distinctive and compellingly crushing that even the heaviest of metal bands can't match.

Wovenhand's current lineup includes guitarist Chuck French, bassist Neil Keener (both of Planes Mistaken For Stars) and drummer Ordy Garrison, now joined by piano/synth player Matthew Smith (Crime & The City Solution). Star Treatment was recorded at Steve Albini's legendary Electrical Audio in Chicago with engineer Sanford Parker, who also helmed Wovenhand's 2014 album Refractory Obdurate.

While Wovenhand ought to be a familiar name to anyone interested in forward-thinking music, the album title Star Treatment isn't a reference to our celebrity culture obsession. Rather, it's a clever reference to concepts of astrolatry, or humanity's enduring interest in the stars of the night sky.

"It's ethereal in its concept," Edwards explains. "There are many layers, as always. I've been paying attention to the stars in the sky and in literature, and it's a theme throughout the album." He adds, "There's more love song style on this in general, which is nice. The idea of what love is and how it's expressed and all these different atmospheres."


RIYL: Swans, Nick Cave, Queens of the Stone Age
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5, 8

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://wovenhandband.com/
http://wovenhand.bandcamp.com/
http://sargenthouse.com/wovenhand
https://www.facebook.com/wovenhandofficial
https://www.instagram.com/wovenhandband/


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The Duke Of Norfolk
Three Days From the Wolf Month
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 9/27/16
CD / DIGITAL

'I long to free her,' said Aonghas, 'and will leave in search of her now, although it is still the wolf-month. I will borrow three days from August and weave a spell over the land and sea so that they are calm and I will ride out on my white steed in search of Bride.'

Partly inspired by Scottish wintertime, Three Days From the Wolf Month presents a journey through the soundscapes present to the imagination while shivering in the damp watching the haar roll in off the sea or warming inside with a pint in hand. It is about traveling and about staying still.

"Three Days from the Wolf Month" is a six-track masterpiece, so grand as to both inspire a generation of songwriters and to discourage many from ever picking up a guitar again.” - RA Music

"The Duke has been a growing sensation in Edinburgh recently; I've yet to see him play to a room that wasn't drawn to rapt attention, nor to a dwindling audience." - Myk Check

"Three Days from the Wolf Month - Straight outta Scotland, The Duke of Norfolk compose some refreshingly folksy, strummy guitar tunes in the realm of Frightened Rabbit." - Quick Crit Music


RIYL: Lumineers, Ballroom Thieves, Frightened Rabbit
TRY: #2, 4, 6

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.mint400records.com/
http://thedukeofnorfolk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thedukeofnorfolk
https://twitter.com/thdukeofnorfolk


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Nick Waterhouse
Never Twice
Innovative Leisure
ADDS 9/20/16
CD / DIGITAL

Hear Nick Waterhouse Connect With Leon Bridges on “Katchi” - The Fader

"Brisk, self-contained, a little mysterious, and catchy enough to revisit again and again" - Paste Magazine

"His style is all his own" - NPR

"The second coming of soul, infusing a distinctly California surf-rock spin to the genre" - Vogue

"It's sexy, it's smart, and it's definitely worth another round in a bar east of Koreatown in the middle of a dark and stormy night." - Esquire

Nick’s latest Never Twice is a culmination, intensification, and realization of everything he’s been developing throughout this prolific frenzy. Catchier and loaded with more hits than its predecessors, Nick’s new LP is at the same time harder hitting, more rhythmic, more harmonic, more diverse, and more adventurous than any of the excellent work that already separated him from the pack. A cool and elegant post-post-modern cocktail of 1950s r&b and club jazz, mixed with 1960s soul and boogaloo, and shaken with a minimal contemporary sensibility, Never Twice finds the artist taking his time, refining his vision, and speaking with new authority. In five short years Nick Waterhouse has come a long way and it looks like he may have just painted his masterpiece. - Jonathan Toubin


RIYL: Leon Bridges, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Van Morrison, Ty Segall, Allah-Las
TRY: #6 - Katchi (feat. Leon Bridges) and #1, 7, 11, 12

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://nickwaterhouse.com/
https://twitter.com/nickwaterhouse
https://www.facebook.com/nickwaterhousemusic/
https://www.instagram.com/nickwaterhouse
https://nickwaterhouse.bandcamp.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Waterhouse


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Helms Alee
Stillicide
Sargent House
LOUD ROCK & TOP 200 ADDS 9/20/16
CD / DIGITAL

Helms Alee is stadium rock for music nerds, as their new album, Stillicide, shows.” - Noisey

"It’s one of the year’s more distinct metal albums, and one with a lot of crossover appeal." – Brooklyn Vegan

