NEW VIDEO MICHAEL JACKSON & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE
Watch the Brand New Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake Video for “Love Never Felt So Good”:
LEFTY WILLIAMS AND TREE LEAF MUSIC ANNOUNCE AUGUST 21 RELEASE DATE
Lefty Williams, Producer Ashley Dennis and Tree Leaf Music have announced an August 21 release date for the singer/songwriter/guitarist’s upcoming release ALL IN. Williams shares, “Paul Diaz and I have been friends for years. About two years ago when he heard the demos he signed me on the spot. I could not be happier to be a part of the new label Tree Leaf Music has launched.” Diaz echoes these sentiments offering, “Lefty is a uniquely talented writer and performer with wonderful, heartfelt lyrics, and amazing riff oriented guitar playing. We are blessed to be able to help him realize his musical vision at Tree.”
WIRE: POPMATTERS PREMIERES LONESOME SHACK’S NEW ALBUM
The band began in New Mexico’s Gila Wilderness where Ben Todd hunkered down in the shack he built and studied the music of the American folk and blues lineage. In 2008 Todd joined up with drummer Kristian Garrard in Seattle, and in 2011 bassist Luke Bergman became the third member.
ED SHEERAN HERALDS NEW ALBUM “x”
Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran is gearing up for a very busy summer as he announces a storm of activity surrounding the release of his much anticipated second album. “x” — pronounced “multiply” — arrives on June 23rd.
AP THE MAYOR & DRE SKUFFS FEAT CHILL MOODY “POUR IT UP”
New Jersey and Philly connect on “Pour It Up” featuring rising Philly upstart Chill Moody is featured on A.P. the Mayor & Dre Skuffs Game 7 LP. Whether you are a casual drinker, or a professional one Pout It Up!
Link to A.P. the Mayor & Dre Skuffs f/ Chill Moody “Pour It Up” (produced by Bang Musik): https://soundcloud.com/ap-the-mayor-dre-skuffs/pour-it-up-feat-chill-moody
FESTIVALNET.COM CELEBRATES 18 YEARS
The short history of the Internet is littered with thousands of start-ups that have come and gone. Eighteen years is a long life for a small Internet business, especially a thriving and profitable one. “We are older than Google, Facebook, Bing, and Twitter,” says co-founder Kurt Irmiter. “We survived the 2008 Great Recession, the dot-com crash in 2000 and the infamous Y2K crisis of 1999.”
FestivalNet.com is the most comprehensive festival and event web resource in North America, connecting artists, musicians, food vendors, promoters, festival-goers and service providers. It started as a 2,000-event downloadable PDF in 1996. Today, it is a user-friendly, highly functional, well-trafficked site of 750,000+ monthly visitors and 26,000+ events. Add to that an online marketplace, a festival business social networking community, advanced web tools & search features, promoter & member resources, advertising opportunities and a festival biz directory, and you start to see what they have been doing all these years!
So what is the foundation of FN’s 18-year survival? Co-owner Connie Morris sums it up to “common sense and karma.”
NEW VIDEO BY THE B.A.D.
THE B.A.D., real name Kash Chaudhary, was inspired by his own story; growing up at the intersection of the 1980s and 90s in Britain as the son of an immigrant, the talented rapper used his confusion over his dual identity as a source of inspiration. Growing up in North West London he never truly understood where ‘home’ was which resulted in dissociation with both countries; realising he was neither classified as English in England nor a Pakistani in Pakistan. THE B.A.D. has experienced the true depths of the Asian immigrant experience in the UK, suffering discrimination from both facets of his identity.
WIRE: LISTEN TO A NEW TRACK FROM R.A. (RUDE AWAKENING) NOW ON LAMBGOAT
Listen to the first track to surface from R.A., “Black Widow”, now on Lambgoat.com. This song appears on the band’s debut full-length album Collateral Damage which will be available July 1st from Bridge Nine. Pre-orders for the album were launched today in the B9Store.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY TYCHO
For nearly a decade, Tycho has been known as the musical alias of Scott Hansen, but with the March 18th release of Awake — his second LP for Ghostly International – the solo project has evolved into a three-piece band. Reaching an entirely new realm of sonic possibilities recording with a live band, Awake is situated in the present, reaching Hansen’s vision of Tycho like never before.
IAMX RE-EMERGES FOR AN INTIMATE ONLINE PERFORMANCE
“I’ve been sick, broke and reclusive. Now I am healing.” So says IAMX mastermind Chris Corner about the last year of his life after being diagnosed with a debilitating and career-threatening case of chronic insomnia. While most artists would throw in the towel and call it a day, Corner is instead learning how to adapt this new lifestyle in order to once again create music for his fans and, most importantly, for himself. On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Corner will be returning to the spotlight, albeit a quieter and more intimate one. He’ll be performing tracks from his pivotal debut album KISS + SWALLOW and broadcasting it live online via StageIt.
“All IAMX songs were written on a guitar or a piano,” he explains. “I thought it might be nice to play those songs how they were written, so I have decided to attempt a small online acoustic performance.” To be broadcast from his newfound home of Los Angeles, CA, Corner will revisit the lushness of his 2004 debut and strip it down to its barest nature. “I’ll be using an acoustic guitar, a loop pedal and some fx, hopefully to create a more interesting sound than just a standard unplugged show.”
The performance will be streamed live via StageIt at https://www.stageit.com/IAMX
ANIMAL LOVER ‘GUILT’ ALBUM OUT MAY 20TH + “NEIGHBORS
‘Guilt’ is Animal Lover’s second LP and first with Learning Curve Records. This six song album is a tight fist of fury, using background noise – faucets dripping, hand claps, guitars scratching on cymbals to create gloomy post-punk. Drawing further influence from the ,likes of The Velvet Underground, Cows, Wipers, the Beatles, The Ex, and Wire, it has a vibrant, no-wave musical feel. Industrial waste. Future Shock. Jazz. Animal Lover pummels anything in their path of audio destruction.
FREE DOWNLOAD FROM VINNY VEGAS
Baltimore-based progressive rock outfit, Vinny Vegas, have announced the pre-order for the vinyl release of their full-length debut The Big White Whale. In celebration of this announcement, the band is currently offering the album cut “Patterns Weave” as a free download. “Patterns Weave”, which debuted this morning on GroundSounds.com, is a perfect example of the band’s unique ability to make progressive rock as accessible as it is intricate. The thoughtful arrangements and vocal harmonies put the dynamic nature of the band’s songwriting style on full display.
Free Download of “Patterns Weave”: https://soundcloud.com/vinnyvegas/2-patterns-weave
LIZ UNVEILS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “THAT’S MY MAN”
Mad Decent/Columbia pop star LIZ steps into an animated comic strip in her superhero-worthy new video for “That’s My Man.” Watch the clip here: http://smarturl.it/ThatsMyManLyricVid. With her shimmering vocals front and center and funk-focused collaboration with Pharrell Williams, LIZ continues her monolithic ascent into pop stardom with this feel good summery jam, featured on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack.
RAY TARANTINO POSTS TWO SINGLES FROM NEW ALBUM
Where the so-damn-American power of Americana blends with the so-bloody-British immediacy of pop, that’s where you’ll find Ray Tarantino. His New Album, Good Things Will Happen (Tiny Drum Records) is a tribute to the American dream: the story of a guy who walked a road of trial, carrying nothing but a good dose of courage. Against all odds Ray Tarantino carved a tunnel through the mountain of possibilities. With no plan B, he has weaved together themes of hope, love, and reaching for the stars.
His father was a Sicilian diamond dealer; his mother a Tuscan countess. Born in the north of Italy and raised in the UK, Ray brings an international sensuality to Americana music. Ray’s lyrics are written with a deliberate pleasure in playing with words, and he seems to savor every word as they seep through his lips. If it was possible to make love to music, Ray would have broken through that boundary long ago. His passionate guitar playing and singing pierce through the coldness and darkness of lost love to warm the heart and excite the imagination.
“The Thing About You” Soundcloud link:
WIRE: SAMPLE YANN TIERSEN NEW ALBUM ON NPR
It is Tiersen’s 8th studio album and is a great entry into his career body of work. If not familiar with his albums you may know his work through the soundtrack to the film Amelie, which he scored.
The songs on [Infinity] are in large part inspired by the landscapes he has lived and worked in while recording the album, including his new home in Iceland. To embody this within the music, beyond his approach to instrumentation, he sources speakers of languages from these regions including Faroese, Icelandic, English and Breton.
Or sample the whole album via the NPR “First Listen”
WIRE: NEW ANTI-LYRIC VIDEO BY SON OF AUERLIUS
Some people like lyric videos, some don’t. SON OF AUERLIUS place themselves in the latter group, which is why today, the band has unleashed a brand new anti-lyric video via Metal Injection (chock full of your favorite things — sloths, dancing video game characters, and other fun stuff)! The lyric video syncs with a brand new track, entitled ‘A Great Liberation’, cut from the band’s upcoming album, Under A Western Sun.
BEAR HANDS GET REMIXED
Here are 2 Bear Hands remixes. Both for the track “Peacekeeper” off their new album Distraction — one by We The Wild, one by Coma. Appreciate you checking them out!
Bear Hands just released their new album Distraction and are in the midst of a hugely successful tour right now, selling out a some headlining dates, plus playing Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and many more fests.
THE STORY SO FAR PREMIERE NEW SONG “NAVY BLUE”
The Story So Far is streaming a new song titled “Navy Blue” from their upcoming acoustic EP Songs of here. Pre-orders for Songs of are also now available. Songs of, which was recorded at Nu-Tone studios in Pittsburg, California by engineers Ben Hirschfield and Scott Goodrich, will be released June 17th on Pure Noise Records. The Story So Far will be playing all of this summer’s Vans Warped Tour on the main stage.
NEW SINGLE BY PLANET ASIA AND MITCHY SLICK
TriState and production duo DirtyDiggs team up for an EP titled “Digital Documents” available MAY 20th 2014 on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play and more. Project features Planet Asia, Mitchy Slick, Styliztik Jones, Killer Ben, DJ Bobby B and more. Artwork and New Song “Polyester Square” feat. Planet Asia and Mitchy Slick attached below.
New Song: “Polyester Square” Feat. Planet Asia and Mitchy Slick
TALKFINE NEW VIDEO “DANCE LIKE THIS”
TalkFine’s latest ear candy “Dance Like This” puts the fantasy front and center. Recruiting the sultry club grooves of old-school Usher hits with the 80’s pop flair of Hall & Oates–and perhaps a hint of boy band charm–the duo stocks the track with as much attitude and swagger as they can muster. Brought to life by director Liann Kaye, the accompanying music video displays an exuberant version of dance crew choreography and kaleidoscopic visuals that animate the duo’s lush pop harmonies and irresistible electro beats. While some may wonder “Are these guys serious?” a quick read between the lines catches the uncontrolled smiles, outbursts of laughter, and deliberate silliness that make TalkFine so uniquely likable, even beyond their catchy tunes. You can try to resist them, but why would you want to when pop music can be this fun?
WIRE: TOY CITIES “GALLONS” POSTED
Recently premiered on My Old Kentucky Blog, Brooklyn outfit Toy Cities preps to release their debut LP (digitally) on June 2014 and shares their Two Door Cinema Club-esque first single “Gallons.” Michael Nesci, Josh Harris and Mitchell Lee began making their brand of 80’s post-punk and 90’s dream pop inspired indie rock under the moniker Toy Cities in December, 2012.
NICUMO VIDEO “DIFFERENCE”
Nicumo is a melodic rock/metal band from Ylivieska, Finland. The band was founded in 2007 by a couple of friends. Fairly soon the band began to make their own songs by putting the guitarists’ song ideas to good use. During the first couple of years the band went without a name and invested in practising and making songs.
