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Only 12 hours after its release, Tyga’s latest studio album, Legendary, has been certified gold by the RIAA. The album features surprise collaborations with Lil Wayne, Bazzi, J Balvin, Chris Brown, Blueface, Swae Lee, Gunna, and Boogie. In addition to the dropping Legendary, Tyga also released the video for his J Balvin/Chris Brown single, “Haute,” which has received more than eight million views in only 48 hours.

New Music from Hans Gruber and the Die Hards

What happens when a guy who has the same name as the villain from Die Hard becomes roommates with a punk whose accomplishments include “bouncing around a mosh pit” and finding time to watch every episode of Street Sharks? They form a band, of course! Throw in a surprisingly coherent drummer (he was secretly a college Dean), a songwriting machine bassist with a liberal approach to fashion, manic hardcore tunes, some conspiracy-fueled paranoia, the occasional Harry Belafonte cover, and the result is Hans Gruber and the Die Hards!

FW: For Skope: Music video of Felix Cartal & Lights’ “Love Me” (out now)

Originally “Love Me” came out in February on Physical Presents right on the Valentine’s Day and today we have a release of its music video. It explores the complex emotions of a diverse cast with one thing in common: their love interests will not return the feeling.

DEWR // new video

Delivered by someone who has been playing shows for less than a year, Dewar’s message is a powerful one; “making it,” even as a new musician, takes sacrifice. Bravery. A willingness to really bust your ass. And it’s something that Dewar is no longer a stranger to – having risen to popularity over a relatively short period of time, his new music speaks volumes about his musical character.

Daniel Jordan – Track: It’ll Be Hard to Sleep Tonight

“I started writing songs when I was young and I have always liked music, I continue to write many genres of music Country, Pop, Rock, and R&B plus hip hop songs. I don’t consider myself an artist from a performer’s standpoint, but rather someone who wants to help established artists with new ideas and concepts. There is a lot of music out there so I try to write from a different place.”

MITHRIDATIC unleash new single “The Night Torn From Herself”

Sickening Blackened Death Metal horde MITHRIDATIC (feat. Kevin PARADIS also of BENIGHTED, AGRESSOR, etc.) have just announced new album “Tetanos Mystique” for a Sep.13 release on ltd ed DigiPak CD and Digital through the Korporation with preorders starting Aug.05.

A first single for the song “The Night Torn From Herself” has just been unleashed for either FREE download at the XENOKORP Store or XENOKORP Bandcamp or streaming on all major platforms like YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, etc.

Post-Hardcore band from India – PACIFIST releases first single

Pacifist is a Mumbai based post-hardcore act that takes inspiration from the anxiety & despair of urban existence as much as it is inspired by the lyrical & emotive range of 90s hardcore, the minimalism & loud-soft dynamics of post-punk, coupled with a sound that’s awash in noise & melodic crescendos to deliver powerful, fuelled performances. Their debut EP ‘Greyscale Dreams’ set the soundtrack tot he desolation & despair of urban existential angst.

Post Hardcore Band Pacifist Deliver First Taste of Debut EP [India]


Singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson is back with one of the most intriguing album concepts of recent years. ‘Stranger Songs’ is a collection of ’80s tinged synth-pop anthems inspired by the Netflix smash ‘Stranger Things’. The album will be released on June 28th, a week ahead of the July 4th premiere of the show’s third season.

The concept is already capturing the imagination of fans. The flirty, palpitating lead single ‘Missing You’ is inspired by the Nancy/ Jonathan/ Steve love triangle, and has already exceeded a million streams – in the process pushing Ingrid past 3 million monthly listeners at Spotify.

New video: The Meeting Places – ‘You and I’

Having a shared interest in bands like Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine and Ride, the four developed a cohesiveness and expansive signature sound that led to the band’s debut album, Find Yourself Along the Way (Words On Music, 2003), recorded at The Ship studios with The Breeders and Elliott Smith producer Aaron Espinoza. The album appeared on the Top Albums of 2003 lists of several publications around the world, with critics noting the record’s crafty juxtaposition of noise-pop, atmospheric rock and tunefulness.

SIXFORNINE announce new album Parallel Universe out August 2, and new music video

Athens, Greece alternative metal rockers SiXforNinE will release their upcoming sophomore full-length album entitled Parallel Universe on August 2, 2019 via Eclipse Records. The album was produced by singer Fotis Benardo, mixed by Paul Pavao (Disturbed, Stone Temple Pilots, Breaking Benjamin), and mastered by Tom Baker (Rob Zombie, Nine Inch Nails, Motley Crue). The album artwork was designed by Vagelis Petikas at Revolver Design.

2019’s Most Fun States in America – WalletHub Study

With summer just around the corner and families planning out their vacations, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Most Fun States in America as well as accompanying videos.

To determine the states offering the greatest variety and most cost-effective options for enjoyment, WalletHub compared the 50 states across 26 key metrics. The data set ranges from movie costs to accessibility of national parks to casinos per capita.


“Eve Of Destruction” is the opening track on No Geography and has been a staple of the band’s DJ sets for the last two years. A relentless groove that gives way to a jacking house chorus, it features vocals from Norwegian singer Aurora and Japanese rapper Nene. The single is released ahead of their headline slot at Glastonbury Festival this month; a stunning visual for the track has been created by the band’s long-term collaborators Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall.

Galantis, MisterWives, Arizona and Greyson Chance to Headline 18th Annual A&F Challenge Benefitting SeriousFun Children’s Network

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF) today announced the headliners for its annual fundraiser, The A&F Challenge, benefitting SeriousFun Children’s Network. Galantis, MisterWives, Arizona and Greyson Chance will headline the event on September 6, 2019, with supporting acts from Tae and the Wave, Bummers, The Mighty Troubadours and Whiskey Business.

This camp-inspired music festival and fundraiser is hosted at A&F Co.’s Home Office in New Albany from 5-11 p.m. It aims to celebrate the magic of camp and raise funds for SeriousFun, a global community of camps for kids with serious illnesses and their families. In addition to live music, guests can enjoy unlimited food and drink from local partners, including a beer garden sponsored by Rhinegeist Brewery, and various experiences such as an exclusive DIY apparel booth, glamp lounges, axe throwing, hot air balloon rides and more. Camp Fitch, an area created for families and kids of all ages, will offer a true camp experience with inflatables, a zipline, archery and rock climbing.

Keon Masters Premieres Single, “Feel Nuthin” via VENTS MAGAZINE

“There’s starting over and there’s starting over,” says Keon Masters, densely, “and I’m very fortunate that I’m enduring the prior and not the latter.” Having been with his band Brave Baby for the greater part of a decade, Keon Masters is gearing up for the release of his solo debut “Many Thanks.” A smooth and spazzy pop gem of 8 tracks that clocks in at a cool 28 minutes. “I never really wanted to go ‘solo’ but here I am, and I think it’s pretty dope.”

PREMIERE: Keon Masters (Of Brave Baby) Releases New Single “Feel Nuthin’”


Under the cover of palm trees and Miami sunshine, Chaz raps poolside flanked by a gorgeous bikini-clad women intercut alongside colorful kaleidoscopic animation and underscored with Yung Lan’s guitar-driven beat. As Chaz delivers the braggadocious bars on top of a mirrored floor, Rich The Kid makes a cameo of his own before the party moves to the club for the final scenes. The visual harks back to the best and brightest turn-of-the-century summer bangers and stands poised to soundtrack the season.

GIANT to release ‘Catalyst’: a tempestuous journey through the dismantling of society

‘Catalyst’ is the second single from Giant, the collaboration between Archive and rapper 24Vision. Featuring guest vocals from Archive and Birdpen’s Dave Pen in the chorus sections, Catalyst is a tornado of thoughts about what it is to be British in the modern era. Loosely based on 24Vision’s life story so far, Catalyst takes us on a tempestuous journey through the dismantling of society – “we were destined to turn the West End into a Western”.

WATCH ME BREATHE Teams with The Label Group/INgrooves & TAG Publicity

Progressive Pop-Rock Band WATCH ME BREATHE has announced that they will be partnering with The Label Group / INgrooves and TAG Publicity.

From the very beginning, Watch Me Breathe has been all about honesty and authenticity. Lead singer Jake Aaron Ward formed the band in 2017 purely out of frustration. “As a solo artist, I just got fed up with trying to write music only to please other people. Watch Me Breathe is really an experiment that says: what would I write if nobody else was listening?”

Tolliver shares “Twisted” music video

Following the release of acclaimed debut EP ‘RITES’, LA-based alt-R&B vocalist TOLLIVER return with his new video of ‘TWISTED’. He writes:

“The concept is taken entirely from gay icon Juan Gabriel’s video for ‘Querida.’ I made it ME by adding gonzo visual things like me huffing flour and destroying clocks, which are super-literal references to me doing coke and wasting my time. Felt right since ‘Twisted’ is roughly about both those things.

It’s directed by Amanda Kramer, who made the best feature film I saw last year. She is also the fastest shooter I’ve ever worked with, this was all done in two hours. Thank you Ramiro Zapata for bringing Juan Gabriel into my life.”

Alt-Pop Singer-Songwriter Maltus Makes his Return with ‘Absolute Strangers’

Alternative singer-songwriter Maltus makes his return with his masterful single ‘Absolute Strangers’ June 14th, drawing influence from Vampire Weekend, Blur and Phoenix.

Johnny Stranger “P is for Pompeii”

Fiery and electric, “P Is For Pompeii” is a lightning bolt that strikes the listener with menacing energy and progressive musicianship. The song is quintessential Johnny Stranger, who sparked their underground following in their hometown of Olympia, WA in the mid-2000’s. Following the band’s breakup and a long struggle with depression, Singer/Songwriter Peter Anthony reignited the band and immediately began recording. “The song’s lyrics were inspired by the vicious relationship between mother and daughter in Stephen King’s “Carrie”,” says Anthony. “Whereas the verses sing from the point-of-view of the mother (representing depression), the chorus is about overcoming that darkness: ‘I’ve got a soul, but who can tell. Got a hole in my heart which you can’t fill and I need to get myself away.'” The journey of creating “P Is For Pompeii” was wild and twisted, but it has resulted in Johnny Stranger’s latest album, “Valkyrie” (their 5th album, of a planned 12).

Brooklyn Garage rockers Las Rosas release new single

Las Rosas formed in Brooklyn, New York. Consisting of guitarist Jose Boyer (Matador Records), bassist Jose Aybar, and drummer Christopher Lauderdale, their lo-fi psych pop affectations garnered the attention of legendary indie label Burger Records. Now with Greenway, they’ve transcended their garage roots with a more polished, complex sound that holds onto its abrasive edge.

Boyer fills us in on their new single ‘Color Blue’: “It’s wintertime, and I spend all my time happily alone. Cleaning alone, cooking alone, drinking wine, painting, trying out different light bulbs, organizing my shoes, and sleeping under my favorite blanket. I love it. They say there’s a line between being depressed and cozy but it’s too fine to see through all these tears (of joy.)”