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NEWS: Colin Hay announces biggest solo tour to date

Singer-songwriter Colin Hay, beloved for his intimate, acoustic live shows, but most widely known for being the influential and celebrated Men at Work frontman, is hitting the road for an extended solo tour celebrating all of his albums, plus songs from a forthcoming mid 2020 release.

On these upcoming dates, Hay is offering fans the option of a VIP upgrade to include a meet and greet to benefit the New South Wales Rural Fire Service in Australia. Hay shares vivid personal recollections hereabout owning a special piece of land outside the village of Cobargo, NSW, where he wrote one of his biggest hits, “Who Can It Be Now?”

INSTRUMENTAL GEMS Spanish Funk & Groove 1973/1977

During the 70s, an important number of orchestras and dance bands popped up in our country but not many of them released their own songs or covers on vinyl, so we can’t say that our music library has bulky volumes, rather it’s just the opposite. You have to dig deep in the catalogue of obscure record labels to find some quality pieces, which we will usually attribute to Tinglado 13, Conjunto Nueva Onda, The Matches, Conjunto Don Pelegrin, Rafael Martínez, Carlos de Ros, Salgado y su Grupo, Mesié Bató, Pedro González, Jorge Enrique. Most orchestras played bossa nova, soul, some lounge and easy listening, and a usual mix of light music with wind section and keyboards, something like “spanish-soul” or “rythm’n’blues-pasodoble”. It was a time when the bands survived playing shows with a repertoire based, mostly, on Spanish popular songs and international hits.

FREYA RIDINGS Releases New Music Video for “Love Is Fire”

Fresh from a sensational 2019, Freya Ridings has already made a flying start to this year. She’s just been nominated for Female Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards, while her current single ‘Love Is Fire’ is currently simultaneously playlisted at both Radio 1 and Radio 2. She now releases an accompanying video for the track, as she looks to add to a career tally of 300 million album streams and 1.6 million single sales.

Sløtface share new track ‘Tap the pack’

Following the release of the contemplative ‘New year, new me’, Norway’s Sløtface today share their new single ‘Tap the pack’. The track is the latest to come from their upcoming second album, Sorry for the Late Reply, with the long-awaited LP, due for release on 31st January 2020 via Propeller Recordings. The album marks the first time the band have acted as co-producers, as they worked alongside Odd Martin Skålnes (Sigrid, Aurora) in creating their most accomplished body of work to date.

Brighton dreamers HANYA release ethereal offering ‘I’ll Do It Tomorrow’

“HANYA take elements of sugary dream-pop, ’70s psychedelia and hauntingly ethereal shoegaze, creating something that feels both classic and contemporary, and utterly unique to themselves” The Line Of Best Fit

“The band’s potent songwriting matches indie rock crunch to ethereal shoegaze…it seems like there’s real momentum behind HANYA right now” Clash

“A big pop punch” Gigwise

MelodyVR launches virtual reality Music Discovery Month feat. Ashnikko and more

MelodyVR is proud to introduce four of the most exciting new artists as part of its inaugural Open/R Music Discovery Month. Launching today, January 16, with L Devine, JC Stewart, Ashnikko and Hamzaa, Music Discovery Month will showcase the sounds of the future, presented in the medium of the future.


Today, the Avant Garden ( Emotional Oranges, Chiiild, THEY.) signee makes his first move in what is set to be a standout 2020 with Perfect. A sky reaching alt-pop track showcasing iamnotshane’s unique brand of tongue in cheek pop, the track serves as yet more evidence that iamnotshane is one to watch this year. Speaking on the release, he states

Lost Words Announce “Hopeless Leftover” Release Date And Unleash “Every Day I Fall Apart”

Lost Words are proud to announce that their debut acoustic album “Hopeless Leftover” will be out on 24/01/2020 via Epictronic.

Lost Words is the acoustic project of Ricky from Fankaz and Joao Xavier from Out in Style.

Band statement – “Hopeless Leftover is a very personal and emotional album which shows how a relationship can affect a person’s life after its breakup.”

Norman Shares “The World And You” Acoustic Video

Portland indie rock outfit, Norman, is back with a brand new acoustic video performance of their song, “The World and You.” It’s the latest from their recently released LP, Buzz and Fade.

“Life is constantly moving, and ‘The World and You’ explores the theme that love changes, that it isn’t always easy to explain how we feel; from the memories of first falling for some to fading out of existence with what once was. ‘The World and You’ comes off as a sentimentally honest reflection while accepting the future in a world that keeps on moving.” – Eric Nordby of Norman

OUT NOW – Otto Kinzel “I Bleed For You”

Otto Kinzel, guitarist for NH based Stoner/Doom Rock band Dust Prophet, is proud to announce the first single from his upcoming 2020 solo album titled I Bleed For You. The music video for the song is being hosted exclusively on The Ripple Effect.


Stone Temple Pilots have released the official video for “Fare Thee Well,” the debut single from their forthcoming, first-ever acoustic album, PERDIDA.

Directed by P.R. Brown (My Chemical Romance, John Mayer, Prince), the hauntingly beautiful live performance video perfectly captures the essence of the song.

Hear Swamp Dogg’s John Prine Duet “Memories”

“For ‘Sorry You Couldn’t Make It,’ the countrified follow-up to his 2018 comeback ‘Love, Loss and AutoTune,’ the cult singer headed to Nashville, teamed up with John Prine for a few tunes, and delivered a straight-forward country-soul collection of off-kilter torch songs.” – Rolling Stone’s ’70 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020′

Jess Knights – “Leave Me for the Last Time”

“To say the story behind my new single is untrue would be a lie. “Leave Me for the Last Time” is about facing a crossroads in a long-distance relationship. Do you stay or do you go? It is taken from my debut full-length album, Best Kind of Light, due May 20th.”

Lauv Drops New Single & Video “Tattoos Together”

PLATINUM-certified independent singer, songwriter, producer, and pop visionary Lauv drops new single “Tattoos Together” today. In conjunction, he also released the music video that was all filmed in one shot, directed by Declan Whitebloom (Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, One Direction).“Tattoos Together” is the latest release off the artist’s 21-track debut album, ~how i’m feeling~, set for release on March 6, 2020.

Canadian DJ/Multi-Genre Artist JHNN Reveals New Single And Video, “My Strange Addiction”

“The main video was made in my friends house and all I did was take old Instagram stories I had from last year. The music video for the remix is just pictures of the cats filmed and edited by me and they are just visual.

“My Strange Addiction,” the song was made because I got tired of making house music and wanted to make something more darker and I just got heavily into industrial music.” – JHNN