On February 17, Pegi Young heads out on her own with a new album Raw, a collection of songs about love, loss and forgiveness. The album will be available digitally and physically via Baltimore Thrush Records and is currently available for pre-order via Amazon and iTunes (includes instant downloads of “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind,” “Too Little Too Late,” and “Trying To Live My Life Without You”).
Today, The Los Angeles Times premiered the album in its entirety. “I hope that others who have gone through loss, who have gone through heartbreak — be it divorce, death or other forms of loss — will be able to connect with it,” Young told The Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis. “I’m not the only one to go through late-in-life divorce; I’m not the only one to suffer a major heartbreak. And I won’t be the last.”
A sense of melancholy with a hint of optimism seems to be woven into each track of George Morris’ latest LP. The oscillating grooves pull the listener into a world of glam rock and indie-pop, with tracks like “100 Years” and “Full of Stars” at the helm. The former Satin Peaches frontman will release the self-titled solo album on 2/10, but you can hear it in its entirety now via Relix.com.
Xylouris White have announced upcoming US tour dates on the back of their stunning sophomore album Black Peak, out now on Bella Union. To celebrate they have shared a new video for “Forging”, courtesy of The Practice Tapes.
When Xylouris White recorded their second album, this most intuitive and inquisitive of duos did what comes naturally to them: expanded their horizons. For George Xylouris, the Cretan lute player who partners here with the Dirty Three’s preternaturally fluent Australian drummer Jim White, one aim was to extend a core metaphor of their ruggedly visionary debut album, 2014’s Goats. “Like goats walking in the mountain” is Xylouris’ poetic analogy for their approach: “They may not know the place, but they can walk easily and take risks and feel comfortable. Really, the goats inspired us.”
Seattle’s Shelby Earl shares first single from new LP
Shelby Earl’s first two albums earned the kind of raves any musician would kill for. Upon hearing her 2011 debut, Burn the Boats, NPR’s Ann Powers called Earl her “new favorite songwriter,” and she wasn’t alone. Accolades followed from Rolling Stone to the Wall Street Journal and a million music sites in between that positioned her somewhere to the left of Neko Case, a few blocks from Sharon Van Etten, catercorner to Angel Olsen. She toured everywhere, playing with the likes of Loudon Wainwright, Rhett Miller, and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, who spoke for many people when he said Earl had “the most heartbreakingly beautiful voice in Seattle.”
Today, Nashville folk artist, Zoë Nutt is thrilled to be partnering with HelloGiggles and the Hearing Loss Association of America to unveil her emotionally-driven, captioned music video for “Like You,” which invites the audience to hear her story of living with progressive hearing loss and tinnitus. With the release of “Like You,” Zoë set up the single for download via Noisetrade, in which all proceeds will be donated to the Hearing Loss Association of America, using her positive messaging to inspire others to help a greater cause.
With Valentine’s Day around the corner and more than 45 percent of all U.S. adults being single, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst States for Singles.
To help unattached Americans improve their chances of finding love, WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of dating-friendliness. The data set ranges from “share of single adults” to “movie costs” to “nightlife options per capita.”
New York-based Soul/R&B duo LION BABE are pleased to announce the release of their anticipated new single “Rockets” featuring Moe Moks. The song made its debut yesterday as a World’s First play on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show.
On the heels of their first GRAMMY® nomination, Hillsong Young & Free announced today that they will be releasing Youth Revival Acoustic, the all acoustic re-recording of their chart-topping album Youth Revival that saw two No. 1’s, with a complete visual accompaniment on February 24 in all major digital music stores. The album will feature eight acoustic tracks and eight visual tracks, along with studio versions of No. 1 hits “Real Love” and “Falling Into You,” plus bonus music videos.
The EDM/Pop group out of Hillsong Church continues to redefine Christian music to the masses, and is currently celebrating their first GRAMMY® award nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album this year for their sophomore album, Youth Revival.
