12-year-old Rochester, NY-based pop singer Baylee Morrison is releasing her powerful debut single “Discommunication” on February 17th through Noble Steed Music. The inspiration for this song came to Baylee when one day she was upset that her sisters wouldn’t go outside and play with her because they were on their phones. She realized how distracted we are by technology, and that people are missing out on real life because they are paying too much attention to a virtual one. Baylee worked with songwriter/producer Elvio Fernandes of the multi-platinum-selling act Daughtry and Johnny Cummings to complete the song.
Baylee had this to say about working with Elvio, having initially met him at his Camp ROC Star: “Working with Elvio was the best experience of my music career. He is so supportive, talented and most of all, fun! I loved going to his studio to work with him and Johnny.”
R.Ring is Kelley Deal and Mike Montgomery. It is guitars, voices and keys. The music is sparse, abrasive, chaotic and lulling… often within the same song. It is a celebration of / departure from their work in their other bands (Kelley with The Breeders and Mike with Ampline).
On Ignite the Rest, R.Ring’s forthcoming debut full length, Kelley and Mike have enlisted the help of a few friends to flesh out some of the material. The bits of drumming that appear are courtesy of Laura King (Mac MaCaughan and the Non-Believers, Fleshwounds), Leo DeLuca (Southeast Engine) and professional skateboarder Kristian Svitak. The compelling cello arrangements are by Lori Goldston (Earth / Nirvana).
REBEL WIZARD: New Video From Australian Negative Metal Act
Next week, self-proclaimed negative metal project REBEL WIZARD will reissue the maniacal sounds of the Triumph Of Gloom full-length via Prosthetic Records. In advance of its release, today esteemed metal portal No Clean Singing offers a video for “Eat The Warlock” for public devourment.
Adult Karate is the first official solo project of Los Angeles based, born and bred producer K.C. Maloney. The ‘LXII’ EP was released 8/19/16 on Plug Research Records and cemented Maloney’s arrival as a solo artist. LXII’s first single, “So Low” (feat. Adaline), garnered attention from a plethora of music blogs and online media outlets (including The FADER) and was added to several influential Spotify playlists.
Following 2014’s critically acclaimed opening volley EP, composed of espionage-themed singles, and their 2015 politically tinged full-length debut Dead Letterbox, New York’s Imaginary People return with their second full-length release, entitled October Alice, due in April 2017. The album was again produced by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Titus Andronicus, Real Estate), reprising his role from their debut LP.
DozerTX Announces New EP and Releases “Fixated”
San Angelo, TX based band, DozerTX have gained some esteem over the last year with their infectious, aggressive, yet emotional pop-punk style and unique dual vocalists. The band formed in 2014, when Kevin Cale (formerly of Handguns) wanted to branch out to write and release music on his own. After returning home from extensive touring, he reconnected with friends and other musicians to creatively form DozerTX, which consists of vocalist/bassist Miles Mcmillan, guitarist Eli Kypfer and drummer Mark Jimenez.
WILLIAM SINGE RELEASES VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “RUSH”- WATCH IT NOW!
William Singe has accumulated a massive online fan base with nearly 3 million Facebook followers, 250 million views on YouTube (over 1.7 million YT followers), and 65 million streams on Spotify of his acclaimed cover performances. Forbes heralded Singe as one of the “5 R&B Artists to Look Out For in 2017.” Singe recently kicked off a 40 date U.S. headlining tour and over the summer, performed at over 45 club dates internationally to 1000+ capacity rooms, with many of the dates selling out, as well as performing a well-received set at Billboard’s 2016 “Hot 100 Festival.”
Celeb Couple Release New Cinematic Pop Song
East of Eli (aka Nathan West) debuted his first single from his sophomore release Lost Transmission on Valentine’s Day in honor of his wife famed actress Chyler Leigh (Supergirl, Grey’s Anatomy).
The song titled Nowhere, beautifully fuses cinematic folk, pop melodies and modern electronic sound. Nowhere is a love letter to West’s wife, acclaimed actress Chyler Leigh who makes her singing debut providing angelic harmonies throughout the track. The arrangement is stunning, highlighting catchy melodies, soaring guitars and deep synths, a reminder of their devotion to one another despite the challenges that come with both having careers in entertainment.
Among Criminals – “Patience and Regret”
Among Criminals threads together 1990s alt-rock, modern indie rock, punk rock, and Jamaican dub, ska, and reggae. It’s an adventurous aesthetic that conjures the fearless musicality of the Mars Volta and At The Drive In, Nirvana, and Manchester Orchestra. The band’s recordings are visceral and dynamic, and also subtly layered for a multi-dimensional “headphones experience.” The trio originally formed in 2008, but burned out after a grueling schedule of 250-300 shows a year that tested its sanity, creativity, and commitment.
“Beautiful Soul” by Four Star Riot
Four Star Riot has a new video for the song Beautiful Soul out tonight 02.15.17. The video was filmed during the band’s opening set for seminal power pop band The Smithereens last month at Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo, FL. Additional footage is from the recording session at Zen Studios in Pinellas Park, FL the month prior. Four Star Riot is working on new material at the moment. This first release of 2017 is a powerful rocker that speaks to the beauty inside us all.
MEW Trippy New Video for “85 Videos”
Hot on the heels of the announcement of its seventh album Visuals – set for an April 28 release – Danish art rock band MEW announces details of a brand new single and video, “85 Videos.”
PRAYER ‘FADING’ VIDEO
Taken from his LOST project released in January 2017, Prayer presents the visual accompaniment for intricate piano track FADING, created by London-based film making team Liam Healy and Joe Wilson. Through the video, the duo take viewers on a journey through the suburbs of greater London, a fitting match to the tracks complex, yet stark melodies that showcase the up-and-coming producers talent for the piano.
Ivy Mode returns with the sultry ‘Body Next To You’
Ivy Mode is gearing up to reveal her dark and sensual side with her sophomore single Body Next To You on Valentine’s Day. Following the release of Money Can’t Buy back in November, the Voice van Vlaanderen alumnus gained praise from Entertainment Weekly, Ultimate Music, Popwrapped and the like. Currently counting over 140K streams, the pop firecracker has been featured in the H&M in Store playlist as well as in Spotify’s Fresh Finds Hiptronix, New Music Friday and Indie All Stars.
Cornish-trio Auction For The Promise Club release new single ‘Moonlight’
Teasing fans with the first taste of new music, indie-rock trio Auction For The Promise Club have revealed the brand new track ‘Moonlight’ taken from their forthcoming debut album Silence, due June 9th.
Opening with the hauntingly seductive voice of Zoe White Chambers, ‘Moonlight’ explodes into a frenetic rock anthem, showcasing the emotional and rugged dynamics that Auction For The Promise Club channel through their music.
Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated quintet, OneRepublic announced with Honda today they will tour North America this summer when they embark on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour, promoted by Live Nation. The Honda Civic Tour is in its 16th year, and has become an annual live-music tradition collaborating with talented music makers since 2001. Featuring support from chart-topping Fitz and The Tantrums and opener James Arthur, season nine winner of British The X Factor, Honda Civic Tour will make 36 stops in the U.S. The summer tour launches in Kansas City at the Sprint Center on July 7, and includes dates in Nashville, Detroit, Virginia Beach, Philadelphia, Hartford, Dallas, Los Angeles and, of course, in Anaheim at the Honda Center on Sept. 2. The 2017 Honda Civic Tour will offer the most engaging experiences and promotions for fans to-date.
Nominations were announced today for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, honoring country music’s superstars and hottest emerging talent. Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley will return to host for the second consecutive year. The ACM Awards® are produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Ten-time ACM Award winners and multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum announced the nominees in five categories, including Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Duo of the Year, and Vocal Group of the Year live today on “CBS This Morning.” “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier announced additional nominees on ETonline.com.
ÁSGEIR SHARES MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “UNBOUND”
Icelandic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ásgeir has shared the official music video for his new single “Unbound,” one that deals in an unknown virtual reality world, where the subjects are able to express their deepest and darkest desires, through a futuristic virtual reality lens. The video explores their intertwining virtual lives, the perfect interplay between the lyric: “Nothing holds me back now,” and a virtual world that is yet to exist.
Eric Slick wants you to know that his upcoming debut solo release, Palisades, is not a breakup record. “It’s not a record about love or anything like that,” he says. “It’s an album about meditation, death, self-help, dream therapy, tarot and mysticism.”
FALSE HEADS return with new video
Having been hailed by Iggy Pop as one of his favourite bands of the moment, declared “the future of rock n’ roll” by ex-Ramones manager Danny Fields, signed up by The Libertines drummer Gary Powell to his 25 Hour Convenience Store label, given Pete Townsend’s studio to record in, and named as one of their tips for 2017 by both Fred Perry Subculture and This Feeling, it’s fair to say that there’s a hell of a buzz swirling around the young East London trio False Heads right now.
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, postmodern composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Metcalf is set to tour the US and Canada solo in Spring 2017. Metcalf made a splash with his debut album Fjord (2016), which received pleasant responses from the international press community and music lovers alike for its breathtaking collection of art-folk compositions that range from wistful, unhurried ballads to swirling, majestic orchestrations, sometimes within the same song, and all set to Metcalf’s inviting vocals and non-linear storytelling.
The material for the record was pulled from hand-scrawled journals written over a decade and spanning five continents (Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America). More recently, Metcalf lived inside a four foot crawl space between a vintage store and loft apartments in order to save enough from his day jobs to complete the album. Recorded in Austin, Ft. Worth and Dallas with 30 talented musician friends, the singer-songwriter and band saw every dive, theater and city street as the ideal stage to prep the songs before further dressing the arrangements in the studio.
The Harmaleighs to release HIRAETH EP on May 5
The Harmaleighs honestly craft poetic, passionate, and powerful songs cut from a pastiche of indie, folk, pop and Americana. In January 2015, The Harmaleighs—Haley Grant [lead vocals, guitar] and Kaylee Jasperson [bass, harmonies]—embarked on something of a modern odyssey in support of their independent full-length debut, Pretty Picture, Dirty Brush. The band-mates and partners got rid of their Nashville apartment, put everything they owned in a storage unit, bought a van, equipped it with a bed, and hit the road with their 8-month-old pug Gus sleeping on the dash for the next nine months. The trials, tribulations, and triumphs of this trek would ultimately inspire their upcoming EP, Hiraeth, to be released on May 5.
“Hiraeth is a Welsh word that we stumbled upon while we were on tour,” says Kaylee. “It basically means, ‘Longing for a home.’ It’s a feeling of rootlessness and homesickness that we started to collectively feel around month six. By the end, we had burned out.”
Parisian duo Ofenbach unveils an acoustic version of their single “Be Mine,” out now via Warner Music. With dynamic rhythm of beautifully produced vocals by Ofenbach member Dorian, the single has transformed into an easy-listening hit for the spring. The original version of “Be Mine” has impacted charts back home — including on 4 iTunes Charts, and currently #16 on the Shazam’s Global Top 100.
