Born Michael Wayne Atha to an absentee father and a bartender mother, Yelawolf attended over 15 schools while soaking up slang and spiritualism in Baton Rouge, Antioch, Tennessee, and Atlanta. While trying to stay afloat in a turbulent home life addled by drug and alcohol abuse, he discovered rap music in Tennesee and it soon became an obsession, along with the classic rock (Lynard Skynard, Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers) that he was raised on. His music is a new strain of soul food, the traditional Southern cuisine but infused by Yela’s unique experiences and double-timed staccato raps. Yelawolf sounds like a more rock and roll Eminem, and is coincidentally (or maybe not) signed with Eminem's record label, Shady Records. “Not everybody in hip-hop messes with classic rock. There was no real element of surprise. I’m from Alabama, I’m into classic rock — it was obvious and there was no shock-value to it,” Yelawolf said. “After that, I wanted to focus on making sure that people understood that I respected the craft. Check out his New Music Heaven track, Till It's Gone.
AWOLNATION is releasing their long-awaited new album RUN March 17th! Written, performed and produced by musical architect Aaron Bruno and recorded in the hills of Malibu, RUN is a culmination of Bruno’s time and experiences following the release of breakthrough debut album Megalithic Symphony - you remember a little song called Sail, dont you? The end result is a finely tuned musical masterwork that is at times, and all at once, sprawling, atmospheric, exuberant, earnest and refined with moments of a signature aggressive unease. “There is not one second on the record that hasn’t been thoughtfully placed,” said Bruno. “Every single element serves a purpose.” The first single Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf) is this week's New Music Heaven! Get it for the low, low price of free in your 94/7 Nation e-mail.
Afie Jurvanen isn't from the Bahamas. He's a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie, a town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he's been making music under the name Bahamas - writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles.Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow-belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, self-titled and self-produced is Juvanen's coming of age record. His songcraft, guitar mastery, and melodic pop hooks have evolved into Bahamas is Afie - a sparse, moving, headphone album, complemented by a more developed arrangement of strings, brass, winds, orchestral percussion, and chamber choruses that transport the listener from moving seas to a seach for strength, to a place of resolve and comfort. Off of Bahamas is Afie lives All The Time, a bluesy groove with lilting falsetto vocals and a fuzzed-out staccato bass line. It's yours to download if you're a NATION member, because it's this week's New Music Heaven! Enjoy!
Los Angeles quartet Saint Motel is not an easy band to pin down. Indie pop quirks blended with a surge of art school world music and strident horns. All of which gets twisted through a sardonic examination of L.A. life. They have been commanding a growing underground following of fans back home: an escalating army of people who are as enamoured by the band’s leftfield pop charms as they are by frontman A/J Jackson’s duplicitous lyrics and their experiential live shows. The band formed at film school in southern California after Jackson recruited Aaron Sharp – “the best guitarist on campus” – in his pursuit of a new musical project. They met Bangkok-born bassist Dak Jones when he was working locally as a sushi chef and completed the puzzle with the addition of the propulsive percussion of Greg Erwin on drums. The acclaim of their first album “Voyeur” created a succession of unlikely rewards including support shows with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons and Ariel Pink. Their first single, and this week's New Music Heaven is My Type, a collision of influences embedded in an immediate pop hook which might be described as TropiCali. Take a listen for yourself, and download it if you like it and you're a NATION member!
Seattle band Fences – led by singer/songwriter Christopher Mansfield – combine introspective, emotional lyricism with a melancholic folk-pop sound on their forthcoming Elektra debut LESSER OCEANS. The idea of Fences first got underway in Boston, a time Mansfield spent studying at Berklee College of Music while also perfecting his haunting songcraft. After relocating to the Pacific Northwest, he self-released his first Fences recordings. Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara subsequently discovered Mansfield’s music and co-produced his self-titled full length debut. Fences has toured alongside such like-minded artists as Tegan & Sara, Against Me!, and Hellogoodbye as well as performing standout sets at major festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands. LESSER OCEANS features this week's New Music Heaven track, Sunburns, which was produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, and The Lonely Forest. LESSER OCEANS will be released in March of this year, but for now you can download Sunburns for free if you're a NATION member!
WATERS is Van Pierszalowsky, Marte Solbakken, Andrew Wales, and Greg Sellin. After finishing school and coming off of years on the road supporting former music projects, Van Pierszalowski decided to live and work in San Francisco, allowing himself to stand still for the first time in ages. The calm gave way to creative restlessness and the result was a new band and a new sound in the form of WATERS. Inspired by the growing absence of rock in “alternative rock”, WATERS began writing their new EP It All Might Be OK, which was recorded in LA with Ryan Rabin (Grouplove). I Feel Everything is this week's New Music Heaven, and is one of 4 songs in It All Might Be OK.“This song came about after listening to alternative rock radio for the first time in ages and recognizing the lack of anything alternative or rock about it,” notes Van. “Where are those dirty guitars? Where is that frenetic energy? Where are the songs that made us want to start a band in the first place? Most days don’t feel like they’re going to be the best days of your life. Most days are kind of fucked up. And it’s nice to have a sanctuary for those days, and for us—that’s always been rock and roll. ‘I Feel Everything’ is our rally call to get that back.” Download I Feel Everything for free if you're a NATION member.
