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Elton: Jewel Box

Elton John announces the forthcoming release of Elton: Jewel Box. Released on November 13th via UMe / EMI, Elton: Jewel Box is an unrivaled collection containing 148 songs spanning 1965 to 2019 on 8CD, 4LP, 3LP, 2LP, digital download, and streaming formats.

The ultimate exploration into Elton’s extensive back catalog, Elton: Jewel Box covers deep cuts, rarities from the earliest stages of his and Bernie Taupin’s musical journey, B-side spanning 30 years, and songs discussed in his best-selling, critically acclaimed 2019 memoir Me. The 8 CD boxset of buried treasures comes in a beautiful hardcover book with the discs housed in the back, all wrapped in an outer slipcase. Each section comes accompanied by extensive notes, including a track-by-track commentary by Elton for Deep Cuts. Three different LP collections are also available to pre-order now – a 4LP gatefold black vinyl set of Deep Cuts (curated by Elton himself), a 3LP gatefold black vinyl set of Rarities and B-side highlights, and a 2LP gatefold black vinyl set “And This Is Me…”. All audio was mastered at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY-winning mastering engineer Sean Magee. With an unprecedented number of previously unheard and unreleased tracks painstakingly excavated from deep within the UMG archives, this is the ultimate treasure trove for Elton John fans.

As a first taster of some of the many gems gathered within Elton: Jewel Box, “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is today unveiled for the very first time. Listen here. Previously unreleased, the track was written and recorded as a band demo in 1969. “Sing Me No Sad Songs” is a fascinating first taste of what was to come from Elton and lyricist Bernie Taupin, and one that mentions not one, but two, future smashes in its lyrics – “Sad Songs (Say So Much)” from 1984’s Breaking Heartsalbum and Elton’s first UK chart-topping single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” from 1976.

Speaking of the release, Elton says, “To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box” has been an absolute pleasure. Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific Bernie and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio. I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy. As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed boxset. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Available to pre-order hereElton: Jewel Box compromises of the below formats:

Disc Guide

Discs 1 & 2: Deep Cuts – A selection of personal favorites, curated by Elton. The box set book includes a track-by-track commentary by Elton.

Discs 3, 4, and 5: Rarities 1965 -1971 – Elton’s much sought-after 1960s and early 1970s demos and music that cemented the foundations of the iconic Elton John / Bernie Taupin writing partnership. The compelling, previously unreleased, missing piece in his illustrious career. Daryl Easlea narrates this fascinating story with contributions from those who were there at the time. These discs encompass 65 songs, all but a few of which have been stored in the vaults for more than 50 years. Most of these demos were recorded during sessions before Elton was signed to a recording contract or released his first album. Also included are the first song ever written by Elton and his debut appearance on a record (both “Come Back Baby” – 1965), Elton and Bernie’s first composition (“Scarecrow” – 1967), and newly-unearthed piano/vocal demos of some of Elton’s most acclaimed songs from his early albums. The packaging appropriately contains rare archival artwork and select original lyric sheets.

Discs 6 & 7: B-Sides 1976-2005 – Non-LP tracks and flipsides, never before compiled together. 36 gems that are now given another chance to sparkle – 17 previously only available on vinyl, resulting in all of Elton’s studio B-sides now being offered digitally for the first time in his career.

Disc 8: And This Is Me . . . – To coincide with the release of the updated paperback edition of Me, the final collection celebrates the songs mentioned by name by Elton in his acclaimed autobiography, closing Jewel Box with the 2020 Academy Award-winning duet with Taron Egerton, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again.”

Elton: Jewel Box is yet another marker in an incredible few years for the world’s favorite singer-songwriter. Since the release of the ultimate greatest hits album Diamonds in 2017, Elton has undertaken a breathtaking 3 years of activity that are unmatched in their ambition, reach and impact across generations of music fans. Elton announced his record-breaking Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at New York’s Gotham Hall in January 2018, with a typically forward-looking virtual reality spectacular. Encompassing 5 continents and over 300 dates, this 3-year-long tour started in September 2018 and marks his retirement from touring after more than 50 years on the road. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history. In 2019, the Farewell Tour was named Billboard’s Top Rock Tour and Pollstar’s Major Tour Of The Year. 2019 also saw the release of Elton’s critically acclaimed global bestselling autobiography, Me. The 2019 epic fantasy musical motion picture of Elton’s life, Rocketman, has been a commercial and critical hit, taking over $200m at the box office. It has won an Oscar, 2 Golden Globe Awards, and a Critics’ Choice Award, and garnered BAFTA nominations. Its soundtrack was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award. 2019 also saw Elton awarded the Légion d’ honneur, France’s highest award, for his lifetime contribution to the arts and the fight against HIV/AIDS.  He was also honored with both a Royal Mail stamp collection and Royal Mint coin collection. Diamonds, the ultimate greatest hits package of Elton and Bernie, has spent a staggering 148 consecutive weeks in the UK album charts, including 29 weeks in the Top 20 in 2020 alone, selling over a million copies worldwide in the process and recently reaching double-platinum status in the UK.

An unparalleled career that has forever changed the cultural landscape, Elton John’s collaborations with Bernie Taupin and others continue to shape the cultural landscape, break records, top charts, and win new fans across the generations. We’ve had the book, the film, the farewell tour, the fashion collections, and the greatest hits. And now, with Elton: Jewel Box, fans finally have the treasure trove of previously unheard and unreleased tracks they have been waiting for from the world’s favorite singer-songwriter.

About Elton John:

Elton’s career achievements to date are unsurpassed in their breadth and longevity. Elton is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 1 diamond, 40 platinum or multi-platinum, 23 gold albums, over 50 Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 300 million records worldwide.

He holds the record for the biggest-selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind 1997,” which sold over 33 million copies. Diamonds, the Ultimate Greatest Hits album, reached the Top 5 of the UK album charts on its release in November 2017, becoming Elton’s 40th UK Top 40 album in the process. This release celebrated 50 years of his songwriting partnership with Bernie Taupin. August 2018 saw Elton named as the most successful male solo artist in Billboard Hot 100 chart history, having logged 67 entries, including nine No. 1 singles and 27 Top 10s.

Among the many awards and honors bestowed upon him are six GRAMMYs, including a GRAMMY Legend Award, a Tony and two Oscars, a Best British Male Artist BRIT Award, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Kennedy Center Honor, Legend of Live Award, 13 Ivor Novello Awards between 1973 and 2001, and a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music and charitable services.”

In 1992, Elton established the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which today is one of the leading non-profit HIV/AIDS organizations and has raised over $450 million to date in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. In June 2019, President Emmanuel Macron presented Elton the Légion d’ honneur, France’s highest award, for his lifetime contribution to the arts and the fight against HIV/AIDS. Elton was awarded the Companion of Honour in the 2020 New Year Honours list. The highest acknowledgment in the list, Elton, became one of only 64 people to hold the honor. September 2019 saw The Royal Mail issue a set of 12 stamps as a tribute to Elton being one of the most popular and enduring music artists of all time. Elton is one of only two individual music artists to be featured in a dedicated stamp issue. In July 2020, the Royal Mint released an Elton John commemorative coin, the second in their music legends series, to celebrate “one of the most successful and enduring artists of all time.”

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Halsey × HBO

Halsey’s If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power Film Experience will debut on Thursday, October 7, on HBO Max in the U.S. as a MAX ORIGINAL film. HBO Max has acquired the film after a limited theatrical run in IMAX theaters, which broke nearly $1M at the box office after selling out in 70+ theaters globally. Halsey and the filmmakers were represented by WME and Endeavor Content in the distribution deal.

Set to the music of Halsey’s fourth studio album, this one-of-a-kind film experience stars the two-time GRAMMY nominee as the young and pregnant Queen Lila. After a shocking event, Lila unlocks a paranormal power within and discovers her ability to create life (and end it). Offering a stunning visual treat for fans, this evocative, horror-tinged fairytale explores the labyrinth of sexuality and birth. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power was written by Halsey and directed by Colin Tilley. The album was produced by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. The film was produced by Halsey, Jamee Ranta and Anthony Li.

This Saturday, October 9, Halsey will make their fourth appearance as musical guest on  Saturday Night Live. If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Current Albums chart their third consecutive release to top the tally. Hailed as Halsey’s best album yet by Vulture, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power also topped Billboard’s Alternative Albums, Vinyl Albums and Tastemaker Albums charts and claimed the #01 position on the Spotify Top 10 Global Album Debuts chart.

In a four-star review, NME praised the album as “an intricate and an endlessly compelling artistic statement that only Halsey could have made.”Pitchfork observed, Halsey lets horror of the body, of the mind, of mortality radiate outward. The result is alluring and spectral. It’s their best work yet. SPIN said,  Halsey is not a woman, they’re a rock God. And IICHLIWP proves she’s earned the title.

The Greeting Committee – Dandelion

Today marks the long-anticipated release of Dandelion, the sophomore album from Kansas City-based alt-rock band The Greeting Committee. Released via Harvest Records, Dandelion finds the four-piece working with esteemed producer Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER, Bat for Lashes) and mixer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), delivering a moody and mercurial sound perfectly suited to the album’s emotional terrain. To celebrate Dandelion’s arrival, The Greeting Committee have also shared the video for Make Out, one of the album’s more lighthearted moments. Go listen to Dandelion, and check out the video for Make Out 

The follow-up to The Greeting Committee’s acclaimed 2018 debut album This Is It, Dandelion documents a particularly painful period in the life of frontwoman Addie Sartino, including the grief and inertia she experienced after a devastating breakup. Most of these songs are about feeling like you’re watching your life instead of living it: just going through the motions and feeling stuck and wanting to break out of that, but not really knowing how, she says.

