The latest track to be made available from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds highly-anticipated new album Who Built the Moon? is It’s A Beautiful World.

While flowing from the same, molten core of melody, songwriting craft and towering self-belief, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ new album, Who Built The Moon? alters the legendary singer-songwriter’s course following a bracing, two-year creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer, David Holmes. Who Built The Moon? is the keenly anticipated follow-up to the platinum-selling, Chasing Yesterday (2015).

QUAILS is the solo project of Sydney based singer, songwriter, producer Amy Pes. We Don’t Need Entertainment is the new single from the forthcoming EP Worlds.

Worlds follows up QUAILS’ self-titled debut EP which included High Hopes, a song that was featured extensively in a closing scene for hit US TV show ‘Lucifer’. QUAILS received a huge response worldwide, with the scene and YouTube clips of the scene being viewed by millions. Now, QUAILS release We Don’t Need Entertainment co-produced by Quinn with remixes by The Nights and Tunnel Signs, and from further afield, Tallah from Berlin and Owe Money Pay Money from Singapore.

Ubiquitous DJ and Producer Steve Aoki joins Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui for their entrancing new single All Night, available now on Spotify, iTunes and Apple Music.
With the spellbinding vocals of Jauregui on full display, All Night enraptures through a medley of vibrant synths to push the boundaries of dance music. The record marks the first collaboration between the two artists.

“I’m such a fan of Lauren and her incredible voice,” Aoki said. “Working together was a no-brainer for me – she is crazy talented and I’m so proud of this song. I can’t wait for you all to hear it.”

“Working with Steve was such an incredible experience, I love his energy and am such a fan of what he brings to the music,” said Jauregui.“This song was so special to work on, perfecting and vocal producing, and writing. I can’t wait for the world to have it! So grateful to Steve for trusting me and my process.”

Brisbane born and currently London bases Eves Karydas’ initial project Eves the Behavior, described as ‘disillusioned pop’, documented a young woman finding her place in the world, who looked toward female heroines such as Joan of Arc and Joan Didion for influence and incentive. Now 23-years-old; a new city, new friends and unguarded experience, Eves Karydas explores female strength, owning your sexuality, and deep melodic hooks to challenge the pop sphere.

Her impressive debut featured previously released singles TV and Electrical both of which became fast favourites at triple j and drew in fans from all over the globe.

The track, produced and mixed by Chris Zane (Passion Pit, Bat For Lashes), covers the vast musical influences and territory she’s already explored in her relatively short career so far – marrying her pop sensibilities with her penchant for studio experimentation, and her uncanny knack to pen clever, thoughtful and sometimes mystic lyrics. It also takes inspiration from the great sense of displacement that only comes with relocating one’s life to the other side of the globe – away from friends, family and everything familiar and comfortable.

San Francisco Bay Area metal titans MACHINE HEAD, will release their highly anticipated new album Catharsis on January 26 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment. Today, the band has released a brand-new track from the album entitled Beyond The Pale

“I feel like metal could really infiltrate the mainstream with this album. And it needs to… now more than ever. A lot of consideration went into making these songs more identifiable to a wider audience. Simplifying ideas, simplifying hooks, really concentrating on story-telling as opposed to ‘brutal poetry’ or whatever. And while I’d love to say it was all some grand plan, there was no ‘plan’” Robb Flynn adds laughing.

“You never know where you’re going to end up whenever you start writing a record… you just write… but I tell ya what… we ended up with a landmark here. Whenever you finish an album, you always feel proud, but this time… we’ve got something really special. We can feel it. We know it. ‘Catharsis’ could really elevate our genre.”

At a private show Tuesday night in Los Angeles, Stone Temple Pilots made its triumphant return to the stage at the Troubadour where the Grammy®-winning group welcomed Jeff Gutt as their new lead singer.

Gutt (pronounced goot) is a veteran of the Detroit music scene and has spent the last year writing and recording with founding members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz. In addition to introducing Gutt, the concert also featured the debut of the new Stone Temple Pilots single Meadow. Available now via digital and streaming services, the song will appear on the band’s as-yet-untitled album, which will be released on Atlantic/Rhino in autumn 2018.

The Coward might first evoke thoughts of Ben Howard or The Tallest Man On Earth, but there’s a sensual quality here that cannot be compared to anyone.  Patient, authentic and stirring, The Coward lays it all on the line with careful exhilaration.  Soaring harmonies prevail, delivered with a synchronization only twins like the Amistat brothers can achieve, and the chorus propels itself forward with tenacious acoustic guitar and driving percussion.  Speaking of the inspiration and depth behind the track, Josef says, “The Coward is about knowing who you are deep inside but not being able to let it out.  People are very fast with making assumptions and judging you based on what you look like but little do they know about what’s inside of the person.”

The first single to be lifted from the album is euphoric title track Bootikins, a psychedelic extravaganza which displays all the passion, energy and drama that we’ve come to expect from Augie March in a blazing return to form.

Says Glenn Richards about the song’s inspiration, “The dynamic needed to match the manic nature of the words, the furious utterances, and the bloody rush of thought that occurs in the mind of any man who has dispensed with the rational or the compassionate in favour of the diabolical.  In that spirit I didn’t give contemplation much sway in the process and went largely with instinct.  It’s a very strange song for very strange times.”

