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Stream Our Texas-Sized SXSW 2015 Sampler

radial-playlist-sxssw2015It’s hard to believe, especially given the record-breaking supply of cold and snow heaped on us here on the East Coast this winter, but SXSW is once again right around the corner. To that I say YEE FREAKING HAW! Good riddance freezing weather and possibility of snow flurries. Hello to the relative certainty of warmer temps and inevitability of good BBQ, breakfast tacos, margaritas, cold beer, and more great music than you can shake a stick at.

To that end we’ve assembled the following 90-track Spotify playlist featuring music from some of the artists we’re excited to see. Some highlights include new music from Austin natives The Bright Light Social Hour, whose second album, Space Is Still the Placeis out now [RIYL: Tame Impala, The Black Angels]; Atlanta rockers Royal Thunder, whose new full-length, Crooked Doors, will be released April 7th [“imbued with the raw, weatherbeaten evangelism of prime Zeppelin, this elegantly powerful quartet write songs that aim straight for the heart,” The Guardian]; Austin’s psych trio Ume [“somewhere in between Warpaint, Metric and Mogwai,” Relix], who will be releasing a six-song EP titled Too Big World in early April; and much much more.

See you in Texas.

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Freeloader Friday: The Entrance Band, Boreta, William Onyeabor, Withered Hand, Leif Vollebekk, Rathborne, M+A, Carina Round, ASG & Sophie Auster

November 22, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

boreta_honeyheartIt’s the Friday before Thanksgiving and that means it’s time to look back at all the things we are thankful for — no matter where you are in the world.

First, I’m thankful for the amazing Orchard family we have here and the food-coma-worthy potluck we hosted in our NYC office last night. I’m also thankful for art, entertainment and of course, MUSIC! Which brings me to this special Freeloader Friday, which will have to last you two weeks while we take a break next Thursday and Friday to feast some more.

Our one-and-only full album stream this week comes to us courtesy of The Entrance Band. It’s a bit of a comeback for them after a four year hiatus and the title refers to the light at the end of a tunnel filled with some pretty dark emotions.

To add to that uplifting note, The Glitch Mob’s Justin Boreta just released a moving track inspired by a trip to Ethiopia along with Soma Water and Charity: Water. In it, he pairs local sounds with his signature beats, and the result is well worth a listen. Plus, we love the artwork (see above). Not too far away, in Nigeria, William Onyeabor might be listening to the remix of his track “Good Name” by French producer Joakim. We know we are. Keep an eye out for more remixes from Luaka Bop’s newly released Who Is William Onyeabor? in partnership with Moog.

Also check out a preview of Withered Hand‘s upcoming 2014 album — the track below features Pam Berry and The Vaselines’ Eugene Kelly, who are among several other amazing contributors you can look forward to on the record. Then, add Leif Vollebekk to your library with Rolling Stone’s Daily Download.

We’ve gone a little crazy this week on the music video front, but we just couldn’t narrow down the selection from these fab five: Rathborne, who’s on tour right now with Albert Hammond Jr., goes a little psychedelic; M+A takes us for a roller-coaster ride of love and lust; Carina Round uses fan-submitted messages for a heart-warming effect; ASG goes black-and-white; and Sophie Auster shows us how to make an artistically beautiful video on a dime.

Happy Friday and Happy Thanksgiving!

The Entrance Band: Full album stream via Consequence of Sound
Face The Sun out now on Beyond Beyond is Beyond

Boreta: “Honey Heart” track premiere via Prefix Mag
Honey Heart — Single  out now on Glass Air / Shoot to Kill Music

William Onyeabor: “Good Name (Joakim Remix)” track stream via FADER
Who Is William Onyeabor? out now on Luaka Bop

Withered Hand: “Black Tambourine” track stream via Pitchfork
New Gods out February 2014 on Fortuna Pop! / Slumberland Records

Leif Vollebekk: “When The Subway Comes Above The Ground” free track download via Rolling Stone
North Americana out now on Outside Music

Rathborne: “SOFT” music video premiere via SPIN
SOFT out now on True Believer

M+A: “Down The West Side” music video premiere via VEVO
These Days out now on Monotreme Records

Carina Round: “You And Me” music video premiere via FILTER
Tigermending out now on Dehisce Records

ASG: “Scrappy Trip” music video premiere via Stereogum
Blood Drive out now on Relapse Records

Sophie Auster: “Square Moon” music video premiere via Best Fit
Red Weather out now on Lost Colony Music

Preview CMJ 2013 with Our Playlist, “The Bands, The Music, The City”

October 9, 2013 Artist News No Comments

cmj2013_orchard_playlistThe 2013 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon is almost upon us!