THE PETER TOSH MUSEUM PRESENTS THE STEPPIN’ RAZOR EXPERIENCE SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH
On Saturday, February 25th (9:30PM-3:00AM), the Peter Tosh Museum will present The Steppin’ Razor Experience at the newly appointed Peter Tosh Square at the Pulse Centre! The event will feature live and recorded music, and fans can expect an electric celebratory party atmosphere as a number of reggae heavyweights headline the live performances, which will begin at midnight. These include the likes of Andrew Tosh, Dre Tosh, young Jahzarah McIntosh (who will perform her tribute song dedicated to her late grandfather), Asadenaki Wailer, and Garnett Silk Jr, with others to be announced in the coming days. Peter Tosh music will be the central note in the evening’s activities.
Guests will also be able to go on special tours in what is being dubbed as “a night at the Museum.” Tours will be offered at discounted rates and Jamaicans and visitors alike will get another opportunity to access this already famous facility comfortably. Endorsed by no less an icon than Mick Jagger, the Tosh museum has been cited by the New York Times as a key reason to visit Kingston this year, naming Jamaica’s capital city #24 in the list of places to visit in 2017. Similar museum notices have appeared in the Washington Post, the UK Guardian, Billboard magazine and scores of other news publications around the world.
Jackson Boone Premieres “Mystic Winds” Via Atwood
oday, Jackson Boone premieres via Atwood the first single from his new album ‘Organic Light Factory’ (Out March 10th, Raindust Records). Boone is a songwriter who quietly emerged from the misty magic of Portland, Oregon. His lo-fi folk rock sound is comparable to Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile, or Damien Jurado.
LINKIN PARK will be launching their new single “Heavy,” featuring Kiiara, with a special performance on Facebook Live TODAY February 16th at 12:00pm PST. The band will be performing the new single, along with a couple other surprises.
Listen To The Opening Track From Western Daughter’s Debut LP
Today you can listen to the opening track entitled Skinny Water from Western Daughter’s upcoming album entitled Driftwood Songs. Think Mewithoutyou meets Okkervil River meets Modest Mouse. Honest emo/folk/rock from the Pacific Northwest that weaves introspective lyrics into every song.
Western Daughter will also be playing Treefort Fest this March in Boise, Idaho with such great acts as Touche Amore, Deafheaven, Alvvays, The Growlers, Kishi Bashi, Andy Shauf, AJJ & more!
Watch the bold new Ibibio Sound Machine video for “Give Me a Reason”
Today, Ibibio Sound Machine invite us all to join their electrifying dance party in the new video for “Give Me a Reason” from the band’s full-length Merge debut Uyai, which will be in stores on March 3.
The musical lineup for the 2017 Solid Sound Festival, which takes place June 23-25 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA, has been revealed. Joining festival hosts Wilco, who will headline shows on Friday and Saturday, are Television, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Robert Glasper Experiment, Dawn of Midi, Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin with the Guilty Ones, Kevin Morby, Joan Shelley, Big Thief, Peter Wolf & the Midnight Travelers, Deep Sea Diver, Andy Shauf, Alloy Orchestra, Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids, Kacy & Clayton, Daniel Bachman, Jeff Parker Trio, The Shaggs and Max Hatt / Edda Glass. Wilco members’ side projects including Tweedy, The Autumn Defense, On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Four and Quindar will also perform.
The Unlikely Candidates Release EP Tomorrow, “Ringer”
Fort Worth, TX alternative rock band, The Unlikely Candidates will release Bed Of Liars, a six-song EP, tomorrow, February 17, 2017. Their single, “Ringer”, is currently top 35 at Alternative Radio and spinning on KYSR in LA, WWDC in DC, WRDA in Atlanta, KTBZ in Houston, KTCL in Denver, WSUN in Tampa and dozens more.
Having built a strong following, winning over fans in every city they play in with their infectious songs, the band signed to Another Century Records in 2016 and hit Alternative Rock radio with two singles, “Your Love Could Start a War” (over 2 Million Plays On Spotify) and “Ringer.”
With his extraordinary new single “Say You Won’t Let Go” having been named the top trending love song in the U.S. this Valentine’s Day, breakout British musician James Arthur has announced he will join OneRepublic alongside support act Fitz and the Tantrums on the 2017 Honda Civic Tour this summer. Dates kick off July 7 in Kansas City and criss-cross North America through mid-September. See below for full itinerary.
“Say You Won’t Let Go”—featured on James’ chart-topping new album Back From The Edge—continues its massive ascent here in the U.S., where the single nears Top 10 at Adult Pop radio and Top 25 at Pop radio with more than 30 million in radio audience across multiple formats. “Say You Won’t Let Go” has reached Top 5 on iTunes in the U.S. and has since gone on to sell more than 3 million downloads, more than 350 million Spotify streams, and a quarter of a billion total views at Vevo/YouTube around the globe.
Directed and animated by frequent visual collaborator Jeremy Cole, the visual accompaniment to the RASCAL produced cut gives viewers a further look into the world of WONDERLAND, which was introduced in issue one of 22 year old rapper’s WELCOME TO WONDERLAND comic (a 4 part printed series drawn by Mckay Felt + written by Eddie Smith. Issue 1 is out now). Taking viewers into the darker side of the RABBIT HOLE, our protagonist continues her mission to disrupt the system.
Chicago-based JC Brooks is set to release a new album, The Neon Jungle, on April 7, 2017 via Rock Ridge Music. JC Brooks makes soul-infused, genre-bending music that is energetic and kinetically charged. “It all started out as an effort to merge post-punk and soul, but it’s grown into so much more than that,” says vocalist/lyricist/ bandleader JC Brooks. “I feel like we carry that ethos with the genre-mixing blend of soul music we write, and the punk aspect is more about our DIY determination to get out there onstage and engage with our live crowds on a visceral level.”
After years of touring the US and Europe playing clubs to major festivals, the band hunkered down in 2016 to record The Neon Jungle. They previously released two albums for Bloodshot Records as JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, but with The Neon Jungle they have dropped “the Uptown Sound” and are simply going by the name JC Brooks. Band members include JC Brooks on vocals, Alec Lehrman on guitar, Theodore Berry IV on bass, Jeremy Tromburg on keyboards, Kevin Marks on drums, and JoVia Armstrong on percussion.
Sammy Bananas spreads love on dancefloors around the globe with feel-good singles like “Blo” and “21.” But now this Brooklyn DJ/producer is bringing love to our actual globe with DJs For Climate Action, a coalition of like-minded musicians using their craft and cultural influence to provoke response to the global challenge of climate change.
What began as a way for touring artists to learn about purchasing carbon offsets for their travel has grown into a worldwide climate awareness movement. Starting today, Sammy is activating a new DJS4CA pledge drive; watch the video (featuring Fool’s Gold labelmate A-Trak, Anna Lunoe, Soul Clap, DJ Spooky, RJD2, Louisahhh!!! and others) and learn more at djs4ca.com/pledge and check Sammy’s “Activate” DJS4CA Fundraiser at Brooklyn’s Friends And Lovers this Friday (2/17) with DJ Lindsey (Negroclash), Sam O.B. (LuckyMe) and Just Max.
ARTIFICIAL BRAIN To Release Infrared Horizon Via Profound Lore In April
Long Island, New York-based sci-fi death metal quintet, ARTIFICIAL BRAIN, will release their second album, Infrared Horizon, through Profound Lore Records in April, the label issuing an early stream of the track “Synthesized Instinct” alongside the album’s cover artwork, track listing, and preorders.
Produced by Colin Marson (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves, Infrared Horizon sees ARTIFICIAL BRAIN traveling towards a sonic realm where the music has become more brutal and dissonant, technical, atmospheric, and just overall more otherworldly. Lyrical themes delve into concepts within a dystopian future in which robots and cyborgs have outlived human beings and who believe themselves to be not of creation of the long extinct humans but a more perfect evolution of them. These themes are portrayed in the appropriate cover art crafted by Adam Burke.
Released in September to widespread praise, Sonderlust — Kishi Bashi’s third studio album, produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor — marked the songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and violin virtuoso’s most intimate and adventurous work to date. With songs ranging from shiny synth-pop jams to danceable disco-influenced bangers, it’s been described as an album “full of surprises” (The Wall Street Journal) and Kishi Bashi’s “best album by a mile” (Stereogum.)
Certified Platinum Producer Alesso Unveils Official Music Video for “Falling”
Grammy-nominated DJ, producer and songwriter Alesso has unveiled his high-concept video for latest single ‘Falling’. Shot in Los Angeles and directed by Henrik Hanson, the stylish video is an homage to 80s movies such as ‘9½ Weeks’ and stars Alesso himself as he controls the movements of a dancer, creating a partner for the lone female dancer.
MAGGIE ROGERS DEBUT EP NOW THAT THE LIGHT IS FADING OUT TODAY ON CAPITOL RECORDS
Maggie Rogers releases her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading today on Capitol Records. The EP features four original songs written, produced and performed by the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, including the tracks “Alaska,” “Dog Years,” and “On + Off” which have more than 136 million plays combined across all platforms. Full track list below. Last night, Rogers made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing her single “Alaska” which charted in Spotify’s Viral 50 in 40 countries and hit #1 in 23 countries, including the U.S. With more than 26 million global streams to date on Spotify, it earned Rogers a place on the Spotify Best of 2016 list and set the stage for widespread international acclaim. Rogers recently premiered the video for her new track “On + Off,” directed by her frequent collaborator Zia Anger who also helmed the visuals for both “Alaska” and “Dog Years.”
Video: Boldy James ft. RicoElite – “Do It”
Detroit’s Boldy James rhymes with an in-depth lyricism and panoramic storytelling that paints a vivid picture of life in his struggling hometown. After emerging from the shadows following a two year absence with January’s The Art of Rock Climbing, Boldy James releases the moody visual for “Do It,” directed by Gerard Victor (Fabolous, Royce Da 5’9″, Wiz Khalifa). Premiered by VIBE, “Do It” follows a boxer through her training, roaming around in a frosty Michigan winter, throwing quick jabs and fierce hooks that mirror the incisive web of lines spun by Boldy’s rhymes. Featuring RicoElite on the hook, “Do It” is the first visual from the forthcoming House of Blues project, due February 27th.
Témé Tan Shares the Video For New Track “Sè Zwa Zo”
Drawing inspiration from his global travels and taking musical cues from his time spent in Congo, Brazil, Japan, Guinea and beyond and influenced by artists from Jai Paul and MC Solaar through to Papa Wemba and Jorge Ben, Témé Tan distilled his varied influences at home in his studio in Belgium to create music which feels truly free of classification.
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is thrilled to announce Fixed Focus, the debut album from Saint Pé (Ian Saint Pé, longtime Black Lips and Diamond Rugs guitarist). Noisey shared the first music from the new album with their premiere of “Kiss It Goodbye,” calling the track “a reconfiguring of his old band’s rock ‘n’ roll ideal.” Fixed Focus is due April 7, 2017, and is available to preorder.
