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PINEWALKER: The Obelisk Premieres “Sentinel” By Salt Lake City Sludge Metal Quintet

“Sentinel” is the new single from Salt Lake City, Utah-based PINEWALKER, and the quintet’s impending debut album, Migration. The record boasts a cathartic concept, an homage to loved ones lost to cancer, delivered through a crushing display of thundering, groove-heavy doom/sludge metal. The new song has been released through an exclusive premiere through The Obelisk.

Pinewalker Premiere “Sentinel”; Migration out Sept. 6

New Music This Week – Sleater-Kinney, the Hold Steady, Slipknot, and More

New Releases for August 16, 2019 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Pollstar Live75 – Country Artists & Jam Bands Debut; BTS Holds Top Spot

Country music is represented among the five tours debuting in the Top 10 this week, with Florida Georgia Line ranking the highest among them at No. 5. The duo earns the HOT SHOT status based on a ticket sales average of 19,976 from 15 concerts on its current headlining trek called ”Can’t Say I Ain’t Country.”

Jam bands Phish and Dave Matthews Band are also represented, entering LIVE75 at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively, with ticket sales from sum­mer tours booked primarily in outdoor venues.

Rüfüs Du Sol scores the No. 31 slot on the chart as this week’s BREAKTHROUGH artist thanks to a 100% sellout average from the EDM artist’s five concerts included in the chart tally.

Lizzo’s turn as this week’s NOISE MAKER with a two-position jump to No. 38 comes with a unique circumstance – namely that the Detroit-born rapper is the only artist to make an upward move on the chart compared to the previous issue.

DREKKA’s Beings of InberIndust (out now) is a playscape of sound exhibitionism

Dais Records, Auris Apothecary, and Bluesanct sound experimentalist DREKKA recently released, Beings of ImberIndus on CD format via Somnimage Records. Beings of ImberIndus was commissioned as a hexaphonic sound installation to accompany the “Beings of ImberIndus” solo soft sculpture show by Carrie Weaver; presented at The I Fell Gallery, Bloomington throughout December 2018 and culminating in a winter solstice ritual of cleansing.

Save The Date: Swanky Tiger @ Mercury Lounge, 8/23/19

“We would like to cordially invite you to our concert next Friday, August 23rd, at Mercury Lounge in NYC! We’ll be rocking with Lily Jeanette and Brother Reverend – doors open at 7pm, Swanky Tiger hits the stage at 9. Advance (discounted!) tickets available at the link below. Come shake it up with us!”


“a dexterous lyricist…the stuff of impressive radio freestyles.” – The New York Times

“Cordae raps about life with the patience of a pro” – Pitchfork


“Soft strings punctuate ambient layers of percussion and interdimensional waves of sonic bliss.” – PopMatters

Montréal’s Bodywash have shared the video for their new single titled “With Heat”. Earlier this month the band announced their debut LP Comforter which is out 8/30 On Luminelle Recordings. The band’s sound is a heady, gorgeous mix of shoegaze, trip hop and IDM and for fans of Beach House, Deerhunter, MBV and Slowdive.

Out 8/23! Carriers’ “Now Is The Time…” feat. Bryan (The National) John (Afghan Whigs)

Most recently, single “Another Guy” was premiered by Paste Magazine and Cincy Beat published a feature with the band’s Curt Kiser in their latest print edition. This follows Sharon Van Etten listing Carriers in the notes of her acclaimed LP Remind Me Tomorrow as Recommended Listening and praise from Consequence of Sound, Talkhouse, Atwood Magazine and more.

The Money War ‘Life Is Better in Dreams’ EP out today, feat new single ‘We’re Alright’

The Money War’s years of globetrotting have profoundly affected both the lives and the music of its founding members Carmen Pepper and Dylan Ollivierre. Their forthcoming EP, Life Is Better In Dreams, is inspired by such travels – owing itself to the beauty of Olliverre’s ancestral home of Bequia, and the sheer wonder of New York’s eternal metropolis. Juxtaposing the serenity of a Caribbean Island with the greatest city ever built, The Money War have distilled their troubadour lifestyle into a joyous musical ride fuelled by nostalgia.


On the heels of a nonstop year of performances that landed them on Oh My Rockness’s list of New York City’s Hardest Working Bands of 2018, Desert Sharks are releasing their first full-length album. Baby’s Gold Death Stadium juxtaposes elements from iconic ’90s bands Sleater-Kinney, L7, Veruca Salt, and Toadies with Desert Sharks’ own musical history. Named for DIY venues and small stages they’ve regularly played over the years, the album is an edgier, more organic effort from the Brooklyn-based foursome.

Peewee Longway Flashes His Indestructible Vibranium Flow on “Wakanda”

“Peewee Longway is one of hip-hop’s secret weapons.” – XXL

“His topic is usually trapping, but that singular scope allows him to be one of Atlanta’s most consistent rappers on the subject.” – Pitchfork

Fool’s Gold Day Off unveils San Francisco lineup

After celebrating ten years of events in New York with a show at Knockdown Center, Brooklyn-based independent label Fool’s Gold is set to bring its signature DAY OFF festival to San Francisco for the first time on Saturday, September 21 at The Midway.

The all-day affair is led by Chicago’s Mick Jenkins, a rare back-to-back set by A-Trak and hip-hop legend DJ Premier and underground Bay Area icons from ALLBLACK to the Invisibl Scratch Piklz, alongside Fool’s Gold mainstays The Cool Kids, Falcons and more.

BLACK TUSK Announce Fall U.S. Tour Dates

Savannah, GA sludge rockers BLACK TUSK will be embarking on a U.S. tour this fall with support from CHILD BITE. The trek will kick off on November 8 in Asheville, NC and will conclude on November 16 in Wilmington, NC. Prior to that, the band will also be touring this September with support from label-mates CLOAK.

Black Tusk announce fall 2019 North American tour dates

Andrew Combs To Release “Ideal Man” September 20th – Brooklyn Vegan Premieres “Born Without a Clue” Today

Andrew Combs is set to release Ideal Man on September 20th via New West Records. The 11-song set was produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker). Captured live in Cohen’s Brooklyn studio, Ideal Man also features Combs’ longtime collaborators, Drummer Dom Billet and guitarist/keyboardist/bassist Jerry Bernhardt.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Announces Fourth Round Of Lineup For 2019

or the fourth straight week, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass has announced ten more artists for their 2019 festival which takes place in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on October 4-6. As with past lineup reveals, fans were treated to a sneak-peek audio clip of the soon-to-be-announced artists on HSB’s social media accounts earlier this week. Upon hearing what HSB calls the weekly “artist medley,” fans hypothesized in the comment section about who might be added to the lineup.

Amber Run Release Official Video for “Neon Circus”

The video for “Neon Circus” subtly expresses this concept as it rotates between two alternate versions of the band: one being full-tilt and dialed-in and one that’s emotionless and disengaged. The band expresses, “We wanted to show you how stark the difference can be between real-life happening in front of you and the lifeless copy we so often choose. For the sake of what? Ease? Live music is amazing – go out and witness it.”


Joe Elliott says,“Boy, has this has been a long time coming?! Recorded in infrequent bursts of activity over a 5-year period whenever our respective motherships allowed, I’m extremely proud of what we’ve achieved with this album. I’m blessed to have worked with such a superb bunch of musicians on this collection of songs. To a man, and woman (!), they completely got my vision of what I wanted us to convey on this record & as usual, working with a world class producer/engineer in Ronan McHugh has guaranteed the sound of the record to be top notch! I couldn’t be more proud.”

haunting dream-pop from Marina Elderton (aka UV) >> “Blind Deities”

“intoxicating blend of dreampop, ambient and classical sounds” Analogue Trash

“full of ambient, atmospheric, traditional and experimental textures that intend to make its listener feel awash with emotion, impacting all of the senses” When The Horn Blows

Frightened Rabbit release documentary on the making of “Tiny Changes – A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight”

“Built around interviews with the artists who appear on Tiny Changes, it is, like all of Hutchison’s best songs, gut-wrenching, tinged with disaster, and, miraculously, at just the right moments, in spite of everything, funny.” – THE FADER

Miriam Clancy Debuts First New Single in a Decade with “The Bells”

New York and Pennsylvania-based, New Zealand-bred singer/songwriter Miriam Clancy returned earlier today with “The Bells,” the leadoff single from Astronomy, her first album in nine years.

“With an evocative title like ‘The Bells,’ Miriam Clancy announces her return with noise and urgency,” High Clouds editor Arnaud Marty wrote on “The Bells”. “Sounding as a reintroduction and a reinvention… there’s both an evanescent beauty and a dose of strength and self-confidence to the track, a combo that makes it assuredly magic and elusive.”

Released today, “Land of the Free” is a melodic, lyrical hip-hop track from A.Rob

As a first generation American-born Palestinian Muslim, A.Rob is on a journey to preserve the poetic nature of the lyrical hip hop that influenced him — namely people like Nas, Lupe Fiasco, Eminem, and Jay Z. “Really I just care so much about music having a positive message, influencing good in people & fighting evil,” A.Rob says of his inspiration.

Sure Sure release new video (RIYL Half Alive, COIN, Flor)

“Warm Animal” is taken from the band’s recently released EP, What’s It Like?, which was self-recorded, produced and mixed in the band’s home studio in East LA (where this live video was also filmed). The EP was recently called an “[expert blend of] classic and modern” by Ones To Watch.

Negativland Share “More Data” Video On Boing Boing, Celebrating 40th Anniversary

Negativland shared the video for their track “More Data” on Boing Boing.

Last month they announced their new LP True False and shared the track “Discernment” on Billboard. “More Data” isn’t a single from that record — it’s a single from that record’s inter-connected sequel, not even due out until next year. Yet it’s still a perfect introduction to True False, from the opening samples onward: “All of the data / All of the truth, right?” When talking about the track the band says, “When did our online lives become a non-stop Turing test? And when did humans become the ones who are failing it?” Or: when you’re data, what happens to everything that isn’t data? The new LP True False will be out 10/25/2019.

Holliday Howe – ‘Rather Forget’ Single & Video

Sydney born, London based Holliday Howe is the emerging artist painting over pop with her own freshly darkened hues. Her latest single Rather Forget is at once youthful, free-spirited and culturally self-aware.

Reina Del Cid Releases “Bernadette” From Album MORSE CODE out October 4

Reina Del Cid has grown an incredibly devoted fanbase with their Youtube channel, Sunday Mornings with Reina Del Cid, which began in 2017. She has amassed over 30 million views and over 127,000 subscribers. Fans eagerly await her posts on Sunday mornings, which range from folk standards to obscure tracks to originals. Reina Del Cid got on Valerie June’s radar when she mentioned her Tiny Desk entry as one of the “10 Tiny Desk Contest Entries We Also Loved.” About Reina Del Cid Paste noted, “The lyrics are smart and full of intention, there is sentiment and celebration, and the songwriter is surrounded by talented musicians who widen the scope of each song.”

BRISKEY summons an early summer with confident debut single ‘Nothing To Lose’

Introducing Briskey, the performance moniker of Wil Briskey. The 24-year old artist, producer and multi-instrumentalist shares his debut single, ‘Nothing to Lose’, an irresistible jam laced with silky-smooth vocals and sparkling pop sensibilities.

For Briskey, inspiration strikes in many forms. He praises individual elements of master-pop icons such as Calvin Harris and Troye Sivan, and the funk-prowess of the more alt-leaning Jungle and Parcels. But at the core, it’s about wanting to make people feel the way he does when he listens to music.

San Francisco dream-pop group shares new single “Harsh”

“Harsh” is the second single off of Bear Call’s forthcoming LP, Fancy Acid (out September 9th via Resurrection Records) and follows “LOL Naw.” It premiered via Glide Magazine.

VIDEO PREMIERE: Bear Call Embrace Synth-driven Slacker Rock with “Harsh”

Roc Nation’s Cassanova Joins Matty Carlock On His Latest Single “Quick Love”

Less than a year after his February release of debut solo LP The Jailbirds, Matty Carlock delivers another hip hop trailblazer. Out today with XS Noize, “Quick Love,” featuring New York rap staple, Casanova, is a story of post-heartbreak parties and hookups. With a catchy hook and solid, danceable beat, this duo brings their talent as producers into the song along with their musical skills.

Skope Magazine – “Please Don’t Stop” – Nature-inspired sound art from LA’s Left Vessel

During a hike in the Angeles National Forest, on the Georges Gap Trail, Los Angeles-based artist Nick Byron Campbell marveled at a massive pine cone (colloquially known as a widow-maker) that fell at his feet, a vessel sent out by a tree and left to create new life. The impact of the visual inspired the name Left Vessel at a time when Campbell had been looking for a new, more natural, artistic direction.

WaterPenny – ‘Rules’ single

WaterPenny’s biggest concern isn’t looking at the past; it’s progress. Moving forward. Breaking the rules and becoming better.

Having moved past their teenage anti-everything years, the members – all adults now – could still, perhaps, be described as “punk-ish.” It’s there in the way they advocate for progress and gentle anarchy through their music, and in the way they insist, quite simply, that the rules are meant to be broken on their newest single.


“Shockwave,” “The River” and “Once”: Three melodically potent tracks have previewed Liam Gallagher’s forthcoming second solo album Why Me? Why Not., suggesting that the highly anticipated album will be something special. His charisma and impassioned vocal power are constant throughout songs which range from reflections on the past to righteous anger at the direction that we’re collectively heading in.

WESLEE drop ‘Something Bout You’ and announce London headline show

Bi-Coastal singer-producer duo WESLEE have unveiled their latest single ‘Something Bout You’, out now. The release comes as the duo announce their upcoming headline show at London Omeara on October 29th.

Samm Henshaw drops soulful single ‘The World Is Mine’

Fast-rising talent Samm Henshaw has delivered slick new single ‘The World Is Mine’, out now via Columbia Records. The track got its first radio play last night as Mistajam’s ‘Jam Hot’ on BBC Radio 1Xtra.

The Darkness release brand new single ‘Heart Explodes’

The Darkness have released their brand new single ‘Heart Explodes’. The song got its first play on Jo Wiley’s Radio 2 show last night, and also features in Spotify’s New Music Friday today. The track is taken from their jaw-droppingly ambitious quasi-sci-fi concept album Easter Is Cancelled, out on October 4th via Cooking Vinyl.

New Music Friday // Lyrah unveils GOLDHOUSE remix of “Don’t Make Me”

Combining the sounds of Daughter, Halsey and Maggie Rogers, Lyrah’s dark pop intricacies have found her fans win the likes of EARMILK and Indie Shuffle, as well as being included in Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Tidal’s Sombre Pop playlists.

Boris Brejcha delivers euphoric new single ‘Happinezz’

Following on from high-energy single ‘Gravity’, German DJ and producer Boris Brejcha returns with ‘Happinezz’, out August 16th via Ultra Music.

Featuring the robotic, vocoder vocals of Ginger, ‘Gravity’ combines a multitude of different elements to masterful effect. Kicking off with throbbing electro stabs, the track then shifts towards emotive, trance-indebted waters as it constantly builds towards a euphoric climax.