LION BABE ANNOUNCE NEW SINGLE ‘WONDER WOMAN’ PRODUCED BY PHARRELL WILLIAMS
Interscope recording artists LION BABE, the New York duo comprised of singer/songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, have released their first official single ‘Wonder Woman’ from their as yet untitled upcoming major label debut. ‘Wonder Woman’ premiered in the UK on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show and will be released domestically May 3rd via digital retailers.
Oozing with raw energy, the incredible and empowering ‘Wonder Woman’ serves as the follow-up to the critically acclaimed songs ‘Treat Me Like Fire’, ‘Jump Hi’ and ‘Jungle Lady’, taken from the band’s self-titled debut EP which was released at the end of last year. With the huge popularity of their EP, LION BABE have amassed an impressive 6 million plus streams across audio and visual streaming sites, including Spotify and Vevo.
SAMANTHA LANDRUM NAMED A TOP 25 FINALIST OF 2015 MACY’S iHEARTRADIO RISING STAR PROGRAM
Reviver Records’ up-and-coming country music songstress, Samantha Landrum, has been named a Top 25 finalist of the fourth annual Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star Program for her stand-out songwriting abilities and powerhouse vocals. Hand-picked by iHeart Media’s programming team from approximately 75 talented aspiring recording artists submitted by the nation’s top record labels and industry executives, she goes on to compete in the finals, vying for the opening performance slot at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival and national notoriety as Macy’s and iHeartRadio’s 2015 Rising Star.
Vote for her now through May 4 at iHeartRadio.com/RisingStar or on Twitter using the hashtag #RisingStar and her official Twitter handle: @SamanthaLandrum.
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS & MARILYN MANSON ANNOUNCE THE END TIMES TOUR FOR SUMMER 2015
The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson are joining forces to co-headline The End Times tour. Kicking off July 7th in Concord, CA and wrapping up August 8th in Cincinnati, the tour will span 23 dates in support of Marilyn Manson’s The Pale Emperor and The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments To An Elegy.
Tickets go on sale starting April 3rd. For more information, fans can go to thesmashingpumpkins.com and marilynmanson.com.
LIL WAYNE DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR “COCO” TODAY ON NOISEY
The new video for Lil Wayne’s “CoCo” remix juxtaposes footage of the famed rapper inside of a cage with archival clips of a younger Wayne rapping alongside Birdman, his longtime friend and business partner at Cash Money Records
CAPE NOIRE “FIRE”
“FIRE”, first CAPE NOIRE’s Video:
VOYCE NEW VIDEO “BEAUTIFUL PAIN”
Montreal based emerging artist, Voyce*, unveils his latest music video, “Beautiful Pain”, which sees him teaming up once again with director Frank Ward. The video combines metaphoric imagery with the powerfully emotional music to tell its story, one themed on the attraction to sorrow. “Beautiful Pain” serves as a prelude to the release of his upcoming album “AiaC (Alone in a Crowd): Angels & Demons” which is set to release mid 2015.
“SHE’S A FREAK”
Originally formed and unified by their collective love of UK garage and house, the production trio known as The Writers Block spent the majority of 2014 basking in the limelight of their championed single ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ – which marked the outfit’s debut release on ULTRA Records.
Quickly experiencing heavy rotation from Pete Tong, MistaJam, Twin B & Yasmin Evans, Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts and DJ Target, it was just a short matter of time before ‘Don’t Look Any Further’ skyrocketed to #1 in the Music Week Club Chart and received an official playlist selection on 1Xtra.
ICELANDIC BAND KALEO ADDS ADDITIONAL U.S. TOUR DATES
The Icelandic foursome Kaleo have added additional dates to their North American tour. Fresh off the heels of their U.S. debut at SXSW Music Festival, Kaleo will join Vance Joy on tour for select dates in April and will also perform in major cities including Portland, San Francisco, Seattle and Los Angeles to name a few. The band will make a stop at Seattle’s KEXP to perform Live on The Morning Show on Friday, April 10th at 9:30AM PST. Fans worldwide can stream the performance at KEXP.org. Kaleo is currently in the studio working on new material with producer Mike Crossey (Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg) for an EP due out on Elektra/Atlantic Records later this year.
MEW DEBUTS BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “WATER SLIDES”
Following an enormously successful week of concerts and media at SXSW, the idiosyncratic Danish alt/rock/prog band Mew has just released a new video for the track “Water Slides,” taken from the band’s upcoming album ” +- ” (as in ‘plus minus’) due out April 28 [PIAS]. Click here to check the video out.
ADAM EXLER NOMINATED FOR IMA
Prolific, melodic, soulful, and poignant singer-songwriter Adam Exler was named by Music Resource Group (MRG) as a Nominee of The 14th Independent Music Awards (The IMAs), the influential awards program for independent artists and releases. Independent Music Awards nominations in more than 80 Album, Song, EP, Music Producer,Music Video and Design categories were announced for self-released and independent label artists from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Canada, Colombia, England, Finland, France,Germany, Iceland, India, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Mali, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United States and Tibet.
The eclectic mix of established and rising talent nominated in The 14th IMAs were culled from thousands of submissions that were released during the program’s eligibility period, between June, 2013 thru December 2014. Nominated along with Adam Exler are a diverse group of recording artists including Garland Jeffreys, Bent Knee,Oran Etkin, Dawn Landes, AntigoneRising, Flaco Jiménez & MaxBaca, Buddy Mondlock, Edie Carey & Sarah Sample, Asylum Street Spankers, AlexandreDésilets, DeadObies, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Dawn Landes, Highasakite, The Amigos, Team Me,Rachael Sage, Pompeya, Eden Brent, Pascuala Ilabaca y Fauna, RadioRadio and Elizabeth Mitchell and others.
CHECK OUT THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR CARLY RAE JEPSEN’S NEW SINGLE “I REALLY LIKE YOU”
Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen premieres the lyric video for her new single “I Really Like You” check it out HERE.
GYPSY & THE CAT “LOST CONTROL”
Gypsy & The Cat are off in their studio world recording a new album right now, but have turned down the moogs and the mood lighting just long enough to let go of their first musical tease. Premiering on the trailblazing US-based blog Neon Gold, the new song ‘Lost Control’ pays homage to a 90s french sound that originally birthed them as a band.
THE ARTFULS “ALL OVER TOWN”
To promote the EP “Long trip home” THE ARTFULS will release their debut single “All over town” on April 3rd with Australian radio program Triple J unearthed and will be playing all over Portugal and Europe until the end of May on a run of dates with the “are we there yet?” tour until they return for their first National tour in Australia in support of the single.
The Australian and international band, THE ARTFULS, have travelled all the way to Portugal to kick-start the project by recording their debut EP and touring around Europe and will return home with success under their belt.
GREG HOLDEN TO TOUR WITH INGRID MICHAELSON IN JUNE
Singer and songwriter Greg Holden has announced that he will join Ingrid Michaelson for a string of shows in June. Prior to that, the New York-based Holden will tour with Sire recording artists Delta Rae, beginning April 9th in Philadelphia and continuing through early May. Holden is fresh off his run of shows at SXSW, being named one of 10 Breakout Performers by Austin Monthly, with Yahoo! proclaiming him “an idol in his own right.” He also just performed a sold-out show at the Hotel Café in Los Angeles. Please see below for all upcoming tour dates.
MARYSCREEK NEW VIDEO “INCUBIC TOWN”
“Incubic Twin” a brand new lyric video from Swedish heavy rockers MarysCreek, can be viewed below. The track is taken from the EP “Incubic Twin“. MarysCreek are now back in the sutdio and recording their sophomore, yet untitled album.
MarysCreek presents heavy rock arrangements and catchy melodies with a scandinavian melancholic twist.
KING PARROT “LIKE A RAT”
Australian thrash grind unit and recent Housecore Records signees, KING PARROT, will release their long-awaited new full-length May 19th in North America via Housecore Records. Titled Dead Set, the record was produced by the legendary Philip H. Anselmo, and his recording crew of Michael Thompson and Steve Berrigan at the infamous Nodferatu’s Lair (Down, Eyehategod, Superjoint Ritual et al) in Louisiana and spews forth ten ravaging psalms that showcase KING PARROT’s signature punk rock spirit and pummeling sonic debauchery. A true leap forward from their debut, Dead Set exhibits a distinct maturity from a band who’ve committed to the rigors of international touring, slaying audiences through Asia, North America, Europe and Australia on a regular basis.
NEW TRACK-BY-TRACK INTERVIEW REVEALED FOR WORLD-RENOWNED GUITARIST/COMPOSER STEVE HACKETT
On April 7th, world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett will release his brand new solo album, WOLFLIGHT, in North America via InsideOut Music. With a few weeks to go until the record’s release, a new track-by-track interview with Hackett on the album’s title track, taken from the special edition version of the album, has just been posted. To listen and find out more about the song and the ideas behind it, click here.
HEFFRON DRIVE ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF ACOUSTIC ALBUM ON APRIL 28
Kendall Schmidt, former star of Nickelodeon’s hit show, Big Time Rush has announced the release of Happy Mistakes: Unplugged – a 10 track acoustic follow up to 2014’s Happy Mistakes. Announcing the April 28 release via Popcrush with an exclusive album trailer, Happy Mistakes: Unplugged is the latest release via Schmidt’s very own TOLbooth Records.
Kendall paid homage to his favorite albums of the past, by stripping down a body of work that already existed to create an intimate aural experience for his fans. Entirely recorded and produced in his home studio, Schmidt says of the process, “Happy Mistakes: Unplugged was a labor of love and focused creativity. And I’m so glad that everyone gets to hear it soon!”
ED SHEERAN ANNOUNCES FALL TOUR PLANS
Atlantic recording artist Ed Sheeran has announced a second leg to his North American tour, kicking off at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, TX, on September 3. Promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG), the month-long trek includes some of the GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter’s biggest headlining shows in North America to date (see attached itinerary). Pre-sale tickets will be available for select dates starting on April 6, followed by general public on-sale tickets starting on April 10. For more ticket information and tour updates, please visit www.edsheeran.com.
JEFF HUGHELL SOLO ALBUM
Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell announces his debut full-length solo album Chaos Labyrinth showcasing his unique skills as a preeminent bass guitar player. His technical metal roots shine through on tracks such as “Jagermeister Death Grind” and “Chaotic Implosion”, yet exceptional versatility is shown through calmer melodic songs such as “Still” and “Let It Go”. The album is an embodiment of all that can be done on a bass from awe-inspiring tapping to beautifully flowing melodies. Chaos Labyrinth is now available on ITunes and Amazon.
“Chaos Labyrinth is different because it’s a whole new level of sounds and dynamics from anything I have ever done” says Hughell. The album is composed of ten songs and is 43 minutes long. It succeeds a solo EP I Came To Hate that was released in 2009. Chaos Labyrinth was recorded at Castle Ultimate Studios by Zack Ohren. Artwork was done by Shaun McInnis, and photos by Jason Anaya at Anaya Photography.
MGK RELEASES HIS NEW SINGLE “A LITTLE MORE”
EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist Machine Gun Kelly, also known as “MGK,” released his first official single “A Little More” today. The track showcases MGK’s maturation as an artist and takes you on a conscious journey. The new single tackles hardline subjects such as bullying, environmental preservation and political warfare all while infusing hope meant to encourage society, and to simply spread love.
SUBVERSION, TOTAL GUITAR / MUSICRADAR.COM LAUNCH “ENTROPY” GUITAR PLAYTHROUGH VIDEO
U.K. melodic tech metal outfit, Subversion, has teamed up with Total Guitar / MusicRadar.com to launch a guitar playthrough video of the song “Entropy,” taken from the band’s sophomore album, Animi, out now on Rogue Records America. The new video featuring the talents of Subversion guitarist/vocalist, Kai Giritli, can be streamed exclusively at:
BENT LIFE SIGNS TO BRIDGE NINE RECORDS
Bridge Nine Records is excited to announce that Bent Life is the latest addition to the family. This added dosage of Midwest Blood to B9 formed in 2010, hail from Lincoln, Nebraska, and have previously released EPs on 6131 Records and Lost Time and toured with the likes of Bitter End, Naysayer, and Alpha & Omega among others. Playing a punishing brand of heavy hardcore in the vein of Merauder and Outburst, the band’s next release will be the two-song 7″, Cheat Death, May 1st on Bad Teeth Recordings. Pre-orders are already sold out but you can check out the first track, “Nail in the Coffin”, on their Bandcamp, and pick up a test press from them on the last few days of their current tour with labelmates Expire, where you can also catch Rotting Out, Suburban Scum, and Mizery. Bent Life is also hard at work on their full-length debut for B9.
NBC GOES ON 8 ‘FIRST DATES’ AS NETWORK ORDERS POPULAR U.K. FORMAT TO SERIES BEGINS CASTING
NBC has ordered 8 episodes of “First Dates,” an observational documentary series from executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Shed Media that takes a peek at what happens when a couple meets for the first time and love may be in the air.
Whenever a prospective couple goes on a first date, the same question always arises: Will the date blossom into a long-term love affair? It’s the moment when sparks often fly and our imaginations run wild — when two people realize they may have found their soul mate.
Based on a hit U.K. format, this unique hour-long series offers an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. The audience will be along for the full ride in a relatable viewing experience that plays like a real romantic comedy. Viewers will judge for themselves about how the couple is interacting and whether they are a good fit for one another. Is there a palpable sense of chemistry? Will there be an ever-elusive second date, or will it be back to love’s drawing board?
DAYNEO “LOVE GUN”
Dayneo is back with his new single “Love Gun”. After taking a bold and more slightly ‘out there’ approach with his debut single “Switzerland”. Dayne pulls back musically, pushes further lyrically and leaps visually with “Love Gun”. ‘Musically this is a bit more grown up for my taste, lyrically I wanted to try and tell a story regarding unfortunately, love. The story is both true and false.” – Dayneo.\
LITTLE BRUTES PREMIERE VIDEO FOR “MAKE OUR OWN WAY”
“Make Our Own Way” is featured on the band’s latest EP, Desire, released in January, and as the theme music to the new NBC sitcom, “One Big Happy”, starring Cuthbert and executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. Little Brutes are Rachael Cantu and Harlan Silverman
HEATERS NEW SINGLE
Heaters have shared new single “Mean Green,” the A-side of their upcoming 7″ for Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. You can stream the track where it premiered with Stereogum & share it via Soundcloud.
Out April 28th, the 7″ pairs “Mean Green” with previously-released track “Levitate Thigh,” offering listeners a taste of the Grand Rapids-based trio’s psych-meets-surf-rock vibe. The release is currently available for pre-order digitally & on vinyl.
BOHANNONS’ NEW STUDIO ALBUM STREAM
Following Bohannons’ previous two efforts (the Steve Albini-produced debut EP Days of Echo and their critically-acclaimed 2012 albumUnaka Rising) the Chattanooga, TN-based foursome have just released their sophomore studio full-length, Black Cross. Black Shield this March (via This Is American Music).
“LYNYRD SKYNYRD – ONE MORE FOR THE FANS!”
Loud & Proud Records is proud to partner with Blackbird Presents to release the CD/DVD “Lynyrd Skynyrd – One More For The Fans!,” a celebration of the band’s incredible musical legacy.
On one special night last November 12, 2014, an extraordinary collection of artists came together at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most influential bands of our time. The uniqueconcert featured performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, along with special guests Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gregg Allman, BlackberrySmoke, Cheap Trick, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, Gov’t Mule,Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Randy Houser, Jason Isbell, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, moe., O.A.R., Robert Randolph and Donnie Van Zant. Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of the concert event, broadcast special and music release worked with Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling who also served as executive producers of the show. Don Was led the all-star house band as musical director for the evening.
LIGHT YOU UP RELEASE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR ‘ALL WE’VE EVER KNOWN’
The guys released their debut album, ‘ALL WE’VE EVER KNOWN’, via Reclaim Music Group/Ice Grills earlier this year in Jan 2015. A series of exciting shows are coming up for the band, following the release – firstly kicking off their UK tour with Four Year Strong.
NEW VIDEO BY SCUBA
Following the release of his fourth full length album Claustrophobia, Scuba unveils the video for All I Think About Is Death offering a further insight into one of most anticipated electronic music albums of 2015.
Scuba will be touring Europe during April. More tour dates are expected in the coming weeks.