WIRE: OLD MONK PREMIERE SOPHOMORE LP ‘POSING AS LOVE’
New York City trio Old Monk have premiered their sophomore album, Posing As Love, today in advance of its June 10 release on Eenie Meenie Records via BrooklynVegan – repost here. To celebrate the band will perform June 12 in Boston and June 14 in Brooklyn, as part of this year’s Northside Festival, at Matchless, and have announced a summer tour, which kicks off July 20 in Indianapolis and wraps August 8 in Cincinnati (all confirmed dates below). In addition, the band has created a lyric-site for Posing As Love, filled with pop-up facts for fans to explore at www.posingaslove.com
SEAN WATKINS (NICKEL CREEK) TO RELEASE FOURTH SOLO STUDIO ALBUM
uring a nine year recording hiatus from his Grammy award winning band Nickel Creek, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sean Watkins released his third solo album Blinders On, teamed up with Switchfoot singer, Jon Foreman, to form the band Fiction Family, as well as co-founded the experimental supergroup Works Progress Administration (WPA). In addition, for the last decade Sean & his sister Sara Watkins (also from Nickel Creek) have hosted a monthly residency at the Hollywood club, Largo, for their popular music show, Watkins Family Hour, which has featured guests such as Fiona Apple, Jackson Browne, Booker T, Grant Lee Phillips, John C. Reily, among many others.
WIRE: AMERICAN FOOTBALL RELEASE VIDEO FOR “NEVER MEANT”
American Football and Polyvinyl Records are excited to unveil the music video for “Never Meant”, from the deluxe edition reissue of the influential Chicago/Urbana, IL band’s seminal self-titled 1999 debut album. Released this past month on May 20th, the American Football Deluxe Edition reissue debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200 charts. An amazing feat for an album that never went out of print and has remained one of Polyvinyl records most consistent releases. Pitchfork named the release a “Best New Reissue” and noted that “we’re only now beginning to recognize how American Football struck an emotional chord, one that’s proven to be every bit as resonant.”
Watch “Never Meant” on NPR Music’s “First Watch”
WIRE: TEDDYBEARS DELIVER “SUNSHINE” VIDEO
Teddybears return with a psychedelic summer jam, “Sunshine” (out now via Big Beat Records) which highlights their signature—pop x electronica x rock n’ roll x hip-hop x reggae x punk—and arrives with a video to accompany that shares an outrageous mix of themes and color schemes.
SUMMER BREAK THROUGH BAND MAGIC! TOP BILLBOARD, ITUNES AND SHAZAM CHARTS
The story continues to build for Toronto born, Los Angeles based MAGIC! as the band’s explosive hit single “Rude” breaks into the Billboard Hot 100 at #8 making it the week’s greatest digital gainer. The chart position puts MAGIC! in the esteemed company of Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, John Legend and Pharrell Williams, among others.
The global success of “Rude” also continues to rapidly develop, charting in over 35 countries. The official video has over 13.8 million views and has sold over a million copies worldwide, achieving 4x Platinum status in Australia, Double Platinum in Canada and Platinum in New Zealand. In the U.S. “Rude” charts and is in rotation on 5 different radio formats (CHR, HAC, RHY, AAA, AC and ALT), reached #1 on the U.S. Shazam chart and is #4 on the Top Digital Songs Chart.
VINNY VEGAS OFFER FREE DOWNLOAD
Baltimore-based progressive rock outfit, Vinny Vegas, have released a second free download from their full-length debut The Big White Whale in celebration of of their upcoming vinyl release on June 24th. This time around the band is offering “Rubber Sternum”, which debuted this morning with Substream Magazine. “Rubber Sternum” is another shining example of the band’s innate ability to intricately arrange rock songs in a fashion that is both progressive and accessible. Truly one of the tragically slept on acts of the past few years, “Rubber Sternum” has been a key contributor to the band finally beginning to receive the accolades they have been so deserved of for almost a decade.
WIRE: WE ARE THE BRAVE “SPAWRROW” REMIX
Sydney-based indie/synth-pop duo We Are The Brave (aka singer-songwriter Jess Chalker and hip-hop producer Ox Why) get the remix treatment from Belgian producer, remixer and DJ ATARR! (aka Renaud Deru) on their breakthrough single “Sparrow”. Deru (who also records under the monikers Mustang, Cosy Mozzy, Dirty Dancing and Libertine Supersport) has gained international acclaim for his remixes for artists like Gossip, Chrome Canyons, Giorgio Moroder and Propellers. He delivers a full-bodied, acid-tinged deep house mix that tips its hat to the classic house sounds of Chicago and Detroit with a modern twist.
JON ROBINSON & PVD “TWO MAN MOB”
Another sneak peak of what’s to come from Modern Vintage, the all new upcoming full length album from veteran emcee/visionary John Robinson and drummer/composer/producer PVD, which will be released on Brick Records on June 17th, 2014.
Modern Vintage is the new collaboration album from veteran emcee John Robinson (aka Lil Sci of world renown Hip-Hop group Scienz Of Life) and prolific drummer, composer, producer and band-leader Pat Van Dkye (aka PVD). John Robinson and PVD originally met at a show in 2008 and since then their chemistry has grown organically and has developed into the duo performing many formal shows together at venues like SOB’s, Blue Note NYC, LPR and others around the NY-NJ Tristate area.
John Robinson & PVD f/ Sadat X & I.D. 4 Windz “Two Man Mob”:
LARRY G(EE) SIGNS PUBLISHING DEAL WITH PRIMARY WAVE
Dallas-based soul-pop artist Larry g(EE) is proud to announce that he recently signed a publishing deal with New York-based music company Primary Wave Music. The New York and Los Angeles based Primary Wave Music was founded in 2006 and has since become a worldwide leader in publishing, talent management and music marketing.
“I’m very happy and excited about joining the Primary Wave family. Joining this amazing company will allow me to learn and work with some of the best in the music industry. Their roster speaks for itself and I look forward to making the most of this opportunity for years to come,” said g(EE).
OVERWERK TOUR TRAILER
Canadian producer and songwriter OVERWERK announces his debut North American Tour and announces plans for new single “Exist.” Hot off his attention grabbing remix of Clean Bandit’s UK Chart topping single featuring Jess Glynne,“Rather Be,” released by Atlantic Records, Edmond Huszar is ready to show the world what he is all about and challenge fans’ musically boundaries as he travels across America hitting, ki Los Angeles, New York, Boston and everywhere in between, through July and August.
Watch Tour Trailer
R.A. THE RUGGED MAN VIDEO
Combining the style and essence of hip-hop’s Golden Era with technically flawless new-school lyricism, “Definition Of A Rap Flow” is yet another reminder of the Rugged Man’s undeniable place in the pantheon of all-time great emcees. While taking visual swipes at Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, and Macklemore, R.A. reminds listeners: “I’m not just the king of New York, I’m the king of the whole game.” Legends Never Die features appearances from Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, Hopsin, Vinnie Paz, Krizz Kaliko, Masta Ace, and more. Now in stores everywhere.
R.A. The Rugged Man “Definition of a Rap Flow”
PASSENGER’S WHISPERS EXCLUSIVELY STREAMING FOR FREE ON ITUNES
Passenger’s new album Whispers is streaming exclusively for free on iTunes and iTunes Radio this week leading up to its official June 10 release date. The full album is available on iTunes for pre-order and streaming: http://iTunes.com/Passenger, or on iTunesRadio: http://iTunesRadio.com/Passenger.
WIRE: BLACKLIST ROYALS STREAM NEW ALBUM
Blacklist Royals are thrilled to announce that their upcoming album “Die Young With Me” is streaming in its entirety on A.V. Club! The album will be officially released on June 10th via Krian Music Group / UMG and was produced by Ted Hutt (Chuck Ragan, Lucero, The Gaslight Anthem). Composed of twin brothers, Nat and Rob Rufus, the upcoming album is a personal account of a childhood spent battling cancer, the album unfolds as a fluid thing, exploring new directions both sonically and lyrically with candor and heart like never before.
Stream “Die Young With Me”here:
DESTRUCTO NEW SINGLE FEAT YG
Los Angeles producer and DJ Destructo has inked a deal with Insomniac Records/Interscope Records, the new label recently formed by Insomniac and Interscope Geffen A&M. The June 16 release of his new track “Party Up” featuring YG will appear on his WEST COAST EP due out later this summer
For the follow-up of his Higher EP, Destructo takes on a new sound called “G-house” that merges deep house grooves with smooth rap flows. Fans caught their first taste of “Party Up” via the HOLY SHIP!!! 2014 Official Recap Video and now it will be available this summer for download via Beatport.
