In 1976, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their self-titled debut and embarked on one of the greatest legacies in Rock & Roll. Forty years later, on September 13th, at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, an extraordinary and eclectic array of artists will converge to honor the rock legends at Petty Fest LA: Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Ticket sale proceeds will benefit Refuge Foundation for the Arts, a non-profit organization supporting the creation of music and art. Located in Appleton, Wisconsin, the ten-acre sanctuary houses recording and art studios and residences. “Celebrating the living legacy of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with an amazing line-up is a lot of fun,” says Best Fest founder Austin Scaggs. “But raising money for Refuge Foundation, and doing our part to help support and nurture a new wave of musicians and artists makes this all worthwhile.”
As you may know, Polly is signed to Adam Levine’s label. She has written songs for everyone from J. Cole (“Crooked Smile”) to Alicia Keys. Her EP, Ghetto Gold Dream, will be release via Interscope on August 26th. Polly’s premiered her new track “Fire Fallin” on BET.
Legendary British innovators, Marillion, return with the worldwide release of F E A R (earMUSIC), their 18th studio album and arguably their most challenging sonic experience yet! F E A R (aka “Fuck Everyone And Run”), consists of five multi-part suites (tracklisting below), forming a cinematic examination of the fears that infect the modern world. With signature Marillion flare, the dynamic set conjures dark and sinister themes, aglow in breathtaking, luxurious arrangements. F E A R will be available globally on September 23 at online retailer, digital providers and record stores nationwide. For more information please visit Marillion.com.
The Harlots are a six-piece rock, pop and soul outfit from Melbourne that have spent the last half a decade filling dance floors across Australia. Blending overdriven guitars, dreamy keyboards and a tight-as-fuck rhythm section that grabs you by the lapels and un-tucks your shirt, the band is known for honest, story-telling lyrics that always hit close to home.
Italian doom metal coven RITI OCCULTI are streaming the new track “Adonai I” at Invisible Oranges website. The track hails from the band’s forthcoming album “Tetragrammaton”, set to be released by Triton’s Orbit and Nordavind Records on October 7th.
“It’s difficult to imagine metal existing without the electric guitar”, comments Invisible Oranges’ Joseph Schafer.
Brand new trailer video by Heartache, for the track ‘Breaking News’ off the upcoming album ‘Skyscrapers and Firefalls’. Official Video to be out on August the 25th!
Last week, Touché Amoré shared “Skyscraper” featuring guest vocals from singer-songwriter Julien Baker. It is known that Stage Four is an album about the passing of front man Jeremy Bolm’s mother. But more specifically, the song “Skyscraper” is about the time he and his brother took their mother to visit New York City before she was gone.
Tony Hadley was the soulful front man for the hugely popular 1980s New Romantic band Spandau Ballet. After fifteen Top 10 singles (including the #1 smash “True”) the group took a 20-year hiatus before reforming in 2009, again hitting the U.K. Top 10 with their reunion album, Once More. Following an acclaimed 2014 documentary about the band (Soul Boys of the Western World, directed by Julien Temple) and a successful tour, Hadley stepped out in 2015 with The Christmas Album, his first holiday offering, showing the same adventurous spirit while doing what he does best — making every song his own.
The perfect gift for the performer or pro audio professional, the Edwina is hand-crafted at Ear Trumpet Labs’ workshop in Portland, OR ideal for home studio to professional recording and a variety of live scenarios. With meticulously tested, hand-wired electronic components, Edwina is designed specifically for feedback rejection in demanding live settings.
Her smooth, detailed sound excels at all kinds of stage duties, from vocals to acoustic instruments to drum overheads, and also shines in the studio as a warm, accurate recording mic. She is optimized as a single-source mic, but with a sweet spot from one out to 18 inches, she does great capturing voice and instrument together for solo or even two performers. Also available in a stereo pair ideal for drum overheads and room mics.
Ear Trumpet Labs combine state of the art sound quality with playfully eclectic design – the perfect recipe for the creative performer.
Kishi Bashi reveals anime video for new single ‘Hey Big Star’
Acclaimed US singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kishi Bashi has revealed a colourful anime video for his latest song ‘Hey Big Star’, taken from his forthcoming third album Sonderlust released on September 16th through Joyful Noise Recordings.
The heart-warming video shows children making wishes upon a shooting star, dreaming of becoming successful musicians. These wishes come magically true, turning into more than they could have ever imagined.
Alt-electro pioneers Empire Of The Sun return with their third studio album, Two Vines, set for release on October 28 via Astralwerks. With Two Vines, the Australian band invites listeners to enter the jungle paradise that marks the third remarkable age of the Empire Of The Sun. Through a waterfall of dreams, beyond the white light of an ice curtain lies a lush, green world where childlike innocence and ancient wisdom are one. The album’s first single,”High & Low,” offers a glimpse of this dreamlike kingdom.
KING CANUTE ‘Drive’Released 30th Sept 2016
King Canute were a 2 piece. They are now a 3 piece, and oh my god what a sound!
The band have toured relentlessly, bringing their brand of raw punk rock to every venue in the UK.
Their forthcoming debut album has been honed to make the loud louder and this stunning three-piece are ready to flood the UK with their tidal brand of Alt-Rock.
The album was recorded without ever setting foot in a recording studio, and debut single “Glory Days” has been winning the boys huge radio play, and was even picked up by BBC Introducing, showcasing King Canute’s new sound and energy.
Pandora (NYSE:P), the go-to music source for fans and artists, today announced it will partner with Questlove to premiere Questlove Supreme, a raw and ingenious three-hour show curated and produced by the four-time GRAMMY winner. The show will be a weekly ride through the global musical landscape featuring adventurous music selections, compelling conversations and revealing interviews with music lovers from the entertainment industry and beyond. The show will have a similar music intensive feel to Questlove’s popular New York University class.
The famed Roots drummer and musical director of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, will also act as Strategic Advisor and the first Artist Ambassador for Pandora. In this role he will work closely with the company providing strategic advice and support for artist initiatives and music product strategy.
Café Mocha, the #1 nationally-syndicated radio show for women of color, will continue its 2016 Salute Her series: Beauty of Diversity Awards presented by Toyota this summer and fall, and will make stops in Washington D.C., New York, and Chicago.
Café Mocha launched the annual Salute Her Awards series in 2011 to recognize dynamic Black and Latino women who have made contributions to their communities, and have successfully broken down barriers with their businesses.
The 2016 Salute Her: Beauty of Diversity Awards series kicked off this year in Atlanta, and honored actress Kim Fields, music executive Shanti Das and blogger/philanthropist Jasmine Crowe, among others.
Big Lo releases the short musical motion picture for the joint “Black Magic” produced by Fan Ran, featuring cuts by Wax Atom and mastered by Foster Mastering. The film was shot and edited by Yabui Entertainment on location in Pensacola, Florida.
Robbing Millions drop psychedelic video for latest single ‘Dreams Like Photographs’
‘Dreams Like Photographs’ is the new single to be taken from Robbing Millions self-titled debut album, which will be released by [PIAS] later on this year. In the vein of POND, Tame Impala or MGMT it’s an eminently danceable psych-pop track full of weird and winding twists and turns.
The accompanying video, directed by Marine Dricot, is a psychedelic visual feast; the oddball imagery complementing the song’s bewitching and unpredictable style.
Orchin Shares New Single “One” Via Stereogum
Orchin is the noise pop project from LA-based Jeremy McLennan. Raised between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, McLennan is the band’s frontman, songwriter and producer, joined by Daniel Lavezzo on guitar and Griffin Kisner on drums.
In crafting Orchin’s songs, McLennan draws from his influences across many mediums, from abstract expressionist paintings & dystopian fiction, to the Cocteau Twins & Elliott Smith.
Jersey club king DJ Sliink has cemented his OWSLA signing with a tattoo on his forearm, showcased prominently in his new video for his songs “Run Ricky Run” and “Higher”. The dual video highlights the love both Sliink and OWSLA share for Jersey club, and proudly display the culture of Newark alongside Sliink’s Cartel Music crew including long-time friend Stacks Cartel, 7 year old dance prodigy Princess Maji, Major Lazer dancer Lafayette and fellow Jersey producer Nadus.
“With its brash pop rock sound, Smokey Brights’ “Not Enough Time” is in the tradition of classics by The Replacements or Fleetwood Mac while still standing on its own two feet in the modern era.” – Justin Hernandez, IMPOSE
The Miss America Organization, dick clark productions and ABC announced today that Grammy Award winning entertainer Ciara will join the esteemed panel of judges for the live broadcast of the “2017 Miss America Competition,” which airs live from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 (9:00 – 11:00p.m. ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The evening will be filled with glitz and glam as 52 women compete for the coveted crown and scholarships.
Ciara will join entrepreneur Mark Cuban, Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, actress Sara Foster (VH1’s “Barely Famous”), musician and actress Laura Marano, singer-songwriter Cole Swindell and former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes as celebrity judges for the “2017 Miss America Competition.”
A$AP FERG’S HIT SINGLE “NEW LEVEL”
Harlem Hood Pope A$AP Ferg’s hit single “New Level” ft. Future has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The track has sold over 148,000 singles and has been streamed nearly 52 million times on Apple Music and Spotify. “New Level” ft. Future is off of Ferg’s sophomore album Always Strive And Prosper (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA Records), which entered at #2 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts and #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. The critically acclaimed album received rave reviews from the likes of The New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone and more.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley’s empowering music video for his new single “Nail Pon Cross” is now available on Vevo. Click HERE to view! The single will be will be featured on Stony Hill, Damian’s upcoming fourth studio album to be released on October 28, 2016. The single is currently streaming on TIDAL, which Damian recently became an artist co-owner, and is available for download on iTunes.
Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Rachael Yamagata today shared a new music video for “Over”, the second single off her fourth album, Tightrope Walker, due out September 23rd via Frankenfish Records/Thirty Tigers. Rolling Stone premiered the video, praising the “upbeat and orchestrally ornamented” track.
Four-time GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and producer Erykah Badu has added another top 10 single to her repertoire. “Phone Down” has just become her 10th top To 10 record on Billboard’s Adult R&B Songs chart. She’s earned 3 #1 singles on the chart since her debut single “On & On” peaked at #2 in 1997. The hit can be found on Badu’s critically acclaimed mixtape “But You Caint Use My Phone” released late last fall.
“It is always a pleasure working with an artist of Erykah’s stature and delivering a milestone chart topper makes it even sweeter,” says Capitol Music Group SVP of Promotion, Azim Rashid. “Radio and fans alike need her, and artists like her, to continue putting out innovative music. The success of ‘Phone Down’ should serve notice of more great music to come. Congrats Ms. Badu!”
SECONDCITY Reveals New Single ‘Don’t Strutt’
Currently playing his Sankeys Ibiza residency across Tribal Sessions and Abode, Secondcity has been showcasing his captivating sound at the likes of Privilege, Pacha Ibiza and ANTS. Closer to home, he will be playing a B2B set with fellow British producer, Route 94, at this year’s SW4 Festival in London.
It’s already been a decade since J Dilla — the mercurial producer and rapper from Detroit — passed away and his posthumously completed album, The Shining, saw the light of day on BBE Records. As they prepare to release the project on 7″ for the first time, we’re extremely honoured to get our hands on a never-before-heard mixtape by the master himself.
Elijah Ford’s new album As You Were was recorded at Austin’s legendary Arlyn Studios, and was produced by Stew Jackson (Massive Attack, Phantom Limb) and engineered by Jacob Sciba (Gary Clark Jr, Willie Nelson). Joined on bass by Jesse Ebaugh (Heartless Bastards) and Ricky Ray Jackson (Phosphorescent) on guitar, Ford’s backing band The Bloom has crafted a concise, powerful slab of rock & roll with honest and direct songwriting.
Today, 23-year-old British-born and internationally acclaimed pop starlet Cher Lloyd revealed the official video to her current track “Activated.” The video is the first original visual to be unveiled in almost 2 years and reveals a more mature and assured Cher Lloyd than ever.
“Making the video for “Activated” was super fun to do and was probably my all time favorite video to shoot to date. The director, dancers and crew were simply amazing to collaborate with.” Cher told ELLE Magazine who premiered the video today. “I wanted to make this video especially for my fans because while this track isn’t an official single, the reaction has been so incredible, I really wanted to follow it up with something special as thanks for all the support. I hope you all enjoy watching it as much as I did making it!”
Multi Grammy® Award nominated world-renowned singer, songwriter, and music producer Kaskade today announced a Kaskade Redux show at Red Hook Grain Terminal in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 24th. Produced by Mean Red Productions, pre-sale tickets will be available today beginning at 12:00 PM EST with a general on-sale kicking off this Friday, August 26th at 12:00 PM EST. Fans can sign up to receive a pre-sale code at www.kaskademusic.com. In contrast to the massive visual spectacle of Kaskade’s festival sets, the Redux show is much more intimate and inspired by the DJ’s roots in the House Music club scene.
While their new album is titled White Flag, San Francisco’s Branches are nowhere near surrendering. A band that originally began with a banjo-filled twang, Branches are now excitedly expanding their sound with an earnest and bright indie pop joy.
“It awakened something in us, and inspired a lot of the energy and excitement that made its way on to White Flag,” said guitarist Tyler Goerzen of the track “Look Out Below”, previously debuted HERE by American Songwriter.
Though Northern California emcee Caleborate is only 23, he displays the poise and wisdom of a rap veteran on “Made Me,” premiered yesterday by The FADER. Riding a laidback flow over spritely minor key piano chords, pitch-shifted synth bass, and muted snare drums courtesy of Kuya Beats and Trollex, Caleborate reflects on growing up in poverty and stunts on rappers more interested in their social media pages than giving their families a better life. Rather than wallow in his troubles, Caleborate uses his hardships as motivation: “I ain’t satisfied with what I got/cause never havin’ nothin’ made me wanna ball.” “Made Me” is an ideal table-setter for 1993, Caleborate’s second studio album, releasing August 29th.
“Lung,” the first track from Australian artist Vancouver Sleep Clinic’s forthcoming debut album, premieres today. The track is accompanied by an animation created for the song by artists Pandagunda and Pilar Zeta.
Roadrunner Records group KING 810 have released a second gripping track from their forthcoming album, LA PETITE MORT OR A CONVERSATION WITH GOD. “Alpha & Omega,” which made its world premiere today on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, is streaming now along with an official music video streaming exclusively with Bloody Disgusting. The video for “Alpha & Omega” was conceptualized and directed entirely by KING 810 frontman David Gunn and was filmed in an abandoned church located in Detroit, Michigan.
Brooklyn’s Zula plays hypnotic, groovy pop music with a dose of noise and psychedelia. Their debut, This Hopeful, caught listeners’ attention with its personal voice and propulsive, expansive production. On Zula’s forthcoming album, Grasshopper, due out 8/26 via Inflated Records, cousins Henry and Nate Terepka craft songs with reflective, suspended moods, over a heavily rhythmic sound driven by Pablo Eluchans’ drumming. Grasshopper navigates many different territories – the band foregrounds texture, but has a singer-songwriter orientation; the album pulls from dance music, post-punk and art rock, but resists stereotypes.
MTV announced today that Lukas Graham will perform at the 2016 “MTV VMA Pre-Show,” live from the red carpet at Madison Square Garden, Sunday August 28 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The MTV VMA “Best New Artist” nominee will perform their new hit single “Mama Said” at the hour-long pre-show, which is hosted by DJ Khaled and will also feature performances by Alessia Cara and Jidenna. The pre-show performances are presented by Pepsi as part of The Sound Drop, the company’s new music platform that identifies the next generation of breaking artists, in partnership with iHeart Radio, Shazam and Viacom. The Sound Drop officially launches at the MTV Video Music Awards with Lukas Graham, Alessia Cara and Jidenna as the first artists to become part of the platform.
Walking the line between chilled-out R&B and head bobbing hip-hop, A.CHAL had a huge coming out party for himself in 2015 with sneaky hits like “Round Whippin” and “GAZI.” Channeling his Peruvian roots and eclectic influences into a distinct seductive style, the Los Angeles-based singer/producer has continued his hot streak into 2016-carefully navigating all the new attention cast his way and releasing his debut album Welcome To GAZI.
Together as ALL HAIL THE SILENCE, GRAMMY®-nominated composer BT and triple-platinum British singer Christian Burns have forged a stellar EP that resonates with shimmering 80’s authenticity. Available exclusively on vinyl starting September 19, BT and Burns have quite literally crafted a debut that sounds like it fell straight out of 1983.
The infamously sexy and comedic imagination of LA’s agro-pop wiz-kid, Geordie Kieffer, has culminated in a delightfully twisted new video for his newest single, “Red Line” which premiered via Myspace.
Watksy just released his fourth and highly innovative music video from x Infinity – the clip was directed by Grammy Award Winner Carlos Lopez Estrada, featuring Watsky leading a silhouetted chior, plenty of wardrobe “changes” and a sci-fi twist at the end! The video has racked up nearly 100,000 plays in just under 24 hours.
Rumer Willis has announced her first ever U.S. concert tour, slated to kick off October 12 in Denver, CO. With 23-dates now confirmed, the Over The Love tour run is Willis’ first extended musical outing with her band, performing a chanteuse-style variety show of timeless standards ranging from cabaret and jazz to classic R&B and contemporary pop. Showcased in an intimate setting, Willis will take the audience through a set list of personal handpicked songs, as well as a handful of original material recently written and recorded with writer and producer Linda Perry. All general tickets and VIP packages are on sale now.
Alt-electronic artist Must Be The Holy Ghost has partnered up with Idobi Radio to stream “Might Crack,” the second single from his upcoming EP Overflow. The project is the solo endeavor of North Carolina native Jared Draughon who will release the new EP on September 16th via Cardigan Records.
Gritty, hard rocking five-piece THE BROKEN RAVENS hail from the sleepy Gaelic-speaking town of Stornoway on the Scottish Isle of Lewis – a rocky outcrop in the Atlantic Ocean with no other land between it and America, and quite possibly the most unlikely of birthing grounds for an emerging rock n’ roll group. Not to be dissuaded by geographical location, THE BROKEN RAVENS are working to surpass their limitations with their upcoming self-titled EP, set to release this fall.
New York-based performance artist and musician René Kladzyk, under her solo moniker Ziemba, has released a new music video titled “Hope is a Fold,” premiered at The WILD Magazine
As promised, Gucci Mane is not slowing up…with a studio wall still full of unrecorded songs Gucci Mane links up with producer Zaytoven for their first EP since his release. The EP “GucTiggy” follows up to Gucci Mane’s ‘Everybody Looking’ album, the first full LP since incarceration. ‘GucTiggy’ features just 4 tracks all produced by Zaytoven.
Bear Mountain have teamed up with Billboard to premiere the atmospheric, heartfelt new focus track, “On My Own,” co-written with Nelly Furtado. “On My Own” is the second listen from Bear Mountain’s forthcoming release, Badu. Speaking with Billboard, Nelly Furtado said, “Ian and I had some great conversations about relationships in the studio, which usually is the great ice breaker when you are writing… This album is a beauty and I am looking forward to seeing their celebrated live show when they are out on tour.” The highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, XO, Badu is set to September 9th via Last Gang Records.
Today LA trio Midnight Faces premiered a full album stream of ‘Heavenly Bodies’ – mixed by Abe Seiferth (DFA, Yeasayer, Bear in Heaven, RAC) at Transmitter Park – via Consequence Of Sound ahead of its August 26th release. A showcase of the band’s take on sweeping post-rock with elements of wall-of-sound shoegaze and psych-pop, with Consequence of Sound raving, “It’s got a quicker pulse than all that stuff.”
Norwegian melodic black metallers VINTERBRIS have premiered a new lyric video for the track “Gazing At A Fallen Sky” at NoCleanSinging.
Queens, NY-based trio Raccoon Fighter has shared a second single, “Adderall”, prior to their new EP Hover Craft’s arrival tomorrow on PaperCup Music and their New York celebration Saturday night at the Vulcan Room.
The Second Howl blends pop melodies with dark and moody textures, delivered through frenetic live performances that have earned them critical acclaim across the country. Currently, The LA-based punk rock band have their debut release “You Fit In” available worldwide on all major streaming platforms and digital retailers. Additionally, The Second Howl will release the uproarious single “Hundred Dollar Bills” this summer, the track infused with the fire of screaming guitars and Jeanne’s flawless ferocity. Following the release of the single, the band will tour later this year, where the the band’s live punk energy will radiate most strongly
After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in 2009 with a B.A. in trombone and jazz studies Andrew immediately started writing, improvising, and performing founding a psychedelic, neo-soul band Lick it Ticket based in Iowa. For three years Andrew helped lead the band to find a unique place in the midwest jam-band/improvised music scene.
With more than one million YouTube views of her steamy “Potions” video and a rapidly growing portfolio of raves and reviews, twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SEE is currently as hot as the scorching summer sun. Credited by Paste Magazine with “blending sultry pop vibes and amazing harmonies,” the Long Island, NY native SEE premiered “Potions” on AfterEllen in May. Her online buzz has since exploded, with features in Mind Equals Blown, New Music Weekly, and Sound Fiction.