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Press Release Roundup: March 24

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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.

FYF Fest

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Peep the lineup above! To get passes, click HERE!

Music Happens Here

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Spotify – in partnership with Live Nation, and Presented by Hilton Honors, today launched the first episode of Music Happens Here, an original music and travel video series which examines some of the most iconic places around the world where music has been created, performed, and celebrated.

The premiere episode takes viewers on an inside tour of Los Angeles from the ocean sunsets that lit up Jim Morrison’s work with The Doors to the Sunset strip lights that bathed Guns N’ Roses and countless other metal acts as they crafted the soundtrack to the ’80s. Los Angeles is and always has been a muse – its energy and its landscapes inspiring artists and musicians across generations.

Music has a rich legacy, with roots in cities all over the world and the Music Happens Here series, available only on Spotify, is a celebration of the places where music has happened. Future episodes will highlight the specific places that inspired some of our the most cherished songs, from “New York State of Mind” to “London Calling.”

The Music Happens Here Spotify series is part of Hilton’s larger music program with Live Nation and The Recording Academy. Launching last month, the unique program, also titled Music Happens Here, provides Hilton Honors members with access to top concerts, private meet-and-greets with chart-topping artists, one-on-one artist experiences, and exclusive concerts at Hilton hotels/resorts and in iconic music landmarks.

Look out for additional episodes to roll out throughout the year.

Delgado Music Fest

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3 KEYS will be the location for the final round of songwriters vying for a performance slot on the Delgado Music Festival (March 31 & April 1), studio time and cash. Performing: Pastor Reese (Reverbnation selected artist), Jonathan Agid, Joy Clark, Ryan Anthony, Theo Dureau, Simple Sound Retreat, Table for Two, Jamie Leak, Brittany Purdy followed by a special performance of Ruby and the Rogues.

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MASTERCLASSES

Songwriting masterclass will take place at 6:00 pm, March 30 at the Ace Hotel, hosted by Lilli Lewis, songwriters with questions and seeking feedback on their submitted songs are encourage to attend.

Composing using Finale and Protools – Professor Kevin George, will hold a masterclasses at 2:00 pm, Friday, March 31, Building 1, RM 312W3.

Vocal Coaching – Professor Sheila McDermott, will teach a masterclass 12 noon, Friday, March 31, Building 1 RM 312W3.

Candice Glover

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American Idol winner, Candice Glover is out with a new single, My Mistake. She premiered the track through the Los Angeles Times. The release comes as Candice gears up for the release of her second studio album since her American Idol win during the show’s 12th season.

My Mistake’s focus is not the instrumentals, but rather Glover’s vulnerable message of falling for the wrong person. The slow-jazz like production beautifully wraps around Candice’s soft and robust vocals as she tells a relatable story of being gullible to a flawed type of love and romance.

Candice Glover says of the single, “I’ve gone through a lot lately and as I move forward with this journey in my career, I wanted to reflect on times that I fell in love with every ounce of a person despite my reservations.” Glover continues, “Everyone has been there and I want this new record to speak to those people. I want all my new music to encourage people to reflect on themselves, even if it hurts.”

Candice plans on moving forward with her music career as an independent artist and will drop her newest album this summer. Currently, Candice is performing across the country as she finishes her latest project. My Mistake is available on iTunes and will be followed with a music video for the single in the coming months.

Folk Music Ontario

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Three of Ontario’s Roots, Folk and Soul artists are sharing the night to support Lula Lounge and Folk Music Ontario, keeping live music front and centre. Indie AHI (hitting 250,000 streams on Spotify this month and breaking on Billboard), plus Julian Taylor in acoustic performance, along with Owen Sound’s Coco Love Alcorn. Tickets $18 at or $25 at the door. Show time 7:30pm.

GRUESOME

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GRUESOME, Florida’s modern purveyors of old-school death metal have shared a cover of Death’s “Choke On It” off their legendary Leprosy album. The song is a “Humanized” reworking of the classic track which drummer Gus Rios elaborated on at the link below.

