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Jay Knight – Track: Immune

At the tender age of 11, I listened to music with a passion. Early in my life writing was always a talented pleasure for me, this has led me to write all sorts of things, for example poems, skits, hip-hop, R&B, and other stories.

Over the years as music started to evolve, I started taking my writing more seriously and I actually started counting bars, measuring verses, and finding my own flow of words.
R&B played a very big role in my writing because both of my parents were great at singing and as a result of it, I started to notice and discovered that there were actually a melody speaking to my brain.

David Newbould (Americana) to release new album, “Sin & Redemption,” on October 18th

Nashville-based Americana singer-songwriter David Newbould is set to release a new album, Sin & Redemption, on October 18, 2019 via Rock Ridge Music. Co-produced by Chris Tench and Tres Sasser and recorded over the course of three weeks at Sound Shelter Studios in Franklin, TN, Sin & Redemption is a powerful, 10-song testament from a veteran songwriter at the height of his storytelling prowess, now eight albums deep into his upward-trending career.

Chronicling the seemingly endless cycles of daily peaks and valleys, Sin & Redemption travels a variety of sonic terrains. From the opening gambit singalong of “Sensitive Heart,” to the unrepentant resolve of “Smiling in the Rain” (which features longtime friend and former Georgia Satellites frontman Dan Baird on electric guitar), to the raucous, gospel-tinged and strings-drenched rollercoaster rodeo of “Diamonds in the Dark,” to the stripped-down intimacy of “Love You Too Much (Henry’s Song),” Sin & Redemption is full of inherently cinematic songwriting, which is fitting, considering how Newbould’s songs have appeared in a score of TV shows and movies over the years, including Criminal Minds, Dawson’s Creek, Joan of Arcadia, and Streets of Blood (to name but a few of the entries on his lengthy filmographic CV).

NOA – ‘Caught Up’

“When I start to fall for someone, I often get very “Caught Up” in my head. Overthinking becomes second nature, and it always seems to take me out of the present moment when I’m with that person – I hate it.

My new single, “Caught Up,” is a personal anthem/reminder to stay in the moment and practice mindfulness. I want to focus on how amazingly beautiful, vulnerable, and scary all of the feelings that come with falling in love can be.”

My Little Hum “One of a Kind” Single Now Streaming on Spotify

“One of a Kind,” the new single from California husband and wife duo My Little Hum, is a powerful statement on the human drive to be a true individual. The band’s first single pays tribute to band member Dan Jewett’s late father, a computer programmer and early Silicon Valley forefather who left his small town in Ohio to pursue bigger dreams of technology and innovation

ICYMI: Great Grandpa announce new album “Four of Arrows” out October 25th via Big Scary Monsters | ft. at Pitchfork, Stereogum & more

“Inspired by the works of Kazuo Ishiguro, “Mono no Aware” peers into childhood mysteries and loss of innocence to make sense of an elusive present. It is an admission that we, as thinking, feeling beings, are always in a state of beautiful loss.” Pat Goodwin

Guerilla Toss Return to NNA Tapes, Announce New EP ‘What Would The Odd Do? ‘

For Kassie Carlson, singer, songwriter, and bandleader of Guerilla Toss, What Would The Odd Do? is unarguably the groups most personal release in their impressive history as a music-making collective. After open heart surgery in 2017 to remove a dangerous blood clot caused by a severe opiate addiction, Carlson has found a new joy in life. She has since moved to Upstate New York with her partner and Guerilla Toss drummer, Peter Negroponte, and has never felt more inspired.

mmeadows Reveal ‘I’ll Never Let You Go’// Featuring Dirty Projectors’ Kristin Slipp

NYC duo mmeadows make a memorable impression with new single ‘ I’ll Never Let You Go.’ A dreamy left of pop indie track showcasing a winning combination of a gorgeous vocals and an astral soundscape,’ I’ll Never Let You Go’ serves as the next step from a band who have been a while in the making.

Ripple Music announce RIPPLEFEST UK in London this September!

Featuring five heavy hitters from the Ripple roster emerging out of both the UK and beyond, the night will also feature DJ sets from Atom Heart Mutha (Geoff Leppard) and DJ Lil Rasher (Matt Bacon). The night will see performances from German riff warriors Plainride, Bradford fuzz freaks Psychlona, hard hitting War Cloud all the way from California, locals Trippy Wicked bringing on the London fury and of course Stubb closing things out with their trademark stomp.

Taking place at the legendary Black Heart in the historic London neighborhood of Camden this promises to be a stoner rock night to remember!

Kygo & Whitney Houston Release “Higher Love” Music Video starring Riverdale Actress Vanessa Morgan

Global superstar, producer and DJ, Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a. Kygo releases the music video for his single “Higher Love” with Whitney Houston via RCA Records. The video showcases the bold makeup, eccentric wardrobes, and haristyles of the 1980’s, a nod to the time of Houston’s massive successes and stars Riverdale actress, Vanessa Morgan. Directed by Hanna Lux Davis, the video brings the nostalgia of the past with the contemporariness of the track.

David Clayton-Thomas’ New Anti-Gun Anthem Censored for Advertising by Facebook

GRAMMY Award-winning Canadian musician David Clayton-Thomas’ new anti-gun anthem “Never Again” is facing restrictions on Facebook this week.

The legendary artist is using the incredible power of song to call attention to gun violence plaguing the U.S.; attempts to boost the post through the ubiquitous social media network were rejected.

“Given the current climate of gun violence in America, I felt this song should be heard now,” says Clayton-Thomas of the release. “This song is dedicated to the kids of Parkland and the March For Our Lives movement.”

Matthew Squires Shares Video for “Visions Of America”

“a song that captures the flawless indie dream pop of Luna and Elephant 6 Recording Company. Squires captures the essence of true indie-songwriting its most organic and melodic flourishes, mastering stunning simplicity with introspective lyrics.” – Glide Mag

“With sloppy electric guitars and Squires’ wobbly vocals, [“American Fever Dream”] is reminiscent of slack-rock gods like Built to Spill or Pavement.” – Surviving the Golden Age

VIDEO PREMIERE: Matthew Squires Elaborates On His Own Brand of Master Songwriting Via “Visions of America”

BlackBook Premieres Sarah Jaffe’s “LAY LOW (TAKE CARE)” Video

We’ve been smitten Sarah Jaffe fans for too long to even remember how long. And her iconoclastic synth-pop never fails arouse the imagination – evoking surreal little worlds for temporary and contemplative escape.

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Sarah Jaffe’s Colorful, Introspective New Video for ‘Lay Low (Take Care)’

VASTUM: 20 Buck Spin Issues Orificial Purge Details

After four years of near silence, Oakland death metal outfit VASTUM returns with Orificial Purge, the anxiously awaited follow-up to their acclaimed Hole Below. VASTUM’s fourth album, Orificial Purge is confirmed for release via their longtime allies at 20 Buck Spin on October 25th. The album’s artwork, track listing, and advance single, “Reveries In Autophagia,” are now available for public consumption.

Tanya Tucker releases video for “The House That Built Me”

“The House That Built Me” was made famous by Miranda Lambert, and is one of the well-chosen covers on Tucker’s critically acclaimed new album While I’m Livin’, out now on Fantasy Records. The New Yorker declares, “While I’m Livin’ might be the best record of Tucker’s career; it is certainly one of the albums of the year.”

Paper + Plastick Welcomes Matt Pless

Combining elements of folk, punk, pop and rock, Matt Pless can lyrically turn a phrase with the best of them and has been compared to some of the preeminent songwriters of our time including John Lennon, Bob Dylan, Conor Oberst, Paul Simon.

A consummate performer with a high-energy stage presence, Matt Pless travels the road continuously entertaining and astounding his audiences. With guitar and harmonica as his tools of choice and words as his main characters, he has shared the stage with the likes of Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley, Alkaline Trio, Arlo Guthrie, Days ‘n Daze, Bad Brains, Ani DiFranco, Fallout Boy, The Taxpayers, All Time Low and others.

Bedroom shares new single “Two” via Surviving the Golden Age

Bedroom is the work of singer-songwriter & producer Noah Kittinger. Beginning as a recording project when Kittinger was just 16, his releases under the moniker are characterized by honest songwriting coupled with catchy hooks, beautiful melodic sensibility, and a memorable homemade sound.