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LEOPARD SKULL debut album ‘Welcome Home’

Leopard Skull is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Harm Pauwels. With influences ranging from the late Beatles to early Brian Eno and Foxygen, Leopard Skull brings an eclectic psych sound that is both captivating and estranging.

‘Suffering is optional’ by Artist and songwriter: Dario Margeli

“Four great guitar players have played on this recording, including Hugh Williams from Florida, Philip Ockelford from Great Britain. The recording has a gentle groove clocking at 107 BPM with real bass being played by Yhousel González. The song has personal development lyrics that talk about the benefits of being attentive of our thoughts to allow only the ones that are beneficial to us to stay around. We can do without thoughts that make us suffer.”

Christine Renner (ATX) – “Let It Rain” / Single & Video

“The song was inspired by a dream, or rather a nightmare and a love of classic rock. Renner’s lovely voice is punctuated by a heavy, distinctive guitar riff along with an insistent drum part” – Greg Ackerman – The Cosmic Clash

The second single from Christine Renner’s forthcoming EP: “Tonight”. The song “Let it Rain” from the Austin indie/pop-rock singer-songwriter is accompanied by a Music Video which was released last month.

The Growlers share new single “Try Hard Fool” from upcoming LP “Natural Affair”

Los Angeles-based rockers The Growlers drop their new track “Try Hard Fool” today, the third single from their anticipated upcoming LP Natural Affair. Hot off their recent European tour – which included a stand-out set at the Green Man Festival in the UK – the band’s winning new fans worldwide with their 80s-infused take on that all-American sound of raw, rumbling garage rock. Previous singles “Foghorn Town” and “Natural Affair” quickly went into heavy rotation on SiriusXMU, snagging positions on LA’s KCRW Top 10 and Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, not to mention the band’s overall performance across platforms, with 200 million Spotify plays, 1.2 million monthly listeners, and 75 million YouTube streams.

Young Clancy Releases New Single “Level”

Toronto-based singer/songwriter/producer Young Clancy has released a new single, “Level,” ahead of his upcoming EP. As a whole, Vol. II is an exploration of a modern and fractured masculine perspective, with each of the individual songs reaching for love and hope over emptiness.

Kishi Bashi Shares New “Marigolds” Video

Kishi Bashi today shared the video for “Marigolds,” one of the singles off his acclaimed new album, Omoiyari. Of the clip, director Geoff Hoskinson explains, “The video was inspired by the idea that empathy and openness can make the world a better, more beautiful place to live”; watch the enchanting and colorful animated clip now HERE. Released on May 31st via Joyful Noise Recordings, Omoiyari has been earning glowing press from outlets including The New York Times, NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR Music (‘First Listen,’ ‘New Music Friday’), Billboard, Noisey, Smithsonian Magazine, Relix, Paste, Exclaim!, and many more.

Saintseneca Share Chris Farley-Inspired single “In A Van”, Nationwide Fall Tour Dates Begin September 17

“Strikingly poppy and direct while maintaining Zac Little’s knack for thoughtful abstractions and compositional left-turns.” – Stereogum

“For Saintseneca, fatalistic gloom blends seamlessly with a kind of playful sprightliness: Zac Little’s songs often simmer in a sad swirl of death and esoterica, but his deadpan ruminations are buoyed by the sounds of exotic instruments, candy-colored pop hooks and many points in between.” – NPR Music

Alone Architect & Kassia Vera Unite for Chilling Crywolf Reimagination

Alone Architect is the moniker of songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Jeff Feldman. For this release, he enlisted assistance from vocalist and visual artist Kassia Vera to create the chillingly cinematic soundscapes heard in this recreation to “QUIXØTE.” Something else to note: this cover is the first release ever from Kassia Vera; this joint effort marking the first of many musical collaborations to come.


“At only 18 years old, Nascar Aloe stands as one of the most talented up-and-comers in North Carolina’s budding rap underground.” –HYPEBEAST

“An eccentric creative who’s blown out, distorted sound is oddly addictive, Nascar Aloe is an underground artist at the forefront of the rising new age punk sound.” – ELEVATOR

Established Country Music Artist, Corinne Cook, Releases Lyric Video in Support of Current Single, “Mr Mechanic”

Established Country Music artist, Corinne Cook, announced the release of a lyric video for her current single “Mr Mechanic” from her current album Yes I Can. Watch the video on her Facebook artist page or on her YouTube channel here.

“I chose this song as the next single to release as it’s a fun, quirky love song between a car and her mechanic,” said Corinne Cook. “I wrote this song about my husband, but wanted to play with the perspective a bit. He loves working on classic cars, so I turned that around to show that the car also loves the mechanic and wants his attention.”

The Notorious B.I.G. Ready To Die 25th Anniversary Edition To Be Released On September 13 From Rhino

The Notorious B.I.G. helped reinvent and revitalize East Coast hip-hop 25 years ago with his 1994 debut, Ready to Die. Today, the album has been certified platinum six times and is regarded as not only one of the best hip-hop albums ever made, but also one of the best albums of all time.

Rhino, in partnership with GetOnDown.com, honors this groundbreaking album with a new limited-edition boxed set that features every album track – plus two bonus tracks – on nine 7” colored-vinyl singles (black, white and red vinyl). READY TO DIE: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BOXED SET will be available for $79.98 on September 13, the anniversary date of the original release.

Individually numbered and limited to 3,500 copies, the set is presented in a cigar-style box with metallic and gloss accents, and includes a booklet filled with liner notes by veteran hip hop journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, never-before-seen photos from the era, as well as exclusive stories by Easy Mo Bee and Chucky Thompson, who helped produce the album.

Gloria Gaynor Celebrates World Peace Day with Release of New Single ‘Man of Peace’

Legendary songstress Gloria Gaynor has announced the release of “Man of Peace,” the next single off of her latest album, Testimony. The Grammy Award-winning singer has coordinated the release of the song, a cover of a Bob Dylan classic, to coincide with World Peace Day on September 21.

“Man of Peace” first appeared on Dylan’s 1983 album Infidels. Released on the heels of a trilogy of Dylan’s Christian albums, the song voices a disillusionment with faux religious and philanthropic figures. With the help of Grammy Award-winning singer Mike Farris, Gaynor transforms Dylan’s bluesy take on false apostles into a dueling gospel sermon warning of evil hiding behind the guise of goodness.

Reuben and the Dark releases new single “faultline,” announces upcoming album ‘un | love’

Today, Reuben and the Dark, the Montreal-based alt-folk outfit helmed by frontman Reuben Bullock, announces a new full-length album titled un | love, set for release on October 25 via Arts & Crafts. As part of the announcement, they share the first new song “faultline” – an intimate portrait of internal struggle and soul-searching, caught between past and future. Reuben explains:

“It feels like a reflective song. Driving on the highway late at night. Looking back over your life. The plans you made. And the way those plans can change. Driving while your passenger sleeps beside you. It’s about trust and self-destruction. Feeling power and, simultaneously, a lack of control.”

NECRONOMICON Premiere New Song, “Singularis Dominus”

Canadian blackened death metal masters NECRONOMICON are now premiering “Singularis Dominus,” the second new track from their upcoming album, ‘UNUS.’ The record will be released via Season of Mist on October 18.

DIVINE ERA Releases Official Music Video for “Vanity of Vanities”; Catch DIVINE ERA Live on 2019 Fall Tour

LA based groove metal artist DIVINE ERA has released the official music video for “Vanity of Vanities.” Produced and Directed by Towering House Production, “Vanity of Vanities” is off of his 2018 LP,
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“The album ends with a more laid back vibe in ‘Vanity Of Vanities’ with it’s southern rock feel injected into it’s heavy groove and moments of thrash. It’s an almost surprising but damn near perfect way to end a killer piece of work that’s definitely going to be hitting the playlists regularly in 2018.” – The RockPit

VAN RULLEN Releases ‘Going Away’ Single

A songwriter and producer at heart, Matt Martin Van Rullen is a multi-disciplined musician with a profound interest in sound in general. His songwriting catalogue transcends genre but remaining true to his core mantra of serving the song, his latest single draws on the magnanimous traits of post-rock and traditional emo in his rousing ode to growing pains. Going Away authentically aspires to be better in the wake of seeking worldly adventures and having to reconcile the heartache of being away from home.


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum British singer/songwriter James Blunt has unveiled the music video for his latest single “Cold,” off his just-announced sixth studio album Once Upon A Mind (arriving October 25th via Custard/Atlantic Records).

Omayela – ‘Waste’

“”Waste” is something unexpected that’ll catch your ear and take you away – empowering melancholy that’ll raise the hair on your arms. It’s a song that started from nothing in my basement before being brought to the next level by my guys, Pops & Poolboy.”

PELEGRIN stream ‘Al-Mahruqa’ album in its entirety!

Close your eyes and open your hearts, as heavy psych goldsmiths PELEGRIN unveil their enchanting debut album ‘Al-Mahruqa’ in full today courtesy of The Obelisk.

The French trio invite you to enter a realm of pure sonic fantasy with their immersive and warm-sounding debut album ‘Al Mahruqa’. Conjuring influences from heavy psychedelia to 70s prog artfully sprinkled with Middle Eastern soundscapes, ‘Al Mahruqa’ is filled with intense buildups and sheer moments of grace that will give any listener goosebumps. Gazing across the horizon, PELEGRIN masterfully open a new chapter for modern psychedelia with this timeless yet eminently avant-garde five-track.

Review & Full Album Premiere: Pelegrin, Al-Mahruqa

Para Fiction drop mind-bending visuals for new single ‘Time Debt’

The video showcases a psychedelic and science fiction-inspired production, where Para Fiction’s rapper Jambo and producer Coding Dude are seen driving a Back To The Future style car through time and space – alluding to the track’s lyrics detailing being in debt to time. The chaotic visuals jump from monochrome to sharp colour and utilise engrossing effects such as inverted colour and pixelation, creating a further impact with their uncontainable flair and punk attitude.