Friday, June 26, 2015

Tove Lo Releases "Timebomb" Video, Announces North American Tour

>> Rising star Tove Lo has just released the music video for her latest single “Timebomb.” The song serves as the third single from her debut album Queen of the Clouds, following successful predecessors “Habits (Stay High)” and “Talking Bodies.” As explained by Tove Lo herself in a posting on Facebook, “#‎TIMEBOMB‬ the song tells the bittersweet story of losing that explosive passion you start out with, and how it's painful and beautiful all at once. TIMEBOMB the video tells the story of loves that can't last because people around won't let them. And still they fight to stay together. That is also beautiful. And painful. In my heart I believe everyone should be able to love whoever they want. I wanted to shine some light on that in this video. Never take it for granted.” Watch the video below.

>> Tove Lo is taking her passionate music on the road with a North American tour.  Erik Hassle will provide support on the run that kicks off September 28th in San Diego and comes to a close in NYC on October 21st.  The full list of dates can be seen below, and more information can be found at .

- Written by Matt Cordasco & Kate Russell

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Monday, June 15, 2015

New Music Seminar Announces 2015 Festival Line Up

>> The line up for New Music Seminar's 2015 New Music Nights has been revealed! The showcases will feature performances from the NMS Artists On The Verge as well as some special additions.  For those unfamiliar, New Music Seminar is a distinguished music convention taking place annually in New York City.  The seminar, started back in the 1980's, features intriguing and relevant movements (panels) full of insightful players (speakers).  

>> This year's seminar takes place on June 21st - 23rd and features players from Republic Records, Spotify, Atlantic Records, SiriusXM, Bloomberg News, RCA Records, Tidal, Def Jam Recordings, Shazam, Outerloop Management, Island Records, Tommy Boy Entertainment, Deezer, and more. This year, the movements will focus on various topics including music placement in advertising, branding, songwriting, A&R, streaming, vinyl, and more.  The full list of movements and the respective players for each can be found here

>> In addition to those movements comes the showcases, starting with the opening night red carpet party at Webster Hall on 6/21.  That event will feature performances by the Artist on the Verge top 3: Belmont Lights, Fictionist, and Grace Weber. Attendees will also be treated to special performances by Alessia Cara (Def Jam), Bad Veins (Dynamite Music), Jay Stolar (Kingston Records) and The Voice season 3 semi-finalist, Melanie Martinez (Atlantic Records)! A list of artists performing at New Music Nights can be seen below and the full schedule can be found here.

*Note: The 2015 New Music Seminar is represented by The Catalyst Publicity Group.

>> Ballin' on a budget? Enter the lottery to win a free NMS wristband! Submit your info here for a chance to win a wristband that gives you access to the opening night party and the official NMS showcases. (*Note - all shows are 21+)

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sheppard Announce 2015 Summer Tour

>> 6-piece Australian band Sheppard are almost constantly traveling, and they won't be stopping any time soon.  They've just announced dates for their summer tour which runs from July 22nd in NYC to Chicago, IL on August 2nd. You can view the full list of dates below the international version of the band's video for their smash hit "Geronimo."

Tour Dates:
7/22 -    New York, NY @ Marlin Room at Webster Hall
7/24 -    Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
7/25 -    Albany, NY @ The Hollow
7/27 -    Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
7/28 -    Columbus, OH @ The Basement
7/29 -    Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theatre
7/31 -    Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room at the Crofoot
8/02 -      Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

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Monday, June 8, 2015

New Music Video: "Pity Party" by Melanie Martinez

>> Today (6/8/15) is the 7th anniversary of The Music Obsession! *Cue Celebration* Even though I'm not having a pity party, this song has been on repeat for the majority of my day so far. 

>> You'll probably recognize Melanie Martinez as the talented songstress with black and blonde hair split down the middle from The Voice season 3.  Since her time on the show, Melanie has signed with Atlantic Records through which she released her Dollhouse EP in 2014.  Her music shows the dark potential for pop, something perfectly personified in her videos as well.  

>> For 2015, Martinez released her darker, twisted version of Lesley Gore's hit "It's My Party" which she titled "Pity Party." The track is still inherently a catchy pop song, but not in the way you would typically expect.  Even the video starts out with Martinez simply being upset that nobody showed up to her party, but as the video progresses, she eventually snaps - which actually makes things more fun as you can see below.

>> "Pity Party" is the first single from Melanie Martinez's upcoming album, titled Cry Baby. The album is set for release on August 14th through Atlantic. 

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Friday, June 5, 2015

New Music Video: "You're The Most" by What's Eating Gilbert

>> What's Eating Gilbert, Chad Gilbert from New Found Glory's second band, will release a full-length album on July 10th through Hopeless Records. The album, titled That New Sound You're Looking For, is sure to be full of doo-wop inspired tracks like the first single, "You're The Most." The title of the album is almost certainly a brilliant reference to Back To The Future, and the new video channels vibes from the age of the Enchantment Under The Sea Dance. Watch the video below!

>> Catch the band playing their new tunes this summer on the Sorry State of Mind Tour with Anthony Raneri! The tour kicks off July 9th in Atlanta GA, and runs through the end of the month, coming to a close with two WEG headlining shows. For more information, please visit

Sorry State of Mind Tour w/ Anthony Raneri
July 9 – The Masquerade – Purgatory – Atlanta, GA
July 10 – Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
July 11 – The Social – Orlando, FL
July 12 – 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
July 14 – Cat’s Cradle-Back Room – Carrboro, NC
July 15 – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA
July 16 – North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
July 17 – Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, NJ
July 18 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY
July 19 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
July 21 – Grog Shop – Cleveland Heights, OH
July 23 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
July 24 – Double Door – Chicago, IL
July 25 – The Demo – St. Louis, MO
July 26 – Record Bar – Kansas City, MO
*July 28 – Thompson House – Newport, KY
*July 29 – The End – Nashville, TN
*What's Eating Gilbert Headline Show

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Full Disclosure: I'm A Publicist Now, Too!

>> Hey there, loyal readers! Today is a cool day for me personally.  I, Kate Russell, graduated from NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study on May 20th 2015, and I graduated with a job waiting for me. I'm proud to announce that as of today, June 1st, I'm now a publicity manager with The Catalyst Publicity Group. I've worked with the Catalyst ladies through setting up coverage for their artists on this site and I came to really appreciate the way they run things. They value music and musicians in the same way that I do, and I couldn't be happier with this opportunity.

>> I have written about Catalyst artists over the years and I don't intend to stop, but I do promise that I won't begin using The Music Obsession as a way to shamelessly plug my own clients. If and when I do write about a client, I plan to make a note of it in each post.  I've only given time and support to artists that I believe deserve it over the years, and that won't change. The coverage will stay the same in the sense that it won't be all Catalyst artists all the time - plus I'm bringing on some new writers who will be shedding light on what catches their interest.  My job title might have changed, but the value I place on this site and honest writing hasn't.

>> The Music Obsession turns 7 this month (next Monday 6/8, to be exact).  This has been my baby for 7 years now, and I don't plan on abandoning it any time soon. The plan is to balance publicist duties with my love for sharing great music with you readers, and that should be doable especially with new contributors.  To celebrate this milestone, TMO will host a give-away in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for the official announcement! Thanks for your continued support.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

An Interview with Fox & Cats

UPDATED 6/8: It was announced today that Fox & Cats have broken up.  Their music is still available online, of course, but sadly there will be nothing new from the band.

>> I've unintentionally taken a break from pop punk recently. Where that genre was usually my go-to, I now find myself seeking fresh tunes that differ from that sound.  But when I came across Fox & Cats, I didn't want to stop listening.  The band has pop punk vibes in their music combined with other elements to create something fun and worth jamming.  I spoke with the band a few weeks back about their new album, Ampersand, and their excitement surrounding its release.
*Note: At the time of the interview, Fox & Cats were represented by The Catalyst Publicity Group.

Please introduce yourselves.
Josh Willems- Guitar/Vocals, Nicole Wigginton- Drums, Chris Dunaway- Bass

How did Fox & Cats first get together?
We met playing in different bands back when we were in high school. We started playing together a few years after we graduated with a couple other friends just to see what would happen. We went through a few line-up changes and came up with our band name based off a conversation we had about Megan Fox and cute cat videos on the internet. We spent about 4 years playing as a duo until we recently added our friend Chris Dunaway into the mix on bass.

Did you have an idea of the sound you wanted going into it, or did that develop gradually?
We actually started off writing only experimental instrumental music. We quickly got tired of not having vocals and started writing more conventionally structured tunes. Naturally our sound has evolved a bit over the years. The biggest change is probably the amount of energy in our songs. Or older music is a bit mellower while our new album is pretty hyperactive all the way through.

Describe what your writing process is generally like. Was that the same process used for your new album, Ampersand?
Josh works up most of the songs we write on an acoustic guitar. Once the basic structure is in place we get together and polish it out. Sometimes we’ll just start jamming random riffs together and the next thing we know we have a full song.

Where did you pull inspiration from when writing the album?
Mostly just from life experiences. I find it easiest to write songs based on feelings. Musically at the time of writing I was listening to a lot of Foo Fighters so I think some of that rubbed off on some of the guitar riffs I came up with.

How is this album different from other music you've put out in the past?
Again, I think the biggest difference is the amount of energy in the songs. I feel like every new song we write has to outdo the last one, otherwise what’s the point? That’s probably the main reason the energy levels keep rising.

Tell us about the first single, "Black Hole."
We chose to release this song as the single because we felt it was one of the more catchy songs on the record. We knew we wanted to make a music video to go along with whatever song we chose to be the single and "Black Hole" has this punky, care-free attitude about it that we knew would make for a fun shoot to work with.

You performed at SXSW this year - what was that experience like?
That was our first time playing shows at SXSW. There’s so much going on all at once and everything is so hectic that it can be pretty stressful getting set up to play. I think if you get booked the right shows it could be a fun experience but unless you’re already well established in the music scene I don’t think the juice is really worth the squeeze.

What is your favorite part about performing live? Has any show you've played so far stood out in particular? 
It’s truly the only time when nothing else matters. All the stress and problems that come with the everyday struggles of life get completely drowned out. I don’t think anything else gives me that feeling. One show in particular that stands out is a show we played at Scout Bar in Clear Lake last year for the Texas Buzz Awards. The amount of support we got from the audience was unexpected and definitely made it a night to remember.

Is there anything else you would like to say?
If you see us at a show please don’t ask us which of us is the fox and which of us is the cat… We’re real live human people. Plus I think it’s pretty obvious that Chris is the foxiest member.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

New Music Video: "Raising The Skate" by Speedy Ortiz

>> "Illegally loud" band Speedy Ortiz released a video for "Raising The Skate," the single from the band's album Foil Deer which came out in April through Carpark Records.  The video, directed by Casey Herz, features the band's somewhat cheesy yet wholly awesome take on haunted houses and horror flicks. Guess which one of them (if any) makes it out alive before watching it below!

>> The band is performing at this year's Fun Fun Fun Fest, taking place on November 6-8 in Austin, Texas. Get more information on the fest here.

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