WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR “2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS”
Winners have been announced for the star-studded 2016 AMERICAN COUNTRY COUNTDOWN AWARDS which aired LIVE tonight on FOX from The Forum in Inglewood, Ca. Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt each picked up two awards: Bryan was named Artist of the Year and Male Vocalist Of The Year, while Hunt received Breakthrough Male Of The Year and Digital Album Of The Year. Other winners included Kelsea Ballerini (Breakthrough Female Of The Year), Garth Brooks (Touring Artist Of The Year), Florida Georgia Line (Group/Duo Of The Year), Chris Stapleton (Album Of The Year), and Carrie Underwood (Female Artist Of The Year).
DIXIE CHICKS ADD DATES TO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER TOUR
In the midst of their sold-out European tour, multi-platinum selling act DIXIE CHICKS have announced additional North American dates to their highly-anticipated, hugely-selling DCX MMXVI Tour. November’s announcement of the DCX MMXVI Tour created a fan frenzy for tickets, quickly becoming one of Live Nation’s highest-selling tours of the summer and prompting the band to add additional dates to the already massive 40-city run. The long-awaited DCX MMXVI Tour, produced by Live Nation, will now visit over 50 cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, concluding at the famed Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA on October 10th.
BROOKE BENTHAM “OLIVER”
Every now and again, a song stops in your tracks. “Oliver”, a song about a boy who is not called Oliver is one of those songs.
Having found her voice from a young age, Brooke Bentham has a special ability to translate her most inward thoughts into breathtaking pieces. Oliver typifies this gift of expression, able to so strikingly articulate her naivety; “You never loved me how could this be?”
STRAIGHT NO CHASER ANNOUNCE THE “I’LL HAVE ANOTHER…WORLD TOUR”
Atlantic Records recording group Straight No Chaser has announced early details of the “I’ll Have Another…World Tour.” The North American leg – which celebrates the 20th anniversary of the a cappella group’s formation in 1996 and first show at Indiana University – begins October 14th at Reno, NV’s Grand Theatre and then continues into 2017 with a January 3rd finale at Kahului, HI’s Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Straight No Chaser’s official fan club beginning Tuesday, May 3rd; all remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 6th. In celebration, Straight No Chaser will fly and cover hotel costs for two lucky winners to attend any Straight No Chaser show of their choosing within the Continental US.
LÉON DEBUTS OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “TIRED OF TALKING” ON SPOTIFY’S HOMEPAGE
Swedish singer/songwriter LÉON has unveiled the official video for her noteworthy single “Tired of Talking” on Spotify’s homepage, becoming the first artist to ever do so on the music streaming platform – check it out HERE. With floors creaking, shower running, sheets rippling and dishes spinning, the kaleidoscopic visual follows LÉON through an empty house with a constant feeling of departure; a tension everywhere like someone was just there.
RADICAL FACE SHARES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “THE ROAD TO NOWHERE”
Radical Face has unveiled the first official video from his latest release The Family Tree: The Leaves, the final installment of The Family Tree trilogy. Followers of the trilogy will notice “The Road To Nowhere” as a follow up track to the “The Gilded Hand” from The Family Tree: The Branches. The beautifully eerie video portrays the song like a short film, featuring a young boy held captive by The Gilded Hand who uses his newly discovered magical powers to kill his captor, break free and become a leader to other children in the town. The video premiered yesterday on Buzzbands.la.
LIAM LIS RELEASES NEW VIDEO “NUMBER 1 GIRL”
Teen recording artist, Liam Lis releases his brand new video, “Number 1 Girl” featuring GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop artist Fetty Wap – watch the video HERE!
The pop, hip-hop infused track was recorded at So Amazin Studios in Clifton, NJ, and co-written by Fetty Wap and Lis. The duo formed a musical bond a couple of years ago when a mutual friend brought Fetty the track from Lis. Fans got to see Lis perform the song live when he opened up for his good friend Fetty on the recent Welcome To The Zoo tour.
FILTER ALBUM STREAM
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].
“Filter is the mind,” he exclaims. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.”
BAND OF SKULLS PREMIERES “SO GOOD”
“So Good,” the latest song to be revealed off Band of Skulls’ upcoming new album By Default, is streaming now. The track sees bassist and vocalist Emma Richardson take lead vocal and further displays the band’s foray into new territory following the recent premiere of “Killer.” “So Good” is also available as an instant grat track upon album pre-order. By Default will be released May 27 on BMG, the band’s debut with the label.
