Weatherbox have had a successful ten-year-plus career, with some records to show for it. One of the group’s more recent albums, The Cosmic Drama, is getting a special treatment. Topshelf Records will be More »
Damaging your vocal chords is a basic rite of passage for any pop star, and “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor is no stranger vocal woes. This summer, Trainor had to cancel multiple More »
Congrats to Mark Rose, who recently signed with InVogue Records! With the announcement of signing to the recording label, Rose also revealed to fans that his sophomore full-length album The Wild Type will be released on More »
The Wonder Years are definitely keeping busy this summer. Not only have they been killing it all summer long on Warped Tour, they announced a brand new album titled No Closer To Heaven and More »
So here we are, about to embark on a journey across the globe and find out together how the places I’ve lived in have affected me…something I’ve never actually thought about to More »
The fun loving, indie rockers, The Front Bottoms, have announced that their latest album, Back On Top will be released September 18th through Fueled By Ramen. This announcement comes shortly after a single release of “Cough More »
The day has arrived! Mayday Parade has released the first single from their upcoming, highly anticipated new album Black Lines. The song, titled “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology,” shows a side of lead More »
Dear, oh dear, Wes Scantlin. The Puddle of Mudd frontman was recently arrested and charged with a DWI and fleeing a police officer, after attempting to escape an officer at speeds reported to be around More »
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Topshelf Records will be reissuing the band’s release on CD and vinyl, with exclusives. New tracks are being added to the album as well, featuring several tracks from the group’s 4 Songs EP. Check out the tracklisting after the jump!
The music video is for his single “Free Love,” from his latest album Look Up. Mod Sun’s label gave him money to shoot a video, and the pop-rapper spent the funds documenting him and his friends’ shenanigans. The funny video matches the chill, captivating and carefree vibe of the song. Check it out after the jump!
Damaging your vocal chords is a basic rite of passage for any pop star, and “All About That Bass” singer Meghan Trainor is no stranger vocal woes.
This summer, Trainor had to cancel multiple concerts due to a hemorrhage on her vocal chords, but just last week, she made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to prove that her unique voice has healed just fine.
You can see Trainor perform her new single “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” below the jump, as well as see the original music video for the tune.
For rising pop starlet Halsey, a tour with Imagine Dragons simply wasn’t enough – as soon as the “Smoke and Mirrors” tour neared its end, Halsey released the tour dates for her own headlining tour across North America. Her fans clamored over her second tour, selling out shows within hours of tickets for her “Badlands” tour going on sale.
What’s more is that Halsey’s debut album – named Badlands, of course – hasn’t even been released yet. Due out August 28, the album will drop shortly before Halsey embarks on her US tour.
Some shows have had venue upgrades, and other cities have added second shows, but Halsey’s tour is still nearly sold out. Snatch your tickets – and some blue hair dye to match the pop songstress – while you still can! You can see the her list of fall tour dates below the jump.
Yesterday we learned that One Direction might actually be able to pull of a Beyonce move when they released the first single, “Drag Me Down,” off their fifth studio album, without warning. At around 10 pm last night, the internet exploded as Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Harry Styles all tweeted, in quick succession, about their single that just dropped moments before.
One Direction have tried through both Midnight Memories and FOUR to shed their bubble-gum pop boyband image, with little success. “Drag Me Down” feels like the start of a new era for these men. The sound is as close to alt-rock as they have ever gotten, though it’s still in the pop-rock realm. The track begins like many songs from the pop-punk era with a classical sounding intro which quickly dissolves into a driving bassline. With those first notes, this song is already not like anything they’ve done in the past.
The melody seems to take cues from Neon Trees and early Maroon 5. It has that underlying 80’s vibe while creating vibrant lyrical imagery and a chorus that could easily mash-up with “Shiver.” The melody isn’t the only thing that gives the song a more mature vibe. The song contains One Direction’s first beat drop, and if this is a look at things to come, we’re in for a great November.
Many fans were skeptical that they would be able to carry on without Zayn Malik’s vocal acrobatics, however, Styles took that over just fine. He might not be able to go as high, yet, but he’s certainly well on his way. Tomlinson’s voice has also changed dramatically. He is able to hit every note with ease while keeping his unique timbre.
Last new thing, they aren’t just harmonizing they’ve added another vocal track, which if they’re smart, they’ll sing during shows while the audience belts out the lyrics.
“Drag Me Down” can easily be memorized by the second listen and with all these new components I can only hope they start moving back towards smaller venues. In stadiums you can hear everything, but you can’t feel it. This is a baseline that needs to be felt and embodied by their audience (SYCO, taking notes?)
You can purchase a CD or buy concert tickets here.
Listen to the song below (though it’s existence almost broke the internet, so you probably already have) and let us know what you think! Is One Direction finally shedding their boyband image?
Congrats to Mark Rose, who recently signed with InVogue Records! With the announcement of signing to the recording label, Rose also revealed to fans that his sophomore full-length album The Wild Type will be released on September 25th!
And if all that excitement wasn’t enough, the former Spitalfield vocalist also released a new music video for one of the tracks from the album called “Well & Diet.” The song features Rose’s signature smooth but strong vocals, accompanied by a video to match. Predominately filmed in black and white, the video bounces back and forth between Rose and a beautiful woman. The woman exudes confidence while smoking and drinking and rarely ever breaking eye contact with the camera. Rose on the other hand is doing the exact opposite. The whole video he is looking down and off camera, not showing confidence at all.
You can check out the incredibly beautiful video after the jump!
Pre-orders for The Wild Type will be available starting next Thursday, August 6th. Until then, to hear more from Mark Rose, you can purchase a CD here.
The Wonder Years are definitely keeping busy this summer. Not only have they been killing it all summer long on Warped Tour, they announced a brand new album titled No Closer To Heaven and have released not one, but now a SECOND new song from the upcoming album!
The band debuted the second single, “Cigarettes & Saints” with an accompanying video, on their website earlier today! The song initially starts of like a ballad. The instrumentals are minimal and you are captivated by Dan “Soupy” Campbell‘s extraordinary and soft vocals. About two minutes in is when the song gains a new momentum. All the instruments come in full-force and you’re back at the kind of passion-fueled song you’re used to receiving from The Wonder Years.
The video is also quite captivating as well. You’re led through what seems to be a girl writing a suicide letter for her family and friends. Obviously distraught, she leaves her home with a backpack, and heads to a body of. She is seen filling the bag with heavy rocks and places it on her back. She stands at the edge of cliff, and for a moment, you know the inevitable is coming. But rather than jump with the backpack on, she takes it off and triumphantly throws it off the cliff. She herself then follows along by jumping in as well, but it’s for good reasons. It’s like she is cleansing herself of whatever it is that led her there in the first place.
The video also reveals that Matt Brasch took a small break from guitar duties on this track and in his place is Soupy on guitar. Don’t worry though, Brasch, along with Mike Kennedy, take on dual drumming responsibilities. The whole thing is pretty awesome!
You can check out the video yourself after the jump!
No Closer To Heaven will be released on September 4th via Hopeless Records. You can preorder the album here. All preorders include an instant download of this song and the first single released, “Cardinals.”
To hear more from The Wonder Years in the meantime, you can purchase a CD here.
The band is wrapping up their run on this year’s Warped Tour in the next week. To catch them on the last few days of that, you can buy concert tickets here.
Usually the first thing that interests me in a new place is the culture. Which basically means (minus all the bullshit) food! I’m sure I can actually make some correlations between the food I ate and different sounds that derived from it (that sounds bad).
I’d say that living in Berlin really was a melting pot for me regarding the addition of electronic sounds to what was then very folksy sounding. I was there running around Kreuzberg, playing on street corners with my acoustic guitar and hearing electronic music in between. What’s interesting is that the bi-product shows up randomly after a while as it’s slowly developing inside of you.
The New Jersey rockers, The Gaslight Anthem, announced via their Facebook page that they are taking a hiatus after wrapping up their current tour. The band states, “We’d like to recharge and take a step back until we have something we feel excited about rather than going right back to making a record just for the sake of making the next record.” The message also mentions that they will all be working on other projects outside of the band. For fans of the band, here’s hoping for new music from lead singer, Brian Fallon, either in the form of The Horrible Crowes, Molly & The Zombies, or simply a solo album. You can read the full statement from the band after the jump.
For fans of The Gaslight Anthem in Europe, their last shows in the foreseeable future wrap up at the Reading Festival and tickets can be purchased here.
You can purchase The Gaslight Anthem’s albums here.
The fun loving, indie rockers, The Front Bottoms, have announced that their latest album, Back On Top will be released September 18th through Fueled By Ramen. This announcement comes shortly after a single release of “Cough It Out”/”West Virginia,” both to be included on the new album. Check out their newest video, “HELP,” after the jump.
Tickets for their upcoming tour haven’t gone on sale yet, but you can join their motorcycle club for exclusive pre-sale dates and view their tour dates here.
To dive into their back-catalog, their albums can be purchased here.
The song, titled “Keep In Mind, Transmogrification Is A New Technology,” shows a side of lead vocalist Derek Sanders that we haven’t heard before. His vocals, while always strong and passionate, have never seemed to stray far from soft and calm, but in this song, he’s showing off a more intense and almost angry vocal range. And it’s a welcome sound! Sanders stated multiple times that this new album would be different from what they’ve done in almost a decade together, and he wasn’t kidding.
The video accompanying the song is pretty amazing too. In the four minute, 17 second run time, you observe a man creating the cover art for Black Lines. It’s obviously done in a time-lapse format, but the fascination of watching the artistic process come alive is still there. You may have to watch the video twice just so you’re able to appreciate both the creation of the artwork and the utterly beautiful song.
You can check out the new track and get all the feels after the jump!
Preorders for the new album begin TONIGHT (July 30th) at 9 PM. Keep a lookout for all the details on that!
To hear more from Mayday Parade, you can purchase a CD here.
Dear, oh dear, Wes Scantlin. The Puddle of Mudd frontman was recently arrested and charged with a DWI and fleeing a police officer, after attempting to escape an officer at speeds reported to be around 100mph through Bird Island, Minnesota. After taking a breathalyzer test, he scored a huge .310, nearly four times over the legal driving limit!
Being in trouble with the law isn’t particularly unfamiliar with Scantlin, who was arrested earlier this for the slightly less serious crime of riding an airport baggage carousel. He was also placed in custody in 2013 for attacking his neighbours’ property, equipped with a buzzsaw and sledgehammer.
It seems as though someone might be going through a little bit of a mid-life crisis…
Following his arrest, Scantlin tweeted from the official Puddle of Mudd Twitter account:
Thanks to all my true fans, the shows scheduled will all be played . I look forward to rocking your face off . I’m ok . #godbless
— Puddle of Mudd (@puddleofmudd) July 28, 2015
Infectious is proud to premiere a new track off Here’s To You‘s upcoming album, Love Me Or Leave Me, which drops August 4th. Drawing influence from acts like Walk The Moon, Fall Out Boy, and 5 Seconds of Summer, these Long Island Natives recorded at the famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. Check out the exclusive premiere of “Live It Up” below, and purchase a CD, buy concert tickets, and get to know the band here.
Tom DeLonge has been keeping quite busy. In addition to writing a novel, he has also kept his music game up. DeLonge has been working with his band Angels & Airwaves, who are expected to drop an EP with the release of his upcoming Poet Anderson …Of Nightmares novel.
In an Instagram post, DeLonge provided a sneak peek into the band’s EP, due October 6, with a quick snippet. It sounds nice and instrumentally dynamic and atmospheric, so stay tuned. Check out the post after the jump!
Big Science by Laurie Anderson was the first tape I ever bought. I was eight when my poetry mentor Janet played me the opening track “From the Air,” whose lyrics narrate a plane’s crash landing, mixing leftfield oddities like “I’ve seen this all before; why? Because I’m a caveman” with portentous doomsaying: “Jump out of the plane. There is no pilot. You are not alone.”
In this beautifully written and insightful guest blog, Brooklyn alternative/electro-rock powerhouse Kai Altair delves into the importance of dreams, surrounding yourself with the right people, and how artists can help make the entire human experience a little better for everyone. Enjoy!
Artists, musicians, dancers, and dreamers all live in a different place from time to time. We skitter around at the edges of things, pushing up against boundaries of real and unreal, seen and unseen. We perceive subtle shifts in energies and frequency, and often experience emotion and relationships via dizzying highs and lows. At our best we are romantic champions of imagination, heroes and wayshowers. At our worst we are lost and wandering, forever falling down in overwhelming patterns of stimulus and sorrow. Most of us are a little bit of both. Art is at its best when it pushes us to become something bigger and brighter, when it acts as a catalyst that sparks new paradigms that transform culture and the world. How do we move from dreaming into doing, and serve our purpose as translators of the human experience?
From folky americana to blues rock, most audiophiles have heard their share of genre-bending music on the airwaves, but even in the ever-growing world of music, choral pop will never be something you’ll see any “average Joe” of a musician pull off.
Just like many modern musicians, Erika Lloyd is a firm believer that artists shouldn’t have to contain themselves to any one genre or art form. Instead of blending somewhat similar musical styles, Lloyd effortlessly blends traditional choral music with the likes of modern pop – two genres that are on opposite ends of the musical spectrum.
In Infectious Magazine’s interview with Lloyd, she dished on her song “Cells Planets,” her favorite venues in New York, and what it’s like working on her original music with her equally-talented husband. You can read the full interview with the New York songstress below the jump.