ALICIA KEYS ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE ‘IN COMMON’
Today sees the long-awaited return of New York’s finest, the fifteen-time Grammy® Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Alicia, who is back with the release of a brand new single ‘In Common’ which is available now across all digital platforms.
NEW VIDEO BY EKRAM
Pounding metal riffs and melodic choruses, Ekram embodies the true essence of 90’s Hard-Alt/Rock, drawing influences from the likes of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, METALLICA, SHINEDOWN, PEARL JAM. The band releases the new video song “ENEMY” from the album “Last man standing”.
NEW VIDEO BY MOR
“DUALISM” – the third full-length album by Ukrainian metal band MOR.
MOR purposely suspended its activities for one year and concentrated on studio work to blow the ears of fans and just quality music lovers again with new incendiary hits! The year is quite a time, of course – during this period there were lineup changes and many experiments with sound, which has left its mark on the new material.
GIOUMOURTZINA ALBUM STREAM
Greek Duo Gioumourtzina were formed in May, 2014, in Thessaloniki, Greece by Anestis Neiros (synth, vocals) and John Tselikas (electric bass). It all started a month earlier when the two musicians first met in order to create an electronica/shoegaze band rehearsing songs already composed by Anestis. After a series of unsuccessful attempts to find the proper musicians to collaborate with, they decided to start as a duet something new, more flexible and more minimalistic, that would combine their soundings. During the last year the duo of Gioumourtzina became known by word of mouth initially at their base, Thessaloniki, and then on the internet and in the rest of Greece, thanks to the song “Russian Market”, their impressive gigs and their strange name (which is a paraphrase of the name of Greek city Komotini in Turkish).
LAURA MVULA NEW VIDEO “PHENOMENAL WOMAN”
Following on from it’s dark and enigmatic predecessor ‘Overcome’, the video for ‘Phenomenal Woman’ was shot during Laura’s recent visit to South Africa, and is a bold, vibrant statment of intent.
The track is inspired by a poem of the same name by the remarkable Maya Angelou, Laura says, “I wrote this anthem to raise up our women. We are the givers of life, we are the children bearers, the nurturers, the heroines, we are extraordinary in our ordinariness, we fly, we fight we are ‘Phenomenal Woman’.”
EMILE DANERO “TELL ME, PT. 2”
Delaware-based rapper Emile Danero presents the music video for “Tell Me (Pt. 2)”, his new single featuring Candice Brook from BET’s reality show “About The Business” and Austin Martin, who recently did production work for Jim Jones. The video features cameos from Omar Gooding, John Witherspoon of “Friday” fame and Fonzworth Bentley.
YELLOW CLAW “CATCH ME” WITH FLUX PAVILION FEAT. NAAZ
Yellow Claw is back with a brand new video directed by Frank Telli for their dream-world anthem with Flux Pavillion feat. Naaz called “Catch Me”. The track is one of the standouts from their debut album Blood For Mercy that dropped on Diplo’s Mad Decent. Watch two perfect strangers meet in an alternate reality and live out their fantasies together as the music provides the perfect soundtrack. Check out the EyeSociety produced video for “Catch Me” with Flux Pavillion feat.
London based duo Majik create music that weaves heart-felt lyrics over atmospheric sounds and broken beats, placing sentiment at the core of its captivating soundscape.
A chance house share in Leeds introduced producer and guitarist Jamie, and singer-songwriter Marcus. After some early recordings, bedroom jams and acoustic sets, they departed Leeds to explore personal interests – with Marcus leaving for Ibiza and Jamie heading South. With a few short months behind them, a phone call across the water sparked new thinking. A relocation to London followed, where the duo reunited and Majik was born with maturity in both sides of their sound.
BROOKLYN’S BAND OF BROTHERS WRITER RELEASE ‘PRINCIPLE WEB’ FULL ALBUM VISUAL
On the heels of their sophomore effort Principle Web, Brooklyn-based avant-garde hypnotic rockers WRITER, are pleased to share their LP in its entirety. Adding to the offering is a compelling visual accompaniment to the full record directed by Anchovy Warhol of the infamous Pizza Underground.
“I can’t remember how this came to be, but it was sometime late last year,” Warhol explained. “Either James asked me to cut a bunch of footage to WRITER’s new album – or, more likely, I heard the tracks and insisted he let me.”
NEW FROM JIMMY VALENTIME
“Movin On Pt. 2” is about learning that some things can not be changed, as Jimmy ValenTime and Carlos Ferragamo rap about loss and acceptance. This song is a remix of the fan favorite track “Movin On.” The track chronicles the aftermath of Jimmy’s best friend losing his mother in a car accident. While Carlos and Jimmy deal with other high-school hardships that happened during the same time frame. The song is out for sale now, on all major platforms.
LET’S EAT GRANDMA “RAPUNZEL”
Let’s Eat Grandma have shared their new track “Rapunzel” which made it’s premiere on NPR: All Songs Considered. The track was inspired by “the original Grimms fairytales, as well as from the real life story of Genie, a girl who was abused by her father and kept in solitary confinement for the first 13 years of her life.”
MR VEGAS ON TOUR
Ready to heat up your summer, world renown reggae artiste Mr. Vegas is heading out on his highly anticipated ‘This is Dancehall: The Real Dancehall Tour.’ Starting in June, Mr. Vegas will be hitting several cities across North America.
Known for classic fan favourites like “Heads High”, “Gallis” and “I Am Blessed”, Mr. Vegas has remained a constant in the industry delivering hit after hit to his fans worldwide. On this tour Mr. Vegas will take fans through 19 years of his catalogue of real authentic dancehall music.
RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM
Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers return with a new single – “Dark Necessities”which is released around the world today via all digital retailers.
The track is the first song to be released from the Los Angeles-based band’s upcoming 11th studio album, The Getaway, due from Warner Bros. Records on June 17th. Fans who pre-order the album at http://smarturl.it/thegetawayrhcp will receive an instant download of “Dark Necessities”. The album was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ previous album, I’m With You, was released in 2011 and topped the charts in 18 countries.
CLAIR MORGAN SHARE FULL STREAM OF EXPANSIVE SOPHOMORE ALBUM
Clair Morgan is a seven-piece rock outfit from Richmond, Virginia. With influences ranging from the likes of Cursive, Teenage Fanclub, Shipping News, Hum, Cap’n Jazz and several others, it comes as no surprise that this enormous collective bring their own unique spin to mathematically dynamic indie rock. No surface is left untouched as the group expands on the songwriting of frontman Clair Morgan with a variety of auxiliary instrumentation, smooth harmonies, complex interlaced guitars and syncopated rhythms. All of this combined leads to a unique live experience that can only best be described as a tiny orchestra playing catchy rock tunes.
BD HARRINGTON “BLACK WAVES”
BD Harrington releases The Diver’s Curse on Friday, June 17. Listen to the album’s creeping debut single, “Black Waves.”
Overtop a gently strummed warm acoustic guitar, BD Harrington carefully calls: “Your sentence must be carried out.” The opening line careens with a deep-rooted weight – a striking heft that the London, UK via Toronto singer-songwriter tows throughout the span of the eleven tracks on his latest album, The Diver’s Curse.
ADAM JENSEN “RITUAL”
Today, Jensen releases “Ritual,” the third single from his much-anticipated debut EP. “Ritual” perfectly highlights Jensen’s buttery voice, thought-provoking lyrics and buoyant, punk-infused rhythms. “Ritual” follows second single “Numb”. The track and accompany video highlights Jensen’s ability to pull at your heartstrings using fragile vocal inflections, emotionally relatable lyrics, synth sounds and lo-fi, delayed guitars. Jensen’s first single “Sandcastles” was referred to as a “pristine blend of thought-provoking alt pop and serious electro” by Love Is Pop, and as a “smashing debut effort” by EQ Music Blog. Famed site The Burning Ear praised it by stating, “I’ve been whistling this one so hard my lips are begging to chap right off my face. Your turn. And then Adam’s turn to make more jams like this.”
INTER ARMA SINGLE
Richmond’s Inter Arma have just shared “The Paradise Gallows”, the apex of their highly anticipated Paradise Gallows album (out 7/8 on Relapse). The epic song highlights the quintet’s mastery of elegantly blending genres, careening from understated psychedelia to seismic heaviness, before climaxing in a cascading wave of harmonized guitar melodies.
PICS: HALSEY PERFORMS IN TOKYO
Today, as part of the 2016 Hilton Concert Series, Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) hosted their first Asia Pacific concert, featuring singer/songwriter Halsey with DJ De De Mouse. The concert, highlighting the benefits of Hilton HHonors membership, took place at Hilton Tokyo Odaiba and brought together hundreds of music fans and Hilton HHonors members. This was the third of seven concerts to take place at hotels within the Hilton portfolio in 2016, following February’s Jason Derulo concert at Hilton San Diego Bayfront and April’s Elle King performance at Diplomat Resort & Spa Hollywood, Curio Collection.
‘STAR WARS EPISODE III: REVENGE OF THE SITH’ DEBUT SINGLE
I Am Shark is excited to celebrate Star Wars Day with the announcement of the upcoming limited edition vinyl release of the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith original motion picture soundtrack on June 15th (pre-order now). Available for the first time ever as a stand alone vinyl record, the limited edition 1000 copy pressing keeps with I Am Shark’s variant color theme found on their previous Star Wars vinyl releases, and is available in the General Grievous variant, an alternating mix of transparent kelly green and intense opaque cyan that emulate the fearsome quadruple lightsaber wielding cyborg. Opening up the 2xLP gatefold jacket reveals an ominous photo of the newly anointed Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine looking out at the growing Empire at the conclusion of Episode III. This beautiful edition is simply a must have for Star Wars fans, vinyl hounds, and collectors alike.
MONTGOMERY GENTRY, DIAMOND RIO, PHIL VASSAR & HALFWAY TO HAZARD ADDED TO COUNTRY CRUISING FESTIVITIES
Country Cruising has already announced the names of some of the artists that will be taking to the high seas in January 2017, with a trio of the hottest artists today – Kelsea Ballerini, LOCASH, and Chris Young, in addition to Nashville cast members Charles Esten and Clare Bowen. The cruise’s organizers continue to go the extra mile by providing a wide array of talent on the Brilliance of the Seas® with the latest group of entertainers for the cruise representing some of Country Music’s all-time greatest hits from the past two decades. Joining the cruise are Montgomery Gentry, Diamond Rio, Phil Vassar, and Halfway To Hazard.
Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, Montgomery Gentry has been a force in Country Music since their 1999 debut hit “Hillbilly Shoes.” With over 30 plus charted singles, the duo recently celebrated a major career milestone as Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry were inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. Montgomery Gentry has earned countless CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY awards and nominations with undeniable blue collar anthems like “Hell Yeah,” “My Town,” and “Hillbilly Shoes.” They’ve notched five #1 singles (“If You Ever Stop Loving Me,” “Something To Be Proud Of,” “Lucky Man,” “Back When I Knew It All” and “Roll With Me”) and will soon celebrate their seventh anniversary as Grand Ole Opry members.
BIRDS OF CHICAGO’S “KINDERSPEL” VIDEO
Afropunk calls the song, taken from their acclaimed new album Real Midnight, “draped in nostalgia and hopeful longing for the kind of love that rips through you, leaving you breathless.” Real Midnight, produced by Grammy award winner Joe Henry, is out now.
EVE TO ADAM “LUCKY”
Anthemic New York hard rockers Eve To Adam are fresh out of the studio with a brand new stack of tracks produced by mega producer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Slash, Tremonti, Trivium) offerring their latest song “LUCKY”. The single has already dominated Sirius XM’s Octane’s “Test Drive”, quickly moved into Octane rotation, and premiered on PureGrainAudio with an Official Music Video Directed by Lawrence Coleman III of Lc3 Films. “LUCKY” has also recently landed into the anticipated film “Fight Valley”, due out July 2016, featuring MMA Superstars Miesha Tate, Holly Holm, and Cris Cyborg.
THE VISION BLEAK NEW ALBUM + LYRIC VIDEO
Atmospheric metal band THE VISION BLEAK will release its new album, The Unknown, on June 3 via Prophecy Productions. The German group’s sixth full-length release, The Unknown, sees THE VISION BLEAK shed songwriting patterns of its past; gone are the tried-and-trusted nods to horror classics and fictional terror, to legend and lore, replaced with intimate tales of personal demons and the horror that lives within themselves. Fantastical artwork by legendary metal artist Dan Seagrave (Entombed, Gorguts, Morbid Angel) lavishly brings the album’s title to life.
BOSTON BALLET ANNOUNCES LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH ESTEEMED CHOREOGRAPHER WILLIAM FORSYTHE
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen is honored to announce a five-year partnership with internationally-renowned choreographer William Forsythe. The Company will add one new William Forsythe work to its repertoire each year, in addition to also presenting reprised works from the Company’s current repertoire. Nissinen and Forsythe will work together to select the programming for Boston Ballet, and the legendary choreographer and his assistants and stagers will work directly with the Company. This partnership will result in Boston Ballet having the richest collection of William Forsythe ballets in the United States.
To kick off the partnership during the 2016–2017 season, Boston Ballet will present Forsythe’s full-length ARTIFACT, February 23–March 5, 2017, at the Boston Opera House. The Company will be the first North American company to perform the full-length work. In February 2017, a BB@home program entitled “Focus on Forsythe” will be dedicated to Forsythe and his work; he will participate in the program and the Company will perform.
BOBBY LONG LIVE & ONLINE STREAM
Bobby Long, who has been described as “more Dylan Thomas than Bob Dylan” by Relix Magazine, continues his tour in support of his current CD, ODE TO THINKING, and the newly-released vinyl version called ODE (both available from Compass Records) with upcoming shows throughout the summer. The young Brit, who makes his home in New York, just completed a successful three-week run of European shows that took him to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein and the Czech Republic. Fellow British singer-songwriter Sam Bradley was support on the tour.
Long, whose catalogue includes three full CDs, an EP and a collection of poetry, has completed a second volume of poetry which he is planning to publish this summer. His May 7 show at Club Passim in Boston will be streamed via Concert Window with signups available at:
BY THE THOUSANDS VIDEO
Twin Cities based Progressive Metal band By The Thousands have released the Official Music Video for “Revenant” off of their debut LP Connect . Premiered on Revolver, “Revenant” was directed by Randy Edwards.
ALL THE REAL GIRLS SHARE VIDEO FOR “ELK CITY”
Seattle’s All the Real Girls have shared the video for their first single and title track off of their debut album Elk City. The beautiful video was directed by Tucker Wysong.
“Elk City” is one of the twelve songs on the album that were all inspired by the stories told by an eccentric, 70-something year old chainsmoker named Jo who singer-songwriter Peter Donovan met while shooting the independent film Lost On Purpose.
PORTUGAL. THE MAN KICK OFF U.S. TOUR WITH CAGE THE ELEPHANT
This Friday, May 6, Portugal. The Man will kick off a U.S. tour with Cage The Elephant. The band will additionally make a handful of festival appearances throughout the run.
Portugal. The Man is currently working on new material for the follow-up to “EVIL FRIENDS.”
ADRIAN GALYSH NEW SINGLE
“’Barstool Monarchy’ started with the opening riff, which is revisited throughout the song,” said Galysh. “It’s very much inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Deep Purple. The song features a great ’69/’70 Fender Stratocaster I acquired at an auction. The guitar was all original, sounded great, and delivered the perfect Hendrix-era Strat tone for this tune!”
Into The Blue is packed with nine blues-rock tracks with guitar and vocals that take Galysh into an entirely new musical direction.
PITCHFORK PREMIERES VIDEO FOR CAVEMAN SINGLE “NEVER GOING BACK”
“Never Going Back” is from the band’s forthcoming album Otero War, which will be released by Cinematic Music Group (Joey Bada$$, G Hebro, Cam’ron) on June 17th, 2016.
STURGILL SIMPSON UNVEILS “BREAKERS ROAR” MUSIC VIDEO
The song is from Simpson’s widely praised new album A Sailor’s Guide To Earth, which sold 55,000 units in its first week (with over 52,000 in pure albums sales) debuting at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, #1 on the Billboard Current Albums chart, #1 on Billboard Current Digital Albums chart and #3 on the overall Billboard 200 chart. A Sailor’s Guide To Earth also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart with over 9,400 copies sold.
“I CAN CHANGE”
Haley Bonar is set to release her upcoming full length album Impossible Dream on August 5th via GNDwire (US) / Spit Comet (CA) / Memphis Industries (UK + EU). The album was recorded on analog tape in at Pachyderm Studios in Cannon Falls, MN and was mixed by Chris Coady (Beach House, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TVOTR) & Robbie Lackritz (Feist) at Haut Bruun. Stereogum has premiered “I Can Change” from Impossible Dream and said, “the record’s lead single, is all about breaking out of repeating patterns, as the title suggests, and Bonar’s voice takes on a steely resolve against the rolling, woodsy instrumentation that beckons for forward momentum. ‘I could be so happy if I let myself be happy,’ she sings at one point. ‘But I’m too busy behaving for a crowd.’”
Cvlt Nation has premiered GRIDFAILURE’s “Self-Exile,” noting, “Deep underground exists forgotten cities that have become a graveyard for a past that is only alive in our nightmares. GRIDFAILURE is a noise artist who creates morbid soundscapes that can act as a guide into the unknown places that imagination might not want to go.”
GigTown, a free local music discovery mobile app, is revolutionizing the music industry for artists, concertgoers and venues in San Diego, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Austin and New York City. GigTown, founded by father and son duo, Steve and Andy Altman, is a one-stop-shop for everything local music. The app is transforming the way local music is consumed through the interactive features including: discovering upcoming shows in the area, instantaneously booking artists for gigs, listening to original songs and finding new music venues.
“GigTown is a unique platform that allows musicians, venues and consumers to have a win-win-win opportunity,” said Andy Altman, CEO, co-founder and grand poobah of GigTown. “The app is creating a local music economy that’s supporting local artists while also giving consumers streamlined access to new music they probably wouldn’t have discovered elsewhere. There is an array of great talent in the local music community and we are here to display it in a free, easy-to-use platform for all to experience.”
“SUMMER SUN” BY FEW BITS
Fresh from making their US début at this year’s SXSW Festival, and just in time for Canadian Music Week and The Great Escape, Few Bits are ready to win over hearts and ears all over the world with their new single ‘Summer Sun’.
“I want to go anywhere and dream away” singer Karolien Van Ransbeeck whispers in the luscious new track, taken from their sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’. A pitch-perfect mix of shimmering guitars, hazy vocals and loose but galloping grooves. Imagine Real Estate tackling Mazzy Star’s ‘Fade Into You’ at 45rpm instead of 33 1/3rpm and you get the picture. But there’s a lot more to this Antwerp based band.
MISHA’S “LIMELIGHT” VIDEO
Misha, the project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter J Chao with singer Ronit Granot, premiere their new video for “Limelight” on FLOOD today—watch it here. FLOOD says, “Just as the song weaves together woozy comedown R&B with digitized gamelan scales, the clip follows an intertwined couple as they try and fail to go about their night without one another.” “Limelight” is taken from Misha’s highly anticipated All We Will Become, out May 20 on TOMLAB.
King of the new school Oliver Heldens teams up with Dutch house legends Chocolate Puma for new track “Space Sheep” – recently premiered on the 98th episode of Heldens’ acclaimed Heldeep Radio show. Oliver Heldens’ dynamic and youthful approach and Chocolate Puma’s years of expertise and house music heritage is the perfect meeting of minds.
“Space Sheep” combines a melodic beat with vintage arcade game sounds. An old school breakbeat chatters away under vocoder FX in the intro before we drop into a warped concoction of melodic electro bassline, spacey resampled synths, skipping percussion and swathes of metallic texture. Imagine new school breaks meets electro house. The production quality and aesthetic is just as we’ve come to expect from this trio, crisp and large at the same time.
“LIVE FROM DARYL’S HOUSE” IS BACK
MTV Live, MTV’s 24-hour dedicated music channel, kicks off spring with a new season of performance series’ “Live from Daryl’s House” on Thursday, May 5 beginning at 9:00 p.m.
In each episode of “Live from Daryl’s House,” music icon Daryl Hall invites a fellow musician over to his club to perform each other’s hits. Musical guests range from rock legends, established soul and pop acts to emerging artists. The series has been a musical staple in the industry featuring a mix of well-known performers including Ben Folds, Aloe Blacc, Aaron Neville, Gavin DeGraw, Joe Walsh, Kandace Springs, Billy Gibbons, Jason Mraz, Fitz & The Tantrums, Amos Lee and more. This season will feature artists like Cheap Trick, Wyclef Jean, Elle King, The O’Jays, Anderson East, Daughtry, Grace and Kenny Loggins.
“Live From Daryl’s House” is executive produced by Hall and his manager, Jonathan Wolfson.
One of the first songs Vallens ever wrote, Devour is about how time can change any strong feeling, about being in a relationship while grieving and going through turmoil. Robyn wrote it during a very personal time of her life.
LUCAS NORD SHARES “DON’T NEED YOUR LOVE” VIDEO VIA BILLBOARD
24-year-old Swedish artist Lucas Nord has premiered his new video for “Don’t Need Your Love” today via Billboard. The video was directed by Kirke Ailio Rodwell and filmed in Stockholm, Sweden. Nord’s latest album, Company, is available now on Cosmos Music. You can purchase it here.
RIVER TIBER NEW VIDEO
River Tiber (Toronto producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley) has shared the video for “West” which was shot and directed by Paxton-Beesley and Keavan Yazdani. The track features vocals from Daniel Caesar and comes hot on the heels of recent collabs with Kaytranada, Pusha T and Jazz Cartier. ‘West’ is taken from River Tiber’s debut album- full details coming soon.
MOUNTAINS AND RAINBOWS SHARE DIZZYING “WITH BEEFHEART”
Last summer John Dwyer came back from a Thee Oh Sees tour talking about a fantastic band he’d played with from Detroit called Mountains and Rainbows. What followed him back home was a double LP worth of frantic guitars, quaking vocals and pulsing psychedelic rock. Their debut album, Particles has been announced for a May 20th release date on Castle Face Records. Today Tiny Mix Tapes premiered the new track “With Beefheart”, which can be heard on Soundcloud here. In Dwyer’s own words, Mountains and Rainbows “go all over the place” live and hold nothing back on this record.
ARAABMUZIK “CHASING PIRATES” FEAT. RAICHE
Acclaimed producer and live performer AraabMUZIK has announced his hotly-demanded sophomore album, Dreamworld, out July 5th. The first single “Chasing Pirates” featuring Raiche is out now with an official video directed by Pablo Sanchez of Xpensive Glass, and in partnership with Muzik Headphones which are featured in the video. The album explores his signature dreamy soundscapes throughout multiple genres, showing his amazing versatility as he explores hip-hop, future bass, grime and other styles.
BLAAK HEAT NEW SONG
Los Angeles avant-garde psych rock band BLAAK HEAT (formerly Blaak Heat Shujaa) will release its new album, Shifting Mirrors, on May 13 via Tee Pee Records. The LP was recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Deftones), at Megawatt Recording (Santana, Tool). In advance of the release of Shifting Mirrors, MXDWN premieres the new BLAAK HEAT song, “Ballad of Zeta Brown”, calling the track “constantly-captivating”.