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29 Jul

New Medicine has a new video out for the single “Laid.” The song, off of the band’s forthcoming debut album Race You To The Bottom, has been ripping up the rock radio charts. Revolver debuted the video for “Laid”. Check it out here.

Here’s a little bit more about the band.

New Medicine injects a little hope into hard rock on their debut album, Race You to the Bottom, due out this fall via Photo Finish Records. Each song tells a story, whether it’s about the loss of a loved one on “Little Sister” or the state of the world on “Race You to the Bottom.”

For lead vocalist Jake Scherer, the band’s message is in their moniker. “Everybody has a different medicine—whether it’s coffee, drugs, alcohol or cigarettes,” says the singer. “When I was growing up, music was the only medicine I needed. If I was really bummed out about something, I’d put a record on and it’d cheer me up. Music’s the ultimate healer.”

In 2007, after years of playing in bands through middle school and high school, Jake decided to pursue music seriously as a career and began traveling back and forth from his hometown of Minneapolis to Nashville to hone his songwriting craft. “It’s a whole town dedicated to music. Everybody respects songs immensely in that city, and it inspired a good chunk of this album.”

One particular song from those Nashville trips laid the groundwork for Race You to the Bottom. In early 2008, Jake brought “Baby’s Gone” to guitarist Dan Garland back in Minneapolis. The track was so powerful that Jake had to record it, but he wanted a full band. So he sought out his high school buddy Matt Brady for bass and local drum whiz Ryan Guanzon. The birth of “Baby’s Gone” signaled the beginning of New Medicine, as the quartet quickly clicked around the track.

Immediately, New Medicine cultivated a following in Minneapolis as they constantly composed new material. With more than 100 songs in their arsenal, the band caught the attention of Photo Finish Records/Atlantic and joined the label’s roster in summer 2009. The band entered the studio and collaborated with producers Sam Hollander and Dave Katz, better known as S*A*M & Sluggo (Coheed & Cambria, Gym Class Heroes, Katy Perry), Steve Hodge (Michael Jackson, Sting, Psychedelic Furs) and The Blasting Room, the production team of Bill Stevenson (Rise Against) and Jason Livermore (Puddle of Mudd). The resulting 14 songs showcase a hard sound with a positive slant.

“Laid,” the first single, examines relationship troubles with a combination of wit and wisdom. The song is a propulsive lovelorn rocker that sugarcoats nothing. Jake, who co-wrote the song with S*A*M & Sluggo, reveals, “It’s about an experience with a girl who’s the ultimate wild child. She gets you under your skin, drives you totally crazy and she’s gone.”

Yet Jake doesn’t shy away from pain on the record either. Songs such as the hypnotic and heartbreaking “Little Sister” see the singer baring his soul. With its soaring melody and crunching riff, “Little Sister” can be hummed or pondered because it’s not culled from standard rock fodder. “My little sister died of infant death syndrome at age one. When I wrote that song, I was thinking about what she’d be like today if she were alive. How would my life be different? It’s a sad song, but the chorus is very positive. Even if she’s an angel now, she’ll always be my sister and no matter what, I’m here for her.”

In the end, Race You to the Bottom is based on honesty. “We never worried about fitting into a scene,” declares the singer. “I don’t care how my hair looks; I just want to write good songs. We’re proud of the music we created, and it’s the best feeling ever.”

Catch New Medicine on the Rock Star Energy Uproar Festival beginning this August alongside Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Stone Sour, Halestorm, and more. Check out all of the band’s tour dates below.

8.13.2010 Springfield, IL – Prairie Capital Convention Center
8.14.2010 Cincinnati, OH – Mt. Adams Music Festival

UPROAR FESTIVAL w/ Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, & more!

8.17.2010 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
8.18.2010 Kansas City, KS – Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
8.20.2010 Omaha, NE – WestFair Amphitheatre
8.21.2010 Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8.22.2010 Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8.24.2010 Columbus, OH -LC Outdoor Amphitheatre
8.25.2010 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Aphitheatre
8.27.2010 Scranton, PA – Montage Mountian Amphitheatre
8.28.2010 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8.29.2010 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
8.31.2010 Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
9.1.2010 Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9.3.2010 Birmingham, AL – Verizon Wireless Music Center
9.4.2010 Atlanta, GA – Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9.5.2010 Tampa, FL – 1-800-ASK GARY Amphitheatre
9.8.2010 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
9.10.2010 Dallas, TX – Center
9.11.2010 Corpus Christi, TX – Concrete Street Amphitheater
9.12.2010 Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9.14.2010 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
9.15.2010 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
9.17.2010 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
9.18.2010 San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9.19.2010 Phoenix, AZ (Tempe) – Tempe Beach Park Amphitheatre
9.21.2010 Bakersfield, CA – Rabobank Arena
9.22.2010 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9.24.2010 Spokane, WA – Greyhound Park and Event Center
9.25.2010 Seattle, WA – White River Ampitheater
9.26.2010 Vancouver, BC – Pacific Coliseum
9.28.2010 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
9.29.2010 Calgary, AB – Saddledome
9.30.2010 Saskatoon, SK – Credit Union Centre
10.2.2010 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
10.3.2010 Fargo, ND – Fargodome
10.4.2010 Madison, WI – Alliant Energy Center Memorial Coliseum

27 Jul

In a city where bands are continuously popping up, Brooklyn’s My Other Friend can’t help but stand out. After touring the Northeast and Canada, plus playing shows with artists likeTitus Andronicus, Bear Hands, The Beets, and Drink Up Buttercup, the trio is self-releasing their debut full-length Burning Bright Tonight. Working diligently with producer Kevin McMahon (The Walkmen, The French Kicks), the album is comprised of brooding, well-crafted pop songs with layers of textural melody.

Being a couple for nine years and writing music together for five, it is no wonder Andy Simmons (guitar/vocals) and Holly MacGibbon’s (keys/vocals) musical collaboration is filled with a raw passion and high energy that audiences can’t resist. My Other Friend officially formed in 2008, adding Eli Luntz on drums to complete the sound. Compared to the likes of Angels of Light, Sunset Rubdown, and David Lynch movies, their combination of atmospheric sounds, anthemic beats, and dynamic explosions creates a truly unique style. Prior to this upcoming release, My Other Friend has proudly been recognized as CMJ’s Band of the Week, as well as one of New York City’s top bands by The Deli Magazine.

    Check out the single “Collectors” here

Burning Bright Tonight was just released digitally today July 27th. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

16 Jul

If you’re unfamiliar with Radio Freq, it’s ok, we won’t tell anybody! The LA four-piece (pronounced Radio “Freak”) got their start playing illegal downtown warehouse parties amidst half-pipes, sweat-covered walls, and hundreds of euphoric kids. They’ve played at the Standard Hotel’s New Year’s Eve party and an unforgettable show at the notorious Crazy Girls, both of which ended with the band blowing the power! Let’s just say the band’s shows are that exhilarating. Chaos and decadence have followed Radio Freq from its inception in 2007.

On July 20, the band will release it’s debut EP, Alive, featuring five of Radio Freq’s electro-infused, upbeat rock songs that you’ll be singing the rest of the day!

“Radio Freq’s ‘Where You Been” is a peppy blast of grinding pop rock with flaming guitar licks and frenzied synths that will propel your day straight into gear.”

15 Jul

Halstead‘s Life Underwater was just released on July 13th. Check out some of the praise for it below:

“Mellow power-pop in the vein of Matthew Sweet and Big Star, which obvisously means we love them.
Just try listening to the handclap filled confection ‘Sellout’ without bobbing your head.” – Nylon Magazine

“Even if you think you’re tired of all things singer-songwriter, prepare to have your perspective
significantly altered by this California chap.” – The Onion: AV Club

Life Underwater was recorded in an old Victorian House in San Francisco during the rainy season of this past winter.

“Most reels of tape have higher price tags than our budget for this album, yet I consider it the most dynamic, sweeping and ambitious record I’ve ever made” says Halsted’s singer/songwriter and bandleader Ryan Auffenberg.

After years of songwriting, touring and a self-released EP or two, Auffenberg’s debut album “Marigolds” was released in 2008 on Evangeline Records. It received nation-wide accolades in the press and college radio, and one song was even featured on the season premiere of ABC’s medical drama “Private Practice”. But rather than follow up the success of “Marigolds” with yet another singer/songwriter effort, Ryan was eager to break new musical ground.

Joined by Peter Craft, the two set out to gather a group of musicians whose finely tuned music sensibility was equally matched by a simple passion for making art. Friends were gathered, songs written and practice spaces filled. While they fleshed out arrangements, tossed around production ideas and learned how to play as a group, Ryan began to feel a musical chemistry and dynamism unlike any he’d felt before. In the spirit of this idyllic atmosphere, this album has taken a project moniker, Halsted, rather than another Ryan Auffenberg record.

Halsted’s Life Underwater weaves a masterful patchwork of musical textures, ranging from wide-eyed, anthemic bombast to hushed, plaintive intimacy. It is a love letter to the passion that draws one to make music; the feeling of standing in the crowd or listening to a record in your room, hoping one day to channel a glimmer of the magic someone else’s songs have made you feel. Or as Auffenberg simply states, “We hope it makes you wanna drive just a little bit faster”.

“Auffenberg’s music haunts a world filled with slow, dark songs that carefully unwind with luminous beauty…it’s clear that this 26-year old possesses a seasoned veteran’s presence.” - iTunes

Live Dates

August 5 – The Red and Black Bar – Washington, DC
August 9 – The Middle East (Upstairs) – Boston, MA

More On Halsted:

Official Site

23 Jun

After more than a dozen #1 singles and headlining festivals around the world to more than 30,000 fans as The Awakening, South Africa’s alternative music icon Ashton Nyte has taken his self-titled project to America. Distinguished as “Johannesburg’s Bowie” by Cosmopolitan South Africa and “the pioneer of alternative music in South Africa” by South African Rock Digest, Nyte released his much-anticipated album The Valley on June 15 marking his long awaited U.S. debut. Following the release, Nyte will embark on his first U.S. tour.

The Valley, Nyte’s fifth solo album, is “a hybrid of post-punk and alt-folk,” according to Nyte, who calls it “the unlikely love child of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave.” Influenced by his relocation from South Africa to the U.S., the album has been described as “a collection of songs caressed with Americana styling as uniquely as only a non-American could,” and “a sepia-toned film reel of old western imagery,” by South Africa’s Canonfire Creek Magazine.

When asked about his relocation to the U.S. after years of success in South Africa, Nyte explains, “America is still the great land of opportunity in the world. The influence American music has had on my work cannot be overestimated…from Elvis to Cash, The Valley speaks to those influences, and reflects many dark, yet romantic ideas of early America.”

Nyte has become a pioneer and icon of alternative music in South Africa, a country where traditional music is predominant. Growing up in a bilingual family amidst Apartheid-era South Africa, the Cape-born musician moved frequently and was inundated with Western influences by his music-loving, well-traveled Afrikaans father. Earning initial fame with his hit cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sounds of Silence,” his 15-year career has spawned over 180 original songs, 13 albums and a legacy of top ten hits.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Ashton Nyte at Fontana’s on June 29th! If you wanna win, just email us at (with the subject: GIMME SOME ASHTON!) with your name, and we’ll email you back if you win!


June 29 Fontana’s New York, NY
July 1 Firebird St. Louis, MO
July 2 Night Lite Café Chicago, IL
July 3 The Roots Room Chicago, IL
July 5 Acadia Café Minneapolis, MN
July 8 Mars Café Des Moines, IA

July 10 Kick Butt Austin, TX
July 11 Headhunters Austin, TX
July 12 Avant Garden Houston, TX
July 15 Checkpoint Charlie’s New Orleans, LA
July 18 Highlands Taproom Louisville, KY
July 24 Spellbound @ Recessions Washington, DC

22 Jun

LITTLE FISH is a duo, augmented by a Hammond player live, with a broad sonic palette and a very deep emotional range. There are hints of downtown New York post punk circa 1982 as seen in “Darling Dear,” but then LITTLE FISH surprises you with a song like “Luck’s Run Out” and “Am I Crazy?” Nothing flattens them; LITTLE FISH stand their ground.

Free “Darling Dear” MP3

Their debut album BAFFLED & BEAT, was released on May 11th, 2010 and produced by Linda Perry, fuses the volatile, the crazy, the vulnerable, punk, rock, angry, insecure, refreshing anxiety, and have created a raw and modest record. And then there’s the unexplainable, the indefinable, the swagger, the vibe, that thing of “owning it.” In their company, on their recordings, at their gigs, LITTLE FISH has it.

Check out the video for their new single “Am I Crazy” below and after you watch it, scroll down to read about an AWESOME giveaway!

For one lucky reader, we’re going to giveaway some LITTLE FISH on VINYL!. One side features “Darling Dear” and “Sweat and Shiver” on the other side. If you wanna win, just email us at (with the subject: GIMME SOME LITTLE FISH!) with your name, and we’ll email you back asking for your mailing address if you win! (US only, sorry)



16 Jun

There’s an aura of late night heat and mystery in the music of Hugo. For him, Old Tyme Religion isn’t just another album title – it’s an apt summation of a certain conviction that continuously embeds itself in his story, and in his songs. His real life experiences have taken him from the Mekong River jungle to the booth of a favorite Thai restaurant in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood he has made home. His spiritual and musical sojourns have led to Old Tyme Religion, a lyrically provocative, tunefully hook-filled unconventional pop debut.

“I’m trying to make rock & roll in the age of hip-hop,” he affirms. “A complete thought in 3 minutes and 30 seconds, that’s the challenge. A song is a planet with gravity and atmosphere and things living in it. An album is a solar system.”

Born in England and raised in Thailand, Hugo — a seriously dedicated songwriter, musician and performer — has already plowed through several aesthetic incarnations on the road to Old Tyme Religion.

Hugo - 99 Problems (Jay-Z cover)

As a young teen in Thailand, he achieved nationwide success by cutting four studio albums with Siplor, “a hick band with a mission,” whose charge against ‘the man’ resulted in a couple of their records being banned on the radio. Reflecting on this experience, he realized how formative and insular his Thai musical experiences had been. “The records I was making in Thailand, in isolation from American culture, were made as if we were still in the 70s. Nothing after 1977, Elvis wasn’t dead, punk never happened. Thailand has this hangover from the 60s and 70s. The juke boxes had Creedence Clearwater Revival, anything that had a bit of heat to it looked right and sounded right through the cicadas and the mosquitoes, heavy into that swampy dark ominous thing.”
Committed to bringing his music to the rest of the world, Hugo cut through the heat and humidity and journeyed to London. He went on an extensive blues exploration, listening to Howling Wolf, Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James. “The guys that sometimes when they were singing, they didn’t sound like people,” explains Hugo. He wasn’t looking for beer commercial blues; he was hunting down “the Mississippi Delta stuff, the country blues, that whole atmosphere.”

He began working his way through pop sounds post-1977, citing Appetite For Destruction, Nirvana, Dr. Dre, Jeff Buckley, MGMT, Tame Impala, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Devendra Banhart, The Big Pink and “anything Jack White touches” as exemplary for the period.

To Hugo, the putative conflict between the mainstream and the underground dissolves when the quality of the music is high enough. “The Doors were a mainstream band,” he states, “and no one would doubt their credibility or importance. I think the Doors are as ‘arty’ as anything more obscure; same with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones.” This fine line between accessibility and intrigue is where Hugo’s music naturally falls. “That’s the pop medium I’m trying to work in. I don’t see myself as alternative or indie or anything like that at all. I consider myself to be making mainstream music. That’s what I want to do, play for people that like the material.”

One of his songs, “Disappear,” found its way on Beyoncé’s international best-selling album, I AM… SASHA FIERCE, in the proverbial nick-of-time. Hugo‘s London prospects were dimming and he was contemplating a retreat to the jungles. “I was going to pack it in and go back to Thailand,” he admits. “That song was a life saver as far as my career was concerned. London is frigging expensive.”

“Disappear” also tapped into one of Hugo‘s particular strengths as an artist. “I’m a collaborator. I like things to happen and things happen when you get people involved in them,” Hugo says. The song led to more collaborations and a deal with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, an intriguing home for Old Tyme Religion.

When it comes to his craft, Hugo doesn’t like writing in code or obscurities, preferring a direct, unambiguous approach. “I want people to know exactly what a song is about,” he admits. “I’m not a poet. Lyrics are different from poetry…,” he pauses before adding, “…unless you’re Jim Morrison or Bob Dylan.”

Each of the songs on Old Tyme Religion has a different story to tell and a different mood to set. While the title track is a bluesy morality tale told from the POV of a murdered lover in a romantic triangle, “Bread & Butter,” Hugo‘s “version of uncomplicated lust music,” is both a sly send-up of machismo and an unabashed celebration of eros, wrapped in a party groove tailor-made for summertime all year long.

Hugo - Bread & Butter

It’s that heat and humidity which drives the swampy pulse of “Mekong Delta,” a steamy vision of love, and transcendence, by the banks of a richly symbolic river. With its spiritual kinship to the Mississippi Delta, the mysteries of the “Mekong Delta” are as universal and elemental as water.

As a tip of the fedora to Roc Nation’s founder, Hugo puts a twist on the classic “99 Problems,” finding a new previously unforeseen nexus linking pop, rock, country, urban and hip-hop.

Philosophic at heart, Hugo surmises that, “if reincarnation is for real, he’d like a couple more go-rounds on the great cosmic wheel.” For now, that wheel keeps spinning and we can all experience Old Tyme Religion.

14 Jun

Somewhere between Philadelphia and New York on the New Jersey Turnpike you will find the home of Dive, Philadelphia’s newest alternative rock outfit. Dive is no stranger to the Southern Jersey/Philadelphia music scene and has played just about every venue in the area since forming in 2004. In 2007 Dive self-released The Truth About Us which was produced by David Bendeth (Paramore, Breaking Benjamin). On May 11th Picture Perfect was released by Phase One/MadRock which features the single “Last Call Romance.”

Since releasing their debut Dive has had a steady stream of success. In 2009 Dive went to legendary 4th St. Recording Studios in Santa Monica, CA to record Picture Perfect with help from the infamous producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, No Doubt, Jack’s Mannequin). Dive’s sound is driven alternative Rock ‘n Roll that hits you with a fury of tight rhythms and distorted guitars from beginning to end that is similar to Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, & Fuel.

Dive consists of Jonny Sitar (Vocals), Evan Canova and Jeff Moczydlowski (Guitars), Mike Morgan (Bass), and Zhach Kelsch (Drums). Dive has such a loyal fan base that Philadelphia’s 93.3 WMMR booked them to play with Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Three Days Grace, Fuel, and Skillet for their annual WMMR*B*Q. WMMR has supported the band since releasing The Truth About Us in 2007, and even premiered “Last Call Romance” in April. Dive recently won their idol Bon Jovi’s Wanted: A SuperBAND Tonight! Competition on Ourstage and opened up for Bon Jovi at the highly anticipated show at the new Meadowland Stadium. If Dive can continue to impress their loyal fans, and continue to gain more fans Bon Jovi better watch out!

