CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Animal Collective The Painters EP

CURRENTLY LISTENING TO: Animal Collective The Painters EP


Perfect Sunday Listening: Slam Donahue, Big House Nice…

Perfect Sunday Listening: Slam Donahue, Big House Nice Dreams

Slam Donahue is a New York City based band led by singer/guitarist David Otto and bassist Thomas Sommerville. They build their identity out of bootlegged recording programs, department store keyboards, and keen, thoughtful melodies.

Attempting to test pop music’s conventions, and sometimes skirting into new wave, R&B, hip hop- “they are after something new and beautiful.”  Well, I think they can check those off the list! —mj

Stream the entire EP for free below courtesy of the folks @ Cantora Records:

Owl City Announces 2013 North American Tour w/ Maroon 5 + Neon Trees

Confirmed Dates for Owl City:
Dec.       3rd           KISSFM Jingle Ball                                             Los Angeles, CA
               4th            KDWB Jingle Ball @Xcel Energy Center        Minneapolis, MN
               10th          WKSE Kissmas Bash @ First Niagara Center        Buffalo, NY
               12th          WWPW Jingle Ball @ Phillips Arena                        Atlanta, GA
               14th          KMVQ Triple Ho Show @ Event Center at SJSU San Jose, CA
               16th          KBSK Jingle Ball @ Wamu Theatre                         Seattle, WA

w/Maroon 5 and Neon Trees:
Feb.       13th          Schottenstein Center                                          Columbus, OH
               14th         Palace of Aubrn Hills                                                   Detroit, MI
               16th         Madison Square Garden                                        New York, NY
               17th         Verizon Wireless Arena                                    Manchester, NH
               19th         Air Canada Centre                                                  Toronto, ONT                 
               20th         Bell Centre                                                             Montreal, QUE 
               22nd        Mohegan Sun Arena                                              Uncasville, CT
               23rd         Izod Arena                                                         E. Rutherford, NJ
               25th         Van Andel Arena                                               Grand Rapids, MI
               27th         Sprint Center                                                      Kansas City, MO
Mar.       1st            I Wireless Arena                                                           Moline, IL
               3rd           Century Link Center                                                   Omaha, NE
               4th          Xcel Energy Center                                                    St. Paul, MN
               7th           Saddledome                                                                Calgary, AB
               9th           Rogers Arena                                                                    Vancouver, BC
               11th         Key Arena                                                                   Seattle, WA
               13th         HP Pavilion                                                                San Jose, CA
               15th         Staples Arena                                                     Los Angeles, CA
               16th         Mandalay Bay Arena                                            Las Vegas, NV
               19th         Toyota Center                                                           Houston, TX
               21st         American Airlines Arena                                              Dallas, TX
               22nd        BOK Center                                                                     Tulsa, OK
               24th         Bridgestone Arena                                                  Nashville, TN
               26th         BJCC Arena                                                         Birmingham, AL
               27th         Phillips Arena                                                             Atlanta, GA
               29th         BankAtlantic Center                                      Ft. Lauderdale, FL
               30th         Amway Center                                                            Orlando, FL
Apr.       1st            Veterans Memorial Arena                                 Jacksonville, FL
               3rd           Verizon Arena                                                    Washington, DC
               4th           Wells Fargo Center                                            Philadelphia, PA
               6th           Allstate Arena                                                         Rosemont, IL

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South of France Debut [+Interview]

Get ready to discover and bask in the promising, well executed sounds of South of France.

The duo released their debut album ‘Another Boring Sunrise’ September 18th and just did a fun series of posts sharing their music tastes as they took over ListenBeforeYouBuy.

Now listen as they share more of themselves in this interview with Blue Sky’s Juana… 

+How did you meet each other?

Jeff had been writing songs and even released an EP as South of France before we met. A mutual friend knew Jeff was looking for a singer, and though he was living in Colorado, she had a hunch that we should meet.
So, when Jeff was visiting LA, we did, and hit it off immediately. We have the same taste in music, same vision for our music careers… within hours of meeting we were making plans to start recording. 

+How did you decide on the name?
Jeff started writing the songs that would be South of France’s first tunes while he was traveling in the South of France. When he got home, he started recording, and it just seemed like a fitting name. 

+What can listeners expect to get from listening to your music?
If you like things to be lovely, you’ll like South of France- retro guitar sounds and organs and ooh’s and things. It’s dreamy, it’s melodic, it’s summery, and it’s good for driving with the windows down.
+What can they expect to experience at your live shows?
Whiskey. Rumpshaking.

+Who are your biggest musical influences? Anyone upcoming that you are really into?
We both like 50’s and 60’s pop and R&B… a lot.  As for new stuff.. Nick Waterhouse, Youth Lagoon, The Growlers.. stuff like that. 

+Where can fans find your music online or otherwise, either to stream, download or to purchase? 
You can purchase the album on iTunes or Bandcamp, or you can stream it on Spotify.

+Where can they connect with the band?
Facebook is a good way to connect with us: . We have a twitter account, but honestly we’re no good at it. No good at all.
+What do you feel is the hardest thing about being an indie music band/ today? What do you love most about it?
The hardest part is getting the music to the people who are going to love it. It’s a lot easier to make a great sounding album on your own than it used to be, so the indie scene is really saturated with new artists popping up every day.
Most people don’t have time to listen to every new album they see has come out— once they’ve seen 5 blog posts about South of France’s new music video, they’re going to be way more likely to watch than the first time they saw it.
And even though it’s a challenge, we love having spent so much time on something and then watching it spread and grow. It’s awesome that there are so many people excited about and scouring the internet for new music.
+Can you give any smaller or local bands looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
For us, it’s about not settling with our songs. Any little thing that sounds off to you, go back and fix it, make it the music you hear in your head, because if you think it’s great, somebody else will too, and then you can let the music do a lot of the work for you.

+When can we expect to see you touring and in which regions?
That’s a good question. Right now we’re just playing as much as we can locally in order to develop a really great live show that we can take on the road. Then we’ll go anywhere.
+What’s new + exciting in “South of France”? 
We have a new music video in which Kelly almost vomits here, and if you want to see us live, we’ll be playing a couple shows in Denver with Hundred Waters and Exitmusic (October 8th at Larimer Lounge) and Tamaryn (October 29th at the Hi-Dive). And of course.. we just put out our debut album on iTunes!

+Any parting words?
Thanks to all the wonderful people who have helped out, supported/believed in our little pop songs.

Thank you Jeff + Kelly- great release!

Everyone else, go listen. go purchase. go support.