DESSY DI LAURO x RIC’KEY PAGEOT DEBUT AS NEW MUSIC DUO WITH HOTEL CAFE RESIDENCY
Singer-songwriter, neo-ragtime vocalist Dessy Di Lauro and musical director/producer Ric’key Pageot (touring keyboardist to Madonna and writer for Jill Scott and Earth Wind & Fire) announce their official partnership as recording duo Parlor Social with a Residency at L.A.’s Hotel Cafe this summer. Read their exclusive interview on this announcement with AXS here.
Allen Foster of AXS remarks, “Parlor Social still wields the same evocative sound that earned award-winning vocalist Dessy Di Lauro the distinction of being named ‘Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists and Bands’ by Music Connection Magazine.”
SHIPS HAVE SAILED ON HUFFPO
The bands spearhead Will Carpenter noted that “‘Criminal’ was originally recorded with some very cinematic production for our album Moodswings. When re-imagining this song for our new EP, I found myself with a rare opportunity to strip down the arrangement and extend it as well.”
ELIJAH NEW SINGLE
This Summer, the Brooklyn-based artist Elijah will release their debut EP How’s Annie on Old Flame Records. This week, Impose Magazine premiered “How’s Annie,” the first single to be released from the EP.
2016 TONY AWARD® NOMINATIONS
Nominations in 24 competitive categories for the American Theatre Wing’s 70th Annual Antoinette Perry “Tony” Awards® were announced today by Tony Award-winning actress Nikki M. James and Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells at the Tony Award Nominations ceremony sponsored by IBM. The nominees were selected by an independent committee of 47 theatre professionals appointed by the Tony Awards Administration Committee. The 2016 Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. (The list of nominations follows.)
Marking 70 years of excellence on Broadway, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live from the Beacon Theatre on CBS, on Sunday, June 12th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay).
Legitimate theatrical productions opening in any of the 40 eligible Broadway theatres during the current season may be considered for Tony nominations. The 2015/2016 eligibility season began April 24, 2015 and ended April 29, 2016. The Tony Awards will be voted in 24 competitive categories by 846 members of the theatrical community.
USED CASSETTES ALBUM STREAM
Sunburnt, half-dazed and several piers down from the fluoride tide of the Korean Wave, Used Cassettes are a stomp-and-stagger rock band based in Seoul. Today on FLOOD Magazine stream the full album Rock n Rills due May 6th on MagicStrawberry Sound.
Used Cassettes’ tunes are served straight up like the Stones’, though maybe a bit sandier, and waterlogged by an unlikely drift of far-flung currents. The group may have met not far from Gangnam, but they hail from South Africa, Canada, and Detroit.
TASTYTREAT EP TEASER
Up-and-coming So Cal duo TastyTreat make their Buygore debut with their first ever EP, titled Wayward, set to be released May 20th. Take a sneak peek what to expect in “My Crew” featuring K Theory’s Malcolm Anthony, available now with iTunes pre-order!
MAX STYLER NEW SINGLE
Young Dim Mak protégé Max Styler is on a fearless conquest across the genre spectrum. His latest, “Show U How,” debuts a future bass sound that’s stacked with trickling ear candy. While songstress KARRA coats the record with a standout melody, Styler splashes it with bouncing chord progressions and reverberating trap kicks.
DAYA MAKES AWARDS SHOW DEBUT WITH RADIO DISNEY MUSIC AWARDS PERFORMANCE
Breakout musician DAYA made her awards show debut with a performance of her platinum-certified worldwide hit song “Hide Away” at the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA. The song was part of a mash-up performance with Kelsea Ballerini and her song “Peter Pan.” Daya was also nominated for Best New Artist at the ceremony.
Featured on her debut EP Daya, “Hide Away,” has garnered nearly 150 million streams on Spotify, a radio audience of more than 50 million, and more than 10 million views of its music video. “Hide Away” hit the Top 10 and Top 25 on Billboard’s Pop Songs and Hot 100 Charts, respectively.
CORONA ELECTRIC BEACH 2016
Following 2015’s expansion to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Miami, and Chicago, Corona’s event series Electric Beach has established itself as a leader in the EDM space bringing world-renowned DJs including Paper Diamond, SNBRN, Chromeo (DJ Set), Jillionaire of Major Lazer, Grandtheft, Bag Raiders, Will Sparks, Timmy Trumpet, AN21, TWRK, Ape Drums, Craze, Astronomar, and more to cities across North America.
Electric Beach has announced that 2016 will see its return to Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, and additionally, the series will expand to three additional markets – Dallas, Denver, and Atlanta. Kicked off April 18th with TJR in DC, Corona’s Electric Beach has a full summer of events already lined up. Cinco De Mayo weekend will return to Las Vegas on May 7th, and continue on to Los Angeles and Dallas later in the month.
McDONALD’S® CANADA FEATURES COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER ROBBY JOHNSON IN NEW AD CAMPAIGN
Robby Johnson’s journey from a small-town to the brink of stardom in Nashville is unique to say the least. It was made easier by his early love for American pop culture, which was only strengthened when he got a job at his local McDonald’s restaurant in Canada.
The restaurant chain has now reciprocated Johnson’s loyalty by hiring him again – this time as the star of a new ad campaign.
In a beautifully crafted commercial, Johnson goes back to his boyhood home, elementary and high schools and the McDonald’s where he worked to make ends meet.
SCYTHIA NEW SINGLE
Progressive/power folklore metal four-piece SCYTHIA recently announced the release of their fourth independent full-length album, Lineage, hitting stores this Wednesday, May 4. Pre-orders for Lineage are available now via the band’s Bandcamp page.
Last month, SCYTHIA released their first single from the album, entitled “Soldier’s Lament”, and now follows up with another new track, “Laugh of the Tsar”. You can listen to the new track now via BeatRoute Magazine:
CERISE NEW SINGLE “ST NICK”
LA by way of Chicago songstress Cerise is set to release her debut album ‘Smoke Screen Dreams,’ on June 24. This week she shares album standout “St. Nick.” Stream it over at Consequence of Sound and on SoundCloud.
Although music has been integral to Cerise’s life since as far back as she can remember, it was her teenage days spent listening to such dark and romantic luminaries as The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie And The Banshees that had the most dramatic effect. “That was the first time music really spoke to me,” she remembers. “The darkness and beauty of those bands seduced me into this other world and having a big interest in music. But it always seemed like it was the hardest thing in the world to actually do. To me, being a musician in a band seemed like being a ballerina- like you had to be trained for it from the age of six to become this amazing artist.”
MAXO KREAM X JOEY BADA$$
Houston and Brooklyn connect in Maxo Kream’s nostalgic new video for “1998,” featuring Joey Bada$$, filmed in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, premiered today by WorldStarHipHop. Filmed in the grainy style of ’90s home movies, the video finds the artist Passion of the Weiss called “Houston’s savior” and the Pro Era general echoing Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, chilling on the porch with a boombox and a blunt. “1998” is a highlight from Maxo’s acclaimed 2015 project #Maxo187, which debuted via Noisey and was labeled by Pitchfork as “a sinister and visceral portrait of Houston street life.”
MANNY DROPS NEW SINGLE “OUT MY WAY”
NYC-based R&B artist, Manny, announces the release of his debut EP, The Prequel. This project serves as the introduction to Manny’s professional projects, each piece offering an intimate look into his story. The lyric video for “Out My Way,” The Prequel’s lead single, has garnered over 20,000 views on YouTube since its release earlier this year.
First generation American, born in Massachusetts, Manny discovered his passion for music early on. He began penning lyrics in his free time at the age of 12. By age 14, Manny began to teach himself to play the piano, program beats and record full-length songs on his computer. While studying at Salem State University at age 17, Manny began honing his vocals skills. Around that time the budding musician joined the university’s chorus, started vocal lessons and officially took on his stage name, “Manny.” After graduation he settled in both Miami and Los Angeles before touching down in New York to dive head first into his professional music career.
THE MOVEMENT “GOLDEN” CHARTS & VIDEO
The Movement’s new album Golden has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Chart. This is the trio’s sixth studio album and the first release on Rootfire Cooperative, a label services program that provides interest free loans for the production and marketing of recorded music.
KASKADE TAKES OVER LOS ANGELES
Multi Grammy® nominated world-renowned singer, songwriter, and music producer Kaskade kicks off his week-long takeover of Los Angeles tomorrow with the opening of a special Pop Up Shop that will host performances from local DJs and feature exclusive Kaskade merchandise and photography from Mark Owens. The Pop Up Shop is located at 410 N. Fairfax Ave and will be open every day through Saturday, May 7th between 12:00p – 8:00p. True to Kaskade form, fans should expect the man himself to stop by the store throughout the week.
To kick off the weekend, Kaskade will perform an intimate concert at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, May 6th. In contrast to the massive visual spectacle of a typical Kaskade show, the concert will be a stripped-down “Redux” performance. Inspired by simplicity and his roots in the House Music club scene, Kaskade developed the concept around the ten year anniversary of his album It’s You, It’s Me. The show sold out in less than four minutes.
FUNKIN MATT “AERO”
Funkin Matt delivers his boldest track yet with the future house prize “Aero.” Building with suave vocals from Chris Lie, the Norwegian producer abruptly destroys the bubbly breakdown melody with a left-of-center synth warbling drop.
SIGALA VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “GIVE ME YOUR LOVE”
London DJ/producer/artist Sigala has announced upcoming North American tour dates in support of his new single “Give Me Your Love,” featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers. The slate of shows are scheduled just in time for summer, kicking off in Chicago, IL on Jun 16, and will include an appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE, on June 18 before winding down in Dallas, TX, on June 26 (see dates below). Sigala also premiered his new music video for “Give Me Your Love”, directed by his longtime visual collaborator Craig Moore (Ella Eyre, Tough Love). Watch “Give Me Your Love” here:
YOUNG THUG LIVE PICS
Check out photos from YOUNG THUG’s PlayStation Theater show in NYC last night:
YAWL RELEASES NEW VIDEO ”SUNDIAL” OFF DEBUT LP
Alternative hip-hop group Yawl are excited to release their latest video for the track, ‘Sundial,’ off their debut LP A Pile to Keep, A Pile to Burn. Yawl are Colorado rapper, Ancient Mith and German producer Dot and their debut album will be released this week on Berlin based label, Anette Records.
OPTIMYSTIC NEW VIDEO
OptiMystic teams up with the lyrical technician Chip-Fu aka Jungle Rock Jnr and Sarah Pellicano to bring you some warmth and positivity with this ‘Exquisite’ video. Filmed by Joel Crane at Fremantle’s Norfolk Hotel in Australia, this high energy video is a reminder of the good vibes and impact hip hop has on a world wide scale.
OptiMystic has been manifesting dreams, making connections and spreading his vibe the only way he knows how… with raw love and hard-core positivity! His passion and extreme addiction to the art of rap has lead him on an amazing journey from childhood to the present moment. In 2005 he released his debut ‘ReVamp’ an independent release that featured Grammy award-winning superstar Speech from Arrested Development.
SoMo RELEASES NEW TRACK “CONTROL”
Currently on tour across North America, the platinum-selling Dallas R&B singer, songwriter, and performer, has released his new track, “Control” which is already Top 10 and climbing on the iTunes R&B/Soul songs chart. SoMo is hard at work on his second full-length album, out later this year.
Dinner is Danish producer and singer Anders Rhedin. Dinner leads a nomadic existence, dividing his time between Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Berlin. Dinner recently released his debut album ‘Psychic Lovers,’ on Captured Tracks [buy the album here]. This week he shares the video for album standout “Lie.” Stream the video over at Noisey.
“Dinner’s music is about parties. And women. Late nights and early mornings in strange cities. But mainly it’s about magic and the communion with spirits,” Dinner says. “It’s like sexual Christian rock, really. But with out all the Christianity.”
STILL CHANGING NEW SINGLE
Still Changing is a band that brings you the best from both worlds. A raw and melancholic rock mixed with the pure joy and catchiness of pop. The Norwegian band of four is not afraid to explore unexpected territory or afraid to unleash their pop-filled guilty pleasures. Dance drums and bass, rock guitars and smooth synthesizers are just a few of the many ingredients in Still Changing’s distinctive sound. Playful, versatile and catchy pop/rock.
ONLINE TICKET BROKER SCAM EXPOSED
Did you know that nearly 70% of ticket sales on Ticketmaster are done with this method? Scary stuff. Read the whole study here:
CLARENCE BUCARO “TRAGEDY”
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.
MILES BENJAMIN ANTHONY ROBINSON SHARES “SEED”
Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson shares a brand new track entitled “Seed (Everybody’s Been Berned B4 Mix)” via SPIN who describes the track as ”a tambourine-soaked groover that weaves piano, fuzz bass, and Willy Wonka samples into a sun-baked shuffle evocative of early-’90s UK indie-dance…The jaded sentiment of the lyrics and samples (“You get nothing! You lose!”) prevents the song from ever getting too dippy in its music nostalgia.
VIOLENT FEMMES ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SUMMER 2016 TOUR DATES
Today, Violent Femmes announce additional tour dates to their extensive 2016 summer tour. Following a sold out Australian tour and many sold out West and East Coast dates in May and June; Violent Femmes are extending their U.S. tour to key Midwest and festival dates. The tour is in support of their latest album WE CAN DO ANYTHING, released March 4 ([PIAS]).
RADIOHEAD NEW VIDEO
Radiohead have just posted a video for their new single, `Burn The Witch’. `Burn The Witch’ will be available on all digital services on May 4th.
INTRODUCING THE MODEL 15 MODULAR APP
Moog announced the release of the Moog Model 15 app, an iOS version of the iconic 1970’s modular synthesizer. It is the first Moog modular synthesizer and synthesis educational tool created exclusively for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
CHUGUN SIGNS WITH SLIPTRICK
Israeli female fronted thrash-death metal band CHUGUN signs the deal with Sliptrick records!
Chugun was forged in Tel Aviv, Israel in 2010. The word “Chugun” means Cast Iron in Russian, which describes exactly the blunt aggression of their music, combining the speed of old school Thrash/Death Metal with the grooves of modern Metal.
The band released their debut album, entitled “Virus” in 2015, and it got a warm reception and positive reviews from bloggers and webzines worldwide.
SHE ROCKS 2017
The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) has announced open nominations for its annual She Rocks Awards ceremony honoring women in music, taking place Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, in Anaheim, Calif.
Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the She Rocks Awards have honored music professionals from all walks of the industry, including guitarist, Jennifer Batten; legendary singer-songwriter, Chaka Khan; multi-platinum artist, Colbie Caillat; Amy Heidemann of chart-topping pop duo, Karmin; Vice President of Brand Marketing at Martin Guitar, Amani Duncan; Executive Director of the NAMM Foundation, Mary Luehrsen, Latin GRAMMY award-winning artist, Gaby Moreno; legendary band The Bangles; iconic percussionist Sheila E.; Leigh Maples and Pamela Cole of Fanny’s House of Music; Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix; Executive Vice President and CFO of the Gretsch Company, Dinah Gretsch; and many more.
“It’s amazing that we’re celebrating our fifth year,” said WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore. “It’s been wonderful to see support for the She Rocks Awards grow year after year, and we are very excited to put on an event that brings the industry together and honors these deserving women.”
WOODES RELEASES ‘DAGGERS & KNIVES’ REMIX EP
Australian artist/producer Woodes recently released single ‘Daggers & Knives’, the first taste of her debut solo EP to be released mid year. After over 200,000 plays, being added to has been added to rotation on various radio; triple j unearthed, FBi Radio, SYN, profiled on Spotify Australia and various US college radio stations, now Woodes gets the remix treatment from some of Australian best and brightest upcoming producers; Milwaukee Banks, Tinker, Ciervé, Taka Perry and FØRD. The remix EP give lovers of the original a different take, with each producer putting their unique flair on the powerful track.
LOVE FAMILY PARK 2016
International heavyweights and local heroes announced, including Sven Väth, Carl Cox, Solomun, Marco Carola, Ricardo Villalobos, Joseph Capriati, Luciano, tINI and Sam Paganini set to play at the 21st edition of Love Family Park.
Set in the picturesque Messepark (Mainz, Germany), Love Family Park is the original German outdoor party, running for 21 years now as one of the biggest events in the house and techno calendar. On 2nd July 2016, Love Family Park will unite a mighty line up of world class artists in one place, with Carl Cox, Solomun, Luciano, Marco Carola, Joseph Capriati, Ricardo Villalobos, andhim, and of course, stalwart and godfather of the scene, Sven Väth. On top of this, find Monika Kruse and many more local and international talents linking up across this epic one day celebration. Expect techno and house sessions on each of the six Love Family Park stages, as well as the infamous Mainz after parties. Tickets start at just €49 euros for the day, with cheap flights available to Frankfurt from across Europe.
CONTACT RELEASES ‘NEVER STOP’ SINGLE
Boston trio, Contact, announce the release of their brand new single “Never Stop”. Upon it’s release, the song debuted at #3 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart, #4 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 chart and #5 Singapore Viral 50. You can stream the song on Spotify which has reached 408,000+ streams in a week. “Never Stop” is out now on Doghouse Records and is currently available for purchase via iTunes.
JAMIE JONES NEW SINGLE
Having had a remarkable start to 2016 with self-acclaimed Illicit Behaviour EP, Hot Creations & Paradise pacesetter Jamie Jones serves up his latest instalment via the Emerald City imprint.
Leading track “Land Of The Giants” flows into rich orchestral elements, followed up by prominent electronic wobbles before switching the pace – implementing a complex instrumental structure from the get go. Collaborating with Hero Twins (Timothy D Jones – brother to Jamie – and Tarhan Ozkan) for the release, they introduce faint, haunting vocals, paired with a low rolling and distorted bassline to create an underground masterpiece.