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The Interrupters
Say It Out Loud
Hellcat/Epitaph
ADDS 6/28/16
CD / DIGITAL

Los Angeles-based ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, on June 24 via Hellcat Records. Say It Out Loud is undeniably fun and urgent in message. And backing their modernized 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled, melody-heavy sound are lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election.

True to The Interrupters’ unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the first song shared from the album is “By My Side,” a fist-pumping, tender tribute to outcast solidarity.

Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the four-piece hit the studio with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.

“Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album,” notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.

Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker’s Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters’ unstoppably upbeat spirit. The Interrupters have forged a formidable bond that deeply informs their music. “Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes,” says Kevin. “That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about.”


RIYL: Rancid, Menzingers, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Distillers
TRY: #1, 5, 7, 14

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/wearetheinterrupters/
https://twitter.com/Interruptweets
http://www.hell-cat.com/artists/artist/232/The_Interrupters
http://www.wearetheinterrupters.com/


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Mayve
Animals
Self-Released
ADDS 6/28/16
DIGITAL ONLY

"...all I could think about as I listened to Hearts On Fire by MAYVE, is how much I want to dance the night away to this track in the near future...l listen to so much music that I appreciate more than I enjoy every day, and the sheer, visceral dance-hall delight of the opening synth/percussion of Hearts on Fire is remarkable. Taking the ear-burrowing synth melodies of Passion Pit with the vocal haze of Neon Indian, Hearts On Fire finds the sweet spot between synthpop bombast and chillwave. It shouldn't really be doable, but MAYVE makes it seem effortless." - Baeble Music

"MAYVE capture an uplifting spirit, empowered by both the dark and the light elements of the transitionary period the band went through creating their own personal sound­ scape...The band is ready to set the indie scene ablaze this year...Don't miss jumping on the bandwagon before these guys blow up, I can hear radio play and national performances in their near future." - FestFind


RIYL: Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Magic Man, The 1975, Matt and Kim
TRY: #1, 2, 3

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

More Info Here:
http://wearemayve.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mayvemusic
https://twitter.com/mayvemusic
https://www.instagram.com/mayvemusic/
https://mayve.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/mayvemusic


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case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs
Anti-
ADDS 6/21/16
CD / DIGITAL

case/lang/veirs is a one-of-a-kind event from three phenomenal, self-driven artists: avant-rock icon Neko Case, legendary musical nomad k.d. lang, and indie folk star Laura Veirs.

"Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs Team for New Album case/lang/veirs, Share Track, Plot Tour" - Pitchfork preview

"Stream: Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs’ new collaborative album" - Consequence of Sound preview

NPR First Listen

"Warp and Weft, the 2013 solo album from Veirs which featured guest appearances by Lang and Case, was something of a dress rehearsal, and now comes Case / Lang / Veirs, a three-way songwriting summit that is utterly devoid of flab or filler." - The National (4 stars)

‘An album of rare beauty and intelligence’ - Independent (4 stars)

"Perhaps we should have expected nothing less than these immaculately performed and skillfully written and overall classy tracks with the impressive level of talent involved. Still, it’s impossible to overstate how marvelously moving and purely enjoyable the end result is, paving the way, we hope, for a follow-up." - American Songwriter

"No matter how much the three singers have accomplished individually, pedigree only takes you so far in group projects — a flash of attention, at best. The work is what counts, and it's the songs and their organic presentation that make "case/lang/veirs" resonate." - Chicago Tribune

On tour now! Contact us with any requests!


RIYL: Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs, Wilco
TRY: #1, 8, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://caselangveirs.com/
http://www.anti.com/artists/caselangveirs/


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letlive.
If I'm The Devil
Epitaph Records
LOUD ROCK + TOP 200 ADDS 6/21/16
CD / DIGITAL

We are proud to reveal the details of the new album from the radical Los Angeles punk band letlive. Their fourth studio album entitled If I'm The Devil… is available now. With a sound that Afropunk described as "the first truly unique post-hardcore band in years," letlive. is a band that reflects humanity as a collection of emotional, frontal-lobe beings, and uses their ambition to ignite the same passion with their fans.

