Kim Petras has taken the world by storm as an independent artist with her fierce attitude, impossibly catchy music including her single “I Don’t Want It All” that hit #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist, and sold out tours across North America and Europe. Now the superstar has signed with Republic Records to release her brand new single, “Future Starts Now,” kicking off a brand new era.
Kim’s been teasing the new single with fun, Paris inspired images and videos in homage to a city where she’s always found happiness. Sonically, “Future Starts Now” is heavily inspired by the 80’s European house music Kim would hear on family trips to Paris as a child.
When asked about the new single, Kim said “I felt so anxious at the start of lockdown, because for me the most anxiety-inducing thing is not being able to work and do what I love, “Future Starts Now” came from trying to stay present, instead of stressing about the future and all the lost time.”
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Hailing from Australia, Yours Truly are cementing their name as the next big thing. The band have already made a name for themselves in the scene after hitting the road with Senses Fail, Sum 41, and more while writing and releasing some of the most earnest pop punk tracks since Paramore hit the airwaves almost 16 years ago.
Yours Truly’s debut album, Self Care is due out September 18th and if the singles they’ve released so far are any indication, this record is laying the groundwork for a long tenure in the pop punk scene. Lead singles, “Undersize”, “Together”, and “Composure” pair catchy hooks with diary lyricism tying the record together to help realize “that you have the strength to shape your own future and learning to treat yourself more kindly along the way.” Yours Truly’s debut EP is an inward look at singer Mikaila Delgado conquering her own personal struggles.
The band’s latest single, “Undersize” is an acoustic driven track written by Delgado for a friend going through their own battles. “This song is really a letter to a close friend of mine,” she says. “While watching them navigating their life through all the ups, downs and obstacles life throws at them, I wrote this just to let them know that I’m here for them through all of that.”
Watch the official video for “Undersize” below!
We can’t wait to hear what Yours Truly have been working on after a monumental 2019 and unraveling the year personally and professionally while reflecting and coping to write a debut album. Now, the band have their sights set on the year ahead that includes a slot on Sad Summer Fest 2021 with All Time Low, The Story So Far, Movements, The Maine, Grayscale, and Destroy Boys.
Pre-orders for Self Care are available now through the UNFD store – the first 100 preorders come with a free self care album art patch! More more information and other platform pre-orders, click here.
Awich, short for “Asia Wish Child,” has established herself as one of Japan’s top hip hop artists and is set to redefine the hierarchy of the community. The Okinawa-born MC has become one of the most fierce acts, balancing swaggering numbers and swinging lyrical flexes most MC’s can only dream of.
Her musical journey began with a chance trip to a CD store thanks to her cousin. “My cousin wanted to go. I went, and she said I could pick whatever I wanted, and she’d rent it for me.” It’s important to note that hip hop was starting to redefine the direction of popular music in Japan thanks to American artists getting more time in the spotlight and domestic artists rising up to the mainstream. Intrigued by the genre, then teen Awich “went to the hip hop section, and just closed my eyes and picked one. That was 2Pac’s All Eyez On Me.”
She did her homework on 2Pac, reading his lyrics, listening to all of his interviews, and was totally captured by what she heard. Awich had been writing poetry since she was 9 so she learned to bend the art towards music and continued to learn the history and style of hiphop.
The lead single from her brand new, major label debut Partition, “Shook Shook” was shaped after one memorable headline show. “I did a headline set at a show with a whole bunch of dude rappers. Real macho dudes. They all went before me…but I was the headline. A woman, as the finale, like a queen. Like a boss bitch,” she says. “The audience didn’t expect that…a girl, after all these dudes?”
Awich’s latest single, “Bad Bad” has a more “vibe-y” feel than “Shook Shook” and shows off how multifaceted she is. The track focuses the uncertainty of new love, from the strength of taking on the world with someone new by your side, to the strange feeling of weakness around wanting someone to stay. The video for “Bad Bad” was scouted by Awich, filmed on her home island of Okinawa and features real life friends and her daughter, showcasing her life and love on the island. When asked about the direction of the video, director, Kento Yamada (Double Tokyo) states, “A rapper, a woman and a mother. I’m honored to be able to capture various faces of Awich on this video in her homeland Okinawa.”
That’s the energy and stage presence Awich brings to every performance. She’s tackling the male-centric music industry, and cornering the Japanese rap market with her story and unmatched flow. “I want to be one of the best rappers in Japanese rap history,” she says. “And internationally, I want to be one of the first Japanese artists that can really communicate who she is and where she comes from.”
Partition expands every side of her and highlights Awich’s strong writing skills while also experimenting with different moods. “Awake” flows gently with lyrics that comfort the listener while “Patrona” cuts like a knife sharpened with intent.
Awich is also adamant about using her platform to raise awareness in Japan about social injustices and most recently the Black Lives Matter movement by taking to her social media to show support, and speaking at panels aimed at educating local audiences.
Watch the official video for “Bad Bad” below.
Listen to Partition on your favorite streaming platform now!
The Band CAMINO have had a major breakout year in 2019 and they arent’ slowing down at all for 2020. They just announced that they will joining Dan + Shay’s “The (Arena) Tour” hitting several major arenas across North America this Spring!
With massive hits like “Daphne Blue” and “See Through”, and their “tryhard” EP, The Band CAMINO have made a splash in the industry with insanely catchy tunes that never get old.
Check out the dates below and make sure you grab your tickets while you can!
The Band CAMINO + Dan+Shay – “The (Arena) Tour” 2020
March 6th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
March 7th – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
March 8th – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
March 12th – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
March 13th – John Paul Jones Arena – Charlottesville, VA – Buy Tickets
March 14th – Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Greenville, SC – Buy Tickets
March 19th – AT&T Center – San Antonio, TX – Buy Tickets
March 20th – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets
March 21st – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
March 26th – Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, MI – Buy Tickets
March 27th – KFC YUM! Center – Louisville, KY –Buy Tickets
March 28th – Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC –Buy Tickets
April 9th – Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – Buy Tickets
April 10th – Target Center – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets
April 11th – Fiserv Forum – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
April 16th – Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
April 17th – United Center – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
April 18th – CHI Health Center – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets
Watch the official video for The Band CAMINO’s smash hit, “Daphne Blue (Acoustic)” now!
Grab a copy of “tryhard” on your favorite streaming platform so you can sing along on tour.
You can usually tell how far an artist is going to make it based on the crowd’s reaction. After seeing Kid Quill on his first headlining tour, we know he’s on his way to the top. The crowd was hype from the minute he walked on the stage until the last encore, enthusiastically singing, jumping, and dancing along the entire show. Kid Quill’s gone from “the opener,” on tour with artists like Bryce Vine, to headlining his own “Meet Me at Sunset” Tour across the US.
The tour was in support of his latest album, “Sunset Diner,” which draws inspiration from music of the 70s and 80s combined with his modern hip-hop sound.
We caught up with Kid Quill before the last night of tour at Mercury Lounge in NYC. Watch our interview and learn about his favorite part of touring, what’s coming next, and his go-to diner meal.
Hailing from Memphis, TN, The Band CAMINO have been on a roll since dropping two smash hits, “See Through” and “Daphne Blue” back in May, on top of an already impressive catalogue of independent releases since forming in 2015. After signing a major deal with Elektra back in May and putting in the groundwork of building their already widespread fanbase, The Band CAMINO are poised to be the next big name in rock.
Comprised of co-frontment Jeffery Jordan and Spencer Stewert, bassist Graham Rowell, and drummer Garrison Burgess, these guys craft melodies and hooks that stick with you weeks after your first listen. Each track is sickly sweet in the best way possible and simply addicting.
The Band CAMINO are in the middle of some of the biggest headline shows of their lives and that includes a sold out stop at NYC’s newly renovated Webster Hall earlier this month. Front to back, New York showed up and got off their feet – literally, the floor was shaking as the guys barrelled through the hits and deep cuts all night long.
The energy in the room skyrocketed from the first note of the final track from their “tryhard” EP, “Break Me” straight through “2/14,” “Fool Of Myself,” and the subdued “I Spend Too Much Time In My Room.” They gave the crowd everything from their arsenal and you can tell they left everything on the stage that night.
Closing out the set with “Haunted,” the crowd sang along to every word all night long and could feel the collective heavy sigh as the night came to an end. The encore really sent the night out with a bang including “What I Want” and their runaway hit “Daphne Blue” leaving the crowd wanting more even after the house lights came up.
The Band CAMINO’s ability to tap into so many different levels of emotion in each song is a true journey many bands struggle with even years into their careers. They’ve hit that nail on the head early on and we can’t wait to see where it takes them.
The Qualifying Tournament for the US Open kicks off on Monday, August 19th in NYC! As usual, admission to watch the qualifying matches is FREE and open to the public. This year the US Open is introducing an expanded US Open Fan Week that includes happy hours, concerts, exhibition matches, stadium tours, and much more!
We’re most excited about the Chase Sound Check Concerts! LANY will be performing on August 21, Brett Eldredge on August 22, and Leon Bridges on August 23! The concerts kick off at 8pm and are free and open to the public like the rest of the US Open Fan Week activities!
Head over to the US Open Fan Week website to view the full schedule of activities – every single day is stacked with fun stuff to do. And did we mention that it’s FREE? Come experience the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, watch some incredible professional tennis up close, and catch one of your favorite artists … all in one day!
US Open Fan Week – Chase Sound Check concerts
August 21 – LANY
August 22 – Brett Eldredge
August 23- Leon Bridges
8pm to 9pm
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center More Info
Fan Week wraps up with the annual Arthur Ashe Kids Day celebration! AAKD will feature performances by MAX, Austin Mahone, Ava Max, and more! Learn more about AAKD and the family festival here!
Bryce Vine dropped his first major label album, “Carnival,” on July 26th and celebrated with a handful of shows including a stop at the legendary Webster Hall in NYC. The sold out show doubled as a hometown show for Bryce, who was born in New York just a few blocks from the venue.
From the opening song, “Love Is A Blessing,” the crowd could tell they were in for an unforgettable night. Everyone was singing along loudly throughout the show, from Bryce’s older material to brand new tracks from “Carnival.” The singing was so loud at times Bryce just let the crowd take over and soaked in the moment, remarking that at times it was so loud it was “almost irresponsible.”
Bryce closed out the set with his current hit, “La La Land,” which had the already energetic crowd in a frenzy. He hopped off stage to get even closer to the fans but ended up landing badly and spraining his ankle! You wouldn’t have had any idea what happened, as Bryce kept on performing and ended the song without missing the beat.
He triumphantly came back out after a short break, telling the crowd he “thought he broke his ankle” but that he couldn’t leave without giving his full set. Bryce finished the show sitting in a chair on stage, still going just as hard as he had been throughout the night. The encore included his smash “Drew Barrymore,” “Sour Patch Kids,” and most fittingly “Guilty Pleasure.” It was a hella fun night and we’re sure Bryce and the entire crowd would do it all again!
Love is a Blessing
On The Ball
Classic and Perfect
Street Punks on a Freight Train
Love Me Hate Me
La La Land
Sour Patch Kids
MILKK are the Internet’s self proclaimed boyband with a tongue in cheek, lackadaisical approach to building their empire.
The band, comprised of Pat Kiloran, Jack Vondrachek, and John Ogelby, just released their second single, “Stupid” off their upcoming debut album. The new track is an uplifting ballad written by singer/songwriter Pat Kiloran and self-produced by the band that tells the tale of modern love and deep dives into the effects of technological distractions.
Watch the stripped down version of “Stupid” below!
PUBLIC is a pop trio from Cincinatti, OH. You might have caught them on tour opening for Jesse McCartney’s “Better With You Tour” all Summer long. They’ve also played shows with Twenty One Pilots, AJR, and WALK THE MOON. John, Matt, and Ben create infectious pop music and put on a high-energy show that can’t be missed. They just dropped the video for their new single, “One That I Want,” and are set to take over your hearts and your playlists.
We caught up with PUBLIC before their headlining show at Mercury Lounge in NYC and learned more about their new video, who they’d fangirl over and more. Watch our interview and get to know more about PUBLIC, your new favorite band!
Pick up a copy of “One That I Want” on iTunes now.