FOSSIL YOUTH STREAM NEW SONG
Oklahoma’s own Fossil Youth have teamed up with Modern Vinyl to premiere their new song “Wick” today. The song comes from their upcoming EP entitled “Intertwined With You”, which will be available on 7″/CD/Digital February 3rd via Take This To Heart Records.
JD MCPHERSON’S NEW SONG PREMIERES AT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
JD McPherson’s new song, “Let The Good Times Roll,” premiered today at The Wall Street Journal and can now be heard/shared via SoundCloud (insert link). The song is the title track to McPherson’s highly anticipated new album, which will be released February 10 on Rounder Records and is now available for pre-order. Already receiving widespread critical acclaim, the album was recently included in World Café’s 2015 Music Preview. Of the music, Ann Powers praises, “There are people who imitate and people who work within that genre…that become original. And I really think that JD is doing that with his band…” Additionally, of the new song “Bossy,” The Huffington Post praises “…he shows new growth, blending breakneck blues with modern indie cues to hang a tonal tightrope that’s a pleasure to watch him walk.”
THE STONE FOXES RELEASE “JERICHO”
San Francisco’s the Stone Foxes rang in 2015 with the release of their new song “Jericho” as part of their ongoing music release series “Foxes First Fridays.” The bluesy rocker “is about someone trying to break through to someone and trying to break down the walls that people create to protect themselves,” says front man Shannon Koehler.
HAKKASAN LAS VEGAS RESIDENT DJ TIËSTO TO EXTEND MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino has announced it will extend Tiësto’s contract to an exclusive multi-year agreement. The GRAMMY Award-nominated icon is set to continue his “Club Life” residency at Hakkasan Nightclub and his “Republic of Tiësto” residency at the daylife destination WET REPUBLIC.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with such a talented and creative artist, particularly on the heels of the monumental year he just experienced,” said Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan Group. “Tiësto continues to bring a spectacular level of entertainment to his performances at Hakkasan and WET REPUBLIC and we are thrilled to see what he has in store for the coming years.”
LISTEN TO “BAD OPERATOR” + “GLAMOROUS” HERE FROM SWANKY TIGER
NYC-based punk rock band Swanky Tiger releases “Glamorous” and “Bad Operator” from their debut album Empires, due out 1/6/2015. Mastered at NYC’s legendary Cutting Room Studios, whose roster also includes highly acclaimed artists such as Prince, We Are Augustines, and Iggy Pop, Swanky Tiger’s latest “[ascends] to new sounds like a cresting wave before calming to turbulent sea, full of promise” (Rock Industry Magazine).
With Oakland, California-based ABSTRACTER’s second full-length, Wound Empire, nearing release in early February, an ominous foretaste of the album’s wretchedness has been leaked via music and arts webzine, Cvlt Nation.
RED CITY RADIO SIGNS TO STAPLE RECORDS
RED CITY RADIO, a four-piece band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, have signed to Staple Records and plan to release their third full length later this year. The band have entered Red Audio Werks studio today in their hometown to begin work on the new album.
“We are very excited to enter into the studio here in OKC, once again with the very talented Kendall Stephens as our engineer and producer and Matt Allison mixing,” said bassist/vocalist Jonathan “Jojo” Knight. “We are confident in these songs being some of the very best we’ve put together, and we can’t wait to see how they turn out.”
SOUND SLEEPER DEBUT EP
South Florida rockers sound sleeper will release their debut EP ‘A Perfect Sea For Drowning’ on January 27 via Limited Fanfare Records (Denney and The Jets, The Ettes, Ex Norwegian, Astronautalis & Rickolus.). The band is comprised of former members of Sunday Driver (Doghouse) and MonstrO (Vagrant).
‘A Perfect Sea For Drowning’ was produced by sound sleeper and Paul Trust (Say Anything, Diecast). The EP was mixed by C.J. Ridings (Big Jesus, Stallone) and mastered by Dan Coutant (Joshua, The Gaslight Anthem, Into It. Over It.).