Despite its often-brutal honesty, Dandelion radiates an irrepressible and unbridled energy, thanks in part to the joyful chemistry that The Greeting Committee bring to every track. To that end, the band selected the album’s title due to its suggestion of an unlikely hope. Dandelions are weeds, but depending on your perspective, you can shrug them off or you can choose to see them as a sort of beautiful flower, similar to how we have the choice in what we see in ourselves, says Sartino.

With its fuzzed-out riffs and pogo-ready rhythms, Make Out serves as a bold departure from Dandelion’s heavy-hearted tone. Co-directed by the band and Malik Lemon, the track’s outrageous video finds guitarist Brandon Yangmi facing off in a fantastically chaotic wrestling match featuring Wrestle Yr Friends (a queer wrestling collective based in Kansas City). With Sartino and bassist Pierce Turcotte playing the part of the match’s commentators, the visual makes for a brilliant counterpart to the free-spirited mood of Make Out. For the most part I like to get deep and uncomfortable in my lyrics, but this song is like the Antichrist of that, Sartino says. It’s somewhat of a true tale, about a girl who stuck her tongue out at me at a show in East Virginia and used to send me selfies where she’s in her rollerblades or eating pickles. It was the first time after my breakup that I thought, Maybe I’ll be okay. Maybe life can be fun again, and I won’t be sad forever.

In creating the tracklist for Dandelion, The Greeting Committee made a point of leading their listeners on a cathartic emotional journey. I wanted the record to really show the healing process, starting at a place of desperation and eventually getting to the point of being willing to accept reality, says Sartino. Hailed by Clash as a raw portrayal of post-break-up poignance, the album-opening lead single Can I Leave Me Too? perfectly captures the confusion of heartbreak, while its follow-up Float Away examines how depression warps our self-image. (Released in July, the track earned acclaim from Pop Matters, who likened its sonic elements to the haunted carousel all our minds seem to be stuck riding lately.) And on Ada an August release praised by Earmilk, who noted the band’s warm, welcoming, and vibrant indie rock sound. The Greeting Committee offer up a LGBTQ anthem inspired by a trans woman they befriended years ago, as well as Sartino’s own experience in coming out.

Closing out with the piano-laced reverie of Ten, Dandelion ultimately fulfills The Greeting Committee’s mission of providing their audience with an undeniable sense of emotional solidarity. Over the years we’ve had people come up to us at shows and tell us that our music has saved their lives, which is something we take very seriously, says Sartino. It’s really special to be part of the soundtrack to someone else’s experience, and we want to continue being a source of comfort to our fans and help them understand that they’re not alone.

In celebration of the album release, the band will be on Travis Mills’ Beats 1 Apple Music show and will also collaborate with Fender for a signed guitar giveaway and social takeover.

Tracklist for Dandelion by The Greeting Committee

  1. Can I Leave Me Too?
  2. Float Away
  3. Dandelion
  4. Bird Hall
  5. Make Out
  6. So It Must Be True
  7. Wrapped Inside Of Your Arms
  8. Ada
  9. How Long?
  10. Ten
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Sloppy Jane – Party Anthem

Haley Dahl, who records as Sloppy Jane, has released her new single, “Party Anthem”, marking the lauded musician’s first release as the newest signing to Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records. Dahl has also revealed details for her forthcoming new album, Madison, set for release on November 5th. “Party Anthem” is a soaring orchestral ballad that comes on like Kate Bush leading Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band or Laura Nyro fronting Olivia Tremor Control. It’s accompanied by a captivating video shot in 16 mm and filmed inside the Lost World Caverns in West Virginia, the place where Dahl recorded all of Madison, bringing in 21 bandmates from all around the country to make an impressive and ambitious orchestral album recorded deep inside the caves. It’s the first time someone has ever recorded an entire album in a cave, and the results are sonically stunning; Madison is an astounding, glorious record of highest order melodrama. 

Sloppy Jane will celebrate the album release with a headline show in New York City at Baby’s Alright on November 7th. She will also be opening for Iceage in February. All dates below. 

On signing to Saddest Factory Records and crafting her latest album, Dahl shared, “Phoebe and I made friends in high school when I was goth and didn’t bathe and she wore dresses with little bicycles on them – we mistook each other for cool then, and it lasted. Phoebe is one of my closest friends, and is also someone who has always seen that the things that make my work different are what make it valuable. She played bass in Sloppy Jane. When I was moving to New York I talked about how I wanted to make the band bigger and incorporate chamber instruments, and a lot of people didn’t get what I meant, but Phoebe said, ‘Go get your orchestra.’

When I started talking about recording in caves, she was one of the few people to really get it immediately and thought it was the coolest thing. To work with someone who has so much personal context and enthusiasm was kind of a no-brainer. The label name “Saddest Factory Records” came from a joke I made on twitter, and I kind of think that’s representative of what my ideal professional trajectory looks like- me and my same friends who understand each other making the same jokes over and over again while our platforms expand.”

Phoebe Bridgers will join Dahl for an IG Live chat on Friday, September 10th at 3:30pm ET/ 12:30pm PT. 

Click HERE to watch the video for “Party Anthem.” Click HERE to buy/stream “Party Anthem.”

For Madison, Dahl spent three years exploring caves that could capture her vision for the album. Her search took her across the USA, obsessing over the different acoustics of each option,  before landing on Lost World Caverns. The result is a beautiful, personal labor of love; a sweeping grand gesture, a powerful statement about obsessive love, and about growing into yourself in the aftermath of a life-changing relationship.

Dahl and her 21 bandmates recorded all of Madison from inside the caves from 3pm to 8:30 am each day over the course of two weeks. To access the space, they’d enter through the back of a gift shop, down a long tunnel where they’d walk down 200 feet of stairs to reach the entrance. Dahl and her bandmates did this steep walk with a piano. The ceiling of Lost World Caverns is massively high and is a perfect dome. The inside was also 98 percent humidity, leading to both stellar sound and also problems with tuning and gear. Engineer Ryan Howe sat in his parents Subaru above the cave with his mixing board and computer, and threaded cables down 90 feet through a hole in the ground to the ceiling of the cave.

This album, so fully realized and diligently executed, is a long time coming for Dahl, who has been performing as Sloppy Jane since she was a teenager. In those days, Sloppy Jane was a three-piece punk band. Its earliest members were Phoebe Bridgers on bass, Sarah Cath on guitar, and Imogen Teasley-Vlautin on drums. Now the band has over a dozen members, and has transformed into a chamber pop project. Dahl also learned so much as a musician: on Madison, she learned how to write for chamber instruments and taught herself the piano. The record is difficult to categorize. It’s David Bowie but also when the song “Crying,” by Roy Orbison plays at the end of Harmony Korine’s Gummo. It’s My Chemical Romance meets Sgt. Pepper. Courtney Love and Queen. It’s a huge, flowery, velvety thing full of toy horses and stalagmites. It follows one major throughline: a grand gesture so large that it moves the whole Earth. 

Sloppy Jane Live Shows 

Nov 7th, 2021 – New York City, NY – Baby’s Alright^ 

Feb 12th, 2022 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel*

Feb 13th, 2022 – Felton, CA – Felton Music Hall*

Feb 16th & 17th, 2022 – Los Angeles, CA – Zebulon*

Feb 19th, 2022 – Pioneertown, CA – Venue TBD*

Feb 20th, 2022 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah*

Feb 21st, 2022 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress*

Feb 24th, 2022 – Houston, TX – The Secret Group*

Feb 25th, 2022 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa*

Feb 26th, 2022 – Jacksonville, FL – Intuition Ale Works*

Feb 28th, 2022 – Orlando, FL – The Social*

Mar 1st, 2022 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West*

Mar 2nd, 2022 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East*

Mar 3rd, 2022 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle*

Mar 4th, 2022 – Durham, NC – Motorco Music Hall*

Mar 5th, 2022 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*

Mar 7th, 2022 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*

Mar 8th, 2022 – Providence, RI – Columbia Theatre*

Mar 9th and 10th, 2022 – New York City, NY – Bowery Ballroom*

Mar 11th, 2022 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts*

Mar 12th, 2022 – Kingston, NY – Tubby’s Kingston*

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HALSEY – NEW ALBUM

HALSEY’S IF I CANT HAVE LOVE, I WANT POWER – ENTERS CHARTS AT NO. 1

Halsey’s If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power – hailed as their best album yet by Pitchfork and Vulture and as “one of the best albums of the year”; by Billboard – debuts at No. 1 on Billboards Top Current Albums chart, marking their third consecutive release to top the tally. It’s the follow-up to the Platinum-certified Manic, released in January 2020. If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power also topped BillboardAlternative Albums, Vinyl Albums, and Tastemaker Albums charts and claimed the #01 position on the Spotify Top 10 Global Album Debuts chart. It entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 2. Download/stream HERE.

In an explosive first week at radio, “I am not a woman, I’m a god”; was #1 Most Added at Top 40 while “You asked for this” was #1 Most Added at the Alternative format. The official video for “I am not a woman, I’m a god” which can be viewed HERE, is from IMAX Experience: Halsey PresentsIf I Cant Have Love, I Want Power, which sold out in over 70 locations and grossed over $735K from limited showtimes around the globe. Deadline – examined the success of the screenings of this feature.

The GRAMMY-nominated, multi-Platinum artist reunited with producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for an in-depth conversation about If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power, moderated by Lizzy Goodman. View’s HERE. Among the many topics they cover are the trust of Halsey’s fans, the untraditional path to releasing the album, and David Bowie. Halsey, who was recently named as Shazam’s Artist of the Week, also spoke at length with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. Listen HERE.

