MARIA USBECK NEW SINGLE
Though the songs were composed electronically, Amparo called for an acoustic treatment, so Usbeck spent a winter in the studio recording the arrangements live with producer Caroline Polachek of Chairlift who has also produced Beyoncé and engineer Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson. Fleshed out in full sonic color on the marimba, xylophone, quena flute, piano, and harp, the album stretched into something hi-fi and expressive, meditative but not meandering.
SUMMER SCOUTS UNVEIL EMOTIONALLY-RICH MUSIC VIDEO
The five-piece power-pop outfit, Summer Scouts based in Allentown, PA are best known for their eclectic mix of pop sensibilities with a tinge of post-rock dynamics to cast a signature sound that is both anthemic and intimately heartfelt. Formed in 2013, the band set out to craft a project that not only conveyed each member’s penchant for emotive instrumentals, but incorporated enticing vocal hooks that provide a fulfilling and memorable package.
TONY AWARDS® TO HONOR SHELDON HARNICK AND MARSHALL W. MASON
The Tony Awards Administration Committee announced today that Tony Award-winning lyricist Sheldon Harnick and multiple Tony-nominated director Marshall W. Mason will be this year’s recipients of the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre.
The Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre will be presented at the 70th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12th at the Beacon Theatre. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
NEW MUSIC VIDEO GAME LOUD ON PLANET X LAUNCHES
It’s time to defend the stage against zany aliens and become an indie music star in arcade-style music video game LOUD on Planet X from independent video game developer Pop Sandbox. Featuring 14 top indie artists, including today’s revealed bands CHVRCHES, Little Dragon and HEALTH, LOUD on Planet X releases today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Steam (PC and Mac) for $7.99 USD / CAD, as well as select iOS and Android devices on April 21 for $3.99 USD / $5.49 CAD. For the next two weeks there will be a 10 percent discount for all PlayStation® Plus members and Steam users.
PLAZAS NEW EP
Just recently, indie-electro-pop artist PLAZAS has released her brand new Empathy EP. The Vancouver-based artist teamed up with renowned music publication IMPOSE to bring you the brand new EP. PLAZAS new Empathy EP is available today via NBD Label via digital download and cassette.
BAD BREEDING ALBUM STREAM
Today, Stevenage’s Bad Breeding have shared their highly anticipated self-titled album full via YouTube and free download.
The surprise release of the album follows on from two recent premieres of both the bands visceral new video for ‘Corrupting Fist’, which was premiered with CRACK Magazine. As well as their latest single ‘Remembering’, which was recently premiered with NME.
DARK SARAH “LITTLE MEN”
Finnish cinematic metal band Dark Sarah (of ex Amberian Dawn singer Heidi Parviainen) will release a new album called “The Puzzle” later this year. The first music video for the song “Little Men” is just released.
CLAIRY BROWNE AUSTRALIA’S NEXT BREAK OUT ARTIST
Australian powerhouse singer and songwriter CLAIRY BROWNE is taking her homeland by storm with the release of POOL, her solo debut, just released April 15th worldwide. The album is garnering mass critical acclaim in Australia including Rolling Stone who bestows a 4-star review hailing, “From the Jacksons to TLC to Destiny’s Child, her touchstones are clear but can’t hope to detract from her particular brand of class, both as a turbo-lunged singer and a writer on a supremely confident roll.” The Sydney Morning Herald cites “Strong contemporary R&B…a generation or two on from the ’60s soul and old-school rhythm and blues of the Rackettes.” The Sunday Mail boasts “Smouldering R&B, infectious and edgy pop, and exactly the sound of now you have come to expect from Beyonce, Rihanna and Sia.” And the Herald Sun states “Clairy Browne does a bang-up job on her solo debut via R&B bangers, slinky pop, and strutting, soulful disco all under one umbrella.”
THE CORAL ‘HOLY REVELATION’ THE NEW SINGLE MAY 27
Holy Revelation is the new single from The Coral, available to stream and download now and impacting on May 27. Holy Revelation is the second single from the influential Wirral band’s new album Distance Inbetween, following the BBC 6 Music A-listed Miss Fortune. The Coral’s first new album since 2010, Distance Inbetween was released last month after receiving some of the most outstanding reviews of their long and illustrious career.
CUMQUAT NEW SINGLE
Philadelphia-based electronic artist Cumquat has released a brand new track in The Bering Strait. Cumquat has teamed up with internationally recognized radio station XPN to unleash the track to the listening audiences.
“[Philly] electronic artist Kevin Sul’s new project Cumquat alternates between atmospheric, melodic synthesizer tapestries and hard-hitting, abrasive electronic grit. His latest, “The Bering Strait,” splits the difference between the delicate “Consciousness is my Trigger” and the skittery “Cucumber” for a cut that’s poppy and pretty but with a fierce rhythm driving it forward.” – John Vettese, XPN
LINDSEY STIRLING CONFIRMS SUMMER 2016 RELEASE FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD STUDIO ALBUM
The new album follows Lindsey’s widely praised sophomore release “Shatter Me,” which has sold over a quarter million copies in the US, debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart, #2 on the Billboard Year End Dance Electronic Album Chart, #1 on the iTunes Album Chart and spent an impressive 21 weeks straight at the #1 spot on the Billboard Classical Album Chart according to Neilson. Lindsey’s self-titled debut album released in September of 2012 and was recently certified Gold by the RIAA.
RICH THE KID DROPS ‘TRAP TALK’ ON QUALITY CONTROL
The finesse king Rich The Kid has been blazing a trail for the past year playing shows, teasing out tracks, and today he drops his eagerly awaited mixtape Trap Talk via Quality Control. As premiered by Billboard, the new project features the likes of heavy hitters from Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, and
PartyNextDoor to the rising guard in Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, 21 Savage, and Famous Dex.
He taps Zaytoven, Harry Fraud, OG Parker, Chris Fresh of 808 Mafia, Lab Cook and more for production, culminating his most well rounded and versatile project to date. The tape arrives shortly after Rich was featured on the sold out Dab Tour with Migos and precedes him lighting up stages across the country on Young Thug’s Hy!£UN35 Tour, kicking off on May 1st in Philadelphia.
LOOK PARK + STEREOGUM PREMIERES FIRST TRACK “AEROPLANE”
LOOK PARK is Chris Collingwood’s first album outside of Fountains of Wayne and was recorded in collaboration with legendary producer Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Crowded House, Suzanne Vega). Shot through with earnest emotion and restless energy, LOOK PARK is unlike anything in Collingwood’s already extraordinary canon, a fact affirmed by his decision to dub both the album and overall project as “Look Park,” the name borrowed from a favorite green space in his hometown of Northampton, MA.
RETAIL SPACE NEW SINGLE
Brooklyn-based indie-rock duo Retail Space have just unveiled their brand new track Getting Older. The group is gearing up for a full-length release this coming June. Retail Space teamed up with renowned music publication The Deli to bring you the first single, Getting Older, which will be featured on their forthcoming effort In The Lotia.
NEW VIDEO BY WRITER
Here is a new video from Brooklyn’s avant-garde band of brothers WRITER. “Neighborly” is a single on their recent Principle Web LP on Small Plates Records. Directed by Paul Remund, the video features disturbed and simplistic black and white images that almost seem to fight back to the scuzzed-out single.
POLLYN RELEASE FEMME FATALE ELECTRO BALLAD “TOO LATE TO CHANGE THE PAST”
“Too Late To Change The Past” is Pollyn’s moving ethereal ballad.
Lead singer Genevieve Artadi explains how she wanted”…the lyrics and melody to be femme fatale-like, but like the guilt and fear of a woman who goes around leaving a trail of hurt behind her. She always plays it cool but is struggling with causing as much trouble as she does.” For Pollyn’s beat maker and producer Adam Jay Weissman, the song is “the Pollyn song we’ve been trying to make since we started recording music.”
“LAZY EYE” AESOP ROCK NEW SINGLE
Aesop Rock just shared “Lazy Eye,” a new song from his forthcoming album The Impossible Kid (out 4/29 on Rhymesayers). The performance video, delivered in one long take, was shot at Portland’s oddities museum Peculiarium with Aesop surrounded by alien autopsies and grotesque paintings.
Check it out alongside an interview about the album at Rolling Stone:
STURGILL SIMPSON PERFORMS “BRACE FOR IMPACT (LIVE A LITTLE)” ON “THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT”
Currently #1 on iTunes, the album continues to receive overwhelming critical acclaim—Pitchfork proclaims, “A Sailor’s Guide to Earth finds Sturgill Simpson weirder and more adventurous than ever, forging a bold new way forward” and goes on to assert, “”It’s a deeply personal album that, while establishing Simpson as the defining songwriter of his class, displays an artistic growth that defies any sort of easy label.”
WILDER LEE NEW SINGLE
With anticipation surrounding his studio work high, fans have every reason to rejoice. Sydney, Australia’s Wilder Lee has announced a May 6, 2016 release date for his first single “Into the Wild”. The singer-songwriter has diverse influences and an infectious raw energy that has kept interest high. Expect “Into the Wild” to be the start of something much larger as the word of his music spreads.
AETHERIAN “THE RAIN” MUSIC VIDEO RELEASED
Greek melodic death band Aetherian just released a music video for their new single “The Rain” and they are currently working on new songs for their upcoming debut album.
STURGILL SIMPSON DEBUTS AT #1 ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY CHART
Sturgill Simpson’s widely praised new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth sells 55,000 units in its first week (with over 52,000 in pure albums sales) and debuts at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #1 on the Billboard Current Albums chart, #1 on Billboard Current Digital Albums chart and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 chart. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth is also #1 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart with over 9,400 copies sold.
ELLE KING PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “AMERICA’S SWEETHEART” ON VEVO
Pop, blues, and rock’n’roll singer Elle King releases today the video for her brand new single “America’s Sweetheart.”
PARTYBABY NEW SINGLE
Following the release of debut tracks ‘Everything’s Alright’ and ‘Your Old Man’, California’s PARTYBABY are now streaming ‘I Don’t Wanna Wait’. An unashamedly raucous and thrillingly urgent dose of indie rock, armed to the teeth with infectious hooks and anthemic potential.
“EDM Is Dead. Vive La Trance!” says Solarstone and underscoring that in no small way, here comes the force, mass & motion of his hotly anticipated new single, ‘Lost Hearts’!!
The track sports all the sonic spirit you’ve come to love and expect from the Pure Trance master. Down below, the ripped beats, empowered percussion, floor-provoking rhythms and 3D bass are all (it almost goes without saying!) present and boomingly correct.
BERNHOFT’S LYRIC VIDEO FOR “STOP/SHUTUP”
The lyric video for “Stop/Shutup,” the lead single off Norwegian artist Bernhoft’s new EP Stop/Shutup/Shout It Out, is premiering today via Baeble Music. Of the song, Baeble Music hails its “a shimmering bit of Earth, Wind, and Fire meets contemporary alt-pop influences…‘Stop/Shutup’ finds the Scandinavian performer in full maximalist pop mode with the sort of track that could dominate the radio this summer.”
SIRIUSXM’s HAIR NATION FESTIVAL SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival is set for Saturday, September 17 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Southern California. Eddie Trunk made the announcement with special guest Bret Michaels live on his SiriusXM show Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk on Sirius XM’s Hair Nation channel on Monday, April 18.
Rock fans from around the globe are invited to re-live the filth of the Sunset Strip for one night only at SiriusXM’s Hair Nation Festival. The current music lineup is as follows: Vince Neil, Bret Michaels, Yngwie Malmsteen, Kix, Slaughter, Lita Ford, Vixen, Britny Fox, BulletBoys, Faster Pussycat, LA Guns’ Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns, Loudness, Junkyard, Vain, Tuff, Bang Tango, Pretty Boy Floyd, Odin, Gabbie Rae, and Circus of Power. The festival will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.
HORSE THIEF NEW SINGLE
Two years on from their well-received debut album Fear In Bliss, Horse Thief return with a new single entitled “Drowsy”, released as part of this year’s Record Store Day celebrations. Of the track, which is about addiction, Horse Thief singer and songwriter Cameron Neal had this to say:
“When writing ‘Drowsy’ I tried to tell the other side of the story in regard to addiction. Watching and seeing someone give up and turn away from everything they love. It’s a serious and very real thing everywhere in the world and some people are still afraid to speak on it. Without talking about it, nothing will ever change and no one will ever feel comfortable to admit and ask for help. This song is a song for both sides and can be far more about drugs depending on where you are in your life, a song to give reality to both sides of the story.”
USA MARINES SEEK MUSICIANS
With the 5th Annual NY Guitar Show & Exposition (#NYGuitarShow) coming up at the Freeport Recreation Center (130 E. Merrick Rd) THIS WEEKEND- SAT + SUN April 23 & 24, 2016 in Freeport, Long Island, musicians looking to join a higher calling as part of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Music Enlistment Option Program will have their chance to do so, as they will be in attendance seeking dedicated new recruits!
The Musician Enlistment Option Program (MEOP) presents the rare opportunity to serve our nation as an exemplary musician and elite warrior. Those who have what it takes physically, mentally and musically will make freedom ring throughout the world.
Marine musicians perform throughout the continental United States and internationally – from Beijing to Sydney to Paris – serving as musical ambassadors of the United States Marine Corps. Working as full-time musicians for full-time pay, Marine musicians perform for the President, senators and dignitaries in prestigious venues around the world. They also receive steady promotions and have the opportunity to attend advanced training at military music school or instrument repair school.
Today, Little Scream debuts “Dark Dance,” the latest track from her forthcoming second album, Cult Following, which will be in stores on May 6th. Alongside the previously released “Love as a Weapon,” “Dark Dance” marks one of the album’s most overtly pop moments: an ’80s-influenced dance song vaguely inspired by Leonard Cohen’s “I Can’t Forget” and Margaret Atwood.
LERICHE NEW VIDEO
“It’s a song of self-sacrifice. On first listen the song has a dark undertone but I think it can take listeners different places. At the heart of the song is the significance of putting yourself out on a limb for the greater good.”
PONY TIME NEW VIDEO
Luke Beetham and Stacy Peck of Pony Time: are they or aren’t they? The question that’s on everyone’s mind will finally be answered on the new Pony Time record Rumours 2: The Rumours Are True. Yes, it’s true. The Seattle two-piece has a new hit album recorded at Earwig Studio in the same style of Fleetwood Mac’s classic album, replacing the copious amounts of cocaine with Gatorade and tumultuous love affairs with trips to Arby’s.
MILES EAST PREMIERES DEBUT SINGLE “THE HARD PART”
Veteran drummer, Jonathan Ellinghaus, comes out from behind the drumset to unveil his singer-songwriter persona, Miles East. He premieres his debut single, “The Hard Part,” for you here. This song is his first release from the Miles East debut album, Ghosts of Hope, set to release later this summer.
SLØTFACE ISSUE ECO SCREED WITH NEW VIDEO ‘SPONGE STATE’
Activism meets anarchy in sub-zero surrounds – a “frenzied call to arms” deserves no less, with SLØTFACE’s new video for ‘Sponge State’ echoing the band’s signature screed with rallying force. It sees them embroiled in a peaceful protest against a government-approved Nordic Mining post dumping more than 250 million tonnes of chemicals and waste in the fjord at Førde, Norway.
THE ANTIKAROSHI NEW VIDEO
In advance of its May street date, a video for the album’s catchy “The Only Witness” has been created, conceived by the band, filmed by Fritzie and THE ANTIKAROSHI, and edited by the band as well, the video sees its genesis through an exclusive premiere at Louder Than War.
ISLAND “SPOTLESS MIND”
‘Spotless Mind’ is available to stream on all platforms today as the first half of a double single, set for release on the 20th of May.
This follows the success of their debut EP ‘Girl’ from November 2015. From this the band’s debut single, ‘Stargazer’, hit over a million streams in just a few months and was positioned at #7 on the Spotify global chart.
On the ground, the band tonight turn their attention to their sell out show at 400 capacity Oslo, Hackney, support coming from Issac Gracie. Such was the demand for tickets the show was announced as sold out two months in advance.
PROJECT AEGIS RELEASES “ANGEL IN THE ASHES” CHARITY SINGLE
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of “Angel In the Ashes”, an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to feed homeless and refugee families in Greece. The song is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy songwriter and vocalist Matt Smith. You can watch a studio video with the track below:
THE SLOVAKS “MEDITATE”
Jeffery Drag Records is going international; They’re stepping across the pond and bringing back a like-minded band with them: The Slovaks.
The Manchester band may have emerged in 2013, but their roots run deep. It all began in 2006, when frontman Adam Saylaby met Luke Barton while at university. They became friends when Saylaby spotted Barton’s Mars Volta shirt. With this, they bonded in the way that most music fans bond: over heavy drinks and heavier records. Soon after, they began living together, juggling day jobs and writing tunes for side bands that were never fully realized. Luke Allen entered the picture in 2008 after he made a cheeky comment to Saylaby in the toilets of some club. Saylaby retorted, and impressed with his comeback, Allen soon joined the gang.
GARBAGE RELEASE NEW SINGLE “EMPTY”
Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) have unveiled their new single “Empty” from their forthcoming album Strange Little Birds, due out on June 10th on the band’s own label STUNVOLUME. The song was world-premiered this morning on the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ in Los Angeles and is now available to stream and share HERE.
LUKE BELL VIDEO & ALBUM
On June 17, the ranch hand turned troubadour Luke Bell will release a self-titled album on Bill Hill Records, distributed by Thirty Tigers. Today, NPR Music premiered the video for his single “Sometimes,” the first track to be released off the forthcoming LP.
Lars Gotrich of NPR Music said, “Luke Bell has a classic, brassy country voice that conjures images of both dimples and tears in a beer. His songs exist somewhere in the same arena, because just as easy as it to be charmed by Bell’s clever turns of phrase, he’ll hit you upside the head.”
WOODPIGEON PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “WHOLE BODY SHAKES”
“Whole Body Shakes” was filmed in the mountains of Iceland and a warehouse office space in Vancouver. The trio of dancers are co-founders of Vancouver’s Konichiwaack crew, demonstrating the Waacking dance style developed in the 1970s and 1980s on the West Coast, predominantly in California’s gay cultures. The influence of Waacking is one felt in other popular dance forms – most notably Voguing – yet it remains a distinct scene unto itself. Whereas Voguing is largely a battle between opponents, Waacking is all about moving together. The video was directed by Greg Gillespie, and all styling – including Woodpigeon’s Mark Andrew Hamilton – was by the dancers themselves.
GREAVER ALBUM PREVIEW
Post-hardcore quintet Greaver will release their debut full-length The Faun on April 29th via Cardigan Records, but the band has teamed up with Revolver Magazine to stream it early. The record, which is a Pan’s Labyrinth reference, was engineered and mixed by Al Jacob at Warrior Sound (He Is Legend, A Skylit Drive) and mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording (Between the Buried and Me, The Contortionist).
Far East Movement squads up with Swanky Tunes for the gargantuan electro house tune “Entertain Us.” Recently premiered by Billboard, the “dance floor magnet” sees the groups invading the airwaves with a surge of infectious club-bound energy, dark buzzing synths and crisp vocal commands opposite a gripping rollercoaster melody. In conjunction with the release, the LA troupe and Russian trio invite you to participate in a cyber-world fantasy via their official music video for “Entertain Us.” Observe from the perspective of each eccentric player as his ninja persona battles to its digital destruction.
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD BEGINS MIDWEST SUMMER TOUR ON JUNE 15TH
Jessica Lea Mayfield broke out of her bluegrass comfort zone with her 2014 record Make My Head Sing… Her first release for ATO Records, it embraced distorted guitar tones, crashing drums, and heavy riffs that would more likely evoke a comparison to her idols of the early 90’s than any modern day artist.
“I’m writing a lot of new material for the next record and excited to share it on this tour setting before I get back into the studio,” Mayfield said.
BENJAMIN SCHEUER’S “LOVIN’ YOU WILL BE EASY”
Songs from THE LION, the debut full-length record from award-winning American singer/songwriter, guitar player and playwright Benjamin Scheuer is out June 3 via Paper Music/ADA. To celebrate, Elmore Magazine is premiering the track “Lovin’ You Will Be Easy” at:
TINSLEY ELLIS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Tinsley Ellis has travelled a million miles, and through that journey he has become a man with clarity about where he stands today and his future destination. As a proud Georgia-based artist, with his new album Red Clay Soul he celebrates a legacy built on four decades of performing, recording and song writing. Travelers headed to Florida or other destinations in the Southeastern U.S. encounter red clay embankments as they hit the state of Georgia, and Ellis has chosen to title this new collection Red Clay Soul to celebrate the music of the area. He offers, “Georgia is where the Blues has got Soul. From the gospel inspired Ray Charles, to the R&B of James Brown and Otis Redding, to the Rock and Roll of Little Richard, to the Blues Rock of The Allman Brothers Band, all these acts have one thing in common. They all have the sound of Georgia and down here we call that sound red clay soul.”
ETHERA NEW SINGLE
Tulsa, Oklahoma’s fast rising progressive metal troupe, Ethera, have partnered with the fine folks at Metal Injection for the premiere of their new single, ‘Thralldom.’ This is the second single to be released from the band’s forthcoming debut full length. The first single and album opener, ‘Odyssey,’ was released in early April and received some positive coverage and praise from Axl Rosenberg of Metalsucks, comparing Ethera to a cross between This Will Destroy You, Buried Inside, and Tesseract.