First New EP from Big Mother Gig in 20 Years!
Milwaukee-based indie rock pioneers, Big Mother Gig, released the Almost Primed EP, their first new music in 20 years, today. With one foot rooted in their origins on the LoFi, indie rock scene that exploded out of the midwest in the 90s and the other in the contemporary post-punk rock revival, Big Mother Gig has exhibited none of the rust you would have expected from a band that hasn’t written together in two decades. Instead, Almost Primed is a cohesive, addictive sonic assault complete with fuzzed out guitars and driving percussion. At its core, the band stripped away any sort of musical additives and put together a collection of six tracks that use the classic drums/bass/vocals combination. The result is an emotive, hard rock collection that will stay lodged in your head for at least the next few weeks. You can stream the record on Spotify now and download it from Amazon, iTunes and most of your other favorite download services.
American singer-songwriter Ana Cristina Cash is to release her latest project, The Tough Love EP, featuring co-written material with husband and producer, John Carter Cash, on March 14th. This highly anticipated body of work encourages with confidence and southern attitude.
“Ever since I was a child, music has been my most trustworthy companion. I have always taken it everywhere with me. It fills me up completely and I’ve never felt alone,” said Cash. “I remember feeling the music deep in my bones. I still do. When I began songwriting, I merged melodies and music to paint a picture of the inner workings of my soul. No matter the human framework of a tough, guarded exterior, the mind and emotions are dazzlingly complex. The Tough Love EP is my own personal sonic spectrum of these inner complexities.”
SLOTH HERDER: MetalSucks Premieres “Inner Dissolution”
“Inner Dissolution” is the torrential new single from demented avant-death/grind outfit, SLOTH HERDER, and the band’s impending No Pity, No Sunrise debut full-length.
With No Pity, No Sunrise nearing release through Grimoire Records in late March, “Inner Dissolution” has been released through an early exclusive at MetalSucks, who praises the band’s ability to, “switch seamlessly between power violence blast beats and buzzsaw guitars and the kind of thick, sloppy sludge that makes you feel like you need to take a shower after you’ve listened to it… and sometimes do so within the same song. Take, for example, ‘Inner Dissolution’… Is it for fans of Weekend Nachos, or for fans of Crowbar? Well… why can’t it be for both?”
URUGUAY Shares Electro-Soul New Video for “Sabrina Segment”
Brooklyn-by-North-Carolina-based URUGUAY have just released their debut video for the stunning piece, “Sabrina Segment,” via ROOKIE this week.
The story of “Sabrina Segment: is not an easy one to tell. It is the raw story of members Ben and Stepha, from my, Stepha’s, perspective. This is about what her experiences have been like since coming to New York and embarking on adulthood. This video is meant to be a portrayal of the complexities of life and showing how it can be hard, raw and unfair, but at the same time balanced.
On the heels of their recent headlining tour announcement, Slothrust has shared their live video for “Rotten Pumpkin” via Lenny Letter. The band’s most recent album ‘Everyone Else’ is out now on Dangerbird Records and the band has released a wealth of visual material to accompany it. Music videos for “Horseshoe Crab”, “Rotten Pumpkin” and “Like A Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone”, as well as live videos for “Rotten Pumpkin”, “Horseshoe Crab”, “Pigpen”, and in celebration of the just passed holiday season, the Louie Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World”. Check out their upcoming tour dates below and get tickets here. The road the band will be supported by IAN SWEET, And The Kids, and Sons Of An Illustrious Father.
US black metal unit WOE will release their long-anticipated Hope Attrition full-length next month via their new label home of Vendetta Records. In advance of its release and in conjunction with Valentine’s Day, today Decibel Magazine offers up “The Ones We Lost,” for public feasting.
SUPER SNAKE Ruins Valentine’s Day with the Release of ‘Leap of Love’
With the arrival of Valentine’s Day, I think it is safe to say that many of us (regardless of relationship status) are simply not ‘feeling the love’. Maybe it’s the state of the world in general or maybe your favorite sports team recently faced a devastating loss, or maybe you’re just genuinely lonely. Whatever’s got you down, we feel your pain, and we understand the anguish that is tormenting your mortal soul. We get it, it’s tough out there in the big world.
EONS shares their new single “Make up Sex”
Miami based synth-pop band is back this Valentine’s Day with their single “Make up Sex,” an electro-pop balad reminiscent to The 1975 and St. Lucia. This is the second song that the band releases featuring singer Ariel Morer, who teamed up with founding members Johnny D. and Matty G.
Ryden releases a haunting orchestral trap masterpiece perfectly timed for Valentine’s Day. Ironic in the sense that this track is more of an anti-love story as it tells a beautifully metaphorical tale of self-realization and revenge. Written with painstaking detail from a personal story of heartache and ends with a resounding threat to all. Along side her dark and alluring vocals, Ryden shows of her characteristic soaring orchestral elements. Massive brass and violins laced intricately together with a haunting piano line played throughout.
Elusive singer/songwriter Ezkiel tells a cautionary tale about a mistrusting relationship in his new single, “Around.” A soulful tune produced by fellow Chicago native nïko, “Around” points to a new sound Ezkiel is flirting with. “Around” presents a mesh of modern R&B and pop, and will likely resonate with all fans to the likes of Bryson Tiller, PARTYNEXTDOOR, and Justin Beiber. The lyrics reflect Ezkiel’s departure from a troubled relationship, which is painted as inescapable, yet seemingly irresistible. The young artist tells his significant other not to come back crying to him “When I’m on a high and you’re feeling down” which may elude to the aftermath of success from his self-titled EP, released earlier this year. While his previous releases illustrate a dark, cohesive aura of recklessness, it is undeniable from the sound of this release that Ezkiel is only headed upwards – musically and mentally.
BRISBANE ARTIST, MONET, DEBUTS NEW SINGLE
Multi-faceted Brisbane artist, Monet, returns dropping his second single titled “Nobody’s Wrong” – a simple ballad that encapsulates raw emotion and a perfect showcase of Monet’s vocal ability.
Having first been introduced to audiences with his debut single release titled ‘You’ in May 2016, Monet has been busy readying a series of new single releases due to drop this year, the first being “Nobody’s Wrong” which is released on Valentine’s Day (February 14).
Hawkmoon – ‘Silverline’ Single
Hawkmoon is the collective musical identity of Pat Hehir, Liam Hehir and Reuben Aptroot. Their soon to be released debut album The Saturn Return, was produced to fill a void in the current musical landscape, where distorted guitars, eclectic songwriters and ‘Rock’ have gone underground.
After numerous live gigs, festival appearances and EP releases with earlier incarnations of Hawkmoon and Reuben’s Ultrafeedy, the three would be brought together in 2013 under the Hawkmoon banner to create music that was thoughtful, challenging, bold and fresh.
Belfast duo New Portals unveil ‘Stereo’ video
Belfast duo New Portals have revealed the video for new single ‘Stereo’, the title track of their forthcoming debut EP out March 10th. The video premiered with leading US culture site Galore who described it as, “killer visuals from the Irish countryside with amazing contemporary dancers.”
The video sees New Portals’ frontwoman Ruth Aicken leading a staccato dance routine through woodland and coastline, to her hushed coos in ‘Stereo’. The single looks back at the blossoming first steps of young love, alongside crisp synths, experimental electronics and the band’s irresistible indie charm.
Will 2017 see the end of SoundCloud?
2017 is shaping up to be a difficult year for SoundCloud. Several months ago, Spotify walked away from SoundCloud acquisition talks. In fact, SoundCloud co-founder Alexander Ljung all-but-confirmed bankruptcy rumors. He even admitted that the company may go bankrupt should their GO subscription service fail to take off.
“SoundCloud may run out of cash earlier than December 31, 2017… These matters give rise to a material uncertainty about the Group’s ability to continue as a going concern.”
MK Releases Remix of Rihanna’s ‘Sex With Me’
On behalf of DJ, Producer and label owner, MK, we are thrilled to finally be able to announce the long awaited official release of the MK remix of Rihanna’s ‘Sex With Me’. Out now via Rocnation/Def Jam, the track is available across all streaming platforms.
Over the last several months, MK has been playing the remix as an exclusive in his own sets during festivals and club nights. The reactions have been steady and consistent with everyone asking when this mix will be available. He has been delighted by the reactions across his socials.
