allmusicrating (2017) has launched this morning its first music rating system called EARs©. The Essential Album Rating System is an application and a database that measures the quality of music providing “True music ratings of individual tracks, complete albums, artists, and music of all genres”.
The company says that their system which is driven by a web based community of users, rates music in proportion to their TIME length where longer tracks of similar ranked music are rewarded with higher ratings that express their true value contribution to the album and to listeners.
THE OBSESSED Kicks Off US Headlining Tour
Today doom rock legends THE OBSESSED will kick off their US headlining tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The trek will wind its way through more than three-dozen venues, ending on May 20th in Baltimore, Maryland. Karma To Burn will provide direct support throughout the tour while Fatso Jetson and Lo-Pan will provide additional support on select dates. The tour includes a stop at Berserker IV in Pontiac, Michigan this weekend. Additionally, THE OBSESSED will join Weedeater and labelmates Primitive Man on five West Coast shows during the run from April 27th through May 1st.
Aethere Premieres “Strain”
Bringing a heavier side to the Tragic Hero Records roster, California deathmetal band, Aethere, is proud to premiere the single “Strain” off their upcoming label debut record, ‘Adrift’.
The inspiration behind the song is about experiencing struggles in life and the decisions one must make during difficult times. Drummer Josh Slater shared, “Strain is about the trials in life we all face and the process of trying to overcome these obstacles, the situation, reflection, lows, and ultimately realizing you are the one that has to move past these problems alone. We all face them, this is Strain.”
Award-winning songwriter and virtuoso instrumentalist Molly Tuttle turns a new corner with Rise, her debut as a solo artist. Produced by Kai Welch, the seven-song EP will be independently released on June 2nd.
Already a familiar face in bluegrass circles and folk festivals, where she’s been performing since the age of eleven, Tuttle widens her reach with Rise. “I wanted to push outside the box,” she says of the EP, whose songs mix the fiery fretwork of her acoustic guitar with banjo, fiddle, drums, pump organ, electric guitar, and other flourishes. “It was a good step to finding my own sound, and not staying tied to the traditional bluegrass sound. I grew up playing bluegrass and I still love it, but I’m influenced by other styles of music, too. I really wanted to create something original.”
A Victim Of Society – “The Quick and the Dead”
“Freaktown” is the sophomore album and lovechild of A Victim Of Society. The sound of rock psychedelia, that the duo used to have, met new band member, Padelis, and his drum kit and together they pushed everything into high gear. The result is “Freaktown”, eight songs full of psychedelic guitars and primal beats recorded with respect to the bands’ live performance and sound.
The album is focused on what happened when the three of them started playing together. The songs that they composed are the soundtrack of all the things they talked about and the things they talked about are found in the lyrics of these songs. They worked on electronic beats, drums, guitars and bass synths and turned them into eight living things. They played every song live, over and over again, in the same obsessive order, until each one of them was alive and ready to be captured in the studio. “Freaktown” is all of these elements together, locked, in the form the band gave them.
Clap Clap Riot release video clip “Tired Of Getting Old”
Kiwi surf-rockers Clap Clap Riot are releasing a video for their latest single ‘TIRED OF GETTING OLD’ from their forthcoming album ‘Dull Life’ due for release at the end of this month, along with Australian tour dates.
The clip follows guitarist, Dave Rowlands, through the streets of Osaka, Japan as he pushes on with the daily grind of life in the large city. Producer Jeremy Toth has epically captured cinematic shots of Osaka’s architecture, street culture and the city’s skyline.
1m spins per week on YouTube for The Dead South viral video
Comprised of Nate Hilts (lead vocals, guitar, mandolin), Scott Pringle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Danny Kenyon (cello, vocals) and new addition to the band Eliza Mary Doyle (Banjo), The Dead South have put their own spin on traditional bluegrass music. Singing about murderous estranged spouses to runaway lover cousins, the band encourages fans to kick back, enjoy the music and forget what era they’re in.
BIG KIZZ (ex-Graveyard, Witchcraft) to Release Debut EP, ‘Eye on You’, June 9
BIG KIZZ is the red hot new rock band featuring drummer Axel Sjöberg (ex-Graveyard), guitarist John Hoyles (Spiders, ex-Witchcraft) on bass and vocalist / guitarist Pontus Westerman from Swedish garage outfit Lady Banana. The classic power trio, who plays good time Rock ‘n’ Roll energized with elements of power pop and punk, has signed to NYC indie Tee Pee Records and will release its debut EP, Eye on You, on June 9.
