Konshens Teases New Album

konshensDC hip-hop artist Konshens has posted a teaser video for his upcoming album From The Hotel Room, due in July 2014. The album is the follow-up to last year’s The Progression. The video is brief but packs some serious energy into 15 seconds.

Stream Eli "Paperboy" Reed's New Album 'Nights Like This'

eli reedVintage soul devotee Eli “Paperboy” Reed has taken a turn for the pop on his new album Nights Like This, out next week on Warner Bros. Read his interview on RollingStone.com, at the bottom of which you can stream the new LP. No, it doesn’t abandon his Redding-inspired vocal stylings, but rather couches them in some updated, pop-oriented production and arrangements. Europe, you can catch Reed on tour starting tonight in Dublin.

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The Jellybricks Release New Album, 'Youngstown Tune-Up'

The Jellybricks In today’s ADD, minute-to-minute music world, there are not many bands that can withstand the test of time. But Harrisburg, PA rock ‘n rollers, The Jellybricks are just getting started. Making reliable and delicious power pop since 1996, the band is now celebrating their sixth release, Youngstown Tune-Up. The album brings out that old time rock ‘n roll feel you love, with just a hint of indie edge, making for yet another stand out release in their catalog. You can grab a copy on iTunes, Amazon, or Google Play, and keep an eye out on streaming services like Spotify and Last.fm. For now, check out “About The Weekend,” off the new album below. (more…)

Beyoncé Drops Surprise "Visual" Album, Uploads Preview Video Clips

BEYONCEChristmas came a little early this year for Beyoncé fans. Dropping her self-titled fifth album exclusively through iTunes this morning, Beyoncé says about the surprise 14-track album, “I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it. I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans. There’s so much that gets between the music, the artist and the fans. I felt like I didn’t want anybody to give the message when my record is coming out. I just want this to come out when it’s ready and from me to my fans.”

The album features collaborations with husband Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Drake, and more. View the track list below. As a bonus, you can now see preview video clips of each song, uploaded by Beyoncé to YouTube. And you should, since the singer is calling this a “visual album.”

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Jake Miller Streams 'Us Against Them' In Full

A decade ago there really wasn’t a ‘pop underground.’ Indie groups used pop elements in songs, sure, but it wasn’t until the rise of social media and YouTube that underground pop acts began emerging from the grey of anonymity. Now anyone with Garageband and a hook can put original compositions together to rival what’s on radio, and as a result a whole new scene has come into existence. Part pop, part club, and all types of fun, artists in this arena make feel-good music without any concern for whether or not Top 40 will spin their singles. They focus on building relationships through their online presence, and in turn develop dedicated followings who support their tour efforts. Jake Miller is a prime example of this type of talent, and this morning his new full length album appeared online ahead of its scheduled release date.

For the last few years, Jake Miller has been the talk of many a Twitter feed and college message board. His music is inspired by the place where hip-hop and pop collide, and on Us Against Them he delivers the most realized version of his unique sound to date. The 12-track offering debuted on Pandora today ahead of its scheduled November 5th digital release, and those who want to hear the future of pop music would be wise to click here and discover what Miller has to say.

From the pop vibes of “Me and You” to the lighthearted cockiness of “Number One Rule,” Jake Miller has put together a collection of potential hits with Us Against Them that should help push him to the next level of fame. We discovered his music over the summer and are nothing short of amazed by what this young artist has already achieved in the short time he’s been on our radar. The sky is the limit, and at the rate he’s going Jake Miller will be amongst the clouds in no time at all.

U2 Debut New Song, Plan To Finish Album Before End Of Year

After a quiet three years, iconic rock band U2 have debuted a brand new song as part of the promotional push for an upcoming film about Nelson Mandela.

Released as the musical accompaniment to a new trailer for Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, the new U2 song is as yet unnamed. The song is only available through the extended film preview, which you can stream on NME, but will later appear as part of the film’s official soundtrack. No release date has been set for that collection.

This song is apparently only the tip of the iceberg as far as new material goes. U2 bassist Adam Clayton recently revealed that the band are aiming to finish a new album by the end of November. No word yet on a release or potential single, but it seems safe to assume a new album could hit shelves sometime in 2014. Will it be followed by a tour? Only time will tell.