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Bad Wolves release “Sober” video

The release of “Sober,” defined the direction of not just the band as a whole, but of vocalist Tommy Vext himself. The song’s powerful, somber melodic undertones set the stage for Vext’s story of ruinous romantic and family relationships, steeped in addiction and self-desecration, that finds recovery possible for those who can stay the course. “This song was a unique opportunity to talk about addiction not only from the perspective of the addict but also from the perspective of their loved ones,” says Vext. “The message is very different from traditional songs that seem to always perpetuate a mentality of self victimization which is exactly the kind of misguided thinking that perpetuates the mental obsessive side of alcoholism & addiction.


To celebrate the release of their acclaimed new album, Everyday Life, Coldplay have announced a special, intimate show at the Hollywood Palladium on Monday, January 20.

The MLK Day concert will support Reform LA Jails, which campaigns for prison reform and advocates alternatives to incarceration.

The event will also feature performances by Compton hip hop artist Boogie and upcoming rapper Bobby Gonz. The guest speakers will be Patrisse Cullors, founder of Reform LA Jails and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, and actress America Ferrera, co-founder of Harness, which activates artists and activists to advance social justice.

Dallas’ CLIFFFS Drop New Single “Into The Salt”

The idea of “perfection” has ruined music. Perfectly triggered drum sounds are lined up with grids on screens. Auto-tuned vocals travel through the perfect chain of plug-in compression and limiting and brightening and whitening. Perfect planks of digital bass tone are flown from section to section and the bridge hits at the moment deemed optimal by the algorithm. The album cover is photoshopped into the perfect marketing tool as dictated by expert analysis of research and data. The finished recording is subjected to maximum-volume mastering in an effort to win the volume wars. The band and cover photo get photoshopped into such bland perfection that no observer will ever feel compelled to stare for hours into its depth looking for stories. There are no stories to be found in there. The finished product is just that, a product, one from which all the humanity has been drained and replaced with a black hole of perfect nothingness and just kill me already.

Tamba Hali Releases New Video For “Pay Day” Today

Liberian-born recording artist and former Kansas City Linebacker, Tamba Hali, released the official video for the latest Relumae Records single “Payday” featuring and produced by Masterkraft. On “Pay Day,” Tamba’s rapping is assisted by Masterkraft’s singing and trap influenced production. Shot in Liberia, by liberian director Sesan, the video finds the two vibing together along the Liberian countryside. Premiered via LADYGUNN, “Pay Day” is the third single from Tamba’s upcoming project LIBERIA, a compilation featuring entirely Liberian artists, released via Relumae Records.

Jake Isaac releases new single ‘New York’ ahead of EP release

‘New York’ is the first single to be released from Jake Isaac’s forthcoming EP, and is another example of his undisputed raw talent. His ability to draw from classic soul influences, creating something modern, fresh and emotive. A stunning soulful pop track that reinforces why Jake stands apart from his peers.

Watch Bedroom’s new “Gulf” video via EARMILK

Regarding the single/video, Noah stated: “This song is sort of a reflection on the last year, nearing the end of 2019, I was questioning a few things. The video was done by a good friend of mine, Parker, he had this super 8 camera and we thought it’d be cool for him to shoot random stuff at an anime convention up in NYC.”

Los Angeles’ Christopher Sky infuses warm synths & rhythms into outward-looking ambient LP ‘What It Is, It Isn’t out 3/13

For Los Angeles-based ambient electronic artist Christopher Sky, the upcoming What It Is, It Isn’t album turned out much different from what he initially set out to do with his solo music endeavor. Performing was capturing beautiful emotions in his music, but it wasn’t enough. Growing up in house where his parents played music every morning — specifically, soundtracking his mornings getting ready for school with Kraftwerk, Echo and the Bunnymen, Prefab Sprout and Depeche Mode — it was difficult to leave out aspects of his life that he thought would better inform his artistic point of view.

Axel Flóvent Makes US Live Debut

After a string of successful singles and EPs, rising Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent makes his US live debut opening for Radical Face, Ben Cooper’s musical project. The tour that begins on January 21 in Phoenix and ends on March 15 in Atlanta, includes two dates at LA’s famed venue The Troubadour.


Don Cuba sigue escalando en la industria de la musica con sus temas movidos y divertidos. Su primer tema “Dándole Duro” fue un éxito radial y también en las discotecas de muchas ciudades de los estados unidos. Ahora, Don Cuba nos entrega su segundo sencillo musical y video titulado “Fiesta”. “Fiesta” se trata de eso mismo, de gozar, bailar y pasarla bien, de olvidarse de preocupaciones y vivir la vida.


Dualtone Records is excited to announce that The Lone Bellow’s indelible first single “Count On Me” has hit #1 on the Americana radio charts with spins on over 70 Triple A and Americana stations across the country. “Count On Me,” is a song that reminds us all with soul-shouting intensity that it’s safe and important to lean on one another for survival.

Singer/songwriter Zach Williams says: “After singing ‘Count On Me’ together in the studio we walked outside and couldn’t help but think about the sense of camaraderie and kindness that seems to happen at our shows. Like strangers becoming neighbors wrapping their arms ‘round each others necks and saying ‘I got ya.’”

J-POP Icons Perfume Reveal Exciting New Line For Their “Perfume Closet”!

2019 was a whirlwind for Perfume, they were the first J-POP group to perform at Coachella, they sold out their Perfume WORLD TOUR 4TH “Future Pop” and released their brand new best album Perfume The Best “P Cubed”. Now it’s time to look forward into 2020, and to kick off the New Year, the trio are thrilled to reveal the much anticipated additions to their acclaimed fashion project, “Perfume Closet.”

For Skope: Marcus Santoro’s trance-inspired “Blackout” ft. Lauren L’aimant. Out now on Protocol Rec.

Marcus Santoro refreshes the melodic trance sound for Protocol Recordings with his new single “Blackout” ft. Lauren L’aimant. Santoro artistically leverages influences from progressive house, big room, and trance genres, which delivers gracefully undulating melodies, an uptempo BPM, and ethereal vocals. “Blackout” evokes the feeling of flying or floating, much like the trance tracks we grew to know and love in the early 2000s. This is Santoro’s second release on Nicky Romero’s imprint, following his debut “Shine” last year in collaboration with Sentinel. He’s already proven to be a talented and dynamic artist in the progressive sphere and beyond, so we can’t wait to see what Marcus Santoro has up his sleeve in 2020.

BLEED THE SKY Release Official Music Video For Single “Serpent”

“Serpent” is exactly what fans have been waiting for since the band’s 10 year absence from the music scene. The video for “Serpent” is a dark and gritty reflection of the band’s new sound and harbors a new brutality that will contend with all new metal genres. “Serpent” is sure to turn some metal heads and offers fans, both old and new alike, a refreshing new sound familiar to the band’s roots.

MATT HECKLER: Appalachian Folk Soloist Begins Winter US Tour This Week

Following a rigorous 2019 touring schedule, Carolina Appalachian folk soloist MATT HECKLER embarks on his first tour of the year this week. MATT HECKLER continues to tour in support of his latest LP, After The Flood, which saw release last year through Anti-Corporate Music in conjunction with tour dates supporting labelmates Lost Dog Street Band.


Starlit Afternoon showcases the Los Angeles-based Canadian troubadour’s eloquent songcraft, emotional lyricism, and deft instrumentation. These twelve tracks trace a personal journey from the guitar-swept love-drunk sway of “Starlit Afternoon” all the way through the soulful closer “Good Love.” The most recent single “Break Every Rule” clocked over 1 million total streams thus far. Garnering acclaim, PopMatters referred to it as “impassioned and raw.”

Mura Masa shares “Live Like We’re Dancing” featuring Georgia

R.Y.C. is Mura Masa’s much-anticipated second album and features further collaborations with Clairo, slowthai, Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice, Tirzah and more. Sonically, the album pulls from Mura Masa’s adolescent loves—punk and post-punk, new wave and no wave—alongside the decade- and genre-spanning rave texture he’s employed throughout this career.


Moneybagg Yo releases music video for track “U Played” with Lil Baby. The track, which released on January 3, 2020 reached number 2 on YouTube trending within the first few hours of its initial release. “U Played” was the first single off Bagg’s highly-anticipated project ‘Time Served’ which includes features with Future, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, and more.

SYDNEY FATE announce new album Silicon Nitride out April 3

Silicon Nitride contains eight emotionally present alternative-metal anthems, that will expand your consciousness in ways you’ve never heard before! Highlights on the album include “Sound Alive”, a positive song about overcoming obstacles in life, “Oceans” which tackles how your surroundings have a big impact on the way you see the world, and “TACENDA” which is about the inner conflicts of the mind.

VAISSEAU: synth doom duo unveil first single off debut LP “Horrors Waiting In Line”

Brittany-based synth doom unit VAISSEAU unveil the artwork and details for their debut album ‘Horrors Waiting In Line’, coming this March 13th on Totem Cat Records. They premiere hypnotic first track “Force Macabre: From Deep Space, Down to the Styx” exclusively via Cvlt Nation.

Space rock meets synth doom in VAISSEAU “Force Macabre: From Deep Space, Down to the Styx”

Trout Steak Revival announce new studio album

Trout Steak Revival have announced their fifth studio album The Light We Bring, due out Jan 31. The band will kick off their record release tour on Feb 2 in Aspen. All up to date news can be found at troutsteak.com.

Passionate. Handcrafted. Self-Reliant. These three words comprised the foundation of Trout Steak Revival’s mission to create and release The Light We Bring. Ever celebrated by fans for wearing their hearts on their sleeves through song, the band members dig deeper into their own humanity, delivering moving lyrics and echoing themes of love, death, home, and change. Throughout the album, the emotive songwriting finds balance and harmony in the band’s energetic and melodic instrumental arrangements.

True Body share anthemic goth-pop single “Spirit City”

True Body are a band based out of Richmond, Virginia who formed in 2015. Their sound is a distillation of the eclectic community they call family – denizens of the hardcore and punk spheres, powerful trans thinkers and magicians, soldiers of techno and other various dance musik disciplines.