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The Goa Express release urgent new single ‘The Day’ this week!

The Goa Express release their urgent new single ‘The Day’ on Friday the 5th of July 2019. Recorded at Champ Zone with Nathan Saoudi (Fat White Family), it rattles with an unstoppable new wave rhythm, shudders with abrasive guitars and with vocals that sneer with the spirit of seizing the day while everything is falling apart around you, their sound may rustle with the ghosts of acts like The Stooges, Psychedelic Furs and contemporaries like Shame, but the Goa Express possesses youthful energy, northern spite and ever-evolving sound all of their own. The band’s frontman James Douglas Clarke says ‘The new tracks are about moving out to university and getting caught for doing shit whilst there and also about the fake, social media platform of our society, lick arses and how everybody wants to pretend that they’re friends.’

S – https://soundcloud.com/thegoaexpress/the-day/

2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation – WalletHub Study

With July being National Parks and Recreation Month and America’s largest cities investing over $8 billion on parks this past year, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Cities for Recreation as well as accompanying videos.

To highlight the benefits of recreational activities for consumers and economies across the country, WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 48 key indicators of recreation-friendliness. For each city, we examined the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities, the quality of parks and the weather.

Steve Aoki, Showtek and MAKJ Join Forces in the Name of “RAVE (feat. Kris Kiss)”

EDM titans Steve Aoki, Showtek and MAKJ join forces in the name of “RAVE” on one of the year’s most-anticipated releases.

Kicking off with a party-starting call to arms from London-based Kris Kiss (“It’s time to start the party / it’s time to misbehave…”), “RAVE” is a full on banger. Big buildups and euphoric electro drops serve as the backbone to the all-star collaboration set to soundtrack festival stages this summer.

Istanbul pioneer Hemi returns on Petra Recordings (Tilman Remix) (Premiere)

Istanbul based producer and pioneer Hemi is ready to release his second new tune on Petra Recordings. Called “Excuse Me” it is another effective tune with its own sense of personality and a fine remix from, Tilman. Hemi has releases on Discotexas and NDYD Records and already cooperated with important names such as Kiwi, Kyodai and Nachbraker and now shows off his energetic and atmospheric deep house style with plenty of strong form programming.

Feather Weight – Watch Our New “Something Else” Video

This music video uses some old clips from the 60s (because why not?) in a dissociative way to try to showcase the overall message of intertwining our front with our truth, all while remaining somewhat opaque.

Eighty Ninety Premiere “10K Summer Nights” Acoustic Video

Brooklyn’s resident indie-pop brothers Eighty Ninety are sharing a stripped back version of their latest single “10K Summer Nights.” Watch the acoustic rendition on Eighty Ninety’s YouTube channel here.


One of the most successful female groups of all time, the UK’s Bananarama have sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, enjoying chart-topping hits all around the world. With such ubiquitous songs as “Venus,” “Cruel Summer” and “Robert DeNiro’s Waiting,” Bananarama is listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records for achieving the world’s highest number of chart entries by an all-female group. Bananarama’s Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward are celebrating their 37th anniversary as founding members of the group. The duo continues to tour the world.

Paradise & Savage Disco Announce Summer Collaboration

Taking place on 3rd July, 10th July and 28th August in Paradise’s spiritual home of DC-10, the parties will see Savage residents Jonjo Jury (3rd), Guy Williams (10th) and Joshua James (28th) take over the airstream for the night, while the iconic Savage dancers perform on the club’s podiums.

VEIL OF CONSPIRACY – new videoclip for “Seshen”

Formed in 2016, Veil of Conspiracy has gone through different musical phases to reach a more mature and defined sound in 2017, composing songs increasingly influenced by an obscure but at the same time elegant and refined mood. Inspired by big names like Katatonia, Opeth, Nevermore and Soen, Veil of Conspiracy is a unique musical reality in the Italian metal scene, merging the Nordic power of the guitars with the attention to the melody and a progressive elegance, without neglecting the importance of the lyrics.

MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT Announce “Strange Affairs” Fall 2019 Tour Dates with CURSE MACKEY

Gothic-Disco legends MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT have announced the addition of 17 East and Midwest tour dates to the House of Strange Affairs 2019 Tour with special guest CURSE MACKEY. Launching October 18th in Detroit, MI, the second run winds through the East Coast and wraps up November 9th in Berwyn, IL.

10/18 @ The Token – Westland, MI
10/19 @ Odeon – Cleveland, OH
10/21 @ Iron Works – Buffalo, NY
10/23 @Sonia – Cambridge, MA
10/24 @ Le Poisson Rouge – New York
10/25 @ Debonair Music Hall – Teaneck, NJ
10/26 @ First Unitarian Church – Philadelphia, PA
10/28 @ Capitol Room – Harrisburg, PA
10/29 @ Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD
10/31 @ Radio Room – Greenville, SC
1/01 @ 1904 Music Hall – Jacksonville, FL
11/02 @ Crowbar – Tampa, FL
11/03 @ Respectable Street – West Palm Beach
11/05 @ Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
11/07 @ Chop Shop – Chicago, IL
11/08 @ The Crucible – Madison, WI
11/09 @Wire – Berwyn, IL

UV – Wilt // emotion-strewn dreampop

“intoxicating blend of dreampop, ambient and classical sounds” Analogue Trash

London-based producer Tiiva releases ethereal debut single ‘Make Me Pure’

As a fledgling producer Tiiva has playfully chopped vocals, crafted drum patterns and Juno bass lines in various remixes (MX World, Lusts) to create the distinct sound that now permeates their solo material, similar to the electronic elements of James Blake combined with the emotive potency of FKA Twigs and striking vocals reminiscent of Cocteau Twins.

ABBATH Share Full Stream for New Album, ‘Outstrider’

ABBATH comment on the album: “Abbath, honed sharp by trial and terror, proudly present ‘Outstrider’ – our latest catharsis wrung from the guts of darkness. Forged in fiery furnace of adversity, hammered on an anvil of rage, this album is conjured from conflagration coughed from rift of Chaos, rising like a Phoenix from the Pit, to infect our Spitegeist with shamaniacal reflections sheathed in metal compositions, hooked and riffed by razor wire licks impaling bass-lines pulsed on drumbeats dredged from thunderous abyss, by a hive-mind wed to one whole emission: To boldly go where no band has gone before and one step further!”

Harry Styles betting favorite to land Elvis Presley role in upcoming biopic

A number of young Hollywood heartthrobs are in contention to take on the lead role in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic.

Bovada, a leading online sportsbook, has just released official odds on who will land the role and Harry Styles is the early betting favorite, followed by Miles Teller.

Kim Shattuck, Melanie Vammen and Palmyra Delran Form Punk Supergroup “The Coolies”

Kim Shattuck and Melanie Vammen played together in Hollywood garage rock staples The Pandoras from the mid-’80s to 1990. Soon after, they formed another L.A.-based band, The Muffs, releasing their self-titled debut album on Warner Brothers in 1993. As noted critic Jim DeRogatis wrote, “You’d have to reach all the way back to Blondie’s Plastic Letters to find punkish power pop this endearing.” Melanie left the group the following year, while Kim has continued with them ever since.

Paraguayan composer Adrian Benegas from TRAGUL

Paraguayan composer Adrian Benegas, known for his previous work with the international metal project TRAGUL, announces his debut solo album. The upcoming debut material features the participation of great singers from the international metal scene such as Ralf Scheepers from Primal Fear, Herbie Langhans from Avantasia/Radiant. It will also have the collaboration of two other singers to be revealed soon! The line up also includes the paraguayan musicians Diego Bogarín in guitars/bass and Seba Ramírez on Drums.

Chase Rice is Most Added with “Lonely If You Are,”

“Lonely If You Are,” the latest single from multi-Platinum artist Chase Rice, is the most-added song at Country radio this week and follows two-week chart topper “Eyes On You,” which became Rice’s first No. 1 as an artist earlier this year.

The song, praised by Sounds Like Nashville for its “steamy romantic groove,” begins simply with a memorable acoustic riff and leads into Rice speaking directly to his potential love-interest. As The Boot describes it, “While Rice and the object of his affections may not be official just yet, the song’s lyrics assure her to take her time, and that he’ll be around any time she decides she’s ready to take the next step toward romance.”