NPR’S Folk Alley premieres new Parsonsfield release- Out FRI. March 9
Despite ‘WE”s short length, the band touches on more than a few of life’s major themes: depression, love, loss, fear, living life to the fullest – the list goes on. From the opening “Light of the City,” which, for all that it’s a rich, fully orchestrated song, is really a thoughtful contemplation on being utterly alone, to the closing “Kick Out the Lights” (my favorite), a song which raises a fist against complacency and ends on a question, ‘WE’ is about appreciating life in the moment, and about being content with what you’ve got, rather than constantly searching and moving and looking toward something new.
Declan McKenna, the 19-year-old British singer-songwriter, stopped by Rolling Stone’s studios recently to perform an unplugged set for the latest installment of their “Take One” series. Watch McKenna’s intimate performance of “Brazil,” “Make Me Your Queen,” and “Humongous,” which Rolling Stone says highlights “his soulful voice and simple, hooky song structures,” here.
Tirelessly standing up for his city, Houston’s King Truth (fka Trae Tha Truth) is a respected rapper and a model citizen–an ideal ambassador for the diverse and musical city, and potentially first rapper to have two days in his honor in Houston. Returning to rap after putting his career on hold to raise money and provide aid for victims of August 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, Trae announces Home Town Hero, his 10th solo studio album, and his first under the new moniker King Truth. With production from Watson The Great, Moxiii, Ayo & Keys, and others, Home Town Hero weaves a rich Southern rap tapestry as King Truth expounds upon his city’s struggles as well as a refined version of the street-savvy, tough-talking, smooth hip-hop on which he made his name. Featuring appearances from Young Thug, T.I., Boosie Badazz, Mozzy, Money Man, and more, Home Town Hero releases on March 16th.
SCIENTIST: Decibel Premieres “Magick Mirror”
Barbelith is the impending new full-length from Chicago-based avant blackened sludge metal collective, SCIENTIST. Set for release next month, the seven-track offering centers itself thematically on Grant Morrison’s comic book series, The Invisibles. In The Invisibles, Barbelith is the name of the “placenta” for humanity; a satellite-like object located on the dark side of the moon. It recurs throughout the story as a supernatural moon seeming both intelligent and benign. Barbelith’s role is like that of a placenta in that it connects the hologram of our subjective reality to the realm outside of our space-time, the domain of the magic mirror, and helps humans to realize their true nature beyond the subjective concept of “self.”
The Weekend Classic Unleash “Mutual Interest” Music Video
Alternative rock trio, The Weekend Classic recently announced their signing with independent record label, Rude Records and details about their forthcoming EP entitled, Better Health, due out April 6, 2018. The band entered the studio in 2017 with Seth Henderson to produce and mix the six-track EP. Off the release comes “Mutual Interest” a song about a stagnant, yet hopeful relationship.
US power metal band REVERENCE have singed a multi album deal for Europe, CIS and UK with ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records. REVERENCE is working on a live CD and writing on a new full length studio album for an release later this year. REVERENCE will add some summer US shows, and a European tour is being planned for this fall.
ATRIARCH: Apocalyptic Death Rockers Premiere “Void”
Dead As Truth was 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.
Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, and soul icon Sade releases her first new original music in eight years, contributing two versions of “Flower of the Universe” to the A Wrinkle in Time Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Album out now.
With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner and at least $5.9 billion expected to be spent for the holiday this year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations, along with cool stats about the holiday in its St. Patrick’s Day infographic.
To determine the best cities for celebrating Irish-American heritage, WalletHub compared 200 of the largest U.S. cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from Irish pubs and restaurants per capita to lowest price for a three-star hotel on St. Patrick’s Day to weather forecast.
POPPY ACKROYD shares new video for haunting single ‘Paper’
On February 2nd, breath-taking post-classical artist Poppy Ackroyd released her first full-length album with One Little Indian Records, Resolve. A classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Ackroyd turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts). Now the artist reveals the brand-new video for haunting single Paper. The musician creatively recorded and manipulated experimental beats, born from using paper over piano strings, to create the ground-breaking track.
Philly’s charming non-binary moody punk duo Coping Skills announce LP
Deceptively poignant duo, Coping Skills, from Philadelphia announce their sophomore record, Worst New Music, will be out on April 13, 2018 via Citywide Records. It’s “moderately gay post-ironic bummer pop” that consists of “moving, endearing, and occasionally upsetting songs about, like, the exhausting burden of living under capitalism, post-millennial rot, and the ways mental health can affect both individuals and relationships.”
The Amazing share new single “Rewind”
The eleven tracks on The Amazing’s new album – ‘In Transit,’ out April 6th via Partisan Records – manage to stay just out of focus. Together, they refine the Swedish five piece’s signature dreamlike soundscape, and cement the band’s status as one of the decade’s most consistently compelling acts. Listen to driving album centerpiece “Rewind” now, accompanied by a beautifully pastoral music video, directed by filmmaker Jordan Martin in collaboration with artist Richard Fox. Watch the video HERE.
KILLER BOOGIE stream new album “Acid Cream” via The Obelisk!
Italian powerfuzz trio KILLER BOOGIE have teamed up with The Obelisk to unveil their second album “Acid Cream” in its entirety, before its official release this Friday on Heavy Psych Sounds!
CHARLOTTE CARDIN PREMIERES “PARADISE MOTION” VIDEO
Acclaimed Montreal-based singer-songwriter Charlotte Cardin has premiered a new video for “Paradise Motion” off last year’s critically acclaimed Main Girl EP. Directed by Sebastien Duguay, the video was shot on the road during Cardin’s time supporting BØRNS on his recently wrapped sold-out North American tour.
Malignant Records is preparing for the April release of Soul Of Ruin, Body Of Filth, the new full-length by Erie, Pennsylvania-based doom/death industrial act ABJECTION RITUAL. Advancing the album’s release, the first single has been issued in the form of “Blood Mother” as premiered by Aversionline, alongside an interrogation of the band.
LA-based duo Thunder Jackson release second single ‘Colours’
Today, 7th March 2018, Thunder Jackson release their second single ‘Colours’. An electronically charged alternative pop behemoth, ‘Colours’ follows in the footsteps of acclaimed debut single ‘Guilty Party’.
The song premiered via Atwood Magazine who said, “You can get completely whisked away by Andy Cook, without realizing the intensity of his words. There’s a magic to that delirium.”
Cook adds, “‘Swirl’ is an exploration of life in our hyper-digital age, being stuck trying to give other people everything they want while also trying figure out who we really are in the first place. Sure it sounds bleak, but there’s a hint of optimism in there too.”
Malady have premiered their epic 23 minute single ‘Nurja Puoli’ at Invisible Oranges where they said “Modern music consumption isn’t built for looking at trees or wandering through mazes. We live in a culture of straight lines and constant motion. Malady ask that you opt out, reclaim your time, and slow the fuck down for once. Trust me, it’s worth it.”
Birds of Passage shares solitude-driven “The Love Song”
“Alicia Merz presents us with an endearing invitation into her fragile world, a captivating journey through the landscapes of her emotional euphoria and agony, a further commitment to musical experimentation.” – Headphone Commute
Canshaker Pi have premiered their new single ‘Put A Record Out’ at Exclaim!. The track was described as a “cheeky lead single… which finds them adding a post-punk flair and the Fall-esque cynicism to their off-kilter rock sound.” Say the band about the new track, “To us, ‘Put a Record Out’ is the ultimate party noise and our take on what true and epic motorcycle rock’n’roll should sound like.”
Joe Bonamassa, the two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues rock guitar icon, who recently shared news of his upcoming US tour for summer 2018, has announced the release of British Blues Explosion Live on Friday 18th May,available on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray & 3LP (Blue, Red & White) via J&R Adventures. Pre-order starts today here.
Joe’s salute to the icons of British blues features the unbelievable music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page! Joe recently paid tribute to his heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain – 5 performances only. This show was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016.
This Friday, March 9th, Dark Operative will issue The War Of The Sons Of Light And The Suns Of Darkness by West Coast negative hardcore nihilists THE INFAMOUS GEHENNA, into official digital distribution.
The War Of The Sons Of Light And The Suns Of Darkness is a collection of THE INFAMOUS GEHENNA’s earliest recorded material, capturing their demo tape, their split 7″ with Apartment 213, The Birth Of Vengeance 7″, the Unholy 1-sided 7″, and a previously unreleased version of the track “The Birth Of Vengeance.” This collection was originally issued only on CD in 1998 on Crimethinc before getting a vinyl reissue ten years later through A389 Recordings. 2018 marks the first time this collection has been available digitally in approximately a decade.
ANIMAL YEARS ANNOUNCE FIRST NATIONAL TOUR
Animal Years, the Pop-Rock-Americana band comprised of Mike McFadden (vocals / guitar), Anthony Saladino (bass) and Anthony Spinnato (drums), have announced their first national tour, kicking off April 20th. Last fall, the Brooklyn by way of Baltimore band released the EP, Far From Home, on Entertainment One (eOne), to critical acclaim. The follow up to their debut record, Sun Will Rise, Far From Home was produced by Ryan Hadlock, renowned for his work with The Lumineers, Brandi Carlile and Vance Joy.
In December 2017, Animal Years were named one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 new Americana artists to watch, and Billboard premiered the video for the new single, “Friends,” which was directed by Saladino. To cap off the exciting year, they made their national television debut on CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions.