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Press Release Roundup: January 4

posted January 8, 2016, 1:41 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Top Albums | comment Leave a Comment

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 Monday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.



2015 was a great year. TRDMRK has been busy. Aside from their tour tour in Europe, Nu has been out doing festivals all over the world with Jurassic 5 and Tre touring North America and Europe with Bizarre Ride. End of the year saw the guys getting back to work on a new TRDMRK album. Hearing the new stuff was amazing and we can’t wait to share it with you.

Natalie Cole

The Recording Academy® Statement Re: Natalie Cole
Jan. 1, 2016

We are very saddened to learn of the passing of one of music’s most celebrated and iconic women, Natalie Cole. A nine-time GRAMMY® winner and MusiCares Person of the Year honoree in 1993, Natalie followed her legendary father into the music business with magnificent hits like “Inseparable,” “This Will Be” and “Unforgettable,” achieving multiplatinum, worldwide success in her own right. We’ve lost a wonderful, highly cherished artist and our heartfelt condolences go out to Natalie’s family, friends, her many collaborators, as well as to all who have been entertained by her exceptional talent.

The BPM Fest


BPM Day & Night Event Schedule

The BPM Festival announces the complete day and night events schedule for its 2016 edition in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Now in its ninth year, The BPM Festival 2016 brings together fans from 72 countries to experience over 430 artists at more than 80 showcases spanning ten days from January 8-17, 2015.

Live Streaming

The BPM Festival is proud to partner for the fourth consecutive year with BE-AT.TV, streaming video and audio live from some of the best parties in Playa Del Carmen from all ten days of the event. These broadcasts, featuring 16 events and over 60 artists, available both live and on demand, will bring electronic music fans the full BPM festival experience, featuring the world’s biggest underground labels and rising stars. Visit for BE-AT.TV’s full BPM 2016 live stream schedule and check out the poster below.


Ibiza Sonica Radio also returns to The BPM Festival as an official media partner, covering all day 10 days with non-stop, 24-hour-a-day broadcast dedicated to the festival. Listen in at . Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ibiza Sonica Radio, along with Pioneer DJ, will also host its own Ibiza Sonica 10 Years Showcase at the Salsanera Roof Top on January 16, featuring Yousef, The Mekanism, Igor Marijuán (director and founder of Ibiza Sonica Radio), Valentin Huedo and Mexico’s Xavier Fux.

Playboy Jazz Fest


For the third year in a row, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association will present the 38th annual
Playboy Jazz Festival, June 11 & 12, 2016, at the Hollywood Bowl. As always, the Festival will feature an emerging generation of jazz artists as well as superstars of the genre. Performers already slated to appear include Fourplay with Nathan East, Bob James, Chuck Loeb and Harvey Mason, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Seth MacFarlane with conductor Joel McNeely and Janelle Monáe, with the full line-up of talent to be announced March 1. George Lopez will once again host the event, marking the fourth year of his involvement with the Festival.

Single tickets go on sale March 1, 2016.

For more information on the 2016 Playboy Jazz Festival visit HERE!. Full programming will be announced on March 1, 2016, with single tickets going on sale the same day.





Brooklyn grind/powerviolence trio MAGRUDERGRIND have revealed a new video for “Sacrificial Hire”, the lead single from the band’s new album II. MAGRUDERGRIND announced their return after a six-year hiatus with the brand-new record II, set to be released on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records on February 12, 2016. Again recorded with engineer Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studios and mastered by Brad Boatright (Obituary, Nails), II is a savage manifesto of scathing political and personal revolution and unquestionably MAGRUDERGRIND’s most crushing and accomplished material to date.

***All Dates aside 2/26 With Primitive Man***
Feb 26 Tilburg, NL Netherlands Deathfest w/ Gruesome, Pig Destroyer, Cripple Bastards
Feb 27 Winterthur, CH Gaswerk
Feb 28 Lausanne, CH Le romandie
Feb 29 Nevers, FR Cafe Charbon
Mar 1 Toulouse, FR Pavillon Sauvages
Mar 2 Barcelona, ES Rocksound
Mar 4 Donostia, ES Mogambo
Mar 5 Montpellier, FR Secret Place
Mar 6 Milano, IT Lo Fi
Mar 7 Bologna, IT Freakout Club
Mar 8 Ljubljana, SL Gromka
Mar 12 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
Mar 14 München, DE Feierwerk
Mar 15 Wurzburg, DE Cairo
Mar 17 Aalborg, DK 1000 Fryd
Mar 18 Gothenburg, SE Truckstop Alaska
Mar 19 Stockholm, SE Bergsunds Strand 43
Mar 20 Copenhagen, DK Pumpehuset
Mar 21 Hamburg, DE Hafenklang
Mar 22 Leipzig, DE Westwerk
Mar 23 Prague, CZ Modra Vopice
Mar 24 Berlin, DE Casiopeia
Mar 25 Utrecht, NL DB’s
Mar 26 Saarbrucken, DE Garage
Mar 27 Antwerpen, BE Het Bos
April 16 Philadelphia, PA Choosing Death Fest

Seth Bogart


Burger Records is excited to announce the official debut album from Seth Bogart, the former frontman for iconic DIY acts Hunx & His Punx and Gravy Train!!!! The genre-twisting pop homage features guest appearances from Kathleen Hanna, Tavi Gevinson, Clementine Creevy (Cherry Glazerr), Chela and is co-written and produced by long-time friend Cole MGN (Julia Holter, Ariel Pink, DâM FunK etc).

Following years of creating and touring with his punk projects, Seth’s reinvention began when he moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and started to focus on his visual art. Amongst other things, he opened his Wacky Wacko store, based on his extremely popular clothing line, collaborated on a special limited edition collection with Saint Laurent and had installations at various galleries and museums, including 356 S. Mission Road (Ooga Booga 2) and MoCA Geffen Contemporary, all the while still working on new music.

With new surroundings and inspiration, a laptop, guitar, microphone, a $50 keyboard and help from Cole MGN, Seth’s new sound was born. Inspired by music he grew up loving – Radio Disney, Broadcast, 80s French Pop like Lio and Plastic Bertrand, Le Tigre, Nina Hagen and Kraftwerk – the new sound is a welcomed adventurous step in a completely new direction. Previously, Seth shared the first single “Eating Makeup”, featuring a vocal assist from the legendary Kathleen Hanna. The song is based on an episode of “My Strange Addiction” in which the subject is literally addicted to eating makeup. The tongue-in-cheek video directed by JJ Stratford (Telefantasy Studios) shows off Seth’s friends eating makeup but also acts as a Pee Wee’s Playhouse-meets-Liquid Television-inspired social commentary on the effects of the beauty industry. Today, Seth shares new track “Forgotten Fantazy” that shows his more somber and contemplative side.

Dua Lipa


Dua Lipa is kicking off 2016 with a nomination for BBC Music’s Sound Of 2016 and with accolades flowing in from both sides of the Atlantic. 2016 is the year to keep your eyes & ears open for this Londoner that Popjustice recently named The New Artist Most Likely To Save Pop In 2016 and that TIME declared an “elegant pop superstar-in-waiting…”

The BBC Sound Of list showcases the most exciting and innovative rising stars. It has gained a reputation as a democratic survey, giving a glimpse into the future of music and predicting some of the biggest acts in the world. Previous winners include Adele, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and HAIM. The track “New Love” is also available on iTunes along with “New Love,” the track that had Fader declaring Dua Lipa their new love.

Lacey Sturm


Album’s Hit Single “Impossible” Garners Acclaim, Nikki “Sixx Picks,” Spins Across The Country

Lacey Performs This Week In SiriusXM Octane, HardDrive, Loudwire NYC Studios

2016 Tour Includes Major Rock Festivals Rock On The Range, Monster Energy Carolina Rebellion, Welcome to Rockville, Northern Invasion

Four years following her departure from Flyleaf, the vocalist and songwriter who delivered rock anthems like “Again,” All Around Me,” “I’m So Sick” and “Fully Alive” to the top of the retail and radio charts, Lacey Sturm, announces that her debut solo album, Life Screams, will independently release Feb. 12 on FOLLOWSPOT Records with The Fuel Music distribution.

Writing alone, as well as with husband/guitarist Josh Sturm, Skillet’s Korey Cooper and Grammy Award winning writer and producer David Hodges, Lacey created a record that is the sonic successor to Flyleaf’s celebrated self-titled debut (which spent a staggering 133 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200). “In the beginning, Flyleaf really centered around my story and vision,” says the Platinum-selling, Grammy-nominated frontwoman of Flyleaf (through 2012). “This new project continues that narrative in a cohesive way.”

The debut single from Life Screams, “Impossible,” gives voice to that new narrative as it screamed into the top five of the iTunes Rock Top Songs chart when it released. The single reached as high as No. 2 on the chart following SiriusXM Radio Octane’s premiere of the song Nov. 1. In rotation now at Octane and numerous stations across the country, Lacey will travel to New York City this week to perform an acoustic rendition of the single in Octane’s studio, as well as in the HardDrive Radio studio. While in New York, Lacey will further complete an interview and performance in Loudwire’s studio. (Performances and interview air dates are to be announced.)

Raul Midón


Raul Midón’s pointedly titled new album ‘Don’t Hesitate’ demonstrates why, a dozen years and eight albums into a recording career that’s won him massive critical acclaim and a passionately devoted international fan base, he remains one of his era’s most distinctive and beloved recording artists.

A smoothly expressive singer, an emotionally insightful songwriter and an exciting, innovative acoustic guitarist, Midón maintains an expansive musical vision that’s led People magazine to call him “an eclectic adventurist” and Huffington Post to dub him “a free man beyond category… he plays with such freedom and joy that his hands smile.”. The New York Times described him as “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Billboard called him, simply and aptly, “a virtuoso.”

Don’t miss Raul’s upcoming Monterey Jazz Festival tour! Get tix HERE!

Tour dates

Jan 14 – Santa Barbara, CA – UC Santa Barbara – Campbell Hall

Jan 15 – Scottsdale, AZ – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts- Virginia Piper Theater

Jan 16 – San Diego, CA – Balboa Theater

Jan 17 – Tucson, AZ – UA, Centennial Hall

Jan 22 – Conway, AR – U of Central Arkansas

Jan 23 – San Antonio, TX – Carver Center

Jan 24 – Berkeley, CA – UC Berkeley

Jan 26 – Santa Cruz, CA- Kuumba Jazz Center

Feb 2-6 – New York, NY – Birdland – two sets/nights

Feb 9 – Boston, MA – Wilbur Theater

Feb 11 – Newport News, VA – Ferguson Concert Hall

Feb 12 – Princeton, NJ – McCarter Theater

Feb 13 – Purchase, NY – The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College

March 11 – Glen Ellyn, IL – College of DuPage

March 12 – Urbana, IL – U of Il at Urbana-Champaign, Krannert Center

March 13 – Chicago – City Winery

Smash Into Pieces


Multiple award-winning Swedish rock/metal-export Smash Into Pieces is now releasing their first single ”MERRY GO ROUND” from the upcoming third album.
Over the past two years the band has gone through quite a lot. They’ve managed to release two full-length albums, execute two tours in Europe, over 80 club and festival performances in Scandinavia alone and made their way into Asia.

MERRY GO ROUND is a true story based on the front man Chris Adams’s life.

Michael Mcquaid


‘Glasshouse’ is McQuaid’s strongest work yet. The 6-track EP serves as the perfect soundtrack for a heartbroken lover. Glasshouse is a genre bender that mixes Rock and that new Alternative R&B sound. Nashville songwriting team Triple Suplex provide a moody mix of heavy 808s and whirling synths that combine to tell the story of a lover faced with the many stages of a fragile love life.

Michael McQuaid has a diverse list of influences that include everyone from the Beatles to Sam Cooke. The Texas native moved to Nashville to pursue music. He’s developed his artistry and his sound to deliver something special for listeners. While originally coming from a Pop/Rock background he has made the transition into the realm of R&B.

The Dandy Warhols


Today The Dandy Warhols announce they’ve signed with Dine Alone Records and have unveiled “You Are Killing Me” – their first taste of new music since 2012’s “This Machine”. We dare you not to play this on repeat all day.

Mykell Vaughn


Mykell Vaughn is a hip hop artist; singer, rapper, and songwriter from Kansas City, Missouri. Vaughn grew up with his elder family members who introduced him to music early on in his career. His uncles often referred to him as “Little Master P,” when they noticed his star quality as a youth. At age 8, Mykell recorded his first song. Some of Mykell’ s biggest music influences are Master P, 2Pac and Nelly who greatly contributed to the type of music he creates today.



Vander is back with a followup single from his EP Venus. “Shine” follows the release of “Back To The Sun”, released in October of 2015. Vander has performed with his band in many legendary Sydney venues, from The Annandale Hotel to The Basement to Campbelltown Sports Stadium, as well as festivals including The Cruelty Free Festival. He also had the privilege of recently supporting legendary 80’s band, Pseudo Echo on all three Sydney legs of their current ‘Ultraviolet’ Tour.

Vander travelled to Los Angeles last year to work with Blue on three tracks, including ‘Back To The Sun’ as well as new songs ‘Shine’ and ‘Take You Home’. Vander has independently released his debut EP Venus which included these three tracks in October 2015. The EP has already garnered attention from US independent record label, EOne who are now interested in signing Vander and releasing the EP in the US.


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