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Mokai offers his piece of the puzzle on his new album The Jaybird Said released August 23rd

On his 2019 album, “The Jaybird Said,” Mokai offers the listener a vision and feeling to be appreciated over and over. His third full-length release features songs that demonstrate his considerable songwriting chops and his unique fingerpicking style.

The album is produced by well-known Bay Area guitarist, James Nash (Waybacks), who Guitar Player called one of “50 Transcendent Acoustic Guitarists.” Besides engineering and producing, Nash adds lead work on acoustic and electric guitar, slide and mandolin.

You can see the official video for “Mama’s Got the Blues” at:


A painter, poet, songwriter and storyteller, Lancashire’s Toria Wooff stands in the crossfires of gothic literature and pained Americana. Telling tales of love and malevolence, her delicate guitar and haunting vocals shine amongst a storytelling far beyond her years. A master of scene setting, ‘Badlands’, Toria’s forthcoming EP, is the zenith of her craft drawing you into another world.


Esteemed US DJ and producer Jauz unveils his all-new compilation LP, entitled Jauz presents: This Is Off The Deep End, out now via his own Bite This! label.

A 10-track LP, This Is Off The Deep End features Jauz’s recent singles, ‘Don’t Leave Me’ and his i_o collaboration, ‘Truth’, plus material from a number of his contemporaries, including Ship Wrek, Kyle Walker and Jay Robinson. Conveying sounds from across the house and techno spectrum, the compilation highlights a shift in musical direction for Jauz. From deep house to melodic tech-house and everything in between, it’s a body of work that sees Jauz delve into more underground waters.

Follow up | Soulful Songstress Sharlene-Monique Returns with ‘Diamond Woman’

Sharlene-Monique is no stranger to the music industry, having previously received support from The Voice Online and British Blacklist, she also performed at the Royal Wedding as part of The Kingdom Choir leading to her selling out her European headline tour.

MADNAP & SMLE Release “Throw It All Away” feat. AVIELLA via Thrive Music (Out Now)

On Friday (July 26), DJs/producers–MADNAP & SMLE–released their newest collaboration, “Throw It All Way” featuring AVIELLA, via Thrive Music.

“Throw It All Away” is the latest sonic soundscape from Chicago-born turned California-native Kyle Fizgibbons (aka MADNAP). The track is a collaboration between the eclectic auditory assaults of SMLE, the production sensibilities of MADNAP, and the kawaii vocal stylings of AVIELLA which will transport even the most jaded of listeners into a magical wonderland of musical bliss.

Black Country, New Road release second single “Sunglasses”

Black Country, New Road have announced a much-anticipated new single in the 8 minute “Sunglasses”, mixed by Dan Carey, to be released digitally on 26th July on BC,NR / Speedy Wunderground and physically 6th September on the Thurston Moore-affiliated Blank Editions.

500 copies of the single will be pressed to 7″, each copy a unique product, with different Polaroid images on each cover taken by the band.

New > Dinamarca > “Sol De Mi Vida (Vocalized)” EP > on STAYCORE > listen now

In summer 2018, STAYCORE founder Dinamarca released the “Sol De Mi Vida” EP for London’s Rinse FM. “Sol De Mi Vida” translates to “light of my life” and it was a collection of 7 blissed out instrumentals, iterating on his signature fusion of Latin American Reggaeton and European trance.

Stream Mister Lie’s stunning new album on The Talkhouse

New York-based producer, composer and sound artist Nick Zanca has been releasing music under the name Mister Lies since 2012. The project began in a Chicago dorm room with the release of a four-track EP, Hidden Neighbors — over the years, his sounds have inhabited a specific intersection between intimacy and atmosphere through a maximalist mosaic of field recordings, sample-based textures, glitchy soundscapes, and nocturnal pop songs.

Subversive young duo Para Fiction announce forthcoming EP with new single ‘Time Debt’

Combining raw punk energy with a poetic, hip-hop flair, ‘Time Debt’ sees the vivacious duo deliver an grippingly fresh-sounding track. Continuing with the proudly anti-establishment message prevalent on previous releases, the song tackles themes of state control and making something of your life, with lyrics urgently exclaiming “we’re all in debt to time”.

Subversive young duo Para Fiction announce forthcoming EP with new single ‘Time Debt’


“It looks like Gallagher is back to the business of making music! Big riffs and the swagger that Liam brought to Oasis in the first place. Gallagher’s confidence comes through. ” – Stereogum

“Liken it to Oasis glory days.” – Billboard

New single from twin brothers Amistat – Entitled ‘Love and Light’

Amistat have embarked on a number of Australian and European tours, as well as performing at some of Australia’s finest festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Fairbridge, National Folk Festival, Nannup and the renowned Port Fairy Folk Festival where they won the Maton Emerging Artist of the Year 2018 Award.

Boston Ballet Announces 2019–2020 Company Roster

Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announces the 2019–2020 season roster. A total of 69 dancers make up the Company roster, with 56 in the main company and 13 in Boston Ballet II (BBII), Boston Ballet’s second company.

Eleven nationalities are represented, with dancers hailing from Armenia, Australia, Brazil, China, England, France, Georgia, Russia, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. BBII alumni comprise 36 percent of the Company, and 25 percent are Boston Ballet School alumni.

New on ANTI- Records | Jeremy Ivey announces debut album The Dream And The Dreamer (Sept 13) | Watch the video for Diamonds Back To Coal

Nashville’s Jeremy Ivey is thrilled to announce his debut album today, The Dream and the Dreamer, to be released on September 13 via ANTI- Records. “The only objective here was to film some ridiculous scenarios and make them seem ordinary,” Ivey said of the music video for the new single “Diamonds Back To Coal””. “The modern newsreel that we see on our feeds daily is beyond insane, it’s surreal. This video reflects that.”

Joseph Arthur To Release First New Solo Album In Three Years On October 11th

It’s been three years since Joseph Arthur has released a brand-new solo album, and with the upcoming release of Come Back World (October 11th) he’s crafted his most personal and powerful album to date.

“The interesting parts of our stories aren’t the famous people we meet,” Arthur remarked. Or the times when everything is basically working. Or when we get to lay in comfort with a partner watching Netflix and the world go by. The interesting parts are when all those things break down and you’re left in isolation to finally deal with the roots of whatever had been thwarting your existence all along. The interesting parts are when the world has turned its back on you and you have turned your back on it or them. When darkness could seemingly swallow you whole if it hasn’t already. When there is no such thing as hope and so you manufacture it from a dream which only angle is to survive. Come Back World is an album about rebirth and survival.”

PIZZAGIRL releases zany video for sugary first album single ‘body biology’

“Blending the AM-radio aesthetic of Ariel Pink with FM-fidelity 80s pop” The Guardian

“Pizzagirl makes music that sounds like all your fave 80s movies” Noisey

“ambitious ’80s-tinged pop” NME


“The basic premise,” Mills says, “was allowing creatures and inanimate household things to carry emotional weight. Justin found these wonderful expressions within that theme and made something that I think is remarkably beautiful, and a humbling companion piece to this music. It’s got bugs, turtles, flowers, and fire—and there’s no plot, no acting. I’m so happy!!”

Luke Hogan – “Neon” single

“Carpentry is a second passion of mine,” the Portland, Oregon-based artist shares. “It has proven to be a great skill to make connections with. When I made this record, I didn’t have to worry about how much it was going to cost; I could really take my time and explore different arrangements for each song.”