WORDSMITH “TALKING TO THE MOST HIGH”
“Talking to the Most High” is another lively and motivating record where Wordsmith explores his desire to ascend to the heights of greatness and how he finds his motivation through his own faith and action. Working hard and keeping a positive attitude in the face of adversity is key to Wordsmith’s success, granting him the knowledge that nothing is ever impossible and shouldering him with the responsibility of proving it to the world.
COLISEUM VIDEO FOR LEAD SINGLE “WE ARE THE WATER”
Midwestern post-punk luminaries Coliseum are slated to drop their highly anticipated new album Anxiety’s Kiss on May 5th via the venerable Deathwish Inc. (Deafheaven, Touche Amore, Converge, etc.). Anxiety’s Kiss is arguably the trio’s most experimental album to date, an energized amalgamation of cathartic post-punk, frenetic underground rock, post-gothic ambience, and punk ethos that is easily the most realized representation of the bands’ melodic ebb and flow to date. The stylistic diversity of the album falls together harmoniously under the powerful production of esteemed engineer and collaborator J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines), presenting a cohesive musical and lyrical rumination on humanity, love and lust spread across ten captivating songs.
STICKYBLACKPLASTICS NEW SINGLE
Following their self-titled debut EP release in June 2014, stickybackplastics continue to hone their expertly-crafted take on alt-blues with new track ‘Psycho Dreamer’, which will be the opening track on 2nd EP release ‘Reptile Smile’, out on 27 March.
Listen to/embed ‘Psycho Dreamer’ (and the Tim Muddiman remix of ‘Toxic Secret’) here:
THE MONEY GO ROUND “VELVET SKY”
Velvet Sky is the new release from Brother Duo The Money Go Round. Velvet Sky is a much-anticipated release from the pair after some line up changes forced the hold up of the new material. Now back on track the boys are “stinging to release a heap of new music this year”.
With the release of their previous single ‘Endless Sun’ the boys had a string of great live shows supporting bands such as a Papa Vs Pretty, the Snowdroppers, tours of the east coast with Kingswood, The Griswolds and the Belligerents.
JACK LADDER STREAM “TO KEEP AND TO BE KEPT”
Today, Jack Ladder is releasing their new album Playmates, out now via Fat Possum Records. Its release ushers in a run of tour dates, bringing the Australia-based Ladder and his band The Dreamlanders, featuring Kirin J. Callinan (whose own album Embracism was released last year on Terrible / XL) Laurence Pike (of PVT) and Donny Benet, to the US. Their American dates currently include stops at SXSW, Brooklyn and Los Angeles, and more dates will be announced soon. Current dates are listed below.
DEEPFRIED “THAT’S FRESH”
The Santa Cruz, Ca based Trip-hop duo Deepfried are Rob Cross and Peter Chester met studying electronic music at the University of California. The two are set to release their debut full length, Gadgetbox, on March 29, 2015. Gadgetbox is a downtempo journey. It rolls. There are lots of hooks and solid grooves and they find their flavor, being spliced with chirps, warbles, bumps and sweeps.
ETERNAL DEATH PREMIERE DEBUT ALBUM
Eternal Death is the latest project from Johan Angergård (Acid House Kings/Club 8), who recruited 21-year old vocalist Elin Berlin, to explore a new, dark, electro-pop sound, like Robyn’s younger, Goth sister.
MICHAEL STEC “PARTY DRESS”
MICHAEL STEC is a phenomenal new talent that hails from Philadelphia. Just premiering his indie pop-esque new single, “Party Dress,” the singer shares a song that is both unique and familiar. The piano driven song is highlighted by Stec’s accessible and vibrant vocals; bringing the song into the limelight. Stec’s knack for writing catchy hooks and brilliant harmonies proves to be a talent in its own right. His melodies will swirl in your head and hypnotize you with every listen.
TWRK “SPRING BREAK”
TWRK’s been a part of the Mad Decent fam for a long time so it’s only right that they’re releasing the duo’s first EP. The lead single off their We Are TWRK EP “Spring Break (feat. The Rej3tz & Dougie F)” comes just in time for every college student’s favorite week of the year. From Miami to Mexico “Spring Break” will be the party anthem that will get people going all summer long. Download “Spring Break” free today and keep a lookout for more announcements leading up to the release of their EP, out May 5th on Mad Decent.
Thief is the electronic pop brainchild of PJ Wolf, who traded in his guitars for synthesizers, crafting a fresh minimalist sound that would embrace the aesthetic of contemporaries such as Metronomy, Miike Snow, Frank Ocean and N.E.R.D. Thief has garnered significant support for his debut single ‘Broken Boy’ and ‘Closer’ EP from key blog tastemakers such as Neon Gold, Pigeons & Planes and Indieshuffle, achieving multiple TOP 5 Hype Machine charts. He has received solid radio play on Radio 1 and XFM in the UK alongside KEXP & KCRW in the US and triple j in Australia.
Continuing to bring us the best in underground music, Steve Angello’s X label sees a release from the newly founded Kingstown with beat-driven “Jacana,” complete with remixes by the legendary Pete Tong and Dutch duo Sunnery James and Ryan Marciano, out February 23rd.
MEREDITH GRAVES STARTS NEW LABEL + SIGNS SO STRESSED
Honor Press, a brand new label created and directed by Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy, is very happy to announce our first release, SO STRESSED’s, The Unlawful Trade of Greco-Roman Art.
So Stressed is a Sacramento-based post-hardcore three piece comprised of Morgan Fox, Andrew Garcia and Kenneth Draper. Their mutual insistence on perfection meant it took more than two years to complete Unlawful Trade— fully formed songs would be thrown out completely if one member was unhappy with the final result. This meticulousness is the anxiety-ridden heartbeat of the album, twelve songs that sound like what’s happening inside your head when you wake up in the middle of the night sweating for no reason.
ASTA NEW SINGLE ‘DYNAMITE’
‘Dynamite’ by name and it’s DY–NO-MITE by nature!!
triple j high school unearthed alumni Asta taps her inner-diva & finds the sound of a future music maven with new single ‘Dynamite’.
Premiered last night on “Good Nights” with Linda Marigliano, the single is a burst of old school R&B as Asta experiments with her writing and performance craft, boldly and unexpectedly digging into the potent soul of Whitney Houston & Chaka Khan.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN NAMED ROLLING STONE “ARTIST TO KNOW”
U.K. breakout band Catfish and the Bottlemen has just been named a Rolling Stone “Artist to Know.” Rolling Stone praises their “hard charging debut” LP The Balcony, released earlier this year via Communion Records.
YELAWOLF’S NEW ALBUM SET FOR RELEASE ON APRIL 21
Yelawolf will release his highly anticipated second album, Love Story, on April 21st, on Slumerican/Shady Records/Interscope Records. The album, with Eminem as Executive Producer, was recorded over two years largely at Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios with producers Malay, WLPWR, as well as Eminem himself. The Alabama-born rapper has described as “more passionate” than his debut, 2011’s Radioactive, is a collection of the artist’s myriad musical influences. “I’m telling the truth about a lot of things,” Yelawolf’s said in describing the new album. “I try to be as honest as I can with everything I do.”
“Whiskey In A Bottle,” the latest release from Love Story, is currently available at digital retailers.
ACRE TARN “DAWN FACES”
Acre Tarn is the electronic music project from Anna-Louisa Etherington, a singer/producer originally from the lake district. It is this area of origin that imprints on the music which features swirls of rugged and disjointed beats cut into wide and ghostly soundscapes. Sitting above this Anna has a natural tone that can convey a multitude of emotions and reminisces Kate Bush at her most forceful moments.
LOWLAND HUM “ODELL”
Lowland Hum has released “Odell”, the first single from the indie-folk duo’s upcoming album. The track premiered on Earmilk, who praises its “evolving” arrangement and “sweet and subtle vocal delivery” as highlights of the song. Lowland Hum will release their self-titled sophomore full-length album on April 14.
MAHD NEW SINGLE
With his concept album, 13, releasing March 2nd, Detroit rapper MAHD has continued his #MAHDMondays series of releases with “Can’t Believe/Road Trip.” The album’s fourth single finds the rapper delving into a personal and emotional story, starting in the middle of an argument, telling how and why things have gone bad and how he can’t believe he’s finding himself in the situation he’s in. “‘Can’t Believe’ takes place in the beginning of the story,” explains MAHD, adding that it’s “telling what happened that caused me to leave town and clear my head. It’s the start of the 13 story.”
SNAKESHIPS X TORY LANES “DIMELO”
Tory Lanez has teamed up with UK production duo Snakehips for “Dimelo”, a track birthed from the Songs From Scratch series via Yours Truly. The tune was laid down at the WeDidit Collective Studio’s in Los Angeles where both Tory and Snakehips turn a day and night long recording session into a slapping drum track laced with synth strings and Tory’s signature sticky vocal melodies. Check out the video below and be on the lookout for Tory’s upcoming collaborative EP with WeDidit coming on April 6th.
