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Kasador – LISTEN/WATCH: “Again For Me”

“My dad passed away almost two years ago. He was a songwriter and is one of the main reasons I believed it was something I could also do. While Kasador was on a writing break, I received some of his unfinished songs including one called “You’re Still Your Father’s Son,” written about the loss of his own father.”

Ren Harvieu Shares New Track “Teenage Mascara” || Announces Signing To Bella Union

Anyone who believes there are no second chances needs to be reintroduced to Ren Harvieu. Seven years after her Top 5 debut album, having overcome a life-threatening injury, the Salford-born singer-songwriter returns with “Teenage Mascara”, the first track from a new album due for release Spring 2020 via Bella Union. “Teenage Mascara” is accompanied by a colorful and exuberant video directed by celebrated photographer Rankin which can be viewed HERE.

Hear MONOWHALES’ new single “RWLYD”

Fuelled by passionate desire to create a sound as unapologetic and powerful as the personalities within the band, MONOWHALES have conquered each experience gained fighting their way up the ranks of Toronto’s music scene.

Their new single, “RWLYD (Really Wanna Let You Down),” sees the band traversing new sonic territory, combining heavy bass guitar, pounding drums, and shimmering synths to create a backdrop for the song’s infectious hooks.

“VA-EMCEE feat Kay Kay – Bigger Picture”

“Bigger Picture” produced by “TrakStar Beats” and directed by “HallofMirrors” is a depiction of the life of a hustler/go getter. The song explains the emotions of the artist as he ventures into the world to make a living/money against all odds. The audience is able to experience the way the artist felt coming from the bottom to the top.

RIZON – Track: If You Rule the World

Rizon is a band based in the Zürich area, Switzerland. Their sound is a focused and one-of-a-kind combination of powerful melodies, energetic hooks and massive tones, inspired by rock and metal music.

Impish Releases New Single on Program

Moscow born artist Impish has used his influences of funk, rock and heavy metal to produce music which saw him signed to the Program imprint, the sister-label of esteemed Ram Records. An avid vinyl collector, he’s channelled his love for electronic music into his work and this was first noticed by Program through the singing of double-sided single ‘Burning / Leave Me’. With support from DJ Marky, DJ Hype, Spectrasoul and Technimatic, he’s now capitalised on this success for another forthcoming single on Program, which comes in the form of ‘Take Back’ and ‘Lazy Sundayz’.


In advance of Keane’s upcoming album Cause and Effect, the band have announced their North American tour! Kicking off March 5th in Vancouver at The Commodore Ballroom, Keane will tour the U.S. and Canada with 16 shows throughout March 2020. Keane spent the summer blowing away festival crowds across Europe and instantly sold out underplays in the the U.S. including New York’s Bowery Ballroom and The Roxy in LA.

CAUSE AND EFFECT is Keane’s follow-up to Strangeland of 2012, which included the singles “Disconnected” and “Silenced by the Night.” The birth of the new album came as something of a surprise even to the band. During their hiatus, singer Tom Chaplin had released two successful solo albums but missed his old sparring partner Tim Rice-Oxley. “I found myself wondering how I had come to let this very enigmatic and important relationship in my life drift,” Tom said.

Lo-Pan Releases New Video “Savage Heart”

Respected hard rock band Lo-Pan has released a new music video for the song “Savage Heart”. Created by collage artist Somsara Rielly using old school stop-motion animation, the clip takes the viewer on a one-of-a-kind metaphysical trip. View Lo-Pan’s “Savage Heart” at this location.

New Release: ‘Love Fool’ – EP – By Matty Marz

Matty Marz creates funky, sometimes explicitly sexy, music. This EP’s title track is a confession of sorts. It’s built upon an elastic bass part and a slightly throwback dance music groove. He sings on the chorus, “la la la love fool.” This track is only 2.58 in length. He also sings, “My heart won’t always beat forever,” which expresses an urgency. He may admit to being foolish about love, but he’s impatient and will do whatever it takes to get exactly what he wants. The project begins with this; a track that is short, sweet and straight to the point.

With “I Got a Crush on You,” Marz applies an old-fashioned term over a stripped down, sparse instrumental bed. ‘Crushes’ are usually associated with schoolgirls and their bedroom Jonas Brothers posters. He may be wording his feelings with old school terminology, but his song is very much an adult track. He even drops an “F” bomb along the way, just to prove his seriousness. He sings about how he’s always counting the seconds, minutes, hours and days that he thinks about this other one. ‘Crush’ is likely not the best word for how he feels. A better term would be obsession. If he’s counting all the time he’s devoted to contemplating this other person, he’s obsessed – not just somebody with a crush.

THE GRAHAMS Take On Their Diabolical Doppelgangers in “Bite My Tongue” Video

With a cinematic farfisa-driven groove, Sons of Anarchy attitude, and raucous fuzzy indie rock vocals, rock group The Grahams, have released their brand new video for “Bite My Tongue,” the second single off their upcoming record KIDS LIKE US (set for release in early 2020 via 3 Sirens Music Group/RED MUSIC/The Orchard). The video opens with Alyssa and Doug Graham getting run out of town by their hellacious doppelgangers of a comically badass nature. These rebel Grahams storm the streets of the city, throwing pizza at random citizens, stealing guitars from children, pushing over yoga-practicing hipsters while delivering their spine-tingling brand of renegade rock. “Bite My Tongue” pushed Alyssa out of her comfort zone, channeling her inner Bowie while using an overdriven mic and additional contact mics taped to her throat to attain that gnarly, ruthless tone.

