BLITZEN TRAPPER RELEASE NEW SONG ‘CHRISTMAS IS COMING SOON’
In recognition of the season of giving, Blitzen Trapper is pleased to share a song off their debut self-titled release, ‘Christmas Is Coming Soon,’ as a pay-what-you-wish download. All proceeds will go directly to Mercy Corps, who’s mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping to build secure, productive and just communities in some of the toughest places in the world.
NEW MGMT FROR STING
It was announced today that Martin Kierszenbaum, chairman and owner of the Cherrytree Music Company has been named as Sting’s new manager. Kierszenbaum and Sting have had an incredibly successful relationship working together on the label side for 25 years. Now, as longtime manager Kathryn Schenker announces her retirement, Kierszenbaum is looking forward to working with Sting in this new role: “I’ve had the honor of working with Sting and Kathryn for 25 years while serving as the Chairman of Cherrytree Records and Senior A&R Executive at Interscope Records. I’m positively thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to look after Sting in this new capacity.”
Composer, singer, actor, author, and activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five studio albums, earned six Grammy Awards and two Brits, and was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
SOUTHFORK RANCH TO HOST “TEXAS’ TRIBUTE TO ELVIS” MARCH 4 – 6, 2016
The iconic Southfork Ranch of TV’s “Dallas” series fame will host “Texas’ Tribute to Elvis,” the state’s official Elvis Presley Enterprise licensed festival, Friday, March 4, through Sunday, March 6, 2016. Elvis fans from around the globe are expected to converge at Southfork for the three-day extravaganza celebrating the life of one of America’s most revered entertainers.
The festival will feature performances by some of the world’s best Elvis tribute artists, winners of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.” Cody Ray Slaughter, star of “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway, is the 2011 World Champion and the youngest man to hold the title. Bill Cherry, the 2009 champion, will both perform.
ARIANA GRANDE SURPRISES FANS WITH HOLIDAY EP
Just a week before Christmas, ARIANA GRANDE surprises fans with the release of her Christmas & Chill EP [Republic Records]. Wanting to join in the season’s spirit of giving, the Grammy Award®-nominated, multiplatinum, record-breaking superstar will donate a portion of the proceeds from the EP’s sale to TOYS FOR TOTS.
SWMRS ANNOUNCE US HEADLINING TOUR
Bay Area quartet SWMRS have announced a US headlining tour with support from San Diego’s The Frights. Bandsintown announced the tour dates earlier this week alongside an interview with SWMRS singer Cole Becker. Tickets for all shows are on sale now and available HERE.
KING MUD “BACK IT UP”
King Mud is Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies and Freddy J IV from Left Lane Cruiser. They joined forces in Los Angeles for a marathon session that gave birth to an album of hard blues, blue-eyed soul, heavy rock and feedback – Victory Motel Sessions.
HELIUM HORSE FREE ALBUM
Two years after the release of its last effort : experimental rock, venomous noise, progressive baroque hardcore Belgian band Helium Horse Fly will be entering the studio to record the successor of its eponymous album on December 26th, i.e. next week!
To celebrate this, the musicians are offering their previous record for free on Bandcamp until January 1st, so if you don’t have a copy yet, now’s the time! More details on the new record will be following soon.
THE RIFLERY NEW SINGLE
American rock band The Riflery looks forward to the release of their debut EP, ‘Falcon’. With a sound that evokes Jack’s Mannequin, Augustana, The Script and Jimmy Eat World, The Riflery aims to tackle life’s ‘big questions’, as lead vocalist and songwriter Shannon McArthur shares this perspective via Elmore Magazine and AXS/Examiner exclusive premieres, below.
ELMORE EXCLUSIVE: Song Premiere From Nashville’s the Riflery- “Getting There”:
BISOU PRESENTS KELLI-LEIGH ‘AIN’T GOT NOBODY’
Mysterious Northern UK dance producer Bisou presents his first track in the form of the sultry and anthemic house track ‘Ain’t Got Nobody’. The song is out now on new label LPP, and features the incredible vocals of Kelli-Leigh. The track was selected by Mistajam as his Inbox Fresh Selection on BBC 1Xtra and is now on regular rotation on his show. It was included on Radio 1’s Dance Anthems show on Friday.
