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Press Release Roundup: July 29

posted July 31, 2017, 11:42 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | 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 Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.

Kaaboo Fest



Celebrity chef and Food Network host Robert Irvine; Top Chef all-star Richard Blais; and R&B-Pop singer turned restaurateur Kelis are just a few of the featured chefs appearing at KAABOO Del Mar

In Its Third Year, KAABOO’s PALATE Programming Brings Together Culinary Talent From San Diego, Los Angeles, And Across The Country For Demos, Tastings, And More

Southern California’s premier live music and multi-sensory experience, KAABOO Del Mar, is pleased to announce its culinary and beverage programing, including PALATE, which will take place during the three-day extravaganza from September 15-17. PALATE represents the most upscale culinary environment at any music festival, where guests can sample local and regional delicacies and small-batch specialties from a variety of carefully selected culinary artisans. Gourmet delectables will go hand-in-hand with dozens of limited production wines, craft beer, and cocktails.

In addition to enjoying the culinary and craft beverage offerings, guests will be able to immerse themselves in a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the country’s most esteemed chef talent. While headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, Muse, and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers play on the music stages, chef and cocktail talents leading the culinary stage include Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo, Robert Irvine, Richard Blais, Michael Voltaggio, and Kelis. Additional demos on the main culinary stage will include Kevin Gillespie, Julio Cabrera, and Chris Adams. The finals of the KAABOO Rock ‘N Chef Competition, presented in partnership with Chef’s Roll, will be returning to the PALATE stage following the satellite competitions held in Los Angeles and San Diego.

PALATE food vendors include: Bling Bling Dumplings; BuddhaRito; Crab Hut; Dang Brother Pizza; Davanti; La Pousserie Beignets + Coffee; Little Fatty; Mallow Mallow; Mariposa Ice Cream; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Pinpoint Café; Poseidon Del Mar; Puesto; Searsucker; So Rich! Chocolates; STK; Sweetfin Poke; The Baked Bear; The Dirty Cookie; The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Voodoo Lounge; Wicked Maine Lobster.

PALATE beverage vendors include: Angel City Brewery; Arta Tequila; Ballast Point; Bluecoat Gin; Buzzbox; Charles Smith; Clos Du Bois; Crystal Head Vodka; Dark Horse; Do Good Distillery; Double Cross Vodka; FEW Bourbon; Gran Centenario; If You See Kay Wine; Josh Cellars; La Marca Prosecco; Latitude 33; Legacy Brewing; Magic Hat; Mark West; Moet; New Amsterdam; Nomadica; ONEHOPE; Prophecy; Ravage; RumChata; Saint Archer; San Agustin Vineyards; Sapporo; Small Town Brewery; Ste. Michelle Wine Estates; Tequila Fortaleza; Uinta Brewing Co.; Wyder’s Hard Cider.

“Now in its 3rd year, KAABOO has truly found its niche in the festival world, offering the best in music, food and entertainment,” said Bryan Gordon, Founder + CEO. “Our guests have grown to expect a refined experience at each of our multi-sensory activations, so we have hand-selected our culinary and beverage partners to provide highly desirous food and beverage options, reflective of the KAABOO ethos.”
AMPLIFLY guests, (HANG FIVE and HANG TEN 3-day pass holders), will be able to get a preview of the PALATE / ARTWORK experiences at the Thursday Night AMPLIFY party featuring The Barenaked Ladies and The Dan Band. There is a limited number of 3-day HANG FIVE passes remaining.

To get tix, click HERE!



Garbage released their new single “No Horses”. The song is available now. All of the band’s profits from sales and streaming of the single will be donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross through the end of 2018.

“‘No Horses’ is basically a dream fueled anxiety attack. A dark imagining of the future in which a presiding regime values only profit and success leaving no room for tiny beautiful things, small gestures and great beasts,” shared Garbage singer Shirley Manson on the song.

Garbage kicked off their co-headline “Rage & Rapture Tour” with Blondie on July 5th in Saratoga, CA and will be touring the U.S. for the duration of the summer. Both bands along with an opening slot from Sky Ferreira played to a crowd of 17,000 fans this month, selling out LA’s Hollywood Bowl. Support for additional Rage & Rapture tour dates will be provided by John Doe & Exene Cervenka followed by Deap Vally.

The Wild Honey Pie

Welcome Campers

The music and event curators at The Wild Honey Pie are preparing to host their celebrated 5th annual Welcome Campers experience this upcoming September 8th through the 10th. Hailed as one of the most influential music blogs in the world, The Wild Honey Pie continues to transcended beyond the conventions of the traditional online site with a forward thinking approach to artfully executed video content and unique, intimate and thoughtfully crafted events with Welcome Campers serving as its flagship.

Returning to Camp Lenox in Western Massachusetts, Welcome Campers is a one-of-a-kind experience, eschewing the large, modern music festival model for a weekend of spotlight performances amidst an array of outdoor activities reminiscent of summers past.

Weekend passes include free meals (plus access to food trucks), lodging, musical performances around camp and summer camp activities such as kayaking, arts and crafts, tennis, nature hikes, campfires, volleyball, basketball, kickball and more.

Be on the lookout for more announcements ahead of Welcome Campers 2017.

Roadcase Royale


Nancy Wilson, one of the founding members of the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group Heart, has teamed up with former Prince’s New Power Generation band member and R&B singer Liv Warfield to form the soulful, rock super group, Roadcase Royale. The band recently signed with Loud & Proud Records and plan to release their debut album, First Things First, September 22, 2017. The album was produced by fellow Roadcase Royale band member Dan Rothchild (Heart) along with the band.

“Nancy and Liv are magic together, and the musicianship is outstanding,” said Tom Lipsky, President Loud & Proud Records. “The interesting blend of talents and influences is what makes Roadcase Royale special. Most importantly, there is a fire within this group to do something original, to feed off each other and explore new creative directions. It is exciting to see that kind of passion and drive in artists that have already accomplished so much. We are proud to be their label partners.”

