The emerging indie rock band, May the Sky [MTS], is based in Dayton, OH. Their exclusive, “Won” from the new EP Discoveries is an anthemic masterpiece which is reminiscent of the iconic Bohemian Rhapsody and some of their mantras. Hard hitting melodies alongside of dramatic drums and rhythmic guitar riffs. Brilliant lyrics coupled with effortless vocals and orchestration make this alternative ensemble ooze marketability. It’s been a long time since we have tripped upon a gem like MTS. Both epic and spellbinding.
HipHop artist AK gets emotional on self-produced “Ignorance Is Bliss”
On “Ignorance Is Bliss,” AK gets real and reveals the all-too-relatable truth behind the feelings of the rise to success – claiming it to be ‘a gift and a curse.’ The single sonically mimics the peaks and valleys of this emotional journey. While his quick-witted verses reiterate the raw emotional battle of figuring out who can and cannot be trusted on the rise to the top; AK’s aching chorus evokes the intense desire to remain ignorant to the deterrents discovered along the way in the people and places in life that once felt safe and secure.
With lyrics ‘blessings around me / still feel like I’m sinking,’ AK takes a deep dive into the reality of the rarely touched on emotional side effects that come along with a fast track to success – a track that AK can definitely relate to as he has become quite the chart topper in a mere couple of years since first releasing music.
AK’s series of original singles have garnered the #1 spot on the U.S. iTunes Hip Hop Chart, the U.S. Top 20 iTunes Hip Hop Chart, graced the Top 25 iTunes Charts in four other countries, and landed on YouTube Music’s ‘Flow Superior’ Playlist. With his recent releases “Why Would I?,” “Déjà Vu” and “Like I Got It,” AK has hit a sweet spot of blending Hip Hop and R&B genres that pack the perfect punch of his versatility as an artist in terms of tone, lyrics and vocal range.
While his single “Broken” strikes an emotionally raw chord, with an accompanying music video to match. The single perfectly portrays AK’s masterful vocal ability, carried by a chorus of his raw and emotive vocals. While the dark and dreary music video for “Broken” mirrors the tormented tongue-twister verses and pained falsetto-laced vocals evoked by the feeling of a purely broken heart and the one who broke it. With each music release bigger than the last, it goes to show that AK is the next big thing in Hip Hop.
AK MUSIC & SOCIAL MEDIA:
EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY KETCHUP – LISTEN HERE
2. ICE ATTACK PREQUEL
3. ABOVE AVERAGE FT. G HERBO
5. JOHN DOE
7. CLEVER FT. KING LOUIE
8. SLEEP NUMBER FT. VIC MENSA
“Valee is a quiet rapper making a lot of noise.” ——RollingStone
“Valee’s innovative style makes it impossible to predict what might come next.” ——-Pitchfork
“Valee doesn’t sound like anything happening in Chicago hip-hop right now.” ——-Noisey
In an era when aspiring public figures broadcast constantly in an effort to maximize their brand value, Valee’s coolly laconic stands apart. With short songs and a soft-spoken style, his unpredictable raps sketch subjects with a droll eye for detail over a bass-heavy canvas. This is trap music for the connoisseur, for fans of clever lyrics and effortless style. Valee grew up on Chicago’s South Side. When he received toys as a child, he would break them apart to figure out how they worked, a method he applies to his own process with music today: “Sometimes I rap and cut and copy and paste and move parts around and it changes the whole song, for the better.” His music career began when, intent on buying a gaming system, he stopped at Guitar Center instead. “I just wanted to make beats better than what I hear on my mixtapes or on the radio, and I wanted to rap on it. I wasn’t thinking about anyone else at all.” His counterintuitive approach across five mixtapes and his G.O.O.D. Music debut EP, GOOD job, You Found Me, has captured the ears of artists and music aficionados alike, drawn to his unorthodox approach.
Phantogram are officially back! Today, the duo returns with their new single “Into Happiness”—listen and share HERE.
Announcing their return, Phantogram wrote a special letter to fans, noting about the song that it “embodies the personal journey that both of us have taken since we released Three; it’s been a long path, coming out of the darkness and into the light.”
