Check ‘Em Out: The Singularity – “Wetter”

The Singularity’s first single and video, “Wetter,” from the self-produced/released EP entitled Weta is a sexually cathartic yet visually transfixing representation of the song’s elements of Bowie-glam mixed with the edginess of The Strokes. Additionally, the track just hit #13 on the national specialty radio charts and was named WXRT’s “Song Of The Week.”

Frontman and multi-instrumentalist Julian Shah-Tayler (formerly of the band Whitey)’s childlike fascination with science, space and the big questions that trouble the human condition has fueled the creative output of The Singularity’s electronic rock and roll since the band’s inception in 2012. “Everything burst out of the center of a supermassive black hole,” remarks Julian, “and we are going back there one day, so let’s just enjoy it.”

As for the video, Shah-Tayler explained that he is “huge fan of films such as Linklater’s Waking Life, David Lynch and the styles of Scanner Darkly and Sin City. We wanted to create a dreamlike quality through the ‘animation’ style of the video whilst still maintaining a dark sexuality reflecting the slightly creepy lyrics. It was a real collaboration between the director, editor and artist.”

The single and video eloquently sums up The Singularity’s manifesto and echoes the hedonistic attitude of the band. A Londoner relocated to LA, Julian’s catalog of music prolifically exceeds 300 songs, many of which have been featured in films and hit TV shows including Breaking Bad, The Sopranos and The Newsroom, while also turning up on broadcasts ranging from UK television’s Popstar to NBC Sports.

In 2014, Shah-Tayler won a Golden Trailer award for his work with Lana Del Ray on Disney’s Maleficent trailer. He also performed one of his songs in front of Bill Clinton, Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese for the Unite For Humanity charity at the Oscars.

Three of his songs were the “hits” for the focus band in the music movie Plush, directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Lords Of Dogtown). Additionally, Shah-Tayler did all this while co-founding an LA charity called Art Angeles, teaching music to underprivileged kids in Watts.

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New Music From The Offspring

Check out the latest video from The Offspring, “Coming For You”

Head to store.offspring.com to pick up a digital copy of the single. The song is also available via iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other digital services.
Catch the band on the road in the coming months and stay tuned for additional US tour dates.
April 4, 2015 Tempe Beach Park Tempe, AZ
April 25, 2015 Toyota Stadium Dallas, TX
April 28, 2015 War Memorial Auditorium Nashville, TN
May 3, 2015 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
June 6, 2015 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Chicago, IL
July 30, 2015 The Pacific Amphitheater Costa Mesa, CA
July 31, 2015 The Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA

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Listen: Du Tonc – “Animals”

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Listen: Du Tonc – “Animals”

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Video: Shaggy – “I Need Your Love”

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Grammy award winning Reggae superstar Shaggy, is showing no signs of slowing down or taking a break. Last year we saw Shaggy tour his album “Out of Many, One Music”, which received 2014 Grammy nomination for Reggae album of the year. Some may have asked, ‘What’s next for Shaggy’? Well, “I Need Your Love” is whats next. Released September 2014 “I Need Your Love”, featuring Mohombi, Faydee and Costi, immediately gained global notoriety with over 800,000 YouTube views in less than one week. Its no surprise that this single is currently in the Pop Top 40.

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“I Need Your Love” is truly a global collaboration, featuring Afro-pop star Mohombi, Australian singer Faydee, Romanian producer Costi and Shaggy whose dancehall mix brings something extra special to the track. Currently playing on mainstream radio, “I Need Your Love” commanded over 750 spins in one week resulting in a 7 place jump from 46 to 39, entering Shaggy on the top 40 pop chart. This is Shaggy’s 9th hit on the billboard charts.

“The success of the single is not solely on me, I must thank my team as it is definitely a team effort to reach where we are right now. So much more to do but definitely pleased with the success” says Shaggy.

Shaggy recently premiered a video for a new single “Picture” featuring Melissa Musique, exclusively via the leading music identification app Shazam. While “I Need Your Love” continues to excel on social media, on the air waves, in the clubs and currently over 20 million views on YouTube, it is evident “I Need Your Love” will be a hit for 2015.

 

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News on Smallpools

Photo Credit: Anna Lee

Photo Credit: Anna Lee

Los Angeles’ quartet Smallpools will release their debut album LOVETAP! March 23rd through RCA Records. Lyric video for “Karaoke” premieres today on NYLON HERE. I’ve been in love with the song since I first posted it back in December here. Spotify will be streaming the album beginning March 17th as part of The Drop Program. Catch Smallpools on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers March 16th before they swing through SXSW in Austin, Texas before their 32-date USA tour (see below for dates).

After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch ’14” headline tour. The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single “Dreaming” which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can see the video HERE, which has 4.8 million views.

Supporters like VogueInterview MagazineIdolatorBuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools’ youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”

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Smallpools – LOVETAP! track list (out 3/23 on RCA Records):
01. American Love
02. Killer Whales
03. Dreaming
04. Karaoke
05. Street Fight
06. Mason Jar
07. Over & Over
08. Lovetap!
09. What’s A Picture Of?
10. Dyin’ to Live
11. Admission To Your Party
12. 9 to 5
13. No Story Time
14. (Submarine)

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SMALLPOOLS LOVETAP! HEADLINE TOUR: VIP tickets on sale HERE

3/18 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Bar 96 @ BMI Showcase (11:00pm)
3/19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Palm Park @ IFC Party (9:10pm)
3/20 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Empire Control and Garage @ Baeblemusic Day Party (2:00pm)
3/21 – Austin, TX @ SXSW – Little Woodrow’s @ Party in My Pants (2:00pm)
3/28 – Austin, TX @ University of Texas
4/11 – Tuscon, AZ @ University of Arizona
4/14 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
4/15 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/17 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard
4/18 – Kirksville, MO @ Truman State University
4/19 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird
4/21 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
4/23 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
4/24 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom
4/25 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
4/27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
4/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
4/30 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/01 – Cincinnati, OH @ Xavier University
5/03 – Princeton, NJ @ Princeton University
5/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
5/06 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
5/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ Rock In Rio Festival
5/09 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
5/10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/11 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/13 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe
5/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
5/15 – Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
5/16 – Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
5/20 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
5/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
5/23 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
5/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
5/28 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
5/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

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Video: Dylan Kelly – “All My Friends”

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Los Angeles alternative pop maverick Dylan Kelly unveils the lyric video for his debut single “All My Friends” today.

Written and produced by the artist, “All My Friends” struts along with bright snappy guitars, a reggae rhythm, and a delightfully inebriating refrain carried by Dylan’s dynamic voice. It properly introduces the world to this singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist [guitars, bass, and keyboards!].

Coming home from a vacation in the Dominican Republic, Dylan went to the studio early one morning and wrote “All My Friends” from scratch in less than two hours. The woozy guitars, sunny production, confessional lyrics, and instantly chant able chorus “All my friends are high” simply intoxicate. Republic Records fell under the track’s spell, and Dylan landed a deal with the label.
About the song, he explains, “I have a bunch of fun friends but it’s hard to get them to go out and do anything but hang. I wrote this song about those times when you just can’t get your friends to leave the house.”

“All My Friends” shows just one side of this dynamic talent though. His music encompasses a diverse array of styles from pop and reggae to indie and alternative. “It’s representative of L.A.,” he says. “The city is such a melting pot so my music is like a melting pot of all those influences.”

Ultimately, Dylan’s own versatility will captivate anybody within earshot. “I want people to feel emotion,” he leaves off. “What else is the point of art? I hope they can relate and say, ‘Me too man. Me too!’”

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Listen: Ruelle

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Listen: Ruelle 

This past January, Nashville-based artist Ruelle released her debut EP, Up In Flames. The EP is a collection of dark, electronic-pop songs written and recorded specifically for TV/Film.  After her haunting songs began finding their way onto television shows and films like The Loft, The SlapRevengeThe OriginalsSleepy HollowReckless, and DaVinci’s Demons, Maggie Eckford decided to bring them all together in an EP under the new artist name, Ruelle.

 

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Check ‘Em Out: Penicillin Baby – “Stick It Out”

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“…cosmic rock feel and nostalgic summer time vibes.” – Culture Collide

Listen: Penicillin Baby – “Stick It Out”

Penicillin Baby has gained a sizable following in Nashville thanks to their rich psychedelic pop melodies, pounding bass and rhythmic drum beats that make it impossible not to dance, along with adding in a layer of fuzz that jumps in at just the right moment.

As is the case with true Nashville artists, these guys are incredible songwriters and always put on a great live show. They’re currently in the midst of putting the finishing touches on their new album. 

Upcoming Pencillin Baby Tour Dates
3/04 – Chattanooga, TN – JJ’s Bohemia
3/05 – The Caledonia Lounge – Athens, GA
3/06 – Savannah, GA – Ampersand (Savannah Stopover Music Festival)
3/08 – Asheville, NC – Stage Age Records
3/11 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge (w/ Gunther Doug & Chrome Pony)
3/23 – Nashville, TN – Queen Ave. Art Collective (w/ Ava Luna, Body of Light & Lala Lala)

 

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Newest Love: Jet Black Alley Cat

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Check out this awesome band of hot guys from Nashville, previously known as Tell Romeo I Hate Him. Would you believe me if I said they’re currently unsigned? I know….whaaaat? Surely, that won’t last.

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Check ‘Em Out: Tired Lion – “I Don’t Think You Like Me”

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The last 12 months have seen Perth’s Tired Lion begin to stand out as one of Western Australia’s most exciting new bands – including showcasing at Singapore’s prestigious Music Matters Live, wowing crowds at the 2014 WAMI Awards, touring nationally for their debut EP All We Didn’t Know, supporting the likes of Gyroscope, The 1975, Kingswood, Luca Brasi, and Velociraptor, and being nominated for ‘the most popular live act’ at the 2014 WAM Awards.

Recorded with Dave Parkin (Emperors, Snowman, Karnivool) in their home town of Perth, the first single of their upcoming second EP is “I Don’t Think You Like Me” is a fresh take on 90’s nostalgia that will ring both true and loudly to the ears.

“We’re all about the raw honesty in the music we make. If you sit back and take in the energy of what we are playing and what it’s all about, it’s a direct view into the looking glass that is collectively our lives – be it happy, sad or confusing. We’re passionate about bringing to people a fresh take on what is a nostalgic sound, keeping the guitars loud and trying to evoke some kind of feeling for the listener with dynamics and melody.”

Fronted by the enigmatic Sophie Hopes, Tired Lion’s infections melodies are brought forth with raw honesty and intensity, calling back to the rich tradition of strong Australian front women. Acting as the perfect ying to her yang, Sophie is backed Matt Tanner, Ethan Darnell and Nick Vasey who play with passion, precision and a ‘take no prisoners’ approach, making Tired Lion a powerful act worth keeping your eyes (and ears) on.

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