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Radical Dads
Universal Coolers
Old Flame Records
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The trio, comprised of Baker, guitarist Chris Diken, and drummer/backup singer Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) has roots in a five-piece band called Uninhabitable Mansions. Down-sizing suited the Dads well. They put rock-god galvanism into the context of cramped DIY venues, not unlike their northeastern cohorts Cloud Nothings and So So Glos. Surf-rock guitars abound. "In The Water" makes such a good argument for blending contamination and fun that no one would blame you for bringing a towel and an umbrella to the Gowanus Canal. - Pitchfork

These Radical Dads folks have this tug of war feeling down perfectly with their latest single, “In The Water”. I’ve covered my fair share of ornate, studio-crafted fare as of late, and Radical Dads prove again the feral, unwitting charms of immediacy and rawness. Completely lacking a bass and with seemingly no more than a single, shitty, duct-taped amp, howler and one-half of the axe lineup, Lindsay Baker, drills her primordial angst straight to your brain all the while strangling the nervous energy from her guitar alongside axe twin Chris Diken. – Line of Best Fit

Brooklyn’s DIY flag-waving indie rock juggernaut Radical Dads are back with pop-hooks ablaze. The trio—ex-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah drummer/singer Robbie Guertin and guitarist/vocalist double threat Lindsay Baker and Chris Diken—have assumed their rightful place on the about-to-blow-up Old Flame Records, joining its hydrant of catchy-as-heck basement-punkers like Shark?, Potty Mouth, and Mean Creek. Rad DadsUniversal Coolers is indeed hot stuff, bleeding a sun-drenched, yet no-nonsense, melody-spiked beast that is as breezy in its contagious intensity as label-mates Shark’s “Big Summer (Summer Ale),” the Potty Mouth gals’ Hell Bent and MC’s Local Losers. Plus—and this is a big effin’ deal—Universal Coolers features amazing artwork from none other than ace econo painter Steve Keene, the dude responsible for monumental Pavement covers like Wowee Zowee. - Noisey


RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Ex Hex, No Joy, Cymbals Eat Guitars
TRY: #1, 2, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.radicaldads.com
http://radicaldads.bandcamp.com
https://www.facebook.com/radicaldads
https://twitter.com/radicaldads
http://oldflamerecords.com/radical-dads/



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Joseph Pagano
Graveyard of Dreams
Self-Released
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Joseph Pagano’s 'Graveyard of Dreams' taps into the best of Americana.” – Skope Mag

Joseph Pagano’s new release, 'Graveyard of Dreams', is a 7 track pop-rock project that borrows from the vintage sounds of greats like The Beatles, Springsteen, and even shows off hints of Randy Travis (vocally).” – The Miews

Joseph Pagano’s … set of imaginative songs to get you in the mood for the summer while we make our way through these winter months.” – Cross Radar

"...GRAVEYARD OF DREAMS is a heart-on-the-sleeve rock album that mixes storytelling with fine songcraft. " - Rockwired

At last emerging with his eclectic, provocatively titled debut EP of musical “sketches” Graveyard of Dreams, New Jersey native Joe Pagano’s life has been touched by rock and roll and encounters with its legends. Years after learning to play guitar from Steve Miller’s Book of Dreams, he met the rocker and guitar legend Les Paul at the Iridium in NYC. After his high school band Junior’s Farm won a Beatles soundalike contest at Beatlefest in front of 2000 fans, he met Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor and talked about Jimi Hendrix back stage that night. Later, attending several Grammy Awards, Joe hung out with and received inspiration from rock legends such as Garth Hudson (The Band) and met Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford – who taught him that music was about one thing – pleasing your fans!

For all of the brushes with rock greatness, it was Stanley Jordan, a living guitar legend in another realm, contemporary jazz, who inspired Joe to release a number of his original works as a solo recording artist. Throughout college and beyond, Joe’s bands Straight Shoot'r, N-Kuntrol and Profile achieved varying levels of success as live performers and on record – but he had long put his recording passion aside to join the software industry. In June 2014, Joe and his dad went to see Jordan, renowned for his revolutionary two handed tapping technique, at The Iridium jazz club in NYC. After the show, the guitarist invited them to attend a music workshop he was conducting at the nearby Novatel. Beyond just the beauty of music, Jordan presented his philosophy of life – and how the process of making music (the creating, imagining, writing, communicating and practicing) can help instill discipline. Through the workshop and their later correspondence, he helped Joe realize that the same principles that create success in making music apply to education, business and life.

Originally written at various times over the years and revisited, revamped and re-recorded for the EP, all of the songs on Graveyard of Dreams are influenced by the people, experiences, observations, feelings and events Joe has experienced as he has raised a family and traveled the world over the past decade or so. “Candles Hope & Faith” reflects on the poverty he has seen in his travels and how people survive the most ire of circumstances by keeping their hope alive. He tackles a similar theme on the Cajun music-spiced “Katrina,” which reflects upon the resilience of the good people of New Orleans surviving the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. An unexpected gem is the beautiful instrumental “The Sounds of Life” written on a Novation MiniNova electric synth while visiting Long Beach Island, NJ.

Perhaps the most personal song on Graveyard of Dreams is the atmospheric, Brit-pop influenced “Little Girls,” a whimsical reflection of youth which the singer calls “a burst of energy about my two daughters.” In what he calls a “Dave Grohl moment” (a reference to the Foo Fighter frontman’s notable discussions of balancing fatherhood with a music career), Joe even leaves his daughter’s interruption of the original recording session on the new version. It’s an honest reflection, he says, of a musician trying to have a day job, be part of a family and be an artist all at once. Julia was a little girl then, but she’s now 18 and did the beautiful photography and album art and design for the project. “Like a visual artist,” Joe says, “Graveyard of Dreams is a series of sketches or paintings if you will that capture the imagination. I have been making these sketches for most of my life, kind of like furnishing your home with your own original artwork. I am excited about releasing these for people beyond my inner circle to hear for the first time!”


TRY: #1, 2, 3, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://josephpagano.bandcamp.com/releases
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joseph-Pagano/352979958223780
https://twitter.com/josephpaganojsp



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Quiet Company
Transgressor
Modern Outsider
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“Pairs Well With…My Morning Jacket, Manchester Orchestra, Delta Spirit…” – OperationEveryBand

“Known to evoke heart-shredding rockers from Springsteen to Jimmy Eat World” – Houston Press

Through the release of three LPs and endless touring, the Austin, Texas band Quiet Company has been making a name for themselves nationally with their energetic live shows and their anthemic, dynamic, indie rock which critics have called a mix of The Beatles, Death Cab for Cutie, Arcade Fire and Weezer. They’ve gained a huge fanbase while gathering praise from The New York Times, TIME, NPR, Last Call with Carson Daly, Paste Magazine, Houston Chronicle, Austin Chronicle and more.

Quiet Company won Rock Band of the Year during SXSW 2014, adding to their previous 10 Austin Music Awards including Band of the Year, Album of the Year, Rock Band of the Year, Indie Band of the Year and Song of the Year, all won on the strength of their 2011 release We Are All Where We Belong.

After the success of their 2013 album re-release, A Dead Man on My Back: Shine Honesty Revisited, Quiet Company was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and chosen to be a Red Bull Sound Select Artist, all of which rekindled interest in We Are All Where We Belong and shot the album to #7 on the iTunes Rock charts nearly 2 years after its release.

After an amazing year on the road which included festival sets at NXNE, CMJ, ACL Fest and more, Quiet Company kicked off 2014 in the studio to write and record their highly anticipated 4th full length Transgressor, their most explosive and exposed collection of songs to date. Recorded in 14 intense days of live tracking at Orb Recording Studios in Austin, the band captured a guitar-driven larger-than-life sound with Matt Noveskey (Blue October) producing and the legendary Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, The Cure) mixing. Frontman Taylor Muse's characteristically introspective writing style is in full force as he tells tales of love, despair, pain, and redemption, reflecting on his marriage, from burgeoning young love to a relationship tested through time.

With its soaring guitars and throbbing bass lines drawing comparisons to Foo Fighters, Pavement and Manchester Orchestra, Quiet Company’s Transgressor will be leading the way as rock makes a return to form.


RIYL: Death Cab For Cutie, Manchester Orchestra, Motion City Soundtrack
TRY: #2, 3, 5, 8
DIRTY: #1

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

More Info Here:
http://modernoutsider.com/QuietCompany.aspx
http://www.quietcompanymusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/quietcompany
https://twitter.com/quietcompanytx



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Patrick Ames
Oakville Ontology
Self-Released
ADDS 2/24/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"The Dylan-esque Palo Alto singer-songwriter returns with a thoroughly absorbing new album. Sparse accompaniment and an earnest voice is all Ames needs to hold the listener's attention. This is a powerful, stark album." - Paul Freeman, San Jose Mercury News
 
"Singer/songwriter Patrick Ames doesn’t mince words – he’ll tell you that instrumentally, he’s a “clear-cut rhythm guitarist”. But that’s not where Ames is making his mark." - Richie Frieman, PensEyeView.com

“In the great tradition of angry, socially conscious, singer/songwriters Phil Ochs, Woody Guthrie, and Rage Against the Machine, Patrick Ames has armed himself with a guitar and pen and stepped up to the mic…” - Cathal Cart, Indie Music

"Fulfilling, intricate, and will require a number of additional spins before listeners know the full magnitude of what Ames has included here." - James McQuiston, NeuFutur Magazine

"These are songs that have been worked on many times until they were made absolutely perfect." - Beach Sloth, SKOPE Magazine

"The new nine-song release is an independent folk gem with a dash of rock flair for good measure."  - J. Pasinski, JP's Music Blog

Truly following his musical muse at his own pace in his own time, singer/songwriter Patrick Ames is fast emerging as a force in indie folk/rock/Americana at an age when many rockers contemplate packing it in. While many of them have their heyday and then buy vineyards in retirement, Ames has owned the five acre vineyard in Napa Valley where he wrote his new album Oakville Ontology for 20 years.

First hitting a nerve with his trademark infectious retro-meets-contemporary vibe on his 2013 debut Willow Glen Sessions, Ames strapped on his acoustic, walked outside and first played these songs to the lush vineyards on his Napa hillside, as if each vine was an audience member – his way of mastering each tune in a peaceful setting while  practicing singing without amplification. Living the other half of the time in Palo Alto, he has performed for live audiences and his growing fan base at street fairs, bistros and coffeehouses – with an eye towards touring such venues around the country.


TRY: #1, 2, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.patrickames.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Patrick-Ames/505609846183598



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Doe
The First Four
Old Flame Records
ADDS 2/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Doe is a band straight outta London playing cool kid punk for everyone to get hyped and sad to. The guitars are smart and the vocals are super dreamy. It stays anthemic without being made of cheese." - Noisey

"Pop punk bands without bass are rare. But when it’s done well, as is the case with London indie-punks Doe, it’s a unique balance of tonal energy, incorporating enough low-end rhythm guitar to bolster the sound of trebly leads. The record alternates from throbbing, in-your-face riffs to catchy pop licks, all penetrated by powerful vocal harmonies." - Impose

London-based trio Doe is made up of Nicola Leel (vocals/guitar), Matt Sykes (guitar), and Jake Popyura (drums.) Formed in 2013, the band put out a handful of singles & EPs -- four separate releases, to be exact -- before combining them into their debut LP, First Four: a thirteen-track collection of hooky, indie-punk tunes that call to mind '90s favorites like Sleater-Kinney, Pavement, and Weezer. Originally released on UK label Specialist Subject Records in October 2014, the album will see its North American release on February 24th and the band will make their US debut that week in NYC.


RIYL: Sleater-Kinney, Potty Mouth, Lemuria, Joanna Gruesome, Speedy Ortiz, Joyce Manor
TRY: # 1, 12, 4, 2, 5

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

More Info Here:
https://twitter.com/hellowearedoe
https://www.facebook.com/hellowearedoe
http://www.doetheband.co.uk
http://oldflamerecords.com



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Smithfield Bargain
Buttonwillow
Self-Released
ADDS 2/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

On December 6, 2014, LA-based “speakeasy folk” band Smithfield Bargain celebrated the release of their newest EP, Buttonwillow, at The Hotel Café in Hollywood, California.

Buttonwillow features four original songs in the band’s colorful and unique jazz-folk style, and a soulful rendition of Stephen Foster’s “O Susanna!” live-tracked at Beer City Studios in Van Nuys, CA. All songs were mixed and mastered by Stefan Litrownik at D-Spot Studios (Andy Grammer, Aqualung, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Bellrays).

Since their first release, Pack Up the Moon (2013), Smithfield Bargain has gone from its simple beginnings in a West LA living room to a staple of the West Coast Americana scene, touring Brazil and growing an enthusiastic international fan base. Smithfield Bargain’s music and live performances have been featured on KPFK 90.7FM’sMy Side of the City,” Gorillacoustic.com, MishthiMusic, Beats for Bangladesh, and the Pasadena Star News.

Smithfield Bargain is Sri Panchalam (vocals, tambourine), Daniel Landau (guitar, vocals), and David Landau (cello, vocals, kazoo). The December 6, 2014 EP release party at The Hotel Café featured an expanded troupe of LA's finest emerging jazz talent, including William Logan (drums), Connor McElwain (trumpet), and Tylana Renga (violin).


RIYL: Givers, Decemberists, Devotchka, Ballroom Thieves, Pepper Rabbit
TRY: #1, 2, 3, 4

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

More Info Here:
http://www.smithfieldbargain.com
https://www.facebook.com/smithfieldbargain
https://twitter.com/strikeabargain
http://instagram.com/smithfieldbargain



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Shane-Michael Vidaurri
The Cat Man Is Sad
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 2/17/15
DIGITAL ONLY

THE CAT MAN IS SAD by Shane-Michael Vidaurri is the product of the world renowned comic book artist Shane-Michael Vidaurri with the added lush orchestrations of his former bandmates (The AshesAlec and Thomas HansloweShane was also happy to include Vic Ruggiero into the fold, the organ player of The Slackers and Rancid.

This newest record is a masterpiece of Lo-Fi Indie, with songs like "Strange To Be  A Stranger With You" which almost seems like it could be a George Harrison cover. This new record is a gigantic step forward for Vidaurri musically as it shows a more delicate side than his previous work with The Ashes. This album is destined to be an indie classic that is timeless. Like all of Vidaurri's previous albums it feels like it borrows influence from so many great things from the last 40 years. VIdaurri who took a break from music to put out his critically acclaimed comic "Iron: or The War After" has returned to music with a renewed passion that is evident in every track. 

"Sultry, sweet, country, folk, rock favored, genuine and simply beautiful music." - Loudvine


RIYL: Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Ashes, Jason Lytle, Eels
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 8, 11

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

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



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Pops Staples
Don't Lose This
Anti-/dBpm
ADDS 2/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

In 1998, Roebuck “Pops” Staples recorded a final session, capping an illustrious career as leader and patriarch of the Staples Singers. Unfinished at the time of his passing in 2000, the tapes went to his daughter, Mavis, who then waited for the right opportunity to finish the recording in the spirit Pops intended.

When she began her series of remarkable collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, starting with 2010’s You Are Not Alone and continuing with 2013’s One True Vine, Mavis knew she had found the person to work on her father’s record.

Mavis Staples: “I chose this title because these were the words my father said to me as he gave me the tape of his final recordings. He was sick and lying in bed and asked me to play the record for him in his room. After listening to it, he called me to his room again. He was weak, but he handed me the tape and in a soft voice said ‘Don’t lose this, Mavis.’ While Pops’ voice and guitar sounded so good on the original recordings [and remain untouched on this record], I knew the songs needed something else to really come to life. Something special. Pops deserved that. So I called on my dear friend Jeff Tweedy to fill out the tracks around Pops and he’s helped to craft this beautiful album.”

Pops Staples and the Staples Singers are one of the most important bands of the post-war era, from their Civil Rights gospel in the 60s to their positive-message hits like “Respect Yourself” in the 70s.

Produced by Pops & Mavis Staples with Jeff Tweedy, and featuring son Spencer on drums and the original Staples Singers vocal lineup.

Watch a short film about the making of the album, including footage of Tweedy and Mavis in the studio via Pitchfork!


RIYL: Mavis Staples, Solomon Burke, Booker T. Jones, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Jeff Tweedy
TRY: #1, 3, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.anti.com/artists/pops-staples/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pops_Staples


 

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Aspiga
What Happened To You?
Paper + Plastick
ADDS 2/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

"Why do we live this way" was something Kevin Day asked several years ago, yet those words still resonate as the foundation that Aspiga rests upon today. Following the release of their debut album "Tense" in 2010, Aspiga sonically evolved from a folk/punk duo into an abrasive melodic punk whole. Kevin Day began writing and recording under the name Aspiga on a journey of self-discovery.  What began as a one man show quickly evolved into a full fledged band. Joined by Alec McVey on bass/vocals and Raymond Solowij on drums, the band has established their presence along the East Coast and Midwest through consistent touring and festival appearances. On their Paper + Plastick debut "Every Last Piece," Aspiga crafted an album bound from the depths of heartache combined with the melodic angst of a band completely comfortable in their new skin. 

While living just a stones throw away from one of the country's largest independent music communities in Philadelphia PA, Aspiga have not fallen into the trap of smoke and mirrors when it comes to their songwriting.  Their aptitude at crafting heartfelt, dynamic song structures is strengthened by Day’s lyrical themes of family, loss, and self-enquiry. Today Aspiga find themselves still searching for new questions to pose, while constantly leaving old chapters behind in the past. Looking towards the future and Aspiga appear more than able to begin whatever chapters await next." 


RIYL: Joyce Manor, Balance and Composure, Weakerthans, Menzingers
TRY: #2, 3, 8, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://aspiganj.com
https://www.facebook.com/aspiganj
https://twitter.com/aspiganj
http://aspiga.bandcamp.com
http://www.paperandplastick.com/artists/#/aspiga/



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Clemency
You've Got the Fire
Self-Released
ADDS 2/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“Their indie rock and pop sound is so incredibly infectious and luminous.” - iheartmoosiq

“I could easily picture them playing in an arena and seeing thousands of fans lustily shouting along.” - The Joy of Violent Movement

Lightning 100 (WRLT) Artist of the Week (2015)! 


Exclusive Premiere of Video Series on Roxwel network (You’ve Got the Fire)!

Top 10 AmazonMP3 single (“My Heart is the Eastern Horizon”)!

New & NoteworthyiTunes feature (My Heart is the Eastern Horizon)! 


Artists on the RiseAmazon feature (My Heart is the Eastern Horizon)!

You've Got The Fire coincides with a 6 concept-video release which tell individual stories with each song and a larger story for the whole project. You can see all the videos here: http://www.youtube.com/clemencytv

Produced by Grammy Award nominated Brent Milligan!


RIYL: Nada Surf, Temper Trap, Young The Giant
TRY: #1, 3, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://clemencyonline.com
https://www.facebook.com/clemencymusic
https://twitter.com/clemencymusic
http://youtube.com/clemencytv



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Zarni
Honest Company
Self-Released
ADDS 2/10/15
DIGITAL ONLY

South African Singer-Songwriter and Berklee College of Music Graduate, Zarni releases brand new songs.

In 2000, Zarni’s mother and stepfather left their home in South Africa and came to the US with the promise of a bright future for their young (already musically passionate) daughter. A job opportunity brought the family to the unassuming town of Johnson City, New York and although Zarni was already doing talent shows and classical piano lessons in South Africa, she really started gaining momentum at Johnson City High School- a Grammy Signature School.

