23 January 2015

Matchstickmen Stand up to Bullying with charity single

Matchstickmen Stand up to Bullying charity single

Matchstickmen Stand up to Bullying with charity single

To coincide with International STAND UP to Bullying Day on Friday 27th February 2015, Liverpool band Matchstickmen are releasing their brand new single, ‘For No Reason' via MainLine Records/Code 7 Distribution.

International STAND UP to Bullying Day takes place across schools, workplaces, and organizations in 25 countries across the globe. A percentage of the proceeds from ‘For No Reason’ are being donated to The Cybersmile Foundation, a multi award-winning anti-cyberbullying non-profit organization committed to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns. Founded in 2010 by the parents of children directly affected by cyberbullying, Cybersmile has grown to become the world leading resource in combatting cyberbullying.

Lewis Wright, Matchstickmen’s lead vocalist and main lyricist, spoke about how he was personally affected by cyberbullying: “The subject matter of ‘For No Reason’ is about someone close to me being bullied and not being able to escape it because of the rise of social media and cyber-bullying. We wanted to bring the issue to people’s attention because it seems so much harder for kids now to when we were growing up.” He added “We are so pleased to be working with The Cybersmile Foundation as they are committed to helping everyone realise their true potential by supporting those that are bullied online. Each person that buys the new single joins them in helping prepare this and future generations for a safe and positive digital future.” 

‘For No Reason’ is the first single from the bands upcoming second album – ‘From Our Own Ashes.’ The album has been recorded at Castle Rock Studios; a brand new facility-encompassing Recording and Rehearsal studios set in a 2-acre location close to Wilmslow, Cheshire.  

Matchstickmen will be performing a headline show at The KrazyHouse nightclub in Liverpool on the day of release to launch the new single. Limited FREE* passes are available NOW for the event from Matchstickmen’s website store:

‘For No Reason’ from Matchstickmen will be available to buy from a variety of digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon, available for pre-order at the end of January 2015.

The Cybersmile Foundation support services are available to help enable victims and their families to regain control of their lives.

Helpline: 0800 783 1113
@CybersmileHQ / @AskCybersmile

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds New Album Chasing Yesterday Out March 3rd

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds New Album Chasing Yesterday
Credit: Lawrence Watson

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds New Album Chasing Yesterday Out March 3rd

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will release their second album entitled Chasing Yesterday on March 3rd via Sour Mash Records. The album will be available on CD, Deluxe CD, vinyl, and digitally and can be pre-ordered on Noel's website, iTunes, and Amazon. See the video BELOW to hear the Johnny Mar assisted track "Ballad Of The Mighty I" and the albums single  "In The Heat Of The Moment."

Chasing Yesterday marks a new chapter and sound for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. It's the first album to be produced as well as written by Noel and features a much broader array of instrumentation than ever before; the result is a rich, expansive and multi-layered record, drawing from a range of disparate influences - from west coast rock to classic rock'n'roll and even some space jazz (!) - whilst still being very obviously a completely cohesive body of work. On producing the album, Noel said:

"It was a major pain in the arse. It's not that I've ever had people telling me what to write or what direction to go in, but managing sessions from one end of the week to the other proved extremely difficult. I had all these people looking at me and saying: 'right, what are we doing today?' I was making the whole thing up as I went along."

Earlier this week Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds announced their return to North America with tour dates kicking off on May 3rd in Toronto and continuing through to their June 7th date at Governor's Ball in New York City. Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, January 23 with an exclusive fan pre-sale on January 21 on Noel's website.  Tickets can be purchased at HERE where fans will also have the option of adding on the Deluxe CD or Deluxe Vinyl of Chasing Yesterday (out March 3) to their purchase which has 4 additional bonus tracks including live favorite, "Freaky Teeth" and a remix of new single "In The Heat Of The Moment." See below for a complete list of upcoming dates.  

