Category: Sound/Vision

Andy White Still A Troubadour After All These Years

Belfast singer-songwriter Andy White is writing songs about politics again. Did he ever stop? In the early 1980s Andy took his guitar in its old bashed up case to the North London folk clubs following in the footsteps of Billy Bragg and then, later, trading alternative nights with him at the likes of the Red Rose in Seven Sisters. You can see the video for the third song released from the album Very Fine People below: Andy has written and recorded ten powerful songs and will be releasing them digitally as well as on limited edition vinyl on November...

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Yellow Submarine Returns To Cinemas July 2018

Beatles fans who enjoyed the broadcasting of 8 Days A Week over the Christmas period will be delighted to hear that there is another treat to look forward to in the Summer. This is surely a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all fans of the Fab Four. Picturehouse Entertainment have announced that The Beatles’ legendary animated hit film Yellow Submarine is returning to cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July 2018. This big-screen revival will give generations of audiences the opportunity to either revisit Pepperland or go there for the first time. The release of the film coincides with...

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Will Varley Seven Days Video, New Album & Tour.

Seven Days is from Will Varley’s new single taken from his forthcoming album Spirit Of Minnie which is released on 9th Feb. Will wrote Seven Days in acknowledgement of those fleeting milestone moments in life that we let slip by us. He’s single-handedly created this tender new monochrome pixel art animation which accompanies the track, inspired by the classic 8-bit dos games of Will’s own 90s childhood. The video is a simplicity itself and very charming when accompanied by Will’s lyrics with his usual ability to tell a story. This results in a perfect match for what is quite...

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ShitKid’s New EP Declares This Is It

ShitKid, the anti-popstar from Sweden, is back with Yooouuu. The first single from upcoming EP This Is It channels ‘90s grunge as it describes the ending of a relationship and obsessing over crossing paths with the ex. “The video for Yooouuu was recorded during one day in Malmö by my art director/road manager, Moa Romanova who recently became friends with Elias, the cute guy who also stars in the video,” explains ShitKid, AKA Åsa Söderqvist. “We had decided we wanted a cheesy love-video for the song and filmed it at the cold beach, at Elias’ home and walking the...

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Titus Andronicus Shift Up In The Messy Environment

Since debuting in 2008, Titus Andronicus, also know henceforth as +@,  has been conditioning faithful listeners to always expect only the unexpected, consistently zigging where others would zag and maintaining a steadfast dedication to fearless ambition. With the March 2nd release of the new studio album A Productive Cough on Merge Records, +@ has executed the most shocking departure yet but only if, as ever-mercurial singer-songwriter Patrick Stickles told us, “you haven’t been paying attention.” A Productive Cough finds +@ setting aside the leadfooted punk anthems of yesteryear in favour of a subtler, more spacious approach that pushes Stickles’...

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Escape The Fate Are Human, And Headed To The UK

Escape The Fate are kicking off 2018 with a flurry of activity. In January and February they’re heading to the UK for a headline tour. In February they also release their new studio album, I Am Human. And the band have just shared the lyric video for the LP’s title track. The song, and previously unveiled tracks Do You Love Me and Empire, reveal the rawer sound of the band’s sixth album, produced by Howard Benson (known for his work with My Chemical Romance, Seether, and Theory Of A Deadman). “We’re getting older, and we’re changing – so our...

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Manic Street Preachers Return With International Blue

Manic Street Preachers are back with their first new music in three years. International Blue is the lead single from the Welsh trio’s forthcoming album Resistance Is Futile and spiritually marks a return to their punk-rock roots following the electronic influences that characterised 2014’s Futurology album. “The track itself is carried by the kind of naive energy that powered Motorcycle Emptiness,” admits lyricist Nicky Wire. Adds singer-guitarist James Dean Bradfield, who writes the band’s music with drummer Sean Moore: “Often I just need a great title to set me off. Seeing the word blue struck a chord and set off...

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Calexico Reveal Voices In The Field

Calexico, who return with their ninth studio album in January, are building anticipation for its release with a new single. Voices In The Field, says vocalist/guitarist Joey Burns, draws inspiration from Mavis Staples, Bombino, Joe Strummer, and Bob Dylan. “In the age of the extremes, when walls attempt stifling words, this song is inspired by the poems on postcards from those uprooted by war and oppression,” he explains. “It’s a song to remind us to open up our hearts and hear other voices sing their stories.” The LP from which the song’s taken, The Thread That Keeps Us, finds...

