IN DYING ARMS NEW SINGLE
In Dying Arms is excited to premiere the latest single, “Blackwater”, off their upcoming Tragic Hero Records debut ‘Original Sin’. Vocalist Orion Stephens talked about the importance of the song, “Blackwater is a personal favorite off the record. This song really shows the true range of the band as well as pushing different elements we’ve barely touched in the past. We hope you enjoy.”
In addition to the song premiere, the band also announced their “Original Sin” headlining tour that includes Convictions, A Wake In Providence, Phantoms and THR labelmates, SET TO STUN. The tour kicks off on 3/31 in Trenton, NJ and wraps up on 5/11 in Fayetteville, NC.
BRITISH TWIN ACTOR DUO SOPHIE & ELOISE LOVELL ANDERSON CROSS THE POND AFTER FX’S “THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER”
Sophie & Eloise Lovell Anderson, twin actresses from the United Kingdom, have taken their talents across the pond to the US upon adding FX’s“The Bastard Executioner” to their resume. The twins portrayed ‘Clara & Ramona,’ maidens sent as gifs from the king that turned into spies in the castle of Ventrishire. During their tenure on the show, the girls worked with notables such as show creator Kurt Sutter and director Paris Barclay. In addition, the Andersons worked on set with renowned actor Stephen Moyer.
With a passion for the performing arts from an early age, the Andersons started as dancers at the age of four, starring as ballerinas in theatre productions such as “Die Fledermaus.” After landing roles in West End plays and operas around the London circuit, the girls transitioned into full-time acting careers. As actors, they have shared the big screen with the likes of Steven Segal, Lydia Wilson, Anthony Head and Tony Curran. Also, the twins have collectively starred in national television campaigns for Canon Cameras, Tanquereay Gin and more.
SUGAR FLY EP & VIDEO
Sugar Fly have just released the official video for their track “Heartbreak City,” as well as their debut EP.
ANIQATIA EP STREAM
PureGrainAudio is now streaming the entire new Luminous EP from Eastern Pennsylvania-based exploratory melodic rock quartet, ANIQATIA, as the record is prepped for official release this Friday via Nefarious Industries.
Returning to the studio which spawned their admired Erratics debut EP, ANIQATIA’s Luminous was recorded at Skylight Studio with producer Vince Ratti (Circa Survive, Braid, Title Fight). Incorporating influences from the likes of Hum, Explosions In The Sky, Sunny Day Real Estate, Failure, and others, the band’s sound thrives with a progressive sound that is also simultaneously refreshing and nostalgic. Luminous showcases a hardened and exploratory set of songs propelled by soaring melodic guitar lines and ironclad, thoughtful rhythms.
DJ SLIINK X FATMAN SCOOP
Jersey Club king DJ Sliink has shared an exclusive preview of his latest club masterpiece, “Higher” feat. Fatman Scoop, out now on OWSLA. The track is streaming now on Spotify to hold fans over until the official video drops later this month. Catch Sliink playing in Austin at OWSLA’s SXSW party on Wednesday, March 16th and again in Miami on OWSLA’s stage at Ultra Music Festival on Saturday, March 19th.
Listen to “Higher” feat. Fatman Scoop:
ONCE A TREE “HIDE”
Once A Tree present their new video for the track ‘Hide,’ off their debut EP Thousand Lives.
“This visual is a symbolic representation of falling in love and the transference of energy that two individuals share when they enter each other’s worlds. One can never go back, they are forever changed.” – Once A Tree
FORMER U.S. NAVY SEAL PETE SCOBELL ENLISTED TO JOIN KID ROCK’S CHILLIN’ THE MOST CRUISE
Country artist Pete Scobell will take part in one of the most-anticipated musical events of the year when he joins the line-up for Kid Rock’s Chillin’ The Most Cruise.
Setting sail for Jamaica March 10-14 aboard the Norwegian Pearl, the event promises fun in the sun as only Kid Rock can deliver. Among the other musical performers on the ship will be glam-metal super-group, Steel Panther.
Music has a special place in the heart of Pete Scobell. His mother was a music teacher who passed away when he was ten months old. Among the possessions that she left behind were her musical instruments. Needless to say, they left a definite mark on him. “That’s how I learned to play,” he says. “I was always trying to feel closer to her.”
A CAPPELLA YOUTUBE STAR PETER HOLLENS RELEASES NEW ALBUM
Peter Hollens, the one-man a cappella vocalist, video producer, and YouTube star whose popular videos have amassed over 150-plus million views is thrilled to announce his second album release. Available March 18, Misty Mountains: Songs Inspired by The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings will be available on Portrait Records, an imprint of Sony Music Masterworks. The music video for “Arwen’s Song” is out now – see it here.
“This album has been requested thousands of times by my fans,” says Hollens. “It is so vital for me to always listen to the people who love and support my art. This is for you Hollensfamily!”
THE GOLDEN GRASS NEW VIDEO
Coming Back Again is the stunning new sophomore full-length from Brooklyn, New York-based psychedelic rock trio THE GOLDEN GRASS.
Slated to drop this April via Listenable Records, the six-track follow-up to the band’s 2014 critically-lauded, self-titled Svart Records debut, was tracked by Jeff Berner at Galuminum Foil Productions and delivers a truly serpentine audio journey where the epic glory and might of ’70s psychedelia, the sun-drenched warmth of Laurel Canyon’s golden country/folk era and sheer blues-based Southern rock boogie give way to exploratory landscapes, lysergiv prog arrangements
and a swinging, jazz touch.
THE OTHER STARS DEBUT ALBUM + SINGLE
Worcester, MA-based indie rock band THE OTHER STARS will be making their introduction on April 29, 2016 with the release of their inaugural mini album We Were Kids via Take This To Heart Records. “It’s about heartbreak and people growing apart,” explains frontman Connor Bird, “You know, that shift from being a teen into adulthood that everyone goes through. Friends start moving away or go down different paths than you, and you start to realize that everything isn’t always going to be the way that it is now, which sucks,” he adds.
The album was produced by Ian Van Opijnen (The Hotelier) and recorded at Echo Room Studios. The Other Stars blend modern indie rock with ‘90s alternative while layering on top quirky, reflective lyrics. “A lot of the lyrics are about people being immature and all of the hurtful things they do without thinking when they’re younger,” describes Bird. From infatuation and heartache (“You Looked Better At The Party”), to being used (“Home Is Where You Make It”), to loneliness (“Very Okay”), We Were Kids examines relationships and makes you appreciate those fun-filled, responsibility-free years.
MISHA “LIMELIGHT” DEBUTS TODAY
Misha, the project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter John Chao, will release their highly anticipated second album All We Will Become May 20 on TOMLAB. The first track from the new album, “Limelight,” debuts today—listen here.
The new album, a follow-up to the band’s acclaimed Teardrop Sweetheart, is the first new music from Misha in eight years. The album also heralds the relaunch of TOMLAB—the Berlin label renowned for its releases of The Books, Thee Oh Sees, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Patrick Wolf and many more—and the first major U.S. release from the label since 2008.
GOROD NEW VIDEO
MetalSucks is pleased to unveil the official new video for “Inner Alchemy” from French tech death strategists, GOROD. The latest crusher comes by way of the band’s A Maze Of Recycled Creeds full-length, released last Fall in North America via Unique Leader Records.
Centered around unfathomable fantasies created by various secret societies and mystical orders, A Maze Of Recycled Creeds is a near-fifty-minute-long work of diabolic genius spewing forth eleven tracks of arthritis-inducing riffs, spiraling, harmony-rich fret decompositions, surgically-precise time shifts, blasts, brawn and an incessant barrage of malicious vocal onslaughts.
FIERCE MILD NEW SINGLE
Cinematic soundscapers Fierce Mild are back with a fresh new single Song He Never Wrote and are throwing their own mini-festival in celebration.
Straight off the back of their ‘In Search of Lost Time’ national tour, the quartet are releasing what is the first track off of their long overdue LP.
