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  • Mackenzie Shivers is Keyboard Magazine’s Talent Scout Artist of the Week
    Mackenzie Shivers is Keyboard Magazine's Talent Scout Artist of the Week

    Keyboard Magazine has featured some of the most talented musicians such as Elton John, Tori Amos, and more! Joining the list is Queens, New York singer-songwriter and pianist, Mackenzie Shivers

    Mackenzie has been featured in Keyboard Magazine's Talent Scout feature as the Artist of the Week. You can read the whole feature here where Mackenzie talks about her musical training, her favorite keyboards, her influences, and so much more.

    Hear Mackenzie's beautiful piano playing for yourself on her read more

  • Dove Audio WTF MU Oscillator Exclusive to KMR
    Dove Audio WTF MU Oscillator Exclusive to KMR


    It's not that often we see something genuinely new in the synth market, not to sound defeatist or anything like that, but it is quite rare to see something that's not been directly influenced by an already existing design, again not that that's a bad thing, but refreshing new tools are just that, refreshing. And when they can inject as much sonic potential into your patches as the... read more

  • The Word Is Bond is loving Nick Andre’s “Turn Back”

    The new Nick Andre track “Turn Back” features “a classic team” according to The Word Is Bond: Gift Of Gab (Blackalicious), Eric Boss and Lateef The Truthspeaker.

    The site goes on to say “over a percussion-driven soundscape, the duo goes for the jugular with their thought-provoking lyrics in a tag team fashion while Eric Boss comes in with additional vocals for the chorus. It is really a delight hearing seasoned verbal jousters doing what they do best sans label red-tape resulting in an all-out... read more

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  • Silverbacks new single out now
    Silverbacks new single out now

    Single release: ‘Just In The Band’ by Silverbacks
    Release date: Out now
    Label: PK Miami Records
    More info: read more

  • Hajk new single out now
    Hajk new single out now

    Single release: 'Keep Telling Myself' by Hajk
    Release date: out now
    Label: Jansen
    More info: Band website

    Today, Hajk... read more

  • Maxïmo Park new album out 22 February 2019
    Maxïmo Park new album out 22 February 2019

    Album release: ‘As Long As We Keep Moving’ by Maxïmo Park
    Release date: 22 February 2019
    More info:... read more

  • Jaws new single out now
    Jaws new single out now

    Single release: ‘Driving At Night’ by JAWS
    Release date: Out now
    More info: Band website

    Birmingham dream-pop trio... read more

  • Elmore Magazine Exclusively Premieres “The Canyon” from Mackenzie Shivers
    Elmore Magazine Exclusively Premieres "The Canyon" from Mackenzie Shivers

    Mackenzie Shivers has been working her way towards her second solo LP release, The Unkindness, which comes out February 2019. Leading up to the release, she has released two singles, "Believe" and "tears to Keep Me Warm", and now Elmore Magazine is here with an EXCLUSIVE premiere of another new song, "The Canyon". Read the full feature here.


    When talking about "The Canyon", Shivers told Elmore: 

    "I wanted it to feel like you’re moving in a forward motion, so the chorus... read more

  • THE BEASTS! Announce ‘Still Here’ Album & 2019 National Australian Tour!
    THE BEASTS! Announce ‘Still Here’ Album & 2019 National Australian Tour!
    Former Beasts of Bourbon Kim Salmon, Charlie Owen, Boris Sujdovic, Tony Pola and Tex Perkins reinvent themselves in a recorded project entitled ‘The Beasts Still Here’. THE BEASTS NEW ALBUM ‘STILL HERE’ read more

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  • George Howard will release his newest book Everything In Its Right Place: How Blockchain Technology Will Lead To A More Transparent Music Industry, March 15th, via 9 Giant Steps Books. The book features interviews with music veterans about the intersection of technology and music. Click here to read an excerpt featuring his interview with cellist Zoë Keating (Amanda Palmer, John Vanderslice), in Paste Magazine.

    Howard’s third and newest book, Everything In Its Right Place is a natural byproduct of George Howard’s ongoing work in Blockchain Technology and his blockchain column in Forbes Magazine. George Howard is an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music and Brown University and holds MBA and JD degrees. His most recent appointment makes Howard the CIO of Los Angeles music rights company, Riptide Music.

    Catch Howard at SXSW partaking in a roundtable discussion on Blockchain and the music industry, Thursday March 15 from 3:30-5:00. You can also find him signing books at 6:00 PM that same day in room 10C of the Austin Convention Center.

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  • Top Five Summer Drink and Book Pairings

    California-based indie-pop band Fialta draws inspiration from literature for the music on their latest album, Summer Winter (out July 23). Rather than confessional-style songwriting, Fialta's members work collectively as songwriters to produce songs with lyrics inspired by things they read. Their name is even derived from a short story by Vladimir Nabokov. In this week's High Five, the band lays out their top five drink and book pairings for summer. Read away, get some ideas for summer reads or drinks, and be sure to listen to Fialta's latest summery pop track.

    1. The Great Gatsby with Villacana Re:Find Botanical Brandy (Gin) and Tonic 

    “Do you always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always wait for the longest day of the year and then miss it.” -Daisy Buchanan

    The longest day of the year has passed, and the weather is heating up. Maybe you missed it, and maybe you didn’t, but there’s no better time than the middle of a hot, wilting summer to revisit the pages of Fitzgerald’s classic, particularly with the recent release of Baz Luhrmann’s film. If you’re like us, and most other publicly educated American grownups, the last time you took a tour through the vulgar, parvenue parties of West Egg was likely your junior year of high school, back when you couldn’t appreciate subtlety. Now that you are of age, and understand first hand the wild disillusionment that comes with adulthood, what better way to enjoy Nick Carroway’s incisive cultural observations than with the chilly, official drink of the prohibition in hand? We have no idea how to make gin in a bathtub, but our local Paso Robles winery, Villacana, figured out how to make it with leftover grapes. Their Re:Find Botanical Brandy is a nod to the creative liquor-making that went on in Fitzgerald’s day, and the result is truly impressive. Put it on ice with Fever-Tree Tonic Water, dive into Fitzgerald’s prose, and pretend for a minute that you’re really really rich.

    2. Reasons to Live with JB Wagoner’s Margaritas

    Although Amy Hempel isn’t a native of California, she sure as hell can write about it. She lived here for a time in San Francisco and LA, and like any sharp-eyed outsider, she has the ability to pick up on Golden State quirks that an insider would never see. Her first collection, Reasons to Live, is full of salty, ear-catching minimalist short fiction, much of which takes place at the beach or in a pool somewhere in California. In the name of Pacific Coast summers, we’d pair Hempel with a tall JB Wagoner’s margarita (on the rocks, of course). Like Hempel, tequila is not native to California, but this So-Cal producer is making waves and ruffling feathers by making and selling his 100% Blue Agave this side of the border. Personally, we don't mind. If a local top-shelf marg in mid-July isn't a reason to live, we're not sure what is. An added bonus: Hempel's stories are so short and addictive, you may finish three or four of them before you see the bottom of your glass.

    3. Telegraph Avenue with Anchor Summer Beer

    Michael Chabon is one of the most celebrated authors of our time, and his latest novel, Telegraph Avenue, explores the rich culture and tensions of the Berkeley-Oakland borderlands. Mike recently read this novel on a cruise through the Mexican Riviera and ended up sunburned because he lost all track of time (and sunscreen, apparently). Chabon constructs an emotionally rich story that explores themes of parenthood, the weight of history, and the solaces of art. A perfect companion to this summertime read is an ice cold glass (or two) of Anchor Steam’s Anchor Summer Beer. Anchor Steam is a microbrewery just across the Bay bridge from where this story takes place, and where Chabon calls home. This beer is crisp and cool as a San Francisco Summer. It’s soft and citrusy, but who needs hops when you have as many rich adjectives as Chabon provides?


    4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurtztraminer

    There may be no better novella for summer than Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. This tiny little book takes us on a boozy journey through the missteps of our favorite literary social climber, Holly Golightly, whose friends could drink enough wine to wash ten elephants. In this story, the unnamed narrator’s colorful observation and ab-wrenching humor give us a wonderful beach book or airplane read. We’ve paired it with a chilled down bottle of Claiborne & Churchill Dry Gewurztraminer. As in Capote’s story, this modern spin on the Mid-Century is spicy and dry, not as sweet as you’d expect. And just like the book (as opposed to the cloying Audrey Hepburn adaptation), it culminates in a finish that, while not at all unpleasant, is just a little bit bitter. 


    5. East of Eden with Wrath Doctor's Vineyard Syrah

    In summer, we just love to sit out on our patios looking at the same well-oaked, golden hills that Steinbeck wrote about in all his Central Coast stories. But if the Salinas Valley, the locale of his crowning masterpiece, is east of Eden, where the heck is Eden? According to Google Maps, it's smack dab in the middle of Wrath Vineyards. The grapes of Wrath (couldn’t resist, sorry!) are grown on the high, scenic bench of the Santa Lucia Highlands, overlooking all of Steinbeck country. While we don't know if John was a wine-lover, we have a hunch he would have enjoyed a long pour of Wrath's Syrah every now and then to supplement his regular bath in Corn Whiskey. Syrah is a rugged, earthy, manly sort of grape, not at all fussy, and it tastes great with cowboy cuts of meat. Yet it can full, expressive, and complex in style. The long, lyrical passages of East of Eden and a quality glass of red wine are certainly meant to be enjoyed slowly. But at the end of the day, we love them for a different reason, and it’s that they are both really, really good for your heart.

    Stream Summer Winter one week before its release on AllMusic. Listen to latest single, "Cars," below.

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