Obscura

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German tech-death titans OBSCURA have premiered a brand new guitar playthrough of “Perpetual Infinity” via Gear Gods. “Perpetual Infinity” can be heard on OBSCURA‘s 2016 album, Akroasis. Watch guitarist Rafael Trujillo demonstrate his incredible skill at the link below.

K. Flay

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K.FLAY DROPS NEW SINGLE “HIGH ENOUGH” TODAY
SET TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM EVERY WHERE IS SOME WHERE ON APRIL 7

Hot on the heels of her sold out U.S. headlining tour, rising alt-pop/hip-hop artist K.Flay has released her brand new single, High Enough today. The single is lifted from her highly anticipated sophomore album Every Where Is Some Where, due out on April 7 via Night Street / Interscope and Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. “High Enough” is out now on all digital platforms and as part of an album pre-order.

Since making her debut in 2010, K.Flay has spun fearlessly detailed lyrics that show the bright and dark of the world in her head. For her second full-length Every Where Is Some Where, the L.A.-based singer-songwriter delved deeper into introspection while adding an element of political commentary. The result is her most deliberate and dynamic work yet, a thrillingly vital album that channels the frenzy and anxieties of today’s world but ultimately exhilarates. According to Flaherty, “each song on the record is about creating a different kind of meaning out of a different kind of something,” she explains. “Even the dark places are places. You’re still somewhere.”

Serving as the follow up to her 2016 EP Crush Me—whose lead single Blood in the Cut hit the top 5 on Modern Rock radio—Every Where Is Some Where amps up its defiant spirit with a densely textured yet gritty sound. Watch the edgy TJ Andrade-directed video for Blood In The Cut HERE.

K.Flay is the first signing to Interscope imprint Night Street Records, founded by her friend and collaborator, Imagine Dragons’ front man Dan Reynolds. Every Where Is Some Where features production from some of pop music’s heaviest hitters, including Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Skylar Grey, 21 Pilots) and Tommy English (BØRNS, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Ladyhawke), amping up the album’s defiant spirit with a densely textured yet gritty sound. “After Life as a Dog I was listening to so much late-’90s/early-’00s rock,” says K.Flay, referring to her 2014 full-length debut. “I was absorbing the energy of people like Karen O, Shirley Manson, and Emily Haines and feeling totally inspired by it, so there’s lots more live guitar, bass, and drums on this record.” The new record also deftly infuses that same raw intensity she’s revealed in touring with such artists as Passion Pit, Icona Pop, Awolnation, and Theophilus London.

EVERY WHERE IS SOME WHERE – TRACK LISTING

Dreamers
Giver
Blood In The Cut
Champagne
High Enough
Black Wave
Mean It
Hollywood Forever
The President Has A Sex Tape
It’s Just A Lot
You Felt Right
Slow March

The Spirit of The Beehive

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Tiny Engines recently welcomed Philadelphia, PA’s The Spirit of the Beehive to the family. The label will issue the band’s new LP, pleasure suck, March 24th. With their third release, pleasure suck, Philadelphia, PA’s The Spirit of the Beehive continue to slowly rot your brain with sad, beautiful pop songs and sweet melodies buried under noisy, psychedelic rock. Traversing the ghostly back-roads of indie rock with hypnotizing results, there’s a certain air of mysteriousness that surrounds the band and their music. Detached yet full engaged, The Spirit of the Beehive seem to float back and forth between fantasy and reality. Vocals are often buried and distorted. Songs evolve slowly and dissipate quickly, yet linger in the air long after they are gone. Shifting between ambiance and lo-fi pop, with fits of noise in between, the band’s attention to detail and mood are impressive. What emerges from the darkness is a band that seems impossible to explain or categorize, yet fully engrossing. Experimental and ambitious without sacrificing melody, The Spirit of the Beehive are that rare band that may always be difficult to describe but never fail to make a lasting impression, even if you aren’t quite sure what the hell you just witnessed.

The Tossers

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With their new album, Smash The Windows, in-stores now, THE TOSSERS have released a lyric video for the politically charged anthem ‘Erin Go Bragh.’ “Our voices resound through the halls of the town, all the way to the President’s door,” lashes vocalist Tony Duggins on the current policies of American immigration. “For me personally and others in the band, we have grandparents from Ireland. We grew up in Chicago, which has attracted a lot of workers from all over the world, not just the Irish, but Italian, Polish, Mexican immigrants and more. It’s always been a part of our lives. The footage in the video is important because it has a lot to do with the song – it reflects what is going on in this country.”

THE TOSSERS and Victory Records are giving you a chance to win a $250 gift card to Amazon.com. All you have to do is share the ‘Erin Go Bragh’ lyric video on the Victory Records Facebook page page and you’ll automatically be in the running!

Debuting at #23 on Billboards Heatseekers Chart, Smash The Windows is an anthemic and sometimes rollicking, rowdy journey through Irish American culture coupled with melancholy overtures inspired by devotion and pride. It is truly an album and piece of work that fits America’s current socio-economic state of affairs and will strike a chord with many lovers of genres ranging from country, punk, rock and traditional Irish folk.

Natoli Krouse

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From the home of innovative pop music – Nub Music – comes the new Single from Pennsylvanian based Singer Songwriter – Natoli Krouse. Her unique songs and vocal style bring power to the stories she tells in the music she creates. ‘Permanent Mark’ is reminiscent of a Punked up Laura Nyro, Natoli’s soulfull voice enhances the skillful songwriting with the driving guitar adding energy and grit. Natoli has many more songs as good as this – the future is looking bright for such an acclaimed new talent!

“Natoli Krouse resides in Reading, Pennsylvania. She’s not only a singer, but a pianist and guitarist who has rock embedded in her soul, but has a soft side. That’s clear as she brings a soulful approach to classics like Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” She also has an array of originals as well, including “Dance in the Rain” that plays like a mature pop track, and “Ever Moment” that showcases her emotional side. It’s lyrics capture the heart of Krouse. If you thought that was all, oh no, she can even take on the Jonas Brothers’ “Still In Love With You.” Natoli Krouse has a lot of heart and it shows, so if you’re into passionate people, check out her YouTube page, which she updates on the regular”. Indie Music Reviews.

Juxx Diamondz

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THEM Recordings artist and Backblocks Music Group CEO Juxx Diamondz is back with his incredible self produced new single “Long Nights” featuring Enjo The Hitmaker off of his insane new full length studio album “Lord Knows: Volume 1”. This intense new single is accompanied by a fresh new visual Shot and Edited by Kasso for F.G.O Productions and Directed by Juxx Diamondz and Moderate Guest Direction appearance by THEM Recordings CoCEO and Soul Mazonz Films Founder and Director Mic Handz.

Canadian Radio Music Awards

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CMW is proud to announce the nominees and performers for the 20th Annual Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMA) on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. The Strumbellas, Alessia Cara, Ruth B, and Justin Bieber lead in nominations.

The Canadian Radio Music Awards will spotlight first-time charting artists on the airwaves.The CRMA ceremony will feature performances by Bleeker, James Barker Band, Jonathan Roy, Modern Space, Ruth B, and The Washboard Union.

The CRMA Nominees include artists who have hit the Canadian charts for the first time and who have achieved top airplay in different formats based on radio “spins,” as recorded by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) in 2016. Votes cast by program directors, music directors, and on-air personalities determine the winners.

This year’s CRMA awards categories include: Hot AC, Mainstream AC, Mainstream Rock, Modern Rock, Contemporary Hit Radio, Dance/Urban/Rhythmic, and Country as well as the SOCAN Song of the Year and Fans’ Choice. The full list of nominations can be seen below. Radio listeners from across the country can vote online for the Fans’ Choice Award at www.cmw.net.

