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Suwannee Spring Reunion March 19-22, 2020

Fresh off the heels of a fantastic Suwannee Roots Revival, Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) is thrilled to announce the initial lineup and dates for its sister festival, The 4th Annual Suwannee Spring Reunion, set to take place Thursday through Sunday, March 19-22, 2020 at SOSMP in Live Oak, FL.

The Suwannee Spring Reunion initial lineup for 2020 features Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs, The Duhks, Darrell Scott, Jim Lauderdale Band, Verlon Thompson, Shawn Camp Band, Roy Book Binder, Jeff Mosier Ensemble, Quartermoon, Sloppy Joe, and many more artists to be announced.


Tsunami Bomb Returns with ‘The Spine That Binds’ On Nov. 8 via Alternative Tentacles

Northern California’s punk rock cult favorites Tsunami Bomb are back with ‘The Spine That Binds,’ their first new LP in 15 years. The LP, which was produced by the band and mixed by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor, Jeff Rosenstock), will be released on November 8th via Alternative Tentacles.

Kendra Kay – Track: How It’s Done

“Award winning singer/songwriter Kendra Kay was born and raised on the Canadian prairies, and her music is inspired by the sounds and stories of traditional country with a modern twist. The 23-year-old, who has become known for her high energy performances across the country and was recently signed worldwide by Sakamoto Agency, worked closely with producer Karen Kosowski (Brett Kissel, Madeline Merlo, Tim Hicks) to create her upcoming singles ‘How It’s Done’ and ‘Steady’.

JP Saxe & Julia Michaels Release “If The World Was Ending” Along With Music Video

Saxe says, “Julia and I wrote this song the day we met. It was a couple weeks after the last earthquake in LA. We were talking about the reasons people have to not talk to the people they really want to talk to…but know they shouldn’t talk to, and how many of those reasons would hold up in the apocalypse.”

Watch Kasador’s New “Brood & Bloom” Video

Kingston-based alt-rock outfit Kasador dropped their debut album, Brood & Bloom, earlier this month; a collection of 12-tracks written during tough times as an attempt to gain something positive from those experiences. Produced in part by Graham Walsh (Sam Roberts, Lights, Wintersleep), and by Rob Baker & Gord Sinclair of The Tragically Hip, Brood & Bloom is a reflection on the personal growth and deeper connections that can stem from trying times – how good can come from the bad.

Matt and Kim “MONEY” Track & Video Shot at Animal Rescue Shelter

After just releasing their brand new track “GO GO “, Matt and Kim surprise fans with another new single “MONEY” (FADER Label). Written from the heart, “MONEY” lays out the band’s belief that happiness can often be found in the things that money can’t buy. To that end, the dog-loving duo took most of their video budget, donated it to the Animal Hope and Wellness animal shelter in L.A. and spent the day at the facility playing with the rescue dogs currently available for adoption. This is not Matt and Kim’s first time shining a light on animals in need. Along their past tours, the band invited local rescue agencies to set up information tables in the venue lobby and donated raffle money from Matt and Kim merch to those local shelters. They were also advocates of PETA2’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” campaign.

Rock Act, The Endangered Species, Premiere “Sizzling” New Track via Pure Grain Audio

“A great rock tune featuring chugging guitars and rumbling percussion that is highlighted by clear lyrics that are sung with emotion and a sense of exigency that can only come with tragedy.” (Pancakes and Whiskey)


Twin Atlantic return with aplomb on new album POWER – their scorching, charged-up fourth LP and their first release on Harvest Records in the U.S. and Virgin EMI in the U.K. – out January 24th. The record’s first taste arrives in the shape of the addictive “Novocaine” – a racing, adrenalized synth-rock anthem.

Twin Atlantic share synth-rock track “Novocaine,” new album details

CONNY OCHS: German Folk/Rock Performer Premieres “Crawling” Video

Beloved German folk/rock performer CONNY OCHS presents a stellar new video from his latest LP, Doom Folk, which saw release in early 2019 through Exile On Mainstream. The striking new video for “Crawling” makes its public debut through a premiere at Echoes And Dust, alongside an Under The Influence piece with the artist on some of his primary musical influences, including PJ Harvey, Nirvana, and Townes Van Zandt.

Under the Influence with Conny Ochs (+ Exclusive Video Premiere)


“The inspiration to make this film came from the lack of emotional intimacy I saw and felt in so many relationships.
Times where you could be with someone every day and never really tell each other, or explore with each other, what you actually care about, who you are/are trying to become, and what struggles you’re truly going through.
It’s too easy to live life on the surface and never ask the questions that inspire those around you to open up to you. As they trade a bit of the weight they carry for a bit of your understanding- a trade that grounds and grows you & your loved ones, you both grow stronger, closer, and more honest. The seemingly simple act of asking how someone is, and helping procure an environment where they can be authentically themselves, allows you and those around you to foster their ability to be radically honest with themselves and, now, at least one other person.
The ability to speak our honest truths and emotions is something that I yearn to hear and see in this world. I am heartbroken in so many cases when the absence of feeling your truth felt, makes your life feel hard to feel at all.


Miss Tess will never fit easily into just one box, and that’s why her fans look forward to each new eclectic release from the rootsy singer, who used to live here. She is a favorite live act around town – The Boston Globe

Contemporary and timeless, Miss Tess an excellent compendium of modern Americana distilled in all its forms. She is a sweet seductress, one whose charms are increasingly harder and harder to resist. Catch her while you can. – No Depression

Misty Mtn Releases “Running out of Patience” Today

Produced and written by Misty Mtn, “Running out of Patience” is the first installment of the band’s forthcoming ‘re·flec·tion’ trilogy – a sonic narrative detailing Misty Mtn’s stylistic and emotional evolution. It’s a coming-of-age story highlighting the theme of self-revelation through arrivals and departures as the duo grapple with the tension found in change and maturation.

Matthew Chaim Releases Illustrated “Reason” Lyric Video

Originally hailing from Montreal and now settled in Los Angeles, Matthew Chaim’s innovative indie-electronic soundscapes have quickly captivated audiences. His 2016 breakout, “Vanilla Ways,” found a home on the Spotify Viral Charts, and he followed up the early buzz with a soulful EP, Homemade. Now signed to Big Noise, Chaim is preparing to release his sophomore EP, The Mathematics of Nature, slated for release later this Fall. The new EP will include “Reason” and his Summer single “Sunflowers,” a powerful ode to parental loss.


“Class Fight” has received over 18million audio streams to date, while the album has surpassed an impressive total of over 240 million audio streams to date, having also entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #3. K-12 the film has now been viewed over 32 million times on YouTube since its release on September 6th.

Mini Meltdowns share video for “I Wanna Die”

Mini Meltdowns premiered their video for “I Wanna Die,” a song from their Destined For Disaster EP via Milwaukee Record today. According to director Nick Sommer (who also stars in the video), “The song is sort of tongue-in-cheek and suicide is such a serious subject, so I wanted to figure out a way to show the idea of ‘I Wanna Die,’ but make sure the audience knows the main character doesn’t actually want to kill himself. Playing off the movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray kills himself repeatedly until he finally wakes up with the girl of his dreams, our video does the exact opposite.”

Mini Meltdowns mix anguish and animation in the “I Wanna Die” music video

Dance and Rock Genre bending Producer Fox Stevenson to release upcoming album KILLJOY

With his eagerly awaited new album ‘Killjoy’ set to arrive later this month, Fox Stevenson continues the support for his latest full-length with the unveiling of his new single ‘Headlights’, which is set to arrive on the 11th October via AntiFragile Music.

It’s a Family Affair: Lil GotIt & Lil Keed Share “Brotherly Love”

“Fresh off the release of his latest project, Crazy But It’s True, in March, ‘Lil Ralph’ is another step toward Lil Gotit having the sort of 2019 come-up that Lil Baby and Gunna had last year.” – Complex

JULIA BHATT Premieres “Tall” Video with Ghettoblaster

Genre-jumping indie artist Julia Bhatt has just premiered the video for her latest track “Tall” on Ghettoblaster. The bold pop-art-styled video compliments the track’s rapidfire tongue-twisting vocals and fierce bossa nova backbone while also paying homage to Bhatt’s love for her pet hedgehog Ernie.

Frazey Ford new single – soulful activist anthem

Today, Frazey Ford has returned with her first new original music in five years, “The Kids Are Having None of It” which arrives with a stunning video. The new song is an urgent activism anthem – protest music at its core, with Frazey’s calm, confident warning compelled by a visceral, soulful bass guitar backbone. The song is officially released digitally tomorrow Oct. 18, in honour of Greta Thunberg’s initiative of #FridaysForFuture.

Grateful Dead Presents Action Sports Film Fire On The Mountain – Trailer Out Now

For the first time ever, action sports and the Grateful Dead are merged together in a film of eclectic style: Fire On The Mountain.

Improvisation is the silver thread that weaves this film together. Just as the Grateful Dead did not fit their music into an established category, this short film finds a cast of some of the world’s best athletes on an improvisational journey of skiing, snowboarding, surfing and music, complete with a soundtrack comprised of only Grateful Dead music.

Carrie Beehan unveils timely new single “Bloody Haircuts”

Beehan’s “Bloody Haircuts” was penned over 28 years ago in Berlin, although it is as timely now as it was back then. It is not about hairdressers but rather Skinheads and neo-facism. “Right here, right now it’s back,” she notes.

TOTENGEFLÜSTER: German symphonic black metallers’ new album ‘The Faceless Divine’ out now via Black Lion Records

TOTENGEFLÜSTER unleashed their sophomore album on October 11th via Black Lion Records. Titled The Faceless Divine, this opus is the most intense and darkest creation of the Southern German based symphonic group to date.