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Allen Rayman, Album, Republic Records, CHRISTIAN,

Allan Rayman – CHRISTIAN

ALLAN RAYMAN SET TO RELEASE FULL-LENGTH STUDIO ALBUM CHRISTIAN ON APRIL 3RD

PRODUCED BY GRAMMY AWARD WINNER ALEX DA KID

HEADLINING U.S. TOUR KICKS OFF APRIL 7TH IN BOSTON

Singer/songwriter Allan Rayman will release his full-length album, CHRISTIAN, on April 3rd. The record is the latest musical offering from the musician and is available for pre-order HERE.

With over 150 million streams to date, “The Most Mysterious Man in Music” follows a five-year arc to his fourth full-length, CHRISTIAN, produced by GRAMMY Award winner Alex da Kid. It pays off on the promise of the critically acclaimed triptych—Hotel Allan [2016], Roadhouse 01 [2017] and Harry Hard-On [2018] and the 2017 EP Courtney—as he ventures into new territory once more. When describing the new album Allan commented, “There’s naivety and angst in CHRISTIAN. It’s a bigger range of emotions. It’s Allan’s first stab at a full body of work. It’s the most confident album Allan has made.”

Allan started teasing the highly anticipated album in 2019 by releasing
>“Pretty Please,” “Stitch” and “6AM.” He started off 2020 with the new single, “Chief” which EARMILK proclaimed “an infusion of rap laced with rock-inspired drums.”

Allan recently announced a headlining U.S. tour that kicks off on April 7th in Boston, MA. The tour will debut the artist’s full live band and make stops in 25 cities across the U.S., including performances in Orlando, Santa Fe and Milwaukee for the first time. Tickets and additional information can be found here: https://www.allanrayman.com/

ABOUT ALLAN RAYMAN
Allan Rayman is a singer/songwriter. He is a young man. He has released four projects – Hotel Allan, Roadhouse 01, Courtney and most recently Harry Hard-On, which have given him somewhat of a cult following, his upcoming album, CHRISTIAN, is due to be released on April 3rd. The young man has played sold-out headline tours in the United States and Canada and has made a name for himself at major festivals, including Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Ohana, Austin City Limits, and Osheaga. Allan will play more festivals one day. Allan has seen success internationally with several European tours under his belt as well. Allan has spent time in Alaska. Not much is known about the young man.

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Ocaso Festival, Costa Rica, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

OCASO 2020

“Be prepared to be teleported into a quantum realm of whimsicality.”360 MAGAZINE

By Vaughn Lowery × Sam Berman

At the peak of the year, music, beats and dancing brought together a crowd of 10,000 attendees to Costa Rica for 2020’s Ocaso Underground Music Festival – the world’s largest rave in the jungle. Even the leatherback turtles, howling monkeys and crocodiles were head bobbing.

The Ocaso Underground Music Festival, which engaged on January 9th – 13th, united travelers, ticos and seasoned ravers alike to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, off the coast of the Pacific Ocean for five days of electronic music bliss. The jubilee was established by founder Devin Ellis in 2018; and it just culminated its fourth semester, with plans to return in January 2021, proving a successful run for one of the most emerging EDM festivals on the planet. 

What makes this carnival so sui generis, aside from a stellar bill of DJs including Maceo Plex, Äme, Doc Martin, Justin Martin, Magdalena, Shiba San, Seth Troxler and Artba, might just be the visually striking and lushful setting of CR. The grounds, known as the Lesenda Retreat, centers around a trilithic stage composed of metal trusses for performers, complete with a towering geometric visual screen synchronized to the music, pulsating lasers, fog machines, pyrotechnics and go-go dancers. Apart from hypnotizing technical components conjured up by architectural wizards, the surrounding landscape and warm weather provided a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the fiesta in, enhanced by art installations sprinkled throughout, providing a truly remarkable habitat. 

Let’s talk about the sound! Imagine being at the On The Run II tour with Beyoncé and Jay-Z, state-of-the-art subwoofers and tweeters pinging throughout the venue, delivering clean and crisp vibrant instrumentation. Of course, this added fan excitement to every set.

Viewers were able to use tokens for transportation, food and drinks, providing added security from petty theft and loose cash. Overall safety was key with tons of guards at every entrance alongside of roaming escorts. We all wore sparkly color-coded wristbands to identify our level of participation – GA vs VIP. Staff members wore official reflective tanks and shirts to be easily accessible.

A short 15 minute-bus drive on a vintage yellow school bus brought participants to the festivities. Guests were offered an assortment of carte du jour options to replenish their prance-exhausted bodies with a number of locally and globally known chefs preparing flatbread pizzas, gyros, keto bowls, tacos as well as protein shakes.

Saturday was the most distinctive night of the event, with people from all over the globe, dressed in their most eye-catching ensembles, echoing the avant-garde fashion of other fairs such as EDC, Ultra, Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. Ocaso brought a parade of colors infused with futuristic and organic elements blended seamlessly into garbs straight out of an alien planet, welcoming and embracing all. 

The festival wrapped with a pool party at base camp, the Best Western Tamarindo Vista Villas. After a five-day outer body experience of infectious dance music, a sort of culinary delights, cozy lodging options, and the beautiful backdrop of the rugged rainforested, Central America, this is one masquerade which many should add to their list. 

Missed out on the fun this year? Don’t fret, as the festival plans to return the weekend of January 7-11, 2021. Ticketing packages from this past year ranged from $19.00 to $59.00 for single day passes, a two-day Friday and Saturday pass for $89.00 and a 5-day-full-weekend pass for $119.00, a great deal for those who can’t get enough from just one night. So ravers, start planning your next vacation, because this is an experience any party animal should dive into. 

For additional information visit Ocaso Festival.

Local Guide

Besides the #RaveInTheJungle, The city of Tamarindo itself possesses a plethora of thrilling activities: ziplining, horseback rides on volcanic trails; ATV tours; surfing and dolphin-watching sailing tours.

If you are seeking additional dining/nightlife options outside of the fête, be sure to check out the following:

Pacifico Club (http://www.pacifico-costarica.com/beach-club/), Sharky’s Bar (http://sharkysbars.com/), Long Board BBQ, Chinese Food (directly across from Vista Villas) and Bamboo Sushi Club.

Just down the road was the luxurious Tamarindo Diria hotel, which features a lobby side pool/hot tub, an array of cabanas with an outside bar/dining deck as well as private beach access to make any jovial attendants experience an unforgettable rave-cation.

PLS&TY x Sean Kingston New Track

VISIONARY DJ PLS&TY RELEASES NEW UPBEAT SINGLE “VERY SPECIAL” FT. SEAN KINGSTON

PLS&TY revolutionizes electronic dance music with “Island Pop” icon, Sean Kingston in his first single of the year.

Electronic dance music DJ and producer, PLS&TY teams up with pop-culture icon Sean Kingston for his first 2020 single, “Very Special” set to release February 7th, 2020 on all digital streaming platforms.

This track is the first of four singles included in his very first EP. It sets off his singles release chain and leads the way for the rest of his EP like a trailblazing fire. “Very Special” is an island-electro-hybrid that brings together the reminiscent vocals of Sean Kingston and the “summery vibe” mix, signature to PLS&TY.

“Very Special” circulates on the audience’s feeling of either remembering or creating very special memories. Sean Kingston’s vocals play a major role in this tropical vibe summer track that will definitely be a favorite of the year. The track is a perfect mashup of Future Bass and the island melodies that Sean Kingston never disappoints with.

PLS&TY: “I’ve simply been a fan of Sean Kingston ever since I heard “Beautiful Girls” on the radio years ago. His single “Take You There” is also one of my personal favorite records of all time. It came about via connecting over email and him enjoying the instrumental that we sent over. I see this song and EP as a true embodiment and showcasing of the PLS&TY brand as a whole — spreading ‘good vibes’ and a positive message, with a mantra rooted in ‘minding your manners’”.

Sean Kingston: “PLS&TY is a great artist and I really enjoy his feel-good music. I always do lively, happy music, and love it more than anything! It was fun to collaborate with an artist from a different genre with the same vibe and vision. This is for the fans!”

“Very Special ft Sean Kington” follows PLS&TY’s 2019 creation of an 8-minute long short film for his Run Wild / Feeling Forever double-single (collectively 20 million+ streams) that has been nominated at multiple international film festivals.

He also has had a busy festival season in 2019 of some 10 plus festivals including Shaky Beats, Breakaway, Electric Forest, EDC Vegas, and more. In this year, 2020 will see PLS&TY stepping into his own with the “Very Special EP,” amongst confirmed performances at the renowned Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival and more.

Over the last year, Sean released “summer anthem” hit tracks such as “Peace of Mind” with Tory Lanez and Davido, and “How Many Times” with Afro Bros. Currently, he is busy preparing new music to be released including his EP “Made in Jamaica” in 2020. As an in-demand songwriter, Sean has also been working with stars including T.I., Wiz Khalifa, and Chris Brown.

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The Avett Brothers

In a letter penned by Seth Avett, Grammy Award®-nominated collective THE AVETT BROTHERS revealed today that they will be releasing their new album, Closer Than Together [American/Republic Records], on Friday, October 4, 2019. Read the mission statement for Closer Than Together here and below. The first single from the record “High Steppin’” was also released today along with its official music video.

Listen to “High Steppin’” HERE and watch the official music video HERE.

The mission statement touches on the inspiration behind the upcoming album, pulling from feelings about the current state of the world and observations reflected from the band’s own experiences. Seth Avett describes, “The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary… We didn’t make a record that was meant to comment on the sociopolitical landscape that we live in. We did, however, make an album that is obviously informed by what is happening now on a grander scale all around us…because we are a part of it and it is a part of us…The Avett Brothers will probably never make a sociopolitical record. But if we did, it might sound something like this.” Read the full letter below

The video for “High Steppin’” shows Scott Avett as a “rhinestone cowboy” and Seth Avett as what some could describe as “death” as his passenger. The two ride together and encounter a stop in the road where Bob Crawford and steppers are waiting for them. In a spoken word interlude Seth Avett notes that “you can only live one day at a time, only drive one hot rod at a time, only say one word at a time, only think one thought at a time….” A meaningful commentary on life that finishes with a hopeful ending.

Heralding the album’s impending arrival, THE AVETT BROTHERS continue on a string of tour dates throughout the year including three sold out nights at Red RocksThe Greek Theatre in Los Angeles (August 22nd), and performances at BonnarooMountain Jam, and more. Not to mention their recently announced (and sold out) The Avett Brothers at the Beach four night festival in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, February 27-March 2nd.  See their full tour dates here: www.theavettbrothers.com/tour

MISSION STATEMENT: CLOSER THAN TOGETHER 

The last thing the world needs is another piece of sociopolitical commentary. We, as a species that boasts at least some semblance of consciousness, are entering an odd new form of fatigue: one that encompasses not only our observance of the behavior of others (nefarious and otherwise), but also our seemingly unlimited endurance to loudly judge and wax philosophically about it. Of course, in each instance, regardless of its nature or circumstance, our own personal opinions are presented as the clear, correct, and only perspective on any given subject. We speak as if we are not one body, though we are. We judge as if we don’t value the judgment of others upon us, though we do. We forget to put our feet into the shoes of our neighbor, and curse them for making the same ancient mistake. 

My brother and I have never been more aware of our own failings in the department of golden-rule navigation. We see it in ourselves and we are accustomed to seeing it in our neighborhood, our state, our country, our planet. We speak daily with each other about the lunacy of the world in which we live… the beauty of it, the mystery of it, the hilarity and the unspeakable calamity of it. We talk about God and community and evil and what forgiveness is and what it means to aim for unconditional love in a land (and body) full of conditions. Sometimes we feel better just from speaking about it with a loved one. Sometimes we don’t and we go to our little bunks on the tour bus and continue to process the latest example of fear-inducing news that our phones have indiscriminately handed us. We then simultaneously endeavor to forgive ourselves for being in the fortunate position of having bunks in a tour bus to lie down on. In whatever way we process both personal and universally-affecting events, at some point, these conversations grow melodies and find themselves stepping back into our lives in the forms of songs. 

As our records tend to be, the newest – entitled ‘Closer Than Together’ – is certainly led by the personal narrative of our own lives. In this way, there is no massive departure from our continued artistic language. This chapter however, perhaps in part because of our age or our time, wanders inevitably into hallways both social and political. These are songs developed through and inspired by not only what we see inside our homes and our travels, but by the connections we are blessed to nourish, the conversations by which we are surprised and intrigued, and by the far-reaching experiences of our distant brothers and sisters. We are family men with good and evil in our hearts, and the pains and joys in this world are mirrored on the small scale of our own personal existence. The songs herein are reflections of what we are. ‘We’ meaning Scott and me. ‘We’ meaning this family and this band. ‘We’ meaning the strangers we’ve had (and will have) the honor of encountering all over the world. ‘We’ meaning ‘We the People’.

We didn’t make a record that was meant to comment on the sociopolitical landscape that we live in. We did, however, make an album that is obviously informed by what is happening now on a grander scale all around us…because we are a part of it and it is a part of us. ‘Closer Than Together’ is a record of obvious American origin – a creation that fittingly could only come about through hard work, measured freedom, awe-inspiring landscapes, and perfectly flawed individualism. 

The Avett Brothers will probably never make a sociopolitical record. But if we did, it might sound something like this. 

 -Seth Avett (Summer 2019)

The Avett Brothers made mainstream waves with their 2009 major label debut, I and Love and You, landing at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnering critical acclaim. 2012 saw The Carpenter hit No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and was followed by Magpie and the Dandelion (2013) which debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Top 200 and saw the band appear twice on Jimmy Kimmel Live! True Sadness (2016) achieved The Avett Brothers’ highest career debut to date hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart, No. 1 Top Rock Albums Chart, No. 1 Digital Albums Chart, No. 3 on Billboard Top 200, and scoring two GRAMMY®nominations. In the same year, the band was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. In 2017, the band released their critically acclaimed documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, which was co-directed by Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio. The film followed the band as they wrote their GRAMMY® nominated album True Sadness. The film was released theatrically and on HBO to rave reviews and critical acclaim and will be available on DVD/Blue-Ray in June 2019 (available for pre-order now). In November 2018, the band headlined the concert for Hurricane Florence Relief in Greenville, North Carolina, raising $325,000 to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. Coming soon Swept Away – a new musical inspired by and featuring the music of The Avett Brothers – will have its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in June 2020. Recently, they released three new songs “Roses and Sacrifice,” “Trouble Letting Go” and “Neapolitan Sky” in anticipation for new music in 2019.