Maggie Rogers releases her debut EP Now That The Light Is Fading today on Capitol Records. The EP features four original songs written, produced and performed by the 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, including the tracks “Alaska,” “Dog Years,” and “On + Off” which have more than 136 million plays combined across all platforms. Last night, Rogers made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performing her single “Alaska” which charted in Spotify’s Viral 50 in 40 countries and hit #1 in 23 countries, including the U.S. With more than 26 million global streams to date on Spotify, it earned Rogers a place on the Spotify Best of 2016 list and set the stage for widespread international acclaim. Rogers first-ever North American headline tour sold out more than two months in advance of its launch. The run kicks off March 20th at The Irenic in San Diego and includes concerts at the historic Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA (March 21), Chicago’s Lincoln Hall (April 2), U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC (April 8) and New York City’s Bowery Ballroom (April 11) and Music Hall of Williamsburg (April 12) .
Somewhere in the Sun — When Kenny Chesney makes a record, he takes all 10 or 12 songs into consideration, not just the handful that will end up on the radio. Over a career that has seen the 8-time Entertainer of the Year spend 76 weeks at No. 1, Chesney has also been an artist whose albums continue selling long after the release cycle.
To that end, the man who just spent two weeks at No. 1 with the GRAMMY, and now Academy of Country Music nominated, “Setting the World on Fire” with P!NK, sees 2014’s The Big Revival, 2013’s Life on a Rock, 2008’s Lucky Old Sun and 2012’s Welcome to the Fishbowl all receive RIAA certifications. Revival and Rock for Gold; Sun and Fishbowl for Platinum.
LESLIE MENDELSON Returns With ‘LOVE & MURDER’
Leslie Mendelson returns with Love & Murder—the singer/songwriter’s first new album in eight years. The effort is the long-awaited follow up to her Grammy Award-nominated debut, Swan Feathers. A stirring work instilled with emotional depth, Love & Murder is an apropos title reflecting the dichotomy between the dark and light she encountered in those years between. Poised for stardom in 2009 with comparisons to Carole King and Rickie Lee Jones on the tip of tastemakers’ tongues, fate as it often does, had other plans. Perhaps though, this was to the benefit of her art. After losing a record and management deal and having her friend and producer Joel Dorn unexpectedly pass away, Mendelson recommitted to herself and, slowly but surely, penned the songs with longtime co-writer Steve McEwan that would become Love & Murder.
Shot in Los Angeles the video for “Work The Middle” was choreographed and directed by Wildabeast Adams.
21-year old musician, and curator of one of the fastest growing YouTube channels in the world, Alex Aiono released his debut single “Work The Middle” January 27th and it has already crossed 1.5 million plays on Spotify. The single, which showcases Aiono’s commanding vocals and irresistible energy, is now available for streaming and download via all digital partners.
Brooklyn Vegan has shared Tobin Sprout’s video for his single “Future Boy Today / Man Of Tomorrow”. On 1/27 Tobin released his first album in seven years entitled “The Universe And Me’. The album is out now on Burger Records. Prior to the album’s release, Sprout premiered three singles “Future Boy Today / Man Of Tomorrow”, “A Walk Across The Human Bridge”, and “When I Was A Boy”.
Speelburg Announces New Single ‘Pulse Of A Million’
Brighton-based producer and songwriter Speelburg is back with a brand new single; ‘Pulse Of A Million’, accompanied by a brilliantly bizarre and mesmerising video, in which he stars himself – watch it here.
Sturgill Simpson unveils official “All Around You” music video
The official music video for Sturgill Simpson’s “All Around You” is premiering today and can now be viewed HERE.
Invisible Oranges issues alongside their exclusive advance track premiere, “Lermo’s caveman growls follow the rhythm of the opening Tampa ’88 riff to a tee. Martinez-Hoadley’s more savage shouts mark where the label begins to erode however. Lermo and her vocal interplay make for a special assault, like being attacked by a spiked baseball bat in one hand and Wolverine’s claw in the other. Big power chords act as transitions between Dekker’s fast-but-not-too-fast polka bounces, taken right out of the Bill Andrews playbook. That said, the groove that he and Osterhout lock into at the 3:40 mark bleeds modern Bay Area attitude. It’s punky yet perfectly taut, a sinister section that’s manipulates the skank-impulse a little too well to be dubbed ignorant.”
ATLANTA HIP-HOP TRIO MIGOS JOINS WITH MOTOWN AND CAPITOL RECORDS TO RELEASE NEW MUSIC
As an extension of Quality Control Music’s (QC) joint venture with Capitol Music Group (CMG), Atlanta-based hip-hop trio Migos – whose second album through QCM, C U L T U R E, debuted at #1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album charts less than three weeks ago – announced today that its future music will be released through QC and Motown/Capitol Records. The Migos/QC partnership with Motown/Capitol was announced today by the trio’s members Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, as well as QCM’s CEO, Pierre “Pee” Thomas, its COO, Kevin “Coach K” Lee, CMG’s Chairman and CEO Steve Barnett and Motown Records President Ethiopia Habtemariam.
Hear Will Johnson’s new single, “Predator”
Over the course of his quarter-century-plus career, Will Johnson has dealt with every challenge a musician can face. The silver lining, however, is that the Austin-based songwriter excels at taking bumps in the road and turning them into gold.
A week before Johnson was to begin tracking his fifth solo album, Hatteras Night, A Good Luck Charm, he hit one such bump: His usual studio haunt, the Echo Lab—where he’s recorded solo work, albums by his beloved former band Centro-matic and side projects such as South San Gabriel—suddenly became unavailable due to a fire. Luckily, a friend and collaborator, Britton Beisenherz (Monahans, Milton Mapes) stepped in and offered up his Austin, Texas, studio, Ramble Creek Recording.
