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Rich Brian premieres short film shot in Indonesia, confirms North American tour

“We can’t stress enough the importance of someone like Brian in the world of music,” says Lee. “With this album, Brian has created a home for himself in the space between his roots and his dreams. In doing so, these words have created a home for so many others. So when Sylvia Zakhary (Mamag Studios Founder) and I were asked to collaborate with Brian and 88rising on this short film, I wanted to write something that explored this very idea of home. His words reminded me of my own. As immigrants, the spaces we call our home is questioned and defined by others. However, home is in the heart and mind. Home exists wherever there is love. Love for every experience that makes you who you are. That’s the poem in this film.”

Humeysha Share “Beauty in All” Single Via Under The Radar, New EP Out Friday

Brooklyn-based dream pop band Humeysha share their new single, “Beauty in All,” the second single off the Nusrat on the Beach EP. Under The Radar exclusively premiered the single with praise, stating, “‘Beauty in All’ is a chill-wave raga that meditates on the nature of our attractions, alternating between Urdu and English, while finding some shared substrate that links the two. The recording features field recordings of conversations he had with fellow Muslims about sexuality and religion that find their way into the bridge and outro of the track.” Nusrat on the Beach EP is out this Friday, August 2nd – keep an eye out for upcoming dates supporting the EP, along with a music video for the title track/lead single.


New York City based group, MisterWives, have announced their signing to Fueled By Ramen and released their label debut single, “whywhywhy” – the first glimpse of new music since the band’s celebrated 2017 release, Connect The Dots. The news was shared by Billboard this morning, where frontwoman Mandy Lee stated on the signing, “The energy feels matched. I feel like we’re all equally excited to get to join forces, and I hope it all works out the way we envision!” “whywhywhy” is accompanied by an official video, which is streaming now on the Fueled By Ramen official YouTube channel.

Video: Bobby J From Rockaway – Hook Drop ft. Lil Fame of M.O.P

“Summer Classics” is the debut album from Queens, NYC native Bobby J From Rockaway. Boasting production from Hip-Hop veterans like Kwame, Statik Selektah, Sway in the Morning’s DJ Wonder, and Jake One and features from lyrical heavyweights like Lil’ Fame and Killah Priest, the album is not only an homage to his hometown of Rockaway Beach but also classic Hip-Hop. The title is inspired by the “Summer Classic” basketball league that has been a staple of his community for generations. In his own words Bobby states: “I feel like every rapper wants that one song that dominates the summertime. My goal was to make a project full of those kinds of records. Something you can play from top to bottom while driving with the top down – Summer Classics.”

Nate Mercereau debuts “Righteous Energy” video today

“Righteous Energy is the feeling you get with someone when your collective synapses are firing and you reach a moment of transcendence together,” says Mercereau. “It’s conversational, rhythmic, synergistic. Righteous Energy is the light sizzle of synchronicity. I collaborated with the incredible Maria Constanza Ferreira on this video that reflects this feeling. The idea with all the visuals for ‘Joy Techniques’ is to allow the director to create their own interpretation of what it means to create and find joy. For Maria, it was the story of light illuminating and reflecting through a day in New York City.”

mxdwn PREMIERE: Nate Mercereau’s “Righteous Energy” Is The Light Sizzle of Synchronicity

MYLINGAR: Döda Själar LP By Swedish Black/Death Outfit Playing At No Clean Singing

Cult metal outlet No Clean Singing is hosting the advance stream of Döda Själar, the decimating new LP from mysterious underground black/death outfit MYLINGAR, days ahead of the album’s release. The album strikes this Friday through 20 Buck Spin in the US and through Amor Fati Productions in Europe.


DEMONS (Project of Longtime Mae Guitarist Zach Gehring) Releases Timely New Charity Single “Uglier Americans”

Of the politically-charged track, frontman Zach Gehring says, “The separation of families at the border, and the policies that underscore recent activities targeting families from Mexico, Central, and South America, and US citizens are completely backwards and unquestionably cruel. Immigration policies and the inhumane treatment of people of all ages demands a response – any action that can help thwart or slow down what is happening. This song is was motivated by an attempt to critique the gap between immediacy and reflection – the immediacy and urgency for those threatened by these policies versus the reflective and abstract media commentary and discourse that privileged people (like us) engage in and respond to earnestly. There is no shortage of obstacles and cynicism that can undermine good intentions, but anything we can do – even the smallest act – is a positive step forward.


Guitarist Lou DiBello certainly showed the world he is most talented on the six-string with his previous album, ‘Heat Wave’ (which contained the rocking highlight, “Full Throttle”).

On August 2, 2019, he will prove that its predecessor was no fluke, with the release of ‘American Hard Rock,’ which can be purchased here: loudibello.hearnow.com.

Declan J Donovan Releases Acoustic Version Of Recent Single “Vienna” On Interscope Records

“Vienna” was recorded with George Ezra producer Cam Blackwood and captures Donovan’s storytelling knack. He weaves tales about his friends and family into his songs and loves finding magic in the mundanity of everyday life. “I love talking to people and seeing how their mind works,” he says, “seeing what they’re going through and getting perspectives on how people think. A lot of my songs are other people’s stories.”

