Madame Gandhi on “Top Knot Turn Up” in her blog HERE and excerpts: “My feminist trap baile funk anthem “Top Knot Turn Up” is OUT finally! After a year and a half on and off of hard work I am so grateful to give this as a gift to the queens and queers in my life who know what I mean when I say, “tie your hair up in a bun and get that work done!! The journey with this song started in October of 2016, when I posted a photo of myself rocking out on the drums live at a show in Mexico City for OFFxCDMX Festival, and my friend Derek Auguste who dances for FKA Twigs and others commented, “Top Knot Turn Up”!!!! This concept resonated deeply with me because growing up and through my life I would always have my hair in a bun, so much so that even my parents would get annoyed and ask me to put my hair down every now and then. I would be like…but I’m always doing shit! I might be working or studying or creating or drumming or running or thinking or boxing or speaking…and I never really need my hair in my face, I need my hair tied back so I can focus, not be distracted, and do my thing. And I realized the enormous spiritual power in this metaphor – the idea of us as womxn and femmes tying our hair back so as to reject the expectation that we are supposed to have our hair down and be pretty for the gaze or sexual consumption of others 24/7 – that it is radical to reject this – and to decide when we want to be flirty and have our hair down and loose vs. when we want to tie it back and be in our own energy – there is something deeply symbolic about this that I found many womxn in my life related to”.

“Mocha Bands Seeks Rap Game Vitality with New Video” (HIP HOP DX)

At just 19-years-old, New York City native rapper and actress, Imani Lewis, aka Mocha Bands, is already making waves across the media. She was recently crowned winner of New York City’s “Mic Is Open” talent showcase, “Pancakes & Poetry,” and is excited to announce her new single/video, “Longevity.

Sonny Falls Shares “Easy To Lose” | LP ‘Some Kind Of Spectre’ Due Out 8/17 Via Sooper Records

Chicago based indie rock band Sonny Falls shares the lead single “Easy To Lose” off their forthcoming LP Some Kind Of Spectre, due out 8/17 on Sooper Records (Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Sen Morimoto). The 405 premieres the track and accompanying video writing, “If you want high-quality rock and roll in this day and age, you look to Chicago. Looking for proof? Look no further than Sonny Falls, the latest signees to Chicago-based indie label Sooper Records. ”

Introducing: ilu debut single ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’

Hymns of heartbreak and poetic reflections on grief and loss all dressed in music, steeped in the infectious energy and experimentation of 70s West Germany (Neu! Can, Faust). ilu also possesses a modernist European perspective that at first seemed at odds with their organic song-craft, yet it all coalesces into one coherent moving sound. Krautrock, motoric grooves propel their songs, songs that are also informed by a love for spiky post-punk and its melancholic longing, evident in ilu’s rain soaked chords that sit comfortably on these city rhythms. Splitting their time recording between Tallinn, Estonia and rural Wales, ilu will be releasing their debut single ‘Graffiti Hen Ewrop’ on August 3rd.

The Ophelias share new track/video “Lunar Rover” via New Noise

Having formed the band while still in high school, bassist Grace Weir, guitarist/lyricist Spencer Peppet, percussionist Micaela Adams, and violinist Andrea Gutmann Fuentes first met at a time when each were independently serving as the “token girl” in various dude-bands from their hometown of Cincinnati, OH. Coming from varied musical backgrounds (ranging from garage-rock, to surf, to opera), the distinct talents and influences of each member collided in unexpected ways at the band’s first rehearsal. It was here the band discovered that their chemistry wasn’t rooted in a shared musical reference point, but in the creative relief from the expected censorship of being a sideperson.

Video Premiere: The Ophelias – “Lunar Rover”

Listen to Ehrnman/Pearson’s Say Goodbye B/W Juniper Breaks

Russian Winter Records presents Say Goodbye B/W Juniper Breaks, the debut single from Kansas City-based folk/rock duo Ehrnman/Pearson. Superlative fingerstyle guitar recalls to mind the playing of John Fahey and Lindsay Buckingham. The combination of striking, fluid melodic lines by Nathaniel Ehrnman on baritone acoustic guitar and Erik Pearson handling vocals and guitar results in beautifully choreographed songs with rich, delicate textures.

Paper Jackets shares “Trigger” – new EP ‘Don’t Lose Your Head’ out 8/3

LA based alternative pop outfit Paper Jackets shares the lead single “Trigger” off their forthcoming EP Don’t Lose Your Head due out on Selma Records on 8/3. Vocalist James Mason spoke to New Noise Magazine about the track, “It’s a blissful approach to life and friendship, this song captures the importance of living for the moment.”

Song Premiere: Paper Jackets – “Trigger”

Dossey Releases Jazzercise-Inspired Music Video for “Heartbeats”

As the banjo playing member of Austin-based folk/bluegrass trio Indian & the Jones, Dossey’s sound as a solo artist is very much influenced by traditional American folk, all through the funnel of 1980s synth pop and new wave. She has been an officially Featured artist on Noisetrade, and has received nods from indie blogs like The Deli, Parachute Music, One Stop Record Shop, and Wolf in a Suit. She was also nominated for Deli Magazine’s Best of Austin poll, and the video for her cover of Peter Gabriel’s In Your Eyes was included as an official selection of the Austin Music Video Festival in 2017.

Woodes releases single ‘Change My Mind’

Fresh from sharing the road with City Calm Down on their national tour, today Woodes unveils her new single ‘Change My Mind’ ahead of her Splendour in the Grass debut this month and announces a national headline tour in September.

Grace Turner Delivers Video for ‘Dead or Alive’

Grace Turner has today revealed the accompanying video to her breakout single ‘Dead or Alive’. Since it’s release the single has had over 310,000 streams on Spotify and was included in US Spotify’s Viral 50 at #24 and Apple Music’s ‘Best of the Week’ playlist.

Amy Steele releases new single ‘Long Way Home’

Proving that talent has no bounds; North West London singer/songwriter Amy Steele returns with her second release “Long Way Home”. This sultry pop number is taken from her upcoming debut EP “Memories in Watercolour” due for release later in the year.

Hayley Williams & Ben Williams release brilliant new music video!

Son of William are a beautifully unique acoustic duo that have recently held an EP launch show at Manchester’s Whiskey Jar on the 27th June. They have taken the age-old tenets of the art of song-writing and stripped it bare, leaving nothing but the beauty of the music to shine through and enchant audiences. They have now released their new music video for “Colour of Love” to critical acclaim!

New single: NAYBABII, “UP NEXT”

Model/actress/femcee Naybabii presents her new single “Up Next”, produced by Detroit beatsmith Helluva Beats (Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Future, Jeezy, French Montana). “I’ve always wanted to get into the music industry and show people that I am more than just a pretty face on Instagram,” she says. “That inspired me to release “Up Next” as my first single to let the world know that I’m coming!”