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  • The Church Presents: ‘A Weekend Crusade’ Sat June 16th and Sunday June 17th – Bush Hall, London W12. Following their opening night sell out performance at the 2018 Meltdown Festival at London’s Southbank Centre as part of Robert Smith’s selected line-up, Australian psychedelic rock giants The Church are holding Two Days of Church activity with [Read more...]

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  • Singer-songwriter Mickelson releases a resilient new single “No Such Luck,” off of his latest album, A Wondrous Life, out May 4. This track is an upbeat and whimsical tune that reminds the listener that it’s ok to laugh at yourself every now and then. Inspired by the Beatles’ “Martha My Dear”, it was the both the first song Mickelson recorded for the album, and the first time he recorded himself on piano. The track’s bounce and reverent, worn-in vocals provide company with a sense of perseverance and humbleness.

    Using a stark and, at times, uncomfortable humor, “No Such Luck” explains how we seem to bite off more than we can chew. “We tend to keep ourselves in a state of stress, many times by choice. We seem to take on more than we can comfortably handle, then blame ourselves for not doing it well enough.” Mickelson’s philosophical grit is displayed in the lyrics, “The longer road it makes you sweat, but the shorter road it makes you bleed,” offering the high road for the low believers. Incorporating Tom Waits-inspired narratives, Mickelson applies humor and pain to his honest songwriting. This is most evident in lines, “Don’t buy the trailer, if you can’t back it up. A little less muscle, a little more soul.”

    About Mickelson:

    Mickelson has performed at the top venues including The Fillmore, Great American Music Hall, and World Cafe Live. He has opened for acts including: David Bromberg, Nick Lowe, and Dr. John and appears in numerous publications including NPR, Huffington Post, CBS Morning Show, and Alternative Press Magazine. His upcoming album, A Wondrous Life, is due out in May.

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  • It can often be overwhelming when you’re build a press list for your band. How do you know if the blog will cover you? Why aren’t they covering you? What are they looking for?

    Take a look at the seven common themes below to see if you’re setting up your band for music blog coverage.

    1. Level of Band Covered

    Is your band at a level the blog will consider coverage. If you’re struggling to push past the 1k follower mark on Facebook and you want the bigger blogs to cover you, you need to first take a look and see if that’s even in the realm of possibility. For instance, Consequence of Sound ends up on a lot of band goal lists we see, but the truth is that most of what they are featuring are indie established, established and celebrity acts. The chances of them covering a band without any real following is pretty slim, since their focus is not on breaking unknown bands or helping their readers discover new music.

    2. Genre

    Is your band even the right genre for the blog? It’s common to put a lot of great blogs on a wish list because they’ve heard they are influential, without even looking at the blog to determine if their genre would be considered. For instance, The Fader isn’t going to consider an Americana band when their focus is on hip hop and electronic. On the same token, No Depression wouldn’t start covering hip hop when they’re known for Americana, folk and roots music.

    3. Timeliness

    This is the #1 news factor when a blog is determining coverage. I’ve noticed a trend with bands lately where they release an album and then a few months later come to us asking to publicize the release. Unless we set up a re-release, which we do sparingly, it’s already too late. Media is inundated with new and timely releases that are being released in the future or right now, so being pitched on an old release will be the quickest way for them to eliminate your band from the pile.

    4. Impact

    How can you show impact with a music blog? Think about your accomplishments. It could be that you’ve played with more established bands, your album is being released on a label, or you’ve worked with a well known producer. What are things about your band that would make them stand up and say wow?

    5. Proximity

    Does the band’s location determine whether you’ll be supported? For instance, a lot of weeklies have local columns. Although Seattle radio station, KEXP focuses primarily on signed bands for airplay, they will often support local Seattle bands who are unknown since the local community is important to them. Garden & Gun focused on Americana bands in the Southeast and will not consider a band outside of that region.

    6. Celebrity

    Is there a celebrity involved in the project? There can be a lot of degrees to this. One outlet may not cover anyone less than Lady Gaga, whereas another could look at a band like Swedish band, Radio Dept as high profile enough to garner coverage if involvement is mentioned in a pitch. (If you don’t know who they are, that proves my point in determining if you’d be considered). Some will look at your cover song of a celebrity as a reason to consider coverage.

    7. Human Interest

    Bands often come to us thinking they have a great story that no journalist would refuse. The truth is that, timeliness and impact will often trump a human interest story because by and large a journalist wants to determine the human interest angle. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell the story, because a good story can influence coverage. It does mean you should make sure you have timeliness and impact down first.

