Singer-songwriter Maria Taylor has teamed up with Paste Magazine to exclusively premiere her new video for "Just Once" today! Maria officially released her new album In The Next Life in December, which is her sixth solo effort and first release on her own label, Flower Moon Records. The album is now available for purchase via iTunes and Flower Moon Records. Watch "Just Once" on Paste Magazine, here: https://goo.gl/rZjAa4
Maria co-produced In The Next Life alongside Nik Freitas (Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band), which features guest vocals from Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Joshua Radin, Macey Taylor (Bright Eyes, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Jenny Lewis, AA Bondy), Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), Louis Schefano (Remy Zero, Suspicious Light), Morgan Nagler (Whispertown), and Tiffany Osborn. Andy LeMaster and Mike Bloom lent their creative chops as well, mixing several tracks on the album.
After putting out four full-length albums and two EPs as one half of Azure Ray (with co-vocalist Orenda Fink) and lending her voice, piano and drumming skills on numerous Bright Eyes records, Maria announced her solo career in 2005 - a change that would pave the way for five critically acclaimed albums and collaborations with renowned artists such as Jim Eno (Spoon), Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), Moby, Doug Easley (Cat Power, Pavement), David Barbe (Sugar, Drive-By Truckers, Son Volt) and Crooked Fingers. As a performer, Maria has shared the stage with Ben Lee, Josh Rouse, Joshua Radin, Jason Isbell, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and more. Over the years, fans have heard her music on TV shows such as Unforgettable, Suburgatory, Private Practice, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Greek and One Tree Hill.
In The Next Life officially released on December 9, 2016 via Flower Moon Records. For more information, please visit: mariataylormusic.com
Horror-infused screamo band One Last Shot from Syracuse, NY has debuted the new music video for their single "Leather & Fangs" (watch here). The video starts with a nostalgic introduction from Steven Smith of Fuse's Steven's Untitled Rock Show and then showcases a performance from the band at the haunted Landmark Theater in NY. The video was shot by B-horror director Ron Bonk (She Kills, Night of the Strange), with the track's production being handled by Justin Spaulding and Steve Sopchak (Such Gold, Ice Nine Kills). The single comes from the band's upcoming album The Death of a Poet & All of His Friends, which will be released independently on 3/31.
"The album is a concept album about 5 strangers running from an ambiguous dark force," says vocalist Jeremy Miller. "They find refuge in an isolated chapel in the woods at night that they block themselves in from the evil that surrounds them. The album is about their character development & realization of inevitable death. This song in particular is about the main character, 'The Poet,' and his struggles with life and death in the situation he's been dealt."
The "Poet" character is loosely based off Miller's own struggles with life and death. At age 17, he was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that has no cure and requires daily medication in order for him to stay alive.
"Leather & Fangs" is available for free download at Bandcamp and The Death of a Poet & All of His Friends will be available on March 31st at all online retailers.
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Scottish rock outfit Vukovi announce their self-titled debut album, due for release this March 10th via LAB Records, with a full UK headline tour beginning March 10th at Glasgow’s King Tuts.
Frantic and explosive, the new music video for lead single and album opener ‘La Di Da’ erupts into a snake-infested frenzy in seconds. “I wanted the video for ‘La Di Da’ to be a representation of my subconscious”, frontwoman Janie Shilstone says. “Almost like watching what a satanic, schizophrenic nightmare would look like.”
“At first I was terrified and when David, the owner, turned up with this see-through box. I totally froze when I saw her, though David assured me that she'd never bit or tried to strangle anyone before!
Her name was Honey, a 6ft Boa Constrictor, and after 20 mins of stroking her I finally plucked up the courage to hold her. I completely fell in love. She slithered down my left arm and rested her head on my hand, it was so therapeutic. There was one shot where I lay down and got her to slither along my body and she beautifully went behind my ear and then up towards the camera.”
Watch ‘La Di Da’ on YouTube - https://youtu.be/lXPM8nXR3Z8
Partly inspired by the Joker and Harley Quinn (from Batman) relationship Janine was obsessed with as a comic book loving teen, “the song portrays an abusive relationship unbeknown to the victim,” says the singer. “There are a lot of emotions throughout the song. There’s vulnerability, and there’s resistance. It took time to come together, and it had to live on the back burner for a while. But one night I gave in to the niggling that kept demanding I go back to it. I remember the moment it came together; me and Hamish (Reilly, guitars) in my flat drinking pretentious cocktails, laptop, tiny amp, guitar…” Incessantly giddy, intoxicatingly catchy; the end result more than rewards the toil.
