QUENTIN REDDY DEBUT ALBUM OUT NOW
Country Music Television Star Quentin Reddy has found a Diamond in the Rough with the release of his debut album.
This mohawked music man wrote his first song at age seven and taught himself guitar by age nine. Primed for the stage landing an enviable top two slot on the popular CMT singing competition series ‘Big In A Small Town’ in 2012, Quentin Reddy is up to the challenge of becoming a country music star. Now based in Alberta, his music has earned him nominations for Male Vocalist and Fan’s Choice at both the 2012 and 2013 Academy Country Music Awards. Quentin has opened for acts such as Dallas Smith and Chad Brownlee on the Boys of Fall Tour, as well as Tara Oram, Dean Brody, Julian Austin and April Wine. He has co-written with Canadian and Nashville artists. His first two singles, “Rest For My Body” and “Beautiful Crazy Life” spent 15 weeks on the Canadian country charts and both aired on CMT Canada
VIV AND THE REVIVAL FIRST SINGLE “I WANT IT”
Philadelphia’s own VIV AND THE REVIVAL has released the debut Republic Records EP, THE INTRODUCTION, on iTunes, Spotify and all digital retailers today. The EP is preceded by VIV’s buzzing and blazing single, “I Want It”. Check it out Here.
“I Want It” is quickly gaining steam due to a series of high-profile placements and early enthusiasm from none other than Ryan Seacrest. With its instantly hummable guitar riff and irresistible refrain, the track currently fuels the Verizon “Faces” commercial, which first debuted on New Year’s Eve. It’s the perfect introduction to VIV’s sound and his revolutionary rock ‘n’ roll vibe.
BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WELCOMES ANDRIS NELSONS TO BOSTON
On Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra will shine a welcoming spotlight on Andris Nelsons as he makes his highly anticipated debut as BSO Music Director leading a gala program filled with works and guest artists that have inspired his musical life. When Mr. Nelsons takes on the title of BSO Music Director on September 27, at age 35, he will be the youngest conductor to hold that title with the orchestra in over 100 years. The fifteenth music director since the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s founding in 1881, Mr. Nelsons is also the first Latvian-born conductor to assume the post.
FIRST EVER HELLO KITTY CONVENTION IN LA
Sanrio, the global lifestyle brand best known for beloved pop icon Hello Kitty, has revealed details for Hello Kitty Con 2014, the first official Hello Kitty fan convention in the world. Presented in conjunction with Target, Hello Kitty Con was developed in celebration of Hello Kitty’s 40th Anniversary and will take place at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art), Downtown Los Angeles October 30 – November 2. This milestone event will place Hello Kitty fans at the center of the ultimate interactive experience, inviting them to immerse themselves in a never-before-seen environment where the world of Hello Kitty is celebrated, explored and experienced. Tickets for the highly anticipated Hello Kitty Con 2014 are available to purchase now at:
SHADY RECORDS SET TO RELEASE ‘SHADYXV’
Eminem and Shady Records will celebrate the label’s 15th anniversary with its fifteenth release: ShadyXV, a two-CD compilation featuring an album of the label’s greatest hits, including classics such as 50 Cent’s “In Da Club” and Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” plus an album of new material from Eminem, Slaughterhouse, Bad Meets Evil, D-12 and Yelawolf as well as special guest-artist collaborations. ShadyXV (Shady Records/Interscope Records), set for release November 28, 2014, will be preceded by a new Eminem single, “Guts Over Fear.” The song features Sia and was produced by Emile Haynie (Grammy winner for Best Rap Album for Eminem’s Recovery). “Guts Over Fear” is out today, August 25th.
NEW VIDEO BY MICHAEL PERSALL
Singer-songwriter, Michael Persall premieres his BRAND NEW video for “Love Like Us” on Baeble Music. “Love Like Us” is the first single from Persall’s debut EP, This & That, set for release October 2014. Let me know if you’re interested in featuring the video or interviewing Persall.
Known for his conversational and honest style of songwriting, and a combination of alternative, pop, and soulful influences, Spot On Magazine remarks, ‘When music is as beautiful as Michael Persall’s, I can listen all day. If you love Sam Smith you will think the world of Michael.”
TREY ANASTASIO DEBUTS ‘PETRICHOR’
Composer/guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio will premiere Petrichor, an ambitious new piece for guitar and orchestra, on a three-city West Coast run this fall. See below for itinerary and ticket information. Anastasio is a founding member of the GRAMMY®-nominated band Phish and has long incorporated classical elements in the group’s compositions and his solo work. In a review of his 2012 performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Rolling Stone noted, “his forays into classical music are just as innovative and exciting as his groundbreaking work in a rock band…these rare nights when he links up with a local philharmonic are genuine treats not to be missed.”
BETTY WHO ANNOUNCES DEBUT LP
Betty Who will release her debut LP, ‘Take Me When You Go’ (RCA Records) on October 7, 2014. The LP will be available for pre-order on August 27th. She will also perform her first single “Somebody Loves You” on the Today Show Wednesday, August 27th.
