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Amy McCarley (Americana) to hit the road in support of her new album, “MECO,”

Huntsville, AL-based, Americana singer-songwriter Amy McCarley is set to hit the road beginning in September in support of her latest and third studio album, MECO, which was released in early 2019. With shows planned in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast, and with more to be confirmed soon (see tour schedule below), McCarley will bring her stellar live performances to new audiences. In the past, she has shared stages with Ronnie Milsap, John Hiatt, Doyle Bramhall II, Marty Stuart, Lilly Hiatt, Delta Rae, and many others, and has graced festival stages such as Kerrville Folk Festival, 30A Songwriters Festival, EarleFest, and more.

Amy McCarley tour schedule:
9/14 – Nashville, TN / AmericanaFest Shubb Capo Artist Official Showcase
9/22 – Buffalo, NY / Sportsmen’s Tavern
9/26 – Rochester, NY / Abilene
9/28 – Boston, MA / Bebop Music House
10/3 – New York, NY / Rockwood Music Hall
10/5 – Washington, DC / Gypsy Sally’s
10/9 – Asheville, NC / Isis Music Hall
11/2 – St. Pete Beach, FL / Suncoast Songwriter Weekend @ the Don CeSar
12/12 – Decatur, AL / Princess Theatre Singer-Songwriter Series

CREEPING DEATH: Texas Death Bringers To Kick Off US Tour With Inter Arma This Week

Texas death metal unit CREEPING DEATH will kick off a short US tour supporting Inter Arma later this week. The trek officially begins August 30th in Washington, DC and runs through September 7th in Harrisonburg, Virginia with various one-off headlining dates scheduled prior to, during, and following the tour’s duration. Additionally, the band will appear at Slaughter Que 2019 featuring Exodus, Kataklysm, Battlecross, and more September 21st. CREEPING DEATH will close out the year supporting High On Fire and Power Trip on a massive North American live takeover. The journey will commence November 7th at Levitation Fest in Austin, Texas and ravage its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion December 7th in Los Angeles, California. Additional support will be provided by Devil Master. See all confirmed dates below.


“the song transitions into an upbeat, eclectic, foot-tapping tune. Meller maintains this driving tempo throughout the song.” – V Magazine

“French pop is getting the reinvigoration it deserves with ‘Aeroplane’ from Petite Meller.” – Refinery29

PINEWALKER: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Maelstrom” From Salt Lake City Doom Outfit

Salt Lake City, Utah-based PINEWALKER is preparing to independently release their debut album, Migration, next week. As the record creeps closer to its public unveiling, the band issues a new single in the form of the mammoth “Maelstrom,” which makes its debut through a premiere hosted by New Noise Magazine.

Track Premiere: Pinewalker – ‘Maelstrom’

Chrissie Hynde releases new Kinks cover; new solo album out Sept 6

Chrissie Hynde released her new song today, “No Return.” Written by Ray Davies and appearing on the Kinks’ 1967 classic long player Something Else, Hynde’s version is taken from her new album Valve Bone Woe, out next Friday, September 6 on BMG. The album will be available on CD, double 180g vinyl and a limited edition 7″ box set. Billboard premiered the song earlier today alongside a rare Q&A with Hynde.

Belle Mt. Releases Live Video For “Origins”, Featuring Grammy-winning producer Femke Weidema

London-based songwriter Belle Mt. recently released a music video for his new single “Origins.” Today, he shares a live performance video of the song beautifully shot in The Vineyard Church in Nashville, TN. The video begins with what appears to be a mere solo acoustic performance. But soon it expands to feature church organ played by Grammy award-winning producer Femke Weidema, group vocals from Jon Reynolds & The Aches, as well as light percussion, all filmed in one shot. This delicate blend of musical elements works perfectly to fill the cathedral’s resonant space, and adds up to a performance that is worthy of the resplendent surroundings.


“The second I heard Bryn’s incredible voice exploding in the chorus I knew this was going to be my song for summer!” says Matoma “I’ve been playing it at festivals literally all around the world for the past couple months and am now just so excited to get it out there!”

Amber Hargett’s Paper Trail hits streaming platforms

For the first time since it’s March 2019 release, Amber Hargett’s breathtaking debut, Paper Trail, is available via streaming music services (Apple Music, iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, Deezer, Pandora, YouTube, etc.).

Amber Hargett has been singing all her life; while in the midst of growing up, the local church gave her the opportunity to experience the power of music through worship. Later, she became a worship leader in multiple congregations before exploring her own gift for songwriting.

Monsta X Join LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL Festival Lineup in Las Vegas

Today, K-pop supergroup and worldwide phenomenon, Monsta X, announce they will be the first K-Pop Idol Boy Group to perform at a major U.S. Festival. Monsta X will be taking the stage during Las Vegas’s LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL Festival, Saturday, September 21st, 2019 on the Fremont Stage. The band will be joining the lineup alongside highly respected names, such as Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Billie Eilish, Zedd, Janelle Monáe, and many more.

