Thursday, February 23, 2017

MAX JOSEPH LAUNCHES NEW MINI-DOC SERIES TITLED "CHARISMATIC THINKER” AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON VERO.


Touching on urgent themes of fascism, narcissism, global politics, and gender equality, filmmaker Max Joseph (best known for co-hosting MTV’s “Catfish” and directing We Are Your Friends) has teamed-up with social network Vero to create "Charismatic Thinker" a series of bold short films tackling, in his own words, “anything he wants”, of which “Dicks” is the first episode. Watch the teaser for the series "Charismatic Thinkerhere.

Embarking on a journey that takes him on a rollercoaster ride across America, back in time, and through the pages of philosophy. “Dicks” asks whether you need to be a “dick” (or an asshole, tyrant or Machiavellian douche) in order to be a great leader - or in Max’s case, a great film director.

Featuring interviews with filmmakers Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth), Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Patriots Day), Randall Poster (Music Supervisor on all your favorite movies), John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man), and Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, “Billions”), as well as writers Robert Greene (The 48 Laws of Power), Aaron James (Assholes:  A Theory) and Adam Grant (TED speaker and bestselling author of Originals), Max’s odyssey’s leads him to unpredictable places and conclusions. One part TED-talk, one part Don Quixote, “Dicks” is bound to provoke.

View trailer here: https://www.vero.co/discover/maxjoseph

Max Joseph, writer and director of the new series for Vero: "I’ve spent way too much time over the years fantasizing about making these visual essays which I hope are fun personal explorations into the themes or ideas I’m grappling with. What I like so much about Vero—the app and the community—is that it offers the perfect venue to share my work and myself with likeminded, curious people, and without the negativity and hate that can come in other online forums. But what I really appreciated most was Vero’s respectful hands-off approach in allowing me to just do my thing no matter what weirdness it led me to. It’s rare to be given total creative freedom and an exciting proposition for all artists across the board. Excited to make more and see what others do with the opportunity.”

Max Joseph has made over 75 films, from acclaimed indie documentaries, to widely released feature films. His work has been screened at Sundance, Telluride, and SXSW, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), and the Gagosian Gallery in New York.

About Vero
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Friday, February 17, 2017

TOVE LO TO JOIN COLDPLAY ON NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THIS FALL PERFORMING TRUE DISASTER ON NBC’S LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST LADY WOOD TOUR UNDERWAY


Critically acclaimed, Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum recording artist Tove Lo, who has surpassed Spotify’s 1 billion-stream plateau, is set to join internationally renowned British rockers Coldplayon their forthcoming North American Tour this fall, kicking off September 23rd in Seattle. The pairing makes sense, given the Swedish siren’s appearance on “Fun”, a song on the band’s latest album, A Head Full Of Dreams. Currently in the midst of her own SOLD OUT headlining Lady Wood Tour, and with major festivals announced for the spring and summer, including CoachellaGovernor’s Ball and Bonnaroo, Tove Lo is showing no signs of stopping.  For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, visit: www.tove-lo.com

Tove Lo will be performing her current single “True Disaster” on NBC’s popular Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday, February 21st. Tove made her U.S. late night television debut on Seth Meyers’ show back in the summer of 2014, with a spellbinding performance of “Habits (Stay High)” following that up with a captivating performance of “Talking Body” in June 2015.

Tove Lo ended 2016 on a high note following the release of her long-awaited sophomore album, Lady Woodon October 28, 2016 (via Island Records), scoring a Top 10 albums chart debut. November saw the release of Tove’s passion project—the raw and bold short film Fairy Dust, in which she makes her acting debut alongside “alter ego” co-star Lina Esco (Kingdom, Flaked). The visually arresting piece seamlessly incorporates a slew of Lady Wood album tracks, including “True Disaster,” “Influence,” “Lady Wood,” “Cool Girl,” and “Vibes.” Fairy Dust is the brainchild of Tove Lo and Swedish director and co-writer Tim EremFairy Dust, “a raw, beautiful, and proudly provocative exploration of sexual desire, obsession, denial, and pain, not entirely unlike what we experience today” (V Magazine) ignited a storm that led YouTube to remove the film from view (after its album release day premiere worldwide), only to reinstate it hours later. Check out this “Behind The Scenes” look at the making of Fairy Dust, which premiered on Noisey yesterday.

