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For Black History Month, Lesibu Grand Share Lovely Video “Mi Sueño”

“Dreams have long been a central theme in the African-American experience. Expressed most famously by Martin Luther King Jr. in his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, dreams of freedom, equality, fairness and salvation are what held African American people together during the most difficult experiences imaginable. The collective dream of oppressed people.”

Lesibu Grand Weaves Dreams Together On New Song “Mi Sueño”

PORNOHELMUT: Everything Is Noise Premieres “Night Rider”

Texas-based audiovisual solo outfit PORNOHELMUT – aka percussionist/creator Neil Barrett – released its writhing Bang Lord debut through Atypeek Music and his own Show & Tell Media last week. While the album continues to baffle and haunt all who endure its peculiar madness, a lascivious new video for the hook-laden “Night Rider” jam has been premiered at Everything Is Noise.

PORNOHELMUT Gives Us a Hell of a Trip with “NIGHT RIDER”


Having grown up between California’s Inland Empire and Texas, JAHMED’s musical style has been described as “balancing [a] lyrically-driven intensity with more intuitive Southern flows” by Pigeons and Planes. Both he and his music draw deft influence from the West Coast’s highly-lauded and Pulitzer prize-winning artist Kendrick Lamar and the South’s iconic hip-hop group Three 6 Mafia. “FIAT” follows the release of JAHMED’s debut single “ARCHIVE” which was featured on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, and offers a taste of what listeners can expect to hear from the newcomer.

Street Bud drops “Open House” feat. Quavo, new album out Friday

15-year-old rapper Street Bud dropped his new track “Open House” feat. Quavo, out today on Quavo’s own Huncho Records. The song comes ahead of Street Bud’s upcoming album Back 2 The Lab, out this Friday. Street Bud got his break by winning hit Season 4 of ‘The Rap Game’ with Jermaine Dupri and drew the attention of Migos superstar Quavo. Quavo took the young rapper under his wing and signed him in early 2019, and later that year Street Bud appeared on Quality Control’s Control The Streets Volume 2. Listen to “Open House” below and catch the full project, Back 2 The Lab, out everywhere Friday.

Mark Lanegan Shares New Track “Skeleton Key”

When considering any great work of art, be it a painting, a novel, or a piece of music, it’s natural to wonder what might have inspired it: ‘the story behind the song’. Mark Lanegan’s new album, Straight Songs Of Sorrow, flips that equation. Here are 15 songs inspired by a story: his life story, as documented by his own hand in his forthcoming new memoir, Sing Backwards And Weep that will be published on April 28th, 2020 through Da Capo.


Seventeen-year-old artist Livingston has shared “Fairytale,” the debut track from the self-taught singer, songwriter, producer and engineer. A song about flawed heroes told through the stories of Pixar protagonists, “Fairytale” is available now at all DSPs and is accompanied by an official lyric video, which is streaming now on Livingston’s official YouTube channel. The news was shared by Billboard this morning alongside the artist’s Elektra Records signing announcement.

Jay Lewn shares a homage to home on new single/video ‘Zone 9’

Today Watford based producer and songwriter Jay Lewn is sharing a video for new single ‘Zone 9’. Lifted from January’s FORM01 EP, the track was written with (and co-produced by) Berlin based, Jakarta Records–(Mura Masa, Kaytranada, etc)–signed producer S. Fidelity. Light-hearted with an infectious groove, Jay reminisces about the hazy, late-night journeys back home as the city burned bright in his rear-view mirror.

Emmett Kai releases “Remember My Name” single from new series

Rising Brooklyn-based singer and producer, Emmett Kai, unveiled his potent new track, “Remember My Name” today – further proving his range and dynamism as an artist. “Remember My Name” is the second in a series of singles planned for release over the first half of the year. This latest single serves as a counterbalance to the more upbeat, ultra-infectious, “High For Weeks”, which was released last month. From the moment the melancholy of the opening vocal loop sets in, there is a laid-back irresistible vibe to the darkwave tinged downer-pop track that cements the fact Emmett has an undeniable knack for earworm hooks and danceable grooves. You can watch the official video here and the track is available to stream here.


Anoche, desde el Hard Rock Hotel de Punta Cana, Republica Dominicana, se anunciaron los nominados para los HTV Heat Latin Music Awards 2020. El cantante urbano de Trap, Miky Woodz quedo nominado en la categoría “Mejor Artista Norte”. El voto de los fanáticos y el publico deciden los ganadores de este prestigioso premio que será el 14 de Mayo desde el Hard Rock Hotel de Punta Cana.

Sparks releases new song

Pioneering pop perennials Sparks — Ron and Russell Mael — lift the lid on their new album, A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip, with the release of “Self-Effacing” in which the evergreen masters of the musical vignette show no loss of appetite for their singular sonic adventures. A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip will be available on multiple formats including CD, picture disc, and cassette.

New Music From the Jacka: Mob Figaz’ FedX Joins the Late Legend for “Take Over The World”

Dearly missed by his close friends and hip-hop fans around the world, the Jacka had a special talent for mixing street savvy and spirituality. “Take Over The World,” the California artist’s latest posthumous release, is an eerie and deeply moving ode to the grind.

Ali Holder Faces ‘Uncomfortable Truths’ Head-On

We each have unique fibers that weave, twist and turn to make up the person we are. Some can be a little ragged, a little worn, a little less than what we expected they’d be — the parts of our brains and bodies that require a little extra care. Singer-songwriter Ali Holder is facing these pieces of her own story head-on throughout Uncomfortable Truths, set for release on April 10. Atwood Magazine premiered the first single, “Bruja,” which utilizes La Loba, a Pueblo myth, to resurrect women who died at the hands of the Mexican cartel. The outlet notes the song is “a dazzling show of force” as “Holder’s impassioned singing speaks for those who lost their lives, who may no longer use their own voices to fight an ongoing, terrible, and largely unseen battle of gender, power, and place in society.”

Premiere: Ali Holder’s Assertive “Bruja” Redefines What It Means to Be a Witchy Woman

Wilsen Release New Song “Align” Ahead of New Album ‘Ruiner’

Today, the Brooklyn-based trio Wilsen released a new single “Align” ahead of their new album Ruiner out this Friday, February 21 via Secret City Records / Dalliance Recordings. The Fader said, “It’s a record defined by its restraint, each song seemingly bursting at its seems but never rising in volume above a heady but muffled swirl, always anchored by Tamsin Wilson’s whisper-clear voice.” Ruiner has just received 4 star reviews by MOJO, The Line of Best Fit and The Sun in the UK days before being officially released.

Star Kitchen Announces Guest-Filled New Orleans Show During Jazz Fest

Star Kitchen will return to The Big Easy for a performance during this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest on Thursday, April 30th at the beloved French Quarter club, One Eyed Jacks. Tickets are available here.

The funky side project of bassist Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits) features Marlon Lewis (Lauryn Hill, John Legend) on drums, Danny Mayer (Eric Krasno Band) on guitar, and Rob Marscher (Addison Groove Project, Matisyahu) on keys.

Tune in for a FREE live stream from @Denver Comes Alive at the @Mission Ballroom! Kicking things off with @Marc Brownstein's @Star Kitchen & Friends Borahm Lee, Gabe Mervine & Nicholas Gerlach.

Tune in for a FREE live stream from Denver Comes Alive at the Mission Ballroom! Kicking things off with Marc Brownstein's Star Kitchen & Friends with Borahm Lee, Gabriel Mervine, & Nicholas S. Gerlach…Stream by Ninja Video

Posted by Live For Live Music on Friday, January 31, 2020

DESTROYED IN SECONDS: Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Brigade To Unleash Divide And Devour Full-Length This April

Following their lauded Critical Failure (2008) and Becoming Wrath (2013) full-lengths, both released via Deep Six Records, DESTROYED IN SECONDS returns with the riotous fruit of Divide And Devour. Centered on pushing back against the growing wave of far-right populism, authoritarianism, the growing police state, and the rise of neo-nazi/alt-right/Proud Boys and the like, Divide And Devour spews forth eleven tracks of punishing, unrelenting d-beat ferocity. Tracked by drummer Sean Vahle at Architeuthis Sound in North Hollywood, and mixed and mastered by John Haddad (Final Conflict, Phobia) at Trench Studios in Corona, the record includes the addition of bassist Kyle Hertz (Temple Of Dagon, State Of Defiance) and lead guitarist Christian La Rocca (Ruin, Gravehill, Cobra Venom) writing a new chapter of rage and fury for the band.

The 1975 Share New Song And Video For “The Birthday Party” Available Now On Interscope Records

For the official video, the band once again teamed up with director Ben Ditto and co-director / lead artist Jon Emmony, who worked together on their 2019 video “People.” A dystopian narrative about narcissism, isolation, incel culture and the divisions created by social media, the video questions if there is space for meaningful connections within technology.

Satoshi Kon’s Critically- Acclaimed Animated Feature “Tokyo Godfathers” Coming to Select Movie Theaters Nationwide on 3/9 & 3/11

In just a few weeks, “Tokyo Godfathers,” the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (“Perfect Blue” and “Paprika”), will return to theaters in a brand new restoration, with an all new English language dub. Co-written by Keiko Nobumoto (“Cowboy Bebop”) and featuring a whimsical score by Keiichi Suzuki, “Tokyo Godfathers” is a masterpiece by turns heartfelt, hilarious and highly original, a tale of hope and redemption in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

SuperParka shares new dance-floor bop “kawabunga!” out now on Kitsuné Musique

French duo SuperParka shares the second of two new singles as part of the Kitsuné Musique singles series. “kawabunga!” is one part pregame RedBull and one part space-age cocktail. Their unique brand of lo-fi, R&B-infused hip-hop can take many forms and this iteration leans towards the dance-floor.

Female Hip-Hop Artist T BARZ Releases New Single, “HEY LOVER”

“HEY LOVER” was written and produced by T Barz, Louis Humphrey and Jasmon Joyner. “I’ve always been a fan of “love rap”, the type that we grew up listening to in the 90’s and early 2000’s,” mentions T Barz. “A huge example and inspiration is LL Cool J. He was always so smooth with it, especially when rapping about love or anything involving women. The first time I heard his “Hey Lover”, it was simple but dope on many levels. He talked about seeing someone who he wanted to get to know better and how it was “just a crush”. I remember that track ’till this day word for word, because that’s one thing we can all relate to…love or crushing on someone at some point in our lives,” she adds. “My song is similar, as the vibe is about hanging out at the club and someone catching my eye.”

Mount Sharp share new song + video from new LP out on 2/21

Mount Sharp is back. With their first release in five years, it’s like they never left. The new LP, That Shadow, is due out on February 21 via Dadstache Records. Today, they share new single, “Sometimes I Know,” with a video that shows the band getting ready to play: they’re petting cats, riding bikes, catching subways and all coming together to do what they do best. The band will be bringing their live show to Brooklyn, NY on Saturday, February 22 for a release show at The Gutter and will be visiting Portland, ME on March 21 for a show at SPACE Gallery.

HORSENECK: Revolver Streams Fever Dream

Fittingly titled, the eleven-track offering shifts seamlessly from spatial distortion, to specific detail, trying to navigate a nightmare of an existence with the grace of a butcher knife. Fever Dream is driven by the darkness and uncertainty of the world. You can hear it in its melodies, lyrics, and unorthodox use of horns and keys all throbbing under the weight of its own sonic psychosis.

Josh Lambert’s “Saturday Girl,” for Skope Magazine?

The eclectic Bay area artist just released his single “Saturday Girl,” and followed it up with a neo-noir style music video featuring adult film star, Gabbie Carter.

Robby Krieger Announces First Solo Album In A Decade

The legendary guitarist and songwriter of The Doors and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Robby Krieger will be releasing his first solo album in a decade on April 24, 2020. The Ritual Begins At Sundown will be released by The Players Club, a division of Mascot Label Group.

The Doors weren’t just one of the most iconic bands of their generation, but one of the most influential bands in rock history and Robby Krieger was responsible for writing some of their biggest hits in “Light My Fire,” “Love Me Two Times,” “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly.”


“I’m super excited to finally share this song with the world,” says Orlando. “It’s definitely the most personal song I’ve ever released, I really open up about all of my individual fears and insecurities. This is the first single from my next chapter of music, and I couldn’t be more ready to show everyone what I’ve been working on.”

OUT TODAY: Rose Cousins’ new album ~ Bravado

Cousins describes Bravado as a record for those who struggle with loneliness and those wishing they had more time alone—for those who struggle to connect with others, or even to connect with their true selves. “I think about how we’re so disconnected,” says Cousins. “I get sucked into my phone and forget to go for a walk because of this sense of obligation I have that convinces me to get as much work done as possible. We’re missing what’s actually happening. I’ve been thinking about how we must be getting close to a breaking point.”