BRENT JOHNSON NEW SINGLE & RECORD DEAL
Canadian label Justin Time Records announces the signing of New Orleans-based blues/rock guitarist Brent Johnson and will release his debut album, Set the World on Fire, on April 8. Johnson is backed on the new CD by his road-tested band of Bill Blok (bass, backing vocals), John Perkins (drums) and Wayne Lohr (keyboards), along with special guest guitarists Alvin Youngblood Hart, who adds his scintillating touch on three tracks, and legendary slide master Sonny Landreth on one song. Set the World on Fire was produced by Brent Johnson and recorded/mixed by Ben Lorio at The Music Shed in New Orleans.
“My sound is rooted in the blues, though I don’t pretend to be a purist, and I don’t want to be,” Johnson explains. “I write music based on my experiences and the sounds I grew up with; I never want to pretend that I had the same experiences as the old bluesmen did, so I’m not going to go around trying to sound like them. What I do is put the emphasis on the feeling of the music, the passion, the urgency, the directness – that’s the goal.”
To stream the track, “Don’t Make a Sound,” from the new CD, click here: https://soundcloud.com/jill-kettles/brent-johnson-dont-make-a
A NIGHT TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
On the heels of November’s three hugely successful SOLD OUT Dylan Fests in New York and San Francisco, The Best Fest Sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey, is proud to announce Petty Fest 2014, the annual tribute to Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. This April Petty Fest will hit Los Angeles at The El Rey Theatre on April 3, Seattle at The Showbox April 9 and Chicago at The Metro April 23. The star-studded events, backed all night by the legendary Cabin Down Below Band, bring together the top musicians, actors, and comedians working today. All involved will be performing their favorite Petty classics. As is tradition at the Fests, these shows are sure to offer a handful of very special surprise guest stars. Once again, 100% of the ticket sale proceeds will go to benefit Sweet Relief and the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.
On April 3, Petty Fest will headline the El Rey Theatre. Confirmed guests will include: Flea, Albert Hammond Jr., The Walking Papers, Brendan Benson, Nikki Lane, Dhani Harrison, Jason Lee, Butch Walker, Ruby Amanfu, Eric Pulido of Midlake, James Valentine of Maroon 5, Pete Yorn, Matt Sorum & Ace Harper, Lukas Nelson, Chase Cohl, Zane Carney, Danny Masterson, Adam Busch, Ruby Stewart, Cory Chisel, Adriel Denae, Emily Armstrong of Dead Sara, Danny Clinch, Jordan Beckett of Bootstraps and more. Tickets are ON SALE NOW here: http://bit.ly/PettyFestLosAng.
MORNING PARADE ANNOUNCE US TOUR
Rising UK alternative rock five-piece MORNING PARADE today announce a spring headline tour in April and May. The band will visit cities throughout the US plus a show in Toronto in partnership with a radio station in each city. Fans can log on to the band’s re-launched website http://www.morningparade.com to find complete ticket information.
LEVI WEAVER SIGNS WITH ROCK RIDGE MUSIC
Singer, songwriter, and traveling troubadour Levi Weaver has signed with Rock Ridge Music, and the label will be releasing his forthcoming album, Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me, on May 13, 2014 (with distribution via ADA). In addition to CD and digital formats, the album will also be released on vinyl. Weaver’s second record with producer and audio engineer Aaron Dethrage, Your Ghost Keeps Finding Me is a tale about young love, marriage, marital separation, introspection, mature love, marital reconciliation, and death.
PLAID ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM & NEW SINGLE
Warp Records are pleased to announce the release of Plaid’s tenth album, Reachy Prints. The work confirms their position at the vanguard of underground electronic music production, whilst retaining their trademark emotive and playful signature style present throughout their career.
After 25 years together as Plaid, Andy Turner and Ed Handley are still true innovators within their field. Reachy Prints continues the evolution in Plaid’s long nurtured sound and reveals some of its hidden, most complex domains.
Stream the track “Hawkmoth” now:
EELS PERFORM LIVE VERSION OF “MILLICENT DON’T BLAME YOURSELF”
EELS perform a live version of “Millicent Don’t Blame Yourself” on Nigel Godrich’s “From the Basement” show, see it at http://youtu.be/_2CEIBckUw4. The studio version of the song is from the bonus disc for the band’s new album The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett out April 22 and available for pre-order at http://eelstheband.com/stores.php. To celebrate the release the band will set off on a North American and European tour, kicking off in Phoenix on May 14 with stops in New York, Los Angeles, London and Paris; Chelsea Wolfe will open on most U.S. dates.
LADY GAGA VOMIT STUNT ANGERS MANY IN ONLINE PETITION
A new Care2 petition demands Lady Gaga stop glamorizing bulimia after she allowed performance artist Millie Brown to vomit on her during a show at popular music festival South By Southwest (SXSW). The Care2 petition already has over 9,000 signatures.
VIEW THE PETITION HERE: http://www.care2.com/go/z/ladygaga
In a March 13th performance at SXSW, Brown vomited green liquid and black goo on Lady Gaga’s chest, prompting activists to protest the behavior as potentially triggering for those struggling with eating disorders. Lady Gaga recently admitted she has fought to overcome bulimia in the past.
The incident occurred shortly after Eating Disorders Awareness Week, which took place from February 23 to March 1. The Care2 petition asks Lady Gaga to end her professional relationship with Millie Brown and to stop using imagery that could trigger fans struggling with eating disorders.
MARC7 POSTS FULL ALBUM ONLINE
LA-based Marc7 of Jurassic 5 officially released his debut solo album Food, Clothing, and Shelter under his own label Marc7Music, LLC on March 7th. After much anticipation and request by fans, fellow artists, and producers, Marc7 has finally completed his solo record and is ready to share it with the world. The new album holds credits and collaborations from such acclaimed producers and artists as Teasebeats, JK-47, Cap’n Cookem, Sam Frenic, and John Myers – who also mixed and mastered the album. The first single entitled “I Who Have Nothing” has already received impressive reviews and support from the hip-hop community.
Full Album Stream: http://www.soundcloud.com/marc7music/sets/marc-7-food-clothing-and
WIRE: ‘BOB DYLAN IN THE 80s: VOLUME ONE’ EXCLUSIVELY PREMIERES VIA WALL STREET JOURNAL
Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One will be released on March 25. The brainchild of producers Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, The Low Anthem) and Sean O’Brien (Dawes, PAPA), the mission of Bob Dylan In The 80s: Volume One is to shed new light on a large cache of Bob Dylan songs that have long gone ignored, covering the period starting with 1980’s Saved and ending with 1990’s Under The Red Sky (including unreleased material — the “80s Basement Tapes” — and The Traveling Wilburys). Album contributors include: Built To Spill, Aaron Freeman of Ween & Slash, Glen Hansard, Reggie Watts, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Lucius, Langhorne Slim, Craig Finn Of The Hold Steady, Deer Tick, Dawn Landes, Blitzen Trapper, Carl Broemel Of My Morning Jacket, Elvis Perkins and more. The album is available for pre-order now.
MAJOR LEAGUE ENTERS STUDIO TO RECORD SOPHOMORE ALBUM
New Jersey pop-punk band Major League has announced they’ve entered the studio to record their second, full-length studio album, which is expected out later this year from No Sleep Records.
For their sophomore effort, Major League is working with famed producer Will Yip (Title Fight, The Wonder Years, Balance and Composure) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, on what is looking like will be their best material to date.
“We’re ecstatic to be heading into the studio with Will Yip to record our sophomore release for No Sleep Records,” says Major League singer/guitarist Brian Joyce. “We’re excited to show our bands true identity and potential. Lyrically this record is the most personal material yet.”
THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS RELEASE BRAND NEW SINGLE
Multi-platinum arena act, Thirty Seconds To Mars, have announced the release of their new, infectious and high energy single DO OR DIE from their critically acclaimed fourth studio album, LOVE, LUST, FAITH + DREAMS. The single, which began impacting radio on March 17th, has an incredibly moving music video that already boasts over five million views online and was recently added to rotation at MTV, MTV2, MTVU, and MTV Hits.
NEW VIDEO BY TEN TON MAN “FINE LINE”
New York based Americana trio Ten Ton Man releases new music video “Fine Line”, which premieres on Sound of Confusion music blog today. “Fine Line” is the second single off the group’s new three-track Chunk of Change EP that is set to release on April 8, 2014.