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds North American Tour Dates:
May 3rd    Toronto, ON  @  Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
May 10th  New Orleans, LA  @  Civic Theatre
May 13th  Houston, TX  @  House of Blues
May 14th  Dallas, TX  @  Majestic Theater
May 16th  San Diego, CA  @  Humphrey's Concert By The Bay 
May 18th  San Francisco, CA  @  The Warfield
May 20th  Los Angeles, CA  @  Orpheum Theatre
May 22nd  Las Vegas, NV  @  The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
May 29th  Chicago, IL  @  Riviera Theater
May 30th  Milwaukee, WI  @  Pabst Theatre
May 31st  Detroit, MI  @  Royal Oak Theatre
June 2nd  Cleveland, OH  @  House of Blues
June 4th   Washington, D.C.  @  Lincoln Theater
June 6th   Boston, MA  @  Opera House
June 7th   New York, NY  @  Governor's Ball Festival

Chasing Yesterday Tracklist:
01. Riverman
02. In The Heat Of The Moment
03. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
04. Lock All The Doors
05. The Dying Of The Light
06. The Right Stuff
07. While The Song Remains The Same
08. The Mexican
09. You Know We Can't Go Back
10. Ballad Of The Mighty I

New York's Ava Luna announce new album and share first single

New York Ava Luna new album first single

New York's Ava Luna announce new album and share first single

Ava Luna are pleased to announce that their new album, Infinite House will be released on Western Vinyl on 14th April 2015.   To celebrate, they've premiered the record’s first single “Billz”, which can be heard HERE courtesy of Pitchfork or streamed/shared through Soundcloud HERE.  

While on a writing retreat in the sleepy southern town of Benton, Mississippi, the members of New York's Ava Luna came across an abandoned house while on a walk through the woods.  Overgrown, rotting, and littered with evidence of its past inhabitants, the maze-like dwelling would haunt their psyches throughout the writing and recording of their third full-length Infinite House.  Like Borges' Library of Babel, the seemingly endless rooms and hallways in the old house felt like a metaphor for the invisible, internal labyrinths, which the band explores lyrically and sonically on their new album. 

Self-recorded in Benton and at Gravesend Recordings, the Brooklyn studio run by drummer, Julian Fader and vocalist/guitar player Carlos Hernandez, and mixed by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT), it is safely their most polished recording to date. But their trademark intensity, mirthful humor, and angularity remain resolutely in place, the burnished surfaces illuminating the stories beneath like never before.  As Hernandez explains "Dave Fridmann was able to augment this music in a really special way, removing it from the literal realm and putting it in a really psychedelic/fictional place."  

After returning from their writing retreat, familiar themes of amorous pursuits, financial woes, and inevitable mortality return to the fore. But the landscape of New York life looks somehow different now, colored by the band's foray into the misty southern gothic.  On album opener “Company,” a text message flirtation becomes a modern take on the story of Pyramus, two lovers whispering through the walls.  On “Roses and Cherries,” a ruby-colored fabric comes to life -- a peek at the lyrics sheet reveals a reference to Cortazar's Hopscotch. A family member’s death seems forewarned by an apparition in the Benton woods: the Black Dog. On “Billz,” financial woes are mandrake roots clinging to a hill, then a mangled elevator is caught between floors. The mood grows noticeably unhinged and otherworldly on the psych-dub jam “Victoria,” before the album closes with the beautifully somber “Carbon.”  Of course, you don't have to dig into the intellectual concepts or references to love this album, or enjoy the band's twisted mystical perspective.  On a very superficial level, these songs are sensual, vibrant, and fun.

Louisahhh!!! and Maelstrom EP Friction to be Released February

Louisahhh!!! and Maelstrom EP Friction

Louisahhh!!! and Maelstrom EP Friction to be Released February

Monday 23rd February sees the release of 'Friction', the second EP from Louisahhh!!! and Maelstrom through Bromance Records. 'Friction' follows on from the incredible release of the 'Traces' EP last spring which included the tracks 'Night Clubbing' and 'Rough and Tender'.

As an LA native based in Paris, Louisahhh!!! has a music style that's core is fuelled by hard and deep production paired alongside a tough and tender touch. Lousiahhh!!!'s distinctive sound has been perfected over the years establishing herself as a unique artist, renowned for her juxtaposition of darkness against light. The new 'Friction' collaboration features dark and sensual productions overlaid with Louisahhh!!!'s smoky and enigmatic voice resulting in a selection of tracks which together are made to both enchant and transport you into Louisahhh!!! and Maelstrom's twisted world.

Louisahhh!!! collaborated with BANKS by performing support slot shows across her headline tour dates throughout France late last year.

As an integral member of the Bromance Records family, Louisahhh!!! is frequently collaborating on various projects with label boss Brodinski and as the only female in the crew has naturally brought her feminine touch to the label through her art.

Most recently, through her track 'Protection' with Maelstrom which was included on Bromance's first label compilation 'Homieland' last November. In celebration of the release, Louisahhh!!! joined the collective on an immersive worldwide tour stopping at some of the most esteemed and legendary venues across the globe. This February 7th the Homieland tour will come to a close in London with a huge event held in conjunction with Mixmag at Village Underground.

Full Tour dates:

07.02.15 Village Underground (Mixmag Live) London, UK

14.02.15 Rockstore Montpellier, France

18-21.02.15 Holy Ship Miami, FL

25.02.15 Naga Cambridge, US

26.02.15 Apartment 200 Montreal, Canada

27.02.15 Primary Chicago, US

28.02.15 Slake New York, US

05.03.15 Niche Club Ghent, Belgium

06.03.15 Tunnel Club Reggio Emilia, Italy

07.03.15 Yolo (w/ Maestrom) Rouen, France

13.03.15 L'Envers Club Nancy, France

14.03.15 D! Club Lausanne, Switzerland

20.03.15 Magazine Club Lille, France

21.03.15 Showcase Paris, France

BoomTown Fair first district line up announced feat. Squarepusher

BoomTown Fair district line up Squarepusher

BoomTown Fair first district line up announced feat. Squarepusher

BoomTown Fair have kick started six weeks of intensive line up announcements with the bass heavy playground of DSTRKT 5. As the festival is made up of eight very different ‘districts’ which celebrate a variety of individual music genres and cultures from Ska to Jungle, Reggae to Folk and a whole load more in between and beyond, the line ups are released district by district. First out is the bass mecca of DSTRKT 5, which true to form will be hosting some of the most innovative trailblazers in the genre including; Squarepusher, Noisia, Spor, Machinedrum, Metalheadz takeover and Surgeon to name a few, resulting in a powerhouse of a bass line-up and the perfect soundtrack for BoomTown’s unveiling of a the brand new colossus of a centre-stage for DownTown, The Palace, which is all set to be the UKs largest fully immersive festival dance arena.

Taking place over 13th – 16th August in Matterley Estate - Hampshire, BoomTown have now released the final part of the ‘Chapter 7: The Introduction’ trilogy that, like any expertly crafted drum and bass track, has slowly built up over Part One and Part Two to the ultimate drop with the new monstrous dance stage and its phenomenal line-up unleashed on the eagerly waiting viewers in Part Three! The brand new nine-story 3600 surround arena set, that promises to be exceptionally loud, will be dominated by a finely crafted selection of heavy weight bass warriors!!

Ready to storm the new Palace stage with a brand new live show, is boundary pushing maverick Squarepusher. Renowned for mixing up apocalyptic dystopian sounds and electronic beats so obscure they border on extra-terrestrial with jaw-dropping live bass guitar solos to the backdrop of mesmerizing visuals: BoomTown bass lovers are in for one genuinely mind-blowing experience this summer with the combination of Squarepusher and one of the most insane festival stages the UK will have ever witnessed!!

Keeping Squarepusher good company on The Palace stage will be the dark, solid drum and bass of Spor, unchallenged trio of drum and bass mastery Noisia, tough techno and murky industrial beats of Surgeon live set, an almighty showcase of 20 years of Metalheadz with Goldie b2b Dillinja, Ulterior Motive b2b Dom and Roland, Jubei b2b Ant tc1, hosted by SP:MC and no stranger to fictional cities, Machinedrum will be introducing his Vapour City and all its surging bass to the good citizens of Boom City!

