COLDPLAY REVEAL “UP&UP” VIDEO
Today, Coldplay revealed the video for “Up&Up,” the anthemic third single from their current album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Created by Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia, the video is a poignant, surrealist montage that alludes to contemporary issues. It also features racehorses galloping on water and a popcorn-spouting volcano.
THA KID JAE NEW EP STREAM
Tha Kid Jae hits us with a new concept, taking trap beats we are accustomed to hearing people ramble over and pairing it with lyricism. “A Small Thing 2 a Giant” is the recent project dropped by Tha Kid Jae which is available on soundcloud for streaming. With production from the likes of Stigmata, Dizzee, Producer Public and Denzeil Gray, Jae breaks the mold and creates trap music with a message. Tha Kid Jae called on his Hip Hop Heads brother’s WLP, Enigma, The Season and Alphamale for features throughout #aSmallThing2aGiant.
NEW YORK CITY’S THE SO SO GLOS PREMIERE NEW ALBUM
New York City-based rock band The So So Glos are proud to present the full-album stream of its brand new studio album, Kamikaze. Premiering now via The AV Club ahead of its Friday, May 20 release, Kamikaze is an album that finds the band narrowing its focus, kicking harder and faster, all serving to punctuate their subversive merging of sarcasm with sincerity, spirituality with social awareness. “Kamikaze is about using our self-imposed weapon,” says So So Glos frontman Levi Zaru (Aleksander). “Which is music, which is art, which is freedom of expression, which is respect for the individual … all that is a weapon.”
IRISH INDIE ROCKERS GLIMMERMEN SHARE “BANG”
Breakin’ Out touches on many themes, primarily the importance of being in the moment, the right now. Life can be tricky. Life can dictate a narrative for you if you let it. Don’t let it! Songs are delivered with a wry smile and at times lonesome clarity.
UK ROCKER’S DEEPSHADE RELEASE ‘TIME’ VIDEO SINGLE
North-West (UK) power house trio ‘Deepshade’ return with their raucous fusion of psyched up alternative/grunge rock with the announcement of their ‘Time’ video single release.
Forming in late 2013 with a strong musical appreciation for acts such as Deep Purple, QOTSA, Nirvana, Beck and Alice In Chains, the Wigan based act were soon to make waves with their slick alt -rock creations. Heading straight into the studio with seasoned local producer John Kettle, the threesome soon emerged to deliver their debut album ‘Everything Is Popular Is Wrong’ in early 2015. A debut that propelled Deepshade into the national spotlight with acclamation from UK’s Power Play and Classic Rock Magazine along with receiving support from alternative radio stations worldwide.
HIDDEN CHARMS NEW SINGLE
Hidden Charms have announced the forthcoming release of their new single Cannonball, with a fresh sound to carry them into a busy summer of festival appearances. The track, following on from their hugely successful 2015 single Love You Cause You’re There released on Deltasonic records, sees the band branch into new territory, having cut their teeth on touring the country’s best loved rock n’ roll venues for the last two years they’ve arrived at something totally unique. They have moved away from their traditional psychedelic style and waded into deeper waters, discordant guitar twangs tie together the visceral vocals. It’s obvious that Cannonball hints at a new chapter altogether for the band, and one that won’t sound like anything you’ve heard before.
SHANE HARPER RELEASES ‘LIKE I DID’ EP
Deep Well/Virgin Records will release Like I Did, a five-song EP from Shane Harper, on May 27. The EP follows the success of Harper’s 2014 single “Hold You Up,” which had more than four million streams worldwide, and his self-titled debut album, which featured the Top 10 hit “One Step Closer.”
JET BLACK ALLEY NEW VIDEO “ROXY”
The Nashville indie-pop quintet Jet Black Alley Cat has released a new music video for their single “Roxy.” The dark, cinematic journey follows “Roxy” on her escapades through the Miami nightlife. Vocalist Joe Wilkinson says that the idea revolves around the notion that “sometimes only the most dangerous are really free.” The video was directed by Jason Berg premiered today at The Music Ninja.
In the midst of their headlining North American tour, Dirtyphonics crashes the party with a brand new dirty house beast, “Holy Sh!t.” Rewriting the formula on traditional house music, the French producers pummel their iconic bass-fueled sound into a bouncing banger that’s gained early support from Avicii, MAKJ, Habstrakt, Ephwurd and more. The single boasts signature elements of the Parisians’ productions – rising rhythms, pinching synths, grimey wubs and dangerous drops.
‘GOLDEN TICKET’ HIGHASAKITE
Opening Norwegian band Highasakite’s single “Golden Ticket,” vocalist Ingrid Helene Håvik sets a somber tone: “God if you’re still watching / There are no more happy days / God if you’re still watching / There’s no more celebration.” Though the sentiments are dark, her voice is simultaneously ethereal and booming, especially when paired with the five-piece’s indie pop synths and keys. Here, we’re pleased to premiere the track’s accompanying video, in which Håvik appears covered in gold glitter as well as in blacklight paint. When not focused on Håvik, flashes of light illuminate the silhouette of a modern dancer.
BUM BUM X GOD
Die Antwoord just dropped their new track “BUM BUM” ft. GOD off the upcoming “Suck On This” mixtape dropping on Thursday, May 19th.
FREE PIZZA “DANCING” VIDEO
Free Pizza’s debut LP Boston, MA was released, and sold out shortly after, in the Spring of 2014 on New England’s trademark labels BUFU Records and Feeding Tube Records. Born in South America and raised in Miami, Jesus Vio and Santiago Cardenas have been collaborating together on art and music since high school. However, it wasn’t until the duo moved to Boston to attend art school that Free Pizza was finally formed. Out of the same DIY scene that gave birth to such bands as Quilt, Guerilla Toss, Happy Jawbone Family Band, and more, Free Pizza has a sound that takes influences from their rich surroundings and peers.
FIRST FRAGMENT ALBUM STREAM
Dasein, the debut full-length from Canadian neoclassical-influenced tech death unit, FIRST FRAGMENT, flaunts a ferocious mesh of over-the-top drum tirades, complex neoclassical-influenced guitar work, boundless solo work, Flamenco and clean guitar passages, proggy death metal bass work and a varied dual vocal approach. Captured at Humanoise Studios with Mathieu Marcotte (Augury, Humanoid) and mixed by Hugues Deslauriers (Augury, Defilementory, Vengeful etc.), the eleven-track offering features guest appearances from current and former members of Spawn Of Possession, Obscura, Inferi, Augury, and Elderoth, as well as artwork by Sam Nelson (Incandescence, Wayfarer, Stoic Dissention).
“WHITE COPS ON TRIAL” SINGLE
For their sixth official full-length, Sonny & The Sunsets teamed up with producer Merrill Garbus (tUnE-yArDs) to create a new wave masterpiece called Moods Baby Moods. The album is due on May 27 on Polyvinyl, and today the band has shared the politically charged new single from it, “White Cops on Trial” via Noisey.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE’S “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” DEBUTS AT #1
Nine-time Grammy® and four-time Emmy® Award winning musician and actor Justin Timberlake’s latest single, “CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. This marks the first time in his career history. The track also debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart selling over 379,000 downloads and has the biggest first week single sales for any track in 2016.
“CAN’T STOP THE FEELING!” is currently #1 on iTunes in 27 markets including the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany and more, top 5 in 41 markets and has peaked at #1 in 58 markets across the world. It also debuts at #1 on the Canadian singles chart. On Spotify, the track is in the Top 10 on both the US and Global Top 200 Songs and has been streamed over 26 million times worldwide. The “First Listen” music video has over 22 million views and the official music video directed by groundbreaking and multiple award winning director Mark Romanek is set for release tomorrow.
LEYYA “BUTTER” VIDEO
After an extraordinary year of touring and an ever growing amount of attention, LEYYA are bacck with a spectacular video for their stunning new track, “Butter”.
For the film, band and crew travelled to Zadar (Croatia) this March. Regardless the summery look of the video, temperatures were actually quite calm. Especially the scenes in the water asked for Sophies courage – the LEYYA singer had to jump into 10°C seawater for the videos opening scene. The result, however, is rewarding.
ETC!ETC! & TIGHTTRAXX “TROMPA”
If you thought ETC!ETC! would slow down even for a moment, you played yourself. The LA-based beatsmith links with fellow Angeleno TIGHTTRAXX for the rattling turn-up tune “Trompa.” The producing twosome take the track from electro to trap and back again, pummeling the beat with a double-time drumroll and serpentine horn line. Already being supported by Skrillex, Jack Ü and Flosstradamus, the track is moving crowds left and right.
DARIO SLAVAZZA PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “OCEAN EYES”
Magik*Magik Orchestra arranger and production director, Dario Slavazza, will release his debut EP, Guilty Steps, June 10 and has premiered a video for the first single today via DoTheBay.com, to announce the EP celebration, June 18 in San Francisco, at Brick & Mortar.
Today, Milwaukee-based Hip Hop artist and producer, Vincent VanGREATreleases “Bel-Air”. This nostalgic tune inspired by the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” will take you back to the 90s with it’s catchy, captivating beats.
“Bel-Air” not only highlights Vincent VanGREAT’s innovative approach to production but also offers listeners a fresh hook and killer lyrics throughout. VanGREAT was inspired to create this track by the very first episode of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”, when Will busts out a genius beat with only his forks and drinking glasses while beat boxing.
MAN IS NOT A BIRD “LIFE & LEVITY”
Man Is Not A Bird, an innovative Paris-based quartet, are preparing to make landfall in the U.S. with their first international release, Life & Levity. The four track collection includes EP title track which Nothing But Hope & Passon claims, “post-rock lovers can expect epic and distinctive sounds that team up with hypnotic shoegaze elements.” Expect five minutes of cinematic beauty that doesn’t need to hide from the genre’s big players like Explosions In The Sky.
CLARK ASHTON SMITH ‘INFERNO’
The Inferno EP marks the very first time any of CLARK ASHTON SMITH’s works have been set to audio, bringing five of his intensely visceral and pictorial poems writhing to life. For this macabre venture, the author’s words are delivered with gripping conviction through the voice of renowned horror literary scholar S. T. Joshi, whom here delivers his first of such readings, the release scored with aptly disturbing tones set by dark ambient/industrial outfit, Theologian.
ENTHEOS NEW VIDEO
Like lightning, inspiration can strike at any time. The members of ENTHEOS—Chaney Crabb [vocals], Malcolm Pugh [guitar], Evan Brewer [bass], and Navene Koperweis [drums]—collectively felt that surge. Longtime friends Navene, and Evan co-founded Animosity and remained in the group until its split in 2008. Evan enjoyed a stint in The Faceless, while Navene joined Animals As Leaders, and Malcolm played in A Loathing Requiem, Diskreet, and Inferi.
JOHN GRANT SHARES “VOODOO DOLL” VIDEO
John Grant has unveiled a freaky, funky video for “Voodoo Doll” off his latest solo album, Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. Directed by The Diamond Brothers, an identical twin directing team known for the Danko Jones Trilogy & Melt Yourself Down, the video sees John tending to a woolen doll in the hope of revitalizing his depressed friend before transforming into a Voodoo doctor and indulging his latent love of make-up.
AVA FESTIVAL BEFLAST
Last year AVA Festival and Generator NI joined forces to create AVA Festival’s educational conference, a pre-cursor to the VAA night festival elements. AVA X Generator NI can now share the final programme for this years conference, including a panels, talks, keynotes, masterclasses and one-on-one interviews with a mix of artists and industry professionals. From Techno Pioneer Juan Atkins to home-grown duo Bicep, then Dave Haslam, Mark Lawrence, Shanti Celeste and Bonobo’s Manager Lizzy Bowman, the day promises to be an insightful look intro the electronic industry. Other key names include FACT Magazine, I-D Magazine, The Association of Electronic Music, Red Light Management, BigBox, Clintons and Listen Up, all taking part in AVA X Generator NI’s inspirational conference.
Partnering for year two, AVA and Generator NI share a joint vision to develop Northern Ireland’s electronic music and digital visual arts industry, through working with international and local artists, labels, manufacturers, media and industry professionals to explore issues in music business, technology and creativity. Designed to bridge the gap between the evening’s live AVA experience and the creative, technical and business processed behind it, AVA’s conference has a varied programme aiming to deliver insight, facilitate conversation, spark inspiration and further connect artists and industry with the grassroots of electronic music culture of Northern Ireland.
THRICE “BLACK HONEY”
Just last month Orange Country’s Thrice announced the release of their ninth studio album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. The album was produced by Eric Palmquist and will be released on May 27, 2016 via Vagrant Records/BMG. Today, fans can watch the eerie new video for the album single ‘Black Honey.” Watch here: http://smarturl.it/BlackHoney
PHISH TO RELEASE ‘HOIST’ 2-LP BLACK VINYL
On May 20, Phish will release Hoist, the band’s fifth full-length studio album, as a limited, individually numbered, 180g 2-LP audiophile black vinyl set in stores and online. A colored version of Hoist vinyl released for Record Store Day this year charted to #4 for sales.
Hoist was recorded on 24-track 2″ reels in October-November 1993 at American Recording Co. in Calabasas, California. Three singles were released from Hoist – “Down With Disease”, “Sample In A Jar” and “Julius” and all three remain in common rotation at Phish shows. Live tracks from an April 21, 1993 Columbus, Ohio rendition of “Split Open And Melt” were blended with studio tracks including parts of “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” and effects to create the experimental D Side, “Demand.”
STEPHEN “RAGGA” MARLEY CELEBRATES SUMMER WITH THE FRUIT OF LIFE
Multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and celebrated Reggae producer, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, is set to release his fourth studio album, Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life, July 22, amidst a spectacular summer tour, announced today. The coast-to-coast run begins in Redway, CA on Thursday, May 26, includes multiple festivals and will see 44 cities ending in New Orleans on Sunday, July 24.
DECEPTIONIST NEW SINGLE
Initializing Irreversible Process is the impending new full-length from Rome, Italy’s DECEPTIONIST. Set for release via Unique Leader next month, Initializing Irreversible Process was captured with Giuseppe Orlando at Outersound Studios, and finds the devout death metal collective pushing their talents and ingenuity forward in both speed and technicality while simultaneously remaining loyal to our root elements: groove, brutality and catchiness. Their use of sampling blends seamlessly with harsh guitar riffs, the lyrical content dealing with the relationship between humans and machines in a not-too-distant future world where men and women will live only to serve artificial masters.
ROISIN MURPHY NEW VIDEO
After setting the benchmark with ‘Mastermind’, Róisín Murphy announces ‘Ten Miles High’ as the first official single from her new album ‘Take Her Up To Monto.’
Perhaps surprisingly, ‘Ten Miles High’ has a pop feel, reminiscent of ‘Overpowered’, a universal appeal, “I was scared of ‘Ten Miles High’ when I wrote it because it seemed to be really ‘Pop’, and I was afraid it wouldn’t fit in on the record. But I got over myself”, admits Murphy.
PIC: MIRANDA LAMBERT BRINGS THE HEAT ON OPENING WEEKEND OF “KEEPER OF THE FLAME TOUR”
“The reigning queen of country music demonstrated why she wears the crown,” Amanda S. Amand of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch raved of Miranda Lambert’s Keeper of the Flame Tour opening set on Friday, May 13 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Mo. with openers Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne. Perhaps that’s why a storm rolled in just an hour into Lambert’s set, mother nature’s way of offsetting the heat radiating from the seven-time Female Vocalist of the Year’s first tour stop of the season.
FREAKWATER “WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT” MUSIC VIDEO
The new Freakwater “What the People Want” music video is beautiful and affecting, and it’s now playing via She Shreds Magazine. The accompanying article is a worthwhile interview and story addressing the surrounding topics of gender-based violence and injustice, with commentary from Freakwater’s Catherine Irwin and director/animator Kathleen Judge (Neko Case, Calexico).
