NEW SINGLE BY KRIS MINOR
Kris Minor – a 22 year old Dallas native grew up fascinated with music enthralled in the way sounds and vocals came together. He started working on music production in high school meeting Dalton Smith and Miles Franklin of Self Conscious Music in its early stages. While working on his production he also stepped into the world of rapping taking inspirations from Kanye West, Timbaland, and Jay-Z blending dark gritty production with real life situations.
YOUNG LIARS DEBUT ALBUM ‘TIDAL WAVE’ STREAM
Vancouver-based Young Liars released their debut album, Tidal Wave via Nettwerk Records. Stream the album in its entirety here. It is also available via iTunes and Spotify. In support of the album release, the electro, indie-rock quartet are set to tour the US this Fall.
AVAILABLE FOR STREAMING NOW: http://bit.ly/UBZaew
YOU BLEW IT! COVER WEEZER
Orlando, FL’s You Blew It! are premiering a track off their upcoming 5-track Weezer covers EP titled, You Blue It on Stereogum.
Frontman/guitarist Tanner Jones says, “We chose Surf Wax because it’s a really great song, plain and simple. We didn’t want to do singles from the record, and luckily Surf Wax is one of those cuts that could have held its own as one, but seemed untouched enough to allow a fresh perspective on it. Not that we or any other band could, but we really didn’t want to try and out-do Weezer. Our goal was to add our touch to Blue, but first and foremost, we wanted pay tribute to the songs themselves in the most respectful way possible. Surf Wax is a great example of that I think.”
KOBRA AND THE LOTUS’ NEW VIDEO “SOLDIER”
Hard rock and metal fans across the globe can click here to check out the powerful new video for Kobra And The Lotus’ “Soldier.” The track is taken from the explosive hard rockers’ new studio album, HIGH PRIESTESS, out today in North America via Titan Music. Produced by the Grammy-nominated Johnny K (Megadeth, Disturbed, Three Doors Down), HIGH PRIESTESS delivers a blend of fiery vocals (courtesy of lead singer Kobra Paige), heavy riff-laden melodies and ferocious musicianship. HIGH PRIESTESS was a Top 5 Most Added album in its first week at CMJ Loud Rock radio.
THE BPM FESTIVAL 2015
Celebrating its 8th anniversary, The BPM Festival will make its return to Playa del Carmen, Mexico on January 9-18, 2015. Since its inception, BPM has considerably increased in size and roster of global talent, quickly establishing itself as an essential stop on the festival circuit for all underground dance music aficionados and as an essential winter holiday. The ten-day festival provides a distinctive opportunity for attendees to enjoy the beauty of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in an idyllic beach setting – and dance around-the-clock.
Set along the scenic landscape of the Mayan Riviera, The BPM Festival offers attendees a chance to experience a taste of the local Mexican culture and venture off the beaten path, in addition to indulging in Playa del Carmen’s bustling nightlife scene. From exploring the mystery of the Mayan ancient ruins to swimming in underwater cenote caves, there is an endless array of activities to discover in Mexico.
HD360 LAUNCHES FIRST-EVER APP-BASED HD MUSIC RELEASE PLATFORM
British tech company HD360 has just released number-one Norwegian artist Bernhoft’s new album, Islander, as an innovative, feature-rich audiovisual app. The app is the first of its kind and aims to bring together both the “old fashioned” benefits of vinyl and the many benefits and conveniences of modern technology. It is now available worldwide in the Apple App Store.
The HD360 app offers users a premium, multi-sensory album experience. In addition to sound quality that is on par with what the artist hears in the studio—and vastly superior to mp3s—the app includes full liner notes, a loop station, a mix console, social media hub and exclusive 360-degree performance videos that place the user in the artist’s physical environment. In short: a rich selection of the type of artist-related content that tech-savvy consumers have come to expect, all located in a single place. And as the entire app is embedded on the user’s tablet or phone, it functions anywhere—completely independent of WIFI or cell phone coverage.
THE VACANT LOTS SHARE VIDEO FOR “6 AM”
The Vacant Lots’ debut album ‘Departure’ is released on June 30 and the duo from Burlington, Vermont, have already won over some influential fans – including Alan Vega (who has just released a split single with them), Anton Newcombe (who has invited them to support The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their UK tour), Dean Wareham(who guests on their album) and cult novelist Jerry Stahl (who has been raving about them on Twitter). In anticipation of the release The Vacant Lots are sharing their video for “6 AM” via The Quietus.
MATT PALMER OPENLY GAY DEBUT EP
After years of 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. According to Palmer, “[t]here is a limit to how much of yourself can be put into songs for other people. There are less limitations writing for yourself.”
KAT EDMONSON’S ‘THE BIG PICTURE’ SEPTEMBER 30
Sony Music Masterworks will release Kat Edmonson’s third album, The Big Picture, on September 30. The album is her label debut and was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney) in his Los Angeles studio. Of the album, Edmonson states, “There’s no particular theme, but there are some commonalities, one of which is my ever-underlying influence from motion pictures and film scores. I have always felt that music and film go hand in hand, because that was how I was first exposed to music—from old movies and musicals—and to me there wasn’t a separation between an actor acting, dancing and singing.”
BASSNECTAR ALBUM STREAM
Today acclaimed bass music pioneer, Bassnectar, releases his 10th album, Noise Vs Beauty, and announces his fall ‘NVSB’ tour which includes his 8th Bass Center Event – a come one come all destination spectacular at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The ‘NVSB’ tour will feature Bassnectar’s extensive multimedia production that gives concert-goers the most immersive experience possible along with an endless list of special effects which continues to raise the bar for any live show. The tour comes in support of his newest album which features early singles “You & Me”, “Now” and “Hold On” and has been praised by the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, VICE, Stereogum and Sirius XM Radio.
LISTEN TO THE ALBUM HERE: http://rol.st/V5C4gV
NEW ALBUM + VIDEO FROM BUCKSHOT
Buckshot has teamed up with Auckland, New Zealand, platinum selling producer, P-Money, to release their collaborative album, ‘BackPack Travels.’ The 10-track project features Joey Bada$$, CJ Fly of Pro Era, David Dallas, Raz Fresco, Steele of Smif N Wessun, Chelsea Reject and T’Nah Apex.
Fans can purchase the album today at iTunes – http://smarturl.it/backpacktravels
NEW VIDEO – Sweetest Thing feat. T’Nah Apex: http://bit.ly/1wiK3nM
BROKEN BELLS ON LAST NIGHT’S LIVE ON LETTERMAN PERFORMANCE
Broken Bells are pleased to announce the addition of a fall North American tour ahead of their appearance at the Austin City Limits Music Festival. Notable performances include a pair of dates at Los Angeles’ Orpheum Theatre and the Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas. Joining the band on this tour will be Hamilton Leithauser, Phantogram and Austra. See below for a complete schedule of announced dates and confirmed support acts. All shows go on sale Friday, June 27th at 10am local time. For further information, visit http://www.brokenbells.com/tour/.
NEW VIDEO BY IMMIGRANT UNION
The MuseBox today announced the premiere of “I Can’t Return” on American Songwriter, the first single and video from Immigrant Union’s second full-length, Anyway. “I Can’t Return” was directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, Black Mountain, Paul McCartney) and stars Omar Doom (Inglorious Bastards) and Carolyn Stotesbery (Love and Mercy). Featuring a psychedelic folk sound that front man Brent DeBoer describes as “Spiritualized being baptized in a warm bath of Creedence Clearwater,” Melbourne, Australia’s Immigrant Union hit the national spotlight in 2011 with their acclaimed rendition of Rose Tattoo’s “Bad Boy For Love” on Adam Hills Tonight on ABC TV. The performance occurred just before the band travelled to Portland, Oregon to record their self-titled full-length debut album with producer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper).
HAIRFINITY® ANNOUNCES NEW JR. BRAND AMBASSADOR REGINAE CARTER
HAIRFINITY® is pleased to announce that teen celebrity and up-and-coming singer/rapper, Reginae Carter has been named Junior Brand Ambassador. This exciting partnership will feature Reginae Carter as the youngest face of HAIRFINITY®, along with a trendy campaign through a series of “webisodes,” social media awareness, media tours and brand collateral. Ms. Carter’s keen sense of style, strong social media presence and beauty influence among teenagers make her the perfect fit for HAIRFINITY®, an innovative dietary supplement that promotes healthy hair from the inside out.
“Reginae is an influencer of style, innovation and beauty,” said Tymeka Lawrence, President of HAIRFINITY®. “When I met her, I immediately thought she would be the perfect Brand Ambassador to educate young adults about the essence of hair care and nourishing the body from within. The goal is to take the proper nutrients to achieve beautiful healthy hair.”
CORMEGA PREMIERES NEW SONG “RAP BASQUIAT”
Legendary emcee and lyrical genius, Cormega (Mega), premiered “Rap Basquiat” the third song released on soundcloud.com/Cormega from his long anticipated LP, Mega Philosophy. The disc produced entirely by Large Professor (Main Source) is a must-have for any fan of east coast hip-hop boasting emcee collaborations with heavyweights such as Raekwon, AZ, Nature, Black Rob, Styles P and Redman. Spin.com who premiered “Rap Basquiat” says of the single, “Cormega delivers with the same lyrical ferocity that we’ve come to expect from the rapper’s golden days.”
Listen to “Rap Basquiat” – https://soundcloud.com/cormega/mega-rap-basquiat-clean/s-A4jfx
NEW SINGLE BY TAPES
TAPES was conceived as a creative release from the monotony of daily life. In 2011, the mysterious producer left his hometown of Knoxville for an internship opportunity in San Francisco. In the following summer, he fell off the grid to write expansive, blissed-out soundscapes that stimulated his TAPES project. The sound of TAPES is elusive and mood-based, blanketed in clouds of atmospheric textures and driven by escalating tempos that demonstrate the powerful relationship between tension and release.
YOLANDA BE COOL NEW SINGLE
The Aussie duo, Yolanda Be Cool couldn’t stay quiet for long, with their new single “Cause I Like It” out today via Dim Mak Records. With a decade of DJ experience and a wide variety of musical influences from Chicago house to hip-hop and techno, this original pair bring us a new crafty tune in the form of “Cause I Like It.” The classic house kick track spices up the standard formula with a few synth phrases and a progressive underground sound, creating a vibe that’s just as suited for a pool party as it is a club.
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET SIGN TO RISE RECORDS
Rise Records is proud to announce the signing of TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET! Forming in 2001, this Laramie, WY quartet is currently on the Vans Warped Tour spreading their pop-punk sounds across America. After Warped Tour they plan to write their debut Rise release, their 6th proper full length, and then head down the highway to the Blasting Room and record their album with Bill Stevenson producing (Descendents, Rise Against, Hot Water Music). In the meantime, “Like” their Facebook page and hang tight for new music.
JAY BLAZE VIDEO “PUFF DADDY”
Today is a double release day for Cali native Jay Blaze as he unleashes both his brand new EP, “Haterz Stay Back” on iTunes as well as the visual to “Puff Daddy”, the EP’s second track. Funny thing about that “Puff Daddy” song. Being a Los Angeles resident with the priviledge of being all up in the mix has its benefits. Jay was able not only to get the song to Puff’s team, but to get feedback from the man himself. Word is, he digs it and looks forward to seeing the video, which debuts on HipHopDX today.
“Puff Daddy” on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqtf5339Nzk
NEW VIDEO FOR IMAGE SOCIETY
The 405 premiered the brand new video “Mirror Images” from Brooklyn based indie-rock group Image Society, calling it a combination of “catchy and sweet melodies with an energetic explosion of energy.”
KEYSHIA COLE DROPS NEW SINGLE “SHE”
After five consecutive Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, all of them Top 5 R&B, and 11 Top 10 R&B singles, tough-and-tender Keyshia Cole (who Vibe recently called “still a bad mammajamma”) will release a new single, “She,” on Tuesday, June 24th. The track follows the recent release of two buzz tracks, the fierce “Rick James” (ft. Juicy J) and fragile “Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away.”
“She” Audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzEN0xPkdv4
DIET NEW EP AUGUST 5
New York indie rockers Diet, who saw their self-titled EP reissued on Imminence Records last month, have just announced that their brand new EP, entitled Palindrome, will be released August 5th. Guitarist Chris Taranto had this to say on the new release, “We’re really excited to release our new EP on Imminence Records. We’ve worked on it for almost half a year, making a piece of work that naturally flows out of last year’s debut and shows a new direction and higher level of musicianship. We think we have something people will really relate with.” Palindrome was recorded at Exeter Studio with Joe Dell’Aquila and mastered by Bill Henderson of Azimuth Mastering.
PALINDROME (August 5th)
5. I Can’t Sit Still – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwTLMiF6LOY
THE STROKES TO PLAY LAS VEGAS’ THE CHELSEA
The Strokes will play one night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ The Chelsea on August 20, in preparation for their headlining performance at Los Angeles’ FYF Fest August 24. Special guest and The Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. will open the show.
Tickets are available via a venue presale starting Thursday, June 26 at 10:00a.m. PDT and go on sale to the public Friday, June 27 at 10:00a.m. PDT at www.CosmopolitanLasVegas.com.
BRAZILIAN STAR PAULA FERNANDES RELEASES DUET WITH FRANK SINATRA
In celebration of the host nation of the 2014 World Cup, Brazilian singer/songwriter Paula Fernandes releases “Brazil,” a duet with the legendary Frank Sinatra. Available worldwide on June 24th from all digital retailers via Universal Music / Signature Sinatra, the never-before heard alternate take is a partnership with Frank Sinatra Enterprises, Universal Music Brazil, and Universal Music Group International.
NEW VIDEO BY AIR DUBAI
Denver based hip-hop, rock band Air Dubai is excited to released “Coasts” this week off their forthcoming LP “Be Calm” on Hopeless Records. The video, which premiered on Fusetv.com, is the perfect summer track and is released as the group gets ready to hit the road on the Vans Warped Tour. Air Dubai will perform 40+ shows as part of the touring music festival.
OTTAWA CITIZEN SAYS SORRY TO DAVID BOWIE
On May 16, 2014, The Ottawa Citizen published a prominent commentary piece written by Blayne Haggart on our op-ed page that David Bowie was responsible for the removal from YouTube of astronaut Chris Hadfield’s video version of “Space Oddity” which was viewed over 22 million times.
NEW VIDEO BY GROUNDISLAVA
With a musicality straddling the line between analog and digital, WEDIDIT’s Groundislava finds himself today releasing his latest, Sus Boy-directed video for “Feel The Heat” feat. Rare Times (an incredible LA group to watch out for), which fittingly filters imagery of the daily world through the lens of modern technology. The visuals holistically sync with his sonic amalgum of electronic and R&B vocals. Groundislava’s full “Feel the Heat” EP is out today via WEDIDIT / Friends of Friends – watch the video and stream songs below, studio album coming this fall.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “FEEL THE HEAT” ft. RARE TIMES
NEW VIDEO BY DOPRAH
Today Doprah release their video for the track “Stranger People”. The video premiered in the US at SPIN Magazine, who described the video as follows:
“Apparently taking a cue from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, our young heroes appear as tiny weirdos in a neon-dipped dollhouse, accompanied by creepily masked dancers-as-anime-characters (word to Le1f). Indira eventually becomes some sort of kawaii princess, and Marr appears as the lost male member of Sailor Moon’s crew. Awesome. As for the song, it strikes a gauzy balance between the gothy inclinations of fellow Kiwi Lorde, the noirish husk of Portishead, and the curious mood-making of cloud-rap. Compare to or call it whatever you want — Doprah have got their own wild thing going on, and Ms. Force is aptly named.” – SPIN
AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES 10th ANNUAL FESTIVAL
The fest commences at Commodore Barry Park on Saturday August 23rd and Sunday August 24th in Brooklyn, NY. On its 10th year anniversary, AFROPUNK FEST is in effect stronger and with more style than ever. AFROPUNK Fest features 4 stages of music including the more traditional heavy/punk Black Stage and Speaker’s corner where the politically minded can speak theirs, a slew of Food Trucks making a variety of cuisine, the Spin Thrift Market with it’s 100 vendors selling various goods and crafts, and the ever present Art Wall where selected visual artists produce original works of art within the park grounds.
NOISEY PREMIERES FRED DURST’S FILM
Noisey has premiered Fred Durst’s film The Truth, along with an interview with the Limp Bizkit rocker. The film, directed by and starring Durst, reveals a self-aware, philosophical, and peculiar side of the infamous rocker.
Watch The Truth and read Noisey’s interview with Durst here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/fred-durst-the-interview
Fred Durst made a name for himself as a humorless douchebag who paraded around with a red Yankee cap seemingly superglued to his head. But Durst isn’t that guy any more – and if you ask him, he never was.
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES’ “WILD ANIMALS” VIDEO PREMIERES AT AV CLUB
The video for the title track off Trampled by Turtles’ highly anticipated new album Wild Animals is premiering at AV Club. Of the video, which stars Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Young (fiddle/harmony vocals) says “‘Wild Animals’ is classic Trampled by Turtles at its core, but the talents of album producer Alan Sparhawk, engineer BJ Burton, video director Phil Harder and Har Mar Superstar helped create something unlike anything else we’ve done before. It will mean different things to different people, but hopefully it is as enjoyable to watch and listen as it was to make.”