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RUIN LUST: Bestial New York City Metal Outfit To Release Choir Of Babel LP Via 20 Buck Spin In March

New York City’s RUIN LUST has spent the better part of the last decade spreading a drape of black violence across the dank basement corners of the deepest underground. Though temporarily dormant after their debut, the band returned with new music in 2019 with their Sacrifice album. And now, in 2020, the third RUIN LUST atrocity Choir Of Babel marks the band’s 20 Buck Spin debut, the label this week unveiling the record’s cover art, track listing, and lead single “Prison Of Sentient Horror” through all digital providers.

THE THIRD MIND’s “East West” Video Premieres at Glide Magazine

Today, Glide Magazine premiered the track’s video and notes, “Clocking in at just seventeen minutes, the tune is a slowburning groover that encapsulates the chemistry that exists within The Third Mind.” Created and directed by Jonathan Segel (Camper Van Beethoven, Sparklehorse), the video features the bonus version of the song remixed by the Grammy-winning mixing engineer, Tchad Blake (The Black Keys, Sheryl Crow, Arctic Monkeys).

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Third Mind (Dave Alvin, Victor Krummenacher, David Immerglück, Michael Jerome) Unleash Fiery, Acid-soaked Rendition of Paul Butterfield’s “East West”

Canadian indie pop artist Gregory Pepper shares animated “Sublime Sun Tattoo”

“Sublime Sun Tattoo” is a little, wistful nostalgia study. Looking at frivolous, faded tattoos that seemed so meaningful at some point – a stern demonstration that time makes fools of us all. The second verse draws on a childhood memory my wife shared about hearing Enya for the first time while browsing in one of those shops that sells incense and crystals. Then the whole thing shifts in tempo and production as I tried to emulate that early 90’s Enya production while serenading the reclusive singer – who I adore, by the way. I saw this click bait article a few years ago about how she lives alone in a castle with her cats. It just sounded so perfect. The video was shot by Dustin Seabrook (STILL) in one take at Grand River Tattoo in Elora, Ontario and then I added the animation. And just for the record, yes, I have a “40oz. to Freedom” tattoo.”

Sibling duo Cardiac Half are back with a dose of dark, synth laden alt-pop on their new single & video “Medicine”

Alt-pop outfit Cardiac Half is anything but half-hearted. Siblings Drew and Dylan Miller form the duo, and have been making music together since 2016. The name Cardiac Half holds significant meaning as Dylan lives with a heart condition, and Drew is deaf in his left ear. The group’s latest single sees them exploring a darker, more mature side of the alt-pop songwriting spectrum. Electronic soundscapes and eerie vocal delivery mesh with a singalong worthy chorus and radio ready production to create an offering that will feel familiar but not derivative. Fans of The 1975, LANY, CHVRCHES and Imagine Dragons will all find the perfect dose of these influences within “Medicine”, while also being introduced to a band that is clearly beginning to find their own sound.


Today, two-time Grammy Award winning artist H.E.R. releases a new song “Sometimes” via MBK Entertainment/RCA Records. The talented singer/songwriter/musician debuted the inspirational song at last night’s 62nd Grammy Awards, marking her second performance on music’s biggest night.

TAKATAK: Metal Injection streaming Pakistani prog/djent ensemble’s video “Fault Lines”

Pakistani prog/djent act TAKATAK have just released the music video for the track “Fault Lines”. The tune served as the first single off their long-awaited upcoming debut, Acrophase, which is ready to take the world by storm in the first half of 2020.

CHRYSALISM releases wistful, LoFi new single ‘Haunt Me’ ahead of debut EP

North London’s Chrysalism releases wistful new single ‘Haunt Me’ and announces debut EP ‘Your Name Here’ for March 6th. This follows recent acclaim from i-D (BEST NEW MUSIC), DUMMY (BRAND NEW: THE BEST NEW ARTISTS) and The Line of Best Fit on previous release, and features Jakob Ogawa’s guitarist Axel Oksby on the recording.

Chris Stapleton confirms extensive 2020 “All-American Road Show” headline tour

Chris Stapleton’s “All-American Road Show” will return this summer and fall with an extensive new run of shows including stops at Washington State’s Gorge Amphitheatre on June 20, Atlanta’s Truist Park on July 18, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on October 2 and New York’s Madison Square Garden on October 10. Additionally, on August 29, Stapleton will make his headline debut at Chicago’s famed Wrigley Field with special guests The Highwomen, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell. Additional guests along the tour include (in alphabetical order) Dwight Yoakam, Elle King, Hank Williams Jr., Kendell Marvel, Margo Price, Nikki Lane, Sheryl Crow, The Marcus King Band and Yola.


“Letting someone go doesn’t have to signify loss and pain exclusively,” says Donna Missal. “There can be wide open space on the other side of that to feel autonomy, freedom, and room to grow. it doesn’t have to suck! And you don’t have to be hurt by change.”