    8. Conflict

    This should be used sparingly and overall I’m against it, unless you're making a statement for the greater good. This could be about gun reform, MeToo, and the Times Up movements. This is obviously controversial, but for the most part music blogs are more progressive so they'll be interested in helping advocate for these issues.

    Green Light Go: Head on over to your favorite blog and make a list of which of the seven elements they cover.

    Sharing is Caring: Know someone struggling to get music blogs to pay attention? Send them this article.

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    Tour announcement: Canshaker Pi
    Tour dates: May 2018
    More info: Band website

    Canshaker Pi have released their new video for 'Put A Record Out' which Dork described as 'raucous' and have also announced their 'Naughty Naughty Violence' tour for this May, including a show at The Old Blue Last in addition to their previously announced set at The Great Escape. 

    Full May tour dates
    04 Skatecafe / Amsterdam (NL)
    09 King Tuts Wah Wah Hut / Glasgow (UK)
    10 Underground / Newcastle (UK)
    11 The Old Blue Last / London (UK)
    12 FOCUS Wales / Wrexham (UK)
    13 Lending Room / Leeds (UK)
    14 Southbank Social Club / York (UK)
    15 The Adelphi / Hull (UK)
    16 Jimmy’s / Manchester (UK)
    18-19 The Great Escape / Brighton (UK)
    21 Espace B / Paris (FR)
    22 The Message / Troyes (FR)

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    Album release: 'The Delicate Balance Of Terror' by Run Logan Run
    Release date: 4 May 2018
    Label: Weizenbaum
    More info: Band website

    Bristol duo Run Logan Run are a head on collision of pounding tribal drums and screaming guttural saxophone. Formed through a shared passion for improvisation, spiritual jazz and heavier experimental music, the duo has been authoring their own narrative in the new wave of crossover jazz, whilst touring the UK extensively, sharing stages with the likes of Colin Stetson, Melt Yourself Down, Shabaka Hutchings, Sarathy Korwar and Hieroglyphic Being. Now, having released an EP, live cassette and limited-edition lathe cut 7”, they are set to release their debut album ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’.

    Their set-up is seemingly straightforward, composed of a drum kit and saxophone, ran through a modest collection of carefully selected effects pedals before being fed into guitar and bass amps simultaneously. However, the result is two musicians who are constantly finding new ways to push the boundaries of the duo format, whilst instilling originality at every opportunity. Run Logan Run’s influences are greatly varied across the new album, to the point that tracing the origin of the duo’s overall sound is futile. At any one time ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ can call to mind the likes of Pharoah Sanders, Can, Lightning Bolt, Sun Ra, Polar Bear, Boris, The Comet Is Coming and even A.R.E Project. However, despite the familiarity that resonates from their multifarious inspirations, their sound remains entirely inimitable.

    Architects of intense contrast the duo’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with fragility and raw power. ‘The Delicate Balance Of Terror’ is filled with contemplative deep jazz moments lodged in cyclic hypnotic trances, which are pushed to their very limits by ruthless drum sections. Elsewhere, the saxophone takes an altogether more audacious approach with a carpet bomb of FX driven monolithic slabs of bass, employing circular breathing, heavy delay and pitch shifting. Strewn throughout this are junctures of attenuation where they play with fragmented rhythms, and smatterings of delicate free jazz melodies.

    The new album was recorded live at Stoke Newington’s Total Refreshment Centre, which has been, and continues to be, a prominent platform for promoting, recording and releasing some of the best new talent from the British underground. It was also produced by the estimable Danalogue & Betamax of The Comet Is Coming, instilling further idiosyncratic dynamics into Run Logan Run’s already distinctive sound.

    Future-facing and fascinating, Run Logan Run are fast becoming a solid feature in the UK’s rising jazz firmament. Having already played a number shows this year supporting the likes of Yazz Ahmed and Thought Forms, Run Logan Run will also be embarking on another full UK tour in spring 2018.

    Press reaction to date

    "Just two people, their frenetic approach to improvisation could loosely be termed jazz, but it also borrows from dirty electronics and heavier aspects of rock music." – Clash

    "These chaps are the new generation of a heralded lineage of trained musicians forging their own unique style, akin to Polar Bear or Sons of Kemet." – Danalogue the Conqueror (The Comet Is Coming)

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  • Cosmos Sunshine

    Paul Corsi

    Cosmos Sunshine is a child of the ‘70s. And, yes, that is his real name... Born Cosmos Sunshine Heidtmann in July of 1972 and raised off the grid on a small homestead farm on the banks of the Connecticut River, music was major feature in his young life.

    Within a year of his birth, his parents took him to the legendary festival at Watkins Glen,
    featuring The Allman Brothers Band, The Grateful Dead and The Band. Many more concert experiences would follow and he spent most of his childhood getting lost in the woods and surrounded by a multitude of colorful characters. However, it was the tragic murder of John Lennon that changed everything for Cosmos. It showed him the power of words and music and the connection shared by people with great ideals. It was the moment when his destiny was written and he became consumed by the music. He only needed to find his instrument... As a young man of fourteen, he began playing guitar. By fifteen he was writing his own material and playing professionally; performing in as many bars, clubs & high school auditoriums as would have him.

    After a brief stint at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Cosmos moved to New York City
    and began his tenure as lead guitarist, songwriter and bandleader for the 1990's
    Juggernauts, Cherokee Sex Workshop and Walkinbird. The latter’s eponymous debut album was produced by the legendary Warren Haynes, who became a mentor to Cosmos,
    teaching him the ways of songwriting, studio production and guitar wizardry. Those were
    important lessons, which still serve him today. Since that time he has been an active solo performer and the front man for Cosmos Sunshine & the Butterfly Effect, Los Lotharios, The Cosmos Sunshine Band and Dan Patch.

    In total, he has amassed a discography of five full length albums and four EPs and has
    played some of the best venues in New York City (Brooklyn Bowl, Irving Plaza, Joe's Pub, CBGB, The Knitting Factory, (le) Poisson Rouge, The Wetlands Preserve, The Nightingale Bar) and toured nationally (opening for such greats as Gov't Mule, Blues Traveler, The Spin Doctors, Johnny Winter, Lenny Kravitz and many, many more).
    In 2018 Cosmos Sunshine was inducted in to the Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame and plans to
    release his fifth full length album, Comes with the Fall at the end of May. Cosmos Sunshine continues to follow the muse, wherever it may lead....

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  • In the first article of this series, “Are You Assaulting Your Fans on Social Media?” I discussed how to engage people who haven’t heard of you and then turn them into a fan. In this article, we’re going to take the engaged fan to the next level so they are purchasing what you’re selling.

    Let’s stick with the fan we discussed in part one, Animal Collective loving June. June’s been digging that great Spotify workout playlist you created, the free download of the song you gave her, and just used the 50% off coupon to buy your t-shirt. These are all marketing initiatives that may not translate to a profit for your band, but are intended to make a long time fan who will purchase your music and merchandise in the future.

    Next you want to look at how you can continue to create excitement for the fan as she continues to purchase your music, merchandise, or concert tickets.



    Once the fan has made that small purchase, you want to continue to create excitement. This could be something as simple as including a handwritten thank you with the t-shirt June purchased. It could also be adding stickers to the package, a new discount code or coupon for a future purchase, or creating some inventive packaging consistent with your band’s brand.  You could also send a follow up email asking if she received everything ok.

    If you have a fan who posted a picture of your product on social media, whether it be a t-shirt or vinyl, make sure to reply or repost thanking her specifically for the support.

    Core offer

    Your core offer is the main product you plan to sell. This could be vinyl of your new album, a hoodie, or perhaps tickets to a record release show. Whatever it is, everything you’ve done so far should lead the fan to this point of purchase.

    In the case of June, our core offer is a brand new hoodie. Since we know June’s been working out to the Spotify playlist we created, we could send out a marketing email to remind of the playlist and encourage the purchase of the hoodie for those early morning workouts. And to increase the chances of her purchasing the hoodie, we could offer a limited time sale or discount when she purchases within a certain time frame. If you really want to take it up a notch, you could make the assumption that June is training to run a popular race and would love to have that hoodie when she’s standing outside in the crisp early morning air.

    Just like the excitement stage, you should take the time to thank June for purchasing the hoodie by sending a follow up thank you email or including another thank you card.


    There are some other ways you can enhance the purchase or take a fan to the next level where they serve as an advocate for your band. An easy way to do this is to accelerate what you’re selling. In this fast paced society, people rarely take the time to think things through and plan in advance. We want it now. You could play into that desire by including free overnight shipping when a certain amount is purchased from your website. (Hint: At this stage, you should make sure whatever discount you give is still profitable for the sale).


    Next you could look at creating fan loyalty through automation. This could be done by creating a membership platform where fans pay a monthly fee to receive exclusive content and experiences with your band. Patreon is a great platform to help facilitate the process.


    You can create access in a variety of ways. Perhaps you play a house show for your subscribers. Or you could create a Facebook group where you engage with fans directly and give them music that isn’t yet released. The key is making sure you are giving them access to something that sets them apart from the people who haven’t yet supported them.

    These are all ways you can take existing fans through the purchase process. Notice I said existing fans. You shouldn’t be targeting fans who haven’t yet supported you because it will come off like you’re only interested in taking their money without little interest in how your music and merchandise can benefit them. And that will only keep you asking yourself, “Why aren’t fans buying my music?


    Want to know if your band is media friendly? Get access to our media audit checklist to ensure that your media presence is a good match for your music and will help elevate your appeal to music outlets. 

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  • The Fader premieres debut single from Germany’s Phosphenes today, saying “This German rock group could’ve soundtracked your favorite teen movie.” “Girls Trip” comes from the band’s debut album, Find Us Where We’re Hiding, due out the 25th of May.

    Click here to see the full post and video!

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  • For The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack flew to one another’s cities – she in Durham, North Carolina, he in Marfa, Texas – for a week or so at a time, hunkering in home studios to sort through and combine their separate song sketches. These shorter stints together produced less second-guessing and hesitation in their process, yielding an unabashed and unapologetic Wye Oak.
    They discarded past rules about how to write a record, instead funneling all those experiences and experiments into perfectly unified statements.  The result is the biggest, broadest, boldest music Wye Oak has ever made. Louder pursues a litany of modern malaises, each of its dozen tracks diligently addressing a new conflict and pinning it against walls of sound, with the song’s subject and shape inextricably and ingeniously linked. It arrives at a time of immense doubt, when our personal problems are infinitely compounded by a world that seems in existential peril. But these songs answer the challenge by radiating self-reflection and resolve, wielding hooks and musical intricacy as a shield against the madness of the moment.
    The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs contains the biggest, broadest, boldest music Wye Oak have ever made, and today, the duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack provide a song that exemplifies the band at their most enlightened.
    The title track of The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs - the triumphant fifth album by Wye Oak – is a coil of anxiety and exuberance, its verses and chorus sweeping into cascades of magnetic harmony. By the time the song ends, it has bloomed into an undeniable pop anthem, a spell to be shouted against the ills of our world. Press play for proof!
    During the intoxicating “It Was Not Natural,” a weary walk through the woods unearths a discarded antler, a talisman that provokes deep questions about our work lives, social codes, and romantic mores. The music – a sophisticated tessellation of pounded piano and loping bass, scattered drums and chirping synthesizer – is as complex and ponderous as the issues themselves. “It Was Not Natural” is Wye Oak at their most sophisticated, navigating life’s difficulties with the nuance and power they demand.
    Jenn Wasner offers the following: “This is a story about finding an object of uncertain origin whilst walking through the woods. Or, if you’d rather: it’s about exploring the space between the things that we are socialized to believe about ourselves, and the actual truth of our nature – learning how to push the limits of the systems we’ve put in place to help ourselves make sense of chaos.”

    01  (tuning)
    02  The Instrument
    03  The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs 
    04  Lifer
    05  It Was Not Natural
    06  Symmetry
    07  My Signal
    08  Say Hello
    09  Over and Over
    10  You of All People
    11  Join
    12  I Know It’s Real

    Artist Photos | Album Cover | Bio | Credits

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  • TRACYANNE & DANNY! New Album Out 25th May (Merge Records)

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    Fans of Scottish indie rock know Tracyanne Campbell from her time spent writing and singing songs for Camera Obscura, the charming group whose five LPs to date carry on the tradition of chiming Scottish pop. And anyone who loves beautifully melancholy acts like The Smiths and Lloyd Cole should already be aware of Crybaby, the masterfully crafted, eponymous 2012 album recorded by Bristol singer-songwriter Danny Coughlan.

    The lyrics on the tight, ten-song Tracyanne & Danny, the duo’s self-titled debut record, draw from deep within their own experiences, from Campbell’s steel-guitar-accented “Alabama,” a reflection on the life of her late friend and bandmate Carey Lander (“It was important to make it sound joyous,” she says), to Coughlan’s peppy “Cellophane Girl,” a song about his adolescent infatuation with a co-worker at a plastics factory. Inspired by a variety of artists including Serge Gainsbourg, The Style Council, Lou Reed, The Roches, and Dion, Tracyanne & Danny is vibrant, melodic, musical, and at times, even murdery.

    Today, Tracyanne & Danny share “Home & Dry,” the album’s opening track. “It’s about the movement of time, the inevitability of things not staying the same,” says Tracyanne of the song. “Just when you think things are sorted and ok, something changes and they no longer are.”

    Listen to 'Home & Dry'

    01. Home & Dry
    02. It Can’t Be Love Unless It Hurts 
    03. Deep In The Night 
    04. Alabama 
    05. Jacqueline 
    06. 2006 
    07. The Honeymooners 
    08. Anybody Else 
    09. Cellophane Girl 
    10. O’Keefe

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