Late one night in 2011, a newly-minted Melbourne based songwriter/producer known as Chet Faker recorded a cover of Blackstreet's "No Diggity” for a few close friends. They passed it on (and on and on). The Music Internet fell in love. DJs couldnʼt resist, and eventually the track became a worldwide hit. Flash forward to 2014, when Faker releases Built on Glass, his debut LP, after three years of touring, writing and collaborating. The album crystalized Faker's wide-reaching aesthetic into a singular vision that fuses languid R&B, classic songwriting intimacy, house music immediacy and the dusty thump of golden age hip hop. A free download of Gold is hitting the inboxes of Nation members this week!
When they were ten years old, J moved in next door to T’s house in Shepherd’s Bush in London back in 2000. Little did they know that was the beginning of Jungle.The two became best friends, finishing each other's sentences while discussing Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye. Shepherd’s Bush gave them a musical identity before they even knew they wanted one – that stew of hip hop, rock, electronica, soul and reggae that comes from a true culture collision. Present day, they collaborate and finish each other's sentences while they create their own music. Half recorded at home and finished in the studios of their new label XL, where The xx made their own first album, Jungle’s intoxicating self-titled debut delivers all that and more. There’s technique and care in these seemingly weightless tracks but above all it feels effortless, a breath of fragrant fresh air, a touch of psychedelic sweetness for sour times. Jungle’s growing and increasingly fanatical crowd it’s not about the history. It’s about a remedy for overstuffed pop and bloated stadium house and dull social realist rock. It’s about getting back to the groove. Their sound is something epic and rhythmic, euphoric and sexual. “It’s always been visual for us,” explains the enthusiastic J. “We want the feel of a video game or a cartoon landscape, a hyperreal, colourful, surreal place. We want everything to be realer than real.” Jungle's song Busy Earnin' is this week's New Music Heaven, a report-to-the-dancefloor song with horns and falsettos. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Prior to struggling with cancer in his early 22s, Andrew McMahon was known as the vocalist, pianist, and primary songwriter of Jack's Mannequin. Flash forward 10 years to today, he is Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness. Despite outward signs of success - beating cancer, getting married, and receiving an Emmy nomination - McMahon says the road to recovery was a "roller coaster ride" that took the better part of the decade. He moved out of LA to Topanga Canyon in California, left his label, his management, and the name he had been making music under for the better part of his 20s. He left it all behind with his wife Kelly to start over. Andrew McMahon and the Wilderness now has a self-titled LP, and a 6-month-old daughter, Ceclilia, who he wrote this week's New Music Heaven about. Cecilia and the Satellite was actually one of the last songs written for the album. While “Cecilia” details McMahon’s love in high contrast with what he calls “the impermanence of living,” - its soaring chorus anchored by a kick drum like the steady thump of a heartbeat. There is a balancing act that permeates not only McMahon’s life but his new album as well, mixing the electronic and the acoustic, the modern and the classic. McMahon created two mini-masterpieces: an epic pop album stocked to the gills with anthemic songs and a healthy, bright, baby girl. Download Cecilia and the Satellite from your NATION email!
Delong is an artist who cemented his rising star status in 2013 with a slew of big-name festival appearances, including Coachella, Lollapalooza and a star-making turn at Made In America in Philadelphia. He delivered another strong set in the midst of Times Square at the CBGB Festival that showcased an outstanding live show. It is growing more impressive with expanding production and visuals to match the one of a kind stage presence, where he mixes his homemade instrumentation that includes video game controllers and monster drum solos from his background in jazz. DeLong’s ability to mix beats and lyrics can be attributed to his wide-ranging musical tastes, which go from Flume to Paul Simon. "Long Way Down, that one, I wrote after I’d been listening to Flume a lot, slow tempo, funky rhythms. But then in terms of vocal delivery that would be the moment the Paul Simon creeps in,” he says. While a number of artists in recent years have mixed electronic sensibilities and heavy beats with singer/songwriter tendencies, few, if any, have done it with the deft touch of DeLong. This week's New Music Heaven track is Long Way Down. Download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Royal Blood are a British rock duo made of vocalist and bassist Mike Kerr and drummer Ben Thatcher, both men are in their early 20's. The band has come a long way from playing Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson at weddings -- recently, Royal Blood has earned glowing comparisons with big names including The Black Keys, The White Stripes, and Queens Of The Stone Age with their riff-based rock 'n' roll style. Through just voice, bass, and drums, Royal Blood creates a primal blues-rock sound. "I experimented with how to make the biggest sound possible from one instrument and I found it was with the bass. I can't play the guitar. Too many strings. Too many options," Kerr notes. Well, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Royal Blood are signed to Warner Bros. Records and have performed at SXSW, Liverpool Sound City festival, and others. Additonally they supported Arctic Monkeys for two Finsbury Park shows, and were nominated for the BBC Sound of 2014. This week, Royal Blood is our New Music Heaven band. Check out their song Figure It Out, a tune with evil blues and big riffs. If you like it, download it for free if you're a NATION member!
