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Music: Colourmusic Premieres "Horse Race" Video

04/09/14 - More From The Publicist: Formed in Oklahoma in 2005 with Ryan Hendrix and British-born Nick Turner, some years after bonding over Aphex Twin during their University days together, Colourmusic expanded to include bassist Colin Fleishacker and drummer Nicholas Ley. With two previous albums under their belts, “F, Monday, Orange, February, Venus, Lunatic, 1 or 13” and “My ___ Is Pink”, the group have gained a justified reputation for marrying hallucinatory textures and experimental rock tropes with an off-kilter take on the world. Anything from writing songs based on Newton’s theory of colour to songs written at the tempo that people have sex have been explored during their nine years together.

May You Marry Rich is a darker affair, though, with its twelve sprawling tracks obsessing over mankind’s seemingly insatiable lust for pure happiness. “It’s about having the option to have anything you want, like a King, and asking whether that would make you happy,” Hendrix explains. “It’s about happiness and a theory that we’re not wired to have contentment as our genetic disposition.”

As such, songs are thematically hard-headed, even as their messages unfurl over more malleable territories that alter between anything from crystalline synth sirens and electronic percussive patterns, to hard rock ballast and more serrated guitar lines. ‘Dreamgirl ’82,’ for instance posits that, even when finding your supposedly perfect match, your relationship is still dictated by how you deal with yourself. Similarly, ‘Silvertape’ deals with getting married and having to lose yourself so that the relationship will work. “The lyric ’I won’t hold you back when I hold you down,’ from ‘Dreamgirl ‘82’ is the definition of a good relationship,” Hendrix says. “It prevents you having total freedom, but it doesn’t mean you don’t love that person.”

Colourmusic haven’t completely closed down their kaleidoscopic perceptions though – far from it. Thoughts wander constantly, as on ‘Horse Race,’ which Hendrix describes as one of several “James Bond” songs on the album, for their panoramic scale, in which the track asks if we will still need Wal-marts in Heaven. Further evidence of May You Marry Rich working as an un-ordered presentation of Hendrix’s mind, comes in the little cultural reference points dropped throughout the album. The hazy, tilt-a-whirl circus ride of ‘Rendezvous With Destiny’ takes its title from a Ronald Reagan book, similarly ‘Satyricon’ comes from Italian Federico Fellini’s film of the same name. The album finishes with the track “Idiot”, which Hendrix proudly describes as a “homage” to Iggy Pop’s 1977 debut solo LP The Idiot, (“It was a profound influence on the album, it’s one of the most unashamedly ugly records ever; it uses synthesizers in a brutal way.”) To that end, ‘Idiot’s’ six minute of debauched industrial electronics jar and clatter with an unhindered malevolence and uncomfortably addictive power.

May You Marry Rich, then, is a powerhouse of a record, a towering inferno of ideas. “But we’re not pounding these themes into people’s heads,” Hendrix says. “They’re more prompts, to give you a sense and the flavours of what we’re exploring.” The message is simple then: attempt to join the dots up yourself; just don’t expect your finished picture to be the same as anyone else’s.

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Music: Lake Street Dive To Perform In Portland, Maine

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03/20/14 - Lake Street Dive with Ages & Ages on Saturday, April 5th at the State Theatre

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Music: Max Creek To Perform In Portland, Maine

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03/20/14 - Max Creek with Roots of Creation on Friday, April 11th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Alejandro Escovedo To Perform In Portland, Maine

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04/02/14 - Alejandro Escovedo with Amy Cook on April 13th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Vicci Martinez To Perform In Portland, Maine

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04/02/14 - Vicci Martinez of NBC's 'The Voice' on April 14th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: The Psychedelic Furs To Perform In Portland, Maine

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03/20/14 - The Psychedelic Furs with Sunset Hearts on April 9th at the Port City Music Hall.

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Music: Horse Thief Premiere 'Little Dust'

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03/30/14 - Bella Union is excited to announce the release of Fear In Bliss, the debut album from recent signings HORSE THIEF. This youthful band is a purveyor of a panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic, the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with front-man Cameron Neal’s lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result evokes the wide-open spaces of America’s Midwest but infuses the sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions. Click here to check out the new track 'Little Dust'.

Horse Thief, originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips’ management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was conceived at Horse Thief’s Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, “to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma”, and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality.

The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there’s always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them.".

Somewhat appropriately, having originated in Denton, TX, Horse Thief will be touring with their fellow Dentonians and label mates Midlake throughout February, joining them as special guests on their forthcoming UK / European tour.