Helms Alee are a whole new class of metal." - Nerdist

Every music nerd has gotten roped into the desert island conversation. You know—what’s the one record you would bring with you to some remote location to provide solace for the rest of your days? Or better yet, what’s the one band whose catalog would always remain fresh to your ears, even after years and years of isolation? Of course, the ideal candidate would be a band who has a significant body of work, a band who’s songs span a variety of temperaments and timbres, and, obviously, a band that just plain rules. With their fourth album, Stillicide, Helms Alee prove that they might be the only group you would need for the rest of your life. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But the Washington state trio of Ben Verellen (guitar, vocals), Dana James (bass, vocals), and Hozoji Margullis (drums, vocals) delivers the kind of expertly crafted, dynamic, nuanced, and diverse songwriting that is both instantly engaging and—as evidenced by their previous albums Night Terror (2008), Weatherhead (2011), and Sleepwalking Sailors (2014)— increasingly gratifying after years of repeated listens. With Stillicide, Helms Alee continues their sonic tradition of blending heavy riffs, dark guitar pop, and math rock into songs that are at turns brutal, anthemic, and cerebrally engaging.

After nearly a decade of existence, one can only assume that a band is either entering their sunset years or striding with such artistic strength and confidence that they are creating a whole new legacy for themselves. With Helms Alee, it is obviously the latter scenario. The band set a high bar for themselves with their spectacular debut album Night Terror, but every subsequent release has trumped their previous endeavors. Bolstered by the recording and production expertise of Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City Studios, Stillicide is not only the group’s strongest collection of songs, it is arguably their best sounding release to date. The heavier moments are that much more oppressive; their melodic angles are that much more beguiling, and the juxtaposition between Verellen’s patriarchal roar and the siren song vocals of James and Margullis is that much more exhilarating. If there was only one band you could listen to for the rest of your life, Helms Alee would satiate most every emotional yearning. And if you could only pick one of their albums, you’d gravitate towards the best document of their textural range and songwriting chops. You’d gravitate towards Stillicide.


RIYL: Torche, Boris, Soundgarden, Kylesa, Melvins
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://helmsalee.net
http://Twitter.com/HelmsAleeMusic
http://facebook.com/HelmsAlee
http://Instagram.com/HelmsAlee
http://sargenthouse.com/helms-alee


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Toy Cars
Sleeping Patterns
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400 Records
ADDS 9/20/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Substream Magazine premiere

Toy Cars arrive with their third EP Sleeping Patterns, the follow-up to 2015’s attention-grabbing Letters. Continuing New Jersey’s tradition of heart-on-sleeve Springsteen-ian rock anthems, Toy Cars channel a middle ground between the New Brunswick basement dwelling punk rock they were born out of and emotionally exposed folk music, all framed within a real songwriting prowess. “Albatross” builds slowly until it explodes in an ecstatic release that would make Titus Andronicus proud while “Dull” recalls early Bright Eyes when Connor Oberst was at his most vulnerable. “Bjork” crosses the melodic drive of Against Me! with the warped, sharp guitars of modern post-punk revivalists like Women and Preoccupations.

With Sleeping Patterns, Toy Cars achieve a beautiful sadness. This is music that makes you feel alive because the only way to feel sadness in such depths is to have known a joy in equal measure. We hope you enjoy it!


RIYL: Preoccupations, Titus Andronicus, Desaparecidos, Against Me!
TRY: #1, 2, 3
DIRTY: #4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/toycarsnj/
https://toycars.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/toycarsnj


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Boxed In
Melt
Nettwerk
TOP 200 & RPM ADDS 9/20/16
CD / DIGITAL

KCRW Premiere!

Boxed In will enhance your life.” - NME

“DIY but high def, super pop but super cool. This London quartet are killing it.” – Noisey

“‘Jist’ is a punchy electronic track featuring looping vocals, a swelling undercurrent of rumbling synths, and a shiny keyboard melody...” - Stereogum

Following barely a year after the highly acclaimed self-titled debut--which garnered support across BBC Radio 1, Spotify and KCRW and led the band to their impressive live debut at SXSWBoxed In return with sophomore effort Melt, set for worldwide release on September 23. A fresh spin on ‘70s krautrock, ’80s synthpop and ‘90s house and techno, “Jist” jump-starts the next chapter of Boxed In.

The brainchild of Oli Bayston – the singer, songwriter, producer and front-man of Boxed In – “Jist” is a head-turning, expertly-produced cut of electronic pop, keeping one foot firmly in Bayston’s background - intricate piano lines, taut rhythms – but also digging deeper into the dance music influences tightly compacted within Boxed In. The track was produced between Bayston and Dan Carey, and is about, says Bayston, “Getting lost in repetitive thought patterns & the form of the music which emulates that mindset. It's perversely enjoyable to work yourself in to a cyclical mantra from which there's no escape.”

Not content with following the band’s debut so quickly, Bayston continues to expand his reputation as one of the country’s most in-demand emerging producers (he’s currently recording the debut album from Nimmo, and working with Zola Blood among numerous other endeavors). “It’s all about balancing the two roles,” says Bayston, who perhaps – both in multi-tasking, and his nuanced knowledge of dance culture – offers a closest UK answer to James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem. “I’m fortunate to be in a position where I can be producer and singer. The two inform each other - I get to see from both sides of the lens.”

