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DARSOMBRA: Baltimore Psychedelic/Prog Duo Continues To Tour In Support Of Transmission LP

In support of the album, DARSOMBRA embarked on a two-month-long North American tour from the end of August into October which concluded at Baltimore’s annual Mushroom City Art Festival gathering. Along the way, the band not only played at a wide range of venues, galleries, and DIY spots, they also set up several of their infamous roadside performances playing in the Badlands of South Dakota and more. The massive trek was followed by several local one-off shows, and now, DARSOMBRA heads back out on several short tours to close out this year and launch the new year, which will prove to be another busy year for the band.

LA-based indie pop/r&b Rituals of Mine share ethereal “HEAVYWEIGHT” music video

Rituals Of Mine has released their ethereal video for “HEAVYWEIGHT”. The video is inspired by the after effects of grief and trauma in relation to the body and mind, particularly Lopez’s own surrounding her father’s suicide and the unexpected loss of her best friend. For the accompanying video, Lopez was approached by Pitch Her Productions, an organization that focuses on promoting womxn-identified filmmakers in the industry, who paired her with Ecuadorian artist/filmmaker Domenica Garcia. Nearly the entire cast and crew are womxn-identified and are womxn of color.

Matthew Medney Named CEO Of Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal, the brand that has shaped the pop culture and science fiction world for the last 40 years, has named Matthew Medney as its new CEO.

Matthew Medney is currently the founder and CEO of comic book publishing company, Herø Projects. Herø is best known for their work in creating immersive stories as brand extensions for music artists and major music venues. Clients include the likes of Live Nation, Rolling Loud, and artists such as 311, Shaggy, Nghmre and more, specifically within the EDM, Pop, Hip Hop and Rock communities. As an author & novelist himself, he will bring his creator-first sensibility to Heavy Metal, where he will focus on building a community-driven company, as well as collaborate with partners that support the core values of the Heavy Metal brand.

PNW songwriter Nolan Garrett releases “The Camel” + New EP out now!

Pacific Northwest raised, UK-based songwriter Nolan Garrett has just released his latest single + new EP. “The Camel” is a mystical, woozy psych-pop gem that takes inspiration from philosopher Frederich Nietzsche. His 3-song EP The Camel is out now via Minerva Music.


After premiering her ferociously fire new single “Don’ I” last week — the 17-year-old, Puerto-Rican American rapper Kierra Luv, most known for her electric-spitting freestyles, wastes no time by dropping the accompanying visual to the heavy-hitting track!

Released via 10K Project/Electric Feel Entertainment, Kierra Luv storms back to the scene with the Amber Park & Bawwse directed video to the Quay Global produced track. Dropping a series of viral social media freestyles at a rapid pace, Kierra Luv not only amassed over 20 million views, but she also attracted the endorsement of everyone from Cardi B to No Jumper.

World/Inferno Friendship Society Unveil New Single From Upcoming LP on Alternative Tentacles

World/Inferno Friendship Society are back with a new single from their upcoming All Borders are Porous to Cats LP. The album is set to be released on January 17th 2020 via Alternative Tentacles. In addition to a New Years Eve show in Brooklyn, you can catch the band on tour throughout January and February!


Prairie bluegrass band The Dead South share the first new live single from their Nashville’s OurVinyl TV session. “Black Lung,” a song from new album Sugar & Joy that puts grit and stomp on a story about workers exploitation – ostensibly about coal mining, but certainly more universally applicable – features multiple lead vocalists and a sinister, nowhere-to-run undercurrent. In OurVinyl’s treatment, the song is set in a rubbled corner of Nashville’s mostly flashy Germantown, with the focus solely on the performance. OurVinyl made their name with highly watchable live sessions that have included Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, St. Paul and The Broken Bones and more.

Platinum-Selling Rockers BULLETBOYS Reunite for 2020

The original platinum-selling BULLETBOYS lineup, featuring Marq Torien, Mick Sweda, Lonnie Vencent and Jimmy D’Anda, is returning in 2020!

The hard rockers will kick off the reunion with a hometown gig on December 30 at their old haunt, the Whisky a Go Go in West Hollywood. Aside from one show in 2011, this original lineup has not performed together since 1993.

“I would never have guessed this reunion would have come about, but the world seems to have its own plan filled with peace, love and kindness,” says guitarist Mick Sweda. “And lots of ass kicking!”

BULLETBOYS tour dates:
12/30 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky a Go Go
4/19 – West Hollywood @ Rainbow Anniversary Party
7/25 – Beaver Dam, KY @ Rock the Dam Fest w/Lita Ford and Ratt

Minutes To Midnight releases music video, documenting JFK’s assassination by Lee Harvey Oswald

The video takes us through the arrival of JFK and his wife Jackie in Dallas before his infamous demise. Through a variety of black and white and colour video clips we see the joy, celebration and devastation created by one event as JFK is shot. ~ Indie Buddie

Minutes To Midnight ‘Love Field’ video Premiere

Taylor Janzen Unveils Video for “What I Do…”

19-year-old Winnipeg singer songwriter and genre-bending recording artist Taylor Janzen today reveals the official music video for new single ‘What I Do…’ premiered by Paste. The video is available on all digital and streaming platforms via Glassnote Records.

Matching the aesthetic of the video, ‘What I Do’ sees a big shift from Taylor’s usual guitar-led material and so for the visual she decided to conflate how one artist can explore many different forms of music, with how she feels that high school ‘cliches’ are outdated.


Today, Spanish singer/producer Bad Gyal shares her highly awaited new song “Zorra.” Released via AfterCluv/Interscope Records, “Zorra” closes out a year full of chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling releases for the massively celebrated Catalana sensation. The video was directed by MANSON and produced by CANADA.

New Music From Arin Ray “Phases II” Out Now On Interscope Records

Interscope Records is pleased to announce the release of Arin Ray’s sophisticated new EP, Phases II, out today on all digital platforms. This second installation of the Cincinnati, OH singer-songwriter’s Phases series is a cavalcade of his more recent body of work, including “Change” with Kehlani, “A Seat” and “The Get Down.”

The soulful, five-song set follows Ray’s critically acclaimed major label debut, Platinum Fire, which was released in March 2018. Propelled by the straightforward banger “We Ain’t Homies,” and guest appearances from YG, Ty Dolla $ign, DRAM, SIR, Babyface and more, that project promptly cemented Ray as one of the most refreshing young voices in R&B.


“The woozy-sounding R&B songs produced by Grand Prairie’s Kaash Paige are reminiscent of artists like SZA and Kehlani. And that’s probably why Dallas music fans have flocked to her SoundCloud page to stream her singles thousands of times.” – NPR


Today, Long Island-bred singer/songwriter/producer Drama Relax shares an addictively catchy single called “On the Side.” Released via Rule #1/Interscope Records, and produced by Oren Yoel (Miley Cyrus, XXXTentacion & more), the smooth and soulful track delivers Drama Relax’s signature brand of deeply confessional R&B.


Chicago-bred production duo Louis The Child have shared a brilliantly left-field new single called “Here Comes a Feeling,” with Naomi Wild and London-based musician Couros. Released via Interscope Records and available through all digital retailers, “Here Comes a Feeling” marks the start of an artistically adventurous new era for L.A.-based musicians/producers Robby Hauldren and Freddy Kennett.

Atmosphere Drops New Album “Whenever” & New Music Video “Lovely” feat. Nikki Jean

Today, legendary hip hop duo Atmosphere surprises fans by dropping a new studio album, Whenever, without warning. A music video directed by Tomas Aksamit for the album track “Lovely” (feat. Nikki Jean) accompanies the surprise release. On Whenever, Slug and Ant effortlessly delve into new thematic territory, bringing a new perspective to their decades-long exploration of what it means to be human.

Grande Royale – “Saved by Rock n Roll”

Today, Grande Royale releases their single “Saved by Rock n Roll” through The Sign Records. The single is released with a music video, and is featured on a split 7″ on which the band challenges their friends in Liar Thief Bandit to a rock n’ roll showdown. The Split 7″ available to purchase today.

My Heart Is A Metronome – EP release today!

My heart is a metronome is releasing their 5-track EP ‘Benevolence’ today, December 13th, crafted through a co-lab between the band, grammy award-winning producers Pelle Gunnerfeldt, Simon Nordberg and up and coming producer Dino Medanhodzic.

Italian Artist KEIN Bears His Soul On Self-Titled Debut

The new self-titled album by Italian artist Kein blends the metal and hard rock genres with atmospheric black influences, whilst being built on a powerful rhythm guitar and a solid dominant voice with a low and rough vocal timbre.

The album was born from the communicative urgency that overwhelms the personality of the artist torn from issues such as human alienation, violent interiority and the superman. In every image and in every thought, Kein’s (William Mambelli) experience is enclosed to the point that the silent scream depicted on the cover, is the same as the artist who tries to free himself from the constraints of a society of which one does not feel a part of.


Currently the bookies favourite for Christmas number 1, competing against Stormzy, Tones and I, Lyra Cole and Lewis Capaldi – LadBaby have decided to capture the public’s imagination again with their new single ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’ an appetite-arousing, playful twist on Joan Jett’s iconic hit ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’. With lyrics such as “I Love Sausage Rolls, so put another one in the oven baby”,