DRAKKAR NOWHERE SHARE “HIGHER NOW”
When Drakkar Nowhere rows itself out toward the exploratory sonic sea upon which their debut album so gracefully sails, it’s not just that their destination is undefined; it’s that the very concept of a destination, as reflected in their music, is itself something indefinable. Drakkar Nowhere capture the wind in their sails with a sound that’s boundless, expansive and, perhaps, guided only by the light of the sun and stars.
ANTHRAX “ZERO TOLERANCE”
Celebrating 35 years as a band, 2016 is proving to be a very good time for thrash/metal icons Anthrax, and the festivities are intensifying. First, today Anthrax is releasing the third lyric video from their new album For All Kings, this one for the track “Zero Tolerance.” The song closes the album and its message is very personal and particularly timely in today’s society, with the horrific rise in mass shootings and other forms of terrorism. In the words of Anthrax lyricist Scott Ian, “‘Zero Tolerance’ sums it all up. It’s about doing anything to protect your small circle of family and friends from the insanity of the world.” Check out the lyric video for “Zero Tolerance” here:
KING 810 REVEAL “CARVE MY NAME” OFFICIAL VIDEO
Roadrunner Records group, KING 810, have released an official music video for “Carve My Name” taken from their debut LP MEMOIRS OF A MURDERER. The video, which is streaming now on KING 810’s official YouTube Channel, is a collection of artwork and photographs from the band’s dedicated fan base known as The Family. The clip serves as a photobook to look back on as both the band and the community that surrounds them grow over the years. MEMOIRS OF A MURDERER is available at KING 810’s webstore and at all DSPs.
The last time 300’s T-Wayne name dropped in a song, it made national news and gave Colts Kicker Adam Vinatieri an ego boost. Kylie Jenner hardly needs that type of boost of course but this ode to the Kardashian’s smokin lil sis will certainly not hurt her feelings either.
APHEX TWIN NEW VIDEO
We are pleased to announce Aphex Twin’s first official music video in 17 years for the track CIRKLON3 [ Колхозная mix ].
Aphex Twin and Warp Records commissioned 12 year old Dublin resident Ryan Wyer to create the video for the track from the forthcoming Cheetah EP, after Aphex Twin discovered Wyer’s work through his YouTube channel epic1:40d Gaming.
“THE ROAD” VIDEO
Cincinnati pop n’ roll act Automagik just released the video “The Road,” the title track of their new EP (out now via Old Flame Records).
The video premiered at Popmatters, who said “‘The Road’ grooves hard, putting a seriously killer bassline behind a guitar straight out of Jack White’s kit and just a touch of disco influence. It’s also high-energy, enjoying itself in a way that White would never be caught dead doing. Jangly keys, seemingly mis-mastered vocals, and the gorilla suit inject some levity into a genre whose stoicism can be frustrating. It rocks, but it’s also fun, and it bridges some necessary gaps between snarling guitars and goofy stage presence.”
MUSIC FOR ALL 2016
Central Indiana will again host the largest national weeklong summer music camp for students and teachers, June 27-July 2 at Ball State University in Muncie. Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of music education, will return to Muncie for the sixth summer with its Music for All Summer Symposium, presented by Yamaha. Ball State University is not only the host, but now a corporate sponsor of Music for All, recently announcing a sponsorship agreement in place through 2023.
More than 1,500 high school and middle school band and orchestra students and high school and middle school band directors are expected at the 41st annual Symposium. The full week camp is June 27-July 2. The Symposium also offers a weekend of student leadership training June 25-26. This year marks the largest MFA camp since 2007.
The Symposium typically brings together student musicians and educators from as many as 35 states and abroad. Students learn from top music educators in tracks that include concert band, marching band, jazz band, orchestra, percussion, color guard, drum major, and, new to the Symposium this year, middle school concert band. High school and middle school band directors and instructors can choose from several educators’ tracks that hone their professional skills. Student leadership training is a theme that runs throughout all divisions of the Symposium.
CEREUS BRIGHT “RIVER RUN”
Cereus Bright are proud to announce the upcoming July 29th release of their debut album Excuses. The Knoxville band have launched a Pledgemusic campaign where fans can pre-order the album and get incentives like a private house show, co-writing sessions, merch bundles, and access to future exclusive content with all pre-order purchases. A first taste of what to expect from the album, produced by the band’s own Evan Ford in Tennessee, and mixed by Tom Schick (Wilco, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Beck) at Wilco’s Chicago Studio, can be heard in the first single “River Run” (Links to listen below). In support of their debut album, the band will embark on a national “Closeup” tour today, a hand-crafted tour of intimate shows performed at unique spaces in 30 cities, where Cereus Bright will fill rooms with lights, sound, and beautiful music.
HIGH WATER NEW SINGLE
On July 1st High Water, a.k.a Will Epstein, will release his debut album Crush. Since announcing last month, Epstein has shared his “multi-genre wandering” (Stereogum) cover of Lucinda Williams’ “Changed The Locks” and a live video for the album’s titled track (watch here). Today he shares a “Moonlight Mind,” a song both ancient and modern that wisps the ghosts of music-past through a soulful forest of textures that delightedly twist, shout and boom their way around the listener in a cathartic embrace.
ONE DAY WAITING NEW VIDEO
Alt-metal quartet One Day Waiting has released the first single/music video, “Dying for the Truth”, off of their sophomore EP, Mouthbreather.
“Dying for the Truth” is about people who blindly follow other people, trends and whats currently popular in society. These kinds of people base their lives off the opinion of others, but can’t form an opinion of their own. They often contradict what they do and what they say, like a man who bosses his workers around for slacking off, yet the boss is doing exactly that. I believe the music video delivers that message in both a serious and comedic way. – Tyler Kray
“MY WAY” VIDEO
Canadian Heavy Pop band Black Swan Theory has released the high energy music video for their newest single, “My Way.” While the single was produced and mixed by producer Erik Ron, the band members directed and shot the impressively spirited music video themselves.
MELANIE MARTINEZ SETS FINAL NORTH AMERICAN DATES ON HER SOLD OUT “CRY BABY TOUR”
Atlantic recording artist Melanie Martinez has announced the final dates of her marathon North American headline tour. The “CRY BABY Tour” continues September 19that The Norva in Norfolk, VA continuing through late October (see attached itinerary). Tickets for all shows, and a limited amount of VIP packages, will be on sale to the general public beginning Friday, June 24th at 10 am local time.
GARBAGE PERFORMS “EMPTY” ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
In case you missed it, last night Garbage stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their new single “Empty”.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS NEW SINGLE @ NPR
Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will celebrate their 20 years together and the release of AMERICAN BAND with an epic fall headline tour, beginning at Red Rocks in Morrison, CO, and then continuing into mid-October (see itinerary below). Support on all other dates comes from Lydia Loveless. Tour highlights include two-night-stands at Portland, OR’s Wonder Ballroom (September 30th and October 1st), San Francisco, CA’s The Fillmore (October 6th and 7th), and Los Angeles, CA’s Teragram Ballroom (October 11th and 12th). Additional dates will be announced soon – for updates, please visit the official Drive-By Truckers tour page.
THE NIGHT WATCH NEW ALBUM
Two years in the making, THE NIGHT WATCH unleashes their second album, Boundaries, a single thirty-six-minute piece of dynamic sound. Shifting seamlessly from intricate technicality to soaring atmospheres, crushing heaviness to delicate melancholy, this fluid composition never loses itself within the landscapes it explores. THE NIGHT WATCH are storytellers through sound and Boundaries is a powerful exploration of just how emotional instrumental music can be.
EXSSV’s new track “Hangover” wastes no time hitting hard right from the start, taking listeners along on the wild and crazy night leading to the track’s title. A perfect marriage of bass-heavy trap collides with the frenetic rap-style of Jitta On The Track, yielding a captivating New Noise debut.
WATCH ‘ECHOES’ WITH ELKKA
FKi 1st, one half of the production powerhouse FKi from Atlanta, has just dropped a new video for his track Echoes with Elkka via Noisey here. Directed by John Greene and Jordan Carlson, the video was shot on a snowy winter night in Boston, features crisp aerial views of the city and 1st doing donuts in a camouflage Range Rover. Originally written by UK singer/songwriter Elkka and produced by Fossa Beats, “Echoes” re-works the original Fossa Beat track launched with Mad Decent sublabel Good Enuff and is one of the standouts on FKi 1st’s breakout EP First Time For Everything recently released on Mad Decent. The First Time For Everything EP features Post Malone, iLoveMakonnen, Bankroll Fresh, NJOMZA and more.
DEAR BOY “LOCAL ROSES”
Los Angeles-based band Dear Boy will release their sophomore EP Parts Of A Flower on August 5, 2016 via Easy Hell. Dear Boy’s Ben Grey says, “One of the reasons we named the EP “Parts of a Flower” is because these songs really showcase our DNA. The mix of our British influences and our own Southern California experience is really what defines the sound of this band.” The EP was produced by Doug Boehm (Girls) who also worked with the band on their critically acclaimed single “Hesitation Waltz.” The forthcoming EP, will include the band’s latest single “Local Roses.” The video for “Local Roses” premiered at Flood.
BAJAN SPARROW “DOWN SYNDROME”
Brooklyn rapper Bajan Sparrow (formerly known as Spa77ow) presents “Down Syndrome”, the King Luce-produced new single from his forthcoming mixtape God Don’t Like Ugly.
JUSTIN PETER KINKEL-SCHUSTER NEW SINGLE
Oxford, MS-based Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster – the singer/guitarist for Water Liars – will release his debut solo album Constant Stranger on September 30, 2016 via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum. All Things Go today debuted the first single “Headed South,” calling it “a cathartic tune.”
WIDESPREAD PANIC ANNOUNCES PANIC EN LA PLAYA SEIS
Cloud 9 Adventures and Widespread Panic announce the details of the sixth edition of destination concert vacation, Panic en la Playa. The four-night destination concert vacation will return to the beautiful Caribbean coastline of the Riviera Maya region of Mexico from February 27 – March 3, 2017. The all-inclusive Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya will host Widespread Panic devotees at this ultimate fan experience where guests experience four full nights of Widespread Panic. The additional lineup will feature Orgone, Southern Soul Assembly, and Bloodkin, as well as the return of the Playa All-Stars, all scheduled to round out the musical experience with sunset sets and late-night performances. The Playa All-Stars, a must-see collaboration specially curated for Panic en la Playa alone, features top-notch musicians Ivan Neville, Karl Denson, Eric Krasno, George Porter, Jr., Jennifer Hartswick, and Terence Higgins, coming together to hold down two late-night shows. Southern Soul Assembly features the musical collaboration of JJ Grey, Luther Dickinson, Anders Osborne and Marc Broussard, performing a special lagoon sunset set overlooking the beauty of the Caribbean Sea.
NOHKO AND MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE CHARTS
Last Friday, underground phenomenon Nahko and Medicine for the People released their new album HOKA. Produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show), HOKA had an impressive debut, selling over 8,000 copies in its first week, landing at #3 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, right behind albums by Garbage and Eric Clapton, #11 on Current Rock Albums and #71 on the Top 200.
In the spirit of celebrating amongst his greatest allies, Nahko invited 100 of his biggest fans to join him and the band at a secret location in Goleta, CA for an exclusive first listen of HOKA the night before it came out. Fans trekked from all over the country to camp out and spend a night taking in the record and getting a one-of-a-kind experience with their favorite artist.
“LOVE IS THE ANSWER” VIDEO
Berklee College of Music faculty, students, and alumni collaborated with the Carter Center’s Human Rights Program to produce a song, “Love is the Answer,” written by Florida minister Breeze the Voice. The video for the song premiered today at the Carter Center’s 2016 Human Rights Defender’s Forum in Atlanta, where former President Jimmy Carter gave the keynote address titled “A Time for Peace.”
The video serves as the centerpiece of a social media campaign to promote the forum’s central themes, including the economics of peace, unlearning violence, and nonviolent approaches to security and law enforcement.
THE REGRETTES NEW SINGLE
You’ll totally love The Regrettes – they were recently featured by NYLON as one of their New Punk Bands You Should Listen To. They have played with Peaches, Bleached, PINS, La Luz and Summer Twins, and are playing a handful of shows with Tacocat next month. They’re also set to release their debut record later this year.
YOUNG GREATNESS ANNOUNCES ‘I TRIED TO TELL EM 2’ HITTING JULY 8
As his breakout hit “Moolah” vies for the ‘Song of the Summer’ crown, Young Greatness releases his new project, I Tried To Tell Em 2 [Quality Control/Motown], on July 8 at all digital retailers.
Among its 13 songs, I Tried To Tell Em 2 boasts both the latest single “Ball” and “Moolah.” Recently premiered, “Ball” sees the New Orleans rapper deliver another anthemic refrain over a banging sonic backdrop courtesy of producer MariiBeatz [Young Thug]. The ride kicks off on the dizzy boom of “1 Million” before slipping between the bouncy bedroom romp “Freak” [feat. S-8ighty] and the bleeding confessional “Swear On My Mama.” Reaching a tearful and triumphant finale, “Celebration” [feat. Akon] ushers Greatness into the winner’s circle driven by his flow and fiery heart.
SIGUR RÓS DEBUT ‘Óveður’ VIDEO
Sigur Rós’s 24-hour Icelandic, Slow TV happening, Route One, will culminate at or around 5:30pm (EST)* with the release of the band’s first new music since 2013’s ‘Kveikur’ album.
The original, song-form version of Óveður, will be accompanied by a new video by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, shot in the small town of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsular. The video features Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, as well as cameos from the band.
ASTARI NITE NEW VIDEO
After releasing their second album, Until the End of the Moon, on May 13th and touring the East Coast, new wave band Astari Nite shares a video for their single “Joyful Wish”. The short film, directed by Beach House Productions, was recorded at Revolution Live (Ft. Lauderdale) when the band opened for She Wants Revenge on June 3rd.
“Joyful Wish” is the third single off the album Until the End of the Moon and features the vocals of Kayla Bee, and Danny Ae on synths. The song is a powerful 80’s inspired post punk track.
MUTE SWANS TO RELEASE THEIR SELF-TITLED DEBUT EP ON JUNE 27
Los Angeles-based post-rock band Mute Swans is set to release their self-titled debut EP on Monday, June 27, via digital outlets such as Bandcamp, iTunes, and Spotify, with limited physical copies available on CD Baby. The band has already received great feedback for their first single, “Another Year,” which is available as an immediate download when pre-ordering the EP from their Bandcamp page. Fans describe Mute Swans’ sound as “the love child of Explosions in the Sky, M83, and The National.”
“This one comes down to the fact that we cannot choose the family we are born into, but we can choose the people that we surround ourselves with and care about us,” said Mute Swans lead vocalist, Brett Bickford, about the song. “Ultimately, this is the ‘family’ that matters most. There’s a quote by Oscar Wilde that has always stuck with me: ‘Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.'”
GETTER NEW VIDEO
Getter has shared his new video for “Forget It” feat. Oliver Tree, out now via his Radical Dude! EP on OWSLA. The video (directed by Liam Underwood) follows a young scientist trying to bring back his girlfriend through a series of clones.
MCKAIL SEELY RELEASES ACOUSTIC VIDEO FOR POLITICALLY CHARGED TRACK “TRESPASSING”
Burgeoning singer/songwriter McKail Seely has just released a video performance of the politically charged “Trespassing.” The video features a duet with fellow singer/songwriter Jesse MacLeod, and recently premiered on Impose Magazine, who described the song as “ready to make an impact.” Fans can check the video out here.
GAME OF THRONES® SEASON 6 SOUNDTRACK AVAILABLE JUNE 24
WaterTower Music today announced the release of Game of Thrones (Music from the HBO® Series) Season 6 – the new soundtrack release which features music from the award-winning HBO series. The album will be available at digital retailers on June 24, on CD July 29, and on a 3-disc vinyl set September 30. Seven bonus tracks are available on the digital and vinyl configurations for a total of 26 tracks. The CD includes 19 songs and a code to download the bonus tracks. Additionally, the vinyl set features exclusive etched vinyl art. Fans can hear the album now on Pandora, which is streaming an Exclusive Album Preview from June 21 – June 24.
BIRDY REVEALS MUSIC VIDEO FOR ‘WORDS’
UK sensation Birdy has unveiled the official music video for “Words” from her album Beautiful Lies out now via Atlantic Records. The stunning Bison-directed video (London Grammar, Bastille) shows an ethereal and dreamy journey with Birdy. Watch here:
BUNJI GARLIN & DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY
Bunji Garlin’s “The Message” feat. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley is available now and will also be featured on VP Records’ annual summer compilation Reggae Gold 2016, out in July. The visual was shot in Garlin’s native island of Trinidad and features cameos from Fay-Ann Lyons, Popcaan and Sizzla.
You can catch Marley and Garlin together at this year’s Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise, which sets sail in November 2016.
TINY RUINS X HAISH KILGOUR
Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook) and Hamish Kilgour (The Clean) have released a new video from their fruitful pairing, the EP Hurtling Through, which was released late 2015 of Flying Nun/Bella Union/Spunk.
Quite the visual metaphor, director Mark Shaw hurtles the viewer through a frenetic flip book of nature, industry and beautiful pyrotechnics.
NO JOY NEW SINGLE
Stop trying to define No Joy. In 6 years the noisy Montreal quartet has released a compelling and critically acclaimed discography and shared the stage with some of this decade’s most influential acts. Yet no one can quite figure this band out.
Tagging No Joy as “shimmery infectious dream pop” doesn’t work since the band’s live shows are so brutal that it has them sharing the stage with bands like Deafheaven and Fucked Up. Classifying them as “doom shoegaze” doesn’t work either since the band has created records so complex and sonically mature they transcend genres. Nostalgic yet new, loud yet quiet; No Joy’s conflicting reputation cannot be classified because it’s in constant evolution.
BASTILLE UNVEILS SURREAL “GOOD GRIEF” VIDEO
The video for Bastille’s new single, “Good Grief,” premiered today on VEVO. A rollercoaster of humor, fear and color, it evokes that uncomfortable feeling of being stuck down the rabbit hole within a rabbit hole, the endless sequence of images that make up our dreams.
ANOTHER LOST YEAR NEW VIDEO
US rock band Another Lost Year has premiered their new music video for “We All Die Alone”. The song is taken from the band’s latest album ‘Alien Architect’ which was recently released June 10th via Mirage M’hal Records/EMP/eOne in USA, due out in Europe on August 12 via EMP/SPV.