The line-up of the band changed frequently until 2010, and as the line-up regularized, their musical style, too, reached its best form. In the same year, the band started to go by the name of Nicumo.
WIRE: SMLH POSTS “NEON VISIONS”
SMLH is the solo project of 17 year-old Hillsborough, NC native Sam Higgins. The project began as merely an accumulation of off-kilter 4-track demos that were recorded while he was in seventh grade. However, what was once cathartic regurgitation inspired by middle school goofiness and angst eventually grew into a more developed solo endeavor. Influenced heavily by the southern punk rock ethos of North Carolina legends the Flat Duo Jets as well as the hypnotic bedroom stylings of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, the nature of SMLH’s output is hard to put a finger on at times; his early 2014 release Singles Vol. 1 features as many nihilistically loud “fake songs” as it does introspective and hazy pop tunes. SMLH’s favorite things are Seinfeld, Cheerwine, ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel, Adidas Sambas, short-scale guitars, and dad jokes.
TESSANNE CHIN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “COUNT ON MY LOVE”
Season five winner of NBC’s The Voice, TESSANNE CHIN returned to the show this week in order to world premiere her new song “Everything Reminds Me Of You” which is now available on iTunes. This joyous homecoming marked the very first live performance of the song, and it properly heralds the forthcoming arrival of the singer and songwriter’s full-length debut, Count On My Love, available for pre-order now on iTunes. The album will be available physically exclusive to Wal-Mart and through all digital retailers June 24th via Republic Records.
JPNSGRLS “SMALLS” SINGLE OUT NOW
Vancouver quartet JPNSGRLS (pronounced “Japanese Girls”) released The Sharkweek EP earlier this year on limited edition vinyl and are now proud to announce the release of their debut full-length, Circulation — out July 15 via Light Organ Records.
The album is produced by Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Fur Trade, Mounties) and mastered by Greg Calbi (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala, Arctic Monkeys) and kicks off with the feedback squeal of combustible opener “Smalls”. The track blends the sounds of a garage-y Wombats with Nirvana’s “Aneurysm” and explores the excitement and self-destruction of drug use and conversely takes its title and chorus from the classic coming-of-age film, The Sandlot (“You’re killing me smalls”).
ROADRUNNER SIGNS WEAREHARLOT
Roadrunner Records has announced WeAreHarlot as the newest members of its renowned roster. The acclaimed rock ‘n’ roll band’s much anticipated debut track, “Denial,” is streaming now at their official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/WeAreHarlot), while a free download is available at the just-launched www.WeAreHarlot.com.
DAVID J AND SASHA GREY ON AIR LIVE TONIGHT
David J, preeminent Godfather of Goth, and the infamous actress/model Sasha Grey will be featured guests on The Dark Mark Show tonight at 8:00 PM PST at LA’s Skid Row Studios. A radio show where one can ‘expect the unexpected,’ David J and Sasha will discuss everything from David J’s latest album An Eclipse of Ships to that David J cover of Britney Spears’Toxic and his controversial video featuring Sasha Grey.
SETH MacFARLANE TAKES ON CHRISTMAS CLASSICS WITH NEW ALBUM
Academy Award-nominated and Grammy ® – nominated writer, singer, actor, producer and director, Seth MacFarlane has recently completed his first-ever Christmas album. Following his critically acclaimed 2011 debut, Music Is Better Than Words, and a 2013 Oscar Nomination for co-writing “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from Ted, the record will be available at stores everywhere and digital retailers just in time for the holiday season via Republic Records.
BURY TOMORROW VIDEO “OF GLORY”
After last night’s premiere of ‘Of Glory’ on BBC Radio 1, UK metalcore powerhouse BURY TOMORROW have now released the official music video for ‘Of Glory’, a track form their upcoming new record Runes (out May 27, 2014) on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.
Check it out here: http://youtu.be/hAgtxONdVsI