Lady Wood is the long-awaited successor to Tove Lo’s landmark debut album of 2014, the RIAA platinum Queen Of The Clouds. The album included “Habits (Stay High)” the career-defining 5x-platinum global #1 hit that introduced her to U.S. audiences, and has surpassed 1 billion Spotify streams; and the triple-platinum follow-up, “Talking Body” (#3 on Billboard Pop Airplay, #12 on the Hot 100). Tove Lo has also been the featured artist on tracks by Nick Jonas (“Close”)Coldplay (“Fun”),Years & Years (“Desire”), Broods (“Freak Of Nature”)Flume (“Say It”), and Alesso (“Heroes”).

JEB LOY NICHOLS RETURNS WITH "COUNTRY HUSTLE" – OUT MARCH 31 IN NORTH AMERICA PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “COME SEE ME”



“Jeb Loy Nichols is the kind of travelled musical soul whose sojourns and encounters could paint the kinds of stories told over a bottle of whisky.” - Under The Radar Magazine


On 31th March 2017, the steadily rising troubadour Jeb Loy Nichols presents his classic-in-the-making new album “Country Hustle,” via on his own label City Country City and Jullian Records.

A potent, flavorsome gumbo cooked up from southern soul, country, blues, funk and folk, with a soupçon of hip-hop, dub and 80/90s club sounds, “Country Hustle” is schooled in the past but is resolutely modern in production, featuring collaborations from Andrew HaleDistance and Nostalgia 77.

Conjuring the spirit of Dr John’s “I Walk On Gilded Splinters” and Bohannon’s “Save Their Souls,” the dark and smokey “Come See Me” premiered today via Under The Radar Magazine who praised the track as 
“a funky, low swinging invitation to a record." Come See Me was produced by the enigmatic Irish production duo St. Francis Hotel  Listen to the track here.

Jeb originally hails from Missouri and has lived in Texas, New York and London. He has a fascinating, Zelig-like story, all of which feeds into his authentic, experience-infused music. He caught an original Sex Pistolsshow in Texas, danced to Larry Levan at the Paradise Garage and witnessed Bambaataa rock Bronx blocks.

He worked in New York’s Record City, selling obscure James Brown singles to Prince Paul, and Fela Kutivinyl to Brian Eno and David Byrne - just before they recorded “Remain In Light.”

In London he shared a house with Ari Up from The Slits and Neneh Cherry, and forged a bond with Adrian Sherwood amidst the earth shaking ridims of Jah Shaka's sound system.

With such a rich and varied musical schooling, it’s unsurprising that, as Uncut (UK) explains, “Nichols has made an art of assembling various musical modes and merrily fashioning his own hybrids”, which Record Collector observes have “a unified aesthetic rather than an engineered synthesis.”

This joining-of-the-dots between genres seemingly unrelated to the casual novice has won Jeb high regard from clued up heads, but has also contributed to his occupying a nebulous space within pigeonhole happy popular music. He has steadfastly ploughed his own furrow, navigating a route around mainstream recognition, at times over rocky terrain.

Which brings us to “Country Hustle,” his highly anticipated full-length album, featuring tracks such as the laid back, late night soul of “Regret” which sets the tone for Jeb’s autobiographical, self-deprecating and honest lyrical style. On “Katie Blue” Jeb channels James Brown and Massive Attack into his own unique, forlorn ode. Balearic boogie blends with Funkadelia and subtle dub flourishes on Jeb’s personal but universal tribute “Long Live The Loser” and on “Maisy Hay” Nichols’ love for Tony Joe White shines through.

His take on Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” takes on spiritual pathos and warming charm, with deep fathoms of emotion also apparent on the American gothic meets metallic clang of “That’s All I Want.”

That’s How We’re Living” is gritty, smokin’ funk akin to Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, delivered with heavy new sonic clout and a hip hop sensibility. Live favourite “Till The Teardrops Stop” is happy/sad ode to dancing, friendship and drowning sorrows. Equally tear-jerking is the country got soul style “You Got In.”

Those not familiar with Jeb may have unknowingly heard his music on the Oscar nominated soundtrack toGus Van Sant’s “Good Will Hunting.” Back then, in the Nineties, he was signed to Capitol Records by Gary Gersch - the man who signed Nirvana and Guns N Roses. Somewhat notoriously so, he shunned a life on the road (the approach that was viewed by Capitol as the sole path to success in America) and was subsequently dropped.

