WIRE: BAND OF SKULLS’ “HOOCHIE COOCHIE” REMIX BY DAN AUERBACH PREMIERES AT ESQUIRE
A new version of Band of Skulls’ single “Hoochie Coochie” premiered today at Esquire. The song, which was remixed by Dan Auerbach, is from the U.K. trio’s new album, Himalayan, which is out now to widespread critical acclaim on Electric Blues Recordings via Kobalt Label Services (iTunes, Amazon). Of the remix, Esquire praises, “…a heavy number perfect for getting you off the couch and out of the house, hell-bent on finding some adventure.”
NEW SINGLE BY MARK STEELE
With his latest track, “Letter To Carolina,” premiered by kevinnottingham.com, Mark writes a letter back home to let his home state know he is out here fighting the good fight for them, while also warning his competition he is joining the fight.
Link to Mark Steele’s “Letter To Carolina” (produced by Scratch Nice): https://soundcloud.com/whoismarksteele/letter-to-carolina-prod-by-scratch-nice/s-dLn0F
R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Matt Palmer is preparing to release his brand new EP Stranger Than Fiction on June 24. His soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics have led to collaborations with some of music’s most exciting producers and songwriters, including Oak Felder (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Fraser T. Smith (ADELE, Britney Spears) and the Jackie Boyz (Madonna, Justin Bieber).
MATT PALMER COVERS “STAY WITH ME”
The seven-song EP marks Palmer’s first release as an openly gay musician. After graduating from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and writing for pop acts like Big Time Rush and Leon Thomas, Matt felt the urge to start writing and performing songs from his own perspective.
Matt’s excellent rendition of “Stay With Me” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUbP_m4lwRw
PANDORA STEPS INTO THE LIVE MUSIC SCENE
Pandora Presents concert series and have Delta Spirit coming to the Middle East next Tuesday 5/27. Pandora Presents is a free concert series designed to connect fans with the artists they love in a live setting. Together, Pandora and StubHub will be presenting five intimate concerts with emerging acts, leveraging Pandora’s unique ability to determine the artist for each city by analyzing the musical presences of local listeners.
SUNSET MARQUIS HOTEL GOES ACOUSTIC THIS SUMMER
This 2014 series, which begins May 30 and runs through October 3, will embark down a slightly different path, featuring not only up-and-coming artists, but also incredibly talented emerging artists that guests may already recognize on select nights throughout the summer. This new twist on the series aims to elevate each show to a whole new level, offering attendees and sponsors an up close and personal listening experience with tomorrow’s next big artists.
Previous artists have included Run River North and Gary Clark, Jr., to name a few.
Show dates are May 30, June 13, June 27, July 11, July 26, August 8, August 22, September 5, September 19 and October 3.
For more information on Live @ Sunset Marquis, please visit: http://www.sunsetmarquis.com/west-hollywood-hotel/live-at-sunset-marquis
HARN SOLO & CALIOBZVR DROP NEW EP
West coast natives Harn SOLO and Caliobzvr combine progressive efforts on their new album, “The Experiment”. The six-song EP reflects a strong musical bond that was forged while performing in New Orleans with producer extraordinaire Pro Prospek.
RON EVANS PRESENTS ‘CHASING WOODSTOCK’
During the summer of 1969, approximately 500,000 people traveled to upstate New York for Woodstock, a three-day long music festival, designed to celebrate peace and love. However, times in America were anything but peaceful. The country was divided by an increasingly unpopular Vietnam War, and protests were growing. Meanwhile, large numbers of teens and college students rejected the cultural norms of their parents and the 1950’s; campaigning passionately for civil rights, fighting discrimination, and demanding equality for all Americans regardless of race, gender, or social status.
In his debut book, Chasing Woodstock: Finding the Cost of Freedom, author Ron Evans provides an inside look at how the summer of 1969, Woodstock, and its music changed his life forever. His curiosity was first piqued when, through a simple act of kindness, he received a rare artifact from the festival. With an insatiable thirst for discovering the truth behind America’s loss of domestic tranquility, Evans takes his readers on the quest of a lifetime. He shares never before heard stories, exclusive interviews and photographs; transporting his readers backstage, on stage, off stage, and into the dressing rooms of the greatest and most prolific recording artists in history including: The Who, Santana, Joan Baez, CS&N, Joe Cocker, and many more.
OLIVER HELDENS AND BECKY HILL VIDEO “GECKO”
It’s a match made in festival heaven: A fan-favorite instrumental track with a brand new, pop-inspired vocal that’s simply irresistible. Produced by Oliver Heldens and voiced by Becky Hill, “Gecko (Overdrive)” has all the makings of a summertime smash.
Originally released by Tiësto’s Musical Freedom imprint in late 2013, Oliver Helden’s “Gecko” put an energetic spin on the deep house sound of the moment – to immense success. The track peaked at #2 on the Beatport Top 100 and secured support from the likes of Pete Tong, Danny Howard and Zane Lowe, among many others.
NEW ALBUM BY CROWDER ON I-TUNES RADIO
Critically acclaimed “folktronica” artist and songwriter Crowder will release his highly anticipated solo debut album Neon Steeple on May 27th via Capitol CMG’s sixsteprecords. Long embraced for his tenure as the frontman of the wildly progressive group David Crowder Band, this is his first set of new music in 2+ years and marks his official entrance as a solo artist. Just less than a week away from the worldwide release, iTunes premiered the album in full as an iTunes Radio First Play, check it out HERE.
MICHAEL JACKSON IS #1 AGAIN
Michael Jackson’s new album XSCAPE took over the top spots on the global charts this week, hitting #1 in 52 countries and Top 5 in 87 other. It is #1 on Amazon and #1 on Spotify, taking the throne from Frozen, which has had the top spot on Spotify since January. It debuted #1 on the Hits Magazine chart and #2 on the Billboard chart.
Curated and produced by Epic Records Chairman and CEO LA Reid, XSCAPE got off to a thrilling start with the Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake first single, “Love Never Felt So Good” which rocketed into the Top 5 position in the U.S. and lit up the iTunes charts globally peaking at 17#1 and 67 Top 5 positions, and hitting the #1 spot on Spotify U.S. and the world this week. The video for Michael Jackson/Justin Timberlake duet of the song is #1 on iTunes.
HOOK AND ANCHOR DELIVER AMERICANA SELF-TITLED DEBUT JULY 22
On July 22, 2014, via Jealous Butcher and Woodphone Records, Portland, Oregon-based Hook & Anchor – comprised of Blind Pilot’s Kati Claborn, Luke Ydstie, and Ryan Dobrowski, as well as old-time music veteran Gabrielle Macrae (of The Macrae Sisters), and Erik Clampitt (of Clampitt, Gaddis & Buck, Power of County) – will celebrate the release of their self-titled debut, an adventurous yet accessible collection of eleven songs, stitched together by a reverence for the evolution of traditional American music and the strong individual voices that comprise the band.
Hook & Anchor is a story of lost songs finding a home. After a busy five years of touring with Portland-based band Blind Pilot, Claborn was sitting on a steadily growing pile of tunes. As chance would have it, long-time friend and collaborator Clampitt was looking for material and musicians to play a handful of gigs culminating in a show at the San Francisco Old-time and Bluegrass Festival. Songs were dusted off, friends were gathered, and the music that emerged had a voice and cohesion that immediately resonated with audiences and demanded to be more than a mere one-off.
EUGENE RIPPER NYC RESIDENCY FOR JUNE
The MuseBox today announced that seminal Canadian punk folk artist Eugene Ripper will bring his “Fast Folk Underground” to New York City’s Bowery Electric on Wednesday, June 4, as he kicks off a monthly residency. Ripper, who is considered one of Canada’s most respected and storied modern rock performers, has been refining his energetic post-modern folk musings since the early 1990s. Still on tour in support of 2013’sFast Folk Underground III (Quiet Light) Ripper continues to earn the respect of both fans and critics. The Montreal Gazette describes Ripper’s music as “hard-strummed acoustic folk music with the intensity of punk,” and raves that “Fast Folk Underground III (Quiet Light) shows him at the top of his game.” All of Ripper’s releases are available on his official website, while tickets for Ripper’s return to New York City are available on the Bowery Electric website.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY WISE GIRL
Wise Girl just premiered her new single “Sing Me To Sleep” on Nothing But Hope And Passion! Listen HERE. “Just Won’t Do” is the first single off the band’s sophomore EP Sing Me To Sleep. The band’s second effort showcases their softer side with a stripped-down acoustic style. Frontwoman Abby Weitz crafts compact pop ditties with lyrics that are as honest as they are clever. The band has been featured by Bust, Diffuser.FM and many more.
WIRE: NEW SINGLE BY CARROLL
There was a time when Carroll was just your grandmother’s name or an avenue you drove by. But since the autumn of 2011, Carroll has come to describe the combined efforts of four gentlemen from all over who now call Minneapolis home.
Brian Hurlow started performing some of the melancholic pop songs that would become the Needs EP with a guitar and a laptop and caught the ear of Charlie Rudoy- a friend from college and a drummer. The two moved into a house on Carroll Avenue together and found a name for their budding project on the street sign on the corner. By the time Max Kulicke joined on guitar and Charles McClung on bass, the sounds coming out of the basement on Carroll Avenue were beginning to grab some attention.
AMERICANA OUTFIT SASSPARILLA POST 2 SINGLES
Raucous, melodic Americana outfit Sassparilla, led by songwriter and front man Kevin Blackwell, delivers Pasajero and Hullabaloo (Fluff & Gravy Records), a 19-track, double-disc set of two divergent, but distinctly Sassparilla albums.
The two albums, totaling 19 songs, move in polar directions; Pasajero more akin to the band’s latest two records (2012’s The Darndest Thing and 2013’s Magpie), boasts tight studio production and a melodic focus, while the ten tracks of Hullabaloo capture the live essence and playful nature of the band.
“Cool Thing” Soundcloud link:
“What The Devil Don’t Know” Soundcloud link:
KIDS WITHOUT INSTRUMENTS VIDEO “EYES”
Today marked the premiere of the alternative video for “EYES” by Los Angeles based Bit-Pop-Neo-Dance-Electro-Punk upstarts, Kids Without Instruments on Substream Magazine’s website. This visual, known as the BREAKERS video, focuses on choreography as uniquely artistic as the song itself is. “EYES” is the first look off of the band’s upcoming EP due out later this year, and perfectly exemplifies the bold step forward the musically maturing duo has taken since their breakthrough debut in 2012.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY OWENSTONE ON EARMILK
The MuseBox today announced that Los Angeles’s Owenstone have released a lyric video for their new single “Summer Lane.” The video premiered exclusively on Earmilk. Written and directed by Peter Quinn, the “Summer Lane” video personifies the song with an adventurous young boy who runs away from home on his motorcycle. Owenstone have received rave reviews all along the West Coast for writing orchestral and multi-layered rock songs that are “gorgeous and instantly accessible” (SkopeMag.com).
FRESHA POSTS “FGK”
Miami rapper, Fresha, finally releases and delivers theme music to accompany his FGK (Fresha Got The Kush) campaign. This is the campaign that he decided to go national with beginning in the end of 2012 with a release party in Queen, NY. Releasing 2 series of Kush Chronicles in 2014, Pac Edition and 420 Edition, within a 2 month span, he now gives us some original work produced by Tha 4 Production. This is same production team who produced popular hit records like “Reese Head – Dhatt” & “CB – Str8 Lyk Dhatt”. “FGK” has been playing in various venues in Miami & now it is released for you to have. Enjoy the new Miami sound for summer 2014!
Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/6deepent/fresha-fgk-prod-tha-4
NEW EP BY ADAM ZWIG AUGUST 18
On his forthcoming EP, the captivating Stones, Bones, and Skin (Conscious Records), singer-songwriter Adam Zwig channels a hypnotic and harmonious hybrid of Americana, pop, rock, folk and world music. Due out on August 18th, Stones, Bones and Skin contains five new sparkling tracks produced by the Grammy Award-winning David Bianco (Bob Dylan, U2, Johnny Cash) and Stuart Sikes (The White Stripes, Loretta Lynn), the pair responsible for Zwig’s recent full-length Visions of the Shimmering Night. Portland, Oregon-based Zwig together, with his band, including drummer Brian MacLeod (Madonna, Tears for Fears, “Tuesday Music Club” with Sheryl Crow) and bassist Davey Faragher (Elvis Costello, Elton John, Cracker), bring the dynamic EP to life.
K CAMP NEW VIDEO FEAT 2 CHAINZ
Check out K Camp’s new music video “Cut Her Off” Ft. 2 Chainz:
MTS MANAGEMENT GROUP GETS 11 NOMINATIONS
MTS Management Group is very happy to announce their artists received a total of 11 nominations at the 2014 Independent Country Music Association Awards: Amy Rose, Marshall Dane, and Western Avenue were each nominated in multiple categories. Doug Briney, Jiggley Jones, Dj Nik Pizzigoni and his Whiskey and Cigarettes radio show each received nominations. The nominees were announced live on Renegade Radio Nashville, on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The award winners will be announced at a Nashville ceremony, to be held in September.
The Independent Country Music Association (ICoMA) exists to educate, evaluate, and promote indie country music. Their local chapters create fellowship and camaraderie, as well as provide an educational avenue for those wishing to take their career to the next level. For more information, visit http://www.icmanet.com.
NEW SINGLE BY HIT BOY
Hit-Boy drops a new track, No Talkin’ Feat. Hit-Boy, Rich Boy & PeeJ from his upcoming project We The Plug, available digitally on May 27. Check out the new track here:
CALEB JOHNSON DEBUT THIS SUMMER
The newly crowned winner of AMERICAN IDOL XIII, Caleb Johnson took the nation by storm with his magnetic personality and powerhouse vocals. Now, the 22-year-old rocker from Asheville, NC, will release his self-titled debut album this summer. The album, anticipated for an August 12 release on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records, is available now for pre-order on iTunes. Fans who pre-order will instantly get Johnson’s single and AMERICAN IDOL XIII finale song, “As Long As You Love Me,” written by Justin Hawkins and produced by Howard Benson.
Leading up to the album release, Johnson has numerous performances and appearances, including LIVE! WITH KELLY AND MICHAEL and the National Anthem at PBS’s 25th Annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.
WIRE: THE LAST VEGAS PREMIERE HILARIOUS ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’ INTERACTIVE VIDEO
The video sees The Last Vegas pitted against themselves in a ‘Battle of the Bands’ competition at Chicago’s world-renowned Double Door venue, where they are transformed from Stetson-toting Country Rockers, 90’s Hip-Hop stars, ‘selfie’-obsessed Indie-Shoegazers, pampered Glam Queens and Nordic Black Metallers.
LA ROUX VIDEO “LET ME DOWN GENTLY”
Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist La Roux has premiered the stunning new video for “Let Me Down Gently” today, watch it here. The aesthetic, much like the song, is stripped down, real and utterly gorgeous. The dusky imagery weaves the perfect pensive tale through the songs haunting start before soaring towards the aural powerhouse end. The visuals are rife with abandon; endless countryside and the breathtaking tease of twilight.
CAROLINA STORY RELEASES ‘CHAPTER TWO’ IN JUNE
Nashville based singer-songwriters Ben and Emily Roberts, better known as the duo Carolina Story, are pleased to announce the release of Chapter Two on June 24, 2014. The name Carolina Story was inspired by a promise they made to each other in North Carolina that they would commit themselves as a couple to making music together, blending a matrimonial partnership with their creative partnership, and living that journey through music made together for others and performed for them on the road. Chapter Two continues their narrative after last year’s Chapter One (#6 iTunes singer/songwriter chart; Top 10 Americana radio chart) release. This second original 6-song EP marks not only a cycle of growth in the duo’s writing and performing but also some changes in the storyline of their “Carolina Story” as husband and wife.
NEW VIDEO BY VELOUS
Filmed on location at New York’s historic Vanderbilt Mansion, the Exhibition Z directed video showcases a reinvigorated Velous shedding some light on his journey leading up to this point and his impending ascension. The self-produced track, which actually did not make the cut for Velocity, appropriately samples Ginuwine’s classic “So Anxious”. Ginuwine Article puts everyone on notice that Velous is music’s diamond in the rough, being a singer, rapper, and producer with cross-genre hit-making ability that has caught the attention of this industry’s elite.
WIRE: SAMUEL L COOL J’S VIDEO FOR “SLIP AND SLIDE”
After taking out Bernardo and Tony in a deadly knife rumble, Haendel Balzora and Joel Marquard were thrust into leadership positions in their respective posses. After decades of gang-related crimes committed toward one another, Officer Krupke, along with a city judge, sentenced the two to months of agonizing community service. Their punishment was to free the world of hatred and anger by writing and performing music that could get people on their feet—shakin’ those hips. Over the course of collaboration, Haendel and Joel found that, although affiliated with rival gangs, they had formed a powerful friendship and even more powerful songwriting team. Along with help of several fellow crewmembers, the duo formed a band that could pack a punch with which no chains or brass knuckles could ever compare!
BROTHER WEISS VIDEO “CONVERSATIONS”
Directed by Eric Neri and starring Eric Sande, the video proves to be a realistic look on young adulthood and all the confusion it often brings. Sande is seen making his rounds to different social settings within a short period of time. Roaming throughout parties, and seemingly breaking up with a girl, Sande engulfs himself into the scene, as carefree as possible. Brothers Weiss make appearances throughout, delivering killer live performances.
DILLON FRANCIS & DJ SNAKE PREMIERE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “GET LOW”
Mad Decent and Columbia Records artists Dillon Francis and DJ Snake have premiered a new music video for their single “Get Low” exclusively on VEVO. Check out the video HERE:
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY PANES
PANES are Tyson McVey, a singer and student at UCL and Shaun Savage, a recording engineer whose credits include artists like Petitie Noir, Fryars and 2.54. At the end of 2013, they set live their first ever track, ‘Choice Errors’ and now announce a 4 track EP on Norwegian Smalltown Supersound’s newly minted subsid label Brown Rice.
WIRE: FADED PAPER FIGURES “BREATHING” PREMIERES AT BULLETT
Electro-synth trio Faded Paper Figures release their fourth studio album, Relics, on August 5 via Shorthand Records and today, BULLETT debuted cinematic synth supernova, ”Breathing” saying, “The track pulls Egyptian mythology into the future with its kaleidoscope of cascading synths.” The album opener was written and recorded on almost exclusively analog synths. “We love the richness and warmth it adds to the song,” notes vocalist and guitarist R. John Williams. “The lyrics are an attempt to make sense of life and death, old-Egypt style — We all die, so what happens then?”