Fear In Bliss will be released 15th April on Bella Union.

Praise For Horse Thief:

"“Little Dust,” the latest single from their forthcoming Bella Union debut Fear In Bliss, resembles “Like A Rolling Stone” as performed by Spencer Krug in all his theatrical fervor, but far smoother."--Stereogum

"Discover the menace and magic of their new, weird America" --Spin

"Now and again the music carries echoes of the likes of The Grateful Dead, The Band or Neil Young, anchored by solid rhythm and filled out by rich keys" --Consequence Of Sound

"Their musical blueprint - chiming uplift, mushrooming chords, folk inflections - is a bit R.E.M., a bit more Midlake" --MOJO [UK]

"Impressive, uplifting debut from widescreen Westerners, brimful of hooks." --UNCUT [UK]

"contemplative track “Devil” that covers the challenges of living and growing as a person with perfect restrain musically."--My Old Kentucky Blog

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Music: La Femme Premiere 'Amour Dans Le Motu' Video

03/30/14 - LA FEMME : The French DO Surf.

Despite their geographically challenged location, here is a collective of French surf-pop connoisseurs.

“We became friends with some Californian surfers who were in Biarritz for surfing contests. We wanted to travel and play outside France so our new friends helped us make connections; we earned a little money with summer jobs and flew to California a few months later. It was crazy; we ended up doing 27 gigs in 3 months!”

Since hitting the west coast, the gang’s reputation for finely tuned and taught stark anthems has spread like sea spray. No sooner than releasing their debut album it hit No.1 in the French digital charts.

They have been overwhelmed to find words of praise Jean Michel Jarre and Hedi Slimane - who used La Femme’s version of Oh Baby Doll in his Saint Laurent campaign featuring Cara Delevingne.

Guitarist Sacha Got joined by his compadre Marlon Magnée (keyboard player) started La Femme in Biarritz. Once they moved to Paris they soon met up with Sam Lefevre (bass guitarist), Nunez Ritter (percussions) and Noé Delmas (drummer).

With a nod towards 60s yéyé stars France Gall and Françoise Hardy, vocalists Clémence Quélennec, Clara Luciani, Jane Peynot and Marilou Chollet have also moonlighted for La Femme. "The perfect female voice probably doesn’t exist so there are several singers on the album and it fits well with the group name,” the boys explain. “It suggests that the woman is a mystery."

Their new LP Psycho Tropical Berlin is a heady mix of psychedelia, rockabilly, electro, and punk infused surf. It is equal parts Gene Vincent, The Velvet Underground and Kraftwerk. “It’s a melting pot of strange, hypnotic and mental moods (Psycho), sunny, positive vibes and beachy surf (Tropical); and cold, binary electro (Berlin),” explains Marlon.

Written within the depths of a Parisian basement and surrounded by sheep and trees at a house in Biarritz, those contrasts are clear. ‘On the Board’ hurls down gigantic waves of surf guitar with ease and style, and ‘Hypsoline’ is a monster mash up of trembling synths and deadpan vocals. While a more stripped back Stereolab sweetness is offered by ‘It's Time To Wake Up (2023’) and ‘Nous Étions Deux’.

At times aggressively dark to flippantly light-hearted, La Femme are always hypnotic.

Catch the wave and listen.

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.

Music: Lady Antebellum To Perform In Bangor, Maine

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03/30/14 - Lady Antebellum ‘Take Me Downtown Tour’ with Special Guests Billy Currington & Joe Nichols on Saturday, August 30th, 2014 at the Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion-Bangor, ME. Individual Show Tickets On Sale Friday, April 4th at 10:00AM

Bangor, ME – As their latest single, “Compass,” tops the Billboard Country Airplay chart, seven-time GRAMMY award-winning trio Lady Antebellum announced today that they will extend their North American ‘Take Me Downtown Tour’, through the Summer of 2014, now visiting nearly 80 cities across the US, which will include a stop in Bangor, ME on Saturday, August 30th at Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion with Special Guests Billy Currington and Joe Nichols as part of the 2014 Machias Savings Bank Concert Series!

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 4 starting at 10:00am via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or the venue box office located at Mark’s Music in Brewer.

“The energy from the crowds on opening weekend was like a drug…it was totally intoxicating,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “It felt so unbelievable to be back on stage together, and each night was better than the last. …from now through the summer amphitheater shows, we’re going to try and raise the bar night after night.”

The success of “Compass” marks Lady Antebellum’s eighth No. 1 single. The track has already sold 469,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan. The group’s previous hit, “Downtown,” hit No. 1 after just 12 weeks on the chart.

Lady Antebellum’s Take Me Downtown Tour is packing venues in almost 80 cities across the country. After a sold-out TD Garden show the Boston Herald noted that Lady A had ” the time of their lives… the Nashville-based trio delivered a 90-minute, high-energy show that was chockfull of golden moments.” The Boston Globe added, “When their voices locked into pristine harmony on such tunes as foot-stomping opener ‘Compass,’ wistful ‘Just a Kiss,’ and propulsive ‘I Run to You’ …a sold-out crowd…was happy to take the ride.”

Lady Antebellum also recently received four Academy of Country Music Award (ACM) nominations including a nod for prestigious “Vocal Group of the Year” honors.

Since their 2006 inception, Lady Antebellum — Dave Heywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — have been awarded seven Grammys including Record and Song Of The Year. The trio has sold more than 11 million albums worldwide, has taken eight trips to No. 1 on the country radio charts, and has earned five platinum singles. They have earned the Country Music Association’s and the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year award three times in a row. Lady A also recently released Golden Deluxe, which includes both “Compass” and “Downtown.”

***** General Public ticket sale begins FRIDAY, APRIL 4th AT 10:00AM Tickets prices range from $32.00 to $72.00


Tickets available via waterfrontconcerts.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or locally at Mark’s Music in Brewer.

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Music: Sylvan Esso Premiere "Coffee" Video

03/26/14 - More From The Publicist: Sylvan Esso was not meant to be a band. Rather, Amelia Meath had written a song called “Play It Right” and sung it with her trio Mountain Man. She’d met Nick Sanborn, an electronic producer working under the name Made of Oak, in passing on a shared bill in a small club somewhere. She asked him to scramble it, to render her work his way. He did the obligatory remix, but he sensed that there was something more important here than a one-time handoff: Of all the songs Sanborn had ever recast, this was the first time he felt he’d added to the raw material without subtracting from it, as though, across the unseen wires of online file exchange, he’d found his new collaborator without even looking.

Meath felt it, too. Schedules aligned. Moves were made. And as 2012 slipped into 2013, Sanborn and Meath reconvened in the unlikely artistic hub of Durham, N.C., a former manufacturing town with cheap rent and good food. Sylvan Esso became a band. A year later, their self-titled debut—a collection of vivid addictions concerning suffering and love, darkness and deliverance—arrives as a necessary pop balm, an album stuffed with songs that don’t suffer the longstanding complications of that term.

These 10 tunes were realized and recorded in Sanborn’s Durham bedroom during the last year, an impressive feat considering the layers of activity and effects that populate them—the dizzyingly crisscrossed harmonies of “Play it Right,” the gorgeously incongruous elements of “Wolf,” the surreptitiously minimalist momentum of “HSKT.” Sanborn’s production is fully modern and wonderfully active. He enlists obliterating dubstep stutters and crisp electropop pulses, hazy electrostatic breezes and epinephrine dancefloor turnarounds.

But this isn’t a workout in production skills or a demonstration of electronic erudition. Instead, his music syncs seamlessly with Meath’s melodies, so that the respective words and beats become a string of ready-to-play singles. The irrepressible “Hey Mami” webs handclaps and harmonies around a flood of bass, a strangely perfect canvas for a tale of dudes hollering at neighborhood tail (and, finally, finding the chivalry not to do so). “Coffee” sparkles and quakes, patiently rising from a muted spell of seasonal affective disorder to a sweet rupture of schoolyard glee. These pop cuts condescend neither to their audience nor their makers. They are sophisticated, but with none of the arrogance that can imply; they are addictive, but with none of the banality that can entail. There is sensuality and sexual depravity, homesickness and wanderlust, nostalgia and immediacy. Sylvan Esso acknowledges that the world is a tumult of complications by giving you a way to sing and dance with those troubles, if not to will them away altogether.

When Meath and Sanborn talk about Sylvan Esso, they come back to context—to how, before this project, they felt that their solo endeavors often felt short of it, as if they were lacking a crucial component. That is no longer a concern. When Meath sings to Sanborn a melody that she’s conjured and captured, he almost instinctively knows how to respond. And when he delivers to her the backbone of a wordless beat, she adds lyrical bait where he’d only seen white space. Sylvan Esso represents the fulfillment of their fortuitous encounter by, once again, linking parts that too often come stripped of their counterparts. Here, motion comes with melody. Words come with ideas. And above all, pop comes back with candor.

Partisan Records will release Sylvan Esso May 13, 2014.

-Brought to you by Robert Thorn.

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