Introducing: Rival Empire

rival empire

Recently I have discovered a stellar group hailing from Chicago, IL by the name of Rival Empire.  Creating a synth-pop meets indie rock meets electro dance sound all of their own, the group takes a page from such bands as Cut Copy, The Killers and Friendly Fires, with a dab of Duran Duran to boot. Rival Empire have recently released their video for “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” which had me immediately hooked and ready to dive into the recent self-titled full length.

On Rival Empire, the record features 13 electrifying tracks that subtly blend genres, to create a dance party on its own terms. The record opener “Cameo Crush,” stopped me dead in my tracks. The vibrancy of guitars and synths that blend are surrounded by singer Steve Rivera’s smooth and prominent vocals. Songs like “Casio Crush,” which bursts with modern sounds and 80’s nostalgia respectively, helps set the tone for the record.

An immediate stand out song and favorite proves to be “Calling Me,” which takes the record to a whole new level. The dreamy vocal combinations with slight harmonies are heavenly and is laced with melodic hooks. Songs like “Good Love,” “Tidal Wave,” and “Open Fire,” add a deeper, darker element to the album, while  “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo,” and “High Fashion,” take you on wild musical journey. “Call the Adapter,” and  “Paybacks a B___h” adds a funkier element into the album, making a nice transition in to blending genres. Something that Rival Empire does flawlessly. “Calling Me (Orchestral Remix)” closes out the record, making Rival Empire, an album to remember for 2014.

Grab the album on BANDCAMP

Check out the video for “Reagan’s Rancho Del Cielo” HERE.

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Cut Copy Rock The Road


Did you miss Cut Copy’s energetic Coachella set? Well, the band has uploaded a short clip of the performance, which we’ve included below. And, they’ve announced a summer tour that will allow fans across the country to experience their live show. Peep the dates down below.

Cut Copy Summer Tour Dates
6/5: Houston, TX @ Free Press Summer Fest – BUY TICKETS
7/5: Richmond, VA @ The National – BUY TICKETS
7/6: Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live! – BUY TICKETS
7/7: Pattersonville, NY @ Camp Bisco – BUY TICKETS
7/9: Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Music Hall – BUY TICKETS
7/11: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo – BUY TICKETS
7/17: Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park – BUY TICKETS
7/11: Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn at Prospect Park Band Shell – BUY TICKETS
8/12: Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee – BUY TICKETS
8/13: Orange County, CA @ Pacific Festival at Oak Canyon Park

Cut Copy Announce Remix Series, Tour Schedule

Cut Copy just released the first of a series of re-interpretations from their latest album Zonoscope.

The song “Need You Now” was retooled by Architecture in Helsinki and premiered on Huffington Post. You can grab a copy of the song here.

The band also played the first talk-show post-Zonoscope, stopping by Jimmy Fallon’s last Friday. The band has started its North American leg of the Zonoscope World Tour. You can check out Cut Copy here:

Apr 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo*

Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella – SOLD OUT

Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – SOLD OUT *

Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Sutter Room (DJ SET)

Apr 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency*

Apr 20 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT *

Apr 21 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ*

Apr 22 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – SOLD OUT *

Apr 23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic*

June 5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest @ Elanor Tinsiley Park

July 7 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country club

July 17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park

August 12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre

*with Holy Ghost! as support

Midnight Magic Join LCD Soundsystem For Farewell Shows

If you thought disco died a couple decades ago, then Midnight Magic might have some choice words for you.

The 9-piece (!!!) disco band will be the guest band for LCD Soundsystem’s last shows ever and will be playing an additional New York show with Cut Copy.

The group have also released a new video for their disco-centric “Beam Me Up”. Check it out.

Midnight Magic will be playing New York (with Cloud Cult and LCD Soundsystem) on these dates:

4/6: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/Cut Copy

4/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie w/Jessica 6

March 29-31: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 w/ LCD Soundsystem

4/2: New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden w/ LCD Soundsystem

 

Cut Copy Get Remixed And Hit The Road

Over the next few weeks, Cut Copy will be unveiling several remixes of their single “Need You Now.” The first of these remixes, done by fellow Melbourne residents Architecture in Helsinki, was released at the beginning of this week.
http://soundcloud.com/wesleyambrecht/cut-copy-need-you-now
 

Tonight, The band will also be doing their first TV performance of the Zonoscope era, performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. And, tomorrow, they’ll embark on a nationwide tour. Many of the dates have sold out already but we’ve provided a full list below.

 

Cut Copy Spring Tour Dates

Mar 26 – Miami, FL – Ultra Music Festival – SOLD OUT
Mar 28 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade – BUY TICKETS*
Mar 29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club – SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall (DJ SET) – BUY TICKETS
Mar 31 – Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero – SOLD OUT *
Apr 1- New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT *
Apr 2 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT *
Apr 4- Boston, MA – House of Blues – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 5 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda – BUY TICKETS
Apr 6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5 – SOLD OUT
Apr 7 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 8 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater – SOLD OUT *
Apr 9 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox Sodo – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella – SOLD OUT
Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – SOLD OUT *
Apr 16 – San Francisco, CA – The Sutter Room (DJ SET) – BUY TICKETS
Apr 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Grand Ballroom @ Regency – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 20 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater – SOLD OUT *
Apr 21 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – BUY TICKETS*
Apr 22 – Austin, TX – Stubbs BBQ – SOLD OUT *
Apr 23 – New Orleans, LA – Republic – BUY TICKETS*
June 5 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Fest @ Elanor Tinsiley Park – BUY TICKETS
July 7 – Mariaville, NY – Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country club – BUY TICKETS
July 17 – Chicago, IL – Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park – BUY TICKETS
August 12 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre – BUY TICKETS

2011 Pitchfork Festival Tickets On Sale NOW

Taking place from July 15th to 17th, Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago will feature such premier names as Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, Deerhunter, OFWGKTA, and Yuck. Single-day passes are3 going for $45 each and all-weekend passes for $110.

Buy tickets at http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com and check out the lineup (so far) below. Be sure to get tickets soon as last year they sold out in five days.

FRIDAY
Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist
Curren$y

SATURDAY
Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Woods
Sun Airway
Kylesa

SUNDAY
TV on the Radio
Cut Copy
Deerhunter
Destroyer
OFWGKTA
Yuck