OLE SIGNS JEFF TROTT
ole, the world’s fastest growing independent rights management company, has signed a co-publishing agreement and catalog purchase with acclaimed songwriter Jeff Trott. Jeff’s credits include chart-topping singles “If It Makes You Happy,” “Every Day Is a Winding Road,” Soak Up the Sun,” “My Favorite Mistake,” and “There Goes the Neighborhood” for Sheryl Crow and numerous other successful co-writes.
“Jeff Trott is a musician’s musician who writes songs that connect with artists and music lovers worldwide. He is one of those writer/musicians that when other musicians see his name in the credits, they know it’s quality,” said David Weitzman, Vice President of Business Development at ole. “We are so pleased to welcome Jeff to the ole family, and with his versatile songwriting abilities being fluent in pop, country, and indie rock, he has connected with our creative staff and our existing songwriter roster. We very much look forward to being Jeff’s publishing partner in the next chapter of his storied career.”
LONDON TRIO FLOWERS PREMIERE HEARTFELT “BITTER PILL”
There’s something great about a three-piece—think The Cocteau Twins, TheClean, Galaxie 500—and the way that irreducible nucleus takes its strength from its limitations, making a virtue of its purity. And so it is with London trio Flowers, returning with their second album Everybody’s Dying To Meet You in February 2016 via Fortuna Pop! (EU) and Kanine (US). Over the course of ten intensely thrilling pop songs, singer Rachel Kenedy’s ethereal vocals and Sam Ayres textured guitar is backed by the powerful, metronomic beat of drummer Jordan Hockley.
FUTURE UNLIMITED “CALM ME DOWN”
After a three year release hiatus, Future Unlimited are primed to deliver their sophmore EP, Calm Down. Shortly after collaborating with Shia Labeouf for their video “Haunted Love,” the band decided to incorporate additional members and focus on a more live-driven, organic sound.
The lead single “Calm Me Down” is the direct result of the union between a gritty, pulsing live presence and the glossy synth-pop heard on the band’s 2012 single “Golden”.
BRAND NEW AND MODEST MOUSE ANNOUNCE SUMMER U.S. CO-HEADLINING TOUR
Critically acclaimed rock bands Brand New and Modest Mouse have announced plans for a co-headlining tour throughout the U.S. this summer.
The 24-date trek kicks off June 28 in Magna, UT, and stops at iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheater (Morrison, CO; June 29), Madison Square Garden (New York; July 14), The Forum (Los Angeles; July 27) and the Greek Theater (Berkeley, CA; July 29) before wrapping July 30 in Seattle.
UNBORN SUFFER “LIFE IS A LIE”
The follow-up to 2012’s Unborn Suffer, and UNBORN SUFFER’s overall fifth full album, Nihilist was recorded in late 2014 and early 2015 in local Post Abortum Studio while mixing and mastering duties were taken care of by Szymon Grodzki (Invent Sound). The record surges with seventeen tracks of ultra-brutal death metal with heavy grindcore influences, a relentless sound that will definitely appeal to those who worship the works of Dying Fetus, Internal Bleeding, Mortician, and Napalm Death.
LATIN SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME TO ANNOUNCE 2016 NOMINEES
The Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame will hold a star-studded press conference to announce the 2016 nominees for induction into the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame to be honored at the La Musa Awards which
will be held on October 13th at The Fillmore Miami Beach Jackie Gleason Theater.
After the press conference LSHOF will present their Masterclass in the Round featuring five-time Grammy and three-time ASCAP Latin Music Awards winner, composer, singer producer Alfredo Matheus ( Marc Anthony , Backstreet Boys , Justin Timberlake, N’Sync). Composer, singer, music industry executive Vicky Echeverri (Yuri, Pandora, Paty Cantu). Producer, composer, musical arranger, six-time Grammy winner Lulo Pérez (Alejandro Sanz ) .
PANIC! AT THE DISCO PERFORMS “VICTORIOUS” ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!
In case you missed it, last night Panic! At The Disco stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “Victorious”.
DEER TICK ADD APRIL RUN TO 2016 “ACOUSTIC” TOUR
Deer Tick have just announced additional April dates on their “Acoustic” 2016 Spring Tour, taking them through the South and Midwest with supporting act Ryley Walker (on select dates).
Why “acoustic”? As frontman John McCauley explains, “I’m losing my hearing so I thought we’d try turning the volume down.” The band will play a mix of new material and barn-burning fan favorites.
NIGHT KNIGHT “SET IT ON FIRE”
Night Knight is the brand new side project of Serafeim Giannakopoulos, drummer of Athens based band Planet of Zeus and one of the most active musicians in the Greek underground rock scene.
Partners in crime in this project are bassist Stelios Provis (Planet of Zeus), drummer Manolis Giannikios (Whereswilder) and guitarist Minas Liakos (Fingers Crossed, TFATFY).
“SUBURBAN GIRLFRIEND” VIDEO
Today, on Under the Radar, Adult Books announces their upcoming album, Running from the Blows out March 4th. Lolipop Records will be releasing the vinyl and Burger Records will be releasing the cassette. The band shares their first track from the album through a music video for “Suburban Girlfriend”.
NAKED LIGHTS STREAMS FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The thorny Oakland, CA-based five Naked Lights 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. The wild stories, artistic influences, and introspective backgrounds behind the songs that make up On Nature, out this Friday January 29th on Castle Face Records, are detailed by the band alongside the full album stream over at Self-Titled.
AIRPLAY DIRECT GETS MUSIC TO RADIO
AirPlay Direct, the leader in independent worldwide radio distribution and promotion, announces the addition of their 10,000th registered radio station. AirPlay Direct brings music from over 40,000 artists and record labels to listeners in over 90 countries across the globe. AirPlay Direct’s technology allows artists, record labels, and music publishers to securely deliver their broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to radio stations and music industry professionals worldwide. The revolutionary AirPlay Direct system, with over 3.5 million songs downloaded to date, dominates this new standard for delivery by providing artists with an affordable alternative to the high cost of traditional radio promotion.
The music industry today provides a number of challenges for artists, labels, and agents as they work to get music into the hands of radio stations and DJs. AirPlay Direct enables artists and labels to deliver and promote a continuous digital catalogue of the artist’s entire collection of music rather than the single track model of traditional radio promotion. Artists save the cost of hard packaging and mailing CDs, an attractive proposition for independent artists and a model that has never been achieved in the music industry until now.
ITALIAN QUARTET BROTHERS IN LAW PREMIERE FULL STREAM OF ‘RAISE’
Brothers in Law is a four-piece dream-pop band from Pesaro, Italy, a small town on the Adriatic coast. Two years after 2013’s debut LP Hard Times For Dreamers, Brothers in Law is now preparing the release of Raise, the band’s sophomore album for We Were Never Being Boring (the San Francisco-by-way-of-Italy collective, also home to A Classic Education, Be. Forest, Welcome Back Sailors).
WATCH G-EAZY ON THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
Last night G-Eazy performed his smash single “Me, Myself, and I” with Bebe Rexha on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The televised live performance, with support from The Roots, came on the same night of G-Eazy’s second of three consecutive sold out nights at Terminal 5 in New York City on his tour supporting his new album, When It’s Dark Out. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts.
FLEUR EAST “SAX”
British recording artist Fleur East is about to make waves in the U.S. with her growing hit single “Sax.”
Under the mentorship of Simon Cowell, Fleur was a contender on the 2014 season of The X Factor UK where her show stopping performance of “Uptown Funk” was said to be the highlight of the whole series, peaking at Number 1 on iTunes.
SABRYNA “DON’T MOVE”
The video – directed by AplusFilmz, the creative team who has worked with Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and K Camp – is just part one of two from the playful mind of this emerging artist.
Says Sabryna on the video, which was filmed in a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, “My team is unique – we are all creatives who demand that our product reflects this and empowers us. We wanted to break the rules on what ‘pop’ girls should do in a video. The “Don’t Move” track is fun, young and upbeat, but we wanted the video to be a juxtaposition of that vibe. I believe in “yin-yang”; I’m also a huge fan of the TV show Dexter. Inspired by his yang, we looked to my own dark side and let that manifest the video.”
SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS PREMIERE NEW SONG ‘ABLAZE’ TODAY
School Of Seven Bells are pleased to share a new track off their upcoming and final record, SVIIB. Entitled “Ablaze,” the song serves as a precursor to the album’s release on February 26, 2016. Check out the track that The Guardian hailed a “triumphant, synth-driven tribute” to Alejandra and Benjamin’s friendship here:
GRAVES AT SEA TITLE TRACK STREAM
Today, cult doom/sludge unit, GRAVES AT SEA, unveils the details of their long-awaited debut full-length, The Curse That Is, a tour-de-force of incredible magnitude almost fifteen years in the making.
LA SERA NEW VIDEO ON BILLBOARD
La Sera shares the first music video from their forthcoming album, Music For Listening to Music to (out March 4 on Polyvinyl), with “High Notes,” via Billboard. They’ve also announced their first batch of tour dates in support of the album, with dates in SF (Noise Pop) and then a quick run of shows from Chicago to New York. More dates will be announced soon!
“VILE AS YOU WANT”
Following up the recent release of their witty and utterly addictive track ‘I Don’t Give A Fuck What You Reckon,’ Warrington based band Man & The Echo are back with another sharp take on new single ‘Vile As You Want,’which they have debuted on Backseat Mafia. The jangling tune, rife with front man Gaz Roberts’ pointed observations, channels pristine ’60s harmonies built upon a framework of wily, swinging guitars. True to form, Man & The Echo have proven yet again that convention knows no bounds.
2016 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION JUDGES ANNOUNCED
Unsigned Only Music Competition announced today its judging panel for the 2016 competition, which is now accepting entries. The panel consists of high-profile recording artists and journalists who will select the winners in 13 categories representing a wide variety of genres of music.
Unsigned Only is open to solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding,
talented artists, newcomers or veterans, and accepts both original and cover songs.
Unsigned Only is sponsored by: Berklee College Of Music; Bombplates; Celebrity Access; D’Addario; Disc Makers; Eventric; Gretsch Drums; Groove 3; Indie Bible; Lurssen Mastering; Musicians Institute; My Song On Radio; Sony Creative Software; and The Music Business Registry.
This year, Unsigned Only has increased its Grand Prize to $20,000 in cash (US) this year – plus additional merchandise. The Grand Prize winner will also receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to directly network with the top record company professionals and get advice, guidance, feedback, and networking opportunities. A First, Second, and Third Place winner will also be selected in each category.
INFUZE X FATHER DUDE
After meeting at a StéLouse show at Glasslands in Fall ’14 and hearing Father Dude perform unreleased material, Infuze immediately knew he needed to work with the NYC based vocalist. The two started working together in Brooklyn at Infuze’s studio, stockpiling songs and massaging an already complimentary sound that appealed to their sense of 80s pop, musical craftsmanship and hard hitting dance music.
“The best part of the whole thing is that we’re never in a rush to release, the way it usually is with collabs. We’ve developed organically over a significant period of time.” – Infuze
THIRD EYE BLIND ANNOUNCE SPRING U.S. TOUR
Third Eye Blind, one of the most cited and emulated to this new generation of indie bands, has announced a number of upcoming spring U.S. appearances. Touring behind the band’s new full-length album, Dopamine, the tour will begin on Saturday, March 19 in Dallas, TX and will visit markets such as Athens, GA twice on Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26, Tampa, FL on Sunday, March 27, Oklahoma City, OK, on Saturday, April 2, Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, April 9 and culminate in a performance at Knitting Factory in Spokane, WA on Wednesday, April 13. The band is also scheduled to make an appearance at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN from June 9-12.
A full listing of dates can be found below and more information on tickets can be found via Third Eye Blind’s official website:
BROOKLYN ELECTROPOP DUO PROM PREMIERE DREAMY “MINDSIGHT” AT NOISEY
PROM is the dreamwave collaboration of Ella Zoller (vocals, synth) and Gabriel Stanley (vocals, synth, guitar) based out of Brooklyn, NY. They met in late 2012 and soon after joined forces with producer Dave “Champagne” Weingarten, and recorded their first EP Keeping Company in a series of hazy late-night sessions in early 2013. PROM describes their sound as pop forward with a dark slant that focuses on harmonies, sparkles, trap beats and a preoccupation with the lower frequencies.
MOTHERS PREMIERE NEW VIDEO FOR B-SIDE “NO CRYING IN BASEBALL”
Mothers premiered their new video for “No Crying In Baseball” – a B-side from their upcoming debut album When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired – earlier today via The FADER, and the “dark, grainy” clip – which the band explains is “a reflection on our relationship with media, technology and feeling.”
SHATTERED SUN TOUR DATES
Modern metal trailblazers SHATTERED SUN are kicking off 2016 with a tour of their home-state and surrounding cities, joined by Victory Records labelmates Darkness Divided. Dubbed the “Texas Ragers” tour, the run will begin in Houston, TX on February 25th and will hit seven Texas cities, two New Mexico cities, and Shreveport, LA, coming to a close on March 5th. See below for a full listing of tour dates.
“This tour has been in the making since we first signed to Victory Records,” states vocalist Marcos Leal. “Now we are excited to announce we will be hitting the road with our label mates and South Texas neighbors Darkness Divided! We will be destroying every major market in Texas, New Mexico and stopping in Louisiana, so come out and slam some beers with us in the pit!”
SHATTERED SUN “Texas Ragers” Tour Dates:
2/25 – Houston, TX @ The White Swan
2/26 – San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
2/27 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Theo’s
2/28 – Shreveport, LA @ H&H Lounge
2/29 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
3/2 – El Paso, TX @ Mesa Music Hall
3/3 – Roswell, NM @ The Unity Center
3/4 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-op
3/5 – Abilene, TX @ The Solution
3/6 – Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West
ADULT BODIES “GHOSTING”
Adult Bodies, originally a solo side project of Sun Drug Vocalist, Steven Wilkin, was given new life this past year through a synchronistic move which brought him together with young up and coming producer Matthew Kiernan. Together in Steven’s home studio loft, their contrasting styles and musical backgrounds launched the project into new realms of electronica, crossing many sub-genres of dance music and indie.
A candid celebration of the turbulent journey from lust at first sight to full-blown addiction to love, ‘Lucy’ is a blast of voluptuous urban-jungle skank layered with powerhouse drumming, sub-bass sonics and ambient electric guitar. Mixing rock’n’roll grit and heavyweight dancehall rhythms, ‘Lucy’ is steered from its contemplative melodic verses to the pumping electro-groove of its chorus by the vehement vocals of frontman Nicholai, who declares “Lucy give me everything I could want in the world” as the South London four-piece perform at their energetic, eclectic and electrifying best.
PELL’S “IN THE MORNING” FEATURING STEPHEN AND CALEBORATE
New Orleans singer, songwriter, rapper and producer Pell’s collaboration with TH3RDBRAIN producer Stephen and Bay Area rapper Caleborate premieres today via Complex. Stream “In The Morning” below. Pell’s LIMBO is out now on Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio’s Federal Prism.
G-FREE X TERMANOLOGY
G-Free ft. Termanology – “First Serve Basis”:
OVER SANDS VIDEO “GYROSCOPE”
Over Sands have dropped the video for ‘Gyroscope’, a track from their self-titled debut EP which dropped at the end of last year and delighted the attention of tastemakers both sides of the Atlantic.
Allowing the surrounding environment to flow naturally into their recordings, Over Sands wrote the EP during several weeks isolated in a remote beach house off the English East coast. The hypnotic ebb and flow of the tide – marooning the brothers from the rest of civilisation twice a day – gave inspiration to their debut’s multitude of sounds.