Dispatch, the upbeat rock band that’s heralded as one of the biggest independent bands in history, is in the middle of one of their most prolific periods to date. Following the release of last year’s massively successful album America, Location 12, the trio went back out to Northern California: Stinson Beach’s Panoramic House, to wrap up some recording that they didn’t finish the first time around. This new collection of music is Location 13 and features the single “Letter to Lady J”- it finds the band pushing boundaries and breaking new ground, welcoming old fans and new audiences alike by building new classics and reaching new heights. It's impossible to deny that few bands – at any level – have been able to achieve what Dispatch has: three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for Zimbabwean humanitarian efforts, world tours and a concert in Boston that drew 110,000 fans. They’ve been known, since the band's inception, as being more than just about the music – they've constantly directed their energy to causes and campaigns along the way.Dispatch is going ahead into this new era with both the passion and vigor of a band in their infancy and the knowledge and power of one together for 20 years and counting. In a world where hope is in short supply, fear runs rampant and alternative facts blare louder than the truth, we need, more than ever, music that is honest. Dispatch is rising to the occasion by creating music that is vital to their fans and beyond.
Hailing from Nashville, TN, Republican Hair conjures the flamboyant musicality of TheCars, Devo, The Clash, and The Talking Heads, as well as the dark satire of author Kurt Vonnegut and the wry observational wit of David Sedaris. Their debut album, High And Tight bubbles over with arty tunefulness that traverses angular funk grooves, sci-fi sonic ambience, pent-up post-punk aggression, and fizzy pop hooks. Standouts include “I Don’t Care,” “Be Careful Chloe,” and “Who Is Chasing Who.” Within a narrative context, Republican Hair waxes absurd and poetic about the apocalypse, courtship rituals, and manners, among other things. Due to the controversial nature of these topics, band membership must be kept classified. Fans and the government will be aware of the group’s presence—either live, on record, or in videos—through its iconic, faceless logo which boasts one of our country’s most beloved hairstyles. They just released their latest rebellion single called “F**k A Bomb.”
The Watson Twins
The Watson Twins announce DUO, their latest full length and 6th Studio Album. This batch of songs comes with a new approach finding the sisters co-writing all the material for the first time and singing all parts together, creating one singular voice. Working with their longtime collaborator and producer Russ Pollard (Everest/Sebadoh), the album feels like a dynamic new chapter for the twins. Raised in Louisville, Kentucky identical twin sisters, Chandra and Leigh Watson, have always blended musical genres to tell their story. The twins moved to the thriving music scene of Silver Lake, Los Angeles in the early 2000’s where their sound “developed a style of sweet, soulful indie-folk that does more than nod to alt-country influences” (NPR).The twins released 4 albums –and spent a lot of time on the road –during their time in LA. But it was when they relocated to Nashville 5 years ago that they began to focus on the power of their signature harmonies. “The back drop of Nashville inspired a new directions for us. We’d always written songs separately but we wanted to focus on our strength as a duo,” Leigh says. Those signature harmonies (reminiscent of their contribution to Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat) are truly the beating heart of this new collection of songs.Together, the twins’ voices create a landscape of sound that feels totally modern while always nodding to the past. "As twins, they can shape-shift even more effectively than most polyphonic siblings; the aura they project, of one voice split in two, enhances their ability to cast a spell." (Los Angeles Times) The twins called on friends who supported them throughout their journey to bring their vision to life. Playerson DUO include Russ Pollard, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Vanessa Carlton, Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson/Chris Stapleton) and the Cactus Blossoms. Tracks like "Rolling Thunder" reflect on Nashville's storied musical history."Cry Baby" nods to country greats like George Jones & Tammy Wynette, while "Hustle and Shake” tells the twins’ own story of the highs and lows of a life in music. "Call to You”, a duet featuring the Cactus Blossoms, is a new take on the lost tradition of duets –two brothers and two sisters, using their familial harmonies. Chandra says, “we wanted to make a big,cinematic feeling song about lost love on the open road.” "Playing Hearts", the only co-write on the album, finds the twins and Daniel Tashian (writer/composer Kacey Musgraves and #1 song "Hometown Girl" Josh Turner) waxing poetic about card games and love.In recent years the Watson Twins have toured in support of their own releases Pioneer Lane, Night Covers, Talking to You, Talking to Me, Fire Songs& Southern Manners, as well as continuing to perform as back-up vocalists for some of music's most notable acts.The Watson Twins have performed with:Kings of Leon, Harry Connick Jr., Vanessa Carlton, CeeLo Green, Foster The People,The Shins, Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, John Paul White (the Civil Wars), My Morning Jacket, Shooter Jennings, Butch Walker, Rayland Baxter, Jessie Baylin, Bahamas, Billy Bragg, Willie Nelson and many more.The Watson Twins latest albumDUO will be released October 2018. "The twin sisters have a sense of harmony that has gone unmatched and a growing reputation as the artists to call when you need perfect voices behind you." –Paste Magazine