Broke Royals release new single “As Long As I Can See”

Broke Royals have released the new pop friendly and inspirational track “As Long As I Can See” from their self-titled album coming out Nov. 17. Check out the music video here:

The band pulls from a wide range of sounds across indie, electronic, and pop to marry raw, organic characteristics with crisp, detailed digital elements and production. The video relies on striking visuals and incorporates sign language in each scene in an effort to raise deaf awareness during Deaf Awareness Month in September. The International Week of the Deaf begins on the 18th and the video serves as a way to show how music can be enjoyed and felt without words. The band will be donating the profit from the first week of sales and streaming to the Nyle DiMarco Foundation; a non-profit who works to improve the lives of deaf people.

Broke Royal members Philip Basnight and Colin Cross were inspired by the unspoken emotional response to seeing a loved one after a long day and the importance of reconnecting. Basnight said the album’s name represents a confidence and assurance for the band’s future.

“When we started recording music we didn’t know that there would be such a stirring creative chemistry, but by the time we made the album we had found our sound,” Basnight said.

Be sure to check out the self-titled album when it drops on November 17.

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Gestures & Sounds – Album Release Show @ Hotel Cafe 9/15

Gestures & Sounds will be performing at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood this Friday, September 15 for their eight-track “Bill Nye Thinks We’re a Band” album release show. Tickets are available here.

Check out the song below to get acquainted with the new record sound:

https://soundcloud.com/gestures-sounds/01-ass-over-tea-kettle

Enter the Venture covered the LA-based folk-pop foursome’s performance at The Mint in June and it was a memorable show. There’s no doubt they’ll bring the same energy to the Hotel Cafe.

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Images via Gestures & Sounds

The band is known for incorporating visuals into their music with original videos. Talented filmmakers as well as musicians, G&S create all of their own music videos from start to finish. They’re in a venture all their own and offering an experience to anyone who appreciates a cut to the beat. Here’s the fully animated “To: Rivers, From: Chomp” below:

To get tickets to their album release show, click here.

Rural Alberta Advantage – New Single Release

Rural Alberta Advantage released their new single “Brother” in anticipation on their upcoming album “The Wild” coming out Oct. 13. Check out the video below:

The three-piece band consists of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt and Robin Hatch, known for delivering folk songs that stem from humble places and touch the heart. They went on the road to try out new material last year and using the experiences from their live set into the studio. In addition to “Brother” the band has also released singles “White Lights” and “Beacon Hill” that will surely intrigue fans old and new to their new 10-track album. When making any record, Edenloff said he does not follow a theme or plan but rather letting the music dictate where it should naturally go and “The Wild” is no different.

The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song “Stamp”), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014. They have previously released three albums on Saddle Creek: “Hometowns” (2009), “Departing” (2011) and “Mended With Gold” (2014).

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Image via Rural Alberta Advantage

Stay up to date with the Rural Alberta Advantage at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and their official site. See them in person on their upcoming tour at these following dates:

TOUR DATES
Oct .20 – St John’s, NL, Club One
Oct .21 – Halifax, NS, Halifax Pop/MultiPurpose Centre
Oct .24 – Ottawa, ON, Bronson Centre
Oct .26 – Waterloo, ON, Maxwells
Nov. 2 – Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
Nov. 3 – Brooklyn, NY, Rough Trade
Nov. 4 – New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
Nov. 6 – Washington, DC, Rock n Roll Hotel
Nov. 7 – Ashville, NC, Mothlight
Nov. 8 – Atlanta, GA, The Earl
Nov. 10 – Nashville, TN, The High Watt
Nov. 11 – Memphis, TN, Hi Tone
Nov. 12 – Dallas, TX, Dada
Nov. 13 – Austin, TX, Barracuda
Nov. 16 – Phoenix, AZ, Valley Bar
Nov. 17 – Los Angeles, CA, Troubadour
Nov. 18 – San Francisco, CA, Great American Music Hall
Nov. 20 – Portland, OR, Hawthorne Theatre
Nov. 21 – Seattle, WA, Neumos
Nov. 24 – Vancouver, BC, Commodore
Nov. 25 – Kelowna, BC, Kelowna Community Theatre
Nov. 27 – Red Deer, AB, Red Deer Memorial Centre
Nov. 30 – Edmonton, AB, Union Hall
Dec. 1 – Saskatoon, SK, O’Brians
Dec. 2 – Winnipeg, MB, Pyramid
Dec. 3 – Minneapolis, MN, First Ave
Dec. 6 – Toronto, ON, Danforth Music Hall

Agency – Album Review

R&B and Soul artist Agency has recently released his album “Resist,” a political-infused album about the struggle for equality fighting the power. Check out the song “Backwards” from the album here:

“Resist” starts off with a powerful speech followed by sirens. The opening track “What’s Going On (Right Now?)” is a bouncy track but with a powerful message that questions the world we live in. The clap beats give the song an upbeat feel but there is clearly more substance between the surface. “Till & Marrow” is a slower, introspective, and soulful song with R&B influences and sultry voices. You’ll find yourself nodding your head to the beat as well as the message.

The piano and guitar enter the fray in “Rumours” to add a breath of fresh air. Backing vocals and a hip beat mixed with civil rights movement-based lyrics clearly define the album’s message of making a political statement. “Backwards” also uses piano prominently as a groovy instrument with “I won’t go down without a fight” as a line that echoes the album’s namesake in “Resist.”

“Black Boys on Mopeds” (a cover from Sinead O’Connor) opens with acoustic guitar and shows off the album’s variety in styles that make for a rich listening experience. Sonically, there are many elements that make up the sum of this album’s parts; for example, sound clips of historical audio clips are played throughout the album in tasteful ways to add context to the theme of the album. Agency’s Drake-like voice also adds a layer of flavor to the sound, as it is strong yet vulnerable and yearns for a positive change in the face of hopelessness. “March on Babylon” even adds trumpets to the mix for a truly exotic feel and “Red to the Moon” has strings and mechanical background noise to truly round out the listening journey. The avant-garde approach on some of the songs is akin to the likes of FKA Twigs and suitable for anyone looking for a new, bold, and enriching collection of music.

Overall, “Resist” is an essential for any R&B fan but also anyone who enjoys a wide spectrum of music, as it covers a lot of ground in its scope and execution. The songwriting is top-notch and the message is always present, making for a cohesive piece of art that stays on track while utilizing an array of tools in the music making department.

To stay up to date with all things Agency, be sure to check him out on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and Soundcloud.

Inner Wave – New Album Release

Inglewood-native neo-psychedelia five-piece band Inner Wave have released their sophomore album “Underwater Pipe Dreams” on August 25. Check out the single “Eclipse” here:

The group has spent three years putting together the 18-track album that combines trance and psychedelic influences together to create something new and alluring. The single “Eclipse” is a pop sounding, upbeat number with delicate vocals and summery guitar playing that has a classic feel but modernized with tightly-produced drums.

Another single from the album is “Buffalo,” a synthesized journey through star-seeing landscapes of rainbow colors and slow-swaying beats. The band’s unique sound has attracted many new listeners, leading to their album release show at the Constellation Room in Santa Ana to be sold out.

Inner Wave has steadily grown their fan base, touring with indie rockers Hot Flash Heat Wave, playing sold out shows and garnering over 100,000 plus monthly plays on Spotify. Fans can’t get enough of Inner Wave’s synth-rock and Latin style Hip-Hop sounds.

“‘Underwater Pipe Dreams’ was a name that initially came up as a joke, but the more I saw those words together the more I liked it,” said Songwriter Pablo Sotelo. “Underwater is a nod to Lil Ugly Mane’s ‘Underwater Tank’ song that was released in 2014. Pipe dream is a phrase that means an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme. A fantasy something that will most likely never happen. That is how I felt about a lot of things during the making of this album. Whether it was a relationship I was in that was on the verge of ending, my future career in music and the uncertainty of it, the outcome of all these plans I wanted to see through (including finishing the album) felt like a long-shot.”

Stay up to date with Inner Wave at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, and their official site.