Toronto, Canada’s Hard Rock icons Never Say Die (featuring Members of My Darkest Days) have announced the release of their second single titled “Like A Nightmare” off of their forthcoming debut album set to release in late January 2017. The band will embark on a 50 plus date US tour beginning in January through April of 2017 in support of the new release with bands Another Lost Year and VYCES. NSD will be performing songs off the new album as well as favorites from My Darkest Days. Dates will be announced in late December.
The Away Days are something of a cultural and musical first in their hometown of Istanbul, Turkey: a dream pop indie band. A series of singles from 2014 has led to plaudits raining on them from international institutions such as The Guardian, Noisey, SPIN, Clash, The Independent, Red Bull and now they became as an official artists of Fender brand. Since forming, they have supported big acts like Portishead, Massive Attack and Belle & Sebastian, as well as performing internationally at SXSW and more. In their native Turkey they continue to establish the foundation for a truly independent music scene whilst internationally NPR, BBC 6 Music and the influential station KEXP keep spinning their songs. The band is ambitious, focused, and destined to push their music to the largest platforms as much as possible with their new single called ”World Horizon” from their debut album.
Warner Bros. Records artists representing multiple genres from across the label’s roster, including Rock, Pop, R&B, New Age and Country, have been nominated for eleven 2017 Grammy Awards by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), it was announced today.
Lukas Graham have earned three Grammy nominations in the highly coveted categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, all for the album track “7 Years.” The nominations round out a remarkable year for the Danish band, led by vocalist Lukas Forchhammer, who released their self-titled debut album earlier this year and since then have solidified their status as 2016’s biggest breakout act. Their hit single “7 Years” is the highest-selling single by a debut artist this year, and the third highest-selling single of the year overall.
TK The Architect Releases New Music Video “Felt”
Born and raised in New York, TK The Architect is a Japanese-American MC and multi-instrumentalist who recently released his sophomore album Blue Season in April. Filled with conscious lyrical content, lush vocals, and groovy production, Blue Season slides effortlessly from the grit of hip hop to the soulful grooves of R&B- all preformed live by TK and his backing band The Get Back Kids.
Joe L. Stanford “A Holy Night”
Taking inspiration from one of the most classic popular Christmas Songs, “Silent Night” along with a scene from his hit Musical stage production Chaos In Heavenly Places, a Broadway styled musical created, directed and produced by Joe L. Stanford Jr is now releasing his long awaited, animated and contemporary rendition of the song in honor of the original version almost two centuries later.
The Tiger & Me New Single – ‘Sleep The Night Alone’
In anticipation of their forthcoming third album, Melbourne quartet The Tiger & Me have announced the release of their new single ‘Sleep The Night Alone’ and its accompanying clip (watch here).
Intrepid by nature, with three lead singers and a multitude of instruments, The Tiger & Me is a sound that refuses to sit still. Produced by ARIA-nominated Steven Schram (San Cisco, The Cat Empire), ‘Sleep The Night Alone’ is a dance pop track about the corner of the life you abandoned, and how you got there in the first place.
OneRepublic Releases Video for “Let’s Hurt Tonight”
Featuring scenes from Warner Bros. Pictures’ Collateral Beauty, in theaters December 16. “Let’s Hurt Tonight” appears on OneRepublic’s fourth studio album Oh My My.
Citizen Of The World ‘In The Moment’ Video
Fresh off the release of their critically acclaimed new single ‘In The Moment’, Citizen Of The World are pleased to share the music video for their latest track. Recent triple j airplay from Roots ‘N’ All and over 10k streams from Wave of Good Noise’s Youtube channel has seen the new single draw attention from all over.
The video was shot in Sydney’s bustling CBD. It’s a collection of ‘moments’, interspersed with scenes of the band singing. The video plays with the theme of time, the visuals create a disconnect between the band and the band and their bustling surroundings.
Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney will release her fourth album Trophy on March 10th via Thirty Tigers. Trophy, featuring the young troubadour’s most serious set of songs, offers a new side of Sunny Sweeney. Rootsy and real, Trophy showcases Sweeney’s maturation as a songwriter and as an artist growing into her own.
Trophy is the follow-up to Provoked (2014), which offered a glimpse into where Sweeney was headed. Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, The Washington Post and Elle are just a handful of the outlets that supported Sweeney’s direction. NPR’s All Things Considered said, “Sunny Sweeney has all the right stuff for country stardom – a Texas pedigree, a heart-melting voice, stunning looks and the ability to seem both tough and vulnerable”. On Concrete, her 2011 major label release, Sweeney became the first female artist to reach the Top 10 on the country radio charts in over a decade.
Named by Rolling Stone and NPR as one of their “10 Artists You Need To Know,” Max Frost has released “Adderall” which follows his breakthrough single, “White Lies.” “White Lies” hit #1 on Hype Machine’s “Most Popular Tracks on Blogs” chart upon its release and was featured on his debut EP, “LOW HIGH LOW,” along with “Nice and Slow,” which also hit top 3 status on The Hype Machine blog rankings. “Withdrawal” followed with another #1 chart position on Hype Machine.
Circuit of The Americas (COTA) today launched its ticket sales for the 2017 MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas. The only MotoGP race weekend to take place on U.S. soil in 2017 will be staged for the fifth year in succession at the only purpose-built motorsports facility in the United States.
One-day General Admission tickets are available from as low as $39, while three-day tickets to the Horsepower Rodeo start at just $89, with a limited number of Paddock Passes available for purchase to get fans closer to the action behind the teams’ garages.
Unlike any other motorcycle racing series, MotoGP features custom-built, exotic machines that are reinvigorating motorcycle racing in North America with wall-to-wall action and unbelievable access to the riders and their machines.
AABO “GET YOU ALONE”
Aabo releases his latest, a remix of Maejor’s 90’s heavily influenced track “Get You Alone”. The track features a flute line and vocals by Jeremih. Aabo gives the R&B track a prominent feel with breakneck drums and synth. Aabo has been continuously releasing a steady stream of music which will lead up to his forthcoming release FEEL.
“This is a little something to get things cracking on the dance floor. I tried to display lots of different feels in this flip of Maejor’s, ‘Get You Alone.’ I touched on a some house, juke, and trap but kept it all in my own quirky musical style.” -Aabo
Born Cages Releases “Ain’t Gonna Happen”
It’s no easy feat to emerge as one of the brightest and buzz-worthy acts on NYC’s indie music scene, but Born Cages makes it look natural. The synth-rock trio returns with “Ain’t Gonna Happen”, lead single off its forthcoming EP Exit Signs in a Burning Building, due out April 2017.
Produced by Vlad Holiday (lead vocals/guitar), Matt Maroulakos (bass/keys), Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Hamilton Leithauser), and mastered by Emily Lazar (Arcade Fire, The Killers, Lou Reed), the punchy and roaring “Ain’t Gonna Happen” bursts open the doors to a rhythmic, riff-laden and striking collection that is Exit Signs in a Burning Building. The sophomore offering follows industrious runs at Warped Tour and SXSW and a markedly successful 2015 debut, I’m Glad I’m Not Me, which swiftly grabbed the attention of iTunes, NOW 43, mtvU , KROQ and other industry leaders.
Today, UTNE Reader premieres Auditorium’s unsettling and cinematic video for “Fire Fire Ocean Liner.” Directed by Ben Barnes, the video was recently featured as the grand finale of the Hammer Museum’s Flux Screening Series.
As OKKULTOKRATI vocalist Henning elaborates, “The inspiration to the lyrics of ‘Hidden Future’ are rooted in ’50s and ’80s cold war sci-fi like Gerry Finley-Day and Dave Gibbons’ Rogue Trooper with its race of cloned enhanced humans bred for warfare and Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, or even better Paul Verhoeven’s take on it. Now decades later, there are very few openly, hard-hitting dissenting voices to military engagements in pop-culture. You can go directly from playing Call Of Duty in your basement to piloting military drone strikes. Like something straight out of Ender’s Game, safely bombing a foreign population from the other side of the planet. We are pre-programmed to fear the unknown and to dehumanize the enemy. And there next to no critical voices to question or dispute these matters. Just knee-jerk, empty slogans about supporting our troops and the deafening patriotic chanting in its wake.”