But despite a long, sporadic gestation period during which at times Jeb has pursued  other interests like writing and art, “Country Hustle” marks the next phase as his most focussed, ramped-up and viable shot at recognition to date.

Following choice prior achievements like a Rough Trade Album Of The Month for “Jeb Loy Nichols Special,” live work with Lucinda Williams and Lambchop, plus his acclaimed “Country Got Soul” compilations, the release earlier this year of his mini album “Ya Smell Me” (alongside the reissue of reggae gem “Long Time Traveller” via On-U Sound) saw Jeb gain widespread acclaim, marking the beginning of what promises to be a new peak for the artist.

Country Hustle” drops in North America on March 31st, 2017. Pre-order your copy here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

LONDON GRAMMAR RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA FOR TWO VERY SPECIAL AND INTIMATE LIVE SHOWS IN NEW YORK CITY AND LOS ANGELES.

Today London Grammar announced they will be returning to North America for two very special live shows in Los Angeles and New York City. On February 27th the British trio will be performing at theMasonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever in Los Angeles and New York City’s Good Room on March 2nd.
 
The Ivor Novello Award winning trio will be performing new material to fans, as well as fan favorites from their critically acclaimed debut album “If You Wait.” All tickets will be sold via the London Grammar website this Friday at 10AM local time. For a chance to purchase tickets fans are asked to signup via londongrammar.com before Thursday evening.*
 
Earlier this year, London Grammar (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) revealed two stunning new tracks to the world, “Rooting For You” and “Big Picture,” proving to be a welcomed return for the much-loved and critically praised band. Both tracks are available on all digital platforms worldwide viawww.londongrammar.com
 
London Grammar emerged in 2013 with the release of their critically acclaimed debut album, If You Wait, and quickly went on to become one of the most exciting international breakthrough acts of recent times. Winning a prestigious Ivor Novello Award for their hit single ‘Strong’ and being nominated for aBRIT Award, the trio have since sold-out multiple headlining tours worldwide and have performed on high profile US TV shows such as ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as well as the former NBC’s Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman back in 2014.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

SKOTT REVEALS FIRST EVER MUSIC VIDEO “GLITTER & GLOSS”


After debuting her scintillating new single “Glitter & Gloss” to widespread critical acclaim last month, Skottreturns with a sweeping and cinematic visual accompaniment — her first ever official music video — directed by Zhang + Knight. Watch the new video HERE.
                                                                
Beautifully shot over two days in Ukraine, the video for “Glitter & Gloss” offers up some truly breathtaking scenery—rolling snow-covered hills, frosty plains, dense powder-white forests and vast lakes of ice glistening in the sun. This chilly setting, providing the perfect visual complement for Skott’s icy and ethereal single, her haunting vocals sparkling against a backdrop of shimmering synths, menacing percussion and hazy, incandescent production.

As her first release of 2017, “Glitter & Gloss” follows previous singles, “Lack of Emotion,” “Amelia,” “Wolf” and her stunning debut single from last summer, “Porcelain,” which snagged a coveted slot on the official FIFA 17 soundtrack.  Skott is slated to make her U.S. live debut this Spring, with confirmed appearances at SXSW in Austin, followed by one-off shows in both Los Angeles and New York City

Skott spent her early years in a forest commune run by a collection of outcast folk musicians. Together they built a small but supportive community, quite far from the nearest populated city. There, surrounded by nature she thrived, learning to appreciate life without all the distractions associated with living in a city. Largely sequestered from contemporary pop culture, it wasn’t until Skott ventured into the city during her mid-teens that she listened to contemporary music for the first time.  

Since making her debut last year, Skott has been steadily racking up support online, topping Hype Machine‘Most Blogged’ chart numerous times, with her songs popping up on several Spotify ‘New MusicFriday playlists and massive radio support from the likes of Annie Mac (Radio 1)Zane Lowe (Beats1) and KCRW (Jason Kramer). Described as “mesmerizing” by The FADER, “menacing and magical” by Noisey and "definitely worth paying attention to” by Pigeons & PlanesSkott has even received high profile endorsements on Twitter from both Katy Perry and Lorde. Most recently VEVO dscvr included the Swedish singer in their ‘Ones to Watch 2017’ list. Check out an exclusive live performance of “Porcelain” HERE. There’s no question that Skott is one to watch in 2017.

Glitter & Gloss” is available to download and stream on all digital platforms via Sony Music Entertainment UK/RCA Records

BRIDGIT MENDLER DELIVERS A MODERN CLASSIC WITH “TEMPERAMENTAL LOVE,” FT. DEVONTÉE OUT NOW!


Independent recording artist Bridgit Mendler returns with an undeniable 2017 jam titled “Temperamental Love,” a collaboration with rising star Devontée. Described as “heart wrenching” by The FADER who premiered the track, “Temperamental Love” ft. Devontée is featured today as part of Spotify's New MusicFriday and also available on all digital platforms worldwide. Listen HERE.

Temperamental Love” was written and produced by Bridgit Mendler and Devontée with additional production from Powers Pleasant, one of the founding members of Brooklyn-based hip-hop collective, Pro Era and Book & Bastian (“Atlantis, “Do You Miss Me At All”). The new single comes just ahead of Bridgit’s scheduled appearance next month at SXSW in Austin, TX as well as the NYLON Music Tour, which she is co-headlining with alt-pop duo POWERS, kicking off March 20th in Atlanta.  For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, be sure to go to: www.bridgitmendler.me

Last fall, Bridgit unveiled her stunning single, “Do You Miss Me At All over on Noisey, followed by the music video’s premiere on Pigeons & Planes, who labeled the song a “simmering breakup track.” Watch and share the video here. The second track lifted off Bridgit Mendler’s “NEMESIS” EP, “Do You Miss Me At All” served as the follow-up to her much buzzed-about lead single, “Atlantis,” which went on to reach #2 on Spotify’s Viral Chart and #1 on HypeMachine, garnering more than seven million combined streams and receiving international critical acclaim. Watch the video from “Atlantis” here.

The “Nemesis” EP, which dropped November 18th was recorded in Los Angeles and features a stunning collection of heartfelt alt-pop, R&B gems, all co-written by Mendler herself, alongside Book & Bastian, who served as producers.

Described by Noisey as a “crossroads between Imogen Heap and early Purity Ring”, Bridgit has evolved from her pop-oriented origins and discovered her true sound. With influences from the likes of Lauryn Hill, her effortless combination of silky pop verses with edgy soul and R&B-tinged choruses create beautiful harmonies and show off her impressive vocal range. A snapshot of a tumultuous time in Bridgit's life, her “Nemesis” EP is a collection of four self-assured and bittersweet relationship songs that entwine intelligent pop, soul and R&B, all dusted with a fresh, modern-sounding electronic sheen.


NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
3/13 – 3/18 – SXSW – Austin, TX
3/20 – Vinyl @ Center Stage – Atlanta, GA * 3/21 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC*
3/23 – Marlin Room @ Webster Hall – New York, NY*
3/24 – The Foundry @ The Fillmore – Philadelphia, PA*
3/25 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, DC*
3/27 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA*
3/28 – La Sala Rossa – Montreal, QUE*
3/29 – Adelaide Hall – Toronto, ON*
3/31 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL*
4/1 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN*
4/4 – Chop Suey – Seattle, WA*
4/5 – Holocene – Portland, OR *
4/7 – The Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA*
4/8 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA*
*NYLON Music Tour w/ POWERS 

For tickets and more information, go to: 
www.bridgitmendler.me

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

CAT PREMIERES HAUNTING NEW VIDEO FOR DEBUT SINGLE “YOU BELONG TO ME”

"Seductive and sultry...heavy with longing and tinged with uncertainty.” – Noisey

“Track of the Day!” – CLASH Magazine

Following the release of “You Belong To Me,” captivating singer-songwriter CAT returns today with the premiere a mysterious and magical new visual. According to Cat, "I shot this video with director Antony Langdon. He's amazing when it comes to being creative and spontaneous in the moment. We went into it wanting to convey a feeling more than a story." Watch the video HERE.

As Cat explains it, “the inspiration for the mood was the Rumi quote, 'What you seek is seeking you' since the song is about mutual obsession. I kept having dreams and visions of a woman in white wandering through the suburbs not really knowing whether she is chasing something or being chased. The song is about wanting to possess someone because of the way they make you feel and the beautiful madness that can take over."

You Belong To Me” marks the solo debut of Catherine Pierce, better known as one half of the Los Angeles-based indie-pop sister duo, The Pierces. The song was written by Cat and produced by Jason Lader (Frank Ocean, James Blake, Andre 3000). It takes the listener on a journey, transporting them into a bold sonic landscape that draws from sounds of both the past and the future. Slinky synths, tempered percussion and piano flourishes set the scene, with Cat's bewitching vocal rising above the decidedly dark production.

A self-proclaimed psychedelic, spiritual explorer, Cat has spent the past few years visiting the jungles of Peru, the deserts of Joshua tree, and hills of Hollywood, delving inward via meditation and psychedelic plants. These adventures reveal a fresh perspective on Cat, both as an individual artist and as a songwriter. The songs pull from a multitude of life experiences ranging from the trepidations of being a woman in the modern world to the heartache of being in love with a heroin addict, to the peace she's found battling her depression and anxiety through unconventional methods. With lyrics that are wise, witty, and cutting and melodies that swing from elation to melancholy within a single song, Cat has grown into a unique and undeniable artist.

As a member of The PiercesCat, along with her sister Allison released five albums, the first being their self-titled debut back in 2000. The song “Secret,” which appeared on The Pierces’ third album, Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge appeared in the television series “Gossip Girl,” and later became the theme song to another hit TV series, “Pretty Little Liars.” The Pierces’ last two albums, 2011’s You & I and 2014’s Creation each cracked the top ten on the UK albums chart. In August 2015, the duo announced a hiatus while they each pursued solo careers. With the release of “You Belong To Me,” Cat Pierce’s first release as a solo artist, a captivating new star is born.

Friday, February 3, 2017

ALEXANDRA SAVIOR PREMIERES STUNNING VISUAL FOR NEW SINGLE “MIRAGE” – OUT TODAY! DEBUT ALBUM “BELLADONNA OF SADNESS” OUT APRIL 7TH ON COLUMBIA RECORDS CONFIRMED TO PERFORM AT BONNAROO FESTIVAL, PRIMAVERA FESTIVAL, SXSW MUSIC EUROPEAN TOUR COMING THIS SPRING!

Portland native Alexandra Savior has delivered yet another unique and cinematic video, this time for her latest release “Mirage.”  Out today on all digital platforms, the gorgeous new single is taken from her anxiously awaited forthcoming debut album “Belladonna of Sadness,” which drops worldwide April 7th onColumbia Records.

The video -- premiered today via Noisey -- was shot in Los Angeles and directed by London based visual artist Irrum. Watch the video here.

With nods from top-tier publications including The FADERPigeons & PlanesNMEThe Sunday Times,StereogumPASTE MagazineV Magazine and many more, plus live appearances confirmed across the U.S and Europe this spring and summer, Ms. Savior is certain to be on everyone’s radar for 2017.

The 21-year-old will be taking her live band on the road making stops at SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX,Bonnaroo Festival (tickets) and Boston Calling (tickets), Primavera Sound plus headlining shows in London, Paris and Berlin this April (for a full list of tour dates, see below).

Alexandra’s unique sound and style first caught the attention of several creative forces including T. Bone Burnett who placed her song, "Risk," in the most recent season of HBO’s cult series, “True Detective.” In addition to this Alexandra also co-wrote the most recent Last Shadow Puppets’ single, "Miracle Aligner" along with the erstwhile Arctic Monkey, Alex Turner.

An artist in every sense of the word, not only does Ms. Savior write music and perform live, she also paints her own artwork and writes, directs and edits her own music videos. “Belladonna of Sadness” was written Alexandra and co-produced by British rock front-man Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys/Last Shadow Puppets) and James Ford (Haim/Florence and the Machine).



“She tactfully manages to give listeners a taste of her artistry and forthcoming album without giving everything away.” – PASTE Magazine

“She more than lives up to the hype.” – Williamette Weekly

“We’re counting down the days until the release of Savior’s debut album.” – Coup De Main Magazine

“It is easy to see why other musicians have been wooed by Savior’s haunting style.” – Amplify Magazine

“Combining wispy, smoky vocals, a slinky Western vibe, and mischievous lyrics, the 21-year-old has a sound that’s all her own.” – All Things Go

“Alexandra Savior makes an evocative brand of pop pulsing with a darkly shaded energy. – Stereogum