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The flying, raging eulogy of a track speaks to those mournful moments when you finally face the realities of your adult life; this means saying goodbye to childhood dreams of artistry and love, and saying hello to mental health traps and endless to-do lists. “Quitter” starts with creeping, discordant guitars and vocals, and an uneasy, mounting feeling of chaotic confusion. It builds slowly and satisfyingly, with heavier and heavier bass and guitar textures, until it has finally morphed into this heavy, thrashing, runaway train— complete with vocalist Maggie Denning’s gut-wrenching screams of: “Why do I even bother?”


Lil Wayne’s highly anticipated 13th solo studio album, Funeral, debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart. Released via Young Money Records/Republic Records, Funeral marks Wayne’s 5th No. 1 album on the U.S. Billboard 200 Chart, joining Tha Carter V (2018), Tha Carter IV (2011), I Am Not a Human Being (2010) and Tha Carter III (2008).

JAZZIZ premieres Buena Vista Social Club vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer’s “Ojos Malvados;”

Composed by Cristina Saladrigas (one of the few women in the early days of traditional Cuban “trova”), the song is an elegant and emotional bolero—a style that Ferrer became famous for—and has been part of the repertoire of some of the greatest Cuban musicians, from son and bolero giants Trio Matamoros to Barbarito Díez. This recording features Buena Vista alumni Orlando “Cachaíto” López, Manuel Galbán and Angá Díaz, as well as Joachim Cooder on drums.


“I’m so thrilled to be releasing this song with the most magical artist and insanely gifted lyricist, Tierra Whack,” says Martinez. “This song was written years ago and from an empathetic perspective, even while in a very hurt place. We’re all told that imitation is flattery to ease the pain that the ego feels when other people get credited for our ideas and our work. But being human includes feeling a multitude of feelings, and naturally this song came about when expressing those very raw emotions. I hope this song can not only bring comfort to anyone experiencing that feeling but also remind them to empathize with people who are just doing what society has conditioned them to believe will make them successful.”

Combichrist Announces U.S. Tour This Spring

AIW Management artist Combichrist has announced U.S. tour dates that begin on April 3rd in Winter Park, Fl at Soundbar and conclude on April 26th in Atlanta, GA at The Masquerade.

The Joy of Gunz, LaPlegua’s first release as Combichrist, was quickly followed by two EP’s: 2004’s Kiss the Blade and Sex Drogen und Industrial. In 2005, LaPlegua was back at it again, releasing the landmark album Everybody Hates You. Defying the dreaded sophomore slump, the second Combichrist full-length featured two tracks that would become club classics “This Shit Will Fuck You Up” and “This Is My Rifle” and was also the project’s U.S. debut on Metropolis Records. Further benchmarks were set with the release of the 2006 EP Get Your Body Beat, the title track of which landed Combichrist its first appearance on Billboard’s Top 10 Dance Singles chart.

Choice To Make stream ‘Vicious Existence’ EP in full ahead of 2/14 release

Northern Pennsylvania quintet CHOICE TO MAKE makes no-frills, untamed hardcore that brings a breath of fresh air to the scene, leaning heavily into their groove and uninhibited energy. Following a series of demos that turned heads, the band announced their partnership with Flatspot Records for the upcoming release of their label debut, Vicious Existence, which can be streamed in full today via a premiere with BrooklynVegan.

Brielle Ansems shares new track ‘Ironside’

Born in Hamilton, Ontario and raised in Montague, PEI, Brielle Ansems has grown up with music on her lips and a creativity fostered by Prince Edward Island’s artistic community. As an avid reader, writer, and a recent graduate of Holland College School of Performing Arts Theatre Performance program, her lyric-focused music is an emotionally charged, poetic experience.

Ryan Beatty to embark on “David, I Love You” tour this spring, new album Dreaming of David out now

Rising vocalist and songwriter Ryan Beatty will embark on his first ever nationwide headline tour in celebration of the release of his new album Dreaming of David this spring. The “David, I Love You” tour kicks off April 30 with stops including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Stream the highly anticipated second album from Ryan Beatty here.

Daniel Davies shares single ft. John Carpenter, ‘Signals’ LP out 2/28 on Sacred Bones

Whether scoring a film or making a solo album, Daniel Davies thinks cinematically. Images and story – on a movie screen, on a canvas, or flashing through his mind – inform the shape of his compositions and the sounds he uses to bring them to life. For Signals, his first solo record for Sacred Bones, the inspiration for his musical narration was a collaboration with visual artist Jesse Draxler, whose otherworldly mixed media works grace the cover and the booklet.

ORPHAN DONOR: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Planks”

BrooklynVegan is hosting an exclusive advance stream of “Planks,” the new single from Allentown, Pennsylvania-based ORPHAN DONOR – the solo project of Secret Cutter drummer Jared Stimpfl. The song is the latest preview from the outfit’s impending Old Patterns full-length, nearing release in mid-March.


On the heels of their recent single debut, UK sludge metal band TELEPATHY has debuted a stunning new music video for their song “Pariah,” which is streaming now at DecibelMagazine.com. The song is found on the band’s highly anticipated album Burn Embrace, that’s due out on March 27th via Svart Records.

Video Premiere: Telepathy – “Pariah”


Bringing the tune to life in vivid fashion, frontman A/J Jackson wrote and directed the video. His vision unfolds in the cinematic clip, which once again sees the quartet maintain what has become a tradition of larger-than-life visuals as they deepen their growing mythos in the process.

Mohegan Sun Arena Welcomes Back Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan brings Hip-Hop tracks to Mohegan Sun Arena on Thursday, May 7th at 8:00pm.

Tickets are $59.50 and $49.50 and go on sale Friday, February 14th at Noon through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Mohegan Sun Box Office beginning Saturday, February 15th at 10:00am, subject to availability.

NeverWake Premiere Video for Single “Call Out My Name”

Hard Rock band NeverWake have premiered their video for single “Call Out My Name.” NeverWake is based in Pittsburgh PA with an international social media fan base of over 100,000 followers. “Call Out My Name” has hit the airwaves and has been picked up and is in rotation internationally on many FM and digital radio stations.

Cherokee Death Cats – Track: Sick

After a flurry of dynamic studio sessions and performances at underground clubs, CDC released their debut EP “No No No” in April 2019, and signed with US publishers and media company Position Music shortly after. Hot on the heels of that release, the follow up EP “Sick” was released in November.

John Berry Shares His Iconic Voice on New Single by Joe & Martina, “Give Me Back The 90’s

“I was honored to be asked to sing on a song with my friends, Joe & Martina. I knew lyrically it was a song paying homage to the 90’s country music they grew up on and I thought that was really awesome idea for a song, but as I listened to the track up to the point they were wanting me to sing I was absolutely taken back that they had included ME as a 90’s artist that had influenced them to pursue their dreams in country music!! It was quite humbling,” shared John Berry. “Thank you Joe & Martina for the privilege of singing on your new single!!”

Sammy Miller and The Congregation Share “Date A Jew” Music Video

Sammy Miller and The Congregation have shared the official music video for their song “Date A Jew” off their debut album Leaving Egypt which is out now. As the Jewish Telegraphic Agency states, the “humorous song” is about “the pressures [Sammy] and his girlfriend felt during the early days of their relationship.”

He’s Jewish, she’s Muslim. His jazz band’s song ‘Date a Jew’ talks about the pressures surrounding their relationship.


The bouncy, smooth R&B banger of a track showcases the story of a budding young love over slick 808s, punctuated by a massive earworm of a hook from the 17 year old singer/songwriter. In the video, Kel plays the new kid at school, crushing across clique lines. Competing with a typical Jock archetype, he proves that labels don’t matter when it comes to feelings and human connection, and that above all else, love conquers all.

Tim Burgess (of the Charlatans) Shares New Track “Empathy For The Devil”

How inspiring it is to hear Tim Burgess conjuring up exciting and life-affirming sounds as he, almost inconceivably, enters his fifth decade on public duty. Frontman, singer, label boss, DJ and author, he’s been instrumental in so many great records over the years, always bringing enthusiasm, positivity and diversity of influence, which altogether light the way for those who hold him dear.

Denver’s Tonne Announce Debut EP Release, “Bridey Murphy”

The upcoming EP Bridey Murphy – written, recorded, and performed by Jay Tonne – formerly singer and songwriter of Austin’s Black Forest Fire – is an upbeat and heavy but yet poppy, melodic, and guitar-driven indie-rock powerhouse collection of songs with an uniquely original sound inspired by 1980’s and early ’90’s guitar bands such as Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., and early REM. In addition is the influence of recent Rock contributors like DIIV and Drake’s Hotel as well as revived early ’90’s groundbreakers like Swervedriver, Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine.