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Nahko reveals official video for ‘Be Here Now’

After a triumphant return to the UK last week with another stint of sold-out shows including London Islington’s Assembly Hall, US sensation Nahko has released the official video for his latest single ‘Be Here Now’. The track is taken from his eclectic new album My Name Is Bear, which was released in October.

Afropunk is exclusively streaming Bartees & The Strange Fruit’s ‘Magic Boy’

Bartees Cox, a songwriter and guitarist based out of Brooklyn, created Bartees & The Strange Fruit as a conduit to surface stories about people of color. The title of the debut album, Magic Boy, (out December 8, 2017 via Pineapple Record Co.) is inspired by a lyric from the song “Hear My Train A Comin” that goes: “Well, I gotta leave this town, gonna be a Voodoo chile .. and try to be a magic boy.” This particular lyric has always resonated with Bartees since he made the decision to leave his home in rural Oklahoma for the East Coast, a change that is looked back on as being a pivotal moment in his life. This record marks Bartees’ obsession with analog recording, tape machines, space echoes, reel-to-reels and a number of other types of hi-fi recording gear. Each song was recorded to tape, or at least mixed to tape, to give it the warmth of a real performance.

Streets of Roya (Indie / Alt-Pop) – Debut single ‘All Eyes On Me’

Streets of Roya is the new project of singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Michael Wespi. Pulsating at times, Streets of Roya’s energetic yet intimate sound is based around the playing with contrasts, allowing the songs plenty of room for movement and surprises. With his unique voice and playful guitar-sounds, Wespi manages to create an escape for the audience. Stylistically, it’s situated somewhere between alternative Pop in the vein of Kodaline and Jack Garratt as well as atmospheric Indie such as Vancouver Sleep Clinic.


Wing Vilma is a name Miles Coleman has been using for just under a year, but it’s quickly become a deeper part of his persona. The 19 years old Grand Rapids native creates music by harvesting found sound and crafting percussive sequences along with melodic textures. His debut album Safe By Night is set for a February 2nd release on upstart Detroit-based label Young Heavy Souls. The album cut “Rb III” is streaming now on Soundcloud.

Paul Cherry Premieres New Video, “Like Yesterday”

“Like Yesterday”, the first single off Paul Cherry’s upcoming 2018 album, Flavour. Directed by Paul Cherry and Brooke Lord, the video addresses male dominance in music as we follow around Cherry’s alter ego Paul Scary while he partakes in his usual riotous and unaware behavior.”


Multiplatinum global superstar Camila Cabello will release her self-titled full-length debut, Camila [SYCO/Epic Records], on January 12, 2018. The pre-order just went live today. It immediately unlocks instant grat downloads of “Never Be The Same” and “Real Friends.” Earlier this week, she personally announced the title and release date and revealed the cover art on Instagram. The post rapidly cracked 1 million “likes,” while the hashtag #CAMILAoutJanuary12 exploded as a Twitter trending topic, soaring to #2 worldwide and #5 US on the trending charts.

A powerful, passionate, and personal journey for the singer, Camila represents a major milestone. She describes it as “the soundtrack to the past year of my life,” inviting listeners closer than ever before.

Introducing Talma – London Based Rock ‘n Roll

With its cascading production and hook-heavy statements, ‘Lifeline’ is a pulsating alt-rock offering that takes an incisive look at life in the modern city and the sense of alienation that can come with it. Frontman Henry Adams explains: “Lifeline explores the juxtaposition of being surrounded by millions of people – for us, in London – but still feeling a sense of loneliness every day. There are moments where it seems no-one can see you, yet everyone is watching you. This paranoia can drive people away from the city, and so we look for lifelines to tether us to the places we try to call home.”

Oh Joy share new video for ‘Apple

Dublin band Oh Joy unveil a new video for ‘Apple’. Oh Joy are aptly named for their apparent wry miserablism, which packs out the track alongside a wash of lush noise. Formed in 2015 over a shared love of Elliott Smith, Nirvana, sarcasm and, all things melodramatic, the three-piece bring together all these elements to deliver a punch of fuzz-driven indie pining.

The FADER premiers the title track off Crater’s upcoming sophomore album

Unearth is out January 12th and, recently, The FADER premiered the album’s title track calling it “one of the pop-minded record’s standouts; an esoteric meditation on the political landscape, the song exemplifies Unearth’s grounded yet wide-eyed atmosphere.”


On March 9, Experience Hendrix and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, proudly release Both Sides of the Sky, a dynamic new Jimi Hendrix album featuring 13 studio recordings made between 1968 and 1970—10 of which have never before been released. The album will be released on multiple formats including CD, digital, and as a numbered 180 gram audiophile vinyl 2LP.

19 year old ATLien, Demo Taped debuts nostalgia tinged “Insecure” video

via W Magazine: Earlier this summer, Adam Alexander, the singer-songwriter who records as Demo Taped, spent some time in New York. By day, the 19-year-old Atlanta native had been reworking a gospel-tinged sample by the producer Frank Dukes; when he returned to his hotel room one night, he began texting lyrics and voice memos to the musician Ben Abraham, with whom he was co-writing a track. And by the end of the night, they had a song: “Insecure,” the most recent Demo Taped single, and the video for which premieres exclusively on W.

Airpark Premieres “Le Tigre” Video With The Huffington Post

Nashville indie-pop duo Airpark has premiered the video for “Le Tigre” with
HuffPost. The video was directed by Nashville filmmaker Ry Cox, and is filled with “sharp objects, churning electric guitars, creepy crawlies, a slithering snake and an abundance of mask appeal.”


Following his debut album Jerome Raheem Fortune, released last year on Fool’s Gold Records, with production from Kaytranada on lead single Dance, Atlanta’s Rome Fortune launches his own label SMALL VVORLD.


Following his recent debut with the track Suitable, his first release since leaving the Kaiser Chiefs, Hodgson continues to add to his armoury with another classic slice of pop nous. The album opener, RSVP enters the fray all upbeat, Hodgson?s vocals wonderfully accompanied by piano, bass and 12-string guitar.

Animated Video “Come Downstairs” by Mitchell Leonard and Haisi Hu

Artists of all muses seek to elicit a feeling, a response, or reaction from their art. “Come Downstairs”, a video by musician Mitchell Leonard and animator Haisi Hu, which will do just that – raising the hairs on your nape, with breathtaking beauty and a myriad of emotions brought forth in a multi-dimensional art collaboration. Led by a piano-jazz ballad and the moving vocals of Mitchell Leonard, the music is brought to life in a ethereal other-world full of mysterious creatures and mirages, designed by animator and claymation artist Haisi Hu. The video premiered on Spill Magazine earlier this week.

MANGOO: The Heat Full-Length Streaming Exclusively At Scene Point Blank

Friday, December 8th marks the official release of The Heat, the anticipated new full-length from Finnish fuzz rockers MANGOO (pronounced “man go”). Delivering a wall of thick, fuzz-fueled guitars and hard-hitting drums with an added sprinkling of analog synth sounds, the Turku-based outfit’s latest full-length combines grunge, classic heavy rock, and a progressive psychedelic spaciousness that transcends all boundaries of style from rock, metal and beyond.

Richard Luke signs to 1631 Recordings

Richard Luke is a multi-instrumentalist composer and producer based in Glasgow, Scotland making modern-classical, ambient and experimental new music. Recently signed to Swedish independent 1631 Recordings/ Decca Publishing, he’s announced his new album ‘Voz’ — a reference to Luke actually being voice-less for sometime earlier in the year — for a release date of February 23rd. The album co-written and performed with Scottish Chamber Orchestra violinist Amira Bedrush-McDonald, who herself is playing 1st violin in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Max Richter in January.

“Monsters” – Jet Force Gemini

The band would release their debut album Pistola Melodica in 2014, a crowd-funded endeavor that provided a foundation for the band’s signature sound. In the fall of 2017, the band would then release their sophomore follow-up Dive Eternity; their second, and much larger, self-produced album with producer and engineer Matt Jefferson of Black Diamond Studios (Fear Factory, Revolution Saints, E-40).


Today, London On Da Track releases his second single as a recording artist, “Whatever You On” ft. Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and YG. The track is available to stream and purchase at all digital service providers.

Handmade Festival announce first wave of bands for 2018

Handmade Festival will be returning to Leicester’s O2 Academy in 2018 for two days of the finest music, comedy, art, film, performance and photography, hand-picked and carefully curated. The festival will take place on 5th & 6th May 2018.

Handmade is a multi-venue music and arts festival in the city of Leicester. The festival, which is totally independent, is curated by some of the city’s best loved independent venues and promoters, all of whom have been involved in putting on events for decades, working tirelessly to bring great things to Leicester.

Blaise Moore Shares New Video For “He Don’t”

With tinges of trap and trip-hop, the Toronto songwriter Blaise Moore pens honest, poetic lyrics that are written with a maturity well ahead of her years.

“He Don’t” is the the third track from Blaise’s Laurence EP, appropriately named after the ex-lover responsible for fuelling the inspiration behind the music. As she simply puts it: “I fell in love with a man that was only thinking with his dick.”

Moore has further garnered attention after opening for Kehlani at Red Bull 30 Days in Chicago and performing at House of Dior’s 70th Anniversary at the Royal Ontario Museum.


French fashion/music label KITSUNÉ have teased fans with another cut off their newest series of compilations: KITSUNÉ AFTERWORK: VOL. 1. The track – a heady reverberation of electronic production is by French Gracy Hopkins called “The Faction.” The song showcases Gracy’s talent for fiery bars with an international perspective. To listen to the song and read more about the compilation, head to High Snobiety.

Volunteer Jam XX Announced for March 7, 2018

Blackbird Presents and Charlie Daniels are proud to announce “Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie,” an all-star concert event at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7 PM CT. Since its inception in 1974, Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam has brought together some of music’s greatest legends. Now, 43 years later, friends, fans, and an extraordinary lineup of musicians will come together for a very special Volunteer Jam honoring the southern rock pioneer Charlie Daniels – the man who started it all.

This unforgettable concert event will feature performances by Charlie Daniels and The Charlie Daniels Band, Alison Krauss, Billy F Gibbons of ZZ Top, Blackberry Smoke, Bobby Bare, Chris Janson, Chuck Leavell, Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry, Jamey Johnson, Justin Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Ricky Skaggs with many more special guests to be announced in the coming weeks. Storme Warren will be returning as host. For the first time ever, rock great Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top will honor Daniels at the Jam. Country music legend Eddie Montgomery will make a heroic return to the stage after the tragic passing of his partner, Troy Gentry.

Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute To Charlie Daniels


Mitch Arnold, lead vocalist, of the band Wayland recently sat down to film this compelling promo on his trials and tribulations to bring awareness to depression and suicide with The You Rock Foundation.

Mitch talks about how he deals with these thoughts with ‘exercise and meditation’.

Steve Aoki Announces North American ‘Kolony’ Tour

Today, December 7th, 2x Grammy-nominated producer and DJ, Steve Aoki announces his North American tour dates for the ‘Kolony Tour,’ with Brooklyn born rapper and producer, Desiigner.

The 32-city run kicks off February 10th in Washington D.C. and wraps March 17th in La Vegas, Nevada. Complete tour routing can be found below.

Desiigner, Bed-Stuy native, rose to fame in 2016 after the release of his debut single “Panda,” which reached number #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. He since signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. music label.

Aretha Franklin’s Respect Gets DanceOn Treatment In New Video

Rhino Entertainment, the catalog division of Warner Music Group, has partnered with DanceOn, the leading digital music entertainment brand for Millennial and Generation Z women, to produce and distribute the official dance video for the newly reimagined symphonic version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Rhino Entertainment and Warner Music Group on this unique project,” said DanceOn Co-Founder & CEO Amanda Taylor. “It is an honor to get to introduce Aretha Franklin’s iconic hit ‘Respect’ to new generations of fans, and we’re excited to spread its empowering message to millions.”