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Canadian indie pop artist Gregory Pepper & His Problems share animated “Maybe I’ll See You” video
In 2017, Gregory Pepper threatened to write, record, and release a song a week for a calendar year. Song of The Week was meant to be a personal challenge, a grab at a little subscriber lucre, and something to do in lieu of and in between albums. Kicking off with the euthanization of his cat, the project stayed on schedule through the death of Pepper’s dad, his becoming a dad himself, and wound down with the death of his MacBook pro. During a year that anyone in their right mind would cut themselves some slack, Pepper stayed true to his word met his own demands. Today Gregory Pepper shares the hilarious, animated visual for “Maybe I’ll See You” with Northern Transmissions. Pepper paired up with illustrator David Partridge to create a series of vector drawings of “retired monsters living life after the afterlife”. You can watch here. Pepper is also on a North American tour with Ceschi & David Ramos through March 2020. Details are below.
Aradia Releases Awesome Synth Pop Single ‘No One Can Stop You’
With a natural name that already incarnates some sort of energy, Aradia, promises to let the listeners discover a new music sunrise, one where the liveness of her sound will embrace you with all its light and warmth. Grown with the music in her veins, she started playing classical piano and flute at 8, guitar at 15 and she’s been writing her own songs since the age of 12.
Her particular sound draws inspiration from the observation of the world, and human interactions, besides being directly and indirectly influenced by artists such as Blondie, Imogean Heap, Empire of the Sun, and Annie Lennox, just to name a few.
LA’s Beauty in Chaos pairs up with Austin’s Curse Mackey for driven gothic rock anthem ‘A Kind Cruelty’
American alt-rock supergroup Beauty in Chaos presents their new single, ‘A Kind Cruelty’ ft. Curse Mackey. This is the first taste of Beauty in Chaos’ forthcoming full length album ‘The Storm Before The Calm’, to be released on May 22 via LA-based label 33.3 Music Collective. Recorded at Ciravolo’s own SAINTinLA Studio, it was produced by Michael Rozon, Grammy-nominated for his work with Ministry.
Beauty in Chaos is the brainchild of guitarist Michael Ciravolo. Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, he is best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research. He also played guitar in Human Drama for 30 years, in addition to playing live and recording with Michael Aston’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.
Two-time GRAMMY-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa announces U.S. tour dates for summer 2020, as he heads out on the road for his extensive spring U.S. tour. The newly announced dates will include performances at the coveted Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, two nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and a selection of other major venues in California and Utah. Hailed internationally as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. Recently featured on the cover of Guitar World, the magazine has boasted him as “the world’s biggest blues guitarist,” and fans of the popular site agreed, in a 2019 year-end poll naming him the #1 best blues guitarist.
Of Freckle Season, Orla explains, “Each track explores a different emotion I felt in the process of getting over someone I thought I’d be with forever.” Heart on her sleeve, every song on the EP is visceral, real, and tells its own touching story. An aural journey of breaking wide open, of heartbreak and healing that everyone can understand. A perfect and striking playlist of feelings that will, inevitably, move you…
The alternate version of “Never Seen The Rain” arrives on the heels of Tones And I’s performance yesterday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Tones showcased her staggering voice across performances of her breakout global hit “Dance Monkey” and “Never Seen The Rain.” Having recently performed on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and The Voice, Tones And I is also slated to perform on The Today Show this coming Monday, February 24th.
PSALM ZERO: New Noise Magazine Streams Entire Sparta LP
New Noise Magazine is now streaming Sparta, the new LP from NYC art metal outfit PSALM ZERO. The exclusive stream hits just days ahead of the album’s official release this Monday, February 24th. Just days after the album is released, PSALM ZERO will take the new album to fans live on tour across the Eastern US with their allies in Kayo Dot.
Yoste Releases New Track “You Can’t Fix Me”
Yoste shares his brand new track “You Can’t Fix Me,” out today via Wonmore/Island Records, which tackles the harsh realities of toxic relationships, both within oneself and between people, from the vantage point of a someone on the cusp of adulthood. While the expulsion of negativity from one’s personal life is at the forefront of the lyric content, the song’s instrumentation is equally as powerful and ethereal with the upbeat tempo complimenting the lyrical tone. “You Can’t Fix Me” comes off an upcoming body of work set to be released later this year.
Still Flexin, Still Steppin, is the rapper’s first full-length project since his recent AI YOUNGBOY 2, which was announced as the #1 album in the United States shortly after its release and topped the Billboard 200 with over 110,000 sales within its first week. The critically-acclaimed tape, which is the artist’s first ever number one project, is a lyrical masterpiece; it was immediately placed at no. 1 on Apple Music’s Overall Album and Hip-Hop/Rap Album charts upon its release.
DORIAN ELECTRA SHARES VIDEO FOR GUYLINER
Directed by Dorian Electra and their long time creative partner Weston Allen, the video sees Dorian take on the ideals of masculinity by shaping and breaking stereotypes. The video features cameos from Nadya from Pussy Riot, Hana, Smrtdeath, Chester Lockhart, K.O and more. Speaking on the video Dorian Electra states “I wanted to harken back to the mid 2000s emo/Myspace/scene kid aesthetic because that was a really special cultural moment for masculinity that helped make it more okay for “guys” to wear tight “girl’s” jeans, makeup, have “crazy” hair and be more flamboyant fashion-wise in general. The idea of rockstar guys wearing makeup like “guyliner” was definitely something that ultimately made me feel more comfortable wearing makeup myself as a gender-fluid person (I wore super thick black eyeliner all throughout high school). For me, makeup is a big part of how I express myself and I love blending feminine and masculine elements together to create looks that draw on my favourite parts of each and everything between. ”
Lanterns On The Lake Share Video For “Swimming Lessons”
It’s strange – not to mention fundamentally disconcerting – to live through turbulent times. Yet as many feel like the world is slipping out of control, artists are enlivened as they seek to make sense of the shifting sands. Hazel Wilde of Lanterns on the Lake is now a songwriter necessarily emboldened. On Spook the Herd, the band’s fourth record, her voice and preoccupations rise to the fore like never before. In tandem, the band break new ground on a set of songs that are direct and crucial.
ANGELICA VILA RETURNS WITH HER NEW SONG “WHY” FEAT. JACQUEES
On the track, Angelica delivers intimate verses over a slow and sultry throwback beat, while Jacquees brings his hypnotic vocals to the song. The two bring back classic nineties R&B vibes with their captivating harmonies.
Chicago Songstress JAAS Releases New Single/Video “Therapy” Today
Singer, songwriter JAAS released her new single, “Therapy” today. The new single’s accompanying visual, shot by RoyalTMedia, was premiered via ThisIsRNB yesterday. “When I think of therapy, I think of some type of healing or relief…” JAAS tells ThisIsRNB, and, true to its title, the track’s melodic soundscape is both infectious and cathartic. “Therapy” is the first release of 2020 from the Chicago songstress following the November release of “Do Better”.
Western Canada-based prolific producer Factor Chandelier is back with a new full-length album titled ‘First Storm’, dedicated to his son. A culmination of 2 years of touring, collaborative projects, and fatherhood, this record is his most thematically in-depth and sonically expansive project to date. ‘First Storm’ sees Factor merging genres to give his signature production a fresh melodic mood. The album is comprised of new instrumental tracks and vocal features from Factor’s frequent collaborators Ceschi, Myka 9, Kay the Aquanaut, Cadence Weapon, Mestizo, Dope KNife, Onry Ozzborn, Nomad, and Taylor Jade. Factor has gained significant attention for his consistent output of original, thought-provoking music that pushes the envelope of traditional hip-hop.
Luke Wallace, acclaimed folk, Americana singer-song writer, embodies a new wave of politically charged folk music, writing the soundtrack for a movement of people rising up to meet the social and environmental challenges of our times. He is on a simple mission with this record, to help people find their voice and as he says “to step into the world, no matter how dark, and shine a light on both the beauty and injustice so prevalent today.” Luke Wallace has hit his stride on his new album, What On Earth, set for release on March 6th on Come to Life Music.
KNUCKLE PUCK SHARE ADDICTIVE NEW SINGLE, “TUNE YOU OUT”
Chicago five-piece, Knuckle Puck, have released their new single, “Tune You Out,” today. Produced by Seth Henderson (State Champs, Real Friends) and mixed by Vince Ratti (The Wonder Years, Title Fight, The Menzingers), the song is a cathartic yet upbeat track, saturated with punchy guitar riffs and a massive, addictive chorus. According to Nick Casasanto (guitar/vocals), “Tune You Out” is about “giving yourself and others the appropriate time and space to grow.”
Born to a Jewish family in Washington Heights, New York, Taali grew up learning the values of community. After years of vocal cord issues, which culminated in a surgery and Taali unable to sing herself, she leaned harder into writing for others including Mad Decent hip-hop innovator Jarina De Marco, gospel performer Mali Music, and José James, whom she later co-founded independent record label and multidisciplinary collective Rainbow Blonde with alongside producer/engineer Brian Bender. On her new EP, Taali examines the complex dynamic of female friendship. It follows 2019’s EP Were Most of Your Stars Out?. The titles of both EPs borrow from J.D. Salinger’s “Seymour an Introduction,” to complete a quoted phrase that informs Taali’s entire creative life: “Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?”
“If you would have asked me when we started back in 2007 ‘what do you envision as your sound 12 years from now’,” states vocalist Kenneth Nixon. “I certainly wouldn’t have predicted this — but holy hell am I excited about the evolution in this band’s music. We spent 3 years working on this album and it is undoubtedly the very best of Framing Hanley from start to finish. We needed a break in 2015 — but we’re back now, and we’re firing on all cylinders.”
MATT LOVELL OVERCOMES NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE TO TRIUMPHANTLY ANNOUNCE DEBUT SOLO LP OUT 6/5
Nashville-based singer/songwriter Matt Lovell has announced the upcoming release of his debut album, Nobody Cries Today, out on June 5th. The video for the album’s soulful lead single “90 Proof,” which premiered via American Songwriter, was written during attempts to let go of a relationship that had ended. “I was also broke,” Lovell told American Songwriter. “I was what me and my friends laughingly call a ‘singer-songwaiter’ – employed by an upscale-ish burger restaurant in Nashville’s touristy Gulch neighborhood.” The song came to Lovell while he was working, and he ventured into the bathroom to record it on his phone. “I was in the middle of singing ‘I’ve been trying to lose your number, but my fingers won’t forget’ when one of my customers walked into the restaurant bathroom on me,” he recalled. “They probably still talk about their silly Nashville waiter singing in the bathroom.”
Dangerous Hippies Release Americana Version Of ‘Like A Ghost’
Hinder drummer Cody Hanson and frontman Marshal Dutton recently announced a new project called Dangerous Hippies. Last month they unveiled their new video ‘Like A Ghost’ that premiered over at American Songwriter. Dutton on the song: “Like a Ghost is a story about being out-shined and loving it!” Hanson talks about the re-worked Americana version: “The great thing about this project is that there are no rules. If we wake up and hear different version of a song in our heads, we’ll work it up and release it.” “You know you have a good song when you can produce it in any style and you love it just as much as you did before.”
The album boasts the instrumentals of some of the most iconic and successful songs in hip-hop history, spanning Juvenile’s “Back That Azz Up” to “Stuntin’ Like My Daddy” by Birdman & Lil Wayne and many more. Additionally, it features career-defining cuts by B.G., Mannie Fresh, Cash Money Millionaires, Hot Boys, and more.
Over gritty guitars and ruddy lo-fi beats, rapper, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and skater NYCL Kai spits with punk recklessness and delivers an atomic genre-bending hybrid informed by hard-earned street lessons. The 22-year-old started living those lessons as a kid in The Bronx. Residing in a two-story building where his mom served as the landlord, a group of evicted tenants left a bass in an abandoned unit. As if placed in this space by divine intervention, Kai picked it up and taught himself basic chords, writing rudimentary songs throughout middle school.
Inching closer to stardom, John K maintains his momentum by sharing a new track entitled “6 months” today. Get it HERE via Epic Records.
In between stark acoustic guitar strumming, he delivers a tender pledge to his love on this simple and straightforward ballad. His delivery builds from intimate verses into a falsetto-driven refrain. He assures, “Baby when we fall asleep, you know that you’re safe with me…this is all we need. We’re right where we belong.”
Brian Fallon releases new single; album out March 27
Brian Fallon has released a stunning new song from his soon-to-be-released third solo album, LOCAL HONEY. “I Don’t Mind (If I’m With You),” a dreamy ballad about finding peace in love during difficult times of rejection and misunderstanding, is the latest from the Peter Katis (The National, Death Cab for Cutie, Interpol, Frightened Rabbit)-produced LOCAL HONEY, due Friday, March 27 via Fallon’s Lesser Known Records and Thirty Tigers. His first new LP in two years, LOCAL HONEY sees Fallon melding myriad strains of American music with contemporary consequence, ambitious energy, and seemingly infinite lyrical power. The songs offer a deeply personal glimpse into the New Jersey-based singer-songwriter’s everyday world, revealing universal truths through hard-earned insight and unflinching honesty.
Swedish born artist JANOS spends his time between the streets and pubs of Oslo and London. Fusing beautiful pop melodies, soulful vocals and explosive energy, the pop-punk soul artist delivers listeners with a fresh, contemporary sound. From fragile, heartfelt ballads to funky upbeat anthems, JANOS tells a story relating to the highs and lows of our generation.
Marlin’s Dreaming Share “Sink or Swim” Video
New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming have today released the first single, “Sink or Swim,” for their forthcoming album, Quotidian. The single premiered exclusively with Atwood Magazine praising, “The honesty of the release only adds to the many layers of what makes Marlin’s Dreaming who they are. If the following tracks are anything like the first, then Quotidian is a record that should be on any music-lover’s radar.”
North Carolina’s AETHER REALM to Release New Album, Redneck Vikings From Hell
AETHER REALM takes the next step! After signing with Napalm Records in 2018, the four-piece from North Carolina is ready to unleash their newest multi-faceted full-length, Redneck Vikings From Hell, to be released on May 1, 2020! The new album will take you on a stupefying rollercoaster ride of death metal, thrash and even neo-classical shred. With their new album, the band improves upon their already distinctive sound that’s been astonishing fans since day one!
Don’t Believe In Ghosts complete new album and line up a series of new singles for 2020. The band will kick everything off with the infectious and anthemic single “Living Like This” today!
“Everyone is trying to present these exciting versions of themselves, which we all know are not real. Yet, we sometimes feel compelled to compete. This mindset is very distracting” Steven Nathan says when describing the lyrics to “Living Like This.”
In celebration of the album, Pruitt will perform a special sold-out record release show tonight at Nashville’s The Basement and will embark on an extensive headline tour starting next month. Upcoming stops include Los Angeles’ The Hotel Café, San Francisco’s Café Du Nord, Seattle’s Sunset Tavern, Denver’s Globe Hall, New York’s Mercury Lounge, Philadelphia’s MilkBoy, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Nashville’s Basement East among several others. She will also join City and Colour for several shows this spring. See below for complete details.
On the heels of his 2019 EP ‘Photograph,” which has racked up over 9.7 million streams on Spotify, NYC based producer, multi-instrumentalist, and DJ Chris Malinchak enters the new decade with “Somebody,” out February 21st via Ultra Music.