PRIORY “WEEKEND” VIDEO
Alt-pop group Priory have announced the release of their full-length Warner Bros. Records debut, Need To Know, out April 7th. Recently deemed an MTV 2015 ‘Artist To Watch,’ the Portland, OR-based duo will embark on a North American tour with Britpop band Kaiser Chiefs, and make appearances at SXSW, Governor’s Ball and Bonnaroo. Tickets are on sale at http://prioryband.com.
NEW SINGLE BY DIRTYDIGGS
DirtyDiggs release a new joint off their “Rodman” LP, “Splash Gordon” featuring Rozewood, Planet Asia, and Killa Kali. The DirtyDiggs’ “Rodman” LP is set to release March 13, 2015.
THE X-FACTOR BREAKOUT STAR RECORDING DEBUT COUNTRY EP WITH PRODUCER DAVID HUFF
Teen singing sensation and The X-Factor breakout star Rion Paige has made the move to Nashville. Called “extraordinary” by renowned producer Simon Cowell, Paige knew Music City was the right place to record her debut country album.
“I’m so excited to be part of Nashville’s amazing music community,” Paige gushes. “My fans and the music industry have really embraced me, and I can’t wait to share the incredible songs we’ve been working on!”
HOLT SIGNS TO KANYE WEST LABEL
“We are ecstatic to announce the signing of Holt to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. Information forthcoming. That’s him flying out the window!”
MIRACLE MASTER NEED A NEW SINGER
German hardrockers MIRACLE MASTER have started a search for a new singer following the depature of vocalist Oliver Weers. The band is currently working on the second album and a few summer shows are booked.
According to a press release: “The band is really sad about the decision, but they respect it. They wish him all the best for the future and want to thank him for the unbelievable time they had together.”
Oliver Weers: “It’s not an easy decision, we have together decided that I leave the band. MIRACLE MASTER will be looking for a new screamer now, so I sincerely wish them the best of luck with that! Love and appreciate all the support from fans and friends and hope for your understanding.”
PAUL McCARTNEY TO HEADLINE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL
Following a whirlwind weekend including a surprise intimate Valentine’s Day gig at New York’s Irving Plaza and a performance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary prime time special (not to mention a massive all-star jam at the SNL40 after party), Paul McCartney now lays the rumors to rest:
Paul will headline this year’s Firefly Festival June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. It is Paul’s first ever appearance at Firefly and the latest confirmed date of this year’s Out There tour, following on the recent announcement of April 21-May 2 run through Japan and South Korea.
MYCAMCAST LAUNCHES ON GOOGLE PAY FREE
MyCamCast, an innovative mobile application developed by MyCamCast Inc. is now available for free download in Google Pay. Available over Wi-Fi or 3G/4G, MyCamCast is an exciting application that allows users to become their own newscasters. Important events like wedding, concerts, birthdays, or any newsworthy information can be streamed live using MyCamCast. Video sharing with non-members is also possible over e-mails and text messaging. MyCamCast users can also talk and send texts amongst themselves without any expenses whatsoever.
Announcing the formal release of MyCamCast, the co-founder of the app Zelman Yakubov said, “MyCamCast Inc. is glad to release an innovative application for consumers’ smartphones. We have worked really hard to release an app that allows individuals to share live streaming video feeds on their Android devices with other people within their contact list by text message and email.”
MyCamCast is easy to use and requires a quick registration process. The application utilizes the phone number as the identity to let users share their live and recorded videos. After downloading the application and registering, all users receive an access code via SMS or callback for the activation of MyCamCast. This access code protects the privacy of the users by restricting others from using the app. MyCamCast is presently available only on Android devices and the company is already working on versions that will support other platforms.
THE SINGLES HIRE LEGAL COUNSEL OVER NEW SCARLETT JOHANSSON-LED GIRL GROUP USING THE SAME NAME
Los Angeles pop/rock band The Singles have hired legal counsel following the release of a single, “Candy,” by Scarlett Johansson, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris, Julia Haltigan, and Este Haim, using the same band name, “The Singles.” A cease and desist demand has been issued by The Singles’ lawyer to the representatives for Johansson and the new all-girl group, alleging trademark infringement and a variety of other legal claims.
Founded by Vincent Frederick, The Singles have been continuously making music, recording, touring, and using the band name “The Singles” since 1999. With an extensive discography that spans nearly two decades, The Singles have produced a full repertoire of LPs, EPs, singles and tracks over the years, and have toured across the nation and internationally, playing approximately 100 shows in 2014 alone. The Singles’ videos on YouTube have been viewed more than 75,000 times.
JOHN LODGE OF THE MOODY BLUES TO RELEASE NEW SOLO ALBUM TITLED “10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO” ON MAY 5
Esoteric Antenna, a label of the Cherry Red Records Group, is proud to announce the release of 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, the new studio album by legendary MOODY BLUES member JOHN LODGE on May 5 in the U.S. and in Canada (with distribution via MVD Entertainment); and on May 4 in the UK. The title track, “10,000 Light Years Ago,” will be released digitally on April 14.
SINGER-SONGWRITER ALANNA CLARKE RELEASES SULTRY NEW TRACK “LINGER”
“Linger started out with this low fi rough track with some grungy bass and drums that I wrote the verse and chorus ideas over,” Alanna explained. “I brought it into the studio to show my producers and they immediately understood the vibe. We wrote the rest of the song together that day. I believe most things in life are meant to be and I kept getting signs or reminders of this person I used to see. You know how sometimes you think of someone randomly and then they call you later that day? You’re communicating mind to mind without really knowing it. I had the feeling that is what was going on, that maybe I was being thought of so I kept getting these signs. I got a feeling… and now I know. Those reminders were more than a coincidence.”
AU.RA ALBUM STREAM
Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair play over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun,” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation.
EZA “HEADLIGHTS” VIDEO
“Like a lot of creative people, Nashville electropop artist EZA experiences a neurological condition called synesthesia, a blurring of the senses that allows one to, for instance, “see” music as colors, or vice versa. She calls it “headlights,” and it’s the inspiration for a new single of the same name—a breakup song that juxtaposes its bittersweet subject matter against an electronic arrangement that borders on the triumphant.” -Entertainment Weekly
RYAN CULWELL ALBUM STREAM
“Writing in Rolling Stone Country, Andrew Leahey said Flatlands sounds “like the Bible Belt cousin to Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska,” as well as “the score to some long-lost Cormac McCarthy film, its tracklist split between roadhouse-worthy roots rockers, front porch county songs and haunting, blue collar ballads about life and loneliness in the Lone Star State.”
JAHZEL NEW VIDEO
Every man needs a partner in crime. Luckily, Jahzel finds his in the video for “The Vision” from his recently released album, The Wake Up. The video, which premiered via RedEye Chicago, is set on a snowy day in the Windy City where Jahzel and his leading lady play the 2015 version of Bonnie and Clyde. “Jahzel and a partner become hardened criminals as they attempt a dangerous art heist on Chicago’s streets,” states the RedEye. “While it’s a somewhat gritty clip, Jahzel’s prowess behind the mic and his adventurous ear for beats manage to be both intense and accessible.”
‘BLACK LION REGGAE INVASION VOL. 1’
Reggae Invasion Vol. 1 is the 1st compilation being released by Miami based Production Duo, Black Lion. This dancehall Masterpiece features vocals from stars Mr. Vegas and Assassin along with hot new international artists Kat Dahlia, Nyanda, The Wizard, Esco and The Kemist.
NICK KLEIN SHARES NEW TRACK
Nick Klein delivers a roaring and deafening debut extended-play for Unknown Precept consisting of five whirring pieces of slowed and throwed techno and heavy analog rhythms. Its powerfull approach marked by sooted synthesizers, watered down melodies and grinding grooves shows Klein at his finest; whether it brings soiled theatrics or rusty progressions, overall resulting in the live recording of Failed Devotee from his lair in Brooklyn.
AUSTRALIAN DJ DUO PEKING DUK ANNOUNCE THE UNITED STATES OF SWEAT TOUR
Australian DJ duo Peking Duk announce the United States of Sweat Tour. The tour will kick off on February 27th in Austin, TX and will wrap in Seattle, WA on April 11th. Additionally, Peking Duk will play at Coachella (Indio, CA), the Electric Forest Festival in (Rothbury, MI) and the Squamish Valley Music Festival (Squamish, BC). Peking Duk had huge success in 2014 with their massive triple platinum single “High” featuring Nicole Millar. “High” was a No. 1 most played track at Triple J last year and Peking Duk’s third consecutive ARIA Club Chart No. 1 following on from the success of previous singles ‘Feels Like’ and ‘The Way You Are’. “High” was also No. 2 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 and their double platinum single “Take Me Over” was No. 5. Triple J’s Hottest 100 is the world’s biggest music poll.
