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CHAYCIN’ CHANGE Offers Self Reflective Third Single ‘ELITE’

Chaycin’ Change, professional moniker of Chayce Whiting unveils the third installment of his conscious hip-hop in the form of ‘Elite’ – a reflective earworm out now via LA based indie label Red Umbrella Records. The track is lifted from Chayce’s upcoming debut EP ‘Overdrawn’ planned for spring 2020 release – a movement of motivation and moxie, with a goal to empower and inspire the disconnected generation.

Chaycin’ Change Offers Self Reflective Third Single ‘Elite’

James Blonde – New Single “Hundred Bucks” Out Now

“There was a sense of desperation and need for change when writing our new song, “Hundred Bucks.” The realization that money won’t get us where we need to be spiritually.

The story of “Hundred Bucks” goes through different situations in which you may find yourself looking for fun or comfort. After they all inevitably lead to the same fate and failure, the sense of All I Need is This Money to Feel Good is still chanted in hope and denial.”

The Struts Announce ‘Make It Big Tour 2020’

The Struts released their sophomore album YOUNG&DANGEROUS in the fall of 2018. On YOUNG&DANGEROUS The Struts let loose with the sing-along-ready and riff-heavy sound they’ve brought to stadiums and arenas all around the world. Lead single “Body Talks” has topped the rock charts and Kesha joined the band for the explosive collaboration “Body Talks ft. Kesha”. YOUNG&DANGEROUS follows the 2016 release of The Struts’ debut album Everybody Wants which featured the hit song “Could Have Been Me.”

The Struts Announce Make It Big Tour 2020

Bellwether Music Festival in Ohio Expands to Three Days & Announces 2020 Artist Lineup

Now in its third year, the Bellwether Music Festival expands to a 3-day event and will return to Renaissance Park in Waynesville, Ohio Thursday through Saturday, August 6-8, 2020. The festival today unveiled its artist lineup including Nathaniel Rateliff, The Devil Makes Three, The Growlers, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, Scarypoolparty, Langhorne Slim, Hayes Carll, Waxahatchee, John Moreland, Cloud Nothings, Nicole Atkins, Saintseneca, Matt Holubowski, Davy Knowles, The Steepwater Band, Hannah Wicklund, Early James, S.G. Goodman, Fenne Lily, Paul McDonald, Sam Williams, Louis Prince, Carriers, Maria Carrelli, Frankly Speaking, Olivia Frances and Frontier Folk Nebraska. The weekend will also feature late night DJ sets from Call Out Box!, DJ List Christee (Kevin Barnes, of Montreal), Washed Out (DJ Set), late night comedy and the return of jousting. Early bird passes are on sale now for 3-day GA tickets and 3-day VIP passes.

Johanna Warren Announces New Album “Chaotic Good”

Johanna Warren, the beloved confessional singer-songwriter, is thrilled to announce her signing to Wax Nine Records, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz’s Carpark Records imprint, who will release her fifth album Chaotic Good on May 1. “I’ve been thinking of life as one big roleplaying game,” Warren says of the album title’s Dungeons & Dragons reference. “There’s chance, there’s choice, and there’s alignment—what forces in the universe do I choose to align myself with?”


Andrew Bird is teaming up with Calexico and Iron & Wine for The Great Summer Stroll tour this June. The coast to coast co-headline tour kicks off in Iron & Wine’s home state of North Carolina and includes stops at Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Neko Case, in Andrew’s home state of Illinois at the Ravinia Festival, and culminates at The Hollywood Bowl where Mandolin Orange joins the evening’s proceedings. JOSEPH will open dates on the first half of the tour.

Justin Rarri Releases Video For “STRONG ft. Lil Poppa” Today


“As she sings about self-invention and self-discovery, she accomplishes exactly that in the music.” – NEW YORK TIMES / Best Albums of 2019

“The songs, her best yet, have the quality of revelation, and the album earns its namesake.” – PITCHFORK

“Athena is essentially an alt-R&B album, but the versatility and diversity of the arrangements set it apart from virtually anything that’s come before.” – VARIETY

Ian Chang (Son Lux) shares eye-popping “Audacious” video

When Chang describes his creative process, the phrase “third culture” keeps coming up. Born in the colony of Hong Kong in 1988, Chang has lived a nomadic life. Stationed out of New York for 10 years, he built an impressive roster of progressive pop collaborators such as Moses Sumney, Joan As Policewoman, and Matthew Dear, among others, all while performing internationally and recording as a member of Son Lux and Landlady. Now relocated to Dallas, Texas, Chang’s discovered an inquisitive confidence that can only come from newfound isolation. Between tours, he dedicated himself to developing his international musical language, facilitated by a home studio and a burgeoning relationship.

Mark Allen-Piccolo shares new single “Soledad” via The Alternative

Mark Allen-Piccolo strives to make every song an adventure. With each new idea, a sonic journey awaits; one where he’ll discover new sonorities, new dissonances along the way. He often doesn’t know where his writing will lead, but every song has promise as a romantic journey of luscious chords and melodies—songs that are lush, dark, and moody, while never collapsing from the weight of their own angst.

Track Premiere: Mark Allen-Piccolo — ‘Soledad’

Elaquent & Chester Watson “Airwalk” (New Free Single)

In just ten days, producer Elaquent will release his biggest album to date: “Forever Is A Pretty Long Time.” The new album features Blu, Oddisee, Chester Watson, A l l i e, BrainOrchestra, Lost Like Alex, Saturn Alexander, Cavalier, Cicero, and Guilty Simpson. Today HipHopDX debuted the final single “Airwalk” featuring Chester Watson.

Gabriel and the Apocalypse Premiere “Beds Are Burning”

Hailing from the colorful and music inspired streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Gabriel and the Apocalypse return with their new music video, “Beds Are Burning.” The song comes from the album Alpha Bionic, which was released last spring via Pavement Entertainment.

Surfer Blood shares their new single, “Parkland (Into The Silence)”

On May 1, 2020 Surfer Blood will release Carefree Theatre, their fifth studio album, and a return to their first label Kanine Records. Written and recorded in South Florida, its the first record the band has released since John Paul Pitts, the singer and main songwriter moved back to the state. It’s an album not as much looking back as coming full-circle.


Ryann says of the song, “’Drive’ is about the initial aftermath of a breakup and the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the territory. I decide to release it on Valentine’s day with the hopes that It speaks to whoever needs a little helping hand on a holiday that can be hard for the broken hearted. It’s the first of five songs that I’m going to be releasing later this year on my first EP, which as a whole, dives into the idea of self-discovery through heartbreak. While that time of healing can sometimes bring out the worst parts of you, I believe it forces the strongest parts of you to jump into gear as well and I tried to write about the two sides of that coin as honestly as I could.”

Seattle’s darkwave / electronic outfit HALLOWS present ‘Subtle’, title track from debut EP

Also sitting comfortably in the darkwave, post-punk and goth electro realms, HALLOWS formed in 2018 in Minneapolis / St. Paul, but have since made their way to the west coast. Consisting of Dom R. (vocals, guitar, synth, drum programming) and Vanee D. (vocals, synth, bass), their music presents layers of yearning sounds that bleed into uplifting, sanguine beats. Their compositions offer intimate messages about modern-day malaise conveyed through an exposed, vulnerable lens.

LYCHGATE: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Incarnate” As Also sprach Futura Nears March Release Via Debemur Morti Productions

UK-based black/doom metal outfit LYCHGATE is preparing to unveil their new record, Also sprach Futura, through Debemur Morti Productions in March. With the release date closing in, Decibel Magazine is now streaming the new single, “Incarnate,” alongside an interview with the band.

Track Premiere: Lychgate – “Incarnate”

National Recording Artists TWIZTID Partner with Producer of Amazon’s “THE BOYS” for New Animated Series

Comic book series Haunted High-Ons, featuring national recording artists TWIZTID, is the latest property from publisher SOURCE POINT PRESS to enter a production partnership for an animated series.

As announced this past weekend at the Astronomicon pop culture convention, which was founded and is run by TWIZTID, the sold-out comic book series has now entered into a production partnership with NightSky Productions, owned by Ken F. Levin, executive producer of comic-to-screen series Preacher on AMC and The Boys on Amazon Prime.

National Recording Artists TWIZTID Partner with Producer of Amazon’s “THE BOYS” for New Animated Series


Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes today announce What Kinda Music – a masterful collaboration between two artists of very different disciplines, and one of the most unique and seamlessly original projects of its ilk to date, slated for an April 24th release on Blue Note, one of the most legendary music labels around and one known for moving the needle of jazz through the decades.