THE VELVET TEEN RELEASE NEW SONG “ECLIPSES”
Being released on Tuesday, June 30, All Is Illusory marks the band’s fourth album and is the long-awaited and elegant follow-up to 2006’s Cum Laude! that was recorded and co-produced by Steve Choi (Rx Bandits, Peace’d Out) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace’d Out). From its gorgeous, dizzying electronics to its harder, angular, ’90s-leaning flourishes of grunge, indie and emo, All Is Illusory is a welcome return for a band whose varied influences are still very much intact after its short silence. Check out a stream of “Eclipses” over at NPR Music HERE.
NEW SINGLE BY THE GLITCH MOB
On the cusp of their headlining performance at Austin’s X Games alongside Metallica and Nicki Minaj, The Glitch Mob release their new single “Better Hide, Better Run (ft. Mark Johns),” from their forthcoming 3-track EP ‘Piece of the Indestructible,’ out June 9 on The Glitch Mob’s Glass Air imprint.
Inspired by the notion that music can make you feel indestructible and allow for transcending limitations (for example, read the story of Grant Korgan), ‘Piece of the Indestructible’ is a mix of the stadium-ready style of their recent releases and the more spacey, introspective vibe of their first album Drink The Sea.
THIRD MAN RECORDS & SHINOLA PARTNER TO PURCHASE BUILDING IN DETROIT’S CASS CORRIDOR
On June 1st, Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis partnered with Detroit-native Jack White to purchase the building that currently houses the Shinola Flagship store at 441 W. Canfield in Detroit’s Cass Corridor. The deal marks new expansion for both Shinola as well as Jack White’s record label Third Man Records. For Third Man, this is a homecoming of sorts, since the label was originally founded in Detroit in 2001. This expansion signals the opening of their first retail store and offices outside of Nashville, TN. The new retail space is set to be in operation by Black Friday (November 27th, 2015), with many special surprises in store.
For Shinola, the deal comes on the heels of the brand’s investment into yet another category, rapidly honing in on the ability to manufacture speakers, turntables and headphones of audiophile quality, while creating more manufacturing jobs in the US — a top priority for the innovative and quality-focused company.
THE TEEN AGE VIDEO “LOW CUNNING”
Brooklyn’s The Teen Age released their new two-track digital single earlier this month on Old Flame Records, and now the band has shared a video for title track “Low Cunning.” What starts out as a typical night in with the essentials (beer & pizza) quickly turns strange for the foursome, who develop bruises and black eyes over the course of the three-minute track.
NOW “CITY BOY”
New Amsterdam Records is proud to share “City Boy,” the Judd Greenstein-composed track from New York City new music mainstays NOW Ensemble’s upcoming full-length Dreamfall. The track premiered via Tiny Mix Tapes, who called it “one of Dreamfall’s more lucid pieces: a wordless ramble of a child, still free of worry and judgement, free and blind, stumbling through a market of colors and shoes and great clutter.” Dreamfall will see a release on May 26, 2015.
MONSTERS OF ROCK CARIBBEAN CRUISE HELPS RONNIE JAMES DIO STAND UP AND SHOUT CANCER FUND RAISE $48,000
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, was one of the designated charities of last week’s Monsters of Rock Caribbean Cruise on the MSC Divina from Miami to Nassau in the Bahamas. The five-day trip included daily activities to raise money for the Dio Cancer Fund’s important work in cancer research and prevention.
SUAS Cancer Fund President Wendy Dio, as well as several members of the SUAS Board of Directors, joined some 40 recording artists and the 3500 passengers on the SRO cruise for specific DIO events like Rock ‘N Roll Bingo and Dine and Donate for Dio. For the latter, participants paid for a private cooking demonstration with rockers, including Lita Ford, Billy Sheehan, Tom Kiefer, Rowan Robertson (Dio) and members of Night Ranger, Black & Blue and Lillian Axe. In addition, guitars signed by the Black Star Riders and Europe were auctioned live following the bands’ respective performances.
NOZINJA NEW TRACK “NWA BALOYI”
South African Shangaan Electro pioneer Nozinja reveals new cut “Nwa Baloyi”, the trailblazing opener from his forthcoming debut album Nozinja Lodge on Warp Records.
Catch the Afro-futurist rave crew on a host of newly announced worldwide tour dates, where Nozinja and his dancers propel dancefloors to ecstatic 190BPM highs. All this kicks off this week with his debut US performance as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival in New York, and he’ll also participate in The New School’s Afrofuturism Conference. Stay tuned for other pop up activities.
RANGLEKLODS PREMIERE SCANDALOUS NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “SCHOOLGIRLS”
Rangleklods shares their new and second single and music video “Schoolgirls” from their forthcoming album release Straitjacket. The first single “Lost U” featured Pernille Smith-Sivertsen as the lead singer but on “Schoolgirls” Esben Nørskov Andersen takes the lead with his characteristic baritone voice to represent the darker side of the Rangleklods universe.
JOHN OATES NEW TV SHOW
Legendary musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates has developed a new travel/roots music television program called “Good Road To Follow.” Adapting the title from a recent solo album release, Oates’ concept is to explore America’s back roads in search of unique characters, towns, local food and most importantly, American roots music.
When John Oates first teamed up with Daryl Hall to form the renowned pop music duo Hall & Oates, they traveled from gig to gig along America’s back roads in a 1968 Pontiac GTO, that they bought from John’s father. In his new show, John hits the road once again, only this time, America is coming along for the ride.
AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES NYC FESTIVAL LINEUP FOR AUGUST 22ND & 23RD
AFROPUNK FEST, the now world renowned Festival that just took place in Paris last month, has announced the lineup up for its flagship Festival, AFROPUNK FEST Brooklyn to take place August 22nd & 23rd at Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park. The 2015 AFROPUNK Festival, whose lineup includes Grace Jones, Lenny Kravitz, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Danny Brown, Suicidal Tendencies, Thundercat, GoldLink, Kaytranada, Curtis Harding and many more (full lineup below) will be the biggest undertaking of the critically acclaimed festival yet. In advance of the fest AFROPUNK will be throwing their first annual AFROPUNK FANCY DRESS BALL w/ special guest Grace Jones, Cakes Da Killa & MikeQ with Special Guest to raise funds for their AFROPUNK Global Initiative: an alliance dedicated to moving the needle of progress closer to a holistic, democratic and enlightened representation of people of color within all facets of society with the goal to create unique programming that encourages diversity in media. The AFROPUNK FANCY DRESS BALL will take place August 21st at Commodore Barry Park.
VICTORIA MONET “SEE THE LIGHT”
Sacramento-bred, L.A.-based singer/songwriter Victoria Monét is stepping into the spotlight with her forthcoming EP, Nightmares & Lullabies: Act II. Premiered by The FADER, Monét has shared the project’s latest single, “See the Light,” which finds the R&B artist searching for sincerity as she treads through the daily pressures. The glimmering track presents Victoria’s dreamy vocals on top of production by Tommy Brown and Mr. Franks. “The big goal, of course, is happiness, but not everyday is so bright,” she told The FADER. “So ‘See The Light’ is a song about sharing those feelings with someone special who understands where you’re coming from. After all, those bad days help you appreciate the best days.”
KAZIMIER SHARES “MONEY”
Gifts is a split EP containing tracks from LA vocalist/producer Parks Burton & electronic musician Kazimier (touring member of Shlohmo- WEDIDIT & Chrome Sparks). The four track EP, which contains two tracks from each artist will be released 6/16/2015 via Grind Select (the label/management company co-founded by Philadelphia’s Moon Bounce) as well as Austin label Graveyard Orbit, who are releasing limited edition cassettes. In addition, the EP’s accompanying website will allow fans to stream the music while contributing to a collaborative patchwork of animated gifs.
