New Release: ZZ Ward – ‘Til The Casket Drops’

 

LA based and Oregon bred bluesy singer/songwriter ZZ Ward today dropped her new album, Til The Casket Drops, which features a mouthwatering stable of collaborators. Production from Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Fitz (Fitz and the and Tantrums), amongst others, make this a diverse and highly palatable project. And that voice coming out of that little lady – what?!

Blend in blues with a little rap, why not? Some of the feature guests include Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs who handle all that quite splendidly.

In case you missed it last time, watch the video for the first single, “Put The Gun Down,” after the jump and then fill out the widget below to download it for free!

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Tour dates + “Put The Gun Down” video after the jump

Now Accepting October Next Step Entries

 

The time is here and now for October Next Step contest submissions! Lehdoet.

Next Step winners in 2012 have included: Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda for May, The Broken Orchestra for June, and Sean Haefeli for July!

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

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Wednesday, October 31. That said, we are now open for October 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

New Release: Fitz and the Tantrums – ‘Live at the House of Blues Boston’ Free EP

 

As a thank you to their fans, the Fitz and the Tantrums is giving away a live EP from their House of Blues Boston show, which also includes a remix for “Breakin’ The Chains of Love” by the band’s drummer. Enter your email address below and get it crackin’!

With 30 new songs written under their belt, the group has just begun recording their follow up album to Pickin’ Up The Pieces. Look forward to lots of fun behind the scenes footage and tid bits along the way.

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Video: Charlie Winston – “Where Can I Buy Happiness”

 

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Retro soul singer Charlie Winston not too long ago dropped his sophomore album in Canada, Running Still, and is currently blazing across Europe. Crazy to think that he started writing songs at the age of twelve!

In the video for “Where Can I Find Happiness,” follow Charlie as he tours around town looking to connect and find joy. The songs reminds us a bit of Fitz and the Tantrums or Fink.

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Video: Tupac Hologram Live + More Videos from Coachella

 

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The first weekend of Coachella 2012 has hit its conclusion and man, what a bar it has set. Above, catch a crazy video of a Tupac hologram performing “Hail Mary” and “Gangsta Party” on a mind-blowing onstage collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Live performance effects just got that much more serious, y’all.

Below is the video from an incredible performance by SBTRKT, which follows with our other favorite Coachella 2012 performances so far after the jump – Tune-Yards, Florence & The Machine, Frank Ocean, and The Black Keys.

Other performers this weekend included A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Azealia Banks, Beats Antique, Bon Iver, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Feist, Fitz and the Tantrums, Flying Lotus, Gary Clark Jr., Justice, Kaskade, Kendrick Lamar, M83, Metronomy, Nero, Radiohead, Santigold, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, The Shins, The Weekend, Thundercat, and Wallpaper, to name just a little handful.

 

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More Coachella 2012 videos after the jump