Creating a sound that deftly jumps between genres, Joywave’s music is grounded in classic songwriting, often injected with house music's energy, the playfulness of disco and an overarching hip-hop spirit. Their How Do You Feel? EP (released on the band’s Hollywood Records imprint Cultco Music in March 2014) demonstrates the bands pointed talent for originality while blending influences. Where any other band might lose its identity in the quest to experiment with so many different sounds, Joywave’s all-embracing approach puts their distinct personality front and center while reinforcing the band’s stance that they are not aiming for the middle. Joywave’s distinguished sound is already paying off, they’ve received high praise from Rolling Stone, The Fader and Nylon, to name a few, and have been generating a substantial fanbase on the road nabbing slots with The Killers and RAC while performing at some of this summer’s biggest festivals including Lollapalooza, Osheaga and Bunbury. To top it off, Joywave made their TV debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, performing not only their hit song Tongues, but also performing with December to Remember band Big Data on their collaborative alternative radio hit Dangerous (feat. Joywave). This fall, Joywave will be touring with St. Lucia, with an album due in 2015. Check out this week's New Music Heaven track Somebody New. If you like it, and you're a NATION member, download it for free.
Hustle and Drone
December to Remember 2014 band, Hustle and Drone started in February, 2012 when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors left Portugal. the Man to pursue his own songwriting. He teamed up with long time friend Kirk Ohnstad and began recording and writing immediately. Hustle and Drone released its debut, self-titled EP in July, 2012, spent the next few months playing shows and even spent a month in Europe in March 2013. After 60 demos and many phone calls, the band decided to record with producer Sonny DiPerri, this was the beginning of HOLYLAND. The band spent time at beach houses and their basement in Portland in order to properly craft this record. In the summer of 2013, Kirk made his departure from the group, this brought in bassist Andy Black and made live member Ryan Moore's roll much more significant. The band is now a proper trio and is very active in Portland's local music scene. They just wrapped up a music video for their lead single The Glow which was filmed at the MODA Center in Portland, OR. Being on an NBA Playoff court was a childhood dream come true. HOLYLAND was released September 2nd, 2014. The band recently gained more attention for releasing a new track, Again & Again, featuring freestyle raps from NBA start Damian Lillard, recorded from his own Instagram account without him knowing. It's been a long time comin', but Hustle and Drone is now your slice of New Music Heaven. Download The Glow for free if you're a NATION member!
Catfish and the Bottlemen
If Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, and Phoenix had a band-baby, it would be Catfish And The Bottlemen. The Welsh indie-rock band is made up of Van McCann (lead vocals), Johnny 'Bondy' Bond (lead guitar), Benji Blakeway (bass guitar) and Bob Hall (drums) and has recently annouced their first full track album, The Balcony, where this week's New Music Heaven lives. The track is called Kathleen and is available to download for free if you're a NATION member!
Bad Suns is a foursome of alternative rockers from Lost Angeles who came together in 2012. 2 years later, they have released Language & Perspective, a full length album that moves effortlessly from start to finish showcasing the band's stadium ready anthems and undeniably catchy hooks. This week's New Music Heaven is one of the tracks off the album, called Salt. Nylon Magazine notes "The band's sound is the sort of rock that we just never get enough of: anthemic without being soulless, hard-driving while still having a heart." Frontman Christo Bowman says him and his band are excited for people to hear what they've made. So, take a listen! This sweet New Music Heaven track, Salt, is free to all NATION members, just download it from your NATION email!
Dave Bayley, frontman of Glass Animals and his three closest friends, now band mates, have recently released new full length album ZABA.The title, lifted from Dave's favorite childhood story, comes from William Steig's The Zabajaba Jungle. Steig's evocation of childhood adventure, exoticism and discovery is brilliantly fresh. ZABA is one complete beast and a journey you will get most from if you immerse yourself fully and listen from start to finish. Inspired by Kanye West and Charles Darwin, Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, ZABA is a rich and textured work, a very special record indeed. The first single, Gooey is wobbly and child-like, a hymn to naivety. "There's a confidence in the way children act," Dave says. "I was trying to push that confidence into the beat.. I used to be really into super-clean, no flaws production," Dave shared, "but now I like the context and soul that mistakes, chopped samples, and swirly white amp-noises" Let this week's New Music Heaven Gooey ooze into your ears. Give it a download for free if you're a NATION member!
Panama Wedding has quickly established itself as one of the most promising indie artists of the year with All Of The People, a deliriously joyful pop single that has been hailed by music outlets around the globe and has earned over 400,000 plays on Soundcloud. Peter Kirk, the New York-based mastermind behind Panama Wedding, is preparing a rich career full of expertly crafted songs that defy categorization, and a live show that grows more muscular as his audiences swell. All Of The People is an enduring anthem and envious first act, but Kirk -- newly signed to Glassnote Records and readying his debut EP -- has much more up his sleeve."There's a generally hopeful tone to All Of The People -- it was written in the wintertime, and I wanted to reflect that feeling of spring turning into summer," says Kirk of the song, which is built on a foundation of effervescent vocals and opulent synths. Check your NATION email for your free download of Panama Wedding's All Of The People, this week's New Music Heaven.
