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Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3, on February 4th. Their strongest and most complete work yet, LP3 is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie.

Hippo Campus - LP3 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque Purple Swirl LP]
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Hollis Brown

In The Aftermath [LP]

ON SALE $22.97 Vinyl: $19.52 Buy

Hollis Brown's latest album, In The Aftermath, is the deliciously depraved outcome of an all-night rock n' roll riot. The Queens, New York-based quintet escaped to the Poconos to record with a few handles of whiskey, and, in one 24-hour session, ran down the Stone's seminal first album of all originals, 1966's Aftermath. Tracked live in the studio with minimal overdubs, In The Aftermath is potent proof the five-piece group is one of the last great American rock n' roll bands. In The Aftermath is the second in a casual homage series. Previously, Hollis Brown issued, Gets Loaded, saluting Velvet Underground's Loaded. This new album directly follows the band's most successful release yet, 2019's Ozone Park, which earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste Magazine, Pop Matters, Relix, and Goldmine. 'In The Aftermath' was an artistic inevitability for Hollis Brown. The five-piece band enjoyed doing the VU album so much they began to joke about doing a "Hollis Brown presents..." series, covering formative records in their artistic continuum. The impetus to do Aftermath came from an invitation to play a COVID-protocol obeying backyard party during the pandemic. The request stipulated the band perform a classic album of their choice. Yet, on 'In The Aftermath', Hollis Brown doesn't try to out-Stones the Stones. Instead, they find clever ways to salute the Stones legacy. Inspiration from the album's freewheeling recording sessions will definitely impact the band's next album of all originals which is mostly written. "Making this record sent us back to the drawing board," Mike reveals. "It was about going back to the essence of American roots music-blues and country-which is a tradition our band was founded upon." 'In The Aftermath' is available everywhere February 4th through Cool Green Recordings, an imprint of Mascot Label Group.
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‘Requiem’ follows Korn’s critically acclaimed 2019 release, ‘The Nothing’. Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The band have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

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For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone.

In 2020, Eric already planned to venture into podcasting. The pandemic accelerated this process, resulting in the extremely well-received “Eric Krasno Plus One” podcast. Eric is the host of this interview-style series that brings listeners backstage and deep into the lives of incredible musicians, ranging from Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks and Branford Marsalis to Questlove, Ziggy Marley, John Mayer and Robert Randolph.

Eric’s new solo album “Always”, his first on Provogue, an imprint of Mascot Label Group, sees him venture into an elaborate mix of blues, funk, rock and soul -- a sunny, funky and laid back album combining the vibe of 1970s Laurel Canyon, swaths of Hammond B3 organ, a rhythm section that appear to be joined at the hip, and of course that punchy Eric Krasno guitar sound. It evokes the spirit of Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, and, dare we say his name, Prince? “Always” also alludes to the album cover, showing Eric’s wife, then pregnant with their now born son. This album is dedicated to them.

"Always" will be released on CD on September 17, with the vinyl to follow on October 22, 2021. The yellow vinyl is limited to 500 copies, and only available from Indie record stores in the US and Canada.

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Erin Rae

Lighten Up

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Three years after the release of her critically acclaimed debut, Putting On Airs, Nashville-raised singer-songwriter Erin Rae shares an intimate, honest, and playful version of herself through her sophomore album Lighten Up. Produced by Jonathan Wilson, and recorded in the musically hallowed grounds of California’s Topanga Canyon, the album represents a sonic and inner shift for Rae. In it, she embraces more of her influences, like baroque-pop, cosmic country, and indie-folk songs while mirroring a more compassionate self-view she calls “accepting my humanness”.

Although she grew up in a musically oriented family, Rae’s pursuit of music happened by accident. After being gifted a Martin acoustic guitar on her 18th birthday, Rae decided to drop out of college after just one semester. Her goal at the time had little to do with making music into a career, and everything to do with spending more time and energy with the community of musicians and writers she knew back home. Looking back on those days, she recalls the initial high of playing live at an open mic during winter break and realizing, “this is how I connect with people. I have to pursue this.” Rae has continued to connect with people through her music ever since, performing at mainstays like Newport Folk Festival, Red Rocks Amphitheater, and sharing stages with Father John Misty, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jenny Lewis, Jason Isbell, and Iron & Wine. The success of Putting On Airs also earned her a nomination for Emerging Act of The Year at the 2019 Americana Music Awards alongside other trailblazing artists like Yola, Jade Bird, and J.S. Ondara. When the Covid-19 pandemic called a halt to touring, Rae took advantage of the opportunity to revel in a wide range of musical influences she had absorbed since the making of Putting On Airs, sitting in an un-rushed space while deciding which direction she wanted to take her music next.

Though Rae says the core of her work will always stem from the songwriting she was raised on, the making of Putting On Airs with collaborators Jerry Bernhardt, Dan Knobler, and Dominic Billett inspired her to deepen her music exploration outside the traditional Americana box and listen to records in a broader way. “It opened up a sonic world to me that I had always enjoyed, but that felt mysterious. The process of making my last record allowed me to visualize how recorded sounds come to be, so returning to recordings of beloved artists like Feist, Judee Sill, Wilco, became exciting all over again. I could suddenly imagine what was happening in the room to create what I was hearing on the recording.” This newfound excitement led Rae down many rabbit holes, particularly a deep-dive into English psych-folk artists like Kevin Ayers and Pete Dello And Friends, as well as songwriters like Gene Clark, Scott Walker, and Jesse Winchester. That expansive discovery of musicality led her to connect with Wilson, known for his work with artists like Father John Misty, Jenny O., and Roger Waters. Their shared love for the cinematic pop of the Walker Brothers, Bobbie Gentry, and the folk stylings of Margo Guryan created a solid foundation to create together, so Rae flew to Wilson's Five Star Studios in February 2021. Wilson called on musicians Jake Blanton (Bedouine, The Killers) and Drew Erickson (Weyesblood, Father John Misty) to contribute bass, keys, and string arrangements, and played drums and lead guitars himself. Erin invited friends Kevin Morby and Meg Duffy of Hand Habits to contribute, and Wilson's longtime friend Ny Oh to sing some of the background vocals. The result is a fresh, authentic, and singular collection of recordings that are clearly rooted in a classic "canyon" sound. Lighten Up also showcases a new level of personal growth for Rae, and invites listeners to share in the results of her work towards self-acceptance. “My last record was a lot of self-assessment and criticism, and trying to kick old habits and ways of relating to people,” Rae acknowledges. “This one is about blossoming, opening up, and living a little more in the present moment. Accepting what it is to be human.”

In the lead single, “Modern Woman” Rae celebrates womanhood and femininity in all of its forms, countering outdated beliefs over driving drums and rocking guitars and inviting an inclusive perspective through her cheeky lyrics “come see a modern woman.” With “Lighten Up and Try” a song that embodies the album’s title, as well as its ethos, Rae dwells on the process of opening up to love and to life, and the vulnerability that comes with that process. Expounding on the song’s meaning, Rae shares, “This song for me just feels like celebrating the vulnerability of living. Saying yeah, ‘No one really knows what they’re doing. You just have to try.’”

In the measured track, “Mind - Heart” Rae outlines the dangers of codependency, and through the straightforward lyrics, “the mind is fucked but the heart is pure,” she meditates on the unreliability of thoughts. “Both of my parents have practiced meditation throughout my life following different traditions. This song for me is essentially using mindfulness to detach from habitual patterns of thought and behavior, and reconnecting to the heart, the intuition.” In “True Love’s Face” she opens to the potential of love and the choice to not flee from it over retro melodies, affirming through her bell-like vocals, “I will know it when I see it / I will not turn it away.” And in the psychedelic “Candy + Curry” Rae balances awakening and being centered in the present moment, with a soundscape that invites the listener to relax and enjoy the ride. With Lighten Up, Rae hopes to give listeners the opportunity to borrow what she’s learned, that there can be a lightness when things feel heavy and that even our darkest corners can allow us to shine. “I hope this record encourages people to be a little softer towards themselves.” Rae shares. “If [Lighten Up] gives people listening the space to feel more tender towards themselves and move in the world from that place, that would be the dream for me.”

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Rolo Tomassi

Where Myth Becomes Memory

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2022 release. Rolo Tomassi is a British progressive metal band from Sheffield. They have been active since 2005 and Where Myth Becomes Memory is their sixth full-length album. It is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2018 album, Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. The group is known for their sonic and energetic live performances, as well as their stark and consistent artistic aesthetic. Vocalist Eva Spence is one of the most dynamic and varied vocalists in the progressive metal scene, her gorgeous cleans and guttural screams are truly unique. Where Myth Becomes Memory is a grand display of immaculate musicianship, intricate songwriting, and raw emotion. There is a consistent theme throughout the record which is accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful grand piano. The attention to detail in the recording is astonishing, as you can hear the individual cadence of each key being pressed in. The album feels like a living, breathing work of art.
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Wild Rivers