BATTLESHIPS VIDEO “IN TIME”
Boasting some fantastic music to its name already, Battleships extends on the exploration of the emotive and powerful. Drawing on thoughtful lyrics, delicate tones and expressive instrumentation, Battleships seeks to relate, con- vey and understand life, making music that will hopefully mean something amongst the white noise of our world.
2015 appears to be a big year, lookout for shows, festivals slots and an EP release looming.
RACHEL PLATTEN LISTEN TO BREAKTHROUGH SINGLE “FIGHT SONG” NOW
Rachel’s new single “Fight Song” is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. After recently being featured in the Christmas episode of Pretty Little Liars during a pivotal scene, the song immediately climbed into iTunes’ Top 100, making it the best-selling single of any song featured on the show in its following week. “Fight Song” has become a positive anthem for people far and wide, from fans battling cancer and other illnesses to Baltimore’s John Hopkins Children’s Center’s annual MIX 106.5 Radiothon, which kicked off early this morning. “Fight Song” is available everywhere now, including iTunes and Spotify.
THE WEAKS “NEVERMIND”
The first single from Bad Year, the debut full length from The Weaks, is streaming now via The AV Club! The unbelievably catchy “Nevermind” gives a tiny taste of the guitar shredding, pop-exploding full record. Pre-orders for Bad Year are available now via the Lame-O Records webstore. The record will be released April 7th. One day later, the band will be heading out on a run with Brand New through the midwest.
THE SPACIES AND ADARA ARE “LIGHTING UP THE NIGHT”
The worlds of pop and EDM continue to blur, with talents from all backgrounds bringing their unique sounds to the genre. The Spacies are an example of two artists with completely different musical upbringings coming together to form an adventurous electronic duo based on quality music composition and innovative, impactful songwriting. Today, The Spacies have teamed up with Adara–the vocalist behind the #1 Beatport Trance single “Dragon” with Shogun–to release a dance music duet titled “Lighting Up The Night.”
PLAYDOUGH & SEAN PATRCK VIDEO “NO REQUESTS”
Playdough and Minister Sean Patrick threw a 1985 House Party and invited all of their Road Dogs. The house was packed with weirdos and red headed bitties in pink, but there were no jocks allowed. They plugged in the mics and turntables with gold tips and hit record. Throughout the night, they invited their party rocking friends in attendance to join them on stage and rock. They got down with Tanya Morgan, J-57 & Koncept, L.A. Symphony, Deepspace5, Bodega Brovas and Soup the Chemist. It was a night to remember so we recorded it to relive the party every time you push play. Admission is cheap and it comes with a cup. Party on!
J-MERK “WAKE UP” VIDEO
Rapper and producer J-Merk releases his latest video “Wake Up” off his most recent LP “Born Dead”.
The full-length record has been proudly published on the Just-Us Music independent label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. It comprises approximately 40 minutes of heavy-hitting urban poetry and powerful back beats in 13 original tracks. In addition to the rhymes of J-Merk, himself, “Born Dead” also features the talents of popular Swedish producer BBZ Darney. Neck-deep in groove, socially poignant and strikingly well-written, “Born Dead” by J-Merk is sure to be remembered as one of the most important indie rap releases of 2015.
SHANIA TWAIN BACK ON TOUR AFTER DECADE
One of the world’s best-selling female artist in history, Shania Twain, has announced her first North American tour in more than 11 years entitled ROCK THIS COUNTRY. The 48 date run comes hot on the heels of her hit two-year residency in Las Vegas at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Shania’s tour kicks off in North America on June 5 in Seattle, WA where she will perform her extensive catalog of iconic hits in a brand new production for fans coast to coast in major US cities such as New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Chicago, among others. Additionally, the tour will hit Canadian cities including Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, and Montreal, presented by AEG Live. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets through Front Of The Line for the Canadian shows only before the general public beginning Tuesday, March 10th at 10am through Thursday, March 12 at 10pm local time, with the public on-sale for most North American shows beginning Friday, March 13 at 10:00 am local on axs.com. Exceptions noted below. ShaniaTwain.com presale begins Tuesday, March 10 at 10am local time through Thursday, March 12 at 10pm local time.
INCITE “UP IN HELL”
In celebration of Friday’s kick-off, INCITE have unleashed their brand new lyric video for their new album’s hard-hitting title track, ‘Up In Hell’, via REVOLVER Magazine. Check out the lyric video here:
NICK DIAMONDS NEW EP STREAM
Nick Diamonds has announced a new LP, City of Quartz, due out May 26th via his own Manque Music label. Lead single “The Sting” is currently streaming via Pitchfork and is available to stream, share, and purchase as a digital single on Bandcamp.
ZOLA BLOOD NEW VIDEO “MERDIAN”
Zola Blood, the latest act to emerge from the much-loved and revered Pond Life Songs, announced their arrival this July with the release of the hugely ambitious tracks Grace and Meridian. The latter premièred on The Fader and positioned them as The Hype Machine’s # 1 most blogged about artist in late August.
The band are nearing 1 million streams (youtube & soundcloud) and have been back by NME, Fake DIY, Q, XFM, The Independent, Lauren Laverne, Jo Whiley and many more. Their debut show at The Shacklewell Arms also sold out in a week of tickets becoming available online before going on to pack out The Lexington in December.
SUNEATERS SHARE “HEY BROS!” VIA MAGNET MAGAZINE
Suneaters II: Loving Relationship, available April 7, 2015, is a collection of earnest and sometimes caustic love songs. “Hey Bros!”, a bromance with a healthy dose of Satanic curiosity, resides amongst a pleasantly odd mix of playful and darkly passionate songs.
TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET NEW VIDEO
Teenage Bottlerocket are premiering a new music video for their song “Haunted House.” Check out the clip here.
CHRIS RIFFLE “SHAKE ME UP”
A native of Washington State, Riffle has been writing and performing folk music since childhood. He developed a solid following in Washington, opening for Death Cab for Cutie and in NY collaborating with members of The Mars Volta, Ollabelle, and Antony and the Johnsons. On the touring front, Riffle’s travels have taken him to both coasts, as well as a trip to Alaska. His last EP Another Dream was in rotation at over 150 stations and featured on Sirius XM.
RAC “LET IT GO”
With the original released in 2013, RAC’s “Let Go” featuring Bloc Party’s Kele and electronic vocalist sensation MNDR has received a reboot for 2015 from Arty and Krystal Klear.
Arty’s pedigree in dance music, although still only 25, is fully realized. As the first ever signing to Insomniac / Interscope’s joint label venture for a full album project in the summer of 2015, his debut single “Up All Night” was a huge hit. He has crafted exceptional remixes for the likes of London Grammar, OneRepublic and Porter Robinson and his signature talent has seen him as a mainstay in the DJ Mag Top 100 since 2010 with no sign of moving.
PRYTI “INSOMNIA” VIDEO
Alternative Singer Songwriter Pryti has released the official music video for her track “Insomnia” (originally premiering with Kerrang!) from her new record “Tales Of A Melancholic” which is available now on iTunes and all other digital retailers.
YOUNG PANDAS CONNECT WITH DAIMLER TECH START-UP FOR TOUR
Have you heard of local band Young Pandas? If not, you’re going to know a lot more about them very soon. The band, which has been Providence and Boston based since 2010, has been working behind the scenes on a semi-national level since before they arrived in our small state. Comprised of members of Bad Rabbits and Such Gold working alongside R&B/Soul singer-songwriters Mike Maven and Kyle Nagel, the band began based on the idea that this team of young Indie music veterans working together could create a project that was current, but completely unique.
While on tour this fall in Austin, TX, Young Pandas began a relationship with RideScout, the brand new tech startup from Daimler (Mercedes Benz) that connects smartphone users with all of the tech-connected transportation options around them in their city. When lead singer Mike Maven lamented to RideScout VP of Branding, Rachel Charlesworth, that touring was often too consumed with getting from place to place in total exhaustion, with no energy or time to actually see or experience the cities, Charlesworth had a eureka moment.