Collaborating with powerhouse writers and producers Claude Kelly, Martin Johnson, Mag, and Starsmith, Who recorded most of the album’s twelve tracks in Los Angeles’ Westlake studio, finishing it in longtime collaborator and executive producer Peter Thomas’s bedroom.
OLIVER “FAST FORWARD” ON STEREOGUM
Dance music’s funkiest space explorers, Oliver announce their newest Fool’s Gold release Light Years Away on September 9th. Their muscular, gleaming tunes swap EDM neon for airbrushed chrome, re-imagining the highways of Los Angeles as one long cosmic on-ramp. They follow up their Fool’s Gold debut Mechanical with the supremely confident Light Years Away, a two-track EP showcasing the duo at their absolute best. The title track struts with a low-slung boogie, while “Fast Forward” takes off on a technicolor rocket of pulsing buildups and Daft-worthy solos. Light Years Away is one small step for man, one giant leap for the groove.
NEW SINGLE BY THE PINE HILL HAINTS
The Pine Hill Haints have shared another new track from their upcoming album, The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints, out September 30th on Olympia-based label K. A high-energy number with a driving rhythm and sing-along melodies, “Galaxy Buffalo” features twangy guitars and banjo to accompany lead singer Jamie Barrier’s storytelling vocals.
AMY LEE “LOCKDOWN” TEASER
Aftermath, music from and inspired by the independent film “War Story,” represents a plethora of “firsts” for Amy Lee, founder/ vocalist/songwriter for the multi-Platinum rock band Evanescence. It marks her most significant entree to date into the world of film scoring, her first album release since 2011’s Evanescence self-titled album, the first time she’s worked on a project of her original material that wasn’t a full-blown, high-budget major production, and it represents an entirely new writing process.
GROUPLOVE UNVEILS THEME SONG FOR NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES “BOJACK HORSEMAN”
Canvasback Music/Atlantic recording artists Grouplove have unveiled the theme song to the irreverent and darkly hilarious NetFlix Original Series “BoJack Horseman,” starring Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, and Amy Sedaris. Written and recorded by Grouplove frontman Christian Zucconi specifically for the series, the song, “Back In The 90’s (BoJack Theme Song),” plays at the conclusion of each episode of the network’s first adult animated series, which recently premiered on August 22, and is currently streaming here:
RÜFÜS DU SOL’s DEBUT ALBUM ‘ATLAS’ IS OUT TODAY
‘ATLAS’ debuted at #1 on the official Australian ARIA chart upon its release and is now certified Gold there.
The band was also nominated for two ARIA awards off of ‘ATLAS,’ for Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
RÜFÜS DU SOL will head back to North America this fall for a headlining tour, starting in Boston on October 4. These dates follow numerous international festival dates this summer, including Splendour in the Grass (AU), Reading and Leeds (UK) and FWTB (GER) and a breakthrough showcase tour here in the U.S. this spring, which included sold out shows in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and a much buzzed-about appearance at the famed SXSW music festival in Austin, TX.
TY DOLLA $IGN ON HOT NEW HIPHOP
“I caught up with Ty Dolla $ign during the Detroit stop of this year’s “Under the Influence of Music” tour for our second interview to date — this time discussing his work with Rihanna on her upcoming album, meeting 2Pac as a child, and a whole lot more! Thanks in advance if you decide to check it out!”
FREE BEAT EP BY CYPRIA
Broken Dream Boulevard is the brand new EP from UK based producer Cypria.
Coming off the back of his acclaimed album The Sunday Soul Sessions, the ten track EP sees the up and coming beat-maker delve into a slightly darker sound, whilst at the same time maintaining his signature soulful style.
NEEDLE POINTS ANNOUNCE “CRIPPLE STREET” 7″ SINGLE
Philadelphia quintet, Needle Points, have announced a new 7″ single, “Cripple Street” b/w “Black Hurricane”, to be released on PaperCup Music on October 7. In conjunction the band has premiered the A-side, “Cripple Street”, via Culture Collide.
ROBERT LEVON BEEN PAYS TRIBUTE TO LATE FATHER
Much to the excitement of music fans worldwide, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Robert Levon Been pays tribute to his late father, Michael Been, with an unforgettable live performance fronting his father’s legendary band The Call in the upcoming live DVD / CD ‘The Call Live Tribute With Robert Levon Been’ (available September 2nd, 2014 via Label Records/Lightyear/Caroline).
QUINTINO & KENNETH G RELEASE “BLOWFISH”
With label boss Calvin Harris’ smash C.U.B.A still sitting pretty at No. 3 on the Beatport chart, Fly Eye Records gets ready to release another huge club track, this time courtesy of Dutch electro master Quintino joining forces for the first time with fellow countryman and rising star Kenneth G.
Unveiled on Hardwell’s radio show, Blowfish is both Quintino and Kenneth G’s first release on Fly Eye and also the first time these two exciting talents have collaborated. The result is the highly anticipated Blowfish; straight-up, big room madness that shows the summer isn’t slowing down any time soon.
PUERTO RICO’S LOS MANGLERS “CAN’T WAIT” SINGLE PREMIERES VIA IMPOSE MAGAZINE
Los Manglers is part teeny-bopper bubblegum melodies and part Pre-Raphaelite fuzz pop, but all rock and roll. Hailing from Puerto Rico, the band features Dandy and the Walkers alumni Laira Díaz (vocals/guitar), Enrique Olivares (guitar), Juan Antonio Arroyo (bass) and Mario Negrón González (drums), who regrouped after their previous project’s demise and began to blend doo-wop sensibilities with 1960s psychedelic cool.
KENDALL SCHMIDT AND HEFFRON DRIVE WITH ARIANA & THE ROSE IN BOSTON
Are you ready for Heffron Drive – Happy Mistakes Fall Tour?
Friday, September 5th
Paradise Rock Club
967 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
TIARA THOMAS DROPS THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR HER RECENT RELEASE “ONE NIGHT”
Available on iTunes September 2nd!
GUITAR VIRTUOSO JOHN 5 CHARTS #50 ON THE BILLBOARD “HEATSEEKER”
The word just came in – John 5’s new release, CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE on 60 Cycle Hum Records – Just charted #50 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers” Chart. Released digitally on August 12, “Careful With That Axe” is John 5’s eighth solo album and features drummer Rodger Carter and bassist Matt Bissonette.
JENNY JARNAGIN NEW ALBUM
Jenny Jarnagin is thrilled to announce the release of her new album Bullseye, available everywhere on February 11, 2014. This songstress has been working hard at the historic Ben Folds/RCA studio with her Grammy award-winning producer Bubba Smith to bring her fans a musical gem.
The album contains twelve pop songs (eleven are self-composed) driven by Jenny’s eclectic voice and accompanied by her contemporary/classical piano skills and stellar studio musicians. Jenny states, “I’ve had the privilege of experiencing deep emotional opposites and that is the root of my inspiration in creating pure, organic music.” Disparate themes of desperation and empowerment, heartache and joy, failure and triumph, and frustration and clarity will draw you at first listen.
NEW EP BY RABBLE ROUSER
Produced, recorded and mixed by Simon Cotter (Augie March, Dan Sultan, Courtney Barnett) the release contains four of the bands songs; All the Right Friends, Bonnie Pink Champagne, Statues and Particle.
The EP is the band’s first new material since their well-received Double A-Side, I’m A Human Blues//So Damn Tired.
The release received extensive airplay around the country, and Triple J’s Dave Ruby Howe descried it as having “this great ragged and bruised quality to it, that I just can’t shake”. Whothehell.net described the release as “tenderness and absolute chaos”.
SIGNIF FEAT ELZHI “PLAY 2 WIN” MP3
Milwaukee-bred, NYC-based emcee Signif presents the “Play 2 Win”, her new single featuring Detroit rapper Elzhi. Produced by JBM Beatz, “Play 2 Win” is the newest single from her forthcoming album Friction, set to feature Sadat X, Aldrick, and Genesis Renji as well as production from Skeff Anselm, Fate, DJ Puerto Roc, Radio Raheim, and Tay Lee. Signif describes “Play 2 Win” as “Elzhi and myself reflecting on the social ills of our surroundings and how it’s so easy to get caught up in the wrong situations in life.
RETRO VIDEO “DANGEROUS”
“I feel like I can present good music, something you can cruise to, make love to, play with your kids to, because I believe a whole album should hit every season, whether it’s summer or winter,” says RETRO. His aim is to make the masses feel something meaningful through his work, from the cover art to the sound itself. Physical copiers of The Six, which are available at retrothakid.com, feature six different covers that can be opened up to form a poster.
NO FEAR OF POP PREMIERES JAMES VERNON’S “THE ACTOR”
“‘The Actor’ draws on Vernon’s psych-pop vernacular as much as his interest in more ambient, dance-based sounds, with gritty synths and processed guitars hitting in tandemed stutter, West Coast post-dub drum loop.” — Sam Clark (No Fear Of Pop)
ASHLEY RILEY “SEE YOU AROUND” VIDEO
The song (which is the follow-up to her latest album, All The Pretty Things, released earlier this year), was inspired by a falling out Riley had with a friend. “Months went by and we moved on of course, but I found myself wondering how it would be to run into that person randomly somewhere,” Riley says. “Would we say hi or ignore each other or scream and fight. It’s fascinating to me to think about how someone who shared a lot of parts of your life can become a stranger after a while.”
ANDREW SISK POSTS 10 MINUTE SONG
Canadian songwriter Andew Sisk releases “The Passing of the Buffalo by Buckskin” today. The ten-minute piece is the latest in a series of singles released by East Coast-based experiemental label, Backward Music.