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Helvetia announces new LP ‘This Devastating Map’ out Aug. 7th
Helvetia was formed in Seattle in 2005 by Jason Albertini. Since the band’s inception, he’s employed a rotating cast of band members and collaborators, which now includes Steve Gere and Samantha Stidham. Albertini is 1/3 of the group Duster, who spent 2019 releasing a new album and playing shows for the first time in 20 years. Naturally, Helvetia share a lot of the same sensibilities, pushing Dusterʼs boundary-bending ideals even further out with a mix of odd pop and eccentric oddities.
LEON BRIDGES RELEASES “SWEETER” FEATURING TERRACE MARTIN
Today, Grammy Award winning R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges releases “Sweeter” featuring Terrace Martin. The song, written from the perspective of a black man taking his last breath and feeling his spirit leave his body, was originally written and recorded for a future album, however, in light of current events, Leon and Terrace felt compelled to release the song now.
Delicate Steve Shares New Single “Some Hope”, Listen Now
Today Delicate Steve has shared the first of three new upcoming singles titled “Some Hope”. “My new song is an ode to melody, saxophones, King Curtis and Sam Cooke, unqualified joy, positivity, singing a simple song and being a fool,” Steve Marion aka Delicate Steve explained. “It’s about an optimism and about our place within the human pageant.”
Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard Share New Single ‘Double Denim Hop’ – Debut ‘The Non-Stop EP’ out July 10
Welsh four-piece Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have shared their new single “Double Denim Hop” from their debut release The Non-Stop EP (out July 10th via Missing Piece Records / Communion). Frontman, guitarist, and magnetic showman Tom Rees describes the song as something of a lightbulb moment, “the first time I felt fully confident as a writer… it set me off on a good journey for writing a lot of other BBB tunes.”
ANNOUNCING: Molly Joyce’s ‘Breaking and Entering’
Composer and performer Molly Joyce released her debut full-length album, Breaking and Entering, out now on Bandcamp and all digital platforms. The album features Joyce cultivating disability within the human body through a series of electro-acoustic works written and performed by Joyce on her instrument of choice — the electric vintage toy organ.
Out now on Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music, the album had a first listen with the Road to Sound and was featured on Wilco’s spring “Recommends” playlist.
GAEREA Release Second New Single, “To Ain”
Cathartic black metal outfit GAEREA have shared the second brand new ‘To Ain,’ taken from their upcoming album, ‘Limbo.’ The song and its accompanying video –
JAYDAYOUNGAN RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM BABY23
Baby23 is an authentic glimpse into who JayDaYoungan is and how he got here. “I stand on 23 as a brand. Michael Jordan is my favorite basketball player. It’s my auntie’s number (who passed away in a tragic car accident Jan 23, 2011.) I’ve got a son now, so he’s 23 Baby. Everything is dedicated to him. This is my first child, my first album, and my story,” Jay says.
Multi-Platinum Artist OMI Drops Another Summer Smash “Bring My Baby Back”
Multi-platinum Jamaican artist OMI knows his way around a summer anthem. The Felix Jaehn remix of his timeless smash hit “Cheerleader” was dubbed as “2015’s Song Of Summer” (Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire) and has accumulated over 1 Billion streams on Spotify, and over 1 Billion views on YouTube to date. His new single “Bring My Baby Back” brings that same energy with it’s infectious reggae-pop Island vibes that calls for days spent at the beach, block parties and backyard BBQ’s.
Rufus Wainwright shares video for “You Ain’t Big.”
Wainwright says of the song and video:
“I originally wrote the song “You Ain’t Big” about the strange fact that in the music business worldwide until recently (our estimation has fallen considerably) no matter how well you’ve done anywhere else, if you couldn’t make it in the heartland of the US you weren’t really considered a true star. Think Little Richard, Elvis, the Beatles and Julio Iglesias. However, in releasing this song now which references states such as Alabama, North Carolina, Kansas (where I have had the pleasure of playing shows) and even New York and California, all troubled places during this tremendously turbulent time nationwide, the term “You Ain’t Big” has taken on additional meanings. The song at heart is apolitical. Its vintage sound harkens back to the classical American country music sound of the 40s and 50s and with the help of opposing images in the video of how different life was for white people compared to black people in the 1950’s, as it has sadly remained, I think it rings appropriate for this time and professes a certain truth.”
The North Country Contemplate America’s Future on New Single “Chains Of Love (on Prisoners Of War)”
“This song is about how at the core of this country is a set of contradictions. How could the same country elect both Barack Obama and Donald Trump? The notion of it just seems absurd.”
LA-based Grunge Rock Revivalists, Broken Machine, Announce Video for “Kaleidoscopic Jam”
Central figure and songwriter/vocalist, Schyler Douglas, states that the song is about “taking LSD and going through the transformation of shedding one’s own skin: burning everything that was oneself and remembering one’s unity with the universe.” Additionally, the song and EP hold weight for the band in that they are looking to exhume grunge rock and rekindle an appreciation for melodies, harmonies, meaningful lyrics, and real instruments. With a past stained by indulgence, debauchery, and substance abuse, Broken Machine channel their inner demons into their brand of brooding Post Grunge.
Sleepy Hallow & Sheff G Join Forces for “Molly” Video
Close friends since childhood, Sleepy Hallow and Sheff G worked together to reach the top tier of the Brooklyn drill wave. Letting loose to celebrate their success, Sleepy & Sheff share “Molly,” the latest video from Sleepy Hallow’s Sleepy For President. A low-key party anthem produced by Great John, “Molly” provides a respite from day-to-day life in East Flatbush, as the two young rappers relish the opportunity to star in they indulgent rap video they’d never thought they could make: “We live life, here’s your ass if you caught slippin’, huh/I remember days we was trappin’ out/Police outside, to the back, we out,” rhymes Sheff. Released over the weekend, “Molly” is already approaching 400k views on YouTube.
Let It Come Down have shared their video “Vicky” the latest as part of their upcoming LP Songs We Sang In Our Dreams out June 12th via Shimmy-Disc/Joyful Noise. The video is an homage to Warhol’s Screen Tests, of course.
EL OCTAVO TEMA DE J. ALVAREZ “EL JONSON” TITULADO “ABUSA” YA ESTA DISPONIBLE
J. Álvarez le entrega a su publico el octavo tema de la serie “El Jonson”, tema que originalmente estaba pautado salir el viernes, pero el cantante decidió unirse al movimiento y apoyar el silencio en la industria por “Black Lives Matter”. El tema “Abusa” habla de una mujer que abusa su poder femenino para seducir a un hombre solo para jugar con su corazón. El dice que “A veces siento que me usas, dices que te gusto, porque sabes que tu me gustas, pero abusas”.
BOURBON HOUSE Releases Video For Latest Single, “Too High to Care”; Song Available On All Digital Formats Now
“Expect delicious spadefuls of Heart, Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin with this gnarly blues rock number from Wisconsin rockers Bourbon House. Spearheaded by smoky-yet-strident siren Lacey Crowe, it’s the kind of music that doesn’t know whether to flirt with you or kick you in the teeth – and we mean that in a good way.”
Celebrated Producer/Artist Jordan Lehning Announces New Album ‘Little Idols’ Out August 7
Nashville composer/producer/artist Jordan Lehning has announced the August 7 release of his cinematic new album Little Idols. As a celebrated producer, Lehning has worked with the likes of Caitlin Rose, Rodney Crowell and Andrew Combs, in addition to writing and tracking string arrangements for Kacey Musgraves, Burt Bacharach, Brett Eldridge, Leon Bridges and more. Along with the announcement, Lehning has released the first track “Oolaloom”, which acts as the opening credits to a whirlwind story that unfolds over the length of the album.
TERMINAL NATION: Arkansas-Based Political Hardcore/Grind Outfit To Release Holocene Extinction LP
America is a tinderbox. Lockdowns, pandemic, police brutality, kleptocracy, the orange menace. The injustice system is alive and well. Since day one TERMINAL NATION has been shining a light on it all through their crushing music, point blank lyrics, merch and media, lashing out at institutional corruption and racist power structures. And not from a liberal coastal enclave where it’s a generally welcome message but from Deep Red Arkansas.
“Teaming up with MelodyVR felt like the perfect opportunity to share music in a live setting during a time where the future has felt so unclear for so many, both within our industry and within our world” said Zella. “I’m grateful to have this platform to connect with my audience in the midst of all that is happening. It has been a treat to prepare material for the show, clear my mind, and focus on the music.”