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Last Friday, multi-platinum Artist and Entrepreneur Artist Dubose P.K.A. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie drops his new single “King of My City” along with accompanying music video via Highbridge The Label/Atlantic Records. This is the third offering from A Boogie’s highly anticipated album Artist 2.0, following hit singles “Reply” featuring Lil Uzi Vert and “Mood Swings”.

Built To Spill plays the songs of Daniel Johnston on new album, share “Bloody Rainbow”

Today, Built To Spill are excited to announce Built To Spill Plays The Songs of Daniel Johnston, out May 1, 2020 via Ernest Jenning Record Co. The album is comprised of 11 tracks of Daniel Johnston’s fractured pop, presented through the eyes of Built To Spill.

Canadian hip-hop/electronic producer Factor Chandelier announces new album

Western Canada-based prolific producer Factor Chandelier is back with a new full-length album titled ‘First Storm’, dedicated to his son. A culmination of 2 years of touring, collaborative projects, and fatherhood, this record is his most thematically in-depth and sonically expansive project to date. ‘First Storm’ sees Factor merging genres to give his signature production a fresh melodic mood. The album is comprised of new instrumental tracks and vocal features from Factor’s frequent collaborators Ceschi, Myka 9, Kay the Aquanaut, Cadence Weapon, Mestizo, Dope KNife, Onry Ozzborn, Nomad, and Taylor Jade. Factor has gained significant attention for his consistent output of original, thought-provoking music that pushes the envelope of traditional hip-hop. Today he share the first single off his forthcoming LP, the instrumental “New View” .

SPACETRUCKER: hilarious “King Cheeto” video out now!

Saint Louis stoner rockers SPACETRUCKER share their fun-laden, satiric video for their “King Cheeto” track off the ‘Turned to Stone Chapter 1: Enter Galactic Wasteland’ split EP with Mr. Bison on Ripple Music. Watch it exclusively on Metal Injection!

Hot on the heels of that release, SPACETRUCKER have made a special video, satirically written from the perspective of a certain polarizing political figure. Spacetrucker have a tasty treat in store for you with this one, both musically and visually!

SPACETRUCKER Takes A Shot At The President On “King Cheeto”

Aminah Hughes Celebrates the Strength of Women in “Tell Me It’s Over” (feat. The McCray Sisters)

Australian songwriter Aminah Hughes shares a new music video for “Tell Me It’s Over”, part of the acclaimed debut album Blue Wooden Boat via Independent Release. “Inspiring” and “strong” are words that are often passed around at her performances as she embodies the empowerment we are all aching to feel. With The McCrary sisters, their combined voices bring sensations of contentment, peace, and homecoming.

“Crying is typically equated to a certain level of pain and suffering. But for Aminah Hughes it’s an indicator of an ultimate song. “Tell Me It’s Over,” is one such where heartbreak and struggle blur into uplifting gospel – a perfect song for healing.” – Macie Bennett for American Songwriter

Aminah Hughes Recruits the McCrary Sisters for a Curative Gospel Experience in “Tell Me It’s Over”

Robbie Robertson Debuts Music Video For “Once Were Brothers”

With just a few more weeks to go before the release of the highly anticipated feature length documentary film, “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” legendary songwriter and musician Robbie Robertson is sharing the music video for the song that inspired the title of the film. Directed by Kevin Kerslake, the venerable director and documentarian who helped define the visual aesthetic of rock and grunge in the ’90s with his iconic videos for the likes of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day and dozens more, and most recently helmed the lauded Joan Jett documentary, “Bad Reputation,” the video features a riveting, intimate performance by Robertson juxtaposed with monochromatic and sepia-toned Victorian, Civil War and carnival imagery along with uniquely shot footage of athletes and acrobats. Combining modern digital technology with some of the earliest photo and motion picture techniques, Robertson’s first music video in more than two decades captures the artist like never before as he reflects about the bond he shared with his brothers in the pioneering group The Band and its eventual dissolution.

Watch Robbie Robertson’s Evocative ‘Once Were Brothers’ Video


Christine and the Queens continues her irresistible evolution with new single “People, I’ve been sad”, available to stream and buy on all digital platforms via Because Music, and to watch as an exclusive live performance on COLORS. Adopting a flamboyant figure with fitted suit, somewhere in between a sparkling dandy and sad Pierrot, Christine returns with a majestic song that draws its force from absolute unwavering honesty.


On the heels of its exciting 2020 lineup announcement, Boston Calling announces the availability and onsale of Single Day tickets for this year’s festival, taking place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, MA on Memorial Day Weekend, May 22 – May 24, 2020. Single Day tickets are available for purchase beginning TOMORROW Friday, February 7 at 10:00am EST. Tier 1 Single Day General Admission ($149.99), VIP Passes ($349.99), and Platinum Passes ($749.99) will be on sale at www.bostoncalling.com. Availability of tickets at Tier 1 pricing will be very limited. Once Tier 1 tickets sell out, Tier 2 pricing will go into effect for Single Day General Admission ($159.99), VIP ($399.99), and Platinum ($799.99). Three-Day passes will remain on sale.

IDLES’ JOE TALBOT – Live in conversation with Alan McGee, Clint Boon & more

Across a string of dates throughout February & March, frontman of one of the most important bands on the planet right now, IDLES’ JOE TALBOT will be in conversation discussing all things music, life and IDLES with Creation label boss Alan McGee, Clint Boon & more.

As frontman of IDLES, a self proclaimed angry band from Bristol who have become a beacon of hope for guitar music and a key voice amongst a new wave of artists fighting back in a tough socio-political climate with punk spirit; Joe Talbot has delivered one of recent years’ most memorable Glastonbury sets, tinged pro-immigration, NHS and LGBTQ+ sentiments, joined on stage by his wife and baby, stealing the hearts of not just Worthy Farm, but a whole watching nation too.

GIÖBIA: watch mind-boggling new video “Plasmatic Idol”

Influential synthwave unit GIÖBIA unveil their subliminal video taken from new album ‘Plasmatic Idol’, due out this Friday on Heavy Psych Sounds. The band also announced a full European tour in support of the record.

Premiere: Giöbia – ‘Plasmatic Idol’

Balthazar Share New Track “Halfway” || Out Now On Play It Again Sam

A renowned and prolific live entity, last year saw the band continually on-the-road and it was while touring that “Halfway” was written – possibly titled because it falls between Fever and its anticipated follow-up? The more flexible approach to the making of Fever mirrored by the resultant collection of tracks expand with “Halfway,” the continual live itinerary playing new tracks has enhanced that creativity and seen both songwriters and vocalists Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez carry the writing process on tour.

Math Hoffa + Ea$y join Termanology for “3 x 24” / Bun B “Travels The World” w/ Enisa + Term (VIDEO)

5 Seconds Of Summer Announce New Album, CALM, Out March 27 On Interscope Records

Says lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, “For a band to make it to four albums is no small feat in itself but to be reinventing and constantly pushing our songwriting and to come out with music that we’ve never been more proud of makes me so happy to be in 5 Seconds of Summer. CALM speaks on a journey through a young man’s life, for better or for worse. We are all human and all make mistakes, sometimes we hurt the ones we love and inevitably, ourselves in the process. CALM leaves the band in a much happier, unified and calm state of mind to continue making albums for years to come.”

Nas & Damian Marley Reunite for 10th Anniversary on 2020 Jamrock Cruise

Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise 2020 sold out in record time, so the annual music charter is adding another 5-day voyage from Nov 30-Dec 5, 2020 to fill the demand. Now going on its 7th year, the immersive Jamaican reggae excursion helmed by GRAMMY-winning musician Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley will complete two back-to-back cruises on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas. Departing from Fort Lauderdale with day stops in Ocho Rios and Montego Bay, Jamaica, each cruise will feature the same lineup and itinerary aboard the 4370-passenger vessel.

Home 2020 – 2 Cruise Update


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Pyramid Tropic – new single, “Last Forever”

“This song encapsulates the feeling of wishing that a particular relationship would last forever, yet not feeling any regrets that it didn’t. We juxtaposed this mood with anthemic, upbeat production.”

Ted Jasper announces new EP with ‘Stone Cold Kisses’

Cornwall-raised and London-based artist Ted Jasper is today announcing his new ‘Equinox’ EP with the first single ‘Stone Cold Kisses’, alongside news of a headline show at London’s The Waiting Room on April 21st. Doubling up as a house DJ/producer as well as a fully-fledged songwriter carving out jazzy, hip-hop-infused downtempo, Jasper has quickly becoming a fast-rising name on the London scene since his 2018 ‘One Day’ EP on Jamz Supernova’s Future Bounce imprint. Arriving off the back of the follow-up ‘Back For More’ EP (2019) and support from 6 Music, Complex, Mixmag, Boiler Room, Radio 1 and 1Xtra, Jasper’s five-track ‘Equinox’ EP is due for release March 6th via Au Contraire. You can stream the opening track, ‘Stone Cold Kisses’, alongside some accompanying visuals here: hyperurl.co/6iwfjo

Hannah Grace releases gorgeous retro ‘Blue’ video

Hannah Grace has released the video for her new single ‘Blue’, out now on Never Fade Records.

With a gorgeous retro feel, the video sees Hannah perform the song as she pays homage to the timeless 70s style. ‘Blue’ finds Hannah bounding into 2020 with a bright new twist on her soulful sound, enlisting funky keys and horns alongside a bright pop sensibility as her jaw-dropping vocals fly high with feel-good assurance.

The FADER Premieres Darkovibes x Mr Eazi’s “Come My Way”

ICYMI: Rising Ghanaian Afrobeats artist Darkovibes has teamed up with Nigerian superstar Mr Eazi for his “Come My Way” video that premiered yesterday on The FADER who recently hailed Darkovibes as being at the forefront of “revolutionizing the way we see life in Ghana, helping to bring the representation gap between Africa and the rest of the world.

Spotify Spotlights Breakout Latin Talent

Spotify’s efforts truly have become symbiotic to the growth of Latin talent. ¡Viva Latino! surpassed the 10,000,000 milestone just last summer. Within ¡Viva Latino!, Spotify developed Radar Latino – a scorching video series that offers listeners the lay of the land for up-and-coming talent. The series holds its ear to the ground, signaling the artists that will redefining the word “chart-topping”, and even pulls back the curtain on the genre’s rising stars, highlighting their backgrounds and ideas.


“People, I’ve been sad” follows 18 months of live shows, collaborations and international distinctions, around the release of Christine and the Queens’ breathtaking second album Chris. Most recently, Christine and the Queens collaborated with Charli XCX on the acclaimed single “Gone,” released last autumn and a mainstay of 2019’s end of year lists.

Don’t Believe In Ghosts will Release New Single “Living Like This” on February 21st.

Don’t Believe In Ghosts complete new album and line up a series of new singles for 2020. The band will kick everything off with the infectious and anthemic single “Living Like This” on February 21st.

“Everyone is trying to present these exciting versions of themselves, which we all know are not real. Yet, we sometimes feel compelled to compete. This mindset is very distracting” Steven Nathan says when describing the lyrics to “Living Like This.”

Silverstein Share New Song/Video “Bad Habits” ft. Intervals

This year Silverstein are celebrating their 20th anniversary, a rare milestone for any band but even more impressive for one that’s been as consistently active, influential, and crowd-pleasing as the Ontario-based post-hardcore legends. The band are celebrating all year long with a packed touring schedule and the release of their ninth studio album, A Beautiful Place To Drown, due out March 6th from UNFD. It’s an album that fittingly encapsulates the best of Silverstein while pushing their sound into daring new territory. Today the band are sharing the record’s blistering opener “Bad Habits” which highlights Silverstein’s signature blend of aggression and melody along with a mind-melting guitar solo from Intervals’ Aaron Marshall.

OUT NOW: Mayflower Madame ‘Vultures’ single and The Orange Kyte ‘Carousel’ LP

Psychedelic post-punk outfit Mayflower Madame are about to unleash a new wave of their dark and distinctive blend of post-punk, shoegaze and psychedelia on their forthcoming album ‘Prepared for a Nightmare’, to be released in late March via French label Only Lovers Records, in collaboration with Portland’s Little Cloud Records and Parisian label Icy Cold Records. Ahead of that, they present the lead track ‘Vultures’, partly inspired by the art of George Grosz and Hieronymus Bosch.

Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund’s 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala on February 20 Will Be Hosted By Personality Eddie Trunk

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with an Awards Gala on February 20, 2020. The Awards Gala, which will take place at The Avalon in Hollywood, will be hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk and will recognize honorees who have played a role in either Dio’s legacy or that of the charity. The festivities will begin at 6PM.

Confirmed to present awards to the honorees at the Gala are recording artists Sebastian Bach, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue, Jeff Pilson of Foreigner, singer Glenn Hughes, Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot, Fred Coury of Cinderella, Robbie Crane of Black Star Riders and music industry executive Ahmet Zappa.

Duke Deuce drops “Crunk Ain’t Dead” remix ft. Lil Jon, Juicy J and Project Pat

Breakout Memphis rapper Duke Deuce has dropped the remix to his hit song “Crunk Ain’t Dead” featuring hip-hop legends Lil Jon, Juicy J and Project Pat. The track is off his forthcoming mixtape Memphis Massacre 2 slated for February 19th on Quality Control Music. Duke counts Memphis heroes Project Pat and Juicy J as some of his hometown inspirations from his time growing up in music studios with his dad, Memphis producer Duke Nitty. The “Crunk Ain’t Dead” remix sees both the old and the new schools of Memphis rap joining forces in a big way, listen below.

SEVEN PLANETS: The Obelisk Streams Explorer Full-Length From West Virginia Heavy Rock Instrumentalists

The Obelisk is currently streaming Explorer, the forthcoming new full-length from West Virginia-based heavy rock instrumentalists SEVEN PLANETS, set for release this Friday via Small Stone Records.

Written and recorded over a period of personal difficulties and individual strife for the four band members, Explorer captures a sense of escapist freedom in its deep grooves, burly riffs, and expansive atmosphere, which further illustrates what Heavy Planet stated in its review of the band’s self-titled 2012 LP, “SEVEN PLANETS take you on an amazing journey into another cosmic dimension.”

Review & Full Album Premiere: Seven Planets, Explorer


“‘Miss Me’ means a lot to me,” Christian shared with Billboard. “When I started this journey, I had to leave a lot behind back home. The lyrics are my thoughts and where my mind sometimes wanders. I often ask myself ‘how have the changes in my life affected the people closest to me?'”

Sxsw Film Festival Announces 2020 Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts, Episodic Pilots, Virtual Cinema And Art Program Projects

The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the second round of its program for the 27th edition of the Film Festival, running March 13-22, 2020 in Austin, Texas. New additions to the 2020 lineup include the Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Virtual Cinema, and Shorts categories, Special Events, Episodic Pilot, Music Video and Title Design Competitions, and the SXSW Art Program, plus late-addition Features. The acclaimed program draws thousands of fans, filmmakers, press and industry leaders every year to immerse themselves in the most innovative, smart and entertaining new films.


Onsen shares “Golden Heart”; indie electro co-produced w. Brook D’Leau

Los Angeles based indie artist Onsen shares his latest song “Golden Heart” today, a track that deals with the pivotal moment when someone finds out their ex-partner has a new love. The song, which is co-produced by Miguel’s GRAMMY-nominated producer Brook D’Leau, debuted earlier today via Buzzbands. The tastemaker site said of Onsen, “his adroitly crafted synth-pop is the stuff of personal relations, as his airy vocals and cinematic production frame his often melancholic negotiations with heartache.”

Premiere: Onsen, ‘Golden Heart’

Honey Cutt Premiere “Coasting” w/ FLOOD

Today, Honey Cutt are sharing a new single entitled “Coasting”, the title-track from their forthcoming LP, out on Kanine Records on March 13th. Released to coincide with the announce of a North American tour (full details of which can be found below), “Coasting” is the second single from the album, following January’s “Vacation,” and is premiering today with FLOOD Magazine.

David Haerle Releases Music Video For “Go Do That With Sharon”; New Album ‘Death Valley’ Out May 8

Los Angeles singer/songwriter/guitarist DAVID HAERLE is gearing up for the release of his sophomore album, Death Valley, due out May 8. Earlier this month (1/10), HAERLE released the first single from the 15-track collection, “Go Do That With Sharon,” and now he is unveiling the song’s official music video. The video first premiered exclusively on Billboard’s site and is now available to watch on YouTube. HAERLE takes viewers along on a road trip that showcases several off-the-beaten-path locations which are referenced in the song’s lyrics.

Thin Lear, indie rock singer-songwriter, announces full-length album ‘Wooden Cave,’

“Disillusioned people getting lost in self-destructive or just generally dangerous thinking is a major theme of this album,” Matt Longo, also known as Thin Lear, explains. “The narrator in ‘Maniacs’ is pitching a cult-like community to an alienated, uncherished internet dweller. And you just know it’s going to be a rapid descent for this person, that they’ll soon be indoctrinated. That relentlessly chugging beat and the quick, dynamic changes in the song reflect a desperation and rapidly changing attitude. I wanted the song to feel like one breathless, spiraling fall, from the very start, with that mellotron-laden opening. And I knew I needed a wild, unhinged sax solo at the end. It was really the only choice for the conclusion of the track.”

Thin Lear Dives into the Thick of Tackling Despair With “Maniacs”

MONATOMIC release new bittersweet ballad ‘BREATHE’

Recorded in their bedroom on a broken mic in one take, MONATOMIC release their most vulnerable track, ‘Breathe’.

Steffan Lazar and Tarran Webster have created a stripped-back, bittersweet ballad of unrequited love and a unique deviation from their current catalogue of pop tracks. ‘Breathe’ emanates emotional vulnerability and is inspired by Steffan’s stream of consciousness and personal battles with mental health.

Giöbia Debuts Video for New LP’s Title Track “Plasmatic Idol”

Milano based experimental psychedelic group Giöbia will release its new LP, ‘Plasmatic Idol’, on February 7 via Heavy Psych Sounds Records. Mastered at Spaceflight Records in Austin, Texas by Brett Orrison (The Black Angels, Roky Erickson, The Brian Jonestown Massacre), the influential Italian band’s new LP flows like a kaleidoscopic wave, immersing with the sweet sounds of the cosmos while cementing the group’s standing as forerunners of the modern day acid rock scene.

RADIAN: Chapters Debut From Ohio Doom/Sludge Metallers

Like matter in space knows no gravity; like the thunder above that shakes the Earth below, RADIAN — featuring former members of Fistula, Rue, and Sofa King Killer — exists unbound. Recorded by Dave Johnson aka Big Metal Dave (Midnight, Axioma, Brain Tentacles) at Bad Back Studio in Cleveland, Ohio and mixed and mastered by Sean Sullivan (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beck) at Sound By Sully in Los Angeles, California, Chapters is at once gargantuan sounding and unsettling delivering five heaving tracks of relentless, hardcore-infused, doom sludge.

Check Out Radian’s Grippingly Heavy Sludgy Doom Debut Album Exclusively Here

Stream: ‘Consume’ The new album from Chicago rockers The JAB- Out Now Via Medicine/The Orchard; On Tour with Crobot

Chicago rockers The JAB have just dropped their new album ‘Consume.’ Stream the album on all DSPs here: https://orcd.co/o570adz.

The band’s tour with Crobot kicked off this week and runs through Feb 29.

The JAB frontman Jam Alker was showcasing his punk-blues aesthetic for major labels on the Chicago club circuit just a handful of years ago. With the world at his fingertips, he swapped his guitar for the needle and disappeared for nearly a decade.

New Release from Molly. “Change Your Mind” On Music Gateway

Singer-songwriter Molly. is set to release a new single ‘Change Your Mind’ on January 17th. One of Lancashire’s finest stars, ‘Change Your Mind’ follows on from 2019’s double whammy of singles – ‘Something More’ and ‘Brick By Brick’, which to date have amassed over 300 global radio plays and some 15,000+ streams on Spotify!

‘Change Your Mind’ is a love song that Molly. wrote a year ago & is all about how it’s possible to spend so much time with someone, without really knowing them. “It’s important to take the time and work together in a relationship before it all gets thrown away because you feel like you don’t know each other.”

New Release – Mapei ‘Swim’

“We have all been in shallow waters and we have all reached the deep end. What I pour out in the song swim is tears. However, the struggle continues. This song is my savior and it helps me to recognize my worth and live the life I deserve to live. So, don’t drown in tears. Swim in them. It feels better. Because sometimes it’s good to cry and be depressed, but not to the point where you want to die. You are important and you have value. Love thyself!” – MAPEI on her new single “Swim”

RITUAL KING: stream new single “Headspace””

Manchester-based stoner blues goldsmiths RITUAL KING unveil a blistering new track taken from their upcoming ‘Ritual King’ album, coming out this February 21st on Ripple Music.

“This is Ritual King’s time to shine and they have released a brilliantly entertaining album that does everything right that you would want from a debut album. If you’re looking for action-packed sounds from a band creating music on their own terms, then Ritual King have all the answers for you right here.” enthuses Outlaws Of The Sun website.


Tim McGraw announced that tickets and VIP packages will go on sale February 15 for his two can’t-miss summer stadium shows in Philadelphia (September 12) and Los Angeles (September 4) with Luke Combs. Special guest Midland and Ingrid Andress will join the shows. Every online ticket comes with the ability to redeem one (1) CD of McGraw’s forthcoming “Here on Earth” album. Fans will receive an additional email with instructions on how to redeem. US and Canada residents only, some restrictions apply. Members of McGraw’s MCGRAWONE and Luke Comb’s BOOTLEGGER’s fan club will have first access to pre-sale tickets beginning February 11th at 10am local time.

Tim McGraw Announces New Tour, Stadium Dates With Luke Combs

Seminary choir tour includes Boston performances this March

Laudamus, a select choir of pastoral ministry students at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will tour the Northeast this March as part of its spring tour. The performance dates are as follows:

Saturday, March 14, 7 p.m. — Concert at First Lutheran Church in Boston, Mass.
Sunday, March 15, 8 a.m. — Service at First Lutheran Church in Boston, Mass.
Sunday, March 15, 2:30 p.m. — Concert at Cadet Chapel in West Point, N.Y.
Monday, March 16, 1:45 p.m. — Concert at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, N.Y.
Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. — Concert at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Garden City, N.Y.
Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m. — Service at Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church in The Bronx, N.Y.
Sunday, March 22, 4 p.m. — Concert at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in St. Louis, Mo.