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WHY? announces new visual album, shares second movement

WHY?, the creative moniker for consummate wordsmith and beloved songwriter Yoni Wolf, is excited to announce AOKOHIO, a visual album to be released on August 9, 2019 via Joyful Noise Recordings. Today, WHY? is sharing the album’s second three-song movement and accompanying visual, “II. I’ve been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.,” which features focus track “Stained Glass Slipper.” The album’s entire visual element stars Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and was directed by Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award-winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte.

ARCHSPIRE Premiere Bass Play-Thru for “Remote Tumor Seeker” via Bass Magazine!

ARCHSPIRE bassist Jared Smith has shared a bass play-thru video for the song “Remote Tumor Seeker,” which is taken from the band’s 2017 JUNO-Nominated release, ‘Relentless Mutation.’ The video can be seen via Bass Magazine at THIS LOCATION:

Kelsey Lu premieres “Foreign Car” video directed by Vincent Haycock

Additionally, Dropbox helped in the creation of two short films to document the making of “Foreign Car.” The films give fans an inside look into the creation process through behind-the-scenes footage and candid interviews with Lu and the team of costume designers, choreographers and fellow artists and producers. The first film will be available for viewing beginning June 19 at 10am ET at dropbox.com/kelsey-lu while the second will be posted on June 26 at 10am ET.

New Music // Chris Jamison (NBC’s “The Voice”)

Transitioning from being a sophomore in college to a famous singer and back to normalcy, however, wasn’t a simple transition. Though Jamison was a performer and musical theatre student from a young age, his experience was in singing the music of other artists. In other words, songwriting was still new to him, and he hadn’t yet found his voice.


Today Sports Team share a brand new single, ahead of this month’s debut US headline dates and a summer schedule full of festivals across the UK and Europe. ‘Here It Comes Again,’ produced by longtime collaborator Burke Reid (Courtney Barnett), immediately radiates the frenetic energy of the band’s live shows, conjoining a flurry of guitars with quintessentially English lyrics from frontman Alex Rice and guitarist/songwriter Rob Knaggs. The song’s accompanying visual finds Rice in a bee sting-induced fever dream, joining the rest of the band for an impromptu performance of the song on the English countryside.

IAN ABEL Releases Official Music Video for “Shoes;”

L.A. Based Singer / Songwriter IAN ABEL has released the official music video for his single, “Shoes.” “I wrote this song at the age of 19 with a guy out of Nashville named Mike Cullison. I’ve held onto it because I knew the world needed to hear it and now they are.” – IAN ABEL


Most recently, Njomza made her festival debut at New York City’s famed Governor’s Ball, performing on both the Honda Stage and the Bud Light Dive Bar Sessions Stage. Back in Los Angeles, Njomza celebrated Pride Month with performances at L.A. Pride’s kick-off event, Fem (me): Fueling the Female Force and The Belonging Table: LA Pride Edition.


Today BET Networks announces Nipsey Hussle as the recipient of the 2019 “BET Awards” Humanitarian Award. In the spirit of uplift he evoked in his community, his work as a devoted son, brother, father, partner, friend and all-around community advocate and philanthropist, musician and businessman, Nipsey will be posthumously honored with the iconic award at the 19th annual Awards show airing live in his hometown of Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, June 23rd at 8 P.M. ET.

FINNEAS Releases New Song ‘Angel.”

Talking about the new song, FINNEAS reveals, “I wrote ‘Angel’ backstage on tour with my sister back in November. I made myself a cup of coffee and sat down at a piano and wrote the whole thing in an hour and played it for the first time that night. Love has always been the most important thing to me and the thing by which my life is guided. Falling in love with someone and feeling so in awe of them that you wonder if they’re even real is what I wanted to say with this one.”

