5.21-22
American Aquarium “Tough Folks” (New West) Click Hear for audio sample of AmericanAquarium-ToughFolks
Blue Water Highway “Best Friend” (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Click Hear for audio sample of BlueWaterHighway-BestFriends
Chvrches “Miracle” (Glassnote)
Curse Of Lono “Valentine” (Independent)
Eric Stephen Bocks “Lost Found” (Independent)
Gabriel Garzon-Montano “Golden Wings” (Stones Throw)
Greg Sover “Jubilee” (Independent)
Lucero “For The Lonely Ones” (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Click Hear for audio sample of Lucero-ForTheLonelyOnes
Matthew Logan Vasquez “Sierra Blanca” (Dine Alone)
Meiko Playing Favorites (Chesky)
Milk Carton Kids “Big Time” (Anti-)
Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads “Once In A Lifetime” (Independent)
Now, Now “MJ” (Independent)
Oceanship Bella Blue (Independent)
Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansson “Bad Dreams” (Capitol) Click Hear for audio sample of PeteYorn_ScarlettJohannson-BadDreams
Rayland Baxter “Casanova” (ATO) Click Hear for audio sample of RaylandBaxter-Casanova
Samia “21” (Fat Possum)
Tracyann & Danny Tracyann & Danny (Merge)
Wild Child “Back & Forth” (Dualtone)
Wood Brothers “Sparkling Wine” (Independent/Thirty Tigers) Click Hear for audio sample of WoodBrothers-SparklingWine

Boulder: Let The Voting Begin!
The ballots are out for Triple A Awards at the 2018 FMQB Triple A Conference, August 8-11 at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa and the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. Watch you email for the ballot, or go to http://bit.ly/2018fmqbballots to cast your vote, one ballot per person, please. You can vote through June 15 and winners will be announced at the Triple A Awards Brunch on Saturday, August 11. The Awards Brunch is only the crowning event of the Conference, with performances by Aaron Lee Tasjan, Allen Stone, Brandi Carlile, Dr. Dog, Freya Ridings, Greta Van Fleet, Katie Toupin, Lewis Capaldi, Lissie, Matt Costa, Moon Taxi, Naked Giants, Nalani & Sarina, Parker Millsap, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Rayland Baxter, Snail Mail, Thad Cockrell, The Devil Makes Three and The Mother Hips already on the books and more to be announced soon.!  Discount Registration is only $379 through June 15 at registration.fmqb.com, and you can still take advantage of special FMQB rates at the St. Julien, starting at only $239/night, by going to stjulien.com and using group code GRPFMQ or calling (720) 406-9696 and mentioning FMQB.

 

RCA Names Naftly President of A&R
Keith Naftaly has been named President, A&R, RCA Records.  Naftaly previously held the title of Executive Vice President/Head of A&R, RCA Records.  He will remain in the company’s New York headquarters. Over the past couple of years, Naftaly has overseen the Pop and Pop/Urban A&R staff and his creative vision and perspective have most recently helped fuel the platinum and beyond successes of P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma, Kesha’s highly anticipated comeback album Rainbow and G-Eazy’s The Beautiful & Damned.  In addition, Naftaly is largely responsible for the A&R of the multi-platinum selling a cappella group Pentatonix.  Since joining the label in 2014, the group has gone on to sell over 10 million albums worldwide, received three Grammy Awards and had two albums reach #1 on the Billboard 200 Chart.  He also worked on both Sia’s Grammy nominated, #1 charting album 1000 Forms of Fear and follow-up album This Is Acting. Both albums catapulted Sia into pop stardom and featured multi-platinum selling singles, “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” “The Greatest” ft. Kendrick Lamar and “Cheap Thrills” ft. Sean Paul. Most recently, Naftaly has been focusing on the follow-up albums for both ZAYN and Elle King.

Naftaly has held various A&R positions under the Sony and Sony BMG umbrella where he has worked on iconic projects from Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart, Kelly Clarkson, Santana, Britney Spears, Shakira, Luther Vandross, Christina Aguilera and many more.

Prior to working on the label side, Keith rose to prominence as the young, innovative Program Director of San Francisco radio station KMEL, where he fought against the long-standing practice of genre segregation to bring Rap and Hip-Hop to a mainstream audience.  His contributions to the music industry during this era, specifically for being one of the original architects of the Rhythm/Crossover format, resulted in the highest ratings in the station’s history and several prestigious awards honoring his leadership and ability to identify hit records.

Peter Edge comments, “I have worked with Keith for many years and continue to be impressed by his musical instincts and understanding of pop culture.  These talents, alongside his demonstrated ability to develop the next generation of A&R stars, make him an invaluable asset to RCA.  His integrity and generous spirit as one of our key creative executives have also helped make RCA the number one destination for great music and true artistry.”

Keith Naftaly comments, “RCA is officially lit right now!  To be on the creative front lines of hit making during such a vibrant time for music is still an honor, privilege and stimulating challenge.  While old school behavior and barriers continue to crash and burn, I’m especially proud of our diverse, trailblazing roster and our innovative, passionate, intensely focused executive squad.  I must thank Peter Edge for always inspiring me with his impeccable taste and indestructible sense of wonder, and for the continued opportunity to be a leader inside the game changing new RCA collective that he’s so expertly spearheaded.”

Frightened Rabbit Singer Passes Away
Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has passed away at the age of 36. The front man for the critically acclaimed Scottish rock band was reported missing by his family earlier this week and his body was discovered overnight by authorities in Scotland.

Founded in 2003 by Hutchison and his brother Grant, Frightened Rabbit released five albums throughout their career. Hutchison also released a solo record under the alias Owl John and just put out an album with a new side project Mastersystem earlier this year.

The band released a statement today, saying, “There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort. Reading messages of support and hope from those he has helped through his art has helped immensely and we encourage you to continue doing this. He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope, kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared. Rest peacefully Scott.”

Updated: 5.13.18

1)

Dave Matthews Band
Come Tomorrow
RCA
33

2)

Dawes
Passwords
HUB
23

3)

Florence & The Machine
High As Hope
Republic
17

4)

Rayland Baxter
Wide Awake (Rayland Baxter)
ATO
15

5)

Arctic Monkeys
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino
Domino
13

Updated: 5.13.18

1)

Nathaniel Rateliff &…
Tearing At The Seams
Stax/CMG

2)

Leon Bridges
Good Thing
Columbia

3)

Lake Street Dive
Free Yourself Up
Nonesuch

4)

Decemberists
I'll Be Your Girl
Capitol

5)

Neko Case
Hell-On
Anti-

6)

Ray LaMontagne
Part Of The Light
RCA

7)

Dr. Dog
Critical Equation
Independent/Thirty Tigers

8)

Father John Misty
God's Favorite Customer
Sub Pop

9)

Courtney Barnett
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Mom + Pop

10)

Record Company
All Of This Life
Concord/CMG