VIDEO: Katie Herzig Premieres “Walk Through Walls”

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Katie Herzig’s new album Walk Through Walls is out April 8

Songs from her four albums have been featured in many commercials and soundtracked the drama on television shows likeGrey’s Anatomy and Bones, and most recently, in the the trailer forSaving Mr. Banks. She’s even been nominated for a Grammy Award. Yet universal recognition continues to elude her — but her new album, Walk Through Walls, may finally put her over the top.

The album, which is due out April 8th, shows Herzig continuing to break with her folksy roots, swapping acoustic guitars for the poppy electronica and synthesizers that worked so well on her last album. TIME is excited to premiere the album’s title track, “Walk Through Walls,” a pretty and ethereal number that showcases Herzig’s deft vocals and poignant lyrics.

“This song was written in a time when I had to come to terms with the fact that life does not always reflect the picture we grow up having in our mind. And when it starts to look like something outside of that, we are stuck between hanging on to that picture with all our might, or letting it go and embracing the picture that is,” Herzig says. “This song lives in the space between those two worlds.”

As for the making of the video, Herzig explains: “My director, Shih-Ting Hung, came across Edward James’ Las Pozas in Xitlitla Mexico when we were looking for locations and we both fell in love. With a spirit of adventure and some crazy planning and coordination we flew into Mexico City, met up with a wonderful Mexican crew, drove 9 hours to Las Pozas and shot the video in one day… in the middle of a place that I can only describe as heaven on earth.”

“This shows only a tiny bit of its breathtaking structures,” she adds. That description is an apt analogy for the song itself, which hints at the power and beauty in Herzig’s voice and songwriting capabilities.

You can pre-order her album here and catch her on tour through the end of May.

Katie Herzig’s New Track “Drug” Is Just That

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At Refinery29, our ethos of discovery means that we are always keeping our ear to the ground, hoping to unearth the very best new artist, or an exciting collaboration from a musician we already know and love. Which is why we take our music very seriously, and don’t put our stamp of approval on anything that we don’t already have on our own iPod/Spotify/various listening devices. So, you can imagine we are particularly excited to premiere a song from Katie Herzig off of Walk Through Walls, out April 8, 2014. Here is what you gotta know:

Who? Katie Herzig, the girl whose music you’ve been listening to forever, you just didn’t know who she was. (It’s high time you met her.)
How long has she been around? Herzig has been on the scene since ’97!
What does she sound like? She sounds like your best, most memorable dream — only moreawesome.
When should you listen to her? There comes a time during everyone’s day where silence won’t do, but talking won’t, either. Then, Katie Herzig makes the perfect companion.
If this song was an ice cream flavor, it would be: We’re going to go out on a limb and say it’d be rocky road with a caramel core.

Herzig first popped up on our radar back in 2009 with her tongue-in-cheek single “Hey Na Na.” Since then, she’s been a staple in our libraries for almost every occasion. She’s maintained her cheeky sounds through the years, and “Drug” is a testament to that. Speaking with Refinery29, Herzig says it’s about the addiction of new love. “We never really took ourselves too seriously,” she says reflecting on the creation process with Cason Cooley and Butterfly Boucher. “I’m really looking forward to playing this one live — [it's] one of my favorites off the new album.” Katie, we couldn’t agree more.

Grand Analog: Wild Animal Print

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Grand Analog just bumped Toronto up a notch as they lay down top shelf beat with indie hip-hop on Modern Thunder (Feel Up Records). Odario Williams, Warren Bray, Alister Johnson, TJ Garcia definitely shake it up with modern beatboxing and killer scratch.

You can’t ignore the underlying sounds of The King of Pop which tap a 70s-80s pop influence in tracks like Gorgeous Jane , Wild Animal Print and Lion Head. These guys deliver beatnik rap with the flavor of The Roots, Outkast, and Major Lazer, offsetting their niche sound and penetrating every corner of the dance floor.

They’ve performed around the world and mixed with some big talent while making a huge name for themselves throughout the club scene and festivals like SXSW. And now we get to own their music. Check out their latest track Wild Animal Print and enjoy the crew’s album out this month.

 

Cloud Cult go “Running With The Wolves” on a stripped down new live cut

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Cloud Cult’s 10th full-length and first live LP, Unplug, hits stores in a few weeks, just in time for spring. In anticipation, The A.V. Club has the premiere of a new live version of  “Running With The Wolves,” from the band’s 2010 record Light Chasers. While the original clip for the song featured adorable papercraft wolves, this one features the Minneapolis band playing a sold out hometown show at the Southern Theatre. It also reimagines the track in a new, stripped down version, something that true Cult members (or fans) should appreciate.

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REDBULL – Cloud Cult – ‘Chemicals Collide’ Live Premiere

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Cloud Cult, the fiercely independent rock band out of Minneapolis known for their intricate and swirling arrangements, has recorded a live acoustic album. And it’s just as powerful as their studio albums.

‘Unplug’ comes out April 15. It was recorded at a sold-out Southern Theater in their hometown last December, and features 17 reimagined versions of band’s songs. Today, we’re premiering the unplugged version of ‘Chemicals Collide,’ originally from Cloud Cult’s 2007 album ‘The Meaning Of 8.’

“The versions of these songs are so different from the Cloud Cult studio recording originals, and it’s because we worked on many of these totally unplugged in the woods, or down by the creek or around the campfire,” says the band.

“Our typical electric show is very dependent on technology, with multiple computers running and a spaghetti explosion of wires quietly hidden between instruments and easels. That obviously has it’s own benefits, but it’s fun to think that even if the power grid went down, we’d be able to pull of this new set in your living room.”

Cloud Cult in your living room? That would be amazing. Until that happens we will have ‘Unplug.’ Pre-order on the band’s website.

 

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Toadies, ‘Stop It’: Exclusive Song Premiere

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Toadies, 'Stop It': Exclusive Song Premiere

Listen to an unreleased bonus track (a Pylon cover) from the 20th anniversary edition of “Rubberneck” … Also, the band is nearly done recording its sixth studio album

Toadies may be gearing up for a big 20th anniversary celebration this year — and there’s new versions of its old music on the way, too. Frontman Vaden Todd Lewis tells Billboard that the Forth Worth rockers is in the midst of finishing a new album, Toadies’ sixth overall and the follow-up to 2012′s “Play.Rock.Music.”

“It’s kind of a retrospective of our whole catalog, with a new lens,” Lewis says of the set, which he calls an outgrowth of performances from the band’s performances at its annual Dia De Los Toadies festivals. “On the first night we started doing a chill set with different instrumentation. We’ve played these songs for so long, we wanted to take them apart and make them into something new. We decided after the last (festival), ‘Let’s do a record of this, the same idea but in a studio with a more controlled environment. It’s all acoustic guitar, (Fender) Rhodes piano. It should be shocking” to a lot of Toadies fans, but I think that’s good to do, occasionally.”

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Lewis says Toadies also “wrote a couple new (songs) in the studio that will hopefully make it on the record,” which he hopes to have out by late summer.

Meanwhile, Toadies will be setting out to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album, “Rubberneck,” and its breakthrough hit “PossumKingdom.” The group’s tour will begin with performances March 12-15 at the South By Southwest Music Conference & Festival in Austin, Texas, and run through June, with dates still being added to the itinerary. The quartet will, of course, be playing “Rubberneck” in its entirety, and an anniversary edition of the album comes out April 1 sporting live versions of “PossumKingdom” and “Tyler” as well as the unreleased bonus tracks”Run In With Dad,” “Rockfish” and a cover of Pylon’s “Stop It.”

“I’ve never understood what people loved so much about it,” Lewis says with a laugh. “I love the record. I’m happy with it, of course, but it still just astounds me that people connected with it the way they did. I can see how that was pretty much my beginning effort as a writer, a serious songwriter. Those were some of the first songs I’d ever written; ‘I Come From the Water’ was the first song I wrote for the Toadies, that I actually finished into a song. It’s a snapshot of, like, a year, I guess, but I can see the progress I’ve made. It still just astounds me.”

And though he had to have his arm twisted a bit to record it at the time, Lewis says

he’s happy with Toadies’ take on “Stop It” (hear it exclusively, above).

“The Pylon version of it really kicked ass,” he recalls. “I thought, ‘Let’s put some heavier, louder guitars on it and do it, just real simple.’ We just ran through it in the studio a couple times and I kinda forgot about it. In hindsight it would have made a great addition, but I was a real stickler for making it an all-original record at the time.”

Amidst the other projects, Toadies have also entered the beer market, teaming with Texas’ Martin House Brewing company for Rubberneck Red, a limited edition malty red ale with a hoppy flavor. “We met them through some mutual friends in the beer-drinking circles of Fort Worth, and we started talking about how cool it would be to do a Toadies beer,” Lewis says. “I’m not a real beer snob, so I don’t really know the terms, but it’s good. It’s sessionable, which means you can drink a shit-ton of it. It’s not real heavy, but it’s not a pansy beer, either.”

