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Auðn Enter Sundlaugin Studios to Record Third Full-Length

Icelandic black metal collective AUÐN have entered Sundlaugin studio in Reykjavik, Iceland to record their third full-length, which will be released later this year via Season of Mist!

AUÐN comment: “We have entered the famed studio Sundlaugin with producer Stephen Lockhart of studio Emissary to record our third album. More details will soon emerge.”


Memphis rapper Jucee Froot has unveiled a new music video for single “Life’s A Bitch”- watch here. Along with the powerful video, Jucee has also revealed the title of her upcoming “Black Sheep EP,” due out soon.

For Skope: Futuristic Polar Bears’ release vocal house gem “Better Than This” (out on Protocol)

Futuristic Polar Bears are back on Protocol Recordings with new single “Better Than This,” a house gem with vocals by singer/songwriter Franky. The British duo displays their signature melodic and energetic house sound on the track, which delivers bouncy basslines and breezy melodies complemented by Franky’s breathy and soulful performance. “Better Than This” is Futuristic Polar Bears’ third release on the label, following “I Can’t Do It” and “You & Me” from May last year, which received support from BBC Radio 1. Despite their name, these guys can always be trusted to bring tunes that make you feel like it’s summertime on the beach, so press play on “Better Than This” and let Futuristic Polar Bears take you away.

Squarepusher announces ‘Lamental’ EP

Following widespread acclaim for his recent album Be Up A Hello, on April 10th Squarepusher (Tom Jenkinson) will be opening a new chapter to this musical journey with the Lamental EP release and will also embark on an international headline tour covering Japan, America, Europe and the UK, including London’s Roundhouse on May 15th where he’ll be joined by Paranoid London, SCALPING & Ray Keith.

Mr. Ben & The Bens Share New Track “Beast In The House”

Of the video Ben Hall says: “Beast in the House deals with the theme of an ostracised individual in a community through no fault of their own. For the film we decided to explore the idea of a witch hunt but with a slightly warped narrative – an angry medieval mob was amassed from our closest friends. The group are driven mad by mass hysteria and the focus of the narrative is towards the ridiculousness of their journey to single out individuals within their community, for something as trivial as an insect bite (whilst recording the album last summer I was actually suffering the effects of Lyme disease). We juxtapose their story with the serene day to day life of a woman who is unknowingly about to be hunted.”

Old Bones – Track: Invaders

Hailing from Long Island, New York, Old Bones is the culmination of 20+ year friendships, fights, musical cultivation, and exploration. Following years of stop-start momentum, the band finally found its footing after watching a Mastodon/Opeth show and realizing what they needed to do. After a ton of individual writing, they had enough to begin rehearsing with Griffin McCarthy (Letter of Marque) and ultimately put 5 of these ferocious songs to tape to release them to the masses in March 2020.

For Skope: Skytech & Twisterz’s “Not Alone”

CYB3RPVNK veteran Skytech celebrates his 10th release on the label by teaming up with fellow Polish producers Twisterz for their new track “Not Alone.” It brings the heat, delivering all the elements of a festival banger with driving basslines and dramatic mechanical synths that add depth to the energetic soundscape. Topping it off with groovy and distorted vocals, Skytech and Twisterz make a big statement with their first collaboration. Expect to hear this one at music festivals across the globe! “Not Alone” continues Skytech’s initiative of collaborating with up-and-coming talent from his latest Poland, and we can’t wait to see who he brings into the loop next. Check out what Skytech had to say about “Not Alone” below:

Boy Scouts Share New Single “Wish”

With a keen ear for melody and a palpable sense of empathy, Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts picks apart all the confusing and contradictory ways that people glance off of each other while moving through their lives. Her music is an invitation to shake off the weight that has been dragging you down, to lighten your step and keep moving forward no matter what lies ahead. Out today is her first new track since last year’s critically acclaimed debut LP Free Company; called “A more fully realized account of a lovelorn state than a lot of artists can muster,” by The FADER, listen to new single “Wish”.

Bleach Day Premieres Sophomore Album as if always via Hype Machine

Bleach Day—the Burlington, Vermont-based psychedelic lo-fi pop project led by Louie Kiley and Vinny Marksohn—are sharing their sophomore album, as if always, early today, which is streaming exclusively via Hype Machine. The album, which is officially out worldwide this friday March 6th on Birdwatcher Records, is “meant to mirror a full life cycle from birth to death, fears to self-discovery” and has already earned them praise & attention from Various Small Flames, Austin Town Hall, HighClouds, TIDAL, Apple Music, among many others.

Billboard Debuts ‘Ordinary Woes’ New Video from Luke Rathborne

ving in New York City can be as emotionally energizing as it can be destabilizing – oftentimes within the same hour. And it’s that frantic dichotomy that Maine-born, NYC-based singer-songwriter Luke Rathborne beautifully captures in “Ordinary Woes,” a one-take rocker that deftly teeters between exhilaration and exhaustion over a rush of careening guitar riffage.

The video for “Ordinary Woes,” premiering below, is similarly animated – literally. In addition to directing the clip, Rathborne spent 30 hours animating it frame-by-frame, adding in effects like comix-style vibrating lines as well as spirals and scratches over his eyes as he wanders through Times Square, subway tunnels and other late-night NYC haunts.

