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QUIX Digs Deep on Emotional Single “Trying To Love” Feat. BJOERN

“Trying to Love” is the latest in a string of releases accounting for QUIX’s most prolific output to-date. He kicked off the summer with “Guiding Light,” featuring Sanna Martinez. The tension building single saw QUIX sonically experiment with light and dark, shifting sounds from silky verses to gargantuan drops. Shortly after, the seasoned producer dropped his highly anticipated collaboration with Adventure Club, “Life Long After Death (feat. badXchannels).” A masterclass in genre-blending sound design, the critically-acclaimed single landed in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist (US and Global) and earned heavy media support. Alternative Press affirmed, “Solidifying smooth hooks between booming bass drops and slicing synth, the clashing of music worlds settles into a compelling Pangaea of collaboration.” Most recently, QUIX dropped a one-two punch with a powerful remix of The Bloody Beetroots’ iconic “Warp 1.9 (feat. Steve Aoki)” and a brand new original alongside Alison Wonderland dubbed “TIME.”

New LOST single “Empty Lane”!

LOST has just released his second single ,Empty Lane’ today. The Song is about panic attacks and finding your true self. This song is not only produced by the artist, this time he also takes on the vocals himself. If you like LAUV, you´ll also like LOST. After only 7 weeks LOST´s first single ,Sympathy’ has reached 230.000 streams on Spotify, has maintained its position around #130 in the German Airplay Charts and it’s counting over 2000 radio airplays so far. The song has been included in various big playlists in Ireland, UK, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Yurei’s Video Game-Inspired Debut Album ‘Saudade’ Is Out Now!

Yurei is the solo project of composer & guitarist Gabriel Castro, who hails from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Started in Ontario, Canada in 2014, Yurei is a balance of dense video game-inspired soundscapes and heavy grooves. With a strong focus on melody and emotion, Yurei mixes traditional progressive metal with elements of jazz/fusion, ambient/experimental and even Latin.

YUREI Teams Up With FALLUJAH & LAST CHANCE TO REASON Members For Maximum Shred

Lake Jons detail spectral transcension on shimmering new single ‘Simone’

Hailing from Helsinki, LAKE JONS walk a fine line between producer-tandem and full-on band. Since their formation they’ve come through with delicate folktronica-tinged dream-pop and last year they were showcased by Ja Ja Ja across London, Berlin and Hamburg.

Rachael & Vilray out Today on Nonesuch

Nonesuch Records releases Rachael & Vilray—the debut album by Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray—today: October 4, 2019. The twelve-song set features ten originals by Vilray, along with two covers from the era that inspired him: Cuban composer Pedro Junco Jr.’s 1943 “Nosotros” and Milton Drake/Louis Atler’s “I Love the Way You’re Breaking My Heart,” first popularized by Peggy Lee.

Hip Hop Legends Cypress Hill Headline Budtender Awards Next Week in Las Vegas

Legendary Hip Hop trio Cypress Hill will headline the first ever Budtender Awards at Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay Saturday, October 12. The first-ever cannabis and CBD event of its kind at an MGM property, the two-plus day event promises panel discussions, a product and service expo, a closing night awards program, and after-party culminating in a performance by the hip hop superstars.

Fabolous ft Jeremih x Davido – ‘Choosy’

Citris, a Brooklyn based pop-grunge band lead by Angelina Torreano

Citris’ upcoming single, “Eternally, Eventually” spearheads the ever long struggle of self-love in a different way. Feeling almost hopeless in fully mastering love with another individual, Citris takes solace and finds a safety net in knowing that you can control the love that you give yourself.

Nooky Jones New EP – “Like Candy” is out

Fast rising Minneapolis band Nooky Jones is back with a new EP, Like Candy, slated for release on Friday, September 27, 2019. Like Candy represents the evolution in songwriting, arranging, recording, and producing in the two years since the release of Nooky Jones’ self-titled debut album. The band wanted to produce a collection of songs that captures the high octane atmosphere of the Nooky Jones live show experience, a sound that has been described by NPR’s Heavy Rotation as “equal parts Stevie Wonder, D’Angelo and Prince…guaranteed to move both heart and booty.” The band will celebrate the release of their EP at the legendary Paisley Park on September 28th, making it the first live ticketed event at the historic grounds, since Prince’s passing in 2016.

uOttawa Musicians’ Wellness Centre opens its doors

Painful joints, performance anxiety, hearing loss, visual complications… musicians often deal with these problems. The fact that musicians face these hardships is still taboo, and they have a hard time finding help. Too often, the stigma and the lack of resources prevent them from reaching out.

That’s exactly why the School of Music and the Piano Pedagogy Research Lab at the University of Ottawa decided to create the Musicians’ Wellness Centre.

Kristin Scott Benson becomes a 5-time IBMA Banjo Player Of The Year

Kristin Scott Benson, banjo player for the GRAMMY-nominated Grascals, won her 5th Banjo Player Of The Year award at last night’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards in Raleigh.

Recognized as a top banjoist, Benson, a South Carolina native, is known for her impeccable taste, timing and tone.


Refinery29 Premieres Natasha Bedingfield’s Music Video for “Kick It” off ROLL WITH ME, Out Now

The video, directed by Jordan Rossi (Years & Years, Bebe Rexha), features several different studio-based setups woven together to create a backdrop for Natasha as she sings about the compromise one makes to stay in a romance. Natasha recently performed the soaring mid-tempo anthem on the TODAY show. T

Vevo presents Jeezy live performances for Ctrl series

Vevo announces Jeezy as the next artist in their new Ctrl series with performances of “06” and “Don’t Make Me” premiering today.

Vevo’s Ctrl series highlights the work of hard-hitting, cutting-edge musicians making an impact in today’s music scene – both emerging and established. These artists demand attention, and Vevo’s Ctrl shines a deserving spotlight. Shot in Vevo’s Brooklyn studio, Jeezy’s performance follow sessions from Rick Ross, Common, Rapsody, Burna Boy, A$AP Ferg and more.


“Blackout” is off the band’s most recent full-length album Blessings, which came out this past summer via RED MUSIC/5 Music. Blessings debuted at #2 on the Current Alternative Album Chart, #10 on the Current Digital Albums Chart, and #26 on the Billboard Top Albums Chart. Blessings, was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Paramore, Linkin Park), and “Wicked Heart” was co-produced by Rob Cavallo and Andrew Goldstein (Robert DeLong, Blackbear, Lauv). Listen to “Light On”, “Spiderweb”, “Blackout”, “Wicked Heart”, and most recently “Thank U”, a tribute video to fans who have supported the band throughout the years, off the forthcoming release. The album is available to stream and purchase HERE.

Xaon – release new Official Video for “Eros”

Rob Carson, vocalist of XAON about “Eros”:
“We are very excited to finally unveil this new music video for our song “Eros”, directed once again by Brice Hincker from CHS Prod and shot between the Tabernas desert in Spain and a chapel in Mulhouse (FR). The thematic follows the solipsistic concept present throughout the album and delves into the realizations of, not only absolute solitude but also total abandonment.”

Michaela Anne Releases “Desert Dove” via Yep Roc Records

Noted for her introspective lyrics and pristine vocals, Michaela Anne is redefining the bounds of modern country music. Today, Michaela is proud to share her anticipated new album Desert Dove, her first for Yep Roc Records. Recorded in San Clemente, California, with the help of producers Sam Outlaw, Kelly Winrich (Delta Spirit), and an all-star backing band, the album has proved to be her most dynamic yet, both lyrically and musically. No Depression complimented each song as having, “authenticity and depth,” while Associated Press said the record, “has a vitality that outshines much of what dominates the airwaves these days.” Today, Michaela Anne announced that she will make her debut on NPR’s Mountain Stage on November 3, in addition to new tour dates in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, supporting Joe Pug.

