As Minneapolis-based technical/avant-garde death metal trio SUNLESS prepares for the release of their belittling Urraca debut full-length in late February, the album’s “The Ancient Ones” has been exclusively premiered at Invisible Oranges.
SUNLESS reinterprets influence from pioneers of extreme, dissonant metal, such as Gorguts, Ulcerate, and Deathspell Omega through an abstract lens that is all their own, boasting a prominent rhythm section, a scattered assortment of time signatures, interwoven and complex arrangements, and bellowing death growls. Tracked by Adam Tucker at Signaturetone Recording in Minneapolis (The Crinn, Ambassador Gun, Maeth), and mixed/mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves in Queens, New York, the band’s Urraca delivers a relentlessly engaging onslaught of complex and dissonant death metal, with nine tracks encompassing a dense forty-four minutes, and artwork by friend, lyricist, and former bandmate, Andrew Notsch (ex-Youwretch).
Following the success of cuts like ‘Tear You Down’ and ‘Surrounded’, Hobart’s Chase City turn a sharp corner into electrifying new territory with their Rolling Stone Australia-premiered new single ‘Cycle.’. This is the third single from their forthcoming long-awaited debut album, due in June – and the band are currently on the road for a run of summer shows with dates spanning four states.
Taking cues from musical giants like Kasabian and LCD Soundsystem, ‘Cycle.’ is a helter-skelter track that’s just little rough around the edges. Produced by Magoo (Regurgitator, The Jungle Giants), ‘Cycle.’ allows for the dawning of a new era for Chase City, who can no longer be pigeonholed as “surf rock” – they’ve landed firmly on fresh new sonic territory that melds groove with grit.
“It was an honor to work with my wife on this song,” Souleye told Fuse, where the video premiered. “Not only does she inspire me as an artist, but she ceaselessly fluffs my ego. She is also hilarious so we were having a blast together.”
Dave Hause is one of punk’s best utility players. Whether he’s spending time in Paint It Black, fronting The Loved Ones, or joining punk supergroup The Falcon, he fits in effortlessly, playing everything from throat-grabbing hardcore to straight-up pop songs. Over the years, Hause has released a pair of solo country-ish, records and he has a whole slew of splits and EPs to his name. But for his upcoming third album, you can see a little bit of his assorted projects shining through. Opening with the rollicking “With You,” Hause takes his punk past and adapts it to his Americana-laden present, something he does time and again throughout Bury Me In Philly. – David Anthony, AV Club Music Editor
We’re thrilled to announce that RIDE Festival has released it’s 2017 lineup. Returning for the 6th consecutive year in Telluride this July 8th and 9th, RIDE Festival will feature a star-studded lineup including BECK, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Kaleo, The Revival Sons, and many others.
Nickelback “Feed The Machine” With New Single and Tour
Multi-platinum, chart-topping rock band, NICKELBACK is set to hit the road this summer on the colossal headlining Feed The Machine Tour, announced today. Produced exclusively by Live Nation, the Feed The Machine Tour will begin on
June 23 in Noblesville, Indiana, with 44 dates across North America including stops in Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Vancouver, and more. Daughtry will join Nickelback as their special guest for all of the U.S. dates, as well as Toronto and Montreal, while Shaman’s Harvest will be seen on all dates. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame icons, Cheap Trick, will be special guests for the western Canadian leg of the tour. Full itinerary below.
GOLD CASIO Share Electro-Pop Single “Socialites and Singer Types”
Portland, OR based GOLD CASIO have become local legends in the Indie music scene, and now they are about to take over the world. Their new single to hit the streets, “Socialities and Singer Types,” which launched last week, is a glorious first look into the band. Their Electro-Pop sounds are seductive and dance-worthy while the group comes to life on the epic piece.
