Diet Cig debut album “Swear I’m Good At This” set for release on April 7th
Diet Cig are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their hugely anticipated debut album. Entitled Swear I’m Good At This the album will be released on April 7th via Frenchkiss Records. Today the band share the first single off the album – the highly infectious “Tummy Ache.”
EP & Video: Tha 4orce & Confucius MC – ‘More To It’
UK Hip Hop veteran Tha 4orce teams up with the up and coming Confucius MC to create the first single from 4orce’s ‘Setting Standards’ album.
‘More to it’ shows the Powerful strength of the Hip Hop Movement with this Heavy Lyrical assault on Shattering Beats.
SF psych band Dire Wolves announce ‘Excursions to Cloudland’
Today, SF psych band Dire Wolves announced their Beyond Beyond is Beyond release Excursions to Cloudland today with the stunning 12 minute long track “Enter Quietly” at SF Weekly. The outlet says of the track, “it’s a psychedelic wonderland filled with plaintive violins, groovy drums, woozy synths, and raucous electric guitar. Though it’s predominantly instrumental, listen closely and you’ll hear Dire Wolves singer Laura Naukkarinen’s otherworldly murmurings in the background, and if you’re a fan of The Incredible String Band, it won’t be hard to find something to love in this track.”
Boston Calling, one of the Northeast’s most iconic events and one of the largest metropolitan music festivals in the world, announces its 2017 lineup today. This year, Boston Calling more than doubles its number of music acts with an exciting collection of 45 performances, which once again have been assembled by founding member of The National, Aaron Dessner. Tool, Mumford & Sons, and Chance the Rapper will headline the festival. This year also marks a historic change for Boston Calling; it will be held for the first time at the fields of Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston (65 North Harvard Street, Boston) on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2017. The new location allows Boston Calling to greatly expand as a multi-disciplinary festival: this year, in addition to its 45 act lineup performing across three outdoor stages, it will add a film experience curated by Academy Award-winning actress, producer, and director Natalie Portman, along with comprehensive food, drink, and visual arts components – details on each of these are forthcoming. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are available today, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10:00am EST at www.bostoncalling.com and regular priced tickets will be available when Early Bird tickets are gone.
Watch Allison Crutchfield’s new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California”
Today, Allison Crutchfield invites you to join in her wintry dreams of west coast sunshine and square footage with a brand-new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California.” The charming melody and harmonies unite with biting lyrics like “we’re pretty far away from Philadelphia and/ that’s fine cuz I’m really starting to hate you and anyways I am looking to move/ I keep confusing love and nostalgia/ I don’t ever wanna leave California” that highlight the journalistic themes of Crutchfield’s new record. Watch the new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” the latest single from her forthcoming album Tourist in This Town which will be in stores on January 27.
AMERICANA ARTIST K PHILLIPS TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM
Nashville-based, Texas-born Americana artist K Phillips is set to release his latest album, Dirty Wonder, via Rock Ridge Music on March 10, 2017. Produced by award-winning songwriter Gordy Quist of The Band of Heathens and featuring a vocal cameo from Adam Duritz from Counting Crows, Dirty Wonder is a breakup record that’s part autobiographical, part imagined, and part observational, chronicling a third-party breakup K witnessed firsthand. It’s a redemptive album, brimming with clever allusions, pent-up sexual tension, and loveable roguish characters. The impactfully concise songs on Dirty Wonder are complimented by teardrop pedal steel guitar, rollicking blues piano, fuzzed out guitars, and gospel girl group vocals.
Writing and living through Dirty Wonder has been a profound process for K, and he hopes that his songs have an impact upon those who hear them. “While I am here, I want to connect through writing stories that help people get through whatever they’re going through,” he says.
French Screamo/Post-Hardcore/Punk outfit Yurodivy unleashed new video
A few weeks after unveilling the official music video of the song “Children Of The Sun”, French DIY screamo/noise/post-hardcore/punk outfit Yurodivy just unveiled a second excerpt from its upcoming debut full-length album with a new song called “In The Violence Of The Ashes” available in video on YouTube.
Entitled ‘APHOS’ the album will be officially released for LP and Digital formats on February 2nd through Itawak records, Dingleberry Records and Distribution, Dead Punx Records, Dead Stallion & The Battalion Million, Maniyax Records, Rad Nauseam Records, Skatepizza and WOOAAARGH.
David Messier Release Debut Solo Album
Multi-talented artist, songwriter and producer, David Messier is set to release two music videos from his recent release Waiting For Eldridge out now, everywhere on Fable Records. This is David Messier’s debut solo album, as the former front man of the Boston band Papermoon he has three previous released albums. Waiting For Eldridge is a culmination of years of playing, guitar, drums, piano, songwriting, and producing music. For David, the private radio station that constantly plays in his head is finally available to everyone to hear.
With the grace of an Angel, the beautiful Caribbean songstress, ARITA unleashes another smash single with a breath taking video. With beautiful movements, ARITA peels back the love layers, puts it all on the line and says, I PROMISE!
Following a breakthrough 2016 which saw them sell out London’s Scala, fill tents at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Latitude, ink a US deal with Canvasback/Atlantic and release a run of critically acclaimed singles, Blaenavon are pleased to share news of their long awaited debut album, That’s Your Lot – alongside the music video for brand new single, ‘Orthodox Man’.
SiaMoji gives fans behind-the-wig access to emojis, GIFs, stickers and memes inspired by Sia. Available for Apple and Android, SiaMoji lets you personalize messages and decorate photos with bobs, bows, and other Sia-themed accessories. ’Sia-fy’ yourself using the Sia Photo Booth and SiaMoji props, and customize messages and photos with the meme maker.
Active since winter 2013, Del Paxton self-released their first EP, a collection of six songs titled Worst. Summer. Ever. later that year. In April 2014, Worst. Summer. Ever. was released as a 12″ EP by the now defunct upstate NY indie label Secret Audio Club. Shortly thereafter, Del Paxton paired up with Topshelf Records to release a split 7″ with their far more talented Canadian friends in Gulfer.
DREAMERS announce tour this February
The much anticipated debut album release from LA-based DREAMERS, titled “This Album Does Not Exist” is out now from Fairfax Recordings/Hollywood Records. Led by singles, “Sweet Disaster” and “DRUGS”, DREAMERS pits the party and the paranoia of escapism in effortlessly tight, three-minute tunes. Though the songs and delivery are spot on and seamless- one wouldn’t know they were written in a circus of chaos and instability. Frontman Nick Wold lived in a rehearsal studio for years, showering at a local gym and writing hundreds of songs. He recruited bassist Nelson and drummer, Jacob Wick, settled on the moniker DREAMERS, and began releasing their infectious tracks into the world with their independently released self-titled debut EP.
Global superstar ED SHEERAN has unveiled details for his hugely anticipated new album. Titled “÷” (pronounced divide), the multi-GRAMMY award winning singer-songwriter’s third studio album arrives on March 3 via Atlantic Records.
“÷” will be available for pre-order here beginning at midnight ET on Friday, January 13. All pre-orders will include instant grat downloads of the recently released “Castle On The Hill” and “Shape Of You,” which just broke the record for single-day streams on Spotify with 7,940,950 streams, topping Adele’s “Hello”.
Sinkane — the New York-based project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Ahmed Gallab, featuring Ish Montgomery (bass), Jason Trammell (drums), Jonny Lam (guitar), and now joined by Amanda Khiri (vocals) and Elenna Canlas (keys and vocals) — will kick off a full-band headlining world tour on February 15th, including shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Europe, Australia, and more (routing below). The video for “Telephone” follows the powerful video for the first single “U’Huh,” which premiered via NPR Music. NPR’s All Things Considered included “U’Huh” as the lead track in their round-up of “2017’s Best Music” at the top of the year, and Bandcamp Daily ran a profile on the album, with original photos and interview with Marcus Moore.
Last night, Netflix presented the world premiere of Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events” at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City. Those in attendance included Neil Patrick Harris, Barry Sonnenfeld (Executive Producer and Director), Daniel Handler (Executive Producer and Author), Patrick Warburton, Alfre Woodard, K. Todd Freeman, Malina Weissman, Louis Hynes, Aasif Mandvi, Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos, Kate Jennings Grant, Chloe Sonnenfeld and others.
Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death. The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and premieres January 13, 2017 only on Netflix.
Credit: Kristina Bumphrey/StarPix for Netflix
MIRRORS FOR PSYCHIC WARFARE, the collaboration between Neurosis’ Scott Kelly and Buried At Sea’s Sanford Parker, will kick off their European tour tonight with Parker performing his solo experimental electronic set as support. The band’s latest trek will run through February 4. Check out the tour trailers at THIS LOCATION.
River Tiber shares “Acid Test” video
River Tiber has just shared a video for “Acid Test” (which made its debut as a Zane Lowe World Record) from his debut LP Indigo. Shot on location in Morocco, the visuals provide a striking, colorful context for the soulful earworm vocal melody and densely layered arrangement.
World-Renowned Guitarist JOHN 5 Reveals “Season Of The Witch” Full Track Listing
World-renowned guitarist JOHN 5 recently announced the release of his upcoming eighth full-length solo album, entitled Season Of The Witch. The fully-instrumental album, which features his band The Creatures (bassist Ian Ross and drummer Rodger Carter), is set to hit stores on March 3, 2017. The album features experimentation with various genres – including western swing, Spanish flamenco, heavy metal and more – thoroughly showcasing JOHN 5’s diverse virtuosic abilities. Pre-orders will become available via iTunes in early February.
OSMANI GARCIA LAUNCHES THE LYRIC VIDEO FOR “BAILA TOMA”
After achieving an amazing success with the international hit, BAILA TOMA, on digital platforms, Cuban singer Osmani Garcia is premiering the lyric video.
In 2016, “Baila Toma” surpassed one million downloads on the digital platform, Spotify, becoming one of the most listened songs during the holiday season.
Baila Toma is a danceable song that fusions rhythms described as cubatón, sounds that are strongly played on American radio. The song was composed by Osmani with Justin Quiles, Jorge Martinez Gomez, DJ Chino, Bigram Zayas and Fuego, the song was recorded in Circle House Studios located inMiami.
Hailing from sunny Edmonton, Canada, The Velveteins are a rock ‘n’ roll band consisting of primary songwriters Spencer Morphy (vocals, guitar) and Addison Hiller (percussion). Their latest work ‘A Hot Second With The Velveteins’ was produced by Lincoln Parish (Cage The Elephant) and has been described as “… a collision of the Kinks and the Libertines, rollicking garage, moody surf […and] pop classicism with a rough edge” (EXCLAIM!}. The single is coming ahead of their debut full-length Slow Wave, which they are releasing with Fierce Panda Canada in 2017.
“Criminal Cigarettes” is Saw Black’s love song to pot
Azalea Days marks the debut of Saw Black, whose songs from the heart tell the story of a once boundless love and the realization of that love’s decay. Today Saw Black shares his ode to marijuana, an upbeat number called “Criminal Cigarettes.”
Tracked in his basement studio by the James River on a mostly-working 8-track tape machine, the Richmond, Virginia-based self-taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter recorded Azalea Days over the course of a year, coming to life as the relationship chronicled on the album came to an end.
Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release THE PSALMS, the striking new album from American country music legend Jessi Colter, on March 24, 2017. With lyrics drawn from timeless and sacred poems, these spiritually powerful and intimately personal recordings are spontaneous musical interpretations of the Old Testament songs attributed to the shepherd/poet/musician David. The Psalms are considered among the greatest works of Western literature.
The American Theatre Wing’s 71st Annual Tony Awards will return to the historic venue, Radio City Music Hall, airing live on Sunday, June 11, 2017, (8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The Tony Awards, which honors theatre professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been broadcast on CBS since 1978. The Tony Awards are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing.
The Tony Awards have a longstanding tradition of taking place at Radio City Music Hall, dating back to 1997. The show was held there every year until 2010 – except when the Hall underwent renovations in 1999 – and again from 2013 to 2015.
“Bringing Broadway’s biggest night back to Radio City Music Hall truly feels like returning home. Over the years, we have created some magical and iconic moments at Radio City – and we are thrilled to return and share the stories of this year’s incredible season on Broadway,” said Heather Hitchens, President of the American Theatre Wing, and Charlotte St. Martin, President of The Broadway League.
Big Surr premieres infectious, beachy “At the Bi-Rite” at Stereogum
In the center of landlocked Tennessee there is a basin at the bottom of which sits Nashville, where humidity settles in on the city like a sweatbox and Big Surr dream of beaches. Borne in an Ohio basement and raised below the Mason-Dixon line, this ebullient five piece, led by frontwoman Helen Van, has been cooling the Middle Tennessee region with their special brand of summer bummer fuzz pop for years. In 2010, Big Surr released their Miss You Most EP on RAD FRNDS and, in 2012, their Baked + Bruised 7-inch on Infinity Cat. They quickly became mainstays in the burgeoning Nashville DIY scene and garnered comparisons to the likes of the Jesus and Mary Chain, Best Coast, Dum Dum Girls and Camera Obscura meets Dinosaur Jr.
As WAR Records prepares to release the new Limitless EP by Portuguese hardcore outfit REALITY SLAP this week, the entire record is now streaming exclusively at Lambgoat.
The debut album from Hite entitled ‘Light Of A Strange Day’ is set for release March 24th via Six Degrees Records. Hite is the new project from Julia Easterlin and the follow up to her collaboration with Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Toure on their #1 iTunes world charting album, ‘Touristes.’
Julia Easterlin’s earlier work combined looping and layering her voice to create her music. On Touristes, she began to move away from what she calls “the looping artist pigeonhole” and the current incarnation of her work, Hite is more of a vehicle for lyrical expression. This record, Light Of A Strange Day, she says, “is a natural progression, away from loops and into more flexible, expressive forms of storytelling. In the making of the album, i left behind all my familiar tools (loops, computer, effects pedals, rhyming lyrics) and played only acoustic instruments, one take, one mic, open ended, stream-of-consciousness. it was a completely different approach to music making, and releasing it under the Julia Easterlin name (which is so attached to loops and upbeat, poppy vocal music) felt somehow… dishonest. it’s been a decade since I wrote my first piece of looped vocal music, and i needed a fresh new home for my new music, so different from previous work.”
Sorority Noise announce new album ‘Your Are Not As _____ As You Think’
Sorority Noise have announced You’re Not As _____ As You Think, their third full length record and follow up to 2015’s Joy, Departed. You’re Not As _____ As You Think is set to be released on March 17th via Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise recently released a teaser trailer for the new album that can be viewed here.
Themes For Dying Earth is the fifth LP from British Columbia-based artist Teen Daze (Jamison Isaak), and the first to be released through his new label, FLORA.
Today on The FADER, Teen Daze shares the second track “First Rain” from his upcoming album. The track features Bon Iver band member S. Carey. Themes For Dying Earth is due February 10, 2017.
California post hardcore/sludge misfits HORSENECK who feature within their ranks current and past members of Will Haven and Chelsea Wolfe, will self-release their Heavy Trip full-length next month. The ten-track bruiser was captured by Lance Jackman (Will Haven) at The Dock, mixed by Scott Evans (Kowloon Walled City) at Antisleep Studios, mastered by Carl Saff (Big Business, Helms Alee, Russian Circles) at Saff Mastering, and will see release on February 17th, 2017 on CD, cassette, and digital formats.
