BALTHAZAR VIDEO “NIGHTCLUB”
Preceding the upcoming release of their third album Thin Walls on September 25th via Play It Again Sam, Balthazar have debuted a captivating video for the track ‘Nightclub’ on Brooklyn Vegan. Along with the video comes news of a spread of US and Canadian tour dates that will kick off this October in Seattle, Washington.
HELIOS STREAMS LUSH, SLOW-BURNING “YUME”
“I have a whole library of found sounds that I work with… I’ll bring them into the sampler and use them to play chords or melodies, chop them up and turn them into something completely different. It’s a very handmade, stitched-together sort of process.” – Keith Kenniff/Helios
PAPER BIRD ADDED TO RENDEZVOUS LINEUP
– The Rendezvous Music Festival is excited to announce the addition of Paper Bird to its 2015 lineup in Beaver Creek, CO. John Oates, who produced the band’s soon-to-be-released album, will perform with them at Strawberry Park, opening the stage at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 12. In honor of this exciting addition, for a limited time only, guests canpurchase Strawberry Park General Admission, Weekend Pass or VIP tickets at a discounted rate using the Promo Code: “PAPER.”
“My new favorite band and friends are called Paper Bird,” said Oates. “Getting to know and record with them over the last few months has been inspiring and fun. Their vocals, harmonies and playing are totally unique and evocative. They have a style that sometimes echoes the great bands of long ago, but at the same time pushes today’s musical boundaries.”
PELL’S “VANILLA SKY” PREMIERES VIA NYLON
New Orleans songwriter, rapper and producer Pell debuts a new track today via NYLON. Listen to Vanilla Sky, which NYLON calls “a soulful confessional about owning up to your faults, staying humble, and accepting criticism,” here.
CULTURE COLLIDE FESTIVALS
Returning to Los Angeles and San Francisco this October, Culture Collide is the quintessential music, arts, and industry experience celebrating creative curiosity as multiple venues play host to dozens of established and on-the-rise bands from around the world for multiple days of musical discovery.
Wristbands for each day are $20 via TicketFly. This allows access into all venues for that particular day. Music fans can also choose to purchase a $10 wristband that gives access to all venues excluding the Echoplex.
LEGENDARY SINGER/SONGWRITER/GUITARIST JOAN ARMATRADING RETURNS TO NORTH AMERICA
Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Joan Armatrading will soon return to North America for the second leg of her last major world tour. For the first time in her four decade plus career, Armatrading’s “Me Myself I” world tour finds her performing her entire set solo. The British singer/songwriter/guitarist/instrumentalist, best known for such worldwide hits as “Love And Affection,” “Me Myself I,” “Drop The Pilot” and many more, performs for nearly two hours per show sharing the highlights of her extensive career, singing, playing guitar and piano. The set also includes an intimate photo montage, narrated by Armatrading herself, which beautifully captures her career in pictures.
Of the tour Joan Armatrading commented, “I have absolutely loved the audience reaction to my first solo world tour.” The second North American leg of the “Me Myself I” world tour kicks off on September 23rd at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, ME and runs through early November.
BUDDY GUY KEEPS THE BLUES ALIVE WITH THE #1 BLUES ALBUM IN THE COUNTRY
Legendary blues icon and six-time Grammy Award winning artist BUDDY GUY claims the #1 spot this week on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts with his latest masterpiece Born To Play Guitar, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released July 31st on Silvertone/RCA Records, Born To Play Guitar marks Guy’s fifth #1 album on Billboard’s Top Blues chart and twelfth Top 10 Billboard Blues album. Since its release, the album peaked at #1 on the overall Amazon music chart and remains #1 on the iTunes Blues Albums chart. Internationally, Born To Play Guitar debuts at #1 on the Australian ARIA Jazz & Blues Album chart and remains Top 5 on iTunes Blues Album charts in UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and more!
YEAH BOY NEW EP
Following the breakup up of indie dance duo Parachute Youth, Johnny Castro has moved on to a new solo project called Yeah Boy. His debut single “Can’t Get Enough” exploded when it hit the dance world last year and now he’s back with another top-notch release to whisk you away. Growing into his sound, Yeah Boy’s new Wildfire EP picks up with right where the soulful, feel-good R&B pop sound of his last release left off. Pillowed production and delicately woven layers of sound come together with hazy vocals for three tracks comprising the EP.
SUN CUT FLAT NEW SINGLE
Recently, Brooklyn’s Sun Cut Flat released their brand new track Lil Yamaha with the fine folks of Poule d’Or. Equally excited and honored to premiere the new track, Poule d’Or had the following to say of Sun Cut Flat’s new track:
“The duo plays one of the finest pop sounds you will hear all year: a bit of indie vibes, a lot of almost funk like grooves and a distinct tropical stream to it as well. ” – Poule d’Or
FEVER HIGH DEBUT SINGLE
FEVER HIGH is a Brooklyn-based indie-pop group comprised of singer/instrumentalists Anna Nordeen and Reni Lane. Their sound is retro-tinged, danceable indie pop, with infectious choruses, lush harmonies, and an irresistible blend of analog synths and organic textures.
BIG & RICH STAR ROCKS HIS WAY TO TLC WITH BIG KENNY AND FAMILY
With a style that’s part pirate, part Renaissance man, and a good bit rock and roll country boy, Kenny Alphin, aka “Big Kenny” of Big & Rich, ditched farm life in Virginia to pursue his dream of making music in Nashville. Fueled by faith, authenticity, and plenty of heart, BIG KENNY AND FAMILY follows Kenny, his wife Christiev, and their sons, Dakota, Lincoln, Christopher and Cameron, as they navigate their unordinary home life while Kenny is on a break from his whirlwind tour. The all-new one-hour special premieres Wednesday, September 2 at 10/9c on TLC.
Big & Rich are killing it in the charts and Kenny’s on the road well over half the year, making the few days home with his family truly special and completely unpredictable. Despite his crazy travel schedule and Christiev’s back-to-back styling gigs with A-list clientele, the couple manages to find the perfect balance between full-fledged rock stars and devoted parents.
WATCH TESSANNE CHIN’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “FIRE”
Since her triumphant win on season five of The Voice in 2013, Tessanne Chin has been on fire — musically speaking.
KYDD JONES “DAY 1”
Austin-based rapper/producer Kydd Jones releases his new single “Day 1.” The song shows Kydd exploring a new R&B direction that will be one of the focuses on his new album “GR33D” due in 2015 which will feature the late Sean Price, Chuck D, Kirko Bangz, Tory Lanez and more. Kydd has collaborated with hip-hop artists such as Yelawolf, Pac Div, GLC, Dee-1 & Skyzoo as well as Atlantic Records artists Kirko Bangz & Max Frost. Kydd’s previous single, “Patience” was premiered on Russell Simmon’s All Def Digital.
RÜFÜS DROP VIDEO FOR ‘YOU WERE RIGHT’
Sydney trio RÜFÜS have today announced a world You Were Right tour, set to hit the road for some huge dates across Australia and North America later this year. The first leg kicks off in Brisbane on October 16 and rolls around the country for the remainder of the month, while November will see the boys enter DU SOL mode, as they hit Vancouver, LA, San Francisco, and New York over two glorious weeks.
Just in case that wasn’t enough excitement for you, RÜFÜS have just dropped the official video for You Were Right and it’s a masterpiece that takes the viewer on a blissful, weightless journey. “We worked with long time collaborator Katzki, who also happens to be my brother and has done every one of our videos,” explains keys player Jon George. “The video is about a feeling. It’s the anticipation of a single moment and waiting for that moment of euphoria.”
ALEX BLEEKER AND THE FREAKS’ “THE REST” PREMIERES AT STEREOGUM
“The Rest,” the first new track from Alex Bleeker and the Freaks’ forthcoming third LP Country Agenda is premiering today at Stereogum. Country Agenda is set for release October 16 via Sinderlyn. The band will tour throughout the fall to celebrate the release, dates TBA.
CAPITOL RECORDS TO RELEASE ‘MUSIC FROM LOVE & MERCY’ + “ONE KIND OF LOVE”
Capitol Records is pleased to announce plans for the global digital and CD release of ‘Music From LOVE & MERCY,’ the official soundtrack to Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions/River Road’s acclaimed Brian Wilson biopic starring John Cusack and Paul Dano. Produced by Wilson, the film’s Oscar®-winning score composer Atticus Ross, and the film’s producer and director, Bill Pohlad, ‘Music From LOVE & MERCY”s 13 tracks include “One Kind of Love,” a ballad written and recorded by Brian Wilson specifically for the film, original Beach Boys classics, Paul Dano’s stirring performance of “God Only Knows” from the film, and original score pieces by Ross. The soundtrack will be released digitally tomorrow, Friday, August 14, with the CD release to follow on Friday, September 18.
Michigan shoegaze outfit Threading is streaming a new track titled “Never” on Substream Magazine Substream Magazine.
Substream writes: “Threading channels recently in vogue space-rock touchstones such as Failure and Hum but could easily sit in between Codeine’s ‘Frigid Stars’ and Seam’s ‘The Pace Is Glacial’ and not feel out of place.”
BROKEN FLESH “UNWORTHY”
Oklahoma City-native quintet BROKEN FLESH are poised to breathe new life into the brutal death metal genre with their upcoming self-titled full-length album, set to release via Luxor Records on September 4, 2015. The new album features ten brand new tracks and two rerecorded tracks from the band’s 2009 debut, Forever In Flames.
LAMB OF GOD ON JIMMY KIMMEL
Last week, LAMB OF GOD’s new album VII: Sturm Und Drang debuted at #2 on the U.S. Top Current Albums chart, #3 on the Top 200, and #1 on both the Rock Album and Hard Rock Album charts. In celebration of the new album’s successes, LAMB OF GOD will perform as the special musical guest on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, August 27, 2015. Make sure to tune your televisions to ABC at 11:35|10:35pm CT to catch the band performing new tracks from VII: Sturm Und Drang.
GHOST RESCHEDULE CONCERT IN WAKE OF COINCIDING PHILADELPHIA PAPAL VISIT
MESSAGE FROM THE CLERGY: We wish to inform you that due to Frankie’s visit next month in Philadelphia, we received a letter informing us that Ghost fans would not be able to use public transportation or park their cars next Union Transfer.
In hopes to ensure that each and every Ghost fan can attend this show, we have decided to move the Philadelphia concert at Union Transfer to Tuesday, September 29th.
Tickets are still valid.
MEYTAL DEBUTS NEW VIDEO FOR “NOTHING” VIA REVOLVER MAGAZINE
Meytal, featuring YouTube celebrity drummer, Meytal Cohen, has just released a brand new video for their song “Nothing” via Revolver Magazine. The song, which was written by Cohen and Sahaj Ticotin from the band Ra, appears on their album Alchemy which is currently available exclusively via limited edition, and will be also released worldwide via iTunes on August 24.
BRYAN ADAMS NEW VIDEO
Bryan has debuted his first video, “You Belong To Me,” on Vevo today! The track is a pre-order instant-grat from his forthcoming new album, Get Up, releasing on October 16 via Universal!
The video is directed by Adams, shot in b/w and relies solely on Adams, his guitar, and a muse:
INFINITY GIRL “YOUNG”
Forged in the crucible of the Boston underground and now based in Brooklyn, Infinity Girl emerged in 2012 with a startlingly whole and reverent shoegaze sound on its debut full length, ‘Stop Being On My Side,’ a set that was equal parts haunting melody and ear-bleeding power. An EP, ‘Just Like Lovers,’ followed in late 2012 and again propounded Infinity Girl’s refreshing proclivity for bending classic song forms toward its will to experiment. More recently the band has taken its music to a darker and more dynamic place informed by both classic post-punk sounds and an increasingly formidable ability to meld noise and hooks in exciting, surprising ways.