JUSTIN FURSTENFELD of BLUE OCTOBER Lays Bare His Story with “An Open Book” Tour
Five years since its debut, Justin Furstenfeld (frontman of Blue October) continues his impassioned and captivating “An Open Book” tour with dates through February 18th. “An Open Book” is comprised of stories from the critically-acclaimed musician who is deeply aware of his past, but has a passionate focus on the present. The audience gets to experience the hilarity of his high school years, the intensity of the early days of touring, and the extremes brought on by his struggle with (and ultimately his recovery from) drug addiction. Placed throughout the performance are formidable stripped-down versions of Blue October songs complete with live footnotes that are perfectly woven into the lyrics, adding exceptional context and elevating each word to impress a grander understanding.
Aegean Sorrow, the impending new full-length from Greek death/doom veterans ON THORNS I LAY, will see release this March via Alone Records. In advance of its official unveiling, Decibel Magazine offers up the consuming sounds of “Olethros Part II” for public consumption.
Australia’s What So Not is pleased to announce his long awaited debut album Not All The Beautiful Things — out March 9 via Sweat It Out — featuring frequent collaborator Skrillex, legendary rock lords Toto, plus San Holo and SLUMBERJACK to name only a few. Over three years in the making, Not All the Beautiful Things is about transformation and metamorphosis, a culmination of everything the Australian-born artist has been working towards as he’s built his reputation as one of the most innovative producers in the game, garnering over 455 million combined streams in the process. More than an album, it’s a fully realised artistic statement in which What So Not is in full control of every aspect, from the stage design and visuals to the music videos and merchandise. “I didn’t want to put anything out that doesn’t cohesively match the essence of the songs,” explains the man behind it all, Chris Emerson.
As spoken arts label Cadabra Records issues the deluxe vinyl-only release of M. R. James’ Casting The Runes, a new audio sample from the record has been premiered at No Clean Singing. The full cast audio play was produced by Bleak December, adapted by Anthony D. P. Mann, and features actor David Warner, known for his roles in The Omen, Titanic, Tron, Star Trek, Time Bandits, and much more.
Tim Lancaster shares his second single and music video, “Tango Down.” Earbuddy premiered the track and video, calling it “quite genre-bending and fun.” New Noise Magazine premiered lead single “Tango Down”, praising its “ruckus of alternative style with a vocal delivery that continuously keeps the listener on their toes. The song is off of Lancaster’s upcoming record, Conspiracy.” All music and lyrics were written, performed, recorded and engineered by Tim Lancaster. He elicited assistance in the production of the record from Dallas Lancaster, and it was mastered with Dwight Hill. Conspiracy was recorded at Epsilon II Studio in Wayne, New Jersey. Conspiracy is due out
Matador! Soul Sounds is proud to announce their debut album Get Ready. The band consists of the dream team of Eddie Roberts (New Mastersounds) and Alan Evans (Soulive) alongside keyboardist Chris Spies and bassist Kevin Scott. Rounding out the already killer line-up are vocalists Kimberly Dawson (Pimps of Joytime) and Adryon de León (Orgone) bringing their soulful and powerful energy to the mix. Combining the dynamism of each band leader, the music they have created is brand new, hard hitting and drenched with their shared musical passions – jazz, funk & soul.
Bibeau’s new album self-titled debut arrives on March 23, 2018 via Fade to Silence Records. To herald the release, the band has shared the new song/music video “Leeway”.
“Leeway” is now available for download/streaming at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify and all worldwide sites. Special 12 song special CD digipack debut record available 3/23/18 via Alliance/Amped Distribution and AWAL Digital worldwide.
FKA The Pierce Brosnan’s, The PB’s make their presence known with ‘Anicone’, their raucous debut under their new moniker. The follow up track to 2017’s ‘N64’, ‘Anicone’ tackles complex themes of hopelessness, depression and futility with wry wit and a strong dose of irony. Earnest storytelling, guttural-yet-melodic vocals and abrasive guitars collide in this hook driven hit of garage/noise-rock glory from the Brisbane four-piece.
EVESTUS pushing for EUROVISION Song Contest – release new music video
Estonian band EVESTUS have published a music video for the track “Welcome To My World” which was selected from approximately 300 applicants to compete at Eesti Laul competition along with 19 other artists, which will select Estonia’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. EVESTUS call their track post-apocalypse pop, inviting the listener to take a look at the world we’ve created before we blow this planet up again. In the last 10 years, this was the first time an industrial artist is considered to represent Estonia at ESC. “Welcome to My World” is taken from the band’s upcoming album (TBA 2018).
Boston Ballet’s spring season opens with Parts In Suite, a program of works by three of today’s most prolific choreographers: William Forsythe, Justin Peck, and Jorma Elo. The program opens with Elo’s Bach Cello Suites with live musical accompaniment by cellist Sergey Antonov. In Creases marks the Company’s debut in a work by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. Embarking on the second year of a five-year partnership with Forsythe, Boston Ballet presents the Company premiere of his Pas/Parts 2016. Parts In Suite runs March 9–April 7, at the Boston Opera House.
Nele Needs A Holiday releases the first single, We’ll See from her album, Love Yeah, a track which perfectly demonstrates her achingly emotive vocals and utterly immersive song-writing talent. Nele (pronounced “Nail-a”) writes songs about the tragedies of everyday life – capsules of time where it feels like the world is collapsing around you but are forgotten soon after – love songs which feature arguments, fears, doubts, loss and strange encounters and show how people really react in relationships, rather than the pages in a comic book. We’ll See is accompanied by an inspired video which revels in the paradoxes and dark humour of Nele’s music.
Every once in a while a song comes along that has the power to touch the world. Some of us witnessed it decades ago. We watched first hand as the world responded in a massive way to those special productions as they made and are still making a difference even today. Now, today, in addition to those masterful wide audience appeal releases a brand new music video “Believe It” by the Florida based Soul Circus Cowboys enters the scene and this production delivers yet another exceptional message. The producer, George Hudak, of
Sweden’s Elias offers up yielding slowburner “Focus”
Following on from 2017’s epic releases “Thinking Of You” and “Hope”, the young Swedish talent Elias follows up with “Focus”. A yielding slowburner that showcases Elias’ soulful and sincere vocals, personal lyricism and penchant for moving, perfectly-formed melodies, heard through a haze of modernist pop production. The single once again returns to a recurring theme of disharmony, of how through inner turmoil and conflicting life choices, one can move forward. As Elias explains in his own words:
Country Heart Throb Matt Westin Releases Debut Album “Legacy”
Country music artist, Matt Westin was born and raised in a blue-collar family, in a middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. After the untimely 2016 death of his father from cancer-related causes, Matt decided to honor his father’s memory by walking away from a promising engineering career, to focus on his music, something his father had staunchly supported
Tale Of Us reveal new track ‘Error Error’ from forthcoming fabric mix
Tale Of Us have revealed their rousing new track ‘Error Error’, ahead of its official release as part of the duo’s fabric 97 compilation. Dropped by the pair on their Soundcloud page, it will be available to purchase as an exclusive with the mix from the 16th February.
Last Japan announces new 7-track EP, ‘LUNA’
Coveted beat-maker, DJ and Coyote Records mainstay Last Japan is to release new seven-track track EP, ‘LUNA’ — a vivid collection of tracks inspired by the limitless possibilities of space, written to capture the ‘atmosphere, architecture and people’ of Bow in East London, where he has lived for the last four years.
INSECURE MEN SHARE SECOND NEW VIDEO
Insecure Men, the band led by the fiercely talented songwriter and musician Saul Adamczewski and his schoolmate and Childhood main man, Ben Romans-Hopcraft, have unveiled the video to I Don’t Wanna Dance (With My Baby), the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut album to be released on February 23rd on Fat Possum.
Nina Nesbitt Shares Official Video for Somebody Special
Nina Nesbitt’s recent tracks ‘The Best You Had’ and ‘The Moments I’m Missing’ demonstrate a huge leap forward from her Top 15 debut album ‘Peroxide’. Demonstrating a command of modernist pop and R&B-tinged sounds which she blends with her own confessional songwriting, they’ve both been embraced by fans including Hollywood royalty in the shape of Chloë Grace Moretz and Taylor Swift, who included ‘The Best You Had’ on her ‘favourite tracks’ Spotify and Apple playlists. Under a new deal with Cooking Vinyl, these two tracks alone count for over 30 million of her 90 million streams to date.
BAZZI UNVEILS VIDEO FOR VIRAL HIT “MINE”
The track, penned by Bazzi and co-produced by Bazzi and Rice N Peas, has become a viral hit with over 33 million streams. Following incredible editorial support from Apple Music, the track hit #1 on their Pop Streaming chart and soon-after climbed to #1 on Spotify’s US & Global Viral 50 charts. The song is currently #14 on the SoundCloud Top 50 charts, the only pop song within the ranking. This week also marks Bazzi’s debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, with “Mine” entering at #56.
Ecstatic Union’s sound is like a liquid sun-soaked harmony layered psychedelic dance party. Started in 2012 as a kind of solo-spiritual-folk-rock recording project by frontman Rex Costello, after assembling a few core members (including Oliver Hart & recording partner Paul Olsen) the band took on various forms over the years and primarily played as an acoustic folk act. In 2015, while living in his home town on Catalina Island, Costello recorded what would become Ecstatic Union’s second full length album (released 2017 on Lolipop Records). Over the next year he assembled the band into a complete electrifying 5-piece psychedelic-rock outfit in support of the release. The core members include Rex Costello (Guitar/Vocals), Oliver Hart (2nd Guitar/vocals), Solange Kupersmid (Bass/Vocals), & Bradley Cluff (Organ/Synth/Vocals). The band now primarily resides in Los Angeles, CA where they recently recorded the Neurons EP.
Christian Metal Band TOARN has released the official music video for the single, “Jonah,” off of their upcoming debut LP, The Dying Flame, due out February 23 via Luxor Records. Filmed and Directed by Jericho Media, “Jonah” was originally premiered on HM Magazine.
Flohio Shares ‘Bands’ In Session For COLORS
South London rapper Flohio today shares her new single ‘Bands’. Shot in Berlin in a live session for COLORS, the video underlines Flohio’s exceptional abilities as a lyricist and performer. The full piece is available to watch on YouTube. ‘Bands’ is produced by HLMNSRA.
Deidre & The Dark shares vibrant new single “Come On” via YouTooCanWoo
The song premiered via Songwriting Magazine where Deidre Muro shared, “‘Come On’ is about running away together, fantasizing about a place where life could be better – even if it’s as far away as another universe.”
GRACE VANDERWAAL RELEASES NEW OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “CITY SONG”
Singer/songwriter Grace VanderWaal has released a new official video for “City Song” – watch HERE. The free-spirited visual was filmed in the East and West Village in New York City, was directed by Brian Petchers, and shows Grace taking in and celebrating all the hustle and bustle of the city.
MAX’S HIT SINGLE “LIGHTS DOWN LOW” CERTIFIED PLATINUM BY RIAA
“Lights Down Low,” the hit single by DCD2 Records/Crush Music/RED MUSIC recording artist, MAX, is officially certified Platinum by the RIAA. “Lights Down Low” and its accompanying music video is a universal tear jerker that has resonated with fans across the globe. The song is currently at #9 on Top 40 radio, #11 on Hot AC, #13 on AC and #87 at Rhythmic and is #38 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Additionally, the track has over 81 million weekly in audience, over 300 million combined streams and is #10 on Shazam’s Top 100 chart.
Returning for its third engagement to New York City’s Randall’s Island Park, this year’s PANORAMA will kick off Friday, July 27 with performances from THE WEEKND, MIGOS, FATHER JOHN MISTY, THE WAR ON DRUGS and DUA LIPA. The festival will continue into Saturday with sets from JANET JACKSON, SZA, CARDI B, GUCCI MANE and ST. VINCENT before closing out the weekend on Sunday with THE KILLERS, THE XX, ODEZSA, DAVID BYRNE, FLEET FOXES and more. A celebration of the city’s unique creative community, the critically-acclaimed festival pairs a diverse lineup of top-notch talent with immersive art and innovative technology for an unparalleled live music event.
Late TV turn the cyclical ironies of human endeavour into the transcendent funk
After the triumph of last year’s ‘Citizen’ single, Late TV have crafted a thematic companion of sorts in ‘Losin’ It’. The rhythm section’s grooves will seize your jiving body back into their neon dreamworld, a lurid post-pop-culture dystopia where the fundamental human quest for the ineffable is realised in surrealistic paranoiac lyricism and jazz parlour instrumentation. Sonically, ‘Losin’ It’ can best be described, in the words of the late Bowie, as ‘plastic soul’ – the Thin White Duke’s epithet for the kind of jazzy avant-garde funk & roll of Young Americans. As Late TV’s recent output suggests, there’s still a space for organic ensemble songwriting in a growingly disposable sonic landscape. Maybe that’s their grand irony. Named after the most disposable form of entertainment for the pre-internet generation, they’re here to remind us that everything has the potential to live on indefinitely, whether that’s trash TV, or a song you can really lose it to.
COLD WAR KIDS PREMIERE THE VIDEO FOR “FREE TO BREATHE” TODAY ON VEVO
Says frontman Nathan Willett, “Had the pleasure of having my sister, Marika, direct this video. She chose her friend and model Brook Power to act in the video whom she had just watched go from giving birth to being Playmate of the Year a few months later. What makes the video compelling to me is how intimately Marika shows the beauty and the isolation; the inner struggle of hustling while holding on to yourself. That raw vulnerability captures the emotion of the song perfectly.”
At 12:01am local time around the world on January 19, legendary British rock icons Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again. US and UK chart stats saw their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at #3 in the US, and #5 in the UK. Def Leppard had the #1, #2 and #3 records on the US catalog albums chart. This marks the second appearance at #1 for Hysteria, which also topped the catalog chart in 2017 on the release of the Deluxe Edition. It’s the highest chart position ever for Pyromania, which previously entered the charts at #24 in 1992. It’s also the highest result for Vault since that album topped the catalog chart in August of 2002.
On February 5th, Ganja White Night (Benjamin “Bamby” Bayeul and Charlie “Erwan” Dodson) release The Origins LP, featuring collaborations with Caspa, Boogie T, Dirt Monkey, and Zeds Dead. The Zeds Dead collaboration, “Samurai” premiered January 30th on Billboard, which described it as “one of the most beautiful and alluring electronic dance tracks we’ve heard in a while.” The album, released on their own label, Subcarbon Records, is accompanied by a narrative video series by renowned graffiti artist Ebo, who will join them on select dates of a new US tour featuring Subcarbon label mates. Even though each concert on the tour will open with a B2B DJ set from the roster, GWN’s performance features live instrumentation, editing, remixing and improvisation more like a band playing only original material.
Tenderfoot share intimate video for the title track to their debut album, ‘Break Apart’
Addressing the heavy themes of the video (which also inform the album’s songwriting), frontman Adam Kendall Woods explains “In psychological projection, a person denies their existence and experience and shifts blame onto others. Using vintage slides of a family’s memories, a scenario is presented where the character cannot escape the emotional weight and trauma handed down generationally. The colored light and memory become heavy and cause him pain and discomfort. The slides flash more rapidly during the crescendo and the character enters the space of his own mind. In the end, a bright white light expels the memories and the character can begin to move forward as a sovereign self.”
Stone Temple Pilots has announced a March 16 release date for its highly anticipated new self-titled album, Stone Temple Pilots. This marks the band’s first album with the new lead singer, Jeff Gutt.
Despite being one of the best-selling bands of the 1990s with platinum records and a Grammy to its credit, guitarist Dean DeLeo says, ” We are thrilled about what lies ahead. The best way for us to honor our past is to keep making new music.”
Courtney Marie Andrews’ new song, “Kindness of Strangers,” is premiering today at The Fader, who declares, “‘Kindness of Strangers’ rules” and goes on to call it an, “…incredible cut…what a voice she has—it always lifts me up.”
Hudson Taylor Announce New EP
HUDSON TAYLOR, the Irish Americana-pop duo comprised of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor, will release their new EP, FEEL IT AGAIN, March 23rd on Rubyworks, home of Hozier, Rodrigo y Gabriela and more. The Feel It Again EP gives listeners a taste of Hudson Taylor’s fresh sound, including the singles, “Feel It Again” and “Run With Me,” and three more pristine tracks produced by RyanHadlock (The Lumineers, Vance Joy). They’ve also announced tour dates in both Ireland and the US (US dates supporting Gabrielle Aplin).