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Vida Blue announce first album in 15 years, tour dates; share first song

Vida Blue – Page McConnell – keyboard, vocals (Phish), Oteil Burbridge – bass (Dead & Company, Allman Brothers Band), Russell Batiste – drums (The Meters), and Adam Zimmon – guitar (Ziggy Marley, Shakira) — has announced the release of their first album in 15 years. CROSSING LINES arrives digitally Friday, September 20. The vinyl and CD version of the album will be released in October and can be pre-ordered at drygoods.phish.com. The album’s first song, “Analog Delay,” which Rolling Stone called a “psych-funk epic,” is available digitally now and quickly reminds the listener that Vida Blue features one of the tightest and most creative rhythm sections working today. As he has on past Vida Blue releases, McConnell eschews traditional piano and organ sounds and draws on an array of vintage keyboards to showcase his expansive songwriting.

Page McConnell Talks Reviving His Psychedelic Project Vida Blue and Phish’s Summer Tour

Black Match Releases New Single “Cover Your Eyes”

Known for their candid, emotional tracks, Black Match gracefully expresses the universal human condition of loneliness on their new single, “Cover Your Eyes.” The dream-folk duo explore the dark places we often fall into, that require human connection to pull us out. “Cover Your Eyes” is reminiscent of a foggy drive through the mountains right before dawn; by the time the song ends, the sun is beginning to come up and the light dispels the darkness. “Cover Your Eyes” is now available to download and stream worldwide.

Electronic trio SoccerPractise share acerbic self help mantra ‘Posture’, announce new album ‘Te Pō’

New Zealand outfit SoccerPractise release new single ‘Posture’, the first single from their forthcoming album ‘Te Pō’, slated for release in October 2019. ‘Posture’ is gritty, immediate and disorientating – grabbing the listener by the scruff of the neck and holding them inches from its face.

‘Monarch’ – The New Music Video From Carousel Kings

CAROUSEL KINGS are giving a different look into their latest album through the new video “Monarch” – a mix of emotional vocals layered with intelligent lyrics and the bands tenacious pop undertones. The video comes from their latest album Plus Ultra (available now), just as the Pennsylvania rockers pack their bags and leave for the Plus Ultra Tour Phase 3, starting this Saturday, July 26 with a send-off show in the bands hometown of Lancaster, PA.

NYC-Based Hip-Hop Artist Tco Riaz Creates “Reggae Trap” in New Single “Killas”

NY-based artist Tco Riaz fuses together the sounds of Reggae and Hip-Hop in his new summer single “Killas”, out now. Written, produced, and composed by Tco himself, “Killas” is a smooth record that found its way through experimenting. Soon Tco created a “Trap Reggae” beat and penned the rhythmic lyrics. The story follows a gang of marauders (Killas) riding into an unknown town to cause trouble, but they are defeated by the local vigilantes (Shotas) – metaphors for overcoming fears & breaking through obstacles in life.


“Bad Gyal Crowns herself at Sónar as the queen of “dancehall” -La Vanguardia

“In two years, Bad Gyal has become one of the strong proponents of the festival” – El Diario

Poolside return with new single; touring with Kacey Musgraves and Tycho

Poolside return with “Can’t Stop Your Lovin’ (feat. Panama),” their first new music release in over two years and most pop-driven song to date. The bouncy, mid-tempo track is pop-forward yet retains all of the characteristics that define Poolside’s signature daytime disco sound. The track integrates syncopated piano chords, funky bass, cascading synths, dynamic percussion and an ear worm of a topline vocal. The track along with an official visualizer is available everywhere and can be streamed or purchased.

Ashley Bathgate announces new album “ASH” out September 27

American cellist Ashley Bathgate will release a new solo album, ASH, on September 27, 2019 through New Amsterdam Records. The album features a six-movement suite of cello works written expressly for her by the American composer collective Sleeping Giant, which includes Timo Andres, Christopher Cerrone, Jacob Cooper, Ted Hearne, Robert Honstein, and Andrew Norman. The album will be released in digital and CD formats, and is available for pre-order now through Bandcamp.


The song tells a highly relatable story about rashness and how poor decision-making can result from lust-fuelled temptations. The director of the video for ‘Doubt It’, Thomas James, has digested and summarised this thought alongside the authentic and creative input from the band themselves. From this came the filmic visual which combines an arcane presence against the innocence of a young girl. Lead singer of The Amazons, Matthew Thomson said “We fell in love with Thomas James’ vision for Doubt It early on. He tapped into the themes of temptation and recklessness and applied his love and knowledge for the Horror genre to come up with something special. In a twist of fate, the video was shot in Wales, the country in which we wrote and recorded Future Dust.”


“K-12” marks Martinez’s long anticipated follow-up to her RIAA platinum certified, 2015 debut album, “CRY BABY.” Produced by Michael Keenan with the exception of one song produced by Kinetics & One Love (who previously collaborated with Martinez on such hits as “Dollhouse” and “Carousel”), the album serves as a soundtrack companion to an eerily enchanting new musical film, written, directed, and starring Martinez.

Vex Red reveal brand new single ‘Tarantula’

Electronic rockers VEX RED have unveiled their brand new single ‘Tarantula’, their first taste of new material in three years. The eagerly anticipated dose of music is a potent one, flooding the senses with a cocktail of delicate electronics, spectral vocals, throbbing bass and soaring guitars, all the while exerting an emotional intensity that’s impossible to ignore.

Rachel Ana Dobken premieres new video, “Always,” via Atwood Magazine

Asbury Park-based indie-rocker Rachel Ana Dobken has premiered the music video for her single, “Always,” via Atwood Magazine. The single is the second from her album, When It Happens To You, which Dobken self-produced and released in 2018. The video finds Dobken showcasing her musical talents as she hops between guitar and drums in a vintage roller rink. She shared the making of her new video and how it represents “Always” with Atwood.

Cassie Rytz x 5 Hours Of Doom

Cassie recently made her festival debut at Splash Festival in Germany performing alongside a lineup that included Gunna, Skepta, Yxng Bane and others. She also recently appeared in the BBC3 documentary series ‘Galdem Sugar which chronicled the challenges that women of Grime face in the industry.


The twice-Brit-nominated singer and songwriter already has two platinum, three gold, and two silver singles in the U.K. and has surpassed one billion streams.

Tenille Townes performs “Somebody’s Daughter” on NBC’s “TODAY”

Emerging singer, songwriter and performer Tenille Townes just performed her single “Somebody’s Daughter” on NBC’s “TODAY.”

Israeli Modern Thrash Metal Band SHREDHEAD Reveal New Music Video for “Unmarked”

Guitarist Yotam Nagor says: “Unmarked is one of the most melodic and groovy songs on the album and was definitely one of the most fun songs to write for the album. It’s one of those songs that always gets us hyped on stage at a live show.”

Matara Track: Awake

Matara is a Finnish rock band from Helsinki, formed in 2009 by lead guitarist Jussi Liukka, rhythm guitarist Sami Kääriäinen and bassist Kalle Wallenius. After some lineup chances, singer Ville Lamminmäki and drummer Jarno Valkonen joined the band in 2016.

Brooklyn Rapper BURG Releases New Music Video “Willis” Prod. By PENACHO, Directed by Jason Ludman

Brooklyn’s very own BURG has released his highly anticipated single and official visual for his song “Willis.” Produced by Penacho, “Willis” comes after Penacho’s critically acclaimed work with artist’s including Tyga, Lil Skies, Bow Wow.

Disgraceland Releases Season 3 Finale on The Rolling Stones / Debut Book Coming October 2019

Today, the explosive rock and roll true crime podcast Disgraceland released the season 3 finale on The Rolling Stones. The episode tells the story ofthe band’s time in Nellcote and the gun fights, heroin trafficking, burglaries, kidnapping threats, intra-band infidelity that surrounded one of the greatest rock & roll records ever made: Exile on Main St.

The So far in season 3, host Jake Brennan has dissected Kurt Cobain & Courtney Love, Snoop Dogg, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead and more. Recently, the show peaked at #4 on the overall Apple Podcasts Top Podcasts chart ahead of The New York Times’ The Daily and Serial following the launch of season 3.


It’s fitting that one of the top rock bands of the ’80s has invited a fast-rising artist who specializes in similar sounds to perform shows together – which will occur this September, when guitarist Duane Morano opens for Tesla. With a line-up that sees Morano joined by singer Bryan Cole, second guitarist Lee Caruso Jr, bassist Paul Ricciuti, and drummer Matt Ferrante, the band is looking forward to rocking crowds and winning over new fans, with selections off the debut album, ‘Incognito.’

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Coming off “Focus” featuring 21 Savage released last month, Bazzi returns today with the accompanying visual for his latest sun kissed track “I.F.L.Y.” Watch Bazzi bring the lyrics to life in a vintage pastel paradise as he croons “I f**king love you.” “I.F.L.Y.” furthers Bazzi’s string of lauded releases this year including his summer smash “Paradise,” which he performed at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards on June 17th, politically aimed “Caught In The Fire”, “Focus” ft. 21 Savage, in addition to feature appearances on Netsky’s “I Don’t Even Know You Anymore” with Lil Wayne and Tyga’s latest album ‘Legendary’ on the R&B cut “Made Me.”

