GEM & JAM FESTIVAL 2016
Gem & Jam Festival is thrilled to announce the debut of the Soulection Stage on Saturday, February 13th, during the 10th annual festival, featuring this heavy hitter lineup from the Soulection roster: SANGO, ESTA, JOE KAY, INSIGHTFUL and THE WHOOLIGAN. This exciting addition to the Gem & Jam lineup will be one of the first official Soulection curated stages at a music festival in the United States. Also announced today is the addition of MICHAL MENERT (Pretty Lights Music), TEMPLO, COFRESI and KYMA to Gem and Jam 2016. The full lineup is listed below.
AURORA MAKES HER NPR TINY DESK DEBUT
Norwegian songstress, AURORA, makes her NPR Tiny Desk debut (WATCH HERE) with a breathtaking renditions of “Running With The Wolves,” “Runaway,” and “Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)”. NPR declared “She was 18 when I first saw her in New York City, and now the Norwegian singer is 19; take a look at this Tiny Desk Concert, and her sense of innocence and discovery still rings as true as ever.”
HIGH HIGHS NEW SINGLE
Cascades, the title of the second record from the Brooklyn group High Highs, could be read in a number of ways. It could be taken as a nod to the group’s hometown — the coastal Australian city of Sydney, which rests against the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. Or it could be a nod to the record’s sound, which retains the broad scope of the group’s debut, Open Season, but feels bigger, and grander – sheets of sound, raining down softly. In reality, though, the title is a memory – a moment Jack Milas and Oli Chang remember while driving through the Cascade Mountains on tour.
SNUFF REDUX EP STREAM
Snuff Redux was imagined by Skyler Ford and Daniel Chesney in West Seattle as a three-piece in late 2013. Within the month they began to play Seattle with relentless abandon. During the following year Snuff recorded their first EP Toy Kingdom with Killian Brom (of youryoungbody) in his Wallingford home studio. Toy Kingdom was released January 3rd of 2015 and debuted at #12 on the KEXP Variety Charts. Since then the project expanded to include a second guitarist Dylan Arlick and new drummer Alex Paulino. As a four piece, the band embarked on their first west coast tour in spring of 2015, and immediately recorded Besides You in a weekend, engineered once again by Killian Brom.
MIIKE SNOW PREMIERE “HEART IS FULL” MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish-American trio Miike Snow have released the video for new track “Heart Is Full” from their forthcoming LP, iii, due out via Downtown/Atlantic Records next year. The stunning Lance Drake-directed music video premiered worldwide on Facebook – watch it here:
SAWYER FREDERICKS RELEASES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP TODAY
Yesterday on The Voice, singer and songwriter SAWYER FREDERICKS announced he is releasing his self-titled debut EP at all digital retailers today through Republic Records.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS REACH #1 AT ALTERNATIVE RADIO WITH “STRESSED OUT”
Fueled By Ramen recording group Twenty One Pilots have scored a #1 hit at Alternative Radio with their new single “Stressed Out,” marking the band’s first #1 at the format and second Top 5 single from their new record BLURRYFACE. “Stressed Out” has earned more than 32 million streams thus far while its companion video – directed by the band’s longtime collaborator Reel Bear Media (“Fairly Local,” “Lane Boy,” “Car Radio,” “Guns For Hands”) – has scored nearly 27 million views and counting at Twenty One Pilots’ official YouTube channel.
VICTORIAN HALLS CELEBRATE “THIS HOLIDAY”
“It always feels like you are never where you want to be during the holidays. In one way or another, nostalgia always creeps in. We were sincere in what we were trying to do with “This Holiday,” states vocalist Sean Lenart. “We didn’t want to create something somber; we wanted something upbeat but still in the spirit, and all while under the blanket of a rock song. Musically, I took some liberties with the bridge…we added Beach Boys-esque harmonies, clave and wood blocks, and it was great to experiment because it was so far from the space Victorian Halls usually occupies. The song came naturally, and felt like it wrote itself.”
LUCERO RELEASES “YOUNG OUTLAWS” VIDEO
Lucero’s new album All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written. They read like chapters from his life: the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world and more. The band also collaborated with Jody Stephens of Big Star on this record, who sang back-up vocals on the album’s Big Star cover “I’m In Love With A Girl”. The title, All A Man Should Do, is also a Big Star reference.
HOUND NEW ALBUM THIS MONTH
Philadelphia underground rock band HOUND will release its new album Out of Space on November 27 via SRA Records. The power trio — guitarist / vocalist Perry Shall, drummer Chris Wilson (also of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists) and bassist Patrick Hickey — whose sound has been described as “just the right combination of attack and restraint” recorded the album at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA (Title Fight, Braid). Out of Space is the follow up to HOUND’s 2014 debut, Out of Time, which was hailed as “WITCH with elements of Dinosaur Jr” by Noisey and “neo-stoner” by CMJ.
DON DIZ “ALIENS”
Providence, Rhode Island rapper Don Diz a.k.a. King Diz presents the music video for “Aliens”, his newest single from T.G.I.F.U. 2, his forthcoming album featuring Snacks Giggity, Pab, Desiree and Droi.
OH WONDER “WITHOUT YOU”
Following four sold out debut shows in New York and Los Angeles last month, OH WONDER just announced dates for their upcoming North American tour in January 2016. They hit the road January 12 in San Diego, CA at Casbah, stop in major markets across the country, and conclude this run in Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club January 30.
The London duo of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht also recently unveiled the music video for their latest single “Without You.”
AL ROGERS JR ALBUM STREAM
Baltimore’s own artist and creator of “Swooz”, Al Rogers Jr. and producer Drew Scott (1/2 of Baltimore’s dark and moody R&B group, Blacksage), have partnered with revered and renowned music discovery site Pigeons and Planes to bring listeners and fans an advanced stream of the forthcoming release Luvadocious.
ENYA NEW VIDEO
Enya has shared the official video for “So I Could Find My Way” off her upcoming eighth studio album Dark Sky Island, to be released November 20! Watch the video below, and please let me know if you still need an advance copy of the album.
LOU CHARLE$ “MAMA SAY”
For the second offering from his upcoming “In Transit” project, Dallas emcee Lou CharLe$ takes us back to his days at college and those weekly phone calls to Mom who always had just the right words of encouragement and advice for a young man struggling to find his way in the world and those of us lucky enough to have that kind of support can relate. Once again noted Dallas producer J. Rhodes provides an easy conversational track that gives the song an intimate tone while Los Angeles native Miki Rose cameos with that sage maternal counsel that made Lou the man he is today. This is one of Lou’s more personal songs off the project and at the end of the day, what’s not to love about an ode to one of the most influential people in a young man’s life.
“Mama Say” ft. Miki Rose:
WEEKENDER ANNOUNCE ‘FLOATY FEELING, BLUE’ EP + NEW SINGLE
Floaty Feeling, Blue is a record of dreamy, textured pop tunes, soaked in psychedelic effects, recorded at Fancy Time Studios with co-producer Kyle “Slick” Johnson, who Sheehan worked with on the band’s debut, Spanish Peaks. Over the past two years, Weekender have built a loyal, local following, becoming the band to support touring acts coming through town, including Future Islands, The Growlers, Nothing, Surfer Blood, Israel Nash, Peace, and Field Report, amongst others.
SHY, LOW NEW SINGLE
Richmond, VA post-rock outfit Shy, Low is premiering a new song today on Gold Flake Paint. The track “Algos” appears on the band’s sophomore LP, ‘Hiraeth’ out on limited edition vinyl, CD, and at digital retailers everywhere, on November 13 via Spartan Records.
COLOURS VIDEO FOR “MONSTER”
Florida-based duo Colours is set to release their debut album Ivory on Victory Records on February 26. With Kyle Tamo on vocals and Morgan Alley on drums, the band entered the studio in early 2015 with producer Shaun Lopez (Crosses, Far, Deftones) to record their first full length. Ivory follows their self-released EP Skin and Bones which prompted Alternative Press to name the band one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know” in 2015. Diffuser.fm has premiered a video for the first track “Monster” saying the song is “fusing the sort of dark, electronic undertones of Purity Ring and Crosses with post-modern, Weeknd-tinged R&B, Colours have created a lush sound that’s as dangerous as it is seductive.”
MIAMIGO RELEASE NEW TRACK ‘LAST SUMMER’
Enigmatic Brighton based duo MIAMIGO have announced the ‘Soda Lime Love’ EP, including recent release ‘What I Want’ alongside three brand new tracks, set for release Friday 13th November. The new EP follows on from their recent ‘Hard To Love’ EP, released earlier this year through MIAMIGO’s own label Indian Hop Recordings. The band’s recent single ‘What I Want’ will also feature on the BBC Radio 1 Introducing playlist from the 16th November.
St. Paul, Minnesota based Metal band Nuisance have released their “Annunaki” lyric video. The lyric video originally premiered with REVOLVER Magazine, and the track is from the band’s latest ablum “Kill The Silence” which is available now on iTunes.
SOPHIE LOWE RELEASES ‘PINK FLOWERS’ OFFICIAL VIDEO
Singer and actress Sophie Lowe has returned to the airwaves with her new single ‘Pink Flowers’ and now a flirtatious video to match. After high triple j rotation of her first single ‘Understand’, Sophie switches gear for ‘Pink Flowers’, tapping into the more seductive side of the 25 year old creative powerhouse. ‘Pink Flowers’ premiered on Home & Hosed and more recently Sophie took 5 with Zan for triple j mornings.
MADONNA ANNOUNCES IDRIS ELBA TO OPEN REBEL HEART TOUR IN BERLIN
Madonna today announced that Actor, DJ, and Producer Idris Elba would open her show in Berlin, Germany on November 10th at the Mercedes Benz Arena.
Idris Elba is far from your average actor turned musician having begun his career as a DJ long before finding fame on the screen. Whether spinning surprise sets in small east-London bars or thrilling thousands in the world’s top clubs, Idris’ credibility as a DJ & selector is without question. Now Idris is back in a big way; alongside several roadblock appearances at Snowbombing, Ibiza Rocks & Glastonbury Idris has established yearly residencies at top Ibiza party destinations including Pacha & Pikes. Between these headline appearances Idris has also found time to produce remixes and genre-spanning album projects including a remix of Skepta’s crossover hit Shutdown, his own Nelson Mandela inspired ‘mi Mandela’ album and his forthcoming ‘Murdah Loves John’ inspired by his role as TV Detective John Luther.
WATCH DONALD TRUMP TURN INTO A HUMAN CHEESEBURGER
Kill The Noise has released the official video for his first single “Kill It 4 The Kids” (feat. AWOLNATION & R. City) from his debut album OCCULT CLASSIC, out now via OWSLA. The video premiered on Funny or Die and features “Tronald Dump” falling victim to his own design of corporate greed, control and mass consumerism. The rest of KTN’s 10-track LP showcases his versatility across different musical styles, pairing his signature brand of intricate electronic music with beautiful melodies and the intensity of a live rock show. For his first full-length, Kill The Noise has recruited electronic rock mainstays AWOLNATION, Bryn Christopher of I See Monstas, Dillon Francis, Feed Me, Tommy Trash, Madsonik, Stalking Gia, R. City and twoton for his most diverse body of work to date.
FRENCH HORN REBELLION EP STREAM
French Horn Rebellion are Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007, younger brother Robert was playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and decided to make hot beats instead. After telling the conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore he asked his bassoon-toting brother, David to join with him. And so it was, a French Horn Rebellion began.
VISEMENN “BEGGING YOU PLEASE”
The band is very proud to present their first official single in a planned series of releases to come. “Begging You Please” has gone through many stages of evolution and has taken many different forms. In one of its more rudimentary shapes it was picked up by photographer Joe McNally for use on YouTube and this was what led to Canadian film director and musician Richard. D. Leko discovering the creature.
THE GLOOMIES PREMIERE “LSD” VIDEO ON NOISEY
Belying their grim name, The Gloomies were formed in a sun-bleached surf town in southern California. Their debut single illustrates this strange paradox, mixing gritty realism and yearning optimism in equal measure. Returning to his hometown in 2014 after a stint in New York, lead singer Andy Craig lived out of a suitcase for much of the next year. The Gloomies’ single documents this period of transition, the dread of uncertainty ultimately giving way to the promise of the future. “LSD” / “Groves” is available now courtesy of Thrill Me Records.
