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Fans Encouraged To Bring Unwrapped Gifts To Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Performance At Mohegan Sun

Global singing and songwriting icon, Mariah Carey, is encouraging fans to bring unwrapped toys with them to her “All I Want For Christmas Is You” show on Thursday, December 12th at Mohegan Sun Arena as donation to Toys for Tots. $1 from each ticket sold to her Christmas shows will benefit Toys for Tots, a 72-year national charitable program run by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, which provides happiness and hope to less fortunate children during each Christmas holiday season.

NEWS: Blues Hall of Fame 2020 inductees named

The 14 honorees of The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame’s 41st class encompass nearly a century of music, spanning from 1920s stars Victoria Spivey and Bertha “Chippie” Hill to contemporary luminaries Bettye LaVette, Syl Johnson, and Billy Branch.This year’s inductees in the Blues Hall of Fame’s five categories — Performers, Non-Performing Individuals, Classics of Blues Literature, Classics of Blues Recording (Song), and Classics of Blues Recording (Album) — also vividly demonstrate how the blues intersects with a broad variety of American music styles: soul, funk, country, R&B, and rock ‘n’ roll.

The new Blues Hall of Fame performers aren’t just exceptional musicians, but they also are educators, innovators, entrepreneurs, and activists determined to leave their mark on the world.

Bettye LaVette, Eddie Boyd Among 2020 Blues Hall of Fame Inductees (EXCLUSIVE)


Chicago’s own Knuckle Puck are currently in the studio recording their highly-anticipated third full-length studio album for Rise Records. The band spent almost all of 2019 off the road working on the new effort, which follows their previous LPs, 2017’s Shapeshifter and 2015’s Copacetic. The five-piece will be debuting songs from their forthcoming record on a newly announced underplay tour across North America in February and March of 2020. The massive run of dates kicks off with a hometown show on February 21 and hits major cities including Toronto, Boston, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and more, before concluding in Indianapolis on March 22.

Miami’s Leitvox Shares “The Dreaming Silenus”

Leitvox shares new track inspired by Ruben’s painting “The Dreaming Silenus.” The hypnotic and progressive techno inspired song is the second single that the Miami based producer shares of his upcoming album Under The Skin, due out early 2020.

Leitvox presents his latest single, The Dreaming Silenus

WATCH ME BREATHE Release New Single,”Garden of Eden”

Progressive Pop-Rock Band WATCH ME BREATHE has released their new single, “Garden of Eden,” which is available NOW via The Label Group / INgrooves.

Out Now: Lucas Laufen unveils new album I Know Where Silence Lives alongside video for “Dublin”

Lucas Laufen introduces an earnest collection of new work with his latest album, I Know Where Silence Lives. Foreshadowing intimate narratives and softer ways to perceive the world around us, Laufen invites listeners to a specific kind of vulnerability. Interwoven throughout the album are deeply felt narratives: finding hope despite melancholic moods through seasonal changes, overcoming and accepting new chapters and unexpected life changes.


To the surprise and delight of longtime loyal fans, Crowded House announced today that they will tour Europe this summer. The tour will visit some of Europe’s most iconic venues along with featured performances at prestigious summer festivals including Pinkpop. Joining founding members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour will be Mitchell Froom, Liam Finn and Elroy Finn. In addition to touring, the band also recently noted that they are spending time in the studio with new music on the horizon.

Crowded House reunite for European tour

Ottawa based indie-pop artist maxime. releases debut album ‘whatevernowiscalled’

Maxime Trippenbach, a.k.a. maxime., makes indie-pop music from his home in Ottawa, Canada. His debut full length album – ‘whatevernowiscalled’ is out now, released December 6th via AWAL. Its synths and guitars are lush; its nuanced polish is colourful, quirky, distinctive, and the project is one that sees Max address a number of personal subjects: (loss of) relationships, dating, anxiety, and more.

Pink Leather Jackets share new EP titled “Good Love”

“The EP was produced by Pink Leather Jackets and Calvin Hartwick. The recording experience at Dreamhouse Studios in Toronto was a blast. Steve Colucci (lead guitar/back up vocals) and Calvin did a great job dialing in all the right guitar tones particular to each track. “Wasting Time” has a more cleaner feel compared to the rest of the EP but still a nice gritty tone kicking in to the chorus and guitar solo.”

Luizella – ‘Sweet Poison of Pain’

Luizella’s first Single combines the energy of hip-hop with the heart of neo-soul. Her song is titled “Sweet Poison Of Pain,” and it has a romantic vibe, which feels genuine and emotionally direct. With the help of the local Producer Zion and the talented Videographer Blckgenesiz, this new release is refreshingly soft, yet warm and deep. Offering a great example of the artist’s growth and creative process.

The Weeknd claims #1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 with “Heartless”

Logging a pair of entries on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, GRAMMY® Award-winning diamond-certified Toronto R&B / Pop icon The Weeknd captures #1 on the chart with his latest single “Heartless” as “Blinding Lights” takes the #11 spot, also making him the only R&B artist to hit #1 in his first full week on the charts in 2019. “Heartless” immediately shot up to #1 making it his 4th #1 to date, and both tracks have earned over 550,000 consumption domestically, and over 1 million globally.

North Wales Singer-Songwriter SERA shares brand new Video | CEG Records #Americana #Folk

‘Into the Woods’ is the follow-up to SERA’s acclaimed ‘Rabbit Hole’ single which was released in June to acclaimed reviews, and extensive radio support. ‘Into The Woods’ is a continuation on the theme of twisted fairytales, and will be released digitally via CEG Records / Pyst Distribution on the 4th of October.

‘Into the Woods’ is a response to the reoccurring plot-line in stories and films, where women are often chased into the woods by bad men, pursued by monsters or face great peril amongst the trees. Into the Woods instead becomes a place to grow, gain strength and face your fears. SERA’s new songs will continue to follow in this theme of the mythic-surreal rooted in very real experiences. The track is taken from SERA’s collection of songs for 2019 and from her new collaboration with producer Andi Bonsai.


“Loneliest Time Of Year” has the warm feel of a classic Christmas song, but the lyrics are graced with Mabel’s trademark brutal honesty (“sorry I’m not so merry / but I feel like this yearly”). Wrapping R&B and gospel melodies up with Mabel’s richly soulful voice, the track takes her lifelong love of Destiny’s Child’s “8 Days Of Christmas” and pairs it with a raw emotions for those who find the holiday season far from the most wonderful time of the year.

Mabel Release Music Video for Original Christmas Song “Loneliest Time Of Year”

“Busy Body” by Claire Ridgely

Claire Ridgely is a Montreal-based artist originally hailing from Northern Virginia. Having worked as a featured artist for many years, Claire has since turned her energy towards her solo career, releasing four singles within the past year alone.