US Hip Hop Fans March on Washington to Protest Gang Designation

@insaneclownposse is not the first Michigan band to land in the sights of the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation . In the late 60s J. Edgar Hoover’s most hated band, the MC5, were surveilled while they gave an epic 8 hour performance in Chicago. The first (and as far as we know only) band ever booked to play a riot!
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Native Sons – ‘Lay Your Lover Down’


Native Sons Debut Fiery Single

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Thomas Fine and Justin Altamura of Native Sons released their debut single, “Lay Your Lover Down.” The hard-hitting, synth-laden track premiered exclusively on idobi. In order to find the energetic and expansive sound they were looking for, Thomas and Justin turned to producer Chris Garcia (Lana Del Rey, Adele). The end result is three minutes and fifty-five seconds of depth and power. Definitely for fans of Nine Inch Nails and Future Islands.

In 2012, at a small table outside of their rented apartment in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, Thomas and Justin discussed the future of their music careers. Almost to the date, one year later, they would find themselves playing at the 2013 Bottle Rock Music & Arts Festival with headliners the Black Keys and Kings of Leon, in their rock/blues band The Iron Heart. In Paris, they discussed what kind of music they could make, and what kind of music they wanted to make. The music of Native Sons is the latter.

The Native Sons project took a backseat for the time being but was ever present in the hundreds of songs they wrote together of the next 4 years. It wasn’t until June of 2016 Thomas Fine and Justin Altamura decided to re-think their music trajectory. The duo called on friends and industry contacts to put together a roster of producers.

Native Sons – Super American, their debut release, is a mix of pop, dance, electronic and rock. The 7 song EP take the listener through a journey of their past relationships, adventures and past musical history together in an intimate and emotional way.

Super American will available online on all major streaming and download services August 4th.

Great Shapes – ‘Losing My Mind’


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Alternative-pop, El Paso hometown heroes Great Shapes premiere the next single, Losing My Mind from their sophomore album, Somewhere In Between. Says Jake Craney of Ground Sounds: “Infectiously bouncy and energizing, the track draws you in with shimmering guitars and a memorable chorus. This is the perfect start to your weekend.”


Zoot Woman ‘Ordinary Face’


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Critically-acclaimed British electro-clash band Zoot Woman are proud to release their music video for new single “Ordinary Face.” Premiering now on Northern Transmissions, the track deals with feelings of insecurity and the need to connect. The video’s concept is #nomakeup and features “Zoot fans,” instead of actors, showing different faces and emotional expressions.

Following a sold-out European tour and festival appearances around the world, Zoot Woman headed back to the studio to begin work on the tracks that would become the album Absence. Adam Blake, Johnny Blake & Stuart Price release their latest full-length album on June 16th worldwide. Described by singer Johnny as “our most sincere and personal album so far”.

After launched onto the scene in 2001 with their debut album, Living in A Magazine, as one of the premiere electro-clash bands, their subsequent releases have received acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork (7.5), Stereogum, NME, The Quietus, and PopMatters. With their fifth album, Zoot Woman displays an inherent timelessness and their own modern aesthetic.

Absence kicks off with the infectious single ‘Solid Gold’, followed by the introspective ‘Ordinary Face’, regret- fuelled ‘I Said It Again’ and 60’s soul inspired ‘Haunt Me’. Adding to the arsenal of synthpop, a contribution from Kylie Minogue who features on the epic ballad ’Still Feels Like The First Time’.

Adam and Stuart share production duties, melding elements of rock, 80’s and 90’s pop with electronica. The resulting sound contains some of the most uplifting pop melodies they’ve ever delivered, proving them to be genre-defying artists for the 21st century.

In the final album track, ‘You Said The Day Would Come’ Blake sings, “captivated one by one”. And as if by magic, each track does just that.

Jefferson Starship to play Topanga Days

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Topanga Days is back!  In its 44th year, the three-day family-friendly festival and fundraiser for the Topanga Community Center continues to draw a diverse group of people together through an eclectic mix of 25 musical acts on two stages and plenty of activities that are fun for all ages plus local artists and vendors, food, Kids’ Zone and the outrageous and wacky Memorial Day parade. This year’s musical lineup features the enduring ’70s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Starship on Saturday, May 27th at 5:30 p.m., and L.A.’s own Ozomatli on Sunday, May 28th, at 5:30 p.m., both on the main stage. The lineup also includes: The Brothers Gage, Deb Ryder, Few Miles South, Greenhorn Brothers, Hard Shine Blues Band, Kummerspeck, No Small Children, Raised on TV, Soluzion, The Blue Dolphins, Venice and Whiskey Sunday, among many others.

Madcap games and contests like Three-Legged Race, Baby Derby, Bubble Gum Blowing Contest, Egg Russian Roulette, Cherry Seed Spitting, and the notorious Pie Eating Contest, make for inter-generational excitement and the perfect family outing. A highlight of the weekend is the Memorial Day Parade on Monday morning, May 29th.  The parade has an unabashed stream of floats, cars, horses, dogs, kids, fire trucks and more. This year’s Grand Marshal is Wendie Malick, the actress best known for her starring roles in Hot in Cleveland and Just Shoot Me!. The parade ends at the entrance of the Topanga Community Center, where the festival continues with a flag raising ceremony honoring members of the military, and local teen powerhouse Gabbi Beauvais will sing the National Anthem.

The Elovaters Announce West Coast Tour


Reggae Funk Band The Elovaters Announce West Coast Tour With Easy Star All-Stars

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Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, original reggae band The Elovaters have been bringing their distinctive beach reggae sound to fans and music lovers up and down the East Coast for more than two years. Now, they’re excited to announce a west coast tour with Easy Star All-Stars.

The group’s following has continued to grow as they introduce songs from their new record The Cornerstone, released on the band’s own imprint Belly Full Records. The release (titled for the band’s previous name), debuted at #5 on the iTunes Reggae charts and #9 on the Billboard Reggae Charts, while the video for their single “Sunshine” has received more than 80k views on Facebook and continues to be a staple and crowd favorite in their live performances. The band will be making their first appearance at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival and will be touring the West Coast and Mid-West starting in late May and lasting four weeks through the end of June.

The group is no stranger to performing with other high caliber performers. They have performed with both North American and international touring acts such as Ziggy Marley, Stick Figure, The Movement, John Browns Body, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Passafire, New Kingston, Badfish, Anthony B, and many more. In addition to club and theater performances, the band has performed at festivals throughout the United States including Levitate Music Festival (MA), Mount Snow Reggae Festival (VT), Front Porch Fest (VA), and Frozen Harbor Music Festival (MD), World Village Music Festival (ID) and the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta (St. Maarten).

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The Great Can Relate


The Great Enough Share “Can You Relate?” Music Video Today!


Today, The Great Enough share the music video to their debut single, “Can You Relate?” The track explores the world through the lens of shared experiences, reminding us that we are all far more alike than we are different. The music video compliments this theme illustrating how fractured relationships can always be mended. So, Can you relate?

The Great Enough is a rock and roll trio featuring Bright Kelley, Brian DiBiagio, and John Hoff. Taking inspiration from alt-rock heroes such as Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, and the Killers, the band brings a unique brand of vital, intense emotion to their sound. For “Can You Relate?”, The Great Enough joined forces with Grammy-nominated Producer Luke Tozour (Katy Perry, Adam Lambert, Jamie Cullum). The Great Enough are not interested in self-labeling. If you let the music speak for itself, it will tell you that these guys work hard and care deeply. That they are exploring the human experience in as honest a way as they are able. That they want to laugh with us, and rage with us; they want to feel our loneliness and our exultation; that they want to roar.


Mountain Jam Music Festival Lineup


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The daily lineup has been announced for the 13th Annual Mountain Jam Music Festival at Hunter Mountain, New Yorkheld June 16-18, 2017. A packed lineup will perform on the various stages each day of Mountain Jam 2017 and also inside the Empire State Tap House, a new-for-this-year American craft beer experience (located inside what was known as Colonel’s Hall on the Festival grounds). Continue reading “Mountain Jam Music Festival Lineup”