LEE ANN WOMACK SCORES 2 AMA NOMS
Lee Ann Womack, the diminutive country torch singer, made a decision seven years ago to follow her heart. If people thought she was crazy to walk away from the multi-platinum world of mainstream country to record the songs that moves the East Texas classicist, Womack’s heart won out.
Today, the Grammy-winner from East Texas picked up a pair of prestigious Americana Music Awards nominations. The Way I’m Livin’, proving to be the little record that could, joins Shakey Graves’ And The War Came, Lucinda Williams’ Down Where The Spirit Meets the Bone, Sturgill Simpson’s Meta Modern Sounds in Country Music and former North Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens in the Album of the Year category.
NEW ALBUM BY JOE MIRALLES
Philadelphia Singer/Songwriter Joe Miralles is pleased to announce the released of his fifth independent music release “Five”. Five is a 6 song EP recorded during the winter of 2015 in Phoenixville Pa. Joe returned to the Hacienda recording studio with Cliff Hillis at the recording and engineering helm. This is Joe’s 3rd release recorded at the Hacienda in Phoenixville Pa Five- explores topics such as love, forgiveness, redemption and overcoming life’s obstacles. The lead off track and first Single Church Downtown was co-written with Grammy nominated and Dove award winner Paul Colman (Paul Colman Trio, Newsboys). Joe also had some assistance in the studio from Philadelphia musicians Kevin Killen drums, organ and banjo Cliff Hillis- Bass and lead guitar and others.
NEW SINGLE BY SLIGHTLY STOOPID
Slightly Stoopid’s Kyle McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals) explains the genesis of the song, “One Bright Day was a track we were just having fun playing the ukulele in our friend Jerry Wonder’s studio (Platinum Studios NYC). We pressed ‘record’ and ended up tracking it. Our friend Angela Hunte, who is a very talented artist with an amazing voice, was in the studio hangin’ with us and liked the song. (She) blessed it up with her beautiful voice and it was a wrap…. Good times hanging with good friends.”
NEW MIXTAPE BY MICHAEL WATTS
“2 Real 4 Radio Vol. 4” has arrived to brighten your weekend and it’s chock full of the best that Houston has to offer. D Boss delivers twelve solid tracks of the straight, no nonsense H-town trap talk that has kept him on everyone’s list as a front runner mixed with a list of features thatno real Houston mixtape would be complete without. And, because it’s Houston, you can expect a chopped up and slowed down version to pop up in the very near
RYN WEAVER “OCTAHATE”
Ryn’s inspriation for the video, directed by Griffin Frazen, comes from Czech director Věra Chytilová’s 1966 film Daisies.
“OctaHate” has been streamed more that 8 million times on Spotify since its debut, and is currently in the top 25 at pop radio. Huffington Post, MTV and TIME have named Ryn an artist to watch, with TIME saying she’s “about to set the season on fire.”
Ryn’s debut album, The Fool, produced by Benny Blanco and Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos, is out June 16 on Friends Keep Secrets/Interscope.
MR. GNOME DREAM-LIKE “SLEEPWALKER” PREMIERES AT CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Following on the heels of 2011’s Madness In Miniature LP, Cleveland duo Mr. Gnome returned with the soaring, shapeshifting album The Heart of a Dark Star to numerous critical accolades. Forging beauty out of chaos with their fusing of widescreen concepts and surreal psychedelia since their inception, singer/guitarist Nicole Barille, and drummer/pianist Sam Meister layered vocals, searing guitars, and driving rhythms together to transport the listener into another world that came in and out of focus without ever losing its cinematic eye. The album was mixed by engineer Kevin McMahon (Walkmen, Titus Andronicus, Swans, Real Estate), and was leaner than ever before. Sure the bound’s signature maximum volume was reached via some swift gut punches throughout, but it was the first time the band showed a more poppy side, with some parts of the album drifting to new, sonically rich territory.
AVRIL LAVIGNE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “FLY”
International, award-winning musician and philanthropist Avril Lavigne debuted her song “Fly” to benefit Special Olympics today. The song is exclusively available today, April 16, on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/avrilflysingle) 100 days before the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, which will be the world’s largest sporting event in 2015, and will take place July 25-August 2 in Los Angeles. The inspiring music video for “Fly,” debuted this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, featuring Avril Lavigne and Special Olympics athletes from around the world.
