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Composer Rob Simonsen announces ‘Réveries’ LP for Sony Masterworks, shares “Coeur” video with Stationary Travels; Album out 9/6

Sometimes, if you want to live the dream, you need to let the dream come to you. Just ask composer Rob Simonsen, who began playing the piano at a young age, picking out melodies he heard in his parents’ record collection, before he began composing for himself. “I daydreamed a lot when I was young,” he remembers. “I’d sit at the piano, and it was very much about escape: letting my mind wander, exploring.”

Video Premiere: “Coeur” by Rob Simonsen

DEATH BY PIANO – Brooklynite duo announce debut EP ‘Countdown’ out 13th September

Comprising of Kalen (vox, synths) and producer/instrumentalist Greywolf, Death By Piano channel the ageless trip-hop atmospherics of Massive Attack and Portishead via the pristine Future R’nB aesthetic of their US contemporaries such as Phantogram or Polica into their immersive and invigorating darkwave sound.

Mavado Team Up With Canadian Star MelXdie ‘Girls R Better’

We The Best artist Mavado collaborates with six-based singer MELXDIE to launch a crossover hit “Girls R Better”.

Mavado, also known as “Gully Gaad”, plays the role of a wealthy businessman financing high-profile diamonds from inside an auto repair shop. When the entire operation is in jeopardy, Mavado works alongside MELXDIE to handle the job. The protagonist MELXDIE plays a femme fatale who shows no weakness in the eye of danger. Mavado’s rugged rude-boy style compliments the lead singer’s seemingly-sweet seduction as they are under close watch by informants.

Teez Drops New Music Video “Lit Bae” Off His Upcoming Debut Album ‘R.E.N.O.’ (Real Everything No Ops)!

Birthed by the biggest little city, nurtured in the shadows of the Sierra Mountains, is a Tongan rap artist (Taholo Vainuku), who in honor of his people, goes by the stage name of Teez. He is set to release his powerful debut album R.E.N.O on Friday, September 27th via tastemaker label Mensch House Records! The breezy first single off the album “Lit Bae” is available now, and the music video just dropped on Ghettoblaster!

iskwe – Watch the official “Breaking Down” video on YouTube.

“Breaking Down,” my new song, is about freeing yourself of a toxic relationship to find your sense of self and your personal strength. The question is – what relationship? On the surface, it could be personal, but listen closely and you will discover a deeper meaning. The accompanying video (directed by Jessica Lea Fleming) captures this metamorphosis.

Austin Meade Continues Summer Tour

Texas-based Americana singer/songwriter AUSTIN MEADE has been on the road supporting his new album ‘Waves’ and is continuing his summer tour with dates covering much of the southern United States. The next leg kicks off on August 1st in El Dorado, AR and includes highlights such as Medicine Stone Festival in Tahlequah, OK.


Deftones announce their second annual Dia De Los Deftones, going on sale this Friday, August 2nd at 10 AM (PST). This all ages festival lineup includes Deftones, Chvrches, Gojira, JPEGMAFIA, Hum, Youth Code and Brutus. Tickets start at $75 and are available at Ticketmaster.com. Exclusive VIP packages go onsale Tuesday, July 30th at 10AM (PST). Presale opportunities will be available on Wednesday, July 31st starting at 10AM (PST).

Multiplatinum, Grammy Award-winning alternative-rock band Deftones will headline the self-titled festival for the 2nd year. Lead singer and guitarist, Chino Moreno says of this year’s line-up; “In our second year of our festival, the exciting challenge for us is to make sure we once again give the fans a wonderful day of music that reflects the diversity of our own tastes. Each artist fits a different vertical of the music that we all love. There is truly something for everyone.”

Petco Park | Park at the Park
Tickets: $75 plus fees
VIP Packages: $195 – $595
Tickets on sale Friday, August 2nd, 2019 at 10AM PST
All Ages

FORGETTING THE MEMORIES Release New Single “Heartfeeder” and Announce New EP “Known Darkness”

Swedish metalcore wrecking balls FORGETTING THE MEMORIES have now officially announced their new EP “Known Darkness” along with a new lyric video for the single “Heartfeeder”. The new EP consists of 6 tracks including the already released latest singles “Cult”, “Soul Drift” and “Laurentius”. “Known Darkness” is set to be released on August 23rd, 2019, exclusively in the Long Branch Records Online shop and the label’s Bandcamp.


GRAMMY® Award-nominated activists FEVER 333 have announced the next leg of D333MONSTRATIONS 2019, with North American headline dates. The tour is set to begin September 16th at Scout Bar in Houston, TX and continues into early October. Tickets will go on sale beginning August 2nd at 10am ET. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.FEVER333.com. FEVER 333 have also shared the phone number 424.321.8333, which fans can call or text to receive exclusive content.


On “I Don’t Think You’re Ready,” we’ll hear Tank’s sultry voice story-tell and playfully tease his woman by letting her know exactly what he’s about to do and reassuring her that she, in fact, is NOT ready. Whew. Ladies…are you ready?!


Bread Winners Association recording artist Kevin Gates has announced a massive nationwide headline tour in support of his highly-anticipated new album I’M HIM, set to arrive later this year. The I’M HIM TOUR sees the multi-platinum artist with over 5 billion streams under his belt artist taking on his largest venues to date. Shows will get underway in Chicago, IL at The Patio Theatre on October 12, and continue across the U.S. with a finale show in Seattle, WA at the WaMu Theatre.

Ceschi shares “Yoni’s Electrocardiographs” ft. Yoni Wolf of WHY?

‘Sans Soleil’ is the second installment in Ceschi’s powerful and final three-album trilogy. His music lives in some liminal space between left field hip hop, folk punk and indie rock, and has earned him a cult following within the indie rap and DIY punk communities. Sans Soleil is the immediate follow-up to Ceschi’s 2019 fan-favorite album Sad, Fat Luck, which has received praise and nods from Anthony Fantano of The Needle Drop, Hip Hop DX, Pop Matters, Northern Transmissions, VEVO, Talkhouse, Myke C Town of Dead End Hip Hop and more. As Hip Hop DX puts Ceschi’s sound, “his emotions pour through every syllable.” Sans Soleil is a politically savvy record with an endless palette of samples and top-tier collaborators including Yoni of WHY?, P.O.S., Open Mike Eagle, Onry Ozzborn, Squalloscope, and Ceschi’s longtime collaborator and producer Factor Chandelier. Available on vinyl, limited edition picture disk vinyl, CD, and cassette, this sequel album is bound to solidify Ceschi’s standing as a force to be reckoned with in independent music.

Via: Refinery 29 // New Visuals ft Bisexual Star Gaby Dunn

The video stars bisexual icon Gaby Dunn as the girl in the blue dress and also features popular queer co-stars including Connor Manning and Nicole Pacent. It was directed by bisexual actor/filmmaker Sheena Midori Brevig.