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This summer, Russ has performed all over the world with recent performances in Portugal, Egypt, Jordan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and more, all with massive crowds singing every word to his songs as documented on his Instagram. Russ has a few remaining shows this year including Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, Rock The Daisies Festival in Cape Town, and In The City Festival in Johannesburg, before finishing the year working on his next major album release.

NuMetal/Hardcore Act OVTLIER’s “Spineless” Video Goes Dark And Violent, Questions Healthcare and Government Studies

NuMetal/hardcore act, Ovtlier, announce their spine-tingling video, “Spineless,” with a premiere via Dread Central. The video symbolizes the horrors in today’s sickness and society; it was inspired by vocalist/primary songwriter, Joey Arena’s experience with watching his grandmother pass on and his “personal views on medical and governmental studies: that we are nothing but lab rats and test subjects.”

Exclusive OVTLIER “Spineless” Video Premiere Goes Dark And Violent


LOVE + FEAR marks the eagerly anticipated fourth LP from the Welsh-born artist formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds and now simply as MARINA. Comprised of two eight-song collections that together form a unified whole, the double album – which includes the singles, “Handmade Heaven,” “Superstar,” and the aforementioned “Orange Trees” – arrived earlier this year and was instantly met with unanimous worldwide acclaim.

THE DEFIANTS New Album “Zokusho” Out Now on Frontiers Music Srl

Holy mother, this is gonna be a future classic, no doubt about that! Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel, Steve West and Rob Marcello are ready to rock your world and, for sure, they are ready to tear you house down with their powerful, punchy, anthemic and melodic music!
-Heavy Paradise-

The Defiants are back with their sophomore album, “Zokusho”. Comprised of Paul Laine, Bruno Ravel, and Rob Marcello, The Defiants is three fabulous musicians who, as fans in the know will immediately recognize, all have ties to popular hard rockers, Danger Danger.

Violent New Breed Premieres New Single “Worth It”

VIOLENT NEW BREED the realized musical vision of Max Green (founding member/bassist of Escape The Fate and former bassist in Falling in Reverse). Max is joined by Shawn McGhee (guitar), Sean Russell (vocals, guitar) and Charlie Nicholson (drums). Their debut album ‘BAD REPUTATION’ is produced and engineered by guitarist, Shawn McGhee, and recorded at his studio, Artistry Recording Studios, in Las Vegas, NV.

Violent New Breed (ex-Escape The Fate) show it’s “Worth It” in melodic new song

The Voice Star, Stephanie Rice, Releases “Coming Down”

“Coming Down” is a brooding alt-pop number with a huge hook recounting a toxic relationship. Mixed and executive-produced by Benjamin Rice (Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, John Legend, Nick Jonas), the song is equal parts pop music drama and rock ‘n’ roll edge.

Rock Act, The Endangered Species, Premiere New Video via Ghost Cult Magazine

The concept of the video is to capture the groove of the song. The idea was to show all types of different dance being done to the song. Pole dancers, break dancers, astronauts on the moon listening to the song, dead people dancing, etc. The lyrics are more serious and dark in nature, so instead of a doom and gloom video I wanted to create a video that put the focus on the groove of the song. I think it makes the song more fun and exciting for the listener. The lyrics will speak for themselves for the listener who can relate. As I stated before Magic Man is the drug dealer who is benefiting off the addicts addiction. Fueling the demise of others for his own gain. The song expresses the path of the desperate addict giving up more and more to satisfy their addiction, until they are so desperate they take everything they need from Magic Man by putting a gun to his head.’But they ask so politely indeed.’ The video was created and produced by Robin Divver (Rock & Roll Rd. Productions).

The Shys Frontman Kyle Krone Releases Latest Solo Single Track “Higher”

“Higher” is an uplifting and easygoing tune inspired by the surf towns of South Orange County, reflecting on how the visual expressions of surfing and skating influenced Krone’s style. It also addresses themes of personal evolution and freedom from the things that may hold people back. Here’s what Kyle had to say about the song:

the Lonesome Billies/Skope

The Lonesome Billies are a Portland 4 piece country act that is heavily influenced by 70s era country (think Light In the Attic’c “Country Funk” comps, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, Waylon, WIllie and Merle). The band grew up and bonded over skateboarding in the 90s and members work in the industry, so their shows often bring a crowd of punks and skaters. They do annual “Family Tradition Potluck & Musical Extravaganzas”, which is a potent mixture of family, friends, food and music accompanied by a live auction to raise money for local nonprofits (they’ve raised over $50k).

NEW RELEASE: Nooky Jones Drops New Single – “Like Candy” EP is out 9/27

Fast rising Minneapolis band Nooky Jones is back with a new EP, Like Candy, slated for release on Friday, September 27, 2019. Like Candy represents the evolution in songwriting, arranging, recording, and producing in the two years since the release of Nooky Jones’ self-titled debut album. The band wanted to produce a collection of songs that captures the high octane atmosphere of the Nooky Jones live show experience, a sound that has been described by NPR’s Heavy Rotation as “equal parts Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and Prince…guaranteed to move both heart and booty.” The band will celebrate the release of their EP at the legendary Paisley Park on September 28th, making it the first live ticketed event at the historic grounds, since Prince’s passing in 2016.

Tampa rapper JG shares new song Public Relations

Tampa rapper JG releases a new tune called “Public Relations” today. The track’s melancholy sound finds The Leftovers artist delivering emotionally driven lyrics about breaking old relationship habits. The new song serves as the title track for his upcoming project Public Relations 2 releasing via his independent label The Leftovers.


“A “Junky” is usually used in context negatively. This is why we made this song about being addicted to the right things so that being a “Junky” isn’t so bad at all,” says frontman Garrett Douglas. “Real love and a woman’s body is a great thing to be addicted to.”


Award-winning rap artist Lecrae and hip-hop artist/producer Andy Mineo unveiled the official music video to their firey track “Coming In Hot” today. Directed by Antonio Santos, the video features Lecrae and Andy disguised as police officers speeding thru Los Angeles to rescue the NBC’s World of Dance group Kinjaz. Check it out here.

Written By Wolves release searing title track and video from upcoming debut LP

Earlier today, New Zealand rock act Written by Wolves released the second single and title track from their upcoming LP, Secrets, which arrives on November 8th.

Nabbing a song of the day feature on Headbangerz Club’s Instagram, “Secrets” arrives with a searing, brutal video that serves as a literal representation of the song’s focus on internal struggles.

ENTRAIL: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Craving” From Cascadian Experimental Drone Project

“This track comes from a place of primal yearning for human contact and the pain that seethes in absence of deep, safe, sustained touch. It is a cry for building a culture of platonic physical intimacy, for helping to feed each other’s bodies with a most basic element of nourishment.” — ENTRAIL