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Oct 23, 2015

Best of Friends Release New Single, “Twist Shake Shout”

We’re happy to welcome Best of Friends to the Vagrant roster! As their name suggests, Boston based alt-pop trio Best of Friends have been just that since their preteen years. The guys met playing local shows in the Boston suburbs and have been intertwined in one another’s lives ever since.

After years of releasing records and touring in separate bands, John, Morgan and Jamel found themselves on a hiatus from making music. That is until a close friend’s wedding inspired them to write and perform on the special day. “This originally started as a fun project,” Jamel reflects, “but everything happened so organically we decided to make it official.”

The excitement of writing and performing together motivated Best of Friends to continue, and the trio went on to self-release several singles online. Once taking inspiration from the Northeast punk scene, John, Morgan and Jamel now draw inspiration from their new home, sunny Los Angeles. Tracks filled with sing-along choruses and anthemic gang vocals are rooted in classic rock and it’s deep origins. “I’ve mainly been influenced by my father and his love for roots reggae music,” Morgan notes. “As a kid he would always be playing Motown or blues around the house. Watching my parents dance to those tunes made me want to recreate that happiness.”

‘Twist Shake Shout,’ the band’s first single on Vagrant Records, embodies feel good vibes and motivates the listener to do just as the title suggests. Narrative lyrics such as ‘we found sunshine, love and phonographs, all our stuff in trunks and paper bags, “ highlight the band’s love for California and extend into the sing-along chorus as Morgan tenderly amps up the listener with “Oh! Come on and shout it out. Sing a little bit louder now.” The single positively adds sunshine and energy to anyone’s daily soundtrack.

Best of FriendsTwist Shake Shout: iTunes | Spotify

Oct 21, 2015

LP “Muddy Waters” Live Session Premieres on ELLE Magazine

Today, LP premiered a live performance of “Muddy Waters” over on ELLE Magazine! LP performs a raw, stripped-down version of her sultry new single. The performance was captured at Los Angeles’ Harvard & Stone and directed by Collier Landry. Click HERE or jump below to check out her awesome performance.

If you’re in Los Angeles, LP will be doing three November shows at the intimate No Vacancy in Hollywood. Details HERE.

Oct 12, 2015

Bloc Party Announce New Album, HYMNS

Bloc Party today announced the details of their new album HYMNS, due for release on January 29, 2016 in standard CD and digital formats, as well as deluxe CD, deluxe digital and limited edition double vinyl formats featuring four extra songs. The album’s opening song, The Love Within, is available as an instant-grat to those pre-ordering the album; it is also available to stream and download now.

Bloc Party - HYMNS Pre-Order: iTunes | Amazon
Bloc Party - “The Love Within”: YouTube | Spotify | iTunes

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01. The Love Within
02. Only He Can Heal Me
03. So Real
04. The Good News
05. Fortress
06. Different Drugs
07. Into The Earth
08. My True Name
09. Virtue
10. Exes
11. Living Lux

12. Eden (deluxe edition bonus track)
13. Paradiso (deluxe edition bonus track)
14. New Blood (deluxe edition bonus track)
15. Evening Song (deluxe edition bonus track)

HYMNS is a rebirth for Bloc Party. After 16 years as a band, countless world tours and awards and four studio albums, Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack are taking it back to where it all began.

“Bloc Party started with just Kele and I, and we used to write the songs together, and we found other people and grew from that. It feels like that’s happened again,” says Russell. They started writing together, just the two of them, in 2014, and were joined at various stages by the two new members who have made Bloc Party a four-piece again: bassist Justin Harris, whom the band met in his previous guise as part of the Portland indie rock band Menomena, and drummer Louise Bartle, a 21-year-old that the pair discovered on YouTube, and who “blew us away. It’s good to have someone bringing that energy of doing it for the first time. It’s made us all excited about going forward.”

As the title suggests, the fifth Bloc Party record is about faith and devotion, but it is not, Kele insists, a religious epiphany. “I grew up in a religious house so I’m fully aware of the imagery, but I’m not Christian. It’s not something I subscribe to.” Instead, the concept came to him after seeing the author Hanif Kureishi, whom Kele has admired since he was at school, talk at the Southbank Centre in London. The author of My Beautiful Laundrette and Intimacy was discussing evangelical art and how unfashionable it has become. “And that point stuck with me because it seemed like for me music had originated in a religious place. The first music I ever heard was hymns at school. I started to think, if I was going to make music that had a spiritual dimension, that was sacred to me and to the things that I held important, how would I do it?” The result is a record that sounds like a band growing and changing, pushing new sounds via new approaches, and resulting in more free, less constricted Bloc Party. HYMNS marks a departure for the band sonically, too, with Kele and Russell trying sounds and approaches that they have never previously explored.

“It’s still a very live record,” says Russell. “Everything has been played, though it doesn’t necessarily sound like that. We take a lot of influence from electronic music, for example, and then try to bring that into a completely different environment.” Kele is astounded at the results. “What Russell is doing now is completely blowing my mind. He’s using the guitar as an instrument of white noise, as well as a melodic tool. I’m super-excited about getting this music in front of people.”

Last week Bloc Party got the music in front of a UK audience for the first time, performing at Maida Vale studios to open BBC 6 Music Live, a week long series of live music broadcast from the legendary west London studios. The band’s set included new songs “The Good News” and “Exes,” alongside highlights from their considerable back catalogue including “Octopus,” “Banquet” and “This Modern Love.”

Watch Exes (6 Music Live at Maida Vale October 2015)

Oct 09, 2015

Van of WATERS Talks Dodgers Fandom With MLB Entertainment

Van Pierszalowski of WATERS recently sat down with MLB Entertainment for their Fandom series. In the segment, the WATERS frontman discusses his Los Angeles Dodgers obsession, his interest in sabermetrics, and how he thinks The Boys In Blue will fare this postseason. Head HERE or jump below to watch the interview in full.

Oct 08, 2015

Albert Hammond Jr. Records Consequence of Sound Treehouse Session

Last month, Albert Hammond Jr. stopped by Chicago’s Treehouse Studios to record a quick session for Consequence of Sound. Check out his performances of “Caught By My Shadow” and “Razor’s Edge” from his latest album, Momentary Masters.

Albert Hammond Jr. – Momentary Masters: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Webstore | Spotify

Oct 06, 2015

Bloc Party Premiere New Single "The Love Within," New Album Out In 2016

We are incredibly thrilled to welcome Bloc Party to the Vagrant family! Bloc Party has just premiered their eagerly anticipated new song, “The Love Within,” which is a first taste from the band’s forthcoming, as-yet-untitled fifth album, due for release in early 2016.

Yesterday Bloc Party performed at London’s prestigious Maida Vale studios to open BBC 6 Music Live, a weeklong series of live music broadcast from the BBC. The band’s set included new songs “The Good News” and “Exes” alongside highlights from their critically lauded back catalog including “Octopus” (from 2012’s Four), “Banquet” (from 2005’s Silent Alarm), and “This Modern Love” (also from Silent Alarm). Watch the full performance HERE.

In August, Bloc Party made their live return in America, playing two sold out shows on the West Coast before an acclaimed appearance at this year’s FYF Fest, where they headlined The Lawn stage. They are confirmed to headline Falls Festival in Australia this winter, and play a run of intimate European shows in November-December; see for details.

Oct 02, 2015

Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land Available Now

Blitzen Trapper’s 8th album All Across This Land is out today! Paste Magazine is calling All Across This Land Blitzen Trapper’s “tightest, most focused rock ‘n’ roll album 15 years in the making, as the musicians are both in command of their talents individually and completely dialed in as a band.” Grab and listen to the record at one of the following outlets:

Blitzen TrapperAll Across This Land: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Webstore | Spotify

To celebrate the release of All Across This Land, the band has hand designed, numbered, and autographed 100 unique copies of the album and delivered them to some of their favorite indie record stores. Find out how to get your hands on a copy and score a #TrapperTreasure‬.

Sep 25, 2015

Blitzen Trapper’s All Across This Land Streaming at Entertainment Weekly

Blitzen Trapper’s upcoming album, All Across This Land, is currently premiering at Entertainment Weekly! All Across This Land is the band’s eighth studio album, and for it, frontman Eric Earley says he “went back to the bands that influenced [him] in high school, like the Replacements and R.E.M., Uncle Tupelo” to inspire the writing and recording process. Head to EW and check out the album a week before release HERE.


Blitzen TrapperAll Across This Land: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Webstore | Spotify

Sep 24, 2015

LP Announces New Single, "Muddy Waters" Premieres Today

We’re incredibly thrilled to welcome LP to the Vagrant family! Today LP will release a special, two-song project – Muddy Waters – under Vagrant Records. Produced by Mike Del Rio from alt-pop band POWERS, her new endeavor will feature title track “Muddy Waters” and “Lost on You.” Click HERE or press play below to hear “Muddy Waters” via Noisey.

Staying true to LP’s distinctive pop form, “Muddy Waters” is a cinematic offering that magnificently showcases her powerful, arena-built vocal range. The single sonically stomps with a thick, church-soul melody. Her lyrics stir like a raging storm of emotions and troubled tensions fueled by a destructive relationship. Folks in Los Angeles will be able to catch these new tracks and more live at LP’s intimate residency shows on November 3rd and November 10th at No Vacancy.

LP recently appeared on CONAN with JR JR – formally Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – to perform the duo’s single “Gone.” LP is a vet to the late night television circuit having recently performed her own singles “Into The Wild” and “Night Like This” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Show with David Letterman, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and more. Currently, LP is writing her follow up album to her 2014 release Forever For Now (Warner Bros. Records).

Sep 23, 2015

Dive In Announce New EP, “Change In The Weather” Premiering on Consequence of Sound

Glastonbury’s Dive In has announced their new EP, Change In The Weather! Change In The Weather is a follow up to the Eighteen EP which released in May. Below is a message from the band:

We're pretty, pretty excited to finally be able to share the news that our brand new EP, "Change In The Weather" will be available in all its glory for all to enjoy from this Friday! We had such an amazing time writing and recording these songs that we feel are very special to us, and now can't wait to be able to share. We're extra happy that we will have two full EPs out by the time we play some of our first shows, which are in October playing with Twin Atlantic and Coasts. We can't wait to hear what you guys make of it!

The title track is premiering at Consequence of Sound. Click HERE or jump below to stream the song.

Change In The Weather EP is out this Friday. Get it on iTunes.