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Rising Brooklyn rapper and Pro Era Records standout CJ Fly releases his newest Statik Selektah [Freddie Gibbs, Bun B] produced single and its accompanying music video for “Show You” today. He also announces the release of his highly anticipated new album “RUDEBWOY” out March 6th.

Lil Baby shares “Catch The Sun” video from Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack

Today marks the premiere of the video for “Catch the Sun” by Lil Baby – a song from Queen & Slim: The Soundtrack, released by Motown Records. Arriving as Queen & Slim hits UK theaters, the quietly stunning visual will have its broadcast premiere via BET Jams, BET Hip-Hop and the Viacom billboard in Times Square. Check out the video here.

Tycho announce new instrumental companion album; first single out today

“A simulcast is the transmission of a program across different mediums and in different languages,” says Hansen. “With these two albums I wanted to present the same ideas in two languages, one more literal and the other more open to interpretation. SIMULCAST expands on the concepts laid out in WEATHER, but shifts into the abstract with instrumental soundscapes in place of lyrics, opening up a visual space and translating the message into a new language.” – Scott Hansen / Tycho

Skope Mag x MJ Cole ’90 Miles (Model Man Remix)’

Today [30th January 2020], one of the UKs most adored and innovative underground music pioneers and composers MJ Cole continues to entice with the release of a delicate and ethereal new remix of ’90 Miles’ by the multidisciplinary duo Model Man. Premiered via Complex and following closely behind it’s predecessor ‘Dizzy New Heights (Shanti Celeste Remix)’, this latest remix of an unreleased single adds further color to the story that is building around an exciting new project that has “always been brewing” for MJ Cole, ambient piano melodies featuring heavily.

DÄTCHA MANDALA: new album “Hara” coming out this spring

Bordeaux-based 70s blues rock trio DÄTCHA MANDALA just confirmed an April 24th release for their awareness-raising new album “Hara”, coming out on Mrs Red Sound. They are now gearing up for an extensive French tour, including a batch of shows with Powersolo and James Leg.

High voltage riffage, political and philosophical lyrics, Robert Plant-like vocals and an overflowing energy characterize DÄTCHA MANDALA’s new album “Hara” perfectly. On this sophomore LP, the heavy blues trio delivers their strongest, most generous and firmly rock’n’roll record to date. Each one of these songs oozes the energy this seasoned live performers convey on stage.

Certain Doom’s Terrible Beauty Accompanies Today’s Album Announcements

TESTAMENT Announces New Album Titans Of Creation & Release Music Video For “Night Of The Witch”

The time has arrived for legendary bay area thrash metal giants TESTAMENT to unleash new thunder to the masses and reveal their thirteenth studio album, Titans Of Creation, which will be released on April 3 via Nuclear Blast.

Chastity Belt and Tourmates Loose Tooth Share New “Digital Split Single”

Chastity Belt and Melbourne band Loose Tooth have shared a “digital split single” today featuring new material from both acts: Chastity Belt’s A Side “The Process” and Loose Tooth’s B side “Lonely.” Both tracks are available to download or stream worldwide from Hardly Art records and Milk! Records in Australia/New Zealand. Fifty percent of Bandcamp sales for either track will benefit Australian wildfire relief efforts, specifically the Fire Relief Fund for First Nations Communities and the Country Fire Authority.

AD INFINITUM Lifts the Veil to Reveal “Marching On Versailles”

The spellbinding debut grabs your demons by the horns with an intoxicating symbiosis of boasting, energetic and uncompromising metal, set atop a rousing journey throughout history. Escaping the Black Death and transporting you to another era, “Marching On Versailles” breaks in with thrashing drums and stormy guitar riffs. The first single mirrors a bittersweet prologue containing their haunting expedition through the constraints of monarchy. Charismatic singer Melissa Bonny, known from RAGE OF LIGHT and as the Queen of the Damned with the WARKINGS, casts a spell over her audience. Her finely differentiated spectra spanning crystal clear vocals and deep, vibrant growls emphasize the symphonic soundscapes with vigor.

Kevin Garrett Releases “Gone Again” & Announces New EP Made Up Lost Time out 2/21

Kevin said on the meaning of the song, “Gone Again is about bracing for impact with rose colored glasses on. It’s an attempt at looking at something good in your life with lower expectations in fear of losing it.”

Furthermore, Kevin reveals tour dates in New York City and Los Angeles in support of the new music. He will be playing at Rockwood Music Hall on February 22nd in New York City, NY and at Hotel Café on February 26th in Los Angeles, CA.

The Reverend Shawn Amos Returns With New Album Featuring The Brotherhood – “Blue Sky” Out April 17

American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has announced the April 17 release of Blue Sky, his debut with the newly formed Brotherhood band. The new album is a full-circle moment for the Rev, featuring a group of masterful musicians that includes drummer Brady Blade (Dave Matthews, Indigo Girls), bassist Christopher Thomas (Norah Jones, Carly Simon, Macy Gray) and longtime Rev guitarist Chris “Doctor” Roberts. While his previous release, 2018’s politically-charged Breaks It Down, reckoned with the calamity of our current society, the new album looks inward as the Rev explores his own identity and embraces his singer/songwriter past.

SONG PREMIERE: The Reverend Shawn Amos Enlists A Listers On Raw & Relevant “Counting Down The Days”


“RAC’s music introduced me to the electronic genre back in the early 2010’s and I’ve been a fan ever since,” shared Phil. “We recently had the opportunity to collaborate and I was so excited that he was down to remix ‘Do You Ever?’. His taste and talent is incredible and I’m honored that he decided to tickle my song.”

Project: Key Glock – Yellow Tape

Dripping with confidence and delivering outlandish bars with a knowing smirk, Paper Route EMPIRE standout Key Glock is one of rap music’s most exciting new voices. Elevating his craft to a new level, Glock turns in a trap clinic with Yellow Tape, his new album. Packed with larger-than-life punchlines over beats by the likes of Kenny Beats, PRE’s own Bandplay, and more, Yellow Tape finds Glock in attack mode, methodically making a case for his rap supremacy: “Knock off your feet and put you on a t-shirt,” warns Glock on saxophone-driven highlight “Word On The Street.”


Multiplatinum recording artist and producer Russ has officially released his third major label album, SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE, today via Columbia Records. The album features 12 brand-new songs, including the recently-released “NIGHTTIME (Interlude),” whose video already has over 15 million views in just a few weeks. SHAKE THE SNOW GLOBE also includes 2 bonus tracks – “CIVIL WAR,” which has accumulated over 100MM streams worldwide to date, and his Gold-certified viral track “BEST ON EARTH” featuring BIA, which is currently Top 10 at Urban radio and approaching Top 10 at Rhythm.

Aesop Rock shares new video “Rogue Wave”

Following up on last year’s consciousness-expanding Malibu Ken project, rap’s most verbose MC/producer Aesop Rock has just released a new standalone single as he works his way toward a new solo full length. “Rogue Wave” comes paired with a video shot by longtime visual collaborator Rob Shaw, bringing to life a plethora of images sketched by Aesop himself.

Dashboard Confessional’s First-Ever Career-Spanning Compilation

Celebrating 20 years as a band, Dashboard Confessional today released their first-ever career-spanning compilation, The Best Ones Of The Best Ones, which features selections from all seven studio albums, the So Impossible and The Drowning EPs, and the band’s legendary, Platinum-certified MTV Unplugged performance. The band has also shared a newly unearthed live video of “Screaming Infidelities” off their 2001 breakout LP, The Places You Have Come to Fear the Most; the footage—filmed in Hartford, CT within months of the album’s release—was found on a VHS tape in lead singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba’s basement storage.

Chin Injeti: “Serious”

After many years of touring all over North America with The Fugees, The Roots, Jamiroquoi, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more, Chin learned the importance of an impactful lyric and melody. He then teamed up with then partner DJ Khalil; with whom he made music with and for Dr. Dre, Eminem, Drake, Pink, and many other artists.

Meghan Trainor And Nicki Minaj Release The Official Video For “Nice To Meet Ya”

Mr. Elevator (Tomas Dolas, Oh Sees) Share “Sylvia” Video Via Raven Sings The Blues

Mr. Elevator, project of Oh Sees’ Tomas Dolas, have shared their latest video “Sylvia” off of their recently released LP, Goodbye, Blue Sky.” The video was premiered with Raven Sings The Blues praising, “Been slowly sinking into the environs of Mr. Elevator’s latest batch of psych-pop and its finally taking hold. The band, anchored by Oh Sees’ Tomas Dolas, swims in the same magenta-hued waters that float recent releases by Morgan Delt, Jacco Gardner, or The Paperhead.”

The Strokes Will Play Bernie Sanders Rally in New Hampshire on February 10

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Wednesday announced it will hold a Get Out the Vote Concert Rally with The Strokes on February 10th.

At the concert, Sen. Sanders will speak to an audience of supporters and primary-goers, with a VIP section reserved for super volunteers including those who have knocked over 250 doors in New Hampshire.

Here are the details:
Monday, February 10
7:30 p.m. Bernie 2020 GOTV Concert Rally with The Strokes
Whittemore Center Arena, 128 Main St, Durham, NH 03824