Set in a bawdy, back-alley theatre, the video features world-famous burlesque dancer Dirty Martini who smothers a man to death as Ten Ton Man performs their song “Fine Line” in the background. Frontman and band creator Paul Livornese wrote the song as a metaphor for addiction. He sings in his signature deep baritone: It’s the tagline / Of this old crime / It’s my new bride / For the tenth time / She looks so fine / This century’s mine…There’s a fine line / To a grand time.
TY DOLLA $IGN “DOLLASIGNWORLD.COM PRESENTS: THE BEACH HOUSE TOUR”
Atlantic recording artist Ty Dolla $ign has announced plans for his upcoming US tour. The “DollaSignWorld.com Presents: The Beach House Tour” kicks off on Tuesday, April 29th at Strummers in Fresno, California and wrapping on May 22nd, with his biggest hometown concert to date, headlining Los Angeles’ famed El Rey Theatre.
Additional dates will be unveiled soon — for complete information, please visit www.dollasignworld.com/tour.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY CHAPPO
Brooklyn band CHAPPO, who will release their sophomore LP Future Former Self in May, has shared a trippy new video for album track “I’m Not Ready.” Perfectly complementing the band’s unique, psychedelia-infused brand of rock and capturing the energy of their mysterious smoke-and-lights-filled live show, you can watch the video where it premiered with Team Coco today.
NEW ENGLAND’S JOYNER LUCAS “MYERS BRIGGS”
Brownie points to anyone knowing that Myers Briggs is a personality test, administered to give the taker insight into what ‘type’ of person they are as a tool for self-awareness and betterment. For the purpose of New England wordsmith Joyner Lucas’ new song though, consider it a “Looking Ass N*gga” for those with a more intellectual musical palette. Over a bouncy Mr. Kooman-produced beat, Joyner unleashes his personal ‘people-watching’ observations, pulling off the layers of disguise to uncover the fakes, losers, rats and users who hide beneath their internet personalities and exterior trappings of success and infect our daily lives.
“Myers Briggs” on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/realjoynerlucas/myers-briggs
NEW MUSIC & ARTS VENUE IN BROOKLYN, NY
Brooklyn-based nightlife entrepreneurs Verboten [German for “forbidden”] have been shaping the NYC clubbing landscape and beyond for over 12 years and are now set to open the doors at their purpose-built venue for nightlife, music and arts in the heart of Williamsburg.
After years of meticulous planning, co-founders Jen Schiffer & John Perez, along with a team of industry veterans and illustrious partners, will further ignite the ongoing Brooklyn renaissance happening in recent years. Verboten parties have already encapsulated the explosive global, underground dance music scene and will continue to host DJ residencies and top-notch musical programming featuring both established and burgeoning talent. The diverse array of upcoming music and arts programming is set to mirror the spirit of Brooklyn and will include live music, art shows, yoga & fitness classes, burlesque performances, and tap into the creative consciousness of NYC.
54 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
JARREN BENTON NEW VIDEO “GIMMIE THE LOOT”
Funk Volume’s Jarren Benton is making quite a name for himself alongside labelmates Hopsin and Dizzy Wright. Though he dealt with a lot of adversity, this rising star has learned to overcome the obstacles that once stood in his way. The 31-year-old father and husband says, “There were plenty of times where I felt like I really needed to take a step back and maybe hang this music shit up,” but being on the grind constantly has been paying off for him. An album review by HipHopDX says, “His aggressive, in-your-face style is well suited for Horrorcore fans, but he also displays true Southern roots with a handful of tracks trending towards Trap Rap.” Built on drive and a unique approach to southern rap, Benton is not only living out his dreams, but is also currently preparing for a 70 city tour at the beginning of April!
Watch the “Gimmie The Loot” video here: http://youtu.be/4RQtj1MK-Fw
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY STRAWBERRY GIRLS
Aggressive groove rock trio Strawberry Girls are back with a new song called “Egypt.” The group is teaming up today with AltPress (who recently named them one of the “100 Bands You Need To Know”) to premiere the official music video that features some great dance moves and a performance in a public restroom. The entire thing was filmed and edited by the band themselves.
