“I BELIEVE” VIDEO
Emanuel Ayvas penned the song “I Believe” at the piano with one hand (his non-dominant left) while the other was bound up in a sling following a major shoulder surgery. Confined to his tiny Brooklyn apartment and ordered not to move it for 6 weeks, he found himself pondering both his cranky perspective on life as all touring and guitar playing came to a complete halt, along with the current state of the world. What he came up with was a song of hope that was to become the thematic centerpiece of Emanuel and the Fear’s new album “Primitive Smile”.
KONGOS ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE TOUR
Gearing up for the June 10 release of their highly anticipated third full-length album Egomaniac [Epic Records], KONGOS expand their stacked 2016 schedule with a string of new dates this summer and a full-scale North American fall headline tour—just announced today. Following Life Is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas on September 23-25, the multiplatinum rock band plays major markets coast to coast, concluding October 29 at The Crescent Ballroom Outdoors in their hometown of Phoenix, AZ for “Dia De Los KONGOS.” The Joy Formidable will be a special guest on most dates of the fall tour.
CAVEMAN RELEASE NEW SINGLE
Fresh off an extensive North American tour with Frightened Rabbit,New York’s Caveman have shared “Life Or Just Living,” the new single from the band’s forthcoming album Otero War. Caveman’s lead singer Matthew Iwanusa says of the track, “‘Life or Just Living’ is a song we feel continues the thread of what we were doing sonically with the last record. We tried to bring that to another level here but still keep it Caveman. It’s my favorite song off Otero War.”
After releasing several powerful tracks to critical acclaim over the past year, SATE’s debut album RedBlack&Blue has arrived. Premiering on Exclaim, it encompasses the key qualities that SATE stands for – strength, power, energy, and badass rock and roll. The build up to RedBlack&Blue has been underway for over a year, starting with a hugely successful Pledgemusic campaign that helped produce three digital-only independent EPs. RedBlack&Blue was then compiled from what donors chose as their favorite 10 tracks from these releases. SATE is bringing her sultry blend of blues-rock to fans on her debut album, and in person – she’ll be hitting the road this summer, including a date at the Afropunk Festival in New York.
CERISE NEW SINGLE
LA by way of Chicago songstress Cerise is set to release her debut album ‘Smoke Screen Dreams,’ on June 24. This week she shares the title track + video. Watch the dreamy video over at Impose Magazine + YouTube, and stream the track on SoundCloud.
Although music has been integral to Cerise’s life since as far back as she can remember, it was her teenage days spent listening to such dark and romantic luminaries as The Cure, Bauhaus and Siouxsie And The Banshees that had the most dramatic effect. “That was the first time music really spoke to me,” she remembers. “The darkness and beauty of those bands seduced me into this other world and having a big interest in music. But it always seemed like it was the hardest thing in the world to actually do. To me, being a musician in a band seemed like being a ballerina- like you had to be trained for it from the age of six to become this amazing artist.”
TOBACCO SHARES RIPPLING NEW TRACK “HUMAN OM”
On his fourth solo album, TOBACCO winds up coining an apt name for his vast empire of moldering electro-fied dirt: Sweatbox Dynasty. The new LP—his second for Ghostly International on August 19th—finds the rural recluse resurrecting an old approach to hack a new path through the muck. This may be his most unintentionally psychedelic and left-field creation yet, full of rhythms that start and stop like a tractor on its last piston, resonating melodies made to fuel transcendental meltdowns, and vocals that hiss, gurgle, and growl.
STEVE COLE NEW ALBUM
Known for consistently cranking out chart-topping singles that deploy big vibrant pop hooks, contemporary jazz saxophonist Steve Cole conjures a sonic escapade with the hypnotic “Mirage,” the first single from his forthcoming eighth album, “Turn It Up,” which will be released July 15 by Artistry Music. Radio programmers were instantly spellbound, making the track from the David Mann-produced set of R&B grooves and soul-powered sojourns the No. 1 most added single on the Billboard BDS chart.
The entrancing single on which electronic beats bombard the senses before chill tenor and soprano sax leads and a soothing trumpet undercurrent take command of the illusion is one of nine new songs on the session, eight of which were composed or co-composed by Cole. The tune reflects his hometown roots and ardor for Chicago’s dance music scene. It’s one of three major cities that helped shape the collection.
REVOLUTION ROCK FESTIVAL IN NEW ENGLAND
AEG Live has announced yet another addition to their lineup of festivals, the Revolution Rock Festival–fueled by Monster Energy–set for Saturday, September 17 outdoors at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT.
The powerful lineup for this new annual rock festival includes: Avenged Sevenfold, Slayer, Volbeat, Chevelle, Of Mice & Men, Anthrax, Ghost, Killswitch Engage, Sevendust, The Amity Affliction, KYNG, Nothing More, Twelve Foot Ninja, Crobot, and Devour The Day.
“We’ve spent the better part of two years searching for the perfect location to create a festival that is just for the rabid rock fans of New England,” says Joe Litvag, Executive Producer of Revolution Rock Festival for AEG Live. “After seeing the incredible property and amenities offered at Foxwoods Resort Casino, I knew we had finally found a home. It’s really easy to get to from just about anywhere in the region, and the fans can make a whole weekend out of it with a top-notch resort, golf, spa, shopping, great restaurants, and of course the gaming. Our hope is that Revolution Rock Festival will become an institution for rock fans of the Northeast and will be thought of as ‘New England’s rock festival’ for years to come!”
LANCE NEPTUNE “CIRCLE ROSE”
Inspired by the lost lands between here and the heavens Lance Neptune provides the soundtrack for hazy summer evenings. He recently released his debut EP ‘Animal Eclipse’ on Lone’s Magicwire imprint. Now he returns with his latest standalone single “Circle Rose.” Stream it over at XLR8R and on SoundCloud. His second EP is well underway, so keep an eye out for future announcements.
CODES EP ‘THE PYRAMIDS’
Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Codes is one of the busiest producers in and out of the studio with an album and several EPs under his belt on Slow Roast Recs. Known for his turntable techniques and ingenious sample manipulation, Codes brings floor-smashing illuminati vibes in two new tracks for his debut release on Psycho Disco- ‘The Pyramids’ EP! Having premiered via Anna Lunoe’s Beats 1 Radio show, Hyperhouse, the title track “The Pyramids’” eerie synths lead way to a severe low-frequency bouncy groove. The b-side “Make The Building Shake” will do just that, no description needed. Stay tuned for more of ‘The Pyramids’ with a remix EP on the way.
INSOMNIAC RECORDS AND INTERSCOPE RECORDS RELEASE COMPILATION ALBUM + “PEACH PATCH”
On Friday, June 10, Insomniac Records in partnership with Interscope Records will release a compilation album featuring artists performing at North America’s largest dance music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas, held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, June 17-19. The 24-track album, entitled Insomniac Records Presents: EDC Las Vegas 2016, includes new music by 12th Planet, Brillz, Gladiator, JSTJR, Slander, Two Fresh, and many more. The first track released off the compilation, “Peach Patch” by Gladiator and Two Fresh, is available now. Listen HERE.
THE OATH “SILENT DREAMS”
THE OATH was born in Lyon (France) during the year 1999. During the years, the band known several line-up changes but the hard core of the band has always succeeded in persevering… THE OATH is currently composed of Pierre Leone (guitars & vocals), Manu Da Silva (lead guitars), Romain Devaux (keyboards and clean vocals) and Christophe Bardon (drums).
SABRINA STARKE “NEXT MAN”
Sabrina Starke’s self-titled US debut is out now (Released June 3rd via Zip Records (Sony/Red.)) The “singer/soul writer” is one of Holland’s best known platinum selling acts with a sound that has translated across Europe. Her U.S. debut will also see Sabrina playing select shows in New York City this week (Dates below.) She is unveling the striking video for ‘Next Man’ now, for U.S. audiences, previously only available in Europe. The video addresses judgement and stereotypes and an interesting way to combat them.
JULIAN LENNON GOES INTO KIDS BOOKS
Julian Lennon, in partnership with bestselling author Bart Davis, has entered into a three-book deal to publish bedtime storybooks with independent publisher Sky Pony Press, a division of Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
The series kicks off with Touch The Earth, inspired by Lennon’s documentary film whaledreamers, which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival and won eight international film festival awards. Sky Pony plans to release the book, written for three to six year olds, on Earth Day in April 2017, with subsequent books in the series to be published in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
Lennon and Davis will collaborate with a top children’s book illustrator, still to be chosen. Sky Pony Editorial Director Bethany Buck is overseeing the series for Skyhorse. The writers were repped by Robert Gottlieb and Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group. Skyhorse Group Editorial Director Mark Gompertz brought the books to Sky Pony.
CAGE9 NEW VIDEO
LA’s Cage9 released their album ILLUMINATOR, on June 3rd in North America via eOne with a European release due out in July through SPV. In addition the record released June 3rd in JAPAN via TRIPLE VISION ENTERTAINMENT.
The video for their single “Everything You Love Will Someday Die” can be seen here:
“RAPED BY DARKNESS”
SickDrummer Magazine has just premiered a new drum play-through video by Gus Rios of old-school death metal merchants, GRUESOME. The video sees Rios tearing through the track “Raped By Darkness” from the band’s savage new EP, Dimensions Of Horror, out now on Relapse Records.
More than three years after the release of their acclaimed collaboration “The Stockholm Syndrome,” producer CLMD and singer/songwriter Frøder team up once more on “Phoenix.” Out now on Sony, “Phoenix” is a grand and sweeping piece of work, with driving melodies and cascading synths held together by pulsing percussion samples and soothing piano rhythms. Paired with Frøder’s electrifying vocals, CLMD’s latest single is a sign that the producer is stronger than ever.
HALESTORM ANNOUNCES NEW FALL TOUR DATES
Halestorm announced today a new fall leg of tour dates, which once again sees support from the legendary Lita Ford and Dorothy. The dates kick off Oct. 6 in Dallas and run through Oct. 28 in Quebec, following the band’s current European run and their direct support slot on Carnival of Madness (with Shinedown headlining).
PANTENE PUTS CURLS ON DISPLAY WITH NEW CAMPAIGN
Jillian Hervey, lead singer of R&B/Soul band LION BABE, will take center stage this summer as she joins Pantene to celebrate curly hair. Summer means longer days, weekends at the beach and for curly hair women, frizz! This summer, Hervey and Pantene will give women the curls they’ve always wanted by helping them fight frizz by strengthening their curls.
For years, curly-haired women have been told that in order to fight frizz they have to protect their hair against humidity. While humidity is in fact a contributing factor to frizz, the biggest culprit is actually the strength of your hair. With the Pantene Pro-V system, curly hair will be so strong that it’s practically frizz-free all day and will be able to survive summer’s most grueling torture tests, such as a day at the beach, an outdoor summer concert or on the hot and humid subway.
CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN’S “THE RIDE” DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE U.K. OFFICIAL ALBUMS CHARTS
Catfish and the Bottlemen’s critically acclaimed second album, ‘The Ride’ tops the album charts this week at #1 (above Drake and Beyonce), selling more than three times its nearest competitor in the UK. Seemingly out of nowhere, without industry hyperbole, fans came out in droves with vehement support and a genuine grassroots voice.
“It’s class to be number one with the new album! We’re made up with that. Thank you!” says enigmatic singer/guitarist Van McCann. “It’s just mad and we’ll be grafting all year to ensure things keep growing and these new gigs and new albums keep coming rapidly and in their droves.”
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE BASSIST SIGNS WITH EARACHE RECORDS
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bassist and founding member Tim Commerford has signed a worldwide record deal with legendary UK-based independent label Earache Records for his new band WAKRAT. The band has offered up new track “Generation Fucked”.
As part of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, Commerford has sold tens of millions of albums, played to countless fans across the globe and won two Grammy Awards. Commerford then went on to form another hugely successful act, AUDIOSLAVE, with his former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE bandmates Tom Morello and Brad Wilk, along with SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell.
PHOEBE RYAN RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “BOYZ N POIZN”
Indie-pop artist Phoebe Ryan has debuted the official video for her latest release “Boyz N Poizn”. Filmed in Nashville, Phoebe (“Poizn”) plays a pick-up game against a team of mascots (“Boyz”). The track was released just last month and was produced by Kyle Shearer (Adam Lambert, Tove Lo) and Mike Del Rio of Powers (Selena Gomez, The Knocks).
LIL WAYNE ANNOUNCES “LIL WAYNE: SQVAD UP” MOBILE SKATEBOARDING APP
Today, four time GRAMMY award-winning hip hop icon, LIL WAYNE, announces the release of “Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up,” a mobile skateboarding game app that will be available for download starting on June 10th across Apple and Android platforms. Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up, developed by mobile media and technology company, UTILITY, is a new, action packed game that celebrates the Hip Hop icon’s love for the thrill of skateboarding. Designed to be simple, fun and addictive for all audiences, the throwback arcade-style game offers users a chance to join Lil Wayne on an authentic tour of his hometown, New Orleans. The game soundtrack was curated by Lil Wayne himself and produced by Hollygrove-based producer Nesby Phips. For more information, you may follow Lil Wayne: Sqvad Up on Instagram:
BAND OF SKULLS’ VIDEO FOR “BODIES”
The video for “Bodies,” the lead single from Band of Skulls’ latest release By Default, is premiering today via Billboard. The footage is taken from the band’s Electric Ballroom in London and Paris gigs earlier this month.
SHORTS “GOOD SPACE”
White Plains, New York rapper Shorts presents the self-directed music video for “Good Space”, his new single featuring Breeze Mantana set to appear on Shorts’ forthcoming mixtape Long Story Short.
MIIKE SNOW SET NEW FALL DATES IN SUPPORT OF “iii”
Downtown/Atlantic recording group Miike Snow has announced a new string of dates for a North American fall headline tour. The newly announced dates begin September 17th at Baltimore, MD’s Slowdown continuing through early October (see attached itinerary). Tickets for all shows will be on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 10th at 12 pm local time. A limited amount of pre-sale tickets will be available starting at 10am local time on Wednesday, June 8th for Miike Snow newsletter subscribers.
SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS NEW SINGLE
It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.
THE MONKEES STORM THE CHARTS WITH ‘GOOD TIMES’
The Monkees make a triumphant return to the charts with their new 50th Anniversary album GOOD TIMES!, their first in 20 years. The album has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Top Albums chart, #14 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, and #2 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart. This marks the highest chart position The Monkees have achieved since 1968.
GOOD TIMES! has been garnering rave reviews from Monkees fans and critics alike, including praise from Rolling Stone, New York Times, and NPR, just to name a few. The band was also recently profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and performed live on ABC’s Good Morning America.
YOUNG VINCENT “RUN”
Young Vincent has been putting on shows around Melbourne since 2014. Current release “Run” will be their fourth single, expanding on their unique, alternative folk sound. Full of intriguing melodies and enticing harmonies, “Run” is an alluring new direction for the three-piece.
“It all started on my couch at home on the Mornington Peninsula. The bridge melody popped into mind, sparking the process of to-ing and fro-ing ideas with the band,” says drummer Josh Walton.
COUSIN KULA DEBUT SINGLE
‘Hesitation’ was produced by Jim Barr of Portishead & Get The Blessing at J&J Studios, Bristol. It’s available as a free download from www.cousinkula.com.