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Teddy Swims x Unlearning

After inciting excitement with millions of streams and critical acclaim this month, ace Atlanta singer/songwriter Teddy Swims releases his debut Unlearning EP today via Warner Records.

To celebrate the EP’s arrival, he just shared the music video for the opening track “L.I.F.E.”  The visual shows yet another side of the vocal dynamo on this standout song, co-written by mega-songwriters Poo Bear (Justin Bieber, Usher) and John Ryan (Maroon 5, John Legend). Speaking to the tranquility of the airy production, he sings alone in the desert as if channeling his surroundings into waves of emotion in every hook. Two women dance against a cool blue sky as his voice rings out with the affirmation, “That’s just life…nobody said it would be easy.”

Teddy paved the way for the EP last month with “Bed On Fire” and the incendiary music video that stars Leila George from TNT’s “Animal Kingdom.” Meanwhile, American Songwriter described the visual as “arresting” and crowned Teddy a “soulful powerhouse.” Unlearning also includes recent fan favorites “Broke” (feat. Thomas Rhett) and “Til I Change Your Mind.”  Full tracklisting below.

About the project, Teddy commented, “I wanted to enter into the world with my first body of work knowing the songs were the best they could be. I felt like everything fit together in terms of what I wanted to say. The title perfectly encapsulates 2020! We’ve all had to do a little introspection, break some bad habits, and figure out who we are again. There are some things we took for granted that, thanks to this Pandemic, we had to really open our eyes and do some unlearning!”

This summer, Teddy will support GRAMMY Award-winning country rock leaders Zac Brown Band on The Comeback Tour across North America. He joins the bill on August 5 in Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center and performs on nine dates through August 29 in Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center.

Teddy recently appeared on A Little Later With Lilly Singh (watch HERE) and delivered his late-night television debut performance with “Bed On Fire” on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (watch HERE). Teddy started out the year by being named a 2021 “Artist To Watch” by  Rolling Stone who praise “A boundaryless approach comes through in Dimsdale’s original songs, which blend elements of hip-hop, R&B, country, and classic soul.”  He also made his national television debut on The Kelly Clarkson Show with an unforgettable performance of his first release of the year “My Bad” (watch it HERE).

Listen to Unlearning HERE.

Watch the video HERE.

Tickets are on sale HERE.

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Darren Criss x I Can’t Dance

Today, singer and songwriter Darren Criss releases his newest single, “I Can’t Dance,” via BMG.

This is the second in a series of new songs which Darren described as “character-driven singles.” He announced the track on Instagram earlier this week, writing, “Half masc, half fem, half bad bitch, half brazen baller. This song is an ode to both those we love to hate and those we hate to love. What can I say, I live for dualities.”

“I Can’t Dance” arrives on the heels of “f*kn around,” which Billboard described as “a slick alt-pop single built around a wiggly bass line.”  MTV News praised, “With synthy distortions and a banging guitar loop, the song echoes the sharper edges of contemporaries like Shawn Mendes and Justin Timberlake’s with a theatrical flair fans have come to expect from Criss.” Darren made his late-night television performance debut with the single on The Late Late Show with James Corden alongside Este Haim of HAIM on bass, The Pocket Queen on drums, frequent collaborator and San Fermin frontwoman Charlene Kaye on guitar, and the track’s co-writer CJ Baran on keys.

Music has always played an integral role in Darren’s artistry. As a solo artist, his 2017 EP Homework debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album chart. Criss has toured to sold-out audiences around the world including headlining the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival with multi-GRAMMY Award nominee and renowned DJ Steve Aoki. In 2019, he also headlined the Balmain Music Festival for the Balmain men’s spring 2020 show. He has been featured on the cover of numerous magazines including such music publications as Billboard and American Songwriter.

As a songwriter, Darren has penned songs for the comedy musical Royalties, for which he was also the creator and executive producer. He received his first Emmy nomination for songwriting in 2015 for Best Original Music and Lyrics for the song “This Time,” which appeared on Glee’s series finale. In addition to collaborations with fellow artists including Rufus Wainwright, Sabrina Carpenter, Bonnie McKee, Jordan Fisher, and many others, he has also written for Apple’s animated series “Central Park.”

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Jex x 2 A.M.

Gathering 100 million streams on popular collaborations and earning acclaim from EDM.com and more, New Jersey electronic pop songstress Jex introduces a scorching signature style on her first solo single “2AM” today. It notably marks her official debut for Eddie O Entertainment/Casablanca Records.

The track rides a dance floor-tailored disco bounce and thick piano towards a powerhouse refrain. Jex’s vocals explode from intimate verses into a soaring nocturnal chorus.

Regarding the single, she commented, I tried to capture the personal experience of not being able to sleep, because you’re thinking about someone. I’m not in love with this person, but at that time of night, it sometimes feels like you are. This person is just on your mind.”

Jex has already moved listeners everywhere with a high-powered catalog of collaborations. However, she’s offering an escape in her solo material uplifted to the heavens by her seismic vocals. Right now, she’s preparing more music for release very soon.

Jex recognized her calling as a kid in a small South Jersey farm town outside of Philadelphia. Her father gigged regularly, and he brought Jex out on stage at a young age. She studied piano for twelve years and gained a deep understanding of theory. At the same time, she taught herself how to compose by listening to everyone from Lady Gaga, Sia, and Amy Winehouse to Boston and Foreigner. She dropped out of college and locked herself inside of her home studio. Her voice caught the attention of various producers, and she quietly emerged as an in-demand vocalist. In 2017, she initially teamed up with Humain for “My Way,” opening up the floodgates. She joined forces with Robin Hustin and Tobi Morrow on “Light It Up,” surpassing 27.8 million Spotify streams. She landed her biggest collaboration to date by fueling “Control” by Unknown Brain and Rival to over 42 million Spotify streams. Other bangers included Lost Sky’s “Where We Started,” posting up another 19 million Spotify streams.

Meanwhile, EDM.com described her collaboration with Leowi “These Days” as “a stunning dance ballad.” In 2020, she inked a publishing deal with Ultra Publishing. During 2021, she landed a deal with Eddie O Entertainment/Casablanca Records.

Get ready for more from Jex soon.

Listen to 2AM” HERE.

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Jex releases new single “2 A.M.”

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Small Axe Official Soundtrack

London UK; Director Steve McQueen has teamed up with Motown Records UK for the official soundtrack to the landmark five-film anthology Small Axe.

Personally curated and selected by Steve McQueen, The Small Axe Official Soundtrack, featuring original score by award-winning composer Mica Levi, will be released on Record Store Day, Saturday 12 June.

Steve McQueen: “Music is an integral part of Small Axe, especially Lovers Rock. Selecting the songs was definitely one of the most fun parts of making the anthology series, so I’m really excited about the soundtrack release, especially the legendary tracks “Silly Games” and “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” performed by the brilliant Tiana Major 9 and Michael Kiwanuka.”

Mica Levi: “I am proud and thankful to be part of the music used in Steve McQueen’s telling of a too unknown true story. It goes to show that protest is an essential democratic right it can change legislation and create visibility and equality.

The Small Axe Official Soundtrack encompasses a potent combination of original tracks, film score excerpts, music featured in the series and four powerful spoken word pieces written by the renowned poet Linton Kwesi Johnson and performed by himself alongside cast members Sheyi Cole, Rochenda Sandall and Shaun Parkes. Exclusive tracks include a rendition of “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” by Michael Kiwanuka and a rework of Janet Kay’s classic “Silly Games” by R&B songstress and Motown US artist, Tiana Major9.

Tiana Major9: ‘Silly Games by Janet Kay played a huge part in changing a generation by pushing the culture forward, as well as making the dream of creating timeless Black British Art a reality. To see the stories based on the lives of my people on a global scale, means so much to me.”

The original of “Silly Games” by Janet Kay also features on the soundtrack alongside the likes of “Got To Give It Up” by Marvin Gaye, “Pressure Drop” by Toots & The Maytals and “More Warning” by King Tubby, Augustus Pablo & The Aggrovators.

The Small Axe Official Soundtrack will be accompanied by a limited edition vinyl release with artwork direction by phenomenal creative collective; Mabdulle, Tara Ung and Wwwesh Studio

Nominated in a record 15 categories at the TV Bafta Awards on the 6 June 2021, the Small Axe anthology series comprises five original films by Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave, Widows). Set from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s, the films each tell a different story involving London’s West Indian community, whose lives have been shaped by their own force of will, despite rampant racism and discrimination. Even though this collection of films is set some decades ago, the stories are as vital and timely today as they were for the West Indian community in London at the time. Small Axe is a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, music and even food; each one, in its own unique way, conveys hard-won successes, bringing hope and optimism.

The music featured on the official soundtrack is integral to the DNA of these stories, both enhancing the narrative and paying homage to the musical and cultural heritage of the times documented in the series. The Small Axe Official Soundtrack, released by Motown Records UK on 12 June, is now available to pre-order https://smallaxe.lnk.to/PreOrder

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POORSTACY x Public Enemy

Today, South Florida rock artist POORSTACY releases his first single and music video of 2021, “Public Enemy,” out now via 10K Projects. Inspired by the social unrest and political distrust of the last year, “Public Enemy” shows STACY giving a middle finger to the establishment. The single and its accompanying music video, co-directed by POORSTACY and Mooch, kicks off his roll out for the forthcoming album Party at the Cemetery, which is set to release this fall. Though he first made his mark as the Soundcloud emo-rap artist behind underground hits like “make up,” POORSTACY has since grown into a full fledged rockstar with a placement on the GRAMMY -nominated soundtrack Bill & Ted Face the Music to prove it.

“A lot of people are frustrated with the state of the world so hopefully my music can help them push through that aggression and be a positive outlet for them.” — POORSTACY on writing “Public Enemy” and his forthcoming album Party at the Cemetery

Growing up on a diet of punk, metal, and hip hop, rising artist POORSTACY is a sum of disparate influences. The 22-year-old singer, rapper and guitarist spent his formative years performing shows in small venues around his hometown of Palm Beach, Florida: “There’s a real metal scene out here. Lots of punk rock, gothic stuff. I’ve chosen to actually make music based on what I grew up around.”

Born Carlito Milfort Jr., POORSTACY’s interest in music began when his father taught him how to play guitar as a kid. “There were all kinds of music and instruments around my house,” he says. Now endorsed by Fender, POORSTACY has been drawn to live music for as long as he has been playing. Over the course of his teenage years, POORSTACY focused on honing his sound, which he describes as a mix of the “pure melodies” of punk and tinges of the “old rap shit [he] was doing,” and by March 2019, he had gained a major following on Soundcloud. With early hits like the emo-rap centric “make up” which gained 35,000 plays in under 24 hours, he attracted the attention of 10K Projects who signed POORSTACY in mid 2019.

Since the beginning of his music making, POORSTACY’s influences have been eclectic, ranging from Slipknot, Billy Idol, Earl Sweatshirt and Flatbush Zombies. Citing legendary Z-Boys skateboarder, Stacy Peralta, as the inspiration behind his artist name, he notes, “Stacy Peralta himself was not shown a lot of attention at the start, but he ended up being one of the biggest legends in skateboarding in the end. I always loved the idea of that, of doing your own thing and having it pay off.” Also citing films like V For Vendetta, Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween, and Trainspotting as inspiration, a core tenet of POORSTACY’s songwriting is drawing from unlikely sources.

His debut album, The Breakfast Club (2020) was a hip hop/punk record which reflected his South Florida upbringing and proved his ability to create a large cohesive project. Featuring tracks like “Hotel” and “Afraid,” POORSTACY flirted with the more punk rock sound he is now committed to.

The Breakfast Club’s success was quickly followed up by the Trainspotting-inspired single “Choose Life,” his first to feature frequent collaborator, Travis Barker. Also in 2020, STACY’S single “Darkest Night” was featured on the GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack for Bill & Ted Face the Music, placing the newcomer alongside rock-gods like Mastodon, Weezer, and Big Black Delta. The soundtrack feature further proved that STACY is a perfect “rock star for the SoundCloud generation,” as The Noise puts it, bridging the gap between his emo-rap past and the rock anthems of his present.

After a monumental past year, POORSTACY is busy planning ahead for an even bigger 2021, with the release of his first full length hard rock record Party at the Cemetery, which is set to release this fall. Inspired by the badassery and drama of 2000s icons like My Chemical Romance and Pierce the Veil, STACY channels the isolation and unrest of the chaotic last year. “I think a lot of people were hurting during COVID, hopefully people can use my music for healing and connection,” he explains.

LISTEN TO “PUBLIC ENEMY” HERE

WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR “PUBLIC ENEMY” HERE

Lord Huron Long Lost Album Cover (By Ben Schneider) of Republic Records for use by 360 Magazine

Lord Huron x Long Lost

Whispering Pines Studios is finally open for all y’all to visit from far and wide…

Today, Lord Huron proudly present their anxiously awaited fourth full-length album, Long Lost, out now via Whispering Pines Studios Inc./Republic Records. Get Long Lost HERE.

With the record loose upon the world, the boys hit the television circuit. Tonight, they are set to deliver an unforgettable performance on NBC’s The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon performing “I Lied” with Allison Ponthier and tomorrow morning, they take the stage at CBS This Morning: Saturday for a performance not to be missed.

Earlier this week the band created the first ever social media séance where fans could join WBUB TV and participate in a virtual summoning. Once 1,000 participants joined and uttered the incantation they were treated to a special broadcast of Whispering Pines artists performances.

All questions will finally be answered today as the group’s vision unfurls throughout these sixteen tracks on Long Lost. Most recently, they shared the single “I Lied” [feat. Allison Ponthier]. It has already amassed over 1.5 million streams and counting. In addition, it has been plugged by Brooklyn Vegan and more.

The band have also announced a Fall 2021 headline tour, their first shows in support of Long Lost. The tour kicks off in Philadelphia on September 9 and hits a variety of outdoor venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Portland and other markets across the country with Allison Ponthier opening on select dates. See full list of tour dates below. Tickets are on sale now. Visit www.lordhuron.com for more info and ticket links.

Increasing excitement for the arrival of Long Lost, the lead single “Not Dead Yet” captured #1 at AAA Radio for five weeks in a row. Not only did it complete their fastest rise at the format to date, but this feat also marks their very first #1 and the song has reached nearly 8 million streams. Additionally, the guys hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! for a show-stopping television debut performance of Not Dead Yet.” Watch it HERE. Spin claimed, they sharpened their teeth,” while UPROXX described the track as driving. In addition to plugs from Stereogum and more, Brooklyn Vegan touted it among Our Favorite Songs of the Week. See full track list for Long Lost below.

Last month, they shared the title track Long Lost.” It just cracked 1.6 million streams, while Variance praised it as whimsical, haunting and Brooklyn Vegan wrote, This one finds them combining their trademark indie folk with sweeping, string-laden vintage balladry.” Prior, Lord Huron released album track “Mine Forever” to critical acclaim. In addition to nearly 4 million-plus streams, it garnered plugs from Rolling StoneSpin, and more. The music video featured blurred faces of performers from Whispering Pines Studio and added more clues to the mystery behind Long Lost. Check out the video for “Mine Forever” Here!

Yesterday, fans across the country began noticing vinyl from the Whispering Pines back catalog showing up in various sections of record stores across the country. Notably, the artists who originally recorded the vinyl were seen in numerous episodes of Alive From Whispering Pines. This isn’t the first time that the merchandise, music and memorabilia from Whispering Pines studios has suddenly appeared, as fans have already found items for sale recently on CraigsList, Reverb, and Discogs.

During its first episode, viewers were introduced to Mr. Tubbs Tarbell, fell under the spell of commercials that may very well be lost tapes from the past, and were treated to some incredible performances by Lord Huron. The band played some old songs including “Meet Me In The Woods” (view video here) and provided a sneak peek at some new songs. The episode also featured a hotline where fans could call in and ask Mr. Tarbell questions and request songs from the band. Episode 2 included additional cryptic clues, more beautiful performances from Lord Huron (including  “The World Ender” and  “Frozen Pines”) and even the secret world premiere of “Mine Forever.” Episode 3 included a long awaited performance of “The Night We Met,” “The Balancers Eye,” and fan favorite “Ghost on The Shore.” In case you missed the performances of “The Night We Met” Watch HERE. The final episode featured a performance of “I Lied” with Allison Ponthier herself and tied up the four episode story of Alive From Whispering Pines and set the stage for Long Lost.

In the beginning of this new era, Tubbs put out an official letter into the multi-verse from Whispering Pines Studios describing the mythical tale of recording Long Lost with Lord Huron and the origins of its cosmic music. Read the full letter HERE.

What could be in store for the band next? Only time will tell…As Tubbs says: “As ever, friends, may you live until you die”