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Magic Sword Announces ‘Endless,’ New LP Out March 27

Magic Sword, a trio of Immortals who lead the charge against evil in the ongoing Magic Sword multiverse (graphic novel, soundtracks and live performances), will release their second LP Endless via
Joyful Noise Recordings on March 27.

Magic Sword is: The Keeper of the Magic Sword (keyboards), The Seer of All Truths (guitar), and The Weaver of all Hearts and Souls (drums). The Chicago Reader described the unique comic book-meets-live performance as an entity that “take as much inspiration from John Carpenter as from Daft Punk to create a funky, metallic, ominous soundtrack to their own comics-inspired canon. On stage, the trio adorn themselves in cloaks and colorful LED masks with flickering strobes, vibrant stage lights, and light-up novelty swords setting the mood around them.”

Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist Ashley Puckett Has “Bulletproof” Birthday With New Single Release

To say Ashley Puckett is adventurous is to put it mildly: the country music artist from Pittsburgh loves to travel, skydive and bungee jump on the regular. With hobbies like that, one might even say she’s “Bulletproof.” On January 9th, 2020, which happens to be Ashley’s birthday, she releases her new single, aptly titled “Bulletproof.”

Satoshi Kon’s Classic Animated Feature “Tokyo Godfathers” Comes to Theaters Nationwide on March 9 and 11

GKIDS, the acclaimed distributor of multiple Academy Award®-nominated animated features, and Fathom Events announced today that “Tokyo Godfathers,” the critically-acclaimed animated feature from director Satoshi Kon (“Perfect Blue,” “Paprika”), will return to theaters in a new 4K restoration this March. GKIDS previously re-released a remastered version of Satoshi Kon’s groundbreaking psychological thriller “Perfect Blue” in 2018 in partnership with Fathom Events. ASIFA-Hollywood recently announced that Kon would posthumously receive the Winsor McCay Award, the organization’s award for lifetime achievement in animation, at their upcoming 2020 Annie Awards ceremony, and a new stage play based on “Tokyo Godfathers” has just been announced by the New National Theatre, Tokyo, to be performed during the theater’s 2020-21 season.

Tokyo Godfathers

ARCANA 13: watch ‘Black Death’ nightmare on Cvlt Nation!

Italy’s horror cult rockers ARCANA 13 implant terror inside your brains with their highly aesthetic and anxiety-laden video for ‘Black Death’, their upcoming new 7″ EP coming out this January 17th on Aural Music.

“Their new video for “Black Death” perfectly captures the textures of this sonic tapestry; swirling, oozing, decaying visuals growing and replicating in perpetuity” (Cvlt Nation). ARCANA 13’s new video produces this strange and disturbing sensation of suffocating that goes so well with the song atmosphere. Cinematic masters of horror rock music are rolling out their whole sound expertise here, which is perfectly highlighted by the stunning work of the Chariot of Black Moth video team.

Watch the horror and fear of ARCANA 13’s “Black Death”

HE IS WE Signs with InVogue Records

He Is We have signed with Ohio based InVogue Records. Their brand new single will be out Feb 14th and is titled “Amazing Grace.” The new single will mark the first new music released since 2018.


As Billy Ocean celebrates his 70th birthday this month, today, it was announced he will release his first album of new material in 10 years – One World. The album will be released on April 17, 2020 with the title single, also called “One World” available today. The news follows his recent appointment to a MBE for his services to music at this year’s New Year’s Honours.


Transcendent, two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning rock band, Evanescence, has released the official music video for their first new rock recording in eight years, “The Chain (From Gears 5).” Directed by frequent collaborator, P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Green Day), the piece blends powerful, epic performance visuals with footage from the launch trailer for Xbox Game Studios’ Gears 5 from the massively popular Gears of War franchise.

Other Lives Return With New Album “For Their Love”

Other Lives, the Oklahoma-bred outfit fronted by Jesse Tabish, are returning with new album For Their Love, due out April 24 on ATO Records. The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s Rituals, For Their Love is a ten-track collection with a nod to the past while progressing positively towards the future.


Richard Dawson Shares Video For “Dead Dog in an Alleyway” | New Album ‘2020’ Out Now

After an outstanding 2019 for Richard Dawson, he now releases the video for “Dead Dog in an Alleyway”. The animated video comes directed by Ewan Jones Morris and reflects the powerful portrayal of homelessness conjured by Dawson’s evocative and startling lyrics. The track is taken from 2020, Dawson’s sixth solo record, released in October of last year.

CREMATORY Releases Single and Lyric Video “The Downfall”

Welcome to the panopticon of darkness: German gothic pioneers CREMATORY continue to perform the tightrope act in the somber void with their brand new first single, “The Downfall”, along with an artful black and white lyric video.

The first single introduces not just a new chapter, but prepares fans for their upcoming fifteenth album, Unbroken, to be released on March 6th via Napalm Records.

The Ah Shares New Track & Music Video For “The Factory Girl”

Today, The Ah—solo project of composer and musician Jeremy Gustin (Rubblebucket, Okkervil River, Delicate Steve, Marc Ribot, Albert Hammond Jr, etc)—shared the second single from his forthcoming sophomore full-length Mere Husk. Following the lead single “Watermelon Tears,” which caught the attention of PASTE (“displaying the happy energy of life”), The New York Times (“a burst of comic relief”) and others,”The Factory Girl” features Gustin’s friend, Yuan Liu, on vocals, who also stars in the track’s accompanying music video.


Still basking in the glow of her recent announcement as the winner of the 2020 BRITs Rising Star award, and having today been hailed the winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2020 poll, ascendant soul singer Celeste releases her new single “Stop This Flame” today via Interscope Records. The track is the British-Jamaican artist’s first taste of new music in what is set to be a very busy year, with the BRITs win landing her a prestigious performance at the upcoming ceremony on February 18th, as part of the live television broadcast. Following the BRIT Awards Celeste will head back out on tour with UK singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka in March ahead of her biggest UK and European headline shows to date the following month.

KaiL Baxley Announces Upcoming LP Beneath The Bones

Today, Singer-Songwriter KaiL Baxley has announced his upcoming LP, Beneath The Bones out March 6th via AntiFragile Music. The self-produced album was recorded at the late Elliot Smith’s New Monkey Studios and United Studios in Los Angeles, California.

Easy Life Release New Single and Video For ‘Dead Celebrities.’ Junk Food Mixtape Out This Friday

Ahead of their January 10 ‘Junk Food’ Mixtape release [Interscope Records], the hotly-tipped Leicester-based band Easy Life have dropped their brand new single and music video, ‘Dead Celebrities.’ Shot in Los Angeles, ‘Dead Celebrities’ is a playful, surreal but also deadly serious look into the world of 21st century fame, arriving just as Easy Life’s own star appears in the ascension. Relocating Leicester’s finest to the Sunshine State – alongside some familiar faces – Easy Life’s ability to handle big themes with a signature lightness of touch is taken to its greatest heights yet on latest project, ‘Junk Food’. Whether tackling the environment (‘Earth’), modern-day heroes and villains (the Trump-skewering ‘Nice Guys’ video) or emotional dependency (‘Sangria’), Easy Life have emerged the year’s most essential new band. And in front-man Murray, the world may have found its next unlikely pop star.