Watch a “120 Minutes” performance of “I Come From the Water”:

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Exclusive First Listen: Kina Grannis’ New Single “Dear River”

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Kina Grannis is one of those artists whose music just touches my heart—her mood in the song becomes my mood in real life, every time. So I’m excited that today, we’re presenting the very first listen of her soulful new single, “Dear River.”

Warning: Not unlike our new springtime soundtrack, it’ll make you want to throw off work and your heavy coat and travel somewhere sunny and life-changing.

And if you want more, check out ”The Fire” if you haven’t heard it/played it to death yet—plus, ”My Own,” a track Grannis did with her sisters, is just too adorable.

Grannis’ new album, Elements, drops May 6.

MisterWives – SXSW Chillen with MisterWives

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In their lone year together, MisterWives has gone from their first break out performance at New York’s Canal Room to performing at SXSW this past week. Right before they left for Austin, singer Mandy Lee, bassist Will Hehirand drummer Etienne Bowler let us hang out in their apartment which doubles as a studio where they produce all their music, including their recently released EPReflections. Over coffee and chocolate donuts that Mandy made – yes, there were donuts and she’s an amazingbaker – they talked about their sudden rise, annoying their neighbors and their family style of living.

Milk Made: How did you guys meet? What made you decide to form a band?

Mandy: Well, I wish we could say we met in a more interesting way, but it was very random ways of meeting. Will and I met through a mutual friend. I was throwing an ’80s prom for my birthday and I wanted an ’80s cover band. So my friend was like, “Oh I have a friend who is a bassist.” Then after that night we were like, “Let’s actually play music together that’s not just ’80s cover music.” Then Will moved in shortly after, and we became roommates.

Etienne and I worked a block away from one another in the city at vegan restaurants. We would always cross paths and go to one another’s workplace to eat, and would talk about music. I invited him to come jam with us and the second he did it just all felt right, that’s why we were like, “Let’s make a band together.” We’ve all been in many previous music projects, and none of them felt the way it did when we played music. It came naturally and we all got along so well. If we didn’t make a band, we’d all be kicking ourselves. We all love music and love each other so those two things go hand in hand.

MM: Has it been a whirlwind for you guys since you’ve been signed with Photo Finish?

ML: Oh yeah!

Etienne: It’s been more and more just being more and more busy every day. Every week it’s just –

ML: Crazy! Music is a job now. This is busier to me than working doubles at a restaurant and trying to balance making music at the same time. And it’s pretty awesome. It’s been just a snowball effect. Last year, we had our first show at the Canal Room on Feb. 1 with the five of us – because there’s Jesse and Mark, the guitarist and the keys player – and then basically like the next day Matt Galle out of Photo Finish offered us a record deal. So that happened, and we got our managers, and this, and touring , all festivals, and iTunes “Single of the Week,” all these many, different things that we were planning in like a couple years. It just happened kind of fast. Et recorded all our first demos, and we put them up on Soundcloud. I guess that’s how people found us. Power of the internet!

MM: Since you live together, are there any conflicts?

EB: Well, we get along too well.

ML: Yeah, people don’t believe us. They’re like, “Come on! Give us the dirt.” Unfortunately, we like each other. Except for the only thing: Me being the only girl, I clean up a lot in the house. Those things aren’t band related though. No band issues. Just like, “Ah! There’s piss on the seat again! I am cleaning your piss.” That’s as far as our bickering gets.

EB: Mandy makes everyone a lot cleaner. There are things that I never thought to do. Like taking the things off the stove, rather than just wiping them a little. [Laughter]

MM: Do your neighbors complain a lot about the practicing?

ML: Oh, you should look at our fridge. We have all our noise complaints up there. First one was handwritten. Second one was typed. Now he just holds down the doorbell for a solid five minutes straight.

EB: And Mandy just goes, “Don’t answer it! Just stop. Just shhh!” [Laughter]

ML: And then we all meet them in the elevator. This elderly couple. They hate us. We sometimes get stuck in the elevator with them. We’re just, “Well, this is awkward!” We had a film crew here the other day. They’re in the elevator, so this guy was extra mad that there was no space. So he’s like, “Are you famous, yet?” And we’re like, “We’re working on it, you know.” He goes, “Yeah. Did your album come out?” And I was like, “Yeah, we would send you one, but I guess you heard it all already.” We produced all of it here in the apartment. We’ll give them a shout out for tolerating us.

MM: Take us through a regular day for MisterWives?

ML: Wake up. Definitely coffee and breakfast, usually tofu scramble. Either we have to go out and do interview or play sessions that are filmed. And if we’re not doing that kind of thing, then we’re recording here and writing. We’ve been writing a lot of new material, because we’re going to go to Atlanta in May to record the full length album for four weeks. We had this tiny little window of time for making new music since we’ve been home from the last tour. There’s that. What else do we do?

