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Tank and The Bangas will make their “Austin City Limits” debut November 18

“Bathing theatrical hip-hop, soul, funk, and spoken-word poetry in the lush musicality of its New Orleans home, the band’s recent album, Green Balloon, floats on the effervescent energy that captivated the Internet two years ago, and which only increases onstage. There’s no leaving a Tank and the Bangas performance in a bad mood.”—The New Yorker

Epic Progressive Metal Band WILDERUN Reveals Second Video from Upcoming Album

“The album as a whole has a lot of peaks and valleys through light and darkness, and ‘The Tyranny of Imagination’ is probably the deepest valley,” explains vocalist/guitarist/pianist Evan Berry. “Whereas our previous single ‘Far from Where Dreams Unfurl’ explored brighter, melodic territories, we wanted this song to focus more on guitar work, atmosphere, and the darker textures of the orchestra. Lyrically, this song is a sort of submission to the power and oppression of an overactive mind. Up until this point on the album, the ‘main character’ has been battling his own inability to live in the real world, attempting to find ways to perceive reality as it truly is. This is a song of defeat, and of going inward to the point of no return.”

LAS RAGEOUS Announces Band Performances Times For Oct 18-19 at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

The band performance times have been announced for Las Rageous, returning to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center on Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October 19. Sin City’s premier rock and metal music festival will feature performances from Rob Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon, Chevelle, The Used, I Prevail, Dance Gavin Dance, and more, as well as a handful of onsite experiences including the Bud Light Rock & Refuel Culinary Experience, the On-Site Wedding Chapel and Freakshow Wrestling.


Papertwin premieres new single “Happy Half Lives” via PAPER

Regarding the inspiration behind the song, the band explains: “Taking inspiration from Edward Hopper’s painting Room In New York, this song examines the disparity between our inner and outer lives. Who we think we are versus how we are seen and judged by others. Questioning whether you were even born into the right body at the right place or the right time.


The 4th Annual 2019 Black Music Honors will air nationally on Bounce TV on Sunday, October 20th at 12 p.m.

The show was hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett-Walker is currently airing in national broadcast syndication. The star-studded show was taped live at The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta, GA.

LISTEN NOW: David Starr Releases “Rise Up Again”

Colorado-based Americana artist David Starr is excited to announce the release of his new single and accompanying music video, “Rise Up Again”. Following the release of the title track from his upcoming record produced by John Oates, Beauty and Ruin, “Rise Up Again” is an anthemic track about overcoming adversity.

Audio Karate’s Lost ‘Malo’ LP To Finally See Light Of Day this Friday, October 18 on Wiretap/A-F/SBAM Records

Beloved Latinx So Cal punks Audio Karate have partnered with Wiretap Records, A-F Records, and SBÄM to bring new music to their fans.

The band reunited in 2018 and released a 7″ with two “lost” songs from the aborted follow-up to 2004’s ‘Lady Melody,’ and now they’re gearing up to release the full “lost” album, titled ‘Malo,,’ on October 18 via Wiretap/A-F Records/SBAM Records.

Video: Tasha The Amazon – “Not The Same”

With her flashy wardrobe and her attention-grabbing and deeply musical strain of hip-hop, Toronto’s Tasha The Amazon has no trouble standing out from the crowd. Retreating away from the warehouses that made her notorious, Tasha finds an urban oasis in “Not The Same,” her new video, directed by Colin G. Cooper, who previously collaborated with Tasha on the MuchMusic Video Award-winning “Picasso Leaning.” Praised by the CBC for its “laid-back, summery vibe,” “Not The Same” is a breezy, keyboard-driven track that emphasizes the importance of creating and expanding your own lane in your artistic pursuits. Self-styled and adorned with pieces from her favorite fashion line DollsKill, Tasha takes her low-riding bicycle to Black Creek, a hidden aqueduct in Toronto, in the 8mm-shot video, exploring the fascinating intersection of urban architecture and natural beauty that defines her city.

Nashville’s The Criticals announces debut EP, “Mimosa Hygiene”

The Criticals are a Nashville based rock band formed by Parker Forbes and Cole Shugart in 2018. The band focuses on energy, first and foremost, looking to The Stone Roses, Jane’s Addiction, and The Doors for inspiration. Parker and Cole had played music together in a stream of bands in the Nashville DIY scene for nearly a decade, before deciding to join forces. They set their sites on creating a band built on youth, honesty, and lust for life, putting out a stream of singles throughout 2019. Since the release of band’s first single, “Homebody,” The Criticals have been able to attract global attention. With articles from Earmilk, Popdust, Brooklyn Vegan, and Come Here Floyd, the band has not only been able to captivate their DIY roots but also music critics alike.


Speaking about the song Madeon says, “‘Be Fine’ is a song I wrote about joy, but sometimes joy is dangerous. Sometimes joy comes from the wrong place and being fine can mean different things. That ambiguity kind of stemmed from my own experiences and mental health challenges. But whatever you hear when you listen to it is fine. If you listen to it and you see it as a celebration of joy that’s great, that’s what I want you to hear too. And if you listen to it and you hear something else that’s very valid.”


The New Jersey-based trio performs in a sparse room flanked by white sheets hanging from the ceiling. Between an electronic beat and glistening neon synths, the hook immediately rings out, “Where you are…I just wanna be.” As this retro sonic backdrop shimmers, an interpretative dancer twists and turns through the sheets, paralleling the ebb and flow of the song in live motion. It offers a gorgeous visual companion to the tune.

Machine Gun Kelly Releases Video For “5:3666” Ft. Phem

MGK kicked off the year with a series of weekly releases as he geared up for the release of his studio album, Hotel Diablo. Breakout singles included, “Candy” featuring Trippie Redd, “el diablo” and “I Think I’m OKAY” featuring Yungblud and Blink 182’s Travis Barker; with the latter breaking the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs and Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles charts. MGK then embarked on his Hotel Diablo World Tour; a two-part endeavor which recently had sold out shows across the globe and wrapped in Moscow, in late September. The Cleveland artist is currently on tour with Young Thug co-headlining a North American Fall Tour which kicked off in Ontario on September 30 and will land in L.A. on November 18.

White Tail Falls shares debut single ‘Give It Up, Son’

Opening to an evocative blend of resonant acoustic guitar and pensive strings, the track builds through climactic verses before opening into a pleading chorus. Underpinned by a meticulous drum machine beat and accompanied by beautiful violin melodies and subtle synths, the track addresses the viewpoint of observers who seek to save someone from the consequences of their actions.


Love Language is informed by UMI’s upbringing as a mixed-race girl in America. Always feeling slightly out of place, she turned to music from Sade, Erykah Badu, Seiko Matsuda, Crystal Kay and many more to help her parse her place in the world.