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The Milk Carton Kids
Monterey
Anti-
ADDS 5/19/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan craft soft, timeless ballads in close harmony — and, as such, recall the reverently beautiful likes of Simon & Garfunkel." - NPR First Listen

The two years since the release of The Ash & Clay have been heady ones for The Milk Carton Kids, with accolades ranging from their featured performance in the Coen Brothers documentary Another Day, Another Time, to winning Group of the Year at the 2014 Americana Music Awards, to a Grammy nomination, to performing at the prestigious Newport Folk Festival.

While many of their laurels reference specific genres, the duo quickly transcend those tags, with inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern “alternative,” all broadening their appeal, so that the audience at a typical Milk Carton Kids concert can range from 18 to 80. Like the pioneers Johnny Cash and Emmylou Harris – both of whom the band paid tribute to this last year – the Milk Carton Kids take American music at its word, without confines or borders.

Now with their third album Monterey, The Milk Carton Kids have evolved their signature sound into its purest essence. Writing on the road, sitting around after shows in green rooms and hallways, these duo found themselves finishing and editing each other’s songs, resulting in a batch of songs where, for the first time in the band’s career, friends and family cannot tell who wrote what. And for all the attention the duo receives for combining into one voice, on Monterey we finally hear the singers as distinct; the acclaimed harmonies move farther apart so that the quirks and kinks of two individual identities emerge, the harmonies all the while remaining lush and soaring, their beauty all the more apparent for the showing of their scars.

Monterey is an album forged literally and metaphorically “on the road”, an album that seems to ask how we can resolve the contradiction between the lightness of our footprint as we pass through, and the weight of those memories gath- ering behind us in the rearview mirror. Monterey poses this question with grace, beauty and a sly humor.


RIYL: Fleet Foxes, Head and the Heart, Lone Bellow, Punch Brothers, Low Anthem
TRY: #3, 5, 6, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.themilkcartonkids.com
https://www.facebook.com/TheMilkCartonKids
https://twitter.com/milkcartonkids
http://www.anti.com/artists/the-milk-carton-kids/



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Young Legs
Promise Of Winter
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 5/19/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“innocent, free and intricate handclap-worthy are Young Legs’ tunes. Honestly, in a world riddled with so much angst, it’s kind of a breath of fresh air!” - Deb Draisin | Jersey Beat

“Atmospheric and beautiful. One of my favorite albums for a walk through the bogs at dusk” - Ryan Davis | Coffee Escapism

“as delicate as early Leonard Cohen and as harmonically sophisticated as Sufjan Stevens, or even Rubber Soul-era Beatles.” - Joey DeGroot | Music Times

“really impressed with Steve’s singing voice, playing, and song arrangements.” - Milton Likes Bands

Originally the biography for the New Jersey Indie Folk band Young Legs read as follows, “Steven Donahue likes to make music. Matt Olsson, Ezra Lowery and Ashley Simon like to play it with him.” That is about all you need to know about this delicate mix of folk and indie rock that is Young Legs. Donahue’s first album “The Fog and The Forest” follows the story of a disenchanted lover who permanently finds solace in a misty wood. The follow up material was Young Legs first single “Resolution” and B-side “Small Truths” which was a pre-cursor to their full length “Promise Of Winter” brought to you from the New Jersey label Mint 400 Records.

Label owner Neil Sabatino had this to say about his newest acquisition, “ It’s rare but every once in a while you hear just the littlest snippet of a band and think, I have to work with these guys, they are why I started a label, for bands like this.” Their newest effort shows a band that is growing and finding their own unique sound. “Promise of Winter” is the kind of masterpiece most bands strive their entire careers to create.

The band boasts a wide variety of influence but on the surface has elements of Paul Simon, Sea Wolf, Vampire Weekend, Jon Brion, and many others. Their albums as a whole sounds like the newest Wes Anderson soundtrack. Young Legs are bound to excite indie fans that have a pension for folk. Young Legs is sure to be a staple in the indie record collection of even the most discerning indie rock fan.


RIYL: Vampire Weekend, Sea Wolf, Sufjan Stevens
TRY: #1, 2, 7

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/younglegs
https://twitter.com/ynglgs
https://instagram.com/ynglgs
http://mint400records.com



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And So I Watch You From Afar
Heirs
Sargent House
ADDS 5/19/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“...this record feels familiar while coming across as totally fresh and invigorating...” – The Fader

“Like the sonic equivalent of a Rorschach test, each track is riddled with vast soundscapes begging to be explored and made sense of.” – Kerrang!

And So I Watch You From Afar are back with a welcomed punch in the face, a blistering, relentless (yet strangely quite fun) slab of riffage.” – BBC

And So I Watch You From Afar have applied to their fourth album the same rigorous work ethic that has seen them touring nearly non-stop all over the world in recent years — including less common tour stops like China, Russia, India and Africa. Heirs is both the band’s most painstakingly created album as well as its most personal and meaningful. “Its central theme is about the inheritance of ideas,” the band says. “In that we’re all heirs to other peoples’ passion, which in turn inspires ourselves.”

Many new lives, new imperatives and invigorated perspectives helped shape the 10-song album written in prolific isolation spanning over 6 months in the band's Belfast, Northern Ireland home. It's a work of intense focus and adventurous abandon that reaches to the heart of artistic expression.

“We started making the album while touring in 2013,” guitarist Rory Friers explains. “We would be recording demos in our hotel rooms, back stage and we would even hire out rehearsal rooms during days off.” Being the first album with new guitarist Niall Kennedy (who joined as a touring member in 2012), the band grew increasingly productive taking half a year off from the road and working nearly every waking moment together in their rehearsal room. Friers and Kennedy, along with drummer Chris Wee and bassist Johnathan Adger amassed about 30 new songs, which were then whittled down to 15 tracks. Of those 15, only 10 songs made the final cut, carefully selecting those that best represented the ideas and feelings the band wanted to express with the album.

“It’s called Heirs as a tribute to a lot of new people who came into all our lives during the writing and recording of the album — lots of nephews and Johnny had a daughter, Eisa,” Friers explains. “It seems like the songs soaked up all those feelings we had during the writing. Because making the album was such an intentionally intense and full time experience none of us where listening to much other music or even experiencing much else outside of it. So, it feels like a very pure representation of what happens when these four people decide to make music together. It was a very Intense time and the record has been shaped by that.”


RIYL: Fang Island, Battles, Adebisi Shank
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 2
(Radio edits for #1 & 4 on Downloads page)

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

More Info Here:
http://asiwyfa.com
http://sargenthouse.com/and-so-i-watch-you-from-afar
https://www.facebook.com/andsoiwatchyoufromafar
https://twitter.com/ASIWYFA_BAND



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Skye Steele
Up From The Bitterroot
HouseTown
ADDS 5/19/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Painted upon the wild and surreal backdrop of the Rockies in winter, Up From The Bitterroot is a startling document of personal reflection and transformation. Embroiled in an unraveling marriage and a crisis of direction, Skye Steele fled New York City to spend a January writing in a cabin deep in the woods of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. “I was either hiding out or clearing my head, depending on who you ask.”

A record this unusual should come as no surprise from a musician whose path has been anything but conventional. The son of an army officer and a classical violinist, Steele’s upbringing included years living on military installations, but also home-schooling and months-long cross-country trips in a Volkswagen camper—not to mention violin lessons from age three. Arriving in New York at seventeen to pursue a creative writing degree, Steele soon took to playing his fiddle in the subways for grocery money. His repertoire then ranged from Fritz Kreisler to Thelonious Monk, and before long he had fallen in with a crowd of jazz musicians who encouraged his hunger for improvisation, leading him to enroll in The New School’s jazz program.

From there the fiddler’s winding path twined on, opening myriad sound-worlds to an eager ear. A Belly Dance band played vintage Arabic pop at underground parties. A 20’s-style big band recorded with Rufus Wainwright for a Scorsese soundtrack. A Brazilian roots band wound it’s way from the mangroves of Recife all the way to the stage of Farm Aid where Willie Nelson sat in for a few numbers. A chance meeting with Vanessa Carlton at the Bitter End lead to an ongoing seven-year collaboration. Avant-garde legends Anthony Braxton and Butch Morris as well as Queens of the old Downtown like Joey Arias and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond tapped him for concerts. Gigs in 2014 added Deer Tick, Jolie Holland, and jazz legends Lee Konitz and Henry Butler to Skye’s resume. “I’ve gone from playing in the subways to playing at Carnegie Hall—and loved them both.”

Through a decade of paying dues, a restless spirit was gleaning grist for its mill, and on Up From The Bitterroot he steps forward with an unmistakable voice as singer, poet, and fiddler. Skye Steele’s tale of wrenching heartache, loss, and moving on, burns bright thanks to the broad palette of a well-traveled artist, and the afterimage will hang haunting before your eyes long after you turn away.

On tour now! Contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Dawes
, Jolie Holland, Bonnie Prince Billy, Dirty Projectors
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://skyesteele.com
https://twitter.com/skyeasteele
https://www.facebook.com/skyesteele
https://soundcloud.com/skyesteele
https://skyesteele.bandcamp.com/releases



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Patrick Watson
Love Songs For Robots
Domino
ADDS 5/12/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"A vast and beautiful sound..." - NPR Music’s Bob Boilen

"Hushed, intensely musical." - Rolling Stone

"Exquisite and thrilling…Achingly beautiful." - The San Francisco Chronicle

"Places You Will Go," the first single from Patrick Watson’s new record Love Songs For Robots, is premiering at The Fader. Of the track, The Fader praises, “as nearly hallucinatory as it is pleasing to the ears.” Love Songs for Robots, set for release on May 12 via Domino Records, is receiving early critical praise—Consequence of Sound calls it “rich and ethereal,” while Stereogum adds “Watson’s voice exists in that airy, impossible realm that seems more spiritual than physical in form.” The album follows Watson’s critically acclaimed 2012 release Adventures In Your Own Backyard.

