YOGI TEAMS UP WITH SCHOOLBOY Q FOR OFFICIAL REMIX OF “HELL OF A NIGHT”
UK production trio Yogi stands at the vanguard of cross-genre production with their latest official reworking of Schoolboy Q’s “Hell Of A Night,” coming today via OWSLA / Interscope. Having established a reputation for massive fusions of high-energy electro with hard-hitting hip hop from the likes of Pusha T and Casey Veggies, the outfit adds a frenetic big room energy to this track. Replete with blaring hi-hats and trills, this remix is destined for an unquestionable global dancefloor takeover.
NEW EP STREAM BY IMAGE SOCIETY
Under the Gun is streaming the debut EP The Doom Of Youth from Brooklyn based indie-rock group Image Society, calling the band “the latest indie-rock outfit to emerge bursting with mainstream potential.”
Based out of Brooklyn, Image Society wholeheartedly embraces their love of post-punk, new wave, and soul, as shown on their upcoming EP, The Doom Of Youth, which was recorded with producer John Bender (Blondie, Paramore). The video for their first single, “Mirror Images” premiered on The 405 recently, and garnered coverage across the blogosphere. The EP is a skillfully crafted recording of clean guitars, hard grooves, and layered vocals, demanding a sing-along throughout. It will be available on digital download and limited edition 12” vinyl to fans on August 5th via The Tone Library.
ALESANA CANCEL DATES IN UKRAINE & RUSSIA
North Carolina pop-metal icons Alesana have made the decision to cancel their tour dates in Finland, Russia and the Ukraine. Below is an official statement from the band’s guitarist/vocalist Shawn Milke.
“To all of our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine:
We are sad but we must regretfully announce the postponement of our trip overseas to play for our fans in Finland, Russia, and Ukraine. Politically, things have been tense in some of those regions and in light of the tragedy of Flight MH17 the members of Alesana, along with our families and loved ones, have decided it is in our best interest to postpone the dates until travel proves to be less inhibitive of our safety. We love our fans and cannot wait to play for each and every one of you, but circumstances have forced us to consider our well-being and the peace of mind of our families. We hope to see you very soon!”
CALEB JOHNSON SINGLE “ONLY ONE”
In the tradition of rock & roll’s most iconic performers, Caleb Johnson turns his own passion and unrest into music with a fierce and gut-punching but wildly uplifting emotional power. Winner of the thirteenth season of American Idol, the 23-year-old North Carolina native has already electrified audiences of millions with his commanding vocals and a fiery energy that honors his longtime love of hard rock and heavy metal. Now on his first album Testify—produced by Howard Benson—Johnson further proves his vitality as a vocalist while also revealing his dynamic sense of genre-bending songwriting.
ERIK HASSLE PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR SINGLE ‘PATHETIC’
Swedish soul-pop singer and songwriter Erik Hassle, who recently rocked a sold-out North American tour with U.S label mate MØ, has released an official video for his Sohn/Nick Ruth produced single ‘Pathetic’ this week. The tune is a standout track from his EP “Somebody’s Party,” which was released to rave reviews on Record Company Ten/RCA Records.
SLOW CLUB “THE PIECES” VIDEO PREMIERE ON VEVO
British duo Slow Club unveiled the third video off recent release Complete Surrender today via Vevo, and the charming, lighthearted black-and-white clip can now be seen. The new album – which has been garnering praise both here and abroad from press outlets including The 405, All Music Guide, Buzzfeed, Clash, Drowned In Sound, Foam, NPR, Paste, Pitchfork, Under The Radar, Wondering Sound, Yahoo!, and Zink, among others – was released in the US on July 15, 2014 via Wichita Recordings.
ARIZONA JAZZ FEST INFO
Thousands of concertgoers from all over the U.S. will be dancing in the desert October 24-26, 2014 when a stellar lineup of R&B and smooth jazz artists perform at the fall version of the Arizona Jazz Festival taking place at the posh Arizona Grand Resort & Spa. Tickets are on sale now for single-day and 3-day passes priced from $50 to $750 available at the festival’s website and by calling event producer BTWconcerts.com at 602-244-8444.
The boys will be out to play when the Arizona Jazz Festival blasts off with perhaps the strongest opening night lineup in the semi-annual festival’s history. The cool cat in the hat, four-time Grammy nominee Boney James gets the event started with his soulful sax grooves that never fail to stir the crowd to spontaneously erupt into a fervent “Go Boney! Go Boney!” chant. Jaheim employs his distinctive husky voice to chronicle his pained upbringing and tales of ghetto life that have earned him three Grammy nominations. It is far from the end of the road for Philly’s finest Boyz II Men, a trio that harmonizes in perfect union while presenting their Grammy-winning songbook filled with R&B/pop vocal and a cappella hits. New Edition members Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant, each of whom has also scored solo hits, are touring as Heads of State and you can bank on a well-choreographed, high-octane show from these R&B superstars.
VOGUE PREMIERES NEW PORTER ROBINSON TRACK “FLICKER”
“With a dreamer’s impulse towards fantasy, [“Worlds”] feels almost like a sci-fi vision of the future, so delightful you could almost call it utopian. The robotic-sounding lyrics on the latest single, “Flicker,” streaming exclusively today on Vogue.com, are sung not by a human, but a text-to-speech translation program that apes human speech like a benevolent cyborg from outerspace.” – VOGUE
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BASEMENT JAXX NEW VIDEO ON ROLLING STONE
The striking new video from British production team Basement Jaxx should serve as both a wake-up call and a reassurance for those worried about the endangered practice of dancing.A ridiculously funky, bawdy and funny sendup of a promotional film for a robotics company, the clip for “Never Say Never” depicts engineers working to resurrect the lost art of body-movin’. As depicted by director Saman Kesh, Jaxx’s clip boasts of “bringing dance back to mankind” through its innovative “Twerk-Bot 1.0.”
STEPHANIE BRAGANZA NEW VIDEO FEAT DREGA
Canadian Electronic Dance/Pop Music artist, Stephanie Braganza has just premiered her music video of the current single, “When We Last Kissed (feat. Drega)”
The storyline of “When We Last Kissed” is a stunning tale of deception, betrayal, andliberation. This is effectively manifested in the video and through the music production by exploring the edge of the Electronic Dance Music world.
Stephanie Braganza “When We Last Kissed (feat. Drega)”
NEW SINGLE BY BROKEN QUOTE
Meet Houston-based, Broken Quote, who binds his distinct instrumentals and unique lyrics with self-taught musical theories to create a sound that cannot be matched. His electro-ambience merges with sounds similar to those established in trip-hop, jazz, and funk.
David Schrier, professionally known as Broken Quote, started off picking up one instrument, then quickly moving on to the next, with no formal training desired. To expand his musical interest and abilities, he was forced to draw from his own inspiration, as he struggled to find other musicians with a common vision.
Listen to & Post: BROKEN QUOTE: “Ghost Crowd”
NEW VIDEO BY FLAGSHIP
The video was directed by Tiffanie DeBartolo, known for writing and directing the cult classic feature length ‘Dream For An Insomniac’ (Jennifer Anniston, Ione Skye, Seymour Cassel). The clip follows a masked man, exploring some coastal dunes with a ball and chain in tow, before settling down on a bench to pour his heart out onto paper, proclaiming his love for the sea. We then see the mysterious man sealing the note in a bottle and despairingly walking out into the ocean, with only his ball and chain, and the sealed bottle to his name.
BROADCAST MUSIC, INC. (BMI) TO HONOR CHRISTOPHER ‘LUDACRIS’ BRIDGES
Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, will present the President’s Award to Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges at the 2014 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, to be held Friday, August 22, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The star-studded event draws the entire entertainment community together to celebrate the songwriters, producers and publishers of the most-performed r&b/hip-hop songs of the previous year.
“The President’s Award is bestowed to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in songwriting with profound global influence on culture and the entertainment industry,” said Mike O’Neill, BMI President & CEO. “Christopher ‘Ludacris’ Bridges’ songs traverse boundaries and reach listeners of all genres, making him a global presence. Additionally, his philanthropic efforts go beyond measure with the work he does by way of his charitable organization, The Ludacris Foundation, making him a natural for the BMI President’s Award.”
BECK “HEART IS A DRUM” VIDEO
Directed by Sophie Muller and shot in Bergman-esque black and white, “Heart Is A Drum” finds Beck in a rural backwoods limbo, encountering figures from his past, present and possible future-including one with an uncanny resemblance to his former self as captured in 1993’s immortal “Loser” clip.
“HEART IS A DRUM” VIDEO LIVE NOW AT – http://smarturl.it/HeartIsADrum
DIPLO’S “RANDOM WHITE DUDE BE EVERYWHERE” STREAMS
Diplo’s 12-track compilation Random White Dude Be Everywhere is out today via Mad Decent and can be streamed in full on the Mad Decent SoundCloud! RWDBE is a collection of Diplo’s biggest singles from the past year plus five remixes and two brand new tracks featuring collaborations with Waka Flocka Flame, Yellow Claw, Alvaro and more. The compilation features Diplo’s NOLA bounce turned twerk anthem “Express Yourself” along with the meme-generating hit single “Boy Oh Boy” and chart-climbing “Revolution” that recently broke the Top 40 Pop Chart at radio, making it Diplo’s biggest hit to date.
STREAM THE ENTIRE ALBUM HERE: