DYING SCENE RECORDS SIGNS WESTERN SETTINGS + “REVHEAD”
DYING SCENE RECORDS has announced the signing of San Diego punk act WESTERN SETTINGS and will be releasing the band’s debut full-length “Yes It Is” on February 17th.
Punk rock has long since embraced the emotional assurance of bands like Jawbreaker and the Replacements, to the point that heart-on-the-sleeve punk has become little more than a buzzword. It sounds great, sure, and the imagery it conjures up is of aggressive strums backing open-wound lyrics that cut as much as they stick, but its the rare band that delivers on that promise. Western Settings’ debut “Yes It Is” delivers, and it delivers hard. Filled from top to bottom with sticky melodies and muscular musicianship, Western Settings has written a record that rocks as hard as it resonates.
NEW SINGLE BY SURF ROCK IS DEAD
With ambient drum beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) arrive with a collection of blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Screaming with all the spit and grit of their new found east coast home, combined with laid back California-vibes, the washed out duo are gearing up to release their forthcoming EP, starting with their effervescent debut single, “Equinox.”
KISHI BASHI PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “IN FANTASIA” WITH NPR MUSIC
Joyful Noise Recordings and multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi are pleased to announce the release of his brand new music video for “In Fantasia.” Filmed on location in Prague, Czech Republic and directed by Bram De Jonghe and Andrew Turski, “In Fantasia” is a breathtaking visual about love and loss soundtracked by a song that was inspired by a dark dream Kishi Bashi had once experienced.
ANWAR SADAT SHARE UNCENSORED “OBEDIENCE” VIDEO
Industrial punk-trio Anwar Sadat is psyched to share their debut video for the title-track on their recently released Obedience EP available now on Sick Room Records. The uncensored (NSFW) video is pure unadulterated surrealism from a band known to push the boundaries with both their recordings and their intense live shows. “This is the first music video from Anwar Sadat; shot during an intense few hours beneath a massive warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky, “explains bassists and vocalist, Shane Wesley. “Inspired in equal parts by Kenneth Anger and “Videodrome”, the video for “Obedience” turns the economy of war and cultural docility reflected in the lyrics into a kind of surrealist snuff film.”
INVISIBLE FAMILIARS PREMIERE DEBUT ALBUM ‘DISTURBING WILDLIFE’
Invisible Familiars premiered their debut album, Disturbing Wildlife, today via BrookynVegan prior to its release this Tuesday, January 27 on the Other Music Recording Co. – pre-order here. The New York trio will be previewing the album live this Friday at Bar LunAtico in Bed-Stuy before celebrating January 30 at Baby’s All Right.
HERMITUDE “THROUGH THE ROOF”
“Through the Roof” is the lively new single from Hermitude, a contrast of light and dark–a dancefloor tune with a monstrous personality. The festivities begin with a rewired Mariachi section sounding the horns before descending into a powerful synth riff set to swinging drums. Hermitude’s deft rearrangement of Young Tapz’ vocal fragments move and sway until finally coming together at the chorus in a celebratory show of defiance.
YOUNG RISING SONS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “HIGH”
Young Rising Sons release a new video for first single “High” today on Vevo. The song is featured on their self-titled EP which was released this past summer. Check out the video HERE.
MEGHAN TRAINOR’S DEBUT ALBUM TITLE ENTERS BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #1
Epic Records global superstar Meghan Trainor explodes to #1 on the Billboard Top 200 with her critically acclaimed debut album TITLE and takes over the top spot on dozens of charts around the world. With first week sales of 237,511 units in total music consumption (albums/singles/streaming), TITLE (containing her megahit “All About That Bass”) ranks as the biggest-selling debut for a female artist’s first full-length album in more than five years; and the biggest-selling debut for a solo artist’s first full-length album in more than three years. TITLE has dominated iTunes Overall and Pop album charts in the U.S. at #1 since its release on January 13th, with #1 peaks reported from 67 countries worldwide.
KEEP OF KALESSIN NEW ALBUM COMMING
Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, will unleash their long-anticipated new full-length in North America next month via Indie Recordings.
Titled Epistemology, the eight-track offering, and first KEEP OF KALESSIN studio output in five years, finds the acclaimed black metal unit now conjuring their sonic wrath as a trio. Make no mistake, however. The indisputable power of these three musical craftsmen translates perfectly on the band’s most diverse recording to date. As grandiose as a Peter Jackson battle scene bedecked with fire-breathing dragons and treacherous mountains draped in guitars and drums of doom, Epistemology highlights the true guitar virtuosity of vocalist/guitarist Obsidian C. From bone-scraping riffs and sweeping solos, to smooth, melodic passages swathed in warm, poignant tones backed by the military precision of bassist Wizziac and drummer Vyl, KEEP OF KALESSIN anno 2015 is heading out for greatness!
BROKEN LIPS NEW VIDEO
San Diego, California-based post hardcore quartet Broken Lips have debuted their vibrant new single and music video, “Chains of Grudge,” via BryanStars. The dark landscape set by the video mirrors the haunting melodies driven into the viewer by the female-fronted act. The song is the first released by the band in 2015, delivering a pop rock gleam with a post hardcore edge — making it a must-listen for all fans of the alternative scene.
UPHORIC: THE GLOBAL FESTIVAL TELEVISION NETWORK
Creative entertainment marketing and experiential agency UG Strategies announces the upcoming launch of Uphoric, the world’s first digital television network dedicated to the global music festival circuit. Uphoric will provide viewers with an exclusive look into the world of festivals, from backstage to onstage. Programming will include artist and music content, behind-the-scenes footage, live concert streaming, industry documentaries, insider interviews, reality TV, and much more. Uphoric will initially launch via online and mobile destinations, and will also distribute content via international third-party cable and multi-channel networks.
CHADWICK STOKES’ “NEW HAVEN” (FEAT. LUCIUS)
Recorded at Chicago’s Shirk Studios and L.A.’s House of Blues studio, The Horse Comanche was co-produced by Sam Beam of Iron and Wine, Brian Deck (Gomez, Josh Ritter) and Noah Georgeson (Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart). Also featured on the 10-track album are special guests Lucius on the song “New Haven.” Of the new album, Stokes comments, “We started recording the album this past January in Chicago during the Polar Vortex. I couldn’t believe that everyone showed up that first day—school had been canceled, restaurants were closed and cars were abandoned in the middle of the street (my van included). As Sam (Beam) stepped inside and warmed up, I remember Brian Deck saying, ‘I got a good feeling about this cold. Nothing of any worth was ever made easily.’”
UNTIL THE RIBBON NEW VIDEO VIA COMPLEX
Fresh from supporting Run the Jewels in LA last week and ahead of a sold out 10-stop North American tour with London Grammar, Welsh trio Until The Ribbon Breaks released their eagerly awaited debut album “A Lesson Unlearnt” this week in North America.
“A Lesson Unlearnt” was written and recorded in Wales, U.K, New York City and Los Angeles, and features a cohesive array of ‘Avant R’n’B’ influenced tracks, all brimming with big beats and bold melodies, and carried by strong undercurrents of reflection, observations and a longing to connect in a seemingly disconnected world.
NEW VIDEO BY MARTIN SEXTON
Remember that mix tape your friend made you way back when – the one that’s forever etched into your soul? These tapes are what inspired acclaimed singer/songwriter Martin Sexton while writing his upcoming 8th studio album Mixtape of the Open Road to be released next month on February 10th via KTR/Redeye. Yesterday, CMT Edge premiered the first video from Martin’s new album – a live in-studio performance of the new single “You (My Mind is Woo).”
RED ATLANTIC PREMIERE “OLD MACHINES”
New York City’s fiery alt-rock upstarts, Red Atlantic, has teamed up with New Noise Magazine for the exclusive premiere of their song “Old Machines.” The new song is the second release from their in forthcoming five song EP Outbreak, out this February 17th via iTunes.
NEW SINGLE BY OK GO
In case you missed it, OK Go premiered “You’re a F-cking Nerd And No One Likes You” yesterday on Nerdist.com. The hilarious song will be featured in the upcoming movie Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (in theaters 2/20) and will be available in both clean and explicit formats on 2/3 via BMG Rights.
JASON MRAZ SETS NEW “YES!” DATES
Atlantic recording artist Jason Mraz has announced the addition of more dates to his ongoing “YES!” intimate world tour. The new dates – which celebrate the multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter’s acclaimed new album, “YES!” – get underway March 9th at Ames, Iowa’s Stephens Auditorium. For complete details and ticket information, please log on to jasonmraz.com/tour.
COBRA STARSHIP’S “NEVER BEEN IN LOVE” (FEAT. ICONA POP)
Cobra Starship recently joined forces with Icona Pop for the DCD2 Records/Fueled By Ramen band’s latest single “Never Been In Love.” Cobra Starship also teamed up with Wallpaper. and John Ryan to create the single’s stadium-pop sound reminiscent of early 90’s pop. “I had been listening to a lot of early 90’s UK artists — Jesus Jones, EMF, George Michael,” explains Gabe Saporta, “It was a time when bands first started incorporating break beats and electronic elements into their music. I had been trying to find a way to modernize that sound.” When Wallpaper. had the idea to sample Fatboy Slim’s “Praise You,” Gabe knew they had hit the nail on the head. “I heard that piano break and I knew we had it.”
MENAGE “BLACK AND WHITE TV”
Menage has collaborated with producers David Bottrill (Smashing Pumpkins, Placebo), Michael Phillips (Stone Sour, The Cliks), Dale Penner (Nickleback, Holly McNarland), and Ted Jensen (Sigur Ros, Coldplay). Additionally, the band has been featured onDiffuser.fm, PopMatters, CraveOnline, Exclaim.ca, The Huffington Post, among other accolades including Rock Song of the Year at the International Portuguese Music Awards, presented by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (Rihanna, Extreme). With a huge response to their music and significant airplay throughout the US, Menage was selected for Portugal Week 2014 in Toronto, Portugal Day in NYC’s Central Park, Portugal Day Montreal, and Toronto’s Portuguese Walk of Ceremonies.
AVA LUNA FIRST SINGLE “BILLZ”
While on a writing retreat in the sleepy southern town of Benton, Mississippi, the members of New York’s Ava Luna came across an abandoned house while on a walk through the woods. Overgrown, rotting, and littered with evidence of its past inhabitants, the maze-like dwelling would haunt their psyches throughout the writing and recording of their third full-length Infinite House. Like Borges’ Library of Babel, the seemingly endless rooms and hallways in the old house felt like a metaphor for the invisible, internal labyrinths, which the band explores lyrically and sonically on their new album.
HAYLEY KIYOKO ON EW.COM
HAYLEY KIYOKO’S second single “GIVEN IT ALL” is now streaming over on Entertainment Weekly. This pop anthem is taken from her forthcoming EP This Side of Paradise, which will be released in the U.S. on February 3 and is now available for pre-order via iTunes. Following her previous pop gem “This Side of Paradise,” Hayley keeps that end-of-summer feel alive with the danceable melody “Given it All.”
MYSTERIOUS DUO AVENUE ONE RELEASING FIRST ORIGINAL TRACK
Avenue One is a new collaboration between two established producers in the progressive trance scene, but for now their identities remain anonymous. They’ve been subtly releasing work over the past year, including their remixes of Aly & Fila’s “For All Time” featuring Jaren and Matt Cerf and Ost & Meyer featuring Fenja “Like We Love,” so a fan with a keen ear could solve the puzzle. On February 9, the enigmatic duo releases their first original track together, “In Your Arms,” on Enhanced Progressive and is one step closer to revealing their names.
MARK RONSON CHARTS #5 + ELLEN PERFORMANCE
Mark Ronson’s fourth album, Uptown Special has entered the Top 200 at No. 5 today. The critically-acclaimed album, featuring the global phenomenon “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars was released on January 13, 2015 via RCA Records. The album was written and produced with fellow GRAMMY® -winning producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys), and the majority of the album’s lyrics were written by Pulitzer-winning American novelist Michael Chabon. Uptown Special includes collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, Mystikal and newcomer Keyone Starr.
CHANEL WEST COAST ON TOUR WITH RIFF RAFF
Acclaimed hip hop artist and television star Chanel West Coast is set to embark on the “JodyHighRoller.com” tour featuring Houston, TX rapper Riff Raff. Chanel will join the tour beginning January 28th in Philadelphia, PA at the Trocadero Theater and will hit a number of other major US markets including Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles and San Diego. Chanel, also known for her starring roles on MTV’s widely successful shows “Ridiculousness” and “Fantasy Factory,” dropped her very successful mixtape, “Now You Know” in 2013 which produced her acclaimed track “KARL,” now with nearly 5 million views on YouTube, and features a number of guest appearances including French Montana, TY Dolla $ign and Snoop Dogg. The starlet, who VIBE described as a “blonde beauty,” with “confident raps,” is currently prepping to release her highly anticipated debut studio album in 2015.
KI:THEORY “THE WAY IT WAS”
Ki:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) is the alias for American recording artist and producer, Joel Burleson, who specializes in alternative rock and electronic.
Ki:Theory’s original music is consistently compared to crossroad between Radiohead, Ratatat and Nine Inch Nails. Ki:Theory’s most recent double album, KITTY HAWK Deluxe (Kringer Records), featured a version of Ben E. King’s hit “Stand By Me” that exploded on the scene in a 2014 Super Bowl ad and episode of FOX’s hit TV show, the Following starring Kevin Bacon. “Stand By Me” was also featured in the movie trailer for Brick Mansions starring Paul Walker and RZA along with TV spots for Marco Polo (Netflix), Dallas (TNT), and Bates Motel (A&E).
BETTYE LAVETTE ON WSJ WITH NEW MUSIC
BETTYE LAVETTE is starting her new year with a new album, WORTHY, out January 27 on Cherry Red Records. Produced by Joe Henry (who also produced her passionately praised I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise), WORTHY will premiere in advance in the Wall Street Journal from Tuesday, January 20 to Sunday, January 25. You can listen here:
TY DOLLA $IGN “OR NAH”
LA’s Ty Dolla $ign has created his own seductive musical space that straddles rap and R&B. The songwriter and producer considers himself a singer over a rapper, but he’s got bars that put average MCs to shame. If you’ve never heard him before, now is the time to get acquainted with this rising star, who plans to drop his debut album this year with expected collaborations from R. Kelly, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa. His Rdio Sessions set, recorded live at SXSW, features the breakout songs from his premiere Beach House EP: the infectious top 40 hit “Paranoid” and sexy jams “Or Nah” and “Familiar.”
D. FOCIS “MY SPOT”
As the second single from the He Says She Says album coming Valentines Day, D.Focis brings the self produced “My Spot”. This is a fun, playful record that makes light of some of the issues couples have in relationships.