SWEATER BEATS SHARES NEW SINGLE “ALTAR”
While Antonio Cuna, better known to his audience as Sweater Beats, might be busy touring the country alongside gnash, on The Sleepover Tour, he’s not wasting any time releasing new music for his fans. Out today on Big Beat Records, his new single “Altar” features soulfully blissful vocals from R.LUM.R (pronounced ar-luhm-ar). Sweater Beats once again delights with his own je ne sais quoi and his forward thinking electronic production techniques. Leading with powerful vocals from R.LUM.R, Cuna equally matches the force with soaring synths and core shaking basslines. The record comes out today ahead of his forthcoming “For The Cold” EP due out later this year.
New Video From E.N Young
“Hey Friends!! Here is the brand new music video from the song “Cooyah Raggamuffin” off my album ‘Call on Me’!!! Exclusive world premier is on Reggaeville.com. This official video was filmed in southern California at various live shows and locations. Filmed and edited by Houston Area Productions. Aftereffects by Beyond The Horizon. Big Up my fam at Reggaeville!! Share and spread the vibes!” -E.N Young
NAV Shares “Good For It” Video
After bursting onto the scene in 2015, NAV has made a colossal amount of noise. Preferring to let his music do the talking, NAV has ranked in over 100 million plays on his SoundCloud page, all while releasing self-produced songs straight to his ever-growing fan base. Already having established himself as a go-to producer, NAV has become a disruptive voice in the industry, recently being featured on “Biebs in the Trap” from Travis Scott’s Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight and “Re-Up” from Belly’s Inzombia project – both of which NAV produced. In 2015, NAV also co-produced Drake’s Grammy-nominated track “Back to Back.”. He is currently in the studio with Metro Boomin completing their upcoming collaborative album, set for a TBD release this year.
Cornell U. Places First Batch of Adler HipHop Collection Online
“I’m delighted to share the news that Cornell University has posted a significant batch of materials from the Adler Archive on their website. Largely comprising hip-hop-oriented newspaper and magazines articles spanning 1979 through 2013, the trove concentrates on the careers of LL Cool J, Queen Latifah, Public Enemy, Salt-N-Pepa, Eric B. & Rakim and the roster of rappers who recorded for the Sugarhill and Enjoy Records labels.” – Bill Adler
How do men get caught cheating you ask, simple, by leaving their phone unattended. Don’t Know Us is a music video about Dye Hard’s male interest, staring artist Malachiae Warren, who gets caught out there being disloyal. Dye plays it cool and shows him what he’ll be missing as she devises a plan of retaliation. Visual Directed By OtherWorld R!O Formerly Scenario
Premiered at The Independent and described as ‘riding a somewhat exquisite wave between indie sentiments and beguiling pop music’ by Gold Flake Paint, Hajk’s new single ‘Nothing Left To Say’ is out today on all streaming services, including Soundcloud and Youtube.
At a time when you thought pop music is dying, Ed Sheeran has eaten the charts and tropical house rules the airwaves, Cherryade are the pop car crash that you always dreamed of. Their brand new single ‘Get By’ is quite simply THE BEST THING EVER!!!!
A feisty alt-pop anthem with bite, it combines sweet, bubblegum pop with punk attitude and full-on bad girl swagger delivered by London-based duo Ella and Alex.
alt-J have released a new video for “3WW,” the first song released from their upcoming album RELAXER. The video was directed by Young Replicant.
Introducing ‘Deerful’ AKA Emma Winston
Deerful is Emma Winston, and Peach is a bold and ambitious 11 track debut long player, released less than two years after writing her first song.
There are elements of Grimes, The Julie Ruin, Black Box Recorder, Yazoo and Suzanne Ciani all topped off with Emma’s remarkable voice (you may have heard her sing before on records by Darren Hayman, Enderby’s Room and Owl & Mouse)
HARRY STYLES’ SELF-TITLED DEBUT ALBUM RELEASING GLOBALLY MAY 12
Harry Styles is set to release his highly anticipated self-titled debut album, which will be available for pre-order tomorrow, Friday April 14 and will be released globally on Friday May 12. The 10-track album features the lead single “Sign of the Times,” which topped the charts in over 84 countries upon release day. The album was executive produced by Jeff Bhasker, with additional production from Alex Salibian, Tyler Johnson and Kid Harpoon.
The physical album release includes a gate-fold vinyl LP, digipak CD as well as a special limited edition CD format that includes a 32-page hardcover book featuring exclusive photos taken during the recording process. All album formats are available for pre-order starting from tomorrow.
Ratboys sophomore album ‘GN’ out June 30 on Topshelf
Chicago’s Ratboys, led by singer/guitarist Julia Steiner and guitarist Dave Sagan, will release its sophomore album entitled GN on June 30th (Topshelf Records). Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The Fader, who premiered the album’s first single, “Control” calls the song “a perfect example of the special, personal nature of their music.”
HARRISON BROME Joins Pomo For U.S. Live Debut
Harrison Brome will launch his first U.S. tour, supporting Pomo. Eager to perform his songs in front of U.S. fans for the first time, Harrison starts with Seattle on May 9 before wrapping in San Diego at Bang Bang. Throughout the spring and summer, Brome will pepper the tour with North American and European festivals. A current list of festival dates are listed below, with more to announce soon.
Following the release of his debut EP Fill Your Brains (out now), 20-year old R&B/Soul singer Harrison Brome shares his newest single “Body High.” At 1 million+ streams, the track topped Hype Machine’s “Most Popular Tracks on Blogs Now” at #1 and landed at #6 on Spotify’s Viral Hits chart, garnering 20,000 streams per day. Brome has drawn widespread attention in top music blogs and other major publications. VICE’s Noisey hails Harrison “the lovechild of Josef Salvat and James Blake.” “Every once in a while, someone emerges out of the deep depths of the Internet and manages to create some magic. Our latest find? Harrison Brome,” said NYLON, while The Fader exclusively premiered Harrison’s debut EP. “The young artist has already displayed a more developed and diverse sonic breadth” declared HypeBeast, adding “the future looks bright for Harrison Brome.”
The King’s Parade release video for new single ‘Haze’
The King’s Parade have announced the release of their new EP Haze, due on May 12th. Marking the announcement, the London quartet have unveiled the video for the lead single and title track.
The video premiered with Wonderland who said, “‘Haze’ is a completely stunning track, with elegant guitar riffs and heart melting vocals. Shot in the forest, the video depicts a love story amongst hauntingly beautiful woodland, and is, quite simply, goosebump inducing.”
Victoria, BC quintet, Cartoon Lizard, has premiered their debut EP, Not Punk Not Raw, via RideTheTempo – share via Soundcloud – prior to its release tomorrow, April 14, and their celebratory performances tomorrow in Victoria and Saturday, in Vancouver.
Cartoon Lizard are a psychedelic pop outfit, featuring five members, Trevor Lang, Ritchie Hemphill, Shilo Preshyon, Alex Maunders and Brennan Doyle. Each is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer, in their own right. In the studio, Cartoon Lizard put a strong emphasis on collaboration, in shaping each song to its fullest potential. With a focus on meticulous experimentation and the constant refining of their craft. Their songs are intricately arranged, multi-coloured compositions designed to appeal on a surface level as well as reward those who unearth its hidden layers through repeated listens.
Electronic pop outfit Kudu Blue share new single ‘Drink Alone’
Brighton based electronic pop four-piece Kudu Blue are today unveiling new single ‘Drink Alone’ – the brilliant second track to be lifted from their much-anticipated debut EP, ‘Shaded’.
THE IRISH DUO SHARE THEIR SCORCHING TRACK “MACHINE BORN TO THINK”
Alive Naturalsound Records is proud to release The Bonnevilles’ newly remastered album Listen For Tone on vinyl for the first time. This colorful, eye-popping starburst vinyl LP features a collection of early garage-blues killers by the infamous Irish duo, who will be stormtrooping their way through Ireland and England this May with label-mate and keyboard killer James Leg (aka John Wesley Myers of the Black Diamond Heavies).
Zola Blood Announce Debut Album And Stream New Single
London four piece ZOLA BLOOD have announced details of their debut album, INFINITE GAMES, which will be released by Pond Life on May 26th 2017. Recorded over the course of a year, mainly in the band’s notably windowless Hackney Wick studio – apart from ‘Play Out’, which was recorded in Leeds by Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar) – the album features ten tracks, and was produced by the band with help from Oli Bayston (Boxed In) and Duncan Toothill (Little Cub). The quartet describe the album as “more sophisticated” than their previous releases: “We’ve got to know our instruments better and spent a long time going weird with new synths and effects to get make more interesting sounds. We also wanted to bring out some more of the techno influences we all love, and push a bit more towards the dance floor.”
Kambui Chui-Moore is thrilled to release his latest single “You Thought” yesterday, April 12, 2017. This is the first single Kambui has released since his January debut release Confier EP. The single’s brighter, sing-rap vocals are a little bit of a break from Kambui’s initial experimental R&B sounds, but “You Thought” still features his unconventional rhythms and moody production elements. “You Thought” was premiered today on Ground Sounds.
THEOCRACY: “EASTER” LYRIC VIDEO POSTED ONLINE
The Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY just released a lyric video for the track “Easter” from their new album “Ghost Ship”.
Matt Citron released the video for “Save My Soul,” found on his debut project Final Moments of Forever (Brooklyn Knights/Sony RAL),yesterday via HipHopDX. Directed by Shomi Patwary and shot in NYC’s Lower East Side, the aggressive visuals find Matt channeling the same ferocity heard in his lyrics.
As told to HipHopDX, Matt Citron explains,”I wanted to make sure I captured the aggressive urgency of the song in the video. Honestly my biggest influence for the visual was probably the main chase scene from “The Dark Knight”. I told Shomi, the director, how I wanted to bring it to life, and his team understood exactly what I was envisioning. I rarely give this much insight into my work, but I think it’s obvious that the song is unapologetically human and super in your face. I just had to crank up that feeling even more when it came time to put it into a visual form.”
Loretta Lynn to Release New Studio Album
Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) will release Wouldn’t It Be Great, the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on Friday, August 18.
One of the most deeply personal albums of her career, Wouldn’t It Be Great is comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by Loretta, premiering new compositions nestled alongside select soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog.
Loretta’s new studio album ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’ is coming August 18! This stunning new record is comprised entirely of songs written or co-written by Loretta, showcasing her timeless and influential songwriting.Pre-order: https://loretta.lnk.to/wibgFA/amazon!04142017
Posted by Loretta Lynn Official on Thursday, April 13, 2017
Progressive indie rock band Molehill from Chicago has released the second single from their upcoming EP Hearts on Fire. The track “Reverie” premiered with Exclaim! and is an electronic/organic hybrid that tells the story of losing someone, but being thankful for the influence they had on you.
“The lyrics are about my father, who died when I was 6 years old,” says vocalist Peter Manhart. “Throughout my life, I have met many people who had stories about how great a man my dad was, how smart or funny or kind he was, how he helped so many people, or how he was this amazing piano player. However, to me, his legacy is more than just a story – ‘you left them a story to tell, but you made me the person I am’.”
APG/Atlantic singer-songwriter Molly Kate Kestner has released a video for her latest track, “Prom Queen.” The video premiered via Popcrush, and Galore previously called the song “edgy brooding.”
“Prom Queen” was named one of Apple Music’s “Best of the Week” and added to Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist upon its release.
Portable Sunsets announces new LP, ‘Order’
Portable Sunsets is the project of artist and electronic music producer Peter Segerstrom. Based in Brooklyn, US, he previously released his full-length album ‘Bless’ on Atomnation, an LP as ‘Surfing’ on 1080p and another Portable Sunsets LP on Deadelus’ Magical Property label. ‘Order’ is the follow up of these records and is a dreamy, somewhat lo-fi experimental techno LP.
Combined with an ancient ambient undertone, ‘Order’ is not loosing its club ready vibe. This record floats somewhere between laid-back warehouse techno and the electronica genre – very much representing a unique style: Peter often uses his own voice in his productions, programmed through self-created synths in MAX/MSP. Vocals have become textures and are used as a synth, pad or soundscape.
Keaton Henson Shares Video For “Epilogue”
Keaton Henson has unveiled the beautiful enigmatic new song ‘Epilogue’, which is available today via Play It Again Sam.
A toast – amongst other things – to “the ties that I’ve cut along the way”, ‘Epilogue’ slowly unfolds a haunting piano ballad into a symphonic climax, which lyrically seems to bid farewell not only to third album ‘Kindly Now’, but potentially a wider chapter in Keaton’s life and career thus far. Keaton has said little to expand but there is certainly a feeling of parting.
MisterWives amazing Mad Max-style video for ‘Machine’
The anti-establishment anthem has had over 4 MILLION plays on Spotify, and featured on the New Music Friday Spotify playlist in 12 countries. It reached No.11 in the US Viral Chart, and No.32 globally.
The band have achieved massive acclaim from the likes of Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and more, while they’ve also clocked up over 70 MILLION plays on Spotify.
Make Music Day, the annual global celebration featuring more than 4,000 free, outdoor concerts, music lessons and jam sessions in the United States, returns this year on Wednesday, June 21. The all-day musical celebration on the summer solstice, which brings people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels together to make music, will feature over 50 U.S. cities hosting major celebrations including New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Madison, Milwaukee, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Portland (OR), St. Louis, San Jose, Seattle and the entire states of Vermont and Rhode Island, with smaller festivities popping up in other communities nationwide.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day seeks to encourage all people to experience the pleasure of making music. Every kind of musician – from bucket drummers to opera singers – pours onto streets, parks, plazas, porches, rooftops, gardens and other public spaces to share their music with friends, neighbors and strangers.
THE SWEEPLINGS Sign To Nettwerk
Nettwerk is happy to announce the signing of folk/pop duo The Sweeplings to its label roster. The band is releasing a deluxe version of their critically acclaimed debut full-length Rise & Fall tomorrow (April 14), which features three previously unreleased tracks including an alternate version of their stand-out single “Hold Me.” In anticipation of the deluxe release, The Sweeplings shared an official video for “Hold Me – Alternate Version” this week.
This Friday, April 14, Sigur Rós will live-stream their very special performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic via Pitchfork, who will stream the concert live on their homepage and Facebook Live. The concert is one of three sold out performances with the LA Philharmonic taking place at at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles this week, the band’s first time performing original music with a full orchestra. The event will feature a 50-minute set of Sigur Rós performing with the orchestra, followed by a second 50-minute set of the band performing as an unaccompanied trio. The orchestral set features unreleased songs as well as new arrangements by several esteemed guests, including Dan Deacon, Owen Pallett, Nico Muhly, Anna Meredith, and more. The show is slated to start at 9:00 pm PST/12:00 am EST.
State the band: “This is all new ground for us. It’s been 15 years since we last played with an orchestra, and that wasn’t even Sigur Rós songs. The shows at the Disney Hall sold out fast, and only 4,500 people can get to experience it in the room. So we thought it would be good to let anyone who couldn’t get tickets and people around the world have the opportunity to see how all it comes together. There’s just one chance for us to rehearse with the L.A. Phil ahead of time, so in all honesty we have no idea how this is going to go, but we promise it will be exciting.”
Oh Wonder have just unveiled the video to their new single, “Ultralife” which was written, recorded, and produced by the duo from their home studio in South East London. The video was shot on location in LA with director Daniel Uribe who previously worked alongside the band on their video for “Without You” from their debut record. The song is also the title track to Oh Wonder’s upcoming sophomore album, Ultralife which is available now for pre-order.
Pummeling Philadelphia grindcore trio DIE CHOKING has confirmed an August US tour with Mister Lizard and Bathe, releasing the dates alongside new visual evidence of the band’s live shock-and-awe tactics.
Preceding the newly-confirmed tour, DIE CHOKING will be storming several fest shows, beginning with the Official Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Party Matinee presented by BlowTheScene.com in Philadelphia, next Saturday, April 22nd, the show also featuring Pyrrhon and doubling as a record release show for Artificial Brain. May 26th sees the band heading north to Ithaca to take part in the next installment of 1Fest alongside Artificial Brain, Disparo, and others. Two days later, DIE CHOKING travels to Baltimore for their debut Maryland Deathfest performance with Terrorizer, Iron Lung, War Master, PLF, Genocide Pact, Suppression, and others.
Premiering via She Shreds Magazine, Portland femme-rocker Sallie Ford is proud to launch her new video for “Middle Child” TODAY. The fun and engaging video is the second in a series of unique and lighthearted puppeteer vignettes. Ford’s new album Soul Sick was released February 10, 2017 via Vanguard Records. She is currently on a headlining tour across the U.S. in support of the new album.
The media attention surrounding Soul Sick has been resoundingly positive, receiving critical praise from Pitchfork to Uncut. “Her energetic thrashing is infectious, like an open invitation to dance away your own pain,” Pitchfork wrote. While, Paste Magazine hailed, “If you need a reason to fall in love with Sallie Ford, Soul Sick gives you 11.” Produced by Mike Coykendall (M Ward, She & Him) in Portland’s Type Foundry studio, the 11 songs are inspired by the ’60s groups like The Kinks, The Troggs, The Ronettes and Canned Heat.
Pavement, Breeders and Archers Of Loaf records celebrate rock music while also subverting its dumber tropes. Like these artists, Nathan Tucker of Cool American loves what he’s doing, but not too much. His impassioned vocals and his band’s hectic performances are belied by an observational disengagement. In an era of rock characterized by an occasional lack of subtlety, Tucker’s is a unique take.
Walter Martin Releases New Song “The Everglades”
On May 5th, Walter Martin, lyricist, co-writer, and multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen, will release his new album My Kinda Music via his own imprint Ile Flottante Music. As the second installment of his Juvenile Series, it follows 2014’s award winning and critically acclaimed album We’re All Young Together. Set to a rollicking musical backdrop, My Kinda Music tells vivid stories of music-making, family history, and self-discovery. Today he released new song “The Everglades” which premiered this morning on Consequence of Sound who called it “a playful little number with giddy piano and a big ‘hey, ho!’ chorus.”
Songwriter Jeff Tweedy will release Together At Last, a new solo acoustic collection, June 23 on dBpm Records. Recorded at Tweedy’s Chicago studio The Loft, the album features intimate renditions of 11 songs previously released by Wilco and by Tweedy’s occasional side projects Loose Fur and Golden Smog. It is the first in a proposed series – Loft Acoustic Sessions – where Tweedy revisits his vast catalog of work, which spans three decades and more than 20 albums.
West Hartford, CT symphonic deathcore outfit, Shadow of Intent, have teamed up with the awesome folks at Metal Injection to premiere their lyric video for an all new track entitled ‘The Catacombs.’ The brand new track, which features guest vocal performances from Jason Evans (Ingested) and Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator) is taken from their forthcoming highly anticipated, absolutely crushing sophomore album, ‘Reclaimer’, which is set to be released on April 28, 2017.
Mushroom People, called “Time Lapse”
Mushroom People are a Germany-based brotherly duo that crafts engaging and colorful pop music. The two brothers, Dean and Dustin Bremerich, formerly played in rock bands before a fascination with electronic music arose in recent years. They formed Mushroom People this past November with that emerging influence in mind. “Time Lapse” is the first single from their eponymous new album, released on 3/17.
Legendary London trio ROCK GODDESS return with a brand new 3 song EP entitled ‘It’s More Than Rock And Roll’ which is set to be released on May 19th, 2017. Digital distribution via Cargo Records and physical CDs, with a 4 page booklet in a jewel case by ROCK GODDESS directly. The first 500 copies will be signed and numbered.
Finland’s FORESEEN is assaulting the masses with their malicious second album, Grave Danger, through an exclusive early assault through Clrvynt. The LP sees release stateside via 20 Buck Spin next Friday, April 21st, the same day the band makes their US live return with a two-week tour of duty.
on’t look in the rearview mirror, the future of hardcore is in front of you. WE RIDE are at the forefront of the modern hardcore scene and their latest release, Empowering Life, will prove to be one of the most abrasive, in-your-face records of 2017. Today, the five-piece from Spain is streaming Empowering Life in its entirety, one day ahead of tomorrow’s worldwide release.
San Francisco-based musician, producer, and conceptual artist Bill Baird has announced the upcoming release of two new albums. Baby Blue Abyss & Easy Machines will both be released on Red Essential on July 28th. Very much ‘companion pieces’, each album was written and recorded with a certain time of day in mind – the more acoustic and folk-influenced Easy Machines representing “morning” and the distorted eclectic rock of Baby Blue Abyss reflecting the “evening”.
Baird has also released a new music video for the track “Muzak of the Spheres” from Baby Blue Abyss. The video is currently available to stream on Stereogum. Remarking on the video Baird writes, “The video was directed by my friend Elizabeth Abrams, shot by my friend Matthew Nauser and edited by Ted Feldman. I provide the costumes and the stumbling around. We shot over two days in the Dumont Dunes, this insane Bureau of Land Management site near Death Valley. The wind whips so fast through the dunes that they sing and hold notes. No, seriously. They’re called singing dunes and they really do sound like singing. I tried singing out there but got a mouth full of sand.”
Platinum-selling Dutch DJ & Producer Sam Feldt has revealed the dates for his forthcoming North American Tour. Making his return across the pond after a successful Miami Music Week, the ‘Open Your Eyes’ hitmaker’s highly-anticipated US tour will commence in San Francisco on 9th June, working its way across the States, including dates in New York, Washington and Chicago. He will finish off his tour at Marquee Day Club for another edition of his Heartfeldt Pool Party in Las Vegas.
LINDSEY LUFF Announces Self-Titled LP
Caught halfway between the earthy punch of alt-country and the dreamy swoon of folk-pop, Brooklyn by way of Memphis’s Lindsey Luff tells her story on her self-titled debut LP. Listen HERE to “Remind Me”, the wistful lead single.
“This song is about trying to hold onto someone or something that isn’t good for you, for whatever reason, but being afraid to let go so you just keep coming back to it,” Luff explained. “The idea of wanting to be reminded of how good someone or something was even if it’s over, out of reach or the other party is pulling away/not interested anymore.”
A mischievous post-hyphy superstar with a king-sized personality, Nef The Pharaoh is leading the new wave of Bay Area rap stars. Following a huge radio hit in 2015’s “Big Tymin’,” his two acclaimed 2016 mixtapes, Neffy Got Wings, a full-length collab with “That Part” producer Cardo, and Fresh Outta Space 3, and a world tour supporting G-Eazy, Nef is ready to transition from regional stardom to national recognition. Crafting a high-def and refined sound rooted in the traditional sounds of San Francisco and Oakland, Nef announces The Chang Project, his first project of 2017. Featuring appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, Larry June, SOB x RBE, Caleborate, OMB Peezy, Jay Ant, and others, but anchored by Nef’s ineffable energy and personality, The Chang Project releases later this Spring.
Black Lips stream new single “Squatting In Heaven”
Atlanta flower punk pioneers Black Lips have announced that their first album in three years, Satan’s graffiti or God’s art?, is set for release May 5th in the UK through Vice Records. Produced by Sean Lennon at his studio compound in upstate New York throughout 2016, the album is the group’s most musically evolved to date, while still staying true to their original blistering take on fuzzy, dirty rock n’ roll.
Black Lips new song “Squatting in Heaven”
Black Lips have just shared “Squatting in Heaven” the second taste of their forthcoming Sean Lennon-produced album Satan’s graffiti or God’s art? (set for release May 5 on Vice Records). The new song stays true to the band’s fuzzed-out rock roots while injecting layers of spacey psychedelia, giving a taste of what is the band’s most adventurous and accomplished album to date. The band head out on tour next month, full dates below
An artist in every sense, BANKS is set to reveal her stunning new live set and visual this Friday, April 14th in the desert, at Coachella Festival.
Set to hit the GOBI TENT at 7:10PM, BANKS will be kicking off weekend one with a very special performance in every sense. Performing songs from her critically acclaimed albums, “Goddess” (Harvest Records) her stunning debut, and “The Altar,” (Harvest Records) her latest and most brilliant full-length album which dropped in September 2016, BANKS is set to make her mark as one of America’s most compelling and innovative artists of our time when she hits the GOBI TENT on Friday evening.
Today Brooklyn Vegan shares the newest video from JFDR entitled “Destiny Is Upon Us”. It is the fifth track to get a video off of JFDR’s recently released debut album ‘Brazil’. Consequence Of Sound recently streamed the album in its entirety and prior to this track JFDR released four singles, White Sun, Airborne, Wires & Instant Patience. Brazil is out now and you can order it here. Also check out the new album on Spotify, Bandcamp & Itunes.
Westing is about to release their loudest album to date, I Haven’t Been Feeling Myself. With this album Westing departs from their previous quiet acoustic sound and introduces a whole new intensity, expanding into a full band post-hardcore sound.
Westing set out to record in a new environment and teamed up with Brett Romnes (I am the Avalanche) and Gary Cioni (former band member from past band Daytrader) during the fall of 2016 to create I Haven’t Been Feeling Myself at Barber Shop Studios in Hopatcong, New Jersey.
Austin, TX based band Culture Wars just announced their debut self-titled EP, out June 9th. Popmatters premiered the video for the first single “Money (Gimmie, Gimmie),” saying “Austin’s Culture Wars come blazing out of the gate with an addictive electrorock sound and swagger.”
Oslo based artist Moddi shares powerful video for ‘Army Dreamers’
They say music speaks louder than words, but what happens when the message falls silent? It’s a concept that formed the basis of Moddi’ s acclaimed album, ‘Unsongs’– a collection of 12 songs from 12 different countries that have, at one stage or another, been banned or suppressed. “To me, making this album was a doorway to the world, in a time when walls are being rebuilt and new doors are closed every day,” Moddi explains.
Music Video Premiere: “Fear the Rush” by Ross Jack
“Fear the Rush” single available for digital purchase.
So Many Wizards is the dreamy, jangly dream-punk project led by Nima Kazerouni. Today on Impose, the band shares “Before She Runs”, the third track off their upcoming album. ‘Heavy Vision’ is due April 14 on Lolipop Records.
RVBY MY DEAR PREMIERE NEW SINGLE “10:17”
RVBY MY DEAR,aka songwriter Gabbi Coenen, has premiered her new single, “10:17”, today via BrightestYoungThings – share via Soundcloud – a first taste from her recently completed debut album expected later in 2017. “10:17” was produced with Andrew Lappin (St. Lucia/Jack + Eliza) and mastered by Chris Gehringer (Nick Jonas/Rihanna/The 1975). Originally from Perth, Australia, RVBY MY DEAR will celebrate next week in her adopted New York City borough of Brooklyn, April 19 at the Good Room, 10pm.
Long Island’s sci-fi death metal dealers ARTIFICIAL BRAIN issue their new single “Static Shattering” through an exclusive premiere at Toilet Ov Hell, as the record nears release through Profound Lore Records next week.
Nightwave bosses up on her debut Fool’s Gold EP, “Wavejumper”. Beloved selector and seasoned UK producer, Maya Medvesek has built a peerless rep conjuring what Mixmag calls “pure dance floor euphoria”— a combustible mix of grime, footwork, techno, and anything else with a kickdrum that won’t quit.
Los Colognes Premieres “Unspoken” at Consequence of Sound
Nashville quintet Los Colognes will release their third album The Wave on May 12th via Big Deal Media / Thirty Tigers. The band just premiered their track “Unspoken” at Consequence of Sound, who said “it’s an Americana slow-burner like The War on Drugs sans the hazy psychedelia, calming even as it beckons you to actively adjust the way you interact with your surroundings.” With the premiere the band announced an extensive list of upcoming tour dates, including shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Seattle. The band is also confirmed for Sasquatch and Lockn’ Festivals.
Watch Tara Jane O’Neil’s engaging, new video for “Blow”
In The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein writes: “I may say that only three times in my life have I met a genius and each time a bell within me rang and I was not mistaken.” When I first met Tara Jane ONeil, about 25 years ago—and more particularly, the first time I saw her play—this bell rang. I was not mistaken.
Pop singer-songwriter Jonathan Cavier is preparing for the release of his brand new single “When You Come Around” on April 21st, 2017. This is the first single to be released in anticipation of Cavier’s second solo album, Blue Room, which is slated for release early this summer. “When You Come Around,” written and produced by Jonathan Cavier and mixed by Jason Losett, features a delicate combination of atmospheric keyboards and shimmering acoustic guitars. “When You Come Around” is a song about loving someone with all your heart and being willing to do anything for them even if they aren’t always right by your side. Cavier vocals, which are bursting with emotion, are accompanied by light, airy instrumentation, painting a vivid picture of being deeply in love.
TV Baby Announces New Album ‘Dignity Don’t Dance’
TV Baby announces the release of their debut album Dignity Don’t Dance. You can watch and share the video for the track “Klerin Priest” here. The NYC-based duo consists of Matt Mcauley and Brian Peck and they’ll be releasing the debut album on June 9th via Deus Records.
T.V. Baby is a project that came to life during 2016 in a makeshift hideaway deep within a remote corridor of industrial New York City.
In the midst of his massive world tour, Grandtheft teams up with Delaney Jane for an acoustic rendition of their hit single “Easy Go,” out now via Mad Decent Recordings.
In the short time since releasing, “Easy Go” has accumulated nearly ten million plays on Spotify alone, racing up the Shazam charts in San Fran, Hawaii, and receiving airplay on the airwaves in San Fran, NY, Boston, Miami, Detroit, Phoenix, Nashville and more. Billboard, Hypebeast Music, Dancing Astronaut and many more prominent media outlets have heaped praise on the track, leading to a highly-coveted plug into Spotify’s ‘Pop Rising” and ‘Future Dance Anthems’ playlists. “Easy Go” broke the top-40 spot on U.S. Radio, making Grandtheft the only indie act to be doing so amongst his charting peers. “