After announcing her departure from White Empress less than two months ago, Mary Zimmer has been busy with Erik Tyler in a new band called Santa Marta and the pair have already released three songs with more to come.
When asked about the new band it became apparent that Erik has had a vision for this for a while now and as soon as Mary became available, he knew he had someone with the vocal prowess to see this through.
The band released three singles in the last month alone “Violated” “Drowning In Fire” and the latest “Cersei” all of them available at your favorite digital retailers, Spotify and Youtube as well.
Following the success of ‘Life Itself,’ Glass Animals announce hypnotic new song and video ‘Youth’ from their hotly anticipated sophomore album How To Be A Human Being. The album will bereleased August 26th via Harvest Records and is available for pre-order now. NPR has featured “Youth” as one of their “Songs We Love,” declaring “it blends perky, high-pitched synths with rich R&B drums.”
Christy Artiste “Snob”
Christy Artiste is a Milwaukee, Wisconsin native. She is a multifaceted artist, hence the name “Artiste” as she raps, sings, dances, designs, and she also creatively directs her material. Artiste provides her fans with a mixture of upbeat and laid back vibes with her songs. Artiste began her artistic endeavors at the young age of 4, attending Elm Creative Arts in Milwaukee. She has a unique, yet nostalgic 90’s aesthetic of style. Her retro style is evident in her most recent single titled “Snob.” Her single released September 2015 called “Grape Juice”, along with “Snob”, is apart of her new upcoming EP titled M.T.T.M (Menace to the Man). Her witty wordplay and lyrical creativity makes way for a fresh new addition to the music industry, and a staple for the new generation of music.
Kid Runner “Give Me Something To Love”
Dynamic Synth-pop crusaders Kid Runner share the video for “Give Me Something To Love” today via YouTube. The video echoes the joyous hooks throughout this single animated by Marco Cardenas and directed/edited by Kid Runner’s Kurt Keaner! If you’re still wondering what Kid Runner sound like think Foster The People meets Passion Pit, but Foster still has a thing for CHVRCHES and Phoenix…it’s complicated.
KATALEPSY: Russian Death Metal Sect Unleashes “To The Lords Of Nihil” Play-Through Video
Today, Moscow-based death metal sect KATALEPSY unveils the new play-through video for “To The Lords Of Nihil.” The tune comes by way of the band’s mauling Gravenous Hour full-length, released in May via Unique Leader Records.
MTV will unveil the nominees for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” via a Facebook Live broadcast from New York City with a simulcast across more than nine partners including the nominated artists, press outlets, and brands, such as Billboard, Elite Daily, Entertainment Weekly, Hugo Gloss, Mail Online, People, Refinery29, The Sun, Us Weekly and Getty. The stream will feature well-known street artists BD White, John Paul Ogrodnick (JPO), Damien Mitchell, Marc Evan, Resa, BKFoxx, Queen Andrea, Hektad, Giz, Such and Poem One, as they unveil a sweeping and panoramic mural depicting the five nominees for “Video of the Year.” Following the mural reveal, MTV hosts will announce the nominees vying for the coveted MTV Moonman.
Willy releases a very powerful and thought provoking song called “Downtown Dallas”. On “Downtown Dallas”, Willy joins the forefront of the ‘Black Lives Matter” struggle in the wake of the Philando Castile tragedy and the aftermath that played out on his downtown Dallas streets. He talks about the temperature of the people from the point of view of a young black man who is tired of being down. “Downtown Dallas” is Willy’s call for positive action!!!
Swedish rockers SUICIDE BY TIGERS to release their self-titled debut album as CD, Vinyl and digital on September 2, 2016 via Smilodon Records/Sound Pollution. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Berno Paulsson (The Haunted, Amon Amarth, Spiritual Beggars) at Berno Studio, Malmö. The video for the song ‘Vicious Malicious’ can be viewed here.
Antillectual Release “I Wrote This Song” Music Video
Antillectual have released a music video for “I Wrote This Song,” which can be seen now via YouTube after yesterday’s premiere on BlankTV. The track is the second single from the band’s new album Engage!, which is being released worldwide on July 29th through Bird Attack Records (US), Redfield Records (Europe), Waterslide Records (Asia) and Fusa Records (South America).
G-Eazy teamed up with Tory Lanez to perform his hit “Drifting” on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He also joined Jimmy, Dennis Leary, and Shae Mitchell for a hysterical game of “Catchphrase”. Check out the stellar performance and game below.
Massive Attack have today updated their ‘Fantom’ app with two new pieces of music: ‘Come Near Me’ and ‘The Spoils’.
Developed by a team including Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja and launched in January 2016, ‘Fantom’ is a sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs uniquely using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat and the integral moving image camera.
In addition to a constantly evolving listening experience, ‘Fantom’ also allows users to create and record unique audio-visual clips, which can be shared and saved and easily shared via socials.
‘Fantom’ is available for free via the iTunes App Store.
Today, Electric Piquete, two-time Miami New Times “Best Latin Band” award winners, released a new single called “Cut Me Loose”. It features the vocals of South Florida-based Maco Monthervil, one-half of the disbanded garage / soul duo The Lovers Key, and is now streaming on Spotify and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com. The song is part of the band’s new “Singles Collection” release, which complies the six tracks issued individually during the last five years.
“Death by Audio was a critical place for the development of our band. Before we had any notoriety whatsoever, [Death By Audio] took us seriously as artists, introduced us to a broader music community, and gave us a home in New York City. That was a hard thing for us to find as a band from a small city without any big connections or financial backing, and we’ll be forever appreciative to the space and the people in it.”- Downtown Boys
Liverpool 3-piece Shallows have returned from 12 months hidden away working on new material to release the imperious ‘Pale’ and ‘House of Love’ as a limited edition, double A-side vinyl release this July.
It’s a stunning debut from the band, with both tracks delivering an infectious, summer melody, soaked in classic influences, and leaving us craving more. Recorded with Dave Sanderson (65 Days of Static), the new single marks the start of a series of releases from the band following them signing up with Key Music Management (Pixies, Mew, Fratellis), and the future is already looking bright for the trio.
Shampoo is a three-piece band from Atlanta that plays a misty-eyed, blissful update of c81 indie and top 40 new wave. Their new album, Terrible Heat, is as emotionally wrought and pleasure-center direct as a soap opera, and draws influence from anime theme songs, new jack swing, deep psych, and lots of Madonna. It was recorded, re-recorded, and fine-tuned throughout 2015, and will be released August 17 on Bear Kids Recordings.
Field Mouse has unveiled a third single from their sophomore album, Episodic, out August 5th via Topshelf Records. “The Order Of Things” hushed guitar sway recalls It’s a Shame about Ray era Lemonheads. Earlier singles, “Out Of Context” (featuring Allison Crutchfield of Swearin’ and Waxahatchee) and album opener, “The Mirror” are perfect examples of Field Mouse’s guitar-pop prowess.
Grammy Award winner singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton has earned the #1 spot this week on the Urban Adult Contemporary Radio Chart with his hit single “Amen” after 25 weeks on the move. This marks Hamilton’s third time topping the chart, having “Pray For Me” and “Can’t Let Go” reach #1 as well.
The single is off Hamilton’s fifth studio album What I’m Feelin’, which was released this spring via RCA Records. With diverse tracks produced by Mark Batson, Salaam Remi and James Poyser, the album entered at #2 on both Billboard’s R&B Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
OH, JEREMIAH “HAPPY NOW”
Oh, Jeremiah is the singer/songwriter duo made up of Jeremiah Stricklin and his wife Erin. Started in south Mississippi, the couple draws its inspiration from the storytelling nature of their home state, echoing the likes of Paul Simon and Bob Dylan. Oh, Jeremiah is known for its harmonies in the style of the Civil Wars and their peculiar onstage banter . Their latest EP, Our Very Own Kingdom was released independently and broke the top 20 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and carried them from coast to coast. Their debut album will be released on August 19th, 2016.
Willie Nelson & Blackbird Presents are proud to announce the first ever Outlaw Music Festival taking place Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Montage Mountain, Scranton, PA. This year’s festival will feature performances by Willie Nelson & Family, Neil Young + Promise of the Real, Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Lee Ann Womack, and Brothers Osborne. Additional performers and special events will be announced in the coming weeks.
Willie Nelson & Blackbird Presents are thrilled to bring the Outlaw Music Festivals’ top tier talent to The Pavilion at Montage Mountain. The picturesque setting and wide variety of festival attractions (including local cuisine, beer, and crafts by local artisans) will provide music fans in the region with an unforgettable festival experience.
Grammy Award-winning and multiplatinum selling singer-songwriter, Colbie Caillat, has released “Goldmine” the first single off her upcoming album The Malibu Sessions today. Stream it on Billboard here.
OFFICIAL REMIX OF ‘SET ON FIRE’
After wrapping up 40 days on the road, MAGIC GIANT is happy to announce they’ve joined the New York-based Washington Square family. Of the decision, the band states, “We are super excited to take it to the next level with Washington Square. We think the world of Cliff [Chenfeld] and believe he and the rest of the label are the perfect complement to our already fantastic team. Thanks to our fans for getting us to this point. This is just the beginning!” Cliff Chenfeld is equally enthusiastic, saying “We couldn’t be more excited to sign Magic Giant. They are incredible musicians and songwriters who bring a very welcome joy and passion to both their recordings and live performances. We are eager to partner with them to get their music out to a very broad audience.”
The band is also excited to share Cloudchord’s official remix of their hit single ‘Set On Fire.’ Cloudchord states “The first time I heard “Set on Fire” I had the instinct that I could hit it out of the park, because the original was a goldmine of musicality. ”
Owen will release his latest LP The King of Whys on Polyvinyl Records this Friday, July 29th. The solo project of celebrated musician and American Football frontman Mike Kinsella, Owen’s new record was produced by S. Carey in Eau Claire, WI and has already garnered early attention from the likes of Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and NPR Music, who noted that “the lush and lively The King Of Whys feels different and familiar at once,” with Kinsella exhibiting a “renewed sense of purpose.”
Judah & the Lion, the folk-rap-rock band from Nashville whose latest album is titled “Folk Hop N’ Roll,” recently played Bonnaroo. Here’s what mandolinist Brian Macdonald had to say about the experience: “As far as Bonnaroo goes, if having fun was illegal, then we would for sure be serving a life sentence, along with everyone who was at the stage with us.”
Nu Metal band SHEEVAA has released the first single, “Depression,” off of their upcoming debut EP, The Five Stages of Grief. With the single premiered on Revolver, The Five Stages of Grief will be available on 9/16/2016.
fter one week of being available, Miranda Lambert’s new song “Vice” sits atop the Billboard Digital Country Songs chart with 65,000 songs sold; with only three and a half days of being available for purchase before the sales chart closed on Thursday, July 21.
The new song from the Texas singer/songwriter premiered at Country Radio one week ago (July 18) and yesterday as the Airplay charts closed “Vice” stood as the most added song at Country Radio touting a tally of 109 first week monitored reporting stations spinning the song that NPR describes as being a “sophisticated sucker punch” and USA Today says is “masterfully done”
Head Wound City – the supergroup with members from The Locust, The Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs – has released their new video for “Born to Burn”. The track comes from the band’s acclaimed new album ‘A New Wave of Violence,’ which Pitchfork describes as “a set of skilled players tearing through 25 minutes of music with relentless energy” and adds, “If you’re looking for a hardcore record that fires on all cylinders, you won’t be disappointed.” ‘A New Wave of Violence’ is available now via Vice Records (OFF!, Action Bronson, Black Lips).
Filmed over the course of a single day, there was a talented cast of folks behind the scenes of the video as well: it was directed by the talented duo Ben/Dave, the cinematographer was Munn Powell (aka the Director of Photography from Napoleon Dynamite), and the hair/makeup team was headed up by Meredith Johns, a talented special effects makeup artist who works with Robert Rodriguez.
24-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Woodson Black aka Haux recently released his critically acclaimed debut EP All We’ve Known via Akira Records. Fusing dream folk with lush electronic textures, the five track collection is highlighted by singles “Seaside”, “Caves”, and “Homegrown” which collectively garnered over four million streams upon their release. Written and recorded between his home studio in the Berkshires and small flat in London, Black crafts a sonic landscape with intense emotional and musical craft.
It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.
Four great bands, two great labels and two continents meet on this stellar mini-LP. Frequent collaborators Slumberland Records and Fortuna POP! team up to bring you ‘Continental Drift,’ a smashing eight song sampler of some of the finest pop out there in 2016.
Philadelphia’s Mercury Girls are one of the most talked-about new bands in ages. Featuring members of Literature, Little Big League and Pet Milk, Mercury Girls have a gorgeous, layered sound that combines post-punk dynamics with soaring/jangling guitars, fantastic melodies and expertly-arranged tunes. Their recent single “Ariana” turned a lot of heads, and their two contributions contained herein should make us all quite excited for their in-progress debut album. Listen to an advance stream of their latest single “Holly,” streaming over at The Fader.
When two of the Netherlands’ biggest dance music names combine, you know you’re in for trouble. Pooling their many years of collective experience, Sander Van Doorn and Chocolate Puma clash heads on the thumping new dancefloor bomb “Raise Your Hands Up” this month. What on paper may seem like an unusual collaboration—Sander Van Doorn known for his tough-edged sounds that border tech, trance and electro and Chocolate Puma with their chunky house stylings—actually makes for riveting results.
Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Major Lazer, and Metallica will headline the 2016 Global Citizen Festival, the annual free-ticketed event on the Great Lawn in Central Park in New York City on Saturday, September 24, 2016. The Festival will harness actions from millions of Global Citizens around the world to hold world leaders accountable to the progress made toward achieving the Global Goals set out by the United Nations last year.
Special guest performances will be given by Usher, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, Ellie Goulding, Yandel, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens.
Hosts for this year’s Festival will include Chelsea Handler, Deborra-lee & Hugh Jackman, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek Pinault, and Seth Meyers.
Over the past five years, the Festival has served as a convening moment where tens of thousands of Global Citizens have come together to celebrate the commitments their campaigning efforts have helped achieve. Since 2012, more than six million actions from Global Citizens have led world leaders to enact policy changes and commit significant resources to issues of girls and women’s equality, education, health, water and sanitation, environment, finance and innovation, and food and hunger. These financial and policy commitments and announcements are set to affect the lives of up to 656 million people.
MUNA stated about the video, “This video was a very collaborative process between us and the director, Zaiba Jabbar. We wanted to portray ourselves and our friends as empowered anti-heroines who reclaim a space to explore and be free. As one of the few self-produced girl bands signed to a major, we have learned to be as self-assured as we are self-sufficient—and we’ve learned to thrive on that. Breaking into a building and claiming it as our own is kind of a metaphor for that experience. Though the song deals with using one’s voice to recover from different forms of abuse, we were interested in filling this video with triumphant imagery rather than imagery of subjugation. It was also important for us to include people in the video who have found their own mediums for self-expression in spite of a multiplicity of silencing forces. Anaka, Pierre, Phoenix, Jasmine, Arin, Sarah, and Ashlen are writers, photographers, designers, poets, musicians, and general creatives that inspire us and our music, so it felt right to pay homage to that in the video. Having a community filled with people we can be open with without shame has allowed us to grow into the band we are today.”
From down the end of Los Angeles, the barebones gravepunk duo Band Aparte strips down and combines elements of gothic rock, synthpunk, and beachy lo-fi as macabre appreciation simmers in the gut of the city. Vocalist Brian Mendoza effortlessly channels Joy Division and Nick Cave, crooning into a death bouquet with his shirt unbuttoned. But he’s not doing it to imitate Morrissey’s aesthetic — Band Aparte’s shows are fast and fierce, and the crowd works up a sweat at every venue they play.
With The Veil Of Control, DYSRHYTHMIA’s Kevin Hufnagel, Colin Marston, and Jeff Eber have once again created a new expression within their boundary-pushing repertoire. Once again conceived and executed within the confines of Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, in Queens, recorded, mixed and mastered by Marston, with artwork by Marston and Hufnagel, The Veil Of Control delivers six intense but seamless and expansive new works totaling nearly thirty-six minutes of instrumental technical metal perfection. The album sees Hufnagel solely using a twelve-string guitar on the LP, a facet that will go unparalleled within the niche genre of “instrumental progressive music”, demonstrating again the band’s importance within the scene.
Los Angeles-based indie-pop band Beginners will release their brand new “white-hot scorcher” (Neon Gold) sophomore EP Pleaser on September 16th. A formidable follow-up to their 2014 self-titled debut which garnered over 4 million Spotify streams, numerous TV syncs, and tour dates with artists such as Walk The Moon and Tove Lo, Pleaser features catchy dance melodies with a rock ‘n roll vigor and clever lyrics ranging from feel good to biting. Today, Interview Magazine premiered their new single for underdog anthem “What We Are” as their Track of the Week calling it “sun-soaked indie pop.”
