SAM SMITH TO APPEAR AS MUSICAL GUEST ON “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE” MARCH 29
Sam Smith will make his TV debut on “Saturday Night Live” on March 29 as the show’s musical guest. Emmy Award winner Louis C.K. will host, returning for his second time.
Smith kicks off his first US headline tour in Washington DC Thursday, March 20, following a successful run of five shows at SXSW. Several dates on this run have unfortunately been rescheduled as follows: Chicago show at The Vic moved to April 22 and Toronto show at Mod Club to April 23. Montreal has not yet been rescheduled from originally scheduled March 26 date and tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.
BRUSE WANE “HOME OF THE SPITTERS (RMX)” SINGLE
Wane Enterprises CEO and New York artist Bruse Wane presents “Return Of The Spitters (RMX)”, the new single from The Dark Knight Album.. The Day The Earth Stood Still. Produced by Al Walton Jr., “Spitters” features guest verses from Keith Murray as well as Fam-Illy, an artist on his Wane Enterprises roster. A native of the Bronxdale Houses Projects in the Soundview section of the Bronx, Bruse founded Wane Enterprises in 2001, hosting events featuring Styles P, Papoose, N.O.R.E, Buckshot, Remy Ma and Keith Murray, who Bruse chose to bless the remix of the original version of “Return Of The Spitters”, which can be heard on The Dark Knight Album.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE POSTED BY YONATAN
It should come as no surprise that after years of touring with co-founded band Monotonix, once hailed as perhaps the “most intense live rock band in the world”, that Yonatan Gat would carry that same intensity in his own act. After five successful years, including one EP and two LP’s on Drag City and a world tour spanning 40 countries with his co-founded band, the New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv guitarist and composer took some time to himself, but not long before finding inspiration for a solo album while sound checking at a festival in Portugal.
Check out psych-rockers Stargazy and their brand new single “The Fashion,” that just premiered on Brooklyn Vegan, listen HERE! “The Fashion” is the title track from the band’s debut EP and is set to drop early this summer.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE FROM STARGAZY ON BROOKLYNVEGAN.COM
Stargazy draws inspiration from a diaspora of musical influences ranging from acts like Radiohead, Sunny Day Real Estate and Dredg. The six piece has been featured on various notable publications to include: The Music Ninja, Brightest Young Things, Magnet Magazine, Village Voice, MTV Hive and The 405. KDHX radio writes, “for fans of catchy, new-wavey indie pop the New York band’s sound is pretty irresistible.”
ALBUM PREVIEW POSTED BY SOMETHINGALAMODE
Fellow Music graduates Yannick and Thomas of SomethingALaMode adopt an academic approach to party music, infusing both their passion for Stravinski as well as Daft Punk. SomethingALaMode’s debut album garnered critical acclaim from fans and peers alike back in 2009 and the duo’s career trajectory has been skyrocketing ever since. Having shared the stage with fellow luminaries like The Bloody Beetroots, Gonzales, Jeff Mills, Madeon, Icona Pop and Zedd. They also sold 15,000 copies of their first album and toured cities from Koko in London, to Cigale in Paris and Krysha Mira in Moscow. Regulars on the fashion circuit, the duo have played at various shows including Issey Miyake, Thierry Mugler and Chanel.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY DIVINO NINO
In support of their upcoming debut album “Pool Jealousy” out April 8th on The Native Sound, Chicago psychedelic garage and indie band (by way of Bogota, Columbia) Divino NiÃ±o has premiered the latest track for their upcoming release, titled “Initials LV” currently streaming exclusively at TinyMixTapes.com.
NEW EP BY LINDSEY COHEN APRIL 29
Lindsey Cohen, the 17 year old New York based singer-songwriter will release her new EP, Grace Under Pressure on April 29, 2014.
Cohen has been performing and penning lyrics for several years. Her musical education began at a younger age, as she was raised listening to classic records from The Rolling Stones, Elvis Costello, Eric Clapton and The Beatles.
The new EP, Grace Under Pressure, is a mature look at life through the eyes of Cohen, her voice acting as heavy undertow of emotion that pairs with the wise songwriting perfectly. Perhaps this maturity stems from growing up in the culturally rich concrete jungle of Manhattan, a city where street smarts and thick skin are developed about the time one starts to lose baby teeth. The grit is artfully balanced as Cohen remembers sitting atop her father’s shoulders hearing Elvis Costello perform in Central Park.
WIRE: WATCH O’BROTHER BRUTALLY MURDER EACH OTHER
Band practice is a pain in the ass. Everybody shows up late and then you spend the first half of it dicking around and talking about last night’s episode of Scandal. And then the bassist will go outside for 20 minutes to take a call from his girlfriend. But at the very least, it usually doesn’t end up in murder. In O’Brother’s case though, it does. Check out their new video for “Perilous Love” and see where things go wrong.
SCORPIONS CELEBRATE NEW ALBUM BY GIVING AWAY A GUITAR
Legendary German hard rockers SCORPIONS are celebrating the recent release of their MTV Unplugged performance on CD & DVD, and part of that celebration is a contest in which one lucky winner will walk away with a Gibson Flying V guitar autographed by the band themselves!
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY GALANTIS
Galantis, the duo of Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style of Eye, have shared another track, “The Heart That I’m Hearing” from their self-titled debut EP due out April 1 on Big Beat Records. The pulsating synths and skittering rhythm of “The Heart That I’m Hearing” mirror the song’s lyrics about the rush of falling love. The emotive vocal features the custom “Galantis filter” which blends male and female voices. Stream the track here and at Refinery 29 where it premiered.
NEW SINGLE POSTED BY WISE GIRL
Check out Wise Girl’s new single “You’ll Just Have To Wait”, the title track from the band’s debut full-length album You’ll Just Have To Wait! The NYC-based power-pop trio is known for their signature brand of Rrriot girl rock. Lead singer Abby recently wrote a series of guest blogs for Diffuser.fm about her experiences in the music scene in New York.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY ELLIE HERRING “DYNASTY”
Ellie Herring is an American born producer. July 2013 marked her fourth (and most experimental) release with EP, Kite Day, out on Racecar (USA); including a rerelease via Tugboat Records (Japan). Her first EP, Flailing in Attraction, released with Race Car Productions (USA) in 2011 followed by the first full length, Satiate out on Phantasma Disques (Germany) in 2012. April 8, 2014, will mark her latest release, Chipped EP via Racecar.
KOAN SOUND ANNOUNCE SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Crossing the pond from Bristol, UK production duo KOAN Sound are gearing up to convey spirituality via electronic music en masse to live audiences across North America this April and May. The pair, consisting of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow, will be riding high on the momentum from their coming Dynasty EP, which will see an OWSLA release on April 1st. The EP’s lush atmospheric soundscapes will undoubtedly enrapture both critics and fans alike, while the duo’s ever-sophisticated signature funkstep, which belies glitch, 70s funk and bass, will set feet in motion. KOAN are teaming up with Santa Cruz, CA based bass music party crasher Minnesota as coheadliners for this run of dates for a guaranteed transcendental evening. The tour kicks off in Boston at Middle East on April 22nd.
GRAB TICKETS HERE: http://www.koansound.com/shows/
CRAIG CONNELLY POSTS “LIONESS”
One of Trance’s most exciting producers at the moment is Garuda Music’s own head of A&R, Craig Connelly. Back with his second release of the year, Craig draws inspiration from his biggest supporter and other half for a euphoric tribute titled ‘Lioness.’ Out on April 7 and already seeing support from Gareth Emery and Armin van Buuren, ‘Lioness’ is sure to take its place as the leader of the pride in this year’s Garuda releases.
The follow up to his Beatport chart-topping January release ‘Decibels,’ ‘Lioness’ is a beast of a track complete with ferocious synths, sparkling melodies and a stunning progressive string build-up fit for a queen. From start to finish Connelly displays his true talent and ear for music with the seamless progression between the darker and lighter sides of Trance, all while maintaining the big sound fans have come to love from Garuda.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY KITTEN AT NYLONMAG.COM
Kitten’s long-awaited full-length debut album will be released June 24 on Elektra Records. NYLON premiered a new track from the album called “Why I Wait”, declaring that 19-year old front woman Chloe Chaidez “shows off an intimate, stripped down side to herself…the atmospheric anthem has hints of fellow indie babes like Banks and Charli XCX.”
NEW SINGLE BY STAT “I GET”
New banger from the Harlemite known as STAT, one of the several wordsmiths from the burgeoning Harlem rap collective known as Primemen. They’ve been making their rounds amongst the underground rap circuit for quite some time and today, STAT releases his first official single titled “I Get.” Produced by COARRII, the hard-hitting cut can be found off his upcoming “Made in 88” mixtape due out this spring.
Link to STAT’s “I Get”: www.audiomack.com/song/tat-1/i-get
NEW VIDEO BY SUSAN TONEY
Celebrated as a poignant lyricist, accomplished musician and transcendent vocalist, American artist Susan Toney showcases a fusion of country, pop, rock, and rhythm and blues in her latest CD project entitled LOVE IS THE CURE. Encompassing the influences of her heritage, Toney delivers a transparent, introspective collection of songs steeped in spirituality-revealing subtle revelations of faith, a renewed wisdom and confidence in her message and her craft-all mused by a new chance on life-a miracle.
BEYOND THE VICTORY NEW NAME + SINGLE
After a round of member changes that saw a couple of members leave and two former members of I Prayed For An Afterlife join the fold, Virginia’s Beyond The Victory saw a huge shift in the band’s sound from the resulting new lineup. With the change from post-hardcore to progressive metalcore, the members decided it was time for a name change and after a few weeks of going back and forth the band and their new label home, Imminence Records, hit on the perfect name for the new sound. Today the band has unveiled that they will now go under the moniker of Tessellations. With the new name and direction, the band has just released their first single as Tessellations entitled ‘Sociometer.’
PROMO VIDEO FOR NEW CLEALIGHT ALBUM
Much to the excitement of progressive rock fans worldwide, legendary French prog ensemble Clearlight featuring Cyrille ‘Clearlight’ Verdeaux will be releasing their first new album in decades on March 24, 2014!
‘The Impressionist Symphony’ focuses on the artistic style of impressionism, painting and music as well with a Ravel, Satie and Debussy influence merged with Cyrille’s progressive music experience and linked with the French impressionist school of painting. Featuring guest appearances by Steve Hillage (GONG), Tim Blake (GONG), Didier Malherbe (GONG), Paul Sears (The Muffins), Don Falcone (Spirits Burning), Linda Cushma (Oxygene8), Chris Kovax (Psyquest) and others, Clearlight’s ‘The Impressionist Symphony’ is clearly one of the most anticipated new releases of 2014!
Clearlight promotional video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vla5lngkmmQ
CARNAGE x JUNKIE KID NEW SINGLE ON BILLBOARD.COM
Carnage and Junkie Kid have premiered their long-awaited new track “Krakatoa.” The song debuted with Billboard.com’s EDM go-to “The Code” yesterday, and has already received support from DAVID GUETTA, NICKY ROMERA, DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE and more. “Krakatoa” will be available on March 24th via TIESTO’s label Musical Freedom.
“Krakatoa” can be heard HERE in its entirety:
PAVEMENT ENT SIGNS EMPHATIC
Pavement Entertainment welcomes Nebraska’s Emphatic to the roster. Emphatic’s brand of melodic hard rock has gained them much acclaim by fans and critics alike with their albums “Damage” and “Another Life”, along with 4 singles charting in the top 40 active rock charts.
The band is currently playing select live shows while writing their new album slated for a late 2014 release. “With some welcomed changes that have occurred with Emphatic, we felt it necessary to get back into the studio and make an album that reflects the current vision of the band” states guitarist Justin McCain who will also be producing the new album. “We are excited about this new opportunity and look forward to the road ahead”.
UME PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “BLACK STONE”
Austin trio Ume today premiered a new music video for their current single “Black Stone” via VEVO. The video was directed by Justin Wilson with kaleidoscopic black light visuals that showcase both the band’s incendiary live show and the frenetic energy of guitarist and front woman Lauren Larson. “Black Stone” is featured on Ume’s new sophomore release Monuments, which was released on March 4th via Dangerbird Records and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Alternative New Artists Chart.
To watch the video for “Black Stone”:
NEW SINGLE POSTED BY PATRICK PARK
Following his We Fall Out Of Touch EP this past fall, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Patrick Park today announces the release of his fourth full-length album, Love Like Swords, on April 22. Mixed & produced by Patrick Park and Dave Trumfio (Wilco, OK Go, Built To Spill) & with contributions from Jenny Lee Lindberg (Warpaint) among others, the LP finds Los Angeles-based Patrick taking an introspective yet innovative approach to his solo acoustic style.
O.A.R. UNVEILS NEW STUDIO ALBUM
Rock band O.A.R. unveiled today the title and unique concept behind their brand new studio album, The Rockville LP, set for release on June 10th on Vanguard Records marking their label debut.
Proving that sometimes you can in fact go home again, the album is a reflection of the creative renewal that band members — Marc Roberge, Chris Culos, Richard On, Benj Gershman and Jerry DePizzo — felt upon returning to their hometown of Rockville, Maryland after years living in far flung locations and across millions of miles on the road. The result is a collection of their most personal songs to date.
NEW EP TRACKS FROM STATS
Inventive art-pop band STATS are ready to release their debut EP ‘Where Is The Money’ on April 28th via StatsCo/Domino Publishing.
The ‘Where Is The Money’ EP sees STATS develop their minimal pop music, inspired by innovators like Talking Heads and Laurie Anderson. Ed Seed’s compelling lyrics deal with happiness, information, money and identity. This is a refreshing, modern band.
The EP tracklisting is as follows:
1. Where Is The Money
2. You Have To Say So
3. D’You Wanna Eat
4. 2 Minds
WIRE: QIET SINGLE “INDIE SONG” + BLOGCRITIC.ORG REVIEW
Qiet’s Pet Driftwood (Composition #8), wraps the listener in the dramatic tale and what is a sincere symphony for the ears. Gypsy strings, vaudeville antics and a barrage of ringleaders interweave their unique contributions to set off an imagination of trapeze artists, circus tents and colorful lights.
Share the first single, “Indie Song”: https://soundcloud.com/qiet/pet-driftwood-composition-8-3/s-SUGnn
Check out what Blogcritic.org says here:
NEW LYRIC VIDEO BY THE AMATORY MURDER
Brooklyn based Rock band The Amatory Murder have released a lyric video for their track “A Haunting” from their upcoming EP “Exploiting Our Dreams” (out March 31st).
The Amatory Murder “A Haunting” Official Lyric Video:
VANNE GET TO WORK ON NEW ALBUM
Boston’s melodic hardcore group, Vanna, have entered the studio to record their debut album for Pure Noise Records, and 5th full length, at the Machine Shop in New Jersey with Will Putney (Stay From The Path, Northlane, Miss May I & more) for their upcoming release due out this Summer.
“One of the things we love most about music is the freedom to try new things and mess around with new sounds and bring different elements into play. We’ve gotten to work with such amazing producers and engineers in the past. As we started looking towards our future and what we wanted to capture with a new record we started jamming some of out favorite sounding records of late and they all had one common denominator, Will Putney” says vocalist Davey Muise.
WIRE: A BREACH OF SILENCE POST NEW VIDEO
A BREACH OF SILENCE have premiered their ground-breaking new music video for the band’s latest single Night Rider via Bloody-Disgusting.com. The ambitious music video literally puts the viewer “in the boots” of the green-faced undead lead character, and into the action of western-style shootouts, fist fights, and a dramatic showdown. Join our heroic vigilante, Night Rider as he shows a group of outlaws terrorizing a peaceful town, who’s boss.
WATCH THE VIDEO AT THIS LOCATION:
HUGH LAURIE HITS THE ROAD IN MAY
Globally acclaimed recording artist, actor and performer, Hugh Laurie, has announced he will hit the road for a west coast theater tour in May in support of his current album, DIDN’T IT RAIN, released by Warner Bros. Records in August 2013.
Laurie will be joined by The Copper Bottom Band, which is David Piltch (bass), Vincent Henry (horns), Elizabeth Lea (trombone), Jean McClain (vocals), and Gaby Moreno (vocals) – and is completed by Herman Matthews (drums) and Mark Goldenberg (guitar).
NEW SINGLE BY LYON APPRENTICE
Australian brother duo ‘Lyon Apprentice’ will digitally release their debut EP ‘Be Honest, Be Wild, Be Free’ worldwide on Friday April 4th through Canvas Sounds. The EP was co-produced by Mark Myers (The Middle East, Emma Louise) and mixed by Catherine Marks (Foals, Death Cab For Cutie), which showcases an impressive debut across the five tracks.
Their melodic brand of indie folk has already been making a strong impression after the release of singles ‘Beautiful Thought’ and ‘I Will Find You’ which has now been followed up with their latest offering ‘Be Careful’. On the live front they have supported Bear’s Den, Big Scary, Battleships, Cub Sport, Glass Towers and a headline show in Singapore.
Their new single ‘Be Careful’ was premiered on Triple J radio: