SLABDRAGGER ALBUM OPENER
London doom/sludge trio SLABDRAGGER have teamed up with Terrorizer to present you a new track off their upcoming second album “Rise Of The Dawncrusher”, out next month on Holy Roar Records. Fasten your seat belts and hear the monstrous grooves of “Mercenary Blues” now.
PET SHOP BOYS NEW ALBUM ‘SUPER’ OUT APRIL 1
Pet Shop Boys will release their new album Super on x2 Records via Kobalt on April 1. Produced and mixed by Stuart Price in Los Angeles, the album was written in London and Berlin. The record features twelve new Tennant/Lowe compositions including the lead single, “The Pop Kids,” evoking the London club scene of the early 90s. Super will be available on CD, vinyl and digitally. Pre-order is now available on iTunes with an immediate download of “Inner Sanctum.” Amazon CD pre-order will be available January 22.
MAJOR LAZER “BE TOGETHER”
Listen to Wild Belle’s new single, “Throw Down Your Guns,” off their forthcoming sophomore album due this Spring. In “Throw Down Your Guns,” we find Wild Belle riding a roughed up rhythm track with Natalie delivering a more emphatic lyricism than ever before. The song features Natalie Bergman’s smoky yet joyous vocals over a bass heavy dance rhythm and a Jamaican pop-esque instrumental hook.
VANCOUVER DUO MU PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “VAMPIRE”
Vancouver duo Mu, aka Francesca Belcourt and Brittney Rand, have premiered a second single, “Vampire”, off their upcoming sophomore EP II today via Stereogum. II will arrive February 12 on Boompa, with performances set to celebrate, February 18 in Vancouver at The Fox Cabaret, and February 19, in Victoria at the Upstairs Cabaret, both dates supporting label mates Dralms.
BOY & BEAR WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “WALK THE WIRE”
Boy & Bear will return to the States in June for various summer festivals, including Bonnaroo, Firefly Music Festival and LaureLive. The quintet’s latest album, Limit Of Love, was released last fall and immediately hit #1 in their native Australia. In the US, lead single “Walk The Wire” sat in the Top 20 of the Triple A Top 30 Chart for several weeks, where it recently peaked at #13.
SEAN WATKINS DEBUT SINGLE
Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming the itinerant and genre-hopping ensemble Watkins Family Hour with his sister Sara. However, in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. On March 18, Sean will release his new album What To Fear via Thirty Tigers, a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been his first solo record in nearly a decade. Today, Rolling Stone debuted the first single and title track calling it “an articulate, razor-edged folk song, made up of equal parts melody and message.”
LISTEN: Sean Watkins – “What To Fear” on Rolling Stone:
CERRONE “FUNK MAKOSSA”
The legendary disco producer (and drummer) Cerrone has announced the release of his new Afro EP, that will be coming out on February 12th via Because Music/Big Beat Records. Pitchfork broke the news yesterday, along with premiering Cerrone’s music video for “Funk Makossa” (feat. Manu Dibango). “Funk Makossa” is a play on words from “Soul Makossa,” the song best known from Cameroonian saxophonist/vibraphone player Manu Dibango in 1972 (Dibango is also featured on Cerrone’s new single).
Based in France, Cerrone has been sampled over 170 times from the likes of the Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Nas, Run-DMC, Guru, Mark Morrison, and many more over the years, along with being covered 8 times and remixed 6 times during the last two decades. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide throughout his career, and won a GRAMMY Award for his first hit “Love in C Minor” (he also has four other GRAMMY nominations).
MADEAUX “KILL FOR ME” VIDEO
Dancing diamonds and hypercolor predators clash in the glitchy and beautiful new video for Madeaux’ “Kill For Me,” taken from his debut Fool’s Gold EP New Wav. Director Yoshi Sodeoka (Tame Impala, Yeasayer) creates a moody virtual world for Madeaux’ haunting melodies and thumping drum tracks to run wild, setting a tone for this Miami-born, LA-based producer’s signature take on modern day electronic music. Watch and see just why Billboard tapped Madeaux as one of their Dance Artists to Watch in 2016.
BEN ABRAHAM’S “YOU AND ME” VIDEO DEBUTS TODAY
Australian artist Ben Abraham, whom the Sydney Morning Herald calls “one of the best new male voices,” debuts a new Oh Yeah Wow-directed video for “You And Me” today, watch it here. “You And Me” is the first track from Abraham’s debut album Sirens, set for release March 4 on Secretly Canadian.
Raleigh based record label Revival Recordings (owned by Shawn Milke of Alesana) has recently announced they will release an acoustic compilation album featuring it’s entire roster on January 29th called It’s All Acoustic. The second single was released today and is a new track from Alesana called “Hiatus”, which premiered with Revolver Magazine.
FOXTAILS BRIGADE FIRST SINGLE “WE ARE NOT OURSELVES” PREMIERED ON PASTE
Once you hear Laura Weinbach sing, you’ll never mistake her for anyone else. As the front woman of Bay Area indie pop ensemble Foxtails Brigade, Weinbach breathes life into a character at once sweet and fearsome, angelic and menacing; the allusion of timidity while conjuring great power. Now, on Foxtails Brigade, the group’s third album, Weinbach ups the ante with a resounding roar, solidifying the ensemble’s lineup and distilling their dramatic arrangements into punchy pop songs that propel her and her band mates forward to soaring new heights.
DARLINGSIDE ANNOUNCES 2016 SPRING TOUR DATES
Critically acclaimed Massachusetts quartet Darlingside has announced spring tour dates in support of the band’s latest album Birds Say. The tour will kick off in Los Angeles on March 2nd with stops in Brooklyn, Nashville, Chicago and Washington, DC.
MASSIVE ATTACK LAUNCH ‘FANTOM’ APP
On January 21st, 2016 Massive Attack launch ‘Fantom.’
Developed by a team including Massive Attack’s Robert del Naja, ‘Fantom’ is a sensory music player that remixes and reforms songs uniquely using a variety of environmental variables including location, movement, time of day, heartbeat and the integral moving image camera.
In addition to a constantly evolving listening experience, ‘Fantom’ also allows users to create and record unique audio-visual clips which can be shared and saved and easily shared via socials, SMS and peer-to-peer channels.
LOOPEXX NEW SINGLE
In terms of the promotion of peace through art Loopexx are pretty much the John and Yoko of the 21st century. The Austrian musicians Eric K. and Pipo AKA James Philip Platzer have created a unique project melting their separate musical pasts consisting of beatboxing and rock music into a beautiful message of respect, love and tolerance. As true supporters of social change the duo puts their beliefs into practice by donating their entire profit to charity. Eric and Pipo’s motto is that “making music is a gift that can inspire other creatives. If we can use that gift to do something good then we have achieved our goal.” In their aim to spread the positive vibes around the globe they are now releasing their first single ‘Here We Are, There We Go’, an emphatic pop/rock tune they dedicated to refugees.
ARTISIN X TERMANOLOGY
The third single off of Artisin’s New album Nightmare Breathing featuring Termanology available on iTunes.
ALUNAGEORGE RELEASES NEW SINGLE “I’M IN CONTROL”
Pop alchemists AlunaGeorge release a new single, entitled “I’m in Control,” featuring Jamaican rapper Popcaan, available now for streaming. The track is the first single to be released from the London duo’s upcoming new album titled, “I Remember”, which will be released this spring by Interscope Records.
THE FLAMING LIPS STAR IN EPISODE OF IFC’S PORTLANDIA
THE FLAMING LIPS will appear on the Season Six premiere of IFC’s original smash series PORTLANDIA tomorrow, Thursday Jan 21st. Season Six, Episode One, titled “PICKATHON”, features The Flaming Lips as they headline Portland’s Pickathon Music Festival. Brendan (Fred Armisen) and Michelle (Carrie Brownstein) attend the festival via drone. Two concertgoers go boy-crazy and…well, you’ll just have to tune in to see for yourself.
HAYES CARLL NEW SONG PREMIERES AT NPR MUSIC
Lovers and Leavers, the highly anticipated new full-length album from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hayes Carll, will be released April 8 via Thirty Tigers. In advance of the release, a new song, “The Love That We Need,” recently premiered at NPR Music. Of the track, NPR Music praises, “Depicting failure of such a private, ordinary variety, without any colorful exaggeration or comic relief, is an exacting art. Turns out Carll’s excellent at it.”
TIM MCGRAW RELEASES NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO “HUMBLE AND KIND”
Continuing the success of his critically-acclaimed album Damn Country Music, three-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter, and actor Tim McGraw released the record’s anthemic second single, “Humble And Kind,” today.
Fans will be able to catch an exclusive sneak preview tonight of the track’s music video on Entertainment Tonight. The full video will debut on McGraw’s Facebook page tomorrow at 12pm CST/1pm EST followed by a live chat with McGraw at 8pm CST/9pm EST.
THE ZENITH PASSAGE NEW LYRIC VIDEO
Solipsist is the long-awaited, debut full-length from Los Angeles death metal collective, THE ZENITH PASSAGE. Set for release on April 15th via Unique Leader Records, the forty-minute Solipsist examines the idea of solipsism, a philosophical theory that the self is all that can be known to exist, anything else outside of one’s own mind is uncertain. THE ZENITH PASSAGE, which features within its ranks current and former members of The Faceless, Fallujah and All Shall Perish, builds upon this foundation, expanding into themes of nonexistence and a computer-generated fictional reality experienced by all of humanity. Solipsist demands that listeners join the band on their voyage to explore the unsettlingly complex and improbable world they’ve uncovered in this bold experiment, this gut-wrenching visceral transmission of disturbing intellectual revelation.
FOSSIL YOUTH NEW VIDEO
Fossil Youth had an extremely busy 2015 between releasing their new EP “Intertwined With You” via Take This To Heart Records, doing their own full US tour, playing Fest, touring with Daisyhead (No Sleep Records) and just putting their nose to the grindstone and playing a plethora of shows. Today we get to team up with Alternative Press to premiere their new music video for “From The Window”, which is a compilation of all their tour footage from trekking around the country last year. The song comes from their EP “Intertwined With You” which is out now on 7″/CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records.
STREAM RÜFÜS DU SOL’S SOPHOMORE ALBUM
Australian indie electronic trio RÜFÜS DU SOL today have revealed an 11 date North American headlining tour in March and April. Shows in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Toronto, Boston, Nashville and more lead into stops at premiere festivals Coachella and Firefly. A Red Rocks show supporting ODESZA has also been announced for June 18th. Aptly titled ‘Bloom’, the tour will celebrate RÜFÜS DU SOL’s sophomore album by the same name.
CUB SPORT SHARE SINGLE “I CAN’T SAVE YOU”
Brisbane’s Cub Sport will release their new single “I Can’t Save You” tomorrow (Friday, January 22). The song, which premiered yesterday on PopularTV, is filled with lo-fi lament that settles into an upbeat declaration about the blurry line between desire and neediness.
LYMBYC SYSTYM ‘SPLIT STONES’
Brothers Jared and Michael Bell have been making music together as Lymbyc Systym since 2004. Despite their physical distance — brothers Jared and Michael Bell reside in Phoenix and Brookly, respectively — their brotherly connection was more tenacious than ever on Split Stones, released on Western Vinyl last year. Today they’ve announced their upcoming batch of tour dates where they will be criss-crossing the midwest and east coast in March with Foxing including dates in New York at Bowery Ballroom, as well as Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, amongst others.
DOMBRESKY STREAM “HARDCORE” AT BILLBOARD
Paris is home to some of dance’s boldest new heroes. DJ Snake, Tchami, and Point Point have become household names by adding their own twist en Francais to supersized electronic music, and they’ve all anointed Dombresky the next resident to rise. Fresh off a massive remix for A-Trak’s “We All Fall Down” and his Tchami collaboration “Freakin,” Dombresky cements his rep with the debut EP Reaching Perfection. These three tracks capture the OOMPH of EDM while retaining the funkiness of great house music, peppered with a glitchy cleverness all Dombresky’s own. Get familiar, and get in on this early!
AUBRIE SELLERS DEBUT ALBUM ‘NEW CITY BLUES’ NOW STREAMING
Aubrie Sellers highly anticipated debut album, New City Blues, is now streaming in full exclusively as part of NPR Music’s “First Listen” series. Of the music, NPR Music praises, “…delicately bruised twang and cursive phrasing archly elongating and wilting notes, tying her lines together with soft, tendrily flourishes…it’s plainly the work of an artist who’s determined to construct a riveting identity for herself.”
WHORID NEW SINGLE
In advance of its imminent release, the new WHORID album’s gnarled sixth track, “Harbinger Of False Promises,” has been issued through a premiere at No Clean Singing, the zine issuing, “A compulsive rhythm thrums through the song in a loop along with a queasy melodic motif, both of those elements cloaked in a fog of crackling distortion and washed by waves of radioactive emissions, ebbing and flowing. Daniel Suffering’s harsh, inflamed rasp is the final ingredient in this bleak, unsettling soundscape. I have found that the music is best experienced at very high volume levels.”
AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED EP STREAM
Long-running extreme metal institution, AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED, today spreads their sonic deviance across the lands via a full stream of their forthcoming new EP, Arc. Slated to drop this Friday via Relapse Records, the three-track offering is currently monopolizing the airwaves of Noisey.
KIRAN LEONARD “PINK FRUIT”
To celebrate, Kiran has unveiled a brand new video for current single “Pink Fruit I.” The track has been a mainstay of BBC Radio 6 Music’s playlist this month and forms part of a larger 16 minute piece, the centrepiece of new album Grapefruit. Kiran describes the video as such, “Two people, inexplicably dressed in Georgian attire and looking for love, meet by chance at a mutual friend’s get together and begin a romance that is thwarted by the cephalopod in all of us.”
WE BANJO 3 FROM GALWAY, IRELAND, ANNOUNCES SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL U.S. TOURS FOR 2016
Following up on their highly successful summer of 2015 tour, the award-winning, Galway, Ireland-based quartet WE BANJO 3 will return to the U.S. this spring, summer and fall with performances at original music clubs and some of the best Irish festivals in the country.
We Banjo 3 blends traditional Irish Music with Americana and Bluegrass affectionately described as “Celtgrass.” Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 makes a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to a blazing live show!
LILY & MADELEINE’S NEW VIDEO “FOR THE WEAK”
Lily & Madeleine’s official music video for their new single, “For The Weak,” recently premiered at Paste Magazine. Of the video, which was directed by George Salisbury (The Flaming Lips), Paste praises, “dreamy pop…full of sparkling lights and liquid visuals.”