Ora Cogan’s versatile, haunted voice opens up a mystical reality; hallowed, forlorn and full of promise. She combines the intricate guitar picking of Americana with grunge and psychedelic dreamscapes, drawing comparisons to 70’s folk legend Karen Dalton. As a performer, Ora has shared the stage with the likes of Grouper & Hope Sandoval while touring extensively in North America, Europe and the UK. Her live show, currently touring with her band, presents a more stripped down, yet textured and engaging rock feel.
Swedish war machine, SABATON, is currently touring the world in support of their latest studio record titled The Last Stand (August 19, 2016 via Nuclear Blast) and also holding #1 (The Last Stand), #7 (Carolus Rex; on the top for 248 (!) weeks in a row now), #9 (Heroes), and #17 (The Art Of War) in the Swedish Top 20 rock charts. After hitting the charts worldwide with The Last Stand last year (#6 World; #1 in Finland, Sweden, Switzerland and Germany among others), the band was recently honored with new plaques for their impressive album sales: The Last Stand achieved Gold in the band’s homeland Sweden and in Poland. Their previous studio album, Heroes, was even platinum-certified in Sweden! On March 4, the band had already been honored with golden plaques for The Last Stand’s sales in the Czech Republic at Tipsport Arena, Prague.
Bassist Pär Sundström commented: “This is proof of two things – first, that we are still able to make music that fans want to listen to, and second, that we have fantastic fans who really care. Sure, the current tour is called “The Last Tour”, but as long as it is going like this we’ll be going strong for a long time.”
Bear Mountain Drops New Virtual Reality Music Video, “Can’t Stand to Lose”
Bear Mountain has dropped a stunning new virtual reality music video for their hit song, “Can’t Stand to Lose”. The music video, directed by Carlos Luna, is accessible on any VR-compatible device; for those without, a similar experience can be accessed on www.cantstandtolose.com. “Can’t Stand to Lose” can be found on Bear Mountain’s incredible LP Badu, available now via Last Gang Records. Be sure to check out the band’s hit single, “Give It Up,” which has cracked over 1.3 million plays on Spotify, and catch their incredible live show in Vancouver on April 14 at Celebrities Nightclub!
Piano fiend and enigmatic genius singer-songwriter, Hue Blanes, PBS Young Elder of Jazz 2017 and 2017 Green Room multiple nominee, has today released his new single, Fernando and announced his sophomore record, Holiday – a darkly wonderful song cycle full of modern poetry – set for release on April 14. To support this stunningly beautiful work, Hue will play a strictly limited run of intimate shows across Ballarat, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Mullumbimby in April.
British DJ and producer D.O.D has announced the release of his upcoming single ‘Satisfy’, due out on 7th April via Steve Angello’s SIZE Records.
‘Satisfy’ is driven by a jacking rhythm filled with staccato cowbells and acid-like arpeggios. The looping ‘satisfy’ vocal is echoed throughout the track, building up into waves of breakdowns.
Norwegian Artist Sonny Alven presents concept video for his ‘Girls EP’
Norwegian artist Sonny Alven has unveiled the accompanying concept video for his recently released 3-track Girls EP. Directed by Mohammed Sarmadawy – who also directed the music video for Alven’s hit ‘Our Youth’ -, the concept video comprises of three clips which explore different relationship themes – with all the lead characters being female.
The music company Gain gets involved in the book sector. A worldwide distribution deal has been signed with Music Sales Group, owner of Omnibus Press which is the leading publishing house for music related books.
Managing editor is Carl Linnaeus. He is among other things known for the acclaimed Kiss Biography Den Osminkade Sanningen. His latest book, Jag Sålde Min Själ Till Hårdrocken, is based on his most notable interviews done for Sweden Rock Magazine, where he’s been one of the most prolific writers for the last ten years.
’I’m excited to work with Gain,’ Carl Linnaeus says. ’The staff is dedicated and driven by a never-ending creativity. I’m sure we will create amazing things together.’
Beth // James Releases New Folk Single “Bring Your Fire To Me”
The Austin duo, Beth // James, announce the single, “Bring Your Fire To Me” off the upcoming release of their debut EP, All In Life. Recorded by Brian Douglas Phillips (David Ramirez, Rob Baird), the track is a powerfully passionate duet that slowly burns and crackles through the empty spaces of atmospheric sound.
The Legends “In Love With Myself” out March 31
Epic, infectious and full of attitude. “In Love With Myself” lends bits and pieces from early electro and hip hop and mixes it with futuristic RnB and The Legends-sound we learned to love on the previous album “It’s Love”. Guest vocalist: Elin Berlin from Eternal Death.
Ängie’s ‘Spun’ video
The new single has seen The Guardian crown Ängie, “an emblem of the liberal-minded revolution.” She revealed the video for the single through Wonderland Magazine, who said, “Ängie looks set to continue to shaking up the pop sphere.”
It sees the tearaway star kicking up a storm with drugs, guns, snakes, gang-style balaclavas and limos.
Christian Scott’s song “The Coronation”
“Christian Scott is making some of the most interesting music in the jazz world right now.” – Stereogum
Two-time Edison award winning, Grammy® nominated trumpeter, composer, producer, designer of innovative instruments and interactive media Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah is set to release three albums to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first Jazz recordings of 1917. Collectively titled The Centennial Trilogy, the series’ first release Ruler Rebel is out 3/31 via Ropeadope. So far the album has been praised by The New York Times, Stereogum, Bandcamp Daily, and more.
Martin Carr of Boo Radleys marks Brexit Day with politically charged new single/video
Martin Carr has announced the release of a provocative new single. “Gold Lift” drops Friday, March 31st via Sonny Boy Records (sonnyboy.bandcamp.com) as well as all DSPs and streaming services.
The first of a series of spontaneous releases slated through 2017, “Gold Lift” premiered yesterday via The Quietus to mark Brexit Day and the formal triggering of Article 50. Carr’s long awaited third solo album, NEW SHAPES OF LIFE, will arrive later this year via Tapete Records.
PANGEA debuts with ‘Something Bad’
“Something Bad represents the self-destructive search for passion. To find a love so consuming that it will drive you to insanity; it’s about wondering how far you can go before you break.” – Slye, PANGEA
Loss/Angel/Less is an Atlanta based band consisting of production, synth and drum programmer, Zane Battistini and vocalist Richard Ray. While L/A/L officially formed in late 2016, Zane and Richard have created music together since 2011. They describe their music as modern dream pop, because of their catchy melodies and verses, uniquely combined with airy synth sounds.
“The ramshackle production values add to the homespun feel, providing the gently strummed guitars a spacey and ethereal mood. Once the slide guitar comes in, it takes it somewhere new, sounding like a hungover Broken Social Scene in the best way.” – A.V. Club
CLRVYNT has shared the video for Winstons’ second single “Enough”. The track originally debuted on Brooklyn Vegan. It follows their first single “Without You” which premiered on All Things Go. Both tracks will be part of a release slated to come out later this year. The band released two EP’s in 2015 entitled ‘Turpentine’ & ‘Black Dust’. Both “Enough” and “Without You” are available via Grand Jury records.
AMERY PRESENTS HIS DEBUT SINGLE ‘SO GOOD’
New Belgian artist Amery is ready to take the world by storm with his debut single So Good! Born to Rwandan parents, the 20-year-old fell in love with music while discovering Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean video on MTV. His grandma then got the idea to gift him an African drum that ignited a spark in the heart of the little 5-year-old boy. That flame quickly grew into a fire when he brushed the keys of a piano for the very first time at church. Playing the instrument by ear, he immediately felt driven by the notes.
Singer/Songwriter emaé returns with personal new song ‘Better’
Independent Scottish singer-songwriter emaé (pronounced em-may) is a feel good mix of soul-pop, with gospel undertones. Her debut single ‘Something Beautiful’ was released in 2015 and received critical acclaim all over the world. MTV The Wrap Up praised the record that ‘oozes confidence, honesty and a relatability that is rare for newcomers’; Soulbounce USA noting its ‘luscious vocals and sweet harmonies’. To accompany the track, emaé decided to release a cinematic music video, directed by Lee Jones (Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Rita Ora) and shot by Sam Pearce (Kate Nash, Rizzle Kicks) which was featured on VEVO’s front page.
KLYNE RELEASE VIDEO TO NEW SINGLE ‘STILL NOT OVER YOU’
Singer Nick Klein and producer Ferdous Dehzad, together as KLYNE, are based in Eindhoven in the Netherlands; the duo make mellow electronic pop that fizzes and glitches like a sunnier cousin to Jai Paul’s harder sound.
Klyne first caught tastemaker attention with their critically-acclaimed debut EP ‘Paralyzed’ on Aesop, as well as their debut remix – a rework of Disclosure’s ‘Omen’ feat. Sam Smith – before signing to Because Music and going on to release their first two singles, ‘Don’t Stop’ & ‘Water Flow’.
Nine-time GRAMMY–winner Dan Auerbach will release Waiting On A Song, his second solo album, on June 2 via his new label, Easy Eye Sound. The album is Auerbach’s much anticipated follow-up to 2009’s Keep It Hid and is a love letter to Nashville. As such, he recruited some of Nashville’s most respected players to write and record his latest, including John Prine, Duane Eddy, Jerry Douglas, Pat McLaughlin and Bobby Wood and Gene Chrisman of the Memphis Boys. Auerbach said about working with his musical heroes: “Living in Nashville has definitely changed the way I think about music and the way that I record it. I didn’t have all of these resources before. I am working with some of the greatest musicians that ever lived.” Waiting On A Song is available for pre-order on CD, vinyl, and digitally. The album will also be available in limited-edition bundles, including an exclusive 8 track and a vintage 8 track player signed and customized by Auerbach, a seat cushion and various autographed and colored vinyl sets.
Jared Mees’ “Life Is Long”
Out on 4/21, Jared Mees’ fourth album ‘Life Is Long’ employs many of the poet’s traditional tools: metaphor and simile, alliteration and euphony, rhyme and aphorism, variation in voice and point of view. But these are only devices by which Mees treats his diverse subject matters: loss of faith, love, legacy, suicide, to name a few contained in ‘Life Is Long’. Mees wrote all the songs and recorded them in a small cabin along Oregon’s mighty Santiam river. While supplying the vocals and compositions, Jared had members of Typhoon, Radiation City, The Domestics, New Move and Yeah Great Fine play the music. For many days, they all went about the cabin in pajamas and bathrobes, eating sandwiches and ingesting cannabis. After many days of this they came to call themselves The Comfy Boyz.
Amir ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound orchestra to release debut album
Iraqi-American trumpeter, santur player, vocalist, and composer Amir ElSaffar has mastered disparate musical styles and created a singular approach to combining aspects of Middle Eastern music with American jazz, extending the boundaries of each tradition. ElSaffar’s Rivers of Sound orchestra presents 17 musicians from a broad spectrum of traditions; together, the group creates an entirely new musical language that transcends established notions of style and convention. In performing Not Two, a composition by ElSaffar, each musician in the Rivers of Sound orchestra interacts with the group to create a new approach to transcultural music through the combination of improvisation and composition, the merging of musical languages, maqam and polyphony, and the novelty of the sound.
Video: Clyde Carson ft. Mozzy – “Bring All Your Friends”
For Clyde Carson, more is merrier when it comes to scantily-clad women. Relaxing in a blissful grotto with his main chick and all her friends, the California emcee and former captain of The Team shares “Bring All Your Friends,” his latest video. Floating over an airy, tropical hyphy instrumental, Clyde Carson recruits street hero Mozzy to rhyme about the finer things, as the two emcees host a pool party and show off their muscle cars in the clip. “Bring All Ur Friends” is a highlight from S.T.S.A. 2, Clyde Carson’s latest album.
INFINITE ME is teaming up with Impose Magazine to premiere their new song, “Follow me,” along with an accompanying music video. The track is taken from their upcoming split with fellow Minnesota natives HOUSEHOLD, which is due out May 5 via Blood & Ink Records.
The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself, an intense documentary film on TODAY IS THE DAY’s iconic founding frontman Steve Austin, is slated to premiere at the International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema in Nice, France in May.
Directed and filmed by Anthony Short, The Man Who Loves To Hurt Himself takes a look at Steve Austin’s nearly-three-decade-long career as a musician in TODAY IS THE DAY and his reflection of his life. It explores how he balances life with his artistic passions and the undeniable effect his fans express to him about the life altering meaning it has had on them. Short spent two years following Austin around the US on tour, listening to his inner thoughts and questions about life like a fly on the wall. In his own words, he guides the watcher through his world by stream of consciousness. This reflects the conversations he has with himself in his head — a first-person account. If you were to have your life flash before your eyes right before you die, this film is what Steve Austin might see about himself.
Celebration Announce “Wounded Healer” Album
“It seems like the last three years have been filled with contrasts,” says Katrina Ford, force-of-nature singer in Baltimore’s Celebration. “Fantastical musical adventures against the backdrop of adult crisis.” From this collision of opposites comes the kaleidoscopic Wounded Healer, released 2nd June via through Bella Union. Drawing its galvanic thrust from contrasting elements, the band’s fifth album is their purest and most richly realised statement yet: intimate and expansive, cohesive and wide-ranging, bruised and restorative. Celebration have shared a first track from the album entitled Freedom Ring which is streaming HERE.
Our friends at 36 Vultures are bringing you the new Super American single Missing Pieces from their upcoming album Disposable which will be released April 7th on CD/Digital via Take This To Heart Records. This song takes a slowed down intimate approach compared to their last two singles as Pat Feeley takes the helm in this stripped down acoustic tune.
Chicago’s The Bingers will release their debut LP, Stay Satisfied, on April 21st via Tall Pat Records. Self-recorded by the band to tape on an old 8-track, it features a gritty, fuzzed-out mix of surf and garage-rock made up of two guitars & drums.
Today the band shares “Simone,” the album’s most pop-leaning track and one that captures their fun, laid-back nature.