Vukovi’s self-titled debut album is the definitive snapshot of their Technicolor wonder to date. They demand your attention. Produced by longtime collaborator Bruce Rintoul – “nobody pushes me quite like Bruce” says Janine – its twelve songs take in themes of individuality, drug abuse, depression and suicide. “The record might sound quirky,” says Janine. “But there are many darker notes in there…”
Tracks like ‘Prey’ see Shilstone digging deep into personal experience (“it’s about a time in my life where I thought I’d met my knight in shining armor – but he fucked me up even more) and the sublime ‘I’m Wired’, Janine’s favourite song on the record (“I wrote it trying to describe being in a relationship with severe depression and trying to express that you need that person even though you don’t show it most of the time”).
There’s introspection here, yes. There’s beauty, sure. But there are songs like ‘And He Lost His Mind’ too, which is as fun as rock music has ever allowed itself to be. A big, bouncy, neon daubed earworm that bores itself into your brain and gobbles up on your serotonin. Then there’s ‘Boy George’, a former single with a guitar sliced through it like a chainsaw through a piñata. And, if you’re going to call a song ‘Bouncy Castle’, chances are that it’s not going to be an acoustic weepy. Vukovi truly excel here, coming on like Paramore span around and around and around until they’re very dizzy and just about ready to hurl up something… wonderful.
Pre-order Vukovi’s self-titled debut album via LAB Records here - https://vukovi.tmstor.es/.
Championed by the likes of Kerrang! Q Magazine, NME, Rock Sound, Clash, The Skinny and BBC Radio 1, Vukovi’s reputation as a colossal live band saw them opening for America’s hot new things Highly Suspect late last year, as well as festival appearances at Download, T In The Park, Hard Rock Calling, Live at Leeds, British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park and many more. Catch their UK headline tour this March 2017 on the dates below. Tickets are available here - http://www.vukovi.co.uk/live/.
10 Glasgow, King Tut’s
11 Leeds, Key Club
13 Manchester, Sound Control
14 Bristol, The Louisiana
16 London, Boston Music Room
18 Nottingham, Rock City Basement
19 Aberdeen, Tunnels
The first video by Italian hard 'n' heavy all-female band The Phoenix, “Party Hard”, is now available above; click the video. The video was realized by VMultimedia; the song is taken from the band's debut EP “My Turn To Deal”, released through Demon Doll Records on February 2nd, 2016 and promoted by Atomic Stuff.
Popular New Zealand based hard rock band Devilskin has released the Official Music Video for the second single off of their second studio album, "Pray". The video was directed by Tim Van Dammen on location in Hamilton, New Zealand, with the album recorded at Modern World Recording studio in the UK with Producer Clint Murphy (with whom they recorded their No 1, Platinum selling debut album We Rise). Be Like the River is available to stream on Spotify and Google Play, and download on iTunes.
We are beyond excited to be releasing our new studio album Be Like The River on November 11th. The title comes from a lyric of ours 'Be like the river and cut through the stone', the message is about reaching your goals through perseverance and unwavering determination. It has been an incredible journey so far for Devilskin and we feel this album really encapsulates and represents our evolution as a band, as songwriters and as people. - Devilskin
Devilskin has established themselves as a household name in their native New Zealand. Formed in Hamilton in 2010, this four piece rock band are bonded by blood: Paul (bass) and Nic (drums) are father and son, Jennie (vocals) is Nics’ Aunt and Pauls’ sister in law, Nail (guitar) is Pauls evil twin. The band exploded onto the NZ rock scene with the infectious "Little Pills" and "Never See The Light" singles. Their much anticipated debut album, We Rise, released on July 11, 2014 and went straight to the top of the charts, remaining as the #1 Album and #1 Kiwi Artist Album for 3 weeks, achieving Gold sales after only 2 weeks.
The album was certified Platinum in February 2015 with sales exceeding 15,000 albums; an incredible feat in this new age of music. In November 2014 the band released their Live At The Powerstation DVD / CD which captured the band at the end of the We Rise tour, slaying a sold out Powerstation crowd.
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