Next up in DSTRKT 5 is the iconic BoomBox stage, towering an impressive 40ft, this giant ghetto blaster emits some of the most legendary sounds in the entire of DownTown. Chapter 7 will be no different with an unbelievably exciting 10hr takeover from two ultimate legends: Norman Jay MBE and Mr Scruff present...Keep the Good Times Unreal!! Other acts to be found on the BoomBox include: seminal producer Deekline, Canadian glitch-hop maestro Stickybuds, the ultimate dancefloor demolition men Scratch Perverts and an Inspected Records showcase ft: Culprate, Emperor, Asa, Sorrow, ZES, Inspector Dubplate, plus loads more…

Whilst over in the fully expanded, upgraded and sound proofed BodyShop, gabba, mashup and hardcore techno reign supreme with the prolific Luke Vibert; PRSPKT Takeover (with Hellfish vs Producer, Bryan Fury, Thrasher, Switch Technique) Simon Underground; Vandal; Bizzy B, Randall (92-94); Jerome Hill; Crystal Distortion; Renegade Hardware 20th Anniversary Takeover plus more…

On top of these main stages in DSTRKT 5 there will also be a Renegade Street Party hosted by none other than underground soundsytem and pioneers of social justice through coming together of communities, SP23. Forged at the heart of the Spiral Tribe sound system, SP23 will be back in the UK this summer for the first time in 20 years and bringing a true piece of historic party culture back to where it all began.

This is just the first district line up announcement for BoomTown, next up on 3rd Feb will be the full headliners announcement and then after that from 10th Feb, will be all the remaining district line ups:

10th Feb: Mayfair Avenue (Electro-Swing, Swing, Vintage remix)

13th Feb: OldTown (Balkan, Gypsy, Gypsy Punk & Pirate)

17th Feb: Barrio Loco (Hip hop, House, Bass, UK Garage)

20th Feb: Whistlers Green World, Folk, Folk Punk, Comedy)

24th Feb: Wild West (Bluegrass, Hillbilly, Yeeha)

27th Feb: TrenchTown (Reggae, Dub, Dancehall)

3rd March: ChinaTown (Ska, Ska Punk, Punk)

Ushuaïa Ibiza announce the date of the official opening party 2015

Ushuaïa Ibiza opening party 2015

Ushuaïa Ibiza announce the date of the official opening party 2015

Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel has announced the date of its 2015 opening party as Saturday 30 May, marking the start of the hotel/venue’s fifth season on the White Isle.  The line-up for the party, as well as the programme of events for the season, will be revealed by the venue over the coming weeks.

Since its launch in 2011, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel has set a trend in luxury travel to Ibiza, combining premium accommodation with world-class music, pyrotechnics and an internationally-renowned outdoor party concept. Its iconic poolside stage has been a magnet for some of the world’s best DJs and artists, such as David Guetta, Avicii, Armin van Buuren, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso (formerly Swedish House Mafia) and Hardwell to name just a few.

2014 was a phenomenal season for Ushuaïa with the hotel/venue scooping a whole host of prestigious awards for its daytime parties and pioneering use of technology. For the third consecutive year, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel was voted ‘Best Hotel Club of the Year’ at the Vicious Music Awards, while its weekly party “Ants” was nominated ‘Best Party of the Year by Popular Vote’. Ushuaïa also scooped ‘Best use of Technology’ at the 5th edition of the European Hospitality Awards, helping reaffirm its position as a leader in technological innovation. Recent developments include the introduction of wearable technology with the ‘VIB’ (or ‘Very Important Bracelet’) offering guests access to their rooms without a key, the ability to make secure payments through PayPal and share their holiday experiences on social media via multiple touchscreens.

Abel Matutes, CEO for Palladium Hotel Group, owner of Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel comments, “We’re very excited about the 2015 season, which we guarantee will bring guests a phenomenal events’ programme and further cutting edge technological developments.”

Revolutionising the Ibicenco summer season, Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel is the brainchild of artistic entrepreneur Yann Pissenem, who has over 16 years’ experience in the music industry. For the past five years, his Ushuaïa project has launched the international careers of superstar DJs such as Andrea Oliva, as well as attracting some of the world’s leading influencers on the electronic music scene.

