LEE AARON NEW ROCK ALBUM
Ever timeless, seemingly ageless, and artistically fearless, Lee Aaron has sustained a three-decade strong career based on the powerful songwriting and vocal delivery that are at the heart of Fire and Gasoline (Big Sister Records/ILS/Caroline). Featuring songs like the title track Fire and Gasoline, Wanna Be, Heart Fix and Bitter Sweet which evoke the influences of Led Zeppelin, Heart, Bowie, The Runaways and Fleetwood Mac while weaving in and out of Aaron’s unique artistic vision. It is a vision that has led her to sales of close to a million copies in Canada alone, multiple awards and nominations, and a fervent following around the world. Iconic videos for songs like Metal Queen, Whatcha Do To My Body, Hands On and Some Girls Do were staples of MuchMusic in Canada, and continue to rack up massive views on YouTube, bringing Lee Aaron classics to a new generation.
THE BIG PINK PREMIERE BRAND NEW TRACK “DECOY”
With their North American tour currently underway, having already played two packed out New York City shows and with a headlining Philadelphia show tonight, The Big Pink are proud to announce, due to popular demand, yet more North American tour dates this spring. In March, the band will be playing 4 shows at SXSW Music Festival this coming March, as well as a string of west coast dates, both headlining and joining The Kills on the road in April.
AFROPUNK ANNOUNCES THE SECOND INAUGURAL AFROPUNK PARIS
After two sold out nights in Paris just last year the AFROPUNK festival has announced that they’re taking the highly acclaimed festival to The City of Lights for the second time. The festival will take place June 3rd, 4th and 5th at the renowned and beautiful Le Trianon located in the heart of Paris with performances by Skye & Ross from Morcheeba, Michael Kiwanuka, Saul Williams, Angel Haze, Lizzo, Cakes Da Killa, Carving, Samm Henshaw, The OBGM’s and more TBA soon. In true AFROPUNK form the festival will also serve as a cultural experience with food, live painting by local artists, an acoustic stage with activities happening before and after the fest as well (more details on that soon).The festival is being thrown in conjunction with one of France’s most respected production teams, Nous Production.
BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS @ REVOLVER
The fourth massive BLACK SHAPE OF NEXUS studio effort, Carrier transfers more than fifty minutes of the band’s contagion into the population through six massive tracks, magnified by the hand of mastering engineer Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering in Berlin. Those diehard to the works Corrupted, Ufomammut, Graves At Sea, Burning Witch, Grief, Grime, labelmates Obelyskkh, and similar slow-motion sludge metal terror should undoubtedly prioritize Carrier.
POWERS “LEGENDARY (LINCOLN JESSER REMIX)” PREMIERES TODAY AT ALL THINGS GO
Acclaimed and buzzing alternative duo POWERS reveal the details for their new Legendary Remixed EP [Republic Records]—out at all digital retailers Friday March 18, 2016. Check out the premiere of “Legendary (Lincoln Jesser Remix)” at All Things Go now!
ANTHRAX’S HARROWING VIDEO FOR “BLOOD EAGLE WINGS”
The video for “Blood Eagle Wings,” the epic eight-minute track from Anthrax’s just-released album For All Kings, makes its world premiere today at RollingStone.com Check it out here:
Sunshine Gun Club will release their debut full length entitled ‘Heaven’ via Wiener Records on May 6th. The set will be available digitally and on cassette. Describing themselves as “Skuzzy, melodic punk rock from Brooklyn NYC”, the band was born out of the rubble of Brooklyn’s art punk DIY scene in the early 2000 teens with the result being fast paced, energetic, lo-fi and extremely catchy.
KELSEA BALLERINI, DIERKS BENTLEY, ERIC CHURCH & SAM HUNT ADDED TO ALL-STAR LINEUP OF PERFORMERS ON THE 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS®
The Academy of Country Music® and dick clark productions announced multiple nominated artists Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, and Sam Hunt will perform on the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, Country Music’s Party of the Year®. The ceremony, co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley, is produced for television by dick clark productions and will be broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday, April 3rd at 8:00PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.
This year, Eric Church is nominated for six ACM Awards and Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley and Sam Hunt each received two nominations. These artists join previously announced performers including Cam, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line. Additional acts and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks.
HEIDEMANN NEW SINGLE
HEIDEMANN is the solo project of the NYC-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Monika Heidemann, who performs minimalist pop songs with electric bass, synthesizers and pulsing analog drum machines supporting her fearlessly intimate vocals.
SHURA NEW VIDEO
Shura’s new video for her CANVAS remix of her breakout track “Touch” (over 25 mill on YouTube) shows her and her best girl friend skateboarding throughout the streets of England like the badasses they are. Her debut album is coming this Spring.
A24 LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE PUNK ROCK RADIO SHOW
Oscar award-winning film studio A24 launches Green Room Radio (GRR!), a new, online punk rock radio show featuring a unique programming format of intimate interviews, anecdotes, and a rotating playlist of hardcore punk, on GreenRoom-Radio.com. Hosted by Tony Rettman, author of NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980 – 1990, the weekly series launches its first episode with Ted Leo of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, speaking about terrible gigs, his entrance into the hardcore scene, and a new Ted Leo and the Pharmacists album, plus music from Born Against, Straight Ahead and SS Decontrol. New episodes of Green Room Radio will stream live every Wednesday at 12 p.m. EST (9 a.m. PST) on GreenRoom-Radio.com, with Episode 1 available now. Following the broadcast, each episode will be distributed to iTunes, Mixcloud and Soundcloud.
The show is now streaming on Greenroom-radio.com and will be available on soundcloud at 1pm here:
ANIQATIA “THE HEIRESS”
“The Heiress” is the brand new single hailing from Eastern Pennsylvania-based ANIQATIA and their impending Luminous sophomore EP. As the sprawling new recordings from the exploratory, melodic rock quartet find their way days closer to mid-March release through Nefarious Industries, the new track seeps into the public through an exclusive stream at New Noise Magazine.
OUR SOLAR SYSTEM (VART SOLSYSTEM) PREMIERE CINEMATIC, IMMERSIVE B-SIDE “AT THE EDGE OF TIME” VIA DECODER MAG
There would seem to be something playful, and possibly deceptive, about the title of Stockholm prog psychedelic outfit Our Solar System’s second album, In Time. It’s a phrase that, whether in a musical or even an appropriately astrological sense, indicates confines and regular rotations, even the absence of the abnormal. Yet “abnormal” could be the axis around which all planets in the Our Solar System galaxy revolve. For an album that so effortlessly delivers trance states in sound, the effect of In Time on the listener is likely to be one of orbiting far beyond those confines and regular rotations, toward a delirious detachment from the ticking trap of time.
BELIEFS NEW VIDEO
Last autumn Beliefs singer Jesse Crowe (also a professional hairdresser when not on stage with her guitar) wanted to shave her head. The only problem was she was playing in a Portishead tribute band on Halloween night and she had kept her hair styled like Beth Gibbons for months to look right for the part. So she waited eagerly til Halloween. The day after she got good friend Shehzaad Jiwani of Toronto band Greys to shave her head in the Unlovable Bar bathroom, music video director Ivy Lovell captured the process and turned it into Beliefs’ latest video for their album closer Swooner (Leaper).
CANDACE “NEW FUTURE”
Candace (formerly Is/Is) infuses their music with a sense of mystery and brooding atmosphere. Psychedelic and shoegaze influences emerge throughout the catalogue: the atmospheric tones of early Verve, a droning pulse reminiscent of Loop. Some songs bounce gleefully forward with a pop sensibility, while some keep a cool distance and move with a language distinctly their own.
INVERLOCH ALBUM STREAM
With the release of Distance | Collapsed, the debut full-length from Australian death/doom troupe INVERLOCH, now just two days from official unveiling, today Noisey streams the record in its devastating entirety alongside an in-depth interview with guitarist Matthew Scarajew.
GROOVE CRUISE CABO
The pioneer of electronic music’s conquest of the oceans, Groove Cruise, will, this Fall, again chart new waters for dance music, sailing from San Diego with an overnight stop in Cabo San Lucas, with the maiden voyage of Groove Cruise Cabo. GC Cabo will be the world’s longest electronic floating festival, sailing from San Diego on October 28, returning November 2.
GC Cabo will sail off into the Pacific sunset on October 28, carrying passengers aboard the new and improved sumptuous, amenity filled Norwegian Sun cruise liner. From blissed out sunset sessions, to euphoric sunrises, massive peak time moments and deep late night-after hour excursions, since its inception 12 years ago in 2004, Groove Cruise has proven to be the ultimate dance music odyssey.
TROLLER SHARES TEASER VIDEO FOR ‘GRAPHIC’
Troller are sharing a video teaser for their new album Graphic today, set to release on 4/8/16. The song is called “Dryld”.
Austin video artist T.C. Johnson created this piece by manipulating an analog video feedback loop in real time to produce unstable fractals and various textures. Latency causes the signal to simultaneously perpetuate its own creation and disintegration, ad infinitum.
MIGHTY MYSTIC “HOW I ROCK”
On Friday March 11th reggae sensation Mighty Mystic will release his highly anticipated third album titled “The Art of Balance”. This project will be released through California based Roots Musician Records which is the brainchild of E.N Young (member of Tribal Seeds). This will mark the first time these two reggae entities will be working together thus far.
NIC FANCIULLI US TOUR
Fresh off the back of a tour of the Middle East, Australia & New Zealand, 2016 has already kicked off in fine style for Saved Records label boss, Nic Fanciulli. Starting this week, Nic will embark on an eight date North American tour starting this Thursday in Chicago at Spybar and ending during Miami Music Week with a special edition of Nic Fanciulli & Friends at Do Not Sit On The Furniture. Nic will also be making a festival appearance during this run of shows, playing the Resistance stage at Ultra Music Festival on Saturday, March 19th alongside contemporaries such as Sasha and Maceo Plex.
RUVVRS NEW SINGLE
Just wanted to share RIVVRS’ newest single, “Surrender”. The single was premiered by Songwriting Magazine, hailed as an “an easy-on-the-ear slice of indie-folk all the way from sunny California”. This is the second official single off his new album, Unfamiliar Skin, which is set to release on March 25th.
DRU BARNES SHARES “JEAN-MICHEL” LYRIC VIDEO
Musician, conceptual artist and jack of all creative trades Dru Barnes has shared a fitting lyric video for “Jean-Michel” exclusively withBlackbook Magazine. The song details a trap-heavy tribute to iconic American artist Basquiat and serves as a poignant introduction to Barnes’ long-awaited solo LP, Silent Light out May 6 on Dither Down Records.
VIRUS SYNDICATE RELEASE NEW ALBUM SYMPTOMATIC & NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Since the announcement of Manchester UK collective Virus Syndicate’s return on new LP Symptomatic, out now via their imprint Midication Records, the band has found their music sparking debate thanks to a combination of in-your-face attitude and blunt force lyrical rhymes. Beginning with the banning of lead music video “Psychopath” in France, the band’s largest market, followed by NSFW comic relief on “Gimme The Mic,” the band have unleashed their latest audio-visual stunner on new music video for “Chaos & Commotion.”
STILL PARADE PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “WALK IN THE PARK”
Following the success of his Fields EP, Still Parade is back with a new single, “Walk In The Park”, which premiered yesterday via Stereogum prior to its release tomorrow on Heist Or Hit. This will be a huge year for Still Parade, who will make his North American live debut at SXSW this month, prior to the release of his debut album, details of which will be announced in the coming weeks.
DUSTIN KENSRUE PREMIERES HIS TAKE ON BRAND NEW’S ‘JESUS CHRIST’ VIA NOISEY
Singer-songwriter Dustin Kensrue will be releasing his third solo album, Thoughts That Float On A Different Blood, on March 18, 2016 via Vagrant Records. Today, you can listen to Dustin’s take on Brand New’s legendary ‘Jesus Christ’ via Noisey, who claims “the cover follows the original’s rise in intensity, allowing Kensrue to both play the fuck out of the guitar, and instill the song with the same emotion and sincerity that made so many fall in love with the original.”
