Astari Nite Shares 'Engagement Ceremony'
 

Astari Nite Shares “Engagement Ceremony”

26 April 2016

Post Punk, Dark Wave band Astari Nite the single “Engagement Ceremony” yesterday. The track is the second to be released off their awaited upcoming album Until the End of the Moon, due out May 13th via German Label Dance Macabre Records.

“Engagement Ceremony are words that are frozen in time if you will. Questions and thoughts that were never said out loud,” says lead singer Mychael Ghost.

Astari Nite will tour the East Coast next month in support of Until the End of The Moon. The tour kicks off in their hometown, Miami, and will take them to New York,  Philadelphia, Virginia, Asheville, St. Petersburg, Orlando, among others.

 



Engagement Ceremony · Astari Nite
Until the End of the Moon

 

UNTIL THE END OF THE MOON – TOUR DATES 

May 18th- (Jacksonville, FL.) Astari Nite with special guests Ursula Ruffians at Jack Rabbits

May 20th – (Brooklyn, NY.) Astari Nite / Weep / Turbo Goth / Autodrone at The Gateway

May 21st- (Brooklyn, NY.) Dinowalrus / Heaven / Astari Nite / Baby Acid at SUNNYVALE

May 22nd- Astari Nite with E. Joseph and the Sparrows / Stellarcope / Hidden Lights @ KUNGFU NECKTIE

May 24th-  TBA

May 25th- (Charlotte, NC.) ASTARI NITE + ASTREA CORP + TENDERLASH + IIOIOIOII @ The Milestone

May 26th- (Grenville, SC.) Air Wolves w/ Astari Nite and People of Mars at The Radio Room

May 27th- (St.Petersburg, FL.) COMMUNION AFTER DARK presents ASTARI NITE with special guests GHOSTFEEDER & DJ MAUS at THE AMSTERDAM

May 28th- (Orlando, FL.) ASTARI NITE // Ars Phoenix // Ghostfeeder // DJ Nick M // DJ LAVIDICUS at Will’s Pub

 

Ra Ra Riot at Revolution Live
 

Ra Ra Riot at Revolution Live

26 April 2016 

New York 5-piece Ra Ra Riot will play a show at Revolution Live (Ft. Lauderdale) this Friday April 29 along with locals Jacuzzi Boys and Beach Day. Hot off the February release of their 4th full length album Need Your Light, Ra Ra Riot will make their South Florida stop as part of a current

Hot off the February release of their 4th full length album Need Your Light, Ra Ra Riot will make their South Florida stop as part of a current U.S. headline tour. Need Your Light featured many indie, feel good anthems such as singles  “Absolutely,” “Water,” and “Foreign Lovers,”

Much of Need You Light was produced by Ryan Hadlock (Vance Joy, Blonde Redhead) exempting both the title track and “Water” which were produced by Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend, Charli XCX, Carly Rae Jepsen), who has a long-time association with the band.

 

Augustines - 'Are We Alive?' Video
 

Augustines – “Are We Alive?” Video

26 April 2016 · 

The new album from anthemic rock trio, Augustines, is an urgent, resonant wakeup call, takingstock of where we are now and what the future holds… an open road ahead. The band’s revelatory debut single demands from its audience: Are we alive? Or are we just kidding ourselves?

Two questions that Augustines had swirling around their minds when they set off in the deep winter of 2015 to begin writing songs for their third album. Songs birthed from William McCarthy’s travels and times spent in Thai Town, Los Angeles; Dublin, Ireland; and Devon, England, as well as Eric Sanderson’s experiences rooting down in his Brooklyn studio near the waterfront. Much of it was projection – a flashback to one of the many faces seen on the road with the band, or on one of McCarthy’s many cross-country motorcycle pilgrimages. Putting himself in the shoes of those people and writing a way out of the blues. While the road does get lonely, he saw hope there as well. Everyone weaves in and out of being an outsider in their lifetime.



Augustines - Are We Alive
'This Is Your Life' that will be released on June 10th on CD, vinyl, digital download and to stream. It's available to pre-order now, and you'll be able to download 'Are We Alive?', ‘When Things Fall Apart’ when you pre-order from our store or iTunes.

 

Their third album sees Augustines experimenting and traveling down new roads. Drummer Rob Allen elaborates: “we wanted to spread our wings a little bit on this record. We had in the past flirted with samples and what-not, but never really on the percussive side. We had great fun messing and experimenting with older analog instruments like 808’s and 909’s as well as more modern instrumentation, like the Roland Spd-SX and Maschine. For me it’s clear. This record shows we’ve tried to grow as musicians and not stay in our comfort zone. To grow as people. To improve”

 

Ex Norwegian Live at Libertine
 

Ex Norwegian Live at Libertine

22 April 2016 · 
Miami Beach native recording artists Ex Norwegian return home this Friday to Libertine in support of their latest album, Pure Gold. Their impromptu tour catapulted with their cover of The Shirts “Tell Me Your Plans.”  

Ex Norwegian’s rendition of the original track and DIY video caught the attention of originator of the song and The Shirts member Artie Lamonica. Lamonica was so impressed with their version that he assisted the band in booking a show in New York City.  Soon after, the band had shows lined up in Tennessee, Illinois, and Washington. 

 



Ex Norwegian - On The Sidelines (Official Music Video)
Promotional film for "On The Sidelines" off the 'Pure Gold' album

 

The band’s chemistry and quirky sound can be directly related to the dynamic relationship and vocalizing trade-off of founding member Roger Houdaille and Michelle Grand. It’s almost as if you’re watching Donny and Marie Osmond. Yet, Houdaille has a knack for coupling original arrangements that captivate the listener to stay tuned, knowing the next hook or chorus hides just behind the peripheral.

“After not playing for a couple weeks, we look forward to playing new arrangements and just playing in general to our home-based Miami audience,” says Houdaille. When asked about their inaugural show at Libertine and expectations of the Miami music scene, Houdaille says: “We are excited to see more places (like Libertine) in Miami open up there stages to live bands and not always DJs.  There’s a great up-and-coming music scene in Miami.”

Playlist - SXSW Picks
 

Playlist – SXSW Picks

17 March 2016 · 
Everybody is talking about the awesome acts that are playing at SXSW this week …. This is definitely a great time of the year to discover new music and to dig deeper in what’s going on in the underground alternative music scene. Unfortunately, since there is a lot of information to share, there are many...
La Lluvia Negra
 

La Lluvia Negra

15 March 2016 
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Transatlantic Music Festival 2016
 

Transatlantic Music Festival 2016

11 March 2016 
This year’s Rhythm Foundation’s Transatlantic Music festival takes place on April 8th and 9th, exposing local audiences to an array of music from Miami-based artists such as Psychic Mirrors and Kazoots as well as more established global acts like Beirut and Troker.

The Festival’s opening night at Miami Beach’s North Beach Bandshell kicks off with Kazoots, Troker, and Beirut on Friday, April 8th. Beirut, Zack Condon’s solo project turned full fledged traveling ensemble, offers sounds of Balkan music and showcases some of his earlier influences of Jazz and Mariachi music while he attended Santa Fe High School in New Mexico. When asked about the chosen name for the band, Condon explains: “One of the reasons I named the band after that city was the fact that it’s seen a lot of conflict. It’s not a political position. I worried about that from the beginning. But it was such a catchy name…It’s still a good analogy for my music. I haven’t been to Beirut, but I imagine it as this chic urban city surrounded by the ancient Muslim world. The place where things collide.”  The Sextet instrumental Troker comes to Miami from our neighboring country, Mexico. They have described their biggest strength as “artist flexibility” and adapting to “Festivals of Jazz, Rock and World Music.” Haitian Miami natives Kazoots’ musical content “addresses social justice and pays homage to their roots and culture.”
On Saturday, April 9th, the festival proceeds with Sunset Raga, Chantil Dukart, Psychic Mirrors, and Emefe. Emefe’s musical uniqueness resembles “a cross between Fela Kuti and Prince, with vocals reminiscent of the Talking Heads’ candor and the Beach Boys’ lushness.” Lookout for “Miami boogie funk” soulful sensations Psychic Mirrors to bring us a masterful live performance.

WOMPS -  “Dreams on Demand”

WOMPS – “Dreams on Demand”

9 March 2016 

Nihilism and jaded optimism converge as Ewan Grant (guitar, vocals) and Owen Wicksted (drums, bass, synths) meet resulting in angst driven, melodic hook-heavy pop songs with garage sensibilities.

A hunger to be creatively honest in a country so hell-bent on condemning original ideas and self expression has driven WOMPS from working supermarket jobs to playing big stages in the short time since their formation. The band have already toured Europe, UK and the east coast of the US including performances at CMJ, London Calling and Radio One’s big weekend festivals.

Their debut LP Our Fertile Forever is set for release in June 10, 2016 on Displaced Records with plans of extensive US and UK tours, including appearances at SXSW and other summer festivals scheduled in support.

 

Kikagaku Moyo - 'Kogarashi'
 

Kikagaku Moyo – “Kogarashi”

4 March 2016 ·

Following their split 7” with Moon Duo late last year, Tokyo’s Kikagaku Moyo have announced details of their forthcoming new album House In The Tall Grass for release on May 13th via Guruguru Brain. The album’s fresh & elemental first single “Kogarashi” (the Autumn wind) is streaming online now & the band have announced a Spring UK tour.

“I came up with the melody and rhythm of Kogarashi, when I was about to fall asleep at the park” explains vocalist Tomo Katsurada. “It was a nice warm day in the Autumn to get stoned and pass out in the park. I remember I was surrounded by the multi-coloured dead leaves and felt warm when I woke up. But all of the sudden, Kogarashi (the Autumn wind) blew all of the leaves away. It was a beautiful and psychedelic Autumn moment.”

The Raveonettes – “Run Mascara Run”
 

The Raveonettes – “Run Mascara Run”

29 February 2016 ·ed

The Raveonettes share a brand new track entitled “Run Mascara Run.” The song is the second release from the duo’s Rave-Sound-Of-The-Month playlist where they’ll be uploading a freshly recorded track on the last Friday of every month until December. The ‘anti-album’ will feature a collection of new tracks that aren’t bound by the constraints of the format.  A 12-month ride, potentially schizophrenic and disjointed, potentially cohesive and related.

The Raveonettes also announced the start of a new Pledge Music Campaign where the first items to pledge for include CD and vinyl of the forthcoming new album with many more exciting things to be added over the coming months. Sign up for the Pledge Music Campaign at ‪http://radi.al/TheRaveonettesPledge .

Sune Rose Wagner said of ‘Run Mascara Run’, “…’Run Mascara Run’ was partly inspired by a trip to the Bronx in NY with my mentor Richard Gottehrer and the one and only Dion, of Dion And The Belmonts fame. I remember distinctly Dion telling fantastic stories of gang life, girl crushes and of course Doo Wop. Hip Hop of course has always been a huge influence on everything I do so for the first time I decided to add a spoken word, stream of consciousness, rap part to a Raves tune. The notion of girls going off to war, instead of men has been haunting me for quite some time, imagine if that was the case! Images of the War in the Pacific, California surfer boys grieving the loss of their girlfriends or wives, etc. What if bombs had fallen in George Lucas’ American Graffiti? This is quite a schizo tune! Rave On X…”

Watch the lyric video for “Run Mascara Run” .

 

Aguas Tonicas - Mi Nave
 

Aguas Tonicas – Mi Nave

26 February 2016
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A Conversation with Bluejay
 

A Conversation with Bluejay

19 February 2016
Interview by By Sarah Moody   Bluejay is so sweet, like candy rainforests of sound, melodies familiar yet fresh. We have the pleasure to experience this band mature, Miami, and my, please do not miss out on them. Bluejay is a three-piece band comprised of siblings Jay Thomas + JoJo Sunshine with Oscar Quesada. Each...