VALLEYS US TOUR
Modern progressive/experimental metal group VALLEYS recently released their debut full-length concept album, Experiment One: Asylum. In celebration of the album release, VALLEYS is pleased to announce their upcoming 17-date U.S. headline tour, the Experiment One: Asylum Tour, fueled by COLDCOCK Whiskey. The tour kicks off April 1st in Chesapeake, VA and features support from Of Tyrants and Rumours. The tour will end on April 20th with VALLEYS supporting The Contortionist in Greensboro, NC (this date will not include Of Tyrants and Rumours).
In addition, VALLEYS will perform at the Greensboro, NC date of the Sumerian Records 10 Year Anniversary tour on February 29th, also featuring Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, After The Burial, Erra, and Bad Omens.
TED HEARNE ALBUM STREAM
New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce that Ted Hearne’s new album Outlanders, is now available as a digital download. Listen to the album and buy it on Bandcamp here. You can also get it on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major digital retailers.
Outlanders is a personal compendium of songs by Ted Hearne, written over the course of the last eight years, inspired and recorded by some of his favorite New York musicians. In Hearne’s characteristic compositional voice, these songs are bold yet intricately layered. They comprise a collage work of contrasting textures and styles, ranging from the rock ballad (Protection) to the synthy (I Mean Well), from the intimate (I Want Never) to the orchestral (Is It Dirty) to the downright operatic (359 Each Time).
TRIVIUM GO TOP 10 AT ACTIVE ROCK RADIO WITH “UNTIL THE WORLD GOES COLD”
Roadrunner recording group Trivium has cracked the Top 10 at Active Rock Radio with their new single “Until The World Goes Cold.” The scintillating new single marks Trivium’s first Top 10 at the format and it continues to grow with over 2 Million streams to date and additional 3.5 Million views of the track’s official music video. Taken from Trivium’s acclaimed new LP SILENCE IN THE SNOW, “Until The World Goes Cold” enters the Top 10 on its 24th consecutive week on the Active Rock chart making it the longest charting song on the current chart.
DEEP THROATS STREAM LONG-AWAITED FINAL ALBUM VIA GOLDFLAKEPAINT
In anticipation of Deep Throats’ upcoming final LP Good Bad Pretty out Friday, February 26th via Castle Face, GoldFlakePaint is streaming the album in full. The record was recorded 15 years ago at the Starcleaner warehouse, a prominent punk hub in San Francisco’s Mission District that Shellshag’s Jennifer Shagawat ran during that time. Listen to the album in its entirety below.
OWEN BONES “STUNTMAN”
Rounding out a trilogy of strong statements, Chicago’s Owen Bones unleashes “Stuntman” with the lyrical help of Kevin Abstract and fellow Chicagoan Mick Jenkins. Grimy and political, “Stuntman” is Owen Bones at his most revolutionary yet, offering up electronic music that laughs in the face of dance tropes while offering up something wholly new and catchy on its own weight.
MIGRANT KIDS SHARE “THREAD” ANNOUNCE PRIMORDIAL SOUP RELEASE MAY 13
Cousins Miguel Ojeda and John Zakoor have been playing music together for a decade and a half, dating back to when they lived in Detroit, and their upbeat, post-rock riffing, pop act, Migrant Kids are releasing the precise and most excellent Primordial Soup EP on May 13th on Pure Joy Records.
COAST MODERN “ANIMALS”
“Los Angeles duo Coast Modern made a huge splash with their debut single “Hollow Life.” It’s got around 400,000 streams on SoundCloud and almost a million on Spotify, and they’re keeping that momentum going with new single “Animals.” The song is full-bodied and warm, with a lighthearted bounce and a soaring melody perfect for this transition out of the winter months.” – Pigeons and Planes
SKINNY-C “BLOW STRONG”
Skinny-C has performed at the 11th annual June-teenth Festival and the 5th Annual Texas Summer Music Conference. Skinny describes “Blow Strong” as “a stoner’s anthem, something to help you put your worries to the side and drift off into your own galaxy.”
ADULT BOOKS NEW SINGLE AT SPIN
Today, on SPIN Adult Books premiere the third song “Nihilism For Beginners” off 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.
VIOLENT FEMMES WILL DO ANYTHING ON UPCOMING HEADLINE TOUR
Violent Femmes have announced the first North American dates of their upcoming world tour. The trek – which celebrates the legendary band’s hugely anticipated new album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING, due March 4th via [PIAS] – gets underway May 2nd at Salt Lake City, UT’s The Depot and then travels through the month.
LUCY DACUS SHARES FULL STREAM OF STUNNING DEBUT
After a childhood of primarily musical theater and Bruce Springsteen thanks to her mom and dad, Lucy Dacus bought an acoustic guitar and taught herself some chords with hopes of one day being the cool girl at church camp. Luckily things changed in high school when kind friends showed her Broken Social Scene, Yo La Tengo, and Ava Luna- bands she continues to listen to regularly. Lucy quickly fell in love with the Richmond, VA music scene and did what she could to sneak into 18+ shows during her high school years, always content as a spectator, not yet participating despite the encouragement of friends. When she decided to study film in college, people were surprised and would say, “not music?” It took years of convincing, confidence building, and a great change of heart before Lucy decided to pursue music.
NETSKY ‘WORK IT OUT’ FEAT. DIGITAL FARM ANIMALS
Following on from an incredible 2015, Netsky has kicked off this year in style, and set the bar high with his biggest single yet – ‘Work It Out’ Feat. Digital Farm Animals.
Following its premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1, and continued support from radio stations around the world, Netsky has teamed up with Powster, a team renowned for interactive and innovative video technology, and Vevo, to bring you a highly unique interactive experience with the video for ‘Work It Out’.
FLAUNT MAGAZINE PREMIERES “SPECIAL HIGH” FROM DRINKING FLOWERS
Los Angeles post-punk revivalists Drinking Flowers have shared the second single off of their upcoming album New Swirled Order. “Special High” premiered this morning via Flaunt Magazine. The band also took some time to chat with the writer about their favorite tracks from the UK in the 80s. Check out the track and feature here!
Ahead of his forthcoming Kids Don’t Care EP, Dim Mak’s Juno Award-nominated Autoerotique unleashes the second single from the EP, the bass house beast “Ratchet.” Available now as a free download, the tune embodies its title, as Auto injects his signature dirty house sound into an arrangement of grimy wubs and mean percussion patterns.
CHARLIE PUTH DROPS NEW REMIX AND MUSIC VIDEO
Charlie Puth has released a new remix and music video for the song “SUFFER” from his debut album NINE TRACK MIND. The remix by AndreaLo, featuring a verse by rapper Vince Staples, is now available to stream and download, and the video can be watched on Charlie’s official YouTube Channel.
JOHN HELIX NEW SINGLE
Last Friday San Diego-based singer-songwriter John Helix premiered his second single “Colombiana” on Free Bike Valet who noted “the song unapologetically channels the sentimental pessimism and bittersweet nostalgia of his songwriting hero Elliott Smith.”
KYLIE ODETTA NEW SINGLE
Last week Wild Honey Pie featured Kylie Odetta’s buzzworthy single “High Dreamer” noting “the track has a weightless, classical quality which suits the young songwriter’s dreamy imagery and highlights her velvety vocal presence. At a mere 18-years of age, it’s safe to assume this is an artist we will hear much more about in the near future.”
AWOLNATION PREMIERES NEW VIDEO ‘WOMAN WOMAN’
AWOLNATION has released the video for their new single “Woman Woman.” The Marc Klasfeld (Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers)-directed clip premiered via The Late Late Show with James Corden today in advance of the band’s performance on the show tonight. Tune in to CBS at 12:35AM ET/PT to watch.
PREMIERE OF THE BONNEVILLES’ NEW SONG
The Bonnevilles are a Garage Punk Blues duo straight out of Northern Ireland featuring Andrew McGibbon Jr. on vocals & guitar, and drummer Chris McMullan. The twosome will be unveiling their explosive third full-length studio effort Arrow Pierce My Heart later next month.
SALMA SLIMS NEW SINGLE
Salma Slims and MyNamePhin are part of Royce Rizzy’s Private Club Records crew, and as Madeintyo’s “Uber Everywhere” continues to gain steam, they’ve hit us with another potential hit in “Don’t Act”. Featuring some heavy, but subtly hypnotic production, Salma instructs those around her not to act “brand new” in her presence, before Phin interjects with an animated 16. The track is produced by Ontario’s own Murda Beatz.
GRIFFIN HOUSE NEW VIDEO
Griffin House releases the first single “Yesterday Lies” off his forthcoming album So On and So Forth today. Paste Magazine selected the music video of the song, which is already being added by AAA and Americana radio stations, for an exclusive premiere this week.
When asked about the track House describes, “It occurred to me one day that maybe I was remembering the past differently than it actually was. It’s easy to look back with rose-colored glasses on life and the ‘good old days,’ but was it really that great? The past can often play back in my mind like a movie, and movies alway feel like a more desirable place to live than in the present reality. In the song, I’m trying to tell my ego and Yesterday that I know they are lonely for my attention, but I’m focusing on the work I have to do in the here and now, and I believe the best days are in front of me, not far down the line, but right here in the moment.” Paste Magazine calls it, “A truly beautiful sentiment for a beautiful song.”
COLLECTIVE SOUL X GOO GOO DOLLS TOUR
Collective Soul will be hitting the road in July with Goo Goo Dolls on their extensive summer tour, kicking off in Oregon on Friday, July 8 and crossing the U.S. through September. Collective Soul VIP ticket pre-sales start Wednesday, February 24 at 10 a.m. local time, with public on sale opening up on Friday, February 26 at 10 a.m. local time.
Collective Soul released their long-awaited ninth album, See What You Started By Continuing in October 2015, toured heavily through the fall and now, they are ready to get back on the road. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Album chart, marking the band’s highest charting position on the Alternative Album chart in their illustrious career.
Betsy says: “I wrote and recorded ‘Fair’ in a state of complete despair during the final throes of a relationship. Writing it made me realise that it really was over. It’s about wanting to leave but not being strong enough to. In the video I wanted to reflect the feeling of suffocation and madness I felt at that moment. I’m a big fan of David Lynch, and I remembered the scene in ‘Wild At Heart’ where Lula’s mother loses the plot and covers herself in lipstick. It spoke to me because that was the delirium I was feeling and pretty much the way I was looking, hunched over my keyboard, bar the lipstick.”
PHEDRE NEW SINGLE
Toronto melted-pop duo Phèdre make music for escaping. The visually evocative soundscapes emerging on their previous releases take form like a great comic; a concise narrative, bright colors, and psychedelic textures. If comic books had strobe lights Phedre’s certainly would.
COLOUR OF NOISE NEW VIDEO
UK classic rockers COLOUR OF NOISE to release their new single ‘Can You Hear Me’ on Friday 26th February, the song is taken from their proudly ballad-free, self-titled debut album, released on December 4 via Colour Of Noise/Townsendmusic. The new video can be viewed below.
BROOKLYN GHOST TRIBUTE TO BERNIE SANDERS
“All my friends are voting for Bernie Sanders. I hope you will too. Share the Video:”
SLIGHTLY STOOPID ANNOUNCE RETURN OF THE RED EYE SUMMER TOUR
San Diego, CA’s Slightly Stoopid has announced the dates for their 9th annual coast-to-coast summer tour. The Return Of The Red Eye Summer Tour will hit amphitheaters and pavilions throughout North America with SOJA announced as direct support for most dates. Zion I, The Grouch & Eligh and Fortunate Youth will also perform on select portions of the tour. A ticket pre-sale begins today, Tuesday, February 23rd at 9 am PT for fan club members with a general on-sale for tickets starting on Friday, February 26th at 10 am local time (for most shows). Tickets may be purchased through slightlystoopid.com and at all venue box offices. Visit the Slightly Stoopid website for up to date information on all shows and on-sale times.
NEW STUDIO ALBUM FROM BLUE MAN GROUP
Blue Man Group will release their third studio album, THREE, on April 22, 2016, featuring 14 new instrumental tracks.
One of many exciting new projects in 2016, Blue Man Group’s THREE will be available from Rhino on CD ($13.98) as well as digitally. “Giacometti,” the first single from the new album, is available now as an instant download when pre-ordering THREE from participating digital retailers or can be purchased separately. A dynamic new video for the song, featuring the latest Blue Man Group instruments and technology can be viewed at Blue Man Group’s YouTube channel.
CUB SPORT RELEASE VIDEO FOR “I CAN’T SAVE YOU”
Brisbane’s Cub Sport has shared the video for single “I Can’t Save You” from their upcoming full-length debut, This Is Our Vice (March 4th). The video, which portrays the downward spiral of a soap opera star, compliments the lo-fi lament of the track about the blurry line between desire and neediness. On closer look, one can spot the band as members of the production crew.
Put your finger on a map of downtown Nashville and you can feel the pulse of Andrew de Torres. The singer-songwriter forges ahead with a solo bow and new EP (‘Sprinter’) of conceptual, thoughtful and playfully-orchestrated indie-pop as KAPTAN. Here, the sonic template resonates with a notably happy shimmer, showcasing Andrew’s knack for melding emotionally direct lyrics with refined, nuanced compositions.
ESME VIDEO “MAKE A SOUND”
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LAFAWNDAH SHARES VIDEO FOR “ALLY”
Lafawndah presents her new self-directed video for “Ally,” taken from the recently released EP Tan.
“The smoothing of the six upper teeth takes about 15 minutes. The filling is performed by a dental specialist. Before the ceremony begins, the technician will read spells to ensure that the ceremony runs smoothly.
REIGEN NEW VIDEO “YOUTH”
According to Reigen, the song is about “pushing past fear to experience love for the first time, taking chances and falling in love with possibility”.
AMERICAN IDOL WINNER KRIS ALLEN TEAMS WITH PEOPLE MAG FOR PREMIERE OF LEAD SINGLE “WAVES”
American Idol Season 8 winner KRIS ALLEN has teamed with People.com for the premiere of “Waves,” the lead single from his much-anticipated new album, LETTING YOU IN.
KOSHA DILLZ X MURS
Hip Hop has grown into something massive and beyond our own control. Our parents now listen to it, and our friends who hate hip hop have even found ways to like certain kinds of hip hop. For Jewish freestyle rapper Kosha Dillz, “We Are Different” has become his live anthem on tour, celebrating his weirdness and off centered niche with west coast Living Legend Murs. When Murs’ and Kosha first met in Sioux Falls, South Dakota it certainly wasn’t their similarities that brought them together. Years later they connected again and Kosha landed a spot on the coveted Paid Dues Festival in San Bernardino along side Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Rapsody, Mac Miller and more. Murs came on to do Kosha Dillz’ annual OY VEY SXSW event twice @ SXSW, and then released this song and album on Label 316. Similar to the video, OY VEY SXSW thrives on connecting different acts and genres on one bill.
ME LIKE BEES VIDEO DEBUT
Indie rock quartet Me Like Bees has released an imaginative new music video for their single “Tundraland”, off the upcoming EP There Will Be Time. The video follows a mischievous young pup (played by the band’s vocalist Luke Scheafer) and his day on the town which results in some potentially serious consequences.
“We enjoy humiliating Luke, so we came up with the idea of putting him in a dog costume,” says guitarist Pete Burton (who also plays the story’s villainous dog catcher). “It was a pretty fun shoot! I pulled my hamstring though…it took like two weeks to heal. It was a bad pull!”
HEIN COOPER COVERS KANYE WEST’S “RUNAWAY”
Aussie singer-songwriter HEIN COOPER captivates in this smooth cover of KANYE WEST’S “RUNAWAY”.
Shot in black and white in a sparse room, the video portrays Cooper as a groom who ran away from his wedding. “One of my favourite styles of music is rap/hip hop and one of my favourite albums is Kanye West’s ‘MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY’. And I’ve always wondered what it would be like to turn one of his songs into a moody folk song.” So there it is, Hein Cooper’s mesmerizing take as his rich vocals give even more depth to this masterpiece.
VP RECORDS EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH ADA
ADA, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), has announced the launch of a global partnership with VP Records, the world’s largest reggae label, to include physical distribution in the U.S. and Canada, and worldwide digital distribution. ADA and VP Records joined forces in 2009, although the label’s relationship with Warner Music dates back to 2002. Previous successes include releases from Wayne Wonder, Buju Banton, Elephant Man, Sean Paul, Maxi Priest, Jah Cure and the Reggae Gold compilation series.
“VP Records is a major player in reggae music, and they’ve been a great partner to work with,” says Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide. “Their roster of artists enjoys a loyal and growing fan base and I’m thrilled to be expanding and strengthening our relationship to deliver their music and grow their following.”
SEVYN STREETER PREMIERES ACOUSTIC VERSION OF FAN-FAVORITE “JUST BEING HONEST”
This marks the second acoustic performance released from Sevyn’s latest EP, with the first being “Love In Competition.” The powerful video garnered a multitude of critical acclaim from VIBE, Rap-Up, Idolator, and more.