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Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has confirmed details of the North American debut of EOB’s live incarnation: EOB will play intimate shows in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto in February 2020.

These exclusive events will serve as prelude to a full scale tour in support of EOB’s debut album, due out early 2020 on Capitol Records. EOB’s live band on these four dates and the upcoming tour will be comprised of Hinako Omori, Ross Chapman, Dishan Abrahams and Alvin Ford, Jr..

James Righton (formerly of Klaxons) Shares New Track “Devil Is Loose”

The Performer LP stands in stark contrast to the electro-hedonism of Righton’s work with Klaxons. Instead, it spins through various points from 1970 onwards. It touches on the suave art-lounge of Roxy Music, the jangly grooves of R.E.M., the sumptuous psychedelia of latter-day Beach Boys, and the songwriting gift of Nick Lowe. In short, it uses classic elements as the groundwork for something which feels a natural fit for 2019.


Today, Lizzo released a brand new visual for her platinum selling single “Good As Hell.” The Alan Ferguson directed video takes place during Homecoming week 2019 at Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Southern University. The new video launch comes on the heels of her showstopping 2019 American Music Awards performance and the announcement of her 8 Grammy nominations, making her the most nominated artist at the 2020 Grammy Awards. Lizzo also recently launched the “Good As Hell” Remix featuring Ariana Grande which is available now at all DSPs and streaming services.

Liyon – “When We Were High”

“My new single, “When We Were High,” was inspired by the struggle of going after your dreams, and a relationship that wasn’t working very well anymore. “When We Were High” draws from a cold winter in a shady part of the city that I used to live in, juxtaposing a lack of daylight with the warmth of love, using sex with alcohol and drugs to balance out the cold reality outside.”

Honey Mooncie is the teen artist paying a contemporary homage to classic Jazz standards

At only 18, Sussex based Honey Mooncie has announced herself as one of the most promising new UK artists on her beautiful, wintery new single ‘Nice To Have A Break’, out today.

Inspired by the classic jazz standards of old, ‘Nice To Have A Break’ sees Honey channelling the stylistic acoustic sound of Audrey Hepburn’s Moon River, showcasing her exquisite silk-like vocals in the process.

Bozeman’s King Ropes Share Trippy “Road To Ruin” Video

“Recently, [Dave] Hollier and the band teamed up with director Michael P. Jones to create a video for “Road to Ruin,” a densely packed concentration of rural rock awe from their 2018 EP “Green Wolverine.” Throughout the clip, water is used as a potent metaphor, with Hollier immersing himself fully in a beautiful lake while aqueous effects are overlaid on the band as they perform the song. Jones utilizes family photos, unfocused images and even the act of travelling to convey a sense of aging memories and experiences. The song’s weary rhythmic density (imagine Bill Callahan fronting Califone) lines up perfectly with the visuals, allowing the band to express the stops and detours along this “road to ruin,” no matter how it presents itself.” – The Southern Sounding


Canadian artist and producer KAYTRANADA returns today to announce his new album and share a new song. BUBBA, the highly-anticipated follow up to his breakout debut album 99.9%, is due this Friday, December 13th, via RCA Records and includes “10%” featuring Kali Uchis – out today.

WOLFHEART Returns to North America in 2020 as Part of the “Devastation on the Nation” Tour

Since the release of their Napalm Records debut, “Constellation of the Black Light,” Finnish metallers WOLFHEART have been going non-stop. The band has taken part in countless tours across the world, in addition to working on a new album. March 2020 will see the band returning to North America again as part of the “Devastation on the Nation” tour, featuring Rotting Christ, Borknagar, Abigail Williams and Imperial Triumphant.

WOLFHEART Returns to North America in 2020 as Part of the “Devastation on the Nation” Tour


Coldplay have today released the video for their latest single, “Everyday Life,” from their critically-lauded new album of the same name.

The expansive video was filmed in multiple locations across the world – including South Africa, Morocco and the Ukraine. Earlier today, it was given a worldwide premiere on South African community TV station, Soweto TV, and is now available online –


Global house music institution Defected has announced a brand new Ibiza festival, marking 20 years of the label’s events on the island. The four-day Defected Ibiza Festival will run from Thursday 14th into the early hours of Monday 18th May 2020, with day and night parties at various Ibiza locations, featuring the biggest DJs from the Defected, Glitterbox and Classic Music Company rosters.

For Skope: Marc Benjamin & trap sensation RayRay release “My Swag”

Marc Benjamin teams up with Taiwanese newcomer RayRay for their sultry, hard-hitting track “My Swag,” out on Protocol. The track ventures into new territory for Marc Benjamin, delivering a fusion of electro/EDM style and serrating trap basslines. Featuring RayRay’s own vocals, this club-friendly sinister tune packs a punch of attitude with its serrating synths and driving bass. Although winter is upon us in many parts of the world, look no further than “My Swag” to heat things up. This is the second collaboration between Marc and RayRay (who has also released on Barong Family and Dim Mak) that follows Benjamin’s previous Protocol release “Show You” from this summer, “Off Road” from Showtek’s Skink label and Spinnin’ Records’ “Pop N Rewind.”

Orla Gartland Releases New Music Video For Single “Figure It Out”

Indie pop songstress Orla Gartland is back one last time this year with a brand new music video for her fiery single, “Figure It Out” – watch the video HERE. Oscillating boldly between raucous and tame, the video showcases a very desolate Orla, vocalizing her discontent through subtle, strained looks and tension-filled interactions in the most gorgeous aesthetic possible. The track and video are perfectly matched, building in restlessness before exploding into a cacophony of crunching guitars and exasperated heartache.

KIRRA reveal new ‘Free’ music video about social media giants regulating free speech

“When I wrote this song, I was reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley at the time which is a staggeringly terrifying book if you understand the nexus between philosophy and politics in modern society” says guitarist Daxton Page. Vocalist Gabriel Parson continues, “There’s an increase of pressure being put on the biggest social media companies to regulate the conversations people are having, which puts us on a very slippery slope. There was some famous poet who said something which has always stuck with me which was ‘who will watch the watchers’, and mow we must ask this question as well…”

Music Producer Otis McDonald Unveils Debut Album “People Music”

An underground artist renowned for slaying dance floor crowds in San Francisco clubs with his live ensemble projects, Otis McDonald (moniker of Joe Bagale) just released his studio debut album, People Music (TrackTribe), on December 6, 2019. Otis McDonald produces his original tracks out of the iconic Studio D at Hyde Street Studios in downtown SF where records were cut by Herbie Hancock, Meshell Ndegeocello, 2Pac, and Digital Underground. With his debut People Music, a music innovator who performs on all the instruments (except horns and strings) unveils a powerful punch of funk, pop, and soul tracks delivering messages of the times.