Morgan Cameron Ross New Single
His thoughts on the new direction: “I’ve been in need of a drastic change. Music slipped away from me this past while. I’ve written with and for countless talented people. Grammy winners, Platinum selling artists, successes, failures, talented and non. I scored my own Top 10 Billboard song with my pop band, Bellwoods a couple years ago even. So why put out my own dark and melancholy music? I started out as a young kid running my University radio station. I listened only to old folk music and political punk tunes. I can still recite every single damn Weakerthans or Shins lyric. Two years ago I got off a stage in some arena with my band and the headliners were about to go on. They do well and have some hits but they’re also close to 40 years old and every single damn one of them were wearing bedazzled shoes. It was that moment right there that I knew I had to start putting out music like this song I’m sending you right now again.”
Maryland based Rock Band Calisus have released their newest single, “Six Feet of Lies”. Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio, “Six Feet of Lies” was Produced, Mixed, & Mastered by the band’s own Patrick Koch.
Sam Rae melds looped cello + soulful midwest roots on upcoming LP
Sam Rae captures eyes and ears with an alluring honesty as she blends her improvisational performance past with midwestern folk roots, and a curious soul-filled voice.
With elements of an improvisational past sprinkled throughout the album, Bring Us to New Islands — announced today for an April 21st release date — devours Sam Rae’s previous musical identity as an artist of impermanent sounds on the cello. Through her arrangements, she hones in on the dance between intimacy stirred up from the past & spontaneity influenced by the present. These songs represent a love history from child to adult, one that she channels eloquently as a shapeshifting kind of story.
The Shins have proudly unveiled new single “Mildenhall,” the third track from forthcoming album Heartworms.
To accompany the new track, The Shins have also unveiled a lyric video for “Mildenhall”. Shot in black and white, the video features a wandering James Mercer in England as he reflects on the place he once called home: Royal Air Force Mildenhall in Suffolk where his father was stationed. Deeply autobiographical in nature, “Mildenhall” explores the idea of home and the enduring influence of life abroad at the precipice of adulthood, chronicling his process of self-discovery both as a person and as a musician.
Tomorrow, MONTFAUCON – the medieval era-inspired doom/death metal concept project from Uzbekistani duo Valentin Mayamsin and Michel Cadenzar – will release their six-track album, Renaissance. The album can be ordered now via Bandcamp. In celebration of tomorrow’s release, Invisible Oranges is exclusively streaming Renaissance in full.
Luke Sital-Singh “Killing Me”
Speaking about the clip, Luke says; “It’s cut from digitised cine films that my wife’s late grandfather shot in the Seventies. They were only sent to us recently because her parents were in the process of moving to Vancouver. When I watched them, the nostalgic nature and the parallels with both our grandparents, it just felt tonally right, and a little note of serendipity”.
MICHELLE BRANCH SHARES “HOPELESS ROMANTIC” VIDEO VIA ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum singer-songwriter Michelle Branch has shared her first official music video for “HopelessRomantic” from her new album also of the same name, due April 7 via Verve Records. The video premiered via Entertainment Weekly, described as a “shadowy, sultry clip fitting of the tune.” The single is currently available for download at iTunes and to stream at Spotify and Apple Music. The album is available for pre-order at Amazon, iTunes, and pre-save at Spotify.
YUNG JUKO HITS MY MIXTAPEZ WITH “YNFA” (YA NEXT FAVORITE ARTIST)
After a whirlwind year spent recording, shooting videos and hitting the road for radio promo with Bigga Rankin, Yung Juko unleashed his debut project, “YNFA” (Ya Next Favrite Artist) on the front page of My Mixtapez yesterday. Hosted by Bigga Rankin himself, who recently came on board as a co-manager, this project is eight solid, no-feature tracks of Juko’s signature rap-ish R&B that will keep ya head nodding from start to finish.
Featured are hits, “Trust Nobody”, “Learn From The Streets” and the soulful “Pray For Me” which combined, have garnered Juko close to 3.5 million views on YouTube. “Trust Nobody” also had the good grace to chart on two Billboard charts, hitting the Top 5 on both.
Phish has announced the release of ST. LOUIS ’93, a new archival release collecting two standout shows recorded on consecutive tours at St. Louis’ historic 1,750-seat American Theatre. The 6-CD boxed set will be released to stores and online via the band’s own JEMP Records on Friday, March 31st. The boxed set is available for preorder now at Phish Dry Goods and also at livephish.com for streaming and download.
Phish’s 1993 tour in support of their fourth studio album, RIFT, saw the band expanding into colleges and theaters as word spread about their extraordinary live performances. ST. LOUIS ’93 begins with their first stop at the American Theatre that year, April 14th, famously dubbed the “Roger Proposal” show when Trey Anastasio’s old friend Roger Holloway kicked off Set II by proposing to his girlfriend onstage. Among the night’s other memorable moments are “AC/DC Bag” > “My Sweet One” for the newly-engaged couple, an especially creative “Stash” > “Kung” > “The Horse” mash-up, and a dreamy “Harpua” > “Runaway Jim.”
Round Hill Records darlings and newest signing Royal Teeth have teamed up with Huffington Post to premiere the powerful new visuals for their hit single, “Kids Conspire.” The track is off of the band’s stunning new EP called Amateurs released via Round Hill Records that hit the top 20 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart in its first week of release. The visuals for “Kids Conspire” is a whimsical reminder of the excitement of one’s youth and serve as an encouragement to all of us to take risks.
Royal Teeth is currently on tour with rock band SafetySuit, with stops in the Midwest to Chicago, through Nashville, and along to the East Coast with shows in Columbus, Boston and New York City before wrapping at The Foundry at The Fillmore in Philadelphia, PA on February 19.
