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Vevo and Rick Ross release “Act A Fool” and “BIG TYME” live performances

Vevo announces the release of Rick Ross’ performances of “Act A Fool” and “BIG TYME” as the next artist in their new Ctrl series.

Vevo’s Ctrl series highlights the work of hard-hitting, cutting-edge musicians making an impact in today’s music scene – both emerging and established. These artists demand attention, and Vevo’s Ctrl shines a deserving spotlight. Shot in Vevo’s Brooklyn studio, Ferg’s performances will be followed by Ctrl sessions from Rapsody and more in the coming weeks. Previously, Vevo released Ctrl videos with Flipp Dinero and A$AP Ferg.

Fig’s Vision Share New Single “Choo Choo” Exclusively On Pure Grain Audio // New EP Out 8/15

With a reputation for blending experimental pop and electronica, the group continues to conjure new possibilities within the dream-world which follows them. Figs Vision delivers a unique and immersive live show that draws its audience into a kaleidoscope of sound, light, and movement.


Canadian melodic roots rocker Cory M. Coons is no stranger to the music awards podium. His singles have earned him accolades at the Radio Music Awards and the World Songwriting Awards. His albums have been recognized at the International Singer Songwriters Association (ISSA Awards), the Ottawa Sound Music Awards, The Los Angeles Music Awards and the Producer’s Choice Honors. Now, the prolific singer-songwriter has been nominated for one of independent music’s most prestigious awards, The Josie Music Awards.

Emerging NYC based rapper Tabby Wakes’ debut EP Over Night out now on Fool’s Gold Records

Of the signing, label co-founder Alain Macklovitch (A-Trak) says, “When you meet Tabby and when you hear her music, they match up perfectly. There is an earnest playfulness, and there is also a sort of ‘anything is possible’ ambition. Her songs are honest and sometimes innocent—she lets you into her world. From the moment I met her last year, it seemed like every other day someone new was telling me about her in New York. Once I was in her world, I saw traces of her everywhere in the city. Tabby is contagious!”

EN MINOR: Revolver Premieres “On The Floor” Video

Revolver Magazine is pleased to unveil the official new video for “On The Floor,” from Philip H. Anselmo’s EN MINOR, as part of the magazine’s “No Distortion” series. The gutting tune comes by way of the band’s self-titled seven-inch EP, released earlier this month via Housecore Records.

New Release: Wooden Arms “Pillar of Salt” [single] – (Dream Pop, Post Rock)

“Breathless and full of psychotic energy whilst remaining paradoxically structured and together” – The Line of Best Fit

“Brooding and delicate… smothered in subtlety, tension and lush reverb” – The 405

The new Wooden Arms single “Pillar of Salt” is out today! A previously unreleased song from the Tide era, it is being released in celebration of its five year anniversary. “Pillar of Salt” is available now on all major digital platforms.

Michaela Anne Garners Praise on “Desert Dove”, Out September 27th on Yep Roc Records

Michaela Anne is gearing up to release her highly-anticipated new album Desert Dove on September 27 via Yep Roc Records. Last week, Billboard premiered the album’s third single “Somebody New”, commenting, “A lush arrangement of wavering electric guitar, steady percussion and Anne’s captivating vocals highlight the song… stunning.” Read more and watch Michaela perform the song at Layman Drug Company here. The track is currently featured on Spotify’s Fresh Folk and Amazon’s Fresh Folk + Americana playlist. To further explain the themes of the single, Michaela teamed up with TIDAL to personally curate a playlist of songs that “hurt so good”, featuring her favorite heartbreak songs.

NIGHTFELL: “No Life Leaves Here” Now Streaming; A Sanity Deranged Nears September Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Recorded and mixed together with Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (High On Fire, Asunder, Vastum, Ulthar) with additional instrumentation and vocals tracked by Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Sunn O))) Mournful Congregation, Noisem), NIGHTFELL evokes their most dense and dynamic recording yet with A Sanity Deranged. A sharpened blade of iron and steel forged in the fires of tumult, the album is the annihilating vanguard for the end times now upon us all.

Tasha The Amazon Relishes the Rock Star Lifestyle on “Helluva Ride”

Burning up dancefloors with her hard-hitting brand of warehouse rap, Tasha The Amazon had a long rise to prominence–and she’s enjoying every minute of it. Showing off her melodic instincts atop a blaring instrumental, Tasha shares “Helluva Ride,” her latest single. Complete with thunderous bass and entrancing high-end synths, “Helluva Ride” is a classic Tasha banger, capable of destroying any dancefloor. Produced by Danny Thrax, the new single finds Tasha in a celebratory mood, relishing in the opportunity and experiences brought on by her life as a musician straddling the line between the mainstream and avant-garde. “Helluva Ride” is the latest single from the forthcoming Black Moon album, following the ultra-chill “Not The Same” and the bohemian, NYLON-premiered video for “That Ain’t You.”


Global superstar Khalid announces today that on September 1st he will headline a benefit concert along with special guests at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. In support of his hometown of El Paso and in response to the tragic mass shooting on August 3, 2019, Khalid will be raising funds through this concert to support the El Paso Shooting Victims’ Fund and the El Paso Community Foundation.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, August 14th at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. This event is presented by The Great Khalid Foundation and manager Courtney Stewart’s Right Hand Foundation, and produced by Live Nation.

The Inspector Cluzo Announces Fall Tour w/ ’68 and The Messenger Birds

French “rock farmers” The Inspector Cluzo have announced that they will be heading back to the US this fall for an extensive tour with ‘68 and The Messenger Birds. The fall tour follows a successful trip to the US where TIC opened for Clutch and Eels.

“Last May we recorded a live unplugged version of WE THE PEOPLE OF THE SOIL at Vance Powell’s studio. The unplugged recording is called BROTHERS IN IDEALS and will be released early 2020. We are excited to be back in North America for a 3rd US tour this year. Last winter we did a tour in the midwest where we opened for our good friends of CLUTCH & EELS. We are stoked to open for the crazy AVATAR and be part of this “they came two by two tour” with 68 & the Messenger Birds”

Skyzoo & Pete Rock Announce Album “Retropolitan” (Plus Free Single)

When rumors spread months ago that Skyzoo had begun working on a collaborative project with the iconic Pete Rock it quickly set social media aflame. While details were scant, Mello Music Group is happy to finally reveal the details and officially announce Skyzoo & Pete Rock’s new album, Retropolitan, with Billboard who premiered the lead single It’s All Good.

It’s All Good finds Skyzoo skating over a beat from Pete’s secret “SP-1200 stash,” and this one in particular was produced in 1994 around the same time as Pete’s Illmatic sessions with Nas.

THE SHRIEKS Release Dazzling Visual Music Video for “Synaptic Free Zone”

Alternative Rock Band THE SHRIEKS has released the visually intense music video for their politically charged single, “Synaptic Free Zone,” off of their April released LP, Toxygen.

Theo Bard seethes with sincerity on unnervingly experimental ‘Forget’

Inspired by a new generation of songwriters augmenting their music with electronic sounds, Theo Bard has developed a unique voice as both producer and songwriter and has returned to reveal his new brand of dark, James Blake inspired, experimental pop, something that caught the eye and ear of Swedish tastemaker label Icons Creating Evil Art (Flora Cash, Louise Lemon, Tolliver).

‘Princess Diana: The Musical’

August marks the 22nd anniversary of the passing of Princess Diana and many will be remembering the life of Princess Diana. Karen Sokolof Javitch has written Princess Diana: The Musical which brings to life the Princess’ relationship with Prince Charles – focusing on their courtship, marriage, and divorce.

Karen wrote the 27 songs for the musical. The songs reflect Diana’s transition from being an unknown 19-year old to becoming the most famous woman in the world. “I wrote the show because I was devastated when she was killed in a car crash (Aug. 31, 1997). I sat down at the piano to console myself and wrote many songs for her and about her, now knowing that someday I would put them into a musical.”

Princess Diana the Musical

DEVOURMENT: Decibel Streams Obscene Majesty Full-Length From Brutal Death Metal Veterans

“…a masterclass in slam and brutal death metal. At ten tracks and just over forty-five minutes of caveman death metal, Obscene Majesty is one bludgeoning moment after another, a calculated exercise in brutality; DEVOURMENT make it crystal clear why they have been the kings of slam for two decades.” — Decibel

Mortimer Drops New Video “Lightning,” Premiering on The Fader Now!

The new single is a classic down-tempo reggae love song with a modern update. With a sparse rhythm section featuring a live Hammond organ and rhythm guitar, joined later by live steel guitar, horns, and synthesizers, which build to a passionate crescendo. A love song for the ages, Mortimer sings his way straight into hearts with his romantic, heart-felt lyrics. The video – directed by Pete Beng and produced by Claire Osman captures the stunning beauty of nature as it follows young love into maturity with a coming of age narrative.

ADAM ANT announces tour opener seen w/ Steven Tyler, Cherie Currie, Kevin Smith

Glam Skanks are a buzz band known for their provocative, colorful style with influences ranging from T Rex and The New York Dolls to Aerosmith, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Their forthcoming album, “Anywhere In Between” is produced by GRAMMY-nommed producers Bruce Witkin and Ryan Dorn. They’ve also opened for Alice Cooper, The Skids, played as Cherie Currie’s (The Runaways) backup band, have jammed with Steven Tyler, toured Europe twice and director Kevin Smith featured their music in his “Yoga Hosers” film starring Lily-Rose Depp and Harley Quinn Smith.

Adam Ant “Friend or Foe” USA tour 2019
Wednesday, September 4, Milwaukee, WI, Pabst Theatre
Friday, September 6, St. Louis MO, The Pageant
Saturday, September 7, Chicago, IL, Riviera Theatre
Sunday, September 8, Minneapolis, MN, Pantages Theatre
Wednesday, September 11, Cincinnati, OH, Taft Theatre
Friday, September 13, Detroit, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Saturday, September 14, Cleveland, OH, Masonic Auditorium
Sunday, September 15, Toronto, ON, The Danforth Music Hall
Tuesday, September 17, Boston, MA, Boch Center Shubert Theatre
Thursday, September 19, New York NY, Beacon Theatre
Friday, September 20, Philadelphia, PA, Merriam Theater
Saturday, September 21, Mashantucket, CT, Fox Theatre
Monday, September 23, Washington, DC, Lincoln Theatre
Wednesday, September 25, Greensboro, NC, Carolina Theatre
Friday, September 27, Atlanta, GA, Symphony Hall
Saturday, September 28, Clearwater, FL, Capitol Theatre
Sunday, September 29, Orlando, FL, Hard Rock
Tuesday, October 1, Miami, FL, The Fillmore

WALKING BOMBS: BrooklynVegan Premieres Title Track To Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens

WALKING BOMBS’ Sphinges, Sibling Selves And Queens is an album about the riddle of identity in the modern world, the fight for authenticity and the horrors of an empathy-free online culture, society, and planet. It is about self-exploration as liberation, being multi-gender, and about defeating partial pictures that lead to often willfully badly drawn conclusions.

Just Announced: Art Alexakis (Everclear) Releasing Solo Album ‘Sun Songs’ on 10/11

Alexakis shares, “For the most part, it’s an acoustic singer-songwriter type of album. It’s not about making another Everclear record; it’s about doing something that’s just me.” He cites everything from classic country to hip hop, to the great acoustic singer-songwriters of the 1970’s as major influences for this record.

Everclear’s Art Alexakis details debut solo album, “Sun Songs”

ENTER SHIKARI release new track “STOP THE CLOCKS”…

ENTER SHIKARI have released the storming new track “Stop The Clocks”, BBC Radio 1’s “Hottest Record” on the Annie Mac show tonight, ahead of playing four special sets at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival on August 23rd – 25th. The single will be their first release on So Recordings.


Kerekes began writing and demoing Ruby at home with no particular goal in mind besides self-expression. However once longtime collaborator Will Yip (Tigers Jaw, Circa Survive) heard the demos, he asked that Kerekes consider releasing them on his Elektra Music Group sub-label Black Cement Records. Kerekes tracked most of the instruments himself, and produced and engineered Ruby in a studio that he built in his garage with his brother.

Summer Walker Announces New Album OVER IT

Summer Walker is quietly carving out a niche of her own. Signed to LVRN/Interscope Records, the Atlanta singer/writer/musician has been recognized for her raw, soulful technique. A pianist and guitarist, Summer initially gained attention from the release of her four-track CLEAR EP and 2018’s Last Day of Summer. The latter spawned breakout singles “CPR” and the certified Platinum “Girls Need Love.” She teamed up with rap superstar Drake for the official remix, whose video has amassed over 47M views, and recently headlined the official Girls Need Love Tour. Summer has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel and has garnered praise from the likes of Billboard, Noisey, Apple Music and Spotify. Complex touts, “It’s still early days, but Summer Walker’s emergence feels like the start of something very special.” Spanning the genres of R&B, soul, pop and alternative music, Summer Walker is poised to bring a fresh and unique sound to R&B.

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Sydney indie-rock group YEEVS announce debut self-titled album

The journey Sydney band YEEVS has been taking to get to this point is one marked by consistently strengthening songwriting, captivating live shows and a thriving sense of musical identity that drives each release. This year, the trio will release their long awaited debut, self-titled album; from it, YEEVS continue to endear with a passionate cut of indie-rock in ‘Can’t Be Seen’.