NEW VIDEO BY THE VACANT LOTS
With a minimalist aesthetic of rock n’ roll The Vacant Lots are bringing their hypnotic sonic assault with the release of Departure on July 1, 2014 via Sonic Cathedral. Blending an angular interplay of guitars and electronics with geometric-laden riffs on their debut LP, The Vacant Lots create their most compelling work to date. Departure’s opener, “Mad Mary Jones,” is a synthesis of adrenaline-driven guitars fueled with electronic and percussive intensity. “6 AM” is a sensory overload strobing with frenetic hypno-monotony set against a backdrop of controlled chaos, while “Make The Connection” contrasts ritualistic tremolo drones against Native American rhythms and spoken word lingering between the pendulum of The Velvets and Lautreamont. For “Tomorrow” the band enlisted longtime friend Dean Wareham to add additional layers and solo on guitar while the mixing and mastering were carried out by Sonic Boom at his New Atlantis Studio in the UK.
The Vacant Lots: “Mad Mary Jones” video:
BAD COMPANY & LYNYRD SKYNYRD RETURN TO THE ROAD TOGETHER THIS SUMMER
After embarking on one of the most successful summer tours of 2013 together, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd are back by demand and will team up for ten more co-headline shows this summer.
“We’re looking forward to being out on tour with our friends, Bad Company,” remarked Johnny Van Zant. “Last year was great! If you want to see good rock n roll, come check this out.” Paul Rodgers shared, “Last year’s tour with our friends in Skynyrd was a fantastic time for all. We’re looking forward to spending ten dates with them and our fans again this summer.”
The excursion begins on July 10th in Bangor, ME and will end on July 25th in Clarkston, MI. Most tickets will go on sale later this week.
WIRE: DAN SARTAIN PREMIERES VIDEO FOR ‘PASS THIS ON’
Dan Sartain follows 2012’s Ramones-suffused ‘Too Tough to Live’ with an altogether-more-eclectic proposition in the shape of DUDESBLOOD, released April 29th through One Little Indian. Across its 10 songs, Dan careers between the paranormal John Ford country and western of ‘Marfa Lights’, to UK anarcho-punk,;‘Smash The Tesco’, as well as a truly inspired take on The Knife’s ‘Pass This On’, which also happens to be the album’s lead single on April 22nd and premiered this week on Clash Music in the UK. MOJO magazine also gave the album 4 stars in the upcoming issue.
WIRE: SEBASTIAN BACH’S EPK ON MAKING OF FORTHCOMING ALBUM “GIVE ‘EM HELL”
Sebastian Bach fans across the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the EPK on the making of his forthcoming solo album GIVE ‘EM HELL on Ultimate Classic Rock. GIVE ‘EM HELL is due out in North America on April 22nd via Frontiers Records and is already receiving rave reviews with Screamer Magazine declaring, “Bach’s signature voice is unmistakable and as always almost indescribable, hard to compare with anything else. His vocals are gritty, powerful…” Fans who pre-order the album now from iTunes will receive instant grat tracks of “Temptation” as well as “Hell Inside My Head.”
WIRE: THEE OH SEES NEW VIDEO ON SPIN.COM
Our lad John P. Dwyer has been lancing eardrums with Thee Oh Sees in an ever escalating flurry of records for the past 6 years. Since the release of “The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In” announced a new loud era and excepting a few momentary detours into home-baked territory (“Dog Poison” and “Castlemania” for example), JPD and company have pummeled a bit harder each time out, cemented their reputation as a live force to be reckoned with, and have left legions sweaty and bruised in the process. Late last year, after years of relentlessly touring the world, the word got out…Dwyer’s moving to LA (fear not, still California!) and Thee Oh Sees are taking a much needed hiatus with a shifting of gears ahead and a new album on the way. This is that album.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY NOOCH “FEEL THIS”
HotNewHipHop premieres the video for “Feel This,” a serenade-like track by the young rapper Nooch. The 18 year old D.C. artist, signed to Oy Boyz Records, creates a vibe that differs from his recent street-style single, “Too Many” feat. Fat Trel. With smooth lines and quips, Nooch manages to take what he’s learned about music and form his own sound rather than copying his influences directly. Over incredible aerial shots of D.C., Nooch is invited over by a beautiful, lonely woman, only to emit a swagger far beyond his years. Says Nooch, “I’m young but you couldn’t tell if you ain’t know.”
Check out the HotNewHipHop premiere here: http://hnhh.co/vbomh
GOO GOO DOLLS LIVE EP
Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP – Warner Sound Sessions – available digitally April 8 via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April for The Warner Sound series The Live Room at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band’s highly-acclaimed new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit “Slide.” Available on iTunes.
Warner Sound Sessions Tracklisting:
When The World Breaks Your Heart
Come To Me
Keep The Car Running
DANNY GOKEY NEW ALBUM JUNE 24
BMG recording artist Danny Gokey is set to make his highly anticipated return with the extraordinary new album, “HOPE IN FRONT OF ME.” The album — which includes the current chart-climbing single, “Hope In Front Of Me” — arrives on June 24th.
Acclaimed singer, author, and American Idol favorite, Danny Gokey made an indelible first impression with 2010’s record-breaking debut album, “MY BEST DAYS.” Now, after four years of creative development and production, the multi-talented artist/performer is ready to unveil his stunning second album, a moving and deeply personal collection that marks an immense leap forward in craft, performance, and emotional impact. Described by Gokey as “songs of hope and entertainment,” “HOPE IN FRONT OF ME” sees him joining forces with some of today’s most honored songwriters and producers, including award-winning “Producer of the Year” Bernie Herms (Natalie Grant, Casting Crowns, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli), multiple GRAMMY ® Award-winner Keith Thomas (Amy Grant, BeBe & CeCe Winans, Heather Headley, Vanessa Williams), and Josh Crosby (Cher, Owl City, Matt Kearny). Resonant with hard-earned soulfulness and redemptive compassion, the album confirms Danny Gokey as a groundbreaking artist with a rare gift for deep connection with audiences everywhere.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY DRIVE BY TRUCKERS
DBT’s ever-keen political edge can also be seen on the release. Cooley’s “Made Up English Oceans” derives from his interest in the career of Lee Atwater, the Republican operative who was active in the Reagan and Bush campaigns of the ‘80s. “He was the guy that Karl Rove and all of the modern dirty tricksters looked to — he was one of the granddaddies of it all. That song is from his point of view, fictionally of course. It’s him making his pitch, telling what he understands about young, Southern men.” Courtesy of GQ, watch HERE as a good girl goes bad with the Bible by her side in the song’s new video, directed by Joshua Black Wilson (The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Willie Nelson).
DEREK LUTTRELL POSTS “WAYSIDE”
Derek Luttrell — tired-yet-eager eyes, sunken shoulders — displays the body language of a shelter dog who’d really, really love to get adopted but doesn’t want to be an imposition. Which is to say he’s exactly the kind of shaggy-haired dude you want to bring home and let crawl inside your heart.
The same must be said for Derek’s songs, which both simmer patiently and boil over with warmth and life, often within a matter of moments. To take the pulse of Tired Dogs, Old Trees — Derek’s first fully-arranged full-length, recorded and produced with the help of Miles Nielsen and Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Daniel James McMahon, and Monica Martin (of Phox), among others — is to get lost in the pensive pitter-patter of an unpretentious folk ballad before being thrust upright for the thump-thump-thumping of a soil-scattering Americana jam.
ED SHEERAN UNVEILS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SINGLE “SING”
Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced the release of his hugely anticipated new single. “Sing” is available now on the iTunes Store – where it has already rocketed to #3 on their singles chart – and other leading digital retailers. “Sing” is the lead single from the 3x-GRAMMY Award ®-nominated artist’s forthcoming second album, “x,” (pronounced ‘multiply’) slated to arrive June 23.
Produced and co-written by multiple GRAMMY Award ®-winner Pharrell Williams, “Sing” had its exclusive global premiere last night on BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe Show and is streaming now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z7h6L4vBCU.
Listen to “Freaking Out,” a new song contributed to the “NEIGHBORS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK),” from multi-platinum selling artist FLO RIDA!
NEW SINGLE BY FLO RIDA
The soundtrack will also feature a special mash up of Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On,” featuring The Black Keys, as well as hits from an array of artists such as Fergie, Nappy Roots, Icona Pop, K’naan, Theophilus London, Ke$ha and more.
