“‘ESF’, or Expensive Swedish Furnishings, is a song about being so fucking bored that you go crosseyed and into a hallucination daydream,” offers SURMISER guitarist/vocalist Jay Andersen of the new single. “The being ‘stuck in the couch again’ part is a call to the cover of a Dinosaur Jr. record where it appears a couch is eating a human. It literally spawned from the most boring weekend in history, where I was seemingly unable to escape an overpriced IKEA you-build-it sofa. ‘All my friends are in my head’ is a play off of Nirvana’s ‘Lithium,’ except I couldn’t get ahold of any friends whereas Cobain found his….”
Americana single from Tucson’s Rebekah Rolland “Standing Still”
“If the Americana world still has room for another breakout star in 2018, Rolland may just be it, bringing a heartfelt thoughtfulness to her music that evokes shades of such artists as Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan.” —Jonathan Frahm, For Folk’s Sake
“Standing Still” was inspired by the character Ántonia from feminist literary figure Willa Cather’s novel, My Ántonia. With an honest, homespun warmth, the song talks about the way in which certain people, places and experiences are pressed deep into memory – which can shape the entire course of a life.
Natchez, the debut album from emerging rock band Bishop Gunn, enters the Billboard Blues Chart at #4 and #8 on Heatseekers South Central. Natchez (named after the band’s hometown in Mississippi) is out now on Farm2Turntable and is receiving widespread critical acclaim—Rolling Stone Country is featuring the band among their “Artists You Need to Know,” asserting, “Anyone can cite the Muscle Shoals sound as an influence, but few acts can actually pull off making music worthy of such a claim. Nashville band Bishop Gunn is one of those acts…The resulting music is the perfect blend of Nashville and the Shoals, and is the rare album that builds upon its influences rather than resorting to outright mimicry.” Furthermore, AXS praises the music as “a blend of rock, soul, and blues that is sure to appeal to fans of 70s rock. This is an album that is best enjoyed as loud as you can stand it.”
PRIMITIVE MAN: Denver Doom Practitioners To Kick Off Spring Headlining Tour
The road warriors in PRIMITIVE MAN continue to tour in support of their nihilistic Caustic full-length issued via Relapse Records. Captured at Flatline Audio by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation et al), the record delivers over seventy-five minutes of bloodcurdling howls, abysmal tones, and dense, unsettling feedback, spewing forth a cesspool of utter misery. With lyrical themes ranging from political corruption, personal struggle, and the crumbling social climate facing the world today, Caustic serves as a cataclysmic soundtrack for a world gone awry.
Steele to release new album ‘Paroxysm’ FFO: Imogen Heap, Bjork, Portishead
Beginning an obsession with music from the age of five when she started playing piano, it seemed inevitable that Steele would make it in the music industry. Having already gained over 5 million streams and with features from the likes of Rolling Stone (three times!) and an appearance at Elle’s 2017 fashion show Steele is surely set to soar.
Award winning Atlantic recording artist Serena Ryder has released the companion video for her new single, “Famous (Feat. Simon Ward of The Strumbellas).” The video premiered via Refinery29 who called it, “a genuine look at what fame means in the modern world and how social media has changed our approach to success.” In discussing the inspiration behind the video, Serena adds that she “hopes the message that comes across in addition to it being an uplifting story, is that people aspire to spend less time looking at their devices and more time connecting on a human level with each other.” “Famous” – produced by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Dave Cobb – is set to impact Triple A radio outlets nationwide June 4th.
Broadside Debut New Music Video ‘Summer Stained’
BROADSIDE have released a new video for “Summer Stained,” taken from the bands highly-acclaimed sophomore album Paradise. The heart-tugging clip takes an internal look at the bands relationships as seen through the eyes of their fans. The video also commemorates their life on tour, which starts tonight across Europe before creating more memories on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.
Treble is now streaming “Panca y Piquín,” the new single from Argentine-Peruvian improvisational instrumental duo RICARDA COMETA’s new album, Ricarda Cometa 2, which is nearing release June 1st through Nefarious Industries.
Swimsuit Issue return this week with their new video for “EP3” (Elevator Records) and a west coast co-headlining tour dates with Cat Pierce underway. Premiering the video via C-Heads, the clip features cameos by Andie MacDowell, Rainey Qualley and Lee Speilman.
Fetty Wap Drops New Music Video “Love the Way” – ‘Bruce Wayne’ Project Coming Soon
Chart-topping hitmaker, Fetty Wap released his new music video “Love the Way” via Paper Magazine.
The “Trap Queen” artist told Paper, “This is probably the most fun I’ve had shooting a music video because it was with my fans. The song is really for and about them. So to have them and their family and love ones included was a blessing.”
When Beach Skulls named their first record Slow Grind, they meant it. It took them the best part of five years to find the right lineup and the right label, with singer-guitarist Ry Vieira and drummer Jordan Finney only signing to PNKSLM after a trip to Berlin united them with a long-sought bassist in Dan West. Vieira and Finney, old friends from college, formed the band in their native Widnes over a shared love of Dick Dale and, eventually, the surf-rock stylings of early Beach Skulls gave way to the chiming guitars and sunny melodies that defined their debut LP.
The Magician just uploaded a live 2hr daytime mix by Potion Records Artist Bobby Nourmand. ‘LIVE in SF’ was recorded at Nourmand’s recent daytime rooftop show in San Francisco, hosted by the owners of Audio SF. This is just what you need to welcome in the warmer weather.
Sigrid debuts Spielberg-inspired, coming-of-age video for “High Five”
The colossal pop song has already amassed 4M streams in 4 weeks and is about “the importance of those relations where you both dare to be completely honest with each other, rather than exchanging superficial ‘high fives” says the 21-year-old pop sensation. The anthemic track follows the beautifully poignant ‘I Don’t Want To Know’ and the unadulterated ‘Raw,’ a collection of songs that will culminate in an EP.
BOILER ROOM & PRESIDENTE BEER PRESENT “MAS FUERTE”
The Dominican Republic is an island powered by music. Its rich sounds reach around the globe. In New York City, the Dominican community brings the vibrancy of their culture to the streets of NYC in a bold and unapologetic way. Más Fuerte, a film by Sean Frank, uncovers a scene of underground “musicologists” in NYC & the DR through their custom sound vehicles. They manage to keep their culture alive, despite their often restrictive environments. From get-togethers at Santo Domingo gas stations to gatherings at secret spots across NYC boroughs, the film follows as they battle one another with the ear-shattering bass of their sound systems, living life at maximum volume, everywhere they go. As they say, Es ritmo, no ruido. It’s rhythm, not noise.
Lee Greenwood Performs at 106th First Lady’s Luncheon, ‘Limitless Horizons’, honoring First Lady Melania Trump
Lee Greenwood delivered a distinguished performance of ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ Tuesday to over 2,000 esteemed guests at the Washington Hilton’s International Ballroom in Washington, D.C. at the 106th First Lady’s Luncheon, ‘Limitless Horizons’, honoring the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump. The event was presented by The Congressional Club Museum and Foundation, co-chaired by Congressional spouses Pat O’Halleran (D-IL) and Jennifer Messer, (R-IN). Greenwood was joined by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Corps Band, featuring Master Sergeant Kevin L. Bennear who performed the National Anthem. Country artist Billy Dean, performed his original song, “Be Best,” as a tribute to Mrs. Trump’s formal platform, a comprehensive children’s program to focus on three main points: well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media.
“As a mother and as first lady, it concerns me that in today’s fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be less prepared to express or manage their emotions and oftentimes turn to forms of destructive or addictive behavior such as bullying, drug addiction or even suicide,” the First Lady said during a Rose Garden event last Monday. “I feel strongly that as adults we can and should be best at educating our children about the importance of a healthy and balanced life.”
Grammy® Award-winning rock band Ghost today treated fans to an early listen of track “Dance Macabre” off their forthcoming fourth sacred psalm Prequelle. The song is available to stream in its entirety for a limited time exclusively via @thebandghost Instagram Stories. Watch Sister Imperator, Chris Jericho, Kirk Hammett, Charlie Benante, Mike Mckenna, Aleister Black, Jessica Pimentel, Chino Moreno, Josh Barnett, Bethany Cosentino, Phil Anselmo, Young Sister Imperator, and Matt Shadows react to the song in the story. The song will be available to hear tomorrow, 5/18, on all platforms and as a complementary download for fans who pre-ordered the album.
The flagship of this weekend’s Moogfest is the Spatial Sound programming, featuring the advanced A3 sound array from Meyer Sound, and presented by UphoricTV, we’ll be livestreaming its performances and conversations from the Durham Armory throughout the weekend.
Catch once-in-a-lifetime sets by Mouse on Mars featuring Sonic Robots, Shabazz Palaces, Jenny Hval, and Yves Tumor; a live scoring of “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” by Suzanne Ciani and Layne; a DJ set by Jon Hopkins; and more. Check the complete Armory schedule and watch the Spatial Sound livestream here.
Yung Heazy shares whimsical “Baby Don’Chu Worry”
On February 13th 2017, Jordan Heaney wrote and recorded, “Cuz You’re My Girl” for his girlfriend as a Valentine’s Day gift. Not thinking much, it was uploaded to Soundcloud under the moniker Yung Heazy. The track went on to amass over four million streams in a few months with international interest following. Today Yung Heazy shares the dreamy “Baby Don’Chu Worry” with alona chemerys YouTube channel. He’s also announced a six week long North America tour starting tonight. Details are below.
X.X.T. – “Superman” // Out Now
On May 14, LA-based audiovisual project X.X.T released their new dance-rap single “Superman” and its accompanying video, shot and directed by the trio themselves. Richardine Bartee at GRUNGECAKE premiered the work and championed it as one of her fav Eminem covers. Bump over to read the rest of Bartee’s praise about X.X.T’s latest offering. You can take in “Superman” and other X.X.T audiovisual stimulants through your own filters @ the crew’s YouTube channel or get lost in their soundworld here.
Channeling Elle King and Alabama Shakes, MAWD Debut EP
MAWD is the moniker of California musician and songwriter Madeline Matthews. Her stunning compositions fuse rock’n’roll, folk/blues and pop. The soulful, textured timbre of MAWD is diverse and ranges anywhere from a breathy and sultry folk/blues vibe, to a powerful Janis Joplin-esque/Karen O. belt. Her vocals perfectly imprint upon the sonic foundation laid by quivering electric guitar, haunting harmonies, classic acoustic folk rhythms, south western inspired Americana bass lines, and full percussion. MAWD is a true musician playing the piano, guitar, ukulele, bass, accordion and some banjo as well.
Dreampop artist MOONZz has teamed up with The Music Ninja to premiere her brand new focus track, “Aftershock.” The song is the title track off of her upcoming EP, Aftershock, set to drop this Friday, May 18. “Aftershock” is upbeat and combines the most captivating elements of alternative, R&B and pop, with waves of bright synth washed in effervescent vocals. A perfect song for the summer, “Aftershock” is definitely a song you’ll want on repeat when you sit outside in the park, sun beating down, feeling extreme joy that you can finally be out in the world without a jacket again.
Kaada shares absorbing, piano-driven track “Everything Is An Illusion”
Norwegian composer and multi-instrumentalist Kaada’s (aka John Erik Kaada, pronounced CODA) new album Closing Statements is set for a May 25th release on Mirakel Recordings, and it’s a visceral fifty minutes of new music composed and recorded over twelve-month period, and centered around the subject of death. The spiraling arrangements feature Kaada’s deft layering of piano, keyboards, cinematic guitars, electronics, although the distinction between the organic and electronic are intentionally blurred. The piano is the focus on “Everything Is An Illusion”, premiering at Mxdwn ahead of the album’s release next week.
new Anderson .Paak music / video
Hear new music and watch the video for Anderson .Paak’s “Bubblin”, produced by Jahlil Beats and Antman Wonder, the first of more to come. The new track comes via Aftermath Records exclusively distributed by 12 Tone Music Group and managed by OBE.
Electro-pop trio SHAED has just given fans their first new treat of the year. As we approach the July 27 release date of their upcoming EP Melt, Ones to Watch is excited to premiere their new single “Trampoline,” allowing for a glimpse into what their sophomore project should entail.
Comprised of twin brothers Spencer and Max Ernst, as well as Chelsea Lee who is engaged to the former sibling, SHAED is a tightly knit-group that unsurprisingly radiates sonic chemistry on “Trampoline.” Lee’s vocals ascend over the brooding instrumental until casually dropping off on the chorus, as pulsating synths propel the song forward. After turning heads with their debut EP Just Wanna See, “Trampoline” is proof that the group has no plans of slowing down, and little reason to do so.
Locke tells Big Takeover, “This song has a life imitates art imitates life again backstory. The story of the song is about my partner and I getting arrested on our first date. We jumped into an unmarked police car because, you know, it sounded fun, and it turns out that’s a bad idea. We spent the night in the tank for disorderly conduct. Fast forward to making the music video, and I almost got busted again! I work at a theater, and I thought it would be rad to use the set I had worked so hard to build as a location to shoot our story. I’m an ‘ask forgiveness not permission’ kind of person, so I may have neglected to tell anyone in the management I would be there. Around 1AM, an officer of the peace showed up and grilled us on what we were doing. Being a small town, he knew everyone I worked for and was not entirely sold on my story. We managed to convince him to leave us alone long enough to finish, but let’s just say the following Monday was a REAL FUN MORNING.”
Greek neo-psych band Arcadian Child will release its debut LP, Afterglow, on May 18 via Rogue Wave Records. Hailing from Limassol, Cyprus, Arcadian Child formed in 2013 and soon made a name for itself via a cool and coherent sound that combines hypnotic psychedelia, stoner rock riffage, and indie rock groove. In advance of the debut’s release, Arcadian Child has premiered multiple tracks from the record, including the new songs:
Italy’s black metal unit Hornwood Fell are looking for a label to release their current “Inferus” EP in physical format and/or future records. The band has released “Inferus” digitally only. If you happen to be interested let me know.
Hornwood Fell was formed in 2014 with the aim of performing second wave Norwegian-inspired Black Metal music. Their first self-titled album, released by Avantgrade Music, a well-known music label of this genre, was inspired by bands such as: Ulver, Darkthrone and Kvist. In the second album “Yheri” the band’s line-up changed when the bassist Andrea Vacca left the band. So the band which was originally a trio became a “duo” made up of the twin Basili brothers and in “Yheri” the bass guitar was played by Marco Basili. The second album is a concept one and the band enriched their sound by incorporating psychedelic elements maintaining a strong Nordic Black Metal influence combined with clean vocals. The album was released in 2015 by Avantgarde Music. On the 7th of November 2017, the third album “My Body My Time” was released once again by the well-known Italian label which differed greatly from its predecessors: it is the boldest and most emblematic album which touches unexplored Black Metal territories.
Nu-eyed funk group, Barbudo. Entitled ‘Secret Admirer’
Barbudo are a British ‘Nu-eyed funk’ group from the south coast town of Havant, Portsmouth. Fusing elements of old-school funk, psych rock and smooth R&B, brothers Ben and Harry Stanworth, along with Elliot Salter have established an intoxicating sound which oozes charm and flamboyancy.
BLACK LIGHT Release New Single ‘Map Of Truth’
Map Of Truth is the debut single of Italian Metalcore band Black Light. It’s will be included in their upcoming EP Set Yourself Ablazedue for release via Sliptrick Records toward the end of summer 2018. The song is a powerful, rhythmic Metalcore piece, while the lyrics talks social topics in a disillusioned and Utopian way.
KRIS WU RELEASES NEW SINGLE “LIKE THAT” ON INTERSCOPE RECORDS
Today marks the premiere of “Like That,” the new single from Chinese recording artist, songwriter, producer and actor Kris Wu , out now on Interscope Records. “Like That” is the follow up to Wu’s hit song “Deserve” featuring Travis Scott and his first release since signing an exclusive international recording agreement with Interscope Records / Universal Music Group (UMG) last month.
Produced by FKi 1st (an Atlanta-based producer/writer known for his work with Migos, 2 Chainz, Post Malone, and Travis Scott), and co-written by Wu, “Like That” is built on a sophisticated arrangement of trap drums, seductive melody, and rhythmic dance grooves. Laid-back yet intense, the song perfectly showcases Wu’s signature harmonies and catchy lyrics.