BRUSE WANE “BRIGHTER DAYS”
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 just wanted the video to put a spotlight on the current social and political events happening in America,” says Bruse. “I also wanted to give my fans a glimpse into my past and how I came up.”
EL DORADO FILM FESTIVAL
Attention, filmmakers! The El Dorado Film Festival is kicking off its third year this September and could not be more excited to announce their partnership with the Oxford American magazine for the Oxford American Southern Made Category.
Last year, the festival received films from over sixty different countries, but put a special emphasis on Southern flair through the Southern Made Category. And now this year, the team at Oxford American, along with celebrity judge Joey Lauren Adams, will help curate the finest in Southern cinema to showcase at the event.
THE FARROW NEW VIDEO
Today hip hop recording artist, The Farrow, releases a lyrical visual for his bubbling debut single, “I’m On A Wave.” Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, the now NYC-based artist is making waves with his club banger “I’m On A Wave” and is one to watch in 2016.
THE HOLLOWS NEW ALBUM
Brooklyn’s resident roots-rock ensemble of multi-instrumentalists, The Hollows have announced that their highly anticipated upcoming LP, Between the Water and the Wonder Wheel is set for release on June 3rd, 2016. With no frontman (or six frontmen) and a hodgepodge of mandolins, banjos, accordions, guitars, horns, harmonicas and various other musical doodads in constant rotation – The Hollows’ live show is an unpredictable barn-burner full of high-octane foot stomping. The band will be setting out on their first national tour in support of the upcoming release this summer.
PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE TO RECEIVE 2016 REGIONAL THEATRE TONY AWARD
The Tony Awards® Administration Committee has announced this year’s recipient for the Regional Theatre Tony Award is Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, New Jersey.
The Regional Theatre Tony Award will be presented at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 12th. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
“Throughout its rich history, Paper Mill Playhouse has established itself as a foundational pre-Broadway venue for new productions and a welcoming home for world-class theatrical revivals. We are ecstatic to recognize their dynamic role in the tri-state area theatre community and unwavering commitment to fostering future Broadway audiences,” Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, said.
THE MEKANIX ALBUM & NEW VIDEO
You may not have heard of legendary Bay Area duo The Mekanix, but chances are you’ve heard their music. As two of the Bay Area’s foremost sound architects, 4 rAx and Kenny Tweed have produced thousands of tracks since the early ’90s for nearly every Bay rapper you can name and were instrumental in the rise of J. Stalin, Philthy Rich, Beeda Weeda, the Hittaz on the Payroll & Shady Nate. Today, The Mekanix announce their next album, Under The Hood, out June 3rd via EMPIRE. Under The Hood follows 2012’s Chop Shop and 2014’s Chop Shop 2 and will feature guest appearances from E-40, Too Short, Richie Rich, The Jacka, C-Bo, J-Stalin, Mistah FAB, Clyde Carson, The Hoodstarz, Beeda Weeda, Trae the Truth, Rass Kass, Nio the Gift, Erk the Jerk, Kool John, Lil Debbie, Lil Blood, The Delinquents, Iamsu, Mozzy, Keak the Sneak, The The Luniz, Shady Nate, Dru Down, B-Legit, Turf Talk, and San Quinn.
CAVE STATES PREMIERE THEIR NEW STUDIO ALBUM “TRUE LIFE”
Cave States is a band from St. Louis, MO and is a collaboration between songwriters, Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner and Todd Schnitzer. The band’s name is inspired largely by a nickname given to the state of Missouri and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave.
For over 20 years, the members of Cave States have led or supported a number of well known St. Louis bands including Magnolia Summer, Half Knots, Nadine, Colonel Ford, Wagon and Waterloo; however, Cave States is their first songwriting collaboration.
NEIL YOUNG TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Neil Young will release a new album, entitled EARTH, on June 17th via Reprise Records. The album features performances of songs from a range of Young’s albums, including last year’s The Monsanto Years, 1990’s Ragged Glory, and 1970’s After the Gold Rush. The audio was captured during Young’s 2015 tour with The Promise of the Real, fronted by Lukas Nelson (vocals/guitar) and Micah Nelson (guitar, vocals) – Willie Nelson’s sons. The tour included Young performing solo and with the band for a full electric show.