“NEIGHBORS (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK),” the musical companion to Universal Pictures’ upcoming comedy starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron, will be available via all DSPs on April 29th.
Soundtrack available for preorder here now: http://smarturl.it/NeighborsOST
FLO RIDA “Freaking Out”: http://youtu.be/nrJJBbA5_IY
WIRE: NEAL SCHÃ–N’S VIDEO “EXOTICA”
Neal SchÃ¶n fans can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the video for “Exotica” on Vintage Guitar. The psychedelic video, which includes commentary from SchÃ¶n, Mendoza and Castronovo, is the first from the forthcoming jazz and blues-inspired hard rock studio album, SO U, and is one of two instrumental tracks from the effort.
WIRE: THE OFFSPRING CELEBRATE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF SMASH
20 years ago today, The Offspring released their breakout album Smash on Epitaph Records and made history. To celebrate the band will begin playing the album in its entirety on tour in Europe this May, June and early July before finishing out the Summer with soon to be announced US Smash dates. Visit Offspring.com for the full list of current tour dates and to see which dates are the designated Smash shows. This August, Epitaph will also commemorate the anniversary with a special 20th Anniversary Edition of Smash.
The Offspring’s Dexter Holland and Noodles, as well as Epitaph CEO Brett Gurewitz, recently shared their thoughts in a retrospective just posted to RollingStone.com, read it here:
WIRE: AUGUSTANA PREMIERE NEW SONG “YOUTH IS WASTED ON THE YOUNG” ON BILLBOARD.COM
Augustana has premiered “Youth Is Wasted on The Young,” a second song from their new studio album today on Billboard.com – http://bit.ly/1g2z4Zj. “Youth Is Wasted on The Young” is from the band’s upcoming album, Life Imitating Life (Washington Square), available everywhere April 22nd. When fans pre-order the album at iTunes, they will receive instant downloads of both “Youth Is Wasted On The Young” and the first single, “Ash and Ember.”
TOKYO POLICE CLUB REVEAL VIDEO GAME
In celebration of their latest album Forcefield, out now, Tokyo Police Club have revealed an original video game featuring all nine songs off the record. The game’s mission is to drive the band’s tour bus across the moon and help protect Earth by destroying a forcefield of asteroids, check it out here: http://forcefield.tokyopoliceclub.com.
WIRE: JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES AT NOISEY
The official music video for Jessica Lea Mayfield’s new song “I Wanna Love You” premiered today at Noisey and can be viewed/embedded here. The song is from the Kent, OH native’s highly anticipated album, Make My Head Sing…, which is out next Tuesday, April 15 on ATO Records.
NEW VIDEO BY COOL HAND LUKEY
After linking up with Fame (M.O.P.) and Royal Flush on his previous videos, Coney Island’s Cool Hand Lukey returns with more aggressive content. Be on the lookout for Cool Hand Lukey’s forthcoming mixtape.
Link to Cool Hand Lukey’s “My Way” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUVgc-5coAo
THUS OWLS VIDEO “HOW IN MY BONES”
Thus Owls today released their new album Turning Rocks, which The Line of Best Fit is calling “essential listening,” and CBC Music calls “exciting [in its] tension between its futuristic and vintage elements … at once familiar and foreign.” Pop Matters says Turning Rocks “brings together organic and high-concept elements in a way that coheres intricately … striking a heady balance between warm instrumentation and a stylish veneer.” It’s available worldwide via Secret City Records in stores, on iTunes and on the Secret City Records online store.
CULT RECORDS AND UNIF COLLABORATE ON APPAREL
Cult Records is releasing a limited collaboration with tastemaking underground clothing label UNIF. Following the release of Cult Records and Cerebral Ballzy tees earlier this year, the first official Julian Casablancas+The Voidz tee is available now via the Cult Records webstore. (http://bit.ly/JCVoidzUNIFtee). Shirts will also be available at the band’s upcoming show at The Roxy, April 10.
WIRE: FELICE BROTHERS RELEASE FIRST SINGLE “CHERRY LICORICE”
Esquire premiered “Cherry Licorice,” the first single off of the Felice Brothers’ forthcoming album Favorite Waitress, due out June 17th. Favorite Waitress is the band’s first release for their new label home, Dualtone and “The first in The Felice Brothers’ arsenal to perfectly meld their Americana-by-necessity beginnings and rambunctious Rock tendencies,” said Esquire.
