THE CIVIL WARS’ JOY WILLIAMS AND JOHN PAUL WHITE OFFICIALLY PART WAYS
The Civil Wars—made up of duo partners Joy Williams and John Paul White—have regretfully decided to permanently part ways. The difficult decision ends a tumultuous period for the four-time Grammy Award-winning band, who has been on indefinite hiatus since late 2012.
As a thank you gift and farewell, the band is offering a download of their rendition of “You Are My Sunshine.” Recorded in 2010, the track was originally released in 2011 as a b-side to the band’s limited edition Barton Hollow 7” vinyl. This is the first time the song has been available digitally in the U.S.
KINGS OF LEON “KNOCKED UP” + “MILK” AT LOLLAPALOOZA
Multi-platinum selling rock band KINGS OF LEON shut Chicago down when they rocked the Samsung Galaxy stage at this weekend’s Lollapalooza Festival. The band gave the audience a sonically and visually loaded show including a string quartet, which the band brought out mid set for new renditions of “Milk,” “Knocked Up,” “Crawl” and “Comeback Story.” The Followills punctuated the set with their rendition of Robyn’s, “Dancing On My Own.”
Check out video from the performances below:
Knocked Up: http://youtu.be/ard_aNupl6k
NEIL TURBIN SIGNS WITH EAM
DeathRiders vocalist and original Anthrax vocalist, Neil Turbin has announced his deal with EAM Entertainment. EAM will handle management and booking for Neil, worldwide. Neil is fresh off his highly successful European “Fistful Of Metal Alive” 30th Anniversary Tour, which included performances at Dynamo in Netherlands and Headbangers Open Air in Germany, among others.
A representative from EAM said, “We have the first singer from Anthrax in our roster and his band DeathRiders, featuring Neil Turbin. It is awesome to have a legend in the roster, and we are very ecstatic to work with Neil, worldwide, for management and booking. A big welcome to Neil, in our EAM-Family.”
BOSTON TO PROCLAIM AUGUST 6th “GODSMACK DAY”
To mark the release of Godsmack’s sixth full-length album, 1000hp [Republic Records], Boston’s Newbury Comics store at Faneuil Hall (1 N Marketplace #336 Boston, MA 02109) will host “Godsmack Day” on Wednesday, August 6th. As part of the festivities, Godsmack will be on hand to sign albums and Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh will declare August 6th “Godsmack Day,” in recognition of the band’s Boston roots and long success within the music industry. Longtime WAAF radio personality Mike Hsu will introduce the Mayor at 4:30pm.
PALM GHOSTS POST NEW SINGLE
Philadelphia-based Indie Americana group Palm Ghosts are pleased to share “Airplane Jane”, the latest single from their upcoming self-titled LP, available August 27th on Surreal Soundworks. Combining the classic pop songwriting of Elliott Smith and Paul Simon with the dark American Folk of Townes Van Zant on their debut album, Palm Ghosts, the band presents eight introspective stories about love and loss. Comprised of singer-songwriter Joseph Lekkas (who also plays guitars, bass, keyboards and banjo on the recordings) and joined by Walt Epting (drums), Maura Dwyer (cello), Vince Tampio (trumpet) and Alex Yaker (organ), Palm Ghosts describe themselves as Sun-Damaged American Music.
VOICES OF EXTREME “MARTYR” VIDEO
VOICES OF EXTREME new line up is Don Chaffin – Lead Vocals, Bob Brennan – Bass Guitar, Chris Risola (Steelheart) – Lead Guitar, and Bill Ciaramelli – Drums.
The band will be hitting the road all over the Eastern United States this fall with the new line up and more new music will be released in the coming months. Right now you can find the bands 2013 SmashMouth Records release “Break The Silence” at a store near you.
PORTER ROBINSON STREAMS DEBUT ALBUM
“An album with a strong identity and an emotional arc… Imaginative enough to draw from a frenetic world to find reflection and hope” – Jason Bentley for NPR Music
THE WILD FEATHERS VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “LEFT MY WOMAN”
American rock quintet The Wild Feathers have announced that they will hit the road for additional tour dates this fall in support of their self-titled, critically lauded debut album. The seemingly indefatigable Nashville quintet has continued to organically grow its audience at a rapid pace, with constant touring and barn-storming shows at clubs around the world and festivals across the country, including Bonnaroo, Firefly, and Summerfest this summer.
ED SHEERAN VIDEO “DON’T”
“Don’t” is the follow-up single to “Sing”off of Ed’s chart-topping, second album, ‘x’ (prounounced multiply). ‘x’ entered the album sales chart at #1 in the nine countries around the world, including the U.S. and UK (where it has remained at #1 for six straight weeks). Ed will kick off his North American headlining arena tour on August 21 in Seattle.
NEW SINGLE BY WANNABE JALVA ON KCRW
The Brazil based foursome Wannabe Jalva – Rafael Rocha (Vocals, Guitar), Tiagao Abrahão (Bass, Guitar), Fernando Paulista (Drums and Percussion) and Felipe Puperi (Vocals, Guitars, Keys) – are excited to announce the release of their new record Collecture, due out on October 15th, 2014. The release will feature five brand new songs: “One Way Street,” “Miracle,” “Mainline,” “Melt” and “Down The Sea.” It was recorded in their hometown Porto Alegre, largely in Rafael’s basement and between Gogó Conteúdo Sonoro & MumBemol Studio. Brian Lucey, who is responsible for the mastering on The Black Keys’ Grammy winning album Brothers, mastered Collecture.
TEENAGE KICKS PREMIERE MIND-ALTERING MUSIC VIDEO
Toronto’s most anticipated rock band, Teenage Kicks, is making their US video debut via Alternative Press with the premiere of “Curse Words.” The raw and infectious rock anthem comes from their album Spoils of Youth, which was released this past April via Universal Music Canada. The band is also gearing up to hit the road starting September 11, 2014, in Trenton, NJ. With their latest record in tow, Teenage Kicks is poised to be the next big thing.
NEW VIDEO BY ELEPHANT STONE
From Rishi of Elephant Stone: The song pretty much says what needs to be said. I look at the present state of the world; and it breaks my heart. I don’t understand how the leaders of the world see corruption, murder, war, and deceit as a way to lead their people. They do not represent us, they seek to control us. We need a change. Will all the craziness happening in the world right, we felt it was an appropriate time to release “Knock You From Yr Mountain”. I always hold onto the hope that one day mankind will realize that two wrongs do not make a right.
– Peace and love – Rishi
SILVER FIRS “ICARUS” TRACK & VIDEO
The silver fir (Abies alba) is a common but somewhat underrated tree in the Swiss Prealps, where all members of this (identically named) band grew up. Although its wood isn’t very popular and its glory days as the star amongst Christmas trees are long gone, the silver fir holds its ground and characterizes the subalpine landscape.
DUTCH DUO MIGHTYFOOLS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “SHAOLIN”
Following the Beatport No.1 smash C.U.B.A, by label boss himself Calvin Harris, Fly Eye Records gets ready to release the huge new tune “Shaolin” from Mightyfools, aka Dutch DJ/Producers Jelle Keizer and Andy Samin.
LA ROUX IS #1
Cherrytree/Interscope recording artist La Roux has followed up her GRAMMY Award winning self-titled debut with the release of the critically acclaimed Trouble In Paradise (July 22). Release week saw La Roux breaking her own records with Trouble In Paradise coming in at #1 on the Dance/Electronic Albums, her first # 1 on the American album charts, and #20 on the Billboard 200.
SISTER SPEAK ON THE VINYL DISTRICT
The Vinyl District has ‘Needle Dropped’ Sister Speaks new single “Chicago Dream” comparing it to “Mazzy Star doing a futuristic take on Stevie Nicks’ work with The Heartbreakers”
NEW SINGLE BY BIG HUD
Texas street rappers Big Hud from Dallas and Boston George from Houston have teamed up to release the single, “Straight Up Out The Mud,” from Big Hud’s forthcoming album, O.Y.B.A (On Your B*tch A$$). Taking his moniker from the famous drug dealer, Boston George established himself in the Houston music game in 2009 and became the CEO of his own record label, Authentik Music Group. As an artist himself, George has worked with everyone from Rick Ross, Meek Mill, Jeezy, and Slim Thug, who, along with his affiliate Yo Gotti, influenced him to succeed in the music industry.
Check out the Thisis50 premiere here:
NEW SINGLE BY RUANE MAURICE
“Ruane Maurice hail from Birmingham, UK. As this up-and-comping trio attests, there’s more to the music scene there than appears on the surface. ‘Farne’ is one of the first tracks to come forth from their debut album. The song is a prime cut of the trio’s dark, brooding take on hip-hop.” — PopMatters
BEEDA WEEDA NEW SINGLE “STRIP CLUB”
Today East Oakland’s Beeda Weeda released his latest single, “Strip Club (Bedroom),” featuring Oakland legends Too $hort and 1.O.A.K. Premiered by HotNewHipHop, the song is a remix of a previous solo track of Beeda’s, but after it leaked and got such a great reaction, Beeda decided to get his buddy Short Dog on the remix version.
Read the HotNewHipHop Premiere:
TKT STREAM “LITTLE MAN”
NYC-based electronic duo 1Way TKT announces the release of their newest single “Little Man”. The team is comprised of Chris Reinsch “DJ U-Kno” and Josh Glazer “J. Glaze”. Blending high-energy dance beats with organic live instrumentation, 1WAY TKT creates a unique and eclectic dance sound unmatched by other electro DJs and producers.
They have performed with artists from all genres of music including LMFAO, Nas, Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, as well as produced records for major Billboard artists including Outasight, Young Money, Wu-Tang Clan, Dogg Pound Gang, and more.
WOLVVES SHARE SINGLE VIA UNDER THE RADAR
“Consider “Home,” their tale of a wayward skater punk’s bummer of a homecoming: it sports a thick grunge-like bassline, weed-obsessed lyrics, just-distorted-enough vocals and a tossed off guitar solo that’s downright surf-friendly.” – Under the Radar
KIK ROWE OFFERS STREAM & DOWNLOAD “BE ALRIGHT” HERE
Toronto based R&B newcomer KiKi Rowe has announced the release of her debut self-titled mini album on October 28th. Featuring songs produced by the likes of DJ Mustard (T.I., 2 Chainz, Trey Songz) and Ivan Barias (Justin Timberlake, Estelle, Rick Ross) the 8 song mini album is recommended for fans of smooth, yet powerful ambient R&B a la The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. Stream and download the first single “Be Alright”.
‘Kiki Rowe’ will be available for free download October 28.
FOR I AM KING NEW VIDEO
Hailing from Amsterdam, FOR I AM KING is a new female fronted metal band for fans of Job For A Cowboy and Whitechapel. The band is quickly making a name for itself by touring heavily and now they are gearing up for the release of their first EP, ‘Revengeance’, which is available NOW!
FLOWERS’ ANGELIC “JOANNA” PREMIERES ON STEREOGUM
On their debut album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do, London trio Flowers, consisting of singer Rachel Kenedy, guitarist Sam Ayres, and drummer Jordan Hockley, syntheize the kinetic energy and raw vulnerability of their live shows into fourteen deceptively simple pop songs. Exploring the gamut of emotions that accompany coming of age, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do’s tracks carry listeners from heartbreak to carefree happiness and everything in between.
AIMES PREMIERES “BURNIN'” ON EARMILK
AIMES is the production moniker and musical alter ego of Alabama born, Brooklyn resident, Aman Ellis. His music is psychedelic at heart, provoking hints of new-wave, italo, and cosmic disco. Lush synths and washed out vocals juxtapose big kicks and silky bass lines. The self-dubbed “Space Pop” explores vast sonic territories, keeping a close affinity to other-worldly psychedelia and interstellar weirdness.
THE CHAINSMOKERS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE “KANYE”
THE CHAINSMOKERS have revealed their brand new single “Kanye” featuring Siren, an LA based indie-pop duo. The song was exclusively premiered on BuzzFeed yesterday.
ZOOT WOMAN’S LEAD SINGLE “DON’T TEAR YOURSELF APART”
In the words of Vice Thump, “Like much of Price’s and Zoot Woman’s work, the track is a playground for a remixer, with layers upon layers and melodies upon harmonies all begging to be torn out, reconstructed and re-imagined.”