SEPTEMBER GIRLS VIDEO “BLACK OIL”
Written by bassist Paula Cullen, “Black Oil” emerged from a jam session with drummer Sarah Grimes. Paula explains; “The imagery in the lyrics came from a couple of places, the first being a dream I had, the second being some crazy stuff I had written down on Christmas night last after a few drinks. The meaning of the lyrics “if I could swim, I’d be dead by now” is about acceptance of ones own limitations and the realisation that perhaps sometimes your perceived shortcomings can be the thing that saves you.”
CRAWL HEADS ON TOUR JANUARY 30
For most bands, touring in the dead of an Ontario winter is not something to be considered, let alone attempted. But Toronto’s CRAWL aren’t like most bands and in early 2015 they are going to prove it by playing six-shows in nine days stretching almost the entire length of Hwy. 401. CRAWL’s aptly named “Winter 401-derland Tour” begins with a return to Sarnia on Jan. 30 followed by dates in Windsor, London, Toronto, Belleville and wrapping up in Ottawa on Feb. 7. All dates feature local acts opening.
The tour is in support of the ‘Anticipate the Fall’ EP which was released this past summer to favourable reviews and features on several international hard rock and metal podcasts. Since the EP’s release, the band has played shows in Ontario and Quebec and has already written new material for its next release.
Check out CRAWL this winter on the following dates:
Friday, Jan. 30 – Sarnia @ The Trinity Lounge
Saturday, Jan. 31 – Windsor @ Dominion House
Tuesday, Feb. 3 – London @ Call the Office
Thursday, Feb. 5 – Toronto @ Cherry Cola
Friday, Feb. 6 – Belleville @ Belle Pub
Saturday, Feb. 7 – Ottawa @ Avant-Garde Bar
NEW SINGLE BY MITCHIE RIKZU
DJ and Producer Mitchie Rikzu has today announced the release of his melodic new electro house single ‘Oh F#ck!’, available through all major digital retailers this Christmas on 25th December 2014. Released via Candy Labs Records, the single will be available to download from all major retailers including iTunes, Beatport and Juno Download. You can also listen to the track over at Mitchie Rikzu’s official Soundcloud page.
NEW SINGLE BY CRYPTEX
Los Angeles-based glitch producer Tyler Chase, known by his Cryptex moniker, is back with his debut album End Silence,and it’s as exhilarating as it is diverse.
The aim of glitch is to balance sounds that would not always sound the most pleasing in a truly harmonious way, taking the CD skips, the stutters, and the glitches and making them shine, captivating the listener in a complex yet melodic world of sound, Cryptex said of the album.
JAMES BAY’S FULL-LENGTH DEBUT CHAOS AND THE CALM AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY
JAMES BAY’s highly anticipated full-length debut, Chaos And The Calm [Republic Records], is available for pre-order today at iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Google Play. Pre-order here. Following up the success of his recently released Hold Back The River EP, his full album hits shelves March 24, 2015.
CHEATAHS “CONTROLLER” VIDEO PREMIERE ON NOWNESS
London, England’s Cheatahs premiered their video for “Controller,” off upcoming EP Sunne, on Friday via Nowness. The existential and “darkly funny subtitled narrative,” directed by Federico Urdaneta of the All Too Human film collective and co-written by guitarist James Wignall, can also now be viewed and shared via here: http://youtu.be/BFNZK_gZpUo.
NE-YO’S FIRST ALBUM IN TWO YEARS + “SHE KNOWS”
Superstar hitmaker NE-YO returns with his first album in two years, Non-Fiction, which will be released in the U.S. on January 27, 2015 by Motown Records/Compound Entertainment. The international release will follow on February 16. See below for track listing.
Non-Fiction finds NE-YO collaborating with some of the most talented names in music today. Juicy J is featured on the new single, “She Knows,” which was produced by powerhouse pop guru Dr. Luke (Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus). Billboard hailed the track as “spare and hard-hitting” while Complex praised its “traditional R&B style.” The official video for “She Knows” can be seen HERE.
“THE ANCIENT HISTORY OF GRILLS”
VICE.com just published “The Ancient History of Grills,” examining the trend’s evolution from Ancient Egypt to A$AP Rocky.
GIRL FRIEND’S VIDEO FOR ‘STOP’ HERE
GIRL FRIEND fell together in early 2014 taking inspiration from the likes of Japan, Bowie, Prince and Roxy Music which found the band arriving on a sound all of their own, described recently as ‘honing in on the particulars of passion and desire.’
CHARLI XCX RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM “SUCKER”
“This was the year Charli XCX became the star she always deserved to be…. the True Romance follow-up mixes Charli’s punk-lite and poppier predilections — a vivid, pink-washed tantrum from a Ramones fan who tosses off hooks as easily as she ashes cigarettes. Three cheers for the newest British invasion.” —SPIN (’50 Best Albums of the Year’)
SURRENDER THE SPIRIT NEW VIDEO
If you like Le Loup and Tilly And The Wall, let the eccentric synth-pop and surprise harmonies by husband and wife duo Kristen Sonntag and Jonathan Rauberts wash over as they immerse you in their own exquisitely unconventional world. Kristen began as a classically trained violinist before moving on to guitar, keyboard, and later drums. Jonathan has been playing guitar and drums since childhood, and went on to play with NYC group, Freshkills. When the band parted ways, he started programming. Together, Sonntag and Rauberts were meant to create music.
DOUBLE CREAM “CAIRO”
With a massive year to date, Mixmash records have seen a slew of impressive artists rise up through their ranks, with releases from label boss Laidback Luke, to D.O.D, Marc Benjamin, Uberjak’d and more. Closing out the year in style is UK duo Double Cream with their massive track ‘Cairo’.
THE MOWGLI’S RETURN WITH NEW TRACK “THROUGH THE DARK”
“Through The Dark” serves as the first track released from the group’s much anticipated sophomore full-length, Kids In Love [Photo Finish/Republic Records], coming April 2015. The track boasts energetic acoustic guitars and lithe harmonies with an undeniably bright and instantly hummable hook. It signals the start of a new chapter for THE MOWGLI’S, shining a light of its own and making them ones to watch in 2015.
X FACTOR USA WINNERS ALEX & SIERRA TO CO-HEADLINE ‘THE GOOD GUYS & A GIRL TOUR’
The X Factor U.S.A. winners, Alex & Sierra, are hitting the road once again this Spring, this time to co-headline a series of dates across the U.S. alongside pop singer-songwriter Andy Grammer on ‘The Good Guys & A Girl Tour’. Following a sold-out run with Colbie Callait and a few stops with Train this fall, the 27-show tour kicks off on February 24th in Seattle, WA and wraps up on April 3rd at Los Angeles’ House of Blues after stopping in major markets such as San Francisco, Dallas, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
ZEDD ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ‘THE MOMENT OF CLARITY’ DOCUMENTARY TEASER
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY award winning, artist/DJ/producer Zedd announces the premiere of The Moment Of Clarity Documentary set to debut on Vevo December 18th at 7pm ET/PT. The broadcast premiere will air on Palladia December 21st at 10pm ET/PT. Executive produced by Zedd and Sam Sabawi of Sunblock Studios, the 26 minute film was directed by Justin Nizer of Eyewax Films and chronicles his journey from the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Clarity through his first major sold out US headline tour, culminating with his “Clarity” Ft. Foxes GRAMMY Award win for Best Dance Recording in 2014. The documentary was filmed over a 12 month period and features, behind the scenes footage and an unfiltered glimpse into Zedd’s life and creative process with cameos from Skrillex, Deadmau5, Hayley Williams, Dillon Francis and many more.
BREAKFAST IN FUR PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “SHAPE”
While maintaining elements of the pastoral folk of their first EP on songs like “Portrait” and “Whisper”, Flyaway Garden also finds Breakfast In Fur moving into more aggressive, punk influenced territories with tracks such as “Shape” and “Setting Stone”. British IDM and ambient music play a significant roll as well, most notably in the electronic textures that accent, and occasionally envelop the recordings. With Flyaway Garden, Breakfast In Fur have greatly expanded their musical palette, resulting in a sonically diverse album, taking cues from fellow Hudson Valley music-makers Mercury Rev, and psychedelic pioneers such as Olivia Tremor Control and Boards of Canada.
QUICK FAST FEAT WALE
Audio Push returns with their new single, Quick Fast featuring Wale, which is now available at all digital retailers. Debut album coming in 2015.
“I CAN’T BREATHE” SINGLE
In the wake of the recent events in involving police/vigilante killings (Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin) and even missing children within the black community (see: Relisha Rudd), DC’s own Born I Music responds with dynamic and poignant new record “I Can’t Breathe” featuring his label mate MacGuyver.
The unappologeticly bass-heavy tune, produced by Madden Miles, is powerful, stirring, and reminiscent of production from Kanye West. “I Can’t Breathe” features Born I Music and MacGuyver trading perspectives on the black experience in America as they see it in its current form.
RHIANNON GIDDENS “BLACK IS THE COLOR”
“Rhiannon Giddens … turned to the folk revival repertory of Odetta for the enigmatic ‘Water Boy,’ singing it with the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a field holler and the sultry insinuation of the blues … the performances were splendidly polished.” – New York Times
JAZMINE SULLIVAN TO RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED THIRD STUDIO ALBUM + “MASCARA”
With a three-year hiatus from the music business behind her, Jazmine Sullivan will release her highly anticipated new studio album Reality Show on January 13, 2015, via RCA Records. The album will be available for pre-order on December 15 at select digital music retail providers. Fans who pre-order the album will receive an instant download of “Forever Don’t Last,” “Dumb” and “Mascara.”
MYSTERIES REVEAL “AUTHENTICITY MACHINE” VIDEO
Today, Mysteries is revealing the video for “Authenticity Machine” from their debut album New Age Music Is Here, out now via Felte. The video, which is their first ever and was given to the label with no advance notice, is comprised of clips from a documentary about “Ian,” a conspiracy theorist and self-proclaimed alien abductee. It premiered via DIY Mag, who noted that “In [the] new video, this ‘Authenticity Machine’ that Mysteries are so embroiled in comes into full bloom… Mysteries might be from another planet altogether. It wouldn’t be the biggest surprise.”
SAM SMITH IS PLATINUM
Sam Smith’s debut album In The Lonely Hour has been certified Platinum by the RIAA, following Multi-Platinum (4X) certification for his debut single, “Stay With Me,” and his current Platinum smash, “I’m Not The Only One.”* In addition to In the Lonely Hour selling more than one million copies by the traditional measures of physical and download album sales, it has sold an additional one million when factoring in the newer metrics of track- and stream-equivalent albums (as computed by Nielsen SoundScan).
Smith is the recent recipient of six Grammy Award nominations, including Album Of The Year for In The Lonely Hour, Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for “Stay With Me,” and Best New Artist. He also received nominations in the categories of Best Pop Vocal Album (In The Lonely Hour) and Best Pop Solo Performance (“Stay With Me”). Smith is the first male artist in 34 years, and the first male artist ever – to earn nominations in the “Big Four” General Field Grammy categories following the release of a debut album.
MADEON RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “YOU’RE ON”
Twenty-year-old electronic A-List producer / artist Madeon has released the official music video for his brand new single, “You’re On,” today. Check out the video HERE. Additionally, fans can watch the video on Revolt TV, where it will immediately be added to full rotation following the network’s broadcast premiere on Revolt Live today at 5:00PM PT. The track, featuring vocals from acclaimed UK soulster Kyan, is the lead single from Madeon’s highly anticipated debut album ADVENTURE.
NICK WEAVER RELEASES NEW VIDEO FOR ‘THE PLATTER’
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BOBBY BRACKINS SCORES BIG WITH “2 ON”
Bobby Brackins’ songwriting credentials are beginning to stack up following the announcement that Tinashe’s breakout track “2 On” was named the #1 R&B Track of the Year by Billboard. Bobby Brackins who is a rapper himself, having released singles with Ty Dolla $, Iamsu!, and G-Eazy, co-wrote the track for his former labelmate, which Billboard also ranked #6 on their Songs of the Year list, labeling it “a masterful display of charisma from an R&B artist who was relatively unknown when the song dropped.” Bobby Brackins weighed in on the writing process in an interview with XXL, stating “I’ve known Tinashe for a while because we were both on the same label at one point. I knew she was super talented and she could sing her ass off, but I hadn’t heard anything come out her mouth. So I just called her to come to the studio one day and we got in the studio with my friend RedWine,” adding that “she came in, we sat her in the studio and we just vibed out. We kind of got ‘2 On’ while we were making it. That gave it inspiration.”
DREW HOLCOMB ON WSJ
Drew Holcomb has a reputation as a sincere, purposeful musician, but it didn’t take much convincing to get him and his band, the Neighbors, to do a choreographed dance in crazy costumes in their new video for “Here We Go”—in fact, it was Holcomb’s idea. The band premieres the clip today on Speakeasy.
“It’s a departure from my stage persona, so I’m excited for people to see it,” Holcomb says, describing an “absurdist sense of humor.” “My closest friends know that side of me, but it doesn’t necessarily show up on stage.”
BON QUI QUI RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM JANUARY 20
Disgruntled fast food employee turned hip-hop Goddess Bon Qui Qui is back and returns with the release of her debut full-length album, Gold Plated Dreams. on January 20, 2015 via Warner Music Nashville. The album is available for pre-order now.
Since being fired from King Burger, Bon Qui Qui has worked many odd jobs and lost them all. In the search for her calling, the employee with no filter made it her life mission to dominate the hip-hop world and recorded her first rap single, Im a Cut You. Shes still her ghetto fabulous self, but with a new career and a new weave.
EVOLUTION BEAT MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIT SINGLE “LOVE ME MORE”
Evolution Beat announced today that it has completed its highly anticipated four-song EP and a music video for its Hot 100 radio single, “Love Me More.”
The four-song EP, entitled “Love Me More” is the debut project from its soon-to-be-released EP from Golden Planet Records. In addition, the video for its debut single, “ Love Me More,” shot by Play Productions, is streaming now at www.evolutionbeat.com.
LION BABE “JUNGLE LADY”
This is their new video for the song “Jungle Lady” via T Magazine -link to stream / purchase full EP below. Highlights on the EP include “Jump Hi”, featuring Childish Gambino, and “Treat Me Like Fire”, which put them on the map. Watch for more in 2015, full album coming.
SCOTT GAGNER KNOWS WHAT WE REALLY WANT FOR XMAS IN BRILLIANT VIDEO
Singer-songwriter Scott Gagner shares a new holiday classic in the form of a clever video for “I’ll Be Drinking This Christmas.” The brilliant video for his latest single follows the USA Today-premiered “Waterloo.” Watch Scott get festive and a bit tipsy in this soulful instant classic.
“This is the only song you need for the Yuletide season. We anticipate that it will become a perennial holiday classic.” -Carpe Absurdum
WILL DAILEY TAKES HOME TOP HONORS AT THE BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS
Will Dailey was presented with two of the Awards’ highest honors, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year for National Throat. These awards come at the tail end of a career defining year for Will, in which he created and released his best work to date. “I play my 128th and final show of 2014 this Wednesday night in Boston,” says Dailey. “To be from, living and making music in a city with such rich artistic diversity and talent is inspiring to me. The company you keep does matter and being in Boston has been a huge influence on my music and career. What I get from New England creatively I can’t replicate in other longitudes and latitudes. If you can’t make a living creating art and thriving where your art is best fueled then what will happen to our art? What will happen to our National Throat? I am so grateful for all of the support, excitement, faith and most of all the hearts and ears of Boston. We are all in it together.”
SMALL HOUSES “STAGGERS AND RISE” VIDEO PREMIERE ON CULTURE COLLIDE
Small Houses – a/k/a Flint, MI-born and Philadelphia, PA-based singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin – premiered his new Anthony Simpkins-directed video for “Staggers and Rise,” off upcoming album Still Talk; Second City, today via Culture Collide:
BRITISH ARTIST-PRODUCER JACK GARRATT TO RELEASE NEW SONG
The 23-year-old Garratt performed, produced, and mixed the soulful electronic ballad himself, as he does all of his music. The sample heard is the voice of acclaimed vocalist Lisa Fischer (20 Feet From Stardom). You can hear “The Love You’re Given” HERE.
APPLE PLUGS INTO SONGS MUSIC PUBLISHING’S GERSHWIN CATALOG FOR POWERFUL HOLIDAY AD
For the second year in a row Apple brings even the sturdiest soul to tears with a powerful holiday ad that vividly portrays the importance of family and human connection. This year’s 90 second tearjerker, entitled “The Song” and set to George and Ira Gershwin’s “Love Is Here To Stay,” delivers on the promise of a deal that the Gershwin successors made earlier this year with contemporary music publisher SONGS to breathe new life into one of the most important song catalogs in the world.
ILOVEMAKONNEN ON JIMMY FALLON
Monday, December 15th, OVO Sound’s ILOVEMAKONNEN re-released his self-titled EP ILOVEMAKONNEN. The seven-track EP from the rapper features Drake, Key!,and Father, with production from Mike Will Made It, Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin.
KENNY ARONOFF & MARKY RAMONE DONATE AMAZING PRIVATE EXPERIENCES FOR MS
World class drummer Kenny Aronoff and Rock Hall of Fame/Grammy winning drummer Marky Ramone have stepped up to ROCK AGAINST MS! Both these premier drummers have donated special personal packages to raise money and awareness for the Rock Against MS Foundation.
KENNY ARONOFF PACKAGE: www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/707300?preview=1
MARKY RAMONE PACKAGE: www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/707301?preview=1
AVICII THE NIGHTS OFFICIAL VIDEO OUT NOW ON YAHOO!
The video for Avicii’s The Nights, the first official video and second track to be released from the sessions for his upcoming STORIES, is available now on Yahoo! The video for The Nights was produced and directed by and stars filmmaker Rory Kramer, who created an exuberant action-packed recollection of his own life, featuring him on rollercoasters, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, balloon flying, etc. – living a life to be remembered. About the video, Avicii (aka Tim Bergling says), “The video for ‘The Nights’ is awesome…it is EXACTLY what I feel when I play the song live and it is the perfect representation of the lyrics. It is so much fun.”
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS TAKE ON LUPUS
The Doobie Brothers performed at the Alliance for Lupus Research’s (ALR) 2014 Benefit Dinner to raise funds for biomedical lupus research, honoring Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, Inc. Nooyi was recognized Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at the event held at Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. With the support of the PepsiCo Foundation, the event raised 1.4 million dollars for lupus research. Robert W. Pittman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of iHeartMedia, Inc. and co-chair of the event, invited the legendary rock band to appear.
IMAGINE DRAGONS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘SMOKE + MIRRORS’ TRAILER
Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning rock band Imagine Dragons will release their new album, entitled Smoke + Mirrors, on February 17th, 2015, via KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records.
RELSELF NEW SINGLE
Relself puts you in a trance and gives you someting to ride to with his new single “CiphaMuzik” . With James Romero’s funky and live instrumental, Relself delivers a classic boom bap type of feel with this one making the end result being Top Notch. Check out the song and grab your free copy below.
GEORGE EZRA TO RELEASE FULL-LENGTH DEBUT ALBUM
Wanted on Voyage, the anticipated debut album from breakout UK singer/songwriter and guitarist George Ezra, will officially be released in the U.S. on January 27th, 2015 via Columbia Records. The album will be available both digitally and physically, with a special deluxe version containing three additional tracks available exclusively at iTunes. Wanted on Voyage is available for pre-order now on iTunes here: