Category: Rock/Media

Rock Media: Def Leppard Cancel Tour & Show @ Mohegan Sun.

Def Leppard Cancel Tour including Huge Show at Mohegan Sun Legendary rock band Def Leppard has announced they’ve had to cancel the remaining dates on their February tour of the United States. It’s an unfortunate end to the tour but the band remains steadfast that this is very much needed for the longevity of the band. Drummer Rick Allen confirmed on his Twitter account to fans: “The doctor basically said that if Joe (Elliott) continues to sing without resting his throat for a month he might do permanent damage.” The postponed shows are as follows: Feb. 5 – Corpus...

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Video: Ty Segall. Emotional Mugger.

Video: Ty Segall. Emotional Mugger. (Not Work Safe..Nor For Kids) Prepare to squirm and squeal!…and we mean that.  The delirious and deranged Emotional Mugger journey continues! Let Ty Segall and his creative co-conspirator, director Matt Yoka, lead the way through the bizarre city of Los Angeles via the oh-so creepy, oh–so delightful Emotional Mugger long-form music video. Yoka has now created six videos for Ty, but this Emotional Mugger long-form (over 14 minutes) video soars to new levels of paranoiac intensity, like nothing before it! Keep the kids away from the laptop when you view it…it is sick! Ty...

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Video: The Joy Formidable. Last Thing On My Mind

Ritzy Bryan front woman of The Joy Formidable wrote about the song and the video: The Last Thing On My Mind was written and recorded in the summer of 2014 at our North Walian studio the Red Brick, just outside of Mold in Clwyd. It has the feel and sentiment of a lot of the tracks from our new album, it talks about feeling alive, being free and this track in particular touches upon sexual liberation; specifically about a woman’s carnal imagination. We’re big on making our own music videos, so last month we started collecting footage & finishing the...

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Rick Wakeman Releases Life On Mars. The Piano Version.

Former David Bowie Keys Player Rick Wakeman Releases Piano Version of Life on Mars in Aid of Macmillan “It was obvious from the listeners’ response to Rick playing ‘Life On Mars’ on Radio 2 Drivetime last Monday, that they wanted to own a copy of this beautiful piece of music, as well as make a contribution. With Rick releasing this new recording it’s a perfect way to do that.” Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2 presenter, told us. Following the overwhelming response to Rick Wakeman’s piano tribute to David Bowie, Rick has recorded new piano versions of both Life On...

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Video: Port Of Est. Valentine In My HeadPhones.

American based duo, Port Of Est. are set to release their debut single on their own Delphinium Music label on 14th of February 2016.Valentine In My Headphones was self-recorded, mixed by Jonathan Wyman at The Halo and mastered by multi Grammy award winner Adam Ayan in the band’s hometown of Portland, Maine. Infectious Electronic Pop at it’s finest, the track is accompanied by a stunning video by Nancy Andrews and her College Of The Atlantic video/animation students. Formed just over two years ago in Portland, Maine, Port Of Est. feature the sublime vocals of Hannah Tarkinson and multi-instrumental talents...

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All Quiet Now: Dale Griffin.

Terence Dale Griffin, who has died aged 67, was an English drummer, record and radio producer and founder member of Mott The Hoople. Born in Ross-on Wye, Herefordshire , Griffin attended Ross Grammar school and played in a number of local bands with his lifelong friend Overend Watts and it was during this time he gained the nickname “Buffin”. Amongst Dales bands were The Silence, Charles Kingsley Creation and with Watts and Mick Ralphs in The Doc Thomas Group. Changes to that line-up occurred in 1968 and keyboard player Verden Allen joined the band and changed its name to...

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All Quiet Now: Glenn Frey

Glenn Frey was an all-American rock star determined to make it and certain he knew how. “He was the first guy to say, ‘If you don’t get the business right and the music right, you’re screwed,'” said Eagles manager Irving Azoff, clearly shaken by the death of his longtime friend on Monday. “Early on he was running around with a T-shirt that said ‘Song Power’ and was saying the Eagles were a team and not everybody can be the running back or the quarterback. He was the quarterback.” Frey, who died at age 67 after battling a variety of...

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Rock Media: Ministry Of Sound Play Oxfam Vinyl.

Three Ministry of Sound DJs and radio presenters completed a cost-conscious and super-cool challenge this week. Armed with a budget of just £20 each, they shopped for vinyl in Oxfam shops. The tunes selected will be streamed in three poverty-busting live mixes this Friday 15 January from 5pm on the Ministry of Sound LIVE app and website. All the money raised from vinyl sales at Oxfam helps fight extreme poverty and suffering across the globe. Lloyd Spring, Programme Controller for Ministry of Sound LIVE, said: “As January is the month of empty pockets, we thought it would be a...