Check out the Soundcloud preview of “Part Up feat. YG” here: https://soundcloud.com/destructohard/partyupfeatyg
COLD SHOULDERS POST “BETTER”
Cold Shoulders have released their debut single “Better” which can be heard on Youtube and Soundcloud.
The identities of the band members are not know at this time, but the track will appear on their forthcoming debut LP out later this year.
WIRE: NEW TRACK FROM DJ DODGER STADIUM
With “Never Win”, DJ Dodger Stadium give a further look into their upcoming album Friend Of Mine, out July 8th on Body High. Sentiments of total defeat ignite into brief moments of dance floor euphoria – a soul song echoing struggle and celebration. Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy will also be celebrating the release of the record with two release parties where they will perform as DJ Dodger Stadium live in Los Angeles on July 11th at The Echo and New York on July 25th at Cameo.
WIRE: THE FUTURES LEAGUE “TOO MANY LIES”
So-Cal four-piece, The Futures League are streaming their second single, “Too Many Lies” on AV Club now! The song is off their upcoming EP “Don’t Be A Drag”, which is set to release on June 10th, just in time for fans to check out before they hit the Club Stage at this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival.
Stream “Too Many Lies” on AV Club here: http://avc.lu/1j2FJ3Y.
WIRE: WHITE SEA ACOUSTIC “THEY DON’T KNOW”
Wanted to share a gorgeous acoustic version of “They Don’t Know,” from White Sea’s debut full length, In Cold Blood.
Morgan Kibby recently recorded the stripped down version of the song at Shabby Road Studios in Brooklyn. The video premiered this morning on Spin.
“Taking cues from Kate Bush, Prince, and Joni Mitchell, White Sea sounds at once operatic and intimate, wild and carefully assembled.” – Spin
WIRE: RIFF RAFF X PAUL WALL X SLIM THUG “HOW TO BE THE MAN”
Watch the new video for the Houston Remix of RiFF RAFF’s motivational anthem “HOW TO BE THE MAN,” featuring Slim Thug and Paul Wall and their impressive fleet of custom cars.
WIRE: JACK AND ELIZA RELEASE NEW SINGLE “HOLD THE LINE”
The New York City duo Jack and Eliza will release their debut EP No Wonders later this summer via Yebo Music on 10″ vinyl and digitally through iTunes. The No Wonders EP was produced by Chris Zane (The Walkmen, Mumford & Sons, Passion Pit) and is suffuse with the effortlessness of youth, captured in ephemeral moments through a melodious and sun-drenched pop sound with a high lonesome lilt.
WIRE: TINY VICTORIES STREAM ENTIRE UPCOMING FULL-LENGTH
The Sleepover Party is excited to share a stream of Tiny Victories’ entire upcoming full-length, Haunts, which will see a release on June 10, 2014. The stream debuted via Consequence of Sound, who said that “the spry production highlights the band’s knack for anthemic synth arpeggios and dynamic, booming drums.”
THE ANTLERS’ “HOTEL” VIDEO
Pitchfork is premiering the video for “Hotel,” the second pre-release track available from The Antlers’ highly-anticipated, forthcoming fifth studio album Familiars, out June 17 on Anti- Records and on Transgressive Records in the U.K. June 16. Watch the video here.
NEW VIDEO KID VISHIS
One of the hottest names out of Detroit in the past few years, fast rising rapper Kid Vishis releases his long awaited debut album “Timing Is Everything” on 7-22-14.
The younger brother of Slaughterhouse veteran Royce da 5 9 began rhyming “downstairs in the family freestyle basement sessions” while still at high school before performing at local open mic nights. Such was the public response, word on the street reached his brother who put him to the test one night in the studio in 2003.
Link to Kid Vishis “Talk Behind My Back” Video:
WIRE: ALEX G SHARES “BLACK HAIR” VIA SPIN
Alexander Giannascoli, aka Alex G, is a 21-year-old multi-instrumentalist and native of Philadelphia who has been writing songs as far back as he can remember. He recorded his first material around age 12, and by the time he was a senior in high school his music began surfacing online. Following a slew of recordings he self-released over the years through his Bandcamp page, Alex spent 2013 writing and recording a proper, full-length record titled “DSU” that will see a release on Brooklyn label Orchid Tapes on June 17th, 2014.
