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The Bergamot Announce New Album and New Tour Dates

the bergamotBrooklyn-based alternative folk duo The Bergamot have just announced the release date for their new album, Tones, as February 11th. The pair will also be embarking on a 48-state Unity Tour, which kicks off in NYC on January 2nd, 2016.
At each stop on the upcoming tour, fans will be invited to sign The Bergamot’s 2002 Volvo. With it’s 263K+ miles, the car is a tangible symbol of the work, passion, and soul that The Bergamot have put into both their music and touring.
The Bergamot recently launched The Unity Collective USA Kickstarter in hopes of raising $15,000 to help fund the upcoming tour. The money will be used to maintain the Volvo throughout the tour, in addition to documenting the entire experience and providing updates to fans along the way. Rewards for backing the Kickstarter include credits in the “Unity Tour” documentary, Unity Tour t-shirts, personalized videograms, personal songs, and the opportunity to book a private house concert. For more information on The Bergamot and the “Unity Tour,” please visit: www.thebergamot.com.
Consisting of husband-and-wife duo Nathaniel Paul Hoff and Jillian Speece, The Bergamot arrived on the international music scene in 2012 when they won Bud Light Battle of the Bands. Since then, the band has traveled from coast to coast and from continent to continent.
The Bergamot will be releasing their new album Tones on February 11th, 2016. For more information on The Bergamot, please visit: www.thebergamot.com.
Tones Tracklisting:
1. Forget About Tomorrow
2. Tones
3. Burst Out
4. The Bends
5. Alive
6. Fade Away
7. School Notes
8. Remedy
9. Miles
10. Next To You
11. Money Honey
12. Feels The Same
Upcoming Tour Dates:
12/12 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
1/2 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
2/11 – Clarkston, GA @ Georgia Perimeter College
3/31 – St. Paul, MN @ University of St. Thomas
4/2 – South Bend, IN @ The Morris Civic
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Tom Levin Releases New Single

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Tom Levin is back with his new single, “Everyday.” The single stems from his latest album, Them Buffalo & Them Feet, on which he fused together the genres of blues, gospel, and bluegrass with inspirations stemming from hip-hop and indie. The album has since garnered mass praise.

You can stream “Everyday” below:

 

“I wrote the song when my then three year old son proudly showed how he had drawn with crayons on our wall. My spontaneous reaction was of course to tell him he is absolutely forbidden to do so but instead I said that it was a very nice river he had drawn. And then my anger disappeared completely when he said: “No, Daddy, that’s not a river, it’s a bumblebee” Levin says of the single.
LISTEN ON SPOTIFY:
Tom Levin – Everyday

Below, you can see the lyrics:

Talking nonsense in the shower
Dress the kids and once again
You take my hand, you wanna play some more
Asking why and where and when
When do I take the time to notice
All I couldn’t bear to lose
Like Anna’s whistling from the kitchen …

Everyday, I remind myself to see
Everyday, when awake I live a dream
Everyday, little things show me the way
Everyday

When I’m caught up in the moment
The bigger picture is getting small
Like Junior’s with his new Crayolas
Drawing squiggles on our wall
Looks like the Matanuska River
He says it’s a bumble bee
I know we’re nothing to the mountains
You are everything to me

Everyday, I remind myself to see
Everyday, when awake I live a dream
Everyday, little things show me the way
Everyday

All of this I couldn’t bear to lose
All of this I couldn’t bear to lose

Everyday, I remind myself to see
Everyday, when awake I live a dream
Everyday, little things show me the way
Everyday …

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Top 15 Albums of 2014 (Liv’s List)

This year has been a whirlwind for music releases; week after week, new albums have appeared left and right. Some have been amazing, and some…well, some could have been better (but we won’t name names). Anyway, here are my picks for TOP 14 Best albums of 2014 (in no particular order).

 

15. Lowborn by Anberlin, released on July 22nd, 2014, via Tooth & Nail Records.

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What a fantastic final album; it’s bittersweet, but such a work of art. It’s emotionally charged, with stunningly well-written lyrics, not that I’d ever expect anything less from Anberlin.

14. Cavalier Youth by You Me At Six, released on January 26th, 2014, via Virgin Records.

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The band’s fourth studio album is every bit of fresh, original, and entrancing as their first. You Me At Six seem to get more personal on the album, and approach a more pop-rock sound than on their previous releases.

13. Restoring Force by Of Mice & Men, released on January 28th, 2014, via Rise Records.

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You know an album is good when a band goes the extra mile and records an acoustic version of it in its entirety. There is a raw power throughout Restoring Force, and the brilliance behind it is impossible to ignore. The departure from the modern standard brings ripples to the scene overall, but also showcases the growth and artistic development of each member in Of Mice & Men.

12. Head Or Heart by Christina Perri, released on April 1st, 2014, via Atlantic Records.

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Personally, I adore this album. Not as much as her Ocean Way Sessions album, but it’s definitely up there as far as favorites go. There is so much vulnerability, personality, and vocal power on this album, it demands to be replayed.

11. Vessels by Stellar Young, released on December 16th, 2014.

 

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As said in my review, “Vessels has a sound that I could only imagine the musical lovechild between Anberlin and fun. would. Stellar Young prove to be a wildly talented group, not that there was ever any doubt about that. The album is beautifully executed, with a powerhouse presence and an undoubtable quality to it. ”

10. In The Lonely Hour by Sam Smith, released on May 26th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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There is so much beauty and power displayed on this album. Every song is enchanting in its own right, launching Sam Smith into the limelight as the true star he is. Finally, the soul has been brought back to pop music!

9. 1989 by Taylor Swift, released on , 2014 via Big Machine Records.

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As someone who has followed Taylor Swift’s career from the beginning, it amazes me to see the personal growth of the songstress, typically known for tearing down her exes and writing every girl’s breakup anthem. On 1989, Swift shows a more mature, poetic approach, with an original artistic flare. There’s something on this album for everyone, including some of the catchiest lines…and the best misheard lyric of 2014. “Gotta love those Starbucks lovers…”

8. Bloom & Breathe by Gates, released on October 21st, 2014, via Pure Noise Records.

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Wow. A debut album that has a cinematic, sophisticated sound to it, and is genuinely a work of art. Throughout the album, the band’s dedication to their craft, and their limitless talent, is obvious. I’m expecting a lot from these guys!

7. Imaginary Enemy by The Used, released on April 1st, 2014, via Hopeless Records.

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If you didn’t rock out to “Cry” at some point this year (especially you Octane Radio listeners/gym rats!), you’re lying to yourself. That single set the spark for this album, and once I listened, I couldn’t get enough. I daresay I’ve played this album more than I should have, but it was worth it.

6. May Death Never Stop You by My Chemical Romance, released on March 25th, 2014 on Reprise Records.

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Another bittersweet listen in 2014; it was brilliant in its musicality and as an overall summary of an amazing band’s career, but so hard to listen to knowing it was the last MCR release. As far as “greatest hits” albums go, I’m voting this as one of the best. “Fake Your Death” is such an anthemic, brilliant new track, and I love delving into my nostalgic side through the older tracks.

5. Forever Halloween (Deluxe Edition) by The Maine, released on June 17th, 2014, via Universal.

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Forever Halloween was amazing; the deluxe edition? INCREDIBLE. As I said in my review for Infectious Magazine, “While Forever Halloween was near-perfect as it was, it is difficult to imagine the album without these extra songs now that they’ve been heard. The Maine continue to show growth and excellence as the years wear on.”

4. Duality by Set It Off, released on October 14th, 2014, via Equal Vision Records.

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Brilliant, catchy tracks, all decorated with the originality of Set It Off. This reminds me of a heavier version of The Cab’s Symphony Soldier in that I just want to play the whole album again and again and again.

3. Talking In Your Sleep by The Cinema, released on December 16th, 2014 [independently released].

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I have so much respect for this album. First off, because it comes from the minds of two very talented men, but also because the album took two years to make, and was accomplished while they both worked on different coasts. Just…wow. It’s an incredible group of songs, and, best of all, it’s another release that avoided the cursed “sophomore slump.”

2. Slow Me Down by Sara Evans, released on March 11th, 2014, via RCA Nashville.

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Catchy as hell, with a poppy, uptempo tone that is impossible not to love. It’s a perfect driving/car-aoke record; I promise, you’ll sing your heart out to basically every song.

1. Heart On My Sleeve by Mary Lambert, released on October 14th, 2014, via Capitol Records.

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Mary Lambert can do no wrong. The songstress has crowds enchanted with her stunning vocals and her fearless way of tackling subjects people don’t want to talk about. With songs like “Secrets,” Lambert has resonated with listeners, and opened up a beautiful story.

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

House of Mercury by Ship Captain Crew

Fictionist by Fictionist

All That Gold by James and the Drifters

High Noon by Arkells

Get Hurt by The Gaslight Anthem

 

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Pure Noise Records Confirms New Albums in 2015

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Pure Noise Records’ 2015 Releases are steadily building up, making the new year a busy one for the record label. Pure Noise has now confirmed new releases from Four Year Strong, Senses Fail, State Champs, The Story So Far, and more. Below, you can read the label’s announcement below…as well as the list.

Hello Everyone,

The end of the year is here. 2014 has been an insanely busy but fun year at Pure Noise. We’ve put out more releases this year than any year before. You can check out the list HERE. Thank you for supporting us this year. We’ve got some very exciting things in store for 2015 including a Pure Noise UK TOUR & full length releases from Hit The Lights, Four Year Strong, The Story So Far, Senses Fail, & State Champs. Have a Happy New Year. We’ll see you at a gig soon.

 

Gnarwolves- The Chronicles of Gnarnia 2/24/14

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Elder Brother- Heavy Head 3/11/14

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Brigades- Crocodile Tears 5/6/14

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Vanna- VOID 6/17/14

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Heart to Heart- Dulce 6/17/14

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The Story So Far- Songs Of 6/17/14

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My Iron Lung- Relief 7/8/14

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Handguns- Life Lessons 7/8/14

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To The Wind- Block Out The Sun & Sleep 7/22/14

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Four Year Strong- Go Down In History 7/22/14

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The American Scene- Haze 9/9/14

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No Bragging Rights- The Concrete Flower– 9/23/14

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Gnarwolves-Gnarwolves-9/23/14

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State Champs- The Acoustic Things– 10/7/14

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Forever Came Calling- What Matters Most 10/21/14

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Gates- Bloom & Breathe 10/21/14

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Seaway- All In My Head 11/4/14

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Front Porch Step – Whole Again 12/2/14

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VIDEO: George Barnett – “Animal Keeper”

So it’s that time of year; albums are still coming out, but suddenly, you have no free time to check out new artists or their albums, be it because of work or school, or life in general. But that’s what Planet Stereo is here for! We’re going to introduce you to every artist you never thought you’d have the time to “stumble across!”

Today’s pick is George Barnett, a talented nineteen-year-old musician brought to you by way of Herefordshire, UK. At nineteen, George is making quite the name for himself, as well as getting the attention of Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. You may recognize the teen for his cover of “Get Lucky,” which has gone viral:

 

 

Following the successful September 13th release of his EP, The Red Tape, George has released a video for his new song, “Animal Keeper,” below. Check it out:

 

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