MIDGE URE ON BILLBOARD.COM
Grammy and Brit Award winning musician Midge Ure, OBE (Officer of the British Empire – awarded in 2005) will be releasing his first album of original material in over a decade next week, via eOne Music. The album, entitled Fragile is now streaming at Billboard.com. In suport of Fragile, Midge will be playing select N. American solo acoustic dates in addition to being part of The Retro Futura Tour which also features Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Katrina (of the Waves) and China Crisis. The tour kicks off in New York City at Best Buy Theater on August 21st.
FABLE REVEALS NEW SINGLE
‘Parasite’ is the debut EP from rising star Fable. Its three tracks – ‘Stranger In My Head’, ‘Fragile’ and ‘I Speak Words’ have a dark, compelling complexity and power that defy Fable’s young age – she’s just turned 19.
WIZ KHALIFA SIGNS WITH INGROOVES MUSIC GROUP
Taylor Gang Records, the label founded by hip hop superstar Wiz Khalifa, announced today that they have selected INgrooves for global distribution and marketing. The first release expected under the new deal is an EP by the Pittsburgh-based rapper Chevy Woods who’s currently making noise with his single “30 Deep,” which is getting airplay on radio across the country and on MTV. Other artists on the label include Academy Award winner and Three 6 Mafia member Juicy J, who is also an executive at the label, Ty Dolla $ign, Courtney Noelle, Chevy Woods, Tuki Carter and Berner.
“I’m really excited about this new partnership and can’t wait to start pushing projects out!” exclaimed Wiz Khalifa.
DEBUT ALBUM BY THE MARMOZETS
Roadrunner Records group Marmozets have announced details of their debut album ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’ which will be released digitally in the US on SEPTEMBER 30TH. ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’ is currently available for pre-order via iTunes, with all pre-orders receiving instant downloads of “Born Young And Free,” “Why Do You Hate Me?” “Captivate You” and “Move, Shake, Hide.”
JOHNNY MARR VIDEO “EASY MONEY”
Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr has released “Easy Money” – the first single from his upcoming album Playland due out October 7 via Warner Music Group. Following a first listen on BBC 6 Music, Marr premiered the track’s video via Pitchfork. Rolling Stone explains the song has, “…throbbing bass, funky guitar and a catchy melody to mask lyrics about the downfalls of greed.”
BEN HARPER TO PERFORM BENEFIT SHOW FOR NEW LIGHT INDIA
Internationally renowned recording artist Ben Harper will headline a Sept. 19 fundraiser for the nonprofit New Light India at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. “An Acoustic Evening with Ben Harper” benefits the organization’s community development of the “Boys Home Project” based in Kalighat, India. The Force Film Foundation is producing the event through partnership with the nonprofit, Lend Your Hands.
Founded in 2000 by Urmi Basu, New Light India provides shelter, educational opportunities, recreational facilities, healthcare and legal aid for the girls and women in Kalighat, notorious for its red light district.
GET STOKED NEW EP STREAM
Bled Fest alums Get Stoked, who are fresh off the successful Get Backslashed tour with Backslashes And Bad Ideas, sees their forthcoming Washington Street EP exclusively premiered on Under The Gun. The EP, which can be heard HERE, features five tracks of hardcore influenced pop-punk that will be released tomorrow on Imminence Records.
ANI DIFRANCO POSTS NEW MUSIC WITH USA TODAY
Ani DiFranco has never been afraid to take chances. DiFranco’s new disc, Allergic To Water, is another bold accomplishment and its music is her most subtle. Set for an October 14 release on DiFranco’s groundbreaking Righteous Babe Records label, Allergic To Water was recorded at her Victorian home in New Orleans and at a larger studio in an old church. Throughout the disc, DiFranco, her small group and a couple prominent guests create melodies that are lilting and funky, imaginative and personal: so personal that she also took the lead in producing and mixing the record.
NEW MYTHS PREMIERE SYNTH-TINGED FIRST TRACK “HOWL”
New Myths is a NYC based trio made up of Rosie Slater (drums and vocals), Marina Ross (bass and vocals) and Brit Boras (guitar and lead vocals), also a member of Brooklyn based band Future Punx. After being brought together through a string of personal connections- Ross and Slater played together in a band throughout high school, Slater and Boras went to the same jazz conservatory for college, and Boras and Ross were childhood neighbors, the band was formed in 2012.
NEW VIDEO BY ASSASSIN
Assassin aka Agent Sasco’s newest music video embodies the essence of an authentic Jamaican street dance and stage show experience. Inspired by the sounds and fashions of classic dancehall from the late 80’s early 90’s, this colorful array of energetic entertainment is sure to bring back nostalgia and make your body move. Maaadsupm!!
DRY THE RIVER ALBUM STREAM
UK indie-rockers Dry the River will release their anticipated sophomore album Alarms in the Heart on August 25th via Transgressive Records/PIAS. As the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut Shallow Bed, the new album features a more expansive, bold, and cohesive sound to mark an undeniable step up in both diversity and volume. Earlier today, the band premiered an exclusive First Listen of the album a week before its release on WNYC Soundcheck.
DINOSAUR FEATHERS REVEAL “ZEITGEIST” LYRIC VIDEO
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is proud to share the lyric video for “Zeitgeist” from Brooklyn duo Dinosaur Feathers’ upcoming full-length CONTROL, which will see a release on October 7, 2014. The video premiered via Consequence of Sound, who noted that “Despite having a rather ominous title, lead single ‘Zeitgeist’ sees Dinosaur Feathers at perhaps their most chipper and soulful.”
THE WYTCHES’ NEW VIDEO FOR “BURN OUT THE BRUISE”
“A ragged blast of brutal psych-punk from the album’s center, is matched with some some grainy VHS and Super 8 tomfoolery involving cross dressing, pirates, the Last Supper and more” -Stereogum
GEORGE BENSON ‘HYBRID’ ON SURROUND SOUND SACD
Jazz fans worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the release of ‘Breezin’ by legendary jazz singer and guitarist George Benson on Multichannel 5.1-Surround Sound Hybrid SACD from Marshall Blonstein’s Audio Fidelity. George Benson’s ‘Breezin’ is the best-selling jazz album of all time. It is a true virtuoso performance: a four-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner, the first album by a jazz artist to earn platinum certification.
Originally released in 1976, ‘Breezin’, spearheaded by the hit single “This Masquerade”, was the album that first alerted the public at large to Benson’s talents. Long before that, however, he was known to jazz fans as “very probably the most gifted guitarist since Wes Montgomery.”
NEW SINGLE BY VOGUE DOTS
Swirling and seductive, “Way Out” was recorded in a cottage on Belle Isle just off the Labrador Peninsula and is imbued with the surreal, natural wonder of its environment. In its digital format, the track is coupled with a hazy, pulsating cover of “Thunder” by Halifax lo-fi, jangly indie rock champions Cousins as its B-side.
LEANNE KINGWELL SINGLE “SUNSHINE”
The MuseBox today announced the release of “Sunshine,” the new single from Australia’s Leanne Kingwell. Dubbed by the Australian music press “the queen of Aussie rock” after fronting legendary Australian rock band, The Angels, Kingwell has since received much critical acclaim for her solo records, Show Ya What and Choking on Halos. Produced by David J. Holman (No Doubt, Bush) at Cactus Studios in Hollywood, CA, the self-financed Choking on Halos has been called by music journalist Billy Pinnell “a perfect marriage of riff-laden rock, romantic ballads, and insightful lyrics.” “Sunshine” is available on Kingwell’s SoundCloud page, while Show Ya What and Choking on Halos can be purchased in Kingwell’s online store.