CHRIS CORNELL ANNOUNCES NEW SOLO ALBUM AND 2015 ACOUSTIC FALL TOUR
Multi-Grammy Award winning, Golden Globe nominated and acclaimed singer songwriter Chris Cornell has announced plans to release a brand new solo studio album, HIGHER TRUTH. The album, produced by Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Neil Young), will release on September 18th. The new album expresses Cornell’s continuing evolution as a master songwriter, lyricist and musical craftsman, telling human stories which resonate across genre barriers.
A North American acoustic tour kicks off at the historic Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 20th with Cornell’s first Los Angeles show since 2011. The multi-city trek will also include stops in Chicago, New York and Austin. The tour will give fans the chance to see the iconic rocker perform in an unplugged, up close and personal setting and will include songs spanning his entire career as well as new material from HIGHER TRUTH.
MKTO RELEASE NEW SINGLE “BAD GIRLS”
The sizzling video for the new track will premiere on VEVO on June 5, and was helmed by acclaimed director Hannah Lux Davis, who has guided videos for Arianna Grande, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, and others. The song is the opening salvo from their forthcoming sophomore album due out on Columbia Records and scheduled to be released later this year.
VIOLENT FEMMES’ ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR’ EP
Violent Femmes’ first new collection of songs in 15 years, HAPPY NEW YEAR EP, will be released globally on all major digital outlets today June 2, 2015. The EP was recorded this past New Year’s Eve in Hobart, Tasmania, after the legendary band performed a sold out concert at the world famous Sydney Opera House. The EP was originally released in April exclusively on 180 gram champagne clear vinyl for Record Store Day, and ended up being one of this year’s top sellers.
MS MR “PAINTED”
Watch MS MR’s new video for the album’s lead single “Painted,” inspired by Kubrick and the 70s documentary The Secret Life of Plants here: http://smarturl.it/PaintedVid. “Painted” is currently Top 30 at Alternative radio, led by Sirius XM Alt Nation, Radio 104.5/Philadelphia, 96.5 The Buzz/Kansas City, CD 102.5/Columbus and many more.
RAHIM QUAZI ALBUM JUNE 12
Rahim Quazi’s third full-length album, Ghost Hunting is due out June 12. Recorded at co-producer Rick G. Nelson’s (Afghan Whigs) Marigny Recording Studio in New Orleans and mastered by Grammy nominated Emily Lazar, Ghost Hunting is for anyone in search of hope while dealing with a multitude of struggles including lost love, difficulties with forgiveness, and the roller coaster of life by providing comforting words of wisdom for the dark times we all face.
HIGH ON FIRE NEW SINGLE
World-renowned power trio HIGH ON FIRE will release its highly-anticipated new album, Luminiferous, on June 16 via eOne Music. Recorded at Salem, Massachusetts’ GodCity Studios with producer Kurt Ballou, the record is the follow-up to the group’s 2012 release, De Vermis Mysteriis, an album hailed as “not for the faint of heart ” by The New Yorker and “skull-bashing” by NPR. Today, Entertainment Weekly premieres the new HIGH ON FIRE song, “The Sunless Years”, calling it, “big and loud and awe-inspiring”. Listen to the monstrous track now at this location.
DEAD SARA ANNOUNCE WEST COAST HEADLINING TOUR DATES + “SOMETHING GOOD”
All American four-piece Dead Sara have announced they will be headlining 9 North American tour dates starting in Salt Lake City on July 10th. Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased via www.deadsara.com
Last month, the band played to a full house on two consecutive nights at the prestigious and legendary Los Angeles venue The Troubadour. The shows sold out in a matter of hours and was a welcomed reminder and true testament of loyalty to their solid and loyal fan base here in the United States.
MORE TO MONROE SIGN WITH ROADRUNNER RECORDS + NEW VIDEO
Frederick, MD based post-hardcore unit, More To Monroe, have announced their signing to Roadrunner Records. The band – Chris D’Aquino (Vocals, Guitar), Sam Smisek (Guitar, Vocals), Johnny Jamison (Bass, Vocals) and Jacob Maughan (Drums, Vocals) – have also premiered their new track “Jack” accompanied by its official music video which is streaming exclusively on Absolute Punk. More To Monroe are slated to release their debut EP, Appalachia, which was produced by Drew Fulk (Motionless In White, The Amity Affliction) on September 15th
DAILY UNSIGNED CELEBRATES ITS 5th BIRTHDAY
New Music Discovery site DAILY UNSIGNED celebrates its fifth birthday by taking a stroll down memory lane and honoring the alumni success stories of the past 5 years.
Founder, Rob Daily says, ”I started DAILY UNSIGNED in June 2010 with the goal to discover and feature unsigned artists that I loved and believed in. Five years later, I never imagined that 197 of our 726 alumni members would secure record deals and sell a combined 55 + million singles.”
SAMM HENSHAW VIDEO “REDEMPTION”
At the age of 20, Samm Henshaw has already began to make serious waves following the inception of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’, the stunning song taken from his debut EP ‘The Sound Experiment’. Currently completing his final year at university, this free-flowing EP was created with friends through late-night jamming and songwriting sessions, and the next instalment is in the form of ‘Redemption’.
Already gaining championing support thanks to a show-stopping performance at a sold out Hoxton’s Bar & Kitchen, as well as breakthrough his Mahogany Session of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’ garnering over 100,000 views in just two months. ‘Redemption’ is yet another display of the sheer talent and ability in Samm’s vocal and songwriting skills. Full of solemn power, Samm evokes meaning and symbolism through his writing, complemented by organic guitars and harmonicas, while also being beautifully supported by his backing vocalists’ haunting harmonies.
GAZZO RELEASES NEW SINGLE “SUN TURNS COLD”
After building a catalog of official remixes for A-list superstars ranging from Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Fall Out Boy to Ellie Goulding and Big Sean, “Sun Turns Cold” properly introduces him as a solo powerhouse.The track merges electronic dance music and country like never before, pairing the buzzing New Jersey artist and producer with the platinum-certified Asheville, North Carolina singer and songwriter. GAZZO’s distinct dancefloor-ready production pulsates as RICE carries a heartfelt and hypnotic hook. These two worlds make for the perfect dance partners on “Sun Turns Cold.” Expect the music video to be dropping very soon.
ANDERSON EAST’S DEBUT ALBUM DELILAH OUT JULY 10 + “SATISFY ME”
Anderson East’s highly anticipated full-length debut, Delilah, will be released July 10 on Low Country Sound/Elektra Records (the first release on producer Dave Cobb’s new imprint). Already receiving widespread attention, the first single “Satisfy Me” has been added at over 20 AAA stations ahead of its official add date, including L.A.’s KCSN, Philadelphia’s WXPN, Nashville’s WRLT and Kansas City’s KTBG.
I THE MIGHTY DEBUT NEW VIDEO FOR “ADRIFT”
I the Mighty has released a brand new video, premiered exclusively via Alternative Press, for their song “Adrift” from their full-length album, Connector, which will hit streets June 2, 2015 via Equal Vision Records. The band has also announced new dates on their headline tour in June and July. Fans can pre-order the album by going here: http://ithemighty.merchnow.com.
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KREWELLA RELEASES “SOMEWHERE TO RUN” LIVE LYRIC VIDEO
Chicago-bred duo Krewella has released a live lyric video for their latest track “Somewhere to Run” today – check it out HERE. The new visual features live footage from the sisters’ performance at Miami’s Ultra Music Festival last month where they debuted their new live band performance. The genre-bending track, which Idolator called “a suitably fiery club-banger with a slight rock twist”, brilliantly incorporates rock elements to their dance wheelhouse, and the song’s audio video has seen over a million views. “Somewhere to Run” has also already been added to Sirius BPM, Evolution and more.
ALPINE’S NEW BONUS TRACK “BOLD DIGGER”
“Bold Digger,” the new bonus track from Australian outfit Alpine, is premiering today at NYLON, stream here. The song is exclusive to the Australian edition of the band’s upcoming record Yuck, set for release June 16.