DRAKE WHITE CONTINUES “LIVIN’ THE DREAM” IN NEW MUSIC VIDEO
With two of the most important figures in his life as his co-stars, Drake White continues “Livin’ the Dream” in his new music video, out now on Vevo. Watch here.
VICETONE EP STREAM
Vicetone introduce their debut Aurora EP. The five-track inaugural effort sticks closely to the duo’s fast-paced melodic style while taking the time to tell a story. That story is filled with bubbly synths, groovy basslines, and fluttery keys. Aurora is more than just a dance record, which becomes more and more evident with each listen through as each track is influenced as much by a classical symphony as modern dancefloor zeitgeist.
RAY LAMONTAGNE RELEASES ‘360’ MUSIC VIDEO
Grammy Award winner Ray LaMontagne has released a ‘360’ music video for single, “Hey, No Pressure” via Facebook today. Click here to watch. The video, which was directed by Oscar winner Peter Martin, was in collaboration with Jaunt Studios, the leading producer and publisher of fully-immersive cinematic virtual reality experiences. In March, Jaunt released the video through their Jaunt VR app (https://www.jauntvr.com/title/be11d014d0). The experience offers fans a fresh way to enjoy Ray’s music in a jaw-dropping, fully-immersive visual experience.
SEMINAL GUITARIST PUNKY MEADOWS (EX-ANGEL) TO RELEASE FIRST-EVER SOLO ALBUM
Seminal guitarist Punky Meadows (Ex-Angel) is set to release his first-ever solo album, FALLEN ANGEL, on May 20th via Main Man Records. The offering will be the first new music from the guitarist in years and features the soaring guitars and arena-sized rock sounds for which Punky Meadows and Angel came to be known.
Of the new album, Punky Meadows commented, “It feels great to be back and I can’t wait for all my fans to hear my new album. It’s badass, rocks and every song will have you rockin’ and singing along. This album is diversified and has something for everyone while still keeping true to form. Everyone who played on this record had amazing performances and made this album killer! We run the streets! This is the album you will be playing in your house, in your car, when you work out and anywhere else your ears will take you. Long live rock n’ roll!”
CHEAP TRICK CELEBRATES ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION
Cheap Trick is celebrating a wide range of high profile activity including last Friday’s long awaited induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The induction honors the legendary band and the pioneering sound that has earned them total record sales well in excess of 20 million featured appearances and more than 40 international gold and platinum certifications.
Cheap Trick were the final inductees at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held Friday, April 8th at Brooklyn, NY’s Barclays Center and filmed for broadcast later this month on HBO. The one and only Kid Rock officially inducted the band with a classic speech, hailing Cheap Trick as “a garage band in sheep’s clothing. They had a punk soul, a pop heartbeat and Beatles ambitions…They’ve been knocked down, but they’ve never stopped and they’re still out there racking up the miles and playing every show like it’s their first.” The Rockford, IL-based band’s original lineup of Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm guitar), Rick Nielsen (lead guitar), Tom Petersson (bass guitar), and Bun E. Carlos (drums) each accepted the honor.
METRIC’S JOSHUA WINSTEAD PREMIERES VIDEO “OPEN HEART”
“Open Heart,” the new video from Joshua Winstead, premieres via PopMatters calling it “a sincere, uplifting slice of soulful pop.”
TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS RETURN TO THE STAGE AFTER THREE-YEAR HIATUS
Jamaican Reggae and Ska legend Toots and the Maytals, will return to the stage for a run of shows in June on the west coast of North America and in New York City. This tour will celebrate the culmination of three years of extensive physical rehabilitation for Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, after the tragic incident in May 2013 in Richmond, VA, when a glass liquor bottle was thrown from the audience and struck him in the forehead during a performance, severely injuring the singer.
“It has been a difficult three years,” said Hibbert. “But I am very happy to be able to now get back together with my musical family and prepare to share my music once again with my incredible fans.”
NEW SINGLE BY NURII
We are delighted to present you with the newest single from one of our fastest growing artists – Nurii. The Kenya based DJ and producer is back with his latest offering ‘Devotion’ which is out now via Ensis Records.
LISTEN TO FIRST RELEASE “ECHOES” FEATURING ELKKA BY FOSSA BEATS
Los Angeles based record label Mad Decent, founded by Diplo, has officially launched its new free-release imprint, Good Enuff. Good Enuff will be a daily hub for new innovative music and young talent that the imprint finds by offering artists a quick, nimble and flexible platform to deliver their music to the masses. In order to encourage “word of mouth” discovery, Good Enuff will premiere a new track every weekday and make it readily available for download. The first release “Echoes” featuring Elkka comes from Australian producer Fossa Beats.
BRONSON x JAH TIGER x MEYHEM
Action Bronson just dropped the first track from his forthcoming mixtape Blue Chips 7000. The track, featuring Jah Tiger and Meyhem Lauren, was recorded in Jamaica while filming the forthcoming episode of F*CK, THAT’S DELICIOUS. Check out the trailer for that and the new track below.
“DEVIL’S NIGHT” VIDEO
US thrash metal band GREEN DEATH has premiered their new music video for the song “Devil’s Night”, the track is taken from their second album “Manufacturing Evil” available through EMP Label Group/eOne in USA since April and out in Europe on May 20 via EMP Label Group/SPV.
NOTAKER DEBUT EP
Hailing from St. Louis, producer/artist Notaker is making a statement with his melodically-focused, authentically progressive three track EP out now via trance stalwart Jaytech’s Positronic Digital imprint – as premiered via tastemaker media outlet, Earmilk.
“This EP is a tasteful collection of my productions inspired by a wide range of genres and styles that combine the epic past with the modern era of progressive music.” – Notaker
HANDS LIKE HOUSES TOUR
Canberra, Australia rockers Hands Like Houses return to North America as main support for Enter Shikari on The Mindsweep Tour this week in support of their third full-length studio album Dissonants, out now via Rise Records. Kicking off on Friday, April 15th in Seattle, the trek will take the band across the US and Canada for six weeks before wrapping up with a slot at this year’s Rock on the Range in Columbus, OH on May 22nd, joining that day’s lineup alongside Deftones, At The Drive-In, Bring Me the Horizon and more.
In addition to serving as main support on The Mindsweep Tour this Spring, Hands Like Houses are thrilled to announce a handful of headlining dates throughout, including stops in Fresno, CA (4/13), Richmond, VA (5/2), Springfield, MO (5/12), and Buffalo, NY (5/20). Tickets for all shows can be purchased via:
B3D REMIX BILL WITHER’S HIT SONG “AIN’T NO SUNSHINE”
New York-based dark pop duo, B3D, release their remix to Bill Wither’s hit song, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” The track was exclusively premiered on Next2Shine who said, “It’s flavored with eerie melodies and downtempo production, but nonetheless a nocturnal track that has a comfortability to the darkness. Hauntingly beautiful structure makes for a fabulous rework of the timeless tune.” “Ain’t No Sunshine” is the third single off their upcoming debut EP, Reimagined.
CHAIM TANNENBAUM NEW SINGLE
For over five decades, Chaim Tannenbaum has quietly become a folk music legend, one who has happily devoted his time, talent, wisdom, and support to the musical careers of others. A multi-instrumentalist who has honed his craft since childhood, he’s been a long-time collaborator of many, most notably the extended Wainwright-McGarrigle clan, dating back to the mid-1960’s. He’s appeared on over 20 albums in one form or another, as a player or producer, yet never considered having a music career himself despite the constant urging of friends, family, and fans. That is, until now. At age 68, Tannenbaum will release his long-awaited self-titled debut album on May 27th through StorySound Records. Today, CBC Music unveiled the first look at the album with the “delicate and tender” first single “London Longing for Home.”
LUKAS GRAHAM DEBUTS AT #3 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200
Lukas Graham’s widely acclaimed self-titled debut – released last week via Warner Bros. Records – has secured the #3 spot on the Billboard Top 200. As Billboard reports, this marks the “largest first-week for a group’s debut full-length album in over a year.” The album is seeing similar success around the world, debuting at #1 in Australia and Canada, #2 in the UK and New Zealand and #5 in Ireland.
Breakout lead single “7 Years” continues its rapid climb up the charts. With almost 300 million streams on Spotify globally, the song remains at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and is growing at multiple radio formats – currently #3 at Hot AC, #10 at Top 40, #13 at Mainstream Radio, and #17 at Triple A – with over 640 million in audience to date.
TILES ALBUM STREAM
Revolver Magazine is currently exclusively streaming the entire sixth studio album by Detroit progressive rock kingpins TILES, the mighty Pretending 2 Run, several days ahead of its worldwide release through Laser’s Edge this week. Produced by Terry Brown (Rush, Fates Warning), and with artwork by Hugh Syme (Iron Maiden, Rush, Dream Theater), Pretending 2 Run features guest musicians hailing from such acts as Jethro Tull, Miles Davis, Dream Theater, Steven Wilson Band, Porcupine Tree, and many others, encompassing nearly one-hundred minutes of absolute top-tier prog rock.
LONDON’S THE BOXER REBELLION PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO
London quartet The Boxer Rebellion are pleased to reveal the music video for ‘Big Ideas’, the first single from its highly anticipated new album Ocean By Ocean (Friday, April 29, Absentee Recordings/Kobalt). The video sees the band transformed into sin city gangsters, thrown into a sleazy grime story of a femme fatale, corrupt cop and a crime family in conflict. It was filmed and edited in Hollywood earlier this year by notable director/animator Adam Avilla (Kurt Vile, Red Fang, Giraffage).
DIRTYBIRD 2016 VIDEO PROMO
Longer days, warmer nights, and birds returning home can only mean one thing – it’s almost time to go back to Camp. DIRTYBIRD Campout couldn’t agree more and today offers a nostalgic teaser video for the October 7-9 event, a glimpse into the wacky world imagined by Head Counselor Claude VonStroke. Campers will recall the grass on their knees, BBQ sauce on their cheeks and tunes from some of the world’s best DJs, this is nostalgia to revel in.
The video lays out Claude’s vision for creating an escape for music fans, a lighthearted adventure complete with sun soaked slip-n-slides, mud drenched tug-o-war, and booty shaking beats for 3 days straight. When Campers weren’t throwing water balloons with J.Phlip, shooting arrows with Justin Martin, eating BBQ with Grill$on or fishing with Ardalan, they were breaking it down at The Birdhouse stage to the soundtrack of electronic’s most acclaimed artists.
KRISTIN KONTROL DEBUTS NEW TRACK “SHOW ME”
Kristin Kontrol – aka Dee Dee, leader of internationally acclaimed rock outfit Dum Dum Girls – released a new song today. “Show Me,” with all its synth-sax flourishes and minimal groove, premiered on i-D HERE.
NEW ALBUM & SINGLE FROM CLARENCE BUCARO
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro will release his new album, Pendulum, on May 20 via 2020 Records. Bucaro – praised by The New York Times for his “cozy songs that hark back to the late 1960’s Van Morrison” – co-produced the set of 10 original songs with Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams) at The Loft, Wilco’s Chicago recording studio.
MANTAR ALBUM STREAM
With the release of Ode To The Flame, the upcoming full-length from Northern Germany-based metal duo, MANTAR now less than a week away, today Decibel Magazine delivers the nihilistic offering its scorching entirety noting: “MANTAR have a thing for destroying stuff by fire. Their debut full-length, 2014’s Death By Burning, roasted away all the unnecessary to create a raw, straight-forward stomp of blackened doom punk that made for existential inquiry to the tune of a punchy beat. Sophomore Ode To The Flame spreads that inferno, scorching through forty-plus minutes of atmosphere-drenched vitriol. Or, if that sounds like way too much talking and not enough headbanging, ignore our description and stream the full album below to be scorched/crushed back to the primordial muck of prehuman existence.”
FKI 1ST “FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH” WITH NJOMZA
While FKi 1st isn’t new to those in-the-know on the Atlanta scene, today he shares his first song from an upcoming project with Diplo’s Mad Decent. FKi 1st is credited for discovering Post Malone and co-producing “White Iverson”, along with 2 Chainz “Watch Out” and production for Travis Scott, Jeremih, Juicy J and more.
STEVEN SODERBERGH MAKES HIS FIRST MUSIC VIDEO
DTCV have premiered their latest video, “Historie Seule”, via Pitchfork. The video was directed by Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Traffic).
ELLIPHANT PREMIERES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “SPOON ME”
Hot on the heels of the release of her brand new album “Living Life Golden,” Elliphant has premiered the official video for her Skrillex produced track “Spoon Me.” The video – premiered on Noisey.com – was directed by Aisha Linnea & Shahbaz Shigri and shot in Pakistan and Islamabad. “I met Veena, Saima and Zaini in Islamabad. Three beautiful and brave people” Elliphant explains of her co-stars in the video. “When I met the girls I knew they would star in it and give it that realness I always look for in my videos.”
ACAPULCO LIPS NEW VIDEO
Draped in sheets, in a room adorned with skulls, candles, and spider webs, Acapulco Lips tune into their creepy side with their latest video for “Awkward Waltz,” directed by Magalie Laroche. As singer and bassist Maria-Elena Juarez told Music & Riots Magazine about the song:
“‘Awkward Waltz’ is about our favorite DIY venue in Seattle, Black Lodge. My thought was that there’s this really great thing going on so close to the center of town that does so much for the independent music community, and as things start to change its existence could potentially be threatened. So the song’s message is pretty much, to anyone that may try to disrupt, ‘Move along. There’s nothing to see here.’”
Produced by Colin Buchanan (Paper Lions, Sorrey), the new single evokes a feel-good, love-of-the-night emotion with its infectious melodies and effervescent synths. Lyrically, “Nights” embraces curiosity, change, and a search for new experiences, nodding at the progression in Coyote’s sound and direction.
Hailing from Charlottetown, PE, Coyote is a band that thrives on massive guitar hooks, synth-forward arrangements, and life-affirming lyrics. Their sophomore release, Proof of Life, is nominated for three 2016 East Coast Music Awards including Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Rising Star Recording of the Year.
VANDAVEER SHARE CAPTIVATING NEW VIDEO VIA NPR
Three weeks away from the release of The Wild Mercury, Vandaveer are debuting a captivating new animated video, directed by Michael Lloyd, via NPR.
“A Little Time Off Ahead” is an upbeat number off the fifth, and career-defining LP for the band. The video’s “storybook” aesthetic, coupled with the syrup-sweet doubled vocal delivery of the song, could have easily touched on saccharine with many other collaborators, but predictably, with the earnest talents of both frontman Mark Charles Heidinger, and director Michael Lloyd, the end result dovetails as well as fans might hope.
MOOGFEST 2016 UNVEILS FULL SCHEDULE AND VENUES FOR PERFORMANCES
Moogfest 2016 today unveiled the full schedule for the expansive four-day festival. Exploring the future of technology, art, and music, the festival includes more than 300 musical performances, daytime workshops, conversations, masterclasses, film screenings, live scores, durational sound installations, and multiple interactive art experiences.
Moogfest celebrates the legacy of Bob Moog, a visionary engineer who pioneered the analog synthesizer and other technology tools used by artists like Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, and Kraftwerk. This year’s program will feature over 250 innovators in music, art, and technology — from Gary Numan (3 nights), GZA (2 nights), Grimes and Laurie Anderson, to virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and transhumanist visionary Dr. Martine Rothblatt. For the first time, Moogfest takes place in Durham, North Carolina, a fast-growing capital of technology, culture and entrepreneurship.
BLACKTREE TV NAMES DARREN D. DICKERSON PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
BlackTree TV, YouTube’s #1 distributor of urban entertainment content and a leader in lifestyle broadcast programming, today names Darren D.Dickerson President and Chief Executive Officer. As President, Dickerson assumes responsibility for BlackTree Media Group and BlackTree TV (BTV), which also acquires Dickerson’s successful entertainment PR firm, DSD Publicity Consulting, in a deal brokered by FaithMight LLC to bring the companies “under one tree.”
“It is an exciting and important time at BlackTree Media, we are growing to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse marketplace and Darren’s experience is perfectly suited to expand our brand,” says Jamaal Finkley, Chairman of BlackTree. “As an early-adopter in the digital space we continue to lead the new media revolution by adding original content and broadcast platforms to our successful digital brand.”
KRONIC RELEASES ‘DARK SHAPES’
Australian-born producer Kronic continues to make massive waves every time he jets back and forth across the Pacific — his signature hybrid of electronic and hip hop production styles in tow. “Dark Shapes” features the vocal talents of rising Sydney vocalist Xavier Dunn and Lupe Fiasco’s frequent collaborator Nikki Jean and marks the first taste from his forthcoming EP.
WILLIAM TYLER “GONE CLEAR”
William wrote of his inspiration behind the new songs: As I crisscrossed the country on tour, I spent a lot of time listening to what would at first seem to be disparate streams of music: ’70s country and ’70s German rock. Yet, I was able to connect the dots in my head about what united the beat of Waylon Jennings, Don Williams, and Barefoot Jerry with the “motorik” crawl of Neu!, Kraftwerk, and Harmonia. If nothing else, all of it sure as hell was great driving music. I wanted to figure out a way to make an album that tapped into both universes: hillbilly truckers and synth-soaked Teutons.
ALARIC NEW SINGLE
End Of Mirrors is the forthcoming full-length from Oakland-based dark punk conjurors ALARIC. Set for global release on May 6th, 2016 on CD, vinyl, and digitally via Neurot Recordings, and on cassette via Sentient Ruin Laboratories, the record was captured and mixed by Skot Brown at Kempton House Studios and provides an emotional and deeply physical journey through inky, blackened sonic murk, devoid of all hope.Oppressive, gloomy, and epically grandiose, each of the seven psalms comprising End Of Mirrors is at once beautiful and unsettling.
BABEHEAVEN RELEASE “HEAVEN (MAKENESS REMIX)”
Babeheaven were born out of a long-standing friendship between singer Nancy and guitarist Jamie, who started spending time together in earnest while working on the same street in the Ladbroke Grove neighborhood of London (she in her grandmother’s antique shop; he in a soul-destroying stint at an organic farm store).
BILL ANDERSON SIGNS WITH THE KINKEAD ENTERTAINMENT AGENCY FOR BOOKING REPRESENTATION
Country music icon “Whisperin’” Bill Anderson has signed with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency for booking representation. Bob Kinkead will serve as his agent and is based in the agency’s Nashville office.
“I’m really excited about joining Bob and his agency. His is the ’boutique’ approach to booking, with a limited number of artists and a lot of individual attention given to each one. His 30-plus year reputation as an agent in Nashville is impeccable,” Bill Anderson said in a statement. “Plus, if we ever have to have a meeting at midnight, he lives only three houses and one boat dock away from where I live on Old Hickory Lake!”
“ON THE COUCH”
Karen Meat is a Des Moines, IA-based rock band, formed in 2014 and comprised of Arin Eaton, Brad Turk, John Huffman, and Phil Young. Led by Eaton, a Nashville transplant who used to work for Music City’s Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp, her blunt, conversational barstool drawl drawl suggests a landlocked American cousin to Courtney Barnett.
SIMPLE PLAN RELEASE RETRO NEW VIDEO FOR “SINGING IN THE RAIN”
Simple Plan has released a new video for “Singing In The Rain” that takes the band back to 1964. The video is streaming on the band’s YouTube channel here: