Sir The Baptist took over the stage at Made in America this past Sunday. After his set Jay Z & Sir – both nominated for most Impactful Track at this year’s BET Hip Hop Awards – shared a touching moment backstage, with Jay Z congratulating him on an amazing set.
“Let me preach to the world today. I’m just a homeless preacher. He said he’s following my story and congrats. My idol came to the stage just to say that…
A moment here. Feeling blessed. Crying… If you’re faithful over the few things. Even homelessness… Stay faithful.” -Sir The Baptist
FRESH SNOW, an acclaimed instrumental kraut-noise-psych rock quartet, are back with their second full-length album, ‘ONE’. Recorded with Graham Walsh (Holy F***, METZ, Preoccupations) in a rural Ontario barn, ‘ONE‘ arrives less than a year after their 2015 EP ‘WON’, via Hand Drawn Dracula (Beliefs, Doomsquad, Etiquette) on September 9th, 2016. Stream the band’s latest single “January Skies” over at Clash.
Mpulse – ’52 Weeks’
Mpulse gets help from frequent collaborators Don Cannon, Keef Boyd, and Lyle LeDuff to launch his new campaign. “52 Weeks” is the first release and official launch of Mpulse’s new “52 Week” campaign. During this stretch, Mpulse will release a new song every week for 1 year. Lets go!
“Love Is A Battlefield” premiered today on Clash Music. The single “matches a classic reggae beat to hip-hop flourishes”, inspired by the group’s experience with dub music. It will be officially released as part of a new EP from the group early this fall. Known for fusing a live band aesthetic with a straightforward hip hop approach to form a unique yet cohesive sound, Grand Analog is made of crate diggers, musicians and self-described beat junkies; a beautiful hodgepodge of rap n’ roll, dub, and soul.
On Wednesday Afternoon, Team CMG and 20 Year Old Dallas residing Rapper/ Producer, FXXXXY release the highly anticipated EP “Cartel Shawty” via Pigeons & Planes. FXXXXY comes heavily cosigned, and with one listen to the EP, you will understand the reason. Having released singles “Columbian Exchange” & “20 Taliband” as well as very dope freestyle “I Will Never Fail My City” via some of the top music publications (HipHopDX, Pigeons & Planes, etc), FXXXXY appears to be on a roll!
Norwegian singer, AURORA, today announces her second US headline tour to kick off this Fall in support of her critically acclaimed debut LP All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend out now on Glassnote Records. The tour will kick off October 31st in Washington, D.C. at the 9:30 Club and will wrap December 3rd in Vancouver, BC at the Vogue Theatre. Fan presale starts Wednesday, September 7th at 10am local time and all tickets will go on sale this Friday, September 9th.
Cameron A G Releases New Single ‘Walk Your Line’
Cameron A G is an Oxford based multi instrumentalist whose subtle and measured songs expertly strike a chord. His delicate vocals and the fragility of music sound as if they could fall over and break at any second. Cameron’s debut track ‘Lost Direction’ was premiered at the end of 2015 on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, receiving Hottest Record In The World, an accolade normally reserved for far bigger artists; it was also recorded live for an infamous Mahogany session. The EP from which ‘Lost Direction’ was pulled, ‘Way Back Home’, was released shortly thereafter to similar critical acclaim from NME, Q, DIY and others.
Seminal punk/funk provocateurs The Pop Group have announced details of the first single “Zipperface” from their forthcoming new album. A fractured dub technoid vision, it finds the band channeling the current whilst remaining faithful to past principles.
Just in time for the long holiday weekend closing out the summer, Romanian wunderkind Boehm drops a sun-kissed remix bundle for his majestic track “Swallow My Pride.” Viceroy kicks off the package by injecting his signature “jet life” sound with a piano-house mix before LA native PLS&TY warps the velvety vocals of Molly Moore to deliver a sparkling future bass rework oozing with poolside vibes.
ARKELLS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES WITH KONGOS
Today, Arkells are announcing their fall North American tour dates supporting alternative rock band KONGOS. These dates have been added alongside Arkells’ existing tour dates with English folk troubadour Frank Turner as well as their own headlining dates. This exciting tour will kick off on Sept 15 with a headlining show at the Studio at Webster Hall in NYC. From there the band will play a few Midwest dates supporting Frank Turner before kicking off their support dates with KONGOS on October 6 at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit. The KONGOS’ dates will come to an end at the Orange Peel in Asheville, NC on Oct 18. The band will join back up with Frank Turner for a handful of East Coast tour dates before Turner takes over the supporting roll for Arkells’ two SOLD OUT headlining shows at Massey Hall in Toronto.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced last week that global megastar and 8 X Grammy Award winner Usher will be honored with the 2,588th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Recording will be dedicated at 6201 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Eastown.
Usher’s highly-anticipated new album entitled HARD II LOVE (RCA Records) will be released on September 16th and is available for pre-order now. Fans who pre-order HARD II LOVE, will receive instantly new single “Rivals Feat. Future,” along with newly- released album tracks “Missin U”, “Champions (from the Motion Picture Hands Of Stone),” starring Usher in the role of Sugar Ray Leonard which opened in theaters last week, and previously released singles “No Limit feat. Young Thug” and “Crash”.
Old-school heavy metal newcomers SUMERLANDS have just premiered a full stream of their forthcoming self-titled debut (out next Friday on Relapse) via new music/media portal Clrvynt! Sumerlands can be heard in full alongside an in-depth interview with band leader/producer Arthur Rizk at THIS LOCATION.
Multi-platinum singer-songwriter, KT Tunstall, is returning with her fifth and brilliant new album KIN, due September 9th via Caroline Records. On Tuesday September 13th, KT will be performing lead single “Maybe It’s a Good Thing” on The Today Show in the 9:00 AM hour.
KIN is an explosive 11-track collection of pop tunes, that KT views as a full blooded follow up to her multi-platinum debut album Eye To The Telescope. It includes a duet with KT fan James Bay entitled ‘Two Way’, as well as the raucous rebellion of ‘It Took Me So Long To Get Here, But Here I Am’, ‘Run On Home’, the call to arms of ‘Hard Girls’, and the beautiful album closer ‘Love Is An Ocean’. Lead single ‘Maybe It’s A Good Thing’ shows KT in top form: a moment in life captured in a bright, powerful pop song with an irresistible and unforgettable melody.
Bro Safari drops remix of Mayhem & Antiserum “Breakin In” ft. Macturnup
Bro Safari is building hype for his forthcoming single being released next Friday by offering up a free download of his Mayhem & Antiserum “Breakin In” remix.
The American trap purveyor reworks “Breaking In” into a pulverizing frenzy, laying rapper MACTurnUp aggressive rhymes over varying bass patterns and wubby synths.
Taste of Country to host the world premiere of country hunk Lucas Hoge’s video for his current single “Boom Boom.” Click here to watch the video for “Boom Boom.”
The video for the upbeat love song was directed by Stokes Nielson and shot in Las Vegas, Nev. and locally in Tennessee, features Hoge taking a ride down memory lane with the help of a Shelby Cobra. All the moments of his relationship leading up to him meeting his girlfriend dressed in a tuxedo, driving the classic Shelby Cobra. The video ends with a cliffhanger, Hoge reaching into his pocket and pulling out a diamond ring.
Bird Attack Records has announced the signing of Québec City punk outfit MUTE and will be releasing the band’s new album, Remember Death. CD/Digital will be released on October 14th with vinyl being scheduled as well.
Today, you can check out the first single & video for the band’s song “Fill The Void” via the band’s Facebook here. The video was produced by Exposed Films and directed/edited by Alex Bergeron.
On September 9th, vulerability and carnal desire go head-to-head on Elise Davis’ debut album The Token which will be released via Make The Kill Records / Thirty Tigers.
Today, Noisey premiered The Token in its entirety and said “Like Miranda Lambert and Kacey Musgraves, she brings a soulful, rock-like spunk to a genre that sorely needs it.”
Merk & Kremont “Ciao”
Italian production duo Merk & Kremont release their new single “Ciao” out now on Musical Freedom Records. “Ciao” is a bonafide club tune featuring funky guitar samples, heavy bass and a thunderous breakdown.
TINY LITTLE HOUSES RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SONG DESPITE APATHY”
The first single from the band’s forthcoming, sophomore EP Snow Globe, ‘SDA’ provides a distinctly different sound from the band and a glimpse of what fans can expect on this latest offering.
Ruckus and scuzzy, ‘SDA’ pushes Tiny Little Houses into rawer and wilder sonic territory. Recorded in Melbourne with revered Aussie producer Steve Schram, the track and EP release follows radio favourite ‘Milo Tin’ and the band’s critically acclaimed debut EP You Tore Out My Heart.
Darkswoon brings light and shadow to new sonic territory with 2016 EP release of ‘Silhouettes’. It’s the sophomore release from Jana Cushman who has been writing music under this moniker for two years. Her previous release, Year One, established Darkswoon’s sound, blending shoegaze and dark electronic elements generating a genre imagined by Cushman to be electrohaze.
MIKE GORDON ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2016
Phish bassist Mike Gordon will return to the road this fall, hitting the midwest and east coast of the U.S. with his band. The tour kicks off in St. Louis before continuing east. Stops include Chicago, Burlington, Albany, Philly, DC and the band’s return to Nashville for the first time since 2011. The outing ends with the band’s first multi-night run, a special intimate three-nighter at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.
Mike’s band includes longtime collaborators Scott Murawski and Craig Myers, as well as two recent additions: organ and synth-master Robert Walter (The Greyboy Allstars) and sharp-shooter John Kimock on drums.
“GREAT COUNTRY MOMENTS” PRESENTED BY SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS®
The month of September brings new releases, CMA memories, and some great Springer Mountain Farms® chicken recipes from featured artists on Great Country Moments. September episodes will feature Moe Bandy, Bill Anderson, Lee Greenwood, T. G. Sheppard, Jimmy Fortune, Mark Wills, Exile and Jennifer McCarter.
Through the one-of-a-kind story segments, the featured country stars will take viewers through some of the best times of their career and reveal emotional, exciting, and memorable moments that fans have never heard first-hand. Along with the videos will be trivia questions that viewers can answer to enter a contest to win a variety of prizes. A grand prize of a free FREEZER FULL OF CHICKEN will be given away to one lucky winner who participates in the trivia contest.
Feder “Lordly” feat. Alex Aiono
Platinum-awarded French producer Feder has now unveiled the official music video for his latest single “Lordly” featuring Alex Aiono, which was released August 26.
The video stars both Alex Aiono and Feder, and takes place in a dimly lit house. As the story unfolds with hypnotic dancers, it heightens the cinematic feel of the track and coincides with Aiono’s chilling vocals.
Video: Young Dolph – “If”
There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, Young Dolph is one of rap’s hardest flexers and he continues to prove that in the video for “If.” Filmed in black and white, the video for the stand-out track from Rich Crack Baby finds Dolph in the spotlight, flashing his jewelry, cars, and clothes. Over a hazy bass-rattling beat, Dolph does what he does best and drops boastful verses, showing off his place at the top of the game while demonstrating how he got there. “If” is the third video from Rich Crack Baby, following up “Trappa” and the title track, “Rich Crack Baby.”
The Swedish hotbed of Örebro has already produced the likes of Truckfighters, Graveyard, Witchcraft, and Blues Pills. Prepare to add CAPTAIN CRIMSON to this exceptional tradition.
Xylaroo Share Video For “Track A Lackin”
Xylaroo are Holly and Coco Chant: two sisters, two peas in a pod, two harmonious voices cut only from the same cloth as each other. “Track a Lackin” is the girls 3rd single from their stunning debut album ‘Sweetooth’ which was out in June via Sunday Best/ PIAS. The video for the latest single is a visual representation of their sound in many ways. Playful but with dark undertones.
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.
Haley Bonar Shares “Called You Queen” Video With Stereogum
Haley Bonar’s highly anticipated full-length album Impossible Dream on is out now via GNDwire (US) / Spit Comet (CA) / Memphis Industries (UK + EU). Impossible Dream has been rave reviews from influential publications such as Pitchfork, NPR, MOJO, Q, Uncut, Bust, No Depression and more. The album is available to order now on CD and limited edition teal vinyl in Haley Bonar’s Online Store as well as digitally via iTunes.
Next week, long-running Swedish post-rock collective PG.LOST will unveil the eclectic wares of their fifth full-length, Versus.
PG.LOST is a band of many directions and Versus is a true post-rock masterpiece, an album loaded with great melancholy, heaviness, and catchy musical ideas delivered in an incredible mass of sound. It’s sometimes easy to forget that there are only four people creating these vast orchestral landscapes. Fans of MONO, Explosions In The Sky, Mogwai, Cult Of Luna, EF, Caspian, and Russian Circles pay heed.
Symbion Project streams textured ‘Arcadian’ album via Big Shot Mag
Arcadian is the 8th full-length album from Seattle-based electronic-music songwriter/producer Symbion Project aka Kasson Crooker. While previous releases have seen the moniker’s sound range from chaotic IDM to cinematic downtempo to classical synthesizer music, Aracadian sees the project nod to electronic-based, beat-driven song structures that draw circles around the world’s more melancholy realities. The album is out this Friday September 9th 2016, and the album is now streaming in full starting today at Big Shot Magazine. The Seattle album release show has also been announced for Thursday, September 15th at the High Dive with WMD and Science and the Beat as well. Listen to it on Soundcloud, and pre-order the album at Bandcamp.
Rich The Kid drops new video feat. Jaden Smith
Rich The Kid’s output of music and videos this past year is nothing short of remarkable. Continuing his prolific downpour Rich has just dropped a new video for “Like This” feat. Jaden Smith, one of the highlight tracks on his recent Rich Forever 2 mixtape. Directed by Miles Cable and Jaden Smith, the video captures Rich and Jaden in fields donning scarves over their heads while trading verses over the sinister Labcook production.
Working with director Brandon Fletcher, the video displays a choreographed power struggle, but one in where both sides, at times, appear to take the upper hand. It’s not a story about victims but rather resilience in the face of adversity. An anthem for the fallen. Public domain footage of tumultuous times in our recent history is used to give a wider lens and a bit of background to the story and the idea that over time, no matter what we face, if we hold on we will recover and rebuild.
NAY JAY & EPICFAIL ‘BRIKOUT’
Nay Jay and EpicFail are two names that have been causing huge noises in the Dance music scene thanks to their perfectly crafted studio productions. Between them they released projects on renowned imprints including: Black Hole Recordings, Magik Muzik and Manufactured Music, gaining support from A-List stars like BT, Cosmic Gate and Myon & Shane 54 along the way – impressive feats for any calibre of artist.
Nay Jay and EpicFail?s latest collaborative effort comes in the form of ?BrikOut?, a record that has all the makings of a Main Room thriller. Full of heavy beats, mesmerizing melodies, stacks of energy and driving kicks, ?BrikOut? has been destroying dance-floors around the globe, making it a must have for any DJ?s record collection.
Liam Hudson – ‘You’ll Be Fine’ Single
Liam Hudson started writing music from a young age, but didn’t begin to hone his skills till his mid-teens when he started writing Jazz, and Baroque and Movie style compositions. Through this time he was heavily inspired by the works of Jazz artists like Dave Brubeck, Bob Mintzer, Ray Charles and composers like Bach, Hans Zimmer, and John Williams. After finishing school, Liam started learning electronic production and recording, writing and recording entirely from his bedroom.
Kaskade & CID ‘Sweet Memories’
Continuing the momentum from the release of “Together,” Grammy award-winning producer and DJ CID returns with a massive collaboration with Kaskade, “Sweet Memories,” out now via Big Beat Records.
“Sweet Memories” positions itself as an irresistible house anthem filled with Motown-infused nostalgia. The groovy melody layered with striking kick-drums and sensual vocals create a reminiscent feeling. “Sweet Memories” is paired with a playful music video featuring 3 dancers taking you on a choreographed journey through the city streets.
On Thursday, September 8th, First Lady Michelle Obama and legendary hip-hop figure and recent Epic Records artist Q-Tip will honor the fifth annual class of the National Student Poets Program. Q-Tip will be serving in his role as The Kennedy Center’s Artistic Director for Hip-Hop Culture. The pair will welcome five student poets to the White House for a special celebration and poetry reading.
Q-Tip is known around the world as the co-founder and moving force behind luminary rap trio A Tribe Called Quest, who transcended racial and genre boundaries to solidify hip-hop’s place in American culture and become one of music’s most enduring acts. Tribe has released five studio albums as well as multiple compilations; Q-Tip has also recorded several solo albums while writing and producing for countless artists including Beyoncé, Jay Z, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, D’Angelo and John Legend, to name a few. Q-Tip also hosts Abstract Radio, his Beats 1 Radio show.
Boston/New York City-based hardcore outfit COUNTDOWN has ended their run as a band in recent days while on tour. Luckily, Flatspot Records has just re-released the band’s demo on vinyl, immortalizing the tunes in a proper format.
RCA Nashville GRAMMY Award-winner, Miranda Lambert, will release the new music video for the song NPR calls a “sophisticated sucker punch” today at 11am ET to VEVO.
Lambert’s fan club will be treated to first access of the “Vice” music video one hour prior to the video being widely available, beginning at 10am ET.
Kråkesølv share new track “Lenge sia sist”
Kråkesølv comes from Bodø, and they’re not hiding it. Rock music, Norwegian lyrics and great songs and choruses. These are keywords you’ve heard being used about the band previously, but now they’re releasing their fifth album and it’s time to do something different.
The title track, “Pangea” – the first single from their upcoming album – shows a band who can still write anthems in Norwegian, and that easily can play at both big festival stages and at small village parties.
Lady Gaga’s new single “Perfect Illusion” will be out Friday, September 9th.
Pete RG debuts “Heaven Knows”
Pete RG’s rich baritone voice is at the center of his distinct sound and he releases his debut full-length, Tender Souls on September 23. In preparation for the release, Impose has premiered “Heaven Knows” along with a Q&A.
New Jersey Guitarist and Songwriter Kenny Dubman (Prophet) has released “Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” off of his debut, solo LP Reckless Abandon. Premiered on the iconic Guitar World, “Ain’t Too Late For Memphis” and Reckless Abandon are available to order on his Official Site, iTunes, and Amazon.