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LA Priest Announces New Album ‘GENE’ + Shares Track “What Moves”

Emerging from an all-too-long nomadic hibernation, LA Priest has returned with news of GENE, his forthcoming sophomore album, due for release on April 24, 2020. Along with the news of GENE, LA Priest has shared the first track from the album, “What Moves”, which arrives with a video directed by LA Priest himself.

Samantha Crain debuts “An Echo” video via Billboard

Billboard calls the video”a powerful and intimate portrayal,” going on to say “Crain makes it clear that this new phase is all about putting her truest self forward.”Crain’s new album, A Small Death, is out May 1 via Real Kind Records/Communion Records and Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers.

“An Echo’ was the song that got me to a point where I wanted to see where this album was going to take me,” Crain says of the track, “…I was in the throes of this heightened mental and emotional stress… [it] touches on issues within my family, which was kind of falling apart at that time; my health declining; my personal life being in shambles.”

Watch: Mechanimal – “Stolen Flesh”

Greece’s “synth punk” act Mechanimal (Giannis Papaioanou, Freddie Faulkenberry) unveil the first taste from their forthcoming album, Crux. “Stolen Flesh” arrives with an emotional clip shot and directed by Christos Karalias.

“Stolen Flesh” follows the single “Holy Punk” which was a teaser for what’s to come. Mechanimal’s 4th album is out January 27 via Inner Ear.

Paper Route EMPIRE’s Jay Fizzle Ages Gracefully With Young Dolph in the “Don’t Stop” Video

Buoyed by his outrageous confidence and steamrolling flow, Jay Fizzle is the next star to arise from the Paper Route EMPIRE roster. Declaring his intention to grind ’til he dies, Fizzle shares “Don’t Stop,” his new music video. A titanic trap stomper in the Tennessee tradition, “Don’t Stop” benefits from a dialed-in appearance from PRE head honcho Young Dolph, whose controlled poise balances out Jay Fizzle’s livewire aggression. In the video, Fizzle and Dolph apply old-age make-up to tear up a nursing home, deftly illustrating how the PRE team won’t change even as the years go by. Directed by Jordan Spencer, the new video displays the sharp sense of humor and outlandish flexes common to all PRE videos, and proves that Fizzle has the personality and charisma to make a leap to stardom.

Semisonic Break Down “Closing Time” on Song Exploder

Today, the Grammy-winning songwriter and Semisonic frontman Dan Wilson was featured on the hit podcast Song Exploder, where he broke down their Grammy-nominated (Best Rock Song, 1999) #1 hit single “Closing Time.”

Episode 176: Semisonic

CREEPING DEATH: Texas Death Metal Unit Confirms North American Tour With The Acacia Strain

Texas death metal giants CREEPING DEATH will join The Acacia Strain next month for a North American tour. The journey commences February 28th with CREEPING DEATH crumbling stages through March 11th. The band will rejoin the tour on March 20th and remain through its conclusion April 5th. Additional support will be provided by Rotting Out, Chamber, and Fuming Mouth. The trek follows the band’s upcoming mini tour with Sanguisugabogg which begins this Thursday February 16th and runs through El Paso, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Colorado Springs, and Lubbock.

The BPM Festival: Costa Rica Live Streaming on Beatport Live and Ibiza Sonica Radio

Returning to its January roots, The BPM Festival: Costa Rica kicks off this week from January 15-19, 2020 in the coastal surf town of Tamarindo. Featuring over 140 artists across five days and nights, the perennial powerhouse festival returns with label showcases and party brands including Kaluki, Luciano & Friends, Mindshake vs. MOOD, SCI+TEC, Serán Bendecidos, and more. Partnering with Beatport and Ibiza Sonica Radio for live streaming from day and night events, underground dance music lovers from around the world will be able to watch video streams online on The BPM Festival and Beatport’s Facebook Live and YouTube, with audio streams at IbizaSonica.com.

Perth indie gems DULCIE announce March Australian tour!

Dulcie are continuing to build off what proved to be a booked and busy 2019, announcing a brand new batch of Australian tour dates, kicking off this March! The Perth four piece, who quickly took to the Australian indie music scene with irresistible melodies, harmonies and charm, will be hitting venues right around the country, giving fans a taste of what we can be expecting from them in 2020.

Duley Trucc – “10 Raccs”

Duley Trucc, originally born Tevin Speights, is a hip hop rapper from Conway, SC. He gained major popularity after releasing a number of singles and projects and continues to grab the attention of label executives even today. With awards under his belt from his hometown of South Carolina to even getting in the rooms with label executives, Duley Trucc is prepared to take his single “100 Racks” on a promotional tour in addition to prepping for his eight-track EP titled 83 Days set to release in the next few months.

Corey Glover of Living Colour and Bowie Experience Project Disciples of Verity New Single “Lying to Myself”

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.

Son Little premieres new single “neve give up” at Billboard

Son Little, the moniker of Los Angeles-based musician Aaron Earl Livingston, will release his new album, aloha, on January 31st via ANTI-. On January 14th, he premiered the video for new single, “neve give up,” via Billboard. Following previously released singles “hey rose,” “suffer,” and “mahalia,” “neve give up” is a gorgeous track about perseverance. “Hallelujah,” Little sings, “though I’m battered and blue / feel like I’m born to lose…Never will I give up.” It is a potent reminder that letting go doesn’t mean giving in; it can be an act of defiance, of growth, of empowerment. The accompanying animated video was created by Piotr Kabat, which Billboard described as, “an animated clip of a man walking through a desert before arriving at a gilded metropolis destination — symbolizing his grandfather’s story”.