Joell Ortiz – Captain (Free Download)

Today, Joell Ortiz debuted his new single Captain produced by The Heatmakerz with VIBE. Captain is the second track from his upcoming album after the debut single Learn You (feat. Big K.R.I.T.). The new album Monday comes out Aug 30th on Mello Music Group.

The Hold Steady share new song; new album out Aug 16

The Hold Steady have released a new song, “You Did Good Kid,” the second new one from Thrashing Thru The Passion, and can be downloaded with album pre-orders. Thrashing Thru The Passion is the band’s seventh studio album and is out August 16 on Frenchkiss Records. Fans can receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as a poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All album pre-orders will come with a free download of “You Did Good Kid” as well as the first song “Denver Haircut.” Both songs are available now at all DSPs.

Warden Drops “Massive” Single on New Noise

LA-based Warden makes his New Noise debut via “Massive,” a driving 4/4 club single packed with frenetic rave sirens and a dirty lead synth.

James Wesley Announces Release of Lyric Video for “Running”

“This song is so special as it truly represents so many people and how they feel when they have gone through a personal break up or even changing jobs or leaving home,” expressed James Wesly. “The fans have embraced this song and always share with me such special stories and how it hits home with them, and that is why we write and record songs, to touch people.”

Memphis rapper Young Trap’s new album “Hustle & Glow”

Memphis rapper Young Trap’s new album “Hustle & Glow” featuring Boosie Badazz, Too $hort with production from Drumma Boy, Dmac Too Bangin, and Ayoo Meco.

Ecstatic Vision Debuts New Song “Shut Up and Drive”

Philadelphia heavy psych band Ecstatic Vision will release its new album, ‘For the Masses’, on September 20 via new label home Heavy Psych Sounds. Recorded in Philadelphia at Retro City Studios with Joe Boldizar and mixed/mastered by Tim Green (Earthless, Sebadoh, The Melvins) in Grass Valley, CA, Ecstatic Vision’s critically-celebrated, fuzzed-out sound has been sculpted into a Hi-Fi psychedelic wonderland on the new LP.

New Music: Veronica Brown “I Feel Blessed”

Spreading the gospel with a very unique brand of “Evangelistic Soul,” Veronica Brown is no impostor. In fact, she’s the real deal. Fresh off the heels of her brand new single “I Feel Blessed,” Veronica is on a mission to remind listeners of how truly blessed they are. The soulful une with its soothing but urgent groove effectively encourages and inspires. When asked how she came to record the song, Brown jokes, “At first I didn’t like it! I tend to like more up-tempo songs because I like to dance. But as I continued to listen and sit with it, the message really stuck with me and I fell in love with it.” After having personally experienced God changing impossible situations in her own life, Veronica uses her beautifully warm alto voice to pay that blessed assurance forward.

Rucci Announces Tako’s Son, His Deeply Personal Debut Album Out August 9th

Paying tribute to the father who raised him, rising Los Angeles rapper Rucci announces Tako’s Son, his upcoming debut album. A well-known Inglewood figure of Salvadorian descent, Rucci’s father Tako was recently deported, stranding father and son on two sides of a national border. On the album, Rucci channels his Pops as best he can, relaying life lessons through breakneck bars and tight street stories, laid over hyperactive L.A. production. The tape features recent single “La Bamba,” a Latin-flavored jam with a video recently premiered by The FADER. With appearances from fellow L.A. heavy-hitters like Shoreline Mafia, RJMrLA, AzChike, 1TakeJay, Kalan.frfr, and more, the personally revealing Tako’s Son heads straight for your car stereo on August 9th via Mackk & Company/EMPIRE.

KNAAVES: Milwaukee Metallic Hardcore Practitioners

KNAAVES will play a special hometown record release show on September 13th as well as a show in Chicago with Venom Prison, Homewrecker, and Call Of The Void on September 22nd with additional performances to be announced in the weeks to come.

Frames (Richmond, VA) Joins The Know Hope Records Roster; Stream Two Tracks Now

Philadelphia-based Know Hope Records is thrilled to welcome Richmond, VA’s Frames to their growing roster. The label will be announcing the band’s debut EP very soon, so stay tuned for more details. In the meantime please check out “Hell” and “Stay” wherever you stream music!

Electric Youth Share “ARAWA” Video

“We titled the song ARAWA as an acronym for As Restless As We Are. As we looked further, we discovered that Arawa is also many other things: a town in Papua New Guinea that was destroyed in war that there are plans to rebuild; an extinct Brazilian language; the name of a canoe that brought Polynesian migrants across the ocean to New Zealand,” explains Garrick. “We wrote the song after seeing the devastation of the California wildfires while driving through Malibu. All these meanings for the word Arawa echoed the themes we were already addressing in the song: the notion that every generation fears they’re the last vs. the ability to survive, and the destruction of nature vs. its resilience. Jason Zada’s video somehow encapsulates this same duality found in the music vs. the lyrics. The physical beauty of the Hawaiian landscape mirrors the sound of the music, while the tone of the characters echoes the sentiments of the lyrics that tell another side of the story, revealed at the end of the video.”

CITY OF INDUSTRY: Seattle Hardcore Punk Act To Release Conspire Conspire Conspire

CITY OF INDUSTRY delivers anthem-based, infectious riffs with a thundering delivery, with themes of socio-political unrest and edification lyrically fueling every song. With driving, straightforward, prevailing movements that empower and energize the listener, elements of melodic hardcore, metallic punk, d-beat crust punk align in an overall delivery fans of Modern Life Is War, Touché Amoré, Tragedy, Centuries, Halshug, and other hook-laden hardcore punk of similar ilk will undoubtedly want to hear.

DEYO Shares “digital” Video Via The 405 | Announces Self-Titled Debut LP Out 9/20

“With a unique brand of textured pop music, New York-based artist DEYO is sure to capture a lot of hearts this year. His eclectic blend of sounds and styles pleases both the mind and the soul in equal measure.” – The 405

SYML Featured In Short Film ‘TIM,’ Troubadour Sold-Out       

SYML’s brooding fan favorite cover of “Mr. Sandman” has been used in new short film TIM (out now). The film was written & directed by commercial filmmaker John Grammatico and produced by Shinebox. With support from his team at Little Saint Media, John helms spots for brands such as AT&T, McDonald’s, M&Ms and Ford. He’s worked with celebrities like Meghan Markle and Anna Faris and his breast cancer PSA, Your Man Reminder won a Webby Award and first place at TED’s Ideas Worth Spreading, garnering almost 8 million hits on YouTube.

Anna Rose Drops “SUCKER PUNCHER” Music Video Via Flaunt Magazine

Today, New York-based singer, songwriter, and musician, Anna Rose, releases the official music video for “Sucker Puncher,” the second single from her forthcoming album produced by Paul Moak.

With a tinge of roots rock, “Sucker Puncher” encapsulates what makes Rose such a dynamic performer: provocative lyrics, powerhouse vocals, and authentic, punch-you-in-the-nose female badassery.

Zebrahut – Track: Serengeti Stars

Hailing from Innsbruck, Austria is the incredibly talented and versatile DJ and producer, Zebrahut. The youthful 21 year old producer is known for creating texturally rich dance music inspired by multiple EDM genres such as techno and deep house. Having always held a close connection to creating music, it’s no surprise he got his start at the young age of 13 years old.

bülow drops fresh video for ‘Fine’

Multi platinum selling artist bülow released a new video for the song, “Fine” out today. The track is off the singer-songwriters latest EP, Crystalline. The video features live concert footage from bülow’s shows in Asia where she supported Lauv on tour earlier this year. bülow will be back supporting Lauv for North American dates this fall, before then she’ll be taking the stage at Osheaga in Montreal and Lollapalooza in Chicago in early August.

SiXforNinE ‘Parallel Universe’ – new music out August 2nd (Rock/Metal)

The band’s first single ‘Bullet Off Its Course’ (released on June 7th) is already at 70,000 streams on Spotify, with 90,000 views on YouTube, and over 100 radio stations have added the album into rotation already.

DETACH THE ISLANDS: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Love Is The Miracle We Fabricate” Video

The Burden To Become Fact was written and produced by DETACH THE ISLANDS mastermind Emmett Ceglia, with additional lyrics on “Culture Architects” by Dan Kelly. The bass and drums were recorded by Dominic Nastasi at Vudu Studios, the guitars recorded by Siddhu Anandalingam at Si Doux Studios, and the vocals recorded by Emmett Ceglia at Dental Records HQ. The record was mixed by Ceglia at Dental Records HQ, mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music, and completed with artwork by Ceglia.

Video Premiere: Detach the Islands – ‘Love is the Miracle We Fabricate’

Morsifire exorcises inner demons on harrowing single – ’77 Skeletons’

San Francisco-based alt hip hop artist Morsifire whose painfully honest songs are lifted from his fractured childhood, raised by a drug addicted mother and exposed to the untimely loss of his younger sister & father.

His venomous single “77 Skeletons” is a violent and often cathartic track that transcends genre, landing somewhere between Kid Cudi and 21 Pilots.