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American Songwriter Premieres Edgy Root-Blues-Rock Band deFrance’s New Debut Album, Second Wind

Arkansas’s rooty-blues-rock mainstays deFrance are excited to announce the release of their new music full-length album Second Wind today through American Songwriter. To ring in the announcement, the band has shared two new singles. The video for “Keep The Night On It” debuted via Guitar Connoisseur. Americana UK premiered music video “Runaway Heart” who noted that the song had “shades of Tom Petty and southern rock…the Arkansas outfit absolutely nail it… definitely need more of this sort of thing.”

deFrance Album ‘Second Wind’ Takes Americana and Turns Up The Volume

NoMBe Sets Up Sophomore Album With ” Paint California”

German born, LA based polymath NoMBe (Noah McBeth) returns after a lengthy hiatus with intimate new single Paint California, the first track taken from his upcoming sophomore album, CHROMATOPIA. A driving, sunshine bleached indie pop jam which sparkles with malevolent intent from the outset, Paint California is the introduction to CHROMATOPIA, a conceptual album which explores every part of a romantic relationship from start to finish. Speaking on Paint California, NoMBe states:

Holly Baby + NLE Choppa reveal “Wasted Love” official video via World Star Hip Hop

Holly Baby debuts with a bang. The 20-year-old singer and artist from Meret and now based in Los Angeles, California creates urban pop inspired by broken hearts – and describes her sound as youthful, smooth, and emotional. Her debut single “Wasted Love” features none other than NLE Choppa – the mega hyped certified-platinum rapper from Memphis who recently made it to #1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists Chart. With NLE Choppa on the track, “Wasted Love” turns into an honest dialogue, a sweet soundtrack for everyone moving on from disappointing relationships. Instantly we’re given a glimpse of the authentic chemistry between both Holly Baby and NLE Choppa in the official video, which launched via World Star Hip Hop and already has 75,000 views.

Sasha Cay: “Archie”

Montreal singer-songwriter Sasha Cay draws from a wide array of folk and rock influences. After independently recording and releasing a lo-fi EP in 2018 entitled Sink Your Teeth, described as intimate indie-rock, Sasha continued to gig locally whilst recording her first studio EP set for release spring 2020.

Telemonster Shares Video “For Someone Not So Old”

“a dreamy indie rock track that stuns with a crisp fusion of synths, drums and delicate vocals. Telemonster brings a brainy indie rock flair that like Alt-J creates an eclectic array of sounds, yet never overstepping into mainstream cliches.” – Glide Mag

VIDEO PREMIERE: Telemonster Creates Intricate/Dreamy Indie On David Barbe Produced “For Someone Not So Old”

String Machine Sign with Know Hope Records

Soaring ethereal rhythms and melodies, and the doomed tenderness of where hope and hopelessness dance among the faded soon-to-be ruins of ill-maintained state highways tearing through rural and post-industrial landscapes. The soil here isn’t as fertile as it once was, but sometimes a collective of voices breaks through the frostline. For those who see no future, the future is wide open.

This is the landscape from which String Machine emerged. Some of their neighbors are farmers, still pulling what they can from the earth, but more often than not selling off parcels of land to developers who bulldoze off the topsoil, name their housing plan Pasture Place or some such insult, and name the streets after the wildflowers that used to grow there.

Billie Eilish acoustic set at Third Man Records to be released Friday on vinyl

Darkroom/Interscope Records artist Billie Eilish, accompanied by her brother and chief collaborator FINNEAS O’Connell, performed an intimate acoustic set for a room of excited fans and friends in The Blue Room at Nashville’s Third Man Records November 6th. The set was recorded live on Third Man’s direct-to-acetate system (a 1953 Scully lathe, previously homed at King Records), and the vinyl recording will be available this Friday only at Third Man retail locations in Nashville and Detroit.

NAYANA IZ Shares Debut Track “how we do”

Produced by Karma Kid (Octavian, Dua Lipa), “how we do” draws on NAYANA’s success in doing things her own way when everyone around her made her goals seem impossible. NAYANA, born in London and made in India, mixes the beauty of both worlds within her work. Growing up in an artistic family in North London and being naturally musical from a young age, she started off making jazz, pop, and indie music in a band (singing and playing keys), before stumbling across hip-hop and fusing it with the soul of India within the messages and instrumentation of her solo material. NAYANA is currently learning Hindi as well as classical Indian singing and dancing for upcoming projects. Her goal is to empower young girls (particularly from her native land who do not have Indian role models); to inspire them to live their lives, find their authentic voice, and have a means of genuine self-expression.


Upon arrival, he took the culture by storm. Apple Music touted “Go Stupid” [feat. Lil Durk] on the coveted Hot Tracks playlist, rubbing shoulders with bangers from Griselda and Blac Youngsta. Not to mention, “Freaky B’s” [feat. City Girls] also graced the aforementioned playlist, asserting his dominance.


Grammy- and Latin Grammy-nominated artist Kali Uchis debuts a new song, “Solita.” Produced by Tainy (J Balvin, Bad Bunny), the track is Uchis’ first bilingual single.

“I’d rather dance alone then with the devil,” says Uchis of the track. “This song is about healing, freedom and embracing the mixed emotions that come with that. I hope my fans feel sexy when they listen to it. I’m so excited to share more.”


Generation Now/Atlantic Records rapper JACK HARLOW unveils the visual for “WALK IN THE PARK” from his latest mixtape, Confetti. The video – inspired by the classic 90’s movie “The Sandlot” – once again sees Harlow teaming up with longtime collaborator Ace Pro, who directed the visual, which was shot in Harlow’s hometown of Louisville, KY.

CIRCA WAVES Sprouts The Conga Line From Hell In New “Jacqueline” Video

Shot in the lavish setting of a 70s themed mansion – once owned by the Prince of Jordan – the Bousher & Gee directed visuals see the band get wrapped up in a spot of bother at a party they’re performing at. As the mood of the party shifts rather dramatically, the band follow suit, seemingly possessed by what can only be described as the conga line from hell.


Alternative rock quartet All Wrong celebrates and certifies the release of the band’s brand new EP – “I Hope It Gets Better” – with showcasing the first single off the said record – “Phase”! Providing a dark and real, yet strikingly and impressively well-produced, well-crafted and well-performed track that nearly perfectly walks down the line between emo-rock and pop-punk, “Phase” is a product of pure and sincere emotion with its impeccably written, honest and relatable lyrics, anthemic choruses and instrumentation, which coexists beautifully with the previously mentioned aspects of the composition. Bringing in the unique huge and compelling soundscapes, the varied and dark atmosphere and the genuine and emotional nature, “Phase” is another strong indication about the overall quality that the music world can expect and anticipate from “I Hope It Gets Better” and All Wrong in general as well!

Pablo Paddy shares driven, dynamic new single “Lost Holiday”

Pablo Paddy is an indie rock project formed by singer-songwriter Patrick Beedling. After cutting his teeth as a solo artist in St. Catharines’ downtown music scene, Beedling recruited local players to bring his songs to life. The music—eclectic, and moody— draws from a range of influences, including folk, alternative, art-rock, and indie.

REMEMBER THE MONSTERS Release New Single “Close Encounters”

Marking their official emergence in 2016, Remember the Monsters quickly gained significant attention from the release of their single, “The Pieces Remain.” The release, to date, has seen over 5MILLION streams across Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube through the promotion of fan-crafted videos and tremendous underground support! Shortly after their initial release, the band found themselves in need of a new frontman. Through a friend’s introduction, they found their sonic match informer The Colour You singer, Julian Comeau. The range, energy, melodic and powerful vocals immediately meshed with the writing style of songwriter, Ashten Banks, evolving their music into the radio-friendly and hard hitting sound Remember The Monsters showcase. The current lineup hails from across the US, establishing their “band home” in Tucson, AZ. Each member’s unique taste in music contributes to an ever-evolving, refreshing new take on the mainstream rock genre.


