IDES OF GEMINI TOUR DATES
West Coast atmospheric sound conjurors, IDES OF GEMINI, will bring their sonic rituals to the stage this Spring supporting indie folk rock trio, Mountain Goats. Slated to commence on April 2nd, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee, the journey will coil its way through seventeen cities coming to a close April 23rd, 2015 in Millvale, Pennsylvania.
IDES IF GEMINI w/ Mountain Goats:
4/02/2015 Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN
4/03/2015 Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
4/04/2015 The Jinx – Savannah, GA
4/07/2015 Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
4/08/2015 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
4/09/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
4/11/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/12/2015 City Winery – New York, NY
4/13/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
4/14/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
4/16/2015 Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH
4/17/2015 Majestic Theatre – Detroit, MI
4/18/2015 Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
4/19/2015 Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
4/21/2015 Headliners – Louisville, KY
4/22/2015 Wexner Center – Columbus, OH
4/23/2015 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
THE 405 PREMIERES EXULTANT NEW SINGLE “IT’S TOUGH LETTING GO”
Tomás Pagán Motta is a DC-based songwriter rooted in the traditions of Americana and folk. Previously recording and releasing music under the pseudonym The Petticoat Tearoom, Motta has crafted a stunning eponymous debut record, set for release on March 3, 2015 via 8 Gang Switch.
STALKING GIA COVERS NICK JONAS
NYC-based electro-pop artist Stalking Gia has unveiled a dreamy rendition of the chart-topping Nick Jonas single “Jealous,” which premiered yesterday at SalaciousSound.com. The 21-year old has been turning heads since the release of her debut track “War Paint,” which saw some recognition in the Hype Machine world at blogs like Kick Kick Snare, Muumuse, and others. Drawing comparisons to artists like Tove Lo, Broods, or Lana Del Rey – Stalking Gia is poised to captivate audiences everywhere in 2015.
DRUG CABIN “JESUS”
Los Angeles based-Drug Cabin will release their debut album Yard Work on February 24. The band, comprised of onetime Ambulance LTD frontman Marcus Congleton and former Pretty Girls Make Graves guitarist Nathan Thelen, revealed a new track “Jesus” off Yard Work which will be released on CD, cassette tape, and digital formats via 401 Music. The song premiered on Brooklyn Vegan who said, “Drug Cabin doesn’t really sound like either Ambulance or PGMG: it’s laid back, a little dusty and, a little funky.”
F.STOKES “THE SLUMS”
Chicago-bred, Oakland-based rapper F.Stokes presents the music video for “The Slums”, his new single featuring and produced by Man Mantis. “The Slums” appears on Stokes’ new ’80s-themed EP A Princess Named Leroy which features Jeff Kite of Julian Casablancas and The Voidz, Dobie, actress Phyllis Cicero, and Paris-based funk band Super Social Jeez. Stokes slips into the character of his alter-ego Leroy for the EP, which follows Leroy’s dream of becoming a star in Paris as he navigates the south side of Chicago. The “Slums” video was directed by Joshua Scott and shot on VHS.
ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ RELEASE FIRST SONG VIDEO
Oakland’s Ensemble Mik Nawooj are excited to release the visuals for the track “First Song” from the critically acclaimed LP Ensemble Mik Nawooj: A Hip-Hop Orchestra. Thematically, the 8 minute video is about “life’s first experiences that shape us in profound ways be it positive or negative. It’s also a song of resolution; however difficult your life is, eventually we reach the ocean of peace if we can let go.” says Joowan Kim, the group’s composer.
RYAN CRANE “MEMORY LOSS”
Ryan Crane is back again with his latest Deep House effort, ‘Memory Loss’. The talented DJ and producer is seeking to continue his ascension within the House province and further his already impressive success. With projects such as: ‘Samo’, ‘Heat’, ‘Heroes’, ‘Ok Go’, ‘We Are Strong’, ‘Street Level’, ‘Slimer EP’, ‘Twist’, ‘We Love You’, and ‘Lazy Days’, all released within the last two years, Ryan Crane is putting out quality tracks at a rapid rate. ‘Memory Loss’ marks another important step in his development and might be considered his most noteworthy track so far. Already gaining the support of international DJs such as: Larry Tee, Dan McKie, JJ Mullor, Phil Turnipseed, Suz Curter, Adam Meza, and Vanilla Ace, this single is surely a grand start for Ryan Crane this year.
FIRST GHOST “SHAKING” VIDEO
London Ontaio’s First Ghost premiered their new music video (“Shaking”) on Alternative Press earlier this week, advising readers that the track is, “strongly recommended for fans of Jimmy Eat World.”
THE SCORE “OH MY LOVE”
Sometimes in order to find ourselves, we need to leave everything we’ve ever known behind. Having built their lives in New York City, Eddie and Edan set their sights on sunny California and haven’t looked back since. “Oh My Love” debuts a fresh sound for the band, complete with an uptempo feel you can’t help but sing and dance to.
Spaceships are very happy to announce that their forthcoming Little Buddha LP will see release on the LA-based Unsatisfied Records this February 24th. Little Buddha follows on the heels of last fall’s self-titled EP (on New Professor) and the reissue of their first album Cool Breeze Over The Mountains on the stoner-fueled Gnar Tapes, both of which found the young and scrappy noise-pop duo peppering their buzzsaw riffs with a sunny “California Pop” disposition.
JAKE NELSON “LOVE ME LATER”
St. Louis rapper Jake Nelson presents his new single “Love Me Later”, produced by Trap Team Beats. Jake says the song was inspired by “what us artists have to deal with. Anyone coming up or trying to come up in this industry knows it’s not easy. The music industry is so flooded that now you have to really stand out to shine. And I’m just telling the haters you don’t have to love me now, but you’ll love me later, I’m going to shine.”
R&B STAR TREY SONGZ ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF HIS LIQUOR BEVERAGE SX LIQUORS
International entertainment superstar Trey Songz has partnered with founder and CEO of SX Liquors David Knight to launch the brand nationwide. Currently one of the top R&B artists in the world with his latest album Tirgga debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling over 3M albums, 12M singles and 100M streams, Trey Songz continues to grow his global footprint around the world. His social media reach continues to grow each year, being in the 99th percentile for all artists. He currently has a collective social media outreach of more than 30M followers, creating over 700 million combined impressions. Songz is also managed by well-known Kevin Liles who has successfully aligned artists with products to help build a solid career footprint in his career.
Trey is excited about partnering with SX and will bringing the company’s wide range of liquor products to the media and consumers during his 2015 planned with a co-headlining 25 city US concert tour alongside Chris Brown, the “Between the Sheets Tour” and will be followed by a European tour with Nicki Minaj hitting the O2 Arena in London and the Zenith in Paris.
ODIN COURT 5th ALBUM MARCH 3
USA based progressive rock and metal band Odin’s Court’s eagerly awaited 5th album Turtles All the Way Down will hit the streets on March 3, 2015. After releasing four diverse albums on ProgRock Records internationally, Odin’s Court will release their latest album independently through their own label D2C Studios.
Band leader Matt Brookins commented on the latest album: “On Turtles All the Way Down, our sound is refined with a balance of modern and classic vibes, while still retaining the signature ‘Odin’s Court’ sound. We also have the ‘missing piece’ that completes us – a new vocalist that can bring the emotion and technicality to the music that it deserves. Dimetrius LaFavors’ vocals, combined with the more mature song writing and production, have taken us to the next level.” The artwork was done by French painter J.P. Fournier.
THERAPY? NEW STUDIO ALBUM ON AMAZING RECORD CO.
Out 23rd March, Therapy?’s first recording for new label Amazing Record Co., Disquiet comprises 11 tracks of charged, in-your-face, bruisingly melodic punk/metal. A sequel of sorts to the band’s million-selling 1994 album Troublegum, it is by turns confrontational, challenging, vengeful and venomous, a visceral and utterly compelling document of a confident band operating at the peak of their powers. Produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood/Band of Skulls/Turbowolf) at Blast studios in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, it’s both the most accessible record Therapy? have made in two decades, and a reaffirmation of their healthy respect for noise, chaos and unsettling psychodrama.
“We wanted to write something a bit more anthemic again,” explains vocalist/guitarist Cairns. “In May last year we did a 20th anniversary tour for the Troublegum album, and it was completely sold out, and it was great hearing those songs sung back at us, and seeing what they meant to people. Clearly it would be idiocy for us to attempt to recreate Troublegum, because that was a different era, and a different band line-up, but the starting point for this album for me was thinking ‘What would the protagonist of Troublegum be doing twenty years on?’ Our last two albums [2009’s Crooked Timber and 2012’s A Brief Crack of Light] were more experimental and diverse, and we already knew that he wanted to go back to more ‘song’-based stuff this time around, so that conceptual idea dovetailed perfectly with what we planned in terms of the musical direction.”
2 NEW DAKTYL SINGLES
UK-based multi-instrumentalist Daktyl has become part of the new wave of dynamic soundscape producers. His official remixes of Dawn Golden gained over a million plays and caught the eye of Diplo’s Mad Decent. Daktyl dropped his new single “Salters” today, grab it below as a free download.
Daktyl’s debut Cyclical LP is out April 21st, but fans can pre-order starting March 17th.
“Forgettable” & “Stay”:
BLUR NEW ALBUM THE MAGIC WHIP OUT APRIL 28 + “GO OUT”
It’s 16 years since their last album as a four-piece and April 28 sees the release of a brand new album from blur on Warner Bros., titled The Magic Whip.
The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.
Last November, Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whip are the result.
NEW VIDEO BY HAYDEN
Hey Love arrives only two years after his last release, on the inspiration of Dream Serenade: Hayden and wife Christie Greyerbiehl’s inaugural benefit for Toronto’s Beverley St. School for developmentally disabled children (October 2014 at Massey Hall). The album was performed and produced almost entirely by Hayden at his Toronto home studio Skyscraper National Park, with contributions from his live band featuring Jay McCarrol, Taylor Knox, and JJ Ipsen. The foursome hits the road with Dan Mangan + Blacksmith in February with Hey Love arriving on March 24, 2015.
KID INK’S ‘FULL SPEED’ ENTERS AT NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD’S RAP AND R&B/HIP HOP CHARTS
Kid Ink has done it again! The LA native’s major label sophomore LP, Full Speed (Tha Alumni Music Group/88 Classic/RCA Records), enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums and R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts, and No. 4 on the Digital Albums chart, according to this week’s Nielsen SoundScan.
On the global front, Full Speed debuts at No. 10 on the Top Albums charts in the UK and Germany, the latter of which places Ink within an elite group of US rappers with albums that have debuted within the Top 10 in Germany. Over the last 5 years, only 4 rap albums have earned Germany’s Top 10 debut status – Eminem’s Shady XV (2014), The Marshall Mathers LP2 (2013) and Recovery (2010), and Jay Z & Kanye West’s Watch The Throne (2011). Full Speed also debuts at No. 7 in Switzerland; No. 7 and No. 8 on the France and Canada Digital Albums charts, respectively.
HUNTER SIEGEL “LET ME LOVE YOU RIGHT FEAT. KAI”
Toronto-based artist Hunter Siegel has been making waves in the dance space since dropping his latest single “Let Me Love You Right Feat. Kai” and both the club mix and radio edit are out now via Big Beat Records.
STRUNG OUT TOUR
In support of their forthcoming album Transmission.Alpha.Delta. (Fat Wreck Chords), renowned punk rock band STRUNG OUT announce their national headline tour Transmission.To.The.Nation Tour 2015. They’ll be hitting the road with their brigade in tow, which includes Masked Intruder, Red City Radio, and La Armada.
