FINCH PREMIERE OFFICIAL VIDEO “PLAY DEAD” WATCH NOW AT VEVO
Today Finch has teamed up with VEVO for the worldwide premiere of their video “Play Dead” from their recent album Back To Oblivion. Watch now at VEVO.
Directed by the band’s very own, Daniel Wonacott, “Play Dead” is a black and white Cohen Brothers-Esque nod to film noir. The video follows a man (bass player Alex Linares) through the forest carrying a body bag and a shovel. What or who is in the bag? You’ll have to wait until the end to find out.
NEW EP BY THAD KOPEC COMING
Thad Kopec announces the release of his new cinematic indie folk EP, The Ridge, due out May 19. Melody and lyrics paint pastoral imagery with the songs unfolding like a storybook, inviting the listener into Kopec’s imagination while engaging with their own.
Through a six track journey, The Ridge chronicles a father and son relationship told from the perspective of the boy as the joy of childhood gives way to the melancholy of adulthood. A representation of his own maturation musically, Kopec’s The Ridge remains lyrically consistent while drawing on themes of displacement, scarcity, and family in each track. It poses the question “What is on the other side of the ridge?” Big cinematic moments color the narrative and encourage the listener to generate mental landscapes that bring the characters to life. In songs like “Guardian” and “Owl Wakes Up” the lyrics flow together with wit and ease while maintaining some measure of ambiguity and subtlety. Singer Molly Parden contributes her rustic vocals to the EP creating an alluring harmony with Kopec.
EVERLIT NEW LYRIC VIDEO
Philadelphia based Hard Rock band Everlit has released the lryic video for their new single “A Phoenix Will Rise”, off of their upcoming EP, due out on June 20th. The band will be playing their EP release show at Bull Shooters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the full band lineup for the show will be announced soon.
MATT AND KIM ALBUM OUT NOW
It’s finally the big Tuesday! Matt and Kim’s full-length album, New Glow [Harvest Records], is now available in stores everywhere and through all online retailers. Matt and Kim—aka Matt Johnson (vocals/keyboard) and Kim Schifino (drums), hit the ground running, with their single “Get It” landing at #1 on the Alt-18, the top requested songs on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.
STEVE HACKETT’S HAUNTING NEW VIDEO “LOVE SONG TO A VAMPIRE”
Fans of progressive rock around the globe can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett’s new video “Love Song To A Vampire” on Ultimate Classic Rock today. The Gothic, haunting video is taken from the new album, WOLFLIGHT, which is in stores today. Of the video, Steve Hackett commented, “The ‘Love Song to a Vampire’ video was directed by Paul Gosling whose filming I was impressed by. Most of the film was shot in the historic and atmospheric city of Leicester. Paul was keen to highlight the combination of Gothic imagery with the portrayal of an abusive relationship implicit in the song. We discussed the ideas together…The transformation from the glamour that lures the victim to the final destructive hold.”
MYAMI and electronic producer Wayfarer// have teamed up to create her debut single, Soldier. Wayfarer//, who has enjoyed a fair bit of Triple J airplay for his original tracks, helped realise MYAMI’s vision for her debut single.
Soldier places massive emphasis on vocals, with vocal layering, overlapping parts, and catchy melodies defining MYAMI’s unique brand of electro pop. The vocals flicker between light and dark elements, playful and primal melodies, with the track continuously building and then falling away. MYAMI’s vocal range is evident, and her catchy song writing showcase what pop music should be all about.
NEW ALBUM OUT BY DEAD COCKROACH
Dead cockcroach born in mid-2014 when Matias Galvez (ex- Deep Sapce Supergroop and ex- 13 Elefantes) returns from Australia and decides to start a new project for which he calls his old friends: Nacho Marchant (ex-Larrytrazk and Jesusto) and Sebastian Jadue (ex- 13 Elefantes). The project takes shape quickly and get to work on the first EP, including material and ideas composed by Matias during his stay in Australia and Asia.
HALFLIFE “RIP ME”
Today sees British duo Halflife reveal their second track together, entitled ‘Rip Me’. Halflife is the new collaboration between pioneering bass music producer Distance, and rapper/actor/musician Riz Ahmed.
Following the British duo’s debut track together ‘Subtle’, which expertly blended Riz’s incredible lyricism with Distance’s low rumbling beats and soaring soundscapes, the pair have now revealed the dark and murky ‘Rip Me’, which shows the duo in a new light, but one that is equally as intriguing and impressive.
The track is now available to stream here:
BAD SEED RISING ANNOUNCE ‘A PLACE CALLED HOME’ + NEW SINGLE
Bad Seed Rising, the Maryland based rock band that formed at the Frederick, MD Let There Be Rock School, have announced details of their new EP, A Place Called Home. The new EP which follows the group’s 2014 Roadrunner Records debut EP, Charm City, will arrive digitally on May 5th. Pre-orders are available today via iTunes.
The band, which is made up of Francheska Pastor (vocals/guitar), Mason Gainer (guitar), Louey Peraza (bass), and Aiden Marceron (drums) have also debuted their official music video for lead single “It’s My Time” which is streaming now on Alternative Press.
SWEATER BEATS REMIXES ALESSO
NY-based beat guru Sweater Beats has remixed Alesso’s latest track “Cool” ft. Roy English making for a heavy symphonic rendition of the track. This is part of collection of remixes for “Cool” that features up-and-coming and celebrated producers alike to honor Alesso’s highly anticipated upcoming debut album (more info coming soon).
YEARS & YEARS TO RELEASE DEBUT FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
Interscope Records artists Years & Years will release their highly anticipated debut full-length album, entitled Communion, on June 22nd via all digital and physical partners. The London-based electro-pop trio’s new single, “King,” went to No. 1 on the U.K. Singles chart, while its video has racked up almost 10 million views on Vevo.
PENICILLIN BABY “STICK IT OUT”
Penicillin Baby (who named themselves after an obscure joke from Mr. Show!) are hot off a Feb/March run of dates, and they’re gearing up for another round of Spring tour dates (below). The band 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.
BARENAKED LADIES NEW ALBUM ‘SILVERBALL’
After 27 years together, over 14 million albums sold and multiple Grammy nominations, SILVERBALL, Barenaked Ladies fourteenth studio album, finds the long-standing partnership of Ed Robertson (guitar, vocals), Jim Creeggan (bass, vocals), Kevin Hearn (keyboard, guitar, vocals) and Tyler Stewart (drums, vocals) firing on all cylinders.
“I think it would be fair to say if the band was collectively known as Stella, then this record would indicate the reality that Stella had indeed got her groove back,” states Ed Robertson. “This is the first record since our debut, Gordon that was written with no hand-wringing, second-guessing, insecurity or self-doubt,” Robertson asserts.
DAN DEACON SHARES NEW “WHEN I WAS DONE DYING” VIDEO
Dan Deacon has shared a new music video for ‘When I Was Done Dying,’ directed by Adult Swim’s Off the Air.
COIN VIDEO “RUN”
The spry band’s first single, “Run,” is available now: http://smarturl.it/COINAlbum. Claiming a ‘90s caliber pedigree and alt-derived influences, the band’s frontman Chase Lawrence describes their lead-off single “Run” as being about “a dream worth chasing.” The video, directed by Andrew Donoho, premiered last week exclusively on Billboard and can be viewed online here:
POKEY LAFARGE “SOMETHING IN THE WATER”
Longstanding admirer Jack White added LaFarge to the roster of White’s Third Man label for the 2011 EP Chittlin’ Cookin’ Time in Cheatham County (which White produced) and the 2013 album Pokey LaFarge, as well as enlisting Pokey as opening act on the North American tour in support of White’s Blunderbuss album. Also in 2013, Pokey was featured on the soundtrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, performing the jazz standard “Lovesick Blues” with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks. 2014 was LaFarge’s busiest year yet, with the hard-working artist performing on five continents, including tours in India, Australia and New Zealand as well as extensive roadwork in the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, and The Netherlands.
THE JANOSKIANS RELEASE NEW SINGLE “FRIEND ZONE”
“Friend Zone” couples a bombastic arena-ready drum beat with spunky guitars and cleverly spirited verses from the five-some. It hilariously examines that gray area that literally everybody hates—the dreaded Friend Zone—as the boys collectively chant, “You keeping on messing with my head. When we get close to the end zone, you put me back in the Friend Zone.” You can hear it at this LINK.
BEAR DEN “COFFEE”
U.K. folk trio Bear’s Den has covered Sylvan Esso’s “Coffee.” The Line of Best Fit praises the cover, calling it a “a jagged, trip-hop laced piece of ramshackle glory.”
The band recently wrapped a sold-out headlining European tour, with further U.S. dates to be announced soon. The performances celebrate their critically acclaimed LP Islands, released last year on Communion Records.
CHARLES HAMILTON & RITA ORA ON TV
CHARLES HAMILTON’s journey has been nothing short of triumphant. In 2009, he received the public endorsement of Eminem, scored a major label deal, appeared on the cover of XXL’s prestigious annual Freshmen issue, and had released a string of universally adored mixtapes and EPs. Behind the scenes, he faced the horrors of bipolar disorder and addiction, bravely going through treatment alone. Emerging with his condition under control, HAMILTON stands poised to finally make the impact he was born to make this year.
THE CRIBS “BURNING FOR NO ONE”
The Cribs are excited to unleash their new album For All My Sisters, out today in North America on Arts & Crafts. Having reconvened over the last year in Wakefield, UK and Portland, OR, the band later decamped to New York and settled in at The Magic Shop studio to record with legendary producer and The Cars’ frontman Ric Ocasek (Weezer, Bad Brains). The band’s sixth studio album follows 2013’s career spanning Payola collection and 2012’s UK Top 10 In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull and is The Cribs’ first release for Arts & Crafts. A new label, a new perspective, a new challenge – For All My Sisters marks the start of the next chapter in a decade-long existence that has seen The Cribs continuing to evolve and thrill, ever advancing whilst stockpiling an enviable arsenal of songs.