Rubikon The Record Out Friday | Single Approaching Top 40 | Billboard Premiere Today

Rubikon, the rock band with Boston-area roots, returns with their first new album in four years. The Record, out September 20, 2019 on Round Hill Records, brings the band back to the basics, delivering a slew of swampy, hard rocking songs with hook-heavy vocal melodies such as “Blood on My Hands,” their first single. The song is approaching Top 40 at Active Rock radio (currently at 44 with a bullet) and is set to be featured nationally on Sirius Octane’s test drive on release day. Loudwire included the track in their Spotify “Weekly Wire Playlist” and ABC News Radio premiered the video.

NY-based 80’s goth/dream pop/industrial band Reduction Plan shares ‘(Ae)Maeth’ LP

Reduction Plan’s music comes from within solitude’s frigid embrace. Pulling from 80s goth, industrial, dream-pop, as well as cacophonous no-wave, Reduction Plan uses both noise and space to illustrate the power of silence. Synth swells, hypnotic guitars, pulsing drum machines, and haunting murmurs form the foundation of the project’s sound.


“Deadzone,” illustrates all their strongest assets: eerie textures, hypnotic crescendos, and Helen Marnie’s nearly whispered vocals. You’d have no idea there was a fifteen year gap between “Deadzone” and “Destroy Everything You Touch.” The surreal Bryan M. Ferguson–directed video is a true driver’s ed nightmare scenario.” -FLOOD

Miami Beach Pop Festival announces culinary lineup with iconic local chef Michael Schwartz

Miami Beach Pop is excited to debut Pop Mercado, a culinary showcase within the weekend-long festival, set for November 8-10 on the iconic shoreline of Miami Beach. Curated by Chef Host Michael Schwartz, James Beard award-winning chef-restaurateur and icon in the Miami culinary scene, the cuisine at Miami Beach Pop features a diverse selection of restaurants that represent the city’s cross-cultural cuisine.

“In my restaurants it’s always been about sourcing close to home and connecting with our community on many levels — inspiration included,” says Schwartz. “We’ve never been shy about expressing bold flavors in this city, and the opportunity to reconnect with what we love about living here reminds us of how lucky we are — music and culture in perfect harmony, especially with this one of a kind lineup!”

Music to Our Mouths! Miami Beach Pop Festival Announces Pop Mercado Food Vendor Line-Up


As Loyal Lobos, Silva mines memories of a childhood growing up in the countryside of the Colombian capital, Bogotá, and her experiences as a young adult in LA to create poetic, painterly music that makes sweeping allusions to love, sexuality, and femininity. She moved to LA at age 18 to pursue her dream and there, Loyal Lobos was born. After performing in numerous bands and experimenting with different sounds, she found the essence of her solo sound and in 2016 wrote the music that would become her first EP, The Fall.

Sofia Härdig delivers an eccentric palette of rock & roll on ‘INFATUATION’

Swedish-born multi-instrumentalist and producer Sofia Härdig returns with her latest album ‘THIS BIG HUSH’. With squalling guitars and vivid colours Härdig creates a cinematic vignette delivered through the poet’s eccentric palette of rock & roll, playing and producing the entirety of the album. Sofia brings chugging energy, intense lyricism and a chaotic presence; she’s heading for a higher status amongst rock’s elite, and comments on the moment she met Patti Smith; “We met backstage at her gig in Stockholm and she gave me tickets to her show. We spoke about art, music and what it means to be an artist. She was generally very supportive and attentive; it was a beautiful moment sharing poetry and words.”

“Härdig does not shy away from looking into the dark corners of the soul, without for a moment losing the sharp focus of her songs… Portishead, New Order, and Sonic Youth merges in this music….” – ROLLING STONE


Karnaval Blues continues to make spellbinding inroads into 2019 with the reveal of brand new single Please Go Slowly, released today via Mind Of Genius ( Gallant, THEY., ZHU). Decorating an intricately crafted soundscape with dreamy vocals, the track serves as another testament as to why Karnaval Blues should be on your ones to watch list. Having gained the acclaim of Complex, Wonderland, The Line Of Best Fit, ELEVATOR and more, Karnaval Blues looks set to impress with his debut project this year.

Detoxi Releasing ‘First Flesh’ LP October 18

From the darkest Avenue in Ventura, California comes DETOXI. Musically they live somewhere between 80’s SoCal deathrock & English post-punk, while creating a sound that’s all their own.

Members Derek Jennings(vocals/guitar), Oscar Estrada(bass), John Crerar (drums) have been friends for years, cutting their teeth touring in bands like Catholic Spit, The Fucking Wrath, & The Return. The guys had been playing together for a couple of years as MAäSK, but when a few members moved away (including Thomas from Strike Anywhere), a new band was born.

West My Friend // new album

In the modern musical landscape, it’s rare to hear something as put-together as three-piece Cascadian folk outfit West My Friend – something so layered, deeply symphonic, baroque, and mysterious in its own winking way while still courting an edge of disaster. Simple is safe, but complex is fiery, intricate, and ultimately more rewarding.

For Skope: Timmo Hendriks & Lindequist release “Magical” ft. Robin Vane. Out now on Protocol

Timmo Hendriks & Lindequist’s brand new release “Magical” ft. Robin Vane just dropped on Protocol Recordings. “Magical” is a festival-oriented piece that perfectly represents Nicky’s and his label’s signature sound.