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Ethereal new single, “Flower” from Synne Sanden

The song is produced by Thomas Dybdahl, who also features on the song. FLOWER is an exposed yet modest song about feeling inferior compared to someone you admire. It places the listener in a position that is shaded by the shadow of someone they wish to be. The song was recorded and produced on rainy days in Stavanger, in the intimate and warm studio of Thomas Dybdahl. Through many years Synne has been the duet partner for Thomas, and they have, over the years, developed a close artistic connection. They brought their intimate understanding for vulnerability into the recording and production of the song.

Kentucky Law Enforcement’s Illegal Cockfighting Ring Exposed

SHowing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK) and In Defense of Animals (IDA) are announcing the launch of a new campaign to expose those who participate in illegal cockfights across the U.S. The initiative, Crush Cockfighting (crushcockfighting.com), has set SHARK and IDA investigators to pour over Facebook accounts of self-professed cockfighters and collect evidence of their illegal acts. The organizations today reveal evidence that exposes criminal cockfighting by a father and son pair of law enforcement officers from Harlan County, Kentucky.


Miranda Lambert continues her hot streak leading up to her new album Wildcard, releasing today “Way Too Pretty for Prison,” her spirited collaboration with Maren Morris.

“Karen Fairchild and I were having a wine night to talk about The Bandwagon Tour, and I always tell my friends, ‘Don’t leave if you’ve been drinking, because you’re way too pretty for prison,’ ” said Lambert. “She got a ride home at the end of the night, and the next day I had a write with The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Liz Rose). I was telling them about our night, and that conversation, and they said, ‘Well that’s what we’re writing today.’ I’m so glad Maren joined me on singing this song. She sang her ass off and it was so fun to have her in the studio.”

Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris Team for Devilish Duet ‘Way Too Pretty for Prison’

Listen to “Lemontree” by Julian Daniel

Julian Daniel is a 19-year-old Canadian pop singer from Toronto, ON. Growing up in a musical household, he has been involved in the creative arts since a young age. Harbouring his unique talents that vary from graphic design to music and fashion, Julian has honed an image and sound that is uniquely his own.

Punk Rocker Slimboy: new Single «’92», EP and european tour dates

«’92» is an outstanding punk rock song with drive and big melodies. You can hear on every chord of the new single that Slimboy grew up in the wild Basel indie scene of the 90s. The riffs are rough but catchy. The slightly melancholic undertone triggers feelings of happiness. Slimboy have cemented the spirit of optimism of that time in their songs. So they sound better, more interesting and more authentic than many other acts in this genre.

Tour dates Dog Eat Dog + Slimboy:

20. Sept – Substage, Karlsruhe
21. Sept – Gibus, Paris
22. Sept – Ferrailleur, Nantes
24. Sept – Copernico, Madrid
25. Sept – Razzmatazz, Barcelona
28. Sept – Underworld, London
29. Sept – Kulttempel, Oberhausen

1. Oct – Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
2. Oct – Musik & Frieden, Berlin
3. Oct – Progresja, Warschau
4. Oct – Biala Rudeboy, Bielitz
5. Oct – Meet Factory, Prag
6. Oct – Fleda, Brünn

Lethal Vendetta: Release Official Video ‘Battle Warcry’

Lethal Vendetta release today the song Battle Warcry from their latest album as official video. Battle Warcry was lyrically inspired by the battle of Hastings in 1066. As this was only an inspiration of the song, vocalist Brent Logan describes the lyrics “as a warcry song for any battle and it’s meant to psych people up”.

Punctual Team Up With Malika On Sun-Drenched Don’t Take It Personal

That’s right: Punctual are bringing you another release to add to the summer collection. The beautiful, heartfelt vocals and crisp production of Don’t Take It Personal feat. Malika ensure nothing but smiles and good vibes.

Punctual are Will Lansley and John Morgan, a songwriter, producer and DJ duo whose debut single ‘Eva’ propelled them into the spotlight, clocking up over 3 million plays on Spotify to date and radio support from the likes of Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong, Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens.

Cold Reading (Indie) release dreamy new single ‘Present Tense’, EP announcement and UK/Eurotour

Lucerne-based Alternative Rock band COLD READING introduces the second part of their three-part concept album with their new single ‘Present Tense’. The eponymous EP will be released on September 27 via Krod Records.

After releasing ‘Part 1: Past Perfect’ in May and achieving notable successes beyond the confines of their scene, they are ready to strike a new path. Where the first part was mainly influenced by the rawness of the Emo-/Post-Hardcore movement of the late 90s or early 2000s, part two offers a sound which moves away from the niche the band has been inhabiting so far. Now they are drawing inspiration from contemporary Indie and Pop music to complement their classic sound with new atmospheric elements.

Xul Zolar Release ‘Nightfalls’ EP + Video & German Tour

Cologne based indie four-piece Xul Zolar share the new three-track ‘Nightfalls’ EP on August 23rd via Asmara Records/Kitsuné.

Alongside two recently released tracks: ‘Perfume’ and ‘Nightfalls’, the ‘Nightfalls’ EP includes the new single ‘Your Ways’. A harmony of analogue and digital, the new single creates an atmosphere that is melancholic yet blissful.

Riebourne – ‘Venom’ Single

A songwriter since the age of 12, Riebourne has always relied on music as a tool for self-expression and learning. In reconnecting with an ex-partner after a few years of little to no interaction, a moment of realization revealed that the time and space away from each other hadn’t given her the closure she needed.

Jason Tyler Burton “Fires of ’88” Single

“Fires of ’88,” the new single from Americana artist Jason Tyler Burton, walks straight through the fire with a blending of both bluegrass and western tenacity, showcasing the music that is representative of where Burton comes from in Kentucky, and where he lives now in Wyoming. Gathered from an eavesdropping session at the Silver Dollar Bar in Cody, Wyoming, “Fires of ’88” was inspired by a happy-go-lucky bartender who lived out of her car, a free spirit fanning the flames of the past in order to keep growing into something new. The single is off of the upcoming album, Kentuckian, and is out for release August 26.

Taking Back Sunday classic gets an indie-electro makeover from I Fight Fail

When you’re a band with members raised on early 2000’s emo/punk rock, it’s only a matter of time before your rehearsal turns into a jam session of “Cute Without The E” by Taking Back Sunday. Today, the Canton, OH-based trio I Fight Fail have officially released their electro-rock take on the 2002 emo classic.

WATCH ME BREATHE Releases Lyric Video for “Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It”

Progressive Pop-Rock Band WATCH ME BREATHE has released the lyric video for their newest single, “Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It.” Produced by Designs By Shifted, “Don’t Think I Haven’t Thought About It” is available to stream and download via The Label Group / INgrooves NOW!

Fime share reverb soaked “Solo/Together”

We’re so excited to share with you the new song & video from LA’s Fime! The band channel a slew of 90’s influences to maximum effect, and it’s made all the more potent by the crisp production, courtesy of Melina Duterte. Recorded at the groups LA house (which they share with Duterte), “Solo/Together” is buoyed by call & response vocals and enveloping, reverb drenched guitars. The nostalgic verses move with almost doo-wop-esque romanticism that perfectly juxtaposes the triumpant euphoria of the song’s chorus.

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