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Rafiq Bhatia Announces ‘Standards Vol. 1’ EP With Otherworldly Rendition of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”

Rafiq Bhatia’s new EP Standards Vol. 1 transforms cornerstone works by Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman and more into immersive, otherworldly realms of sound that are uniquely his own. Working with a cast of traditional jazz’s most beloved musicians including the three-time GRAMMY-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bhatia implements dreamlike and sometimes volatile electronic techniques to recast classic repertoire as a window into the darkness underlying ordinary American life. Featuring vocals from McLorin Salvant, listen to Bhatia’s version of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” HERE.

Fontaines D.C. share new video for ‘Liberty Belle’

Today, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have shared a new video for their fan favourite single ‘Liberty Belle’. The video celebrates an incendiary 2019 for the band which saw them release their debut album ‘Dogrel’ to critical acclaim, earning plaudits from a vast array of major publications, receiving nominations for esteemed awards and appearing in a number of album of the year 2019 lists, including Louder Than War (#1), Dork (#5), Upset (#5), MOJO (#6), London Evening Standard (#6), Clash (#6), NME (#7), Q (#8), Long Live Vinyl (#8), The Guardian, Uncut, DIY and many more…

Nathaniel Rateliff returns with first solo album in seven years + Lead single debuts today

When Rateliff began writing for the new album, the songs initially centered on the pain of his unraveling relationship but the theme of the album took a different direction when Richard Swift, his longtime friend and producer of Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats’ two acclaimed albums, passed away in July 2018. Across the 10 tracks on And It’s Still Alright, you can feel Rateliff faltering but never losing hope—hope that it’s all part of a bigger plan. While the songs are quieter and more reflective than the exuberant soul The Night Sweats have become famous for, they are no less urgent and indelible, as he pushes the boundaries and finds new depths in his songwriting—a singular voice embarking on a personal exploration of love, loss and perseverance.

Nada Surf release new single, world tour begins next week

Nada Surf has announced today’s premiere of “So Much Love,” the latest iconic single from their long-awaited new LP, NEVER NOT TOGETHER. The song is available for streaming and download now. Nada Surf’s ninth studio recording and first in almost four years, NEVER NOT TOGETHER arrives via Barsuk on February 7. Pre-orders are available now.

Hear “Save Me” the new single from LA’s Deserta

Matthew says about the track:
“It’s a sentimental song about romanticizing a desire to maintain the newness of things. I wanted it to build and be powerful in a way that required more than the tried and true standard of adding on some drum fills and switching on the overdrive pedals. To accomplish that I allowed the song to take a few breathers throughout so the vocal melody, guitars and drums could have their moment. The timing and simplicity (and reverb) I think allow it to achieve what I was going for.”

DISCIPLES OF VERITY Release Official Music Video for “Lying To Myself” Featuring PHIL DEMMEL

Metal Band DISCIPLES OF VERITY–COREY GLOVER (vocalist of LIVING COLOUR and BOWIE EXPERIENCE), GEORGE POND (bass, former bassist of NEGATIVE SKY), COREY PIERCE (drums, former drummer GOD FORBID), MARK MONJOY (rhythm guitar, SEKOND SKYN), and DANNY PUMA (lead guitar, NEGATIVE SKY)–has released the official music video for their new single, “Lying to Myself.” Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio, “Lying to Myself” features PHIL DEMMEL (MACHINEHEAD, VIO-LENCE) on lead guitar and is the second track off of the band’s upcoming full length album, Pragmatic Sanction. “Lying to Myself” is available to pre-order via THE LABEL GROUP / INgrooves now!

EARTH ROT Release New Song, “Dread Rebirth”

EARTH ROT comment: “‘Dread Rebirth,’ our first single from ‘Black Tides Of Obscurity’ is the opening of the void. The simultaneous unlocked and unhinging of mind, both visually and musically. We’re excited to begin the year with our opening track that we will be playing live this month and on tour in March.”

Silverstein Announce ‘A Beautiful Place To Drown’ LP

On March 6, Silverstein will celebrate their 20th anniversary with the release of A Beautiful Place To Drown; the Ontario-based post-hardcore legends’ ninth, and perhaps strongest effort to date. Click here to pre-order.

Boston Ballet Presents rEVOLUTION, Feb 27–Mar 8

Boston Ballet’s 2019–2020 spring season opens with rEVOLUTION, a dynamic program showcasing three choreographers who transformed the world of ballet: George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. rEVOLUTION runs Feb 27–Mar 8 at the Citizens Bank Opera House.

“At Boston Ballet, I take great pride in the Company showcasing revolutionary works by pioneering choreographers,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “These choreographers—Balanchine, Forsythe, and Robbins—evolved the artform, forever changing the future of ballet.”

Squarepusher shares new single, “Nervelevers”

Squarepusher will return with a long-awaited album Be Up A Hello, released on the 31st of January, and his new single, “Nervelevers,” is out now.

“Nervelevers” breakneck breakbeats recall classic moments from Squarepusher’s much-loved catalogue, which coupled with its blistering acid line also exemplifies the influence his formative years in the Essex rave scene had on the new LP.

New Music: Frayle ‘1692’ (out Feb. 14)

Cleveland dark rock band Frayle creates gripping, doomy music — at once bleak and beautiful — that is impossible to resist. The group will release its debut full-length LP, ‘1692’, on February 14, 2020 via Aqualamb Records / Laybare Recordings.

CIRCA WAVES Releases New Track “Move To San Francisco” Watch The Self Shot Video Here

Circa Waves release new track and self shot video for “Move to San Francisco” ahead of the release of the Happy side of their fourth studio album SAD HAPPY which will be available on all streaming platforms on January 10, 2020. FLOOD Magazine (who premiered the video) says, “It’s a song about weighing the idyllic versus reality, though the Super 8 film it arrives with is purely a daydream.”


Meteoric singer/songwriter Amindi chooses money over love in her latest song “Love Em Leave Em” ft Kari Faux, out today via Big Beat Records. Amindi sings “Don’t get too attached” as she counts 100s and drives around town with her girlfriends in the rainbow-hued music video.

DARSOMBRA: Baltimore Psychedelic Prog Duo Releases Film To Entire Transmission LP

Following the release of their sprawling fifth album, Transmission, Baltimore, Maryland’s audiovisual progressive/psychedelic duo DARSOMBRA has digitally released a film, to accompany the entire record. In addition, the band is expanding their upcoming tour itinerary with new North American and European dates booked in support of the record.

Disq release “Daily Routine”

Now the band have officially signed to Saddle Creek, and announce their remarkable debut album Collector. Collector, like the band itself, is defined and tightly-contoured by the ties between its members. Raina Bock (bass/vocals) and Isaac deBroux-Slone (guitar/vocals) have known each other from infancy, growing up and into music together. Now in their early 20s and a five-piece, rounded out by (guitar/keys/vocals), Logan Severson (guitar/vocals), and Brendan Manley (drums), Disq have assembled a razor-sharp, teetering-on-the-edge-of-chaos melange of sounds, experiences, memories, and influences on their debut LP. Produced by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith, Kurt Vile), Collector is a set of songs largely pulled from each of the five members’ demo piles over the years. They’re organic representations of each moment in time, gathered together to tell a mixtape-story of growing up in 21st century America with your best friends.