ZZ Ward burst onto the scene with her fiery Eleven Roses mixtape in early 2012 – sparking a media frenzy and showcasing her soulful take on a blues/hip hop blend, which ultimately led to her critically-acclaimed debut album Til The Casket Drops. Her debut single off the album, the foot-stomping "Put The Gun Down," broke into the Top 10 on the AAA radio chart – staying there for 10 weeks and was followed by two more Top 10 singles, her anthemic "365 Days" and her gut-wrenching ballad "Last Love Song". A bonafide headliner, ZZ has wrapped numerous sold-out headlining tours, opened for Fitz & The Tantrums, Gary Clark Jr. and Eric Clapton and has quickly become a festival darling – gracing stages including Coachella, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Made in America.
Riot Fest has announced the details of the 2015 Riot Fest Speaks Stage. Because of the success of the last year’s inaugural edition of the Riot Fest Speaks series, which featured a special panel discussion with Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of P*ssy Riot, the organizers have decided to up the bar, unveiling three unique panel conversations for 2015.
Charlotte Devaney, renowned DJ and singer, recruited music legend Snoop Dogg for her new single “Flip It.” The song is accompanied by a lyric video bombarded with aesthetics that are both mesmerizing and just out right naughty. Ten seconds of watching the video and you’re instantly captured by the explosion of colors, sexual innuendo, what seems like never ending phallic objects, and you are left asking yourself if you REALLY know how to “Flip It.”
It’s been five months since legendary Dim Mak mainstay Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of The Bloody Beetroots debuted his solo DJ-performance moniker SBCR by releasing his inaugural SBCR & Friends, Vol. 1 EP, and today the producer unveiled part two of the series with SBCR & Adversaries, Vol. 2.
Placentia, CA based psych/hip hop group Kottonmouth Kings have released a new track "Audio War," now available on iTunes. The band also released a brand new music video for "Sink Or Swim." Both tracks are from the group's upcoming album Krown Power, out August 28th via United Family Music / Capitol Records. Krown Power is available for pre-order now on iTunes and in Kottonmouth Kings' merch store.
Nearly 20 years ago, Kottonmouth Kings' popularity began when word spread about their unique and original style that came to be known as "Rip-Hop". Over the years, this iconic group has built a huge fan base who feel inspired by their lifestyle, their music and their fashion. The group is ready to release their first full-length album on United Family Music Group, their new label founded by KMK front man, Brad "Daddy X" Xavier.
The Maine,This Century, and Nick Santino are set to release a brand new live concert and documentary DVD later this week from their tour in Manila last year. The video is set a worldwide release digitally this Friday, August 14th. Fans in Manila have exclusive access to physical copies of the DVD while the band is in Manila this week.
On Thursday, August 13th The Double Door in Chicago got a healthy dose of metal put on by Oceans Ate Alaska, In Hearts Wake, Like Moths To Flames, and a headliner all the way from Australia- Northlane. It was a unique evening of music, with many different screaming styles and a heavy load of moshing. I had the chance to sit down and chat with Nortlane about touring, new music, obtaining a new singer, and more! Check out the interview and photos from the show below.
Chicago’s Riot Fest & Carnival official after show concert schedule has been announced. The lineup includes an array of top-notch acts returning to intimate venues. Bottom Lounge hosts Drive Like Jehu, Alexisonfire, and Swervedriver. Double Door features The Academy Is…, Government Issue, Atreyu, and The Damned. Cobra Lounge announces Taking Back Sunday, Babes in Toyland, and The Dead Milkmen. Thrice, and Alkaline Trio with Naked Raygun will perform at Concord Music Hall and Rancid will hit the stage at House of Blues. Tickets go on-sale today (8/13) at noon CDT. Full list and ticket links below.
Multiple Grammy® Award-winning, Golden Globe Nominated and acclaimed singer and songwriter Chris Cornell will release his fifth studio album Higher Truth on Friday, September 18, 2015 via Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). Starting today fans can pre-order the deluxe version of the highly anticipated album HERE, which contains four bonus tracks.
Reggie's Music Joint hosted Patrick Sweany this past Friday. The venue provided an intimate space for Patrick Sweany to fill with sounds of rock 'n' roll and the blues. A good sound system transported his soulful tunes all the way back to the outdoor patio. Passerbys would turn their heads and oftentimes come inside to check out where that beautiful music was coming from.
Grammy® Award-winning superstar sibling trio - THE BAND PERRY - will release their roaring new anthem "Live Forever" on Friday, August 14th. The track, produced by RedOne and Dann Huff, is the first taste of new music from The Band Perry's forthcoming album due for release later this fall by Big Machine Label Group. "Live Forever" will debut on Country Radio nationwide on August 14th and will be available for purchase the same day at all digital retailers.
Ten years ago, the DIRTYBIRD label coalesced around a grill party in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Those free parties, thrown using a sound-system bought on layaway, were pivotal in defining the DIRTYBIRD sound and attitude. Ten years later, DIRTYBIRD has proven to be one of North America's most definitive and fun dance music labels, with its signature blend of techno and house, passed through a hip-hop crunkifier, still getting booties shakin', sweat flying and underground connoisseurs nodding heads in approval.
Sufjan Stevens layers beautiful and thoughful lyrics over light melodies that invite listeners to contemplate existence. Sufjan Stevens has proved himself as a lyricist and musician through releasing seven studio albums. If "Carrie and Lowell," his newest album, is about anything it's about the work of thinking through song, the planting of various philosophies in an aural playground where all is not joyous but there is no absence of joy since the spirit is lifted up by creation, and the telling of stories that lead to other thoughts, the artist's spirit sitting in silence and his voice and his playing.
On the heels of a 2015 that has already seen them make their Coachella, Tomorrowland, and EDC Las Vegas debuts, as well as the release of their new single "Save Me" with acclaimed UK vocalist Katy B, Keys N Krates are back to share that song's music video. The Adam Beck and Paul Johnston-directed visual presents an absurdist take on romance and materialism that contrasts starkly with the romantic tropes presented in Montreal producer CFCF's "Exercise #3 (Building)" video (also directed by Beck and Johnston). Under a motif of forbidden love, the video profiles the exaggerated inanimate relationship as it evolves from suppression to unabashed celebration.
Legendary post-punk band GANG OF FOUR are premiering the video for "The Dying Rays" on AV Club today. The song and video feature German star Herbert Grönemeyer, known internationally for his baritone vocals but perhaps best known in America as one of the stars of the major motion picture Das Boot. "The Dying Rays" originally appeared on "the year's best record" (San Diego Reader) What Happens Next, out now on Metropolis Records.
In Los Angeles, everyone is dreaming of something. It’s a city based around the idea of casting your hopes as high as they’ll go, of shooting for the moon and knowing it’s entirely possible for you to get there. This is the sensibility that traces through Los Angelics and their impassioned songs, which take a modern spin on electro-clash fused with indie pop melodies and rock and roll attitude. “Our band name is an homage to the city,” singer Sara Coda explains. “Everyone here is on a mission, and everyone here is good at inspiring each other and holding each other accountable for their goals. The idea of pursuing dreams for the sake of it is what brought all of us together.”
Mastodon regretfully announce they must cancel their upcoming shows that were to take place from August 7th through September 3rd due to a personal family matter. Mastodon will return to the road in Latin America in Late September. The September 5th show in Iceland has been rescheduled for December 5th. Please see below for all cancelled dates.