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NEWS: The Claudettes probe both personal and national moods in new album ‘High Times in the Dark’

Johnny Iguana’s piano is still at the center of The Claudettes’ rockin’ roots music, but the sublime singing of Berit Ulseth steals the spotlight on the band’s fifth release, High Times in the Dark, due April 3 from Forty Below Records. Produced by Grammy winner Ted Hutt (Violent Femmes, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Devil Makes Three, Lucero), this richly atmospheric album conjures images of Julie London and Allen Toussaint fronting a ’60s hot-rod band. It’s a 13-song smorgasbord of vintage yet vital sounds the band calls “garage cabaret.”

Introducing The Lazy Eyes | Debut single “Cheesy Love Song” out now

A patient, slowly unspooling track built around languid piano, echoing guitar lines and vintage soaked vocal melodies and harmonies, “Cheesy Love Song” is content to take its time introducing the band, letting its tonal and textural choices lazily mutate from flourishes of soft strings and warm synthesizers into heavy-handed drumming and wild guitar sirens. Bringing a meld of pedal-effected psychedelia and 60’s pop-inspired chord progressions, they evoke the tenderness of The Flaming Lips and the pocket symphonies of Brian Wilson.

NoMBe recruits Klingande for colourful remix of “Paint California” | Out Now

Electro-pop R&B artist NoMBe has enlisted multi-platinum selling DJ/producer Klingande for the remix of his latest single “Paint California”, out now.

Utilizing his signature blend of upbeat production and mesmerizing melodies, Klingande delivers a refreshing rework of NoMBe’s ode to the West Coast. As NoMBe draws in listeners with his dream-like vocals, Klingande transforms the original into a groovy dance track filled with mid-tempo drums, momentous drops, and an infectious hook.


Jacques Marie Mage (JMM), in conjunction with UMe, is proud to present “White Light,” limited edition eyewear named after The Velvet Underground’s second album, White Light/White Heat, and directly inspired by those actually worn by founding band member, John Cale.

The glasses are the first in a series of spectacles that seek to capture the counter-cultural cool of one of the most influential bands ever. As Brian Eno once famously claimed, although the band sold only 30,000 records in the first five years of its short tenure, “Everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”

Billy Raffoul Releases New Song “It’s A Beautiful Life” Today

Says Raffoul of the track, “It’s A Beautiful Life is a song I wrote for my cousin David Raffoul a few years back. It’s about the loss and celebration of life.”

Tony Allen + Hugh Masekela team up for new album “Rejoice,” out 3/20

The single finds Allen, in addition to his unique drumming style, contributing a hushed but celebratory, semi-spoken commentary. “The song is dedicated to today’s youth,” explains Tony, “the lyric addresses people at seventeen, eighteen, nineteen years old, who are slowly becoming more mature, finding out who they are and realizing that it’s their generation’s turn to wake up!”

The Deadnotes Tackle Mental Health On New Single/Music Video “Never Perfect”

The latest single ‘Never Perfect’, released today, is a candid and revealing song in which mental health plays a key theme. The single marks the beginning of a charitable partnership with two organizations offering help to people affected by mental health issues, especially those in the music and arts industries through Help Musicians / Music Minds Matter and Ni9ht-
H3lps-Mental Health Support from Germany.

The Slow Readers Club announce new album ‘The Joy Of The Return’

Opening to an energetic blend of driving drums and infectious guitar lines, the track builds through evocative verses and anthemic choruses, imbued with their idiosyncratic brand of insightful and confronting lyricism and set against relentlessly danceable and energy-provoking instrumentation, and premiered with Chris Hawkins on BBC 6Music. “‘All I Hear’ is about a lack of agency and an inability to affect change. That there’s something happening, and you have no choice but to go along with it,” explains singer Aaron Starkie.

Introducing Afonso with meditative soul and jazz single ‘Golden Hour’

‘Golden Hour’ is the debut single of Afonso. It explores the conflict between the various sides of the singer’s personality. Afonso finds himself contrasting his younger and older self and how he wishes to go back to his simpler, young life. To the singer, the golden hour represents the time in a day, where all sides in his personality combine into one harmonised and centred being. This is shown through a soothing, lullaby-like sound that guides the listener through this journey, colliding into the warmest chorus. The song builds in several dimensions through angelic guitar lines and silky vocals. ‘Golden Hour’ encourages a colourful visual interpretation, drawing the listener into the singer’s dreamy world.


One of the most original sounding rock bands of the ’80s, Art in America, is back with a powerful new album ‘Cloudborn.’

This long-awaited follow-up to their acclaimed debut, ‘Art in America,’ can now be purchased as a collector’s edition digipak via the following link.

Marion Belle – ‘Soundcheck (single)’

Since 2013, Marion Belle has been a cult crooner whose new wave anthems are known for their blend of lushness and swagger. Through dream pop outfit Fatal Jamz he has fashioned a sound at once as heavenly and as thugged out as the LA streets he can’t escape. He was asked to open Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time” Tour across the US when Smith Westerns lead singer Cullen Omori heard the underground single “Rookie.” After the 2016 release of “Coverboy,” an LP I-d called “a glam-rock Romeo & Juliet,” Belle starred in the video for Weyes Blood’s lead single “7 Words,” which was followed by a tour. A frequent collaborator, Belle has produced 2 tracks with Sean Bowie of Yves Tumor, and most recently released a 5 song ep in conjunction with the late Test Icicles founder Sam Mehran, which Pitchfork premiered last year.