NEW MUSIC POSTED BY BRANDON THOMAS
Atlanta’s man of the hour, artist & producer Brandon Thomas, offers up his first project of 2015 with “Good Things Take Time: V.2”, which debuted on Complex this morning. Known as the architect of the new Atlanta sound that brought you favs like OG Maco, Key!, iLoveMakonnen and the like, Brandon sticks to the formula on some tracks but varies on a few by handing over co-production duties to Pablo Dylan.; Bob Dylan’s grandson. The project features 10 tracks with BT’s list of the usual subjects plus some newbies: Maco, Key!, Speak, ManManSavage, Mickey Christmas and more are included in addition to Brandon himself. Look for Brandon’s name to appear next to some pretty big artists in the coming months but until then, enjoy
MIDGE URE US TOUR
Grammy and Brit Award winning musician Midge Ure kicks off his North American solo acoustic tour this week. The ‘Fragile Troubadour’ run starts in Portland, Oregon on January 8th, and runs down the west coast before heading to Texas and ultimately east where Midge will play Florida up to Boston through February and March. A few new dates have just been added including Milwaukee and Bethesda. The gigs are in support of Midge’s first new album in over a decade entitled Fragile, released earlier this year via eOne Music. The album contains ten tracks that take from the various influences spanning Midge’s vast career from his accomplished guitar work (Rich Kids, Thin Lizzy) to the synth sounds and technology he has utilized since the late 70’s to today (Visage, Ultravox.) Fragile was recorded almost in its entirety in Midge’s studio in Bath, England with Midge at the helm, playing, arranging, producing and engineering, a true ‘solo album.’
XS NIGHTCLUB AT WYNN LAS VEGAS UNVEILS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCTION RENOVATION
XS Nightclub, the award-winning venue at Wynn Las Vegas, today announced the completion of an approximate $10 Million production redesign featuring cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line production elements. The state-of-the-art technology was unveiled before thousands of nightclub patrons during XS’ New Year’s Eve festivities.
“We are excited to be able to deliver production elements that will elevate the guest experience and far surpass the expectations of a nightclub,” said Jesse Waits, managing partner of XS and Tryst Nightclubs. “We have been diligently working to add the most up-to-date technology in our venues, while maintaining the sophistication and unobstructed layout that XS is known for — what we have created is a unique and spectacular visual experience without sacrificing any of the existing elements that our fans know and love.”
TRAP ILLUSTRATED’S HARDO NEW VIDEO “GHOST OF TRISH”
“Ghost Of Trish” is off of Hardo’s debut street album “Trapnati” which is coming later this month. #Trapnati will have appearances by T.I., Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods and Boaz and production from Don Cannon, Stevie B, ID Labs Productions, ADotThaGod and more. It will be available on iTunes and Livemixtapes.
FULL STREAM PREMIERE OF DEBUT ALBUM ‘PRO DREAMS’
Pro Dreams is an evocative, dreamy collection, recorded in numerous studios across three New York boroughs (and one Massachusetts attic) with the help of co-producer Brian Thorn (Blonde Redhead, Smith Westerns, David Bowie). The songs are rooted lyrically in the death of singer Blair’s younger brother – a natural continuation from her debut solo LP Die Young (Autumn Tone 2011) – and branches into ruminations on matters including: loves lost, found, and unrequited; life in New York City; regret and friendship; lovers as friends; friends as lovers; and this ridiculous planet. Musically, Pro Dreams ranges from the easy, subtle cascades of opener “The Rainbowed Air” to the aching, forlorn pop of “Call It Spring” and “Party In Heaven”; from the dreamy slow jams of “Saving Private Rihanna” and “Double Thoughts” to the moody synth-laden pulse of “MLSBB.” The album feels fresh and versatile from start to finish: at once a breakup and makeup, rainy day in and night out record.
WORLD’S LARGEST BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Hard Rock and ReverbNation will co-host Hard Rock Rising, the world’s most far-reaching battle of the bands competition. Hard Rock Rising gives local groups a shot at stardom with an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona, Spain to compete for the chance to perform at the first-ever Hard Rock Rising Barcelona music festival this summer!
For the fifth straight year, Hard Rock continues its commitment to aspiring musicians by holding a worldwide search for talented bands to showcase on its international stage. This year, Hard Rock and ReverbNation, the global leader in providing independent musicians the tools to manage every aspect of their careers, will host open registration for bands wishing to participate in the international battle starting on Monday, January 5, 2015, through Monday, January 26, 2015.
FULL VIDEO DRUM&BASS ARENA AWARDS
On December 2, 2014 in Indigo, London, drum & bass history was made as scene authority Drum&BassArena hosted their sixth-annual award ceremony in association with Serato. Those who were not in attendance can now tune into the full ceremony, streaming for free on YouTube right HERE.
There was a lot to celebrate this year. The world is officially dancing to a 170 BPM drum. Not only has drum & bass enjoyed three unanimous UK Top 10 hits (including two huge number one singles) but there have been more drum & bass remixes commissioned by major labels, more headline activities by D&B artists at major festivals and more exposure on national radio than ever before.
CLEMENCY VIDEO & AUDIO “RUNAWAYS”
Indie rock duo Clemency explores LOVE and MUSIC as universal concepts on their new six song EP; You’ve Got the Fire, out 2-10-15. They are also releasing a corresponding six videos exclusively through Roxwel.com every Monday this January.
This follows their recently-released video for their first single “Color Hit the Canvas,” on December 15. The guys consider it an intro piece that sets the tone for the overall story that they are telling for You’ve Got the Fire.
MGK DROPS A NEW VIDEO “TIL I DIE”
Single now available at all digital retailers:
NEW ALBUM BY THE PACKWAY HANDLE BAND
The Packway Handle Band likely had no idea just how wild a trip they were packing for when they asked fellow Georgian Jim White to produce their album, but before they knew it, Take It Like a Man was a full-on collaboration by a conjoined entity known as Jim White vs. The Packway Handle Band. Yep Roc Records will unleash the result on January 27, 2015; White and the band will celebrate by unleashing their anything-but-traditional bluegrass sound at fine establishments throughout the South. (See dates below.)
Word of their unorthodox union is already being heralded with pronouncements such as this one from No Depression, hailing the album as “a joyous collision of styles that adds a bit of ‘edge’ and some pretty cool melodies to this straight-laced music.”
DYLAN GARDNER TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM TODAY
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dylan Gardner releases his debut album, Adventures in Real Time, via Warner Bros Records today. Co-produced by Gardner and Jack Dragonetti (The Submarines, Jack Drag), the album is a stellar showcase for the 18-year-old Illinois native’s brisk hooks, high-spirited melodies, and a musical eclecticism that reflects his deep love for his pop-rock predecessors, including The Beatles, Ben Folds, and Vampire Weekend.
Gardner first began to attract attention with the album’s opening track “Let’s Get Started” when he put it up on Spotify earlier this year. After being included on a popular playlist called “Smart Is The New Sexy,” the track caught fire and began racking up plays. (It is now close to three million.)
PSYCHIC RITES SHARE NEW SINGLE “ELOHIM” VIA GOLDFLAKEPAINT
Formed of equal parts creation and desolation, Psychic Rites’ brand of dark, sugary dance pop pierces through the alt-country air and aimlessly hip rolling hills of the Pacific Northwest with an unmatched sense of urgency and frenetic freshness. With a musical focus on the joy and pain of exploration and experimentation, it only seems natural that this ensemble harbors a deep-seated DIY mentality extending beyond the sound waves. Their hands on approach involves every aspect of their manufactured Neon Doom Disco. The outcome is a seamless, infectious blend of romanticized intellectual independence and the electro-sex sounds of bands like The Knife, Goblin, and Giorgio Moroder. Psychic Rites is currently finishing their debut album.
STREAM UK SUPERSTAR ELLA HENDERSON’S DEBUT ALBUM
Chapter One, the debut album from eighteen-year-old UK breakout Ella Henderson, will officially be released in the US next week via SYCO Music/Columbia Records, but fans can stream the album on iTunes radio today, a week prior to its January 13, 2015 release date:
TOM MAXWELL ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY EAST COAST DATES WITH THE MINOR DRAG
After an almost ten year hiatus from recording, the former lead singer of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Tom Maxwell released a new album with a new band Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag and a new book.
And now, Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag have announced a set of east coast dates in support of the releases beginning February 13th in Roanoke, VA.
TOM MAXWELL & THE MINOR DRAG TOUR DATES
2/13 – Roanoke, VA – Martin’s Downtown
2/19 – Somerville, MA – Johnny D’s
2/20 – Burlington, VT – Metronome
2/21 – Middlebury College, VT – Middlebury College
2/22 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge