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Snow Patrol Debuts New Song “Time Won’t Go Slowly”

“….a fantastically ambitious collection of songs, one more direct and intimate than many previous Snow Patrol offerings…”Wildness” signals a triumphant Snow Patrol return.” -Associated Press

Snow Patrol Debuts New Song “Time Won’t Go Slowly”


Featuring production from Nana Rogues [Drake, Dave], Remedee [Not3s, Kojo Funds] and long-time collaborator Slay Products [Nines, 67], No Magic features a diverse range of tracks from the Donae’o-assisted party anthem ‘Stay Safe’ to the hard-hitting banger ‘No Caller’ featuring Headie One. The mixtape is another exciting project from the artist and a worthy follow up to his critically-acclaimed project The Re Up and debut mixtape The Last Whip, which topped the Official iTunes Chart on release.

Award winning Paper Buoys to release soaring new single ‘Time Won’t Wait’ this Friday!

Fresh off the back of their most recent single ‘Chasing Ghosts’, Birmingham quartet Paper Buoys offer up another wistful winner in the shape of new track ‘Time Won’t Wait’. Like their most recent release, the four-piece are continuing to expand their sonic palette and taking their songwriting to more mature heights. Overseen once more by esteemed producer Gavin Monaghan (The Twang, Editors, The Blinders), ‘Time Won’t Wait’ is a stomping anthem about seizing the moment.

Marielle Kraft premieres new video, “Better Without You,” via Imperfect Fifth

Indie-pop artist Marielle Kraft has premiered the new video for her latest single, “Better Without You,” via Imperfect Fifth. The single is the third from her upcoming debut studio EP, The Deep End, which she began writing after choosing to leave her career as a teacher to focus on music full time. Kraft shared the making of her new video and how it represents “Better Without You, saying, “I worked with Mitchell Straub on this video, who is another young and driven dream-chaser in the arts industry. We wanted this video to reflect my difficult thought process of leaving behind heart-break to finding empowered independence. It would feature only me, reflecting on my past and future in different aesthetic environments: some more vacant (the empty warehouse, symbolizing the emptiness I felt leaving behind my past relationship, yet still letting hopeful light in through the windows), and some more vibrant (the green field representing growth, the city light representing new opportunities). Throughout the video, there are b-roll clips of me traveling around the city, via subway and walking, meant to represent moving forward to something better despite the hurt. Filming lasted 2 days, and we shot in 8 different locations in and around Pittsburgh.”

[Documentary] Grand Opus: Joc Scholar & Centric

Westcoast duo Grand Opus, Fresno emcee Joc Scholar and Oakland producer Centric continue to shine light on their sophomore album “High Power” bringing viewers into a ‘day in the life’ styled documentary “High Power: A Documentary Short.” 12 minutes of footage laced with ‘musical’ interludes, including their thoughts on the creative process behind the one emcee, one producer formula and the conception of their second LP. This short film was shot in Fresno, CA in some everyday settings allowing you to get to know Grand Opus a little more personally and see the origin of the synergy. ‘High Power’ is available via iTunes and Spotify. #grandopus #jocscholar #centric #highpower


GRAMMY nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes and GRAMMY nominated Cuban born multi-platinum singer/songwriter Camila Cabello’s joint single, “Señorita,” is breaking records!

Yuna “Pink Youth” video feat Little Simz, ‘Rouge’ LP

The animated video depicts Yuna and Little Simz saving the world from the powers-at-be trying to capture all color and hope from the world. Conceptualized by Yuna and Adam Sinclair, the video was written, directed and edited by Esteban Valdez, with executive producers Carl Jones and Brian Ash (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite).

New Product: Turn everyday music listening into cash rewards

In today’s society consumers are unphased when it comes to paying a monthly fee for entertainment subscription services. $7.99 a month for unlimited music? Sure, why not.

Now you can flip the switch, and entertainment services are paying you back. With over 100,000 radio stations, Current pays users to listen to their favorite music. You’ll earn CRNT points with every tap of the play button, which can be redeemed for gift cards, etc. The platform rewards its users based on the completion of your profile and for the length of time you’re listening.


