DIRT FEST 2016
Metal-heads rejoice! Dirt Fest 2016 will go down Saturday, August 13th at our NEW location in Downtown Pontiac, Michigan. We have partnered with our friends “The Crofoot Presents” to bring you one full day of music and madness.
Special-Priced Early-Bird tickets go on sale this Friday, April 15 at 10am. Full-Price General Admission & VIP Tickets go on sale Friday April 22. We will also reveal the UNBELIEVABLE Lineup on April 22 when tickets go on sale. Come spend a day in the Dirt!, Saturday August 13 in Downtown Pontiac, Michigan!
NEW SINGLE BY BANTA
Los Angeles indie rock quintet Banta have announced a west coast tour leading up to the release of their debut full-length album Dark Charms, which will now be released on June 3, 2016 via eOne Music/Fast Plastic.
Listen to “Three Feet From Gold” here:
JO PASSED EP STREAM
Jo Passed is an emergent project by songwriter/vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist, Joseph Hirabayashi. Hirabayashi formerly played in Vancouver based neo-psychedelic band Sprïng, which formed out of the disbanding of experimental punk band, SSRIs. Hirabayashi lead both bands with his neurotic perfectionism coupled with his propensity for outlandish humour and rebellion. Sprïng released an LP titled Celebrations in March of 2014 and subsequently toured Canada and down the West Coast three times.
DEREK HESS DOCU
Renowned Cleveland-based artist DEREK HESS has tested the waters of both the music and art world for over 20 years. Recognized internationally for his poster work with bands such as Pantera, Pink Floyd and Pearl Jam, as well as being featured brands like MTV, Vh1 and TLC, Hess’ art has been featured everywhere from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to the infamous Louvre in Paris.
After enriching the art and music world with his intricate and emotive drawing-based-art for over a decade, Derek Hess has finally translated his medium to film by way of his new documentary, Forced Perspective. This intimate self-portrait was directed by filmmaker Nick Cavalier and has already won awards at the Cleveland International Film Festival, the Beverly Hills Film Festival and many others. Forced Perspective isn’t just your average docu-story or even a biopic, but rather a journey through Hess’ struggle with alcoholism and bipolar disorder and how these demons affect his artwork. This exploration presents a voyeur into Hess’ personal life, revealing his process and philosophy. Forced Perspective showcases the evolution of a celebrated artist and his effect on music and culture while highlighting the link between creativity and mental illness.
BOSTON BALLET REPRISES MIKKO NISSINEN’S SWAN LAKE
Boston Ballet’s spring season kicks off with Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, back by popular demand after a record-breaking world premiere in October 2014. Described by Robert Greskovic of The Wall Street Journal as “artful” and “luminous,” the timeless classical masterpiece features choreography by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov and costumes and sets by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola. Boston Ballet welcomes Gonzalo Garcia, principal dancer with New York City Ballet (NYCB), as a guest artist. He will perform Prince Siegfried with Boston Ballet principal dancer Misa Kuranaga on April 29 and 30. Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake runs April 29–May 26 at The Boston Opera House. Due to the high-ticket demand, an additional performance has been added on May 25 at 7:30 pm.
“While Swan Lake is more than 100 years old, it has truly timeless power and is probably the most beloved classical ballet in the world,” explains Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet Artistic Director. “With so many sold out performances last season, I am thrilled to bring it back this year and to give audiences more opportunities to see Swan Lake and for the Company to dance it.”
THE BIG TAKEOVER PREMIERES VIDEO BY LA DUO 7HORSE
7Horse is pleased to announce that their first video “Two Stroke Machine” is being premiered today, March 28th by the tastemaking magazine, The Big Takeover.
LITTLE SCREAM NEW SINGLE
Today, Little Scream brings us “The Kissing,” the third single from Cult Following. The song builds slowly to showcase a blazing guitar and vocal solo and features TV On The Radio’s Kyp Malone as the voice of a Magic 8 Ball with the power to give eerily specific answers.
