NEW ALBUM BY MAHD
Zealous Detroit rapper MAHD released his debut album, 13, yesterday via HotNewHipHop. The concept album follows MAHD through the stresses of a deteriorating relationship, which ends with him leaving his hometown in search of clarity and release. He sets out on a journey of personal reflection to escape Motor City only to realize he’s eternally tied and returns with a renewed sense of purpose and self-identity, hell-bent on creating a more fulfilling life.
AVA LUNA SHARE “COAT OF SHELLAC” SINGLE
Ava Luna’s “Billz”, the first glimpse of their forthcoming album Infinite House, set the stage for the band’s unmistakable sonic alchemy but also helped to unearth, perhaps like never before, their astute lyrical ability. Steeped among the “spectral and metaphysical” singer Carlos Hernandez asks a question that we’ve all had to consider and he does so with such force that you can’t help but think: Who IS going to pay my bills?
STALKING GIA “BORN FREE”
NYC-based electro-pop artist STALKING GIA yesterday premiered her new single “Born Free” exclusively at NYLON Magazine, which is available for streaming now on her official Soundcloud. “Born Free” is the follow up track to her debut single “War Paint,” released in September of last year. NYLON calls the new track “one super-cool anthem for self expression.”
STABBED IN BACK STREAM TITLE TRACK
DYING SCENE RECORDS has just announced that on March 31st it will be releasing “Dasvidaniya”, the long awaited debut full-length from Albuquerque, New Mexico punk act STABBED IN BACK.
Heavy and melodic with a touch of hard rock swagger, the release features twenty-four minutes of fist pumping punk rock anthems that are as aggressive as they are soulful. But don’t take our word for it, stream (and grab embed code for) the album’s title track right here:
XAVIER VIDEO “LIFT YOU UP”
In gridiron football analysts refer to a player who excels at all three of the skills of running, passing, and kicking as a TRIPLE THREAT. In the entertainment industry TRIPLE THREAT is the term for an individual proficient in the disciplines of rapping, singing, and being a musician. What do you call a rising star who dominates in rapping, singing, guitars and drums, and has won the hearts of teen fans nationally? XAVIER
On March 4th, Teen sensation Xavier releases his new single & video “Lift You Up”. The highly anticipated single produced by Lee On the Beats,is a dance-pop-rap track with a contagious chorus and lively melody.
MYSTERIES SHARE “NEWLY THROWN” VIDEO
Mysteries is revealing the video for “Newly Thrown” from their debut album New Age Music Is Here, out now via Felte. Directed by Kris Moyes (Sia, Grizzly Bear, Beck), the video is a high concept, self-referential take on the creative process, featuring a director struggling with his own ideas while trying to create the video for “Newly Thrown.” The clip premiered via The Line Of Best Fit, who noted that it “uses the track like a soundtrack to a silent arthouse film.”
TORO Y MOI’S “BUFFALO”
“When I started writing this song I was experiencing a bit of writer’s block and this song was what pulled me out,” Toro y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick tells The FADER. “As soon as I wrote it, I knew it would set the tone for the entire album.”
WOO CHILD “CENTER STAGE”
St. Louis rapper Woo Child presents the music video for “Center Stage”, his new single featuring C.Jay Conrod. “Center Stage” appears on Heirs, his new EP featuring guest appearances from Marcy Wellz, Mi’Ahani and produced entirely by three-time St. Louis Underground Music Fest Beat Champion, JBJR.
NEW ALBUM BY ROOMFUL OF TEETH
New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce Render, the sophomore album from the GRAMMY Award-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Building on the widely acclaimed first album, which won the 2014 GRAMMY for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and included Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices, Render delights and surprises. The new album, which will be released on April 28, 2015, features compositions from Missy Mazzoli, William Brittelle, Wally Gunn, Brad Wells, Caleb Burhans, and Eric Dudley.
The new collection of works is consistently, unstintingly gorgeous, inviting listeners into an unimaginably varied sound world, all while showcasing Roomful of Teeth’s trademark virtuosity. Render could be considered a companion to the group’s first record – it features the same singers, engineer, cover artist, and some of the same composers as the first, and it includes a remarkable multi-movement work spread across the album – but this second record is very much in a class of its own.
MAURICIO “HER SONG”
Maurico makes the ultimate banger for the ladies entitled “Her Song.” Maurico both writing and producing this track says “this song was designed specifically for every woman all around the world.”
CONCORD MUSIC GROUP CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY OF LEGENDARY TONY BENNETT/BILL EVANS SESSIONS
Forty years ago, renowned entertainer Tony Bennett joined together with legendary jazz pianist Bill Evans for their first of two duet albums. The result was 1975’s The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album, followed by Together Again the following year. To celebrate this incredible coupling of talents, Fantasy Records, a unit of Concord Music Group, will release a deluxe, 180-gram vinyl box set. Venerated as a special moment in the history of jazz, the two albums, plus two discs’ worth of alternate takes and bonus tracks, are combined in this four-LP, 180-gram vinyl collection, The Complete Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Recordings. Included is a collectible 12×12 photograph of the two musicians, as well as a deluxe 12-page booklet featuring rare images and extensive liner notes by Will Friedwald (co-author of Tony Bennett’s autobiography, The Good Life).
