Dark indie rockers, Maudlin Strangers have recently signed to Vagrant Records. Formed in 2010, Maudlin Strangers is the project of Agoura Hills, CA native, Jake Hays. They recorded their debut EP, Overdose in Hays’ bedroom and released it just last month. To say that it is uh-mazing is an understatement. Where did these guys come from? Vocals are killer and their overall sound just sets up this chill, but poignant tone.
Definitely have a listen to the EP on Soundcloud. If your ears are dancing, you can catch them live while they are rounding up their tour with Bad Suns. Dates below.
Maudlin Strangers on Tour:
02/23/2015: Dallas, TX – Trees**
02/24/2015: Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s**
02/25/2015: Austin, TX – Stubbs JR ** SOLD OUT
02/27/2015: Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom **
03/06/2015: Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
03/14/2015: Phoenix, AZ – Viva Phoenix
** w/ Bad Suns & Coasts
The Orwells are such a great find. You might have heard “Who Needs You” on an Apple commercial and wondered who played that catchy song. “The Righteous One” is another track, off of their second album, Disgraceland, that is completely addicting.
They have a nostalgic rock feel to them that bands like The Strokes have tried bringing back and a lead singer that channels Jim Morrison on stage. If you like what you hear, you can catch them at Coachella this year, which means catch them before they blow up.
Singer-songwriter, Dylan Gardner released his debut album, Adventures in Real Time, via Warner Bros Records last month. You might remember him with his contagious single, “Let’s Get Started“ (above). Gardner is clearly influenced by legendary artists as well as current indie artists. He has been playing some shows this month and will continue to play in March. Check out the dates below.
02/08 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
03/10 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2
03/11 Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
03/12 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
03/13 Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
03/15 Uncasville, CT Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
03/25 Indianapolis, IN Grove Haus
03/26 Chicago, IL Beat Kitchen
03/28 Minneapolis, MN 7th Street Entry
Guillermo del Toro is back with another scare-fest called Crimson Peak. The film stars Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain. Aside from what you see in the trailer, there is not a detailed plot synopsis yet. We know that Wasikowska plays an author who is enchanted by Hiddleston and then the creepiness ensues. Not much to go off by, but just watching the trailer gives me the heebie jeebies. Watch it above and catch the film when it is released on October 16, 2015.
Duo, 2Cellos will be releasing their new album, Celloverse on January 27, 2015. Celloverse is now available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon. 2Cellos will also begin their US tour in February. Track listing for Celloverse and the deluxe version are below.
1. The Trooper (Overture)
2. I Will Wait
3. Thunderstruck (Intro)
6. Shape of My Heart
9. Wake Me Up
10. They Don’t Care About Us
11. Live and Let Die (feat. Lang Lang)
12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
Deluxe edition includes the videos:
1. The Trooper (Overture)
3. Highway to Hell
4. With or Without You
(Live from Arena Pula)
5. Smells Like Teen Spirit
(Live at Arena Zagreb)
6. Welcome To The Jungle
7. Smooth Criminal
Leighton Meester fans!!! Leighton has announced her first US headlining tour. This will be in support of her debut album, Heartstrings, which she wrote and produced with Jeff Trott. Tour dates are below. Grab your tickets now!
Leighton Meester On Tour
1/27 Los Angeles CA @ Hotel Cafe
1/28 Los Angeles CA @ Hotel Cafe
2/18 Alexandria VA @ The Birchmere Music Hall
2/19 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
2/20 Allston MA @ Brighton Music Hall
2/21 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23 Detroit MI @ Magic Bag
2/24 Chicago IL @ Park West
2/27 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
3/01 Vancouver BC @ Rio Theatre
3/02 San Francisco CA @ Great American Music Hall
Indie pop trio, AJR will be releasing their debut album, Living Room, on March 3 via AJR Productions/Warner Bros. Records. The 13-track album, which was entirely done by the band in the living room of their New York City apartment, features their hit “I’m Ready,” as well as their new single “Infinity.” They recently released the music video for “Infinity” and the track and video are both awesome. Check it out above!