JAUNTY “YOUNGYOU” SINGLE
Norwegian indie band KMF (Kakkmaddafakka) spearhead their own unique effervescent sound on this summery single ‘Young You’.
The song is a feelgood blend of groovy bass, bouncy pianos and breezy reverb-soaked vocals. You can feel the warm rays of the sun on your face whilst listening to it.
RYAN BEAVER ALBUM STREAM
This Friday, May 6, Nashville’s Ryan Beaver will release his anticipated new album Rx. The album has been embraced by outlets such as CMT, Stereogum, NPR Music, Rolling Stone Country, and is now premiering in its entirety at American Songwriter.
CHRISTINA AGUILERA SINGING MASTERCLASS
MasterClass, the online education platform that creates classes from world-renowned instructors, today announces that six-time Grammy Award® winning recording artist Christina Aguilera’s online singing class is now open for enrollment at www.masterclass.com/ca.
Aguilera’s class focuses on vocal performance and technique, helping to teach students breath control, vibrato, growls, and how to expand their range. She’ll also break down her biggest hits sharing with students the lessons she’s learned.
MasterClass was co-founded by David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen with the mission of providing everyone the opportunity to learn from the world’s best. Instructors such as Kevin Spacey, Usher, Serena Williams, James Patterson, and Dustin Hoffman offer unique learning experiences that include exclusive materials and video, Q&A sessions with instructors, peer review, among other interactive and collaborative assignments. Classes are available online for purchase at www.masterclass.com for $90 each.
LIV SIN GOING SOLO
From the gutters of south Sweden, Liv “Sin” Jagrell emerged as a major force as the vocalist for hard rockers Sister Sin. Throughout their 13 year career, Sister Sin sold thousands of albums and toured the world with high profile tours supporting the likes of Slayer and King Diamond on the Rockstar Mayhem festival tour, as well as being a part of the Revolver Magazine ”Hottest Chicks in Metal” tour. Sister Sin toured relentlessly for over a decade across Europe and North America garnering an intensely loyal following of rockers that craved the band’s aggressive and melodic brand of hard rock.
KANDACE SPRINGS IN STUDIO
On June 24, singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut full-length album Soul Eyes on Blue Note Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul and pop while channeling her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace counts such stylists as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones as her heroes, but as evidenced by Soul Eyes, Springs mimics none of them.
BETTER THINGS NEW VIDEO FEAT LEGOS
Burlington, VT’s alt-punk band Better Things has released a new Lego-based music video for “Stick That in Your Juicebox and Sip It.” The new single evokes the logic behind the band’s name, which is all about moving forward, never losing hope, and pushing for self-betterment. The song is about progressing from loss, pain, or hardship, and working with what you have by keeping an open mind. From the opening line of “It’s a process that I’m not all that familiar with” to the closing “I’ll be alright, I’m moving forward,” it is a complete resolution of their drummer Mark’s internal conflict after losing love.
LOCASH ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM COMING JUNE 2016
LOCASH fans are eagerly looking forward to June 17, 2016. It’s on that date that the fast-rising duo of Chris Lucas and Preston Brust will release their first full-length album for Reviver Records, entitled The Fighters.
“The past year has been filled with so many highlights, and Chris and I have been so honored and humbled with the attention our music has gotten from radio and the fans,” said Brust in a statement. “Since we released the I Love This Life EP back in October, our fans have consistently been asking for new music. We’re glad to be bringing that to them. We couldn’t be more proud of this project & our road to getting here. The title track says it all. This one is for you. This one is for The Fighters.”
SAVOIR ADORE “GIANTS”
Savoir Adore will release new album The Love That Remains on August 12, and will celebrate that same evening with a headline show at the Bowery Ballroom (tickets on-sale this Friday, May 6). Self-produced with mixing by Claudius Mittendorfer (Big Data, Neon Indian, Weezer), The Love That Remains finds the band at its most mature, honest and ambitious. Now led solely by principal songwriter/vocalist Paul Hammer, the album tackles themes of love, loss and the often-inescapable darkness of memories.