TRACY LEE ‘VISION’ VIDEO
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RIKKI ROCKETT DOING BETTER
Rikki Rockett, drummer of Poison, Devil City Angels and President of Rockett Drum Works, has been in the news a lot lately. After he announced on Eddie Trunk’s radio show, Hair Trunk Nation (Sirius XM channel 39), last week that he had recently finished treatments for oral cancer, the news spread like wildfire.
But while fans and media are sending good wishes and prayers to Rikki, there is one fact they seem to be omitting: Rikki is don with treatments and recovering very well. As Rikki told Eddie Trunk live on the air, and as he has said repeatedly on his Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages is that he is “All done with treatments and doing fine!”
Rikki recently posted to his Facebook page, “… people seem to have my situation a little confused. Let me be clear… I am done with treatments. I am recovering and recovering very well. I do not know 100% if I am cancer free yet until I get my PET Scan, but all signs so far point to remission.”
RAINY MILO NEW SONG
Featured via Nylon, Rainy Milo returns with a brand new song, “How Pretty You Look (When You’re Telling Me Lies).”
When asked about the song, here is what Rainy Milo had to say, “I wrote this song when thinking about how easy it is for someone you love to lie to you and how blindly we can allow ourselves to believe what we want as a way of avoiding pain. This track was me getting over a painful truth.”
FAMOUS 2 FAMOUS NEW MIXTAPE
Signed to acclaimed super-producer Bangladesh, Atlanta rap duo Famous 2 Most are the originators of international dance sensations the “Whip” and “Nae Nae.” Famous 2 Most rappers PJ and Hasani’s heavily engaged Instagram following helped skyrocket their party moves into two of the year’s biggest dance crazes. While the quick rise to prominence may be surprising to some, Bangladesh feels like the whole world is finally seeing what he saw a long time ago. “I met Hasani when he was 13, and I seen his dance video and knew immediately he was gonna be a star,” Bangladesh told VIBE in their premiere of Famous 2 Most’s self-titled debut mixtape. “All I saw back then was a young Chris Brown. Years later we crossed paths again then I seen he was dancing, rapping, AND producing?! He was rolling with PJ and the chemistry was crazy.”
ZACHARY MURDOCK / [Z] RELEASES EP
If you started at “A” in any musical library, you’d likely – and unfortunately – be fatigued before even reaching what Indie Shuffle calls “so goddamn fresh that you’re going to feel like you just showered after listening.” That’s because the name of the artist behind this extraordinary sound goes by Zachary Murdock, also known as (Z).
KARSH KALE “UP”
Karsh Kale has announced that he will release his next album UP on January 29th. The word prolific barely begins to describe Kale’s storied career. The British-born, New York City-raised producer and multi-instrumentalist of Indian heritage has spent the last two decades zigzagging the world, headlining major festivals and spinning records at the White House for Barack Obama.
UP will mark Kale’s fifth studio album for Six Degrees Records. Today Kale premieres the lead single and title track from Up via The Big Takeover. A mesmerizing track which, accordinging to Kale, draws equal influence from Led Zeppelin and the Indian fusion group Shakti, “Up” is also one of the few times in his career Kale has sung in english.
TOM CLAY NEW VIDEO
It’s often said that music is therapeutic and that it can heal even the most painful of wounds. For Tom Clay, such thoughts ring especially true.
Growing up in Hampshire in the UK, he was at first drawn to the bright lights of LA, where he moved aged 20 in the hopes of launching a successful acting career. It was there he met the girl who would later become his wife and subsequently change his life forever.
DAVID GUETTA X SIA X FETTY WAP
After recently being announced the official music ambassador for UEFA Euro 2016 following the release of new single ‘Bang My Head’ ft. Sia & Fetty Wap and new album edition ‘Listen Again’, David Guetta has become the first verified artist in Shazam history to surpass a mammoth 60 million followers. David’s extraordinary achievement, amplified by the news that seven of his tracks – ‘Dangerous’, ‘Hey Mama’, Titanium’, ‘Lovers On The Sun’, ‘Bad!’, ‘Play Hard’ and ‘Shot Me Down’ – have all been added to the Shazam Hall Of Fame after amassing over 5 million tags each, is a testament to an incredible career that continues to go from strength to strength. As an avid user of the music recognition app himself, David’s favourite track has been verified as ‘Bun Up The Dance’ by Dillon Francis & Skrillex, with his artist profile boasting more views than any other artist in the entire Shazam database.
HOLYCHILD UNVEIL VIDEO FOR “REGRET YOU”
The video, directed by HOLYCHILD’s Liz Nistico, plays off of the song’s dreamy lyrics with images of different versions of love interspersed with tour footage of the band from this year.
Coming off of a whirlwind 2015 HOLYCHILD released their debut LP, which Billboard said, “The L.A. group is fearlessly ambitious – and has written some of the best pop music you’ll hear all year.” The band also toured with Walk the Moon, Passion Pit, Ryn Weaver and also rocked the festival stages of Governor’s Ball, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.
FREE SONG BY NICOLE MOUDABER
Taken from her upcoming ‘Silent Sigh’ EP, Nicole explains the end-of-the-year giveaway: “I’ve had so much love from everyone this year so it’s time to give something back. I know how much my fans love my music, so I’ve decided to giveaway one of my tracks. I’ve never done this before as my music is very, very precious and normally I don’t like to share free music but I’ve had so much love from my fans and this is the least I can do for those who appreciate my work.”
TOMMY BROWN PRODUCES EP WITH ARIANA GRANDE
“Ariana came to the house and was like ‘I want to do a Christmas song, maybe three Christmas songs,'” frequent collaborator and producer Tommy Brown explains. “I said, ‘let’s do a Christmas project,’ and she was like, ‘okay!'” What transpired resulted in a surprise Christmas & Chill EP release from Ariana Grande. The team of creatives built a studio – complete with microphones, speakers, keyboards, computers – in the pop superstar’s house, where they stayed and crafted the 6-song project over the span of 4 days. “We gave her Christmas songs over trap beats,” Tommy Brown explains, adding that they brought in violin players and a ukulele player.
GRAMMY-NOMINATED NEWCOMER KEHLANI RELEASES FRESH MUSIC
R&B powerhouse Kehlani has unveiled a new track just before her whirlwind year comes to a close. The attitude-packed song “Did I” – which saw its world premiere yesterday via Apple Music – is now available for download and stream. “Did I” samples the ethereal track “Intuition” by indie artist Feist.
NOW CASTING ‘CELEBration’ FEAT ADAM LEVINE
NBC, Adam Levine, The Executive Producer of “The Voice” with the esteemed Director of “Wedding Crashers” extends a very special invitation to enhance a milestone event of a deserving person, and we need your help to find some worthy lives to celebrate.
Nominate families, friends, mentors, teachers or anyone special with an upcoming celebration in the Los Angeles area in and around the month of March. Just take a second and imagine what you could do in order to be the greatest colleague, friend, sibling, parent, or son/daughter in the world.
Here’s how – You let us know what celebrity, movie star, athlete, or musician would blow their mind, and we’ll have them crash the party. The only catch is this: you have to keep the secret, and work with us behind the scenes to make this whole thing possible.
JR JR “GONE”
Detroit band JR JR have released their Still Going: The ‘Gone’ Remixes, featuring remixes of the band’s single ‘Gone’ from The Knocks, Tensnake, Robert DeLong and Nicolas Haelg, today. Share links below. The band just wrapped up a North American headlining tour behind their third self-titled album, JR JR, which Inc.com and PopMatters deemed their ‘Best Albums of 2015,’ ending with sold-out shows with Nathaniel Rateliff and Of Monsters and Men.
MIGHTY MYSTIC SIGNS RECORD DEAL
Roots Musician Records is pleased to announce the newest artist to join the music family:Mighty Mystic. Born in Jamaica and raised in Boston MA, Mighty Mystic has made a name for himself alongside some of the industry’s biggest and most respected artists with his last album ‘Concrete World’ debuting at number 6 on the Billboard Reggae charts. As Roots Musician’s first Jamacian artist, Mystic’s much anticipated third album is sure to be a bright light for the reggae genre. ‘The Art of Balance’ stays true to what we all love about reggae music but with a little “Mighty” sprinkled throughout.
Be on the lookout for ‘The Art of Balance’, the newest release from Roots Musician Records, available worldwide on March 11, 2016.
SYLVAN LACUE NEW EP STREAM
“The creation of the Evangeline EP came about fairly effortless,” Miami artist Sylvan LaCue revealed to Pigeons & Planes in their premiere of the 5-track project that they explained “shares stories of self-discovery.” Produced entirely by Flo-Fi Collective’s Fortune, who contributed to GoldLink’s The God Complex, the EP finds 25-year-old Sylvan LaCue glowing with excitement and as vulnerable as any artist you’ve heard before. “Fortune & I were going back & forth for about a week during Thanksgiving weekend earlier this year. He provided the soundtrack to the story I wanted to convey. I cut four of the songs in a matter of a week, and pulled together ‘First Flight To Oakland’ the day before the EP was scheduled to be released.”
SHEET MUSIC DIRECT LAUNCHES
An online sheet music subscription service for musicians is finally here. Today, Sheet Music Direct launches its new all-access subscription: PASS, the ultimate sheet music experience. Sheet Music Direct PASS offers premium digital sheet music for piano, guitar, voice, ukulele, accordion and more. This interactive sheet music includes playback, transposition, adjustable note sizes, and is available anytime, anywhere, on any device.
From students looking for music to play at an easier level to gigging musicians who need the latest hits or hobbyists looking to expand their repertoire, musicians now have access to tens of thousands of premium sheet music titles at their fingertips for one low price. PASS subscriptions are available for $9.99/month and $99.99/year.
Recently, Atlanta quartet, Exwhy, unleashed their brand new track Salt. The group teamed up with highly-circulated and well-read publication PASTE Magazine. The premiere of the track Salt comes a few months ahead of the group’s forthcoming album The Feels – which will be released February 5, 2016 on Other People Records. You may pre-order The Feels at major digital retailers, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.
NICHOLAS GUNN “BEAUTY”
Top Ten Billboard Charting Electronic Composer and Producer Nicholas Gunn has made a much-anticipated return to his Ambient roots with the first track from his upcoming inspirational series Under The Influence of Music, titled “Beauty”.
PEKING DUK ANNOUNCES 2016 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Australian superstars Peking Duk announce their 2016 North American Tour. Beginning January 22nd, the DJ duo will be hitting the road and making stops in a number of major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City. Tickets are on sale now.
GARY CLARK JR’S “BRIGHT LIGHTS” CHOSEN AS MUSIC FOR ‘THE ASSEMBLY’
The United Nations have selected to use Gary Clark Jr.’s
“Bright Lights” as some of the music in a short film which will takeviewersbehind the scenes look at the United Nations General Assembly. The video, which launches today, will offer all-access footage of what goes on at the annual meeting of the world’s leaders, The Assembly.
SUNBURST MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Inner Wound Recordings are proud to announce the signing of the progressive metal band Sunburst to the label. Their highly anticipated debut album “Fragments of Creation” will be released on February 26th 2016 in Europe and North America.
The music video for the song “Dementia” from the album was just released and is available for streaming at YouTube. The video was directed by Bob Katsionis.
BJÖRK: STONEMILKER 360° VIRTUAL REALITY APP
Shot on location in Iceland by award-winning director Andrew Thomas Huang with his VR production company Vrse.works, “Stonemilker” is now available as a 360° Virtual Reality app on the iTunes store.
The mobile VR delivery platform was integrated and pieced together by Third Space Agency and digital production specialists Rewind and 3Dception real-time binaural/3D audio engine specialist 2 Big Ears The piece presents a 360 degree world in which Björk performs the haunting track from her global hit record Vulnicura.
Björk’s “Stonemilker” explores the possibilities that Virtual Reality holds for performance platforms outside of the traditional music video world. The video launched earlier this year on the new You Tube 360 player and is now available to early adopters with VR headsets on iPhone and iPhone viewers.
CLASSHOLE NEW SINGLE
Featuring a varied cast of volume abusers hailing from such acts as Eyehategod, Hawg Jaw, Outlaw Order, The Mystick Krewe Of Clearlight, Mountain Of Wizard, Mangina, Tirefire, haarp and more, New Orleans-based hardcore punk perpetrators CLASSHOLE will unleash their self-titled debut full-length next month, just in time to soil the New Year.