Sep
17

Featured Artist: Hundred Waters


Dubstep ringmaster Skrillex took time out of his nonstop touring schedule to sign a new act to his label. Instead of another bass-dropping DJ, he chose a four-piece of Floridians who were making pastoral electronic songs in their Gainesville home. The band, Hundred Waters, have just released their “Thistle” single (and accompanying cluster of remixes). It’s a promising first step and we can’t wait to hear what they drop next.

Sep
10

Featured Artist: Jesse Thomas


Kentucky-bred singer-songwriter Jesse Thomas boldly moved west to Los Angeles in 2008 with buckets of talent and a guitar case full of sensational original songs, yet not knowing a soul and with very little money in her pocket. Eventually, by way of a few rough demos and open mic live performances, Thomas caught the attention of producer Jim Roach, who signed her to his label, Red Parade Music Group. Thomas’ star has been on the rise ever since, and her terrific song “Back To Fighting” breezes through the background of one of our recent “Let The Sea Set You Free” featurettes!

Sep
05

Download of the Week: Fang Island “Sisterly”


Employing a drums / two-guitar / zero-bass lineup, Fang Island makes music that’s at once triumphant and joyous — in other words, exactly what you need to make your summer that much more celebratory. The Brooklyn band’s self-titled debut LP made us swoon for months on end a couple years ago…yet amazingly, we’re enjoying their new record, Major, even more. Its streamlined, super-melodic songs burst like colorful fireworks, with none more explosive than the album’s lead single, “Sisterly”!

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Fang Island

Aug
29

Download of the Week: Opossum “Blue Meanies”


Kody Nielson spent almost the entire decade of the ’00s with his brother Ruben in the Mint Chicks, one of New Zealand’s best-loved experimental noise pop outfits. After the brothers took that band as far as they felt it could go, they went off in their own creative directions, with Ruben moving on to put together the Unknown Mortal Orchestra while Kody formed Opossom with former Mint Chicks bassist Michael Logie and celebrated Kiwi singer-songwriter Bic Runga. Featuring brilliant snatches of 1960s psychedelic pop mixed with doses of modern indie rock, Opossom’s upcoming album Electric Hawaii is a fully immersive listening journey — and we’re into “Blue Meanies” best. (After all, any reference to the animated film Yellow Submarine is fine by us!)

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Aug
27

Featured Artist: We Became Actors


We Became Actors have been power-popping away in Minneapolis for the last several years, and their most recent record, Something Major, is packed with the sort of melodic, handclap-fueled rock that’s never gone out of style as far as we’re concerned. The quartet’s “Knights Of The Bright Side” provides backing to one of our recent “Let The Sea Set You Free” clips filmed in Biarritz, France — check it here!

Aug
24

Let The Sea Set You Free winner Emilie Layla Lovaine in Nylon Mag

Every month we look forward to picking up the latest issue of Nylon Magazine and this month we were stoked to see the beautiful and talented brunette Lea Michele on the cover – everything about her auburn hair screams Fall…a lot like our Coastal Cove Pinterest Board.

Flipping through the pages we were even more excited when we stumbled upon another brunette and artistic beauty who happens to be near and dear to our hearts – Emilie Layla Lovaine, who as you may know is our European Let The Sea Set You Free winner who hails from Wales and runs her own inspiring blog Flock.

On her recent trip to the Roxy Pro in Biarritz, France with the other Let The Sea Set You Free winners, Emilie wowed us with her voice, overall coolness and big heart (lots of hugs).

Here’s a short behind the scenes video of Emilie singing at the recording studio at Roxy Headquarters in France. Don’t forget to grab the latest Nylon Mag on stands now!

Aug
22

Download of the Week: Seapony “What You Wanted”


It’s not much of a shock that we’ve had summer on our minds a lot lately…but when we listen to Seapony‘s newest material, we can’t help but hear the sound of autumn. On their 2011 debut, Go With Me, the Seattle trio summoned the sunny spirit of summer days with its twee-influenced dream pop. However, their upcoming follow-up, Falling (out in, naturally, September), possesses a more brisk and robust sound that reminds us of crisp leaves under our feet and sunlight shining down at a sharper angle. We can’t say we ever eagerly await the end of summer, but at least Seapony gives us something to look forward to this time!

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Seapony

Aug
20

Featured Artist: Oaklynn


Formed a couple years ago in the northern Georgia city of Dalton, Oaklynn have since migrated to South’s music capital, Nashville. Oaklynn is no country act, though. Rather, this double-pair of brothers — Josh and Seth Smith; Tripp and Tate Howell — craft super-catchy electro-pop in the vein of a less bombastic M83. They’re in the process of releasing a handful of singles on Tennessee label Regenerate Music Company, and our favorite so far is “Everytime,” with its restrained verses and positively soaring choruses.

Aug
17

Switchfoot’s ‘The War Inside’ Video Premiere

We’re sure you’ve heard of the rock band “Switchfoot”, but what you might not know about them is their passion for surfing and the culture that goes with it.  Growing up in sunny San Diego, the members of the band have been surfing their entire lives and get involved in the sport whenever they can.  Still not convinced of their love of surf?  Just look at their name… it actually refers to the pretty fancy footwork on your board when you switch your feet and change direction.

So when we were asked to premiere their exclusive live performance video of “The War Inside”, we were happy to support the cause!

Check out Switchfoot’s behind-the-scenes video from their episode of Guitar Center Sessions for the first time right here…

Aug
16

ROXY @ the 2012 Pacific Festival: The Dunes Sept. 2nd!

The Roxy girls are gearing up for a fun-filled Sunday, September 2nd on Labor Day Weekend, at the Pacific Festival: The Dunes where they will play host to the popular DIY beading and leather lounge area from 1-5pm!

Anyone who buys a ticket to the festival can participate in the Roxy DIY activity and have their fortune told!

The 2012 Pacific Festival: The Dunes benefitting the Surfrider Foundation will showcase live music, local food art and entertainment. Musical headliners include Mayer Hawthorne, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Poolside (recently featured on the Roxy blog), Fools Gold, Capital Cities, Mr. Little Jeans and there will also be DJ sets by Bag Raiders, Miami Horrow and Yacht.

The festival is located at Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort & Marina, 1311 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA, 92660, just steps away from the water.

Gates open at 12pm and close at 10pm. Tickets are on sale NOW at http://pacificfestival.com

Are you going? RSVP on Roxy’s Facebook page, and we’ll see you there!