While strong piano chords ring out, the MC slips from intimate verses into a soaring and swooning hook as he serenades his gorgeous significant other in the clip. The video illuminates another side of this multi-faceted talent with a sexy narrative primed to immediately turn heads. Don’t miss it!

2020 She Rocks Awards Honors Outstanding Women

–The eighth annual She Rocks Awards rocked the House of Blues Anaheim on January 17, 2020. Hosted by the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), the gala celebration featured a star-studded array of honorees that included Gloria Gaynor, Lzzy Hale, Linda Perry, Suzi Quatro, Beatie Wolfe and many other women from all corners of the music and audio industry.

The evening included inspiring live sets by the honorees, including Linda Perry, who gave an intimate, piano-based performance of “Not My Plan.” She then delivered a hauntingly beautiful acoustic guitar version of the hit she had written for Christina Aguilera, “Beautiful.”

Lux Lyall reveals brand new single ‘Mad With The Moon’

The fiercely glamorous artist Lux Lyall has shared her mesmerising fourth single ‘Mad With The Moon’. The brand new track premiered with Clash Magazine who called it “soulful”,”poetic” and “vivacious” and will feature on her debut album VAMP, which is set for release on April 24th.

SHEAFS share new single “Total Vanity”

Today, Sheffield’s SHEAFS have announced the release of their debut EP “Vox Pop”, due out March 6th on Blood Records (Dream Wife, The Blinders, The Amazons etc.).

The band have shared a blistering new single from it, “Total Vanity”, which they describe as being, “predominantly about our fascination and consumption in relation to self-image, and acknowledging the strain of that.”

KIRK BRANDON – Confirms 2020 ‘aKoustiK’ tour with Sam Sansbury

Fri 31st January NEWCASTLE -U- LYME The Rigger
Sat 1st February STOCKTON -ON- TEES The Green Room
Sun 2nd February SALFORD The Eagle Inn
Thur 6th February YORK Fulford Arms
Fri 7th February DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette
Sat 8th February LONDON The Continental Club
Sun 9th February NOTTINGHAM Foremans
Mon 10th February MANCHESTER The Castle
Wed 12th February DURHAM Old Cinema Launderette
Thur 13th February LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
Fri 14th February EDINBURGH Voodoo Rooms
Sat 15th February LEICESTER Duffy’s Bar
Sun 16th February BRIGHTON Prince Albert

The Heliocentrics – Burning Wooden Ship (Madlib Invazion single)

London-based The Heliocentrics have long stirred a bewitching brew of funk, jazz, psych and library influences. Labelled by Pitchfork as “a live-band culmination of every obsessive hip-hop-era producer’s drive to fall deeper into a rabbit hole of the previously unheard”, the band’s far-reaching influence meant a natural knock-on in being cited by hip-hop royalty: namely, featuring on DJ Shadow’s ‘Skullfuckery’, from 2006’s ‘The Outsider’ LP, and being sampled by Nas and Kanye West on the track ‘Everything’, featured on 2018’s ‘Nasir’ album.

Rocklahoma 2020

Rocklahoma is set to take place on Friday, May 22, Saturday, May 23, and Sunday, May 24 at Pryor Creek Music Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside of Tulsa. Now in its 14th year, the three-day camping festival features some of today’s top rock artists, including Slipknot, Five Finger Death Punch, Staind, Papa Roach, Halestorm, Anthrax, I Prevail, Alter Bridge, and many more.

Produced by AEG Presents, Rocklahoma is America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party and showcases the best new rock acts and classic artists performing on three stages. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.”

SOUL ASYLUM – Unveil new single ‘If I Told You’ taken from upcoming new album ‘Hurry Up & Wait’

Fresh off their hometown show at First Ave in Minneapolis, SOUL ASYLUM now unveil “If I Told You” the focus single off their upcoming album “Hurry Up & Wait” due 17/4/20. The release follows their 2020 tour onsale, the pre-order of Dave Pirner’s new lyric book “Loud, Fast, Words”, and their new song “Dead Letter”. 200m combined streams across all platforms.

SOUL ASYLUM – Unveil new single ‘If I Told You’ from upcoming new album ‘Hurry Up & Wait’

David Starr Teams Up With John Oates and Jim Lauderdale for New Video “Road to Jubilee”

Beauty & Ruin is inspired by Of What Was, Nothing Is Left, a novel written by David’s grandfather, in 1972. The final book Fred Starr published before his death, Of What Was, Nothing Is Left is a story of tragedy, family dysfunction, and denial set in rural southwest Arkansas. Along with Beauty & Ruin’s release, David has republished an updated version of the novel, with an additional forward and afterword.

15-year old rapper Street Bud shares “What’s The Move” video

Street Bud has shared the music video for his latest song “What’s The Move”, out now on Huncho Records. At age 13 Street Bud got his break by winning hit Season 4 of ‘The Rap Game’ with Jermaine Dupri and drew the attention of Migos superstar Quavo. Quavo took the young rapper under his wing and signed him in early 2019, and later that year Street Bud appeared on Quality Control’s Control The Streets Volume 2.

Dave Matthews Band Announces 2020 North American Summer Tour

Today, Dave Matthews Band announced dates for its 2020 North American summer tour, which will launch with a two-night stand on June 16th in Uncasville, CT at Mohegan Sun Arena. The headline run will also include two-night stands in Noblesville, IN, Chicago, IL, Saratoga Springs, NY, Gilford, NH, West Palm Beach, FL, Irvine, CA and Durant, OK.

Returning to the Gorge Amphitheatre for its traditional three-night Labor Day run, the band will be joined over the weekend by support artists Mavis Staples, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Allen Stone, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and Dumpstafunk.