Brett Dennen, Wild Child, Smoke and Mirrors
Northern California native, Brett Dennen, announced on July 22nd that his fifth record Smoke and Mirrors will drop on October 22nd. This will be the follow-up to Lover Boy, the album that features "Comeback Kid" and "Sydney (I'll Come Running). Brett is also performing at the River Front Festival on August 31st.
Arcade Fire, "Afterlife", Reflektor
" Afterlife" is the second single off of Arcade Fire's latest album. The song debuted during the band's Saturday Night Live performance and a music video to accompany the song came out on November 21st. Arcade Fire will be performing at The Comcast Center on August 19th.
OneRepublic, "Counting Stars", Native
OneRepublic are the band from Colorado Springs known for their 2007 crossover hit "Apologize". Frontman Ryan Tedder and lead guitarist
Zach Filkins met in their senior year of high school. Tedder describes the band's style as being a mixture of all genres rather than just one genre.
Bastille, "Pompeii", Bad Blood
The name "Bastille" was chosen because lead singer Dan Smith's birthday is July 14th, which is the French holiday Bastille Day. (Though the band is English.)Bad Blood is the band's first full-length album. Their debut EP from 2011 was entitledLaura Palmer, after the dead girl on the 90's TV show Twin Peaks.
Cage The Elephant, "Come A Little Closer", Melophobia
Kentucky natives, Cage The Elephant (formerly Perfect Confusion) gained critical acclaim in 2008 for their self-titled debut featuring the hit single, 'Ain't No Rest For The Wicked". Melophobia is their third album, (the second was Thank you, Happy Birthday in 2011) is set to drop on October 8th.
Coldplay, "Atlas", The Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire Soundtrack
"Atlas" is the lead single off of the second Hunger Games movie soundtrack. This is the first song from Coldplay in two years and is the first time they've recorded a song for a film. Billboard Magazine describes the track as "abstractly touching upon main characters Katniss and Peeta's mutual reliance."
Johnnyswim, "Heart Beats", Heart Beats EP
Johnnyswim is a duo consisting of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano and are based out of Nashville Tennessee. Sudano's mother is Donna Summer! The duo met after church in Nashville and then again at a songwriting workshop. Heart Beats is their third EP.
Frank Turner, "The Way I Tend To Be", Tape Deck Heart
Former English punk rocker turned folk-singer, Frank Turner, has released the second single off of his fifth solo album Tape Deck Heart.Frank describes the record as "a breakup album" and was produced by Rich Costey. Frank is close friends with The Dropkick Murphys, loves Boston, and will be finishing his tour here at The House of Blues on November 30th.
The Killers, "Shot At The Night", Direct Hits
"Shot At The Night" is the first of two new tracks on the forthcoming Killer's greatest hits album, Direct Hits. "Shot At The Night" was produced by Anthony Gonzalez (M83). The release of Direct Hits was announced yesterday September 16th, the ten year anniversary of the Killers' first UK show.
Lorde, "Team", Pure Heroine
Lorde's debut album Pure Heroine came out at the end of September, and when "Royals" went Number 1 on the Billboard charts she became the first artist from New Zealand to have a number one hit in the United States. She is also the youngest artist to have a number one hit in 26 years.
The Colourist, "Little Games", Lido EP
The Californian quartet The Colourist have toured with Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Grouplove and Electric Guest, Youngblood Hawke, Metric, and Atlas Genius and even played at Coachella. Their debut EP Lido was released on August 20th.
Kings of Leon, "Temple", Mechanical Bull
The quartet consisting of three brothers and one cousin, all with the same last name--Followill--began as a southern rock band but morphed their sound over time into that of Arena Rock. Each of the brothers were primarily home-schooled or were enrolled in religious schools except for the youngest, Jared, who attended public school for a brief period of time. Therefore they were not introduced to rock music until much later in their lives. Mechanical Bull is their sixth album!
Matt Nathanson, "Kinks Shirt", Last of The Great Pretenders
Matt Nathanson's eighth studio album, Last of The Great Pretenders dropped in July of this year. Nathanson is currently touring the album nationally and will be in Boston on November 9th but Mix is presenting the show. He is originally from Lexington but now lives in San Francisco.
The Avett Brothers, "Another Is Waiting", Magpie and the Dandelion
The North Carolina band fronted by Scott and Seth Avett have been quite busy over the last year. They released their 7th album, The Carpenter, in September of 2012, toured the record, have been playing the festival circuit all summer with stops like The Newport Folk Festival and Summercamp, and now have a new record coming out! Their eighth studio release is called Magpie and the Dandelion and drops on October 15th.
Avicii, "Hey Brother", True
"Hey Brother" is the follow-up to "Wake Me Up" and features lead vocals from Dan Tyminski of Alison Krauss and Union Station. Tyminski is the singer of the version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Broken Bells, "Holding On For Life", After The Disco
Broken Bells is the name of the duo formed by Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins. They began working together in 2009. After The Disco is their sophomore album. "Holding On For Life" is a retro Bee Gees sounding song.
Amos Lee, "Chill In The Air", Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song
Mountains of Sorrow Rivers of Song is Amos Lee's fifth album and was released the first week of October. It features performances from The DAve Matthews Band, Lee's touring band,Jeff Coffin, Patty Griffin, and Alison Krauss.
Lucius, "Turn It Around", Wildewoman
Lucius a five-piece indie band from Brooklyn fronted by two women; Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. Their debut album Wildewoman came out on October 15th. They are currently touring Europe but will be in Northampton on December 3rd at the Pearl Street Ballroom and at The Sinclair in Cambridge on December 5th.
Kodaline, "Love Like This", In A Perfect World
Kodaline are a four-piece Irish band based out of Dublin. The band consists of childhood friends Steve Garrigan (vocals) and Mark Prendergast (guitar), drummer Vinny May and bassist Jason "Jay" Boland. Their debut self-titled EP came out in September of 2012. The band toured the UK, Europe and the US extensively to support it while simultaneously writing their full length album In A Perfect Worldwhich was released in June of this year. They opened for The Airborne Toxic Event this past Spring, then came back through The US in October on a headlining tour. They will be back in Boston at The Paradise on February 14th.
Vance Joy, "Riptide", God Loves You When You're Dancing
Vance Joy is an Australian singer-songwriter who also holds a law degree from Monash University in Australia. He released his debut EP God Loves You When You're Dancing in March of this year. "Riptide" the second single off of the EP is already certified double platinum in Australia.
Tired Pony, "All Things All At Once", The Ghost of The Mountain
Tired Pony is a supergroup! It consist of: Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, Richard Colburn of Belle & Sebastian, solo artist Iain Archer and his wife Miriam Kaufmann, producer Jacknife Lee, Pete Buck of R.E.M., Scott McCaughey and Troy Stewart.
The 1975, "Chocolate", The 1975.
The 1975 are an English band based out of Manchester. They have released four EPs, but their self-titled album released in September is their first full-length effort. Lead singer Matt Healy and guitarist Adam Hann met in early high school.
Billie Joe and Norah, "Long Time Gone", Foreverly
This band is a collaboration between Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones. Foreverly is a reinterpretation of the Everly Brothers 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us. Armstrong and Jones met when they both sang with Stevie Wonder, and through that Armstrong was inspired to ask her to make this album with him. When recording the album they began with the first track off of Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, "Roving Gambler" because they didn't know where else to start. Tim Luntzel plays bass on the album, with Dan Rieser on drums, Charlie Burnham on fiddle and Jonny Lam on pedal steel guitar.
NONONO, "Pumpin Blood", Summer Sounds EP
NONONO are a Swedish trio from Stockholm who formed in 2012. The trio consists of producers Astma and Rocwell--who have worked with Iconopop, Bebe Black and Benny Banks among others--and singer-songwriter Stina Wapling.
Passenger, "Let Her Go", All The Little Lights
British Singer-songwriter Michael David Rosenberg is the man behind Passenger. He formerly fronted a band of the same name and when the band broke up chose to continue under the moniker. All The Little Lights is his fourth album.
Boy and Bear, "Southern Sun", Harlequin Dream
Boy & Bear are an Australian band which began in Sydney as the solo project of Dave Hosking in 2009 but has grown to include Killian Gavin, Tim and Jon Hart and Dave Symes. Their debut EP came out in 2011, and Harlequin Dream--their follow-up--was released in August. They have played Lollapalooza, toured the US extensively and have won five ARIA awards (Australia's equivalent of the Grammys) including Album of The Year.
U2, "Ordinary Love", Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Soundtrack
"Ordinary Love" is the first U2 song since 2010. It was written for the upcomingBiopic Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom which is about Nelson Mandela. They were asked by the film's producer Harvey Weinstein to write the song because they have known Nelson Mandela personally for some time.
Lily Kershaw, "As It Seems", Midnight In The Garden
Midnight In The Garden is the debut album from twenty-two year old Los Angeles Native Lily Kershaw. The record came out in September and "As It Seems" was featured on the TV show Criminal Minds and was most recently featured on Nic Harcourt's Podcast Connections.