Swedish trio Crying Day Care Choir have released the video for their new single ‘Sad Season’, which premiered with Clash yesterday. It’s a joyful track that will instantly lift those seasonal blues.
Filmed in an intimate rehearsal space, the video exudes the upbeat spirit and folk charm of the track. Showing them in a vibrant band performance, the multi-instrumentalist three-piece deliver driving rhythms and seamless harmonies with an uplifting energy that flows throughout.
The Wooden Sky premiere new track ‘You’re Not Alone’
Toronto alt-rock quartet The Wooden Sky have premiered their beautiful new track ?You?re Not Alone. Clash premiered ‘You’re Not Alone’, writing that the track has ?real grace, and quiet optimism.?
?You?re Not Alone? is taken from the forthcoming album ?Swimming in Strange Waters?, released April 7th via Nevado Music. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner matching personal trauma against the increasingly bleak political climate we find ourselves in.
12 ROUNZ, “MESSIN WITH THIS”
Connecticut rapper and ATM Family lead artist 12 Rounz presents the Eanjay-directed music video for “Messin With This”, his new single produced by Chuck Kennedy. The son of a Guyanese mother and African-American father, 12Rounz uses the number 12 to represent the age he began his rap career, battle-rapping local rappers on the streets of Hartford.
Jidenna Premieres “The Let Out” Video on VEVO!
You already know that after the party is the afterparty. But before all of that, there’s “The Let Out,” Jidenna’s homage to what many would say is the most important part of a night out— the shenanigans that happen just after leaving a party where anything can happen. In the video, directed by Dano Cerny, Jidenna and crew mob from a family dinner to a fox hunt and turn the parking lot into the club after the club.
Irish Alt-Pop Artist Ódú Interview + Premiere via RIFF Mag
Born in New York and raised in the seaside Irish town of Bray, Singer-songwriter Ódú, better known to her friends as Sally Ó Dúnlaing, was always destined to be a curator of colourful pop.
“I’ve always been drawn to people who make balls out pop; people who have personality and something to say like Marina and The Diamonds, Tove Lo and Susanne Sundfør; credible artists who have made their mark by being vulnerable and telling their story without ever dulling their pop sheen.”
Oscar nominated composer Hauschka spotlights blistering “Constant Growth Fails” via new video at Indiewire
The sound on Oscar nominee Hauschka’s eighth album What If is unmistakably him… but more immediate and full-bodied than its predecessors. And despite this confidently direct new sound, paradoxically it’s also his most wild – organizing chaos into a coherent, left-field masterpiece. The album is out March 31st via Temporary Residence Ltd. (US) and City Slang (EU).
Evawolf – ‘Yellow Ribbon’
Formed in 2015, Evawolf released their debut track ‘When The Truth Is Out’ later that year, chalking up well over 300,000 listens on Spotify to date. Taking their time to craft its follow-up, the dramatic and powerful ‘I Could Be Wrong’ was released in December last year and provided a foretaste of the ever-evolving sound of Evawolf.
Leaf manages to show off her softer side – without losing a single drop of fierceness – on new single “FWM (Lie To Me),” whipping up a profanely catchy singalong over an irresistibly tropical beat from Soundz (Jeremih, Rae Sremmurd). “FWM (Lie To Me)” sets a perfect tone for the surprises Leaf has in store on her debut Fool’s Gold LP, Trinity.
Brooklyn Vegan has announced the new ‘Self-Titled’ LP from Fujiya & Miyagi. The announcement was accompanied by a new single entitled “Solitaire”. When speaking about the new release frontman David Best says, “The album is a really strong resistance to societies compulsion to suck the energy out of everything. It’s a really good thing to provide an antidote to all the scary stuff that is going on, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.” The new LP will be out 4/7 on Impossible Objects Of Desire.
John Varvatos, Vintage Trouble and Danny Clinch
John Varvatos has tapped the Los Angeles band Vintage Trouble to appear in his much-celebrated music campaign series, bringing their foot-stomping rhythm and irrepressible spirit to electrify the new Spring Campaign in a video featuring their new song “Knock Me Out” released today, February 15th.
For more than a decade, John Varvatos has collaborated with talented musicians and photographer Danny Clinch to capture both iconic, established artists and introduce rising talents to create dramatic and memorable still imagery and short films. Here’s a link to the John Varvatos film directed by Clinch that captures Vintage Trouble’s high-energy brand of soul and unabashed showmanship as they prep for their gig at the historic King’s Theater.
Jacques Greene new single ‘To Say’
Simply put, “To Say” is the true embodiment of Jacques Greene’s signature sound. With emphatic vocals masterly cut up over a surreally beautiful club anthem, if you wanted a follow up to ‘Another Girl’ rebooted and refreshed for 2017, this is Jacques Greene’s contemporary dreamscape in all its utopian glory.
Recently nominated for the Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year, Jacques Greene is deep in his lane careening towards the release of his debut album, ‘Feel Infinite.’ Artwork by Hassan Rahim.
Last night on The Best Show, Coco Hames shared “When You Said Goodbye,” the gossamer jangle-pop opener from her self-titled solo debut, out March 31. Coco Hames is a deeply personal record filled with poignant ruminations on love lost and found, dreams dashed then rediscovered, and its ten songs manage to pinpoint exquisite light amid life’s darkness.
Timber Timbre Debut “Velvet Gloves & Spit” Video
Timber Timbre today debuted a new video for “Velvet Gloves & Spit,” the second song released off the Canadian trio’s forthcoming fourth album Sincerely, Future Pollution, out April 7, 2017 via City Slang; watch her.
Wolkoff’s new single w/ Atropolis “He’s A Lizard”
The genre-defying track is features dreamlike synths and is a stylistic homage to the spirit of dancehall, with a syncopated 1/16th note rhythm that sets the stage for staccato horns and short stabby chords to accent the kick and bass.
Minus the Bear are thrilled to share second single, ‘Last Kiss,’ off their forthcoming sixth full-length, VOIDS, which is due out March 3rd on Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze Records. Noisey has praised the album’s “dichotomy between dark imagery and danceable, inventive rock”, and Paste described lead single ‘Invisible’ as “a stuffed-to-the-gills, aural blowout of a song.” Premiering today on A.V. Club, ‘Last Kiss’ is the latest preview from the forthcoming album. A.V. Club described the new single by saying, “”Last Kiss” is another step in Minus The Bear’s evolution, one that’s seen it continue defying expectations and exploring new sounds with each new album.”
New Music: Kydd Jones – “YNW”
Kydd Jones keeps his hot streak in 2017 going with his new song, “Y N W” produced by Kydd, Heartbeatz & Keef. Kydd’s next official performance will be in Texas at South By Southwest.
Summer Moon (ft. Nikolai of The Strokes) shares video for “Happenin'”
Today, Summer Moon (ft. Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction, Camila Grey of Uh Huh Her and Noah Harmon of Airborne Toxic Event) has shared the video for their single, “Happenin'”, the second release and opening track from their upcoming debut album, With You Tonight, which will be released Feb 24.
Self-described as, “fast, negative, anthemic dark hardcore done correctly,” the band further elaborating, “economic desperation; the wrong color on a pregnancy test; dropping your phone into the shitter; 3:17 AM at Steve’s Hot Dogs… We sound a lot like that,” FUCK YOU PAY ME spews forth classic hardcore inspired by the likes of BGK, The Pagans, Negative Approach, and Discharge all punctuated by Erba’s signature vocals and charmingly boorish disposition. “Erba is a guy who has both studied and experienced what makes the rust belt hardcore scene the dysfunctional and chaotic thing of beauty that it is,” said Noisey of Erba. Dumbed Down was captured at Negative Space in Cleveland by John Delzoppo and mastered at Mammoth Sound in Santa Cruz, California by Dan Randall (Ghoul, Toxic Holocaust).
Today, Fuse.tv revealed that Bebe Rexha is the latest emerging artist to be featured on Pepsi’s The Sound Drop and Jeff Benjamin has scored an exclusive interview with Rexha that has just posted on Fuse.tv. With her new EP All Your Fault: Pt. 1 to drop this Friday, this interview dives deep into Rexha’s career and how she discovered her unique sound.
CREEPER PREMIERE NEW TRACK ‘BLACK RAIN’
Named as one of the hottest tips for 2017 in Music Week’s poll-of-polls, Southampton’s theatrical punk sextet CREEPER are standing on the cusp of a massive breakthrough. Having earned three major awards last year – Best British Newcomer at the Kerrang! Awards, Best New Band at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards and Best British Newcomer in Rock Sound readers’ poll – the band have released their new single ‘Black Rain’ which is the opening track to their debut album ‘ETERNITY, IN YOUR ARMS’ which arrives on March 24th.
Her’s announce 8 track collection ‘Songs of Her’s’
The seeds of Her’s have well and truly rooted themselves in Liverpool. Originally a meeting of minds between Norway’s Audun Laading and Barrow-born Stephen Fitzpatrick, Her’s forged a strong chemical bond through a mutual love of off-kilter humour and outsider art.
Having clocked close to a million streams between the two tracks on their debut single ‘Dorothy’ and ‘What Once Was’, and after following it up with the lackadaisical thrift-store humour of their sun-bleached single ‘Marcel’, Her’s have compiled a rollicking record of their infant career so far. ‘Songs of Her’s’ will be released on the 12th of May, and it includes all their recorded output to date plus six new songs to make for the most complete introduction to their slacker world yet.
Thidaniel, of African American and Puerto Rican descent, started performing and learning music at just three years old and went on to study at Berklee School of Music. He will be performing live in Los Angeles, his adopted-hometown, soon.
He jumped on to Ebro’s huge Beats1 show this week to premiere new tracks and talk about his journey in to music. Embed codes below.
Jessica Dennison + Jones Premiere Single “Confines” via Stereogum
There is something indefinably timeless about Jessica Dennison + Jones’ self-titled debut. It’s not the result of some quaint recording process or of precious, sepia-toned songwriting, but a quality that lies outside of the album’s minimal grooves, layered vocals, and contemplative, naturalistic lyrics. Perhaps what is timeless about Jessica Dennison + Jones comes from the connection between two friends (both, serendipitously, named Jessica) who have been playing music together for over a decade and who have finally found their perfect place. It’s a creative destination that most bands never find, let alone on their first albums—a place where vision and vulnerability are in perfect balance, and where the Jessicas’ creative bond results in songs so deeply personal and mysterious that we as listeners can’t help but assign our own stories to them.
Composer Molly Joyce celebrates the release her recent debut recording Lean Back and Release with a video for the track “Shapeshifter,” which premiered earlier via The Log Journal. The track features Dutch duo Monica Germino on violin and sound engineer Frank van der Weij, and is one of two pieces featured on Joyce’s digital-only EP (out now on New Amsterdam Records).
CASH MONEY RECORDS HOSTING MULTIPLE ALL-STAR WEEKEND ACTIVITIES
On the eve of NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, Cash Money Records will host a “Food Packing Party” Thursday February 16, 2017 at New Home Full Gospel Ministries 4:00pm-7:00pm.
501(c)(3) charity The Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation—created by Cash Money Records Co-Founders and brothers Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams—have partnered with prestigious New York financial, banking, securities, and investment leader since 1869, Goldman Sachs, to host this event and give back to the community and surrounding areas.
Laucan Shares New Track “Tectonic Plates”
Today London-based, Lewes-raised newcomer Laucan (pronounced Lor-can) is thrilled to share emotional new track “Tectonic Plates”. Listen to it here. The track is taken from his forthcoming debut Up Tomorrow EP that will see release on March 1st through label Sunday Best. Furthermore, Laucan is slated to make his live US debut at SXSW 2017.
Speaking about “Tectonic Plates”, Laurence Galpin (Laucan) elaborates: “These words were written in a London park one morning and stayed in a notebook for a while before I eventually happened upon them again. I was messing around with some chords, and decided to structure them completely around this bit of writing I had. I played it for the first time, as I remember, almost exactly as I did when recording with Andrew for the EP and I’ve tried not to deconstruct it too much. It’s just a little reflection of an isolated moment.”
Mike Schiavo – former viral contestant of NBC’s The Voice – has shared the official music video for R&B-inspired heartfelt track “Back For Me” off of his debut self-titled EP. The music video was co-directed by Mike Schiavo and Dan Brink.
New Portals Dance For Love In New “Stereo” Video
The official video for “Stereo” premiered with Galore who stated that “the song has a super dance-y chorus that’ll have you singing along — and trying to do the choreography — in no time.” “Stereo” opens with crisp synths and a hushed vocal, that builds into a full, driving synth-pop tune that is lifted up by Ruth’s light and engaging vocals.
Sunshine & The Rain is a duo consisting of husband and wife Ashley Morey (vocals, bass) and Justin Morey (guitar), both formerly of critically acclaimed psych rockers The Black Hollies. Formed around the same time as the 2014 dissolution of their former band, S&tR kicked things off with the Jesus & Mary Chain vibes of their debut 7″ “Can’t Stop Thinking About You b/w Pale Blue Skies” in late 2015.
Gojira have announced a run of U.S. headline dates which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 – 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 – 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time.
The visually and musically ingenious duo, mansionz created their own brand of disruption at the recent 2017 Grammy show red carpet. In a soon-to-be talked about E! news segment, the duo displayed their mischievous side by making the all too common interview into a playful version of the telephone game with co-host, Giuliana Rancic. The interview can be watched here.
The 4th Annual JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS, FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY
The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy Drink are thrilled to present this year’s host – none other than inimitable Black Veil Brides frontman, alt-pop artist and raconteur extraordinaire Andy Biersack – more recently recognized by his solo moniker Andy Black!
Since bursting onto the national scene in 2010 as the striking frontman of rock superstars Black Veil Brides, Biersack has rapidly risen to greatness-not only topping the music charts, but weaving his way into the hearts of fanatical followers worldwide. After reaching next-gen hard rock icon status with the release of four chart topping full-length albums, various other releases and singles with Black Veil Brides, Biersack ventured out on his own – starting his alt-pop solo project under the name Andy Black. His latest solo release, The Shadow Side, debuted on the charts worldwide. Cinematic in scope, ambitious in concept, yet down-to-earth in execution, The Shadow Side is as decidedly personal for Biersack as his work in Black Veil Brides is outspoken, taking a further step outward with its intimate confessional vibe and galvanizing populism.
Ursina shares her latest video to the haunting ‘Question Untold’
‘Question Untold’ is a song about the conflict of showing and hiding feelings where video director Nicole Pfister (Red Bull, Afropunk) uses the two personas in the visuals to represent these two emotions. The abstract white room plays with the imagination of the viewer, enabling them to completely focus the dual personalities and the story behind the song.
Moby Classic “Go!” Gets An Official Remix From Treasure Fingers Via Fool’s Gold
For Atlanta-based producer / DJ Treasure Fingers, the ability to seamlessly mix classic with contemporary stems from over a decade at the forefront of the electronic music scene. It now comes as little surprise that Treasure Fingers has been recruited to take on one of dance music’s most beloved releases and transform into his own. Out now via Fool’s Gold, Treasure Fingers has updated Moby’s unforgettable 1992 classic “Go!” for the ear of the 2000’s.
Adam Torres Premieres New Song “Hatchet” Via GoldFlakePaint
Adam – who recently contributed an original song, “Dreamers In America,” to the Our First 100 Days compilation that is raising funds for organizations working on the front lines of climate, women’s rights, immigration, and fairness – will head out on tour late next week beginning with a hometown EP release show at the Cactus Café on February 25th. The dates will continue through a March 10th show in Lafayette, LA and includes a performance on the Thacker Mountain Radio Hour in Oxford, MS on March 9th.
Blazing new electro-pop from MEMORYY
2016 was a great year for MEMORYY, aka electro-pop producer Shaun Hettinger. Aside from writing the new Netflix Chelsea Handler theme song, he earned his cred as “Remix King” – his official turns for Body Language, Bridgit Mendler, King Deco, & Paperwhite, as well as 2 original tracks all contributed to his 12 hits on HypeMachine in 2016.
Boogey Robinson “FASN”
Boogey Robinson had a bit of a slow year in 2016 with the release of his ‘burgers.’ project. Today, he’s diving back into an older project with a video for “FASN.” Directed by GreenVision, the new visual is a complex of Dark and graffiti in a abandoned setting.
Marsicans celebrate sticky, youthful bonds on exuberant new single ‘Friends’
Finding that sweet spot between upbeat indie and dirty pop, the new single from Marsicans, ‘Friends’, is as infectious as it is electrifying. Pin-point vocal harmonies, skittish rhythms and playful guitars pave the way for an invigorating chorus that really kicks. The vibrant track is a poignant ode to those sticky, youthful bonds formed with a group of friends that stretch and flicker, but never break under life’s curve-balls and stresses.
This Friday, 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”).
Chapters, by Nomis, speaks on shared hardships among all creeds & colors
In a time where America appears to be divided more than ever, it would sometimes seem as if the people as a whole have absolutely nothing in common. But the one thing that all creeds and colors can relate to is hardship. All cultures and social economic groups can feel a kinship in the reality that there is no escaping tribulation. While some focus solely on the trial, Nomis offers us an alternative. A reminder that its always darkest before the dawn. A mantra professing that our past choices and current predicaments do not define our future. A slogan we can all latch on to. “When it hurts and its doomed for disaster, Our story ain’t done time to write a new chapter.”
Brooklyn’s The Bushwick Hotel are pleased to release the official video for their latest single “Kristina.” Directed by Dale Thomas Krupla, long-time collaborator, “Kristina is a classic story of boy meets girl. Girl meets mushrooms. Boy loses girl,” according to front man Greg Ferreira. The video, premiering today on Relix Magazine, was shot both in Phoenix by Krupla, and in Brooklyn by Scott Irvine and Kim Meinelt, both notable New York City music photographers/videographers.
Holland dark rock band DOOL will release its debut album, Here Now, There Then, on February 17 via Prophecy Productions (Alcest, Darkher). On the strength of its captivating debut single, “Oweynagat”, and a red hot live performance at Roadburn 2016, DOOL has quickly become a hotly-tipped buzz band in underground circles. In advance of the release of Here Now, There Then, Noisey is streaming DOOL’s debut in full, calling the LP, “a uniquely hypnotic, slow-burning take on 70s hard rock and psychedelia, with showy splashes of goth rock.”
Richard Edwards Premieres “Lil Dead Eye-d” with Stereogum
On March 31, Richard Edwards will release his debut album Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset on Joyful Noise Recordings. The album was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Cass McCombs, Beck) in Los Angeles, and features a stellar lineup of musicians including Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello) on drums and guitar work from Mike Bloom (Jenny Lewis).
Today, Stereogum premiered “Lil Dead Eye-d,” the second song to be released from the forthcoming album, and called it “…a folk-pop ballad with a gorgeously gentle arrangement, like Ryan Adams’ ‘Oh My Sweet Carolina’ as reimagined by Iron & Wine.”
Video & EP: The Mighty Capeech – ‘Distance In Time’
Canadian MC The Mighty Capeech releases his self titled EP along with the visuals to “Distance in Time”. The Mighty Capeech EP has an upbeat feel with boom-bap, Primo-style beats (heavy drums and soul samples) & raps that never disappoint. If you’re waiting for someone to bring that 90’s hip hop back. Capeech is your guy.
Sky Chefs Share “Lucite Wands” Track
Somewhere in L.A. there’s a cluttered garage studio lovingly dubbed the Whack Ark. Inside, surrounded by wobbly tape machines, Craigslist castoffs, and an old iMac named Gozer, Dale Nicholls writes and records as Sky Chefs.
Following on from the success of 2015’s expanded ‘Bridge of Spies’ set UMG / Virgin now present ‘T’Pau – The Virgin Anthology.’
This collection is a comprehensive, 4-CD curation of T’Pau’s Virgin Records career: all those glorious singles from the mighty, quadruple platinum debut album ‘Bridge Of Spies’ (’87,) the two Top Ten albums which followed, the platinum-selling ‘Rage’ (’88) and Top 10 gold-selling ‘The Promise’ (’91,) plus a glimmering collector’s grotto of B-sides, remixes, tantalising rarities and unreleased demo versions of the songs which lit up the late-’80s skyline like luminous shooting stars. In the era’s dominant teen-pop landscape T’Pau were a proper band, their stadium-level ambition powering into realisation via one of the most distinctive vocalists in history, Carol’s singular force-of-nature tone somehow merging, stunningly, the youthful euphoria of the ingénue with the depths of a woman’s wisdom.
UK Young Astronaut and their new single
Young Astronaut is an indie 4-piece from New Forest. Having gained fans in both the UK as well as China with their debut LP ‘Fawn’, last year saw them perform at a wide variety of venues, from London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen to numerous bars and bookshops across Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong.
They are now back and ready to release their new album called ‘A Gold Frontier’. By teaming up with Grammy-award winning Geoff Swan (White Lies, Ed Sheeran, Bastille), Young Astronaut have decided to take it upon themselves to unite the various meanings of “indie” by intertwining them all together. Through linking the numerous indie sub-genres across 11 beautifully crafted pieces of music, the band takes the listener on an unpredicted sonic journey, beginning with the opening number called “Chasing El Dorado”.???????
Danny Barnes is already known as an iconic American musician, a banjo playing innovator who’s earned high praise from everybody from Bill Frisell and Dave Matthews to Steve Martin, who presented Danny with the Prize for Excellence in Banjo in 2015. From the days with his groundbreaking Austin band, the Bad Livers, to his two decade solo career experimenting with electronic music, jazz, old time string band music and more, he’s a genre bending, rule breaking original who prefers to color outside the lines.
Now, with Stove Up, out March 3, 2017, he’s showing us that it was always a choice, that he’s always had the chops to play straight ahead bluegrass banjo with the best of them. With a top-flight band backing him up, Danny turns in an amazing set of tunes that demonstrate his respect for tradition and his commitment to his own musical voice.
SABRINA CLAUDIO SETS ALL THE RIGHT R&B VIBES WITH “CONFIDENTLY LOST”
Through her sultry and seductive soul style, Sabrina Claudio slips in and out of musings on lust, moments of longing, and meditations on love over a soundtrack comprised of minimal 90s-style R&Beats, spacious noir jazz, and Bossa Nova-induced rhythms. During 2016, the Miami-born and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter independently unveiled her debut, Confidently Lost EP, on Soundcloud which in just under six months, has quietly amassed over 3 million cumulative plays. It’s the natural product of a 19-year love affair with music for the half Cuban and half Puerto Rican siren. Raised in Miami, she fell in love with dance first as she simultaneously discovered salsa, meringue, and what she refers to as “my old school R&B” i.e. Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, Usher, and Boyz II Men courtesy of dad. With Confidently Lost receiving a wide release in March 2017, Sabrina has only just begun to captivate.
The album’s first single “Delicate Parade” was a top track on Today’s Top Tracks, and the new single “Grey Halls” has an amazing virtual reality video that allows VR goggle users to feel as if they are at an unplugged #concertforone standing in the middle of the band, as they play the song acoustically. It’s the most modern technology meeting the original music performance style. Regular watchers can mouse around the video to face the various band members as they play.
Strange Familia Release “Ms. Badblood”
“Ms. Badblood” exemplifies the influences that have created Strange Familia’s debut album, coming this spring. Filled with soul, funk, 80’s beats, and pop elements, the track’s electronic elements blend effortlessly with the guitar and bass lines Garrett and Brecken use to make this track a serious bop. The Music Ninja premiered the single, stating “This dynamic creation is not your average song, as it hits all the right notes for fans of many differing genres. It’s been a while since Strange Familia have put out a tune, so it’s nice to hear them come back with something so incredible.”
Chris Rock Announces Rick Ross’ ‘Rather You Than Me’ Album Release Date
#RatherYouThanMe out March 17th
In celebration of its release, today Decibel Magazine is hosting a full stream of the record before you can buy it issuing, “Album opener ‘Bird Worried’ features an organ, bluesy guitar parts and a combination of clean and harsh vocals. It highlights HORSENECK’s biggest strength on Heavy Trip — their music isn’t what might be expected and it can be silly, but they bring it together well. There are more aggressive cuts on the album too, like ‘Lester Vitalis’ and ‘No Gods,’ that rely on thicker, fuzzier riffs but HORSENECK never fail to deliver something memorable.”