WH: Conference calls.

ML: Yeah, we usually do conference calls and we just shot a music video the day before. That was an all day thing. We did an MTV session the day before. Before that we had a show. So always something music-oriented. At the end of the day I’ll cook dinner. We’ll all sit down and have dinner.

EB: We’ll find a really good action movie to watch. Mandy falls asleep in the opening credits.

ML: It’s exhausting! It takes up all our day, but it’s fun. Is there anything else interesting that we do? We try to do some sort of physical activity and then we don’t see sunlight for the rest of the day ’cause we’re in our room. We have a little tiny studio in our bedroom and that’s where we spend most of our time. Pretty boring. Occasionally we’ll go out and do something social. So that’s our day. Damn, we gotta do other things. [Laughter]

MM: You’ve just shot the video for the song Reflectionsrecently. What can we expect from that?

ML: Ooh! Fire and shattered glass! It’s good. There’s a story line to the video and it’s very fitting to what that song is about. But it has an interesting perspective as to how to showcase that story line. Brian Magarian, the editor, is an incredible computer wizard and really good with CGI, so there’s going to be a lot of cool effects with shattered glass and fire. It was awesome. It got shot in this big warehouse in Brooklyn. We started at 9 AM and we didn’t get home like 1 in the morning. It was an all day event, but it was incredible. It was our first official music video with a budget and signing contracts, a big camera crew and all these fancy things. ’Cause the last music video we shot was guerrilla filming, going into places we shouldn’t have, one camera guy and two of his friends are helping out.

WH: It cost us a pizza.

ML: Yeah! So it went from the first music video where a budget was the pizza to this one where it was a whole production.

MM: What are you looking forward to most performing at SXSW?

ML: Perez Hilton Party. That’s gonna be crazy.

EB: Yeah, it’s gonna be great.

ML: We’re gonna play that. And we looked at photos of the venue we’re playing. And I pissed my pants a little, because it was so huge. It had balconies and 5,000 people. It’s insane.

EB: It’s going to be the biggest show by far we ever played.

ML: Yeah, so that’s incredible. But I’m excited to go and be there and see other bands, for sure. Being in 80 degree weather and getting to listen to music from mornings till nights. I’m mostly excited for that. It’s fun playing, but it’s even more fun when you get to go and see the bands.

MM: Is there anyone you plan on stalking while you’re there?

WH & EB: Bill Murray.

ML: We’re playing a show for the Dickies Road House. One of the members of The Strokes is going to be DJ’ing. I’m excited for that. We’ve never been there. We’ve never been to the festivals we’re playing and we always wanted to go to these things and now it’s like, we’re playing and we’re going! So it’s just double rainbow.

Happy Fangs: anthemic female punk pop

 

Happy Fangs is the punk pop duo formed last year by singer Rebecca Gone Bad (formerly of My First Earthquake) and guitarist Michael Cobra of King Loses Crown, plus drum machine. Their self-titled EP, released last year, is a raucous force of noisy guitar and anthemic vocals that thrill me like the late-1970s sounds of X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie, and Suburban Lawns. Tonight, the band plays in their hometown of San Francisco at Slim’s as part of Noise Pop 2014.  It’ll be their first show with their new live drummer, Jess Gowrie. To celebrate, we’re delighted to premiere this version of the slow-burning Happy Fangs track “Alone,” remixed by Mercury Rev’s Anthony Molina. Listen above.  And below, the video for the single “Lion Inside You,” from the Happy Fangs EP.

 

Refinery29 Offers A Preview Of Eternal Summers “The Drop Beneath”

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Winter blues, it’s time you met Eternal Summers. This trio has got that NorCal vibe to chill you out while lifting you higher. Their latest album, The Drop Beneath, plays like an ode to the days of cruisin’ along the coastline, windows down, one arm hanging out. Life, in their world, is good.

The Drop Beneath doesn’t drop until March 4, but we’ve got the title track for y’all to vibe out to in the meantime. Nicole Yun, Eternal Summers’ vocalist, told Refinery29 that “the title track of the album, ‘The Drop Beneath’ serves as a thesis statement for us as musicians — a call to step out of our own artistic barriers and literally take the plunge.” And, plunge it does. The guitar melody floats above a driving bass line and syncs so naturally with Yun’s vocals that it feels like we’ve stumbled upon live jam session rather than a polished track. Which, at the end of it all, is completely refreshing. Here’s a band that’s in it for the tunes and delivers a solid, yet beautifully rough jam. (Click here )