WIRE: BUNJI GARLIN SIGNS ALBUM DEAL WITH RCA RECORDS
RCA Records in conjunction with VP Records has officially signed on to release Trinidadian soca vocalist Bunji Garlin’s upcoming album. This news comes just weeks after announcing Garlin’s single deal between the two labels for his international smash hit “Differentology (Ready For The Road).”
THE DEADMEN SINGLE “CRYSTAL”
The Deadmen are celebrating the release of the Crystal 7” with a hometown gig opening for Frank Turner at The 9:30 Club in D.C. tonight. The Deadmen will perform select dates in the U.S. and tour the United Kingdom this summer ahead of their much-anticipated full-length release. “We have more than enough material” says Hoben. “We’ll be bringing the music to the people, one way or another.”
FORMER MUSIC INDUSTRY VET LAUNCHES MONDAY ENVELOPE
Newly launched, Monday Envelope (www.mondayenvelope.com), an all-in-one communications solution for PTA/PTO groups, is now accepting nominations for its School Volunteer of the Year contest http://www.mondayenvelope.com/volunteercontest – to honor parents and other volunteers making a difference in their schools.
Megan Calhoon, CEO of SocialMoms.com talks about their decision to support Monday Envelope and the School Volunteer of the Year contest. “I know how important parent volunteers are to a school. As a busy Mom myself, I can’t overstate how much time and energy it takes to make it all happen. We’re proud to partner with Monday Envelope to recognize these important contributors. And it’s about time that there was a sanity saver like Monday Envelope to make life easier for involved parents.”
WIRE: HALESTORM’S LZZY HALE PERFORMS “THAT’S DAMN ROCK AND ROLL” WITH ERIC CHURCH
Last night, country music was introduced to rock’s Lzzy Hale, who performed “That’s Damn Rock & Roll” with Eric Church. And it went pretty well according to Billboard who called it “one of the highlight’s of the evening.” USA Today included the performance in the “Five Best Highlights from the CMT Awards,” noting “Church and the Halestorm frontwoman turned this tune from Church’s The Outsiders album into a barnburner reminiscent of AC/DC and the Rolling Stones”
THE MISPERS POST “DARK BITS”
Alternative-rock quintet The Mispers were born 18 months ago. Within two weeks of rehearsing the band had filmed and recorded a video for the track You Hold and the demo of Brother, recorded at Abbey Road studios with the help of a friend.
Brother was picked up by Zane Lowe on Radio 1 and within six months they had sold out nine London shows, toured Europe and supported Saint Raymond on their UK tour. Their fans were building quickly; The Mispers had found their own clique of like-minded people to go missing with.
Listen to the lead title track ‘Dark Bits’ from the EP:
JIGGLEY JONES IN PHILADELPHIA JUNE 21
MTS Management Group is happy to announce Award-winning Americana singer/songwriter and Lamon Records Nashville recording artist, Jiggley Jones will perform at The Sexton Side Show at Gloria Dei Church, as part of “Make Music Philly” Day. The free performance will start at 1pm on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The venue is located at 916 S. Swanson St., Philadelphia, PA 19147. For more information, call (215) 389-1513 or visit http://makemusicphilly.org. Jones will be performing songs from his Top 20 Roots Music Report chart album, …A Mountain, A Struggle, A Tunnel, A Light… released in May. This is his second year, participating in Make Music Philly Day.
WIRE: JESUS ON THE MAINLINE PREMIERE NEW SINGLE
“Sister City Brother Bone” is the second single off JOTM’s forthcoming debut EP, out July 1st. This fifteen-piece jam band blends blues, jazz and funk for a larger-than-life, soul-stomping sound reminiscent of rock greats like The Black Crowes and Joe Cocker. The NYC-based musical collective is famous for their improvisational live shows. Front man Andrew Neesly has played at famous venues like Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theatre and The Jazz Standard.
WIRE: NEW VIDEO FOR CARY NOKEY
We are excited to announce the release of Cary NoKey’s new music video, ‘B Who U R’ courtesy of VIBE Magazine:
WIRE: NEW VIDEO BY SHOCKING PINKS
As you may have seen, a lot was published about how bleak Shocking Pinks’ Guilt Mirrors is, and how sprawling and unwieldy it is — how it is an edifice built from broken bones, broken spirits, and the aftermath of earthquakes.
Nick Harte, however, is also a true romantic, and his new video for “A Million Times” — the track which opens the final volume of the Guilt Mirrors trilogy — is evidence that Harte has neither lost hope of better things to come, nor the will and desire to express this hope in music.