NICK MONACO POSTS NEW ALBUM
As he leans forward to get a closer view of the stage, he applies a thick, seductive layer of lipstick on his moist, sultry pout. Nick Monaco is now in character, the jumpsuit and pimp hat providing a comforting layer of confidence as he prepares to step out on stage and give his all.
In the time since his first release with Soul Clap Records and earlier dalliances with Dirtybird back in his home of San Francisco, Nick has created several different personalities that manifest themselves in his performances. These characters help him to convey his music in a sincere, moving manner; ‘The Butterfly’; naïve, young, wideeyed and innocent; ‘The Stalker’; a creepy, sexaddicted voyeur. This colourful cast of characters are all components of Nick’s real persona and feature on his debut album ‘Mating Call’
BJÖRK: BIOPHILIA LIVE OPENS WORLDWIDE
Björk: Biophilia Live, the documentary film capturing the multidimensional concert centered on Björk’s eighth studio album, will begin a limited series of premiere screenings at festivals, museums, libraries, galleries and cinemas worldwide—including Moscow’s 360° Contemporary Science Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro’s Festival do Rio, Reykjavík’s Bio Paradis and Iceland Airwaves Festival, Panama City’s Biomuseo and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image—on September 5. Screenings in the U.S. begin at the IFC Center in New York September 26, with further screenings in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and many more throughout the fall.
LA YEGROS ANNOUNCES US TOUR DATES
Skittering rhythms, bombastic accordions, and thumping electronic bass characterize the sound of La Yegros, a rising star within a wide spectrum of genres: electronic, Argentine folk, dancehall, and soul. She currently resides in two distinct places — vibrant romantic Paris, and the pulsing heart of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires — but her family hails from the tropical climates found in the rural rain forests of the northeast Argentina, bordering Brazil. Her musical point of view is spirited and eclectic.
BLAKE MILLS’ NEW ALBUM ‘HEIGH HO’ STREAMING
Renowned songwriter, guitarist, and producer Blake Mills’ highly anticipated second album, Heigh Ho, is now available to hear in full a week prior to it’s official release via Pitchfork Advance. Heigh Ho will be released on September 16th via Verve Records / Record Collection.
KINA GRANNIS ON WSJ
Kina Grannis is celebrating her first wedding anniversary by sharing footage from the event in her new video for “My Dear,” which premieres today on Speakeasy.
It’s a touching love song that pairs Grannis’ breathy voice with piano, acoustic guitars and rolling drums. The video cuts among shots of her getting ready, walking with the groom, Jesse Epstein, and of friends and family gathered to celebrate the couple.
NEW VIDEO BY AERS
AERS have just unveiled their gorgeous, artistic video for “With a Light.” The stunning piece is off their upcoming debut release, Blue Tempest, due out digitally on September 30.
Blue Tempest, produced by Patrick Canaday (Moons), is a collection of 5 songs that are all deeply personal. The inherent poetry in AERS’ songwriting is underscored by the darker textures and ghostly sounds that run through the EP.
LABRINTH RELEASES VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK “LET IT BE”
Multi-platinum selling London-born singer, songwriter and producer Labrinth makes a striking return with the music video for his new track “Let It Be” off of his upcoming album. The music video for “Let It Be” debuted late August across VEVO.
RUANE MAURICE ALBUM STREAM
Today UK’s Ruane Maurice — a band which The BBC describes as “awesome experimental hip-hop” and that Obscure Sound hails as “one of the most originally intoxicating hip-hop hybrids you’ll hear this year” — release their self-titled debut album Ruane Maurice via Brooklyn’s Stars & Letters Records.
A brooding, introspective, and avante-garde take on hip hop, Ruane Maurice is a dark and twisted album that “wipes the floor with the mainstream UK Hip Hop industry”. They are rawer than Ghostpoet, whiter than Dels, easier to understand than The Streets, and quite a bit more British than Shabazz Palaces. From the heaviest and most impacting bars, to the collectively penned rapid-fire lyricism, writes Eclectic Collective, “Ruane Maurice are taking on the responsibility of leading UK hip hop into a new musical future.”
NEW SINGLE BY DURANTE
NEST artist Durante has revealed his latest track “Slow Burn”, a beautiful groove-focused banger that combines the sounds of the 80s, 90s and tomorrow, drawing inspiration from Italo disco and traditional house. “Slow Burn” is out September 15th via NEST to keep the summer vibes flowing throughout the colder seasons.
VOICE COILS PREMIERE “FIELD AND BORDER” ON STEREOGUM
Voice Coils is a Brooklyn, NY ensemble led by composer and guitarist Sam Garrett alongside guitarist/producer Caley Monahon-Ward (Extra Life, Feast of the Epiphany, Snowblink, Skeletons), vocalist Mitski Miyawaki (Mitski), keyboardist Kelly Moran (Cellular Chaos), bassist Kevin Wunderlich (Epistasis, Couch Slut), and drummer Cameron Wisch (Zona Mexicana, Porches, Full Blued).
COLBERT REPORT PREMIERES NEW OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “RAINBOW”
Robert Plant’s new album, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, is out today, September 9 (Nonesuch/Warner Bros. Records). Produced by Plant, the album is his label debut and features 11 new recordings, nine of which are original songs written by Plant with his band, The Sensational Space Shifters. The video for the first single “Rainbow,” was premiered earlier today via The Colbert Report.
WE WERE ASTRONAUTS “MUSIC CITY”
Boston’s We Were Astronauts are set to release their EP Artificial Light on September 23. Produced by Will Huart and engineered by Phil Allen, the quartet is making waves in their hometown and beyond.
Influenced by Kings of Leon, NEEDTOBREATHE, Young the Giant and the Airborne Toxic Event, We Were Astronauts was formed in 2011 by Antonio Casasanta (lead vocals, guitar), Tim Corrigan (guitar, vocals), Chris Rando (bass, vocals) and Steve Paddock (drums). The group released their first full-length album Outside Boston in January 2013, which was recorded, mixed and mastered at Welcome to 1979 studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
RANIDU RELEASES NEW BAILATRONIC EP
Ranidu is recognized around the world as the pioneer of electronic music in Sri Lanka. He has released three platinum-selling albums and has performed in 15 countries, including a performance at the Sydney Opera House. He was also the first ever Sri Lankan artist to perform at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella.
BEN HOWARD NEW EP & SINGLE
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the details of his eagerly anticipated second album. I Forget Where We Were is released on October 21st 2014 through Republic Records. It was produced by drummer Chris Bond at Deep Litter Studios in Devon. The album is available for pre-order beginning today.
PAOLO NUTINI ALBUM STREAMING VIA PANDORA PREMIERES
Recently honored with the British GQ Men of the Year Awards’ “Special Achievement Award,” Nutini has slated a series of high profile live performances, beginning this Saturday, September 13th with a headline appearance at London’s iTunes Festival. The Scottish soul singer/songwriter will then cross the Atlantic for the first leg of his upcoming North American headline tour. The dates get underway Monday, September 15th, at Toronto’s Sound Academy and then continue through the month (see attached itinerary). Highlights include Nutini’s first-ever headline performance at New York City’s world famous Apollo Theater, set for September 23rd, as well as Austin’s ACL Music Festival on Friday, October 3rd and Friday, October 10th.
U2 TO RELEASE “SONGS OF INNOCENCE” ON INTERSCOPE RECORDS OCTOBER 14th
U2’s latest studio album Songs Of Innocence (Interscope Records), containing 11 new tracks, will be released on October 14th, 2014. The news comes after the album was gifted by Apple to over half a billion iTunes Music Store customers worldwide earlier today.
Songs of Innocence is U2’s most personal work to date, charting the band’s earliest influences from 70s rock and punk rock to early 80s electronica and ambient music and giving insight into how and why the band came together. The album deals with themes of home and family, relationships and discovery and was recorded in Dublin, London, New York and Los Angeles and is produced by Danger Mouse, along with Paul Epworth, Ryan Tedder, Declan Gaffney and Flood.
