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PULCHRA MORTE: Death/Doom Unit Confirmed To Appear At Full Terror Assault Open Air; Band To Begin Recording New Album

Death/doom practitioners PULCHRA MORTE will appear at this year’s edition Full Terror Assault Festival at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois. The band will be performing on Thursday, September 5th, day one of the three-day even alongside the likes of such scene heavyweights as Exhorder, Krisiun, and Kataklysm.


R&B powerhouse KARA MARNI teams up with respected UK bass line producer CHAMPION to tease the first part of their collaboration “ALL NIGHT PT.1”. The new single by the DJ and producer add a garage 2 step twist to the track, accompanied by the young North Londoner’s luxe blend of soulful R&B adding that powerful top-line.

This is the first single from the KARA MARNI x CHAMPION collaboration – with the second track set to drop later this month – “ALL NIGHT PT 1,” which follows an impressive catalogue of releases from the one-to-watch across 2019.9.

Gone Sugar Die tackle social crises in Vancouver with “Candy” video

Vancouver and LA-based self-proclaimed “dirt pop” duo Gone Sugar Die have premiered a video for “Candy Is A Heartthrob,” the latest single from their upcoming Blaack Heaart EP.

Led by bassist Mike Hindert (fmr. The Bravery) and singer/guitarist Patrick McWilliams (fmr. The Cut Losses), Gone Sugar Die haven’t made activism an explicit part of their raw synth pop brand, but “Candy” showcases McWilliams’ experiences both volunteering for Vancouver non-profit Covenant House and interacting regularly with the homelessness and drug crises in the city.

Chicago R&B And Soul Singer Brandon James Has Released His New Music Video “So Emotional”

“So Emotional” is a vocally driven, captivating song where Brandon James sings with absolute passion. His vocals are only complemented by the songs instrumentation, providing a minimalist background mix that gives the song an emotive, lounge atmosphere. Combined with the videos jazz like/live performance fill “So Emotional” as a song and a music video sets the tone for the r&b/soul singer. “So Emotional” was released to all major streaming platforms for download and purchase on April 26th, 2019.

SF band Sis shares new lyric video “Moon At The Peak” via SF Station, plus new tour dates

Gas Station Roses, Sis’s second full-length album, is the Berkeley-based band’s devotional document of six months spent in the dream zone of the studio. Lovingly made, with earthen percussive elements, chance technique, inside a glimmering forest full of synths and guitars, the album reunited Sis for their most assertive musical statement yet.

Sis Premieres Video for “Moon at the Peak,” Plays Hotel Utah August 14th

For Skope: Marcus James touches on loneliness and anxiety on “Move On” ft. XYSM [out now]

Marcus James’ newest release – “Move On,” which just dropped on Canadian label Physical Presents. With the emphasis on acoustic instrumentals and raw, soulful vocals from XYSM, “Move On” is a strong candidate for a summer hit, which also touches upon depths of loneliness, anxiety, and depression.

The Hip Abduction Releases New Album To the Ends of the Earth

The Hip Abduction—a band fueled by African rhythms, dub spirit, and roots soul—are proud to release To the Ends of the Earth, available everywhere today. This release, a sonic expedition past genre barriers, aiming to guide listeners towards anthemic bliss, is the band’s fourth full-length independent album. The band, David New (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Chris Powers (Bass), Dave Johnson (Baritone, Tenor Saxophone), Cody Moore (Keyboards), Matt Poynter (Drums, Vocals), and Justino Walker (Guitar), call St. Petersburg, FL home and mined an expansive well of local and global influences to sharpen their signature style on To the Ends of the Earth.

City Under Siege (Buffalo, NY) Debut New Single/Music Video “Freakin Out”

Buffalo, NY by way of Dallas, TX indie/pop/rock trio City Under Siege is debuting a new music video for their latest single “Freaking Out” which drops on August 9th via Third String Records.

Güten Morgan New Album ‘Trash Day’

The music is a mix of Classic Rock and 90’s rock – think early Train, Matchbox 20/Rob Thomas, and a shot of Gin Blossoms. Differing from most lead vocalists, Morgan has a rich baritone voice (like a softer side of Eddie Vedder.) Morgan is a practicing radiation oncologist (treating cancer patients) who is also a musician, and so his work to date is studio based rather than touring. With the exception of 2 lead guitar and bass tracks, the songs on the album were all not only all played by, but mixed by Morgan as well.

Jeffrey Gaines’ acoustic cover of In Your Eyes was the stimulus for arranging and recording an acoustic take of the Zeppelin classic Over The Hills And Far Away, and the rest of the Trash Day album flowed from there. The album is strongly guitar and percussion based, but with attention to vocals – even including an a cappella gospel-blues cover, a tribute to part of his musical heritage. The album consists of 8 original tracks, and 2 covers.

Shangrila make their return, delivering powerful, evocative new single, ‘Fade Away’

In releasing a brand new cut of music in ‘Fade Away’, Perth’s WAM song of the year nominees Shangrila make an impassioned return for 2019. Bursting forth from the melodic alt-rock territory they’ve been making themselves more than comfortable and renowned within since the release of 2018’s Love and Leaving EP, Shangrila’s latest shares a snapshot of a band fully in possession of a strong musical identity.

NEWS: Dan Auerbach-produced Jimmy “Duck” Holmes album ‘Cypress Grove’ out October 18th on Easy Eye Sound.

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes wants you to visit his juke joint in Bentonia, Mississippi. Consider his new album, the 11-song Cypress Grove, your invitation.

Produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys for his Easy Eye Sound label and available on October 18, Cypress Grove is an aural postcard of a typical Saturday night at Holmes’ Blue Front Café, America’s longest operating juke joint. The album is anchored by tradition — which is natural, since Holmes is the last of the original torchbearers of the rural style known as Bentonia blues—but it’s also explosive, raw, and unpredictably in the moment.

Introducing Mississippi Bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

BBC Horizons Act ‘Codewalkers’ share new ‘Roadman’ Single | Out 30th August 2019

After being selected for this years BBC Horizons project, figureheaded by BBC Presenter Bethan Elfyn, Codewalkers find themselves with more momentum than ever.

Cardiff-based brothers: Producer, Ben Dabson and Guitarist, Dafydd Dabson, have been making noise together since before they could talk. Codewalkers was formed in 2016 when they recruited vocalist Seun Babatola to provide a message to their music. The trio were joined in 2018 by Bassist Chay Lockyer and Drummer Aled Lloyd.

Their music is a mix of rock, rap and reggae. Ambitious in scope and featuring a mix of live and electronic instruments, it moves from catchy reggae hooks to hip-hop grooves. Often drawing on his childhood experiences in Nigeria, lyricist Seun Babatola can cover serious issues in his writing – gender, violence, societal expectations – but the music is always full of life and energy. It makes you dance, it makes you think.

Alok and Zafrir link up on anthemic banger ‘Vale Vale’

Brazilian bass innovator Alok has collaborated with Israeli artist Zafrir on rousing new single ‘Vale Vale’, out on Friday 9th August via Alok’s own CONTROVERSIA imprint.

Marking Alok’s tenth release of the year, ‘Vale Vale’ has an anthemic, big room feel to it, with the sounds of chanting crowds audible from the offset. These chants culminate around the track’s unrelenting build-ups and predictably mammoth drops, making for a particularly memorable piece of music. Alok and Zafrir previously worked together on 2018 summer smash ‘United’, with the Israeli also making music with the likes of Armin Van Buuren and Vini Vicii.

New video: Edinburgh natives Liimo release video for new single ‘If You Love Me’

Speaking about the video, Jamo explains, “We’d always had a karaoke theme in mind for this song as it felt like a bit of a heartbreak anthem to us, and working with Theo was amazing, he really brought it to life. We were out for a drink one night in this amazing neon-clad venue in Soho and knew straight away we just had to shoot a music video there. The video nearly never came to be! We kept setting off the alarms with our smoke machine and the restaurant were going to pull the plug – but it was worth the risk in the end.”

Dublin based avant noise-rock band, BATS for their first album in 7 years, ‘Alter Nature’

Having supported the likes of The Locust, These Arms Are Snakes, The Jesus Lizard, Gang Gang Dance, Sebadoh and Chrome Hoof, BATS have previously earned critical acclaim from the Quietus, Metal Hammer, NME, Kerrang! and more, for their frenetic, cacophonous and rhythmic sound. We’ve just announced the new album (due out October 10th) and have shared their new single ‘Old Hitler’. I’d love it if you could give this a listen and let me know what you think:

SLEEPING ANCIENT: Invisible Oranges Premieres “Akeru”

Invisible Oranges is currently streaming “Akeru,” the latest track from Houston, Texas-based atmospheric post-black metal conjurors SLEEPING ANCIENT. The suffocating hymn comes off the band’s upcoming debut full-length, There Is No Truth But Death, set for release this fall via Viridian Flame Records.

SKERRYVORE, brings 360 WORLD TOUR to U.S. and Canada in September-October 2019

Skerryvore, an award-winning eight piece band from Scotland, will return to the U.S. and Canada this fall following up on their highly successful spring tour of North America. The band is calling this their “360 World Tour” since they will have virtually toured the entire year of 2019 going into 2020 all the while filiming every show with with a specialized 360 camera. In addition to the U.S. and Canada, 2019 has already found them in Australia, Holland, Denmark, England and, of course, Scotland.