RUN THE JEWELS ANNOUNCE AUGUST TOUR DATES
The now legendary pairing of El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run The Jewels, have announced several headlining shows in August, bolstering a set of previously confirmed festival appearances into a proper West Coast tour. In addition to their coveted appearances at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Music Fest Northwest, the Denver stop of Mad Decent Block Party and FYF Fest, the duo have added headlining shows in Chicago, Seattle, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton.
BALLET SCHOOL POST “CHERISH”
Ballet School wooed America with last year’s critically acclaimed EP, Boys Again, and will finally be hitting our shores once more with their brilliant upcoming LP debut, The Dew Lasts An Hour set to hit via Bella Union on September 9. The much anticipated album from the Berlin-based multi-nationals is a fresh, vibrant take on the lush, emoting tropes of Eighties pop and rock, all while sounding resolutely 21st century. The album’s diverse influences place the trio at the forefront of pop’s new alternative, and nowhere are those influences more obvious than on this first teaser track, pop-gem “Cherish” which premiered today via Stereogum.
SCION TO PRESENT SLAYER’S FALL 2014 U.S. TOUR
When Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus played a handful of dates together this past May, every date was sold out and fans experienced a night of some of the best metal on the planet. With reviews like “the best show in years that I’ve been blessed to witness,” “a metalhead’s dream come true,” and “…an onslaught of heart-pounding tunes during an evening full of awesome head banging action,” how could this trinity of thrash legends not join up again for a full-on road trip? So, with Scion proudly presenting, Slayer – Kerry King/guitars, Tom Araya/bass’vocals, drummer Paul Bostaph and guitarist Gary Holt – with special guests Suicidal Tendencies and Exodus, will hit the road this fall, kicking off November 12 in Oakland, CA, playing through to December. 5 in Detroit, MI.
GALLOWS PREMIERE NEW SONG ON NOISEY
June 30th will see the welcome return of one of the most notorious and thrilling punk bands to ever come out of the UK, Gallows. The band’s new 7inch, Chains, will be released June 30th by Bridge Nine in the U.S.A. (and the band’s own Venn Records elsewhere) and b-side track “Wristslitter” has premiered today on Noisey.com.
ETCHED IN STONE POST NEW ALBUM
It’s been 4 very trying years for Central California’s heavy hitters, Etched In Stone, to get to where they are today. Despite all the issues they’ve had and partially because of some of them, the band has redefined their sound along the way, and are now gearing up to make their return with a brand new full length album, The Failure of Modern Man, which finally sees a release tomorrow, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. In anticipation of the pending release, the band has launched a full album stream directly via their official Soundcloud page. So head on over and stream The Failure of Modern Man for FREE, at this location.
STL GLD TURNS HEADS WITH ARTISTIC NEW VIDEO
Rapper Moe Pope has received the Boston Music Awards honor as Best Rap Artist for two years running, and he has collaborated with producer The Arcitype for a collaborative project they call STL GLD. Their album My Monday Morning Music (MMMM) comes out via AR Classic/Brick Records on August 12th, and they have just released the brand new video for the album track “PNYBOY The Hustler.”
NEW SINGLE BY ZAENA MORISHO
Zaena Morisho, is an American Singer-songwriter, recording artist, and performer.She was born in DR Congo and raised in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and in America. She started performing at 8 years of age She got her break with her Community Choir and hasn’t looked back, with a successful tour in Africa. She released her debut album “ Break the Surface” which includes the hit song “Ur Love”. the popular song has amassed over a million views on youtube in just under 4 months. Zaena sings in English, Swahili, Lingala, Nyaja, Shona and some of french. She is currently working on her new EP and a tour slated for the end of the year.
ROBERT PLANT POSTS NEW SINGLE VIA NPR
Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, will be released September 9 on Nonesuch/ Warner Bros. Records. Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters-Justin Adams: bendirs, djembe, guitars, tehardant, background vocals; John Baggott: keyboards, loops, moog bass, piano, tabal, background vocals; Juldeh Camara: kologo, ritti, Fulani vocals; Billy Fuller: bass, drum programming, omnichord, upright bass; Dave Smith: drum set; and Liam “Skin” Tyson: banjo, guitar, background vocals. Pre-orders are available at robertplant.com
GOAPELE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HEY BOY” TODAY ON iTUNES
Soul, R&B singer/songwriter Goapele releases her new single “Hey Boy” today on iTunes. Produced by Keith Harris, known for hits like “Meet Me Halfway” (Black Eyed Peas) and “American Boy” (Estelle) and a collaborative songwriting process, which included Estelle, Hey Boy is a fun, summer track with an up-tempo, flirty retro vibe that makes you want to dance. This new single is the first song released off Goapele’s upcoming, new solo album entitled “Strong As Glass,” which is slated for a September 30th, 2014 release.
OOIOO STREAMS NEW ALBUM
While Japan has long been a hotbed for free-thinking musicians, few have received as much international acclaim as Yoshimi, leader of OOIOO and founding member of Boredoms. Gamel, the first new OOIOO album in five years, is a rapturous collection of gamelan infused songs, and it is streaming now via NPR First Listen. It is out July 1st. Yoshimi’s songs burst with kinetic energy, never waving in their ingenuity and executed with profound joyfulness.
OOIOO – Gamel stream at NPR First Listen
MASCOT LABEL GROUP ANNOUNCES SIGNING OF SHAMAN’S HARVEST + NEW SINGLE
Mascot Label Group North America has announced the signing of Jefferson City, Missouri’s Shaman’s Harvest. The band’s MLG debut Smokin’ Hearts & Broken Guns will be released in North America on September 16. Mascot Label Group North America President Ron Burman offers, “Nathan Hunt is an amazing, powerful vocalist and the band write universally appealing songs that rock! I’ve been a fan of Shaman’s Harvest for a few years now and I’m very excited to be working with them.”
Mascot Label Group and Shaman’s Harvest have premiered the album track “Country As Fuck” with ArtistDirect.com. The track can be streamed here:
SPOON ANNOUNCES NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR
Spoon has announced a late summer North American headlining tour in support of their forthcoming eighth studio album, They Want My Soul. Along with a handful of festival dates, the band will be headlining throughout the Midwest and Eastern seaboard.
These dates follow Spoon’s triumphant return at festivals including Governors Ball — a performance ROLLING STONE hailed as the fest’s “Best Introduction of New Material” and raved “Spoon figured out how to please everyone… as if they were wrapping a bow around the whole set.”
YARDSSS & EX REV COLLABO
Portland experimentalists Yardsss have teamed up with Philadelphia’s Ex Rev in collaboration on a new single titled “Ex’sss”. The two met during a show they played together at Philly’s Kung Fu Necktie in the fall of 2012. Given their similar approach, though varying in sentiment and direction, they kept in touch and later decided to work on a piece together, uploading and sharing files through the label’s web server from opposite ends of the country, which resulted in the “Ex’sss” single; a swirling, droning and cacophonous build, shrieking and discomfort lay underneath a steady and constant melody; representing the truth that is buried under the facade.
STREAM THE NEW R.A (RUDE AWAKENING) ALBUM NOW VIA NEW NOISE
New Noise Magazine is streaming the new R.A. album Collateral Damage in its entirety now – listen here.
R.A. is a straightforward, no-frills hardcore band from Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts. They formed in the summer of 2011 and released a demo on Arrest Records, followed by The Awakening EP and a split 12″ with Death Threat, both on local hardcore label Triple B Records. These releases were all well-received, each one even more than its predecessor, which led R.A. to tour extensively around hardcore circles in the US and Canada and to attract the attention of Bridge Nine Records. Now, the band is excited to call Bridge Nine their new home and even more excited to be releasing their first proper full-length album on the label on July 1st, 2014.
ISLANDER PREMIERES “COCONUT DRACULA” MUSIC VIDEO
ISLANDER have premiered the video for “Coconut Dracula”, from one of REVOLVER’s ‘Most Anticipated Albums of 2014’, Violence & Destruction. The lead single showcases ISLANDER’s flawless integration of alt-rock stylings and blasts of melodic intensity, providing the scene with a much-needed breath of creativity and dynamism. Out to prove why they are one of ALTERNATIVE PRESS’ ‘100 Bands You Need to Know’, ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction will quickly catapult itself to the top of your playlist, on repeat. ISLANDER’s Violence & Destruction is released July 8th.
THE HAWKS (OH HOLY ROSARY) POST NEW SINGLE
San Antonio pop-punk outfit, The Hawks (of Holy Rosary), recently announced the release of the sophomore album, What Team Am I On?, out July 22 via Texas Is Funny Records. Today, they shared the “catchy, messy” track, “Robert DeNiro” via Wondering Sound. The band originally started as a two-piece, made up of childhood friends Frank Weysos and Chuck Hernandez, and takes its name from the local academy they attended together.
CAM SMITH POSTS “TURBO” VIDEO
“Turbo” was directed, edited, and animated by Jon Eisener. The concept was to create the wildest childhood flashback possible. Featuring Power Rangers, scenes from Jurassic Park, pizza parties, and underwater adventures, the ’90s inspired clip is full of green screen derived hypercoloured
JULIAN CASABLANCAS+THE VOIDZ TO RELEASE ANTICIPATED DEBUT
Julian Casablancas+The Voidz will release their anticipated debut titled Tyranny this September 23 on Casablancas’ own Cult Records. A digital pre-order priced at $3.87 is available now on www.cultrecords.com along with a third and final video teaser installment comprised of music and live tour footage.
Written and recorded over the past year, the album features Casablancas and Voidz band members Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai (Salt & Pepper) – guitar, Jeff Kite – keyboards, Jake Bercovici – bass, Alex Carapetis – drums and was produced by Shawn Everett.
CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES NEW VIDEO “JENNY”
Australian sensations CLAIRY BROWNE & THE BANGIN’ RACKETTES have just premiered their new video “Jenny” on Yahoo.com. “Jenny” is the new single from the band’s upcoming EP LOVE CLIQUES to be released on August 5th. The four track EP will be available digitally, and a limited edition 10″ vinyl version will be available at retail locations exclusively via AEC (Alliance Entertainment Corporation).
LOVE CLIQUES is in follow up to the band’s highly acclaimed U.S. Vanguard debut album BABY CAUGHT THE BUS which featured the internationally successful single “Love Letter.”
KONGOS BREAK-OUT HIT “COME WITH ME NOW” CERTIFIED GOLD
“Come With Me Now”, the breakthrough single from South African brothers KONGOS, has just been certified Gold by the RIAA for digital sales in excess of 500,000. This marks the Arizona-based quartet’s very first Gold plaque in the United States and another momentous achievement for them this year.
“Come With Me Now” is the first single from the group’s latest album Lunatic (Epic Records). The song clinched the #1 spot at Alternative Radio for five weeks and enjoyed the quickest ascent to the top of the chart by a new band ever. It is currently #2 at AAA radio and is soaring up the Top 40 charts as well, where it rose to #18 last week. The song is also starting to buzz internationally. It hit #1 at modern rock radio and has been certified platinum in Canada while also reaching #1 on the Colombian rock charts. BBC1 in the UK also played the track after the band did their first promotional tour there.
“Come With Me Now” video: http://youtu.be/Gz2GVlQkn4Q
AMY SCHUGAR VIDEO “500 MILES”
Rock n’ roller Amy Schugar, who spends a portion of her time in Globe, just released the music video for her sultry track “500 Miles” yesterday. Watch it here! Also, we spent some time interviewing Schugar for our latest issue. If you haven’t grabbed a copy from the stands yet, click here to read about this versed musician’s perspective on rock n’ roll.
CHRISTOPHER DENNY SHARES NEW TRACK “IF THE ROSES DON’T KILL US”
Christopher Denny is excited to share a second song off of his forthcoming record, “If The Roses Don’t Kill Us,” which today premieres via CMT Edge. Hailed as “the second coming of Roy Orbison” by American Songwriter, Denny will tour this summer with Strand Of Oaks, kicking off on August 7th in Boston and ending in Philadelphia on September 19th. This tour will support the August 5th release of Denny’s sophomore album, If The Roses Don’t Kill Us, which is out August 5th.
STREAM NONONO’S ‘WE ARE ONLY WHAT WE FEEL’ NOW
The album follows on last year’s Pumpin Blood EP, which spawned the Top 40 hit of the same name. “Pumpin Blood” was featured in a commercial campaign for Garnier Fructis, Universal Pictures’ film Endless Love, Glee, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, Revenge, Cougar Town and Vampire Diaries, among others.
WILD LEAVES “FOREVER MOONLIGHT” VIDEO
“Hello Sunlight” is the newest release from Brooklyn Psych-Folk band, Wild Leaves. This collection of four songs is a follow-up to last year’s debut, “Wind & Rain,” an EP described as ”Illustrious (Obscure Sound)” and “wonderfully mellow and beautifully harmonized (Vivid Lagoon)”. Here, the band’s characteristic sun-drenched harmonies and kaleidoscopic guitar lines take center stage, ringing out with a sense of urgency that reverberates across the American landscape.
ANDREW JUDAH POSTS ALL HIS MUSIC FOR FREE
There’s a lot of talk lately about the value of recorded music. As a commercial composer for film and television Andrew Judah has placed songs in dozens of commercials and been paid well for his work. But as an independent musician, Andrew hopes people will take the time to explore his catalog of baroque and electro-infused indie pop songs and give a little something if they feel so inclined. He’s even gone so far as to release two early tracks from his upcoming LP Monster which is due out in September.
FULL LIDO EP STREAM
Norwegian producer / songwriter Lido has been on the rise with his first three remixes hitting #1 on Hype Machine, his first original release “Money” hitting #1 on Shazam’s global Hit List and his recent official remixes for BANKS and Bastille hitting half a million plays each in less than a month. Lido received early support from Diplo, A-Trak, Zed’s Dead and RL Grime, and his first single “Money” has been getting radio play on Kiss FM, KCRW and BBC Radio 1Xtra. His debut EP I Love You, currently sitting at #3 on the US iTunes Electronic Albums chart, is out now via Pelican Fly and you can stream it in full now on his Soundcloud.
STREAM “I LOVE YOU” EP
FRANCESCO YATES DEBUT VIDEO
Francesco Yates is an eighteen year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Canada signed to Chris Smith Management-21 Music/Atlantic Records. His musical influences range from classic rock legends such as Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin & Freddie Mercury of Queen to timeless soul powerhouses, Donny Hathaway & Stevie Wonder. On his debut album he has enlisted the help of heavy-hitting producers Pharrell Williams and Robin Hannibal of Rye/Quadron (Kendrick Lamar, B.O.B.).
AMERICAN SONGWRITER PREMIERES SEAN WATKINS “ALL I DO IS LIE”
Sean has toured as a side man with Jackson Browne and Lyle Lovett. His session work resume includes playing guitar, mandolin and singing on records by notable artists such as Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Steve Martin/Edie Brickell, the Chieftains, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Hank Williams Jr. and Dan Wilson.
KID INK & MACHINE GUN KELLY ON TAKE PART LIVE
Rapper Kid Ink joined TakePart Live co-hosts Meghan McCain, Jacob Soboroff andguest host Baratunde Thurston on tonight’s episode to discuss his new projects, recent collaborations and his musical influences. Kid Ink stuck around to play a round of ‘Rapresentatives,’ where he was joined by surprise guest and friend Machine Gun Kelly, in a game where each contestant has to decide if the statements are from a rapper or political representatives.
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VALERIE GENTILE IS SEXY IN NEW VIDEO
Industrial rock star Valerie Gentile (of The Cruxshadows, Black Tape for a Blue Girl and Angelspit) has launched her career in the solo artist world and premiered her music video for single, “Scarred”. The track hailed from the extremely successful Kickstarter-funded album “Love is Luxury”. Valerie has partnered up with AltSounds to give fans a visual treat to pair with her already well-received single.
NEW SINGLE BY ALESX PRESTON
Producer, DJ, and Preston Recordings founder Alex Preston has released his much anticipated “Contraband” EP, a fluid 3 track electro-house treat highlighting to the rest of the world why Alex and his label are fast becoming one of the top Indie EDM acts to come out of the Aussie club scene!
CHROMEO ANNOUNCES FREQUENT FLYER TOUR
The year may be halfway over but Chromeo’s ascent through 2014 continues at an exponential pace as Tha Funk Lordz announce their Frequent Flyer Tour. This string of dates will touch down throughout America and several cities in Canada during September and October, with Australian producer Wave Racer joining the duo as special guest. With massive performances at Coachella, Bonarroo and Electric Daisy Carnival already under their belts, Dave 1 and P-Thugg are ready to leave an indelible impression on the summer, boasting main stages showings at Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits plus headlining shows at Red Rocks and Central Park Summer Stage.