JAZMINE SULLIVAN JOINS REEBOK FOR THE #STEPFORWARD CAMPAIGN
R&B sensation Jazmine Sullivan and Reebok have teamed up for the launch of the new #STEPFORWARD Campaign which launched this month.
#STEPFORWARD with Jazmine Sullivan is a three-part series, co-created by Reebok and Bkstg, a new platform that connects artists and fans directly, the series allows fans to get closer to their favorite artists and celebrates the artists’ journeys of fearlessness.
In Jazmine’s series, she gives the viewers a glimpse into her home neighborhood Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia, the house where she grew up, hear from her family and follow her to the places where her career began such as Milkboy Studios. Jazmine Sullivan shows us this unique side of Philadelphia that helped shape her life through intimate stories of her upbringing, various record deals and what inspired her to Step Forward into the spotlight.
STEVE HACKETT’S NEW VIDEO CLIP “WOLFLIGHT”
Fans of progressive rock around the world can click here to check out the exclusive worldwide premiere of the brand new live clip “Wolflight” from world-renowned guitarist/composer Steve Hackett on Team Rock today. The live performance clip is taken from his forthcoming 2 CD/2 DVD, Blu-Ray package THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL, due out in North America on July 29th (please note new release date) via InsideOut Music.
BRANDYN BURNETTE RELEASES FORTHCOMING EP TITLE TRACK “STATE I’M IN”
Today, Brandyn Burnette announces the upcoming release of the EP titled track off of his upcoming EP called State I’m In on June 24th, 2016 exclusively via All Things Go.
DOLLY PARTON RENEWS HER VOWS OF 50 YEARS TO CARL DEAN
Dolly Parton and Carl Dean, who recently celebrated a sweet milestone of 50 years of marriage, will be releasing photos from their renewal ceremony to the highest bidder to benefit children’s charities. The couple tied the knot on May 30, 1966, and for their golden wedding anniversary, they renewed their vows during a private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
“If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again, and we did,” says Dolly Parton. “I’m dragging him kicking and screaming into the next 50 years. Wish us luck. In all honesty, the only way I was able to get Carl to do any of this in the first place was that it was a great opportunity for us to raise money for some very worthy causes.”
Diego Zevallos, or better known by his moniker Dzasko, is an up-and-coming talent from Peru who is certainly set to make long strides within the industry. Growing up with a passion for electronic music, Dzasko began experimenting in music production and as proven by his releases, Dzasko’s prowess is undeniable. Especially with his massive collaboration alongside Hungarian progressive house duo Stadiumx, Dzasko continues to show that he is capable of delivering high-quality productions.
PARTY FAVOR “BUST EM”
Mad Decent regular, Party Favor, has released the video for his recent single “Bust ‘Em,” out now on Mad Decent. The video, directed by Alex Westmore, is a 1980’s B-style Action/Horror flick that details a robot experiment gone horribly, horribly wrong. The star of the video is a robot by the name of “H.A.M.” (Human Assistant Machine) that seems to have a challenger in the lab. Party Favor enlisted a crew of friends to play roles throughout the video, watch for cameos from Ghastly, Brillz, 4B, Boombox Cartel, Paz, Two Fresh and Carter Cruise.
KYDD JONES NEW SINGLE
Kydd Jones follows his recent single “Funktion” with “Nothing To Play With,” a heavy uptempo banger with production provided by Brandon Blanco. Kydd’s out to take over the summer and fall by dropping records until the release of his next mixtape, GR33D.
POST-TRASH NEW VIDEO
“In “Kinda Slow,” the first single and music video for Heavy Drag’s debut LP Sàbana Ghost, director and bass player Michael Ruiz Unger paints a picture of mistrust in the Northeast woods. It’s suitably visually epic for the band’s massive sound and an excellent entry point into their dark, chemically-laced world.”
JACKYL SET TO UNLEASH 8th STUDIO ALBUM
Jackyl has announced that their brand new album, ‘ROWYCO,’ will be released on August 5th via Mighty Loud Records. ‘ROWYCO’ (let us know when you figure this one out!) is the FATTEST sounding record to date for the band. “This will be an exciting year,” predicts lead singer Jesse James Dupree. “With the album’s release timing perfectly with the grand opening of the Full Throttle Saloon, in Sturgis, South Dakota. The original location burned to the ground last year AND they are building back bigger and better than ever.”
The Full Throttle Saloon enjoyed a 6 year run of a hit reality television show of the same name, which documented owner Michael Ballard and Jesse’s struggles to get the bar up, running and profitable during the world’s largest motorcycle rally.
LET’S EAT GRANDMA ALBUM STREAM
Let’s Eat Grandma will release their highly anticipated debut album I, Gemini next week and are now streaming the album exclusively on Apple Music. They have also shared a remix of the buzzy single “Eat Shiitake Mushrooms” by Wolf Alice. The track was remixed by the band’s Joel Amey, who said “Let’s Eat Grandma are my kind of band. Weird in the most wonderful way, I find it very inspiring that two young women are making such interesting pop music in an age where everyone seems very happy to turn in the same sounds/songs/structures. They exist in their own league, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
STAY WILD RELEASE SINGLE “BLOSSOM” FOR CAUSE
Panic State Records was founded on the ideals that music can make a change in the world. In two weeks, Panic State Records is releasing one of the most important records in the labels history by the California Punk/Hardcore band Stay Wild.
Stay Wild are outspoken proponents to all of the ideals that Panic State Records were founded on. In response to the disgusting and pointless loss of life in Orlando, Florida, we have decided to make their song “Blossom” available for download as a “Pay-What-You-Want” option. Panic State Records and Stay Wild will be donating 100% of all sales of “Blossom” to the families affected in Sunday’s shooting.
DEATH COMES HOME NEW VIDEO
Puerto Rican Metalcore band Death Comes Home has released the music video for “The Sleepwalker” which originally premiered with Metal Underground. The video was directed by Carlos Rosa and shot at Music Dorks in Guaynabo, PR. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album “Reinvent” due out later this year.
MARIANAS TRENCH TOUR
Multi-Platinum selling Canadian pop-rockers Marianas Trench have announced the “SPF 80s” stateside summer headlining tour which kicks off on July 8th in Oklahoma City, OK at the Diamond Ballroom before criss-crossing the country, wrapping in San Diego on August 14th at House of Blues. Tickets and VIP packages are available now.
DRAKE WHITE IGNITES THE SPARK AUGUST 19
“One of the country’s most energizing performers,” (Rolling Stone Country) Drake White is officially burning up trails and charts with the release of his forthcoming debut album on Dot Records. SPARK is due out on Friday, Aug. 19 and features his current single “Livin’ the Dream.” The pre-order for the much-anticipated LP will begin on June 24 with select instant-grat tracks added leading up to the release.
The foot-stomping singer/songwriter – and nature enthusiast – teased the news to his Firestarters during his Fan Club Party and shared the announcement on the red carpet at the 2016 CMT Music Awards.
AUSTIN JOHN WINKLER ANNOUNCES RETURN TO MUSIC AFTER 3 YEAR ABSENCE
After a three-year hiatus from the music world, multi-platinum singer/songwriter, Austin John Winkler is back with the release of his highly anticipated solo EP entitled Love Sick Radio.
Having sold millions of albums, with numerous hits under his belt, including Hinder’s breakthrough hit, “Lips Of An Angel”, Winkler is ready to share with the world what he’s doing musically now.
Winkler’s lyrics, distinctive voice and passion for music is stronger than ever with his new modern twist on rock and roll. The six-song EP featuring guest appearances by Sophie Summers and country star, Jessie James Decker, was released on April 22nd, 2016.
FAILURE ANTHEM’S “FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS” VIDEO PREMIERES ON VEVO TODAY
Following the success of their debut single and video, “Paralyzed,” Failure Anthem’s new video for the album’s title track, “First World Problems,” premieres today on Vevo.com. Shot in Los Angeles by director Patrick Flaherty, the video sheds a light on many of the world’s most pressing humanitarian struggles – including hunger, human trafficking and homelessness – issues the band is calling attention to in an election year.
STEVE AOKI & BOEHM FEATURING WALK THE MOON “BACK 2 U”
Since the track’s release on May 19, the up-lifting song, with its resplendent vocal courtesy of Walk The Moon’s Nicholas Petricca, has already received over 3.5 million streams on Spotify, in record time for both Steve and WALK THE MOON. For the video AOKI, Boehm and Petricca called out to music fans to post a photo of themselves holding a photo of their someone special they’d like to get back to. Out of thousands of entries, a selection of photos were edited into a colorful collage, exploding with shapes. It’s a heartfelt montage which also features all three artists.
CHANNEL D STREAMS NEW TRACK ‘ICE IN THE WATER’
A dark album holding a mirror up to our dark times, ‘Unravelling’, the second record from Channel D, makes for a wholly intoxicating listening experience. Reflecting an age where to switch on the news is to dare ourselves to face the scariest parts of a horror film, resulting in – for an increasing number of us – a state of high anxiety, these are 11 songs which speak of acute turmoil, whether personal or universal.
GREAT AMERICAN CAMPOUT 2016
This summer, tens of thousands of Americans will unplug their devices and spend the night outside. That’s the simple idea behind the National Wildlife Federation’s 12th annual celebration of the outdoors, the Great American Campout.
In conjunction with Great Outdoors Month, the event encourages people of all ages to camp in backyards, parks and campgrounds, as a way to reconnect with nature. This year’s Great American Campout kicks off Saturday, June 25 and runs through September 30.
“There’s no better way for children to deepen their relationship to the natural world and the wildlife all around them than to spend a night outdoors beneath the stars,” according to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Camping is a traditional part of the American summertime experience – one that is often overlooked in these digital days. But families who spend meaningful time in nature often report that their children demonstrate greater focus, creativity, and calmness – benefits that improve school performance, strengthen interpersonal relationships, and catalyze leadership development.”
IMANY ‘DON’T BE SO SHY’
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DEATH BY AUDIO LIVE VERSION OF LIGHTNING BOLT’S “THE METAL EAST” STREAMING NOW AT PITCHFORK
For nearly a decade, Death By Audio was a recording studio, an effect pedal workshop, a music venue, and a home to musicians and artists. Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers) found the warehouse in 2005 and along with fellow artists in Dirty on Purpose, he started hosting concerts to help pay to build out bedrooms and studios. By 2007 DBA was hosting bands almost every night.
The first “Metal Meltdown” concert series event kicked off at The Joint at the world famous Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas on May 30, 2015. Legendary, multi-Platinum selling rockers Twisted Sister performed an explosive 90-minute concert of their biggest hits spanning their 40-year career. The show was dedicated to the honor of Twisted Sister’s iconic drummer, A.J. Pero, whose tragic, sudden death just two months prior to the filming of this event shocked the music world. The band announced that not only were all the remaining concerts being performed in 2015 dedicated to the memory of A.J. Pero, but that 2016 would mark the 40th and final year of the band’s legendary live performances. They recruited renowned drummer and friend of A.J. Pero, Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater, Avenged Sevenfold) to take the reins, and his very first Twisted Sister appearance was captured by the “Metal Meltdown” camera crew.
“Fall”, the second single from Esh, premiered today. The single highlights Esh’s stunning vocals, as its perfectly accompanied by subtle, yet engaging synth melodies throughout. The song “officially marks ESH as a future star,” states Press Play Ok. “It’s an utterly endearing slice of blissful electronic pop, taking in Givaty’s malleable vocal and merging it beautifully with a sort of house-lite, after-hours beat.”
DOOMTREE PREMIERES NEW TRACK “SPILL ME UP” VIA THE AV CLUB
Doomtree announce the release of their single “Spill Me Up,” the first taste of new crew music since 2015’s critically-acclaimed All Hands album. The track, which just premiered on The AV Club, features raps by Sims, Cecil Otter, and P.O.S, with a banger beat courtesy of Lazerbeak.
QUEEN LATIFAH TO BE HONORED AT VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS
VH1 announced today that multifaceted superstar Queen Latifah is the first legendary artist being honored at VH1 HIP HOP HONORS: ALL HAIL THE QUEENS. Latifah will also serve as an executive producer of the upcoming event through Flavor Unit, marking an ongoing collaboration with VH1 after the success of the one-hour special DEAR MAMA earlier this year.
After a six-year hiatus, the revered VH1 HIP HOP HONORS is back celebrating the best and brightest in hiphop with a twist. This year’s live event will pay homage to the female pioneers, trailblazers and trend-setters who led a movement and infiltrated the ranks of the male-dominated genre to make their voices heard and still do today. The other hugely influential female artists being honored will be announced later this week.
ZHU UNVEILS NEW SINGLE
The song was first debuted in ZHU’s closing set in the Sahara Tent at this year’s Coachella Music Festival and officially premiered today via The FADER, who call it a “track that is all good vibes, featuring warmly diffused synths, a gentle disco backbone, and a free-spirited vibe that is contagious.” “GENERATIONWHY” is off of ZHU’s highly-anticipated debut album due out this summer on Columbia Records.
ELBOY80 & MELODIC JAYE ‘THE EQUALIZER’
Dynamic production and DJ duo Elboy80 & Melodic have been making huge waves in the dance music scene thanks to their highly crafted productions and DJ sets. After extremely successful solo careers, which highlights included supporting A-List stars such as Darius Syrossian and Dale Howard in the some of the UK’s most illustrated venues, the East London based artists have decided to merge their careers together, an exciting, yet bold move that is sure to grab the attention of industry as a whole.
A-TRAK’S “PARALLEL LINES” (MSTRKRFT REMIX)
With anticipation for MSTRKRFT’s 2016 comeback already through the roof, the electro dons blessed their longtime friend and fellow Canadian A-Trak with a coveted remix. A-Trak’s sunny, Phantogram-assisted summer single gets taken to the techno chamber thanks to MSTRKRFT’s signature analog glitch ‘n squeak. Play this one loud and stay tuned for even more “Parallell Lines” remix goodness from Bart B More, Hall & Rush and more!
“YES MINUS THREE”
Welcome Komrades to the Blesst Chest promo sheet. I’m psyched to be hearing this album. Takes me way back (two years) to the Halcyon Sweat Beer Days and their many gigs at godforsaken shitboxes around Portland. The boys wouldn’t have it any other way: “Paying dues” is standard operating procedure. Months and months were spent in the rehearsal room to get to this point— because what else would you do with your precious free time?
LOST HIGHWAY MOTORCYCLE SHOW & CONCERT
The second annual Lost Highway Motorcycle Show & Concert– a motorcycle, music, and camping destination festival– will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at San Manuel Amphitheater & Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA, beneath the picturesque San Bernardino Mountains. The Southern California festival has just announced the additions of Foghat and Tyler Farr to the stellar lineup of musical acts as well as Roland Sands Design Super Hooligan flat track motorcycle racing presented by Indian Motorcycle. Brett Young, Bullets & Octane and Hall Pass are also joining with live performances on Friday night at the official kick-off party in the K-FROG Lost Highway Campgrounds.
On the euphoric trap tip, GITCHII drops another fluttery bombshell with “Yeah,” the second track off their forthcoming Fly Hii EP. The production enigma has become synonymous with effortless beat blending – their latest fusion of vibrating drum kicks and celestial coos arrives as no exception.
BEAR’S DEN’S “AULD WIVES” VIDEO PREMIERES
The video for “Auld Wives,” the first single taken from Bear’s Den’s anticipated new album Red Earth & Pouring Rain, is premiering today. The clip stars actor Joseph Marcell (know for his role as Jeffrey from Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and was directed Sam Yates who was named one of GQ’s “Men of the Next 25 Years.”
MAGIC WANDS SHARE “HIMALAYA”
The band’s Dexy Valentine says of the video, “Himalaya is one of the more chilled out songs on Jupiter. One day our friend came to rehearsal with a camera and filmed us practicing. It was very spontaneous, and captures us just doing what we do.” Their latest LP, Jupiter, is available now on Cleopatra Records.