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Video: Lemmy & Finnish Milk.

Lemmy Kilminster stars in an advertisement for Finnish dairy giant Valio that was filmed less than a month before his death last month. In the advert, the Motörhead singer is seen walking out of a bar swearing never to drink milk. The TV commercial is a remake of a 20-year-old ad well-known to viewers in Finland Valio told us “This is offered in celebration of the life of a lovely, exceptional man – a man who celebrated life so vibrantly himself. We were first shooting a remake of an iconic Finnish milk ad. The tone of this ad that...

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Rock Media: Stiff. White Denim Album & Tour.

White Denim have announced Stiff, their sixth studio record that sees the Austin quartet return to their frenetic rock band roots and is described by frontman James Petralli as a “high heat, high energy, good times record.” Out 25th March 2016 via Downtown / Sony Red, Stiff is both a jubilant thrill ride and joyous celebration of their past ten years – two qualities that lay at the heart of the outrageously shredding first single ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’. The band also return to the UK next month, where they’ll headline London’s Islington Assembly Hall and Manchester’s Deaf Institute....

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All Quiet Now: Natalie Cole. Unpredictable..Unforgettable.

Legendary singer Natalie Marie Cole died on Thursday night, 31st December 2015, in Los Angeles, just as we were preparing to ring in 2016. And as Natalie’s life is being remembered on news and social media outlets around the world, the legendary singer’s musical mark is one that I’d be remiss without reflecting upon it here. In this article, I (DJ Rob*) pay tribute to one of the greatest, yet most troubled singers of our time – a singer who overcame the huge burden of having to follow in her legendary father’s footsteps, and who overcame drug addiction and...

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Rock Show & Album: The Temperance Movement.

The Temperance Movement. Tour, Album & Tender.   British band The Temperance Movement are pleased to reveal their soulful cover of the classic Blur song ‘Tender’. The video was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and perfectly captures the open-minded spirit of the band that was inspired by the musical history steeped in the venue that surrounded them. RockShot asked guitarist Paul Sayer about the video “The main reason for particularly wanting to cover Blur was that they’re a band that was really of our childhood. As great as it is when you’re growing up to discover all...

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Rock Show: Nahko & Medicine For The People

US sensations Nahko And Medicine For The People will be making their breakout album Dark As Night available in the UK for the first time on December 11th. The release comes ahead of their January tour and the eagerly anticipated new album, recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly), which is due in spring 2016 via Side One Dummy. The US word-of-mouth sensations first came to prominence with their song Aloha Ke Akua which has gained over a whopping 4.7million views to date. Lead by Nahko, the musical collective are on a musical...

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Video: Stone Foxes. Locomotion. Album & Tour

San Francisco blues-rock quintet The Stone Foxes have announced their very first UK headline tour. The ten-date February run will kick off at Start The Bus, Bristol on February 3rd and finish at The Gladstone, Brighton on February 13th. The band will play Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on February 12th. The Stone Foxes will be touring in support of their latest album Twelve Spells, which will be getting a full UK physical release on March 18th and is available digitally now. From the fuzzy stomp of album opener Eye For Love, the tarnished-distortion and raucous kicks sees The...

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Festival: Bilbao BBK Live 2016

Back for it’s 11th year, Bilbao BBK Live returns in 2016 to welcome 40,000 revellers to the picturesque Basque Country for a weekend of incredible music. Taking place from 7 – 9 July the festival places an amazing lineup in front of a stunning backdrop of green mountains and scenic views across the city. Today the festival proudly announces its first wave of artists for next year with Pixies, New Order, M83, Hot Chip, Jose Gonzalez, Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and We Are Standard all set to take the stage. With a legacy that speaks for itself, Pixies...

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Rock Show: Wilko Johnson & Joanne Shaw Taylor

WILKO JOHNSON ANNOUNCES UK HEADLINE TOUR FEATURING BLUES-ROCK ARTIST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR AS SPECIAL GUEST Two UK talents announce they will hook up for the very first time for six unique shows R&B legend Wilko Johnson has announced his first UK headline shows since his sensational appearance with Roger Daltrey at Shepherds Bush Empire last year. Blues singer-songwriter & guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor joins him as special guest on these six unique shows, taking place throughout April 2016. Tickets are on general sale and are available at www.thegigcartel.com / 0844 478 0898. 14 April Glasgow O2 ABC 15 April Newcastle...

