CANADA’S AWARD-WINNING A CAPELLA GROUP COUNTERMEASURE RELEASES BEAUTIFULLY DELICATE DRAMATIC VIDEO
Canada’s award-winning a capella group COUNTERMEASURE have premiered their powerful music video for ‘Life Is Fine’. This is the 2nd video clip from their second studio album entitled Made To Measure. ‘Life Is Fine’ was written about depression and isolation, and transcends anything the genre has ever seen – or heard – before.
Lonely The Brave share cover of The Walkmen’s “The Rat”
After a great 2016 for the band that included a no.1 album on the rock chart, a sell-out headline tour and a hugely successful European tour in support of Biffy Clyro, Lonely The Brave continue their prolific streak as songwriters by releasing a second song from their upcoming EP a cover of long-time band favourite “The Rat”.
As a band known for picking covers that perhaps people wouldn’t expect from them – Cyndi Lauper, Bjork, Pink Floyd and Antony & The Johnsons some of their previous conquests – “The Rat” is a leftfield take on an already wonderful song by The Walkmen, one that showcases David Jakes’ peerless vocals and one that will hopefully introduce the song to a whole new audience.
NECROMUTILATOR release new album ‘Ripping Blasphemy’
Terror From Hell Records sets April 1st 2017 as release date for NECROMUTILATOR’s new mini album ‘Ripping Blasphemy’. It’ll be available on 12″ black vinyl (with silkscreen design printed on the B side) and Cassette (limited to 150 copies on black tape).
King No-One release powerful video for ‘Antichrist’
Standing strong against social prejudice, York four-piece King No-One have released the video for their defiant new single ‘Antichrist’.
With a strong band ethos that ‘no-one is king’ and we are all equal regardless of gender, race and sexual orientation, frontman Zach Lount explains the inspiration behind the video, “There’s always been a battle between tyranny and liberty, and this video depicts that. No two people are the same, and we should celebrate our quirks and differences, not isolate them. To at least one person, we’re all an Antichrist”.
SHAIMA ‘PHENOMENAL’ OFFICIAL VIDEO
Following the huge club success of her summer track ?Spread The Love? in 2016, 22-year-old singer, songwriter and self-taught producer Shaima has the determination and talent to become the newest pop sensation of 2017 with the unveiling her brand-new single, ?Phenomenal?.
The scorching electronic pop song, produced by Alex Elliott, takes elements of hip-hop, R&B, pop and house with the not so common use of traditional instruments like sitar, Arabic flute and tabla channeling Shaima?s multi-cultural background into her music. She comments, ?It was important that I explored my ethnicity through my music… My music isn?t fusion as such ? I like to think of it as pop with some chili powder on it.?
Omo Frenchie shares new video for ‘Bêtise’
Congo-born, Peckham-raised artist Omo Frenchie presents ‘Bêtise’ — the first material to surface from his forthcoming debut EP, ‘Diamond In The Dirt’.
With a series of underground hits already under his belt — most notably ‘Cele’ ft. Naira Marley and ‘Makelele’ — as well as collaborations with Iray Movement and Kwamz & Flava, Omo Frenchie is the face of a new wave of underground music coming out of the UK.
Tearaway Swedish sensation Ängie has returned with her latest single ‘Spun’, out now through Universal.
‘Spun’ premiered with The Guardian who said, “Ängie is an emblem of the liberal-minded revolution… Her sound is a distillation of modern influences. She possesses the poised, pastel aesthetics of Lana Del Rey; the solemnity and sugar-coated sweetness of Kali Uchis; PC Music’s robotic pop sensibilities; and hints at the post-emo “sad lad” rap sentiment spearheaded by fellow Swede Yung Lean, or US misery rappers such as Lil Peep and Yung Goth. She’s cartoonishly playful, with a disconcerting darkness rippling underneath.”
Trakksounds featuring Devin The Dude, Kirko Bangz and Neko
In-demand Houston producer Trakksounds presents a hot new track entitled “11:15” featuring Devin The Dude, Kirko Bangs and Neko. Putting an amusing twist on the TLC classic “Creep,” the versatile producer reimagines the sexy late night rendezvous from a man’s perspective. The soulful jam is the second release from Trakksounds’ forthcoming album The Other Side which includes artist features by Scarface, A$AP Ferg, Devin The Dude, Kevin Gates, Dizzy Wright, Starlito, Maxo Kream, Scotty ATL, Xavier Wolf, Kirko Bangz and many others.
With March 20 being International Day of Happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Happiest Places to Live.
In order to determine where people in America are most content with their lives, WalletHub’s analysts compared 150 of the largest U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.
Oklahoma’s largest Craft Beer and Music festival, the fourth annual Hop Jam Festival, will take place on Sunday May 21st in Tulsa, with tickets going on sale today. Staged in the heart of downtown Tulsa’s historic Brady Arts District, the 2017 festivities will include more than 200 craft beers, and music headlined by festival co-founders HANSON, who’s performance kicks off their 25th Anniversary World Tour.
“We’re thrilled to announce the incredible lineup of brewers and artists taking part in this year’s Hop Jam, and excited to return to the stage to kick off our 25th year together”, said festival co-founder Taylor Hanson. “We got our start 25 years ago right here in The Brady District.”
Pandora (NYSE: P) announced today that Pandora Premium, its first ever on-demand streaming tier, launches this week. Invites for a free trial of Pandora Premium roll out to select listeners on March 15 and an option to upgrade will be available to all listeners over the coming weeks.
For $9.99 a month, Pandora Premium combines the best of Pandora’s beloved personalized radio with the ability to search and play any track or album as well as a unique set of playlist features tailored to each person’s distinct preferences. Listeners can now curate their music experience with an ease of use unmatched by any other service.
“Every day tens of millions of people trust us to choose the exact right song for them. That’s why they spend more time with Pandora than any other music service,” said Tim Westergren, founder and CEO of Pandora. “With Premium, we’re leveraging our immense trove of data and everything we’ve learned about personalization to offer a listening experience that sets a new standard for what a music service should be.”
Jesse Hale Moore Shares “Leave You Lonely” Video On BlackBook
BlackBook has shared Jesse Hale Moore’s video for his second single entitled, “Leave You Lonely”. The track originally premiered on WXPN and was also recently featured on NPR/WXPN’s World Cafe Next along with his first single “Calling You Out”. Jesse is also confirmed for a World Cafe Live session, which will air in the next couple of weeks. Prior to the release of this track, Moore debuted “Calling You Out” on The 405. Be sure to keep Jesse on your radar, he plans to release his debut album ‘Green End’ on 4/7.
Introducing The Music Development Agency
The Music Development Agency is fastest growing platform where music and business meet, forming a powerful synergy fueled by technology to propel unmatched growth for musicians, music creators and consumer brands.
Technology has brought many changes to the music industry, both positive and negative. It has given artists access to create & distribute music like never before…yet artists, especially emerging musicians, still struggle to create quality music to connect with their target audience, build longevity, and compete on a commercial level. Hence, there is need for a platform where all musicians, not just established ones, can collaborate with credible and experienced producers, engineers, and songwriters to translate their ideas into commercially-ready music.
Rytmeklubben share ‘Like That’ video
Rytmeklubben (translation; the rhythm club) are a crew of 4 DJs and producers from Norway; namely Henrik The Artist (Mad Decent) Hi Tom(NLV), DJ Karaoke and Torjus.
A self-professed ‘club boyband’ who started playing their music live as a group, they developed their sound alongside compatriot Cashmere Cat. After releasing singles like ‘Seen’ and ‘Girlfriend’ independently, then remixing pop heavy hitters like Zayn Malik, and Kelly Clarkson they have now signed to Sony Music for their glossiest track yet and pop break-out ‘Like That’. Its pristine production has the Norwegian touch of sonic perfection.
DYAN Premiere “Looking for Knives” Video via the Wild Honey Pie
A trio with roots in Winnipeg, Cincinnati, and Los Angeles, DYAN builds songs out of minimalist synths, layers of atmospheric guitars, and driving rhythms. Alexis Marsh (singer/guitarist/bassist) and Sam Jones (guitarist/synths) co-produced Marsh’s songs between scoring film and television projects; Dan Dorff Jr (drums/synths) joined when the duo was mixing what became the group’s debut album, Looking For Knives. With the band in place, they began translating the music from the studio to the stage, playing their first show at Union Station as part of Live Nation’s Ones To Watch summer concert series in July 2016.
My Morning Jacket will return to the road this summer with aheadline tour, performances at the Electric Forest and Peach Festivals and their first concert at historic Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. The amphitheatre run will kick off in Cincinnati, OH on June 22 and include shows in Nashville, TN (July 7) and Columbia, MD (July 14). See below for dates and opening acts, which will include The Record Company, Margo Price, Gary Clark Jr., Jaw Gems and The Districts.
Mallen Release Official Video For “Jack Of Cards”
UK Heavy rock band Mallen has released the Official Video for their Debut Single, “Jack of Cards”. Recorded and produced by David Radahd (aka Johnny Rocker, Heavens Basement) of Red City Recordings, “Jack of Cards” is available to download via iTunes, Google Play and Amazon.
In celebration of the band’s 25th Anniversary, multi-Grammy nominated pop-rock trio HANSON officially announces their extensive Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour, including Europe and North America on sale today, with further legs in Australia and South America to be announced. The band will kick off the extensive world tour with a headlining set at their own rapidly growing festival The Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival, May 21st in Tulsa, OK.
“Making music together for 25 years is a milestone that we had to acknowledge, and what better way to do it than with an anniversary tour,” said keyboardist Taylor Hanson. Added guitarist Isaac Hanson, “This year is not only about the two decades of music, it’s about celebrating the incredible community of fans who have been with us, singing along year after year”.
SWIFT’s NEW Music Video “Lil Dancer”
North Carolina born, Swift a.k.a. Swiffa Baby is perched at the top of the music game ready to give the world a new musical energy. Swift’s dynamic stage presence paired with quick-witted lyrical content, is a rarity in hip-hop today. When meshed with melodic beats, hits are created. Swift is quickly climbing the charts with his single “Pull Up”. “I have a certain way of making music, I started off rapping and hardcore boom bap, where I am from that is what we do. I bring a piece of hip-hop and soul into the commercialism of music now,” explains Swift.
SAVANT Ends 2 Year Hiatus In Spectacular Fashion!
After a two year hiatus to refresh and refocus, electronic music scene iconoclast Savant returns with a mischievous gift box of musical originality, “Surprise.” A lighthearted, coming-of-age preview of what’s to come, “Surprise” takes all of the best elements of the last ten years of electronic dance music–House, Glitch, Dubstep, etc.–and melds them into a single masterpiece that will dominate both dancefloors and headphones.
Emmy The Great Shares New Single “Mahal Kita’
Emmy The Great has shared a new single “Mahal Kita”, which is released today on Bella Union. The track is about her time interviewing migrant domestic women women in Hong Kong’s Central District. Emmy The Great speaks more on the experiences and interviews that inspired “Mahal Kita”:
Formed around the year 2010 in the area of Grenoble (France), Charlie’s Frontier Fun Town quickly hit the road to play its first gigs before to join the studio and record their first full-length album, released in 2013 (‘Moloko Vellocet’). A bunch of gigs later, the departure of a member and the arrival of Sly from General Cluster, CFFT began to work on a new record called ‘In Dust We Trust’ and released on spring 2017.
West Africa’s iconic dance-band, Orchestra Baobab premiere their new single “Fayinkounko” from their forthcoming record at Clash who call it, “sparkling West African pop with a touch of class…a real ear-worm of a track,” raving that it, “unfolds with a palpable sense of grace, the coy, playful rhythms matched by delirious melody…[it] seems to radiate with shimmering, beatific light.”
OHHMS debut new song “The Magician” on Terrorizer!
Vocalist Paul Waller tells us more about their anti-establishment new song:
“We have tackled the subject of GMOs contaminating the food we eat on our debut EP in the song ‘Bad Seeds’, which highlighted corporate greed and the huge amounts of cash that can be saved by cutting corners. I was shocked that the information was out there in the public domain, and yet we just ignore it and continue to eat poisons day after day.
Musically, it was the first ‘fast’ song that we had ever written, although in reality its pretty much mid-paced and even though it lasts a little over eight minutes in total, I only managed to fit in one verse, one middle eight and a killer chorus at the end. It’s all it needed. It’s disgusting and angry enough, so any more riffs or anymore vocals would have been sensory overload.”
Two of Southern California’s “most prolific bands,” Sublime With Rome and The Offspring, will be touring together in 2017. The iconic groups will be teaming up in July for dates across Canada, then connecting again in September for a US amphitheater tour.
Dates begin July 6 in Airway Heights, Washington before crossing the border for seven Canadian dates including festival appearances at the Cowboys Music Festival in Calgary on Monday, July 10 and at Rock the Park Music Festival in London, Ontario on Saturday, July 15. The US leg begins September 8th in Chicago at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island before hitting Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and several dates in Texas and California. The trek wraps up September 30 in Salt Lake City at USANA Amphitheatre.
Alteras Unleash Acoustic Music Video for “Black Box”
Revival Recordings signed artist, Alteras is a hard rock/metal quintet from Youngstown, Ohio. The vivacious group was brought together after the realization of a common belief they shared; the creation of music is essential to their well being. Providing music to those that are in desperate need for a momentary getaway, Alteras makes it their mission to touch the hearts of listeners with every melodic strain played. Today, they have partnered with VENTS Magazine to unleash their latest music video for “Black Box” in anticipation for their forthcoming tour with A War Within.
Joey LaBeija – ‘XXXcuse Me’
After the dark twisted period of his life exemplified in his mini album ‘Shattered Dreams’; Joey Labeija is back with his chaotic and euphoric EP, ‘Violator’, due on March 23. After leaving the ever draining and all consuming city of New York temporarily, LaBeija has returned a born again raver.
The Bronx born and bread DJ and producer constructs cacophonies that are both playful and deceivingly humorous. He plays with the atmosphere of his music wanting to heighten every emotion, good and bad. As you listen, you’ll hear his production crash and fold into each other like an ever-rolling collision of synths and 808s.
The Letter Black, who first burst onto the hard rock landscape with their Tooth & Nail debut HANGING ON BY A THREAD in 2010, are back with a new record and a new label. The band is set to release their third album, PAIN May 26th on EMP LABEL GROUP. Produced by guitarist Mark Anthony, and mixed by the legendary Ben Grosse (Blink 182, Disturbed, Starset), the album, an aggressive step forward, shows the band venturing into heavier new territory.
“When we met to talk about the new record, it was unanimous that we wanted to do what we’ve been wanting to do all along, Metal. Though we have had those moments in the past, we were always restricted for various reasons. Those barriers are gone now, and that allowed us to create the record the way we wanted. This album is The Letter Black. For the first time, I feel we have successfully delivered the most honest and true music in the band’s history” recalls Mark.
Guided By Voices August By Cake (April 7, GBV Inc Records) is the 100th studio album that Robert Pollard has released since 1986’s Forever Since Breakfast. To put that in perspective, Bob Dylan has released roughly 39 studio albums since 1959. And that includes the Traveling Wilburys.
A highly anticipated record with the new line-up (returning GBV veterans Doug Gillard and Kevin March, virgins Bobby Bare Jr and Mark Shue) that has been wowing audience in clubs and festivals throughout 2016. It’s the most musically adept and versatile line-up Pollard has ever assembled.
Auction For The Promise Club release ‘Moonlight’ video
Cornish coast trio Auction For The Promise Club have announced the video for their dramatic new single ‘Moonlight’, out now. Featuring the three members performing in a greyscale, cinematic style shoot, the video perfectly captures the excitement and mystique of the track.
It premiered with Louder Than War who praised the track, describing it as “a pounding, full on anthem with a trippy, psychedelic edge that’s sure to be a set highlight for this youthful band at this year’s gigs and festivals. The single is further evidence that Auction For The Promise Club are forging their own, unique brand of modern alternative rock, skilfully conflating radio-friendly melodies with a steely intent.”
Jaylien debuts Black Rose with Maison Kitsune’
Multi-platinum songwriter and R&B artist JAYLIEN partners with French Japanese fashion line Maison Kitsuné to debut his brand new single “BlackRose.” Written and produced by JAYLIEN, the eclectic song delves into passionate heartbreaks and the merry-go-round of intertwined relationships. “BlackRose” premiered on the popular Hot Stream platform by Maison Kitsuné, a one-of-a-kind brand that unites fashion and music.
There comes a time in every artist’s career when a conscious decision needs to be made on which path to take. To render themselves vulnerable to criticism, unveiling their innermost creativity and vulnerability through their art.. or to conform to what might be trending at the moment. For Crywolf, his new Skeletons EP (out today) represents this crucial juncture and the next step in his evolution as a complete artist.
LA’PORSHA RENAE RELEASES NEW SINGLE SOMEBODY DOES
Singer/Songwriter La’Porsha Renae released her newest single “Somebody Does”. In the upbeat catchy single, La’Porsha Renae entices listeners about a falling out love story with her soulful voice. “Somebody Does” is the second single from her upcoming debut album, Already All Ready and was written and produced by Grammy Award winning artist, Ne-Yo. Already All Ready will be released on March 31 via 19 Recordings/Motown Records.
Global superstar Ed Sheeran has made history once again, scoring the biggest debut of the year with first week sales equivalents of his album “÷” (pronounced “divide”) exceeding 451,000 units. The multiple-GRAMMY winner enters the Billboard 200 at #1 for the second time, doubling the first week sales of his previous album, 2014’s “x” (pronounced “multiply”), which debuted at the top of the chart with 209,000 units. “÷” is also a global phenomenon, selling 4 million units worldwide even with first week figures still coming in. Likewise, the landmark album has gone to #1 on iTunes in 102 countries around the world, and shattered the record for the highest first week Spotify streams ever, logging more than 375 million streams over the full week. In Sheeran’s native U.K., “÷” debuted at #1 on the Official Albums Chart with a staggering 672,000 units in its first week, the third highest week one sales of any album in the chart’s history.
In anticipation of their forthcoming Dim Mak EP, London-based duo Stööki Sound collaborate with Latroit and Lliam Taylor on the sublime single “Echoes.” Featuring Latroit’s ethereal vocals, the track incorporates shakers and bubbly synth plucks to create a stunning future soul ballad. Complex premiered “Echoes,” calling it, “A smooth, deftly-produced piece of R&B from the club-conquering duo.” The single is being released as a special package, including remixes from Plastician, R3LL, Sam F, Lliam Taylor and a VIP from Stööki Sound themselves. While R3LL throws down with his signature Jersey Club sound, Sam F and Lliam Taylor take the House route with club-ready renditions. Rounding out the package is Plastician, who takes “Echoes” to the dark side with his UK bass makeover.
Los Angeles alt-pop act VARSITY WEEK is thrilled to reveal the music video for their single, “Anyways” which premiered on Alternative Press this past Friday.
Vocalist Brandon Eisenbeis explains, “‘Anyways’ is about walking away from anything that’s not working and starting fresh. We can all relate to that. We really wanted to express that in the concept for the video.” Directed by Ryan Pesecky (http://ryanpesecky.com), the video is a visually stunning piece of art, with heartfelt storyline. “The video pushes new breath into the song, to a point where we understand it better as a band,” adds guitarist Dave Orton. “I don’t think we were expecting that, actually – I know we weren’t.”
Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers – “Lint Head Gal”
Austin, Texas’ Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers will release the album Shanti’s Shadow on June 2nd.
Folk Alley debuted the video for the lead single “Lint Head Gal,” a stomping country blues song about a hard working, independent woman. “She loves music with her whole body,” Folk Alley writes about her performance in the video. “Like the character she’s singing about, Phoebe Hunt is clearly going to do things her own way – and have a fabulous time doing it.” The single is available now at Amazon and iTunes.
“KWIATY strives to locate beauty in desolation. These aren’t the kaleidoscopic gardens of Victorian manners. They’re the dried petals inside old acrylic paperweights, their life cycles frozen in time.” – NPR
Michal Jacaszek, the Polish composer who’s spun dramatic shades of darkness and light into gold for more than a decade now, from the trickle-down electronics of Treny and artful gloom of Glimmer to the vapor-trailed verses of their looming spiritual cousin of the forthcoming album KWIATY (meaning “flowers” in Polish), recently found inspiration in a 17th century English anthology of metaphysical poetry that informed the latter. As a follow up to 2011’s Glimmer, where nostalgia/classical music/and Tim Hecker influences were apparent, it is Jacaszek’s most rhapsodic release yet. NPR First Listen is streaming in full ahead of its March 17th release on Ghostly International, and it’s clear that the plowing through those weathered pages resulted in a discovery of inspired source material.
Hard rock trio Kyng announces direct support dates with Fozzy this spring. The So-Cal band is slotted as direct support for the tour with Sons of Texas to open the show. Additionally, the band has a couple direct support dates with Gojira and is set to play a handful of the major rock festivals this summer. Catch Kyng’s heavy-hitting live show at any of the dates listed below.
Her, the rising French duo of Victor Solf and Simon Carpentier, will release Her Tape #2, the follow up to their critically acclaimed tape, Her Tape #1, on April 7. The first single “SWIM” premiered on Friday, March 10th, accompanied by an animated lyric video via Pigeons & Planes—watch and listen here.
LEAP! Starring Elle Fanning, Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler to be released nationwide on April 21
Paris, 1884. A orphaned girl arrives in Paris from Brittany. Félicie Milliner is 11 and has no money but one big, passionate dream: to become a dancer. With nothing left to lose, Félicie takes a big risk: she ‘borrows’ a spoiled brats identity and enters the Opera Ballet School. But how long can she be someone else? Mentored by the tough and mysterious cleaner, Odette , Félicie learns that talent is not enough – it takes hard work to be better than her ruthless, conniving fellow students. That and friendship. Felicie’s inventive, exhausting and charismatic best friend Victor also has a dream: becoming a famous inventor. Together, they both encourage each other to reach for the stars.
LOVERBOY ABDUCTED BY ALIENS
When LOVERBOY fan David Napolillo first heard the band’s new single, “Stop the Rain,” and decided to enter the contest to make the best official video for the song, he interpreted the title in a very unique way.
“I knew the most obvious theme would be lots of rain, but I didn’t want to do what other entries might do,” he explained. “So, instead of using the literal image of rain, I had aliens ‘raining down’ on Earth in search of this awesome band they recently discovered.”
Keith Murray – “Bounce Right Back”
The lyrical legend Keith Murray returns in a big way with “Bounce Right Back”, a grimy banger composed by Cincinnati producer Homage CVG. Mr. Murray remains an enigma and gets better with time, reminding fans what New York sounds like over Homage’s soulful boom bap soundtrack.
Ethereal Acoustic Pop of Emma Charleston New Single “Wonderland”
On her ethereal new single “Wonderland,”folk pop singer-songwriter Emma Charlestoncaptures all the trance-like wonder of being in love. Based at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the multi-instrumentalist Charleston has in “Wonderland” composed a tender ballad filled with emotional ebbs and flows. “Wonderland” will be available digitally via iTunes, Spotify, and other online sites on March 10th. More information on Charleston is available on her official website.
According to Charleston, “Wonderland” is an ode to the feelings connected to being in love: “It’s a dreamy song about being in love – and loving every minute of it. I like that I was able to write a love song without being cheesy, and it still expresses exactly how I feel.”
ISAAC GRACIE SHARES NEW SONG “REVERIE”
Isaac Gracie is very pleased to commence the year with the unveiling of a beautiful new track, “Reverie” which was produced by Markus Dravs (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Björk) at London’s RAK Studios. “Reverie” follows 2016’s self-produced debut EP, Songs From My Bedroom as well as the Issac’s live EP, Songs In Black And White and is released today through Republic Records.
Slothrust has shared the video for their newest single “Sleep Eater” via CLASH. 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. While on the road the band will be supported by And The Kids, and Sons Of An Illustrious Father. They will also do a handful of shows with Highly Suspect.
Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt continues to check off boxes in his illustrious career. Following the release of his live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live from the Franklin Theatre, the concert event is scheduled to air as special programming on PBS stations across the country (check local listings).
Filmed and recorded in an intimate setting at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee, Travis Tritt: A Man and His Guitar spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice, his exceptional guitar prowess, and features Tritt at his best, performing a fresh take on some of his biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come and Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It” are also included in the program. This presentation of Tritt’s performance features television hosts Nan Kelley and Brian Mansfield along with special in-concert guests Marty Stuart and James Otto.
Monograms is the project of Brooklyn’s Ian Jacobs, who has been releasing music under the moniker for the past couple of years. What started as a solo bedroom project has since grown into a four-piece live band, and they’ve been keeping busy playing plenty of hometown shows, opening for artists like GØGGS, Sløtface, and Juan Wauters.
HIDEOUT is Manhattan-based songwriter Gabriel Rodriguez, who’s also a longtime band member of Cults. It’s been two years since the release of Hideout’s debut album Rookie, and in that time many things have changed for Rodriguez. Most tragically, the passing of his brother. So Many Hoops / So Little Time deals with grief in different spectrums –– the album ranges both sonically & lyrically from whimsical space-pop to crushing acoustic vulnerability. There isn’t a singular concept or message, but the deeper you delve into Hideout’s world the more you feel nostalgia and a sense of loss.
“Protect” is the latest single from artist Andrew Rinehart (former member of Splash and touring member of Samantha Urbani’s band Friends). A Louisville, KY native (Louisville being the home of Slint, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the guy who wrote the Seinfeld theme song, and other notables), Andrew Rinehart has paid his dues bouncing around the typical bigger-city zones for the past 5 years. He was one of the original 10 founders of the influential Body Actualized Center in Brooklyn, and spent the last two years throwing shows at Basic Flowers, a DIY space in downtown LA which Ariel Pink has been known to co-sponsor.
The wait is over. Following their first single of ’17 in “Splash,” Trouze returns to reveal their most genre-defying record yet – “Busy”. Featuring Kayrae’s ethereal vocals, Trouze’s vibrant production is accented through a feel-good melody, powerful lyrics and a fervent rhythm, all while maintaining their signature bounce that crescendos into a stomping keytar riff.
Speaking on the song, the group says that “Busy is inspired by the liberation of breaking free and going at life with newfound vigor.” The feelings of which are encapsulated by these powerful opening lyrics:
“Ageless, naked at noon
An empress, kingdom in full bloom
No dictionary, I’m undefined”
American Opera Signs with Spartan Records
American Opera, the brainchild of NYC singer-songwriter John Bee, has signed with Spartan Records and will be releasing the debut album “Small Victories” this spring.
Watch for new music and additional announcements soon. In the meantime you can catch American Opera this week at South By Southwest and on tour with Carter Hulsey. American Opera was also recently confirmed for Bledfest on May 27 in Howell, MI.
Physical are Wellington, New Zealand based duo Julia Parr (Black City Lights), and Nik Brinkman (Junica, Over the Atlantic). They met in a karaoke bar in Chinatown, New York in 2013: They sang ‘Drive’ by The Cars.
In 2015, Nik approached Julia to write together as a contribution to his project Ghostwriters Collective. Twelve months and 8 tracks later, they had written and recorded their debut album, an unapologetically upbeat but dramatic pop record – ‘Ride it Out,’ out later this year (release date TBD). The record is about emotional survival for lovers and staying up late; a shout out to their deep mutual love for future R&B and synth pop.
The Spike Lee Affiliate, Buffalo Black comes highly decorated and some circles considered one of the best lyricists in Hip Hop. He is an artist that doesn’t shy away from discussing Politics, World Events, etc and expressing his feelings in Song form.
Buffalo Black is preparing to release his anticipated EP “Black Market” in April.
Greek progressive/alternative metal outfit UNTIL RAIN has signed with Sensory Records for the release of their impending third full-length, Inure. The band has issued some insight into the album, releasing a dramatic trailer, as well as the album art, track listing, and more. Additionally, the band has scheduled both European mainland and Balkan tours in conjunction with the album’s release.
Inure was recorded by UNTIL RAIN in various European cities, including Thessaloniki, London, Gothenburg, and Lausanne, and mixed/mastered by Daniel Cardoso of Anathema in Lisbon, Portugal (Anneke Van Giersbergen, Anathema, Head Control System). The album features beautiful artwork by the new Greek artist/designer Nassia Kefala, and a hand-drawn cover that completely represents the concept of the album and the duality of many inured people; appearing lush on the outside, yet they are rotted inside. With nine massive tracks, Inure presents an hour-long journey that you will want to take again and again, the digital release bearing an additional bonus track as well.