THIRD ALBUM BY JESSICA CAMPBELL
With her third album, roots-pop singer/songwriter Jessica Campbell proves there’s strength in numbers.
Largely produced by Cason Cooley (Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Herzig), III captures Campbell in an adventurous mood, looking to build something new on top of the foundation that’s always anchored her music. She’s still a genre bender, with songs rooted in pop hooks, Americana influences, folk guitars and just the slightest hint of Southern twang. She’s still a storyteller, too, armed with autobiographical tunes about life and love in the Bible Belt. Even so, things have changed since her previous album, The Anchor & the Sail, which found the newly-married Campbell reflecting on a lifetime of past loves — including plenty of heartbreak and hard lessons. This time around, she’s taking stock of the sunny present.
GUSTER AND NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
Ocho Mule Records, Guster’s own label, and Nettwerk Music Group are thrilled to announce their partnership for Guster’s new album for worldwide release. Produced by Richard Swift (The Shins, Damien Jurado, Foxygen, Stereolab), the album promises to deliver a new sound while maintaining their signature timeless character. Additional details about the album will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled with the opportunity to keep our new release independent on a global level with the help of Nettwerk Records,” says Ryan Miller of Guster.
RANDY TRAVIS TO RELEASE ‘INFLUENCE VOL. 2: THE MAN I AM’
Multi-Platinum and seven-time GRAMMY winning icon Randy Travis’ new album Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am due August 19th is available for pre-order on iTunes now. Fans who pre-order the album will get “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me” as a special instant download. Two more songs will be available each week following the pre-order, including “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line” on July 29th and “That’s The Way Love Goes,” on August 5th (full track listing below). Additionally, fans will be able to download the full album online on August 12th, an entire week before the official release date. Much like his popular Influence Vol. 1 collection released last year, Vol. 2 reminds us of the unique feel created in the studio that shines through on each song by Travis and a special group of friends he calls band members.
TEAM SPIRIT PREMIERES “TEENAGE HEART” VIDEO ON NOISEY
Team Spirit is proud to unveil the official video for “Teenage Heart,” the lead single from the band’s forthcoming debut LP Killing Time, set for a September 30th release via VICE / Warner Bros Records.
Watch the video on Noisey: http://noisey.vice.com/music-video-premieres/team-spirit-teenage-heart-official-video
Directed by Dorian Tocker and starring Ayad Al Adhamy, Lady Alchemy, Alexandria Spencer, and Team Spirit, the video follows lead singer Ayad Al Adhamy on a trip to the operating room gone wrong.
ANGUS & JULIA “GRIZZLY BEAR”
“Grizzly Bear” is Angus and Julia’s latest track to be unveiled from their forthcoming and highly anticipated Rick Rubin produced album “Angus & Julia Stone” out August 1st (American Recordings/Republic Records).
The melodious and up-tempo, Fleetwood Mac-esque track was written and recorded in California and was brought to life thanks to Rubin’s ears and direction in the studio. As described by Rubin himself, it is the Sydney-born, Californian based siblings own “poetic depth” that carries and makes this album and track so very special.
‘MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN’ AUDIO AND VIDEO COLLECTIONS CELEBRATE THE LEGACY OF OZZY OSBOURNE
This October, the career of rock icon OZZY OSBOURNE will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN collections.
Due out October 7, MEMOIRS OF A MADMAN (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of OZZY’s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. Pre-order now available at Amazon.
MARSHA AMBROSIUS’ ‘FRIENDS & LOVERS’ DEBUTS AT #2
Today, talented musician Marsha Ambrosius’ sophomore solo album, Friends & Lovers (RCA Records) enters at the #2 position on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #12 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released July 15th, Friends & Lovers hit the #1 slot on both the iTunes R&B/Soul and Amazon R&B mp3 charts, which helped the album, score the #12 spot on the Billboard Digital Albums chart.
GENERATIONALS NEW SINGLE “GOLD SILVER DIAMOND” NOW STREAMING ONLINE
New Orleans-based indie-rock duo Generationals are pleased to announce their upcoming fall North American headlining tour. Touring in support of their soon-to-be-released full-length album titled Alix, the tour will begin on Tuesday, October 7 in Houston, TX at Fitzgerald’s Downstairs and will visit markets such as Atlanta, GA on Friday, October 10, Washington, DC on Saturday, October 11, Brooklyn, NY on Sunday, October 12, New Orleans, LA on Friday, October 17, Chicago, IL on Thursday, October 30, Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, November 12, and culminate in a performance at Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, BC on Monday, November 17. Support on the run will be provided by Arum Rae and Springtime Carnivore on select dates, and information on tickets can be found on Generationals’ official website, http://generationals.com.