EMINEM AND RIHANNA ANNOUNCE THE MONSTER TOUR
Two of music’s biggest superstars, Rihanna and Eminem, will be joining forces this summer for a series of co-headlining stadium shows when they launch The Monster Tour. The tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will kick off in Los Angeles on Thursday, Aug. 7 at the Rose Bowl with shows then lined up in New York City’s Metlife Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 16 and Detroit’s Comerica Park on Friday, Aug. 22. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.
WIRE: BLEEDING RAINBOW SHARE “IMAGES” VIDEO
Today Stereogum have shared Bleeding Rainbow’s new self-directed video for the song Images. The effects for the video were created by overlying different shots using various color films over the camera. The video was shot and edited in a single day. In the same spirit of Interrupt, out now on Kanine Records, the video is meant to capture the band in a raw and natural setting. The band has also announced a Spring tour, dates below!
NEW VIDEO OUT BY RROME
After being featured in the latest issue of Source Magazine, RRome returns and lays out #TheNewTrapRules for his “10 Trap Commandments” while flipping Biggie and Premier’s “Ten Crack Commandments.”
RRome’s upcoming, “Take This Serious,” mixtape which is hosted by DJ Absolut is coming soon.
Link to RRome “10 Trap Commandments” video:
MICKEY GILLEY RETURNS TO TOURING
The original Urban Cowboy, Mickey Gilley, is hitting the road and will return to touring after recovering from 2009 tragic accident that left him paralyzed.
“I have always loved performing and I know nothing else,” says Mickey Gilley. “Getting back on stage in all of these cities is something to look forward to each and every day. The outpour of love and concern from the fans, my fellow artist friends, and the music community has kept me fighting to walk back on that stage, so I am glad that time is finally here.”
ROGUE RECORDS SIGN SUBVERSION
Melodic technical metal band SUBVERSION comes back swinging from a short hiatus with a new sound, new label and a taste for blood.
Rogue Records America is proud to announce yet another amazing band to the family. SUBVERSION has signed a two album deal with Rogue for publishing and distribution which includes a bundle with the new album of their last EP.
“I remember hearing SUBVERSION a while back, actually putting them on one of our compilations Songs in the Key of D and thinking how much I’d love to work with them one day… well that day has finally come and I am super excited. Kai and the band have something special and we are really honored that they are sharing it with us,” says Dean Martinetti, owner of the growing indie publisher.
CLOCKWORK POSTS “CHAMPION”
Notable electro DJ and producer Clockwork is back again with his new big-room single “Champion,” out March 25 on Dim Mak Records.
“Champion” follows up multiple releases from Clockwork last year on Dim Mak Records. His single “Blitz,” his anticipated Surge EP that hit #1 on the Beatport Electro House Top 100 chart and #4 on Beatport’s Top 100 Releases, and the corresponding Surge Remixes EP featuring the hit single “Surge” with vocalist Wynter Gordon. This past year has also seen Clockwork performing at some of the biggest music festivals around the world, including Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, Electric Zoo, Hard Summer in Los Angeles, and the Dim Mak Up All Night Stage at the inaugural TomorrowWorld.
WIRE: NEW moe. VIDEO FOR “BLOND HAIR AND BLUE EYES”
moe.’s new album No Guts, No Glory is available May 27, 2014 on Sugar Hill Records. moe.’s first single from the album, “Blond Hair and Blue Eyes,” was written by moe. bassist/singer Rob Derhak about his daughter Emma. The single is now available at iTunes and guitarworld.com has premiered the Jay Blakesberg directed video, here:
MAT ZO + KILL THE NOISE ANNOUNCE MAY 2014 ‘KILL THE ZO’ TOUR
Bringing the best that both sides of the Atlantic Ocean have to offer, May of 2014 will see London based Mat Zo and Los Angeles based Kill The Noise combine forces to bring fans 11 explosive tour dates in some of the most premier venues, theatres, and night clubs in North America. Having recently worked on music together, the two decided to team up and hit the road – bringing both their two worlds and fans together for a night all about music.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY RACHEL ANN WEISS
The MuseBox, an online marketing and public relations company for musicians, announced today plans for the release of Rachel Ann Weiss’s new EP, Too…Something. The four-song sophomore effort was recorded at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Sound Studios and London’s Air-Edel Studios, formerly owned by Sir George Martin. “Dark Is Coming” is the first released track, and will be followed by a series of live videos and the eventual launch of the EP. Weiss, who The Music Times describes as having a “smooth, rich voice…reminiscent of Adele and Amy Winehouse,” appeared at last week’s SXSW in Austin, TX in support of her new EP. Songs from Too…Something, as well as her debut, Dear Love, will be available at CD Baby.
WHO SAID (S)EXERCIZE WAS BORING?
In what can only be described as the hottest workout video ever, Kylie introduces her fans to the hot and steamy world of “Sexercize.”
Watch the video for “Sexercize” here.
Director Will Davidson, who also shot the viral video for “Skirt,” takes the viewer on a voyeuristic journey working out, sweating it up in the steam room and scenes that will no doubt see gym memberships soar.
NEW SINGLE BY CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS
Following an amazing 2013, that saw the release of their critically acclaimed and award winning debut album, “Post Modern Conspiracy”, London based electro punks Calling All Astronauts have listened to their fans, who voted on which should be the final single from “PMC” and are kicking 2014 off with the release of their sixth single “It could have been lust”
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JONEZEN “PEEP GAME” VIDEO
Detroit-bred, Los Angeles-based rapper/songwriter/guitarist/producer Chris Jones a.k.a. Jonezen presents the Raul Perez-directed music video for “Peep Game”, his new 2 Deep-produced single from his upcoming LP Beautiful Disaster. “Peep Game” comes hot on the heels of Jonezen’s win at the Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Artist. Told by doctors after an arrest that he may not live another year due to excessive drinking, Jonezen refused to go to rehab unless he could bring his recording studio. He found a treatment center in Los Angeles that would let him do just that and upon entering he began working on Live From Rehab. After leaving treatment Jonezen landed a distribution deal with Famous Records/ Fontana/ Universal.
DEBUT SINGLE POSTED BY BONDAGE & DISCIPLINE
Bondage & Discipline make big gestures feel personal. They’re believers in pop as the transportive vehicle and as the personal catharsis. The Philadelphia three-piece formed in late 2013 after breaking from local indie rock mainstay The National Rifle. Recorded at south Philadelphia’s Cambridge Sound with producer Todd Mecaughey, they’re releasing “Only Your Love” as the new project’s mission statement. It’s as if Kevin Shields helmed the second British invasion. It’s anglophilic nostalgia that belongs to no real timeline. However, “Only Your Love” will also sweep you into it’s own world. One where the emotions are immediate and the highs are exhilarating.
NEW SINGLE FLUENT FEAT NIPSEY HUSSLE
With a title like “Hustle Til I’m Ballin,” it’s impossible to deny the staggering work ethic of North Carolina’s very own Fluent. A devoted emcee who’s Retro Future LP left heads wanting to know what’s next, Flu has reunited with J. Cardim (who’s producing credits include Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Talib Kweli) to cook up another staggering banger. While the track which has the rapid-fire artist speaking on his struggles of coming up in a world full of drug use, Crenshaw’s Nipsey Hussle lays down an addictive hook that will be the soundtrack to your own hustle. “Hustle Til I’m Ballin” will be featured on Fluent’s forthcoming project, produced entirely by J. Cardim.
MARY LAMBERT TO HIT THE ROAD WITH GAVIN DEGRAW AND MATT NATHANSON THIS SUMMER
Capitol Records’ artist Mary Lambert has announced that she will hit the road as a special guest (along with Andrew McMahon) on Gavin DeGraw and Matt Nathanson’s North American summer tour. Tickets for most shows go on-sale Friday, March 21st.
The Seattle-based singer-songwriter has been lighting up the airwaves at Adult Top 40 stations nationwide with her single “She Keeps Me Warm,” which has climbed into the Top 20 and continues to ascend. The track is featured on her debut EP, Welcome To The Age Of My Body, which was released in December and has earned her rave reviews. Lambert has performed “She Keeps Me Warm” on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Queen Latifah Show, and Elvis Duran’s Morning Show on New York’s Z100.
NEW SINGLE FROM AVICII SIGNEE SPENCER BROWN
Next in line to join Avicii’s label LE7ELS is the super talented Spencer Brown. His 2 track EP ‘Chalice/Double Down’ is out on 4th April 2014.
Spencer’s ‘Chalice/ Double Down’ EP is two tracks of big, euphoric house music. Epic and progressive, yet high energy and anthemic, he has the potential to change the spectra of his genre with his unique sound and ever growing audience.