“Start paying attention to Young Dolph before you look stupid as shit,” Noisey counseled earlier this year. The King of Memphis is about to cement his place at the rap throne with the masterful, 11-track Gelato mixtape slated to release this Friday. Gearing up eager fans ahead of the drop, Young Dolph is sharing “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” where he reminds other rappers that he isn’t here for games or bullshit – It’s his territory out here in these streets.
flowers de moon “Pennsylvania Winter Kills Us All, Again”
Featuring the talent and creative energy of Olivia Price and Doug Fraley, flowers de moon combine poetic and mesmerizing vocals with trippy electronic melodies to create a unique sound that is intricate and technical without losing any emotional edge. Their sound transcends classic genre lines, merging indie pop, funk, trip hop, psychedelic, hip hop, and jazz, to make songs that are modern, addictive and groovy.
Vocalist Olivia Price started singing at the early age of 3, performing in choirs for 9 years, and picking up guitar on the way. Producer Doug Fraley began playing drums at age 10, delving into jazz, hardcore, funk rock, mallet instruments and more, before beginning to write and produce his own songs when he was just 14 years old. flowers de moon emerged from Olivia and Doug’s desire to start experimenting with cross-genre songwriting.
There’s no denying that Aussies love a banging music festival and we have a few rippers to choose from when summer rolls around – but what about all those alluring lineup announcements from festivals beyond our shores? That’s where Sweat Tours comes in, a boutique travel provider with a hankering for killer live music has just launched, offering three unique international festival experiences over the next few months, including an already sold out Ultra Music Festival tour to Miami in March, Governors Ball New York City in May, and Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas in June.
With accommodation, private transfers, meals, drinks, VIP experiences, sightseeing led by local tour guides and much more included in each carefully tailored package, Sweat have gone above and beyond to curate a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their thrillseeking punters. Each tour is meticulously customised to showcase the best of each city, while attending the hottest festivals around the globe in serious style.
David Shane gets 500K listeners after first 2 weeks of release “Death of Me”
Pop music phenom David Shane is preparing to have a breakout year in 2017. Having just finished recording with Los Angeles music producer Hagay Mizrahi “Broken Alive” is quickly increasing his standing in the music industry.
Many fans have already heard David’s original music on mainstream television shows (including “HeartLand”, “Home And Away”), movies, college radio stations and other media platforms throughout the world. The Arizona native has also been busy writing songs for such well-known publishing companies as Universal Music Group/FirstCom, CrucialMusic and JC3 Publishing.
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On April 14-15th 2017, The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan will play host to the annual BERSERKER music fest. Now in its fourth year, the all-ages, two-day event is a wholly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and his wife Veronica. This year’s lineup boasts thirty bands on three stages with appearances by internationally touring acts like GWAR, OFF!, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Negative Approach, Brain Tentacles, Child Bite, and more as well as new and established underground artists inlcuding Immortal Bird, Cemetery Piss, Fuck You Pay Me, SNAFU, Artillery Breath, and others. BERSERKER IV also marks the official return of Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX Williams who will front the band for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant this past December.
Joining the star-studded tribute to Randy Travis on February 8, 2017, will be CMA Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks. Tickets for the historic night are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.
“Mary and I are so blessed to have amazing friends all over this industry. Garth Brooks is an amazing artist who always entertains everyone in the house, I am humbled by his involvement,” said Travis.
James Patrick Morgan to Release ‘Art+Work=Love’ EP
James Patrick Morgan, the Atlanta-based pop-rock and soul singer/songwriter, is set to release his brand new EP ‘Art + Work = Love’ on February 17 via Cloverland Entertainment/InGrooves. ‘Art + Work = Love’ is currently available for preorder at JamesPatrickMorgan.com and will be available on iTunes and all major digital outlets on February 17. Morgan describes this five-song collection as one which “represents [him] better than most past recordings…” As an artist who plays up to 10 shows each week, he recognizes the importance that ‘Art + Work = Love’ captures much more of “what [he does] in a live setting,” than previous releases. The EP was recorded in several legendary studios across the United States such as Los Angeles’ East West Studios, where the Beach Boys recorded many of their hits, and the storied Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN. Morgan says the goal of the EP, and of his artistry, is to “show people that it’s okay to be present and feel.” This is something he does with remarkable success on ‘Art + Work = Love,’ recalling classic artists such as Sam Cooke and Dave Matthews, but doing so in a fresh and exciting way.