MARIN DEBUT TRACK
‘Prevail (Witch Hunt)’ is the first offering from Marin, a 21 year old North London raised musician and jazz trained vocalist. Marin’s debut track unveils her decidedly London sound and bewitching blend of late-night soul and minimalist electronica.
HASAN SALAAM “OGJM”
A community organizer, he works with troubled youth, and helps run a monthly food and clothing drive in Jersey City, N.J. Hasan has taught “The Socio-Political Importance of Black Music in American Society”, a self-created lecture, at universities across the country. Also a master fetish trainer and sex educator, he speaks at shelters – specifically to abused women – helping them reintroduce sensuality back in their lives. Hasan is a Sexpert blogger for Calexotics, a sexual wellness and novelty website, and recently founded his own erotica/fetish company, Sensual Noire/Jet Setting Jasmine, as well as opening his first fitness studio, Body Altitudes, in Florida.
STARS “TRAP DOOR” VIDEO
Like their celestial namesake, Stars only come out at night, and that includes when they record records and (of course) when they put on live performances. In their new video for “Trap Door”, we open on the band’s backstage moments for an intimate peek into touring life right before they erupt into a zealous live performance of the track, which is met with exhilarated fan reaction.
“Welcome to the new Stars video, where three things are confirmed,” lead singer Torquil Campbell said. “One, Torq is a bit of a dick. Two, videos are made out of fear. Three, Stars play fucking great rock shows. We hope you enjoy discovering these facts for yourself.”
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MALL WALK “CRIMINAL CODE” PREMIERES ON CLASH MUSIC
Last October, Oakland trio MALL WALK released its eponymous debut EP, five briskly minimal tracks that foregrounded the bass and drum contributions of Daniel Brown and Nicholas Clark, respectively, and nodded to punk and post-punk precedents. Alternately infectious and gritty, spare and expansive, the EP introduced a band both compulsively listenable and exceptionally sophisticated. It was released on cassette tape through singer/guitarist Rob I. Miller’s Vacant Stare Records and engineered by Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon, Terry Malts). Impose Magazine said the EP, “deserves to be heard by everyone fed up with the contrived, plastic, retail peddled manufacturing of existences and ennui of reality.” The Bay Bridged wrote, “Mall Walk sucks you into lo-fi squealing guitars paired with vocals that sound emotionally removed and hinge on apathy.”
VOTIIV SHARES “KEEP YOU”
VOTIIV [vōtiv] is a Toronto-based electronic duo consisting of Kat Duma and Cam Findlay. Their dark, post-industrial inspired sound challenges the boundaries of pop, while maintaining a slick techno aesthetic.
Cam Findlay, also known for his solo project Kontravoid, provides the backbone for the instrumentation, complemented by Kat Duma’s vocals, with both sharing producing roles.
MOE BANDY SIGNS WITH BATTLE ARTIST AGENCY FOR BOOKING REPRESENTATION
For over four decades, fans have come to depend upon Moe Bandy for their traditional country fix, and the singer is set to provide that trademark honky-tonk sound in concert throughout 2015. Today, the singer announces a new booking agreement with Battle Artist Agency, joining a list of artists that includes The Bellamy Brothers, Williams & Ree, Eddy Raven, Mickey Gilley, Earl Thomas Conley, and Gene Watson.
“Since we first hit with ‘I Just Started Hatin’ Cheatin Songs Today,’ the fans have been one of the most important aspects of my career,” says Bandy. “Getting back out on the road and taking their kind of country to them is what I’ve always been about, and I’m glad to be working with Battle Artist Agency in that endeavor. Rob Battle is one of the greats at what he does, so we are looking forward to letting him do what he does so well, so we can do what we do.”
SPARROW THE MOVEMENT “AMAZING”
Produced by Switzerland’s best kept secret, SWC (Supreme War Clique), “Amazing” odes to a day when simply beats and rhymes were hip-hop’s general protocol. SWC lays down a proverbial canvas that literally fights with itself. It moves with such Grace that although it feels slow and melodic the BPM is in the upper eighties. The instrumentation and drum programming make this track a smooth and attractive calamity; executed perfectly. It’s Amazing. And Fla-Fla adds to this clement rasping with Christ-inspired lyrics such as: “That I’m the child of a Father so awesome makes sense like the Asian kids who made my Jordan’s; my portion is on display, on this day, because His pay, forced His grace, to forge my way.”
MERK FEAT MR MAGIC NEW VIDEO
You can’t be a fan of New Orleans music without being familiar with Mr Magic; a man who left his mark for the 9th Ward on both No Limit and Koch in the early 2000’s. His passing, along with his wife’s in March of 2013 in a tragic car accident, left a giant hole in the Crescent City’s rap music scene but his influence is still being reflected by Nola artists to this day. With a major nod to this most cherished of forbears, Merk The Lyrical Tantrum, so named for his signature rasp and rapid-fire lyrical outbursts, releases the visual to his latest, “I Do It 4 Da 9” ft. Mr Magic himself. A veritible travelogue of New Orleans’ 9th Ward, “I Do It 4 Da 9” incorporates everything that is best about this great city, from the bouncy ass Beat Doctor track to Merk’s speaker-splitting delivery. Nothing about this video doesn’t scream bounce and it doesn’t matter if you’re a big ol’ booty or the trunk of a candy-painted slab. This song is already a classic in the 9th Ward so if you’re not exhausted by the time this video is over, you are definitely watching it all wrong.
MEGHAN TRAINOR MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “DEAR FUTURE HUSBAND”
Just as her sold out THAT BASS TOUR comes to a close this week, Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum global superstar Meghan Trainor reveals dates for her headline summer jaunt—THE MTRAIN TOUR—supporting her #1 debut album TITLE [Epic Records].
Promoted exclusively by Live Nation, THE MTRAIN TOUR kicks off Friday July 3 at Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ and will make stops in nearly 30 major markets across the country this summer. Tickets go on-sale beginning at 10am local time on Friday March 20 at www.livenation.com. Rising star Charlie Puth and British trio Life of Dillon will open THE MTRAIN TOUR.
NOISEY PREMIERES TWO GALLANTS’ NEW VIDEO “INCIDENTAL”
Noisey says “their video for the scuzz-pop single ‘Incidental’ finds the SF duo on typically fiery form.” To celebrate the release, the band is currently on a full European tour and begin their U.S. run of dates on April 16. Tickets are on sale now. Please see full tour dates below.
JOIS AUDINO “THE GRAY”
MDK Records front man Jois Audino is firing hard for 2015 with his storming single release ‘The Gray’ – which is out now on his own stamp. True to form for Jois – this latest serving is a solid rage of machine Techno that’ll stand up tall next his long and winding discography of malicious productions. With supports and chart slots already steaming in – it’s looking like another winning formula from a producer that means business.
BIG HARP SHARES NEW SINGLE “IT’S A SHAME” VIA SPIN
“It’s a Shame” serves as a transition between 2013’s Chain Letters and the band’s upcoming full-length album, currently in production with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Rogue Wave, David Byrne) and due out later this year. Following their pattern of album-to-album reinvention, their new material further branches out from their past albums, taking the best elements of their first two records, and adding some ‘60s psych and a bit of ‘80s mega-pop, creating a vibrant new sound that bursts through genre limitations. The band has uncovered a unique, original voice, which is exemplified in their latest bittersweet, power-pop track, “It’s a Shame!”
LEGENDARY BANDS EARTH, WIND & FIRE AND CHICAGO ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN CO-HEADLINING SUMMER TOUR
Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed bands Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago announced today their North American co-headlining summer tour Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire – Heart And Soul Tour 2015 kicking off July 15 in Concord, CA. The 25+ date tour, promoted by Live Nation, will take the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups through major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Boston. The tour will conclude September 6 in Atlantic City, NJ.
“One of the most exciting things about the show is when both bands perform at the end of the concert,” Lee Loughnane of Chicago said. “Having these 21 very talented musicians playing our greatest hits together puts the excitement level at a fever pitch! From the Heart of Chicago and the Soul of Earth, Wind & Fire, it is an unforgettable experience.”
COMEBACK KID RELEASE ‘LOSING SLEEP’ MUSIC VIDEO
From deep inside the pit, COMEBACK KID come out swinging with ‘Losing Sleep’, the latest video from Die Knowing. Filmed live in concert all over the world, the full-contact video features studio footage with guest vocalist Poli Correia of Devil In Me, and erupts in your face showing what goes down at a COMEBACK KID show.
CIVIL TWILIGHT STREAM TITLE TRACK ON ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Civil Twilight’s Steven (lead vocals, bass and piano) and Andrew McKeller (guitar), Richard Wouters (drums) and Kevin Dailey (keys and guitar) spent one month recording Story Of An Immigrant with Ben H. Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Bombay Bicycle Club, Cut Copy) at Maze Studios in Atlanta. “This song both lyrically and musically seemed to set the course for the new music we were writing. It was the first song written for the new record where we all collectively went, ‘I like this. Let’s keep going in this direction,’” says frontman Steven McKeller of the title track and album theme. “We think musically it very naturally links our past with where we’re headed – and lyrically it’s in many ways the story of our lives, our band, and our journey.”
JANOSKIANS “LA GIRL”
The Janoskians take to the streets in their new video for “LA Girl,” off their Would U Love Me EP. See the guys run around in the buff and woo the ladies of California in their own wild and crazy style.
‘SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE’ A CONCERT CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF JACK BRUCE
Announced today is ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ a tribute concert to the late Jack Bruce, one of the finest musicians of his generation and sadly missed. The concert, in aid of Jack’s favourite charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH), will be held on Saturday 24 October at The Roundhouse. Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday 18 March and available from www.gigsandtours.com
Artists confirmed so far: Ginger Baker, Joss Stone, Phil Manzanera, Ian Anderson, Vernon Reid, Mark King, Liam Bailey, Fiona Bevan and Jack Bruce’s Big Blues Band. Further additions and special guests yet to be announced.