VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Vaccines Talk Socio-Political Responsibilities, ‘Combat Sports’

Early this week, The Vaccines released the new single “All My Friends Are Falling In Love,” out now on Columbia Records. The single, written by The Vaccines frontman Justin Hayward-Young with collaborator Cole MGN (worked on Christine & the Queens’ latest record) is the band's first new material since releasing their fourth studio album, Combat Sports earlier this year. The critically acclaimed album was hailed for the band's return to their brand of "Vaccines rock and roll" and powerpop, led by the singles "I Can't Quit" and "Your Love is My Favourite Band". “We rediscovered who we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Sabrina Claudio Talks Immediacy of ‘No Rain, No Flowers’

Since the independent release of her debut EP Confidently Lost in 2016 on Soundcloud, Sabrina Claudio garnered much critical acclaim for both her vocals and lyrical content. The EP amassed over 3 million cumulative plays in just under six months, ultimately leading to a record deal with Atlantic Records. The Miami born and LA raised singer/songwriter would follow it up with a 12-song collection, About Time that shot to the top of R&B charts and enable a feature on the soundtrack for the movie, Fifty Shades Freed, with an original song called “Cross Your Mind.” Her latest

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Barns Courtney Talks ’99’, Writing New Music

In just a few years, Barns Courtney has already surpassed a quarter of a billion cumulative streams globally, including more than 115 million streams in the U.S. The singer/songwriter released his debut album, The Attractions Of Youth, in late 2017 to positive reviews, led by the strength of the songs “Fire” and “Glitter & Gold,” which got great exposure on commercial radio with the former used in the movie, Burnt that stars Bradley Cooper, who helped get the song featured during the end credits and soundtrack. Courtney has been touring non-stop on the strength of his debut, having played numerous

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – grandson Talks Early Music Exploration, Socio-political Themes

grandson has been making waves this year with his politically charged music and highly entertaining and informative live shows. His debut EP, A Modern Tragedy, Vol. 1, was released on June 15, 2018, which features the radio hit, "blood//water", that's also racked up over 22 million streams. grandson, born Jordan Benjamin in New Jersey and raised in Toronto, Canada, started off in music playing guitar and piano with an affinity for classic rock but once exposed to hip-hop and other genres, would eventually migrate towards freestyle rap. It wasn't until he moved to Los Angeles that he

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Starcrawler Talk Formation, Energetic Live Shows

Starcrawler has enjoyed many accomplishments in 2018, a year that started with the release of their self-titled debut album and saw thee band experience much acclaim as they hit the road in support of the material. Tour dates that included numerous European festivals, SXSW, CalJam and opening for The Distillers, helped expose the band to new audiences and spread their brand of exciting music with their engaging stage presence. The band has only been around for just a few years, having formed in 2015 when lead vocalist Arrow de Wilde first met Austin Smith (drums) with the idea

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – ISLAND Talk Early Formation, Honing Live Performances

London band, ISLAND released their debut album, Feels Like Air via Frenchkiss Records, earlier this year on April 6, 2018 to strong critical acclaim and embarked on their first North American tour shortly thereafter. The four-piece formed as teenagers with frontman Rollo Doherty, who started with an acoustic bedroom project but would also play with friends guitarist Jack Raeder, bassist James Wolfe and drummer Toby Richards. The friends enjoyed experimenting with various sounds as Doherty explains, “Back then it was properly folky." "But we also wanted to sound like Grizzly Bear and Kings of Leon,” laughs Raeder.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – A R I Z O N A at Austin City Limits 2018

Since the release of their debut album, Gallery, A R I Z O N A has been growing in popularity, accumulated more than half a billion streams worldwide and continue to evolve in their music. 2018 was a busy year for the trio from the East Coast, as they played numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Bunbury, Bonnaroo and most recently Austin City Limits, as well as serving as the special guest support slot on Panic! At The Disco’s nationwide arena tour, which saw sold-out performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Staples Center in Los Angeles. The alt/electronic trio

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Yungblud at Austin City Limits 2018

UK artist Yungblud has been steadily making an positive impression on music fans with his unique take on alt-pop equally inspired by punk, hip-hop, and UK garage. The 20-year-old Northern England native is up-front on the topics that he writes about that provides his perspective on everything from gentrification to disenfranchisement to addiction, which has produced catchy protest songs that reveal the personal toll of political tensions. Having released his first full-length, 21st Century Liability, the artist born Dominic Harrison stated, “I want my music to always have a message, but I don’t want to preach to anybody.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hailey Knox at Austin City Limits 2018

Hailey Knox continues to evolve and mature as an artist as demonstrated on her forthcoming collection of songs on Hardwired Mixtape. The forthcoming material to be released on November 16 via S-Curve Records will contain new music, studio versions of live show fan favorites, and short B-side brainstorming snippets and is described as the chronicles of her journey as a "certified social media crossover". A native of upstate New York, Knox first picked up guitar at age seven and learned to play from her dad (an amateur guitarist who also sparked her interest in singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson).

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Gang of Youths at Austin City Limits 2018

As with its American counterpart, MTV Australia started production on all-new episodes of the Grammy and Emmy award-winning series MTV Unplugged, with the first feature artist, Gang Of Youths. Filmed in front of a live audience at Melbourne's Cobblestone Pavilion at Meat Market, the band performed stripped-back versions of songs from their latest album, Go Farther in Lightness that was released in 2017. The performance made quite an impression and the recording, MTV Unplugged Live in Melbourne, will be released on October 26, 2018. The longevity of the material speaks volumes to the band's artistry, as they've

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jungle at Austin City Limits 2018

UK band Jungle kicked off early 2018 performing at Coachella and a short run of tour dates to play some of their new material and have been on a roll since. The band released their sophomore album, For Ever on September 14th via XL Recordings, which features lead tracks, "Heavy California" and "Cherry", both of which have already garnered millions of online streams. The band's founders Josh “J” Lloyd-Watson and Tom “T” McFarland describe the mix of sounds on the album as "a post-apocalyptic radio station playing break up songs.” J and T spent much time in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Elle King at Austin City Limits 2018

Over the past few years, Elle King experienced numerous highs and lows after the release of her debut album, Love Stuff in 2015. The album was a breakthrough for King, as the track "Exes and Oh's" hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs Chart, and topped the AAA, Hot AC, and Alternative Radio charts and earned her two Grammy nominations, achieving double platinum sales. Though King’s hard work was paying off professionally, personally, she was falling apart. “I was struggling with mental health issues and exhaustion and literally felt like I was losing my mind,” she

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Tom Walker Talks Debut Album, Arctic Monkeys Influence

The track "Leave A Light On" has become an international breakthrough hit for Tom Walker, as it achieved 2x Platinum in Italy & Switzerland, Platinum in France, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and gold in Germany and Canada. Born in Scotland and raised in Manchester, Walker became obsessed with his father’s record collection at a young age, finding inspiration in Ray Charles, The Police, and Bob Marley, to name a few. By 2016, the troubadour uncovered his own sound through layering rap-style production, electronic shine, and traditional acoustic power fueled by dynamic powerhouse pipes. As songs such as “Fly Away

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jade Bird Talks Early Influences, Forthcoming Debut Album

U.K. artist Jade Bird has been seemingly parked in the U.S. for the last year or so, having spent time recording her debut EP, Something American and touring heavily throughout the country. Her latest single, "Lottery", was released at the beginning for 2018, which saw Bird's profile continue to rise with critical acclaim, perform at SXSW and Bonnaroo and has a growing fanbase. Born in Hexham, U.K., Jade’s early life was spent in South Wales, Germany and Chesterfield, as both parents were in the army. When her parents split up, she would be predominantly be raised by

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Knox Hamilton Talk ‘Beach Boy’ EP, Upcoming New Material

Knox Hamilton released their EP Beach Boy recently, as a follow-up to their well-received debut full-length record, The Heights. The Arkansas trio, comprised of brothers Boots (vocals) and Cobo (drums) Copeland, Brad Pierce (keys) and Drew Buffington (bass), the band toured extensively throughout the last year in support of the album, including a co-headlining tour with Fenech-Soler. The band, which broke through with "Work It Out" in 2014 and the track "Washed up Together" garnered millions of streams in 2016, praise from artists such as Katy Perry and The Beach Boys. The EP, Beach Boy serves as

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bad Bad Hats Talk ‘Lightning Round’, Perform Live

Minneapolis-based Bad Bad Hats released their sophomore album, Lightning Round, August 3, 2018 on Afternoon Records to much anticipation. The band used a different process to record the songs live together at the encouragement of their producer and longtime collaborator Brett Bullion (who also produced their debut album Psychic Reader). Lead single “Write It On Your Heart” has gotten much attention for its reliability for its topic of an end of a relationship, where the instigator for ending the relationship wants to leave for someone else, but they want the other's blessing too. “I haven't always stood

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lindsey Jordan Talks Sister’s Influence, Snail Mail Performs “Pristine”

The solo project of Lindsey Jordan, Snail Mail has garnered much critical acclaim for the debut release of Lush, which was released on June 8th on Matador Records. Picking up the guitar at a young age and classically trained, Jordan started Snail Mail while in high school and frequented local shows within her native Baltimore area, where she formed close friendships within the local music scene, the impetus for her to form a band. Growing up in Baltimore suburb Ellicot City, Jordan began her classical guitar training at age five, and a decade later wrote her first songs

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Donna Missal Talks Gaining Confidence, Debut Album

Singer/songwriter, Donna Missal first electrified the blogosphere with her debut single "Keep Lying" that has now made it to mainstream radio airplay. The track was initially released online in 2015 and had a strong positive reaction, which would eventually lead her to work with Macklemore on the single "Over It," featured on his recently released album, Gemini. Missal grew up in a household with access to a home studio, as her father had previously worked in the industry before settling down with the family. Recording songs was nothing new for Missal, as she and her siblings would

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Pale Waves at Outside Lands 2018, Talk Debut Album

Pale Waves has been on a roll in 2018, having started the year with the release of their EP, All the Things I Never Said, and have been on tour for the majority of 2018. The band consisting of Heather Baron-Gracie (vocals, guitar), Hugo Silvani (guitar), Charlie Wood (bass) and Ciara Doran (drums) formed in 2014 and are building off of last year's run of sold out UK and European headline dates and a highly coveted support spot for The 1975 on their US and European arena tour. This year alone, the Manchester-based quartet has played high profile

