For Brantley Gilbert, his back-to-back platinum success comes from writing about his life – and watching the people who live like he does respond. If Halfway To Heaven was the story of a young man in the clutches of all it means to be wild, and Just As I Am considered the consequences of the life and the good times getting there, The Devil Don’t Sleep marks the next phase of the working class country icon in the making’s life.
Sixteen songs on the regular disc. Ten more on the Deluxe Edition. It’s a whole lot of music from country music’s hardest hitting songwriter/artist. It’s also a lot of life lived.
“A lot has happened,” marvels the man nominated for CMA Song of the Year for Jason Aldean’s signature “Dirt Road Anthem.” “And anyone who knows me knows that every album is another chapter of my life. Even though it’s my life, even though some of what I write about is very specific to what happens to me, I think the challenges, the places where we figure things out are all the same – no matter what we’re facing, realizations all mean the same things.”
Tor Miller unveils the video for ‘Always’
Rising singer-songwriter Tor Miller has unveiled a new music video for his new single ?Always?, which is released 13 January 2017. Driven by piano, a huge backbeat and the 21-year-old New Yorker?s impassioned vocal, ‘Always’ is the follow-up to Tor?s recent Radio 2 playlisted track ?Surrender?.
The video for ?Always?, premiered yesterday by Billboard, was directed by award-winning filmmaker Fern Berresford and was shot in Greenwich foot tunnel in the early hours of the morning.
Swedish alt-pop songstress Frida Sundemo has revealed the video for her new single ‘We Are Dreamers’, out now through Cosmos Music. The video premiered with The Fader who said, “Frida Sundemo’s ‘We Are Dreamers’ video is an uplifting antidote to a bad week… a surreal visual for the bitter sweet pop track ”
Frida stars as a mesmeric siren of colour within an expansive blank space. As she sings she guides her repressed dreams to dance, twist, turn and burst free from their restraints in ‘We Are Dreamers’. The single is an anthem of hope and positivity in these troubled times, and with its euphoric synths that soar high, ‘We Are Dreamers’ is fresh with romantic optimism.
Former Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein has signed a deal with David Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, who will release their new album AS WE DIE in Spring 2017 in conjunction with Doyle’s label Monsterman Records. In addition to the new DOYLE LP, EMP Label Group will also serve as distribution for ALL Monsterman titles, WORLDWIDE, including LP and CD reissues of Doyle’s previous release ABOMINATOR, the upcoming release from longtime LA Industrial metal standouts Dead Girls Corp., and more.
AMAR JOHN, “PAINT DAT”
Bronx, New York rapper Amar John presents his new single “Paint Dat”, produced by Steven Sharp. Amar says the song is about “finding success in the midst of pressure, adversity, and internal conflicts, while maintaining composure, and motivation to persevere.
Greek avant black metal conjurors AENAON unleashed the sonic alchemy of their Hypnosophy upon North American shores this past Friday via Code666.
The provocative seven-track production was captured at Crown Audio Conspiracies and thrusts forth fifty-five minutes of heavily textured progressive black metal bedecked in horns, saxophone, and keys. Dreamlike yet nightmarish, sensual and dark, extreme and regal, Hypnosophy is a portal to a glorious surrealistic voyage like no other and a true work of vision and devotion.
Video: Dizzy Wright & Demrick – “Roll Up”
Dizzy Wright and Demrick complement each other like a perfect hybrid strain of marijuana. With a laid-back delivery and an easygoing drawl, Dizzy Wright is a calming indica to counteract Demrick the forceful, energetic sativa. Released today via Dizzy’s YouTube channel, “Roll Up” finds the duo posting up in a dimly-lit VIP section, rolling up their favorite strands of designer weed courtesy of Crown.Genetics (including Dizzy’s own Dizzy OG), chilling with beautiful women, and smoking themselves silly. The fourth visual from Dizzy and Demrick’s collaborative mixtape Blaze With Us!, “Roll Up” is an engaging and trippy visual and an ideal demonstration of the two emcees’ unique dynamic.
“It’s about setting out to accomplish a goal and then having that goal change along the way and ultimately realizing the new goal was better than what you wanted in the first place,” singer Jeff Martin elaborates of the track. A perfect rallying cry for action in uncertain times, Martin continues, “it’s also about getting out and doing something…. So keep moving forward. Keeping progressing. Keep evolving.”
Known for its adrenaline-fueled anthems that consistently fire-up sports enthusiasts around the world, Thousand Foot Krutch’s “A Different Kind Of Dynamite” has been tapped as the official theme song for the Dec. 18 WWE “Roadblock: End of The Line” pay-per-view event. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 180 countries and 25 languages and reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide.
“A Different Kind Of Dynamite” is from TFK’s current album, EXHALE, which launched this past summer amidst wide acclaim on TFK Music and with marketing, sales and distribution through The Fuel Music.
LORNA SHORE TO JOIN CARNIFEX ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
New Jersey-based metal band Lorna Shore has announced that they will be joining Carnifexon their upcoming North American Tour in early 2017, presented by Nuclear Blast and Indie Merch. The tour, which also includes Despised Icon, Fallujah, Rings of Saturn, and She Must Burn, kicks off in Las Vegas on February 1st, 2017, just a few days ahead of the release of Lorna Shore’s sophomore full-length album, Flesh Coffin, out February 17, 2017 with Outerloop Records.
nternationally-acclaimed superstar production duo Galantis, known for their magnetic live appearances, surprised fans during their recent sold-out California College tour with a new track, entitled “Pillow Fight,” out today via Big Beat Records.
The track pairs Galantis’ signature hook-laden production with smooth, polished vocals, while the brand new kinetic lyric video – WATCH HERE – juxtaposes funky, vintage animation against incredible live footage from Galantis’ recent performances, and career. This video marks the first time that the duo have featured in their own videos, and have thus taken the opportunity to bring their fans further into the fold of Galantis , a world reminiscent of old school punk rock and dynamic Swedish music sensibility.
On the heels of receiving his first ever Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance for his hit single, “Permission,” ByStorm Entertainment/RCA Records recording artist Ro James announces his headlining “XIX” Tour. The 23-city tour will kick off on February 3, 2017, stopping in major cities across the US including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and more. On February 14th, James will perform a special Valentine’s Day show in Detroit with Joe, Chrisette and Vivan Greene.
Minnesota-natives Hippo Campus continue their brilliant return with a cover of Low classic ‘Last Snowstorm Of The Year’, co-produced by BJ Burton and Low’s Alan Sparhawk who also guests on guitar. This reunites the band with landmark producer BJ Burton and The Halocline EPs producer Sparhawk.
Detroit-based artist George Morris will be releasing his ethereal self-titled full-length on February 10th. The first single “100 Years” is streaming now and deals with the idea of getting old and having all your friends die. Morris doesn’t think it’s all doom and gloom though, melancholy optimism maybe? The track originally premiered with PopMatters, who say it’s “both expansive and tight, indefinably anachronistic yet fresh.”
Renowned, enigmatic producer and artist Felix Snow is wrapping up 2016 in style by releasing his infectious new single “Windows (feat. Icona Pop)” via EFFESS. The playful single sees the multi-faceted artist combining forces with the unstoppable chart-topping pop icons, Icona Pop.
The FADER premiered the track yesterday, calling it “irresistible,” with “Snow’s familiar vibes and a chorus with hooks for days.” “Windows (feat. Icona Pop)” is currently streaming HERE. Of their collaboration on the track, Icona Pop told The FADER, “It felt amazing working together. Almost a little bit futuristic in a way, and absolutely no rules in the studio. We loved it!”
Code Orange have premiered “Kill The Creator,” the second track to be released from their anticipated new LP, FOREVER. “Kill The Creator” and its accompanying visual debuted today via CLRVYNT, who also sat down with Code Orange’s Jami Morgan and Reba Meyers for an in-depth discussion on the new material. Created by Brandon Allen Bolmer, the “Kill The Creator” visual embodies the vengeance of a grim retribution. Bolmer states, “locked in a kill room, a man takes a merciless beating from the hellish force that he created from all the wrong he has done.”
The Sadies Premiere “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” Featuring Kurt Vile
The Sadies have premiered “It’s Easy (Like Walking)” featuring Kurt Vile from their new album with Consequence of Sound. The track is the second single to be released from Northern Passages, their 10th studio album, out February 10, 2017, on Yep Roc Records. The album is now available pre-order.
Of the track The Sadies’ Dallas Good says, “Kurt did a tour supporting The Sadies about a thousand years ago. We didn’t really know each other before that but we’ve been friends ever since. We always talked about collaborating one day so I forced his hand by sending him this finished song with a very short deadline attached. He delivered, as he always seems to do.”
Open up the box and start singing! That is what Spontuneous® is all about!
Have you ever heard a word that “triggered” you to sing a song? If so, then YOU are Spontuneous®!
In August 2009 Rob Ridgeway of Billings, MT gathered around the table with family and friends engaging in your average conversations. Little did he know that this casual hangout would lead to the idea for Spontuneous®, the fun family board game where everyone participates by singing.
“Spontuneous®?” you ask, “what does that even mean?” Pronounced spon-toon-ee-as, the name is a combination of the words “spontaneous” and “tunes,” which perfectly described people who spontaneously burst into song after hearing a particular word! Ridgeway later defined Spontuneous® as, “Acting on the natural tendency to burst into song.”
So what’s the game like? Well in summary, Dan McMaster said it best, “Spontuneous® will totally change the way you listen to music!” One player says a word and the race is on for the others to sing a song containing that word. The last player to sing their song that contains that word before time runs out wins the point. The singing competition is on from start to finish. Don’t worry though, talent is not required!
Sacramento, California based Comedy / Hard Rock band Korean Fire Drill have released a hilariously creepy lyric video for their track “SpidaRackNeeAHH” from their new album More Badass Than Half Ass (out now). The video originally premiered with Paste Magazine.
Time Inc.’s (NYSE:TIME) Essence today announced the initial lineup for the 2017 Essence Festival Concert Series in New Orleans featuring headliners Diana Ross and Mary J. Blige, among many others. The 23rd annual event will take place June 30-July 2, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The initial performance lineup is outlined below. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
Artists confirmed to perform at the nightly Essence Festival concerts over Fourth of July weekend at the Louisiana Superdome include: Diana Ross, Mary J Blige, Chaka Khan, Doug E Fresh, Erykah Badu, India.Arie, Jazmine Sullivan, John Legend, June’s Diary, Lalah Hathaway, Lizzo, Master P, Michel’le, Moses Sumney, Ro James, Shaggy, Sir the Baptist, Solange, Teyana Taylor, The Jones Girls Feat. Shirley Jones, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Tweet, Yuna, and many more to be announced soon.
JABEE, “TRIED SO HARD”
Emmy award-winning Oklahoma City rapper Jabee presents the Todd Beats-directed music video for “Tried So Hard”, the Phen-produced single from Black Future, his new album featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali and Killer Mike as well as production from J57, Hannibal King and M Stacks. In 2013 Jabee released his album Everything Was Beautiful And Nothing Hurt (iTunes) on Murs’ 3:16 label. Jabee was already one of URB Magazine’s Next 1000 when his DJ Vadim-produced Blood Is The New Black mixtape dropped in 2008.
LOUDPVCK is back with another volume of their SOUNDPVCKS series, and this time they’ve enlisted the help of genre-bending drummer and producer Travis Barker. This edition of the SOUNDPVCKS Artist Series includes 100s of samples of drum loops, fills, and one-shots recorded by one of the most legendary drummers of all time; Travis Barker of Blink-182, The Transplants, Box Car Racer and more. This kit was custom made and expertly curated to work for any genre of music at any tempo. You’d be hard pressed to find a collection of drum samples like this anywhere else. It can help any producer or DJ take the drums in their productions to the next level.
SOUNDPVCKS is a music production web store curated and created by LOUDPVCK as the first sample kits for artists that are created by the artists themselves. SOUNDPVCKS are for all music lovers. They are perfect for any musician, DJ, producer, or fan alike. The duo have handcrafted a variety of high quality sounds including penetrating drums, hypnotizing loops, and cutting-edge samples to be used at your disposal.
Vini Vicious release new single “Potion”
“Potion” is the first track Vini Vicious are sharing from their forthcoming EP Ä, due January 2017. The track showcases the band’s leaner lineup and tighter sound that have seen some people dub them as “Queens of the Interpol”.
Brooklyn’s The Bushwick Hotel is pleased to announce Hard Times, the moody, powerful and eclectic follow up to their critically acclaimed Graffiti of the Young Man’s Mind. Available February 24, 2017, Hard Times features four tracks about heartbreak, loss, isolation, and jealousy; taking the listener through an emotional journey, and harkening back to some early rock n’ roll sounds. To celebrate the release, the band is making the first single “Show You the Way,” a track about loneliness and alienation, available courtesy of Impose Magazine.
If you are one of the many music enthusiasts looking forward to a huge wave of politically-charged, post-election punk, hardcore and metal, ALL HAIL THE YETI just met your needs. The band leads the charge with their official call for change with the new track “Feed The Pigs” – a self-described “wake up call” for our generation to take action in society. Along with the track, the band reveals a new music video, exclusively via Huffington Post. Check out the video and read a brief Q&A with vocalist Connor Garritty here.
WHY? Shares “This Ole King” via Stereogum
WHY? will release its sixth album, Moh Lhean, on March 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings. A follow-up to 2012’s Mumps, Etc., it’s the first fully home-recorded WHY? album since the project’s 2003 debut, made mostly in Yoni Wolf’s studio and co-produced by his brother Josiah.
Two Tongues – “Azalea”
The “Azalea” video premiered yesterday on Noisey.com, accompanied by an in-depth interview w/ Max + Chris. The song is everything you would expect from Conley and Bemis. Ominous synths, pulsing drums and punching guitars set the soundscape for two of the most notable voices to emerge from the days when emo was at it’s peak popularity.
The video is centered around two young children meant to represent Max and Chris (or their inner children). It follows the two carefree young men as they let their imagination run wild in an anarchistic day of reckless abandonment and adventure; much the way Max and Chris do with the Two Tongues project as a whole.
Shiny Wet Machine – “Stun Gun” (Official Video)
The official video for Shiny Wet Machine’s first single “Stun Gun” premiered yesterday, as well, on UK punk staple Punktastic.com!
Shiny Wet Machine…is a new collaborative project between Sizzy Rocket + Alex Fitts from The Kickdrums. Impose Mag called “Stun Gun” an “incendiary first salvo of infectious punk rock energy” and “raw rock and roll with the provocative edge of it’s members previous works”. “Stun Gun” is the first track from the band’s debut EP due out next year. It’s got an undeniably huge hook and the perfect bit of fuzz surfaces without losing the clarity of the song.
Age Coin’s newest recording, Performance, drenches industrial-infused techno in high definition details, divining a cracked bump & flex from the condensation of a joyride.
With a handful of tapes on Posh Isolation, as well as an album on Luke Younger’s Alter, Kristian Emdal and Simon Formann have developed a project whose momentum and reputation has steadily escalated, finding common ground between electro-acoustic methods and quantised club nights.
Ian & The Dream knows what you really want for Christmas – may your cup overflow this Holiday Season. “Share” the wealth with your friends so they’ll know what you want too! #GimmeMoneyForChristmas
Marriage Records is back with new artist James V
James V “San Narciso” EP is the newest release from Marriage Records. Marriage was established in Portland Oregon and has released works by the likes of Lucky Dragons, Yacht, Dirty Projectors, Tune-Yards, Little Wings, Karl Blau, Adrian Orange, Thanksgiving, Rob Walmart, White Rainbow, White Fang & many more artists. The label went on hiatus when founder Curtis Knapp got involved with modern contemporary art building The YU in southeast Portland, an ongoing project that took up all his resources and time to create a hub for artists to present their works from all around the world. Knapp passed the label down to Jimmy Leslie from Gnar Tapes, GnarBurger record shop, White Fang, The Memories, Jerry Rogers, & The Stoners
“Womack Style” is the latest album project from Binky Womack, a member of one of the most iconic music families of all time. Nephew of music legend Bobby Womack, Binky’s new album is released through Gonzo Multimedia UK.
Binky has his own studio in Burbank, California (The Ear Hole Recording Studio) and acts as a producer to many top line artists. He also has a publishing company, Bindelari Music, which is represented by World Domination Music for the world excluding North America. Bindelari is also the vehicle for new acts such as Jae, as well as Binky’s own material.
Binky Womack Song Writer, Musician, Producer, Remixer and now Artist & Performer, as well as part of the Womack Musical dynasty.
Sunset City – ‘Can I Go Back?’ Single & Video
Sunset City are excited to share their latest release ‘Can I Go Back?’. Sunset City’s pop culture of dance, beach and summer, creates an essence of fun and good times whenever there’s a party brewing.
‘Can I Go Back?’ projects an upbeat tempo with pop sensibilities, but has a deeper soul that reflects the experiences of so many. Keeping in tune with vibe of the band, the song is a fun summer track full of catchy hooks and a memorable chorus.
Electronic-pop with an R&B twist from Elsa Carmona – New single ‘Run Baby Run’
Born in Barcelona now living in Stockholm, Elsa has returned to the music scene, after formerly performing under the moniker Sirena with a darker, rawer sound that has seen her compared to the likes of BANKS. This is the second instalment from Elsa following the previous single ‘Ritual’ and gives you a taste of what to expect from her in the new year.
ABI HUDSON ‘FRAGILE AROUND YOU’ OFFICIAL VIDEO
At only seventeen-years-old, singer/songwriter Abi Hudson today arrives on the scene in a whirlwind of pop brilliance with the release of debut single Fragile Around You.
Blending acoustic roots with catchy pop, Fragile Around You is a powerful introduction to Hudsons stunning vocal, reminiscent of Stevie Nicks and Kate Bush. Her vocal confidence and maturity becomes instantly evident, with the tracks cuttingly vulnerable lyrics delivered with the sophistication and wisdom of a woman beyond her years.
British vocalist Jolan reveals the final live session video for his cover of Terence Trent D’Arby’s ‘Wishing Well’ from his ‘Parallel’ EP out now.
Having sung ‘Wishing Well’ to a standing ovation during his blind audition on The Voice, Jolan recreates his striking performance for his live session video. The Voice runner-up takes the lively track and breathes a new lease of life into his version for 2016. The ‘Wishing Well’ live session joins Jolan’s renditions of ‘Purple Rain’, ‘XO’ and ‘Somebody Else’.