RENE MARIE LP & SINGLE
René Marie, the “outrageous” (Wall Street Journal) vocalist has taken the recording process one giant step further with the release of her most personal album on May 13. As the follow-up to 2013’s Grammy award-nominated album I Wanna Be Evil (With Love to Eartha Kitt), ‘Sound of Red’ is her first album of all-original songs written and co-produced by the contemporary jazz chanteuse herself. DownBeat Magazine is offering a full stream of the “soulful” single now:
Just one week following the release of his “deeply autobiographical” new single, “Tabernacle,” Royce 5’9 partnered with MTV Asia and BET Jams today to deliver the visual for the S-1 and J Rhodes produced single. The song recounts what Royce calls the most significant day of his life, the day he met Eminem following a live performance in his hometown of Detroit which he struggled through just hours after finding out his grandmother was in a fatal car accident and his girlfriend was in labor with his first son.
“I learned a lot this day,” Royce shares at the end of the song. “I learned that the universe has this way of balancing itself out… I learned that God is real.”
WILLIAM CALEB PARKER RELEASES ACOUSTIC VIDEO “WORDS WON’T DO”
“It’s a confession of love and a plea for love,” says Parker of “Words Won’t Do.” He explains, “I had a realization that the people I am most drawn to are the people I feel most understood by.”
William Caleb Parker describes this track as the most honest and emotional song on the entire Marie EP. “It’s the most personally intimate of all the songs on my record,” he says, “it’s a song for two people.”
SOPHIE AND THE BOM BOMS RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘CREME DE LA CREME’
Los Angeles self proclaimed “geek pop” duo Sophie and the Bom Boms are back with their third offering this year,’Creme De La Creme’. Teaming up with UQ Music for the premiere, the track is an anthem for women around the world letting them know how beautiful they truly are; inside and out.
Produced once again by David Elevator (3 time Grammy winner for Beck’s last album ‘Morning Phase’), ‘Creme De La Creme’ is the latest release from the #BOMMonday series, which sees the duo release a new song a month in 2016.
YAWL ANNOUNCES DEBUT LP
Colorado rapper, Ancient Mith and German producer Dot are the hip-hop group, Yawl. Together, they are about to drop something truly extraordinary with their debut album, A Pile to Keep, A Pile to Burn on Berlin based label, Anette Records. On the 14-track album, which will be available on May 5, Ancient Mith tackles subjects like heart break, remorse, angst, personal growth, and the subtleties there in–over Dot’s equally brooding, self-reflective beats.
The first single/video, “Woah,” questions the importance of distraction in the digital age. The sparse, well placed lyrics mirror the minimalistic production. “Raw Sugar” and “Wild Fires” highlight the hip-hop background of both artists, while other tracks showcase the blues/folk influence. The electronica sound of “Ships” and the emotion of “An Empty Field To Bury Lovers” are far from the typical alternative rap record.
KASKADE TEAMS UP WITH UBEREATS
Multi Grammy® nominated world-renowned singer, songwriter, and music producer Kaskade has teamed up with UberEATS to bring an exclusive on-demand experience to fans in Los Angeles. Kaskade is performing a SOLD OUT show in front of over 20,000 people at the LA Convention Center on May 7th – but UberEATS has your way in.
Known for sending pizzas to his fans, Kaskade is back at it again, but this time with UberEATS. Local fans who download the UberEATS app today, March 15th, will have the chance to meet the man himself, eat some pizza, and win tickets to May’s SOLD OUT show.
ALKALINE DEBUT ALBUM
Alkaline is dancehall’s most talked about artist right now with his eccentric style, lyrical versatility and melodic ability, he is set to release his highly anticipated debut album, titled ‘New Level Unlocked’ March 25th. Alkaline who emerged on the scene in 2013, quickly climbed the international scene as he emerged shattering the dancehall ‘norm’. His melodic play on words caused lovers of dancehall and hip hop to gravitate to his music.
With his rock star image, long hair and eclectic musical ability, Alkaline definitely made a name for himself in the past three years. Known for bending the rules and taking chances Alkaline is definitely a trendsetter in his own right. The title ‘New Level Unlocked’ defines the musical maturity and career growth Alkaline has attained in such a short time.
LAKE STREET DIVE SHARE MUSIC VIDEO
Lake Street Dive’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Side Pony, produced by recent Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell), was recently released to critical acclaim, selling out multiple shows within minutes of their on-sale. The Daily Beast says, “Their catchy melodies and appealing funk stylings are ready for prime time. I have a hunch that …Side Pony, could take them to the next level,” and Paste concurs, saying, “The unexpected chord provides a different kind of pleasure, one that’s been hard to find lately. That’s why Lake Street Dive is so important.”
MIRANDA LAMBERT IN THE UK
Miranda Lambert has completed her first ever headlining tour dates in the UK, Ireland and Scotland. She played to packed houses in London, Dublin and Glasgow as part of C2C: Country to Country 2016. Entertainment Focus noted, “UK Country fans have been hoping that Lambert would head over to this side of the pond to perform for some time now, so last night was a dream come true for many of the audience members.”
Of her experience in Europe, Miranda says, “I loved every second. Music is so universal and it was great to have such an enthusiastic response so far from home. Fans knew all the words to my songs, even album cuts! I’m already looking forward to returning.”
EERIE WANDA (FEATURING MEMBERS OF JACCO GARDNER) PREMIERE LOVELY ANIMATED VIDEO FOR “I AM OVER HERE”
Eerie Wanda is marked by Marina’s sepia-toned songs, sung in a dreamy tenor and based around timeless melodies and arrangements. The songs stick to a classic formula, evoking a warm summery nostalgia and drawing comparisons to Angel Olsen, Broadcast, & the tuneful dynamics of Buddy Holly. Her voice is as central as anything else to the album’s success; it’s a two-toned, barely-accented gem of sweetness and melancholy, a distant cousin (somehow) to both Hope Sandoval and “I Am the Cosmos”-era Chris Bell. Tadic’s voice is compelling and consistent throughout the album, both sturdy and sympathetic, the ideal vehicle to carry the band’s often-ornate brocades of sound.
EMINEM LIVE COVERS THE WEEKND
On Saturday, March 12th Eminem performed THE WEEKND’s six times platinum single “The Hills” live at Lollapalooza Brazil.
HOODED FANG NEW SINGLE
Only a week after releasing album track+video “A Final Hello,” Toronto’s Hooded Fang share another taste of their forthcoming album with “Impressions.” “You know in E.T., how when he came down, everyone aside from a few got scared and paranoid and basically ruined what could have been a beautiful mutual learning relationship?” the band explains to Consequence of Sound. “This song is about those types of encounters. When people come from a different place and get treated awfully out of fear, jeopardizing possibilities of positivity. This song is written about the visitors that get shunned, and what a loss that is for everybody.”
BEATPORT SHARES HELIOS’ EPIC VIDEO FOR “EMBRACE”
“The track is lush and powerful, and when I listened to it over and over again, it just kept bringing up images of epic coastlines and big mountains,” writes video director Sean Pecknold.” Helio’s “Embrace” captures the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the gorgeous coastline of Big Sur, creating what Beatport calls a “dreamy” video to accompany an otherworldly track.
CHEF’SPECIAL TO SUPPORT TWENTY ONE PILOTS ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Fueled By Ramen/Atlantic Records group Chef’Special will return to North America this summer to support Twenty One Pilots on their headline “EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW” tour. The coast-to-coast trek hits arenas and amphitheaters beginning May 31st at Cincinnati, OH’s U.S. Bank Arena and then traverses North America through a pair of sold out shows at New York City’s world famous Madison Square Garden, slated for August 10th and 11th.
NATTY NATION RELEASE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ALBUM
Fans of the Madison, Wisconsin-based collective Natty Nation have been anticipating a new album since the group whet their appetite in 2010 with the emotive and anthemic single, “Suffice.” The song was the first new track since the group’s highly acclaimed 2008 album, Reincarnation. On March 11th, Natty Nation will release Divine Spark (iNatty Records). The album represents epiphanic spiritual and artistic journeys. It was mixed entirely by legendary Bob Marley recording engineer Errol Brown, and features a seething guest verse from acclaimed South Side, Chicago-via-Madison rapper F. Stokes.
GRATEFUL DEAD JULY 1978: THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS
In the history of Grateful Dead performances, 1978 is widely praised as one of the group’s finest years. It was certainly one of the busiest with the band playing more than 80 shows, including a trio of historic dates at the Gizah pyramids in Egypt, as well as releasing its tenth studio album, Shakedown Street.
The band’s next major boxed set focuses on five unreleased shows from July of that epic year and marks the first official release of master recordings from the long lost “Betty Boards.” Among the sonic treasures found on this 12-CD set are three soundboard recordings from July 1, 3, and 5 that have never been in circulation, even between the most diligent tape collectors. In addition, the set also marks the official debut of the Dead’s first-ever performances at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre, two shows that are also highly sought-after by Dead Heads.
PANIC! AT THE DISCO PERFORMS “VICTORIOUS”
In case you missed it, last night Panic! At The Disco performed “Victorious” on The Late Late Show with James Corden.
LÉON “TREASURE” ACOUSTIC
Rising Swedish vocalist LÉON has unveiled a stunning acoustic rendition of “Treasure,” the title track from her immensely popular debut EP released in October 2015. The stripped down and close up take on the song shows off LÉON’s rich, smokey vocals that helped catapult her to No. 1 on Hype Machine last year. The 22-year-old just wrapped up her first-ever run of shows in North America, captivating audiences in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Brooklyn, New York City and Toronto.
BOOHER’S NEW SINGLE FEATURING WILL SHEFF
After taking a break from fronting beloved indie-rock band Zykos and touring with acts like Interpol, Cursive and TV on the Radio, Austin’s Michael Booher is back with an eponymously-titled band, Booher. They released a surprise single last week which features two songs, “Pick Up The Robot (Put The Robot Down)” featuring Okkervil River’s Will Sheff on guest vocals and previously unreleased b-side “I Doubt The End Is Near.”
MADONNA TO FILM FINAL TWO SHOWS OF REBEL HEART TOUR THIS WEEKEND IN SYDNEY
Documenting her return to Australia for the first time in 23 years and saving the best for last, Madonna today announced that she will film her Sydney Australia concerts at the Sydney Olympic Park NSW on March 19th and 20th. These are the final shows of her seven-month Rebel Heart world tour where Madonna has performed 80+ shows in over 20 countries.
Throughout the tour Madonna has pulled several actors, comedians, fans, fellow musicians and even a news anchor to the stage for a special dance as her “Unapologetic Bitch.” This weekend in Sydney Madonna will choose a few fans as her “Unapologetic Bitches,” all which will be documented by the taping this weekend.
Today, Vertex – the inaugural music and camping festival in Buena Vista, Colorado on August 5-7, 2016 – announces dj duo ODESZA, recent 4-time Grammy winners Alabama Shakes and the Trey Anastasio Band (2 sets) to headline the lineup of over 30 established and emerging acts. Hosted in a stunning mountain valley setting, Vertex will showcase the best of Colorado. As a community-minded event that merges diverse musical genres, art, and a variety of experiences and outdoor adventures, Vertex promises an elevated experience that takes the U.S. festival and its culture to new heights – Colorado style.
Duke Dumont, Seven Lions, Jai Wolf, Dopapod, Hiatus Kaiyote, Graham Nash, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Houndmouth, The Revivalists and others were also revealed in today’s lineup announcement. See below for the complete list of currently confirmed artists, with more still to be announced.
MURA MASA NEW SINGLE
Mura Masa has confirmed details of new single ‘What If I Go?’, out today on Interscope and available on all digital retails. This follows a breakout start to 2016 for the nineteen year-old, who has already placed at #5 in the BBC’s Sound of 2016 shortlist, been named a One to Watch for the year by the likes of Spotify and Apple, as well as winning the Blog Sound of 2016.
JAYE BARTELL NEW SINGLE
Jaye Bartell shares “Laundry Line,” the second track from his forthcoming Sinderlyn LP, Light Enough, today via Brooklyn Vegan. Bartell has three upcoming Brooklyn shows, including his album release show at Union Pool with Ryley Walker on 4/20. He’ll come back through on his tour with Kevin Morby where he’ll appear on 6/22 at Rough Trade.
NEW VIDEO BENJI HUGHES
Watch the vibrant new video for “Peacockin’ Party” from Benji Hughes’ new album Songs in the Key of Animals today at Popmatters. In their premiere, Popmatters wrote, “Benji Hughes writes hook-filled, quirky, fun pop songs that wind up as pure ear candy and sport a deft, light humor that can brighten the darkest of days.”
COSMIC GATE NEW VIDEO
Trance duo Cosmic Gates unveil a cinematic, globetrotting video for “am2pm,” the first single from their mix compilation series Wake Your Mind Sessions 002, available via WYM Records (Black Hole Recordings). Directed by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, whose resume includes The Rolling Stones’ ZIP CODE stadium tour, BBC Earth, and National Geographic, bring an amazingly unique and hypnotizing atmosphere to the song with scenic shots of The Death Valley, Los Angeles, and The Grand Canyon.
As summertime approaches, it’s only fitting that we summon it with a sizzling season opener like LH4L’s “Bring Dat.” The French producer stunts his signature booming bass and juke-inspired sound for a sonically explosive New Noise debut, treating us to a jive of thundering drum kicks, mutilated vocals and echoing sirens.
CLINT MANSELL’S SEMINAL SCORE FOR DARREN ARONOFSKY’S ‘REQUIEM FOR A DREAM’
Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record stores, is set to take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016, and included among the special releases on that day is the first vinyl release of the classic recordings from Clint Mansell, featuring Kronos Quartet.
Nonesuch Records releases the first-ever vinyl edition of Clint Mansell’s haunting score to Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream, performed by Kronos Quartet. The album, pressed on two 180-gram LPs at Record Industry in the Netherlands, features the original soundtrack, remastered for the release, plus two previously unreleased bonus tracks, as well as a download of the complete album, and newly commissioned artwork by Simon C Page. The film was originally released 2000, and Ellen Burstyn was nominated for an Oscar for her haunting portrayal of Sara Goldfarb.
DEATHWISH, INC. PARTNERS WITH ADA
ADA, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), today announced a global partnership with aggressive indie label Deathwish, Inc. With nearly two hundred releases under their belt in just over fifteen years, Deathwish, Inc. is now being digitally and physically distributed globally by ADA. ADA has also offered a full-range of additional services including digital & sales strategy, retail marketing, radio promotion, publicity, synch licensing, and marketing.
Deathwish co-owner Tre McCarthy said, “When we started discussing working with a new distributor, ADA was at the top of the list. Their diverse and forward-thinking roster was one we really wanted to be a part of, their team is incredibly solid and we are excited to see what the future holds for us.”
Co-owner of Deathwish, Jacob Bannon said, “I’m very excited to be able to offer the very best worldwide distribution to our affiliated artists. ADA is the top of the food chain, and I am honored to be able to call them our worldwide distribution partner.”
DAPHNE AND THE FUZZ NEW SINGLE
Daphne Lazou could be the girl next door, but a few minutes in her music world are enough to make you understand that she is special.
Vintage pop aesthetic inspired by jazz, soul and blues of past decades, an occasional dose of more psychedelic sounds on guitars and keyboards and lyrics that are personal, but still extroverted, make up the music genre of Daphne and the Fuzz.
JIM TURNER OPENS RETAIL STORE IN LA
Flaunt Magazine Founder and Creative Director, Jim Turner has recently opened a new boutique at 1422 North Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. The shop is packed with vintage furniture and accessories, candles, soaps, bath bombs, and a host of curiosities. We’d like to invite you to stop by and visit us Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Mention Flaunt and receive 20 percent off your first purchase!
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COUNTRY LEGEND JOHN ANDERSON TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE PENNED BY MERLE HAGGARD
Country chart-topper John Anderson’s new single “Magic Mama,” penned by Merle Haggard just for Anderson, is now impacting radio. The feel-good anthem is the latest single from Anderson’s critically acclaimed album, Goldmine, which was listed as one of Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums of 2015.”
When speaking about the song, Haggard said, “It was recorded in an excellent way. Just the way I pictured it.”
MARS RED SKY VIDEO
Bordeaux, France-based psychedelic stoner doom trio, MARS RED SKY, will release their stunning new album Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul) in North America this May via Listenable Records.
Already available to European audiences, Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul) was captured by Gabriel Zander, who also engineered the band’s lauded Stranded In Arcadia offering, and Jacob Dennis in Studio Cryogene in Bègles, France and truly pushes the boundaries of the band’s already monolithic sound. With Apex III (Praise For The Burning Soul), MARS RED SKY delivers grandiose and hypnotizing hymns rooted in a far wider range of musical influences stretching from Robert Wyatt, The Beatles, Nick Drake and Neil Young to Electric Wizard, Acid King and, naturally, Black Sabbath.
TASTE “I AM GOD”
Reformed ’70s rock legends TASTE will launch the lead single and video, I Am God to their forthcoming album, Life On Earth, at Melbourne’s Ding Dong Lounge on Good Friday, March 25. This exclusive hometown performance will make history with the return of original member and globally celebrated drummer, Virgil Donati making a special appearance.
One of the most revered drummers working in America today, Virgil says from his home in Los Angeles, “TASTE was the band that set me on the rock’n’roll road as a teenager back in 1975… Ken Murdoch, Joey Amenta and Michael Tortoni are my musical brothers and I can’t wait to get back on stage to play some of the songs that started this incredible journey.”
THE SPOOK SCHOOL NEW VIDEO
The Spook School returned last November with their brand new album, Try To Be Hopeful. Fun and empowering, Try To Be Hopeful is brim full of noisy, tuneful and triumphant queer pop songs about identity, sexuality and being awesome.
Today, The Spook School are streaming their new music video for the track “Speak When You’re Spoken To” on Under the Radar.
CASH CASH CELEBRATES MIAMI MUSIC WEEK WITH BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Acclaimed electronic trio Cash Cash deliver the official video for “Aftershock feat. Jacquie Lee” just in time for Miami Music Week out via Big Beat Records: