WIRE: KARMIN OPEN UP WITH LARRY KING
Amy and Nick of Karmin, the Youtube turned mainstream music sensation, sat down with Larry King to discuss their love/hate relationship with fame — including the reason for their long engagement and two postponed wedding dates.
Nick Noonan and Amy Heidemann open up about their rise to success: one minute, making YouTube videos, the next being signed to Epic Records. Find out what they really think about LA Reid and his influence on their new album “Pulses.”
Also – ever wonder why Rolling Stone wrote a negative review of Karmin’s music? According to Nick and Amy, Rolling Stone thinks artists that start out on Youtube are a joke, but that didn’t stop the magazine from cashing in on Karmin’s popularity by putting Amy on the cover.
Watch the entire interview here:
WIRE: BIG SEARCH ALBUM ON SPIN
Big Search is the alter ego of Los Angeles harmony slinger Matt Popieluch. Harnessing loose echos of Harry Nilsson, Lindsey Buckingham, and various Beatles solo albums, Big Search’s aim is to create strolling, meandering escapes best suited for headphones at home, or high-altitude travel.
CHRIS BATSON NEW EP VIDEO ANTHOLOGY
Rising LA-based (via Orlando, FL) singer/songwriter/producer Chris Batson consistently blends beautiful R&B, chillwave and contemporary EDM with introspective lyrics. Chris recently released a series of videos directed by Chris Smith from his We Got Lost Along The Way EP, it follows the same female protagonist as she contends with the consequences of her actions. Chris wanted viewers to fully understand the story and message behind the songs he wrote and produced because they’re so personal to him, watch the un-cut version of We Got Lost Along The Way EP video anthology here:
WIRE: WHITE LUNG SHARE NEW SONG “SNAKE JAW”
White Lung hit us with another ripper, “Snake Jaw” which is included as the B-Side to their Drown With The Monster 7″ out next Tuesday, April 29th on Domino Recording Co. Rookie Mag had a chat with Mish and debuted the track affirming that White Lung’s “music sounds like an ongoing grand finale of explosive pounding and power shredding that holds up to Mish’s lyrical universe of feminist ethos, hedonic carnality, and everygirl insecurity. It’s all extreme shit.” “Snake Jaw” is also featured on White Lung’s upcoming full-length album, Deep Fantasy, out June 17th via Domino Recording Co.
NICE PETER ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Los Angeles-based spitfire Nice Peter, notorious for his Epic Rap Battles of History, is pleased to announce his upcoming North American tour. Kicking off Saturday, May 31st in San Diego, Nice Peter will be blending a mix of songwriting and improv comedy, as he gets back to his roots as a performer by allowing the live audience to become a focal part of the show.
NEW VIDEO BY TELEMAN
Teleman — ‘Tele’, from the Greek for ‘distance’ — are a band you’re invited to, not inundated with. Their sparse, welcoming minimalist synth tones, gentle motorik beats and balloon-light melodies seeped quietly onto the radio last year and hypnotized the alt-pop nation. Their festival sets of 2013 (including Glastonbury and Latitude) drew an attentive, fascinated fanbase who already knew the words to unreleased songs. And their lyrics — stream-of-consciousness character tales and dream imagery — vividly invite your own interpretation.
SEVAG REMIXES “HAPPY” ON FACEBOOK POST
Pharrell Williams is an ageless wonder, a musical genius, and a trend-setting artist that seemingly has found a way to maintain and perhaps even elevate his brand and music to higher heights as the years pass on by. His recent chart-topping hit, “Happy,” tugged on the heartstrings of millions around the globe in such a way that only a Pharrell vocal-laden song could.
LIARS NEW SINGLE “PRO ANTI ANTI”
LIARS (Angus Andrew, Aaron Hemphill and Julian Gross) announce details of a new single, “Pro Anti Anti”, out on June 1oth, 2014 (12” out July 15th).
Described by SPIN as “a fiery cacophony of fuzzy, jarring tones and marching beats”, by NME as “a nasty banger” and by The Quietus as “one of the most pugilistic bangers Liars have every written”, you can listen to “Pro Anti Anti” HERE.
KELIS ON THE LETTERMAN SHOW
Watch Kelis preform “Jerk Ribs” on Letterman last night with her 12 piece band. Song is off her new album Food that came out yesterday via Ninja Tune records.
NEW SINGLE BY THE CORDUROY SUIT
Second single “Giant Neptune” re-imagines the burden of unrequited love as a journey to another planet–it’s a destination you know you’ll never reach, but you can’t stop yourself from attempting the trip, even if you know it might ruin you.
BRY WEBB’S ‘FREE WILL’ ALBUM TRAILER
In addition to Bry Webb’s previously announced forthcoming solo record Free Will, out May 20 on IdÃ©e Fixe Records, Sub Pop will release a vinyl-only reissue of The Constantines’ seminal Shine A Light June 10. Originally released in 2003 and since named one of the top 200 records of the 2000s by Pitchfork and often cited as one of the best Canadian records ever, Shine A Light has been out of print on LP since 2007. In addition to his solo tour, Webb will play several dates with The Constantines this summer.
An album trailer for Free Will is available here: http://vimeo.com/88224561.
THE ADVERSARY “RITUAL DREAM”
Together with the electronic mastermind of Bill Laswell (Blur, DJ Spooky, Pet Shop Boys) and beats maker Q of XOQ (Afrika Bambaataa, Erasure), The Adversary releases Chapter Two: Ritual Dream on June 24.
Developed in 2012 by Andre Mistier (formerly of Ism) and producer Angelo Montrone (Matisyahu, Los Lonely Boys), The Adversary is a conglomeration of the sound and pulse of tech house music with the emotional intensity, connection of live musicians, and well crafted songs.
GISELE & BOB SINCLAIR “HEART OF GLASS” VIDEO
The Monday, April 21st edition of Good Morning America featured the exclusive video premiere of Gisele & Bob Sinclar’s collaborative take on Blondie’s “Heart Of Glass”. Initially created as the soundtrack to H&M’s Summer Campaign; Ultra Records, under exclusive licensing from Hennes & Mauritz AB, has released “Heart Of Glass” as an iTunes 2 week exclusive and the track will be available at all retailers on May 6th. H&M, Gisele and Bob Sinclar will donate royalty from “Heart of Glass” to UNICEF and their work for education.
TIÃ‹STO VYS FOR “SONG OF THE SUMMER” WITH “WASTED”
TiÃ«sto’s new single “Wasted” [featuring Matthew Koma] recently debuted during his headline set at Ultra Music Festival.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY THE STRIVE
Pop/rock force, The Strive has exclusively premiered their new video “Keep Dreaming” on Alternative Press today! Released as a single earlier this month, “Keep Dreaming” is officially available for purchase on iTunes, here: http://bit.ly/1nEHRlT. With a hard rock edge, The Strive is breaking ground with a fiery, infectious spin on today’s power-pop vibe.The Strive’s name comes from their never-ending drive to impact as many people as possible with the forward thinking aesthetic that goes into their soaring music. Their previously released EPs, Anything Goes and Caught Inside produced by Kevin Gates (Never Shout Never, The Ready Set) and Design The Road produced by Matt Noveskey of Blue October, are a testament to their unstoppable progress and vibrant energy. Watch “Keep Dreaming” on Alternative Press, here: http://bit.ly/RLM8dk.
WIRE: TOM VEK NEW SINGLE
Today we are pleased to announce that Tom Vek is set to release a brand new album on June 9th via Moshi Moshi records. Over the course of his decade-long career Tom Vek has forged a reputation as one of London’s most enigmatic and exciting musicians. Breaking on to the scene with the attitude- spiked We Have Sound (2005), Vek channelled his homegrown musical prowess into a bastion of mid- noughties electronic punk rock rebellion. His long awaited follow-up, Leisure Seizure (2011), was less raw but no less impactful. Now mixing the expertise learned from both, his newest offering, Luck is set to be Vek’s biggest and most daring album release to date.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY VISCOUS LIQUID
Hailing from Reading, Viscous Liquid is the outcome of boredom in a dying town. The ‘band’ consists solely of Rhys Williams, a solitary cosmonaut creating a rich sound that encompasses elements of shoegaze, psychedelia, krautrock and dream pop. The resulting concoction is the heady sound of noisy yet melody rich, lo-fi pop songs found on his debut, eponymous EP released in October 2013. His second EP Songs for Jealous Lovers released in March 2014, takes this aesthetic further still, whilst incorporating a more dreamy, surf pop sound.
‘COLDPLAY: GHOST STORIES’ TO AIR SUNDAY, MAY 18
Superstar band Coldplay will present songs from its upcoming sixth album, “Ghost Stories,” in an hourlong special Sunday, May 18 (7 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC.
Titled “Coldplay: Ghost Stories,” the special will focus on the multi-Grammy Award-winning band’s latest album, which will be released worldwide May 19.
Directed by “Coldplay Live 2012” helmer Paul Dugdale, this in-the-round special – recorded in front of an 800-person audience in Los Angeles in March – will blend live-performance footage with cinematic film. Atmospheric projection will deliver awe-inspiring 360-degree imagery – around, above and below the band – while being woven into the overall filmed narrative.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO NOELZ VEDERE FEAT FREDDIE GIBBS
In the video, Vedere is sporting a Michael Jordan White Sox jersey and Profound Aesthetics cap, showing his overt pride for his city. From his forthcoming Bittersweet Victory album, which is slated for a May 20 release, previous singles “Bittersweet” and “Blackout” debuted on HipHopDX and DJBooth, while the full audio version of “Out Of Focus” premiered on Earmilk.
Check out the Noisey premiere:
WIRE: NEW SONG BY COMET CONTROL
In advance of the record’s release, The A.V. Club premieres the new COMET CONTROL song “Future Forever”, saying, “it’s a heavy, deceptively tuneful slab of psychedelia that surfs across the bluesy drone of The Black Angels and the melodic spaciousness of Swervedriver.” Check out COMET CONTROL’s “Future Forever” and hear for yourself now at THIS location.
NEW VIDEO BY REDLIGHT KING
Redlight King has released the official music video for the single “Times Are Hard” from the band’s sophomore release, Irons in the Fire, as the song hits Top 15 at Active Rock radio. “Times Are Hard” is a stirring track with emotional and moving lyrics penned by frontman Kaz, and brought to life in the video which was directed by Strati Hovartos and produced by John Oakes. “Times Are Hard” is the follow-up to the rock radio hit “Born to Rise,” the first single Irons in the Fire, which was tagged as the end title credit for the feature film Draft Day, starring Kevin Costner.
“Times Are Hard” Official Video: http://youtu.be/3IziTRWzTUo
THE BLACK KEYS PERFORM ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE MAY 10
The Black Keys will return to Saturday Night Live for their third musical guest appearance on May 10. The program will be hosted by Charlize Theron and will feature songs from the duo’s new album, Turn Blue, which will be released the following Tuesday, May 13 on Nonesuch Records.
Produced by Danger Mouse, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, Turn Blue comprises 11 new tracks, including the first single, “Fever,” which can be heard at http://theblackkeys.com.
WIRE: NEW EMPIRE PREMIERES TWO NEW SONGS TODAY
Aussie pop-rock band New Empire is quickly emerging as one of pop’s next big acts with the upcoming release of their album In A Breath, which is due out on April 29th via Tooth & Nail Records. Today, the band has unveiled two new songs, “Tale of Jonah” and “Fallen Soldiers,” with partnering sites RyanSeacrest.com and OKMagazine.com, respectively. Fans are also invited to pre-order the record now at iTunes (w/instant download of “Say It Like You Mean It”) and Tooth & Nail (T-Shirt/CD/Download Bundles).
Stream “Tale of Jonah” now, excluisvely at RyanSeacrest.com: http://bit.ly/1gRvazy
Stream “Fallen Soldiers” now, exclusively at OKMagazine.com: http://bit.ly/1f6LLnQ
NEW ALBUM COMING BY THE KOOKS
The Kooks will release their eagerly anticipated new album Listen on September 2nd via Astralwerks. Produced by Luke Pritchard and young hip hop pioneer Inflo, it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi platinum selling UK act.
The Kooks have already laid down the gauntlet with swaggering first taster “Down,” and now look set to go one further with second single “Around Town,” to be released in the coming weeks. It is another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the forthcoming album.
STYX AND FOREIGNER SET TO RELEASE ‘THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER’ TOUR COMPANION ALBUM
Responsible for some of Rock’s most indelible summer anthems, legendary groups FOREIGNER and STYX will release THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER on May 6 to coincide with their highly anticipated tour of the same name, which also features very special guest DON FELDER, former guitarist of The Eagles. The album, which features 16 classics by both bands, will be available exclusively at Walmart. Pre-orders are available on Walmart’s website.
THE SOUNDTRACK OF SUMMER package includes FOREIGNER hits “Cold As Ice,” “Juke Box Hero” and “I Want To Know What Love Is,” and STYX hits “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man” and “Renegade” (see below for a complete track listing). The collection finishes with the spectacular highlight, a brand new interpretation of one of Classic Rock’s most successful songs ever, “Hotel California.” Original songwriter DON FELDER teamed up with STYX and FOREIGNER for this very special collaboration, as well as a stunning new version of FOREIGNER’s massive hit, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” which will only be available as a limited edition vinyl disc and on iTunes.
LORD HURON’S “ENDS OF THE EARTH” VIDEO PREMIERES AT LOS ANGELES TIMES
The video for “Ends of the Earth” (directed by Kevin Donelan), off critically acclaimed Lord Huron’s debut Lonesome Dreams, is now streaming at Los Angeles Times’ Pop & Hiss Blog: http://lat.ms/1mA548P.
WIRE: DUCK SAUCE PREMIERE “NRG” VIDEO ON BUZZFEED
Hot off an album release week bookended by two triumphant Coachella performances and rave Quack reviews, Duck Sauce continue their streak of genuinely next level music videos with a clip for new single “NRG.” Director Dugan O’Neal and comedian Jon C. Daly (Kroll Show) take late-night infomercials to truly psychotic heights, with A-Trak and Armand Van Helden getting in on the increasingly insane action themselves. It’s the perfect visual accompaniment to Duck Sauce’s new album, stuffed full of even more earworm hooks, feel-good beats, and unfiltered cosmic ridiculousness.
NO SLEEP WELCOMES AVIATOR TO THE LABEL
Huntington Beach based No Sleep Records is proud to welcome New England band Aviator to the label’s family of bands. The band will release their debut full-length album later this year.
Stream a teaser of a new Aviator song here: http://youtu.be/H3wC7A6MaqY
“Of all the experiences we’ve had in the last 5 years, joining the No Sleep team is an all-time high,” says guitarist Mat Morin. “We couldn’t have asked for a more supportive and more passionate group of guys to release this record.”
‘RAGGA RAGGA RAGGA 2014’ TEASER VIDEO
Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014, the annual dancehall series from Greensleeves, will hits the streets on May 6th, 2014. This go-to compilation has earned its stripes worldwide by consistently providing the season’s breaking hits that are bubbling in the club and busting on the streets.
This year’s compilation features top hits from Jamaican’s biggest dancehall stars like Spice’s summer anthem “So Mi Like It” and “Go Go,” Aidonia’s “Boom Flick,” Vybz Kartel’s “Punanny A Mi Best Friend” and Busy Signal’s “Crazy Sex” as well as fresh anthems from the island’s emerging artists like Don Husky’s “On and On,” Christopher Martin’s “Secret Love (Creep),” Radijah’s “Walk Like A Dog” and Alkaline’s “Things Mi Love.”
WATCH Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 cover girl and dancehall queen Miss Likkle Bit show her skills on the featured track Spice’s “So Mi Like It:”
Pre-order Ragga Ragga Ragga 2014 now:
WIRE: FAILURES’ FULL ALBUM STREAM
Buffalo, NY’s Failures’ Union have released their latest and third full-length titled, “Tethering” on Long Island based Dead Broke Rekerds. “Tethering” was recorded at Goo Goo Dolls’ GCR Studio and mastered by Alan Douches (O’Brother, Rogue Wave) at West West Side. Their sound is reminiscent of much of the great indie and alt-rock of the 1990’s, with hints of The Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr, Guided by Voices and Superchunk layering their simple catchy songs.
HEAD TRIP SUPERSTAR RELEASE NEW SINGLE/VIDEO
Based out of Southern California, HEAD TRIP SUPERSTAR featuring Rich Varville (Lead Vocals/Guitar), James Raub (Drums), Jason Cooper (Lead Guitar) and Paule Joubran (Bass) just released their first single titled Love You to Death along with a stunning debut video. The track will be featured on the bands sophomore album titled Disillusions of Grandeur which is currently scheduled for release in North America, Europe and Japan during the spring of 2015. The band is planning to release 3 additional singles, accompanied by videos over the next several months in anticipation for the albums release early next year.
The video for Love You to Death is available here:
JOHN FOGERTY TO DELIVER KEYNOTE SPEECH AT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA THORNTON SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Music icon John Fogerty will be the featured speaker at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music’s 2014 Commencement ceremony.
The university’s 131st Commencement takes place Friday, May 16. USC Thornton’s satellite ceremony begins at 10:45 a.m. on the south lawn of Ramo Hall, directly following the university’s main ceremony.
“We are thrilled to welcome John Fogerty to Thornton to speak to our 2014 graduates,” said Robert Cutietta, Dean of the USC Thornton School of Music. “As a singer, he has an artistic voice that is instantly recognizable to millions of music fans. As a songwriter, he has written some of the greatest songs in rock and roll.”
CITI ® PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL PERFORMANCE FROM COLDPLAY AT THE BEACON THEATRE
New York – April 24, 2014 – Citi ® today announced it will present A Very Special Performance from Coldplay at the iconic Beacon Theatre in New York City on Monday, May 5 at 5:00 pm. The concert is one of Coldplay’s few U.S. performances prior to the May 19 release of the band’s sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, via Parlophone/Atlantic Records. This special event at the Beacon Theatre is the second performance Coldplay has done exclusively for Citi cardmembers this year.
“Last month the band treated our customers in Los Angeles to an up-close-and personal performance previewing Ghost Stories, and we can’t wait to see what surprises they will unveil in New York,” said Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP of Entertainment Marketing at Citi. “There is so much enthusiasm from fans for the upcoming album, and we are thrilled to present our customers these exclusive performances celebrating Coldplay’s new music – as always experiencing them live will be a night to remember.”
THE REPLACEMENTS TO PLAY HOMECOMING CONCERT
Fresh off their much-buzzed about performances at Coachella (the second of which featured Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong), The Replacements announced today their long-anticipated homecoming show at St. Paul’s Midway Stadium on Saturday, September 13, 2014. While the band has recently been performing at a few select festivals across the nation, their show at Midway Stadium — home of the St. Paul Saints baseball team — is the band’s first full headlining show since their legendary free concert in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 4, 1991, which attracted tens of thousands of fans. The St. Paul show will also feature some very special guests, to be announced soon.
All tickets are general admission and will be available beginning Saturday, May 3 at 10 a.m. CST at http://etix.com for $50 plus ticketing fees. Fans can also buy tickets at the Midway Stadium box office and The Depot Tavern at First Avenue. A four ticket limit will be strictly enforced. Fans are encouraged to visit the band’s Facebook page starting Monday to access a special presale password. General event information is available here http://jamusa.com/thereplacements.
MY SECRET ISLAND VIDEO “WHAT WAS YESTERDAY”
The zombie post-apocalyptic music video is now out on the web, which is full of great music, sick scenes, and of course….zombies! It’s a music video that will sweep the nation with it’s originality, rockin’ music, and incredible characters! One of the things that will make your spine chill with fear and insane awesomeness is a blood-curdling character…..doctor death… . Doctors are supposed to heal and treat the wounded right? Well this doctor only has a few things on his mind…..torture, torment, and zombie injections!!!!
The Valery Trails Release New Album, Buffalo Speedway, due out April 29, 2014.
WIRE: NEW ALBUM BY VALERY TRAILS
The collection of songs on Buffalo Speedway werepartially written and inspired by a four-month, 35-state, 17,000 mile road trip exploring the the continental United States; while some were composed and shaped a world away–in the nineties. The band chose to make “Buffalo Speedway” the title track of the album because out of all the songs that one seemed to fit the theme. The band is from Australia, yet composed a rather “American” album; they wanted to reflect that in the title. The songs themselves sound like the nineties mixed with today, including plenty of hooks and thoughtful lyrics for good measure.
CHECK OUT THE NEW SONG “RUNNING” FROM JAMES BAY
Hailing from Hitchin, Hertfordshire, James was discovered by Republic Records after a fan uploaded a video of him performing in a Kentish Town pub to YouTube. After months of playing open mic nights in both Brighton and London, James was flown to New York and signed his record deal. In 2013 he released ‘Dark of the Morning EP’ and is set to release new music this year. He has supported John Newman, Kodaline, Tom Odell, Beth Orton and The Rolling Stones at their 2013 Hyde Park shows.
NOZINJA NEW SONG AND VIDEO “TSEKELEKE”
Nozinja shares his first track for Warp Records “Tsekeleke.” It comes with an accompanying video filmed in Johannesburg and directed by Chris Saunders. The new track will also feature on a 12” due out later this year.