Vulture observed, “Halsey is a total natural here, unafraid to share deep, dark thoughts with the listener, ready to cut loose amid the din of sinister synths and punishing guitars”. The New York Times noted, “Halsey and Nine Inch Nails have so much in common: skill at generating drama through sheer sound, along with a willingness to admit the worst.” Declaring the results “spectacular”, Stereogum said, “With each successive release, Halsey’s creative output got bolder, more inventive, more captivating.” SPIN noted,Halsey is not a woman, they’re a rock God. And IICHLIWP proves she’s earned the title.”

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Gryffin – New Blood

GRYFFIN UNVEILS OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO FOR LATEST SINGLE NEW BLOOD WITH BOY MATTHEWS

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L.A.-based artist/producer Gryffin releases the official music video for latest single New Blood with buzzing singer and songwriter Boy Matthews [Duke Dumont, Hayden James, Riton, Oliver Heldens]. Released today via Darkroom / Interscope Records, the visual cuts between shots of Gryffin and Boy Matthews setting and a dreamy representation of a budding relationship for a young couple. Filled with pink skies, packs of bright blue butterflies, and dreamy light effects, the Rafatoon-directed visual perfectly matches the excitement and energy building within the song’s soundscape. The record dropped earlier this summer along with an accompanying lyric video.

Re-visit New Blood by Gryffin and Boy Matthews on all digital retailers HERE.

’New Blood’ is one of my favorite records I’ve ever done, says Gryffin on the creation of the track. It is about a special someone coming into your life and allowing you to rediscover your inner self and happiness in life again. Boy Matthews is one of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever worked with. His soul and energy gave this song the euphoric vibes I was looking for. I’m so proud of this record and hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

2021 has shaped up to be a banner year for Gryffin. In just a month, his most recent single Best Is Yet To Come with Kyle Reynolds has amassed over 14 million total streams and counting between the Original, Max Styler Remix, Cheyenne Giles Remix, and Acoustic version. Dancing Astronaut praised the latter as touching and went on to claim, Gryffin and Kyle Reynolds smoothly play off each other in the acoustic’s visual and place another layer of charged emotion onto an already faultless merger.

Currently in the middle of his Las Vegas residency at The Wynn’s Encore Beach Club and XS Nightclub, Gryffin is also performing at major markets across the U.S. See full show dates below, and purchase tickets HERE

ABOUT GRYFFIN

Born Dan Griffith, Gryffin got his start in music as a classically trained pianist and guitarist and also played in several bands. After receiving an electrical engineering degree from the University of Southern California, he pursued a path in music production, drawing equally from his carefully honed musicality and edgy ingenuity. Gryffin made his breakthrough in 2016 with two singles showcasing his melodic take on dance music: Heading Home ft. Josef Salvat (which shot to #1 on Spotify’s US and Global Viral charts) and the Bipolar Sunshine collaboration Whole Heart. In addition, his 2017 smash single Feel Good — with Illenium and featuring Daya— peaked at #18 on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay charts. Gryffin’s major triumphs also include Tie Me Down ft. Elley Duhé (which hit #2 on the Spotify US Viral Chart and #9 on the Global Viral Chart), Remember ft. Zohara (which garnered 6.5 million streams in its first few weeks and earned support from Tiesto, who featured the track on an Instagram story), and All You Need to Know with SLANDER ft. Calle Lehmann (a gold-certified smash that’s now surpassed 100 million streams). Arriving in October 2019, Gryffin’s debut album Gravity quickly climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

Listen to Gryffin’s New Blood feat. Boy Matthews via retail, Amazon, Apple Music, Pandora, Spotify and YouTube Music.

For more information on Gryffin follow via Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

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Sting – If It’s Love

STING ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM THE BRIDGE

DUE NOVEMBER 19

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FIRST SINGLE IF IT’S LOVE AVAILABLE NOW  

17-time Grammy Award winning musician Sting has announced The Bridge, a brand-new album to be released on November 19 via A&M/Interscope/Cherrytree Records and available for pre-order here (full track listing included below). The first single, If It’s Love is out now.

The Bridge showcases Sting’s prolific and diverse songwriting prowess, with this new set of songs representing styles and genres explored throughout his unrivaled career. The lead track If It’s Love premiered today on BBC Radio 2 and is available now on all digital platforms. The upbeat, breezy and infectious pop tune exhibits his undeniable gift for melody. In his signature voice, and taking a different approach to a straight-forward love song, Sting likens contemplating his romantic feelings to calling the doctor about his symptoms.  

I’m certainly not the first songwriter to equate falling in or out of love with an incurable sickness, nor will I be the last, says Sting. ’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that canon where the tropes of metaphorical symptoms, diagnosis, and downright incapacity are all familiar enough to make each of us smile ruefully.

The Bridge was written in a year of global pandemic and finds Sting ruminating on personal loss, separation, disruption, lockdown, and extraordinary social and political turmoil.  

Exploring a multitude of concepts and themes, a bridge represents the enduring and ever-evolving link between ideas, cultures, continents, and even the banks of a river. It’s also a route into the past, and so it was that Sting found himself considering the music and the places that have formed his own foundations, and that indeed are embedded in his very DNA.  

He explains, These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, and between eras – politically, socially and psychologically, all of us are stuck in the middle of something. We need a bridge.

Representing various stages and styles from throughout his career and drawing inspiration from genres including rock n’ roll, jazz, classical music and folk, the eclectic album features Sting’s quintessential sound on pop-rock tracks such as the album’s opening rock salvo Rushing Water and new indie-pop sounding If It’s Love, to the smoldering electronic ballad Loving You and the romantic For Her Love which evokes Sting’s trademark Fields of Gold period.  The Book of Numbers, Harmony Road and The Bells of St. Thomas showcase Sting’s collaboration with his long-time guitarist/right and left-hand, Dominic Miller. 

Written and recorded over the last year in lockdown, a coterie of trusted musicians beamed into Sting’s studio remotely including Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Manu Katché (drums), Martin Kierszenbaum (keyboards), Fred Renaudin (synthesizer) and backing vocalists Melissa Musique, Gene Noble, Jo Lawry and Laila Biali, The Bridge’s influences are vast; from grappling with the murky origins of the folk ballads in Cecil Sharp’s Collection of English Folk Songs, to J. Robert Oppenheimer, from the Roman history of Northumbria to Saint Thomas. 

All songs on The Bridge are produced by Sting and Martin Kierszenbaum, except Loving You produced by Sting, Maya Jane Coles and Martin Kierszenbaum. The album was mixed by Robert Orton, engineered by Donal Hodgson and Tony Lake, and mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering.

The Bridge will be released in multiple formats, including standard and deluxe CD and vinyl, Japanese Exclusive standard and deluxe albums, all digital streaming and download platforms, as well as a music cassette. The deluxe CD and vinyl will include bonus tracks Waters of Tyne, Captain Bateman’s Basement, and (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay. Both Japanese exclusives will be on SHM-CD including the additional bonus track I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City, while the deluxe version will also include a DVD with an interview and track by track discussion with Sting, as well as music videos for If It’s Love and Rushing Water.

Later this month, Sting will return to the live arena with a performance in Sicily on September 27  followed by concerts at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens on September 30 and October 1. Soon after, he will launch My Songs: The Las Vegas Residency beginning October 29 at the The Colosseum at Caesars Palace featuring a compendium of his most beloved songs with dynamic, visual references to some of his most iconic videos and inspirations.

Sting is managed by the Cherrytree Music Company.

For further information, please visit Sting and Cherrytree Music Company

The Bridge Track Listing:

  1. Rushing Water
  2. If It’s Love
  3. The Book of Numbers
  4. Loving You
  5. Harmony Road
  6. For Her Love
  7. The Hills on the Border
  8. Captain Bateman 
  9. The Bells of St. Thomas
  10. The Bridge
  11. Waters of Tyne (Deluxe bonus track)
  12. Captain Bateman’s Basement (Deluxe bonus track)
  13. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Deluxe bonus track)
  14. I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
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Sam Himself – La Paz

SAM HIMSELF FONDUE WESTERN’S INDIE ROCKER SHARES DREAMY ANTHEM LA PAZ

DEBUT ALBUM, POWER BALLADS, OUT OCTOBER 2021

Sam Himself uses his vocal power to sing songs of finding your place. – Consequence of Sound

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Alt. indie rocker Sam Himself shares La Paz, a melancholy journey from minimalist intro to anthemic climax, covering almost as much ground as the road trip by which it was inspired. Sam’s latest release is the final single leading up to his debut album, Power Ballads, due out in October. La Paz follows album singles Cry, Nothing Like the Night, and, most recently, What It’s Worth, which premiered via Under The Radar Magazine, was picked up by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, KEXP’s The Morning Show, and – as of this writing – remains on rotation on numerous national and regional stations in France, Germany, Switzerland and beyond.

The self-declared Fondue Western baritone and Swiss Music Awards 2021-nominee was on tour in Europe last year when the pandemic broke out. Unable to return to New York City, his chosen home of the past decade, Sam set up shop in his native Basel, Switzerland, where he started writing the songs on his upcoming full-length debut. The artist’s exile-at-home lasted just shy of a year, a strange time marked by restless daydreams, according to Sam, including the escapist fantasy that inspired La Paz:

During lockdown, my mind wandered a lot, looking for exits. I got really nostalgic for past travels and times when I could move freely wherever I wanted to go. Peru, for example. I took a road trip there a few years ago. One night, I was driving through the desert with about two fingers of water left in the car and the aftermath of some recent chemical calamity playing out in my bloodstream; I was exhausted but stopping by the side of the road didn’t really feel like an option, so I kept going. I’m pretty sure I was heading for the Bolivian border, and I remember staring at my GPS and thinking if I can just get to La Paz – the Bolivian city – I’ll be ok. (I can be a little melodramatic when I’m hungover.) I never made it there but La Paz nevertheless became a sort of mantra on that trip, a name for the light at the end of the tunnel. Probably not the most laid-back trip I ever took. Still, at the height of quarantine cabin fever last year, I would have given a lot to be back in that stuffy rental car in the desert, waiting for the sun to rise.

Over the course of those months in limbo, Sam began recording the ten tracks on Power Ballads wherever he could: the distinct lead bass on La Paz, for instance, Sam cut on a borrowed Hofner in the attic of his mom’s house in Basel. Despite the fact that she walked in on a number of takes (the two have since reconciled), Sam ended up using many of those demo recordings for the final version of his album. This DIY approach allowed the artist to focus on the final touches once he was able to return to New York in early 2021, where he completed his first LP together with his Second Beatle, producer and mixing engineer Daniel Schlett (Iggy Pop; The War on Drugs) at Strange Weather Studio in Brooklyn.

Schlett has been Sam Himself’s a close creative partner on all his previous releases, including last year’s acclaimed EP Slow Drugs, which featured Parker Kindred (drums – Jeff Buckley; Elliott Smith) and Josh Werner (bass – Iggy Pop; Ghostface Killah) and earned the artist a Swiss Music Award nomination in his home country in early 2021, as well as international press and radio airplay, numerous DSP editorials, and critical praise for the accompanying music videos. All songs on Sam Himself’s upcoming debut album were mastered by Greg Calbi (David Bowie; Bruce Springsteen).

As featured by SPIN Magazine (10/1), KEXP, Under The Radar, KCRW, Danger Mouse Jukebox, The Wild Honeypie, American Songwriter, The Philadelphia Globe, Consequence of Sound, Variance Magazine, Swiss National Radiotelevision SRF, DIFFUS Magazin (GE), and many more.

For more information about Sam Himself, visit his website or connect with him on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music and Soundcloud.

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The Greeting Comittee – Ada

THE GREETING COMMITTEE SHARE LIFE-AFFIRMING LGBTQ ANTHEM ADA

WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO HERE

NEW ALBUM DANDELION OUT 9/24

Kansas City-based alt-rock band The Greeting Committee premiere their new single Ada, a grippingly honest and life-affirming track that frontwoman Addie Sartino calls an anthem for all our LGBTQ friends and family and fans. Named for a trans woman the band befriended years ago, Ada marks the latest single from their upcoming sophomore album Dandelion, due out via Harvest Records on September 24. Go HERE to stream/download Ada, and pre-order Dandelion HERE.

The single arrives alongside a powerful visual directed by Ada Brumback and produced by Alison Claire Peck (Story School). The video depicts an an all too familiar narrative for many LGBTQ youth. By the end, the protagonist is joined by her community of allies while the line you are loved is repeated. Watch the video HERE.

Partly inspired by Sartino’s own experience in coming out (and by the story of a beloved Greeting Committee fan named Dakota), Ada wanders between tender narration and inner monologue, embedding its lyrics with essential yet bracing truths (It’s hard to be a woman, even harder to be somebody you’re not; A dead name don’t ring the same). In bringing the intensely poignant song to life, The Greeting Committee took great care to fully honor Ada’s emotional reality.

When we were writing that song, [Ada] took the time to go for a two-hour walk with me and tell me about being transgender and growing up in a small town, and what that felt like for her, Sartino recalls, noting that The Greeting Committee first met Ada back when she handled merch for the band.

Referring to the song’s namesake as one of the people who’s made The Greeting Committee who we are today, Sartino points out that Ada closely aligns with the band’s longtime mission of providing their audience with music that illuminates. I think it’s important to have a song like ‘Ada’ on our album, and it’s even more important to give Ada and Dakota the recognition they deserve, says Sartino. Because at the end of the day, I’m not transgender, that’s not my story to share. But I do have a voice and a platform, and to be able to use that platform to share these very personal stories is incredibly special. It’s something that we as a band don’t take lightly.

Like all of Dandelion, Ada was produced by Jennifer Decilveo (MARINA, FLETCHER, Bat for Lashes) and mixed by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala), who helped to assemble the track’s kinetic collage of sounds: thrashing percussion, bright squalls of synth, achingly delicate piano work. The song arrives as the follow-up to The Greeting Committee’s recent single Float Away, a July release praised by the likes Pop Matters (who noted that the bass steamrolls in static, angst-grunged; the drums are propulsive without feeling frenetic; and marimba keys twirl underneath it in a loop, like a haunted carousel all our minds seem to be stuck riding lately). Back in June, the band shared the first single from Dandelion: the gorgeously sprawling alt-pop epic Can I Leave Me Too?, hailed by Clash as a raw portrayal of post-break-up poignance, cloaked in indie pop reverb.

About The Greeting Committee

Made up of Addie Sartino, Brandon Yangmi, Pierce Turcotte, and Austin Fraser, The Greeting Committee have embraced a spirit of purposeful sharing since their formation in 2014. Founded soon after Sartino and Yangmi got their start playing open-mic nights in Kansas City, the band self-released their debut EP It’s Not All That Bad in 2015. Its lead single Hands Down quickly became a breakout hit, paving the way for The Greeting Committee’s signing to Harvest Records when they were all still in high school. After making their Harvest debut with the Meeting People Is Easy EP in 2017 and releasing their debut album This Is It in 2018, the band spent much of the next few years on the road, with sold-out headline shows in major markets such as Chicago, Austin, New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. To date, they’ve toured with the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, Tennis, Hippo Campus, and Rainbow Kitten Surprise and taken the stage at leading festivals like Lollapalooza and SXSW, in addition to delivering the I’m Afraid I’m Not Angry EP in late 2019 and appearing in Netflix’s To All the Boys: Always and Forever. The band’s second album Dandelion will be out on September 24 via Harvest Records.

For more information on The Greeting Committee visit Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and website.

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Blackstarkids – Fight Club

BLACKSTARKIDS FIGHT CLUB Single & Video

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Debut Album Puppies Forever Arriving October 15 via Dirty Hit PRESS HERE to Pre-Save

Joining beabadoobee’s U.S. Headline Tour this November – PRESS HERE for Tickets

BLACKSTARKIDS are at the height of their powers – Billboard

Taking the media they loved growing up in the 2000s and combining it with their formidable songwriting and producing talent, [BLACKSTARKIDS] are creating captivating, timeless sounds at an incredible pace. – MTV

BLACKSTARKIDS have already caused a stir with their recent singles. Although they are fresh out of high school, [Whatever, Man] is impressive in its scope and executed with the grace of a veteran group – UPROXX

BLACKSTARKIDS have released their brand new single FIGHT CLUB, the second track from their upcoming debut album Puppies Forever out October 15 via Dirty Hit. PRESS HERE to listen to FIGHT CLUB, a cheeky anthem that showcases the unapologetic, confident sound of the forthcoming album. FIGHT CLUB sees BLACKSTARKIDS launch out of the gate and directly into your faces, oozing with swagger as Ty, Deoindre, and The Babe Gabe trade off verses with ease.

PRESS HERE to watch BLACKSTARKIDS as they take over a convenience store in the energetic, self-directed music video for FIGHT CLUB. PRESS HERE to pre-save Puppies Forever.

‘FIGHT CLUB’ really captures the way we feel when we’re all together and everything is going smoothly for us, says BLACKSTARKIDS on the single.

FIGHT CLUB follows the recent release of BLACKSTARKIDS’ serotonin-laced lead single JUNO, an indie-pop bop described by Ones To Watch as the sort of rare track that combines all your teenage phases into one intoxicating amalgamation. PRESS HERE to listen.

Hitting the road for a string of dates with GroupLove in September and Glass Animals soon after, BLACKSTARKIDS will embark on a nationwide, 26-date tour alongside Christian Leave in support of beabadoobee on November 1 that will include a hometown show in Kansas City and stop in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Dallas, Austin, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, and more. PRESS HERE to purchase tickets. Full routing below.

Receiving critical acclaim and praise from MTV, UPROXX, Billboard, Alternative Press, Ones To Watch, Rolling Stone France, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Coup De Main, and more for their shimmering Gen-Z anthems, BLACKSTARKIDS are well on their way to indie stardom. Last year, BLACKSTARKIDS released their full-length project Whatever, Man, the final piece to their black coming of age trilogy following projects Surf in 2020 and Let’s Play Sports in 2019. Whatever, Man incorporates each member’s wide-ranging influences into one body of work and is fueled by the sounds of artists from Toro Y Moi, N*E*R*D, Smashing Pumpkins, and Weezer, to Outkast, Odd Future, and A Tribe Called Quest. A winding maze of surprise and discovery, Whatever, Man’s string of critically acclaimed singles, including BRITNEY BITCH, FRANKIE MUNIZ, ACTING NORMAL, and TANGERINE LOVE – grasp their blissful DIY sound which blends garage rock with synth-punk and hip-hop to usher in a new surge of indie. The body of work also features the track FRIENDSHIP, which contains personal messages from fellow Dirty Hit signees Matt Healy of The 1975, beabadoobee, and more.

Dubbed a 90’s baby literacy test by Earmilk, BLACKSTARKIDS – Ty, Deiondre, and The Babe Gabe – showcase their witty personalities and depth as musicians by seamlessly blending nostalgic pop culture references with their effortlessly cool, genre-blending sound. Now, gearing up for the release of their debut album Puppies Forever, BLACKSTARKIDS are ready to share how their experiences have made them who they are and how they fit into society today.

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