IRA HILL TOUR
Akron, Ohio based Metal band Ira Hill have announced that they will be supporting O’Kingdom on “The Lost Souls Tour”. This will be the 4th national tour in the last year for Ira Hill and their second visit to Texas since SXSW in March of 2016. The band is touring in support of their Just Keep Swimming EP which is available now on iTunes.
O’Kingdom will be releasing “Anthem For The Lost” on June 22nd recorded at Random Awesome Studios with Josh Schroeder (King 810, The Color Morale, In Hearts Wake, The Plot In You). The band recently released a music video shot by Jeremy Tremp (Luke Holland, The Word Alive, Slaves) for their single “Bloodline,” which was premiered through Revolver Magazine.
NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO X RICKY MARTIN
Last week, Ricky Martin teamed up with NESCAFÉ CLÁSICO for its social experiment on how far people will get out of their comfort zone and break their daily routine! Nescafé Clásico stopped and picked up passengers from bus stops offering them a chance to break their routine and go on a spontaneous trip. Did they take the chance? Those who selected to break their routine, was whisked away to a spa location and if that wasn’t enough of a surprise they were greeted by none other than Ricky Martin!
Nescafé Clásico wants to reward those who want to live their lives to the fullest, not waiting for something to happen and rather taking new chances and live life with a little more sabor.
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MERCYLESS FREE DOWNLOAD
The one and only MERCYLESS, one of the cultest Death Metal acts ever to emerge from France, the one that released the two classic albums “Abject Offerings” (Vinyl Solution, 1992) and “Coloured Funeral” (Century Media, 1993), the one that relentlessly toured Europe with the likes of DEATH (RIP, Chuck), ASPHYX, UNLEASHED, TIAMAT or more recently LOUDBLAST, that one band is back with a new FREE digital single, “Altered Divination” ahead of the October 7th release of its new full-length, “Pathetic Divinity”.
BISHOP NEHRU ‘MAGIC 19’ MIXTAPE
In 2013 Bishop released his critically-acclaimed debut mixtape ‘Nehruvia’ (which featured collaborations with hip-hop’s finest producers including the likes of Madlib & DJ Premier). Three years later, the most exciting new voice in hip-hop has continued to prove critics, consistently establishing himself as an artist far beyond his years. From releasing a joint album with rap heavyweight MF DOOM , touring with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Earl Sweatshirt & Nas, being heralded as the next generation of pure talent in hip-hop by the likes of Kendrick Lamar & collaborating with Disclosure, Little Dragon & Flight Facilities, the 19-year-old rising star has shot through the ranks as 2016’s most promising new talents.
PALM HONEY NEW SINGLE
Psych outfit Palm Honey have announced the release of their latest single You Stole My Blackout. The track, their first release in 2016, is a short and snappy slice of psychedelic pop that wastes no time getting right to a funky groove, building to a dramatic crescendo that manifests as an onslaught of bone-rattling guitar walls and swirling synths.
The Reading-based four-piece take influences from the psychedelic, shoegaze, electronic, noise and krautrock worlds to create their very own blend of experimental pop, providing a mixture of sweet accessible melodies, catchy hooks, noisy freakouts and extended jams.
ED ROMAN NEW ALBUM
Canadian singer-songwriter Ed Roman exploded onto the worldwide music scene in 2014, with his critically-acclaimed ode to his northern homeland, Letters From High Latitudes. The award-winning album received airplay on more than 100 college and am/fm radio stations in North America, while being heard on over 400 stations worldwide. From the alternative indie rock Billy Joel-meets-Dave Matthews track, “I Told You So” to the soulful reggae jam, “Jamaica” and his socio-political earth song, “I Found God,” Ed enlisted legions of devoted fans, affectionately known as “Ed Heads.”
Now, Ed Roman is back with a brand new, vividly colorful and ominously titled collection, Red Omen. Produced with renowned engineer, Michael Jack (Bono, Hillary Duff, Rush), the new album continues Ed’s eclectic, earthy, funky and magical journey through all genres of music. From the bass-heavy groove of first single, “I Am Love” to the punk-meets-metal blast of “Clone The Sheep” featuring the blistering lead guitar of renowned guitarist, Xander Demos (Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB) to the fully-produced version of his tender Heart Songs for Veterans acoustic benefit single and Top 10 Yallwire.com video, “Lay One Down,” and beyond…Red Omen has something for every listener and every mood.
REVERIEME NEW SINGLE
Reverieme is Louise Connell, an artist who hails from the quaint Scottish market town of Airdrie. A secondary school teacher who is as passionate about her artistic output as she is her chosen profession. While many of her colleagues are currently balancing the pressures of exam season with the longing for the summer holidays, Reverieme is also working towards the release of her long-awaited album Straw Woman.
Inspired by the myriad books, films and records she has devoured throughout her life, she creates captivating, haunting songs that offer an intriguing glimpse of an inquisitive mind and a unique view of the world around her.
SPOTIFY X GIRLS ROCK CAMP FOUNDATION
Girls Rock Camp Foundation (GRFC), which offers funding for the 50+ nonprofit Girls Rock Camps (GRC) around the United States, has partnered with music service Spotify to create Spotify Scholarships. These Spotify Scholarships will provide full tuition to 100+ girls from low-income families across 22 camps for summer 2016.
Girls who attend week-long GRC programs learn an instrument, form a band, and write an original song which they perform in a showcase at a live music venue – many campers’ first rock show ever. Audiences are treated to heart-rending and hard-rocking performances from campers who have created their own T-shirts, made zines, and chosen band names like The Kool Kids and The Sweet Tarts. Many camps also offer video production, recording and engineering, and music industry basics. Girls learn leadership skills and collaboration, building confidence that extends to every area of their lives.
Easter before Christmas is an alternative rock band formed in 2010 in Viterbo, Italy. The band has a Demo-EP and two studio albums. During their career, they achieved many results as have been selected for important cultural festivals throughout Italy such as the “IMAF Festival” in Milan.
STRUGG “PULL ME OUT”
A few months only after its ‘Disorders in progress’ EP (2015), French industrial rock outfit Strugg is back with a new full-length album called ‘Flood’ expected for a physical & digital release this fall.
In the meantime, the band just unleashed the first excerpt of this upcoming effort with the single “Pull me out” available right now on Bandcamp.
BUILT TO SPILL ANNOUNCE FALL 2016 TOUR DATES
Built to Spill have announced yet another round of East coast an mid-western region tour dates for this September and October. At present, BTS are working on new material and will be touring and performing as a trio consisting of Doug Martsch (guitars, vocals), Steve Gere (drums) and Jason Albertini (bass). All confirmed tour dates are listed below.
Built to Spill have been touring in support of their current album Untethered Moon, which was released last April by Warner Bros. Records. Yet again, Doug Martsch & company have created a melodically rich song cycle that weaves memorable guitar textures with thoughtfully crafted lyrical passages open to the listener’s own interpretation.
THE LEGENDS “SUMMER IN THE CITY (LIVING IS FOR SOMEBODY ELSE)”
One-man-band The Legends (aka Johan Angergård from Acid House Kings, Club 8, Djustin, Eternal Death, Pallers) returned last year with the acclaimed love album “It’s Love” on Cascine/Labrador. Now he’s back with an electro-disco-summer-hit about having a shitty summer.
JORDAN RAKEI ALBUM STREAM
Jordan Rakei has finally released his long-awaited debut album ‘Cloak’.
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MUSIC LICENSING COMPANY FOR PODCASTS LAUNCHES IN NASHVILLE
Nashville-based music tech company, :30cast, has created a platform for podcasters to directly license 30 second music clips from musicians, songwriters, and labels. The company is now reviewing new music submissions and podcaster applications. Visit www.30cast.com to send your music for consideration or apply for a podcaster member account.
Podcasting has been around for years, but with advancements in mobile technology, podcasts are growing and now becoming a viable means of exposure and revenue for songwriters and artists. Podcasts are on-demand audio programs of virtually any topic that can be accessed on mobile devices, computers, and smart TVs.
THE NEW YORK TIMES PREMIERES VIDEO FOR BENJAMIN SCHEUER’S “CURE”
In celebration of the June 3 release of Songs from THE LION (Paper Music/ADA), the debut full-length record from award-winning American singer/songwriter, guitar player and playwright Benjamin Scheuer, The New York Times’ Well Blog is premiering the video for the album track “Cure.”
A major force in Bay Area Hip-Hop for over 15 years, production duo The Mekanix recruit Hip-Hop legends E-40 and Too $hort and local hero Richie Rich on”2 Hands,” an Bay-influenced strip club banger with rubbery bass and snapping drums and a seductive hook from Loverboi. The three emcees are in top form on the track, competing among themselves to see who can spit the nastiest NSFW quotables. Premiered today by Mass Appeal, “2 Hands” is the latest single from The Mekanix’ third album Under The Hood, which comes out this Friday.
DJ/PRODUCER CHRISSY & SINGER-SONGWRITER HAWLEY VIDEO FOR “MY TOP TWENTY” AT RESIDENT ADVISOR
Chrissy is a genre-bending DJ/producer, known for releases on labels like Classic, Freerange, Planet Mu, and Hypercolour, his influential “My Year Of Mixtapes” blog, and his DJ residency at the legendary Chicago nightclub Smart Bar.
Hawley Shoffner is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter with a distinctive, immediately recognizable voice in the tradition of Karen O, Kathleen Hanna, or Siouxsie Sioux.
MARIAN HILL DEBUT NEW SINGLE “MISTAKEN” [FEAT. STEVE DAVIT]
MARIAN HILL—Jeremy Lloyd [production/songwriting] and Samantha Gongol [vocals/songwriting]—unveil their new single “Mistaken” [feat. Steve Davit] today. Earlier this week, Beats 1 host and international tastemaker Zane Lowe named the track this week’s “World Record.” It’s the latest release from the critically adored twosome’s anxiously awaited full-length debut, ACT ONE [Republic Records]—out June 24 via Republic Records.
OAKLAND EMCEE UNITY LEWIS RELEASES ‘WEDDING BELLS’ w/ GEORGE CLINTON
Oakland activist and emcee Unity Lewis, formally known as Young Precise, is excited to announce the release of his second project, 7th Dynasty (Unity Lewis Arts and Entertainment), featuring 60’s and 70’s Funk music pioneer, George Clinton. The album is produced by Oakland’s electronic/hip-hop Egon Brainparts of the production duo Bossasaurus. Other features on 7th Dynasty include up and coming rapper Holly Saucy and Bay Area legend Rappin’ 4-Tay.
LIL BIBBY RELEASES NEW MUSIC
Lil Bibby is back to whet our appetites for what’s to come. Produced by DJ L, he releases today the street banger “You Ain’t Gang” from his upcoming album set to release in the near future.
OUT CAME THE WOLVES SIGN TO ROADRUNNER RECORDS + NEW VIDEO
Roadrunner Records is excited to announce the signing of Minneapolis, MN’s Out Came The Wolves. The band – Cameron Burns (Vocals), George Shrouder (Guitar), Austin Brady (Guitar) and Ervin Buljubasic (Bass) – have also released a digital single comprised of tracks “96” and “Queen Mary,” which is available today at all DSPs. “Queen Mary” is accompanied by a new official music video which is streaming now on Out Came The Wolves official YouTube channel. Both tracks will appear on the band’s debut LP due out later this Fall.
HANNAH GEORGAS UNVEILS “DON’T GO”
Of the song Idolator praises, “Hannah Georgas does pop differently. Take ‘Don’t Go,’ the first taste of her third LP, For Evelyn. It tackles profound themes like coming to grips with the mortality of loved ones while still delivering a soaring, bittersweet chorus.” Additionally, The Wild Honey Pie asserts, “…strikes a perfect balance between lush production and dynamic quiet. The track slowly builds in intensity, as striking percussive hits and her vibrant vocals lead towards the powerful chorus.”
HOVEY OTIS RELEASES NEW SINGLE “AN ISLAND MILES AWAY”
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Hovey Otis, releases his new summery single, “An Island Miles Away”, the second track off his upcoming EP, Fool’s Gold. Songwriting Magazine calls the song, “a slice of uptempo, radio-friendly guitar pop,” and draws comparisons to Jack Johnson and Bruno Mars. Hovey Otis is the moniker for the indie acoustic music project conceived by Tim Davis, a prolific songwriter from Vermont. Hovey Otis is set to disperse Fool’s Gold on digital retail sites on July 22, 2016.
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BLACKTOP QUEEN “BLACKOUT”
LA-based grunge/rock band BLACKTOP QUEEN have released their brand new single, “BLACKOUT”. The track “takes the outfit’s garage roots and pumps it full of arena sized hooks and skyscraping energy, rocking out your speakers like some kind of unholy cross between Cage The Elephant and Kings of Leon.” (Neon Gold)
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AMOS LEE RELEASES BRAND NEW SINGLE “VAPORIZE”
“Vaporize” indicates a distinct musical evolution for the critically acclaimed Philadelphia singer and songwriter. Driven by expansive production, elegant keys, and his unmistakable soulful delivery, the song immediately enchants and signals a bright new chapter for LEE.
AMOS comments on the release of the new single, “I wrote the verse and chorus of “Vaporize” one day. Then put it on the shelf for a while until I heard “Studio” by ScHoolboy Q, which made me wanted to find a way to do something with that flavor in a room with a drummer and bass player. Add to it live strings moods, and an incredible rhythm section, and you get the core of “Vaporize.”
OG MACO NEW SINGLE
OG Maco dropped his track “Don’t Know” after much fanfare and anticipation on social media. Produced by Money Montage, the track is a melody driven message letting you know the OGG Prez is always watching.
ELLE KING RELEASES “GOOD GIRLS” TODAY
“Good Girls” was written by Elle King and Dave Bassett (and produced by Bassett), the same team behind the 2X-Grammy-nominated double platinum hit “Ex’s & Oh’s.”
ARMS ALBUM STREAM
Noisey is premiering and streaming ARMS’ new album, Patterns, just ahead of its June 3rd release date. Patterns embodies the charming character and vigor of ARMS, while still establishing itself as a work unique from anything ARMS has ever released before, and is arguably the band’s strongest release to date.
ILIANA NEW SINGLE
Produced by David Burris and Kyle Draper at Mateo Sound in Los Angeles, “Predictable” is a dreamy pop blend of guitar, synths, and soulful vocals.
ABC’s GOOD MORNING AMERICA PARTNERS WITH WORLD’S FASTEST GROWING VIDEO SOCIAL NETWORK
Good Morning America announced today an exclusive contest with the world’s fastest growing video social network musical.ly to celebrate GMA’s 2016 Summer Concert Series. Starting today, June 6th through Tuesday, June 14th viewers will be invited to participate in a series of musical.ly challenges by uploading 15-second videos to the platform using the hashtag #GMAChallenge with the most creative videos advancing each round. Two users will be selected to travel to New York to compete in the final round and perform their “musically” live on GMA. The grand prize winner will be given an opportunity to meet Demi Lovato on June 17th during her GMA Summer Concert Series performance as well as two tickets to a concert on the 2016 Demi Lovato “Future Now” Tour. “GMA’s musical.ly Challenge” contest opens today, June 6th at 8:30AM E.T. and closes Tuesday, June 14th at 5:00 p.m. E.T.
ADAM TORRES + STEREOGUM PREMIERES LEAD TRACK “HIGH LONESOME”
Pearls To Swine was recorded over eight days in January at Austin’s Cacophony Recorders with co-producer and mixer Erik Wofford (Bill Callahan, Black Angels, M. Ward, Okkervil River). Laid directly to tape, there’s a natural, warm, and almost magical realism atmosphere to the songs – like a high-stakes live show captured in a fantastical setting, each its own uniquely crafted cinematic soundscape. The core rhythm was captured live and augmented by a few overdubs, and Torres is joined on the album by the players in his band: Swans’ Thor Harris (on conga drums, vibraphone, and percussion), Aisha Burns (violin), and Dailey Toliver (bass/piano), with drum kit performances by Matthew Shepherd and Rodolfo Villareal III.
“POETIC” THE REMIXES
Sweden’s most soulful export: Seinabo Sey drops a new remix EP for her massive hit, “Poetic” off the critically acclaimed 2015 debut album Pretend. This new compilation delivers genre-defying remixes from the likes of Deficio and Norde. These amazing remixes add a new chapter into the already ingenius story established by Pretend.
Kicking things off, Deficio brings us a massive future bass iteration filled with booming synths, snapping hi-hats, and a mega bassline. Norde’s take on the original provides a very smooth tone complete with ethereal vocal sampling and a dark pulsating melody.
“UP UNTIL THEN”
Mistah F.A.B. is loyal to his soil. Joined by Bossie Badazz and Iamsu!, Mistah F.A.B.’s latest “Up Until Then” visual, debuted by WorldStarHipHop, has the Oakland emcee riding around the city uniting folks from the North, West, and East sides of town. Through his success, Mistah F.A.B. hasn’t forgotten his roots and communities, rapping “What up until then/ I’ma be thuggin inside them project buildings/ They blowing them cookies, that’s all the ghetto children /Plotting on ways that we can make a million, billion.”