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Kim’s sultry vocals ride over the summer-ready production verse by verse leading up to an addictive catchy hook. The Pitbull collaboration adds an extra flair creating a dance-ready hit.

Dutch Alternative Rockers NEMESEA Premiere Lyric Video ‘Fools Gold!’

August 23rd will see the Dutch alternative rock outfit Nemesea return with their forthcoming studio album, “White Flag,” on Napalm Records. Combining finest rock licks with modern metal riffs and electronica to stir up a dark and strangely addictive brew – Nemesea have fine-tuned the musical combination to perfection on their fifth album. The riff and groove section behind Sanne Mieloos outstanding vocals, delivers several surefire hits up its sleeve and it’s impossible to not be enthralled by the all-encompassing balance between driving rock and soothing ballads. “White Flag” offers intense and soulful alternative rock complete with a subtle breath of goth and loudly demands the attention the band undoubtedly deserves. This album is an addictive gem, that not only belongs in every well-sorted rock record collection, but that reveals its many-splendored colors more and more each time you press play!


Singer-songwriter Alexander Cardinale has unveiled the official video for his latest single “Simple Things,” which features multi-platinum songstress Christina Perri. Billboard calls the song “…bright, sunny, and romantic.” The heart-warming clip is streaming now on Cardinale’s YouTube channel.

for Skope: Sad Money takes step from behind the curtain, debuts on Ultra Records with “Le Freek”

Sad Money is Ultra’s newest signee who previously produced for top-shelf talent such as Sabrina Claudio, Khalid, Pink Sweats, Chloe x Halle, The Martinez Brothers, and more. “Le Freek” is his debut single as a solo artist and he already has more music set for a release soon.

Russian Baths unveil “Tracks” via Stereogum | Debut LP on the way

The song premiered via Stereogum who said it, “is filled with raucous energy, tamed by falsetto and harmony.”

Russian Baths further detail, “If a friend takes something very personal, very private from you, do you forgive them? If you see someone’s worst self, how do you react? Would you choose yourself to be yourself? Is self respect something you feel because you’re good or does self-respect make you good?”

Tycho celebrated new album with surprise sold-out show

“Ambience, vocalized… Over the past 16 years, the musician Tycho has emerged as a titan in the ambient electronic scene. But for his fifth full-length album, Weather, out now, Hansen did something no one ever thought he’d do – he added vocals.” – NPR

James Levy shares “NYC” feat. Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson) out now on Innit Recordings / The Orchard

“NYC” is the new single from James Levy’s forthcoming album Somebody. The track features Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson) on harmonica and was produced by Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers). Rolling Stone Country named the song as one of the “10 Best Country and Americana Songs to Hear Now,” calling the track “a breakup anthem inspired by Levy’s split with the Big Apple.”

“I love this track and I’m proud to be a part of it,” says Raphael. “Its cool and just dark enough. To me, this record connects Nashville with NYC.”

Experimental Harpist Sarah Pagé Shares New ” Stasis” Video Via Tiny Mix Tapes

Hey all, following up with the second single here from this fantastic Backward Music release by Montreal-based experimental harpist Sarah Pagé, which comes accompanied by a video directed by experimental filmmaker Kyoka Tsukamoto which is equally stunning, part live performance and part abstract, watery swirls. “Stasis” features Pagé using a slide to counter the exactitude of the harp and find more ambiguous pitches and articulations.

The easiest shorthand here is to invoke Colin Stetson’s powerful solo saxophone work, as Pagé wrings similarly complex and varied music out of single take performances on her harp, enhanced by her homemade pickups. You may also know her for her work with folk rockers The Barr Brothers, or her collaborations with wide ranging artists such as Lhasa de Sela, Nadah El Shazly, Joni Void, and chamber rock group Esmerine.

Lenny Kravitz Releases Video for “5 More Days ‘til Summer” Today

Lenny Kravitz releases the video for his track “5 More Days ‘til Summer,” today! The track comes off of his eleventh full-length album, Raise Vibration. The visual, which is directed by Noah Becker, captures the essence of the summer season and is released in anticipation of his return to the US for the next leg of his world tour.

Eric Church at Top with “Some Of It”

Continuing a dominant year characterized by unrivaled success on the road, Eric Church now pairs that feat with chart-topping success at Country radio as current single “Some Of It” tops both the Billboard and Mediabase charts.

Recognized by Esquire as “an open-hearted look at life’s hard-won lessons [that] is as easy as easy-listening comes,” “Some Of It” was written by Church together with Jeff Hyde, Clint Daniels and Bobby Pinson and is the second single off Church’s sixth studio album, Desperate Man, praised as one of 2018’s top albums by American Songwriter, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Stereogum, The Los Angeles Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, USA Today and Vulture, among others.

BAD LUCK. Share “Mean Dudes” Video on Substream Magazine

Brooklyn-via-Florida’s Bad Luck. has extended their Drug Phase from their spring EP of the same name. Substream Magazine has premiered the video for “Mean Dudes” today to high praise. Joel Funk writes that “goddamn, this band knows how to write a wicked pop song.” The track, although tackling darkness lurking under the clouds of drug abuse, pushes forth on its melodic strength and catchy construction, placing what Funk calls “a study on cyclical living” on an emotional, topsy-turvy, rollercoaster.

PREMIERE: Bad Luck is going through it in their “Mean Dudes” music video

The Lumineers release video for “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You”

The Lumineers have released the music video for “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You,” a song off their upcoming album III out September 13 on Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company) in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world. The upcoming album is a cinematic narrative told in three chapters, with songs from each chapter focusing on one primary character out of three generations of the fictional Sparks family. Each chapter is being released as an audio EP within the full-length album. Songs and videos from Chapter I, Gloria Sparks were released this past spring, and “It Wasn’t Easy To Be Happy For You” marks the first release from the second chapter Junior Sparks, the grandson of the aforementioned Gloria. Chapter III will revolve around Gloria’s son, “Jimmy Sparks.”