Baeilou Announces Single “Mourning Mantra”
Like a bright sun seen through an overcast haze, the new single from baroque singer-songwriter Baeilou is a warning of eventual planetary demise. “Mourning Mantra” uses a staccato cello and a caramel sweet melody to talk about the shifting landscape of earth. From the floating fish in the sea, to the flying birds in the sky, it’s a call to action, sooner rather than later. “Mourning Mantra” is off the upcoming EP, Inside Under, out August 24.
Hit The Switch (formerly Nitro Records) Sign with Bird Attack Records
Hit the Switch is a Southern California melodic, thrash, punk band formed in 2003 by Matt Hawks and Jerry Fenn. The band signed to Nitro Records and released “Domestic Tranquillity And Social Justice” in 2006. With multiple tours in the U.S. and Europe, and a self-released full-length titled “Observing Infinities” in 2009, the band went on to release a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome To The Machine” and single track “Retroactive” in 2011. After a 7 year stretch, the band have returned with “Entropic” to be released on Bird Attack Records September 25th, 2018 on digital/vinyl.
Welsh trio The Joy Formidable revealed the video for “The Wrong Side” today via Billboard. The song itself debuted in June on the BBC’s Radio 1 and is the first single from their forthcoming album, AAARTH. Set for release on September 28, 2018 via Hassle Records, AAARTH showcases the band’s ability to sit at the forefront of inventive and aggressive guitar music, taking what can be done with the instrument to new levels with each album. The Joy Formidable will tour Europe in mid-August before joining the West Cost leg of the Foo Fighters tour, and an album tour throughout North America until mid-November (dates below). AAARTH will be available on a multitude of formats, including CD, streaming, download, exclusive vinyl, and an extremely limited boxset available via The Joy Formidable’s AAA Music Club, a unique annual subscription that offers fan bonus items and access to 10 extra tracks.
Big Machine Label Group and John Varvatos Records have announced they have signed rising Southern California rock quartet Badflower to their newly formed Big Machine/John Varvatos Records. Badflower is the first artist to sign to the label under a newly minted partnership between Big Machine Label Group president/CEO Scott Borchetta, and iconic fashion designer John Varvatos.
Speaking about the genre and decision to team with Badflower, Borchetta said, “I’ve had a keen eye on this space for a long time, waiting for a young rock ‘n’ roll band to capture my imagination, hoping that all the madness in this world would be addressed head-on through the power of rock music. Badflower is that band. Powerful… Important… Magnetic… Attacking the edges of the human condition. Yep – I’m all in. And you will be too. Long. Live. Rock.”
Matisse & Sadko Team Up with Raiden for Progressive House Anthem “Light Me Up”
Matisse & Sadko together with rising star Raiden prove that progressive house is far from dead on their new track “Light Me Up,” out on Nicky Romero’s Protocol Recordings. “Light Me Up” has all the makings of a bonafide festival anthem; its soaring melodies and pristine vocals illicit a feeling of euphoria from the first note, while the blooming bassline will have fans on their feet and dancing once the drop hits. The collaboration fuses Matisse & Sadko’s energetic house sound with Raiden’s dynamic production abilities for a track that feels nostalgic of EDM’s festival heydays, yet sophisticated enough for the modern dance scene. Matisse & Sadko have had numerous successes as of late, including “SLVR” with Steve Angello and “Break Through the Silence” with Martin Garrix, while Raiden has had a huge summer with the release of “Hit the Club” with Fedde Le Grand and “Keep My Light On” with Dubvision. Press play on “Light Me Up” to be instantly transported to your happy place!
VUYO aerates completion on prequel to EP with “Under The Stars”
In terms of production and lyricism, VUYO’s musical inspirations oscillate through J Dilla, Miles Davies, Fela Kuti, and The Beach Boys. Accordingly, he derives eclecticism in his style of “seldom” penned, impromptu compositions, being most comparable to the humble perseverance and conversational music of Anderson .Paak, with its twinges of neo-alt-hip-hop and life-experience outpours. Born in Zimbabwe and partly raised between Norway, South Africa and Zambia, Ole “VUYO” – Xhosa for “happiness” – Småge experienced varied culture and hardships when still a toddler. With a father heavily involved in the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa amid Nelson Mandela, and a mother deeply invested in the Namibian liberation, their family suffered recurrent death-threats. Consequently, Ole and his mother moved to Oslo where he lived out his teenage years in the Norwegian capital, and recently joined the collective North Of.
Co-hosted by dynamic duo Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia, the blockbuster NPR podcast What’s Good With Stretch & Bobbito launches its highly anticipated second season on August 15, 2018.
Catch up on previous episodes and subscribe to the show ahead of the new season on npr.org.
Last year, the podcast emerged as a fan favorite, featuring free-wheeling and candid conversations with some of the most interesting people throughout the worlds of music, film, television, comedy, culture, media, and beyond. Among season one’s 17 interviews, guests ranged from legendary comic Dave Chappelle, Academy® Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali [Moonlight, Luke Cage], and Stevie Wonder to Run The Jewels, Bootsy Collins, Chance the Rapper, Linda Sarsour, and many more. Along the way, it landed looks from Hypebeast, Billboard, and Okayplayer, to name a few.
As we move and groove into the final half of 2018, Carlos Santana, along with House of Blues Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, proudly announce 2019 dates for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live. Tickets for the 2019 performances will go on sale Friday, Aug. 10 at 10 a.m. Tickets for all previously announced 2018 show dates are currently on sale. All shows begin at 8 p.m.
Santana returns to the House of Blues stage next month on Sept. 12 with shows running through mid-November for a rockin’ finish to 2018.
New Music: Noah and Shagabond join forces to release soulful, RnB infused new track “Arouse”
Canadian’s Shagabond and Noah are like butter melting on your tongue with collaborative single “Arouse”, which blends crisp beats, and Noah’s dream-boat soulful vocal for the perfect addition to your ‘baby-makin’ playlist.
“We decided to meet up in Toronto for some studio time last September. I had a bunch of beats I had been working on over the summer that I was really excited to show Noah, but only one really stood out at the time. During an overnight session at a low-key studio in Toronto’s East end, we basically hashed out the entire track’s production, but couldn’t get the lyrics down. — Shagabond