Sad Vegan debut upbeat pop-punk single “New Years, No Fears”
Cali-based pop-punk quintet Sad Vegan is streaming the newest single from their upcoming debut EP Another Life, Another Day. The track “New Years, No Fears” premiered with Fresh Beats 365 and follows the EP’s first single “Palm Trees” (streaming here). The catchy tune is offset by some seedier subject matter, where the perspective of a one night stand is shared from both sides.
ISLANDER and Loudwire are excited to unveil the emotive new music video for “Better Day,” the fourth clip from the breakout band’s magnetic concept album Power Under Control.
In a market over-saturated with cookie-cutter bangers and copy-paste sounds, it takes a true musical mastermind to set the trends and rise above the noise. Young Brazilian producer and musician Bruno Martini is just that.
A trained musician, songwriter, singer and producer, Martini represents a unique phenomenon in today’s international music scene. With rock’n’roll in his blood and electronic music in his soul, he’s fused raw instrumentalism with masterful production to create an unparalleled hybrid of sounds. Shimmering, sun-drenched melodies combine with haunting vocals, meaningful lyrics and dancefloor-ready rhythms, culminating in music that is deep, evocative, and soul-filling.
Critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Tove Lo, who has surpassed Spotify’s 1 billion-stream plateau, is set to join internationally renowned British rockers Coldplay on their forthcoming North American Tour this fall, kicking off September 23rd in Seattle. The pairing makes sense, given the Swedish siren’s appearance on “Fun”, a song on the band’s latest album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Currently in the midst of her own SOLD OUT headlining Lady Wood Tour, and with major festivals announced for the spring and summer, including Coachella, Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, Tove Lo is showing no signs of stopping.
No Joy recently announced the CREEP EP, which will be released on Feb. 24 on the brand new label collective Grey Market, and today shares the second single from it, “Hellhole” along with an interview at Brooklyn Vegan. You can check out the first single & video for “Califone” via NPR. The EP was produced by Jorge Elbrecht, who also appears as a guest musician. Check out Feb. & March tour dates below, including a stop at SXSW.
Weird Milk drop debut single, the tempo-shifting alt.pop of ‘This Close’
Weird Milk release their 60s-vibing, tempo-shifting single ‘This Close’, out with B-side ‘You’ as a physical release on March 24th via Ra-Ra Rok Records, and available to stream digitally from February 17th.
It’s the debut single from the West Londoners, and it’s a compelling introduction to their sound. A bright verse and sultry chorus nod towards a combination of Alex Turner at his most romantic and arch New wave, all sprinkled with creamy 60s beat harmonies.
THRILLERS to release BREAK FREE on April 28
THRILLERS is the new project from LA-based electro-pop-blood-brothers Greg & Jeremy Pearson. Tall, dark, and handsome, THRILLERS have constructed an emotional rollercoaster full of sure-fire synth-pop anthems and invigorating dance-rock and will release their debut album, Break Free on April 28.
Break Free features collaborations with indie-pop stalwart Twin Shadow and producer duo Back Talk and combines elements of 80s nostalgia, contemporary R&B and indie-pop without missing a beat. The first track from the album is funk banger “Can’t Get Enough”.
J.Views Premieres “Into The Light” [Orchestral Version] Video On BlackBook
Today BlackBook has premiered the video for “Into The Light” [Orchestral Version]. Originally featuring Wild Cub, and taken from 401 Days. Into the Light (Live) was recorded last year at the Opera Hall of Tel-Aviv. with the J.Views live band, featuring singer Denitia Odigie and along with the 30-piece ‘Revolution Orchestra’. The album picked up a grammy nomination for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Packaging.
Scott Simons (keys, synths, vocals) and Dani Buncher (vocals, drums) of TeamMate, have had a solid partnership that has culminated into the release of their self-titled debut album out today on Rostrum Records. TeamMate is packed with nine arena ready, soaring pop songs that document the journey of Dani and Scott’s incredible connection.
The Octopus Project share new song and confirm East Coast tour for new LP
Austin, TX’s The Octopus Project today shared the second single from their new album Memory Mirror out April 7 via Robot High School and announced a headlining East Coast tour after performances at SXSW, including shows in Washington DC (4/10), New York (4/11), Chicago (4/18), and more. A full schedule is listed below. Gold Flake Paint says the second song, “Pedro Yang,” finds them “inventive and in formidable form as ever before,” listen here.
The Operator Music Fund for the Advancement of Human Rights and Mutual Respect
Operator Music Band has announced their new charity The Operator Music Fund For The Advancement Of Human Rights And Mutual Respect. The band will be donating all merch sales made on tour and via the band’s website to a different charity every quarter. All merchandise, including new tote bags and sweaters, are available now through the band’s bandcamp page.
Chicago indie mainstays The Poison Arrows have a new album coming and here’s the first track. The band: Patrick Morris (Ex Don Caballero), Justin Sinkovich (ex Adombombpocketknife) and Adam Reach bring expertly crafted garage rock from Chicago that features extra vocals from Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys. Check it below and stay tuned for LP details coming soon.
Following the recent release of their striking new album Do Easy on Bella Union, Toronto twin sister duo Tasseomancy (formerly of Austra) have shared the surreal video for track “Do Easy” on FADER. Showcasing the versatility and range of sisters Romy and Sari Lightman, “Do Easy” proves beguiling in its simplicity. Whimsical melodies and feather-light production easily charm, invoking the likes of Eleanor Friedberger/Fiery Furnaces in their endearing (and beautiful) quirkiness.
Bear Hands performed their songs “Giants” and “Like Me Like That” last night on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly. The band’s performance on the show was filmed at Los Angeles’ historic Palladium and you can watch it here.
B.A. Johnston premieres the video for “Drivethru Beef,” the latest single from his new album, Gremlins 3. Watch it now via House of Targ.
KILL THE PRECEDENT’s music is often described as dangerous, unpredictable and unexplainable. Their new music video for “Lesser of Two Evils” – directed by Brian Cox of Flarelight Films – follows suit, starring a guy who just can’t seem to find himself a “wholesome girlfriend” through Tinder, no matter how hard he tries! The video depicts the dangers of internet dating and how you can never really trust who is on the other side of the screen. The track itself is violent, vicious and explodes on impact with speedy brutality.
WARNING – this video is VERY NSFW and not for the faint of heart!
SONGBIRDS GUITAR MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE
Songbirds Guitar Museum, the world’s largest private collection of rare, vintage guitars will celebrate the museum’s grand opening with a series of events beginning on Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. The family-friendly, guitar-oriented, pop culture museum is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee on the campus of the world famous Chattanooga Choo Choo.
Throughout the weekend, Songbirds Guitar Museum will host an inspiring educational session titled “Les Paul – From Start to Finish.” Longtime friend of the late Les Paul, Jim Wysocki provides insight into the inventor, musician and philanthropist. Attendees will be able to touch and play Les Paul’s personal guitars, and see his earliest inventions that helped advance guitar technology. Admission to this event is included in the cost of a museum ticket.
Lyon, France dark dreamweavers LES DISCRETS return with Prédateurs, their first full-length album in five years. Ever-evolving, the sound of LES DISCRETS in 2017 takes a stylistic shift which sees the band’s dreamy shoegaze and metallic tinged post-rock colored with a heavy post-punk influence and electronic chill while incorporating inspiration from trip-hop and 70’s film soundtracks. Prédateurs will be released on April 21 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, DOOL).
Following the success of their 2016 hit single “Intersection,” international DJ/producer group TROUZE make their return with “Splash”.
A lead up to their highly-anticipated vocal original “Busy,” (coming in March), “Splash” is an appropriately named release to start off their 2017 campaign. The uplifting melody and spring-inspired chord progressions intertwine expertly with the organic ebb and flow of the composition, demonstrating the impressive depth of TROUZE’s technical know-how. The song’s unique musicality is constructed from many live instrumental and highlights the strong ability of Tat, their instrumentalist.
Chicago Alt-Pop Duo Bonelang Release New Album
Bonelang, the Alternative Pop duo from Chicago, has released the first installment of their debut body of work, Venn Diagrams.
Over the past year, Bonelang has gathered steam with their electric live set, playing all over the country, while spending every waking hour working on Venn Diagrams- an album that is molded from obsession and soaked in ambition. Finally allowing the world a glance at this passion project, Bonelang is certain to be busy this year with their campaign – The Year of the Sunflower -that includes a two-part album, a four-volume short film series, three official music videos, an artbook, and a clothing collection.
Alex Di Leo Releases Cover Video for The Chainsmokers’ “Paris”
South Florida alternative indie singer/songwriter Alex Di Leo has been making noise with the release of his debut solo EP So We Go, out now. The songwriter has been treating fans to videos including a live performance of “I’ve Been Waiting” and two cinematic music video for “Waking Up,” and the EP’s title track, “So We Go.” Today, Di Leo unveiled another intricately produced music video, directed by Josiah Sampson, covering The Chainsmokers’ hit song “Paris.” The video comes just a day after Di Leo announced that he will be performing on the JetBlue Stage at Florida’s SunFest in West Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, May 7 2017. Alex Di Leo will be hitting the stage following Rachel Platten, playing in direct support of X-Ambassadors and Kaleo.
Jasper X called “Lackawanna”
Singer/songwriter Jasper X has been writing and recording records for the past 15 years. He began his music career playing small clubs in NYC, bouncing around from one project to the next. It would take a while for Jasper to finally organize his musical thoughts and put a dedicated effort into a studio recording. After writing indie-rock oriented pieces, such as the 2011 release ‘Cameras and Paragons’, he chose to let his current influences at the time (Wilco, Elliot Smith, Ryan Adams) take him in a different direction. His latest release, ‘Aegean Lanes’, enters the alt-folk/singer-songwriter genre with personal, acoustic-based songs having unique chord progressions (Only Patterns, Fortunes) and pulsating rhythms (Whirl Music, Alpha Rays).
Linkin Park Announce New Album ‘One More Light’
Continuing the tradition of reinvention and innovation, GRAMMY® Award-winning rock outliers LINKIN PARK enjoyed another career first today by announcing the May 19 release date of their seventh studio album, One More Light and debuting their new single “Heavy” [feat. Kiiara] on Facebook Live.
As the biggest band on Facebook – with over 62 million followers – the Los Angeles band delivered a stripped-down live performance and Q&A via the platform. Linkin Park invited fans everywhere into the heart of their Hollywood rehearsal space as they performed the signature smash “Crawling” followed by the first-ever performance of “Heavy” accompanied by alternative pop songstress Kiiara. Fittingly, the show concluded with one of the band’s biggest hits, “Burn It Down.”
Froth Share “Sensitive Girl” Video
Los Angeles’ Froth today shared the video for new single, “Sensitive Girl”, taken from their forthcoming new album, Outside (briefly), out February 24, 2017 via Wichita Recordings. Shot and directed by the band on the road, the video features footage from South Africa and their recent London headline show.’
Singer-songwriter Jena Irene Asciutto has teamed up with PopDust to release the stunning new single, “Floating Down the River.” The track is the first listen off of her highly anticipated debut album, Cold Fame, set to drop on May 26 via Original 1265 Recordings. The follow up to 2016’s Innocence EP, Cold Fame takes listeners through Jena’s experiences and growth over the past few years.