NEW TOBY KEITH
Singer, songwriter and entertainer Toby Keith has been a workin’ man dang near all his life, as his full spring and summer schedule can attest. At the top of the list is the Toby Keith Interstates & Tailgates Tour Presented by Ford F-Series, which opens May 10 at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Rising country singer-songwriter Eric Paslay has recently been added to select Interstates & Tailgates Tour stops.
With dates crisscrossing North America already on the books, performing will keep Keith busy through October. At the same time, fans hungry for new music can take heart that Toby has returned to the studio and is working on a new album. His most recent album 35 mph Town was released last year to widespread acclaim.
MEGHAN TRAINOR PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “ME TOO”
GRAMMY Award-winning multiplatinum pop superstar Meghan Trainor releases her anxiously awaited second full-length album, Thank You [Epic Records], this Friday May 13. The album is available as an exclusive pre-stream on Apple Music all week.
She also just premiered the music video for her latest single “Me Too” on VEVO this am. The final instant grat track and second official single from Thank You, it’s another massive anthem with a whole lot of swagger and spunk, and the video perfectly captures that energy. The song officially impacts radio starting May 16.
WILL BUTLER LIVE VIDEO
On June 17, Will Butler returns with Friday Night, an album of live performances from Butler’s tour supporting his debut album, Policy. Recorded mostly at Lincoln Hall in Chicago on June 4, 2015, Friday Night includes five brand-new songs, five from Policy, and two songs he wrote for The Guardian newspaper last year.
BLACK OIL BROTHERS “TALK TO ME”
Last week Chicago-based Black Oil Brothers premiered their bluesy lament “Talk To Me” on Glide Magazine who noted the quartet “seeks to draw that age old line between the Mississippi Delta and the Windy City with their own style of laid back bluesy roots music. Slider guitars, harmonicas, banjos and mandolins make this music ideally suited for drinking whiskey in dimly lit dives or knocking back a brew on rooftop during a humid Chicago summer.
LASER BACKGROUND ALBUM STREAM
Correct finds the incredibly creative and prolific Molholt culling influences ranging from Syd Barret to Nintendo’s Koji Kondo, while simultaneously looking to the future. Laser Background’s work marks the sweet spot where nostalgia and futurism intersect. The album was produced and mixed by Andy Molholt, along with Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader, both from Ava Luna, at Gravesend Recordings, located within Brooklyn’s Silent Barn.
CAVALRY NEW SINGLE
Emerging indie quintet Cavalry have announced the release of their latest single Lucerne. The Merseyside five-piece’s mesmerising new track, a sumptuous roll of melodies and multi-layered atmospherics blended with breathy vocals and subtle power chords, arrives ahead of what promises to be a busy few months with slots at Liverpool Sound City and BBC Music Day.
RED VENOM “TAKE A SHOT”
Manchester UK Emcee Red Venom drops a new single “Take a shot” featuring Dready Kruger & Bobby Steele which is lifted of Red House Revisited LP. This is one of many head nodding tracks from the release and another great collaboration initiated by Red Venom. Red Venom has been killing the Manchester scene in the UK for many years, battling the stage as a dope Emcee and rocking the crowds, he also headed a funk & Jazz group “Frantic” while they toured the UK in the late nineties.
DILLON FRANCIS X NGHTMRE
Dillon Francis and NGHTMRE’s latest hit “Need You” has already earned over half a million plays over the weekend and today they’re dropping the official video directed by Jack Wagner and executive produced by DJay Brawner. Dillon gets into his trademark antics as an alternate reality version of “DJ Dillon Francis,” turning a casual backyard party on its head complete with choreographed dancing and backyard wrestling.
THOSE PRETTY WRONGS LP STREAM
Those Pretty Wrongs are Jody Stephens and Luther Russell, two old friends and veterans of the music scene in different ways.