07 Jun

Jaymes Reunion is a rising pop rock act from San Francisco. With their first release the band went from the college campus to features in Seventeen. The band has already performed along side bands like Parachute, Mute Math, Matt Costa, Jay Sean, Sean Kingston, and MORE. Read on for more about the band and check out their video for “Fine” below:

Pressing the cassette into his Walkman, Cameron Jaymes lay on his bed and waited for the sounds of Paul McCartney’s 1971 album “Ram” to come through the headphones.

“My piano is boldly outspoken,” the voice growled and cooed. “Cats and kittens don’t get left behind.” So it was that Jaymes no longer wanted to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers when he grew up. He wanted to be a musician. “I just loved the way that music made me feel,” Jaymes says now. “It evoked a certain feeling in me, a sort of excitement.” This kind of emotional response is exactly what he and his bandmates hope to evoke with EVERYTHING YOU’VE BEEN LOOKING FOR the debut album for Jaymes Reunion.

On guitar is Braydon Nelson, who went to the Berklee School of Music and met thru Cameron’s older brother, Justin. Eric Watson, on bass, went to Jaymes’ church. Jeremy Taylor and Jared Byers, taking turns on percussion, met Jaymes out on the tour circuit. “As we made the record I really connected with the guys,” Jaymes says. “It became this family reunion of musicians, for me, and a revolving collaborative of buddies I’ve made.”

“My greatest inspirations come from everyday life,” he says. “I want to give people songs that warm them and help them feel alive.”

07 Jun

“You can’t tickle yourself. It’s laughter born from torture. It is the sound of forced glee with an undercurrent of pain and vulnerability. We’re all tied to tickle machines, and it’s high time to acknowledge and redefine our relationship with the fingers.” – t. tickle

Electric Tickle Machine was born in Manhattan’s East Village in the summer 2008. What began as the home recording project of founding member, Tom Laplaige (guitar and vocals), quickly blossomed into a live spectacle with a devoted following as he recruited key members Ryan Renn (synthesizers and organ), and Clark After Dark Phillips (percussion and hype), to give the hands-in-pockets, New York scene a facelift.

Phillips fled his native Mormon Utah as a teenager and landed in a Chelsea fashion photography studio after spending time in the desert studying movement under the tutelage of a Kung Fu guru, and leaving his after dark mark on Seattle’s drag party scene. Renn, an autodidact and analog wunderkind, had grown up a Jehovah’s Witness on a Pennsylvania farm and escaped his way to Brooklyn to squat amongst his circuitry, record and explore the laboratory of cultural invention. When they joined Laplaige, a pedigreed Long Island atheist with a degree in Human Development, the combination of their energies and the resulting performances at once recalled the cathartic abandon of the post-hippie fallout without feeling like a visit to a revivalist rock and roll dude ranch.

ETM began work on their debut album in February of last year. Eschewing the trappings of lo-fi production, The Tickles spent 14 days with co-producer Matt Boynton crafting a Hi-Fi exploration of the rock and roll canon that would walk the line between hooky pop and textural exploration. Taking musical cues from the mutated history of American psychedelic, punk, and garage rock, the resulting album, Blew It Again, boasts post-Warholian, sincerity over an infectious wave of analog synthesizers, dirty guitar jangle and rhythmic thump. Wrapped in an explicit album cover that’s sure to elicit a reaction, these sing-along songs about existential lust, material obsession, and love caught in the throes of Western medicine are as unapologetic as they are catchy.

Initially championed by KEXP in Seattle, Blew It Again was released on limited vinyl in October and ETM set out on a 35 date coast-to-coast tour. On June 29nd, the album will see a wide release on the band’s own label, Science Diction. Over the past two years, Electric Tickle Machine has sharpened its teeth in the New York DIY underground, leaving in their wake a flurry of busted tambourines, sweat-soaked smiles, and well-asserted mischief. Now, they hope to bring to the rest of the world a present that they’ll be happy to play with for at least 15 minutes.

    Download “Part Of Me” here