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High aura’d & Josh Mason – “Lower Yr. Voice”

‘Lower Yr Voice’ captures all of the static electricity and gorgeous distortion ping-ponging between solid state amps and busted eardrums that filled sweaty basements and VFW halls in the split-seconds between songs performed by bands like Portraits of Past and Clikatat Ikatowi. This record, by two artists with their feet planted in the firma of eliding ambient/drone music, finds the two interpolating the unintended sweetness and experimentation in those between-song pregnant pauses of bands of bands flying the banner of Ebullition and Gravity Records.


“Kids in ’99” was written in tribute to three children who lost their lives in the 1999 Bellingham Olympic Pipeline explosion in Seattle, Washington. Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard reflects on the inspiration behind this track: “The Olympic Pipeline explosion in 1999 was a tragedy that really affected me while we were living in Bellingham. After all these years I felt it was worthy of its own folk song.”

Connor Morand – ’94 Corolla’

“”94 Corolla” was co-produced/co-written by myself and Jonathan Zarola, who goes under the musical moniker UNBLOOM. When Jon and I first met, it was instant chemistry. We worked so hard to bring you the final product you hear today, and we couldn’t be more proud of it.”

Oyster Kids Reach #1 On Hype Machine For 4th Time + Billboard Feature

L.A. based band Oyster Kids’ new single “Work It Out” has reached #1 on the Hype Machine charts. The track originally premiered on Billboard + the band did an exclusive interview. When talking about the track the band says, “”Work It Out” is a song about washing away your troubles and living in the moment. There was a lot going on in my life when I wrote this, and I wanted to create something that would take me to a better place.”


A genuine rock star since birth, Michael Monroe innately knows exactly how to sing, swagger and walk the most glamorous and colorful of walks. “One Man Gang,” the former Hanoi Rocks man’s brand new offering on Silver Lining Music, is all about the fun of Friday nights, seven days a week, letting your hair down (or up!) for a dirty, dangerous, damn good time, and embracing a total escape into the rock ‘n’ roll dream.

Recorded and mixed by Petri Majuri at E-Studio in Sipoo, Finland over three weeks in March 2018, the 12-song record was mixed that following Autumn with Monroe and band-mates Rich Jones and Steve Conte on production duties.

J Rick announces ‘No Retreat No Surrender’ in homage to late uncle Errol Christie

London-based producer J Rick has announced the release of his debut mixtape No Retreat, No Surrender this September 13th on Warner Records. Alongside today’s announcement, J shares brand new track “Here,” which premiered on DJ Target’s radio show as his Target Embargo on BBC 1xtra.


Four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum rap icon and Maybach Music Group mastermind Rick Ross uncovers a blockbuster music video for his latest single “BIG TYME” [feat. Swizz Beatz] today.

The Kinks announce special release of ‘Arthur Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire’

Without doubt, the Kinks 7th studio album is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, a near perfect example of Ray Davies’ incredible storytelling ability in what was an innovation in 1969: a concept album. It’s also poignant that a record based on the story of emigrating from the UK around its potential to enter the Common Market should hit its 50th anniversary right now. With Brexit on the horizon, the themes of ‘Arthur’ ring alarmingly familiar.

Michael Monroe announces new album ‘One Man Gang’ & releases title track

A genuine rock star since birth, Michael Monroe innately knows exactly how to sing, swagger and walk the most glamorous and colourful of walks. One Man Gang, the former Hanoi Rocks man’s brand new offering on Silver Lining Music, is all about the fun of Friday nights, seven days a week, letting your hair down (or up!) for a dirty, dangerous, damn good time, and embracing a total escape into the rock’n’roll dream.

The Jorgensens Announce New Studio Album – The Lexington Stretch (9/13/19 Release Date)

Connections between partners, whether they be spiritual, romantic or creative can be the origin of true magic. The journey of Brianna and Kurt, and evolution of their creative collaboration, has yielded an album that defines both of them through the vehicle of The Jorgensens. There is an honest authenticity of the repertoire they’ve created which is both timeless and classic. Their performances are genuine, soulful and relatable for many who will hear these songs. This kismet did not emerge overnight, but is the product of years of being in one another’s creative lives, collaboration, friendship, and inevitably falling in love.

Royal Trux teams up with Ariel Pink for new EP

“To rock fans desperate for a real kick, the new Royal Trux album, White Stuff registers like a glitter-caked weirdo stumbling into a polite discussion about which boutique overdrive pedal best replicates the guitar sound on a particular obscure New Zealand punk album from the seventies. White Stuff is the reason why we haven’t walked out on rock ’n’ roll altogether.” – Penthouse

Italian post-wave outfit PALIKI set to release new single “Clouds (Just Boys, Just Girls)”

The track is reminiscent of the 80s in spirit while blending retro aesthetics with a modern and funky twist. A catchy tune with a hook that will have you strutting your stuff.

ICYMI: The Allman Betts Band release official music video for “Shinin'”

The Allman Betts Band recently released the official music video for their single “Shinin'” – the video premiered exclusively via Classic Rock Germany. The band is currently on their “Down To The River” world tour, in support of their debut record release. The record – Down To The River was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Al, and was produced by Grammy Award winning Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley).

Videopremiere: The Allman Betts Band mit ›Shinin’‹

The Be Positives accept societal homogeneity on mad-pop single ‘Like Everyone’

New single here from Manchester-based mad-pop outfit THE BE POSITIVES – ‘Like Everyone’

THE BE POSITIVES is a northern conundrum. It features two members from Slovenly Records garage-rock outfit Proto Idiot, who’ve found support from Dork, Loud And Quiet, Louder Than War and VICE.

Of the same vein as Cut Worms, filled with Lemon Twigs-esque zest, second slice ‘Like Everyone’ flaps about with math-rock melodies and striking signatures – you never quite know where you stand – aligning it both musically and conceptually, feeding into Mike’s howls of “we’re like everyone…”

Boniface Shares New Track “Wake Me Back Up” || Out Now On Transgressive Records

Canadian newcomer Boniface is very pleased to share new single, “Wake Me Back Up” alongside its visuals, which are both out now via Transgressive Records. Watch and listen HERE.

Boniface comments of the video: “’Wake Me Back Up’ is about feeling you’re on the brink of something significant. In my case it was a relationship, but it could be anything that feels important to you right now. The video was directed by my brother Joey, made with the help of some kind and talented friends. We filmed it in a very hot garage a few weeks back. Actually, the same garage the song was written in a few summers ago.”

Emily Breeze releases American Psycho inspired glossy dark pop ‘Work’

The third single from forthcoming Emily Breeze album Rituals is a shimmering indie pop anthem entitled “Work”. The glossy sonic exterior and radio friendly chorus act as a foil for the ice cold cynicism and pitch black humour of the lyrics which were inspired by Patrick Bateman (American Psycho) and Emily’s own experiences of hauling herself out of bed every morning to make a pointless profit for somebody else.

Terence Jack – ‘Found It’

“Perhaps we don’t have to look so far away to be happy. I’ve written a lot of sad songs, but “Found It” draws from a happier side of me that I’m proud to show.”

BREAKING SOLACE Premiere Lyric Video for Single “Throw Down”

Powerhouse Modern Rock band BREAKING SOLACE have premiered their official lyric video for single “Throw Down” today on PureGrainAudio.com. The band will release their EP Rising on August 2nd and is currently on tour with Bobaflex and Artifas (Dates below).

Davido and Chris Brown Release Video for New Single “Blow My Mind”

Today, Afrobeats megastar Davido and Chris Brown release a video for their brand new single “Blow My Mind.” CLICK HERE to watch it now. The video was directed by Edgar Esteves (J. Cole, Alicia Keys, Future, Meek Mill) and shot in California.

“Blow My Mind” is the follow up single to Davido’s massive worldwide smash “Fall” which has infiltrated the global charts, topping the urban mainstream radio charts, and is noted as the longest-charting Nigerian pop song in Billboard history.