TAYLOR GREY’S MUSIC VIDEO “LOVE SWEET LOVE”
“Love Sweet Love” is the first video from Taylor Grey’s first worldwide EP, MIND OF MINE, on Kobalt Music Group. The upbeat video tells the story a young woman’s search for love, using a dating app, and ends with her finding the guy of her dreams right in front of her. “Love Sweet Love” will make its Ditty TV debut on Saturday, March 11 at 8:00 PM PST on The Curve.
The Curve features music from fan favorites and emerging artists, who are heating up the internet with exciting new videos. The intent of the show is to bring contemporary Americana to the main stage.
SEX ON TOAST “DOUBT”
Following the cult success of recent single ‘Oh Loretta!’ & a knockout performance at BIGSOUND 2015, Melbourne 10-piece Sex On Toast are about to drop their new EP ‘Ready’, heralded by the release of new single & video for ‘Doubt’. They’ll also be hitting the road soon, with a Sydney show at (VENUE) & NZ dates just announced.
There really, REALLY isn’t anyone quite like the formidably talented, performatively irrepressible 10-piece that is Sex On Toast. They’re fervidly dedicated to their craft. They’re unconditionally vivacious. They’re virtuosos of the tongue-in-cheek. And they’re ‘Ready’ to unleash the goods once more.
FRANCES RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME”
The follow-up to her acclaimed single “Borrowed Time” (co-written with Howard Lawrence from Disclosure), “Don’t Worry About Me” is a stripped-back confessional thatsees the artist’s voice take center stage once again before building to a euphoric and monumental close. Speaking on the track, Frances says, “I wrote this song about someone very close to me. It’s my way of saying that it’s my turn to be strong and brave for them now, just as they have been for me.”
RUN THE JEWELS RELEASE VIRTUAL REALITY VIDEO FOR “CROWN”
Run The Jewels once again find themselves at the forefront of music content and culture with the world premier of the virtual reality video for their song “Crown,” available via The New York Times’ industry-leading NYT VR app (for both iOS and Android users). A standout track from RTJ’s groundbreaking sophomore album Run the Jewels 2, the “Crown” video is viewable on smartphone or any type of VR headset. In the latter environment the effect is immediate and enveloping, placing the viewer directly into the unfolding scenario surrounded on all sides by the story’s characters. Directed by Oscar-nominee Peter Martin (whose past collaborators include Alexander McQueen, Jamie Hewlett, M.I.A. & Janelle Monae, Nick Cave and more) and produced by VR pioneers Wevr, the video illuminates the poignant and powerful dual narratives of Killer Mike and El-P, bringing their verses to life across a stark, cinematic landscape. A 360-degree version of the video will also be rolled out on Facebook and YouTube’s 360 platforms next month.
OLIVIA WILDE GETS INTO MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTING
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros today share their video for the song “No Love Like Yours” which was directed by actress Olivia Wilde and shot in New Orleans; the same city where the band recorded their upcoming album PersonA (out April 15). For a band that has always made spectacular videos, “No Love Like Yours” may be its most visually arresting and provocative to date which is all the more remarkable considering it was shot completely on iPhones. The video can be viewed here.
A good deal of the songs on PersonA were written by all ten band members collectively. Writing would often begin with a member playing his instrument not even knowing where the song would go with principal songwriter and singer Alex Ebert encouraging and directing the song’s shape yielding wonderfully unique ends. It’s little wonder that Rolling Stone wrote that PersonA is the band’s “most risk-taking, freewheeling album yet.”
THE HEIRS’ “LIES” VIDEO PREMIERES ON NERDIST
The Heirs premiers a live video for their track “Lies” with Nerdist, who describes the song as a “thumping electro-pop track.” The band is currently on tour with The Big Pink leading into their seven dates at SXSW 2016. See full list of dates below.
HUDSON BELL NEW SINGLE
San Francisco’s Hudson Bell will release their new album Yerba Buena on April 22 (Earth Day). The release will be available digitally and on limited edition CD, with mini-LP sleeves featuring artwork by Lawrence Wells. Consequence Of Sound premiered the band’s new single “Box of Bones” and said, “Hudson Bell’s songs tend to evoke an indistinct time and place, but they’re also heavy on visual imagery. This one is no different, with its unsettling descriptions of haunted houses and skeletons hiding beneath green lawns.” Hudson Bell told CoS, “The title is lifted from a Donner Party tune I liked in the ‘80s, but the song started with the vision of someone digging up an old shoebox from under a tree. Everyone has regrets and secrets, but some folks follow their past to a scary place. ‘Box of Bones’ is about ending up in that place, and trying to get out before it’s too late.’” “Box Of Bones” is also streaming and available to share via SoundCloud. Hudson Bell has also announced two shows taking place in June. The band will be perform on June 4 at Starry Plough in Berkeley and June 5 at the Hemlock Tavern in San Francisco.
DARKSTAR X EMPRESS OF “REFORMER”
Darkstar and Empress Of both released acclaimed albums in autumn last year. Their friendship blossomed online which eventually lead to a session in Darkstar’s London studio. The resulting “Reformer” has Darkstar’s production fingerprints all through it – hard digital percussion, minimal grime string and bass hits, absorbing negative space – and here, combined with Empress Of’s enthralling futuristic pop vocals. This new track is off a new Darkstar EP coming this spring featuring more very special vocalists.
PETE YORN’S NEW ALBUM IS OUT TODAY
ArrangingTime (Capitol Records) – Pete Yorn’s first solo studio album in more than five years – is available now.The acclaimed Los Angeles-based artist is celebrating his release with a series of media appearances and a North American tour. Yorn will perform on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on March 16 and “CBS Saturday Morning” on March 19. During his return visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earlier this week, he performed the album’s lead single, “Lost Weekend.”
$150,000 IN CASH & MERCH
The regular deadline to enter is almost here! Enter your music on or before March 16 for a chance to share in $150,000 in prizes. Winners also gain exposure and recognition from music fans and industry professionals. Are you looking to have your music heard? Are you looking for an opportunity to further your music career? Unsigned Only is open to solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists – newcomers or veterans – and accepts original and cover songs.
28 winners will be selected, including a Grand Prize winner who will be awarded $20,000 in cash (US) and much more in merchandise and services. Prizes include merchandise from D’Addario, Gretsch Drums, Sony Creative, Disc Makers, Intellitouch, and many more.
NICE LIFE RECORDING COMPANY & ATLANTIC RECORDS ANNOUNCE SIGNING OF LIZZO
Nice Life Recording Company and Atlantic Records have announced Lizzo as the latest member of its roster. The Minneapolis-based no-genre hip hop star will make her label debut with the new track, “Good As Hell.” The track, which had its world premiere on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 on Apple Music, is now available at all DSP’s for sale and streaming here.
The track will be featured in the film “BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT” and appear on the forthcoming soundtrack. In addition, Lizzo has launched official “Good As Hell” stickers and emojis which can be found in the imoji app and on her official website LizzoMusic.com.
NASCENT INDIE POP/ELECTRONICA DUO EDISON + BELLE’S NEW LYRIC VIDEO FOR “OVER MY HEAD”
Pop fans around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of nascent indie pop/electronica duo Edison + Belle’s new lyric video for “Over My Head” on Popdose today. Taken from their debut EP, LOVE BEYOND, “Over My Head” is an infectious track about the dizzying effects of love. Of the track, lead guitarist/songwriter Joseph Lewczak commented, “”Over My Head” is as simple of a love song as you can get. At its core it’s about “limerence” – that intense flood of emotions that you get when you are falling in love with someone else and you feel like your life is out of control and that you are, “over your head” about the other person.” Lead singer/songwriter Richie Leone added, “”Like all of our songs, “Over My Head” started out as an acoustic demo, just guitar and vocal. But it became apparent right away that it should be produced as a song inspired by all of the great pop tunes of the ’80s, taking nods from power pop bands like The Outfield.”
CHAIRLIFT DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR “CRYING IN PUBLIC”
Today, Chairlift shares the video for “Crying In Public,” a standout track from their recently released album Moth. Directed by Allie Avital with art direction by Caroline Polachek, the striking visual finds Caroline love struck and contemplative as she makes her way through New York City during a snowfall. Video can be viewed here:
RADIO EXILE UNVEIL NEW “SOULFIRE” VIDEO
Hot on the heels of the video for the song “No Pity on the Highway” and the release of their full-length self-titled album, Radio Exile has a new video ready to go for the song “Soulfire”. Overseen by the same director that worked with the band on their earlier clip, Adam Gendler, “Soulfire” was filmed at Roxy & Dukes, and Ricky Syers Art Works (to capture the vaudeville setting the band was looking for):
Darwin based indie rockers Pole Top Rescue are thrilled to announce the Australian release of their new single, “Ladida”. Recorded with ARIA nominated producer Stuart Stuart, the track is a taste of their second EP, Rhymes and Riddles. Building on the attention garnered by their first single “Budju” (36,000 YouTube views), the band are preparing to launch the single with shows planned in Sydney, Melbourne and their hometown of Darwin.
With the band having already received widespread attention in their hometown of Darwin, they are looking to take their new sound nationwide in the coming months.
STURGILL SIMPSON UNVEILS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “BRACE FOR IMPACT (LIVE A LITTLE)”
The official music video for Sturgill Simpson’s new single “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)” is premiering today and can now be viewed at SturgillSimpson.com.
Matt Mahurin, who has enjoyed over 35 years of acclaim as an illustrator, photographer, film director and teacher, directed the video. His previous work includes collaborations with Peter Gabriel, U2, REM, Tracy Chapman, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, Ice-T, Metallica, David Byrne, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits.
15,000 IN ATTENDANCE FOR THREE DAYS OF TRAVIS BARKER PRESENTS MUSINK
Backstage, Travis Barker revealed new details about the long-awaited new Blink-182 album; on stage, Deftones debuted new material from their heavily anticipated forthcoming album, Gore; and throughout the festival grounds, fresh ink was easy to spot on many of the 15,000+ tattoo aficionados and music fans in attendance for the 9th annual MUSINK.
The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert—Southern California’s premier tattoo and music lifestyle event—took place March 4, 5 and 6 at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Travis Barker Presents MUSINK hosted over 300 world-renowned tattoo artists in two buildings, plus three nights of music from headliners Snoop Dogg, Deftones and Circa Survive, along with Transplants, Taking Back Sunday, Atreyu, Yelawolf, Face To Face, Plague Vendor, and Spirit In The Room.
JOON MOON “CALL ME”
Joon Moon’s story started in 2014 in Montmartre, Paris, in the studio of the excessively discreet Julien Decoret – with Phoebe Killdeer giving breath to his first lyric sheets. The indefatigable Moon’s aim was to continue creating, after touring with Nouvelle Vague, Florent Marchet etc, and start his own project.
Yesterday on Flaunt, Joon Moon announced their upcoming EP Call Me coming out March 25, 2016 on Kwaidan Records / !K7.
NPR FIRST LISTEN FEAT GLENN JONES
Stream Glenn Jones’ beautiful new album, Fleeting, via NPR First Listen this week! Jones weaves masterful stories with the guitar and banjo on Fleeting, from the intricate “Flower Turned Inside-Out” to quietly beautiful album closer “June Too Soon, October All Over”. Jones uses inventive, unconventional tunings that allow him to navigate new territory with his music, and the resulting compositions are lyrical, emotive and elegant. Fleeting reinforces Jones’ place as one of the true masters of American Primitive guitar.
Listen to Glen Jones’ Fleeting on NPR First Listen:
BANGINCLUDE x COMRADE “TO THE FLOOR”
Fresh from a team made up of producer/DJs Banginclude and Comrade, we got the first taste of their upcoming joint EP, To The Floor out March 14th via Xão Productions, in the form of baile-funk meets Baltimore club single “Wacky Voz.” Now the duo have unleashed their next piece of dance floor ammunition on the EP’s title track. Amped up with rattling synth and dembow stylings, “To The Floor’s” global sound will find a welcome home among fans of tracks like Major Lazer’s “Pon De Floor.”
GALLERY CIRCUS “HOLLAND ON FIRE”
Gallery Circus, identical twin brothers Daniel & Graeme Ross have released a brand new track ‘Holland On Fire’ on Killing Moon Records, the first track to be taken their highly anticipated ‘Chi-Town Dogs’ EP, out later this year.
Produced by Dan Austin (Pixies, Doves, Mallory Knox), the record captures the brother’s raw and abrasive energy, showcased during their relentless touring across the UK / Europe. Over the past year the twins have quickly built up a reputation as being one of the UK’s most formidable new live bands and jumped on tours supporting acts such as Hanni El Khatib, King Charles, Little Comets, Kill it Kid and Arcane Roots.
The new track “Haze” is a prime example of BARDUS’ melting pot mentality. Blow The Scene refers to the band as, “one of the few underground bands that offers a dark and saturating heavy presence while maintaining an air of accessibility not off-putting to even the most ardent fans of abrasive metal while giving psychedelic metallers a lot to love. BARDUS are a difficult band to categorize with a live show that sees walls of speaker cabinets primed to shake the listener to his or her core, with the experience falling somewhere between Sunn O))) meeting Fight Amp at a Fugazi basement show after stepping into a time machine and everyone proceeded to get blazed out of their minds.”
FRONTIER FOLK NEBRASKA NEW SINGLE
Frontier Folk Nebraska have debuted a new track, “Desert Car Chase”, from their forthcoming live album. The song premiered with The Wild Honey Pie who describes it as “an ode to classic American rock & roll, the song is unprocessed and natural — the electric guitar/snare drum combo is assertive and driven, the vocals are coarse and resilient and the lyrics are young and reckless.” On April 1st, Frontier Folk Nebraska will release their new live album This One’s For the Kid in the Back: Live at the Southgate House Revival.
FLAURAL EP STREAM
Denver psych-pop group Flaural have shared an advance stream of their new EP Over Imaginary Cigarettes on GoldFlakePaint, just days before it’s release on March 12th.
BILL MURRAY PLAYS BALL WITH “SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS”
Bottom of the Ninth Films has announced Academy Award-nominated actor and lifelong Chicago Cubs fan Bill Murray as co-producer of SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS, a feature-length documentary in progress about the invisible heroes of baseball: the scouts. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry revealed the news earlier this week as she accepted the first annual “Beacon of Light” award from the Nashville-based non-profit organization, Tennessee Women in Film & Media (TWIFM), during their International Women’s Day celebration on Tuesday, March 8th.
“‘SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS’ is an unprecedented historical look at baseball scouts and how they’ve changed the game,” Mayor Barry said. “The film’s trailer recently caught the eye of someone watching it in a bar at a country club who then basically said, ‘Put me in coach, I’m ready to play.’ I am thrilled to announce that Bill Murray will now join SCOUTING FOR DIAMONDS as co-producer.”
THE MYRRORS SHARE IMMENSE INSTRUMENTAL TITLE TRACK VIA BANDCAMP
There’s a confounding nature to the comfort constructed by The Myrrors throughout the flawless forty minutes of Entranced Earth, the third full-length album from the transcendentally-tuned, Tuscon-tied desert die-hards (and their second for Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records). Those looking for terra firma – for ground not given to staggering shifts, for easily grasped handholds, for the force of gravity as we know it – are likely to find the album an often-groundless experience. But for listeners willing to give themselves over to the landscape presented on Entranced Earth, the reward lies in the discovery of new lands, and the sound of a band operating at the peak of their powers.
SAMMY ADAMS PRE-ORDER
The Long Way follows Sammy’s 2010 debut album Boston’s Boy, which hit #1 on the iTunes hip-hop chart. In 2013’s Sammy’s EP Homecoming, hit the Top 5 on the rap charts. The new 15-track set features collaborations with Grammy-winning DJ/producer Tiësto, Platinum-selling artist B.o.B., former American Idol contestant Kat Nestal, and singer Madison Love.
Sammy says “I couldn’t be more excited to roll out my new album “The Long Way”. What better way to announce the new project than to release the title track. I put my blood sweat and tears into this album and you can tell it’s from the heart. The fans are gonna love it – that’s what it’s all about!”
SAVOIR ADORE PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “LOVERS WAKE”
Savoir Adore has unveiled the official video for “Lovers Wake,” the album opener for upcoming full-length The Love That Remains, out summer tba. The video, which premiered via BlackBook, is directed by Kate Hammond and Andrew Thomas and plays out with Savoir’s Paul Hammer completely submerged underwater.
IRON MOUNTAIN DEBUT ALBUM + VIDEO
Experimental instrumental band IRON MOUNTAIN will release its debut album, Unum, on April 1. The Irish quintet has signed with respected underground label Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Amber Asylum, Arcturus), who will re-issue the record — initially self-released by the band in small quantities in early 2015 — with revised artwork and packaging.
Described as a fantastical mix of krautrock, metal, Irish folk and psych rock, IRON MOUNTAIN builds its unique, haunting sound around a core of guitars, drums, bass and synth, and then adds ancient instruments such as Native American flutes and uilleann pipes, which take on the role of what is usually expected of a lead guitar, creating captivating lead melodies. The band’s sound has been called “unlike anyone else past or present”, while Unum is hailed as “a vibrant, otherworldly, out-of-body experience of an album”. For a sampling of what the record holds in store, check out the video for the IRON MOUNTAIN song “Enthralldom” now at this location.
JENNIFER NETTLES SETS MAY 13 RELEASE DATE FOR ‘PLAYING WITH FIRE
Grammy Award-winning Country superstar Jennifer Nettles announced today her highly-anticipated second solo studio album Playing With Fire will be released May 13 on Big Machine Records.
“I am so proud of this record,” expressed Nettles. “I can’t wait to share it with my fans and hear their reactions. It is a ton of sass and emotion and fun.”
Produced by Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Steven Tyler), the album was recorded in Nashville. The multi-talented singer/songwriter collaborated with Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Jessie Jo Dillon and Lori McKenna on each of the album’s 11 tracks.
“BEHAVE” FEAT TECH N9NE
There are some things you take to the grave. “Cheating is one of them – I wouldn’t want to know if my partner cheated on me,” cites rapper/singer Krizz Kaliko, who releases a single on that topic today called “Behave,” which debuts via Complex. “Take that to the grave. No need to mess up everybody’s life because you got caught up in a moment.” That’s not what you’d expect to hear from rapper or pop star but Krizz isn’t your ordinary anything. Born with vitiligo, a skin condition that turns parts of your skin white, Krizz (born Chris Watson) was teased incessantly but knew he had a special gift of creating music. Adopting the name for the spotted and particolored cat known as the Calico, Krizz Kaliko kept it moving and kept making music. He will release his sixth studio album, Go, on April 8th via Strange Music. Named after Krizz’ modus operandi, Go, serves as Krizz’ first ever Pop/RnB album release.
SE DELAN, POPMATTERS.COM LAUNCH NEW TRACK “GOING HOME”
Se Delan, the dark, alternative, new-wave duo made up of multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves and Swedish singer Belinda Kordic will release its new album Drifter on April 29 (June 3 in France) via Kscope. Today, the band has teamed up with PopMatters.com to launch the first Drifter track “Going Home,” streaming exclusively at:
TORONTO’S LASER PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “DISCO NIGHT DRIVER”
Laser’s sound takes cues from electronic and atmospheric albums and late night country drives from Lisa and Paul’s Toronto home to Marty’s remote “studio in the forest.” Their music is an example of both the synthetic and the analog, both city and forest, of an atmosphere creating a score for an introspective and meditative drive out of town.