NEIGHBORS SHARE NEW SONG “ANGEL 0”
Impose Magazine has premiered the new single, “Angel O,” off of Very Rare Expensive Jewelry, the new album by Neighbors out Friday.
“Angel O” is another expertly crafted slice of catchy indie-rock from the band’s upcoming album. Songwriter / Frontman Jose Diaz Rohena certainly shows off his producing chops with crunchy, dueling guitars bouncing back and forth between the left and right channels.
“MAMA TOLD ME”
Mother knows best. Sketch McGuiney dedicates his latest song to his mom as she delivers words of wisdom between his verses. It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day to tell your mother you love her. “Mama Told Me” can be available of Sketch’s upcoming project available online May 2016.
AUDIO: Sketch McGuiney – Mama Told Me feat. Brenda McGuiney (Prod. Bones of Sleepy Hollows):
MATHEW KNOWLES & MUSIC WORLD ENT. RELEASE NEW FEMALE TRIO
When it comes to rap, many lovers of the genre argue these times call for something that is in the best hip-hop vernacular-fresh. Known for introducing urban-talented artists to the music industry, including his own offspring, Mathew Knowles prepares to deliver on that order. The music mogul found phenomenal success grooming and managing the mega group Destiny’s Child. He is now handing out Mic’s to Blushhh Music, a harmonically blended hip-hop and R&B trio (est. 2013) and they are using them into mix fiery rhymes and hooks reminiscent of the 90’ship-hop era-with a trendy twist. Comprised of Sunnie, Tali, and Bunnie Raythe group delivers the primal beats and flow of original hip-hop, with the trending currents from today’s urban edge. Their new single, “Old School Back” launches from their debut album, “Old School Hip Hop Past, Present, and Future.”
CEELO GREEN RELEASES LONG-AWAITED iOS AND ANDROID MOBILE GAME
For two years, prior to news of industry-shifting mobile games from celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Tom Hanks and Katy Perry, CEELO GREEN, the unmistakable entertainer, producer, fashion-icon and entrepreneur has been hard at work on CEELO’S JOYRIDE, available today as a free download from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Designed to put players in control of CeeLo’s favorite “shiny, shiny” cars, the game begins in the artist’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. Players are challenged to navigate CeeLo through 10 progressively difficult levels, representing a day in his life on the way to a hometown performance. Complete all 10 levels, and players will unlock a new, surprise music video from CeeLo, never before seen outside the game.
GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS ANNOUNCE NEW EP + NEW SINGLE
Canadian indie darlings Great Lake Swimmers will release their new EP, Swimming Away, on March 25, 2016 via Nettwerk. The four song digital EP includes two covers, a Tom Waits classic, “Innocent When You Dream” and the aching PJ Harvey song “The Desperate Kingdom Of Love.” It also features two new songs, the starkly beautiful “Condition White,” which was commissioned for the series Torn From The Pages and is based on the novel Sleep by Nino Ricci, and finally the hypnotic title track “Swimming Away,” which is an unreleased outtake from latest album A Forest Of Arms. ” The title track premiered yesterday on The Bluegrass Situation.
SAINT DIABLO TOUR
SAINT DIABLO have been confirmed as support for Ill Nino on select dates of the upcoming ’15 Years of Revolution’ tour. Also supporting Ill Nino are Bobaflex and Terror Universal. The band will jump on the tour starting May 5 in West Hollywood, CA staying on the package through May 17.
FETTY WAP SKYROCKETS TO SUPERSTAR STATUS WITH CERTIFIED PLATINUM DEBUT ALBUM
Hip-hop’s hardest hustler became a household name in 2015, GRAMMY®-nominated multiplatinum superstar Fetty Wap continues to dominate music sales and influence pop culture in 2016.
Not only does he begin this year with two GRAMMY® Award nods under his belt, but his self-titled chart-topping major label debut, FETTY WAP [RGF/300 Entertainment], receives a platinum certification from the RIAA for sales, streams, and downloads in excess of 1,000,000. He earns the distinction of having the “#1 most-streamed song of 2015 on Spotify in the U.S.,” his record-breaking, award-winning, and now legendary anthem, “Trap Queen,” reaches quadruple-platinum status. Among his other smashes, “679” [feat. Monty] goes double-platinum, and “My Way” is platinum.
