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Ant Saunders Taps Audrey Mika For New Version of “Yellow Hearts” Via Arista Records

Today, 19-year-old Ant Saunders taps fellow artist-on-the-rise, Audrey Mika, for an infectious new version of his smash hit, “Yellow Hearts”, via Arista Records. Emanating a nostalgic and intimate tone, the track is further highlighted by Ant and Audrey’s stellar vocal abilities and undeniable chemistry, as seen in both the official and acoustic videos.


Brownout’s legendary status as a “Funk Powerhouse” (Stereogum) is a reputation well deserved. The band of musicians have an impressive resume performing with Prince (RIP), GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Bernie Worrell (RIP), and accolades from Ozzy Osbourne for their Brownout Presents: Brown Sabbath project. The latter helped grab the attention of Fat Beats Records, who worked with the band to release the critically acclaimed Public Enemy instrumentals project Fear of A Brown Planet in 2018. The Austin 9-piece is back with their first full length album of original music in over 8 years. The album, aptly titled, Berlin Sessions (out March 6, 2020 on Fat Beats) was produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and is the first with lead singer Alex Marrero, whom they originally collaborated with on their wildly successful Brown Sabbath records. Berlin Sessions finds the group merging a multitude of styles, from rock to psych and of course the Latin Funk and Breakbeat on which they have built their sixteen-year career and reputation as Austin’s premier party-starters.

Catholic Action share new single “Another Name For Loneliness”

Catholic Action are today sharing a brand-new single for their fast-approaching new album “Celebrated by Strangers.” “Another Name For Loneliness” sees the band explore new approaches.

STONUS: London-based Cypriot doom/stoner rockers share single “Mania”

After half a decade of musical experimentation and constant learning, between UK and Cyprus, Stonus is ready to release their awaited debut album, Aphasia, this March 6th through Electric Valley Records (vinyl — red, gold and die-hard editions) and through Daredevil Records (CD). Recorded live at Wreck it Sounds Studios with a completely analog approach, Aphasia tries to imitate the mental disorder in a more spiritual and personal perception, allowing the listeners to travel to their own musical path.

ULTRAÍSTA – Reveal ‘Anybody’ single

Ultraísta have shared a new track from their first new album in eight years – ‘Sister’ – out March 13th on Partisan Records.

“Anybody” weaves an orchestra through the band’s sophisticated, enthralling, electronic pop sound, and singer Laura Bettinson uses her face as a canvas in the accompanying self-directed music video. Watch below and feel free to share.

Introducing MT.LOW the music-art project with debut single ‘Fade (Into View)’

Before releasing any music, MT. LOW built a visual world around them that caught the eye of world renowned photography magazine Ignant and the inspirational youth platform Fucking Young!. Capturing an inspiring trip to Mojave Desert they developed a compelling artistic vision which both magazines published. Now, the London based lo-fi duo are releasing their debut track ‘Fade (Into View)’ from upcoming mixtape ‘Lost Of Love’.

‘FYALMA’ is Ruben Dawnson’s big fuck you anthem to anxiety

Commit the name Ruben Dawnson to your memory now. It’s a name you’ll be hearing often as the young Norwegian artist unravels all the genre-blending and emotionally expressive music he’s been working on over the past year.

He’s making his first entrance with the brilliantly titled ‘FYALMA’, standing for ‘Fuck You Anxiety Leave Me Alone’. How many times have we all wanted to shout that at our inner demons? Well, hit play on this indie-pop gem and you can singalong with Dawnson as cuts the tie to this emotional anchor.

Leslie Odom, Jr. Debuts Music Video For “Go Crazy”

The track is off the singer’s third full-length album and first of original material, Mr, which was released in November 2019 via S-Curve Records/BMG and is now available for purchase on vinyl exclusively at Barnes & Noble here. Directed by Sarah McColgan, the upbeat video finds Leslie captivated by his muse, and letting their magnetic energy guide them together in harmony.

London shoegazers HONEY LUNG release epic new cut ‘Be My Friend’

London alt-rockers Honey Lung launch scintillating new cut ‘Be My Friend’, set for release February 12th via Big Scary Monsters (American Football, Martha, Orchards).

Newly-signed to the cult indie label, ‘Be My Friend’ marks the first offering from the band this year as their plans begin to take shape, with a London headliner and several festival appearances already lined up over the coming months.

Billy Talent Share Release Chapter of Short Film

Billy Talent have released the second chapter of their episodic short film Forgiveness. Based on the song “Forgiveness II,” which was released by the band last November, the new episode features gripping performances from UFC superstars Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Rose Namajunas.


Los Angeles alternative pop songstress WENS unveils a new single entitled “Beauty Queen” today via R&R/Warner Records. The track eloquently weaves together pop and alternative on this tale of unrequited love for an older beau, illuminating her uncanny individuality. “Beauty Queen” will be available on WENS’ debut EP, Lemoncholy available March 6th.

PHARMACOSE Releases Official Music Video for “Checked Out”

Jacksonville, FL Alternative Rock Band PHARMACOSE has released the official music video for their single, “Checked Out.” Originally premiered on PureGrainAudio with a full interview with front-man WES JONES, “Checked Out” was directed by Kurt St. Thomas.

Watch BRKN LOVE “Flies in the Honey” Video

BRKN LOVE, the brainchild of 21-year-old Toronto native Justin Benlolo, released their self-titled debut today, February 14, via Spinefarm Records.


On May 1, Capitol Records will release Sam Smith’s third album, To Die For. Today, Smith shared the title track and the accompanying video. Opening with a sample from the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko, the new track pairs soaring strings and evocative piano with Smith’s distinctive vocals and the plaintive confession, “I just want somebody to die for.” The global superstar recorded the song with Jimmy Napes and Stargate, who also collaborated with Smith on 2017’s “Too Good At Goodbyes,” now certified 4x Platinum in the U.S.


Migos have shared their new song and video “Give No Fxk feat. Young Thug & Travis Scott”, out today on Quality Control Music / Motown / Capitol Records. The video premiered today on BET Jams, BET Hip Hip and in Times Square on the Viacom billboard. This marks Migos’ first new single since Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 2. Making a cameo in the “Give No Fxk” video is the Can-Am Ryker, the three-wheel vehicle that the trio brought into the mainstream in 2019. Migos have also dropped new merch alongside the release bearing the “Give No Fxk” mantra, available now HERE.


CHANGES, the highly-anticipated new album from Grammy Award®-winning global superstar Justin Bieber, arrives today via RBMG/Def Jam Recordings, along with the official public on-sale for tickets to the Changes Tour, presented by T-Mobile with special guests Kehlani and Jaden Smith. The tour, promoted by AEG Presents, kicks off in Seattle on Thursday, May 14th.