“Roadcase Royale is a band I’ve always wanted to be in,” says Nancy Wilson. “We all write and create songs as a unit. It’s an inspired democracy. Liv and Ryan both bring a whole new level of magic to our new sound. I’m amazed after devoting my life to rock music how it now feels so brand new. That’s why our first album is called First Things First.”

Earlier this year, Rolling Stone premiered the live performance video of their debut single “Get Loud” saying, “…the band builds a funky, nimble groove, led by Warfield’s soulful belting and the acoustic/electric guitar attack of Wilson and Prince protégé Ryan Waters.” The video was shot by celebrated photographer, Neal Preston. Watch it HERE. “Get Loud” with its laid-back groove, provides a solid acoustic and electric foundation for Warfield’s vocals – all about getting loud and standing up for women’s equality. “Get Loud” blends this important message with the group’s R&B and rock influences, resulting in a uniquely powerful track.

The name of the band, Roadcase Royale came to the group during a backstage meeting they had last year. Wilson said, “When I came up with the name Roadcase Royale it was an interesting symbol to me since the big heavy-duty road cases that our amps drums and guitars travel in are much like the musicians they accompany on the road. Strong and regal looking yet all scuffed up and dented, covered in funny stickers that tell the story of a crazy traveling circus.”

In addition to Wilson (guitar) and Warfield (vocals), Roadcase Royale features Ryan Waters (lead guitarist) along with Heart members Chris Joyner (keys), Dan Rothchild (bass), and Ben Smith (drums). The sextet made their live debut March 25, 2017 at the 5th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert in Los Angeles.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Danger

Tori Amos


One of the most successful, prolific and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos has debuted the first track ‘Cloud Riders’ from her hotly-anticipated new studio album Native Invader – to be released on Decca Records on 8th September.

Tori Amos reveals her inspiration behind ‘Cloud Riders’:

“Before the Storm, at 4:22 AM,
I saw a shooting star.
Some Storms are electrifying
but some Storms are deadly.
Life Changing.
Some resolve themselves,
Some don’t.
Conflicts can be that way.
You don’t know how a conflict is going to play out when you are in the middle of it.
And the one thing I have learned is that when the Cloud Riders are coming, they cannot be outrun.”

Amos’s 15th album is an intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain. In the summer of 2016, she took a road trip through North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains. The intention was to reconnect with the stories and songlines of her mother’s family, who were from the North Carolina and Tennessee Smoky Mountain area. That winter, two seismic events knocked the plan off its axis. The fall out from the US Election. And in January her mother, Maryellen Amos, suffered a severe stroke leaving her unable to speak.

The complex influence of America’s alt-right Super PACs, lobbyists and think tanks informs much of the tension in Native Invader. “It wasn’t going to be a record of pain, blood and bone when I began,” she says. “It wasn’t going to be a record of division. But the Muses 9 insisted that I listened and watched the conflicts that were traumatising the nation and write about those raw emotions. Hopefully people will find strength and resilience within the songs to give them the energy to survive the storms that we are currently in”. The sense of semantic distortion permeates Native Invader. Amos talks of the need to form a “militia of the mind” in the face of national lies. Hidden messages and subliminal protests lend themselves perfectly to Amos’s natural playfulness. For all its dark themes, this album is a joy to absorb, full of warmth and puzzles.

More than two decades after her debut studio album Little Earthquakes – recently hailed by NPR as No.27 of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women – Tori’s work is as powerful as ever. Her extensive world tour kicks off on 6th September in Ireland and includes shows at the Royal Albert Hall on 4th October, Manchester’s Palace Theatre on 5th October and Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 6th October.

Following 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines – her eighth Billboard Top 10 album – Native Invader is Tori’s 15th studio album and will be made available in various physical and digital configurations, as well as vinyl later this year. The physical CD package will be available in standard as well as deluxe offerings; the latter includes a hardcover book and two bonus tracks.

A pioneer across multiple platforms, Tori was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. Nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, she has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced ground-breaking videos throughout her career. In late 2016 she released the title song ‘Flicker’ to the acclaimed Netflix documentary ‘Audrie and Daisy’, addressing issues of high school rape. A noted humanitarian, Tori is co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organisation.



Deqn Sue is an American alternative pop artist with a sharp edge bursting with message and humour. She has been featured on NPR Tiny Desk and in Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black but is still relatively unknown outside of the US. Spending most of her time between Huntsville, Alabama and L.A. here is a refreshing songmaker whose quick lyrical and sonic turns create constant surprise without ever missing a beat. With hints of Funk, R&B, pop and even vaudeville and EDM, she transcends style, spinning words and sounds and is purely engaged in the now.

Let’s start with her name: an amalgam of the character name that her father Rod Perry made famous on the hit 1970s TV series S.W.A.T. – Sgt. David “Deacon” Kay – and her mother’s first name.

DeQn Sue describes her music as socially conscious, alternative pop. A good description, knowing that her influences are Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Queen and visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

“I want to make music that lasts,” DeQn Sue says. “Music that you will think about for years to come.”

With her new album ‘Juggernaut’ on the horizon this will evidently come to pass. Having come up through singing in church it’s easy to hear tones of Beyonce and Kelis but her kitsch tastes in avant garde art and poetry from the likes of William Ernest Henley and the aforementioned Basquiat and a distaste for x-rated sexscapades through song keep this artist among only a handful of unique, yet ambitious and effortlessly talented pop stars out there.

Keep your eyes and ears open for UK and European tours in support of this brilliantly original conscious pop queen in waiting.

From the young lady who seems to have it all, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” Taken from Invictus by William Ernest Henley



Possessing an irresistible charm, an undeniable wit, and an infectious personality shining through within their schizophrenic, adventurous brand of indie rock; Francobollo are a joy to behold, but the journey to the release of their debut full-length album has neither been a quick, or easy ride.

‘Long Live Life’, the band’s debut album is the culmination of nearly 7 years of hard graft, and the much-anticipated 12 track release is most definitely worth the wait.

Seamlessly switching from mellow, beautifully constructed melodic instrumentals – into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance – there’s a surprise around every corner within Francobollo’s music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.

Francobollo originally met at school in Lund, Sweden. After moving to London together, they played and recorded as session musicians for bands such as Slow Club, LA Salami and members of Mystery Jets.

A live show styled at North London Warehouse parties, now takes to much larger stages across Europe and beyond. Their mischievous live set, is like a child like celebration of everything you find fun in life; Francobollo are the riot you can take home to meet your Mum.

The band’s latest single ‘Worried Times’ opens up the album in explosive fashion. A song written about the claustrophobia involved with commitment – the track bursts into life with a chugging guitar riff, before opening up into an assault of chaotic synth work and electronics, and irresistibly catchy vocal runs.

A superbly varied album, ‘Long Live Life’ brings in elements of punk, art-rock, guitar-pop, math-rock all into one cohesive, hugely entertaining piece of work. On album highlight and early single ‘Wonderful’ – the four piece deliver intelligent guitar pop at its very best. “‘Wonderful’ is just a love song” explain the band. “A love song about love that you can’t have because of differences in longitude.”

The album itself was a test as to how to capture the band’s onstage spirit – which they’re now widely renowned for. This resulted in an unorthodox approach to recording the majority of the album – in front of a live audience, with an aim to inject the Francobollo personality into the recordings, which they’ve 100% achieved.



Performing with a rotating lineup of musicians, Peaer is an object set in motion, staying in motion. Songwriter Peter Katz (formerly of Fugue, Poverty Hollow, Suns) has an understanding of dynamics, amplitude, and melody as they interact as physical bodies, pushing, pulling, peaking and falling. Consequently, Peaer produces songs about communication as a force on a linguistic and kinetic level communication between individuals, between yourself and other self, between your heart and your brain.

Peaer Self-Titled is Peaer’s second record, following the release of the home recorded debut the eyes sink into the skull in September of 2014. the eyes sink into the skull offered songs ranging from contemplative, melancholic slowcore to sparkling and intricate math rock. Peaer Self-Titled, however, recognizes and references these motifs, but pushes them further. Performed and recorded with the help of Max Kupperberg (Bruise, ex-Palehound) on drums and Michael Steck on bass guitar, Peaer offers higher energy, shorter form, stronger hooks, with emphasis on economy, cohesion and balance.



Washington, DC-based, psychedelic rock band, Paperhaus, announce their new LP, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask?, due out October 6th via Misra Records. The band just debuted their first single from the new record – “Go Cozy” – with a music video that premiered exclusively on The forthcoming album was recorded at co-producer and mixer Peter Larkin’s studio, The Lighthouse, in Alexandria, VA. The record was mastered by Sarah Register.

Following up on their debut self-titled LP, Are These The Questions That We Need To Ask? marks a turning point for Paperhaus. The album is very deliberately titled, urging listeners to ask questions about the surrounding world, rather than offering listeners the answers. It explores many thematic elements relevant to our modern life, including our reliance on technology, a craving for nature, the increasing rise of more authoritarian ideas along with the division it creates among people around the world, and most importantly what all this means for our relationships with each other. Lead single, “Go Cozy,” is a song about friendship and community, specifically built off their experience in the DC DIY music community. Go Cozy, another active band in the DC scene and housemates of Paperhaus, inspired the track through their open-mindedness and collaborative process in the tight knit music community.

The band previously released 5 EPs, with their 2011 self-titled EP representing the band’s new lineup, consisting of founding member Alex Tebeleff (vocals/synth/guitar), and current members Matt Dowling (vocals/bass), Rick Irby (guitar) and Danny Bentley (drums). The band is inspired by a wide variety of artists, ranging from tastemakers and legends like Bowie and Kraftwerk, to D’ Angelo and LCD Soundsystem. In 2013, the band went on a 2 month national tour in support of LoHiLo EP, which received traction from NPR and Washington Post. In 2015, the band debuted their first full length release on NPR First Listen, headlined 9:30 Club for their album release and performed in official SXSW showcases. The band has since been picked up by Brooklyn Vegan, USA Today, and NPR’s All Songs Considered.

Zahed Sultan


Recorded in Bob Marley’s legendary Tuff Gong Studio, Zahed Sultan journeyed to Kingston, Jamaica to shoot a documentary and collaborate with emerging musicians on a new sound. ‘Mama Bamba’ is the first single from the upcoming Vibrations EP due for release this summer.

Hanne Hukkelberg


One of Norway’s most acclaimed, influential and vital artists, Hanne Hukkelberg ends a five-year absence with new album ‘Trust’ – out October 20 via Propeller Recordings. Featuring back-to-back singles ‘The Whip’ and ‘IRL’, the new album explores the duality of human life in the digital age – largely inspired by writers, scientists and philosophers including George Orwell, Zygmunt Bauman, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Yuval Noah Harari and Simon Sinek, alongside the more pop-cultured forecasts of sci-fi series Westworld and Black Mirror.

“The album is a combination of personal experience and a wider observation of society and how I feel people are living their lives,” Hukkelberg says. “The Internet and social media have such an impact on my life, and I’m often made aware of how addicted I am to this ‘digital beast’. How can something that is not part of our basic nature be so consuming?”

Beneath the doom, dread and data lies a glimmer of hope – of ‘Trust’ – turning Hukkelberg’s dystopian drone into more of an empowered plea for society. “Trust is something that will never expire, it’s a quality that we’ll retain in both real and virtual life.”

’Trust’ joins Hukkelberg’s nationally adored and internationally acclaimed back catalogue, including ‘Blood From A Stone’ (2009), Norwegian Grammy Award-winning LP ‘Rykestrasse 68’ (2006) and breakthrough debut ‘Little Things’ (2004). Spanning more than a decade, her career is celebrated by the likes of Pitchfork, BBC, KCRW, The Guardian, Metro, Uncut, The Quietus, Clash and Drowned In Sound.

Imitating Aeroplanes


Imitating Aeroplanes is the new project of Tord Øverland Knudsen (The Wombats) and Marius Drogsås Hagen (Team Me) – a collective output tallying five albums, multi-million sales and streams, repeat Billboard charts, international play-listing and widespread acclaim, including a Norwegian Grammy Award and multiple NME / MTV Award nominations.

Today they release their debut single ‘Hourglass’.

Shannon Lay


Today, Shannon Lay premieres the video for “All This Life Going Down” – the title-track from her debut album out now, on Do Not Disturb Records. Lay will tour with Kevin Morby in August and September as direct support in North America.

Best known for playing guitar in the band Feels (Castle Face Records), Shannon had been crafting lo-fi bedroom recordings and playing solo shows for years before Brian Lee Hughes, co-founder of Castleface Records, and founder of Do Not Disturb Records, laid his hands on the tracks. He was instantly struck by how her songs medicated his mood. “I didn’t just like it, I needed it,” he recalls.

‘All This Life Going Down’ was born out of Lay’s overwhelming feelings about the modern world’s onslaught against life and love. She could have secluded herself, but instead, chose to make a record with hopes it would present itself as a safe house for like-minded thinkers.

Shannon Lay recorded, produced and mixed all the tracks live with her trusted friend Jeffertitti Moon, at his Mother-Hit Connection Studios, in Echo Park. For the mastering, Brian Lee Hughes handed the garage minimalist mixes to the eminent Howie Weinberg.

Hughes then partnered with Sandy Kim & Palmtrees to co-craft two art films to serve as visual counterparts to Shannon’s songs -“JHR,” premiered via What Youth last month, the other debuted today via Impose.

Jackie Venson


Soul/Pop guitar virtuoso/vocalist, Jackie Venson, drops her new single/live video, “Flying” and announces a tour alongside guitar legend, Gary Clark Jr. ahead of her new EP, Transcends, due out September 30, 2017.
Her 2016 live album, Jackie Venson Live, received high praise from tastemakers, including Guitar Player, The Austin Chronicle, SheShreds, Austin Monthly and Texas Monthly, as well as a cover story for Austin Woman Magazine and a spot on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Venson is upping her songwriting chops on the upcoming release that was produced by Michael Ramos( John Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys, Paul Simon) and mixed by Boo Mitchell (John Mayer, Mark Ronson, Mississippi All Stars). SheShreds declares: “Jackie Venson is one of the most talented up and coming blues guitarists of her generation. With a gorgeous singing voice, a guitar style that is both dynamic and technically precise, and music that blends genres, she is one to watch out for. She is set to release a live album this fall.”



Having gestated for almost a year in the belly of East London, Poseidon finally rise to the surface in 2017 with their debut album Prologue, released worldwide this July on Ripple Music.

With their feet planted firmly in the dense sounds of 70s rock and doom metal, and having spawned afresh from the now defunct band Light Bearer, Poseidon bring together a sound that explores vast sonic landscapes. Featuring a rage of aggressive riffs, barked vocals and elemental drums to sea-deep rhythms and unearthly melodies, they invoke a catastrophic nature. Diving headfirst into an abyss of heavy rock their latest track ‘Chainbreaker’ finds pulverising guitars soundtracking moments of stark, barren beauty as Neurosis-like drones hang over nuclear test sites, threatening apocalypse with every note. Stemming from a desire to create emotionally dense sludge combined with elements of sparse, melancholic atmosphere; Poseidon’s Prologue evokes the diverse influence of acts such as Pink Floyd, Black Flag and 16 Horsepower.

“Prologue, as the title suggests, is the introductory part of an ongoing narrative called The Medius Chronicle,” explains drummer Raza Khan. “This concept will carry through to future records and detail the collapse of civilization and its reconstruction all wrapped in a post apocalyptic sci-fi opera.”



Thelma’s origin seems to suggest that Natasha Jacobs’ musical abilities sprouted from the singer-songwriter almost spontaneously, whilst she convalesced after a life-changing fall from a ladder. Although there is surely more of a back-story than that, this was when she started writing songs and playing guitar. The project itself began two years later as a solo endeavor but soon became a band when Daniel Siles, Maciej Lewandowski, and Juan Pablo Siles joined.

On Thelma’s Self-Titled debut, Natasha doubles down on at least one aspect of the tale; she asserts her right to be fallen. In doing so, “Thelma” reveals both a self that has been projected onto her as well as the fantasy of her own projected self. She juxtaposes her falsetto with her very lowest registers, and couples her most saccharine aspects with squeals.

Many of the songs deal with a problem often caused by projection; lovers fashion each other. But lovers’ projections can be very beautiful, and so they are determined to enforce them. For the protagonist of “Thelma”, this often means being made out to be pure, angelic, a sprite. And it’s easy to understand why this would be a preoccupation of concern for the songwriter, whose falsetto is the most effortless of things; so natural, easy, that brilliant intricacies convey playfulness, and feels impetuous, impervious, pure.

But the seven songs of Thelma’s debut album are anything but pure, and they make no pretense of representing a natural or spontaneous expressive moment. They are fastidious. And they are gigantic. If anything, the songs exude that most impure, un-sweet, un-angelic motivation- ambition. Within the lyrics too there is a thematic insistence on the writer not wanting to be pure or objectified.

Above all, “Thelma” demonstrates real work; an exacting, intricate, sometimes beautifully sparse production with contrastingly serendipitous vocals. It demands attention to the band as a whole, and to Natasha Jacob’s work as a composer, vocalist, and a wildly intense guitarist. – Akiva Zamcheck

Bonnie Li


Armed in her megaphone Bonnie Li knows how to make herself heard in English, Chinese Mandarin and French.

Having lived in various parts of the world, from Hong Kong to San Francisco via Montreal, Berlin and Paris, Bonnie has seen and experienced an abundance of cultures, beliefs and philosophies. Growing up in China has left a strong imprint on her regarding the status of women in our numerous contemporary societies; therefore this topic is consciously evident throughout her compositions.

‘Mallory’ is the upcoming new single where together with Elia M, the founder of the techno label Sycomor, Bonnie nourishes the audience with her dark electronic trip-hop ambiance.

With a piano-based intro a la Tori Amos mixed with Front Line Assembly (yes, really), ‘Mallory’ progresses steadily and enigmatically into a prevailing force of intensity and uneasiness, whilst adding a hint of Bauhaus and a trace of Boss Hog into the overall sonic occurrence.

