AURORA UNVEILS VIDEO FOR “CONQUEROR”
AURORA, one of Rolling Stone’s Artists to Watch, unveils the video for her single, “Conqueror” premiered via Paper Magazine. Shot in otherworldly settings, Aurora sings of the frustration she feels whilst trying to escape from the prison in which the video is set.
STAR WARS EPISODE II: ATTACK OF THE CLONES 2XLP COLORED VINYL + LOVE THEME
I Am Shark is thrilled to announce the upcoming 2xLP gatefold colored vinyl release of the original motion picture soundtrack to Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, out March 15th. Available for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl release, the first pressing will be limited to 1000 copies and is available for pre-order now via the I Am Shark online store. Complete track listing and additional art below.
Stream “Across The Stars (Love Theme from Attack Of The Clones)” from the Star Wars Episode II Soundtrack on YouTube:
SLIPKNOT ANNOUNCE COLOSSAL NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR WITH MARILYN MANSON AND OF MICE & MEN
Fresh off Grammy nominations for “Best Rock Album” and “Best Metal Performance,” Slipknot have laid plans for a massive summer headline tour with Marilyn Manson and Of Mice & Men. The North American trek will see the GRAMMY® Award-winning group bring their explosive live show across the U.S., with stops in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and many more (see tour markets below). Slipknot’s shows are unrivaled in jaw-dropping excitement and intensity – Rolling Stone recently referred to their performance as “one of the most involving, satisfying live shows on offer”- and this summer’s stage show will push even greater limits. The band will be revealing full details of their upcoming summer tour in the coming weeks.
MY BUBBA TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM + TITLE TRACK
Scandinavian folk duo MY BUBBA announce the release of their third studio album, BIG BAD GOOD. Recorded with Shahzad Ismaily (Will Oldham, Jolie Holland) at his Brooklyn studio Figure 8 Recording (the hideaway where Richard Hell, Pussy Riot and Nick Zinner converged to record “I Can’t Breathe”), the album will be released on April 15 on Cash Only Records. BIG BAD GOOD is a record so intimate and raw, it’s the sonic equivalent of feeling skin-on-skin – as the album’s sensual, black and white nude artwork illustrates. This gorgeously bare sound is the result of My Bubba choosing to write the songs in the studio and record them as they emerged, working intuitively and fearlessly.
SLINGSHOT DAKOTA ON NPR
Slingshot Dakota has shared yet another single from their forthcoming album, Break, out March 11th on Topshelf Records. “Lewlyweds”, shared by NPR in their Songs We Love series, tells a harrowing story of true love and actual bed bugs. Luckily for Tom and Carly, in the words of NPR, “love and moving trucks eventually did conquer all.”
HEAD WOUND CITY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘A NEW WAVE OF VIOLENCE’ & UNLEASH FIRST CUT “SCRAPER”
Head Wound City – which consists of members of The Locust, The Blood Brothers and Yeah Yeah Yeahs – has announced plans to release their new album, ‘A New Wave of Violence’ on May 13th, as well as upcoming tour dates (see below). The band has also offered “Scraper”, the first cut from their forthcoming album. Head over to Pitchfork to give it a listen. ‘A New Wave of Violence’ marks the band’s debut LP in partnership with Vice Records (OFF!, Action Bronson, Black Lips).
MAYER HAWTHORNE “LOVE LIKE THAT”
Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, is pleased to announce the release of his fourth full-length record. Entitled Man About Town, the album is set to hit streets on April 8th via Vagrant Records. Today, you can stream the first single off the album, “Love Like That,” via shareable Soundcloud. Additionally, fans can pre-order Man About Town today via iTunes, and receive instant downloads of album cuts “Cosmic Love,” and “Love Like That.”
FULL SCALE RIOT “BETRAYUS”
FULL SCALE RIOT has officially joined the Eulogy Recordings family this week, the label signing the band for their upcoming debut full-length due this September. While no other details on the record are yet available, FULL SCALE RIOT will return to Trax East where they recorded their Depopulation debut EP for a week in May to capture the new album.
MAC MILLER “JUMP” RMX
Jayceeoh’s genius behind decks and in the studio have quickly made him one of the most respected artists in the industry. The multi-talented DJ / producer kicked off the new year with a mammoth rework of Martin Solveig’s “+1”. Following up on a suitably grand scale is Jayceeoh and ClockworkDJ’s official remix of Mac Miller’s “Jump”.
“It’s always dope to hear how my friends interpret my music. I Love hearing these two collab and am honored to inspire them to make a remix. Rock on” – Mac Miller
“Jump” (Jayceeoh & ClockworkDJ Remix):
SENOR ROAR FREE DOWNLOAD
Rising Aussie duo Senor Roar make their mark on the red-hot jungle terror scene with the mammoth club tune “Flash Bang”. For their New Noise debut, the Brisbane producers feature a dichotomy of sliced vocals and bouncy drum work before surging into a drop of buzzes and blares.
HIGH HIGHS NEW VIDEO
High Highs have shared the charming, karaoke inspired video for lead single ‘How Could You Know’. The video was directed by Thomas Beug. The band describes the inspiration and process behind the video as such; “things felt like they came full circle thematically, and emotionally, so it felt right to work with Thomas again. He directed our first video for the song “Open Season.” Thomas had the idea to tell the story of two lovers on their day at the beach, shot as a karaoke style video, placing the lyrics front and centre. The tale of the two lovers goes a little bit deeper. Thanks to my oldflatmate Tim and Oli’s wife Ebony for providing high quality performances.”
“MOTHERLESS LAND” SINGLE
Hailing from Macclesfield, England, the Virginmarys make anthems that scream with all the potent sound and fury of modern punk acts, brimming with the honesty of prime British rock of the early 1970’s, before the wizards and capes overcame the attack and dynamic.
MONTANA OF 300 “LOADED”
After basking in the spotlight during his month-long headlining tour in January, Chicago emcee Montana Of 300 introduces his FGE crew in a new HotNewHipHop exclusive video. Prior to his debut New York City performance at the Highline Ballroom in January, Montana and his team made their way through the HotNewHipHop offices where they wrote, recorded and filmed “Loaded,” a blistering six-verse freestyle over a titanic drill beat by Charisma 808. “Loaded” features torrid verses by crew members J-Real, No Fatigue, Talley Of 300, Don D, and $avage, anchored by a brand new verse from Montana himself.
SCOTT YODER NEW SINGLE
Scott Yoder was the lead singer and guitarist for The Pharmacy from Seattle. Over the course of 12 years, the band toured the world and released 5 full-length records before breaking up in the summer of 2014. Early last year, he released his first solo cassette and started touring solo around the country via Greyhound bus playing lots of shows with the likes of Jessica Pratt, Juan Wauters, Kevin Morby, Jesse Sykes, Mark Lanegan, The Abigails, Jimmy Whispers and a bunch more.
ALISSIA X REVIVE EP
Multi-talented Alissia has joined forces with Revive today to premiere her latest EP, Back to the Funkture, a collection of songs that share a fiercely positive message of spreading love and living in the present moment. Backed by her incredible 13-piece band, The Funketeers, this EP pays homage to funk greats like Parliament and Prince while still offering up completely new and exciting musical elements. Heavy pop and dubstep influences seamlessly weave their way into each track, rounding out a record that is entirely unexpected and totally fresh.
BEAUTY IN THE DARKNESS “FIRE”
Formed in 2012 a Alternative/Metal band out of Las Vegas, Nevada consists of 4 members with a raunchy taste in music bringing out the best in every genre. With the release of their new EP “Lost for Words” stunted the beginning of a small local band from only being released in the time span of a month has already attracted a record label (From the Depths Entertainment) and various offers and new fans. Female fronted and melodically enthrusted the band has no boundaries and are not afraid to hit any high or sour note you could think of. Beauty in the Darkness is as described and are willing to bring out your inner beauty and your inner darkness into music you never thought existed!