Warmly inviting yet coolly controlled, the 11 songs across Boxed In’s second album Melt are experimental, infectious, yet richly detailed (with the accent on midtempo art ache). If Boxed In was essentially a breakup record, Melt is one of reconciliation (with a partner, with your future, and with yourself). Beneath the pristine surfaces lie passionate examinations of choice and change, while a pulsating sense of positivity runs throughout; capturing a young man at a transitional stage, preparing to enter the next, more mature phase of his life.


RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Metronomy, Hot Chip, Generationals
TRY: #6, 2, 3, 9, 10

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.boxedinmusic.com/
https://twitter.com/boxedinuk
https://soundcloud.com/boxedin
https://www.facebook.com/boxedinuk


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Keaton Henson
Kindly Now
[PIAS]
ADDS 9/20/16
CD / DIGITAL

Listen closely to the end of Keaton Henson’s 2013 album, Birthdays, and you’ll hear the sound of a door clicking shut. Listen even closer to the start of 2016’s Kindly Now, and you’ll hear that same door reopening. In a six-year career in which Henson’s work has been as diverse as it has been prolific, it is this small act of opening and closing the door, of letting the world in and shutting it out, which continues to form the struggle at the centre of his art. More masterfully than ever before, Henson’s third album builds upon the tension between stripped back, transparent confessional piano-ballads, and layered, experimental outbursts of mournful orchestration.

This latest album is a true culmination of the skills Henson has developed over thirty-six months of diverse projects and exercises. Kindly Now sees the singer alternately pulled in two directions; he shifts between the traditional piano-led balladeering of Tom Waits and Randy Newman, and the experimental electronic sounds and tempestuous percussion that he has brought into his repertoire. The five piano-ballads that signal each progressive ‘act’ of this album show the songwriter at his most stripped-back and unguarded; ‘No Witnesses’ depicts the private moments of an artist alone in a hotel room after the crowds and the friends and the clothes have been removed. And then, more loop-led experimental pieces like ‘Holy Lover’ show Henson’s ability to unsettle the listener by repeating and reiterating a phrase until it gains sinister new meanings. His lyrics are more anti-heroic and unabashed than ever as he sings lines like ‘I think I love you baby, please don’t be afraid of me’. This album is an artist laid bare, a discomforting confessional with no vanity or compulsion to self-mythologise.

Musically, Kindly Now is a textured piece of sophisticated and cohesive album-crafting in which Henson uses full orchestral arrangements to evoke motifs, themes and environments. The album moves between quiet, interior portraits and busy, unbalanced landscapes. For all its delicacy, the theme of violence and violation is central to this work – pugilism, gouged eyes, and lustful carnal desires lurk behind the verbal eloquence and ornate instrumentation of Kindly Now. The orchestra swells and ebbs in ways which antagonize as much as they support the singer in these songs – to listen to NW Overture in headphones is to feel the world close in on you from all angles before disappearing into the empty expanse from which Henson delivers the next song from the echoey expanse of an empty room.

Henson’s first single from Kindly Now is an understated, melodic lament from the lover left behind: the minimalist, midnight whiskey-ballad ‘Alright’, which recalls shades of Chet Baker at his most mournful and Tom Waits at his most vulnerable (“Don’t make me go outside. God knows what, out there, lies.”). The Pugilist, meanwhile, declares “I still have art in me yet” - Henson is at once destructive and destroyed in this slow-building depiction of a self-serving love. As the solipsistic picking of guitar strings is submerged under orchestral swells and the echo of drums, the final plea of ‘Don’t forget me’ fights its way to the surface. And elsewhere, Philia and Ludus yield to Eros in the dark, libidinous ‘Good Lust’: demonic strings and heavy breaths do battle with the piano’s exorcism in this sneering evil twin of ‘Let’s Get it On’.

Kindly Now is the natural culmination of a six-year journey of broad and fearless experimentation into a range of genres and mediums. Every tool at Henson’s disposal is unified and brought to use in this highly wrought and unflinching album which, when experienced as a whole, becomes greater than the sum of its parts.


RIYL: Antlers, Anohni, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Patrick Watson
TRY: #2, 3, 7, 11

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://keatonhenson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/keatonhensonfans


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Wilco
Schmilco
dBpm/Anti-
ADDS 9/13/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Jeff Tweedy is in a remarkable creative period right now" - NPR Music

"There is beauty to behold here... Tweedy’s lyrics (are) as sharp and beautiful as ever!" - Stereogum

"Jeff Tweedy and co. look at the world with a new "joyously negative" perspective" - Consequence of Sound (A-)

"Wilco's 'Schmilco' Is Their Most Pastoral Album in Years" - Rolling Stone

Wilco’s Schmilco is a mostly acoustic record, but that doesn’t mean it’s a tame one. It bears neither the vicious, fuzz-glam guitars of 2015’s Star Wars, nor the dazzling, baroque-ish arrangements that fans have come to expect. But in their place is a spaciousness and chaos that might feel welcome after twenty-some years of enjoyed but now-familiar Wilco releases. Schmilco is loose, and that’s a good thing.

