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Ram Heavy Duty / Jeep Gladiator

Jeep and Ram brands both set full-year records in 2018 with sales up 17% and 7%, respectively. Both brands are poised to continue that momentum with the the return of a truck to Jeep’s lineup and the latest Ram HD that has once again set the benchmark for performance, capability, technology and luxury. 

The 2019 Ram Heavy Duty is the most powerful, most capable pickup in the segment with a towing capacity of 35,100 lbs. and a payload capacity of 7,680 lbs. Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. The new Ram Heavy Duty also sets benchmarks in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology extending well past any competitive offerings. Giving maximum effort all day, every day with confidence, the new 2019 Ram Heavy Duty line of pickups steps forward with the full force of modern capability.

     The all-new 2020 Jeep® Gladiator – the most capable midsize truck ever – builds on a rich heritage of tough, dependable Jeep trucks with an unmatched combination of rugged utility, authentic Jeep design, open-air freedom, clever functionality and versatility, best-in-class towing and 4×4 payload, advanced fuel-efficient powertrains, superior on- and off-road dynamics and a host of innovative safety and advanced technology features.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine

The all-new 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine with eTorque technology is rated a best-in-class 270 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque and mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine’s torque output surpasses that of the V-6 engine offered in Wrangler. An all-new eTorque system improves fuel economy, launch performance and driver comfort during start/stop operations.

The eTorque system’s hybrid functions include auto stop/start, electric power assist, extended fuel shut-off, transmission shift management, intelligent battery charging and regenerative braking. Both the engine and fuel flow may be turned off during stops, coasting or when the engine is decelerating.

The all-new 2.0-liter I-4 engine features a twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger with an electronically actuated waste gate for exceptional responsiveness and performance, even while traversing over difficult terrain. The turbo is mounted directly to the cylinder head to improve durability. A dedicated cooling circuit lowers the temperature of the intake air, throttle body and turbocharger.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of the Global Medium Engine architecture family and features Double Over Head Camshafts (DOHC), dual independent camshaft timing and a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (C-EGR) system. This is the first time that the combined use of a twin-scroll turbocharger, C-EGR system, Central Direct Injection and the independent liquid cooling intake of air, throttle body and turbo have been employed together. This combination of technologies enables the high levels of performance and reduces fuel consumption.  

Direct injection, coupled with turbocharging, enables more efficient combustion and increased performance. The 2.0-liter I-4 engine’s fuel pump supplies the engine’s 2,900-psi high-pressure common-rail injection system. These high pressures produce better fuel atomization and allow for more precise fuel delivery than port fuel-injected systems, which in turn improves both performance and efficiency.

A variable displacement two-stage oil pump provides high oil pressure under high speed and load, but switches to a low-pressure mode for improved fuel economy during typical driving conditions. The piston cooling jet operation is managed by the two-stage oil pump to enhance fuel economy under normal driving conditions while improving durability under demanding, high-load engine operation. A large capacity oil cooler extends the oil change interval and ensures engine durability.

The cast aluminum alloy cylinder head features a central injector and high tumble intake ports. This combination provides increased charge motion and balanced airflow for improved fuel efficiency and performance. Cast-aluminum pistons with a 10:1 compression ratio have four valve pockets to accommodate the dual Variable Valve Timing (VVT) system. Each cylinder bore is fitted with gallery-mounted piston oil squirters to limit piston temperatures, reduce spark knock and increase piston durability.  

The 2.0-liter I-4 engine features a low-pressure, sand cast-aluminum block with cast-in iron liners. The bore diameter is 84 mm and the stroke is 90 mm. Total displacement is 1,995 cc.

A water-cooled, integrated exhaust manifold helps reduce turbo inlet temperatures while providing increased engine reliability.

An inverted tooth primary chain drives both the intake and exhaust camshafts and minimizes noise. Camshafts are robotically assembled using hollow shafts and have polished cam journals to reduce weight and improve durability for start-stop engine operation. The use of hollow shafts provides a 3.5 lbs. weight reduction when compared to an equivalent solid shaft.  

Select-fit main and rod bearings enable reduced clearances to help lower system oil demand and oil pumping effort. In addition, floating piston pins utilize Diamond Like Coating (DLC) for reduced friction.

The ignition system includes a high-energy ignition coil for better fuel efficiency and precious-metal spark plugs with iridium and platinum provide lasting durability. Located in the center of the cam cover, the spark plugs are easily accessible when service is required. Sodium-filled exhaust valves and plasma-coated piston rings also help extend the engine’s life and bolster durability.

DAYDREAM MASI × “STARDUST”

DAYDREAM MASI PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “STARDUST”

NEW PROJECT SLOW RAGE DUE OUT SOON

OHIO-BRED ARTIST TO PERFORM AT SMOKIN GROOVES FEST ON 6/15

 

Emerging singer/rapper/songwriter/producer daydream Masi has shared a magnetic and moody new single called “Stardust.” Released via Interscope Records, “Stardust” is available now through all digital retailers.

Listen to “Stardust” by daydream Masi HERE

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, daydream Masi merges hip-hop, soul, R&B, and electronic music into a lush yet bold sound that defies all genre boundaries. On “Stardust,” the 21-year-old artist dreams up a smooth but unpredictable sonic palette, unfolding in airy textures and ominous beats, subtly sweet melodies and jagged distortion.

Last month, daydream Masi made his Interscope debut with “Nightlife,” a hazy and hypnotic track built on tropically inspired production. Now at work on a full-length project titled Slow Rage, he aims to instill a certain sense of emotional purpose into each song he creates.

“I always write something for someone,” says daydream Masi. “It’s rare [that] I’m writing songs for no reason. I’m always thinking of someone in my mind when I’m creating music and the vibe I can give them, the vibe shared together.”

On June 15, daydream Masi will take the stage at Smokin Grooves Fest in Long Beach, CA. Headlined by Usher and Erykah Badu, the festival also includes performances by artists like Ella Mai, Common, Kali Uchis, and The Pharcyde. Go here for more info.

About daydream Masi:

Born and raised in Akron, daydream Masi grew up in a musically inclined family and began to release his own material around the age of 17. Along with mining inspiration from the inventive artistry of Childish Gambino and Kanye West, he’s continually focused on bringing both raw sensitivity and purposeful world-building to his music — a dynamic he defines as “emotional escapism.” Prior to signing with Interscope, daydream Masi caught buzz with self-released songs like “Marguerite” (a track that’s now amassed over 446K streams on SoundCloud) and “Eucalyptus Tree” (now at over 245K streams).

For more info on daydream Masi, visit:

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Meg The Stallion drops cover art and track listing for “Fever”

With her forthcoming project, “Fever” slated to drop May 17 via 1501 Certified / 300 Entertainment, Megan Thee Stallion is poised to be the next huge hip hop artist.

The Houston based artist has graced every one to watch list you can think of and has gotten praise from Pitchfork, FADER, Billboard, Refinery29 and more and was named First Lady of 300 Entertainment by COMPLEX Magazine.

Her hit single, “Big Ole Freak” blew up alongside her EP, Tina Snow, which debuted at number 11 on the iTunes hip-hop charts and is currently top 20 at Urban Radio. “Big Ole Freak” has accumulated 55MM streams to date with “Freak Nasty” at 14MM streams, and “Sex Talk” at 7MM streams.
With her forthcoming project, “Fever” introducing her college partying persona AKA “Hot Girl Meg”, in the words of FADER, “this summer’s about to be a smokin’ hot one.”

Yoshi Flower releases New Song and Video

Yoshi Flower comes back with the latest track “Validation”, out now on Rock Mafia/Interscope Records. Earlier this year Paper Magazine named Yoshi Flower as one of their 100 names worth getting to know in advance. Check out the video shot in Southern California, HERE

The up-tempo, electronic/trap tune begins with Yoshi delicately singing “you’re so beautiful to me, can’t you see,” however, the song is not as sweet as his voice sounds. His lyrics debate the constant feeling we seek out more than ever in the era of social media – “validation.” Although the internet allows us to easily connect with others and access endless information, the dark side can be unsettling. Yoshi goes on to sing “I just spent a ticket on these new dress clothes, you’re not impressed though…just searching for validation…” The nostalgic visual, directed by Alex McDonnell, serves as a metaphor for how everything comes full circle. We’re all on a constant ride of wanting acceptance from one another. Yoshi ends the track the way he began, singing, “but you don’t need no validation. Baby ‘cause, you’re so beautiful to me, can’t you see.”

Last year Yoshi Flower signed to Interscope Records, released his debut mixtape titled, American Raver, toured with blackbear, Elohim, SG Lewis and opened for Dua Lipa. This year, he played his first 5-city headline tour, a string of showcases at SXSW and just last week, wrapped up a sold-out tour opening for K-Rap group, Epik High. Additionally, he released “Dirty Water,” which premiered on HYPEBEAST and led to L’Officiel calling the track a “demonstrative of Flower’s ability to transcend multiple genres of music, as he continues to elevate his eclectic sound by blending hip hop with electronic-pop, creating music that is not only of the moment but is uniquely his.” Yoshi continues to work on new music and is set to play Lollapalooza in August.

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2019 BUICK ENVISION

by Vaughn Lowery x Tara McDonough

As of late, we had the chance to witness some of the most brilliant talent in Division 1 college basketball conquer the court during March Madness. Exactly like we saw Gonzaga and Texas Tech soar during the championship, we are seeing a fresh new imprint emerge within the auto industry, Buick. State of the art technology at an arms reach coupled with a feisty yet responsive 2.5L 4-cylnder engine. Starting at $32,990, the Buick’s Envision is certainly poised to become a leader within the luxury compact SUV market, sprinting towards perfect with the manufacturer’s potent DNA underneath it’s skin.

PERFORMANCE
The Buick Envision’s 2.0L turbo engine offers increased vehicle performance of 252 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine and transmission updates produce 0-60 mph acceleration just under a half-second quicker than the 2018 model. The nine-speed automatic transmission matched with 2.0L turbo models and single-rate brake booster allows for improved overall performance which requires less effort. This model highlights a few firsts for Buick such as its first crossover vehicle application of HiPer Strut front suspension and first Active Twin Clutch AWD system.

EXTERIOR
New front and rear fascias, new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and grille design set this Buick apart from its predecessors. Efficiency-enhancing features including active grille shutters and a structure incorporating mass-reducing high-strength steel, and an aluminum hood. The frame is offered in Envision, Preferred, Essence, Premium I and Premium II trims – in FWD and AWD configurations. Lighting upgrades across all trims include HID headlights standard on 2.5L models, bi-functional LED headlamps on 2.0L turbo models and LED wing signature lights on every model.

INTERIOR
The Buick Envision cabin is made up of Dark Galvanized leather-appointed seats with Ebony interior. Front seats are power-adjustable in eight ways and the sliding, 60/40-split rear seat offers the flexibility of more legroom for those occupying the second row. Also available for the second row are kneeling cushions which enable a flatter load floor while he seat is folded. The interior is equipped with tri-zone climate control with rear-seat controls. These features combined with an in in-vehicle air ionizer for better air quality and active noise cancellation makes the Buick the perfect ride. For easy usage, Buick implements their first english stop/start deactivation switch and passive entry and push-button start with standard remote start

TECHNOLOGY
The Buick shines even brighter when it comes to its new tech enhancements. Accompanying standard inclusions such as heated and ventilated seating, a premium bose sound system, voice command and WiFi hotspot, the Envision implements next-generation wireless charging with wattage capability for fast and efficient charging. Another stand out is the Teen Driver feature which allows parents to set controls, review driving habits and encourage safe driving habits even when they are not in the vehicle.

SAFETY
Premium trims include the Safety Alert Seat, Forward Collision Alert, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning and Following Distance Indicator. Also included are Side Blind Zone Alert with Lane Change Alert and the Driver Confidence Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Surround Vision and Front Automatic Braking.

Look no further in your search for a top of the line SUV; the Buick Envision combines scientific advances with luxury and comfort in this new model. This sleek front runner caters to all levels of drivers from beginners to experts looking for the latest in the auto industry, going beyond expectations.

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KIM VIERA RELEASES NEW SINGLE “HERE FOR YA

Puerto Rican singer and songwriter Kim Viera releases her brand new single “Here For Ya” today in both English and Spanglish.

Listen to “Here For Ya”: HERE

The track is powered by a throwback beat and sultry production, building toward a seismic and soaring refrain carried by Kim’s powerhouse voice. The two versions in English and Spanglish speak to her worldwide appeal.

In many ways, Kim Viera was destined to merge cultures in her music. Growing up of Puerto Rican descent in an artist-friendly New York household, her parents both worked in the entertainment industry. Dad launched, owned, and operated a live production company, and Mom could be heard as a backup singer for Willie Colon, Ruben Bladés, and more. Yearly vacations in Puerto Rico represented that balance as the travel mixtape spanned Selena, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, La India, Sia, Brandy, and Whitney Houston. A vocal powerhouse, she made her introduction on viral hits alongside YouTube mega-star Kurt Schneider in between writing for superstars such as Lil Wayne. In 2016, she landed a major label deal with Republic Records and made waves by contributing “Tribe” to the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for Pitch Perfect 3. This anthem quickly clocked 1.8 million Spotify streams. Along the way, she honed her “American Latina” style and set fire with her single “Como” feat. Daddy Yankee. It exploded as an international smash with 40.8 million cumulative streams and counting, while the music video surpassed 24 million views in under a year. Meanwhile, she garnered acclaim from Billboard and NPR who pegged it among “Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week, upon release, setting the stage for her 2019 anthem “Here For Ya.”

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BÜLOW RELEASES NEW EP CRYSTALLINE OUT NOW

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SET TO JOIN LAUV ON TOUR IN MAY

Award winning and multi-platinum pop iconoclast bülow has released a new EP, Crystalline, out today via Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. Listen to Crystalline HERE.  The new EP will also be available on vinyl and can be pre-ordered HERE.

Crystalline is made up on 7 songs and includes the hit single, “Sweet Little Lies”produced by Mike Wise who previously produced bülow’s smash-hit “Not A Love Song.”The song was written by the 19 year old artist about the the idea of creating false realities and escapes. The EP features multiple producers, including bülow herself who produced the interlude track “Back OFF”. On the new EP Crsytalline, bülow commented, “Through this album I get to relive feelings and emotions I won’t forget even if I want to. They’re out there now for the world to see . I’m proud of this moment and co-creators.”

Watch the video for “Sweet Little Lies” here.

Its been an exciting start to 2019 for bülow who picked up the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards in London, ON. In addition to accepting her first JUNO Award bülow performed a captivating medley of her hit tracks, “Two Punks In Love” and “Not A Love Song” at the annual ceremony. Watch the performance, here.  Bülow made her SXSW debut this year and is set to perform at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago this summer. Before she takes the stage at the famed music festival, bülow will join Lauv on the Asian leg of his tour this May.

About bülow German-born and Toronto-based pop-iconoclast, bülow, first burst onto the music scene with the release of EPs Damaged Vol. 1 & Damaged Vol. 2, each instantly resonating with critics and new fans alike.  Damaged Vol. 1 included fan favorite and global hit “Not A Love Song” which to date has clocked over 90 million streams and earned praise as “beautifully crafted” (NME), “pop genius” (Noisey), and a “star in the making” (Pigeon & Planes).  Damaged Vol. 2 included “You & Jennifer, “Honor Roll, and buzzworthy “SAD AND BORED, praised by PAPER as, “the perfect pop study in contrasts, and further confirms bülow as an artist to watch with razor-sharp wit to boot.” As well as HillyDilly calling her “one of the brightest new talents in pop.”  Last year, bülow made a splash on the international festival circuit, appearing at both the Electric Picnic and Reading Leeds festivals in Europe.  Although bülow has only just begun her musical journey her accomplishments stand tall as an impressive flag-bearer of things to come.

Evan Konrads “The Long Way Out” Video

EVAN KONRAD SHARES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “THE LONG WAY OUT” ANNOUNCES SPRING TOUR & FESTIVALS

Check out video for “The Long Way Out” here

Singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Evan Konrad releases the official video for “The Long Way Out” today.

Check out the video HERE and get the song HERE via LAVA/Republic Records.

An unpredictable anthem teetering between manic energy and cathartic falsetto, the track invites listeners into the artist’s handcrafted sonic world. Produced and performed by Konrad, “The Long Way Out” hinges on an airy beat, haunting vocals, and a seesawing chant—“We take the long way out.”

On the video Konrad said: Originally the treatment for “The Long Way Out Video” was about a visual metaphor for a vanity filled man fighting to escape the chaos of his own mind. Having spent time shooting the video, I began to realize that it was very much a metaphor to my past as an artist, like a prologue to my future. The look, the way I’m dressed, even the style and lyrics of the song all seem to dwell in both an old and new world for me. It wasn’t something I was consciously aware of during the process of shooting. It’s quite a liberating experience to have that documented and showcased in this music video, especially being that It’s my introduction to the world.” On the track Konrad previously said: “The Long Way Out is a journey through the act of letting go, and how romanticized it can be throughout the grieving process. Unable to accept the changes within ourselves, or the changes in another person, as we reach for a connection that no longer exists. I wrote this song to acknowledge and work through this within myself. I want this song to be a beacon of light for anyone who is looking for the same liberation I sought after.” This is just the beginning for Konrad as he just announced new tour dates with Black Pistol Fire and performances at Epicenter Music Festival and Sonic Temple Art + Music Festival. See full tour dates below  

Born and raised in Abbotsford, BC Canada, Konrad devoted his entire life to crafting music. Growing up in a house where creativity would be encouraged at every turn, he spent countless hours writing songs and producing. Following stints in the studio and on the road with other artists, he locked himself away in the studio at 26 and commenced work on what would become his forthcoming debut. With nothing more than a demo tape, he caught the attention of LAVA founder Jason Flom who signed him on the spot upon listening to his music, because of the downright mind-blowing songcraft. The best way to describe the music would be Thom Yorke translating Christopher Nolan’s Memento into songs, and even that only scratches the surface.

NIMIC REVENUE RELEASES NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “THERAPY”

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Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans”

Gabe Kubanda’s “Damn Plans” is for Anyone that Doesn’t Have Life Figured Out Yet

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO HERE

ALSO AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY

Last month, pop singer/songwriter Gabe Kubanda released his new single “Damn Plans.” Today, you can watch a music video for the track, one that shows how everyone has had a hard time figuring themselves out, no matter the decade. “The video goes through multiple time periods (80’s, 90’s, grunge era, emo era, modern day),” says Kubanda. “We’re all trying to figure ourselves out through the different decades and trying to find our place in the world, whether that be trying to fit in by dressing in the appropriate fashion for the era, or with a certain group of friends, etc. In the end, and after multiple attempts, the guy gets the girl by finally just being himself.” “Damn Plans” is about changing your thought process. Not getting stuck in the hamster wheel of negative “shoulda-coulda-woulda” thoughts and emotions, and learning to be OK with not having everything figured out just yet. Make some new plans and ideas to become the person you want to be. Make some new mistakes and learn from them, but stop repeating those “same mistakes” over and over again.

As an international touring artist, Kubanda knows a thing or two about having big plans. He launched his concert company Epic Proportions Tour in 2011, hitting the road in an old school bus powered by used vegetable oil. The singular goal was to bring national recognition to upcoming bands. Now, surpassing 650 concerts and 22 tours (including the US, Australia, and Europe), Kubanda still finds the time to steadily release catchy, indie-pop gems. Kubanda got his first taste of success after being a featured cast member on VH1 Classic’s: Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp reality show. That experience soon evolved into opportunities to tour/perform at Vans Warped Tour, Summerfest, SXSW, CMJ Festival, NAMM and many more. As if there wasn’t enough on Kubanda’s plate, he recently launched EduMusication, a non-profit program that promotes the importance of music education to high school and college students. The crew spends time inspiring the music students in their classrooms, providing live performances, workshops, and lectures.

Listen to “Damn Plans” on Spotify.

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