Austin-based musician Eliot Lipp preps the release of Skywave; an album Lipp has been working on for the past several months. With influences from sci-fi soundtracks and 70s and 80s funk, he channels a collection of weird, high-definition, melodic beats. In these nine songs Lipp feels he “might have everything I want to say in one moment.” Recreating key musical moments in a current and relatable way was the goal in producing Skywave and giving himself permission to take some risks as well.
Tonight, Ronald McDonald House® New York will partner with Stevie Van Zandt as an official friend and ambassador of the House. In his new role, the rock and roll legend, actor and music education advocate will promote the great work of the House and also provide unique mentorship to the cancer stricken children of the organization. As a partner of the house, he will provide the children with access to amazing musical activities and events throughout 2017.
The Ronald McDonald House® has a long tradition of partnering with influential personalities to promote its mission and help brighten the lives of children afflicted with cancer. Prominent friends of the House include musicians, athletes and social impact leaders. “I believe that being part of a band is special and that music can sometimes have healing powers,” said Van Zandt. “Through my partnership with the House, I am hoping that I can share this power and love for music with the people that need it most.”
Today, 300 Entertainment CEO, Kevin Liles and Murder Inc. Recordings Founder, Irv Gotti spoke with Billboard Magazine to confirm their musical partnership.
With the resurgence of Murder Inc Records, 300 Entertainment will assist in releasing new music from Gotti’s top artists: Boogiie Byrd of Washington, D.C. and Fitted Circle by way of St. Louis, MO. This announcement comes just before the premiere of Gotti’s new scripted series, “Tales,” which premieres on BET June 27th at 8PM/7CST. In keeping the show’s theme of creating a storyline around a record or happening in popular culture, Boogiie Byrd and Fitted Circle’s new singles, “We Need” and “Low 4 Me” are included in the first episode of “Tales.” Both visuals to the singles feature scenes from the series as well.
Shawn Mendes releases the video for his new hit single “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” directed by Jay Martin. The video features Shawn alongside a love interest played by Ellie Bamber of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning film Nocturnal Animals, and was shot on location in Paris, Amsterdam and the UK. Watch “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” here.
Video for Rhys Lewis’ New Single ‘I Know The Feeling’
Following the release of his successful debut ?Waking Up Without You? and his second release ?Living In The City?, Rhys Lewis has now shared the official music video for his heartfelt and uplifting new track ?I Know The Feeling?, out now on Decca Records.
The 24-year-old singer-songwriter has spent the past year between studios in London, Nashville, Stockholm, LA and Berlin; which has allowed him to develop a maturity to his song-writing. Fusing a rich soulful tone with a lyrical immediacy straight from the heart, Rhys has an undeniable gift to capture sometimes difficult emotions.
Bob Seger’s iconic catalog makes its streaming debut today. The debut includes twelve platinum/multi-platinum albums as well as Seger’s debut album, Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man. Fans can stream their Seger favorites via services including Amazon Music, Apple Music, iHeart Media, Napster, Slacker Radio and Spotify.
Varvara share new video for ‘Weatherman’
Last week Finnish rockers VARVARA got some pretty cool news from across the pond. Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich picked up, discussed and played their latest single ”Weatherman” on his radio show on worldwide Apple Music radio station Beats 1 ”It’s Electric!”.
Flight Facilities Return with New Single + Video
Highly acclaimed songwriting duo Flight Facilities return today with their incredible new single and video, “Arty Boy” (LISTEN) with Emma Louise. Released via Glassnote Records, “Arty Boy” confirms the first new music since their gold certified, twice ARIA-nominated debut LP Down To Earth, and subsequent ARIA-awarded album Live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Bike Thiefs, comprised of bassist Kris Pandierada, drummer Andrew Fasken and Guitarist/Vocalist Marko Woloshyn, absorb music as quickly as one would expect from a group of millennial audiophiles. Pandeirada cut his teeth writing hip hop beats in his basement, Woloshyn holed up in his room wringing the ink out of Elliott Smith sheet music and Fasken immersed himself in the world of 2000s post-punk, booking shows and playing in a handful of hardcore bands.
GRACE VANDERWAAL PREMIERES NEW TRACK “MOONLIGHT”
hirteen-year-old singer/songwriter and America’s Got Talent 2016 champion Grace VanderWaal has released her infectious new song “Moonlight” today. Produced by Ido Zmishlany (Shawn Mendes, American Authors), the youthful song features a stomping beat that complements her signature ukulele sound and is available now via the above platforms. Grace will perform “Moonlight” today on VidCon’s #YouTubeOnStage. The high energy 90-minute show will be open to conference attendees and to fans worldwide through a live stream at yt.be/onstage beginning at 10pm ET.
ALLDAY announces US tour
Fresh off the release of his sophomore LP, “Speeding,” and after garnering hype from major tastemakers like Rolling Stone, Mass Appeal, Sway in the Morning and more, Allday today announces his highly anticipated return to tour the States this August.
“Speeding” is a staggering achievement for the 26 year old artist – from slow burning contemplative tracks, to bittersweet tales of love and a flourish or two of upbeat party ready tracks, the record showcases just how much he has evolved in the last few years.
Sevdaliza drops new video ft. iconic gay adult film actor
One of the most innovative artists in recent years, Iranian-born Dutch artist Sevdaliza shares a remarkable new video for her track “Bluecid” today, which premiered on Harper’s Bazaar. Featuring one of France’s most iconic gay porn stars, François Sagat, as Sevdaliza’s smoldering partner, they run through a powerfully seductive dance routine over the haunting song. It was written and directed by Sevdaliza and her longtime collaborator, Zahra Reijs. It’s off her new self-released ISON album that debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic charts in the US, Poland, the Netherlands and landed in the top #5 in several other regions, including France, Canada, Germany and the UK.
She also performs at Webster Hall in New York tonight, wrapping up her first-ever headlining US shows, all of which sold out immediately.
Stand Atlantic formed by Bonnie Fraser (vocals), Jonno Panichi (drums), and David Potter (bass), are an Alternative Pop/Rock band from Sydney, Australia that offer a fresh blend of melodic hooks and power-driven instrumentals. From the release of their debut EP to their unparalleled live performance, Stand Atlantic are tipped to be the next band to break through the Australian scene. Stemming off their debut EP the band has supported the likes of As It Is, With Confidence and This Wild Life. Gearing up for new music in 2017, the band is proud to announce their signing with Rude Records.
According to Spotify, the sponsored songs advertisements could show up in an official manner, but the ads would only appear via users who are on the free tier. Basically, if you don’t have a premium account then you will see more of these “sponsored songs.”
Düsseldorf duo Grandbrothers have signed to City Slang for the release of their second album, ‘Open’, which is to be released on October 20th 2017, and have confirmed live dates including a London headline show. Today, they share a first taste of the new record with enchanting track “Bloodflow” and an accompanying video.
This Friday, June 23, Steelism will follow up their critically-acclaimed debut album 615 To Fame with ism, a ten-song collection that finds the band drawing inspiration from mid-century modern design, early Brian Eno productions and 70s film scores. The album will be released on their own imprint Intoxicating Sounds, distributed by Thirty Tigers. The record marks the first time the band brings featured vocalists into their instrumental canon, with guest appearences from Tristen, Ruby Amanfu, Andrew Combs and Jessie Baylin.
Kali Uchis debuts “Tyrant” video featuring Jorja Smith
The video for breakout vocalist, songwriter and producer Kali Uchis’s “Tyrant,” featuring Jorja Smith, premieres today—watch it here.
Disease and Suffering Revealed at ‘Free Range’ Chicken Supplier
In Defense of Animals and Australia’s most watched news service, Seven News, have exposed shocking conditions inside a free-range chicken farm that supplies meat to Australia’s biggest supermarkets. Footage taken at a Mt Barker Chicken farm in Perth reveals chickens cannibalizing rotting bodies, as well as diseased, dead and dying animals at the RSPCA-approved meat producer.
“Coles, Woolworths and Health Freak Cafe customers will be shocked and sickened by these disgusting and cruel horrors,” said Dr. Marilyn Kroplick, President of In Defense of Animals.” Australians are being fed a myth, there is nothing humane about free range chicken. We demand that live cameras be installed in chicken farms so that people can see for themselves whether the animals are free from hunger, thirst, discomfort, pain or distress.”
Four years after the release of its debut self-titled effort and with the aim to celebrate the summer solstice, the French impressionist one-man-band Salaman Isku just released its first full-length album called ‘Le Voyage Nocturne’, evolving somewhere between progressive atmospheres/textures, psychedelic vibes and black/post-metal constructions or vocals, and available right now for CD and Digital on Bandcamp.
What makes Savannah, GA’s Triathalon so curious is not where they fit musically—a lazy listener might lump their billowing lava lamp jams with murmuring shoegaze bands, though “indie rock” feels like the only box broad enough to contain their complexities. Rather, their curiosity is derived from the fact that they don’t easily fit anywhere, seemingly by design. In fact, as soon as listeners become accustomed to the band’s latest stylistic shift, Triathalon pivots in yet another challenging direction, daring its audience to keep up.
Relix explains that “the band described the inspiration of the song, citing the great influence of Bob Marley. They particularly noted that ‘Jah’ is the Rasta word for God and ‘Jah Works’ is the Rasta term for ‘God is good’ or ‘God is working,’ which led to this song title. ‘For our song ‘Jah Werx,’ we took this phrase and reinterpreted it in terms of our own reality and understanding of the universe.’”
The beauty of independence is bliss. This do-it-yourself narrative of a l l i e, the singer and songwriter from Toronto, Canada, is empowered by personal and creative freedom on her new album Nightshade. The self-released debut LP, out July 21, is a 10-track opus of soulful introspection. Her voice has the “lush tactility of suede,” according to Pitchfork. And last year, Red Bull described her songs as “sensual lullabies with the slow-motion beauty of low-gravity movement.”
Ruby the Hatchet Debuts New Song “Killer”
Philadelphia psych rock quintet RUBY THE HATCHET will release its new album, Planetary Space Child, on August 25 via Tee Pee Records. Recorded in an 1800’s era estate deep in the Pennsylvania woods with engineers Joe Boldizar (Retro City Studios), Zach Goldstein (Kawari Sound), and the band’s own Sean Hur, the record is the product of several weeks of self-imposed isolation. Planetary Space Child showcases seven richly layered songs that unite heavy, doomy psychedelia with acid rock, proto-prog and melodic, hypnotic songcraft. Today, RUBY THE HATCHET releases “Killer”, the first single from the new LP; hear it now.
New Politics Share Video For “One of Us”
New Politics have shared the video for their current single, “One Of Us,” which is now approaching top 10 at alternative radio. Tomorrow, the band kicks off a tour across the U.S. with 311, making stops in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and more.
Half Egyptian, half Belgian, and living between there and Amsterdam, the talented 20 year old Tamino, full name Tamino Moharam Fouad, has released his debut EP via Unday Records. From it, the delicate ‘Habibi’ is available to stream here.
Humans ‘Boys & Girls’ 360º
The JUNO Award nominated duo wanted to create an animated virtual reality with a girl dancing in front and a guy dancing behind. So they brought their 2D animations into the 3D space for an increasingly trippy music video.
Ritualistic, apocalyptic noisemakers, ATRIARCH, are back with their fourth offering of mind-altering, doom-soaked, deathrock entitled Dead As Truth. Recorded and mixed by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Om, Graves At Sea, Vhol) and featuring artwork by Stevie Floyd (Yob, Dark Castle), Dead As Truth sees ATRIARCH venture deeper into the blackened abyss with haunting incantations, exotic drones, and crushing aural experimentations that boldly embrace death’s cold heart. Fragments of post-punk, gothic doom, black metal, sludge, and noise complement the band’s desolate universe and further supplement their most immediate and formidable release to date. ATRIARCH prescribe the order that there is but one truth and that is death.
Today, rising Hip-Hop artist and activist, MBALLA stuns with the unveiling of “Illegal,” the debut single off of her upcoming seven-track EP, Never Leave Quietly set for release later this year. “Illegal” exclusively premiered with Nylon.
HUNDRED WATERS ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR
Hundred Waters have announced a Fall tour in support of their recently released Currency EP and highly anticipated new full length. The announcement arrives on the heels of their staggering performance at FORM Arcosanti, the festival the band founded and have self-curated for the past four years. Two videos from their affecting performance at the unique festival surfaced last week via Pitchfork (link below). The new tour kicks off in San Diego this September and takes them across the length of the country, ending three weeks later with a performance at Miami’s III Points Festival.
Urban Pop Duo Epoch Failure Drop Inspiring EP ‘Warrior’s Hymn’
How do you follow up a Bon Jovi-endorsed cover of “Livin On A Prayer” that cracked the Top 10 on Spotify’s Viral 50 USA chart, and a first single (“Champion”) that played live in-stadium during Super Bowls LI & 50? You do it with another track built on a similarly solid foundation of heart and grit. “Warrior’s Hymn” is the title track off the duo’s upcoming EP, and it’s another street anthem for the bold, the broken and the believers.
In advance of the release of their debut, Powerflo are streaming their full album via via Invisible Oranges as of today. The band’s self-titled debut is due out this Friday, June 23rd via New Damage Records. Of the album, Powerflo’s Billy Graziadei commented, “We worked long and hard putting this all together, to finally release it into the hands of and ears of our peers is the ultimate reward. Looking forward to bringing Powerflo to your local club and tearing shit up for you all!”
Multi-Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter India.Arie is excited to announce the release of her upcoming EP SongVersation: Medicine that will be available on all digital platforms June 30. An extension of her 2013 release SongVersation, which received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Billboard and Vibe among others, this seven song EP is India’s offering during these tumultuous times.
Her will release their upcoming live EP, Her Live Tape #2, on June 30. Her Live Tape #2 features 7 songs recorded at the band’s sold out show in April at La Gaité Lyrique in Paris. The EP includes several tracks from Her Tape #2, which was released earlier this year.
Nick Schott’s new track “Empathetic Hunter”
A cut off Nick Schott’s new album Shadows of Fire, “Empathic Hunter” begins fairly unassumingly, with a tight funk-tinged rock arsenal. The chorus, though – both in its first entry at 01:01 and second at 02:34 – showcases a very impressive form of infectious songwriting, in a no-frills mode that relies on melodic charm and raw vocal passion. The approach reminds of guitar-led sophisti-pop, a la Danny Wilson.
Multi-talented Boston producer, rapper and singer Caye partners with HipHopDX to release a special debut music video for his feel-good summer jam “LA Life.” Inspired by his big move from Boston to Hollywood, Caye collaborates with producer Dawgus and director Luke Allwein to celebrate his arrival in LA with a soulful track, witty verses, smooth melodies he caps it off with a sunny and breezy visual.
JAYLIEN’s unclassifiable hybrid of rap and R&B blends sonic elements from mainstream pop and underground electronic, all in the service of deep introspection and profound self-reflection. Wading through a murky cloud of pleasingly assonant synth pads, JAYLIEN laments the state of his relationship on “Trust.” Plaintively and rhythmically harmonizing with a sped-up version of his own voice, the St. Louis triple threat bemoans his lover’s lack of faith–he never cheats, yet he cannot win his girl’s trust. Though the artist effectively conveys his melancholy, he never wallows in self-pity, returning to the track after a convincing false ending to powerfully plead for his beloved’s affection. Premiered by HotNewHipHop, “Trust,” which samples “Red” by popular producer XXYYXX, is the latest single from JAYLIEN’s next EP, coming later this year.
Following the runaway success of the Nobody Safe Tour’s across North America this spring, Future unveils the second leg of his 2017 touring, The Future Hndrxx Tour. This time around, the multiplatinum, record-setting hip-hop innovator and prolific cultural force touches down everywhere from Lisbon and Toronto to Mozambique and Tanzania before returning stateside for yet another U.S. run of dates and finally taking over Australia and Europe this fall.
“Somewhere back in the early 2000s, I encountered Mouthus, duo of Brian Sullivan and Nate Nelson, in a tiny drop-ceiling storefront venue somewhere in California’s Central Valley. The burly Sullivan and less ectomorphic Nelson lugged a drum kit and a full-size Marshall stack into the tiny, 300-square-foot room, slammed a half dozen Red Bulls, and, after pacing wild-eyed for a few minutes, blasted off into a torn-up, arena-volume sonic catastrophe that drove basically everyone immediately out onto the sidewalk. From what I could tell, it was a typical night. As releases piled up, Mouthus ripped apart the rulebook of assumed “noise rock,” building disintegrating towers of sound just as easily as murmured acoustic mantras. As the twenty-naughts melted into the twenty-teens, Mouthus collapsed into oblivion.
Rikka Zimmerman honors Orlando victims with new single ‘Come Together’
Transformational leader, acclaimed international speaker, successful author and singer/songwriter Rikka Zimmerman has guided millions of people around the world to a greater level of consciousness and universal love. As the creator of Life Transformed, a series of live-streamed summits and classes held worldwide, Rikka empowers people to know they are the catalysts for bringing about transformation for themselves and the planet. As a follow up to her successful 2013 release, Be the Change, Rikka is set to release her new album, The Miracle, on August 3, 2017 with an even stronger message to inspire and empower others.
Chad Jenkins “Awake” Video
After graduating the University of the Arts, Jenkins abruptly stopped playing music altogether and pursued a career in television as a cameraman and producer. Some of his broadcast credits include: Hoarding Buried Alive, Entertainment Tonight, Yahoo! 365 Nights of Concerts, and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Following the death of his mother and nearly a decade removed from performing music, Jenkins wrote and produced the record: VIDEO, which includes the song and accompanying music video: ‘Awake’.
Drezo Releases New Single “Dead”
Buzzing LA-based DJ/producer Drezo returns with new single “Dead” off his forthcoming Jaded EP. “Dead” is a belter from Drezo and brings the heavy, dark, bassy vibes that the producer has come to be known for. The track marks a unique dichotomy in that it’s sure to work the crowd just as well at an underground warehouse rave as it is at a major festival stage. It adds to the already building lore of Drezo as one of the leading representatives of the West Coast’s dark house music scene.
TOKiMONSTA SHARES VIDEO FOR “DON’T CALL ME” FEAT. YUNA
LA -based super-producer Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA, is set to embark on a massive world tour and summer festival dates, beginning this month and running through the end of the year, in support of her upcoming album, Lune Rouge. Slated for fall release via her own Young Art Records imprint, the album’s name translates to “red moon” and is named after the rare scientific phenomenon that holds an ominous weight across cultures worldwide, as also depicted in her just released cover art. Today, she also shares a mesmerizing new video for the album’s first single, “Don’t Call Me” featuring Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna. The video, premiered earlier on Stereogum, features both TOKIMONSTA and Yuna amongst shifting natural and supernatural landscapes, with Yuna clones multiplying while TOKIMONSTA stays at the helm controlling the soundscape.
TESHA shares the second track “Dreams”
Known as TESHA, the forward thinking singer- songwriter and producer, Neta Elias, creates self empowering, ruminative and equality driven experimental electro-pop focused on the wonders and unknowns of life. Born in Israel and raised playing her mother’s living room piano, she drew inspiration from the likes of Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush and the classical era.
“Tin Laurels” premiered on All Things Go with Deschain detailing it’s, “a Blackstar (Bowie)-inspired post-rock track about the dark realities of the American dream and putting your desperate trust in the wrong people. This was the first song I wrote that was inspired by the rise of Donald Trump, back in late 2015. It’s about trying to find your way forward with every economic and political force working against you and out of your control, while everyone around you gives into distraction and solace from all kinds of places, from Trump to pop music. Story-wise, it’s about Catherine coming to Detroit to become an actress, only to have the city collapse and become enthralled with a rising revolutionary that she’s not sure can be trusted.”
“Mankind Will Have No Mercy” is the latest single from New Orleans metal legion GOATWHORE. The punishing hymn comes by way of the band’s anticipated new full-length, Vengeful Ascension, set for worldwide release this Friday, June 23rd, via Metal Blade Records.
#1 Spotify Global Viral Act Emmit Fenn
Today, multidimensional 21 year old artist, Emmit Fenn is excited to release his Prologue EP. The LA based singer/songwriter and producer has accumulated over 23 million Spotify streams thus far, beginning with his Painting Greys EP in 2015, which peaked at #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Chart for over a week.
ISA – ‘Light On’
With 14 million stream and gold sales of her debut single ‘I Will Wait’ in Scandinavia, Stockholm’s ISA Tengblad has returned with her new single ‘Light On’.
Written while in a traffic jam on her way to Burbank, LA, and about getting through everyday life longing for the things that really matters in life, ‘Light On’ was produced by Cape Lion, and written with Josefine Glenmark.
What makes this record special is not just how it’s built on melodies and riffs and songs with the looseness and ease of four friends who have been making music together for decades, but how vibrant and energetic and smart and funny and fun it is. For fans of a particular brand of indie-rock founded in the seventies and eighties and honed in the nineties and oughts, Lo Tom is one of the best things to arrive in a very long time.
Recordings from the early sessions, including “Just In Love,” “Muddy Water,” and “Better Be Lonely,” bear the mark of a hot New Orleans summer: a lack-of air conditioning, and creaky wood floors, which yield a languid, dreamy sound. Elsewhere on the New Orleans sessions is the feel of the city’s classic R&B, music made for dancing like “Sad Song” and “Hurricane Shakedown.” Over several sessions back at Tokic’s Nashville studio during the Fall of 2016, The Deslondes finalized the album, pushing their sound forward with new tracks like “Nelly” and the gospel-influenced title track. Downing’s songs bookend the album: the wistful opener, “Muddy Water,” recalling the “small town kids” of his Missouri childhood; and the closing ballad, “Déjà Vu And A Blue Moon,” which he says is “an ode to those who’ve spent a lot of time on the road, and maybe they always will.” A must-see live act, The Deslondes have toured the country extensively and have supported the Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Lumineers, John Fullbright, Michael Kiwanuka and more.
Los Angeles’ Triptides share their latest single “Rewind” from their new full-length, Afterglow, out June 23 on Requiem Pour Un Twister Records.