Schmilco is Grammy-award winning Wilco’s tenth studio album and its follow up to last year’s Star Wars. The new album was recorded at the band’s Chicago loft and is released on their own label, dBpm Records.


RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Spoon, Okkervil River, Deer Tick
TRY: #2, 5, 6, 9
DIRTY: #4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://wilcoworld.net
https://www.facebook.com/wilcohq
https://twitter.com/Wilco
http://anti.com/artists/wilco/
https://www.instagram.com/wilco/


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Daniel Lanois
Goodbye To Language
Anti-
ADDS 9/13/16
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR music is now streaming the new album by revolutionary musician, producer and sonic architect Daniel Lanois. NPR called his newest, Goodbye to Language, “a beautiful, beautiful record.”

The record is the follow up to Lanois’ critically acclaimed Flesh And Machine and arrives September 9th.
 
Goodbye to Language is a deeply expressive work that recalls Lanois’ pivotal work with Brian Eno as well as the sounds Lanois used to form iconic albums like Bob Dylan’s Time Out of Mind, U2’s pivotal Achtung Baby, and works by Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris and others, as well Lanois’ own last album Flesh And Machine.
 


The album was constructed entirely from the sounds of the pedal steel guitar, Daniel on the steel and his mate Rocco Deluca on the lap steel with compositional rigor that recalls the 20th century dreamscapes of Ravel and Debussy merged with a sense of sonic futurism.
 


“A deeply beautiful record that redefines the word meditative and shimmers with breathtaking passages of unhurried, received music” - Allaboutjazz.com



"Reflects his early production work with Brian Eno (notably On Land and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks), and nuances heard later as grace notes and sympathetic background ambience amid the productions he developed for Michael Brook, Jon Hassell, U2, and Bob Dylan, among others.” -  Disquiet.com
 


“Deploying a variety of effects, Lanois conjures a veritable sonic mood board, with tracks like opener ‘Low Sudden’ proffering the same majestic chordal clouds he lent to Brian Eno’s celestial Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks album, while ‘Three Hills’ is all crystalline glissando shimmers and ‘Heavy Sun,’ with its semi-industrial drones, might have fallen off an early David Lynch soundtrack.”  - Mojo


RIYL: William Tyler, Eluvium, Boards of Canada, Stars of the Lid, Brian Eno
TRY: #4, 1, 6, 7

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.daniellanois.com/
https://twitter.com/daniellanois
https://www.instagram.com/daniellanois/
https://www.facebook.com/lanoise/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Lanois


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Dowsing/Ratboys
Split
Topshelf Records
ADDS 9/13/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Dowsing & Ratboys Split 7" EP out Sept 9 on Topshelf Records


Teaming up for full European tour, US dates 

Ratboys announce run with Sorority Noise & Jank

Dowsing and Ratboys are two bands from Chicago comprised of good friends who also share a band member. This split release features two tracks from each band and will be released to coincide with two months of touring throughout the US and Europe starting in September. Pre-order the 7" here: http://tpshlf.co/tsr153

Dowsing is a long-standing emotional punk act featuring Erik, Mike P., Mikey, and Will.  Fresh off their third LP on Asian Man Records, Dowsing can almost always be found on tour, forever.

“Okay favors power-pop that isn’t afraid to get a little loud, and Dowsing is all the better for it.” - The AV Club

Born out of stories to tell, Ratboys have only just begun to explore their sonic alleyway. The post-country outfit released their debut LP AOID on Topshelf Records in 2015 and will return to the studio to record their new album in January. Ratboys will also join Sorority Noise and Jank on tour in November.

"The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies." - Under The Gun


TRY: #1, 3

Stream here:
http://www.redeyechicago.com/music/redeye-ratboys-dowsing-split-stream-premiere-20160831-htmlstory.html

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:


http://www.topshelfrecords.com
http://ratboys.bandcamp.com
http://
dowsing.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/ratboysmusic
http://www.facebook.com/dowsingband

 

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Tess & Dave
Tess & Dave
Friendship Fever Records
ADDS 9/13/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"As show opener, Tess & Dave, took everyone by surprise with their set, and in the glow of stage lighting, the faces of the audience ranged from confusion to rapture. It was medieval, renaissance fair, sometimes 70’s rock with a Bowie-esque sense of borderline-comedic showmanship." – KEXP

"The EP’s opening cut, “Holding My Own Hand,” is a great example of what’s to come, with melting harmonies, swoony strings, a light twang, and what sounds to be the voice of some omnipotent being." – Brooklyn Vegan

Tess & Dave is the new recording project of Tess Shapiro and David Vandervelde. After releasing two vastly different albums on Secretly Canadian, David Vandervelde established himself as one of those "favorite bands" of your favorite band, and one of the best "guitars-for-hire" in the country. Following a relocation from Nashville to Chicago, Chicago to Los Angeles, and then a chance encounter in a Long Beach cafe, Dave met Tess. Together, they were able to leave pain behind, and began writing and recording this collection of songs. Tess & Dave's debut showcases their lush musical compositions in tandem with, at times rueful and wry lyrical expressions of personal heartache, loss and self discovery. Their forthcoming debut full length will be released in early 2017.