“The three loves in my musical life are late 60s rock music, hip hop and electronic music,” says Serge Pizzorno, explaining the genesis of Kasabian’s fifth studio album 48:13. The album was meant to be when Pizzorno and his album artist were talking and he said “fuck it, call it like, 48:13 or something, just the length of the record. When I said it, I had no real idea of how long the record was. Then we butted all the tracks together from the start, highlighted it all, and: bang! It actually was 48:13 long." Pizzorno says he really didn't intend to make another Kasabian record. The band had just finished a tour that had lasted for the best part of a year: taking in Europe and North America. The band was exhausted, but too restless to stop making music. "I just absolutely love it. When I’m in the studio that’s where I’m the most happy in the world. Everything’s in its right place, this is where I belong," Pizzorno mentioned. Eez-eh is a 120bpm stomp that Pizzorno says is a kind of musical representation of “a 5 in the morning rant, a million hotel rooms, you know. At some stage in the night, every member of the group that’s there will have their little moment onstage, you know, whether they throw in a massive quote or sing or do an impression, or offer some insane view of the world, some madness. It’s a kind of undeniable song, you’d have to be a pretty miserable fucker if you didn’t have just a hint of a smile at that tune.” This week's New Music Heaven is Eez-eh by Kasabian. NATION members, you know what to do! If you aren't a NATION member, sign up for free New Music Heaven downloads!
Although Astoria, Oregon is best known to multiple generations of pop-culture observers as the cinematic setting of the '80s cult classic The Goonies, the rugged riverfront city now has another distinction: as the home of the new pop-rock combo known as Holiday Friends. The band's catchy, playful songs are free of hipster cynicism, and has been described as what the Beach Boys might sound like if they'd been raised in the Pacific Northwest on a steady diet of John Hughes film soundtracks or what The Cars might be doing if they lived at Big Pink. This week's New Music Heaven is from Holiday Friends and it's titled Astral Observations. Check it out/download it for free from your NATION email!
A Four-Piece Indie Rock band From Little Rock, Arkansas made up of brothers Boots (singer) and Cobo (Drums) Copeland, Brad Pierce (keys), and Drew Buffington (Bass) who create a sound indie blogs have called “indie dance pop” and cautioned “WARNING: May Cause Head-Bopping” Fueled by the similar staples within their collective musical taste, the members of Knox Hamilton blend laid back guitar riffs and catchy bass lines with rhythmic drum beats and soaring vocals to produce a sound that’s as likely to make you want to visit the beach as it is to move your feet. Get your free New Music Heaven download of Work It Out from your NATION email this week!
At 20, George Ezra has seemingly sailed in to his position as one of pop’s most talked about new artists. Even he seems unsure how it happened. The hype around the Hertford-born singer with the booming, bluesy voice certainly hasn’t gone to his head. Of his appearance on umpteen One To Watch lists for 2014, he remains refreshingly non-plussed. In January, Ezra took off on a completely sold out UK tour that lasted almost two months, with barely a day off. When it finished, he headed for Europe, where his song Budapest was rapidly becoming a hit, reaching the top 10 in no less than nine countries on the continent. In Italy he stepped out of a radio station to find fans holding up photos of himself to sign. Ezra’s gloriously gutsy and ridiculously catchy blues, country and folk-infused pop is making waves. All of the songs on Wanted on Voyage have been played live for months oversees. Ezra plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the album. This week's New Music Heaven is Budapest by George Ezra. Free download comes along with your NATION email!
On her current single, the raging, unapologetic Desire, Meg Myers “juggles the pretty and the ugly perfectly,” as Stereogum noted, adding that with her “fierce-then-vulnerable voice, you have something that is as sweet as it is unsettling.” The Nashville-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter has consistently worked that dichotomy in her music, exploring the tension between dark and light, sweet and sour, and sex and death in her cathartic songwriting. Her richly powerful voice, which can slide on a dime from a feathery trill to an anguished howl, is the perfect instrument with which to express her brooding, fiercely raw lyrics about craving what’s just out of reach. The words are bolstered by the layered guitar-synth soundscapes she creates with her collaborator and producer Dr. Rosen Rosen. This week's New Music Heaven is Desire. If you like it as much as us, and you desire adding it to your music library, download it for free from this week's NATION email!
Death From Above 1979
Based out of Toronto, Canadian dance-punk duo Death From Above 1979 is the product of Jesse F Keeler and Sebastien Grainger. Last Gang Records/ Warner Bros. Records' band annouces their second album, The Physical World, this September after releasing their debut album ten years ago. Reason being of the long gap of producing new music was the band's splitting in 2006. Fortunately, Death From Above 1979 resurrected as of 2011. "It quickly became apparent that if we tried to do this again, we should make a record that would satisfy us more," Keeler says regarding The Physical World. This week's New Music Heaven is Trainwreck 1979, a punk rock song off The Physical World. Have a listen, and if you like it and you're a NATION member, download it for free.
Priory is a project born of two young artists—Brandon Rush and Kyle Sears—betting on themselves. The pair met while living in a trashy bachelor pad in their hometown of Portland, Oregon, and finding in the other kindred musical spirits. After years of juggling day jobs and courting other hobbies, they quit their day jobs and went all in, putting in the hours and the blood (quite literally selling plasma to survive), sweat, and tears to create something wholly their own. Written in a studio built from the ground up in a former cement factory, the resulting album Need To Know (and its lead single, the ebullient and catchy Weekend) is a unique and powerful collection of neon-lit new wave pop cut with modern rock aesthetics. It’s the sound of a band emerging triumphantly from the trials of their past and looking fearlessly into the future. You may recall Priory winning our Open for Foster the People contest in December 2012. So, this actually is their second appearance in New Music Heaven, as we played them back then with the other finalists. We’re thrilled to give these Portlanders a second slot in New Music Heaven. Check your NATION email for your free download of Weekend.
