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