Photo credit: Josh Cheuse
Breakout singer-songwriter J.S. Ondara has confirmed new North American dates this fall, with nights in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and more. The new dates follow Ondara’s current sold out debut headline tour, as well as stops at Xponential Festival and Newport Folk Festival. Brooklyn Vegan praises his live performances as “one of the most commanding sets…with just his voice and acoustic guitar, he had the packed room mesmerized and so silenced that you could hear a pin drop.” More details below.
The tour supports Ondara’s debut LP Tales of America, out now via Verve Forecast. The album continues to receive widespread critical attention, with Ondara recently appearing on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “World Cafe.”
Tales of America is a completely acoustic album produced by Grammy-nominated Mike Viola(Jenny Lewis). The LP was recorded at Boulevard Recording and East West Studios in Los Angeles, with all lyrics written by Ondara and featuring collaborations with Andrew Bird, Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes and Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids. Watch the previously released videos for “American DreamHERE, “Saying GoodbyeHERE and “Torch SongHERE.
J.S. Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya, listening to American alt-rock and making up his own songs for as long as he can remember. At an early age, he fell in love with the music of Bob Dylan and moved to Minneapolis in 2013 to pursue a career as a singer and songwriter. He began making his way in the local music scene, continually writing songs about what he saw, felt and experienced in a place far different from home. Since then, he has toured nationwide, opening for Anderson East, First Aid Kit, The Milk Carton Kids, Mt. Joy and The Head & The Heart.


As Told To G/D Thyself, the highly anticipated short film from Kamasi Washington makes its public debut exclusively today on Apple Music—watch here. Originally premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the film is inspired by Washington’s critically acclaimed second album Heaven and Earth. Directed by a collaborative collective The Ummah Chroma which consists of Bradford Young (Selma, Arrival, Solo: A Star Wars Story), Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness), Jenn Nkiru (Second unit director on Beyoncé and Jay Z’s “APESHIT,” Rebirth Is Necessary), Marc Thomas (Michael & Javier) and Kamasi Washington.
Additionally, Washington joins Apple Music’s Zane Lowe today for an interview on his Beats 1 show to discuss the creation of the film and more—watch here.
The film’s debut caps off a whirlwind year for Washington. Heaven and Earth and its counterpart The Choice were released in June of 2018 to widespread acclaim. Washington has toured the world over with sold-out shows in North America and Europe, including New York’s Apollo Theater and London’s Brixton Academy, as well as dates with Florence + the Machine at Hollywood Bowl, Barclays Center and beyond.
Heaven and Earth continues to receive critical praise:
“This tenor saxophonist—a blistering, continental colossus of jazz uplift and spectacle—returns this month with Heaven and Earth…At nearly two-and-a-half hours, the double album is nearly as sprawling and orchestral as its predecessor, with heaving solos crushed against humongous
statues of horns.”—The New York Times
“In another life, the saxophonist Washington might have been a film director specializing in grandiose productions…Drawing on the inclusive spirit of seventies soul jazz and utilizing massed strings, vocals, and a contingent of eclectic improvisers, Washington creates his effect by painting
with sweeping brushstrokes.”—The New Yorker
“Truly transcendent…[Washington’s] vast, refreshingly lavish soundworld is well worth getting lost in.”—Rolling Stone
“A multi-genre feast of musical ideas, his most sweeping and
complete statement yet…As a listening experience, Heaven and Earth contains the most transcendent moments of his output thus far, as well as some of the gnarliest.”—Pitchfork
 “A marvelous work. The constant push and pull of lush strings, agile sax, bubbling percussion, and a seemingly unending array of morphing arrangements mirrors the battle between inward beliefs and what we choose to become outward expression. That sublime tension within the dichotomy of eight tracks of Heaven and eight tracks of Earth makes for a resoundingly engaging and richly complex excursion in sound.”—Stereogum
“The O.G. saxophonist made his name in jazz,
but he’s bigger than the genre.”—The FADER
Kamasi Washington is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer born and raised in Los Angeles. Forming his first band, the Young Jazz Giants, with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner, Ronald Bruner, Jr. and Cameron Graves in high school, Washington went on to study ethnomusicology at UCLA and play with Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq and more. His debut album, The Epic, was released in 2015 to rapturous critical reception, embraced as one of the best of the year and awarded the inaugural American Music Prize. Heaven and Earth follows The Epic as well as Washington’s 2017 EP Harmony of Difference, an exploration of the musical concept of counterpoint that debuted as an original work for the 2017 Whitney Museum of Art Biennial.



benny blanco and Latin Grammy-winning producer Tainy unveil a new collaboration, “I Can’t Get Enough” with Selena Gomez and J Balvin, today—listen here.
blanco and Tainy, the producer behind Cardi B’s “I Like It” and Bad Bunny’s “Estamos Bien,” began work on the song last December and quickly recruited superstars Gomez and Balvin to join.
“I’m extremely excited about this track, and helping put this collab together, especially since it was created so smoothly and organically,” Tainy explains. “It’s a fun piece that everyone involved loved off top, and it’s going to make people feel good.”
The track is the first new music from blanco since the release of his debut album FRIENDS KEEP SECRETS last year, which featured hits “Eastside” with Halsey and Khalid, “I Found You” with Calvin Harris, “Better to Lie” with Jesse and Swae Lee and “Roses” with Juice WRLD and Brendon Urie as well as collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign, 6LACK, Ryan Beatty and more. “Eastside,” the Grammy-winning, multi-platinum producer’s first ever artist release, is currently #1 at pop radio in the U.S. and continues to climb charts worldwide with more than 600 million streams to date.
Tainy, who is set to launch his own solo project later this year, is also the mastermind producer behind many Pop, Urban and Latin music hits, including co-producing J Balvin’s Vibras album and Bad Bunny’s X 100PRE, which both reached #1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart. Tainy’s solo project—due to release this year, includes features from Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Ozuna and more.
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tainy is undeniably one of the greatest influences on the Latin movement that is reinventing today’s urban music. He has had over 40 #1 records on Billboards Latin Hot 100 Charts, and has repeatedly been nominated for a Grammy.  His impressive resume includes work with Daddy Yankee, Wisin & Yandel, Ricky Martin and many more.
As a recording artist Selena Gomez has sold over 65 million tracks worldwide. Most recently she collaborated with DJ  Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B on enormous global hit “Taki Taki” which became one of the fastest videos to reach over 100 million views. Her previous five singles “It Ain’t Me” with Kygo, “Bad Liar,” “Fetish,” “Wolves” and “Back to You” garnered enthusiastic reviews. Entertainment Weekly wrote Gomez is making “the most unexpected pop music of the year” while Rolling Stone proclaimed “Bad Liar” as “smart and streamlined.” At the end of 2017 Gomez was named Billboard Magazine’s “Women of the Year.”  In 2015, Gomez released her critically acclaimed album “Revival.” The first three singles off the album “Good For You,” “Same Old Love” and “Hands to Myself” went to number one on the US Top 40 chart. Gomez joined an elite group and becomes only the sixth female artist to have at least three songs from one album reach the #1 position since the chart launched in 1992.
On the big screen, she began making the transition from young actress to adulthood with such films as the much talked about Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim while Gomez’s performance was singled out as a “breakout.”  She appeared in the Academy Award nominated film The Big Short opposite Brad Pitt and Ryan Gosling as well as Fundamentals of Caring alongside Paul Rudd. The latter film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and Gomez was named by Vulture.com as one of “The 20 Best Performances of Sundance 2016.” Other credits include: Rudderless, Neighbors 2 and the James Franco directed Indubious Battle. Gomez has added executive producer to her impressive list of credits serving as an executive producer of the hit Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why.” Up next, Gomez will be seen in the Jim Jarmusch directed film The Dead Don’t Die opposite Bill Murray and Adam Driver.
Hailing from Medellín, Colombia, José Álvaro Osorio Balvin—better known to a legion of global fans as J BALVIN—has been praised by Billboard as “the biggest breakout act Latin music has seen in many years.” With a distinctive style all his own, J Balvin has become the undeniable leader of a second-generation Reggaeton revolution propelling the Urban genre back to the forefront of Latin music worldwide. Between his game-changing major-label debut album LA FAMILA, multiplatinum successor ENERGIA and landmark singles such as “Mi Gente,” J Balvin has quickly notched eleven #1 Latin singles, over 50 million social media followers, and over twenty billion total YouTube views.
J Balvin’s most recent album VIBRAS was hailed by TIME. Rolling Stone, Billboard and more as “One of the Best Albums of 2018” ­while also propelling the Colombian star to frequent #1 rankings on both YouTube and Spotify’s global charts.
Born and raised in Reston, VA, benny blanco is an American record producer, songwriter, musician and recipient of the 2013 Hal David Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is also a five-time BMI Songwriter of the Year award winner, 2017 iHeartRadio Producer of the Year award winner and four-time Grammy winner.
As a producer and songwriter, blanco is responsible for more than 100 million album sales worldwide due to his work with artists including Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Kesha, Sia, The Weeknd, Selena Gomez, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West and many more. He is also the founder of two labels in collaboration with Interscope Records: Mad Love Records and Friends Keep Secrets.


portrait: Sarah Walor     
album cover photo: Kathy Hornsby
Absolute Zero, the new studio album from three-time Grammy award winning pianist, singer and songwriter Bruce Hornsby is out April 12 and is now available for pre-order at https://ffm.to/absolutezero. The forthcoming album follows the release of 2016’s Rehab Reunion, of which NPR Music raves, “The singer-keyboardist once again hits the sweet spot between joyful improv and immaculate songcraft,” while Relix adds, “Nearly four decades on, Hornsby proves that he’s still got some wonderful tricks up his sleeve.” In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Voyager One,” is debuting today. Hornsby calls the song, “Steve Reich meets Prince.” Listen/share it here: https://youtu.be/KKf6VaznU2k 
Most recently, Aquarium Drunkard spoke with Hornsby about the album and notes, “Hornsby’s new album, Absolute Zero, furthers his commitment to chasing inspiration, no matter what unlikely places he may end up doing so. From the harmony-laced title song to the Steve Reich-ian ‘Fractals’ to the cresting anthem ‘Voyager One,’ the record is defiantly unclassifiable. One gets the sense that’s the goal. While many musicians settle into an artistic groove, 33 years removed from his commercial breakthrough, Absolute Zero finds Hornsby exploring sound as boldly as ever.” Listen to the full interview here: https://bit.ly/2T6HCch
The genesis of Absolute Zero began within Hornsby’s work as a film composer for writer-director Spike Lee. Hornsby started collaborating with Lee in 1992; ultimately, in 2008, he began scoring for Lee. What began to intrigue him were scoring components known as “cues,” those comparatively brief passages of music used in films to heighten certain narrative visuals and/or spoken developments. Additionally, Hornsby’s interest in literary fiction, specifically the work of Don DeLillo and the late David Foster Wallace, inspired his songwriting. Hornsby’s songs, both in spirit and memory, function collectively as a homage to fiction writing that, while often poetic, takes no prisoners. The multi-faceted album is another example of Hornsby’s constant musical evolution and how he’s able to combine disparate elements into an accessible soundscape.
Predominantly produced by Hornsby, the 10-track album includes added production from Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Tony Berg (Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird, Public Image Ltd.) and Brad Cook (Sharon Van Etten, Hiss Golden Messenger). Absolute Zero also includes musical contributions from yMusic, The Staves, Blake Mills, Jack DeJohnette, Sean Carey, the The Orchestra of St. Hanks (Frost School/Univ. of Miami), Hornsby’s longtime band The Noisemakers and more. The track “Cast-Off” was co-written with Vernon who also duets with Hornsby on the track while “Take You There (Misty)” was co-written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
Hornsby is set for a run of U.S. tour dates with The Noisemakers, including intimate showcase performances at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust and Los Angeles’ Troubadour, and more. Tickets go on sale on March 1 at 10AM local time and are available at BruceHornsby.com. See below for the first leg of summer tour dates.
Based out of Williamsburg, VA, Hornsby first rose to national prominence with The Way It Is, his 1986 Grammy-winning debut album with The Range. The title track became the most-played song on American radio in 1987, winning ASCAP’s Song of the Year award. Hornsby also won Grammys in 1989 for “Best Bluegrass Recording” for his version of “The Valley Road”—which appeared on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II—and in 1993 for “Best Pop Instrumental Performance,” for his song with Branford Marsalis for the Barcelona Olympics, “Barcelona Mona.” Additionally, Hornsby was a part-time member of the Grateful Dead from September 1990 to March 1992, performing over 100 concerts in America and Europe. Hornsby has written six full film scores and contributed music to four others including Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It and BlacKkKlansman.
The 13-time Grammy nominee has solidified his status as a highly sought after collaborator. Hornsby’s own 20 albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and Hornsby has appeared on over 100 records including releases with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Seger, Chaka Khan, Brandon Flowers, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Mavis Staples, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson and more.
1. Absolute Zero (featuring Jack DeJohnette)
2. Fractals
3. Cast Off (featuring Justin Vernon and Sean Carey)
4. Meds (featuring Justin Vernon, Blake Mills and Rob Moose)
5. Never In This House (featuring yMusic and The Staves)
6. Voyager One (featuring yMusic)
7. Echolocation
8. The Blinding Light Of Dreams (featuring yMusic)
9. White Noise
10. Take You There (Misty) (featuring yMusic)
April 25—Wilbur Theatre—Boston, MA
April 26—Ridgefield Playhouse—Ridgefield, CT
April 27—Ulster Performing Arts Center—Kingston, NY
April 29—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
April 30—National Sawdust—Brooklyn, NY
May 3—Beachlife Festival—Redondo Beach, CA
May 6—Troubadour—Los Angeles, CA
June 18—Charleston Music Hall—Charleston, SC *
June 19—Knight Theater—Charlotte, NC *
June 21—Atlanta Symphony Hall—Atlanta, GA (w/ Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
June 23—Lime Kiln Theatre—Lexington, VA *
June 25—Bijou Theatre—Knoxville, TN *
June 26—Salvage Station—Asheville, NC *
June 28—The Majestic Theatre—Gettysburg, PA *
June 29—Smith Opera House—Geneva, NY *
June 30—Tupelo Music Hall—Derry, NH *
* w/ Sam Amidon



Diplo’s new Europa EP is out today via Mad Decent—listen here. Featuring collaborations with Octavian on “New Shapes,” Niska on “Boom Bye Bye” and IAMDDB on “Mira Mira,” plus further guest appearances from Bausa, Soolking, Bizzey and Ramiks, Europafinds Diplo assembling Europe’s finest rising artists, further verifying his ear for some of the hottest talent the world has to offer.

Europa is a love letter to the continent where Diplo cut his teeth as a DJ and producer—from his early days playing at Notting Hill Carnival to DJ sets at Fabric—before breaking into the stratosphere.
Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today under his own name, as well as a member of the now legendary Major Lazer, LSD with Sia and Labrinth—whose first four singles have tallied nearly a billion streams, and Silk City with Mark Ronson—whose “Electricity” with Dua Lipa topped charts worldwide and won a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. As the world’s most in-demand producer, Diplo has worked with artists as disparate as Beyoncé, Bad Bunny and Turnstile. Europa is the first new body of work from Diplo since his California EP released last year. He continues to tour the world over.
  1. New Shapes (feat. Octavian)
  2. Boom Bye Bye (feat. Niska)
  3. Dip Raar (feat. Bizzey & Ramiks)
  4. Baui Coupé (feat. Bausa)
  5. Oh Maria (feat. Soolking)
  6. Mira Mira (feat. IAMDDB)


Emerging NYC-based rapper, artist and entrepreneur Tabby Wakes’ new song, “Angel,” is out now; listen/share it here: http://smarturl.it/tabbyangel. Collaborating once again with producer Brenmar, the song is taken from her forthcoming EP, which is set for release on Fool’s Gold Records.
Wakes’ previously released track, “Tabby Night,” has already begun to receive critical praise—Earmilk proclaims, “The vibrant song is a blend of trap, rap, and some catchy pop vibes. The lush production and charming vocal style makes it an alluring work of art,” while Affinity Magazine furthers, “Tabby Wakes is new to the scene, but she is not going to let that stop her from making an impact…[She’s] ready to share her music with the world.”
Tabitha Wakefield, known by her stage name Tabby Wakes, was born at Interfaith Hospital in Downtown Brooklyn and was raised in Crown Heights. After throwing legendary “Tabby Time” parties as a teen and starting a DIY recording studio, Wakes began to hone in on her talents as a rapper, focusing on original music and collaborating with producers in the underground NY rap scene like Tony Seltzer (Wiki and Princess Nokia). Now 22 years-old, Tabby is freshly signed to Fool’s Gold—the renowned Brooklyn independent label that launched Danny Brown, Kid Cudi and countless others—and recording new music at her own Blahkwork studio in Queens, NY.
photo credit: Aidan Bradley

Cobain Would Have Been 50

Happy Birthday Kurt Cobain!
In honor of what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 50th birthday, Morrison Hotel Gallery is announcing its next exhibition: Grunge – The Rise of a Generation, a photography exhibit celebrating grunge music, the fashion, the attitude and its impact on anyone who has listened to Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam or worn a flannel shirt.
Nirvana’s Bleach was released 30 years ago this year. Soundgarden’s Superunknown will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 8th. Grunge is making a comeback and it’s happening now.
Opening March 8th in New York City, Los Angeles and Maui, Grunge – The Rise of a Generation is a collection of images taken by legendary photographers who were in the middle of all things grunge.
All images are available for purchase at the gallery locations and via the website www.morrisonhotelgallery.com
Media can RSVP to the private/invite only opening receptions on March 7th in NYC and LA. Please e-mail me for more info. Images are available upon request for coverage and several photographers are available for interviews.
Kurt Cobain ‘The Last Session’, 1993 © Jesse Frohman


(Asbury Park, NJ – January 22, 2019) Sea.Hear.Now Festival will return in 2019 with a splash, announcing one of the most influential bands in rock history, Dave Matthews Band, and critically acclaimed and Grammy nominated The Lumineers, in the headlining positions. The full music and surfing lineup will be released early this Spring and will include more than 25 performances on three stages. Sea.Hear.Now Festival will take place September 21-22, 2019 at North Beach Asbury Park and Bradley Park. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, January 23, at 10am EST.
2-Day General Admission Tickets and 2-Day VIP Tickets will go on sale tomorrow, January 23at 10am ET at www.seahhearnowfestival.com. VIP Tickets include access to an exclusive viewing deck with elevated sight lines of the main stage as well as the VIP Lounge with relaxed seating, shade and premium air-conditioned restrooms, complimentary snacks, a private VIP bar with beer wine and cocktails for purchase, along with complimentary water and energy drinks. For the full list of amenities and to purchase tickets, visit, www.seahearnowfestival.com/tickets.
The highly celebrated inaugural festival was held in 2018 to 45,000 fans over 2 days and featured incredible performances by headliners Jack Johnson and Incubus, along with Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Brandi Carlile, Blondie and many more. Social Distortion’s raucous set included a surprise appearance by legendary local hero, Bruce Springsteen. Legendary rock photographer, filmmaker and Jersey Shore native Danny Clinch recreated his Transparent Gallery and showcased not only his own collection of iconic images of artists on the lineup, but art created by those musicians. Professional surfers took to the waves for Expression Sessions all weekend long.
Sea.Hear.Now Festival is produced by Between The Sets LLC and C3 Presents, the team behind Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Music Festival, Shaky Festivals and more.
Fans can sign up for the E-List to be the first to get new information at www.seahearnowfestival.com, and follow social media to stay in the loop for all announcements:  Facebook || Instagram || Twitter.


photo credit: Will Ireland, album artwork

“…a group with plenty of musicality at any volume.”

“…straight-ahead power rock.”
U.K. rockers Band of Skulls’ fifth album, Love Is All You Love (produced by Richard X), is set for release on April 12 via So Recordings. Love Is All You Love follows 2016’s critically lauded By Default, for which Consequence of Sound proclaimed, “Band of Skulls rip and roar…Think a savage hybrid of Modest Mouse and Jack White,” while The Independent furthered, “…each song packs a punch…they’ve always had a certain swagger in their music but here you can really feel the authority and confidence.” Fans can pre-order Love Is All You Love here: http://BoS.lnk.to/LoveIsAllYouLove.
Additionally, “Cool Your Battles,” the first song to be revealed from the record debuts today. Of the song, the band explains it’s “an anti war cry for our turbulent times,” adding “All the energy we spend fighting amongst ourselves can be used to do something positive, something real. So don’t forget to go out, to fall in love and to feel alive.” Listen/share it here: http://BoS.lnk.to/CoolYourBattles.
Love Is All You Love was recorded in London’s Miloco Studios, the band’s Southampton studio as well as The Smoakstack studio in Nashville, TN. Following the amicable departure of drummer Matt Hayward in 2017, Russell Marsden (guitar, vocals) and Emma Richardson (bass, vocals) started the writing process for the record and quickly accumulated a host of new songs. Upon collaborating with innovative producer Richard X (Pet Shop Boys, Goldfrapp, New Order, Sugababes), he created an interesting dynamic encouraging a new spirit of experimentation combining live and electronic elements. The album also features percussion from Julian Dorio of Eagles Of Death Metal.
“This record is tough and tender with a rebellious spirit,” says Richardson and Marsden. “It is a positive record. It looks to what is possible and how a little love and human kindness can help bring about positive change. We drew on personal experiences, changes in our situation and couldn’t help but be affected by what has been going on in the world politically, culturally and environmentally. Attempting to overcome that sometimes powerless feeling by creating and connecting with people and making something new.”
Since 2009, Band Of Skulls has released four studio albums while building a reputation as a phenomenal live act. They have since performed on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as well as “Last Call with Carson Daly” and have toured with the likes of Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Black Keys among others.
1. Carnivorous
2. That’s My Trouble
3. Love Is All You Love
4. Not The Kind Of Nothing
5. Cool Your Battles
6. Sound Of You
7. Thanks A Lot
8. We’re Alive
9. Speed Of Light
10. Gold



Violinist, singer, composer and producer Emily Wells confirms the release of her forthcoming album, This World Is Too ____ For You, due March 22 on her label Thesis & Instinct—pre-order the album here.

Wells is also debuting new single “Stay Up” today—listen here. “Stay Up” is about camaraderie in art and those who have made it. The song is the first of a three song triptych written in a cabin upstate where Wells took herself on an eight day self-created residency. Of the experience Wells says, “Each day I encountered a form of friendship with all those who had been artists before me, all reaching out to touch this thing we don’t name unless we call it god.”
This World Is Too ____ For You features ten songs that began as a commission of new works from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s renowned Liquid Music Series (Philip Glass, Bon Iver, Blood Orange). Produced and written by Wells, the record was developed through an additional commission from New York’s Grammy nominated chamber orchestra Metropolis Ensemble, who also perform the arrangements on the project. The album also features drummer Shayna Dunkleman(Xiu Xiu, Peptalk) and was arranged for chamber ensemble by composer Michi Wiancko.
The album is about human beings interacting with the natural world, the rub between desire for and desire to strip oneself of all wanting. “I got attached to those margins, the place to explore the humanity inside the dust and doom of our collective uncertainties,” says Wells. She continues, “But they needed some space, a place for the _____.  I wrote in major keys and in familiar forms—playful despite the heavy materials I was working with. Dystopias need scoring.”
During the recording process Wells was kept company and counseled by a book of lectures from Mary Ruefle, Madness Rack & Honey and John Berger’s About Looking. The thread sewn through all of these songs comes from James Baldwin: “We’ve got to be as clear-headed about human beings as possible because we are still each other’s only hope.”
Wells is also revealing today the details of her album release show that will take place at New York’s House of Yes on February 28. The show will serve as the New York premiere of the album with a live performance from Wells, the Metropolis Ensemble and Shayna Dunkleman, plus original video artwork—tickets are available here.
Emily Wells is a multi-instrumentalist, classically trained violinist, composer and producer. Wells blends classical and modern instrumentation and often samples live to create “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times) that blend “traditionalism with electronic ambiance” (NPR). On stage, Wells’ evocative solo performances leave audiences equal parts dancing and grieving, as she builds new instruments out of acoustic and electronic drums, synth and violin. Her newest work, This World Is Too ____ For You is Wells’ fifth full-length album and third for her own label Thesis & Instinct.
1. Remind Me To Remember
2. Stay Up
3. Come On Doom, Let’s Party
4. Eulogy For The Lucky
5. I Need A Placebo
6. Ruthie
7. Rock N Roll Man
8. Your Apocalypse Was Fab
9. Hymn For The New World


Diplo debuts “Boom Bye Bye” with French rapper Niska today—listen and watch the Dan Le Moyne-directed video here. The track is the first taken from a forthcoming EP, Europa, slated for later this spring on Mad Decent and featuring collaborations with artists from across the European continent.
“Niska came over late one night in Paris and we played this idea down on a piano loop that I made,” says Diplo. “I had only been familiar with him because he had every song on the French Spotify chart that moment. I was really excited that he came thru and made this crazy idea with me, a year later we finished it and it’s out for all my Parisians!”
Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, is one of the most dynamic forces in music today under his own name, as well as a member of the now legendary Major Lazer, LSD with Sia and Labrinth—whose first four singles have tallied nearly a billion streams, and Silk City with Mark Ronson—whose “Electricity” with Dua Lipa topped charts worldwide and is nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording. As the world’s most in-demand producer, Diplo has worked with artists as disparate as Beyoncé, Bad Bunny and Turnstile. Europa is the first new body of work from Diplo since his California EP released last year. He continues to tour the world over.


Florence + the Machine debut two new songs, “Moderation” and “Haunted House” today. Listen here.
Produced by James Ford, “Moderation” is another driving force of nature that sees Florence’s new-found confidence ride high when it comes to love and relationships.
In contrast, “Moderation” is backed by the more delicate “Haunted House.” Produced by Matthew Daniel Siskin (Gambles), it’s an open and exposing song that captures Florence’s more intimate vocal style.
Following a history-making North American tour last year, Florence returns this spring for a headlining set at Governors Ball in New York. Tickets are available here.
“Moderation” and “Haunted House” marks the first new music from Florence + the Machine since their massively acclaimed 2018 album High as Hope, nominated for the Mercury Prize and named one of the best of the year by Rolling Stone, Refinery 29, Billboard, the New York Post, Uproxx and many more.
Critical praise for High as Hope:
“This time around, her voice is stronger than ever.”—The New York Times
 “High As Hope preserves Florence’s big, torrential melodrama, but it feels less like a storm than the soft light breaking in afterward amid the sober awe of a new day…Her solitude proffers a source of power, a confidence in her ability to express herself on her own.”—NPR
“The ethereal Florence Welch is still spine-chilling in an eccentric new bundle of distinctly anthemic tracks that will have you, too, cooing haikus up to the sky.”—Entertainment Weekly
 “The most rewarding Florence and the Machine full-length yet…Florence Welch possesses a supernatural voice—the kind that can summon long-buried ghosts, and then obliterate them fully with a gale-force roar.”—SPIN
“Intent upon inspiring listeners to dare to dream and to fight through the crushing gravity of the times, to love and cherish each other.”—New York Magazine’s Vulture



Photo credit: Lauren Maccabee
The Isle of Wight brothers Michael and David Champion of CHAMPS returned with two new singles earlier this week. The tracks, Solid Action” and “Douglas Firs,” produced/mixed by Sean Oakley, precede an EP titled The Hard Interchange to be released later this spring.
This is the third project from the duo, who released their debut album Down Like Gold in 2013 and second album Vamala in 2015. In the years since their last release, the brothers spent time writing, recording and ultimately leaving the Isle of Wight to immerse themselves in the London music scene. It was in the East End where they ran into American producer Sean Oakley and felt immediate creative chemistry. The three committed to executing a vision and between the stone walls of a monastery-turned studio called Chale Abbey, The Hard Interchange was created.
Solid Action” is the lead track on the EP and speaks of the first time Michael witnessed someone injecting heroin. He recalls the moment at an underground club in Berlin during one of their early tours—“it was done with such jovial determination and control, a very ‘Solid Action,’ ‘the nonchalance really affected me.’” Listen/share “Solid Action” HERE.
Douglas Firs” follows, as the second track on the EP. Listen/share “Douglas Firs” HERE.
CHAMPS’ first two records were admired by fans and critics alike. “Vamala,” the lead track on the album of the same name has racked up over four million Spotify streams since its release. Outlets like The Independent and Q magazine have published soaring reviews. Additionally, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Tom Ravenscroft of U.K. Radio have voiced their support.
The Guardian agrees, “The Isle of Wight duo have some effective pop tricks up their sleeve.”
“Solid Action” artwork                                                   “Douglas Firs” artwork             



Photo credit: Sully Sullivan

Album art
Charleston-based band SUSTO shares new single “Weather Balloons” today; listen/share HERE and watch official lyric video HERE. Front man Justin Osborne explains he “wrote this song the day after an acid trip…It was a beautiful trip but at the same time, the heat and plumbing at my apartment were both broken…I sat down and wrote this song, wishing we could afford to go someplace nice and new.” The single is from SUSTO’s upcoming new record, Ever Since I Lost My Mind, set to be released via Rounder Records on February 22; pre-order HERE.
Praise for Ever Since I Lost My Mind begins to pour in:

“supremely chill — in a worldly, self-questioning sort of way”

“a restless rock number…It’s fuzzy and fun, the kind of groovy roots-rock that’s sure to please fans of groups like Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats”

“a showcase for frontman Justin Osborne’s masterful songwriting”
SUSTO will embark on a 28-date tour across the U.S. kicking off January 26 in Raleigh, NCand running through April 20 in Washington, DC. See below for a complete list of tour dates.
Ever Since I Lost My Mind was produced by Ian Fitchuk (Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly) with input from Osborne’s longtime creative partner Wolfgang Zimmerman. “Ever Since I Lost My Mind is very personal,” Osborne explains. “This collection of songs came together over the course of a couple years, and they all represent different moments. It felt cathartic writing all of them, and they were also all fun in different ways.”
SUSTO has made a name for themselves through frequent touring and performances at major U.S. festivals including Hangout, Austin City Limits, Stagecoach, AmericanaFest, Pickathon and Hopscotch. The band has opened for The Lumineers, Band of Horses and The Head and The Heart, and made their television debut on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” last year.
Osborne first began writing songs as a teen in South Carolina, performing with numerous bands before forming SUSTO. During a self-imposed hiatus, he moved to Havana, Cuba and befriended local musicians who encouraged and inspired him to start writing music again. “It was a weird moment. I just had to finally quit keeping one foot out of music and dive in,” he explains. The band’s name, SUSTO, is derived from a Latin American term that can be roughly translated as “panic attack.” “That deep fright was something I was experiencing, and songwriting felt like it was helping me cure it,” adds Osborne. “I can lose my mind on stage sometimes––I will break down and cry or have to keep myself from doing it––I just feel so incredibly lucky.”


January 26
Lincoln Hall
Raleigh, NC
February 21
The Windjammer
Isle of Palms, SC
February 28
Georgia Theatre
Athens, GA
March 7
Terminal West
Atlanta, GA
March 8
Radio Room
Greenville, SC
March 9
Savannah Stopover
Savannah, GA
March 12-14
Austin, TX
March 15
Deep Ellum Art Co.
Dallas, TX
March 20
Valley Bar
Phoenix, AZ
March 22
Los Angeles, CA
March 23
Catalyst Atrium
Santa Cruz, CA
March 24
Sacramento, CA
March 25
The Independent
San Francisco, CA
March 27
Mississippi Studios
Portland, OR
March 28
Chop Suey
Seattle, WA
March 30
The Bartlett
Spokane, WA
March 31
Boise, ID
April 4
Kilby Court
Salt Lake City, UT
April 7
Fox Theatre
Boulder, CO
April 9
Rose Music Hall
Columbia, SC
April 10
Blueberry Hill
St. Louis, MO
April 11
Louisville, KY
April 12
Basement East
Nashville, TN
April 14
Club Cafe
Pittsburgh, PA
April 15
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY


Photo Credit: Catie Laffoon / Artwork: Leif Podhasky
Sad Bangers Vol. 1, the debut EP from Curtis Lowe—the new electronic music project from NYC-based producer Conor Cook—is out now via the Spotify Direct program.
The music is receiving early critical buzz with Some Kind of Awesomecalling it “hypnotic floor filler with 90s era-esque house vibes,” while EDM Sauce furthers its “a delicious little piece of deep melodic house.” Additionally, lead single “Breaking Me” was also featured on Apple Music’s Hot Tracks (Dance) Playlist #1. Listen/stream the full EP HERE.
Sad Bangers Vol. 1 was produced by Cook, who also plays guitar on every track. The songs were all co-written by Cook and the featured vocalists. The record includes collaborations with vocalist Naomi Wild, RCA artist TOMI, Ben Duffy of the UK band FenechSoler, and James King of Fitz and the Tantrums.
Of the music, Cook explains, “I wanted to create modern a sound that is based around classic house elements and good songs.  I’ve been writing with some great musicians and friends over the last year and am excited to begin releasing music under Curtis Lowe. The songwriting happened in a variety of sessions in NYC and LA, but most of the production was done alone in my apartment in Brooklyn over the last year. I drew a lot of the inspiration for the sonics of the project from 90’s/Chicago house music, married with modern production elements, and darker songwriting themes. Organic instrumental performances are an important part of these songs as well.  The EP features tons of guitar, sax, and analog synths (Juno 106, SH101, Prophet, and Moog Sub 37 etc), alongside plenty of 909 samples.  I’m really excited about the collaborations on this EP and look forward to releasing a lot more music in the coming months.”
Leif Podhajsky, who has created album art for Tame Impala, Foals, and Bonobo among others, provided artwork for the project. “Visual art is an equally important part of this project,” adds Cook. “I am obsessed with album artwork and so I was excited to get the chance to work with Leif Podhajsky on this project. I’ve been a huge fan of his designs for years and we have a bunch of cool visual artwork that we’ll be putting out over the next few months.”
credit: Leif Podhasky
1. Breaking Me
2. Automatic (feat. Ben Duffy)
3. Out of Focus (feat. TOMI)



Last night Danish superstar performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Watch/share the late night television debut of “Blurhere.
The song appears on ’s new album, Forever Neverland, released last October on Columbia Records—listen here.
Furthermore, MØ’s headlining tour of North America kicks off today in Washington, DC. With support from ABRA and Mykki Blanco, the tour will stop in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. See below for the full list of dates and additional info here.
Forever Neverland continues to receive critical acclaim since its initial release:

“On her new album, Forever Neverland, [MØ is] back in her rule-breaking comfort zone.”

“MØ is ready to take her place in the pop music spotlight”

“MØ truly knows her way around an earworm”

“MØ has a singular, unique voice and crafts pop unlike anything else out there.”

“Forever Neverland encapsulates a sonic balance between
mainstream radio pop/EDM and the raw, gritty nature of MØ’s roots.”
“equal parts pensive, youthful, nostalgic, and danceable.”
“MØ stylizes pop with a creative edge”
Forever Neverland is MØ’s first full length since her 2014 debut No Mythologies To Follow and follows a whirlwind four years for the vocalist and songwriter born Karen Marie Ørsted. In addition to festival appearances and sold out tours worldwide, MØ released an EP, When I Was Young, in the fall of 2017 and has recently collaborated with the likes of Charli XCX (“Porsche”), Jack Antonoff (“Never Fall In Love”), ALMA (“Dance For Me”) and Noah Cyrus (“We Are F**ked”), not to mention her star turns on Major Lazer’s smash hits “Cold Water” and “Lean On,” one of the most successful songs of all time.

Kane Brown to Be Honored With Breakthrough Artist Award at Music Biz 2019

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) will present platinum-selling, progressive Country artist Kane Brown with a Breakthrough Artist Award at the Music Biz 2019 Conference’s Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7 at the JW Marriott Nashville. The Award is presented to artists who have truly emerged and made a particularly significant impact on the music scene in the past year, and who are poised to propel to stellar new heights.Brown, who will be honored alongside fellow 2019 Breakthrough Artist Bebe Rexha, joins the ranks of past winners including Julia Michaels, Ariana Grande, Sam Hunt, Meghan Trainor, Halsey, Maren Morris, Lukas Graham, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Carrie Underwood, and The Killers, among others.
“With a sound uniquely his own, Kane Brown blends traditional southern musicianship with youthful, contemporary lyrics that distinguish him as a driving force in the revitalization of Country music,” explains Music Biz President James Donio. “Kane has already achieved so much at the age of 25, and with his Kane Brown: Live Forever Tour kicking off in the new year, there’s no sign of him stopping any time soon.”
Noted by The New York Times as “one of Nashville’s most promising young stars and also one of its most flexible,” the 3-time AMA winner continued to break records and accrue accolades during a milestone 2018, including his selection by The Associated Press as one of 2018’s Breakthrough Entertainers of the Year and the No. 1 Billboard 200 release of his sophomore album, Experiment. With Experiment‘s chart-topping debut, Brown became the only male country artist in more than 24 years to debut at the top of the Billboard 200 Chart with a sophomore release, and only one of three country artists to top the Billboard 200 chart in all of 2018.
Brown first topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with the release of his self-titled debut album (2016), and again with the release of Kane Brown Deluxe Edition (2017), which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Charts. With his debut album, a breakthrough No. 1 Top Country Album, Brown became the first-ever artist to top all five Billboard Country Charts. He debuted at No.1 on the Country Digital song chart with the Triple-Platinum song “Heaven” and debuted at No. 1 on the Country Airplay, Hot Country Song and Country Streaming Song charts with the Quadruple-Platinum song “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina.
Brown recently topped the airplay charts with “Lose It”, his third consecutive No. 1 single at country radio. “Lose It” follows chart-topping hits “What Ifs” and “Heaven,” which is nominated for Country Song of the Year for the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards. Brown’s current single, “Good As You” impacted country radio this week as the No. 1 most-added song.
Music Biz 2019 will return to Nashville May 5-8 at the elegant JW Marriott in the heart of downtown Nashville. The music industry’s premier event, Music Biz offers a platform for the commerce, content, and creative sectors to network, get on the cutting edge of the latest trends, and meet with trading partners. Announced in addition to Bebe Rexha, Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Randy Goodman will receive the Presidential Award for Outstanding Executive Achievement and Record Archive owners Richard Storms and Alayna Alderman will accept the Independent Spirit Award during the Music Biz Awards & Hall of Fame Dinner on Tuesday, May 7. The dinner event is sponsored by BuzzAngle Music, City National Bank, Jammber and TiVo. More program and awards announcements will be made in the coming weeks. For the most up-to-date conference information, visit musicbiz2019.com. To register for the 2019 event, go to musicbiz2019.eventbrite.com. Early bird rates are available through March 22, 2019. Kane Brown.jpg

Tim O’Brien readies Tim O’Brien Band for March 15 release

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January 16, 2019 — Nashville, TN — Tim O’Brien recently announced a headlong leap back into traditional bluegrass with his new full-length album, Tim O’Brien Band. Due for release on March 15, 2019, Tim O’Brien Band, the title a sly nod to traditional music’s often eponymous band names, is a collection of not just old-school leaning music, but also of world-class musicians perfectly aligned in intention and ability. In addition to Tim, Mike Bub (bass), Shad Cobb (fiddle), Jan Fabricius (vocals/mandolin) and Patrick Sauber (banjo/guitar) make up this unstoppable band, who, from recent live performances, may be familiar to Tim O’Brien fans. Tim says, “This crew has the potential to make ten more records together and never reach the limit of the possibilities.” The only guest on the recording is O’Brien’s Hot Rize bandmate Bryan Sutton, who lends his distinctive guitar playing to two tracks.
Tim O’Brien Band is definitely a bluegrass record. That is to say, a bluegrass record that’s as much influenced by tradition as it is by Tim’s folklorist nature which he’s become known for. Of the five original songs on the record, O’Brien wrote two by himself. Jan Fabricius, Shawn Camp, and The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach contributed to the remaining three. The rest of the record is comprised of songs hewn from a number of Tim’s influencers, old friends, and contemporaries. Notable tracks include the album opener, “Diggin’ My Potatoes”, a blues-turned-bluegrass number learned from Big Bill Broonzy, a Chicago musician from the 1940s and a favorite of Tim’s, “Beyond”, a gospel version much like “Ghost Riders in the Sky” co-written with Shawn Camp, and “Bolero-meets-Klezmer” instrumental “La Gringa Renee”, a mandolin-driven ode to Tim’s partner Jan Fabricius. Then, there’s Tim’s minor-key rendition of Woody Guthrie’s “Pastures of Plenty”. An urgent song about standing up for migrant workers in the 1940s, Guthrie’s lament may be as important now as it’s ever been. Tim realizes that, remarking, “Singing his [Woody’s] words can’t hurt in these times, as the same story continues in the USA.” The songs of Tim O’Brien Band are as diverse and playful as the records of Tim’s past, but this new era is a touch more earnest and urgent without losing the merriment that fans know and love.
About Tim O’Brien:
Born in Wheeling, West Virginia on March 16, 1954, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old-time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize, who last year marked 40 years as a band. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon more artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old-time musician Dirk Powell, as well as with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin.
Fore more information, please visit https://timobrien.net.
On tour :
02/22/19 KBA Wintergrass / Wichita, KS / Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
02/23/19 KBA Wintergrass / Wichita, KS / Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/15/19 Chickie Wah Wah / New Orleans, LA / Tim O’Brien Band
03/21/19 Jefferson Center / Roanoke, VA / Lunasa feat. Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/22/19 Purple Fiddle / Thomas, WV / Tim O’Brien with Jan Fabricius
03/23/19 Music and Art at Oak Glen / New Cumberland, WV / Tim O’Brien Band
03/24/19 Mountain Stage / Charleston, WV / Tim O’Brien Band
03/25/19 Lyric Theater / Woodsongs Radio Hour : Lexington, KY / Tim O’Brien Band
03/27/19 City Winery / Chicago, IL / Tim O’Brien Band
03/28/19 Stoughton Opera House / Stoughton, WI / Tim O’Brien Band
03/29/19 Dakota – Minneapolis, MN / Tim O’Brien Band
03/30/19 The Caribou Room / Nederland, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
03/31/19 The Armory / Fort Collins, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
04/03/19 Missouri Heights Schoolhouse / Carbondale, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
04/04/19 Sheridan Opera House / Telluride, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
04/05/19 Public House / Crested Butte, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
04/06/19 Warren Station Center for the Arts / Keystone, CO / Tim O’Brien Band
05/25/19 Gathering in the Gap / Big Stone Gap, VA / Tim O’Brien Band
05/26/19 The Grey Eagle / Asheville, NC / Tim O’Brien Band
05/28/19 The Station Inn / Nashville, TN / Tim O’Brien Band
06/01/19 The John Hartford Memorial Festival / Morgantown, IN / Tim O’Brien Band



Brooklyn-based label Fool’s Gold debuts FGTV today. FGTV is a new video content series devoted to telling the stories of the creatives that continue to play an integral role in A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs’ iconic brand.
FGTV is launching with three new series— “On Point” profiles New York-based individuals who are making waves in their respective fields, “On Tape” takes viewers inside the studios that are shaping the music scene and “On Road” follows the adventures of A-Trak and friends on tour around the world.
Watch the inaugural “On Point” episode starring photographer and director Aidan Cullen here. Along with shooting Fool’s Gold’s latest clothing lookbooks, Cullen has worked with artists including A$AP Rocky and Drake to newcomers Dominic Fike and Slowthai, all while still attending college.
With FGTV, Fool’s Gold will showcase the incredible creatives—from new faces to established legends—in the label’s orbit, building on its unparalleled access and peerless reputation as a destination for discovery. Throughout its twelve year history, Fool’s Gold has established a unique and trusted voice that not only encompasses music releases (Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, Duck Sauce, A-Trak, Flosstradamus), but the artists and DJs who perform at its events, the brands on display at its Brooklyn brick-and-mortar shop, and the array of photographers and illustrators who provide iconic visuals for its sleeves and merchandise.
New FGTV episodes will be released every Wednesday on the Fool’s Gold YouTube channel.
Founded in the rubble of the download age, Fool’s Gold has long been a breeding ground for rising talent, and an IRL connector for scenes and generations. Led by DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs in an era when DJs control music production and dissemination, the label bridged the worlds of hip-hop and electronic music, laying a blueprint copied by the mainstream for years to come. Fool’s Gold expanded its business into events and retail, including their signature DAY OFF festival and a brick and mortar store in Brooklyn that puts the label in a class by itself.


No Words Left, the new album from U.K.-based artist Lucy Rose, is set for release March 22 via Arts & Crafts. Along with the announcement of the album, her fourth, she also shares a video for lead single “Conversation;” watch/share HERE and pre-order the LP HERE. Rose will embark on a headlining tour this spring, with dates across the UK and Europe; complete list of dates below.
“Releasing this record feels entirely different to every other record I’ve released. But to try and sum up my emotions is virtually impossible,” Rose explains. “In every way I’ve approached writing, recording and now releasing music, it’s been different. I’ve lost all consciousness in caring and it’s been liberating. It is what it is. It’s a feeling, it’s a song, it’s a sound, it’s a part of me which I can’t decipher whether it’s good or bad, but it’s sincere.” Rose continues, “This album reflects the reality of my life, the toughness life throws at you, and for a period of time it did become too much for me to handle alone.”
No Words Left was recorded in Brighton, and follows the release of 2017’s Something’s Changing, which received extensive critical praise. It also saw the artist traveling across Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil and Mexico, playing free shows and staying with fans, with Rose’s husband Will Morris documenting the entire experience.
Praise for Something’s Changing:
“…[Rose] is at her best at her most intimate, albeit with a new gust of
openness from her far-flung adventures.”—Q Magazine
Something’s Changing is a culmination of much-welcomed growth for Rose.
She has the ability to make listeners feel: when she’s struggling to find comfort in her own skin, finding joy in life and questioning her path. Her most recent body of work shows Rose finding her sense of self, but makes it relatable to listeners. It’s that connection that solidifies Rose’s career on the folk world.”—Paste Magazine
“With songcraft and performances on point here, Something’s Changing is
Rose’s most exquisite album to date and her most moving.”—All Music Guide
April 9
Union Chapel
April 10
St. Georges
April 11
April 13
Stoller Hall
April 14
Liberty Hall
April 16
City Varieties
April 17
St. Lukes
May 3
May 4
AB Club
May 6
Tempodrom Kleine Arena
May 7
May 8
May 9
Café De La Danse



Photo credit: Daniel Alexander Harris

“Already an industry veteran at 20, Rosie
Carney writes songs that feel lived-in
and worn, conveying a bruised ache well beyond her years…it makes sense that her newest
songs capture the weary grace of a survivor
who’s located the source of her strength.”
“Simply put, Rosie Carney’s voice is
gorgeous: her sound is crisp and pure, with
a soft ambience of authenticity.”

“Quietly powerful, she’s an artist reaching
for meaning and inner resources after severe trauma…Heavy listening in the tradition of
Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’.”
Irish singer-songwriter Rosie Carney’s brand new single, “Your Love Is Holy,” is now available for streaming, sharing and purchasing HERE. The track will appear on Carney’s highly anticipated, deeply personal debut album, Bare, which comes out January 25 via Akira Records. Pre-order availble HERE. The song follows the autumn releases of  “Zoey,” “Orchid” and “Thousand (feat. Lisa Hannigan).”
With her full-length debut still to come, Carney’s music has already been streamed over 30 million times, and she currently has over 1.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify. Of the latest track, Carney says, “I wrote ‘Your Love Is Holy’ when I first experienced falling in love. I’m not necessarily a religious person, but for some reason, the word ‘holy’ seemed to resonate with me the most when trying to put into words the feelings I experienced. It’s a song about love in general. About wanting to protect those close to you, being aware of time and how precious every waking moment is. It’s about baring yourself and just wholly accepting love, whether it be from someone or yourself. Towards the end of the song, I put my focus on the end of love, and just that feeling of despair and helplessness when you realize and accept that you’re on borrowed time.”

 Photo credit: Daniel Alexander Harris

The long-awaited Bare is the product of personal struggles Carney endured while navigating a rapid rise in the music industry at a young age. Discovered and signed to Universal Music’s Polydor at the age of 16, she fought to assert herself creatively within a large commercial system—facing pressure to co-write and even change her name—while simultaneously grappling with depression, anxiety and an eating disorder borne from personal trauma. By 18 she was dropped by the label without ever releasing a song, and ultimately left the major label system entirely. Throughout it all, the one constant has been her songwriting, which is both cathartic and empowering.

Carney was born in Hampshire, England and at 10 years old moved to Donegal on the northwest coast of Ireland. Inspired by the rugged and picturesque landscapes of her new home, she began writing music. In 2013 she received widespread attention with a performance on Ireland’s leading live music TV series “Other Voices.” That same year she played London’s Bushstock, the first of many high profile festival billings including Latitude in the U.K., Electric Picnic in Ireland, Seven Layers in Amsterdam and SXSW in Austin. She recently supported Haux on a 28-date tour of 12 countries, including the U.S. and Canada, and is currently on tour in the U.K. and Europe
1. What You’ve Been Looking For
2. Bare
3. Thousand (feat. Lisa Hannigan)
4. Winter
5. Humans
6. Awake Me
7. Zoey
8. Orchid
9. Your Love is Holy
10. 7
11. Bud(rose)


Kelsey Lu debuts her cover of 10cc’s classic “I’m Not in Love” today, alongside an Alima Lee-directed video—listen and watch here.
Of the song Lu says, “This is dedicated to the ones who have ever felt misunderstood in the name of Love, in the name of Self. Who Love the Passion, Love the Grace Of Dramatics, Love the obsession of life and want to Kill the Confusion all while finding beauty in the abstract of growth and humor that surrounds the horrors both within and around us daily.”
“I’m Not in Love” follows “Due West” and “Shades of Blue” released last year to great critical acclaim. Pitchfork praises Lu’s latest saying, “‘Due West’ is her most arresting excursion yet.” Kelsey Lu’s debut album is forthcoming this year.
Furthermore, Lu graces the cover of V Magazine’s current issue, shot by Inez & Vinoodh and interviewed by Dev Hynes—read the story here and on newsstands now.
A vocalist, cellist and producer, Kelsey Lu’s debut EP, Church, was released in 2016 to critical praise. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Kelsey Lu left home at 18 to study cello. Now based in Los Angeles, she has collaborated and shared stages with the likes of Solange, Sampha, Blood Orange, Kelela, Moses Sumney and many more.

February 16                                                  Miami, FL                                              III Points Festival
March 8                                                       London, UK                                                    Roundhouse
“Kelsey Lu makes slow and spacious music, confronting you with
lingering tones and vocal melodies that ascend and dive.”—The New York Times
“Kelsey Lu defies classification. At a time when recording artists stick to the most marketable genre, the singer/songwriter and classically-trained cellist created a new one entirely…Her music is both thrilling and haunting, from the first piercing note of her cello to her angelic vocals, both instruments blending seamlessly to create one cohesive sound.” —Teen Vogue
“It’s Lu’s voice, emotionally generous and brimming with hairpin melodic turns, that remains her most potent instrument as she looks inward for resilience.”—Pitchfork
“That’s the thing about Lu: You can’t look away, and you can’t stop listening.”—Elle
“Lu’s songs have struck a sought-after balance, blending expressive,
ethereal musings with a down-to-earth realness.”—Office Magazinetx3p_pastedGraphic--1.png



Bob Weir and Wolf Bros will embark on a 20-date U.S. tour kicking off February 28 in Ithaca, NY and running through March 30 in Charleston, SC. The trio, featuring Weir, Don Was and Jay Lane, return to the road following a successful run of sold-out dates in Fall, 2018 that saw them performing the songs of Grateful Dead and more. “This is more fun than a frog in a glass of milk,” Weir says of touring with Wolf Bros, “Don is all over his upright, and Jay needs to somehow be kept in line at times, but it’s all falling together nicely.” See below for a complete list of tour dates.
Presale ticket access will be available for the tour through Ticketmaster Verified Fan; registration opens on Monday, January 14 at 10 a.m. EST and continues until 10 p.m. The presale will then begin Wednesday, January 16 at 10 a.m. EST through Thursday, January 17 at 10 p.m. EST. Fans can register and find additional information HERE. Additionally, the band has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer the Enhanced Fan Experience. This guarantees a seat in the first 10 rows, access to soundcheck, an exclusive VIP poster, premium merchandise, and a commemorative show ticket. More details HERE.
Forbes praises the trio for their stunning recreations of classic Grateful Dead songs, saying Weir has “never stopped looking for new ways in which to frame those familiar sounds,” as did PopMatters who rave that “finding new sonic territory to explore after more than 50 years on the ‘Golden Road’ to unlimited musical devotion is a tall order, but Bob Weir is doing it again with his Wolf Bros.” Relix goes on to describe Was and Lane’s backing of Weir on the sold-out tour as “spotless.”
One of the founding members of the legendary Grateful Dead, which received a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, Weir has become one of rock’s finest and most distinctive rhythm guitarists. In 2016, Weir released Blue Mountain on Columbia/Legacy, his first album of solo material in more than 10 years and his first album of entirely original material in more than 30 years. Weir is currently a member of Dead & Company which features Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann along with John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti.
Don Was founded the ‘80s funk-rock band Was (Not Was), known for hits such as “Walk The Dinosaur” and “Spy In The House Of Love.” As an in-demand, highly acclaimed producer, Was has been honored with four Grammy Awards for his production work in each of the past three decades, including Best Album honors for work with the Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt. Production credits include the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, Roy Orbison, Gregg Allman, John Mayer and Neil Young. Albums produced by Was have achieved dozens of multi-platinum, platinum and gold certifications and have sold more than 90 million copies worldwide. As one of music’s top bass players, Was has collaborated with countless musicians throughout his storied career, spanning a multitude of genres.
San Francisco-based drummer Jay Lane played with Bob Weir’s RatDog for more than 16 years. He was also one of Primus’ first drummers. More recently, Lane performed with Phil Lesh and Friends.


February 28
State Theatre
Ithaca, NY
March 1
John M. Greene Auditorium
Northampton, MA
March 2
The Oakdale Theater
Wallingford, CT
March 4
Ohio City Masonic Temple
Cleveland, OH
March 5
The Fillmore
Detroit, MI
March 6
Taft Theatre
Cincinnati, OH
March 8
Metropolitan Opera House
Philadelphia, PA
March 9
State Theatre
Portland, ME
March 13
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ
March 14
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ
March 15
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
Buffalo, NY
March 19
Palace Theatre
St. Paul, MN
March 20
Riverside Theater
Milwaukee, WI
March 21
The Pageant
St. Louis, MO
March 23
Bass Concert Hall
Austin, TX
March 24
The Fillmore
New Orleans, LA
March 26
Fillmore Miami @ Jackie Gleason Theatre
Miami, FL
March 27
Florida Theatre
Jacksonville, FL
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Tivoli Theater
Chattanooga, TN
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North Charleston Performing Arts Center
Charleston, SC
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BeachLife Festival
Redondo Beach, CA

MerleFest Adds The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell to 2019 Festival

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WILKESBORO, N.C. (Jan. 14, 2019) – MerleFest, presented by Window World, is proud to announce new artist additions for MerleFest 2019: The Avett Brothers, Molly Tuttle, and Sean McConnell. The annual homecoming of musicians and music fans returns to the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, April 25-28. MerleFest is pleased to welcome these three distinguished artists to the 2019 lineup:

