Nashville’s Quinn Lewis, singer-songwriter and electro-pop artist, has released the music video for “Bridges” – the third track on his debut EP published earlier this month. Celebmix premiered the video, and described him as combining “smooth electric guitar with moving bass lines, drum machines, and futuristic synths to form his R&B inspired, electro-pop sound”.
Quinn Lewis is going to be huge. Watch the video below – you won’t forget his name anytime soon.
Hip Hop artist M.I.A has shared a new track ahead of her album launch, expected out on 9th September.
The song called ‘Freedun’ features former One Direction singer-songwriter Zayn Malik, who since leaving the band has forged his own career with the release of his debut album on 25th March 2016, one year to the day after he left One Direction.
His new style of adult themed alt-r&b with a twist of pop aligns well with M.I.A’s, despite her saying in an interview with Annie Mac that working together took them both a little out of their comfort zones.
“It sort of takes me out my comfort zone but kind of takes him out of his a little bit as well. It just worked out.”M.I.A, Interview with Annie Mac, BBC Radio 1
‘AIM’ will be M.I.A’s fifth studio album to date, ‘Freedun’ becoming the third taster of what’s to come on the record after previous releases ‘Bird Song’, produced by the artists previous partner Diplo, and ‘Go Off’, a collaboration between Skrillex and DJ Blaqstarr.
Playing the Reading Festival main stage on Sunday evening, Fall Out Boy’s bassist Pete Wentz announced that the rock band will be returning with new music. Though no dates were released, Fall Out Boy is approaching the two year mark since their sixth and latest studio album, ‘AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO’, which was released on 20th January 2015.
‘AMERICAN BEAUTY/AMERICAN PSYCHO’ proved a phenomenal hit, reaching 4x Platinum with help from singles ‘Centuries’ and ‘Uma Therman’. It debuted at the number 1 position on the Billboard Top 200 chart and reached the number 1 position on Apple’s iTunes chart in 22 countries.
Fall Out Boy, Reading Festival 2016. // @FallOutBoy
Last week the Kaiser Chiefs announced that they will be going on a UK headline tour next year – following the news of their latest album ‘Stay Together’, due out on October 7th 2016. This album succeeds ‘Education, Education, Education and War’ released in 2014. It will be the 7th record in total since the band formed in 2003.
Tickets are already on general sale for all 8 venues, commencing at Llandudno, Venue Cymru Arena on Wednesday 22nd February 2017, and ending in their hometown of Leeds at the First Direct Arena on Saturday 4th March.
Many people see music documentaries as a 21st-century phenomenon, but they could not be more wrong! Fantastic, informative releases have been coming out for almost as long as the format has existed. These following projects have gone down in history as some of the most comprehensive and authentic reflections on their respective genres. From Hip Hop, Punk, Rave and Soul, here are five of the greatest music documentaries of all time.
Most of these documentaries are available to watch in full on YouTube, and we’ve included links to do so. But if you’re reading this in a country where that platform is blocked and aren’t already using a VPN, then you better install one before we get started. Check out this review by Secure Thoughts to choose the best for you.
Rhyme & Reason (1997)
This 1997 release is hailed by most hip-hop heads as the leading documentary on the genre. Produced as the golden era of rap was coming to its close, the film features appearances from many of the biggest names of the decade, including Chuck D, Dr Dre, the Pharcyde, Fugees, KRS-One, Ice T, Salt & Pepper, Redman & Method Man and even clips of the then recently deceased Biggie Smalls and Tupac, alongside many, many more.
The documentary uses archive footage to chronicle a fantastic candid camera history of the genre and how this quiet little revolution from the projects of New York has blown up to take over the mainstream entertainment industry and the world as a whole. The story of this triumph is narrated via interview clips from all the biggest players on the scene and provides a real and authentic re-telling of the hip-hop story from the people who witnessed it happen.
WATCH IT HERE:
1991: The Year That Punk Broke (1991)
When Sonic Youth invited a film crew to take part in their 1991 tour, no one could have imagined the gravity of the movie that they would subsequently make. With footage of the alternative rock scene, long before it was brought to notoriety, the film truly witnesses the birth of a genre. The tour sees scenes from the then unknown support band, Nirvana, alongside the Ramones and Babes In Toyland.
The movie shows a young, innocent and hopeful Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love frolicking backstage alongside their eager contemporaries as they watch the music they’d loved and created explode onto the world’s stage. In retrospect, this movie is a harrowing tale; the story of gaining everything only to, as we now know, lose it all again equally as quickly. For punk lovers, it’s a piece of history, and for everyone else, it’s a must-see documentary.
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Summer of Rave (2006)
EDM has exploded onto the world’s stage over recent years, but how many Coachella-goers and Skrillex fans would believe that their much-loved culture actually stemmed from the acid house parties of 1980s England. One particular year, the summer of 1989, saw what people called the “second summer of love,” as repercussions of Thatcher’s Britain created a sub-culture based on banging baselines, fist-pumping and chemical-fueled raves.
The smiley-face, glow stick and fluorescent colors all came from this era. The documentary explores the many social intricacies of that short period of revelry, and how it created a culture that is still thriving to this very day. With some carefully selected BBC archive footage, and interviews from the some of the biggest names of the day, this is an essential watch for all lovers of electronic music.
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One of the greatest smash hit documentary of recent years, which has taken the world by storm, is this highly emotive, posthumous look at the life of controversial singer and songwriter—Amy Winehouse. Known for her turbulent relationships, media scandals and heavy drug-use, Asif Kapadia has done a brilliant job of directing a film that shows a side of this fantastic musician that the world has never been able to see before.
With rare footage from the early days of her career, Kapadia portrays Amy as her young, ambitious self—a slave to music and passionate singer who versed herself in almost every genre. It shows how her voice enchanted the entire industry and her to-the-point outlook meant she was loved by many. So, as the documentary draws to a close and we are presented with her demise, we see the end of Amy’s sad life in a whole new light.
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Deep Blues: A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads (1991)
This essential narration of the importance and growth of Delta and North Mississippi hill country blues is a true testimony to a genre that changed the face of music forever. It’s an authentic look at the early musicians, playing in run down bars, street corners and barbershops, and speaks of a time before big record labels and media outlets got their hands on its unique and impacting sound.
This is blues before the Chicago influence, before the birth of rock and roll and the appropriation of a culture by White America. These videos are the real deal, and an essential watch for all blues fans or fans of the many successors of the genre. Before blues became a music of nostalgia, it was a trailblazer in the world of sound, and this documentary harks back to a time when this excitement was fresh and new.
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Any more documentaries that deserve a spot on this list? Leave a comment below with your ideas! About the Author: Isa is an entertainment blogger and life-long music lover. She enjoys delving into the colorful histories of all her favorite genres and hopes she can share all she’s found out with fellow music enthusiasts.
Scooter Braun, manager to some of the biggest artists in the music industry, has just joined the conversation on gun control in the US. He gave his thoughts via an Instagram post featuring an image with the text ‘WE CAN DO MORE’ – this is following the Orlando night club shooting this week, the deadliest shooting in US history which left 50 people dead and 53 injured.
“Last night I was thinking about our nation…my son…this world…what I am contributing to it.. And I posted this…and today I post it again. I’m not asking Americans to lose rights..I’m not asking everyone to turn in their guns. I’m asking my fellow Americans to acknowledge we need a system to protect our future and the freedoms we claim to hold so dear.”
“We need gun control laws to add to our freedoms not take away. We need to make the right decisions for the next generation. I have so much more to say but for now all I will say is how many more speeches and tragedies will it take? We only get a certain amount of time on this earth and our responsibility is to our kids.”
“How can we look our sons and daughters in the eye with all we have now seen and not try? Not try to better this world for THEM!? We are better than this. God bless America.. But God isn’t going to change this… He gave us free choice. Let’s choose to make a difference.”
Originally hailing from Indiana, Harpooner is a three-piece band that has a love for the Beatles, and infuses that influence into their music. Although the band formed in 2012, “Rose Park” will be their first full length release, which is due out in digital stores on June 24th. Surrounding the release, Harpooner has been playing shows all over the US — from Nashville to North Carolina to New York.
Last week I had a chat with Scott Schmadeke of the band, and here’s what he had to say.
MusicDash: What originally drew you to Nashville?
Harpooner: I’ve been touring with Tennessee acts for years and grew tired of taking the Megabus down every other week.
MusicDash: How did you all meet and decide to form a band?
Harpooner: Basement shows in Bloomington (where we are from) are the bloodline of creativity in that town. We played a few of those under different names (Lennie’s House Band, The HawtDawgs, MilkyMilky) but Harpooner stuck finally and off we went.
MusicDash: So you’re currently out on the road with Houndmouth. What have been some of you’re favorite cities that you’ve been to so far?
Harpooner: The Houndmouth guys are great. One of my best buds from Bloomington, Tim Smiley, does FOH for them and gave me the spot once the position became open. Austin was great, until I scraped up my legs falling into Barton Springs naked with many a strangers around.
MusicDash: I saw you were at Shaky Knees this year. I was there too! Which performances did you absolutely love?
Harpooner: Shaky and the accommodations were fantastic. Free Barber and Tattoo Artist for musicians was dynamite. After all the years living in the same tiny town as Murder By Death, I finally got to see them 20 hours away from home. We chummed up real quick.
MusicDash: Tell us about your single “Carolines.” Where did you draw the inspiration from?
Harpooner: Well I was dating three different Carolines at the same time for a long period of time, so naturally, you could say, twice as much inspiration to draw from.
MusicDash: You also just released the video! Who directed it, where did you shoot it, and again, where did that inspiration come from?
Harpooner: Andy Beargie in Bloomington, IN (Blockhouse Studios) pretty much has been our creative champion for this entire project since day one. He has engineered, mixed, produced, finished the album photo and design, and shot the music video. He is the only true inspiration to the band because of how talented and kind he is. Long LIVE ANDY!
MusicDash: Your LP “Rose Park” is due out June 24. What can your listeners expect?
Harpooner: An interstellar, socially injust, and heartbroken year of 2014.
MusicDash: What album has been your favorite release of the year so far? What albums are you most excited for in the coming months?
Harpooner: Life of Pablo – Kanye West. Nothing else is relevant.
MusicDash: Besides your new release, what’s coming up next for you this year?
Harpooner: I’d love to start a family, maybe even open a flower shop with a piano in it… Nah, I’ll probably just be other people’s bitch for another decade or so. A boy can dream though, right?
I’m not even going to try to deny my love for Max Jury’s debut album. When you review, you sometimes just have to give in and just admit you blatantly love something “just because.” And while I’m aware that answer wouldn’t get you far in school, music simply makes us feel stuff, right?
So what’s the deal with this boy from Des Moines, Iowa? So many questions answered with even more questions. Because that’s what’s happening. As you dig into this debut album in the pocket of Max’s corner of the universe, it’s like when you were a kid and your dad built you pillow fort. That excitement when you first drew the blankets to the side and your imagination took you wherever you wanted to go.
‘Numb’ starts of the album, a slow smooth tune, eloquently showing off the vocal chords of this guy. There is a sweetness and lightness to his voice, something a little undefinable but inviting. It seems effortless with the choir on ‘Princess’ and the faster paced ‘Beg & Run’ where Jury sings “Say that you’re alone but you know better / don’t know where you’re going even though you have time / It’s not romantic to take this for granted” (the guitar riff has been stuck in my head for a good two days now.)
Songwriting-wise we’re going to have to touch the subject of the likes of Elton John and Gram Parsons. Drop this kid into the mix and perhaps a new generation will take notice to the art of songwriting before a riff or a beat. “Everybody’s always saying to look over your shoulder / the grass is always greener and I should do what I’m told” he sings on ‘Love That Grows Old’ which is the epitome of that those classics mentioned above. And with that voice, it would seem the soulful Americana was destined for him.
Max Jury fills a space that we didn’t even know was missing from the music scene. Besides the obvious phenomenal songwriting and melody, the final product; what he has put together as a whole — music, feel, atmosphere, authenticity, songwriting and so forth, that’s so rare to hear on a debut album.
You feel like you’re in good hands throughout the extent of the eleven songs. He raises a curiosity. Like peeking into someone’s diary where some of the letters and names have been crossed out. So you listen to the song again, because human nature tells us to continue looking for answers. So many questions answered with even more questions. The fine line of delivering to satisfy and connect with the listener while engaging and still leaving them with questions and want for more. He knows how to walk it.
She’s back! Jerry Williams returns with a brand new single, ‘Mother’. It’s the first since her Cold Beer EP last year and it didn’t disappoint. Light, upbeat indie pop – the track is a catchy mix that we’ve come to enjoy from Jerry, while tackling a serious theme underneath the surface.
In addition to being the highlight of my summer, Osheaga music festival is one of the biggest and best music festivals in Canada. Based in Montreal, the three day festival attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people per day. While many are there for the biggest names in music, including this year’s line-up of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and more, there are many up and coming artists that are worth getting excited about.
MusicDash has rounded up a few of the best and newest artists to keep your eye on. So pack your bags, buy your wristbands, and prepare to dance!
1) The Wombats
The Wombats are English indie favourites, but are less well-known across the pond in Canada. However with three albums to their name and an infectious indie rock sound, they are enough to please any crowd. Their latest record Glitterbug was released in 2015, and with catchy tracks including “Your Body is a Weapon” and “The English Summer” are rock & roll at it’s finest grunginess.
2) July Talk
Canadian favourites July Talk are Juno award winning rockstars who have toured with Weezer and Tegan & Sara. With their edgy, punky sound, and unique vocals, one can easily say they are a truly distinct band with a sound all their own. Their stunning debut album was released back in 2012, yet still feels fresh and new in 2016.
3) The Strumbellas
The Strumbellas are another Canadian group that has a very special sound. A blend of pop, indie and alt-folk makes for a wide array of upbeat songs. They have a sonic fingerprint that closely resembles the likes of bands such as The Lumineers (who will also be playing Osheaga) as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who played last summer.)
4) The Struts
The Struts are sleek, edgy rock straight out of the 80s. They are the band that could be the next biggest rock and roll group, with an earth shattering sound that is well beyond their young years. There is passion and heart behind every note and lyric, and they march to the beat of their own drum unabashedly staying true to who they are. If you want to see a band that apologizes for nothing and owns it, then this is the act for you.
5) Coleman Hell
Another Canadian who is easing his way into the spotlight, Coleman Hell is making a name for himself by securing gigs including opening for popular Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots. Although his smash single “Two Heads” is easily his best known track, his other songs also bring together memorable fusions of indie pop and folktronica.
6) Frightened Rabbit
Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been around since 2003 and has six albums to their name. With a beautiful melancholy sound, the band effortlessly makes any song sweet and pure. Crowds will be swaying along to the calming melodies of summer bliss.