Chicago rapper Jayaire Woods shares his new track “Nowadays” from his upcoming mixtape FREETHEFALL out August 31 via Quality Control. On the track, he speaks on his unstoppable hustle in the face of adversity, while showcasing his unorthodox hybrid style of rapping and singing that sets him apart from the pack. Check it below and share.
Of the song, Mangan had to say, “‘Race To The Bottom’ is a song in which various types of people have a slice of the story, but nobody has the whole story. It’s about us grasping for a better or simpler time, but it never existed. Either we’re bummed that we missed out on it, or we’re anxious that we’ll miss the moment when it does come. I’ve always been fascinated by nostalgia. I think it’s dangerous. Putting a halo on the past takes you out of the present, and it’s just not realistic. It’s fantasy.”
The initial Gourmet Man Food menu, whiskey selections and daily band lineups have been announced for the first-ever Houston Open Air, to be held Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 at NRG Park in Houston. Texas’s biggest rock experience will feature performances from over 35 bands, including Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains, Deftones, Chevelle, Slayer and many more.
In addition to three stages of top rock bands, Houston Open Air features the celebrated Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Whiskey Row, and a Texas-sized Gourmet Man Food experience, which will highlight Houston’s emergence as a great American food city, and feature the Tacolandia Mexican food village with some of Houston’s top Tex-Mex spots.
FUZZ EVIL “Killing The Sun”
This Fall will see the release of the debut studio full-length from Arizona’s FUZZ EVIL, the band this week unveiling the details on the record including an early track stream, as well as the initial dates for the band’s upcoming West Coast US tour.
Formed in Sierra Vista in 2014, FUZZ EVIL is a riff propelled power trio founded by brothers Wayne and Joseph Rudell, also of heavy desert stoners Powered Wig Machine. With two singles currently to their name – last year’s Born Of Iron and 2014’s 7″ split with fellow Arizonans, Chiefs – this September sees the official release of their self-titled debut on Washington-based label Battleground Records.
24 hours left until UK’s boogie metal troublemakers XII BOAR release their second effort “Beyond The Valley Of The Triclops”, yet the party has already started over at Metal Hammer with a full album premiere!
Described as “a veritable orgy of garage metal and stoner dropkicks that will leave you reaching for the whiskey” by Metal Hammer, the fun-laden metal’n’roll 12-track piece was recorded and produced by Chris Fielding at Skyhammer Studios.
Indianapolis-based singer-songwriter Brett Wiscons is releasing his latest album – The Heineken Sessions Deluxe – on October 28, 2016 via his own label, MAD Diamond Entertainment. Wiscons was born in Chicago and raised in Plymouth, IN on a unique mélange of music ranging from vocal powerhouses Sade and Edwin McCain to rock bands Pearl Jam, the Eagles, and Hootie & the Blowfish. Within these influences, listeners will find his musical marriage – jangly pop, a dash of soul, and moody acoustics – creates a sound all his own.
Mylko shares new track “Contrast” via SPIN
Mexico City-based electronic duo Mylko are set to release their highly-anticipated debut album ‘Contrast’ on September 30.
This week they share album title track Contrast. “Contrast is the first song we wrote as Mylko and our first approach at our sound,” the band explains. “It has an experimental vibe to it and a crazy middle section that remains among our favorite parts of the album. The song is about change and growth and embracing new realities.”
ACES’ dreamy new joint single (w/ Popeska) “Take You Up On That”
“Take You Up on That” was produced by Popeska (the protegé of Wolfgang Gartner), and ACES cut the lush vocals for the song in a hotel room in Medellin, Colombia, in the midst of a month-long trip through Latin America while she was filming a fashion series for The New York Times. This is ACES’ first new output since the initial trilogy of singles that came out last summer, and have since nearly eclipsed 2 million streams on Spotify.
Following 9 months of touring in support of the critically acclaimed album, “High Country”, The Sword returned to the studio to experiment with a stripped down acoustic presentation of the “High Country” songs. The result, produced by bassist Bryan Richie and mixed by J. Robbins, is “Low Country” which will see a worldwide release on September 23rd. The album features cover art by Richey Beckett. “High Country” debuted at #14 upon release in August 2015. The band hit the road immediately following the release doing an extensive tour of Europe and the UK, followed by two full American/Canadian tours and a tour of Australia.
Today, Slothrust debut their video for “Horseshoe Crab,” the lead single off their third LP, via Noisey.
With their long-awaited third album Everyone Else, Slothrust deliver ten riveting anthems that reward repeated listens. The songs grab the ear and pierce the psyche with complex arrangements and lyrical depth intensified by guitarist/vocalist Leah Wellbaum’s penetrating vocal delivery.
Real, the highly anticipated new album from Lydia Loveless—out August 19 on Bloodshot Records—is exclusively streaming now via NPR First Listen. Of the album NPR Music says, “By finessing her musical ideas and illustrating how she processes prickly emotions, she’s created a rich alternate reality.”
The “MTV Video Music Awards” will bestow Rihanna with its highest honor, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award,” for her decade-long impact on music, pop culture, fashion, film and philanthropy. Rihanna will perform during the ceremony LIVE from New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden on Sunday, August 28 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
Two-time VMA “Video of the Year” winner and the youngest solo artist to score 14 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100—the fastest to do so, Rihanna’s unparalleled output of hits have spawned some of today’s most memorable music videos from “Umbrella” to “We Found Love,” “Diamonds” and her most recent collaboration with Drake on “Work.” To download a photo of Rihanna, click here.
New York based independent music company Vel Records today announced that it has signed a publishing deal with singer, songwriter, and producer Andrea Martin. One of the most sought after songwriters today, Martin’s massive body of work speaks for itself. Having penned timeless No. 1 hit songs for artists like Monica (“Before You Walk Out of My Life”), SWV (“You’re the One”), En Vogue (“Don’t Let Go (Love)”), Leona Lewis (“Better In Time”), and Melanie Fiona (“It Kills Me”), Martin has proven herself not just a formidable songwriter, but also an architect of modern pop and R&B.
Charlie Daniels has never fit into any certain label, purposely creating a sound and blend of music all his own. The new album, Night Hawk, stays true to that tradition with Daniels putting a unique spin on cowboy songs both well known and uncovered from through the years.
Forth Wanderers are five friends from Montclair, New Jersey. Together they make some of the most powerfully intimate and emotive indie-rock music you’re likely to hear. Comprised of singer Ava Trilling, guitarists Ben Guterl and Duke Greene, bassist Noah Schifrin and drummer Zach Lorelli, despite all being under the age of 21, the group have been prolifically forging musical creations from the bedrooms of their Garden State township since 2013.
“At the time of writing this, I was in a relationship with someone who wasn’t being open with me about the struggles they were going through. I desperately tried to be a support for this person but they wouldn’t let me in.Basically the song is a commentary on the distance created when there’s a breakdown in communication.” – Vacay
After four years of building a fan base through social media, the Nashville duo Truitt is making it official: They’re a pop band with something to say – and two voices to say it.
EDENSONG: Laser’s Edge Issues Details And Trailer
Laser’s Edge has released expansive details for the incoming second studio album by New York City-based progressive quintet EDENSONG, issuing the album’s cover art, track listing, and an extensive video trailer featuring clips of music from throughout the album.
NPR Music’s ‘First Listen’ premiered a full stream of Slow Club’s new album One Day All Of This Won’t Matter Anymore this morning, writing, “One Day is rich and nuanced, showing how Slow Club’s sonic sensibility is elastic enough to fold in an array of styles.”
Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, is set to independently release his 7th album, Midwest Side Stories, on September 30, 2016. Midwest Side Stories is about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories, the destruction of our environment, and still being around to sing about it. The new release contains ten tracks all of which were written by Diekhoff (pronounced dee-cough), with the exception of the John Hartford classic “I’m Still Here.”
Folk hero Todd Snider says, “I love Chicago Farmer’s singing and playing and songs, but it’s the intention behind the whole of his work that moves me to consider him the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He knows the shell game that goes on under folk music… which is sacred to me. Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you’ll love him.”
Truecaller officially announce the launch of Swedish icons Axwell Λ Ingrosso’s exclusive ringtone on the Truecaller app. Facilitated by At Night Management, this is a first-of-a-kind partnership in the Truecaller app where users can set a default ringtone for receiving calls with their Live Caller ID.
In addition to the ringtone, Truecaller will also give users access to a number of exclusive giveaways not limited to tickets, merch and meet & greets and more. In order to enter, users will simply have to call regional numbers via Truecaller dialer on their Android or iPhone devices. While the ringtone is currently only available for Android on version 7.40 and up, users of all other smartphones are able to enter the competition.
Keaton Henson has premiered new track ‘The Pugilist’ on FADER, which is taken from his forthcoming, third official studio album ‘Kindly Now’ (released September 16th via Play it Again Sam). Keaton has also confirmed plans for his biggest European headline shows to date, including a show at London’s Palladium on November 18th.
On ‘The Pugilist’, Keaton writes: “I guess ‘The Pugilist’ is an insomnulent song about the relationship between a musician and those that hear his songs. I often wonder what it is that makes me so compulsively make these things and put myself through it. And when trying to explain it, (even to myself) always come to the same image of some hogarthian lunatic rocking back and forth to the tune of “Don’t forget me.”
Watch Grammy® Award Winning sibling trio The Band Perry perform “Comeback Kid” live from the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil HERE.
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Nashville alternative artist MERGES makes her debut with the captivating single, “ATL.” Music discovery platform Hillydilly premiered the track saying, “Emotionally piercing music, when done right, never gets old, and ‘ATL’, the debut from MERGES, represents this very kind of brooding and boisterous sound.” “ATL” is streaming at SoundCloud and will be available at Spotify tomorrow, August 12.
Oscar Jones returns to Blow The Roof Records with ‘Lost EP’
British DJ and production wizkid Oscar Jones is a name hot on everyone’s lips in his native country and it is easy to see why, as he boosts an impressive arsenal of unique House flavours. The Wrexham based DJ and producer is the mastermind behind huge hits such as ‘Room 507’, ‘Alone With You’, ‘Reality’, ‘Break Away’, ‘Autumn Glow’ and ‘Catch’, gaining colossal support from industry tastemakers such as BBC Radio Wales – an impressive feat for any calibre of artist.
Next to be added to Oscar Jones’ vast release catalogue is ‘Lost EP’, which contains the stellar records ‘For The Lost’ and ‘Schadenfreude’. Full of lush pads, mesmerising chord progressions, perfectly crafted arrangements and infectious synths, ‘Lost EP’ has everything you in a Minimal infused Chill Out House record – perfect for those relaxing days by the sunny pool.
Boston progressive folk duo Tall Heights have announced the release of their debut major label LP, Neptune, out August 19 on Sony Music Masterworks. Neptune is the follow up to 2015’s Holding On, Holding Out EP which was met with critical acclaim from outlets like NPR and Wall Street Journal who compared their emotive harmonies and poignant lyrics to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Sigur Ros and Bon Iver. Of particular note is the track “Spirit Cold”, the lead single from the forthcoming release which has quickly reached over 5.6 Million streams on Spotify. This week, Stereogum premiered the lush, winsome follow up single “River Wider”.
Des Moines’ best new alternative rock band, Holy White Hounds, has partnered with streaming giant Vevo to premiere the lyric video for their standout new single “Blind,” from their debut album Sparkle Sparke. Click HERE to watch! “Blind” will impact at Alternative radio on August 23, hot on the heels of their breakthrough hit “Switchblade,” which is currently #10 on the rock charts. “Blind” will be available for streaming and purchase via all digital service providers.
Today, multi-platinum international superstar, Jason Derulo, releases the visuals for his brand new single, “Kiss The Sky.”
Future-funk musician and gifted saxophonist GRiZ is excited to share a new single, titled “Before I Go.” The track, which features vocals from Leo Napier, was revealed in a premiere via This Song Is Sick, who praised its “perfect concoction of funky guitar chords and catchy sax melodies balancing just the right of amount of his trademark gritty bass.”
Valley Queen debuted their latest single “High Expectations” on Brooklyn Vegan, today. “In My Place” premiered last week on Stereogum, and both tracks are out tomorrow August 12th via Canvasclub. The band is headed on a North American tour starting in Los Angeles this Sunday 8/14.
Coty, a leading global beauty company, introduces Katy Perry’s Mad Love – the new, playfully sexy, fruity fragrance from Katy Perry Parfums – to Kik users with a unique campaign conceived by chat app marketing agency Block Party. Users can now exchange their Kik Points for a bottle of Katy Perry’s Mad Love eau de parfum, delivered to their homes. Kik Points is a rewards program where users can earn points by completing activities on Kik, such as watching a video or downloading a sticker pack. Users can redeem points for goods like smileys, and in this case, Katy Perry’s Mad Love eau de parfum. This marks the first time that consumers can redeem rewards program points for a physical product in a U.S. chat app.
“‘The Seventh Seal’ was written to be the opening track of the LP dealing with subject matter of the apocalypse,” elaborates guitarist Arthur Rizk. “The music is representative of some of my favorite simple mid-paced heavy metal bangers with walls of guitar. ‘The Seventh Seal’ was meant to set a dark tone for the rest of the LP.”
Megan Vice has teamed up with PopDust to stream her incredible debut EP, “Spread the News,” ahead of its release tomorrow, with the title track “Spread The News (feat. The Golden Pony)” streaming on PopCrush. The new album features collaborations with the likes of The Golden Pony, French Horn Rebellion, Young Science, and Fake Money. Megan explains, “‘Spread The News’ is about finding that special feeling, that natural high you get from a lover, from music, from the universe.”
“‘Chariots’ is a song we couldn’t be more proud of,” bassist Chad Howat shares. “It’s a bit of everything we’ve always strived to do condensed into a few minutes: a manic beat, glow-of-the-halo atmospherics, and a deeply personal, but simple, lyric. If this isn’t the cornerstone to our new album, then it’s at least the apex.” Frontman JT Daly adds, “In love, no one is innocent and at some point we all ask ourselves, ‘what am I fighting for?’ ‘Chariots’ is a song about this friction. The collision of what we want and what we need – amounting to who we really are. I’m not saying there’s a right or wrong answer here, but I am saying it’s a blood spilled battle. This battle has been brought to life.”
Lisa Hannigan’s highly anticipated new album, At Swim, is exclusively streaming now via NPR First Listen. Of the album NPR Music says, “At Swim is a triumph of Hannigan’s understated versatility…”
West Side Chicago emcee Yung Stakks drops some knowledge on those whose heads are too easily turnt and whose pockets are too easily turnt out in his fresh new visual for “Ballin.” Zaytoven’s catchy beat provides the perfect backdrop as Stakks explains how playing hard to get has helped his pockets gain weight. The single is off Stakks’ Don Cannon-hosted “In My Own Lane” project which hit iTunes back in June and is set to hit DatPiff as a download on 8/23.
Gonjasufi’s latest record Callus arrives next Friday and ahead of its release, he is sharing the dark new video for “Vinaigrette” debuted today with THUMP.
Grammy Award-winner Jennifer Nettles will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, sponsored by HD Radio, a DTS Solution, on Thursday, September 22. The event will take place at the 2016 Radio Show, held September 21-23 at the Omni Nashville Hotel and produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
Nettles’ second solo studio album “Playing With Fire” was released in May 2016 with it’s lead single, “Unlove You,” continuing to climb the country music charts. The album came on the heels of a busy 2015, which saw Nettles embark on her headline Playing With Fire Tour, which hit 20+ cities with openers Brandy Clark and Ryan Kinder. Nettles also made her acting debut on NBC’s critically-acclaimed and ratings success “Coat Of Many Colors” and returned to her hosting duties on ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas special.”
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Jack White has announced the release of JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS 1998-2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia). The 26-track double-LP and double-CD will be released physically and digitally worldwide on September 9th. Featuring alternate versions, mixes and previously unreleased recordings from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and solo material all completely remastered, this is the essential Jack White songwriting collection.
Offers vocalist Johnny Lee of the song, “In times like these is unbelievable how often we see people losing their lives by the hands of cold-hearted creatures who have no regard for human life. ‘Another Beast Is Born’ is our trip to hell to meet those creatures. It’s a song with a touch of doom and black metal, a dark place we haven’t explored before in MISS LAVA, a song with a big riff that still blows my mind, and is one of my favorites in the album.”
Today, ExSage premieres the first single “Tripwire” off of their upcoming EP ‘Out of the Blue,’ via NOISEY.
“I want to see sideways, when I’m looking straight ahead, and I want to know what death holds for me” sings Chris Robbins – an NYC-based songwriter taking cover under the moniker CC Mose. Those words (which are the opening lyrics to Robbins’ debut album as CC Mose) serve as the perfect introduction to the next eleven tracks of melancholy pop perfection known as Beat Me. Bridging the gap between lo-fi darling and sun-burnt hymnist, Robbins quietly reminds us throughout the record that not even the warbliest, scuzziest, blown-out, digital bliss can stand without the foundation of a well crafted song.
The explosive Vaudeville Smash have today announced their irresistible new single Laura, about a wild, untamed man-eater – and the men who welcome the imminent heartbreak – out August 12 . The enigmatic group have also announced the silky video for Laura that is sure to make your heart race and your senses reel… Laura is the first taste of The Gift, the brand new album from Vaudeville Smash, to be released on August 26. To celebrate, the band will be hitting the road in August and September on a monster national tour, kicking off at the Townsville Cultural Fest on August 19-21, then moving through Brisbane, Noosa, Brunswick Heads, Adelaide, Melbourne and finishing up at The Oxford Circus in Sydney on October 1.
M.I.A. releases new track “Bird Song” today, August 12th. “Bird Song” was produced by Blaqstarr and will be featured on M.I.A.’s new album AIM which will be released on Interscope Records September 9th. “Bird Song” is available now for digital download and streaming via all participating digital retailers.