Since their beginning in 2002, letlive. has been a band that is not easy to categorize. In fact, letlive. refuse to be constrained by the ideas of a "scene" – whether it is punk, metal, indie, rap. However If I’m the Devil… necessitates a genre, one could posit revolutionary counterculture music - a punk rock Run the Jewels, a more emotional Rage Against the Machine, and Public Enemy with more inclusive politics.

The album is the follow up to letlive.'s critically-lauded 2013 release, The Blackest Beautiful. And the time spent between that and 2016 are defined by the band's engagement with the griot lineage of Saul Williams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the social pathologies that led to Ferguson, Missouri and divisive redlining policies that are functionally domestic terrorism. And with those ideas letlive. is a band that aims to bring political messages into rock music again. “Our music is very left-leaning. It’s very clear I have a large disdain for the way a lot of systems are working and our society’s incapability to unravel," front man Jason Butler states.

Jason Butler (vocals), RJ Johnson (bass), Jeff Sahyoun (guitar), and Loniel Robinson (drums) recorded If I'm The Devil… at Kingsize Studiolabs in Los Angeles, with co-producer Justyn Pilbrow. Guitarist Jeff Sahyoun explains, "We collectively wanted the audio realm we have spent years creating to give birth to a digestible powerhouse of modern sound." It is a strident, principled and heavy studio work created by 4 uniquely creative individuals known for letting their passion unfurl onstage. Those who have witnessed a letlive. show can attest that it is a connective, reactive and provocative experience that transcends the standard band performance and stage/audience dynamic. That explosive energy and fury is fully expressed on If I'm the Devil… As Butler states, "I feel we've spent years developing the idea that is letlive. and with this record I feel we have finally developed the SOUND that is letlive."


RIYL: Refused, Deftones, Glassjaw
DIRTY: #1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
CLEAN: #2, 4, 8, 10, 11
CLEAN EDITS OF #3 and #7 included in downloads folder!
SINGLE: #3 (Be sure to use clean version)

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

More Info Here:
http://www.thisisletlive.com/
https://www.facebook.com/theletlive
https://twitter.com/thisisletlive
http://epitaph.com/artists/letlive


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Mock Orange
Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse
Topshelf Records
ADDS 6/21/16
CD / DIGITAL

"The most intriguing hook occurs on 'Nine Times,' where brash slide guitars and shifty rhythms pivot into a stately march on the chorus. Elsewhere the choruses cruise rather than soar, and Grisham’s lyrics cut your skin but never draw blood." - Pitchfork

"It’s a slinky, sumptuous slice of Americana-infused emo-rock, up there with the greats of the turn of the century but housing a beating modern heart of gold." - DIY

"Nine Times has the angular, quirky nature of its debut, Nines & Sixes, but retains alt-country inclinations that popped up time and again on 2011’s Disguised As Ghosts." - The AV Club

Having been a band for over two decades, Evansville, IN’s Mock Orange have seen and done quite a bit throughout the years. Despite releasing a handful of ever-evolving albums and EPs, touring the world over, and slowly amassing a devoted fanbase, there was bound to be a hiccup at some point. It arrived upon the culmination of the band’s most recent recording sessions when a hard drive failure meant all of their recordings were in jeopardy. Fast forward a couple years — and several hard drive specialists later — and the recordings were finally recovered safely. Self-recorded and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side, the result is Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse — the band’s eighth full length studio album and most cohesive work yet. Put the Kid On the Sleepy Horse is available now on Topshelf Records.


RIYL: Velvet Teen, American Football, Hotelier, Dinosaur Jr.
TRY: #3, 4, 5, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://www.mockorange.net/
http://mockorange.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/mockorange
https://twitter.com/mockorange
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/mock-orange


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Riverboat Gamblers
Massive Fraud [7-INCH]
End Sounds
ADDS 6/21/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Riverboat Gamblers will be releasing ther next single "Massive Fraud" (with a cover of The Dicks' "Hate The Police") on Friday, June 24, 2016 as part of their single series on End Sounds. The band, who appear in Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some, a "spiritual sequel" to Dazed and Confused, recorded "Massive Fraud" with Stuart Sikes (White Stripes, Loretta Lynn, Modest Mouse, Cat Power, The Sword) before singer Mike Wiebe suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs during a trust fall at the band's March, 18th SXSW 2016 show. Mr. Wiebe finished the band's set before heading to the hospital. In a week that had the band playing with a live orchestra, numerous SXSW shows, etc. the band's plans were cut short due to the injury and have subsequently cancelled all shows until their singer recovers, but to quote the Riverboat Gamblers "Don't Bury Me...I'm Still Not Dead."

Don't worry, the band will be back playing live soon.


RIYL: Dillinger Four, Dead To Me, The Bronx, the Arrivals
TRY: #1
DIRTY: #2

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/riverboatgamblers/
http://www.theriverboatgamblers.com/
https://twitter.com/thegamblers
http://www.endsounds.com/artists/artist.asp?ArtistID=22


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Tegan and Sara
Love You To Death
Warner Bros.
ADDS 6/14/16
CD / DIGITAL

Album of the Week - Stereogum

"After going synth-pop on 2013's Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara team up once again with super-producer Greg Kurstin for the follow up. At their best, they boil love songs down to their aching essence." - Pitchfork (7.1)

Propelled by the conviction of reinvention, Tegan and Sara’s 8th studio album, Love You To Death, is the latest sonic chapter in a celebrated 17-year career. Produced by Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Beck, Ellie Goulding), Love You To Death delivers 10 new Tegan and Sara tracks more vibrant and visionary than ever.

Tegan and Sara explored a transcendent pop sheen for the first time on 2013’s Heartthrob, which deftly balanced critical acclaim with mainstream ambitions. They follow it up here with an equally explosive production, but one that casts darker shadows and lingers longer in the psyche. Taking a page from dramatic non-fiction, Love You To Death finds Tegan and Sara mining their own lives to investigate complex relationship dynamics. At one moment the subject is their own inescapable relationship as twin sisters (100x, White Knuckles), while at another it’s a romantic relationship that drives the protagonist to mournful regret (“That Girl”). Secret relationships (“Boyfriend”) give way to social judgment about passion and transience (“Faint of Heart”). Marriage is eloquently questioned as a barometer for commitment (“BWU”), while commitment itself is questioned with a deliberately self-conscious anti-love-song (“U-turn”). With each album their writing grows in precision and vulnerability, and differing lyrical voices continue to sharpen their respective identities – Tegan’s unapologetically clear word choice in evaluating romance (“Stop Desire”) is balanced by Sara’s poetic reflections on anxiety (“Hang on to the Night”).

Even as they’ve been embraced by the mainstream, Tegan and Sara consciously operate to the left of popular culture – their lyrical and social wisdom comes from an outside vantage looking in. Paradoxically, the essential message that underpins their worldview and identity is inclusion. So it is only fitting that these two self-described outsiders have ultimately found acceptance from such a diverse amalgamation of cultural forces. This is a band that can perform comfortably alongside Katy Perry or Neil Young, Taylor Swift or The Killers. You may have seen them in the dusty desert at Coachella or on the pristine stage at the Academy Awards. Few other contemporary artists can cross boundaries of genre and culture so effortlessly.

Twin sisters born in Calgary, Alberta and now residing in Vancouver, BC, Tegan and Sara’s career numbers are impressive – over 1 million albums sold, 7 Gold certifications, 1 Double Platinum certification, 3 Juno Awards, 2 Polaris Prize nominations, and a Grammy nomination. But even more impressive is the conviction that has driven Tegan and Sara’s relentless evolution as artists. Transitioning from acoustic roots to indie rock royalty in the mid 2000s, with widely-acclaimed albums So Jealous (2004) and The Con (2007), they began the path of reinvention that continues to inform their creative identity today.

If the highest intention of the artist is to self-actualize, Tegan and Sara have given their devoted audience the gift of a front-row seat to their lifelong process of evolution.


RIYL: Ra Ra Riot, Metric, Santigold, The Bird And The Bee
TRY: #3, 5, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://teganandsara.com/
https://www.instagram.com/teganandsara/
https://twitter.com/teganandsara
https://www.facebook.com/TeganandSara


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William Tyler
Modern Country
Merge Records
ADDS 6/14/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Guitarist William Tyler returns backed by an all-star band that notably includes Wilco’s Glenn Kotche and Megafaun’s Phil Cook, summoning a wide range of moods and telling stories without vocals." - Pitchfork (8.0)

"Tyler's record is free and weird, big and wild. In it are expanse, elegy and celebration. Everywhere is wonder." —NPR Music

"Think old blues riffs with a chrome finish — sleek, and, well, modern, a reinvention and re-contextualization that pays stunning tribute to what came before it." —Spin

"...it’s equal parts Bill Faulkner and Bill Frisell." —The Atlantic

"supernal yet powerful instrumental odes to America’s unique landmarks past, present, and waning." —Southern Living

"A virtuosic guitarist who hails from the backwoods of Tennessee, William Tyler represents the possibility of both preserving the past and pushing back against old forms until they yield something new." —Brooklyn Magazine

William Tyler is a Nashville guitarist and composer. He spent years woodshedding and touring with Nashville groups like Lambchop and Silver Jews before breaking away to focus on his own version of instrumental guitar music.

2010’s Behold the Spirit, William Tyler’s first album under his own name, was celebrated by Pitchfork as “the most vital, energized album by an American solo guitarist in a decade or more” and established him as a critical favorite, the picker who, according to his friend and tour mate M.C. Taylor from Hiss Golden Messenger, “connects the dots between Sandy Bull, Richard Thompson, Bruce Langhorne, and Reggie Young.”


RIYL: Steve Gunn, John Fahey, Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger, Explosions in the Sky
TRY: #3, 5, 6

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

More Info Here:
https://www.mergerecords.com/william-tyler
http://www.williamtyler.net/
https://twitter.com/williamtylertn
https://www.facebook.com/williamtylermusic/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Tyler_(musician)


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Empty Houses
Daydream
Sargent House
ADDS 6/7/16
CD / DIGITAL

“In an industry lacking depth and raw talent, this trio is already leaps and bounds ahead of their peers, with potential to crossover into a mainstream mainstay.”– Noisey

“’Daydream’ is irresistible...a savvy statement in the language of Motown and Phil Spector’s ‘wall of sound’ production”- Billboard

“The next band to change your life” – Under The Gun Review

Empty Houses may well be the best-kept secret in Detroit. Until now, the trio has been crafting the songs that comprise its debut album, Daydream, in relative secrecy, which is ironic considering the sheer infectiousness of their sound and a lingering hunch that their music – a heady, euphoric mixture of pop Americana that merges everything from soul and doo-wop to funk and indie rock - is about to become beloved by many.

Empty Houses formed in 2014 when vocalist Ali Shea began writing songs with Adam Mercer and David Mackinder, quickly discovering a truly potent chemistry between themselves. United by a love for their regional forebears at Motown, the trio set out to create a timeless breed of feel-good music that pays homage to the past while incorporating modern production savvy. Harnessing the spirit and energy of a bygone era with deft musicianship and Shea’s rich, soulful vocals, they emerged with something wholly unique in contemporary pop.

Produced by four-time Grammy-winner Graham Marsh (Gnarls Barkley, Bruno Mars, CeeLoGreen) and Empty Houses at Parhelion Studios in Atlanta, Daydream marks the first release for the Detroit based group. Throughout it’s 10 tracks, the album is as enduring as it is uplifting. Awash in piano and horns, the harmonizing vocals and traditional song structures are untainted by passing fads and studio trickery. It’s heart-on-your-sleeves rock n’ roll without pretense or irony, a touchstone signifying a new appreciation for a classic sound.


Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Bruno Mars
TRY: #2, 8, 7, 6

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

More Info Here:
http://emptyhousesband.com
http://sargenthouse.com/empty-houses
http://facebook.com/emptyhouses
http://twitter.com/emptyhousesusa
http://instagram.com/emptyhousesusa

 

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Saosin
Along The Shadow
Epitaph
LOUD ROCK + TOP 200 ADDS 6/7/16
CD / DIGITAL

Saosin has reunited with original front man Anthony Green for the first time to create new music since their debut EP in 2003. So far, they have shared new songs "The Silver String" and "Racing Toward a Red Light". Saosin has now premiered the third new song and a video for "Control and The Urge to Pray".

All songs are on the band's new album, Along the Shadow, available in stores now.
 
Along the Shadow is an adventurous rush of energy; equal parts confidence and vulnerability. It is the total musical experience of the classic Saosin line up: vocalist/lyricist Anthony Green, guitarist Beau Burchell, bassist Chris Sorenson, and drummer Alex Rodriguez.

Sorenson produced Along the Shadow and Burchell engineered, with Green’s longtime collaborator Will Yip (Circa Survive, Title Fight, mewithoutYou) handling vocal production.

Along the Shadow is the homecoming of Green whose instantly recognizable signature vocals and ambitious creative energy fuels an accomplished body of work. It is an album that straddles the line between metalcore angst and melodic experimentalism; a perfect balance of what makes Saosin's music
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Saosin will join the Taste of Chaos tour this summer.
 
               


RIYL: Circa Survive, Senses Fail, Thrice, A Day to Remember
TRY: #11, 1, 3

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/saosin
https://twitter.com/Saosin
http://epitaph.com/artists/saosin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saosin


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The Wild Lips
Shameless
Self-Released
ADDS 6/7/16
CD / DIGITAL

Northwest duo The Wild Lips’ debut album is more than fourteen tracks of pulverizing drums, ragged guitar, and throaty vocals; its proof that there’s life in Rock n Roll.

The Wild Lips is Billy Barros (Vocals, Guitar) and Preston Darvill (Drums), though by the huge noise they make you’d think the band is much bigger. Inspired by troubadours, punk poets, and Americana outlaws, Barros decided to pick up his own guitar - and you’ll be thankful he did. Barros channels a genuine celebration of heartache, punching out chords and singing from the gut. After a couple of iterations he finally landed on a band that works: his guitar and Preston Darvill. Darvill’s heavy hands and perfect time make what sounds like a death match with a drum kit in a thunderstorm look easy. After nearly weekly gigs around Seattle over the last year, the two brought sharpened teeth and strong arms to the studio to record their debut album, Shameless.

Shameless is the culmination of the band’s adrenaline-fueled tear through the northwest dive scene, leading their fans in epic "sweat-drenched sing-alongs" (The Stranger). Barros and Darvill deliver raw energy and emotion that can be felt in the record’s unstoppable determination. “We wanted to make the closest thing to a live album, without actually making a live album,” Barros explains. “Everything you hear on the record is exactly how we perform it on stage, just the two of us. Even down to the smart-ass comments between songs.”

The Wild Lips have a talent for expanding their very limited array of tools into a finely finished product. Shameless is no exception. Darvill’s past experience providing rhythm for a variety of sonic styles - along with his 80’s big hair influences and blatant honesty - pushes the riotous duo past the barriers that typically limit a two-piece. “When it comes to our music, I could go on about the song meaning or whatever, but what means the most to me is the quality and the big sound versus what I think is shit music today,” Darvill confesses. “There are so many lo-fi bands and I’m over that. Here we are, a two-piece with a huge arena rock sound, and that, to me, is exciting!”

Yet Shameless is, at times, the storytelling equivalent of fighting for your life with broken hands. Barros says “I can tell people a sad story... and watch them dance to it.” That philosophy rings true throughout the record, with themes of shame, sex, love, and a lack thereof, lacing their way between pummeling drums and power chords.

The album’s first single, “This Might Be My Breakdown,” gives listeners a head-banging, hip- shaking view into the beauty of Barros’ self-induced disintegration, as he sings: “This might be my breakdown, I’ll admit it. I have no last resort, my mind has gone away.” That bare-all honesty burns down to a smolder on Shameless’ final song – a stripped down, running-on-fumes, finally-destroyed personal account of giving up completely – “Bastards and Broken Hearts.”

It is a suiting end to an inextinguishable collection of heart-to-hearts and hidden gems, set to arrive kicking, screaming, and sounding like a whole lot more than the work of just two fearless sonic explorers. The Wild Lips are coming, and coming strong, with their Shameless debut, on June 3, 2016.

Shameless was recorded in Seattle at Big Sound Productions by Chris Mathews, Jr (Joonior Studios), and mastered at Blackbelt Mastering.


RIYL: Two Gallants, Lucero, Alkaline Trio
TRY: #3, 2, 1
DIRTY: #7, 8, 13

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

More Info Here:
https://www.facebook.com/thewildlips
https://www.instagram.com/thewildlips/
https://soundcloud.com/thewildlips
http://thewildlips.bandcamp.com/
http://www.thewildlips.com/


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Beth Orton
Kidsticks
Anti-
ADDS 5/31/16
CD / DIGITAL

“What would it sound like if Beth Orton embraced electronic music again, as she did in 1996 when she established herself with her first album, Trailer Park? Based on “1973,” from her upcoming album Kidsticks, the answer is “completely different.” Twenty years ago, the electronic squibs and whooshes drizzled a hip icing over Orton’s singer-songwriter fare. By contrast, this new production from F*ck ButtonsAndrew Hung is an adorably catchy pop song from the first beat. The only nostalgic thing about it is the words; Orton sings about the titular year — when, for the record, she was 3. At less than three minutes long, you won’t be able to resist playing it twice.” - NPR

“Lead single “Moon” was extremely promising, and the subsequent “1973” is even better. It’s a bouncing, burbling synthetic pop track that traces the line from Stereolab to Hot Chip, with a hard-hitting electronic beat and keyboards that gleam like the sun reflecting off polished chrome.” - Stereogum

Beth Orton has been one of the most unique and beguiling voices in music for the past two decades. Her “folktronica” sound, mixing elements of folk and electronica, has re-emerged as she began experimenting with a series of electronic loops that would eventually come together in this career-redefining new album, Kidsticks.

Co-produced by Beth and Andrew Hung (F*ck Buttons), Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. A resolutely focused album, it represents a rare chance to hear an established artist get plugged in and completely rework the songwriting process with wide-eyed, open-minded glee.

Kidsticks is the follow up to Sugaring Season (2012), described by Pitchfork as “ten songs of sweet resilience delivered by a voice of seemingly effortless expression”.


RIYL: Sia, Bat For Lashes, Björk
TRY: #2, 4, 7

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

More Info Here:
http://www.bethortonofficial.com/
https://twitter.com/beth_orton
https://www.facebook.com/BethOrtonOfficial
http://www.anti.com/artists/beth-orton/
https://www.instagram.com/bethorton/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beth_Orton


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Clique
Burden Piece
Topshelf Records
ADDS 5/31/16
CD / DIGITAL

CLIQUE is PJ, Brandon, Tom, and Travis. CLIQUE has been making regular music for regular people since Summer 2014.

Burden Piece was produced by Travis Arterburn at The Headroom in Philadelphia,PA over 8 days in November, 2015 and perfectly hits that spot in the middle of your chest with warm showers of twinkling guitar, calming vocals and languid riffs throughout.

"[Top Field has] the familiar half-gloomy feel that CLIQUE have warmed us up for—alternating brightness with grit—and it also feels strikingly mature, a good sign for what’s to come." - Impose Magazine

"Philly’s Clique signed to Topshelf Records not long ago, and they’ll release their new album Burden Piece on May 27 via the label (pre-order). We’re premiering the video for “Worth,” which is lo-fi-ish slacker rock that sounds right out of the early ’90s." - Brooklyn Vegan


RIYL: TTNG, Into It. Over It., Hop Along
TRY: #2, 1, 9

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

More Info Here:
http://www.topshelfrecords.com/artists/clique
https://www.facebook.com/cliquephl
https://twitter.com/xxcliquexx
https://www.instagram.com/xxcliquexx/


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Esmé Patterson
We Were Wild
Grand Jury
ADDS 5/31/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Her voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline.” – New York Times

“The reconnaissance missions into desire and reconciliation that fill this album show Patterson examining the minutiae of her own responses; her melodies jump and scatter, her voice pulling at the meanings her verses put forth, as she hones in on those moments when the heart falls apart and reassembles itself.” - NPR Music

“defiant and witty” –The Guardian

“It's pop with a smidge of punk. Pop with claws." – Noisey

“…Esme Patterson has written a gorgeous new batch of songs that encourages all of us—but most especially ladies—to flush the silly, contrived notions of love and men right out of their systems.” – Paste

“…enthralled from the beginning.” – KEXP

“Dearly Departed,” her hit collaboration with Shakey Graves led to millions of streams, sold out shows nationwide, as well as performances on Conan and The Late Show With David Letterman.


RIYL: Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee, Torres, P.J. Harvey, Shakey Graves
TRY: #1, 2, 7, 10

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

More Info Here:
http://esmepatterson.com/
https://www.facebook.com/EsmePattersonMusic/
https://twitter.com/EsmePatterson
http://grandjurymusic.com/artists/esme-patterson
https://www.instagram.com/esme_patterson/


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Andy Shauf
The Party
Anti-
ADDS 5/24/16
CD / DIGITAL

"Canadian songwriter's new album, The Party, isn't one you'll want to miss." - Consequence of Sound ("The Worst In You" premiere)

"Musically, The Party is just as robustly realized. After last year's superb bedroom-produced album The Bearer Of Bad News — for which Shauf initially drafted as many as 100 songs — The Party's narrative framework lends focus and restraint to his prolific writing." - NPR: First Listen

He’s a sad-sack Saskatchewanian songwriter who grew up in a tiny town (pop. 919) off the Trans-Canada Highway somewhere between Swift Current and Moose Jaw. His breakthrough album was called Bearer of Bad News. But don’t feel bad for ANDY SHAUF. Social invitations have been pouring in from Jeff Tweedy, Nick Hornby and Low (for whom he opened two U.S. tours in 2015). Now the self-produced multi-instrumentalist and master of subtlety is ready to invite everyone to The Party, his fourth album and first for Anti-.

The Party is a series of character sketches, ostensibly set at a specific gathering. It’s not exactly a concept record or a John Hughes script for a Robert Altman film, but writing it was definitely a way for Shauf to get out of his own head. The Party will spawn no hangover regrets for its creator, even if its characters have more than a few. On it, awkward characters show up “Early to the Party,” dance in the living room (“Martha Sways”), and either reveal life-changing secrets (“To You”) or try their hardest to reveal nothing at all (“The Magician”). Fuzzed-out guitars collide with string sections and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums. Oh, and clarinet. On Bearer of Bad News, Shauf started out with 100 songs and whittled it down to 11. This time, with a clearer vision and narrative construct in mind, he focused on 15 and cut it to 10. Brevity is key: these vignettes are rooted in classic pop songwriting, with shades of the Shins, Belle and Sebastian and Grandaddy seeping into Shauf’s modern arrangements.

On tour this summer with case/lang/veirs!


RIYL: Belle and Sebastian, Andrew Bird, Randy Newman, Grandaddy, Clientele
TRY: #6, 1, 3, 5
DIRTY: #2

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

More Info Here:
http://www.andyshauf.com/
https://twitter.com/andyshauf
https://www.facebook.com/andyshaufmusic/
https://andyshauf.bandcamp.com/
http://anti.com/artists/andy-shauf/


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Caveman
Otero War
Cinematic
ADDS 5/24/16
CD / DIGITAL

“Bright synths and rhythmic guitar strums elevate a melodic vocal and hook that will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day. It seems Caveman are coming into their own; I think we are in for a treat with Otero War." - Stereogum

"The first song to be released off Otero War—an optimistic, anthemic jam called ‘Never Going Back’ that contains shades of Springsteen" - FADER

"The heady, emotional song tugs at nostalgia while also asserting itself as a clear tour de force for the group." - Billboard

"Indie Rock Champions" - Noisey

Pitchfork: video premiere!

You can only go so far on cool points alone. Since Caveman first formed in 2010 they’ve claimed a spot for themselves at the center of the New York music scene, become in-demand DJs, toured the world (sharing stages with The War on Drugs, Jeff Tweedy, and Weezer), and gotten love from everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times. Now the band–Matthew Iwanusa, lead guitarist James Carbonetti, bassist Jeff Berrall, keyboardist Sam Hopkins and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Prescott Clark–is aiming higher.

Otero War (out June 17th, 2016 on Cinematic) is clearly the most mature album the band has created, but that doesn’t mean it’s a drag–in fact it could be the most fun music they’ve made so far. Iwanusa’s singular vision of blending Springsteen and Wilco’s polished roots rock with the soaring emotional drama of Tears for Fears and the Human League has never seemed clearer, or stronger. From the buoyant vocal melodies that make the opening track “Never Going Back” take flight, to the hip-shaking rhythms that hold up “Life Or Just Living” (which Matt calls his best song yet), to the contagious, triumphant mood on standout cut “Lean On You,” the album overflows with the joyous energy of a songwriter and a band finding their stride and flexing their newfound power for the first time. You can hear them enjoying the freedom from the confines of the expectations that have surrounded them until now, and looking out at a much bigger world to conquer.


RIYL: The Helio Sequence, Band of Horses, Fruit Bats, Frightened Rabbit, Rogue Wave
TRY: #1, 2, 5, 7, 8

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

More Info Here:
http://cavemantheband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CavemanBand/
https://twitter.com/cavemanband
https://www.instagram.com/cavemanband/


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Xenia Rubinos
Black Terry Cat
Anti-
ADDS 5/17/16
CD / DIGITAL

"She has the truly charismatic voice of someone who's always smiling, but pushes it into weird, sour notes: It spirals alongside her mood, but also acts as the life-giving breath she can't quite seem to catch." - Pitchfork "Lonely Lover" Track Premiere

Xenia Rubinos is a New York based singer and pianist who dips in and out of genre and structure to create movingly powerful songs with her O.G. signature sound. Xenia’s powerhouse vocals are at the center of her music which grows from a wide range of influences from R&B to Hip-Hop to Jazz, all delivered with a soulful punk aura. The New Yorker described her work as “rhythmically fierce, vocally generous music that slips through the net of any known genre”.

Music has been Xenia’s life for all of her life. She began playing piano at the the age of 4, and picked up singing shortly after. She earned a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston, where she studied Voice and Composition. It was there that she met her musical partner, drummer and producer Marco Buccelli, who would go on to be her main musical collaborator for the next decade and the two are still together today.

"Rubinos serves up a Michelin-star meal: The Brooklyn artist truly crosses borders with her multi-genre-hyphenate instrumental textures beneath Billie Holiday-esque croons." - SPIN


RIYL: tUnE-yArDs, St. Vincent, M.I.A., Santigold, Son Lux
DIRTY: #6, 12
TRY: #8, 4, 5

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

More Info Here:
http://www.xeniarubinos.com
https://www.facebook.com/xeniarubinos
https://twitter.com/xeniarubinos
https://www.instagram.com/xeniarubinos/
http://www.anti.com/artists/xenia-rubinos/


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Underlined Passages
Calamine [SINGLE]
Mint 400 Records
ADDS 5/31/16
DIGITAL ONLY

Underlined Passages is Rich Marcinek, Jamaal Turner and Michael Nestor (ex. Seldon Plan). Underlined Passages take their time in delivering tight, delicious indie-pop ear worms.

Underlined Passages are continuing a journey. Th­ey represent a facet of Baltimore music that has had long, deep roots in the city’s rock scene: good, brainy indie rock (e.g., the Oranges Band). Now, akin to relaxed and confident later era Ted Leo, The Weakerthans, Nada Surf or post-reunion American Football, Underlined Passages find that the band have staked their claim squarely in indie pop territory and they couldn’t be happier.

"This is solid, unpretentious songcraft that's clearly been crafted with care and precision, easy on the ears and soothing to the soul." - Jersey Beat

"The Fantastic Quest is an excursion into pure pop bliss. These tracks are extremely smart, melodic, and well-produced. And the harmony vocals are just fantastic." - Babysue

"Underlined Passages just dropped one of the greatest sounding alternative power pop-rock records I’ve heard" midtnmusic.com


RIYL: Nada Surf, Speedy Ortiz, American Football, Real Estate
TRY: #1, 2

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

More Info Here:
http://www.underlineslove.com
https://www.facebook.com/underlinedpassages
https://twitter.com/underpassages
https://soundcloud.com/underlinedpassages
https://www.instagram.com/underlinedpassages/