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Deleted Scenes
Lithium Burn
Park The Van Records
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Check out the Pitchfork Advance here!

“While the Scenes make with the churning, burning and turning, Scheuerman wigs all the way out, his voice bubbling and squeaking like Flanders after a fistful of ghost peppers. Though the wheedling guitars and Scheuerman's overloaded-circuit vocals skirt annoyance at every turn, the stupendously unstable "Stutter" gets by on its total commitment to confusion.” - Pitchfork

“The sound of Deleted Scenes, a D.C.-based quartet formed in 2005, is potent, angular and distinct. The lyrics of Dan Scheuerman, who sings and plays guitar, can be simultaneously poetic and direct. The best part of Deleted Scenes is the unexpected, the unpredictable, and "Stutter" is a perfect example of their hard-to-label style.” - NPR

“songs like "You Get to Say Whatever You Want" practically quake with cathartic force.” - SPIN


RIYL: Conveyor, Soft Swells, Generationals, Minus The Bear, Yeasayer
TRY: #3, 7, 8
DIRTY: #11

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

More Info Here:
http://deletedscenesmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/deletedscenesmusic
https://twitter.com/deletedscenes/
http://www.parkthevan.com



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Fawn and Rabbit
Fawn and Rabbit
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“This raw album not only combines every influence that we have ever thought of as important; it helps us become them. It is a transformative experience that can only lead you to one conclusion: Fawn and Rabbit should 'own the musical world.' Today and tomorrow.” - Blair James

“What I came away liking most after listening was that for as dreamlike as their music can sound, their lyrics are planted firmly on the ground and explore various emotions, whether it concerns relationships with other people or simply if they're stuck in their own heads and it's a disparity that's pleasing” - Kaleigh

“There’s not a moment of disappointment, nor is there a faltering moment.” - Dylan Tracy

Out the most unlikely of places, a bedroom in Maryland comes musical masterpieces from Alec Morgan and his project Fawn and Rabbit. His music spans the last 40 years of music taking bits and pieces of influence from all the greats and spinning it into amazing pop all recorded on a laptop in DIY fashion. The songs all remain, however, remarkably hi-fi sounding. The newest addition to the New Jersey label Mint 400 Records, Fawn and Rabbit bring you their exciting debut EP.


RIYL: Capital Cities, Matt & Kim, Passion Pit, Pretty & Nice
TRY: #2, 4, 1

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

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



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The Crookes
Soapbox
Modern Outsider
ADDS 4/15/14
DIGITAL ONLY

2014 sees Sheffield-based dreamers THE CROOKES release their 3rd LP, SOAPBOX becoming the first band to release three full-length albums on Fierce Panda since indie heroes Death Cab For Cutie. Over the past four years they have also released a string of stand-alone singles, one mini-album, and racked up an international gig-count that puts most other modern bands to shame, prompting Steve Lamacq to describe them as “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground.”

2013 saw them on tour supporting friend and Sheffield hero Richard Hawley, showcase at SXSW in Austin, Texas (where they were spotted and signed by Modern Outsider Records) and play two critically acclaimed shows in New York, all before disappearing to Italy for two months to record in a secluded church in the Italian countryside. The result was SOAPBOX, an album that is tougher and more ferocious than anything they’ve previously released.

“Something has changed in us” they say. “We are no longer wide-eyed and naive, but we are still more determined than ever. The world deals blow after blow until its final blow stops you caring… but still we care more than we ever have, we are still resolute in our belief.” SOAPBOX was made by hands calloused through hard work and an adherence to an old fashioned way of doing things. “The most obvious theme that runs through the entire album is the idea of The Outsider” frets guitarist and lyricist Daniel. “As a band that seems to suit us… never invited inside, but never wanting to be. I can empathize more with the madman standing on his soapbox, slowly gaining an audience by speaking with passion and honesty."

The hard work has paid off. Whilst on the road the band have built up a Cult following known as the “Bright Young Things” and are at the forefront of the nascent NEW POP movement in the UK guitar scene. This devoted fan base has translated to sold-out concerts around the world including three shows in Tokyo and the main room of the legendary Paradiso club in Amsterdam as well as headlining festivals in Germany, Holland, America and Spain.

