DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE ANNOUNCE “KINTSUGI”
Atlantic recording group Death Cab for Cutie has announced the release of their much-anticipated eighth studio album. “KINTSUGI” arrives everywhere on March 31st.
“KINTSUGI” – which follows 2011’s GRAMMY® Award-nominated “CODES AND KEYS” – marks Death Cab for Cutie’s first new album since the departure last year of founding guitarist/keyboardist/producer Chris Walla. Recorded in Los Angeles with Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Interpol) behind the board, the album takes its title from the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum, highlighting cracks rather than hiding them. As such, kintsugi represents a compassionate aesthetic philosophy in which damage and wear are embraced as part of an object’s history.
THE BABYS KICK OFF 2015 WITH A NEW VIDEO
With the release of their new album I’ll Have Some Of That, and their single “I See You There” hitting the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart at the end of 2014, The Babys aren’t slowing down any time soon…
The newly released video for “I See You There” is an intimate look at the band in a “behind-the-scenes” setting: songwriting, collaborating, performing, and generally enjoying making music together. The song, written by guitarist Joey Sykes, revitalizes the classic Babys melodic flair – that sound that made smash hits out of “Every Time I Think Of You,” “Head First,” and “Back On My Feet Again.”
TONY AWARDS AND CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY OPEN NOMINATIONS FOR THEATRE EDUCATION AWARD
Today, inspirational theatre educators across the United States have a first-ever chance at the Tony spotlight. The Tony Awards and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have announced that nominations are now open for the inaugural “Excellence in Theatre Education Award.”
Now through March 31, nominations are being accepted online for K-12 theatre educators. Anyone—from students and school administrators, to friends, neighbors and family—can submit a worthy teacher for consideration.
Waxahatchee will return with Ivy Tripp on April 7 via Merge Records in North America and Wichita Recordings in the rest of the world.
Waxahatchee, the solo musical project of Katie Crutchfield, is named after a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going.
Ivy Tripp drifts confidently from its predecessors and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-honesty.
MISSY MAZZOLI ALBUM TRAILER
New Amsterdam Records is proud to announce Vespers For A New Dark Age, the new record from composer Missy Mazzoli, in collaboration with her ensemble Victoire, Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), synth producer Lorna Dune and virtuosic vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken (of Roomful of Teeth). Vespers will see its release on March 31, 2015. To preview the album, the ensemble has released a trailer that depicts a rehearsal taking place in Mazzoli’s Brooklyn apartment while she explains her inspirations for the album
THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN RELEASE THEIR LATEST SINGLE “THINGS I KNOW”
New York based folk-blues rock band The Hoochie Coochie Men releases their new single, “Things I Know”. This single is the latest single off of the band’s EP Big Blue Tree, which is set to release in January 2015. This single was recently premiered on GroundSounds where they said the song was “a fresh take on classic folk & americana and showcases the band’s impressive musicianship.”
VASSY NEW EP
Now Vassy returns with a vibrant collection of tracks which will set your heart on fire with her forthcoming album, We Are Young. Bursting with pop anthems and anthemic tunes, Vassy describes her new release as “magic;” and an invitation to a journey into her own self-discovery. She muses, “it’s like the universe calling your name and allowing your authenticity to just shine.”
CALLAGHAN TO RELEASE ‘A HISTORY OF NOW’ IN APRIL
Nashville based singer/songwriter Callaghan is set to release her second album, A History of Now, on April 7, 2015, via her own label, Green Town Music. Featuring Callaghan’s trademark sound, which blurs the edges between pop, adult contemporary and Americana, the new record is the latest chapter of a success story based on hard work and a strong connection with a growing army of fans for the artist who moved to the U.S. from London in the summer of 2010.
A History of Now was recorded in Nashville with producer Dennis Matkosky (a songwriting legend whose credits include Keith Urban’s “You’ll Think of Me” and the Flashdance soundtrack’s “Maniac,” as well as several co-writes on the Callaghan album) and features contributions from some of Nashville’s best session players. Casey Brown, a member of Owl City, made loops for several songs, adding a modern edge to the album’s analog vibe. On a record filled with musical all-stars, Callaghan is easily the most impressive player, singing all 12 songs in a sweet, soaring voice that booms and breaks at all the right moments.
TORA COLLAB WITH GALIMATIAS
Australian indie-electronic outfit, Tora, collaborates with Danish producer, Galimatias, on the recently released remix of the eletro-pop gem, ‘Jaigantic’. This stunner follows the release of Tora’s second EP, Eat The Sun, featuring the original version of the aforementioned track.
ALT-J ANNOUNCE NEW DATES FOR 2015
alt-J announce additional dates to their 2015 North and South American Tour in Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, and Coachella. The tour kicks off at Festival Estereo Picnic and includes dates at Lollapalooza Chile, Lollapalooza Argentina, and Lollapalooza Brazil. Following those dates, the band heads to New York City for their Madison Square Garden debut on March 30. Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Wednesday, January 14 at 10:00am local and general public go on sale starting Friday, January 16 at 10:00am local. Tickets are available at:
CRAIG MARKET & THOMM JUTZ DUO PROJECT
Craig Market and Thomm Jutz will release their duo project, Nowhere to Hide on January 29. This record was recorded over a span of twelve days (one song per day) at Jutz’s log cabin studio outside of Nashville. It’s fitting that the music recorded in a log cabin would be simple and free of clutter-this record is just that: two writers, two voices and two guitars, namely a 1937 Martin D18 played by Market and a 1948 Martin D18 played by Jutz. Be careful to not mistake simplicity for dull-the record is layered and poetic-something new that feels strangely familiar.
Separately, both Market & Jutz have blazed their own successful musical trails. Market is one of the most recorded songwriters in today’s world of acoustic music. His songs have been cut over 100 times, by artists like Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, and many more. Jutz is an award winning songwriter, guitar player, and producer who moved to Nashville in 2003 and became a favored contributor to the works of troubadours Nanci Griffith, Kim Richey, and David Olney. His production credits include Country Music Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman, songwriting genius Todd Snider, country-punk hero Jason Ringenberg, and others. Together, with Nowhere to Hide, they forge forward into unfamiliar yet musically comfortable territory.
SYNODIK NEW EP ONLINE
To continue their “Very Metal Winter” campaign, Imminence Records is pleased to announce that their Italian atmospheric death metal outfit Synodik have partnered with New Noise Magazine to exclusively premiere the band’s entire EP. A Matter Of Perception, which can be streamed HERE, which features two of the three tracks clocking in at over seven minutes long and serves as the band’s follow up to their 2012 full length Sequences For A New Matrix that combined powerful death metal and a sci-fi backbone.
KELLY CLARKSON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HEARTBEAT SONG” TODAY
Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), 1 Greatest Hits album, 1 Holiday album, sold over 20 million albums worldwide, and has had 10 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 3 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards, 3 MTV Video Music Awards, 2 Academy of Country Music Awards, 1 CMA Award and 12 Billboard Music Awards. Clarkson’s last studio effort Stronger was certified platinum, won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and produced the smash singles, “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” which marks Kelly’s 9th and 10th Top 10 hit.
HALESTORM VENTURES “INTO THE WILD LIFE”
Atlantic recording group Halestorm has announced details of their massively anticipated new album. “INTO THE WILD LIFE” arrives everywhere on April 7th; pre-orders are available now at all DSPs. Exclusive physical bundles are available at the band’s official web store, http://smarturl.it/intothewildlifestore, which include a color vinyl version of the LP and an autographed poster.
THE NATION NAMES DAVID HAJDU AS MUSIC CRITIC
The Nation, America’s oldest weekly magazine of politics and culture, today announced the appointment of David Hajdu as music critic. In his new role, Hajdu will write features for the print edition of the magazine and blog regularly at TheNation.com: His first post will be coming soon.
FOSSIL YOUTH DEBUT NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Today we are excited to bring you the debut of Fossil Youth’s brand new music video for “Intertwined With You”. The song comes from their upcoming EP of the same name, which will be available on 7″/CD/Digital February 3rd via Take This To Heart Records.
THE SKINTS ANNOUNCE SIGNING TO EASY STAR
Reggae-dub four-piece THE SKINTS, described by Clash Music as ‘the torchbearers for modern British reggae music’, are pleased to announce their signing to prestigious New York City-based reggae label Easy Star Records.
Easy Star has steadily built a scene that extends in many directions, bringing together young producers, up-and-coming bands, reggae stars, and even artists outside the genre who have been influenced by Jamaican music, like Citizen Cope and blues musicologist Corey Harris. The independent label has created an impressive body of work that includes best-selling in-house productions from musical collective Easy Star All-Stars, along with progressive recordings, reissues of classic reggae, and collaborations with international reggae stars like Matisyahu, Luciano, Horace Andy and Morgan Heritage. The international progressive reggae scene that Easy Star has built continues to grow, thanks to label bands such as Rebelution, The Black Seeds, John Brown’s Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, The Green, and Cas Haley.
THE DISCO FRIES REMIX
Back in July the Disco Fries teamed up with Niko the Kid to craft their summer hit ‘The Light’, which was met with great support including a rotation spot on SiriusXM. The production lent itself well to the remixers ear and MANIK, Tommie Sunshine & Halfway House, and Bounce Inc all put their personal spins on the already stellar tune.
Tommie Sunshine & Halfway House transform the tune into a big-room electro powerhouse, while MANIK lends his unique style of NY house to ‘The Light’ forming it into a dancefloor groover. Bounce Inc brings the fun with their in-your-face-bounce style and the Disco Fries round out the remix EP with a beautiful acoustic rendition of their original, stepping outside of EDM and demonstrating their prolific talent as producers.
PEARL AND THE BEARD “YOU”
Pearl and the Beard passionately intertwine three distinct voices amidst a powerfully delicate orchestra of cello, guitars, keyboard, bells, and percussion, offering songs that speak to joy and sorrow, love and loss. The three-piece are set to bring their stellar live show to audiences across the country in support of fellow indie poppers, Wild Child this winter.
HOWARDIAN NEW LP STREAM
Howardian is the long-running solo project of Japanther’s Ian Vanek, with contributions from a rotating cast of friends & musicians. Though Vanek has been creating music under the moniker for years, tomorrow marks the release of Howardian’s debut LP, Land Of The Low Tides, which is currently streaming in full via Impose Magazine. The album, which Impose calls “multifaceted, simultaneously heavy and silly, and impeccably smart in composition,” comes out on Boston’s BUFU Records and Japanther’s own Tut Tut Now Shake Ya Butt.
FIRST AID KIT UNVEILS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “MASTER PRETENDER”
Acclaimed Swedish duo First Aid Kit has just unveiled a new animated video for their song “Master Pretender,” from the album Stay Gold.
ALEX CALDER ON PITCHFORK ADVANCE
Next week, January 20th, Montreal-based artist, Alex Calder, will release his much anticipated debut LP Strange Dreams. In the meantime though, you can listen to it in its entirety via Pitchfork Advance. Click the link below to listen.
THE KOOKS “BAD HABIT” REMIX
The Kooks have announced their first North American tour dates of 2015, to follow their already announced South American tour dates. The 2015 tour begins in South America, with the band playing shows everywhere from Brazil to Paraguay, including three Lollapaloozas. They follow up these South American dates with multiple shows in Mexico, including the P’Al Norte Festival. The band will return to the United States for a show in Houston, TX on April 26. The tour will find the band playing a number of shows through the Midwest, the South, and along the East coast of the United States. More dates will be added for May and June in the next few weeks. For the full itinerary, please see below. The US tour dates go on sale this Friday, January 16.
JES’ NEW SONG “TWO SOULS”
JES has been synonymous with A-list DJ collaborations for as long as there has been an A-list for DJ’s. “Two Souls” is her first truly solo release for sometime and puts an alluring musical spin on the new year.
KONGOS PREMIERE “I WANT TO KNOW” MUSIC VIDEO ON VEVO
Platinum-certified rock quartet KONGOS premiere the music video for their latest single “I Want To Know” on VEVO today. View it here:
BRIAN CULBERSON LIVE DOUBLE CD
Years ago, a young ambitious musician-songwriter-producer emerged from Chicago who went on to architect 27 No. 1 Billboard singles along with a half-dozen albums that debuted at No.1 that changed the status quo with a creative and fresh alchemy of astutely performed contemporary jazz, soulful R&B and horn-powered funk. Decades later, his ability to achieve and balance commercial success and the respect of his peers is perhaps as admirable as his hit-making consistency and the meticulous approach he uses to craft infectious melodies and compelling rhythms. The above description could easily apply to the works of his role models, Maurice White and Quincy Jones, but here we refer to Brian Culbertson.
From the 1994 debut of “Long Night Out,” released while the keyboardist-trombonist was a DePaul University music major recording demos in the bedroom of his crowded apartment that landed him a six-album record deal, right up through his 14th album, 2014’s “Another Long Night Out,” Culbertson has injected a much needed jolt of lyrical harmony and deft musicianship along with a flair for lively showmanship that meshes to form an aesthetic that raises the bar on a musical genre. To commemorate his 20th anniversary as a recording artist, Culbertson marched his well-drilled band out on a coast-to-coast concert mission last year that was preserved for posterity on his first live album recorded during a sold-out, eight-show stand at the famed Yoshi’s nightclub in Oakland, California last September. The resulting double CD set, “Live – 20th Anniversary Tour,” was released Monday – Culbertson’s 42nd birthday – on his own BCM Entertainment label.
SALVA STREAM “OLD ENGLISH” LYRIC VIDEO
LA beatmaster Salva’s Peacemaker LP featured some of the biggest names in hip-hop’s past, present and future including A$AP Ferg, Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q, E-40, Problem and more. A dream collection of rap’s most talked-about names, the album highlights Salva’s versatility, flawlessly blending West Coast-inspired hip-hop with funk and house elements.
BREAKFAST IN FUR PREMIERE NEW SONG “PORTRAIT”
Composed of Van Pelt, Dan Wolfe, Mike Hollis and Chris Walker, Breakfast In Fur draws on the beauty and majestic scenery of the Catskills to create an experimental, psychedelic rock album that weaves ambient electronics and elements of jazz throughout its meandering and sonically lush eleven tracks. 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.
AL THAT REMAINS NEW SINGLE
ALL THAT REMAINS has partnered with Loudwire to premiere “This Probably Won’t End Well” here http://bit.ly/1tZNNxy from their February 24, 2015 release The Order of Things (Razor & Tie). The new album is the band’s seventh studio album and the follow-up to the landmark 2012 A War You Cannot Win, which hit #13 on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to sell over 125,000 copies.
JOLLY ROGER “JE SUIS CHARLIE”
“This is a song I wrote following the events in Paris between the 7th and the 9th of january 2015. This is in memory of the 17 victims.”
TOTAL FITNESS VIDEO PREMIERE AT REVOLT
Hidden in a veil of mystery and intrigue, NYC techno producer/DJ and Safer At Night label co-founder Total Fitness (Lawrence Lee) shares his very first music video off his sophomore EP, Halls of Eden. Helmed by directors Jordan Hemingway and Blake Cummings and creative director Andreas Aresti, the visuals aired this Saturday on Revolt TV’s weekly electronic music show with Hannah Rad, LVTR.
ROBBIE RIVERA’S BEATPORT HIT “SEXY ANYTIME” REMIXES
Prolific producer, DJ and label head Robbie Rivera has always marched to the beat of his own drum. The pioneer of his self-described “tuff, sexy, tribal house music” sound, the Puerto Rico native has continued to influence producers worldwide for over 20 years with his Latin influences and rhythms.
THE WORD IS BACK!
Fourteen years after releasing their self-titled album, The Word reconvenes for Part II of their adventure, with the release SOUL FOOD announced today on Rollingstone.com. Recorded in both New York and Memphis, SOUL FOOD will be available on May 5th and marks the supergroup’s Vanguard label debut. The new 12 track album features guest vocalists Amy Helm and Ruthie Foster on two of the songs.
MARK MORRISON “LIVE MY LIFE”
Here’s Mark Morrison’s new R&B track “Live My Life”, which is being released early 2015, featuring up and coming New Orleans based rapper Ghost, produced by Izze The Producer, whose production credits include Fat Trel/Rick Ross “She Fell In Love” and Rich Homie Quan “Blah Blah Blah”. Mark Morrison’s catalog includes hits such as Return of the Mack, Innocent Man, and Moan & Groan.