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Platinum-certified artist Alec Benjamin has released a brand new single from his highly-anticipated debut album, These Two Windows, out April 3rd. “Oh My God” arrives today following his track “Demons” as well as previously released singles “Mind Is A Prison,” “Must Have Been The Wind,” and “Jesus in L.A.”


“‘Fkn Around’ explores a beat that’ll undoubtedly have you tapping your foot upon first listen, then you’ll have the chorus stuck in your head all day.”
– V Magazine

“After first premiering the song exclusively at NPR Music during 2019’s Tiny Desk Fest, Phony Ppl has finally decided to bless fans with “Fkn Around,” a grooving, sorry-not-sorry romp about blurring the lines of infidelity.”

“‘Fkn Around’ is an undeniable feel-good jam focused on sexual freedom and empowerment.”
– Highsnobiety

Early James Shares Video For New Song “High Horse” Via Rolling Stone County

On the heels of his tour opening for The Marcus King Band, Early James has confirmed a support tour of Canada with The Black Keys. He has previously announced dates with The Lone Bellow and Shovels & Rope throughout the United States.

Alabama Singer-Songwriter Early James Evokes Desolation in ‘High Horse’ Video


Speaking to American Songwriter, Harrison adds, “the song was written and recorded in a cozy studio barn in the English countryside with Nick Atkinson and End Holloway. For me, it’s a song written about when you’ve suddenly taken a step back out of your day or your week and you really notice that you’re caught up in your own world. The pace of things seems to be rushing a little too fast for your liking, so you stop to re-assess.”

Mura Masa debuts “Live Like We’re Dancing” video

“Live Like We’re Dancing” is taken from Mura Masa’s acclaimed new album R.Y.C. (Raw Youth Collage), out now on Geffen, which also features collaborations with Clairo, Tirzah, Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice and more.



When speaking about his new EP, BEXEY shared, “I had to take time out to reset, to approach everything with a fresh perspective. I was constantly escaping and pouring alcohol all over my inner problems instead of sitting down and listening to what’s going on. I had to step away from all the liquor and drugs, the fake friends, the lies, the cameras, the demands, everything. It’s like I hit randomize on the ‘create a character’ section of a video game, didn’t like who I was but still played the game every single day. I’ve reset now, I am my own best friend again. The entire lifestyle is different, the approach to music, the morning ritual, diet…everything. A whole new chapter.”

JONNY CRAIG releases new single/music video “Forelsket (Euphoria)”

“Forelsket (Euphoria) is about the euphoric feeling of being in love and longing for it once it’s gone” – Jonny Craig

Hayfitz Shares “Daylight” Single, Announces Debut LP Out May 2020, On Tour Now + Playing SXSW

Today, NYC-based indie folk artist Hayfitz shares new single “Daylight” and announces his upcoming album Capsules, due out May 2020. Today, Northern Transmissions offers a first listen of the the new single. This is the second single to be released from the upcoming debut – lead single “Pinpoint” released last Fall, kicking off the new solo project. Hayfitz is currently on tour throughout North America, performing at various venues, private residences and other nontraditional venues, and will be a showcasing artist at SXSW 2020 – keep an eye out for more dates around the festival in March to be announced, along with more North American dates supporting the release. Capsules LP is out in May 2020.

Hayfitz Debuts New Single “Daylight”

Greek Hard Rock Quartet PUTA VOLCANO Reveals First Video from Upcoming Album, “AMMA”

Lyrically “Black Box” challenges the constant struggle to become something more, against all odds and against adversity. The song’s video provides a visualization of this struggle.

“The concept of the ‘Black Box’ music video is a metaphorical depiction of the struggles a contemporary individual, and more specifically a woman, goes through,” the band explains. “A literal battlefield of symbolism and stereotypes thrown against us daily, formed by societal norms and fixed gender roles. We all have encountered these as we run closer to our own finishing lines, minute by minute.”


Hip Hop artist Blacc Zacc (South Coast Music Group/Interscope Records) has just released his new video, “Carolina Narco,” directed by Grizz Lee. The one-shot visual opens with the rapper being escorted from a private plane, presumably by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Blacc Zacc maintains his composure as he makes his way through a crowd of fans and reporters without breaking his stride or flow. Laced with wordplay, Blacc Zacc’s narcotics-infused lyrics make the track a strong addition to his growing catalog and a favorable introduction for new fans.

Salvatore Ganacci is half-man / half-motorcycle in “Boycycle” video

Salvatore Ganacci returns to OWSLA for his stellar second act and music video “Boycycle” (feat. Sébastien Tellier) from the Boycycle EP, out today. Salvatore has become a phenomenon in electronic music for his unique and carefree attitude after his strikingly unconventional hit video “Horse” which has garnered over 20 million views to date. The video for “Boycycle” follows a troubled Salvatore who is half-boy / half-motorcycle (AKA boycycle) as he struggles to find his place in the world, and more importantly a partner to share it with. The Boycycle EP additionally includes two new songs “Heartbass” (feat. Tommy Cash) and “Interest in Sport”. Watch the video below and share with everyone you love.

CLIFFFS Release LP Today + Share Video for “Undone”

“With driving drums and fuzzed out bass, the track has a proto-punk feel reminiscent of the MC5 or Iggy and the Stooges. Mostly video clips of live performances, the band in shirts and not bleeding at all so that’s not very Iggy and the Stooges-like. Through funky projections and different camera lens, the video gives the track a lo-fi, psychedelic feel as well as capturing the band’s manic energy live.” – Surviving the Golden Age


The French melodic hardcore/punk band STINKY – who have played more than 350 shows across 15 different countries in support of their first two albums, including a standout performance at last year’s Hellfest – have signed with America’s M-Theory Audio for the release of their forthcoming third full-length, “Of Lost Things,” which will be released in May.

While the band’s name might seem curious to some, STINKY’s music – a raucous blend of melodic punk and hardcore with a metal edge – unquestionably passes the smell test. The band capably fuses melody with an affinity for violence, making the quintet a combustible mix of energy and aggression.

The Ballroom Thieves release new sociopolitical themed album Unlovely

New England sweethearts, The Ballroom Thieves – Calin “Callie” Peters (vocals, cello, bass), Martin Earley (vocals, guitar), and Devin Mauch (vocals, percussion) – have released their highly anticipated album Unlovely (out now via Nettwerk Records). The new album delves deep into the themes of gender equality, the global status quo, and even personal relationships.

Incorporating musical styles that range from Motown to classic rock and metal, Unlovely maintains the recognizable, nostalgia-tinged sound of The Ballroom Thieves’ previous outputs while pushing a heightened brashness.

Julius Wilder – ‘Lovebird’

““Lovebird” is a song about how every single choice we make has consequences for those around us. How something so pure as love can become a beast beyond our own control.”

“Lovebird” starts out with a seemingly beautiful and sweet relationship only to gradually unfold and reveal the reality. Just like life, the story isn’t straightforward.

Diamond Shake premieres “Birdsong” video, announces music video series

Diamond Shake, the solo project of LA-based singer/songwriter Matt Hitchens, released their debut full-length, From Method to Madness, late last year, but Hitchens announced plans today for an animated music video series to accompany each track from Madness, starting with “Birdsong.”

“Diamond Shake is a musician that is constantly amazing me in many ways,” Jammerzine’s Ryan Martin wrote on the video release today. “With the video for ‘Birdsong’, he again teams up with the mega-talented animator Dominique Bloink, who is another person who never ceases to impress me. This symbiont relationship between these two artists is one that I hope lasts a lifetime.”

The Tristones Release New Song and Lyric Video for “Camaro”

“Camaro was a fun song to write. I wanted to have a song that had an Al Green type feel but I never felt like I was the kind of guy to sing Al Green type lyrics. I decided to change the narrative to be about a car and give it a silly play on a love song,” explains Clark. The track came together quickly and was enhanced by the magic of the full band. “I showed it to the guys in the band, Gregory Jones on bass and Adam Jackson on drums, and they play that style so naturally it clicked right away! We recorded it in Maine and my good friend Dylan Heming overdubbed the keys in Toronto,” Clark describes. “Camaro” is a fun twist on a love story, with the object of Clark’s affection being this desirable, classic muscle car. Catch The Tristones playing their album release show on Stage Two at New York City’s venerable Rockwood Music Hall on Friday, April 3rd!

Glass Forest – WATCH/LISTEN: “I Remember”

“Sometimes our minds fill in the blanks and jealousy can get out of hand, ultimately causing our relationships to implode. Sometimes you look back on past relationships in a different light and while you still have an appreciation for the love you shared, you also realize that your feelings have changed and it can never be the same.

Since two of us [Nick & Abby] had previously dated, “I Remember” was written and performed by two people actually going through this kind of situation. We tried to be as open and honest as we could throughout the writing process, as it’s written about a sensitive subject (jealousy) from two different perspectives of our past relationship.”

AKA George Returns with banging new single on Anti Fragile Music (USA)

Known for his flamboyant electric performances and pulsating melodies, performer AKA GEORGE shares his debut EP ‘BAD FOR YOU’ set for release with NYC label Anti Fragile Music.

Based out of East London, George, a multi-instrumentalist straddles genre with a sensational blend of rich electric guitar riffs and robust vocals, while tracks such as ‘Up All Night’ flourishes with bubble-gum pop provoking memories of The 1975. A buzz artist for BBC Introducing, George is no stranger to the live circuit, having toured extensively across Europe, and selling out venues across London, and the UK. In 2018 he went on to headline the Silver Hayes Stage at Glastonbury at the request of the BBC.

‘Bloodmoon’ – CRYPTEX Releases New Single and Video

It’s a well-known fact that the music is at its most powerful when it arouses our curiosity instead of simply providing us with prefabricated answers. When it caresses our soul rather than just rousing our intellect. When it boldly embraces revelations unapologetically and is not afraid to dig deep instead of anxiously scratching the surface. CRYPTEX combines all these qualities on Once Upon A Time. The third album of the band from North Germany is their most emotional, most profound and uncompromising piece of work yet, arresting in its propensity for darkness. An album with songs stylistically ranging from (progressive) rock to metal, from calm to violent, from catchy to virtuous tunes.

Canadian indie pop artist Gregory Pepper & His Problems release ‘I Know Now Why You Cry’ LP

Gregory Pepper on ‘I Know Now Why You Cry’

“My new album is called I Know Now Why Why You Cry, an allusion to the Terminator’s wistful goodbye to his de facto son before sinking into a vat of molten steel. The songs were all written during a one year period in which my father died and I myself became a dad. It’s a study on loss and succession presented, more or less, in chronological order.

I shamelessly indulged my SMilLE-era Beach Boys fetish while recording. There’s a glut of baroque instruments, echoing drums, and dense vocal harmonies. The finished album sits somewhere on that classic pop spectrum but with cynical, irreverent themes and punk-ish delivery. It’s a proper culmination of the last decade’s worth of Gregory Pepper & His Problems albums: Melancholy nursery rhymes intended to pacify disheartened grown ups.”

Dante Palminteri Entitled ‘I Don’t Even Know You’

An early sufferer of anxiety and dyslexia, Palminteri found solace in the last place one would expect: written word. Dreaming up lyrics on teen heartbreak and defying the status quo, he set his sights on a long-term career in songwriting, eventually strumming his way into Berklee College of Music. He confides, “Growing up I couldn’t relate to using words in an academic setting, but when I discovered how to manipulate them to write my music they became a superpower. I want my music to speak to others and give them a soundtrack to their own lives”.

Little Hurt Delivers On New Single “Better Drugs”

On his new single, Little Hurt shares, “”‘Better Drugs’ is really the song that made me realize it was time for me to move on from The Mowgli’s and really tell my own story. I hadn’t even been thinking of starting a solo project but after writing this song everyone around me was like ‘okay this is special, this is different, this is new… you’re on to something here.'” It was at that point it became clear that I had to jump off the cliff, no matter how scary it was, to pursue what was out there for me behind the door I hadn’t yet opened.”


Manchester’s synth pop artist HEART OF GOLD are currently on the road in the UK as support to South Carolina shoegazers HUNDRETH, having joined the tour in Manchester last Sunday and ending the run in London on the 17th of February. Today, the solo project of BEING AS AN OCEAN guitarist Michael McGough has released a video for soaring new track ‘See Through’, via SharpTone Records.

WATCH: Jah9 “Talks ‘Out Loud on Purpose’ Life” (Billboard) on New Video “Highly (Get To Me)”

“As my search takes me inward, with the practice of ritual and discipline, I can attest that it is all best applied with the supplement of a guide. With ‘Highly (Get To Me),’ I was able to distill some of the conversations close to my heart, about the role of the guide in our lives. In stories of old, the motif of the guide serves as a cautionary companion on the hero’s journey. I have His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, a marker against which I contrast the routes in my own path, and the path of others,” Jah9 explains.

Ana Cristina Cash Releases New Single, “Renegade Rose,” Now Available

Written alongside GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter Jodi Marr and GRAMMY nominated artist Jim Camacho, “Renegade Rose” tells the story of lovers in the “city of broken dreams.” the couple acts as partners in crime as they wreak havoc and jump ship in a getaway car, “He hits that gasoline when I say ‘here we go’… cause there ain’t no such thing as going way too far,” sings the powerful songstress as she paints a picture of a runaway love.

The Frogs Share “The Business Man” Via AV Club

Today, Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs share, “The Business Man (8th Day)” the second track off of their upcoming album “1st” out April 3rd via End of All Music. The single was premiered with The A.V. Club, praising, “It is quintessential Frogs. The first minute or so repeats a single electric guitar lick, paired to a recounting of god’s first seven days creating the universe, like a funhouse-mirror follow-up to Jesus Christ Superstar’s “39 Lashes.” But then it erupts into distorted riffing and pounding drums, as the lyrics recount god’s subsequent creation of a business man and the eventual meeting with the devil.”

Zone 6 Duo Yung Mal & Lil Quill Get “Back @ It” on Miami Beach in a New Video

Armed with the fastest and freshest flows in their hometown, Mal & Quill have an electrifying chemistry. Reconnecting for the first time since last summer’s “Wave” single, the Zone 6 duo shares “Back @ It,” a brand new music video. Weaving their way through minor-key pianos and syncopated hi-hats courtesy of Kino Beats, Mal & Quill celebrate their success with rhythmic interplay, craftily confirming their boss status: “New spot, new car, everyday brand new cheddar/We pop it like Belaire/Gotta thank God, boy that whole squad doin’ better.” The video alternates daytime shots on a South Beach balcony with nights in Miami backstreets, as the impeccably-dressed duo bop to the tune of their own banger. “Back @ It” is a single from Don Quillon, Lil Quill’s recent mixtape.

Kyle Davis – ‘Make It Count’

Stepping back for a moment of reflection, Kyle Davis realizes now, perhaps more than ever, that music can be a vehicle for change. No stranger to success, his music has received attention from Sony Records and Phil Ramone via Don Dixon, four stars from Rolling Stone and a cover feature in Billboard Magazine calling him “one of the best unsigned artists.” In addition, Davis has shared the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Shawn Colvin, The Wallflowers and Sheryl Crow. While Davis has received extensive accolades over the course of his career, his forthcoming album set to release January 31st, 2020 called Make it Count is about more than simply making music. Woven together with the wisdom of life’s profound experiences, Make it Count offers a timeless reflection encouraging listeners to make the most of the time that they have.

Black Violin Releases “One Step” Music Video Focusing on Immigration, Gun Violence, and Police Brutality

Today, Black Violin, the classical-meets-hip-hop duo of Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste, released an intense new video for their song “One Step.” Featuring three different story lines, the video centers around the issues of immigration, gun violence, and police brutality. The music video premiered at The Root, who said it “takes viewers on an emotional journey through America’s current climate.”

HARLOE Releases “Crush On You (Acoustic)”

“HARLOE makes a lasting impression in her leap from the gentle pop tune to the captivatingly sensual visual, which only adds a deeper dimension to her emotionally rich lyricism” – Billboard

“classical piano lends a refined elegance to [HARLOE’s] pop bombast, and it’s that balance of strong musical foundation and innovative production technique that puts the artist in a league of her own.” – V Magazine

“[gracing] us with her gentle yet delectable pop…[“Rivers Run Dry”] vibrates with poignancy and grace, adorned with stunning vocals and a polished production” – Earmilk

Luna Li Premieres New Single “Trying” via Under The Radar

A strong female presence in the indie rock music world, Luna Li is unabashedly herself. With over 14 years of classical piano and violin training, Luna has a unique musical sensibility. The last year has seen Luna Li support Born Ruffians and Hollerado on their Ontario tour dates, as well as sets at MattyFest (Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents), River & Sky (U.S. Girls, Fucked Up), Crystal Lake (Orville Peck), NXNE (Dizzy) and many more.

Montana based artist Valentine shares second single “Quarters”

Valentine is a 17 year-old lo fi, bedroom pop artist based out of a small town in Montana. Growing up, Valentine was never into sports or video games. His love has always lied in music and only music.

Valentine’s new single “Quarters,” the official follow-up to “Baby Girl” is about explaining to someone you care deeply about all the bad things you have done in your past. Although you’ve done some bad things, there is still some good left in you. This becomes very clear in the chorus “My heart’s not very good but my couch is full of quarters, that I promise.”


Rising Norwegian singer-songwriter Jarle Skavhellen shares heartfelt new tune, “Lion,” off his forthcoming April 17th EP, Northern Lights. The track pairs his delicate delivery with hushed strumming as he candidly discusses the fear that comes with watching your loved ones grow older.


Today, HRVY released his new single, “Me Because Of You,” and the accompanying video. The internationally renowned, Platinum-selling pop artist recorded the song in Oslo, Norway with producer Earwulf (Jason Derulo). HRVY co-wrote “Me Because Of You” with his fans in mind, crediting them for making him the artist he is today.


PUBLIC is a Rock/Pop band from Cincinnati, Ohio comprised of grade school friends – John Vaughn (vocals/guitar), Matthew Carter Alvarado (bass/synth/vocals), and Ben Lapps (percussion). From playing their first show ever in a high school talent show to touring and performing with well-known acts such as Twenty One Pilots, Walk the Moon, and The Driver Era (just to name a few), PUBLIC has quickly grown a loyal fan base thanks to their electrifying stage presence.

New Music: Rome & Duddy Release Single “And It Stoned Me” Today

Rome Ramirez, the smooth harmonic lead singer from Sublime with Rome, has come together with Duddy B, iconic vocalist and guitarist of Dirty Heads, for a new project Rome & Duddy. The duo released their debut single today, their version of the Van Morrison song, “And It Stoned Me.”