German duo Clemens and Philipp, otherwise known as Milky Chance met on their first day of school and were best friends ever sense. They got along so great that they played in a local band until graduation. Even though the group disbanded when their drummer left Kassel, Clemens and Philipp kept on making music. Weaving together elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars and lilting, lush vocals, they harnessed a style unequivocally their own. The boys built a tiny studio in the quiet house Clemens grew up in and only played two shows before they decided to make an album. No fancy equipment or hired producers, Milky Chance just wanted to "record music." They never thought it would go further than that. However, it went a lot further after Clemens and Philipp uploaded first single Stolen Dance to YouTube, which eventually racked up 30 million-plus views and made them the "most blogged about act" on HypeM for that month. Now, Stolen Dance is stealing the show over here at 94/7. This week's New Music Heaven song by Milky Chance can be downloaded for free if you're a NATION member!
In the Valley Below
Jeffrey Jacob and Angela Gail met in Los Angeles, playing guitar and bass, respectively, in a loud, grungy guitar band, but the seeds of In the Valley Below were planted one night at SXSW, when they realized there was something special in the passion and chemistry they shared on-stage. The duo’s debut Capitol Records album is equal parts atmospheric and gauzy, with sharp hooks and sing-along choruses, inspired by faithful archetypes and dealing with powerful subjects like sex, crime and religion, as on the first single, Peaches, a celebration of mutual attraction and sensuality that Jeffrey jokes could just be about fruit. The attraction between the two is palpable, but hard to define. For In the Valley Below, one plus one equals three, with Angela’s Americana folk-country and classic rock vibe melding with Jeffrey’s penchant for Anglo art-pop and heavy, Memphis-infused riffs into something completely different. NATION members, check your email for a free download of this week's New Music Heaven, Peaches.
Vacationer’s Relief, the Philadelphia group’s second LP, is clear in both title and intention. If
Gone, the sunny electronic-pop act’s 2012 debut, was about escape – whether through travel, photography or toasted sonic bliss – Relief unspools the strings of our wound-up existence with a cinematic wallop of positivity-oozing pop. A collaboration between Kenny Vasoli and Body Language’s Matthew Young and Grant Wheeler, Vacationer returns tighter and more powerful after spending the last two years touring with groups like Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Naked And Famous, Tennis, and Niki And The Dove, as well as making numerous festival appearances. Lead single The Wild Life mixes the influence of The Beach Boys, J. Dilla and LCD Soundsystem into a sonic mai tai, with tropical percussion that makes this a perfect New Music Heaven summer track. Get your free download sent straight to your email if you're a NATION member! Thanks to Century-Link HighSpeed Internet.
Colony House has emerged as a vibrant creative trio from Nashville, TN. The threesome of Caleb Chapman, Will Chapman, and Scott Mills maintain a balance of craft and immediacy that reflects its affinity for the sound of such alt-rock outfits as Interpol and The Killers, while echoing the influence of such alternative icons as U2 and New Order. They've assimilated their multiple influences in a manner that's wholly distinctive, adding tight harmonies, strong instrumental chops and a keen melodic sensibility that's all their own. Silhouettes, a personally-charged tune from When I Was Younger, coming out July 22nd, is this week's New Music Heaven! TIP: you can download it for free if your a NATION member, thanks to CenturyLink High-Speed Internet. And if you do like it, you can pre-order When I Was Younger on iTunes or Amazon.
Annie Clark, better known by St. Vincent is the beauty, brains, vocals, and instrumentals of her music. The highly artistic musician creates lyrically sophisticated and diverse sounds meshing distorted, aggressive electric guitars and bold vocal and synthesizer arrangements on top of a relentless rhythms. St. Vincent was active in her music career since the early 2000's, as a member of earlier New Music Heaven band The Polyphonic Spree. As of recent, she released a self-titled album where this week's New Music Heaven track Digital Witness lives.Digital Witness tackles identity in the era of Instagram."We are inundated with technology that makes us perpetual spectators," says Clark. "It's not enough to just experience life, we have to document it and show it to other people in order to validate our existence. Lyrically, I'm always so interested in how complicated people are and the notion of true ambivalence," she says. "Literally, ambi-valence. Two ways at the same time."Such is the music on St. Vincent: charming and alarming, gorgeous and morbid, comforting and uncanny. Four albums into one of music's most compelling careers, Annie Clark is as “ambi-valent” as ever, and she's not slowing down any time soon. Check your NATION email for a free download of Digital Witness, brought to you by CenturyLink High-Speed Internet.
My Goodness is a Seattle-based blues/garage rock band that consists of Joel Schneider (guitar and vocals) and Andy Lum (drums). The band has existed since 2011, playing predominately in the Pacific Northwest and releasing one self-titled album that same year. They were on hold for the majority of 2012, but with the recent addition of Andy Lum on drums, they have found a renewed purpose and is ready to move forward with a heavier, more aggressive sound. Somehow straddling the line between raw and refined, they don’t sacrifice technical precision in the name of punk rock: they strive to marry both. My Goodness, another New Music Heaven free download?! Yes, that's right - if you are a NATION member check your email for Cold Feet Killer by My Goodness, brought to you by CenturyLink High-Speed Internet.
Christopher Whitehall (vocals), Daniel Duque-Perez (guitars), Tim John (bass), and Lachlan West (keyboard and percussion) return to New Music Heaven as The Griswolds, this time presenting Beware The Dog. Since the band leased their Heart of a Lion EP about a year ago, they have realeased two singles, Mississippi (a track that fellow 94/7 New Music Heaven band Magic Man remixed) and Beware the Dog (this week's New Music Heaven), which is on Wind-up Records. According to them, The Griswolds have started thinking beyong making songs with no real intention, but they still recognize and appreciate that everything still goes back to the two guys who connected over a guitar riff. "Back when we wrote the EP it was two guys in a house writing songs for fun and not really knowing who was going to be listening it," Whitehall says. "Now we're getting a lot more ambitious and we're thinking globally. But we want to stay true to ourselves. I think our style of music all comes down to big choruses you can sing along to." Check out Beware the Dog this week as the featured New Music Heaven. Free download if your a NATION member, thanks to CenturyLink High-Speed Internet.
Fronted by Perth-born songwriter and classically-trained pianist, Jarrah McCleary, Panama's sophomore EP leads with the anthemic title track Always, recorded in San Francisco with and produced by Eric Broucek (!!!, Classixx, Holy Ghost!, Hercules & Love Affair). Channelling the likes of Peter Gabriel with nods to local companions, Cut Copy, the EP was steeped in splashes of yacht rock and an avid appreciation of the ‘80s. Their melodies burst with equal parts quiet, golden nostalgia whilst being bright and anthemic in its delivery. The electro-pop three-piece “band to watch” went on to sign with indie dance label, Future Classic (Flume, Jagwa Ma, Flight Facilities) and their debut EP was released to glowing reviews. The lead single Always racked up over 250,000 spins in its first week, now standing at 900,000 plays and has enjoyed high rotation on Triple J. Always has stayed in the top ten on the iTunes electronic chart for over a month now and selected as iTunes single of the week. Now, Always has made it to our 94/7 New Music Heaven chart! Check your NATION email for your free download. Thanks to CenturyLink High-Speed Internet.
The Preatures are a five-piece rock band from Sydney, Australia. Fronted by Isabella 'Izzi' Manfredi on vocals and keys, alongside Gideon Bensen on vocals and guitar, lead guitarist Jack Moffitt, Tom Champion on bass, and Luke Davison on drums. The band formed in 2010 after Izzi, Jack and Tom met Gideon at the Lansdowne Hotel. Luke joined a year later on drums. In October 2012 they signed with Mercury Records Australia and released the Shaking Hands EP. The Preatures' second EP, a 5-track record, was done over five weeks and soon, lead single Is This How You Feel became a breakthrough hit, earning both popular and critical acclaim in Australia and overseas. Is This How You Feel is this week's New Music Heaven! NATION members: download and see what you think. Brought to you by CenturyLink High-Speed Internet.
Nightmare and the Cat
Nightmare and the Cat formed in 2010, but the musical powerhouses that lead the five-piece — 22-year-old front man Django Stewart and 25-year-old guitarist Sam Stewart — go way back. The two brothers grew up in England. 6-year-old Django developed a fanatical love of James Brown, while 12-year-old Sam picked up a guitar for the first time and immediately mastered a Nirvana songbook. Nightmare and the Cat quickly grew to a five-piece as the pair recruited Sam's girlfriend Claire Acey, an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist and Spike Phillips, the drummer from Midnight Squires. This year Nightmare and the Cat is hitting the road with the likes of Fitz and the Tantrums, Neon Trees and Small Pools. Check your NATION email and download Undercover, see what you think! Shoutout to Century Link High Speed Internet.
The Baltimore trio known for their “cathartic” energy consists of enigmatic frontman Samuel T. Herring, bassist/guitarist William Cashion and keyboardist/guitarist/ programmer Gerrit Welmers. Herring's deeply poetic tales of heartbreak, love, and loss are finally up front and in high fidelity, thanks in part to a newfound creative partnership with producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grizzly Bear). In describing this week's New Music Heaven, Seasons (Waiting On You), Herring explains the song is "about love, letting go, learning from your mistakes and always feeling that pull- yearning for a certain love, as time goes by and seasons change. It is simply a song about the human experience.” Take a listen for yourself after downloading it for free from your NATION email!
Fateful encounters at Cleveland bars rarely lead to musical mythology, but SomeKindaWonderful have a different kind of story to tell. A three-piece featuring Jordy Towers (vocals/lyrics), as well as Matt Gibson (guitar) and Ben Schigel (drums), the genre-bending group came together after Towers took a trip to visit family in the suburban Cleveland town of Olmstead Falls (pop. 9,000) and fatefully crossed paths with Gibson and Schigel. “We were basically a band without a lead singer and he was a lead singer without a band," says Schigel. Later that night, the band completed Reverse. To call Reverse the product of fate is an understatement. Endlessly catchy, the song feels both modern and classic, nodding to '60s soul and contemporary R&B with the dynamic range of big-room pop-rock and cinematic emotion. Its structure, which features Towers unraveling a backwards narrative with a cadence that merges rap and soul, provides a novel lyrical framework to a unique sound. Take a listen to this week's New Music Heaven, Reverse, after downloading it for free from your NATION email!
The War On Drugs
Lost In The Dream is the third album by Philadelphia band The War on Drugs, produced after main man Adam Granduciel spent eight months bouncing between a half-dozen different studios that stretched from the mountains of North Carolina to the boroughs of New York City. He sculpted these songs into a musical rescue mission, through and then beyond personal despair and anxiety. Hear how, when a sharp and hard riff cuts into the inescapable chorus of Red Eyes, synthetic strings and baritone saxophone shape a soft, infinite bed beneath it. But there’s a newfound directness to these tunes, too. Granduciel’s voice steps out from behind its typical web of effects—louder now, with more experiences to share and more steel from having survived them. He sounds less like a prismatic reflection of a rock bandleader, more like the emboldened actualization of that idea. Red Eyes is this week's New Music Heaven! Download it free straight from your NATION email.
Sir Sly is not a person but the sum of its parts. Landon Jacobs, Hayden Coplen, and Jason Suwito often refer to Sir Sly as an elusive, almost unattainable entity they strive to embody. Before coming together as Sir Sly in the Fall of 2012, each member spent years perfecting their self-taught respective crafts, honing their skills in whatever ways they could. Lead singer Landon Jacobs began writing songs at age 13 after learning to play guitar and piano. Drummer Hayden Coplen learned how to play by watching and imitating old videos of Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa. Keyboardist Jason Suwito built the band’s studio himself, and self-taught the technical skills involved with recording engineering and music production.The Los Angeles based band write, record, produce, mix and master all of their music in their own recording studio, where they have developed their signature sound - a delicate balance of solemnly surging, yet indelibly catchy electronic indie rock. Enjoy your NATION email and the free download of Sir Sly's Gold that comes along with it!
Junior Prom, the Brooklyn based duo of Mark Solomich and Erik Ratensperger create a whip-smart pop that you can dance to by bringing to their tunes a sky-scraping vocal range, playful humor, and crisp musical interplay. The songs on their self-titled debut (EP) bring sense of joy and levitation. The genre blended Junior Prom's goal is to bring something fresh and always fun. Where you expect them to go right, they dart left. Sheila Put The Knife Down is one of the featured songs on Junior Prom's new EP. It's also this week's New Music Heaven. Enjoy!
Blood Red Shoes
Blood Red Shoes, from Brighton, England feature Laura-Mary Carter (vocals/guitar) and Steven Ansell (drums/vocals), two enthusiastic punk-inspired brawlers who channel the clamor of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the Duke Spirit. The two came together in late 2004 upon the demise of their previous bands. With one song in tow, the angsty duo landed a gig and Blood Red Shoes were born; the name is reminiscent of Ginger Rogers, who allegedly had to redo a tap dance scene so many times that her white dancing shoes ended up covered in blood. After releasing their first EP in 2005, Blood Red Shoes released a multiple singles in 2006 and 2007. By 2008, Carter and Ansell were finally ready to release their debut album, Box of Secrets, which was produced by Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys). Present day, Blood Red Shoes returned with their fourth studio album, an eponymous effort released on their own Jazz Life imprint. Check out classic post-punk band Blood Red Shoes' Light It Up, off their most recent album. If you're a NATION member, check your email for your free download.
The Strypes are 4-piece rhythm and blues band hailing from Cavan, Ireland, formed in 2011 by Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). The group has spent the past 18 months launching their explosive R&B Rock assault on the clubs and festivals of Ireland, the UK, Europe and Asia, catapulting them to the top of the charts in both the UK and Japan. They now have their eyes set on the U.S. with their first single What A Shame. The Strypes recently wowed the crowds at SXSW and their sold out headlining tour, making fans out of Letterman, Conan, Rolling Stone, The NY Times, The Wall Street Journal, and anyone else who happened to be in their path. Having already been met with critical acclaim from greats such as Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, Elton John, Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and been tipped by NME as the No. 1 new band to watch, it seems things can only get better for The Strypes. Check your NATION email for this week's New Music Heaven track What a Shame by The Strypes!
Dum Dum Girls
Dee Dee Penny and her band, Dum Dum Girls released their 3rd album Too True late January of this year. Living in Too True is featured song "Lost Boys and Girls Club", which cooes and echoes Pat Benatar-esque vocals to give an 80s electric slow mo sound. Incredibly poetic Dee Dee Penny, a LA-native-New Yorker writes all Dum Dum Girls songs. She began writing for Too True while on tour supporting sophomore album, End of Daze. She writes how her songs "were bound together, not just by an overall sonic palette and new guitar pedal, but by time, intention, and fervor." Once winter came, she started recording and completing the album with her team and band. By then, "it was easy to add some flesh to my song skeletons." This week's New Music Heaven is "Lost Boys and Girls Club", which you can download for free upon receiving your NATION email!
Brick + Mortar
Brick + Mortar are an indie rock, drum and bass duo formed by Brandon Asraf (bass guitar, vocals) and John Tacon (drums, electronic samples, vocals). Brick + Mortar have garnered a notable amount of regional success since their 2008 formation, making them a significant part of the musical and artistic culture of Asbury Park, New Jersey as it is the first electronic drum and bass pop duo to have such success in the area. Fusing driving percussion, grooving bass, eclectic samples, and anthemic vocals, the band creates a new world sound. Check out their song Locked in a Cage, this week's New Music Heaven. If you're a NATION member, you'll receive a free download of the Brick + Mortar song!
Jack Antonoff, Fun.'s guitarist and songwriter, is also the man of Bleachers. Bleachers started as the Grammy award winning artist's side project while he was on a world tour, and since then he's been writing and producing in efforts to release I Wanna Get Better, Bleachers' first single. Hailing from New Jersey, 29-year-old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade, before he joined Fun. in 2008, he was lead singer or indie rock band, Steel Train, who performed on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and Late Show With David Letterman. This week's New Music Heaven is I Wanna Get Better. The pop-rock number from Bleachers has lyrical sentimate build around a catchy chorus and poppy synths, similar to Fun.'s anthemic qualities. NATION members, check your email for your piece of New Music Heaven by Bleachers!
From the same hometown as Auckland naitive and grammy winner, Lorde, brings us a new up and coming teenage dynamo, Broods. Caleb Nott, 21, and sister Georgia, 19, share not only the same blood, but the same musical talent. The synth-pop duo's debut single, Bridges gained immediate attention from music blogs, racking up nearly a half-million Soundcloud plays in a few months. Additionally, the two have recently been featured in Billboard and Vogue. Broods' first EP -- which was officially released February 2nd, featured production and co-writes from Joel Little, the man behind Lorde's Royals. Broods' tacks have garnered compaisons with the dreamy electro pop sounds of Ellie Goulding, Foxes, and Chvrches. This week's New Music Heaven artist duo is so new, the ink on their Capitol Records deal isn't even dry! Check your NATION email for your free download of Bridges from Broods, thanks to Century Link High Speed Internet.
Jordan Kelley and Jason Huber make the pair behind the ambitious and emphatic Nashville duo, Cherub. The two craft hooky electro-pop that lyrically captures the risque, pleasure-seeking impulses of their youth, while their studio expertise results in alluring grooves. The two met in college, Huber was fronting a psychedelic folk-rock band, whereas Kelley was something of a mainstay in the Nashville hip-hop scene. Named one of Paste Magazine’s “12 Tennessee Bands you Should Listen to Now,” Cherub had a massive 2012, with appearances at such major festivals as Bonnaroo, SXSW, Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, Snowball Music Fest, and with STS9 at Red Rocks Amphitheater. The duo released their second album, MoM & DaD in February 2012, which includes the smash viral hit, and this week's New Music Heaven, Doses and Mimosas, a fresh, uptempo electropop tune with washed out keyboards married with playful guitar licks and lush synthesizer textures. NATION members: enjoy your free dose of weekly New Music Heaven by checking your email and downloading Doses and Mimosas!
New York City quartet Skaters' music, ethos, and attitude are remarkably entrenched in the late nights, eclectic characters, and punk roots of their hometown. When it came time to record their Warner Bros. debut, the band looked directly to its hometown for inspiration. Manhattan is more than an album — it's a statement of purpose and a portrait of life in New York City. "We were all bartenders, so the songs are tales of experiences we had or saw, and other people who were characters in our life during the first year we were in this band," says Michael Ian Cummings, singer and songwriter. The album’s first single, and this week's New Music Heaven, Deadbolt, was written from the perspective of a man who started shooting at cops from a building right near Cummings' Chinatown apartment and subsequently became the subject of a manhunt: "I was thinking about how that guy would have felt,” he says. “He probably wanted to be forgiven at the very last moment." Check your NATION email for your free download of Deadbolt from Skaters!
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Lo-Fang – aka Mathew Hemerlein – conceived and wrote his debut album Blue Film while traveling around the world and across the United States over the last three years. His passion for making music led him to pick up and play with musicians in Cambodia, Bali, London, Nashville, Tokyo, and other points along the way. A classically trained musician, Lo-Fang is fluent in diverse genres and styles of playing, which are juxtaposed throughout Blue Film. He sings all the vocals—his falsetto is soulful and often hypnotic—and plays every instrument, among them, violin, cello, piano, guitar and upright bass. The set veers from minimalist to intimately symphonic, including ten original songs and two covers. The tracks are sequenced into an atmospherically ethereal blend of shifting textures, beats, and moods. His upcoming plans include touring with the lovely Lorde this spring! This week's New Music Heaven features We We're Fire by Lo-Fang. Find your free download in your NATION email!
The Orwells are five guys from Chicago playing rock'n' roll music with an unmatched ragged intensity. Cousins Mario Cuomo (vocals) and Dominic Corso (guitar), twins Grant (bass) and Henry Brinner (drums), and Matt O’Keefe (guitar) have been playing together since 2009, when they were in 9th grade. The Orwells sound isn't just garage or punk, it comes from a deeper, different place that is both long forgotten and yet timeless. NPR called them a "thrilling, charismatic teen garage-rock band with infectious energy". Their Who Needs You EP was released in September. Producer Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio/Yeah Yeah Yeahs) helped produce the title track Who Needs You - it's this week's New Music Heaven!