KELLY CLARKSON ANNOUNCES 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR
Earlier today on Good Morning America, global superstar and GRAMMY® Award winner Kelly Clarkson announced her 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR. The 36-city tour, promoted exclusively by Live Nation, will start on July 11 in Hershey, Pennsylvania and culminate on Sept. 20 in Camden, New Jersey. Joining Kelly on the tour will be recent GRAMMY® winners Pentatonix and singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson. Kelly will be touring in support of her sixth studio album, Piece By Piece, which is available in stores and digitally today.
Fans will be able to access special pre-sales by being members of Kelly’s free online fan club, Kellebrities. To sign up and get more details, visit www.KellyClarkson.com. Citi® cardmembers will have access to pre-sale tickets beginning Tuesday, March 10 at 10:00 a.m. local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, March 14. For more information on the tour and specific on-sale dates, please visit www.KellyClarkson.com or www.LiveNation.com. Join the 2015 PIECE BY PIECE TOUR conversation at #PieceByPieceTour.
TUPAC SHAKUR’S LANDMARK RELEASE CELEBRATES ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY
Me Against The World is considered one of the most influential rap albums of all-time and serves as an artistic milestone in Tupac Shakur’s career. It was his most introspective and emotionally deep release to date, giving a raw and honest insight into one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all-time.
March 14th, 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of Tupac Shakur’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY® nominated, double-platinum release Me Against The World. Originally released in 1995, this landmark album debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard’s R&B Albums charts and was Shakur’s first album to go to No. 1 on both charts where it stayed for four weeks straight.
SUBVERSION & BLOODY-DISGUSTING.COM STREAM UPCOMING ALBUM “ANIMI”
U.K. melodic tech metal outfit, Subversion, has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to stream the band’s upcoming album, Animi, before it releases tomorrow on Rogue Records America. Stream Subversion’s sophomore effort, along with vocalist Jay Shields’s ‘Top 5 Trend-Bucking Horror Films,’ exclusively at:
YMUSIC VIDEO “MUSIC IN CIRCLES”
yMusic is sharing the video for “Music In Circles” from their recently-released full-length Balance Problems, out now on New Amsterdam Records. The Jason Harper-directed video for the Andrew Norman-composed track premiered via Flavorwire, who called it “surreal pixelated glitch-art placed atop a modern dance piece.”
PENICILLIN BABY NEW SINGLE
Penicillin Baby has some big things in store for 2015 that I can’t share quite yet, but you can head over to their SoundCloud to check out “Stick It Out,” along with some of the bands’ other recent output. Penicillin Baby has gained a sizable following in Nashville thanks to their rich psychedelic pop melodies, pounding bass and rhythmic drum beats that make it impossible not to dance, along with adding in a layer of fuzz that jumps in at just the right moment.
TEGAN & SARA COLLABO WITH SULTAN + SHEPARD
As if they weren’t on the top of their game already, pop duo Tegan & Sara are now featured on a brand new single by fellow Canadian electronic dance act Sultan + Shepard. ‘Make Things Right’ pays tribute to those who have felt forgotten and left out, encouraging them to rise up and believe in themselves. It’s a strong message born out of positivity and hopefulness, reminding all of us to make a change and improve the world we live in. Complemented by the distinct voices of Tegan & Sara, the song blends both the duo’s unique talents. combining indie pop elements with a cool, contemporary dance groove. Should we call it a match made in heaven? Well, at least it’s a track that lives up to its title, a superb Canadian collaboration making things right.
JACK + ELIZA “DIAMONDS”
New York City’s Jack + Eliza will release their debut album, Gentle Warnings on June 9th via Yebo Music. The duo burst onto the scene last year with their critically acclaimed EP No Wonders, receiving positive attention from the likes of Noisey, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan, Paste, TIME, Nylon, New York Times T Magazine, and many more. This spring and summer the band will tour and play festivals across North America, including SXSW, Savannah Stopover, and Great Escape.
MARY BETH CROSS RELEASES VIDEO OF ‘BABES IN THE WOOD’
Award-winning folk-Americana artist Mary Beth Cross is exploring new musical and visual territory by releasing a techno-pop-dance song video of the Noel Brazil classic, “Babes in the Wood”.
The video, which was filmed at various landmarks including Denver’s Union Station, features Cross performing on a snowy, dark downtown street with five dancers from Cherry Creek Dance. The performances are accented with clips of roaming wolves from Yellowstone National Park, a reminder that danger lurks just beyond the happy-go-lucky innocence of youthful bliss.
PURE ETC “SPLASH”
Los Angeles rapper Pure ETC presents “Splash”, the new single from his forthcoming EP Water and Sound, produced by Amerie/Darkchild producer Moz. Pure has opened for Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross, and recently signed a distribution deal with InGrooves Fontana/Universal. He describes his style as “vintage Hip Hop with a twist of lime.
JAY BROWN’S ‘MY NAME IS HER’ EP STREAM
Northampton-born singer/songwriter Jay Brown’s new EP ‘My Name Is Her’ out now, and available to stream here:
OMAR SOSA “SAD MEETING”
To describe Omar Sosa as an “Afro-Cuban” composer/pianist is like saying James Joyce was an Irish writer. Fixing his point of origin and the tradition that spawned him doesn’t begin to convey the singularity of his art, which, over the course of 22 albums as a leader (and 7 GRAMMY nominations) since 1997, has mixed jazz and Latin rhythms with classical, flamenco, African and Middle Eastern elements to create a continuously surprising hybrid.
Sosa continues his cross-cultural odyssey with Ilé, which means “home” and “earth” in Lucumí, a Yoruba dialect used in the Santería religion in his native Cuba. Accompanying him are his Quarteto AfroCubano, consisting of drummer Ernesto Simpson and multi-reed player Leandro Saint-Hill (both from Sosa’s hometown of Camagüey) and Mozambican electric bassist Childo Tomas. They are complemented by guest artists from around the world, including the Afro-Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martinez, who makes exhilarating contributions to six tracks.
SECRET BROADCAST VIDEO HITS 100K +
Secret Broadcast (www.SecretBroadcast.com) reached the milestone of 100,000 views of their music video for “Killing Time,” the 3rd single released from their latest album, ‘Filthy Souls.’
The video and online buzz for “Killing Time” is based on which something very unplanned happens at the end. In this video, shot with 3 GoPros, the Toronto-based band are captured performing their hit song in a moving car. Lead singer Matt Lightstone drives the group, while drummer Keith Heppler is playing a kids’ drumkit, Curtis Harding performs on bass and Will Bennett on guitar. In a creative twists, the amps are all battery powered. All goes well for three minutes, but they cut short the end of the song when they get pulled over by the police.
A fresh auditory beating from New Jersey’s LIFELESS is now available via an exclusive premiere of “Surrender” courtesy of American Aftermath. The track hails from the gloomy hardcore quintet’s sophomore LP, Dream, which is now just three weeks from its official release via Southeastern Pennsylvania-based Fast Break! Records, and is hereby released into the public alongside an interrogation with the band on their upcoming album and tons more.
KANDI BURRUSS ANNOUNCES ‘EMPOWER’
KANDI BURRUSS is pleased to announce Empower – The Businesswoman Master Class on April 11th in Atlanta, GA from 10am-3pm at a private location. (Location will be given upon registration). Registration for the event is open now @ www.empowermasterclass.com.
With over 20 years of experience in entertainment as a Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, television star and multifaceted award winning entrepreneur, Kandi’s vision in this phase of her career is to educate the next generation of entrepreneurs with the things that she and her friends on the panel have learned.
AL-FATIR “I DO”
Al-Fatir scribes a declaration of his lifestyle in his new single “I Do”, from the recently released album “Love Don’t Live Here”. The other half of this emerging hit is producer Allen Ritter. Known for his work with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and on Big Sean’s new single, “Blessings”; Allen’s dynamic production sets the foundation for Al-Fatir’s indelible hook.
GILL LANDRY VIDEO FOR “JUST LIKE YOU” PREMIERES AT THE A.V. CLUB
The 10-track album was fully produced and mostly engineered by Landry and recorded in what he calls, “a ramshackle, shanty-ass apartment on the south side of Nashville.” Landry gathered various friends and musicians on his nonstop travels alone and as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriting member of Old Crow Medicine Show. These artists include British songstress Laura Marling, who duets on “Take This Body,” singer-songwriter and guitarist Robert Ellis, trumpeter Nick Etwell of Mumford & Sons and Odessa Jorgensen, who lends harmonies and fiddle to a number of tunes.
NEW ALBUM BY JOE DEVITA
Joe DeVita announces Liquid Slumber, a brand new album due for release on March 15, 2015, available only at www.joedevita.com.
Following up on his experimental superhero album “The Antihero”, Joe DeVita has returned to earth and has released a brand new collection of songs that will catch the listeners ear www.joedevita.com while gently tugging on their heart strings. While most people who are familiar with DeVita’s music would call “Liquid Slumber” something of a departure, one must be astonished at how a departure could seem so natural and well… Really damn good! “Liquid Slumber” finds DeVita flexing his skills as a lyricist using a prosaic approach to songwriting while delivering his words with authenticity and emotion. This authenticity has won DeVita’s songs “By The Water” “Ocean Song” and “Alex McKinley” airplay on Birmingham Mountain Radio, KKUP-FM, Radio Marabu, as well as a telling interview in The Planet Weekly.
MCKENZIES MILL SIGN TO ROCK RIDGE MUSIC
Nashville-based country duo McKenzies Mill (composed of brothers Justin and Ryan Harris), known for their “Southern fried rock ’n roll,” has signed a management deal with Nashville music company Rock Ridge Music. They join the existing management roster which includes Christian Lopez Band, Grace & Tony, JD Eicher, Moonsville Collective, Riley Etheridge Jr., and Ike Reilly.
Says Justin Harris about the management deal: “We couldn’t be more excited about our recent signing with Rock Ridge. To be able to work with industry vets like Tom Derr and Cynthia Cochrane is exactly what we feel we need. On top of being great at what they do, they are awesome people who are driven to make things happen and help us take our careers to the next level.”
THE CHAINSMOKERS REVEAL NEW SINGLE “LET YOU GO”
The platinum-certified breakout electronic dance music duo—Andrew Taggert and Alex Pall—tapped the vocal talents of Great Good Fine for “Let You Go,” which follows up “Kanye” [featuring SirenXX]. Jon’s divine falsetto immediately blasts off over a disco bounce and intricate synths from the boys.
BRONCHO VIDEO FOR “NC-17″
BRONCHO share a new video for “NC-17” from their relentless sophomore release Just Enough Hip To Be Woman today via NPR. Regarding “NC-17,” director George Salisbury summed up the mystery behind the young man’s storyline, “It’s about the corruption of youth going both ways. Kids run towards it, I know I did, and sometimes they have a few tricks of their own.”
CASHMERE CAT’S “ADORE” FEATURING ARIANA GRANDE
“Adore,” the new song from Cashmere Cat featuring Ariana Grande, is out now on Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope. Listen here and buy the track via iTunes here.
Cashmere Cat is currently touring North America, opening for Ariana Grande on her U.S. tour and playing sold-out headline dates nationwide. Stops with Grande include two nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden and Los Angeles’ The Forum, while his own headlining shows include New York’s Webster Hall as well as appearances at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival. Grande invited Cashmere Cat to open for her tour after the two worked together on the track “Be My Baby” from Grande’s 2014 album My Everything.
DØDHEIMSGARD, NOISEY.COM STREAM NEW ALBUM
Dødheimsgard, Norway’s premier experimental extremist, has teamed up with Noisey to stream the band’s fifth album, A Umbra Omega, which is set for release on March 17 via Peaceville Records. Stream Dodheimsgard’s new album, alongside an interview with founding member Vicotnik, exclusively at:
STABBED IN BACK STREAM EPIC PUNK ANTHEM “MORE SONGS ABOUT DRINKING AND BLOOD”
Stop what you’re doing, jack in your earphones, and blast this track because I promise you one thing; “More Songs About Drinking And Blood” will be the best punk rock anthem you’ve heard this month. Guaranteed.
The track will appear on STABBED IN BACK’s debut full-length album “Dasvidaniya”, slated for release on March 31st via DYING SCENE RECORDS.
SIC VITA NEW VIDEO
Alternative-rock band SIC VITA unveiled a music video for their single “Ad Nauseam” today! Completed as the band’s first official music video, viewers are drawn in with a strong suspense-building storyline, reflective of the music. Open to interpretation, particularly with it’s cliff-hanger ending, the video backs an already powerful song while letting viewers add their own imagination and conclusions to the mix.
MARK KNOPFLER’S TRACKER PREMIERES AT ROLLING STONE
Recorded at his own British Grove Studios in West London, Tracker includes 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The album was producer by Knopfler and his long-time friend and collaborator Guy Fletcher who also plays keyboard on the record. In addition, Tracker features Mike McGoldrick on whistle and flute, John McCusker on fiddle, Glenn Worf on bass and Ian Thomas on drums. Guest musicians include Ruth Moody (from The Wailin’ Jennys) on vocals, Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone and Phil Cunningham on accordion.
EULA’S WOOL SUCKING FULL ALBUM STREAMING
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.
DEAD SARA PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “SOMETHING GOOD”
Today, the female fronted foursome Dead Sara revealed a brand new track “Something Good” from their highly anticipated forthcoming album “Pleasure To Meet You.” The track premiered on NYLON.com and is now available to purchase as instant-grat on iTunes here.
METALLICA TO CELEBRATE RECORD STORE DAY
In celebration of Record Store Day, on April 18th, Metallica will release No Life ’til Leather as a limited edition cassette. The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band’s original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass. Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. No Life ’til Leather will be available for purchase at your favorite local record store and on Metallica.Com. The collection has never been available commercially until now.
FLO RIDA NEW EP
IMG/Poe Boy/Atlantic international recording artist Flo Rida has announced the release of his eagerly anticipated new EP. “MY HOUSE” arrives everywhere on April 7th.
Flo Rida is heralding “MY HOUSE” with his marathon “Flo Madness” campaign, rewarding fans with an array of song releases, video premieres, contests, and major announcements, all leading up to the EP’s April 7th release – just one day after “March Madness” culminates with the 2015 NCAA Championship Game. “MY HOUSE” is now available for pre-order http://smarturl.it/MyHouseEP and streaming http://smarturl.it/MyHouseSpotify, with all pre-orders receiving an instant grat download of the seven-track EP’s first single, “Once In A Lifetime.” In addition, other instant grat tracks – including “My House” and “I Don’t Like It, I Love It (Feat. Robin Thicke & Verdine White)” – will be made available bi-weekly preceding the EP’s release.