Though Chris Fields‘ single “Crown” dropped over a year ago, the Brooklyn MC has given it a new life with a brand new video, released June 1. The song, which first hooked us with “a simple but menacing horn sample, with an even more intense chorus,” certainly deserves to be heard by a wider audience. Hopefully the new video helps toward that end. “Crown” is from Fields’ LP Dreams Are Forever.
Get ready; Bronx rapper Yonas is back at it with a new single and video, with more on deck. The latest is “You F#cked Up,” a head nodding, mid-tempo jam that sits alongside his best singles. The video − another successful collaboration with director Mike Squires − depicts a torrid affair with a be-wigged mannequin. Watch it below. The new single is part of Yonas’ #SummerMonDaze series, which portends a solid summer of new music.
Air Traffic Controller has teamed up with Cause Mobile Wallet to offer a free download of a new song, “It’s You.” Cause Mobile Wallet is a new service that enables users to send money, as with PayPal or Venmo, but a percentage of the transfer goes to a selected charity − at no cost to the user. Sign up to try out the service for the download from Air Traffic Controller. The indie/pop/rock band is currently prepping the release of their new LP Echo Papa, which will include the new track.
UPDATE: Air Traffic Controller has released “After Party,” the first single from the new album. Here it is:
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
The House of Jed is some super-quirky, sonically rich, lyrically weird, totally unique, perfectly concise pop music that is still completely accessible and overflowing with hooks. I guess it wouldn’t appeal to everyone, in a Top 40 radio kind of way, but it’s right up our alley here, and so we’re going to keep talking about it. The new single is “You’ll Wait A Long Time For Me,” and it bears all the classic House of Jed hallmarks − crisp and clear, uncluttered production, tight and driving beat, and vaguely spooky (the extended bridge after the last chorus seriously reminds me of the ending of “Thriller”). Listen…
Our very own hometown of Boston is losing one of its great rock and roll bands. Aloud, who you might remember hearing about on these very virtual pages, are moving out to Los Angeles, but they’re leaving us some parting gifts. Firstly, they will of course be touring their way out west. The No Sleep ‘Til LA tour commences April 24th in Manhattan. See the current list of dates below. Secondly, they’ll be releasing a new limited edition, double A-side 7″ single – “Empty House” / “Falling Out Of Love” on the same date, which you can pre-order now, right here.
While we await the new songs, let’s enjoy this one, shall we?
Don’t forget to see the tour dates below. Aloud is the real deal. Catch them if you can.
NO SLEEP TIL LA TOUR:
4/24 • New York City, NY • Berlin
with Gillian, The Come On
4/25 • Pittsburgh, PA • James Street Downstairs
with Park Plan, Zoob
4/26 • Grand Ledge, MI • The Fledge
with Hat Madder, Tidal, Stop Bobby Hatch
4/27 • Chicago, IL • Quenchers
with The Runaway Five, Jesse W. Johnson and Coyote Scream
5/2 • Denver, CO • Mercury Cafe
with Married a Dead Man
5/4 • Albuquerque, NM • Burt’s Tiki Lounge
with Gerunding, Eileen & the In-Betweens, Train Conductor
5/6 • Los Angeles, CA • El Cid
with Jacob the Horse
(additional tour dates TBA)