Tess & Dave toured the entire US as main support for Father John Misty in the Spring of 2016, playing to sold out crowds every night

Dave lived, learned from, and recorded with the late Jay Bennett (Wilco)

Dave has toured in support of Spoon, Magnolia Electric Company, Dr. Dog, Bobby Bare Jr., Delta Spirit, Blitzen Trapper, Heartless Bastards, and Richard Swift

Dave plays guitar in Father John Misty's live band

• Recorded on the beach with Frank Lenz (Damien Jurado, Starflyer 59, Pedro the Lion) & Eli Thomson (Father John Misty, Everest, Richard Swift)

• Debut release for Friendship Fever Records


RIYL: Father John Misty, Big Star, Tame Impala, Beach House, Wings
TRY: #1, 3, 5
DIRTY: #2

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://friendshipfever.com/
http://www.tessndave.com
https://www.facebook.com/tessanddave
https://www.instagram.com/tessanddave


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The Clydes
Comeback Charlie
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 9/13/16
DIGITAL ONLY

The Clydes are an alt-pop-rock band from New Brunswick, N.J., that is making their indie label debut on Mint 400 Records. The quartet is led by two brothers — singer Brent Johnson and guitarist Brian Johnson — who have been playing together since they were kids. 

They released three records on their own — two EPs and a full-length — before joining Mint 400's roster last year. Their first release on the label is Comeback Charlie, a five-song EP set to be released on Sept. 6, produced by Neil Sabatino of the band Fairmont. The Clydes have become regulars at famed venues like The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, along with a constant stream of shows in the Northeast over the past few years. After thrilling audiences, it is no wonder they have  been nominated four straight years for Best Pop-Rock Band at the Asbury Music Awards — New Jersey's version of the Grammys

"The Clydes manage to craft another alt-rock gem with “Or Not” with their keen pop sense in songwriting structures bolstered by more fully realized production." — Mike Mehalick, Speak Into My Good Eye on new single "Or Not"

"They write polished tracks that, while tipping their hats towards the group's classic rock influences, don't feel dated. That's not an easy skill to hone." — Bobby Olivier, NJ.com, 35 N.J. bands to hear in 2015


RIYL: Sloan, Teenage Fanclub, Viet Cong, Okkervil River
TRY: #1, 3, 2,

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https://www.instagram.com/theclydesband/
http://mint400records.com


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A Day To Remember
Bad Vibrations
ADTR Records/Epitaph
TOP 200 & LOUD ROCK ADDS 9/13/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Over the course of the past several years, each of A Day To Remember’s releases have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock, Indie and/or Alternative Charts. They’ve also sold more than a million units, racked up over 400 million Spotify streams and 500 million YouTube views, garnered two gold-selling albums and singles (and one silver album in the UK) and sold out entire continental tours (including their own curated Self Help Festival), amassing a global fanbase whose members number in the millions. All of which explains why Rolling Stone called them “An Artist You Need To Know.” In other words, their creative process has worked and worked well.

But for new album Bad Vibrations, the Ocala, Florida-based quintet of vocalist Jeremy McKinnon, guitarists Kevin Skaff and Neil Westfall, bassist Joshua Woodard and drummer Alex Shelnutt switched gears and headed for uncharted territory. Their path included a loose and much more collaborative songwriting process, one that also saw them recording for the first time with producers Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag) and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, NOFX). And though the album’s being released on the band’s own ADTR Records (like 2013′s Common Courtesy), this record marks their first distribution deal with Epitaph and is the first time they’ve worked with Grammy winner Andy Wallace (Foo Fighters, Slayer), who was brought in to mix.

Recorded at Stevenson’s Fort Collins-based Blasting Room Studios, Bad Vibrations masterfully channels the kinetic energy that recently found A Day To Remember named “The Best Live Band Of 2015″ by Alternative Press. The band decided to forgo digitally driven production and focus on live recording. “These days it seems like a lot of heavy sounding music is heading more and more in a digital direction,” notes McKinnon. “That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but we wanted to go the opposite way and make something that’s aggressive but has more of a natural flow and feel to it.”


