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Ritt Momney, your new favorite lo-fi indie artist shares new track, “On Love”

Ritt Momney (yes, you read that right) is the Salt Lake City lo-fi indie-pop brainchild of 19-year-old Jack Rutter. Today, he releases his brand new lead single, “On Love (An Alternative Response To Almitra’s Request).” The title is a nod to Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet,” a book consisting of 26 prose poetry fables. Rutter traces a lot of parallels between this book in his upcoming debut album, Her and All of My Friends, out July 19th.

“I wrote ‘On Love’ like a year and a half ago, when I was still pretty broken up about my ex. It’s really just a review of everything I learned about love as I was going through that.” – Jack Rutter

Lonas Releases Debut EP, Youth

Louis Johnson, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, has released Youth, his debut solo EP under the moniker Lonas. Out today, via Tone Tree Music, Youth marks Johnson’s first solo endeavor, a departure from his previous work with his duo, The Saint Johns. Reflecting on his self-produced EP, Johnson says, “Youth is an attempt to immortalize millennials’ nostalgia for the past and unprecedented anxiety about the future.”

Ida Mae Releases Debut Album “Chasing Lights”

Husband and wife duo Ida Mae (Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean), have released their debut record Chasing Lights. Produced by Ethan Johns and released via Thirty Tigers, Chasing Lights has earned significant acclaim from publications including Rolling Stone Country who dubbed Ida Mae one of “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know”, and Billboard who calls the record “…the culmination of Turpin and Jeans’ journey from the alt-rock band Kill It Kid into the country blues of Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, and others, a musical path that’s proven fruitful in a very short time.” NPR’s “All Songs Considered” also featured the new record, noting that “…there’s a fiery element to what they do.”

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Junk, the debut EP from tastemaker-approved, alt-pop maverick Carlie Hanson, was released today via Warner Records. Spinning wise-beyond-her-years stories of lost love through a cigarette-burned croon, the 19-year-old turns suburban discord into confessional pop on songs like “Back In My Arms.” The song is Carlie’s second and most recent track to appear on Taylor Swift’s playlist on Apple Music. Earning more than 6.2 million cumulative streams since its release in late April, “Back In My Arms” recently topped Spotify’s Out Now playlist, with a second track from the EP, “WYA,” coming in at #8. “WYA” has appeared on 28 New Music Friday playlists worldwide on Spotify.

Billy Raffoul Releases New Song “Easy Tiger” Today

Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul releases a new song today. “Easy Tiger” follows the release of Raffoul’s Running Wild EP which came out on Interscope Records at the end of April as the singer began a tour supporting Parachute. “Easy Tiger” is available now at all digital retailers.


Netflix and Epic Records announce the release of “Letter To My Godfather” written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, as featured in the Netflix Original Documentary The Black Godfather. The feature film releases today globally on Netflix and in select theaters. The song releases today at digital retail, get it HERE.

The Black Godfather charts the exceptional and unlikely rise of Clarence Avant, a music executive whose trailblazing behind-the-scenes accomplishments impacted the legacies of icons such as Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Muhammad Ali, Hank Aaron, and Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Nicole Avant, a producer of the film and daughter of Clarence Avant, showed the film to Williams, who was instantly inspired by Mr. Avant’s pursuit of excellence for others. Williams began writing “Letter To My Godfather” the same evening.

Powerhouse Anna Rose Reveals Fiery & Powerful New Track, The Chariot, Billboard Premiere

Ahead of her highly anticipated full-length album due later this year and appearance at Nashville’s CMA Fest this week, fast-rising singer and musician, Anna Rose, has released a potent new song featuring her unique style of hard-hitting, soulful Americana. Produced by Paul Moak, the deeply honest and soulful track, “The Chariot,” is available everywhere now.

“‘The Chariot’ is a really special song for me,” says Rose. “I wrote it with Elizabeth Elkins in Nashville just a few days after one of our musical heroes passed on. Writing through the grief was an incredibly cathartic way to honor this person who had given us both so much inspiration.”

Bad Books Share Video For New Single “UFO,” New LP ‘III’ Out 6/14/19 (Loma Vista Recordings), Summer Tour Begins 6/19

Bad Books today released the music video for “UFO,” the latest single from their forthcoming new album, III, set for digital release next Friday, June 14th (out physically June 21st) via Loma Vista Recordings. Directed by Jeremy Hartman and Andi Lipo (whose recent credits include Rhye’s “Please”), the video was filmed at the volcanic Pisgah Crater in the Mojave Desert and premiered via a feature at The FADER, where Bad Books — Andy Hull, Robert McDowell (both of Manchester Orchestra), and Kevin Devine — discuss the creative process of making their anticipated first new album in seven years. Hartman explains, “We wanted to find a location that emotionally connected with the lyrics ‘what an empty gorgeous place.’ We found Pisgah Crater with some Google satellite help.

Ciaran Lavery releases new single, “Selene,” via a premiere on Earmilk

Award-winning troubadour, Ciaran Lavery, has released the new single, “Selene,” in anticipation of his next full-length release, due out later this year. “Selene” is the second half of a Double A-side release, following “Full Love,” which was released in May.

Oakland’s Guapdad 4000 Gets Freaky In His Range Rover in “Flossin”

With a con artist’s charm and a hustler’s work ethic, Oakland’s Guapdad 4000 is one of the most ambitious emcees in the Bay Area. Having a romantic night on the town with not one, but two beautiful ladies, Guapdad spits game on “Flossin,” his latest single. Switching between cooed melody and soft-spoken rhymes, Guapdad turns his indomitable charm towards the opposite sex, piling up an endless array of boasts and come-ons: “Played you like VHS, make a movie then rewind/I think I might drop you, so can we do it one more time/I got mountains of game, but you not ready for the climb.” In the video, Guapdad’s love is too big for just one woman, as he enjoys a date night packed with Range Rover rides, Mario Kart games, and…other less wholesome activities. “Flossin” is Guapdad’s first new single since “California,” his single with Yung Pinch & Chinese producer Harikiri.


Finnish metallers Bloodred Hourglass are set to release their brand new album, GODSEND. The album will be available worldwide June 28th via Out Of Line Music. With three studio albums already under their belt, GODSEND showcases the quintet’s exemplary musical chops and melodic ability, establishing them as one of the finest groups working in the modern death metal genre today. To experience Bloodred Hourglass, check out the first video from the new album, “Waves Of Black”.

Jose Feliciano Releases New Single “En Mi Viejo San Juan”

Today, international superstar José Feliciano releases “En Mi Viejo San Juan” – considered by many Puerto Ricans to be the country’s second national anthem — via Anthem Records, his new label home through Anthem Entertainment. The new single is the first hint of more new music on the horizon from the beloved icon in the coming months.


Roadrunner Records’ group Motionless In White have released their widely anticipated new album, DISGUISE. Available today at all DSPs and motionlessinwhite.net, DISGUISE is highlighted by “Brand New Numb,” “Undead Ahead 2: The Tale Of The Midnight Ride,” and “Disguise” which features a haunting official video directed by Jeremy Danger and Travis Shinn. Recorded with producer WZRD BLD in Los Angeles, CA, DISGUISE follows Motionless In White’s chart-topping Roadrunner Records debut album, GRAVEYARD SHIFT.

Dark Pop Artist Viana Releases Debut Single “Wine & Roses,” Out NOW

Wine & Roses is a song about losing yourself in what used to be. We get hung up on our past, and often times we let it put a negative hold on our future. As we live more and more, we learn more and more, and it shapes us into the person we are meant to be. Even the adverse times in our lives make us who we are in the long run. The song ends with saying “Keep the magic close, if it’s all you know. The wine will always flow.” Meaning keep your passions close to your heart and keep moving, and you’ll get where you need to be. All of the lessons you learn along the way will bring you there. The chorus proclaims, ” I’m stuck with visions of you” meaning that what happened in our past becomes a part of us…we don’t ever forget, but we can move onto better times while carrying the lessons we’ve learned.

Sophia Messa Releases Follow Up Single “offyourface” Out TODAY!

Today, downtown New York native and swiftly rising pop artist Sophia Messa releases her sophomore single, “offyourface.” Billboard lauded the single for being an “easy-breezy tune that seems to roll right off the tongue” and for Sophia’s “rich voice.” Co-written by Amy Allen, (Halsey’s “Without Me”, Selena Gomez “Back To You”) “offyourface” is the latest incarnation of Sophia’s subtly dark, left-of-center pop sound, highlighted by flawless vocals, honest songwriting and irresistibly enjoyable hooks.

Eliot Lipp + Blockhead announce collaborative project “Lipphead”

Lipphead is the new collaborative release from New York producers Blockhead and Eliot Lipp. While the two have toured together in the past, Lipphead marks the debut of their collaborative recordings. Releasing June 21st, 2019 digitally and on 7″ vinyl, the self-titled EP includes two new songs “Slippery Fingers” and “Just To Prove.” Both songs hit the sweet spot between Blockhead’s groovy, sample based hip-hop and Eliot Lipp’s upbeat electronic funk. “Slippery Fingers” premiered exclusively via This Song Is Sick.

PREMIERE | Eliot Lipp & Blockhead Team Up As Lipphead On “Slippery Fingers”

K.Flay Releases New Single “Sister.” Forthcoming Album ‘SOLUTIONS’ Out July 12

The Illinois born-and-raised artist speaks on what her interpretation of sisterhood is and her inspiration behind the song: “Being a sister isn’t about gender or DNA. It’s about unselfconscious love. About saying I’M HERE, I LOVE YOU, IT’S OK TO BE YOURSELF, and hearing those words echoed back. Not because you asked for them, but because they’re true. Girls are sisters and boys are sisters. Dads are sisters to their sons. Mothers sisters to their mothers too.” Dedicating the song to her own step-brother and sister, she continues, “I’ve come to understand that family is created. Family is a verb. It’s something you build day by day, sometimes in the hot sun and sometimes when everything is going wrong.”

GYGAX Unveils Title Track To High Fantasy LP As Album Approaches Release Through Creator-Destructor Records

GYGAX delivers their third, and most triumphant album to date with High Fantasy, which arrives barely more than a year after their acclaimed Second Edition album. On High Fantasy, the band’s fantastic storylines come blazing to life in the nine brand new tracks, which surge with powerful riffs, incredible harmonization, and unavoidable hooks, from the first note to the last.


Suddenly a creative incubator for four friends turned into GONE WEST, a fresh harmony, breezy melody group whose myriad influences landed somewhere between Laurel Canyon, Texas roadhouses, Appalachia’s harmony and the plains of the Midwest. In a short time, they were invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry and signed to Triple Tigers. For Caillat, who’d already collaborated with Taylor Swift and Brad Paisley, as well as CMA Song of the Year winner Liz Rose, it felt like a homecoming.

Grammy-Winning Saxophonist David Sánchez Releases New Album “Carib” via Ropeadope/Stretch Music

Today, Grammy-Winning Saxophonist David Sánchez released his new album Carib via Ropeadope / Stretch Music. Sánchez is celebrating the album’s release this weekend with performances at Jazz Standard in New York on June 7th, 8th & 9th.

Silversun Pickups Release 5th Studio Album, “Widow’s Weeds”

Bursting out of the Silverlake, CA music scene in the early 2000s, Silversun Pickups– lead singer Brian Aubert, bassist Nikki Monninger, drummer Christopher Guanlao and keyboardist Joe Lester– have maintained their independence throughout their storied career. They released their first three albums on the local label, Dangerbird Records, before founding their own label, New Machine Recordings, for the release of their most recent album, Better Nature. Now almost two decades into their career, they remain a vital and important rock band and have racked up ten Top 20 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, as well as over a million records sold in the US.

Silversun Pickups break down their new album, Widow’s Weeds, Track by Track: Stream

Victoria B.C. Indie-pop Group Bridal Party Premieres “Too Much” via Vents

Victoria, BC art-pop quintet Bridal Party have always had the goal of making pop music they like. Now with the approaching release of debut full-length Too Much (due August 23rd on Kingfisher Bluez) the band find themselves at a critical moment: as songwriters and collaborators presenting their personal vision.

PREMIERE: Bridal Party Release New Single “Too Much”

OUT NOW: ShoutHouse’s ‘CityScapes’

Cityscapes is the first full-length album from the New York City-based, eclectic powerhouse band ShoutHouse. ShoutHouse is a collaboration among more than 25 artists, including four composers, five rappers, three jazz soloists, and more than a dozen classical musicians. Each track on Cityscapes reflects on a different time, space, or story in New York’s history. Ranging from track to track, Cityscapes is a journey from New York’s prehistoric roots to its imagined future. The project is directed by composer Will Healy, who also composed the majority of the tracks on the album


Today, 24-year-old multiplatinum singer-songwriter and “Princess of Chop-Pop” KIIARA debuts a brand new song, “Open My Mouth,” which marks the lead single from her highly anticipated debut album set for release this fall via Atlantic Records. The track, and its accompanying video, gives fans a taste of what’s to come off the forthcoming record – listen HERE.

New Single and Video: deM atlaS “Bad Days Are Over” feat. Atmosphere

Today, Rhymesayers Entertainment rising MC deM atlaS kicks off the summer with beach vibes and an inspiring message on his new track and music video, “Bad Days Are Over” feat. Atmosphere. The track reveals an optimistic side to deM atlaS, who introduces the video by saying “I really appreciate it and I don’t take it for granted. Because all of this could be gone tomorrow…” deM atlaS remains humble as the buzz around him continues to grow; fans can read and watch his recent PBS Twin Cities feature here.

The Train Stops with Musician Dem Atlas

Concrete Concrete share new single ‘Hue’ + announce debut album ‘Drifter’ | Album out 2nd August 2019

The lead single from the forthcoming record, ‘Hues’ perfectly exemplifies the bands beguiling dynamic. Whereas many math-rock bands focus solely on angular rhythms and complex time signatures, concrete concrete strive to imbue emotion into their material. Whilst the ability to convey readily decipherable meaning into instrumental rock is limited, the context of ideas and themes in which songs are created can permeate the music, making it the carrier of more abstract notions of meaning.

Cy Dune’s new album, Desert, is out now on Lightning Records

Cy Dune’s new album, Desert, is out now on Lightning Records!

It premiered recently on Aquarium Drunkard saying that its “swooning melodies blur into washes of electric guitars that embody the connecting threads between the Hill Country and Mali; blown-out drums collide with late night Sonoran folk songs.”

NEW RELEASE: The Curls “Bounce House” (Album) – OUT TODAY (Art Pop, Neo Soul)

Stereogum – “A fuzzed-out, irreverent piece of psychedelia… soft croons and yelps abound over prickly synths, sour guitars and sassy horns. It all builds to a reverb-soaked, neon guitar freakout.

Earmilk – “From the jazz-infused moments to the groovy underpinnings that are embedded deep within, The Curls have concocted a winning formula worthy of repeated listens.”

Popmatters – “Creative, idiosyncratic, and fearless music… that endearingly blends bits of jazz, new wave, psych, pop and prog rock into refreshingly peculiar and sophisticated gems”

NIKI NIKI project alluring vocals on shimmering electropop number ‘Pretty Sunny Funny Walk’      

Currently living in Paris, Niki Niki have taken full advantage of the beauty that surrounds them. From supporting Ibeyi, Joan As Police Woman, Christophe and many more with the band, lead-vocalist Mélodie Orru currently performs a few shows as singer at the famous Jean-Paul Gaultier ‘Freak Fashion Show’ at Les Folies Bergères in Paris.

Belau x Sophie Barker (Zero7) music video debut

Belau is one of the most promising electronica newcomers around the European music scene. In two years they had almost 200 live performances in 22 countries. The debut full-length album, “The Odyssey” won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category. After they became Hungary’s No.1 musical export good, Belau released brand new song featuring Sophie Barker of the legendary Zero 7. You can hear the exotic beats of the band at renowned festivals like Primavera, Sziget, and Electric Castle.

Old Salt Union announces new album “Where The Dogs Don’t Bite”

Old Salt Union has announced their newest album Where The Dogs Don’t Bite – Out everywhere on Aug 16 via Compass Records. The band once again enlisted GRAMMY-winning banjoist and Compass co-founder Alison Brown to produce the follow-up to their self-titled Compass Records debut. The resulting album, Where the Dogs Don’t Bite, builds on Old Salt Union’s mixed musical backgrounds for a wildly entertaining and eclectic batch of songs.

Sunsleeper Release Brand New Single/Music Video “Better Now”

Last month Salt Lake City’s emo/rock band, Sunsleeper, shared details of their forthcoming album, You Can Miss Something & Not Want It Backdue out July 12th via Rude Records. The album was produced/engineered by Nathan Hussey of All Get Out and centers around the theme of change with a tang of nostalgia. Throughout the writing of the record, the band drew from a 90’s indie influence to create a contemporary emo-rock vibe with a focus on structure and hooks. Fans can pre-order the album now!


“Trap Queen” hit-maker rings in his 28th birthday with a new single, take a listen!

Roseview Release “December” Video, Announce New Vocalist       

Portland, ME melodic-hardcore band, Roseview have released a music video for the reimagined version of their song “December.” Teaming up with one of the most talented ballerinas in Maine, Rhiannon Gurrette, Roseview created a stunning video that encompasses the hardships they have dealt with both personally and collectively as a band. Lyrically, winter is used as a metaphor to portray the empty feeling of being stuck in negative thought patterns. “Stuck in a season that never ends. Darkness is my only friend.” This song starts a new chapter for Roseview as they bring in Keanu Papassavas on vocals. He had this to share about the track: “December is about working through your pain. Every step of the journey is important and part of the bigger picture. You must keep moving forward, no matter how hard it is.” Roseview’s debut full-length album, The Misery In Me is available worldwide and dedicated to those struggling with mental health issues.

Kara Marni Releases Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love” Acoustic

On the heels of releasing the Official Remix of “Lose My Love” by Zac Samuel a banner week continues for one of 2019’s most exciting rising stars Kara Marni.

This morning, she unveils her Acoustic Cover of Summer Walker’s “Girls Need Love.” Once again, her powerhouse voice takes center stage above delicate and organic instrumentation.

She adds a spirit and soul of her own to the notable hit and hints at the scope of her talents.

Peter Perrett releases new album ‘Humanworld’

Today, Peter Perrett – former frontman of The Only Ones – releases Humanworld, his second album since signing to Domino. On Humanworld, there are songs about love, some peppered with optimism, others crushingly pessimistic and the old caustic side of Perrett the realist is everywhere, but he’s tempered, not mellowed his sentiments and delivers many crucial life lessons, not least of which is the stark “I’ve got to learn to take my own advice” on “Once Is Enough.”

Taylor Knox shares ‘Little Creature’ single + LP

There has always been something magical about nighttime. For Taylor Knox, this epiphany was especially true and present on his sophomore album, ‘Here Tonight’. Forever a creature of the night, Knox’s preference for night became thematically important on his second LP. Here, he thought precisely what he was thinking about—and what he wanted to do or say with it. To use this time for reflection purposely and deliberately, not wasting the gift of insight that nighttime stillness provides.