UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT: “THE FORCE OF OUR CREATION”
The international progressive metallers UNIVERSAL MIND PROJECT just released a lyric video for the track “The Force Of Our Creation” from their upcoming debut album “The Jaguar Priest”. The album will be released in Europe and North America on April 29th through Inner Wound Recordings and in Japan on May 25th through Bickee Music.
WHITE HILLS NEW VIDEO
White Hills will be touring this spring alongside Vancouver-based psych band Black Mountain. This will be White Hills’ first tour through the U.S. following the release of their album Walks for Motorists in early 2015, and precedes their upcoming sets at Eindhoven Psych Lab in the Netherlands. For these shows, White Hills will perform as a duo in a unique set-up that most have never experienced.
LUPE FIASCO & BIG K.R.I.T. JUMP ON DEE-1’s “AGAINST US”
Fresh off the enormous viral success that was “Sallie Mae Back”, which garnered close to 7M views collectively, stories by Forbes, CNN, The Washington Post & more and landed Dee his very first talk show appearance on The Real, Dee-1 unleashes the remix to his double time hit, “Against Us.” The cameos come courtesy of long-time friends Lupe Fiasco and BIG K.R.I.T. Premiered on Sway’s Universe this morning, the song serves as a warm-up to the video which Dee plans to release on 4/18. There is one more thing about this remix that is super special, the 3rd guest appearance is none other than Dee’s grandfather, who celebrates his birthday today.
GRATEFUL DEAD AT THE MOVIES
Legendary rock band, the Grateful Dead, comes back to the big screen for the 6th annual event, “Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies 2016 ,” presented by Fathom Events and Rhino Entertainment on Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. This special cinema event features the previously unreleased Grateful Dead concert from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on July 2, 1989. It captures the Grateful Dead (Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland and Bob Weir), as the band opens their tour in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 60,000 fans. Audiences will also enjoy a special interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux on the making of the upcoming 12-disc July 1978: The Complete Recordings boxed set as well as previously unseen performance footage with Dead & Company (featuring Hart, Kreutzmann, Weir, singer/guitarist John Mayer , Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge, and “Fare Thee Well” and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti).
COURTNEY B. VANCE, JOE MANTELLO, SAVION GLOVER AND MORE TO CELEBRATE SHUFFLE ALONG DIRECTOR GEORGE C. WOLFE
The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces that Courtney B. Vance, Savion Glover, Joe Mantello and David Marshall Grant have joined the Monte Cristo Award program celebration for award-winning stage and film director, playwright, and actor George C. Wolfe. Vance – an O’Neill alumnus who also starred with Tom Hanks in “The Lucky Guy” on Broadway under the direction of Wolfe – will present the Award.
A gala dinner will be held in Wolfe’s honor at The Edison Ballroom (New York) on May 9, followed by a special program hosted by O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway. Glover, Mantello and Marshall Grant will also take part honoring Wolfe’s illustrious career.
THE SOUL TRAIN CRUISE
The Soul Train Cruise is celebrating its 5th anniversary and has invited the biggest icons in R&B along for the party as it sails through the Caribbean from March 4-11, 2017. Cruise host Tony Cornelius will be joined by Kool & The Gang, Chaka Khan, Commodores, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Peabo Bryson, The S.O.S Band, Midnight Star, Alexander O’Neal and Cherrelle, Thelma Houston, Sounds of Blackness, Third World, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes, Billy Paul, The Intruders, Melba Moore, Original Soul Train Dancers and many more. The Soul Train Cruise will travel from Ft Lauderdale and hit the beautiful ports of Belize City (Belize), Cozumel and Freeport (Bahamas) aboard the luxuriously appointed Celebrity Summit, with its spa-inspired staterooms and menus created by a James Beard featured chef.
“We, are looking forward to performing your and our favorite hits on the 2017 Soul Train Cruise, including “Brick House,” “Easy,” “Lady You Bring Me Up,” “3 Times A Lady,” “Night Shift” and many more, said William King of the Commodores. “We are truly going to ‘Rock The Boat.’”
ALI BELETIC NEW SINGLE
Ali Beletic is best known for her work as an installation artist, creating beautiful symbolic art stunts as far flung as hiking in and installing mahogany and glass Judd-like sculptural pools into remote desert, throwing parties with drummers hidden throughout backcountry, lighting up an entire boulder field you can hike through or riding vintage motorcycles backcountry to create beautiful lines of fire.
Legends of These Lands Left to Live is her long anticipated debut record, written and recorded during her time spent in the raw American landscape of the Sonoran Desert, after having left the art/punk scene and saturation of Brooklyn to explore concepts of transformation, personal rebellion, and that which exists out on the boundaries of our humanity. Filled with mysterious and emotional songs, Legends is the anthem of that journey, tracing rock n roll’s ancient history off road through personal incantations of vanguardism, and telling her vogue rebel stories from the artist streets of New York and the vast Southwest.
Cho-Cho & Dasheen will release a 7” single titled “Cool Pool Reggae” on April 16 (Record Store Day) via Saddle Creek. The upcoming release will be limited to 500 copies and is collaboration between Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), Todd Fink (The Faint) and a number of local musicians the band met while on vacation in Jamaica. Culture Collide has premiered “The Itches” off the upcoming single and also posted a photo tour diary which provides a behind the scenes look into the band’s time spent in Jamaica.
KASSASSIN STREET NEW SINGLE
Following on from the acclaimed singles ‘To Be Young’ and ‘Radio Silence’ Portsmouth 5-piece Kassassin Street unveil their politically charged first single of 2016, ‘Hand in My Pocket’- three minutes and fifteen seconds of punchy psych-pop ruminating on social injustice in a UK society under austerity.
The band are looking to build on the name they made for themselves in 2015, when they played a full summer of festivals, including appearances at Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Blissfelds, Y Not, Great Escape, Beatherder and Isle of Wight, as well as a hometown slot at Victorious Festival which drew a crowd of 3000 people. An autumn tour also went very well, selling out venues in Brighton, Stoke and Leeds and culminated in selling 500 tickets for a hometown show at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth.
PANTYRAID NEW SINGLE
Afterglow is a culmination of decades of production experience and refining their sound. Representing the duo’s most mature work to date, Afterglow soldifies Pantyraid’s trademark style of sophisticated dance music that proves equally danceable as it is vulnerable. Marty describes it best: “These are love songs for the club. They’ll make you dance your ass off, and give you an emotional charge.” Jam-packed with swaggering hip-hop oriented beats and dubby basslines, Afterglow fuses a number of genre’s into one cohesive body of work that will continue to impress for years to come. Altogether, Afterglow’s ten tracks tell a complete narrative of love, lust, and emotional catharsis while encapsulating the deep and quiet satisfaction that comes after an exciting experience.
SOURVEIN ALBUM STREAM
Doom/sludge metal group SOURVEIN will release their very first Metal Blade Records offering, Aquatic Occult, this coming Friday, April 8, 2016. The album features guest performances by Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe (vocals, organ), Amebix’s Stig Miller (guitar), Corrosion of Conformity’s Reed Mullin (drums) and many others, so listeners should undoubtedly expect a crushingly-heavy record of epic proportions – inspired by mysterious terrors of the deep ocean blue.
In celebration of this week’s release, Noisey is exclusively streaming Aquatic Occult in its entirety two days early.
CLARE MAGUIRE COVERS ZAYN
Clare Maguire did a cover ZAYN’s “It’s You” for BBC radio – it’s gorgeous and showcases just how powerful her voice is live. Check it below + video for “Elizabeth Taylor” directed by Suki Waterhouse, off her upcoming album Stranger Things Have Happened (Republic).
GRUESOME NEW SINGLE
Death metal disciples GRUESOME – featuring within its punishing ranks current and former members of Exhumed, Possessed, Malevolent Creation, and Derketa – has just shared the first new song, “Forces Of Death,” from their newly-announced EP, Dimensions Of Horror.
HSN TO EXCLUSIVELY LAUNCH JESSICA SEINFELD’S NEW LINE GOOD+
Innovative entertainment and lifestyle retailer HSN has partnered with Jessica Seinfeld and her organization GOOD+ Foundation (formally Baby Buggy) to launch an exclusive accessories line, GOOD+, on HSN on April 28th.
GOOD+ Foundation has partnered with HSN to provide fashions and accessories designed from the heart. The exclusive collection will help provide essential child gear, clothing and services to families in need. The GOOD+ collection consists of transitional and trendy scarves, wraps, ponchos, cardigans and vests that are perfect for women on-the-go. The line was designed with the busy woman in mind – and the basics are both fashionable and versatile – designed to go from day to night, effortlessly. The collection ranges from $24.90 for the GOOD + Color Expansion Panama Hat to $78.00 for the GOOD + Danielle Nicole Tote.
RICHARD LYNCH SINGLE CHARTS
Independent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Richard Lynch has debuted at Number One on the Roots Music Report True Country Singles Chart (weekending March 27, 2016) with his latest single, “A Better Place.” The single, written by Billy Yates and Trent Tomlinson, bested releases by Stella Parton, Kacey Musgraves, and Chris Bellamy, among others. The track is the title cut from his Academy of Western Artists award-winning album, which is charting at #3 on the True Country Albums Chart.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN NEW VIDEO FOR “SOUNDCHECK” OUT NOW
BRIT Award-winning alternative rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen reveal a handful of intimate Spring U.S. tour dates before the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, The Ride [May 27, Capitol Records]. Limited tickets will be on sale Friday, April 8.
Beginning at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City and wrapping at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, Catfish and the Bottlemen will perform unreleased songs from their new album for the first time in the States. The band recently released a music video for the album’s explosive first single “Soundcheck,” directed by Malia James: watch HERE.
BLUNDERBUSS “STOP IT NOW”
12 days before the release of its brand new EP ‘Resurrection’ and a few weeks after the single “Last day before resurrection”, French alternative Nu-metal outfit Blunderbuss just unleashed a new bouncing song from this upcoming effort called “Strap it now” and available right on SoundCloud.
As announced previously, ‘Resurrection’ will see the light on April 19th 2016 for CD and digital formats and the band will celebrate this at a release party on April 30th @ La Péniche Antipode in Paris.
TIGERMONKEY’S INSANELY CATCHY ‘ZOOBY DOO’ IS OUT NOW
As ear-worms go, they don’t get much more persistent than this. Tigermonkey presents his new track ‘Zooby Doo’, out now. You may recognise the track, which has already scored a number 1 slot on the UK viral chart, from the highly popular UK TV advertising campaign for Ribena.
PAUL SIMON’S NEW ALBUM + SINGLE
Paul Simon will release Stranger to Stranger, his 13th solo album on June 3rd, 2016 via Concord Records. Full of thrilling, imaginative textures, Stranger to Stranger conjures a vivid and vital new context to Simon’s well-established virtuosity as a singer and songwriter. The record – his first since 2011’s acclaimed So Beautiful or So What – ushers the listener into a brave new musical world where expectations are defied and exceeded, as they were thirty years ago with another masterwork, Graceland.
JOHN LEGEND AND THE AFL-CIO VISIT WASHINGTON CORRECTIONS CENTER FOR WOMEN
Ten-time Grammy® Award winner, Oscar winner and Golden Globe winner, John Legend and leaders from the AFL-CIO (The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations), are visiting the Washington Corrections Center for Women on Thursday, April 7th to experience first-hand the challenges criminal justice employees and incarcerated people face due to the country’s broken justice system.
With over 80 billion dollars spent annually on the prison system and 1 in 3 people having a crimianal record, John Legend’s #FREEAMERICA campaign is partnering with the AFL-CIO to shed light on the impact of mass incarceration on employees and inmates. The labor movement represents both the workers and families directly impacted by the justice system. Many union members live and work in communities that are over-criminalized and have family members who are incarcerated. With the US incarcerating more people than any other country in the world, our prisons and jails are often places of violence, illness and psychological stress for both inmates and the employees.
JONATHAN CAVIER “JANUARY”
Set to release his first solo single, “January” on April 15th, 2016, pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Cavier blends influences from Duran Duran to David Bowie and Morrissey into a sound all on his own. Tackling themes such as rebirth and renewal, “January” (produced by Cavier and mixed by Cavier and Jason Lossett) features Cavier’s signature blend of acoustic guitars, twelve-string basses, and atmospheric keyboards all supporting his passionate vocal range. The accompanying video for “January” was filmed in Northern California and was produced by Dave Lepori. The video will be released on April 15th as well.
MORGAN DORR PREMIERES VIDEO FOR ‘4x4ever’ VIA ESPN
Morgan Dorr, the lead singer of LA via Boston band Best of Friends, delivers a solo release for his new song, “4x4ever,” which provides the musical cornerstone for Jeep’s 75th Anniversary campaign. Check out the brand new video that premiered this week on ESPN.
UNWRITTEN LAW UNVEIL BRAND NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “CELEBRATION”
Formed in San Diego in the early 90’s Unwritten Law has undeniably paved the way for Rock/Alternative musicians around the world with staple Multi-Platinum releases like Elva, Unwritten Law, and Live and Lawless. At the top of the year, the band announced their highly anticipated eighth studio album, Acoustic via Cyber Tracks, owned by El Hefe (guitarist of NOFX) and wife Jen Abeyta. Acoustic is a masterful 13-track record filled with newly re-recorded Unwritten Law hits from Unwritten Law, Elva, Here’s To The Mourning, Swan, and The Hit List into flawless acoustic renditions.
STEVE PORCARO TO RELEASE FIRST EVER SOLO ALBUM
A founding member of the Grammy award winning rock band Toto, Steve Porcaro will release his first ever solo album, Someday / Somehow, on June 10th.
Porcaro’s first album has actually been in the making since 1983. With “Back To You” first being worked on by Toto in 83’ and “More Than I Can Take” being the most recent track he finished.
“I’ve always been writing and recording over the years, hoping to find homes for these songs with other artists,” Porcaro remarked. “Lately, I’ve been reminded repeatedly how short life is, and I think it’s finally sinking in and with the encouragement of my band, family and fans, I decided it was time to remove my excuses, throw down, let go and finish these songs the way I hear them.”
“HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING)” GOES GOLD
Last night, Lin-Manuel Miranda & the cast/crew of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton – joined by The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson & Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter, as well as Atlantic Records’ Chairman/COO Julie Greenwald, Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, EVP/Head of A&R Pete Ganbarg & VP of A&R Riggs Morales – celebrated the gold certification of “HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING),” with a plaque presentation at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The GRAMMY-winning companion to the massively successful Broadway show was released in the Fall of 2015 & had an impressive debut, becoming the second biggest first week sales ever for a cast recording, behind only “RENT.” Fans will be able to purchase the stunning vinyl box collection of “HAMILTON (ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING,)” available Friday, April 15th.
KEB MO GLOBAL TOUR
Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist and contemporary Americana blues artist, Keb’ Mo’, has added a number of international dates, including stops in France, Germany, The Netherlands, London, and Switzerland, to his 2016 world tour.
The tour follows the soon-to-be released Keb’ Mo’ LIVE – That Hot Pink Blues Album (April 15th). The double-disc record is a compilation of 16 live performances captured throughout Keb’ Mo’s previous U.S. tour in support of the studio album, BLUESAmericana, which was titled the Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year (2015) from the Blues Foundation and garnered three Grammy award nominations including Best Americana Album of the Year (2015).
INTER ARMA SHARE NEW SONG “TRANSFIGURATION”
Richmond’s Inter Arma today announced that their third album Paradise Gallows is set for a July 8 release on Relapse Records. Characteristically eschewing easy genre classification, the new nine-song album is direct and foreboding while maintaining a nuanced, artful perspective. The band’s signature palette of dissonant chord structures and abyssal low-end has been augmented with swathes of thick, impressionistic melody that lend Paradise Gallows an epic sense of scale, both lyrically and sonically.
ZARA LARSSON’s “NEVER FORGET YOU” ON EPIC RECORDS CERTIFIED RIAA GOLD
Epic Records’ 18-year old Swedish sensation Zara Larsson has reached RIAA gold certification in the U.S. with “Never Forget You,” her global 6x-platinum #1 collaboration with co writer/producer MNEK. And the timing couldn’t be better, as Zara revs up for back-to-back TV performances next week: April 12th on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and April 13th on The Today Show. These dates follow March appearances on Live With Kelly & Michael and Ellen.
“Never Forget You” is currently the #7 digital song in the U.S., #13-bullet at Pop radio, Top 5 on Shazam, and has totaled more than 90 million video views and nearly 200 million Spotify streams. The song has captured traditional radio’s imagination as well: #13-bullet at Pop radio formats; #33-bullet at Hot AC; #38-bullet at Rhythmic.
JACK BERRY DROPS NEW SINGLE “COAL”
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Berry created his first album for a school project while studying in Los Angeles. After performing along the West Coast in a duo, Berry decided that he was meant for a career in music and relocated to Nashville. After several months of sleeping on a couch and working to catch the attention of the local press, Berry’s “ample supply of good hooks and riffs” (Nashville Scene) eventually gained the praise of critics throughout Nashville and beyond, earning him spots at well-known festivals, including North by Northeast in Toronto, New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW’s Red Gorilla Festival.
ALL HAIL THE YETI ALBUM STREAM
Whiskey-soaked hardcore metal hybrid ALL HAIL THE YETI are set to release their full-length concept album, entitled Screams From A Black Wilderness, tomorrow, April 8, 2016 via Minus Head Records. In celebration of tomorrow’s release, the band is streaming the entire album in full now, exclusively via Loudwire. Listen here:
AC SLATER “BASS INSIDE”
LA bass house hero AC Slater has announced his sophomore OWSLA EP, Bass Inside, out April 28th. The title track sets the tone for the EP and highlights the West coast bass house revival that AC has helped bring to the spotlight. AC taps UK legend Chris Lorenzo for the follow up track “Flacid,” and rising Baltimore club star TT The Artist for “Squeak It Up” to complete the EP. AC is among the key names that have made these sounds a staple of Los Angeles dance culture through his acclaimed Night Bass parties, which LA Weekly called “The Most Exciting Dance Party In The City.”
