Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel – Double or Nothing video (Big Boi and B.o.B.)

Army of TWO: The Devil’s Cartel – Double or Nothing video (Big Boi and B.o.B.)

TWO of the hottest stars in hip-hop, B.o.B and Big Boi, have teamed up to produce a brand new track, “Double or Nothing,” the official theme song for Army of TWO™ The Devil’s Cartel.

The demo for the game is available now for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, complete with epic explosions, massive destruction, and plenty of dynamic co-operative action for you to enjoy with a friend!

Visit http://www.armyoftwo.com/demo for more information.

Kat Dahlia Releases Video for “Gangsta” and Three Song Bundle

When Kat Dahlia’s single, “Gangsta,” hit the internet, the web went crazy — Kat’s a natural born storyteller, and people connect to her music and her razor-sharp lyrics about her hard-knock life. XXL commented, “She spits her life…with no hesitation of going personal” while MTV.com called her the “hip hop Lana Delray.” Others have compared her to a diverse range of artists, from Santigold to Adele, but there’s one sentiment everyone seems to share: Kat Dahlia’s music is fierce, personal and raw.

With the release of “Gangsta,” her first single with her first video premiering on VEVO on today, Kat’s proven herself well-beyond worthy of the buzz that started when she signed with Sylvia Rhone’s Vested In Culture/Epic label last year. Rhone – who easily qualifies as a legend, delivered a formidable endorsement by signing Kat to her label.

Kat recorded her album over the past six months, and she’s about to officially turn it up. Today, three bundled tracks (Gangsta, Money Party and Mirror) from her upcoming debut will be available on iTunes http://smarturl.it/gangsta3track , Amazon MP3 and all digital providers. On March 15, Kat will head to SXSW, where she’ll be performing at several shows to be announced soon. SXSW marks her first public live shows and she’s going big! On top of all of that, she has been chosen as a BET Music Matters artist.

Raised by Cuban-born parents in Miami Beach, Kat began singing when she was 8 and started writing songs at 15, ripping instrumentals from YouTube in lieu of a band. “I write my own music,” she says. “If you want to break it down, I’m just being myself.”

Saving money from a waitressing gig, Kat moved to New York in 2010. She was almost derailed by what she describes as a “toxic relationship,” but she got herself out of it, and emerged fired up as a writer, with new insight and a deepened commitment to uncompromising emotional honesty. Coming up with the funds to finance studio time, Kat released a music video and an EP, and signed with Vested In Culture (VIC) shortly thereafter.

The Uncluded (Aesop Rock & Kimya Dawson) Debut Album Hokey Fright To Be Released on May 7th Duo Releases New Viral Music Video for “Scissorhands”

The Uncluded, featuring rapper Aesop Rock and folk singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson are releasing their debut album Hokey Fright May 7th on Rhymesayers. The band recently made a viral video for the album track “Scissorhands.” To watch the video, click the link below:

When the pair collaborated on both Aesop’s Skelethon (Rhymesayers) and Kimya’s Thunder Thighs (Great Crap Factory), the two decided that they wanted to continue making music with each other as a group. The band name, which means to keep the things you don’t appreciate out of your life, is based on an excerpt from Michael Bernard Loggins’ book Imaginationally. This record helps to tell the story of two people who are finding therapy through making art together.

Hokey Fright’s 16 tracks were written, performed and recorded entirely by Aesop and Kimya, except for a guest drum appearance by James McNew of Yo La Tengo on “Delicate Cycle”. The album artwork was also done by illustrator/artist Travis Millard. While the record retains Aesop’s signature dense wordplay and Kimya’s soft spoken and innocent lyrics, the album has a dark feel, as the record was recorded in the wake of recent personal losses. While it may seem like an unusual pair, each artists’ best qualities shine through making an enjoyable listen for fans of both.

Kimya Dawson is a Grammy winning, platinum selling singer songwriter most widely known for her work on the JUNO soundtrack and her former band, The Moldy Peaches. She has released 7 solo albums, including a children’s album “Alphabutt”.

Aesop Rock (aka Ian Bavitz) is a critically acclaimed hip hop artist/producer, recognized for his dense and abstract word play. He has released six solo albums, three EPs, and a 45-minute piece of music designed for runners, commissioned by Nike. Lyrics have been published in the New York Times Best Seller Hip Hop Speaks to Children, as well as Yale University’s Anthology of Rap (Nov. 2010). Aesop is also co-founder of 900bats.com, a creative resource of arts, information, and oddities

Flosstradamus – Look At The Sky video + SXSW Showcase

Chicago hip-hop influenced production duo, Flosstradamus, are gearing up to take Austin by storm in two weeks with their official TURN UP! SXSW showcase. Set for Friday, March 15th from 9 PM – 2 AM at Republic Live (301 W. 5th Street), the showcase will feature performances from Supreme Cuts, Toddla T, Cashmere Cat, Mykki Blanco, DJ Slink, Chief Keef and organizers Flosstradamus.

To get you in the mood, check out the new video for “Look at the Sky” feat. Deniro Ferrar which puts the duo’s meticulous production centerstage and features samples from Opus III’s iconic spacey 90s house jam “It’s a Fine Day”.

Flosstradamus – Look At The Sky video

J2K and Autobot intend to keep their explosive live show going throughout March and April, with their Underground Nights Tour across the US and Canada. Dates below:

03/07 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
03/08 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
03/09 – New Orleans, LA @ Buku Festival
03/10 – Winter Park, CO @ Snowball Festival
03/12 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
03/13 – South Padre, TX @ Claytons
03/26 – Washington D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
03/28 – Philadelphia, PA @ Sound Garden Hall
03/29 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
03/30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
03/31 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
04/02 – Montreal, QC @ Sat
04/03 – Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
04/04 – Toronto, ON @ The Hoxton
04/05 – Cleveland, OH @ Liquidsixx
04/06 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bluebird
04/08 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
04/09 – Chatanooga, TN @ Trak 29
04/10 – Raleigh, NC @ The Lincoln Theatre
04/24 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
04/25 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/26 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
04/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Celebrities

Locust Announce New Album “You’ll Be Safe Forever” Out April 16th on Editions Mego

Out April 16th, 2013 on Editions Mego Band Reveals New Music Video, Tracklist + Album Art

WATCH MUSIC VIDEO FOR LEAD TRACK “STROBES” HERE

“A confluence of…everything. Airy synths drift over a heavy drum loop that slowly compresses itself into tunnels of sound, and there’s a ghostly, Aphex Twin-esque vocal sample that fuzzes and glitches beyond the point of intelligibility. It feels like a survey of noise and harsh electronics against a welcoming backdrop. But beyond all that, it’s a gorgeous track that effortlessly synthesizes so many disparate sounds into one cohesive piece”.
– The Fader

“Mark Van Hoen is one of the mergers of two different sides of electronica – surreal, pastoral compositions and colder architectural sound experimentation. His sound is extremely hard to define as it incorporates diverse elements from different genres, including trip-hop, ambient, techno, experimental, abstract. All this makes a great trip into the world full of emotions, dreams, subconscious thoughts and just pure electronic music beauty.”
– Secret Thirteen
Locust just announced their full-length release on European electronic label Editions Mego this April 16th, entitled You’ll Be Safe Forever. The two Locust band mates Mark Van Hoen and Louis Sherman have accomplished the melding of 50 years of electronic musical history in a beautifully crafted album, with sounds evoking memories of early electronic icons like Delia Derbyshire, through to Tangerine Dream, Eno, Throbbing Gristle, LFO and beyond. The record combines ’80s industrial techno, the spoken word of underground disco, cosmic synth lines, and ambient distorted dream vocals combined with rhythmic looping drums.

“Strobes” is the first digital single off the new album that blurs the line between the avant-garde, dance and ambient noise with an optimistic, rollicking drum beat, groovy vocal samples, and eerie synth elements. Another standout song “Just Want You” features darkly twinkling synthesizers, and ominous, thumping percussion that guides the track along into sinister, uncharted territory. The gently pulsing electronics of “Fall For Me” combined with airy vocal samples and an almost head-banging percussion, sprinkled with soft, soothing piano melodies. “Oh Yeah” is laced with a child’s whisper and huddling, frenetic percussion that feels more like a heartbeat than dance material. Sherman decribes the album as “an experience rather than a collection of songs. We made sure the whole album flowed like an evening with ebbs and flows that create a journey towards the ultimate cosmic zone at the end.”

The record showcases prime examples of Van Hoen’s compulsively hypnotic beats and abstracted pop vocals—already hallmarks of his collected work since 1993 both in his own music and with collaborators Seefeel, Slowdive & Scala to weave a unique sonic tapestry, as inviting as it is intricate. Paired with Sherman’s evocative synthesizer improvisations—an immediately visceral element new to Locust—this new partnership has crafted a shattered landscape that bridges two perspectives of progressive movement in electronic music under a single name. “Working with Mark was magic from the first note.” says Sherman. “We had written most of the record in just one session improvising.” The album was primarily written in Louis Sherman’s studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn and completed in Van Hoen’s studio in Woodstock, New York. Sherman, an American from Baltimore, comes to the band armed with a vast knowledge of the history of electronic music. This, combined with Londoner Mark Van Hoen’s known musical pedigree, and production expertise maps the complete topography of a landscape…

The overall effect of You’ll Be Safe Forever seems to promise the contrary — not unlike a haunting dream that wakes you up to a different reality, shrouded in an almost spectral haze. The tracks are instrumental but there are voices everywhere, cut up and tweaked or stretched out, leaving echoes of silence. The overall result, Van Hoen says of the album, is that “the music is more emotional than academic”. Locust’s new release You’ll Be Safe Forever makes you question what you’re hearing and feeling all at once. The result is something unquestioningly, mind-bendingly beautiful.

Locust will be playing at the Editions Mego special event at the De La Warr Pavilion in the UK this May 11, alongside Luc Ferrari, Kevin Drumm, Mark Fell, Fennesz and more (full details here).

Tracklisting:

1 Fall For Me
2 I Hear A Quiet Voice
3 Strobes
4 The Worn Gift
5 Just Want You
6 Remember
7 Oh Yeah
8 Do Not Fear
9 More Like Prayer Than Science
10 The Washer Woman
11 The Flower Lady
12 Subie
13 Corporal Genesis

Madchild – Grenade Launcher video featuring Slaine from La Coka Nostra & Prevail

Madchild Releases Video For “Grenade Launcher” Featuring Slaine From La Coka Nostra; “Dope Sick” Gets Nominated For 2013 Juno Award

Madchild from Swollen Members continues to soar to new heights with his debut solo album “Dope Sick”, as the record has been nominated for a 2013 Juno Award in the category of “Rap Recording of the Year” alongside Classified, JD Era, Maestro Fresh Wes and Rich Kidd/SonReal. To celebrate Madchild’s Juno nomination he has released his video for the song “Grenade Launcher” featuring Slaine from La Coka Nostra online with XXL

Since the release of his debut solo album “Dope Sick”, Madchild from Swollen Members has refused to rest. He embarked on a sold-out Canadian tour alongside Tech N9ne, and went right back out on the road on his 40-date headlining tour across the country. This summer Madchild will join the traveling punk-rock circus known as the Vans Warped Tour alongside Mac Lethal, MC Lars, Goldfinger, Forever the Sickest Kids, Big Chocolate, The Black Dahlia Murder, and others.

Madchild is also gearing up for the release of a new Swollen Members album entitled “Beautiful Death Machine” on March 19th via Suburban Noize/Battle Axe Records.Armed with their signature brand of dark, sinister, spellbinding hip-hop, Swollen Members new album sounds aggressive, confident and commands listeners attention with its in-your-face attitude.

MADCHILD TOUR DATES:

MAR 15 – Surrey, BC – Olympia Pizza

MAR 19 – Cranbrook, BC – Freindz Pub

MAR 20 – Kamloops, BC – Cactus Jacks Nightclub

MAR 21 – Nanaimo, BC – Queens Nightclub

MAR 22 – Victoria, BC – Club 9one9

MAR 23 – Maple Ridge, BC – Haney Public House

MAR 24 – Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub

MAR 26 – Lethbridge, AB – Studio 54

MAR 27 – Edmonton, AB – Union Hall

MAR 28 – Grande Prairie, AB – Madhatters Liquid Lounge

MAR 29 – Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub

MAR 30 – San Bernardino, CA – The NOS EVents Centre (PAID DUES 2013)

APR 03 – Regina, SK – The Owl Bar (University of Regina Campus)

APR 04 – Saskatoon, SK – The Odeon Events Centre

APR 05 – Brandon, MB – The 40

APR 06 – Winnipeg, MB – Pyramid Cabaret

APR 11 – Hamilton, ON – Club Absinthe

APR 12 – Toronto, ON – Rockpile Nightclub

APR 13 – Guelph, ON – Louis on Lewis

APR 15 – Ottawa, ON – Marquee Nightclub

Jun 15 – Seattle, WA – White River Amphitheater

Jun 16 – Portland, OR – Portland Expo Center Parking Lot

Jun 19 – San Diego, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre

Jun 20 – Pomona,CA – Pomona Fairplex

Jun 21 – Pomona, CA – Pomona Fairplex

Jun 22 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre

Jun 23 – Ventura, CA- Seaside Park

Jun 26 – Las Cruces, NM – N.M.S.U. Practice Field

Jun 27 – Phoenix, AZ – Quail Run Park

Jun 28 – Las Vegas, NV – VENUE TBD

Jun 29 – Salt Lake City, UT – Utah State Fairpark

Jun 30 – Denver, CO – Sports Authority Field at Mile High

Jul 03 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center

Jul 05 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Jul 06 – Buffalo, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Jul 07 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Concert Center

Jul 09 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live At Virginia Beach

Jul 10 – Washington, D.C. – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Jul 11 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center

Jul 12 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center

Jul 13 – New York, NY – Nassau Memorial Coliseum

Jul 14 – Hartford, CT – The Comcast Theatre

Jul 16 – Scranton, PA – Toyota Pavilion

Jul 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion

Jul 18 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center

Jul 19 – Detroit, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

Jul 20 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

Jul 21 – Minneapolis, MN – Canterbury Park

Jul 23 – Kansas City, KS – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Jul 24 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – St. Louis

Jul 25 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Jul 26 – Tampa, FL – Vinoy Park

Jul 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre

Jul 28 – Orlando, FL- Central Florida Fairgrounds

Jul 29 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

Jul 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center

Jul 31 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheatre

Aug 2 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion

Aug 3 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center

Aug 4 – Houston, TX – Reliant Center Parking Lot