Jody-as many people in rock and roll (and beyond) know-was the drummer for the legendary band Big Star. He went on to help run the equally legendary studio Ardent in Memphis and play with the endearing troop Golden Smog. Luther Russell was the leader of seminal roots-rock band The Freewheelers and went on to make several acclaimed solo records, as well as produce many important artists over the years. Together they have forged a sound that is brand new for both, yet begets a strangely familiar feeling…
Starting with a jaunt into the world of trance and progressive house, ARMNHMR quickly turn the page into heavier electronic territory with “ORIGIN,” the latest cut from their forthcoming EP, INFINITE. Filled to the brim with maximalist intentions and euphoric synth leads, “ORIGIN” is a headphone roller coaster you can’t miss. The entirety of INFINITE is available May 24th and you can grab the first two tracks, “COMATOSE” and “TRAUMA,” now.
FRANKIE PREMIERES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “NEW OBSESSION”
Today, Frankie premiered the music video for her new single, “New Obsession”, on VEVO. The feel-good video, which begins with Frankie alone in her bedroom and by the end, turns into a raging house party, perfectly complements the head-bopping pop track. “New Obsession” is one of five songs featured on her debut EP entitled Dreamstate, out now.
CLARENCE BUCARO “TRAGEDY” NEW SINGLE & VIDEO
“Tragedy,” the first single from Clarence Bucaro’s new album, Pendulum, goes to radio today and is available now at http://apple.co/1SV6V8B, where the album can also be pre-ordered.
The video for “Tragedy,” which premiered last Friday on HuffingtonPost.com, was shot near the historic Naumburg Bandshell in New York City’s Central Park and can be seen HERE.It is the first-ever music video from award-winning documentary filmmakers Micah Garen and Marie-Helene Carleton (Light on the Sea), who founded Four Corners Media and co-wrote the book American Hostage.
BIRDMAN RELEASES NEW SINGLE “RESPEK”
Cash Money Records co-founder and multi-platinum rap icon Birdman unleashes his new single “Respek” this week. The song is the latest official release from his forthcoming fifth full-length solo effort and first album in seven years, Ms. Gladys arriving in stores everywhere and online this summer. The single is also available at digital retailers.
“Respek” begins impacting Urban Radio starting Tuesday May 10th. Produced by Polow da Don [Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, T.I.], the single flips the unexpected viral catchphrase into a massive anthem. Birdman spits tight and tough verses above airy production before delivering a charged up hook, “Put some Respek when you mention my name.”
QELLO CONCERTS INTRODUCES NEW ORIGINAL SERIES CALLED EVOLUTION OF A SONG
Qello Concerts, with Red Light Management and Concord Music Group, announced today a first-of-its-kind original programming weekly series called Evolution of a Song centered on the mystifying process of songwriting. Each season, cameras will follow a band or artist as they create their next song. From the idea to the finished track, music fans will feel as though they’re in the room as the process unfolds.
“Qello users are music fans that devour our wide collection of music documentaries. They love to see the story behind the album, the artist, the music, the time in history. This is something different. It’s the real-time view into the minds of brilliant artists as they create one song. We’re not only excited to air this new series, but we all can’t wait to watch it.” Said Qello Co-founder, Richard Johnson.
BELLA D “SAVE ME”
Rising symphonic rock songstress BELLA D will unleash her debut full-length album, The Crystal Ceiling, this coming Friday, May 13, 2016. BELLA D has already revealed a collection of new tracks from the album, and even a standalone single (a haunting cover of Muse’s “Starlight”, available via iTunes), in advance of its release. Today, the singer has revealed her first two lyric videos for what are undoubtedly the biggest songs on the album – the never-before-heard monster rock track “Save Me”, and the equally huge “Invincible”, which saw it’s radio debut last month via Long Island’s 94.3 The Shark.
GENIUS x K CAMP x QUE “MOVIE 2.0”
The plug in a booming scene that he helped orchestrate, Atlanta polymath GENIUS taps K Camp and Que for “Movie 2.0,” debuted by VIBE. Growing up outside of Negril, Jamaica before relocating to Decatur with his mom, GENIUS earned his rep as a DJ and curator in ATL clubs, breaking songs like Migos’ “Bando,” K Camp’s “Do It,” and Charlie Boy Gang’s “Beef It Up.” With a knack for discovering new talent, his A&R skills have come to the forefront with his well-respected and highly-trafficked Slumchat mixtape series, in which he compiles a blend of buzzing club records and original tracks. “Movie 2.0” is set to appear on the Slumchat 5 mix in addition to GENIUS’ forthcoming A Eastside Story: Deluxe Edition album with newcomer Felipe.
THE RETROACTION “TIME WON’T WAIT”
The Retroaction is an old-school, garage rock, four piece band, from Hamilton, Ontario. When you go out to see The Retroaction live, it feels as though you have traveled back in time. The music is incredibly energetic, fun, and will make you want to dance the night away. The band consists of four talented musicians: Keith Moffat, Ron Lang, Charles Kostash, and Thomas Duxbury.
ALL THE REAL GIRLS SHARE NEW SINGLE “LIZZIE”
Seattle’s All the Real Girls have shared their new single “Lizzie” off of their debut album Elk City.
“Lizzie” is one of the twelve songs on the album that were all inspired by the hilarious and sometimes tragic stories told by an eccentric, 70-something year old chainsmoker named Jo who singer-songwriter Peter Donovan met while shooting the independent film Lost On Purpose.
KCONEIL “HOT LIKE YOU”
On Friday April 8th, 2016, K’Coneil’s eagerly anticipated video for “Hot Like You” premiered on global platform Boomshots. “Representing Global Riddim Culture from Reggae, Dancehall, and Dub, to Hip-Hop, Dubstep, UK bass culture, Rockers galore and much much more, Boomshots keeps the beat of the global street and brings you Word Sound & Power.”
BLACK ATLASS ROUNDS OUT THE TRILOGY OF SINGLES WITH “ISLAND LOVE”
With “Haunted Paradise” and “Tonight” still buzzing, Black Atlass completes his trilogy of unique, bewitching singles on Fool’s Gold by dropping the pulsing new cut “Island Love.” Every BA track is a showcase for Alex Fleming’s otherworldly falsetto and emotive songwriting, but “Island Love” shows off an ambitious new side.
THE ANTIKAROSHI NEW VIDEO
Officially released through Exile On Mainstream Records this past Friday is the buoyant fourth LP by German post-rock trio, THE ANTIKAROSHI, titled, 11 Songs Mostly Written And Played On Wednesday Evenings By A Band Called The Antikaroshi. In conjunction with its release, New Noise Magazine is now playing the newest video created for the album. The video for “Interlinear” was shot and directed by Georg Petzold, filmed all across the vast expanses of New York City, adding a very casual, pedestrian view of daily life to the infectious jam.
ZAYN PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “LIKE I WOULD”
ZAYN has released the latest visual from his critically-acclaimed debut album MIND OF MINE today with the video for “LIKE I WOULD.” The video is directed by Director X (Kanye West, Drake, Rihanna) and was filmed in Los Angeles.
“ARE WE HEROES YET?”
Today, the wait is over. Chicago-based producer and vocalist, Viewtiful Leol just released his debut project “Are We Heroes Yet?” Not only does this project showcase his refreshing approach to production but also offers listeners a captivating listen from beginning to end.
For Leol, this project is more than just his debut album. It’s a reflection of his lived experiences this past year. “I wanted to get something stellar but unorthodox. This past year has been pretty interesting for me, and I think each track in the album accurately portrays how I felt. At the end, it all revolves around a center idea Fear God, Love Christ. Really influenced by G.O.O.D. Music’s Cruel Summer, and Donnie Trumpet’s Surf,” shares Viewtiful Leol.
JORDAN SMITH DELIVERS HIS 2016 SUMMER OLYMPIC ANTHEM “I LIVED”
The record-breaking, chart-topping singer and “best-selling artist in the history of NBC’s The Voice” recently announced his first tour starting May 31 at The Chapel in San Francisco, CA. He will stop in major markets across the country before finishing out the trek at Bijou Theatre in Knoxville, TN on June 19. JORDAN is touring in support of his full-length debut, Something Beautiful [LightWorkers/Republic Records]—which recently bowed at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and “earned the highest ranking on the chart by any winner of a television singing competition in almost 5 years.”
KVELERTAK DEBUT NEW ALBUM STREAM
Roadrunner Records group Kvelertak have debuted their anticipated new LP, NATTESFERD, which can be streamed today via Rolling Stone who declared, “Whether it’s juggling black-metal blast beats and Eighties-influenced power-rock riffs or indulging three-guitar Iron Maiden-esque prog-rock tapestries, everything they do sounds effortless.”
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND’S SOLD-OUT HOMETOWN SHOW RAISES MORE THAN $1.5 MILLION DOLLARS
On Saturday, May 7, Dave Matthews Band kicked off its 2016 summer tour with asold-out benefit concert at John Paul Jones Arena in its hometown of Charlottesville, VA. The event raised more than $1.5 million dollars for local charities. The band, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, wished to express its gratitude for the incredible support the community has provided over the years. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from the concert – including tickets, merchandise, VIP packages and sponsorship fees – will go to Charlottesville area charitable programs via Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Fund.
STOLEN JARS ANIMATED VIDEO
Stolen Jars is the indie music project of Cody Fitzgerald and Molly Grund. Inspired by acts as diverse as Sufjan Stevens, Elvis Costello, and Dirty Projectors, the music is a vibrant mixture of looping intricate guitar lines and floating melodies all brought to life by a live band featuring Elena Juliano, Connor McGuigan, Matt Marsico and Tristan Rodman.
Fitzgerald and Grund are building off the success of Stolen Jars’ self-titled album released in 2011. The single off that album, “Driving,” was featured in an international Apple iPad commercial. Their sophomore album Kept is decidedly more ambitious. Fitzgerald composed and layered tracks in his bedroom, tinkering to ensure precision. He and Grund then worked together to build vocal melodies around the tracks.
ANDRA DAY “RISE UP” IN NEW VIDEO
Today, Andra Day releases the M. Night Shyamalan-directed visuals for her inspirational anthem “Rise Up.”
JAMES TAYLOR HELP ALBERTA, CA
Legendary artist James Taylor will be performing in Edmonton, AB and Calgary, AB on June 7th and 8th as part of his Canadian tour and has committed to donating all proceeds from these two shows to the Alberta Fires Appeal.
Concert promoter Live Nation will be following suit. Edmonton Northlands, Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome and Ticketmaster will also make a contribution. The proceeds from these concerts will go to the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal.
Says Taylor, “It’s clear that this is a catastrophe for Alberta and many of its residents. It’s just impossible to ignore. I can’t imagine what the families of Alberta are going through right now and I saw this as an opportunity to help in some way. I’m hoping that this donation will make a difference and that others are inspired to join in lending a helping hand.”
SETH BOGART RELEASES VIDEO FOR “SUNDAY BOY”
The video was made by director/artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford, the woman behind Telefantasy Studios (www.telefantasystudios.com). Telefantasy Studios is an analog media lab and practical effects workshop dedicated to the creation of other worldly representations and experiments in video. Jennifer directed the previous Seth Bogart videos “Club With Me”, “Eating Makeup”, “Hollywood Squares”. This is their 4th video together for this album. “Sunday Boy” was originally used as a live visual for The Seth Bogart Show. People would often say it’s one of their favorite parts of the live show and how much they liked the hypnotic video. Definitely the saddest song on the album and one of Seth’s personal favorites.
NAO “FOOL TO LOVE”
“Fool To Love” spent six weeks on the BBC Radio 1 playlist, whilst also receiving the Hottest Record accolade on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show.
NAO has revealed her much anticipated video for latest single “Fool To Love”. It’s another breathtaking visual, and features Ashley Walters in his first music video for another artist.
ALBUM WRITTEN WHILE DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN
Originally written and recorded on a phone and a handheld tape recorder while deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, Philadelphia artist, Maps & His Mothball Fleet announces the indie pop album, Fighting Season, due out August 5 on Azteca Records. Each song becomes a journal entry into the life of deployment, going from naive excitement, to the reality check upon arrival in a war-zone. Feelings of loneliness, anger, and often times fear, are the written testimonies of an all too real experience. The first single, “Trust The Teahouse” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.
FAKE SHARK ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE “SOMETHING SPECIAL”
Vancouver trio Fake Shark has announced a new single, “Something Special”, which premiered today via Exclaim and will be available this Friday, May 13 via Light Organ Records. The follow up to their 2015 single, “Cheap Thrills”, “Something Special” is another step forward in the maturation of Fake Shark, as they hone in on what they do best. Produced by vocalist/songwriter Kevvy, and mixed by Hot Hot Heat/Mounties/Fur Trade frontman Steve Bays, guitarist Louis Wu and bassist Tony Dallas drive the band’s innate ability to create infectious grooves and memorable hooks.
Leeds five-piece Modern Pleasure release their debut single ‘Messina’ on May 12th through AWAL. Messina, clocking in just shy of 4 minutes, is a joyous and uplifting track brimming with summer haze.
THE BAY RAYS “NEW HOME”
Garage rock outfit The Bay Rays have announced the upcoming release of their second single New Home. Following on from the release of their hugely successful debut single Four Walls, which caught the attention of tastemakers online and received support from the likes of Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens, the punk trio’s next release is another blistering burst of rock n’ roll sure to win them many plaudits.
MATT BROWN SIGNS MANAGEMENT DEAL & NEW ALBUM COMING IN JULY
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Matt Brown has signed a management deal and will be releasing his next album, Walk Into The Light, on July 22, 2016 on Rock Ridge Music (with distribution via ADA). Co-managing Brown will be the management arm of Rock Ridge Music (where he joins other management clients such as Christian Lopez Band, Tony Lucca, Ike Reilly, JD Eicher, and Riley Etheridge Jr.) and John Tumminello of Blue Plaid Management (those in Nashville will recognize his name from his role as Executive Director of Musician’s Corner).
Says Brown of his new deals: “I’m thrilled to have signed with Blue Plaid Management and Rock Ridge Music. John Tumminello, Tom Derr [Rock Ridge Music CEO], and Cynthia Cochrane [Rock Ridge Music President] are an amazing team of managers to help guide me and further my career. I cannot wait to release my first full length album on the Rock Ridge Music label in July and start doing a lot more touring to showcase my latest songs.”
ARMS PREMIERES EERIE, MAGNIFICENT VIDEO FOR ANXIOUS SLOW JAM “STELLARY”
“No one cares where you are / There’s nothing that you forgot / and nothing you have to do,” sings ARMS mastermind Todd Goldstein at the ecstatic peak of “Missing,” which sounds like an Electro-Pura outtake on steroids, all squealing guitar, honeyed atmosphere, and Tlacael Esparza’s deliriously aggressive drums. It’s the sound of Goldstein finally letting the songs speak for themselves, of accepting the fact that, in the face of life’s overwhelming shortness, holding anything back is kind of ridiculous. ARMS’ third LP, Patterns, lassoes every last one of ARMS’ sprawling stylistic and emotional tendencies and channels them into a handsome, wild-eyed suite of guitar pop. Patterns is a love letter to letting go—of past lives, of old loves, of best-laid-plans—and it is the long-running Brooklyn-based songwriter’s finest work to date.