Lavender Diamond – Light My Way

Lavender Diamond’s new single “Light My Way” could be described as what happens when you make dreamy electronic pop for adults who also like folk music.

Frontwoman Becky Stark is often compared to Linda Ronstadt and Karen Carpenter, but her music, over time, has become less and less “retro.”

Her voice is reminiscent of those artists, but a more apt comparison is Vashti Bunyan. Her voice has a similar airiness to it, and a similar edge to it that suggests an awareness of the stark reality under all the preciousness. She sounds less quirky and fey than many comparable singers, and she gives you the impression that she’s doing it all effortlessly.

On “Light My Way,” her thin vocals are mixed with a heavy and clear-sounding electronic arrangement. The contrast shouldn’t work, but it does. David Fridmann’s production sounds cleaner than you might expect from the man who showed MGMT how to use distortion, but he manages to make bassy blips sound organic and trebly twinkles sound strident in a way that serves the song very well.

Laura Davis’ music video features Stark dancing in a California industrial park. It doesn’t look like a typical California scene- there are no city lights or desert mountains. It looks a bit more like a Brooklyn-made music videos, many of which also often feature industrial landscapes and dance recitals by lonely girls in dresses. But it looks nothing like a Brooklyn video; the night sky in New York never has that hue, and the cute girl hopping around alone in this video looks neither painfully shy nor manic. Stark looks as comfortable with her image as she is with her idiosyncratic sound.

 

As of today’s date, Lavender Diamond do not have any scheduled shows in New York, but touring info can be found on Lavender Diamond’s website.

 

December Tour Dates

12/11 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA

12/13 – The Sunset – Seattle, WA

12/14 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

2012, New York

Rolling Stones to Reunite with Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor for O2 Shows | New York Music News

According to the UK’s Guardian, the Rolling Stones are set to reunite with two long-estranged original members next week in honor of the band’s 50th anniversary.

The band will play with original bassist Bill Wyman as well as guitarist Mick Taylor, who played lead on the classic albums “Let It Bleed,” “Sticky Fingers,” and “Exile on Main Street.” Both members have been very missed by Stones fans.

This will be the first time Wyman has played with the band since his 27-year stint ended in 1989, and Taylor’s first time since his six-year sting ended in 1975.

The two are set to play with the Stones at London’s O2 arena next week, on the 25th and 29th of November.

Tickets will be sold at APS prices- above people’s salaries.

 

2012, New York

Norah Jones Tour Dates and Black Friday Exclusive | New York Music News

Norah Jones Tour Dates and Black Friday Exclusive

PRESS RELEASE: As 2012 heads into the holiday season, Norah Jones is keeping busy in the last weeks of what has been a standout year for the nine-time Grammy Award winning singer, having released what SPIN magazine called “the second essential record of Norah Jones’ career” with the Danger Mouse-produced Little Broken Hearts. CBS Sunday Morning recently aired a profile of Norah chronicling the remarkable 10 years of her career since she released her debut album.

Norah’s rendition of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” is currently the free Holiday Single of the Week on the iTunes Music Store. Norah will also be celebrating Record Store Day on Black Friday by releasing a limited edition 10” vinyl exclusive featuring four remixes by TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek of tracks from Little Broken Hearts (“Good Morning,” “She’s 22,” “Take It Back,” and “After The Fall”). Visit www.recordstoreday.com for a list of participating stores. Visit Stereogum for an exclusive first listen to two of the remixes ahead of their release on November 23.

Norah is also featured on several tracks on the soundtrack album for Universal Pictures’ new comedy This Is 40 from writer/director Judd Apatow, which will be released on December 11 on Capitol Records. Jones is backed by the Punch Brothers on one new song of her own, “Always Judging,” which was produced by Jon Brion. She also sings backing vocals for Lindsey Buckingham (“Brother & Sister”) and Wilco on a newly recorded version of their classic “I Got You (“At The End Of The Century).”

December 11 will also see the DVD release of Seth McFarlane’s blockbuster comedy Ted starring Mark Wahlberg, which features Norah in a cameo on-screen role playing herself, and also performing the movie’s theme song “Everybody Needs A Best Friend.” Jones and McFarlane were paired on a recent episode of the Sundance Channel’s ICONOCLASTS.

Looking ahead into 2013, Norah will be returning to the legendary PBS show Austin City Limits for the third time with a feature episode airing on January 19. Norah will also be participating in The New York Times’ popular interview series TimesTalks doing an on-stage conversation in New York City with music critic Jon Pareles on January 29.

Norah will also continue her extensive worldwide tour into 2013. Following a run of South American dates in December, Norah will embark upon an Australian tour in February, and will give her first ever live performances in India in March. See below for a full list of confirmed tour dates or visit www.norahjones.com for ticketing details.

NORAH JONES – 2012-2013 TOUR DATES:
November 30 – Metro Parque – Bogota, Columbia
December 2 – CC Maria Angola – Lima, Peru
December 4 – Movistar Arena – Santiago, Chile
December 7 – Teatro de Verano – Montevideo, Uruguay
December 8 – Luna Park – Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 9 – Luna Park – Buenos Aires, Argentina
December 12 – Teatro Araujo Vianna – Porto Alegre, Brazil
December 15 – Via Funchal – Sao Paulo, Brazil
December 16 – Vivo Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
February 15 – State Theatre – Sydney, Australia
February 16 – State Theatre – Sydney, Australia
February 17 – State Theatre – Sydney, Australia
February 19 – Brisbane Convention Centre – Brisbane, Australia
February 21 – The Plenary – Melbourne, Australia
February 22 – Festival Theatre – Adelaide, Australia
February 24 – Riverside Theatre – Perth, Australia
March 3 – Summer’s Day Festival – Mumbai, India
March 5 – New Delhi, India
March 8 – Bangalore, India

 

2012, New York

ON AN ON Release New Song and New Your Dates | New York Music News


ON AN ON released “The Hunter” from their album Give In which comes out on January 29, 2013. This is the second song they have released from their upcoming album. If you missed the first song, “Ghosts”,  it is reccomended that you watch this video below.

 

2012, New York

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GOLD FIELDS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM BLACK SUN ON FEBRUARY 26th, 2013 | New York Music News

 

GOLD FIELDS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM BLACK SUN ON FEBRUARY 26th, 2013

 

Brand New Tour Dates as Special Guests of St. Lucia

 

Brand New Single “DARK AGAIN“ Out Now

 

 (New York, NY – November 19, 2012) – Praised by The New York Times for their “tuneful pop approachability,” Australia’s Gold Fields are proud to announce the highly-anticipated release of their debut album, Black Sun on February 26th, 2013 (view the album trailer here).  Not only is their brand new single, “Dark Again” (which recently premiered onRollingstone.com) receiving early airplay around the country, the band just wrapped up U.S. tour as special guests of Canadian glam-pop artist Diamond Rings, which will be followed by a tour with Brooklyn-based electro artists, St. Lucia.

 

The quintet- which includes Mark Robert Fuller (vocals), Vin Andanar (guitar/vocals), Rob Clifton (keys/percussion), Ryan D’Sylva (drums) and Luke Peldys (bass) were declared by The Huffington Post as “…one of the most impressive bands you will ever experience.” Gold Fields proved this well-earned title by blowing away audiences at various festivals across the U.S. during the past month including CMJFilter Culture Collide Festival in LA and Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin.

 

The journey of their debut album Black Sun began in the summer of 2011, when they decamped to Los Angeles and spent six weeks working with producer Mickey Petralia (Flight of the Conchords, Ladytron, Peaches). “We weren’t about to say no to that opportunity,” insists guitar player Vin Andanar. It had a profound effect on the shape of their music, too. “We stepped up our songwriting, and learned to not clutter up the songs too much.”

 

Upon returning home, the five-piece retreated to a remote manor on a farm and continued writing more songs, which they subsequently recorded with manager Scott Horscroft (The Presets, Sleepy Jackson, Silverchair) in the producer’s chair.

However, after learning a lot from both Horscroft and Petralia, Gold Fields decided to re-record and produce the whole album themselves in Mark’s parents garage in Ballarat.

 

Though Gold Fields’ music defies pigeonholing, a musical through-line unifies the  album’s eleven originals, from the sharp slap of opener “Meet My Friends,” its buzzing keyboards and wordless vocal hook culminating in an indelible chorus, to the kinetic energy that animates the eerie closer “Anxiety.” Polychromatic percussion, interwoven vocals, and a juxtaposition of light and shadow distinguish the Gold Fields sound.

 

“”Dark Again,” a shuffling cut with a thick bassline and massive chorus.”

Rollingstone.com

 

“…razor-sharp pop sensibilities”

CMJ

 

“Gold Fields, an Australian band, brought tuneful pop approachability to the kind of dance rock that appeared in the 1980s, revving it up with buoyant Caribbean syncopations.” –The New York Times

 

Listen to the single “Dark Again” here.

 

Gold Fields Live Dates

11/21 San Francisco, CA      Rickshaw Stop

11/26 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep

11/27 Denver, CO                 Larimer Lounge

11/29 Kansas City, MO         Czar Bar

11/30 Chicago, IL                 Twas The Night Before

12/4   New York, NY            Webster Hall**

12/6   Philadelphia, PA        The Barbary*

12/7   Cambridge, MA          The Middle East*

12/8   Brooklyn, NY             Music Hall of Williamsburg*

12/10 Montreal QC               Divan*

12/11 Toronto, ON               The Drake*

12/13 Washington, D.C.       U Street Music Hall*

 

2012, New York Music News

 

Chromeo To Turn The Meatpacking District Into An Outdoor Nightclub To Celebrate World Aids Day | New York Music News


 RELEASE:
19th November 2012 – NEW YORK: Belvedere Vodka, the world’s first super premium vodka will be taking over Manhattan’s Meatpacking district with an extraordinary art installation in support of (RED)TM and World AIDS Day.
This holiday season, Belvedere Vod
ka will be transforming the district into an interactive art experience and outdoor nightclub featuring a live, spectacular light show that will illuminate the area in red, 20ft white neon trees and a one-night-only DJ performance from electrofunk DJ duo Chromeo. (BELVEDERE)RED Night Lights has been developed by Belvedere Vodka to help raise awareness around the beginning of the end of AIDS – meaning the virtual elimination of the HIV virus from mothers to their babies and the first AIDS-free generation born by 2015.
New Yorkers, modern art aficionados and music fans will descend on Gansevoort Plaza to be immersed in music and light from every direction whilst watching Chromeo play in a free, outdoor nightclub in the heart of the city as a tribute to (RED)TM. The arched, lit trees that are the centerpiece of the electronic take-over of the meatpacking district, have been developed using the latest parametric designs from Loop, the team behind art collections showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) NYC and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
The event will also see the unveiling of a 250 liter (BELVEDERE)RED bottle whose red metallic design will tower over the revelers but not cloud the light show. Belvedere’s iconic white trees will remain lit in Gansevoort Square until 1st December 2012 (World AIDS Day)
In winter 2011, Belvedere Vodka partnered with (RED) to launch a BELVEDERE (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition bottle to raise proceeds for the Global FundT – among the world’s leading financiers of programs to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa. 50% of Belvedere’s profits from the global sale of (BELVEDERE)RED will contribute to the Global Fund. In 2011 alone, contributions from the sales of (BELVEDERE)RED provided more than two million days of life-saving HIV/AIDS medicine.
Charles Gibb, President of Belvedere Vodka, says, “Our passion for philanthropy led to the creation of Belvedere (PRODUCT)RED last year and our commitment to helping (RED) achieve the first AIDS-free generation by 2015 has not waivered since. We’re really excited about putting this event together and telling the world that we, collectively as a global community, can put an end to mother-to-child transmission of this deadly disease with their support. There’s no better time to share this message than on World AIDS Day.’

2012, New York

Rush Midnight Follows W.A.F.F.L.E. Crew Break Dancers Around NYC Subway In New ‘Crush’ Video | New York Music News

 

Rush Midnight the solo project of Russ Manning,  released the video for his second single ‘Crush.’ ‘Crush’ was premiered with Rolling Stone and is taken from his debut +1 EP, out now via Cascine. Rush Midnight will perform in Los Angeles tonight at KCRW’s ‘School Night‘ at Bardot and on December 15th in Brooklyn at Glasslands.

The video for ‘Crush’ was directed by Julia Pasternak and takes an inside look at New York City break dancers in the subway. The dancers in the video are called the W.A.F.F.L.E. crew (We Are Family For Life Entertainment).Manning explains, “I’ve always been fascinated by movies that capture specific eras of the New York subways; Jacob’s Ladder and The Warriors are great examples. I woke up one day in July and decided I was going to find the best subway dance crew. Julia (director) and I rode the Q train and after one hour we met a dancer named Drew Saunders, aka Goofy. He and I discussed my vision and the rest fell into place… One week later we shot a day in the life of the W.A.F.F.L.E. crew.”

Rush Midnight Tour Dates 
11/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Bardot (It’s a School Night)
12/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands w/ Lemonade

2012, New York

Mean Creek’s new single floats on a nice river of fuzz | New York Music News

This review for Mean Creek’s single, “Come On, Before It’s Gone,” will be the first music I’ve ever reviewed on any type of official forum. So lucky for them, I like it. Because I have a seven week old baby at home and don’t have time for shitty music.

It starts nice and fuzzy with harmonies kicking in that sound like mint chocolate chip ice cream to the ears – sweet and cool. Mean Creek sounds similar to Yuck, what with the bendy string notes. But that’s okay, because I happen to like Yuck. I could describe both bands as 90’s alternative revival, and that’s cool

The term “shoegaze” comes to mind. But despite the distortion and ambience, this song feels shiny due to the positive slant of the chorus. Sorta like you’re gazing down at a new pair of chucks that you wish had a little more dirt on them. Still pretty comfy, though.

 

2012, New York

 

 

 

Morrissey Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates | New York Music News

Morrissey Announces Rescheduled Tour Dates
Including Additional Cities

 
His stage banter is bizarre and sardonic and exactly what you’d expect. His band is top-notch. Above all, it’s rare these days to see a hyper-literate artist succeed as an over-the-top entertainer. – Billboard
 
NEW YORK – November 12, 2012 – After nine shows in the Northeast this fall, Morrissey will continue his North American tour beginning in Greenvale, NY on January 9th and ending in Portland, OR on March 8th. The 32-city tour includes a date at the Staples Center with special guests Patti Smith and her band, as well as his first appearance at Brooklyn Academy of Music. As always, Morrissey will perform greatest hits from his legendary catalog as well as new unreleased songs. Tickets for the rescheduled dates will go on sale today while new shows will go on sale this Friday, November 16th. Consult your local ticket outlet for more information.  Any dates not rescheduled have been omitted due to lack of venue availability.
Morrissey is recognized as one of the most prominent artists of his generation and is an idol for people around the world. Pitchfork has called him “one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last twenty years.” Morrissey’s influence can be seen and felt throughout the music of countless artists who have noted him as their inspiration.
Morrissey 2013 North American Tour Dates
1/9 Greenvale, NY @ Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
1/11 Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Academy of Music
1/12 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues Atlantic City
1/16 North Bethesda, MD @ Strathmore
1/18 Reading, PA @ Sovereign Performing Arts Center
1/19 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
1/21 Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
1/22 Columbus. OH @ LC Indoor Pavilion
1/24 Flint, MI @ Whiting Auditorium
1/25 Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
1/26 Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
1/28 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
1/29 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2/2 Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
2/5 Clear Lake, IA @ Surf Ballroom
2/6 Lincoln, NE @ Rococo Theatre
2/9 Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
2/10 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
2/12 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
2/13 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
2/15 Pharr, TX @ Pharr Events Center
2/16 Beaumont, TX @ Jefferson Theater
2/18 Dallas, TX @ Palladium
2/21 Denver, CO @ Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre
2/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kingsbury Hall
2/24 San Francisco, CA @ Davies Symphony Hall
3/1 Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center**
3/2 Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Rose Ballroom
3/4 Davis, CA @ Robert Mondavi Center at UC Davis
3/6 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
3/8 Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
2012, New York