The late Gary Russell will be inducted into the Allan Waters Broadcast Hall of Fame at the Canadian Radio Music Awards (CRMAs). Gary was a well-respected radio broadcaster who began his career on air before his work in programming and management. Gary held positions at radio stations from Ottawa to Vancouver over his 40 year career, and in 2008 was inducted into the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. Gary’s family will be in attendance at the Canadian Radio Music Awards in honour of his dedication to radio in Canada.

The Builders and The Butchers

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Portland-based folk rock band, The Builders and the Butchers, announce their forthcoming album, The Spark, due out May 19th. The band’s fifth LP will be released on Badman Recordings Co., which will be their third release with the label.

Their last album was hailed by Consequence of Sound, who said, “The Builders and the Butchers make records the way the bards used to pass on stories. They’re poetic and captivating, and do to songwriting what Clint Eastwood does to movies,” and this new record follows the same, narrative-driven path.

With comparisons to The Decemberists coming from Pitchfork and The Washington Post, among others, their brand of folk-rock is best served live. Audiences can look forward to lively performances, where fourth wall is broken and the audience is able to participate in call and response sing-a-longs. Sometimes the band will hand out instruments for fans to play, and they’ll even get down off stage to perform right on the floor.

The Builders and The Butchers formed in 2005. Ryan Sollee fronts the band, sings and plays guitar, joined by Willy Kunkle (bass, guitar, vocals, percussion), Justin Bair (drums, backup vocals, percussion) and Harvey Tumbleson (mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals, percussion). The Portland-based band gained a strong following after years of playing anywhere and everywhere across the city. They quickly grew to become one of the most exciting live bands in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The band toured throughout the US and Europe from 2007-2012, playing music festivals, such as Sasquatch and Lollapalooza, and acting as support for Portugal. The Man, Heartless Bastards, Amanda Palmer and Murder By Death. To support their forthcoming release, The Spark, the band will be playing their first US and European tour in multiple years.

This new album features a wider array of sounds and shorter, impactful songs, while remaining a Builders’ record at heart. The process of creating The Spark was the longest of any Builders’ record to date. They spent the last five years writing the music and a year mixing. With several band members living out of state (Justin in Colorado, Willy in Malta, Harvey in Washington and Ryan and Ray in Portland), many parts were recorded remotely. Drums and much of the electric guitar were recorded at Revolver Studios and the rest was laid down piece-by-piece and mixed by Edgar McCrae at his home studio. Influences for the record range from Tom Waits to The White Stripes.

Lola Marsh

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Tel Aviv based indie duo Lola Marsh had great success with their 2016 EP “You’re Mine.” Both singles from the EP, “Sirens” and “You’re Mine” totaled 10 million streams on Spotify, principally in the US. Now, their eagerly anticipated debut album, Remember Roses is set for release on June 9, 2017. The album kicks off with a new single “Wishing Girl” – an unstoppable song carried by memorable whistling and an addictive melody, which premiered on PopMatters yesterday.

Written by vocalist Yael Shoshana Cohen and instrumentalist Gil Landau, the forthcoming album sees their sound inspired, matured and smooth. Yael and Gil have managed to free themselves from overwhelming influences – be it Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens, Edith Piaf – and compose a feel-good soundtrack for the summer season. The album shines with suave romanticism and sweet nostalgia. Friendship, love and fears from childhood are recurrent themes that flow throughout the eleven songs.

The record’s coherence owes a lot to Yael and Gil’s special connection, as they used to be a couple on and off stage. As they are often quoted as saying, “ working together has always been a source of inspiration.” Melodies, choruses and additional arrangements on Remember Roses seem to run so effortlessly from this emotional harmony. If the tracks “You’re Mine” and “Sirens” need no more introduction, they sit alongside new songs on the album that show how far Lola Marsh has evolved in the space of a few years.

Yael Shoshana Cohen belongs to a category of singers that instantly captures the audience’s attention; together with producer Gil Landau they created Lola Marsh. Many discovered their intoxicating sound on the duo’s debut EP “You’re Mine” released in 2016, which established the Tel-Avivian duo as one of last year’s major pop folk sensations.

Following a successful test drive and a widely celebrated European festival tour, we can only anticipate that the best has yet to come.

The Kut

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THE KUT TO RELEASE ‘THE KUT EP’ LIMITED EDITION VINYL PICTURE DISC FOR RECORD STORE DAY

22ND April 2017 – Picture disc release

5th May 2017- digital release

The Kut are a grunge-rock trio, inspired by bands including Nirvana, L7, Hole, Deftones, Placebo and Incubus. Fronted by multi-instrumentalist Princess Maha, their ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ EP was a quick follow up to 2014’s ‘Make Up’ EP, also produced by James LeRock Loughrey (Skindred, White Zombie, Def Leppard). The Kut were voted into the winning spots of the MTV Brand New Unsigned Poll for 2014, and have since gained a growing list of industry supporters including BBC Introducing, Scuzz TV, Kerrang!, Kerrang! Radio, Metal Hammer, MTV-U USA, AXS USA, Big Cheese and Planet Rock Radio. The latest single & video, ‘Bad Man’ was the last from their since sold out EP. With gnarly grunge guitars, punk beats and gritty screams, ‘Bad Man’ was premiered via Kerrang! Magazine, as well as added to the top track’s feature for Q Magazine and Classic Rock Magazine. This year promises to be just as exciting, with The Kut appearing in the Kerrang! Breakout Stars of 2017 List, featuring a handful of UK bands who will rock 2017.

The live show is just as energetic, with the band voted in as one of the two best acts to play the ‘Dog’s Bed Stage’ after an impromptu set on the ‘Dog’s Bed Stage’ at Download Festival 2015. 2015 also saw the band open the main stages of Glastonbudget and Strummercamp and perform a steady stream of tour dates and festivals. This included 17 UK dates, ending at The Underworld. The band also actively toured through 2016, including sets at Camden Rocks Festival, Glastonbudget, Rebellion Festival, Kaya Festival and a summer UK tour. The ‘Hollywood Rock n Roll Tour’, hit the majority of the UK mainland in 37 dates, including a 30 date stretch across August. 2017 ended with the band’s first international tour in Germany and a feature on the BBC Introducing Lancashire NYE show. This year has already seen The Kut announced for Camden Rocks Festival, Nice n Sleazy Festival, Glastonbudget, Rebellion Festival and Hard Rock Hell. Topped off with some great feedback from rock legends Dave Navarro and Shirley Manson, now would be a good time to see what all the fuss is about.

OFFICIAL RECORD STORE DAY RELEASE:

The forthcoming release features 4 tracks from the band’s two previous, sold out EPs, in a limited edition press of 500 picture disc vinyl. The cover art was designed by Zoltan Kiss; also the image featured on the front of Maha’s custom Marshall Amplifier. The record releases as an exclusive Record Store Day Release via Criminal Records / Cargo Records on Saturday 22nd April. The picture disc will be available across the UK and beyond, in participating Record Stores. The record will be followed by a digital release on Friday 5th May.

Eddy Fish

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New England rapper Eddy Fish has been collaborating with Yo Gotti’s CMG label since releasing the single “Whole Lotta Money” featuring Gotti in 2013. The Boston-based artist’s latest collaboration with the Memphis indie label, “Goalz,” features fellow burgeoning rhyme slinger Blac Youngsta.

Louise Lemón

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The up and coming death-gospel female artist Louise Lemón hails from Sweden and intertwines the dark, windy and cold Scandi ambiance into her music. Having recorded her debut EP ‘Purge’ in a haunted cabin with Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Thurston Moore), the setting is eerie and many light years away from the current pop landscape.

