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blackbear Releases New Single “me n ur ghost”

On writing the song, blackbear said: “I wrote this song literally about a spirit of my ex that sits in my room in the late hours of 2-4 am! I tried getting rid of all the belongings I had of her but she still haunts me and all the venues I play at. Go share this song with 3 friends or blackbear’s ghost ex-girlfriend will show up late night and haunt you too!”

Watch the official trailer for The Band documentary ONCE WERE BROTHERS

Inspired by Robertson’s 2016 bestselling memoir Testimony, ONCE WERE BROTHERS: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND is a confessional, cautionary, and sometimes humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. The film blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen and Ronnie Hawkins, among others.

Watch the video for “Alien” from Taos’ Tan Cologne

The single comes off their upcoming debut album, Cave Vaults on the Moon in New Mexico, that’s out February 14th on Labrador Records! Watch the video and catch them on tour in California on select dates in February.

“…their hometown of Taos informs their dusty, sun-baked brand of dreampop with elements of ancient mysticism, alien visitors and desert topography.” Brooklyn Vegan

KRISTIAN HARTING: Title Track Of Third LP, The Fumes, Premiered Via Captured Howls

With his third solo album, The Fumes, about to see release, Danish multi-instrumentalist KRISTIAN HARTING offers the album’s somber title track. “The Fumes” makes its public debut through a premiere at Captured Howls as the album is prepared to hit the streets through his allies at Exile On Mainstream next week.

Listen To Stirring New Avant-Garde Folk From Kristian Harting Exclusively Here


“We tried, we tried.” tells the story of a relationship under strain and the acceptance that it has come to its natural demise. Told in this video through the breakdown of a frustrated marriage, we follow the couple through an unexpected evening of events in their otherwise mundane lives. With comic sentiment throughout, Ama takes on the role of both husband and wife as we watch their miscommunications play out as the couple become increasingly fed up with one another other. As their frustration builds, so does their sense of climaxed hysteria.

Super addictive rock music = Anything But Human “Where You Are”

ANYTHING BUT HUMAN is an American rock band that formed in early 2019 in Dallas, Texas. The origins of the band started in 2017 when singer-songwriter Ryan Avila began working on a solo studio project for fun. The studio project caught the attention of bassist Justin Potter who had previously performed in several other local Dallas bands with singer Ryan Avila. After listening to several songs from the album – the bassist became extremely excited with the material. Eventually the two musicians decided to put a live band together to book local shows and help promote the new album in a live atmosphere. In early 2018 the solo album ‘Ode to the Outcast’ debuted online, and was distributed to several local Dallas record stores.

UK stoner-blues trio RITUAL KING debut new single “Valleys”

Rising stoner blues trio RITUAL KING unveil a thrilling first track taken from their sophomore full-length ‘Ritual King’, coming February 21st on Ripple Music.

With an energetic style blending riff rock and heavy psych influences, the Manchester, UK three-piece has been compared to Fu Manchu for the greasy, hot-wheeling sound and Asteroid and Truckfighters for the blues-laden, fuzz-forward vibes.

PREMIERE: Valleys – Ritual King

Paul Haslinger shares “Undertow” video

We’re on an immersive and adventurous travelogue with the former member of the legendary Tangerine Dream and currently one half of the cross-generational Tangerine Dream alumni duo Neuland, Paul Haslinger – this is a man who knows how to build tension, hold moods, illustrate contempt, lies, passion and pleasure; He can create fear, loathing and love – he’s been unlocking the nuances of such emotions in a hugely successful career as a TV and film soundtrack composer.

Prolific Rockers Umphrey’s McGee Release New Single “Suxity”

Improv-rock group Umphrey’s McGee have always had an uncanny ability to melt down any genre of music, blend the molten styles, and hammer forge a new sound for each new song they write. While writing and recording their newest single, “Suxity,” the ingredients were—in guitarist and co-writer Jake Cinninger’s words—part Sly Stone, part Alice In Chains. Premiered yesterday via American Songwriter, “Suxity” was the first song Umphrey’s recorded during their sessions with producer Ryan Hewitt (The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers) at Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio.

Umphrey’s McGee Tap the ’90s, Funk Things Up on New Single “Suxity”

J. BROWN Releases New Single, “MOON”

Beyond the laidback, feel-good vibe of “Sunrise Sunset,” music listeners are set to discover J. BROWN’s silky-smooth, old school-reminiscent vocals amidst a refreshingly clean, straight-up R&B sound with touches of pop, hip-hop and rock. “The majority of the songs definitely fall into the straight-up R&B feel,” he says of his forthcoming debut. “Some things have a little pop influence, but the majority of it is straight R&B with that old-school feel.

Peter Bjorn and John Share Official Music Video for New Single “On The Brink” via Clash

Three Swedish musicians who have scaled supreme heights together, the group toast their 20th anniversary in 2020. New album ‘Endless Dream’ continues their current creative streak, and it’s set to land on March 13th. A full Stateside tour has been confirmed, and it’s all led by deft, infectious new single ‘On The Brink’.

Sydney songwriter Oly Sherman returns with new single ‘Madness’

Off the back of a booked and busy 2019, rising indie singer-songwriter Oly Sherman returns, ready to tackle another massive year of music and shows. In his new single ‘Madness’, the Sydney artist delivers another serving of evocative music, created to instantly wrap the listener up in its warmth. Along with the release of his latest track, Oly Sherman unveils an epic 30 date strong tour of Australia following his 11 date January tour of Japan. A busy, busy year indeed.


Virginia indie rock duo Illiterate Light has been named to NPR’s “Slingshot Artists to Watch,” with the outlet featuring them amongst just 12 other artists “sure to do big things in 2020.” NPR specifically highlighted the duo’s “energetic live shows,” during which the two play a full band’s worth of instruments. “This isn’t a gimmick,” KTBG The Bridge’s Jon Hart continued, “the music on the duo’s self-titled release holds up.” NPR previously highlighted the group in their “Best Songs of 2019 (So Far),” declaring “Carolina Lorelai” to be “an explosive mission statement from a band that’s here to stay.”

New Music This Week – Of Montreal, Mac Miller, Trail of Dead, and More

New Releases for January 17, 2020 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.