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  • November30th

    Most people know Dia Frampton from her stint on the NBC hit show The Voice, where she finished in second place.  But if you go back a few years, you will find Dia had an impressive following even then.

    In 2004, Frampton formed a band with her sister; Meg & Dia.  A year later they self-released their first album Our Home Is Gone.  In 2006, they signed with Doghouse Records- where they released their 2nd album- and later went on to sign with Warner Bros. Records to release their 3rd album.  After being dropped from the label in 2010, Meg & Dia self-released their 4th studio album Cocoon.

    As of July 7, 2011 Dia’s The Voice digital releases have sold 480,000 downloads.  It was recently announced that she will embark on a headlining tour with country musician and her The Voice mentor Blake Shelton.

    Check out Dia (and catch a glimpse of Meg on guitar!) in ‘The Broken Ones’, Dia’s first single off of her debut solo album Red which is slated for a December 6 release.

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  • November16th

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    Singer-songwriter Katie Herzig released her fifth studio album, The Waking Sleep, on September 20, 2011. Herzig reached success back with her first album, Watch Them Fall, when the title track was featured on the WB’s Smallville in 2004. Since then, many of her songs have been used on soundtracks for popular television shows and major films due to her sweet, light but full sound. “Heaven’s My Home,” co-written with Ruby Amanfu and performed by the Duhks, was nominated for the Grammy for Best Country Performance in 2007 and appeared in the 2008 film The Secret Life of Bees.

    Growing up in Colorado, Herzig began playing guitar her senior year of high school. When she went on to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, she met Tim and Laurie Thornton and Andrew Jed and formed a bluegrass-folk-pop band called Newcomers Home. The band broke up in 2006, which allowed Herzig to focus completely on a solo career with the release of her second album, Weightless. Many tracks from the album were featured in television and film. “Jack and Jill” was featured on One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars. “Fool’s Gold” and “Sweeter than This” were both featured on Grey’s Anatomy.

    Also in 2006, Herzig went on tour with the Fray and worked on her third album Apple Tree (2006), released May 18, 2008. “How the West Was Won” was used in HBO’s Bored to Death, and “Hey Na Na” was used in the pilot for Lifetime’s series Drop Dead Diva as well as in the film Going the Distance (2010) starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long.

    Herzig is kicked off her American tour on November 10, 2011, in Louisville, Kentucky. Listen to “Lost and Found” from The Waking Sleep below:

  • November10th

    Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent teamed up to mesh some of their separate recording ideas into a collaboration called Shovels & Rope. The bluesy country-rock musicians from Charleston, South Carolina, and also married, turned the project into a finished album in 2008 under the same name.

    Hearst’s style derives from her South Carolina roots, with lyrics of gun-slinging, drinking, dirt roads and dive bars, tambourine beats and acoustic leads. She got a taste of mainstream fame when her song “Hell’s Bells” was featured in a 2010 episode of HBO’s True Blood. Her strong blues/punk voice is perfectly complemented by Trent’s vocal harmonies and raw percussion. The duo has almost views 30,000 YouTube views of their video for “Boxcar,” where they filmed in an empty warehouse. “The Thread” video takes place in the same warehouse, reflecting the band’s intention to have the music to speak for itself.

    Shovels & Rope will be featured on tour this fall with headliner Butch Walker & The Black Widows, along with Sinclair Telstar and Fran Capitanelli, and will head to south to Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina for December shows.

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    Listen to “Boxcar” by Shovels & Rope below:

  • July4th

    The New Politics are an alternative rock band that mix sounds of electro, pop, and punk. All three members, David Boyd, Soren Hansen, and Louis Vecchio are from Copenhagen, Denmark. After signing with RCA in 2009, the band found success. In 2010 they released their first self-titled album.  The top single from the album titled “Yeah Yeah Yeah” ranked 16th on US alternative charts and 45th on US rock charts. The song was also featured in the video game “Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.”

    Upcoming performances are scheduled for all over Canada. For more information about their tour and to download their music check out their myspace and official website.

    Check out the official music video for the band’s most popular single “Yeah Yeah Yeah”

  • June29th


    Since it’s establishment in 2006, the English dance, Disco House punk band, Friendly Fires, has been making waves in the music industry. Band members Ed Mac, Jack Savidge and Edd Gibson have created a unique style of music that is a culmination of house, boogie and techno into one.  In May 2011, the band’s second album, Pala, was released featuring hit singles “Hawaiian Air” and “Live Those Days Tonight.”


    Friendly Fires has been a music sensation overseas since 2007. The group was nominated for Best British Group and British Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards in 2010. It was not until tracks like “White Diamonds” and “On Board” reached the U.S. via television series, Gossip Girl, and commercials for Ninentodo’s Wii Fit that the group gained attention in America.

    On May 25th, Friendly Fires announced official plans for their biggest UK tour to date, starting in Brighton on November 10th and going through cities such as Birmingham, Newcastle, Glasgow and London. With this musical threesome’s recent success, expect the band to include more tour stops across the globe shortly.

    Check out the band’s Official Website, Official Myspace, and Official Facebook Page for tour dates, downloads, and videos.

  • June7th

    At age 52, Sade Adu has not lost any of her spark. The grammy winning singer songwriter Sade is currently on tour for her new album “Soldier of Love” in the US and Canada. The top single from the album also titled “Soldier of Love” reached number 1 on Billboard’s Adult R&B Charts and ranked 58 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Since the mid 80s, the London raised singer has dominated as a singer and songwriter in the soul, and R&B genres. Her self-titled Grammy winning band, Sade, has managed to remain successful with 10 studio albums. The singers most popular songs include “By Your Side”, “Still in Love With You”, “No Ordinary Love”, and “Smooth Operator”.

    In 2011 Sade won two Grammys from songs off of her latest album “Soldier of Love”. Sades upcoming shows and tickent information can be found on her official website and myspace . You can also follow the singer on her twitter and facebook.

    Check out the official trailer for Sade’s 2011 North American Tour

    Also check out the official music video for Sade’s latest single “Solider of Love”

  • April13th

    A band that we’re buzzing about right now is the South African rockers, The Parlotones. The band consists of Kahn Morbee, Neil Pauw, Glenn Hodgson, and Paul Hodgson.

    Stardust Galaxies, the band’s Fall 2010 release made it to #13 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Chart and spent several weeks on Billboard’s Indie Top 200. 

    The Parlotones have been featured on television shows like Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill and I Used To Be Fat. They were also the first South African band to ever sell out the Coca Cola Dome, a 13,000 people capacity, in Johannesburg.

    The band has also created their own brand of wine. “Giant Mistake” which has earned the band a no.1 in the Sunday Times wine list and distribution through major European retailers. They followed up “Giant Mistake” with a white wine called “Push Me To The Floor” and a rose called “We Call This Dancing. The Parlotones wines will be available in the United States late in 2011.

    Starting next month, The Parlotones will be hitting the U.S. on a tour until April. The band will also be performing at SXSW.

    To check out tour dates and to snag tickets, head to the band’s official website.

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  • April11th

    California indie rock band, Apex Manor, has just released their debut album The Year of Magical Drinking on Merge Records.

    Apex Manor is Ross Flournoy, Adam Vine, Brian Whelan and Andy Creighton.

    Currently, the band is during a tour around the country in support of The Year of Magical Drinking. The tour comes to an end March 29th in Minneapolis.

    To snag your copy of The Year of Magical Drinking and tickets to their current tour head to the band’s website.

  • March25th

    We quickly fell in love with Ellie Goulding back in 2009 and since then, everyone all over the world has too.

    Since we first talked about Ellie the buzz about her music has grown.

    Goulding is the second artist ever to be named the number one predicted breakthrough act of the year in the BBC’s “Sound of 2010”. She also won the Critic’s Choice Award at the BRIT Awards in the same year.

    Her second studio-length album, Lights, was released in the UK last March and reached number 1 on the UK Album Charts. The US version was released just last week on Polydor Records and has already reached number one on the Top New Artist Album chart.

    Last month, Ellie was nominated at the 2011 BRIT Awards for Best British Female Solo Act and Best British Breakthrough Act.

    Her song, “Everytime You Go”,  was featured last year on the CW’s “Vampire Diaries”.  “Your Biggest Mistake” has also appeared in an episode of “The Inbetweeners”.

    Here’s the video for Goulding’s song “Starry Eyed”

    Ellie is currently performing at SXSW and then heading out on a short US tour until the middle of April. Make sure to check out her MySpace for dates and tickets because many of the shows are already sold out!

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  • March25th

    Fleetwood Mac’s frontwoman, Stevie Nicks, has a brand new album coming out May 3rd. In Your Dreams will be coming out on Reprise Records and is Nicks’ first studio album in 10 years, since Trouble in Shangri-La.

    The first single, “Secret Love”, was released on January 13th. You can catch Stevie on tour with Rod Stewart next month on the “Heart & Soul” Tour.

    For more details about the tour and album head to Stevie’s official website.