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Darren Jessee's new single "Anything You Need" premieres at Magnet Magazine

Check Out Darren Jessee’s lead single from new album The Jane, Room 217 now at Magnet Magazine! “Anything You Need” is the first single from the North Carolina songwriter’s first solo record. “Opener ‘Anything You Need’ is one of The Jane, Room 217‘s standouts, a quiet acoustic-guitar/piano number that’s bathed in breathtaking strings by song’s end,” says Magnet Magazine of the track.The Jane, Room 217 is out Aug. 24.

Check out “Anything You Need” here!

The Big Takeover premieres The Eyebrows' lead single "Suicide Love" from debut album!

Check out The Big Takeover’s premiere of “Suicide Love,” lead single from The Eyebrows’ forthcoming debut album Volume. The Big Takeover describes the Charlotte-based rock band’s single as “a dreamier cut off the LP that flows with lush, bittersweet regret. Plush, spiraling guitar lines, rich synths, and scintillating cymbals crash wash over Garrigan’s drawn out vocal exclamations.” The album, Volume, is due out Aug. 31.

Check it out here!

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Paste Magazine Premieres The Color Forty Nine's "Storyteller"

Check out Paste Magazine’s latest tribute to The Color Forty Nine! We’re proud to share that on May 24th they premiered TCFN’s music video for “Storyteller.” The San Diego group is due to drop their self-released album on June 15th, and they’re already generating plenty of chatter. Check out the music video, and let us know what you think about lead singer Phil Beaumont’s lipstick color selection. He looks ravishing!

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May 18th will be the release date for the debut EP from Los Angeles sister duo, JOYNER. Until then, you can enjoy their brand new single, “White Lights”, that premiered last week with Galore Magazine. The piece also includes a video, interview and plenty of photos!

“So if you are itching to get into those Summer music festival vibes right quick, JOYNER has got it handled.”

Read it all here!

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The Fader premieres debut single from Germany's Phosphenes!

The Fader premieres debut single from Germany’s Phosphenes today, saying “This German rock group could’ve soundtracked your favorite teen movie.” “Girls Trip” comes from the band’s debut album, Find Us Where We’re Hiding, due out the 25th of May.

Click here to see the full post and video!

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Posted by Bill Benson on 03.12.18 3 Comments Article Link


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Blockchain aficionado George Howard releasing new book; Paste Magazine shares excerpt

George Howard is releasing his newest book Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry, via 9 Giant Steps Books. The book features interviews with music veterans about the intersection of blockchain technology and music.

Links are below.

Everything In Its Right Place is available for pre-order. Paperback pre-orders will ship in Spring 2018. eBook pre-orders are available for download now from 9 Giant Steps.

In Everything In Its Right Place artists, such as Imogen Heap and Ryan Leslie; world-class entrepreneurs / Venture Capitalists, such as Andy Weisman and Bill Tai; innovators, such as DA Wallach and Benji Rogers, and numerous others provide direct and informative first-hand accounts of not only their visions for Blockchain, but the ways in which they are currently utilizing the technology.

The ways in which Blockchain technology will impact the music industry are examined thoroughly, but, as is so often the case, the music industry is a sort of Canary in a Coal Mine; as it goes, so too go other industries. Given these stakes, an understanding of Blockchain is imperative for anyone interested in significant emerging technologies and its applicability to a variety of industries.

George Howard is passionate in his hope that some of the pieces compiled in this book inspire those who believe, as he does, in the power of leveraging Blockchain technology in a manner that results in more artists not simply sustaining, but thriving on their own terms. After all, art is an empathy machine and, thus/as it follows, more art equals less war.

Contributors: Imogen Heap, Zoe Keating, D.A. Wallach, Bill Tai, Benji Rogers, Ryan Leslie, Andy Weissman, Ashley Longshore, Jesse Von Doom, Jesse Walden, Robert Ashcroft, Aston Motes, Trent McConaghy

To meet Howard in person at his SX book signing, see details here where you can find him signing books at 6:00 PM Thurs 3/15 in room 10C of the Austin Convention Center.

For PASTE Magazine’s article click here to read an excerpt featuring his interview with cellist Zoë Keating (Amanda Palmer, John Vanderslice).

To see Howard on the SXSW Panel “Playola” Thurs 3/15, 5-6 PM go here

To join Howard on his SXSW “roundtable discussion” just before the panel go here for Blockchain and the music industry, Thursday March 15 from 3:30-5:00.

The book is available at SXSW or directly from 9 Giant Steps Books

To request interviews or article assets contact Bill Benson

See the George Howard Press release

SXSW 2018 Announces Artist Lineup

Team Clermont is proud to announce the SXSW 2018 lineup of artists playing showcases at the conference in Austin, Texas this March 12-17.

Team Clermont artists (past & present) playing include:
Altre di B (Bologna, ITALY) at Maggie Mae’s Gibson Room Mar 15 1AM!
Bambara (Brooklyn, NY)
Belle Adair (Florence, AL)
Benyaro (Jackson, WY)
Brother Dege (New Orleans, LA)
Cicada Rhythm (Athens, GA) at Lamberts Mar 14. 10:30pm!
The Foreign Resort (Copenhagen) at 720 Club Patio Mar 16. 10:45pm!
Helen Kelter Skelter (Norman, OK)
Hot Flash Heat Wave (San Francisco, CA)
Ian Moore (Austin, TX)
Ian Sweet (Los Angeles,CA)
Jean Caffeine (Austin, TX)
Kaela Sinclair (Los Angeles, CA)
Knife In The Water (Austin, TX)
Low (Duluth, MN)
Overlake (Jersey City, NJ)
Pearl Earl (Denton, TX)
Ronnie Heart (Dallas, TX)
Season To Risk (Kansas City, MO)
TOMKAT (Denton, TX)
Wild Moccasins (Houston, TX)

Double Ferrari (Athens, GA)
Marshmallow Coast (Athens, GA)
Nourallah Harvey Dezen (Dallas, TX)
Oak House (Athens, GA)
Okkervil River (New York, NY)
Wye Oak (Baltimore, MD)

For other #SX18 events see

For the entire lineup and artist list in Austin, TX for #SXSW18 go to

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Relix Magazine premieres new Helen Kelter Skelter video!

Helen Kelter Skelter release their blistering new album Melter last month. But they’re not showing any signs of slowing down. Relix Mag just premiered their newest video, for the single “Palamino.”

Check out the post here and pick up your very own white-vinyl copy of Melter here!

If you’re in Tulsa, you’re also in luck! They’re playing The Vanguard tomorrow night, the 2nd. For all of their tour dates, head over to

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Daytrotter names Boogarins as #1 Psych Rock Session of 2017

In case you missed it in the deluge of Year-End Lists, this past December, Daytrotter listed our very own Boogarins as their #1 Psych Rock Session of 2017! How cool is that? Read about it all here

Not ones to be outdone, Portugal’s The Gift also got recognition from Paste and Daytrotter this past year. The Gift made the Top 10 of the best Indie Rock Sessions. That list can be found here

We can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for Daytrotter, Paste and Team Clermont!

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Posted by Bill Benson on 01.24.18 1 Comment Article Link


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New York Times raves about new Lowpines!

Jon Pareles of the New York Times calls the new Lowpines single “a slow waltz undulating among two and later three chords,” that “stays poised and mysterious as it contemplates oblivion.”

Read the whole review here In Silver Halides is due out February 26th, via Adventure Club Records.

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Posted by Bill Benson on 01.22.18 1 Comment Article Link


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