The opening track called ‘Appalacherna’ is the lead single of this release, and the airy, dreamy, dusty, nostalgic and melancholic vibe deserves a listen… or two…

The haunted sound on the EP fits right in the isolated space between dream and reality, which stretches endlessly from one melancholy track to the next. In short it is strange that a barometer of youth culture trades in such intensely depressing music.

Louise says: “This record has been a very personal journey, first writing the songs, then getting to records it together with my long time band member and friend Anders Ludwigsson, then expanding the sound with Randall Dunn.“

What’s the outcome? The tracks sound like they belong to a larger canon of Southern California gothic albums because they send the listener into gloomier and rawer territory, giving it that hypnotic and supernatural edge when a scuzzy blend of guitars take over, reminding us of the self-confessed sad girls Cat Power, Lana del Rey and PJ Harvey.

Louise adds:

“It is very important for me to be completely involved and to be able to work with people I trust and respect. To then have them colour the music and sound is very rewarding. Working with Randall Dunn was an amazing experience and I chose him because I wanted to expand the sound, make it heavier and darker and at the same time opening it up, letting it be vulnerable The record is called ‘Purge’, and making it has really been a cleansing and growing process, everything I write is deeply personal, and to me the sounds express just as much as the lyrics.”

The artistically poignant ‘Purge’ EP is out NOW through Icons Creating Evil Art.

Heavy Suns

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When it comes down to it, who doesn’t have a love for The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin?

It sounds cliché that South Yorkshire’s newest and most exciting export Heavy Suns take influence from those classic bands as well as recent incarnations of the psyche-rock genres but with the dark, thumping new single ‘Hide’ the five-piece are doing things with these roots that are seriously worthy of note.

From the Oasis / Verve-esque atmospheric slide intro the single explodes with a brooding gritty sense of pushing back the past and emerging from the psychedelic kaleidoscope to 2017 with a new swagger, attitude and meaning.

Exciting as much as it is familiar, the single is the result of years of honing the band after originating as a three piece and the current line-up finally coalescing together in 2015. “Being born and raised in a town like Barnsley you always have some sort of awareness of anybody around you that is involved in music and I think that was the case with the five of us. Travis, Tom and Luke all being in different bands at the same time around 2009. Callan later joining Travis’s band and Ross working as a local gig promoter & DJ,” explains lead vocalist and guitarist Travis Glen Eaton.

Having recently sold out shows in Sheffield and Leeds, the buzz around this band is really taking hold locally across Yorkshire and title ‘Hide’ is an oxymoron for the band’s plans with its release. The in your face fuzzy riffs and psych atmospheres swallow whole all exposed to it in a gloriously free floating tsunami of hypersonic sound.

The Whistles and Bells

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The Whistles & the Bells, alt-rock moniker of acclaimed singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Simpson, will release his sophomore LP Modern Plagues via New West Records on April 28. The Huffington Post premiered the “inventive” official music video for album track “Good Drugs” yesterday. Produced by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard’s film company Neighborhoods Apart, the video shows Simpson as an infomercial salesman and late night TV swindler who is promising a quick-fix for depressed viewers. The Huffington Post states, “[Simpson’s] original off-the-wall undertakings are reminiscent of the whimsical and whip-smart work by David Byrne, Jim James and the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy,” adding, “The lyrics will make you think until your head explodes…Enjoy the video but consider this a fair warning: You might get hooked.”

Collaborations on Modern Plagues include co-writes with The Raconteurs’ Brendan Benson that resulted in such out-of-the-box tunes as lead single “Harry Potter,” which recently premiered at American Songwriter. Of the song, American Songwriter comments, “A retro pop tune with strong ’80s influences, the video for this track feels like something you would see a teenage Molly Ringwald starring in. Sung from the perspective of a teenage girl, ‘Harry Potter’ highlights what many young adults long for but unfortunately cannot find as they grow older: childhood innocence and simplicity.”

Co-produced by Simpson and engineer Eddie Spear (Judah & the Lion, Lake Street Dive, Rival Sons), Modern Plagues’ 11 expansive tracks find Simpson delivering eye-opening lyrical insights and audacious verbal imagery, while displaying a freewheeling sonic sensibility that draws inspiration from a bottomless well of genres and textures. On additional Benson co-writes “Small Time Criminals” and “Zombie Heartz,” Simpson’s revealing lyrics and richly compelling soundscapes mix to create a singular, personally-charged vision of organized chaos. His thought provoking social commentary bleeds through in remarkably candid tracks like “Year of the Freakout” and “Playing God” when Simpson’s satirical observations call into question how we all cope with the turbulent times in which we live; and, more introspectively, in songs such as “Good Drugs” and “Highlight Reel” that sonically grasp, and for that matter, celebrate the fragility and ferocity of man. As the album culminates with the funky, almost playful, apocalyptic closer “40 Years,” Modern Plagues leaves no deadly sin untouched, no false idol unexposed.

Modern Plagues follows The Whistles & the Bells’ 2014 self-titled debut, which gained an impressive amount of acclaim as an indie release and led to a larger re-release and record deal with New West Records. Prior to launching The Whistles & the Bells, Simpson had already won substantial success as a bluegrass mandolinist, serving a seven-year, three-album stint with the acclaimed progressive-bluegrass quartet Cadillac Sky. The band’s broad-minded collaborations with both bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach eventually led to an in-demand spot on Mumford and Sons’ 2010 North American Tour. Meanwhile, Simpson also carved out a lucrative sideline as a mainstream country songwriter, composing hit tracks for icons such as Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton and George Strait.

Photo credit: Alysse Gafkgen

Disco Fawkes

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“Kill The Witness” was made in conjunction with a film of the same name by Justin Ferrato which debuted at the Queens World Film Festival on March 19th. The music and ambience for the film were created during the same studio sessions for the album in which Disco Fawkes toys with the idea of a “traditional film score” coinciding with a rap album. Thematically, the album mirrors the film dealing with isolation, anxiety, ego and self-confidence. Without dialogue or explanation Kill The Witness attempts to portray the struggles of young aspiring artists. The album lyrically paints a picture of the topics while the film relies heavily on audio to enhance the story behind its’ imagery. This kind of juxtaposition is a constant theme throughout Disco Fawkes’ music, as it mirrors the conceptual inspiration for their first EP “Descent and Ascension”.

The album, “Kill The Witness” is an experimental Hip-Hop/Rap album by Disco Fawkes which incorporates innovative modern flows with neoclassical instrumentation. The intention was to make an “experimental” hip-hop album where the avant-garde elements do not interfere or overshadow the rapping itself. It is an album which strives to be both creative and original without becoming overblown. Available 3/19 on: Spotify, Soundcloud, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and more. “Descent and Ascension”, was released on March 17th 2015. Their first full length LP “Kill the Witness” is out now.

Following his recent premiere at Cinequest Film Festival 2017, Director Justin Ferrato will premiere “Kill the Witness”, an atmospheric film and meditation on fame, madness and toxic dreams, in support of Disco Fawkes new album, “Kill The Witness” on March 19, 2017 at the Queens Film Festival at The Museum of the Moving Image.

Adam Melchor

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Adam Melchor is a 24 year old recording artist from New Jersey. In his debut EP The Archer, Adam weaves intensely personal lyrics with colloquial melody to create a vivid yet vulnerable narrative. Carried by his folk guitar playing and impressive vocals, the songs showcase a musical empathy rare for an artist of Adam‘s age and comparable to contemporaries like M. Ward or Conor Oberst.

The single “The Archer” follows a theme of admission to mistakes. It is, like much of the album, apologetic. But out of a confession booth turned vocal booth, Adam has created a cathartic and auspicious debut release.

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