TONY JUNIOR NEW SINGLE
Part DJ, part rock star, part TV star, Tony Junior brings you his banging new track “Facedbased,” out now on Musical Freedom Records. Adding to his already massive arsenal of records including tracks like “Twerk Anthem,” “Michael Jordan,” and “Nobody Beats the Fucking Drum,” Tony’s latest release does not disappoint. Featuring an ethereal lead-in, dirty vocal samples, and a breakdown that beats you over the head with a bass-driven synth party, “Facebased” will be taking over the festival circuit this summer.
BLACK RAINBOWS NEW ALBUM STREAM
One year only after the widely-acclaimed “Hawkdope”, Italy’s emblematic heavy psych trio BLACK RAINBOWS are set to release their fifth album “Stellar Prophecy” this April 15th on Heavy Psych Sounds. Brace yourselves, a tidal wave of fuzz is coming.
CHANCE THE RAPPER “ANGELS”
Chance the Rapper is running his career the same way he runs a beat. He’s finding paths other emcees can’t even spot. His resume has been celebrated, but it’s worth stating again. He’s released the first free project on iTunes, he’s headlined festivals, he’s recorded with Madonna, and now he’s performed on SNL…twice. The Harriet Tubman of the underground, he’s blazing a trail for future emcees to follow. Kanye was begging labels to let him in. Chance is fighting them off with a stick. They didn’t want Kanye but they’d kill to have Chance.
LAYNE PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “GOOD” VIA ALL THINGS GO
Premiering on All Things Go, LAYNE’s new single “Good” has taken their life experience and journeys and turned them into crafty and heartfelt indie pop. The moody, emotion-laden rock driven by front woman Layne Putnam’s songwriting artistry puts LAYNE in a category shared by few.
URSA MAJOR “5AM”
5AM discusses a person, down on their luck, escaping the normality of the work place and adventuring into the wilderness in an attempt to embrace the night. This is the general theme of my upcoming album. Escapism.
RIHANNA’S SINGLE “WORK” FROM ANTI HITS #1 ON THE HOT 100 FOR THE 8TH WEEK AND #1 ON DANCE CHART
Rihanna’s single “Work” from ANTI is #1 on the Hot 100 chart for the 8th week, moving into the #2 position on Rihanna’s personal all time Hot 100 chart toppers list. “Work” is also #1 on this week’s Dance Chart.
With this eighth week at the #1 spot, Rihanna has spent 59 total weeks via her 14 leading singles at No. 1 tying The Beatles (59) for the second-most weeks at #1 ever on the Hot 100.
SEAL HEADS TO VEGAS MAY 21
Intrigue, the newest concept in nightlife opening April 28th at Wynn Las Vegas, presents multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Seal in concert on Saturday, May 21st, at 8 p.m.
Seal will be performing hits from his illustrious 20-plus-year career, as well as new songs from his current album, Seal 7, during this special presentation, entitled Seal: An Intimate Evening.
Originally born in London, Seal’s inimitable voice was first heard on Adamski’s 1991 club smash “Killer.” Another Top 10 hit ‘Crazy” arrived shortly thereafter as Seal went on to achieve global and critical acclaim with his debut, entitled Seal. Songs such as the legendary “Kiss From a Rose” would turn him into a superstar as he garnered three GRAMMY awards for ‘Song of the Year,’ ‘Record of the Year,’ and ‘Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.’ His worldwide album sales exceed 30 million plus.
Named for the Japanese “suicide forest” near Mount Fuji, the video is a meditation on near-death, out-of-body experiences, and was directed by Adam Seaward and made through partnership with FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
Earmilk has premiered the video ahead of the April 22, 2016 release of Programm’s debut full-length album, A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion (via The Hand Recordings).
ROBERT FRANCIS “FIRE ENGINE RED”
Robert Francis returns with his new album Fire Engine Red, coming May 13th on Aeronaut Records. The eight-song release was produced by Robert himself at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, CA and Testa Studios in Leon, Mexico, with engineering and mixing by Martin Pradler (The Pretenders, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Ry Cooder).
The album’s title track will serve as its lead single, the video for which makes its debut today courtesy of BlackBook Magazine.
VICTIMS ALBUM STREAM
This Friday, long-running Stockholm hardcore crust malefactors, VICTIMS, will release their anticipated Sirens full-length via Tankcrimes. The band’s first full-length since 2011’s critically-lauded A Dissident was tracked at Studio Gutterview by Fred Estby (Dismember, At The Gates, Refused), mastered at Audiosiege by Brad Boatright (Iron Reagan, Nails, Integrity), and features the expected white-knuckled surges of angst as well as some more expansive elements throughout the album, all enshrouded in a barbed-wire vocal delivery, packed with unstoppable gang-chants and inescapable hooks.
KLAUS JOHANN GROBE NEW VIDEO
Driven by an organic, metronomic beat aligned with synth, chant-like vocals and a monstrous funky bass, this is seriously bum-waggling electro-freak goodness. The music does seem to aim towards a certain kind of hypnosis, particularly as the sleeping pill echo-heavy vocals cycle over the locked grooves the pair throw down.
Klaus Johann Grobe are certainly aiming towards the more dance-orientated arena of Kraut music, aligning the metro pulse of Klaus Dinger and Kraftwerk’s calculators to more biological factors – kind of like moss growing on the mainframe.
BILLY RAY CYRUS SUPPPORTS LGBT
Billy Ray Cyrus joins a list of artists, including Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen, that are standing up against the discriminatory bills that are threatening the rights and safety of the LGBT community.
“I would feel negligent to not speak up,” said Cyrus. “In light of my good friend Bryan Adams taking a stand and my daughter having been on the ground floor of this movement, this issue is very important to me. As a friend and dad… I’ve witnessed this fight from the very beginning. I think everyone should be treated equal. We’ve come too far; we can’t mess this up.”
The announcement comes after it was released that Adams was canceling an upcoming show in Mississippi to protest the state’s new pro-discrimination law targeting the LGBT community.
ROYCE 5’9 ALBUM VIA THE EXCLUSIVE PITCHFORK STREAM
Bad Half Entertainment is pleased to announce that on Friday, April 15, label head, Royce 5’9″ delivers his sixth solo LP, the aptly titled, Layers. The 17-track collection, finds the Detroit MC in peak form with his signature irreverence allowing him to easily navigate topics both personal and worldly with songs ranging from autobiographical to anecdotal to political.
BRAD COLE FULL ALBUM STREAMING WITH GLIDE MAGAZINE
Brad Cole’s passionate delivery of roots-based folk music, woven with the grit and groove of old school bossa and rhythm & blues moves the listener’s soul in a direction that is unexpected, yet perfectly familiar. Cold releases Lay It Down this Friday, April 15 but our friends at Glide Magazine have the advance stream of the album along with a Q&A with Brad ahead of the release.
ZIG ZAGS BLISTERING ALBUM-OPENER “THEY CAME FOR US” PREMIERES ON CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Los Angeles based bone-head savants Zig Zags are no-nonsense 80’s style thrash with a magpie eye for deep-fried pop culture detritus. Following their debut on In The Red, their blistering new album Running Out of Red has been announced for a May 20th release date on Castle Face Records. Today Consequence of Sound premiered the new track “They Came For Us,” which can be heard on Soundcloud here. The new album was recorded with Chris Woodhouse (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Wand) at The Dock in Sacramento CA.
PITY SEX PREMIERE “PIN A STAR”
This week, Ann Arbor quartet Pity Sex premiered “Pin A Star,” the newest single from their forthcoming second album ‘White Hot Moon’ out April 29th on Run For Cover, and confirmed PWR BTTM and Petal will support all dates on their headlining North American tour. “The group’s effortless arrangement and instrumentation recalls some of today’s best indie acts, like Mitski, and Deep Sea Diver,” raves SPIN.com about the track, written and sung primarily by guitarist Britty Drake and featuring harmonies by guitarist Brennan Greaves. Drake told SPIN of the song’s inspiration: “I am a long-term planner by nature–very goal oriented. “Pin A Star” is basically an antithesis to the way I live my life. It’s a reminder to live in the moment from time to time.”
NUDIE NEW SINGLE
Country troubadour Nudie embarks on an Eastern Canadian tour in support of his new album, Everything’s Different In The Night, available on April 22, 2016.
SWERVE NEW VIDEO
“We feel that Everything (Hey Girl) has a slinky, moody vibe to it, but like a lot of our songs it doesn’t take itself too seriously. With that in mind, we wanted the video to be a kind of a playful dark comedy- something that might straddle the line between moody sincerity and silly humor. To create the video’s trippy, drunken effect, we actually filmed the clip in double time and then slowed it down to match up with the audio track!”
The chorus is “I’ve been living in the city so long/where everything is covered by smog/and everything I wanted was wrong”
BUFFALO SUMMER NEW ALBUM
Big, bluesy, heavy and full of soul, Southern Welsh rockers BUFFALO SUMMER are the latest ‘future legends’ to sign with the home of legends, UDR Music. Proudly proclaiming that they ‘bring the soul from the coal’, BUFFALO SUMMER bristle with the warm, rich old-school tones of groups such as Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Jack White and Deep Purple, and their reputation as one of the most electric new live rock bands in Europe has seen them share gigs with the likes of Duff McKagan, Ugly Kid Joe, Soundgarden and Black Sabbath.
Their brand new album, Second Sun, a bubbling-fresh selection of songs produced by Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees, REM, Queens of The Stone Age, Walking Papers), will be released via UDR Music on May 20, 2016.
BURN ANNOUNCE ‘FROM THE ASHES’ EP & STREAM IT IN ITS ENTIRETY
Legendary hardcore band BURN have returned with their first recorded output since 2001’s Cleanse LP. Titled From the Ashes, this three-song EP will be released July 15th on Bridge Nine Records and is in its entirety today on Noisey.
BURN vocalist Chaka Malik commented on the EP: “BURN has so much left to share that it was inevitable that we would regroup at some point in time. With the flames stoked high in our personal lives, the intensity and passion that makes us who we are as a band needs to come to light once again.”
YOUNG DOLPH “HOW COULD”
Young Dolph is on his high horse, and rightfully so. “Bought a Rolls Royce just to smoke kush in it,” he boasts in his latest video single, “How Could.” With a stronghold on his hometown of Memphis, the prolific artist is has been making waves around the country, inviting them into his world on his debut album, King of Memphis, which released in February via EMPIRE. Young Dolph proves he can deliver a compelling full-length all on his own, shouldering the 11-track load without any guest rappers. Noisey, who debuted the album, says “King of Memphis is a solid debut album from one of the most quietly popular artists in the South right now, and it’s well worth your time.”
Hailing from Florence, Italy, production/DJ duo Ckrono & Slesh have championed global club music with their fusion of dub, UK funky, Afro house, baile funk, and more. Now, the pair are returning with a six-track EP of genre-bending sound called ‘Kayapo.’ Out April 4via the group’s imprint Voodoo Rebel, ‘Kayapo’ is a quintessential club record that has a little bit of every culture spliced in. From trap-leaning “Goldfishing” to hip-hop cut “Vodka Tonic,” ‘Kayapo’ flexes the pairs ability to masterfully execute a number of sonic styles with expert skill.
SANZU NEW SINGLES
Forged just three years ago in Perth, Australia, SANZU is a unique beast that has unleashed heavy music in a way that utilizes diversity and originality without straying too far from its death metal foundation. Melodic sawblade riffs meet savage basslines and earth-quaking percussion manifesting a rhythm section that thunders and grooves in unison with unrestrained vocal assaults akin to some malformed diabolic beast MetalSucks likened to Gojira and Morbid Angel.
THE PAPER KITES ANNOUNCE NATIONAL ‘MIDNIGHT’ TOUR + VIDEO FOR ‘RENEGADE’
Aussie dream-folksters, The Paper Kites have today delivered their most aesthetically pleasing video yet for their hazy heartwarmer, Renegade, directed by the renowned Dan Huiting (Bon Iver). To celebrate the clip, and the success of their critically acclaimed LP, twelvefour, the band have also announced their Midnight national tour, kicking off at Enmore Theatre in Sydney on June 23, moving through Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and wrapping in Adelaide at the Norwood Town Hall on July 2.
2016 A&R NETWORK’S MUSEXPO
This will mark the 12 year anniversary of the MUSEXPO in Los Angeles celebrating inspiration, imagination, creative business and networking. Taking place from April 17 – 20, 2016 at the historic and newly-renovated Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, the original home of the Oscars. Every year MUSEXPO brings in top companies and creative minds of the music industry together to discuss the future trends and innovations that are on the horizon.
As in past years MUSEXPO will host some of the most influential and inspiring music and media minds from around the globe. Speakers include legendary newsman Larry King, CBS director Kevin Weatherly, Universal Pictures president Mike Knobloch, and Neil Warnock, head of worldwide music at United Talent Agency, to name just a few.
CMT PREMIERES KIEFER SUTHERLAND’S “NOT ENOUGH WHISKEY”
Kiefer Sutherland pours out a healthy shot of heartache in the exclusive broadcast premiere of “Not Enough Whiskey” on CMT, CMT MUSIC (formerly CMT Pure) and CMT.com.
“Kiefer keeps it raw and reflective with his distinctive voice and the narrative of this cinematic video. And it’s just a great country song,” said Leslie Fram, CMT Senior VP of Music Strategy.
KVELERTAK RELEASE NEW TRACK “BERSERKR”
Roadrunner Records group Kvelertak have released a second track titled “Berserkr” off their anticipated new LP NATTESFERD. The new track made its premiere via Stereogum who raved, “NATTESFERD is easily Kvelertak’s most consistent album, and from front to back, their best.”
SOLIDS EP STREAM
Solids’ 2014 debut LP Blame Confusion (Fat Possum/Dine Alone) was lauded for its revved-up take on alt-rock from the early ’90s. Its poppy melodies set against a dense, relentless soundscape pointed to guitarist Xavier Germain-Poitras and drummer Louis Guillemette’s formative years in the hardcore scene.
‘Stranger’ is the debut single from upcoming Gold Coast band TH’FIKA. The track as the name suggests, talks about the emotions related to becoming a ‘stranger’ in somebody elses eyes. ‘Stranger’ is a creative response of disappointment and anger to a one sided relationship. Originally It was never meant to be a song for the band but an emotional vent to gain closure. When Michael heard Lily sing stranger in its raw essence he could feel her pain. They re-wrote the song from two perspectives; a back and forth argumentative song. This being one out of the two Alt/Rock songs on their EP, it really came together when drummer Mitch Clark got involved. Stranger is the harsh reality of growing apart which you get to hear from the vulnerable exchange of vocals.
HEMINGWAY NEW SINGLE
Popular Brisbane band Hemingway will release their new single “Unified” on May 6th through The A&R Department shortly before taking off on an Australian headline tour in July.
Brothers Brad and Christian Hemingway have been making music together since they could hold an instrument, a “do or die” pact to make a career out of the music they love to write. Sourcing bassist Cheyne Starkie and drummer Brad “Animal” Williams from their circle of friends to form Brisbane four-piece Hemingway, a unique blend of Alternative-Rock, Funk and Reggae in January 2015.
STRONG ASIAN MOTHERS NEW SINGLE
Today, London based trio Strong Asian Mothers are sharing new single ‘Out Of Love’ – the second cut to be revealed from their forthcoming debut EP – ‘Lynx Africa’.
Stream new single ‘Out Of Love’:
BMI TO HONOR PROLIFIC COMPOSER JAMES NEWTON HOWARD
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, will present the BMI Icon Award for outstanding career achievement to prolific composer James Newton Howard at the Company’s 2016 Film & Television Awards. In addition, David Newman will receive the Classic Contribution Award for his advocacy of film music performances in concert halls, most notably through his work with the American Youth Symphony. The annual ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 11, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The private event will also honor the composers of the past year’s top-grossing films, top-rated primetime network television series and highest-ranking cable network programs.
BMI will bestow the Icon Award to James Newton Howard for his impactful contribution in the realm of film and television music. “We are thrilled to honor James, an exquisite musician and prolific composer whose glorious music is as inspiring as he is,” said Doreen Ringer-Ross, BMI Vice President, Film/TV Relations. “He is truly one of the most revered film composers in the world because of his masterful chameleon-like skills.”
HANNAH WANTS NEW SINGLE
Continuing 2016 in spectacular fashion, Hannah Wants will release ‘Dot Com’ on renowned dance music label Cr2 Records, out 29th April 2016.
Fresh from a UK Tour, Hannah Wants continues to preach her bass-orientated, garage influenced sound to the masses. With her name firmly fixed on festival bills all over the globe this summer, Hannah Wants shows no sign of stopping any time soon.
LUKA SOL NEW SINGLE
L.A. electronic-pop artist Luka Sol has shared his newest single, “Unknown ft. Natalie M”, over at the popular music blog The Burning Ear.
“Not sure if the voices serenading me are coming from this world or another but I’m totally into where they are taking me and how they sing to the rhythm of their tiny wings.” – Brandon, The Burning Ear
MAGIC! NEW SINGLE & ALBUM
Following the release of their latest single “Lay You Down Easy” feat. Sean Paul, global reggae-pop quarter MAGIC! earned the distinction of having the #1 most added single on Top 40 and Hot AC on Canadian Radio, scoring a #1 debut on Billboard’s Reggae Digital Songs chart and topping 2 million Spotify streams and 1 million views on Vevo in just over two weeks. The band aims to capitalize on this imminent success with their sophomore album ‘Primary Colors’, out July 1 on Latium/RCA Records /Sony Music Intl.
BRAD WHITFORD & DEREK ST. HOLMES
The dynamic duo of Whitford/St. Holmes are ready to reunite and reclaim the rock magic they first produced over thirty years ago! Featuring Aerosmith guitarist, Brad Whitford and Ted Nugent vocalist/guitarist, Derek St. Holmes, the duo of Whitford/St. Holmes is back together and ready to release their exciting new studio album this June, with a nationwide tour immediately following.
It was 1981 when Whitford, who had left Aerosmith, first teamed up with Derek St. Holmes to release their self-titled debut. Tracks like “Sharpshooter” and “Whisky Woman” carried on the stadium rock n roll style that made them famous. The album received critical acclaim and they did a successful round of tour dates before returning to their respective bands and shelving the duo. Until now!
RLYR ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM DELAYER + SHARE FIRST SINGLE “SLIPSTREAM SUMMER”
Magic Bullet Records has slated Delayer, the debut album from Chicago’s RLYR (pronounced “relayer”), to be released June 17. The trio boasts a lineup comprised of some of the most esteemed members of the city’s experimental rock community: Steven Hess (also of Locrian), Colin DeKuiper (also of Bloodiest, ex: Russian Circles) and Trevor Shelley de Brauw (also of Pelican). Existing at some hypnotic cross-section of guitar-forward indie, noise, punk, prog, and post-punk, the band represents some of the most energized music in each player’s storied career.