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Charlotte Gainsbourg Is Lying With You In Her New Video

Charlotte Gainsbourg revisits her youth (and actual childhood home) in the self-directed video for Lying With You. The latest offering from her album Rest was filmed in the house that belonged to her father, the musician and artist Serge Gainsbourg. Unchanged since his death in 1991, it provides the backdrop to lyrics that reimagine his passing. Portraying herself as a 19 year old who finds and lies beside his body, the song is accompanied by shots of herself and a depiction of her younger self wandering through the home that’s filled with photographs, heirlooms, a giant preserved spider, TV...

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Noah Gundersen Drops Number One Hit Of The Summer

Noah Gundersen, who played sold-out shows in Manchester and London in September, is returning to the capital in March. But first the Seattle-based singer-songwriter is releasing new single Number One Hit Of The Summer (Fade Out). The song is taken from his third LP, White Noise, which marks a conscious departure from the more traditional alt-folk/Americana sound of its predecessors, 2015’s Carry The Ghost and 2014’s Ledges. “At the beginning of 2016, I walked on stage and was met with a feeling of overwhelming emptiness,” Gundersen reveals. “Instead of my life up to that point flashing before my eyes,...

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Five Finger Death Punch: A Decade of Destruction Album & Tour

Los Angeles-based multi-platinum hard rock band, Five Finger Death Punch are excited to reveal that they will be releasing a greatest hits album, A Decade of Destruction on December 1st. The compilation will include two new tracks – the first new music the band has released in over 2 years. In addition, FFDP have released as a single one of the new tracks from the album, titled Trouble. Five Finger Death Punch are also pleased to announce they will be releasing their seventh full-length studio album during Spring 2018. The album follows their critically acclaimed 2015 chart-topping hit album Got Your Six, which featured...

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Bad Touch Are Ready To Get It On Across The UK

As Bad Touch gear up for a headline UK tour and their latest single has been released and features on our November playlist. Baby Get It On features vocals by Mollie Marriott, who is also the special guest for the band’s upcoming shows, which kicks off at Corporation in Sheffield on the 9th of November. The song, written by Ike Turner, originally appeared as a duet with Tina Turner on her 1975 solo album Acid Queen. The new version was recorded at Decoy Studios and mastered at Abbey Road Studios. “We’re excited to be taking to the road in November...

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OMD Get Personal On What Have We Done

OMD, who are currently in the throes of an 18-date UK and Eire tour, have shared the video for their latest single, What We Have Done. The track is the third 12-inch to be released from the duo’s 13th studio album, The Punishment Of Luxury, which entered the UK Album Chart at #4 in September. “The opportunity to combine an abstract aerial aesthetic with human vignettes was not to be missed,” says the band’s Andy McCluskey in describing the video which was shot entirely from a drone’s perspective. “The viewer is a weightless voyeur of landscape and emotional condition.“ The...

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Paul McCartney & Little Steven Surprise At Roundhouse

Saying “he wanted to “finish some unfinished business,” Steven Van Zandt invited friend Sir Paul McCartney onto the stage at his Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul concert at The Roundhouse, Nov. 4.  This was Little Steven’s first Uk concert tour in twenty five years, They then performed The Beatles song I Saw Her Standing There together. The last time they performed together was at Hard Rock Calling in 2012, where the power was unexpectedly shut off due to the council’s curfew. The London show kicked off a European tour by legendary Springsteen guitarist Little Steven and his band the Disciples of Soul. The band are also touring...

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Childcare Debut Video For Getting Over You

The debut video by Childcare for Getting Over You (By Dressing Up Like You). Directed by Danny Nellis (directs all Wesley Gonzalez videos) and produced by CHILDCARE guitarist Rich Le Gate. The video for is a surreal homage to the hollow, naff brilliance of stock photography. From the bizarre (Trout Hand) to the classic (Lovers Hold Hands On Deckchairs). Singer Ed Cares eloquently explains: “After being the victim of a polite yet painful breakup, I found myself later that same day wearing one of the skirts of my former inamorata for a video shoot the band was filming. Realising this...

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Let’s Dream About Bishop Briggs

Teleport/Island Records artist Bishop Briggs, whose massive RIAA-certified gold single River amassed over 40 million global streams and soared to #3 on the Alternative chart, releases her new video for her single Dream. Directed by Dano Cerny (credits: The Chainsmokers’ Closer featuring Halsey, Elle King’s “Good Girls”, and many more) and shot on location in Los Angeles, the Wes Anderson-inspired video follows Bishop through a never-ending dream where she finds the strength to overcome depth and darkness.  Watch the official video for Dream here.   Dream will also  be included on Bishop’s highly anticipated debut album, due in Spring 2018.  Bishop Briggs told  us...

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Jarreau Vandal feat. Zak Abel — Make You Love Me, New Video

Jarreau Vandal has released his new single, Make You Love Me, via Rinse. The young Dutch producer/DJ was born in Maastricht and raised in Amsterdam, growing up in a musical family and immersed in the sounds of jazz, soul and funk from an early age. Inspired by the hip hop, rock and R&B sounds of the ’90’s and introduced to the drums and then music production by his Grandfather (also a producer), he naturally pursued a career in music. As a resident DJ and promoter of Amsterdam-based club night Wavefiles, Jarreau met IAMNOBODI (an artist he admired) who introduced him to...

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Ecca Vandal, Future Heroine

Melbourne-based, genre-bending artist Ecca Vandal, announced her self-titled debut album this week alongside new single Future Heroine. The album will be released on 20th October via Island Records and to mark the release, Vandal will be hitting the road, supporting Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes across the country in December, closing out with a massive show at London’s Brixton Academy on Friday 8th December. “‘Future Heroine’ is about the death of a relationship,” says Vandal, “where addictions win and take priority over love, health and happiness. In the video, I play the role of the persistent voice in my lover’s head, from two...

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Barenaked Ladies Are Lookin’ Up At Fake Nudes

Barenaked Ladies, who release their fifteenth album Fake Nudes in November, are bringing their energetic live shows back to the UK in April 2018. The Canadian band (comprising lead singer and guitarist Ed Robertson, bassist Jim Creeggan, keyboard player and guitarist Kevin Hearn, and drummer Tyler Stewart) have reunited with longstanding producer Gavin Brown for the upcoming LP. “I’m incredibly proud of this collection of songs,” reveals Robertson. “This is a record where all band members shine. It’s incredible to feel so excited about something 29 years into our career. I’m excited to get out and play these songs...

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Lights: Skin & Earth & Four Great Videos

Canadian alt-pop Lights’ fourth studio album Skin&Earth is out today, via Warner Bros. It is her most ambitious project yet, releasing alongside a companion comic book series of the same name, created written and illustrated in full by Lights. You can listen to it here. Lights has revealed videos for album tracks Skydiving, Giants, Savage and more recently New Fears. Not only is she celebrating the album’s release tonight, but Lights is also kicking off her U.S tour with PVRIS at The Novo in Los Angeles. We think that she may have just created one of the most perfect...

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Intergalactic Lovers: Exhale & Rivers

Intergalactic Lovers return with their third album Exhale released in September 2017. Exhale is a collection of sky-wide alt-rock songs with melodic pull that echoes the best of PJ Harvey or Cat Power. Elemental singer/songwriter Lara Chedraoui is the emotional center of the band. Hailing from Belgium, they are one of the biggest bands in that country having achieved Gold Status and being awarded ‘Best Breakthrough Band’ at their Music Industry Awards. Their new record was produced by the world renowned Gill Norton, the legendary studio man behind amazing albums for The Pixies and Echo & The Bunnymen. The official...

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Video Premiere Of Phil Cosby’s The Days We Were Young

In this Vision premeire of The Days We Were Young, Phil Cosby acts out an aspect of his life on the road and encounters something that could be otherworldly. He tells us more: “This video is about a man who travels the city by night, haunted by the memory of girl, she leads him to an another world where he can finally let go of the past that holds him.” The track is taken from the new EP Blue Daze. Phil has a great London show coming up, in November, at Ryan’s in North London where they have fantastic music...

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The Amazons In Ultraviolet

Fast rising rock band The Amazons continue their surge as they share a new video for fan favourite track Ultraviolet. The video captures the band excelling in an environment that matches the raw energy of their gigs. Each scene was shot on 16mm film, with dynamic animations scraped by hand, frame by frame onto the negative before being run back through the scanner. The video was directed by Oscar Sansom who has previously worked with Biffy Clyro, Belle and Sebastian, Idlewidl and Twin Atlantic amongst others. “I wanted to create a video that really celebrates the energy of The Amazons’ live...

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BUHU Releases The Worlds First SitCom Music Video?

  BUHU is releasing the world’s first music video sitcom, Leave It To BUHU, for their previously released single, La Truth. Now we cannot confirm or deny that this is a first, some of those films used to illustrate songs on the Old Grey Whistle test might well be forerunners to this idea, but hey! they also put in subtitles on this. What is great though, is to make a wonderful discovery of a man influenced by both Jackson Browne and Modest Mouse, who delves deep into electronic songwriting, is based in Austin, Texas and who produces emotive and tuneful work. The song is...