The first leg of their tour with their caravan consisting of Masked Intruder and La Armada kicks off on April 2nd in Santa Barbara, CA then bounces around the West Coast, Midwest and Canada concluding in Green Bay, WI on April 21st. The second leg commences on April 22nd in Minneapolis, MN with their convoy including Red City Radio and La Armada then circles around the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada drawing to a close in their home state of California on an undisclosed date.
TIRED LION “I DON’T THINK YOU LIKE ME”
The last 12 months have seen Perth’s Tired Lion begin to stand out as one of Western Australia’s most exciting new bands – including showcasing at Singapore’s prestigious Music Matters Live, wowing crowds at the 2014 WAMI Awards, touring nationally for their debut EP All We Didn’t Know, supporting the likes of Gyroscope, The 1975, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, and Velociraptor, and being nominated for ‘the most popular live act’ at the 2014 WAM Awards.
MEXICO CITY BLONDES “SHOOT THE MOON”
Today marks the premiere of “Shot The Moon”, the first single released this year by Mexico City Blondes, one of the most buzzed about bands of 2014. “Shot The Moon” picks up right where the band left off last year, with intricately layered synths and carefully constructed song structures giving way to huge hooks and lead singer Allie Thompson’s sultry and complex vocals. The track premiered earlier today with noted tastemaker hillydilly.com, who said the track “smells of innovation and a willingness to experiment with new song structure”.
LOU BRUTUS IS #1 AGAIN
Rock Radio stalwart LOU BRUTUS has again been voted Best Nationally Syndicated DJ in America by voters in the Rock Radio Awards, sponsored by Radio Contraband. Winners were announced Saturday, January 31, 2015 during a ceremony at The House of Blues Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.
This year marked the second “Best DJ” category inclusion at the awards and second time LOU BRUTUS has won. Other nominees honored in this category were Nikki Sixx, Jackie Kajzer, The Chop Shop, and Skratch N’ Sniff. The awards featured music performances by Aranda and Fit for Rivals.
Upon accepting the honor Brutus said, “You gotta live every day like Ferris Bueller, cause you never know when you’ll be dead.”
COURAGE MY LOVE NEW SINGLE & DEAL
Toronto based 3 piece rock band Courage My Love has signed with Ohio based InVogue Records. The trio will be re-releasing their latest effort ‘Becoming’, with 6 additional tracks on March 24, 2015.
Included in those tracks is their newest single “Kerosene” that you can stream now on Alternative Press. The new single is produced by GGGarth & mixed by David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Underoath, Paramore).
JULIET SIMMS IS BACK
“All or Nothing speaks volumes about who I am as a person… that I am a survivor, that I’m not gonna give up, I’m not gonna stop…. Wait, that’s Destiny’s Child,” laughs rocker JULIET SIMMS about her new self-released EP. In a lot of ways, this child’s destiny is not only as a music industry survivor but also as a testament that when you have that creative spirit and fire, you really can’t be stopped. “In all honesty, the EP represents strength, perseverance, never backing down and owning who you are and never being afraid to voice it at the top of your lungs.”
For Juliet, All or Nothing’s six tracks signal that the music industry rollercoaster that she’s been riding might finally be leveling out on the upswing. Birthed via a very successful PledgeMusic campaign that raised far above its original goal and was released just last week, the EP impressively landed at #1 on Billboard’s New Alternative Artist and #4 on Top New Artist charts.
EDDIE COHN NEW VIDEO
Cohn’s album explores the ups and downs of relationships, from first blush to heartbreak. Cohn worked with renowned Los Angeles musician and senior producer for Riptide Music Group, Dan Silver, whose credentials include Pirates of the Caribbean and GLEE. The album has received praise from Buzzbands LA, who applauded his album for its “cinematic feel of certain arena-frequenting British pop bands. Downright pretty.”
CHEERLEADER’S DEBUT LP + NEW VIDEO
Breakout band Cheerleader’s debut LP The Sunshine of Your Youth will be released May 19 via Bright Antenna Records. The record features songs off the band’s critically acclaimed On Your Side EP as well as never before heard tracks. In addition, the video for the album’s lead single “The Sunshine of Your Youth” can now be watched/shared: http://bit.ly/1L7D5aS.
SPACE MONK NEW SINGLE
“ANALYSIS PARALYSIS” took over a year to record and mix, undergoing various transformations in the galactic melting pot of Rory and Torey’s bedrooms. Upon reaching its final form, the salmon armada added an extra special ingredient to finish the broth – cosmic cream! The song conjures up images of endless summer roadtrips with its silky-smooth vocals, and at its heart longs for a time when one lived in the moment, carefree with no responsibilities or concerns.
POMPEII PREMIERE EXPLOSIVE & BMX-CENTRIC “BLUEPRINT”
Filmed in Austin, TX by acclaimed Norwegian director Thor Brenne (Heyerdahl, Tomorrow We Move to Hawaii, Razika), the video for Austin quartet Pompeii’s “Blueprint”, taken from their third release LOOM, is a look into the reckless abandon of what it is to be young. Taking it’s inspiration loosely from the 1986 filmThrashin, the video was co-directed by two of the most prominent names in BMX history, Joe Rich (T1) and Sandy Carson (BMX rider/photographer).
MEASURE “BEGIN AGAIN”
Brooklyn-based band Measure has had a whirlwind of a week, welcoming new fans to their electro pop sound by way of Taylor Swift. As BuzzFeed, Billboard, TIME, MTV, Entertainment Tonight, Perez Hilton and countless other news outlets have reported, Swift recently offered some relationship advice to a fan via Tumblr after her boyfriend abruptly ended their relationship via text message. As The Huffington Post reports, “[Swift] also suggested a pretty rad playlist of songs to help the healing process.” One out of six of those songs is Measure’s “Begin Again.”
FLOOD PREMIERES NEW LADY LAZARUS TRACK “ANNA”
FLOOD Magazine has premiered a brand new track––“Anna,” featuring percussionist Gary Mallaber (Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band)––from Lady Lazarus’ upcoming album Miracles. “Grandiose and minimally arranged, the track is a fitting, if somewhat somber tribute, and an intriguing taste of more to come on the full-length LP…” explains FLOOD Magazine.
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX NEW ALBUM
New Jersey’s legendary, riff-centric power trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX (aka TAB) will release its long-awaited, sixth full length LP, Gravitron on April 21 via Tee Pee. Filled with gargantuan riffs and jaw-dropping psych sonics, Gravitron was recorded at Shorefire Studios (Blondie, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi) in Long Branch, NJ and was mastered by Alan Douches (Motörhead, Tombs).
JACKSON SCOTT SHARES NEW SINGLE VIA THE FADER
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.”
WIRE STREAM “JOUST & JOSTLE” AT NOISEY
Right from their inception in 1976, back in the first stirrings of punk, Wire went about making music in a subversive, conceptual way, setting themselves apart from both their peers and their influences.
“I had this idea that I wanted to avoid things that had a particular kind of tradition,” explains singer and guitarist Colin Newman. “I thought the three-chord trick was too simplistic and that the one-chord trick would be better. Or the two chord trick where the second chord is definitely not the right chord.”
STEELY DAN ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2015 “ROCKABYE GOLLIE ANGEL TOUR”
It was announced today by Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker that the band’s 2015 “ROCKABYE GOLLIE ANGEL TOUR” will extend into the summer with special guest Elvis Costello & The Imposters. Steely Dan recently announced an eight-date April run, which included a booking at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival that had chins wagging all across the music industry. Now, the news of these three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers on the same bill will certainly set fans abuzz nationwide. The summer 2015 “ROCKABYE GOLLIE ANGEL TOUR” is set to kick off at Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre on July 6th and will hit 20 cities before concluding on August 12th in West Palm Beach, Florida.
SUBVERSION + METALINSIDER.NET LAUNCH NEW TRACK “CATALYST”
U.K. melodic tech metal outfit, Subversion, has teamed up with MetalInsider.net to stream a new track, “Catalyst,” from the band’s upcoming sophomore release, Animi, due out March 3 on Rogue Records America. Stream the new song exclusively at: