SUMMER CANNIBALS “SOMETHING NEW” SINGLE
Summer Cannibals are a female-fronted, punk-flecked four piece (think Sleater Kinney, Breeders, Veruca Salt, etc). In just a few short months after the release of their debut, Summer Cannibals earned deserved props from some of their heroes (including a ringing endorsement from the Thermals), toured with bands like Chvrches, and found themselves at #2 on the coveted “Best New Band” list in Willamette Week. Now they’re back with their second full-length, the raw, to-the-point “Show Us Your Mind”.
CHARLI XCX PREMIERES NEW VIDEO FOR “DOING IT”
The video was filmed in the desert outside of Los Angeles and was inspired by iconic movies such as Thelma & Louise and Natural Born Killers. Watch as the two partners-in-crime cruise through the desert in a pink monster truck, donning wrestling masks, evading [male stripper?!] police and raising hell every step of the way… and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD
The Grateful Dead’s long strange trip reaches an important mile marker this year with the celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary. 2015 is already shaping up to be an epic year thanks to news of the original members reuniting for three final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July dubbed “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead.” A documentary about the Grateful Dead from award-winning filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev and executive producer Martin Scorsese has also been announced.
The Dead will get the yearlong festivities underway with the release of THE BEST OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD. This career-spanning, two-disc collection is filled with nearly three hours of the legendary group’s best studio work. The music will be available March 31 on CD for $19.98. The set will also be available digitally.
VOCAB SLICK “COLORFUL VOCAB” VIDEO
The EP features production from Brycon, Yoyo Ox and Bobby Ozuna as well as guest appearances from Joe Mousepad and Slick’s partner in Distant Relatives, the late Maynee, who passed away during the making of Somethin’ Slick, as did Slick’s mother and uncle. Vocab describes “Colorful Vocab” as “a raw, back-to-basics-style song. I didn’t even really want to do a chorus for the song – just wanted the raw beat and lyrics and that’s it, but I sent it to DJ Tony Tone anyways to see what he would do with the joint, and I’m glad I did.” Somethin’ Slick is out now on iTunes.
NEW SINGLE BY ATLAS BLK
Starting off 2015 with the release of his new mixtape, BLK FRidAY, Boston’s ATlas BLK continues to showcase his lyrical prowess with a new track about lessons learned in the transition from a boy to a man.
ZHU “FADED” REMIX
Today marks the official release of Orlando Wolf’s rework of ZHU’s track, Faded.
Inspired by Mind Against, Finnebassen, Thankyou City and Caribou, this track began its life with all intentions to be an original. Plans were then changed after stumbling across the Faded vocal line and the realisation that the two worked so well together. Deep dark house – more than Orlando Wolf but the sound of 2015.
ASH IS A ROBOT “SLEEP PARALYSIS”
Portuguese Post Hardcore titans ASH IS A ROBOT have finished work on their second release. The new EP SYMPATHETIC VIBRATION was released worldwide on the 19th January along with a new video for the single ‘Sleep Paralysis’.
The video has gained nearly 4000 views in less than two days. The reception to the video has been overwhelming to the band. The band said “We are shocked the video has had so many views in such a short space of time and we want to thank our buddie Pedro Estevão Semedo and the beautiful Sofia Crispim for all their dedication in the making of this video”
SKYE STEELE “GROWING SONG”
Born out of a winter’s seclusion in the deep woods of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley, Skye Steele’s newly released Up From The Bitterroot offers an unflinching chronicle of the downward arc of a crumbling marriage, the turmoil of separation, and the painful first steps of moving on. BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne proclaims, “Astonishingly beautiful”, while Joe Wawrzyniak with Jersey Beat says, “Steele’s warm subdued vocals and expert violin playing make for a winning double whammy.” And AmericanaUK’s Jonathan Aird proclaims, “You’ll have heard few finer such albums this year.”
THOMAS D’ARCY NEW SINGLE
Largely concentrating on soundtrack and commercial work, along with producing a number of Toronto-based artists, D’Arcy followed in 2013 with his first solo LP, What We Want. For Fooled You Twice D’Arcy wants to reconfirm the faith in the creative possibilities of the three-minute pop song. On the subject, D’Arcy says, “My approach has always been trying to exist in this area where pop meets non-pop. I’ve written songs that have been eerie and ambient, and I’ve written songs built around shameless hooks. But the idea I keep coming back to is whenever pop music achieves this apex of creativity and commercial viability at the same time, that’s when it becomes something special. That’s when it becomes great art.”
AU.RA “TALK SHOW”
Sydney’s Au.Ra, a duo composed of Tim Jenkins and Tom Crandles, are set to release their debut full length on Los Angeles label, felte. Jane’s Lament, a work which carefully envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound, will be available on March 3rd of next year. Noisey has premiered a stream of “Talk Show” from Jane’s Lament and said, “Mixed by HTRK’s Nigel Yang, the lead single from their debut album Jane’s Lament has the melodic but droning guitar sound that brings to mind the long-sleeve t-shirted feel of 1992 British shoegaze backed with the bright short-sleeve t-shirted feel of a 2015 Sydney summer.”
GEOGRAPHER SHARE FIRST SINGLE “I’M READY”
San Francisco-based romantic indie pop outfit Geographer is pleased to announce their upcoming LP release, Ghost Modern, available March 24, 2015 on Roll Call Records. To celebrate the release, the band is making the first single, “I’m Ready,” available for streaming on Paste Magazine.
THE ROOK NEW SINGLE “INTERMISSION”
For a little more about the single: To us, Intermission is an attempt to reconcile the longing for a past love with the realization that sometimes longing is the only thing keeping an otherwise broken relationship alive, a narrative delivered within the context of a jittery yet driving pocket. Okayplayer described it as “bright, choppy and heavily instrumental soul stuff that’ll either make you wanna move or hit the couch and commence the evening’s air blessing.” Our friends over at TheNext2Shine praised what they called the “groovy shimmer and soaring vocal motif of echoed memories and missed connection.”
DANKO JONES TO RELEASE FIRE MUSIC
Danko Jones has announced a April 21 U.S. release date for FIRE MUSIC via Bad Taste Records/MRI. The new album is loaded with some of the most incendiary, fierce, and downright pissed-off songs the band has ever committed to tape. In the past, Danko Jones’ repertoire has frequently exhibited a physical and emotional release for those times when love is unkind, but with these songs the trio exhibits what happens when therapy doesn’t work. Song to song, the listener experiences Danko’s pent-up agitation that has been left to stew, getting expelled into pure, merciless, violent rock ‘n’ roll fury. The repertoire unleashes a torrent of Misfits-worthy shout along hooks, as Jones crosses into a realm where whatever belief he ever had in love and romance has disintegrated into the darkest depths of a blackened soul.
CHI CITY “NOBODY” OFFICIAL VIDEO
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CAGE THE ELEPHANT’S “CIGARETTE DAYDREAMS” IS #1 ON ALTERNATIVE RADIO CHART
Grammy nominated alt rockers Cage the Elephant’s hit single “Cigarette Daydreams” is #1 on the alternative radio charts, making this their 5th #1 song on the alternative radio chart. Cage The Elephant’s current album Melophobia is nominated for a Grammy in the “Best Alternative Music Album” category and the band will be performing the #1 hit “Cigarette Daydreams” on Conan on February 4th.
LONELADY NEW ALBUM + SINGLE
Following last year’s single “Groove It Out’”, LoneLady (Julie Campbell) announces her new album Hinterland. This is her second full length and follows 2010’s Nerve Up.
Hinterland (”the country behind” in German) conjures impressions of decayed Manchester outskirts and reclusive inner landscapes obsessively throughout the record, as Campbell continues her fascination with the post-industrial ruinscape. At its core beats an uncomplicated drum machine rhythm and synthetic percussion that recalls fractured memories of minimal wave and even early techno and dance, dynamically spliced through with Campbell’s intricate, choppy and propulsive guitar playing.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS NEW SINGLE
n 2014, John Darnielle’s novel Wolf in White Van spent several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List and was nominated for the National Book Award. On April 7 in the US and April 13 in Europe, Darnielle and his band the Mountain Goats return with Beat the Champ a collection of songs about professional wrestling.
“I wrote these songs to re-immerse myself in the blood and fire of the visions that spoke to me as a child, and to see what more there might be in them now that I’m grown,” Darnielle says of Beat the Champ’s 12 songs.
LEGENDARY GUITARIST MICHAEL SCHENKER ANNOUNCES SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Few rock guitarists have as impressive a resume as Michael Schenker does – as he has supplied his six-string talents to such world-renowned acts as the Scorpions, UFO, and the Michael Schenker Group over the years. And it is now confirmed that Schenker will be touring North America come the spring, in support of his killer new disc, ‘Spirit on a Mission,’ released March 24, 2015.
Michael Schenker’s Temple of Rock line-up proves to be one of the strongest that the German guitarist has ever played with, as it features the former Scorpions “Rock You Like A Hurricane” rhythm section of Francis Buchholz (bass) and Herman Rarebell (drums), as well as Doogie White (vocals, formerly of Rainbow), and Wayne Findlay (guitar/keyboards, and longtime Michael Schenker Group member).
MADONNA’S REBEL HEART ALBUM OUT MARCH 10TH ON INTERSCOPE
Madonna’s 13th studio album Rebel Heart will be released March 10th on Interscope Records. Six of the album’s songs were released over the holiday following a leak of unfinished cuts from the Material Girl’s highly anticipated collection of new songs. Upon their release, several of those songs debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in 49 countries. Two additional songs will be available with a pre order of the album on iTunes on February 9th. Fans that preordered Rebel Heart in December will have the two additional songs automatically delivered to them.
ALEX WINSTON RELEASES “WE GOT NOTHING”
Winston has already garnered praise for her latest work on the strength of “Careless”, Which Stereogum glowingly lauded as “superb” while Grantland emphatically endorsed as “the score you’d want were you about to hang glide off a cliff.” With the release of “We Got Nothing” Winston gives fans another peak at what to expect from her new album.
DOOMTREE STREAMS NEW ALBUM
The group, which consists of Cecil Otter, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Mike Mictlan, P.O.S, Paper Tiger and Sims, has also announced a string of tour dates for early 2015, beginning on January 27 at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth, MN, routing up and down both coasts, and concluding at SXSW 2015 in Austin, TX. These dates will feature support from Open Mike Eagle, Hellfyre Club, Transit, Greg Grease, Sean Anonymous and deM atlaS at different points along the tour. The full list of tour dates is below, with more to be announced soon.
WAR ON WOMEN’S “PRO-LIFE?” TRACK STREAMING NOW
Baltimore’s feminist punk heroes War On Women have premiered another new track, this time “Pro-Life?”, which appears on their forthcoming self-titled album. Listen to the song now via Revolver Magazine.
AERO FLYNN STREAM FIRST SINGLE “Dk/Pi” ON SOUNDCLOUD
Aero Flynn will release a self-titled debut album this March 3rd on Ooh La La Records. While the name is almost certainly unfamiliar to most, it carries with it an incredible backstory full of pent up potential and deep seated connections to musicians that have dotted and in some cases defined the indie music landscape over the past decade. “Dk/Pi”, is the first single to be released from Aero Flynn, and has been deemed “extremely promising” by Stereogum, and “a blissful return for the enigmatic songwriter” by Consequence of Sound. Stream the song on SoundCloud or download in mp3 form at the official website.
ART OF ANARCHY ALBUM TEASER VIDEO
Presenting Art Of Anarchy, an album featuring Scott Weiland on vocals, John Moyer of Disturbed on bass, Jon & Vince Votta on guitar & drums, and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal as co-guitarist & producer. A video teaser can be viewed at this location:
JUKEBOX THE GHOST SIGN RECORD DEAL
Jukebox the Ghost is thrilled to announce that they’ve officially signed to preeminent pop alternative label Cherrytree Records. This will be the band’s first new label since originally signing to Yep Roc Records nearly a decade ago. Jukebox the Ghost is extremely excited to be making the jump to Cherrytree, a label started by Martin Kierszenbaum in 2005, and joining a roster that boasts a long list of incredibly talented artists including Disclosure, RAC, Robyn and Ellie Goulding. Cherrytree plans to reissue the band’s recent self-titled full-length album with a bonus disc in the near future.
London three-piece indie rock band WULF release their debut EP ‘Lairs’ on March 9th through BMG Chrysalis. Lead single and title track ‘Lairs’ will be released 8th March. Theirs is an emotive, confessional style of songwriting, rooted in the blues, in gospel and soul. Sonic references include Black Keys, White Stripes, James Vincent McMorrow, Cold War Kids and Band of Horses.
KAREN O’S “DAY GO BY” PREMIERES ON VOGUE.COM
O tells Vogue, “I wrote this song when I was living in Los Angeles and my boyfriend was stuck freezing in NYC, I really needed my fix of being with him but was miles away. Wiissa brings summer loving to everyone who’s braving a cold winter’s day with this little video for ‘Day Go By.’ My husband has a Vespa, all I’m missing is the cut off tee and then we too can be as in style as these two cuties in Wiisaa’s ‘Day Go By’ short.”
MARCHING CHURCH STREAM “HUNGRY FOR LOVE” VIA PITCHFORK
This World Is Not Enough is the debut full length album from Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s Marching Church project.
THEORIES “CYCLE OF DECAY”
Titled Regression, the ten-track bruiser was recorded at The Red Room and The Boiler Room with producer/engineer Derek Moree (The Sword, Pelican, Minus The Bear et al) with mixing and mastering manned by Visceral Sound’s Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed). The resulting ten cuts make up one of the most belligerent releases from the Metal Blade stable in recent memory. Commended by the LA Weekly for, “bringing something new to the deathgrind table,” THEORIES’ Regression is a gristly, fuck-all soundtrack to social discontent, economic uncertainty, environmental catastrophes, and the inevitable cycle of decay. Doused in gnashing, prototypical hyper speed blasts and sub-nuclear riff incursions, the band’s meticulously-executed yet organically-scornful delivery is difficult to dismiss. Still, listeners will find moments of dissonant groove and clarity, as well guitar leads not often heard within the genre.
DIFFUSER.FM PREMIERES THE DELTA ROUTINE’S NEW SINGLE
This February The Delta Routine will be releasing their fourth full-length album, You And Your Lion. While this effort follows a similar path laid out on their last acclaimed album Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares – incorporating elements of garage, power-pop, punk and classic rock – the Milwaukee foursome also add a more rough-hewn Americana undertone to the mix.
NINO NEW VIDEO FEAT YUNG JOC
The EP, Who Is Nino, is an independent project executive produced by R&B artist, writer, and producer, Nino, formerly known as Bertell. As a self-proclaimed music activist, Nino uses this EP release to embrace communities, inspiring ones to love and hustle as an escape from common issues surrounding the black community. In addition, during the neighborhood visits, Nino discusses the reasoning behind is initiative to rebrand Bertell to Nino and the inspiration behind the first single “Dope Chick.” Attendees of each visit enjoy complimentary food and spirits, accompanied by an acoustic performance.
RUBBLEBUCKET PERFORM ON NPR MUSIC’S “TINY DESK” SERIES
Rubblebucket are excited to share their just released NPR Music “Tiny Desk” performance in conjunction with the announcement of spring 2015 tour dates in support of their new album Survival Sounds, out now on Communion Records. The Brooklyn based band’s tour will take them to both coasts and spaces in between, as well as stops at Hangout Music Festival and SXSW. Joining Rubblebucket for the majority of the dates are Vacationer.
ALL-STAR “CRAZY TRAIN” COVER
As announced earlier this month, UDR Music will release a fantastic compilation of cover tracks, featuring an amazing all-star line-up, honoring the late, great Randy Rhoads – heralded as the legendary lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute and accompanying bonus DVD (with digipack edition) will hit stores on March 3, 2015.
Today, Rolling Stone is hosting the official worldwide premiere of the first track on Immortal Randy Rhoads – The Ultimate Tribute – a blazing cover of the hit Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz track “Crazy Train”. The track features an undeniably legendary line-up of musical greats: Serj Tankian, Tom Morello, Rudy Sarzo and Vinny Appice. Stream the track here:
NEW KID SISTER
Kid Sister has released the stunning new video for her track “Stargazing” feat. Chapman, a glimpse at the more melodic side of her music. The song comes from her latest mixtape DUSK2DAWN: The Diary Of Jane Jupiter, introducing her new persona and a departure from her earlier sound. The mixtape has been downloaded over 800,000 times and includes new music from both Kid Sister and Jane Jupiter, with a compelling transformation skit in the middle.