Assassin x Elesia Iimura New Video “Crazy”
A mysterious bombshell enters the life of Assassin a.k.a. Agent Sasco, who pushes him to the edge of insanity. He is caught up between the bliss of his new love interest—played by Australian-Japanese singer Elesia Iimura—and lamenting his choice to pursue her. This conflict bubbles in “Crazy,” the new video and third single from Sasco’s latest album Theory of Reggaetivity (Sound Age Entertainment).
Osmani Garcia releases lyric video for “Baila Toma”
Following the success of the unstoppable single “Baila Toma” on digital platforms, Cuban singer Osmani Garcia kicks off the year with the release of its lyric video. “Baila Toma” surpassed the one million downloads on the digital platform, Spotify, being one of the most listened songs during the 2016 holiday season. A danceable song with party-inducing beats, “Baila Toma” includes rhythms of cubaton, a fusion of the legacy of Cuban music of yesteryear nourished by today’s popular music; a genre that is strongly penetrating into US Latin radio stations.
“Cold Cold Cold” via Rolling Stone, who praised the video as “[tapping] into the paranoia of Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.” On the inspiration for the video, Matt said, “I think we’re all very prone to subscribe to a safe, surface level pursuit of happiness, keeping our adversities out of sight out of mind, in a way. We try to fix ourselves to fit into the social norm, and it is so easy to forget that in one way or another, the broken hearted are the beautiful ones.”
San Francisco’s POW! (comprised of Byron Blum and Melissa Blue) have been garnering attention since their debut album ‘Hi Tech Boom’ (2014), a debut that received acclaim for it’s relevant message on San Francisco’s socio-economic climate. In 2015, the duo released ‘Fight Fire’ (Castle Face Records) in which the project took a turn, with Melissa switching to primarily playing synths. Over the last couple of years, they have relocated to Los Angeles where they focused primarily on writing and recording new material. Today, POW! share their new video for “Cyberattack #3” with CLRVYNT off their forthcoming album ‘Crack An Egg’ out 2/10/17 on Castle Face Records.
TeamMate release “Damage”
Ready to start the New Year off hot, Los Angeles duo TeamMate is excited to continue their multi-faceted musical and personal relationship with the release of the head bobbing single, “Damage” out now via Rostrum Records.
“Their infectious pop-rock sound beats at the core of the group. At first glance, you might turn to cheeky anthem rock sound, until you begin really diving into the textures of high-energy drums and spirit lifting pop chorus’, and really see the explosiveness of this group.” – EARMILK
Audio: Imperial “Hiatus”
On the heels of 2016’s collaborative effort, Adventures In Technicolour, with emcee K.I.N.E.T.I.K., Imperial is back with a soulful hip-hop instrumental titled “Hiatus”.
Imperial shares, “For me, creating music allows me to enter a different head space and I find it energizing. Hiatus is just that; escapism. Taking time to enter a different zone, fully immersed in sound.”
Experimental country crooner Dougie Poole shares new single, “Less Young but as Dumb”
Eclectic singer-songwriter Dougie Poole is set to release his new album called Wideass Highway on February 17th via New York’s JMC Aggregate (gobbinjr, Palm). Today he releases “Less Young but as Dumb” via AdHoc who says it “starts like a lament playing in a broken jukebox, before the weirdness and vulnerability of it all places it firmly in today’s world.”
Tim Kasher – singer/guitarist for bands Cursive and The Good Life – will release his third solo album No Resolution on March 3, 2017 via 15 Passenger, the newly launched label owned and run by Cursive. The first song from the new album, “An Answer For Everything,” debuted today via CLRVYNT and is an alternately sweeping and cadent waltz marked by aching, orchestral crescendos.
MONTFAUCON – the medieval era-inspired doom/death metal concept project from Uzbekestani duo Valentin Mayamsin and Michel Cadenzar – will release their six-track album, Renaissance, on February 17, 2017. Pre-orders are available via Bandcamp, where you can also stream their new track “Prisoner”.
In anticipation of the album’s release, MONTFAUCON have revealed another new track, entitled “The Last Night”. The track – which, like “Prisoner” and their band name, was inspired by The Hunchback of Notre-Dame and originally conceived nearly a decade ago – draws from black metal, progressive doom and symphonic metal influences, accented by Michel’s complex, haunting piano melodies. Take a listen to “The Last Night”, exclusively via Decibel Magazine.
Bounce will present the 25th Annual Trumpet Awards, the prestigious annual event celebrating African-American achievements and contributions, on Sunday, January 29 at 9:00pm ET.
Bounce recently acquired all assets of The Trumpet Awards and now owns, produces and exclusively world premieres the star-studded event.
Black-ish, Angie Tribeca and two-time EMMY® nominated actor Deon Cole and Rosewood, The Real Husbands of Hollywood and seven-time NAACP Image Award nominated actress Nicole Ari Parker will host the black-tie ceremony, to be held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
The Wild Reeds have announced an April 7 release date for a new full-length album, ‘The World We Built,’ via Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One company.
NPR’s All Songs Considered premiered the first single “Only Songs” today, saying the track highlights the band’s “magnificent voices”. Stream it here.
Continuing his association with the reactivated Chess imprint, the label that issued so many of the tunes that inspired him in his youth, I Keep It To Myself – The Best Of Wilko Johnson draws together 25 tracks recorded between 2008 and 2012 by the legendary guitarist and songwriter with backing largely provided by Blockheads Norman Watt-Roy (bass) and Dylan Howe (drums), the same rhythm section that performed on Wilko’s enormously successful Going Back Home album with Roger Daltrey.
Including re-workings of Wilko penned Dr Feelgood favourites ‘She Does It Right’, ‘Twenty Yards Behind’, ‘Sneaking Suspicion’ and ‘Roxette’, alongside further dynamic numbers such as ‘Turned 21’, ‘Some Kind Of Hero’, ‘Out In The Traffic’, Barbed Wire Blues’, ‘Down By The Waterside’ and ‘I Really Love Your Rock ‘n’ Roll’ – I Keep It To Myself – The Best Of Wilko Johnson is a splendid collection of high octane rhythm & blues with that unmistakable Wilko Johnson Fender greatness stamped all over it. Songs that are sung from the heart and played from the soul.
“Avant-garde pop for everybody, filled with romantically gloomy soul voyages” is the best way to shorthand the windswept ache of Brandon Krebs’ widescreen rock. “Making records for me is a therapeutic process almost,” Seattle songwriter/musician/producer Brandon Krebs explains. “It’s my favorite thing in the world.”
Krebs has decided to go with creating under his own name for new album Refuge In Exile, due out in mid-March. A deliberate change up from the heavy guitar-rock of his last release Tethered to A Piece of Falling Sky (recorded under previous moniker Stranded Sullivan), Refuge In Exile’s instantly breathtaking sweep and rhythmically undulating hooks challenge its title’s reveal of how it was made intimately and mindfully in an uncertain two-year period of the artist’s life.
Critically lauded singer/songwriter Wesley Stace, who will release Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding on February 24, 2017 (Yep Roc Records), has premiered the video for “Better Tell No One Your Dreams” at Magnet.
Featuring 12 songs, the album was recorded with The Jayhawks—Gary Louris, Marc Perlman, Tim O’Reagan, and Karen Grotberg—at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, and was co-produced by Stace and Gary Louris. The album is now available for pre-order here.
Fresh off winning their fan voted Classic Rock Magazine Album of the Year award, Def Leppard announce they will return to the road this spring for a three month run across North America. The Live Nation promoted outing will storm through cities across parts of the U.S. and Canada. This new leg of dates follows the groups massive 70+ city 2016 tour and is set to kick off on April 8th in Manchester, NH and wrap on June 25th in Indianapolis, IN. Joining Def Leppard on select dates are Poison and Tesla. Please see full tour routing below. Tickets will go on sale on January 20th and 21st at LiveNation.com.
The Def Leppard Rock Brigade Concert Club presales begin on January 17th also at LiveNation.com.