Yep Roc Records has announced the self-titled new album from Robyn Hitchcock. The 21st studio recording and first-ever eponymous release of the legendary British artist’s four-decade career, ROBYN HITCHCOCK is available for pre-order now at the official Yep Roc Store; the album arrives everywhere on Friday, April 21.
Described by its creator as “an ecstatic work of negativity,” ROBYN HITCHCOCK is heralded by the metamorphic new single, “I Want To Tell You About What I Want.” The track premiered yesterday exclusively at NPR Music.
COLD WAR KIDS RELEASE NEW SINGLE & VIDEO, “LOVE IS MYSTICAL” TODAY
Cold War Kids return with the stirring new anthem “Love Is Mystical.” The track debuted as an iHeartRadio World Premiere, broadcast every three hours across all of their Alternative & Triple A stations and is now available at all digital partners. “Love Is Mystical”is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, L.A. Divine. Set for release on April 7 via Capitol Records, the album is an ode to Cold War Kids’ hometown of Los Angeles. The official video for “Love Is Mystical” also premiered today on Vevo- watch it HERE.
The Como Brothers to Release Their Debut Single of 2017 “Magic”
On Thursday, February 2nd brother rock duo The Como Brothers will release their will release their first single of 2017 to accompany their soon-to-come self-titled album! “Magic” is a tenacious love ballad that brings the band’s incredible songwriting talents to the forefront as a true testiment to their ever-growing popularity.
“Magic is about meeting someone who you had no idea would eventually mean everything to you. It’s about the roller coaster feeling of falling in love without hesitation. I wrote Magic about a girl who I couldn’t stop thinking of and didn’t want to be without.”-Andrew Como, The Como Brothers
Song: Sosamann – “Just Do It”
Sauce Factory founder Sosamann’s infectious energy and inventive verbosity earned him membership with the Wiz Khalifa-led Taylor Gang, features from Slim Thug and Young Dolph, and even some animated lyrics from the notoriously taciturn 21 Savage. Continuing his hot streak with “Just Do It,” Sosamann shows yet again how his animated performances continue to improve. The beat starts off with warm strings, quickly adding in a sprinkling of piano and crisp drums to create the perfect canvas for Sosamann to paint with colorful, expressive lines. While some rappers ride the wave of sing-rapping, Sosamann laugh-raps through the video, explosively rapping about his extravagant lifestyle as well as calling out the fakes: “you ain’t real, that’s a lie!” In the video, vibrant animations pop and flash around Sosamann as he plays with his cash, shows off bling, and strums his AK like a guitar. With more heavy-hitters on the way, Sosamann is also gearing up for his forthcoming Sauce The World project, slated for release in the coming months.
COLD FELL: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Skull Crushed Against Salford Cobblestones”
Manchester, UK-based black metal outfit, COLD FELL, will issue their proper debut album, Irwell, through Argento Records in early March, and Cvlt Nation is hosting a stream of the first single from the scathing album a month ahead of its release.
Dear Reader Shares New Video for “Then, Not Now”
With her upcoming album Day Fever out Feb. 2 via City Slang, South African artist Dear Reader shared her new single & video for “Then, Not Now.” Gold Flake Paint called it “One of those brilliantly inventive lyric videos that puts all the rest of them to shame” and the song is “melds voluptuous vocals with a playful backdrop of skewed keys and finely-detailed splashes of unexpected, discordant invention.”
Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, and the Paley Center for Media are excited to announce “The Power of Our Presence – An Exhibition Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.” The exhibit will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Essence’s esteemed Black Women in Hollywood Awards—the annual Oscar-week luncheon at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. A private opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
The exhibit, a highlight of this year’s Black History Month celebration at the Paley Center, is set to feature costumes from the lead female characters from each of their hit television series, including one of the iconic white coats worn by Kerry Washington in Scandal, Tracee Ellis Ross’s scrubs from Black-ish and a costume from Taraji P. Henson’s “Cookie Lion” of Empire.
The upcoming SpiteFuel album “Second To None” will be released on MDD Records on April 7th. The band also publishes the cover art for which Travis Smith (Nevermore, Iced Earth, Opeth) is responsible. The album will contain 11 songs of high-class Heavy Rock with a total playing time of over 45 minutes and will be available in a noble DigiPak.
Recorded and produced was the debut album in the Troisdorf-based Gernhart Studio (Tankard, Destruction, SuidAkra) under the direction of Martin Buchwalter.
Frontier Ruckus shares a brand new track, “Positively Freaking,” from their forthcoming album Enter The Kingdom, out February 17 on Sitcom Universe (USA)/Loose Music. The track premiered yesterday on Paste who called it “a short and sweet bit of songcraft with an upbeat bounce that belies the depth of its message.”
American Songwriter premieres The Kernal’s video for “Knock Kneed Ballerina”
A Southern gentleman with an old soul who is tied deeply to the legacy and showmanship of the wandering musician and the historic Grand Ole Opry, The Kernal has premiered the first video from his Single Lock Records debut, LIGHT COUNTRY, out on March 3, 2017. “Knock Kneed Ballerina” is premiering at American Songwriter magazine and features the Kernal eating an ice cream cone on a patch of Astro Turf as the song’s lyrics play in the background. He describes “Knock Kneed Ballerina” as a “shoulder-dance country song and a sort of personal, band-mission statement;” it’s also a knowing nod to the classic sound of ’70s Nashville Countrypolitan hits and a poignant ode to musical also-rans everywhere.
Andrew Combs has signed to New West Records and is set to release his anticipated third album, Canyons Of My Mind, on April 7th, 2017. The 11-song set was co-produced by Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose) & Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Caitlin Rose) and recorded at Battle Tapes Studio in East Nashville, TN. After touring behind his sophomore album, All These Dreams, a record that earned him international accolades and comparisons to everyone from Leonard Cohen to Harry Nilsson to Mickey Newbury, Combs has returned with a new album that puts down stakes in fresh sonic terrain. Canyons Of My Mind – as its title suggests – is a landscape where the personal and pastoral converge. Drawing inspiration from the biographies of literary figures like Charles Wright and Jim Harrison, Combs has created an album that explores the notion of “sustainability” in its many facets – artistic, economic, spiritual, environmental. NPR Music’s Ann Powers previously stated, “His song-pictures are gorgeous, but he recognizes their impermanence as he sings.” This deeply felt sense of ecology, of the transient beauty within nature’s chaotic churn, lies at the heart of Combs’ approach to his art. NPR Music premiered the video for the album track “Dirty Rain” today, which can be seen HERE.
Post-punk duo NØMADS share new single “Achluphobia”
The return of NØMADS at this point in time is no coincidence… fear, as an abstract force, has never held a stronger place in our society than it does today. It colors everything we see outside of ourselves. Each song on PHOBIAC examines the fear process through the prism of rare clinical phobias, all approached in the abstract. The buried message within this set of material is a cautionary one: when we succumb to fear, chaos reigns. Technically speaking, it is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age.
Orlando native turned Houston resident Billyraccx just debuted his 20 minute Lynchian semi-documentary, “Flamingos and Finches” on HipHopDX with a big nod from fellow Houstonian Trae Tha Truth. This raconteur extraordinaire has long been lauded as a visionary by outlets like Elevator, HypeFresh and Senclair for the way in which he crafts music and visuals in to his own unique brand of art noire. “Flamingos and Finches” is no exception offering, as it does, a glimpse in to both Billy’s world within his AnahatXMilytia movement but also the darker (much darker) recesses where monsters lurk. Watching it is a bit like following Billy down the rabbit hole, and just about every character from Wonderland would be completely at home in this world. Go ahead, try it out. Jump! We dare you!
Holland’s most notorious rock musicians have gathered to form DOOL, a dark rock band featuring bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Micha Haring from celebrated cult rockers THE DEVIL’s BLOOD and the country’s most infamous rock singer, Ryanne van Dorst. The band will release its debut album, Here Now, There Then, on February 17 via Prophecy Productions. Today, Invisible Oranges premieres the DOOL song “Golden Serpents”, adding that, “‘Here Now, There Then’ works so well, in part, because vocalist Ryanne van Dorst has a relatively unique voice as far as anything resembling metal goes.”
