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FIJI Drops New album ‘Love & Roots’ Out Now!

Polynesian recording artist Fiji dropped his newest album ‘Love & Roots’ on Friday, September 6th with Mensch House Records. Fiji (AKA George Veikoso ) is one of the most dynamic entertainers the Pacific Rim has produced, and continues to be one of the most influential artists in contemporary Island Reggae music.

Since leaving his Fijian island homeland and settling in Hawaii at the age of 14, Fiji’s golden voice and expansive musical repertoire have launched him onto the world stage as a pioneer of the Island Music. Fiji’s musical outputs has earned him numerous industry accolades and awards, from his album debut “Evolution” (1994) to “Fiji EP” (2010), including Hawaii’s Na’Hoku Hanohano Award for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Favorite Entertainer of the Year” and “People’s Choice Award.” His collaboration on the “Island Warriors” compilation album earned a Grammy-nomination for Best Reggae Album, an accomplishment that only a few Hawaii-based artists have achieved.


“AI YOUNGBOY 2” – which marks the long awaited follow-up to 2017’s RIAA gold certified “AI YOUNGBOY” – includes the hit singles, “Self Control” and “Slime Mentality,” both of which are joined by companion visuals streaming now via YouTube. Originally found on YoungBoy’s recently released single-bundle, “THE CONTINUANCE,” the two tracks each earned critical acclaim upon their recent releases, with HYPEBEAST praising the former for “(showcasing) the rapper’s more introspective and reflective side.” The newly released tape is already no. 1 on Apple Music’s Overall Album and Hip-Hop/Rap Album. The lyrical masterpiece is projected to sell upwards of 100,000 units throughout its first week.

SCOPE Miami Beach 2019 | Press Release 01

Celebrating its 19th edition, SCOPE Miami Beach returns to its bespoke pavilion on the sands of Ocean Drive and 8th Street. Honoring its perpetual mission to provide a platform for discovery, SCOPE will welcome 134 diverse contemporary exhibitors featuring The New Contemporary, a genre that stands as a critical contribution to both global politics and local community engagement.

“Come & Seek” – LIA

LIA’s thoughts on the new track:
This is a song for empowerment and self discovery. It’s the culmination of my strength after years of self-disrespect through energy-sucking relationships. The imagery of “coming to seek” communicates the confidence and bravery I found in myself throughout the time period that I worked on this EP. Not being afraid to talk about my feelings, not being shy to go after what I want and knowing the kind of relationships I deserve are some of the struggles I had to overcome. This song is a celebration of me finding my way to womanhood and because of that, opening my arms to love.

Lou Roy | Songwriter explores the netherworld between beauty + horror

The single announces Lou’s debut EP Your Friend, out Nov. 15 via Sony Masterworks. Your Friend, – co-produced by Sam Wilkes – grapples with shortcomings as a friend or lover, and revels in the beauty of good times. Blending contemporary folk with traces of jazz and pop music, soaring guitar and pedal steel with honey-sweet vocals could fool listeners into a comfortable lull, if not for biting lyrics and cutting arrangements. The EP exists in a netherworld between beauty and horror, often mistaking one for the other.


Following two sold out nights at LA’s Ace Theatre, Karen O & Danger Mouse are bringing their very special live performance of their collaborative album, Lux Prima, to Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre on Thursday, November 14. This one-of-a-kind show which features a twelve-piece band and multiple costume changes will be the only New York live engagement in support of the album released earlier this year on BMG.

MATT HECKLER: After The Flood LP By Appalachian Folk Soloist Out Now On Anti-Corporate Music; US Tour Now Underway

Carolina Appalachian Irish-American folk soloist MATT HECKLER is currently on tour across the US in support of his new LP, After The Flood.

The After The Flood album was initially released independently, and shortly afterward, saw an official vinyl release through Anti-Corporate Music in conjunction with his multiple waves of widespread tour dates supporting labelmates Lost Dog Street Band.

Kyle Walker Kicks Back on New Noise Debut “Movement”

Newcomer Kyle Walker is quickly becoming one to watch in the dance music world. Since winning Insomniac’s Discovery Project in 2016 and earning an early co-sign from BBC Radio 1’s Danny Howard, the California native has cranked out numerous attention-grabbing releases, rooted in deep, melodic house sounds. His bold fusion of styles and influences have since earned him releases on Bite This!, Artist Intelligence Agency and Insomniac’s In / Rotation imprint. Most recently, Kyle released his Cruel Intentions EP in September and supported it with performances at Nocturnal Wonderland and North Coast Music Festival. The talented young producer has also performed twice at EDC Las Vegas, with his eyes set towards headlining festivals as his career progresses.


“Our mission is to prevent suicide,” says Dr. Dan Reidenberg, Executive Director of Save.org. “Breaking down the stigma of mental health helps saves lives and with Kevin’s new song and video his is doing just that.”

“Music has always been therapy for me,” says Kevin Gates. “Anyone who is struggling out there should know they aren’t alone. I got you.”

keshi releases “right here” music video

in his emotional video for “right here,” keshi sings in a telephone booth, with the one that got away on the other line. isolated and vulnerable, keshi wears his heart on his sleeve, remaining static in an empty parking lot as he sings “if you need me i’ll be here… right here.” the beat is an easygoing blend of acoustic guitar and lo-fi trap, combined with keshi’s wistful vocals, making for an experience that will put you in your feelings. watch the video here.

CMG Rising Star Luh Kel Announces Upcoming Debut EP Mixed Emotions

Splitting the difference between singing and rapping with his silky smooth vocals, 17-year-old artist Luh Kel is already turning heads and breaking hearts. Building on the momentum of his breakout single “Wrong,” Luh Kel announces Mixed Emotions, his upcoming debut EP. A twelve-track effort with organic instrumentals that emphasize Kel’s supernatural melodic instincts, Mixed Emotions hosts previously-released hits such as “BRB,” “Pull Up,” and “Cold Heart.” With appearances from PNB Rock, Jay Gwuapo, and IV Jay, Mixed Emotions arrives on November 15th via Cinematic Music Group.

Jon Stickley Trio releases video for latest single, “Animate Object”

The Jon Stickley Trio, one of the roots music scene’s most progressive and innovative voices, has released a video for their latest single, “Animate Object” after a premiere by The Bluegrass Situation.

The groundbreaking single released by Organic Records blends Jazz, Latin, and Dance music with an unconventional and alluring result, making it a perfect example of the group’s genre-defying twist on acoustic-based music.

GEARS Teams with LIVING COLOUR Front-Man CORY GLOVER to Re-Imagine Iconic “Cult of Personality”

Miami, FL hard rock band GEARS has joined forces with legendary LIVING COLOUR vocalist and front-man COREY GLOVER for a modern update to the 1988 hit single, “Cult of Personality.” Originally premiered on REVOLVER, “Cult of Personality” was recorded in Recorded at Wombat Studios in New Jersey and Jettlane Studios in Kentucky, Mixed by Corey Lowery and Mastered by Paul Logus, with the video being filmed and directed by Estil Robinson.

ROMASA: New Orleans-Based Sludge/Crust/Death Trio Featuring Members Of Ossacrux And Witch Burial To Kick Off Fall Tour This Week; Cheering Death Debut Out Now

ROMASA will be touring in support of their Cheering Death debut, self-released earlier this year. Tracked in two days with James Whitten (Thou, The Body, Ossacrux et al) at his own Hightower Recording Studio and mastered by Brad Boatwright (Gatecreeper, Necrot), Cheering Death spews forth five vile hymns of sonic pessimism centered on a world of excess, apathy, disillusion, and suffering, all swathed in the twisted artwork of Ogi (instagram.com/coffincrux)

Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith Share New Track “Farewell”

A sonic cross-continental experience, Mummer Love is the second album in the Perfect Vision triptych collaboration between Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith. The album, which features guest contributions from Philip Glass and Mulatu Astatke, will be released on November 8th via Bella Union. Having previously shared the tracks “Eternity” and “La Maison de Rimbaud”, Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith today unveil “Farewell”, its earthy, hypnotic sounds providing a building backdrop to Smith’s powerful recital of Rimbaud’s words.

Dreezy & Jacquees Team Up For “Love Someone” Video

Dreezy has returned with a visual for one of her most powerful tracks to date, “Love Someone,” featuring R&B star Jacquees. Directed by Jake Riley and John Lathan, the video combines montages of several couples amid turmoil; while Dreezy’s fiery character takes her situation into her own hands. Jacquees’ smooth vocals paired with the video’s storyline makes for a captivating watch and relatable experience. “Love Someone” appears on Dreezy’s project, Big Dreez, released earlier this year.

Josh Lumsden – ‘Downlow’

Though born & raised in Austin, Texas, Josh Lumsden, the 23 year-old New York City residing pop engineer creates music. Good music, that floats boundlessly between elements of dance and alternative R&B. By self-producing & writing his own music, everything Josh Lumsden creates is a true representation of himself. Honest. If you need to know more, take a listen.

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Ruston Kelly will perform at Brighton Music Hall next Friday, October 25.

The performance celebrates a landmark year for Kelly following the release of his critically acclaimed debut album, Dying Star. Of the album, NPR Music praises, “Kelly digs down deep on Dying Star to fearlessly put forth a set of songs steeped in emotional twists, turns and complications…This here is powerful stuff.” Kelly will also showcase songs from his new project Dirt Emo Vol. 1. The 8-track release consists of Kelly’s favorite emo songs including a rendition of Dashboard Confessional’s “Screaming Infidelities,” featuring the band’s lead singer Chris Carrabba, Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well” and The Carter Family’s “Weeping Willow.”

New EP from Lucy & La Mer -Entitled I Feel Better Now

Known for her bright melodies and disarming lyrics, Lucy wrote her debut EP Little Spoon while living aboard a sailboat after a bad breakup. The folk pop EP charted on College Radio in 2015, followed by a national tour and 2 semi-finalist spots in the International Songwriter Contest.

Shenna Shares Blue Memories EP Via The Washington Post

NYC-based Shenna shares her new EP, Blue Memories out now on all streaming platforms. Last week, The Washington Post reviewed the record with praise, sharing new photos and highlighting her appearance at DC’s All Things Go Fall Classic festival.

AMBERIAN DAWN – Release New Single & Lyric Video “United”

AMBERIAN DAWN have just released their first single, “United”, from the upcoming album, Looking For You, along with a lyric video that takes the listener to a futuristic world of the 80’s and synthesizer music, mixed with familiar metal sounds. “United” and its detailed lyric video reflect the deeper meaning of the album concept. The song combines elaborate arrangements with glorious, majestic melodies, while the lyrics proclaim an unambiguous statement:

FLETCHER GULL releases ‘Hypothermia’ videos

Fresh from his two packed out shows at BIGSOUND last month, Fletcher Gull today releases an official video for charming debut single ‘Hypothermia’, alongside a strong solo performance in a Raw Dough session with Baked Goods.