Chaz Marcus is a singer/rapper from Harlem, NY. The twenty-one-year-old is considering a major record deal and has several projects in the works to look out for on the scene. His debut project, titled The Chosen One, was written by him and helped launch and book gigs. Chaz opened a recording studio in Los Angeles at the age of fifteen, so he always had access to a studio. He credits his mom with setting him up to be a boss. While exploring new genres and recording on acoustic tracks, the multi-talented artist has continued to develop his musical career. To include pushing himself to try new things like testing the waters with his rapping by recording a couple of rap songs a day for fun. Some of Chaz’s rap records caught the attention of his current manager and business partner, Marlon Hill. However, before that, he met a producer that believed Chaz was better suited as a pop artist, so he considered it and started practicing his singing again.

Tall Heights // New Single Via Billboard

From playing on the streets of Boston to now performing in venues across the globe, the duo of Paul Wright and Tim Harrington, together known as TALL HEIGHTS, have built a career from the ground up, diligently as a relentless touring act. It’s been a journey of consistent evolution for the longtime best friends – everything from instrumentation to production to the size of their band has changed throughout the years, hand-in-hand with an ever-growing audience of listeners. Yet with all of this change, there remains a distinct DNA that courses through the entirety of Tall Heights’ music. The potency of their sound cannot be credited to harmony alone, but rather a unique union of two distinct voices that makes the music inarguably their own.


Hot off the heels of releasing their recent collaboration “Tokyo Drifting” feat. Denzel Curry, Glass Animals drops the video for their latest single today. “Tokyo Drifting” is part of the band’s Fresh Fruit series of collaborations. The video was directed by rubberband and shot in Yonkers, New York.

Latin Lyricist Invinceable Mixes Mariachi and Hip Hop Roots in “So Loaded” Music Video

Veteran west coast Latin rapper and lyricist, Invinceable, has mixed a distinctive musical cocktail however, with the release of his music video, “So Loaded.” “So Loaded” merrily revels in the merits of Patron tequila as the swig of choice amongst a cast of Black and Brown rappers, beautiful Latinas, low riders and a Mariachi band. With 100 proof production juices added to the thirst-quenching libation by the legendary rap music producer, DJ BattleCat, “So Loaded” offers a tipsy, top shelf toast that stirs diverse artistic traditions in a swagful chalice of good cheer!


Jim Carroll found musical fame with his 1980 album Catholic Boy and its single, “People Who Died”. Fat Possum Records are extremely proud to represent Jim Carroll’s catalog. We are offering a limited edition magenta color vinyl, and the album will be in stores worldwide on December 6. You can listen to it on all streaming services. More to come from The Jim Carroll Band in 2020.

E-40 Connects with Jeremih, Rick Ross, and Chris Brown in the Romantic “1 Question” Video

Holding it down for the West Coast for over three decades, few rappers can match the far-reaching success of E-40. Recruiting some fellow A-Listers to his oceanside abode, 40 shares “1 Question,” his flashy and romantic new music video. Built on a lush sample of Keith Sweat’s classic “Make It Last Forever,” “1 Question” is a smooth devotional, describing all the ways the rapper likes to wine and dine: “We could hit the matinee then go to lunch at Nobu/But you on your vegetarian so I order tofu.” Produced by Hitmak, the song features a silky hook from Jeremih and boasts verses from Rick Ross and Chris Brown, who each do what they do best. In the video, 40, Ross, and Jeremih cruise along the California coast, romancing their number ones and retreating to a hillside mansion for some E.Cuarenta and Earl Stevens Wine. “1 Question” is a highlight from Practice Makes Paper, 40’s latest full-length