Former Rasputina member Luis Mojica announces debut LP, previews ‘The Ranger’ single

Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to LUIS MOJICA, who is perhaps best known as a member of eclectric avant cello-based collective RASPUTINA. Now focused on his path as a solo artist, we can look forward to Mojica’s new album ‘How to Make a Stranger’. Ahead of that, we get to enjoy the sights and sounds of the album’s lead track ‘The Ranger’. The accompanying video is enthralling and innovative.

LIGHT THIS CITY Embarks On Southwestern US Tour Today; First-Ever European Tour Looms

Bay Area melodic death metal outfit LIGHT THIS CITY embarks on their short tour through the Southwest US today, continuing to tour in support of their acclaimed Terminal Bloom LP, released last year through Creator-Destructor Records.

After several tours throughout the US and Canada, as well as their first tour of Mexico, and a recent tour of Japan, LIGHT THIS CITY now takes off through the Southwest US. The seven-date tour runs from July 30st through August 5th. Following a one-off in Fresno, after which the band will meet up with Redwood City-based symphonic death metal outfit Crepuscle, who will provide support for the next six dates — Phoenix, El Paso, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Austin, and Houston – advancing their impending album through Creator-Destructor.

Shredders (P.O.S./Doomtree) Announce New LP, Share New Track

Shredders is the new indie rap project from Doomtree members P.O.S, Sims, Lazerbeak, and Paper Tiger. The supergroup formed after a Doomtree crew hiatus in 2016, allowing each member to focus more in-depth on personal projects. With solo albums already completed, the quartet sequestered themselves in various Midwestern cabins and Air BnBs over a six-month period to experiment with more uptempo and aggressive material. The result was Shredders’ monstrous debut album Dangerous Jumps, released on Doomtree Records in late 2017, which burst with carefree energy and booming bass. P.O.S and Sims consistently one-upped each other with dizzying wordplay and anthemic hooks over an unrelenting soundtrack scored by veteran producers Lazerbeak and Paper Tiger. The new sound was critically acclaimed and warmly received, and the group notched high-profile placements on everything from HBO hit series Ballers and ABC’s The Rookie to major video game soundtracks such as Far Cry, Tony Hawk, UFC, and Need For Speed. In 2018 Shredders hit the road hard, running circles around North America and rocking numerous festivals coast to coast. In the past two years they’ve shared the stage with a diverse range of legendary artists including Run The Jewels, Bone Thugs n’ Harmony, Bishop Briggs, Soulja Boy, and Getter.

Voodo Bandits Release Indie Summer Earworm “Ride The Wave”

“Ride The Wave is about letting go of the troubles caused by others, and more importantly your individual problems to realise that sometimes we need to step back and enjoy ourselves for 2 and a half minutes.” Says lead singer Ben Donaldson. “The song dynamically dips and dives, exploding into the chorus, whilst also stepping back for fuzzy modulated solos and washed over soundscapes.”

SAY NEVER “Do it Again” Official Music Video

Heavy Rock Band SAY NEVER has released the official music video for their single, “Do it Again (featuring Billy Grey).”

New Album // Phourist and the Photons (Louisville, KY)

“For me, songs are like a musical exorcism—they come out screaming and I interpret them later on,” says Nick Phourist, of the Louisville, Kentucky-based quartet Phourist and the Photons. The band’s aptly-titled latest, We’re All Born Screaming, offers forth a viscerally distilled edition of the group’s stately and tuneful indie-rock allowing for maximum cathartic impact.

DEATHGRAVE: Deathgrind/Punk Unit Announces Special East Coast Shows With Skullshitter

California deathgrind/punk miscreants DEATHGRAVE have confirmed a special East Coast run of live dates with fellow grind freaks Skullshitter. From August 15th through August 18th, the band will rampage their way through Brooklyn, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia.

DEATHGRAVE’s So Real, It’s Now debut was released last year via Tankcrimes. Hailed by Decibel for being a, “kaleidoscopic and engrossing mix of traditional brutality and audacious weirdness,” the fourteen-track long player was recorded at Earhammer Studios in Oakland (Necrot, Autopsy) by guitarist/renowned sound engineer Greg Wilkinson (Brainoil, ex-Laudanum, ex-Graves At Sea).

DEATHGRAVE w/ Skullshitter:
8/15/2019 Brooklyn Bazaar – Brooklyn, NY w/ Oldest
8/16/2019 Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Afterbirth, Vomit Forth, Plague Bearer
8/17/2019 Rock Room – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Final Command, Plague Dogs
8/18/2019 The Buffalo – Philadelphia, PA w/ Coffin Dust, Covered In Sores

Didactic ft. Manny Cortes – Track: Undone

New debut artists Didactic featuring Manny Cortes – Introduce their hot new summer single for 2019!


Emerging indie-pop artist Gavin Haley is announcing a North American tour supporting Ashe on her ‘Mom’s First Headline Tour,’ presented by Ones To Watch. The tour kicks off on September 10th at Washington D.C.’s Union Stage and includes stops across the US and Canada.