Toronto-based Moon King recently announced being signed to Last Gang Records, home to some of Canada's greatest musical exports including Crystal Castles, Death From Above 1979, Ryan Hemsworth and more.
The duo (Daniel Benjamin and Maddy Wilde) will be releasing their highly anticipated debut in 2015 with details of the new LP to be released very soon.... In the meantime, they'll be hitting the road with Alvvays as part of their world tour. Emily, who recently caught the band in St Paul, had this to report, "Although the band only has one album, you couldn’t ask for better surf-pop sweetness. Tracks like “Next of Kin” and “Adult Diversion” have the jangly elements of the Smiths and REM, especially in the bright, echo-y notes of lead guitarist Alec O’Hanley.".
Dec 19 - Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club
Dec 20 - Toronto, ON @ the Opera House
Jan 21 - Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Jan 22 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Jan 23 - Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank
Jan 24 - Glasgow, Scotland @ King Tuts
Jan 26 - Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
Jan 27 - Birmingham @ Hare & Hounds
Jan 28 - London, UK @ Scala
Jan 30 - Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2
Jan 31 - Bristol, UK @ Thekla
Feb 2 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
Feb 5 - Oslo, Norway @ John Dee
Feb 6 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser Strand
Feb 7 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Beta
Feb 9 - Hamburg, DE @ Molotow exil
Feb 10 - Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
Feb 12 - Vienna, Austria @ B72
Feb 13 - Milan, Italy @ Lo Fi
Feb 14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Bogen F
DPG rap veteran Kurupt releases a free project, Kurupt's Moon Rock via mixtape host site DatPiff. The 18 brand new tracks features everyone from Wiz Khalifa to BReal to Too Short to host Julio G, etc.
Also, Kurupt has also ventured out with Dr. Zodiak to develop a specialized strain of medical marijuana called Moon Rock and will be out on a marijuana tour called "Moon Rock Tour".
Remaining Moon Rock tour dates:
12/20 Newport Beach, CA @ Ten
Jodie Marie and Samuel Taylor are Taylor & Marie, two people who bonded over their love for Johnny Cash & June Carter, Bob Dylan & Joan Baez... and apparently Credence Clearwater Revival, with their cover of "Bad Moon Rising".
Samuel talked about the song, "When we recorded it in the studio it instantly felt right, like we had found our sound. The harmonica, the banjo, the voices, something really good started to happen...."
"Bad Moon Rising" is taken from their debut EP Tilt The Moon, available now.
The duo recently wrapped up their tour with Nerina Pallot, but will be doing some small, intimate Christmas shows to close out the year.
12/22/14 Greystones, Sheffield – Xmas Show
Israel's Allan Moon (by the way of Canada) released his second studio Children of the Call album in April 6, 2014, with the help of Israel's top indie musicians, including Kutiman (Thru You), members of Balkan Beat Box, and Boom Pam.
From my understanding, I think he recently employed various people $5 per job via Fiverr.com to compile their clips for his latest music video.
VENUS AND THE MOON
We previously mentioned Los Angeles' Venus and The Moon earlier this October 2014, when they went on tour with Cat Power in the UK.
The duo (Rain Phoenix and Frally Hynes) is back with a new video for "Hungry Ghost", available to stream on NYLON.com. In celebration of the video release, the band will be kicking off a dance contest inspired by the “Hungry Ghost” video. Fans will need to post their own, one shot videos (minimum of 15 seconds) dancing to the track on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #VATMHungryGhost.
MOON OF MARS
Los Angeles' Moons of Mars will be releasing a 4 tracks of the EP called Free to Fly in January 2015.
The cover artwork was not provided to me.... but the image I'm using is at least timely: sibling duo (brothers Giovan & Mario Polanco) will be on We Found New Music on KX 93.5 FM for an interview and live performance Friday night 12/19 at 11pm.
We've previously mentioned Moon Duo in 2012, so this is just a brief mention that the psychedelic duo (Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada) will be releasing their third full-length LP called Shadow of the Sun.
Shadow of the Sun is available for pre-order now. iTunes' pre-orders come with an instant download of lead single, "Animal."
THE SOFT MOON
Oakland's The Soft Moon (the stagename for Luis Vasquez) is back with a third album Deeper, due out March 31st, 2015, on Captured Tracks. The record was a result of Vasquez moving to Venice, Italy, in 2013 and finding himself in 'deep' reflection. The upcoming album is described as Vasquez's most emotional record yet.
Born out of the amicable ashes of sibling project Pacific Air (who we previously wrote about), Los Angeles' Mating Ritual have recently released a funky new electro track called "Moonlight", available on Soundcloud.
Look for Mating Ritual's live debut this January 12th, 2015 at Bardot as part of School Night.
TAPES & TUBES
Philadelphia's Tapes & Tubes (aka Austin Potter) recently released his third release called Moon & Stars.
They didn't send a whole lot of details, but I can tell you that the three-track EP came out in November and is available in a "handmade and numbered lathe-cut vinyl".