OPIE WILL BREAK YOUR HEART NEW SINGLE
Australia’s Opie Will Break Your Heart has served up a future bass treat to kickstart your New Year in all the right directions.
A multi-directional monster in fact!
Weep Woop cracks a musical egg and lets it run into Flume and What So Not territory on this new release from Sydney’s Ian Louis Davidson aka. Opie Will Break Your Heart.
THE CAINS “KNOCK KNOCK”
The Cains are pulling out all the stops in their haunting, hard-edged new single, “Knock Knock.” Featuring angst-filled vocals with a country-rock twist, while also showcasing The Cains’ signature sibling harmonies, “Knock Knock” is destined to catch the ears of music fans all over.
The single was released to Country radio today, Jan. 5, and a music video will be released in the upcoming weeks. To hear the track, click here.
HEARTLESS BASTARDS ANNOUNCE WINTER US TOUR
The Pitchfork review of Heartless Bastards’ latest LP, Restless Ones, kicks off with an apt bit of exposition: “When it comes to live shows, Heartless Bastards bassist Jesse Ebaugh has said he wants nothing less than what he calls ‘rock’n’roll communion.'” The band have announced they are taking their rock’n’roll communion on the road in February and March around the East Coast and Midwest.
Band leader Erika Wennerstrom said, “With the great time we had this past year on the road and the release of Restless Ones, 2015 was a fantastic year! We’re ecstatic to get back out in 2016 to some great cities we missed this past year and continue to share our recent album and old favorite songs with our fans. We hope your year’s off to a great start and that we see you soon. I’ve got a great feeling about 2016.”
THE INFLATION KILLS NEW SINGLE
The Inflation Kills return with a new EP, Grounds For Termination, available on Friday, January 22, 2016. Listen to the album’s boisterous lead single, “Churches,” HERE or below.
The Inflation Kills hail from Hamilton, ON, the fertile post-industrial breeding grounds for discordant and angular rock music. Made in the shadow of legendary Canadian punk rock icons and created from the remains of Kitchens and Bathrooms (Sonic Unyon/Forge Again) and Hoosier Poet (TikTokTikTok MUSIC!), with a member of TV FREAKS (Deranged).
HUMAN MOVEMENT “5 AM”
Beginning as an after-school past time for two teenaged friends, production project Human Movement picked up steam at a rate no one could have expected. Now, a little more than 1.5 years in, 19-year-old Blake Gilray and 21-year old Edward MacDonald have hit career milestone’s far quicker than peers five to ten years in the game. Now on the heels of a successful launch for their very first EP, Dancing Room, the Sydney duo are granting us one final audio gem to solidify their status as one of 2015’s breakout stars with EP cut “5 AM.”
GLENN KOTCHE & SŌ PERCUSSION SHARE “DRUMKIT QUARTET #54”
Cantaloupe Music is proud to announce Drumkit Quartets, a series of compositions for percussion by Glenn Kotche (Wilco, Illimaq) and performed by Sō Percussion. To ring in the announcement, they’ve shared “Drumkit Quartet #54”, which is available to stream or embed HERE.
Kotche and Sō Percussion are also slated to perform at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall on February 12 with Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond), in which they will perform music from Drumkit Quartets and other original compositions.
JEFF HUGHELL SOLO ALBUM
Six Feet Under bassist Jeff Hughell unveils his third full-length solo album Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations. Just like the scorching pepper the album is named after, these songs are not for the faint of heart. The record takes the listener on a roller coaster of extreme highs and lows which parallel the emotions one would experience after having the misfortune of inhaling one of the world’s hottest chilies. Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and jeffhughell.com on January 8, 2016.
The first track “Burn the Soul” scorches ear holes with blistering bass and drums as capsaicin burns the throat. An ice-cold glass of water in the form of track number two, titled “Relief” quenches a sweltering pallet, but only momentarily. The smolder continues as delusions ensue on the title track “Trinidad Scorpion Hallucinations”. “Brief Lapse of Clarity” provides a false sense of comfort in the form of a mellow harmony. Realization that nothing can halt the heat happens in the next song “The Crown Won’t Cool It Down”. As science demonstrates, what goes in must come out: “The Other Side” provides a climatic close to a wild ride.
SEAFRET VIDEO “WILDFIRE”
The stunning visual to ‘Wildfire’,d irected by Tom Clarkson is a recreation of The Experimental Generation Of Interpersonal Closeness: a study first conducted by psychologist Arthur Aron in 1997 which set out to establish whether complete strangers could fall in love. Single volunteers were arranged into pairs and asked to work through 36 questions and then stare into each other’s eyes for four minutes.
The experiment recently saw a resurgence when Mandy Len Catron’s article about her personal experience of it was published in The New York Times and led to her subsequent Ted Talk.
VICTORIA CANAL “UNCLEAR”
Seventeen year old singer-songwriter Victoria Canal reveals her new video for “Unclear,” off her January 29 EP Into the Pull. With Canal in a blanket fort surrounded by clouds of clothing and hanging stars, the video takes viewers to a nostalgic state, where memories of simpler times provide comfort from the uncertainties of life.
CHRIS STAPLETON TO PERFORM ON “SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE”
Chris Stapleton will kick off 2016 as the January 16 musical guest on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” with guest host Adam Driver.
The appearance culminates a breakthrough 2015 for Stapleton following the release of his certified RIAA Gold debut solo album, Traveller, which is nominated for Album of the Year and Best Country Album at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. Stapleton also received nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance (for the album’s title track) at the Grammy Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS from L.A.’s Staples Center on Monday, February 15 at 8/7c.
9:30 CLUB ORAL AND PICTORIAL HISTORY BOOK AVAILABLE NOW
The 9:30 Club’s oral and pictorial history book—celebrating the Club’s 35th anniversary and 20 years in the current location—is now available. The book will feature never-before-seen photos, stories and firsthand accounts of experiences during the Club’s tenure from legends including Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord Records), Dave Grohl, Ted Leo, Thurston Moore, HR Hudson, Chuck D of Public Enemy, the Club’s current co-owners Seth Hurwitz and Rich Heinecke and scores more. Fans can buy the limited first edition with 3D hardcover book at:
BUILT TO SPILL ANNOUNCE FEBRUARY 2016 TOUR DATES
Beloved guitar-rock heroes Built to Spill have confirmed new dates for their February 2016 tour, which includes two shows at Slim’s in San Francisco and three at The Echo in Los Angeles. Tickets are available HERE.
Today W. Darling and NYLON are joining forces to release the stunning visual for W. Darling’s track “Dizzy” from her latest EP, Lost Girls: Chapter Two (Universal Music Canada). This visual is an integral part of an intricate and unique story that W. Darling’s latest videos tell when viewed together. Watch “Dizzy” here via NYLON.
For their New Noise debut, CETANA and moistbreezy pair up to deliver the fantastical “Running.” Known as the cyber sea princess in a turquoise wig, newly discovered female singer / songwriter moistbreezy blends reverb-y ambience and underwater vibes on her unique vocal stylings. Teaming up with visionary newcomers CETANA, the effect is an ethereal future bass track with a pumping bass line and spacey subsurface melody. Painting a picture of intergalactic mischief, the lyrics are an invitation to partake in pure, unadulterated make-believe.
“Life could be a fantasy if you say you’d run with me…”
TERMANOLOGY FREESTYLE IN NYC
Termanology came through the shop and blessed us with bars for “OFF TOP,” our brand new series of exclusive freestyles shot on VHS.
IT LIES WITHIN ALBUM STREAM
Metalcore quintet It Lies Within will release their sophomore album Paramount on January 8th, but you can hear it early via Crave. The record has a handful of guest vocalists including Telle Smith (The Word Alive), Ryan Kirby (Fit For A King) and Jonny Mcbee (The Browning). McBee co-produced the album as well with As They Sleep guitarist Nick Morris.
RISING COUNTRY ARTIST CURTIS BRALY TO GUEST HOST “COUNTRY FIX” THROUGH JANUARY 16
Fans of country newcomer Curtis Braly will get to see the singer guest host two week-long episodes of popular television program “Country Fix” now through Jan. 16. The program features music videos and artist interviews.
“I was honored to be invited to host “Country Fix.” With my love for being in front of the camera, this was a ton of fun and I hope to do it again in the near future.” said Braly.
MINT JULEP SHARES “WHITE HOT HEART” VIA PASTE
On their second album Broken Devotion, Portland-based duo Mint Julep instill their lush and gauzy, synth-centric brand of pop music with a raw and powerful emotionalism. The follow-up to their 2011 debut Save Your Season, Broken Devotion came to life over the course of four years, with Mint Julep reaching a new level of lyrical precision while easing into more lavishly textured, intricately layered arrangements. The album is set for a rather fitting release just before Valentine’s Day on February 12th, 2016 on Unseen Music, and today Paste Magazine shares the punchy first single “White Hot Heart”.
TREY SONGZ DEBUTS VIDEO FOR “BLESSED”
Video directed by Mel D Cole:
31st ANNUAL STELLAR GOSPEL MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES
Central City Productions today announced that comedian, syndicated radio and TV personality Rickey Smiley (Dish Nation, Rickey Smiley For Real) and actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd (Ride Along 2, The View) will return as co-hosts of the 31st Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, having hosted together in 2014. Hailed as the “biggest night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, February 20, 2016. The telecast will premiere on TV One during the week of March 6, as well as in broadcast syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets around the country from March 12 – April 10.
The 2016 Stellar Awards nominees in 28 categories were revealed today with gospel heavyweight Anthony Brown, a contender for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Producer of the Year, topping the list with ten nominations. The prolific songwriter and his bandmates Group therAPy are also nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year, CD of the Year, Choir of the Year, Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year, and Recorded Music Packaging of the Year.
JASON MACKENROTH SOLO ARTIST AND FORMER ROLLINS BAND DRUMMER SUCCUMBS TO PROSTATE CANCER AT AGE 46
Jason Mackenroth – the powerhouse drummer for Rollins Band from 1998 to 2004 who went on to release two solo albums and enjoy an eight-year run with Blue Man Group – passed away at home in Henderson, NV on Sunday, January 3, 2016 after a nearly four-year battle with prostate cancer. A memorial service will be held in the Las Vegas area later this month. Details will be announced shortly. Plans are also in the works for a benefit concert, which will take place later this year.
GUNS N’ ROSES MAKE HISTORY WITH 2016 RETURN
Upholding a three-decade tradition of breaking ground, creating trends, and forever changing the face of rock ‘n’ roll, Guns N’ Roses announce the most significant and anxiously awaited musical event of this century. Founder Axl Rose and former members Slash and Duff McKagan will regroup to headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival (April 15-17 & April 22-24)—as announced last night!
For months, critics and audiences alike have generated immense excitement and speculation over the possible regrouping of the iconic line-up. The April performances will mark the first time since 1993 the Gunners will share the stage for what is certain to be an explosive event.
JOHN FOGERTY ROARS INTO THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS
arlier today (Tuesday, Jan. 5), John Fogerty arrived at The Venetian® Las Vegas for his eight-show residency, Fortunate Son in Concert, opening Friday, Jan. 8. Arriving in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion, Fogerty led 50 Harley-Davidson motorcycles down the Strip to the entrance of the resort. Greeted by onlookers and fans, the legendary musician was then officially welcomed to the property by Pete Boyd, senior vice president of operations for The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo and John Nelson, senior vice president of AEG Live Las Vegas before performing an acoustic version of his classic hit “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.”
“I’m looking forward to playing some rock ‘n’ roll here in Las Vegas,” remarked Fogerty.
PARKER MILLSAP DELIVERS INSPIRED ROCK-N-ROLL ON THE VERY LAST DAY DUE OUT MARCH 25TH
Dynamic Oklahoma born singer/songwriter Parker Millsap will release The Very Last Day on March 25th, via Okrahoma Records/Thirty Tigers. The anticipated sophomore release boldly showcases the growth in both Millsap’s arresting vocals and his thoughtful, intelligent songwriting. Since the 2014 release of his self-titled debut, Parker Millsap has been steadily building a dedicated fan base, wowing audiences and garnering critical acclaim from outlets such as USA Today, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. He has also performed at high profile festivals including Stagecoach, Austin City Limits Festival, and Forecastle.
NOT BY SIGHT “STAND”
Hard Rock band Not By Sight has released a lyric video for their track “Stand”, originally premiered with BraveWords. The track features Jane Train (Liz Phair), Corey Lowery (Stuck Mojo, Stereomud, Eye Empire, Dark New Day, Saint Asonia), Troy McLawhorn (Evanescence, Seether, Dark New Day, doubleDrive), and Morgan Rose (Sevendust). The track was produced, and mixed by Corey Lowery.
EMPIRE CIRCUS NEW VIDEO
“High Above This Grey There’s Blue” is the first release since 2013’s eponymous album from Empire Circus.
Empire Circus are a four piece Alt Pop outfit who have tapped into the panache of Two Door Cinema Club, the demeanour of Arcade Fire and the general cool suave of Gorillaz… then morphed out at the other side with a resonant sound under the guise of Empire Circus.
TEDDYBEARS X GORILLA ZOE
Mid-90s rock-electronica seems to have remained in the deepest valley of cultural relevance to finding new ways of making music, intertwining loops, riffs, repetitions and all that electronic rock is known for today. The multi- Grammy award winning Teddybears have decided to reopen the genre’s door in the shape of their upcoming new single The Best You Ever Had.
Having worked with a number of pop superstars such as Max Martin, Cee-Lo Green, Sia, Iggy Pop, Petite Meller and Ellie Goulding, Teddybears have now teamed up with the ex- Boyz N Da Hood US rapper Gorilla Zoe to create a genuine retro tribute (but with a contemporary hip hop twist) to the mid-90s rock-tronica and all its forefathers.
MICHAEL CHAPMAN CELEBRATES 75 “JACK”
In recent years, the revered British guitarist and songwriter has seen his classic Harvest records from the 70’s reissued by Light In the Attic, and he’s toured with Bill Callahan, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Ryley Walker and Bonnie “Prince” Billy. On the eve of the Fully Qualified Survivor’s 75th birthday (January 24th), his latest album ‘Fish’ finds Chapman vital as ever, garnering heaps of praise from the likes of MOJO (8/10), Record Collector (5/5), and UNCUT (4/5).
FERAL CONSERVATIVES SHARE SOULFUL, 90S-TINGED “WAIT FOR ME” VIA PASTE
Fuzz-leaning, folk auteurs Feral Conservatives combine the intimacy of backwoods mountain folk with the subdued lyrics of genre-bending 90s college rockers like Velocity Girl, the Cranberries, and Cocteau Twins. The trio, made up of multi-instrumentalists Rashie Rosenfarb, Matt Francis, and Dan Avant perfectly balance pop-leaning songwriting with lush orchestration from Rosenfarb’s mandolin, sparse strings arrangements, vocal harmonies, and powerful distortion. After a series of self-released EPs and the purchase of a $15 distortion pedal, Ferals toured the East Coast in a station wagon before joining EggHunt Records in 2015.
DAVINA AND THE VAGABONDS TO RELEASE ‘NICOLLET AND TENTH’ ON MARCH 25th
Minneapolis, MN – Over the past several years, Davina And The Vagabonds, have been building an audience around the globe. Their shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Singer/pianist Davina Sowers’ presence is indelible, while her voice defies simple categorization. Evoking comparisons as diverse as Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, she is simply a true original, presenting a personal vision that celebrates a century of American music.
With a full tour schedule already in place for the top of the new year, Davina And The Vagabonds will release a brand new live album: Nicollet And Tenth on March 25th.
BLOODIEST SHARE “HE IS DISEASE”
BLOODIEST, the Chicago-based experimental rock ensemble comprised of current and former members of Yakuza, Corrections House, Milemarker, Russian Circles, 90 Day Men, and more have announced a tour in support of their self-titled sophomore full-length due out January 15th via Relapse Records. The album, five years in the making, plumbs the swaggering rhythms of 90’s noise-rock and the brainy bombast of psychedelic metal, presenting a captivating psychic journey of tightly coiled tension and explosive cathartic release. Nowhere is this multifaceted approach better demonstrated than on album track “He Is Disease,” which the band have shared in conjunction with the tour’s announce (link above in the headline).