A new take on some of Young’s most beloved songs, EARTH features the live recordings, along with added musical overdubs, as well as sounds of the earth, such as city sounds like car horns, sounds of insects, and animal sounds from bears, birds, crickets, bees, horses, cows – creating a very strange, yet beautiful atmosphere.
SUMMER TOURMATES NICK JONAS AND DEMI LOVATO TO PERFORM ON “2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have been added to the lineup of performers at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” Tove Lo will join Jonas to perform “Close,” the first single off his eagerly anticipated sophomore album due out in June. Demi Lovato will perform her hit song “Cool For The Summer.” The “2016 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC. For the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, viewers on the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments. These artists join previously announced hosts Ludacris and Ciara, and performers Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Shawn Mendes and P!nk.
PLAID NEW TRACK “CLOCK” VIA INTERACTIVE SITE
Following 2014’s Reachy Prints, Plaid now announce the forthcoming release of their new album The Digging Remedy, out on June 10. Unlock the lead track “CLOCK” on thediggingremedy.com, a growing collaborative project with digital artist Cabbibo (cabbi.bo).
THE RIDES’ “KICK OUT OF IT”
“Kick Out of It,” the lead track off of The Rides’ sophomore album Pierced Arrow (out May 6 on 429 Records), is premiering now via The Huffington Post. The Rides is the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg. Shepherd points out to the Huffington Post, “This song is authentic rock and roll at its best. This is the first song we wrote together for this record and it really set the tone for the entire album. It’s vintage Stephen Stills; the song idea was conceived decades ago and was finished with The Rides.”
BOSTON BALLET AND THE ROYAL BALLET ANNOUNCE FIRST CO-PRODUCTION
Boston Ballet and The Royal Ballet have announced their first co-production, Obsidian Tear, choreographed by The Royal Ballet Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor. Obsidian Tear, inspired by renowned Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen’s orchestral work Nyx, features an all-male cast. Salonen, who was recently named Composer in Residence with the New York Philharmonic, will make his Royal Ballet debut conducting the world premiere. The work will see its world premiere in London May 28, 2016, and its U.S. premiere in Boston Ballet’s 2017–2018 season in Boston. In addition to the groundbreaking work Chroma—performed by Boston Ballet in 2013 and 2015 to critical acclaim with repeated standing ovations—Obsidian Tear will be the second work of McGregor’s in Boston Ballet’s repertoire. After Boston Ballet’s debut performance in Chroma, Thea Singer of the Boston Globe stated: “The Boston Ballet dancers astonish with their master of the choreography, contorting this way and that with remarkable intensity.” McGregor will reveal additional plans for the world premiere and co-production at The Royal Opera House’s Insights event on May 11, 2016, 2:15 pm EDT / 7:15 pm BST. The event will be live-streamed for viewers around the world to enjoy on The Royal Opera House YouTube Channel.
MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER’S ‘THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MADE OF’ NOW STREAMING
ary Chapin Carpenter’s anticipated new album The Things That We Are Made Of is now streaming in full exclusively as part of NPR Music’s First Listen series. Of the music, NPR Music praises, “If The Things That We Are Made Of sees the country veteran searching for memories to inscribe and old roads to rut, it finds her most often looking toward the unknown with grace and breaking fecund ground with top producer Dave Cobb,” and goes on to assert, “Her album plays out both sides of that classic country gesture at the unknown—darkness and latent enlightenment —and by emphasizing both, she accomplishes what sounds like a transformation.”
NO ICE “CASTLE BRAID”
The debut video from Seen Yr Video Productions, “Castle Braid” was co-directed by Brian Chillemi and NO ICE singer Jamie Frey. The video was shot in one afternoon at DRTY SMMR, a DIY fashion boutique in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The video stars Rose Blanshei, singer/guitarist of the band Prima and features several members of the Brooklyn DIY music scene including Joe Wakeman (Bodega Bay), Ben Jaffe (Pill/Dumb Wolves), Alex Fippinger (The Yin Yangs/Junk Boys), Russell Hymowitz (MPHO/Junk Boys) and Inna Mkrtycheva (Butter The Children).
“Castle Braid” is the second single from NO ICE, released originally on the Mama Coco’s Funky Kitchen complication “Section 7: Keep Killin’ It 2016.” NO ICE are a rock n’ roll band native to New York City.
“MERCY” VIDEO PREMIERE
Today, Eric Bachmann shares the new video for “Mercy” from his recently released self-titled album. Directed by Daniel Ralston and shot in downtown Los Angeles, the video features intrigue, blackmail and hungry hippos!
In their premiere of the video, The A.V. Club wrote: The music on Eric Bachmann is mellower and more direct than almost anything he’s done in the past, with lyrics that are more reflective of his personal feelings than any he’s ever written. That’s true most directly on “Mercy,” which reflects on life, death, and and crazy friends and family. So why not pair that serious song—probably the best on an excellent album—with an homage to James Bond villainy, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, and… something you’ll have to wait for.
LOUIS BERRY “NICOLE”
In a modern age, rockabilly lives on through Louis Berry. The toe-tapping single “Nicole” changes the rockabilly game as Berry radiates high-energy Rock influence. Enticing you with his raspy vocals, you can’t help but feel the angst that he is feeling. Music was his remedy to a complicated past; Growing up a misfit in Liverpool, he sought to make music that talks about real life. “Chart music now is just candy—it doesn’t feed your soul. An hour later, you’re hungry again.” “Nicole” is the candy that will feed your soul, as he passionately calls out for her wondering if she is his to have.
MOTIF MUSIC AWARDS 2016 – RSVP
Just another reminder that the 2016 Motif Music Awards will be held on May 3 at The Met (1005 Main Street, Pawtucket) at 6:30pm. Please RSVP on the Facebook event if you haven’t already and share with all your fans and friends!
There’s no cover, food from The Hope Village Kitchen next store, and musical interludes by School of Rock, VulGarrity and Man & Wife. Plus Awards and prizes!
ISLANDS NEW VIDEO
Islands will return this spring with not one, but two new albums on May 13. The forthcoming albums, Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea? will be released on vinyl, digitally and limited edition cassette via Manqué Music. Today the band is sharing the official music video for “No Milk, No Sugar” from Taste. The video which was directed by Islands’ Nick Thorburn is available to watch now on digital network JASH.
KLOGR NEW VIDEO
Italian alternative/progressive metal group KLOGR is thrilled to release their biggest and most theatrical music video yet, specifically for their single “Breathing Heart”, cut from their recent full-length release Make Your Stand (2015). The track “Breathing Heart” features emotive vocals, soaring guitars and prominent string quartet arrangements – all of which perfectly come to life in the video, filmed at the historical Carpi Theatre in Carpi, Italy and featuring Milanese actress Veronica Sogni.
Watch “Breathing Heart” exclusively today via Loudwire’s “New Music Showcase” column:
JAYE BARTELL NEW VIDEO
Today Jaye Bartell shares the video for the title track of his Light Enough LP via Under The Radar, and a full stream of the album via Bandcamp. The album is avail. everywhere this Friday, April 29. Last week his track “Tuesdays” was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered, who said about the track:
“His voice has got that nice deep resonance to it, that you just want to have a long conversation with him — love it, love it love it!” -Bob Boilen
ATLANTIC RECORDS UNITES WITH SIR THE BAPTIST
Atlantic Records has announced Sir The Baptist as the latest partner of its historic roster. Sir The Baptist’s full-length debut project, entitled “PK: PREACHER’S KID,” arrives everywhere May 13th.
The Chicago-based contemporary ghetto gospel artist will make his label debut with the new live video for “Raise Hell” streaming exclusively via:
RHIN LP STREAM
The entire Passenger LP from West Virginia-based noise/stoner metal trio RHIN is now playing at MetalSucks just over a week ahead of its release via Grimoire Records. The stream also hits as the band takes to the streets in support of the record on a mini-tour of the Northeastern US today. Issues the popular outlet of the bruising record, “…Passenger is a raucous good time with plenty of danceable aggression and enough fuzz to carpet every dirt floor left in Appalachia. The album opens with one of the most infectious bass riffs I’ve heard in the past year, then eight seconds in takes an explosively energetic turn for the dissonant…”
JOY ALBUM STREAM
Award-winning California psych rock band JOY will release its new album, Ride Along!, this Friday, April 29 via Tee Pee Records. Produced by vocalist / guitarist Zachary Oakley and recorded at San Diego’s Audio Design Studios (Earthless, Rocket From the Crypt), the album contains nine new JOY compositions and a searing cover of ZZ Top’s “Certified Blues”. Ride Along! features guest contributions from an all-star lineup of Cali psych rock heroes, including Earthless drummer Mario Rubalcaba, Radio Moscow guitarist Parker Griggs and guitarist Brenden Dellar, of Tee Pee labelmates, Sacri Monti.
ENTIRE CITIES “ROCK CHAPEL”
Today, Entire Cities, a Toronto-based musician/art collective unveiled their visual accompaniment for their EP Rock Chapel with the team over at renowned music publication, Exclaim.
The video clocks in just under 20 minutes and showcases all six tracks from the EP with plenty of visual elements to keep your drawn to the melodies and superceding songs.
BRITNEY SPEARS TO RECEIVE MILLENNIUM AWARD
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that world renowned superstar and Las Vegas resident, Britney Spears, will receive this year’s Millennium Award at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” The Billboard Millennium Award recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry. Past Billboard Millennium Award recipients include Beyoncé in 2011 and Whitney Houston in 2012. It was also announced today that Spears will perform a medley of her greatest hits at the show, which will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT on ABC. For the first time in Billboard Music Awards history, viewers on the West Coast will watch the show live along with fellow fans on the East Coast. This year’s show, which will be hosted by hip-hop artist Ludacris and international music sensation Ciara, will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and much-discussed pop culture moments. Spears joins previously announced performers Justin Bieber, DNCE, The Go-Go’s, Shawn Mendes, P!nk and collaborations with Nick Jonas, Tove Lo and Demi Lovato.
GARBAGE ANNOUNCE ‘STRANGE LITTLE BIRDS’ HEADLINING U.S. TOUR
Garbage (Shirley Manson, Steve Marker, Duke Erikson and Butch Vig) have announced the ‘Strange Little Birds’ U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming new album Strange Little Birds. The dates will kick off on July 6th at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Tickets will be available for purchase starting this Friday, May 6th.
MONK TAMONY OFFICIALLY DROPS SECOND SINGLE “LEADERS”
Today, NYC indie duo, Monk Tamony, officially releases the next installment off their forthcoming self-titled debut EP, Monk Tamony. Listen to “Leaders” and check out the official music video here.
R&B ARTIST BOYSLASHFRIEND “LOW KEY”
On the heels of his first national U.S. tour with co-headliner MeLo X as well as his NYC show with SG Lewis, BOYSLASHFRIEND reveals his brand new visual for the the title track of his Low Key album, available now via Feel Up Records (the label co-owned by Major Lazer’s Jillionaire).
Acclaim Magazine premieres the video (directed by Jeff Tan), stating that “yearning, heartbreak, disappointment – all are expressed pretty perfectly with just the minimal guitar melody and the R&B singer’s heartfelt vocals.”
SHEL NEW SINGLE
SHEL has premiered their new song “Is The Doctor In Today”, the lead track from their upcoming album Just Crazy Enough. The track is currently streaming on Clash, who praises the Nashville group’s “wide-ranging originality” and acclaims the track as a “bold, brash, and inventive offering.”
FUTURE TWINS NEW SINGLE
San Francisco’s one-woman tour-de-force, Future Twin, has recently dropped the brand new single Are You Rested (Enough Yet)?. Future Twin teamed up with innovative music blog Sounds of a Tired City to bring host the premiere of Are You Rested (Enough Yet)?. As well as debuting the latest track, Future Twin sat down with the Sounds of a Tired City team and had a little Q + A session to give a glimpse into Future Twin and the creative processes.
SKRIZZLY ADAMS WINS ISC
The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), considered to be the most prestigious and selective songwriting competition in the world, has announced its 2015 winners. Established in 2002, ISC recognizes and honors excellence in the craft of songwriting. With over 18,000 entries submitted from almost 120 countries, a total of 351 deserving songwriters are honored this year in the competition, winning First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention placements.
The overall Grand Prize is awarded to the gifted songwriter/performer Skrizzly Adams for his song “Tipping Point.” Upon learning that he won the overall Grand Prize, New Jersy native Skrizzly said, “Songwriting is my passion in life, so winning ISC is like winning the Heisman trophy!” In addition to winning $25,000 (US) in cash, Skrizzly Adams receives almost $25,000 in services and merchandise, including a custom-built Lowden guitar valued at over $11,000, a Marshall amp and cabinet, a PDP drum kit, an Ultimate Ears MEGABOOM speaker, and much more.
Candace Avery, Founder and Director, states, “The song overwhelmingly stood out to the judges, winning praise for its melody, arrangement, and passion. Moreover, the judges applauded his other songs, confirming that he is indeed a songwriter with a depth of talent. His talent embodies everything that ISC is looking to honor, and we are excited to see what the future holds for this promising artist.”
HANNAH GEORGAS UNVEILS NEW SINGLE “DON’T GO”
“Don’t Go,” the new single from acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Hannah Georgas, is premiering today and can now be streamed HERE. Of the track, which is available tomorrow on iTunes, The Wild Honey Pie praises, “…strikes a perfect balance between lush production and dynamic quiet. The track slowly builds in intensity, as striking percussive hits and her vibrant vocals lead towards the powerful chorus,” while Wonderland asserts, “The song does what Georgas does best and gets you squarely in, as it were, the feels.”
Djustin will release their debut EP, Tryst out May 13 on Labrador Records. The band is a new Swedish/American duo which features Rose Suau (US) and Johan Angergård (Sweden). Djustin filters lust, love and hurt through suggestive synths, whispers and soft soul, making it arguably one of the most evocative electronic pop debuts in recent memory.
JIMKATA PREMIERES “JUMPING OUT OF AIRPLANES”
Upstate NY electro-rock trio Jimkata have premiered “Jumping Out of Airplanes” exclusively with Popwrapped. The captivating visual stars Hamilton actress Carleigh Bettiol and is featured on the band’s fourth LP In Motion released in February.
TOLA “THE CONNECTION”
Lead singer Aria’s story is an inspiring one – the young vocalist and lyricist lives with Asperger’s (a high-functioning form of Autism). Aria considers herself blessed to be able to pen distinct lyrics that reflect her truly unique perspective of the world.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s EP release, Revolver Magazine is currently hosting a stream of the band’s new track “The Connection” via anime visual-based lyric video. Watch it here via Revolvermag.com:
FAME SCHOOL’S “BAG” SINGLE IS OUT TODAY
The New York duo of Telli and Slim are no strangers to viral bangers (producing Manolo Rose’s “Run Ricky Run” and “Superflexin” feat. French Montana), and have already been blasting their newest knucklehead anthem in the city’s clubs (including an extra-live performance at the Fool’s Gold Boiler Room event) and across social media, with heavy support from influential online host Taxstone. Crank your speakers, break open the fire hydrants, and shout along with Teli: “no disrespect to the plug, I’m the motherf***kin outlet!”
Fresh off the heels of her SXSW showcases and National College Tour, PJ releases a new video for “Gangster” today via NPR. Directed by Snow Beach and reminiscent of Alanis Morissette’s classic “Ironic” music video, PJ confronts her alter-ego and imagines what life would be like if she wasn’t so nice. “Gangster” is the first single off PJ’s forthcoming RARE EP- due out this summer!
TRUE LOVE ANNOUNCES NEW FULL LENGTH ALBUM
With a demo and an extended EP on Baltimore’s REACT! Records under their belts, Detroit straight edge hardcore band TRUE LOVE are thrilled to announce their Bridge Nine debut full-length, Heaven’s Too Good For Us, due out July 1st.
Recorded in the summer of 2015 with Andy Nelson at Chicago’s own Bricktop Studios, Heaven’s Too Good For Us is thirteen songs of razor sharp hardcore, clocking in at a breathless 17 minutes. TRUE LOVE races and pummels through anthems of taking back what’s owed, straight edge fury, broken vows, and the real truths of love lost and sometimes found. Tracks like “Your Side” and “Where It Ends” ache and twist with promises of forever, backed by crushing walls of guitars and “nobody stands still” breaks; while tracks “Kill For That” and “Stay True” showcase TRUE LOVE’s ability to slow from frenetic, breakneck speeds to a mid-paced groove that leads to a controlled chaos. Heaven’s Too Good For Us also features guest vocals from Turnstile’s Brendan Yates and Forced Order’s Nick Samayoa.
THE TAMBOURINE GIRLS RELEASE ‘POLICE’
Illusive but relentless achievers The Tambourine Girls offer an enigmatic glimpse into their debut album with first single ‘Police’ and the announcement of their first official live show for 2016.
A circus on the edge of town….outlaw ridden landscapes…’Police’ evokes nostalgic twangs of simpler times, employing psychedelic riffs and reverb ridden vocal tones. Vintage hues prove the perfect accompaniment in a black and white washed lyric video for the track.
DEDE WEDEKIND WINS
Houston-based award-winning singer/songwriter, DeDe Wedekind, with over 110,000 fans worldwide, was just named the 2016 Best New Female ARTIST of the YEAR, at the 5th Annual Indie Music Channel (IMC) Awards, held at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, April 24, 2016. The Indie Music Channel was founded by Emmy-winning actor, writer, musician and producer, Christopher Ewing, as a one-of-a-kind platform to help talented Independent Artists get the recognition they deserve, while being able to play their music on the IMC’s internationally acclaimed internet radio stations & website. Artists also receive unique worldwide exposure via The Indie Music Channel’s Website, Radio play, FM & Internet Syndicated Radio Shows, the IMC CAFÉ Show, LIVE TV Show, and other IMC Television shows, and Artist & Show National Tours.
CALVIN HARRIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR” FEATURING RIHANNA
Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Calvin Harris has released his newest single, “This Is What You Came For” featuring Rihanna. The highly anticipated release (via Columbia Records) marks the heavyweight duo’s first collaboration since their 2011 #1 smash single, “We Found Love,” which sold over 10 million copies worldwide. “This Is What You Came For” is now available at all digital retailers. To hear the track please click HERE.
DIGITALISM UNLEASH THE VIDEO FOR LATEST
Electronic trailblazers Digitalism unleash the official video for their infectious new single ‘Go Time’. A driving bass sets the scene for climatic 80’s punk-pop synths, with the German duo sounding more Psychedelic Furs and steering more towards the Eno side of the spectrum than ever.
THE CHAINSMOKERS UNVEIL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR GOLD CERTIFIED SINGLE “DON’T LET ME DOWN”
Hot on the heels of their record-setting Coachella debut, this year’s breakout DJ/producer duo The Chainsmokers have unveiled the official video for their Gold-certified current single “Don’t Let Me Down” – check it out HERE. While driving their tricked out vintage lowrider through the woods, The Chainsmokers and Daya’s worlds collide, leading to an unexpected turn of events. The video was directed by Marcus Kuhne and shot in Los Angeles. Fans can catch the broadcast premiere of the video today on MTV at 7:55PM EST and the guys will be taking over the MTV Snapchat Discover channel ALL DAY ahead of the premiere.
ALIVE IN BARCELONA NEW VIDEO
Alive In Barcelona has released a music video for their track “Back To Life” which originally premiered with Loudwire. The song was co-written by Stevie Aiello of 30 Seconds To Mars, directed by Dawson Scholz of Talk Studios, and is available now on iTunes.
GALLERY CIRCUS NEW VIDEO
Gallery Circus have released a head-spinning new video for their excellent single ‘Holland On Fire’, out now through Killing Moon Records, as well as hitting the road for a series of new live dates this May and June, including The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and Liverpool Sound City.
Made up of identical twin brothers Daniel and Graeme Ross, ‘Holland On Fire’ is the first track to be taken from the duo’s 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 band are now set to return with a series of UK dates this spring, kicking off at Brighton’s The Great Escape Festival this May.
JAMES HOLT TITLE TRACK
James Holt fixes notes together as if solving a complex mathematical puzzle, songwriting the ultimate form of self-expression, and is solution to proffer a platform for thought, push boundaries and capture precise snippets of time.
Possessing a wealth of melody and a fresh approach to honing his sound, ‘Sanguine On The Rocks’ is a charming six-track release epitomising the solo record in the truest sense, Holt having composed all its songs, played every instrument, also recording and mixing the EP himself.
TYLER GLENN’S VIDEO FOR “TRASH” PREMIERES TODAY ON ROLLINGSTONE.COM
“Trash,” the new video from Neon Trees’ lead vocalist/keyboardist Tyler Glenn, premiered today on RollingStone.com and can be seen HERE. The track, which is from Glenn’s forthcoming solo debut album via Island Records.