NEW SINGLES POSTED BY SINNER SISTERS
“Being in a band with my wife — working on songs and performing shows — is a very different concept than any other band I’ve seen or been in before,” states Steve Thill. “There’s a chemistry that can’t be matched, plus we’ve been together since we’re teens and grew up together. We know each other very well and it translates well into our songwriting.”
SINNER SINNERS offers a brand new full-length album XI, which will hit digital stores via independent release on the band’s Cadavra Records on April 21, 2014. Take a listen to two new tracks, ‘Riot’ (http://youtu.be/Ndz6GpOXvd0) and ‘Reckless’ (http://youtu.be/Juhp6zLIRdk), via YouTube now.
WIRE: MOODY GOOD TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE, “MUSICBX”
Hailing from London, where he is part of Chase and Status’s legendary MTA crew, Moody Good has unveiled plans to release another signature amalgam of his lush electronic alchemy with his newest single “Musicbx”, out today (April 8th) via OWSLA. The monumental track features vocals from Eryn Allen Kane and leads in with a soft piano melody, while creeping and complimenting bass and drum lines build up to a crescendo. Moody Good is the solo act of Eddie Jefferys, formerly one half of the acclaimed duo 16bit. Jefferys has highlighted his production chops on cuts from artists ranging from Foreign Beggars to Plan B, and has also provided additional production on Chase and Status’s “Gangsta Boogie VIP.”
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “MUSICBX”
WIRE: SCREAMING FEMALES SHARE LIVE VIDEO
Earlier this year New Jersey’s Screaming Females had legendary engineer, Steve Albini record their first live album during 2 sold out shows at The Hideout in Chicago. To accompany the audio recording, the band also had a 7 cameras shoot happening simultaneously to capture the raw energy of their live performance. Today Screaming Females spoke to Pitchfork about the album and shared a riotous video of the band performing the song “Boyfriend” that features roaring frontwoman, Marissa Paternoster, crowd surfing with blood running down her chin.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY QUICKLY QUIETLY
The Quickly Quietly ethos is one based on song, texture, rhythm, and electricity. Quickly Quietly’s uncharacteristic genre of music attracts a variety of listeners to their live shows who won’t be disappointed by a stellar performance. With Lautaro on drums & samples, Paul on bass and keys, Greg on Moog synth and bass and Aaron on guitar and vocals, each member showcases his musicality on two distinct instruments bringing an element of mystery and surprise to every song.
FREE LP BY MALLY ‘THE COLORS OF BLACK’
If The Last Great, the debut album from MaLLy, was meant to be a chest-thumping, boastful, and triumphant effort that finally broke MaLLy to the masses, The Colors of Black is the direct result of what would have been the end result if The Last Great never came into existence. Throughout the duration of The Colors of Black, MaLLy uses it as a vehicle to present the pressures of race, acceptance, and the politics, or lack thereof, in current day Hip-Hop and himself. It allows MaLLy to utilize his sharp wordplay to paint vivid depictions of what would’ve came to be of Malik Watkins, or what already is. Last Word’s production provides MaLLy with a dark, ominous, and bleak sound to take MaLLy’s dark imagery and expansive wordplay to new heights, like graffiti on pissed-stained walls of abandoned complexes that once housed hopes, dreams, and aspirations of the past.
CALLE 13 SELL 100K PRE-SALE ALBUMS
Representatives of El Abismo, the independent label of Calle 13 -the band that holds the record for most Latin Grammy wins in the history of the awards- confirmed today that presales of the album “MultiViral” were well in excess of 100,000 units, in just one week, and has continued on that same pace during the first month of the tour, even when the physical product was still not available in key markets such as the US and Puerto Rico. “We are trying to make the album as accessible and available as possible. Tickets for all concerts in Latin America where we had control of the entrance, included a download card for the digital album”, stated Nelson Montalvo, co-manager of Calle 13. He added, “It would be great to be able to do this in most of our concerts. It’s not easy, because of logistics, but we will continue pursuing that goal”.
LOUIS PRIMA JR. AND THE WITNESSES TO RELEASE “BLOW” JUNE 10
A different kind of musical dawn is coming with flashes of rowdy big band, simmering soul and swaggering rock ‘n’ roll as Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses prepare to ignite a new legacy with their second full-length album, Blow out June 10 on Warrior Records/Universal Music Distribution.
