Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.
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LOCKN’ is very proud to announce the initial lineup for its fifth anniversary event, which it revealed on Thursday by releasing puzzle pieces with artist names throughout the day, eventually culminating in the full initial lineup. More artists will be announced soon.
Named 2016’s “Best Festival” by Garden & Gun, LOCKN’ continues to raise the bar for incomparable large scale creative programming as it cements its reputation as one of the premiere American festivals.
Early Bird tickets are on sale now, where 4-Day General Admission, VIP and Super VIP tickets can be purchased for the lowest prices available, as well as Camping Passes and Travel Packages.
Joshua Tree Music Fest
The initial LINE UP for the MAY festival is UP !
Masters of diverse musical sounds from around the globe, with passionately delivered potent messages straight from the HEART.
Now in its third year, the ‘20 Before’ series returns with a celebration of Red Bull’s biggest music moments from the past 12 months with 20 exclusive videos, tracks and interactive experiences. This year’s outstanding line-up features videos and tracks from the likes of Mixpak, who claimed the 2016 Red Bull Culture Clash title in the UK, rap superstar YG who took to the stage at Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in LA and Dizzee Rascal who returned to his hometown to perform his seminal album ‘Boy in da Corner’ with the help of the Red Bull Music Academy.
Also included in the celebration is ‘Black Beatles’ producer Mike Will Made It who took to the Red Bull Music Academy couch for a can’t-miss lecture, the Red Bull Thre3Style world DJ competition finalists who perform a 24 hour mix, Polish pop queen Brodka, Louis Baker, Warm Brew and much more.
All of this is available at redbull.com/20before17
Childish Gambino’s previously released “Me and Your Mama” PHAROS virtual reality video, directed and co-produced by Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein, is now live as a 360 video on his YouTube channel. Future content released from the PHAROS experience will be made exclusive to all fans that pre-order the limited edition VR vinyl package.
Awaken, My Love!, released this past Friday on Glassnote Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company, is a sonic evolution and a groundbreaking next step following the genre blending STN MTN / Kauai mixtape and because the internet. The album has been applauded by numerous critics in addition to fellow musicians like George Clinton, who re-tweeted several fans’ positive commentary, Questlove, who woke up R&B legend D’Angelo at 4 AM urging him to listen to the brand new record (read here) and many more.
Being heralded as a standout track, the album’s official lead single, “Redbone” amassed over one million streams within its first 24 hours and shot up to #1 on the Global, UK, Canada, Australia and U.S. Spotify Viral 50 Charts within days. Now at over 22 million streams, the track is currently receiving support from six different U.S. radio formats and debuted as the #1 most added record at Urban last week. Additionally, the track is being added to the BBC Radio 1 Playlist in the U.K.
On December 14, Gambino, will perform a song off his new album Awaken, My Love! on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
De La Soul
Nominated for a Grammy for their crowd-funded album ‘And The Anonymous Nobody’, De La Soul kept the good vibes rolling by releasing a new video featuring Estelle and Pete Rock. Peep it below!
Jack White – who earlier this week received three nominations for the upcoming 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, bringing his career nominations total to 35 – has unveiled a new performance video featuring a never-before-seen live take of “The Rose With The Broken Neck,” filmed at Jackson, WY’s Pink Garter Theatre on April 23rd, 2015 during White’s unprecedented acoustic tour. Filmed, edited and directed by Brad Holland and produced by Jack White, the starkly powerful clip also sees White elaborating on the song’s history and his own process as writer and collaborator. The original version of “The Rose With The Broken Neck” – featuring lyrics by White and music composed by Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – is found on Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi’s acclaimed 2011 release, ROME.
The live acoustic rendition of “The Rose With The Broken Neck” follows the release earlier this year of White’s essential songwriting collection, JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016. The video was heralded by a series of clues on the official @thirdmanrecords Twitter inviting fans to participate in the just-concluded Tin Man poster scavenger hunt, with one Grand Prize Winner receiving an exclusive trip to a special event at Third Man Records Cass Corridor (Detroit) and six Runner-Up Winners each receiving a Jack White-signed Acoustic Recordings vinyl LP.
JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 (Third Man Records/Columbia) collects 26 acoustic-based songs from throughout White’s wide-ranging musical career, spanning album tracks, B-sides, remixes, alternate versions, and previously unreleased material from The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and his solo career. Tuesday’s announcement of nominations for the 59th Annual GRAMMY® Awards saw The White Stripes’ previously unreleased “City Lights” – featured on JACK WHITE ACOUSTIC RECORDINGS: 1998-2016 – named in the “Best American Roots Song” category.
White also received nominations in the “Album of the Year” category for his production, writing, and featured role on Beyoncé’s LEMONADE (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia), while the album’s “Don’t Hurt Yourself (Feat. Jack White)” also earned a “Best Rock Performance” nomination.
Big Top Heartbreak
‘Christmas In The Asylum’ is the new single from the debut album ‘Deadbeat Ballads’ that was released the end of October. The first single made was record of the week on the Geoff Lloyd and Annabel Port show on Absolute Radio and the band have played a sold out album launch at Paper Dress Vintage and The Exchange in Bristol. Christmas In The Asylum is a part fiction/part biographical tale. A dark ditty with a twist of humor throughout, it explores the downs and the ups of a decadent and ultimately sordid existence.
The lead man and songwriter Scott Lavene writes songs with heart, sometimes heavy but always brutally honest and always intensely passionate. Originally from Essex, now based in Bristol after years of moving around and searching for an unobtainable elixir he put down roots and started writing songs again after a number of years missing from the music scene. Now back and brimming with fire and fabulous tales, this is a band to watch.
Much to the excitement of guitarists worldwide, guitar legend Paul Nelson has released his new album “Badass Generation” to critical acclaim! Grammy winning guitarist Paul Nelson was Johnny Winter’s protege guitarist in the Johnny Winter Band.
Paul has toured with countless worldwide touring artists and performed live and or on recordings along side major artists such as Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons, Ben Harper, Leslie West, Robben Ford, Joe Perry, Mark Knofler, Brian Setzer, Dr. John, Slash, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Los Lobos, Kim Wilson, Elvin Bishop, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Reb Beach, Steve Morse, John Popper, Debbie Davies, Los Lobos, Quin Sullivan, Tinsley Ellis, Lucky Peterson, Joe Louis Walker, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski, Joe Walsh, Larry Carlton, Steve Vai, Earl Slick, Hubert Sumlin, Pete Rivera, Rick Derringer, Harvey Brooks, Bill Evans, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Coco Montoya, Uptown Horns, Blues Brother Horns, Reese Wynans, Edgar Winter, Ray Davis, George Lynch, James Cotton, Anthony Jackson, Dickey Betts, Junior Brown, Pat Travers, Jimmy Vivino and La Bamba of Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Paul Schaefer’s CBS Orchestra to name a few. With appearances on David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel programs.
Nelson’s handpicked co-conspirators include vocalist Morten Fredheim, who turned heads topping the European edition of “The Voice”, bassist Christopher Alexander; and Chris Reddan on drums. Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis also makes a cameo appearance. The collective result is something that’s musically rooted in the classic era of Led Zeppelin, Free, Bad Company, Skynyrd, Tom Petty, Allman Brothers, Aerosmith and ZZ Top – but right at home with a fresh new take in the 21st century. “We got together and painstakingly worked out these songs before we recorded them. The caliber of the musicians in this band is inspiring” Nelson explains.
Nelson is eager to begin this new stage of his career with his band mates. Songs such as “Keep It All Together” with Fredheim’s soaring vocals, and Nelson’s classic guitar sounds to “Goodbye Forever”, with it’s infectious groove and chorus and “Please Come Home” displaying emotional melodies and soulful slide guitar work, all which are among the few future stand out classics found on this album. “I want our music to touch many people in the same way it did us in the making and performing of this album,” says Nelson. His only regret? That his old friend wasn’t able to sit in on a few of the tunes. “Johnny Winter’s influence will always be a part of me,” he says. “There are many times when I pick up my guitar, and I feel his music. I know he’s with me in a way, but I also have influences from so many other places. Have I now spread my wings? Absolutely. I’m a musician. I have to keep on writing and performing and never stop.”
The album’s title “Badass Generation” says it all! The music on this latest recording speaks to today’s generation’s quest for something new and this band’s music does just that, through great song writing and musicianship making for one great musical ride!
Winnipeg’s Mobina Galore share their new video, ‘Spend My Day’, today via Exclaim!. ‘Spend My Day’ is taken from their EP ‘Singles & B-Sides’ out now via New Damage Records. Mobina Galore are a vocally aggressive power chord punk rock duo formed in late 2010 by Jenna (guitar/vocals) and Marcia (drums/vocals). Named one of the Top 15 Punk Bands in Canada of 2015 by CBC Radio 3, they have toured Canada, the States and Europe, and played showcases at NXNE, Canadian Music Week, Pouzza Fest, Juno Fest, Golden Sound Festival and Big Fun Festival. They have opened up for Propagandhi, PUP, and Four Year Strong.
Dec 10 – SWX – w/ Against Me! – Bristol, UK
Dec 11 – Rescue Rooms – w/ Against Me! – Nottingham, UK
Dec 13 – Melkweg – w/ Against Me! – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dec 14 – Magasin 4 – w/ Against Me! – Brussels, Belgium
Dec 15 – Dynamo – w/ Against Me! – Zurich, Switzerland
Dec 16 – Backstage Halle – w/ Against Me! – Munich, Germany
Dec 17 – Conne Island – w/ Against Me! – Leipzig, Germany
Dec 18 – WUK – w/ Against Me! – Vienna, Austria
Dec 19 – Posthof – w/ Against Me! – Linz, Austria
Dec 20 – Live Music Hall – w/ Against Me! – Cologne, Germany
Dec 21 – Fabrik – w/ Against Me! – Hamburg, Germany
Dec 22 – SO 36 – w/ Against Me! -Berlin, Germany
Earlier this year, acclaimed songwriter Sonya Kitchell released her latest album, We Come Apart. Since then, Kitchell has continued to perform all over the world as a soloist and with other groups including Tedeschi Trucks Band.
It was the shocking aftermath of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, however, that led Kitchell back to formal recorded output in the form of the haunting new track, “Funeral.” The protest song examines the complicated swirl of emotions brought on by the ultimate rise of Donald Trump and his dangerous cabinet appointments.
On “Funeral,” Kitchell’s powerful voice is laid over a sparse, haunting acoustic arrangement in examination of real world and existential grief.
Inspired by current events and the holiday season, Jen Lane recruited producer and multi-instrumentalist, John MacArthur Ellis, to put her own spin on the Pretenders classic “2000 Miles”!
“I think most people think this song is about the distance between two lovers over the holidays. For me, I felt a sense that it was about a father going off to war whose family hopefully anticipated his return at Christmas time. With war sadly still playing such a huge role in the headlines, I was compelled to cover it. The truth is however, that this song was written for the Pretenders’ original guitar player, James Honeyman-Scott, who passed away the year before the song was released. Whatever it means to you, I hope it brings some holiday spirit and gratitude into your hearts as it did for me!”… Jen Lane
Saskatoon’s Jen Lane is a veteran singer-songwriter and recording artist. Her most recent release, “This Life of Mine”, is a strong statement by an artist who is able to honestly, and with great passion and depth, sing about the ups and downs of life – and finds Jen in the exact place that she has always meant to be; at the very heart of where roots, folk, and country music harmoniously intertwine.Lane toured from coast to coast numerous times to promote “This Life of Mine”, which charted on National College Radio for over 12 weeks, including reaching #1 on the Earshot Folk/Roots chart. It also garnered substantial radio play on CBC and Satellite Radio, and she performed on dozens of television shows across the country.
Releasing her first CD, “Sleepless” at just 16 years old, Lane garnered a lot of attention on the Canadian music scene, and was nominated for “Outstanding Independent Album” at the Prairie Music Awards. Her self-titled 2006 album and the 2010 follow-up, “For The Night”, were both nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards.
STEVE MOORE (of Zombi fame) returns with a mesmerizing new score for the action/horror film The Mind’s Eye. More vivid and dynamic than ever, The Mind’s Eye demonstrates STEVE MOORE’s mastery of the vignette alongside his ability to weave together cohesive, consistent themes. Over the course of eighty-five minutes, STEVE MOORE crafts a riveting portrait of tension and terror through a variety of textures ranging from probing dark ambient and slick arpeggiations to anxious sound collage and epic, gothic bombast. The latest testament to STEVE MOORE’s legacy of synth supremacy.
The Loft Club
Fresh off the heels of The Loft Club’s debut EP, producer Niklas Ibach now unleashes a stunning remix of the title track “Heart’s Desire.”
Now available everywhere through Lightyear Entertainment/Caroline/Universal Music. Ibach’s remix reinvents the British indie band’s record, with his mellow and decorative deep house melodies, whilst keeping a groovy melodic indie feel, that builds on the original.
German producer, Niklas Ibach is part of a new generation of producers and DJs getting recognition in Europe. He gained popularity in 2015 with high-profile remixes and originals, including his hit “Hungry (Remix)” which has surpassed 19 million streams on Spotify.
Purveyors of stomping, heartfelt, sixties tinged Indie-rock, The Loft Club are an Exeter-based quartet, consisting of Daniel Schamroth, Jamie Whyte, Kieran Chalmers and Amy O’Loughlin. “Heart’s Desire,” is the lead and title track from their debut 4-track EP which was released in October, along with a music video filmed inside Exeter’s historical RAMM museum.
The Loft Club “Heart’s Desire (Niklas Ibach Remix),” available now on iTunes, Spotify and all digital retailers.
German electro-pop duo Hundreds only released their album Wilderness last week, but already musician and producer FOXOS has dropped an excellent rework of their track “Un-Unify”.
Combining elements from alternative electro-pop and classical music, FOXOS simplifies the more angsty original, favouring sparse production over which his reverberant vocal soars. The lunar driven video he has paired with the audio is equal parts haunting, melancholic and calming, and is quite apt, keeping in mind the upcoming supermoon.
