Astari Nite Shares “Engagement Ceremony”
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
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
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’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
La Lluvia Negra
Transatlantic Music Festival 2016
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”
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”
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 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” .