With Blow, Prima and the Witnesses revive a boogie woogie spirit for the modern generation. “The message is to have a good time and enjoy life,” explains Prima. “Get up and move. This album is hyper. It makes you want to dance.” Not content to sit on the legacy they so passionately protect, LPJ and the band are taking a page from his father’s playbook, by wailing “Prima-Style” like its 2014.
See the video for the song GO LETS GO here:
WIRE: MEAN CREEK PREMIERE “MY MADELINE” VIDEO ON STEREOGUM
Mean Creek are very happy to announce that their long-awaited LP Local Losers is out today on Old Flame Records. Their latest video for single “My Madeline” can be seen right here courtesy of Stereogum. To celebrate the release of Local Losers, the band will be playing two stacked bills, April 25that the Middle East in Boston and April 26th at Union Pool in New York City. Tour plans are in the works so stay tuned for more this spring and summer!
FAY ANN LYONS JOINS VP RECORDS ARTIST ROSTER
VP Records is happy to announce that Trinidadian soca vocalist and songwriter Fay Ann Lyons has signed to the Caribbean music record label for a multi-album record, publishing and merchandise deal.
“We are thrilled for Fay Ann to join our artist roster. She has a spark on stage that is innate and can’t be duplicated. The multi-talented artist has already made history as one of soca’s brightest stars and we are looking forward to spreading the movement worldwide,” states VP Records CEO Chris Chin.
Fay Ann adds to the excitement, expressing that she is “glad to be part of the team and let’s get to work!”
NEW LYRIC VIDEO CREATED BY HE IS LEGEND FAN
Last month Tragic Hero Records announced a contest where fans could create a lyric video for the new He Is Legend single “Something Witchy,” with one winner being chosen as the official lyric video for the song.
After much deliberation it came down to two entries. Tragic then left it up to He Is Legend fans to vote on the winner which resulted in the entry from Daniel Lofthouse being crowned the official lyric video. Lofthouse had this to say, “Thank you so much, it’s amazing! Just to be given the opportunity to be involved with a band that I’ve loved for years is something I never thought possible. In terms of making the video, for me it was just a case of capturing that ethereal psychedelic tone imbued in He Is Legend’s music. Thanks again for even running this competition. It’s been hard work, but it was more than worth it!”
WIRE: SHY HUNTERS PREMIERE NEW SINGLE, “RIGHT WORLD”
Shy Hunters premiered a third single, “Right World” today, via Wondering Sounds in conjunction with the release of their debut LP O, That I Had Wings available today. To celebrate, the Brooklyn-based band will perform at Union Pool on April 25 before supporting Jolie Holland at Union Pool on May 13. The record moves between the quiet and the stormy. Songs that build slowly, full of jagged melodic peaks and dips, and end with big sweeping choruses. Vocalist Indigo Street’s rich expressive voice gives the songs a sense of grandeur and drama, making them feel cinematic and sprawling.
WIRE: COLLIN HERRING’S NEW TRACK “PSYCHOPATHS” VIA AMERICAN SONGWRITER
Some Knives is Collin Herring’s fifth studio effort, yet it’s his first in nearly five years. “This album has been done for a lot longer than it seems,” the Texas singer-songwriter admits. “Most of the process was coordinating dates and small sessions here and there. Producer and drummer Matt Pence (Centro-matic) was able to hear the demos and the rest was just making it happen. We liked working with Matt and after some discussion about the initial recordings, it was a no brainer that he was going to mix this record as well. We didn’t want anything lost in translation on this project.”
CHAY NEW SINGLE “ETERNITY”
Emerging artist Chay has unique and exceptional singing, songwriting and musical arrangement talents. On his sophomore album, fans should note that he wrote and co-wrote lyrics for 12 of the songs, sang background vocals and composed the vocal arrangements for all of them. The combination of beautiful vocals and unique musical arrangements will delight and surprise fans and new listeners alike.
Influenced by legendary singers such as Patti Labelle & Donnie Hathaway and contemporaries such as Enrique Iglesias, Az,Twista,Arcangel and Lil Kim — Chay’s musical style can best be described as an experimental and captivating blend of Pop, R&B and Hip Hop combined with a touch of Opera.