T-MOBILE AND DJ KHALED BRING MUSIC FREEDOM TO FANS
Billboard and dick clark productions announced today that T-Mobile is the title sponsor of the live stream magenta carpet pre-show at the “2016 Billboard Music Awards.” As the first awards show to be broadcast from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the“T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs” will feature an all-new magenta carpet and a T-Mobile branded stage hosted by Rachel Platten and Ted Stryker. T-Mobile is working with DJ Khaled to provide fans with exclusive backstage and behind-the-scenes access on social media via Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram before and during the show with #MusicFreedom.
“T-Mobile Magenta Carpet Live at the BBMAs” will be available on BillboardMusicAwards.com, Billboard.com, the Xfinity platform and on Facebook.com/T-Mobile beginning at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT on Sunday, May 22. The show will bring fans live interviews with their favorite Billboard finalists, presenters and performers from the first stop on the carpet, the T-Mobile Stage, as well as the first look at the stars as they arrive for the BBMAs.
TZLIL “OH MY LOVE”
I’m really excited to be be working with Israeli pop sensation Tzlil who has seen support from Noisey and Drowned In Sound. Her latest single, “Oh My Love”, is a stylish affair with a big hook of a chorus that has me dancing around the room.
CLIQUE SHARE NEW SINGLE
Hailing from Philadelphia in the U S of A, and comprised of PJ Carroll (Vocals/Guitar), Brandon Shipp (Guitar/Vocals), Tom Anthony (Drums) and Travis Arterburn (Bass), CLIQUE are a melodic indie-rock band who are sure to catch the ear of any fan of the early heart-on-sleeve alternative scene.
BIG SMACK NEW SINGLE
Big Smack is a 3-piece Indie rock/pop band from Sydney Australia. Anthony Charlton (Guitars/Vocals) Immij (Bass) Johnny Hayes (Drums) have pulled together forces to create catchy songs within a variety of genres to keep you interested and curious for more!
The guys give you today, the new single “Garage” off the up-coming album Masqueraders. The track hits you with a great hook and is full of melody and positive lyrical sentiment, bringing forward a brighter day that will lift your spirits and move your body. It’s a song of letting go.
BOBBY NOURMAND “S I S T E R”
There’s no one that pays artful homage to legendary acts quite like Bobby Nourmand. His tasteful interpretations of acts like The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkle, and The Beatles have amassed over a million streams on SoundCloud, building a fanbase itching to hear his next deep, dark invention.
JENNY BROKE THE WINDOW RELEASE MOVING VIDEO FOR ‘AIRPORT LOVE’
Jenny Broke the Window announce the release of their stunningly-shot video for ‘Airport Love’ – and it’s sure to resonate with anyone who’s ever felt the pang of long-distance love.
Capturing the ethereal essence of their latest single, the film clip features scenic shots from the NSW South Coast and serves as a fitting catalyst for the tale of heartbreak that follows.
MIJA X VINDATA
Rising LA artists Mija and Vindata has released their new song and video for “Better,” out now on OWSLA. Director Ryan Farber followed the artists and edited together footage from organic/unscripted moments with friends during Ultra Miami and shows in Los Angeles. The video showcases life within their LA-based artist community, which was the catalyst for their friendship and for the song’s creation. Both the video and song, with its uplifting message of “keeps on getting better,” focus on the importance of simplifying art and relationships into good vibes, good people and good times.
ADRIAN GALYSH NEW SINGLE
Guitarist Adrian Galysh does his rock-driven take on classic blues track “Messin’ With The Kid,” and you can now listen to the song premiere exclusively through Guitar Player. Listen to the track here.
TREACHEROUS RECORDS’ NIQLE NUT’S NEW SINGLE “ADD ME UP”
Treacherous Records signee, Niqle Nut, is back in the game with his new single,”Add Me Up.” While at first listen the Gummy Beats produced song may appear to be just another braggadocious track extolling one’s material possessions, the truth is somethign far deeper. Niqle was raised in his native borough of Brooklyn until the age of eleven, after which he was moved to Inglewood, CA and, like so many before him, got caught up in the gangster lifestyle. After a near brush with death left him confined to a wheelchair for two years, Niqle Nut began to reevaluate his life and found his true calling. He breaks it down like this….
“I’m starting to feel like a chosen one.” the rapper shares. “Not too many MF-ers make it out the neighborhood. I’m doing my thing now. I’m driving foreign. I’m wearing designer clothes. But I’m not a movie star. I’m a rapper and right now. starting out, I’m not really getting no rewards. Material things ARE my rewards. I feel like those things give me something right now that I can attach myself to and say ‘this is FINALLY mine’.”
EXPLODED VIEW “ORLANDO”
After recently signing to Sacred Bones Records, new four-piece Exploded View, fronted by German/Bristol political- journalist-turned-musician/singer Anika, announce news of their debut self-titled album, due August 17th. The band are sharing new track ‘Orlando’ from the forthcoming record.
MERCURY GIRLS NEW TUNE
Philadelphia, PA’s Mercury Girls features Sarah Schimineck, Kevin Attics, Andrew Hagiwara, Chris Schackerman, and Kevin O’Halloran. Schimineck, formerly of NYC Popfest alums Pet Milk is flanked by the shimmery and adventurous guitar interplay of Attics (Literature, former Pitchfork Media) and O’Halloran (of indie heroes Little Big League, Run For Cover Records). Hagiwara and Schackerman provide a sturdy rhythmic base, creating a sound that’s equally lush and driving, using Sarah Records-inspired pop as a basis for savvy de-/reconstruction and sonic experimentation. Despite having only started in March of 2015, the group has achieved a lot. They’ve collected many endorsements, including those from Chickfactor Magazine, Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Kip Berman and NPR, they’ve shared the stage with bands such as Expert Alterations, Joanna Gruesome, Beverly, TEEN, Eternal Summers, and their 2016 SxSW visit was a head-turning, mind-melting blast.
PROBLEM X DJ QUIK
After the swift success of Problem & DJ Quiks’ collaboration album Rosecrans climbing to #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop charts within the first few hours of release; it was only right that the duo deliver an official visual for the fan favorite off the new project, “A New Nite.” In this video Problem and DJ Quik take you through the making, inspiration and birth of a project that represents the spirit of a west coast legend and new school prodigy uniting for their city – the city of Compton. Rosecrans is out now and available everywhere. Follow Problem online @Problem354.
JR JR ANNOUNCE SUMMER TOUR DATES
Detroit duo JR JR has added new summer dates to its upcoming tour in support of its self-titled third album. The band, which is Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott, will perform across the U.S. (plus one show in Mexico), as well as at several festivals.
VOGUE DOTS NEW SINGLE
Westman Islands singer-songwriter Júniús Meyvant has recently caused big waves in Scandinavia after being the star of the Icelandic Music Awards-winning Best Newcomer and Best Song as well as being nominated for Best Male Singer and Best Song this year.
Today, the wonderful video for the album’s slow jam, “Stellary” has premiered via Consequence of Sound. Directed by Lavinia Jones Wright, the video features dancing skeletons, Goldstein in X-Ray Specs, and more. Says the outlet, “The ARMS mastermind describes his latest work as ‘an R&B love song,’ but there’s a sinister undercurrent that transforms all those typical hallmarks of R&B — the falsetto singing, the heavy back-and-forth beat — into something more dreadful and, dare we say, more delicious. ”
JACKIE VENSON DROPS NEW VIDEO “NEXT LIFE”
Austin-born indie/blues guitarist/vocalist, Jackie Venson, releases a music video “Next Life.” She is currently preparing to release a live album, due out this Fall.
PEMA “SOMETHING LESS”
Just recently, Austin-based artist Pema premiered the new track Something Less with music blog Northern Transmissions. The track drops just ahead of Pema’s forthcoming release Doublethink – which comes out courtesy of Wishy Washy.
Head on over to Northern Transmissions today and check out Pema’s latest single Something Less before we see the release of Doublethink this coming June 3 (via Wishy Washy).
TIERGARTEN NEW SINGLE
It was late 2013, when Mats Rybø, a songwriter for the famous girl-band Katzenjammer, started to get serious attention for forming the band Tiergarten. His delicate vocals may garner much of the attention but the electronic sound wrapped in an effortless power-perormance is what unifies the sound’s entirety.
Tiergarten has refined and perfected their style into a new sound that they feel encapsulates the essence of pop music with a rock dynamic, alternating between moments full of drama and a delightful energy.
‘MAYFLIES’ LYRIC VIDEO
Benjamin Francis Leftwich has unveiled ‘Mayflies’, the first single from his long awaited second album, After The Rain, released August 19th through Dirty Hit in the UK and Vagrant/BMG in the US.
Mayflies debuted on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and follows album track ‘Tilikum’, which was previewed as part of the album announcement earlier this year.
STRONG ASIAN MOTHERS “STAY DOWN”
Today, London based trio Strong Asian Mothers are sharing new track ‘Stay Down’ – via an incredible live session, featuring the 50-piece “Some Voices” choir. The second part of their live video series, which began with ‘Out Of Love’.
MICHAEL KIWANUKA’S ‘LOVE & HATE’ DUE OUT 7.15.16
Michael Kiwanuka’s highly anticipated sophomore album Love & Hate (due out July 15th via Interscope Records) has already accrued immense critical acclaim. MOJO Magazine gave it a perfect five star review raving “Four years after his alarmingly mature debut, the intimate and self-revealing Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka, at the ripe old age of 28, musically swaggers back into the room with as confident a second statement as you could wish for, full of strong melodies, affecting lyrics, sharp playing, immense arrangements, and sympathetic production.”
THE SHELTERS’ SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM
Los Angeles-based rock band The Shelters—featuring Chase Simpson (vocals, guitar), Josh Jove (vocals, guitar), Sebastian Harris and (drums) and Jacob Pillot (bass)—will release their highly anticipated self-titled debut album on June 10 via Warner Bros. Records. The official video for the album’s lead single, “Rebel Heart,” recently premiered on Billboard.
CONCRETE MASCARA NEW SINGLE
A wholeheartedly unsympathetic new track culled from New Jersey’s CONCRETE MASCARA and the prominent power electronics trio’s new Perennial Disappointment album is now available for streaming, as the record nears release through Malignant Records. The fourth track, “Delusion Of Sacrifice,” is now playing through a Cvlt Nation exclusive, who issues of the digitally-warped breakdown, “The vicious soundscapes you will encounter on this album have a transcendental effect in a weird way!”
DLOW RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘DO IT LIKE ME’
On a continued mission to challenge his community to lead a more positive example, CHICAGO’s home grown hero DLOW releases official video for smash hit “Do It Like Me.”
In this ‘You Got Served’ inspired visual, DLOW brings all of his fans together for the ultimate dance off around the Windy City.
JEFF BECK MAKES POWERFUL STATEMENT WITH ‘LOUD HAILER’
On Jeff Beck’s forthcoming studio album LOUD HAILER, his first in six years, the legendary guitarist combines fluid fretwork with topical lyrics to make a powerful statement about everything from the love of power, to the power of love. LOUD HAILER will be available on Atco Records, an imprint of Rhino Entertainment, on July 15 on CD ($18.98), LP ($21.98), and digitally.
Loud hailer, which is another name for a megaphone, is a suitable moniker for an album that isn’t shy about speaking its mind. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explains: “I really wanted to make a statement about some of the nasty things I see going on in the world today, and I loved the idea of being at a rally and using this loud device to shout my point of view.” The album’s first single, the riotous rocker “Live In The Dark,” will be unleashed soon.
FOGHAT SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM “UNDER THE INFLUENCE”
Foghat comes full circle with their new album “UNDER THE INFLUENCE” [http://tinyurl.com/UnderTheInfluence-Teaser], releasing Friday, June 24th. Drawing from their collective musical influences, the band not only brought in some special guests from their past who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band.
They started recording at their Florida studio, Boogie Motel South in 2013. In addition to Foghat members Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett, two additional figures helped shape the sessions – Buddy Guy alumni, Scott Holt, who lent a hand in the writing, and added fantastic guitar and vocals to several tracks, and Grammy winning producer/songwriter, Tom Hambridge.
JOEY STURGIS FORUM PODCAST RELAUNCHES
The popular audio recording podcast, Joey Sturgis Forum Podcast, has relaunched as the Unstoppable Recording Machine Podcast and is currently posting episodes for free on iTunes at:
“SLEEP WHEN DEAD”
Today, A Giant Dog share the second video from their Merge debut Pile via BrooklynVegan. “Our new video for ‘Sleep When Dead’ is like Soul Train on acid,” said Sabrina Ellis of AGD. “A chaotic cage match of disco vs. punk. You feel wide awake but know you’re dreaming because everything feels a little wrong.”
HAYDEN CALNIN ALBUM STREAM
Hayden Calnin was raised in the serene and rural town of Red Hill before spending the majority of his current adult years in the vibrant city of Melbourne, a place that embraces creativity and encourages artistic experimentation. Hayden’s work definitely represents this mindset, his musical writing crosses from folk into the realm of electronic, layered with his unique vocals and production. It’s his determination to push himself sonically as well as artistically that has helped him gain international acclaim, including sync placements on numerous USA TV shows such as Suits, Parenthood, Teen Wolf and the UK and Japanese trailers for recently Oscar-nominated, Room.
HÄANA “BRYM AL MAR (DIMOND SAINTS REMIX)”
Today, we debut the official Brym Al Mar Remix by DIMOND SAINTS, of Los Angeles-based sound artist HÄANA. She has been featured in Vogue, and special appearances include opening for The Rolling Stones while sharing the stage with Kanye West, performing for Michael Jordan’s wedding, and for President Obama’s Inaugural Ball. HÄANA’s production utilizes cutting-edge electronic and analog sounds, and her sound is akin to Massive Attack, Björk, and Trentemøller. “Luminous frequencies & violin instrumentation tied with foreign Icelandic lyrical messages are found in her voice…” (Afro Monk) “It has the ability to seep into your soul in ways only orchestral & electronic music can.” (Infectious Magazine). “Majestic.” (Nothing But Hope and Passion).
COAST MODERN NEW TRACK
“Plucky synths rock back and forth like a hammock swaying in the sunset, the perfect nest to cuddle up with your lover and consider how damn lucky you are. Amending your lifestyle isn’t the easiest of tasks, but doing it for the one you love with “Guru” as your soundtrack can definitely be worth it.” – Consequence of Sound
INDIE FOLK BAND WATCHING FOR FOXES DEBUT NEW SINGLE “TWO LOVERS”
Indie folk band Watching for Foxes are now premiering their new single “Two Lovers.” Fans can listen to the track at Songwriting Magazine or on the band’s official Soundcloud. “Two Lovers” is the first single off of Watching for Foxes’ debut full-length album Undone Bird, out June 10th.
RAIME SHARES NEW TRACK “GLASSED”
Raime share ‘Glassed’, the second track to be taken from their upcoming second album, Tooth, which arrives June 10, 2016 on 2xLP, CD and digital formats.
Tooth sees the widescreen melancholia of their 2012 debut, Quarter Turns Over A Living Line, give way to an urgent and focussed futurism, in the shape of eight fiercely uptempo, minimal, meticulously crafted electro-acoustic rhythm tracks. The DNA of dub-techno, garage/grime and post-hardcore rock music is spliced into sleek and predatory new forms.
BOSS HOG “BROOD STAR”
New York City’s most dangerous rock’n’roll band, Boss Hog, is back with BROOD STAR, a four song Maxi-Disco 12-inch, distilled, vivisected, surgically altered, bound, spindled, remixed and mutilated into a tantalizing amuse-bouche for their forthcoming full-length album, BROOD X.
PAUL DE JONG “GOLDEN GATE”
Paul de Jong, formerly of the Books presents his new solo performance, with his 2015 debut album ‘IF’ on Temporary Residence Ltd as a musical starting point. De Jong shines new light on his signature musical blend of odd spoken word samplings, mashed studio recordings and live instruments.
HAPPYNESS NEW VIDEO
This May, Happyness take a break from writing new material in advance of recording their highly anticipated second album for Moshi Moshi/PIAS (and follow-up to the acclaimed 2014 debut Weird Little Birthday) as The Dandy Warhols take them out on tour across the EU and UK. Wrapping up the final dates of the EU leg this week, before beginning their UK run in Bristol this Friday May 20th, Happyness can now reveal a brand new video…
THE FIN. “WHITE BREATH”
There’s a theme running through the beauteous new EP by The fin. that permeates more than just the song titles. Oceanic imagery features heavily in Yuto Uchino’s lyrics, as references to ship, shore and submersion loom large. The singer articulates these tales of impermanence and transition to a shimmering, sophisticated indie art-pop backing that will be familiar to fin. fans, even though there’s a greater electronic influence to this EP, as synths carry more of the weight, melodically and rhythmically.
JONNY FREESH “WEIRD LIKE AN ALIEN”
Melbourne based explosively quirky rapper Jonny Freesh just released his latest single “Weird Like An Alien”. The track is a spacey Middle-Eastern hip hop fusion track with a wild and wonderful music video made up of heaps of beautiful people in funky costume getting strange at a party.
KYGO X SPOTIFY
There is no stopping Kygo. Having released Cloud Nine only last week, the Norwegian sensation now teams up with Spotify to release a brand new and original advertisement, sculpted around the music featured on his debut studio album.
JOME RELEASES SOPHOMORE SINGLE “CINNAMON”
LA-based artist and enigma JOME releases the sophomore track off his upcoming EP today. According to JOME, the pull-at-your-heartstrings single, “Cinnamon,” “is about giving in and allowing a moment to fully envelope you. We are often better off when we surrender.”
MARK ERELLI PREMIERES “ANALOG HERO”
Boston songwriter Mark Erelli recently released his masterful work, For A Song and now we’re proud to present the first video from the album. The Fender Rhodes palleted “Analog Hero” is an amiable anachronism in high-tech times and the video premiered this morning at PopMatters. The clip stars a local ‘fix-it’ man tackling his own projects and discovering something new with each repair.
J DILLA DOCU
PayJay and Mass Appeal Records have just shared a brief J. Dilla documentary about the making of The Diary, the recently released 2002 solo album Dilla had envisioned as his proper debut as an MC, yielding the bulk of production work to his favorite engineers, spitting bars over beats by Nottz, Hi-Tek, Karriem Riggins, and more.
THE AMITY AFFLICTION RETURN
Roadrunner Records’ group, The Amity Affliction, have announced details of their widely anticipated new album. THIS COULD BE HEARTBREAK, the platinum-certified Australian band’s new LP will arrive on August 12th (see attached album art / tracklisting). The band – Joel Birch [Vocals], Ahren Stringer [Bass, Vocals], Ryan Burt [Drums] and Dan Brown [Guitar] – detailed the new material in a press conference earlier today hosted by former Triple J radio host / Frenzal Rhomb guitarist, Lindsay McDougall which can be viewed on the band’s Facebook, www.facebook.com/theamityafflictionofficial.
SHEFFIELD BAYONET “EVERYTHING”
Building on the melodic and wistful foundations laid by previous single ‘Three Months’, ‘Everything’ this time exhibits the punchier and more frenetic side to the band that’s evident in their stage presence.
“We just want our fans to enjoy hearing the music as much as we enjoy writing it” says singer Vince Ringrose. “Our songs are always written to be fun and relevant to a younger generation and that’s why we feel we are engaging with the young’uns so much in our home town of Sheffield. We work really hard on our live show as we want that to be a huge part of why people love Bayonet”
STILL PARADE “CHAMBER”
Berlin-based Still Parade has announced his debut full-length album, Concrete Vision, will be arriving June 10 via Lefse Records and Heist or Hit Records and premiered the video for the latest single, “Chamber” yesterday directed by Vinyl Williams via The Creators Project – click here to watch “Chamber” on Youtube. This will be a big year for Still Parade, who made his North American live debut at SXSW, and will be performing at this year’s Isle of Wight Festival in June.