THE YOUNG WILD PREMIERE “NOT A ONE” ACOUSTIC VIDEO
Southern California rock band The Young Wild have released an acoustic video for their single “Not A One.” The stripped down version of the track showcases singer Bryan B. William’s acoustic guitar skills and beautiful harmonies.
ED SHEERAN TO PERFORM AT GILLETTE STADIUM SEPT. 25
Atlantic recording artist and six-time GRAMMY nominee, Ed Sheeran, is adding to the phenomenal success of his North American Tour with additional dates this fall, including a stop at Gillette Stadium on Friday, Sept. 25. Tickets to that show go on sale April 17 at 10 a.m. EST.
Blending soulful vocals with organic folk introspection and irresistible hip-hop hooks, Sheeran will be headlining his first NFL stadium when he takes the stage on the home turf of the four-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. The 24-year-old British singer-songwriter made his Gillette Stadium debut in July 2013 as a main supporting act on Taylor Swift’s massively successful RED Tour, which sold out two nights in Foxborough. Fittingly, Sheeran selected the same venue for his first ever NFL stadium show.
DEAD WAVES SHARE FIRST SINGLE “33”
Dead Waves, the Brooklyn-based tour de force of outsiders, is pleased to announce their new record Nature. Available April 21, 2015 the record marks expansive and new territory for the band. To celebrate the release, Dead Waves are making the first single “33” available for free download.
CHRIS STAPLETON NEW SINGLE “TRAVELLER” PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC
Chris Stapleton will embark on a series of special headlining performances this spring, including album release shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge on May 5 and Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom on May 8. He is also confirmed to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 2, New York’s Farmborough Festival on June 26 and Delaware’s Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 27.
FIRESHIPS TO RELEASE SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM + VIDEO
Fireships, the new band from Honey Brothers founder and NYC indie veteran Andrew Vladeck will release their self-titled debut on April 21st via End Up Records. The 13-song album melds indie-folk and Americana with some West African influences into an elegant affair that evokes shades of Lou Reed, Paul Simon’s Graceland and Deer Tick. An album that patrols the foggy edges of American music from the shores of the East River.
MISSY MAZZOLI STREAMS ‘VESPERS FOR A NEW DARK AGE’ VIA NPR
New Amsterdam Records is proud to share a stream of Vespers For A New Dark Age, the new record from composer Missy Mazzoli, in collaboration with her ensemble Victoire, Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), synth producer Lorna Dune and virtuosic vocalists Mellissa Hughes, Martha Cluver and Virginia Warnken (of Roomful of Teeth). The stream is available via NPR’s First Listen, who noted that “Mazzoli’s ensemble Victoire, cleverly orchestrated, provides settings both cinematic and intimate at once, while Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche adds evocative scrims of percussion and some thunderous pounding.” Vespers will see its release on March 31, 2015, and the album is available to stream in full HERE.
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR THE “2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
With help from hip-hop artist and actor Ludacris, TV host and supermodel Chrissy Teigen, Fall Out Boy musician Pete Wentz, and “Empire” recording artist Jussie Smollett, dick clark productions and Billboard announced the finalists for the “2015 Billboard Music Awards,” honoring the year’s most successful artists in 41 categories. The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” will broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 17, on ABC from 8:00 PM–11:00 PM ET. This year’s show will showcase big performances, unexpected collaborations and pop culture moments that will have everyone talking. The “2015 Billboard Music Awards” is produced by dick clark productions. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman and Robert Deaton are Executive Producers.
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNER KELLY CLARKSON DEBUTS NEW LINE OF GREETING CARDS
On the heels of the release of her #1 album Piece By Piece and just in time for spring, Grammy Award-winner Kelly Clarkson joins forces with American Greetings to design and create a new card line to be sold at Walmart. The cards will be available in stores the week of Monday, April 6 (consumers should check stores for availability).
Fans will be able to purchase a variety of different cards that feature bright pops of color, illustrated characters (including one that is Kelly), fun lettering, black and white photos, animals, glitter and so much more. The editorial will feature Kelly’s fun loving spirit ranging from humor to quirky to sincere and even include two custom versions of Kelly singing “Happy Birthday.”
MJT “ONE WAY”
Central Islip, NY group MJT presents “One Way”, their first single from their forthcoming EP Hour Glass. Formerly known as the Michael Jazz Trio, twenty-year old bassist Matthew Godfrey, eighteen-year-old vocalist/multi-instrumentalist David Godfrey and fourteen-year-old drummer Jo Jo Godfrey blend funk and r&b with a jazz foundation, have multiple wins at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre under their belts, and have performed on the Jazz on the Vine Series.