LYNNE TAYLOR DONOVAN CHARTS ‘HOTDISC TOP 40’
Lynne’s song entered the charts at number 10!! This is the highest debut for a song this month. If you want to hear the song on the show, you can download the show at the second link. Lynne’s song is at about the 72 minute mark.
ROB THOMAS SETS BUSY SPRING AND SUMMER
Emblem/Atlantic recording artist Rob Thomas has announced an array of spring and summer activity highlighted by a major North American tour and the release of a new single “Pieces”. The dates – which see the multiple-GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter co-headlining alongside Counting Crows – begin July 22nd at West Palm Beach’s Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre and then travels through late September (see attached itinerary). Pre-sale tickets will be available to members of Thomas’ official fan club beginning on Tuesday, April 12th; Citi pre-sale kicks off April 13th, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, local radio and venue pre-sales on April 14th and public on sale is April 15th.
MINDSHIFT NEW VIDEO
Mindshift vocalist Mao explains, “Horizon is about the senseless tragedy of things that happen in the world around us. The Charlie Hebdo attack, the brutal massacre at the Bataclan Concert Hall, the senseless wars in the Middle East, etc… One day I just asked myself, what can I do to make this world survive, prevent it from tearing itself apart?”
WILL.I.AM TO RELEASE BRAND-NEW SINGLE “BOYS & GIRLS”
Multi-platinum seven-time Grammy Award-winning producer and songwriter will.i.am releases his brand-new single, “Boys & Girls,” featuring Pia Mia via Interscope Records. The new single is available for digital download and streaming via all participating digital retailers Friday, April 8th. will.i.am produced the track along with Lazy Jay, who also produced will.i.am’s multi-platinum selling single “Scream & Shout.”
THE RIDES’ “VIRTUAL WORLD”
The Rides, the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg, are set for the May 6 release of their sophomore album Pierced Arrow on 429 Records.
Pierced Arrow, the album title referencing the 1920s classic American car, follows the group’s chart-topping 2013 record Can’t Get Enough (#1 on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Blues Charts and a top 40 Billboard debut). The new record, which also includes performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, features more original material from Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg. The record’s first single, “Virtual World,” recently premiered via Relix and can be streamed/shared at:
DREAMERS EP STREAM
“This was a dream come true for us, as [Fairfax] is the studio where some of our favorite artists recorded: Tom Petty, Neil Young, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, and so many others,” guitarist/vocalist Nick Wold tells Billboard. “The last year and a half has been a surreal journey, from a self induced houselessness, living in a practice space in Brooklyn for 2 years, to circling the US four times in a small van, seeing countless cities and meeting incredible people everywhere we went. It gave us a new perspective as a band, and we finally left our comfort zone to embrace movement and change. ‘You Are Here’ is a blurred culmination of all our strange influences and varied experiences. I guess you could call it our dreams.”
TOM REDWOOD DEBUT SINGLE
Having made his debut on April 1st with ‘I’ve Fallen For You’, Swedish artist Tom Redwood’s first single not only topped the Hype Machine chart, clocking up just shy of 200K streams on soundcloud in a week, this weekend also saw it hit #11 on the Spotify Global Viral Chart.
DAVID AUGUST “OUVERT”
One of the most exciting emerging voices in electronic music, David August premieres part two from his new release with ‘Ouvert,’ and also announces a run of curated DJ dates which will see him play alongside artists including Leon Vynehall, Gerd Janson, Axel Boman and Robag Wruhme, Pional, Alex.Do and Acid Pauli.
RAYLAND BAXTER NEW DOUBLE MUSIC VIDEOS
Originally released on his sophomore full-length Imaginary Man, Rayland Baxter is now presenting his songs “Yellow Eyes” and “Mr. Rodriguez” in yet another format – a long form music video whose narrative encompasses both tracks. Courtesy of Rolling Stone Country, you can watch them both HERE.
DAYE JACK GETS TO “FINISH LINE”, KEEPS RUNNING
See Daye. See Daye run. See Daye Jack run in a new, retro video for his single “Finish Line.”
“I WISH YOU MINE” PREMIER EXTRAIT DU NOUVEAU THE CHIKITAS
Enregistré à Tucson, en Arizona, avec le producteur Jim Waters (Sonic Youth, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion), ce troisième album de THE CHIKITAS est un rock’n’roll toujours sans compromis. Lynn Maring (chant, guitare) et Saskia Fuertes (batterie, chant) ont rassemblé les pièces élémentaires du rock, du punk et du grunge dans leur mixer afin de délivrer ce curieux cocktail que sont THE CHIKITAS.