In addition, the title track from the album recently premiered at NPR Music “All Songs Considered” New Mix, and Watson shared a teaser for the album, which includes the track “In Circles,” here.

To celebrate the release, Watson will embark on a worldwide tour, with additional dates to be announced. Let us know if you'd like to go to a show or request anything at all!


RIYL: Sufjan Stephens, Jose Gonzales, The Antlers, Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bird
TRY: #2, 4, 6, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://patrickwatson.net
https://twitter.com/patrickwatson
https://www.facebook.com/patrickwatsonofficial



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Matthew Azrieli
Chloe
Self-Released
ADDS 5/12/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“"Chloe" is a touching collection, a diamond in the rough. This is what pop music should sound like: clear-eyed and emotive.” - Skope Mag

Azrieli’s pace and comforting orchestration tears at the heart [...] Fans of acoustic music and strong lyricists will find something they like on this A+ offering." - Hot Indie News

Matthew Azrieli is a singer/songwriter studying at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Originally from Montreal, he was first inspired by Elliott Smith and Nick Drake, and taught himself the guitar by writing his own songs. Critics notice his voice, described as “a buttery, low register that cradles the songs as it paints his original words” by the Canadian Jewish News. When he first started gigging, Outremont’s Talk of the Townie wrote that his lyrics “defy imagination”. Though initially successful on YouTube, Azrieli, now 18, is promoting his first release, an album which IX Daily says “displays his serious talent for songwriting”. Azrieli continues to be recognized for his unique brand of classically inspired indie-folk.

On tour now! Contact us for tickets, interviews, etc.


RIYL: Tallest Man On Earth, Jose Gonzales, Glen Hansard, Ryan Adams
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://matthewazrieli.bandcamp.com/album/chloe
https://www.facebook.com/MatthewAzrieli
https://twitter.com/matthewazrieli



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Yardlets
Good Hangs
Hobo Slang / White Whale
ADDS 5/12/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Yardlets wanted to capture what the villains in Mad Max and the replicants of Blade Runner would sound like if they started a band, and then threw a dash of 80s gated reverb on everything." - Indie 88: Album Premiere

"Heavy on the fuzz and feedback, light on the filler, the new single delivers distorted vocals atop whirling guitars that come across like the soundtrack to a hallucination." - Exclaim: Single Premiere

Yardlets are the Montreal duo of Sam Goldberg Jr. (Broken Social Scene/Hawaii/Kandle) and Jeff Edwards (Shot While Hunting), who will release their sophomore album, Good Hangs May 12 on Hobo Slang. A collection of revved up, scuzzed out, late-night, psychedelic blasts recorded at Break Glass Studios with Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) engineering and mixing, and Tim Fletcher (The Stills) on bass, David Deias (Mystic Motorcycles) on drums.“The main idea behind Yardlets was to actually work around the limitations of my old skateboard buddy Jeff,” says Sam Goldberg Jr., “who didn’t actually know how to play guitar when we started. On a lot of the songs, when we started writing, I would say, ‘play one note. Or maybe two.’ First single, “Baby Deer”, for example, there is just one note being played the whole way through.” That provided the launching point for Yardlets – creating through minimalism.

Most importantly for Goldberg though, along with getting to make record with an old friend, is that Jeff is a fantastic singer. Yardlets digitally released their debut album, Middle Ages, in 2012, a lo-fi collection, recorded directly into a laptop, with Sebastien Grainger (Death From Above 1979) playing drums on top of it. Good Hangs is the next logical step forward, and Yardlets will support the album with Canadian dates in May, with U.S. dates in the works for later in the year.


RIYL: Viet Cong, Skaters, Iceage, Broken Social Scene
DIRTY: #3, 6, 7, 10
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:http://yardlets.com
http://yardlets.com
https://twitter.com/yardlets
http://yardlets.bandcamp.com
http://yardletsband.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yardlets/150433385043636



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Mylets
Arizona
Sargent House
ADDS 5/5/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“The spirit of "Trembling Hands" comes straight out of Nine Inch Nails' most anthemic work.” - NPR

"Mylets builds up layer upon layer of complex instrumentation to create his experimental loop-rock. The results are mesmerizing, hypnotic soundscapes that can be odd, loud and beautiful." - NME

"A staggeringly intricate work that still manages to remain catchy and full of hooks." - Noisey

Under the moniker Mylets, Henry Kohen takes on the roles of several musicians at once. The wunderkind guitarist who, at 17, became the youngest artist signed to Sargent House has since established his reputation as an awe- inspiring and agile performer, playing across North America and Europe multiple times over the past couple of years.

Dancing across multiple guitar pedals that line the stage, Kohen also sings and lays down guitar loops while simultaneously tapping out beats on a drum machine. Nothing is pre-programmed. Every note played is as organic and fallible as its performer. Kohen’s physicality and presence is captivating on stage, but what’s even more impressive is that his songwriting talent is equally as vast and varied as his multitasking skills.

Arizona is the defining work of a masterful tunesmith. Despite their complexity, the songs are never disrupted by the intricacies running beneath their hyper-infectious pop structures. Kohen operates his equipment like the conductor of a small orchestra, summoning fully realized melodies from his devices. “I put in a lot of effort to make every single word and note of each song as deliberate and concise as I could,” Kohen explains, “rather than throw out an unintelligible overflow of information.”

Album opener “Trembling Hands” is a massive, hook-heavy anthem driven by layers of churning guitars and distortion that stirs somewhere between the throaty verses of Broken-era Nine Inch Nails to the hymnal anxiety of a Cloud Nothings record. The title track follows with a cascade of syncopated guitar arpeggios setting the stage for a reverse-reverb soaked vocal harmony that chimes like something off of U2’s Unforgettable Fire. And, that’s the beauty here: Mylets appeals to every listener, not just other musicians. Kohen understates his unparalleled and highly specific skills and instead forces the emotion informing his music to the forefront. This ability is what makes the songs on Arizona command repeat listens.


RIYL: Nine Inch Nails, Cloud Nothings, Battles, Marnie Stern
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://myletsmusic.com
http://sargenthouse.com/mylets
https://www.facebook.com/mylets
https://twitter.com/myletsband
http://mylets.bandcamp.com



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Millencolin
True Brew
Epitaph
ADDS 5/5/15
DIGITAL ONLY

True Brew is an album self-recorded by the band, mixed by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, produced by vocalist/bassist Nikola Sarcevic and Färm in Soundlab Studios, with all artwork, photography and music videos created by guitarist Erik Ohlsson. It’s clear the band members are just as unified as they were when they formed Millencolin, roughly 23 years, seven albums and 1,500 live shows ago. “We’re a band truly formed from respect and understanding for each other and our passion for rock music,” explains Sarcevic. “If you ask us, this is the best job in the world!”

The new material musically draws upon some of Millencolin’s earliest influences like Bad Religion through galloping drums and fast, technical riffing, the album lyrically tackles modern sociopolitical issues in ways the band never have before. Take standout track “Sense & Sensibility,” which Sarcevic wrote about the growing problem of nationalist and racist political parties in his native Sweden. True Brew is the kind of album that sounds both timeless and modern, a record that could only come out of four adults who have been side by side since they were teenagers, who have weathered changing politics, shifting cultures and the rise and fall of all kinds of musical trends. Most bands never make it this far in their careers, at least not without a handful of ex-members, lawsuits and various skeletons in their respective closets. And one listen to True Brew will tell you that Millencolin are back, they’re as strong as they’ve been in a decade or more and they’ve never lost that fire.


RIYL: Descendents, NOFX, Bouncing Souls, Menzingers, Green Day
TRY: #5, 6, 1, 2

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/Millencolin
https://twitter.com/millencolin
https://instagram.com/millencolin/



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Dustin Kensrue
Carry The Fire
Staple / Vagrant
ADDS 5/5/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Singer, songwriter and guitarist DUSTIN KENSRUE (Thrice) reveals a new song and video for “Of Crows and Crowns” from his new solo album, CARRY THE FIRE, which was released on April 21, 2015 on Staple Records/Vagrant Records. Directed by Vern Moen (Radiohead, Jack White, Cold War Kids), check out the beautifully shot black & white video here: http://youtu.be/dawMFkPNJpM

Last month Billboard premiered the song “Back to Back,” and said, “"Back to Back" is a tuneful, infectious song, a folk framework with a rock backbone. It's far from the heaviness of a Thrice song, but it once again proves there are two distinct sides to Kensrue's writing.”

On tour now, contact us for tix / interviews / etc!


RIYL: City and Colour, Death Cab For Cutie, David Bazan, The War on Drugs, Good Old War
TRY: #1, 2, 7, 10

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

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



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Mickelson
Flickering
Self-Released
ADDS 5/5/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Mickelson sings with aching urgency, cloaked in a dark fog that keeps his melodies balancing on the edge of unresolved, underscoring his take that life is never an all-easy road. His work is smart, moving and never overdone.” - Music News Nashville

“Driven by Mickelson’s booming and unforgettable vocals, Flickering is a compilation of the twangy Americana sounds and a lyricism that takes listeners on a journey.” – The Bay Bridged

“If Tom Waits and Radiohead could reproduce, Scott Mickelson would be their love child. A perfect concoction of American Folk-Rock with a Post Punk vibe, Mickelson is this week’s featured artist.” – Gatehouse Radio

“Beautiful, heartbreaking, triumphant, intense – a panoramic of the human condition – Mickelson’s debut album pulls out all the stops and demands to be heard.” – Music Worth Reviewing

Perseverance. Through a career that spanned five full-length releases with his band Fat Opie, a struggle with a long-term illness and a career as a fine artist, Scott Mickelson has persevered. Now, with his debut solo release (out 05.05.15) Mickelson delivers the record he’s worked towards since he first sat down in front of a microphone. Flickering embodies the wisdom gained from his personal and musical journey. It features nearly two dozen guest artists including members of The Family Crest and other leading Bay Area artists like Jeff Campbell, Megan Slankard and Rivvrs. The record was recorded and produced by Mickelson in his home and mixed by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Sleater-Kinney, Deerhoof) at Tiny Telephone in SF.

Check out the video for "Hercules & Iron Man" on Huffington Post!


RIYL: Glen Hansard, Low Anthem, Devotchka, Ballroom Thieves
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.mickelsonmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/mickelsonmusic
https://twitter.com/mickelsonmusic
https://instagram.com/scottmickelson/


 

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Good Riddance
Peace In Our Time
Fat Wreck Chords
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"It's both a toast to the past and look ahead to the band's next chapter." - Exclaim! (album premiere)

After prematurely snuffing out a career that burned so brightly by calling it quits in 2007, GOOD RIDDANCE reignite the embers with the blazing inferno Peace In Our Time. GOOD RIDDANCE are known for helping to mold the melodic/hardcore genre and for churning out some its most revered albums. Peace In Our Time draws on the most prized elements of GR’s catalog. So much so that it could be described as a “greatest hits” album that is comprised of all new material. Built on a foundation of hardcore, saturated with scorching riffs and bound to GR’s strong sense of melody, Peace In Our Time hits all the high notes of their résumé. The same classic lineup responsible for A Comprehensive Guide to Moderne Rebellion, Ballads from the Revolution, and Operation Phoenix are back at the helm for Peace In Our Time and it’s reflected in the result. GOOD RIDDANCE’s ability to blend thrash-laden, discordant hardcore and aggressive melodic punk into their own signature compound has gained them the respect of their peers, fans, and critics alike. Peace In Our Time will only embolden that sentiment.

Produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Black Flag, Descendents, NOFX, Alkaline Trio)

Full US tour to be announced soon, check back here for dates and contact us for any opportunities!


RIYL: Bad Religion, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, OFF!
TRY: #1, 3, 5, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://grpunk.com
http://www.fatwreck.com/band/index/13
https://www.facebook.com/goodriddance
https://twitter.com/gr_punk



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Sean Rowe
Her Songs
Anti-
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

On April 28th, acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe will release an EP entitled Her Songs. The release presents songs written by six of Rowe’s favorite female artists – Sade, Cat Power, Neko Case, Regina Spektor, Lucinda Williams and Feist – and showcases the interpretive side of Rowe’s vocal and guitar work. 
 

Rowe makes no attempt to recreate the delicate magic of the originals here, but instead focuses on the emotional core of works. The Cat Power song “Colors and the Kids,” originally featuring Chan Marshal accompanied by a lone piano and offering a distinct sense of fragility, now features a hypnotic guitar and Rowe’s muscular voice, but still capture the vulnerability at the heart of the song. 

“By Your Side,” originally recorded Sade, and currently available for streaming via Flood Magazine, has long been a favorite of Rowe’s. “I remember being just out of high school and watching a live video of her and her band,” he says. “Nobody sounds like her. And it just felt really natural to me because I’ve always been drawn to emotional soul music.  That ’s what came first for me even before folk music. Music you don’t have to think about. You just feel it.”

On his previous full length record Madman, Rowe showcased his skill as a songwriter.  GQ proclaimed the record “the kind of album that's at once recognizable and nothing like you've ever heard before.” With Her Songs, Rowe demonstrates in the studio what live audiences around the world already know: he is an unparalleled performer with the ability to transmit the emotional heart of a song with a powerful and intuitive simplicity.

Track List:
Ode To Divorce - Regina Spektor

Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case
By Your Side - Sade 

Soldiers Song - Lucinda Williams
Let It Die - Feist
Colors and the Kids - Cat Power


RIYL: Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, The National, Bill Callahan, Iron & Wine
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic
https://twitter.com/sean_rowe
http://www.anti.com/artists/sean-rowe/



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Shark?
Becky And Debbie
Old Flame Records
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Shark? is a social utility that connects beer to your face and if you’re lucky maybe even a girl, but most likely a PA to your foot and fuzzy memories of midnight tacos. Shark? is also four dudes from Brooklyn.

