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iyla Releases Official Music Video For ‘Flowers’

“Fuck flowers, what flowers?” she sings on the chorus of this empowering and soulful release, and the video illuminates her message beautifully. “There’s this stereotype that women just want the finer things in life. Mess up, cheat on us, treat us badly, but as long as we get those flowers, it’s all going to be okay,” iyla explains. “But that’s just not the truth. I would rather have your honesty and your support than flowers, however beautiful they may be. So the video challenges this stereotype by showing an overload of flowers that I just don’t want. It also has an Alice in Wonderland element to it: when I get the love and support I need, I grow, as opposed to shrink.”

Great Grandpa share new single “Digger”

“I used to have a dog who would get into this intense and almost manic trance when he would dig a hole in the yard. We called him Digger because he just became obsessed with these seemingly pointless pits. Something about his eyes in this state has lingered with and haunted me for years. It felt familiar, human even. Over the years Carrie and I began to liken it, even using the name, to describe ourselves when our mental health was spiraling or/and we were diving into the dangerous game of obsessive existential inquiry/patterns. Written in the wake of a fateful Wildwood Tarot reading following months of creative drought, this song is, like the spaces it explores, messy and without much resolution — simultaneously a meditation on the process of creation, determinism vs agency and an ode to Philip K Dick’s “The Transmigration of Timothy Archer”, mental illness, and those in our lives who dug too far. It’s safest to never go out in the darkness, but perhaps we’ll miss something in the dark.”

CLOAK Premiere Music Video for New Song, “Into the Storm,” via Kerrang!

CLOAK comment on the offering: “‘Into The Storm’ is one of our most aggressive and epic songs to date. We wanted the visuals to be just as unnerving and majestic as the music itself. Once again, this video was produced and crafted fully by the band members. Now, revel in the ecstasy of darkness unbound!”


JPEGMAFIA has shared “Beta Male Strategies” from his upcoming album, All My Heroes Are Cornballs, out this Friday, September 13th on EQT Recordings. The album is the highly-anticipated follow up to his critically-acclaimed 2018 project Veteran. Peggy enlisted some of his friends to help announce the album including Kenny Beats, DJ Dahi, James Blake, Jeff Tweedy and Hannibal Buress and many more. On October 14th he’s heading on his new headline tour titled, ‘JPEGMAFIA Type Tour,’ ending with two shows in his beloved city of Baltimore. See full tour and tickets dates below.


Continuing the quest to upcoming EP Sexbots, Devils and A High-Speed Car Chase, Dirty Nice reveal stunning new track Love U Like A Human. A gossamer indie pop track showcasing dreamy vocals over a shimmering arrangement, the track tackles love and dating through a futuristic lens, telling the age-old love story between a person and a robot. Speaking on the track, the band state:

Kid Creole and Peter Schott Unleash First Single As New Project ‘Schott Treatment’

Based out of the USA, England, and Denmark, SCHOTT TREATMENT “pushes the boundaries of what pop music can be.” Formed by Peter Schott and August Darnell of Kid Creole and The Coconuts, SCHOTT TREATMENT has created a homage to the great soundtracks of the 50’s and 60’s. Inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the scores from the James Bond series, SCHOTT TREATMENT weaves a unique tapestry of classical themes and existential lyrics. With orchestral melodies and haunting vocal performances, Schott and Darnell have created a ground-breaking sound for the ages.

Dirtwire New Single “Talking Bird feat. Mbilou and Aya Drop’s Today!

“The mungongo is a mouthbow from Gabon and is an instrument used in Iboga ceremonies. We contacted Mbilou a singer and mungongo (mouth bow) player from Gabon, after seeing one of his videos on YouTube and got the collaboration going. The result, which also features female vocals from Aya, is an upbeat of deep African Congo jungle vibrations in a dancefloor groove,” comments Dirtwire on the new single “Talking Bird.”

South By Southwest Announces Initial Keynotes and Featured Speakers for 2020 Conference

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 13–22, 2020) has announced the initial Keynote and Featured Speakers for the 34th edition of its annual Conference, which celebrates the convergence of technology, film, and music industries.

The Great Dying Share Their New Single “Writing A Song In Blue Ink” | Tour Kicks-off in Nov.

Will Griffith, known musically as The Great Dying, is a Mississippi Delta born, country singer-songwriter residing in Oxford, MS. Although Will doesn’t see his dark country musings as directly blues influenced. “I want people to celebrate sad music because of its beauty. Sad songs help you laugh at your own sadness. They are meant to help you keep going,” says Griffith. Punk rock, however, felt like Will’s blues and was devoid of the phoniness and commercialism that drove tourism in the area surrounding his hometown of Cleveland, MS.


Critical praise for Brandon Banks:

“…a major leap in craft and style, it becomes a superpower.” – 8.4 Rating/Best New Music – Pitchfork

“…superb major label debut …a sprawling autobiography overflowing with dense, unflinching, granular detail…” – Rolling Stone

“Kream has long been a skilled rhymer, but Brandon Banks brings him to a new level as a hip-hop figure to fight for.” – Billboard

“…one of the best rap albums of the year…” – Noisey

Ariel View Announce Epitaph Debut Album ‘Until My Lungs Are Cleared’

On the record, produced by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Remo Drive), Ariel View channel the most complex and messy emotions into 11 immaculately arranged indie-rock songs. Tapping into the kinetic energy they first revealed in playing backyard shows all around the Inland Empire, the Ontario, California-based band blends punk and surf-rock into a finespun sound that’s viscerally charged yet gracefully melodic. Lyrically, Ariel View share stories of drinking too much and missing the wrong people and dreaming of running thousands of miles away, with sisters Harmonie and Heaven Martinez delivering each of their lines with both raw sensitivity and defiant self-assurance.

Casanova Drops the Cinematic, Cameo-Packed “So Brooklyn” Video

“Unlike most current New Yorker rappers, Casanova opts to body tracks akin to the days of G-Unit or Dipset, brandishing rapid-fire flows and throaty growls full of malice that are equally as menacing as his 6’4″ frame.” – HipHopDX

“Thanks to Casanova’s strapping voice, charismatic personality, and unyielding confidence, “Don’t Run” set New York’s music scene ablaze…With an already convincing résumé, Casanova isn’t slowing down anytime soon.” – Billboard


Produced by Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Tove Lo, Jack Antonoff), “RAIN” marks Platt’s first new music since the arrival of his acclaimed debut, Sing to Me Instead, released earlier this year on Atlantic Records.

Young Dolph & Key Glock Take a Business Trip in the Stylish “Back to Back” Video

Reaching the Billboard Top 10 without help from the major label system, Young Dolph and Key Glock have the industry studying their every move. Pulling up with a caravan of coupes, Dolph & Glock handle business in “Back To Back,” their new video. Stylishly directed by Jordan Spencer, the video is a vibrant illustration of Key Glock’s hook (“We pull up back to back/and hop out with the racks”), as the Paper Route EMPIRE duo count bands in a restaurant parking lot. “Back To Back” is the latest video from Dum & Dummer, Dolph & Glock’s recent collaborative album, following the surrealistic clip for “Water On Water On Water” (8.5 million views), which earned a premiere in The FADER.

The ONLY Real Independent Music TV Network Similar To Old-School MTV & Now Available Worldwide on Roku and Firestick!

The Music Network TV Channel on Roku Worldwide is a TV channel that was created by established musicians and the recording industry to spotlight signed and unsigned artists. It’s a place where record companies and fans alike can find new talent. Musicians promote themselves allowing music fans to discover new favorites. TMN, which is co-produced by Jessica Spinelli, has a dedicated staff who are working hard to change the way band’s get their music heard and their videos seen.

The channel features live performances, interviews, and music documentaries, but TMN also has high end music videos featuring national artists such as Heathen, Sodom, Anvil, Raven, David Ellefson’s EMP bands, Green Jello, Tantric, Smile Empty Soul, Dead By Wednesday, Jasta (of Hatebreed), Anti-Flag, Bumblefoot, Radio Active Chicken Heads, A Killers Confession, Doyle, & much more!


Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) announced today its upcoming animated comedy The Addams Family will feature original songs from global music superstars Christina Aguilera, Migos, Karol G, Rock Mafia and Snoop Dogg, among others. Based on the famous New Yorker creations of Charles Addams, the kookiest family on the block is back on the big screen with an all-star voice cast led by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Bette Midler, Allison Janney, Elsie Fisher and Snoop Dogg playing IT.

Directed by Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens) and Greg Tiernan (Thomas & Friends, Day of the Diesels), The Addams Family will be released in theaters on October 11, 2019.

Out Today In Observance of World Suicide Prevention Day MXMS Release New Auto-Biographical Single

“Though often and regretfully referred to as “funeral pop,” the music created by MXMS is rarely confined to the darker side of the human experience. Their music frequently swells from lush yet painfully intimate lows to rousing and inspirational cinematic highs..” – Interview Magazine

MXMS, Shadow Figures


The album is a splendid hour of jams, both personal and political, that never sacrifices its bewitching groove even when it’s dressing down corrupt officials. – PITCHFORK

Burna’s newest, African Giant, is referred to as “Afro-fusion” — but call it what it is: a syncretist opus. – NPR

The Bad Plus announce new album; tour dates

Activate Infinity ​is the second album from The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the group in 2018. The album was recorded at Brooklyn Recording in New York City in May 2019. It was produced by The Bad Plus and engineered and mixed by Andy Taub. Activate Infinity will be released on CD and digital October 25. November 15 will see its release on vinyl. Pre-orders are available now along with a download of the first song, “Avail.”

The SAFES Release ‘Winning Combination’ LP

“A collection of chamber pop masterpieces that more often recall the Zombies, the Kinks, the Beach Boys, and the Beatles rather than the Clash or the Jam. The O’Malley family has outdone itself here, giving us a most unexpected treasure that speaks volumes about their musical and emotional connections to each other and their audience.” – PopMatters