BREAKOUT POP TRIO AJR PARTNERS WITH SHAZAM
AJR, 2015’s rising indie pop trio, have partnered with music app Shazam to premiere an early stream of their debut album Living Room. While Shazam has regularly premiered videos and songs, this exciting partnership with the DIY group is one of the music discovery app’s very first full album premieres. All fans – both new and among AJR’s impressive 800,000 Shazam followers – who tag any AJR song will immediately gain access to the album exclusively through the app.
NEW SINGLE BY CHAOS DELIVERY MACHINE
Hermosa Beach, CA’s CHAOS DELIVERY MACHINE have launched pre-orders for their sophomore record, Burn Motherfucker Burn, out May 5th via Hardline Entertainment. To stream “Where The Sidewalk Ends”, a new track off the record, head over to Punknews.org.
EULA SHARE ANIMATED, UNSETTLING “MEADOWS” VIDEO AT CLASH
Brooklyn-based trio EULA began with frontwoman Alyse Lamb making 4-track recordings in her bedroom; her early sound was thick with haunting vocals, unraveling harmonies and dissonant guitar work. After passing these demos around at music school in New Haven, CT, drummer Nathan Rose and bassist Jeff Maleri joined and quickly started touring the East Coast and Midwest, releasing a series of demos and two EPs along the way. The three-piece became known for their raw, high-energy shows, Lamb’s onstage antics (she once used a broken Tecate as a slide while on tour with Mission of Burma) and her developed signature singing style of rapidly alternating between soft, upper-register purrs and aggressive caterwauls.
FLIGHT FACILITIES RELEASE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR “DOWN TO EARTH”
Directed by Rhett Wade Ferrell who previously worked his magic on the videos for “Sunshine” with Reggie Watts and breakthrough single “Crave You” featuring Giselle (currently over 15 million views), the video shows off Rockwell’s lesser-known talents – with help from choreographer Vince Paterson (Michael Jackson, Madonna) – as he prances through a diner, dancing to “Down To Earth”, only to wake up from a twisted daydream.
WEED PREMIERE “STAY IN THE SUMMER” ON STEREOGUM
Like “Thousand Pounds” before it, “Stay In The Summer” showcases a more direct and confident approach compared to the gritty lo-fi anthems of their previous album Deserve. Clear and buoyant, “Stay In The Summer” drives a tightly wound guitar-line skyward before diving into a woozy chorus. Today also marks the release of the limited edition “Thousand Pounds” 7″ that features an exclusive B-Side and can be ordered here. Last but certainly not least, the Vancouver natives have also announced an April US tour. See below for dates!
SAUL WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES MARTYRLOSERKINGDOM TOUR
Critically acclaimed musician, poet and writer Saul Williams has announced the MartyrLoserKingdom Tour with special guests Sons of an Illustrious Father and Haleek Maul. The headlining tour kicks off in Cleveland on April 15th and includes stops nationwide before concluding on May 10th in Philadelphia. See below for full tour dates.
Saul Williams is set to release his fifth studio album, MartyrLoserKing, this summer via FADER Label. MartyrLoserKing reunites Saul with FADER Label, who released The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust in 2007 and his self-titled album in 2004.
SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL “HELL”
The Lords of Russian death, SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL, are preparing an all-out assault against the world in 2015! After unleashing a music video weeks ago, the band is set to finally unleash an EP, appropriately entitled ‘Chapters of Misery’.
Scheduled for release on March 24th, ‘Chapters of Misery’ will feature five terrifying tracks:
Crowned & Conquered (feat Lucas man of Rings Of Saturn)
SLAUGHTER TO PREVAIL are taking you to “Hell” with a striking video attack, taken from ‘Chapters of Misery’.
LILY & MADELEINE’S “BLUE BLADES” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC
In celebration of the release, the duo is currently in the midst on a nationwide tour. See below for complete details. Of their recent live show, No Country For New Nashville praised, “The show, quite simply, was beautiful…these girls command the stage in such a steady, reassuring way that anything more than them just playing their music would be too much. In this case, less is absolutely more, and they’ve mastered it.”
HARN SOLO “THE PRODUCT”
Harn SOLO delivers the goods with new music single “The Product” produced by Pro Prospek. Solo is no stranger to Prospek’s dark & gritty melodies, as the New Orleans transplants have collaborated on a number of occasions; most notably full-length albums “Shooting Star” and “Journey To The Sky”.
MAN OVERBOARD COVERS SENSES FAIL
Man Overboard are premiering their cover of Senses Fail’s “Cute When You Scream”, off their upcoming Rise/Pure Noise Records split 7″, out March 3rd.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FIVE TRACKS FROM DAVE ARCARI
A new album is scheduled for release in April 2015. His last release – Whisky in my Blood – was released on Finnish record label Blue North in March 2013. As well as showcasing Arcari’s trademark National steel guitars, the release features performances on banjo, regular guitar and and cigar box which help capture the full breadth of Arcari’s song-writing and performance.
Arcari’s festival appearances include Glastonbury (UK); Peer Festival (Belgium); Moulin Blues (Netherlands); BluesAlive (Czech Republic & Poland shows); The Great British R&B Festival; and Augustibluus & ViruFolk (Estonia).
COLD SHOULDERS PREMIERE DEBUT SINGLE “WASTING AWAY”
PCold Shoulders’ debut single “Wasting Away” is an inescapable buoyant melody tightly entwined with harmonies that crescendo in a chorus of shimmering guitars. “Wasting Away” creates smiles in its wake. Never before has the idea of “Wasting Away” sounded more inviting. RIYL: Grouplove, Foster The People, The Ready Set.
LISTEN: Cold Shoulders “WastingAway” on Earbuddy.com:
SWIMM “BEVERLY HELLS”
The band has made a name for themselves by throwing DIY parties/shows that always end up in a sweaty, mylar twirling dance party. Recently they’ve also done some pretty cool exclusive performances for Volcom and Red Bull, and Chris Hess of the band has also done scores for Carona, HypeBeast and Monster Children.
SWIMM has a slightly ambient folk sound, but I’d venture to say its a lot less cliche than that label would imply. Their music is emotive, driving and very thoughtfully constructed on record and when captured live, the band is a whole other animal all together.
LA based musician Sarah Winters, the mastermind behind vōx (pronounced wokes), dropped her second single earlier this week entitled “Money”.
The powerful pop song sparked an across water collaboration with UK singer Kyan, who lends intricate swelling backing vocals to the layered choruses, while the verses float on vocoder-esque harmonies held together by unusual stretched out lyrics.
HONEYHONEY HIT THE ROAD
LA-based duo HONEYHONEY will hit the road this month in preparation for the launch of their new album, which will be released this summer on Rounder Records. In the first of several performance announcements expected this year, confirmed tour dates spanning the country include stops in Nashville, Denver, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and many more. Additional tour dates and further details about the new album will be revealed in the coming weeks.
CHELAN “BEFORE IT ALL”
Electro biotic-pop duo Chelan are excited to share the first video from their new LP on the release day of Equal Under Pressure. “Before It All” is a genre-bending taste of what’s in store for the listeners new to Southern California’s Chelan. With Equal Under Pressure, the duo strives to both overwhelm and engage the listener in the harmonic layering and soundscapes but never strays too far from being rooted in the careful reflection on relationships, modern anxieties, and modern struggles.
CLARE MAGUIRE “DON’T MESS ME AROUND”
Artists like Clare Maguire are why I got into the music business – she’s iconic, incredible voice, gorgeous, funny and smart. She’s got an EP coming next week (album later this year) and this is her new video for “Don’t Mess Me Around”.
CASH MOBB “THE ANTHEM”
Check out this new single from Rap duo Cash Mobb, This song is definitely raw and gritty, this group from ohio definitely illuminates what hip hop sounded like in the early 2000’s, taking us back with a catchy hook and solid verses.
JOHN BROWN’S BODY RETURNS APRIL 7 + NEW SINGLE
Almost two years to the day after releasing the beloved Kings And Queens – which topped the Billboard Reggae Chart and reconfirmed John Brown’s Body’s status as one of the most influential American reggae bands – JBB returns with KINGS AND QUEENS IN DUB. Taking inspiration from landmark dub albums by Burning Spear, Aswad, and others, the new release features the entire sequence from Kings And Queens mixed by a who’s who of dub champions including Ticklah, Dubmatix, Dubfader (of 10 Ft. Ganja Plant), UK legend Dennis Bovell, Yesking, Michael G (of Easy Star All-Stars), Lord Echo (of The Black Seeds), and more.
JD MCPHERSON PERFORMS ON THE “LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN”
JD McPherson returned to the “Late Show with David Letterman” last night to perform the title track from his highly anticipated new album Let The Good Times Roll. Out now on Rounder Records, Let The Good Times Roll is McPherson’s highest debut yet – gaining the #1 position on Billboard Magazine’s Heatseekers chart.
TREVOR HALL NEW EP + SINGLE
Singer-songwriter Trevor Hall has announced the release of a new EP Unpack Your Memories, due out on Vanguard Records on March 27th. This five song collection includes some of Hall’s most personal tracks recorded solely by him, on his laptop.
Hall talks about the history of these songs and why he chose to share them with the world at this time. “Unpack Your Memories is a collection of songs that have been in my “vault” for a long time now,” Hall says. “Some just didn’t make the other albums and some were just too intimate to share at the time. Now they are ready to breathe and be shared with others. The name of the album says everything … These are all songs that have become memories for me. I am reaching into my bag and unpacking them – unpacking their meaning, the memory of where I was when I wrote them, and the feelings that they brought me so many years ago. As the saying goes, ‘You never meet the same river twice.’ Every time I hear these songs, they teach me something new or offer me the gift of a new perspective. There are many other songs that are still in my vault, but I felt these were the most important to share at this time. The songs all came up together like the roots of a tree, and have taken form in the EP.”
KYDD JONES FEAT. SEAN PRICE “BLINK AWAY”
Austin, Texas rapper/producer Kydd Jones presents “Blink Away”, the Kydd & Keef-produced new single featuring Sean Price from GR33D, Kydd’s forthcoming album. Jones’ 2012 albums The Sounds In My Head 2 (link) featured Yelawolf, Pac Div and Skyzoo, while The Righteous LP featured G.O.O.D. Music affiliate GLC.
MUSIC AND CULTURAL ICON JERRY GARCIA TO BE HONORED AT CONCERT EVENT OF A LIFETIME
On Thursday, May 14, an extraordinary collection of music stars will come together at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, for the concert event of a lifetime, DEAR JERRY: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF JERRY GARCIA, to honor one of the most influential musicians and cultural icons of our time. The concert event will feature performances by: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann’s Billy & the Kids, Bob Weir, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy Miller, David Grisman, Eric Church, Greensky Bluegrass, Jimmy Cliff, Jorma Kaukonen, Los Lobos, Moe., O.A.R., Railroad Earth, The Disco Biscuits, Trampled By Turtles, Widespread Panic, Yonder Mountain String Band and Communion featuring Phil Lesh, Stu Allen, Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Jason Crosby. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
MIDEAU NEW SINGLE
Today they are releasing the lead single off the album “Feet To The Sun” which is glimmering ray of sunlight on a warm summers day. When asked about the single the band said, “Feet to the Sun is meant to simultaneously capture the rosy glow of carefree summer days and the nagging pangs of regret for the moments when we’ve misstepped in relationships.”
PILE STREAMS ENTIRE NEW LP ON FADER
Pile is very excited to share their latest opus, You’re Better Than This, today on FADER. If you haven’t already given the elected godfathers of the Boston DIY scene a listen, now is your chance. The album is due out March 3rd on Exploding In Sound Records and an absolutely massive national tour has been announced alongside the impending release.
BUNBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL
PromoWest Productions announced today the 2015 lineup for Bunbury Music Festival, set to take place in downtown Cincinnati’s Sawyer Point and Yeatman’s Cove June 5-7. The festival will feature an eclectic lineup spanning three days and four stages.
The 2015 lineup features national, regional and local acts including The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Brand New, Tame Impala, The Decemberists, Old Crow Medicine Show, twenty one pilots, Walk the Moon, Matt and Kim, Bleachers, Royal Blood, Manchester Orchestra, Father John Misty, Atmosphere, Temples, Shakey Graves, Kacey Musgraves, The Devil Makes Three, Reverend Horton Heat, Lindsey Stirling, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Jamestown Revival, Mikky Ekko, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansion, The Front Bottoms, Jessica Hernandez, Secret Sisters, Lil Dicky, Machineheart, Multimagic, Buggs Tha Rocka, Go Analog, Bummers, Indigo Wild, Markham, & more.
Bunbury Music Festival celebrates its fourth year in 2015 and will transform the banks of the Ohio River into a vibrant music festival experience. With the recent acquisition by PromoWest Productions, Scott Stienecker, festival owner, says, “We are very excited to host the festival this year. We are confident that this year’s lineup will help take it to the next level.”
SUPERHUMAN HAPPINESS “SUPER 8”
Every Superhuman Happiness song is a journey. Melodic, catchy, and highly danceable, these sophisticated compositions earn every climax, where male/female vocals, electronic elements, and aggressive horn work soundtrack a universe that is part festival, part dance club, and part indie-film.