Vitne Unveil ‘Make Believe’ Single Details, Video Teaser
Norway rocker VITNE will release his brand new single “Make Believe” featuring the b-side song “Lost & Found”, worldwide on January 17, 2017. The title track showcases Vitne’s ability to hook the listener almost immediately with irresistible melodies and strong vocals, developing into an introspective, atmospheric hard rock anthem. “Lost & Found” is another hooky hard rock track with heavy punk influence, a remixed version of Vitne’s 2015 single of the same name. Both tracks feature the lead guitar work of glam metal guitarist Julian Angel, wrapped up in a fantastic mix and master by Crematory’s Rolf Munkes.
Come experience the music of the Beatles as you’ve never heard it before at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on February 2 at 8PM with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra.
Fifty years ago, four lads from Liverpool changed the course of popular music forever and their influence still reverberates throughout the music world today. The performance entitled A British Invasion: The Boston Pops Plays The Beatles will bring you those familiar tunes that drove everyone wild in the’ 60s infused with the iconic breathtaking symphonic treatments of “America’s Orchestra.”
The first part of the concert will include favorite classical compositions from the British Isles including music by Handel and Elgar and a hilarious new version of “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.”
Last January, Rhino launched its first ever “Start Your Ear Off Right” campaign, releasing titles from some their most revered artists as a special campaign in the month of January. Having been met with rousing reception last year from fans and record stores alike, Rhino is returning again in 2017 with another formidable batch of releases. Beginning on Tuesday, January 10, and continuing each Tuesday through the rest of the month, Rhino will release new vinyl titles from some of the most celebrated acts in music including Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Lil’ Kim, Madonna, The Cars, The Replacements, The Stooges and Yes, many of them limited editions. Full details are listed below.
Wookie Remixes Xavier Eleven ‘New Day’ Ft Laura Elle Rose
Widely regarded as an influential founding father of UK Garage, the renowned producer and remixer Wookie has given his touch to Xavier Eleven ft. Laura Elle Rose’s new track ‘New Day’. It’s a two stepping take full of original melodies and live instrumentation, perfectly complimenting Laura Elle Rose’s vocal style.
Wookie is best known for his top 10 garage hit ‘Battle’ and was nominated for a MOBO as ‘Best Producer’. He’s also remixed the likes of Destiny’s Child, Public Enemy, Nas and Disclosure and was the writer and producer for Soul II Soul for many years.
Pop singer-songwriter AUSTIN MAHONE has already kicked off 2017 in a massive way, ringing in the New Year with the highly-anticipated release of new mixtape, ForMe+You. The singer has been teasing fans all week, with anticipation reaching an all-time high and rocketing #ForMePlusYouOUTNOW to the number 1 worldwide trending topic on Twitter. The new mixtape also climbed the iTunes charts over the holiday weekend, breaking into the Top 10 on the Pop chart and Top 20 on overall charts. ForMe+You is the latest collection of all-new material from the singer, including his new single “Lady,” a dancefloor-ready track featuring Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull. Austin aptly made the worldwide broadcast debut of “Lady” alongside the rapper at FOX’s Pitbull’s New Year’s Revolution, joining Pitbull for an epic finale medley of the new track and Mr. 305’s hit single “Give Me Everything” (Watch here).
Marquee at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated the first day of 2017 with a pool party Under the Dome. Dash Berlin manned the decks during the day at Dayclub Dome while DJ Khaled kept the party going into the evening with the Dome’s first ever nighttime pool party. As party goers splashed in the pool, the “We the Best” artist took to the stage to perform a set of his top hits. Stepping out of their VIP cabanas, Wiz Khalifa and T-Pain joined Khaled on stage, treating guests to a surprise performance. The Snapchat guru then took the DJ booth, pumping out the hits into the wee hours of the morning.
Before heading to the pool party, Wiz Khalifa fueled up with dinner at TAO restaurant in The Venetian with his entourage. They enjoyed the satay of seabass, short ribs, shrimp tempura and more.
COLONY HOUSE’S NEW ALBUM “ONLY THE LONELY” IN STORES JANUARY 13TH
Nashville-based indie pop/rock band Colony House will be releasing their second album ONLY THE LONELY on January 13, 2017 on Descendant/RCA Records.
Eric Gales To Release “Middle Of The Road” On February 24th
Provogue / Mascot Label Group will release Eric Gales new studio album Middle Of The Road on February 24. Memphis-born Gales shares, “Unfortunately you have to go through some things to be free. Now, I feel the most free I’ve ever been in life, even more so than when I was a kid. You gotta help yourself man, once you can help yourself you can genuinely help someone else.” The title, “Middle of the Road,” is the running theme throughout the record. He offers, “It’s about being fully focussed and centred in the middle of the road. If you’re on the wrong side and in the gravel you’re not too good and if you’re on the median strip that’s not too good either, so being in the middle of the road is the best place to be.”
The release is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Black Stone Cherry, Warren Haynes, The Robert Cray Band, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band) after Transformation (2011), Relentless (2010) and The Psychedelic Underground (2007) and it sees him at his most expressive yet; it is a deeply personal and reflective record that echoes where he is in his life right now and he opens himself up and allows himself the chance to really flourish.
Two of the most successful and critically-acclaimed rock bands Chicago and The Doobie Brothers – who have sold more than 150 million records combined – announced today their co-headline North American summer tour kicking off June 7, 2017 in Concord, CA. The 30+ date tour, promoted by Live Nation, will take the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling groups through amphitheatres in major cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Toronto, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Washington, DC for a night of unforgettable live music. The tour will conclude July 30, 2017 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Following the surprise digital release of Run The Jewels 3 on Christmas Day, Run The Jewels, the firebrand rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, have announced that the second season of their acclaimed radio show WRTJ kicks off Friday, January 6 at 5pm EST (with encore broadcast Saturday at 11pm PST) on Beats 1, Apple Music’s global radio station. On this week’s inaugural episode for the season the guys will be playing and talking about songs from RTJ3 and talking their usual, hilarious smack to each other; with more episodes to follow weekly on the same days and times.
MIGOS TAKE THE #1 SPOT
300 Entertainment along with Quality Control Music are proud to announce that Migos’ “Bad And Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert is aggressively climbing digital streaming, sales, and airplay charts, impressively topping the overall iTunes Apple Music Chart as well as the Spotify Top 50 Playlist. Having just broken the top 10 for the first time on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart, and with astronomical streaming numbers with nearly 80 million Youtube plays alone, the hip hop trio’s infectious track has become a worldwide phenomenon and has become the viral the soundtrack to popular memes and tweets. “We closed out 2016 with a number one record and started the new year with one too” says 300 Entertainment founder Kevin Liles.
Big Gigantic announces Winter tour dates
Big Gigantic has announced the winter leg of their Brighter Future Tour in support of their latest album, Brighter Future. Discounted pre-sale tickets are available starting today, with general public on-sale coming this Friday and Saturday. A portion of every ticket sold will be donated to A Big Gigantic Difference Foundation, the nonprofit founded by Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken, and will benefit the foundation’s 2017 charity project. Giving back to communities has always been a priority of Big Gigantic, who established the nonprofit with a mission to spread positivity and enact change. Together with their incredible fans, #ABigGiganticDifference initiative has collected and donated tens of thousands of dollars, school supplies, food and other items to those in need across the US.
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors Usher in 2017 with New Song “New Year”
Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors are set to release their forthcoming studio album Souvenir on March 24th, 2017 via Holcomb’s label Magnolia Music! Souvenir was produced by Joe Pisapia (k.d. lang, Guster, William Tyler) and Ian Fitchuk (Maren Morris, James Bay, Kacey Musgraves), the same team that brought 2015’s Medicine to life. The 11-song set was recorded at Middletree Studios in East Nashville, TN, where Holcomb is currently based.
Tobin Sprout (GBV) New LP ‘The Universe And Me’
How do you bring a child’s curiosity to life? For Tobin Sprout, formerly of indie rock icons Guided by Voices, the answer is to revisit it with the wounded tenor of an aging piano man; someone searching, desperately, for his place in the cosmos. The Universe and Me is Sprout’s sixth solo album; hatched during a seven-year gestation period that included unearthing lost recordings (the single, “Future Boy Today/Man of Tomorrow” for one, was being saved for GBV), and digging through a treasure chest of memories in his home studio in Michigan, where Sprout composed behind his shambling grand piano and trembling, boyish voice. Each home recording was captured live with Sprout’s new band — which led to marvelous imperfections.
The Universe and Me takes a deliberately primitive approach that focuses on feeling, as opposed to production. The result is a vague bridge between the ballads of psych-era Beatles, and the haunting vulnerability of Daniel Johnston’s Hi, How Are You?. It’s no surprise, then, that Sprout penned and illustrated his own magical children’s books as The Universe and Me plays like a deceptively dense reimagining of simple subjects like comic books, finding your purpose in life, and growing old.
Blue Plutos “Immediate Engagements”
Off the group’s new album ‘Moon Language’, “Immediate Engagements is about getting older and recognizing the need to really focus attention on the interests or hobbies or matter most, in order to feel like we’re maximizing the time we have on this Earth.
“As far as the writing of the song, we wanted to write a song that was really straightforward but also kind of chugging at the same time,” Ryan Agnew explains. “I was listening to a lot of Beach House and and you will know us by the trail of dead… while we were recording it which I think is reflected in the production of the song. The riff at the end of the song is a very fun one to play and was written separately but fits well – it also has a really nice solo from Tyler. ”
London Grammar Return With “Rooting For You”
On New Years Day, British trio London Grammar released their spine-tingling new track and performance video for “Rooting For You.” “New Year, new music” the band simply stated on their Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from Australia where they had headlined on New Years Eve at the annual Falls Festival in Byron Bay.
“Rooting For You,” is the first piece of new music to come from the band since 2014 and is available worldwide now on all digital platforms. Their breathtaking new performance video — directed by BISON — is available via the bands website www.londongrammar.com and can also be viewed here.
DJ/producer duo Sigma are back with a killer remix package for their latest track “Find Me,” which features powerful, heartfelt vocals by Grammy nominated Birdy who sold 10 million records with her platinum single “Skinny Love.” The video for the original song follows Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown on an emotional journey through a bustling city and is already a viral sensation with over 6.5 million plays on YouTube. Drafting in Zac Samuel, Tom Zanetti & KO Kane, LAAW to provide their own twists on the infectious original as well as including both a VIP and acoustic version of the original song, each remix adds to the buzz surrounding Sigma as they look to close out 2016 with a bang.
Matt Drenik spent ten years in Austin, both with the band LIONS and under his own solo moniker Battleme. After moving to Portland, Oregon, Battleme took off, expanding into a full-fledged outfit while beaming its songs around the world through placement on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy. In May of 2014, Drenik made a pilgrimage back to Austin and returned to his solo roots with an acoustic show at our very own Cactus Cafe. The set is finally getting a release later this month as a stripped-down EP. His Sons Of Anarchy hit, “Burn This Town,” is already stark in its studio version. It’s only fitting the live version of the song is played on a stage once haunted by Townes Van Zandt.
Sims Premieres New 360° Video For “What They Don’t Know”
In November, Sims released his monster album More Than Ever on Doomtree Records. A tour quickly followed and with that came the financial challenge of recovering from a van break-in while out on the road. Within 20 hours a gofundme page was set up and the support of loyal fans and friends raised all of the money needed to replace the gear. It is because of that dedication that Sims decided to premiere the new video for “What They Don’t Know” directly with those supportive fans instead of a more traditional high-profile blog partnership. Members of the Doomtree mailing list received the video and premiere instructions a day in advance and were instructed to post all at once from their various social media accounts at a specific time. It was a way of saying thank you to the people who directly lended a helping hand and also feel connected to something bigger. Sims explained to fans by saying, “We generally release videos through an online music publication—it’s a great way to get some eyes on the vid right off the rip. But I learned something last month when our van was broken into. You (you, personally) are the most ferocious and commanding sharers of information that I have access to. So why not team with you?”
Once and Future Band welcomes 2017 with new track “Tell Me Those Are Tears of Joy”
In the vapor trail of the album’s first single “How Does It Make You Feel”, you can smell the burnt ozone of a seventies-full-orchestra-nebula-pop-odyssey, the flakes floating down and landing on you like snow and giving you the grave-chills…the ash of a masterpiece pop song. Once and Future Band: this incredibly accomplished cabal of total prog wizards has circled the earth, but then, these are the accomplished gentlemen of many former pursuits (the formidable Drunk Horse among them) and all of them comets themselves. It’s telling that this is the album Castle Face Records is releasing after Thee Oh Sees’ recent psych-pop explorations of ‘An Odd Entrances’, showing the label will continue to reach deep into the ether. The journey continues today with perhaps a title that couldn’t be more fitting as we all turn the page on the shit-show that was 2016 — “Tell Me Those Are Tears of Joy” premieres today via Consequence of Sound. Listen on Soundcloud.
Erik Hassle – “Innocence Lost”
Swedish soul-pop sensation Erik Hassle has released his first official single “Missing You” since announcing the January 27th, 2017 release of his forthcoming full-length LP INNOCENCE LOST (Record Company TEN/RCA Records). Click here to listen to “Missing You.”
“Missing You” was produced by Grammy nominated John Hill (Jay Z, MIA, Charli XCX, Florence and the Machine) in Los Angeles. With its lush production, lithe guitar, and warm embrace, Erik weaves together a poignant and palpable tale of loss that’s as hypnotic as it is heartbreaking. “It comes from a real story of losing somebody way too early,” he explains. “I sang it one-and- a-half times, because I broke down on the second take. The lyrics speak for themselves.”
A Solo to Mars will be the first full length studio album Raquel Bell who’d provided vocals and percussion for Normal Love and performed in the duo Dark Tips. Bell describes the music as “avant Art-rock, space age electro-folk-rock. The album is being recorded at 5th Street Studio, in Austin, TX engineered by Evan Kleinecke with vocals and additional instrumentation to be overdubbed at Austin’s Church House studio with Grant Johnson engineering. The album is being produced by Raquel, Zac Taeer and Kevin Ratterman.
Bell studied voice and music at the College of Santa fe in New Mexico which is now closed, a private catholic art school built on a Japanese internment camp and prisoner of war camp and run by christian brothers. She studied under acclaimed opera singers from the Santa Fe Opera as well as experimental music professors in the contemporary music department.
Colony House – “Only The Lonely”
Nashville-based indie pop/rock band Colony House will be releasing their second album ONLY THE LONELY on January 13, 2017 on Descendant/RCA Records.
The band will be performing their single “You & I” on Late Night with Seth Meyers on January 11th and The TODAY Show on January 16th. Click HERE to watch the video that premiered on Noisey.com.
GARRETT PIERCE SHARES “DISTANT THOUGHT”
Garrett Pierce shares “Distant Thought” via American Songwriter this afternoon announcing his forthcoming Crossbill Records full-length Dusk out February 17. Garrett pens songs that are utterly dramatic in both lyric and voice that soar over dark and delicate constructs of melody. Though his debut Like A Moth was a stripped down acoustic affair with guest appearances by Jolie Holland and Matt Bauer, with follow-ups All Masks (Crossbill Records) and City Of Sand (Narnack Records) hyper-focused on time and place, Dusk is a collection of stories that span a lifetime.
LTN artist retrospective Volume 01: out now via Silk Music
Jakarta-based phenom LTN is a household name in our niche, thanks to his prolific contribution to the genres of house, progressive, and trance in recent years. In the same span, he has released several acclaimed artist albums, while cultivating a burgeoning international DJ career. An immensely versatile talent, LTN is capable of composing deep, soothing, and lush arrangements as skillfully as euphoric, peak-hour anthems. It’s our great privilege to showcase his wonderful musical contributions to the Silk Music imprint via LTN 01, an artist retrospective.
The illustrious North Carolina based Rock/Sweetcore unit and Revival Reordings artist, Alesana are thrilled to announce the west coast run of “Ten Frail Years of Vanity and Wax” tour where they will perform their debut LP On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax in its entirety. The tour kicks off February 4th in Portland, OR at the Analog Cafe. The band will make its way down the west coast and finish in Salt Lake City, UT at In The Venue. For The Win, Versus, Charlatan, and Vesta Collide will join the band. VIP Packages for the upcoming tour are available via meetandscream.com.
A PENTATONIX CHRISTMAS #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 CHART FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE WEEK
A Pentatonix Christmas, the third holiday album from the Grammy Award winning group Pentatonix, remains at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart for the second consecutive week. The certified platinum album is the 5th best-selling album of 2016 and marks the group’s second #1 album on the Billboard Top 200 chart. 2014’s 2X platinum That’s Christmas to Me stays in the top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and surpasses 2 million total album sold.
According to Nielsen, the group is the top selling group in strictly album sales since 2014 and is the third best-selling artist behind Adele and Taylor Swift selling over 4.3 million albums.
The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. On view through January 16, 2017, the exhibition presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham played a pivotal role in the careers of iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985)—which took place in Philadelphia and London—and Human Rights Now! (1988). The Museum is open late on Wednesday nights (until 8 pm) throughout the run of the show.
EP: Ursa Major – Polaris
Brooklyn poet/MC Ursa Major releases “Polaris”.
The EP features an edgy blend of conceptual storytelling, lyricism of the golden era, and the songwriting chops of a modern artist pushing the genre forward. Making a statement and etching his place in Hip Hop, Ursa Major dares to push the limits and frames his artistry beyond the average concept of the genre. Each track rides a rhythm and tests those encouraged to push The Label Noir to the next level. Featured tracks are Far From Home, produced by Highly Affiliated; Only the Best produced by Khaleel Deal; Starry Night produced by Ktha1; Window Seat II produced by Highly Affiliated; and Polaris produced by Theme Music.
Then, to start the year in style, we’re happy to invite you to see CRIS LUNA @ NILVRANGE (57 / Le Gueulard Plus) on Wednesday January 11th.
Extract from the new LP “PHOENIX.”