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Big Freedia On Cover of Billboard Magazine & Hits the Road with Low Cut Connie for Fall Tour

Big Freedia hit another career milestone: She is on the cover of music industry bible, Billboard Magazine, alongside artists Hayley Kiyoko, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Tegan Quin, and Adam Lambert.

She is also excited to announce the Azz Across America Tour with Philly-based rockers Low Cut Connie.

An unexpected pairing perhaps, but both Big Freedia and Low Cut Connie share high-energy, raucous displays on stage that leave crowds sweaty and energized. “Fans better be ready for some wild sh*t,” says Big Freedia of the match-up. “We are going to shake our asses off.”

Fresh Off Drake’s ‘Nice For What,’ Big Freedia Is Back With New EP

Jade Jackson Announces New August Tour Dates With Grace VanderWaal, New Album ‘Wilderness’ Out Now

Just weeks after the late June release of her critically-acclaimed sophomore album Wilderness, Jade Jackson is excited to announce new summer tour dates with Grace VanderWaal. The tour will begin this Sunday, August 11 and will include two shows at Los Angeles’s El Rey Theatre on August 22 and 28. Jackson also has a run of European tour dates coming up this fall that will begin on September 18 in Paris.


East-LA natives Levitation Room have made a name for themselves as one of Los Angeles’ premiere garage-psych bands. Today, they are announcing the release of their sophomore album ‘Headspace’ due out October 4th, 2019 via Greenway Records (Acid Dad, Frankie & the Witch Fingers, Las Rosas) and share lead single “Mr. Polydactyl Cat.” We’ve premiered the track and the accompanying video with REMEZCLA who said, “Mr. Polydactyl Cat” sounds like it was locked in a vault during the Summer of Love and was finally unearthed and dusted off in 2019.”

R&B Recording Artist TANISHA AVENT Releases Her New Single, “LOVE YOURSELF”

“Love Yourself was written with the message of love…it was written to inspire people to love themselves no matter what obstacles life might throw at them. In the process of writing this song, it has also taught me the true meaning of self love, so I encourage all my beautiful ladies and fellas to simply love yourself,” mentions Tanisha. Tanisha is currently on the “Love Yourself” promotional tour and will be singing the National Anthem at the NY Mets game on Wednesday, August 7th.

HIGH COMMAND To Release Their Debut Full-Length Beyond The Wall Of Desolation Via Southern Lord September 27th

HIGH COMMAND is, in their own words, “five friends coming together to create the sonic equivalent of a barbarian horde.” The band’s lyrical world, created by vocalist Kevin Fitzgerald, is steeped in lore and savagery, heavily inspired by fantasy-based warfare, and in the band’s words, “boundless quests frozen in the aeons of time and space hacked out of ice and transcribed in lightning. Beyond the thin vail of sanity lies the forgotten age of mysticism and heroes.”

Daniel Martin Moore shares first track from his forthcoming LP “Never Look Away”

Aug 22 – Louisville, KY – Bombard Theatre (Pine Mtn Event)
Oct 04 – Berea, KY – Levitt AMP Concert Series
Oct 05 – Corbin, KY – Moonbow
Oct 11 & 12 – Lexington, KY – Ravenhouse
Nov 08 – Whitesburg, KY – Appalshop Theatre
Nov 09 – Marlinton, WV – Pocahontas County Opera House
Nov 16 – NKY house show – “Parlor & Patio”
[additional dates to be announced soon]

BBC 6 Music’s Freakzone Favourite Lailien Unleashes Masterpiece

Citing My Bloody Valentine, The Velvet Underground and Lana Del Rey as just a few of his influences, Lailien is an independent Toronto-based songwriter and producer scintillating and sky-rocketing with 100,000s of plays across streaming services the last few months whose debut album ENSŌULAR is setting new standards for pop, rock and electronica. Genre-hopping and genre-creating, listening to the LP sounds something like walking through a fairground where all the rides have sped up and gone flying off the tracks…


Rising Insane delivers their music in a dualistic manner, apart from the common post-hardcore norm; rageful outbreaks chained to a melancholic surrender are giving their songs a unique emotive touch. The sudden and surprising variety is the key to a new experience that will shackle the listener to their music.


When you hear SiR sing, it’s impossible not to feel it. The Inglewood native first made a name for himself under the radar by writing for Kendrick Lamar, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock and more. Stepping in front of the mic and into the spotlight, the release of the HER EP series—HER and HER TOO – garnered widespread praise and he quickly became one to watch. In 2018, SiR released his acclaimed full-length debut album, November, featuring production from top talent such as DJ Khalil, Harmony Samuels and more. As showcased throughout the 11-track opus, SiR’s powerhouse voice and songwriting skills continues to revamp R&B music like never before.

NYC born and raised independent artist, STEELE

Steele is multi-instrumentalist who writes, records and produces his music from his bedroom in Brooklyn, New York. His poetic lyrics layered up-tempo drums are truly pure indie bliss. Think seeing your favorite indie band, standing in the middle of the room, the room is smoky and filled with people swaying, falling in love. TRUE. INDIE. BLISS.

Darrin Bradbury new album out September 20th on ANTI- Records

Got the brilliant new signing to ANTI- Records (Tom Waits, Calexico, Jade Jackson etc.) for you here! The excellent raconteur that is Darrin Bradbury. He’s been described by Rolling Stone as making “…countrified talking blues, oddball folk, and black humor, with some stoner-worthy philosophy.”


Winona Oak about “Break My Broken Heart”: “You have to be brave to love someone with all your heart. But the biggest risk in life is to not take any risks at all. As long as we’re breathing, what’s one more scar?”


“Today, it is my life mission to find a way to heal the planet through music. I’ve been studying Tibetan monks, sound baths, binaural beats, brainwaves, and how sound can be used to heal” Maejor explains. “There’s doctors using this technology and people using it in the spiritual community, but I’m really passionate about merging it into mainstream music. This is something new and something different which will hopefully inspire other artists. I hope it inspires you, uplifts you and makes you feel good”.


On the video, X’s mother Cleo Bernard says, “PnB and his team did a wonderful job bringing this visual to life and honoring Jahseh in a way that would have made him proud.”

PnB adds, “This video was meant to be fun and light-hearted. I miss my bro! I wanted this music video to make me smile and remind me of all the good times with Jah.”

King Lil G, L.A.’s Underground Hero, Conducts Business in a Gold Bathrobe in “Gl**ks & Rollies” Video

Beloved in his hometown for his lyrical honesty and West Coast vibes, Los Angeles rapper King Lil G is ready for a national spotlight. Lording over his city from the Hollywood Hills, King Lil G shares “Gl**ks & Rollies,” his new video. Ruthlessly handling his business and celebrating with henny and kush, the video finds King Lil G and his AK47Boyz crew living it up, pouring champagne and swimming with models. The video is the latest release from Eternal, King Lil G’s new album, which peaked in the Top 10 of the Apple Music and iTunes Hip-Hop Album Charts.

Following ‘Miraculous’ Recovery from Aggressive Cancer, Acclaimed Jazz Pianist Michael Wolff

Acclaimed jazz pianist Michael Wolff has confirmed new tour dates for the months ahead, with multiple shows in Cleveland, Long Beach LI and New York City. The upcoming concerts mark a fresh start for Wolff, following his recent recovery from aggressive cancer. He comments, “I’m so happy to be back playing and recording and feeling well again. It’s been a monstrous journey, which I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. But the outcome is miraculous.”

Michael Wolff’s Sweet Miracle of Life

DIAMOND HEAD: British Heavy Metal Icons Unleash Video For “The Sleeper;”

Their fourth single, “The Sleeper” is epic, commencing with calm and sober vocals that build into a poignant and powerful riff and chorus that takes the listener on a dark, reflective journey. Of the track, vocalist Rasmus Bom Andersens comments, “It’s such a big sounding track that it almost takes you on a cinematic journey. ‘The Sleeper’ is a follow up to ‘Silence’ off the last record. We had fans who loved the orchestral elements and I wanted to give them some more. It was inspired by a favorite Sci-fi movie from my childhood.”

Las Cafeteras New Song for “Angel Baby” Out Now

Las Cafeteras, L.A. Latin Alternative band, have covered the 1960’s song by Rosie and The Originals “Angel Baby” as part of an upcoming EP which will feature covers that remind them of growing up in LA. “Angel Baby” is a beautiful live recording video performance of the classic Rosie Hamlin song ala Cafeteras produced by managers Wil-Dog Abers (Ozomatli) and Damon Vonn.


“Our new album reflects The Soul Rebels’ sound and style, and challenges and expands upon the perception of a New Orleans brass band. We are breaking the stylistic and artistic boundaries of what it means to be a brass group from New Orleans.” – Julian Gosin of The Soul Rebels


Josie Dunne has released a new dance video for her latest single “Ooh La La.” The video features her sister Maisy Dunne, who also co-choreographed the video along with Myranda Gibson. This new video, directed by Josie and Maisy, comes fresh off Josie’s surprise Lollapalooza pop up performances during the DJ sets of Win & Woo and labelmate Matoma, as well as her set at AJR’s after show at House of Blues Chicago.

Aubrie Sellers Premieres “Drag You Down” Acoustic Video

“Drag You Down” was released via Soundly Music to rave reviews, with Rolling Stone declaring it a “first sizzling taste of the long-awaited follow-up to her 2016 debut,” Billboard pronouncing it a “rollicking jam that will soar in the live setting,” and Nashville Scene highlighting it as a “fresh track.” The Boot asserts “the song injects some garage rock power behind Sellers’ trademark country twang and soaring vocals,” and Sounds Like Nashville proclaims the single “a femme-fatale anthem filled with swagger – and more than a little bit of aggression.” In its first week following release, “Drag You Down” has been featured on Apple Music’s “Breaking Country” and “Best of the Week Pop” playlists, Amazon’s “Fresh Folk & Americana” playlist, and Spotify’s “New Music Nashville” playlist.


Mariah the Scientist got her name from being a Biology major at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. Against her parents’ wishes, she dropped out of college, leaving all of her belongings in her dorm room and headed back to Atlanta to pursue her music career. Born and raised on a steady diet of classic R&B ranging from the Temptations to Boys II Men, Mariah became self-sufficient in her creative process, discovering producers and beats on the internet to which she would write songs. Her music caught the attention of Toronto R&B artist Tory Lanez, who offered some musical mentorship, resulting in her 2018 debut project To Die For.

WAR OF THRONES Featuring Former Members Of Crimson Glory And Rob Rock Announce New Music Video For “Channeling Demons”

WAR OF THRONES, featuring former members of Crimson Glory and Rob Rock, have released a new music video, “Channeling Demons”, from their debut album. The album, Conflict In Creation, is in stores worldwide now on via Sonic Night Music Club.

Taylor McFerrin Releases new single “Love and Distance” from new album out 8/16

Today, Los Angeles-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ, and vocalist Taylor McFerrin released his new single “Love and Distance.” Okayplayer praised the track, calling it “tender and warbled… [falling] square between Kool & The Gang’s astral-plaining ‘Summer Madness’ and the half-muted heartbreak of Slum Village’s ‘Fall in Love.’” “Love and Distance” is taken from McFerrin’s new album Love’s Last Chance, which is out on August 16th via AWAL.

Taylor McFerrin’s “Love and Distance” is a Tender, Warbled Gap-Closer [Premiere]

new single from Ted Z and The Wranglers, that was just premiered via Billboard

Ted Z and The Wranglers, of Southern California, deliver outlaw country-charged rock. Ted’s catchy story-songs are fully-realized tales of love, regret, getting older and getting in trouble. The band stirs up it’s Americana influences, featuring quick picking and bluesy slide guitar over galloping train beats and swinging shuffles.

Gotchi – Listen to “Got It Lock It”

Another hot Hip Hop Artist is coming out of Canada! GOTCHI~ This brilliantly talented recording artist lyrical prowess is masterful; lyrically he uses his platform to express relateable sentiment which is always in tune by the timeless vibes of classic Hip Hop. Yet, Gotchi does so much more than just assimilate former sounds. He packs in plenty of wavy melodies which sweep along with the atmospheric layers of reverb. Inspired from a plethora of experiences GOTCHI writes his own music that reaches out to the new or seasoned fan of Hip Hop/Rap/Pop, his style fits well into the crossover genre.

Le Big Zero premiere “Don’t Know Any” with Various Small Flames, debut LP out in September

Brooklyn-based outfit Le Big Zero have unveiled “Don’t Know Any,” the bombastic second single from next month’s debut Ollie Oxen Free on Various Small Flames earlier today.

“Don’t Know Any’ blends scuzzy, playful garage rock with the raucous attitude of The Thermals and throws in a little math rock complexity too,” VSF editor Jon Doyle writes, “closing out the blend of wry observation and genuine feelings that marks the Le Big Zero sound.” – Various Small Flames

Le Big Zero – Don’t Know Any

E-40 Has Seen Your Top 50 Rappers Lists – And He Says “Nope”

“Whoever you are, and whatever your low-grade malaise, E-40 is here to banish it. The Bay Area rap forefather is a human exclamation point, a superhero whose power is remaining helplessly in love with his work. E-40 works harder and more joyfully at making great rap music than you or I have ever worked on anything” – Pitchfork

Villain Park debut music video “Visions”; New Album The Recipe Available August 28th

Los Angeles rap trio Villain Park are excited to debut their new single and music video “Visions” from their forthcoming album The Recipe available on August 28th. The blacked out Qewly directed clip displays the perfect chemistry between Villain Park MC’s Smoke and Bunge while they deliver a back and forth rapid flow alongside their DJ Coly Cole and hyped up Villain Park crew. The hypnotizing head-nodding production is handled by Smoke.



After working with Kesha, Britney & Linda Perry, Sophie Bom finds a new musical language

Sophie Bom has been surrounded by art and the entertainment industry her whole life. Being the daughter of two actors meant creating has always been in her blood. Jumping on the piano as a little girl to sing and write songs was as natural as anything else. She performed all over Los Angeles until a chance encounter with songwriter/producer Linda Perry changed her mindset. Linda explained the power of giving away a song to another artist, something Sophie had never considered. Within a year she found herself working with pop wizards like Max Martin and Swedish duo Bloody & Avant crafting songs for Britney Spears, Kesha and Conor Maynard. But Sophie’s own artistry never went away. After posting one song online her band Sophie and the Bom Boms signed to Columbia Records and toured the country. Eventually her artistry couldn’t be contained by the formula of pop music and she found herself back at her roots, at the piano. In making her first solo album, the forthcoming Hitbodedut, she moved beyond the paper and pen and took over the production reigns. This opened her world and allowed the eclectic sounds and stories of this new album to take form.

Louisville Rapper Markie Releases Video for New Song “Repent”

A 19-year-old rapper with a lifetime of stories to tell, Markie hails from the East End of Louisville, Kentucky—a place that inevitably pours into each song he creates. “Where I come from is the gutter, it’s the trenches,” says Markie. “People have their ideas of what life is like in Louisville, so I wanted to use my music to tell them what’s really going on.” Markie’s forthcoming debut project brings his magnetic charisma and melodic flow to that purposely unfiltered truth-telling.