ORM: Black Metal Horde Announces Debut Album
Epic black metal quintet ORM has completed its debut album for release on March 24th via Indisciplinarian, the label issuing the artwork, info, and a trailer for the album, as well as a string of upcoming shows.
On their self-titled debut album, ORM incorporates epic, melodic black metal, and its Nordic melancholy with a rocking, swinging feel, while thematically conveying a mythical cosmos of ancient times, where magic, gods, and supernatural creatures inhabited the world as naturally as humans, animals, water, and forests. The album consists of five lengthy tracks of vivid proportions recorded live in the studio by producer Lasse Ballade (Solbrud, Halshug, Slægt) in Copenhagen in their native Denmark with additional choir recordings in the local Stefans Church. The album artwork is an oil painting on canvas created by the masterful Italian artist Paolo Girardi, who is known for his work with bands such as Bell Witch, Inquisition, and Black Breath. ORM now shares the first excerpts from the record along with its unique artwork through an album trailer created by visual artist Morten Grønnegaard.
Themes For Dying Earth is the fifth LP from British Columbia-based artist Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak), and the first to be released through his new label, FLORA.
Locos por Juana releases the lyric video for “For The Ladies” featuring Talib Kweli
Their constant exploration for uncharted vibrations has paired up Locos por Juana with American rapper, Talib Kweli in the song “For The Ladies” with a lyric video released today on VEVO. Written by vocalist, Itawe, Talib Kweli, and musician and producer, Martin Chan, “For The Ladies” was inspired by women of all cultures; an interracial amalgam of beauty embodied by Mother Earth, the central character of its soon-to-be-released music video filmed in the woods of Cabot, Vermont after their headline performance at Manifestivus Music Festival.
The 405 has shared Jesse Hale Moore’s newest single entitled, “Calling You Out”. When discussing the trackMoore says, “Calling You Out” is a song about finding the strength to say the things that don’t always come easy when facing a conflict with somebody you care about. It can be difficult and frustrating when a person in your life, especially somebody you love, is unable or unwilling to change. Sometimes calling that person out can be empowering and ultimately liberating.” Be sure to keep Jesse on your radar, he plans to release his debut album ‘Green End’ later this spring.
Jonwayne releases new single “Ted Talk”
LA rapper and producer Jonwayne has released the second single and instant grat track titled
“TED Talk” to his anticipated sophomore album Rap Album Two via Authors Recording Co. / The Order Label. An eery piano-driven track with descriptive bars made up of brash lyrics and acute scrutiny of Jon’s surroundings on full display. Rap Album Two is out later this month on February 17th. Be sure to check out “Ted Talk” and share now.
“Parasite” is an allegory for what we are witnessing in our country
What Youth premiered “Parasite” alongside Julia Kugel’s poignant quote on the new single: “A parasite eats you from the inside out. Disrupts equilibrium and destroys it’s host. The song is an allegory for what we are witnessing in our country. It’s an expression of frustration.”
Heavy Trip is the impending new full-length from California post hardcore/sludge eccentrics HORSENECK. Featuring within their ranks current and past members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe, the ten-track Heavy Trip was captured by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios, and mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering, and will see release on February 17th, 2017 on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
MICHAEL HOLLIS PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “WAYWARD SON/MEMORIAL DAY”
While Breakfast In Fur has been on temporary hiatus since the spring of 2015, Hollis has kept busy co-founding the Hudson Valley Music Collective of private music instructors, performing in an assortment of jazz combos, and starting the group Blue Museum, who released their own debut EP in September. But after losing several close friends and ending an increasingly dysfunctional relationship, Hollis began writing and recording on his own, a means to cope.
In celebration of her critically acclaimed new record Remember Us To Life, out now on Sire/Warner Bros. Records, the video for Regina Spektor’s “Black and White” is premiering at Elle Magazine where it’s hailed as “gently mesmerizing.”
Critically acclaimed Irish musician Fionn Regan’s The Meetings of the Waters, his first album in nearly half a decade, will be released on April 14 via his own label imprint???TSUNENI AI (translates to “Always Love” in Japanese). The video for the album’s title track and lead single, starring Irish actor Cillian Murphy (“Peaky Blinders”), is streaming via Pitchfork.
Mr. Elevator – formed in Southern California in 2012 by Thomas Dolas and Justin Martinez (and their mutual love of Donovan) – eschews guitars for vintage synthesizers, organs, and electric pianos, distinguishing themselves within the fuzzy, distorted contemporary Psych-Pop scene.
Today on CLRVYNT, Mr. Elevator shares the second track “Ending” from their upcoming album. ‘When the Morning Greets You,’ is scheduled for release in February 10, 2017, on Rad Cat Records.
Klô Pelgag New Video
Klô Pelgag welcomes 2017 with a new video for Les ferrofluides-fleurs. It is the second single from L’étoile thoracique, her sophomore album to be released in Europe on February 3rd. The record is already available in Canada.
Fierce Mild deliver walls of psychedelia, shoegaze, post-rock, and electro-acoustic dub with a folk-tinged Australian lyricism that transcends you into an unnerving dream. In their explosive live show where visuals and music collide, Fierce Mild successfully blur the lines between modern art and heavy distorted guitars
VIOLENTS AND MONICA MARTIN SHARE “UNRAVELING”
Jeremy Larson (aka Violents) and vocalist Monica Martin (of Phox) have shared the next track off their debut album Awake and Pretty Much Sober out April 28th. Effervescent and raw, the soft-edged swoon of “Unraveling” shows off Martin’s chops over a wash of orchestral strings and keys. Consequence Of Sound shared the track today, describing Martin’s part as “lovely, lightweight vocals buoyed by a slow sway that’s equal parts romantic and a harbinger of the the collapse to come” and Larson provides the “icy, sparse piano arrangement that you’d find in a countryside-set French drama about a hot love suddenly gone cold.”
As Pomona, California’s XIBALBA prepares to unload their latest release with the Diablo, Con Amor… Adios through Closed Casket Activities this month, the closing track to the EP is now playing as Decibel Magazine unveils “Adios.”
“Today, we bring you EP closer, ‘Adios’,” Decibel issues with the new track, continuing, “XIBALBA’s hallmark metallic riffage and pummeling breakdowns are still present, erupting from the slight respites the quintet offers before letting loose again.”
Two-time Grammy Award winner Rickie Lee Jones will be hitting the road for a North American tour with Madeleine Peyroux.
Rickie Lee Jones says of the upcoming tour, “I’ve genuinely enjoyed Madi’s work over the years, so much so that I’m surprised it’s taken this long for us to work together. Very excited at the prospect of recording some new material, and about the upcoming shows.”
Madeleine Peyroux adds, “It’s a rare occasion when one gets to share one’s life and work with a master. I consider my upcoming tour together with Rickie Lee Jones to be one of those timeless occasions. Embedded in her dulcet tones, supported by our vibrant and warm musicians, and through the conduit of so many American styles of song I’m sure this tour will encourage us all, and our highest spirits will shine through. We’re going to have fun!!!”
Featuring two renowned names in the Monstercat community, it’s no surprise that a collaboration between Ephixa and Laura Brehm emerges with a fair amount of anticipation amongst their collective fans. Coming together for the track, “Losing You”, the pair have honed in on an emotion that everyone can relate to, creating the melancholy and heartbreaking feeling of a relationship starting to fall apart. The track’s calming and ambient atmosphere takes listeners to a headspace of going through a bad breakup; providing an emotionally-charged lyrical base (like below) that listeners can feel just as much as they hear.
Starting as a call-to-action on Twitter in response to the recent immigration ban, multi-platinum, GRAMMY award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd has organized WELCOME!, a fundraising concert benefitting the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). After Zedd reached out to fellow artists to come together, the first phase of the lineup has been announced, including Daya, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Macklemore, Skrillex, Tinashe and Zedd (with more artists to be announced). The concert will be held on Monday, April 3rd at Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center produced by Goldenvoice, with 100% of the profits from WELCOME! going to the ACLU.
