The Kernal’s breezy “Tennessee Sun” is the “Song of the Week” at The Bluegrass Situation, who describe The Kernal’s sound as “smart, often witty twang that infuses that sense of locomotive, gospel-tinged mystery.” They write, “‘Tennessee Sun,’ premiering exclusively here, shows his skills at the lyrical ramble, conjuring up Bob Dylan and, in a certain kind of sonic onomatopoeia, a ’70s-era refrain that just feels like those warm Tennessee rays kissing the skin.” It’s a taste of what to expect from The Kernal’s Single Lock Records debut, LIGHT COUNTRY, out on March 3, 2017.
London-born artist Ella Mai releases a new EP. READY, her third DJ Mustard-produced EP released in the span of a year, is available now via 10 Summers Records.
Despite her close ties to the LA’s musical landscape through her work with DJ Mustard, Ella Mai was born in the UK before moving to New York for high school at the age of twelve, where she lived for five years before returning home. The result is musical output that draws from the cultures of both coasts of the United States as well as her native London.
Sean C. Johnson “Save Me”
R&B/Soul artist Sean C. Johnson releases his latest single, Save Me.
“In every failure there is a lesson to be learned and with every heartbreak there is a chance to draw closer to God. With that in mind Sean releases “Save Me”, a song that speaks openly about the desire to find love and the feelings you have when it doesn’t workout,” Sean shares.
Three Brazilian heavyweights – Joe Kinni, Jakko & Bianca Chami – have teamed up to produce a gorgeous, sultry gem to kick off Brazil’s Carnaval. One of the Top 50 Most Viral tracks on Spotify Brazil, the tune draws listeners in with its hypnotic rhythms and Bianca Chami’s sweet and irressistible voice. Listen to the track now, and keep an ear out for a slew of remixes coming from well-known Brazilian producers like Make U Sweat, Diego Moura, Pic Schmitz and more.
Singer/Songwriter La’Porsha Renae announces her debut album Already All Ready set to be released on March 31 via 19 Recordings/Motown Records. The 13-track album is available for pre-order here. With the pre-order, fans will receive three instant grat tracks including “What Is Love”, the title track “Already All Ready”, and the Ne-Yo penned and produced record “Somebody Does.” Last fall, La’Porsha released “Good Woman” the gritty and heart-pouring first single from Already All Ready which was premiered by Billboard. “Good Woman” featured production by Harmony “H-Money” Samuels and Edgar “JV” Etienne. The single is only a small part of a genre-blending and diverse album.
Doreen Taylor releases sizzling video for soulful ballad “Over”
Billboard-charting adult contemporary singer/songwriter Doreen Taylor releases her long-awaited music video for “Over,” which premiered on Live in Limbo. The video depicts a woman struggling within an abusive relationship while she walks a fine line between passion and pain. The song is from of Taylor’s new album, Happily Ever After, which fuses elements of pop, R&B, and soul, and was arranged by music industry veteran Larry Gold (Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake).
“If You Build a Wall (We’ll Tear It Down)” funky protest song & video
The timely new funky protest song by nu-disco band VO5 features Mr. Levy rapping about discontent with new Trump-government policies. Everything is fair game, from the Mexican border wall and new immigration policies to the usual “isms” the Left has fought against for decades.
A music video for the song featuring the Madison Women’s March makes it clear the number of people unhappy with the direction the government is
A Stunning New Music Video Examining Female Masculinity
Campbell L Sangster is the solo project of singer/ songwriter aka Lin Sangster from Liverpool.
Previous bands include Bad Anorak 404, Kit and Send no Flowers.
Sangster’s recent work on soundtracks for film and video projects fed into the songwriting process for ‘Odds Are Stacked’, influencing the approach to the song and lending a visual quality both lyrically and musically.
Campbell L. Sangster’s forthcoming debut album is scheduled for release later this year, and in the meantime more music can be accessed through Soundcloud.
Single: JANGO, “FORBIDDEN”
Pacific Northwest-based rapper/singer Jango presents “Forbidden”, his new single produced by Jimmy Hill of Amplified Wax, the production house responsible for a platinum record for Matthew Koma, as well as collaborations with Myles Kennedy and Eva Simons.
KC Lights – ‘Sundown’
Talented young producer, DJ and trained jazz musician KC Lights is back with his newest release, ‘Sundown’. Out now, it’s the latest single to be released on BBC Radio 1 DJ Danny Howard’s label ‘Nothing Else Matters’.
One of the most influential bands in rock music, Grammy® Award-winning multi-platinum band Soundgarden, today announced a North American headline tour that will kick off on May 3rd in Atlanta, GA at the Fox Theatre. The Pretty Reckless and Dillinger Escape Plan will support select dates. A special ticket pre-sale for fans who are signed up to www.soundgardenworld.com and www.chriscornell.com will launch Tuesday, February 28th at 10:00 AM local time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday March 3rd at 10AM local time.
Soundgarden will also appear at a variety of previously announced summer festivals, including: WXTV Rockfest, Welcome To Rockville, Fort Rock Festival, 89.7 The River’s Rockfest, Rock on the Range, and more. See below for a complete list of confirmed dates.
Save Face is making their way west this Spring with Mom Jeans (Counter Intuitive Records) and even stopping by SXSW while they are it. Save Face just recently Folly via Take This To Heart Records and Mom Jeans previous release Best Buds is also available now. Joining them on select dates is Forget It.
CLOUD CATCHER: groovy new track streaming on Cvlt Nation now!
Denver’s heavy rock jammers CLOUD CATCHER have just teamed up with Cvlt Nation to reveal yet another beast of a track taken off their second album “Trails Of Kozmic Dust”, landing March 13th on Totem Cat Records. The trip is now.
Bankai Fam “Seen a few things”
Brooklyn’s Bankai Fam drop a new video from their current mixtape “Civil War” hosted by the legendary DJ Ready Cee. The new cut “Seen a few things” features P General, Low Banga, Skanks, Big Business & G Stats. Bankai Fam are a collective of highly skilled lyrical assassins out of Crown Heights Brooklyn, put together by French producer Kyo Itachi. Picking up the baton from other NYC super groups like Wu tang Clan & Boot Camp clik, 2017 will see a slew of releases from the Group and solo members. Bankai Fam released their debut EP “On my side” in 2013 to critical acclaim & have since dropped solo projects from Skanks & G Stats via the French Label Shinigamie records.
Critically acclaimed South Yorkshire, UK alternative pop quartet Alvarez Kings will release their full-length debut album, SOMEWHERE BETWEEN [Sire/Warner Bros. Records], in stores and at all digital retailers on April 14, 2017. The two recently released tracks “Sleepwalking, Pt. II” and “Cold Conscience” are currently available for download on all dsp’s. Check out the full tracklisting below.
In 2016, the band took a trip across the pond to record the album with GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum producer, engineer, and mixer Carlos De La Garza [Paramore, M83, Jimmy Eat World]. They cut eleven tracks at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA and introduced the record with “Cold Conscience” in 2016 before unveiling “Sleepwalking, Pt. II” via The Huffington Post last December.
Angélique Kidjo has announced plans for an unprecedented full-length live performance of Talking Heads’
Remain In Light, set for May 5th at New York City’s historic Carnegie Hall/Isaac Stern Hall. The three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer-songwriter and her band will present her thrilling new vision of the landmark album, complete with powerful new arrangements and a series of special surprise guests. Tickets for “Angélique Kidjo’s Remain In Light” are on sale now via carnegiehall.org.
The Carnegie Hall world premiere of “Angélique Kidjo’s Remain In Light” will be followed by further performances at concert halls, theatres, and festivals around the globe, including Manchester, TN’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, slated for June 8th – 11th.
Julia Carlucci – ‘Take Me Down’
Julia Carlucci is a Toronto-based, multi-talented artist. Influenced by the likes of Adele, Alicia Keys and Beyoncé, Julia is known for her powerhouse vocals, emotional delivery and electrifying presence. As a veteran of the stage, Julia has commanded the attention of audiences across North America with her dynamic personality and voice, appearing regularly alongside some of Canada’s preeminent musicians.
MisterWives announce new album ‘Connect The Dots’
Highly acclaimed New York indie-pop collective MisterWives have today announced their new album Connect The Dots, due for release on May 19th through Virgin/EMI. The first taste of the new album is lead single ‘Machine’, a huge anti-establishment anthem of exuberant alt-pop, boasting horns, assertive synths and soaring choruses.
Regarding ‘Machine’ the band say, “‘Machine’ is a rallying cry to stand against a world that suppresses individuality and diversity. This song embodies the movement of celebrating our differences, staying true to ourselves, and always sticking it to the Sith Empire! (insert middle finger emoji)”
The Buttertones’ Gravedigging is more a movie waiting to happen than an album—or a soundtrack just waiting to inspire a movie, with scene after scene of action, tension and release set to a sound that takes everything good and true about American music before the Beatles prettied it up (surf, sweet soul, the boss saxophone-overdrive garage of the Northwest wailers like the Sonics) and matches it to punk energy, post-punk precision and the kind of personality that blows the circuit-breakers at a backyard party. (Which actually happened, of course.) They’ve even got casting suggestions if anyone wants to start filming—like Willem DeFoe, Winona Ryder, Lucy Liu, and Tommy Wiseau in as many roles as possible. Says guitarist Dakota Boettcher: “We all love movies so much. When you listen to a soundtrack, it has peaks and it has lows, but it’s a whole journey. That’s what we want to do. We want you to go on a journey.”
Alexander Azzi (Drop Goblin) Releases Debut Horror Short, ‘Face Of 4’
Manchester, NH based Photographer/Videographer and multi-talented musician Alexander Azzi is no stranger to the horror world. Best known in the EDM music scene under the horror themed, metalstep project Drop Goblin, his 2013 single The Gate was featured on Bloody-Disgusting and “Joseph Carmichael” (inspired by the 1980 classic The Changeling) on both Bloody-Disgusting and FEARnet. And Alex has now released his debut horror short Face of 4. Originally premiered exclusively with Blumhouse.com, Face of 4 is a high tension gem that’s already garnering praise both critically and on the Awards/Film Festival circuit.
This week, Ivor Novello Award winning trio London Grammar will be performing new material — from their highly anticipated forthcoming album — before a sold-out crowd at Hollywood Forever’s Masonic Lodge in Los Angeles and New York City’s Good Room in Brooklyn. These intimate underplays intended for dedicated fans were announced by the band last week and sold-out in a matter of minutes.
To commemorate the band’s return to North America, on Tuesday, February 28th London Grammar will also be joining James Corden for a very special late night performance of their latest single “Big Picture” on CBS’ The Late Late Show. The show airs weeknights at 12:37am/11:37pm central.
Lake Street Dive performed “Rental Love” and Prince’s “When You Were Mine” on Charlie Rose this past Tuesday, February 21. “Rental Love” is from their album Bad Self Portraits.
Since Lake Street Dive’s February 2016 release of Side Pony on Nonesuch Records the band has been a tour de force, hitting some major career milestones. They were invited to play at the White House, and were musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Today Show. Lake Street Dive was featured on Chris Thile’s hosting debut of A Prairie Home Companion, among many other high points that include sold-out shows at the iconic venues like the Wang Theatre in Boston and Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Prior to its official release this Friday on Keeled Scales, The Awl is exclusively streaming Knife in the Water’s new album, Reproduction, which is their first in nearly 15-years.
“Reproduction is immediately recognizable as a Knife in the Water work, with the slow, loping sadness and low-pressure beauty that made Plays One Sound such a revelation those (JESUS HOW?) twenty years ago.” – Alex Balk
Dom Robinson Shares Poignant New Release ‘Casey’
Emerging singer-songwriter Dom Robinson has announced the release of his latest single ‘Casey’, the second offering in a matter of months from the Leeds musician whose heartfelt lyricism and delicate vocals have already captured the imagination of the online community.
Drawing inspiration from contemporaries including Bon Iver, Nick Drake and Frightened Rabbit, the Yorkshire native delivers another poignant piece of music in ‘Casey’ with layered harmonies and hushed instrumentation providing a different dynamic and minimalist feel that only adds to its overall beauty.
PALACE’s new single ‘Bitter’ will impact on 27th April on Fiction Records – listen here. The track is a gateway to the centre of front man Leo Wyndham’s soul and explores some of our darkest emotions. Leo says, “Bitter is a song about jealousy and what that all consuming feeling can be like. It looks at the destructive nature of jealousy and how poisonous it can be.””
Critically acclaimed songwriter John Moreland will release his fourth solo album Big Bad Luv on May 5th via 4AD. Big Bad Luv marks a change in Moreland’s sound and outlook on life. With lyrics that are as intense and unfiltered as on his earlier work, Moreland delves into finding peace within. He also branches out sonically on the new album, which is injected with a heavier dose of rock ‘n’ roll in comparison to the tone of his previous recordings.
Michaela May New Single
“”You & I” is my most vulnerable track to date and one of my favorites from my upcoming debut EP. It’s about being blindsided by the ultimate betrayal by your partner. I haven’t shared this much of myself on any other song yet and am looking forward to showing this side of me.” – Michaela May
Deadcrow – ‘Light Trails’ EP
Plastician’s Terrorhythm continue their 2017 apace with the release of new Deadcrow ‘Light Trails’, the follow up to 2016 debut, ‘Night Wonder’ — one of the label’s most successful releases of the last 12 months.
BUFFALO GRILLZ released new album: “Martin Burger King”
“Martin Burger King” is the new Buffalo Grillz album, recorded, mixed and mastered at Kick Recording Studio. The album try to mix the typical north european grind core sound of band like Nasum and Rotten Sound to the ferocity of the american grind core. The right album if you want 30 minutes of no compromise and no way to survive.
The new album has been recorded at Kick Recording Studio and will be out on March 3rd, 2017 on CD, LP, DIGITAL via Subsound Records and tape – a very limited edition – produced by Time To Kill Records.
Alae Khaldi returns to Enhanced Progressive with ‘Voyage’
Bringing a fresh helping of his elegantly melodic production style to the label, Moroccan producer Alae Khaldi returns to Enhanced Progressive with the stunning ‘Voyage’, having already picked up early support from Above & Beyond on ABGT.
Continuing his fruitful association with the label, Alae Khaldi’s latest production ‘Voyage’ delivers a gleaming, atmospheric number reuniting Enhanced Progressive with Alae’s uniquely layered style to tie off another vibrant addition to his burgeoning label repertoire.
Tony Valor “Up & Away” ft Mariah Simmons
Tony Valor rides back into the music scene with his new single “Up & Away” featuring Mariah Simmons. “Up & Away” is a powerful R&B, Dance record that features an infectious dance beat with a sultry rhythmic vibe.
L.A. Salami has shared his self directed video for “& Bird” exclusively on Culture Collide. “& Bird” is the last song on his stunning debut album ‘Dancing With Bad Grammar’, which is out now on Sunday Best. Lookman says the video is “The companion piece to “I Can’t Slow Her Down” – two sides of the same coin. It deals mostly in unfiltered feeling – Those sorta songs you cut away from yourself and let grow on their own”. The video comes on the heels of his first US shows at SXSW and Rockwood Music Hall in NYC.
New wave fans rejoice, the summer’s most star-studded bill returns this year with the Retro Futura tour 2017. Headlined by synth pioneer Howard Jones, the jam-packed show will also feature sets from the English Beat, Men Without Hats, Modern English, Paul Young and Katrina (ex-Katrina And The Waves). The line-up will also feature Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella on certain dates when Paul Young will not be on the bill. Please see below for tour dates, more dates to be announced shortly; to purchase tickets, please click here.
REMARK Release Self-Titled, Debut Album
Moscow, Russia based Alternative Rock band REMARK has released their debut, self-titled LP featuring the lead single “Falling”. Released in January 2016, REMARK was produced by Andrew Konoplev.
“Our first album was about finding our sound, style, manner of execution, and ultimately how REMARK should sound and look on stage” – REMARK
Ibibio Sound Machine’s new album Uyai will be in stores this Friday, March 3; you can stream & share the full album now at NPR Music. Also, check out this charming interview with frontwoman Eno Williams that aired on NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday.
“With Uyai, Ibibio Sound Machine has crafted a collection of irresistible, multidimensional anthems that reach far beyond the borders of geography, music and emotion.” — NPR Music
In a fierce blend of bass house and breaks Croatian beatsmith Matroda delivers the sinister “Ghetto Funk,” using eerie synth plucks and wicked wobbles to deliver a behemoth of a Dim Mak debut. The single has already seen support from Tiesto, Oliver Heldens, David Guetta, and more.
Matroda’s well-rounded sound pulls from his classical training across the violin, drums, and keyboard. In 2015, he kicked off his career by partnering with Chris Lake on an official remix of SNBRN’s “California”. It proved to be a stellar debut, quickly reaching the #2 spot on Beatport’s main chart and #1 on the house chart.
Six-time Grammy® nominated singer, songwriter and producer KASKADE announced plans today for a headlining series of shows beginning this May, named “Spring Fling.” Presented by Live Nation, the inaugural event will be May 11th at Echostage in Washington, DC. Spring Fling will make its way across North America in cities spanning a diverse cross section of Kaskade’s most passionate fans. Previous headlining solo events by Kaskade have sold out in minutes historically, and it is expected that Spring Fling will follow that precedent. See below for a complete list of confirmed date and venues.
Today with the release of her new song “Hurt You First” and the accompanying video, LA-based future-jazz vocalist & classically trained pianist NIIA is excited to officially announce her signing with Atlantic Records and the upcoming release of her debut album, I. Produced by longtime collaborator and Grammy-nominated producer Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Quadron, Kendrick Lamar, Chairlift, THE INTERNET), the album features NIIA’s signature smokey-smooth vocals and Braun’s lush orchestration, classic production with modern electronic elements and an homage to classic jazz, blues and pop influences woven throughout.
Tee Grizzley to tour with 21 Savage this Spring
Adding to the current list of Detroit street stars, 22 year old rapper Tee Grizzley has recently risen to stardom after dropping his first hit single, “First Day Out.” Grizzley is a rapper who is dedicated to keeping it 100. He says he has been humbled by his past and uses his passion and creativity to instill faith and belief in his fans through his music. He has firmly established himself as an inspiration for those who come from similar backgrounds as well as anyone who has shared the same life experiences.
‘HUMBLE PARK’ the new ep from NAVVI UPSIDE
Introducing one of the brightest rising stars in the Chicago hip-hop scene, Navvi Upside. His new EP, Humble Park, is out now on Soundcloud + Bandcamp, and is coming soon to all platforms.
The tape unfolds as a five-track, lyrically-driven journey through his life + times.
Equal parts reflective and energetic, Humble Park is a bold statement of purpose and existence for Navvi, examined through the lens navigating success while staying right by his day-ones. What initially sound like turn-up records reveal a deep personal background: Navvi’s upbringing on Chicago’s westside, and an autobiographical glimpse into his world and mentality of rising above.
Talented young Norwegian artist Sonny Alven is ready to release his new single, “Wasted Youth.” The single features vocalist Cal, and is out now. The track is the second release off his forthcoming Girls EP.
‘Wasted Youth’ is built on warm chords and a soft piano melody, whilst Cal’s vocals allude to the importance of making each moment count. A feel-good piece of music, the single bears the hallmarks of Sonny Alven’s popular production style – one which has secured the artist over 1.8 million unique monthly Spotify users and a Norwegian Grammy nomination.
The return of Brother Ali
There’s a new Brother Ali album on the way:
Watch Marsicans take a trip on the video for latest 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.
Carl Louis (CLMD) teams up with Frøder with new single ‘Come With Me’
Growing up on the Nordic coastline, producer Carl Louis has spent much of his career broadening his musical horizons with a number of notable credits to his name. Originally a member of electronic duo CLMD, Louis co-produced a number of notable releases including ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, which went multi-platinum in Norway and was also premiered on Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show. Afterward, Louis left the group in 2014 to pursue his own personal ambitions.
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.
Vicetone Remixes A R I Z O N A’s “Oceans Away”
Vicetone releases a brand new remix for electronic indie pop band A R I Z O N A’s latest track “Oceans Away,” out now via Atlantic / APG. Released a little over two months ago, “Ocean’s Away” has continued to rack up over 200,000 streams online daily, amassing over 30 million plays on Spotify total. A R I Z O N A has also partnered with music and technology company Wavo for an “Oceans Away” remix competition. The winner of the contest will be selected by A R I Z O N A, and will be featured on Big Beat’s SoundCloud, in addition to receiving support across A R I Z O N A, Atlantic Records and Big Beat’s social media platforms.
New Track from The Birthday Letters
Hughes says this track is “inspired by a dream in which Donald Trump has a Shakespearean epiphany, dreamt up under the influence of a Portuguese surfing accident. I wanted it to sound like future surf music for the hungover.”
The Birthday Letters been a featured artist on a New Band a Day, Obscure Sound, and No More Division blogs. He has recorded with various local musicians, from sparse pastoral folk to ambitious shoegaze dream pop over the course of several EPs and albums, both studio and home recorded. Hughes have previously worked with London-based production duo the Hunstmen (Scott Matthews, Foals).
Five time GRAMMY-winner Marty Stuart today announces a headlining US tour in support of his forthcoming album Way Out West, out March 10 on Superlatone. The tour includes stops in Charleston, Orlando, Birmingham, New York City, Knoxville, and St. Louis (full dates below, with additional dates to be announced). Tickets for this tour will go on sale on Friday, March 3rd at 10 AM EST.
The track premiered on The FADER who said, “Cynthia Rittenbach stretches her vocals across guitars that wink and bellow for a vibe that’s all melancholic glances in the rearview while an excited trepidation bubbles underneath at what could be on the horizon.”
Paul & The Tall Trees “She Comes Around” Video
Paul & The Tall Trees recently released Our Love In The Light via Big Crown Records and now presents the video for “She Comes Around”. The video premiered today at FLOOD who says frontman Paul Schalda, “Bends his lead into what sounds like a Hawaiian take on a mainland hymn.” The clip features footage from abstract impressionist Nachume Miller, which was found by his son Danny and given to Big Crown’s Leon Michels (The Arcs, Chicano Batman, El Michels Affair) for the video.
Promnite teases his Snake Charmer EP (out 3/10 on Fool’s Gold) with the Cali bump of “Ride Around” featuring Adam Vida, which premiered on Hypebeast. This is some cosmic car alarm shit: a masterful collision of hydraulic kick drums, cut up marching band noises, and Vida’s undeniable, darkly comic flows. The producer, DJ and Athletixx co-founder couldn’t have picked a better follow up to his Denzel Curry-laced “Gunsmoke” (which raced to 1M+ plays on Soundcloud in a matter of weeks), and Promnite has even more heady collabs and futuristic pleasures in store on Snake Charmer.
Slaptop Releases Single Ft. Adam Levine Protégé Rozzi Crane: “Come Down”
Counting a series of Hype Machine chart topping original productions and official remixes for world renowned artists including Zhu, Fetty Wap, Bob Moses, Jaymes Young, and more, as accomplishments over the past two years, San Francisco producer Slaptop, is now ready to unveil his largest undertaking to date- his debut artist album titled With You.
Whimsical is an Indiana band who made quite a name for themselves back in the day. Their first album, 2000’s exquisitely-named Setting Suns Are Semi-Circles remains a cult-classic, dreampop with an emphasis on the pop. The band dissolved a couple of years later with the follow up only 90% finished—everyone adrift in confusion & ennui, the way all relationships end.
Eric Bellinger Enlists Wale For “Treat Yourself”
With a gorgeous singing voice belying boastful streetwise lyricism, Eric Bellinger effortlessly straddles the worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B. Capitalizing on the 2016 campaign season, Eric released the Eric B. and Rakim-referencing Eric B. For President: Term 1 in September 2016. Hitting stores on March 10th, Bellinger forsakes the club for island vibes on Eric B. For President: Term 2, his next EP. Borrowing sounds from bossa nova, yacht rock, reggae, and other beach-friendly genres, Eric synthesizes a breezier version of his woozy, romantic brand of R&B. Featuring appearances from Wale, Victoria Monet, Elhae, and Talya Parx, Eric B. For President: Term 2 is a ray of sunshine in a dark winter, and an ideal vehicle for romantic escapism.
ew Orleans Queen of Bounce, Big Freedia, has teamed up with Emoji Fame to introduce her own line of custom emojis for the iPhone. Premiered by BUST Magazine, the package of 64 stickers features bouncing booties, trademark Big Freedia sayings, and the electric Queen Diva herself.
“We’re proud to say that The Queen of Bounce now has a set of emojis worthy of her title,” says Gavin Rhodes, co-founder of Emoji Fame.
Get hyped for this vivacious set of booty-licious emojis, featuring everything from magnetic twerking gifs to Big Freedia’s hilariously exaggerated expressions. Also, stay tuned to Big Freedia’s socials, as she will be giving away free download coupons to select fans on Facebook this week.
The family of Merle Haggard, Blackbird Presents and Willie Nelson are proud to announce Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard, an all-star concert event taping at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 7:00 P.M. CT in honor of what would have been Merle’s 80th birthday and the one-year anniversary of his passing.
This one night-only concert event taping will bring together fans, friends and music icons to honor the life and songs of music legend Merle Haggard. Sing Me Back Home: The Music Of Merle Haggard will feature performances by Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams Jr., The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss, Ronnie Dunn, Warren Haynes, Jamey Johnson, Kacey Musgraves, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lucinda Williams, Ben Haggard, John Anderson, Connie Smith and Bobby Bare. Additional performers to be announced in the coming weeks.
Broen Share New Track “<3”
Today Bella Union are delighted to announce the signing of young up-and-coming Norwegian five-piece Broen. The band have already been championed by the likes of The Guardian, Consequence of Sound, BBC Radio 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne, and now Bella Union’s Simon Raymonde, who welcomes them to his label. Combining elements of R&B, rap, jazz, improvisation, psych, dub and electronica, Broen expound usual genre conventions to create their own singular sound. They have built up a reputation of being one of Norway’s finest live bands, presenting something completely out of the ordinary. Sparkle-laden costumes and signature dance moves are rivaled only by their own live prowess and musicianship. They cannot be described by drawing lines to similar acts, but by defining their own boundaries.
The March 2017 issue of Guitar Player magazine studies what Editor in Chief Michael Molenda calls a “potential extinction-level event”—the number of teens and Millennials who leave the guitar under their beds and forgotten after just a few months of attempting to play.
“It’s obvious that myriad distractions face young people today,” says Molenda. “It’s also true that the guitar is not enjoying the cultural interest that it did in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. But we need to keep ‘making’ new players in order to ensure guitar music and the guitar industry stay healthy, and I strongly feel that both media and gear manufacturers must do a better job at reaching out, attracting, nurturing, and educating young people about the everlasting coolness and life-long joy of playing guitar.”
Fink Releases Next Song “Keep Myself Alone Now”
Fink’s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1 is the first purely blues musical output from Fin Greenall. Produced and mixed by Fink and Flood (U2, PJ Harvey, Warpaint), this side project was recorded in Greenall’s Berlin studio prior to embarking on the eagerly anticipated new Fink studio album due for release later this year. Last night, he released the next song from the album series titled “Keep Myself Alone Now.”
Experimental black metal band FARSOT will release its long-awaited third album, FAIL?LURE, on April 21 via Prophecy Productions / Lupus Lounge. Produced by V. Santura (Triptykon, Secrets Of The Moon), FAIL?LURE merges FARSOT’s avant-garde songwriting with original black metal arrangements and a dynamism that could only come from one of the world’s most ambitious underground bands.
Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo has premiered the title-track to their upcoming EP, Strawberry Skin, today via BrooklynVegan – share via Soundcloud. The follow up to their 2016 “Lemonade” 7″ single will arrive March 31 on their new label PaperCup Music. The shoegaze/psych-rock music/art collective will head to Texas for this year’s SXSW Music Conference, along with dates in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio to preview the record, along with new material destined for their sophomore album, due later in 2017.
The Sand Dollars release CHOPS
‘CHOPS’ is the second single to drop from Tarantino inspired rockers The Sand Dollars much awaited debut EP. Loaded with angular guitar riffs, an edgy indie-rock melody and a crescendo-esc life of its own, showcasing the band’s prolific songwriting ability. Produced by Nikita Miltiadou who has risen to fame after producing Tash Sultana’s EP Notion with two singles charting in the triple j Hottest 100, including her hit ‘Jungle’ at number 3.
Things are definitely heating up for the Melbourne based quartet with the band nabbing supporting slots to highly regarded Aussie acts Alex Lahey, Kingswood, DZ Deathrays, Jeremy Neale, Architecture in Helsinki, in 2016 and The Living End + The Bennies at the 2017 Australian Open.
doubleVee (mem of Starlight Mints) Premieres Video for “Dangerous World”
Oklahoma City’s doubleVee is former Starlight Mints frontman Allan Vest and producer Barb Vest. After the release of their debut album, The Moonlit Fables of Jack the Rider, a concept album following the traveler Jack through a world reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, the duo is excited to release their newest video for “Dangerous World,” which premiered last week at New Noise.
Today Brooklyn Vegan has shared the new track from CO/NTRY entitled “Cash Out”. It is the first single off of the band’s upcoming album ‘Cell Phone 1’ due out 4/14 on Fantome Records. The band will also be doing a run of North American shows this spring, including SXSW.
Continuing the unstoppable momentum building through its February 17 release on PAX AM/Blue Note Records, Ryan Adams’ Prisoner has debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top Album chart, #1 on the Billboard Rock Albums chart and #8 on the Top-200, while new shows are being added to the Prisoner Tour to accommodate popular demand.
With July 29’s headline at the Palace Theater in St. Paul MN having sold out, a second night has been confirmed for July 28. Pre-sales for the new St. Paul date—as well as the previously announced June 28 show at Seattle’s Paramount Theater—begin Wednesday, March 1 at 9am local time. Tickets for both Seattle and the new St. Paul date are on sale to the general public Friday, March 3 at 10am local time.
RCA recording artists MISSIO have announced plans for a major U.S. tour. The Austin, TX-based DIY-electronica duo will topline Alt Nation’s Advanced Placement Tour, presented by SiriusXM and Live Nation and also featuring 888, Coast Modern, and Sundara Karma. The trek begins Tuesday, April 4th at New Orleans, LA’s Parish Room at House of Blues and then continues through early May.
MORTEN Links Up With Duo Riggi & Piros for Electro House Track “TTFU”
MORTEN returns to Dim Mak with the grimy club heater “TTFU,” teaming up with New Jersey duo Riggi & Piros to offer up a ruthless 128BPM dubstep-influenced beast.
Energy 103.7 Brings its “One Night Stand” series to OMNIA Nightclub San Diego
Energy 103.7 brings its “One Night Stand” series to OMNIA San Diego Wednesday, March 15 with special guest DJ Marshmello. The electronic dance music producer will kick off the hit music station’s first event at San Diego’s premier nightspot, making for an exclusive, can’t be missed affair. Fans and music aficionados alike are welcomed to tune in to Energy 103.7 FM for a chance to win tickets to the event, as well as a special Pre-Party with Marshmello on the OMNIA Terrace.
On February 24thseminal US artist Moby remix KDA ft Tinashe’s 2016 hit, Just Say; alongside a ‘Junglism Dub’ edit from KDA himself.
London producer KDA released ‘Just Say’ on Ministry of Sound in 2016, following on from the immense chart topping success of his 2015 number 1 single, “Turn The Music Louder” (Rumble), featuring Katy B and Tine Tempah.
Featuring the vocal talents of rising US superstar, Tinashe, the track first appeared in single charts around the world, climbing to number 15 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs in the US. A chart-topping club anthem, Just Say continues to be smash in the clubs the world over, receiving key support from BBCRadio 1 as one of the top 5 most played on the station, and with further spins from 1Xtra, Kiss FM, Capital FM and Rinse in the UK. More support comes in the form of key tastemakers and leading DJ’s such as B -Traits, Cassius and Todd Edwards.