The multi-talented KLP has today released the official video to accompany her third single of the year, dreamy summer tune Never Be The Same. The track is the third in KLP’s ambitious mission to deliver new music every three months.

The video clip was shot on location in LA and saw KLP work with her brother, Andrew James Peters using a old Hi8 camcorder, which they ordered online. The siblings got up very early one morning and shot all the footage used in the clip, cruising around LA in secret getaway spots. KLP also then worked with renowned Australian artist Ego to add lyric highlights and colour red visuals to the clip.

In Hearts Wake have released a video for Freak: taken from Spawn (Again): A Tribute To Silverchair, out now on UNFD, as well as announced supports for their epic Australian regional tour in early 2018.

The Freak video premiered on Alternative Press this weekend and features some of the nasty elements of tour life. Frontman Jake Taylor explains: “We shot the film clip on our recent European headline tour, in old grungy venues right before soundcheck. It captures some of the filthy public bathrooms we tried to have sink showers in, amongst other maddening realities of being on tour for three months. If you watch carefully you’ll notice the correlation of confined body language with a hatching cocoon. Symbolically it’s about releasing the inner freak and accepting that it’s a part of who you are… but I won’t tell you what happens at the very end. Let the metamorphosis begin!”

The Darkness have released the video for their new single Happiness, taken from the recently released new album Pinewood Smile, out now through Cooking Vinyl.

Happiness is a deliriously feel-good anthem which finds The Darkness embracing the romance of a glorious love song. The video is a spectacular piece of animation featuring Justin, Dan, Frankie and Rufus in a surreal underwater playground of mermaids, octopuses, speedos, seahorses and, erm, tigers.

Regarding the single Justin says, Happiness is about seeing only the golden sand and overlooking the broken glass. Hearing the waves crash and filtering out the grotesque cries of mating gulls. Smelling the distant odour of fresh chips and ignoring the stench of nearby dog shit. Happiness is a choice. Choose The Darkness.

The National are pleased to release the video for Dark Side Of The Gym, directed, choreographed and starring NYC Ballet Resident Choreographer and soloist Justin Peck and executive produced by former Miami City Ballet dancer and current dance filmmaker Ezra Hurwitz. Also starring former Miami City Ballet mentor and Principal dancer, Patricia Delgado, the video finds the duo gracefully move around a balloon filled auditorium. The video premiered via New Yorker, who described it as “essentially an extended pas de deux, highly technical but low-key, intimate, and a little sexy…The song and the video read like a love letter. At the end, as the music frays and the dancing stops, the camera settles on Delgado’s sorrowful, vulnerable expression.”

Ed Sheeran has today unveiled his stunning duet with Beyoncé on a brand new version of his hit single Perfect. After Ed played the song to Beyoncé on his guitar, prior to the release of the now globally 10.5 million-selling album ÷ (pronounced “divide”), she immediately fell in love with it. In the late US summer of 2017, the pair took to the studio to record the duet, creating one of the most exciting collaborations of the year.

To date, Perfect has landed 15 x Platinum and 8 x Gold certifications around the globe and has sold over 4.7 million copies worldwide. In Australia the album is 5 x ARIA Platinum. The official video, staring actress Zoey Deutch (Beautiful Creatures), has received a whopping 147 million views in a matter of weeks.

Australia’s What So Not unveils Be Ok Again, his first on Counter Records. This deeply personal song not only features legendary rockstar (and Silverchair frontman) Daniel Johns, but What So Not himself writing and performing vocals for the first time as well.
Immediate paralysing sadness, optimism, nervousness and excitement. “This song explores how we redefine and rebuild our reality upon dramatic ends to relationships. It was inspiring bringing someone of Daniel’s calibre in on this piece and I’m thankful for how much he pushed me.” – What So Not

The Gregory Brothers, mad genius’s behind Songify The News hits like Ain’t Nobody got Time For That, Bedroom Intruder, Smash Smash Smash and Double Rainbow dropped their latest tune this week and it is a doozy. In 2003 the independent movie The Room was released. A movie so weirdly terrible that is a sublime work of (unintentional) comic genius. Just in time for the release of the new James Franco movie The Disaster Artist, a fictional account of the making of The Room, The Gregory Brothers have delivered the impossibly catchy earworm Songify The Room. Using dialog and clips from the original movie, they have morphed it into an hilarious tack and a viral megahit. You will be cheeping for days.

Excellent new releases this week from two former member of Brisbane all girl indie pop outfit, The Go Violets. First up the second single from Hatchie. Like her first solo single Try a few months back, the new one Sure is a sparkling slice of glorious shoegaze indie. Dreamy vocals, angelic harmonies, jingle jangle guitars. Fans of 90’s indie sounds like The Sundays, Cocteau Twins and Lush check out Hatchie. We love her!

Which brings us to Stevie. Fronted by fellow Go-Violet Phoebe Imhoff,  Stevie is also Jordan De Pasquale, of Zaped and Milo Mackie from Little Scout. Their first single Decay came out last year and this is a killer slice of 80’s influence electro pop. It’s the sort of song you might find on the soundtrack to a John Hughes movie, you know with Molly Ringwald dancing to it in her bedroom (with sixteen candles on a window sill) etc. We love Stevie too.

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