LISTEN TO NEW LIVE ALBUM BY DANKO JONES
DANKO JONES is happy to announce the release of their first official live album exclusively through Spotify! Listen to the album here:
With close to 20 years of touring experience and a reputation as one of the best live bands in the world it would have been wrong not to at least try and capture the energy of the DANKO JONES live show on tape with the recording taken from their only show in Europe this year – at the legendary Gröna Lund amusement park in Stockholm, Sweden on May 16th. Their relation to Sweden has always been a special one and has resulted in countless shows, two gold singles and top ten album chart positions, so for this show to be the pick for a live album seems only natural.
DECIBEL MAGAZINE PRESENTS DARKNESS DIVIDED’S ‘WRITTEN IN BLOOD’
Decibel Magazine presents the complete album stream for DARKNESS DIVIDED’s debut album, Written In Blood.
Set for release tomorrow, August 19th, Written In Blood is DARKNESS DIVIDED’s answer to meaningless metal. Written In Blood is a powerful assemblage of ferocious breakdowns and heroic vocals on a mission to remind us that through our suffering comes salvation.
CHRISTIAN GREGORY NEW EP STREAM
On August 19th, Movement Records will release Count On You, the debut EP from British soul revivalist Christian Gregory. Movement Records, which will be distributed by Fat Possum in the United States, is a new label helmed by multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Gregory and 2013 Mercury Music Prize nominee and gold-selling artist Michael Kiwanuka.
Questlove’s Okayplayer debuted the full EP on Friday, calling it “a fresh take on neatly-composed soul, full of clean chords and melodies that linger in your head for hours.”
BECKY G JOINS DEMI LOVATO’S WORLD TOUR
Becky G will join Demi Lovato’s World Tour starting on September 14th at the American Airline Arena in Miami. It was previously announced that Becky is going on Jason Derulo’s Talk Dirty tour which kicks off on October 21st at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey and wraps on November 2nd at the Filmore in Miami. Becky’s latest single “Shower” has sold over half a million units. Her performances of “Shower” on NBC’s Today Show and FOX’s Teen Choice Awards earned her high praise. “Becky G was the youngest performer on the 2014 Teen Choice Awards stage, but you would never know it from her awesome-beyond-her-years performance of ‘Shower’. Becky G worked that stage like nobody’s business, singing her heart out and flaunting some seriously killer dance moves.” (PopCrush)
NEW VIDEO BY THE PHARMACY
The Pharmacy released their fifth LP, Spells, last week on Old Flame Records (and on cassette via Burger Records.) A laid-back garage-rock record full of hazy reverb and blissed-out melodies, it showcases the mellow side of the Seattle-based band.
JIMMY PAGE BOOK COMING IN LATE OCTOBER
Jimmy Page is one of music’s greatest guitarists, innovators and legends. JIMMY PAGE is his official autobiography, a photographic essay he personally created to tell his story for the first time. Jimmy’s own words, combined with his handpicked selection of over 600 photographs, make this book the definitive visual and historical record of a remarkable life. JIMMY PAGE will be available in all major bookstores from October 2014.
I’ve been asked on a number of occasions to do a written book and I thought of the other side of the coin. I thought it would be unique to have an autobiography in photographs, charting my whole musical journey. – JIMMY PAGE
TELEMAN “SKELETON DANCE” VIDEO PREMIERE ON FLAVORWIRE
Teleman will arrive stateside next month for a handful of shows, playing the Mercury Lounge in Manhattan on September 25th and Glasslands in Brooklyn, NY on September 26th, as well as the Bootleg Bar in Los Angeles on September 30th. Earlier this year, the band supported Franz Ferdinand, Metronomy, and Maximo Park in the UK, and performed at British festivals including Live at Leeds, London Calling, and the Green Man Festival.
MYCOUNTRYNATION.COM EXCLUSIVELY DEBUTS BRAD PAISLEY’S “COUNTRY NATION”
My Country Nation is exclusively hosting the World Premiere of Country Nation – a new music video from Arista Nashville recording artist Brad Paisley – today at MyCountryNation.com. With the storytelling achieved through music as only Paisley can, his video showcases an authentic look at the people who go hand-in-hand with his vision for the song: real people who thread and hold our Nation together. A clip of the video was leaked earlier today by FOX News, proving that once again, Paisley is up to his shenanigans.
“With our announcement of My Country Nation today, I can’t think of a better platform to debut the video for Country Nation,” said Paisley. “It’s what my album represents and what programming on the channel is all about.”
THADEUS GONZALEZ “OUR CONNECTION” SINGLE
Oakland-based vocalist/songwriter Thadeus Gonzalez will release his debut album, UTOPIAN SOCIETY, on September 9, 2014. The 11-track collection showcases influences from classic rock, metal, punk, and ‘90s alt.
“The Nude Land” opens the record with aggressive rock bombast, also demonstrated in the title track. It moves into alt tracks like “Your Needle Scratches My Vinyl” and the punk influenced “Literally.” While the lyrics are evocative and unusual, Gonzalez’s unique writing style is most evident in the sexy, moody “Our Connection” and the vulnerably revealing ballad, “White.”
POPPY RED SINGLE ON STEREOGUM
Poppy Red is a perpetually evolving project based on the songwriting of Molly Long. Its early stirrings happened in a bedroom and Denver, and it continued to flesh itself out in another bedroom in Avignon, France, where she enlisted then-Tennessee resident Jimmy Spice (Liquid Skulls, Brut Choir) in a trans-Atlantic collaboration that resulted in 2012’s Keep Your Heart EP.
JOIN THE CIPHER AT THERAPFEST.COM
With many web platforms becoming stagnant, the time is right to introduce the music industry to something that is going to change the game as we know it. Enter The RapFest – a membership- based digital platform that is designed to bridge the gap between new artists, producers, and today’s top-tier Hip Hop talent by incorporating ciphers, networking tools, and marketing campaigns. Recently launching with pre-registration options, RapFest will quickly become an innovative platform responsible for shifting digital media into a new direction.
SNEAKOUT SINGLE ON NYLON
Sneakout is LA-based artist Robert Fleming, who previously released his infectious indie-pop bangers under the moniker Victory. As Victory, Robert saw tracks featured in several popular commercials, TV shows, and films, including a national ad campaign for Cadillac and a 2014 Fashion Week campaign for iPhone and Burberry.
LEONARD COHEN RELEASES ‘POPULAR PROBLEMS’ ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.” His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart. The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.
In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.
SUNFLOWER BEAN NEW SINGLE
Sunflower Bean just released their new single “Tame Impala”, a blistering sun drenched single with sharp hooks and incandescent guitar riffs. They’ve recently been featured in i-D, Rookie, BK Mag, and Pretext. Last week Sunflower Bean opened for Foxygen at the Constellation Room in LA and played a sold out show with Cherry Glazerr at Baby’s All Rite earlier this month in Brooklyn.
HAIM PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “MY SONG 5” FEAT A$AP FERG
Sister rock-trio HAIM have premiered their new music video for “My Song 5 (feat. A$AP Ferg)” exclusively on VEVO. Directed by Dugan O’Neal (Chromeo, TV on the Radio), the video centers around a fictional Jerry Springer type talk show called The Dallas Murphy Show, a concept that the band helped come up with. “HAIM came to me with an idea I had been thinking about and trying to make for a few years. In other words, magic,” says O’Neal. Vanessa Bayer of Saturday Night Live fame plays Dallas Murphy, and the video features cameos from Kesha, Grimes, Big Sean, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Ariel Rechtshaid and HAIM’S own parents.
MAGGIE ROGERS SINGLE ON HUFFPO
A Maryland native, 20-year-old Maggie Rogers is a sound addict. She spent the summer of 2011 studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA where she won the 2011 Songwriting Competition. Maggie self-released her first album, “The Echo” while completing high school in May of 2012. Now attending the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU, she released her second record, “The Response” with the help of her new creative classmates. Maggie’s new record Blood Ballet, released in June 2014, documents the events in her life since moving to New York City.