TWIZTID GOES MAKE UP FREE
Billboard chart-topping rap duo TWIZTID are revealing their official music video for the track “No Breaks” today via www.Twiztid-Shop.com. This will go down in the TWIZTID history books as the very first time the duo has rapped in a video with no makeup. The video, which harks back to a classic hip-hop vibe, is directed by Jason Shaltz and was filmed in TWIZTID’s home city of Detroit, MI. “No Breaks” is produced by Seven.
East coast meets west coast in Figgy’s new remix of Corsica Arts Club’s “Untamed.” The L.A.-based CAC released the track on its self-titled EP in early June that shimmered with light guitars and cosmic synths. The airy vocals blended with the production to create a lush soundscape ripe for a top-down road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. Meanwhile, New York’s Figgy worked his magic on the track.
ANNA HAAS NEW VIDEO
The video recently premiered on Nashville Word of Mouth, and is now live on YouTube. Her upcoming EP, PASSION/POISON was recorded in Shreveport, Louisiana at Blade Studios with world renowned producer and drummer, Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Buddy Miller) and Grammy nominated engineer Chris Bell (Erykah Badu, Destiny’s Child , U2, The Eagles). You can learn more about Anna here: http://annahaas.com
JAY BLAZE ADDRESSES HATERS
There has, and always will be haters but recent events have truly brought them out of the woodwork. Things have been so crazy it’s been hard to tell if we were going back to segregation or on the brink of a holy war. Cali native Jay Blaze has written a song for the ages with #HaterzStayBack, the title track of his recently released EP. The hashtag has literally gone viral many times over as people create memes for their own ‘haterz’ topic dujour to share across their socials. This inspired Jay Blaze to make t-shirts bearing the hashtag and the response has been overwhelming. The demand is there. People are dying to rock one. Apparently we’ve all got them in one way or another and our collective desire to shake them seems universal. Be sure to grab your shirt on Jay’s website and enjoy the video after the jump.
DURAN DURAN ANNOUNCE EARLIER RELEASE DATE FOR NEW ALBUM
Multi-platinum superstars Duran Duran have announced that, due to popular demand, they will move the U.S. release date of their 14th studio album, Paper Gods, up from September 18th to give it a global street date of September 11th.
Singer Simon Le Bon, keyboardist Nick Rhodes, bassist John Taylor, and drummer Roger Taylor recorded Paper Gods in London with producers Nile Rodgers, Mark Ronson, Josh Blair, and Mr Hudson. The songs – already being heralded as the band’s best work since Rio – capture the true essence of Duran Duran, with the duality and sense of conflict that has always been at the heart of their music. Visceral and daring, the album mixes hard-edged, contemporary pop with the band’s darker more experimental side to create a body of work that is epic in its scope.
NO DEVOTION RELEASE FIRST SINGLE “ADDITION”
Collect Records and No Devotion are pleased to present “Addition” from the band’s forthcoming debut album, Permanence. Premiering worldwide yesterday on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter, the song went on to be named this week’s “Rockest Record.” “Addition” is the first full song to be released off of Permanence, which will be released via singer Geoff Rickly’s Collect Records label on Friday, September 25.
CIVIL TWILIGHT’S ‘STORY OF AN IMMIGRANT’ NOW STREAMING ON SPIN
Civil Twilight’s forthcoming studio album Story of an Immigrant is streaming now exclusively on SPIN. “The quartet make clear that while they haven’t left their South African roots behind, their tastes lie all over the place,” says SPIN of the album. “Opener ‘Oh Daniel’ is full of clattering drums and rapid-fire guitar lines, while single ‘Holy Dove’ gallops atop a heavy, Muse-esque synth bass. The band even throw in a little vocoder on the anthemic ‘River Child.’” Listen to the album HERE.
YOGI & SKRILLEX “BURIAL”
OWSLA signee YOGI had his breakout breakout success with “Burial” featuring Pusha T in 2014. The track has received a haunting new video from renowned director Grant Singer (Kanye West, Vic Mensa, Sky Ferreira, The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar), YOGI teamed up with Skrillex, TrollPhace and Moody Good for a special edit of the song that premiered this morning on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show. The video shows an eerie dance routine quickly escalating into an altercation in the middle of a highway with former NBA badboy Dennis Rodman.
‘AMY’ IS A HIT
AMY, Asif Kapadia’s stunning and intimate portrait of Amy Winehouse, got off to a big start at the box office this holiday weekend. The film garnered
$222,500 from just 6 screens for a per screen average of $37,083, by far the highest among all releases over the weekend and one of the highest limited debuts of the year. With these early domestic sales, AMY is looking to be one of the biggest documentaries of the last decade.
AMY has been enthusiastically received by critics and audiences alike with an incredible 97% positive rank on Rotten Tomatoes and an audience approval rating to match. The film will expand nationwide this coming weekend.
LOC HONORS WILLIE NELSON
Librarian of Congress James Billington today announced that Willie Nelson is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
With a career that spans six decades, Nelson’s music pushes genre boundaries and his lyrics give voice to America’s heartland. He put his imprint forever on country music and introduced it to new audiences by expanding music’s avenues in the ‘70s to create “outlaw country.” He has continually broadened his musical language, crossing into jazz, blues, folk, rock and Latin styles. A guitar virtuoso with a unique voice, Nelson is an artist whose work continues to inspire new musicians of diverse genres.
Nelson will receive the prize in Washington, D.C., in November and be feted with a series of events. The prize honors a living music artist’s lifetime achievement in promoting song to enhance cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations. Previous recipients are Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal David, Carole King and Billy Joel.
STRANGE & PRIMITIVE NEW VIDEO
Strange & Primitive releases their second single “Difficulties Be Damned” off their upcoming post punk album Strange & Primitive, due out August 21st. Melodies and rhythms trapped in a predestined beat, the instrumentals unleash the caged animal within us.
THE VACCINES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FOR “20/20”
Speaking about the track, the band says: “’20/20’ is another ode to cinema and continues the theme of heightened reality and alternate universes. We love working with friends because it’s always truly collaborative so working with max and bringing the idea to life was amazing.”
TINA GUO METAL ALBUM
Recognized worldwide for her exceptional talent as a classical cellist, Tina Guo announces the pre-release of her debut full-length metal album Cello Metal. Tina demonstrates her phenomenal talent as a musician and a composer by transforming her classical playing style into a head banger’s ball. Many acclaimed guitarists are featured on the album including John 5 of Rob Zombie and Al Di Meola, one of the most prominent and influential guitarists in the contemporary jazz field. The album consists of both originals and covers of iconic metal songs. Preorders will be available July 7th on iTunes and will include an early download of Tina’s cover of “Iron Man.” The physical and digital release date for Cello Metal will be August 4th.
On Cello Metal, Tina unveils five covers of metal classics, each featuring a renowned guitar player. Covers include “Iron Maiden” (Black Sabbath) featuring John 5, “Sanitarium” (Metallica) featuring Al Di Meola. “The Trooper” (Iron Maiden) featuring Nita Strauss, “Raining Blood” (Slayer) featuring Wes Borland, and “Cowboys From Hell” (Pantera) featuring John Huldt. There are also be five originals including “Child Of Genesis,” “The God Particle,” “Eternal Night,” “Forbidden City,” and “Queen Bee,” which won Best Short Film/Music Video at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. To celebrate the release of Cello Metal, Bar Sinister in Los Angeles will host an album release party August 8th where Tina will perform songs from the album.
NOISEY VICE PREMIERES ATLANTA/BALTIMORE COLLECTIVE SPILLAGE VILLAGE NEW EP
Noisey Vice premiers Spillage Village, The Atlanta/Baltimore collective of Earthgang, J.I.D. Jordxn Bryan, and Hollywood JB new EP, Bears Like This Too. This is the follow up to their last year’s release, Bears Like This. Bears Like This Too features Marian Mereba, OG Maco, Childish Major, 6lack, Archibald Slim and more! Let this EP serve as an appetizer for Earthgang’s album, Strays with Rabies, and J.I.D.’s, Para Tu Reloaded, that will drop later this year.
Check Out Bears Like This Too Here:
FUZZ EVIL NEW SINGLE
The Obelisk has premiered an exclusive B-side track from desert doomsters, FUZZ EVIL, as the band continues to construct their debut LP.
Now in their second year together, the FUZZ EVIL trio has completed the recording of their as-yet-untitled maiden album deep in the gritty Tombstone area of their homeland in Southern Arizona, which will see release early next year. While little else on the album is currently available, the band has offered up an early listen from the recording sessions through a giveaway of “Born Of Iron.” While the track will not be featured on the upcoming LP, it gives fans and newcomers alike a dose of the material the band has been creating.
JON MCLAUGHLIN “BEFORE YOU”
Jon McLaughlin’s music has been featured on various outlets such as: AllMusic, Billboard, Examiner, Nashville Scene, American Songwriter, Under the Gun, PopMatters, NPR and USA Today. McLaughlin has provided music for shows such as Madam Secretary, Chicago Fire and So You Think You Can Dance and has contributed music to three major Hollywood films, including Bridge to Terabithia, Georgia Rule and an on-screen appearance and performance in the Oscar-nominated Disney film, Enchanted. The song, “So Close,” received an Oscar nomination, which led to McLaughlin performing at the 80th Academy Awards.
NEW SINGLE BY STUART NEWMAN
STUART NEWMAN is set to release his new single “Love’s Off The Hook” the Brighton UK-based artist continues to explore his interest in the themes of the USA and the human condition, continuing with his use of Americanized vocals on his new track.
JESSICA JARRELL AUDIO PREMIERE
Jessica Jarrell is a rising Pop/R&B star from Diamond Bar, California, set to take the industry by storm. You may be familiar with the YouTube sensation’s recently released dance video for her addictive track, Gravity. Jarrell’s career began in the modeling world, where she was featured in major campaigns for K-Mart, American Girl, and Mattel. The accomplished singer-songwriter has been on international tours with Justin Bieber and Cody Simpson, and has even performed at the White House during President Obama’s Easter Egg Roll event! The fresh-faced songstress is gearing up to release her new independent project, Goldblooded, which is set to drop in fall 2015.
MACHINE GIRL “MISSY PUNK”
Machine Girl’s new track “Missy Punk” exploits the high speed energy of breaks to the max – with jungle-meets-footwork-meets-shiny-chrome-sounds-of-joy.
“Throw Punk/Footwork/Jungle/Missy Elliot into a blender and this is the POS you’ll hear after.” – Machine Girl.
ROBERT ROBERT AND ZéFIRE RELEASE NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR THEIR SINGLE “LONELY ROAD”
Lonely Road, is an explosive and sunny track featuring the soulful vocals and lyrics of ZéFIRE. The song is definitely a strong moment on Robert Robert’s “Not Self Titled” EP. The song as over 40 000 views already thanks to the great public and media attention Robert Robert has gained during the past year.
This one shot video unwinds during the film shooting of a dream sequence part of the fictitious “Robert Robert Story”. Solely missing a director (played by Robert Robert), energy builds up as a crew orchestrates an intricately dazzy scene portrayed in this mise en abyme. Lonely, yet constantly surrounded, individuality is pictured to convey a true facade of each characters carrying the storyline. The viewer witnesses the crossroads between a beautiful, almost surreal, creation and life’s familiar ugly tremors. The video also features numerous up and coming Montreal based musicians, ZéFire, of course, but also RYAN Playground, Dead Horse Beats, JEI Bandit,… and artists of all sorts Fairy Floss, Brizard, SilverNo eM,…
DAVID BERKELEY TO RELEASE ‘CARDBOARD BOAT’ ON SEPTEMBER 25 + NEW SINGLE
Singer-songwriter-author David Berkeley will release his sixth album, Cardboard Boat on September 25 via his own Straw Man label. The album will accompany his novella of ten interwoven stories titled, The Free Brontosaurus (Rare Bird). The album and book will be released on the same day.