"Local noise-poppers and top-flight band name selectors Shark? have become one of the more reliable punk bands in the hood over the past few years ...lead single “Hate Crime Girl” ...[is a] crunchy two minute number that would sound right at home on Surfer Rosa." - FREE Williamsburg

"This one is called “Hangnail” and is a true rock and roll number displaying some of the finest traits of the genre in one song. You can almost feel the badass tendencies coming through the vocals and sludgy sounds on the track." - Austin Town Hall


RIYL: Pavement, GBV, DIIV, Cloud Nothings
TRY: #2, 4
DIRTY: #1, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://oldflamerecords.com/shark/
http://sharkquestionmark.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/sharkquestionmark
https://twitter.com/shrkquestionmrk



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NGHTCRWLRS
NGHTCRWLRS
Sniffling Indie Kids / Mint 400
ADDS 4/28/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“...NGHTCRWLRS debut was nothing I ever expected. Yet, everything this listener could ever hope for. Get weird. Stay weird.” – James Damion, United by Rocket Science

NGHTCRWLRS is a band made up of individuals who have logged time in New Jersey’s punk/indie rock scene for the past ten years. In fact, they all continue to play in different projects on top of their duties in NGHTCRWLRS. The band honors NJ’s indie rock/emo legacy while combining it with its own brand of noise and psychedelic influences, sounding like the middle ground between Brand New and ‘80s Sonic Youth or if Pavement was really in to early Pink Floyd, instead of The Fall. NGHTCRWLRS’ self-titled debut album was recorded right in their Clifton, NJ practice space and captures the loose but taught arrangements and raw power of the band’s live show.

The music is stunningly psychedelic while still capturing the emotional wreckage of being a twenty-something person unsure of the world and your place in it. Drummer Max Rauch and bassist Brian Goglia’s laid back melodicism suggest Crooked Rain era Pavement but with more groove while guitarists Frank DeFranco and Eric Goldberg twist and bend their guitars around each other like no-wave forefathers Lee Renaldo and Thurston Moore. The songs bleed passion. When Goldberg sings “I got your note, forgot to call, I don’t feel anything at all” on album closer and fan favorite “Reclusive Me”, it hits you right in the gut. NGHTCRWLRS’ self-titled debut captures fire, a young band with a new take on a beloved sound. Take a listen and see why guitar-based indie rock can still elicit a passion like no other type of music.


RIYL: Title Fight, Fugazi, Sonic Youth
TRY: #2, 3, 7, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.snifflingindiekids.com
http://mint400records.com
https://nghtcrwlrs.bandcamp.com
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Marriages
Salome
Sargent House
ADDS 4/21/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Salome is a MASSIVE leap forward — from Red Sparowes, from Kitsune, from Some Heavy Ocean. It’s the best thing any of these guys has ever been involved with, and one of my favorite albums of early 2015.” - Stereogum

"One might compare the sound to PJ Harvey teaming up with Tool in 1995 to cover Mazzy Star - but you should skip comparison entirely as Marriages isn't quite like anything else." - ALARM

Marriages’ new chemistry seems to pack enough sonic potency and emotional fire to move mountains” – Consequence of Sound

The first thing one notices about the full-length debut album by Marriages, Salome, is its sense of space. Like pulling open a dark window shade mid-flight, we're abruptly presented with a crystalline brightness setting the tone from the outset, signifying an evolution from the somewhat insular buzz of 2012 debut EP, Kitsune. The second thing is that, unlike the stream-of-consciousness approach which found each track on Kitsune nebulously flowing into the next, Salome is comprised of concise songs, each one a light that flickers into existence, burns with magnificent intensity, and then expires.

The Los Angeles-based trio first began in 2011 as a collaborative effort between former Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle (guitar, vocals) and Greg Burns (bass, keyboards). Showcasing Rundle's exceptional playing more vividly than the dense architecture of the Sparowes could allow, Marriages' departure from purely instrumental rock, too, helped bring her to the forefront, revealing a voice equally fragile and ferocious. Enlisting Sparowes drummer Dave Clifford, they recorded Kitsune, released on Sargent House in 2012. Subsequent touring with Russian Circles, Deafheaven and others honed their vision while introducing the band to a broad cross-section of heavy music fans. Full time drummer Andrew Clinco completed the equation in late 2012, the final component in Marriages' frequently epic postpunk-by-way-of-stoner-rock sound. While the group busied themselves writing the songs that would become Salome, Rundle issued solo album Some Heavy Ocean in early 2014, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork, NPR, etc..

Salome is a timeless 9-song monolith of a debut LP. Propulsive, frequently iridescent, the compositions on the album are confident and evocative, the sound of a band focusing their strengths to great effect. Throwing open the curtains on not only their sound but on their songwriting as well, Rundle, Burns, and now Clinco seem perfectly at ease scaling anthemic peaks and heartbreaking valleys, often in a single song. Salome finds Marriages fully embracing their skill at crafting timeless songs with chillingly epic results.


RIYL: PJ Harvey, Blonde Redhead, Zola Jesus, Emma Ruth Rundle
TRY: #3, 2, 4, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://marriagesband.com
http://sargenthouse.com/marriages
http://facebook.com/marriagesband
http://twitter.com/marriagesband



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Red City Radio
Red City Radio
Staple
ADDS 4/21/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Alternative Press "Rest Easy" premiere!

Absolute Punk: Stream Red City Radio's Impressive Self-Titled LP In Full!

Red City Radio (guitarist and vocalist Garrett Dale, bassist and vocalist Jonathan “Jojo” Knight, guitarist Ryan Donovan and drummer Dallas Tidwell) previously released several EP’s and two full-length albums. The group has toured internationally multiple times and racked up countless North American tours and were most recently on the 5th annual Glamour Kills tour with New Found Glory last fall.

Red City Radio recently announced that they will be performing in the main support slot on the second leg of their upcoming North American tour headlined by punk stalwarts, Strung Out. Let us know if you'd like to go to a show or request an interview. You can check all the dates here: http://www.redcityradio.net/tour-events/


RIYL: Hot Water Music, Menzingers, Strung Out, Dillinger Four, Pennywise
DIRTY: #5, 6, 7, 9, 10
TRY: #2, 1, 3

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

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



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They Might Be Giants
Glean
Idlewild/Megaforce
ADDS 4/21/15
DIGITAL ONLY

2015 is already a landmark year in two-time Grammy winners They Might Be Giants’ illustrious career. With the return of their Dial-A-Song service, the band is posting a new track each week to unanimous exclamations of joy from fans old and new. With a toll-free number at (844) 387-6962 and a sweet new web site at www.dialasong.com, most of the tracks arrive with fully produced animations.
 
In celebration, the band is releasing GLEAN on April 21. It includes 15 songs direct from these first weeks of their Dial-A-Song service. The range of these recordings is truly staggering. From the manic violin-driven “Music Jail, Pt. 1 & 2” to the bluesy grinding of “Underwater Woman,” Glean comprises some of They Might Be Giants’ most vital work of their 30+ year career. With the album, TMBG’s sound is in equal turns as rocking, surprising, effervescent, and truly original as they have ever been. The highly anticipated album is produced with long-time collaborator Pat Dillett (St. Vincent, Mike Doughty, Donald Fagen, Mary J. Blige, David Byrne, etc), and comes hot on the heels of 2013’s wildly popular Nanobots.

But there is much more in store for They Might Be Giants in 2015. A monthly residency in their spiritual home of Williamsburg, Brooklyn started in January and the next one is already sold out, as were the last two in advance. Two more albums of original material are on the docket for the end of the year, and the first leg of TMBG’s window-rattling national tour begins in mid-April. International touring is planned for early fall, along with a second leg of US and Canadian shows.

Check out all the tour dates here and let us know if you'd like to check out a show / request an interview / etc.


RIYL: The Mountain Goats, Mike Doughty, The Dead Milkmen, Devo
TRY: #5, 1, 3, 4, 11

Stream first single here:
https://soundcloud.com/they-might-be-giants/05-answer

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

More Info Here:
http://www.theymightbegiants.com
https://www.facebook.com/theymightbegiants
https://twitter.com/tmbg
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Might_Be_Giants



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Calexico
Edge Of The Sun
Anti-
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR: First Listen

Consequence of Sound: review

Falling From the Sky” on CONAN!

Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles. For Edge of the Sun, the band’s keyboardist, Sergio Mendoza, stepped up to co-write and arrange certain songs, ultimately co-producing the album along with Burns, Convertino, and longtime associate Craig Schumacher: It was Mendoza who suggested that Calexico physically cross an actual border for a songwriting retreat to the historic Mexico City borough of Coyoacán.

In view of the fresh creative perspective provided by the band’s journey to New Orleans to make its previous album, Algiers, Edge of the Sun’s Mexican origins would seem destined to have a major impact on the album. The writing here shows Burns and Convertino’s ongoing pursuit of the profound melody, creating music at once hauntingly accessible and rich in instrumental texture. With guests including Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from Devotchka, Carla Morrison, Gaby Moreno, Amparo Sanchez, multi-instrumentalists from the Greek band Takim, as well as Neko Case, Edge of the Sun weaves a dense tapestry from its international roster. “Madrid, Nashville, Tucson, El Paso, Berlin; it’s an eclectic mix,” says Burns. “This album is about pushing through the blue to brighter days. Calexico has always had that element of hope, going back and forth between a positive outlook and embracing desperate or dark themes that I think we all share.”