The band have recorded live Sessions on BBC Radio's 1,2,4,5 and 6, had their song "Backstreet Lovers" voted number 24 in the Single of the Year Campaign on 6Music and frequently play listed on stations throughout Europe, Asia and South America and being chosen by MTV Canada to represent emerging music from the UK.


RIYL: Richard Hawley, Arctic Monkeys, Vampire Weekend
DIRTY: #1, 2 (clean version on DL page below)
TRY: #4, 6, 7, 8 (and edited #1, 2)

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/thecrookes
http://thecrookes.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/thecrookes.music
https://twitter.com/TheCrookes



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Nathaniel Rateliff
Falling Faster Than You Can Run
Mod y Vi Records
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Nathaniel Rateliff has made his way from modest means in Hermann, Missouri to the international stage with the release of his second record: Falling Faster Than You Can Run. Since the his debut album (2010’s “In Memory of Loss”) Rateliff has circled the globe playing hundreds of shows from headlining clubs and theaters to key festivals slots. Rateliff and his band have also toured in support of the some of the biggest bands in the world such as Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers.

This album came about over a couple years of touring. I was coming from a place of intense isolation. Despite the fact that I was always around other people I always felt a true sense of loneliness. - Nathaniel Rateliff

“We were blown away” - Vanity Fair

“My latest obsession” - Brooklyn Vegan

“Pensive, rousing, stark, eloquent…cash echoes” - New York Times

“Warm and intimate…somewhere between M Ward and Bill Callahan” - Q Magazine

Falling Faster… (is) built for a wider palette…he doesn’t compromise a note of what makes him so exciting.” - MOJO (4 stars)


RIYL: Glen Hansard, Patrick Watson, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bill Callahan
TRY: #6, 3, 4
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://nathanielrateliff.com
https://www.facebook.com/nathanielrateliff
https://twitter.com/NRateliff
http://www.last.fm/music/Nathaniel+Rateliff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nathaniel_Rateliff



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Banner Pilot
Souvenir
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"Minneapolis is a sleeper city for punk rock. So many killer bands have come out of there. Maybe it’s the cold temperatures, maybe it’s the midwestern accents, who knows. For whatever reason, it’s a breeding ground for good bands. Off With Their Heads are from there, Dillinger Four can usually be found drunk at the Triple Rock, and of course, there’s that other Paul Westerberg band, whatever their name is. But let’s not ever forget Banner Pilot." - Vice/Noisey

By now Banner Pilot have cemented themselves as a pillar of the ever-swelling Midwest punk scene and continue to reinforce that claim with each subsequent release. 2011’s Heart Beats Pacific elevated Banner Pilot from a band that was notably influenced by the likes of Dillinger Four, Alkaline Trio, and Screeching Weasel, to a band with such a trademark sound and style that they were the ones doing the influencing. Their latest full-length, Souvenir, only serves to strengthen their legend. On every track Nick’s gritty vocals urgently belt out poetically penned lyrics over the top of edgy up-tempo guitars and sprawling bass lines. Pairing instantly catchy melodies with aggressive and smart instrumentation, Souvenir finds a way to be equally comforting and invigorating. To be blunt, these guys literally keep getting better with every album. How is that possible, you ask? Performance enhancing drugs? Deal with the devil? Secret mentoring sessions by Phil Spector? It’s hard to say, really, but sometimes it’s best not to ask questions and just enjoy the results.

Recorded @ Terrarium by Jaques Wait (Soviettes, Off With Their Heads, Dear Landlord)

Members of Off With Their Heads and Rivethead

Fuse video premiere!


RIYL: Dillinger Four, Jawbreaker, The Lawrence Arms, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://bannerpilot.net
https://www.facebook.com/bannerpilot
https://twitter.com/bannerpilotband
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/95
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banner_Pilot



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Chuck E. Weiss
Red Beans and Weiss
Anti-
ADDS 4/8/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Chuck E Weiss is a rare treasure. If you buy one record this year, make it this one. It’s insane.”—Johnny Depp

“He put the sin in Synagogue.”—Danny Tate

“Idiosyncratic and eclectic.”—Billboard

“Full of great wit, charm and an utter carelessness.”—USA Today

Which Chuck E. Weiss do we talk about here?

The one who so impressed blues legends Lightnin’ Hopkins and Willie Dixon as a Denver teenager that they took him out in their road bands?

The one who lived in LA’s Tropicana Hotel in the 70s alongside Tom Waits and Rickie Lee Jones, ending up namechecked on the classic Waits albums Small Change and Nighthawks at the Diner, and in Rickie Lee Jones’ hit “Chuck E.’s in Love”?

The one who has recorded with Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Roger Miller, Dr. John, Willie Dixon?

Whichever Chuck E. Weiss you choose, he’s a legend, and his new album Red Beans and Weiss delivers on the big personality.

Executive produced by Johnny Depp and Tom Waits, Red Beans and Weiss blends blues, barrel-house, and bluster into a highly entertaining whole.

Check out the first single on Youtube!


RIYL: Tom Waits, Dr. John, T-Bone Burnett
TRY: #1, 3, 5, 8

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/GDDamnLiars
http://www.anti.com/artists/chuck-e-weiss/
http://www.last.fm/music/Chuck+E.+Weiss
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/chuck-e-weiss-mn0000118554
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_E._Weiss



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Hold Steady
Teeth Dreams
Razor & Tie
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Hold Steady has always trafficked in melodramatic, capital-R rock gestures, but at the same time it always held back. Finn’s refusal to conform to pop-singer expectations, along with the rollicking keyboard of Franz Nicolay, seemed to admit that the zone between indie rock and arena rock was a no-band’s land. Over the past few years, that reality has changed—and it’s to The Hold Steady’s credit that Teeth Dreams reflects it. Nicolay has been gone for years now, but Teeth Dreams is not only the group’s first album written without either his presence or palpable absence, it’s the first with second guitarist Steve Selvidge—formerly of country-and roots-rock powerhouse Lucero—as a full participant. It’s a new band for a new world, and Teeth Dreams might as well be a debut." - The A.V. Club (A-)

"... Teeth Dreams is the core of what The Hold Steady have done better than their contemporaries. They play guitar-driven rock music with smart lyrics. Finn tells stories and isn't afraid to write about the darker side of life, and his new songs are as dark as ever..." - David Safar, The Current


RIYL: Replacements, Ted Leo, Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Frank Turner, Okkervil River
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://theholdsteady.net
https://www.facebook.com/TheHoldSteady
https://twitter.com/theholdsteady
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hold_Steady



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Black Pistol Fire
Hush Or Howl
Modern Outsider Records
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

“The next big thing!” – The Huffington Post

“Impossible to resist!” – Interview Magazine

Black Pistol Fire is a Canadian Rock and Roll duo that split’s time between Toronto, Ontario and Austin, Texas. Their wild and energetic rock-and-roll sound has been described as a mix of classic southern rock and garage punk, garnering comparisons to early Kings of Leon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The White Stripes, and Clutch. It's clear that the band's sound spans many different eras and subgenres, relying on a classic rock and roll sound that has been updated for our modern times.

Black Pistol Fire features Kevin McKeown on Guitar/Lead Vocals and Eric Owen on Drums. The two have been friends since kindergarten and began playing music together when they discovered a shared passion for rock and roll music in high school. The two became founding members of rock and roll trio The Shenanigans. With The Shenanigans, they recorded an LP titled Bombshell Baby. After things with The Shenanigans and Toronto got stale, the two wanted a change of scenery and to try out something new. They then packed up their instruments and a bag of clothes and headed south. The band finally settled down in Austin, Texas in 2009 and Black Pistol Fire was born. (Full Bio)


R.I.Y.L. The White Stripes, The Black Keys, The Pack A.D.
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/blackpistolfire.aspx
http://blackpistolfire.com/#home
https://www.facebook.com/blackpistolfire
https://twitter.com/blackpistolfire



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Arc Iris
Arc Iris
Anti-
ADDS 4/1/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Arc Iris crystallizes the evolution of composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, a former core member of renowned indie-folk band The Low Anthem. This is a breakaway moment for Adams, who now takes center stage as composer, lyricist, and lead vocalist. Embracing her new role as auteur, Adams has created a genre-bending style that often shifts between cabaret-infused jazz, orchestral sophistication, grimy outlaw country, delicate and whimsical harmonies, and big-band exhilaration – sometimes all in the same song. Hers is an all-together different world where fantastical whimsy goes hand in hand with down-to-earth grit, and where rigorous classical training inflects but never softens the visceral rawness of hard-won experience.

