After an interrupted wedding in the music video for Lizzo’s 7x Platinum “Truth Hurts,” the 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning, RIAA multi-platinum certified superstar is giving love another chance in her brand-new “2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)” video featuring Tyson Beckford.
Tiësto joined forces with pop superstar Charli XCX on certified song of the summer “Hot in It” which has been taking over since its release last month. The sizzling hot official music video directed by Hannah Lux Davis (Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato) is out everywhere via Atlantic Records
“It’s been incredible to see how much everyone is loving the song, and I couldn’t be more excited to share this unique and super fun music video!” said Tiësto. “Charli absolutely kills it!”
RIAA multi-platinum pop singer-songwriter GAYLE has shared her tongue-and-cheek new song, “indieedgycool,” available now via Atlantic Records/Arthouse Records.
Produced by Jonny Shorr with additional production by Pete Nappi (“abcdefu,” Illenium, Madison Beer), the track is joined by an official music video, directed by frequent collaborator Jimmy Fisco. “indieedgycool” heralds the arrival of GAYLE’s upcoming EP, a study of the human experience volume two, due everywhere on Friday, October 7. GAYLE will celebrate a study of the human experience volume two on her biggest North American headline tour to date.
17 – St. Pölten, Austria – FM4 Frequency *
20 – Kiewit-Hasselt, Belgium – Pukkelpop *
21 – Biddinghuizen, Netherlands – Lowlands Festival *
26 – Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival *
28 – Reading, UK – Reading Festival *
3 – Madrid, Spain – Coca-Cola Music Experience 2022 *
22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival *
1 – Concord, NC – Breakaway *
7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Music Festival *
Today, the beating heart of the Australian post-punk scene, WAAX, have released their highly anticipated second studio album, At Least I’m Free, via Dew Process. The band have also shared the music video for the k.flay co-written, high octane LP standout “No Doz.”
Speaking on the Phoebe Faye-directed video for “No Doz,” the band’s singer Maz DeVita had this to say: “‘No Doz’ is about control. More specifically it’s about losing it. In the video I have no control in the shopping trolley. I am at the mercy of the band who is pushing me around. The video reflects the newer, fresher vibe that we were going for when writing ‘No Doz.’ It’s filled with energy, reckless abandon and bursts of color.”
On At Least I’m Free, WAAX teamed up with the production team behind their debut breakout album Big Grief – Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger) and Grammy winner Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine). The result is an honest and indignant album laden with raw vulnerability and contrasted by the high octane energy WAAX is renowned for. The band is about to embark on a full Australian tour in support of the new album
ella jane today follows her recent single “Party Trick” with another pop staple “How Do I Lose You”. Both are lifted from her forthcoming project marginalia coming out October 28th, 2022 via FADER Label (Clairo, Slayyyter, Matt and Kim) ahead of her debut headline US fall tour.
ella jane once again matches up pristine, upbeat pop with grim lyrics, singing about the anxiety that comes with being in one of those undefined “we’ll see” situation-ships. The video, directed by Aerin Moreno (Girlpool, Madison Beer), mirrors this combo of lighthearted and doubt, with a very camp alien encounter that could have gone in a much more gruesome direction. It’s easy to laugh along with ella… the over-the-top makeup of the Seuss-like alien as he peeks through the window conveys the absurdity of how the non-relationship has become the norm. If we’re not laughing – if we’re not jamming to upbeat melodies – we’re crying. And now’s not the time for tears.
Of the track, ella jane says, “‘How Do I Lose You’ is a quintessential example of how much I love to pair fairly unhappy lyrics with upbeat, danceable music. I get such a kick out of tricking the listener like that. So despite its quick pace and jumpy melody, the track is really about the anxiety of being in an undefined, ‘let’s see where this goes’ type of (non-)relationship.”
Ella continues, “Musically, it’s definitely one of my poppier efforts, but I love the way the production kind of indie-fies it. Part of that is actually thanks to Orla Gartland (although I don’t think she knows it yet); I was really inspired by this video she posted a while back where she explains how she duct-taped the strings of an upright piano to create this muted, mallet-y sound in her song ‘More Like You.’ I tried the trick on my piano at home, and soon started bringing a roll of duct tape with me every time I went to the studio. It immediately became a really big component of the texture of ‘How Do I Lose You,’ and later many other tracks on my forthcoming project.”
Following the release of her dreamy single “Heaven”, the electro-pop-artist is now revealing the second single off her upcoming debut album.
Titled “Worthy”, the self-written single came from a place of exhaustion while trying to reach a level of perfection. With captivating synthesizers and haunting choruses, the new single invites the listener to keep going no matter what.
“Worthy was written when I was spiraling in my own negativity. I wondered why I was standing in my own way, because of fear or feeling that I didn’t deserve to do something greater – and that paralyzed me a lot of the time. I felt like I wasn’t allowed to do certain things because I didn’t deserve them yet and as I wrote this song, I realized that my own worth is assigned by me. So sometimes, perhaps I don’t feel as worthy, but I keep trying to be. That’s why this song is so close to my heart, it’s a reminder that I am not my feelings and I can keep going – despite the negativity.,” she explains.
“Worthy” will be a part of her first concept record, to be released later this year.
Ari Lennox sophomore season kicks into overdrive today with the official release of her new single, “Hoodie,” and its electrifying music video. Even more, fans’ long-awaited hopes are finally realized: The Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum singer-songwriter proudly announces her sophomore album, age/sex/location, will be released on Sept. 9 via Dreamville/Interscope Records.
“Hoodie” reunites Ari with longtime Dreamville collaborator Elite, who helmed eight tracks on Ari’s 2019 album, Shea Butter Baby. Their new creation is a fawning slow-jam that proves Ari is elevating all aspects of her talents for the new era. From the first note, she snatches listeners’ attention with a cool, commanding authority and stretches her dulcet vocal range to dizzying new highs in a tune ripe for romance. The electrifying video, only ups the ante – the singer straddles atop a swimming tank and dons classy lingerie as she flirts – and does more – with her man. Hip-hop titan Isaiah Rashad co-stars as Ari’s love interest in the video, which culminates in a surprise twist ending fit for a Jordan Peele script.
Following their standout debut performance at Lollapalooza, BLACKSTARKIDS have released their new single and video “SEX APPEAL” alongside the announcement of their upcoming full-length project CYBERKISS*, out September 23 via Dirty Hit.
“This song is a homage to 2000s Neptunes, Timbaland, and Missy,” share BLACKSTARKIDS on the song. “As well as, lyrically, a homage to Jay Z. ‘Light Your Ass On Fire’ from Clones was a big inspiration on this track, and we wanted to have a song that felt fun and confident.”
In preparation for the release of her debut album Everything I Know About Love, LA-based, by way of Iceland, musician Laufey shares another taste of her forthcoming full-length with the single “Falling Behind.”
The new track is a rhythmic meditation that hears Laufey expressing the anxious feelings of missing out on love over bossa nova-inspired production.
Speaking about the new single, Laufey shares,“I wrote ‘Falling Behind’ because I felt like all the people around me were falling in love and I couldn’t help but feel like I was falling behind. With bossa nova inspirations and modern production, Falling Behind is a hopeless romantic’s summer anthem.”
Laufey’s debut album, out August 26th via AWAL Recordings.
Upcoming Live Dates
9/13 – San Diego, CA @ HOB Voodoo Room (SOLD OUT)
9/14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar (SOLD OUT)
9/16 – Austin, TX @ 3Ten ACL Live (SOLD OUT)
9/17 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Upstairs (SOLD OUT)
9/18 – Dallas, TX @ HOB Cambridge Room (SOLD OUT)
9/20 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl (SOLD OUT)
9/21 – Nashville, TN @ The End (SOLD OUT)
9/23 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage (SOLD OUT)
9/24 – Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry (SOLD OUT)
9/27 – Boston, MA @ Sinclair (SOLD OUT)
9/28 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
9/30 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground (SOLD OUT)
10/1 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch (SOLD OUT)
10/3 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall (SOLD OUT)
10/4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry (SOLD OUT)
10/7 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall (SOLD OUT)
10/8 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (SOLD OUT)
10/10 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza (SOLD OUT)
10/11 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (SOLD OUT)
10/13 – San Francisco, CA @ Popscene at Rickshaw Stop (SOLD OUT)
10/14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (SOLD OUT)
10/31 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s
11/5 – Manchester, U.K. @ Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
11/8 – London, U.K. @ Lafayette (SOLD OUT)
11/9 – Paris, France @ Le Pop Up du Label (SOLD OUT)
2021 saw the UK’s finest independent rock band Black Honey stealthily bother the Top 10 with their second album Written & Directed.
Getting straight back to business, today Izzy & co share their visceral new song ‘Charlie Bronson’ alongside an almost literal punch-in-the-guts video set in a boxing gym which depicts the blurred lines between sex and gender that many continue to wrestle with and fight against.
Iz explains, “There’s a personality in my head that feels like Britain’s most notorious prisoner. Sometimes I can’t make sense of anything. It’s a bind of frustration from having to constantly present myself in a way that society accepts. My mind works differently. I say all the wrong things. I hate being ‘ladylike’. I was punished so much for what I know to be my good qualities; a strong minded neurodivergent person who is creative, inquisitive, excitable and in my own universe.
I was medicated, my shine dimmed and I began to see how the world rewards women who turn invisible. ‘Charlie Bronson’ is my rage.”
Today queer pop newcomer Hallie (they/she) shares their latest single “Do It”.
Soaring and exhilarating, “Do It” perfectly captures the yearning and anticipation for a romantic reciprocation. Hallie’s throaty, resonant vocals and fearlessly bold lyrics elevate the track from a classic pop anthem to a unique sound all of Hallie’s own.
Hallie says this of the new single:
“I wrote ‘Do it’ about trying to get into the swing of dating again and the child-like nerves of flirting. I was experiencing loneliness while simultaneously wanting to explore my sexuality and make new connections. I find that stage just as exciting as it is scary and confronting and this song is me being honest with how I was feeling and giving myself a push toward exploring those crushes.”
“Do It” is accompanied by a music video directed by Hallie themself (along with co-director Lili Pedrazzini). Glowing in a range of neon and fluorescent hues, the video captures the elation and frustration of being on uneven ground with a new crush.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs return continues with their newest single, “Burning,” a Andrew Wyatt-produced track that is dancefloor-bound and built over a piano loop inspired by The Four Seasons’ “Beggin,” it captures Karen O engulfed in the tumult of Los Angeles in 2020 — the fires and smoke bearing down on the city.
Karen O wrote about the song, saying:
“Back when I was 19 living in the east village, one night a roommate dragged me out of the apartment for an impromptu drink across the street, I left a votive candle burning on a plastic yaffa block which in my absence set flame to my room. Within an hour and a half of having one drink down the block firefighters had come and gone extinguishing the fire, I came home to find that a natural disaster had occurred (to my room) and most of my stuff, lost in the flames. All electronic goods were melted and demolished like my laptop, cameras etc. but oddly enough the items that held the most sentimental value remained intact like sketchbooks, a favorite sweater with hearts across the chest, and photographs. I had photos of my parents in their youth where the fire burnt around the two of them as if there was some intangible force field protecting them, many photos like that, mysteriously leaving the beloved subjects untouched.
If the world is on fire I hope the most beloved stay protected and that we do all we can to protect what we cherish most in this life. ‘Burning’ is a song about that feeling, smoke signals for the soul. Begging to cool it down, just doing it the best we know how. Nick and I nodded to Frankie Valli’s ‘Begging’, with the line ‘oooh lay your red hand on me baby.’ We’ve cut a rug to many a soulful sixties bangers in our day, it was in our DNA by the time we wrote ‘Burning’.”
Yeah Yeah Yeahs made their official return with the announcement of their fifth studio album, Cool It Down, which will be released on September 30th via Secretly Canadian.
Courtney Barnett’s Here and There festival is officially underway with the first shows featuring the masterful Quinn Christopherson and the always incredible Lucy Dacus. Also joining Barnett at various points on the line-up will be Alvvays, Arooj Aftab, Bartees Strange, Bedouine, Caroline Rose, Chicano Batman, Ethel Cain, Faye Webster, Fred Armisen, Hana Vu, Indigo De Souza, Japanese Breakfast, Julia Jacklin, Leith Ross, Men I Trust, Sleater-Kinney, Snail Mail, The Beths, They Hate Change, Waxahatchee, and Wet Leg. A full city-by-city summary can be found here.