NEW MEDICINE NEW LYRIC VIDEO
The cure for the generic cold that has hit rock music wasn’t born in a laboratory, but in Minneapolis. Alternative rock quartet New Medicine is gearing up to release their sophomore album, Breaking The Model, on August 25th via Imagen Records. From the intro piano and strings melody of album opener “Breaking the Model” to the final chords of album closer “Boy Like Me,” it is clear that frontman and songwriter Jake Scherer wanted to create something different than the band’s previous work. Grabbing elements from various musical influences from all genres of music, Breaking The Model shows a definite progression in the sound that the band showcased on their debut, Race You To The Bottom.
“One Too Many” Lyric Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdZ3dYsJhAU
THE RENTALS PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “1000 SEASONS”
The single is featured on The Rentals highly anticipated new record, Lost In Alphaville, due to arrive August 26 on Polyvinyl Record Co., and is available for download & stream today via all digital retailers. Lost In Alphaville features a line up of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (Lucius- vocals), Ryen Slegr (Ozma – guitars), Lauren Chipman (The Section Quartet – strings) and Patrick Carney (The Black Keys – drums), in addition to lead vocalist, bassist, keyboardist, and songwriter Matt Sharp (ex-Weezer).
MIDNIGHT MASSES SHORT FILM
Midnight Masses, the band of Autry Fulbright (accompanied by Jason Reece) from …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, released their debut album Departures this week and to celebrate that, they’ve also released a short film entitled Now Here is Nowhere that was written by Fulbright and directed and produced by Natasha Kermani. The film stars Jaleel Bunton (TV On the Radio) who also contributed to the debut album and Walter Schreifels (Quicksand, Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits). All the music in the film is by Autry Fulbright, performed by Midnight Masses, including several tracks from the debut EP and album as well as exclusive material.
BUR GUR PREMIERE VIDEO “ORCHARD HEARSE”
California based Bür Gür have just launched their debut video for “Orchard Hearse,” via The Vinyl District. The track is from their upcoming release Alligator Cheesecake, due out August 19 via HABITS’ label, How to Be a Microwave.
Catch the Premiere on The Vinyl District
BRITISH BAND RIXTON RELEASE NEW SINGLE “WAIT ON ME”
British sensations Rixton release their eagerly awaited brand new single “Wait On Me” today via School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records. Check it out HERE. The single, available now at all digital partners, was co-written by the band with their executive producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5). Rixton will perform “Wait On Me” on Late Night With Seth Meyers on August 4th airing on NBC at 12:35am ET/ PT/11:35pm CT.
“WEIRD AL” YANKOVIC ENTERS BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #1
Multi-Grammy Award winner “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Digital Albums and Comedy charts, selling just under 104,000 units in its first week. This marks a personal first week sales best and first #1 album debut for Yankovic. The last time a comedy album topped the Billboard chart was 51 years ago, with Allan Sherman’s 1963 release My Son, the Nut. It is also the largest sales week for a comedy album since 1994.
KING CHIP NEW VIDEO
“Lazy And Lucrative” is the new single from King Chip and Blended Babies. Consider it a warning shot of what’s to come from Chip’s forthcoming Clevelafornia album and Blended Babies debut album Featuring.
“Lazy And Lucrative” is a vignette of the dream of every musician and most Americans and the flossing lifestyle King Chip lives everyday; getting paid to be yourself on records and getting rich from royalties while not having to leave the house.
Vibe.com Premiere link:
DRALMS ANNOUNCE DEBUT 7″ SINGLE “CRUSHED PLEATS”
Vancouver, BC quartet, Dralms, led by songwriter Christopher Smith, have announced their debut 7″ single, “Crushed Pleats”, will arrive September 2 on Fat Possum in the U.S. (Boompa Canada/Full Time Hobby UK). Stream the A-side, “Divisions Of Labour”, via Soundcloud. Dralms is the soundtrack of the quiet hours of a hot summer night, Smith’s soft, sultry vocals intertwining thick and heavy bass and synth lines. Half sweaty, underground club, half dream-like euphoria – Dralms debut single is the afterglow of an epic night on the town.
AMANDA X DEBUT NEW TRACK “DREAM HOUSE” ON STEREOGUM
Born out of the Kensington neighborhood of North Philadelphia, where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a great band, Amanda X is the three-piece antidote to bumming on grey days and the Sunday night blues. The Philadelphian women-Cat Park on guitar, Tiff Yoon on drums, and Kat Bean on bass-make music to remind you that colorful riffs and lilting oo’s are meant to complement post-punk shredding and astute songwriting. In support of their forthcoming Siltbreeze LP Amnesia, the band is hitting the road this summer and offering up a second glimpse of their debut that you can hear below.
HEFFRON DRIVE IN MEXICO CITY
Heffron Drive will play the band’s debut show in Mexico City on October 4th at El Plaza Condesa, a recently refurbished venue that is a celebrated part of Mexico City nightlife. Mexico is home to one of Schmidt’s largest fan bases and also happens to be one of his favorite countries to perform.
“We are so excited to head down to Mexico City to play for all our fans there and promote our new album,” Schmidt says. “We have always received such huge support from our Mexican fans, so it was the perfect place to book one of Heffron Drive’s first-ever tour stops. We hope to announce many more Mexico show dates in the near future, too!”
Tickets for Heffron Drive’s Mexico debut are available here: http://bit.ly/1pd3mMp.
NEW SINGLE BY JORDAN BRATTON
As Jordan Bratton preps his upcoming project – a follow up to his successful debut, “The Grey Area,” – fans have been reaching out looking for new music. Today, Jordan has released “Must Be”, a musical collaboration with Fool’s Gold conspirator Durkin that takes the combination of intoxicated sentiments, a cut through falsetto vocal, and breakthrough production colors to create something special. Dive in.
SARAH DARLING LENDS HER DESIGN VOICE TO ICONIC DURANGO BRAND
Durango has tapped singer-songwriter Sarah Darling to lend her voice in a different way than usual; the longtime Durango brand ambassador has designed a capsule collection of western fashion boots for the iconic brand. In time for Holiday 2014, Durango will add two distinct styles, designed by Sarah, to its “Crush” line of footwear.
“Sarah has been such an incredible brand ambassador for us and her personal style really resonates with our consumer,” said Amber Vanwy, Marketing Manager for Durango. “These styles are flirty, fun and feminine; they are the perfect mash-up of Sarah’s whimsical style and Durango’s playful attitude toward fashion.”
PROVOKE, DESTROY NEW ALBUM STREAM
Virginia Beach’s Provoke, Destroy, whom was previously featured in the AP&R section of Alternative Press #292 (October 2012), is pleased to partner up with Under The Gun to stream their new album Vulture in full. The album is the band’s first on Indianola Records and features nine Andrew Baylis (Honour Crest, Apparitions, Camisado) produced tracks that drummer Tyler Melton described as, “A breath of fresh air. We have finally found the real Provoke sound and I am excited to show everybody exactly what that is. All I can say is be ready for the best Provoke, Destroy you have heard yet.” The full length is out now with the band continuing to tour throughout the summer.
NATALIE MERCHANT RESCHEDULES U.S. TOUR DATES
Natalie Merchant’s summer U.S. tour dates, which were postponed due to illness, have been rescheduled for the fall, as noted below. Tickets purchased for the original July dates will be honored at the newly rescheduled dates.
Merchant’s new self-titled album out now on Nonesuch Records marks her sixth solo collection. This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”
RICK SPRINGFIELD ROCKS FOR CANCER
Grammy award winning rocker Rick Springfield is hosting a charity concert tagged “Rock For Ruben” in benefit for his good friend and guitar tech Ruben Velasco. Rick Springfield and band will perform a full concert along with John 5 (Rob Zombie) joining the stage for some serious shredding. More special guests to be announced in the following weeks to come. This is not a usual Springfield concert –Expect the unexpected!
“I have been with Ruben since 1998. He has been my guitar tech for many years and a very close, dear friend,” explains John 5, guitarist for Rob Zombie. “It was heartbreaking to hear this news and it is so important to raise this money to help Ruben in his battle against cancer as well as raising awareness.”
For further details on the “Rock for Ruben” benefit concert, please visit: http://rickspringfield.com/rock-for-ruben.
DISSOLVE UNDER THE RADAR PREMIERES THE FIRST SINGLE “STATEMENT”
Recently departed from their past project Modern Charms and back with a fresh start, San Francisco duo Dissolve (Inna Kurikova and Blaine Patrick) waste no time picking up where they left off with their new single “Statement”. The first single from their upcoming self-titled EP, “Statement” is a blessing to our ears– a perfectly sugar-coated piece of shoegaze heavy dream pop. The EP is due out August 19 via Painter Man Records.
NEW ALBUM & VIDEO FROM ES
“Aspire To Inspire” is my life’s motto. It is also a symbol of my journey… my growth…my progression. This record is a feel good inspirational and motivational collection of songs, intended to uplift anyone who has ever had to overcome adversity or odds stacked against them. It is an honest audio journal of my goals, dreams, successes, joys, failures and words of encouragement to all who can relate to my story…coming from a grown man’s perspective. The ability to inspire others to strive to be better is one of life’s ultimate rewards. Let’s “Aspire To Inspire”. Peace.
“Aspire To Inspire”