New Mystics premiere track, “Modern” via BROOKLYN VEGAN
Revealed TODAY that NEW MYSTICS is the solo project of the OTHER LIVES band member who has previously toured with Radiohead, The National and Bon Iver and played major festivals including Glastonbury, Coachella, Outside Lands, Lollapalooza, Latitude, Sasquatch, and more. Upcoming collaboration with NoMBe “Can’t Catch Me” hand selected by Pharrell for his executive produced HBO documentary series, to be released as next single in March.
Lawrence Arabia shares new video from ‘Absolute Truth’
Lawrence Arabia has shared his excellent new video for the track The Palest of Them All. Filmed in the Christchurch’s Commodore Hotel, it pays tribute to the great Stanley Kubrick.
Victory Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Spain’s hardcore crew WE RIDE. The most rejuvenating hardcore band in years will release their Victory debut, Empowering Life, on April 14th. Today, the band shares ‘Self Made,’ the first video off the album.
David Vaters passion as a singer/songwriter is something he could not hold back any longer. With years of honing and perfecting his song writing skills, working with great players on two continents, David decided to release Volume 1 and Volume 2 of his most recent song writing as a solo artist.
David has worked with some well-known musicians and producers in Canada, UK and USA including Henri Spinetti (Eric Clapton, Tina Turner), Dave Markee (Eric Clapton) Skip Procop (Lighthouse) and Norman Barrett (Paul Young. Larry Norman, Cliff Richard) and Dan Cutrona.(Joe Cocker, Bee Gees) as well as Canadian musicians Gene LaTour, Seppo Salmenin, Greg Atkinson and Kai Siltamaki.
Suzie Del Vecchio releases official video for “After Love” (Paul Oakenfold Mix)
For the second time after their hit collaboration “Mesmerize,” Cali-based songstress Suzie Del Vecchio partnered up with dance music icon Paul Oakenfold to deliver the gorgeous single, “After Love.” Now, after much anticipation, the rising star presents the official music video for the track. Shot on the breathtaking beaches of Huatulco, Mexico, the video finds Suzie surrounded by friends and fellow free-spirits, all of them dancing around a bonfire in a glorious and magical celebration of “life after love.” Watch the official video now.
Long Island, NY based rock band Blameshift premiered the music video for their single “Monster” through VEVO. The video directed by Eric Schneider coined the hashtag #iamamonster, showing the dirty path of a dollar bill, making a monster out of everyone it encounters.
Visceral Candy feat. Tim Stiles – new single “Plastic Sleep”
Visceral Candy is the brainchild of Seth Swift (vocals, musics), who regularly collaborates with Ian Hernandez (strings and vocals) with the occasional assist from Jay Battle (everything else, including production).
KREYSKULL Introduce Us To The ‘Cosmic Scavenger’ – Official Video Release
A beautiful, discordant slab of demented doom bliss. This is the first chance to hear material from The Bird Of Bad Weather, the upcoming album by Finnish doom rockers Kreyskull …and boy, it’s a doozy. The track Cosmic Scavenger is everything you could want from the band and a whole lot more. This song is twisted, churning, heavy and when a saxophone improbably wanders around over the finishing (no pun intended) stretch, we’ve definitely hit cosmic! The lyrics are an ode to science fiction/conspiracy theories, telling us “if you know too much…you`ll simply disappear” and the video adds another layer of wit to the proceeding without taking anything away from the sheer power and coolness of the tune.
he Black Angels – Austin’s psych rock masters – have confirmed details for their upcoming album, ‘Death Song,’ out April 21st. This will be the five-piece’s first full-length release in four years, and their debut for Partisan Records. Scorching opening track “Currency” is streaming now via NPR.
Ravines – ‘Breathe’ Single
Indie/electronic duo Ravines are releasing their latest single ‘Breathe’ ahead of the release of their forthcoming EP Ordinary.
‘Breathe’ is about a power struggle in a relationship – it’s about a couple suffocating from the over-dominance of one of the partners. The driving beats of the chorus and darker harmonies called for lyrical content that was strong and assertive, and challenged the listener to think beyond the obvious ideas and sets of imagery being used.
Smoke Season Promotes Female Empowerment With Stylish Cover Video
Indie-electronic duo, Smoke Season have taken Lionel Richie’s classic 1984 hit, “Hello” and laced it with fashion and empowerment. In the midst of the attention women have received in the media recently, Smoke Season wanted to showcase the importance of finding self-love. “Hello” is available for streaming on Spotify, for download on iTunes and for viewing on YouTube.
Central City Productions announced today select performers for the 2017 Stellar Awards. Hailed as an “epic night in gospel music,” this year’s Stellar Awards will return to the Las Vegas Orleans Arena on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The telecast will premiere on TV One Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET with encores at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. In addition, the Stellar Awards will air in national broadcast syndication on 170 stations in over 150 markets around the country from April 15 – May 7, 2017.
Set to take the stage this year with powerful worship performances are: Tamela Mann, Shirley Caesar, Jekalyn Carr, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bizzle, Canton Jones, Da’ Truth, JJ Hairston and Youthful Praise, Travis Greene, VaShawn Mitchell, Tasha Cobbs, Doug Williams, Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson & Da Chozen Brothaz.
Rising London singer/songwriter, Jacob Banks, has released his newest song “Unholy War.” The song is the first single taken from his forthcoming EP titled The Boy Who Cried Freedom which will be out this Spring on Interscope Records. Speaking to Interview, Jacob speaks on the new track: “‘Unholy War” really sets the tone of the upcoming EP…I’m calling it ‘digital soul.’ We’re trying to put a modern twist on a genre that’s older than time.” The foot thumping, new-era soul single first premiered on Interview Magazine and can be listened to here.
At just nineteen Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Through her raw poetical talent, her lived experience is channelled into her beautiful music and singing which, at times, recalls the vivid and imaginative folk ambience of Joni Mitchell.
After an unfortunate stint on a major label when she was still only at school, Rosie is continuing independently through London boutique Label X Novo (Phoria, Mt. Wolf) and savouring the freedom and license to express herself fully. ‘Awake Me’ is her enchanting new single and it showcases all her talents with aplomb. From the swirling ambience permeating the track to the tender plucked arpeggio, Rosie proves a deft hand at creating sublime tonal flourishes to compliment her vivid imagistic lyrics and enchanting voice.
Evolfo have announced the release of their debut LP, Last of the Acid Cowboys, slated for April 7th via Royal Potato Family. In advance of the record, first single “Vision of Sin,” premiered by Baeble Music, can be streamed/shared here.
What began in 2011 as a basement party band in the pits of Allston, MA, has since relocated to Brooklyn, NY where the collective has honed their garage-soul sound with a bubbling mixture of rock, psychedelia, and a touch of spaghetti western drama. Lighting up New York City clubs and DIY spaces, as well as the finest basement venues coast to coast, Evolfo has cut wide tracks through the U.S., gaining initiates and devotees every time they cram onto a stage and deliver their raucous live show.
Thad Kopec announces ‘The Shadow and the Caster,’ premieres gorgeous orchestral track “Second Best”
Thad Kopec’s particular style of baroque pop is rooted in the imaginative power of the night. During his formative years on a farm in Central Florida, frequent bouts of insomnia brought him into contact with the ambiguity of darkness. His songwriting voice, born in wakeful solitude and proximity to the dream-state, reckons with the mysteries of night that we find in the fabric of everyday life.
While he shares an intuitive lean with influences like Joanna Newsom and The National, Kopec experiments with a spectrum of sound and poetic image all his own; cryptic lyrics around his internal history and dense, restless composition add up to surprising emotional clarity and accessibility.
Clutch has just announced a string of headline tour dates for May. Supporting the tour will be Lucero and The Sword. The band is also pleased to announce their first annual Earth Rocker Festival at Shiley Acres in Inwood, WV on May 20th. Full line-up to be announced soon. Pre-sale tickets will start at 10am ET today, public stale starts 10am ET on Friday.
Today, Plaitum announce the release of their eagerly anticipated debut album, Constraint [Harvest Records/Wolf Tone], and debut a new song from the record in the form of standout track “Ovation,” available to stream and download now. Constraint is released in CD, digital and vinyl formats on April 7, 2017.
Combining a shattered mirror of cold, metallic samples with a longing chorus and rousing hand claps, “Ovation” is ostensibly a pop song about sex, chopped and screwed into something far more visceral and sweaty than your average pop song about sex. It’s Salem meets FKA twigs meets Sky Ferreira, arriving as an animalistic riposte to the tension of the rest of the album.
CYHI THE PRYNCE UNLEASHES FIERY FREESTYLE “LEGEND”
This morning, GRAMMY® Award-nominated rapper, songwriter, producer, and G.O.O.D. Music artist CyHi The Prynce shares a brand new triumphant freestyle, appropriately entitled “Legend,” exclusively on Sirius XM’s Sway In The Morning Show.
Jazz Is PHSH have announced the release date of their debut album, He Never Spoke A Word, available on March 3rd. The album collects all the fan favorites, including “Ghost”, “Cars Trucks Buses”, “Weigh” and “Foam”. He Never Spoke A Word was mixed and engineered by Bryce Goggin – no stranger to the Phish cannon – who produced Phish’s Farmhouse (2000) and Round Room (2002) albums.
Blondie & Garbage today announced a co-headline North American tour that will kick off on July 5th in Saratoga, CA and wrap on August 12th in Dallas, TX. John Doe & Exene Cervenka will provide support on the first leg of the tour and Deap Vally for the second leg. Tickets for the Rage and Rapture tour go on sale starting Friday, February 17 at 10:00am local time (please check venue websites for most up-to-date on sale information). Fans can also access a ticket pre-sale now HERE using the password RAGEANDRAPTURE (pre-sale not available in all markets).
Rosie Carney’s powerful new video for “Awake Me”
From the swirling ambience permeating the track to the tender plucked arpeggio, Rosie proves a deft hand at creating sublime tonal flourishes to compliment her vivid lyrics and enchanting voice. At just 19, Rosie Carney has already experienced more of the tumult of life than most her age. Through her raw poetic talent, her experience is channelled into her beautiful music which, at times, recalls the vivid and imaginative folk ambience of Joni Mitchell.
Rock ‘N’ Rolla Turntables to be Featured on CBS-TV’s “The Talk” on Thursday, February 9
Rock ‘N’ Rolla, the ultimate in Portable Briefcase Turntables, will be featured on the 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® pre-party show on CBS’ Daytime Emmy™ Award-Winning talk show THE TALK on February 9, 2017 (broadcast weekdays 2:00-3:00 PM, ET; 1:00-2:00 PM, PT). Members of the popular show’s studio audience will each take home a gift of Rock ‘N’ Rolla’s top of the line XL model, which, in addition to playing vinyl albums, contains a hidden CD player beneath the turntable. In addition, THE TALK’s viewers will be invited to participate in an online contest for a Rock ‘N’ Rolla XL unit.
The 59TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® ceremony will be broadcast live from the Staples Center on the CBS network on Sunday night, February 12, 2017 (8:00-11:30 PM, live ET/5:00-8:30 PM, live PT; 6:00-9:30 PM, live MT).
In a new episode that begins airing tomorrow, Feb. 9, road-built band Old Dominion will take over the revered PBS’ Soundstage, performing select songs from their debut studio album, Meat and Candy, including the chart-topping two week No. 1 “Break Up With Him,” Mediabase’s 2016 No.1 most played song in Canada, “Snapback,” and their latest No. 1, “Song For Another Time.” The five-piece band joins an iconic lineup on the timeless music program, now in its tenth season, which has featured performances by Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell and many more.
Click here to watch a preview of Old Dominion’s Soundstage episode and check local listings for the full episode airing tomorrow, Feb. 9.
Just days ahead of the release of their stunning debut LP Heba (out this Friday, February 10th on Bella Union), hotly tipped Danish quintet Lowly are pleased to premiere a beautiful, immersive new track “Mornings” via Interview Magazine. “Mornings” proves rife with texture-filled layers of sound and propulsive rhythms, in constant play with the reverberating purity of lead singer Soffie Viemose’s soprano.
Folk Alliance International (FAI) is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Spirit of Folk Awards, to be presented at the International Folk Music Awards Show on February 15th, 2017, opening FAI’s annual conference. The International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) are held to celebrate excellence, tradition, innovation, and the collective history of the global folk community.
Named for one of FAI’s founders and determined by FAI membership vote, the Elaine Weissman Lifetime Achievement Awards are presented each year to a living recipient, a memorial recipient, and an organization or recognized academic. The 2017 recipients are iconic composer David Amram (Living), activist songwriter Malvina Reynolds (Legacy), and prolific Canadian folklorist Helen Creighton (Business/Academic).
VH1 today announced Trey Songz will release the exclusive first look of his upcoming dating series “Tremaine the Playboy” on the network’s digital platforms Tuesday, February 7th at 11AM ET/PT.
“Tremaine the Playboy” features Trey Songz as Tremaine, the latest eligible bachelor on a conquest to find his perfect match. The international entertainer and well-known heartthrob has given fans timeless music ranging from love to heartache, party anthems to bedroom classics. Now he is looking to settle down. Watch as the man who “invented sex” finally realizes he needs more with the debut of “Tremaine The Playboy.” Following the first-look on VH1 digital platforms, episodes of “Tremaine the Playboy” will continue to air on TremaineThePlayboy.com.
In case you missed it, last night The Band Perry performed new track “Stay In The Dark” for the first time on network television on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Flex Dance Music is Brooklyn’s own dance music. What began as a type of music accompanying flexing — a dance style originating from Brooklyn characterized by elements including bone breaking, gliding, and pausing — has in recent years progressed into a distinct genre. Inspired by the original essence of flex music, which began as dense dancehall mixes with layers of riddims and sound effects, producers have begun writing original compositions with booming 808s and chopped vocal samples.
A rising young artist and a respected hustler on the Atlanta streets, Ralo has the trap game on lock. Flexing his helium-pitched flow over a haunting trap instrumental, Ralo fights for survival on “I Hope It Don’t Jam,” his latest single. Premiered by PUB, “I Hope It Don’t Jam” boasts a menacing hook and typically intense verse from 21 Savage, and a high-energy guest appearance from D.C.-raised barker Jefé (formerly Shy Glizzy). Another paranoid banger from the FamGoon general, “I Hope It Don’t Jam” is the latest single from Ralo’s upcoming Famerican Gangster 2, following the Gucci Mane-featured, FADER-premiered “They Can’t Stop Us,” and “Young N*gga,” which boasts appearances from Young Thug, Lil Yachty, and Lil Uzi Vert and garnered over 109,000 plays on SoundCloud since its debut last week.
BOKITO release belting debut single ‘Better At Getting Worse’
Though an unequivocal dancehall classic, a booming amalgam of Afro-funk and indie, ‘Better At Getting Worse’ is something of a cautionary insight to the male psyche. Frontman Moses explains: “The song is primarily aimed at men and their own handling of their emotions… and how useless most of them are at it. But we men are talented at one thing, which is suppressing everything and moulding it into a smile.” Indeed, one listen to ‘Better At Getting Worse’ and it’s hard not to crack a grin the size of an alpine crevasse, right from the song’s swirling organ-and-guitar refrain soaring across an angular calypso rhythm, to its absolutely astral chorus, a spine-tingler of a hook that finds Moses proclaiming “Everyone thinks I’m better but really I’m just getting better… better at getting worse”. Produced by Bradley Spencer and Alex Beitzke in London’s Fish Tank studios, and mastered by legendary Grammy-nominated engineer Greg Calbi, ‘Better At Getting Worse’ is a characteristically compelling first salvo from a band who have a rich seam of ready singles in waiting.
INgrooves Music Group, one of the world’s leading independent music distribution and marketing services companies, announced today that it has entered into a new partnership deal for global digital distribution and label services with ONELOVE music group.
Now in its 15th year, the globally recognized leading independent Australian-based music brand, ONELOVE, has enjoyed a colorful history with its hands in promoting, touring, licensing, and recordings for some of the biggest artists and large scale events in Electronic Dance Music.
With an invigorated focus on independent artist development, the re-imagined music company has recently expanded into publishing and management and is currently launching a slew of new imprints – working in conjunction with artists directly – led by a fresh team of newly appointed A&R talent.
So excited to say that we have signed Super American from Buffalo, NY! Also, stoked to have Alternative Press premiering the music video for their first single Sloppy Jazz. The song comes from their upcoming album Disposable which will be released April 7th on CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records. Anyone who is into early-mid 90’s alt/rock with a modern twist should really give this band a spin. The video was directed by Andy DeLuca. “We made the video with Andy DeLuca—a world class talent. We’re constantly inspired by his art. This year alone he’s worked alongside Kendrick Lamar, the 1975, Wolf Alice as well as Late Night With Seth Meyers,”- Matt Cox (Singer/Guitarist).
The track premiered with All Things Go who said, “the band blend addictive beats with pulsing rhythm and melodies almost hidden in plain sight.”
Bells Atlas also shared, “Nothing Comes After This (NCAT) is about the feeling when you know a relationship has run it’s course. All of the little things have added up to something so big that they have eclipsed the light that the relationship once brought. It touches on feeling both empowered and heartbroken, because change is rarely easy.”
Today, Wednesday, February 8th, Impose Magazine has premiered the US Video Edit of “Once Upon A Time” from OK!Good Records artist Schiller’s album Future.
Dave Davies of The Kinks To Release New Album “Open Road” March 31
Legendary guitarist and songwriter Dave Davies has announced the upcoming release of Open Road, a new full-length album written and produced in collaboration with his son, Russ Davies. A sonic testament of two musicians coming from different eras and backgrounds in music and fusing their mutual experience into a deeply honest and inspiring LP, Open Road will be released on March 31st, 2017.
Davies has also shared the lead track from the album, “Path Is Long”, via an exclusive premiere on Consequence of Sound who writes, “The father-son duo has worked together in the past, but never have they sounded as locked-in as they do on new track “Path Is Long”.
Orchin is the noise pop project from LA-based Jeremy McLennan. Raised between Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, McLennan is the band’s frontman, songwriter and producer. Orchin plays live as a four piece with Peyton Wilson on guitar, Nathan Castiel on bass and Griffin Kisner on drums.
Orchin songs play with form and effects, and draw from the moods of dystopian fiction, nostalgic sci-fi and McLennan’s favorite artists like Cocteau Twins, Arthur Russell, The Smiths and Kate Bush.
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Doctrin is the moniker of Australian born, Los Angeles based vocalist, musician, songwriter and producer, Dolly Denko. Described as demanding Alternative Pop, Doctrin delivers dark and moody themes through lustful lyrics and grungy guitar tones reminiscent of the 90’s era. Dolly redefines the one woman band by recording and playing most instruments in the studio as well as writing and producing for Doctrin.
Ten-time ACM Award winners Lady Antebellum will appear LIVE on “CBS This Morning” to announce the nominees for the 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, on Thursday, February 16 in the 8:00 AM hour (delayed PT). “Entertainment Tonight” hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier will announce additional nominees on ETonline.com at 8:50 AM ET/5:50 AM PT. The full list of nominations will be released immediately following the ETonline.com announcement on ACMcountry.com.
The 52ND ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS will broadcast LIVE from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Blacktop Mojo new album “Burn The Ships”
Modern Southern Hard Rock Band Blacktop Mojo has announced the release of their upcoming Burn The Ships LP, due out 3/10/2017 on Cuhmon Records, with the release of the first single, “Pyromaniac,” which will Premiere on Tattoo.com on Friday, 2/10. Produced by Philip Mosley and mixed and mastered by Austin Deptula, Burn The Ships is available to pre-order NOW!
Taking Names share new single “Say Anything”
Taking names is a pop-punk band from Bergen, Norway, signed on Loyal Blood Records. Since 2015, the band has released a fresh breath of 90’s- inspired pop-punk with a modern variety of references from different genres, giving them a uniqueness to stand ?rmly on their own musical feet. With a rawness and energy on stage, Taking Names marks themselves as an act worth experiencing and paying attention to in the future.
Depeche Mode to Hand Over the Keys to their Facebook Page to Fans For a Year
In a video posted on the Depeche Mode Facebook page, lead singer Dave Gahan announced today that the band will be handing over their Facebook page to their fans for a year. Starting today, any fan interested in becoming the page’s administrator for a day can apply at takeover.depechemode.com. The band will be recruiting hundreds of curators from their diverse fan base – one curator per day for 365 days.
Each selected fan will be assigned a day to take charge of the page. They can then share their Depeche Mode story by posting personal anecdotes, videos, concert photos, covers of the band’s songs, or other Depeche Mode-related content. Through this, the band hopes to uncover old, new, and never-before-told stories and content to be shared with the page’s millions of fans and followers.
FIRST TIME GRAMMY NOMINEE DAYA – DEBUT ALBUM “SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY” CERTIFIED GOLD
After a banner breakthrough year that culminated with her first ever GRAMMY nomination (Best Dance Recording – “Don’t Let Me Down” with The Chainsmokers), eighteen-year-old multi-platinum singer-songwriter DAYA is celebrating GRAMMY week and the upcoming launch of her first ever headline tour with the news that her debut album SIT STILL, LOOK PRETTY (via Artbeatz) has officially been certified gold by the RIAA.
Described by Daya as a continuation of her 2015 debut EP Daya, Sit Still, Look Pretty includes the entirety of her EP, with platinum hits like “Hide Away” and “Sit Still, Look Pretty,” and her current single “Words.” Fans and press alike have praised the debut, with early support from Entertainment Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar and the New York Times; People declared, “You won’t be able to sit still listening to this infectious set,” while Entertainment Weekly boasts that “Sit Still, Look Pretty” “will prove that [Daya] is more than a hit single.”
You would think that with all of the attention being paid to the resurgence of Alabama soul music that someone like Heath Green would surely be on the radar of every A&R guy out of Nashville by now, yet for someone who has been quietly plying his trade for well over 15 years, Mr. Green has somehow managed to avoid the spotlight due to a lifetime of patience, hard luck and working man’s caution. As a longtime fixture on the Birmingham music scene through groups like Mudpie, Fishergreen, and the Back Row Baptists, Green has carved out a reputation as one of the finest songwriters and performers around, combining gritty storytelling born out of the dirt and red clay of his home state with an electric delivery that’s on par with the best soul men of the modern era. Having toiled countless hours at dive bars and late-night haunts that have served as the real-time backdrop for his ongoing musical canvas, Green’s penchant for “tell it like it is” songwriting has made him a favorite among local scenesters in the Magic City music community, weaving tried and true tales of desperation, redemption and devil-may-care attitude into a cohesive whole worthy of Delta blues relics twice his age.
DREEZY’S “BODY” OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED PLATINUM
Fast-rising rap diva, Dreezy, proves herself to be a musical force with the RIAA platinum certification of her hit song, “Body” featuring R&B crooner, Jeremih. Produced by BloodPop (Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga) and co-written by Starrah, the candid and catchy single is included on the 22-year old South Side native’s critically acclaimed album, No Hard Feelings, which dropped July 15, 2016 on Interscope Records/All Out Entertainment Music Group.
After releasing a brand new single, “Louisville,” last week via KEXP’s Song of the Day, Matt Pond & co. has premiered a video for “Force of Nature”, today via KCRW – share it via YouTube – a track featured on matt pond PA’s latest full-length album, Winter Lives, which arrived late 2016, and celebrates what blooms in the coldest, stillest time of the year.
Born Cages Premiere “Half Asleep” Exclusively with Pancakes and Whiskey
Born Cages has emerged as one of the brightest and buzz-worthy acts on NYC’s indie music scene and make it look natural with catchy hooks and earworm melodies. The electro-rock trio shared its new single “Half Asleep” and the April 7 release date of its forthcoming EP Exit Signs in a Burning Building exclusively with Pancakes & Whiskey .
Lady Gaga just dropped a brand new video for “John Wayne” directed by Jonas Akerlund of Serial Pictures exclusively on Apple Music. Also, stay tuned to Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show this morning for a special announcement :::wink::: :)
Boy Epic’s New Video
Boy Epic just dropped a new video for the pop + rock-infused “Kanye’s In My Head”! It comes in anticipation of his Everyone’s Strange EP out on Hollywood Records later this year. Watch here
He’s been described a cinematic pop maestro for his seamless mergence of film & music. Each of his expansive noir-pop offerings shows a directorial sense of tension and tone, a mastery of detail so refined that each song unfolds as its own mini-movie.
Today Nylon has shared the new track from O Mer entitled “Icarus”. When talking about the track O Mer says, “Initially, a friend whom I was worried about inspired “Icarus”. Later, I felt like I was writing it about my home on the other side of the globe. Of course, the moment I started singing the song with the music, I realized I was talking to myself.” “Icarus” will be included on his upcoming EP ‘Refugee’ which also features “Now I’m Alive” the previous single that also debuted on Nylon. “Now I’m Alive” has 200k+ listens on Spotify, 188k+ listens on Soundcloud and was #4 on HypeMachine.
TWIZTID’s New Album “The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s” Debuts at #28 on the Billboard Top 200
They’ve done it again – cult phenom crossover artists TWIZTID released their new album, The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s, on January 27th, and the numbers are in! The album has debuted at #28 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, in addition to hitting #2 on the Top Rap Album chart, #3 on the Top Independent Album chart, #11 on the Top Albums chart, and #16 on the Top Vinyl charts. The Continuous Evilution Of Life’s ?’s now marks TWIZTID’s 12th release to debut on the Billboard Top 200 charts.
The band shares, “We wanted to write a song that was different from our usually personal tracks but we wanted to make sure you still felt something when you heard it. Our music is usually very serious and heart felt but every now and then you have to kick back and have fun and that’s what we did making ‘Jog On.’ We had a bunch of friends come in and hang out to do shouts with us and it was a blast. All the talking you hear in the background is us hanging out with our friends. It is our party song. You can feel how much fun we had making this track. That’s what music is about for us. We want to spark a feeling with every track.”
New Video Oliver James “The More You Love, The More You Live”
Wire And Wood Recordings LTD, Powderfinger Promotions, and Rive Video proudly announce the release of singer/songwriter Oliver James’ second album, “What Have We Learned” and the album’s lead single, ”The More You Love, The More You Live.”
James’ rock songs combine soaring vocals, sweeping melodies, and one memorable chorus after another. Lush arrangements feature James Sampson on acoustic and electric guitars and lead vocals, accompanied by keyboardist Brett Levine the rhythm section of Rick Nash and Larry Grano, with strings arranged by Chris Howes.
Ain-Soph Aur, the long-anticipated new studio offering from Denver doom duo IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS, will see independent release next month.
In advance of its release, today Decibel Magazine is spotlighting closing track “Limitless Light.”
“‘Limitless Light’ is probably the heaviest thing we’ve written to date,” comments vocalist Grant Netzorg, “and it’s my favorite track off the new record. It’s a very cathartic and often painful song for me to play live. Thematically, this song deals with striving to realize the true version of one’s self, the self that is who we essentially are at the core of our beings when all other baggage we acquire in life is stripped away. It is that true and beautiful version of ourselves that we must take every effort to honor and act upon, and it is a lifelong pursuit. This song has a strong melancholy to it, because I know that in many ways I have personally failed in this endeavor, whether through personal or professional obligations, or in the simple reality of how our society operates. Nonetheless it is an immense goal worthy of constant and continued effort, regardless of any personal setbacks I have encountered on the path there, and I intend to keep chasing that ideal.”