Following up a stream of underground sensations that fused a variety of styles from R&B and hip-hop to indie-pop and funk, Brooklyn producer, vocalist, songwriter, and DJ Richie Quake is returning with brand new single “Try.”
Mascot Label Group Announce Release Of Black Sites Debut: ‘Monochrome’
Mascot Records has announced the global release of Black Sites debut In Monochrome, on February 17, 2017. A lyric video for the lead track “Dead Languages” can be streamed here.
In 2015, revered metal guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Mark Sugar had a creative breakthrough that led him to leave behind a modern metal legacy to bravely forge a new one. Now, one of underground metal’s most uncompromising visionaries returns with a new band and an invigorating heavy-with-melody aesthetic. Sugar offers, “I wanted to challenge myself with clean singing and by writing well-crafted songs. I went back to my influences, old school metal, prog rock, and hard rock—music built on classic songwriting.”
RYAN ADAMS: NEW ALBUM ‘PRISONER’ OUT FEBRUARY 17
In an exclusive interview with the world’s foremost feline talk show host Lil BUB, pinball, comic book, black metal and hardcore enthusiast and multiple-Grammy-nominee-and-zero-winner Ryan Adams confirmed details of his first album of all new original material since 2014’s Ryan Adams.
During the intimate and revealing interview – which can be seen here – Adams divulged that the album, titled Prisoner, will be released February 17 on Pax-Am/Blue Note, and previewed and discussed snippets (or “sniplets”) of new tracks including first single “Do You Still Love Me?” which is available today for purchase and as an instant grat with all pre-orders.
Mayhaw Hoons Premieres ‘The Swinger’ via Mass Appeal
Buttressing the fragile ego of every vainglorious lead singer is the quiet and capable sideman. It’s a trope as old as rock ‘n roll itself—John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, George Harrison, et al.
For the better half of the past decade, Mayhaw Hoons has been one of Portland, OR’s most coveted and distinctive sidemen, earning his stripes as a member of local luminaries The Shaky Hands and the Minders and currently serving as bassist in Horsefeathers and Kyle Craft’s band.
Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter Mark Porkchop Holder is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk-rock/blues band The Black Diamond Heavies (with John Wesley Myers, aka James Leg, and Van Campbell of the band King Mud).
Holder plays the blues, and his music is the sound of the truth. He has traveled around the world and the U.S., and played at festivals, clubs, in the streets, at churches, in public toilets, army surplus stores and in a mental hospital or two. After more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home, in Chattanooga TN, and assembled a first rate power trio.
“When Mainland made their entrance onto the New York music scene four years ago, the band described their sound to us as “something you can shake your hair to really crazy”—which is perhaps most true of their latest, peppy release “Dummy Test,” premiering exclusively here as our track of the week.
“Dummy Test” departs from the three-piece’s earlier, gentler tracks with a rough-and-ready sense of urgency. Mainland’s frontman, Jordan Topf, describes this new sound as a collage, “cut, torn, and pieced together.” Accordingly, “Dummy Test” was written by Mainland in layers. “We started with those angular guitar stabs,” Topf explains, “and the lyrics came naturally afterwards.” The result is rowdy and playful; a jolty guitar undercuts Topf’s vocals, punctuated by a spiky drumbeat.
GUTXI BIBANG SHARES NEW VIDEO
Gutxi Bibang is an unlikely candidate to carry the rock n’ roll torch, a second-generation African from the Basque county of Spain. On the heels of his debut single, Gutxi shares an incredibly powerful video for “System Of A Gun” after his debut U.S. performance last night at Communion NYC.
Layered with doo-wop undesrstones and bright, powerful vocals, Lady Wray’s “Smiling” has a signature feel-good vibe. Premiering exclusively with HipHopDX, the official video follows the release of the soulstress’ long-awaited comeback LP Queen Alone, out now via Big Crown Records, and caps a West Coast tour with labelmate Lee Fields and the Expressions.
Multi-platinum-selling producer Mike WiLL Made-It announces the launch of Mike WiLL’s “Wish Week” in Atlanta on December 19th. The week-long series of events will benefit young people, seniors, and their families from all over the Atlanta area.
The event is the outgrowth of WiLL’s Making Wishes Matter Foundation — a nonprofit organization that strives to make an impact in WiLL’s community by empowering young people to discover their talents, assisting less fortunate families, and granting the wishes of individuals within the community.
Martin Solveig Releases Music Video for “Places” featuring Ina Wroldsen
Fresh from its global release on November 25, Parisian hitmaker Martin Solveig has now revealed the official music video for “Places” feat. Ina Wroldsen. “Places” has already hit over one million streams on Spotify and has championing radio support from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, Clara Amfo, Adele Roberts and many more.
The video for “Places” focuses on supermodel and close friend Arizona Muse, as she wanders through the stunning Ibizan landscape. We follow her Balearic journey, which features snippets of Martin’s spectacular ‘My House’ party at Café Mambo and Pacha. The artistic video delivers a flashback to Martin’s time in the White Isle and reminds us that summer is never too far away.
A well-established Bay Area veteran with connects in all 50 states, Philthy Rich is the smoothest of operators. Making a trip down South to rhyme with four Atlanta emcees, Philthy stunts in a high-end strip club in the new video for “I Might Just.” Featuring B.o.B, duo Cool Amerika, and Bankroll Mafia member London Jae, who provides the hook, “I Might Just” is a song for the flexers, as the four emcees brag about their ends and their ways with women over a minimalist piano-n-bass driven beat. Premiered today alongside an interview by Noisey, “I Might Just” is the latest single off Hood Rich 4, Philthy Rich’s latest full-length, released November 18th.
The alt-folk quartet of sisters known as SHEL has released a new video for “Gather Close” from its Winter Fairyland EP, now available at all online outlets and the SHEL Store. The Boot exclusively premiered the video saying, “‘Gather Close’ is an original holiday tune, written by SHEL, that captures all of the nostalgic and romantic experiences and feelings that the holiday season brings…”
SHEL filmed the video one afternoon after shopping for ugly holiday sweaters at Goodwill. Buying from Goodwill supports the band’s Just Crazy Enough Challenge, an ethical clothing initiative meant to encourage people to buy ethically sourced or recycled clothing.
Precisely targeting unconventional Dirty South slappers with his high-pitched drawl, soulful Floridian Eric Biddines thinks faster than the average man. Definitely faster than Elmer Fudd. Inspired by a JB Smoove stand-up skit and embracing his love of Saturday morning cartoons, Biddines created “Peeuurrnn,” an ode based on the shotgun sound effect of Elmer Fudd hunting Bugs Bunny during “wabbit season,” creating an unconventional banger about being audi, ghost, in another word, gone.
Theo Katzman (Vulfpeck) Shares “My Heart Is Dead”
Theo Katzman has announced his brand new solo album Heartbreak Hits out January 6th, dropping the brand new single “My Heart Is Dead” from his forthcoming album. You may have heard Theo’s name as the singing drummer and guitarist in the funky-powerhouse Vulfpeck, but with his upcoming 2017 release Katzman returns to his roots as a rock and roll inspired singer/songwriter. Heartbreak Hits follows Theo’s 2011 debut record Romance Without Finance and features the single “Hard Work” which was released earlier this year.
“All I Need” – Ashley Brinton
In just a year’s time, Brinton has launched an impressive career as a performer, landing high-profile roles in national television commercials and major Hollywood motion pictures, while also collaborating with ‘music producer to the stars’, Cory Rooney.
In October 2016, Ashley will make her big screen debut in Broken Vows, a much-anticipated psychological thriller starring Wes Bentley and Jaimie Alexander, where she plays the role of Daisy, younger sister of Jaimie Alexander’s character.
The Nude Party congealed as one unit in the southern mountain town of Boone, NC in 2013 and gained their namesake very literally. Bonded by isolation, house party debauchery, a religion based on pushing the limits of bad taste, and a precociouspredisposition towards the Kinks, the Animals and the Velvets, they have burgeoned into a rock and roll act to be reckoned with. As the hysteria at their local shows steadily increases, so does their reputation with local law enforcement, forcing them daily more to seek employment anywhere but home. While snooping cops seeking to stamp out indiscriminate behavior scour the borders of their homestead the Nude Ranch, the group has prodigally exiled themselves and are staying scarce with a string of self booked tours and one night stands which have linked them up with with such likes as The Growlers, The Oblivians, La Luz, Night Beats, and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.
Public Access T.V. is happy to share their latest video for “Evil Disco,” off their album Never Enough released earlier this year. The 80’s resurgent video has everyone longing to relive the decade, with actor James Debello reliving his Detroit Rock City days with a cameo. Check out the video here.
Public Access T.V. is also happy to share that they’ll be bringing their Never Enough tour to the U.S. in early 2017, including a marquee stop at infamous Bowery Ballroom in New York on Thursday, February 9th. The band is touring in support of their recently released album Never Enough, out recently on Cinematic.
Crushed Stars have shared their new single “Permafront” with Pure Volume. The track is the first taste from the band’s new album Displaced Sleepers due February 10. About “Permafrost” Crushed Stars’ frontman Todd Gautreau says, “Through its dreamy lens the track explores the increasingly isolated environment a number of us inhabit in modern times.”
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. Both funky and introspective, Zula’s music hovers invitingly for the curious listener.
Sondre Lerche Premieres “I’m Always Watching Too”
Today Stereogum has premiered the newest single from Sondre Lerche entitled “I’m Always Watching Too”. You can also view the video for the previously released single “I’m Always Watching You” here. When speaking about the relationship between the two tracks Sondre stated, “The night before I was going to record I’m Always Watching You, I awoke from dream about the song. In the dream the song was slower, anchored by a sluggish dub-groove, and a narrative that was turning on me: I was being watched. I had been found out. It proved impossible to bridge the dream with the more natural, realistic version that became the original take on the song. But I couldn’t let go of the dream, and the hazy recording I made on my phone in the middle of that night became my guide for a different take on the same dream. A response, of sorts: I’m Always Watching You Too.” Sondre Lerche will embark on both a European and U.S. tour next year.
GUTXI BIBANG SHARES NEW VIDEO
His family emigrated to the tiny coast town of Algorta outside of Bilbao, but native son Gutxi Bibang has more in common with larger-than-life musical icons than he does his Basque countrymen. Even his unique moniker speaks of his cultural clash heritage – Gutxi, a common nickname in his Basque homeland, and Bibang, from his roots in Africa. With his distinctive manner and impeccable style, Gutxi Bibang exudes charisma – not just a reminder of when rock was a socio-cultural force for change in the ’60s and ’70s, but a glimpse into the music’s global future.
Ilana Armida Releases “This Feeling” Visualizer
Pop/R&B singer, Ilana Armida recently announced details for her debut EP Iridescent Flower Child which is due out January 13, 2017. Today, Armida is thrilled to unveil pre-order details which can be purchased here. With every pre-order, fans will receive instant gratification tracks including “Pretend,” “Still Down For You” and Armida’s latest smash, “This Feeling” with a visualizer to accompany. Armida expands on the importance of “This Feeling” below:
“This Feeling” is the intro track to the Iridescent Flower Child EP, which is in essence the introduction to my story and existence in the music world. “This Feeling” was originally written in my home studio along with my friend Lee Ackred and later reproduced with Josh Holiday. Lee was messing around in Logic and created a really sexy two track loop and I just got on the mic and started singing what came to me. I was recalling the feeling I felt when I stepped off stage from my first show. When I started my set there were maybe 30 people in the venue and when I finished there were about 100 people giving me a standing ovation. It was pure euphoria and as small as the show was I recall it as one of the best experiences I have ever had. Josh and I came back to the song a few years later to create the final product. The song is about the feeling of euphoria, feeling it for the first time, and trying desperately to bottle up the sensation and keep it forever. The video was shot by Ben Johnson Creative. I wanted the video to capture the feel of the entire EP, specifically the title.
MidCentury Modern “Rip Mics Van Winkle” feat. Miles Bonny
Miles Bonny and MidCentury Modern join forces on new single, Rip Mics Van Winkle. This is the third single from MCM’s upcoming release The Goodness.
Breakfast In Fur guitarist Michael Hollis will be stepping out on his own with his debut solo EP, Lost And Found, due to arrive on January 13. Today Hollis premiered a second single from the record, “Home”, via TrebleZine – share via Soundcloud. The track was written for friend and fellow musician Amy Regan, who passed away earlier this year. Providing an impetus and inspiration for Hollis to deal with his emotions through songwriting.
Austin quintent The Band of Heathens will release their new album Duende on January 13th. Today the group has shared “All I’m Asking”, the lead track from the forthcoming record, currently streaming via Popmatters. As singer/guitarist Ed Jurdi remarks of the track, “the key ingredients that made this song come together are a monster backbeat with a primal groove, a lush Phil Spector-like sonic template, with multi-tracked voices, guitars, keyboards and percussion, and a real honest and earnest lyrical sentiment.”
Washington State quintet THE DRIP has premiered the second track from their The Haunting Fear Of Inevitability. Hear the frantic sounds of “Anathema” via Decibel Magazine, who notes of the song, “their grindy bits will jackhammer you into the fucking pavement,” at THIS LOCATION.
G-EAZY REVEALS POP UP SHOP LOCATION IN OAKLAND
Bay Area native G-Eazy will be playing his ‘Bay To The Universe’ homecoming concert at
Oracle Arena on December 14th with Lil Yachty and also reveals added guests P-LO, Rob Stone, Caleborate, Marty Grimes to the occasion and more special guests to be announced. G also shares his recently announced pop up activation will take place at the historic Cathedral Building in downtown Oakland at 1615 Broadway incorporating a retail space, coffee shop, and barber shop under one roof leading up to the Oracle Arena show. The pop up will start on
December 10th and continue until December 16th.
Bringing together the OG’s and the new generation, events held at the pop up space feature everything from a G-Eazy meet & greet to a Too $hort listening party. There will also be a Nef The Pharoah signing and a special speak-eazy listening session with P-LO & Kool John along with other events throughout. The pop up will also serve as a hub for charity donations through out the entire week culminating with Mr. Fab’s annual toy drive. Fans visiting the pop are encouraged to bring two unwrapped toys to support. G-Eazy will be partnering with local charities surrounding the event and collecting monetary donations for victims of the Oakland fire as well in a continued effort to give back. Additionally, a number of specialty items will be available for purchase including highlights from G’s current merch offering along with never released G-Eazy items and collaborations with the Oakland A’s, New Era, Levi’s and more.
Grammar Shares New Track “Michigan” via Stereogum
“Michigan” is the second single from Massachusetts-based Grammar. Barrie Lindsay played and recorded all the parts in her bedroom studio in the summer of 2016. She started writing the song after rewatching the Virgin Suicides, and she was thinking about what the movie would sound and feel like as a song. She wanted to capture the movie’s saturated, dreamy, 1970s-inspired production. After she finished the song and took it to New York to work with the producer Billy Pavone, they ran the tracks
Born out of desire to plat guitar rather than a laptop in 2015 the egg-and-rice-named duo soon grew out of the bedroom and comfort zone to become a 5-piece live-band. They since joined New York City based music company ODDWOP who saw them at one of their first shows in Hamburg, Germany, calling them talented cats. They released their first single, “More Love” in 2016 and are about to shoot out a couple more songs via their first EP, “Harold Weir” in January 2017.