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salute releases final EP ‘Condition III’ of EP trilogy

“bittersweet dance tracks, comprised of neat, chopped up electronics and euphoric, pitched up vocal samples.” – Noisey

“Exuberant and irresistible” – Pitchfork


Quality Control Music today releases the highly anticipated Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2. Just a year and a half after the Quality Control:Control The Streets Volume 1, the hustle never slows down with QC and the comp features the whole QC family plus notable special guests. Quality Control Music now presents the next chapter.

Billboard recently honored Quality Control Music’s CEO Pierre “P” Thomas and COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee as Co-Executives of the Year in 2018’s R&B/Hip Hop Power Issue, citing the company’s undeniable influences on the music industry. The Source named them #1 on the cover of their Power 30, Variety awarded them as the year’s top innovators, and Culture Creators honored them for contrib

Office Culture Announce New LP ‘A Life of Crime’ out Nov. 1 on Whatever’ s Clever (Sophisti-Pop, Smooth Rock)

Office Culture — the 4-piece sophisti-pop / smooth-rock group from Brooklyn featuring musician/writer Winston Cook-Wilson (voice/keyboard), Ian Wayne (guitar/keyboards), Charlie Kaplan (bass), and Pat Kelly (drums) — have announced the impending release of their 2nd full length album A Life of Crime, out Nov. 1 on Whatever’s Clever (a new indie born from a scene in Brooklyn who’ve put out several unique and special releases already this year).


Today, FLETCHER released her debut EP – you ruined new york city for me – on Capitol Records. The EP is a highly personal story of first love and heartbreak, now available to download and stream HERE. you ruined new york city for me features FLETCHER’s breakout hit “Undrunk,” which has amassed more than 100 million streams worldwide, since earning the #1 spot on Spotify’s Viral Chart, follow-ups “If You’re Gonna Lie” and “About You” as well as anticipated tracks, “Strangers” and “All Love.” The EP was executive-produced by Malay (Frank Ocean, Lorde, Sam Smith).

Vérité Announces Sophomore Album ‘New Skin’ Set For 10/25 – New Track “Ocean” Out Today!

…a breath of fresh air…” –Billboard

“…Vérité (French for “truth”), boasts an ethereal sound riddled with swelling synths that bring her soft voice to life.” –Harper’s Bazaar

“…it’s tempting to label VÉRITÉ as an overnight sensation.” –Noisey

Field Mouse release third LP ‘Meaning’

Ending an unplanned hiatus begun in 2016, the Brooklyn- and Philly-based Field Mouse have resurfaced to release their third full-length record, entitled Meaning. Slowly and painstakingly put together during politically tumultuous times, Meaning naturally came to be a record about “growing as a person despite the feeling of global entropy,” as guitarist, vocalist, and lead writer Rachel Browne describes. But what exactly is the function of art in such a chaotic world? Over the course of Meaning’s 11-song runtime, Field Mouse deftly posit their own answers to this tricky question, maneuvering between issues of growth, social media, insomnia, and forgiveness, the result of which is a nimbly composed dream pop record with infectious inflections of shoegaze and indie rock.

COASTCITY Premiere “Salvaje” Remix feat. Mozart La Para

“One of our career highlights earlier this year was when Sway presented us at our label’s (EMPIRE) Grammy party where we performed. Having the chance to talk music with him today and premiere a remix on his morning show is crazy dope and a huge step for us and the culture. Not only did we grow up watching him on MTV but we recognize how important he’s been for the culture, especially for hip-hop which our music is influenced by,” states COASTCITY.

Casanova Recruits Fabolous, Stands Up For His Borough in “So Brooklyn”

“Thanks to Casanova’s strapping voice, charismatic personality, and unyielding confidence, “Don’t Run” set New York’s music scene ablaze…With an already convincing résumé, Casanova isn’t slowing down anytime soon.” – Billboard

Steve Miller shares previously unreleased original song; rarities boxset out Oct 11

Renowned guitarist, multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, bandleader and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Steve Miller has released a new song from his rarities box set, WELCOME TO THE VAULT, out October 11 via Sailor/Capitol/UMe. The song, “Say Wow!,” recorded by Miller in 1973, is making its release debut with WELCOME TO THE VAULT.

You Can’t Stop P-Lo’s SHINE: His New Album Drops Today

PRIME named Best East Bay Album of the Last 12 Months – East Bay Express 2018 Reader’s Poll

“The positive nature and buoyant, bouncing bass on many of the instrumentals give the young artist another perfectly-timed summer project” – Earmilk


On October 4, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of LIVE’s groundbreaking sophomore album Throwing Copper, Radioactive/MCA/UMe will release a vinyl version of the multi-platinum-selling album in two configurations, a standard black 2LP as well as a limited-edition red vinyl + olive green vinyl. The vinyl releases are in addition to the already available Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary Throwing Copper box set edition, deluxe digital version, as well as a standalone 1CD set.

Peter Frampton Band’s “All Blues” Double LP Vinyl Out Today Featuring Unreleased Bonus Track “I Feel So Good;” #1 Blues Album For 7 Weeks

The double LP vinyl version of All Blues—Peter Frampton’s first-ever blues album with the Peter Frampton Band—is out today via UMe. The vinyl version includes the bonus track “I Feel So Good” (written by Big Bill Broonzy, originally performed by Muddy Waters), and is also available as limited edition translucent blue color pressing exclusively at PeterFrampton.com.

Singer/Songwriter Saul Rivers Releases Soulful New Single “Waves”

You might say that Saul Rivers is an artist for a lost generation. The young singer/songwriter blends elements of blues, R&B, pop, and soul to create a sound that’s as impressive as it is inviting.

Rivers’ newest single “Waves” officially drops on August 16. The song’s remix will be released on August 30.

Mia Berg vaults apathy on emphatic future-pop bop ‘You Decided’

Norwegian Mia Berg vaults apathy on emphatic future-pop bop ‘You Decided’

Hailing from Oslo, until relatively recently, Mia has hidden her music from most. She maintained her music should be for her, and her alone. She decided to lift the veil in 2018, revealing her debut single ‘Hurry’ via Diamond Club, and then ‘Grow’ – both showcasing an enchanting ‘guitar&B’/neo-soul amalgam.


Karnaval Blues reveals his stunning third single of 2019 today in ‘LoveConfusion’, a winding electronic pop track showcasing a beautiful fusion of rolling beats and dreamy vocals. The track is taken from his debut EP, set for release this year via LA based tastemaker label Mind of a Genius ( Gallant, THEY., ZHU).

Corlyx Tackle Self Esteem and Body Image in Their New Album “In2 The Skin”

Brighton, UK Dark Electro Grunge artists Corlyx announce the release of their new album In2The Skin.

Fresh off the success of their debut album Music 2 F 2, Corlyx continues their journey with highly personal their release In2 The Skin. Vocalist and Composer Caitlin Stokes explains the inspiration behind the new album

In2 The Skin” is a conceptual album at its core. A 10 song journey into the flesh. Everything that can happen to our body, the mental repercussions of abuse, negative self image, deformity, the web our sexuality spins as a result of our trauma, our fears and the journey we take to heal the mind and accept our skin.


Recorded at Zappos Theater at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Hello From Las Vegas features Richie performing material from throughout his career, including beloved songs from his solo albums (“All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Say You, Say Me,” “Dancing On The Ceiling,” “Truly”) and his time with The Commodores (“Three Times a Lady,” “Easy”). The album also includes an inspiring performance of the landmark song “We Are the World,” which Richie co-wrote for USA for Africa.


“Ice Cream” follows the release of his infectious single “Uno.” The track, which blends Hispanic culture (peppered with Spanish lines) and Hip-hop’s thump, has been climbing up the charts, boasting over 80 million audio and video streams to date and hitting #2 on Spotify Global and U.S. Viral 50 Chart. “Uno” recently entered the Billboard Hot 100 this week. The song has received praises from Drake, Quavo, Kylie Jenner, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Lil Pump, Kehlani and many more.


Acclaimed UK House Duo Gorgon City team up with the platinum selling and genre-defining US producer, DJ and remixer MK (Marc Kincen) for a slice of vocal-house heaven on “There For You.”


The FOMO Tour showcases the incredible growth of PRETTYMUCH over the past few years, and has trekked across the U.S. with stops in New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles among others. The 23-city run concludes tonight with a final show in Vancouver, BC. This tour, which production was directed by Brandon and Edwin, follows the group’s previous highly-successful sold-out headline Funktion Tour last fall and their slot as main support on Grammy nominee Khalid’s Roxy Tour.


“Every once in a while, a band comes out of the gate with their best foot forward, challenging the current trend and stamping their name across the books as ones to watch. Calva Louise is such a band to make our generation rethink the modern and reject the corrupted mainstream in favour of something more visceral.” CLASH


“This song is about the guilt you feel after ending a relationship with someone. Sometimes it seems like one person ends up in better shape than the other, but that’s almost never the case. It’s an extremely personal song that took everything we had already written to a whole new level. We felt it was important to share it with the world. No matter how shitty you’re feeling in the end, it’s important to remember that nobody wins,” shares WhoHurtYou.

Madison Cunningham’s ‘Who Are You Now’ LP out today via Verve Forecast, U.S. tour dates with Andrew Bird, Iron & Wine, more

“The past year was a largely transitional one for me. It felt like all at once I was living in a new city and a new era of my life,” Cunningham explains. “Writing this record really forced me to take an honest look at where I came from, what my dreams and fear were, and who I was becoming as a result.” The album was recorded at Sonic Ranch studio in El Paso. “Madison ascended to another level at Sonic Ranch,” describes producer and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Chester, who has also worked with artists such as Jackson Browne, Blake Mills and Andrew Bird. Chester continues, “she left that week a young master, in total control of her musical identity and skillset.”


“I was blown away when I heard the TELYKast remix,” says Georgia. “I love the drive on the chorus’ and the half time drums at the end. They really brought a new energy to the track!

Big Gigantic share “Friends” feat. Ashe

Big Gigantic and Ashe have collaborated on new single “Friends (feat. Ashe)”, out now on Counter Records. The single arrives following their first release in three years, “You’re The One (feat. Nevve)”. The release features Californian singer-songwriter Ashe, who first saw worldwide recognition from collaborating with the likes of Louis the Child, Whethan, Shaun Frank, Ben Phipps and Party Pupils, as well as co-writing Demi Lovato’s single “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore” that has seen her gain more than 388 million streams. Despite the lyrics painting the picture of a recent breakup, “Friends (feat. Ashe)” taps into an exotic, summer-tinged vibe – best played with the top down, sun shining, surrounded by friends. The combination of friends and music can get you through just about anything – breakups, makeups, and everything in between.

Symbiose, the split release from Prana Crafter and Tarotplane, is out today on Beyond Beyond is Beyond!

“Both explore endless, edgeless expanses of tone, with Portland’s Prana Crafter favoring a feedback blistered, electric attack that is nonetheless somewhat pastoral, like Neil Young through a thick filter of codeine, while Baltimore’s Tarotplane heads off for interstellar space.” Dusted

“…this is the best kind of split release and certainly one of the finest within the world of psychedelic music.” Record Crates United

DAWN OF DISEASE to Release New Album, Procession of Ghosts, on November 1, 2019 via Napalm Records

DAWN OF DISEASE return with their smashing new album, “Procession of Ghosts” – a phenomenal new melodic death metal album with more than enough energy to stand out from the masses. Accompanied by sinister artwork by Michał “Xaay” Loranc, who has worked with bands like Behemoth, Nile, and Evocation, the album possesses significantly more atmosphere and catchy melodies without sacrificing the band’s extreme spirit. Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren and Linus Corneliusson at Fascination Street Studios (Amon Amarth, Kreator, Arch Enemy), Procession of Ghosts secures DAWN OF DISEASE’s status at the forefront of German death metal bands. Melancholy meets relentless brutality, while hymnal passages, dark growls, fast riffs and catchy hook lines create a perfect sonic landscape.


“Thanks to Casanova’s strapping voice, charismatic personality, and unyielding confidence, “Don’t Run” set New York’s music scene ablaze…With an already convincing résumé, Casanova isn’t slowing down anytime soon.” – Billboard


Frawley follows her two recent singles “Hard Boy” and “Losers” with a new release, “Ain’t Nobody’s Baby” out today. At a first glance, the track begins as a melancholy ballad, but quickly transitions into an anthemic, powerful pop track. The melodic repetition of “I don’t need no one to save me” highlights independence as its focal point and leaves girls feeling uplifted and empowered. Her powerhouse vocals are flawlessly executed and leaves us wanting more when it’s over. Listen to “Ain’t Nobody’s Baby” HERE.

Rucci Lives and Breathes Inglewood on His Debut Album Tako’s Son

“… has raw neighborhood-star quality that leads to raucous and overpacked live shows.” – Billboard

“… L.A.’s most exciting rappers at the moment, capturing the raw energy of their respective neighborhoods on tracks like ‘Arco’ and ‘Like Woah.'” – The FADER


Today, Motown Records released the original motion picture soundtrack for the Showtime documentary film HITSVILLE: THE MAKING OF MOTOWN. The collection features some of Motown’s greatest hits, including songs by Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder and more. The soundtrack is available in a deluxe 35-track edition and a standard 16-track edition. See below for track listings.


Whethan says of the track: “Summer has never been just a season to me, but more of a feeling or mindset. That feeling is what I want people to experience when they listen to ‘Summer Luv.”

Arin Ray Teams Up with Kehlani for Soul-Stirring Duet

Arin Ray is on fire. The strikingly handsome R&B crooner from Cincinnati, OH continues the hot streak with “Change,” his latest offering featuring Bay Area songstress, Kehlani. A bonafide hit from the first note, the new single is a heartfelt nod to the classic rhythm and blues of yesteryear.

Arin admits he’s a huge fan of Kehlani’s music, which makes this extraordinary collaboration that much more special. “I’ve known Kehlani for some years now, Ray explains, “I’ve always admired her as an artist and even more as a friend. I feel like we’ve got one with this record for sure.”


New Jersey-based rock group, The Parlor Mob, have released their new album, Dark Hour, today via BMG/Britannia Row Recordings. This offering marks the band’s fourth full-length effort and follows their previous EPs, The Parlor Mob (2006) and Cry Wolf (2015). With Britannia Row founder and GRAMMY® Award-winning powerhouse, Malay (Frank Ocean, ZAYN), at the helm, Dark Hour reflects The Parlor Mob’s adventurous spirit, which drives rock music off its usual path and into new territory altogether. Complete with fiery melodies and driving momentum, this piece of work seamlessly synthesizes raw and robust lyrics with cinematic production, sonically pushing boundaries and recharging rock ‘n’ roll through a lens of 21st century production.

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.”

Diplo premieres latest Thomas Wesley track “Heartless” with Morgan Wallen, country EP due this fall

Diplo’s recent splash into country music has been lauded by Rolling Stone as “impressively graceful,” while the Washington Post praises “So Long” as “the century’s first great EDM-country song.”

THE CHRIS LEE BAND Delivers a Blistering Look at the Political Climate

“This album is a well wore tight pair of jeans that you never wanna take off!” – Peaches

“This record kicks ass. It has a great energy and joie de vivre, and the protest stuff has a great candor and personal quality, but offset by the rockers in a great way.” – John Stirrat, Wilco

“I just started hollering into the microphone, and pretty much the words just came out,” says Chris Lee, mastermind behind the rock band that bears his name, THE CHRIS LEE BAND about his first single “Hail To The Strongman,” which is taken from his debut album PROTEST SONGS AND PARTY ANTHEMS (release date October 13, 2019 via Ursa Rex Corp.). A blistering look at the current political climate, “Hail To The Strongman” confronts the brainwashing that permeates and infects the minds of otherwise sane and rational people by those in power, in his case, his father.


Nashville’s ZAYDE WØLF has released his thunderous new single “Rumble” out everywhere today. It started out as a small yet mighty chorus that kept roaring around in his head which then became a full-formed explosive and arena-ready summer track. It’s about the obstacles we all face – imagined or real. And with that in mind, “Rumble” takes the ZAYDE WØLF sound to new heights as an in-your-face rock anthem to get you to the other side of the “Me vs. Me” battle.

Off With Their Heads New Album ‘Be Good’ Out Now

Off With Their Heads’ fifth studio album, Be Good is available now. Produced by frontman Ryan Young, the album was recorded at Minneapolis studio The Hideaway with additional recording done at Pachyderm Studios, a mid-century mansion where Nirvana recorded In Utero. Listen to ‘Be Good’ now.

Tenille Townes’ “Jersey On The Wall” debuts today

Townes will also perform at the 2019 ACM Honors ceremony, which recognizes the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 54th annual ACM Awards. The event will take place next Wednesday, August 21 at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

Tenille Townes Asks God ‘Why?’ in Probing New Song ‘Jersey on the Wall’

CEREBRAL ROT: Odious Descent Into Decay Debut LP By Seattle Death Act Out Now And Streaming Through 20 Buck Spin + US Tour With Fetid Nears

Odious Descent Into Decay, the debut full-length excursion into the grimy depths of death metal from Seattle death metal outfit, CEREBRAL ROT, is out now and streaming in its putrid entirety through the deathmongers at 20 Buck Spin. The album is expulsed into the public domain just over two weeks before the band’s trek across the US with labelmates Fetid begins, with the Odious Mess Of Seeping Decay tour.

Global Pop Superstar Mika Debuts New Single “Tiny Love,” Video Out Now

Of the track, MIKA says, “The most important thing in the world is the love we have for those around us, the love others offer us and the love we have for ourselves. That love can feel so massive and yet at the same time it’s so tiny and imperceivable to others. This song is a conscious decision to provoke that emotion. I knew I needed a different sort of director for this video, more art and film based. W.I.Z. was the perfect choice. From every detail in pre-production, to the art direction and casting, he has one thing in mind; to illustrate a complex narrative that he has written in his head. I am very proud of what he has made. An emotionally epic video for a song full of heart and love. Huge and Tiny at the same time.”

Amanda Palmer releases new anti-gun violence song

“This song was written in response to the insanity going on in our country.
Gun violence and the deaths of ordinary people all over America is becoming
Let’s call it what it is: a public health crisis. Too many senseless deaths.
Too much pointless tragedy that could be avoided
with better, safer, smarter gun laws.”
– Amanda Palmer