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Awich Releases Major Label Debut, “Partition”

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!

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Album Review: The Faim – “State Of Mind”

Australia’s latest export, The Faim are kicking off a massive tour with fellow Aussie pop punk band, Stand Atlantic hitting cities across North America and both bands are poised to take the American scene by storm.  The Faim just dropped their hotly anticiapted debut album, “State Of Mind” today, Friday, September 13th via BMG and we can’t wait to see them translate these songs to their high octane live shows!

Consisting of lead singer Josh Raven, bassist/keyboardist Stephen Beerkens, guitarist Samuel Tye, and Drummer Linden Marissen, The Faim’s debut album brings together all of the elements they’ve showcased in previous releases like “Saints of the Sinners,” “Midland Line,” and “My Heart Needs To Breathe.” The record perfectly displays the band’s ability to seamlessly flow from big gang vocal choruses in “Humans” to arena sized tracks that would be right at home in MSG like “Buying Time” which echoes early Panic! At The Disco.

“We wanted to show the variety of skills between the four of us,” says Stephen. “We wanted to stick true to our roots and where we came from, which is essentially just us being able to explore the passion and love we have for music,” Josh adds. “But we also wanted to experiment and to have fun with the songs.”

The record also features tracks like “Tongue Tied,” which is a heart pumping radio friendly track along side piano driven, introspective tracks like “Infamous” and “Where The River Runs.”  The band’s influences are prominent and frequently displayed with co-writes from the likes of Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots, Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy, Ashton Irwin from 5SOS, and Mark Hoppus from Blink 182.

The title track, “State Of Mind” closes out the record with singer Josh Raven forecully begging the listener “take a seat and let me introduce myself…” and flows along like a burning river of emotion.  The track clocks in at 4:41 making it the longest song on the record with a searing guitar solo to finish out an incredible debut effort from one of the most promising new Australian bands.

Listen to “State Of Mind” on Spotify now!

The Faim are heading out on a co-headline tour this Fall with Stand Atlantic hitting cities across the US! Check out the dates HERE and get your tickets before they sell out.

Make sure you grab your copy of “State Of Mind” on Amazon or Apple Music and stream it on your favorite streaming platform so you can sing along on tour.

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Hunter Hayes To Release “Wild Blue: Part I” Album on August 16

After nearly 4 years since dropping his last album, the wait is finally over!   And we mean over – Hunter Hayes is dropping his new album, “Wild Blue: Part I,” TOMORROW, August 16th!   Hunter shared the big news on an appearance on the TODAY show earlier this week.  He also dropped the title track of the album, “Wild Blue,” which you might have heard if you caught Hunter on the Closer To You Tour earlier this year (IT’S SO GOOD).  If not, listen to the track now!   The song, and the album, are all about finding yourself and the true feelings of freedom and lightness that go along with it.


We’re even more excited because “Part I” means there is a “Part II” and maybe even a “Part III” on the way, which means even more new music from Hunter!   What was the reason for such a long wait?  Hunter took his time to really write everything on his own and make his most personal and honest record yet.  He initially set out with the mindset of creating an album that no one would ever hear, which gave him the freedom to be as honest and real as possible.   This honesty really shines through on tracks like “Dear God” and “My Song Too.”

Hunter Hayes “Wild Blue: Part I” Tracklisting
1. “Madness”
2. “Wild Blue”
3. “Heartbreak”
4. “One Good Reason”
5. “Dear God”
6. “Loving You”
7. “My Song Too”
8. “One Shot”
9. “Night and Day”
10. “Still”

You can pre-save the album on Spotify now!

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Chase Atlantic Announce Sophomore Album, “Phases” Out June 28th & Summer Tour

Chase Atlantic are gearing up for a huge Summer! The Aussies just announced a massive headlining tour hitting cities across North America ahead of the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Phases,” due out June 28th, 2019.

When asked about the album, frontman Mitchel Cave said, “This album feels as though it is truly a work of astronomical measures,” he adds. “It’s the first time we were able to honestly and openly hone into something so monumentally special and raw without compromising even an inch of our integrity as artists. We’ve developed a completely new sound within a matter of months that has never been tapped into before. Chase Atlantic is now dwelling within a realm of its own; it’s both scarily isolating and blissfully euphoric at the same time. Welcome to a whole new era.”

Mitchel, Clinton, and Anthony are taking their friend Lauren Sanderson along for the ride as well!  Presales begin Tuesday, April 9th and general tickets go on sale Friday, April 12th at 10am local venue time so be sure to grab yours while they last.  VIP packages are also available and include meet & greet photos with Chase Atlantic, exclusive signed tour poster, VIP laminate, and early entry into the venues! Check out all of the tour dates below!

Chase Atlantic “Phases Tour” Summer 2019
June 14th – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
June 15th – Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA – Buy Tickets 
June 17th – Bogart’s – Cincinnatti, OH – Buy Tickets
June 18th – Exit/In – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets 
June 19th – The Underground – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
June 21st – Buckhead Theatre – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets 
June 22nd – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Buy Tickets 
June 24th – House Of Blues – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets 
June 25th – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets 
June 27th – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ – Buy Tickets 
June 28th – Regent Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets 
June 29th – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA – Buy Tickets 
July 1st – August Hall – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets 
July 2nd – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR – Buy Tickets
July 3rd – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets
July 5th – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets 
July 6th – Summit – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets 
July 8th – Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK – Buy Tickets 
July 9th – The Granada – Lawrence, KS – Buy Tickets 
July 11th – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets 
July 13th – Varsity Theater – Minneapolis, MN – Buy Tickets 
July 15th – House Of Blues – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets 
July 16th – Deluxe – Indianapolis, IN – Buy Tickets
July 18th – Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets 
July 19th – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI – Buy Tickets 
July 20th – The Opera House – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
July 22nd – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets 
July 23rd – Webster Hall – New York, NY – Buy Tickets 
July 25th – The Fillmore – Silverspring, MD – Buy Tickets 

Watch the official video for “Like A Rockstar” below.

Grab a copy of the “Don’t Try This” EP on iTunes and Amazon, or stream it on Spotify so you can sing along on tour!

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Album Preview: Emarosa – “Peach Club”

Emarosa are on the verge or releasing something special.  The musical climate is shifting and Emarosa are ready to be a part of the genre bending movement.  Known for their post hardcore sound, Emarosa don’t want to be pigeon holed as a one trick pony.  The band are set to release their highly anticipated fifth full length record, “Peach Club” on February 8th through Hopeless Records.

Bradley Walden & co have been moving towards a more pop friendly sound but don’t discredit the band for ditching crunchy guitars for saxophone solos and dance floor anthems.  “Peach Club” is the natural progression from “131,” ready to sky rocket the Kentucky bred group into the big leagues.   Emarosa teased the new record with new tracks “Don’t Cry,” “Givin’ Up,” and “Cautious” but they saved the best for the record.

“Peach Club” is full of fun tracks you can bop along to, but we can guarantee you’ll be blasting this record with the windows down and the system all the way up.  “Get Back Up” is a motivational mid tempo track directly followed by the retro, sunny riff and synths on “So Bad” which already has a place at the top of our playlist!

Bradley lets his guard down on “xo” showcasing his earnest vocals with just a solo electric guitar which is one of the highest part of the entire record and such an honest departure from what fans have come to expect from Emarosa.  But don’t let that track fool you, these guys bring the heat back with “Hell Of It” and keep that energy moving towards the album closer “Wait, Stay.”

Emarosa aren’t bidding farewell to their old sound, they’re just building on their experiences and refusing to stay stagnant.  “Peach Club” is the welcoming of a new era both for fans and the band.

Watch the visualizer video for “Get Back Up” below.

Be sure to pre-order “Peach Club” on iTunes or Amazon and grab a pre-order bundle HERE that includes exclusive merch like crewneck sweatshirts, hoodies, t-shirts, an “xo” pendant necklace, vinyl, and more!

Emarosa are playing select US Cities to celebrate the release of “Peach Club.” Check out the dates below!

Emarosa – “Peach Club” USA Album Release Shows
Feb 7th – Club Red – Mesa, AZ – Buy Tickets 
Feb 9th – The Hi Hat – Los Angeles, CA – SOLD OUT
Feb 14th – Anna O’Brien’s – Honolulu, HI – Buy Tickets

Pre-order your copy of “Peach Club” on iTunes or Amazon now and receive 4 instant grat tracks so you can sing along!

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Jack & Jack Release Highly Anticipated Debut Album, “A Good Friend Is Nice”

They’re just two best friends chasing the same dream.  Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson just dropped their hotly anticipated debut album, “A Good Friend Is Nice” through Island Records.

The duo’s album was definitely worth the wait!  Featuring several new tracks like “Lotta Love,” “April Gloom,” “Pose,” and the long awaited “Day Dreaming,” the album is filled with signature upbeat party tracks but Jack & Jack are throwing their hats in the ring with mid tempo tropical jams like “Promise Me” and “Barcelona.”

Once the album hits it’s stride, we’re treated to the two stand out stracks, “Used To You Now” and “Meet You In The Sky.”  “Used To You Now” is a sultry track about getting into a routine with your new flame and being scared of falling in love with someone again while “Meet You In The Sky” brings a fun dance groove to get us out the winter rut we’re stuck in.

Listen to Jack & Jack’s debut album “A Good Friend Is Nice” on Spotify now!

Grab your tickets to see Jack & Jack on tour kicking off in February in Amsterdam, taking the guys through Europe and the UK and hitting the US through April. Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now but not for long!  Check out all of the tour dates here.

Pick up a copy of “A Good Friend Is Nice” on iTunes , Amazon and all platforms now so you can sing along on tour!

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Florida Georgia Line Announce “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” Summer 2019 Tour

Florida Georgia Line just announced a massive Summer 2019 Tour featuring our favorite up and coming country artists like Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith, and Morgan Wallen!  The “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour” is hitting major cities across the United States all Summer long including their own festival, FGL Fest in Indianapolis on Sept 7th which sounds like the best festival ever.

Tickets for the “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour” go on sale January 25th with more information coming soon.  While you wait, get to know country’s newest artist to watch, Hardy, who will be supporting the tour from June 13th – Aug 9th, while tried and true favorite Canaan Smith is slated to hop on the tour from Aug 15th through Sept 28th.  Check out the tour dates below and pre-plan your Summer right!

“Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour” 2019 ft. Florida Georgia Line, Dan + Shay
June 13th – Walmart Amphitheatre – Rogers, AR
June 14th – Dos Equis Pavillion – Dallas, TX
June 15th – BankPlus Amphitheatre @ Snowden Cove – Southaven, MS
July 11th – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
July 12th – Xfinity Center – Boston, MA
July 13th – BB&T Pavillion – Philadelphia, PA
July 18th – Darling’s Waterfront Pavillion – Bangor, ME
July 19th – XFINITY Theatre – Hartford, CT
July 20th – Northwell Health @ Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
July 25th – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater – Virginia Beach, VA
July 26th – Coastal Credit Union Music Park – Raleigh, NC
July 27th – PNC Music Pavillion – Charlotte, NC
Aug 1st – Riverbend Music Center – Cincinnati, OH
Aug 2nd – KeyBank Pavillion – Burgettstown, PA
Aug 3rd – Jiffy Lube Live – Bristow, VA
Aug 8th – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO
Aug 9th – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – Chicago, IL
Aug 15th – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitehater – Syracuse, NY
Aug 16th – The Pavillion @ Montage Mountain – Scranton, PA
Aug 17th – HersheyPark Stadium – Hershey, PA
Aug 22nd – DTE Energy Music Theatre – Clarkston, MI
Aug 23rd – Blossom Music Center – Cleveland, OH
Aug 24th – Darien Lake Amphitheater – Darien Lake, NY
Aug 29th – Coral Sky Amphitheater – West Palm Beach, FL
Aug 30th – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Aug 31st – Cellairis Amphitheatre @ Lakewood – Atlanta, GA
Sept 7th – FGL Fest @ Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, IN
Sept 12th – USANA Amphitheatre – Salt Lake City, UT
Sept 13th – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre – Denver, CO
Sept 14th – Isleta Amphitheatre – Albuquerque, NM
Sept 19th – Ak-Chin Pavillion – Phoenix, AZ
Sept 20th – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre – San Diego, CA
Sept 21st – Glen Helen Amphitheater – San Bernardino, CA
Sept 26th – Toyota Amphitheatre – Sacramento, CA
Sept 27th – Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, CA
Sept 28th – FivePoint Amphitheatre – Irvine, CA

Check out Florida Georgia Line’s Announcement from Twitter below!

Pre-order Florgida Georgia Line’s forthcoming album “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” due out February 15th through Big Machine on iTunes and Amazon now!  Grab a pre-order bundle from the official FGL site for exclusive merch including an autographed vinyl test pressing, FGL lawn chair, flask, camping lantern, and more!

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Jon Bellion’s “Glory Sound Prep” Is Officially Open!

GRAMMY Award winner Jon Bellion just officially opened the doors to “Glory Sound Prep” and welcomed students and fans alike inside the carefully crafted world!  His new album, out today, takes his sound to the next level and proves why Jon is in a lane of his own.  Our favorite track is “Adult Swim,” which Jon calls a “microtape,” is like 3 tracks perfectly mixed into one song.

Jon also dropped an exclusive limited merch run for GSP that includes t shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.  Click HERE to grab a piece and wear your GSP merch with pride.  Products are available for a limited time only as Jon wanted to keep prices low for the fans.

Listen to “Stupid Deep” below!

Stream to the whole album on Spotify and grab a copy on iTunes or Amazon now.

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Pale Waves Release Debut Album “My Mind Makes Noises”

Manchester outfit Pale Waves just dropped their debut album “My Mind Makes Noises” to rave reviews and ushers in a brand new era of dark synth.  Pale Waves have proven that they have the ability to masterfully blend silvery synths and polished pop hooks into their own new vintage style.

Each track on this exceptional debut album is unique in its own right.  Lyrically, this album touches on everything from love and loss, to feeling so insecure about yourself and wondering if you’ll ever be loved by anyone again.  Pale Waves crafted an album that will stand the test of time and certainly passed our “drive fast down the highway with all the windows down and the radio up” test.

Pale Waves are coming back to North American this Fall with tons of headlining dates across the US.  Tickets are on sale now!  Check out all of the dates below.

Pale Waves Fall 2018 Tour
Oct 26th – Scoot Inn – Austin, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 27th – Trees – Dallas, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 28th – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX – Buy Tickets
Oct 30th – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL – Buy Tickets
Oct 31st – Crowbar – Tampa, FL – Buy Tickets
Nov 2nd – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Buy Tickets
Nov 3rd – The Social – Orlando, FL – Buy Tickets
Nov 5th – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA – Buy Tickets
Nov 6th – Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN – Buy Tickets
Nov 7th – The Underground – Charlotte, NC – Buy Tickets
Nov 9th – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA – Buy Tickets
Nov 10th – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C. – Buy Tickets
Nov 11th – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA – Buy Tickets
Nov 12th – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY – Buy Tickets
Nov 13th – The Sinclair – Boston, MA – Buy Tickets
Nov 15th – Opera House – Toronto, ON – Buy Tickets
Nov 17th – Corona Capital – Mexico City, MX – Buy Tickets
Nov 19th – Madison Live – Covington, KY – Buy Tickets
Nov 20th – Skully’s – Columbus, OH – Buy Tickets
Nov 21st – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL – Buy Tickets
Nov 23rd – Rave Bar – Milwaukee, WI – Buy Tickets
Nov 24th – Amsterdam Hall – St. Paul, MN – Buy Tickets
Nov 25th – Slowdown – Omaha, NE – Buy Tickets 
Nov 26th – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO – Buy Tickets
Nov 28th – In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT – Buy Tickets
Nov 30th – Neumos – Seattle, WA – Buy Tickets 
Dec 1st – Venue – Vancouver, BC – Buy Tickets 
Dec 2nd – Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR  – Buy Tickets
Dec 4th – August Hall – San Francisco, CA – Buy Tickets
Dec 6th – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA – Buy Tickets
Dec 7th – The Irenic – San Diego, CA – Buy Tickets 

Watch the official video for “One More Time” below!

Grab a copy of “My Mind Makes Noises” on iTunes or Amazon now or stream on Spotify so you can sing along on tour!

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Album Preview: Like Pacific – “In Spite Of Me”

Canada is churning out some of the best pop punk that we’ve probably ever heard.  Like Pacific are gearing up to drop their sophomore album “In Spite Of Me” on July 27th via Pure Noise Records.  When asked about the new record, singer Jordan Black said “When we wrote Distant Like You Asked, I felt super proud of writing an entire full length album but was very nervous. In Spite of Me means more to me than anything I’ve ever done creatively. We worked super hard writing and recording this album. The hardest I’ve ever personally worked.”

The new album has 10 brand new tracks including “Sedatives,” “Had It Coming,” and the title track “In Spite Of Me” which all showcase the high octane, in your face whether you like it or not energy of the new album.   “In Spite Of Me” is a natural progression both lyrically and musically for one of the hardest working pop punk bands in the scene today.

Watch the brand new video for “Self Defeated” below!

Pre-order your copy of “In Spite Of Me” on iTunes or Amazon now.  Catch Like Pacific on tour with Seaway and Bearings across Canada this Summer!

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