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Hobo Johnson at Outside Lands 2018

Hobo Johnson made a huge impression online earlier this 2018 with a recording of his performance of "Peach Scone" with his band The Lovemakers, for submission into the NPR Tiny Desk Contest. The live video accumulated over 14.6 million views on Facebook and YouTube, growing his follower count from 10,000 total to well over one million followers in a short period of time. Their fervent new fans boosted the band's album, The Rise of Hobo Johnson(2017) to #8 on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart and #11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Born in San Jose, CA as Frank Lopes,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Whethan at Outside Lands 2018

DJ and producer Whethan is the brainchild of the 19-year-old producer and DJ Ethan Snoreck. He started off the year with a lot of attention due to his clever marketing in bringing on the year's early viral sensation, Mason Ramsey (Yodeling Walmart Boy) on stage at Coachella 2018. The artist has already achieved numerous high-profile chart-topping collaborations, including one with Dua Lipa (“High”) from the “Fifty Shades Freed” soundtrack, as well as “love gang” (ft. Charli XCX), “Savage” (ft. Flux Pavilion & MAX), “Be Like You” (ft. Broods) and “Good Nights” (ft. Mascolo), along with his latest release,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Freya Ridings at Outside Lands 2018

Singer/songwriter Freya Ridings has seen her profile grow exponentially in 2018, as her breakout single “Lost Without You” has garnered over 25 million streams thanks to the song's use in the British reality TV show, Love Island. The London-based artist just finished recording her debut album that slated for release in Spring 2019, but has released a handful of singles thus-far, including the aforementioned “Lost Without You,” “Blackout,” and her impressive cover of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ classic “Maps.” Ridings has already performed at high-profile festivals, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and will be at Austin City Limits later

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mikky Ekko at Outside Lands 2018

Mikky Ekko made a strong impression from his collaboration with Rihanna on the track "Stay" in 2012 but took time to find the right songs and sound for his debut album, Time that was released in 2015. During the time, Ekko was very cautious in using every opportunity to climb up the ladder, stating, "A lot of people expected me to hit the road with Rih or do more collaborations with other pop people. But just because you can, doesn't mean you should...and I spent a lot of time trying to balance who I should be vs. who

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Pond Talk Recording New Material, Hip-Hop Influence

Just last month, Pond released new music with the track, "Burnt Out Star," out now via Interscope Records, their first new material since the acclaimed album The Weather that came out out last year. The Weather was the band's seventh studio album and garnered immense critical praise and was produced by Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. The band has been on tour off and on since the release of the album, having played numerous festivals including Coachella, Primavera and End of The Road in 2017 and this year's Bonnaroo and Shaky Knees in the U.S. The band

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alma Talks Friendship With Charli XCX, Finnish Origins

Finnish pop singer/songwriter Alma has experienced great international success, having garnered over 170 million combined Spotify plays, and topped iTunes charts around the world. She landed on the prestigious BBC Music Sound of 2018, received the award for “Best Finnish Act” at the MTV EMA awards, and earned “Best Newcomer” and “Best Export” at Finland’s answer to the GRAMMYs the EMMAs. Her recent mixtape EP, Heavy Rules features Alma's penchant for strong vocals amidst catchy melodies, along with guests MØ, Tove Styrke and Kiiara. Of the EP, Alma mentioned- “I feel so blessed and grateful that for

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SOFI TUKKER Talk ‘Treehouse’, Recent Success

"Manifesto" is spoken word pop meets house track from Animal Talk, a new artist collective helmed by SOFI TUKKER and also the name of their new label imprint that strives to build a supportive community of creatives. The opportunity to create a new label of their own was spawned from the duo's early days when in 2013, the pair met Benjamin Ruttner from the Knocks who invited them to move to New York and work out of his Chinatown studio. "That was all the encouragement we needed to put everything on the line and dare to really believe

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Kooks Return With ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’

The Kooks have been making their presence known in 2018 ahead of the release of their forthcoming album Let’s Go Sunshine, which will be available on August 31 via Lonely Cat/AWAL Recordings. The band has already released four tracks off the album, including “No Pressure,” “All The Time,” “Fractured and Dazed", “Four Leaf Clover" and more recently, “Chicken Bone”. Let’s Go Sunshine is the fifth studio album from the band that follows up the 2014 release, Listen, which saw the band experiment with their sound, where there were elements of jazz, gospel and R&B. In describing the process for the forthcoming

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Frenship Talk New Material, Handling Success

Los Angeles-based duo Frenship had only been making music together for a short time before breaking through with the track "Capsize", off of their EP Truce in 2016. The track garnered over half a billion streams, garnered mainstream radio airplay and achieved multiple gold and platinum certifications around the world. They played numerous festivals including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Life Is Beautiful, along with an opening slot for British indie band Bastille on their European and U.S. treks last year. The band came back in 2018 with a handful of new tracks including "Mi Amore", “GOODMORNING, Goodbye”

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jauz Talks Electric Forest 2018, UK Electronic Music Scene

Electronic producer and DJ Jauz has been on a roll in 2018, with his most recent release garnering much attention, a collaboration with multiplatinum recording artist KIIARA on “Diamonds”. The track follows up the string of successful tracks including, “Gassed Up” (with DJ Snake), “Keep The Rave Alive” (with Lazer Lazer Lazer), “MotherF*ckers” (with Snails) and a remix of Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa’s “One Kiss.” Currently playing the festival circuit, Jauz will embark on a 55 date tour this fall with UK producers Holy Goof and Skepsis on the 'Bite America Label Tour', the latter on his own record

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kelly Zutrau of Wet Talks ‘Still Run’, Turning 30

Wet will release their highly anticipated sophomore album Still Run on July 13, 2018 via Columbia Records. Ahead of the release, the band has released a few tracks including, “There’s a Reason”, “Softens”, “Lately” and “You’re Not Wrong”. In between albums, the trio parted ways with original member, Marty Sulkow as remaining members lead singer/songwriter Kelly Zutrau and multi-instrumentalist Joe Valle decided to move forward as a duo. Taking time away during the songwriting and recording process, both Zutrau and Valle would work on other projects that included work with Clams Casino with guest vocals by Zutrau.

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lauren Kashan of Sharptooth Talks Warped Tour 2018, ‘Clever Girl’

Hardcore metal band, Sharptooth, released their debut album Clever Girl in 2017 to strong reviews. The subject matter for the band's material is straightforward and wide-ranging, covering social and political topics relevant in today's climate from feminism and police brutality to gender and race-based discrimination. The source of their songs come easy as all the members are politically active, led by frontwoman/vocalist and songwriter, Lauren Kashan and includes guitarists Keth Higgins, Lance Donati and drummer Conor Mac. 16290

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Picturesque Talk Warped Tour 2018, Garth Brooks

Picturesque released their long-awaited debut full-length, Back to Beautiful, in 2017 to positive reviews. The Kentucky-based band has stood out amongst other post-hardcore bands thanks to the notable vocal range of lead singer, Kyle Hollis, while supported by band members, Zach Williamson (guitar), Dylan Forrester (guitar) and Jordan MGreenway (bass). The band has toured and shared stages with the likes of Silverstein, Tonight Alive,I the Mighty, blessthefall, Like Moths To Flames, Our Last Night, SECRETS, SYLAR, and more. Picturesque is currently on the final cross-country run of Warped Tour and will be headed back to the studio

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kaiser Solzie Talk Warped Tour 2018, New Band Members

Kaiser Solzie is a punk influenced street musician(James Jackson) derived from the fictional character Keyser Söze in the 1995 film The Usual Suspects. Since early 2010, Kaiser has been traveling the United States performing everywhere and anywhere from street corners to open mics to basement shows and has been involved with Warped Tour since his early days covering the event to working in numerous capacities that included delivering water and security. Originally from Rochester, NY, Kaiser Solzie now has a full band behind him that includes other band members Brian Lorenzo(guitar), Jamie McMann(bass) and Lenny Palmieri(drums). 16284

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Fickle Friends Talk Refining Sound Before U.S. Debut

British indie-pop group Fickle Friends has been a band since 2013, with core members Natti Shiner and Sam Morris having met as students at the Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts. The two would later meet the rest of the band members, Harry Herrington, Chris Hall and Jack Wilson at BIMM Brighton music college and it wasn't long until the band found their sound. Winning a performing spot at celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's music festival, the experience and continuous touring and gigging around Europe would enable the band to grow a loyal and dedicated fanbase throughout Europe. Over

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Jukebox The Ghost Channel Their “Inner Queen” In ‘Off To The Races’

Every Halloween since 2015, Jukebox the Ghost has celebrated the spirit and music of Queen by putting on a small series of tribute shows titled "HalloQueen". After playing a set as themselves, the band would come out dressed as Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen and proceed to play songs from the legendary band. It was this experience that would eventually inspire the band to take the same bold attitude towards making their latest album, Off To The Races that was released March 30, 2018. "Something magical about Queen to me is that their

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Rainsford Talks Debut EP, Twin Shadow Collaboration

As part of any evolution as an artist, musicians will stretch out to explore various genres outside from an established sound and/or what they're known for, all the time. Transitioning from one genre to another to find the best sound and natural comfort level, however, is another, especially after experiencing some success. Emerging singer and songwriter, Rainey Qualley, aka Rainsford has done just that, having bursted into the country music scene in 2015 with her debut, Turn Down the Lights, that featured the single, "Me and Johnny Cash". The song was played on commercial radio, providing great

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Katelyn Tarver Talks Forthcoming EP ‘Kool Aid’, Role on ‘Ballers’

Fans of either television shows, Big Time Rush or the singing competition show, American Juniors will be quite familiar with Katelyn Tarver. In between acting gigs, the actress and singer has been active recently working on her music, as her song "You Don't Know" garnered over 25 million views/streams online. The track comes from her 2017 EP, Tired Eyes and led her to continue working on new music, having recently released the bouncy track, "LY4L". The song is featured on her forthcoming EP Kool Aid, due out on July 20, 2018 and features collaborations with artists such

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – SUR Talks Performing at Lightning In A Bottle, ‘Savage Beast’

SUR is the brainchild of musician/producer Zack Arnett, who also adds to his credentials visual artist, poet, medicinal farmer and apothecarian.  Arnett is a lifelong musician and artist who was influenced by a wide range of sounds from the classic rock that his father exposed him to at a young age to underground hip hop and even Rage Against The Machine. Frustrated by the confines of Los Angeles, Arnett built a makeshift studio in the back of an RV and set out on a journey through the desert, national parks and Big Sur. The songs that that were

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Au/Ra Talks Anxiety-Inspired “Panic Room”, Influences of Musician Parents

Up-and-coming artist, Au/Ra, is already well-traveled and has only recently turned 16 years old. Born in Ibiza to parents who are both in the music industry(her father is an electronic/trance producer and mother singer/songwriter), Au/Ra moved to Antigua with her family when she was five years old. It wouldn’t take long for Au/Ra to embark down her own path into music, first starting out with covers ranging from songs by Lorde and Pink to Taylor Swift and others. Her debut EP, Outsiders, was released in late 2017 and features the tracks “Concrete Jungle” and “Kicks”, which have

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Bryce Vine Talks SF Bay Area Influences, Upcoming ‘Carnival’

Conceived as a love song that focuses more on the inner beauty than physical beauty, the song “Drew Barrymore” by Bryce Vine has garnered more than one million monthly listeners and 75 million plus streams on Spotify in a short period of time. The profile of the song was increased when it was featured on Taylor Swift’s “Favorite Songs” playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. Vine broke out in 2014 with his single "Sour Patch Kids" and had worked with the likes of G-Eazy, Big Sean and Kyle. Born in New York City, Vine grew up in

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Mansionair Talk New Music, Odesza Collaboration

Sydney-based trio Mansionair had a strong 2017 as a band, having released a string of earworms that included the tracks “Astronaut” and “Line of Sight”. The latter a collaboration with Odesza, went on to earn a Grammy nomination and a guest spot during Odesza’s set at Coachella 2018. The band recently released “Violet City”, a track that the band wrote while in Los Angeles working on new material. Mansionair was born in 2015 when multi-instrumentalist & producer Lachlan Bostock teamed up with folk singer Jack Froggatt and jazz drummer Alex Nicholls to collaborate on the song, “Hold

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – courtship. Talk ‘Denial In Paradise’, Formation

Los Angeles-based band, courtship. have been on the road with various acts the last six months, having just wrapped up their tour with English bands The Hunna and Coasts, which followed up their earlier run with The Wombats at the beginning of 2018. The duo have been showcasing tracks from their recently released debut album, Denial In Paradise that came out on May 11, 2018. Comprised of Eli Hirsch [guitar, vocals] and Micah Gordon [keyboard, vocals], courtship. have been building a strong following since the release of "Stop For Nothing" in 2016. The band has garnered critical acclaim for

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Chinese Man Talk ‘Shikantaza’, Live Shows

French hip-hop collective Chinese Man formed in 2004 and are still going strong, having released their latest album, Shikantaza, last year. The album is highlighted by the tracks “Liar” that features Kendra Morris & Dillon Cooper, and "Escape.” The album is said to act as a link between its musical origins and new aspirations. Its title is a term used in the Sōtō school of Japanese Buddhism that can be translated to "just sitting," making the album an invitation to let go, capture the moment, and find a personal path to enlightenment. Based in Marseille, Chinese Man

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Aaron Bruno of AWOLNATION Talks New Album, Live Shows

AWOLNATION released their third studio album, Here Come The Runts early 2018 to strong positive reviews. Aaron Bruno, the band’s chief songwriter and founder took the helm to produce, write and record the new studio album, stating, “With this record I really wanted to make a rock n’ roll/pop album. And I say ‘pop’ how I grew up listening to it, in the sense of Dire Straits or Born In The U.S.A or The Cars or Tom Petty.” The single “Handyman” garnered strong mainstream radio airplay support, over 8 million as the accompanying video easily topped over

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ella Vos Talks Debut Album, Growing Profile

Breakout vocalist and songwriter Ella Vos has garnered a growing fan-base since the release of her critically acclaimed debut album, Words I Never Said. Featuring tracks such as, “White Noise” and “Down in Flames,” which have been streamed over 18 million and 21 million times respectively, the album was independently released and written in the wake of Vos’ son’s birth and was inspired by the challenges she faced as both a new mother and artist. Words I Never Said touches on subject matter relevant to the recent movements for equality for women, postpartum depression, abortion, women’s reproductive rights and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – What So Not Talks Debut Album, Drumming Influences

Australia’s What So Not (Emoh/Chris Emerson) released his long-awaited debut album Not All The Beautiful Things in March 2018 via Counter Records to much anticipation. The album features frequent collaborator Skrillex, an appearance by a couple of vocalists from some prominent bands of the past including, Steve Luthaker of 70s/80s hitmakers Toto, and Silverchair’s Daniel Johns. Of his pairing with What So Not, Steve Luthaker of Toto shared, “We got together and it was like two worlds collided. We were curious how they (What So Not’s team) make music and they were completely baffled by the way we

VIDEO: INTERVIEW- Echosmith Talk New Album, Lineup Changes, Chester Bennington Tribute