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Sun Kil Moon, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Devotchka, Iron & Wine
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 11

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

More Info Here:
http://www.casadecalexico.com
https://twitter.com/casadecalexico
https://www.facebook.com/calexico
http://www.anti.com/artists/calexico/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calexico_(band)



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Mavis Staples
Your Good Fortune
Anti-
ADDS 4/14/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Legend Mavis Staples is set to release Your Good Fortune, a new four-song EP produced by the acclaimed young cross-genre soul explorer Son Little. The record will arrive in stores on April 21st. The EP coincides with the recent premiere of a full-length documentary on the singer entitled “Mavis!”  


The songs on Your Good Fortune inventively merge Staples’ iconic and soulful voice, renowned as part of The Staple Singers and as a Grammy winning solo artist, with Little’s talent for reconfiguring the sensibilities of genres including soul, hip-hop and heavy rock. 
 
"I’m always excited to do new songs,” Mavis says. “And this young man wrote two just for me. Seemed like we were a team made in heaven.  He writes from his heart; he's a great singer who sings from his heart, and he reached my heart.  I'm so glad we got to work together.  The whole experience right down to the finished product was just extraordinary.” 
 
The disc features two original Son Little compositions, “Your Good Fortune” and “Fight,” paired with two reinterpreted classics, the Blind Lemon Jefferson composition “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean,” (previously recorded by The Staple Singers as “Dying Man’s Plea” in 1962), and the Pops “Roebuck” Staples-penned gospel classic  “Wish I Had Answered” first recorded by The Staple Singers in 1963.  The Staple Singers 45 RPM release on Riverside Records had as its B-side their take on Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” making them the first African-American artists to record a Dylan song.



The film Mavis!, a full length documentary on the life of Staples directed by Jessica Edwards, recently premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin generating rave reviews from both audiences and press. 


RIYL: The Staple Singers, Pops Staples, Son Little, Bettye LaVette, Solomon Burke
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://mavisstaples.com
https://www.facebook.com/mavisstaples
https://twitter.com/mavisstaples
http://www.anti.com/artists/mavis-staples/
http://www.last.fm/music/Mavis+Staples
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mavis_Staples



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Matt and Kim
New Glow
Harvest
ADDS 4/7/15

Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim release New Glow, the band’s latest full length on April 07th, 2015.

Matt and Kim, aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboards) and Kim Schifino (drums), get things rolling in their exuberant style with a performance lyric video for the song “Get It”: Three minutes and seven seconds of heaven for anyone who has, or hasn’t yet, seen Matt and Kim’s legendary live shows.

With New Glow, the duo who love hip-hop and pop have made an album of undeniably catchy beat-driven anthems with hooks that just don’t stop and just won’t leave your head. “The best era of music is right now and I believe we’re doing our best work yet.” says Matt.

“Anyone who has seen one of our shows knows we love any style of music you can have fun and get wild to. I’m not sure we were able to put that diversity on any of our albums the way we did on New Glow. While there are definitely songs that will feel familiar to people who know our stuff, there are also songs like “Get It” which have always been part of who we are but went unrecorded to this point. We helped edit a lyric video for “Get It”, using live footage from a handful of festivals and shows we played in the last couple years. Going through that footage really made it hard to believe how lucky we are to have the best f**king job in the world.”

The two met while attending Pratt Institute and quickly became known for their thunder-punching, melodic mix of indie and dance music. Right off, Spin said “there truly is no sound these two won’t use to support their almost religious commitment to spreading huge grins,” while Pitchfork described their quality as “melody so happily jerky and rhythms so dangerously spastic that you can practically hear paroxysmal crowds pogo-ing madly…Johnson sings, and thousands of other kids in his zip code (and others like it around the country) feel like he’s describing their Saturday nights.”

Previously, Matt and Kim’s video for “Lessons Learned,” in which they strip naked in Times Square on a very cold February day, won an MTV Music Award for “Breakthrough Video.” 2012’s Lightning (FADER) featured the Alternative radio hit “Let’s Go” and single “Daylight” was certified Gold.

All the while they toured the globe, becoming the go-to band for raw exuberance, bombastic beats, sing-along refrains and dance-ready anthems on larger and larger scales. They’ve performed at many, many major music festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Firefly, Summerfest, Big Day Out, Fuji, V, Pukkelpop and Ultra.


RIYL: Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend
Try: #8, 1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://mattandkimmusic.com
http://instagram.com/mattandkim
https://www.facebook.com/mattandkim
http://twitter.com/mattandkim
http://youtube.com/mattandkim
http://mattandkim.tumblr.com