As the year comes to a close, the best-of lists are in, and The Windish Agency artists left an unmistakable mark on the year. Special recognition was paid in Pitchfork's 50 Best Albums of 2012, where 20 of our talented acts were recognized for remarkable music made throughout 2012.
We're only weeks from 2013, and that means you've got limited time to cross off shows from your "Must See in 2012" list. The Windish Agency artists are out and about nation-wide, ready to ring in the new year with you. Check out our complete December 31 show listing here, set those resolutions and we'll see you in the new year!
Ever dream of playing bingo with Grimes or enjoying an early morning bloody mary with Warpaint? This December, S.S. Coachella sets sail December 16-19 to the Bahamas and December 19-23 to Jamaica, taking the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival experience to the high seas.
The Windish Agency is happy to announce Windish Music Licensing's long-term partnership with LA-based sync experts Hidden Track Music. Led by Justin Bumper Reeve, the boutique music placement and licensing company represents labels, publishers, songwriters and artists, and services to film, television, advertising and video games.
Kim Deal, Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim Macpherson played their first show together on Friday June 19, 1992, in a snooker hall behind Warrington Rugby Club in the north of England, near Manchester. Two days later they supported Nirvana in Dublin and Belfast, and then played at Glastonbury. Back in the US, after playing 27 sold-out shows that fall, they made their way to San Francisco to record Last Splash.
Last night in Nashville, the GRAMMY countdown began as musicians and their teams gathered for The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live to reveal selections for the 2012 awards. The Windish Agency's artists had an undeniable presence, bringing in a total of ten nominations throughout different categories, including a nod to Gotye for the esteemed "Record of the Year" award.
Each year, artists from all mediums leave their studios and head to Miami, FL to witness art and music fusion, better known as Art Basel. Since its inception in 2002, the gathering has proven to be a unique and ever-popular experience, fueled by the creativity of renowned creatives and international gallerists.
The Windish Agency is happy to announce the addition of Evan Hancock to our growing team. Evan joins us from Surefire Agency and brings with him impressive experience in electronic music. Getting an early start at age 18 in South Carolina, Evan promoted for venues like The Music Farm, Pour House and other clubs. From there, he moved to Portland where he served as a partner and staple in the promotions, touring and management program at Abstract Earth Project (AEP). Evan then joined Surefire Agency and was a great asset for more than three years to the reputable agency.
Last night, the Australian music community gathered at the Syndey Entertainment Centre for their highly-anticipated ARIA Awards. The Windish Agency had a presence all the way "down under" with several artists winning awards. It was an especially fruitful year for Gotye, who took home four ARIA Awards, including the coveted "Album of the Year," as well as an "Artisan Award" for "Best Cover Art." The Jezebels also took home an honor, "Best Independent Release" for their latest record Prisoner. Congratulations, Gotye and The Jezebels!
In a year filled with considerable growth and major accomplishments, The Windish Agency continues to expand on the commitment we made from the very beginning: to provide the absolute best live performance and artist development services to our artists. With that, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of accomplished agents John Bongiorno and Ryan Farlow from Pinnacle Entertainment.
The Billboard Touring Conference will be held November 7-8 at New York City's Roosevelt Hotel. Now in its ninth year, the conference has become a staple in the concert industry's development, hosting keynote speaker sessions, showcases and closing with the acclaimed Billboard Touring Awards.
This weekend, the seventh annual Fun Fun Fun Fest takes over Austin, Texas. One of the last festivals of the year, FFFF offers a variety of comedy, food, fashion, art and, most importantly, music. We've got plenty of Windish artists on the grounds this year, complete with performances by:
The Windish Agency wrapped up CMJ week with a fourth and final showcase at Gramercy Theatre Saturday night. Com Truise, Poolside and Bonde Do Role closed out the night to a packed venue.
The Windish Agency's second official showcase of CMJ took place at the Lower East Side's Piano's. The lineup featured Flume, American Royalty, Labyrinth Ear, The Luyas, Ape School, Opossom, Duologue and Moon King. We took some shots to capture the night, photos below.
The Windish Agency's 2012 CMJ run kicked off strong last night with our first official showcase at Mercury Lounge. Doldrums, Strange Talk, Hundred Waters, Duologue, Mozart's Sister, High Highs and Diana performed, and we got some great shots, courtesy of Stuart Solomon.
It's Friday, NYC's CMJ Music Marathon is days away, and we've been working hard for months to create amazing showcases and ensure Windish artist performances dominate the city next week. We teamed with our friends at RCRD LBL to create the gift of a CMJ-themed mixtape. Whether you'll be joining us in NYC next week, this playlist features some of the year's breakout artists and all around fantastic tunes. Enjoy and spread it around!
Fall is the underdog when it comes to festival buzz. It seems as though summer is the time of back-to-back festivals and tough decisions on which to attend and which artists to fight the crowds to see. We often forget that October alone holds Austin City Limits, CMJ Music Marathon, Moogfest, Treasure Island, Fun Fun Fun Fest - some of the absolute best festivals of the year. Kicking off Friday and running through Sunday, the down-home town of Austin hosts its 11th year of Austin City Limits.
The world has waited more than a decade for the return of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This month, the wait is over. On October 16, GY!BE will release their brand new, four-track record, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Beautiful and transcending, the Constellations Record release is available for full stream now at The Guardian.
New York City's CMJ is quickly approaching, and you'll spot The Windish Agency all over the nearly week-long festival. In the spirit of the event - music discovery and musical performances lasting until early morning - we'll have more than 55 artists in town and four showcases of our own.
Earlier today, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) announced the nominees for the 26th ARIA Awards, which will be held later this November at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Windish Agency congratulates Gotye, The Jezabels and DZ Deathrays on their nominations in the following categories:
Any given week, there’s a slew of releases from Windish artists. After all, we pride ourself on our comprehensive family of talented artists, and they're constantly creating innovative work. To simplify your record shopping list this fall, The Windish Agency has compiled a handy list of fall releases from our artists. Happy shopping!
The 35th annual Performance Arts Exchange (PAE) in Miami Beach begins this Wednesday, September 19, and runs through Saturday, September 22. A forum for new live acts, professional networking and idea collaboration within the performing arts field, PAE offers unique opportunities on the eastern coast.
M83 is about to set out on their month-long U.S. tour, and our team here at The Windish Agency wants to be sure you don't miss it. We've set up scavenger hunts throughout several cities giving you the chance to win prime tickets to the live show as well as signed M83 gear for the road.
As the summer festival season comes to a close and fall commences, autumn opens the door for even more festivals and touring acts galore. The Windish Agency artists are always hard at work creating music and performing live, and this September brings the start of many new tours.
September 5-8, The Windish Agency's Performing Arts agent Todd Walker heads to Denver for the Western Arts Alliance Conference, one of the largest music conferences in the west. The WAA Conference convenes presenters, artists and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances.
August 27-31, Oleh! Records, Israeli Consulate and the US Embassy will host the Jerusalem Music Conference & Tune In Tel Aviv Showcase.
For those that are unaware, The Windish Agency headquarters are based in Chicago, so when Lollapalooza descends upon the city every August, celebrations ensue.
Lollapalooza is this weekend, and to help you get pumped for live performances by some of your favorite Windish acts, we've teamed with our friends at RCRD LBL to curate a Lolla mixtape. Enjoy music by Passion Pit, Justice, Little Dragon, First Aid Kit and more, and stay tuned for additional information on what The Windish Agency has going on this weekend.
Three years since their last album, The xx have returned with their highly anticipated new single, "Angels." As they prepare for the September 11 release of their sophomore album, "Coexist," the trio will embark on a North American tour now through October. Don't miss The xx take over the Conan stage on Tuesday, July 24 with a live performance including material from their forthcoming album.
Pitchfork Music Festival is this Friday, and The Windish Agency is getting anxious to see some of our roster's talent in our home town, Chicago. Make sure to plan ahead using Pitchfork's weekend schedule before heading to Union Park, and catch the Windish artists below using the Windish schedule:
It's an exciting time for electronic dance music and DJs everywhere. In a recent piece, TIME takes a look at the rise of the "superstar DJ," delving back to the genre's pioneers and festival influencers. Read as our very own agent, Steve Goodgold, shares insight on how one EDM performance served as a catalyst for stage production planning and ultimately changed his life.
The sixth annual Polaris Music Prize has announced the long list of nominees for this year's award, where each artist is selected for their musical integrity and merit, regardless of genre or record sales. The Windish Agency is happy to congratulate six of our Canadian artists for their achievement, including:
The day has finally come – the day The Windish Agency can announce our unique partnership with Songkick. The dominating, London-based live music destination on the web brings fans and artists together, and they’ve made some amazing strides to not only grow the artist-to-fan relationship but also simplify the process. Making our artists’ lives easier and reaching fans where they congregate is a huge focus for us, and Songkick has created some of the best solutions around.
The Windish Agency has been selected by RCRD LBL to curate a series of playlists highlighting some of our roster's most anticipated releases and tours. Today we are happy to share with you a selection of spring-released tracks including music by Japandroids, Passion Pit, Best Coast and more.
Summer is finally upon us, but Austin is already getting excited for fall and the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Taking place October 12-14 in Zilker Park, the ACL Music Festival has announced another fantastic lineup for its 11th consecutive year, including sets by the following Windish artists:
Each year, the Billboard Music Awards honor artists and their work based on chart rankings, fan interactions and measurable feats. This year, The Windish Agency is proud to announce that Foster the People have been nominated as finalists in an astounding seven categories, below:
The time again approaches for the Sasquatch Festival, taking place May 25-28 at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA. Sasquatch has been bringing the best in music, comedy and entertainment to the Northwest for 11 years now and we are excited to once again be a big part of the festival. Below is a list of the Windish artists who will be appearing at this year’s festival:
The Windish Agency would like to take a moment to congratulate Gotye on his chart-topping accomplishments as of late. Since his release of “Somebody That I Used To Know” back in July 2011, Gotye has been blazing charts worldwide. The song topped the Australian charts for an astounding eight weeks straight, the U.K. Singles Chart for five weeks, and was number one in 18 other countries as well. In the U.S., the song has been a true crossover hit, reaching the top spot on the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts, in addition to the Billboard Hot 100. Gotye’s hit song is the first by an Australian solo male to hit number one in the US since Rick Springfield released “Jesse’s Girl" 31 years ago.
Nominees for the 30th annual APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Music Awards were announced today, and Windish artists received acknowledgement in three major categories. Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" has been inescapable since last fall, so it's no surprise it received a nod for the coveted APRA Song of the Year, as well as the Most Played Australian Work award. Previous APRA nominee Art Vs Science has also walked away with another nomination this year for the track "Finally See Our Way" as Dance Work of the Year. The APRA Music Awards will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre on Monday, May 28th. For a full list of nominations, visit the official APRA Music Awards site.
Just last month, Swedish artists Lykke Li, Peter Bjorn and John, and Miike Snow announced that they had joined forces to create a new powerhouse label, Ingrid. Born to bolster a space for unadulterated creativity, the collective did not waste time with their first production.
These past few weeks have been an especially busy and ridiculously fun time for us – many of our artists played not one, but two, Coachella festivals to huge audiences, eliciting praise from some of our favorite publications, and of course, their fans. From January to the close of the year there are so many exciting shows and events to look forward to, and Coachella marks the beginning of one of our favorite phases, that of the summer festival season. We had some nice surprises as we kicked off this season, as it seems not only our hard work but our absolute love for our artists and live music in general got a little notice. You can check out some of the recent stories about our team below.
The Windish Agency is happy to announce the addition of Todd Walker and the opening of a Performing Arts division within the company.
The Windish Agency is thrilled to announce Micha Thomas has joined the company as Creative Marketing Director. Micha will continue her role as publicist for the company, and will also oversee all marketing efforts, partnerships and events. Micha comes to the company with a vast background in PR, marketing and branding, having worked with large and global companies as well as small and independent organizations and nonprofits, including Yahoo! Entertainment, Sony Pictures, PopTech, and GolinHarris, to name a few.
Kicked off with rain and unseasonably low temperatures, weekend one of Coachella was still a success. It was packed with talented artists from all over the world, some even in hologram form. The Windish Agency artists like Justice, Gotye, M83, tUnE-yArDs and many more performed to sold-out crowds. But even those not attending either weekend can enjoy the music, as the festival offers not only archived videos of the performances from weekend one but a live stream you can catch during weekend two.
Over the last several months, Gotye has taken over the airwaves with the hit single "Somebody That I Used To Know." Having already made his U.S. television debut on Jimmy Kimmel earlier this year, the Australian artist is set to hit the Saturday Night Live stage on April 14. Catch the performance live this Saturday at 11:30 EST/10:30 CST. We'll also be sure to share some of the highlights.
The time has come for Chicago's annual summer music festival, Lollapalooza, to reveal their lineup! This year's festival will take place August 3-5 in Grant Park. We are excited to have the following Windish acts performing among the talented array of artists:
The full lineup has been announced for this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, and it's an incredible one. The festival takes place July 13-15 in Chicago's Union Park. Be sure to check out participating Windish artists below, and get your tickets before they're sold out!
It's almost time for Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival! This year's event takes place April 13-15 and 20-22 in Indio, CA, and features an extensive lineup of must-see acts. Be sure to catch all participating Windish artists, below, and visit Coachella's set time page for details. We hope to see you there!
Miami's Ultra Music Festival is just around the corner, and in anticipation The Windish Agency is presenting a showcase on March 23 at Grand Central Miami. The 18+ event features performances by Diplo, Skream, Caspa and more. Be sure to pick up your tickets before Friday!
In a SxSW 2012 finale, The Windish Agency hosted our fourth consecutive ND showcase in Austin. Saturday's lineup included American Royalty, Ki:Theory, Penguin Prison, Drop the Lime, Matthew Dear and Flosstradamus. After an amazing run of shows, the ND crowd celebrated the successful week on stage with Flosstradamus in an end-of-night dance party!
The Windish Agency's second day at SxSW this year consisted of our six-hour, talent-packed ND showcase. Hip hop collective Spank Rock started Thursday night with a bang and an energetic crowd, followed by NYC-based Guards. Taking the stage next was soul artist Lee Fields & the Expressions who graced the soundscape with crowd favorites as well as tracks off the new album "Faithful Man." Nick Waterhouse kept it vintage with his band, while Hanni El Khatib transitioned from old school to rock as a two-man band. Chicago DJ-duo The Hood Internet closed out the night with special guest Zambri.
The Windish Agency is happy to have six artists on the bill for the first ever Buku Music + Art Project taking place on March 17-18 in New Orleans. Set at Mardi Gras World, nestled in between the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad and the post-industrial east bank of the Mississippi River, the BUKU Project aims to exemplify the fusion of EDM, hip-hop, and indie rock that has been so prevalent in the current music culture. Paying homage to the NOLA setting, BUKU will also feature local food vendors, indigenous art exhibits, a primarily NOLA-sourced production staff, and 15 regional support acts playing stage changeover sets.
The Windish Agency is proud to announce our event lineup for this year's SxSW Music Conference in Austin, TX. Presenting six events March 14-17, The Windish Agency has teamed with Flavorpill, Gilt Groupe, Austinist and many more partners to showcase talent from our worldwide roster.
The SXSW Music Conference, held March 13-18 in Austin, TX, is celebrating its 25th year of innovative discussions, speakers and showcases. Once again, The Windish Agency will head south to present some of the best artist showcases featuring our very own talented acts. This year, we're excited to announce additional support from our official media partner Flavorpill.
This year, the Australian-based St. Jerome's Laneway Festival takes place January 28 - February 12, extending over an impressive seven cities. For the second year, The Windish Agency returns to Melbourne and Sydney to host a co-curated stage alongside London promoter Eat Your Own Ears and record label Young Turks.
The Windish Agency is happy to announce the additions of Matt Baca, Doug Croy and Eli Thomas to our team!