BLACK RAIN SHARES NEW TRACK VIA TINY MIX TAPES
Produced in New York City by Stuart Argabright, Black Rain’s founder and figurehead, Dark Pool is a work of hard-edged sonic fiction rooted in cyberpunk’s quintessential neo-noir cityscape/dataspace but projecting into a farther future of biotechnological advancement and alienation.
AIMEE MANN’S CHRISTMAS SHOW RETURNS
After a three-year hiatus, Aimee Mann’s annual Christmas show returns with Aimee Mann and Ted Leo. In the past, Mann’s holiday variety show has played to sold-out crowds on both the East and West Coast featuring a mixture of Christmas classics, original music, video, sketches, as well as a host of musical and comedic guests. Past special guests have included Fred Armisen, John C. Reilly, Jeff Goldblum, John Krasinski, Ben Gibbard, Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Nellie McKay and many more.
TOTEM POST “WILDFIRE”
TOTEM, the enigmatic artist/songwriter who has gotten an array of great responses on the release of his demos starting last fall, recently wrapped up the first of a new round of fresh and melodious material. This week, he brings us “wildfire.”
CHRISTIAN BURGHARDT SINGLE “SAFE PLACE TO LAND”
Christian Burghardt possesses all the qualities a fan of an acoustic-based pop artist could want: a rich, soulful voice with loads of texture; heartfelt, deeply personal lyrics; bright, nimble guitar playing, and a relatable, amiable presence to deliver it all. Veteran writer-producer Dr. Luke saw this clearly when he signed Burghardt to his Sony Music imprint Kemosabe Records in partnership with RCA Records.
GENERATIONALS STREAM NEW ALBUM
New Orleans-based Generationals are proud to present the full album stream of their brand new LP titled Alix. Helmed by notable producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Tennis, Foxygen) and being released next week on Tuesday, September 16 via Polyvinyl Record Co., Alix reveals itself as perhaps the band’s most confident record yet, full of history and as multiphase as members Ted Joyner and Grant Widmer’s long-standing friendship. Stream Alix in its entirety via Noisey.com HERE.
Memphis Studios Inc. has launched DittyTV – an Americana-focused music television network that can be viewed on all connected devices and on a growing number of Cable TV affiliates. The new music network is reminiscent of vintage MTV featuring a traditional television style format that includes live programming along side pre-produced content including music videos, concerts, interviews, documentary’s, and feature films.
“There are so many great musical artists today, collaborating with talented film makers. We want to create a forum that will showcase and connect these talented artists with the growing Americana music audience. In the age of point, click, repeat, we felt a format that allows the viewers to ‘stop moussing around’ and sit back and enjoy a curated musical entertainment experience was missing.” says Doug Easley, Executive Vice President at DittyTV.
NEW SINGLE BY MC LYTE
Complex.com got the jump today with the premiere of MC Lyte’s new track, “Dear John” f/ Common (the first release from Lyte’s upcoming LP, her first studio album in eleven years, which is slated to be released later this year). “Dear John” is a fresh track with a strong urban hip-hop vibe, that will also be featured in Lyte’s upcoming episode of “Being,” which will air on Saturday, September 13, 2014 on Centric, 9pm est / 8c. Immediately after the episode, MC Lyte will participate in a live streamed Q&A for fans and media worldwide who should register at www.mclyte.com to view or participate.
WANNAB JALVA INTERVIEW
Wannabe Jalva is a four-piece from Porto Alegre, Brazil, making what they like to call “uterus space-groove rock.” Opening for Pearl Jam, landing festival gigs, and even getting a track on CSI:NY have all brought the band their fair share of hype and attention, but after playing Lollapalooza Brasil, the band took the chance to retreat for a moment to do what bands do: to write and record new material. The product of nights spent mainly in the basement studio of Rafael Rocha (guitar/vocals) is “Collecture,” a five-track EP of expansive, psychedelic jams citing a wide range of influences—and not just musical ones.
LIGHTS NEW SINGLE ON BILLBOARD
Wanted to give you a chance to hear Lights’ new track, ‘Running With the Boys,’ off her third studio album, Little Machines, coming out September 23rd. Check out Billboard’s premiere and interview with Lights here.
With a couple of Junos and certified Gold records under her belt, she’s amassed a dedicated ‘Lights Army’ (1.2 million Facebook fans, over half a million Twitter fans), including self-professed fans Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, and K’Naan among others. She’s also collaborated with Kaskade and Deadmau5.
FIELD REPORT PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “HOME (LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON)” VIA WALL STREET JOURNAL
“The body remembers what the mind forgets,” Porterfield reminisces on his acclaimed band Field Report’s sophomore record, Marigolden. The record is strewn with references to the inevitable tolls taken by the passage of time, and prolonged distance from home and loved ones.
SAM BURCHFIELD RELEASES “HERE TONIGHT”
Check out folk soul singer-songwriter Sam Burchfield and his latest single “Here Tonight” off his debut EP, Where to Run, out now. Sam Burchfield has toured extensively in the Eastern United States and will be continuing to tour the US this fall, with a support slot for American Idol finalist Casey James in early September. The Examiner says of Burchfield’s EP, “It was crafted the way all good records should be with a cohesive passion that moves flawlessly from track to track.”
RACHEL SAGE “ENGLISH TEA”
Rachael Sage announces the release of her new studio album, Blue Roses, out November 4, 2014 on MPress Records. The NYC singer-songwriter, poet, actor, visual artist and record label owner has thrived in the indie songwriter scene since her self-produced 1996 debut, Morbid Romantic. Her new album, Blue Roses, is a perceptive rumination on the human condition. Her voice pulsates with soulful melancholy over her driving piano, augmented by string-soaked arrangements.
NEW FOUND GLORY NEW VIDEO
Today, New Found Glory released the music video for their new single “Ready and Willing” – watch it now here! Pre-order their upcoming album Resurrection today and get an instant download of the song.
NEW ALBUM BY THE WAVE
“Million Dollar Day” is presented by rapper / film-maker @EmbraceTheWave. The album embodies the plight of a young hustler rising from the midst of the struggle in the Murder Capital of New Orleans to emerge into the arena of financial freedom and economic empowerment, using the craft of hip-hop to reach these goals.
JOYNER LUCAS “DEAR AMERICA (DON’T SHOOT)”
Joyner spent 15 hours putting this visual together yesterday and sad to say, there was no shortage of footage to weave into this powerful visual for his song. In fact, I’m fairly certain the available footage could go on for years. Regardless, it is no easier to watch for its regularity. Welcome friends, to the land of the free and the home of the brave. Aren’t you proud?
EMBODY SINGLE “BAD NEWS”
Having had his Radio 1 debut earlier this summer on the Review Show with his first solo track Make A Stand feat. Barnaby and amassed over 2.25 million plays online for his solo and remix work, Lithuanian born and London based producer Embody unveils his new track ‘Bad News’ featuring vocals from Obenawa. Anything but Bad News, Embody’s signature Tropical sound brings a sonic return to the summer we long for.
NEW PIXIES VIDEO COMING
A brand new Pixies music video is coming soon, Can’t tell you too much about it other than it’s a LOT of fun.
THEOPHILUS LONDON “TRIBE”
Theophilus London has released the pre-order for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Vibes! executive produced by Kanye West. Vibes! hits stores on October 28th in America and October 27th in Europe.
The 12-song LP is executive produced by the Grammy award-winning cultural icon. “Kanye West decided he wanted to help the culture through my voice and music,” recalls Theophilus. “He wanted to help me become a better musician and helped mentor me during the process of Vibes! He agreed to be Executive Producer after hearing ‘Neu Law’ in his car system while driving through Paris.”
ENNUI NEW SINGLE “FEEL IT”
Ennui is the brainchild of renowned Pittsburgh-based musician and producer Jim Doutrich, and has been around in various incarnations since 2004.
The songs that comprise Telepathic Beat stand out in style and substance, as roller-beats immersed in a bath of shimmering neo-shoegaze, creating a widescreen backdrop to act as home for brain-embedding melodies and subtly haunting lyrics.