Sidelines

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Indie trio Wild Rivers (Khalid Yassein, Devan Glover, and Andrew Oliver) have a gift for penning introspective lyrics and genre-fluid melodies that transmit wisdom beyond their years. Their anticipated full-length album, Sidelines-co-produced by Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Sharon van Etten) and Wild Rivers and recorded in Connecticut, Los Angeles and Khalid and Devan's college town of Kingston, Ontario (where the two originally met and began making music together)-touches on coming-of-age themes and embracing the unknown. A portrait of their early post-college years, Sidelines is where Wild Rivers poured their collective impressions about merging into their mid-20s - a strange, liminal age where it's easy to romanticize childhood. Sidelines, according to Andrew, looks back longingly upon "the time when you are truly present and you're not having this forward-thinking vision where you're worried about the next thing. ""A lot of [Sidelines] is about perspective and longing to be somewhere that you're not, or trying to figure out how to get to a place that you want to be, whether it's physically, emotionally," says Devan. "I think we're all kind of struggling with our sense of identity, in the stage of life that we're in. " Sonically, Wild Rivers pull from a spectrum of sounds, imbuing pop, rock, indie, and folk into each song's blueprint. "We all listen to a wide range of music, from hip-hop to indie rock to pop," Devan says. "We like to pull our favorite parts of every genre and patch them together and see what works and see what feels good.
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Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective's past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

Animal Collective - Time Skiffs [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Ruby 2LP]
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Bastille

Give Me The Future [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Translucent Orange LP]

ON SALE $36.97 Vinyl: $33.27 Buy

MP3 Album: $11.49 Download

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Exclusive to Indie Retailers. Give Me The Future, Bastille's wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it's as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release on February 4, 2022. The following Bastille album will be released on 2/04/2022. The color of this vinyl is ORANGE.

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Hippo Campus

LP3

ON SALE $14.97 CD: $11.99 Buy

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2022 release. Minneapolis indie pop rebels Hippo Campus return with their third full-length, LP3, on February 4th. Their strongest and most complete work yet, LP3 is a freshly-inked portrait excavating young adulthood, identity and, more importantly, how that personal identity fits into a larger camaraderie.
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Hollis Brown

In The Aftermath

ON SALE $13.98 CD: $11.99 Buy

Hollis Brown's latest album, In The Aftermath, is the deliciously depraved outcome of an all-night rock n' roll riot. The Queens, New York-based quintet escaped to the Poconos to record with a few handles of whiskey, and, in one 24-hour session, ran down the Stone's seminal first album of all originals, 1966's Aftermath. Tracked live in the studio with minimal overdubs, In The Aftermath is potent proof the five-piece group is one of the last great American rock n' roll bands. In The Aftermath is the second in a casual homage series. Previously, Hollis Brown issued, Gets Loaded, saluting Velvet Underground's Loaded. This new album directly follows the band's most successful release yet, 2019's Ozone Park, which earned rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste Magazine, Pop Matters, Relix, and Goldmine. 'In The Aftermath' was an artistic inevitability for Hollis Brown. The five-piece band enjoyed doing the VU album so much they began to joke about doing a "Hollis Brown presents..." series, covering formative records in their artistic continuum. The impetus to do Aftermath came from an invitation to play a COVID-protocol obeying backyard party during the pandemic. The request stipulated the band perform a classic album of their choice. Yet, on 'In The Aftermath', Hollis Brown doesn't try to out-Stones the Stones. Instead, they find clever ways to salute the Stones legacy. Inspiration from the album's freewheeling recording sessions will definitely impact the band's next album of all originals which is mostly written. "Making this record sent us back to the drawing board," Mike reveals. "It was about going back to the essence of American roots music-blues and country-which is a tradition our band was founded upon." 'In The Aftermath' is available everywhere February 4th through Cool Green Recordings, an imprint of Mascot Label Group.
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‘Requiem’ follows Korn’s critically acclaimed 2019 release, ‘The Nothing’. Korn changed the world with the release of their self-titled debut album. It was a record that would pioneer a genre, while the band’s enduring success points to a larger cultural moment. The band have continued to push the limits of the rock, alternative and metal genres, while remaining a pillar of influence for legions of fans and generations of artists around the globe.

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Eric Krasno

Always [Blue LP]

ON SALE $25.97 Vinyl: $19.47 Buy

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. In 2020, Eric already planned to venture into podcasting. The pandemic accelerated this process, resulting in the extremely well-received “Eric Krasno Plus One” podcast. Eric is the host of this interview-style series that brings listeners backstage and deep into the lives of incredible musicians, ranging from Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks and Branford Marsalis to Questlove, Ziggy Marley, John Mayer and Robert Randolph. Eric’s new solo album “Always”, his first on Provogue, an imprint of Mascot Label Group, sees him venture into an elaborate mix of blues, funk, rock and soul -- a sunny, funky and laid back album combining the vibe of 1970s Laurel Canyon, swaths of Hammond B3 organ, a rhythm section that appear to be joined at the hip, and of course that punchy Eric Krasno guitar sound. It evokes the spirit of Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, and, dare we say his name, Prince? “Always” also alludes to the album cover, showing Eric’s wife, then pregnant with their now born son. This album is dedicated to them. "Always" will be released on CD on September 17, with the vinyl to follow on October 22, 2021.

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Animal Collective

Time Skiffs

ON SALE $15.97 CD: $12.49 Buy

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Time Skiffs’ nine songs are love letters, distress signals, en plein air observations, and relaxation hymns, the collected transmissions of four people who have grown into relationships and parenthood and adult worry. But they are rendered with Animal Collective’s singular sense of exploratory wonder. Harmonies so rich you want to skydive through their shared air, textures so fascinating you want to decode their sorcery, rhythms so intricate you want to untangle their sources. Here is Animal Collective's past two decades, still in search of what’s next.

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Bastille

Give Me The Future

ON SALE $16.97 CD: $13.49 Buy

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Give Me The Future, Bastille’s wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it’s as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release on February 4, 2022.

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Eric Krasno

Always

ON SALE $15.98 CD: $13.49 Buy

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he co-founded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. In 2020, Eric already planned to venture into podcasting. The pandemic accelerated this process, resulting in the extremely well-received “Eric Krasno Plus One” podcast. Eric is the host of this interview-style series that brings listeners backstage and deep into the lives of incredible musicians, ranging from Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks and Branford Marsalis to Questlove, Ziggy Marley, John Mayer and Robert Randolph. Eric’s new solo album “Always”, his first on Provogue, an imprint of Mascot Label Group, sees him venture into an elaborate mix of blues, funk, rock and soul -- a sunny, funky and laid back album combining the vibe of 1970s Laurel Canyon, swaths of Hammond B3 organ, a rhythm section that appear to be joined at the hip, and of course that punchy Eric Krasno guitar sound. It evokes the spirit of Sly Stone, D’Angelo, Lenny Kravitz, and, dare we say his name, Prince? “Always” also alludes to the album cover, showing Eric’s wife, then pregnant with their now born son. This album is dedicated to them. "Always" will be released on CD on September 17, with the vinyl to follow on October 22, 2021.

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Venom Prison

Erebos

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Led by the unique lyrical and vocal talents of Larissa Stupar, VENOM PRISON's rise to prominence has been swift and exhilarating. Both 2016 debut album "Animus" and its 2019 follow-up "Samsara" received widespread praise from media and fans alike, while the band's ferocious live shows notched up acres of wide-eyed acclaim. As a result, the release of VENOM PRISON's third full-length, "Erebos", is destined to be one of /the/ metal events of 2022. A wildly inventive but utterly destructive onslaught of genre-defying extremity, "Erebos" is a giant leap forward and deafening confirmation that VENOM PRISON are the real, ground-breaking deal. "Everything needed to be bigger, better, catchier," says guitarist Ash Gray. "We have said many times in the past that this band will not write the same record over and over again. It wasn't about showing how heavy we can be. We know we're a heavy band. We just wanted to be more creative, and this time we had the luxury of having time on our side. Larissa's distinctive style comes through even stronger. It's even more poetic, while still critical of the issues we face in Western society."

A thrilling explosion of artful savagery, warped melodies and tumultuous atmospherics, "Erebos" is a powerful, defining statement from one of the most exciting bands of the modern era. From humble origins to undisputed heavyweight status, VENOM PRISON are now an unstoppable force. "'Erebos' has really opened our horizons as a band, making us want to be more creative as a whole. For us, it has always been about evolving musically and progress with every single step we take, and that will never change. We have a lot more to explore and we are confident that we're capable of doing so. The grind must continue."

Erebos Venom Prison

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Bastille

Give Me The Future [LP]

ON SALE $36.97 Vinyl: $31.42 Buy

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Give Me The Future, Bastille’s wildly-ambitious new album, is a tribute to tech times and a glimpse of what could be to come. Exploring both the opportunities of new technology and the dark side of lives lived online, it’s as playful as it is thought-provoking, as dystopian as it is dancefloor-friendly and as electronic as Bastille have ever been. Executive produced by Ryan Tedder, Give Me The Future by Bastille will release on February 4, 2022.

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