“a deliriously ambitious collection of songs birthed from folk and country traditions, cabaret, jazz and classical, and seventies pop.” - WXPN

“…songs that seesawed between the elfin delicacy of Joanna Newsom and some brassy raucousness” - The New York Times

Arc Iris is the sound of an artist reborn. The band’s self-titled debut…brims with whimsy and flights of fancy, informed as much by Joni Mitchell as it is by ’70s prog-rock, Björk’s sonic experiments, and sweeping film soundtracks. It’s hypnotic.” - The Boston Globe

Arc Iris frontwoman Jocie Adams may be floating on the water under the warm moonlight in the video for "Whiskey Man," but her amazing voice is the standout on this track.” - Rolling Stone

On tour now! Contact us for tix/etc.


RIYL: Dirty Projectors, Animal Collective, Kate Bush, The Low Anthem
TRY: #5, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://arciris.net
https://www.facebook.com/arcirismusic
https://twitter.com/arcirismusic
http://arcirismusic.tumblr.com
http://instagram.com/arcirismusic
http://www.anti.com/artists/arc-iris/


 

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Liars
Mess
Mute
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR First Listen here!

Stereogum preview here!

Pitchfork announcement here!

Liars have been feeding off fear for their entire career. Sometimes, they intentionally trap themselves within it, like on their last record, 2012's WIXIW, where internal anxieties were laboured over and rendered into a beautifully crafted synthetic inertia that coursed through an almost biological soundscape. But other times, the band uses fear to fuel their wild dance. Where WIXIW was the sound of a band in an ambiguous, fragile in-between state, Mess is Liars with their balls out – an angry, ecstatic, primal burst of ritualistic synth-rock that sacrifices self persecution for potent, purposeful abandon.

On the band's seventh record, the introspective, self-analytical tone of the last effort is swapped for one of wanton immediacy: a feeling of brattish certainty that hasn't been heard on a Liars record since the band's 2001 debut, They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top. “We are a reactionary, or maybe a better word is schizophrenic band,” says statuesque frontman Angus Andrew. “We go from one extreme to the other. Working on the last record was really doubtful and paranoid, and that's fine, but it just meant that when work started on this one, it was the exact opposite. It was way more instinctual, fun and confident. We recorded our first record in two days, and the idea of anyone listening to it wasn't an issue. It's nice to return to that idea of making music.”

Liars' career has seen the band rattle through pigeonholes in an attempt to avoid them all together: brittle yet taught punk funk; liminal no-wave; ecstatic noise-pop; 21st-century garage rock; post-millennial post-rock; delicate electronics; reaching here, where Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross now find themselves – maybe not quite at ease with the world, but staring it straight in the eye while showing their teeth.


RIYL: Radiohead, Oneida, Xiu Xiu, Octopus Project, Crystal Castles
TRY: #1, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://www.youtube.com/liarsliarsliars
http://instagram.com/liarsliarsliars
http://twitter.com/LiarsOfficial
http://www.facebook.com/LiarsOfficial
http://www.liarsliarsliars.com



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Morning Glory
War Psalms
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: Morning Glory’s name is not inspired by an Oasis song, nor does it refer to your granny’s favorite flower. It’s actually in reference to the fact that the majority of the band’s creative output happens shortly after sun-up: “I was always writing songs in the morning, which is kind of a reflection of the attitude of the band and the sound,” says founder/front man Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack/Choking Victim). “I feel like that has something to do with our overall outlook on life and music.”

That philosophy is on full display on the band’s latest full-length, War Psalms, a near-seamless 37 minutes that will alternately assault your senses and lull them; will arouse your consciousness and sometimes even tug your heartstrings. The album includes some of the things you’ve grown to love about the band (strings, horns, piano, chunky metallic riffs) and excludes some of the things Ezra and crew have grown away from (drug references, stridency, the “crack rock steady” ska influence). This is what Ezra calls “revolution rock.”

With Shawn Gardiner filling some very large shoes after guitarist Lucky Strano's departure in 2012, decade long guitarist Adam Schrager on lead, and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus's own contribution to rev-rock: Heavy Metal Chris on the bass, the War Psalms record was rounded out with the addition of the powerhouse drum styles of Brian Viglione, founding member of Dresden Dolls and now touring percussionist for the Violent Femmes. Ezra remarks that he had a dream team to execute the new songs.

Though the band’s first release, This Is No Time Ta Sleep (self-recorded and played entirely by Kire in his bedroom) came in 2001, followed two years later by the EP The Whole World Is Watching, Morning Glory was a largely dormant entity for the ensuing decade while Ezra’s energies were devoted to the relentless tour schedule of his other band, Leftover Crack. Upon his departure from LOC several years ago, he devoted all of his creative juices to resuscitating Morning Glory, assembling a band of experienced veterans and releasing their Fat Wreck Chords debut Poets Were My Heroes in 2012.


RIYL: Rise Against, Swingin' Utters, Bouncing Souls, Lawrence Arms, Against Me!
DIRTY: #3, 4, 5, 6, 11
TRY: #8, 2, 9, 1

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/morningglorynyc
https://twitter.com/MorningGloryNYC
http://www.last.fm/music/Morning+Glory
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/105
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Glory_(band)



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Big Scary
Not Art
Barsuk
ADDS 3/25/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Melbourne duo Big Scary is the proud recipient of the 9th Annual Australian Music Prize, a prestigious award dedicated to recognizing excellence in Australian music (similar to Britain's Mercury Prize and Canada's Polaris Prize). They collected the award for their sophomore release, Not Art, at a ceremony in Sydney. Not Art was deemed to be the best of this year's nominees by a panel of 11 judges, after paring down a shortlist of 9 records from the original 43 selections that included Cloud Control, Jagwar Ma and other notable Australian artists. Not Art is scheduled for US release on March 25, 2014 via Barsuk Records.

“The band have reinvented their sound with lush new sonic experimentation - each track is wrapped in emotive and enchanting harmonies and perfectly matched percussion, culminating in a record that gets better with every listen.” - Triple J

Big Scary never repeat themselves and Not Art is an intriguing sonic adventure.” - Sydney Morning Herald

Twin Rivers” debuted at #10 on the Spotify viral chart. The song appears both on Not Art and the recently released digital-only Twin Rivers EP, which included remixes by The Antlers, Menomena and Dan The Automator and was also included on Australia’s Triple J Hottest 100 of the year.

Not Art has been embraced widely in the band’s native Australia charting high on the Aria Charts (Australia’s version of Soundscan) and selling over 5000 albums in the first few weeks and it won the Australian Music Prize’s Album of the Year award.

Recorded and produced by Big Scary's own Iansek, and mixed by Grammy Award-winner Tom Elmhirst (Arcade Fire, Hot Chip, Lily Allen, Adele, Black Keys, Amy Winehouse, The Kills).

Big Scary will be on tour supporting Say Hi in April and May, hitting every major market in the country. Contact us for any requests!


RIYL: TV On The Radio, The Antlers, Menomena, Frightened Rabbit, Midlake, Wye Oak
TRY: #2, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.bigscary.net
https://www.facebook.com/bigscaryband
https://twitter.com/bigscarymusic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Scary
http://www.barsuk.com/w3.cgi?vwy=artists/bigscary



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Kevin Drew
Darlings
Arts & Crafts
ADDS 3/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Pitchfork Best New Track for the first single "Good Sex" here!

Broken Social Scene’s co-founder, songwriter, and front man Kevin Drew will be releasing his newest solo album, Darlings, on March 18th, 2014, on Arts & Crafts.

Darlings shows Drew growing from his role in indie vanguard Broken Social Scene to create a breakthrough statement of personal artistry. Darlings is also his first solo album that is truly, to put it bluntly, solo. If Drew’s 2007 effort Spirit If... was his inaugural step beyond the decade-long shadow of his former band, Darlings spotlights Drew with seven years more experience and maturity. Darlings reveals a more focused and refined sound; more honest, revelatory songwriting, with Drew’s craft concentrated on lyrical and emotional connections, less so than guitar pedals and studio jams.