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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) Turn Up The NRGQ Ahead Of UK Return

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) are back with NRGQ, a high-energy video that captures the spirit of their frenzied live shows. And, following their successful UK tour in May, the New York City dance-punk band are bringing those frenzied live shows back to these shores at the end of October. NRGQ, taken from their latest album Shake The Shudder, features a typically gutsy performance from lead singer Nic Offer and vocalist Lea Lea as they front an equally energetic four-piece band. Their brightly coloured suits (and short shorts) contrasting with the white backdrop only add to the vibrancy, while continuing...

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Look Look Look! At The New Video From Velvet Volume

Velvet Volume’s latest single, Look Look Look!, tackles the uncertainties of life head on, while providing a glimpse of the Danish rock band’s upcoming debut album. “This track was written at a point in our lives where we all had to get used to time with restlessness and insecurity,” says guitarist and singer Noa Lachmi, who’s joined in the band by her sisters Naomi (bass and vocals) and Nataja (drums). The accompanying video, featuring the trio in shiny wigs, finds director Daniel Aude channelling Sofia Coppola as it enters the dreamworld of a restless young woman who finds herself...

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Diamond Thug Reach Into Space On Cosmic Dreamer

South African quartet Diamond Thug continue their international (or intergalactic) expansion with new song Cosmic Dreamer. “Cosmic Dreamer speaks to the expedition of a traveller yearning to drift out of the space they occupy,” says the band. “An external force grips them, pulling them beyond the realm of their experience, giving them a taste of a new expansive, exciting and awakening orbit. “The song describes the liberating journey of escaping one’s known world, bending the rules of gravity and breaking the bounds separating reality from surreality.” Taken from their upcoming debut studio album and recorded at Cape Town’s Digital...

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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Are Over Everything In This Great Collaboration

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, two of the most acclaimed and gifted songwriters of our generation have joined forces to release a collaboration as unique and unusual as their talents, in the form of a brand new album, Lotta Sea Lice. The shared chemistry is immediately apparent in the breathtaking jam of opener and first single Over Everything, with dovetailing vocal lines and intricate, shimmering guitar stylings from the pair. The lyrics play out as a rambling dialogue as they compare notes about song-writing and inspiration. It was the first song written for this project, and comes accompanied by a beautiful black and white video...

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Mastodon Breathing Steam Into A Cold Dark Place

Mastodon aren’t relaxing in the run-up to their December UK tour. Last week they released the video for their latest single, Steambreather. Last night they appeared in the season finale of Game Of Thrones. And today they announce Cold Dark Place, a new EP featuring four previously unreleased songs. Filmed in London by the husband and wife team of Essy May and Stevie Gee, the Steambreather video examines what happens when a disparate group of people accept an invitation to examine “The Breath of Life – Release Your Inner Self”. Taken from Emperor of Sand, their eighth studio album...

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Joan Osborne Is Tangled Up In Blue

Joan Osborne has released Tangled Up In Blue, the new single from her forthcoming studio album, Songs of Bob Dylan. The LP finds the seven-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter put her own spin on highlights from Dylan’s back catalogue. Tangled Up In Blue, for example, gets a classic soul makeover. “We ended up listening to Dusty Springfield’s Dusty in Memphis, some of the classic Memphis recordings of that time, to see if we could flavour the Dylan song with some of that stuff,” reveals Osborne. “It’s a very lengthy song, and that’s why people tend to do it at this...

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H.E.A.T. Redefined Music Video Premiere

Swedish band H.E.A.T have delivered their new video Redefined from their forthcoming fifth studio album, Into The Great Unknown, to be released on 22nd September 2017. The new album is a rock and roll journey that  delivers everything H.E.A.T is loved for, including frontman Erik Grönwall’s incredible vocal talent and the band’s traditional approach to melodic rock. The album includes Eye Of The Storm, Redefined, and Time On Our Side, all of which embody catchy melodies and fresh ideas, while taking the band’s talent to the next level. After one and a half years of intense songwriting, with guitarist Dave Dalone (aka Sky Davis) back in the...

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The Vex Hail Malala On Education Kills

Following the news that Malala Yousafzai has earned a place at Oxford University, The Vex have shared a tribute to the young advocate for women’s right to education. Featuring lyrics like “for this fearless heroine, the nation unites” Education Kills deals directly with the resilience and bravery of the young Nobel laureate who survived an assassination attempt by a Pakistan Taliban gunman in 2012.   With a video shot against the backdrop of Big Ben and directed by Sam Holmes, the lead track from the London band’s self-titled EP follows The Clash template of pairing politically aware lyrics with...

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Foo Fighters Declare That The Sky Is A Neighborhood

Attention all Foo Fighters fans! The band have released  The Sky Is a Neighborhood, the second single from their upcoming Concrete And Gold album. Following the previously released Run, this brand new music is everything Foo Fighters fans could want: soul-touching verses and their signature loud, almost dark, heart-bombing choruses. For the accompanying video, Dave Grohl has once again put himself both in front and behind the camera, to craft one of the group’s best videos ever. Featuring two of his daughters, Harper and Violet, The Sky Is A Neighborhood sees Dave, Pat, Tay, Chris, Nate, and Rami on top of a...

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Park Hotel Are Going West In Their New Video

London-based post-electronic dance duo Park Hotel have shared their latest video. Going West, a collaboration with the artist Henry Colborne, is being released in the run-up to the group’s live set at Bestival and their headline show at The Pickle Factory. In the studio, the creative core of Tim Abbey and Rebeca Marcos-Roca explore what they describe as “the mirrorball-noir territory between alternative arena electronica and wired downtown songwriting”. But on stage, the disco-rock duo expand into a six-piece band featuring drums, percussion, two guitars, keyboards, and three-way vocal harmonies that all adds up to a neo-funk hybrid of...

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At The Drive In Fly Back With Call Broken Arrow

At The Drive In are back with the new single from their latest album, in • ter a • li • a. And what’s more, Call Broken Arrow acts as a prequel to the recent video for Hostage Stamps. “In Hostage Stamps, we have a prisoner being tortured and monitored by some sort of authoritarian organisation,” explains director Rob Shaw. “The guys wanted to show why he was imprisoned, as well as cast doubt over his innocence. “It’s funny how in stories, especially film stories, you tend to sympathise with whoever you spend time with. When you watch someone...

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Weezer, The Pacific Daydreamers Return

L.A. rockers Weezer have announced their eleventh studio album Pacific Daydream on Crush Music/Atlantic Records due out on October 27th. The non-self-titled or colour-themed record continues the Rivers Cuomo-led four-piece’s titled-albums following their self-titled, feel-good hits of the Californian summer-tinged White Album which was only released last year. The summer theme seems to continue thus far with Pacific Daydream, first single Feels Like Summer hitting the airwaves in March. But to accompany the news of their new record, the rockers have released their latest single, Mexican Fender. Check out the video here:   Following the release of their self-titled...

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Vision: 5 Billion In Diamonds, Travelling

5 Billion In Diamonds, the latest project from Butch Vig, have released Travelling, the brand new single from their brand new self-titled album. The third song to be taken from their debut LP, it was actually the first written by the collective that also features UK DJ James Grillo and UK producer Andy Jenks. “James and I came up with a couple dreamy guitar loops, which inspired Andy to record all these amazing groovalicious keyboards, which inspired me to track some funky drums and to bring Justin Meldal-Johnson in on bass,” explains Vig, best known as Garbage’s drummer and...

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Prog Legends Gentle Giant Release Three Piece Suite, Remixed By Steven Wilson

  Gentle Giant release their first taster from their new Prog compilation album Three Piece Suite remixed by Steven Wilson, out September 29th, the fabulous Peel The Paint is shown in full video above. —Three Piece Suite is a specially curated selection of songs and compositions from the band’s first three albums (Giant, Acquiring The Taste, Three Friends) presented in both 5.1 surround sound and stereo. There are nine tracks from the albums, plus a pre-debut song, remixed by Steven Wilson. The choices were determined by the limited availability of multi-track master tapes from the era. Only a few songs from...

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London Jazz Art Group AlaskAlaska With Groove Laden Video For Bitter Winter

ALASKALASKA is an art-pop 6 piece from London. They make beautiful, groove-laden music that seamlessly blends jazz, disco, funk and R&B into a bold and playful sound uniquely their own; synthetic beats play alongside live drums, delayed guitars and swirling saxophones to create something musically rich and delightfully intricate. Band leader and vocalist Lucinda twists brooding and introspective lyrics, maybe akin to the words of Arthur Russell, into infectious melodies reminiscent of Warpaint, Dirty Projectors or Talk Talk, which demand repeat listens and could as easily soundtrack a wistful evening alone as they could a party. They’ve built a...

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Vision: Black Country Communion, Collide

Black Country Communion are back with the first single from their first new album since 2013. The rock supergroup featuring bassist/singer Glenn Hughes, guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa, keyboard player Derek Sherinian, and drummer Jason Bonham have released the video for Collide, taken from their upcoming fourth studio album BCCIV. “I had written the riff to this song in the morning of the first day of writing BCCIV,” Hughes tells us. “Joe came over and I played him the riff, and we finished the song before lunch. I had a feeling that Collide would set the pace for the record.” And...

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