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Memoryy is the alias of Brooklyn-based Shaun Hettinger. Seamlessly bringing together ‘80s-inspired synths with elements of modern production, his synth-pop lives in a distinct realm between the past & present. Memoryy has just announced his new EP, Young Oblivion- set for release September 30th!

Young Oblivion EP cut “Feels Like The First Time” is the perfect jam to round out the last warm days of summer, filled with emotional vocals layered atop undeniably catchy synths & percussive elements. “Feels Like The First Time” premiered today with Wondering Sound, and is also available to post & share HERE!

Consisting of five sophisticated & memorable electro-pop gems that flirt with afro-pop, funk, moody mid-tempo, straight dancefloor & even a soul ballad, the Young Oblivion EP is the result of eight months of hard work & perseverance. At the helm of the EP’s production (having produced four of the five tracks) is co-producer John Jagos, also known as renowned chillwave artist Brothertiger. NYC producers & remixers extraordinaire The Golden Pony also inject their brand of dancefloor-ready electro-pop to the EP, and the record’s personnel is rounded out by indie-pop songbird Frances Cone (backing vocals), Josh Dobson (guitars), Dan Morosi (drums), Israel Heller (violin), Lizzy Rich (backing vocals) & Rose Lovell (backing vocals).

Stay tuned for more news from Memoryy coming soon!


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Brooklyn-based, New Zealanders’ Streets of Laredo have announced their first full-length album, Volume I & II on Dine Alone Records, out October 7th.  Destined to be a soundtrack for all things Fall, this album is a sing-a-long collision of jangling harmonies, stomping percussion, horns and guitars.  Take a listen to their debut track “Slow Train” courtesy of AV Club.  The band also premiered a teaser trailer documenting life on the road; check it outhere.
Founded by close-knit family members Daniel, Dave and Sarahjane Gibson and inspired by the fervour and madness of the 70’s folk-rock circuit, Streets of Laredo was born out of trying to escape the mundane everyday working life. Older brother Dave tells the story, “Both Dan and I had done the hard yards in bands in New Zealand but we were worn out and a little lost by it all. And broke. I was running this t-shirt company and Dan walks in one day to tell me that he’s finished with music and he’s gonna go get a real job. All of a sudden my ‘big brother’ instinct kicks in and rather than see this young songwriter throw it all away, I gave him a job doing t-shirt orders, and we started working on demos and writing songs together, pretty much day and night from then on in.”
Refining their sound and songs one holiday weekend at a beach house on the New Zealand coast, the Gibsons started to fashion a sound that was equal parts folk storytelling and psychedelic madness.  With just one home-town show under their belt, a handful of demos and a whole lot of hope, they took the plunge and decided to move halfway around the world. Fast forward to the summer of 2012 and Streets of Laredo in a rehearsal space in Brooklyn NY with a guitar, a drum-machine and no money, trying to figure out what comes next. 
 
Quickly adding fellow countryman Thom Darlow and local Brooklynites Sean McMahon and Andrew McGovern to the mix, this now rambling, multi-instrumental, seven-piece started to craft a dance-inducing mix of vocal hooks, beats and wild sounds that saw the New York music scene embrace them as their own - building a firm reputation in the music halls of Brooklyn and the Lower East Side for playing danceable, crazy songs that kept fans coming back for more - not to mention seeing the band feted as a must-see act at both CMJ and SXSW.
A quick trip back to New Zealand saw the band record the bones of ‘Volume I & II’ - ten songs inspired by their old life in NZ and their new life in NYC - in an old converted Auckland theatre where, courtesy of friendships and favors, they locked down that distinctive Streets of Laredo sound.
Like Bob Dylan running late to a Ramones concert or Paul Simon getting blind drunk with Grizzly Bear, however you describe them the resulting songs and sound have had an instant effect on fans and critics alike.  Stay tuned for an upcoming US tour announcement!
 
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Volume I & II Track List:
1. Everything To Everyone
2. Lonsdale Line
3. Girlfriend
4. Need A Little Help
5. Homeless
6. Hey Rose
7. Slow Train
8. Laredo
9. Dear Leron
10. I’m Living

For More Information on Streets of Laredo Please Contact:
Pam Nashel Leto @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 111 Pam@Girlie.com
Alexandra Daley @ Girlie Action (212) 989-2222 x 125 Alex@Girlie.com


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Introspective “God Bless America” Released as Free MP3 to Celebrate
 
In the summer of 2012, a completely unknown band called Satellites released an elaborately packaged, “limited edition” (only 500 copies) album simply entitled Satellites 01. The album, available only in the UK, garnered rave reviews, winding up #16 on Rough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2012” that year.
 
Satellites 02 followed soon after, again released only in the UK, with gorgeous “bring back the beauty of the album” packaging, and again the critically acclaimed album wound up on Rough Trade’s “Best Albums of 2013” charts.
 
Satellites is actually writer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Johnny Vic, an Englishman living in Copenhagen, who has spent most of his professional life touring the world as a band member and musical director for other more famous artists.
 
Since their initial release both 01 and 02 have gained momentum. They became blogger gold in the UK, word of mouth successes that received write-ups from The GuardianMojo & Clash. This summer Vic is finally making his long-awaited jump across the pond, releasing 02 for an American audience. The American release will be available as a “producer’s cut,”featuring four more tracks than its UK counterpart.
 
To celebrate the release of Satellites 02 in the U.S., Vic is giving away “God Bless America,”his own introspective homage to our fine land. The song is written from the perspective of a foreigner spending a two-year stint living in the States. “I wrote the song one sleepless night in a hotel room somewhere in middle America,” he says. “I was channel hopping and the song is literally about what was on TV. Only in America would you see a guy selling a piece of cloth that he said had been blessed by Jesus and that, if purchased and kept about one’s person, would scare off the devil! Then there was a news article about some lonely kid who had gone on a gun rampage.  It’s not an anti-American song by any means. It’s more a song about how crazy the place is for someone coming from outside.“
 
Look for 02, out in the US, on October 7, 2014.


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The new solo project High Ends from Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes is titled Super Class and will be released October 7th via Dine Alone Records. Having previously revealed lush album cut “The Weight” and the psych-rock single “Intoxicated,” NYLON has revealed the video for infectious album track “Downtowntoday. Filled with irresistible, ‘80s-inspired analogue synths & an infectious refrain, the video is an artistic interpretation about relationships and detachment in the modern age.  Watch the “Downtown” video HERE and we encourage you to post & share.

 Innes explains, "Downtown" is a song I wrote about internet dating. It's actually more about a conversation I had with a friend regarding dating in general. She was finding internet dating hard to escape because less and less people try to meet people the old way now. She explained that in the old days she felt like a club was like a jungle and people behaved like animals. She used to hate being gawked at and treated like an object, but the internet thing doesn't feel like anything at all. I feel like the video interpretation that Sabre has made for the song somewhat fits the modern feel of what it's like to be single and detached from the new way of dating. The girl goes Downtown and still ends up by herself. It looks like she has a clear mind though, which is always nice.

Click Here To Watch “Downtown” Video

The ten-song LP was recorded with producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, The New Pornographers) at his Vancouver Island facility. During the sessions, Gold & Youth drummer Jeff Mitchelmore handled percussion, Louise Burns and The New Pornographers' Kathryn Calder contributed backing vocals, and Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock laid down guitar. Fan not able to wait until album release can grab the 2-track single featuring “Downtown” and “Intoxicated” available now.

 

 


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A small cellar in a smart building. A carefully curated collection of analogic synthesizers. A pot of Brylcreem on a table. ZZ Top and Muddy Waters vinyl sitting in a corner in front of a gleaming guitar and an old amplifier. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Arnaud Rebotini’s lair in Montmartre, Paris.
 
A hulk of a man, Rebotini may look physically impressive but inside he’s really a big softy who loves singing the blues and has an almost carnal attachment to his keyboards and vintage drum machines. His musical career is now divided between two projects: one uses his own name, Arnaud Rebotini, releasing instrumental electronic albums, both nostalgic and futurist, that he plays live on stage - alone - surrounded by his favourite machines. The other is Black Strobe, where he sings and plays a steamy mix of rock and electronic music heavily influenced by blues and country ‘n’ western. The project comes to life fully on stage with the energy of a four-person group.
 
In September 2014, Black Strobe will release his second album, Godforsaken Roads. The record confirms Rebotini’s rock sensibility and debt to the great American tradition of songwriting, with songs touching on the classic themes of the blues - the randomness of life, the very weight of existence and the strong emotions that run just below the surface (love, lust, loneliness…). He plunges into this world of the bayou, prison and the devil with real passion and the voice of crooner often compared to Iggy Pop or Nick Cave.
 
Godforsaken Roads contains ten new tracks, including the latest singles Going Back Homeand Broken Phone Blues. The digital edition adds Boogie In Zero Gravity and The Girl From The Bayou released as singles in 2012. On the album, Rebotini also reappropriates Folsom Prison Blues, a Johnny Cash classic, once again with the aim of keeping the blues/country ‘n’ western flame alive (the group’s first album already contained a cover version of Bo Diddley’s famous track I’m A Man). This new version, entirely synth-led with not a guitar in sight, transports the song to another space-time continuum with swathes of keyboard worthy of Tangerine Dream, perfectly resuming the spirit of Black Strobe in 2014.
 
However, don’t think that Godforsaken Roads is all retro - in fact it’s bang up to date, using electronics, sometimes even of a disco slant, to give Black Strobe its futurist dimension. The album allows Arnaud Rebotini to capture the spirit of America’s cowboy era and transport it to the present day with resolutely modern production, much like the spirit of the blues that seeps from the music of electro-pop idols Depeche Mode.
 
This contemporary western feel, both melancholic and polished, came to the notice of Quentin Tarantino – who used Black Strobe’s cover version of I’m A Man for the trailer ofDjango Unchained – and Dior, who chose the same track to advertise their perfume Eau Sauvage. By creating a link between the past, present and future, the group’s music has also appealed to Martin Scorsese (the trailer of The Wolf of Wall Street), Guy Ritchie (the soundtrack to RocknRolla) and the creators of the videogame Grand Theft Auto V (GTA).
 
Although plaudits are now coming from all quarters, Black Strobe has been around for a while. Founded in 1997, the group has released one album (Burn Your Own Church, produced by Paul Epworth) and more than a dozen singles on labels such as Kitsuné, Output, Crosstown Rebels, Supersoul Recordings and Source. As Black Strobe, Arnaud Rebotini has done more than forty remixes for groups such as Rammstein, Depeche Mode, The Rapture, Bloc Party, Fischerspooner, The Hacker and Dave Clarke.
 
The group is also used to touring in the USA, South America, Japan, Australia and Europe, playing both indoor venues and the world’s biggest festivals (Reading/Leeds, Sónar, Primavera, Pukkelpop, Dour, Transmusicales).
 
With Rebotini on keyboards and vocals, his current companions are Mathieu Zub (guitar), Benjamin Beaulieu (bass/keyboards) and Mathys Dubois (drums). These three musicians accompany the founder of Black Strobe both in the studio and on stage, and participated in the recording sessions for the album Godforsaken Roads, conducted entirely in Paris at Red Bull Studios, Studios Soyuz and using Rebotini’s home set-up.
 
With this new album, layered and feverish, the group is back with renewed faith in the power of the blues and a passion for motivating beats.


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10/21/2014, EP Release, "The Ace", Sky Council Recordings
09/25/201410/21/2014, Bullett Magazine Premieres Artisan Loyalist's "Oh, Chamelon" + EP & Mp3
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10/21/2014
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10/21/2014
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Sky Council Recordings
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The Ace
Edmonton multi-instrumentalist, producer and member of Canadian darlings Faunts, Rob Batke strikes out on his own as Artisan Loyalist. His first single off his new EP 'The Ace' (out 10/21) "O, Chamelon" was revealed with Bullett Magazine. MORE» More»

Edmonton multi-instrumentalist, producer and member of Canadian darlings Faunts, Rob Batke strikes out on his own as Artisan Loyalist. His debut full length Lonely Ghost is a lush and gazing wave of beats, synths and melodic vocals.

Joining on with brothers Tim and Steven in Faunts in 2006, Rob entered the fray just in time for the bands break through EP M4. After extensive touring and song uses in the video game Mass Effect, Faunts followed up with the widely successful LP Feel.Love.Thinking.Of. More touring, TV placements and video game scores ensued. During this time Batke was quietly honing his own skills a solo electronic producer. Producing beats and songs on his laptop on the tour bus and in hotels, Batke amassed a selection of tracks that he aimed to ultimately become his solo debut. During breaks in touring, Rob rented studio space and even played a handful of shows under his new moniker Artisan Loyalist. The experience and audience response was overwhelmingly positive and further empowered Batke to keep writing.

In 2012, Faunts decided to take a meaningful break from its touring and recording schedule.  Not willing to sit idle, Rob took on DJ, Mix tape and remix opportunities. Turning out remixes for Swedens’s MF/MB, Denmark’s Treefight and Sky Council label mate Andre Obin. This organic circulation of the Artisan Loyalist name only further added momentum Rob’s solo pursuits.

In 2013 the unimaginable happened when Batke’s Laptop containing the bulk of his new material was destroyed.  After a brief period of devastation, Batke took his feelings of loss, sadness and isolation and poured them into a musical rebirth.  Allowing fresh influences both musical and personal to enter his creative process, Batke entered a pivotal and productive writing journey. Taking the production skill he’d been developing and influences like Ulrich Shnauss, Jonny Marr and Ciff Richard, Batke emerged with the EP You’re Glory. The track “The Awakening” was featured in the film Things I cannot tell.

With all pistons now clicking, Batke entered the studio to finally complete the album he had envisioned so far earlier.  A unique homage to 1980’s synth pop with modern day textures, Lonely Ghost deliverers on the emotions built up through the prior years events. The music evokes the failure, sadness, isolation and ultimate Triumph. The album is an expansive and beautiful tour of grooves, synth waves and dreamy pop melodies. Lonely Ghost is likely to resonate deeply with all the fans eagerly awaiting its arrival in February 2015. As a lead in, a four-song offering titled The Ace EP will land in stores October 21, 2014. The release will contain two songs from Lonely Ghost accompanied by remixes from Sky Council label mate T.H. White and fellow Edmonton artist Khotin.  The Ace EP arrives just in time to coincide with Batke’s US debut at CMJ 2014.  Artisan Loyalist has been selected as an official featured artist.

Tour dates around the US and Canada will be announced in early October.

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10/21/2014

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09/24/2014, Memoryy EP (Prod. By Brothertiger) Out 9/30, Now Streaming in Full w/ Red Bull Music + LIVE in NYC!
09/24/201409/24/2014, Memoryy EP (Prod. By Brothertiger) Out 9/30, Now Streaming in Full w/ Red Bull Music + LIVE in NYC!
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09/24/2014
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09/24/2014
Memoryy is the alias of Brooklyn-based Shaun Hettinger. Memoryy will release his new EP, Young Oblivion, on September 30th! As of today, fans can get an early taste of the EP at Red Bull Music, where it is currently streaming in full! MORE» More»

Memoryy is the alias of Brooklyn-based Shaun Hettinger. Seamlessly bringing together ‘80s-inspired synths with elements of modern production, his synth-pop lives in a distinct realm between the past & present. Memoryy will release his new EP, Young Oblivion, on September 30th! As of today, fans can get an early taste of the EP at Red Bull Music, where it is currently streaming in full!

Consisting of five sophisticated & memorable electro-pop gems that flirt with afro-pop, funk, moody mid-tempo, straight dancefloor & even a soul ballad, the Young Oblivion EP is the result of eight months of hard work & perseverance. At the helm of the EP’s production (having produced four of the five tracks) is co-producer John Jagos, also known as renowned chillwave artist Brothertiger. NYC producers & remixers extraordinaire The Golden Pony also inject their brand of dancefloor-ready electro-pop to the EP, and the record’s personnel is rounded out by indie-pop songbird Frances Cone (backing vocals), Josh Dobson (guitars), Dan Morosi (drums), Israel Heller (violin), Lizzy Rich (backing vocals) & Rose Lovell (backing vocals).

Stay tuned for more news from Memoryy coming soon!

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09/24/2014

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10/27/2014, "The 21st Century Trad Band", Basin Street Records
09/23/201410/27/2014, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet Announce New Album, Out 10/27 via Basin Street Records, Drop Title Track + Full Tour
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10/27/2014
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10/27/2014
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Basin Street Records
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The 21st Century Trad Band
Following 2013’s In A World of Mallets (hitting #1 on JazzWeek radio charts), the youngest of New Orleans’ Marsalis Jazz dynasty, Jason Marsalis, is back with his second Vibes Quartet release, The 21st Century Trad Band- set for release October 27th via Basin Street Records! The title track premiered with Jazz Times. MORE» More»

Following 2013’s In A World of Mallets (hitting #1 on JazzWeek radio charts), the youngest of New Orleans’ Marsalis Jazz dynasty, Jason Marsalis, is back with his second Vibes Quartet release, The 21st Century Trad Band- set for release October 27th via Basin Street Records! For an early taste of the record, fans can give album cut “The 21st Century Trad Band” a spin where it premiered today with JazzTimes, or HERE where it’s available to post & share.

Backed once again by Will Goble on bass, Austin Johnson on piano, and David Potter on drums, The 21st Century Trad Band puts a spotlight on the growing synergy between these young and talented musicians.

With songs like “Offbeat Personality” Marsalis takes us on a journey through a complex arrangement combining hard-swinging sections with more melodic interludes, unexpected turn-arounds, and an introspective outro. While songs like “The Man With Two Left Feet” and the titular track play with the trad jazz idiom in a contemporary modality. What’s clear throughout the album is the developed control the band has cultivated through further years of playing together; the unspoken communication is evident.

As with previous albums, Marsalis continues his “Discipline” series accompanying himself on a variety of mallet-based instruments including Marimba, Glockenspiel, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone, and Xylophone, further establishing his voice as a mallet-player with the off-kilter blues of “Discipline Meets the Offbeat One” and several interludes with unusual rhythmic patterns and meters.

In addition to including original compositions from his band mates, Marsalis has taken a step further in encouraging the vanguard of the next generation of jazz by including compositions of the young New Orleans musicians Cliff Hines (“Interzone”) and Jasen Weaver (“Blues for Now”), both graduates of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.

The shear amount of music, seamless interludes, and a track reflecting on the BP Oil Spill, “BP Shakedown” are testaments to Marsalis’ serious nature towards his work. But just as he touched on playful, uncharted territory with In A World of Mallets’ “Ballet Class” he explores a film noire theme with “Nights in Brooklyn.”

Banjoist Bela Fleck has praised Marsalis for “brilliant ideas that sound as if he’s played them his whole life, but are really coming off the top of his head.” The NEA Jazzmaster stated himself that his last record was “the beginning of a new chapter.” It’s clear The 21st Century Trad Band is a continuation of that chapter, and it’s full of those “brilliant ideas” for which the bandleader has become known.

In support of the new record, the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet will take to the road on a full tour this fall & winter:

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet on tour

10/29: Naples, FL @ Daniels Pavilion
10/30: Delray Beach, FL @ Arts Garage
10/31: Fort Pierce, FL @ Black Box at Sunrise Theatre
11/1: Pinecrest, FL @ The Banyan Bowl
11/4-5: Seattle, WA @ Dimitriou's Jazz Alley
11/6: Denver, CO @ DazzleJazz Restaurant & Lounge
11/7-8: Folsom, CA @ Harris Center for the Arts
11/9: Half Moon Bay, CA @ Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society
11/13: Barea, KY @ Phelp Stokes Auditorium
11/14: Detroit, MI @ Detroit Institute of Arts'
11/15: Ann Arbor, MI @ Kerrytown Concert House
11/16: Indianapolis, IN @ The Jazz Kitchen
11/20-23: Chicago, IL @ Jazz Showcase
12/4-7: San Francisco, CA @ SFJAZZ Center

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10/27/2014

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09/19/2014, Wray Release New Music Video for “Relative” Off Their Debut Album
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09/19/2014
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09/19/2014
Birmingham-based shoegaze-y three-piece, WRAY, release the wonderfully psychedelic and dream-like video for track “Relative” off their self-titled debut album, out July 15th on Communicating Vessels. The video premiered on Wondering Sound who described “…a severity to the song that makes it hard to shake.” MORE» More»

Birmingham-based shoegaze-y three-piece, WRAY, release the wonderfully psychedelic and dream-like video for track “Relative” off their self-titled debut album, out July 15th on Communicating Vessels.  The video premiered on Wondering Sound who described “…a severity to the song that makes it hard to shake.” The band will be performing in New York City as part of their CMJ showcase on Wednesday, October 22nd at the Lit Lounge.

What do you expect from a band that boasts its inspiration from, “Dreamlike frequencies, sonic colors, ritualism, stagnation, repetition, movement and cohesiveness.” It was recorded in their hometown of Birmingham, Alabama at Ol Elgante Studio. With mastermind engineer Daniel Farris (Man Or Astro-man?, St. Vincent, Polyphonic Spree, Verbena) at the helm, they managed to capture the atmospheric beauty that comes with every live show they play.

Wray is David Brown, Blake Wimberly, and David Swatzell. Though they are new, their involvement in the music community starts over a decade ago with such bands as Last Flight In, Comrade, Nightmare Waterfall, and a handful of other projects you might not have had the chance to see if “punk rock” just isn’t your scene. But this project is something you don’t want to miss.

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09/19/2014

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09/19/2014, MC Frontalot Premieres New Video for "Gold Locks"on Entertainment Weekly
09/19/201409/19/2014, MC Frontalot Premieres New Video for "Gold Locks"on Entertainment Weekly
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09/19/2014
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09/19/2014
With eye-catching imagery, witty word play, and an explosive guest feature, MC Frontalot is changing everything you know about fairy tales. “Gold Locks” isn’t the kind of story your mother would tell you. It’s better. MORE» More»

With eye-catching imagery, witty word play, and an explosive guest feature, MC Frontalot is changing everything you know about fairy tales. “Gold Locks” isn’t the kind of story your mother would tell you.  It’s better.

In the video, Frontalot narrates the precautionary tale to baby bears, warning them to watch out for Goldilocks, who if she “gets her knives in you, might invite [her friends] over to the spot she found for brunch.”  Then, featured emcee Jean Grae drops her sizzling verse and vibes out with Frontalot.  Interspersed with bears, humans, and a jarring Goldilocks stuffing her face with ribs and of course, porridge, this music video will definitely make you rethink one of your favorite fairy tales.

Catch MC Frontalot on the last leg of his US tour with Corn Mo and Dr. Awkward.

9/19 in Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar and Restaurant
9/20 in Brooklyn, NY @ Littlefield 

Video Credits:
Director: BroSis
Producer: Michael Toscano
Director of photography: Shaun Dixon
Additional photography: Jacqueline Castel
Gaffer: Justin Dickson
Editor: Michael Sobo
Hair and Make-up: Afton Adams 

Goldilocks: Carlee Hoshowski
Bears: Gina Atwater, Revati Crouch Dhomse, Ellie Zeitlin, Matthew Tyler

Announcement
09/19/2014