HAPPY FANGS NEW SINGLE ON SPIN
From the opening notes of its harmonic-laden riff, “In the Morning” bursts through your speakers like the sun suddenly rising through your not-nearly-closed-enough blinds — disruptive as all hell, but bright and cheery enough that it’s hard to get too mad at it. The song, off San Francisco scuzz-rock trio Happy Fangs’ upcoming debut LP, Capricorn, uses righteous guitar crunch and rentlessly chugging drums to combat the haters, with singer Rebecca Bortman asking on the chorus, “In the morning, when you rise / Will you be the swatter, or will you be the fly?” (The song is enthralling enough to make the question a purely rhetorical one, natch.)
CAITLIN CANTY ‘RECKLESS SKYLINE’ STREAMING IN FULL
Caitlin Canty delivers her fine-edged songs with a 1930’s Recording King guitar and a dusky alto cut with wild defiant sorrow. She will release Reckless Skyline next week on January 20th but you can listen to the album in full as of today thanks to AllMusic, who is hosting an advance stream HERE.
RADICAL DADS PREMIERE SINGLE “DON’T GO” ON NOISEY
Radical Dads are thrilled to announce the imminent arrival of their latest LP Universal Coolers today. The album will see release on the up and coming NYC label Old Flame on February 24. To celebrate, the band has premiered the single “Don’t Go” on Noisey. Universal Coolers is the third full-length album by Radical Dads, the first on Old Flame Records, and the only one to feature album art by Steve Keene
KYGO’S DEBUT SINGLE “FIRESTONE” FT CONRAD REACHES 22.5 MILLION STREAMS ON SPOTIFY IN ONE MONTH
Every so often an artist enters the arena and simply changes the game. In 2014, Norwegian DJ/producer — signed to Sony Music worldwide and Ultra in the U.S –started to gain recognition with his undeniably infectious remixes. Putting the KYGO touch on original tracks from contemporary artists such as Rihanna, Ed Sheeran and Ellie Goudling (to name a few), as well as sprucing up old time classics such as the legendary Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”, the 23-year-old producer soon created a name for himself. In just a matter of weeks, his Soundcloud page went viral, quickly gaining an impressive half-a-million followers, and all without the support from a label or P.R.
LEIGHTON MEESTER ANNOUNCES US HEADLINING TOUR
Leighton Meester is pleased to announce her first US headlining tour since the release of her debut album, Heartstrings, this past October. The tour kicks off on February 18 in Alexandria, VA and takes Leighton up the East Coast, through the Midwest and down the West Coast wrapping up in San Francisco CA. A full list of dates can be found below.
Leighton Meester On Tour
1/27 Los Angeles CA @ Hotel Cafe
2/18 Alexandria VA @ The Birchmere Music Hall
2/19 Philadelphia PA @ The Trocadero Theatre
2/20 Allston MA @ Brighton Music Hall
2/21 New York NY @ Irving Plaza
2/23 Detroit MI @ Magic Bag
2/24 Chicago IL @ Park West
2/27 Seattle WA @ El Corazon
3/01 Vancouver BC @ Rio Theatre
3/02 San Francisco CA @ Great American Music Hall
CASH CASH DROP *NSFW* NEW MUSIC VIDEO
“Surrender” is currently sitting at #1 on Dance Radio, and hits Top 40 radio this week. In addition to its early radio success, “Surrender” is also nearing 6 million plays on Spotify, and has eclipsed 3 million combined plays on YouTube and over 2.5 million combined plays on SoundCloud.
CELESTIAL SHORE PREMIERE “WEEKENDERS” VIDEO ON STEREOGUM
Hot off the heels of their West Coast tour in support of Enter Ghost, Celestial Shore are back with this Kubrick-inspired video for dreamy standout album track “Weekenders” which you can stream courtesy of Stereogum here.
SEAN DANIELSEN (SMILE EMPTY SOUL) ANNOUNCES SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR DATES + “FOOD CHAIN”
Sean Danielsen, guitarist/vocalist of veteran hard rock band, Smile Empty Soul, has announced a solo acoustic tour in support of his second solo EP ‘Food Chain’ which released last November. A full list of confirmed shows can be seen below.
In anticipation of the January/February run, Danielsen has teamed up with Puregrainaudio.com to offer fans a free download of the EP’s title track at:
SALLY SELTMANN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “WE ARE THE MUSIC”
The track is Seltmann’s first new material since 2014’s acclaimed LP, Hey Daydreamer, and her first release since moving to Los Angeles in early 2014. “We Are The Music” has a decidedly pop feel, energetic and upbeat, sure to bring some sunshine into your winter doldrums. Created in various studios in the USA and Canada, “We Are The Music” finds Seltmann collaborating with husband Darren (Avalanches) and Canadian musicians Jon Lawless (Swim Good) and Aaron Mohr.
BRIAN CHARETTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TIME OF THE SEASONS”
Los Angeles jazz organist Brian Charette releases his new single, “Time of the Season”. The cover of this 1968 hit by The Zombies is the latest release from Charette’s full-length album, Good Tipper, which was released last month.
TAYLOR GANG’S TUKI CARTER “YEAH”
When two creatives get together, in this case, Chilly-O and Tuki Carter, What do you get, a fly a** video made the very next day. Tuki Carter’s last 3 releases “Chirp,” “Yeah,” and “Good” all trended on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artist Chart and how befitting is it for Billboard to premiere Tuki’s Video for the trending “Yeah.” You can find “Yeah” on Tuki’s self-tilted mixtape, Tuki and on NBA Live’s 2015 soundtrack as well.
TAYLOR GANG’S CHEVY WOODS “FOR THE MONEY” FT. T.MILLS
XXL premieres Chevy Woods new video, “For The Money” off his up coming mixtape Gangland 3, hosted by DJ Holiday. The video is directed by Dan Centrone and is about a woman’s sacrifice to make a living. Chevy says he wrote the concept after watching Indecent Proposal and came with the idea to make a song about it. Make sure you look out for Gangland 3 which drops 1/27/15.
IDINA MENZEL TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM
IDINA MENZEL will sing the National Anthem and JOHN LEGEND will sing “America The Beautiful” as part of Super Bowl XLIX pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Sunday, February 1, the NFL and NBC announced today. The performances will be televised live on NBC prior to kickoff.
More than 112.2 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year’s Super Bowl, the most-watched television program in history. The pregame show, including the National Anthem and “America The Beautiful,” and Super Bowl XLIX will be broadcast worldwide.
PACEWON “DO MY THING”
PaceWon is one of the few emcees in hip-hop’s history to achieve commercial success without ever compromising his hardcore style. From the first time the world heard him on The Fugees ‘The Score’, his rugged voice has resonated in the ears of everyone from both underground hip-hop heads to all around music fans across the globe. As a founding member of The Outsidaz, Pace is a legend in his home state of New Jersey. When he was handpicked to open up for Eminem for the entire ‘Slim Shady Tour’, Pace proved that he can rock any crowd, big or small. More recently, PaceWon has toured with Method Man and Redman.
COLISEUM ANNOUNCE TOUR
Coliseum have announced a run of tour dates this Spring in building anticipation for their forthcoming album for new label home Deathwish (home of Deafheaven, Touche Amore). The Midwestern trio are renowned for their whip tight, dynamic performances that bridge the parallel worlds of anthemic post-punk and impassioned hardcore. The bulk of the dates are comprised of a west coast run with post-metal supergroup Old Man Gloom (featuring members of Converge, Cave In), marking Coliseum’s first trip to the area in well over a year. Additionally the group will be making a number of stops in Midwest on their way to Austin’s SXSW.
JACKSON SCOTT SHARES FIRST SINGLE VIA NPR
If ever a mission statement was made clear, North Carolina’s sonic spaceman Jackson Scott couldn’t have been plainer about the direction his new album would take; “Going to make another record now,” read the text on his blog. “Will be influenced by Nas’ Illmatic. Will be influenced by Kubrick. Will be influenced by nihilism and a whole mess of other things. Will attempt not to give fucks about the outcome, we’ll see how that goes. There is lots of optimism/hope/love in store so try not to get cynical on me.”
GAL PALS PREMIERE NEW SONG “PUNISHER”
Having supported nearly every cool band that rolled through Austin in 2013, behind two 7″ singles, Jillian Talley (drums) and Lauren Mikus (guitar), followed their dreams out west to Los Angeles, and quickly became enmeshed in the DIY scene out there. Just how good are Gal Pals? Lauren’s mom says, “Sassy, sensitive, smokin’, Gal Pals satisfies,” while fellow artists such as Kate Nash said, “Gal Pals make me wanna be 7 and naked on a beach,” and Ringo Deathstarr thinks, “They could possibly be the answer for all the world’s problems.” If you need a little sunshine to get you through the doldrums of winter, Gal Pals, are your cure, with their raw, infectious, cut to the hooks and harmonies, pop songs.
TIM MYERS SET TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE ALBUM
There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard Tim Myers sing, but never knew his name. Needless to say, that’s about to change. The former One Republic member and massively talented singer/songwriter has announced the release of his sophomore album, The Year. Its first single, “Hills to Climb” has already been featured in the trailers for The Judge and When the Game Stands Tall, as well as numerous promos for ABC.
The audio for “Faithful” first premiered via HotNewHipHop and the song proves Jahzel’s mentality-he is Chicago’s hustle at its finest, and his loyalty to the Windy City isn’t going anywhere. His album, The Wake Up, releases 1/19 via The Black Key Collective.
DAWN LANDES TO PERFORM AT LINCOLN CENTER FEBRUARY 14
Dawn Landes will be returning home from a UK/Ireland tour in January and an early February residency in Chicago, supporting Steve Earle, to make her first hometown appearance of 2015, February 14 at The Appel Room in Lincoln Center, as part of this year’s American Songbook series – purchase tickets for the event here. The night will feature a number of special guests, with Thomas Bartlett serving as the musical director.
BOROKO VIDEO “BECAUSE LIFE”
Australian vocalist Tim Fontaine aka BOROKO releases his latest music video for his single “Because Life”, from his sophomore album Western Child, which is set to release in early 2015. Filmed by the fashion photography team Alex and Iggy in the historic Artist Studio NYC, formerly the Irving Penn Studio, the “Because of Life” video was aimed to depict a conflicted man, heading down a path where his fantasies overtake his reality and he struggles with guilt and the forgiveness he seeks to remedy his “disease”.
SAM HUNT TO PERFORM NEW SINGLE “TAKE YOUR TIME” ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES
Sam Hunt stops by The Ellen DeGeneres Show for the first time to perform his latest radio single, “Take Your Time” – airing Jan. 22, please check local listings for air times. “Take Your Time” follows Hunt’s No. 1 Platinum-selling hit “Leave the Night On” off his critically-acclaimed No. 1 debuting album MONTEVALLO, released on MCA Nashville.
MTV HITS POP MUSIC CHANNEL TAPS 12-YEAR-OLD SINGER SONGWRITER SKYLAR STECKER
MTV Hits has tapped 12-year-old singer songwriter Skylar Stecker for their 2015 “Fresh Faces” music video block and will feature the video for Stecker’s infectious new single “Rooftop” on the network starting today. MTV Hits reaches 25 million households and is MTV’s 24/7 pop music video channel. The beat-driven girl empowerment anthem debuted on Radio Disney and landed at #6 on their charts. The Disney Channel will also feature “Rooftop” on the networks’ new original movie “Bad Hair Day,” which premieres on February 13th. The video will also begin airing on the Disney Channel on January 30th. “Rooftop” is featured on Stecker’s forthcoming EP Firecracker, due out January 27th.
GØSPEL NEW SINGLE “EMPR”
GØSPEL have today released their second single ‘EMPR’. Formed in 2013, the London based duo have already earned critical praise following the release of their debut single ‘Disasters Running Wild’ which gained airplay on BBC Radio 1 and XFM , and was playlisted on Amazing Radio. This also led to them receiving an invitation to Abbey Road Studios.
WAR GAMES “FOUNDATIONS”
Guitarist Ian Provost states “‘Foundations’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album. We feel it’s a great spokesperson for it in that it represents the overall feel of the record being being dark yet uplifting, like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!” Previous engineer for War Games, Ryan Sitkowski (lead guitarist of Motionless in White) continues “I have spent countless hours listening through the song ‘Foundations’ and still have yet to get bored or sick of it.” Josh Balz (War Games’ manager and keyboardist of Motionless in White) closes with “‘Foundations’ is a full sounding, well produced and well written song”.
MAGIC MAN “PARIS”
Magic Man release their new single ‘Paris’ in the UK on 1st March through RCA. ‘Paris’ is a pop behemoth from this exciting US five-piece. A heavy synth riff meets soaring, heartfelt vocals from frontman Alex Caplow to create a simply joyous pop moment. The track is an explosion of innocence and immediacy, open hearted with a killer hook.
EMMURE RELEASE MUSIC VIDEO “A GIFT A CURSE”
Aside from its technical mastery, the futuristic and mind-bending sequences propose the death of art. From the crumbling of the David Statue and the always enraged lyrics of EMMURE, “A Gift A Curse” moves along like an ballistic missile, leaving little time to interpretation.
Director Ievgenii Nozhechkin discusses the meaning behind this dynamic masterpiece, “I wanted to show the music of EMMURE as something that does not have an end, that it goes deep inside every single person, and something that will be alive after us. Art touches the hearts and souls of so many people so it cannot be stopped or destroyed. Additional details of the video are destroying the pieces of art as a strong symbol of destruction of the past inside of you. Destroying the old, we enable а new birth.”
MAJID JORDAN RELEASE THIRD COMMON GOOD-DIRECTED VIDEO “FOREVER”
Fresh off their “V People” feature in V Magazine’s 2015 spring preview, OVO Sound’s singer-producer duo Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, better known as Majid Jordan, release the third visual from their A Place Like This EP, “Forever” directed by Jamie Webster of Common Good.
TORY LANEZ “DIEGO”
Tory Lanez offers up a new track “Diego” (produced by himself + Play Picasso) and announces he is setting out on the second leg of his Lost Cause national tour following the success of his massively received ‘Lost Cause’ mixtape. “Diego” is a sinister ode to the pusher lifestyle and mob mentality. Tory embarked on his first headlining tour in the fall which boasted sold-out debuts in Los Angeles, Boston, New York and Toronto.
EQUALS UNVEIL NEW SINGLE ‘BLACK ON GOLD’
Today sees the unveiling of East London based duo Equals’ new single ‘Black on Gold’ – the first new music to be heard from the pair since their acclaimed ‘Simple Soul’ EP last year. This new track is a glittering display of finely executed, crisp production, paired with an astonishingly soulful and powerful performance from vocalist Ade Omotayo.
NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP SIGNS AUSTRALIA’S XAVIER RUDD
Nettwerk Music Group is thrilled to announce the signing of Australia’s multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd to its label roster.
“It’s very exciting to have the opportunity to work with an artist whose musical and spiritual values match that of my own. We look forward to helping Xavier get his message out,” says CEO of Nettwerk Music Group, Terry McBride.
NEW SINGLE BY THE MYRRORS
Experimental psych band The Myrrors have announced the release of their new LP, Arena Negra, March 24th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. A four track, 42-minute journey into the band’s droney, desert-influenced sound, the album is a mix of mellow, slow-burning jams and dramatic psych freak outs. You can now stream album track “Juanito Laguna” via CVLT Nation