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MÖRK GRYNING Announce First Ever U.S. Tour

Legendary Swedish black metal formation MÖRK GRYNING will be touring the U.S. for the first time ever! In the last years, the Swedes have returned to the stage triumphantly with live performances in Stockholm (Sweden), at Party San Open Air (Germany), and at Eindhoven Metal Meeting (the Netherlands). Now, they’re ready to bring their furious live show to North American soil!

The Drew Thomson Foundation Debut Official “Karma” Music Video

The Drew Thomson Foundation has released an official music video for “Karma,” the latest single to be taken off of their self-titled debut album (released September 2019).

Drab City Share New Track “Working For The Men”

A heady air of dislocation envelops Drab City’s debut album, where songs of innocence and experience merge with dub, hip-hop, dream-pop and jazzy soundtrack vibes to intoxicating effect. Drab City are fixated on social alienation, violent revenge, and (perhaps) romantic love as salvation; topics not new in music, but listening to Drab City in 2020, one is struck by how uncommon they’ve become. Lyrically, these songs often project punkish angst and resentment.

Orlando Weeks, former Maccabees frontman releases debut solo single “Safe In Sound”

Former Maccabees frontman Orlando Weeks today shares his long-awaited debut solo single “Safe In Sound,” which provides the first taste of his forthcoming solo debut which will follow later this year. It represents Orlando’s first project since he wrote and illustrated the critically acclaimed alternative festive tale The Gritterman (published by Penguin) in 2017, along with an accompanying soundtrack.


YK Toon (formerly known as NFL Toon) is an 18-year-old artist from Houma, LA. He enjoys rapping and playing around with music on his own, but it wasn’t until recently that his talents caught the attention of the masses. He dropped his first mixtape titled No Play Zone in 2019, which consists of 13 diverse tracks all showcasing his different sounds. In the music, he channels his joy, pain and epitomizes the sound of a young man coming out of present day Houma. The videos he released for “Free Ziggy’, “City Rollin'”, and ‘Old Head’ are well-received by fans and have amassed a number of views.

THE INFORMATIONS – “Strange Habits” is a small vacation from daily life, a breeze of freedom

Created out of jealousy a decade ago in Copenhagen, The Informations is the moniker under which I create music that sounds like lost albums from our youth, bands from countries that never existed, melodies and lyrics from our dreams. All it needs is a listener – all it needs is to be discovered. Or rediscovered.

The No Ones Release Official Video for New Single

Today, The No Ones share the official video for their new single “Straight Into The Bridge,” the second from their forthcoming debut album, The Great Lost No Ones Album, out March 27 on Yep Roc Records. The first visuals from the band is a B-movie-ette without a plot, but the song is typically direct and transparent — right? Buck’s guitar leads the charge and McCaughey’s vocal is perilously intelligible.

Orpine debuts with grunge-folk feat ‘Sondern’

Produced by Jonathan Coddington (The Magic Gang, Joanna Gruesome), Orpine debut with ‘Sondern’; the first single lifted from their forthcoming full-length ‘Grown Ungrown’, due in May via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Nature TV).

Orpine is Eleanor Rudge and Oliver Catt. Separated by 300 miles of British countryside, the pair spent brief stints in different bands and singing on one another’s records, but they lost touch.

Proper Einstein – ‘Open Up’

Proper Einstein’s ‘Open Up’ is his intro track from his newly released album ‘Welcome To My Feelings 2’. The song has a smooth melodic tone over an atmospheric instrumental which was produced by the artist, where he talks about his past and the early stages of his music career. The video features 3 dancers who visually help tell Proper’s story through dance, as well as himself. The artist produced the video as well.

Out Today! Fí’s Bold & Vibrant Indie-Electro Single “All I Have”

Fí is a Dublin based electro-pop artist hailing from the musical town of Mullingar. She is inspired by fellow luminaries such as Halsey, Tove Lo, Lapsley, Lorde, Banks, Dua Lipa and Verite. She’s a self taught musician who started writing after buying her first guitar in college and has spent the last few years crafting songs from her bedroom. She released her first single, ‘Éalú’ followed by the success of ‘her second single, ‘Feel Better’ which had great success on mainstream radio; playlisted on RTE2FM, The song was, ‘track of the week’ on iradio, ‘Song Of The Day’ in Hotpress as well as a featured interview in U Magazine. Featured as ‘Song of the Day’ In Joe.ie as well a top Irish track to listen to in Nialler9. It was also featured in many notable international blogs like Wonky Sensitive and Kings of A & R.

New Music Alert: Keke Palmer “Got Em Mad” ft. TK Kravitz

Singer, actress and TV personality Keke Palmer releases a brand new, track for “Got Em Mad” featuring rapper TK Kravitz today. The Derek Blanks-directed visual intensifies the sexy feel of the mid-tempo track with sensuous scenes reminiscent of Keke’s performance in last year’s hit film Hustlers. Watch it below!


Brooklyn-based multi-platinum group American Authors and world-renowned Norwegian production-duo, Seeb, team up to bring you a brand-new track “Best I Can” available today via Island Records. The romantic, upbeat dance-inspired track arrives just as American Authors close out their 34-city tour. “Best I Can” will see its national TV debut on LIVE with Kelly and Ryan on Monday, March 2nd.

Hailey Whitters Releases New Album ‘The Dream’

American Songwriter gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and said, “Hailey Whitters’ blood, sweat, and tears have paid off — The Dream is worth it. She has more than earned this moment.” This morning, NPR Music named the The Dream one of their “Top 9 Albums out on Feb. 28” and played “Ten Year Town” on their All Songs Considered New Music Friday podcast.

Ane Brun debuts “Don’t Run and Hide” single

“Don’t Run and Hide” was the first song written specifically for the forthcoming new album. Brun explains, “I wanted this to ‘stand on the shoulders’ of When I’m Free and kind of look across over Leave Me Breathless and beyond. The key to our vision was emotional music that also makes you want to move.” The track was produced by Brun alongside Anton Sundell and long-term collaborator Martin Hederos.


Turkuaz Shares Official Video For “Heat Drop”

“This video gives a glimpse into the meaning of the song,” shares Turkuaz frontman, Dave Brandwein. “I seem to enjoy tackling some darker issues and themes in our lyrics to contrast the upbeat and fun vibe often found in the music. This song and video are no exception. The “Heat Drop” refers to anger and rage getting the best of our protagonist (in this video, and often in life—the protagonist is me). These feelings slowly but surely emerge from within, to become a towering beast who won’t be happy until I’m dead! But you can’t let it get the best of you.”

Finnish Electronic Artist Axel Thesleff releases new single Find May Way

Find My Way is the latest single from Axel Thesleff, an electronic musician and producer based in Helsinki, Finland. A prolific and incredibly successful producer, his hit single Bad Karma has clocked up a staggering 500+ million streams all platforms, and been supported across playlisters, radio DJs and music aficionados alike. He also recently finished his North American tour of 30+ shows supporting CloZee and Beats Antique.


GRAMMY/BRITs-nominated and winner of Best International Act at the 2019 BET Awards, BURNA BOY, has returned to introduce his newest track “Odogwu” which arrives after his TWICE AS TALL World Tour announcement.

Milan Ring Shares New Track “Switch Off”

Produced in Los Angeles in collaboration with The Social Experiment (well known and loved for their ongoing work with Chance The Rapper), “Switch Off” features Milan Ring’s soulful guitar and signature vocals. The track was mixed by Milan in her Sydney studio and is her debut release on tastemaker label Astral People Recordings / [PIAS].

THE UNITY Releases New Video For “Line and Sinker”

German-Italian melodic metal act THE UNITY releases a new single and video for the song “Line And Sinker” today. The song is taken from the forthcoming studio album “Pride”.


Carson Lueders, eighteen-year-old singer, songwriter, guitarist from Spokane, Washington, began his love for music after being guitar lessons his parents on his 5th birthday. He launched his self-titled YouTube channel at the age of 7, posting popular acoustic covers leading to an extensive international fan base, preteen performance on The View and an appearance on BET Music Moguls.

Los Angeles Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist David Haerle Releases New Single & Music Video “The Free Show”

“The Free Show” is the latest single to be released from HAERLE’s forthcoming sophomore album Death Valley, due out May 8. Elmore Magazine first exclusively premiered the song and video and noted, “The video and premise of ‘The Free Show’ work together as well as any video we’ve seen, and may well alter the listener’s outlook on the world surrounding him or her. That may be a bold claim, but check it out.” (2/27/20)

David Haerle invites us to The Free Show

Watch Whitmer Thomas’ Official Music Video for “Partied to Death”

When asked to describe himself, Whitmer Thomas—comic, musician, skateboarder, infamous Blink182 fan—will tell you, “I’m always gonna be the one whose mom called him ‘the Golden One,’ right before she died.” This is where his debut HBO comedy special, The Golden One, finds Whitmer: age thirty, investigating this sense (curse?) of destiny-as-identity. It’s been thirteen years since he left Alabama for LA, becoming a linchpin for LA’s young, independent comedy scene with Power Violence, the monthly show he hosted with friends.

Rookie releases second single; debut LP out March 13

Following the announcement of their eponymously titled debut LP, Chicago rock outfit ROOKIE have released their second single, “Hold On Tight,” a face-melting dose of electric guitars now available on all streaming platforms. The song is aptly titled as it bashes down the door with a deceptively simple AC-to-the-DC riff that evolves into a three-headed guitar monster attack that takes the standby arena rock formula to wild new places.

ROOKIE Announces Debut Album, 2020 Tour Dates

Dr. Fresch Serves Up Midtempo On New Single “Bon Appétit”

Returning to the spotlight with his first solo vocal single release in nearly two years, Dr. Fresch doubles down on his forward-thinking blend of hip hop, house and trap as he emerges on Dim Mak with “Bon Appétit.” The single arrives as Dr. Fresch gets ready to embark on a heavy year of performances, kicking off this March as direct support on Tchami’s Elevation North America 2020 Tour. In May, the California native will celebrate a monumental milestone at EDC Las Vegas, where he’ll make his tenth appearance at the festival. The rest of the summer is filled with festival dates including Bonnaroo, Beyond Wonderland, Meow Wolf’s Dark Palace and more shows to be announced.

seeyousoon – “steamy”

Florida based 9-piece seeyousoon make a memorable first impression today with stunning debut offering, Steamy. A hip-hop cut which bristles with boundless energy from the intro, Steamy serves as an introduction to a collective you’re going to hear a lot from this year. Speaking on the release, seeyousoon state:

Steamy was the first song we created as seeyousoon and it feels right to have it be the first song the world hears. it’s exciting to think about how our listeners are going to be front row to an audible experience that will continue to evolve and inspire.

Watch Luke Rathborne’s new “Ordinary Woes” video via Billboard

“The inspiration for the video for “Ordinary Woes” came from the realization that I had spent almost as much time in New York City as the woods which I grew up,” says Luke Rathborne, 32, but youthful for his age.

Skott Reveals Official Music Video For ‘Kodak & Codeine’

Speaking about the song, Skott reveals, “You meet someone that seems to understand you in a way that no one else does, and together you create this bubble – it’s almost like you have this parallel galaxy where only the two of you exist. But then you realize it’sactually a one-man kingdom, and you’re not the one with the power.”

Sound Bite: Skott, Kim Petras, and Melanie Martinez

Suburban Living Share “Main Street” Single

Today, Philadelphia-based dream pop band Suburban Living announce their new album, How to Be Human, sharing lead single “Main Street.” Yesterday, Under The Radar exclusively premiered the track, praising, “The track is a shimmering reflection of a place, fusing slick gated drums, sharp guitar, and soaring synth pads into a evocative template.” Next month, the band heads out on tour with KORINE, and will be performing at SXSW as an official showcasing artist. Suburban Living’s How to Be Human LP is due out 5/22 via Egghut Records.


“Kash Doll’s debut album Stacked marks the coronation of a new queen of the dollhouse.” – Forbes
“Kash Doll is sharp, headstrong and savvy” – Billboard


Last year, her single “Better Off On My Own” was played by Radio 1’s BBC Introducing and coincided with the critically acclaimed British artist’s support slots on James Arthur and Tom Walker’s UK tours as well as a coveted live spot on BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Christina Munsey Releases 3rd Single “hazy”

Eighteen-year-old Raleigh, NC singer/songwriter Christina Munsey is set to release her five-song debut EP, for me, or for you, March 6, 2020. Today, she is releasing her third track, “hazy” a song about the aftermath of a broken friendship, lost without explanation. Writing about it was her therapy. In it, she found the answers and peace she needed within herself to move on.


Duck Sauce unveils “Get to Steppin”

The Ducks have been warming up their beaks in preparation for live kazoo performances. Their heavily anticipated Coachella levitation session will be followed by a San Francisco gathering of the disco illuminati, May 9 at the Midway, alongside bewinged brethren Chromeo, Yung Bae, The Magician, Nancy Whang, Biscits and DJ Dials.

Duck Sauce – Get To Steppin’

LYRICS x iNTeLL (of 2nd Generation WU) release Video for “Work It Out”

LYRICS and iNTeLL have just released the dark yet colorful video for “Work It Out” today February 28, 2020. The video was filmed and recorded at Dock
Street Studio in Stapleton Staten Island, home to 2nd Generation Wu artist & Wu Tang Clan members Method Man & Capodonna.

The Dead South Drop new video before Brixton Academy and USA Tour

Having worked with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt to create their most lauded record yet, The Dead South are bringing their Served Cold tour to Ireland, UK and Europe in Feb 2020.

With a loyal fanbase rapidly snapping up tickets, not only are they the first blues band to headline the O2 Academy Brixton, they’ve sold it out.

The Vital Might releases new EP

Indie rock band The Vital Might has returned from a 8 year hiatus with a 5-song EP of terse, technical, and sometimes touching odes to the band and the members’ ever-changing lives. “An Odd Friend” is frenetic, progressive, sometimes punky, sometimes metal, but a mostly pop-structured chunk of music in under 20 minutes.

The band’s previous LP Red Planet was met with critical acclaim, landing them a record deal to re-release the album with Charleston, SC-based experimental label 10t Records.

New Release from Lady Gaga “Stupid Love”

Today, Lady Gaga released “Stupid Love,” the first single off her highly anticipated sixth studio album. The single is accompanied by a music video that was shot entirely on an iPhone 11 Pro and directed by Daniel Askill.

The Allman Brothers Band’s “Trouble No More: 50th Anniversary Collection” Featuring 7 Unreleased Tracks Out Now

When Berry Oakley, Butch Trucks, Dickey Betts, Duane Allman, Jaimoe, and Gregg Allman finally coalesced in 1969 as The Allman Brothers Band, after stints in other bands and musical endeavors – some alone, some with each other – the group’s very first informal jam together was the stomping Muddy Waters song, “Trouble No More.” Almost immediately the six musicians knew they were on to something special. Shortly after, it also became the very first song they officially demoed together for their eponymous debut record, an album that would begin their legendary, unparalleled, and often times, turbulent journey as one of the best American rock bands to ever exist.

X Alfonso appeals for unity in his new single “Siempre Hay Solución”

With the February 21 debut of “Siempre Hay Solución,” (There is always a solution) six singles have now been released from Inside, the musical journey launched by Cuban musician and artist X Alfonso. This new and dynamic track is a mixture of thoughtful and reflective beats about the enormous power inherent in every human being, and how important it is to make the best use of our attributes of understanding, our sensitivity, and our own value system in order to enjoy personal freedom.

The Secret Sisters’ new album “Saturn Return” out today

Of the album, the sisters share,

“As we age, we face obstacles that are beyond our control. Some forces are internal: insecurity, anxiety, fear. Some are external: the loss of loved ones, an unjust system and the fragility of time. Yet the mark of maturity is how you respond when you realize you’re not in control. Where do you find your resilience?

This album is a reflection of us coming to terms with how to find our power in the face of an unfair world. These songs lead listeners past ‘where happy man searches, to a place only mad women know.’ We question our purpose, our relationships, our faith. Trading the fears of our youth for the dread that rages within us as mature women.

With Saturn Return, our hope is that women can feel less alone in their journey through the modern world. We need each other more than we ever have; the less competition and the more inclusiveness and understanding, the better. We are southern women in the 21st century, convicted by our beliefs.”


Having played alongside giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, the unique musician has returned, newly signed to Björk’s label One Little Indian Records, fresh off the back of a mini-album Sketches, and set to release her brand new self-produced full-length record, which is her most ambitious and progressive piece of work to date.

Listen to Cayo Coco’s new single “Slide” ahead of his upcoming ‘A Beautiful Moon’ EP

Listen to Cayo Coco’s new single, “Slide,” which is streaming everywhere today. “Slide” is a contemporary Hip Hop/Alternative hybrid that covers the pitfalls of expectation & discovery of self-worth that sonically appears as the result of an artist who grew up on Kevin Parker & The Weeknd. Lead by barreling bass guitar and heavy drums, on the surface, “Slide” is structured as an alternative song. However, Cayo’s vocal delivery is shaped in a modern, melodic form – spanning alongside cloud-like synths per Tame Impala, while maintaining the cadence and use of space reminiscent of a falsetto-Swae Lee delivery. Cayo Coco’s upcoming EP, A Beautiful Moon, is due 5/15.

Theresa Reminds Us That Age Is Nothing But A Number, Her Latest Single Out Today

Advertising music executive by day and performer by night, Theresa is an undeniable new force on the modern pop scene.

The Long Island native is releasing her newest single, “Let Go,” which she wrote with Mike Cash and Jesse Blum. Of the collaboration Theresa says, “As soon as I walked into the studio and met these two for the first time, I knew something amazing was about to happen. Our bond was so immediate – it felt like I knew them forever.”

Brit duo AVA’s debut album Waves out today via One Little Indian

The classically trained pair, Anna Phoebe and Aisling Brouwer, create ambient soundscapes based on intricate interplay between violin and piano. Both are composers in their own right—Aisling for film and television, and Anna for the U.K.’s Royal Ballet School—but it is through AVA that the pair carve out their own musical identity in collaboration with each other.


The legendary Bob Marley’s 75th birthday celebrations continue with the announcement of Bob Marley: Legacy; a 12-part mini-documentary series, featuring a collection of intimate conversations and interviews with his family, friends and fans, woven together with his original music, remixes and covers. This unique YouTube series provides fans a refreshing and cinematic journey through the life, legacy and relevance Bob Marley still holds in this present day. The first episode, ’75 Years A Legend’ debuts today, on Bob Marley’s official YouTube page.

Introducing Zelma Stone: The San Francisco based project fronted by Chloe Zelma 

The San Francisco based project fronted by Chloe Zelma releases their upcoming EP, Dreamland, on April 17th.

Watch the beautifully shot video for “Fly” that premiered on The FADER calling it “a languid and hypnotic song, wisping around a swirl of guitars and a steady bass, anchored only by her hopeful hook: ‘Get ready to fly.'”

Caitlyn Smith Shares New Track and Video “Supernova”

Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith offers another glimpse into her highly-anticipated sophomore album Supernova, out March 13 on Monument Records, with the release of its title track. “Supernova” was one of the first songs written for the album by Caitlyn alongside Aimee Mayo, and it sets the framework for the vulnerability and emotional complexity of the rest of the album. Through poignant vignettes that capture leaving home for good, coming to terms with the inevitability of a child growing up, and embracing love, Caitlyn illustrates how fleeting life is and the importance of savoring each moment. The track’s “beautiful, piano-filled music video” (People) was recorded live at Pachyderm Studios in Caitlyn’s hometown of Cannon Falls, MN.


Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum artist and global entertainer, Swae Lee, returns with the release of his new, highly anticipated single “Someone Said.” The Rarri produced single, which has been released with a visually captivating and ambiguous cover image, is available on all digital platforms today and marks Swae Lee’s latest single release since 2019’s “Sextasy.”

NEW MUSIC: Lisa Ramey Introduces Her Debut Album with Powerful Single “You Ain’t My Friend”

Soulful rocker, Lisa Ramey has become a force to be reckoned with. She is taking it further with her new single “You Ain’t My Friend”, out February 28th, 2020. The gritty rock track hosts raw vocals with a lyrical telling tale of toxic relationships and the games people play.

SoulBounce Exclusive: Lisa Ramey Dismisses The Fake Ones On ‘You Ain’t My Friend’


Maintaining the momentum of an impressive rise to pop prominence in 2020, tastemaker-touted alternative artist UPSAHL joins forces with Two Feet for a new version of her critically acclaimed single “Drugs” today via Arista Records.

Of the new release, USPAHL commented, “‘Drugs’ is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever written, and Two Feet is one of my favorite artists, so having him drop a verse just made good sense. It’s so hype that everybody gets to hear a new version of the song with him on it.”

Up and Coming Indie-Pop Solo Artist Journey to the View Shares New Single ‘All The Same’

Speaking more on the track, Journey to the View explains:

“All the Same” is a hopeful, hip-hop influenced, heart-felt acoustic love letter to a family member. I was inspired to write thesong when news hit my family that a family member was suffering from depression. At 21-years-old, he was at cross-roads, overwhelmed by life decisions. He couldn’t commit to his dreams, from fear of choosing the wrong path. My message is all about finding your own way in life. Rejecting labels and breaking stereotypes.”

Andrew Hibbard’s “Running from the Enemy” out TODAY!

“Played in a mournful vein not unlike fellow Ohio native Jason Molina, Hibbard injects plenty of twang into a high and lonesome, shuffling tune.” – Glide Magazine


Interscope Records is excited to announce the signing of indie-pop sensation; JAWNY. Delivering a genuinely fresh sound and style with his catchy hooks and sincerity, the 23-year old artist has released “Anything You Want” – the first song since announcing his signing to the label. “Anything You Want” is a dynamic fusion of JAWNY’s signature falsetto voice and funky guitar beats- ultimately creating an undeniably catchy love-pop song that you won’t want to turn off.

machinegum Signs To Frenchkiss Records

machinegum is an artist’s collective comprised of Fab Moretti, Ian Devaney, Delicate Steve, Chris Egan, Martin Bonventre, and Erin Victoria Axtel that draws inspiration from involvement of the viewer/interpreter. In the hope of promoting inclusion and propagating further art in its name, all pieces integrate an element of response or interaction from the individuals witnessing it.

An Exclusive Experience with Fab Moretti’s New Band and Art Collective Machinegum