JUNG YOUTH NEW SINGLE
“Sleep When I Die” is a symphonic single that finds Jung Youth embracing the adversity that comes with chasing a dream, following no one but yourself and your intuition in pursuit of beating the odds that others stack against you. The Nashville rapper and Red Bull Sound Select artist is what you might call a musical chameleon, with output ranging from psychedelic synth pop to boom bap beats to electronic-tinged bangers, his versatility at the forefront of each new release. Produced entirely by Super Duper, the EP features collaborations with Remmi, Aaron Krause, and Chancellor Warhol.
MAX JURY NEW VIDEO
Rising talent Max Jury has unveiled the new video for his upcoming single ‘Beg & Crawl’, one of the many highlights from his extraordinary debut album out on June 3rd via Marathon Artists.
‘Beg & Crawl’ is an uptempo treasure trove of classic songwriting at its best. The accompanying video was directed by Daniel Brereton, and weaves together beautiful vignettes of a young couple in a somewhat ambiguous relationship.
TELEMAN RELEASE “GLORY HALLELUJAH” VIDEO
Teleman today unveiled the new video for their hook-laden, joyful stomper, “Glory Hallelujah,” off their sophomore LP Brilliant Sanity, released on April 8th via Moshi Moshi. The video was created by the band’s Jonny Sanders on their recent European tour. “Glory Hallelujah” will be released as a single on June 17th, 2016.
ARKELLS RELEASE NEW SONG “A LITTLE RAIN” FOR TORONTO BLUE JAYS PROMO SPOT
Rock quintet Arkells have released another new song from their highly anticipated new album, Morning Report, out August 5 via Last Gang Records/eOne in the U.S. and Universal Music Canada. The latest song “A Little Rain” is currently featured in an official Toronto Blue Jays promo spot airing this month. The track is a no-brainer soundtrack for the Jays’ All-Star third baseman and MVP, Josh Donaldson, known widely as “The Bringer of Rain.”
NAHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE SHARE NEW SONG “LOVE LETTERS TO GOD”
Nahko and Medicine for the People are happy to share “Love Letters To God,” premiering via Relix today. The new song appears off the Los Angeles-based band’s forthcoming album HOKA, out on June 10 and available to pre-order now at nahko.com.
ARKAIK TOUR & NEW VIDEO
Progressive death metal faction, ARKAIK, will embark upon a fifteen-date US headlining tour this Summer. The Make America Shred Again Tour 2016 will run from July 2nd through July 24th. Support will be provided by Vale Of Pnath and Singularity with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
TERRA LIGHTFOOT SHARES “NEVER WILL”
Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe. Produced and mixed by Gus van Go and Werner F (Monster Truck, Said the Whale, The Trews) and mixed by Noah Mintz (Death from Above 1979, The Sheepdogs, Danko Jones), Every Time My Mind Runs Wild distills all that audiences have come to love about the performer — fluid, fiery guitar-work, powerful vocals and melodies that resonate for days. From the sad-eyed swagger of opener “All Alone” to the punch of first single “Never Will” to the haunted ballad “Splinter” that closes the set, Every Time My Mind Runs Wild establishes Lightfoot as a singular talent and songwriting force.
CYNDI LAUPER’S ‘DETOUR’ CHARTS NO. 4 ON BILLBOARD TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS
Known best for her legendary pop icon status, Cyndi Lauper is reigning in a new legion of fans with her new country-tinged album DETOUR, which just debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
“These songs had a profound impact on me when I was a little girl listening to my Aunt Gracie’s kitchen radio in Queens. I grew up listening and admiring Patsy Cline, Patsy Montana, Hank Williams – all the greats from the Golden Age of country. It was an honor to record those beautiful songs for DETOUR and I am so thankful for the fans and the country music community for welcoming me with open arms,” Lauper said.
FONKYSON NEW TRACK
Montreal-based producer and DJ Fonkynson, has recently released his new track Aquarelle. The team at prominent music aggregator / tastemaker Indie Shuffle picked up the track and have fallen in love with the track.
“Fonkynson has managed to win me over twice, which is pretty solid. Where last time – on “Keep It Cool” – the vibe was more aligned with a house approach, “Aquarelle” sees the Montreal-based artist take a more standard French house approach. And I dig it.” – Jason Grishkoff, Indie Shuffle