HUNTLY PRESENT AN ODE TO THE CARNAL IN THEIR CONFRONTING VIDEO FOR ‘SUNDAY SHEETS’
Brooding, evocative, an ode to the carnal. This new video from Huntly for their triple j-approved single ‘Sunday Sheets’ summons the physical and sensory memories of relationships past. Characters move through a time continuum, heaving across different locations and grappling with their sense of self and others. Bodies are abstracted and re-contextualised within the frame, before exploding into a sweat-stained, emotional dance relief.
Upon completing a degree in music, Herman The African chose to hole up in a studio with a few comrades and gather his thoughts. A week of intensive recording birthed an EP that tells the story of senseless model crushes, the simplicity of teenage years, and the warmth of summer love.
A 90s baby born in South Africa to German parents, the moniker Herman The African signifies an international aesthetic. Now based in Australia, Herman plans to be loved by the internet. At the age of 22, bigger dreams may be realised thereafter.
THE BIG PINK PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “BEAUTIFUL CRIMINAL”
British duo The Big Pink released their stunning new single “Beautiful Criminal” today on iTunes and Spotify. The single premiered via SPIN Magazine is the second track to be revealed from their highly anticipated forthcoming EP “Empire Underground,” out worldwide on March 4th (B3SCI Records).
GEMINI REVEALS STUNNING VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘TIME TO SHARE’
Having recently premiered his new single ‘Time To Share’, a vivid, verdant electronic pop infused track with intercontinental influence, Gemini today debuts the stunning visual to accompany the track. Shot by Gemini (Thomas Slinger) during a 3-month voyage across South East Asia, what follows is a mesmerising and transportive video.
MUSIC SUPERSTAR STEVEN TYLER ADDED TO LINEUP FOR 34TH ANNUAL WE FEST
Steven Tyler, considered one of music’s most recognizable and dynamic frontmen, has been added to the superstar lineup for the 34th Annual WE Fest at Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, MN. The legendary lead singer and recently signed Big Machine Label Group recording artist will be playing with his Nashville-based band Loving Mary and join previously announced headliners Eric Church, Kid Rock and Tim McGraw, as well as country music chart-toppers Lee Brice, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Montgomery Gentry, Joe Nichols, LOCASH, GRANGER SMITH featuring Earl Dibbles, Jr., Halfway to Hazard, William Michael Morgan and Amanda Watkins for this year’s festival August 4-6, 2016.
PET SUN “WEB OF MAN”
Hailing from somewhere between Hamilton and The Gates of Hades, Pet Sun are a band of self-proclaimed Rock N Roll Heathens whose only goal is to unearth your inner demons as they entrance you with their doom laden garage tracks.
Over the past year Pet Sun have been mercilessly spreading their ferociously wild stage show town to town playing for all the headbangers throughout the Canadian and American landscapes, sharing stages with bands such as The Black Lips, Together Pangea, King Khan and BBQ Show, and The Wytches.
ATLAS GENIUS NEW SINGLE
The LA-based Atlas Genius are touring in support of their album Inanimate Objects, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as one of the best new albums and “a huge leap forward for the band” from their breakthrough debut When It Was Now. The new album features the Top 10 Alternative hit “Molecules” as well as new single “Stockholm,” official impacting at radio next week. The track was written by songwriter and vocalist Keith Jeffery on an exploratory and emotional trip to Sweden – “I had gone partly to write and partly to assess the state of a long distance relationship I was in,” Keith says. “I really felt like I was drowning emotionally and needed to let myself breathe.” The ultimate result of “Stockholm” is a song driven by pulsating rhythms that reflects the ardor of the human spirit in fight, with the band’s signature melodic electro-pop-rock at the core.
Listen to “Stockholm”:
UB40 FEATURING ALI CAMPBELL, ASTRO & MICKEY KICK OFF NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
UB40 featuring Ali Campbell with Astro & Mickey Virtue, the founding members of the legendary reggae/pop ensemble that blazed a multicultural musical path with such global hits as “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You,” are returning for a series of summer dates. Due to the overwhelming success of their sold-out 2015 tour, the band will launch their North American tour on July 21st in Seattle at the Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater. Highlights include performances at other outdoor venues in Portland (July 22nd), Denver (August 10th) and Pompano Beach (August 15th.) The six-week tour concludes in Detroit on September 2nd.
SYLVAN LACUE “EMERYVILLE”
With “Emeryville,” Sylvan LaCue reflects on a trip to Emeryville, CA, where he fell in love with a girl that helped him overcome the adversity and gave him the courage to take the necessary steps to discovering the inner self he’s been searching for. A single from his forthcoming Far From Familiar album, “Emeryville” premieres via Pigeons & Planes, who notes that “LaCue is a very passionate artist… he digs deeper into his vulnerability to express feelings that many of us are not brave enough to share.” “Emeryville” follows “Fall From Grace,” which debuted via Complex and found the 25-year-old artist making a decision to take a step back in order to take a step forward, recalling a decision to escape the spiraling madness of Los Angeles in favor of re-connecting with his hometown Miami roots.
SOUND OF CERES NEW SINGLE ON NPR
Sound of Ceres — a new project led by Karen & Ryan Hover of Candy Claws, along with members of the Apples in Stereo & the Drums — will release its debut album, Nostalgia for Infinity, on March 4th via Joyful Noise. It’s currently available for pre-order, with 300 VIP copies available on aqua blue & white vinyl.
Today, the band shares another taste of the upcoming release with album closer “Dagger Only Run,” which premiered with NPR’s All Songs Considered. The band explains that Nostalgia for Infinity is a retelling of “The Girl from Ipanema” — replacing the girl with a symbolic antiprism in space, sought by a solar visitor — and in “Dagger,” we find a way to finally capture anything that eludes us, by turning it into some form of art.
BOSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2016–2017 SEASON
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announces the programming for the 2016–2017 season at the Boston Opera House, to begin in October. The 53rd season will launch with Le Corsaire, a historically significant work in the world of ballet that originally premiered in Paris in 1856, followed by Mikko Nissinen’s “dazzling, dreamy” The Nutcracker (Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe). The season continues with the North American Company premiere of William Forsythe’s ARTIFACT, “a work that definitely shows this choreographer as the most influential practitioner of the art form since Balanchine” (Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times). In April 2017, Marius Petipa’s quintessential The Sleeping Beauty will return with soaring music by Tchaikovsky. The season will also include two mixed repertory programs with works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Jiří Kylián, and Alexander Ekman, as well as a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo. Additionally, Le Corsaire, The Nutcracker, and The Sleeping Beauty will offer Boston Ballet School students the unique opportunity to appear in Company productions.
DUA LIPA VIDEO “LAST DANCE”
Today, Dua Lipa releases the video for ‘Last Dance,’ the track that had
Noisey comparing Dua to “…a mini-Rihanna: ballsy, beautiful, and possessing a voice that’s powerful one minute and magnetically vulnerable the next.”
‘Last Dance’ was written by Dua with Talay Riley (Jess Glynne, Chris Brown) in Toronto and was produced by Koz (Kendrick Lamar, Madonna, Nicki Minaj).
SLABDRAGGER ALBUM STREAM
London doom/sludge mercenaries SLABDRAGGER are unveiling today their second album “Rise Of The Dawncrusher”, along with a short Q&A on Metal Hammer’s website. Check out this earthquake-inducing record, due out next week on Holy Roar Records.
Check out “Rise Of The Dawncrusher”:
BREAKOUT ARTIST JACK GARRATT TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
Phase, the debut album from emerging singer, songwriter and producer, Jack Garratt, will be hitting stores and digital retailers February 19th. Singles from the forthcoming album include “Weathered”, which has racked up over 1.8 million Youtube views, “Worry”, which has amassed over 15 million Spotify streams, and “Fire” which was released last week. Of Jack, Complex has said: “He is about to explode in a big, chart-topping, unable to miss kind of way,” while Paper Magazine remarked that his music: “Hits you square between the chest.”
Already this year, UK born Garratt has been awarded both the BBC Sound of 2016 award and the BRIT Critics’ Choice Award. Wining both of these prestigious awards puts Garratt in exclusive company with the likes of Sam Smith who also won the double in 2014.
SEQUOYAH TIGER DEBUTS COMPELLING LO-FI “HEY PAUL ANKA” VIDEO AT FLOOD MAGAZINE
Having previously released two demos under her Sequoyah Tiger moniker, the Italian producer Leila Gharib returns with her debut EP on Germany’s Morr Music.
Ta-Ta-Ta-Time comprises five songs Leila Gharib wrote in her home town Verona between 2013 and 2015. Gharib, who had previously been a member of the local indie rock trio Bikini The Cat and co-founded the performing arts trio Barokthegreat, both takes her cues from various forms of arts and also makes use of them to create a multi-disciplinary gesamtkunstwerk.
JOHN CARPENTER SHARES NEW TRACK “DISTANT DREAM”
Following the recent announcement that John Carpenter will release a new album Lost Themes II this April 15th on Sacred Bones, we are pleased to share the record’s first single ‘Distant Dream’.
‘Distant Dream’ is a perfect sci-fi fever dream, built on swelling synthesizer and pulsing drum machine. The track is one of Carpenter’s creepiest works to date – proof the ‘70s horror genre’s innovator is still also its leader in 2016.
THE COATHANGERS NEW SINGLE
The Coathangers mark their ten-year anniversary as a band with the release of their fifth studio album, Nosebleed Weekend, on April 15, 2016 through Seattle-based label Suicide Squeeze.
Nosebleed Weekend comes on the heels of the band’s highly-praised 2014 release Suck My Shirt. They toured non-stop for eighteen months on Suck My Shirt, with appearances at festivals like Riot Fest, Burgerama, TBD Fest, Sled Island, Festival d’été de Québec and Capitol Hill Block Party; and toured with bands like The Black Lips and The Growlers. Kim Gordon even named their May 2015 show at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, CA as #1 on her Top 10 List of 2015 in Artform Magazine.
DISCLOSURE BRINGS “WILD LIFE” TO FOREST HILLS STADIUM IN QUEENS, NEW YORK ON JUNE 18
Fresh off the announce of their second annual “Wild Life Festival” in the U.K., Disclosure is proud to announce that “Wild Life” will return to North America with a new series of events, including a massive concert at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY on June 18, which will feature performances by Disclosure, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Mobb Deep, Dusky and Justin Jay. Disclosure is honored to bring this special event to a venue with such rich history. Forest Hills Stadium was built in 1923 as the home of the US Open tennis tournament and hosted concerts by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and other musical greats in the 1960s and 70s. After being shuttered for nearly 20 years, it has reopened and is once again hosting incredible concerts.
ZELOOPERZ NEW SINGLE
With the release of his breakout single “ISBD”, ZelooperZ has been making a lot of noise leading to his forthcoming album, Bothic (Bruiser Brigade Records). Last week, the video for “ISBD” had over 750k views on his Facebook account. Today, he dropped the supercharged, dark club banger “Elevators” (Prod by Black Noi$e) on FACT.
JERMAINE DUPRI’S GLOBAL 14 REACHES 50,000 MEMBERS
Jermaine Dupri, songwriter, rapper and mogul – a man that built a career over multiple years creating and producing music for some of the top superstars of our time – is proud to announce that his social media network, Global 14, has officially reached the 50,000 member mark. Created by Dupri, the network is a home for all like minded people. “If you love music, love to make music, movies,cars,girls, fashion,production, and tech,this is the place for you. Why be on a site that’s talking about what you’re not concerned with?” Dupri states. The platform distinguishes itself from others by attaching itself to Jermaine Dupri’s recognizable music, celebrity and brand, while taking advantage of his influence on other producers, songwriters, artists and creative people in general. Additionally, the site features nearly 500 discussion groups with topics ranging from dating and relationships, to cooking, education, music and sex.
