News – Vents Magazine Music and Entertainment Magazine Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:34:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Samuel Jack Releases New Single ‘Feels Like Summer’ Sat, 15 Jun 2019 14:34:21 +0000 Samuel Jack is a unique and emotive storyteller whose rugged soulful vocals command the room. Raised on Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, the London born singer spent his formative years in Johannesburg with his Father, a film director. The rich fabric of his childhood informs and oozes into the music he creates today which has been resonating with audiences across the globe.

Jack proceeds to showcase his own brand of contemporary soul and authentic songwriting, covering themes from love and pain, to occasionally even politics. Everything he sings is from the heart, about that moment in his life and the journey he is on, allowing audiences to connect to the musician on deeper levels. Jack confesses how writing for him is a form of therapy and that honesty plays a key role throughout his songwriting.

His broad musical palette and undeniable talent is evident in his highly anticipated album which is due later this year. The album narrates the struggles with inner demons, the turbulence of family and relationships, the desire and want for something or someone and how music helps to build bridges and establish new relationships. There’s anthems, there’s ballads and there’s some heavy hitters. Jack expresses, “I listen to all sorts of music, but there is something about Rhythm’n’Blues, about Soul, about Gospel that just gets into my veins. The history of it all, the hurt, the pain, the joy, the sex. And when those emotions are delivered by a voice that really means it, i just feel like there can’t be a better way to express yourself”.

Leading single ‘Feels Like Summer’ emits a summery and feel good vibe through its use of stomping percussion, anthemic melodies and bright brass. Highlighting Jack’s powerful gravelly vocals and passionate lyricism, the single bursts with vibrancy, all consumed by shimmering soundscapes. Lyrically, ‘Feels Like Summer’ centres around celebrating the good times and how something can make you feel alive and ultimately wishing you could live in that moment forever. Jack reveals, “There’s definitely a sense of nostalgia about the whole song. I wrote it at a time when I needed those good times to see me through some stuff. Music can totally transcend time and space and take you to all sorts of places when you’re not exactly where you want to be. That’s what this song is for me. It takes me back, it takes me forward, it takes me through”.


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PREMIERE: FANTAZMZ RELEASES DEBUT SINGLE “THE MALL” Sat, 15 Jun 2019 18:00:51 +0000 “The Mall” began as a beat I put together in 2017. The concept and lyrics were developed in colaboration with New York writer for theater and screen, Ross Wade. While the song is surreal, it is also relatable. Upon first listen, it sounds like a simple pop song. Its perspective is of someone working a dead-end job in retail with a hardcore crush on a fellow employee. This ties in with Vaporwave themes of consumerism and young love nostalgia. Both themes fit very well to the 80s driven, Neo Wave melody that runs throughout the entire song.

When the listener becomes aware of what the song is really about its complexity is enhanced. A de- partment store mannequin is arranged to face another. “He” love’s the other mannequin but is unable to move or express his feelings. The other mannequin isn’t facing him and doesn’t even know he exists. The double enten-dres used throughout the chorus sound poetic when applied to the former interpretation, but quite literal in the latter:

Wish that I could help it but I’m helpless standing petrified. Otherwise I’d make the first move. In the latest style with a smile painted on my mouth. Can I be real? A hollowness is filling me.

David Gagne, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter and producer from Portland, Maine.

David has been a paid musician since the age of 10, releasing his first full length LP, Man With No Name, while still in high school. He later fronted Portland reggae band, EastWave Radio, releasing the EP Soulful Noise and touring Canada opening for and backing Jamaican Dancehall artist, Jah Cutta. The tour was cut short when their van slipped off an icy roadway. David was dealt the worst injuries and was hospitalized for two weeks before returning to Maine to heal. After a lengthy recovery, he collaborated with long time friend, Sam Franklin to create Post Provost and release their LP, Ancient Open Allegory Oratory. The band’s sound included elements of folk, jazz, world and country music, fused in a unique avant-garde style.





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Dirty Heads Announce New Album, ‘Super Moon,’ Produced By Dave Cobb, Out August 9; Watch “Super Moon” Lyric Video Fri, 14 Jun 2019 23:41:11 +0000 Southern California’s alternative rock band DirtyHeads announce the release of their seventh studio album, Super Moon, out on Friday, August 9, worldwide through Five Seven Records. To celebrate, the band will unveil a lyric video for title track “Super Moon,” today, Friday, June 14, at 12pm ET/9am PT via YouTube. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

The album was produced byfour-time Grammy®-winning Nashville, Tennessee-based super producer Dave Cobb (A Star is Born soundtrack, Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson), and features the title track, “Super Moon,” which vocalist Jared “Dirty J” Watson describes as “a 70’s sci-fi kung fu Western car chase soundtrack. It gives you a look into the sonics, tone, and creative narrative of this album. It was all recorded live in the same room to tape in Studio A in the old RCA building in Nashville, Tennessee, where legends like Johnny Cash and Elvis recorded a lot of their work.

“The artwork was meant to spook some folk, definitely. The running joke in the studio was, ‘Don’t worry, we aren’t doing a country album,’ but we were inspired by the city and the studio and the artists who recorded there before us. Dave Cobb produced, and he was perfect for where we are mentally for this album. He’s a purist. He runs on pure creativity. No rules, no boundaries, no structures — a mantra that we have also tried to live by. Also playing and recording the songs live makes you really rely on yourself and your strengths. I’ve never loved an album from front to back so much in our career. We hope you enjoy.”

Dirty Heads will head out on a 32-date co-headlining U.S. tour with 311, with support from The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill, this summer, starting on July 2 in Dayton, Ohio. They will behitting major market cities with three new dates announced in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Avila Beach, CA, and Philadelphia, PA. The band will of course be playing a diverse setlist, including a few tracks from Super Moon, in addition to hits and fan favorites from their catalog. Dirty Heads will close the shows in Detroit, MI, Indianapolis, IN, Boston, MA, Gilford, NH, Jacksonville, FL, Dallas, TX, Chula Vista, CA, and Auburn, MI, concluding the tour on August 20 in Salt Lake City. Tickets are available for purchase HERE and exclusive VIP and merch packages HERE.

Dirty Heads and 311 have partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to organizations bringing dignity, equity, and access to communities who need it.

Dirty Heads Dates:

June 29, 2019 – Atlantic City, NJ – Vans Warped Tour

July 9, 2019 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Co-headlining Tour Dates with 311:

Newly announced dates in BOLD

^Dirty Heads close

+with The Interrupters, Dreamers and Bikini Trill

July 2, 2019 – Dayton, OH – The Rose Music Center at The Heights+

July 3, 2019 – Mt. Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort+

July 5, 2019 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre^+

July 6, 2019 – Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre+

July 7, 2019 – Duluth, MN – Bayfront Festival Park+

July 10, 2019 – Bonner Springs, KS – Providence Medical Center Amphitheater+

July 12, 2019 – Indianapolis, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center^+

July 13, 2019 – Pittsburgh, PA – KeyBank Pavilion+

July 14, 2019 – Hartford, CT – XFINITY Theatre+

July 18, 2019 – Boston, MA – Xfinity Center^+

July 19, 2019 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia+

July 20, 2019 – Darien Lake, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater+

July 23, 2019 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion^+

July 24, 2019 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center+

July 26, 2019 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater+

July 27, 2019 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion+

July 28, 2019 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek+

July 30, 2019 – Atlanta, GA – Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park+

July 31, 2019 – Charleston, SC – Volvo Car Stadium+

August 2, 2019 – West Palm Beach, FL – Coral Sky Amphitheatre+

August 3, 2019 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre+

August 4, 2019 – Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place^+

August 6, 2019 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Lawn+

August 7, 2019 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheater+

August 8, 2019 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^+

August 10, 2019 – Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion+

August 11, 2019 – Chula Vista, CA – North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre^+

August 14, 2019 – Avila Beach, CA – Avila Beach Concerts at the Cove+

August 16, 2019 – Sacramento, CA – Papa Murphy’s Park at Cal Expo+

August 17, 2019 – Portland, OR – Veterans Memorial Coliseum+

August 18, 2019 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre^+

August 20, 2019 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre+

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Sludge Releases His Second Bone-Chilling Track “Emergency” on Heavyweight Records Fri, 14 Jun 2019 21:13:05 +0000 The newest bomb from Carnage’Heavyweight Records comes from up-and-comer Sludge in the form of his single “Emergency,” and it’s one of the most intense tracks of the summer so far. From the moment the track opens with an ominous, dark beat and a bone-chilling voice demanding “Who shall be next?” It’s clear that Sludge is not for the faint of heart. He continues to deliver shocks to the system with serrating, mechanical synths, and blackout-inducing basslines complemented with sound effects that sound uncannily like human screams. “Emergency” was inspired by the bloody, dark times of Sludge’s parents living in Yugoslavia during its inner conflicts. “Emergency” follows Sludge’s recent release “Blacksmith” also on Heavyweight Records. Download / Stream

Iconic DJ and producer Carnage founded his label Heavyweight Records in 2017 as a home for hard bass and hip-hop music. Since then, the LA-based artist has gathered a formidable crew of cronies on the imprint, from the masked mastermind GRAVEDGRMelbourne bounce frontrunner Will Sparks, trippy up-and-comer GOMMI, and now the sinister and dangerous SludgeSludge joins their prestigious ranks as a brand-new artist, with “Blacksmith” being his first release and “Emergency” his follow-up, and has set the stage to be one of the label’s premiere acts going forward.

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David Haerle Releases New Music Video For “Tell Your Story” Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:51:21 +0000 The subjects that can inspire a song run the gamut from love to hate, from the very personal to the nakedly public.  Those subjects can create a piece of music that may teeter between raw and sophisticated.  David Haerle pulls from every experience he’s had in his life, and sets those experiences to a shimmering California rock sound.

Surrounded by the blacktop, beaches and rugged mountains of Southern California, David was influenced by both rock music and his father’s love of country music, and he was inspired to pick up his first guitar at the age of 13. Haerle was at the start of a burgeoning career as a music agent at ICM, when his father died suddenly. This led him to take over the family business of CMH Label Group at the age of 24. Describing himself as a “late bloomer” regarding music, he began piecing together his debut album in middle age. As such, he has a sense of maturity and wisdom that is difficult to come by without some years of living under your belt.

Haerle states, “When I was young, I wanted to sound like my heroes. Now, I want to sound like myself.” This determination is what made the seven-year wait for his debut album, Garden of Edendale, worth it. His talented band of five seasoned musicians stands out, and they support his new single/music video “Tell Your Story” exceedingly well.  His band consists of Alex Wand on rhythm guitar and backing vocals; Carson Cohen on bass; Luanne Homzy playing violin; Reade Pryor on the drums; and Jose Salazar handling percussion, co-production and mixing for the track.

“Tell Your Story” is a laid-back rock jam that’s filmed in an intimate studio session. Haerle’s musical influences can be heard, but of course through his own voice. While the band members play with energy and passion, Haerle’s lyrics reassure listeners that every individual has a life filled with unique problems, struggles, successes and lessons learned, which can offer hope and inspiration to others when shared.   He reminds us not to compare our insides with other people’s outsides.

“Let’s tell our stories and it’ll help us through” Haerle sings, meaning an honest conversation not only has the potential to help others, but the potential to help ourselves as well. With heartfelt and truthful communication with one another, we don’t have to feel as alone as we once did.

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Jekalyn Carr Releases New Music Video For “I See Miracles” Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:49:20 +0000 By the age of 22, anyone would have hoped to solidify a milestone in their life whether it be graduating from college, securing a job, or even figuring out their path in life. Yet what if we told you that Jekalyn Carr had already outlined her prosperous future by the age of five? This American singer, songwriter, and profound speaker adds her powerful voice, everlasting beliefs, and unmatched energy to traditional gospel music. At five years old, her extraordinary senses displayed great vocal ability and being able to hear correct keys in songs. Between the singing, ministry travels, and speaking events, Carr was homeschooled and this allowed her to focus on her expertise.

Within the last 17 years of perfecting her music, Carr has expanded her endeavors to include being a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, actress, and author. Her resume doesn’t stop there: she is also a Grammy Award nominee and GMA Dove Award-winning independent artist. She has spent over half a decade on top of Billboard charts, accumulating seven number one hits on the Billboard charts before the age of 22.

Pain and hardship test our ability to think correctly, act accordingly, and most importantly, prove our devotion to God. “I See Miracles” portrays misfortunes we experience or have seen others experience: homelessness, health issues, and marriage adversities. However, with the guidance of God, the storms will pass. During the bridge as Carr rejoices “I believe” all the vices shown in the video are solved through denomination and faith is restored. As we struggle through the obstacles of life, it’s easy to lose faith and question our beliefs, but Carr is here to remind us that through the shining sun and clear sky, God will answer our questions eventually.

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AV Super Sunshine Release New Music Video For “Are You Happy?” Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:48:10 +0000 How can one question be so obvious, so simple, and yet so vast and all-encompassing of the entire life experience? Writing, performing, recording and making a video for a song called “Are You Happy” seems like a sucker’s bet, a guaranteed washout, but AV Super Sunshine has a rare kind of honesty, an almost naive desire to hear a chorus of yesses blasted back at him. He and his partner-collaborator-muse Philomena ask one of the oldest questions on Earth to another one of their joyous musical starbursts. But how does AV claim to know what happiness is? The Wisconsin native battled his way out of a lengthy, mineshaft-black depression, and after the dust settled, he roared back into music-making as if his life depended upon it. “Baby Goodbye” hit #7 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales chart and from there, he kept topping the Starfleet DJ Pool charts and winning over tens of thousands of fans around the world. He’s made a life out of crafting mind-altering EDM, rootsy rock, and uplifting soul. “Are You Happy” is his latest sonic supernova.

The first single off Candyland Remixes Vol. 1 wraps the fairly intimidating conversation starter in electronic bubblegum fun. The tune is all about one person’s search for, and journey towards, happiness. The analog-fuzzy group chorus hammers the question home like a bug-eyed carnival barker, impossible to ignore. However, the contentment promised here is very real. Instantly catchy, “Are You Happy” wastes no time getting to the good part, with a knee-bouncing synth riff reminiscent of Lipps, Inc. or Deee-Lite’s more obscure stuff. Warm, angular guitar chords provide propulsion as AV takes lead vocals, and Philomena drops some serious diva backups, hitting highs that rival her platform heels. Produced by multi-platinum studio whiz Michael Bradford (Madonna, Anita Baker, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart), this isn’t just a perfect end-of-the-night club track; it’s a perfect anytime-any-day headphone jam.

Directed by the song’s own siren Philomena Victor, the video is a head trip in every color on the spectrum. A madly grinning Lego MC flanked by cheerleader dolls presides over a stop-motion Formula One race, getting the crowd of fellow Lego-folk revved up by repeatedly invoking the songtitle. Meanwhile, AV and Philomena cruise through an enviably lazy afternoon, its visuals filtered through a psychedelic lens and neon 80’s VHS effects. They road trip it, windows down, through the woods in a magenta jeep and hit an empty golf course. Their impractical classic rock finery stands in stark contrast to the manicured, uniform green of the links. Is that their secret- just do you? Maybe it really is that simple. Give it a shot, think hard, and dance freely.

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Yeasayer Release New Music Video For “Ecstatic Baby” Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:43:50 +0000 Brooklyn’s Yeasayer have indeed covered more musical ground than ten bands twice their size since they busted out with the double A-side of “Sunrise” and “2080”, but it’s not just because they can. It’s more like they have no choice. From 2007’s All Hour Cymbals to 2016’s Amen & Goodbye, each album has been a meticulously planned and beautifully executed escape from their comfort zone. For more than a decade, they’ve expertly plucked themes, structures, and sonics from their galaxy of influences. They’ve cranked out pop soundscapes made of rhythmic Worldbeat, dancey thump, wall-of-sound psych rock, prog, even Middle Eastern and Celtic music. With “Ecstatic Baby, core founding members Chris Keating, Anand Wilder, and Ira Wolf Tuton have once again created something sure to see them back on the stages of Lollapalooza, Pitchfork, Coachella, Reading, and Leeds.

“Ecstatic Baby” sounds exactly how you think a song called “Ecstatic Baby” is going to sound – it’s a straight-up celebration, a spiritual freak-out in the name of Love. It’s a three-minute, pure rush of deep grooves and melodic synth swells; its loopy, disco Bollywood feel is layered with Yeasayer’s famously rock-solid harmonizing. The first single off of Erotic Reruns, their fifth full-length, is a wild respect-is-due nod to NYC rhythmic No-Wavers and dance-punks like Liquid Liquid and ESG. That slide-whistle hook and bunny-hop bass make the angelic, perfect vocals even more starry-eyed and romantic as hell.

Directed and produced by NYC’s PandaPanther, the video for “Ecstatic Baby” is all upheaval and adventure, you know, kind of like Love itself. Unlike Love itself, there are giant spiders, forbidding alien landscapes (think Beetlejuice), unstable energy fields, and a huge caterpillar who’s totally cool with giving the guys a ride. The year-old creative shop uses pointedly ramshackle, throwback CGI full of fever dream grotesqueries to cut-and-paste the video’s world and narrative. From scene to scene, the visuals and action veer between dark and light – is it a long-shot rescue mission, or perhaps a religious ritual gone off the rails? Either way, it’s an immersive, unpredictable, strangely beautiful journey with a killer soundtrack. Come to think of it, that’s what being a Yeasayer fan has been like all these years.

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QUIX Releases Emotive Trap Track “Guiding Light” ft. Sanna Martinez. Out now on Dim Mak Fri, 14 Jun 2019 19:21:02 +0000 Showing off his versatile production style once again, New Zealand‘s QUIX showcases Sanna Martinez‘s silky vocals on a tension building intro before unleashing a gargantuan multi-layered trap drop on the Dim Mak single, “Guiding Light.” The single follows QUIX‘s recent Dim Mak releases “Berserk,” “Stronger” and his breakthrough “Illusions” EP. Through expertise precision, “Guiding Light” explores the balance of light and dark, contrasting the airy elements of Martinez’s vocals over a heavy, reverberating soundscape. QUIX’s third single of the year arrives after non-stop touring since March. This year the Kiwi has headlined venues across North America and Australia, with no signs of slowing down. Download / Stream

Hailing all the way from New ZealandQUIX initially traveled to North America in 2017 for 10 shows and finished up doing an astonishing 42. He has been tearing up the trap scene ever since, continuously shaking the new ground with his unique sound design. Coming off three headline tours in 2018, including Coachellaand support on Steve Aoki’Kolony tourQUIX had a break-out year with his “Illusions EP” on Dim Mak, shaking the world’s largest playlists and crowds alike. The eclectic six-track EP pushed the boundaries of electronic music, showcasing QUIX’s diverse range of skills and ingenuity. It has racked up millions of plays and creatively merged genres with powerful vocals while staying true to QUIX’s signature sound. He has also been honored by Spotify to feature on the cover of their two biggest international dance playlists, “Mint” and “Dance Rising.” QUIX has released on labels including Dim MakOWSLA and Mad Decent. With more collaborations on the way with The ChainsmokersAlison WonderlandAdventure Club and Baauer, definitely keep an eye out for this Kiwi producer as he continues to tear up the electronic music scene.

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V Blackburn Releases New Single “Al Roker” Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:15:04 +0000 Today, pop siren V Blackburn has released a broody new single entitled “Al Roker” – LISTEN HERE. Showcasing Blackburn’s enviable vocal range in an understated yet powerful manner, the track’s honest lyrics and simple elegance captivate with a Jenny Lewis-esque flair. “Al Roker” is the fourth single released from the songstress’ forthcoming EP Public Figure, out June 28, 2019.

Comprised of five vibrant tracksPublic Figure is (surprisingly) the artistic culmination of a severe case of writer’s block. Challenged by some friends to use celebrities as a writing prompt, V found that the constraints actually inspired creativity. What is more surprising is that by using the lens of these public figures, she was actually able to find a space for introspection and self-discovery. To further this sense of expression, Blackburn hand-designed the artwork for each single, creating collages decorated with images that depict her personal connection to each song.

This announcement follows the release of “Jon Hamm,” “A$AP Rocky,” and “Kim Kardashian.” V will uncover the last of the 5-track EP on June 28, when Public Figure is available everywhere. For more information and future announcements, please visit:

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