What does it mean to be popular? That’s a question that music fans and music makers alike have asked for ages — but recently with more urgency than ever before, as listening patterns in the digital age shift and splinter. There are now dozens of ways to tally listeners’ music consumption, and streaming services have changed the game forever. And yet traditional once-a-week metrics remain relatively static. Today, we’re proud to introduce the Rolling Stone Charts, an interactive set of music charts that update on a daily basis and offer an impartial, in-depth and in-the-moment view of the biggest songs, albums and artists in music.

Nuke Smugglaz – True School (feat. DreamTek)

“True School”, Featuring Dreamtek of 7Oddz Records (Chicago, US) is a juxtaposed and comedic video poking a little fun at mainstream culture, while delivering top-class bars on a neck-snapping beat.

A mouse takes action against a cat corporation in awesome new video from The Ghosts

‘…soaring and sublime synth pop’ THE GUARDIAN

‘…again showing their unnerving ability to write deliciously macabre and compelling dreamy synth pop hits’ NME

Tommy T’s new single ‘Anchin’, featuring Mahmoud Ahmed, is available now!

Tommy has been fusing Ethiopian melodies with other types of afro-rhythms since his critically acclaimed debut release ‘The Prester John Sessions.’ Anchin is a continuation of his work in exploring the vast world of afro-rhythms combined with an Ethiopian melody and will guide the listener on a cross-cultural musical journey. Amplified by the unmistakable voice of Mahmoud Ahmed and a universal message of LOVE, Anchin is sure to capture the imagination of audiences young and old worldwide.

Yves Jarvis Shares New “360” Video, ‘The Same But By Different Means’ On 2019 Polaris Music Prize Long List

“Give Yves Jarvis his “Best Niche Album” Grammy right now. There’s no way to categorize ‘The Same But By Different Means’ without selling it short.” — NPR Music’s Best Albums of 2019 So Far

Nora Rothman Releases Commentary on #MeToo & #TimesUp w/ New Single “dear / david”

“Rothman’s latest single is the project’s most poignant and jarring single yet, a personal commentary on the #METOO and #TIMESUP movement that tells the story of her own experiences in LA working in the entertainment industry” -DISCOBELLE


The Atlanta artist taps regional New Orleans rap for his new song:

Alexander 23 Releases Video For “Mars” Today

Emerging artist, Alexander 23 shares the video for his latest song, “Mars” today. True to his nature, the lighthearted visual is a continuation of Alexander’s previously released tracks, “Dirty AF1s,” and “When I Die.” “Mars,” starring Alexander 23 (Alexander Glantz), gives the viewer an inside look on a dramatic love story that co-stars a past “confidante.” Watch the video directed by Kenny Okagaki HERE.


Hip-hop icon Nas –esteemed for a quarter-century as one of the undisputed greatest MC’s of all time – fulfills a long-standing promise to himself and his loyal fans with the July 19th release of THE LOST TAPES 2 via Mass Appeal/Def Jam Recordings.

BEYOND CREATION Announce North American Tour Dates

Progressive tech death masters BEYOND CREATION have announced a North American fall tour, in which they will be supported by FALLUJAH, ARKIAK, and EQUIPOISE. The trek will kick off on September 20 in Chicago, IL and will conclude on October 22 in Lexington, KY. Ticket links will be available soon.

09/20: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s
09/21: Minneapolis, MN @ Whisky Junction
09/22: Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret
09/24: Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
09/25: Calgary, AB @ Dickens
09/27: Denver, CO @ Oriental Theater
09/30: Seattle, WA @ Club Sur
10/01: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
10/02: Oakland, CA @ Oakland Metro
10/03: Los Angeles, CA @ Catch One @ Union
10/04: San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
10/05: Mesa, AZ @ Club Red
10/06: El Paso, TX @ Rockhouse Bar & Grill
10/07: Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live!
10/08: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
10/09: New Orleans, LA @ Southport Hall
10/11: Orlando, FL @ Soundbar
10/12: Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
10/13: Richmond, VA @ Canal Club
10/15: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
10/16: Boston, MA @ Once Ballroom
10/17: Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
10/18: Quebec City, QC @ Le D’Auteuil
10/20: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
10/22: Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall

The Stash bring the “Thunder” with new single – Out Now

Pop act The Stash are thrilled to share their latest single, “Thunder”. Fans can listen to the track now on Substream Magazine. “Thunder” marks The Stash’s follow-up single with Los Angeles-based label, Anchor Eighty Four Records, after the release of their infectious debut single “Run Into Me” was released in May.

The Standby (Erie, PA) To Premiere New Song/Video (“Constant Nausea”)

Erie PA emo/indie rock trio The Standby are getting ready to debut a new single and music video this month.

“Constant Nausea” is the follow-up to the band’s previous track “Wintersun,” which was also produced by Gary Cioni (Grayscale, Free Throw, Kayak Jones) at the Barber Shop Studios. The video will be premiering on Dreambound’s Youtube channel in the UK and on Alternative Press’ Facebook page on July 9th, and will then be available to stream on all DSPs on July 12.

The Standby To Premiere New Song/Video “Constant Nausea” On Dreambound (UK) / Alternative Press Facebook Live (US) on July 9th

CRIMSON MOON: Long-Running Black Metal Unit To Release Mors Vincit Omnia Full-Length

Long-running black metal unit, CRIMSON MOON, returns with fourth full-length Mors Vincit Omnia (death conquers all). Set for release on August 30th via Debemur Morti Productions, the record spews forth eight epic tracks of propulsive occult grandeur, constructed in homage to Azrael: Angel Of Death, Destruction And Renewal.

Video Premiere: Crimson Moon – ‘Godspeed Angel of Death’

Baton Rouge Rhymer Fredo Bang Mourns a Lost Friend in “Dawg Gone” Video

“With the 2015 arrest that threatened to derail his rising career now decidedly in the rearview, Fredo is back with a newfound sense of purpose: more viral, more hardworking, and more determined to advance than ever before.” – The FADER

Get in shape with Karen Javitch’s song “I Love to Sweat”

With summer in full swing it is a perfect time to get outside and sweat. Karen Sokolof Javitch has written a song for people of all ages encouraging them to get active.

Karen’s diverse creations include songs about exercising, celebrities, holidays, political figures, babies, children, math, patriotism, love and family.


Launching this July on VP Records YouTube page, On The Riddim (OTR) is a monthly series, highlighting the best of VP Records. From recent album releases, videos and events; viewers will be taken on a journey every episode.

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of VP Records, the world’s largest reggae and soca label in the world. Paving the way for many legendary reggae artists, the label has become an icon in the reggae music industry. To further enhance this status, On The Riddim, the series, aims to create a visual community for current and new fans alike to stay on top of the label’s recent news, while immersing into the culture with fun facts and interviews with artists.


LaMusica App, Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (“SBS”) (OTCQB: SBSAA) and Los Angeles’ #1 Party Station, KXOL Mega 96.3FM always trending, will kick off the summer with one of the most highly anticipated concerts of 2019 – “Megaton Summer Concert Series” presented by Michelob Ultra and Adrianna’s Insurance®. SBS stands at the forefront of supporting the new generation of Latinx artists such as Jon Z, Lyanno, Eladio Carrion alongside established sensations Zion y Lennox, De La Ghetto, and Jowell y Randy.

The first Megaton event will be a show never seen before where the audience can experience new performers on stage for the first time ever in Los Angeles. This Latin celebration will take place, Saturday July 13th, 2019 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles California.

International Songwriting Competition / Unsigned Only Music Competition – Judges For ISC 2019 Announced

Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Fleet Foxes, Tom Waits, Cam, American Authors, Irma Thomas, Tanya Tucker, Camila, and many more high-profile recording artists have been slated to join the panel of judges for the 2019 International Songwriting Competition. Additionally, record label heavyweights from Republic, Capitol, Warner Records, Epic, Glassnote, Parlophone, Elektra, and more are also part of the judging panel that will be tasked with listening to and selecting the winners in the competition. In 2018, ISC received almost 19,000 entries from more than 140 countries worldwide.

Collaborative effort between John The Dropout and Ali Henderson, “Highschool Ride”

The first collaborative effort between John The Dropout and Ali Henderson, “Highschool Ride” is a dreamy, guitar driven escape into summer nights. Featuring the intimate, angelic voice of Ali and the genre-bending production of John The Dropout, this is the perfect song for late night drives with the windows down. A match made in heaven, the Nashville based artists close out the summer in style with “Highschool Ride” — to be released Aug. 2nd.