“Into Happiness” is Phantogram’s first release in three years since their 2016 chart-topping and career-defining album, Three, which featured lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore.” In celebration of this new chapter for the band, they will be touring North America this summer, kicking off on August 16th in Reno, NV and making stops at New York’s King Theater on September 5th, Washington, D.C.’s The Anthem on September 6th, Atlanta’s Tabernacle on September 9th and more, as well as playing festival sets at Life Is Beautiful, Hopscotch Music Festival and others. The full list of tour dates can be found below, and tickets are available now at phantogram.com. Stay tuned for more from Phantogram!
Phantogram – the New York duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel— has continued to change the zeitgeist for almost a decade by consistently challenging it with their signature blend of hard-hitting beats, guitar-driven dark psychedelia, and electronic pop. Since the arrival of 2010’s Barsuk Records debut release Eyelid Movies, the pair has amassed nearly half-a-billion streams, achieved two Gold-Certified singles in the form of “Fall In Love” and “When I’m Small,” headlined sold out shows worldwide, become a festival staple, and toured with artists including The xx, Muse, M83, Alt-J and more.
Their 2016 third full-length, Three, reached career-high positions on the Billboard Top 200 chart (#9) and Billboard Top Albums Sales chart (#5), as the lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” climbed the alternative radio charts. The album was also met with critical acclaim from Pitchfork, Billboard, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, People, Vogue, New York Magazine, The FADER, Stereogum, NYLON, PAPER and many others.
Three was completed in the wake of Barthel’s sister’s passing due to suicide, a shattering event which brought suicide prevention awareness to the forefront of the band’s consciousness and has informed their charitable giving and community outreach ever since, thus their decision to donate a portion of ticket sales to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. One dollar from the purchase of each ticket to their upcoming headline performances will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
PHANTOGRAM’S UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
June 2 Camden, NJ Radio 104.5 12th Birthday Celebration
July 19 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party
August 3 Los Angeles, CA Alt 98.7 Summer Camp
August 16 Reno, NV Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
August 17 Ogden, UT Twilight Concert Series*
August 18 Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom
August 20 Bellvue, CO Mishawaka Amphitheatre*
August 22 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove at Harrah’s*
August 23 Kansas City, MO KC Live!*
August 25 St. Paul, MN Palace Theatre*
August 27 Madison, WI The Sylvee*
August 28 Columbus, OH Express Live!*
August 29 Detroit, MI The Fillmore*
August 30 Toronto, ON Rebel*
August 31 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
September 3 Boston, MA House of Blues*
September 5 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre
September 6 Washington, D.C. The Anthem*
September 7 Raleigh, NC Hopscotch Music Festival
September 9 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle*
September 10 Birmingham, AL Avondale Brewing Company*
September 12 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall*
September 13 Dallas, TX The Bomb Factory*
September 14 Austin, TX Stubb’s*
September 16 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren*
September 18 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*
September 20-22 Las Vegas, NV Life Is Beautiful
* with Bob Moses
The elegant visual follows two lonely souls as they enter an ornate antique home where luminous reflections and
glistening daylight give form to the song’s resounding piano chords and shimmering production. The protagonists gravitate towards one another—only for the touch to disappear like an apparition. Shallou’s entrancing chant, “In your heart,” sums
up the ghostly romance at the center of the gorgeous clip.
Beyond its runaway streaming success thus far, “Heart” ascended to #8 on the Sirius XM Chill Chart where it steadily
rises. Additionally, T.H.E. Music Essentials featured him in an in-depth interview. Meanwhile, acclaim pours in with Earmilk recently putting it best, “Two masters of dreamy production have come together, and hearts around the world may never. be the same.” Right now, OTR continues readying more music for release very soon. Be on the lookout!
Shallou – an independent artist who has earned SiriusXM #1 spots with tracks like “Lie” and “Begin” and landed on the Billboard Dance charts – played “Heart” live for the massive crowd that gathered in the Sahara Tent for his set at both weekends of Coachella 2019.
Ryan, the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR, uncovered his passion for music in 2012,
when he began tinkering on a dusty, run-down piano in his college dorm lobby to break up the routine of classes and studying. Shortly thereafter, he picked up a guitar and began experimenting with Logic on his MacBook Pro. Taking an internship in Japan in 2014, he found himself living in the small town of in Kurashiki, with no friends and a major language barrier. To combat the isolation, he purchased a keyboard and a train pass and spent all his free time making music and traveling to bigger cities. When he returned to the States, Ryan moved into a neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown Cincinnati known as “Over-the-Rhine” or OTR. The once-neglected area had undergone a renaissance that mirrored his own
journey of discovery as music went from hobby to career goal, so it became the ideal name for his project.
As an independent artist, OTR has released a series of singles and the 2018 EP Unfold, racking up more than 7
The Line of Best Fit observed, “OTR produces complex summer tinged pop that begs to be danced to.” NYLON noted, “A song called ‘Bliss’ has a lot to live up to. Luckily…[it] achieves just that-tenfold.” Praising his 2018 collaboration with Blondage, “Cold Facts,” Ones To Watch said, “we’re confident with just one push of the play button, you will become an instant devotee.” Last week, Thissongissick premiered OTR’s remix of RKCB’s “Know Love”,
and noted, “he has really outdone himself…another incredible release.”
The track, which samples the vocals of late disco and house legend Loleatta Holloway, is released via the Australian artist’s own Catch & Release label and Astralwerks. The track evoked a particularly strong reaction when dropped in the midst of FISHER’s massively well-received set at Coachella last month.
“You Little Beauty” marks the larger-than-life character’s first release of 2019, following on from last years “Losing It.” An instant hit, the track has now racked up more than 66 million Spotify streams.
This preceded a sold out Catch & Release party at Miami Music Week, and FISHER’s summer is shaping up to be just as busy. With slots at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and Movement Detroit before the end of the month, he will then embark on an extensive European tour, taking in Parklife, Lovebox, Leeds & Reading, and more.
FISHER is also set to partner with Solardo and Camelphat for a brand-new weekly Ibiza residency. Titled Bodyworks, they will take over Hï Ibiza every Tuesday from June 25th to September 24th.
Known for his wild sense of humor and energetic DJing style, FISHER first burst onto the US electronic scene with tracks “Stop It” and “Ya Kidding” and has since become one of the scene’s most in- demand talents.
Arriving just in time for summer, “You Little Beauty” has all the makings of a track set to take both charts and dance floors by storm.
Hailing from the suburbs of Auckland, 19-year-old indie pop artist Bene returns with her latest single “Evil Spider,” out today—listen HERE! Coming off the heels of her Gold-Certified hit “Soaked,” the up and coming singer and songwriter also announces her upcoming debut EP is set for release on June 28.
Of “Evil Spider,” Bene says, “‘Evil Spider’ is about wanting someone that’s already taken. When writing the song, I didn’t wanna make the lyrics too obviously evil, so I thought I’d turn myself into the spider, making it a lil lighter and making the song revolve around me weaving webs to lure the person, catch ‘em like a spider then reel them in. I remember humming ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in the studio, which inspired the playful vibe of the song.”
Bene has emerged as New Zealand’s artist to watch with her chart-topping hit “Soaked,” which quickly climbed Spotify’s Viral Charts, accumulated over 17 million streams to date, charted on Australia’s Triple J radio’s Hottest 100 of 2018 and held the number one spot on New Zealand’s Shazam Top 100 for two months, not to mention achieved Gold Certification in New Zealand and Australia. With endorsements from Zane Lowe and Apple’s Beats1 radio, Bene went from playing her first small club gig to her first arena show—opening for longtime role model Lily Allen—in a matter of months.
In support of “Evil Spider” and her upcoming debut EP, Bene will be performing at New York’s Mercury Lounge on June 17. Tickets are available now HERE.
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Allan Rayman releases his new single “Poison.” Listen HERE!
Of the song, Allan says, “I really forgot about the song. I had made it with the intention of it being part of Harry Hard On, and I guess I just overlooked it. I rediscovered it and I love the song so here we are.”
Beginning on May 21, Allan and his band will be taking their live show on the road. The tour dubbed The Allan Rayman Show will be heading to 22 cities across North America. Kicking off in Portland, OR and making stops in major markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, New York, Boston, Austin and Vancouver. A full list of dates is below and tickets are available now HERE.
“Poison” follows Allan’s critically acclaimed album Harry Hard-On released late last year via Republic Records/KIDindaKorner. “Rose,” the album’s debut single, climbed the alternative radio charts and has over two million Spotify streams to date. Harry Hard-On has also been met with critical praise, with TIME Magazine heralding the track “Crush,” saying,“Rayman’s voice contains multitudes: a rough ache, a smooth hum, a rock star’s confidence.”