“When we were in Brazil in 2014, I learned the phrase Saudades, which describes a deep longing for someone or something as an almost physical entity. The idea of love as a supernatural, physical thing was a very interesting and inspiring idea to me, “ says Paul. “From there, the album became about rediscovering love, in every way, finding it again in the world, with someone else, and with yourself. Whereas our last record was the story of two, I found it fitting and necessary to write this from a very personal, singular perspective.”
SUNSHINE GUN CLUB NEW VIDEO “SO ALIEN”
Sunshine Gun Club have premiered their new video for ‘So Alien’ over at Alternative Press. The clip features some teletubbies on a rampage through the streets of Brooklyn. The track is from Sunshine Gun Club’s debut full length entitled ‘Heaven’ (out via Wiener Records on May 6th.) The set will be available digitally and on cassette. Describing themselves as “Skuzzy, melodic punk rock from Brooklyn NYC”, the band was born out of the rubble of Brooklyn’s art punk DIY scene in the early 2000 teens with the result being fast paced, energetic, lo-fi and extremely catchy.
COLORADO MONSTER MADNESS 2016
Organizers behind the upcoming Colorado Monster Madness have announced a venue change for their rock-filled fundraising event, Rock Out Jam. On May 21st, at Rock-A-Billies* in Arvada, CO, Rock Out Jam will feature local talents Carrion Tree, Dr. Death + Mr. Vile*, Serial Killer Sunday School and 86-B. As well as funding the convention, 20% of the event proceeds will go to Veterans In Trouble.
Led by the phenomenal team over at EyeSoar Images and Creations, and after over 2 1/2 years of precise and dynamic planning, the promoters of the guaranteed game changing Colorado Monster Madness will be launching the first annual event July 6th-8th, 2018, to be held at the Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel in Denver, Colorado. Along with a variety of progressive divergences from the standard convention format, watch for various announcements regarding the convention over the course of the next two years.
TEAMMATE PREMIERES “NOTHING’S EVER OVER” VIDEO VIA INDIE UNDERGROUND
Los Angeles duo TeamMate released their eighties tinged, heartfelt and dance inducing single
“Nothing’s Ever Over” via Rostrum Records on April 22nd. TODAY, May 3rd the music video premieres via Indie Underground.
HAKKASAN GROUP ANNOUNCES 2016 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND LINEUPS
Global hospitality company Hakkasan Group, announced today its highly anticipated Memorial Day Weekend lineups featuring a mix of electronic and open- format performances, including GRAMMY-Award winning artist Puff Daddy at Hakkasan Nightclub Friday, May 27. Kicking off the holiday weekend Thursday, May 26 through Monday, May 30, partygoers will gear up for non-stop entertainment with some of the best talent including Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Tiësto, and much more.
Sweden’s masters of dark progressive metal, WOLVERINE, have just issued an official lyric video for “Machina,” the second track on the band’s Sensory Records-bound fifth album, Machina Viva. The “Machina” video is exposed to the public through an exclusive premiere via New Noise Magazine, alongside interesting commentary on the track by the band members.
CASKET GIRLS “TEARS OF A CLOWN”
Casket Girls will release The Night Machines on June 3 via Graveface Records. The album is available to pre-order on LP and digitally now in the Graveface online store. Today Noisey has premiered “Tears Of A Clown” from The Night Machines. Noisey says, “The song mixes together cool-kid 90s alt-pop with intense, industrial bassiness. Both vocalists sing with pointedness, teasing out lyrics like “from bible belt to tinsel towns, seeing stars behind bars” that just ooze with contempt. It’s the band’s most booming single to date, killing pop culture with pop and enjoying every second of it.”
ALARIC ALBUM PREMIERE
This Friday, May 6th, Oakland-based dark punk alchemists, ALARIC, will unveil their long-anticipated End Of Mirrors full-length. Set for global release on CD, vinyl, and digital formats 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.
A GIANT DOG ALBUM POSTED
Austin’s A Giant Dog are set to unleash Pile on the world this Friday, but starting today, you can spin it in full on Bandcamp! Accompanied by a full-band interview, Bandcamp writes, “The songs live at the intersection of punk, glam and power pop — big, bright and boisterous.”
A Giant Dog celebrate release weekend with a hometown show at Barracuda on Saturday, followed by a nationwide tour (dates below). Pick up Pile at the merch table, preorder it in the Merge store to get a free slipmat designed by the band, or purchase digitally via iTunes!
UNLIT FACE NEW VIDEO
Progressive melodic metal band Unlit Face is the new addition to the Sliptrick Records roster,
a fresh band out of Gothenburg,Sweden playing a progressive flavored melodic death metal
with odd signatures, peculiar melodies and several layers of dynamics, be sure to check out
their upcoming album Everlasting Tranbsformation!
Unlit Face from Gothenburg explores a more progressive flavor of melodic death metal with
many different time signatures, peculiar harmonization, several layers and diverse dynamics.
AIRBAG, PROG MAGAZINE PREMIERE NEW SONG “KILLER”
OSLO, Norway – Norwegian progressive rock act, Airbag, has teamed up with Prog Magazine to launch a new song, “Killer,” from the band’s upcoming fourth studio album, Disconnected, at:
KEVIN GATES ASSISTS WACO’S TYLER J WITH HIS “INSOMNIA”
The stress of trying to make it in the music industry will keep a person up at night and Waco up-and-comer Tyler J is all too familiar with that concept. On “Insomnia” Ft. Kevin Gates he recounts the burden of working two jobs, while at the same time putting in the grind to establish himself as an artist. At the time the song was recorded, feature artist Kevin Gates was pushing his #IDGT (I Don’t Get Tired) movement, making him the perfect collaborator. “Insomnia” was produced by Denero and will appear on Tyler’s “Heart Of A Hustler” project dropping Summer 2016.
NEW KENNY CHESNEY
Kenny Chesney made a video to match the reality-slamming urgency of “Noise,” the first single from Some Town Somewhere. Filled with quick cuts, slices of technology, talking heads, fashion models, vintage images, Donald Trump, a Kardashian and people yelling, the 8-time Entertainer of the Year was looking for somewhere to debut the groundbreaking clip where the cacophony he was trying to capture would truly be understood. There was only one choice: RollingStone.com.
ETCHES “LOVE IS”
Having already received support from the likes of The Music Ninja, Louder Than War and Chris Hawkins on BBC 6 Music, Liverpool quintet ETCHES have revealed the video to their brand new single Love Is. Immediately accessible, and yet never predictable, the Merseyside outfit’s latest effort reveals a band at the top of their creative game, crafting emotionally captivating music that speaks directly to the listener.
LEGENDARY MUSIC SUPERSTAR CELINE DION TO RECEIVE ICON AWARD AT THE “2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS”
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that renowned musical performer Celine Dion will be honored with the esteemed ICON Award on the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” Dion will also take to the stage for a special rendition of Queen’s “The Show Must Go On” after she accepts one of the most prestigious Billboard awards an artist can receive. The ICON Award is a lifetime achievement award that honors the cultural impact of an artist whose extraordinary talent as a creator and entertainer has stood the test of time. Past recipients include Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013) and Jennifer Lopez (2014).
San Francisco Bay Area darkness-obsessed DIY indie label Sentient Ruin Laboratories and Neurot Recordings are extremely proud and honored to announce the release of End of Mirrors the magnificent new album by San Francisco Bay Area-based dark punk/deathrock supergroup ALARIC.
Claustrophobic, gloomy, and epically grandiose, End of Mirrors is the mesmerizing and towering comeback by this recently reunited San Francisco Bay Area-based neo-deathrock superband formed by members of Noothgrush, Pins of Light, and Cross Stitched Eyes. Gloriously gloomy, unbelievably moving, and timelessly dark, End Of Mirrors provides an emotional and deeply physical journey through inky, blackened sonic murk, devoid of all hope. Influenced by the likes of Christian Death, Killing Joke, Amebix and early Neurosis, Alaric’s new album is a crushing dark punk opera that will haunt your soul, an instant classic for a new dark age. Alaric began their voyage in 2008 with an eye toward creating moody and compelling music unlike any other, that would seamlessly sew together a daunting sonic arabesque made of desolate and heart-splitting deathrock, gloomy and drooping post-punk, and a tension and hopelessness akin only to certain moods found in the most disinheriting doom metal aesthetics.
JHEREK BISCHOFF + STEREOGUM SHARES SWEEPING TITLE TRACK
Los Angeles based Jherek Bischoff is equal parts composer, arranger, producer and multi- instrumental performer. Hailed a “pop polymath” by The New York Times, Bischoff has blazed an unconventional path in creating an impressive body of work. After touring and recording in DIY indie rock and experimental groups including The Dead Science, Parenthetical Girls and The Degenerate Art Ensemble, Bischoff found himself creating orchestral music almost accidentally. Utilizing his DIY background, Bischoff wrote his critically-acclaimed 2012 orchestral pop album Composed on a ukulele, recording one instrument at a time with just one microphone and a laptop, layering each individual track to synthesize the sound of an orchestra. The level of collaborations on the album, including David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Nels Cline and Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), understandably turned more than a few heads to his unique talent.
AUSTIN MAHONE NAMED A FACE OF MACY’S “AMERICAN ICONS” CAMPAIGN
Pop singer AUSTIN MAHONE will appear in Macy’s “American Icons” campaign this summer, joining the ranks of a number of iconic talents to be featured in the brand’s fourth-annual celebration of America. Austin will be decked out in American Rag, Levi’s and more in celebration of all things music and fashion, joining Adam Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Thalia and more as a face of the summer 2016 campaign. The campaign kicks off next week with in-store events for customers, a digital music festival on YouTube and a continued partnership with veteran-support charity Got Your 6.
DEE-1 “AGAINST US”
The long-awaited visual for Dee-1’s “Against Us” remix, featuring pals Lupe Fiasco and Big K.R.I.T. and, more importantly, his 86 y/o Grandpa, saw its debut on Billboard today which does a body good. This comes in the same week as Dee did his media run for the American Heart Association with a message promoting a healthy lifestyle and making it to 150,000 fans on Facebook. March saw him touting the new content initiative for ESPN’s The Undefeated and February he broke the internet with his “Sallie Mae Back” video. Can’t wait to see what May and the rest of this year have in store. Stay tuned!
A-TRAK PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “PARALLEL
A-Trak has debuted his latest song “Parallel Lines” featuring Phantogram, out May 20th on Fool’s Gold. Zane Lowe premiered the collaboration via Beats 1 this morning and sat with A-Trak for an interview on the new track, his career and the future. The Grammy-nominated producer and Fool’s Gold visionary continues to push his own sound and the electronic landscape forward, tapping alternative darlings Phantogram for their first ever feature on a producer’s original song. A-Trak’s previous single “We All Fall Down” propelled him to a new level of pop production and songwriting, earning over 10 millions streams, Top 20 Dance radio placement and a Juno Award nomination for Best Dance Recording of the Year.
A few weeks after the re-release of its second album, ‘Choose Your Lie’, 90’s Rock/grunge outfits from France Seeds Of Mary just unleashed a new music video for the song “Freakshow” on YouTube before to take the road again and rock the European territory. In other news, ‘Choose Your Lie’ is still available for CD / digital on Bandcamp + full stream at the same location.
THE MAYTAGS “MARRY YA”
Love Lines smolders with the intensity of a relationship ending, lyrically exploring both the good and the bad. Musically, it’s easy to hear the influences of Charles Bradley and Al Green with The Maytags’ lush horns section and groovy, funk melodies. The entire album was recorded in Nashville with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Benjamin Booker) to 2inch tape in less than 30 hours!
The Maytags just released their single “Marry Ya” (music video to follow) and Love Lines will be available on July 1, 2016 via independent release.
LIL YACHTY “1 NIGHT”
Lil Yachty has released the official video for his breakout hit song “1 Night”. The video comes after three packed NYC shows at V Files, MoMA and Playstation Theater for one of the first dates on Young Thug’s Hy!£UN35 Tour. “1 Night” follows the red-haired rapper for some career highlights including modeling for Kanye’s YEEZY Season 3 at Madison Square Garden and the release of his acclaimed debut Lil Boat The Mixtape, all while celebrating his love for yacht culture and nautical imagery.
AUKAI SHARES NOSTALGIC, INTIMATE NEW CUT “HIDDEN”
Aukai is a Hawaiian word meaning seafarer or traveler. It’s also used as a proper name, and people who are called “Aukai” tend to have a mystical, philosophical, introspective nature. All of which makes Aukai the perfect name for the new album and project by multi-instrumentalist and composer Markus Sieber. It’s a collection of ambient acoustic soundscapes that take the listener on an inward journey to a place of stillness and tranquil beauty. His debut album Aukai is set for a June 3rd release, and today Earmilk shared the new album track “Hidden” — an intimate, reflective track that demonstrates the personal side of Sieber’s style.
CHRIS KEYS “CITY LIGHTS” VIDEO
Official video for ‘City Lights’ the latest single from award winning singer/songwriter Chris Keys. The single will be launched with a show at the Black Box in Belfast May 17th. The video was mostly shot in and around Belfast City at night time giving it a strong local theme and stars Actor ‘Nic Hall’ (Dracula Untold & Lost City of z) and Russian actress ‘Svetlana Goncharenko’.
BIG ROB “DANIELLE ROBERTSON”
Nashville rapper and Hardhitter Entertainment head Big Rob presents the Dino2Times-directed music video for “Danielle Robertson”. In 2011 Big Rob made his movie debut as an extra in King of the Ville-Cashville Killers. Big Rob also performed at the 2012 H.H.V. Awards (Hip Hop in The Ville).
DARK SUNS ALBUM EPK
German progressive metal band DARK SUNS will release their fifth studio effort, the double album, Everchild, on June 3 via Prophecy Productions. Recorded in Berlin’s Funkhaus Studios (Europe’s largest studio complex) with producer Yensin Jahn (Alice Cooper, Yo La Tengo), the album is the respected band’s fifth full-length effort and follows 2011’s Orange, which was hailed as “an album which embraces the sounds of early and vintage progressive, psychedelic, and jazz rock”.
MEYHEM LAUREN’S ‘PIATTO D’ORO’ MIXTAPE IS OUT NOW FOR FREE
Meyhem Lauren is Queens rap royalty, throwing down 24k bars on stage (and on screen!) with Action Bronson while dropping respected underground solo releases of his own. Piatto D’Oro is his most majestic work to date, a free album on Fool’s Gold featuring speaker-knocking singles “Money In My Pocket” and “Badmon Ting” alongside 13 other high-octane tales of fine silks, lobster dinners, and wilding out as only Laurenovitch can.
HIDEOUS DIVINITY NEW VIDEO
Italian death metal legion, HIDEOUS DIVINITY, is pleased to unveil the official new visual accompaniment to the track “Cobra Verde.” The unsettling tune comes by way of the band’s full-length of the same name, released in 2014 via Unique Leader Records. Cobre Verde is a concept record based around Werner Herzog’s 1987 film of the same name which itself was centered around 1980 novel, The Viceroy of Ouidah, by British author, Bruce Chatwin.
BERNHOFT’S “H/M/S” PREMIERES VIA BILLBOARD
“H/M/S,” the latest song to be revealed off Norwegian artist Bernhoft’s new EP Stop/Shutup/Shout It Out, is premiering today via Billboard. Of the track, Billboard explains, “‘H/M/S,’ peppered with Bernhoft’s whimsical vocal tweaks and jumpy synths, is anything but quiet.” Listen/share “H/M/S” here:
GYPSY & THE CAT RELEASE VIDEO FOR ‘I JUST WANNA BE SOMEBODY ELSE’
Gypsy & the Cat’s latest “existential banger” (Noisey), ‘I Just Wanna Be Somebody Else’, is the CAT-ylst (sorry) for the next installment in their two-part music video series. The plot thickens. The quasi-feline figure that stalked the streets of Tokyo in ‘Inside Your Mind’, pursued by none other than Gypsy & the Cat’s Lionel and Xavier, has returned. But everything isn’t quite as it seems…