MATOMA DROPS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR SONG OF THE SUMMER
Norwegian music producer and pianist Matoma gives us a taste of summer with the music video for his viral hit “Old Thing Back” (iTunes). Directed by Jon J, the feel-good video was shot in Miami capturing Wynwood’s famous street art, Miami’s beautiful people, and Matoma himself, who opens up the video walking the Wynwood streets with an old-school boom box, attracting people along the way, ending in a sunset party.
LORD HURON NPR INTERVIEW
Strange Trails was written and produced by frontman Ben Schneider and recorded at the band’s own Whispering Pines studio in Los Angeles. Listen to Schneider speak with NPR’s “All Things Considered” about the new record here:
ANDERSON EAST’S “SATISFY ME” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC
A new live video of Anderson East performing his single “Satisfy Me” premiered yesterday at NPR Music and can now be viewed/shared here. Of the song and video, NPR Music’s Ann Powers praises, “…East delivers a collar-grabbing performance that’s both nuanced and passionate…Writing his own version of the resurrected rhythm and blues sound…East champions sweat, sweet emotion and getting a little dirty. It’s a classic approach that feels real, and is bound to bring him success.”
VICTORIAN HALLS NEW SINGLE
After performing at this year’s South By Southwest Festival, VICTORIAN HALLS have announced the release of their atmospheric sophomore album, Hyperalgesia, coming May 19th. Listen to the first single “Tonight Only The Dead” now.
Headed by artistic visionary and lead vocalist/guitarist Sean Lenart, VICTORIAN HALLS made waves with their 2011 debut release Charlatan. Critics took to Charlatan and the bands abstract approach, which quickly landed the band tastemaker international recognition and a slew of diverse music placements. The new album, Hyperalgesia, contains all the hooks and harmonies associated with VICTORIAN HALLS with a more distinct and signature approach. Lenart spearheaded production duties with the assistance of Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2, My Morning Jacket) and Ken Sluiter (Weezer, OK Go) behind the mixing board.
CHOMP “THE RATIONAL ANTHEM” PREMIERES ON BROOKLYN VEGAN
After the 2012 release of their first LP, (Buddha Jabba Momma, Exit Stencil Records) and singer/guitarist Joe Boyer’s departure from Cloud Nothings, Medina, OH trio Chomp have reemerged from the conceptual fold with a brand new lineup and a rekindled love affair with their small-town frustrations and isolation. The lean yet dynamic three-piece — now rounded out by bassist Jeff Latimer and drummer Scott Reid — find catharsis in their punk rock roots while continually pushing the limits of structure and ethos. Ditching the power-pop driven style of their early work, the band now draws from their early influences such as Black Flag and Screeching Weasel, while incorporating the experimental nature of bands like Fugazi, Mclusky, and Crime.
BLACKNING PREMIERE NEW VIDEO “UNLEASH YOUR HELL”
Brazilian thrashers BLACKNING are premiering a brand new video to the track Unleash Your Hell, taken from the band’s latest album Order Of Chaos. Watch the video below:
AXWELL & INGROSSO LAUNCH H&M SUMMER CAMPAIGN WITH “SUN IS SHINING”
Axwell & Ingrosso, fresh from a standout headline set at Ultra Music Festival main stage and closing out Coachella’s iconic Outdoor Theatre to one of the largest crowds of both weekends, have declared that summer is finally here. Their summer hit “Sun Is Shining” has been synced to the global Summer Starts Now campaign for Swedish fashion house H&M. The campaign’s lead commercial was shot in Antigua and stars supermodels Natasha Poly, Doutzen Kroes, Adriana Lima and Joan Smalls. The video is set to air on national TV in 30 countries as well as globally on YouTube at:
NEWMAN WOLF “SEALAND”
The song was crafted entirely out of youtube samples over the course of a few days in the summer of 2014. The production combines dark moods and lush textures, with drums and rhythms suited for the dance floor. The video was shot and directed by Wolf’s close friend and collaborator Ezra Ewen in Los Angeles, CA.
“We decided to use my grandmother’s house as the primary shooting location. The house means a lot to me—it’s where my father grew up, and where I spent all of my summers as a kid. I almost think of it as a member of the family. So when we shot it, we wanted the video to give life to the house, and all of the art and artifacts my family accumulated over the years. My aunt made most of the sculptures in the video, she and my dad collaborated to make the dancing light figure at the end in the 70’s.” -Newman Wolf
CROWN LARKS PREMIERE “OVERGROWN” ON IMPOSE
Crown Larks are thrilled to announce that their debut LP Blood Dancer is out now on Space Lung / Land Breathing (CD/LP) and Already Dead Tapes (CS). You can listen to the entire album on Bandcamp and Spotify, but if you’d like to read more about the band and check out their latest single “Overgrown” you can do so in this lengthy Impose feature.
VICKTOR TAIWÒ “FEATHERS & WAX” PREMIERES AT STEREOGUM
JUNO, the debut EP from U.K. artist Vicktor Taiwò, will be released digitally on June 16. The EP follows the release of “Digital Kids” and “Paradise Island” last year, both of which are featured on the record and created immediate critical buzz—Pigeons & Planes calls the music “spell-binding” while Hypetrak praises Taiwò for “Fusing soulful elements and minimal electronica with powerful songwriting…”
NIGHTRAGE, REVOLVER MAGAZINE LAUNCH “STARE INTO INFINITY” MUSIC VIDEO
“‘Stare into Infinity’ is one of my favorite songs on our new album The Puritan,” guitarist Marios Iliopoulos told Revolver. “It has all those elements that are Nightrage – heavy riffs, emotional melodies and brutal vocal hooks. The whole arrangement of the song is very simplistic and in your face. The verses are very thrashy with straightforward riffs and pounding drums, creating that feeling of power and metal mayhem. The chorus is where the song really lifts up with those signature Nightrage melodic guitars and big ’80s metal riffs played with a thrashy and more modern approach. And Ronnie´s vocals, singing with such a great passion and old school melodic death metal vibes, makes for a really cool contrast on that part.
GYPSY & THE CAT ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘CLIMB INTO THE MUSIC’
Gypsy & the Cat return today with their first official single in more than two years with the delirious swirl of ‘Climb Into The Music’. Adding to the news the song features none other than music jedi Paul Kelly. Gypsy and the Cat had written and produced all their own music to date but wanted to collaborate in the lead up to this recording and invited their musical icon into to the writing studio. Paul was a fan of the bands past material and accepted the invitation to write which then lead to his ubiquitous vocals staying on the final version of the song as the perfect counterpoint to those of Gypsy’s Xavier Bacash.
PATRICK JAMES “CALIFORNIA SONG”
Originally hailing from Port Macquarie, on Australia’s New South Wales coast – Patrick James earned his performance stripes after moving to Sydney and becoming a regular on the street busking circuit. Through this constant performance to transient and preoccupied crowds, Patrick was able to develop a unique ability to captivate audiences with only his guitar and a microphone.
A PROMISE TO BURN “BROKEN BONES”
The post-hardcore band A Promise To Burn has a new lyric video for their song “Broken Bones” and it’s a vicious, pounding track that bursts out of the gates from the get-go. The first time the snarling, infectious hook kicks in it is sure to be locked in your head. The song is exclusively premiering via Heavy Music Magazine.
“We are very proud of this song because it’s the start of a new style for us and we believe it has the right amount of energy to get just about anyone pumped and wanting to mosh their heart out.” – Zach Allard (Drummer)
HAPPY COLORS X DJ BLASS X HAMMO SUNG
Happy Colors joins DJ Blass and Hammo Sung for an energetic track that unites free spirited Hispanic influences and vigorous bass. It’s guaranteed to get people moving and raise any party to the next level and beyond.
RUSTIE ANNOUNCES UPCOMING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Following the release of last year’s Green Language, Rustie is about to head out on his lengthiest run of US shows to date. He’ll be making several live festival appearances, which include performances at Sasquatch, Governors Ball and Bonnaroo.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES
5/22 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
5/23 – Jewel’s Catch One – LA, CA
5/24 – Sasquatch Music Festival – George, WA *
5/27 – Celebrities – Vancouver, CA
5/28 – DISTRIKT – Victoria, BC
5/29 – Starlite Room – Edmonton AB
5/30 – Republik – Calgary, AB
6/03 – The 1Up, Colfax – Denver, CO
6/04 – Wakarusa Music Festival – Ozark, AR *
6/05 – The Hoxton – Toronto, ON
6/06 – Governors Ball – NY, NY *
6/10 – The Loft – Minneapolis, MN
6/11 – Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
6/12 – Bonnaroo Music Festival – Manchester, TN *
6/13 – Primary – Chicago, IL
6/19 – Newspeak – Montreal, QC
6/20 – Firefly Music Festival – Dover, DE *
* live dates (all others DJ sets)
GRACE POTTER “ALIVE TONIGHT”
Grace Potter shares new song “Alive Tonight,” the first single from her debut solo album Midnight, to be released later this summer. It’s her first new music since 2012’s The Lion The Beast The Beat. “Alive Tonight” is available for purchase today. Listen to the song at the link below.
VAN HALEN TO PERFORM ON THE “2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all-time, Van Halen, will perform on the “2015 Billboard Music Awards,” marking the band’s first-ever performance on an awards show with Eddie, Alex, Wolfgang Van Halen and David Lee Roth. Van Halen join previously announced musical performers Kelly Clarkson, Hozier, Nick Jonas, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, along with special duet performances by “Empire” recording artists Jussie Smollett and Bryshere “Yazz” Gray with Estelle, Fall Out Boy featuring Wiz Khalifa, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend. The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will be hosted by Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen and broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET.
INSIDE RADIO & RECORDS FEAT BRIAN KLEIN
Seasoned manager Brian Klein takes a break from wrangling DIY crooner Joe Purdy, hit-makers Fitz & The Tantrums, and mad genius Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Future User) to talk about all things Music Business. From navigating through record deals (or avoiding them) to trying to stomach Spotify payments to water-boarding tennis legend John McEnroe, you need to be prepared for anything in this is often surreal industry.
THIRD MAN ANNOUNCES TIDAL SUBSCRIPTION PROMOTION FOR VAULT MEMBERS
The Third Man Records Vault Subscription Service, responsible for quarterly packages of limited edition vinyl records and exclusive merchandise as well as the inside scoop on Third Man goings on and concert pre-sales, is proud to announce a new perk for its members. All Third Man Records Platinum Vault members already pay $60 (US) per quarter for their subscriptions to the Vault. Beginning today all Platinum Vault members (new and existing) are eligible to ALSO have TIDAL HiFi subscriptions (normally $19.99/month) for only an additional $5/month (totaling of $75/quarter for your Vault subscription and unlimited access to high quality streams). This 75% discount on TIDAL HiFi subscriptions remains in effect in perpetuity, for as long as a Vault member’s subscription remains active and uninterrupted. TIDAL, an artist-owned and artist-friendly streaming service, has two tiers of subscriptions: a standard quality $9.99/month version (TIDAL Premium), and the high-fidelity, CD-quality, lossless audio $19.99 version (TIDAL HiFi) we are offering to Platinum Vault members at 75% off, as well as exclusive content and access to intimate live shows around the world.
Vault members can access their promo code to unlock this discount in their Third Man Store Account Dashboard (http://thirdmanstore.com/customer/account/), and should proceed to http://tidal.com/ to sign up. TIDAL is available via browser and mobile device, using Google Play and the Apple App Store.
JD SOUTHER RELEASES NEW ALBUM MAY 12
Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, iconic musician and actor JD Souther releases his new album Tenderness via Sony Music Masterworks. Produced by Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot, Herbie Hancock), the album will be available on May 12, 2015 and supported by select tour dates across the country and internationally.
“JD Souther is both a legendary and mysterious figure in American popular music,” says Chuck Mitchell, SVP of Sony Music Masterworks. “He’s a self-described ‘classicist’ who, in his new work, draws a through line between the first great songbook of Porter, Kern, etc., and his own generation’s massive impact on the art of the song. The result is an album that brings a new and fresh perspective to this amazing singer-songwriter’s contributions.”