LOREN SMITH “BREAK FREE”
Pop vocalist and pianist, Loren Smith, recently dropped the groundbreaking reworking of his single, “Break Free,” titled “Break Free: The Late Night Mix” in collaboration with illustrious slam poet, Jeremiah Blue. The brilliant blend of Smith’s unparalleled vocals and Blue’s masterful performance of verse, leave listeners absolutely breathless and is now streaming on YouTube.
ELIZA SHADDAD “WARS”
Born to Sudanese and Scottish parents, Eliza Shaddad is a descendent of a long line of artists and poets dating back to the 1800’s. Eliza’s great great grandfather was James Paterson, one of the Glasgow Boys – a group of artists challenging the style and subject of late Victorian Scottish painting.
Her new single Wars dropped late last year and since it’s release has received strong blog support and been championed over the airwaves by tastemakers such as John Kennedy (XFM), Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1), and Zane Lowe (Beats 1).
INNERWISH SONG STREAMING
The Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH will release their new album entitled “InnerWish” on March 18th in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, LP, Tape and digital. Bickee Music will issue the album in Japan on March 30th.
The song “Rain Of A Thousand Years” from the album can be streamed at Youtube.
STREAM “CROWN ROYALE” BY ENDEMIC EMERALD
NYC Producer by way of the UK; Endemic Emerald drops another new offering “Crown Royale” featuring Ruste Juxx, Kasim Allah & Top Notch. The song exhibits knockout in your face rhymes from Endemic’s Allies & will be featured on his upcoming EP “Black Bag Operation”.
“This one we did with Ruste and Notch while we were chilling in my old studio In Crown Heights one night. I was going through some beats for Ruste and Notch added his Ragga influenced hook. I got the God Kasim Allah on the joint not long after I learned of his sick talent. Look out for two of my productions on Kasim’s new album too. He’s Lord Jamar’s people from New Rochelle NY”.
KURT & PAUL TRAVIS EP STREAM
Esque Records, a label owned by A Lot Like Birds vocalist Kurt Travis, recently signed singer/songwriter Paul Travis. Kurt was so inspired by Paul’s music that he decided to write some indie-folk songs of his own for a split EP that you can hear in it’s entirety at AbsolutePunk.net. The record will be released on Feb. 1st, but pre-orders are available.
DOLL SKIN TOUR DATES
Coming off of a huge 2015, with an even bigger start to 2016, all girl Phoenix Rock quartet DOLL SKIN has quickly become an up and coming band that is hard to take your eyes off of. With highlights including performing on SHIPROCKED CRUISE with Five Finger Death Punch, Halestorm, Seether, Hellyeah, and more, an appearance at 2016 Winter NAMM including massive signings with Lita Ford and Megadeth’s David Ellefson (and a well-received performance at the annual Indie Schecter Guitars Party), and a string of West Coast dates supporing metal supergroup Metal Allegiance, culminating in a performance at The legendary Whisky a Go-Go as part of the Lemmy Kilmister memorial.
2/19 – Colorado Springs, CO. @ The Blacksheep w/ HELLYEAH
2/21 – Scottsdale, AZ. @ Live Wire w/ HELLYEAH
3/10 – Phoenix, AZ. @ Nile Theater w/ Dead Kennedys
3/11 – Tucson, AZ. @ Rialto Theater w/ Dead Kennedys
3/12 – Albuquerque, NM. @ The Co-Op
3/14-21 – Austin, TX. @ SXSW
3/23 – Oklahoma City, OK. @ Thunder Alley
3/26 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Brennan Rock and Roll Academy
3/29 – Dubuque, IA @ The Venue w/ Green Death
3/30 – Madison, WI @ The Red Zone
3/31 – Mankato, MN @ The Whats Up Bar
4/01 – Joliet, IL. @ The Tree
4/02 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s w/ Green Death
CHIRPING SINGLE “HEIST”
Based out of Stockholm, the 4-piece, self-sufficient D.I.Y indie-pop band called Chirping, look set to become the latest in a long line of hugely successful Scandinavian exports to embrace our ears. Their previous work has already received huge acclaim with airplays on BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson’s Fresh On The Net as well as BBC London’s Gary Crowley and Absolute Radio’s Frank Skinner. Now the group are ready to release a 4 track EP called Dancing With The Stars, which looks set to further increase their threshold on the international music scene.
BRUSE WANE “YUU”
A native of the Bronxdale Houses Projects in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Bruse founded Wane Enterprises in 2001, hosting events featuring Styles P, Papoose, N.O.R.E, Buckshot and Remy Ma. “I got the beat for from a producer out of Canada named North Villah,” says Bruse about the song. “I jumped on it and got a few things off my chest. No need to drop names.. yeah bruh I’m talking to YUU.” Earl Manigault Of Rap is out now on Wane Enterprises.
JAMES BAY TO PERFORM AT THE 2016 GRAMMY AWARDS
As announced today by The Recording Academy®, JAMES BAY joins the list of 2016 GRAMMY® Awards performers for a very special GRAMMY® moments duet with fellow “Best New Artist” nominee Tori Kelly.
As the most nominated “Best New Artist” contender with three nominations including “Best Rock Song” for “Hold Back The River” and “Best Rock Album” for his full-length debut, Chaos And The Calm [Republic Records] the performance marks BAY’s first respective GRAMMY® performance.
PETER WOLF DISCOVERS ‘A CURE FOR LONELINESS’
In a musical career spanning half a century, Peter Wolf has earned a reputation as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most compelling performers, while consistently making distinctive, personally charged music that demonstrates his mastery of a bottomless well of American musical styles.
Wolf continues his musical journey with A Cure for Loneliness, his eighth solo release and his April 8, 2016 Concord debut. The 12-song album ranks with the artist’s most adventurous and accomplished work, showcasing his irrepressible charisma while encompassing his effortless affinity for country, blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ANNOUNCE ALBUM INFO + SINGLE
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the euphorically confrontational 10-piece band that has made a permanent impression on the music scene, is back with their highly anticipated fourth album, PersonA. This past November, the band quietly shared the song “Hot Coals” and found themselves, once more, on the receiving end of critical acclaim.
Today’s release of PersonA ‘s first single, “No Love Like Yours,” further indicates that the ten gifted, original musicians in this ever-evolving group have reached a new height in terms of creativity and musicianship. Recorded in New Orleans without studio tricks like click tracks, digitally doubling of voices or other manipulations, the ten tracks are clearly influenced by the jazz-saturated sound of that city.
WILD BELLE SOPHOMORE ALBUM ‘DREAMLAND’
Chicago band Wild Belle (Natalie Bergman, Elliot Bergman) are proud to announce that their sophomore album, DREAMLAND, will release physically and digitally on Columbia Records on April 15th. Wild Belle also revealed the album’s cover art, comprised of a photo of Natalie taken by Elliot with a vintage polaroid camera. Much of the album’s internal artwork is comprised of collages created by Natalie.
Their current single “Throw Down Your Guns,” is available now. The track made its debut on radio station KCRW with Jason Bentley revealing it on Morning Becomes Eclectic and can be heard here.
TANCRED FIRST SINGLE “SELL MY HEAD” PREMIERED ON STEREOGUM
Polyvinyl Records and Tancred are excited to announce the April 1st release of Out of the Garden, the forthcoming album from the talented musician and songwriter also known as Jess Abbott. Produced by That Dog’s Anna Waronker and Off!/Redd Kross member Steven McDonald, Out of the Garden is Tancred’s first truly cohesive record: a mission statement that underscores the “power” in power-pop and is punctuated by lyrics as razor-sharp as the hooks.
ONRY OZZBORN ANNOUNCES NEW LP ‘DUO’
For over a decade, Seattle based emcee Michael S. Martinez aka Onry Ozzborn of the group Grayskul (Rhymesayers Ent) has been known for a distinctive (brooding and futuristic) style of hip-hop. Today, Onry preps his fifth–and boldest–album to date, called DUO on Fake Four Inc. With a guest on each track, Onry’s features range from Homeboy Sandman and Aesop Rock to the indie musician Nathan Quiroga (of Iska Dhaaf).
“I didn’t plan it this way,” explains Onry. “I got a couple features who I really wanted and then, as I laid out the tracks, it became a story.” In addition, Onry recruits a wide range of producers–SmokeM2D6, Void Pedal, Latrell James and Jack Rylands–which results in a hip-hop album imbued with electronic, folk, and punk.
The Lazlo Device is the new voice of indie. With a dreamy mix of melodic guitars and contemplative vocals the London based band manages to transport the qualities of 80s shoegazing into a 21st century narrative.
The four-piece counts music professionals like Dominic Howard (Muse) and Howard Donald (Take That) among their fans and recently had pop legend Neneh Cherry attend one of their gigs. After what they describe as “four years of hard bloody work” the band has reached a level of proficiency that is made for big stages as can be heard in their upcoming single ‘Looking Glass’ from the album Duelism.
MATTEW CHAIM NEW SINGLE
“This song is about how I don’t want to go the “vanilla way” – I don’t want to forge a career around financial independence, or even to simply do something I enjoy doing. I want to spend more of my time discovering who I am, all the while communicating my findings in real time.”
JESS GLYNNE SPEAKS ON NEW VIDEO
“’Ain’t Got Far To Go’ is a really special song for me. It was a very defining moment in creating the album, it was the song that made everything make sense and I can’t thank Knox Brown enough for that. Making this video in Cuba was so fitting, the journey the colors the people everything was so perfect. We met some amazing people who were so grateful, charming and hard-working and that’s what this song is about. Once again Declan and Jolene brought the song to life and I think it’s my favourite video so far in so many ways. I hope you enjoy it!” – Jess Glynne
SIGNUM REGIS “QUITTERS NEVER WIN” MUSIC VIDEO
The melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS just released a music video for the song “Quitters Never Win” online. Their new album “Chapter IV: Reckoning” was released on November 20th through Ulterium Records.
SOPHIE AND THE BOM BOMS UNVEILS LYRIC VIDEO FOR “BIG GIRLS”
Los Angeles pop duo Sophie and the Bom Boms are back with a brand new track and lyric video for their quirky pop masterpiece, ‘Big Girls’. Teaming up with Popular for the premiere, the video features striking pop art style visuals to complement the 80’s driven synth-pop vibe of the track.
CYNDI LAUPER TAKES COUNTRY ‘DETOUR’
Cyndi Lauper’s celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs.
DETOUR showcases Lauper’s unmistakable voice on country classics from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city’s top session players.
The album is Lauper’s first for Sire Records and is executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein. DETOUR will be available May 6 on CD ($18.98), LP ($24.98), and digitally.
EERIE WANDA (FEATURING MEMBERS OF JACCO GARDNER) SHARE QUIRKY, SPIRITED “VINNY”
Eerie Wanda began as the music project of Croatian/Dutch singer-songwriter Marina Tadic. After graduating art school in 2011 she joined the Amsterdam group Earth Mk. II on guitar. Finding inspiration in bands like The Velvet Underground, Young Marble Giants, Beat Happening & Daniel Johnston, Marina decided to try her hand at writing her own songs. After a collection of her bedroom demos began circulating among friends in the Amsterdam music scene they eventually made their way to veteran producer/bassist Jasper Verhulst (formerly of Lola Kite/Moss, currently in Jacco Gardner) who encouraged her to put a band together and record a proper album. After adding Bram Vervaet (formerly of Lola Kite) on lead guitar and Nic Niggebrugge (also currently in Jacco Gardner) on drums, tracking began for the debut Eerie Wanda album Hum in an old Cold War-era bunker in Vondelpark, Amsterdam. Their first live shows were met with much enthusiasm and a slot supporting L.A. band the Allah Las for several dates on a European tour was quickly secured.
Amsterdam quartet Eerie Wanda share new song “Vinny” — listen
SCOTT HARRISON DEBUTS NEW TRACK “BLOODSPORT”
New York-based synthpop singer, Harrison Scott, debuts new track “BloodSport” on Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music say, “Harrison’s well-constructed songs take inspiration from synth-pioneers Depeche Mode and Gary Numan, with an emotional helping of Perfume Genius and Twin Shadow.”
Database have teamed up with New Yorkers Savoir Adore for the jam “Another Love,” an electro-disco romp of a track with remixes from the likes of both members of The Twelves as well as L_cio from Kompakt Records. J. Mig’s remix takes “Another Love” to a fully realized disco-rock level, while Luciano’s mix explores a horn-driven, laidback vibe. L_cio’s remix takes the track into a retro techno realm, reminiscent of Yello and neon-shaded night time feelings.
MIGUEL X TRAVIS SCOTT
Miguel’s NEW version of “Waves” featuring Travis Scott. “Waves” is from his 2015 critically acclaimed album WILDHEART.
MEILYR JONES NEW VIDEO
Following the recent release of tracks ‘How To Recognise A Work Of Art’ and ‘Refugees’, Welsh musician Meilyr Jones (formerly of Race Horses) is thrilled to announce his debut solo LP 2013, due out March 18th on Moshi Moshi Records. Alongside this news, he has shared a stream and video of one of the album’s standout tracks ‘Featured Artist’ on Brooklyn Vegan.
SIERRA NEW SINGLE
“Facepunch Transport Layer” is the appropriately-titled murderously delivered maiden single to see public release from BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS’ impending fourth LP, Carrier. The vile tune, indisputably one of the album’s most unhinged and scathing passages, comes oozing forth through an early, exclusive premiere at Noisey.
FREE N LOSH NEW SINGLE
Artistry and musicality can often escape the electronic music soundscape in 2016. Bedroom production, rampant acts of bandwagoning in order to catch the latest trend, and Soundcloud plays trumping everything have added a mechanical and intrusive element into a genre that is as open as any in terms of creative capability. In step Free N Losh, the Toronto duo that is carving out their niche in the space by creating impactful music with musicians who share their vision and lust for forward-thinking musicianship.
SLINGSHOT DAKOTA “PAYCHECK”
Slingshot Dakota has announced a full North American tour in support of their forthcoming album, Break, out March 11th on Topshelf Records. The Bethlehem, PA two-piece kicks off the tour at SXSW in Austin, TX. More information & ticketing links here: http://tpshlf.co/sdustour. Listen to Break’s lead single, “Paycheck” here:
OH WONDER DEBUTS “LOSE IT” MUSIC VIDEO ON BUZZFEED
This week, OH WONDER premiered the music video for their latest single “Lose It” on BuzzFeed. You can watch it HERE.
Matching the song’s glimmering infectiousness, the innovative and surprising clip features five professional dancers quite literally “losing it” to the music. In order to truly capture the moment as it unfolded, the London duo—Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht—asked the dancers to audition by performing a choreographed routine of their own. They neglected to mention the “auditions” were actually being filmed for the final video. What ensues is unique, uplifting, and undeniable…
LONTALIUS SHARES NEW TRACK “GLOW” WITH NYLON
Lontalius (New Zealand’s Eddie Johnston) has shared details on his debut album, I’ll Forget 17, including lead single “Glow” today with NYLON Magazine. I’ll Forget 17 will be released March 25, 2016 on Partisan Records. Johnston says of the song, “‘Glow’ is about feeling like you should have negative feelings for an ex but realising they were actually alright. People are beautiful and relationships are too. I just wanted to write a pop song.” Lontalius will release a new track from the album each week leading up to release via his website at lontalius.com.
SAVOIR ADORE PREMIERES NEW SONG “LOVERS WAKE” WITH INDIE SHUFFLE
Today, Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore share the first new track, “Lovers Wake,” from their upcoming full-length album The Love That Remains, release date tba. “Lovers Wake” premiered earlier today on Indie Shuffle as their “Song of the Day,” and will be available everywhere this Friday, January 29.
SUNWATCHERS SHARE “HERD OF CREEPS” VIA NPR
Sunwatchers is a powerful force comprised of New York-based musicians Jim McHugh and Jason Robira of NYMPH, Peter Kerlin of Chris Forsyth’s Solar Motel Band, and Jeff Tobias. Their upcoming self-titled album will see a release on March 11th, and will be their first for garage enthusiasts Castle Face Records. The album also sees guest appearances from Dave Harrington (Darkside), Ben Greenberg (Hubble, ex-The Men), Jonah Rapino (Debo Band, Devil Music Ensemble), and others. Head over to NPR to hear the lead single “Herd of Creeps,” or stream above.
ZELOOPERZ ANNOUNCES BOTHIC + LISTEN TO “ISBD”
Detroit rapper and painter ZelooperZ has announced his new album Bothic will drop next month on Danny Brown’s Bruiser Brigade Records. He also shares the first single “ISBD” produced by Bulletproof Dolphin from the upcoming album to ring in the announcement. The new track is a wild ride into the mind of ZelooperZ with an array of sounds in the booming production, including a dolphin, certain to rev up the energy in any setting. Pigeons and Planes says “it’s unhinged, disruptive, and demented in the most positive sense of the word.” ZelooperZ will be celebrating the release of the album at the official Bothic release party at Loving Touch in Detroit, MI on February 19th (flyer below – tickets go on sale Friday).
LOST ELEMENT RELEASE “STEREO DREAM” MUSIC VIDEO
Five piece alternative band Lost Element are kicking off the New Year with the release of their new music video for the single “Stereo Dream.” The clip features the band giving their all and performing live for fans in their hometown of Houston, TX.
“To fully know Lost Element as a band is to experience our live performance,” guitarist Frank Vazquez explained.
JUSTIN DEAN THOMAS NEW VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE ‘THE NIGHT IS FAR GONE’
Justin Dean Thomas is a NYC singer songwriter. He’s cut his teeth playing everywhere he could, hitchhiking his way across America and immersing himself in folk, country, rhythm & blues and rock n roll. Lending his time to poetry and songwriting, he has developed a sound all his own, and got his foray singing in the NYC subways and clubs, while gathering momentum to work on solo material.
NEW RAY J VIDEO
You’ve read all the rumors and seen the controversies play out on screen but now hear from Ray J and Princess directly with the release of the video for “Curtains Closed,” the new hit ballad where Ray J professes his love for Princess.
LAURA JEAN ANDERSON SINGLE
As young as she may look, Laura Jean Anderson is filled with the spirit of wisdom, amassed through years of traveling, busking, hitchhiking, touring and old time religion–just the kind of learning a prolific songwriter would need.
You can hear it in her voice and lyrics on her latest EP, Righteous Girl in which she evokes the ghosts of Janis Joplin and modern influences of Lucius, St. Vincent and Alabama Shakes, “I feel like these songs reflect that feeling you get when you get one glimmer of hope, of sunshine in the midst of a deep depression. I would go on long walks barefoot with my guitar in the neighborhoods of LA–I felt super out of place doing that but for some reason, it put things into perspective,” Anderson says wistful.
FILTER NEW SINGLE
Reconstruction requires deconstruction. The institutions must be razed in order to clear space for the future to flourish. You tear down the old and build up the new. Filter founder, singer, guitarist, and producer Richard Patrick knows this dance well. It’s what established the group as a multiplatinum industrial alternative luminary, and it catalyzed their seventh full-length album, Crazy Eyes [Wind-up Records].
Following the arrival of their brash and urgent new single, “Take Me To Heaven” and album announcement via Billboard, Filter keep fans satisfied with news of a forthcoming US tour, “Make America Hate Again.” Featuring Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High, the tour sees frontman Richard Patrick bring Filter’s electric live show back to audiences across the country.
BRIAN FALLON RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Brian Fallon released the official music video for his anthemic single, “A Wonderful Life,” from his hugely anticipated debut solo album, PAINKILLERS arriving March 11 on Island Records. The clip, directed by Andrew Donaghue, beams with an all-to-rare life-affirming positivity as the joyful scenes wrap around the chiming Rickenbackers that herald Fallon’s demand for a meaningful existence.
DEAD STARS “IN MY MIND”
Dead Stars’ sophomore LP, Bright Colors, is due out March 4th on the band’s own Weird Tree Records, and now you can hear a second song from the upcoming release. A hook-filled, mid-tempo cut that features the band’s signature fuzzed-out guitars, you can stream “In My Mind” where it premiered with The AV Club.
DANIEL HUTCHENS OF BLOODKIN TO RELEASE SOLO EFFORT
Daniel Hutchens, one of the most respected songwriters in Athens, Georgia, will release his third solo effort, The Beautiful Vicious Cycle Of Life, on April 22, 2016, on Pretty Mean Records.
Hutchens has been writing, recording and touring since 1994; he is best known for his work with his rock band Bloodkin. With a catalogue of over 500 songs, he has co-written with Widespread Panic, Jerry Joseph, David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers) and more. He has recorded with Barbe, Johnny Sandlin, John Keane (REM, B-52s) and David Hood of Muscle Shoals fame. He has toured and recorded with Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison of the Velvet Underground and appeared onstage with Lou Reed, Mike Mills, Gov’t Mule, Allen Ginsberg, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic, who have recorded and regularly perform several of Hutchens’ compositions.
STARRZ VIDEO “NINO”
There’s something about a confident MC that is contagious. Whether it’s the swag of their look, or the flow of their rhymes, portraying self-assurance always equate to a win – especially in the rap game. Starrz is no exception. The Baltimore, Maryland MC hails from humble beginnings, but his name says it all.
Nigel McIntosh and Living Proof Records began working with Starrz to really initiate his career in the rap game. Together they created The Best Mixtape Ever which amassed rave reviews in the Baltimore area and beyond. Enter Tamba Hali, of the Kansas City Chiefs, and his Relumae Records imprint. A hip-hop rock tune entitled “Dance All Night” caught the attention of Tamba and thus began the relationship between Starrz and Relumae Records.
After years of wearing many hats in the NYC music scene, Jason Scott Henderson is finally following his passion as solo musician GETOVERHER. “I’m a moody Scorpio, therefore I’m constantly either pushing someone away who loves me or I’m seeking the attention of someone who could care less.” he says. “I’m not perfect and I never will be but I am self-aware and willing to share all of my insecurities with anyone who needs to relate.” After riding shotgun with Boyslashfriend, GETOVERHER is ready to take the wheel and steer his own sound.
KING ON NPR
Recently named one of Rolling Stone’s ’10 New Artists You Need To Know,’ KING continues to make waves in the music scene, including selling out their Philadelphia show almost immediately! No stranger to NPR raves, their debut EP garnered critical acclaim with the outlet, stating “Not only does KING establish itself squarely amongst 21st – Century soul electronica with stargazing synth chords; the LA based group also stands out from many other female combos by writing, producing, singing and handling nearly all of its songs’ instrumentation.”
OF MONSTERS AND MEN NEW VIDEO
OF MONSTERS AND MEN have come a long way from their native Iceland. They quickly became a phenomenon in 2011 with the quadruple-platinum “Little Talks” and their chart-topping debut, My Head Is An Animal, which has since moved 2 million copies worldwide. This year the band returned with their sophomore album Beneath The Skin which garnered anthemic hits including “Crystals,” “Empire,” and current radio chart climber “Wolves Without Teeth.”They have charmed TV audiences with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Graham Norton Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, and Saturday Night Live. The group has traveled across the globe performing at sold out iconic venues and festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Newport Folk.
NEW SINGLE BY THE SO SO GLOS
The single is a perfect example of the band’s grasp of turning a classic NYC-punk anthem into an anthemic rager. It’s the first from the band’s upcoming full-length Kamikaze due out later this year on Votiv! The band calls it “an angrier and more direct record than anything we’ve put forward before. We’ve turned up the contrast, making the darks darker, the lights lighter, the loud louder, and the quiet quieter.”