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DEREK SMALLS, Legendary Spinal Tap Bassist Turns to Animation for PEOPLE Premiere of “Gimme Some More Money” Video

Derek Smalls, the bottom force of the fabled heavy metal band formerly known as Spinal Tap, is premiering the video for his song “Gimme Some (More) Money” ahead of his eagerly anticipated solo tour of West Coast cities this fall. The track, which features in Smalls recent debut solo album Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), has Paul Shaffer on piano and organ, Waddy Wachtel on guitar and David Crosby on backing vocals. Using a cunning mix of animation and live action, the new video illustrates the noble quest for fair remuneration (cash) pursued by every musician alive. It receives its premiere exclusively through People Magazine.


“Filming this video was a really special experience as it’s something that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid,” says Annika, “It was amazing to have it finally come to fruition and help tell the story of my first single.”

For Skope: Deniz Koyu releases “Lost Soul” on Protocol Recordings [out now]

Deniz Koyu’s newest release – “Lost Soul,” which is out Protocol Recordings. “Lost Soul” is Koyu’ 5th release on the label, and it follows Deniz’s “Paradise,” (his most streamed track to date with over 18M) he produced with Nicky Romero himself (released in 2018).


Pittsburgh, PA isn’t referred to as “Nashville North” by coincidence. As they say down south, the steeltown country music scene is “hotter than the gates of Hades.” With recent iTunes and airplay charting acts like Matt Westin and Gary Burk III, Pittsburgh is throwing their hat in the ring as country music’s “home away from home.”


The video teases American fans with a taste of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s energetic live show, which they will bring to the States this month. Kicking off September 24 at The Ritz in Raleigh, NC, the headline tour will bring the critically acclaimed UK alternative rock band to major markets and iconic venues across the Eastern seaboard such as Hammerstein Ballroom in New York, NY, Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, IL, and the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Tickets are on sale now HERE, and full routing can be found below.

GUSTER Teams Up With Friends To Create Translated Versions Of “Overexcited”

Speaking to the collaborations, bandmember Brian Rosenworcel says, “Much like the fake British accent in the original song, I have no recollection of how these international versions began. Once I reached out to my friend Sha’anan about a Hebrew version, he recommended a friend who could do an Arabic version, and it sort of spiraled from there. This song really deserves a “Canadian version” and it got one. I’m not going to pretend that “Overexcited” is an emblem for world peace, I mean, it’s a ridiculous song about a horny person — but there’s something sweet about how easy it was to get international friends on board. Music really does transcends boundaries.

A “Mint” debut for R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’

It’s common. You go to school and prepare for a certain career path, but somehow the focus shifts. Years can go by before you realize that you have veered off course. R&B-jazz saxophonist Dante’ caught himself drifting and after some soul searching, realized that his joy would be found in music as a recording artist. He assembled an experience crew of proven producers, songwriters and musicians to help him craft “Mint,” his debut album that drops October 4

Dante’ is a Berklee College of Music graduate who was featured on rapper J. Cole’s 2011 heralded first album, “Cole World: The Sideline Story.” As an entrepreneur, he created Dante’ Neck Straps, handcrafted performance straps used by sax stars Dave Koz, Paul Taylor, Jackiem Joyner, Marcus Anderson, Walter Beasley, Mike Phillips, Joe Lavano and others. There were other successful business ventures outside of music that Dante’ spearheaded, but his spirit wasn’t fulfilled. After introspection, he felt that what would satiate his artistic expression would be making records as an artist.

Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith Share New Track “Eternity”

For this body of work, Soundwalk Collective journeyed to Africa to explore the intricacies of Arthur Rimbaud’s most obscure period. After leaving France and what he deemed the ‘western stagnation’, Rimbaud found himself in Harar, Ethiopia – an epicenter of Sufism in Africa. Sufi practise focuses on the renunciation of worldly things, the purification of the soul and the mystical contemplation of God’s nature. Sufism is a mystical form of Islam, and its music is about reaching a communal ecstatic state, and once you find yourself there, you are granted access to the unknown. The Soundwalk Collective spent time with the Sufi group of Sheikh Ibrahim to record their music and chants in the shrine with the use of Audio-Technica microphones. “You obtain connections to other levels of yourself and consciousness,” Stephan Crasneanscki mentions of the musical process. “This connection, like poetry, is a universal language. A language of the soul, for the soul.”

Karen Waldrup Billboard Video Premiere

Charismatic entertainer, innovative entrepreneur and country singer/ songwriter Karen Waldrup is exclusively sharing the music video for the catchy up-beat jam “Nobody’s Runnin’ Away” today with Billboard. The music video (directed by Aaron Conner who is known for his work with Luke Combs) follows a guy and a girl that keep bumping into each other in the beautiful mountain town of Forest City, NC. The viewer is left guessing whether they connect or not. The song and video are colorful, vibrant and full of attitude.

