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By Divine Right’s José Contreras releases elegant new solo LP, At The Slaughterhouse, on Sept. 13…premieres video for “At 45” via Indie88

By Divine Right’s José Contreras releases At The Slaughterhouse, a beautiful new collection of solo material, on Friday, September 13 via Headless Owl Records.

A video for the album’s lead single, “At 45,” premieres today via Indie88. Directed by Ben Srokosz of GATTA Creative, the stark black and white video is peppered with zooming hits of colour while traffic rushes by Contreras.

Nef The Pharaoh Shares Playful & Psychedelic Mushrooms & Coloring Books Album

Boosted by his slickly dexterous flow and witty bars, Nef The Pharoah is the standard bearer for the Bay’s new wave. Providing a psychedelic twist on his region’s signature rap scene, Nef shares Mushrooms & Coloring Books, his new album. With provocative cover art courtesy of @Distortedd, the album bends the framework of Bay Area rap, staying true to its foundations, but pushing the boundaries with playful experimentation. Running the gamut from mob music to electro-funk to smooth jazz to Ibiza-friendly dance-rap, Mushrooms & Coloring Books proves Nef’s endless adaptability, weaving his malleable flow between hits of acid bass, breaking into nursery rhyme patter, and even flashing a skill with melody when the occasion calls. Featuring appearances from Tyga, Sada Baby, ALLBLACK, Slimmy B of SOB x RBE, Rexx Life Raj, ShooterGang Kony, LOE Gino, and Scando The Darklord, and with production from Brodinski along with Bay Area mainstays like Djfresh and DTB, Mushrooms & Coloring Books releases via Sick Wid It Records/EMPIRE.

KIDD ROSS drops energized summer symphony ‘Give A Little Love To Me’

His latest offering, ‘Give A Little Love To Me’ is a stunning uplifting summer symphony. With an energized funky baseline and short catchy vocals which transition into an anthemic feel good melody:

Sick Joy release new single ‘Vibe Sucker’ and announce EP

Sick Joy have shared their new single, ‘Vibe Sucker’. The release comes alongside the announcement of their new EP, Them Days, which will be released on September 13th via SO Recordings, and an extensive headline tour with dates throughout October and November.

CONFESSIONS OF A TRAITOR Announce Album Details, Release Date & New Video

UK metalcore group Confessions Of A Traitor are back with a new album entitled Guided, set for release via Sliptrick Records on October 18th, their first new output since the 2017 EP Illuminate. They have also just released their first video from the album in the form of the track Ocean Air which is also available through Apple Music, Spotify and all major online outlets.

Woodstock Nation Releases Limited Edition Box Set

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, Woodstock Nation is pleased to announce the release of a Limited Edition Box Set of the last real Woodstock reunion concert ever to be filmed. This 3-DVD Box Set from the 40th Anniversary concert, “Remembering Woodstock,” in 2009 was the largest collection of Woodstock performers since the original festival in 1969.

LAID BLAK’s gloriously nostalgic calypso ‘Mic Man’ ft. Tina Lau

Bristol’s Laid Blak have trailed a unique path through the music jungle and picked up influential friends on the way. They don’t come much bigger these days than this key ally – Ed Sheeran. The red-haired one is a big fan, so much so that he used a section of the band’s earlier signature tune, ‘My Eyes Are Red’( 3.6 million views on You Tube) in one of his own album chart busting songs and to close his shows.

Vitriol Premiere “Crowned In Retaliation” Playthrough With Invisible Oranges

Portland death metal band VITRIOL premiere their playthrough of “Crowned In Retaliation” today with Invisible Oranges.
Watch the video, produced by Keith Merrow, exclusively on the site HERE. The track is off of the band’s debut full-length album To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice out on September 6th via Century Media Records.

Fronted by the dual vocal assault given from guitarist Kyle Rasmussen and bassist Adam Roethlisberger, and driven by the inhuman drummer Scott Walker, VITRIOL proved to make a successful strike at the genre’s heart with their 2017 EP, Pain Will Define Their Death. Released via Italy’s Everlasting Spew, it already provided a shockingly intense glimpse at the whirlwind that is to be unfurled on the much anticipated debut record, To Bathe from the Throat of Cowardice.

LISTEN NOW: Kaylee Rose Debuts Catchy New Track, “Wagon”

Genre-bending artist, Kaylee Rose, has premiered a first listen to her new County Hip-Hop track, “Wagon” on Billboard.com (see here). The singer-songwriter is set to release the song to all streaming platforms and digital retailers on Aug. 16.

“Wagon” is a song about the path to success and how those who may have not been supportive in the past are always ready to ‘jump on the bandwagon’ once it’s too late. Rose commented, “The inspiration for ‘Wagon’ came from a good friend who challenged me to write a song as if I had already ‘made it’ in the music industry. Rappers are always writing songs about ‘making it’ before they do so he thought it would be fun to put a Country spin on the idea. Although the lyrics come from my perspective, I think it could be relatable for anyone. People will always doubt your dreams, goals and passions until they start to watch you succeed. This song is a sassy and honest way of saying ‘look at me now.'”

Photo Credit: Lauren Jackson – South of Indigo Photography

Comethazine Plots His Next Move in a Mansion in “Act” Video

Comethazine keeping listeners on their toes with his visceral imagery and energetic rhymes. Toning down the energy, but maintaining a steely intensity, Comethazine shares “ACT,” his new video. Taking a break from terrorizing his enemies, the video finds Comethazine laying low in his mansion plotting his next move as he strives for rap supremacy: “B*tch, I don’t even care, I’d be a liar if I told you I did.” Premiered by XXL, “ACT” is the latest video from Bawskee 3.5, following the sinister clip for “FIND HIM!”

Turkuaz Announces Feature Film, ‘None’s A Ton,’ & Adds Fall Tour Dates

A great movie can act as a time capsule, documenting a specific era in time to relive, revisit and enjoy in the days to come, and that’s essentially what Turkuaz did in late 2018 while filming a live performance, which was promised to be released as a film at a later date.

“None’s A Ton is our first time truly capturing the Turkuaz show experience in a live concert film,” shares Turkuaz frontman, Dave Brandwein, who also co-directed and is credited as an Executive Producer on the film. “It’s something we’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and finally, it has arrived. This film is sort of a ‘best of’ of our favorite moments that have developed on stage over the last five years of non-stop, coast-to-coast touring.”

American Association of Suicidology Urges Congress to Fund Crisis Services at Scale

“Today we are thankful to the Federal Communications Commission for their recognition that now is the time for a nationwide three-digit phone line for mental health and suicide prevention crisis,” said Becky Stoll, LCSW, AAS Crisis Center Division Chair, and Vice President, Crisis & Disaster Management at Centerstone. “Now we turn to our colleagues in Congress for further conversation on this issue including funding. Having this number in the United States will surely help in making great strides to break down the walls of stigma around mental health issues.”

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American Association of Suicidology Urges Congress to Fund Crisis Services at Scale

Women’s Activist Onejiru Empowers With Soul Anthem ‘Higher Than High’

Set to release her new album on August 30th, singer-songwriter Onejiru oozes personality in her video for the album title-track ‘Higher Than High’. Bringing not just her incredible voice and skill as a musician to a wider audience but also her activism which sees her travelling the world championing women’s rights and the under-privileged world-wide.


Today, Brittany Howard released “He Loves Me,” a song from her forthcoming debut solo album, Jaime. The soulful, slow-burning track – which debuted earlier today as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Apple Music’s Beats 1 – offers up a frank reflection on the unconditional nature of God’s love. While confessing she’s not a churchgoer, Howard punctuates the song with samples from a sermon by Reverend Terry K. Anderson, a Houston-based pastor she discovered on YouTube.


Once again, the disruptive and dynamic talent delivers pulsating verses over skittering beats. At the eye of the storm, he drops yet another airy and atomic hook immediately primed to make an irresistible impact. He recently revealed the music video for the song as well. Bathed in a glow of neon lights, he shines just as much as the setting with undeniable and uncontainable prowess.

Hunter Hayes to Fans: New Album, “Wild Blue (Part I),” is Yours This Friday

While appearing on stage at 30 Rock to perform his current single “Heartbreak” on Third Hour Today earlier this morning, Hunter Hayes surprised viewers and fans around the world with the announcement that Wild Blue (Part I), – initially rumored to be released on October 11 – will now arrive earlier: this Friday, August 16 on digital platforms everywhere (Warner Music Nashville).

Wild Blue came during a transformative period in Hayes’ life, and the long-awaited album showcases his journey through the changes he came to embrace. As he declares in the title track, “I close my eyes, cut the cord, drop the chain and I shed my skin,” Hayes has found a version of himself that is ready to take on the future on his own terms.