RIYL: Saosin, Enter Shikari, Our Last Night, Bring Me The Horizon
TRY: #3, 2, 1

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https://www.youtube.com/user/adaytoremember
https://www.instagram.com/whereisadtr


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Ray & Remora
Startle It Up
Aeronaut Records
ADDS 9/6/16
CD / DIGITAL

“It’s smart, evocative dream-pop that at times recalls the likes of Camera Obscura, Saint Etienne, (certain periods of) Yo La Tengo and, on the opening track “The Happening,” Belle & Sebastian…File under: New indie-pop sophisticates.” - BuzzBandsLA

“Synths wave and whizz, offset only by a lone guitar line which weaves itself through like a bolt of lightning. It’s somewhat familiar territory, treaded by the likes of Purity Ring and MS MR, yet has a futuristic quality to it, as though it could be where pop’s headed next.” - Consequence of Sound

"To bounce back from the particularly unpleasant demise of a difficult relationship, Amanda Walker of Los Angeles indie band Ray & Remora had to tap into some wretched feelings for the song "Soft Brown Heart," from the band's upcoming album, Startle It Up. Walker (Remora) and Dan Crane (Ray) harnessed that bad energy into an intense set of lyrics, them put them on a bed of percussion, accented with hand claps and snaps, and added a Yo La Tengo-influenced guitar solo that Crane says is his favorite, resulting in a song that doesn't shy away from that pain but doesn't wallow in it, either. Startle It Up is due out on September 16." - AllMusic


RIYL: MS MR, Neko Case, Camera Obscura, Belle and Sebastian
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5

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http://www.aeronautrecords.com/


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Ancient Babies
The Man From 1943
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 9/6/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"Intriguing and alluring, compelling and insightful" - Liverpool Sound and Vision

Ancient Babies is the new project from Ben Morss, the brains behind international indie-pop faves Onward Chariots.  The first record is The Man from 1943 - four songs from a glam-pop musical that never was.

Onward Chariots' records earned praise, airplay and glowing reviews from Italy to Brazil. They landed two European tours and played at legendary indie-pop festivals like Indietracks (UK), Athens Popfest and Popfest New England. The band released a single on beloved Spanish label Elefant RecordsBen has also played keyboard on albums by Cake and Wheatus and with the band that became !!!. His poppy punk band, The Pilgrims, charted on college stations across the U.S.  Ben even co-wrote Angelina Ballerina, the Musical. 

The album, The Man From 1943, was recorded at two houses and one closet in New Jersey and guest-stars cellist Dave Eggar (Phillip Phillips, etc).  It was mixed by Bryan Russell (Paul Simon, Straylight Run, Envy on the Coast) in Nashville.  


RIYL: They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds, Adam Green, Onward Chariots
TRY: #1, 2, 3

Download full album here:
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More Info Here:
http://ancientbabies.bandcamp.com
http://mint400records.com
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https://soundcloud.com/mint400records


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toyGuitar
Move Like a Ghost
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 9/6/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Jack Dalrymple may be punk rock’s most underrated crooner. Having fronted the likes of One Man Army and Dead To Me, he’s a scene veteran who’s always starting new bands to chase new sounds. His latest act, toyGuitar, is Dalrymple’s best approximation of classic punk and power-pop" - The A.V. Club

"keeping the momentum rolling with six more jams that are equally infectious" - Noisey Music

On the heels of their first full-length In This Mess, toyGuitar continue to ride a massive wave of acclaim with the EP Move Like a Ghost. The fanatics have been feening for another hit and the 6 songs on Move Like a Ghost are the perfect dose of toyGuitar’s unique blend of edgy garage rock, 70’s protopunk, and undeniably melodic pop. More than just a continuation of their last album, toyGuitar dial their perfectly executed brand of referential and innovative rock up a notch on Move Like a Ghost. Of course, the element that puts toyGuitar’s sound over the top are the silky vocals of Jack Dalrymple (One Man Army, Swingin’ Utters, Dead To Me), and they are on full display throughout the EP. From the initial sizzling blast of energy “Peach Fuzz” to captivating melody of “Stoned Under a New Moon,” Move Like a Ghost delivers all the charms that toyGuitar have become known for, with some new twists thrown in along the way.

Recorded and mixed by Chris Dugan (Green Day)

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: One Man Army, The Strokes, The Stooges, Plague Vendor
TRY: #1, 2, 4

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
https://twitter.com/t0yGuitar
http://toyguitarband.com/
https://www.instagram.com/t0yguitar/
https://www.facebook.com/toyguitarband/
https://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/117
https://toyguitar.bandcamp.com/


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Un Rodo Cora
Love Thy Neighbor
Belpid Records
ADDS 9/6/16
CD / DIGITAL

”This is what I call perfectionism” - The Big Takeover

The melodic indie world of Un Rodo Cora resembles our own. But with fewer restrictions and more surprises. Their fourth full-length album is a departure from previous trips. Where the earlier albums were inspired by geographical locations, with titles like "New York-Barentsburg" and "Beijing-Bangalore", the focus is here rather on a trip with religious and political overtones.

Love Thy Neighbor is 34 minutes of international indie-pop at its best. Delicate yet grandiose. Intimate yet epic. As always with Un Rodo Cora the line-up is as predefined as the length of a wooden leg. Band members change places and new names appears in the circle.

On the trip this time, in addition to the band's 5-10-strong core group, we find people like Chino Mariano (Roxette, ABBA), Niklas Janzon (Mount Liberation Unlimited), Mats Wigerdal (Ubangi, Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons) Patric Westoo (Latvian Radio), Janne Perning (Ace of Base, Secret Service) and the Swedish-Indian writer Zac O'Yeah.

The album was recorded in Stockholm and Bengaluru, and mastered in Los Angeles by Reuben Cohen (Pharrell Williams, Metallica).


RIYL: The New Pornographers, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Zeus, The Shins, Violent Femmes
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 7, 8

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More Info Here:
http://www.unrodocora.com/
http://www.belpid.se/
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https://twitter.com/unrodocora


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Cass McCombs
Mangy Love
Anti-
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Cass McCombs writes songs for rainy days. Over the last 15 years, he has perfected a specific style of low-key, dusky mood music suited for long, gray weekends spent indoors with the blinds closed. . . his are songs you sing to yourself, wandering around the house, looking for something to do. And judging by ‘Opposite House,’ the first single from Mangy Love, he may be starting to go stir crazy.”- Pitchfork “Best New Track”

Over the past decade, Cass McCombs has established himself as one of our premier songwriters. It’s a career that’s twisted and turned, from style to subject, both between records and within them. His new record, Mangy Love, ventures into realms of experimental soul, twisted psychedelia, and straight-up rock, resulting in a sound that articulates his live show better than ever before. Thematically, it’s far darker, tackling heavy issues through McCombs’ uniquely cracked lens of (often-times hilarious) lyrical wit and acumen toward subtlety. Hip-hop and Beat poetry influences have never been more evident, with several songs employing a speech-style and clever fast-paced wordplay. There are guest appearances by many fellow musicians of his tribe ranging from Angel Olsen to Blake Mills, under the production of veteran Rob Schnapf, and the overall result is his most immediate and up-beat record to date.

Angel Olsen’s vocal contribution to ‘Opposite House’ by Cass McCombs is pretty subtle . . . But the result is gorgeous, and makes perfect sense, since they’ve got a shared knack for crafting heart-wrenching rock music on the traditional end of the songwriting spectrum.” - FADER “Songs You Need In Your Life This Week”

“Count your lucky stars that a world now exists wherein Cass McCombs and Angel Olsen are on the same track: “Opposite House”...” - SPIN “Favorite Songs of the Week”

Noisey Interview: Cass McCombs and the Cosmos


RIYL: Tallest Man On Earth, Angel Olsen, Ariel Pink, Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, The War On Drugs
DIRTY: #2, 8, 11
TRY: #4, 7, & Clean Edit of #8 (included in DL folder)

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http://cassmccombs.com/
https://twitter.com/cassmccombs
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http://anti.com/artists/cass-mccombs/


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Reckless Serenade
Strange Soul
InVogue Records
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

AltPress premiere

Hailing from the Upstate NY town of Mahopac, the pop/punk indie band Reckless Serenade are all friends from high school, each with unique tastes in music, bringing their different styles to the writing process resulting in upbeat and angst-ridden songs spanning many genres. 

Pulling their name from the Arctic Monkey's song of the same name, the 5 piece formed in 2012. The players, Cory Brent - Vocals, Mark Neidhardt - Guitar, Matt Ruggiero - Drums, Rob Crews - Guitar, Will Prinzi - Bass all met at school, and found their musical identities matched their ambitions, and they instantly connected. Since then, they've made enormous strides in becoming more than just a local band. 

Their first 6 song EP was released by Fervor Records and has been featured on Fox Sports. The band won the MTVu Freshmen with the single from the EP 'Two Years Too Late'.
 
Summer 2013 saw the release of their debut full length album Chasing Lights, with each song on the album sounding distinctive, allowing Reckless Serenade's dynamic and versatile sound inspire their audiences at shows across the northeast. Chasing Lights garnered Top 30 successes around the country at College Radio over the summer, as well as commencing a series of east coast dates to support the record.  'Hear Me Out' blogger Luke Helker says: "Chasing Lights is an album full of anthems from start to finish and never has a dull moment. This is good, aggressive, edgy pop-punk music for the pop-punk fan looking for something fresh and exciting.

"On their latest EP, Strange Soul, Reckless Serenade seem to have hit their stride. The pop punkers deliver six cohesive jams just in time for summer and a stint on Warped Tour." - Idobi


RIYL: Motion City Soundtrack, Brand New, Modern Baseball, Braid, Bleeker
TRY: #6, 4, 1
DIRTY: #2

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More Info Here:
http://www.recklessserenadeband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Reckless.Serenade.Band/
http://www.invoguerecords.com/


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Trapdoor Social
Trapdoor Social
Self-Released
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Sunshine is all monster hooks and full-blown chorus, snarled guitars warping anthemic vocal harmonies." - PopMatters

Trapdoor Social’s Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk met in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet. They started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way.

The duo introduced themselves with the 2012 EP Death Of A Friend, a driving, emotive alt-rock experience. Produced by Curt Schneider, the EP features Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums. The EP made waves when “Like You Never” became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ’s “Locals Only” show, and the second single “Away” enjoyed radio play from a number of major market stations around the US (including regular rotation on Q87.7 in Chicago) and a national Discount Tire/America’s Tire commercial for much of 2014-15.