New Video: Dempsey Bolton – “What About You”

Prior to pouring his feelings about love and longing onto paper, Dempsey Bolton grew up with a passion for art in all forms. As a classical violinist at Suzuki Charter School, he began his love affair with music at the age of 5. Currently, Dempsey is working with collaborator Trey Mills on his debut album which deals with themes of love and the media, delving deep into how tv and movies create unrealistic expectations for romantic relationships.

Radio Drive – New Release – “In The Light”

“We are thrilled to announce the 6th full album release by Radio Drive, featuring Kevin Gullickson, titled “In The Light”. Released on Aug 12, 2019, the album is already receiving massive indie radio play and rave reviews.”


Quality Control’s FIRST AND ONLY R&B signee, Layton Greene, just dropped the video to her new single “I Love You” starring Power actor, Michael Rainey.

“I Love You” is the first single from her forthcoming EP Tell Your Story. Layton’s story is one of real struggle growing up often without parents, on her own, working until 1am at a Wingstop every school night living in a house with no adults and no electricity at points and dealing with racism from her own family.

Camp Howard Premieres “Surprise” via New Noise Magazine

Camp Howard is an indie-rock quartet based in Richmond, Virginia fronted by songwriters Nic Perea and Wes Parker, and backed by Matt Benson and Brian Larson. The band composes songs in both English and Spanish (courtesy of Perea – who is Mexican). The group released “Juice EP” in May of 2017 through Egghunt Records. In May of 2018, the bands efforts were rewarded with a support tour opening for Stone Temple Pilots. Camp Howard has continued to tour and grow with an emphasis on tight musicianship and honest self-expression. The band is currently preparing to self-release a new full-length record in the fall of 2019.

Track Premiere: Camp Howard – ‘Surprise’

Seattle’s Great Grandpa plays on Nov. 6th at Once! Their sophomore album ‘Four of Arrows’ is out Oct. 25th on Double Double Whammy

Stereogum names them a Band To Watch, saying the album “takes a hard left from the grunge-indebted indie rock of their 2017 debut, Plastic Cough, into an emotional world of tender orchestration and folk-bent anthems…like a mashup of Hop Along’s yearning guitars with Big Thief’s whisper-sung vocals.””

Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ Tour Wraps, Sets All-Time Touring Record

Ed Sheeran’s record-smashing “Divide” tour concluded last night and Pollstar can officially confirm that it’s the highest-grossing tour of all time, reaching a staggering overall gross of $775.6 million from 8.9 million tickets sold on six continents. The previous record was U2’s 360 tour, which reached $735.3 over the span of two years.

“What Ed Sheeran and his team have accomplished in surpassing U2’s records represents the height of achievement in the world of live performance,” says Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences at Oak View Group, which owns live industry trade publications Pollstar and VenuesNow. “While U2’s 360 tour and Ed Sheeran’s Divide tour were different in many ways, what these two tours have in common are great songs performed well, smart, dedicated teams behind them, tireless work ethic, and, most importantly, passionate fans who connect deeply with what the artist has to say. This is a remarkable feat.”

Ann Marie Plays “Karma” Police in New Video!

“Ann Marie’s silky vocals are inspired by a past era of R&B, she isn’t a throwback though; her blend of hip-hop cadences and traditional R&B melodies isn’t contrived for the purpose of inspiring nostalgia.” — Pitchfork


City of Glass, hall of mirrors: “Vancouver,” a swooping birds-eye view of a city constructed in memory and imagination, is the third cut from Rheostatics’ Here Come The Wolves out in advance of the album’s September 6 release date. The dizzying pacific cynic travelogue builds and flutters around Martin Tielli’s vocals, a hypnotic and delicately jittery opener to the band’s first new record in over a decade.

Oly Sherman shares dynamic EP ‘THREE OH THREE’ alongside a slew of tour dates

Demonstrating clear songwriting prowess, indie-folk artist Oly Sherman has returned with a stunning new record in Three Oh Three. An intensely personal EP, Sherman invites the listener in to gather an insight into the workings of a creative going through one of the most significant moments of his life. From it, Sherman leads this new rollout with the release of the EP’s title track, a nuanced slice of music that highlights his emotional lyrical side, as well as his confidence in bringing some darker stories to light.

TENTS Share “Medicine” Video | ‘Medicine’ LP Out 10/11 On Badman Recording Co.

Portland-based band TENTS have shared the video for their title track single “Medicine”. The LP will be out 10/11 on Badman Recording Co.

TENTS is a surprising departure from Northwest based indie pop. The band, based in Portland Oregon, serves up neighborhood nostalgia with a slant. Melancholy is a theme, both musically and lyrically, but the music doesn’t dwell on pain. Thick harmonies and bouncy grooves float the listener towards jubilance.