This isn’t to say these aren’t classic Kevin Drew songs. His unorthodox lyrical explorations of family, hope and disappointment, skin and spit, intercourse, cultural infection and the death of communication, figure clearer than ever into the hallmark of his infectious melodic phrasing. Darlings is a fist-pumping fight for the euphoria of the after-party and the crush of pre-dawn passions. It’s a best friend’s zealous pep talk to not give up, and bring youth back into the fresh focus of life. On Darlings, Kevin Drew casts reflective inspiration forward into the brightness of the future with a soundtrack to kick everything into high gear.

Darlings features longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene) along with Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills). Darlings was co-produced by Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Graham Lessard.


RIYL: Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, Plants and Animals, Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent
TRY: #1, 3, 6, 11
DIRTY: #7

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

More Info Here:
http://arts-crafts.ca/artistspage.php?search=Kevin%20Drew
https://www.facebook.com/kevinselection
https://twitter.com/kevinselection
http://kevindrewmusic.com



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Night Riots
Young Lore
Self-Released
ADDS 3/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

"...lead singer Travis Hawley told us, "We didn't say no on this album. We wrote tons of songs and then pushed ourselves outside of our comfort zone when we started producing and recording the music. We took everything one step further than we normally would have and explored as many new textures, influences and soundscapes as we possibly could. We focused on performance, mood, and energy rather than getting every little part perfect. The end result is lush and moody and palpitating. This is the first time that we have released something that is more than just songs we wrote. These songs represent who and what we are." Young Lore was produced by Aaron Rubin (The New Regime, Angels & Airwaves, blink-182) and Eric Palmquist (Wavves, Trash Talk, Bad Suns) and was partially recorded at Hurley Studios. Formerly known as PK, Night Riots have earned some of the highest praise since their 2010 debut LP, Into the Roaring. Dubbed "one of the top 16 unsigned bands in North America" by Rolling Stone..." - ARTISTdirect


RIYL: Phoenix, Passion Pit, Tokyo Police Club, The Crookes
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://www.nightriots.com
https://www.facebook.com/nightriots
https://twitter.com/nightriots
https://www.youtube.com/user/Nightriots
https://soundcloud.com/nightriots



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Faces On Film
Elite Lines
Self-Released
ADDS 3/18/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Listening to “Bad Star,” the fifth song on the new Faces on Film album, you’ll be tempted to avert your eyes, maybe feel a little guilty: Should I be hearing this? It’s so private, so deeply felt, that it imparts the sensation of eavesdropping on someone’s conversation on the train. You shouldn’t lean in for more, but you do. You can’t help it.

“Bad Star” sounds like one side of an intense conversation between Mike Fiore, the mastermind behind the Boston-based band, and presumably a loved one, perhaps a romantic interest. Bare-bones intimacy and clarity are at the heart of “Elite Lines,” which Fiore will self-release on March 25. It’s Faces on Film’s third album since debuting in 2008 and marks a major leap forward for Fiore as songwriter unafraid to let the listener in.

“Elite Lines,” which Fiore recorded both at home and at Q Division Studios in Somerville, Mass., with engineer-producer Rafi Sofer, lifts the veil a bit, giving you a clearer idea of where Fiore is coming from. Nothing is too obvious, of course, nor is it too opaque, either.

Asked about touchstones for this new record, he sends an email with links to 10 songs that he kept in heavy rotation while making it. They’re all over the map, from Harry Nilsson’s majestic version of “Many Rivers to Cross” to the rumbling bass and R&B beat of Frank Ocean’s “Swim Good” to the cosmic country of Neil Young’s “I Believe in You.”

“Elite Lines” casts a similarly wide net, revealing new layers and shades of Fiore. A bluesy swagger underpins the stomp and sway of “Rake the Dust,” while “Heartspeed” pulses with an R&B sensuality that belies the danger lurking beneath those thick bass lines. If it weren’t anchored by those clanging drums, “Daytime Nowhere” would likely drift into the cosmos to mingle alongside spectral songs by Cocteau Twins or Beach House. Then there’s “Percy,” which opens the album on a primal note: Fiore’s voice is lithe and nearly vaporous as it hovers over the tribal percussion and a psychedelic interlude that probably sounds even better after a hit of acid.

The album takes its name from a wordless but wondrous guitar piece that lasts just over a minute but lingers with its acoustic finger-picking that’s, somehow, both barbed and beautiful. The song came to Fiore in a dream, prompting him to get out of bed and record it in the middle of the night on his phone before reshaping it later in the studio. That moment neatly sums up what Fiore was trying to accomplish on “Elite Lines.”

“When that happens, when you’ve got something good,” he says, “you gotta hold up your end of the bargain and go wake up and at least capture it.”

Extended Bio here: http://www.crash-avenue.com/current-roster-2/faces-on-film/


RIYL: Beach House, Islands, Antlers, Pomegranates
TRY: #3, 5, 7, 8

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

More Info Here:
https://twitter.com/Facesonfilm
https://www.facebook.com/FacesOnFilmMusic
http://facesonfilm.bandcamp.com
http://facesonfilm.tumblr.com
https://soundcloud.com/faces-on-film



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Saintseneca
Dark Arc
Ant-
ADDS 3/11/14
DIGITAL ONLY

Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus, Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk HotelSaintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once. The group utilizes a wide range of acoustic instrumentation (balalaika, mandolin, dulcimer, Turkish Baglama, floor percussion) with more contemporary elements such as synthesizers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy.

· Check them out at The ANTI- Showcase on Thursday March 13th at Bungalow 92 Rainey St during SXSW!

· Rolling Stone named them one of the Best New Discoveries at CMJ 2013

· Uppercutter 7” released October 2013 on ANTI- earned Best New Tracks on Pitchfork and raves throughout the blog world.

· NPR First Listen, NPR Tiny Desk, and NPR Weekend Edition Feature all confirmed!


RIYL: Decemberists, Local Natives, The Melodic, Dawes
TRY: #3, 6, 10, 12, 13

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

More Info Here:
http://saintseneca.com
https://www.facebook.com/Saintseneca
https://twitter.com/saintseneca
http://saintseneca.bandcamp.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/SaintsenecaOfficial
http://www.anti.com/artists/saintseneca/



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Run River North
Run River North
Nettwerk
ADDS 3/4/14
DIGITAL ONLY

In the course of several months, Run River North went from playing a handful of hometown shows in Los Angeles to performing to an audience of millions on late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! It was an explosive trajectory for the sextet, whose uplifting anthems march to the beat of drums, jangling guitars and a rapturous string section. The rapid ascent from obscurity launched a new chapter for the band (then called Monsters Calling Home), whose upcoming full-length self-titled debut ventures further into effervescent rock anchored with a down-home aesthetic.

On the self-titled debut, the songs ebb and flow with optimism, traversing emotional and musical landscapes woven into the strings duo of Daniel Chae and Jennifer Rim, alongside the galloping rhythm section of bassist Joe Chun, keyboardist Sally Kang and drummer John Chong. Together, their voices coalesce as one, a chorus calling out with a gentle urgency. The music of Run River North explores the ever-shifting search for self, from the energetic indie-rock interludes to the lonesome guitar strums, always asking the question: Is home a place or is it the people in your life? “We’re not a posh, polished pop sound,” says Alex Hwang, Run River North's singer/songwriter. “We have stories we want to tell and they take a little more time. After all, the journey to find your place is a long one, it’s an ongoing, evolving adventure.”

The personal stories of the band members are as compelling as the songs themselves. Hwang and his band mates all came from families who moved to Southern California from Asia, and he says that the album reflects their shared search for a sense of home. "The immigrant experience is unique, but our songs also address that universal struggle for identity,” Hwang says. "We wanted to write about it and share the stories about being 'dash American.'"

Riding the tide of newfound notoriety, Hwang and the band recorded their self-titled debut with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, Band of Horses), which burgeons with richly layered harmonies, dynamic instrumentation, and evocative storytelling. About working with Ek, drummer Chong says, “he thinks outside the box with all his projects. I love how he allows the artist to be really creative with structures, chord choices, metric changes, etc." “A common thread between his records is that you come away with a strong sense of feeling,” continues bandmember Chae. Recording the album in Seattle, Hwang jokes, “so curious and excited to see how our songs and band will grow…Run River North(west).”


RIYL: Lumineers, Bastille, Of Monsters and Men, Young The Giant, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://runrivernorth.com
https://www.facebook.com/runrivernorth
https://twitter.com/RunRiverNorth
http://instagram.com/runrivernorth
https://www.youtube.com/runrivernorth