“I am so thrilled to be partnering with Girls’ Life. I have always loved the magazine because it promotes girl power. One little known fact about this song is I wrote it on the back of an airplane napkin on my way to LA.” – Madison
Hot on the trail of his 2017 Elephant Man EP release with Slowbody on Billy Kenny’s This Ain’t Bristol, Sacha Robotti shares a brand-new remix on NYC imprint Nurvous Records’ debut EP with Alex Zupo, Chap 1: The Beginning of the Legacy EP. Flying off the digital shelves on February 13, Alex Zupo’s The Beginning of…EP features remixes by our very own Italian-German, Los Angeles-dwelling, Belgium bred, 3rd culture polyglot (Sacha Robotti!), along with fellow talents Bruno Furlan (re:mount, Budenzauber, Dirtybird, This Ain’t Bristol) and Dakar (Get Physical, KMS Recordings, Voltaire Music).
Revival Recordings recently signed artist, Utah based Scrap Metal band, Charlatan, are thrilled to announce their forthcoming album, Remarkable due out April 7, 2017. The 10-track album was produced and engineered by Dan Whittaker of High Vibe Recordings and features the band’s lead single, “The Sick Nasty.” To celebrate this announcement, the band has partnered with Already Heard to unleash their new single and music video, a song that is about finding one’s inner happiness and the way in which individuals go about finding it. The band continues, “The song can be interpreted in many ways and it is our hope that it will be.” Fans can watch the brand new video exclusively over on Already Heard here. To pre-order the band’s forthcoming record, Remarkable, pre-order bundles are available now via Revival Recordings.
In The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein writes: “I may say that only three times in my life have I met a genius and each time a bell within me rang and I was not mistaken.” When I first met Tara Jane ONeil, about 25 years ago—and more particularly, the first time I saw her play—this bell rang. I was not mistaken.
TJO is my friend. But not all friendships are shadowed by—haloed by, really—this firm apprehension of genius, the simple awe that derives from witnessing irrepressible, astonishing forces and capabilities rushing through a fellow human.
These forces have been rushing through TJO from when she was but a kid playing in the hardcore, math band Rodan, through her wide-ranging collaborations with local and international players, through her eight solo albums, which constitute some of the most beautiful, intricate music I’ve ever heard, and which I’ve been grateful to have as a wise, stimulating soundtrack to my adult life. And now there’s Tara Jane ONeil, her ninth solo offering.
Scandi Linnea Olsson (Naomi Pilgrim, Jennie Abrahamson) New Single
Having worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sting, Ane Brun and Maia Hirasawa, Linnea leaves no doubt regarding the high level of her talent and musicianship.
Being supported by The New York Times as well as The 405, Linnea’s sonic journey within the “cello driven fantasy pop” continues.
The Martinez Brothers, Martin Buttrich, Jerome Sydenham & Mathew Jonson – ‘Joint Custody’ EP
The Martinez Brothers return to their own Cuttin’ Headz label with a new two track EP. ‘Joint Custody’ features collaborations with Jerome Sydenham, Mathew Jonson and Martin Buttrich and is due for release on the 10th February.
First track ‘No Pop’ is a 12 minute acid-influenced workout, channelling both the Martinez Brothers’ and Sydenham’s taste for faster-paced dancefloor-ready basslines alongside Jonson’s ear for the surreal; high-pitched chirps pitch down into classic acid stabs whilst a metallic distorted vocal echoes above clapping hi-hats.
“The past few years have been tough, filled with loss, heartache and anger. Sometimes moments in our lives give us a raw and real eye opening experience. It kind of snapped me out of a daze. I didn’t feel like I was being true to myself. I started questioning the path I was going down and decided to get back to my roots. At one of my shows I ended up meeting with producer Colin Munroe who has worked with artists like Sky Ferreira, Drake, and Kendrick Lamar. We connected immediately and had a conversation that led me to a sort of musical revelation. I was done chasing the train and was ready to create a sound that was true to myself.” – Mimosa
Cinematic Progressive Industrial Artist Precious Child has released a highly politically charged, NSFW Official Music Video for the single “My Little Problem” off of his TRAPPED EP. Directed by Brazilian born and LA based artist Cade, “My Little Problem” was originally premiered on Paste Magazine.
oung Rising Sons released two EPs – their self-titled set which included the blissed-out, whistle-laced single “High” and The Kids Will Be Fine EP. These New Jersey rockers spent most of the past two years on the road sharing the bill with Bleachers, Little Daylight, Miniature Tigers, The Griswolds, Kongos, The 1975, Halsey, The Kooks and a co-headline tour with Hunter Hunted. This past fall Young Rising Sons released “Undefeatable,” a song that has been used in promos during ESPN’s 2016/17 College Football Season. Young Rising Sons are currently in the studio working on their full length album.
Slaptop Releases New Single Ft. Maxine Marcus “JUMP INTO”
With less than a month until the debut album from San Francisco producer Slaptop, fans have caught a listen of three album cuts so far- “Passenger,” “I Try,” and “Another Life.” The album, titled With You, is the culmination of years in the electronic music scene that have awarded the producer numerous Hype Machine chart toppers, as well as official remixes for Zhu, Jaymes Young, Fetty Wap, Bob Moses, and more.
Diagrams has premiered a video for new single “Wild Grasses”, taken from the highly anticipated album Dorothy which is due to be released in May, today via The Line Of Best Fit – share via YouTube. The song was inspired by a poem Washington State poet Dorothy Trogdon sent to Diagrams’ Sam Genders – part of their months-long email exchange, through which they wrote the lyrics for the album. “Wild Grasses” could be a secular hymn to the natural world; filled with the rich imagery of grassland, hidden stones and the lifting of inner darkness.
Today, The Avalanches announced two U.S. headline dates – April 18 at Mezzanine in San Francisco and April 19 at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre. Tickets for San Francisco will go on sale February 17 at 10am Pacific, while tickets for the Los Angeles show will go on sale February 24 at 12pm Pacific. The shows fall between the band’s two Coachella performances (April 15 and 22). While in the States, The Avalanches will also open for Empire Of The Sun in Las Vegas and Reno and play New York City’s Governors Ball Music Festival. The spring dates mark the Australian band’s first-ever U.S. live shows.
Watch “Money” by The New Respects at YouTube
Nashville’s The New Respects has announced its debut EP, Here Comes Trouble, set for release on March 10 via Credential Recordings. Distributed through Caroline Music, the EP will be available for purchase and streaming at all digital outlets. The band will also join Robert Randolph and the Family Band out on tour this March for a run of dates.
BLACKBIRD HILL debut new song “Midday Moonlight”
With “Midday Moonlight”, French power duo BLACKBIRD HILL take you on an exhilarating ride throughout America’s wide open spaces, for a six-track journey made of telluric blues riffs and organic folk tales. Sometimes howling, always soulful, their sincere take on Delta blues mythology will appeal and intrigue you, like an outtake off a modern western duel between Jack White and Wovenhand.
Austin-based singer Taft Mashburn Live Video
Austin-based singer Taft Mashburn has been winding a path through musical worlds since 2006, when he first began composing and recording music in a bedroom studio. These self-guided recording cycles yielded themselves to playing in bands in Austin beginning in 2008. Immersion in this culture of performance laid the groundwork for the dramatic and vocally intense show that would eventually develop, and for which he is now known. A two year stay in New York City served to introduce a variety of musical styles that broadened creative horizons and helped him discover his voice as a primary instrument.
Gold Connections share new single (ft. Will Toledo) via SPIN
Charlottesville, VA-based band Gold Connections — led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh — today premiered “Faith In Anyone,” the second single from their self-titled debut EP out March 31st on Fat Possum, via SPIN. The band is also confirmed to support The Districts on a few dates ahead of their SXSW debut (routing below). SPIN raves “Faith In Anyone” is “something like the Silver Jews to Car Seat’s Pavement: rich and wandering, hazy and pensive with the sort of thoughtful lyrics and explosive choruses we’ve come to expect from a Toledo production.”
Stream Youth in Revolt’s Debut Album ‘The Broken’ Ahead of Friday’s Release
New Jersey rock outfit Youth in Revolt is gearing up to release their highly anticipated debut full-length, The Broken, this Friday with Outerloop Records. The Broken has been receiving rave reviews across the board, being hailed by Rock Sound who stated, “There’s not one iota of energy wasted or a dull moment to speak of…It’s more than worth the wait.” Alternative Press also notes, “The post-hardcore act nail everything from anthems spotlighting tight musicianship (“The Broken”), to softer numbers (“Brisbane,” “Only One”), that accentuate Allen’s range…Youth in Revolt’s time away just allowed them to return stronger than ever.” Celebrating their debut release, the band has partnered with idobi Radio today to share the album in full, streaming here.
Rough Church Video ‘5AM Shadows’
New artist, Rough Church, just released their new single “5 AM Shadows,” from their upcoming album ‘Queen’s Sacrifice’, which combines the sensibilities of The Clean and Nick Cave with the ethos of the Pixies.
Chicago indie-rockers The Kickback had a whirl-wind of a year in 2016, playing over 100+ U.S. shows and ending the year opening for Bush for a holiday run. The quartet impressed the band so much Gavin Rossdale asked them to join on their spring tour. A full list of dates can be found below.
Ring The Alarm, the LA-based music production company and record label, is pleased to announce the debut release from Nights & Weekends. In the midst of new parenthood, career shifts, and a cross-country move, sleep is hard to come by. For Daron and Jenny Hollowell, the married-with-kids duo behind Nights & Weekends, sleeplessness became a theme of not only their life, but also their forthcoming album, Music for Marriage, available April 28, 2017. In celebration of the release, the couple are making the first single “Half Moon Heart” available for free download appropriately in time for your Valentine’s Day mixtapes.
As a follow up to last week’s release of “Bom”, FELIX MARTIN has revealed the official music video for the track “Flashback”, also showcasing his bandmates Kilian Duarte (bass) and Victor A. Carracedo (drums) and directed by Matt Zane. You can watch “Flashback” now, exclusively via Billboard. There, you can also read commentary from Martin on the new album, this track/video and other subjects.
Her single Loodi feat Vybz Kartel is on sale now on all major outlets, including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music. The official music video for Loodi is nearing 7 Million views, amassing almost 3 million of those views from this past month alone. That is very impressive for the 20 year old Jamaican native who was undiscovered seven months ago. She is taking the reggae scene by storm and is a perfect fit for New Artist, New Music Monday, Artist on the Rise, and or Indie Music type features.
Garland Jeffreys’ highly anticipated new album ’14 Steps To Harlem’
Garland Jeffreys’ highly anticipated new album, 14 Steps To Harlem, is set for April 28 release on Luna Park Records/Rough Trade. This all-new recording comes on the heels of 2013’s widely praised Truth Serum, which American Songwriter declared was “filled with seven decades of gritty, street-smart attitude.” With this release, Jeffreys—who The New York Times hails as “beloved”—continues making provocative, personally charged rock and roll, as heard in the album’s title track, debuting today.
LEVV Premieres Profound New Single “Collateral Damage”
Together, Audrey Assad and Seth Jones form electronic pop duo LEVV, dedicated to helping music lovers dance through life’s pain by giving voice and rhythm to their own. “I personally want to make pop music that creates space for people to feel both grief and exhilaration,” says Nashville singer and songwriter Assad. “Pain is the quickest way to a deeper level of consciousness,” adds Los Angeles musician and producer Jones. Today marks the official unveiling of “Collateral Damage,” the lead single from the eclectic duo’s forthcoming EP.
While the name Holy + Gold might not instantly ring a bell, the Atlanta five-piece consists of some familiar names including former members of the band’s Norma Jean, The Chariot and The Glass Ocean, to name a few.
Friends for nearly half their lives, the band members only recently formed Holy+Gold, after making a concerted effort to spend more time together playing music, after adulthood and everyday responsibilities got in the way.
Noise Cans Releases “Caan Dun” Featuring Louise Chantál
“Blending Caribbean culture and EDM textures in the tradition of Major Lazer, Noise Cans has carved out his own unique lane which he explores on this first single.” – Mass Appeal Premiere
The track premiered on Impose Magazine who said, “The group reaches many genres, making it impossible to limit them to just one– which leaves us with a sampler of different-styled gems.”
Lead singer Erica Lane further shared, “A change of scenery doesn’t fix your problems. I think a lot of people, myself included, have times when they say ‘If I can have that thing, or go to that place, or be with that person, then everything will change and I’ll be happy.’ In my experience, that’s never worked, but I keep cutting my hair anyway.”
With their joint album Plata o Plomo set for release this Friday, rap icons Fat Joe and Remy Ma release the Carribean-tinged love song, “Heartbreak” which features The-Dream. As Billboard predicts, “The bubbly single has potential to skate well into the spring because of its vibrant vibes.”
Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Isbell and his stellar band the 400 Unit have announced the first leg of an extensive US summer tour starting on June 17 in Asheville, NC. Isbell and company will headline major venues, some for the first time including the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD and the PNC Pavilion in Cincinnati, OH. Following two triumphant sold-out nights at New York’s Beacon Theatre in 2016, the group will return to the famed venue for a three-night stand June 22-24, along with a three-night stand at Austin’s ACL Live at the Moody Theatre July 14-16.
Grails has just shared a full stream of their first studio album in six years, Chalice Hymnal. Eighteen years into their recording career the group have evolved from a rock band into a music production house without peer, a unique collusion of global acid-psych, heady hip-hop production, and Euro softcore film scores.
Granfalloon is the Manchester based group and chief vehicle for the songwriting of Richard Lomax. After January’s folk-tronic swearathon ‘EFFYswnfef’, this is the newest track from Granfalloon and the second release of 2017. It’s the first in a while to feature the Omnichord (electronic autoharp) signature lo-fi dreamy sound.
Problem Gets Creative with the Release of his “My Squad” Video
Problem kicked off 2017 giving his fans a new mixtape (Chachiville) and one-stop online shop for videos, music, lyrics, merchandise and more (www.chachiville.com). The Compton rapper continues to keep all eyes on him as he drops his official video for “My Squad.”
This year Problem’s hit single “My Squad” became the LA Rams team anthem; along with so many other squads across the nation so he called on Todd Gurley and other #Ramly to be part of his official video for the track. His snapchat-story inspired visual takes you through a day in the life as Problem pops up on different squads all over the city.
HICCUP CATCHES AIR IN “LADY MACBETH & MISS HAVISHAM” VIDEO
New York’s Hiccup will release their debut album, Imaginary Enemies, on March 24 via Father/Daughter Records (Vagabon, PWR BTTM, Diet Cig, SPORTS). Their new video for the song “Lady Macbeth & Miss Havisham” employs arial harness work and features a guest appearance by comedian Chris Gethard, whose late night TV variety show is where guitarist/vocalist Alex Clute and bassist/vocalist Hallie Bulleit first met (both continue to play in the show’s house band, The LLC). Stereogum says the song is “a rapid-fire track about finding a center in the stress of mental unrest, and it sounds like it was ripped straight out of a ’90s teen movie.”
Today, Noisey releases Your War (I’m One Of You): 20 Years Of Joan Of Arc, a brand-new documentary that takes an in-depth look at lead singer Tim Kinsella and his two-decade-long music career as the leader of the seminal indie rock band, Joan of Arc. Directed by Justin Staple, the hour-long documentary features interviews with Tim and his numerous bandmates, including past members Victor Villareal and Tim’s brother Mike Kinsella, as well as current members Theo Katsaounis, Jeremy Boyle, Bobby Burg, Melina Ausikaitis, and more.
PAGE KENNEDY’S ANIMATED VISUAL “TESTING ME” FT. KING LOS, ROYCE DA 5’9 & DENAUN PORTER
Fans of Marvel will appreciate this new visual for Page Kennedy’s single Testing Me ft. King Los, Royce da 5’9 and Denaun Porter. The animated, Lanfia Wal-directed video is every bit as cinematic as you’d expect from a Hollywood actor slash rapper and The Batman: The Animated Series-inspired heroes and villains are casting perfection for the lyrical giants contained within. As Page puts it…
Bells Atlas Announces new single “NCAT”
With a full length and two EPs released since forming in late 2012, Oakland-based pop-soul band Bells Atlas are gearing up to drop a new standalone single, “NCAT.” The track release comes timed with the Bells Atlas’ upcoming run of dates with the WNYC/NPR program Snap Judgment serving as the house band during live recordings.
Attempting to neatly describe the sounds that Derek Barber (guitar) Geneva Harrison (drums, percussion, keys) Sandra Lawson-Ndu (vocals, percussion, keys) and Doug Stuart (bass, vocals, keys) produce together is no easy task. Kaleidoscopic and richly layered, each new foray by the band expands the wide, colorful sonic palette from which they paint dazzling, vibrant structures from.
As Bandcamp Chief Curator Andrew Jervis puts it, “The future sound of Oakland. Shades of African, indie, electronic, and soul music in all the right proportions.” Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington adds that Bells Atlas are “made of magic and popsicles”.
Mixtape: Ralo Laflare – Famerican Gangster 2
With his high-pitched drawl and streetwise wordplay, Ralo Laflare’s unique persona and perspective, as well as his connections to everybody in the trap game, make him a rising star in the world of Atlanta hip-hop. On Sunday, February 12, Ralo released Famerican Gangster 2, his biggest project yet, a trap carnival showcasing his wizened point-of-view with the assistance of some of the biggest names in trap music. Featuring Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage, Birdman, YFN Lucci, Jefé (fka Shy Glizzy) and RT Skool Boi and production from Zaytoven, Goose, Cassius Jay, Ricky Racks, Frank Forbes, and more, Famerican Gangster 2 is one of the year’s biggest events in southern rap music.
Returning a few years and a few tours after their 2014-released Helsinki Savagery debut album set the world ablaze, Finland’s FORESEEN is back with the topically resonant savage crossover burst, Grave Danger, their second album for 20 Buck Spin. Additionally, the band is plotting their return to the US directly in conjunction with the album’s release.
Continuing the direction of its predecessor, Grave Danger delivers the punishingly relentless pace and aggression now firmly established by the iron hammer of Foreseen. Here find scraping, throat-ripping vocals over lacerating thrash dominance and possessed hardcore breakdowns that twist seamlessly with an ever-increasing ’80s heavy metal tenacity, exemplified on tracks like “Fearmonger,” “Bloodline,” and “Chemical Heritage.” FORESEEN also embraces social commentary and critique throughout as heard in the lyrics to “Government Cuts” and “Suicide Bomber,” among others.
Fritz Carlton’s “Teleport” Receives Remix From ZDS via Treasure Fingers’ Psycho Disco
Following a release on Psycho Disco in 2016, East London recruit ZDS (Zombie Disco Squad), is throwing it back to the label with a brand new remix of labelmates Fritz Carlton’s “Teleport.” The original “Teleport” single, also released on Psycho Disco, heard Fritz Carlton flex for the underground house set with the self-coined “weirdo-house” production. Now with ZDS having taken the track into the lab, “Teleport” has received a balmy tech-house remix both frantic and groovy in its execution. If ZDS’ remix of “Teleport” is any indication of the future output of the Atlanta-based Psycho Disco label, we may very well see Georgia transform into the new clubbing capital of the world.
Teen Daze shares visual album for ‘Themes for Dying Earth’
After last year’s foray into vibrant indie-pop, Themes finds Teen Daze returning to more ambient, electronic production with new insight: “I learned so much from the experience making Morning World, it would be a step backwards if I didn’t apply it.” This comes through in songs like “Lost”, “Rising” and the first single, “Cycle”, which fuse the synthesized sound of early Teen Daze records with the live energy of his more recent works. Themes is also distinct in its collaborative nature. Jamison has worked with other artists in the past, but never to this degree and expanse: “Making the last record alongside other people helped me realize that inviting additional minds to the creative process brings out the best in me.“ Themes For Dying Earth also features collaborations with Sean Carey, Dustin Wong, Sound Of Ceres, Nadia Hulett, and Jon Anderson.
Over the Christmas holiday, longtime Decibel contributor David Shawn Bosler was in a serious car accident that left him with a horrific list of broken bones and injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and putting him on a long road to full rehabilitation.
On March 24th, 2017, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn is hosting a benefit show, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bosler’s recovery fund. Decibel has assembled a true, once-in-a-lifetime bill for the cause, topped by a rare live appearance from savage metalcore stalwarts ALL OUT WAR. They’re joined by local black metal philosophers ANICON, brutal Philly grinders DIE CHOKING, and the hypnotic bass soundscapes of INSECT ARK.
PVT have been in an on going scrap with their status for years. Their uncompromising approach to musical self-determination has seen them battling labels, trends and sometimes their own audience. They’ve come away veterans, masters in a precise, musical, and beautiful violence. But the content, the meaning, has never been this sharp, and especially never this political.
Mack Keane has a finesse to putting a modern twist on retro soul. It’s helped the 20-year-old singer-songwriter/producer build a buzz for himself on New York University’s campus and beyond, and it’s best exemplified on the 2107 EP, out May 5. Mack has shared “Imagine”, the Jamiroquai-esque lead single, exclusively with Popdust, who dubbed the song an early contender for, “one of the year’s best tracks.”
Folk Alliance International (FAI) unveils the projects for the 2017 Artist in Residence (AIR) Program. Now in its third year, the annual AIR program develops partnerships to foster cultural cross-pollination and nurture artistic growth.
This year FAI has created two projects featuring different artists, each related to the human side of justice, with artists working from both sides of prison walls. The 2017 Artist in Residence projects are Blues Behind Bars with acclaimed Italian-Canadian Blues Musician, Rita Chiarelli, and Poetic Justice, and Latin-American band, Making Movies, and Veteran Kansas City Police Officer and poet, Octavio “Chato” Villalobos.
The Blues Behind Bars project pairs the Topeka Women’s Correctional Facility with Rita Chiarelli. Together, they will assemble a choir to perform a concert, with the intention to keep the choral program going beyond the AIR project. The presentation of a short documentary about this project will be shown on Friday, February 17, at 1pm in the Century C Ballroom.
Decibel offers, “COLD FELL builds a tense atmosphere as the outfit leads into an angry onslaught at the end, aided by the rousing ‘Oi!’ chants mentioned above by Taylor. The energetic ‘last stand’ at the end of ‘Bone Ceiling’ contrasts the vocals Taylor uses earlier in the song, which begin to come across as cries of desperation rather than evil screams.”
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. She was also a finalist in the 2015 Telluride Troubadour Contest. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.