When talking about the song, Bonnie says:

“It is about a ‘then forsaken by existence’ girl I’d met in a creepy bar in Paris. She came in, sat down next to me and we had a drink together. We then walked all night long across the city as she was telling me about her life. Once an accomplished ice-skater then turned stripper she was alone, fragile and continuously taken advantage of for being gullible, trusting the wrong ‘friends’ and consequently making one wrong choice after another. I knew instantly we’d met for a reason. We became very close friends through thick and thin, and I’m happy to say she’s managed to turn her life around.”

‘Mallory’ is a candidly formidable preview of what Bonnie Li’s music is all about, and the single will be out everywhere via the Swedish label Icons Creating Evil Art.

Black Needle Noise


Artist-producer legend John Fryer has announced the second Black Needle Noise album ‘Lost in Reflections’, out now, teasing the single ‘Neon Noir’ with Dr. Strangefryer. Now based in L.A., John Fryer dishes up his trademark goodness and lush atmospheres with layered richness, experimental tones, effects and melodies.

As one of the most innovative sonic architects of our age, “John Fryer has practically soundtracked your entire life” (Impose Magazine). His musical imprint is massive, having shaped the sound of bands from Nine Inch Nails and Cocteau Twins to HIM and Depeche Mode. He is also one of just two masterminds behind This Mortal Coil (along with Ivo Watts-Russell – not only producing, but also keyboards, strings and synthesizer sequencing).

A sense of expectation about his music has never left him – expectations he has exceeded on this new album, his collaboration with numerous artists resulting in stunning output in ‘Lost In Reflections’, a collection of 11 tracks featuring Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Delirium), Mimi Page (Delirium), Jennie Vee (also bassist in Hole), Ana Breton (Dead Leaf Echo), Omniflux (Puscifer), Kendra Frost (Kite Base), Andrea Kerr (Colt), Sivert Hoyem, ZiaLand and Dr. Strangefryer.

John Fryer started his career in 1979 at London’s Blackwing Studios (London) and soon began working with seminal bands on the 4AD, Mute, Rough Trade and Beggars Banquet record labels, including Depeche Mode, The Wolfgang Press and Cocteau Twins. His achievement in helping develop the latter’s pioneering ethereal and ambient sound ultimately led Watts-Russell to recruit Fryer as his partner for This Mortal Coil.

He’s produced many other groundbreaking artists, including Love and Rockets, Swans, HIM, Cradle of Filth, Clan of Xymox, Nitzer Ebb, Dead Can Dance, Yaz (Yazoo), Xmal Deutschland, Fields of the Nephilim, De/Vision, Stabbing Westward, Jesus Jones, Swallow, M|A|R|R|S (A.R.Kane & Colourbox), Kristin Hersh and many others. He also produced the soundtracks to films such as Seven, Clerks, Johnny Mnemonic, Mortal Kombat, Faust and Resident Evil: Apocalypse.

The album title ‘Lost In Reflections’ is significant. “Its like day dreaming, you sit there and get lost in thought, lost in the music, it takes you away to another dimension. Stand in a room full of mirrors and your reflection goes on for ever and you can’t find the real you in there anymore, the reflections have taken over. the music conjures thoughts of things/moods that have had happened or you wish had happened or even something you hope will happen,” explains John Fryer.

This album is a continuation or extension of the first Black Needle Noise album ‘Before The Tears Came’ (2016), which featured Jarboe (Swans), Elena Alice Fossi (Kirlian Camera and Spectra Paris), and Ledfoot, among others.

“I am always surprised where the singers take the songs – they always take them higher to a new level. I never have a pre-conceived notion of where the song could go but when they send the vocals back I always get a ‘wow’ moment and shivers down the spine when I listen to what they have done and where they have taken the song. I am so eternally grateful to them all,” says John Fryer. “About ‘Neon Noir’, I was asked to write a theme tune for a movie set in the later 80s, they wanted something to sound electro and of the time. The lyrics were inspired by Christiane F. and B-Moive: Lust & Sound.”.

‘Lost in Reflections’ is available to stream on Black Needle Noise’s Bandcamp. This album arrives on the tail of news of his joint release with David Lynch muse Chrysta Bell (also known as Special Agent Tammy Preston in the new Twin Peaks series). They have paid “homage to the infinitely haunting and enduring music of Twin Peaks” with a cover of ‘Falling’ by Julee Cruise, Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch.



Muskets found their birth in Brighton, UK where they quickly engaged in the city’s always-growing music scene. Here, they connected with like-minded peers who held a shared DIY ethos and influence of grunge, punk and emo sounds, such as Broadbay, The New Tusk and Water Canvas. With these names the band put touring and weekenders in throughout 2014, supported by their ‘Pollyseed’ EP on cassette released through Wake and Don’t Shoot The Messenger.

The following year saw the band change up a gear, putting out a six-track affair titled ‘SPIN’ and released via Venn Records. It was around this time that Muskets garnered the interest of Radio 1’s Daniel P Carter, giving them substantial airplay of singles ‘Tate Modern’, ‘Colourview’ and ‘Drowsy and inviting them to Maida Vale for a live session that elevated the band to heights they had not reached before. Exposure like this also saw the bands touring game level up in parallel and led to UK outings alongside the likes of the more established Moose Blood and Creeper. The last iteration of ‘SPIN’ came with the music video for the EP’s cathartic closer ‘Drowsy’ featuring none other than Matt King AKA Super Hans.

St. Lenox


Today, Andy Choi, aka: St. Lenox releases an ambitious album’s worth of videos- one for every song from Choi’s latest long player, Ten Hymns From My American Gothic, each directed by Andy himself.

“These are not traditional music videos,” he tells NewNowNext, who premieres his video for “Nixon” today, “I’m really just using it as an exercise to explore video as a medium, and also to work out my feelings about what’s been going on this past year.”

The video album drops in tandem with a double CD set of Ten Hymns and acclaimed 2014 release, Ten Songs About Memory and Hope on the artist’s site along with an additional track, “21st Century Post-Liberal Blues.”

As for “Nixon,” the song’s lyric is, in part, a fantastic conversation between Choi and the disgraced ex-POTUS who may or may not be lamenting his bad decisions, juxtaposed with footage shot along Fifth Avenue during January’s Women’s March – the video entitled God In The Time Of Cholera. The visual depicts a group of priests Choi saw in front of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, just blocks from Trump Tower, handing out anti-abortion literature to demonstrators.

The video content of the album speaks to St. Lenox weathering the transition around the shock and awe of the 2016 election – a creative response to his own disappointment about a new and uncertain (and certainly darker) state of the union, his city, etc. Andy had initially intended Ten Hymns…, (the audio album) to be a celebration of American democracy, based on the expectation that the election would go a certain way (it was released just a few weeks before Nov 8th) – and so a little less than halfway through shooting the visual album, the tone changes as he was adjusting to the election and its aftermath. “Nixon” is a clear example of this.

Ironically, it’s a common story, as Choi is an NYC 30-something, Korean-American, Queer, obsessive music maker, violin virtuoso who grew up in the Midwest, now practicing law by day, writing and recording songs during all the other waking hours. Not unlike any other coffee achieving young person struggling with reality on the coasts, but the scope of St. Lenox’s output, now available in one brave package, has struck the perfect balance of couching critical timeliness with the timelessly eloquent.

See Through Dresses


See Through Dresses released its Tiny Engines debut End of Days in the Fall of 2015, introducing a wider audience to a sound both intrinsic and environmental, with stark contrasts between its principal songwriters’ devastatingly riff-heavy jams and endearingly honest confessionals. It showcased what the band can do in spaces where guitars and rhythms rule the roost.

If End of Days is its rock record, Horse of the Other World, out June 30th, is See Through Dresses’ dreamy opus. Recorded in 2016 in two locations — ARC Studios with Ben Brodin (Pile, First Aid Kit, The Good Life) and at the band’s home studio, Little Machine, by Mathew Carroll — it signals a sonic leap into a more ethereal, soundscape-driven aesthetic.

Reverb-drenched and synth-laden, Horse of the Other World blends Carroll and Bertuldo’s masterful mood creation and technical prowess while further exploring the depths of the band’s dynamics. “Pretty Police” mixes sparkle and bounce with brood, while “Violet” cuts sharply via crystalline keys and arpeggiated chords. Bassist Alex Kirts pumps the album’s bleeding heart and drummer Nate Van Fleet is tactical and creative. Their playing shines as the foundation of songs like “Lucy’s Arm” and “Herbivore,” whose climaxes are textbook See Through Dresses.

Bursting onto the Omaha scene with its 2014 Self-Titled debut, See Through Dresses continues to gain international traction. The band has toured the U.S. several times over and made trips through Canada and Europe. It has recently shared the road with Cursive, Beach Slang, Cymbals Eat Guitars and will head out with Charly Bliss this Summer.

Everyone Is Dirty


Wonderfully warped and bristling with incendiary energy, the Oakland-based art-rockers Everyone Is Dirty first started shocking audiences with the raw power of their music in 2013. Having made made a name for themselves in the Bay Area with their unforgettable live shows, the band consisting of Sivan Lioncub (vocals/electric violin), Christopher Daddio (guitar/vocals), Tony Sales (drums/vocals) and Tyler English (bass) are gearing up to unleash their latest sonic vision.

Led by single “San Andreas,” Everyone Is Dirty is now sharing plans for the release of their new album, My Neon’s Dead.

The release follows a stint of adversity for Lioncub who, ironically, became deathly ill due to a penicillin allergy, and was hospitalized for several months following the release of the band’s last album, Dying Is Fun. It was during this time, when she lay in the hospital on a dilaudid drip, that she and her supportive bandmates began work on their second album, My Neon’s Dead. The morphine haze is evident in the lyrics and the vibe of My Neon’s Dead, the light, the fight, and the dreams one has when one is floating over themselves.

Looking back, Lioncub feels that their debut was a prophecy for the illness she later endured. If you want to know if she still thinks Dying Is Fun, you’ll have to ask her.

Look for My Neon’s Dead out September 28th via OIM Records and be sure to follow Everyone Is Dirty on any of their social channels detailed below.

Rayne Storm


Harlem, New York Rapper/Producer, Rayne Storm brings in the tough talk over a reconstruction of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam”, inspired by the recent release of “Bam” by Jay-Z and Damian Marley. The track features Eye Am Records artists John Frank & Fr33 Tha Sinner delivering back to back verses over a pitch-dropped version of the reggae classic.

Complementing the new single are two new remixes, the raunchy remake of Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia” featuring Soulebrity and “XO Tour Llif3” with Lil Uzi Vert.

Expect to see a flood of new music from Rayne as he prepares the release of his official album debut coming later this year.



Renown singer-songwriter and producer Jean Rodriguez joins forces with talented musician and producer Danny Flores to bring forth innovative music project COASTCITY. The two teamed up while working on Jean Rodriguez’s 3rd studio album after realizing what they were creating was nothing shy of magic. Jean and Danny are artists first and foremost who have an impressive resume on both the stage and in the studio. They perform, produce, write, and conceptualize their own projects aside from creating the right sound for other artists they collaborate with including: Prince Royce, J Balvin, Zendaya, Chris Brown, CNCO, Bad Bunny, Luis Fonsi, and Tony Succar, among others.

Debut single “Noches y Mañanas” was co-written with Grammy, SESAC and ASCAP award winning songwriter Claudia Brant who has written songs for A-listers such as J-Lo, John Legend, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Luis Fonsi, and Carlos Santana to name a few. The song which starts off in English and transitions into Spanish fuses Caribbean rhythms with Pop and alternative sounds reflecting COASTCITY’s upbringing, culture, and roots.

The video was shot in 48 hours along the iconic Malibu coastline and around downtown Los Angeles under the direction of Carlos Escobar, known for his work with Marc Anthony, who also directed the picturesque video “Sobrenatural,” part of Jean’s last project. The video captures a fan-artist encounter which turns into an obsession. In several shots, we see Jean reminiscing about the intense and short lived love affair with his fan who seems to see his face everywhere she turns. The fan is played by model and photographer Jessie Joe Monge, who has played the lead on other videos for artists such as Tommy Torres.

COASTCITY is a movement, it’s a vibe. It reflects the new generation of Latinos raised and influenced by American and European cultures who were born in other countries. Proud of their roots and tremendously passionate about their culture, for COASTCITY it’s the heart that is in the driver’s seat.



Today, ferocious up-and-coming rock band Soraia has released a new song “Quicksand,” which debuted today as the “Coolest Song In The World” on Little Steven Van Zandt’s worldwide terrestrial radio show Underground Garage, and on his SiriusXM channel 21. In addition, Soraia announced that their new album Dead Reckoning will be released October 13, 2017 via Wicked Cool Records in partnership with The Orchard. Dead Reckoning is available for pre-order now.

In their raw songwriting and passionate relationships with their fans, Soraia – whose name means “bright guiding star” in Arabic – strive to set an example of how personal struggles can be overcome to inspire life-changing art. “Quicksand” channels this resonant message of empowerment and healing by way of rolling guitars and lead singer ZouZou Mansour’s captivating howl, while the lyrics address themes of overcoming obstacles from addiction and domestic violence to internal battles of narcissism and destructive self-talk. The album title itself references the nautical process of calculating one’s current position based off of previous locations and experiences, encapsulating Soraia’s desire to process pain and struggle into growth and healing.

Soraia’s energetic, intoxicating live shows are their calling card, showcasing an infectiously defiant intensity – ZouZou Mansour has been referred to as “a true mix of Iggy Pop and Joan Jett” onstage. Over the course of relentless touring and four albums, one EP and countless singles, the Philadelphia band has honed their garage-rock songwriting and magnetic live show while building an intensely dedicated fanbase across the country.

Steven Van Zandt, host of Little Steven’s Underground Garage on SiriusXM, chose Soraia’s song “Electrocutioner” as his #1 “Coolest Song of the Year 2016,” and their attitude-laden punk cover of The Kinks’ “(I’m Not) Like Everybody Else” reached #1 on rock radio in South America in 2014. Prior to that, rock n’ roll legends and deejays Bill Kelly, Genya Ravan, Kid Leo, and Michael Des Barres chose “(I’m Not) Like Everybody Else” among their favorite “Top Ten Coolest Songs of 2014”.

Whether in a hot, sweaty rock club or huge amphitheatre, Soraia’s charisma and spirit transcend the concert stage, channeling the legacy of iconic rock ’n’ roll rebels and epitomizing raw power, unrelenting energy, chaos, and freedom.

Tau Cross


Sophomore full-length from the multinational punk / heavy metal collective featuring members of Amebix, Voivod and Misery. Pillar of Fire is a moody melting pot of dark post-punk and anthemic, hard rock infused with 16th century English mysticism.

Critics are raving about the new album:

“Crusty, arcane punk-metal with tribal rhythms and the Baron’s hoarse, Lemmy-like bark.” – Decibel

“Occupies the grey area between punk and metal, with melodic riffage, heavy chugs, snarling shouts, gravelly screams, and just a little bit of psychedelia.”
– Invisible Oranges

“Like Amebix, TAU CROSS rages, but with tempered intensity and a controlled, focused fire” – Angry Metal Guy

Summer Heart


It’s not so often that a band’s name truly reflects their sound, but when it comes to Swedish solo pop act Summer Heart (David Alexander), you can expect just that; hazy, sun- bleached tracks that are the perfect anthem to remembering hot July nights filled with skinny dipping and sleeping in.

Following the release of countless EPs and singles, including the most recent release, 2016’s Colours EP, Alexander wrote a lot of music, including two full-length albums that he eventually decided not to release. Now, he is set to release second full length 101 in August 2017, a piece of work that is decidedly, uniquely, confidently Summer Heart. Recorded in Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden early 2017, the record was inspired by Alexander’s time in NYC, discovering the city and observing the city’s residents.

“The record can be seen as a ten track love story, with ups and downs and all the in-betweens… never being satisfied, always wanting more, grass is greener on the other side.” Alexander says. With inspirations being taken from more than just music (think style, photography, literature, nature,), 101 feels a lot like the soundtrack to a home video from a long ago roadtrip or a summer barbecue with friends. While you might get the dream pop vibe, (akin to bands like Washed Out, Blood Orange, and Toro y Moi), Alexander’s sound is familiar yet all his own.

101 is set for release 8/25/2017,

Genocide Pact


Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Washington, D.C.’s GENOCIDE PACT. Hailing from the chaotic realm that is our nation’s capitol, GENOCIDE PACT has been making pulverizing, relentless death metal since their inception in 2013. Praised by No Clean Singing as “titanically heavy” and Cvlt Nation as “suffocating in the highest, complimentary form of the word, Genocide Pact craft death metal that harkens to the greats while pushing forward to something even greater.” GENOCIDE PACT recently completed recording their sophomore full-length entitled Order of Torment. The album will see its release in early 2018 via Relapse.



Founded in Heinola in 2005, Nemecic combines elements of different metal genres in their music. Comparisons have been made to such groups as Lamb of God, Fear Factory and even Alice in Chains. Having entered a hiatus in 2012 and after going through a couple of changes in the lineup, the band finally entered Juho Räihä’s SoundSpiral Audio studio in Kouvola in January 2017.

The band just released a new single “Ouroboros” off the debut “The Deathcantation”.


Renaissance Band Photos

Renaissance Band Photos

Following their successful South American tour, Renaissance featuring Annie Haslam will be back in the US Northeast in October and November 2017 debuting their “Symphonic Journey” tour. This tour will include four very special concerts featuring a “10-piece Chamber Orchestra” (a handpicked assemblage of strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion); October 26th at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT, October 27th at the Keswick Theater in Glenside PA, Town Hall in New York City October 28th and The Egg in Albany NY on October 29th. These performances will be the first time in 40 years that Renaissance will perform on stage with a “live” orchestra and, in addition, 2017 marks the 48th year since the band’s formation and its ninth consecutive year of touring since their reactivation in 2009.

Plans are currently being made for the group to film the October 27th Keswick Theatre show for an upcoming DVD release, which will follow the success of their 2015 London Union Chapel DVD. Additional tour performances without the chamber orchestra are currently being scheduled. A crowd funding campaign has been started to raise the significant funds to produce the new live DVD

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Renaissance leader and vocalist, Annie Haslam remarks, “The band keeps getting stronger and stronger and the addition of the chamber orchestra will be the most exciting event for the band in years. This addition of ‘live’ orchestral musicians will add an incredible dynamic to our big numbers like ‘Mother Russia,’ ‘Carpet Of The Sun’ and ‘Song For All Seasons,’ all of which included an orchestra on the original recordings.”

Ms Haslam will be joined on stage by long time musical associate Rave Tesar on piano along with Tom Brislin on keyboards, Mark Lambert on guitars, Frank Pagano on drums and percussion, and Leo Traversa on bass.

Myka9 and Freematik

Myka 9 Cover

Dark Moon is a 4-part motion comic series that has always had music at the core of its
experience, and has never been afraid to explore using music that normally isn’t used in
science fiction and horror, particularly hip-hop. With their new album collaboration with
Myka 9, “Teleported”, they’ve taken this exploration to its natural conclusion.

Dark Moon creator Freematik had this to say about the comics’ musical experience:
“Each episode follows a similar musical evolution, starting with very ambient elements,
then moving to trip hop and atmospheric hip hop, finally culminating in more intense
music such as dubstep for the battles, then mellowing back down at the end. Also,
each episode has a great outro song to leave the reader with something dope to listen
to on the way out of our universe!”

Los Angeles based hip-hop artist Myka 9 has collaborated with Freematik on Dark Moon
since its original launch, and was on the original soundtrack, so when it came time to
finish the series, Myka 9 and Freematik decided to do a full album called “Teleported”,
which would be released at the same time as the final episode, and expands on the
Dark Moon universe with new music, as well as exploring some new sci-fi themes.

Freematik had this to say about working with Myka 9 on the “Teleported” album: “Myka
was the perfect choice to create music with for a sci-fi comic series, because those
elements have always been in his vocabulary, his lyrics have explored topics such as
quantum mechanics and interstellar space travel for many years! And the songs he
contributed to on the original soundtrack were just amazing, so much so that we
remixed and remastered them and included them on this new album, because they fit
the theme so perfectly!”

Luiz Bruno


Please meet Luiz Bruno, your favourite new artist. Combining the humour and witticisms of the late great Frank Zappa along with a sound that brings George Clintons Parliament and Funkadelic vibes straight into 2017, debut double A-side ‘YEAH!’ / ‘Words Are Not Reality’ are here to ignite that summer jam across the globe from his native Brazil through to the home of his formative years in Miami and across the Atlantic to his adopted new hometown London and everyplace in between. YEAH!

‘YEAH!’ is a compilation of emotions and facts from Luiz Bruno’s own life. It begins in his childhood and in the challenges he faced while growing up in the United States in the 90s. It talks about an incident where he involuntarily knocked down one of the teachers from the school he went to causing her to break her arm; it also makes references to the dark period of his life where he faced the pains of drug addiction; and finally arrives at his transcendental experiences achieved through meditation. The entire narrative is seen through the eyes of positivity – YEAH! – which is the main characteristic of the artist’s personality and music.

“I have always tried to see the positive in things and learn from experiences that are considered not so great. It’s a kind of like ‘Buddha meets William Blake’ type of deal, you know what I mean?”

The inspiration for the arrangement in the song comes from keyboards Luiz had in his early musical childhood: “I was looking for that built-in sampler sound you could get from those old Casio keyboards made in the 90s that everyone had and I also used the arpeggiator from one of my synths”. Added to the mix were guitar riffs inspired by his heroes The Residents and their guitarist Snakefinger.

“I always thought it would be a good laugh to hear these weird guitar sounds set to hip hop beats, so I went and did that”.

Luiz Bruno is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who began playing from an early age in Porto Alegre on the southern tip of Brazil and now graces our UK shores since his arrival in 2013 after having explored and developing a refreshing mysterious sound after having toyed with psychedelic bands in London and his own moniker I Know I’m An Alien performing at Fat Our Festival in Manchester among others.

Leaving the alter ego behind, Luiz Bruno now turns to pop and golden age hip hop, adhering to the tones and aesthetic of that time as well as adding elements of psychedelic rock. His shows are unmissable as he mad genius style galavants across his soundscapes with the help of drum machines, synthesizers, bass loops and his unique atonal guitar sound.

Luiz Bruno’s music is avant garde but at the same time danceable and accessible to all which he describes as “Hippie Hop”, or even “Trip Hope Psicomequié”.

YEAH! is the debut single and will be released on July 27th through the Brazilian label Take One Records. Along with the new track, there will is an awesomely trippy video produced by Brighton based Dogbrain. WORDS ARE NOT REALITY will follow YEAH! as the accompanying A-side to this killer debut single release.

A full length album is due to come out in 2018.



The smouldering talent that is Leaone continues his rise this July with a sublime new single ‘End of The World’ – the first track to be taken from his forthcoming EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’, released through Fierce Panda this Autumn.

Leaone’s sweetly sobering and sombre tracks have already seen him described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and Lana Del Ray. While, on his debut ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’, released this summer, Leaone found himself winning support from Huw Stephens on BBC Radio1, as well as the local BBC Introducing teams in Norfolk and Suffolk, and performing in support of Emmy The Great and Roddy Womble.

With his second EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’ to follow this Autumn, the troubadour has gathered another glittering collection of tracks for the release. Produced by Jack Gourlay (James Arthur, Jess Glynne, Jack Garratt, Tom O’Dell) and mixed by Jim Lowe (Stereophonics), as well as supported by the Arts Council England, Leaone just keeps giving us a reason to come back, and the excellent ‘End Of The World’ sets the perfect marker for the new release.

‘End Of The World’ is released on July 28th 2017 through Fierce Panda. Leaone’s first EP ‘Oh, My Sweetest Sin’ is out now. His second EP ‘Wild Horse Ride On’ will be out later this Autumn, also on Fierce Panda.


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