KELLIE PICKLER RETURNS TO “AMERICAN IDOL” ON FEB. 18
Country music singer/songwriter Kellie Pickler returned to where it all began last week when she taped an episode of the final season of “American Idol.” For several days, the talented vocalist, who became a household name while appearing on the iconic television show’s fifth season, mentored and performed with two of the Top 24 contestants (their names cannot be revealed at this time). During the tapings, she also shared advice and stories from her “Idol” experience.
“American Idol” featuring Pickler, along with five other returning Idols, will air Thursday, February 18 at 8:00 PM ET (7:00 PM CT) on the FOX Television Network.
DOOMSQUAD “SOLAR ASS”
Toronto electro-psych group DOOMSQUAD are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of their sophomore album Total Time on April 29th Via Bella Union (Hand Drawn Dracula in CA). Alongside this news they have shared immersive, dance-fueled jam “Solar Ass” via Noisey. The track, trance-like and percussion-driven, blurs psych-y sonics into themes of poignant gratefulness and acknowledging the simple and unappreciated facets of life.
NOVEMBRE LAUNCHES FIRST TRACK “UMANA” FROM NEW ALBUM “URSA”
Novembre, Italy’s atmospheric death/doom metal purveyor, has released the first track “Umana” from its new album URSA, due to be released on April 1 through Peaceville. View the “Umana” lyric video on YouTube at:
CHRIS PUREKA POWERFUL TITLE TRACK “BACK IN THE RING” PREMIERES
It’s rare for an artist to bridge the divide between critical acclaim and dedicated fan engagement. Chris Pureka is a Portland-based singer-songwriter whose body of work has resonated deeply with these seemingly disparate milieus. Her bold vulnerability in processing the intimacies of her life in song has long appealed to those listeners who crave authenticity. Now, five years coming, she shares with us another powerful entry in her life’s work, her sixth release, the aptly titled, Back in the Ring.
SONGWRITING SIREN HEATHER NOVA TO RELEASE NEW RECORD + “GIRL ON A MOUNTAIN”
On March 25th, Heather Nova will be releasing her 10th record “The Way it Feels”, easily her best and most important record to date.
Co-producers Josh Kaler and Jay Clifford, of Charleston, South Carolina have created a record with a unique sonic textures which are at once natural and otherworldly. One can sense a wide range of influences here, which run the gambit from Neil Young to Jimmy Cliff. The result is an album which could almost be considered Americana, were it not for the infectious guitar licks and irresistible rhythms exploding throughout this album. Great songwriting, a laid-back atmosphere and personal, poetic verses are the hallmark of “The Way It Feels.”
SOLARSOLAR NEW SINGLE
Waterloo, Ontario’s dreamy electronic-pop duo SolarSolar, recently unveiled their single Why Do I. The group partnered up with renowned music blog Silent Shout to bring the track to the public.
“[Why Do I is] a shimmering, immersive listen, existing in a sonic environment with remarkable attention to detail. Simply breathtaking!” – Silent Shout
Today Belgian electro-rock heavyweights Soulwax have unveiled yet another standout cut from their upcoming soundtrack for Oscar-nominated director Felix Van Groeningen’s new film Belgica, out on February 26th (via Play It Again Sam). The blistering, raucous new track “Nothing” comes by way of fictional band Burning Phlegm and features acclaimed metal drummer Igor Cavalera (formerly of Sepultura) and has been premiered via Noisey.
MY JERUSALEM SIGNS TO WASHINGTON SQUARE
Washington Square Music announces the signing of indie rockers My Jerusalem to a worldwide label and publishing deal. The Austin-based band will release their third full length record this summer, followed by extensive touring in the U.S. and abroad.
“We’re truly excited to work with Washington Square. We miss the feeling of mystery and danger in rock and roll. We want to make sure it doesn’t disappear,” says lead singer Jeff Klein. “Washington Square gets it. This album is a celebration. A really fucked up celebration.”
FRESH SNOW NEW VIDEO
Toronto four-piece Fresh Snow recently released their their latest musical offering ‘Won’ via Hand Drawn Dracula. This week they share the kaleidoscopic video for “King Twink Rides Again.” Stream the video over at Flood Magazine.