Echoes and Dust premieres pirate-punk shanty from Tigerlilies
This week, post-punk pirates Tigerlilies premiered their single “Shipwrecked” on Echoes and Dust, who praised the bands “spine tingling vein of influences, ranging from Bowie to the Buzzcocks to Wolfmother, while somehow remaining totally fresh and authentic in their approach”.
New York City’s BLACK ANVIL will kick off their North America tour later this week supporting black metal legends Mayhem and Inquisition. The trek will commence on January 20th and march its way through over two dozen cities, coming to a close on February 19th on their home turf.
Laura LaValle “NOW” Music Video
The music video features beautiful cinematography and great choreography including the dance talent of Michael Silas, former back-up dancer for Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey. The production team behind Lady Gaga helped produce the music video for “NOW”. It was shot the day after a huge fire took place on location in the Santa Clarita area. This makes for a very bleak landscape, giving the video a nice contract, which portrays the message and story behind “NOW”. “NOW” will be featured on Laura’s forthcoming LP release due out in 2017.
Soulin Wild – ‘Instinctive Echoes’ Single
Soulin Wild began as an outlet of musical expression for Dan Gunn and Matt Bracknell and has now grown into a collective of gifted musicians and talented artists with over eight years of musical experience together.
Ulrich Ellison and Tribe “America”
It is no secret that Austin TX is home of some of the hottest guitar slingers of the past and into the present. Meet Austin Music Award winner for “Best Guitar 2016” – Ulrich Ellison. Other notable guitarists that have received this title are SRV, Eric Johnson and Gary Clark Jr. Relatively unknown in the US, Ellison and his Tribe have become a name to remember in the European Blues Rock scene.
Enigmatic Japanese Powerviolence Devastators To Release “I&II” On February 17
San Francisco Bay Area darkness-obsessed DIY indie label Sentient Ruin Laboratories is extremely proud and honored to announce the release of I&II – a full-length release from elusive and mysterious experimental powerviolence terrorists Friendship (also known as the Friendship Collective). I&II is a compilation of tracks previously self-released by the band as two separate EPs (the I EP and the II EP) now both condensed by Sentient Ruin into a single castigating long player of maximum auditive torture. The I&II compilation/album masterfully showcases the full extent of the band’s absurd formula: a maelstrom of bleak and punishing powerviolence/grind ferocity colliding with the suffocating weight of the most abject sludge-doom, and further enhanced by the iconic and completely mindless approach to extreme metal and punk which has always characterized Japanese bands as being the most absurd and unpredictable out there.
MatchingDonors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the nation’s largest living organ donor organization finding and registering living organ donors for people needing organ transplants in the United States.
Currently, 22 people die every day waiting on the government’s deceased donor list, those that live to get a transplant from that list wait 7 to 12 years for their organ. In addition, there are over 250 people that die every day waiting for an organ transplant that are not on the government’s waiting list because they are too old or too sick. MatchingDonors is doing everything it can to stop that by providing a forum for all people in need of lifesaving transplants to match with living, altruistic donors. Many patients receive their kidney transplant within only six months of registering on MatchingDonors.com.
Bath-based producer Odeko returns to Mr. Mitch’s blossoming Gobstopper imprint with a new two-track single, following a 2016 that saw the label release EPs from mainstay Loom and Irish duo CLU, as well as Odeko’s debut record, ‘A History With Samus’.
Deeply idiosyncratic, Odeko’s sound references a variety of themes without ever feeling bound by any and on ‘Digital Botanics’, he takes this bright, one-of-a-kind sound design to new heights. Subtle trap patterns provide the foil for gloopy, toy-like melodies to glide over the top, spiked by short bursts of growling, industrial noise.
The Italian horror metalheads Deathless Legacy are proud to officially present their new official videoclip for “Witches’ Brew”. Directed by Andrea Falaschi, Deathless Legacy’s drummer (The Necromancer), the video was recorded at Villa Webb, set in Bagni di Lucca (LU), residence of Lord Byron himself and location of the “Museo dell’Impossibile” developed by Christian Alpini.
“Witches’ Brew” is the second official release from Deathless Legacy’s third album “Dance With Devils”, to be released via Scarlet Records on January 27th.
Son of the Velvet Rat Release Intimate Noir Folk Track
The Austrian duo, Son of the Velvet Rat, announce the single, “Carry On” off the upcoming release of their album, Dorado. Produced by Joe Henry (Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris) and Grammy award winner, Ryan Freeland, the track is a smoldering, smokey walk through the California desert.
Skinny-C, “MC” using only words that begin with ‘M’ and ‘C’
Atlanta rapper Skinny-C presents the music video for his new single “MC”, in which he raps only using words that begin with the letters ‘M’ and ‘C’ sequentially. Shot in front Martin and Coretta King’s gravesite in Skinny’s hometown of Atlanta, “MC” is the new single from Never Hungry Always Thirsty Vol. 2: Back For Seconds, his new album featuring Monsta Luther King, Loc Barz, F1Phat, Skolar B, Shod Cooley, and Holly Crew as well as production from Nobody Famous, SMKA, and On A Heist.
IRON MAIDEN’s hugely successful The Book Of Souls World Tour will return to North America for an extensive series of arena and amphitheater shows in summer 2017. The mammoth tour opened in Florida last February playing fourteen sold-out shows in the U.S.A and Canada along with a further 58 concerts in 34 other countries around the globe.
First night reviews from Ft Lauderdale called it “…a full-throttle, devil-may-care performance that thrilled a sold-out BB&T Center” (Sun Sentinel) with Revolver magazine reporting how the band’s legendary mascot Eddie dominated the Maya-themed stage: “From a walking zombie towering over band members during the set, to being featured on a host of back-drops and huge blow-up figures – the quintessential symbol was omnipresent for the entire show” including Eddie having his heart literally ripped out of his chest and hurled into the crowd by singer Bruce Dickinson!
After two successful EP releases on Holy Roar Records, British heavy progressive five-piece OHHMS return with their debut album “The Fool”, due out March 31st on Holy Roar Records.
OHHMS have developed a loyal following amongst those that love their rock sludge-fueled, progressive, heavy and intense. Spanning the course of sixty minutes, “The Fool” delivers five thunderous songs that focus on corporate and personal politics, taking their lyrical cues from the likes of Crass and politically-charged hardcore punk, all the while wrapping these critical themes in elegant tarot-inspired packaging courtesy of Italy’s Black Sails Design.
nthng ‘It Never Ends’ LP
nthng finally follows four stellar EPs with a full album proper for Lobster Theremin (‘It Never Ends’), arriving in a 3xLP pack.
Arriving a good six months after the LT029.5 album sampler which debuted both ‘Soms’ and ‘In My Dreams’, nthng adds another seven hazy, hooded techno cuts to pull together a dazzling body of work.
Turkish synth-pop band Jakuzi sign to City Slang
Jakuzi, an Istanbul-based Turkish-language synth-pop band formed around the core-duo of Kutay Soyocak on vocals and Taner Yücel on bass and synths, will be releasing their debut album ‘Fantezi Müzik’ via City Slang on 24th March 2017. Today they share their first track “Koca Bir Saçmalik”, a synth-disco hit which deals lyrically with the themes of disappointment, sacrifice and anger. You can watch and share the accompanying VHS-style music video, which has already accrued close to 100K views following its Turkish release.
Jakuzi don’t sound like any other band out there right now. Their debut album ‘Fantezi Müzik’ could be described as a lo-fi pop masterpiece from a faraway time, place and perhaps an alternate universe. Think David Bowie having a fever dream in Turkey, Depeche Mode stranded at the Bosporus… but at the end of the day they just sound completely like themselves.
Leon Of Athen’s ‘Xenos’
‘Xenos’ sees the Greek experimentalist (now based in London) enlisting dark creeping electronics and stark guitars to deliver a powerful song with an important message for the turbulent times we’re living in, inspired by the genocide of indigenous people.
Hundred Handed’s New Video
“Vibe” will be released this Friday January 20th, and it marks the first of 12 monthly single releases slated for 2017, each to be accompanied by its own companion video.
A floor-shaking mix of sweet soul and club pop, “Vibe” was co-written by the band along with Mike Green (Paramore, 5 Seconds of Summer) and Nico Stadi (Justin Bieber, A-Trak).
LA-based PARTYBABY have announced a co-headline tour with Potty Mouth for 2017. The tour kicks off February 19 in Denver and will take the four-piece on the road across the U.S. through the end of March, including stops in Chicago, New York, Boston, DC, Atlanta, and L.A. A full list of dates is below, and tickets for all shows are on sale today at 10AM local.
PARTYBABY burst onto the alternative scene in a big way in 2016. They released their debut album The Golden Age of Bullshit back in September, with the vinyl edition available tomorrow, January 20, and have really made a name for themselves with their high-energy live show. They’ve played over 90 dates in the last 12 months, including tours with SWMRS, The Academy Is…, and WAVVES, as well as three standout shows at SXSW 2016 that led SPIN to dub them one of “The Five Best Things We Saw on Day One.”
Allman Brown New Single “Sweetest Thing”
1000 Years was cut with longtime friend and producer Ian Barter (Paloma Faith, Izzy Bizzu), and represents an artist exploring his past, present and future with an ever-expanding set of musical tools anchored by a beautiful, rich and distinctive voice. While “Sweetest Thing” might be more straightforward acoustic guitar-driven pop, songs like “Palms” represent a sojourn into the world of soft and subtle electronica, while never losing the emotional punch of the folk-influenced works of his previous material, which is influenced by like-minded artists such as Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens and Bombay Bicycle Club.
WHY? Shares “Proactive Evolution” Via SPIN
While WHY? fans will certainly encounter familiar sounds on Moh Lhean — Wolf’s sour-sweet croon, deadpan poet’s drawl, and ear for stunningly fluid arrangements with obsessive attention to detail — the album also reveals that a transformation has taken place. The singer’s self-depricating swagger and cynical squint is replaced by a sense of peace in the unknowing; his wry smirk traded in for a holy shrug. This cosmic sense of calm and acceptance woven throughout the album is due in part to Wolf’s circumstances during the writing process: he suffered a severe health scare far from home, but rather than let it drive him to depression, he gained a stronger connection to the living. Album track “Proactive Evolution,” which features mewithoutYou’s Aaron Weiss, even samples Wolf’s doctors — the very voices that helped shape his new outlook.
Ewian Video release ‘Radioactive Star’
Here is the new video for the song ‘Radioactive Star’ by the german band EWIAN. This song is the opener of the upcoming third album ‘Heart Crash Boom Bang’ (to be released on 3rd March 2017).
THREE TIMES BAD Shares “One of Us”
To build momentum for their next studio recording and this summer’s West Coast tour, acclaimed San Francisco Bay Area “blueveltgrass” band THREE TIMES BAD has launched a new live LIVING ROOM SESSIONS Series.
Just ahead of the highly-anticipated release of their tenth studio album, a girl a bottle a boat, San Francisco-natives TRAIN today announce their PLAY THAT SONG TOUR, set to hit over 45 stops across North America, kicking off May 12th in Las Vegas, NV. Fans across the continent in cities such as Los Angeles, Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta, Toronto and Nashville will have a chance to witness the band perform tracks from the latest album – including their newest and current hit single “Play That Song,” which continues to ascend the charts – along with a number of their signature Billboard Hot 100 hits like “Hey, Soul Sister,” “Drops of Jupiter” and “Drive By”. The tour will feature O.A.R. as special guests while pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield is set to join as the tour opener. Tickets will be available to the general public on their album release day Friday, January 27th at 10am local time.
Concert for America: Stand Up, Sing Out! today announced the full cast of artists and creators who will perform at the first concert of the monthly series, taking place tomorrow, January 20th, at The Town Hall in New York City at 3:00pm EST.
The sold-out show – created and produced by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley – will feature performances and appearances by Betty Buckley, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Brian d’Arcy James, Sharon Gless, Judy Gold, Richard Kind, Judy Kuhn, Anika Larsen, Liz Larsen, Caissie Levy, Beth Malone, Carrie Manolakos, Stephanie Mills, Jessie Mueller, Kate Mulgrew, Julia Murney, Bebe Neuwirth, Kelli O’Hara, Piper Perabo, Rosie Perez, Billy Porter, Randy Rainbow, Caroline Rhea, Alice Ripley, Chita Rivera, Shayna Steele, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Ben Vereen, Lillias White, Betsy Wolfe and more.
Atmospheric black metallers FEN have announced details of their fifth full-length album, set to see release via Aural Music imprint Code666 on March 10th. Titled Winter, the six-track production
was captured by Jaime Gomez Arellano at the Orgone Studios in London (Ulver, Altar Of Plagues, Grave Miasma, Primordial, Solstafir) and stands among the band’s most enticing piece of work yet for the English three-piece; rich in sound, beguilingly delicate, and shrouded in darkness.
D.A. Stern – “Miami”
D.A. Stern shares his first video from Aloha Hola in the form of this Albert Brooks inspired gem ahead of the records release via Two Syllables on January 27. In D.A. Stern’s own words…
“I am a huge Albert Brooks fan and Real Life might be my favorite of his movies. It’s basically about a filmmaker, played by Brooks, who plans to make a feature out of footage he shoots of a real American family during their day-to-day lives; naturally, everything goes wrong. The hilarious and beautiful montage that occurs during one of the family’s happier spells depicts a typical all-American family living an all-American dream in slow-motion, yet we are aware that this is not the truth. Beneath all of the smiles, ice cream cones, and board games, this family is being pushed to their limits by a selfish man with a vision. The idea that not everything is as it seems and that things are different below the surface ties directly into what the song Miami is about.”
Billboard Magazine exclusively premiered Radikal Records artist Salt Ashes’ music video for her single “Save It” Tuesday, January 17th. The video is now available on Salt Ashes’ official Vevo channel.
“Save It” was the first single released from Salt Ashes’ self-titled album out now on Radikal Records.
It’s official. The Damnwells are done. “It was an amazing run,” says Alex Dezen of the band for which he was the lead singer. “But it’s time to move on.” 16 years, 5 albums, and countless miles later, Dezen is finally stepping out on his own with his second solo album in two years. Truth be told, the tenuous formation which has carried the Damnwells moniker over the last decade and a half has always featured Dezen’s voice and songs front and center. Both 2007’s One Last Century and 2010’s No One Listens to the Band Anymore employed a wide net of musicians and friends, often without founding members Steven Terry, Ted Hudson, and David Chernis. So, in many ways, II, the second solo album from Damnwells frontman, is just a continuation of what Dezen has been doing his entire career. Only it isn’t that at all.
GARMIANI DROPS FREE DOWNLOAD OF HIS LONG AWAITED AXWELL /\ INGROSSO REMIX
As far as Dance Music supergroups go it didn’t get any bigger than Swedish House Mafia – until Axwell /\ Ingrosso, that is!
Since forming in 2014, the duo has taken the world by storm with headline shows, killer tunes and a sort of omnipresence across every radio station on the planet.
New York native, Bill Scorzari, is set to independently release his sophomore album, Through These Waves, on March 10, 2017. Produced by Jonah Tolchin (Yep Roc) and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Billy Bennett, the album of all original material was recorded over twelve days at the famed Bomb Shelter in East Nashville through the studio’s 1970’s MCI console and mixed to tape. In a recent interview with No Depression, Tolchin calls Bill Scorzari, “one of the greatest songwriters I’ve ever heard.” With sincere and robust lyrics, Scorzari’s raspy vocals usher the listener breezily into his world.
Joining Scorzari on the album are Joachim Cooder (drums, percussion), Laur Joamets (electric guitar, slide guitar), Chris Scruggs (steel guitar), Will Kimbrough (mandolin, piano), Eamon McLoughlin (fiddle, viola, cello), Jon Estes (upright bass, guitar, organ), Kim Richey (vocals), Brent Burke (dobro) and more.
Continuing in their fight for justice, equality and progress for LGBTQ women, indie-pop duo Tegan and Sara brought more than 50 LGBTQ women together in Hollywood on Wednesday to launch a coordinated fight for equality in economic status, health and representation.
The first of its kind, the convening was a natural next step for the recently launched Tegan and Sara Foundation that was established last fall following a nationwide “listening and learning tour” in which they met with LGBTQ youth, researchers, legislators and nonprofits at the forefront of the LGBTQ community. Tegan and Sara were shocked and saddened to learn that “LGBTQ women and girls were feeling overwhelmingly rejected and left behind.”
Chicano Batman says “FREEDOM IS FREE”
Chicano Batman closed out the year announcing a new album and tour and the LA quartet begin 2017 with the release of “Freedom Is Free”, the title track to their upcoming LP, out March 3 on ATO Records.
“Freedom Is Free” is an inspirational credo from the psych-soul outfit at an all too apripos time. FLOOD agrees that, “the song’s sweetness, the ease with which it unfolds along that provocative bassline, suggests both the inevitability of its message and the band’s confidence in it.”
America’s largest tattoo and music festival, Travis Barker’s MUSINK, presented by KROQ, is coming to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA where it will celebrate its 10th year on March 17, 18, and 19, 2017. The three-day tattoo convention, car show and concert will feature hundreds of world-renowned tattoo artists, Famous Stars and Straps presents the Low ‘N’ Slow Car Show, a vendor village and music from headliners NOFX, The Used, Bad Religion, Pennywise, and more.
An impressive initial list of tattoo artists can be seen below, with a number of them flying in from around the world to partake in this year’s festival. Participants include: Jack Rudy, Robert Atkinson, Shamrock Social Club, Nikko Hurtado, Juan Puente, Small Paul, Holie Glory Tattoo, Franco Vescovi, Baba, Corey Miller, Vic Back, Eddie Tana, Elm Street Tattoo, Britton McFetridge, Alex Trufant, Spotlight Tattoo, Chuey Quintanar, Eric Gonzalez, True Tattoo, Little Frank, Lynn King, Yushi Tattoo, Rich Pineda, Shawn Barber, Kim Saigh, Royal Peacock Tattoo Parlor, Big Gus, Bob Tyrrell, Goethe and many more…
‘Street Rituals’ is the new studio album from Midlands band Stone Foundation – set for release on March 31st via 100% Records. The album features ten new songs, produced by Paul Weller, who also features on all the tracks (piano, guitar & vocal, including lead vocal on ‘Your Balloon Is Rising’). as well as vocal contributions from both William Bell and Bettye Lavette.
Having been hugely impressed by Stone Foundation’s previous endeavors, Weller personally contacted the band to propose the idea of working together, initially on one specific track, but having enjoyed the process so much, the resulting ten compositions on ‘Street Rituals’ now all have musical input from Paul. Two songs – ‘The Limit of a Man’ & ‘Colour Of’ – are co-written with a Jones/Sheasby/Weller credit.
Bombay Bicycle Club’s Ed Nash Set To Release Debut Solo Album
Toothless is the new project from Ed Nash, bassist for Bombay Bicycle Club. His debut album The Pace of the Passing is set for release on the 27th of January on Rostrum Records. To all intents and purposes, Toothless and his debut record have been carefully conceived by Nash. Everything up to and including the album’s artwork ties into the central themes that run throughout the record including astronomy, myths and naturally, the passing of time.
Naughty Professor Featuring Chali 2na Release Single “Darker Daze”
Today, iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet Naughty Professor release their politically charged song “Darker Daze.” Released with an accompanying video, “Darker Daze” is the second single release from Naughty Professor’s forthcoming 2017 album Identity, and features a unique collaboration with legendary hip-hop artist Chali 2na (Jurassic 5) as well as a guest appearance by fellow New Orleans guitarist/vocalist Dexter Gilmore. Also released today, the first leg of Naughty Professor’s 2017 Winter and Spring Tour.
Sauce Factory member and Taylor Gang signee Sosamann injects Texas street rap with an appealing dose of gonzo wordplay, buoyant personality, and broad humor. Riding a glistening trap production courtesy Atlanta sound architects Nard & B and XL, Sosamann elevates his game on “Sauce Savage,” refining his caterwaul to rhythmic perfection. Joined by Sauce Factory associate Sancho Saucy, Sosamann welcomes an unlikely guest in 21 Savage, the notoriously taciturn Atlanta upstart. On “Sauce Savage,” the exuberance of Sosamann and Sancho Saucy inspires a new side of 21, as he departs from his usual monotone for a more high-energy delivery. Premiered by The FADER, “Sauce Savage” is a bonafide banger and the beginning of a sauce-tacular 2017 for Sosamann, highlighted by his upcoming project Sauce Da World.
New Ta’East vid directed by Jerome D
Check out the new Ta’East video for “WithTheShit” directed by Jerome D (Kendrick Lamar, Goldink, Ty Dollar $ign). The track, taken from his debut EP Ok, I’m Ready, is available now via RCA / Benji B’s new label Deviation Music.
In Ta’s own words: “The concept of the WithTheShit visual is true to life, in a sense it’s art imitating life. I was at a period in life when I was doing something that I didn’t want to do and it was like a dark presence following me until I realized I needed to step into my purpose. When Jerome decided to come on board to shoot the visual, he understood the concept of the record and nailed it.”
Metallica Perform “One” featuring Lang Lang Live in Beijing, China
METALLICA will perform on the 59th annual Grammy Awards on February 12th. Their song “Hardwired” is nominated for Best Rock Song.
Metallica’s new album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct was released last November on the band’s own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including: CD, Vinyl, Digital, Deluxe, and Deluxe Deluxe Versions available at www.metallica.com.
“we have always been here. we will always be here. this video is dedicated to all who’ve come before me and fought for our cause and those who now continue the fight. in dark and light times, let’s love forever.”
DOOL (ex-The Devil’s Blood) Unveils New Song “Vantablack”
Holland’s most notorious rock musicians have gathered to form DOOL, a dark rock band featuring bassist Job van de Zande and drummer Micha Haring from celebrated cult rockers THE DEVIL’s BLOOD and the country’s most infamous rock singer, Ryanne van Dorst. Rounded out by guitarists Nick Polak (Gold) and Reinier Vermeulen (The New Media), DOOL radiates an undeniable raw energy and has created a distinct and dynamic sound right from the start. The band will release its debut album, Here Now, There Then, on February 17 via Prophecy Productions. In advance of the record’s release, She Shreds premieres the new song “Vantablack”, saying, “With a mix of dark, psychedelic rock, gothic-tinged pop sensibilities, and a lineup of seasoned musicians from the Netherlands’ musical underground, Rotterdam’s Dool is poised to make a big impression on rock audiences in 2017.”
DANCEHALL STAR KRANIUM & TORY LANEZ TEAM UP TO RELEASE VISUAL TO SULTRY SINGLE “WE CAN”
Kranium is breaking new records in the Dancehall community with his latest single “We Can” feat. Tory Lanez. The single has already surpassed 5.8M streams & charted on iTunes R&B / Soul chart in all major territories. In the UK the track was added to BBC 1Xtra, Capital Xtra & The Beat playlists while in New York, Kranium’s hometown, “We Can” can be heard on both Power 105 and Hot 97! “We Can” is also massive in Jamaica right now, getting heavy spins on most radios.
Sorority Noise share new single ‘No Halo’
“This song is about having a friend pass away and still keeping them fondly in your mind to the point where you show up to their house forgetting that they’re no longer there. It’s about struggling to keep up with the people you love when you’re away and how to be/how it feels to not be there for them when they need you most.” – Cam Boucher
Hypoluxo Share New Video for “Fronts” via FLOOD
If there is a soundtrack to our unconsciousness, then it must be calm enough not to wake us up, even-keeled and instinctive, static enough not to distract our dreams but dynamic enough to maneuver us through it, automatic and limitless—it must wander so that we might wander with it. Certainly, this describes’s Hypoluxo’s hypnotic, nodding melodies; on If Language, their first full-length, the band creates a soundscape in which one can escape, choose to completely lose oneself, or maybe just bob with the waves.
The Best Techno Song Matthew Dear Has Ever Made
Accomplished DJ, producer, vocalist and instrumentalist Matthew Dear kicks off 2017 with his DJ Kicks episode out on 27th January. But before then we are treated to ‘Brines’, a track from the mix produced under his Audion guise.
Thump magazine said ‘Brines’ is a “creaking thing of dark beauty” while Matthew Dear himself said it is perhaps the best he has ever made – “Brines is one the best techno songs I’ve ever made. The whole thing was done live, on my modular equipment and captures a raucous session in it’s purest form. In a perfect world, this one would be remembered as my ‘Spastik’ or ‘Windowlicker’.”
Collapsing Scenery Shares “The Cat Looks At The King” Video
Collapsing Scenery have premiered a new video directed by Charlotte Linden Ercoli Coe for their single “The Cat Looks At The King” via Mass Appeal. The track features Good Joon from Los Angeles hip hop collective Overdoz + Buddy. It is now available digitally and on 7″ vinyl. Collapsing Scenery will be playing two LA shows, 1/30 at Satellite and 2/15 at Bootleg Theatre.
Lead singer Jerry Jones, who also fronts the band Trophy Scars (currently on hiatus), shared a few thoughts on the new Super Snake single: There is this oscillating psychedelia that can melt you in there—it was one of our favorite moments writing together. It was the first song completed so it made sense to be the first single with our new guitarists who totally just shredded and really inspired the hell out of us with the rest of the EP.
An eccentric, energetic emcee with a smooth delivery and a preference for ’80s-era electrofunk instrumentals, Ezale is the funkiest human on the East side of the San Francisco Bay. A California native whose music is perfectly suited to his home state’s everlasting sunshine, Ezale’s latest video proves that his style suits a midwestern winter as easily as a West Coast summer. Rocking a fresh North Face winter coat with a fur-ringed hood, “In A Day” finds Ezale wandering the snowy streets of Chicago, intercut with clips of high school and collegiate athletes from the Bay Area, including retired Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
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Georgia’s DYING WHALE has issued a new single from their Nefarious Industries-bound Last Moments Of Misery album, releasing “The Cloud I Hold” through IDIOTEQ webzine.
Unifying elements of metal, sludge, and hardcore with ferociously raw emotional delivery, DYING WHALE’s Last Moments Of Misery molds the listening experience and will leave you breathless. Thematically, the record revolves around the dark periods in our lives, and the idea of not having a place in this world or a home in the afterlife has fueled the storyline.
Memphis, TN’s Pillow Talk are premiering a video for “FERRIS & EFFIE,” a track off their upcoming Animal Style Records debut full-length “This Is All Pretend,” exclusively on Impose. Serving as the follow-up to their well-received 2015 EP, “What We Should Have Said,” the new LP, out March 10, was produced by Matt Talbot of acclaimed band, Hum.
WVM Releases Electronic Pop Single “Sown”
Electronic musician, visual artist, and multi-instrumentalist WVM has released his Electronic Pop single “Sown.” Echoing both classic synth-pop masters Depeche Mode and New Order as well as the more modernized sounds of Daft Punk and The Chromatics, the Christoffer Berg (The Knife, Fever Ray) mixed single was inspired by WVM’s love of 80s Pop, while still heavily infused with his unique aral stylings.
U.K. artist Calum Scott premieres the video for his new original song “Rhythm Inside” today on Vevo. The breakout singer and songwriter co-wrote the track which was produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding). The video captures the exhilaration and the uncertainty of a new romance and was directed by Howard Greenhalgh-(Sting, Muse, Elton John, Pet Shop Boys).
Shoot The Moon is Roger Street Friedman’s just-completed album, out January 13, 2017, from The Playroom Records. Shoot The Moon, co-produced by the artist and Felix McTeigue (co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s #1 hit “Anything Goes” and Americana chart topper and Grammy-nominated “Wreck You” by Lori McKenna), is the result of a concerted woodshedding effort following Friedman’s debut album, 2014’s critically lauded The Waiting Sky.
Friedman, now 54, lives in a small Long Island town and re-started his career in music in 2010 following the loss of his parents and the birth of his daughter. He told USA Today, “It’s never too late to make a change, to take your life in a direction that brings you joy and closer to realizing your dreams.”
With Shoot The Moon, he’s making up for lost time in a very palpable way. “It was scary,” he says of his decision to make music his full time pursuit, adding, “I had gotten to a point where, to be myself, I had to give music everything I had.” And he’s done just that with the new project, most of which he premiered live on his recent “World Tour Of Los Angeles.” He brought his band, Frank Ferrara (guitar), Jim Toscano (drums), Matt Schneider (bass) and Concetta Abatte (fiddle/vocals) who are heard on the album, to four Southern California venues over the course of four days in connection with the YoubloomLA Music Summit and Festival.
“Dan Hicks is an American Treasure,” so says Elvis Costello and perhaps half of the music world who worshiped Dan and his timeless tunes. Dan Hicks created a pioneering blend of hipster jazz, gypsy swing and country that still resonates as strongly today as it did when Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks came roaring onto the scene with their unique, genre-bending sound in the late ’60s — when rock was getting louder, Dan threw it back to a simpler time.
As we mark the first anniversary of his passing (February 6th) Surfdog Records is paying tribute to the legend of Dan Hicks with a compilation album in celebration of his life and legacy. Greatest Licks – I Feel Like Singin’ is set for vinyl & CD release, as well as digital, on February 24, 2017 with pre-orders available now.
As premiered today on Billboard, acclaimed producer Polow Da Don (Beyoncé, Rihanna, Chris Brown) has released the video for the “The Love Challenge” feat. Cash Money artists The Yrs. Filled with powerful, politically charged images, Polow released this video before the inauguration to promote a message of unity. The video was shot in Atlanta and features Polow, Ayo and Teo, Ink (Vintage Nation), Chaka Zulu (Ludacris’ manager), Jovita Moore (newscaster on ATL’s No. 1 station WSB-TV) and Millie Thrasher. Polow encourages fans to use #lovechallenge to demonstrate unity and acceptance during a time when our country is so divided.
JONWAYNE ANNOUNCES ‘RAP ALBUM TWO ‘ OUT FEBRUARY 17th
Southern California rapper and producer Jonwayne has announced his second full-length, Rap Album Two, out everywhere February 17th and available for pre-order now via Authors Recording Co / The Order Label. He also shares the new single “Out of Sight”, a deep cut reflecting on personal highs and lows, available now as an instant-grat when pre-ordering the forthcoming album.
Sultan + Shepard Release New Single “Cashmere Sweater”
Coming off the release of their tribal-inspired single “Samba Sixteen,” production duo Sultan + Shepard reveal their new single “Cashmere Sweater,” the highly-anticipated release via Armada Music. Continuing to showcase the duo’s production prowess, “Cashmere Sweater” features an infectious vocal hook from singer-songwriter Brezy, heavy-handed kicks, and an imposing build up that is sure to set the year off right on dance floors across the world.
Hayes Peebles’ new single “Home” premiered today on Impose Magazine, who states that it “captures the devastation and emotion in a bright, truly country fashion.” “Home” is the second single from Hayes Peebles upcoming EP. The upbeat, driving song showcases Hayes’ vocal ranges, along with his penchant for blending Americana and country into his own brand and style. “Home” follows the release of “Ghosts”, which premiered on The Wild Honey Pie late this fall. His forthcoming EP entitled Ghosts is due out in February 2017, and “promises to announce a new voice in alt-country/americana worth watching (The Wild Honey Pie).”
Chart-topping, cult phenom crossover artists TWIZTID will drop their upcoming 12th release, entitled The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s, on January 27, 2017. On Friday the 13th, the duo unleashed their graphic, hard-hitting video for “Kill Somebody”, which has garnered over 130,000 views in under one week. Today, TWIZTID is following up with another new track, “Dead And Gone (Unh-Stop)”, which bumps even harder with dizzying rhymes and one of the dirtiest, most sinister beats existing on the new album. Listen now, exclusively via HipHopDX.
Chicago’s The Youngest had a busy year in 2016, from releasing their Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Modest Mouse) produced sophomore album which featured Wilco’s Pat Sansone, See It Through, to immediately kicking off the first leg of its nationwide tour. Now, the band offers the next taste from its newest album exclusively premiering its video for “Built To Last” with Impose.
FROTH RELEASE NEW SINGLE “PASSING THING”
Froth will head out on the Desert Daze Caravan U.S. tour beginning February 22nd in San Francisco, CA at the Noise Pop Festival and continue through March 19th in San Antonio for the Burger Records Hangover Fest V.
A renowned local business owner and entrepreneur in the East Bay, music is only one of Marty Grimes’ many hustles. On “As Long As I Got,” Marty embraces his role as the breadwinner for his family, making money to feed his parents and his five younger brothers. Gracefully tiptoeing over an ethereal, Clams Casino-esque stomp, Marty spits two revealing verses, professing his love for his family and opening up about balancing music and business. The track comes to a head at the smoothly sung chorus, as Marty expresses thanks for all he has: “As long as I got/a little we could turn it to a lot/so I think we gon’ be alright.” Premiered by REVOLT, “As Long As I Got” is the third single from his upcoming project Martyjuana, following the Mass Appeal-premiered “Doin’ Thangs” and the breezy “All Good.” Named after Marty’s designer marijuana company, Martyjuana releases on January 27th.
MILO GREENE Share “Afraid Of Everything”
LA-based indie pop band Milo Greene will release a five-song EP titled Never Ender on February 24th, 2017. Today, the band shares new single “Afraid Of Everything,” which premiered on Consequence Of Sound (here) and is officially released tomorrow, January 20th. Of the song, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Graham Fink says, “‘Afraid Of Everything’ explores the idea that an overwhelmingly uncertain world can still be mediated by clarity and fearlessness, both in love and convictions.”
The band has also announced a short run of west coast tour dates in support of Never Ender, starting with a sold-out hometown show at Hotel Café on March 3rd, followed by dates in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle.
Christian Correnti to drop new Video
Emmecosta had a particularly busy 2015. After breaking through with debut single Brontos which Clash accurately described as ‘post-club’, the trio from Gothenburg have been paving their own soundtrack to that time when it’s too late to go to bed, but too early to get up.
Then end of 2015 saw the guys release Snowboy, followed by being asked to open for Chimes and playing a slot at the Rockaway Beach Festival alongside Young Fathers and Ghostpoet. The stage was seemingly set.
Astro Tan’s just-released track “Duck Fat”
Astro Tan is a three-piece out of Portland, OR, who hail from opposing corners of the continent; they call rural Pennsylvania, urban Seattle, and remote Alaska their homes, respectively. Perhaps their trans-continental allows for what is a genre-bending songbook that places foot in no strict stylistic camp. With primary songwriting responsibilities oscillating between Charles Tern and Sam Wegman (bass and guitars) and an exacting drummer in Jed Overly (also a songwriter), their aim is a fresh take on what they call R&A/B – or rhythm & Americana blues.
James Gardin “Promise Land” (prod. by Terem)
Michigan rapper James Gardin dances over Terem’s soulful production on his new single “Promise Land”.
James had this to say about the song, “Many people feel like they have a purpose, but not all of them actually believe they can fulfill it. Promise Land is an anthem of encouragement to that person who has let life either discourage, and or detour them. So play this song and let your Faith be rejuvenated so you can avoid turning a 12 day trip into a 40 year quest.”
Today Noisey has premiered the video for Sondre Lerche’s newest single entitled “Soft Feelings”. It was directed by Johannes Greve Muskat and shot on 16mm film. The video also has cameos by Tom Krell from How To Dress Well and Norwegian artist Ary. When speaking about “Soft Feelings” Sondre said, “I liked the idea of a man on the verge of an identity crisis, alone in LA. A noir-portrait of the man and the city over the course of a lost weekend of isolation and ambivalence. If the previous video, I’m Always Watching You, was Rear Window, Soft Feelings is Vertigo, with all its clues, symbolism and obsessiveness.” Sondre Lerche will embark on both a European and U.S. tour starting next week. His new album ‘Pleasure’ will be out on 4/14.
The best storytellers often aren’t the ones who have had the wildest experiences; they’re the ones who have experienced things we all have, and can articulate them in a way we haven’t yet figured out ourselves. They give us a new vocabulary for talking about ourselves and our world. That’s the gift William Matheny presents to us.
Kodacrome Release Hand-Built Marionette Music Video for “Oh, You Two”
Brooklyn electronic duo Kodacrome [Elissa LeCoque (synth/vocals) & Ryan Casey (synth/drum machine)] have released their intricate hand-built marionette music video for “Oh, You Two,” which will be part of their third studio album.
One year ago, Kodacrome found themselves about 75% of the way through writing their third studio album, when they felt an urge to switch gears, and shift their focus to something more tangible. Though Elissa & Ryan are musicians first, they spent much of the last year constructing this 1/8 scale film set from wood, clay, metal and paint. The project hinged upon their background in set-building and film.
ENTRANCE Releases “Not Gonna Say Your Name” Protest Video
On Monday, Los Angeles based musician Guy Blakeslee (aka ENTRANCE), released a new track, “Not Gonna Say Your Name,” in advance of the President-elect’s impending inauguration. And now, there is a video to coincide with the song as well, a beautifully-edited and emotional collaboration of fan submitted footage from protests that have taken place all over the country since the November election. Visit the link or click the screenshot above to watch.
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL Reveals Surprise Covers EP
As a thank you to their fans for one of their fastest selling tours, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL’s Chris Carrabba covered some of his favorite songs for a surprise EP appropriately titled Covered + Taped. The EP includes songs by The 1975 (“Sex”), Julien Baker (“Sprained Ankle”), Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”), and Sorority Noise (“Using”). “I love covering great songs by great artists,” Carrabba explains. “These are some songs I feel very connected to right now. Enough so that I felt I had a way of making them my own in some small way.”
Today, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, GRAMMY® Award-winner, JOHN MELLENCAMP shares a brand new song, “Easy Target” out today on Republic Records.
Reigning ACM New Group of the Year, Old Dominion, will perform their latest No. 1 “Song For Another Time” off their debut album for RCA Nashville, Meat And Candy, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday, January 20.
“Song For Another Time,” “an anthemic number that name-checks generations of popular odes to getting caught up in the moment” is, as NPR’s Jewly Hight puts it, “a songbook populated by Neil Diamond and Tom Petty, Van Morrison and John Mellencamp, George Strait and Katy Perry,” Hight adds, “that’s the lineage Old Dominion wants to claim.” The single follows multi-week No. 1 Platinum-selling debut single “Break Up With Him” and RIAA certified-Gold Top 5 “Snapback.”
The Guardian says: “Comedians have been quick to complain that the events of 2016 were “beyond satire”. But try telling that to Arizona circus punks Playboy Manbaby, who have successfully skewered the rise of the alt-right with two-and-a-half minutes of faux-livid hollering – “I am right! I am correct! If you disagree with me I’ll get really upset!” – and a comedy trumpet solo.
Spontaneous The Go Getta releases hustler’s anthem “Gotta Get It”
Spontaneous The Go Getta was born in Seattle, WA on August 19th. His parents were told he had a 30% chance of survival, but he managed to make a miraculous recovery, going on to endure a lifetime of struggle that was rife with poverty, drugs, gangs and murder. Some of the hardest times for SPT were when his little brother was shot during their second house shooting, his older brother being murdered just a year later and him serving 5 year in prison. Now that you know his dark past Spontaneous The Go Getta wants us to bear witness to his bright future through his music.