Reservations at Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel are now being taken for stays from 1 May 2015. Double Superior rooms start from €150 (£115) based on two people sharing, room only.

For more information, please visit

21 January 2015

Stargroves And Abigail Breslin Debut Their New Single Telephone

Stargroves And Abigail Breslin New Single Telephone

Stargroves And Abigail Breslin Debut Their New Single Telephone

NYC-based indie-pop band Stargroves is breaking new ground with their new song, “Telephone.”

Joined by Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin on lead vocals, the group performed the soon to be released single on the The Young Turks popular Pop Trigger channel.

Known for their pop-culture commentary and celebrity guests, The Young Turks own Pop Trigger channel; took a step in a new direction this week making Stargroves and Abigail Breslin the first group to ever perform on the show.

Lead by band leader Teddy Watson (lead vocals, guitar), “Telephone” is a hypnotic mid-tempo blend of soft synths, echoed guitars, and catchy melodies the group has become known for. The song features Teddy and Abigail trading off lead vocals on the verses and joining together in beautiful harmonies for the choruses. “Telephone” is the first single to be released off Stargroves second studio album, which is currently being recorded.

This is not the first time Stargroves and Abigail have worked together. In 2012, the group released their debut single “Westjiords” featuring Abigail and Teddy on lead vocals. The song was met with critical acclaim receiving praise from Perez Hilton, MTV Buzzworthy, E! Online, and several other noteworthy media outlets.

However the group hasn’t stopped there. Stargroves went on to release their first music video for their single “Hat’s In The Air” (which pays tribute to the cult classic film “Harold and Maude” directed by Hal Ashby) and in the summer of 2014 they released their debut self-titled album.

Stargroves have been actively performing shows throughout the U.S. and Canada. When her busy acting schedule allows, Abigail occasionally joins the group on stage for special performances. In their interview on Pop Trigger, the group also revealed that they’ve just been confirmed to perform in Austin, TX this year for the annual SXSW music conference. 

Craig Charles and Pearson Sound announced as headliners Horizon Festival 2015

Craig Charles and Pearson Sound headliners Horizon Festival 2015

Craig Charles and Pearson Sound announced as headliners Horizon Festival 2015

A new wave of artists has just been announced for Bulgaria’s Horizon Festival. Joining a line-up that already includes Moodymann, Submotion Orchestra, KiNK, DJ EZ, Ben UFO and Move D are BBC 6 Music’s Craig Charles, Pearson Sound, Congo Natty, Solo Banton, Fliptrix and DJ Molotov. Drum and Bass acts Kasra, Ant TC1 and Foreign Concept also join the epic line up, as they are announced to play the Metalheadz vs. Critical showcase.

Taking place on 7th-13th March in Bansko Ski Resort, Bulgaria, the seven-day Horizon Festival starts at just 169GBP for festival ticket and accommodation. For more information and tickets head to the Horizon festival website.

What makes this boutique festival such an unique and incredible experience is the snow holiday element, of both ski-ing and snowboarding, mixed in with some of the best cutting edge electronic dance music Europe has to offer across its thirty exceptional venues, including secret mountain hotels, forest stages, medieval banquet halls, underground cavernous clubs and abandoned warehouses - all at unbelievably low prices.

Moodymann / Submotion Orchestra / KiNK / Ben UFO / Move D / Craig Charles / Congo Natty / Ant TC1 / Kasra / Foreign Concept / Solo Banton / Fliptrix / DJ Molotov / DJ EZ / Fatima and The Eglo Band / Om Unit / Paleman / Mungo's Hi-Fi / Benton / Egyptian Lover / Alexander Nut / People Just Do Nothing / Flava D / El - B / Dan Shake / Amy Becker / Edward Scissortongue / Dolan Bergin / Uncle Dugs / Dj Sammy B-Side / Nick Nikolov / Joe Raygun / Krywald / Farrer / Remi / Napper / Prangman / Twon / Never Trelson / Tekniq / Ramsey Hercules / Runner / Tommy Gun / Selector Lazy Face / Ison / Actor One / Dirtycheeks / George Adi / Darktom / The Menendez Brothers + many more acts tbc