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Fireside Collective’s ‘She Was An Angel’ reaches unknown territory

Asheville-based group Fireside Collective has gained a fervent fanbase — and the attention of their peers — with their blend of folk, blues, funk and a wide variety of bluegrass sounds.

With their new single “She Was An Angel,” available today, the group solidifies its status as one of the fastest rising groups in today’s Progressive Bluegrass and roots music scenes. It’s the first in a string of compelling new singles ahead of their third studio album, to be released by Mountain Home Music Company.

Billy Strings releases new song “Everything’s the Same” – new album out Sept 27

Today, Billy Strings is releasing “Everything’s the Same” – the third song off the forthcoming record HOME (Rounder Records). “Everything’s The Same” premiered exclusively via Billboard earlier this week, and follows “Taking Water” and “Away From the Mire” – both released separately over the past several weeks.

Prophets Of Rage release new single ‘Pop Goes The Weapon’

Revolutionary musicians Prophets Of Rage: Tom Morello, Tim Commerford, Brad Wilk, Chuck D, B-Real and DJ Lord have shared the piercing brand new track and video ‘Pop Goes The Weapon’. With the band’s masterful musicianship driving a menacing lyric and snarling vocal from B-Real, it puts a sharp focus on the dire consequences of America’s never-ending gun violence epidemic.

WALK MY WAY is the sixth single / video release of the Swedish band THE BABOON SHOW

Skott Returns With ‘Bloodhound.’

Today marks the welcomed return of Swedish singer, songwriter and producer Skott, whose infectious new track, “Bloodhound” is released today via her own label, Dollar Menu in partnership with Cosmos Music. Skott co-directed and produced the song’s moody music video with Paras IV, which was shot on-location in Rättvik, situated along the eastern shores of Lake Siljan in Sweden, where she grew up. Known for creating one-of-a-kind, hypnotic melodies, “Bloodhound” delivers in that department, featuring Skott’s signature vocals over delicate production. The track is a quirky nod to being your own master and caring less about what others think.

The Highwomen’s debut album out today

“a haunting, powerful tribute to the resilience of women through the ages.” —The New York Times
“subject wise, timing wise; perfect and wonderful” —NPR Music
“…as powerful as musical storytelling gets.” — ★★★★ Rolling Stone

Jax Jones Releases His Eagerly Awaited Album “Snacks” Out Now

Ivor Novello, Grammy and two-time BRIT Award nominee, producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones has announced the release of his debut album Snacks. Already storming the album charts the record has been certified silver ahead of its release and features an all-star array of some of music’s brightest stars, Snacks is out now via Polydor/Interscope Records. Available now.

Melii Releases New Single “No Hard Feelings” Out Now

Produced by Power, “No Hard Feelings” is a moody midtempo track built on a low-slung beat and shadowy grove. With lyrics written entirely by Melii, the track features the candid storytelling and commanding presence previously shown on her acclaimed debut project PhAses.

Brantley Gilbert Announces 2020 “Fire’t Up Tour” + Releases “Fire’t Up” off 10/4 Album

Just a few short weeks before the much-anticipated Oct. 4 release of his fifth studio album Fire & Brimstone via The Valory Music Co., Brantley Gilbert, billed as an artist who “never fails to deliver” by American Songwriter, is already looking for opportunities to bring the music to his faithful BG Nation with a brand new 2020 tour. Fire’t Up Tour, aptly named after track one on his upcoming 15-song album (all written/co-written by Gilbert), will kick off Jan. 23 in London, Ontario and hit 34 cities across the country and Canada, before concluding May 8 in Colorado.

Lake Jons delve into the intricacies of life on dreamtronica cut ‘It’s Too Bright’

New single from Finnish duo Lake Jons – ‘It’s Too Bright’

Comes with the announcement of their sophomore album ‘The Coast’ which drops 29th Nov.

Hailing from Helsinki, LAKE JONS walk a fine line between producer-tandem and full-on band. Since their formation they’ve come through with delicate folktronica-tinged dream-pop and last year they were showcased by Ja Ja Ja across London, Berlin and Hamburg.

On upcoming album release they reconnect with their roots, leaving the city and delving into the viridescence of their moniker’s birthplace; the Towars forest.

Tinariwen Release New Album ‘Amadjar’ Today feat. Warren Ellis, Cass McCombs + More, US Tour Dates Begin September 12

“Tinariwen’s music is often a lot closer to the sounds of American/British psychedelic rock than you might expect from a Malian band, and this entrancing song is a great example of that.” – BrooklynVegan on “Zawal”

“Even among its Toureg peers, no one really makes music like Tinariwen. But here the band leans into a slick blues groove as Cass McCombs whispers through the rolling hypnosis.” – NPR Music


“There’s a theory that important places of power like Stonehenge or the Pyramids of Giza are connected by invisible lines,” shares singer/guitarist Zach Grace. “As a parallel, I needed to find my own anchor points for belief and purpose. I realized you can build those roads yourself. Friends, family, and the band are my anchors. The music comes out of the ley lines.”


Over the past several years, TCTS (born Sam O’Neill) quietly rose to the forefront of electronic dance music. Between originals and remixes, he has churned out over 40 million streams and counting in addition to receiving praise courtesy of NYLON, i-D, Stereogum, The FADER, Clash, MTV, Wonderland, Spin, Mixmag, Vibe, The Guardian, and more. Superstars such as Haim, Bazzi and Jessie Ware have sought him out for remixes. Meanwhile, he has graced the stages of Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Hideout, and Miami Music Week in addition to touching down everywhere from Australia and Asia to Ibiza where he performed at Amnesia and BBC Radio 1 and headlined Ocean Beach Club. Now, he positions himself for a major mainstream breakthrough in 2019, blasting off with the single “Lazerbeams.”


“We wrote ‘More’ for anyone who feels like they’re searching for something different than what our culture is selling,” says Electric Guest’s Asa Taccone. “It was written with the hope that no matter how dire, despairing or seemingly impossible living can be, we are built for life & built to feed our best selves.”


Weird tells the story of cult indie band The Pocket Gods since their immaculate misconception 20 years ago in a London record shop. It features the highs and lows of being in a “crap indie band” (their own words). From being discovered by late DJ John Peel and obtaining an official Guinness World Record, to playing gigs to one stoned guy and a dog in a scary pub in Huddersfield.

The film also charts frontman Mark Christopher Lee’s battle with depression and mental health issues which have plagued his life since being abused as a child. This culminated in him taking an overdose earlier this year and he’s now determined to encourage others to seek help and support for depression and mental health issues.