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Soulful Vanguard Allen Stone announces new Album ‘Building Balance’

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Soulful vanguard Allen Stone’s forthcoming record Building Balance officially set to arrive November 8th via ATO Records, taking his soul-stirring R&B and funk to the next artistic level. Stone continues to draw inspiration from ’70s funk and soul with current flexes, sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments, and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. Partially inspired by becoming a husband and father, the album features the most personal, lushly produced and gorgeously performed songs of Stone’s career.

Building Balance was largely penned in a cabin in the woods of Washington state and partially recorded at Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville with three producers: the acclaimed British artist/producer Jaime Lidell, Grammy-winning producer Nasri, and Jeremy Most (Emily King). The album is a textured amalgam of R&B and soul, a result of several personal co-writing sessions, collaborations with Emily King, Mike Posner & Theo Katzman / Joey Dosik of Vulfpeck, and lyrics by Stone. Equal parts sentimental (“Brown Eyed Lover”, “Consider Me”) and replete with nostalgic funk (“Back to the Swing”, “Sweaters”), Stone’s third album shows an artist who has grown into his own and learned to balance and appreciate all parts of his life: the vices of the past and the gifts of the present, career and family, the brilliant highs and discouraging lows.

“The balance through the turmoil of strife and struggle is the best balance you can build because you’re growing, you’re strengthening, you’re utilizing muscles,” he says of the album. “If it was a cakewalk then you’re not gonna fortify those tendons or that willpower.”

Stone just released new single “Sunny Days” –– an R&B ode to euphoric love that features slick rap verses alongside Stone’s smooth delivery in his stunningly transformative upper range. Of “Sunny Days”, Stone says the track “is a feel-good, throwback song about being confident in the love you have for another. Like a refreshing breeze on a hot summer day, the melody cools and comforts. There is no feeling more beautiful than trusting in love.“

Having just wrapped a summer tour with Train, Allen Stone will hit the road on October 23rd for a live 15-date karaoke tour of intimate rooms. He will perform songs from his catalog and classic karaoke staples with his fans, upfront and literally face-to-face. Watch this hilarious and heartwarming trailer for the tour below.

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

10.23 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
10.24 – Evanston, IL – SPACE
10.25 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi Indy
10.27 – Washington, DC – City Winery
10.29 – New York, NY – The Cutting Room
10.30 – New York, NY – Manderlay Bar at The McKittrick Hotel
10.31 – Philadelphia, PA – City Winery
11.01 – Boston, MA – City Winery
11.03 – Toronto, ON – Adelaide Hall
11.09 – Nashville, TN – Analog
11.11 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground
11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)
11.13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre
11.15 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door
11.16 – Portland, OR – The Jack London Revue

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“Heathers”and “Jawbreaker” vibes ooze from The Naked and Famous new video

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The Naked and Famous are giving off a dark comedy vibe (think Heathers and Jawbreaker) in a major way with their new music video for their latest song “Bury Us”.


Alisa Xayalith accidentally murders her boyfriend, leading herself to enlist bandmate Thom Powers to help cover up the evidence. Additional chaos ensues all amidst bright colors, perfectly matching the shimmering synth sound of the track.

“Bury Us” is a track off of the duo’s forthcoming album ‘Recover’ which is a full-throttle dosage of the 2010s-era synth pop sound they helped define (remember “Young Blood”?!) mixed with a powerful sentiment of survival, and the very human process of self-preservation — of saving, choosing and celebrating oneself in a world constantly trying to put us down.

See video below:

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Haleek Maul drops ‘Get2High’ ahead of forthcoming album ‘Errol’

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 Brooklyn-born, Barbados-raised rapper Haleek Maul kicks off the new decade with a new single from his forthcoming debut album.

“GET2HIGH” is a sleek, moody banger produced by London’s Sega Bodega that doubles as a cautionary track, with Haleek opining, “whatever you do don’t get too high.” The new track is the fifth and final offering ahead of the release of his forthcoming debut Errol, due February 28th via Lex Records, following “Lucid” featuring Sean Leon, “Halo” featuring Mick Jenkins, “Abyss” featuring Ro Ransom, and “Ceiling Fan.” 

Speaking on the album, Haleek says: 
“Errol is my debut album, dedicated to my late grandfather. With this project I’m working through a lot of the things I’ve learned since I lost him, as well as speaking on the transformation I’m undergoing as an artist and person.

Haleek is also gearing up to celebrate the album’s release with a hometown show at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere Zone One on February 27th. 

For tickets, click  here.

Errol track listing:

1. We Wid It (feat. Jah Koda)

2. Ceiling Fan

3. Relax (feat. Island Levvy)

4. Glitching

5. Halo (feat. Mick Jenkins)

6. Pretty Colour

7. GET2HIGH

8. Lucid (feat. Sean Leon)

9. DWGWY10. Abyss (feat. Ro Ransom)

11. Name (feat. Fantom Dundeal)

12. Feelings (feat. Aron)

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Tops announces new Album ‘I Feel Alive’

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After launching their own record label, Musique TOPS, last year, Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing a new album. I Feel Alive is slated to drop April 3rd via Musique TOPS and is their fourth full-length, following 2017’s Sugar At The Gate. The album also follows singles “Echo of Dawn” and “Seven Minutes” from last year. 

TOPS is also sharing the album’s title-track and video. “I Feel Alive” is directed by Mashie Alam and documents the band at a photoshoot, with no shortage of looks and playful bunnies present.

The video arrives ahead of their tour this Spring beginning April 3rd in Las Vegas. They’ll make stops in Austin, Atlanta, New York, and Los Angeles, before closing out the run May 4th in San Diego.

Listen and watch “I Feel Alive” above, see upcoming tour dates and album details below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

4/3 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse Saloon* 4/4 – Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole*
4/5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar*
4/6 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace*
4/7 – Marfa, TX @ Lost Horse Saloon*
4/9 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk*
4/10 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger*
4/11 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada*
4/13 – Memphis, TN @ The Hi Tone Cafe*
4/14 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West*
4/15 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight*
4/16 – Washington D.C. @ Union Stage*^
4/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s^
4/18 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom*^
4/20 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*^
4/21 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Rialto#^
4/22 – Toronto, ON @ Adelaide Hall#^
4/23 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx#^
4/24 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle#^
4/25 – Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club#^
4/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial Theatre#
4/29 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile#
4/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge#
5/1 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent#
5/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre#
5/4 – San Diego, CA @ Music Box#

To purchase tickets, click here.

I Feel Alive cover art

1. Direct Sunlight 2. I Feel Alive 3. Pirouette 4. Ballads & Sad Movies 5. Colder & Closer 6. Witching Hour 7. Take Down 8. Drowning In Paradise 9. OK Fine Whatever 10. Looking To Remember 11. Too Much

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