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Dirty Heads Announce Headline Tour

SoCal alt-rockers Dirty Heads announce new tour dates following the release of their seventh studio album, Super Moon (Five Seven Records). The tour will kick off on November 10 in Minneapolis, MN at First Avenue.

WIVES Share “Hit Me Up” Video, Debut LP ‘So Removed’ Out 10/4 (City Slang), Playing Brooklyn’s Rough Trade on 10/3

“No matter how big the bad wolf, there is always a weakness,” Cox explains of the video. “We tried to remind ourselves here in this video: things aren’t always as they seem.” So Removed will be released on October 4th, 2019 via City Slang and is available for pre-order.

South London’s Pragmavertz Encouraging Positive Vibes with New ‘Range Of Sonics’ EP

Based in Lewisham, South London, Pragmavertz is one of the new breed of artists aiming to promote positivity through his music rather than misogyny and braggadociousness. As his forthcoming EP’s title suggests, Range of Sonics showcases Pragmavertz’s ability to switch styles effortlessly, from the rap-pop hybrid of lead single, Be Pragmatic to the pure R&B of Good Time to the retro-funk pop of All on You.

New > RVNG Intl. announce > Becoming Peter Ivers > hear single ‘In Heaven’

Becoming Peter Ivers, out November 8th via RVNG Intl., tells the story of the late Peter Ivers, a virtuosic songwriter and musician whose antics bridged not just 60s counterculture and New Wave music but also film, theater, and music television. Becoming Peter Ivers is the most expansive effort yet to collect his archival recordings, and raises the curtain on this mischievous master of ceremonies, who, harmonica in hand, rarely missed a chance to light up an audience. Today, RVNG Intl. presents “In Heaven,” a song co-written with David Lynch and commissioned by the filmmaker to be featured in a now-iconic scene of Eraserhead. Additionally, they share an album teaser.

Spearmint announce new album out November 1st on hitBACK | Hear first single ’24 Hours in A&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.”


The Decalogue is the fifth collaboration between NYCB Resident Choreographer Peck and Stevens, following 2012’s Year of the Rabbit, 2014’s Everywhere We Go, 2016’s The Countenance of Kings and most recently, 2019’s Principia. The piece was widely praised upon its premiere; The New York Times lauded the “beauty and charm” of Peck’s choreography as well as Stevens’ “romantically modernist études.”

DMC (RUN DMC) Reveals Early Taste of New Song, “The Man”

Legendary Hop Hop Pioneer DMC (RUN-D.M.C) has released a teaser for the new song, “The Man.” With instrumentation written and performed by MATT ZANE of SOCIETY 1, “The Man” appears an unlikely collaboration due to Zane not being known publicly for his songwriting or guitar playing but, unknown to most, he is actually a graduate of MIT for guitar. Since then Zane has written and licensed multiple songs for various outlets but took a substantial break the last few years to focus on his directing career. DMC and Zane met when the late Wayne Static introduced them, believing Zane would be a good fit for directing the music video and track “Noise Revolution,” which Wayne sang on. After directing the video, Zane was inspired by the collaboration but was overwhelmed with music video work which forced his musical aspirations to be neglected for years to come. After a conscious shift to re-focus on music Zane’s very first track was written specifically with DMC in mind.

Dates announced for 2020 Opelika Songwriters Festival, along with festival-related Student Songwriting Contest

The Sound Wall, a creative studio space in Opelika, AL, is announcing several events set to take place this year and early next year. The first is a “save the date” announcement for the second annual Opelika Songwriters Festival for March 27-29, 2020. The first annual festival, co-produced by The Sound Wall and Russell Carter Artist Management (co-producer of the 30A Songwriters Festival) and held over Memorial Day Weekend earlier this year, was a rousing success, gathering together over 40 singer-songwriters who performed on multiple stages in historic downtown Opelika, AL. The headliner for the 2019 festival was Shawn Mullins. Ticket information, and the list of confirmed performers for the 2020 event, which will be co-produced again by The Sound Wall and Russell Carter Artist Management, will be announced at a later date. Artist submissions for the festival are now open.

In Flames Announce North American Headline Tour With Red

Swedish metal band IN FLAMES released a new video for their track “Follow Me” off their latest album I, The Mask, ahead of their fall tour with Red. The tour kicks off on Saturday November 2 in Wichita, KS at The Wave. Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, September 20, but fans can receive an exclusive pre-sale code today starting at 12pm EST by texting “JESTER” to 84-INFLAMES.


“Higher Power’s new single is an absolute monster,” declared UPROXX who included “Seamless” in their Best New Indie Music round-up. REVOLVER affirmed in their Best New Songs re-cap, “‘Seamless’ bodes extremely well for the group’s forthcoming Roadrunner debut, which really cannot come fast enough.” “If you’re new to their posi party, ‘Seamless’ is a hard-edged groove that will gel inside your head quickly,” professed Recommended Listen.

Hear Common Holly’s newest single:”Measured”

The single comes off her upcoming album, When I say to you Black Lightning, that’s out October 18th on Barsuk Records and Solitaire Recordings in the US (Dalliance Recordings in UK/EU, Royal Mountain Records in Canada, and Remote Control Records in Australia). It premiered recently on FLOOD saying that while “the first album dealt with personal troubles, When I say to you Black Lightning aims bigger, exploring the broad emotional challenges humanity comes up against.”