Indie rock trio Two Door Cinema Club’s newest album Beacon is the perfect upbeat playlist to put on when you’re chilling with friends next weekend. Though the album doesn’t officially come out until Sept. 4, you can stream it online, below. This is the second EP from the guys, who hail from Northern Ireland. It includes the lead single “Sleep Alone.”
Fun, albeit unconfirmed tidbit: Barack Obama is apparently a huge fan. While the guys denied rumors to BBC that he bought an entire stadium worth of seats for a show in Washington DC, we certainly wouldn’t blame him if he did!
Listen to Beacon here:
It’s my birthday today (actually) but it’s pretty much all of your birthdays too because Cody Simpson dropped his highly anticipated Preview to Paradise EP.
As if we weren’t already dying for that, he also released a behind-the-scenes look at the EP photo shoot, over the new single “Wish U Were Here,” ft. Becky G.
Cody looks dapper in a series of dressed up, pared down looks — my fave being the yellow pants and blazer. He also apparently chills on the beach with his guitar, sometimes while wading in salty water. The visuals are pretty much perfect for a dating profile: “Cody likes long walks on sandy beaches, strumming love songs on the guitar and eating at a mahogany dinner table with a glass of
wine grape juice (come on, he’s underage). Needless to say, we LOVE.
The full debut album Paradise will then be released on Oct. 2.
At first, Sky Ferreira seems like your typical pop star on the rise. The big, curly, blonde hair. The rock n’ roll sense of style. The I-don’t-care attitude. But her music and background are definitely no ordinary story.
“My dad is Brazilian and Portuguese and my mom is Native American. It’s funny because I came out looking like, pretty white,” says Ferreira over a phone interview. “I’m Caucasian-looking and none of my family is; everyone in my family is at least two shades darker than me.”
Ferreira, who recently released her EP “As If!” on iTunes on March 22, is definitely a star on the rise. Her and her song “Sex Rules” have appeared in national CK One ads, she has modeled for Nylon, Vogue Italia, Vs. Magazine, and on top of it all, is releasing a full-length album sometime next year.
It’s no surprise her modeling career has taken off, though – the LA native is a real head-turner. Her big brown eyes command attention, her style makes you want to rethink your entire closet, and her hair is just downright cool. But at the end of the day, what comes first – singing or modeling?
“I mean, singing will always be my first passion. But they’re all very important. Modeling is important to me and it’s definitely helped me get out there, so I don’t think it’s a disadvantage,” says Ferreira.
The singer got her start on MySpace, the online music social-networking scene that has launched the careers of Lily Allen and Sean Kingston alike. She attributes her big break to constant hard work and pestering record labels. “I wasn’t going out and doing really bad things, obviously,” says Ferreira. “I was going out and kind of getting myself out there.”
This pestering eventually lead to capturing the attention of Bloodshy & Avant, two of the hottest music producers today responsible for many Britney Spears hits such as Toxic, My Prerogative, and Me Against the Music. The Swedish duo worked on two songs off Sky’s EP – “Haters Anonymous” and “108″ – as well as her single “One.” The result? A unique sound that battles mainstream pop with French and Dutch quality.
In an effort to help the ongoing devastation in Haiti, The Dave Matthews Band has put together a special EP that they called The Haiti Relief Project, reports perezhilton.com.
Free music is sweet. Forty-four free brand new Smashing Pumpkins songs is even better. Frontman Billy Corgan revealed news on his website last week that the band will be releasing their new, enormous album via free downloads in a series of releases starting this October.
Though the songs are part of an album called Teargarden by Kaleidyscope, they will not be released in a bundle. Instead, the song will begin popping up on the website around Halloween and 11 four-song “mini-boxset” EPs will be released to the public. Once all 44 songs are up, a full box-set will be assembled. These boxsets will be available for sale, in some cases with exclusive demos attached.
Corgan has always been something of a maverick in the way of online music, beating Radiohead to the punch when he released Machina II/The Friends and Enemies of Modern Music for free back in 2000, Pitchfork reports.
Note: See the bottom of this article for a free download from Amos The Transparent, plus their new video!
Most bands don’t go from recording their debut in a bona fide studio to tracking the next release in their drummer’s mother’s basement. Or at least not of their own will. But that’s exactly the unlikely order of things Amos the Transparent have chosen, and it’s turning out to lead them along a favourable path.
After hefty studio bills the first time around and struggling under time restraints, the band decided to go easy on themselves for the next record. They split time between lead singer and mastermind Jonathan Chandler’s home and the basement of Chris Wilson’s mother while she was away in Florida, and rather than setting a deadline, they got together sporadically over what ended up being a nine-month period.
And so was born their sophomore EP, My, What Big Teeth You Have.
Chandler credits the laissez-faire approach to a better product, an album worthy to come on the heels of their acclaimed debut, Everything I’ve Forgotten to Forget. And one that has qualified the band for a Verge Artist of the Year nomination against nearly every heavyweight Canadian act out there. (Think: Feist, Tegan and Sara, The Tragically Hip, etc.)