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Jan 14, 2015

Maudlin Strangers Sign to Vagrant, Debut Overdose EP to be Released January 20th

We are very excited to welcome Maudlin Strangers to the Vagrant family! Formed in 2010, Maudlin Strangers is the project of Agoura Hills, CA native Jake Hays.  

Recorded in Hays’ bedroom, the debut Overdose EP started as an “opportunity to play each instrument,” says Hays. “Live, I only get to play guitar and sing, so the recording process is my outlet to write and play different instruments.” What can only be described as dark-indie-rock, the 4-track EP combines somber lyricis masked by light, upbeat melodies. Hays not only writes all the music, but he designs all the band’s artwork as well.  “ The EP is just an expression of all the thoughts in my weird, restless mind,” Hays laughs. The result is an ambient yet catchy body of work with hints of MuteMath and even Pink Floyd strewn throughout. Track list and artwork can be found below.

Overdose EP will be available nationwide on January 20, 2015. Today, stream a new track off the EP, ‘AIM’ via Indie Shuffle. Maudlin Strangers will be touring the US with Bad Suns and Coasts starting January 24. Click HERE for all upcoming dates.

Overdose EP Track List:
1. AIM
2. Stay Young
3. Overdose
4. Penny

Jan 13, 2015

Justin Townes Earle’s ‘Absent Fathers’ Available Now

Justin Townes Earle’s new album Absent Fathers is out today! Absent Fathers was recorded alongside the critically acclaimed September release Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. The new LP features the songs “Call Ya Momma” and “Looking for a Place to Land.”

Purchase Absent Fathers: iTunes | Amazon | Vagrant Webstore

Justin kicks off his European tour this weekend. Click HERE for all upcoming dates.

Jan 13, 2015

CRUISR Premiere New Bear//Face Remix, Announce Dates with X Ambassadors

The Music Ninja has just debuted a brand new remix of CRUISR’s “All Over” from Bear//Face! Click HERE to check it out the UK producer’s fresh take on the track or listen below. The original appears on CRUISR’s All Over EP, available now on iTunes.

CRUISR will play headline shows in New York and Philly this week before heading out on select dates with X Ambassadors in March. The band is also confirmed to play SXSW in Austin, TX March 17-22. Click HERE for all upcoming shows and ticket links.

Jan 13, 2015

Rolling Stone Premieres Letts’ New Song “Emeralds,” Hold Fast Now Available for Pre-Order

Letts’ new song “Emeralds” premieres today via Rolling Stone! “Emeralds” comes from Letts’ forthcoming album, Hold Fast, produced by friend and collaborator Marcus Mumford. The debut LP will be released on February 17, 2015, on Community Music/Vagrant and is now available for pre-order on iTunes with instant downloads of “Emeralds,” “Matches,” and “Charles de Gaulle.”

About the recording process, Marcus Mumford noted, “it wasn't as different as I thought it was going to be because we're always involved in the production of our records. It just felt like being in the studio with your friends – which we do all the time.” Letts recalled the completely idyllic sessions, “We were surrounded by some of the most beautiful souls I have ever known. The most scenic and inspiring countryside, better than I could ever paint or imagine. A huge sense of love and trust.”

London-born Christian Letts returned to his native countryside to record Hold Fast. Other friends from their respective bands (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons) joined them at the farm, where, over the course of two consecutive Januaries, they crafted the ten tracks that comprise the album. The release will coincide with a series of art exhibits of Letts’ paintings and watercolors throughout the United States and Europe.

Jan 08, 2015

WATERS Announce West Coast Headline Tour, Cover Smashing Pumpkins

WATERS has announced a West Coast headline run kicking off later this month! Starting in San Diego on January 21, the tour takes the band up to Seattle and back, ending in Portland, OR on February 11. A full list of dates can be found below and all ticket links can be found HERE. Stay tuned for more exciting touring news to come.

WATERS released the 4-track-EP It All Might Be OK this past October, available now on iTunes. Inspired by the growing absence of rock in “alternative rock”, the EP, which was recorded in LA with Ryan Rabin (Grouplove) serves as a prelude to the band’s Vagrant debut album which is officially coming this Spring. More details and new music coming soon.

In the meantime, WATERS will be releasing new videos for fans via their new YouTube series WATERS TV. Check out the first episode below, which aired yesterday and features a cover of the Smashing Pumpkins classic “Tonight, Tonight.”

WATERS on tour:
1/21 San Diego, CA - The Casbah
1/22 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
1/24 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
2/10 Seattle, WA - Barboza
2/11 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar

Jan 06, 2015

Justin Townes Earle’s Absent Fathers Now Streaming via Amazon

Justin Townes Earle’s forthcoming LP Absent Fathers is now streaming ahead of next week’s release via Amazon! Click HERE to listen to the new album in its entirety. Absent Fathers was recorded alongside the critically acclaimed September release Single Mothers as a double album, but as Justin began to sequence it, he felt each half needed to make its own statement and they took on their own identities. Absent Fathers is available for pre-order now with an instant download of the first single entitled “Call Ya Momma.”

Justin will play eTown Hall in Boulder, Colorado this weekend before heading across the pond for a European run of dates. Click HERE for all upcoming touring info.

Jan 06, 2015

Bad Suns Set to Play Coachella 2015

Today, Bad Suns are excited to share they will be playing the 2015 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, CA for the first time. Bad Suns are confirmed for Saturday April 11 & 18, alongside War On Drugs, FKA Twigs, Perfume Genius and alt-J to name a few.

After extensive touring throughout 2014 in support of their debut album, Language & Perspective, the guys are taking a short break before hitting the road once again. Kicking off on January 24 at the already SOLD OUT show at the El Rey in their hometown of Los Angeles, Bad Suns will spend the end of January and all of February on their first ever North American headlining tour with support from Coasts and Maudlin Strangers. A full list of dates and ticket links can be found HERE.

Bad Suns also recently stopped by the Ernie Ball offices to chat about how it all began and play the single "Cardiac Arrest" acoustically. Check it out below.

Dec 08, 2014

Letts Premieres New Song "Matches"

Paste Magazine has just premiered a new song from Letts entitled "Matches." Click HERE to check it out or listen below. "Matches" appears on the forthcoming album Hold Fast set for release on February 17, 2015 via Community Music/Vagrant.

Christian Letts' debut solo effort was produced by Marcus Mumford and features friends from both of their respective bands (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Mumford and Sons). The release will coincide with a series of art exhibits of Letts’ paintings and watercolors throughout the United States and Europe.

Nov 25, 2014

CRUISR Premiere New Animated Video for "All Over"

CRUISR have just debuted their new video for "All Over"! Check out the premiere via Buzzfeed or watch below. Through animated clips, the video brings the song's theme of love/hate relationships to life by remaking legendary scenes from iconic films of both past and present. Directed by Chris Carboni (Adult Swim) the video walks the line between lovers and enemies.

"A lot of the fun came in finding the right balance of love and chaos to represent sucha volatile relationship," Carboni tells Buzzfeed. "I knew I wanted to echo the idea of constantly cycling back and forth between these two extremes by having continuous transitions (no cuts) which resulted in a lot of work on both the design and animation end. Every shot had to be constructed to blend into the next."

"All Over" is the title track from CRUISR's new EP, available now on iTunes and Spotify. The guys are currently on tour directly supporting The 1975 across the country. Click HERE for all upcoming dates.

Nov 20, 2014

WATERS Performs Live on KCRW

Yesterday WATERS stopped by LA's KCRW to play live on Morning Becomes Eclectic, and now you can stream the session online! Check out their performance of "Got To My Head" below and listen to the full session HERE. The band's recently released EP It All Might Be OK is available now on iTunes and Spotify.

WATERS just wrapped up their west coast tour supporting Tegan & Sara on Tuesday and play a one off show tomorrow night with Cold War Kids in Oakland. All upcoming tour info can be found HERE.