By age 17 (after years of gigging and several television appearances) Zarni was named one of the “Most influential Faces of the Southern Tier” and her photograph and biography was printed in a beautiful county-distributed hard copy book along with 50 other celebrated public figures.

In 2007, Zarni was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston and she completed a Double Major in Music Education and Songwriting. In her last semester, Zarni received the “Scott Benson Scholarship”- the highest award given for Songwriting at the College. That same semester Zarni was one of twelve students selected to play for John Mayer and it was at that workshop that John Mayer said “I just want to hear it again” about Zarni’s song, “Evaporated” from one of her early albums.

For the last several years Zarni has been making a living as a musician in Seattle and has just released a 6 song EP produced by Tyler Johnson (Young Liars, Bear Mountain, Joshua Hyslop- Nettwerk Records). Having shared the stage with The Presidents of the United States of America, Mary Lambert, Jillette Johnson, Jenn Grinels, Liz Longley and several others, Zarni has a fan base that has supported her for a long time. Her EP was funded entirely by fans and friends via Kickstarter, and those supporters eagerly helped surpass her goal.


RIYL: Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, A Fine Frenzy, Kate Nash, Missy Higgins
TRY: #1, 2, 4

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/zarnimusic
http://www.zarnimusic.com
https://twitter.com/zarnimusic
https://soundcloud.com/zarni-music



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Title Fight
Hyperview
Anti-
ADDS 2/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

NPR First Listen!

Pitchfork "Rose of Sharon" Video Premiere!

Hyperview is the third album release from Kingston, PA-based band and their inaugural with Anti-. On the album, dreamy guitars weigh heavy and carry the meaning of the songs while hazy vocals make the album feel like the soundtrack to a gorgeous dream. Longtime fans of Title Fight will appreciate the band’s previous releases as a natural development into their newer sound. But first time listeners can just as easily get wonderfully lost in the music all the same.

"Chlorine" was the first new song revealed by the band and it was graced with much critical praise. The Fader noted that "Swirling textures [are] reminiscent of No Age's own passionate burn."  Grantland recognized the song for its "big, sweeping, emotional, and totally captivating sound." And as stated in Pitchfork's track review they said "'Chlorine's chemical association with Nirvana's 'Bleach' is perhaps another clue as to where Title Fight see themselves next."

Title Fight has announced plans to embark on a headlining tour. Merchandise and Power Trip will join as support for the first leg of the tour, March 6 - March 16. On the second leg, March 21 – April 5, Title Fight and La Dispute will co-headline with The Hotelier as support.

Title Fight is a four-piece from Kingston, PA. The band formed in 2003 while its members (bassist/vocalist Ned Russin, guitarist/vocalist Jamie Rhoden, guitarist Shane Moran, and drummer Ben Russin) were in middle school. Previous releases from Title Fight are their first full-length Shed (2011), Floral Green (2012), and Spring Songs EP (2013). Hyperview is the band's first release with Anti-. Title Fight has toured consistently since the beginning of their career and has played an eclectic selection of festivals including Chaos in Tejas, FYF Fest, Warped Tour, Riot Fest, and Coachella. NPR has praised the band for their "impressive evolution." While Pitchfork deems them "an ambitious band that makes very good songs."


RIYL: La Dispute, Tigers Jaw, Hum, Sunny Day Real Estate, Slowdive
TRY: #2, 3, 4, 6, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://titlefight.tumblr.com
https://www.facebook.com/titlefight
https://twitter.com/titlefight
http://instagram.com/titlefightfanclub/
http://www.anti.com/artists/title-fight/



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Zach Uncles and The Mosquitos
The Very Best Of...
Mint 400
ADDS 2/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

Born and raised in Concord, New Hampshire Zach Uncles grew up in Southern, NH about a half hour from the beach. He started playing electric guitar in 1996 followed by playing Hawaiian knife-style, lap steel guitar in 1999. A 2001 recipient of the Louis Armstrong Award from Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH.

As a performer Zach has travelled to 7 countries and 33 US states. Zach Uncles is no newcomer to Mint 400 Records, his entire back catalog of 60's style surf records are available along with a country side project called The Trashpickers. This collection is the best of everything Zach produced from the age of 16 until now in the surf genre. Mint 400 Records has remastered the best material and presents it now for your listening pleasure. This release is a pre-cursor to Zach's next project which as well is instrumental but will explore broader themes than just 60's surf. 


RIYL: Man or Astro-man?, Los Straitjackets, The Ventures, Booker T. & The MG's
TRY: #1, 4, 5, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://zach-uncles.webs.com
http://mint400records.com
https://twitter.com/mint400records
https://www.facebook.com/mint400records



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Two Gallants
We Are Undone
ATO
ADDS 2/3/15
DIGITAL ONLY

“Singer-guitarist Adam Haworth Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel write white-knuckle songs of intensity and passion, then perform them intensely and passionately.” - NPR

On February 3rd, the San Francisco based guitar-drum duo Two Gallants are set to release their 5th studio album, We Are Undone, on ATO Records. While singer and guitarist Adam Stephens and drummer Tyson Vogel have stayed true to the two-person format since their acclaimed 2004 debut, The Throes, their sound has evolved considerably over the intervening years. Following 2012’s The Bloom and the Blight, We Are Undone is the band’s second release on ATO. Thematically, the album ranges from songs that attempt to make sense of the dramatically shifting social landscape of their home town, to the illusion of authenticity, impending environmental collapse, and romantic estrangement. Sonically, the thrash blues of songs such as “We Are Undone” and “Some Trouble” is balanced by the austerity of ballads such as “My Man Go” and “There’s So Much I Don’t Know.”

Adam Stephens and Tyson Vogel, aka Two Gallants, have been making music together since age 12, and when they first started drawing attention from the indie scene in the mid-aughts it was with a punk-infused folk-rock sound. Since then they’ve evolved their sound by broadening it, and their new single “Incidental”–from their upcoming fifth album, We Are Undone (out Feb. 3 on ATO Records)–pulls from enough strains of rock ‘n’ roll to defy attempts to pin a modifier on it. It’s just, you know, rock ‘n’ roll, in the same sort of timeless way that the best Replacements records are. In fact, there’s more than a little ‘Mats in the joyously ragged, frills-free sound and immensely catchy melody of ”Incidental.” - EW

On tour now!


RIYL: Deer Tick, Felice Brothers, Langhorne Slim, Black Keys, Replacements
TRY: #2, 3, 1

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

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



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Sidekicks
Runners In The Nerved World
Epitaph
ADDS 1/20/15
DIGITAL ONLY

The Sidekicks is a band from Columbus, Ohio and they will release their new album Runners in the Nerved World on January 20 via Epitaph Records. The first song from the album has premiered at Noisey.

Runners in the Nerved World was produced by Phil Ek in Seattle, WA. It was a dream for The Sidekicks to work with the producer responsible for iconic albums from Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Built to Spill, and The Shins to name a few.

During the recording process, the band took full advantage of their 6-week studio time to let the songs go where they needed to go – while Ek shaped the sound. The end result feels deceptively effortless; a collection of songs about the need to move forward, packed with buoyant melodies and razor-sharp hooks that go on for days and days.
 


“At its core, Runners in the Nerved World is about getting past the excitement of growing up and finding new ways to simulate that movement,” says vocalist and guitarist Steve Ciolek, also of the indie-rock band Saintseneca. Ciolek adds, "The point the record is supposed to make is that it’s often pretty arbitrary how that movement is simulated. Regardless of the situation, inevitably the characters in these songs just get stuck in those cycles. The record tries to deconstruct that inertia--that constant motivation to run.”
 



RIYL: Band of Horses, Built to Spill, Cheap Girls
DIRTY: #2, 4, 8 (Clean Edits of #2 & #4 on downloads page!)
TRY: Clean versions of #2, 4 as well as #1, 3, 9

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