BILL FRISELL’S ‘WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR’ SET FOR RELEASE JANUARY 29
When You Wish Upon A Star, the latest project from legendary guitarist/composer Bill Frisell is set for release on January 29 via OKeh Records. Comprised of music from iconic film and television scores, the LP is conceived not only as an homage, but as a celebration of music-making with longtime collaborators and their collective commitment to refined interpretation of material. The album is available for pre-order now and Frisell will tour widely in support of it—see below for tour dates.
Produced by Lee Townsend (Loudon Wainwright III, John Scofield, Carrie Rodriguez), the LP brings together an all-star “dream team” of Frisell’s frequent partners in crime: violist Eyvind Kang, drummer Rudy Royston, bass player Thomas Morgan and vocalist Petra Haden. Frisell describes the group of friends’ unique process as beginning with listening to as many versions of the pieces as possible and committing any lyrics to heart, followed by total immersion in the original score (harmony, phrasing, arrangement), learning the notes and hours of practice. “Finally, when it’s in the blood,” he says, the musicians are ready to deliver their interpretations.
“THIS THAT JAM”
“This That Jam” (featuring Luna) is the lead single off the Los Angeles’ homegrown collective, Honor Flow Productions’ latest EP entitled Boombox Sketches. H.F.P. Producer/Vocalist DJ Chuck “thE oLd SouL” had this to say about the creation of the track and music video…
E-MONEY NEW VIDEO “RIDE & COAST”
E-Money has been enjoying a nice wave of success recently. Fresh off his placement on MTV’s “Follow The Rules”, he just released his latest music video for “Ride & Coast”. The Chicago-based MC has been featured on major blogs in the past year, such as Boi-1da’s website, AllHipHop, Dj Enuff from Hot 97’s website ThatsEnuff, HipHopSince1987 & many more. He also recently began his journey as an entrepreneur with his new brand/clothing line, Zoony Life, and has shared the stage alongside Big Sean, King Louie, DJ Drama & Twista. E-Money represents the evolving culture. His music displays that he is a man of the people and next up in the reigns of the new hip-hop elites.
CHEVY WOODS “SEEN IT ALL”
Taylor Gang Ent. rapper Chevy Woods continues his streak of freestyles with a verse on Jeezy’s Cardo-produced “Seen It All.” “Winter time let’s talk snow money, Johnny Depp n*gga talk blow money,” Chevy Woods raps in the song’s opening bars, brining in the New Year and new season. This new release follows a busy December for Chevy Woods, who shared freestyles over B.G.’s classic “Cash Money is an Army,” Future’s “56 Nights,” Cam’Ron’s “Suck It Or Not,” and Rico Richie’s “Poppin.” Prior to the freestyles, in November Chevy Woods teamed up with producers Ricky P. and Ghetto Guitar for “Fucc Up the Face,” a loose single debuted by VIBE that continues to heat up the clubs.
ARI NICOLE “CANDY COATED”
“Candy Coated” by Arí Nicole has been released digitally worldwide and is available for purchase. An audio video and social media links are attached below for easier access to everything, “Arí Nicole”.
PRAYERS PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO “DRUGS”
In their new music video, “Drugs,” demonic animated visuals created by Dani Moreno Cordero intensify vocalist Leafar Seyer’s dark lyrics, producer Dave Parley’s pulsating synths, and featured artist Travis Barker’s pounding drum fills in an almost comic book-like fashion.
LASER PREMIERE THIRD SINGLE “DISCONNECT”
Toronto’s Laser, the new group fronted by vocalist Lisa Lobsinger (Broken Social Scene), Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties) and Martin Davis Kinack (Transistor Sound & Lighting Co.), has premiered a third single, “Disconnect”, off their upcoming debut full-length album, Night Driver, today via Stereogum.
SURFER BLOOD NEW VIDEO
Today, the band shares a video for 1000 Palms track “Point of No Return.” Directed by Jeremy S. Collins, it follows an imaginative young boy who has his own idea of what the world should look like, using Surfer Blood’s shimmering track as the soundtrack to his adventures. You can watch & share the video via YouTube.