V. NOVA X MOP
Brooklyn rapper V. Nova presents the Philly Spielberg-directed music video for “If I Ever Knew”, Nova’s Crack Factory-produced new single featuring M.O.P. from Koch Era, his forthcoming album featuring Shabaam Sahdeeq and Dark Lo from OBH.
G-EAZY ANNOUNCES 2016 “WHEN IT’S DARK OUT” WORLD TOUR
November 10, 2015 – Today, acclaimed rapper G-EAZY has announced the dates for his 2016 “When It’s Dark Out” world tour. The tour in support of G-Eazy’s highly anticipated sophomore album When It’s Dark Out (due out December 4th) will kick off on January 6, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The North American leg of the tour which will make stops at New York City’s Terminal 5 and Los Angeles’ Shrine Expo Center will culminate at the Bill Graham Civic Center Auditorium in San Francisco on February 11, 2016 and mark G-Eazy’s biggest hometown show to-date.
DAVID BERKELEY PREMIERES ‘WISHING WELL’ VIDEO WITH POPMATTERS
Described as a “musical poet” by the San Francisco Chronicle, David Berkeley has partnered with PopMatters to premiere the beautifully animated video for “Wishing Well”. The soul-stirring track appears on the singer-songwriter-author’s sixth album, Cardboard Boat, out now via his own Straw Man label.
QUIET HOLLERS MADONNA COVER
Regarding the “Material Girl” cover, lead singer/songwriter Shadwick Wilde says “My first reaction was horror… as I instinctively recoil from so-called “pop” music. But the lyrics are so fucking sad, and the theme so apropos for an unknown band trying to raise some cash – I had to take an honest crack at it. We shot this video late one night after practice… I liked how when we keyed out the white wall, it made my teeth look like a gnarly grill.”
NO SKY GOD STREAM NEW ALBUM ON BROOKLYN VEGAN
Recorded by Jon Altschuler at The Seaside Lounge and mixed by Cedar Apffel at Alligator Lady, Infidel is a great leap forward for No Sky God, jettisoning their previous hard rock and folk identities for a sound palette drawn from the late 60s: On Infidel Watson drew inspiration from the songs of Robert Wyatt, George Harrison, and Arthur Lee, focusing his lyrics on questions of personal failure, monolithic doubt, and the hollow satisfactions of revenge.
BRAVES “GET IT RIGHT”
Singled out by DIY Mag as one of the best new artists coming out of Australia’s most isolated city, Perth, Braves draw influence from music histories beyond their hometown: they tread in the footsteps of Southern Californian punk heroes FIDLAR and the lo-fi pop rock of Glaswegian guys PAWS, and swing by the scrappy indie rock coat-tails of Ohio’s Cloud Nothings. Braves write upbeat garage tracks with catchy, honest choruses about being fuck-ups. Huge riffs and hooks ahoy.
KLP RELEASES ‘RECOVER’ FT. REMI
KLP, aka multi-talented Sydney artist Kristy Lee Peters – recently released her new single ‘Recover’ and accompanying video featuring the lyrical talents of Melbourne’s Remi. Today she’s used her stellar production skills to create a dance floor ready remix, sure to get you ready for the weekend!
WE/OR/ME NEW VIDEO
Chicago’s Bahhaj Taherzadeh crafts atmospheric folk music under the monikerWe/Or/Me, and to show a bit of that off, Exclaim! has got the premiere of his latest video for “The Dusty Roads.”
Taherzadeh comes from a long lineage of storytelling — inheriting traditions and inspiration from both his Irish and Persian roots, and honing his own musical chops in addition to working as a manuscript editor and writer. Those experiences come through in his dark, brooding and narrative style of songwriting.
THE DAILY BEAST PREMIERES THE VIDEO FOR “MUSE”
Today, ‘hip-hop blues’ pioneers G. Love and Special Sauce have released the brand-new video for “Muse” (featuring Citizen Cope) exclusively through The Daily Beast.com. “Muse” is the first single from G. Love and Special Sauce’s latest full-length release Love Saves The Day from Brushfire Records. The Album “finds G and company turning up the heat,” say The Daily Beast, “roughening the edges of their smooth sound in a way that will have fans stomping their feet in appreciation.”