California hard rockers Haster have signed to Musicarchy Media for the worldwide release of their second album, The Current Sea.
After launching a campaign on Kickstarter – where they had great success funding their first album – the band was approached by the London-based entertainment company Musicarchy, who were impressed by the band’s sound, their rapidly growing fanbase, and their recent recognition at the OC Music Awards and Artist In Music Awards.
The Kickstarter is still going, and every dollar helps the band get their music to a larger audience. Check out their video for “Within These Walls” from earlier this year.
The late-’90s were kind of a dark time for pop-rock aficionados. In the time between faux-grunge and rap-rock, it was every man for himself. Luckily, our attention was grabbed by the fuzzed-out, off-kilter debut from Jonny Polonsky, who made the bulk of Hi My Name Is Jonny in his childhood bedroom. His demos found their way to Pixies frontman Frank Black, who pitched them to his then-label, Rick Rubin‘s American Recordings. The LP was not a smash, but those of us who heard it really loved it. Meeting someone else who got it is like finding a long-lost brother. “You know about this?! It’s fantastic, right?!”
Polonsky released an acclaimed second solo album in 2004, then went on to a diverse career as a supporting member of many high-profile acts, including Puscifer, Johnny Cash, Nightwatchman, Pete Yorn, Dixie Chicks, and more. He’s finally back to writing and recording his own stuff, and he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release a new record, titled The Other Side of Midnight. It promises to be less crunchy and more dreamy, inspired by David Lynch (it was recorded at Lynch’s Asymetrical Studio) and Depeche Mode. In addition, Polonsky is performing living room webcasts on Concert Window, starting TONIGHT. Do yourself a favor and check out both.
Here’s his Kickstarter video. It’s funny.
Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as having “the soul of old country [but a] die hard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix,” Georgia-based Hannah Thomas isn’t afraid to play around with genres. Having released her latest album over a year ago, Thomas has been busy traveling the country, playing shows, and writing new material” but in order to help that last one come to fruition, she’ll need your help. Thomas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her latest album, and is seeking $10,500. Though the album title is still in the works, she hopes to record the album in late spring/early summer for a fall release. You can pledge here and watch her video below. You can also catch Thomas on tour this March and April across the U.S. (more…)
I always get really excited when I hear about an artist launching a Kickstarter. There’s nothing that quite compares to a fan’s dedication to their favorite artist, and Matt Bailie is about to prove that all over again. After all, he did take home the country prize for our 2010 Intel Superstars competition, and then emerge as the big winner of our 2011 OurStage Panel”there’s no doubt this artist has talent and a surging fan base to back him up.
With a dream to fund his sophomore release, I Wanna Live Like That, along with the music video for “Dress Down,” Bailie has launched a 30-day Kickstarter. Having worked with ACM and CMA award winning producer Darran Smith on the album, Bailie is seeking funds to cover the cost of everything from manufacturing to promotion, with the aim of getting the attention of industry giants CMT and GAC. Some of the pledge prizes include the new album, handwritten lyrics, recording session, cover video, and a full band house show. Check out the Kickstarter video below, and pledge right here to be a part of Bailie Nation. (more…)
There are a lot of reasons I have a burning desire to move to Nashville, not the least of which is the legendary music scene. In addition to the old school music business, and the attendant wealth of singer-songwriters, the city also boasts a history of cutting edge bands. Take for instance Satellites and Sirens. Citing influences like Jimmy Eat World, and 30 Seconds To Mars, these Nashville natives have perfected their craft well enough to earn themselves not only a sea of loyal fans, but a spot on the Rock Boat back in 2012, alongside acts such as NEEDTOBREATHE, and Bronze Radio Return.
But making music isn’t easy, and it definitely isn’t cheap, which is why the band has launched a 30-day Kickstarter to help fund their third full-length, One Noise. With a March 2014 release date, the band is offering some pretty cool prizes to help incentivize fans. Aside from the usual rewards of digital downloads, CDs, posters, etc., some of the more creative rewards include a phone call from the band, custom artwork on a guitar pedal, a Fender Telecaster, an in-home acoustic concert, or being flown out to be in the band’s next music video. You can check out their Kickstarter video below, and pledge here. The band is also currently giving away a copy of their last album, Frequency, which we highly recommend picking up. You can grab that here. (more…)
If you haven’t heard the tale of Bradley Manning yet, you’re either under a rock or actively avoiding national news. Manning is the United States Army private arrested in May 2010, accused of passing classified material to the website WikiLeaks. The case has created a great deal of controversy, with passionate detractors and supporters alike. Manning’s trial has been all over the papers this summer, and now Kevin Devine has written a song with him in mind. You can stream “Private First Class” over at Absolutepunk.
Nearly eight LPs into his career, Kevin Devine shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. In fact, we dare say “Private First Class” is his best song in a long time. The fury of his early work is there, just below the perspective he’s gained as an adult, and the combination of those two elements makes for undeniable music chemistry. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the new track.