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Wintersleep share video for new single “Free Fall” | UK / Irish tour dates begin next week

Today, Wintersleep are sharing the video for their new track Free Fall. Released digitally alongside Fading Out last week – the songs having originally been an exclusive 7″ for Record Store Day – Free Fall’s video lands just as the band get their EU / UK tour underway. Free Fall again sees the band link up with award-winning film-maker Christopher Mills – creator of their astonishing animated video for Forest Fire – who offered the following thoughts on project.

The Menzingers Share “Strangers Forever,” New Album ‘Hello Exile’ Out October 4

Today Philadelphia-based punk band The Menzingers share the music video for the song “Strangers Forever,” a track off the band’s forthcoming record Hello Exile out October 4 via Epitaph. The track is a searing tribute to parting ways, backing their spiky guitars with brilliantly barbed lyrics. “Lyrically, the song is inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel, ‘Anna Karenina’. In it, the character Darya Alexandrovna learns of her husband’s infidelity and declares: ‘Even if we remain in the same house, we are strangers — strangers forever!’” explains vocalist Greg Barnett. “The idea of becoming a stranger to someone you so intimately know stuck with me and became the overarching narrative to this song.”

New Age Star Sangeeta Kaur Storms the Charts with Her Glorious New Album, Compassion

Classical crossover/New Age artist Sangeeta Kaur scored a career milestone when her newly released fourth album, Compassion, debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases and ranked as a No. 3 Best Seller on its New Age charts. And now Sangeeta has been selected as September’s Artist of the Month by One World Music Radio.

“I’m thrilled completely by the response,” says Sangeeta. “I’m so thankful to have such dedicated fans, and I hope they’ll find the album to be a rewarding experience. I put a lot of work into it, so to see the album debut so high is very gratifying.”

KOBRA AND THE LOTUS Reveal Lyric Video For New Song “Thundersmith”

Frontwoman Kobra Paige says about “Thundersmith”: “We’ve laid the sauce on HARD!!! The guitar licks are groovy as ever and the beat is anthemic. I wrote my vocals about my journey in the music industry as one woman singlehandedly pushing a band. This is my way of saying I haven’t given up yet. I am what I am. I keep getting up and trying no matter what happens. I’m proud of who I am, I’m going to keep being who I am, and we all should be. If you feel me, hop on my train. Like Chris Cornell said “To be yourself is all that you can do”. Let’s live empowered, be fucking brilliant, like we we’re supposed to so we can be/do better for ourselves and everyone around us.”

New Music // Ruby Duff – “Miss U”

“Imagine fireworks and boom boxes, falling in love with the devil and being wrapped-up in vintage film tape” is how newcomer Ruby Duff describes her incredibly unique sounding song, Miss U. If you’re one of those people that complains about everything new sounds the same, Ruby Duff is your knight in shining armour, riding in town on a white horse.

lilcumonmyback – 18 WHEELS

The song is produced by Braeden Liesner, who is also the artist. There is a somewhat 80s pop drive to the production. The song is a somewhat ironic story of a truck driver who is always on the road. The trucker is faced with desires, such as extramarital affairs and narcotics. The story does not resolve itself in the end, as the habits continue.

Crossed Keys (ex Kid Dynamite/Good Riddance) “Everything Breaks” Music Video

Philadelphia’s own Crossed Keys are gearing up to release Saviors, a seven song EP that will appeal to fans of Samiam, The Bomb, and The Loved Ones. The melodic punk quintet features former members of Kid Dynamite, Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, and The Curse. Two weeks ago, they released “Times of Grace” a fiery track that plays like a love letter to the ethos of embracing D.I.Y. culture. Today, they are following it up with “Everything Breaks.” Teaming up with D.I.Why? Productions, the band created a playful music video based on the song title. The video features singer Josh Alvarez slugging through his day as everything around him is breaking. You can watch it right now at No Echo.

Shotgun Jimmie releases silent film inspired video for “Fountain”…expands Canadian tour dates

Inspired by silent movies, the black and white clip follows Jimmie and his band – By Divine Right’s José Contreras, Ladyhawk’s Ryan Peters, and Do Make Say Think’s Jay Baird – as they prepare to play an album release show at SappyFest in Sackville, NB. As one might expect, both from this gaggle of affable jokesters and the surrounding aura of Sappy at large, “laughter and merriment amongst friends ensues.” The video was shot and directed by You’ve Changed Records mainstay, Colin Medley.

Electronic Producer Agoria Shares Sci-Fi Thriller Video For ‘Call of the Wild’ feat. STS

The script is based on Loïc Andrieu’s feature movie project currently developed by Soldats Films. Jane played by Fleur Geffrier (Elle, The Chalet) – an enigmatic L.A.P.D rookie, is trapped into a scary police hazing ritual and forced to face her power to dive into death. Whilst American actor Carl Crudup (ER, Agent Carter) features as her father figure field training officer.

PORTLAND drop video for highly addictive ‘Killer’s Mind’ and announce debut album

The band helmed by singer-songwriters Jente Pironet and Sarah Pepels had an amazing summer. They played Rock Werchter and Pukkelpop and in between they finished their debut album with producer David Poltrock (Triggerfinger, Hooverphonic). “Your Colours Will Stain”, mixed by Grammy Award winning producer/mixer Eduardo De La Paz (Local Natives, Frightened Rabbit), is set for release on October 18 through [PIAS].


Speaking on the new single, Kelly Jones says: “‘​Bust This Town’ is a song about escapism. Two lovers or friends or whoever you want to interpret them to be, finally find the courage to leave the small town they are stuck in and head on down the road breaking all the rules along the way. It’s the opener of side 2 of the album, with a four on the floor beat it should be a strong resident in the upcoming tour dates”.

Nilüfer Yanya Featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk

“I don’t know anyone who sings like Nilüfer… At moments, the music felt like an eruption waiting to happen, though the suave, refined sound left an indelible vibe in the room.” – Bob Boilen, NPR Music

Photo credit: Molly Daniel

Earlier this summer, NPR Music named Nilüfer Yanya’s debut album Miss Universe one of the Best Albums of 2019 (So Far), while listeners voted her the #3 Best New Artist of 2019, behind only Billie Eilish and Maggie Rogers. Today, NPR shares Yanya’s incredible Tiny Desk concert, where she played stripped-down versions of her songs “Baby Luv,” “Angels,” and “The Unordained.”


“His ascent to the upper echelon of hip-hop is impending.” – VICE

“The GNARCOTIC mastermind is the latest and greatest rising rap name coming from Atlanta.” – HIGHSNOBIETY

“The multitalented skateboarding spitta has been one of the hottest new artists in hip-hop right now” – HYPEBEAST

“Vance Connor – Pluto”

Unbelievably smooth production by Palaze made it easy for Vance Connor write the coldest hook of the year. Vance delivers 2 solid verses back to back while the listener is mesmerized by the wavy instrumental.