XAVIER RUDD & THE UNITED NATIONS ANNOUNCE N. AMERICAN TOUR + “COME PEOPLE”
In the past, Xavier Rudd’s onstage one-man-band setup included a half-dozen guitar choices, three didgeridoos and various styles of native drum. Starting April 30, Rudd will endeavor on the next adventure of an already extensive musical career…as frontman to Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, a band of international musicians with diverse musical influences coming together for the forthcoming album, Nanna (out March 17 via Nettwerk Records).
Myka, Relocate RELEASE ACOUSTIC MUSIC VIDEO
Myka, Relocate has released their acoustic music video for “Something To Dream About,” exclusively at Alternative Press. “Something To Dream About” is off the band’s debut album Lies To Light The Way (Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie) released in 2013. Lies To Light The Way was produced by Cameron Mizell (Memphis May Fire, Sleeping With Sirens) and recorded at Chango Studios. The album features Jonny Craig and Telle from The Word Alive.
SWAHILI PSYCH-DRIVEN “VESTAL” VIDEO HITS NO FEAR OF POP
Following the underground acclaim of Portland quintet Swahili’s self-titled debut comes their second LP, AMOVREVX (pronounced am-or-euh). Now set for a new release date of March 24th on Seattle label Translinguistic Other (pushed back from February 24th originally), the album is named for the sixth arcanum of the Tarot de Marseilles (AMOVREVX aka “The Lover”) and explores the themes of duality, partnership and the interplay of opposing forces in the constant renewal of creation. “I think of this album as a multidimensional sling-shot,” says vocalist Van Pham. “It begins on a crossroads – then travels around this mysterious interior world, visiting many different sonic landscapes along the way.”
LTN & RONSKI SPEED PRESENT “LINT”
What happens when two devoted and innovative producers like LTN and Ronski Speed collaborate on a track? The result is a breathtaking progressive trancer with crystal clear synths and sparkling piano chords that lift up the soul. Titled “Lint,” the track hits all the emotional highs and lows you’d expect from these two names, with otherworldy background vocals adding to the melodic magic.
SARAH GAYLE MEECH NEW ALBUM MARCH 31
Nashville based country artist, Sarah Gayle Meech is blazing a trail of her own, one that the founding fathers of Country Music would have been proud of. Having lived in Tennessee for only five years she successfully blends the city’s nature, spirit and seasons into a beautifully unforgiving soundscape. Drawing inspiration and hailing from Longview, Washington, she was surrounded by evergreens, small towns and peo- ple with grit, themes that surface often in her songwriting. After moving to Los Angeles for ten years she honed her writing skills and decided to put down roots in Nashville.
THE WOODSMAN’S BABE SIGNS TO CI RECORDS + ALBUM TEASER
From stages and screens across the globe stomping along with his metal band MyChildren MyBride, to debating whether or not to become an on-air MTV personality, Joe Lengson chose to simply walk away from it all. Feeling that he had been suppressing a drastically different style of music, the L.A. native answered the call to begin writing and performing more mellow and introspective songs that he felt better narrated his ever-changing path in life. This Spring, Lengson will finally be releasing his debut album as The Woodsman’s Babe, coming 4/14 on CI Records.
HFA TEAMS UP WITH GRAMMY AWARDS
HFA, the nation’s leading provider of rights management services for the music industry, has once again collaborated with The Recording Academy® – internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards® – to license on-demand listening services for its voting members.
For the eighth year in a row, HFA has provided licensing research and clearance services for all the GRAMMY® -nominated tracks posted for member voter consideration. The extremely time-sensitive process of researching more than 13,500 tracks to provide license clearance for 73 diverse GRAMMY categories ranging from pop to world music is made possible by HFA’s powerful database, sophisticated industry knowledge and extensive publisher relationships.
“We are once again pleased to support The Recording Academy’s GRAMMY voting process and our ability to clear the GRAMMY-nominated tracks in a 2-week period highlights the depth of HFA’s resources and knowledge,” said Michael Simon, President and CEO of HFA.
Based on the title 22nd Century, Nodis` debut mixtape, you would get the impression that it was futuristic or outlandish. Well this is somewhat the case. Nodis` first installment, “Yammers”, from the project, did not reference aliens and robots, yet it brought about a generational feel. You will find that almost all of Nodis` tracks capture that feeling, except now it has turned universal. With “22nd Century”, Nodis aims to capture the generational uprising that is currently going on right now. 22nd Century includes production by Grammy award-winning producer Blac Elvis, District 9 and Sergio Cortez. The project`s features are still unknown, but we`ve got our fingers crossed for some Braddock Road bangers. And we do believe our wish will be granted. 22nd Century drops 2.22.15.
NEW ALBUM BY EUROPE
Swedish rock legends EUROPE will release their 10th studio album, War of Kings, on March 10, 2015 in the United States via Hell & Back Recordings. Recorded at the brand new PanGaia Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, produced by Dave Cobb (Rival Sons) and engineered by John Netti, War of Kings sees the quintet confidently creating 11 monstrously melodic, yet hard-hitting classic rock’n’roll standouts for their fervent global audience.
War of Kings will be available in multiple formats, as a CD digipak, a CD jewel case, a vinyl LP and in digital download format.
PILE PREMIERES “MR. FISH” ON NPR
Hot off the heels of last month’s You’re Better Than This album announcement, Pile and Exploding In Sound have eagerly shared another track from the album in the form of “Mr. Fish” which you can listen to courtesy of NPR right. Unlike the ton of bricks that was “#2 Hit Single”, this second cut finds the band showcasing Rick Maguire’s slow croon and the band’s penchant for the quiet-to-loud build-up that regularly incites feverish mosh pits at their shows. You’re Better Than This is due out March 3rd on Exploding In Sound Records and an absolutely massive national tour will start toward the end of February.
ALL THAT REMAINS NEW VIDEO
This morning ALL THAT REMAINS partnered with VEVO for the video premiere for “This Probably Won’t End Well” from their much-anticipated new album The Order Of Things which will be released on February 24, 2015 via Razor & Tie.
AMY & THE ENGINE NEW SINGLE
Led by a modern-day Twiggy and backed by musicians who hail from all over the globe, Amy & The Engine arrive with their stellar new single, “Last Forever,” streaming exclusively on Teen Vogue, today.
Amy & The Engine are setting out on their biggest adventure yet; injecting their unique harmonies into your record collection with their forthcoming EP, due mid 2015.
PRIMITIVE MAN “BAG MAN”
Home Is Where The Hatred Is is the imminent new EP from Denver blackened doom unit, PRIMITIVE MAN. Spewing forth four vicious slabs of nihilistic, feedback-doused audio atrocities, Home Is Where The Hatred Is will was tracked at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt, etc.) and will be unleashed as a special 12″ EP later this month via Relapse Records.
KUZIN “DUMB BITCH”
“Dumb Bitch” is the first single off Kuzin’s debut album and it’s also what people will call you if you don’t check it out now before it blows up on the radio. It’s a return to pure rock and roll, it’s the kind of edgy that existed before that word was dulled and smoothed — it’s angry guitars and furious female vocals. Jessica Maros (AKA Kuzin) proves to be a multi-talented artist on a swift ascent like the struck chords of her surging guitars delivering their high pitched rage. It’s the clash against the contemporary music world saturated with the melancholy and the saccharine, a wake-up call, a needed slap in the face. So check out “Dumb Bitch” and don’t be one.
MEW’S “SATELLITES” MUSIC VIDEO
Having announced its return with details of a new album, “+-” (pronounced ‘plus minus’, released by Play It Again Sam), Danish quartet MEW has witnessed feverish expectation mount on both sides of the Atlantic.
The first single from the album, “Satellites,” sees the accompanying video premiered on The Fader today and can be seen HERE. “Satellites” taps into the band’s more accessible side while retaining the band’s skewed and wonderful off-kilter ‘dream thunderstorm pop.’
EPIX PRESENTS ‘KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR’
KATY PERRY: THE PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR is an EPIX Original Concert Special directed by Russell Thomas, and produced by Done + Dusted with Katy Perry and Direct Management Group. For EPIX, Ross Bernard is the Executive Producer, Valerie Bishop is the Associate Producer and Lauren Zucker is the Consulting Producer. Katy Perry is the latest artist to join the stellar roster of concert specials on EPIX. Past performances include: P!NK: The Truth About Love Tour, Madonna: The MDNA Tour, Coldplay Live 2012, Usher: Live From London, Britney Spears: Femme Fatale, Seth McFarlane: Music is Better Than Words and Madonna Sticky & Sweet Tour: Live From Buenos Aires.
WHAT MODEL CITIZENS “TOO LATE” VIDEO
What Model Citizens are a synth-rock punk outfit who hail from Brooklyn. The creation of songwriter and frontman Alex Musto, the group has recently released their highly anticipated video for “Too Late.” The track is taken from What Model Citizens’ newest release, Ohn E Amas, which is out now.
The video for “Too Late,” proves to be innovative, intriguing and eerie all at once. Anything and everything is fair game in the video from smashing video screens to robotic puppetry, making this an artistic masterpiece.
CLASH PREMIERES LADY LAZARUS’ “MIRACLES” MUSIC VIDEO
Today Clash Magazine premieres the brand new music video for Lady Lazarus’ “Miracles,” the title track of her upcoming album, calling it “entrancing” and “stylishly shot,” and praising her “emotive delivery,” noting that “there’s an intensity to her performance which echoes that within the music.”
LIGHTS GETS NOSTALGIC FOR THE OLD TIMES IN NEW ‘RUNNING WITH THE BOYS’ VIDEO
Canada’s acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist Lights has debuted a nostalgic new video for ‘Running With the Boys.’ The track is taken from her latest album, Little Machines, which is nominated for ‘Pop Album of the Year’ at this year’s Juno Awards. Lights is currently on a sold-out European tour, and will return to the states for a headlining tour starting February 14th in Minneapolis, supported by X-Ambassadors. Tickets are on-sale at http://iamlights.com.
ADIMIRON LAUNCHES “LIAR’S PARADOX” GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH VIDEO
“For the first time in our career, and after much research and experimentation, we’ve found the perfect guitars made for our hands and perfect to express all our musical intentions,” guitarist Thomas Aurizzi told Guitar World. “The versatility that we can get out of this guitar is just incredible, allowing us to play everything from death metal to jazz music with extreme simplicity and a perfect sound. Also, in a track like ‘Liar’s Paradox,’ composed by a fast ride at the beginning and a proggy dynamic structure in the middle, this guitar shows versatility both in the rhythmic and in the solo parts. We’re very proud of this new collaboration with Overload Guitars and can’t wait to hit the stage and studio with our new axes.”
DWIGHT YOAKAM TO RELEASE BRAND-NEW ALBUM
Internationally renowned recording artist, songwriter, and actor Dwight Yoakam will release a brand-new album, entitled Second Hand Heart, on April 14th, 2015. The album, available for pre-order here, marks the multiple GRAMMY Award winner’s return to the Warner family. Yoakam released a series of albums on Reprise Records beginning with his debut, Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc., in 1986.
Yoakam will return to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards® this Sunday, February 8th, for a special performance with ‘Best New Artist’ nominee Brandy Clark.
BOB MARLEY’S ‘EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78’ TRAILER
Throughout history, no artist has so dominated the world of music as Bob Marley. A musical, political and even spiritual icon, a figure of almost mythical proportions, both poet and prophet, Marley was the first Jamaican artist to give voice to the struggles of his people and the Rastafarian culture, and the first to gain worldwide fame.
Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations around the world as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide and his hits compilation, Legend, holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album.