“As an immigrant myself I feel the need to stand up against the tyranny that threatens our basic human rights,” explains Zedd. “I’m thrilled to come together with Daya, Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Incubus, Macklemore, Skrillex, Tinashe and many more (to be announced soon) to help raise money for the ACLU, an organization that works daily to defend and preserve the rights guaranteed to us by the constitution.”
CAROUSEL KINGS SHARE NEW SINGLE “DYNAMITE”
With worldwide anticipation at a near boiling point, CAROUSEL KINGS are providing another glimpse of their upcoming album Charm City, through their new single “Dynamite.” Charm City, their Victory Records debut, will be available February 10th, and ‘The Charm Cities Tour’ kicks off March 2nd.
Cash Hollistah to release “jump.” video during Super Bowl LI Half Time
cash hollistah. wants listeners to take leap of faith & pursue your calling/purpose in life
Midwest MC cash hollistah. (of the Die Daily Team) has announced plans to release a visual to his single “jump.” at halftime of Super Bowl LI this Sunday, February 5th. The video clip will debut on his website, cashhollistah.net, after the close of the 2nd quarter of the championship game.
“jump.” was partly inspired by the viral video from game show host/comedian Steve Harvey, in which he gave an impromptu speech to his audience “Family Feud” about taking a leap of faith (“jumping”) when it comes to chasing after your calling/purpose in life. hollistah. and guest emcee Lando give motivational verses over soaring production from producer Wayne Valentine.
German producer Moglii releases new single “Girl”
Moglii is back with his first offering of 2017, and the first single off of his upcoming debut solo EP via Majestic Casual Records later this year.
The German producer and jazz pianist pairs his signature mix of analogue and electronic production with the vocal talents of Ben Werchohlad, to create a wonderfully warbling, soulful track.
Over the past 16 years, an extraordinary group of musicians has come together to celebrate the universal power of music. Named for the ancient trade route linking Asia, Africa and Europe, The Silk Road Ensemble, an international collective created by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma, exemplifies music’s ability to blur geographical boundaries, blend disparate cultures and inspire hope for both artists and audiences.
The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the latest film from the creators of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom and the critically-hailed Best of Enemies, follows an ever-changing lineup of performers drawn from the ensemble’s more than 50 instrumentalists, vocalists, composers, arrangers, visual artists and storytellers as they gather in locations across the world, exploring the ways art can both preserve traditions and shape cultural evolution.
Blending performance footage, personal interviews and archival film, director Morgan Neville and producer Caitrin Rogers focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
doubleVee PREMIERE ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “JACK THE RIDER”
Oklahoma City duo doubleVee is former Starlight Mints frontman Allan Vest and producer Barb Vest. Having recently announced the release their debut album, The Moonlit Fables of Jack the Rider, set for release on February 10 via CEN/RED Distribution, a division of Sony Music, and reaching 107% of their PledgeMusic goal, now the band has premiered its animated video for “Jack The Rider” exclusively with BlackBook.
Pretty City drop new single ‘Don’t You Remember Me’
On the cusp of their 2017 North American tour, Pretty City launch the brooding new psych rock single, ‘DON’T YOU REMEMBER ME MY LOVE’ at the Northcote Social Club, February 17.
‘Don’t You Remember Me My Love’ presents a complex, hypnotic soundscape, underpinned by thunderous riffs and the relentless mantra, ‘Don’t you remember me…?’
The song preempts the band’s upcoming Sophomore LP due for release in 2017, which showcases the melodic and immersive songwriting of Hugh Matthews combined with the explosive live energy for which the band are reputed.
Launch Music Conference is set to return to the beautiful Lancaster, PA for its ninth year, April 13-16! The instrumental conference and festival has welcomed some of today’s top musicians and music executives to speak and perform to a crowd of artists and industry go-getters. The jam-packed event, full of panels, seminars, parties, events, and performances, have welcomed artists such as Panic! at the Disco, Atreyu, twenty one pilots, Meghan Trainor, Foxy Shazam, PnB Rock, Yazz the Greatest (B. Gray of TV’s “Empire”) and more.
Mixtape: Young Dolph – Gelato
A formidable presence in the Dirty South, Memphis kingpin Young Dolph cultivated an ever-growing fanbase with an unending stream of high-quality mixtapes, tracks, and videos. Today, Dolph continues his quest for southern supremacy with Gelato, a sinister, fun collection of head-nodders, bangers, and boastful street tales. Rhythmically stunting over A-1 production from Zaytoven, Nard & B, and others, Dolph counts his cash on “Baller Alert,” brags about his exalted street status on “Meech,” and annihilates fellow Memphis rapper Yo Gotti on “Play Wit Yo Bitch,” which Dolph shared on Wednesday. Featuring appearances from Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Paper Route Empire labelmate Jay Fizzle, and Lil Yachty, who guests on the lead single “Bagg,” Gelato is Dolph’s opening salvo in a sure-to-be massive 2017.
Operator Music Band + Stereogum premieres first single “Creative Tube Bending”
Operator Music Band has just shared their new glitchy, danceable single “Creative Tube Bending” off of their debut album Puzzlephonics I & II which will be released on New Professor Music on March 3rd.
“Creative Tube Bending” premiered this morning on Stereogum who called it “a slab of syncopated art-rock with razor wire guitars and lustrous synth beds…”
Metal rock goup Bury The Rod has released the Lyric Video for “Conformed To Death,” off of their 12/31/2016, sophomore EP Harvest. Originally premiered on Metal Underground, “Conformed To Death” was directed by Scott Rudd.
Morrison noted that “Iodine” was written after the Michael Brown shooting and remembered “Sitting at home with my own son, safely witnessing these events from afar, I felt that remaining silent made me complicit in his death. I wrote the song to honor the strength of all mothers who lose their children to violence.”
In The Woods Festival today confirms its return and will take place on September 1st & 2nd 2017, at a secret Woodland location in Kent. Following their 10th Anniversary celebrations in 2016 this unique, enchanting festival is back for good!
Remaining true to their reputation as renowned creative visionaries, trusted In The Woods curators Charlie Andrew (Brit Award winning producer), Tom Ranger, Mark Rainbow, Will Brown, Tim Adam-Smith, Hinako Omori and Joel McBride, return in 2017. ITW Festival will deliver its most impressive line-up to date, showcasing a melting pot of inspirational new talent across Music, Art and Spoken Word.
Speaking on the Festival, Tim Adam-Smith says: “What makes ITW different form other festivals is our focus on building a truly balanced line-up that reflects every corner of the industry.
Today, The FADER shares a short documentary on singer-songwriter Khalid called Saved. The short includes a performance of Khalid’s new track, Shot Down, which is set to be released this Friday, February 3 when Khalid?s upcoming debut album, American Teen is available for pre-order.
Tonstartssbandht title track “Sorcerer” at Stereogum
Settle into Tonstartssbandht’s music and let it rock heavy from all sides. The music melds with the personal, tangible nature of the city climate, telling a stunning tale. Discovered on the road and distilled at home, the music conveys experience and subtlety, scars exposed to carry the chronicle. The music, the music, the fucking music.
Sorcerer is the most recent full-length studio album from Andy and Edwin White, the Florida / New York duo known as Tonstartssbandht (tahn-starts-bandit), since 2011’s Now I Am Become. On Sorcerer, the brothers chart a heavenly course above the storm and stress, one explored over years of touring and a poetic language forged between performers and siblings.
MERK & GETO BOYS’ BIG MIKE DELIVER A VISUAL THAT IS “HARD 2 IGNORE”
Merk felt the need to speak on this one himself. “When we recorded the song making it political was not our intent, BUT, given the state of the world, all the police killing blacks and racism being promoted I knew this video could be used to make a statement. It shows that not much has changed from what our grandparents went through. We’re still marching, fighting for freedom and dealing with corruption through the justice system. No matter what obstacles we face, we always find the strength to pull it together and overcome though. After the song was done I named it “Hard 2 Ignore” because you can’t ignore the intended message.”
Life Through Torment, the violent debut album from Dallas-based death metal/hardcore outfit, I AM, is nearing its independent release in just over a week, and No Clean Singing has undertaken the task of hosting the daunting album for an exclusive pre-release stream.