‘Spurred’ is the first single from the four track debut EP “Day of Surrender” by Dobin. Dobin’s sound aims to combine a variety of musical styles and “Day of Surrender” echoes this diversity with its unusual rock overtones, underpinned by a mixture of electronic, post-punk, and 60’s-esque psychedelia.
The EP is mixed by Simon Gogerly – Grammy winner producer (U2,Underworld,Pharell,New Order,Palima Faith,No Doubt) www.simongogerly.com and mastered by Miles Showell (the Who,Underworld, Jessie J,Disclosure,Eric Clapton,Faithless,CeeLo Green, Lana Del Rey) at Abbey Road Studios.
HELLBASTARD NEW SONG
Feral is the confrontational new studio offering from iconic UK crust metal crossover squad, HELLBASTARD. Tracked at the prestigious Hellfire Recording Studios (Slayer, Motörhead, Orange Goblin, Napalm Death etc.) in Derbyshire with Ajeet Gill (Warlock UK, Slab, I Am Colossus, etc), Feral includes guest appearances from Andy “A. Droid” Wiggins (ex Amebix), Rob “The Baron” Miller (ex-Amebix) and Andy Sneap (ex-Sabbat/Hell) and is unlike any other modern crossover album. An adrenaline shot of pure punk energy, filtered through some of thrash metal’s intricacies sans any of its overblown ego, this is primal, back-to-nature shit; no half measures. As the album title suggests, this is a force of nature that refuses to be tamed, and will sweep everything before it asunder, rending it apart with its violent rhythmic contortions. A social hand grenade jammed in your teeth, literally blowing your skull apart with endless possibilities.
JASON MRAZ ON GUITAR SESSIONS JULY 24
This Friday, July 24th at 9pm on DIRECTV’s Audience Network (channel 239) award-winning series Guitar Center Sessions will feature singer-songwriter Jason Mraz.
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz rose to fame in the San Diego music scene in the early 2000s with the release of his first single “The Remedy (I Won’t Worry)” from his debut album, Waiting For My Rocket To Come. Following the release of his 2005 sophomore effort, Mr. A-Z, Mraz achieved massive commercial success, garnering four Grammy nominations and selling more than seven million records over a career spanning 15 years.
“SAID AND DONE” VIDEO PREMIERE VIA ABSOLUTEPUNK.NET
Omaha, NE’s Twinsmith debuted their video for “Said and Done,” directed by Gabriel Younes, today via AbsolutePunk.net. The spooky, cinematic clip can also be seen and shared via YouTube: https://youtu.be/1jYUmUG59Tk. “Said and Done” is off the band’s sophomore album Alligator Years, which was released May 4, 2015 via Saddle Creek and has earned the young band press attention from outlets including NPR, Interview, NYLON, Culture Collide, and CMJ, among others.
SCOTT KROKOFF NEW SINGLE
NYC-based singer/songwriter Scott Krokoff knows about dreams deferred. His latest single from his upcoming album, deals with a familiar theme to anyone who’s ever had a crush on a friend (so, basically everyone) and what happened when he tried to take the relationship from platonic to romantic.
REZZ DEBUT EP
Niagara Falls isn’t the first place you’d think to find a new breed of dark, hypnotic techno, but REZZ locked herself in her home studio in Canada over the past year honing her production and caught the ear of Skrillex and his NEST imprint. The three-track EP showcases dark, eerie atmospherics that pack a serious punch, blending elements of heavy techno with electro synth lines that immediately remind of Parisian innovator Gesaffelstein. The 20-year-old producer will be hitting the road this upcoming fall and winter, making massive festival debuts including TomorrowWorld, Holy Ship!, and more to be announced next month.
MAX STYLER DEBUT EP
Last November, Dim Mak’s young prodigy Max Styler shattered his status as a dance music unknown when his collaboration alongside label veteran Autoerotique titled “Badman” gained immediate support from industry kingpins including Diplo, Krewella, Flosstradamus and Dillon Francis and racked up a combined 242K SoundCloud plays. Since then, the 19-year-old beatmaker has been locked in the studio working to perfect his “Badman” followup, which he’s unveiled today in the form of the debut Aftershock EP.
The four-track offering is anchored by the EP’s titular tune “Aftershock” which features hypnotic vocals from songstress Dev (best known for her show-stealing performance on the ubiquitous 2010 hit “Like A G6” by Far East Movement, The Cataracts and Dev). This vocal anthem has already received early support from Sirius XM, being added to its “BPM Breakers” series (which highlights dance records Sirius XM feels are poised to break through). The EP’s three other tracks showcase Styler’s signature electro-house sound, fueled by percussive, jungle terror-flavored beats and laser synths that fire with the intensity of a tommy gun.
THE BULLS SHARE “SMALL PROBLEMS” SINGLE
The Bulls, Anna Bulbrook of The Airborne Toxic Event (and sometimes Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes) and Marc Sallis of The Duke Spirit, are sharing the title track off their new record Small Problems, today in advance of the song’s release this Friday and the full EP on August 28th.
FEED HER TO THE SHARKS NEW VIDEO
Currently tearing up audiences on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Australian metal merchants FEED HER TO THE SHARKS have released their newest video for “The World is Yours”.
INSANE CLOWN POSSE ANNOUNCES PRE-ORDER
The infamous Insane Clown Posse has just announced the preorder launch for their upcoming new album, The Marvelous Missing Link (FOUND). This announcement comes mere days before a sea of fans convenes at the Gathering of the Juggalos, taking place at Legend Valley in Thornville, OH from July 22 through July 25. Fans who preorder The Marvelous Missing Link (FOUND) will immediately be able to download and listen to the track “Juggalo Party”.
The Marvelous Missing Link (FOUND) is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to the Top 20 Billboard album The Marvelous Missing Link (LOST), which also opened at #2 on both the Billboard Rap Charts AND Independent Charts earlier this year. The Marvelous Missing Link (FOUND) delivers the terrifying and thought-provoking brand of horrorcore rap that have made the Insane Clown Posse one of the most talked about and controversial bands of all time. Check out the teaser for The Marvelous Missing Link (FOUND) below.
INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION (ISC) ANNOUNCES 2015 JUDGES
Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by the prestigious New York Times,” the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its esteemed panel of judges for the 2015 competition. The panel includes many iconic, high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, and more.
Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry.
ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. More information on entering ISC can be found at:
STEVIE PRE ALBUM ‘GREATEST HITS’
Stevie Pre music sounds like when a dragonfly dies and is reincarnated as an elephant, with Madlib beats, Shudder To Think vocals, and The Police melodies mixed together then remixed by DJ Atrak. He is a producer out of New Jersey who got his start producing, recording, and djing as part of the underground hip hop group Babbletron (signed to Embedded Music). He began as a guitarist for a hardcore band in high school, but soon after fell in love with beat making. In 1996 he moved to Washington DC, where he built his skills as a battle dj/turntablist and beat maker while attending college. In 2000 he moved to Brooklyn to form Babbletron with Jaymanila and Cool Calm Pete. Then in 2005 he moved back to New Jersey to continue to sharpen his craft and release solo work as Stevie Pre. A slow progression through different genres of music have left him with a colorful pallete which he summons to create his blend of American music. Stevie Pre “Greatest Hits” is a collection of songs from the last fifteen years.
MARIA PERNINI RECORD DEAL
Italian Dance/Pop singer Marina Pernini has signed a worldwide deal with Epictronic. The record deal includes the release of a single during this summer (Release date: August the 15th 2015) and full length album afterwards.
Marina stated: “I am finally about to release my new single via Epictronic worldwide. I have, once again, decided to work with Marco Chiereghin who is songwriter and producer for my song,for whom I have performed and written the lyrics. This song is about myself and what I want for me, since the lyrics were inspired by people’s constant research for happiness , elsewhere , far from the simple things we deal with on a daily base like love and building on a happy and free soul. This nis going to be a single release but, we are really working on a full length album that will be released via Epictronic when ready. Its very hard to describe what I am living with simple words … Having signed this deal is like a dream come true. My own dream coming true. I truly belive that this is a gift from life after a life long commitment and devotion towards music.”
BROKEN CROSS ALBUM STREAM
Following its initial 12″ vinyl and Bandcamp release in May, Through Light To Night, the debut LP by Swedish solo outfit BROKEN CROSS, is also now available on a wide variety of digital platforms, with a cassette version pending release in the coming days.
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WILL BRENNAN “SMOKE & MIRRORS”
Following Will Brennan’s 2013 Dim Mak release of “RNR” and its subsequent remix by Madeaux, the Southern MC has again joined forces with Madeaux to deliver a slow burning groove on his newest single “Smoke & Mirrors.”
DAVID SABASTIAN AND ANTI SOCIETY PREMIERE NEW SINGLE AND MUSIC VIDEO “DUH”
Today, prominent Los Angeles rapper and designer David Sabastian debuts a colorful, fashion forward music video for his brand new single “Duh” featuring ANTI Society – a unique collective of artists, producers, directors and designers that represent youth culture in Los Angeles. Directed by Byron Atienza, co-direction by David ANTI and executive production by St. Gian, “Duh” pays tribute to 90’s hit music videos by influencers Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Puff Daddy, Ma$e and Busta Rhymes.
Having already sent shockwaves out with their truly ethereal collaborative record ‘Fantasy’ – Alina Baraz & Galimatias have followed up with a video every bit as dreamy as the track itself.
The video’s inky sequences play tribute to the track’s melancholic vibes, with flashes of stark contrast wherein the dipped golden female lead glides effortlessly between golden pyramids and over rugged alien terrain.
Overall, the video’s narrative is a love story played out across a mysterious, iridescent galaxy with the central characters finally being consumed by a golden darkness in the fade-out closing scene.
HIGH TIDES NEW SINGLE
From the coastal shores of the mind, by way of the Midwest, comes High Tides, the hazy synth duo of Warren Kroll (Forrest, Dorosoto) and Steven Lutes (Mall Security, Kontyx). Launched in 2011 as an offshoot of their sleazy, acid-electro collaboration as The Red Falcon Projects, High Tides was born out of daydreams of the lavish shores of Southern California, sun-faded memories of yacht rock and a desire to craft their own signature spin on the genres perfected by the likes of Boards Of Canada, Freescha and others.
RUSSELL SIMMONS’ RUSH PHILANTHROPIC ARTS FOUNDATION RAISES $1.2 MILLION
Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation raised more than $1.2 million at its 2015 ART FOR LIFE Benefit on July 18th at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, NY. The event marked the 20th Anniversary of the RUSH Foundation which works to bring arts programing to inner city youth. Dave Chappelle, Michaela and Simon de Pury, Ava DuVernay, and featured artist Wangechi Mutu were honored for their support of the arts, career achievements, and overall commitment to our communities.
The benefit was hosted by longtime Rush friend and supporter, Soledad O’Brien, and featured special performances by Bell Biv Devoe, Elle Varner and music by DJ M.O.S. The evening also included a special presentation by Ming Lee Simmons and Aoki Simmons to the recipients of the 2015 Kimora Lee Simmons Scholarship, graduates of the Rush Teens program. Guests in attendance included James Lipton, Angela Simmons, Jojo Simons, Gayle King, Jason Binn, Jaslene Gonzalez, Bleona, DJ Kiss, LuAnn de Lesseps, Bevy Smith, and Kevin Liles.
GRAVEYARD NEW ALBUM
Scandinavian Hi-Fi heroes GRAVEYARD will release their new album, Innocence & Decadence, on September 25 via Nuclear Blast Records. The acclaimed rock band’s fourth album, Innocence & Decadence was recorded live in the studio, directly to analog tape, with producer Johan Lindström and is the follow-up to GRAVEYARD’s 2012 release, Lights Out, a record that the Wall Street Journal claimed “rips by like a boulder kicked over a cliff” and Pitchfork said “re-imagines a different path for metal that amps the intensity of the originators but keeps the Mississippi Delta-via-Birmingham vibe intact.” Innocence & Decadence builds on the solid foundation and formidable reputation that GRAVEYARD has cultivated since its formation in 2006, providing the most shining example to date of a sound the band calls “classic rock with a modern roll”.
“Just like life in general, it depends on what you choose to see and hear,” said the band in a statement. “Innocence & Decadence is built on thousands of layers of love, fury and being alive in the year 2015.”
KID CADAVER PREMIERE VIDEO FOR SINGLE “NEW FRIENDS”
In the past two years, Kid Cadaver have become regulars at such LA institutions as The Echo, The Satellite, The Bootleg, The Roxy, sharing the stage with Cayucas, Night Terrors of 1927, and The Mowgli’s. As Kid Cadaver tours nationally for the first time this fall, their raw and magnetic performances will add an edge that brings an inimitable atmosphere to their music.
JASON HEATH AND THE GREEDY SOULS TO RELEASE NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM
Los Angeles-based band Jason Heath And The Greedy Souls will release its new album, A Season Undone, via Wayne Kramer’s Industrial Amusement label on September 11, 2015. A Season Undone builds on the same foundation of fiery roots rock heard on their previous albums, which prompted Paste Magazine to call their first record, A Vain Hope Of Horse, “A wonderful debut: ragged, soulful, and well written.” Rock journalist Dave Marsh said of their second disc, Packed For Exile, “Jason Heath and The Greedy Souls speak to the heartache and joy in the world, with the wisdom not to try to separate them, and the skill to make all of it beautiful.”
Their music has attracted heavy hitters Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), Wayne Kramer (MC5), and Nels Cline (Wilco) to make guest album appearances and to appear at their live shows. Heath and his fellow Greedy Souls always return the favor, both musically and by participating in their charity events.
ICICLE NEW ALBUM
Icicle is back with a second installment – Theorems, (official release date – September 15, 2015).
This follow-up solo record consists of 12 very strong and personal compositions. It bounces between rock and pop. It is both accessible and innovative yet open and defiant. Bright and multi-layered sounds fill the 50-minute album, created during an exceptionally intense period for the artist.
Krassy Halatchev (Icicle) has charmed Canadian and international audiences for over two decades following his defection from communist Bulgaria with the band The Clouds.
TAELOR GRAY NEW VIDEO
Taelor Gray drops a new single/video. “Sing About It” features a guest spot from fellow emcee, Yaves. Beat production by Akeem Towns.
Many times, the story of someone’s life doesn’t become compelling until it becomes entertainment. While you’re waiting for creatives to start prepping the artistic angle for consumers, there are still day to day moments being lived. No one can take away the reality of those moments, no matter how long it takes for you to sing about it.
TWENTY ONE PILOTS DEBUT VIDEO FOR “LANE BOY”
Twenty One Pilots have released the imagery-filled video for their 4th single, “Lane Boy.” The band has had a meteoric rise this year after their sophomore album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts in May and charted worldwide, including Top 5 in Canada, as well as Top 20 in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and the UK. Watch the video HERE.