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Best Of 2015: Albums of The Year.

Even though we do not review albums at RockShot Magazine we do listen to them and here are the top fifty albums of the year listened to by RockShot writer’s, photographer’s and contributor’s. Foals What Went Down Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Gaz Coombes – Matador Kurt Vile – b’lieve i’m goin down Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool Heartless Bastards – Restless Ones Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell Bop English – Constant Bop Half Moon Run – Sun Leads Me On Destroyer – Poison Season Florence + The Machine...

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All Quiet Now: John ‘Brad’ Bradbury The Specials Drummer.

Jerry Dammers remembers John ‘Brad’ Bradbury, drummer with The Specials, who sadly died on Monday 28th December 2015. Hearing of Brad’s death has been a great shock to me and it is a very sad day indeed. I was friends with Brad and the two of us shared a house some time before the Specials . He was highly intelligent, had a very mischievous sense of humour which could be very funny, and he played the drums with an incredible amount of energy which was a very important part of the Specials’ sound and live shows. We had some...

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Rock Media: PJ Harvey. New Album 2016.

PJ Harvey returns next year with a new record documenting a unique artistic journey, which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. The album was recorded during her month long residency at Somerset House, Recording in Progress, in which audiences were given the opportunity to see Harvey at work with her band and producers in a purpose-built studio. Following on from the Mercury Prize winning album Let England Shake, this film clip directed by Seamus Murphy provides a glimpse of what’s to come from PJ Harvey’s ninth long player....

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Video: Hugh. Learn To Fall.

London quartet Hugh round off a incredible few months with the release of beautifully choreographed, monochrome visual for Learn To Fall. As premiered on Nylon Magazine who described it as one of the best videos they’d seen this year, it’s the perfect accompaniment to the sophisticated electronic pop of the track, with light and dark, movement and stillness weaving in and out as the track swells and oscillates. It’s a further showcase of the bands talent , cementing their status as one of the brightest new talents on the musical landscape. Comprising the quartet of vocalists Joshua Idehen and...

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Video: Emilie & Ogden. Go Home.

Emilie & Ogden have unveiled the official video for Go Home from the acclaimed debut album 10 000 which is out now on Secret City Records. Directed by Yani Clarke and Kevin Costain, the video focuses around a concept where “Emilie plays a deranged maid working at an old hotel. Emilie becomes infatuated with one of the residents and makes it her mission to make him notice her, which leads to her breaking into his room, destroying his belongings and eventually drowning in a bathtub. This is all terribly ambiguous, of course,” explains Yani Clarke. Of the track’s subject...

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Feature: The Long Road with Robert Plant. The Blanket Of Night.

The British Red Cross today announced that iconic vocalist Robert Plant and Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen have recorded exclusive tracks for The Long Road. A ground-breaking concept record created with world renowned artists, The Long Road, will spotlight real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world. Brit Award winner Ethan Johns, who has worked with the Kings of Leon, Laura Marling and The Vaccines, is producing the record. The record will be released 4 March 2016 and is available to pre-order today. To pre-order, please visit: http://smarturl.it/LongRoad Robert Plant, who recorded a version...

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Festival: Download. Black Sabbath, Tremonti, Architects.

Download Festival, in one of its biggest announcements yet confirms 33 new additions for 2016 including Shinedown, Killswitch Engage, Down, Don Broco, Architects, Neck Deep, Tremonti and more. Download Festival takes place 10-12 June 2016 in Donington Park and tickets are on sale now. Download Festival, the world’s premier rock and metal festival, returns for 2016 with one of its biggest lineups to date. Joining headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden for a weekend of incredible rock music are Shinedown, who played an unforgettable set at the festival in 2012. The band’s latest album Threat To Survival shot...

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Video: Paves. Dancing ’til The End Of Time.

  London four-piece Paves have unveiled the video for their neo-psychedelic debut single The video sees the band in an extravagant townhouse mansion. Greeted by a mysterious masked lady, she escorts them around the striking dwelling where they perform and lounge amongst seductive dancers in this masqueraded exploit. Dancing ‘Til The End Of Time is a smoky, blues-driven track with vocalist Luke Shield alongside chic wah-wah guitar lines and a funky 60’s inspired groove, creating a striking and sharp blend of rock ‘n’ roll. Yet their vintage influences stand proudly alongside a youthful, modern take on indie rock that...

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Video: Matt Grocott & The Shrives. Turn Me On.

Taking their influences from the likes of The Clash, Arctic Monkeys and Jamie T, UK punk rock upstarts Matt Grocott & The Shrives have revealed the video for their exciting new single Turn Me On. After being tipped off by his son Joey, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong invited the band over to his Jingletown Studios in Oakland, California, to lay down their debut album Back In The Morrow. The 10-track album features Joey on drums, was produced by Billie Joe and recorded by Grammy Award-winning engineer Chris Dugan (U2, Green Day, Iggy Pop). The Green Day frontman...

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Video: Frankie Lee. American Dreamer

“Originally 15 verses or so… wrote it on piano after my fingers had been crushed in a farm accident. I’m singing to you, not at you… there’s a difference that I hope you can hear. How do you sing to a generation raised on fear and the pursuit of fame and wealth? Whose parents buried them in debt and expectations, and technology has capitalized on their every move since birth? With a three minute song of course!” Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee’s family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a...

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Rock Media: From The Deep. Nick Marsh & Katherine Blake.

From The Deep will release their haunting self-titled debut album through Bellissima Records on 30th October 2015. The album was written and recorded over several years by musical and life partners Katharine Blake (Miranda Sex Garden, Mediaeval Baebes) and Nick Marsh (Flesh for Lulu, The Urban Voodoo Machine) and produced by Katharine. It features performances from several artists who will be well known to fans of Katharine’s and Nick’s previous work and spans a variety of musical styles. The album journeys through the sparse, esoteric landscape of The Lovers through the lush and sensual Siren Song, the filthy arabesque...

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Video: Turin Brakes. New Album Lost Property

Turin Brakes are delighted to announce the release of their hotly anticipated new album, Lost Property, through Cooking Vinyl, on January 29th 2016. The album will be accompanied by a UK tour in the new year. Full dates below! Opening track ’96’ is available now. Watch the video here. A collection of dispatches from the elusive side of reality that’s just a twist away from the everyday, Lost Property features the band’s trademark West-Coast acoustic guitar and widescreen harmony textures. Listen carefully beneath the lush, cinematic production the band created with co-conspirator Ali Staton (Madonna, La Roux) in the analogue...

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Video Premiere: Rews. Can You Feel It

Rews are a London based high energy alternative pop rock duo consisting of songstress Shauna Tohill and beat-maker Collette Williams who together are creating a genuine buzz on the London scene with the release of their debut single Can You Feel It. Shauna has spent the last 18 months touring as guest vocalist with Snow Patrol and as bassist with American indie artist Darwin Deez and was inspired to form REWS following an inspirational artist retreat in late 2014. She met the fantastic Collette Williams in March 2015 and they have been a match made in heaven ever since. Collette...

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Video: Lonely Robot. The Boy In The Radio.

Lonely Robot, the project masterminded by producer, guitarist and vocalist John Mitchell (It Bites, Frost*, Arena), released its debut album Please Come Home earlier this year and are set to play two special one-off live shows this December. In anticipation of this, a video for the track The Boy In The Radio has been released, featuring Peter Cox (Go West) on vocals. John Mitchell had this to say: “Boy In The Radio is a fictional tale about an insular kid who only finds his true voice when he shifts into a greater dimension. I hope you enjoy it as much...

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Video: Steven Wilson. Routine.

Steven Wilson has launched the stunning animated video for Routine. The hugely emotive track featuring a beautiful guest vocal performance by Ninet Tayeb is taken from his latest album Hand. Cannot. Erase. Steven Wilson said: “Amongst the hundreds of songs I have written over the years Routine has a very special place. It’s a deeply sad story of loss and denial, but at its conclusion the clouds lift and there is acceptance at least. Having worked with her on 3 previous videos, I knew as soon as I wrote it that it was perfect for Jess to do something...

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Video: The Beatles. Revolution.

The Beatles’ “Revolution” is now on VEVO – restored and remixed for The Beatles 1 Video Collection, which is available for pre-order at thebeatles.com. “I did the slow version and I wanted it out as a single: as a statement of The Beatles’ position on Vietnam and The Beatles’ position on revolution. For years, on The Beatles’ tours, Brian Epstein had stopped us from saying anything about Vietnam or the war.” – John Lennon. “Plugging directly into the Abbey Road desk and pushing the needles into the red achieved the fuzz-guitar sound. According to George Martin “We got into...

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Video: Israel Nash. L.A. Lately

Fresh of releasing his new album Israel Nash’s Silver Season last week, they have shared a video for single L.A.Lately. Following his critically acclaimed 2013 album Rain Plans, Israel Nash’s Silver Season was written and recorded on Nash’s 15-acre ranch in Dripping Springs, TX where he and his band built Plum Creek Sound, a 1,400 square-foot Quonset studio. Recorded to tape with Grammy-award winning engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, The Rolling Stones) back behind the boards, Israel Nash makes a bold return. Influenced by the peaceful Texas hillside, the 9-song album ventures farther down the acid-soaked trail blazed...

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Video: Fraser A Gorman. Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do)

With the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP Slow Gum earlier in the year, Fraser A. Gorman established himself as one of the best and brightest new talents around. Now he announces an October tour, bringing his beautifully offbeat, sun-baked brand of rootsy indie to European shores. Alongside this Gorman also shares the fantastic new video to Never Gonna Hold You (Like I Do), the third in his series of videos with director Sunny Leunig which features label mate Courtney Barnett and a highlight from Slow Gum. As always with Gorman, his wry numerous poetry courses through the...

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Video: Low Cut Connie. Shake It Little Tina

Low Cut Connie feature on President Obama‘s Daytime Playlist next to Aretha Franklin and The Temptations. A handpicked playlist by the President as he joins Spotify. In November 2015, Low Cut Connie will release their third album Hi Honey in the UK. Already released to much critical acclaim in the US, the album was produced by renowned Daptone Records guitarist Thomas Brenneck (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Alabama Shakes) and features guest stars Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards), Dean Ween, Greg Cartwright (Reigning Sound), members of the Dap Kings, and a cameo from the Sopranos cast-member Vinnie Pastore (Big Pussy)....

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Rock Media: Elvis Costello. Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. Rare Photos.

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink  describes how Elvis Costello’s career has endured for almost four decades through a combination of dumb luck and animal cunning, even managing the occasional absurd episode of pop stardom. The prose is as acerbic, lyrical, honest and outright funny as the songs that have made him famous. It’s full of amazing anecdotes and revelations about an incredible life in rock and roll. If you have so much as a passing interest in the history of pop/rock music it is genuinely a must read. This memoir, written entirely by Costello, offers his unique view of his unlikely...

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All Quiet Now: Rico Rodriguez. An Appreciation By Jerry Dammers.

An appreciation by Jerry Dammers, founder of The Specials and 2 Tone records. 5th September 2015. It’s hard to express how sad I feel about the death of Rico Rodriguez yesterday. He taught me so much about what a proper musician is supposed to try and do. For me, getting to play with him was one of the greatest things about the Specials. His album Man from Wareika had been one of my all time favourites and a great inspiration. I could not believe that he had agreed to play with us, and his contribution to the Specials was...

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Video: Peaches. Close Up.

In her new video for Close Up, Peaches enters the brazen world of Mexican wrestling with her musical collaborator turned coach Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. Peaches takes on a string of female wrestlers and Luchadores, including Cassandro and Dirty Sanchez. The outrageous video was filmed in Los Angeles and was directed by Vice Cooler, Peaches’ frequent video collaborator and co-producer of her new album Rub, out Sept 25 on I U She Music via INgrooves. Peaches, who conceived the video concept explained her inspiration, “I’m fascinated by Lucha VaVOOM, the work they do, and by classic bro movies like...

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Video: The Drums, There Is Nothing Left. Starring Hari Nef.

“There was a lot of hype surrounding The Drums, but having watched them tonight they are the epitome of New York cool”. RockShot. The Drums, Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham, kicked off a string of West Coast tour dates last weekend with a dynamic set at Outside Lands, and today they reveal an incredible new music video for There Is Nothing Left. The 80s-inspired, melancholy pop song just received a fresh mix from Chris Coady and now the track gets a visual treatment just as cinematic as Pierce’s sweeping vocals on the single. Starring Hari Nef, IMG’s first transgender...

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Premiere: Jana Josephina. Avian Me

Jana Josephina releases  her eagerly anticipated album Contradiction on August 14th, 2015. The album features singles I Know, Avalanche and Dreamdancer and this great song Avian Me. The video has Jana portraying many emotions and nailing them home with the hand-held-heart. We asked Jana why did she choose the title Contradictions for her album title and in a very theatrical way she responded: “Because I want to be wild and I want to be tame, I want to take and I want to give, I’m an adult but I’m also still very much a child. It’s a very human thing,...

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