Detroit-born and bred singer-songwriter sisters Aplus have teamed up with SoulTracks to premiere the brand new music video for their hit single, “Strangers.” Inspired by the 1998 thriller Fallen, the video was shot in Downtown Detroit in very personal places to Aplus, including the Detroit Institute of Music Education (DIME), Antea’s home loft and a coffeehouse in Capitol Park. It features a cast made entirely of students and instructors from DIME, where Antea is the head of Songwriting and Voice. “Strangers” is the second single from their highly anticipated debut album, Pride Liberty Detroit. Set to drop this Friday, February 9 via Original 1265 Recordings, the album also 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.”
Abramorama, in association with Concord Music, announced today (2/8) they will present a special limited theatrical run of Concert for George, remastered in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound beginning February 20, 2018. February 25th marks what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday. Due to an overwhelming response from theaters in North America, the film has already been booked into more than 75 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, with the list growing daily. The International roll-out of the film will be announced next week.
Ashen Blood is the forthcoming full-length from Denver-based psychedelic stoner doom unit GREEN DRUID. Set for release this March via Earache Records, Ashen Blood is at once brooding, atmospheric, and isolationist, with weighty riffs summoning the Lovecraftian horrors of the cosmos.
Saskatoon-based Bombargo Only Canadian Indie Band on Taylor Swift’s First Spotify Playlist
“We are the most indie band of all time,” laughs Bombargo lead singer/songwriter Nathan Thoen, his voice layered with equal parts gratitude and joyful incredulousness. “I even make all the merch and shoot and edit all the videos. It’s just us, and this is the very first Spotify playlist we’ve ever been added to, and it’s Taylor Swift’s official Spotify playlist?!
Iconic art-pop duo Fischerspooner’s album, Sir, is out February 16 via Ultra and streaming in full now via NPR First Listen. Their first album in nearly a decade, it’s entirely produced by Michael Stipe and features additional production by BOOTS (Beyonce, Run The Jewels, FKA Twigs) and mixing by both Stuart White (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and Andy LeMaster. Check it out here:
International singer/songwriter, actress, model, and esteemed philanthropist, Amara La Negra, has signed with United Talent Agency (UTA) in all areas. The leading global talent and entertainment company, UTA, will represent the multifaceted talent in branded entertainment initiatives and career expenditure in music, entertainment, film and philanthropy.
Most recently, Amara has signed to Fast Life Entertainment Worldwide and BMG for a multi-album record deal. Upon the signing, the multi-hyphenate performer is continuing to record material with prolific producers including Rock City, Supa Dups, Jim Jonsin, and more. Beyond her music, she is an avid philanthropist known for her charitable work. She has performed at benefit concerts such as The American Cancer Society and is an activist for racial equality.
Wetware streams debut LP ‘Automatic Drawing’, out tomorrow on Dais Records
New York City has had a long history of dance music fused with confrontational performance. Whether it came from within the late 70’s No Wave canon projected through venues like the Mudd Club or the downtown avant-garde galleries such as The Kitchen, the feeling that influences and infects Brooklyn-based duo Wetware’s overall being as a cohesive and confrontational unit is as much enigmatic as it is familiar.
Marshall Cecil – ‘Beautiful World’
“Beautiful World” further expands upon our unique ability to combine and intertwine the melancholic with the uplifting, the personal with the grandiose. Cruising on a hip-hop driven synth beat, the track finds us venturing through the baffling conflicts and political absurdities of the world, searching for personal salvation of the mind.
Tucson, AZ based, West Coast Metal band Lethal Injektion has released the Official Music Video for their single “Crossover,” off of their September 2017 released Judgment Night LP. Originally premiered on World Star Hip Hop, “Crossover” was directed by Iroc Daniels of Marmera Creative. Says lead vocalist Jacob Ryan (AKA The Raskal), “‘The Crossover’ is our signature song and exemplifies the sound of our genre, West Coast Metal.”
Ron Gallo Releases ‘Really Nice Guys’ Documentary Via Napster
Ron Gallo has premiered the Really Nice Guys documentary via Napster’s socials. The 20-minute short film is a companion to his recently released Really Nice Guys EP which pokes fun at himself and also serves as hilarious commentary about the music industry and the year he spent supporting his New West Records debut, HEAVY META. Released in February of 2017, HEAVY META was met with critical acclaim with Billboard Magazine calling it “one of the year’s most searing and unfiltered alt-rock albums,” and Noisey stating that it “is Fun and Dark and Garage and Psychedelic and Nice as Hell.”
“Growing Pains” produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy) and is a song driven by its coming-of-age lyrics. The track comes as a follow-up to the band’s sophomore album, How Will You Know If You Never Try.
Iconic Newfoundland singer-songwriter, best-selling author, actor and recent recipient of the Order of Canada, Alan Doyle will be continuing his U.S. tour starting on February 27th. After a successful run of dates in January that brought Doyle to Seattle, Los Angeles, Denver, Houston and more, the singer-songwriter will be returning for a new string of dates from the Midwest through Northeast with his incredibly talented touring band. A consumate live performer and storyteller, Doyle remarks, “I always want people to have the greatest night of their life when the house lights go down.” See below for a full list of tour dates.
GRAYSON GILMOUR RELEASES ‘ARTERY’ 7″ AND SILICON REMIX
Grayson Gilmour’s most recent album Otherness continues to grow as a multi-faceted body of work, with the albums moody penultimate track, Artery, pressed to a limited run of 7″s as part of Canadian independent label, Kingfisher Bluez, single club.
Hard Rock band Year of the Locust- YOTL have released the highly anticipated video for their latest single titled “Sunrise” today on http://puregrainaudio.com/. The band is currently on tour with Starset and Palisades. The tour kicked off on January 28th in Charlotte, NC at The Underground and will conclude on March 16th in Columbus, OH.
Lauren O’Connell Releases full length LP “Details”
auren O’Connell has recorded songs in sparse rooms across the American coasts – it’s all she has ever known. Capturing musings from her frigid Upstate NY hometown to a quiet, rural home of musicians in the grassy outskirts of Sonoma, to a bustling corner San Francisco apartment with the Golden Gate tenuously discernible in the hazy distance.
After 4 years kept hush, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Lauren O’Connell returns with Details to be self-released February 9th, 2018 – an album as ambitious as it is strident in its solitary ruminations on love lost and circadian bloom. Details marks a striking shift from O’Connell’s humble beginnings of home-recorded bowed banjo and percussive clangs of books and pans, to expansively twangy rock atmospheres and heart-shaking words sung with blistering stoicism – “It was the year of the hole in my chest, writing appeals with everything I had left”. Within the album’s tender honesty you can hear the unravelings of gritty guitars and jeopardous confessions: “Guilt is gonna eat you alive, guilt is gonna shred you with wild abandon if you stay awake”.
Citris “purge your heartbreak” w/ new single premiered via NPR Music
Running the gamut of all things distorted and infectious, Brooklyn-based rockers Citris released a hidden gem of a rock record last year with Panic in Hampton Bays. The intersection between Angelina Torreano’s (lead vox, guitar) stellar songwriting and vision and Chris Krasnow’s (various) instrumental painting, the quartet rounded out by Eva Lawitts (bass) and Zane West (drums) recently completed a full U.S. tour.