The Avett Brothers: The Avett Brothers​ first made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You, landing at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Paste, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time. In 2012, The Carpenter hit #4 on the Billboard Top 200, while People, USA Today, and American Songwriter lauded the album, the band appearing on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in a few months’ time. The eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Top 200 and the band performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, and accompanied ​Chris Cornell​ for a ​Pearl Jam​ tribute on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
True Sadness, the record that followed, achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date and dominated multiple charts. The Rick Rubin produced album hit #1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, #1 Top Rock Albums Chart, #1 Digital Albums Chart, #3 on the Billboard Top 200 and scored two GRAMMY nominations. The Avett Brothers were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2016. 2018 brought the HBO premiere of “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” a documentary co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. Days after this debut, True Sadness launched to #3 on the iTunes Album Chart and #1 on the Rock Albums chart. In October of ‘18, The Avett Brothers debuted a new song, “Roses and Sacrifice,” live on Late Night with Seth Meyers and then released the track officially in November ‘18, Rolling Stone calling it a “joyous sing-along.” Also, in November of last year, the band headlined the Concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. The Avett Brothers continue to be revered as one of the top folk-rock acts in the country and will perform on Sunday at MerleFest.
Molly Tuttle: Molly Tuttle speaks softly. Her voice is both lilting and lucid, and when she says that she wants to create music that is truly original and unmistakably hers, her quietness shifts into a steely audacity that’s charming and almost funny––she’s only 25 after all. But then you remember her songs and her playing. And it hits you: brash beautiful originality is exactly what Molly is doing. The 2017 release of her debut EP Rise further introduced Molly to a roots music audience who had already enthusiastically embraced and elevated her. Her 2017 and 2018 wins for IBMA Guitar Player of the Year were history-making as the first woman to be nominated for the honor. The accolades kept coming in 2018 when Folk Alliance International’s International Folk Music Awards awarded her Song of the Year for her song “You Didn’t Call My Name,” and she was named Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association. With all of this recognition, it might be easy to forget that Tuttle has yet to release a full-length album. Her eagerly-anticipated debut album is scheduled to be released in early 2019 on Compass Records. Molly Tuttle will make her MerleFest debut on Saturday afternoon.
Sean McConnell: “I think embracing the blurry lines is a sign of getting older and just having more life experience,” Sean McConnell says. “It can be healthy to break your own boxes.” Sean is home in Nashville, reflecting on the path he’s taken to recording Secondhand Smoke, his 13th album. A cohesive collection of modern folk music, Secondhand Smoke asks provocative questions about how we become who we are, what and whom we love, and the growth, pain, and freedom that come with accepting that some answers might elude us forever.
Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Brothers Osborne, and more have all recorded his songs. Sean earned his first Number 1 single on the country charts in 2018 with Brett Young’s delivery of “Mercy,” which the two co-wrote. As a performer, he packs listening rooms and quiets unruly bar crowds. His sound––a warm tenor painting vivid stories over acoustic guitar often cushioned by keys or other strings––has prompted a diverse range of music scenes from the storied Boston folk community to Texas’s defiantly self-sovereign camp to warmly claim Sean as one of their own. “My payoff is just making the music,” Sean says, then smiles. “Everything else is bonus.” Sean McConnell performs on Friday at MerleFest.
“We are extremely excited to be adding these artists to an already stellar lineup for 2019. They represent the diverse talent that MerleFest is famous for,” says Ted Hagaman, Festival Director. The three artists announced today join over 75 artists initially announced in November via Rolling Stone Country and the second wave of artists announced last month. Headliners include Wynonna & The Big Noise, Keb’ Mo’, The Earls of Leicester, Sam Bush, Tyler Childers, Brandi Carlile, and Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Air Force with Los Texmaniacs. The Late Night Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation will be hosted by Chatham County Line. In addition to the above mentioned artists, the following will be performing at MerleFest ‘19:
American Aquarium, Andy May, Ana Egge & The Sentimentals, AZTEC SUN, Banknotes, Bob Hill, Cane Mill Road, Carol Rifkin, Carolina Blue, Catfish Keith, Charles Welch, Dailey & Vincent, David LaMotte, Dirk Powell Band, Donna the Buffalo, Driftwood, Elephant Sessions, Elizabeth Cook, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Happy Traum, Irish Mythen, Jack Lawrence, Jeff Little Trio, Jess Morgan, Jim Avett, Jim Lauderdale, Joe Smothers, Jontavious Willis and Andrew Alli, Junior Brown, Junior Sisk, Larry Stephenson Band, Laura Boosinger, Lindi Ortega, Mark Bumgarner, Mark & Maggie O’Connor, Maybe April, Michaela Anne, Mile Twelve, Mitch Greenhill and String Madness, Nixon, Blevins, & Gage, Pete & Joan Wernick and FLEXIGRASS, Presley Barker, Professor Whizzpop!, Radney Foster, Roy Book Binder, Salt & Light, Scythian, Shane Hennessy, Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers, Steve Poltz, T. Michael Coleman, The Black Lillies, The Brother Brothers, The Gibson Brothers, The Harris Brothers, The InterACTive Theatre of Jeff, The Kruger Brothers, The Local Boys, The Trailblazers, The Waybacks, Todd Albright, Tom Feldmann, Tony Williamson, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Wayne Henderson, Webb Wilder, and Yarn.
Additional performers for MerleFest 2019 will be announced in the coming months. The lineup and performance schedule are accessible via MerleFest.org/lineup.
Applications for the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest are now open with entries accepted through Feb. 1. Named after the one-time sidekick of Ricky Skaggs, the contest remembers Chris Austin, a renowned singer and instrumentalist. After Austin lost his life in a tragic plane crash, individuals close to him created CASC to help keep our memory of him and his music alive. An esteemed contest for aspiring songwriters, CASC is credited for helping up-and-coming talent gain exposure. Applicants will have their songs heard by some of Nashville’s most prominent music industry professionals, including host Jim Lauderdale. Categories for consideration include bluegrass, general, gospel, and country. The winners will perform at a showcase during MerleFest on Friday, and first place winners receive $600 in cash and performance slots during the festival. Net proceeds from the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest help support the WCC Chris Austin Memorial Scholarship which has, since its inception, helped 84 students and awarded over $34,600. For more information, please click here.
Tickets for next year’s festival, as well as the Late Night Jam presented by The Bluegrass Situation, may be purchased at www.MerleFest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. MerleFest offers a three-tiered pricing structure and encourages fans to take advantage of the extended early bird discount. Early Bird Tier 1 tickets may be purchased until February 17, 2019 and Early Bird Tier 2 tickets will be available February 18 to April 24. Remaining tickets will be sold at the gate during the festival.
About MerleFest
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles. The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. MerleFest has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Foundation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.



“Few acts in recent memory have bridged the gap between rock and dance music like
Bob Moses.”—Resident Advisor
Grammy-winning duo Bob Moses is sharing the new song “Enough To Believe” from their forthcoming album Battle Lines due September 14 on Domino—listen and share here. “Enough To Believe” follows “Heaven Only Knows” for which KCRW hails as “classic songwriting with slinky guitar work and an EDM beat,” and the lead single “Back Down” that Earmilk explains, “displays the genius fusion of alternative and trance that Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance create together. They manage to have this extravagant sound filled with emotion, yet are able to keep control and keep it cool.” Bob Moses also recently shared a special acoustic performance of “Back Down”—watch here.
Battle Lines follows the band’s acclaimed debut album, Days Gone By, which features their worldwide hit “Tearing Me Up.” The duo recorded the new album in Los Angeles’ Laurel Canyon, after writing and testing out new material on the road. Inspired by their time playing raves and rock clubs all over the globe since the release of Days Gone By, Battle Lines takes a harder look at the world in which they find themselves.
“This record is about the battles and struggles we all live through,” says the pair—Vancouver-bred, Los Angeles-based Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance—of the new album. “Battles within ourselves, battles with and within our society, battles between each other, with our loved ones, battles between ideologies. It’s also about struggling to identify where those battles lines start and end, and what within us and within our environments cause these struggles, and ultimately cause our suffering. It’s also about the struggle to reconcile with those things, somehow.”
Battle Lines is available to pre-order now on CD and limited edition colored double LP, as well as digital download, from Domino. All pre-orders from Domino include an instant download of “Back Down” and “Heaven Only Knows.”
The band will tour North America this fall, with the tour kicking off September 21 in Sacramento and further stops in San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Austin, Los Angeles, and a headline slot at CRSSD Festival in San Diego. Tickets are on sale now, visit bobmosesmusic.com for more information.
Born from the Brooklyn underground scene in 2012, the band’s early single releases on taste-making electronic label Scissor & Thread and captivating live performances led to signing with Domino and the release of Days Gone By. A standout performance on “Ellen,” a pair of nominations at both the Junos and the Grammys (and a Grammy win), and a top 15 U.S. Alternative radio hit with “Tearing Me Up” soon followed.
Meshing guitar licks, dance-floor ambience and classic songwriting, the duo creates a sound that appeals equally to club goers and rock fans. Translating their sound seamlessly to the live performance realm, years of nonstop global touring—including appearances at every major festival from Glastonbury and Coachella, to EDC, Lollapalooza and beyond—cement Bob Moses’ reputation as a must see live act.



Rising star Tommy Genesis unveils her self-directed and edited video for “100 Bad” today—watch and share here. “100 Bad,” the lead single from Genesis’ highly anticipated debut album releasing this year, is receiving early critical praise with Highsnobiety and Nylon dubbing the song an “anthem.” The Charlie Heat produced track is the first song the pair made together. Genesis explains, “’100 Bad’ is the track on the album that still sounds familiar. I had the idea for the hook, then Charlie gave it wings. It’s sort of an ode to the beginning of my album process. There are six Charlie Heat tracks on the project. This one was the beginning.”
Speaking on her inspiration behind the video Genesis says, “The ‘100 Bad’ music video turned out brighter than I expected. For the chorus it was either puppies or girls, the tampon scene is sort of my DIY take on Kelis laying in candy – the cash scene is a direct reference to Tracey Emin’s “I Want It All.” The outro is a champagne ejaculation and it’s supposed to make you uncomfortable – it’s a commentary on the male gaze.”
Of half-Swedish, half-Tamil descent, Genesis was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Her debut mixtape garnered praise from Vogue, The FADERDazedElleWPAPER and many more, and she recently returned from a string of North American dates with Dua Lipa. In demand in the fashion world, Genesis recently appeared on the cover of Clash and has performed for Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu and more.



“Emotionally provocative and lush.” —Folk Alley
“A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes, while offering some deep reflection, brims with quiet energy and triumph.”—Making A Scene!
“Each song on this new album ‘A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes’ is a prescription for a troubled soul.”—Seattle Wave Radio
“Skins the divide between science and faith and holds the mystery in both hands.”
–—Northwest Music Scene
Tobias The Owl releases his new album, A Safe Harbor for Wayward Echoes, today on Megaforce Records. The album features special guests Ben Harper, Laura Veirs and Inara George, and was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy Award winning Sheldon Gomberg (Warren Zevon, Rickie Lee Jones, Ryan Adams). Purchase/listen to the album HERE.
To celebrate the release of the album, Tobias the Owl is playing an album release show in Seattle on August 30, followed by a run of live dates in Tacoma, San Francisco, Toronto, and New York. See below for full tour dates, and find more information HERE.
Elijah Dhavvan, a university professor by day, writes and records as Tobias the Owl and also serves as guiding force to the collective performing under that name. He wrote the new album as he was recovering from cancer. “When someone tells you you’re going to die, as happened to me, it doesn’t take long to come to terms with that,” Dhavvan says.  “In some ways it’s easier to accept death than to pursue an actualized life. Now I struggle with the question, ‘Am I accomplishing everything I am supposed to?’”
“We wrote, I think, 170 songs for this album. Yes, 170,” Dhavvan laughs. “Of those, about 60 were fully fleshed out. I sent those 60 to Sheldon and from there, it was narrowed down to 15 or 20, and then we recorded 11 songs. I decided the 11th song should be held back, so we have the final 10 on this album.”
The follow-up to 2016’s Every Eye Is a Universe, the new album was recorded throughout 2017 at multiple studios including Los Angeles’ Carriage House. In addition to the special guests, the album features Dhavvan on lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and keyboards, violin/violist Andrew Joslyn (Macklemore, David Bazan), percussionist Scott Seiver (Aimee Mann, Tenacious D), Jonah Tolchin on vocals and guitar, and fast-rising Seattle performer Gabriel Wolfchild on vocals.
TTO songs have been featured in television and film and at Starbucks stores worldwide, and in 2014, Dhavvan won a Toronto Independent Music Award for best singer/songwriter in his hometown.
In support of the upcoming album, TTO hosted a “karmic kickstarter” based on acts of kindness and positivity, rather than monetary donations. Pledges included simple acts such as providing a warm meal to someone who is hungry, donating money to the charity of one’s choice, and supporting the local arts scene. Please visit https://bit.ly/2Mi7ThQ for more information.



MHD’s new album 19, due out September 19 on Motown Records, is available for preorder today. The highly anticipated new album was named for Paris’ 19th arrondissement where MHD grew up and features an international cast including Diplo, Stefflon Don, Wizkid, Stromae, Salif Keita, Dadju, Yemi Alade, Orelsan and Koys.

MHD also recently debuted the video teaser for 19, which is soundtracked by the album’s opener, “Intro Mansa” featuring Salif Keita. Watch it here.
Previously, MHD shared singles “Bella” featuring Nigerian vocalist Wizkid and “Bodyguard,” which has been streamed more than eleven million times to date.
An Afro Trap pioneer, MHD is set to tour the world next year following appearances at Coachella and every major European festival. Dates include Paris’ 20,000 seat Accor Hotel Arena on March 29, 2019, with many more to be announced worldwide.
19 follows MHD’s 2016 self-titled, internationally Platinum-certified debut album, as well as hits including “Bravo.” MHD’s music mixes African instrumentation and trap beats. His catalogue has over 275 million streams on Spotify and 800 million views on YouTube.
MHD is Mohamed Sylla, a French artist of half Guinean and half Senegalese descent. In 2015, MHD was working delivering pizzas when he began posting videos of his original freestyles on YouTube. His videos quickly went viral, attracting the attention of artists, tastemakers and professional athletes around the globe, including Drake, Stormzy, Paul Pogba of Manchester United and more. In April 2016, he released his self-titled debut album to much critical acclaim. MHD reached #2 on the French charts and has since gone double platinum.



The official music video for “Uh Huh,” the latest single from breakout singer, songwriter and performer Jade Bird, premiered on Harper’s Bazaar who says, “The gritty, electric track shows a rougher, louder side to the guitar-wielding 20-year-old musician, and the accompanying visuals are just as vibrant as her sound.” Of the video, which was directed by frequent collaborator Kate Moross, Jade explains, “This is the second video I’ve made with Moross and it is a snapshot of who I am as an artist, performer and young woman. It shows the feisty energy I’ve been dying to share.” Watch/share the video here: https://bit.ly/2MvhtS7.
Jade is currently supporting Brandi Carlile on select west coast dates. The dates lead into her first official headlining tour this fall, which will include sold out shows at Los Angeles’ Troubadour and Austin’s Antone’s, as well as stops at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom, Washington DC’s Rock & Roll Hotel, Chicago’s Lincoln Hall and more. See below for details.
Jade, who is currently in the studio working on her debut full-length, continues to receive widespread critical acclaim for her 2017 EP Something American, as well as songs “Lottery,” and “Furious” on Glassnote Records.
“That propensity to express herself translates into her story-driven songs, which veer between Americana, punk and soulful indie pop.”—Rolling Stone
“…channeling the storytelling of Americana-country godmothers like she sold her cold tea-sipping English soul to the devil for some of distilled Loretta Lynn essence. However, despite obvious comparisons to country queens, she’s got that dry-as-hell humor and animal-cry growl of heartbreak, which can boil up to explosion and back down to a sweet whisper in one chorus…which places her firmly in the lineage of power-chord wielding solo female icons like Alanis Morissette, Liz Phair, Fiona Apple and more.”—Paper Magazine
“Her voice is almost impossible to place, sometimes affected like First Aid Kit, irreverent like Courtney Barnett, and punky like Courtney Love. But the lasting impression is of a songwriter that demands attention.”—Uproxx
Born in Hexham, U.K., Jade’s early life was spent mainly in flight with both parents in the army. One of life’s few constants proved to be the influence of strong working women. At first via her mother and grandmother, who largely raised her, but later the female role models within the musical subcultures Jade become obsessed with: from empowering country heroines like Loretta Lynn to iconic alternative songwriters like Patti Smith; Alanis Morisette’s Jagged Little Pill was a similar early touchstone, as well as current influences including Haim and Christine and the Queens. Jade spoke with Noisey about the influence of these and other women on her music.



Superorganism unveils a new version of their breakout single “Everybody Wants To Be Famous” from multi-platinum selling producer and DJ Cedric Gervais today—listen here.

Speaking on the new version the band explains, “Cedric’s remix sounds like he fired our song though a black hole to get buff for summer 💪🍸.”
Originally released in January 2018, “Everybody Wants To Be Famous” was an A List record on BBC Radio. Since their inception in 2017, Superorganism have taken the world by storm, surpassing 45 million global streams and transcending genre lines.
Currently on tour in Europe, the band will make their return to North America in September for a continent-wide headline run with stops including Chicago, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Austin, Los Angeles and San Francisco. All dates are on sale and tickets available via wearesuperorganism.com/#tour.
The band’s self-titled debut album, released in March, continues to receive critical acclaim and has been named to Best Albums of 2018 (so far) lists from Rolling Stone and Consequence of Sound.
Thur 16            Belgium, Hasselt, Pukkelpop
Fri 17               Germany, Hamburg, Dockville
Sun 19             France, Baziège, La Route du Rock
Sun 25             Switzerland, Zurich, Zurich OpenAir
Fri 30               Portland, OR, Wonder Ballroom
Sat 31              Vancouver, BC, Imperial
Tue 04              Kansas City, MO, Riot Room
Wed 05            Chicago, IL, Thalia Hall
Thur 06            Columbus, OH, A&R Music Bar
Mon 10            Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Steel
Tues 11            Boston, MA, The Sinclair
Thur 13            Philadelphia, PA, Union Transfer
Sat 15              Albany, NY, Pearl Palooza
Mon 17             Dallas, TX, Trees
Tues 18            Houston, TX, White Oak Music Hall
Wed 19             Austin, TX, Emo’s
Sat 20               Los Angeles, CA, The Fonda
Tue 25              Pomona, CA, The Glass House
Wed 26             San Francisco, CA, The Independent
Mon 15             Bristol, SWX
Tue 16              Liverpool, Arts Club
Wed 17             Belfast, Limelight 1
Thu 18              Ireland, Dublin, Academy
Sat 20               Glasgow, SWG3
Sun 21              Sheffield, The Leadmill
Mon 22              Leeds, Mono
Wed 24              London, O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
Thu 25               Manchester, O2 Ritz
Fri 26                 Cambridge, Cambridge Junction
Sat 27                Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre
Sun 28               Brighton, Concorde 2
Tue 30               Oxford, O2 Academy
Thu 01               France, Rouen, Le 106
Fri 02                 France, Lille, Le Splendid
Sun 04               Netherlands, Utrecht, TivoliVrendenburg – Pandora
Tue 06                Netherlands, Nijmegen, Doornroosje
Wed 07               Netherlands, Gronigen, Vera
Wed 07-Sat 10   Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland Airwaves
Sat 10                 Germany, Berlin, Säälchen
Tue 13                Germany, Munich, Technikum
Wed 14               Italy, Bologna, Locomotiv Club
Thu 15                Italy, Milan, Magnolia
Sun 18                Mexico, Corona Capital Festival
Sat 19                  Japan, Sapporo, Cube Garden
Mon 21                 Japan, Tokyo, Liquidroom
Tue 22                  Japan, Tokyo, O-East
Wed 23                 Japan, Nagoya, Club Quattro
Thu 24                  Japan, Osaka, Club Quattro
Fri 25                    Japan, Fukuoka, Beat Station