The Stargazer Lilies announce Tobacco-produced LP ‘Occabot’ out 11/1 on Rad Cult

There’s a moment three songs into The Stargazer Lilies’ new LP Occabot, out November 1st on TOBACCO’s Rad Cult imprint, where everything falls into place like a puzzle that had been missing one last piece for years. With battery acid beats and overblown guitars leading the way alongside sand-blasted choruses and lumbering bass lines, “Foreverless” sounds like a metal record submerged in sugar packets and cough syrup — heavy as hell, yet full of hooks.

CINEMA CINEMA: Brooklyn Art Punk Duo To Release Fifth Album Through Nefarious Industries In November

New York experimental art punk duo CINEMA CINEMA has partnered with Nefarious Industries for the upcoming early November release of their new album, CCXMD.

CINEMA CINEMA was established in 2008 by Brooklyn-born cousins Ev Gold (vocals/guitar) and Paul Claro (drums). They’ve been described as “experi-metal punks” by the Village Voice, “a jolt of adrenaline” by BrooklynVegan, and “feral and unrelenting” by Big Takeover.

10/19/2019 BC Studio – Brooklyn, NY
11/02/2019 Mcstews’s – Levittown, PA
11/08/2019 Jerry’s Pizza & Pub – Bakersfield, CA
11/09/2019 Old Towne Pub – Pasadena, CA
11/10/2019 Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor – Reno, NV
11/11/2019 El Rio – San Francisco, CA
11/12/2019 Elbo Room JL – Oakland, CA
11/13/2019 Sun Space – Shadow Hills, CA w/ Mike Watt & The Missingmen
11/14/2019 TBA
11/15/2019 Rubber Gloves – Denton, TX
11/16/2019 Tradewinds Social Club – Dallas, TX

King Princess’ debut album Cheap Queen due Oct 25, premieres “Ain’t Together”

Written and produced in Los Angeles by King Princess and Mike Malchicoff, Cheap Queen features contributions from Tobias Jesso Jr., Father John Misty and The Dap-Kings.

Sego Share Paula Cole Cover Feat. Leah Of Slothrust

“At first blush, the 1997 country pop smash seems like an odd fit for the off-kilter rockers of Sego. But the band quickly makes the song its own with funky-as-hell bass riff, skittering guitars and winking vocal performances. Wellbaum replicates the sweet tones of Cole’s voice well, playing off the more eccentric inclinations of Sego. On paper, this cover seems to make no sense, and yet, when you hear it, it all suddenly makes perfect sense.”
– The 405


Straight out of San Francisco, the Dead Kennedys became punk legends with a slew of classic singles, such as “Holiday in Cambodia” and “California Über Alles.” Any punk fan worth their salt, knows and loves these songs, but may not have heard these early, alternate versions.

Due Sept. 27th on Los Angeles-based Manifesto Records, the rare Iguana Studios Rehearsal Tape — San Francisco 1978, captures the band bashing out these classics in their earliest-known incarnations. The take on “Holiday in Cambodia” is a bit slower in tempo, more melodic, but no less fierce. “California Über Alles” takes on a more ominous tone in this lo-fi rendition. This release is the latest in a series from Manifesto marking the iconic punk band’s 40th anniversary.

ATRIP Releases Rave Infused New Noise Debut “Can’t Feel It”

“Can’t Feel It” follows ATRIP’s debut EP, Silk Sabres, released earlier this year through JAUZ’s Bite This! record label. Since emerging on the scene in 2017, the London-based artist has quickly ascended to one-to-watch status. Pulling influences from the early days of underground raves, ATRIP has dropped impassioned bass house releases through Mad Decent and Diverge Records, and seen support from the likes of Diplo, Marshmello, Don Diablo, Slushii, KAYZO and Oliver Heldens. On the live front, ATRIP has brought his sounds to several major music festivals across the globe, including recent gigs this summer at Ultra Korea and Germany’s Parookaville. This fall the talented producer is set to bring his fiery sounds to NGHTMRE & Slander’s Gud Vibrations ADE-Blacklist Edition party, as well as a hometown gig at London’s Printworks.

Born Innocent: The Redd Kross Story shares trailer

In 1978, in the Southern California beach suburb of Hawthorne, the same town that was home to The Beach Boys, two brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald aged 15 and 11 respectively, started a band called The Tourists. The first time The Tourists played in front of anyone was at Black Flag’s legendary rehearsal space, The Church in Hermosa Beach. The older band gave The Tourists not only their seal of approval but a new name – Red Cross. The spelling was later changed to Redd Kross after the high school-age brothers received a cease and desist order from the International Red Cross.

Meet Beijing’s Hottest Rising Rapper – Beijing rapper, Bohan Phoenix

Bohan Phoenix was born in Chinaʼs Hubei province and immigrated to the US at 11, unable to speak a word of English. He took a liking to hip hop instantly and learned the language quickly by rapping along with just about anything he could get his hands on. Today, Bohan is an anomaly in music – a fixture in both the US and Chinese music scenes, whose lyrical blend of Mandarin and English reflects his dual identity and aim to bridge the gap between the two cultures he calls his own. In this exclusive interview piece with the “JALA” rapper, Bohan Phoenix tells us how he first got into hip-hop and what it means to be a bilingual rapper.


Robin Alice, comprised of Kelley Jakle and Jeff “Horti” Hortillosa, unveiled “Greed,” the video for a song from their recently-released debut EP Here and There. “Greed” is a timely track inspired by, as much art is of late, the 2016 election. Penned by bandmember Jeff “Horti” Hortillosa, “Greed” is a reflection upon disdain for unchecked capitalism and the sadness at the lack of fiscal equality and lack of social safety nets. “It’s no question that we are living in troubled times and Robin Alice have taken us deeper into the fold on this new track and video,” EARMILK said in the video’s premiere. “The track features a catchy and jangly guitar riff carried along by a captivatingly haunting vocal performance that’s weaved casually, yet passionately together by the duo. Lyrically, the song is an earnest and deeply vulnerable take on the current political climate in America,” added EARMILK. “Visually, the video creates a dynamic scene that features the duo floating upon a couch uninterested, circling a warehouse filled with angry Americans stuck in traffic, holding Starbucks cups and getting angry at each other.

DEYO Featured On Pitchfork (Brother of ‘Succession’ Star) | Shares “Can’t Shake You” | Self-Titled Debut LP Out 10/11

Christopher Deyo Braun, aka DEYO, has arrived with a brand new single, titled “Can’t Shake You.” It’s the latest single from his debut LP, DEYO, which is set to drop on October 11th of this year. Tap into the new single up top and stay tuned for more exciting news regarding DEYO’s debut!

Eric Church is Most Added With “Monsters”

Praised by Vulture for “turn[ing] a yarn about irrational childhood fears into an emboldening word about faith in the face of human cruelty,” the song celebrated by NPR for its “metaphors… broad enough to encapsulate an array of evils his listeners may imagine confronting” is the third single off Church’s critically-acclaimed Desperate Man.

CITY OF INDUSTRY BrooklynVegan Premieres “Hold Me Like A Grudge” Single

Offers CITY OF INDUSTRY’s Ossa Humiliata with the “Hold Me Like A Grudge” premiere, “I see it as a sort of love song. Lyrically, I meant it to be an honest, self-deprecating look at the dichotomy of marriage, with me cast as the villain. Two individuals coming together as one means two egos colliding to slowly and painfully create what is to be their own joint kingdom and homestead. It’s a beautiful and grievous struggle.”

[New Video Alert] VIBE.com Premieres Josh Dean’s “Funny Valentine” Visual Today!

After delivering the futuristic and sexy visual for his single, “Dropdead”, Josh Dean returns to basics with the black & white video for his latest release, “Funny Valentine”. The pop-inspired ballad finds Dean singing for the love of his life to return to his arms. “Funny Valentine” is shot entirely in black & white and gives a subtle yet unintentional ode to Sixpence None The Richer’s pop classic “Kiss Me”. The visuals replicate the look of old school 35mm film cameras bringing the vintage feel of the song full circle.

DARSOMBRA: Baltimore Psychedelic/Prog Duo Continues Extensive North American Tour

Transmission consists of one continuous track delivering more than forty-one minutes of DARSOMBRA’s sprawling, mind-expanding, musical exploration. Ranging from relentless, charged, and cinematic, to ephemeral, transcendent, and delicate, the song embraces its many qualities as it wraps itself into a thematic, uncompromising saga with a million different interpretations available to the listener. It is a unique experience as a piece of recorded sound, and an unforgettable spectacle to see live. Each format of the album bears slightly different artwork and design elements than the others.

Petrol Girls’ “No Love For A Nation” Impacting UK Radio on Brexit Deadline 10/31

Petrol Girls take their song “No Love For A Nation” to radio in the UK on October 31st, the Brexit deadline date. This powerful anti-nationalist anthem is welcome at a time when the world is deeply divided and encourages the listener to question the nation state and seek a more inclusive future.

Prior to “No Love For A Nation” impacting radio, Petrol Girls will hit the Loud Women Festival in London on September 14th and embark on a two week headline tour of the UK before joining Thrice and Refused in the EU on November 3rd for another two weeks.


In case there was any question, Summer ’19 belonged to pop culture’s newest superhero and the music industry’s fastest rising star, Megan Thee Stallion. From viral internet memes and her first VMA win, to magazine cover stories and radio takeover, it was impossible to miss the Houston rapper and her self-love proclamation of #HOTGIRLSUMMER. She closes out the season today with the official video for her record breaking new single, “Hot Girl Summer” featuring Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign.

Leave it to Megan to throw the best pool party of the year – complete with mansion in the hills, hyper-color styling, a purebred white stallion and a few famous friends helping Megan “drive the boat”. Watch the video, stream / purchase Fever (300) and catch Megan on tour with Future, Meek Mill, YG and Mustard now.