STAR is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented singers – running from their pasts and desperate for a new start – with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business. Created by Lee Daniels (Empire) and Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth), STAR features original music and stunning performances from an all-star cast, including Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Lenny Kravitz, as well as an impressive group of rising young talent.
Jamie T will appear on The Late Late Show with James Corden performing his critically acclaimed track, “Sign Of The Times”, from his recently released fourth album, Trick, airing January 12th on CBS.
OVERTURES: EUROPEAN TOUR ANNOUNCED AND LIVE VIDEO RELEASED
Overtures, Temperance and Truck Me Hard – The Agency are more than excited to announce the upcoming co-headlining European Tour in early 2017: ‘THE EARTH & THE ARTIFACTS EUROPEAN TOUR’ comes in support of the latest albums ‘Artifacts’ from Overtures (released 31.05.2016 by Sleaszy Rider Records) and ‘The earth embraces us all’ from Temperance (released 16.09.2016 by Scarlet Records), after tons of amazing shows by two of the most relevant newcomers in Italy.
After two European Tours supporting Almah and Secret Sphere in 2013 and Threshold in 2016; after having shared the stage with Rammstein, Saxon, Powerwolf, Stratovarius and many others, Overtures are joining forces with Temperance for their first headlining tour in Europe!
GIMME DANGER: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE
Celebrated filmmaker Jim Jarmusch says Gimme Danger – his critically acclaimed documentary about The Stooges – is more an “essay” than a document. “It’s our love letter to possibly the greatest band in rock ‘n’ roll history…”
Named an Official Selection to the New York, Toronto and Cannes film festivals, Gimme Danger presents the band’s story and explores its influences and impact, complete with some never-before-seen footage and photographs. After a run in select theaters, the film will be available via on-demand outlets beginning January 31.
Rhino offers the perfect complement to the film with GIMME DANGER: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE. This new compilation will be available digitally on January 13 for $9.99. The same music will arrive on CD February 24 for $14.98. The LP version comes out on April 7 for $21.98. Slightly truncated, the LP version features Stooges songs and has a selection of tracks previously only available on CD and digital formats, including the vinyl debut of the outtake “Lost In The Future.”
The xx will tour North America this spring, with headline dates kicking off April 15 in San Francisco, and further shows in Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, New York and more as well as festival slots at Coachella and others soon to be announced. The tour celebrates the release of the band’s highly anticipated third album, I See You, set for release January 13 on Young Turks.
Fan presale tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, January 10 at 12p.m. ET, with tickets available to the public Friday, January 13 at 10a.m. local time. For more information, visit thexx.info.
The dates will follow a historic European tour, including a record-setting, seven night run at the O2 Academy Brixton in London, marking the longest ever run of sold out shows at the legendary venue, performing to 35,000 people over seven hometown performances.
The Bottom Line release new single ‘When I Come Around’
Bringing back old school skate punk, The Bottom Line have released their new single ‘When I Come Around’, taken from their upcoming EP I Still Hate You out January 12th.
In true pop-punk style the London foursome are full of energy, but this time are showing a more reflective side with ‘When I Come Around’. It’s a stripped-bare acoustic sing along with a catchy chorus and Callum’s distinctive vocals taking centre stage.
GRUMBY Release New Single “Stuck”
“Stuck” comes as our first taste of GRUMBY’s forthcoming EP and a humble reminder of the duo’s knack for genre-melding production. Featuring fellow New York-based songstress Sola Fide (aka Overcoats), percussive keyboard arpeggios build through the intro and then burst into an acclamation of affection with pounding drums and heavy synths. Ultimately this story of an addictive relationship ends with a heavy head bob of acceptance as the love interest moves forward.
Raised in the claustrophobic backwaters of Hereford, young two-piece consuumer play a raucous set. Inspired by the sheer volume of Melvins, the raw power of the Stooges and the bleak doom of Sabbath, consuumer create a brutal, nihilistic sound, steeped in a raw energy and honesty that could shake even the most apathetic listener. With a huge string of UK live dates under their belt including a Birthday’s headline show and an acclaimed first single, the band are now ready to release their debut EP ‘Shattered Fruit’.
Pharrell Williams returns to The Ellen DeGeneres show today to perform his song “Runnin’,” featured in the phenomenal new film Hidden Figures.
Bailey Bryan premieres “Own It” video exclusively on People
A groundbreaking new music video from Bailey Bryan perfectly supplements her infectious debut single “Own It.” Her danceable anthem is for anyone with self-doubt, awkward moments and imperfections. It’s a reminder that flaws and scars can also be beauty marks. Premiering on People’s Snapchat and on People.com today, Country music’s first vertical music video is optimally viewed on mobile devices as it reflects and integrates the 18-year-old’s generation’s dexterity with social media.
Produced by Green Shoe Studios, Bryan says both song and video are autobiographical — she’s wild but nerdy, awkward in conversation but “Shakespeare when I’m texting.” And her dance moves?
Denver-based country singer-songwriter Leslie Tom is scheduled to release her new, self-titled EP on February 17, 2017. Produced by John Macy (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Richie Furay, Los Lobos) and recorded at Cinderella Sound in Nashville, the record features a veritable “who’s-who” of legendary session players, including Lloyd Green on pedal steel, Country Music Hall-of-Famer Hargus “Pig” Robbins on keys, and long-time Garth Brooks guitarist Chris Leuzinger, among others. The EP also features a dusty-road duet with rising country star Kevin Moon on the song “My Only Addiction.”
“What I love about the EP is that it’s the first record I’ve done where I’ve co-written all but one song on it,” says Leslie. “I have stayed very close to my traditional country roots.”
Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers kick off their 2017 North American tour tonight at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX. The 51-city trek in support of their latest album, The Getaway, which was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 17, 2016, includes sold out three-night stands at Madison Square Garden in New York City and the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Chicago’s Nnamdi Ogbonnaya announces ‘DROOL’ LP
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya will release his new album entitled DROOL on March 3, 2017, a Sooper Records and Father/Daughter Records co-release. DROOL features 13 tracks with guest appearances by Mal Devisa, Julia Steiner (Ratboys), Morimoto, ThrashKitten, and Molly Malloy.
Code Orange have unveiled “Bleeding In The Blur,” the third track to be released from their anticipated new LP, FOREVER. “Bleeding In The Blur” is streaming now via NPR’s All Songs Considered who state, “FOREVER, the band’s upcoming third album, is among its most bruising works, with surprises throughout.”
Said The Whale Return!
As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide, out on March 31 via Hidden Pony Records, was recorded during a time of significant change. Previously operating as a five-piece, the current trio – made up of frontmen Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester and keyboardist Jaycelyn Brown – entered the studio with no preconceptions and no concrete plan. With the help of We Are The City’s Cayne McKenzie on production duties, the finished product is Said The Whale’s most collaborative, focused album to date.
Austin, TX’s psychedelic dance-pop auteur Ty Richards, is pleased to share “Going Out for a Cigarette, the latest exploration from his upcoming debut full-length album,Zillion. Available February 3, 2017, Zillion brings a trippy blend of infectious grooves along with super-addictive hooks that keep the record spinning long after the music is over. Adding to the offering, Richards will also be performing on February 3, 2017 to celebrate the release at Austin, TX’s Swan Dive with support from The Cuckoos, Whit and special guests.
GOLD CONNECTIONS SIGN TO FAT POSSUM
Charlottesville, VA-based band Gold Connections — led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh — has signed to Fat Possum and today released “New Religion,” the thrilling first new single from their self-titled debut EP out March 31st, 2017. Premiering today at Stereogum, the song is a slow burner with an indelible chorus (“Start to say the pain comes in waves / My love is like my money I just threw it away. / I wish I wasn’t where I am / But you don’t get what you want you get for what you pay…”), which Marsh says, “was written one dirty afternoon in a cramped off-campus apartment. I was reacting to anxiety and melancholy by melding images which characterize that psychological space. “New Religion” joins my repertoire in spirit rather than form — as the ecstatic affirmation of a broken situation.” Stereogum says it’s “an animal of its own. Languid atmospherics give birth to howlingly aggressive rock ‘n’ roll that ultimately builds to a richly arranged climax.”
In celebration of the album’s release, a show with special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Xavier (both of whom appear on several of the new album’s tracks) as well as Dessa and Choral Chameleon will take place January 9, at 7PM at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, New York. Shirey says of the event, “I have a very diverse international musical life, from playing underground dance parties in NYC, to writing pieces for a choir with megaphones, to singing over a river in Norway, to touring the world as band leader in a contemporary circus. This release party is the first time I am crafting a show that brings all the elements of my musical and performance life together. I am very excited.”
LISTEN TO NEW TRACK “UNDERCOVER” FROM KEHLANI’S HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED DEBUT ALBUM
oday, GRAMMY nominated R&B powerhouse KEHLANI released a brand new track “Undercover” from her debut album SWEETSEXYSAVAGE. The highly-anticipated collection is available for pre-order now with an instant grat download of “Undercover,” and the full album arrives everywhere January 27th.
“Undercover” follows previously released album tracks “CRZY,” “Advice” and Kehlani’s current single, “Distraction.” The companion video for “Distraction” has seen massive success bringing in 3.2 million views in the first 3 days, while currently amassing more than 11 million views. Kehlani also partnered with YouTube to launch a campaign in support of “Distraction,” which resulted in a gain of nearly 50K subscribers to Kehlani’s YouTube Channel, and the addition of the single to over 64K playlists.
J. Rhodan “Honey (feat. Taelor Gray and Sean C. Johnson)”
Creativity comes in waves. Now a days things are created in such a way that it replicates a certain trend. We do it for attention, relevance and “buzz”. The bee doesn’t spend it’s time wondering about your Cheerios when it’s gathering nectar. How come we are so consumed with consumer and not the Creator? That’s the heart behind “honey”. Create for you and yours. Grind for you and yours. Whether it’s 1 or 1000, give your all daily.
Celebrated, Grammy Award-winning band The Mavericks, have announced the March 31 release of Brand New Day, their first independent studio album on their own label Mono Mundo Recordings/Thirty Tigers. After years on major labels, The Mavericks chose to set a new course with the founding of Mono Mundo and the release of their first live album, 2016’s captivating All Night Live, Volume 1. On the spectacular Brand New Day, the beloved veteran band convincingly proves that they may have not even reached their apex yet. Hear the Rolling Stone Country premiere of title track HERE.
‘Unsung Heroes: Songs of Eleni Mandell’ Available January 20 From Yep Roc Records
Acclaimed Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell will be paid homage January 20, with the release of Unsung Heroes: Songs of Eleni Mandell. The 17-track digital-only album features many of her peers, as well as Mandell herself on the new song, “Empty Locket.” The album is now available for pre-order and the full track list is below.
Born out of an annual tribute benefit show hosted by Inara George at the Will Gear Theatricum Bontanicum, a community resource and theater in Topanga Canyon, the album came together after George decided to pay tribute to one of their own, Mandell, instead of a well-known artists like they’d done for years. George has also partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses and policy-makers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals and the environment.
Formed in 2016, FROM INSIDE is a new alternative metal band based in Liverpool, UK. The aim of the band is pretty simple; they want to offer their fans something which will help them persist through dark times.
Drawing broad comparisons to Bring Me The Horizon and the earlier Linkin Park albums, the FROM INSIDE sound is driven by the blend of distorted guitars with emotionally driven orchestral, electronic and atmospheric backings. However the band is really defined by their heavy hitting yet vocally catchy songs which lyrically addresses some of the more difficult aspects of life.
Quality Control’s OG Maco has been on his grind putting out a copious amount of his signature mix of high-voltage and socially aware music in 2016. Today he kicks off the new year announcing he’ll be jumping on tour playing live shows across the globe with label mate Young Greatness and Levi Carter on the ‘Desperado World Tour.’ The news follows the release of his latest single “Monster” Ft. Doja Cat (prod. Rex & Sevn Thomas). Check out the new track and be sure to catch the Atlanta native tearing up stages on tour beginning in January and spanning until mid-April.
Def Manic – ‘Manic’s Joint’
Introducing the new single release by Experimental Hip Hop artist Def Manic called Manic’s Joint with back up vocals from various Australian singers and German producer Rascal. The single comes from his new EP ‘Extrovert’ and will get you feeling chill going into the weekend!
New York City’s BLACK ANVIL has premiered the closing track off of the forthcoming As Was full-length through Invisible Oranges. Hailing the band’s “new balance of aggression and melody,” the esteemed blog further elaborates, “A muscular and driving opening section hides a catchy guitar lick that becomes a repeated motif, one that shows up as a vocal round later.”
Celebrated touring and studio guitarist, Aaron Fink (formerly of Breaking Benjamin), sails into previously uncharted waters with his new solo album GALAXIES due for release on January 20, 2017 via Woodhenge Records. The record blends melodic rock with musical left turns, bold guitar solos and contemplative lyrics. As well as taking charge as a producer, Fink has also stepped forward as a multi-instrumentalist, playing every instrument on the record, singer and songwriter and looks onward to creating a rock n’ roll catalog to call his own.
“I am psyched to be releasing my new collection of tunes, Galaxies, out into the wild!” says Aaron.
Recorded at SI Studios in Old Forge, PA, Galaxies has a multitude of guest spots featuring artists Patrick Flynn (Underground Saints), Mark Kiesinger (Underground Saints), Paul Smith (The Badlees), Ron Simasek (The Badlees), Zhach Kelsch (Dive), John Novak (Down to Six) and Tyler Dempsey (Marko Marcinko Trio).
WYLDLIFE SHARE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CONTRABAND”
NYC’s own WYLDLIFE roll out a raucous video for “Contraband”, lead single off its forthcoming album Out on Your Block on January 20. The band celebrates its third album, and first release on Little Steven’s own Wicked Cool Records, which drops in the midst of a nine-city tour across the South and Midwest.
There’s nothing more gorgeous than an acoustic folk track paired with performance art, and Handsome Ghost delivers — with aerial dancers in tow. Led by singer-songwriter Tim Noyes, the band recently teamed up with Kingspoke in Maine to film this out-of-the-box live acoustic video of their single “Eyes Wide”. You can seethe band performing in a large warehouse with an audience and aerial hoop dancers above them. It’s a multi-faceted video that shows off the band’s talent for mixing melancholy music with additional artistic expression and direction.
Boston Ballet is pleased to announce its BB@home performance series for the 2016–2017 season. Boston Ballet II (BBII), Boston Ballet’s second company, will present a range of diverse repertoire January 21–22, 2017 at 7:30 pm. On February 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm, BB@home: “Focus on Forsythe” will feature a conversation with world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe and Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, with excerpts from Forsythe’s masterpiece Artifact. All BB@home performances take place in Boston Ballet’s grand rehearsal studio at its South End headquarters, which transforms into an intimate, state-of-the-art black box theater.
TY DOLLA $IGN + LIL YACHTY + NICKY JAM + FRENCH MONTANA
Atlantic Records’ newest signees The Americanos have dropped the official music video today for “In My Foreign (Ft. Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty, Nicky Jam & French Montana),” the lead single from the upcoming Paramount Pictures/Revolution Studios action-adventure film, xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE. The star-studded track is available at all DSPs and streaming services now; xXx: RETURN OF XANDER CAGE arrives in theatres across North America on Friday, January 20th.
EXCLUSIVE from OKOLO (ThaDonDiva) – “Side Show”
Everyone from the Bay Area is familiar with the term “Side Show”. The dictionary defines side show as “a small show or stall at an exhibition, fair, or circus”. Well a side show is just that, an exhibition of cars showing out for a crowd of spectators. The side show was born in Oakland, CA and this song verbally takes you through the best muscle car side show ever!
After the news broke this afternoon that the GOP will defund Planned Parenthood today, speaking up about & supporting women’s rights is paramount and more crucial than ever before.
Beautiful Rights, the new makeup brand that is taking a stand for women’s rights in our country.
The brand new beauty line created by industry veteran Kristen Leonard, donates 20% of all sales to a variety of organizations that support women’s rights, from Planned Parenthood to Emily’s List. By purchasing ‘Gloss Ceiling’, ‘Pantsuit Pink’ or ‘Politically Pout’ you have the opportunity to choose which organization you will support!
Global superstar ED SHEERAN is back with his first new music since 2015 with the release of TWO brand new singles: “Shape Of You” and “Castle On The Hill.” Both tracks – arriving via Atlantic Records – are available now at all digital retailers and streaming partners.
Experimental New York death metal band Pyrrhon (pronounced “peer-on”) have partnered up with Willowtip records (North America) and Throatruiner (Europe) to release new material.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be working with these two fantastic labels, as clichéd as that might be. Willowtip has been the foremost name in weirdo death metal mutations since we were all in middle school, and Throatruiner has become one of the world’s best purveyors of unclassifiable heaviness in recent years. Both have released work by many past and current band favorites, and we look forward to delivering our strongest work yet (another cliché, but true!) amid such excellent company”, comments vocalist Doug Moore.
The band is set to enter Thousand Caves studio in Queens, NY with engineer Colin Marston (Gorguts, Krallice, Dysrhythmia) to begin tracking their 3rd full length album which is slated for a late 2017 release.