In their premiere of the track, Consequence of Sound wrote:
What opens as a dejected acoustic track is slowly laced with bold rage through the first pair of verses. It’s there in the beating percussion, the suddenly ringing guitar strums, and the heavy yet contained chaos of the choruses. But underneath all the dark coatings is the all too frustratingly real damage of failed love, echoed in the disconsolate harmony provided by TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone on the phrase, “It’s time to stop doing some things in the rain/ Especailly the kissing.”
SULPHUR ALBUM STREAM
Already available on European soil, with Omens Of Doom SULPHUR traverses the twilight between bestial and the epic. Their first full-length offering since 2009’s lauded Thorns In Existence, Omens Of Doom was captured again at Conclave and Earshot Studios with longtime collaborator Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Taake, Helheim, Vulture Industries) and mastered by Herbrand Larsen (Enslaved, Gorgoroth, Audrey Horne) resulting in seven tracks that at once conjure the soundtrack of imminent destruction and the soundscape of the aftermath.
OLIVE TIGER RELEASE DEBUT TRACK “FIND MYSELF”
Indie folktronic group, OLIVE TIGER, is proud to announce the release of their debut track, “Find Myself.” The track explores the power inherent in knowing something is harmful but choosing that destruction anyway. Their first album, UNTIL MY BODY BREAKS, is set to debut Summer 2016.
G-EAZY ANNOUNCES ‘THE ENDLESS SUMMER TOUR’
Hip hop superstar, G-Eazy, and Logic announced today they will team up for a co-headlining summer tour. #TheEndlessSummerTour, promoted by Live Nation, will kick off in Dallas, TX. at Gexa Energy Pavilion on Tuesday, June 28 with 25 dates lined up throughout North America including shows in Brooklyn, Toronto, Boston, Houston, Dallas, Philadelphia and more. A full list of dates is below. Rap heavyweights YG and Yo Gotti will be featured on the entire tour with special guests to be announced on select dates.
STREET CHANT NEW VIDEO
Street Chant have released their latest video for ‘Insides’ – which features the band living out high life champaign dreams – in the slightly shabby surrounds of suburban Auckland, New Zealand.
Street Chant have recently released their sophomore album Hauora on Flying Nun/Arch Hill, receiving high praise including the following:
KINSKY NEW VIDEO
After their critically acclaimed 2013 debut album Sunset On The Good Fight, Sydney soul roots band Kinsky are back with a new 6 track EP The Edge Of The Wine-Dark Sea slated for release in 2016. The band is excited to announce the lead single off the EP “I Am The Mountain”.
In the past 2 years the 9-piece have shared the stage with international acts such as The Skatalites, Groundation and Balkan Beat Box as well as top Australian acts such as Dubmarine and Kingfisha to name a few, quickly becoming prominent faces in the Australian roots music scene, commanding legions of fans along the way.
THE BLUES FOUNDATION 2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
On Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Blues Foundation will present its annual Blues Music Awards at the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The Awards are universally regarded as the highest accolade afforded to blues performers, and the awards ceremony is widely recognized as the premier event for professionals, musicians and fans from around the world. The mission of the celebration is to honor the rich cultural tradition of the blues by recognizing the past year’s outstanding achievements in performance, songwriting and recording.
KLAUS JOHANN GROBE RELEASES NEW VIDEO
Klaus Johann Grobe return with their second wondrous album Spagat der Liebe on May 6th (out on the excellent Trouble In Mind Records), and a new track and video for album track Geschicten aus erster Hand has emerged this week ahead of the new release.
Driven by an organic yet metronomic beat aligned with synth, chant-like vocals and a monstrous funky bass, this is some seriously bum-waggling electro-freak goodness. All aiming towards a certain kind of hypnosis, particularly as the sleeping pill echo-heavy vocals cycle over the locked grooves the pair throw down.
