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Monuments Release Track and New Video For “Animus”

Before MONUMENTS embark on their extensive Spring tour, the band announce the release of their track and video for “Animus”. It is the first song and video featuring

Andy Cizek on vocals and a reintroduction of drummer Mike Malyan as full-time members. Check out the music video for “Animus” here:

Clem Snide Announce First Studio Album In 5 Years ‘Forever Just Beyond’ Produced by Scott Avett

Clem Snide will release their new album Forever Just Beyond on March 27 via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers. Produced by Scott Avett, Eef Barzelay’s stunning new album under the Clem Snide moniker may just be the most miraculous of them all.

Piero Pirupa launches ‘Braindead’ (Heroin Kills)

Italian DJ and producer Piero Pirupa kicks off 2020 with dance floor-destroying single ‘Braindead’ (Heroin Kills), out now via REALM/Island Records.


Funeral follows the massive success of Lil Wayne’s long-awaited, RIAA-certified platinum album, Tha Carter V, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 with the second-largest streaming week for an album of all time. Hailed by critics and fans alike, Variety said, the album has “the crunch of the Southern trap and ropey rap-rock sounds that Wayne pretty much started in the first place.” Pitchfork noted, “The long-delayed album captures Wayne how we want to remember him: openhearted, word-drunk, and exhilarated by the possibilities of his own versatility.”

Amsterdam duo City Park release single ‘Who Am I’ alongside new EP ‘Balance/Contrast’

City Park talk summer fever and infatuation on ‘Who Am I’. Following the tracks ‘Getaway’ and ‘Remedy’, it’s the final single off their sophomore EP ‘Balance / Contrast’ that tells stories of love, nights and dating in the city.

Although the duo Sjaak and Saux formed City Park less than two years ago, they have been long-time friends, playing together in their high school’s big band. Since then support for the duo has been building, as they rack up impressive streams on their debut EP and recent singles.

Brooklyn’s Kodacrome share dynamic & lush single and video for “Play Dead”

“‘Play Dead’ [is] a dynamic and lush soundscape that contains Explosions in the Sky buildups with shoegaze textures with post-rock nods. Kodacrome are enablers of mood-setting in the most devious ways, with classic creeping piano and enough hush to keep listeners expecting the unexpected.” – Glide Magazine

SONG/VIDEO PREMIERE: Kodacrome Create Ambient Splendor On “Play Dead”

IVAN & ALYOSHA Announce ‘Labor On’ EP + Spring Tour

The band says of the track, “The song draws from an age old parallel, that of one’s own spiritual journey and laboring in a field. It raises the question, ‘Will we find rest in this life?’ At our lowest, we many times doubt who we are, what we are doing and where we are headed. But at our best, with hope and purpose beyond ourselves, we labor on, together, knowing that good things are hard, and that true rest lies somewhere beyond this life.”


Internationally-acclaimed duo Galantis have shared a 6-track remix collection for their explosive collaborative single “Faith” with country music icon Dolly Parton and Dutch singer-songwriter Mr. Probz. The package, featuring dynamic reworks from MOTi & Terry McLove, Jewelz & Sparks, John Dahlbäck, JØRD and more, is available now via Big Beat Records.

Punks VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE Release Album Number “Five”

As winter barrels into the deep freeze, punk upstarts VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE (VOC) are detonating their fifth album, FIVE (Out TODAY via Financial Records), which will have you kicking ass and taking life by the horns (brass or otherwise). FIVE is an album for the working class people of the world, their struggles, drive, subversion, life, death, and the right to party.

Port Juvee share the supercharged new single + video “Motion Control”

Calgary based post-punk band Port Juvee follows up the release of new single “Hope to Lose” with the title track from their forthcoming full-length. The track is “Motion Control” and it’s a supercharged rocker accompanied by a lo-fi video that features trippy retro-futuristic visuals. We’ve partnered with Wonderland Magazine to bring you the exclusive premiere. Port Juvee’s forthcoming record MOTION CONTROL out February 28th via Canadian DIY-label Garment District Records.

Premiere: Port Juvee – “Motion Control”


Prior to the February 14th release of Paramount Pictures’ upcoming major motion picture, Sonic The Hedgehog, hip-hop superstars Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty and Sueco the Child have teamed up for a new single titled, “Speed Me Up.”

Sam Fischer Releases The Music Video For His Viral Hit “This City”

When Sam Fischer started to lose all faith in ‘This City’ becoming the hit it was destined for, the rest of the world told him to never give up. Now, the soulful smash stands at over 40 million streams on Spotify and 20 million on Apple. If you’ve used Tik Tok this year then you almost certainly know how widely the track has been loved by its users and has become a viral sensation with its delicate guitar plucking melody and Sam’s incredible raw vocals.

Nathaniel Rateliff unveils Danny Clinch-directed video for new track “What A Drag”

The acclaimed director and photographer comments, “I was excited to work on this tune the moment I heard its moody cinematic opening. I felt we could make a strange little film that would allow the viewer to make their own interpretation of what the song and video means to them.”

New single by Sultans of String – El Bint El Shalabeya

This very fresh arrangement of an ancient traditional Lebanese song is also a musical tribute to Dick Dale who passed away in March, 2019. Dale was known as “The King of the Surf Guitar” who drew on Middle Eastern music scales in his arrangements (his father was of Lebanese descent). Sultans of String fleshed out this arrangement with the incredible string playing of Gündem Yayli Grubu, a Turkish Roma string group in Istanbul. They also brought in Syrian refugee Majd Sekkar, Algerian mandole player Fethi Nadjem, and Greek oud player Demetrios Petsalakis, who all now find their home in Canada.

Nadia Vaeh Releases Poignant and Personal Alt-Pop Single “Boomerang”

“When trapped in this relationship, I was broken,” explains Nadia Vaeh. “This song is about being stuck in a cycle of negative thoughts and behaviors.” The title is a metaphor for how the abused partner in a relationship can feel compelled to keep coming back despite their better judgment. The second verse, however, suggests a turning point, “Can’t keep this circle alive — still dizzy from the last try; time to live with no fear.” Vaeh, who was able to move away from the relationship and change her life for the better, wants to inspire others to do the same.