ADMIRAL FALLOW TO RELEASE ‘TINY REWARDS’ ON MAY 26 + NEW VIDEO
Scottish indie quintet Admiral Fallow will release their new album, Tiny Rewards, on May 26. The band’s third album is the follow up to 2012’s Tree Bursts In Snow, an album that saw them shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and indie. Tiny Rewards follows on this path, and for the first time, the songwriting process is a collaborative one, with each member’s individual skill and talent as important as the other.
WAKA FLOCKA NEW VIDEO @ MUSIC CHOICE
Rapper and Presidential Candidate Waka Flocka Flame released the music video for his current single “Turn Up God” today exclusively on Music Choice On Demand.
Shot live on location at Waka Flocka Flame’s Spring Break performance in South Padre Island, Texas, Director Jesse C captures the intensity of his concerts. Waka and his fans create an unforgettable experience together, and it’s evident that Waka Flocka Flame is indeed the “Turn Up God.”
To date, Waka Flocka Flame has been a top performer on Music Choice On Demand with over 58 million orders On Demand. His songs are also featured on the MC Rap, Hip-Hop and R&B Channels and via digital and mobile apps through the MC Video Channels.
KINGS DESTROY “MYTHOMANIA”
“Every band has ‘that’ song on an album,” relays KINGS DESTROY vocalist Steve Murphy of “Mythomania,” the latest single to come off the band’s soon-to-be-unleashed, self-titled full-length.
“It’s the song that you poured your heart and soul into for months. The song where the vocal line simmers in your skull refusing to reveal itself until you are completely frustrated by it. The song where the drums are not obvious or continually being perfected until the last minute. ‘Mythomania’ is that song on this album. Conservatively, we spent six months working this song out. It was constantly being revised,” he continues. “We had multiple discussions about scrapping it. It was a war within a war of creation. This is not a song that was borne out of a few beers and bong hits. It’s a song that reaches from the soul. The lyrics are a metaphor for the growing gap between the haves and have nots in the world. The transition from quiet to aggressive is one of the best on the album as a whole and it’s also a reflection of the band’s singular personality. Mellow to chaos, life hurtling towards death, external peace masking internal gnarling anger. Challenge yourself, take the ‘Mythomania’ ride. The voice cracking at the end is both the voice of total victory and agonizing defeat. Can you hear it?”
THE MONTECRISTOS “BORN TO ROCK N ROLL”
The Montecristos are reinventing the shimmer and the throb, the tingle of illicit pleasure awakened by the sin-drenched echo of 1950’s guitars. The Montecristos are the midnight soundtrack for Jayne Mansfield; hips swaying like a storm at sea knocking at the Green Door of all your rock ‘n’ roll dreams.
At the helm is Neal X – former guitarist of million-selling, futuristic glam-rock potentates, Sigue Sigue Sputnik and long-term sideman of electro-burlesque starman Marc Almond (who appears on the album as special guest vocals on a cover of Brand New Cadillac).
BLACK MARE ON NOISEY
Today, Vice’s music portal, Noisey, offers up the visual accompaniment to BLACK MARE’s “Low Crimes,” a hymn that comes by way of the band’s forthcoming split 7″ with Lycia, set for release on Record Store Day via Magic Bullet Records.
SLIM DOLLARS VIDEO “NEW WORLD ORDER”
Harlem’s Slim Dollars returns with the latest visual for his single “New World Order.” After dropping his latest banger “Escalators”, and a getting a huge co-sign from Sway during his visit to his show on SHADE 45, Slim Dollars continues to stake his claim as the next in line to the throne of NY Rap with the release of “New World Order”. As always, Slim delivers with powerful punchlines and vivid storytelling, carving out his place as one of the architects of New Harlem and one of Hip-Hop’s rising talents. I wanted to know if you would be into covering Slim Dollars new video for “New World Order,” the first of many forthcoming releases in anticipation of his long awaited project, Underground Jesus.
FALL OUT BOY RELEASE “UMA THURMAN” MUSIC VIDEO
GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum selling band Fall Out Boy’s music video for their new single “Uma Thurman” is available now on VEVO, providing a glimpse into exactly what being the band’s assistant for the day is like. The video showcases contest-winner Sarah’s 24-hour immersion into FOB-world, which included a wicked game of paintball with Pete, karaoke rehearsals with Patrick, taking Joe’s zebra for a trot, and breaking a sweat doing CrossFit with Andy.
MY COUNTRY NATION TO ADD NEW, ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING FILLED
MY COUNTRY NATION (MyCN) today announced the continued expansion of the channel’s original programming lineup with “We Spark Change” and “Starter House,” and the return of fan favorites “46 Hours” and “Mabe in the USA.” New episodes are airing now on MyCountryNation.com.
Thom Oliphant, Co-Founder and Executive Producer, My Country Nation, said, “With My Country Nation, we are committed to producing the best content for today’s passionate country music fans in the current world of YouTube, mobile, online and social media. April programming accomplishes just that with Thomas Rhett, Tom Mabe and YouTube stars The Nive Nulls joining series featuring country superstars Sara Evans and Lee Brice and the tackling of the serious issue of hunger in America.”
“Starter House” features YouTube stars The Nive Nulls as they upgrade their first house through various DIY projects. Each episode tackles a home project everyone can identify with including both inside and outside projects. The Nulls are not experts but real people, making real mistakes, learning skills they never knew they had, and completing projects all while having fun with the family.
TOM JOHNSTON SPEAKS ON BB KING PASSING
“B. B. King influenced everyone in this band, and on a much wider spectrum, rock, blues and jazz. Every guitarist studied B. B.’s playing style, and singers of every genre studied his voice. He is a legend that leaves a legacy of great music and hard work we can only aspire to. He was an incredible man! Gonna miss you B. The music world is a poorer place for your passing.” – Tom Johnston
SAINT ASONIA RELEASE DEBUT SINGLE ‘BETTER PLACE’
With 26 top ten rock singles and seventeen #1 hit songs between them, Adam Gontier, former lead singer of Three Days Grace, and Mike Mushok, lead guitarist of Staind, have already been referred as a “supergroup,” but Gontier is quick to dismiss the moniker.
“Truth is we’re more like refugees that just really hit it off creatively,” he laughs. Adds Mushok, “I was looking for a project to do while Staind is on hiatus and the opportunity to work with Adam on writing and recording new music was something I just couldn’t pass up.”
LIKE SWIMMING COVER MAJOR LAZER
Over the past couple of months, Major Lazer has been releasing a series of songs that are an extension of his ability to transcend redundant electronic melodies. His songs are a rich and robust working of intricately orchestrated songs that utilize well-crafted pop-structures. One of his latest songs is collaboration between the alluring singer MØ and trappy producer DJ Snake called, “Lean On.” This track showcases his skill of weaving familiar electronic sounds, with beautiful vocals and pristine pop structures. Since its release, artists like CRNKN, Fono, and more have taken a crack at remixing the song. However, one rising Swedish group, Like Swimming, took it in a different direction and completely transformed the single with their hauntingly beautiful cover.
DYLAN OWEN POSTS TWO SINGLES
New York rap artist Dylan Owen is releasing his highly-anticipated There’s More To Life EP this summer on June 8th. The album comes as the latest installment of Dylan’s coming-of-age journey following previous releases Keep Your Friends Close and Senioritis giving listeners a peek into his life with his confessional storytelling and fast multisyllabic rhymes. “Everything Gets Old” and “Sail Up The Sun” are the first singles off There’s More To Life, both piano-laden tracks uplifted by Dylan’s emotionally-charged lyrics.
Listen to “Everything Gets Old”:
Listen to “Sail Up the Sun”:
MUSE SCORES 4TH NUMBER ONE SINGLE
“Dead Inside” the first single from Muse’s forthcoming seventh studio album – Drones – is the number one single on both the Mediabase and Billboard Modern Rock charts this week. “Dead Inside” marks Muse’s fourth Number One single at the format following “Resistance,” “Uprising,” and “Madness.” Warner Bros. Records will release Drones on June 9th.
THROWING SHADE “4DRAKE”
Producer, DJ and NTS Radio presenter Throwing Shade – aka London based artist Nabihah Iqbal – has shared a new track from her “Fate Xclusive” EP. “4Drake” is a gorgeous ode to the Canadian rapper! A hazy slow jam with crisp claps and otherworldly vocals that dance and soar.
MAX PIE NEW ALBUM
Belgium based progressive power metal band MAX PIE will release their third album, “Odd Memories” on June 19 via Mausoleum Records. MAX PIE are powerful, melodramatic with heroic choruses, soaring vocals, and mind-blowing instrumentation.
MAX PIE will appeal to fans of Dream Theater, Rhapsody, Kamelot, Symphony X and Circus Maximus.”Odd Memories“, the most inventive and ambitious one yet featuring special guest Julien Spreutels (Epysode, Ethernity) on keyboards.
NEW EP BY ROSS CRAWFORD
Fame” is the leading Hit-single from the EP “Lost and Found” from the US Artist, Producer Ross Crawford Ft. The awesome vocals of Teagan Olfson.
Ross was born and raised in New Paltz, NY – an early American German-Dutch settlement in the historic Hudson Valley by a schoolteacher mother and a hard working, blue-collar father. Next to producing for film and Labels Ross writes for Artists.
In 2014 the Dutch label Sound2kill4 heard the beauty and passion in his songs and they signed Ross, teaming with him as an Artist, producer and film music composer.Ross’s debut song, released in August of 2014, “I Walk Alone” featuring Aja and rapper J.B. Grimes, tells the heartwarming story of survival and hopefulness in an urban environment.
NEW VIDEO BY RUN THE JEWELS
Run The Jewels just dropped a video for “Early” (featuring Boots) from Run The Jewels 2. It’s a gorgeous animation by Bug & Sluzzy detailing the song’s lyrical themes in stark red, white, and black.
CALLUM CHYNOWETH BAND NEW SINGLE
Callum Chynoweth has been singing and writing in bands since an early age. 2015 shows Callum breaking out as a solo act with his new single ‘Hope you know’. The first step in establishing himself with his new band on the indie circuit.
Hope You Know was recorded at Hercules studios in Surry Hills late 2014. Produced by Matt O’Conner, Ryan Miller and Callum Chynoweth band. Written by Callum Chynoweth.
ECHOSMITH PERFORM ON AI
Echosmith just performed their smash hit “Cool Kids” live on last night’s American Idol season finale! Meanwhile, the LA-based siblings’ new single “Bright” is selling over 30,000 copies each week while continuing to climb the radio charts, currently #12 at Hot AC, #17 at Top 40, and #25 at AC.
Echosmith perform “Cool Kids” on American Idol:
REVOCATION NEW LYRIC VIDEO
In conjunction with the tour dates, REVOCATION has launched a series of lyric videos by fellow guitarist and director/animator, Nick Hipa. The first, “Labyrinth Of Eyes,” is viewable now on YouTube HERE.
HEARTLESS BASTARDS SHARES VIDEO FOR “GATES OF DAWN” PREMIERED VIA STEREOGUM
Today, Heartless Bastards shares their video for the first track, “Gates of Dawn”, from their highly anticipated new record, Restless Ones, out June 16 on Partisan. The video premiered yesterday on Stereogum and is also available to view on YouTube.
PETER BJORN AND JOHN ARE BACK
It’s been four years since the last proper Peter Bjorn And John album, 2011’s earworm-laden Gimme Some. While it may appear that the trio have taken a hiatus, they actually spent 2012 founding INGRID, a record label/artist collective that includes fellow Swedes like Lykke Li and Miike Snow, and the lot of them are about to release a new compilation. On the new “High Up (Take Me To The Top),” PB&J experiment with industrial textures and drum loops. It’s got all the tightly wound pop sensibility of their earlier work, but the chorus pulsates with the fire of a deep house beat. The single will appear on the second INGRID compilation album, INGRID Volym 2.
GIORGIO MORODER “DÉJÀ VU FEATURING SIA”
Giorgio Moroder, the founder of disco and electronic music trailblazer, will be releasing his first solo album in over 30 years entitled DÉJÀ VU on June 16th on RCA Records.
The title track “Déjà vu featuring Sia” is available everywhere today. Click here to listen now! Fans who pre-order the album will receive “Déjà vu feat. Sia” instantly, as well as previously released singles “74 is the New 24” and “Right Here, Right Now featuring Kylie Minogue” instantly. (Click hyperlinks to listen/watch videos).
NEW SHARK? RELEASE NOW STREAMING ON SPOTIFY
Shark? are thrilled to debut their latest release a week early on Spotify. You can find it in the “New Releases” section of the Browse Menu somewhere between Ava Luna’s Infinite House and Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” or stream it directly here.
CONVOY OF HOPE COMING TO WORCESTER, MA
Convoy of Hope will partner with local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits during a community celebration in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, June 6, at University Park.
During the celebration, Convoy of Hope and the Worcester community will provide more than $1 million worth of goods and services including free: food, health services, haircuts, family portraits, job services, a carnival and more. Identification is not required to attend and participate in the event.
In 2014, more than 400 cities were served by Convoy of Hope across the United States.
Learn more about the event by visiting – www.convoyofhope.org/worcester – or contact Matt Sanborn at 508-304-7044.
Convoy of Hope partners the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) and Plum Organics will also be at the event. The NBCF provides education, support and early detection services to underserved women in the community. Plum Organics will distribute organic food specifically created for babies, toddlers and school-aged children.
VUHAUS SITE & APP BRINGS MUSIC FANS THE BEST LIVE, IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCES
In public radio stations across the country every day, musicians likeChet Faker,Sylvan Esso,Aloe Blacc,Jenny Lewis, andAlt-J are delivering intimate, jaw-dropping, spine-tingling performances.
Now, the best of these in-studio video gems, as well as no-holds-barred artist interviews and must-see live streamed concerts curated from the nation’s most influential public radio stations, can be found under one roof at VuHaus (www.vuhaus.com), a new video platform and mobile app for music fans seeking to experience and discover the best new artists and songs.
LYNNE TAYLOR DONOVAN ADDED TO NEW ZEALAND COUNTRY MUSIC NETWORK
LAMB OF GOD NEW ALBUM & SINGLE
Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Richmond, VA based heavy rock band LAMB OF GOD will release their highly-anticipated seventh full-length album, VII: Sturm Und Drang, worldwide this July via Epic Records. Today, after weeks of hinting at fans about the imminent release, the band is unleashing a brand new track, “Still Echoes”, via:
MIGUEL MAKES DEBUT LIVE PERFORMANCE OF NEW SINGLE “COFFEE”
LION BABE COVERS CURTIS MAYFIELD
With Chicago hosting the NFL Draft for the first time later this month, ESPN’s production music during the three-day telecast (April 30-May 2) will have an appropriate Windy City theme – with a twist.
Move on Up, the soul classic from legendary Chicago artist Curtis Mayfield, will be the soundtrack for ESPN’s draft coverage, and LION BABE, the soul and R&B duo of singer Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, will cover it.
VAN HUNT SHARES NEW TRACK ‘TEACH ME A NEW LANGUAGE’
Dayton, Ohio-born musician, songwriter, and producer Van Hunt has recently announced his new album ‘The Fun Rises, The Fun Sets’ – his first in four years. Along with the announcement, we’re today revealing the third track to come from the album, ‘Teach Me A New Language’:
HILLSTROM & BILLY NEW SINGLE
Originally a one-man band Hillström & Billy gradually gravitated into becoming a musical collective of fellow musicians. The low-key And Blue Mountain Nights tells us in its title what to expect from it. It is mellow, it is relaxed, it is nostalgic and emotional. The sing-along choruses invite the listener right in, and before the song ends, you will be singing along to “Heeelp meee ooout!”
Currently Petter Hillstrom is working hard on new material, travelling around Europe for new musicians, and will soon be ready to reveal his upcoming and exciting collaboration.