LATE NIGHT RADIO NEW ALBUM
Alex Medellin, aka Late Night Radio has been called by his loyal fans “the best thing coming out of Colorado”, and with music like what we hear on his latest EP, Polaroid, it’s easy to see why. Deeply soulful samples taken directly from the original vinyl and bold electro-soul bass lines overlaying crisp hip-hop beats make this album some of the most hard-hitting material yet from this prodigal hip-hop producer.
Like a photograph capturing a moment in history, Polaroid is a musical snapshot of a period in the life of it’s creator. Staying true to form creating funky dance music with emotional depth, Late Night Radio delivers a cohesive and energetic album to follow his previous, more subdued and introspective release, Soapbox.
KONSHEN COVERS JOHN LEGEND
This past week Konshens released a John Legend cover of “Nobody in the World”. This is the first cover the dancehall super star has ever released in his musical career and it was definitely worth the wait. Not known for doing covers, fans were surprised, yet once they click play fans applauded the unique style Konshens brought to the John Legend single (You & I, Nobody in the World).
BUMBLEFOOT NEW SOLO ALBUM
Guitar virtuoso, singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, and producer Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal has released his 10th CD entitled “Little Brother Is Watching” today. The album is an eccentric, upbeat collection of modern epic rock with haunting melodies, huge choruses and witty lyrics about life in the digital age and beyond. Specifically, his own life and coming to terms with what we all face – beginnings, endings, and moving on. The album was composed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Bumblefoot at his studio in New Jersey, and also features drummer Dennis Leeflang and a crowd of 100 fans stomping, chanting and singing backing vocals recorded at a listening party in New York.
LORD HURON’S “HURRICANE (JOHNNIE’S THEME)” FEATURED ON NPR
“Hurricane (Johnnie’s Theme),” the latest track off Lord Huron’s highly anticipated new record Strange Trails, is featured on NPR’s “All Songs Considered: New Mix” podcast: http://n.pr/1aec6iv.
ALESSO DROPS NEW VIDEO FOR “COOL” FT. ROY ENGLISH
Swedish DJ/producer Alesso has released the new music video to his second track “Cool” ft. Roy English from his upcoming highly anticipated debut album out later this year via Def Jam Recordings / Virgin EMI. The video sees Alesso taking his most playful role yet as a nerdy high school student who wins his teacher’s heart with a series of wild dance routines. It was directed by Emil Nava and shot at the historic Venice Beach High School where iconic films Grease, American History X, and Britney Spears’ “Hit Me Baby One More Time” video were filmed. Watch the video below and share.
KEEP OF KALESSIN “DARK DIVINITY”
Two-time Norwegian Grammy nominees, KEEP OF KALESSIN, today unleashes their long-anticipated new full-length in North America 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.
STYX AXS-TV SPECIAL PREMIERES MARCH 15
It’s been over two years since a full STYX concert was broadcast on national TV (“Styx: The Grand Illusion/Pieces Of Eight Live” DVD, which aired on VH1 Classic and the Palladia HD channel). Now comes time for a brand new live event that’s set to premiere on AXS TV on Sunday, March 15 at 8pm Eastern Time/5pm Pacific Time.
The band’s show was filmed at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV in front of a sold-out, adoring audience during last year’s “The Soundtrack of Summer” tour. STYX performed many of their greatest hits, including “Come Sail Away,” “Renegade,” and “The Grand Illusion.” They even dug deep into their catalog for such fan favorites as “Light Up,” and were joined on stage by tour mate and former Eagles guitar legend Don Felder for “Blue Collar Man.” Felder’s show earlier that same night was also filmed for AXS TV, which will air immediately following STYX’s special. Felder’s special culminates with special guest STYX guitarist Tommy Shaw trading vocals and the classic electric guitar licks on “Hotel California.”
HIPPO CAMPUS “SOULS”
Last Fall, St. Paul, Minnesota’s Hippo Campus released their debut EP Bashful Creatures to great praise, garnering acclaim from the likes of NME, Neon Gold, Interview Magazine and many more. The EP was produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk and mixed by Brad Bivens (Kings of Leon, Ingrid Michaelson, Dan Wilson). The band is pleased to announce that they have signed with Grand Jury (Twin Peaks, Avid Dancer, Seoul) to re-issue Bashful Creatures EP on May 5, 2015, and to release forthcoming EP in the spring.
SONGHOY BLUES JOIN ATLANTIC RECORDS FAMILY
Atlantic Records has announced its signing of Songhoy Blues. The acclaimed Malian band released its much-anticipated debut album, entitled “MUSIC IN EXILE,” today in the U.S. Buy the album here: