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Toronto avant-pop artist SCOTT HARDWARE shares new single ‘Blu Again’ via Telephone Explosion

On April 3, 2020, Toronto’s Scott Hardware will be releasing Engel, his second full-length album, and first on Telephone Explosion Records. It will mark the end of a three-year process of writing, recording and letting down his guard (for better or worse.)

His last album, 2016’s Mutate, Repeat, Infinity, was the culmination of a years-long obsession with the HIV/AIDS crisis and how it was shaped by capitalism. Hardware’s early years after coming out were shaped by the courage of people close to him who were dealing with difficult diagnoses.

New Release from Andrew Hyatt “I Needed That”

Please check out Andrew’s brand new single “I Needed That”. Showcasing his distinctive voice together with a powerful delivery, the story is about that person that keeps you grounded through the stresses of life and the moments of hardship that teach us who we are and what we really want.


Posted by Andrew Hyatt on Monday, February 3, 2020


Talking about the EP, Nia Wyn says, “I’m really excited to show everyone my first body of work. There’s a lot of emotions in this, for me there’s some anger in there; anxiety, vulnerability and finding safety/comfort in some places. etc. It’s hard sometimes being a young independent woman trying to make way in the music industry which influenced a few of the songs. There’s some darker moments in there when everything in the UK made me want to run away and hide. But there’s some lighter stuff too about falling in love, getting hot for someone and telling catcallers to fuck off.”

MICRA Share New Single ‘Chemical Freedom’

Sydney’s Micra have today released their swirling and euphoric new single, ‘Chemical Freedom’ via Liberation Records. ‘Chemical Freedom’ marks the start of an exciting chapter for the rising dreampop duo and is a spellbinding example of their ability to turn a melting pot of influences into their own hallucinatory indie pop perfection.

LOWRIDER: comeback album ‘Refractions’ streaming in full!

Two decades have seemed like a lifetime to stoner rock fans across the globe, given that LOWRIDER’s stellar 2000 debut ‘Ode To Io’ is unanimously considered as a landmark album of the genre. As a matter of fact, new album ‘Refractions’ is indeed the work of lifetime, but while you’ll instantly recognize their sound imprint when pushing ‘play’, their creative substance has been enhanced and refined to the point they’ve crafted yet another instant classic for the ages. Sounding fresh as ever, ‘Refractions’ is everything stoner rock needs in 2020: an ambitious, high-class record filled with the biggest hooks you’d expect from the Swedish masters, rumbling grooves, and a jaw-dropping performance from frontman Peder Bergstrand on vocals.

Lowrider Gives Us a Reflection of the High Riding “Refractions” in Album Premiere

Arno Cost & Norman Doray kick off 2020 with feelgood house anthem ‘Darlin’

Another vibrant, feelgood house track, ‘Darlin’ is a disco-enthused banger that sees Arno Cost and Norman Doray deliver that sumptuous ‘French Touch’. It follows 2019’s ‘Together’, a similarly anthemic single that has since accumulated 5 million streams. Building on the track’s success, the duo went on to release further music on well known electronic music labels, including their latest single on Club Sweat in 2019 – establishing themselves as artists to be reckoned with in the process.

Alt Press announce new album from South Korea’s Bursters

The band first burst onto the scene in Korea in 2014 when they appeared on TV show “Superstar K”. In the midst of the all powerful K-Pop, BURSTERS are the only metal band to ever reach the Top 6 in the history of “Superstar K”. The band signed to Evermore Music and released their debut EP Independent in early 2015. An additional 3-track EP was released in late September 2015 and the bands acclaim outside Korea grew with over 1.2 million views on YouTube for “Lost Child”. BURSTERS built up a cult following through relentless touring, and their debut album in Korea – Live In Hope, released in 2017, was critically and commercially acclaimed, achieving 85/100 in the Japanese rock bible magazine Burrn!.

The Delay In The Universal Loop premiere “Coincidence.exe” video on HighClouds

Earlier today, Italian producer The Delay In The Universal Loop (a.k.a. Dylan Iuliano) released a technicolor video for “Coincidence.exe” directed by Irene Z. Dattini and Manuel Iuliano and featuring singer Mea_nfetamine.

“All hail the glitch,” HighClouds editor Arnaud Marty writes. “Driven by Mea_nfetamine’s vocals, the synth-heavy, cyber-pop offering navigates through your deep internal darkness.”

Cory Becker Shares “Under A Tree” Single, Debut Album ‘One’ Out Tomorrow

Cory Becker’s debut album, One, came to life in a one-room studio in the dirt floored basement of his Echo Park rental, which he built from ground up. The album embraces the authenticity and experimentation of analog recording – engineering and producing the album himself, he experimented with a variety of techniques and performed nearly every aspect of the album himself, aside from select musical guests he invited to play on select tracks. Despite being Becker’s first try at recording and producing everything on his own, he was able to create a unique sonic footprint that encompasses modern indie rock and folk, and the values and traditions of the canon of American roots music. One is out tomorrow, February 21st.

High Tone Son of a Bitch Drop New Song “Silhouette” – Listen

High Tone Son of a Bitch (HTSOB) was originally formed by brothers Paul and Andrew Kott from the ashes of Oakland prog/doom sludge masters Cruevo. The band preceded Paul’s work in the Matt Pike-fronted Bay Area metal band Kalas, which the press dubbed an underground “supergroup”.

ALLEGAEON Announces US Headlining Tour With Fallujah, Entheos, And Etherius

Comments the band, “We are very happy to announce The Terrestrial Takeover Tour 2020 – a US headliner with support from our amazing friends in Fallujah, Entheos, and Etherius. This lineup is such a total powerhouse of melodic and progressive death metal – we could not possibly be more excited to be taking this beast on the road. Having toured with both Fallujah and Entheos in the past, we know first-hand how fantastic these bands are in a live setting and cannot wait to see them bring it every night as they always do. Intimate shows, top-tier production, and an absolutely stacked lineup…Tickets for this are going to go fast, so make sure to grab yours while they’re still available. We look so forward to seeing all of our incredible fans back out on the road for the first time since last Autumn.” See all confirmed dates below.

NECK OF THE WOODS: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Vision Loser” Playthrough Video

BrooklynVegan is currently hosting the premiere of “Vision Loser” from Vancouver, British Columbia-based progressive death metal collective NECK OF THE WOODS. The track comes by way of the band’s imminent new full-length, The Annex Of Ire, set to drop March 20th via their new label home of Pelagic Records.


Chicago – based singer/songwriter Isaiah Grass announced today the release of his new single, he wrote titled, ‘Wherever You Are’. An upbeat pop/dance anthem to ensure that you are never alone in difficult times you experience.

Grass released his new single to the public today, Thursday, February 20, 2020.

“Have you ever felt like the ground was falling underneath you, and you needed someone by your side? Trust me no matter what you think, you’re never alone and you’ll always feel the love. We all experience moments in our lives where we must lean on someone to help us get through difficult situations. I wrote this song to help anyone who needs assurance wherever you are in your journey of life.”

Novena Release Video for “Sun Dance” – WATCH!

Novena is a new progressive metal/rock act from the UK including the frontmen Ross Jennings, also of Haken, and Gareth Mason, also of Slice the Cake. Their new album and Frontiers Music Srl debut “Eleventh Hour” will be released March 6th.

LITTLE TRIGGERS Release Official Music Video for “Bang (Bang Bang Out Go The Lights)”

Liverpool based Rock Band LITTLE TRIGGERS has released the official music video for their newest single, “Bang (Bang Bang Out Go The Lights).” Featured on Classic Rock’s Tracks of the Week, “Bang (Bang Bang Out Go The Lights)” was directed by Tom Llywarch and Andy Whitfield assisted by media students at Coleg Cambria.

KaiL Baxley Shares “In Lieu Of” Video Via Talkhouse

Today, singer-songwriter KaiL Baxley shares the “In Lieu Of” video via Talkhouse. “In Lieu Of” is the third single off of his upcoming LP, Beneath The Bones. The video received praise from Folk Alley, “Visually, the slow-rolling, lush cinematography echoes the musical soundscape it represents even as it contrasts the barren landscape it captures.”

Mo3 Flips From Negative to Positive in the Jazze Pha-Featuring “Stack It Up” Video

Able to switch on a dime from a soulful croon to rapidfire rhymes, rappers have the skillset of Dallas riser Mo3. Reminiscing on his ascent from trappin’ to triumph, Mo3 shares “Stack It Up,” his new music video. Produced by Jazze Pha, who adds his auto-tuned vocals to the track’s intro, “Stack It Up” emphasizes Mo3’s melodic side, as he struggles with the whiplash of making sense of his past life and current success: “You wouldn’t believe where I came from/She said she would leave, but then she changed up/You can’t compete, I’m out your league, I got my cake up/The burn in me hurts so deep, but now I’m way up.” Directed by Joe Yung Spike, the video illustrates Mo’s drastic lifestyle change, alternating black-and-white flashbacks of Mo’s hustling days with current shots of him rocking designer in mansions and private jets.

SUMif – ‘Collide’ single + music video

Steph Wells of the San Francisco-based electropop project SUMif is just now inching toward equilibrium after a whirlwind romance, and a rousing awakening. Today, SUMif announces a song suite that chronicles the heartbreaking affair with bold emotionality and steamy narratives. The first release from this collection of songs will be the pair of singles, “Collide” and “Want Me.” These will seed the way to SUMif’s debut album.

Blue Lucas release new single ‘Train Station’

Train Station’s sound strays from the archetypal heartbreak-lovestruck continuum that presides in popular song, instead greeting the listener with a bass groove built on the foundation of a rolling calypso. The song develops into a enveloping chorus, painting images of a weary troubadour wandering heartbroken to the train station on ‘that day’, until an octaval electric guitar riff draws the audience in, sending them into juxtaposed state of the sublime and heartbreak.


Being a jack of trades has allowed Teyana Taylor to become a master of all. From her smoky melodic vocals to her dynamic dance moves, the entertainer dips in dives between her talents that also include producing, songwriting, acting, directing and everything in between. When it comes to describing herself, the Harlem native can only think of one word: Everything.

Juke Ross Releases Track & Music Video For “Amazing”

Last November, Juke released his Drifting Apart EP, which featured the songs “Burned By The Love,” “We Never Die” and “Trading Places.” The EP has accumulated over 10 million streams to date. Juke Ross also toured in support of the EP release, which saw him play shows in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco and more. He recently released a Deluxe Edition of the EP that included additional acoustic versions of the original EP tracks.


Says lead vocalist Luke Hemmings, “Old me carries a youthful spirit and follows the narrative of a young persons life growing up, for better or for worse. Every decision we made, whether right or wrong, has led us to the men we are proud to be today. We were thrown into the public eye at a young age and gratefully had each other at a confusing time. Sometimes it’s important we look back in order to appreciate the journey we’ve been on together.”


Check out Arizona Zervas’ new remix of “ROXANNE” featuring Swae Lee – listen HERE. They performed the track together last week in Chicago during Swae’s set on Post Malone’s “Runaway Tour.”

Elaquent Releases New Album (feat. Blu, Guilty Simpson, Oddisee…)

The compilation album is a rite of passage for elite hip-hop producers. We rightfully revere the classics: Marley Marl’s In Control Vol. 1, Pete Rock’s Soul Survivor, Hi-Tek’s Hi-Teknology, J Dilla’s Welcome to Detroit, and The Neptunes’ Clones. Or in more recent years, the gems reaped from the Mello Music Cinematic Universe: Apollo Brown’s The Reset, Oddisee 101, and L’Orange’s The Ordinary Man. In that timeless lineage, you can add another one with Elaquent’s, Forever is a Pretty Long Time.

New Release from Agnes Obel “Myopia”

For almost a decade, Agnes Obel has been one of the most independent and original producers, song-writers and artists in contemporary music.

Obel returns with new music, her highly anticipated new album Myopia – released through Deutsche Grammophon, Universal Music Group’s prestigious Yellow Label, and the legendary Blue Note Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music group, out on February 21st 2020.

Derrick Mckenzie kicks off 2020 with sunkissed new single ‘Afrotino’

Jamiroquai drummer, turned DJ and producer Derrick Mckenzie has unveiled his new single ‘Afrotino’, featuring Little L, out 21st February.

An undeniably sun-soaked track, ‘Afrotino’ combines the sumptuous, soaring vocals of Little L with seriously blissed-out production.

New music: Edinburgh natives liimo release new single, alt-pop slow jam ‘All I Do’

Speaking about the new single Liimo’s frontman Kieran O’Brien explains, “’All I Do’ is about being overcome with emotion, exploring that fine line between
desire and obsession. We’d been listening to ‘She Burns’ by Foy Vance around the point of writing this one and something about the intensity of that song hit us pretty hard; that feeling of craving someone so much that it almost becomes painful.”

MONDO GENERATOR: stream new album “Fuck It” in full!

Nick Oliveri’s legendary punk rock unit MONDO GENERATOR share their long-awaited new studio album ‘Fuck It’ exclusively via Revolver Magazine, ahead of its release on February 21st through Heavy Psych Sounds.

Nick Oliveri’s MONDO GENERATOR are back with their first studio album in eight years! Don’t expect the L.A. trio to mince their words: ‘Fuck It’ is nothing but a wild ride; fourteen massive-sounding modern desperado tales in Nick Oliveri’s horns-raising punk and rock’n’roll style. With desert rock patrons Mike Amster (Nebula) and Mike Pygmie (John Garcia) on board, ‘Fuck It’ is nothing short of epic and contagiously groovy! It will be available on February 21st on various vinyl versions, CD and digital.


Groundbreaking and innovative electronic label, Parametric Records, has released its latest single “Colder” from acclaimed electronic producer SNBRN. “Colder” pairs the soft and captivating vocals of singer/songwriter Cappa alongside SNBRN’s signature deep house sound.

“The day has finally come! I had such an incredible experience working on this record with Cappa,” SNBRN says. “Really got to throw some 90’s house sounds on this one.”


Prolific Italian DJ and producer, Spada has put his own twist on Camden Cox’smelodic new single ‘Healing’. The electronic maestro sticks to his signature rolling basslines and punchy synths, turning Camden’s musical gem into a dancefloor anthem.

With his 2015 hit single, ‘Cool Enough’ certifying Gold in Italy and Poland, Spada has gone on to become one of Italy’s most well-known electronic music producers. Having shared stages with the likes of Robin Schulz, Bakermat and Wankelmut to name a few, Spada continues to spread his unique sound globally.

Camden’s new single ‘Healing’ follows on from one of her busiest years to date. Her haunting vocals and distinctive writing sit on top of a deep house production that draws you in and demands your attention.