Critically acclaimed American roots artist, The Reverend Shawn Amos has released a new animated lyric video for his recent single “2017”. The video launched today via The Alternate Root. With a string section reminiscent of B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone“ and Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, “2017” is a timely commentary on our divided discourse — and a heartfelt plea to listen to our better angels. As Amos notes, “It’s clearly about the events of the year but it could just as easily have been written in 1967, ‘77, ‘87.” The collage-style video was directed by Adam Snow, whose lively visuals both contrast with and accentuate the serious focus of the song, while highlighting the poignant lyrics.
What happens when you lose 500 lbs. & become a Billboard-charting artist?
VIZIN is a Los Angeles based, Native American drag queen who went from 700 pounds to 200 pounds. Her new dance/pop single for “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” that debuted this week over Taylor Swift on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart (see below) is a reimagined version of the original dance anthem by Sylvester. See the video:
Secret Attraction – ‘PROMISES’ EP
Secret Attraction is the project of Phoenix, Arizona-based producer Derek Wise. Beginning in 2014 with debut EP Desire (Stratford Ct), Wise has gracefully matured from an ambient-pop and house producer with a knack for lush atmosphere into a focused, skillfull funk-pop artiste. Five EP’s into his Secret Attraction project, Wise’s output remains prolific, with 2017 bringing both the ALWAYS (Stratford Ct) and PROMISES (self-released) EP’s. ALWAYS featured some of Wise’s most dancefloor-ready work, including several joyous, pop-forward collaborations with Keats Collective member Rollergirl. PROMISES, his brand new self-released EP, honed in on his funkier tendencies, resulting in a sleek, sensual collection of Prince-esque compositions. Wise has also flexed his producing talents in 2017, co-producing Boulevards’ contemporary funk album Hurtown, USA (out 12/8). Wise is currently working on his debut full-length LP, which he plans to self-release in 2018.
Throughout his venerable 25-year career as an entertainer, Trace Adkins has demonstrated his unwavering support for our military servicemen and women through his work as spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project, his 12 overseas USO trips and regular participation in fundraising events such as the recent Guitar Legends for Heroes concert in New York City. His most recent single, “Still A Soldier,” makes clear that his gratitude and understanding is genuine and deeply felt. Director Mike Stryker and producer Shanah Zigler of Casting Life Films helped Adkins create a compelling tribute to veterans and their loved ones for the music video, premiering today on CMT. The powerful video, featuring a glimpse into the life of Army Specialist Bryan Gerwitz, can be seen HERE.
A veteran band leader of the last twenty years, and a songwriter of considerable output, Adam Ostrar (formerly Adam Busch) now presents his second solo record Brawls In The Briar, after a career spent at the helm of art rock ensembles The Curious Digit (Jagjaguwar), Manishevitz (Jagjaguwar) and SONOI (Meno Mosso).
Detroit-born and bred singer-songwriter sisters Aplus have announced the release date of their highly anticipated debut album, Pride Liberty Detroit. Set to drop February 9 via Original 1265 Recordings, the album features the hit single “Pride Over Me,” which received praise from the likes of SoulBounce as a “piano-driven ballad that drips with emotion and sentiment while showcasing the sisters’ powerful vocals.” The second single from the album, “Strangers,” is set to release on Friday, December 15.
Elvis Perkins has announced the release of a new single, “There Go The Nightmericans,” performed with Sam Cohen (who also produced) and Josh Kaufman. The track is backed by “Clockwork,” originally released by Sam Cohen as part of Dave Eggers’ “30 Songs, 30 Days” playlist of songs written and recorded by musicians for a Trump-free America during the month leading up to the 2016 presidential election. “There Go The Nightmericans” b/w “Clockwork” is available now at Perkins; newly launched Bandcamp now.
ALEX RIDDLE PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “HOSTING GHOSTS” ON HUFF POST
Alex Riddle has just premiered his new single titled “Hosting Ghosts” over on Huffington Post. The single will be featured on Riddle’s forthcoming 7” and digital EP releases, due out in early 2018. Huffington Post called the track a “powerfully intimate homage to possession and the people that come into our lives.” Fans can listen to the song here.
Collapsing Scenery Shares New Video Via BlackBook
Collapsing Scenery shares their latest video “Years of Lead (Are Back Again)” via BlackBook. Director Nina Ljeti explains that “the concept for the video came from an idea I had of what would happen if the cast of Friends had to face the Apocalypse.” Collapsing Scenery is playing a number of shows at this years Miami Art Basel, you can find a full list of dates below:
Dropkick Murphys have announced the dates for their headlining St. Patrick’s Day Tour 2018. Marking their first U.S. tour of the year, the run will kick off on February 24 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT and culminate with the band’s annual hometown run of Boston shows St. Patrick’s Day Week (March 15-18). Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, December 8 at www.DropkickMurphys.com, starting at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Tour openers include New York Hardcore icons Agnostic Front and Boston ska pioneers Bim Skala Bim, who both have a long history with Dropkick Murphys and have shared bills with the band since the early days of DKM. Bim Skala Bim was a co-opener for The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ “Boston On The Road” tour in 1997, which introduced Dropkick Murphys to a national audience. Dropkick Murphys and Agnostic Front last toured the US together in 1998, which was followed by the DKM/AF 7″ split Unity in 1999.
Dark, Disturbing and Dardelic – Johny Dar’s new music video ‘Scars’
The video for ‘Scars’ is as powerful and compelling as the track itself, and the sound of Johny Dar’s vocal instrumentation (aka ‘alien rap’) all the more extraordinary when combined with the self-directed visual journey of this groundbreaking music video.
Celebrating their tenth anniversary, leading Australian music company Wonderlick Entertainment have today announced they’ve just opened an office in New York City. After curating an elite lineup of Australian talent including Boy & Bear, Amy Shark, Grinspoon, Montaigne, Airbourne, Josh Pyke, The Paper Kites, Holy Holy, Pete Murray and more, co-owners and directors of the company, Gregg Donovan and Stu MacQueen are thrilled to reveal Wonderlick’s first international arm.
MIGOS SHARE ‘MOTORSPORT’ VIDEO FEAT. NICKI MINAJ & CARDI B
Grammy-nominated multi-platinum trio Migos have shared the eagerly awaited futuristic video for their blockbuster single “MotorSport” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. In one month the song has earned RIAA Certified Gold status and solidified itself as a major moment in modern music by bringing two of the biggest female rappers together on the same track. It has garnered over 130 million streams to date, is Top 10 in the US and Top 15 on the Spotify’s Global Chart,
#12 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap Chart, #9 at Urban Radio, #12 at Rhythm Radio, maintains its spot in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and is one of the Top 10 most Shazammed songs in the US.
Swayday is a young debut-band from Stockholm who are releasing their first single, “Curious”, on December the 8th. The sound of these musically gifted boys-next-door is characterized by modern pop with certain influences from big, dance-friendly productions. The band members have been friends from a young age and have a common musical interest that resulted in this release, which is the first single leading to a debut EP which will be released in 2018.
“Curious plays a bit with gender roles, for example, how girls and boys perceive each other and what they’re expected to do. Many of today’s songs are about relationships and sex. Usually it’s girls/women who get objectified on the lyrics, and so we felt that it was time to do something different. Instead of having an “intimate” hook, we chose “Curious” as the main word. So the song doesn’t talk about the woman in the “expected” way, it rather deals with relationships in a lighter style.” – Swayday
Rising U.K. pop superstar Dua Lipa has released her “Live Acoustic EP.” The EP, featuring a collaboration with Gallant and an acoustic version of her smash hit single “New Rules,” is available now. This release celebrates Dua recently selling a milestone 1.2 million albums and more than 8.5 million singles worldwide, with “New Rules” officially entering the top 10 on the U.S. Top 40 Chart.
Dua has truly made 2017 her year. She is officially Spotify U.K.’s most streamed female artist of 2017, and the fourth most streamed U.K. artist globally following Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Calvin Harris. “New Rules” was also the first single by a solo female artist to claim the number one spot on the U.K. singles chart since Adele in 2015.
Artist Debut Ethan Payton Delivers on New Single “Roll With It”
Ethan Payton is a 20-year-old recording artist and student from Lake Geneva, WI who currently attends the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Ethan’s passion for music developed at a very young age and can be confirmed by his mother, who has gone on record saying that Ethan began to “sing before he was even able to talk.” That special talent of his eventually led to a recording contract with Unifi Records.
Locally, many close friends, family, and recording artist have compared Ethan’s style and presence to Hip Hop megastar Drake, with a similar voice as The Weeknd’s . Although he has been compared to such great talents, Ethan’s style couldn’t be more distinct from there’s. His musical influences include Kanye West, The Temptations, Tupac, Biggie Smalls, and Miguel, amongst others.
Woodes Releases ‘Dots’ Video Clip
Woodes details the clip’s creation “I worked with Melbourne director, Andy Hatton through out the creation of this clip to bring Dots to life. We brought together a mood board of hundreds and hundreds of images at first, focusing on light and connection. From there we conceptualised a clip focused on a search, or group of quests… sending out signals and being drawn back into human connection. It’s special to feel connected to something or someone through thoughts and places, smells and sounds.
Manic Street Preachers release new single ‘International Blue’
‘International Blue’ is the first new release from MANIC STREET PREACHERS in four years and is available from today (8th December 2017). It is taken from the band’s 13th studio album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ out on Columbia/Sony on 6th April 2017. The single is unfiltered, classic Manic Street Preachers. Inspired by the city of Nice in the mid winter sun and the life’s work of French Nouveau realisme artist Yves Klein, the song is built over an immense riff that echoes the twin Manics peaks of ‘Generation Terrorists’ and ‘Everything Must Go’.
MÄRVEL RELEASES NEW VIDEO ‘ANGELA’
Angela is covering the subject of true love and separation in space, and according to the band the best way to do so is by exploring the fine art of rock’n’roll ballads. Without a doubt, the band looks way back into history this time around, and not only for their true love but also when it comes to production and sound. Using all the tricks to create their perfect ballad, Angela contains both an 80´s guitar solo and just the right amount of piano and choirs. Angela is the most memorable song to date from Swedish rock sensations Märvel. This track is for all the distressed lovers out there…
Jengyz – ‘Remember Me’ Single
Jengyz is a 22 year old musician situated in Western Sydney, Australia. Learning to sing and play guitar from an early age, he started to write his own songs from the age of 18.
Remember Me is the first single from Jengyz’s debut EP The Healers Call. Soulful singing & lyrics, combined with great guitar work (percussive fingerstyle); the song itself is both driving and emotional, with a catchy chorus that will get stuck in your head.
After being shortlisted this week as One To Watch For 2018 by The Independent, and had her new single ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ lead the Music Week playlist, country-pop star Catherine McGrath has today released her version of the classic track ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’.
Bringing her remarkable year of success to a close, Catherine has stripped-back the energetic pop of the original to perform a beautiful and warming acoustic ballad. No jingle bells, just her gorgeous voice and melodic guitar-playing to get you ready for the festive season.
Club 8 share new single “Swimming With The Tide”
The upcoming album “Golden Island” marks the duo’s biggest leap since they formed in the small town of Åhus in 1995. Golden Island is a place somewhere between the real and the imaginary. The album dwells on quietness and subtle moves created by odd instruments, field recordings and sampled voices creating embracing atmospheres pending from soothing to haunting.
Original Dodger unveil brand-new Shakka collab ‘Find Space’
Legendary UK garage duo Original Dodger (previously known as Artful Dodger), have revealed their brand new track, a dynamic production titled ‘Find Space” featuring Shakka. Showcased by Mistajam as his Jam Hot premiere on BBC Radio 1, the track acts as a throwback to the late 90’s and early 21st century sounds of the genre’s golden era.
BBC Radio 1 DJ and producer Danny Howard has unveiled his new after-hours mix of Riton and MNEK & House Gospel Choir collab ‘Deeper’ – out now.
Taking ‘Deeper’ to more gritty levels, Danny keeps sections of the original’s vocal, whilst chopping in brooding loops to create a rugged tech-house sound. The production follows an incredible run for Danny, who has just unveiled his brand new two-track Feel Real/Kid EP on Shadow Child’s label, Food Music, as well as a brand new EP from his esteemed label, Nothing Else Matters featuring Mason Maynard, Apexape, The Golden Boy and PAX.
The Godfather of Grime, Wiley has dropped another track from forthcoming album ‘Godfather II’.
‘Bar’ sees Wiley throw down lyrically, alongside Roll Deep member Scratchy, and D Double E of Newham Generals. Laced with hypnotic layers, and deep-boosted basslines, ‘Bar’ follows Wiley’s latest single ‘Call The Shots’ with both set to feature on the new album,’Godfather II.’
AT THE SUN Release ‘Walk On Over’ Music Video
UK heavy rockers AT THE SUN have released a new music video for the song ‘Walk On Over’, the track is taken from ther debut EP ‘Breathe’, which was released earlier this year. Harry Dale, lead singer, calls the track “A story of lust, desire and temptation.”
“Sometimes, you hear a band play and you just think to yourself “Wow, that fucking rocks” – Moshville Times
Today, Chris Dave and the Drumhedz announce the release of their debut self-titled album, out January 26th via Blue Note Records. Led by drummer, composer, and bandleader Chris Dave, the album features Anderson .Paak, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Bilal, SiR, Anna Wise, and dozens more. The album pre-order launches with the first single “Destiny n Stereo (feat. Elzhi, Phonte Coleman & Eric Roberson),” which is now available to download or stream. NPR Music recently praised the track’s “head-nod beat reminiscent of Dave’s rhythm lodestar, the revered producer J Dilla.”
HAIM have teamed up with Mura Masa for a remix of ‘Walking Away’ from their critically acclaimed sophomore album, “Something To Tell You” (Columbia Records). Mura Masa, who has worked with A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, and more, revamps HAIM’s R&B infused track into an upbeat, lush electronic production. Listen to ‘Walking Away’ (Mura Masa Remix) here.
Mereki Releases Holiday Song “I’ll Be Yours Tonight (Merry Christmas)”
oday, Mereki released her new holiday song “I’ll Be Yours Tonight (Merry Christmas)”. The track was written by Mereki, Joshua Moriarty (Miami Horror), Dhani Harrison and Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), and produced by Chris Taylor in his Echo Park studio.
It’s an honest tune with haunting lyrics about spending the holidays alone, reflecting on time passed with a former lover. The bittersweet love story makes for a fresh dose of reality amongst the slew of typical sing-alongs covered time and time again by modern artists. With this song, Mereki continues to pave her own path in the music scene; one of self-awareness, that confidently rides the waves of life’s ups and downs with emotional consciousness.
NYC art punk four-piece The Nectars release debut single ‘Heaven’
New York’s newest alt-rock outfit The Nectars have released their debut single ‘Heaven’, a gritty, punk-inspired belter coated with rock ‘n’ roll sass.
Breaking out of the suburbs of New Jersey, the four-piece consisting of members Jon Paul (bass / vocals), Mike Montalbano (drums / vocals), Michael Baron (guitar / vocals) and lead vocalist Jessica Kenny, have created a style that’s edgy, energetic and full of attitude.
Kraut-rockers Norma analyse personal demons on S.A.D.
In this case, the demon materialises as the mysterious ‘Neil’, who in the band’s words is “a figure that appears especially during the darkest season. We probably all have our personal devils, wherever we want them or not, it’s just about learning how to live with them.”
LUI HILL is a connecting force. Banging on his drums in a rhythm reminiscent of a determined heart, his vocals take you somewhere along a soulful journey, miles and miles away from where you started. And yet it’s a journey eerily familiar.
New Release from Phillip Phillips “Dance With Me” On Interscope Records
“Dance With Me” is a song Phillips penned, along with his friend Tim Bruns, for his 2015 wedding to longtime girlfriend Hannah Blackwell. “Dance With Me” was performed by Bruns as the couple danced their first dance at their southern nuptials. The song was produced by Dave Cobb and will be featured on Phillips’ forthcoming album Collateral.
IVVVO ‘Prince of Grunge’ (Nyx Unchained)
IVVVO’s ‘Prince of Grunge’ is out today on NYX UNCHAINED, marking the inception of the label. ‘Prince of Grunge’ is a personal account with palpable fragility, following on from releases with equal visceral self-exploration on Halcyon Veil, Opal Tapes and Danse Noire.
‘Prince of Grunge’ is a grueling testimony of a generational affliction consisting of millennial anxiety, depression and fear experienced first hand by the Porto-born, London-based producer. The complexity and contradictory nature of these emotions and mental states result in a vulnerable narrative highlighting the difficulties that comes with positive progress.