“Squadda B – I Learned” (Music Video)

“I Learned” is a song acknowledging hurt and recognizing the errors in growing into manhood. The song is produced by the artist himself Squadda B and music video directed by Woonyeon Bay who has worked with legendary Bay Area artists as E-40, Philthy Rich and Nef The Pharoah. The album itself was released under Lil B’s Based World records and features production from The Based God.

TINY HUEMAN Go “Up the Coast,” On Indie-Laced New Single

Tiny Hueman is an alt-rock project that started from the simple love of songwriting from the comfort of Philadelphia basements and developed through intimate house shows. At the beginning of the year Tiny Hueman headed to a quiet cabin in the woods, an ideal spot to fill with sound and focus on writing.

VISTA Announces Upcoming EP “The Ruins,” Out 10/25

NY-based alternative rock band VISTA have announced the upcoming release of their new EP “The Ruins,” out on all digital platforms October 25th, 2019. Their first record since 2017, “The Ruins” will be the first in a cohesive trilogy of EPs, the remaining two being titled “The Repair” and “The Revival” (release dates TBA). To coincide with the release of “The Ruins,” VISTA will be playing an EP release show on Long Island the following day (10/26) at Amityville Music Hall; tickets can be purchased. Diving into the waters of cinematic and active rock experimentation, the 5-track collection (which contains all previously unreleased songs) walks down a dark path leading to the band’s ‘ruins,’ which will evolve into their revival by the end of the trilogy.

Apache Rose – a rock band from Moscow, Russia

«Tiny Love» is an aggressive (in a good way), feel good song about rejection and perseverance & betting on your love.


The 20-year-old vocalist is the first R&B artist signed to Quality Control, a move that HotNewHipHop hailed as “historic.” Greene tells her story on the gripping “Blame On Me.” The handwritten lyrics – seen in the background on the EP’s cover – vividly summon painful childhood memories and explain how Greene blamed herself for the chaos around her: a missing father, a mother who grappled with bipolar disorder, drug addiction and domestic abuse and ultimately abandoned her 16-year-old daughter at the behest of her new man, racial bullying, homelessness and sexual abuse.


As part of the Original Series Soundtrack for the EPIX series GODFATHER OF HARLEM, superstars Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, & DMX share the music video for “Just In Case” today.

Groovy alt rockers Karma Vulture drop vampire vid

LA-based moody rock trio Karma Vulture are relatively new players on the rock scene, but they are kicking it off with a proper bang, introducing their debut single through an edgy little vampire visual with a fun twist.

Beatific release visualizer for “She Loves Him,” debut EP out in December

Earlier today, San Francisco-based duo Beatific released a visualizer for “She Loves Him,” the first single from their debut EP out in December.

“This song is about the merging of two bodies and souls… and the unshakable faith that everything is alright in the world when you are held in the bliss of pure and summery love,” singer/songwriter Elad Marish says on the single.

Watch Ceraadi’s New Playful Visual for New Track ‘Dumbstruck’

Ceraadi, Roc Nation’s sister duo taking over the streaming charts, take it back to sleepovers with friends and crushing over girlfriends and boyfriends in new video for ‘Dumbstruck’. The single, which was featured on their debut project Ceraadi’s Playlist, quickly grasped the hearts of their loyal fans, The Ceriders, letting them know its ok to fall in love and be a little “dumbstruck” over someone. Since the debut of the project, Ceraadi has garnered millions of streams along every music platform. Refinery 29 was quoted as saying “Ceraadi has been tearing up YouTube views at a marathon-like pace”. The Dumbstruck video premiered today on BET Jams.


“Ardent supporters of R&B have been clamoring for a new heartthrob to take the genre by storm, and so far, YK Osiris is making his case to be the one to do it… with two strong singles, the Florida-based crooner is positioning himself for a long run in the genre… don’t be shocked if ‘Worth It’ becomes inescapable by the end of the spring” – Billboard