In May 2014, Trapdoor Social released the Science of Love EP, which explored both sides of Skylar and Merritt’s influences as songwriters. As the boys started work on the EP, they decided to channel their music toward an environmental initiative in their community. They partnered with a few great non-profits and used their unreleased EP to raise $35k of solar roofing, which they are donating to Homeboy Industries. The 6.4 kW project represents 100% of the fundraiser’s earnings and will be installed soon.

Trapdoor Social toured 2 laps around the US in the summer of 2014 with new members Eyal Dahan (drums), Louie Gonzalez (guitar), and Patrick Griffen (bass), with Ben Ebert taking over drumming duties since. The following December, the band toured to Colorado Springs to play RXP1039’s Christmas festival. Having discovered that the local high school (Mesa Ridge HS) marching band program was underfunded, the boys decided to record a song with the band to help launch a fundraiser to help keep the program alive and promote the benefits of music and arts education in the public school system.

“Fine On My Own” was released on April 20th, 2015 and has been on high rotation in Colorado and played in other major markets. The song attained “Hall of Fame” Status on Las Vegas’s X107.5 nightly contest “The Beatdown” by winning ten times in a row. Trapdoor Social toured to Colorado in May 2015 and promoted the fundraiser by organizing and performing a benefit show with the marching band. The fundraiser brought in over $7K for the school.

The band's "Sunshine" single is already seeing success around the country, including being voted #1 on KROQ's "Locals Only" show and winning the KXTE "Beatdown" contest ten nights in a row, qualifying the track for the station's 2016 "Hall of Fame".


RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab for Cutie, Young The Giant, Arcade Fire
TRY: #4, 1, 3, 5, 13

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

More Info Here:
http://www.trapdoorsocial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/TrapdoorSocial/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TrapdoorSocial
https://twitter.com/TrapdoorSocial
https://trapdoorsocial.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/trapdoorsocial
https://www.instagram.com/trapdoorsocial/


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Pixl-Visionary
Shatterskin
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 8/30/16
CD / DIGITAL

Pixl-Visionary is the brainchild of New Jersey musician Joseph DeGroot. A folk project that originally started years ago that has finally been fully realized as more of a full band project with his 2nd full length Shatterskin due out this fall on Mint 400 Records. Produced by Mint 400 Artist Steven Donahue of Young Legs this release is a delicate dream pop masterpiece in the vein of Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine and more. Joseph has said, “This album explores themes of self loathing, anxiety and how your interactions with other people influence your perception of yourself.” The first single “Before Tonight Disintegrates” is available now everywhere mp3’s are sold and streaming on Spotify.

Meet Pixl-Visionary: Interview


RIYL: Dinosaur Jr. Protomartyr, Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, My Bloody Valentine
TRY: #9, 4, 2

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https://twitter.com/pixl_visionary
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https://www.facebook.com/mint400records


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Young The Giant
Home Of The Strange
Fueled By Ramen
ADDS 8/23/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Home of the Strange, boasts an appropriate title as it sees the band exploring a softer side of rock, as best heard on the latest single from the album "Titus Was Born." - Consequence of Sound

"arguably one of the most underrated bands" - Baeble Music

"Ultimately, Home of the Strange is all about inclusion: Meticulously crafted songs that double as roof-raising anthems invite close listening, which is step one down the road to understanding." - The Boston Globe

NPR Weekend Edition interview!

The wildly adventurous Home of the Strange, the band's third, was produced by Alex Salibian (Elle King, Mikky Ekko) with 2016 Grammy winner for Producer of the Year Jeff Bhasker serving as the album's Executive Producer.

In support of their forthcoming album Home of the Strange, the band brings their captivating live show across North America, with marquee stops at the world famous Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday, September 17th, the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Friday, October 21st and Aragon Ballroom in Chicago Friday November 4th. Full tour dates listed below, and more info can be found here.

Home of the Strange is the follow up to 2014's Mind Over Matter, which was both a commercial and critical success. In addition to scoring a Top 10 debut on the Soundscan/Billboard 200 chart and Top 5 Alternative Radio hit with "It's About Time," the album received a raft of praise from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today, and The New York Times who not only raved about how "...the group gobbles up bits of several segments of rock history - prog-rock, boogie metal, Southern rock, soft rock, new wave, dance-rock, and more - and claims ownership of them" but also declared frontman Sameer Gadhia as "one of the great contemporary rock voices." Young the Giant first broke through with their 2010 self-titled debut album, which featured the RIAA-gold certified smashes, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup."


RIYL: Band of Horses, Bastille, Foals, Silversun Pickups
TRY: #1, 2, 6, 8

Download full album here:
http://www.piratepirate.com/wp/downloads/

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http://www.youngthegiant.com/
https://www.facebook.com/youngthegiant
https://twitter.com/youngthegiant
https://www.instagram.com/youngthegiant/