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Maya de Vitry To Release Sophomore Record How To Break A Fall

“This album is about losing your balance, and landing without breaking yourself or breaking your spirit,” says Maya de Vitry of her second album, How To Break A Fall; a collection of songs alive with de Vitry’s tenacity and perseverance—living breathing stories here to help others on their journey as they did de Vitry with hers. “The stories on this record are also about how to get on your feet, how to move, and how to keep trusting yourself to take another step.” For de Vitry, taking another step included following up her critically-acclaimed solo debut, Adaptations; her first after the 2018 disbanding of her longtime group, The Stray Birds.

Maya de Vitry To Release Sophomore Record “How To Break A Fall“

The Reverend Shawn Amos Shares New Video “Stranger Than Today”

American roots artist The Reverend Shawn Amos has shared a new video for his track “Stranger Than Today.” The video is currently streaming via American Songwriter who writes, “After making the move from Los Angeles to Texas, Amos found himself with an abundance of freedom that he had not felt before as an artist. This new free-spirited way of life created a desire to explore his past while still pursuing his future.” Amos will release his new album Blue Sky on April 17th.

Get a Sneak Preview of Jack River’s V-Day EP “Stranger Heart” Today Exclusively via FORBES!

Rising Australian star Jack River is gearing up to take on the world in 2020 with her new Stranger Heart EP and extensive touring plans including a stop at this year’s SXSW and shows in Los Angeles, New York City and Toronto.

The EP is out tomorrow, Valentine’s Day, and follows up her 2018 debut LP Sugar Mountain that features platinum single “Fool’s Gold” and earned 3 ARIA Nominations and an APRA Nomination. It also follows her 2019 single “Sugar” with Peking Duk that also earned an ARIA Nomination.

DIRT WOMAN: BrooklynVegan Streams New Track From Maryland Psychedelic Doom Unit

BrooklynVegan is currently streaming “Creator,” the newest track from Maryland psychedelic doom unit DIRT WOMAN. The hazy hymn comes off the band’s impending debut full-length, The Glass Cliff, set for release next month via Grimoire Records.

Electro Pop Artist Blaque Rose

Blaque Rose is releasing an incredibly impressive animated video for the leading single “Silver Train” off of his upcoming EP “Super Natural” on Valentines Day! Animated by Brandi Meadows, the video uses adolescent imagery (like baby cherubs, spin the bottle, picking dandelions) to describe a point in your life when you’re hit with Cupid’s arrow hard enough that it pushes you right back into those nerves that you get as a child no matter how old you are. The song is about spontaneous crushes; that butterflies fluttering in your stomach, heart-racing feeling you can get from a person you may not even know yet.

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

“Our usual comfort zone has typically been slow, low and atmospheric but we really wanted to just let loose on this one with a much faster pace,” Sedey says. “All while still including those atmospheric, melodic elements to sound like an evolution of, but not a reimagining of, ORPHANS OF DOOM.”

Heart Bones (Har Mar Superstar) Share “I Like Your Way”

Pop duo consisting of Sean Tillmann (Har Mar Superstar) and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog/Sweet Spirit) crafted the perfect single just in time for Valentine’s day about loving all of your partners’ quirks. The single has already been featured in Atwood Magazine’s Valentines Day Feature. Sabrina Ellis gave a break down of the song below.

Valentine’s Day 2020: Songs of Love & Heartache

Madonna Becomes First Artist Ever To Score 50 #1s On Any Billboard Chart

Madonna celebrates another career milestone as she extends her incredible record-breaking career with the remix of her song “I Don’t Search I Find,” which topped the Billboard “Dance Club Songs” chart, becoming her 50th #1 hit track-the most ever for an artist on that chart. Madonna is also the first artist ever to score as many as 50 #1s on any single Billboard chart.

Madonna says: “Dance is my first love, so every time one of my songs is celebrated in the clubs and recognized on the charts it feels like home. I never take the support of my fans for granted and its always like the very first time .”

ALYXX Announces Upcoming Single “My Last Goodbye,” Out 2/21

New York-based hard rock project ALYXX have announced the upcoming release of their new single “My Last Goodbye,” out on all digital platforms February 21st. ALYXX’s first release of the new year, “My Last Goodbye” is an emotive open letter that waves goodbye to a toxic vice. After embarking on their first tour in 2019, ALYXX has spent extensive time solidifying their emboldened sound. Impassioned and dynamic, ALYXX is creating a unique blend of theatrics and rock instrumentation to create a synth-metal dream.

ALYXX Announces Upcoming Single “My Last Goodbye,” Out 2/21

STREAM: “dreamin'” by pink roses

LA-based pink roses consists of Dave Fontenot and Nate Tepper, two former Silicon Valley tech entrepreneurs who left it all behind to pursue their passion for music. With only three singles out, the duo reached 500,000+ streams in half a year and sold out three shows.


Chicago-based vocalist/songwriter Jan James will release her 11th full length album, Justify, on March 6, 2020 via Blue Palace Records. The 12-tracks are a confident display of the heart-centered artistry that’s been the backbone of Jan’s work since the ’90s.

The album opens with an accessible, upbeat love song, “I’m Always Coming Back,” before launching into the title track and first single, “Justify” where Jan’s uniquely emotional vocal quality enmeshed with guitarist Craig Calvert’s exceptional guitar work.

Portland’s Olivia Awbrey shares “Advanced State of Decay” from upcoming May 1 album

Portland, OR guitarist, singer and lyricist Olivia Awbrey crafts transcendental guitar riffs that pierce through her self-aware and culturally critical storytelling, making way for a new voice on the indie rock scene that parallels the heavy hitters. Her debut, self-released EP Fight or Fight quickly found popularity and led to sold out shows throughout the West Coast and UK. Awbrey balances sardonic critique of politics and culture with measured optimism and witty self-interrogation of her place in the world as a queer woman. Her debut LP, Dishonorable Harvest (Quick Pickle Records), blends guitar feedback and pop-infused synth lines of poetic intrigue and relatable angst.

Electrifying debut single “Love You Better” from Houston alt pop act HAUNTER

Houston based rising star pop act HAUNTER traces their roots back to 2016. Originally a studio project helmed by Enoma Asowata (guitar, synth), the band quickly evolved into a 4 piece featuring tour de-force vocalist Lucy Lenoire, bassist Mark Schroeder and multi instrumentalist Mike Ray. Under the tutelage of Grammy-nominated producer & musician Tyler Smyth (I Prevail, member of Dangerkids), the band honed in on a radio friendly sound that meshes their individual influences (emo, metal, Warped Tour..you get the vibe) with a pop sensibility and style that will be familiar to fans of groups like Imagine Dragons, Chvrches, Ellie Goulding and The Chainsmokers.

Live Well’s 2 Song ‘Winter Jawn’ EP Out Today

The EP is the follow up to 2019’s ‘Perfectly Temporary’ (which they recorded at Lumberyard Recording Studios with Ace Enders of The Early November and Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard). “Winter Jawn” is the first of many releases the band has planned for 2020

Live Well spent 2019 on the road, capping the year off with a stint supporting Man Overboard at their sold-out show at Philly’s First Unitarian of Philadelphia in December.

HE IS WE New single “Amazing Grace” Out Now; First New Music Since 2018

He Is We’s new single “Amazing Grace” is out today on all digital outlets. This is the first single release since 2018 for Rachel Taylor. The song is a romantic pop anthem that you will be singing along to immediately. This is also the first release through InVogue Records.

Washington based He Is We is fronted by vocalist Rachel Taylor. HIW’s debut album, released in 2010, hit the Billboard charts and accumulated over 100 million streams. In 2017 the follow-up album was released and has already racked up nearly 50 million streams online.

Portland indie folk artist Kathryn Claire

Singer-songwriter Kathryn Claire is home. After a decade on the road and in studios as a side person supporting countless talented artists, the Portland, Oregon-based artist returns to give herself fully to her unique brand of alt-folk.

MAH (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Synopsis: The story of a mother who will have to face one of the biggest problems that Canarian indigenous society suffered. An emotional and profound story about the love that leads a mother to face any threat to defend a son or daughter.

Papur Wal share brand new video for ‘Meddwl Am Hi’

“Meddwl am Hi” is simply overflowing with power pop, distorted charm, tight yet lose, throwaway yet heartfelt. Papur Wal with tongue in cheek glee describe the song as their ‘attempt at writing a hit single’. With touches of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci subversive pop, 80/90s American alternative fuzz slacker kings Pavement and Dinosaur Jr and a sugared cherry of 70s west coast sunshine placed on top ‘Meddwl am Hi’ is irresistible. Lick your lips, this is a song to be savoured…..a taste of what other musical delights Papur Wal have in store for us this year…a year that will be known as theirs.

ChaunSAY Mackin’ – EASTSIDE MACKIN’ / Perspective

‘Eastside Mackin’ / Perspective’ is a two track cut that first highlights ChaunSAY Mackin’s hometown featuring gritty production by Evidence. The second half of the track ‘Perspective’ gives you insight to the mindset of ChaunSAY Mackin’ as he continues to navigate through his quarter life crisis.

MIDDLE-AGED QUEERS (Bay Area Queercore) Announce New Album

Oakland, CA queercore sensations Middle-Aged Queers have dropped a new single and video titled “Gary’s Making Biscuits.” The song appears on the band’s upcoming debut album ‘Too Fag For Love’ out March 14 via the band’s own label Outpunx Records, in collaboration with Bay Area indie Sell The Heart Records, run by Andy Pohl of Tsunami Bomb.


Sextreme Disco band LORDS OF ACID will be making a hotly anticipate return to the US with the MAKE ACID GREAT AGAIN TOUR! Iconic founder PRAGA KHAN will be working double time warming up the dance floor as well as joining the chicanery alongside LOA fan favorites MARIEKE BRESSELEERES,DieTrich THRALL, and GALEN WALING, with guitar legend MARK GEMINI THWAITE and ASHLEY BAD adding to the debauchery. AESTHETIC PERFECTION and MXMS will round out the festivities!

Launching March 13th in Los Angeles, the celebration will make it’s way throughout the US, finishing April 15th in San Francisco.

DESERT NEAR THE END – “Of fire and stars”

Desert Near The End always thought of themselves as a missing link. Taking their first musical steps in the Greek Metal scene of the 90’s, they grew up with the great Power/Thrash Metal bands of that era.

In January 2018, Desert Near The End entered Incorporated M. Studios in Athens torecord their fourth album “Of Fire And Stars”. This album is a culmination of everything the band draws inspiration from. It’s a Power/Thrash Metal amalgam carved with Death/Black Metal tools. It’s lyrics speaks of how fire and stars literally and metaphorically fuelled human imagination throughout history for “good and bad”. The fitting artwork for the album was created by Giannis Nakos (Remedy Art Design). The album was released at March 22, 2019 by Total Metal Records.

Melbourne indie group Mantell return with dreamy new single, ‘St. Louis’

With its laid-back delivery and effortless charm, Mantell serves up a brand new taste of music in ‘St. Louis’. As the band’s first offering for the year, the single is bright and airy, giving listeners another insight into the band’s take on indie music of that sun-drenched variety.

Thrash Bandicoot: Release Debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal & Video of Title Track

Australian thrash/death metal band Thrash Bandicoot have just released their debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal on January 6. The title song is a display of “spine-wrenching thrash metal exploring the mentality of Jeffery Dahmer, the Milwaukee Cannibal”, states the band. Milwaukee Cannibal has been produced, engineered, mixed & mastered by Matt Clarke (Daemon Foetal Australian thrash/death metal band Thrash Bandicoot have just released their debut EP Milwaukee Cannibal on January 6.


LION BABE celebrate the conclusion of their ‘Cosmic Wind’ album’s journey with a three-part video series, kicking it off with the release of ‘Sexy Please’ Official Music Video on February 17th, ‘Different Planet” Official Music Video on March 9th, and ‘Cosmic Wind’ Official Music Video on March 31st, in conjunction with the album’s one-year anniversary.