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Queensryche Release Lyric Video for “Bent”

“Bent is a lyrical conglomerate of social injustices and societal struggles infused with progressive musicality,” states singer Todd La Torre. “Snippets of thought provoking subject matter take you on a journey of uptempo hard rock/metal riffs with melancholic melodies and atmospheres.”

Katie Austin – Track: Got Me Like

Emerging singer/songwriter and Louisiana native Katie Austin is celebrating the recent CMT’s World Premiere of her music video for track “Got Me Like”. The uptempo, get stuck in your head song is off her latest EP, Wild Child. Upon its release, Wild Child landed at No. 42 on the iTunes Country albums chart, was featured on Parade.com and Taste of Country, and celebrated premiere Spotify placement on Whiskey Riff’s New Music Friday playlist. The southern songstress has spent the past few years diligently writing and performing to gather a group of 4 songs for the Wild Child EP that best personifies her sound and brand.

Premiere: Katie Austin is all tied-up with ‘Got Me Like’

CHERUBS: BrooklynVegan Streams Immaculada High Full-Length From Cult Noise Rock Trio

BrooklynVegan is currently streaming Immaculada High, the latest full-length from Austin, Texas-based cult noise trio, CHERUBS. The stream comes on the eve of the album’s release via Relapse Records.

Praises BrooklynVegan of Immaculada High, “It’s raw and psychedelic with a massive snare crack of Steve Albini proportions, clear enough that every individual part comes through but still as noisy and weird and claustrophobic as you’d hope.”

Davina And The Vagabonds premiere new single + music video exclusively on Relix for “Devil Horns”

Davina and the Vagabonds release a brand new song called “Devil Horns,” with a music video that is being premiered exclusively on Relix. The video was directed by Scottish animator Gordon Howie, who drew inspiration from mid-century animations for the overall style as the heroine of the video matches wits with a suave, cocktail-drinking, rug-cutting Satan. “Devil Horns” comes right before the release of Davina and the Vagabonds’ new album, SUGAR DROPS, out next Friday, August 2nd.


“The inspiration behind “ Never Die” is definitely based off of a real story and what I have experienced,” said Squash. “Its real life, its reality, I got into a situation with my girlfriend and I mean that’s the way the song came about. It’s reality.”

The Bergamot Release New Single “Mayflies”

Not a word is spoken. Industries lumber on, cars speed away, and water pollution skyrockets – mayflies die. This vital part of the world’s natural ecosystem collapses, today, right now. As the world debates climate change, industrialization, and pollution the world is collapsing on itself right in front of us, silently. This highly vulnerable insect needs an anthem, we need an anthem, an awakening. “Mayflies” attempts to shift a difficult conversation from what could happen – TO WHAT IS ALREADY HAPPENING.


The cinematic clip serves as a fitting visual companion to the song. Pacing nervously, Rence sings solo to a snowy old school television set in a quiet motel room. Cyrus occupies the adjacent dwelling just beyond a thin wall. Impressive and highly kinetic dance moves follow as the duo finally unite before a live wolf walks into the frame…

The Rocket Summer shares new video for “Blankets”| New album ‘Sweet Shivers” out August 2

“While many artists are seemingly struggling to stay either relevant or vibrant, Avary has seemingly figured it out… Armed with melodic sensibilities, polymath talent (Avary plays everything on the impending album) and a personal ambition to seek out new sonic outcomes, Avary has consistently engaged his die-hard fans and accessed new listeners.” – AltPress

Taylor McFerrin Releases New Single “Memory Digital ft. Anna Wise”

Today, Los Angeles-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ, and vocalist Taylor McFerrin released his new single “Memory Digital ft. Anna Wise.” The song is taken from his new album Love’s Last Chance, which is out on August 16th via AWAL. Anna Wise is best known for her work with Kendrick Lamar, and in 2016 she won a GRAMMY for her collaboration with Kendrick on “These Walls.” KEXP called the song “a legitimate song of the summer contender, with a bouncing rhythm and enchanting hook that feels like it could loop endlessly in any rooftop party or sweating in traffic with the windows rolled down… Funk, electronic, and R&B all swirl together effortlessly on McFerrin’s sonic canvas.”

Former Witchcraft Guitarist John Hoyles to Release New EP, ‘Can’t Fight Change / Leavin’ Tonight’, September 27

Born and bred in London, John Hoyles moved to Sweden in his early teens where he became the lead guitarist in the legendary doom metal band Witchcraft in the year 2000. Nine years later he founded the band Spiders, and in 2016, he formed the group Big Kizz, together with his friend Axel Sjöberg from Graveyard. Whether creating in tandem with his fellow musicians or flying solo on his own, Hoyles creates music from the heart: some punk, pub rock, a little 70’s glitter, heavy psych and a touch of vintage metal. His playing and singing are honest and accomplished while his warm, wicked tone is unmistakable.

GGE Goldie – Florida’s Trapper of the Year releases his first official Video

Golden Grind Executives presents Goldie “Fake Sh*t”. Debut video by GGE flagship artist Goldie. The Central Florida native recently traveled to Atlanta to create a full project produced by Atown trap soundsmith Shawty Fresh. The result is the 9 song debut project titled “Fresh Out Da Trap”.

Smoke Season release color-swatch choreographed vid for heartbreak single “You”

“Smoke Season has no room for normalcy, and they make that fact loud and clear in their music.” – Nylon

VIDEO PREMIERE: Smoke Season Mix Colorful Choreography and Compelling Pop Sound on “You”

Bandits on the Run premiere new single + video with Pancakes And Whiskey

“The band orchestrates a symphony of sound and story through its impressive musicianship and marvelous harmonies.” – NPR

“Emboldened by an eclectic array of instruments and unique vocals, Bandits on the Run’s performances brush away all the cobwebs, sweep up the dust, and bring music back to life.” – EARMILK

CVLT Nation debuts ‘Scorn Coalescence’

The 4-way split Scorn Coalescence curates one brand new and exclusive number from the underground’s four of the most notorious entities: Sri Lankan warmongers Genocide Shrines and Serpents Athirst, and New Zealand’s malignant destroyers Heresiarch and Trepanation. These four punishing segments of the split together demonstrate the destructive nature of the human beings by alluding to the absolute of the individual in terms of conquest and survival as well as the futility of the situation in the grander scheme; it’s the fulfillment and rejection of “fate” at the same time.

The war is real! Listen to the 4 way split from GENOCIDE SHRINES, HERESIARCH, TREPANATION & SERPENTS ATHIRST


7/25 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works (w/ Andy Frasco)
7/26 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
7/27- Norfolk, CT – Infinity Music Hall
7/28 – Cold Spring, NY – Cold Spring Summer Music Series
8/1- Nashville, TN – The Cobra
8/8 – Park City, UT – Canyons Resort
8/9 – Boulder, CO – FMQB Conference
8/10 – Denver, CO – Cervantes (w/ Delvon Lamarr)
9/7 – Hamilton, OH David Shaw’s Big River Get Down (w/ Revivalists, War & The Treaty, more)
9/19 – Saint Louis, MO – Ready Room (w/ Lee Fields)
9/20 – Kansas City, MO – Knucklehead’s (w/ Lee Fields)
9/21 – Chicago, IL – Schubas (Changes Album Release Show!)
10/18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Mousetrap (w/ The New Mastersounds)

TVD Premiere: Neal Francis, “This Time”


“It’s just me venting about everything,” Gates says about the new song. “It’s all facts. Sometimes, venting is the best thing you can do to cleanse your heart. I’m not going to let the pain from my past affect my future. You need to let go of unresolved grief. Don’t keep it all bottled inside.”

Austin’s Matthew Squires Returns With First LP in Three Years

“Artistically, ‘Strange Day,’ as well as the rest of the new album, offers a bit more restraint than his previous music, while dropping cultural and literary references from Melville and Shiva to Donald Duck.

“‘Strange Day’ opens on austere guitar riffs flowing into an innovative, even eccentric, melody, reminiscent of Talking Heads covering The Kinks. Raw, dirty guitars ride a measured beat, as Squires’ voice takes on a brooding, philosophical tone. The lyrics alternate between puzzled meditation and ironic nonchalance.” – Popdust

Northern Transmissions premieres “Lunger”, the powerful second single from Seattle’s Reader!

Frontman Mike Sparks, Jr says about the track: “We nicknamed Lunger “sledgehammer” because of the ferocity of its opening riff. Lunger is an all-inclusive tour de force of Reader’s dynamic range. Cryptic lyrics, unhinged guitars and beastly percussion.”

Reader Debut New Single “Lunger”


Maggie Lindemann has been adventurously investigating her sound and identity since breaking through with the global pop smash ‘Pretty Girl.’ She has demonstrated a brave desire to tackle bold new ideas while amassing over a billion streams. ‘Friends Go’ commences Maggie’s build-up to her first full-length project which is set to be released later in the year. The video for the song garnered over one million streams in 48 hours. Maggie has begun to emerge as an icon of her generation, with over a billion audio streams, 175 million views at YouTube, 6 million followers across her social platforms, and an international array of Platinum awards.