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Illenium & Jon Bellion New Collaborative Single “Good Things Fall Apart”

Illenium reveals a blockbuster new collaborative single with Jon Bellion today. Breaking creative ground and knocking down genre boundaries, this marks the very first collaboration between these two powerhouses. An enthralling apocalypse-esque lyric video accompanies the track release today.

On the track, Illenium, envisions a sonic backdrop if glitchy beats, delicate acoustic guitar, and ethereal percussion, and Bellion’s dynamic voice leaps from intimate verses towards a delightfully dizzy crescendo. The star channels nostalgic 90’s pop punk and turn of the century emo on his catchy and confessional chorus, Coming to terms with a broken heart. I guess that sometimes good things fall apart. It’s unlikely anything either artist has released thus far. Most importantly Good Things Fall Apart has all the makings of a crossover anthem perfect for summer.

The song comes in hot on the heels of two explosive anthems from ILLENIUM. To date, his single Crashing featuring Bahari has amassed nearly 27 million total streams. Meanwhile, the follow-up, Pray featuring Kameron Alexander soundtracked a new HBO documentary. Recently the Pray remix packaged engendered enthusiastic critical acclaim. Dancing Astronaut placed it on an NMF Roundup. YourEDM praised it, as intensely varied, while RunTheTrap proclaimed it, a phenomenal remix pack.

Stay tuned for the cinematic music video for Good Things Fall Apart will debut very soon.

Also, be sure to catch ILLENIUM on tour. He will perform a DJ set at Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas on Sunday, May 19. He’s set to touch down Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, continue his Las Vegas residency at Hakkasan, and headline bothMadison Square Garden (September 21) and Red Rocks Amphitheater (October 10, 11, 12) in the fall. Dates are selling out rapidly. Remaining tickets are available here: http://illenium.com/tour/.

ILLENIUM creates immersive emotional experiences, displaying an adeptness for crafting aural arrangements that vary in style, beauty, complexity, and depth. With two full-length albums to his credit and sundry singles and remixes, he has surpassed the one billion stream mark across his discography.
His debut album, Ashes, was released to critical acclaim in early 2016. Awake followed in 2017 and hit #1 on in the iTunes Electronic Dance Charts in 12 countries. Named one of the 10 Best Dance/Electronic Albums of 2017 by Billboard, it included such singles as Feel Good (with Gryffin featuring Daya) and Crawl Outta Love Praising the album as a gorgeous collection of future bass, piercing vocals, and barefaced lyrics, Dancing Astronaut said, While it might seem premature to call an album a masterpiece, no other title would fit Awake so well Billboard observed, The Phoenix is ILLENIUM ‘s mascot, and Awake is the emergent moment of that story.
Bellion got his start with a series of mixtapes featuring his original songs, all recorded in his parents’ basement. He built a remarkable following by sharing his music directly with listeners, giving away more than 200,000 free downloads of 2014’s The Definition, and playing live for fans on two sold-out national tours. Also a sought-after collaborator, Bellion co-wrote and produced, Trumpets, Jason Derulo& and co-wrote the GRAMMY Award-winning, 10x-Platinum hit The Monster for Eminem and Rihanna. He co-wrote and co-produced Christina Aguilera’s recent single, Fall in Line featuring Demi Lovato. Bellionbegins his North American tour this June, tickets available HERE.
ILLENIUM North American Tour Dates:
May 19  Las Vegas, NV  Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
May 26  Speedway, IN  Indy 500 Snake Pit
June 06 Las Vegas, NV  Hakkasan Nightclub
June 09  Kitchener, Canada  Ever After Music Festival
June 14 George, WA  Paradiso Festival [Date TBA]
June 16  Manchester, TN  Bonnaroo Music, and Arts Festival
June 23  Las Vegas, NV  Wet Republic Ultra Pool
July 05  Las Vegas, NV  Hakkasan Nightclub
August 24  Las Vegas, NV  Hakkasan Nightclub
September 21  New York, NY  Madison Square Garden
October 10  Morrison, CO  Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 11  Morrison, CO  Red Rocks Amphitheater
October 12 Morrison, CO  Red Rocks Amphitheater
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Kandace Springs

“Prince’s protoge spreads her wings on breathtakingly eclectic second album

An accomplished pianist with a sensuous, smoky voice”

MOJO

the soulful pianist and vocalist is self-assured, distinctive and strikingly contemporary.

WALL STREET JOURNAL

Singer and pianist Kandace Springs has released her remarkable second album Indigo (Blue Note), a 13-track LP of originals and choice covers that showcases the full breadth of Kandace’s artistry from smoldering R&B (People Make the World Go Round , 6 8) to gorgeous jazz ballads (Unsophisticated, featuring Roy Hargrove) to the pop songcraft of “Breakdown” and Don’t Need The Real Thing. All but two tracks are produced by drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (Common, Erykah Badu) with additional production by Jamie Hartman (Rag’n’Bone Man), Jimmy Hogarth (Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae), Jimmy Harry (Madonna, P!nk), and Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken (Rihanna). Indigo is available on vinyl, CD, download, and streaming services.

For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a boxߞshe would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych.

Given that diverse palette, Karriem was exactly the right person to work with Kandace to catalyze the best parts of various interests into something new. “I love crossing genres and the direction on Indigo was to marry all the different things to tell her story”, says Karriem, who tracked his drums at various studios while on the road with Diana Krall, and chopped and reassembled his and Kandace’s recordings into what you hear. “It sounds organic because everything was built around the songwriting. She says so much on the piano, and her voice is amazing it’s the focal point of the whole sound.”

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Kandace will embark on a U.S. headline tour beginning September 28 that includes album release shows in Los Angeles (Troubadour, October 1), New York (Sony Hall, October 28), and a hometown Nashville show (City Winery, November 4), followed by performances in Europe and Asia. See below for a full list of tour dates and visit kandacesprings.com for ticket info.

Kandace Springs ߝ Tour Dates:

September 28 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ

September 29 Voodoo Room @ House of Blues San Diego, CA

September 30 – The Parish @ House of Blues Anaheim, CA

October 1 The Troubadour Los Angeles, CA

October 2 Swedish American Hall San Francisco, CA

October 4 The Jack London Revue Portland, OR

October 5 Benaroya Hall Seattle, WA

October 7 – Vancouver International Jazz Festival Vancouver, BC

October 24 City Winery Boston, MA

October 25 Daryl’s House Club Pawling, NY

October 27 – Iron Horse Music Hall Northampton, MA

October 28 – Sony Hall New York, NY

October 29 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA

October 30 The Hamilton Washington, DC

November 2 Stage Door Theater Charlotte, NC

November 3 City Winery Atlanta, GA

November 4 City Winery Nashville, TN

November 13 Forum Leverkusen Leverkusen, Germany **with WDR Big Band**

November 16 New Morning Paris, France

November 17 Queen Elizabeth Hall London, England

November 19 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 20 Quasimodo Berlin, Germany

November 27 Tokyo International Forum Tokyo, Japan

November 28 Sankei Hall Breeze Osaka, Japan

December 1 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

December 2 Blue Note Beijing Beijing, China

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Prince once said that Kandace “has a voice that could melt snow.” The music icon heard her cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” online in 2014 and invited her to perform with him at Paisley Park for the 30th anniversary of Purple Rain, becoming a mentor to the young singer and pianist. Kandace’s 2014 self-titled EP turned even more heads and led to performances on Letterman, Kimmel and Fallon, as well as the Afropunk and Bonnaroo festivals. Okay player called her as “a vocal force to be reckoned with” and Afropunk dubbed her “a versatile and vital artist”

Kandace draws much of her musical inspiration from her father, Scat Springs, a respected session singer in Nashville. It was due to him that Kandace grew up surrounded by music, and he encouraged her to take piano lessons after he watched her peck out melodies on the instrument when she was 10. Yet as a girl, she was equally interested in other creative outlets, especially visual art and, more unexpectedly, automobiles. “My dad gave me a Matchbox car, and my mom gave me a Barbie,” she says. “I drew a mustache on the Barbie and never played with it again, and I still have the Matchbox car.” (Her obsession with cars, which she collects, rebuilds, and resells, continues to this day.)

Something deeper in the young musician was sparked when she heard Norah Jonesߣ 2002 Blue Note debut, Come Away With Me. “The last song on the record is ߢThe Nearness of Youߣ and that song really inspired me to learn to play piano and sing. It was just so soulful, simple and stripped down. That really moved me and touched me. It’s when I realized, This is what I wanna do.”

Kandace began gigging around Nashville, and eventually an early demo she recorded caught the ears of Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, the production team who have written hits for Shakira, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Clarkson, and are best known for discovering Rihanna as a teen and signing her to their production company SRP. Rogers flew to Nashville with an offer to sign Kandace. Still only 17 years old at the time she and her family decided that it wasn’t the right time to pursue a recording career, instead taking a job at a downtown Nashville hotel where she valet parked cars by day and sang and played piano in the lounge at night.

A few years later, Kandace was talking about going to automotive design school, but her mother suggested that she get back in touch with Rogers and Sturken. She instead moved to New York and started working seriously on new songs and demo recordings. She eventually landed an audition with Blue Note President Don Was at the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles, winning him over with a stunning performance of Bonnie Raitts “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (the original of which he had coincidentally produced).

If you listen closely to Indigo, you’ll hear a nod to Prince in the lyrics of “Fix Me” but the best tribute she could pay to him, Ms. Simone, and the humble legacy of the man who introduced her to music, her father, is by, as Karriem words it, “creating something that adds to the art form.” With Indigo, an album that couldn’t have been made by anyone but her, Kandace Springs does exactly that.

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Mondo Cozmo Announces New EP

NEW YORK, NY-Summer is finally underway now that Mondo Cozmo has returned with brand new music… The critically acclaimed Philly-born and Los Angeles-based mohawked rock ‘n’ roll prophet will release his new Your Motherfucker EP on June 29 via Republic Records.

The EP follows up Mondo Cozmo’s critically acclaimed 2017 full-length debut, Plastic Soul—which housed the hits “Shine,” “Hold On To Me, and “Automatic.” It saw him perform across the country to sold out shows and even made his television debut onJimmy Kimmel Live!.

The four-track EP shows an elevated sound for Mondo Cozmo. “Tonight Tonight”(produced by John Hill (Portugal The Man), kicks off with rustling guitar that pick up into an infectious percussion. Soon, his voice takes hold, spinning a cinematic scene about “city boy blues” and “suicide queens” before the festival-ready chant, “Tonight, tonight, tonight. Elsewhere on the EP, “Your Motherfucker” sounds like the bastard child of LCD Soundsystem and Jeff Buckley, marrying glitchy dancefloor beats and evocative lyricism. That’s just the half of it though. Check out the full tracklisting below!

Your Motherfucker EP comes right in the middle of his tour with Vance Joy. The sold-out dates have run across the country and continue into mid-July- see full tour dates atwww.mondocozmo.com/tour

With this new music and a ton of touring, Mondo Cozmo is back motherfuckers…

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Your Motherfucker
  2. Tonight Tonight
  3. Hey Stephen
  4. Sold

Mondo Cozmo
A disciple of Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen, and The Verve, thus the Philadelphia-born, Los Angeles-based Mohawk-ed and tattooed troubadour Mondo Cozmo was born. Think Dylan fronting Oasis with Beck making the beats. Mondo Cozmo took over the rock world with his debut album Plastic Soul, which featured his #1 song
“Shine.” He made his television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, performed at (almost) EVERY single music festival last summer, toured with Bastille, opened for MUSE (to a crowd of over 10,000) and with Spoon. From the music industry to Hollywood – everyone has become a fan of Mondo Cozmo: Dan Reynolds from Imagine Dragons crashed his stage in Las Vegas and the two of them did a cover of “Bittersweet Symphony” together, and his music videos have starred actresses Anna Faris(“Hold On To Me”),and Paz de La Huerta“Higher”. He was named top festival performer at Governors Ball (Consequence of Sound & Billboard), Bonnaroo (Entertainment Weekly), Boston Calling (Boston Music), Shakey Knees (Atlanta Music Guide), Forecastle Festival (Courier- Journal), Austin City Limits (Consequence of Sound) and Summerfest (Milwaukee Journal- Sentinal). In response to last year’s shootings in Las Vegas he penned “The Ballad of Vegas” a moving song discussing the heartbreak of the recent violence across the country- Listen Here. In addition, he was recently selected to speak at Grammy’s on the Hill in support of the Music Modernization Act where he spoke to Congressmen and women. Be ready for more Mondo Cozmo music in 2018.
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (Belly, The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye, The Dream), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.

The Spencer Lee Band

The Spencer Lee Band reveals a live rendition of the classic “With a Little Help From My Friends” (Live In Studio) via SB Projects/Republic Records.

Get the song HERE and video for the song HERE.

The group teamed up with Fader to give the song a first look and share the soulful cover this morning. Of the song, the outlet wrote, “Spencer Lee’s voice is already a classic.” Known for their unbelievable live chemistry, the song is a perfect representation of their unparalleled live energy. Read full interview here.

Led by Kansas-born and Los Angeles-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Spencer Lee, the group has quietly become a burgeoning phenomenon. They contributed “The Wolf” to the chart-topping 50 Shades Freed Official Soundtrack Album, and it’s already generated nearly 7 million Spotify streams and counting while their debut single “Kissing Tree” continues to climb the charts.

Next up, The Spencer Lee Band storms the festival circuit this summer with performances at Governors Ball,BonnarooFirefly, and more.

Be on the lookout for more news on The Spencer Lee Band soon!

NEW ALBIN LEE MUSIC + VIDEO

Albin Lee Meldau‘s ‘The Weight Is Gone‘ is an arresting new soul-soaked dance-pop song that signals a striking new creative direction from an emerging artist to watch in 2018. Over a Ronson-like mashup of beats and sweeping strings with stabs of reverb-heavy guitar Albin’s unforgettable voice soars, confessing how love can sometimes feel like a curse. The Weight Is Gone is the first single from Albin’s forthcoming debut album due out this summer on Astralwerks.

Astralwerks has also released the 3-track The Weight Is Gone (Remixes) EP featuring remixes by KC Lights. The remixes have already earned support from some of the world’s biggest tastemaker DJs including Tiesto and Danny Howard, as well as from festival mainstays Kryder, CID, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano.

Few singers can command an audience’s attention quite like Albin Lee Meldau,

his voice is breathtaking, soulful, thunderous and impossible to ignore

NPR Music

Albin has already proven himself to be a powerful storyteller on deeply affecting songs such as Same Boat, Bloodshot, Lou Lou. First and foremost, He considers himself a musical journalist who not only documents what he feels, but also what he sees. But before you discover his gift for weaving emotion, detail, and humanity into a unique blend of classic soul and modern pop production, you will hear his voice and be bowled over.

2018 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Albin, a singer-songwriter who hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, the son of a Swedish jazz singer mom and a British punk rocker dad. His debut album follows two impressive EPs that have already notched 30 million streams on Spotify. Last year he made his debut at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and NPR Music invited him to perform on their popular Tiny Desk Concert series. Albin was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2017 Grammis (Sweden’s Grammy Awards) and won the 2016 Anchor Award, an international competition hosted by the Reeperbahn Festival in Germany that seeks out the best new emerging talent. He was selected by a jury that included producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie) who sang Albin’s praises in presenting him the award. Something is pouring out of his heart and soul when he sings.

SXSW 2018 – Artist Takeover

REPUBLIC RECORDS‘ ARTISTS TAKEOVER SXSW 2018

FULL SCHEDULES

DUCKWRTH

A multi-faceted creative, Duckwrth’s artistic outlets extend outside of music and into design, fashion and video. Along with creating unique artwork for his most ambitious body of work yet, an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape ,Duckwrth’s gender-fluid clothing designs have been featured everywhere from LA Weekly to Nylon. His music videos have earned placements from the likes of The Fader, NOWNESS, and Hypebeast, to name a few. Bringing a unique identity of masculinity and femininity to his music, Duckwrth’s vivacious and free-spirited approach has earned him comparisons to a millennial Prince or Jimi Hendrix.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH
TUMBLR // 9PM-12AM show time //Venue: Mohawk – 912 Red River Rd. Austin, TX 78701

MONDAY, MARCH 12th
CONSENSYS // Set time: TBD Event Time: 9:30 – 11:30 PM // Venue: Ethereal Lounge – 87 Rainey Street, Austin, TX 78701

TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH
PANDORA // Set Time: 5:20-6:00PM // Venue: Gatsby – 708 E. 6th St. Austin, TX 78701
VEVO // Set Time: 9:00PM // Venue: Pelons – 802 Red River St. Austin, TX 78701
TWITTER // Set Time: 10:45PM -Event Time: 9PM-12AM // Venue: Lustre Pearl – 4 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
SECRET SOUNDS // Set Time: 3:30PM // Venue: Sidewinder – 715 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701
REVOLT // Set Time: 7:20-7:35PM Event Time: 4PM-1AM – // Venue: Vulcan Gas Company – 418 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
TOMMY HILFIGER HOUSE // private // Venue: TBD

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
CLASH MAGAZINE // Set Time: 12:40-1:10AM //Venue: Empire Control Room – 606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701

SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH
C3 PRESENTS // Set Time: TBD – Event Time: 3 PM – 6 PM // Venue: Historic Scoot Inn – 1308 E 4th St., Austin, TX 78702

THUNDERPUSSY

If Thor’s Hammer of the Gods from “Immigrant Song” landed in the hands of four wise, willful, and wild women? Well, it would sound something like Thunderpussy. The quartet—Molly Sides [vocals], Whitney Petty [guitar], Leah Julius [bass], and Ruby Dunphy [drums]—do the most rock ‘n’ roll thing possible and quite literally fuck up every rock ‘n’ roll stereotype you know to be true, piercing the halls of Valhalla in the process. The Seattle-based group turned into a quiet phenomenon with the endorsement of Rolling Stone and Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready as well as a string of already legendary performances under their high-waisted belts.

Tuesday, March 13th
SXSW Official Showcase // Set Time: 1:00AM(Wednesday morning) // Venue: BD Rileys- 204 E. 6th St., Austin, TX

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
C3 Party // Set Time 1:45PM-2:30PM // Venue: Lambert’s 401 W 2nd St. Austin, TX 78701

FRIDAY, March 15th
Play Hooky At St. Elmo // Set Time: 3:45PM-4:30PM // Venue: St. Elmo Brewing- 440 E. St. Elmo Rd G-2, Austin TX 78745

BANDHUNTA IZZY

In 2017, Bandhunta Izzy blasted out of Baltimore, MD with the fieriest bars on the Mid-Atlantic. Songs like “BBB” [feat. Benjamin Blue Sleepy] amassed over 1.9 million YouTube views as his recent “Gummo Freestyle” (6IX9INE Remix) scored over 1.3 million views and earned widespread fan praise. His prolific output garnered the attention of Republic Records who signed him early last year.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FREE CULTURE // Set Time: within 5pm hour // Venue: TBD
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th ST.
LEGALLY LOUD // Show Time 7pm-2am // Venue: Bat Bar 218 E 6th St

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
RAP CITY 2018 // Show Time: 7-8pm // Venue: 809 east 6th St (tentative)
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin
WORLDSTAR // Show Time 8pm // Set Time TBD // Venue: Summit Rooftop 120 W 5th St

SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
LVLUP MANSION PARTY // PRIVATE (Time: 9pm-3am) // Venue: TBD

WILLTHARAPPER

In 2013, WillThaRapper confidently stepped into the hip-hop ring sporting a controlled intensity matched only by his tireless quiet grind. The 20-year-old Southeast Washington, D.C. rapper carved out a burgeoning following with his breakout “Hang Wit Me” and a string of buzzing mixtapes: 17 N Savage and Beat Bully Vol. 1 in 2014 and 2015’s Street Runner, On Site, and Beat Bully Vol. 2. Glowing praise would come from XXL, Vibe,The Fader, and Noisey who dubbed him “one of [the DMV’s] newest rising stars.” 2017 saw him ink a major label deal with Republic Records as his fiery single “Pull Up Hop Out” racked up 5.4 million Spotify streams in under a month’s time.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
WE THE PLUG // Set Time bet 6-8pm // Venue: Rainy Lounge 217 W 4th St

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
SKUMBAG SEASON // Set Time: TBD // Venue: Peckerheads on 6th – 402 E 6th St
DGB // SET TIME: 7:30-9pm (D1 block 30 minutes) // Venue: Texas Music Ranch 5220 FM973, Austin

D SAVAGE

D Savage quietly crawled from an underground phenomenon to the brink of mainstream disruption within the span of just two years, igniting a cult-like following in the process. Lighting Soundcloud up with no upload less than a million plays, his 2017 banger “I Know II” generated over 16 million streams in under six months, while his very first song “30 Round Clip” cracked 7.8 million and counting. Signed to Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records by industry leader Steven Victor, he undoubtedly will turn heads with every bar throughout 2018 and beyond.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
THE FLEX FEST // 8PM – 2AM // Venue: 84 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Austin, TX, 78701

TWO FEET

Rising vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Two Feet is responsible for the viral track, “I Feel Like I’m Drowning.”Hailed by BAEBLE as “sultry,” and praised by Hillydilly as “one of his strongest tracks” watch and share the video here. The song follows the success of viral hit “Go Fuck Yourself,” streamed more than 80 million times to date. The video is Two Feet’s response to the organic spread of the track within the pole arts community, which has generated hundreds of videos sound tracked by the song—watch it here. After selling out all of his North American Tour Dates including Los Angeles’ El Rey and Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg he is set to perform on numerous festival stages this summer including Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Lighting in a Bottle and makes his SXSW debut this year. Two Feet signed to Republic Records soon after and released First Steps, followed by another EP, Momentum, in June 2017.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH
StubHub // 11PM // Venue: Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden – 79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

MARCO MCKINNIS

Marco first hit the scene when he released the single, “My Own” which premiered on Solange’s digital platform Saint Heron garnering wide tastemaker attention. As his buzz grew, he quit his day job and relocated from Virginia to Los Angeles where he began collaborating with various artists. He recently teamed up with Rex Orange County on the song “Nothing” off of his recent project “Apricot Princess” and with “Life of Pablo” producers DJDS on the track “Tree’s on Fire”. Marco is currently in the studio working on his highly anticipated debut EP.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
FUTURE CLASSIC // Set Time: 12:00AM (Friday morning) – Event Time 7:00PM-1:30AM // Venue: Australia House @ SXSW- Lucille’s Patio Lounge- 77 Rainey St, Austin TX 78701

KAMILLION

KaMillion initially made her mark behind-the-scenes by co-writing Diddy Dirty Money’s “Your Love” [feat. Trey Songz & Rick Ross], Trey Songz “Already Taken”, Jordin Sparks’ “1000”, Rihanna’s “Watch N’ Learn”, and more. While working for FEMA in 2016, she quietly turned her attention towards solo music. In the midst of shaping her style, iconic Academy® Award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels reached out to cast her in his series STAR. Meanwhile, she starred in the TV One movie When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story. With her star rising across media, she inked a deal with Protect The Culture/LAVA personally signed by Philadelphia industry veteran Marc Byers and Jason Flom C.E.O. of LAVA. She’s just starting to show her true colors.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH
ICM Partners // 12:55 to 1:05 AM (Friday morning) // Venue; The Belmont – 305 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78701

ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Aminé, Black Sabbath, DNCE, Florence + the Machine, Gotye, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Jordan Smith, Julia Michaels, Keith Richards, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Marian Hill, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, and more. Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers, Towkio), Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin), Brushfire (Jack Johnson), Casablanca Records (Giorgio Moroder, KUNGS, Tïesto), Cash Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj), Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya), Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde), Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam), XO (The Weeknd), Roc Nation (Belly, Justine Skye, The Dream), Tuff Gong (Damian Marley), Victor Victor Records (D Savage, Ski Mask The Slump God), among others. Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records (Taylor Swift), and Universal Music Latin Entertainment (Luis Fonsi, J Balvin). In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.