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STEW unveil alluring ballad off debut album on Ripple Music

Swedish blues rockers STEW unveil a scorching hot new track off their upcoming debut album “People”, landing October 11th on Ripple Music.

Markus Åsland’s hot and groovy vocals will lead your way to this promising debut album, which brilliantly explores the blues rock spectrum. Taking its cue from soul, psych, acid rock, and pretty much all the good vibes coming from that an unforgettable era that brought about what we now call cosmic rock. Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan may come to mind when listening to “People”, yet this is no surprise: STEW have brought back a maestria in modern blues that is utterly soulful and filled with irresistible hooks.

Dashboard Confessional Announces ‘The Best Ones Of The Best Ones,’

Celebrating 20 years, Dashboard Confessional today announced their first-ever career-spanning compilation, The Best Ones Of The Best Ones, will be released on January 31, 2020. The album is a thoughtfully curated collection of the band’s most beloved songs and features selections from all seven studio albums, the So Impossible and The Drowning EPs, and the band’s legendary, Platinum-certified MTV Unplugged performance. From start to finish, The Best Ones Of The Best Ones showcases the profound durability of Dashboard Confessional’s music over the past two decades. The collection highlights singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba’s extraordinary ability to give a cathartic voice to the messiest of emotions, which led the band to ascend from a bedroom project to a global sensation. Carrabba—who now owns the majority of Dashboard Confessional’s master recordings (a notable rarity in the music industry)—will self-release the physical, double LP version of The Best Ones Of The Best Ones, along with digital distribution via AWAL.


Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Ally Brooke has teamed up with global superstar DJ/producer Matoma for a new collaborative dance anthem “Higher” – available now with a stunning Michael Garcia-directed music video via Latium Entertainment/Atlantic Records. The song arrives just ahead of Ally’s highly anticipated cast debut on Dancing With The Stars, premiering tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

MORELAND THE SHOOTING “Moreland” Out NOW via The Label Group / INgrooves

Post Hardcore, Progressive Metal Band MORELAND THE SHOOTING recently released the official music video for their single, “Moreland.” Directed by Mike Hale and filmed in Atlanta, GA, “Moreland” is an act of social activism featuring memorials built for victims of gun violence. “Moreland” is now available to download / stream via The Label Group / INgrooves

Lunay Announced As Apple Music Up Next Artist

Apple Music today announced Lunay as the latest addition to its Up Next program, Apple Music’s monthly artist initiative geared towards identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. At just 18 years old, the Puerto Rico born artist has been catapulted to prominence at lighting speed. In a few short years, Lunay went from emulating his idols to working alongside them — earning him the recognition of Ozuna, Bad Bunny, and Daddy Yankee — with the latter two lending memorable verses to Lunay’s breakout single “Soltera (Remix)”, a dance-floor banger that has racked up over 42 million streams on Apple Music. Lunay’s accomplishments so early into his bright career enshrines him as one of the most exciting new names in the Latin Urban genre.

Spearmint announce new album out November 1st on hitBACK | Hear first single ’24 Hours in A and E’

This year marks the 20th anniversary of their debut release ‘A Week Away’, but Spearmint have their minds firmly focused on the years to come. Spearmint’s singer and song-writer Shirley Lee explains, “The title ‘Are You From The Future?’ refers to the younger folk, who will see a future that I won’t. I can only apologise for what my generation and the baby boomers are passing on – the sooner the current teens and twenty-somethings are running the world the better, as far as I’m concerned.”

Taylor McFerrin Releases Video for “Love and Distance”

Los Angeles-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ, and vocalist Taylor McFerrin released the video for his song “Love and Distance,” off of his new album Love’s Last Chance. Billboard praised “Love and Distance,” saying it “meets at the intersection of R&B, progressive jazz, funk and electronic music, and sonically, the track flawlessly exemplifies his take on this hybridization.” Love’s Last Chance has also been praised by NPR, Exclaim!, Earmilk, Okayplayer, KEXP, All Music, Glide, The New York Times, Hypebeast, Paste, and Pitchfork who said the album “emotes nostalgic feelings over self-produced backdrops with the detectable influence of late-’80s UK soul… at times conveying the same moodiness as Dev Hynes’ Blood Orange.”

SANGRE Releases Official Music Video for “Death March;”

Southern California based Metal Band SANGRE has released the official music video for “Death March,” off of their upcoming album, Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte (Stronger Than Death), due out 12/13/2019. Shot at Fuel Music Studios in Fullerton, CA, the video for “Death March” features the band members experiencing different types of stresses from overdue bills, depression, work related issues, eviction, alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts.

For Skope: Sludge blends glitch and dubstep on “Crush ‘Em” on Heavyweight Rec.

Sludge’s newest release – “Crush ‘Em,” which just has been released on Carnage’s Heavyweight Records. “Crush ‘Em” blends glitch and hard-hitting dubstep and is Sludge’s 3rd release on the label.

THE MOCKING JAYS – Nottingham Quartet Unveil New Single “I Can’t Be Without Your Love”

The latest in a string of electrifying recent releases from the fast-rising midlands outfit is an anthem unlike any they have made before; a record teeming with louche guitar licks, whipsnade rhythms and an all-conquering indie-disco strut. Out on 13th September, the track marks a grittier, more reflective and altogether unpredictable new direction for The Mocking Jays.