PAOLO NUTINI PERFORMS “IRON SKY” AND “SCREAM (FUNK MY LIFE UP)” ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on September 17th to perform “Iron Sky” off his new LP Caustic Love. Already a phenomenon worldwide, Caustic Love debuted at No. 1 in the UK earlier this year and has remained in the Top 10 for over 15 weeks. It was officially released in the US on September 16th. Paolo Nutini is currently on a North American tour from September 17 – October 17.
CELESTE SINGLE “MORE LIVES”
Celeste is a singer, songwriter, and producer based in Brooklyn via Birmingham, AL, who creates electronic R&B with a soulful, southern-inflected vocal delivery. She was a dancer before musician, having performed West African and hip-hop dance for years. After moving to New York, following a stint in Austin where she released folk-soul records under the name Monarchs, Celeste went a different direction – getting back to her rhythmic foundation by writing a mixtape over beats by producers like J. Dilla and Clams Casino.
EXIT VERSE PREMIERED “SEEDS” VIA A.V. CLUB
Ernest Jenning Record Co. is proud to announce the debut self-titled full-length from Chicago’s Exit Verse, due on November 17, 2014. The group premiered the record’s first single, “Seeds,” via A.V. Club, who noted that “The track sees [Geoff] Farina guiding the band into some classic-rock territory with his stomping staccato riffs, but as it moves forward and reaches its ethereal apex it shows Farina’s ability to take something gut-level and make it heady, just like he did so well with Karate over a decade ago.”
NEW SINGLE DAMIAN MARLEY
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s drops new single “Hard Work” from the Ghetto Youths International Presents Set Up Shop Vol. 2 compilation, set to be released this fall on the Marley-owned Ghetto Youths International label.
NIM VIND NEW SINGLE
Retro-styled, horror-punk influenced rock n’ roller NIM VIND is set to satiate that craving, with his brand new record, Saturday Night Séance Songs, set to hit stores on October 14, 2014 via front man Nim’s own House of Vind label. NIM VIND invites the listener’s mind into his dark and stormy world with Saturday Night Séance Songs. Tracks like the 1980’s arena style track ‘Astronomicon’ and a modern death rock Danzig/Misfits summoning ‘Philistine Beat’ are just part of the story.
KANDI BURRUSS’ STATEMENT ON THE CANCELLATION OF THE “A MOTHER’S LOVE” TOUR
“I licensed “A Mother’s Love” to a promoter, with the high expectations of finally seeing my creation go on the road. I am very saddened and frustrated by the cancellation of the tour. More than that, my heart goes out to the cast, who all are AMAZINGLY talented. We all worked really hard to put together an awesome show. It breaks my heart that we won’t be able to put on this show for my fans, who have bought tickets and who were looking forward to seeing it. I stand with them in disbelief and despair that this has happened. I was caught off guard as well. I want to thank everyone who have supported all of the projects I have worked on. I hope you understand that the cancellation was beyond my control. Please don’t hold it against me! I know that a lot of tickets were sold and from what I understand, they will be refunded. Thanks to all the people who tweeted showing excitement for the show and sending love my way. I was supposed to be headed to Detroit this weekend and to find out that we’re not going kills me. To all the fans who volunteered to be on the street teams promoting the show, I promise to make it up to you! I love you guys! Thanks for your love and understanding. Much Love, Kandi”
SAM HUNT’S “LEAVE THE NIGHT ON” CERTIFIED GOLD
MCA recording artist and hit songwriter Sam Hunt received surprise news at his album listening party Tuesday night – track sales for his hit single “Leave The Night On” have surpassed 500,000, making the song Hunt’s first RIAA-certified GOLD record as an artist.
“[‘Leave The Night On’] is a song I’m excited about that represents what’s to come with the album in a lot of ways,” shares Hunt. “It’s a good sign because people are reacting to ‘Leave The Night On’ and giving us such a great response that it really excites me about the music to come.”
RIHANNA VS NFL
The NFL has been mired in controversy since news emerged that former Ravens running back Ray Rice punched his then-fiancée in an elevator. The NFL initially suspended Rice for two games, sparking public outcry that the league does not take violence against women seriously. It took a viral video of the punch for the NFL to fire Rice.
CBS Sports addressed the issue during its Sept. 11 broadcast of the Ravens-Steelers game, but only fueled the flames when it decided to pull a song by domestic violence survivor Rihanna. Rihanna fired back, and hours later, the network cancelled her opener for the rest of the season. A Care2 petition demanding CBS apologize and create a policy against victim-blaming has more than 12,000 signatures.
JIM ED BROWN SET TO RELEASE FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN 30 YEARS
Country Music fans have a good reason to look forward to 2015. Longtime fan favorite Jim Ed Brown will be returning with his first solo recording in three decades with the January release of In Style Again, his debut project for Plowboy Records. “I love new music.” said Brown about his new disc. “I guess the whole world does. It’s always good to hear a new song. I love what I do. People have always been great to me. They have accepted me into their homes and lives. It’s unreal what radio and television has done for me. I am a very blessed man.”
One of the most timeless voices in Country history, Brown has the distinction of having hits on the chart as a member of a trio (His recording partnership with sisters Maxine and Bonnie as The Browns earned them hits with “I Heard The Bluebirds Sing,” “Scarlet Ribbons,” and the 1959 million-selling “The Three Bells”), a solo artist (with hits like the iconic “Pop A Top,” “Southern Loving,” and “Morning”), and as part of a CMA Award winning partnership with Helen Cornelius (The two recorded many classics from 1976-1981, including “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You,” and “Lying In Love With You” – which was one of the first major hits penned by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Dean Dillon.)
AUSTIN’S POMPEII SHARE TITLE TRACK “LOOM”
Austin, TX quartet Pompeii, made up of Dean Stafford (vocals/guitar), Erik Johnson (guitar/keys), Colin Butler (bass), and Rob Davidson (drums) return after a five year hiatus with their third and most strking album to date, LOOM. Formed in Austin, TX in 2004, Pompeii’s first two albums, Assembly (2006) and Nothing Happens for a Reason (2008), were released on Eyeball Records, and garnered them comparisions to My Bloody Valentine, Sigur Rós and Mogwai.
VOMIT FIST POST “FROGMEN”
VOMIT FIST’s recently released debut digital EP, Forgive But Avenge, will be made available in hard copy CD format via independent release on October 28, 2014. Today, the band’s first music video for the record, specifically for the track ‘Frogmen’, is up exclusively via Metal Injection.
NEW SINGLE BY CHEVYWOODS
Taylor Gang’s Chevy Woods Releases New Music ” In The Kitchen”:
NEW VIDEO BY SNEAKOUT
Sneakout’s Robert Fleming crafts upbeat, electro-tinged indie-pop with a fun and mischievous vibe, so it’s only fitting that his new video for “The Art Of Hanging On” would feature drinking, partying, and general rowdiness. The twist is in the crew of characters he’s cast: a grandfather and his buddies, eager to teach one lucky grandson how to have a good time.
NEW VIDEO BY HILLTOP HOODS
On 8-12-2014, Hilltop Hoods released their brand new album Walking Under Stars through Golden Era Records/Fontana. The album is the highly anticipated follow up to 2012’s double platinum ARIA award winning album Drinking from the Sun and upon its release, Walking Under Stars catapulted to the top of the Australian charts for 3 successive weeks and debuted as a top 15 release on iTunes.
JOHN LEGEND AND LEE ANN WOMACK MAKE MUSICAL MAGIC ON “CMT CROSSROADS”
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend teamed up with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Lee Ann Womack last night in Nashville for one of the most special episodes of CMT CROSSROADS in franchise history. CMT CROSSROADS: JOHN LEGEND AND LEE ANN WOMACK premieres Friday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on CMT.
THE FUNERAL PORTRAIT NEW EP STREAM
Five-piece “Theatre Rock” band The Funeral Portrait will release their debut EP For The Dearly Departed on 9/23 via Revival Recordings. Today, you can stream the record early, courtesy of ARTISTdirect.com.
GEORGE MARINELLI’S “I AIN’T DONE YET”
Marinelli directed and produced the video, which is a tongue-in-cheek take on his joie de vivre. “The song is indeed about living life to the fullest right to the end, but in the video I wanted to lighten it up,” Marinelli said. “In the video, I wanted to have a goofy, fantasy bucket list but eventually realize it would be silly to pet a lion or walk a tightrope.”
MARMOZETS DEBUT NEW TRACK “HIT THE WAVE”
Roadrunner Records group Marmozets have debuted “Hit The Wave,” a brand new track off of their forthcoming debut album, ‘THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL MARMOZETS’ which will be released digitally in the US on SEPTEMBER 30TH. “Hit The Wave” made its debut earlier today via Absolute Punk where fan’s can also enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Mamrozets’ on the upcoming “Journeys Noise Tour” (see itinerary below). ‘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.”
UNCLE LUKE TO SPEAK AT DILLARD UNIVERSITY
On Thursday, September 25, Dillard University will welcome the “Godfather of Southern Hip-Hop” to their on-going discussion about Hip-Hop, ethics and sexuality. Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell is set to deliver his unique perspective to this discussion as a guest lecturer for the school’s Philosophy 444 class titled “I Cram to Understand: Hip Hop, Sex, Gender and Ethical Behavior.”
Presented by Dillard president Walter Kimbrough as a joint venture with MC Lyte, the course uses Hip-Hop as a lens through which to explore issues of sexuality, specifically the extent to which our perceptions and concepts of sexuality and sexual behavior are constructed socially and, in turn, how those concepts shape our lives. In addition to traditional teaching methods and in-class discussions, “I Cram to Understand” supports this unique learning experience by inviting key members of the Hip-Hop community to join the students on campus or via Skype.
The lecture is open to the public and is set to take place at 4:00pm on September 25 at Dillard University’s Cook Theater, located at 2601 Gentilly Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70122.
BAD BLOCKS NEW SINGLE
Bad Blocks are a young two-piece from New Zealand, currently living in Melbourne, Australia. Their music is a subtle and ingenious mix of electronic dream pop, ambient, and EDM — think SBTRKT and The Weeknd combined with William Basinski and Jon Hopkins. A seemingly-effortless study of space, texture, and atmosphere, their new single ‘Lunar’ premieres today via Under The Radar (NZ).
PINK FLOYD ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM DETAILS
Details about The Endless River, the new Pink Floyd album from David Gilmour, Rick Wright and Nick Mason, were revealed today as the album artwork appeared on buildings in ten International cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The album will be released on Columbia Records on Monday, November 10, 2014 and is produced by David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson.
BRITISH BAND RIXTON TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM + “WAIT ON ME”
British sensations Rixton will release their eagerly awaited full-length debut album Let The Road on January 6th on School Boy/Giant Little Man/Mad Love/Interscope Records. The album features songs co-written by the band and their producer Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Maroon 5), as well as one song written by Ed Sheeran.