The songs are sung from the perspective of each story’s main character. The releases are a rare compliment to each other, but with a degree in literature from Harvard, over a decade of touring under his belt and a stage show that melds profound songs and hilarious anecdotes, Berkeley is uniquely positioned to be able to pull off such an ambitious project.
ON AN ON CHALLENGE FANS TO ESCAPE ITS NEW INTERACTIVE MAZE TO UNLOCK NEW TRACK TITLED “I CAN’T ESCAPE IT”
ON AN ON are excited to present their brand new track titled “I Can’t Escape It,” a song exclusively being revealed through the band’s custom-made maze called You Can’t Escape It that is now available to play at:
INDIMUSIC STUDIO OPENS IN NY
With a dedicated staff of producer’s and engineer’s helmed by renowned musician, and industry-heavyweight, and 35-year production veteran Chris Pati, Ronkonkoma’s IndiMusic Studios is quickly becoming the go-to destination for independent artists and bands. With the absolute best in quality, precision, and dedication- it is the perfect place to help with crafting any project to its greatest form of potential. The facility, located at 122 Remington Blvd., Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 offers the best experience in recording, mixing, and production in the Long Island, NYC, and Tri-State area!
For many bands and musicians, finding the best in quality recording services for the most reasonable rates can be one of the biggest challenges outside of the recording experience itself. At IndMusic Studios however, those challenges are met with a knowledgeable staff that are dedicated to using their talent and experience to help make any project the absolute best it can be. With a full arsenal of instruments, a backline provided by All Music Inc, high quality mics, state of the art preamps, and engineers equipped with all of the tools and knowledge necessary to refine and recording into a cohesive, memorable and balanced mix– the Studio is equipped to bring out the best sound to fit any client’s needs.
MONTANA OF 300 “PLAY DOE”
Often referred to as “Rap God,” Montana of 300 has been building strong momentum, dropping original hits like “Holy Ghost,” “Ice Cream Truck,” and “All I Ever Wanted,” along with an impressive string of remixes, including Dej Loaf’s “Try Me,” Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” OT Genasis’ “Coco,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Chiraq,” which have each accumulated millions of YouTube views. “He’s closer to someone like Kevin Gates or Durk than say [Chief] Keef,” said Passion of the Weiss in a feature spotlighting Montana of 300 earlier this year. “At heart, he is a rapping-ass rapper, snapping at cyphers and shilling mixtapes since 10th grade. The sober son of a Vice Lord and a former crack addict, there’s a mixture of pain and aggression in most bars. You might mistake this for simplistic street shit, but there’s the sort of hunger and ferocity found in almost every great rapper that ever really started from the bottom.”
INSANE CLOWN POSSE NEW ALBUM
“Found” is the second installment in ICP’s “Marvelous Missing Link” saga. “Lost”, the first part, was released this past spring and debuted inside the Top 20 of Billboard’s album chart.
The album will be launched at ICP’s infamous Gathering of the Juggalos, which takes place July 22nd through 25th at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH. It will receive its official CD and digital release a week later, on Friday July 31st.
Preorder and tour plans are being announced shortly.
BOSSIE PREMIERE VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “METEOR”
“Meteor” emerged a year ago, when Bossie was still known as TOKEN, and a demo version of the track was inexplicably picked up by the NME & DIY off their Bandcamp page. The NME stated, “This enticing glitch-pop number is a real stunner – a pop product as addictive as candy,” and “[they] make some of the giddiest, most alive-sounding synth pop this side of CHVRCHES.”
KEITH RICHARDS RELEASES ‘CROSSEYED HEART’
Keith Richards will release his eagerly anticipated CROSSEYED HEART, his third solo album and his first in over 20 years, September 18th on Republic Records.
CROSSEYED HEART, a fifteen track masterclass encompassing everything that makes Keith Richards one of the 20th century’s most celebrated talents, is a 5* musical journey that takes in reggae, rock, country and the blues.
The first taste of CROSSEYED HEART will be unveiled on July 17th with the explosive first single, “Trouble,” a taut guitar based slice of heaven featuring Richards on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, lead and backup vocals. He is richly supported by old friends, drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler on backup vocals. The song was written by and produced by Keith and Steve Jordan.