THEE OH SEES SHARE FULL STREAM OF UPCOMING LIVE ALBUM
Today, Thee Oh Sees have shared the full stream of their Live in San Francisco double LP at Stereogum, who say, “Experiencing the mighty garage-rock titans Thee Oh Sees live is a rite of passage in San Francisco…The album captures well the sweaty, noisy affair that is a Thee Oh Sees show, and is a welcome introduction to the new duo of drummers Ryan Moutinho and Dan Rincon that now round out their lineup.” Recorded over three nights at SF’s The Chapel and presented on a double gatefold LP, the record is composted of live video shot by Brian Lee Hughes, photographs and recording.
GALWAY QUARTET WE BANJO 3 TO RELEASE STRING THEORY ON JULY 30, 2016
WE BANJO 3, a virtuosic, innovative quartet from Galway, Ireland, will release their fourth album, String Theory, on July 30, 2016, to coincide with their late summer/early fall tour of the U.S. that will kick off at the Dayton Celtic Festival in Ohio the weekend of July 29th.
We Banjo 3 blend traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass.” Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 includes two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley. Collectively they are among the most celebrated and distinguished musicians in Ireland today and considered one of the best live bands in the country. Martin Howley is a 7-time “All Ireland” Banjo champion while Enda Scahill, who is also an author on Irish banjo techniques, holds 4. Multi-instrumentalist Fergal Scahill is one of the most acclaimed fiddlers in Irish music and an “All Ireland” champion on fiddle and bodhran. Multi-instrumentalist David Howley, with All-Ireland titles on guitar and banjo, is the group’s vocalist known for his deep, muscular voice.
AESOP ROCK “KIRBY”
Aesop Rock just dropped a video for The Impossible Kid standout (and cat owner anthem) “Kirby” to coincide with the start of the third and final leg of his US tour (dates below). The clip, which pairs a puppet version of Aesop with a live cat was directed by Toben Seymour, who directed the Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic (Hail Mary Mallon)’s hilarious “Whales” video.
DENGUE DENGUE DENGUE ‘SIETE RAÍCES’
Out now, Dengue Dengue Dengue’s highly anticipated sophomore effort, Siete Raíces, is available for streaming and purchase via Enchufada. Having already received support from Billboard, Noisey, Fader, Thump, KCRW, AFP, XLR8R, and more, the Lima, Peru duo have again championed their unique blend of cumbia, afro-peruvian elements, and modern electronic music. As explained by AFP, “Dengue Dengue Dengue is a rare Peruvian act in recent years to have won a following, even if niche, outside of the Spanish-speaking world.”
DJ KHALED ‘MAJOR KEY’ ALBUM
Multiplatinum artist, music industry visionary, innovative influencer, mogul, and mega-producer DJ Khaled unveils the cover art and July 29th release date for his highly anticipated ninth full-length album, MAJOR KEY [We The Best Music Group/Epic Records].
MAJOR KEY is available to pre-order now on iTunes. The pre-order grants instant grat downloads of DJ Khaled’s first two singles from MAJOR KEY – “For Free” feat. Drake and “I Got the Keys” feat. Jay-Z & Future. Pre-order link:
Redman and Jayceeoh are back at it again with another adrenaline-fueled 1000volts original, “Lights Out”. This record is the follow-up to the newly formed Supergroup’s debut single, “I’m Gone” feat. Trae Tha Truth, which was premiered by Billboard and supported by Rolling Stone, Huffington Post, Revolt TV, HipHopDX, HotNewHipHop, 2DopeBoyz and many more.
1000volts mission is to bridge the gap between hip-hop and electronic music, and in case there were any doubters that the Brick City lyricist missed a step, they will be once again proven wrong. In “Lights Out”, Redman opens the record by viciously throwing down bar after bar, accompanied by an anthemic melodic trap production by rising bass producer, Jayceeoh.
OVER SANDS NEW SINGLE
London based brothers Over Sands have announced their upcoming sophomore EP Roman Rooms. This follows their debut self-titled EP released at the end of 2015 via tastemaker Los Angeles label B3SCI, which saw positive reviews from critics including Clash, Indie Shuffle, Shortlist, and The Line of Best Fit.
Roman Rooms was written and recorded at Over Sands’ East London studio (far removed from the beach house where their debut was conceived).
ARMAN CEKIN RELEASES SMOOTH SUMMER JAM “CALIFORNIA DREAMING”
Synonymous with killer melodies and riveting atmospheres, in two years’ time, Arman Cekin’s story might seem like some kind of fairytale. Growing into one of the most musically prolific artists to storm onto the Electronic Music scene in the past decade, the young Dutchman has racked up a grand total of 60 million plays, with remixes of Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Rihanna’s “Work,” Rae Sremmurd’s “This Could Be Us,” along with a load of other prominent originals and renditions. Fans weren’t the only ones that noticed Cekin’s prowess. After quickly being acknowledged by acclaimed tastemaker and music brand Trap Nation for his remarkable take on electronic music, Arman caught the eye of Armada Music and decided to join the ranks of the Dutch record company. And now, with a mint batch of breathtaking compositions ready for action and a fresh partnership with Spin Artist Agency, he is now ready for U.S. dance floor domination under the newly-launched Trap Nation label. This strong partnership with the international YouTube promotional channel will enable Cekin to achieve new heights. Providing a platform for up and coming artists, Trap Nation’s focus is to influence the future of the music industry.
SUSTO’S NEW VIDEO “CHILLIN’
“Chillin’ On The Beach With My Best Friend Jesus Christ,” the new video from Charleston-based SUSTO premieres on Nerdist, who say, “It’s a catchy folk tune that functions as both bible camp parody and beachfront anthem. Regardless of whether you’re a believer, non-believer, or something in between, it’s tough to argue [the track] isn’t a ton of fun.”
ARTEFACT NEW SINGLE
Whilst also possessing the intensely detailed post pop arrangements of their previous singles, ‘Remember To Bleed’ presents its own distinct sonic world, where Jim Flanagan’s spectral voice is finally granted the time, space and central position it has always demanded. The rest of the arrangement somehow manages to combine cutting edge, Dan Lopatin like digital textures and atmospheres with new wave funk sensibilities.
And it’s fascinating stuff lyrically. Flanagan has suggested the track alludes to the ‘inevitable moment in live when you stop trying to please everyone,’ referring to the ‘great power’ that comes from realising and accepting some, perhaps many people simply won’t like you.’ And yet, you would be hard pressed to find someone who could listen to the superb “Remember to Bleed,” and feel anything but pleasure.
FEUDS RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘RIVER OF WINE’
The ‘River Of Wine’ clip is a whirlwind collage. It’s a patchwork spin on the traditional music video; made up of old cartoons, advertisements, documentaries and military footage in the public domain. Featuring imagery from each stage of life’s development and iterations; it traverses cell formation, to birds, to mountains and a symbolic blossoming yellow flower. In spite of the explosions and bombs causing devastation, the clip stresses the connectedness between man and nature. The yellow flower highlights the potential for good and bad that lies dormant until it blooms into fruition.
AVERS PREMIERE GROOVY, INTIMATE “INSECTS” VIA THE WILD HONEY PIE
With four songwriters, four singers, and 11 tracks of guitar-saturated rock & roll, Avers’ second album, Omega/Whatever, is proof that there’s strength in numbers. The record shines new light on a band that made its first splash with 2014’s Empty Light. Avers supported that debut release by leaving their hometown of Richmond, VA, and crisscrossing the country on tour, opening for bands like Foo Fighters and J. Roddy Walston along the way. They made a national splash during the 2015 SXSW Festival, too, with everyone from Esquire Magazine to The Daily Beast listing them as one of the week’s breakout bands.
BOB MOSES ANNOUNCE “DAYS GONE BY (NEVER ENOUGH EDITION)” TO BE RELEASED WORLDWIDE
Bob Moses – the Vancouver-bred, New York City-residing dance/rock act comprised of Jimmy Vallance and Tom Howie – have announced a 2016 edition of their debut album “Days Gone By,” set for a release on August 19th. On the impressive “Days Gone By (Never Enough Edition)”, the duo weave a rich spectrum of sensation over the course of ten album tracks. The album also comes with two vinyl bonus tracks, an acoustic version of “Before I Fall”, 3 live album track versions and an impressive selection of remixes from some of dance music’s biggest names, including A-Trak, Joris Voorn, RAC and Tale Of Us. The band have also launched “Days Gone By – A Bob Moses Story”, a charmingly insightful mini-documentary filmed in and around their recent trip to Southern California and Mexico.
UNITED INK FLIGHT 816 TATTOO & ARTS FESTIVAL 2016
Coming this August from Friday, August 26th through Sunday, August 28th tattoo, piercing, and art enthusiasts of all ages can join World Famous Tattoo Ink in welcoming the United Ink Flight 816 Tattoo & Arts Festival to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530! With tons of international artists from all over the globe along with live art showcases, the family friendly expo allows for adults and children of all ages to learn and become more educated about not only tattoo culture, but various forms of art and their impact worldwide! GET TATTOOED and experience an event like no other with Emcee Joey Tattoo of Tattoo Rescue, Tattoo Contest Host Yallzee and more!
MY SILENT BRAVERY UNVEILS NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO FOR “DRUNK OFF THE SUN”
My Silent Bravery, a.k.a., the one-man musical powerhouse Matt Wade, sets official premiere of the “Drunk Off the Sun” video via AXS.com on June 30, just as the height of the summer season gets underway. This is the first single and video from the artist’s upcoming release, Breakthrough, which is slated for a fall 2016 release on the independent label, MWS Records.
“OXYGEN PART II”
Premiered on Confront Magazine, the track is “a combination of soul, hip-hop and r&b, “Oxygen Part II” is another successful partnership between Chloe K Jones and DK.” Oxygen Part II began life with Halifax based producer DK sending Chloe K-Jones this beat that had a classic old school vibe. She wrote the distinctive, longing chorus melody and, feeling that it needed some grit in the verses, got singer Andrew Cameron and rapper Galen Hogg from Tiny Danza involved. They brought their own fervent hip-hop/soul flavour to the track. Chloe says, “The song is about needing someone like you need oxygen to breathe. It becomes an obsession.”
INTER ARMA ALBUM STREAM
Inter Arma have just shared a full album stream of their magnum opus Paradise Gallows via NPR Music. On the new album the Richmond, VA quintet assert their position as one of the most forward-looking acts in heavy music across an epic 70 minutes of music that straddles the chasm between bracing intensity and consciousness-expanding psychedelia. Check it out here:
CRUZ ROCK NEW VIDEO
Cruz Rock Iyatola (born Frankie Alberto Garcia) is a Dancehall/ Reggae/ Latin Singer and Producer from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Cruz Rock was born on July 4, 1984 on the island of St. Croix, U.S.Virgin Islands, the youngest of 3 children.
His heritage traces back to Trinidad & Tobago as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico and Viequez. Born to a Trinidadian mother and a Puerto Rican father he is a mixture of two very influential cultures.
The new one-take video features charming choreography and was directed by Toronto’s David Bedford.
OPRAH WINFREY TO APPEAR AT TIME INC.’S 2016 ESSENCE FESTIVAL IN NEW ORLEANS
Organizers of Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) ESSENCE Festival today announced that world renowned television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey will appear at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, presented by Coca-Cola, on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 4:00pm at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
This will be the first time in the event’s 21-year history that Winfrey will appear at the ESSENCE Festival. Winfrey joins speakers Bishop T.D. Jakes, Ava DuVernay, Rev. Al Sharpton, Misty Copeland and Tyra Banks, as well as performers Mariah Carey, Kendrick Lamar, Maxwell, Puff Daddy and The Family and many more at the annual event – recognized as the nation’s largest gathering of African-American women.
“PLAY FOR YOU” ZEPS & COUNT BLUNTAS
ZEPS, an MC from Brooklyn with roots in Puerto Rico collaborated with Count Bluntas to bring you “#TheMOTTZ”, an album with the smokey sound of South Brooklyn Boom Bap.
The visual “Play For You” off the album is a fun and raw love song about playing on your favorite girls team. Starring in the video is dancer Hulda from Norway, alongside featured MCs Frankie Fingaz & Westbay, over music by Count Bluntas.
3TEETH LAUNCHES NEW TRACK “DEGRADE” ON BILLBOARD.COM
L.A. industrial metal outfit 3Teeth has teamed up with Billboard to launch the band’s new single “Degrade” at:
WOLFMOTHER TAPPED TO SUPPORT GUNS N’ ROSES ON ‘NOT IN THIS LIFETIME’ TOUR DATES
On the heels of their own headlining tour, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band WOLFMOTHER have been selected as one of the chosen few to open for Guns N’ Roses on their historic North American ‘Not In This Lifetime’ stadium tour this Summer. WOLFMOTHER joins an elite list of openers including Alice In Chains, Lenny Kravitz, The Cult, Chris Stapleton for the critically acclaimed tour.
WOLFMOTHER have also added additional headlining dates, an extension of their highly lauded headlining Gypsy Caravan Tour that began in February in North America before heading overseas. The band returns to the U.S. in support of their 4th album, VICTORIOUS (UMe) which can be heard via Spotify.
MAT RIVIERE NEW VIDEO
Since 2009 Mat Riviere has released 2 albums of self produced, alternative pop music and performed live across the UK and Europe. And he has now debuted his new EP Terrible Trouble and a music video for the track “San Pell” on renowned music blog The Quietus.
MOZES AND THE FIRSTBORN SHARE DARK, COMPELLING “ALL WILL FALL TO WASTE” VIA GOLD FLAKE PAINT
Mozes and the Firstborn are to release their second record Great Pile of Nothing on Burger Records. The Dutch four-piece came out with their debut album on Burger Records two years ago. After that they toured extensively through Europe and the United States. Since its foundation in 2010, Mozes and the Firstborn has played almost 500 shows.
JAD & DAVID FAIR NEW SINGLE
Jad & David Fair — the brothers who teamed up in 1974 to form Half Japanese — have announced a new LP, Shake, Cackle And Squall, out August 5th via Joyful Noise Recordings. It’s currently available for pre-order, and you can stream album opener “In-between Alive And Dead” where it premiered with BrooklynVegan.
EDWARD SHARPE NEW VIDEO
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros share their incredible video for “Wake Up The Sun” today. The video, directed by award winning acclaimed cinematographer Noaz Deshe was filmed just outside Chisanau, the capital of the eastern European country Moldova. Deshe explains in an interview in Nowness, “you find time stands still [in Moldova]-communism and religion are still the backdrop of an identity not yet conquered by the east or the west. It seems like any minute chain stores will spring up, but for now it is undefined by the powers that be. I was struck by the beauty of an identity not yet overtaken by what has become all-too familiar-the song struck that chord with me.”
THE RECORD COMPANY READY TO FLY ON “OFF THE GROUND TOUR”
Concord/CMG recording group The Record Company has announced plans for a truly epic US headline tour. The “Off The Ground Tour” – which marks the Los Angeles-based rock-and-soul trio’s biggest headline trek to date – goes wheels up on September 25 at Seattle, WA’s famed Tractor Tavern and then travels through mid-November.
NEW BOOK, ‘GERMAN METAL MACHINE: SCORPIONS IN THE ’70s,’ TELLS THE STORY OF INFLUENTIAL ERA OF THE BAND
Few rock bands were as successful as the Scorpions by the mid ’80s – headlining arenas/stadiums worldwide, scoring two mega-selling albums (the platinum-certified ‘Blackout’ and the triple-platinum certified ‘Love at First Sting’) and two hit singles/videos (“No One Like You” and “Rock You Like a Hurricane”). But what quite a few newcomers to the band didn’t realize was that the Scorpions had been regularly recording music since 1972, and that throughout the remainder of the decade, featured two guitarists (Michael Schenker and Uli Jon Roth) at separate points that are considered legendary amongst the heavy metal masses. And while such albums as ‘Lonesome Crow,’ ‘Fly to the Rainbow,’ ‘In Trance,’ ‘Virgin Killer,’ ‘Taken by Force,’ ‘Tokyo Tapes,’ and ‘Lovedrive’ did not come close to obtaining the commercial success of the aforementioned ’80s era efforts, they inspired and influenced countless renowned musicians.
NYC UNDERGROUND MAVEN GETOVERHER PREMIERES R&B A/V EXPERIENCE ON VASHTIE.COM
New York City’s real recognize real. Such is the case with Jason Scott, now known for R&B and hip-hop offerings as GETOVERHER, recently tapped Vashtie (Downtown’s Sweetheart) to unveil his new song and video titled, “Bad Timing.”
“The mesmerizing visual,” according to Vashtie.com, takes a deeper dive into the GETOVERHER’s narrative of love. “I can’t commit. Will you be patient? My arms in twist. I must resist. Since my conscious chimes in. It’s just bad timing,” he professed.
PUNKNEWS.ORG PREMIER VIDEO “HOW TO LOSE YOUR COOL” BY WE WERE SHARKS
We Were Sharks stated “We made this video with little time and zero budget. Originally, Randy was suppose to be running away from dinosaurs and oversized robots. But, in the end, we really couldn’t afford the CGI. It’s also an inspirational video to get out and start getting your body beach ready for the summer #loveyourself. But, in all seriousness, it depicts the simple idea that, in life, we sometimes have to pull ourselves out of a rut and press forward, even when the road is long.”