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Automatic release debut album “Signal” on Stones Throw Records | New video for ‘Strange Conversations’ out today

Capturing the album’s feeling of alienation, the ‘Strange Conversations’ video stars model Sarah Abney as a lone visitor to a bar where Automatic is playing on a quiet Tuesday night. The video also features a cameo from new Stones Throw signing John Carroll Kirby.


Following recent comeback singles ‘Telepathetic’ and ‘Stuff’, Norway’s Sløtface today share ‘Sink or Swim’, a meditative track and video that looks into the effects of climate change in intimate, personal detail. Written backstage while on tour in the UK during an unnaturally warm period, the new song is, as frontperson Haley Shea explains “about the desperation that comes when I think about climate change. It’s supposed to be an honest description of how I’m definitely not doing enough to stop it, and how it feels so massive and difficult, but at the same time it in part comes down to lots of small and every-day choices.”


The spirit and sound of the iconic angelic voice of Diana Ross rings bright again this holiday season with the vinyl reissue of her classic Wonderful Christmas Time. The 20-track collection is available for the first time in two physical configurations, a standard black 2LP, a limited-edition translucent red 2LP. Wonderful Christmas Time is also available on CD and all major digital platforms from Ross Records/UMe.

“There are so many things I love about the holiday season,” Ms. Ross shares in the album’s liner notes. “Decorating the tree with the family, the lights, the mistletoe, having family and friends and lots of kids around with the sound of their laughter and the feeling of joy and fun … It’s a happy, happy time.”


About “Wave,” Trainor commented, “This song has been in the works for three years, and I’m so excited to finally release it! I’ve never worked harder on a song. Mike Sabath’s production and verse took it to a whole new level. I know my fans have been waiting a long time for this one, and they deserve the best. I’m happy they stuck with me. I hope they love it!”

Louisville Rapper Markie Releases Video For “Ugly Places” On Interscope Records

The video comes on the heels of Markie’s debut single and video, “Repent,” released at the start of August. The deeply soulful song takes its lyrical hook from works spoken by Markie’s grandfather before he died. This fall, Markie will be joining Roddy Ricch on the east coast leg of his tour, beginning this Saturday in Markie’s hometown of Louisville. Full list of tour dates below:

breathe. share new track “Haze”

Of the track, the band share, “‘Haze’ was started late one night in our Oxford street studio and was finished between Sydney, London and Canada with input from lots of great collaborators. Months later we filmed the one-shot video across the street in a friend’s rooftop studio. Across our songs and films we strive for simplicity and aim to reduce an idea to its purest form – the minimal filmmaker Bill Viola has been a big inspiration for that. We plan to finish a few more songs and films and hope to build a package that together makes something really beautiful.”

Hannah Dasher Releases “The Tree”

Today, Hannah Dasher releases her new song “The Tree,” while celebrating her debut performance on country music’s most famous stage, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. “The Tree” shows Dasher as country’s newest powerhouse, infusing country hooks with a distinct rock ‘n’ roll strut.


Today, Bread Winners Association recording artist Kevin Gates releases his highly-anticipated new album I’M HIM. The 17-track follow-up to his platinum-certified debut ISLAH, is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Alongside the new album, Gates has also unveiled a brand-new music video filmed in Amsterdam for the I’M HIM’s opening track, “RBS Intro” – watch it HERE.

Pike & Sutton Share New Single “Heart Is A Compass” Ahead Of Return To ACL Fest

Austin-based duo Pike & Sutton have announced their new self-titled band project and released the first single from their upcoming album, “The Heart is a Compass.” The band, led by Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton, have evolved out of the longtime Austin alternative rock band Sister Seven, and will be releasing their debut full-length (also titled Heart Is A Compass) in early 2020.

The title track, released on all digital services today via the band’s ZainWayne Records, was featured by Austin American-Statesman and arrives in anticipation of their return to Austin City Limits Festival in October.

Bay-Area Brothers, Con Brio and Lyrics Born Recorded Two Brand New Tracks Together; “Sundown” Out Today

San Francisco Soul-rock masters Con Brio are joining forces with rap maestro Lyrics Born for an East Coast tour this October. They recorded two brand new tracks together that they released individually. “Sundown,” the first of the two songs, was a more even collaboration; equal parts punchy and soulful, and, quite ironically, an exploration of what happens when good chemistry goes bad.

Wuh Oh releases new single Pretty Boy

The single showcases Wuh Oh’s talent for creating a hyper-modern clash of jubilant energy and off-kilter melodies. Meticulous with the visual direction for the Wuh Oh project, Ferguson conceputalised the video for ‘Pretty Boy’ in collaboration with artist Joe Crogan. A futuristic and cinematic introduction to Wuh Oh, the video occupies a quintessentially Sci-Fi world where Wuh Oh’s assembly is under way. As the track builds, Wuh Oh is built – the video follows the construction of an android avatar of the artist. Ferguson says ‘It was important to me that the audience feels they are part of the journey from the very beginning, watching the artist literally being brought to life’.

Ana Egge Adds Tour Dates With Iris DeMent, New Album ‘Is It the Kiss’ Out Now via StorySound Records

Ana Egge has announced new tour dates with renowned roots-folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent. Already set to play a handful of dates together in the Northeast at the beginning of October, the two critically acclaimed folk artists will head back out on the road for a run of dates along the West Coast this Winter and Spring.

The Brooklyn singer-songwriter recently released her new album Is It the Kiss via StorySound Records. Produced by Alec Spiegelman from the band Cuddle Magic, the album features guest appearances from Buck Meek (Big Thief), Matt Davidson (Twain), as well as DeMent who provides harmonies on the lead single “Cocaine Cowboys” and performs a duet with Egge on “Ballad of the Poor Child,” a Diana Jones cover.

Gorgeous alt-pop from PLYA ‘Fever’ || Cinematic & edgy sounds from London trio

They premiered the video with Clash on Tuesday calling it a “gorgeous alt-pop moment”. They’ve been getting a lot of love from the blogosphere and since releasing their debut single ‘Thinking Of You’ last year, they’ve had lots of support from the likes of Q, NME, Clash, Rock Sound, Sir Elton John for his Apple Music Beats 1 Radio show, BBC London, BBC Introducing and many more and are selling out London headline shows – most recently at Thousand Island.


Much like last year’s “as adventurous as always” (Stereogum) standalone single “Shelter,” “Good Luck” bears the unmistakable sonic signature of Broken Bells unveiled on 2010’s eponymous debut and 2014’s After The Disco—in other words, the instantly recognizable audible fingerprints of both Mercer and Burton melded into something entirely other. As with neo-classic Broken Bells tracks including “The High Road” and “Holding On For Life,” “Good Luck” is completed by deceptively apocalyptic sonic and lyrical imagery that is actually more rooted in present day reality than any dystopian future. Backing vocals are provided by 30th Century Records signing Alexandra Savior.

Video: 5th Sequence and Randal Wyatt – Extra-Ordinary (feat. DJ Zone)

Randal Wyatt collaborates with the jazzy sounds of 5th Sequence and the gifted scratch abilities of DJ Zone to give you “Extra-Ordinary.” The video is shot in Sloth City studio in Portland, OR and serves as a promotional visual for Randal’s online platforms while the track gives you a sample of the boom bap style and clever wordplay he’s showcased and plans to continue to bring. Extra-Ordinary is available on all digital platforms!


Tegan and Sara’s new album, Hey, I’m Just Like You, was released today by Sire. The album – which features new recordings of their very first songs, written between the ages of 15 and 17 – follows their first memoir, High School, which was published by MCD X FSG (USA) earlier this week. To celebrate, Tegan and Sara will perform on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tonight and discuss both the album and the book. They will visit A Little Late with Lilly Singh on October 2.

Wreck-Defy – Remnants of Pain

Canadian thrash metal band Wreck-Defy released their first single from the upcoming album Remnants of Pain which is set to be released in September 27th 2019 by Finnish record label Inverse Records. The band features Matt Hanchuck on guitars, Aaron Randall on vocals (ex-Annihilator ), Greg Christian on bass (ex-Testament) and Alex Marquez on drums (Solstice, ex-Malevolent Creation, ex-Cephalic Carnage, etc.)

Introducing: Elah Hale – “ITPA” Debut Single

Raised in New York, singer and songwriter Elah Hale is unsurprisingly wise beyond her years bolstered by a supportive push from her parents early on to pursue music. Having just turned 20, her music radiates a lush confidence that speaks to her exponential trajectory. Her debut single “ITPA” (short for “In The Party Alone”) is the first official taste from the artist who in 2015 shared the free-association song “Porsche, Hat, Cloud” on Tumblr. The track went viral with hundreds of thousands of notes, allowing her to recognize her music’s capacity to capture a widespread audience.


Top-Rated Stingray Music Mobile App Now Available Free in the US

Stingray (TSX: RAY.A; RAY.B), a music, media, and technology company, today announced that its highly-rated music app (4.8 in the Apple App Store and 4.7 in Google Play) is now available free to everybody in the US. Previously available exclusively to pay-TV subscribers, the Stingray Music app, a mobile music streaming service, offers an unparalleled listening experience of hundred genres like hip-hop, pop, electronic, indie, Christian, jazz, country music, and more! The comprehensive channel selection covers all styles and tastes, from the most mainstream to the most niche. The app is available for free or with an upgrade to Premium for a monthly subscription fee of $3.99 and a discounted price of $0.99 for students.

JuJu Rogers Releases ’40 Acres N Sum Mula’ Album

The 10 track album delves in to JuJu Rogers’ psyche and explores his identity with themes of spirituality, while reflecting on the struggle of building a career in hip hop while remaining real. With production that flows from laid back hip hop to contemporary trap, JuJu’s multi-faceted identity is in the spotlight.

Ganser (no wave/post-punk) + Skope new single/video “Buio”

“Ganser uses ingredients that hark back to the era of Gang of Four, Siouxsie and the Banshees, the Raincoats and the Fall… gnashing, dissonant, trebly guitar riffs over pounding drum syncopations, with Nadia Garofalo wedging telegraphic little bursts of lyrics…” – The New York Times

Jordan Lindley Releases Breakup Single, “Over Me”

Nashville songwriter Jordan Lindley has released “Over Me,” the second single from his upcoming debut solo EP, Look Back. The entire EP was co-produced by Collin Pastore (boygenius, Lucy Dacus) along with Jake Finch who also played drums on the album. “Over Me” is available beginning today at all digital outlets, with the release of Look Back EP expected early this November.

Rod Wave and Lil Durk Learn to Live with Regret on the Emotional “Heart On Ice” (Remix)

Though they come from different parts of the country, Florida’s Rod Wave and Chicago’s Lil Durk have a similar ability to express and evoke raw emotion through melody. Connecting for the first time, the two kindred spirits and labelmates share “Heart On Ice” (Remix), a new music video. A soulful Southern rap ballad, “Heart On Ice” finds Rod working through his feelings, attempting to present an ice-cold face to the world and disguise his inner pain: “No one could understand, I had way too much aggression/That built over the years from my abandoned adolescence/See I done been lied to, backstabbed, and heartbroken/I wanted to cry but I was too afraid to open,” rhymes Rod. In his brand new verse, Lil Durk echoes Rod’s conflict, reflecting on how he had to numb the pain to escape poverty: “Plus my granny ain’t understand, I reminisced bout a hundred grand/Came from nothin, don’t understand/I put ketchup on Wonder Bread.”


Acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Charlotte Lawrence has unveiled new single “Navy Blue” – her second release via Atlantic/Gold Tooth Records. Written/produced alongside Andrew Watt, Ryan Tedder, Ali Tamposi and Charlie Puth, “Navy Blue” meshes a mounting bassline with Lawrence’s signature captivating vocals. The sonically simplistic and intimate track continues to set the tone for Lawrence’s forthcoming sophomore EP, due later this year.

Tyla Yaweh & YG Link For New Single, “I Think I Luv Her”

Buzzing genre-defying musician, Tyla Yaweh, releases two new singles entitled “I Think I Luv Her” featuring YG and “Understand Me” today via London Entertainment/Epic Records.


Internationally-acclaimed, GRAMMY-nominated duo Galantis have premiered their latest track “Holy Water” – available now via Big Beat Records alongside a Jason Lester-directed music video. The visual features hypnotizing choreography from synchronized swimming team Aqualilies, paired perfectly with Galantis’ signature anthemic instrumental and perfectly distorted vocals.