Echosmith are back in action, having just completed a short run of touring over the last month and a half in support of their recently released EP, Inside A Dream EP, via Warner Bros. Records. The EP is the lead-up to their yet-untitled sophomore full-length album, due to be released this summer. Inside A Dream showcases a new sound for the band, which is now a trio, led by vocalist/musician Sydney Sierota, her brothers Noah (bass) and Graham (drums), after the departure of brother and guitarist Jamie, who left the band to spend more time with his wife

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Quinn XCII Talks ‘The Story of Us’, Grosse Pointe Upbringing

Vocalist and songwriter, Quinn XCII has been on a steady ride since making a strong impression with EP, Change of Scenery in 2015 and subsequently the track “Kings of Summer” that was released in 2016. Having released his debut album, The Story Of Us, in late 2017, the Grosse Pointe, MI native continues to garner acclaim and a loyal yet growing fanbase, who were introduced to him from the track “Straightjacket”. His collaboration with Chelsea Cutler, “Flare Guns” is a standout of the album as Quinn XCII describes as a song that “concentrates on the constant struggle someone

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lucy Dacus Talks ‘Historian’, Home Ownership

Lucy Dacus had high expectations to meet with her sophomore album, Historian, as the Virginia native burst onto the music scene with No Burden to much critical acclaim. Released on Matador Records in March 2018 to rave reviews, Dacus stated, ”This is the album I needed to make. Everything after this is a bonus." Historian, is described as a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that range from systemic racism and creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. "It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wolf Alice Talk Political Songs, American Audiences

With the release of their second studio album in mid-2017, Visions of A Life, Wolf Alice not only avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump” but managed to demonstrate the success of their debut, My Love Is Cool, was no fluke. “On the first record maybe we were trying to hold back certain aspects, stylistic things,” says guitarist Joff Oddie. “With this one, we thought ‘we can do what we want’.” There’s a range of sounds on the album that still easily identifiable as Wolf Alice. From the “monster-folk-rock of “Sadboy”, the intensity of released frustrations on “Yuk Foo” to the 80s

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Regrettes Talk Upcoming Coachella, ‘Attention Seeker’

The Regrettes made a strong impression With the release of their debut album Feel Your Feelings Fool! last year, garnering positive reviews and a growing fanbase. In between tours, the band found time to record a handful of new tracks for their latest EP, Attention Seeker that include a cover of the 1950’s hit, “Teenager in Love”. New tracks “Come Through” and “Red Light” tackle the good and bad of relationships, as songwriter and lead singer, Lydia Night explains, “I am not scared of anyone judging me, I don’t care. I don’t give a fuck if someone doesn’t

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – COIN Talk “Growing Pains”, New Music, Artificial Intelligence

Nashville pop/rock band, COIN released their new single "Growing Pains" earlier this year, which was produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fall Out Boy), serving as a follow-up to the band's sophomore album, How Will You Know If You Never Try. The quartet recently wrapped up a sold-out North American headline tour with The Aces and will be heading back to the studio to record new music. COIN consists of Chase Lawrence (vocals/keys), Joe Memmel (guitar/vocals), Ryan Winnen (drums) and Zach Dyke (bass), and have shared the stage with The 1975, Young The Giant, Passion Pit

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Martin Johnson Talks The Night Game

The Night Game is the new solo project of Martin Johnson, from Boys Like Girls. While on a three-year hiatus to regroup and chart his next moves, the New England native continued to co-write with numerous artists, including the recent work on the title track of the latest album by blink-182, “California”. Martin told Billboard magazine, “I had to start almost completely from scratch and write a couple of very left-of-center, sad songs to help me discover what I wanted to say.” Finding the sound that inspired him to create what would eventually be the band’s debut

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wrecks Talk ‘Panic Vertigo’, Formation

The Wrecks burst onto the scene in 2016 with the three-song EP, We Are The Wrecks, which features the breakthrough track, “Favorite Liar” that garnered mainstream alternative radio airplay and 6+ million streams on Spotify. The five-piece originally from the East Coast is led by chief songwriter Nick Anderson (Vocals/Guitar), who formed the band with other members Aaron Kelley (Bass), Nick Schmidt (Guitar), Westen Weiss (Guitar), and Billy Nally (Drums). The band recorded their debut EP on a whim, alongside friend and engineer Andrew D’Angelo, when they were surprised with the news that a friend had been granted

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Aces Talk Debut Album, Perform “Fake Nice”

The Aces much anticipated debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic is set to be released via Red Bull Records on April 6th. The full-length has been in the making for some time as the quartet most recently released their EP, I Don’t Like Being Honest. Consisting of sisters Cristal Ramirez(lead vocals/guitar) and Alisa Ramirez(drums) and childhood friends McKenna Petty(bass) and Katie Henderson(guitar), the band formed in 2008 in Provo, Utah, initially known as The Blue Aces. The group started at a young age performing at school rallies and events, eventually elevating to city events and local

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Kimbra Talks ‘Primal Heart’, NYC Influence

After some time away from the public eye, Kimbra released a couple of tracks in late 2017 “Everybody Knows” and “Top Of The World”(co-produced by Skrillex) that are from her third full-length album, Primal Heart, which is out April 20, 2018 via Warner Bros. Records. Having moved to New York City from Los Angeles a couple of years ago, the native New Zealander, Kimbra also worked with other producers in Los Angeles and New Zealand. Her voice is no stranger to many, as she’s recognized for her duet with Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know," which garnered

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – 3LAU Talks ‘Ultraviolet’, Bitcoin Guide

Over the past few years, DJ and producer 3LAU has grown as an artist and influencer, eventually starting his own record label in conjunction with philanthropy. Born Justin Blau, the artist started playing piano as a child and would go on to teach himself guitar, bass, and drums. It was during a trip to Sweden while still in college that Blau was exposed to electronic dance music and inspired him to create his own music. While majoring in finance at Washington University in St. Louis on a full scholarship, Blau experienced early success as a DJ/producer with numerous sell-out club

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – HAWAI Talk Return From Hiatus, Personal Evolution

Formed in 2015 by longtime friends, Jake Pappas [vocals, guitar], Jesse “Bumper” Dorman [drums], Jared Slaybaugh [bass, vocals], and Matt Gillen [keyboards, synths], HAWAI built a loyal following from their 2016 debut EP, Working All Night, where the tracks cumulatively totaled 1 million Spotify streams. The band took a hiatus to focus on their personal lives as some members had babies and got married. As the band’s main songwriter, Pappas continued writing during the time off and started putting together what would become the band’s follow-up EP, Hide in the Ocean. The first single “I’m Not Dead”

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – LP Talks International Success, Forthcoming Coachella Performance

The fourth full-length studio album from LP, Lost On You was released in May of 2017 and the most successful for the singer/songwriter, thus far. Originally from New York City born Laura Pergolizzi, LP has had a series of ups and downs as a performer, having released two solo albums in the early 2000s and garnered interest from various record labels. Success during that period as a performer was elusive for LP but the opposite held true as a songwriter. LP experienced great success as a songwriter, having written for artists ranging from Cher and Rihanna to

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – The Wombats Return With New Album, Murph Talks Newlywed Status

The Wombats fourth studio album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life was released on Feb 9, 2018 via Kobalt Music Recordings and in addition to their headline tour in January, will be joining Weezer and The Pixies for a run of dates this summer. “I wanted to make an album that had more swagger, was a bit more laid back, something that wasn’t punching you in the face every time you listen to it,” frontman Matthew ‘Murph’ Murphy said of the new music. Although the album was written from three corners of the globe – drummer Dan Haggis

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Grace Mitchell Talks Going Independent, Focusing On Music Style

As soon as she burst onto the scene, Grace Mitchell wow’d audiences and critics with a variety of music styles and sounds. “We’re always trying to innovate and make pop music sound fresh,” she stated. “It’s never standard or formulaic. It’s experimental, and I’m telling stories.” The Oregon native worked with Richard Swift, known from his work with indie rock band, The Shins, as well as a member of The Arcs, which features the guitarist and vocalist of the Black Keys, Dan Auerbach. Living in the same neighborhood as Swift, Mitchell got to work with him on

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Wafia Talks ‘VIII’, Songwriting

VIII, the latest EP from rising vocalist and songwriter Wafia, and features singles “Bodies,” “Only Love” and “83 Days.” Named for the atomic number of oxygen, the new music explores themes of transparency, necessity, simplicity, and intangibility through the lens of Wafia’s experience as a young, queer, Muslim in today’s world. “Writing this EP, I got really obsessed with the realization that nothing I ever make will be tangible,” says Wafia. “Even my voice, the only instrument I use, is intangible but so are any feelings and emotions that I write about. VIII is an exploration of

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Whiskey Shivers Talk ‘Pitch Perfect 3’, Perform “Reckless”

Whiskey Shivers have made a name for themselves from their energetic and engaging live shows featuring their genre-pushing “trashgrass” sound. Based in Austin, TX,  their punk-influenced style stands out from the traditional bluegrass world, as evidenced in their latest and fifth album, Some Part of Something. The five-piece recently made their major film debut last year, with the national release of Pitch Perfect 3, which features returning cast members Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Hailee Steinfeld. The band appear as “Saddle Up” – a country inspired band who compete against the Bellas on a USO Tour. “Whiskey Shivers isn't just the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Ashe Talks Beginnings, New Music

Northern California-native singer/songwriter Ashe has garnered recognition and praise for her collaborations with electronic artists Louis the Child, Whethan, Shaun Frank, Ben Phipps and others. As a graduate in composition and production from Berklee College of Music, Ashe gained international exposure as a songwriter and jazz vocalist. 2017 saw the emerging artist perform at Coachella with Big Gigantic, tour on a run of dates during The Chainsmokers arena tour alongside Shaun Frank and touring with electronic artist Whethan at numerous large venues and the SnowGlobe Music Festival. Ashe recently debuted a new track, “Girl Who Cried Wolf”,

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – White Reaper Talk Touring, Gaining New Fans

White Reaper have been on a roll since the release of 2017’s The World's Best American Band. The Louisville band performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and just completed a support tour with Spoon. With their second studio full-length, the bold statement of the title is also the band’s credo. “Because we are the best,” says guitarist/vocalist Tony Esposito. “Just like Muhammad Ali was the greatest, you gotta say it out loud for people to believe it.” The band had worked on the material with producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Young Widows) and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – San Holo at SnowGlobe 2017

Dutch artist/producer San Holo has been established as one of the fastest growing talents in electronic music. Having started his own label, bitbird, San Holo gained increased exposure over the course of 2017 with releases “Light” and “The Future”. During that time, San Holo toured extensively with numerous sold-out shows and festival appearances that included Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival and SnowGlobe Music Festival. 2018 will see San Holo perform at Coachella, Shaky Beats, Hangout Festival, Firefly and Electric Forest. 15950

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Lane 8 at SnowGlobe 2017

Three years after his debut album, Rise, Lane 8, aka Daniel Goldstein, is back with his second album Little By Little via his own imprint, This Never Happened, released on January 19, 2018. Lane 8 has been responsible for one of dance music’s most unique word-of-mouth success stories in the past 18 months; specifically his no-phones, no-filming event concept This Never Happened. His new album features emerging vocalists including, Patrick Baker, Fractures Solomon Grey and singer-songwriter J.F. July. The album’s first single “No Captain,” was released late 2017 and features Channy Leaneagh of POLIÇA. Lane 8

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Justin Jay at SnowGlobe 2017

During his first year at the University of Southern California in 2011, Justin Jay was a producer on the rise, garnering the attention of Dirtybird Records, who would sign them to their label. Following the success and critical recognition of his debut album Fantastic Voyage, the producer and DJ experienced serious anxiety and stress, which caused him to cancel tour dates and regroup. During this period of time, Jay took a different approach to music, opting to write songs instead of composing tracks via software programs. The result was his latest album, Home, where instrumentation is at

VIDEO: The Beaches Perform “Money”, Talk Formation, ‘Late Show’

For The Beaches, it all began as a family affair. Sisters Jordan and Kylie Miller started playing music together at ages 6 and 7, respectively, and once they moved to grade school they recruited drummer Eliza McDaniel to join their ranks while walking to school one day. Leandra Earl was the next to join when the band was still in high school in the Beaches area of Toronto. Growing up, the band were all fans of fellow Canadian Avril Lavigne, and when crafting their own musical identities they made sure to carry over her swagger and punk

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – BØRNS Talks Sophomore Album Inspirations, Cooking

"Faded Heart" is the latest single by BØRNS, and a glimpse into the sound from his forthcoming sophomore album due in January 2018. The follow-up to his successful debut, Dopamine, is highly anticipated and is inspired by the singer/songwriter's experience with success, touring and acclaim. BØRNS recently told Billboard magazine, “there are sounds from music that I don’t really think are very prevalent in the way people write music right now,” he says. “There are some [instruments] that have fallen into this mysterious space that I wanted to bring them back onto my record." Almost immediately upon its release

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Middle Kids Talk Early Success, Debut Album

Australian rock trio, Middle Kids centers around the husband and wife pair of Hannah Joy and Tim Fitz, rounded out with drummer Harry Day. All three members of the Sydney-based band have varying musical backgrounds with Joy having started in classical piano and working with string and symphonic orchestrations, while Day started out in jazz drumming. Individually, the trio spent time experimenting with dance and folk, before collaborating together to form the band in 2016. Their first single, “Edge of Town,” broke out in a big way when Elton John played it on his Beats 1 radio

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Atlas Genius Talk ’63 Days’, Baseball

Australian duo Atlas Genius recently released their first new music in two years with the single "63 Days". The track is the band's most intimate yet, bringing the listener through the story of accidental heartbreak, with the accompanying music video painting the picture of becoming more and more isolated until a moment of love brings clarity. The single ties into the campaign the now LA-based brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey created to inspire fans and the public to participate in, as the pair stated on their website, "We’re not just a rock band, we’re citizens of the world and

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Dan Croll Performs “Bad Boy”, Talks ‘Emerging Adulthood’, “Dial Dan”

UK artist Dan Croll emerged in 2017 with the album, Emerging Adulthood, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Sweet Disarray, that was released in 2014. For Croll, his dream was not to be a professional musician— it was to be a pro rugby player. Unfortunately, a broken leg at the age of 17 forced him to look elsewhere, and he enrolled in the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts at the age of 18. It became clear he had quite the knack for songwriting, winning his school’s Songwriter of the Year award and a meet and greet with the

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Milky Chance Talk ‘Blossom’, Expectations, Fatherhood

The sophomore album by Milky Chance, Blossom, has amassed over 160 Million streams since its release earlier this year and the album’s lead single “Cocoon” has graduated to Gold and/or platinum status in countries including Australia, Canada and the band’s native Germany. The band recently teamed up with British singer Izzy Bizu for their latest single “Bad Things”, which lead singer Clemens Rehbein described, “The inspiration for ‘Bad Things” came from a feeling of finding yourself repeatedly stuck in the same kind of situation.” - explaining further, “It’s a tiring, going-around-in-circles-tragedy. In the end it‘s always up to you

VIDEO: INTERVIEW – Alison Wonderland At Austin City Limits 2017

Alison Wonderland is the stage name of Alex Sholler, a DJ and producer from Sydney, Australia, who was classically trained as a cellist growing up. She always knew she wanted to work in music at some level, but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After studying in Europe for the cello, Sholler returned to Sydney and began playing bass in various punk bands. It was after attending a show featuring Swedish group, The Knife that gave Sholler a clear sense of direction to perform and slowly started to write her own electronic music as well as