We’ve already previewed a few of our favorites from the initial round of bands, but since so many great artists have been added to the lineup in the last month, we felt compelled to assemble the following Spotify playlist, which includes selections from over 70 Orchard artists that will performing this year.

We here present you with CMJ 2013: The Bands, The Music, The City, also available on Happy CMJ!

Freeloader Friday: Office Romance, Ra Ra Riot, Heathered Pearls, Hey Sholay, Vintage Trouble and Sophie Auster

December 14, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Office Romance "Twinkling Lights" iTunes Single of the WeekWe have exciting new stuff for you this week including a Holiday Single of the Week on iTunes, with Frenchkiss Records’ Office Romance — because seriously, isn’t the office holiday party the best time to explore that building chemistry from the past few months…? If that’s not your schtick, no worries, the song works on its own too.

In addition, we have a brand new single courtesy of Ra Ra Riot, whose highly anticipated new album is hitting the streets next month; a full album stream from Heathered Pearls‘ new album, which came out this week; a new track from Hey Sholay; and two very different but well worthwhile live performances from the one and only Vintage Trouble on The Late Show with David Letterman – watch it while you can! — and the ever-lovely Sophie Auster with a live version of “Run Run Run” for Soundcheck WNYC.

Happy office romances, parties and listening!

Office Romance: “Twinkling Lights” via iTunes Single of The Week
I Love The Holidays EP out December 18 on Frenchkiss Records

Ra Ra Riot: “When I Dream” via Entertainment Weekly
Beta Love out January 22 on Barsuk Records

Heathered Pearls: Full album stream via ISO50
Loyal out now on Ghostly International

Hey Sholay: “Wishbone” via Hype Machine
((O)) out now on Fierce Panda Records

Vintage Trouble: “Blues Hand Me Down” live performance via The Late Show with David Letterman
The Bomb Shelter Sessions out now on Vintage Trouble Music

Sophie Auster: “Run Run Run” live performance via Soundcheck/WNYC
Red Weather out now on Lost Colony Music

Freeloader Friday: Local Natives, Menahan Street Band, Travis Barker & Yelawolf, Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson, Matthew E. White, Hey Sholay and Sophie Auster

November 30, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Local Natives "Breakers"Aaaand, we’re back! To make up for eating lots of great food last week (or hearing about it), we’ve put together a collection of awesome music and visuals to go with it.

That’s right — you’ll notice we’ve got a slew of music videos for you, and they’re all exceptional and unique in their own way. First, we start with Local Natives‘ “Breakers.” You already caught a preview of the track in a previous Freeloader Friday, and now you get the full visual experience. Travis Barker and Yelawolf, Matthew E. White and Sophie Auster are also on board the music video train with some fresh content from their newly released albums. All that makes this single stream from Apollo Brown and Guilty Simpson a special treat to be savored, a break from the explosion between your eyes and your brain that you can enjoy with your lids closed or in the dark… that is, if you haven’t already turned out the lights after Menahan Street Band‘s “Lights Out” or Hey Sholay‘s “Dreamboat…”

To the listening board!

Local Natives: “Breakers” music video premiere via Pitchfork
Hummingbird out January 29 on Frenchkiss Records

Menahan Street Band: “Lights Out” music video premiere via Noisey
The Crossing out now on Daptone Records

Travis Barker & Yelawolf: “6 Feet Underground” (feat. Tim Armstrong) music video via YouTube
Psycho White out now on Lasalle Records

Hey Sholay: “Dreamboat” music video via YouTube
((O)) out now on Fierce Panda Records

Apollo Brown & Guilty Simpson: “Nasty” (feat. Planet Asia) via Mello Music Group
Dice Game out now on Mello Music Group

Matthew E. White: “Will You Love Me” music video premiere via Pitchfork
Big Inner out now on Hometapes/Spacebomb Records

Sophie Auster: “Run Run Run” music video via PaperMag
Red Weather out now on Lost Colony Music

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