NEW VIDEO BY ZION I
“Hip-hop is a tool to empower us, not to limit us and put us back into whatever our oppressor wants us to be,” states Zumbi. The Sun, Moon, and Stars EP perfectly encapsulates this idea, with tracks that reflect upon the growing climate of unrest in the wake of fallen minorities like Eric Garner and Mike Brown. Whether it’s the hard hitting pulse of the street anthem “Juggernaut” or the laid-back outro of “Last Nite,” Zion I lays it down to bring his best game forward. While hip-hop continues to grow, Zion I represents the old sage who preserves the core of the culture and genre.
Q PRIME SIGNS VOLBEAT AS NEW MANAGEMENT CLIENT
Q Prime, the New York based music management firm founded and run by Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch, today announced the North American management signing of the Grammy nominated Danish metal band Volbeat.
“Anytime you see a band (in Lubbock, Texas no less) who can play Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and their own “Hangman’s Body Count” in the same set is worth managing,” said Peter Mensch. “We are looking forward to plunging into wildly imaginative world of Volbeat.”
MYSTERY SKULLS NEW VIDEO
Mastermind electronic singer/producer Mystery Skulls has unveiled the striking new music video for his track “Magic” featuring Nile Rodgers & Brandy from his debut Forever LP. The video was directed by groundbreaking French duo Double Ninja and produced by Cumulus. It features a complete gold-dipped CGI tale of love and the creation of life. Mystery Skulls’ current hugely successful tour with Cherub has been expanded by 14 new dates including Noise Pop Festival on February 26th- dates below.
They recently released their new single, “Home,” the first of three stand alone singles set to release throughout the first quarter of 2015. Click HERE to check it out. Carmella’s music is dark and alternative, blending unusual tonalities with modern structures and melodies. Inanna Naked describes their sound as, “A dark forest of beautiful music in the desolation of a barren region…Formal in the gothic atmospheres but pop, experimental and modern in the electronic backgrounds.”
THE CREATORS PROJECT PRESENTS ‘EVERY BREAKING WAVE’
The Creators Project today premieres Irish director Aoife McArdle’s Every Breaking Wave, a short film based on the U2 song of the same name. Set on the streets of early 1980s Northern Ireland, Every Breaking Wave is built around themes of emotional abandon and the uncertainty of romantic relationships.
Every Breaking Wave follows two teenagers, one Catholic and the other Protestant, who fall in love amidst ongoing violence. The short film’s emotional core is centered around “Every Breaking Wave” and “The Troubles,” two tracks drawn from U2’s most recent album Songs of Innocence.
ECHOSMITH’S VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “BRIGHT”
“Bright” – the alluring new single from alt-pop breakout band Echosmith – is already making huge waves at radio, and now MTV.com and VH1.com have premiered the accompanying music video. MTV describes the video as “just as beautiful as the song” and “completely light-hearted” in the masterful way that it “compares the complicated feeling of love into something that’s simply romantic: star-gazing.”
PENTAGRAM RE-SIGNS WITH PEACEVILLE RECORDS
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the re-signing of U.S. metal legend, Pentagram, for its forthcoming studio album, set to be released summer 2015. The highly influential American heavy metal/doom act, fronted by the mysterious Bobby Liebling, formed in the early 1970s, though its debut album – now known as Relentless – didn’t see a release until 1985. Through four decades of adversity and triumph, Pentagram has become a legendary international act and has firmly stamped its name in the heavy metal history books.
Pentagram recently completed pre-production with Swedish producer, Mattias Nilsson, at studios in Baltimore, Md., D.C. and Va., with additional vocal and guitar production in Knoxville, Tenn. with Travis Wyrick. Wyrick is a Grammy Award-winning producer who produced the band’s previous album, Last Rites.
BEN PEARCE TAKES IYES ‘CRAZY IN LOVE (BEYONCE COVER)’ REMIX
Ben Pearce has just unveiled a hypnotic new remix of the viral cover of Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’ by IYES, free to download now.
Ben takes this slow acoustic cover by IYES, with its mellow piano and soft, ethereal vocal and adds q gently warped bass, light synths and bouncing percussion over the looped vocal track.
SEOULESS “XXPLOSIVE” VIDEO
“I was on a plane in early 2014, on a flight to the east coast. I had Chronic 2001 playing out of my headphones, and when “Xxplosive” came on, it all hit me. I was reminiscing about my childhood and where I was at that current stage of my life. I wrote the song on my five-and-a-half hour flight, and recorded it as soon as I got back into Los Angeles, which was literally a day later.” Also in the works from Seouless is a KPOP project produced by producer Jim Naze.
MADISEN WARD AND THE MAMA BEAR PERFORM ON THE “LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN”
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear made their network television debut last night on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” The acclaimed mother and son duo performed “Silent Movies” from their highly anticipated debut album, which was produced by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Artic Monkeys) and will be released this spring on Glassnote Records. The single debuted yesterday by Lazlo on Kansas City Alternative Rock radio station The Buzz and is now available here.
RYAN CULWELL NEW SINGLE
On March 3rd, the Nashville-via-West Texas songwriter Ryan Culwell will release Flatlands, his first album in more than 8 years, on Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver, Amanda Shires). When asked to describe the album, Culwell says, “listening to my music is like watching No County For Old Men…all the emptiness and violence will either scare you away or you’ll find yourself alone at 3am with it on repeat.”
Yesterday, Folk Alley premiered “I Think I’ll Be Their God,” the third song to be released from Flatlands. Kelly McCarty said “Flatlands, on the whole, feels suitably dusty and dark… And, while it might not be an easy listen, [it] is certainly a pleasant one… in the same way that driving those long, lonesome highways can be, if you surrender to the experience rather than fight it.”
JEFF BECK SIGNS EXCLUSIVE BOOK PUBLISHING DEAL
Announced today, the legendary JEFF BECK has signed an exclusive publishing deal with the London-based Genesis Publishing Group. Plans to release a high quality ‘signed, limited-edition’ book are in the works for release in the last quarter of 2015. In addition, BECK is hard at work on an officially sanctioned documentary and is currently penning his own autobiography.
BECK would like his fans to know, that while others may release un-authorized documentaries and biographies, these forthcoming works will be the only authorized versions by BECK himself.
decker. ALBUM STREAM
Next week, decker. takes Patsy on the road for the next two months starting in their homestate and crossing the country and back. A full list of tour dates can be found below with more being added every day.
On Patsy, singer Brandon Decker touches on socio-economic hardships and political failings; on the title trackan initially pretty acoustic number that veers dynamic and darkhe invokes the image of Lee Harvey Oswald. Never better over there/never better anywhere he laments, as the song builds to a repeated refrain of, they shot me down.
JAYMES YOUNG UNVEILS UNSETTLING VIDEO FOR “I’LL BE GOOD”
Quote from Jaymes: “The video represents the harm we do. We harm ourselves when we harm others. It also reflects the re-birth of a forgiven conscience.”
NEW SINGLE BY EXGF
“We Are The Hearts” was just #1 on Hype Machine, a song that speaks of triumph, defeat, war, spirituality — but above all an indefatigable and profound belief in the power of ourselves. It proclaims: “We will never be bought and sold…the future runs through OUR bones.”
GROOMS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR “CROSS OFF” ON PITCHFORK
Grooms are very thrilled to present the entirety of their forthcoming Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair LP this week courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan. The album comes out next Tuesday, February 17th on Western Vinyl and an album release show with A Place To Bury Strangers will happen that very same night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
KANDI BURRUSS LOVE & SEX ADVICE
Maintaining a long-lasting relationship often comes with a number of responsibilities and standards set by couples, which can either result in a lifetime of fulfillment or end in a complete catastrophe.
Luckily for Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker, their walk of love led to exchanging vows last April during a lavish wedding ceremony in Atlanta. In addition to the couple displaying their personal lives on Bravo’s hit reality series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” the twosome also share a union in business, as Tucker serves as executive producer of the singer-songwriter’s popular web series, “Kandi Koated Nights.” This, naturally, involves experimenting with various products from Burruss’ line of adult merchandise, Bedroom Kandi, before each creation hits the market.
This month, starting February 24th, the legendary group The Diplomats will kick off the official Pledge of Allegiance Tour. The concert tour will start in the group’s home town of New York City making various stops throughout the nation including Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, Seattle, Los Angeles, and more.
All members of the group including, Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana, and Freekey Zekey will be participating as they visit multiple cities. DJ Funkflex and DJ Drewski are the official DJs of the tour.
ADELITAS WAY NEW SINGLE “I GET AROUND”
Las Vegas hard rockers Adelitas Way have released their new single “I Get Around” on most major digital retail outlets. The single is from their forthcoming EP “Deserve This”, which will be released March 17th. Fans can purchase the single here: http://geni.us/IGetAround.
MADEON RELEASES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “PAY NO MIND”
Electronic music phenom Madeon has released the official music video for “Pay No Mind” featuring Passion Pit today. “Pay No Mind” is the latest track to be unleashed from Madeon’s upcoming debut album, Adventure, which is set for release on March 31st.
The video is the second installment of a trilogy focused on a young woman, Asteria, and a young man, Icarus. Set in a remote city, in an undefined future, Asteria is restless to see more of the outside world. She finds a friend in Icarus, who shares her desire of leaving.
THEORIES NEW SINGLE
Regression is the forthcoming new full-length from Seattle death grind miscreants, THEORIES. Set for release next month via Metal Blade Records, Regression boasts ten tracks of grisly, unapologetic, crust-infused death grind that’ll rot you from the inside out.
BRITISH BAND HIDDEN CHARMS “IT’S TIME”
London four-piece Hidden Charms are preparing to bring their signature sound Stateside with a handful of live shows at Los Angeles’ AMPLYFi on Saturday, February 14th, Sama Sama in Santa Barbara on Tuesday, February 17th and The Lyric Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 19th.
NICKI MINAJ REACHES #1 ON BILLBOARD’S TOP 200 STREAMING CHART
Continuing her hip-hop reign, NICKI MINAJ has occupied the #1 spot for streaming on the Billboard Top 200 Chart for nearly 2 months & counting. Since the release of her universally praised third full-length offering, The Pinkprint [Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records], the Grammy Award-winning, record-setting rap queen has held the top with no signs of relinquishing her grip. The Pinkprint has dominated the Billboard Rap Chart for a total of 5 weeks and has remained in the Top 3 since the album’s release.
At radio, MINAJ also continues to dominate. “Only” [featuring Drake, Lil Wayne, & Chris Brown] and “Truffle Butter” [featuring Drake & Lil Wayne] are both holding strong in the Top 10 at Rhythm.
JESSIE BAYLIN’S “DO YOU WANNA DANCE” DEBUTS AT T: THE NEW YORK TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE
Jessie Baylin’s rendition of Bette Midler’s 1972 recording of “Do You Wanna Dance” written by Bobby Freeman debuted today at T: The New York Times Style Magazine. The magazine describes the cover song as “dreamy” and “sultry” adding, “…the record is a lush and slightly nostalgic collection that recalls big, warm AM radio singles, as well as soulful female vocalists like Dusty Springfield and Nancy Sinatra.”