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Braids Announce New Album Will Release on 4/24 via Secret City Records

Montreal-based indie art rock band Braids announced today their new album Shadow Offering will release on April 24th via Secret City Records. Produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie, the new album finds the band at their most personal, unabashedly flexing a new sense of confidence through songs that reach a higher level of artistry and collaboration. Today they shared their lead single and video “Young Buck,” an effervescent ode to impossible love that exudes an undeniable magnetism.

Reigning Sound announce original lineup shows in Midwest

Reigning Sound on tour:
Mar 02 Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club
Mar 03 Chicago, IL – Sleeping Village
Mar 04 Detroit, MI – Deluxx Fluxx
Mar 06 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom

Vandenberg Return With Brand New Album And New Line-Up

Vandenberg is back! Or should we say: Vandenberg are back? The man himself, Adrian Vandenberg has never really been away, but the band that carries his proud name has returned, after an absence that lasted for more than three decades Vandenberg is very much alive again in a young, fresh and all-revised 2020 version.

Adrian Vandenberg can already look back on a rich career. He played in Whitesnake for over 13 years, having been part of this seminal band’s most legendary line-up. He was the driving force behind Manic Eden and more recently, Vandenberg’s Moonkings, but equally proud he looks back on Vandenberg, the Dutch band that put him on the map, internationally: “So many people still come up to me and speak about those glory days and the albums I’ve made with that band.”

Crisman share “Surprise”

While Madeline Dowd’s visual artwork playfully relays adult themes through childlike imagery, her band Crisman swaps the acrylics and spray paint for hazily-filtered vocals gently layered over slowcore arrangements to find yet another medium for masking emotional turmoil with innocence.

In 2011, Dowd left her hometown of Alpharetta, Georgia for Denton, Texas, where she met Dead Sullivan frontperson Boone Patrello. Their chemistry led to 2018’s Crisman Tape, which Gold Flake Paint called “a hidden and unhurried gem in the current DIY scene.” For the band’s self-titled debut studio album, Dowd and Patrello teamed up with another fellow Denton musician in MAH KEE OH’s Grahm Robinson. Contrasted against the childlike playfulness of Dowd’s paintings, the band’s collective experience is refracted throughout the measured ten-song collection.

DEATHWHITE Stream New Album in Full via Kerrang!

Comments the band: “With the release of ‘Grave Image’ rapidly approaching, it is our distinct pleasure to share the album in its entirety. It is the result of over two years’ worth of hard work, whereupon it was of utmost importance we continued to progress as a dark metal band. While ‘Grave Image’ is very much a reflection of the rapidly fraying state of the world, it is our fear that the overriding theme of mankind’s precipitous race to the bottom will still be prevalent in years to come. In the here and now, however, it is our wish the album resonates with those who feel the same as us.”

Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets announce ‘Live At The Roundhouse’ out April 17

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment is proud to announce the release of Nick Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets Live At The Roundhouse, an extraordinary all-new concert recording featuring an array of Pink Floyd classics rarely performed by the band during its lifetime. The 22-track collection arrives April 17 as a double-CD/DVD package, double-vinyl, and on Blu-ray; pre-orders are available now. Additionally, the band today shares the song/video for “Fearless” as an exclusive video trailer.

DESERT SESSIONS: “Easier Said Than Done” Video Out Now

Joshua Homme’s Team of Crazed Collaborators Announce “The Bizarre Bazaar”, a Bi-Weekly Series of Desert Sessions Inspired Artwork Auctions for Charity with Limited Edition Quilt by Ben Venom.

Joshua Homme’s collaborative motley crew Desert Sessions return with the music video to “Easier Said Than Done”, from Vols. 11 & 12 (aka respectively Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) (Matador). Directed by photographer-director Chapman Baehler, this nightmare vision contains fascist-humiliating watersports, pig-men ejaculating glitter, a little defenestration, some light immolation… and Joshua Homme on roller skates.

Salim Nourallah to release new EP, Jesus of Sad, tomorrow

When asked to sum up his 25-year career in music, singer/songwriter/producer Salim Nourallah says, “I feel like the Texas version of Nick Lowe, except I haven’t entered my silver-haired crooner phase yet.” When he was a kid, Nourallah looked up to Lowe, mainly because he was the best example teenage Salim could find of a musician who led a double life of sorts, making his own records while also producing other artists. It’s still a relatively uncommon phenomenon.

PREMIERE: Salim Nourallah – “This Doesn’t Feel Like Peace, Love, or Understanding”

Ang Low Unleashes Quirky New Bop ‘Like I Do’

Ang Low defies easy categorisation, with the exception of one: effortless talent. With a golden voice, his is a story of constant discovery and change. From military brat and choir boy, to petty thug and rejuvenated alt-soul icon du jour, Ang Low has seen it all and bought the outrageous t-shirt.


Off the heels of a show stopping performance at the Los Angeles Forum for iHeartRadio’s ALTer EGO, multi-platinum chart-topping alternative quartet Neon Trees share the music video for their red-hot return single “Used To Like” today.

The band whose RIAA double platinum #1 singles such as “Everybody Talks” and “Animal” have generated over 550 million streams and counting have made major waves at radio. Right out of the gate, single “Used To Like” was #1 most added at Alternative Radio for 3 consecutive weeks and continues to climb rapidly. It also received unanimous tastemaker applause from Billboard, Consequence of Sound, VMAN, L’Officiel USA, and more.


Atlanta based Grammy nominated songwriter/artist/musician/producer CHILDISH MAJOR is kicking off the new year with a new song and visual for his latest track “Dem Know” which features dancehall/rap recording artist, BEAM and was both produced and engineered by Childish himself. The two most recently collaborated on “Stranded” (included on BEAM’s latest EP, 95). He’s also officially announced that he’ll be joining YBN Cordae for the European leg of The Lost Boy Tour beginning with the March 8th date in Glasgow, UK before wrapping on April 5th in Dublin, Ireland.

TRAUMA: Metal Injection Premieres “Inside The Devil’s Heart” By Polish Death Metal Icons

Polish death metal icons TRAUMA have issued “Inside The Devil’s Heart,” the lead single to their impending eighth studio full-length, Ominous Black. Their first album for Selfmadegod Records, the album is scheduled for early March release. “Inside The Devil’s Heart” makes its public inauguration through an exclusive premiere hosted by Metal Injection.

TRAUMA Brings You Heaviness From “Inside The Devil’s Heart”

Pop Singer & Songwriter DAYVID Releases New Single “Spinning Bottles”

Pop Singer & songwriter DAYVID released his new single, “Spinning Bottles,” on January 17, 2020. “Spinning Bottles,” produced by Grammy-Nominated producer Morgan Taylor Reid, is a follow up to DAYVID’s popular single, “Wasted Luv,” from his self-titled EP that was released in October 2019. “Spinning Bottles” is the first single from a forthcoming album scheduled for release late this year.

DAVYID’s last single, “Wasted Luv,” was praised by critics and listeners around the world. Upon its release in September 2019, the single became #4 on All Access Music Top 40/Mainstream Cool Music Chart and has enjoyed Top 40 radio play in major markets across the US, as well as Sirius XM. DAYVID was also recently named one of Music Connection Magazine’s “Top 25 New Music Critiques of 2019.”

Evan Uhlmann shares, “Dying Again”, first new single in 9 years, premieres on American Songwriter

Chicago based singer / songwriter Evan Uhlmann’s new single, “Dying Again”, is out on all streaming services now! His first piece of music released in 9 years is also the first single off his upcoming new album “Tea Lady”, out March 27th. “Dying Again” is a sad track about past lives and experiencing the same moment over again. The slightly twangy guitar in the background helps set a sad mood over the track. It’s hard not to imagine a sad moment of a time where things don’t work out in a positive manner while listening to this track. But, if one reads into the chorus they might find a different meaning. “It’s alright now, I think I’m dying again” (one of Uhlmann’s favorite lyrics from the album) is described by Uhlmann as not the end of things, but more so the transition into something else. Bringing a more positive light on a sad track.

Evan Uhlmann Debut Track “Dying again” Is A Tender Reflection on Past Lives

Hitmaker Yoshiki Strikes Platinum With 1.3 Million First Week Physical Sales Of Debut Single “Imitation Rain” For SixTONES

Rock star and composer YOSHIKI continues his latest string of chart-topping hits with his newest song “Imitation Rain,” which was written and produced for the SixTONES, a new Japanese vocal group gaining international buzz as the “next BTS.”

The single – written and produced by YOSHIKI – sold over 1.3 million physical units in less than a week after its January 22 release and scored the #1 position on the Oricon singles chart (Japan), marking the first time ever that a debut artist has achieved 1.3 million in sales.

CHAMPS’ Video For “Katrina” Premieres On Ones To Watch

Breakout U.K. sibling duo CHAMPS’ video for their track “Katrina” premieres today on Ones To Watch. Of the song, Ones To Watch calls it “a wonderfully wrought, colorfully illustrated, synth-drenched pop track that features the brothers most cryptic and wildly imaginative songwriting.”

@Skopemag Submission – Bruse Wane – ‘Reduced To Rubble’

Bruse Wane looks to obliterate the competition, as he serves the game notice on his hard hitting track “Reduced To Rubble.The song appears on Wane’s “The Dark Knight Album 2 Fight For Gotham, Wane also delivers a mash up video.

King Von Dramatizes Pt. 3 Of His “Crazy Story” in His New Video

With his dramatic delivery and artful attention to detail, King Von is quickly building a reputation as one of rap’s best storytellers. Concluding a narrative from his breakout single, Von shares “Crazy Story Pt. 3,” his new video.

ECLIPSER: Toilet Ov Hell Debuts New Video From Canadian Blackened Death Unit

Toilet Ov Hell is pleased to unveil the video accompaniment to “Cruel Is The Light To Thee” from Canadian blackened death unit ECLIPSER. The track comes courtesy of the band’s Pathos debut full-length released last fall via Noise Salvation Records.