Esben and the Witch to Release Debut Album

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“Not to say they’re in any way a throwback, but the intense fury these three modest humans work up reminds me of ’80s/’90s bands who were desperate to match savvy rock songwriting with scary, theatrical emotion and intensity without turning it into noise punk or cabaret shtick. They walk a line, evoking folklore and fairy tales and witchery, swelling to a climax that’s hypnotic but never quite reveals itself.” SPIN

Dark noise pop Esben and the Witch are set to release their debut album, Violet Cries. Their intense sound has been raved about ever since they released their 3 EP. You can check out their “Warpath” mp3 here, and their new music video for “Marching Song” below.

U.S. Royalty to release “Mirrors”

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Washington DC-based band US Royalty are finally ready to release their debut record after spending a year recording and writing the music as a band. The folk pop band has been compared to the likes of Local Natives and the Black Keys, but in reality, their inspiration is drawn from Kubrick and Ennio Morricone soundtracks.

The result is an electrifying single called “Equestrian”, which can be listened to here.

Make sure to pick up the promising “Mirrors” on January 25th, 2011.

Active Child Release Music Video, Tour with White Lies

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Los Angeles-based artist Active Child released their new music video via Pitchfork for their new single “I’m In Your Church at Night”. The clip, directed by Petro Papahadjopoulos, has the craziest aesthetic ever: think pastry chefs cooking in the middle of a snowstorm. Regardless, its unearthly sound and electronic sound gives Active Child a new edge. They will also be touring England with White Lies next year. Check out the tour dates below, as well as the mind-boggling video here!

February:
04 – Cambridge, England – The Junction *
06 – Norfolk, England – UEA LCR Union House *
07 – Brighton, England – Com Exchange *
09 – Bristol, England – O2 Academy Bristol *
10 – London, England – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire *
13 – Leeds, England – O2 Academy Leeds *
14 – Birmingham, England – HMV Institute *
16 – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland *
17 – Newcastle, England – O2 Academy Newcastle *
18 – Manchester, England – Academy (Manchester University SU) *

* = w/ White Lies

Vanity Theft Announce New Album And Tour

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After several months of heavy touring in support of their latest EP, Anatomy, Ohio’s Vanity Theft are pleased to announce a release date for their next LP, Get What You Came For. The LP will be released digitally on February 1, with physical copies available in stores on March 1 via Vigilante Music/Adamant Records.

Get What You Came For finds the group enjoying a new line-up (former Disney Channel star Lalaine joined the group earlier in the year,) and creating what Vanity Theft does best: music that is catchy, edgy, and dancey as hell, in the tradition of The Runaways and Sleater-Kinney.

Vanity Theft is also bracing for a nationwide tour next year, traveling alongside Hunter Valentine. Full tracklist and tour dates below:

Get What You Came For

1. Trainwreck

2. Limb from Limb

3. My Cup Runneth Over

4. Rattle Rattle

5. Bit By Bit

6. Textbook Answer

7. Anatomy

8. End Scene

9. Dead Battery

10. Missing Teeth

2011 Tour (All dates with Hunter Valentine)

February 2 – New York, NY – The Knitting Factory
February 4 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
February 5 – Charlotte, NC – The Milestone
February 7 – Atlanta, GA – Purgatory
February 9 – Webster, TX – Club Eden
February 10 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
February 11 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
February 12 – Dallas, TX – Sue Ellen’s
February 13 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Conservatory
February 17 – Scottsdale, AZ – The Rogue Bar
February 18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
February 20 – San Francisco, CA – Milk Bar
February 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
February 25 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
February 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Burts Tiki
March 1 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
Mar 2 – St. Louis, MO – Ciceros

Delta Spirit: Helping You Cope With Loss Since 2010

Their sound may be rock, soul and a little bit of Americana, but all the five piece San Diego outfit Delta Spirit is making listeners hear in their latest EP, The Waits Room, is melancholy sadness.

How could we not feel this way, when on the album the “short list” of the things we lose include “our youth, our safety, our comfort, our innocence…” and this goes on and on. But Delta Spirit’s music thrives on this tone, as critics and fans have agreed.

The band’s new tour begins next week to promote the release of the EP, dropping  TODAY, and their last LP, History From Below, which is out now on Rounder Records.

Tour Dates

11/16/10 Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
11/18/10 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
11/19/10 Turner Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11/20/10 Legends of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana
11/21/10 Mountain Stage Radio Show Charleston, West Virginia
11/22/10 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, New York
11/23/10 Webster Hall New York, New York
11/26/10 Paradise Rock Club Boston, Massachusetts
11/27/10 The Met Cafe Pawtucket, Rhode Island
11/29/10 OttoBar Baltimore, Maryland
11/30/10 Brillobox Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
12/01/10 The Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
12/02/10 Grey Eagle Tavern & Music Hall Asheville, North Carolina
12/03/10 Mercy Lounge Nashville, Tennessee
12/04/10 Metro Chicago, Illinois
12/07/10  Fillmore  San Francisco, California
12/08/10 The Music Box Hollywood, California
12/09/10 SOHO Music Club Santa Barbara, California
12/10/10 House of Blues San Diego, California

WYLDLIFE Give Pains of Being Pure at Heart a Run for Their Money…


Over time I have met and helped many amazing bands. I want to share with you one of my favorites. Hailing from the outskirts of New York City is a young band of early 20’s lads called Wyldlife. They’ve been making a name for themselves around New York and last year did a super successful Northeast Tour. Imagine if The Strokes and The Ramones had a bastard child. This would turn out to be Wyldlife in the most flattering way possible. Also, what cool parents that would be right? Every tune is addictive, and every note is flawless from one track to the next. The vocals are dead on brilliant. Oh and does the lead singer look familar to you? Well that’s Dave Feldman, the brother of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and The Depreciation Guild’s Kurt Feldman. I hate to play favorites but I’m loving Wyldlife more.

You can catch Wyldlife this coming Thursday, March 25th in New York City. They’re playing Webster Hall. The show starts at 8pm and it’s Ages 19+. 10 bucks will get you into one of the most energetic concerts you’ll ever see. Consider this peer pressure. Go do it!

Here’s some Wyldlife for your downloading pleasure and check out more songs on their Myspace HERE.

Click on the Down Pointing Arrow on the Right Side of the Soundcloud Box to Download!

Wyldlife- Lit Lounge by modernmysteryblog

Wyldlife- Girls In Fedoras by modernmysteryblog

Wyldlife- I Just Can’t Stand Just Standing Around by modernmysteryblog