Christopher Willits shares “Sunset 1”

Willits is an artist, musician, and guitarist who creates immersive ambient music. As one of the core artists on the Ghostly International label roster since the early 2000s, Willits has continually evolved his craft, producing one of the most diverse and prolific catalogs within contemporary ambient music. Releases span introspective solo albums, widescreen audiovisuals, and unbridled collaborations including two albums with Ryuichi Sakamoto and productions with Tycho. On the live front, he played last year’s inaugural edition of Mutek SF, has played FORM Arcosanti, and has opened for the late Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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Santana lead vocalist Andy Vargas has a new collab with R&B/soul singer Frankie J entitled “We’re Still Here Together,” to be released June 21, along with a lyric video. The soulful track celebrates long-lasting love that triumphs the test of time. Vargas, fresh off the heels of a successful Spring tour and Las Vegas residency, will perform a headlining show with Santana at the Hollywood Bowl on June 24. Check out “We’re Still Together” here.

Jack Barksdale (Americana, folk, blues) set to release new album, “Live from Niles City,” in June

Forth Worth, TX-based Americana and blues music artist Jack Barksdale has announced the upcoming release of his first album, Jack Barksdale: Live From Niles City. The 11-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist plans to release the LP on June 28, 2019.

The upcoming album features an intimate, live set recorded with more than fifty fans in attendance at the iconic Niles City Sound in Fort Worth. It consists of seven original songs penned by Jack, and two covers – a slide guitar version of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” and a harmonica-fueled “White Freight Liner Blues” by Townes Van Zandt.

Aly & AJ debut star-studded & empowering video for “Star Maps”  

Fresh off of the highly anticipated EP release, “Sanctuary,” electro-indie pop duo Aly & AJ return with a powerful video for “Star Maps.” The dreamy cabaret-inspired visual sees the sisters with golden-age Hollywood microphones reflect on modern Hollywood in a post me-too era surrounded by a curious cast of characters. Directed by Amanda Crew (stars in Silicon Valley, Age of Adaline), the video features renowned drag queens and actors from RuPaul’s Drag Race to Silicon Valley to Shameless and more.

Rod Wave Shows His Romantic Side in the Jet-Setting “Paint The Sky Red” Video

Praised by Pitchfork as “one of the best voices in the South,” rhymer Rod Wave has a future brighter than the Florida sun. Ruminating over minor-key guitars and syncopated trap drums, Rod Wave declares his undying love on “Paint The Sky Red,” his latest single. Alternating a smooth croon with a bluesy rasp, Rod uses his powerful pipes to proclaim endless devotion for the woman in his life, thanking her for bringing out the best in him and sticking by him through his trials and his rise to fame: “It’s a cold, cold world/It’s a wild, wild life/But long as I got you girl, I’m alright.” In the video, directed by Shooters Touch Films, Rod offers images of his jet-setting lifestyle, heading to NYC and South Beach and back, all the while keeping a place in his life for his love. “Paint The Sky Red,” is the latest single from PTSD, his upcoming mixtape, following the West Coast-set “Calabasas,” which features E-40.

NEWS: EIlen Jewell’s eighth album, ‘Gypsy,’

American Songwriter describes Eilen Jewell as “one of America’s most intriguing, creative and idiosyncratic voices.” That singular voice springs forth from a woman of more than one mind, and she taps into many of them on Gypsy, due out August 16, 2019 on Signature Sounds.

By turns personal and political, pissed off and blissed out, Jewell’s first album of original material since 2015 expands brief moments of joy into lifetimes, and distills epic sentiments and persistent doubts into succinct songs. Yet rather than pulling artist and listener this way and that, the tensions within and between these 12 tracks propel her eighth studio album forward as a remarkably cohesive full-length.

FRIENDSHIP: Revolver Magazine Streams Entire Undercurrent Album By Japanese Hardcore/Sludge Outfit; LP Out This Friday Via Southern Lord

FRIENDSHIP offers vile, antagonistic, and visionary blackened tones focused on delivering maximum auditory torture. Delivering the blasting directives of Full Of Hell, Nails, and Infest, backed with the oppressive tonal amplification of Sleep, Coffins, or Iron Monkey, the band is now revered as one of the heaviest modern acts in Japan. Their second LP, Undercurrent showcases the band’s hybrid of ultra-heavy doom sludge/powerviolence as audible torture. With a more technical and precise attack, and a brighter and sharper tone than the preceding Hatred LP, all tracking, mixing, and mastering duties for Undercurrent were handled in Tokyo throughout 2018. The resulting album strikes hard with ten relentless tracks delivered in just over twenty-two minutes.

Jeremy Ivey Signs To ANTI- Records, Listen To New Single “Story of a Fish” Now

“I want to prove that you can be in your 40s and be at the peak of your creativity,” says singer and songwriter Jeremy Ivey. “Not a has-been, but as an ‘is-being.’”

Ivey is thrilled to announce that he has signed to ANTI- Records for a new chapter of his music career and will release his debut solo album later this year. Produced by his wife Margo Price, listen to the harmonica-accented new single “Story of a Fish” HERE.


Blood is Lu’s first project in three years since the critically acclaimed Church EP released on True Panther. Lu made Blood with Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Sampha, Kanye West) as well as additional production from Jamie xx on “Why Knock for You” and “Foreign Car,” Adrian Younge on “Blood” and Skrillex on “Due West.” Blood also features work from Lu’s sister, the violinist Jessica McJunkins.

Charly Bliss share video for “Young Enough”

Today NYC’s Charly Bliss (Eva Hendricks, Sam Hendricks, Spencer Fox and Dan Shure) share an incredible video for “Young Enough”, the title track from their critically acclaimed second album. Directed by Henry Kaplan, the video perfectly compliments the emotionally charged single.

Disciples reveal photo booth-inspired video for ‘No Ties’

The immersive visuals are shot entirely within the confines of a photo booth, with decks and strobe lights signifying a serious party atmosphere. “After a crazy night out in Shoreditch with just the three of us… we noticed that people’s real characters come out when they go inside a photo booth,” the boys explain. “It was time to bring all that energy/wildness into four frames on the big screen. ‘No Ties’ is the perfect party tune to bring out that vibe in people, so it just felt like the right concept for this track!”

Victory! Canada Makes Dolphin and Whale Captivity Illegal

In Defense of Animals applauds Canada’s passing of Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act, which passed through the House of Commons in Ottawa, Canada on Monday, June 10, 2019.

First introduced by Senator Wilfrid Moore in 2015, the legislation will officially make it illegal to hold any cetacean in captivity, for reasons other than rehabilitation and scientific research. Breeding or trading reproductive materials of whales and dolphins will also be prohibited. Any breach of this ban carries fines of up to $200,000.

IMANI COPPOLA Evokes the Life of Basquiat for “SAMO” Video — Out TODAY

It’s this sentiment that inspired Coppola to evoke the influential neo-expressionist and graffiti artist, Jean-Michel Basquiat, in her new video for “SAMO”, out today. The video hints at the presence of Basquiat himself, and features Coppola’s own artistic work while using graffiti art to comment on the tribulations of struggling artists. The graffiti displayed describes “benefits” to the artist lifestyle including “Depression,” “Unstable Income,” and culminates in the cosmic declaration, “It doesn’t ever end. It has very few rewards. And we have no idea what we’re doing it for.”

Nérija Announce Debut Album ‘Blume’ + Share New Track “Riverfest”

London jazz collective Nérija have announced their debut album, Blume, due for release on August 2nd, 2019. With the announcement of Blume comes the first single, “Riverfest”. A track featuring blistering playing from the band, and solos from guitarist Shirley Tetteh as well as bassist Rio Kai, “Riverfest” (composed by Nérija) exudes feeling, capturing the best aspects of Nérija’s live sets while adding some indefinable studio magic.

Spragga Benz Drops New Song and Video “IF YUH READY”

“If Yuh Ready” is just a taste of what’s to come in 2019. Spragga shares his excitement by stating “‘If Yuh Ready’ is inspired by a desire to record with someone whom I regard as an icon in UK reggae…General Levy.” The upcoming album Chiliagon will showcase Spragga’s incredible diversity, and show he is truly one of the greats. To quote Stephen Marley, “Spragga Benz is revolutionizing the game.” Spragga concludes, “My music is my medium of expressing the joys and sorrows of life and the hope of a better world.”