In early 2008, age 18, Space Dimension Controller (R&S, Clone, Royal Oak) made his first album in his bedroom in Belfast, now set for a release on 27th May 2016 via Ninja Tune. Crunchy, tattered and enjoyably odd – “Orange Melamine” is a lovingly produced and deeply personal album that laces supernatural sounds and translucent synths with a sense of overflowing harmony. Washed in reverb and draped in hiss, the album draws influence from the old VHS tapes handed down to Space Dimension Controller from his older brother and cousins, as well as artists like Boards of Canada, Brian Eno and William Basinski.
WALLEATER ‘CAN YOU FEEL MY LOVE?’
Walleater return after their 2015 release, I/II, with two new songs that sound familiar while moving the band into more immediate waters. The band’s subtle shifts in sound are effortless and once again it’s that simplicity, that clear vision that separates Walleater from their peers. Call it whatever you will, Walleater are operating naturally at their own pace and in their own space.
OG MACO & TWRK RELEASE LIVE SHOW VIDEO OF “DO WHAT IT DO” SINGLE
OG Maco and electronic production duo TWRK have embarked on a North American tour together and dropped a live video of their collaborative song “Do What It Do” via FADER. The genre-melding track was released on Quality Control/RPM MSC/Capitol. With the tour underway, the live video depicts what to expect when TWRK and OG Maco join forces and push the energy level at the show to full throttle. They also have created an interactive game further expanding on all the fun and spirit of their party anthem (link below). Having completed a sold out European Tour and releasing several projects including 2016’s fan favorite The Lord Of Rage mixtape, it comes as no surprised the 2015 XXL Freshman alum, OG Maco, is ready to light up stages across the US.
FANCY DIAMONDS NEW VIDEO
Spring means the first robin, the first crocus, and – on April 18th, 2016 – the first video from trending Saskatoon party band, Fancy Diamonds, as they release a bizarrely entertaining gem in support of the EP, Sparkle Party, and the upcoming tour of the same name. Wearing their trademark blue tuxedoes, the 4 bearded members of Fancy Diamonds (Dylan Evans, Brodie Mohninger, Keegan Stretch, and Skyler Cafferata) have an infectious good time performing their way through the kinetic, surreal world of the video for the song, “Rocknrollin”, the first single release from their debut EP, Sparkle Party. Over 6 months in the making, and produced by EYECATCHER Video, the mind-bending two-and-a-half minute mini-movie is chock full of odd details and retro visual effects. Repeated viewings may be needed to take in everything but, since the song is also a catchy “ear worm”, that works out perfectly! So, on April 18th, 2016, join the fun-loving fools in Fancy Diamonds by checking out the “Rocknrollin” video and, once that has whet your appetite for the pure fun this band embodies, you will also want to catch them live during their “Sparkle Party” tour of the prairies, May 5th to 14th.
KENNY ROGERS ANNOUNCES FIRST SET OF FINAL WORLD TOUR DATES
After more than five decades of touring and entertaining the world, Kenny Rogers will begin his final world tour on May 13th in Mahnomen, Minnesota.
Rogers announced late last year on NBC’s The Today Show that this upcoming tour would be his last. “The Gambler’s Last Deal” is expected to run into 2017. Dates are still being added due to popular demand. The tour will include special guest Linda Davis for all dates, along with Charlie Worsham for select dates in Europe. Davis is a GRAMMY® Award winner whose hits include the Number One song, “Does He Love You” (with Reba McEntire). Nashville based singer-songwriter Worsham, who is excited to return to Europe with Rogers after a successful tour there earlier this year, is currently in the studio working on the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut, Rubberband.
AIRBAG ANNOUNCES FOURTH STUDIO ALBUM “DISCONNECTED” ON KARISMA RECORDS
Norwegian progressive rock act, Airbag, has announced its fourth studio album, Disconnected, to be released on June 10 via Karisma Records. A teaser video for Disconnected, the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2013 release The Greatest Show on Earth, can be seen on YouTube at:
PHORIA “EVERYTHING BETA”
A voice appears out of a sound: a golden shape, a texture, a mixture of sunlight and sculpture. Music as spectral as this makes you lose yourself in the right way; deep in sound and light. Imagine the music of Sigur Ros, or James Blake, or Aphex Twin, but travelling somewhere else instead. As you do, pay attention as your eyes and ears adjust: open up, come alive.
LEWIS DEL MAR REVEALS VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “LOUD(Y)”
The video was filmed with a 16mm film camera and captures the essence of a day in the life of Lewis Del Mar. Kicking off in Rockaway, the visual follows Danny, Max and their crew on a rambunctious journey of NYC’s outer boroughs; debauchery with a sunrise nightcap. Declared “a clattering, profane, mixed media anthem” by The New York Times, “Loud(y)” reached #1 on Hype Machine, #3 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart, was hailed as one of iTunes/Apple Music’s ‘Best Alternative Songs of 2015’ and made SIRIUSXM Alt Nation’s ‘Songs To Know For 2016’ list. The track also made its Alternative radio debut this week with chart positioning at No. 35.
KRIMINALS NEW VIDEO
San Francisco, California based Nu Metalcore band Kriminals have released a music video for their track “Open Your Mind Before Your Mouth” (originally premiering with Metal Underground). The track which is available for free download now, comes from the band’s upcoming album Represent which will be released by “We Are Triumphant” on June 3rd. The video was shot in East Palo Alto, California by Andy Chen.
HOLY WAVE NEW VIDEO
Originally formed in El Paso, Texas, Holy Wave carefully combines fluid forms of sacred surf sounds, droning riffs, and group vocals that haunt and harmonize in equal measure.
JUSTIN MOORE GOES UNDERCOVER TO MEET HIS BIGGEST FAN IN PREMIERE OF “THE ED BASSMASTER SHOW” ON CMT
YouTube star and prankster Ed Bassmaster helps country music’s Justin Moore go undercover to meet his biggest fan in the premiere episode of “The Ed Bassmaster Show,” airing Thursday, April 14 at 10pm ET/PT on CMT. It will re-air throughout the weekend. For a full list of airdates, visit cmt.com. Click to view the trailer.
In the new show, comedian Ed Bassmaster debuts his unique and hilarious characters including Skippy, Mumbles The Waiter and Bushman. Jaws will drop when they see what Justin looks like disguised as someone on his tour who is slightly less famous, all in an effort to surprise one of his long-time fans with a personal meet and greet.
SILENCES NEW SINGLE
Today sees Northern Irish outfit Silences unveil the second track to be lifted from their new EP ‘Luna’. The new track is entitled ‘Breathless’, and can be streamed below.
JPNSGRLS DEBUTS EXPLOSIVE FEMINIST ANTHEM WITH “BULLY FOR YOU
Vancouver quartet JPNSGRLS premiered the raucous “Bully For You” this week with PopMatters, the first offering from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, out this summer on Light Organ Records.
THE REV VIDEO “TESTIFY”
The ” Rev” is an innovative recording artist signed to Noel Music Group LLC, formerly known as ChristLine Entertainment Inc, which started in 2005. The Rev (Jean G Noel) was born in Haiti and immigrated to the US when he was 10 years old. His love for all genres of music influenced him in junior high school to be part of a local rap group called The Mixed Tribe. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but moved to Philadelphia, PA, during his senior year in high school. As an artist, The Rev believes that true music is both spiritual and inspirational. In essence, the sound and lyrics come together to form a symphony that can either carry a positive or negative connotation. Thus, the Rev uses his creativity and philosophy of music to continue create songs that are both relational and spiritual.
BIG CITY BRIAN WRIGHT COVERS WAYLON JENNINGS
Big City Brian Wright dreamed of doing only two things with his life, flying airplanes and singing country music. That’s what he loves and that’s what he does. Taking the traditional route of creating music for the masses is NOT what he does. He has a unwavering dedication for revealing the truth in his lyrics, good or bad. “I refuse to use an idea or rhyme because it fits or sounds cool. And what I say sometimes leaves the pros questioning my choices. But, what I do is real. Reality is not always perfect.” And often-times he ends up combining his passions in song because of his “write it like you live it” approach. “This is the life I live, so this is the music I make. If I didn’t have a job or a house and was partying in fields with girls and making out in the river, I guess I’d write those kinds of songs, but I doubt anybody does that” says the native Georgian.
THE MYSTERY LIGHTS @ ROLLING STONE
In an era when the city kvetches that there are no good NYC bands, when half of the music scene has split for sunny California, the Mystery Lights are an anomaly. Not only did these bold young men reverse the direction – optimistically migrating east against the tide from the west coast, but they also landed in the wormy apple to immerse themselves in the action and diversity of New York City. They all share an apartment in Ridgewood, Queens – the basement of which they’ve converted into a makeshift rehearsal space. Betting against the odds to live the archetypical 20th century downtown musician lifestyle in 2016, though inevitably further east of the bridge, they also play with the kind of conviction, immediacy, and raw power of their mighty ancestors – from the Velvets to the Voidoids and beyond. The Mystery Lights are living proof that vital contemporary music, in this case real-deal rock’n’roll, can still be dreamed, constructed, and performed in the Empire City.
XAVIER TOSCANO VIDEO GOING VIRAL
“Love is very hard! That’s why I recorded this video about it. And now, “Apologies Wasted” has surpassed 60 thousand views!” – XT
METRIC’S JOSHUA WINSTEAD PREMIERES VIDEO “OPEN HEART”
“Open Heart,” the new video from Joshua Winstead, premieres via PopMatters calling it “a sincere, uplifting slice of soulful pop.”
RITA WILSON X CHICAGO TOUR
Following the release of her second, self-titled album and songwriting debut, garnering praise for her “sweet, lightly smoky voice (USA Today)” that conveys the ability to “address life’s issues in practical language and tunes that have strong melodic hooks (The New York Times)”, Rita Wilson announced today that she will support iconic rock band Chicago for 10 dates on their Summer tour. The concert tour will span the West Coast, including a two-night run at Saratoga’s Mountain Winery.
The announcement comes on the heels of a successful residency at the renowned Café Carlyle in New York City and expands on Wilson’s already-announced dates at venues including the Nashville and Chicago locations of City Winery. The New York Times praised Wilson’s captivating live show, “[If you] closed your eyes at certain moments you could imagine you were cruising down a Southern California highway in the early 1970s. Sandwiched between the music of Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne on the car radio was a promising new voice whose sound fit right in with theirs.”
HUDSON THAMES RELEASES LYRIC VIDEO FOR SING STREET ORIGINAL TRACK “DRIVE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT”
Pop singer/songwriter HUDSON THAMES has released an exclusive lyric video for “Drive It Like You Stole It” – the original track from upcoming film Sing Street. The complete Sing Street soundtrack is available digitally April 15 and in stores April 29 via Republic Records and The Weinstein Company.
VAN DAMSEL’S NEW SINGLE
“Domino,” the infectious new single from indie electro-pop band Van Damsel, goes to radio this week. The track, which can be streamed on YouTube and Spotify, is from the British Columbia-based band’s self-titled debut album, which is set for release on April 22 via MIH Entertainment. Fans who pre-order the album digitally on iTunes or the band’s website will instantly receive “Domino” plus “Best of Everything” and “Sophia.”
GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH ALBUM STREAM
And with a GCG branded limited run of craft beer coming out soon titled Black Samur-IPA the wall of riffs can be tasted as well as heard! GYPSY CHIEF GOLIATH is a very real contender for Canada’s Underground throne in the genre of stoner metal, given the band’s lineage and who they’ve worked with in the past.
The wait is almost over. In just two short weeks, KAABOO Del Mar will be making a splash with another big wave of announcements. After months of teasers and guessing games, KAABOO will be providing the full music roster for the 2016 event coming up in September.
Forget what you know about music festivals, they are shifting the paradigm and starting something new. KAABOO was created by music lovers, for music lovers. A luxury “mix-perience” for people just looking to have fun.
Taking cues from last year’s successes, KAABOO wants to make this year’s three-day oasis even more elevated. Look out for details at the end of April to find out who will be joining already announced acts including headliner Jack Johnson, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin Degraw, Jason Isbell and The Avett Brothers!
MONEY NEW SINGLE
Ahead of a string of UK live dates that begins tonight with Frightened Rabbit, MONEY have shared new song, “Three Days Drinking And As Many Lovers Too”, which was recorded during the Suicide Songs sessions. You can listen to it here.
SUSAN NEW SINGLE
Los Angeles trio Susan have recently unveiled their brand new single I’ve Been Known. The group has been prominently surging their brand of power pop through the Southern California landscape and beyond, leading up to the group teaming up with music publication The Grey Estates to premiere the brand new track.
PHOTOS FROM ROCKFEST 80’S
RockFest Concerts brought a two-day, authentic 80’s music experience with headliners Bret Michaels and Paul Rodgers to South Florida on April 2nd and 3rd. More than 20 prominent 80’s rock music artists performed on two stages in Markham Park.
“We are thrilled with the success of our inaugural festival event,” says the executive producer of RockFest Concerts. “We look forward to our future events. The performances at RockFest 80’s were unbelievable, the crowd was amazing and the support we had from our partners, Paul and Young Ron from Big 105.9, Budweiser, Bonaventure Resort and Spa and The City of Sunrise, as well as others, is what really made this event such a success.”
DORO NEW VIDEO
DORO Pesch is a living legend! And now the entire world knows it, after the “Queen of Rock & Metal” has received her first ever “Legends-Award” at England’s renowned “Golden Gods Awards” on July 17th 2013 at O2 Arena, London
ALEX THE FLIPPER & ADI SHARE COLLABO
Premiering today on Indie Current, Austrian producer Alex The Flipper shares his new single “Was It You” — a collaborative remake of the original track of the same title by Tel Aviv-born ADI. Coming off the back of releases like last year’s club favorite “Patty” and February’s dreamy beach toned “Sands”, the Austrian producer has teamed up with Israeli-born singer/producer Adi Ulmansky, better known as simply ADI, to revisit “Was It You” and inject some vibrant new energy into the single.
MICHAEL KIWANUKA SHARES VIDEO FOR TITLE TRACK ‘LOVE & HATE’
Michael Kiwanuka is happy to share the video for his chill-inducing song ‘Love & Hate,’ the title track and second single off forthcoming album. Check out the video here.
Kiwanuka, just performed four intimate sold out shows to advance his second album Love & Hate, out May 27th via Interscope Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and London produced by Grammy Award winning Brian Joseph Burton AKA Dangermouse and young up and coming producer Inflo..
YO GOTTI JOINS G-EAZY, LOGIC, & YG
This summer is about to get a whole lot hotter for Yo Gotti…
The multiplatinum Memphis rapper and CMG mogul joins the blockbuster lineup of The Endless Summer Tour 2016 co-headlined by G-Eazy and Logic and also featuring YG. Taking over amphitheaters and pavilions across North America, the jaunt begins on June 28 at Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas, TX, rolls through major markets coast to coast, and eventually comes to a close on August 5 at Xfinity Theatre in Hartford, CT. The full itinerary can be found below.
SUPERMOON NEW SINGLE
The self-proclaimed gadabouts of moody pop, Supermoon, are at it again! The group’s latest excursion, Playland, bubbles with intelligent, weirdo songs that combine sunny riffs and distorted ring outs. Coated in sugary vocals with driving bass, spectral guitars, and marching drums, the songs of Supermoon seem to wink at something lurking beneath the surface.