Major And The Monbacks Sign To Riff City, New Album Out June 16 On Yep Roc Records

Hard-touring Virginia upstarts Major And The Monbacks have announced their new album ‘Moonlight Anthems,’ out June 16th via Yep Roc Records. Produced by fellow Virginian Matthew E. White (Natalie Prass, Flo Morrissey) and recorded live in the studio at Montrose Recording in Richmond, the album harnesses the ecstatic energy of the band’s live show while exhibiting a newfound sonic adventurousness that hearkens to The Band’s funky Americana, The Beatles’ playful arrangements, and CSNY’s rich vocal harmonies.

Listen to the first two singles, “We Are Doing Fine” and “Moonlight Anthems” on Spotify.

Major And The Monbacks, whose name is a portmanteau of the common southern farewell “C’mon back,” initially grew out of informal, after-school bedroom jams led by bassist Cole Friedman and his twin brother Neal, a gifted keyboard player and singer whose grandfather owned the legendary Norfolk record store Frankie’s Birdland, which served as the epicenter of the city’s lively soul, jazz, and R&B scenes. Players came and went as the band’s sound morphed and matured, but when the dust finally settled, a core six-piece remained: the Friedman twins, plus brothers Michael and Bryan Adkins (guitar/vocals and drums), percussionist Tyler West, and guitarist/vocalist Harry Slater.

Three years ago, they bought a used van, booked over 150 shows in nine months, and embarked on their first-ever national tour. There were no labels or booking agents or tour managers at the time, but The Monbacks pushed that van to its limits, blossoming from local favorites into one of the most promising young rock bands working today, performing at festivals like Firefly and sharing stages with Charles Bradley, St. Paul And The Broken Bones, Os Mutantes and more.

Set in hi-fi by Matthew E. White’s crisp production, ‘Moonlight Anthems’ sees Major And The Monbacks embracing a spirited, genre-agnostic ethos. Opener “There, There” layers pastoral, Fleet Foxes-style harmonies atop psychedelic southern rock, while other tracks blend prog-rock concept with soul tenderness (“Condition”) or funk grooves and British Invasion exuberance (“The Clap”).

Major And The Monbacks are touring throughout the year, and are holding an Album Release Block Party in their hometown of Norfolk, VA. Full dates below.

Pre-order Moonlight Anthems today.

5/28 Hometown Holidays – Rockville, MC *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/6 The Camel – Richmond, VA *RSVP*
6/7 The Pour House – Raleigh, NC *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/8 The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/9 Aisle 5 – Atlanta, GA *RSVP*
6/10 Snug Harbor – Charlotte, NC *RSVP*
6/13 Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC *RSVP*
6/14 Georgia Theater – Athens, GA *RSVP*
6/15 Rhythm & Brews – Hendersonville, NC *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/17 2nd Annual Monback Block Party (Album Release) – Norfolk, VA *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/20 The Hamilton – Washington, DC *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/21 Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *TICKETS *RSVP*
6/23 Great Scott – Allston, MA *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/25 Kungfu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA *TICKETS* *RSVP*
6/29 Martin’s Downtown – Roanoke, VA *RSVP*
7/4 Turner Pavilion & Park – Harrisonburg, VA – *RSVP*
7/6 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL *TICKETS* *RSVP*
7/8 Milwaukee Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI *TICKETS* *RSVP*
7/12 Summer of Music Series – Glenwood Springs, CO *FREE* *RSVP*
7/14 The Mint – Los Angeles, CA *TICKETS* *RSVP*
7/16 Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA *TICKETS* *RSVP*
7/17 The Dip – Redding, CA *RSVP*
7/20 The Bartlett – Spokane, WA *RSVP*
7/21 Bozeman – Bozeman, MT *RSVP*
7/22 Town Square Tavern – Jackson, WY *RSVP*
7/26 Live! From Crested Butte – Crested Butte, CO *FREE* *RSVP*
7/27 Ridgway Concert Series – Ridgway, CO *FREE* *RSVP*
7/29 Denver Brewfest – Denver, CO *TICKETS* *RSVP*
7/30 Mac & Cheese Festival – Copper Mountain, CO *TICKETS* *RSVP*
8/2 Alive After Five- The Grove Plaza – Boise, ID *FREE* *RSVP*
8/4 OP Rockwell – Park City, UT *RSVP*
8/5 Cool Air Concert Series – Snowbird, UT *FREE* *RSVP*
8/9 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO *RSVP*
8/11 Nightfall Concert Series – Chattanooga, TN  *FREE* *RSVP*
8/25 SummerSounds – Greensburg, PA *RSVP*


Via App’s ‘Sixth Stitch’ out November 11th on Break World Records

Via App is Dylan Scheer, a Queens, NY-based electronic producer and performer.
She started hosting and playing shows, as well as releasing cassettes as Via App
in Boston, and from there she moved on to New York in 2014, where she quickly
became an integral part of the city’s experimental electronic scene.

Her early live hardware sets brought her recognition for their often stark modes
of sample manipulation and collage, dynamic narrative compositions, and their
refusal to adhere to any one genre. More recently, her live sets have maintained
a similar sense of precariousness. She works synthesized sounds into polyrhythmic
infectious grooves which veer from edge to breaking point, unpredictably giving
way to either manic frenzy, or complete pause.

Her studio recordings exist, in part, as documentation of her performances and
are all recorded live.

In 2015, she released ‘7 Headed’, a heavily sample-based techno 12″ that met with
critical acclaim, landing her a spot on the top 10 electronic releases of the year in
The Wire, and an artist feature on Resident Advisor.

She has toured Europe and played esteemed festivals such as Moogfest, Sustain-
Release, Rewire, and will play Unsound Festival this October.

‘Sixth Stitch’ is set for release on Break World records on November 11, 2016.


Jeremy & The Harlequins launch playlist contest

The boys in Jeremy & The Harlequins put together an “Inspiration” Spotify playlist, and you can get entered to win a pretty snazzy prize package just by entering and listening to it.

You could win a Destitute Denim vest from Feltraiger, a Patriot Premium candle and other goods from Fury Bros, and cap it all off with an LP of Into the Night.

Enter to win and follow the playlist here.

Into the Night is out now. Pick it up on CD/LP, or download/stream.


Jonah Tolchin To Release ‘Thousand Mile Night’ August 5 On Yep Roc Records; Tour Dates Announced

Upon completing his new album, Jonah Tolchin immediately drove from Muscle Shoals, Alabama to his hometown in New Jersey, accumulating precisely 1,000 miles on his journey. On August 5, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter/bluesman will release Thousand Mile Night, the follow up to his highly praised label debut Clover Lane.

The album is now available for pre-order with an instant download of “Unless You Got Faith,”which premiered at Folk Alley. Continue reading Jonah Tolchin To Release ‘Thousand Mile Night’ August 5 On Yep Roc Records; Tour Dates Announced


Yep Roc To Release ‘Good ‘N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story’ 3 LP/2 CD Set – Definitive Document Of A Criminally Overlooked Band – On June 24

Eggs Over Easy, the criminally overlooked American band that invented pub rock, influenced the careers of artists on both sides of the Atlantic — from Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello, to Loudon Wainwright III and Huey Lewis — and laid the groundwork for a grass-roots movement that would spawn UK punk, is finally getting its due with Good ‘n’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story, a definitive 3xLP/2xCD set to be released June 24 via Yep Roc. Additionally, founding band members Jack O’Hara and Austin de Lone will play a special reunion show at NYC’s Rockwood Stage 3 on June 6. Continue reading Yep Roc To Release ‘Good ‘N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story’ 3 LP/2 CD Set – Definitive Document Of A Criminally Overlooked Band – On June 24


First Album from Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood: Look Park, to release self-titled debut July 22

Chris Collingwood, the lead singer of Fountains of Wayne, will release his debut album, LOOK PARK (Yep Roc), on July 22nd; the loose-limbed psychedelic pop of first track “Aeroplane” premiered on Stereogum today. LOOK PARK is Chris Collingwood’s first album outside of Fountains of Wayne and was recorded in collaboration with legendary producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Suzanne Vega). Shot through with earnest emotion and restless energy, LOOK PARK is unlike anything in Collingwood’s already extraordinary canon, a fact affirmed by his decision to dub both the album and overall project as “Look Park,” the name borrowed from a favorite green space in his hometown of Northampton, MA. Continue reading First Album from Fountains of Wayne’s Chris Collingwood: Look Park, to release self-titled debut July 22