Monday, March 31, 2014



DARKSIDE is the collaborative duo of guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar. The two musicians have vastly different backgrounds, but over the course of several years of touring together they found common ground: DARKSIDE. Dave and Nico use each other as mediums, working on primal instinct and summoning a hybrid of electronic music and psychedelic rock with the kind of artistic depth and breadth for which the term “progressive” was coined. (matador records)

Currently listening to Paper Trails, a song that progresses into the "cosmic outer edges through the immerse, body-moving framework of 21st-century house and techno". If I had to compare the simply incomparable, I would say DARKSIDE  reminds me of Empire of the Sun; but only the weird beats, not the over played song you hear on the radio. The sort of music lover who will love DARKSIDE is a listener who is able to let go and listen to the beats develop into songs that are produced with smooth rock and matching electronic beats. Psychic, an album of uncompromising creative vision from two artists working at the peak of their powers.

CHECK DARKSIDE AT COACHELLA ! and their Europen tour here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Leo Kalyan


Discovered Leo Kalyan through a Soundcloud recommendation, and instantly was loving the song Temptation. Check out the song below, and listen to the cover of 'Why'd you only call me when you're high' by the Arctic Monkeys. 

Phillip Phillips


Platinum-selling recording artist and American Idol Season 11 winner PhillipPhillips will release his sophomore album, Behind The Light, May 19th on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records. Recorded in New York City, Behind The Light was produced by Gregg Wattenberg and includes Phillip’s new single “Raging Fire”. The video for “Raging Fire” was shot in Chicago recently. Phillips will head to Dallas next week to perform “Raging Fire” on CONAN April 1st. The show is broadcasting live from Dallas’ Majestic Theater in advance of the NCAA Final Four®. Tune in Tuesday, April 1st to TBS (11pm/10pm central).
Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon. Phillips’s widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips spent most of 2013 on the road - with Matchbox 20, headlining a college tour and he brought his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer’s Born and Raised tour. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014



Drowners are an american alternative band formed in New York back in 2011. The band consists of Matt Hitt, Jack Ridley III, Eirk Lee Snyder, and Lakis Pavlou. They're currently on their US tour and will finish up in the UK in the beginning of May. I recommend going to their shows if you can! They will be playing at Coachella! Check them out there or if you're living in Southern California check them out at The Roxy Theater (LA), The Casbah (San Diego), or Constellation Room (Santa Ana)! Below you can download 'Luv, Hold Me Down' for free or on their website here.

Sonia Stein


Sonia is a new female solo artist, already being compared in the press to the likes of Banks, Rosie Lowe, Laurel and Kate Bush. Although, I have to say her voice and eerie rhythmic beats are not like anything I can compare or relate too another artist. Her sound is incomparable, which makes me want to keep listening even more. I have to agree with Crack In the Road saying  'London songstress Sonia Stein brooding debut, comes with impeccable production, and a wistful, almost melancholic tone to Stein’s vocals, it’s immediately captivating.' Sonia has been in the studio working on new tracks with producer Liam Howe who has also recently produced Lana Del Rey, Marina And The Diamonds, Jessie Ware, Ellie Goulding to name a few. I for one am so excited for this singer's future, I will be waiting impatiently to hear more of work and hope for a tour in the near future.  
Listen to her new tracks, 'Symbol' & 'Demented Mind' below.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Birdie Jackson and the Arbour


One of the UK's most exciting bands, and Glastonbury Emerging Talent Winners, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour, are set to release new single ‘We Talked Again' in April 2014.
Taken from their highly anticipated second album ‘New Skin', ‘We Talked Again' is both powerful and fragile. Melancholy melody meets heart-pulling lyrics as the track develops from a mournful solo cry, to a cacophony of fast-moving instrumental lines and vocal harmonies.
They celebrate the launch of the new album with a UK tour in April 2014. Taking in a mixture of iconic city venues, including St Pancras Old Church in London and Gateshead Old Town Hall, the tour will see them playing to new audiences across the country, as well as their loyal fans, who have supported the girls throughout their meteoric rise from grass roots favourite, to critics' choice.

Bridie Jackson and The Arbour Album Launch Tour

Thu 3-Apr Brudenell Social Club Leeds
Fri 4-Apr The Brindley Runcorn
Sat 5-Apr The Stables Milton Keynes
Sun 6-Apr Farnham Maltings Farnham
Tue 8-Apr Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Wed 9-Apr St Pancras Old Church LondonThu 10-Apr Norden Farm Maidenhead
Fri 11-Apr The Lantern, Colston Hall Bristol
Sat 12-Apr Pilton Village Hall Barnstaple
Sun 13-Apr Exeter Phoenix Exeter
Tue 15-Apr The Musician Leicester
Wed 16-Apr Artrix Bromsgrove
Thu 17-Apr Guildhall Theatre Derby
Fri 18-Apr High Forest Community Centre Sinderhope
Sat 19-Apr Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow
Sun 20-Apr The Old Bridge Inn Aviemore
Thu 24-Apr The Brewery Arts Centre Kendal
Fri 25-Apr Band On The Wall Manchester
Sat 26-Apr Gateshead Old Town Hall Gateshead

Thursday, March 27, 2014



KONGOS - “I’m Only Joking” is this week’s iTunes 'Single of the Week,' download now: It is from KONGOS album Lunatic which is out now!

The album’s first single “Come With Me Now” is on fire at alternative radio where it currently sits at #2 on airplay charts in the U.S. and is #1 on the Canadian alternative charts. The accordion and slide-guitar driven “Come With Me Now” has also been gaining major traction in the sync world, being featured in promo spots, FX Network, on CW’s The Originals. 

KONGOS are confirmed to perform “Come With Me Now” on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers on April 2nd.  They made their U.S. TV debut March 5th” on Jimmy Kimmel Live and last week performed on Revolt TV’s Revolt Live.  They were heralded by Rolling Stone as one of 10 New Artists You Need To Know in February.

The band recently wrapped a national tour with The Airborne Toxic event and has a slew of radio shows and spring/summer dates confirmed that include festival appearances at Firefly, Sasquatch and Lollapalooza.  They will play a string of dates supporting Alice In Chains starting April 25th in Tulsa, OK.  

KONGOS, who are the sons to popular ’70s South African/British singer-songwriter John Kongos recently hit huge on South African airwaves, thanks to a slew of radio hits off Lunatic and extensive touring across the country.  The brothers are multi-instrumentalists, with Dylan and Jesse handling vocals live and playing bass and drums respectively onstage.  Eldest brother Johnny plays accordion and piano, while  Danny is on slide and regular guitar.


4/4       Denver, CO                 The Marquis
4/19     Richmond, VA             Richmond International Raceway
4/25     Tulsa, OK                     Brady Theatre – supporting Alice In Chains
4/26     Frisco, TX                     FC Dallas Stadium – EDGEFEST
4/28     Austin, TX                    The Moody Theater – supporting Alice In Chains
4/29     Houston, TX                 Bayou Music Center – supporting Alice In Chains
5/1       Robinsonville, MS       Horseshoe Tunica – supporting Alice In Chains
5/2       Cherokee, NC              Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center – supporting Alice In Chains
5/3         Columbia, MD                   Merriweather Post Pavilion – DC 101 Radio show
5/8         Toronto, Ontario              The Opera House
5/11     Camden, NJ                 Susquehanna Bank Center – Radio 104.5 Bday Show
5/12     Baltimore, MD            The 8x10
5/TBA  Quincy, WA                 Gorge Amphitheater – Sasquatch Festival
6/TBA  Dover, DE                    Firefly Festival
6/TBA  Milwaukee, WI            Summerfest
8/TBA  Montreal, Quebec      Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
8/3       Chicago, IL                  Lollapalooza

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Meadows In The Mountains

Meadows In The Mountains Promo 2013 from Benjamin Sasse on Vimeo.

  13TH - 15TH JUNE 2014


Is this amazing Bulgarian mountain festival, Meadows In The Mountains on your radar? Fesitval season is upon us and I want to make sure you all know about this because it's truly exceptional, everyone's gotta love a good Croatian festival and Bulgaria is super cheap and this setting is SO beautiful it really is breath of fresh air. This festival unlike any other festival experience in the world. Showcasing over 3 days an intimate ethos celebrating the best of Disco, House, Electronica, Acoustic, Jazz, Funk alongside creative arts and installations all set in stunning vistas high up near the Greek border. You can enjoy other festival like activities like cart taxis, mountain zip line, installations, downhill grass bobsleighing, waterfalls, mountain walking, natural thermal springs, hammocks,  Sun, nature, local village life and locally sourced food (No greasy overpriced festival food!).
I hope to find a way to this festival!

The cheapest way to travel to the festival is to fly. The average return flight currently including taxes is £80. The closest airports are Plovdiv and the capital Sofia with a 3-hour flight time from the UK. Ryanair fly to Plovdiv, the nearest airport to the site with flights operate out of London Stansted every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Sofia is slightly further away from the festival site and flights operate daily out of London Gatwick, Luton and Manchester.

Airlines that operate between the UK and Bulgaria:
Ryanair - - Stansted – Plovdiv
Easyjet - Gatwick/Manchester – Sofia
British Airways - - Heathrow – Sofia
Bulgaria Air - - Heathrow – Sofia
Wizz Air - - Luton – Sofia
A shuttle service will be operating to and from the site tailored to incoming flights.
For shuttle bus bookings please contact:
For train travel to the festival:
For coach travel from the UK to the festival:


The festival ticket includes a free pitch but you must bring your own tent. Tent hire is available upon request. Meadows strongly advise festivalgoers to make the most out of the meadows and its soul-searching backdrops. The camping set-up is right at the center of the festival, showers and clean toilets are provided, along with an on site convenience shack ensuring all camping essentials are catered for. There is also limited availability for apartments and house rentals. These are situated in the nearby village, which is a pleasant 20-minute walk from the festival site.

The ticket price includes:
•    Entry to the festival
•    Tent Pitch
•    3 days of an eclectic mix of live underground DJ’s and bands
•    3 days of creative arts and installations
•    Fun in the waterfalls, death slide, zip line and new in this year downhill grass bobsleighing
•    A setting of beautiful mountains and scenery unlike any other festival
•    The opportunity to meet amazing and loving people. Friends & Family are important and a         big part of the ethos

Calan Mai


Calan Mai is the stage name of Australian singer/songwriter Jordan Lawrence. At 15 years of age he won the 2006 Australasian Children's Songwriting Competition for his track entitled 'Before You Depart' and has since been writing, performing and recording. A tour in the US would hopefully be in the near future! 

Lawrence released his debut single 'We've Got Love', off his five track EP 'Days On The Rock Face', which has songs showcasing a maturity and lyrics that you want to hold on too.

His sound is influenced by Conor Oberst, Sam Beam, Bob Dylan, Justin Vernon and Adam Duritz.