Indie rock band The Kickback have kicked it up a notch with “Fanger”, their new, hyper-imaginative stop-motion claymation video, which premiered exclusively with Consequence of Sound. After sharing the stage with Miracle Legion at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall this past weekend, the band announces another run of U.S. tour dates in support of Sorry All Over the Place, its critically acclaimed debut LP produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno
MTV today announced nominations for the 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards,” with Beyoncé earning a career-best eleven nominations for videos from her cultural watershed visual album “Lemonade” and Adele earning eight nominations, including seven for her YouTube record-shattering video “Hello.” “Hello,” Beyoncé’s “Formation,” Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” Justin Bieber’s “Sorry” and Kanye West’s “Famous” all earned nominations for “Video of the Year.” The 2016 “MTV Video Music Awards” will air LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden for the first time ever on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
To echo a year in which the world’s biggest artists pushed music videos to new heights of artistry, MTV unveiled the “Video of the Year” nominees in a sweeping and panoramic mural created by world-renowned visual artists BD White, John Paul Ogrodnick (JPO), Damien Mitchell, Marc Evan, Resa, BKFoxx, Queen Andrea, Hektad, Giz, Such and Poem One at the First Street Green Art Park in New York’s East Village. The reveal of the mural was broadcast during a Facebook Live event hosted by MTV News Correspondents Meredith Graves and Gaby Wilson via MTV and a coalition of more than 15 partners including press outlets and brands.
Today, Noisey is excited to release a brand-new episode of Noisey Raps featuring rap pioneer Yung Lean. In the video, Noisey joins Yung Lean in Los Angeles and his fellow sad boys: Bladee, Thaiboy Digital, Karman, Ecco2k, Yung Sherman and Yung Gud. The episode finds Yung Lean talking about getting off drugs, singing along to Blink 182, and prepping for the release of his new LP, Warlord.
Conceptual beat-maker Nick Klein returns with The Lonesome Dealer 12” for Alter.
Four disparate, industrial-tinged tracks that demonstrate a rough-hewn synthesis of noise and techno, The Lonesome Dealer is born from a geographically transient point in Klein’s life spent between Miami and NYC. Despite this, Klein has turned personal disruption around to make his most focussed statement yet as an artist. From the hypnotic “Caberet Voltaire gone Reggaeton” patter of ‘Chats With Lucy’ – with its bruised drum machine rhythms and a jabbering refrain that embodies the track’s title – to the crawling computer acid of ‘Christian Rock Concert’, Klein teases out melodies from beneath layers of muddied beats on a record that is as pacifying as it is jarring. Dark and wavy club music for the heads, if you like.
Self Defense Family’s new MLP, Colicky, will be released September 9th, 2016 on Brooklyn label Iron Pier. A dark, roiling post-punk gem written during a time of personal turmoil, Colicky is the group’s most jagged, unflinching look yet at the disintegration of intimacy and love. The result is a tight and eclectic mini-LP that ranges from cerebrality and coolness to measured chaos.
From Broadway With Love: A Benefit Concert for Orlando brought together some of Broadway’s biggest stars last night to support the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida, Hope and Help Center and Zebra Coalition. The benefit concert, which sold out within two hours of tickets going on-sale, took place at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
The star-studded line-up included Darren Criss (Emmy-nominee, Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Glee), Chita Rivera (two-time Tony Award winner), Norbert Leo Butz (two-time Tony Award winner), Kelli O’Hara (Tony Award winner), Jessie Mueller (Tony Award winner, currently in Waitress), Brian Stokes Mitchell (Tony Award Winner, currently in Shuffle Along), Carmen Cusack (Bright Star), Andrea McArdle (original Annie), Lillias White (Tony Award winner), Liz Callaway (Miss Saigon), Josh Henry (Shuffle Along), Keala Settle (Waitress), Anika Larsen (recently seen in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Justin Sargent (Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark), Carrie Manolakos (Mamma Mia!), Lilla Crawford (Disney’s Into the Woods, Annie on Broadway), Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Rent) and Priscilla Lopez (created Morales in A Chorus Line), as well as SiriusXM Broadway hosts Seth Rudetsky and Christine Pedi. Michael J. Moritz, Jr. (Tony Award Nominee) served as Music Director. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied the performers.
The self-titled debut album from mind-melting metallic jazz trio BRAIN TENTACLES is a journey in improvised and structured experimental sound from three venerable scene veterans. Featuring Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Corrections House etc.) on horns, voice, electric piano, and synth, Dave Witte (Discordance Axis, Municipal Waste, Deny The Cross etc.) on drums, and Aaron Dallison (Keelhaul) on bass, voice, and synth, Brain Tentacles sees the three-piece weaving their way through twisted, seizure-inducing compositions that call to mind the insanity of John Zorn’s storied project Naked City and Mike Patton’s most erratic experiments.
Dayton, OH native M Ross Perkins has been taping himself at home for well over a decade. But on his newest self-titled debut effort, he’s truly hit his stride in crafting effortless California psych grooves seasoned with British invasion guitars – and all with an achingly tuneful voice recalling Nilsson & Lennon. Clever lyrics and atmosphere for days.