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Alabama rapper, singer, and poet Chika has announced her debut EP Industry Games is coming soon via Warner Records and has shared her latest single, and the EP’s title track “Industry Games”. The track sets the stage for Chika’s highly awaited debut and features her signature flow as she unleashes lyrical lessons over a hard-hitting beat. Chika is the featured artist on Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist and she chatted with Zane Lowe for Beats 1’s New Music Daily Show.

Lil Baby shares “Sum 2 Prove” video

He also shared the tracklisting for the album including his recent hits “Woah” and “Catch The Sun” plus features from Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, Future and more. Lil Baby has had a dominant year in rap with five consecutive #1 songs at Urban radio, his first Grammy nomination and over 11+ billion global streams to date, firmly establishing him as one of the biggest names in rap. Watch “Sum 2 Prove” below.

THE WRAITH: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Ballad Of Aeon” Video

Los Angeles-based dark punk crew THE WRAITH presents a new video from their debut album, Gloom Ballet, which saw worldwide release through Southern Lord in late November. The new visual accompaniment to the track “Ballad Of Aeon” has been premiered through an exclusive at Decibel Magazine.

Video Premiere: The Wraith – “Ballad of Aeon”

Listen to White Elephant Orchestra’s new single ‘Rocket Ship’

After a 7 year stint as a drummer for Ani DiFranco, Andy Stochansky taught himself guitar and started writing songs. Not long after, he was spotted in a bar and quickly signed to RCA / Victor. After releasing and touring two albums, he moved to Los Angeles to write for other artists. Though his writing career was successful, he woke up one day and realized he had to create for himself again, so White Elephant Orchestra was born.

Sizzy Rocket Shares New Single “THAT BITCH”

“‘THAT BITCH’ is about owning yourself – even the crazy, messy, wild, emotional parts that might be ‘too much’ for people, even when you feel insane and down and alone. It’s about being unapologetic in the process of figuring out who you are and pummeling through anyone and anything that gets in your way,” Sizzy writes. “I hope it becomes the song you put on when you want to feel confident and sexy and dance in your mirror and let it all out and scream at the fucking world – because you’re THAT BITCH and you can be whoever the fuck you want to be!”

Skope | Yumi Zouma new single/video (Polyvinyl)

Acclaimed kiwi alt-pop band Yumi Zouma have released the new album single/video “Southwark”. It revels in the idea of being “imperfectly yours”, a love where we are unequivocally accepted for exactly who we are and wondering how that type of acceptance can ever end. The band will kick off a US Tour on March 12 in D.C with stops including SXSW, NYC, Los Angeles, and Treefort Music Fest.

Wave Break Premiere Music Video For “Out Of Breath”

New Jersey-based pop punk/emo band Wave Break have released a music video for their new single “Out Of Breath” via Ghost Killer Entertainment. The video comes just a week and half after the digital release, and the song quickly rose to become their fastest-streaming song on Spotify. The boisterous pop punk track is the band’s first release since their 2018 debut EP “Armory,” and is a rather personal release for lead vocalist Kelly Barber. Rounded out with bassist Ken Rapsas, Wave Break has underwent multiple lineup changes since their debut EP release. Barber’s feelings of frustration fueled the creation of “Out Of Breath,” and the result is a dynamic and emo rock powerhouse. The music video is a testament to the band’s live energy, highlighting an emotionally-charged performance by Barber. Just their first release of the new year, Wave Break is gearing up to continue on through 2020 with a vast amount of momentum.


Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker took place at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London on February 17, 2020. World-renowned guitarist Eric Clapton organized this one-time-only concert honoring former Cream and Blind Faith bandmate Ginger Baker and his lifetime in music. All proceeds of the evening went towards the charity Leonard Cheshire, which supports disabled people in the UK and around the world.


“The woozy-sounding R&B songs produced by Grand Prairie’s Kaash Paige are reminiscent of artists like SZA and Kehlani. And that’s probably why Dallas music fans have flocked to her SoundCloud page to stream her singles thousands of times.” – NPR


Atlantic Records/So Amazing Entertainment recording artist IV Jay has unveiled an infectious new single. “Love Song” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE; the track is joined by an equally powerful companion video that premiered today exclusively with PAPER, streaming now via YouTube.

BONE CHURCH: new song “Iron Temple” streaming on Astral Noize!

Connecticut stoner metallers BONE CHURCH unveil a doom-laden second excerpt from new album ‘Acid Communion’ today, ahead of its release this March 13th on Ripple Music.

BONE CHURCH’s new album ‘Acid Communion’ is an intense, proto-metal journey through a colonial era New England village, rife with the evils of witchcraft. The album tells tales of downtrodden townsfolk, suffering at the hands of a satanic cult. All under the omnipresent eye of the local church. The Bone Church. A heavy, blues-laden tale of sonic folklore.

Premiere: Bone Church – Iron Temple


Following 15 million Spotify streams on their collaboration “Raising Hell” and knockout television performances together on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE!, the American Music Awards, and Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the “Queen of Bounce” Big Freedia reunites with Kesha on the soulful and striking “Chasing Rainbows” out today. The empowering track, which touches upon the adversity Freedia faced growing up and rising above it, leads to a bright and bold refrain, “They don’t want to chase this rainbow.”

THE HEAVY EYES: The Obelisk Premieres New Track From Memphis Psychedelic Blues Rockers

Their fourth full-length and first new offering since 2015’s critically adored He Dreams Of Lions, THE HEAVY EYES continues to deliver their fuzzed out, bluesy, hypnotic riffs, this time with the addition of long-time recording engineer, Matthew Qualls, as second guitarist. Adding a new layer of depth to their groove, Qualls – who’s worked with the band for many years and has performed with them live in the past – enabled the band to collaborate in a different way exploring new song structures, tones, and attaining a bigger sound overall without stripping any of the grittiness and love of ’60s and ’70s rock that has shaped their sound since inception.

Review & Track Premiere: The Heavy Eyes, Love Like Machines

Vasudeva share new single ‘Breaks’

‘Breaks’, the first single to be taken from their forthcoming LP ‘Generator’, is the vibrant sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much and sees the band experiment with the dynamics of their instrumentation in a completely different way to that of previous material, honing in on much bigger and more focused concepts

WHOOP-Szo – The video for “Amaruq”

The video for “Amaruq” summarizes the thoughts, feelings and emotions conveyed on Warrior Down, our forthcoming new album. It seeks to find identity when it has been exterminated from your life. It looks into the past to find an indigenous future.

Gogol Bordello Vocalist TOBI to Release New Single “Tell Me Tell Me”

New York based vocalist TOBI (aka Ashley Tobias) is a professional entertainer known for her work as singer, dancer and percussionist for multi platinum gypsy punk group Gogol Bordello. Renowned for her electric performances and ability to create music that is both expressive and entertaining, TOBI’s work is epic in scale and grand in style, seeking to tell a story that demands to be heard. On February 28, TOBI will release her new single, “Tell Me Tell Me”, via Harlem record label Internet & Weed. The track, produced in conjunction with her partners and writing team, MRC Riddims (the DJ/production team of Alap Now [ex-Dälek] and Merc Yes), can be heard now at this location.


FOX has renewed the multi-Emmy Award-winning dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 17th season. From Industrial Media’s 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, and hosted by Emmy Award nominee Cat Deeley, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX.

Empty Country (Joe D’Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars) Shares “SWIM” With Pitchfork

On the track D’Agostino shares, “SWIM = Someone Who Isn’t Me. It’s a character sketch, as many of the songs on Empty Country are. The narrator is a composite of several people I met or observed while living in Kensington, a neighborhood in Philadelphia gravely affected by the ongoing opioid emergency in the United States. One day my wife Rachel pointed out in passing that some of our neighbors had old faces. She didn’t mean “old” in the sense that they were aging prematurely (though some certainly were), but that they had the faces of Dustbowl-era farmers we had seen in books and films.

Farmer Dave Scher’s freaky West Coast psych-jazz-folk project Californiosos

California mystical psych-jazz-folk duo Californiosos releases their new single “The Wanderer” today via Independent Release. The track comes from their self-titled album that is also out today. The project is the brainchild of Farmer Dave Scher and Michael Vest. Farmer Dave is known for his work with acts like Jenny Lewis, Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile, Vetiver and Father John Misty.

EARMILK premiered the album saying “…the end result is incredibly ambitious and bold, bringing moments that can foster true connection, or at the very least put on a great jam.”

AZURE EMOTE: Metal Injection Premieres “Three Six Nine” Lyric Video

AZURE EMOTE is the brainchild of vocalist Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Hypoxia, Divine Rapture) joined by guitarist Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction). The Third Perspective also sees drums provided Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy, Raven), bass from Kelly Conlon (Death, Pessimist, Monstrosity) who also played trumpet on “Three Six Nine,” vocals from Melissa Ferlaak (Therion, Plague of Stars, Echoterra, Aesma Daeva), violins from Pete Johansen (Sins Of Thy Beloved, Tristania, Morgul, Sirena), and keyboards by Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze, We Are Sentinels, Teramaze). Additional guest guitars on “Loss” are provided by Mark English (Monstrosity, Deicide), and on “Dark Realms” and “Solitary Striving” by Bob Davodian (Divine Rapture, Randall Flagg).

AZURE EMOTE Employs Members Of MONSTROSITY & DEATH For Prog Metal Madness

Eyedress – ‘Let’s Skip to the Wedding’ (single/video)

Eyedress is the alias of Filipino artist Idris Vicuña, formerly lead guitarist of psychedelic indie/noise-pop band Bee Eyes. Born in 1990 in the city of Makati, Philippines. Vicuña relocated to the US with his family at the age of 6. He was raised in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to San Clemente, California at the age of 13, where he started playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust-punk band.

Loveblind premiere “Daydream” on The Big Takeover

Shoegaze supergroup Loveblind announced new single “Daydream” earlier today with a music video premiere on The Big Takeover, officially releasing the single tomorrow ahead of their full-length debut, Sleeping Visions, in March.

“Fans of soaring and scintillating Cocteau Twins-esque dream pop and shoegaze be sure to take note,” The Big Takeover raves. “Sleeping Visions is essential listening.”

Danny Adams drops NEW VIDEO for upcoming album title track – SOUL HORIZON

Danny Adams has been known on the UK music scene as a solo acoustic performer. However, Danny has decided to mix things up and has turned to a full electrical setup for his debut album Soul Horizon which is set for release on April 20th 2020. Soul Horizon is the title track from the album and Danny wanted to introduce it with a lyric video.

PORN Premieres New Single/Video for “Low Winter Hope, pt 2”

PORN premiered their new single/ video for “Low Winter Hope, pt. 2” off of their anticipated album No Monsters in God’s Eyes, Act III today.

In this final act of the Mr Strangler Trilogy and No Monsters in God’s Eyes album series, the convicted serial killer Mr Strangler is facing his death, imprisoned and waiting for his execution while also being studied by psychiatrists.

KIALLA releases a new single, “Done”

Russian-Iranian duo, KIALLA shares the mesmerizing new single, “Done”. The song is about seeking validation and approval through worldly possessions. The lyrics “True gems don’t need a frame, no validation” reinforce the concept behind the track. KIALLA has also announced their relocation to Los Angeles. “Done” is their final homage to where it all started: Chicago.


LA-based songstress FINLAY enters 2020 in stellar fashion today with the reveal of bones, an ice cool pop song from an artist who established herself as an artist to watch in 2019 with a series of well received releases. Creating a sound which finds a sonic home between the likes of Lennon Stella and Sasha Sloan, FINLAY shines brightly on bones, a track carrying with it deeply personal meaning.

La Doña Announces New EP + Shares New Song “Quién Me La Paga”

Today, La Doña, born Cecilia Cassandra Peña-Govea, announces her debut EP and shares a new song and video. Algo Nuevo is due March 12th via Human Re-Sources and includes previously-released single “Le Lo Lai” and “Quién Me La Paga” – releasing today.