The Green Children
The Green Children released a remix from the the up’n coming DJ Emobdy today. The song is vibey with electronica feelings, and was listed on radios like NRK mP3, Ordenlig Radio, played at Ruben Grans show at P3 among more. The Green Children are well known for the cover of Norwegian Dreams they did, that was highligted on the Tv-Serie Miami Vice back in 2008.
With her unique pop sounding voice, IVIE is one of the judges’ favorites in the new music competition, The Stream. The song is a collab with Jesper Borgen (Morgan Sulele, Alan Walker m.m) with IVIE (Vilde Kjos Lie). The song is a great mix between R’nB and pop aka Wiz Khalifa Style.
Experimental psych-rock troubadour Ian Mellencamp has released the lyric video for his single, ‘hEaDsOuNd,” off his sophomore EP, Free AF, which he released earlier this year. The video is self-produced by Mellencamp and features footage from his EP release show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn. The release of the new video comes a week ahead of Ian’s final show of 2016 which will be at Mercury Lounge on December 17th.
Free AF is out now on iTunes & Spotify. Since releasing his sophomore EP in August, the final months of 2016 have been very exciting for this rising rock star. In September, Ian kicked off Farm Aid 2016 with a performance that Rolling Stone called one of the best things they saw. He opened his set with a “solo electric take on ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen'” followed by “hEaDsOuNd” and more from his latest EP. In November, Ian returned to the stage in New York City at the popular Lower East Side hot-spot, Pianos, to perform for a packed house.
This month, Ian can be seen on newsstands nationwide as he is featured on the cover of Resident Magazine’s December Entertainment issue. The “male-model-superstar-and influential-downtown-rock & roll gorgon,” as Resident calls Mellencamp, chats with George Wayne about his new EP and more. Ian is also featured in Glamour’s January “Party Issue” which just hit stands this week.
Beyond taking the stage for his signature rock & roll performances, Ian has also continued to keep partygoers on their feet late into the night with his DJ sets at events like The Surf Lodge’s pop-up during Art Basel Miami last week as well as The Resolution Project’s Resolve 2016 Gala in October.
Sara Jackson-Holman shared her new video for “Run” on Impose. This is her second video along with “Too Late” , both of which are featured on her album ‘Didn’t Go To The Party’ out now on Expunged Records.
I’m a feeler, I’m a dreamer, a monsoon….enigmatic, but magnetic too
These are some of the first lines from Sara Jackson-Holman’s new album, Didn’t Go To The Party, released on Sept 16 on Expunged Records. Opening track “Monsoon” is an exploration of self and an embracing of contradictions, a theme which echoes throughout this work of lush, timeless orchestral pop. A classically-trained pianist as well as a pop singer-songwriter, Sara weaves together her varied musical loves (including Kate Bush, Joni Mitchell, Serge Gainsbourg and Erik Satie) into a rich and playful fabric.
Didn’t Go To The Party is introspective and contemplative, a long-playing answer in stereo to questions like: “what kind of woman am I? “what kind of woman have I been?”
Some may know Sordal as one of Kristiansand biggest artists locally. But on a national scale he is perhaps the biggest underdog in Norway. This guy has supported Bryan Adams, John Fogerty and Bob Dylan to mention a few.
Today he is out with new EP “Chasing Endorphins” that already caught 5/6 in Fædrelandsvennen by Rune Slyngstad that says it could be associated to Mike Scott and The Waterboys.His latest release “Broken Beyond Repair” was played and listed on stations like, Nrk, Ordentlig Radio, P3, Radio Midt Øst, Kystradioen.
“Meg Duffy, aka Hand Habits, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Upstate New York. She has been putting her time in on the road and in the studio over the past two years with pacific northwest band Mega Bog, and the Kevin Morby Band, making an impression on everyone she comes across with her natural charisma and uncharted talent as a multi-instrumentalist. But let Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void) be her open invitation to the world to step inside and take a much deeper look into who Duffy actually is. Tracked in an Upstate New York living room, then finished in her current home in Los Angeles – it is appropriate that this album was recorded by Meg herself – for Meg, who has an acute ear for detail, has touched every corner, has seen every vision ’til its end. Because of this, Wildly Idle feels incredibly intimate, like a secret between her and the listener. It hits soft, like warm water, and before you know it it is all around you – a bath, and Meg’s whisper has made its way inside you. Like many bedroom-debuts before it (The Microphones, Jessica Pratt, Little Wings, Grouper) let this be the first of many to come, for Meg has music in her touch – and this is only the beginning. But let us not look to the future now, but instead stand alongside her, our trust in her will, both humble before the void, with her first chorus as the mission statement; ‘hold you like a flower, hold you like an hour glass’.”- Kevin Morby