JIMKATA RELEASE “WILD RIDE”
Ithaca electronic rock trio Jimkata will release In Motion on February 12 and this week they’ve announced a slew of tour dates that will keep the band on the road through the spring. The dates were announced when the group debuted the pop-ear-worm “Wild Ride” this week at The Music Ninja, who said, “Calling on associations of both modern acts like St. Lucia and classic acts like Peter Gabriel, this tune builds in an anthemic fashion, boasting an iconic bassline, multiple layers of gorgeous synths, and set of lyrics that will have you singing along in no time.”
DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCES 2016 TOUR
Three-time GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker will kick off his 2016 Good for a Good Time Tour in Tampa, Fla. on June 3. The Good for a Good Time Tour will feature opening acts Dan + Shay, who are celebrating their first No. 1 single with “Nothin’ Like You” and rising country singer Michael Ray, who was the only new male country artist of 2015 to have a No. 1 single in 2015, with “Kiss You in the Morning.” Over 30 stops across the country have been announced so far with more to come! Fans can purchase tickets beginning Jan. 29 for select cities as part of Live Nation’s Country Megaticket at www.Megaticket.com.
NAKED LIGHTS SHARES BLISTERING “NEW CARRION”
The thorny Oakland, CA-based five piece make it very clear from the first few seconds of the record to the very end that the music here is intensely addictive and welcomely unpredictable stuff. Shades of post-punk, dub, even anarcho-punk vibes are thrillingly re-blended into wholly futuristic shapes that defy easy categorization.
Naked Lights share warped single “New Carrion” — listen
MARIE MUNROE NEW SINGLE
The Norwegian multi- Grammy Award Nominee (Best Female, Best Composer) called Marie Munroe is soon to release her much-anticipated LP Under My Skin via Warner Music Group. Scandinavia’s answer to electro poppy Imogen Heap and Jessie Ware has been very busy since the start of this year. She has not only sold out all the upcoming arena tour dates in her home country, but she has also shared the official video to her single Can’t Go Back:
ELEPHANT 12 “GREEN LIGHT GO”
The MuseBox today announced the release of “GreenLight Go!,” the infectiously danceable new single from highly acclaimed indie rockers Elephant 12. Featuring unapologetic punk rock laced with magnetic punchy bass lines, Toronto’s Elephant 12 are known for their exhilarating live performance and sing-along anthems. As a testament to their broad appeal, Elephant 12 shared the Umbria Festival mainstage with James, Kaiser Chiefs, and Basement Jaxx. Their long awaited self-titled EP was acclaimed by online magazines such as Fred Perry Subculture, Who’s Jack, and BBC Introducing. Elephant 12’s riveting videos have earned features on Blank TV, AfroPunk, and Funk Gumbo Radio.
“SUGAR AND MILK” SINGLE
Ferro was born in London and raised between there & Nashville, and Muirhead is his first release outside of his band Ranch Ghost. After buying a tape machine and teaching himself how to use it, the songs of Muirhead quickly began to materialize. Having put all his efforts that he felt possible into this collection of songs, Ferro gave the tapes to Mitch Jones (Fly Golden Eagle, Thunderbitch, Majestico) a keyboard and sound-effects guru whose atmospheric additions helped him finish it off.
GAZ COOMBES DIGITAL ALBUM OUT NOW
Following years of warmly welcomed Stateside jaunts fronting Supergrass and the Hot Rats, Gaz Coombes will commemorate his first ever North American solo tour with a special limited colored vinyl deluxe edition and physical CD release of his second solo album, Matador, out March 18 on Hot Fruit Recordings/Kobalt Label Services. Previously physically released only in select overseas territories, Matador was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Prize, a distinction bestowed upon the best album from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Matador was a critical smash in Coombes’ native UK, drawing glowing praise and rave reviews from the likes of MOJO, NME, Q MAGAZINE and THE GUARDIAN among a host of others.
O’D “HER (FEATURING EFFIE)”
After numerous production work for a new wave of talented artists including Sami Switch & Etham (who’s Cold Love single reached a staggering 155,000 plays on Soundcloud in less than 3 months) – it’s finally O’D’s turn.
GLOOMY PLACE NEW VIDEO
Rob Crow will release You’re Doomed. Be Nice. on March 4 via Temporary Residence Ltd. The AV Club has premiered the new video for “Business Interruptus” which is also available to share via YouTube. The AV Club said, “‘Business Interruptus,’ is deceptively bouncy given the project’s overwhelmingly dismal moniker. Striking a balance between Pinback‘s more straightforward material and Crow’s solo work, “Business Interruptus” signals the start of a new era, one that finds the ability to shine in spite of any perceived gloominess.”
ANDY MOOR “RESURRECTION” RMX
As the first release of many already lined up for 2016, Somna makes his debut of the New Year on AVA Recordings with a remix of Andy Moor’s latest release “Resurrection.” The single is chock full of high-energy beats, cosmic sound patterns, and plucking vocals. Somna contributes his spin on Andy Moor’s classic trance sound with the the magic touch of a glittering bass line and pulsating, punching beats on “Resurrection.”
PILLAR POINT STREAMS NEON-COLORED ‘MARBLE MOUTH’ ALBUM IN FULL AT UNDER THE RADAR
The upcoming Pillar Point album Marble Mouth — out this Friday January 22nd on Polyvinyl — was recorded and mixed by engineer Drew Vandenberg (Toro Y Moi, Deerhunter, of Montreal). Much like the red-blooded party that is Pillar Point’s live show, the new album is a sweat lodge of bold drum beats and lean synth lines that layer and wrap each song in kinetic skeletons, not unlike contemporaries Holy Ghost or newish Matthew Dear.
TRAVIS TRITT COMMENTS ON GLENN FREY
Travis Tritt has released a statement regarding the passing of his longtime friend, founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, Glenn Frey.
Tritt commented, “Glenn Frey and the music he created alone and with The Eagles have been such an inspiration to me. We first met at the video shoot for my version of ‘Take It Easy’ in 1993. He always went out of his way to acknowledge and encourage me ever since. I’m a better person, better musician and a better songwriter having met him. I still can’t believe he is gone!”
Tritt’s 1993 release of Eagles’ “Take It Easy” led to a reunion of the famously acrimonious band as they came together to appear in the music video. The meeting led to reconciliation and the band put aside their differences, eventually reuniting for their 1994 Hell Freezes Over tour.
Glenn Frey passed away on Jan. 18, 2016 at the age of 67.
Travis Tritt pictured with Eagles:
RITA WILSON RELEASES NEW ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS MARCH 11
Musician, actress and producer Rita Wilson makes her songwriting debut on Rita Wilson, a collection of original songs and her second studio album, set for release via Sing It Loud on March 11th. For this album, Rita held co-writing sessions in Los Angeles and Nashville with Grammy Award winners/nominees including Kara DioGuardi (Carrie Underwood) Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift’s 1989), Dan Wilson (Adele’s ‘21’) and producers Ron Aniello (Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa) and Babyface (Whitney Houston, TLC).
Rita Wilson can be pre-ordered via Amazon:
MONEY NEW VIDEO ON BILLBOARD
MONEY have shared the video for lead single ‘I’ll Be The Night’ on Billboard. Billboard describes the video as “frontman Jamie Lee’s world-weary inner monologue come to life.”
THE JEZABELS UNVEIL VIDEO FOR FIRST SINGLE “PLEASURE DRIVE”
The official video for The Jezabels’ first single “Pleasure Drive” recently premiered at Interview Magazine. Of the video, lead-singer Hayley Mary notes, “I think it definitely creates an aesthetic and a vibe that shows some of the gothic, but particularly, it brings out the sadness in the song. On early listens the song can seem really upbeat and joyous, which it is, but I always think of it as actually quite melancholic.”
SX LIQUORS LAUNCHES AT THE LEGENDARY S.O.B’S
The Award-Winning, Sensual, and eXotic new line of premium spirits “SXLiquors” – which launched right here in New York in 2014 delivering Latin liquors infused with exotic ingredients – will now be available at S.O.B.’s, lower Manhattan’s hottest Afro-Latino Restaurant and Music Venue starting THIS WEEKEND! With an official launch this Saturday night, 1/23, 11PM with an OPEN BAR being offered between 12-1AM at 204 Varick St, New York, NY 10014!
KINDER THAN WOLVES NEW SINGLE
Orlando trio Kinder Than Wolves announces the release of their debut EP Mean Something, due out April 15. The first single, “Hazel Days,” is available as an approved downloadable mp3. Delicate and hazy, the EP gently smolders like a cool blue flame. The shy flicker of the guitar is an invitation to step into the waterfall of sound on display.
“NO LOVE NO MORE” BY ALANI SKYE
Alani Skye is primed to bring her talents to an audience that is hungry for the return of great music. With the renewed success of Jennifer Hudson and the talented Tamar Braxton, Alani Skye will be a shining star of today’s new generation of music.
ERIC BACHMANN “MERCY”
“Mercy,” the first single from Eric Bachmann, premiered today at NPR Music where Stephen Thompson wrote, “Bachmann’s voice has always felt lived-in, but his life of rambling and rumination has led him to some profound, if plainspoken, epiphanies to match. In the past, Bachmann has often built barriers between himself and his words, most notably with the youthfully obtuse, ironic poses of his Archers records. But at 45, he’s drawn to the sincerest and most straightforward possible conclusions: ‘Maybe all of this is all you get / So fill your heart with love.'”
INNERWISH SONG STREAMING
The Greek melodic metallers INNERWISH will release their new album entitled “InnerWish” on March 18th in Europe and North America via Ulterium Records. The album will be available on CD, LP, Tape and digital. Bickee Music will issue the album in Japan on March 30th.
“LEAN AND DABB” NFL EDITION
Dabb dance takes over the NFL creating a national movement this playoff season. Enjoy this fan-created “Lean and Dabb” video compilation featuring Cam Newton, Ike Taylor, Larry King, Jeremy Hill, Lebron James, Jay-Z, 50 Cent and more.
ROME HERO FOXES ALBUM STREAM
Progressive indie-rock quintet Rome Hero Foxes has recently inked a deal with Esque Records (owned by Kurt Travis of A Lot Like Birds). The band will be releasing their sophomore full-length For When You’re Falling Backwards on January 24th, but you can hear the entire thing now via Substeam Magazine.
ONO PREMIERES “CATMAN” (MIKE SNOW REMIX) ON NOISEY
Revolutionary pop culture icon YOKO ONO is set to release Yes, I’m A Witch Too, the sequel to her critically acclaimed 2007 collaboration record Yes, I’m A Witch (Astralwerks), on February 19th via Manimal Group and today is sharing the Miike Snow remix of “Catman” on Noisey.
CRATER “HARDLY AT ALL”
Crater is a Seattle-based electronic pop duo consisting of Ceci Gomez and Kessiah Gordon. Since 2013, the group released a slew of singles via Mermaid Avenue/Mom+Pop and will put out their debut full length Talk to Me so I Can Fall Asleep on Help Yourself Records on February 26th, 2016. Within the past year they have toured nationally with the likes of Canadian goth pop artist TR/ST and glitter pop band MS MR.
Kahlee is a curator for hiphop blog PlatformCollection.com, where he co-hosts the podcast/mixshow Proof Of Life Radio. “The minute I heard this beat I felt like Drinking a bottle of Gatorade and hitting the gym,” Kahlee says about the song. “The hook felt like the music on a NFL highlight reel or the soundtrack to the NBA finals.”
DANIEL CORREA NEW SINGLE
This is the second single of Daniel’s just released debut album: “Progressions.” The video was uploaded in December and in just one month it has over 126k views with an average view rate of 1:45.
MATADOR “THE ENEMY”
Dublin techno powerhouse Matador blasts into the new year with the announcement of his new label Rukus. Set for release February 15, Matador is celebrating the launch with his EP The Enemy, encapsulating his distinctive techno sound. Featuring Chicago’s legendary artist Felix Da Housecat, the title track “The Enemy” sets the tone for the EP with a hard-hitting edge of paranoia.
Accompanying “The Enemy” are three other brand new tracks that weave a distinctive path into the brain in his trademark hypnotic and melodic fashion. With his last solo release topping the Beatport techno charts for nearly 2 months in 2015, we can almost guarantee an rousing reception from the underground to kick start the Rukus.
SINGER-SONGWRITER GINETTE CLAUDETTE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “TIME”
Singer-songwriter Ginette Claudette announces the release of her latest single “Time” from her new EP “All the way back” which fuses classic R&B with today’s urban and pop music.
VIOLA BEACH “BOYS THAT SING”
Indie pop outfit Viola Beach have announced the highly anticipated release of their second single Boys That Sing. The release will also launch Communion Singles Club, a new platform for the much respected indie label to echo some of the magic generated in the early days around their first 7” and 12” offerings.
WATCH CONAN O’BRIEN HELP CELEBRATE “15 YEARS OF MAGIC” LAST NIGHT
Last night Bonnaroo unveiled its 2016 lineup (and its flushable toilets) with a special feature on TBS’ Conan. The world renowned four-day multi-stage camping festival, celebrating “15 Years of Magic,” will take place June 9-12, at Great Stage Park, the spectacular 700-acre farm and event space located just 60 miles south of Nashville in Manchester, TN. Tickets for the 2016 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will be on sale beginning Friday, January 22nd at 12:00 PM EST, exclusively via www.bonnaroo.com.
SUNTRODDEN NEW SINGLE
Indie pop act Suntrodden announces EP, Suntrodden I, due out February 5, 2016, with first single, “Sunrise to Sunset.” Suntrodden’s debut presents a love letter to stripped-down songwriting, giving listeners five tracks dedicated to capturing the raw passion of live tracking, and letting the beauty of the songs stand for themselves.
POINT POINT SHORT FILM
French production trio Point Point have released a stunning short film for their breakout single “Life in Grey” (over three million plays to date), off their debut Contrastive Focus Reduplication EP out now on OWSLA / Record Record. The video was helmed by acclaimed director Jodeb (Zedd, Imagine Dragons, Porter Robinson) and draws inspiration from the Y generation’s desperation to create art. Point Point has established themselves as tastemakers in the artful French scene with their acclaimed “Filet Mignon” compilations and avant-garde approach to electronic music.
Watch “Life in Grey” – The Short Film:
NRA COUNTRY NAMES HANK WILLIAMS JR. AS FEATURED ARTIST FOR JANUARY
Grammy, ACM, CMA and Emmy winning country legend HANK WILLIAMS JR., has been chosen as NRA Country’s Featured Artist for January. To celebrate, the icon will be joining NRA Country in offering an exclusive giveaway where one lucky fan will win a prize pack including an autographed guitar and copy of his brand new album, It’s About Time, and some Hank Williams Jr. merchandise.
It’s About Time, the highly anticipated new album and Hank’s first on Nash Icon Records, released on Friday, January 15 and includes the mega-hit lead single “Are You Ready For The Country,” featuring Eric Church. GRAMMY® Award winner and Oscar nominee Julian Raymond (Glen Campbell, Cheap Trick) produced the project which also features re-recorded versions of classics like “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert & Justin Moore and featuring Brad Paisley on guitar, as well as new tunes Hank solely penned such as “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank” and “It’s About Time.”
MGMT FEATURED ON SONG EXPLODER PODCAST TODAY
Grammy Award®-nominated multi-platinum rock band MGMT is featured on Song Exploder’s latest podcast today. In the segment, the duo—Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden—break down the creative decisions behind their breakout smash, “Time To Pretend,” and reconstruct the song piece-by-piece.
ART BLOCK SINGLE “BREAKING POINT”
Reverb drenched vocals accompanied by fizzing electric guitars – the new Borderline EP from London-based alt-folk singer-songwriter, Art Block, is due to be released on 4th March 2016. Inspired by the plight of migrants into Europe and produced by BBC Radio Award Winning musician, Ben Walker, of Folkroom Records, the EP explores issues of alienation, relationships and suffering.
“A top notch singer-songwriter” – Emerging Indie Bands, Tim Whale