MAYER HAWTHORNE ANNOUNCES FIRST LEG OF MAN ABOUT TOWN TOUR + “LOVE LIKE THAT”
Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne, recently announced 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, Mayer is pleased to share plans to hit the road in support of the album, on the Man About Town Tour. Kicking off on May 4th in Santa Ana, CA the tour takes Mayer through the North West, Midwest and Southeast wrapping up in San Diego on May 25th. A full list of dates can be found below. Fans who purchase tickets to see Mayer live will receive a digital copy of Man About Town upon release on April 8th.
LUXLEY “DANCE BABY”
This Spring, New Orleans-based artist Luxley (a.k.a. Ryan Gray) will release his anticipated debut Spirit EP. Late last year, The Line of Best Fit debuted “Camera Lens,” which features “the pulse of Hot Fuss-era Killers” and a mix of “80s synth inspired melodies and earnest lyrics and vocals.” That track found itself on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Weekend Buzz playlists as well as the Top 50 US Viral chart. Today, Earmilk premiered his new song “Dance Baby,” which they called “both infectiously catchy as it is effortlessly danceable.”
VO5 NEW VIDEO
“We’re Getting Older,” a song about aging gracefully is not your typical disco bit.
It stars as almost a jazz standard, a parody of a bluesy Inara George song followed by a percussion-filled breakdown (throw out your cane!) that ends with emergency sirens (a heart attack?) before the real disco hook begins.
ENTER SHIKARI TOUR
Following a triumphant European tour that saw them hosting their most massive crowds to date, UK rock band ENTER SHIKARI are announcing a Spring Tour to carry some of their adrenaline-drenched shows to North America. “We’re really looking forward to getting back into more intimate venues and once again meeting the people who’ve given us great support in over in the U.S.,” says vocalist Rou Reynolds of the upcoming 30-date tour in support of their latest album The Mindsweep which was released early 2015 (tour dates below). Hands Like Houses and The White Noise will support all the dates.
SHERROD WHITE “MADE IT”
Sherrod White releases a new video for the single “Made It” to support his EP FRSH X STRT. The song features guest vocals from Hillary Hand. The video is directed and filmed by Will Thomas (Space Cherry Films).
Video: Sherrod White “Made It (feat. Hillary Hand)”:
JONAS BLUE ANNOUNCES HIS FIRST NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Breakout U.K. artist Jonas Blue will kick off his first-ever North American tour on March 11 at New York City’s Webster Hall. The run will include a series of four performances in Florida and a March 18 show at Avalon in Los Angeles. Tickets are on sale now.
Blue’s dramatic reimaging of Tracy Chatman’s classic song “Fast Car” (featuring Dakota) is the hottest new song of 2016 on Spotify, with more than 75 million streams worldwide and over one million streams per week in the U.S. alone. “Fast Car” went to #1 on Spotify’s U.S. Viral chart and is currently in the Top 15 of the Spotify Global Top 50 chart.
HO99O9 INTERACTIVE VIDEO
Ho99o9 (pronounced horror), the fast-paced thrashing mutant freax, have a new video/ track “Blood Waves” of their debut LP coming later this year (more info on that soon). The video is interactive and changes based on if there is light in the room where you’re watching. The track itself (prod by Ian Longwell) is a punk diatribe in the vein of sonically aggressive hip-hop, brutal rap, hardcore punk, noise, & thrash metal. Check the video below and see them at SXSW 2016 (showcases below)
Interactive music video (via Converse):
TINPAN ORANGE ANNOUNCE FIFTH STUDIO ALBUM ‘LOVE IS A DOG’ + ‘RICH MAN’ SINGLE
Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have today announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog (set for release April 8), alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man (out February 12). The virtuosic trio will hit the road to celebrate the release kicking off at the Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA) on April 15, moving through Tasmania, Melbourne, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Sydney, Darwin, Fremantle and finishing up in Adelaide on June 5.