Next Step Artist Spotlight Entries For October & November


NOTE: Due to a technical mishap, contest entries for October were lost. The contest has been extended through November, and we’re encouraging everyone who submitted for October to do so again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Next Step is a monthly contest to aimed at giving back to our thriving community of artists who keep us going! Our goal is to highlight some the freshest new musical talent, which also happens to abundant in this same community. We accept submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

We featured Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, and Tall Black Guy Productions in September. Give them all a listen in case you haven’t already.

We will be accepting submissions from today until Monday, November 28th. We are now open and ready to consider entries for both October and November!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: Pollyn – “Sometimes You Just Know”


In August we happily bounced to a Portishead cover by Pollyn a la “Mysterons,” and today the bouncing continues in a whole new way. If you enjoy the LA band’s lighthearted vibe like we do, you’ll love their “Sometimes You Just Know” tune and video.

The song is more upbeat than the group’s usual low-key vibe and is coupled with a similarly playful video. 25 rollercoasters and thrill rides were rode over the course of 3 days to create the visual above. Yes, they rode the rollercoasters over and over again to get the right shots. If anything, an impressive feat to sing upside down while going hella fast.

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New Release: Meshell Ndegeocello – ‘Weather’ + Tour Dates


Meshell Ndegeocello’s “Dirty World” you’ve heard, you’ve loved. And now we think you’re ready for some more. This week, the prolific bassist released her newest collection of songs as Weather, featuring nothing less than the artists signature unpredictable mash of hauntingly soulful music. Happy listening!

Tour Dates
11/14: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
11/15: Alexandria, VA @ The Birchmere
11/16: New York, NY @ Hiro Ballroom
1/5: San Diego, CA @ Anthology
1/6: Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
1/7: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
1/8: Santa Cruz, CA @ Kuumbwa Jazz Center
1/10: Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door
1/20: Chicago IL @ Harris Theater
1/22: Minneapolis, MN @ The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1/23: Minneapolis MN @ The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

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Michael Jackson to Release ‘Immortal’


November 21st will see the release of a new Michael Jackson album, Immortal.

The first track from the project is “Immortal Megamix,” which showcases Michael’s greatest hits, “Can You Feel It,” “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” “Billie Jean,” and “Black Or White – all re-imagined for Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour

Below, you can stream the track and after the jump find the tracklisting for the deluxe version! And yep, you can also pre-order.

The Immortal Megamix by MJImmortal

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Tracklisting after the jump

Video – Duran Duran – “Girl Panic”


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Sensational might be a word. Epic. Tantalizing. Timeless. Duran Duran have gone and done something very, very, very special for the video to their anthemic “Girl Panic.” Apparently being the first to use models in their videos, they’ve outdone themselves by taking some of the most immortalized supermodels to create a mini-doc and music video.

Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Eva Herzigova, Helena Christensen, and Yasmin Le Bon pose as individual members of the famed band, answering interview questions, partying their behinds off, and rocking a very swanky affair.

Absolutely incredible. The whole video plays out like the pages of Harper’s Bazaar or Vogue Italia. The ladies fronting like the guys in the “interviews” can be quite entertaining as well.

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