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John DeNicola, Shares Latest Single in Advance of Debut LP

“On his latest single, ‘In God’s Shadow,’ DeNicola turns a song which John Waite gave a country-folk tint on his ’95 album Temple Bar into something plaintive and earnest and filled with acres of heart – it’s the kind of song that Tom Petty or Fleetwood Mac would have taken to the top of the charts in their heyday.” – The Southern Sounding


Half a century after his first Mountain rehearsals, Corky Laing, the legendary drummer and songwriter, shows no signs of slowing down. On September 27, 2019, Corky released his first studio album in decades, Toledo Sessions, via Prudential Records. The excitement brought on by the new repertoire is reminiscent of the classic Mountain albums, Climbing! and Nantucket Sleighride. Toledo Sessions was written and recorded in Toledo, Ohio, with Mark Mikel and Chris Shutters. Chris is an award winning blues guitarist and singer while Mark is a studio wizard and multi-instrumentalist who recently contributed to the newest Alan Parsons album. The album was also executive produced by renown touring/studio drummer Jason Hartless and mixed at the legendary Pearl Sound Studios in Canton, MI, by Chuck Alkazian as well as Jason Hartless.


The Turks and Caicos International Film Festival (TCIFF) announced today that the Festival weekend will open with the astonishing feature documentary Sea of Shadows, executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. The Festival runs 15 – 17 November 2019.

The winner of the Audience Award at The Sundance Film Festival and Oscar favourite, Sea of Shadows is an inspirational thriller, following the work of a group of dedicated scientists, high-tech conservationists, investigative journalists and courageous undercover agents as well as the Mexican Navy in the Sea of Cortez. When Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers join forces to poach the rare Totoaba Fish, their deadly methods threaten to destroy virtually all marine life in the region, including the most elusive and endangered whale species on Earth, the Vaquita Porpoise.

Grateful Dead Ready Or Not Featuring Unreleased Early ‘90s Performances Available On November 22

The Grateful Dead may have released the band’s final studio album – Built to Last – on Halloween 1989, but that didn’t stop them from writing new songs for the following years, adding several new tracks to their live repertoire in the early ‘90s. Sadly, the group was unable to ever complete them in a studio before the death of singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia in 1995.

The world will never know what that album would have sounded like, but we do have a tantalizing idea thanks to a new collection curated by the band’s archivist David Lemieux. READY OR NOT features nine unreleased live versions of late-period Grateful Dead songs that debuted in 1992 and 1993. The collection’s track list reflects what might have been the band’s next official studio album following Built to Last.

Grateful Dead: Unreleased Tracks Highlight New Live LP ‘Ready or Not’

IMMORTAL BIRD: Blackened Death Grind Practitioners Announce North American Headlining Dates

Blackened death grind practitioners IMMORTAL BIRD will close out the year with a stretch of North American headlining dates. The two-week journey will commence December 7th in Dayton, Ohio and close December 20th in their home city of Chicago, Illinois. The band will be touring in support of their latest release, Thrive On Neglect.

12/07/2019 Turnbuckles & Brews – Dayton, OH
12/08/2019 Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
12/09/2019 The Meatlocker – Montclair, NJ
12/10/2019 Atlas Brew Works – Washington, DC
12/11/2019 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
12/12/2019 Kung Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
12/13/2019 Middle East – Boston, MA
12/14/2019 Chrome – Waterford, NY
12/15/2019 Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
12/16/2019 Bovine Sex Club – Toronto, ON
12/17/2019 Sanctuary – Detroit, MI
12/18/2019 X Ray Cafe – Milwaukee, WI
12/19/2019 Part Wolf – Minneapolis, MN
12/20/2019 Empty Bliss – Chicago, IL


“Graveyard” is from Halsey’s new album, Manic, which will be released on January 17, 2020 on Capitol Records. The single – her 15th career Hot 100-charting hit – has amassed more than 65 million combined global streams. It was #1 Most Added at Top 40 radio and topped Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits playlist. Stereogum praised “Graveyard” as a “strong pop song about depression and co-dependence” and noted, “Halsey… can sing about stark internal stuff and still make the songs sound like they belong in an arena.” The broadcast premiere for the official video for “Graveyard” is on MTV Live, mtvU and the Viacom Times Square billboard.

Halsey Unveils Official Video For “Graveyard”


With his debut project Dissipate set for release on November 5th, rising artist James Delaney is today revealing another stunning track from the project in ‘Green’. Speaking on the release, James Delaney states:

“Green is about being awed and shaken by a sexually powerful woman. It was the first song I came up with upon moving to LA, and I wrote it as an extended metaphor about feeling naive and inexperienced in the daunting glow of Hollywood.

Homeboy Sandman x Quelle Chris x Your Old Droog (New Single)

“In hopefully hundreds but probably thousands of years when humanity gets it’s head on straight, they’ll look back at this joint and know that at least three of us weren’t a complete waste of time.” – Homeboy Sandman


About the video, Young Bombs commented to Idolator, “We had so much fun on the ‘Loyal’ video shoot! It was so great to be able to combine the three things we love most—music, film, and doggos—into one package and for a cause that really means a lot to us. We are both big dog guys and felt like this would be the perfect opportunity to team up with an organization like Wags & Walks to create exposure for the topic of pet rescue. There are so many furry friends out there that need a home. So, please, adopt, don’t shop!”

International Music Ambassador Kyle Dillingham Wraps ‘The Silk Road & The Fiddle Sister State Tour’ Throughout China

Oklahoman Americana and bluegrass fiddling maestro Kyle Dillingham, and his Horseshoe Road bandmates Peter Markes and Brent Saulsbury of Oklahoma, recently wrapped up their 2019 Silk Road and The Fiddle Sister State Tour through China. Dillingham, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut in July, journeyed along the ancient Chinese Silk Road to the cities of Qingyang, Lanzhou, Tianshui, and Baiyin. With fiddle in hand and joy in his heart, Dillingham once again made his self-proclaimed “musical diplomacy” a real-life method of international relations. Doing what he does best, he fiddled his way into the hearts and minds of his Chinese fans with his authentic brand of Americana and bluegrass roots music.

Homeless Oakland Heart Collective to Release Debut Album!

Recorded live and outdoors in Oakland, Grammy-winning producer and author, Ian Brennan (Tinariwen, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Zomba Prison Project) delves deeply into the voices of the homeless community— those that are largely ignored and even maligned. It is a community that he has worked with dating back to the 1980s. Needless to say, it is a highly unique, ultimately heartbreaking album with “street” cred and raw-ness that sounds like any other. Ranging from old school beat-boxing to Free Jazz guitar to ballads and electronica, this is a one-of-kind, esoteric, and diverse record akin to rarities like Hollerin’, Captain Beefheart’s Trout Mask Replica, Alvin Lucier’s I Am Sitting in a Room, and Elvis Presley’s Having Fun With Elvis On Stage, et al. and it’s a full on old school, gut-punch punk album.

JW Francis Premieres “Lofi” via Indie Current

“I wonder how many people were born in Tulsa Oklahoma, raised in Paris France, and currently live in New York City? I’d bet not too many, but it’s that wild progression of places along with a keen ear that brought JW Francis to his new tune, ‘Lofi'” -J.S. Moses, Indie Current

Listen to Matt Valentine’s “Minor Rager >

Matt Valentine Preserves (or MVP for short) is the viscous adhesive that’s drawing the eras together. Recorded, casked, and cured over the past eight years and brushed upon by those who orbit Matt’s mist (Samara Lubelski, Mick Flower, J. Mascis, P.G. Six, Willie Lane, Erika Elder, Anthony Pasquarosa, Ryan Jewell, Coot Moon, and Spanish Wolfman, among others) the record is a potent elixir that feels like it was siphoned wholesale from the fever dream of a sleeping child god. Tuned to the subconscious airwaves of miasmic melt, the record stews its eight tracks together into a set of space-blues that inhale and exhale with the cosmos.

VOYAGER Release Music Video for New Song, ‘Entropy,’ ft. Einar Solberg of Leprous

Vocalist Danny Estrin comments on the video: “Touring with Leprous around Europe and Australia, we became good friends with the guys – they are fantastic musicians and fantastic human beings. Einar has one of the most unique styles and grasp for vocal melodies in progressive music today and it would have been remiss of me not to ask him to guest on this track. I gave Einar free reign to do what he wanted – a risky move usually, but not with Mr Solberg. The end result is stunning – a truly catchy Voyager track with some soaring Solberg – it doesn’t get better than that!

Midnight Divide – Entitled ‘Inherent Vice’

6’3″, 260 pounds, former center for Purdue football… sounds like a likely candidate for a tender musician, no? Well, looks can be deceiving, and despite an eclectic background, Midnight Divide frontman Austen Moret has been obsessed with songwriting since the days his two-year-old self was smashing the keys of a Casio keyboard or his grandmother’s piano. Weird right? He has… layers.

Grammy-Nominated Rapper RAJA KUMARI Shares “KARMA” Video Today!

GRAMMY® Award- nominated songwriter and rapper Raja Kumari unleashes the official music video for her track “KARMA” today. The Sam Madhu-directed visuals premiered earlier today via The FADER, who described the video as “balanc[ing] historical Indian imagery with neon colors.”