Friday, January 28, 2011


We are so excited! Check out the whole article HERE.

Led To Sea / Solvents - YESSSS!

Thanks for a wonderful evening last night! The Riot Act crew was out in full force to catch Solvents and Led To Sea at Portland's Mississippi Studios last night and what a treat it was. Seeing Led To Sea flushed out as a trio for the first time outside of Seattle was AMAZING, jaws were collected from the floor at the end of the set. Solvents added a layer of scuzz to their music that we've not witnessed, so rad to see them rock out as a fully amplified four-piece!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mixtape Muse premiers the new video for powerdove's "Sickly City"

Buried Beds add a slew of tour dates with Murder By Death!

Catch Buried Beds on tour with Murder By Death and please do download and share "Breadcrumb Trail" from their upcoming album, Tremble The Sails, out March 1st!

02.24.11 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
02.25.11 - DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe
02.26.11 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
02.28.11 - Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant St.

03.01.11 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
03.02.11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
03.03.11 - West Chester, PA @ the Note
03.04.11 - Baltimore, MD @ the Ottobar
03.05.11 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
03.07.11 - Norfolk, VA @ Jewish Mother Backstage
03.08.11 - Atlanta, GA @ the Earl
03.09.11 - Orlando, FL @ the Social
03.10.11 - Tampa, FL @ the Orpheum
03.11.11 - Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
03.12.11 - Savannah, GA @ TBA
03.13.11 - Charleston, SC @ the Oasis
03.14.11 - Asheville, NC @ Stella Blue
03.16.11 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
03.17.11 - Madison, WI @ the Annex
03.18.11 - Indianapolis, IN @ Radio Radio
03.19.11 - Bloomington, IL @ the Castle Theater

Monday, January 17, 2011

RCRD LBL PREMIERE: Skull Tape - Whip My Hair (Drowning In Blood) (Willow Smith Cover)

"Whip My Hair" is not a song that needed any assistance by way of catchiness, and thankfully Skull Tape's cover is more redesign than faithful rendering. The brainchild of Mae Shi member Brad Breeck and joined by Vice Cooler and Robotanists' Daniel DeBlanke on the track, it is a version with a little something for everyone: indie, electronic, the occasional foray into rock ballad and a two-minute finale that could be a song in its own right. "Whip My Hair (Drowning In Blood)' is bonus material from Skull Tape's upcoming full length on LA's Fine, The Invisible Hand And The Descent Of Man." Head over to RCRD LBL to download the song for free!

Pop Matters calls the new Solvents' album a lo-fi masterpiece!

"Based in the tiny coastal town of Port Townsend, Washington, Solvents offer up a compelling mix of acoustic and electric tunes on the self-released debut, Forgive Yr Blood. Built around the vocals and guitar of Jarrod Bramson, filled out with Sascha Landis on drums and Emily Madden’s expressive violin, Solvents take the listener through a varied musical journey. Lo-fi production adds ambience to Bramson’s urgent delivery on songs like “Forgive Yr Blood” and “Empty Vessel Blues”, while unexpected bursts of distortion enliven “Soft Reminders” and “We Were Guests Here”. Through it all, Bramson reveals a strong sense of melody, making the best use of his rough-hewn, often distorted voice and the band’s chosen sonic palette, which is substantive but never flashy. By the time you reach album closer “The Coastal Plain”, with its rumbling drums, siren-wail guitar, and mumbled vocals, you realize you’ve just sat through a record made by a hell of a band. Forgive Yr Blood is anti-arena-rock made perfect. It’s a small-scale, lo-fi masterpiece." David Maine, Pop Matters

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Inger Klecacz captured some beautiful shots of Billygoat

Head over to OPB's Inger Klecacz Flickr page to catch her photos from the Billygoat show in Portland last monday and captured some great shots of them and tourmates Little Dragon - on tour all over North America now!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

RCRD LBL PREMIERE: Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death - The Dirty Street

"Melodic, mournful and supremely talented at making songs, Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death is the brainchild of two veterans who have yet to take a musical misstep. Spencer Moody ofMurder City Devils and arresting live show fame pairs with former Pretty Girls Make Gravesfrontwoman Andrea Zollo for a track that is as much lo-fi meets folk punk as it is half-drunken, heartbroken and wise. And we're definitely talking brilliant, sad-drunk here, as when Moody enters into his "when you lose your love" chant and you get chills (you will). "The Dirty Street" is from the group's upcoming full length Some Of Us Are In This Together, out January 18 on Don't Stop Believin'. A record release show kicks off a small west coast tour in February, a list of full dates for which can be found here." Shannon Hassett, RCRD LBL

Monday, January 10, 2011

LA Weekly flips for Billygoat

LA Weekly attended the Billygoat / Little Dragon show over the weekend and reviewed it:
"After several minutes futzing about with their A/V equipment, Billy Goat began a brilliant, and shockingly unassuming show at 9:15, almost right on schedule. If you haven't heard them, rectify that immediately. They play prog-ish instrumentals that occupy a space somewhere in between Air and Sigur Rós, the kind of music you don't so much listen to as simply feel. On first listen it seems better suited to documentary soundtracks or solo drunken benders, than to live performance, and that impression isn't changed by the fact that they do everything they can to submerge themselves behind their music. Clad in understated jeans and t shirts, they sat in front of their instruments, the three members facing each other rather than the audience, reduced, by the delightful animations projected onto the screen above them, to mere silhouettes." Please do read the rest of the glowing review over at LA Weekly!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Nab the new single from Big Eyes courtesy of the fine folks at RCRD LBL!

"Featuring Kate Eldridge from the brilliant and sadly defunct Cheeky, Mark Bronzino of New Brunswick royaltySeasick and CJ of Hellhole, Big Eyes is a pop-punk gift from the gods. "Why Can't I" is quintessential Eldridge, intelligent lyrics that take girl talk from boy bashing to Black Flag status with riff ready guitar and vocals to match. The Why Can't I 7-inch is out January 18, while the band's full length is due in May on Don Giovanni." Read the rest and nab the single over at RCRD LBL!

Buried Beds hit the road with Dr. Dog!

Buried Beds are an elegant, Philadelphia-based chamber-pop group with a keen eye for upbeat and slightly off-kilter songs. Formed a few years back as a duo, the voices of Eliza Jones and Brandon Beaver instantly strung together with a mesmerizing chemistry. Since then, Buried Beds has grown into a five piece featuring a raucous mix of big percussion and electric guitars, mixed with viola, piano and and a heavy dose of three part harmonies. Their debut album, Empty Rooms, won them many fans and accolades including Best Band in Philadelphia Magazine and a spot on Believer Magazine’s yearly music compilation.

Dates with Dr. Dog:
01.29.11 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
01.31.11 - Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
02.01.11 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
02.03.11 - Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
02.04.11 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
02.05.11 - Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Music Radar names powerdove as one of the 9 artists to watch in 2011!

"Although they're a trio (there's Jason Hoopes on bass and Alex Vittum on percussion), Powerdove centre around Annie Lewandowski, whose haunting vocals and parlor guitar stylings will rattle your heart and soul. The group's full-length debut, Be Mine (due out 15 February), recorded by Deerhoof's John Dieterich, is a bewitching blend of '60s girl-group love songs and intoxicating, ethereal, pastoral folk." Catch the rest at Music Radar!