Till I Fall Announce Upcoming Single “Walk With Me”, Out 3/6

CA-based pop rock band Till I Fall have announced the upcoming release of their new single “Walk With Me,” out on 3/6. Their first release of 2020, the band is excited to share this emotionally charged and personal track. Complete with catchy pop-fused hooks and pulsating guitar melodies, Till I Fall is a dynamic and multi-faceted quartet. About the single, the band states:

We hope to use “Walk With Me” as an opportunity to grow as a band and to create a vibe that can help listeners reflect and find a sense of peace or encouragement.

ULCERATE: New Zealand Death Metal Trio To Unleash Stare Into Death And Be Still

New Zealand-based death metal trio ULCERATEwill unleash their anticipated sixth album, Stare Into Death And Be Still, on April 24th via new label home Debemur Morti Productions.

Country Cantadora Kelley Swindall Takes on a Cross-Country Cast of Characters in Video for New Single ‘California’

Shot on location during a breakneck 3-day filming across New Orleans and Austin, the video for “California” features Swindall playing a wild lineup of characters, from the swindling Susannah to the devilish Gamblin’ Man who derails Swindall’s scheme of making it to the West Coast to get her big deal done. The lively video follows the antics of the unconventional cast, while the catchy song beckons listeners out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

Pop Composer SWIM MOUNTAIN Unveils Stunning IF EP

On the inspiration behind his latest EP and its title, Swim Mountain shares, “Simply put, my new EP If is about the slow demise of a relationship told across an interchanging timeline of pre and post internet. The conjunction just seemed to fit, life is full of variables that can totally change everything.”

Virginia Trance (Scott Ryan Davis of Psychic Ills) shares new single in honor of Lou Reed’s birthday

After the halcyon folk-rock & roll of his self-titled debut album on BYM, Scott Ryan Davis returns with an engaging record that sprawls on early proto-punk and garage jangle that resemble the easier, yet jagged sounds of The Velvet Underground, Neil Young & Crazy Horse and 80s alternative rock staple Flying Nun Records. Old teammates Chris Millstein and Jimy Seitang (Psychic Ills) join the ride, delivering a poignant, earnest haven of yearning songs.

Cold War Kids announce summer tour dates

Cold War Kids recently premiered their new single, “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now,” with a performance on CBS This Morning. “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now,” is the first song from the band’s upcoming album, NEW AGE NORMS 2, whose release date will be announced soon. Besides “Who’s Gonna Love Me Now,” the band performed “Complainer” and “Calm Your Nerves” from NEW AGE NORMS 1.

Cold War Kids Announce US Tour

Swingé – “Mafia”

Swingé is a dancehall artist, writer, performer, and model. Her South American origins influence her music. Her sources of inspiration range from Bob Marley, Diana King, Kenny B, Kassav, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Shakira, Tina Turner, etc. Born in French Guiana, but resident in Lille, North of France. She started her music career in 2015 hoping to be the next Superstar in the world⭐. Her new album project “CAMÉLÉONS” will be released in 2020, and the album showcasing her talents and skills to be one of the next artists to look out for in the global music industry.

Norway’s Siv Jakobsen springs forward with new track “Island” single

Norway’s Siv Jakobsen has released new single “Island” taken from her forthcoming second album ‘A Temporary Soothing’ which is out April 27th via U OK? Alongside the new single, Siv has also announced a mini run of US shows for March, including New York and Los Angeles, as well as shows for May taking place in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, and others. Stream “Island” here, and see the full tour listings below.

Spell to Release New LP, ‘Opulent Decay’, April 10

Hypnotizing heavy metal band Spell will release its new LP, ‘Opulent Decay’, on April 10 via Bad Omen Records. Featuring ten tracks of prime, progressive heavy music rife with crepuscular atmosphere, ‘Opulent Decay’ paints an aural vista where moonlit melody, strident heaviness and potent romanticism collide to startling effect.

DAY OF RECKONING (Featuring Rusty Cooley) Announce Release of Sophomore EP, Spread Your Disease

A follow-up to their debut EP Into The Fire, this new EP completes a long awaited project that is the culmination of the band’s stylistic explorations. Guitarist extraordinaire Rusty Cooley’s blend of subtly unorthodox chord progressions, hyper shifting meters, and blistering tempos creates an unsettling ocean for singer Brad Lambert’s vocals to tell each song’s story. Lyrically, the songs explore a variety of themes ranging from apocalyptic views of society all the way to more introverted themes of overcoming personal struggles such as betrayal, self-doubt, and loss. Cooley’s signature riffs and high paced melodic runs are matched in several places on the record by DOR’s second guitar player and former Cooley student, Matt Hough, who often plays intricate fast paced harmonies in tandem with Cooley.

COYOTE MAN Releases New Instrumental Single, “Perilous”

“From the beginning structure of the song it really gave us a dark presence and meaning if you will. A sort of dark truth with our economy at the moment which is in a perilous state. It fits well with the album title “Precognition” since it illuminates the present and provides a glimpse of what our future may hold. Times are scary and we wanted to lay down this eerie foundation within the tone of the song that hopefully paints a perfect picture for the listener.” – COYOTE MAN

Honey Cutt Premiere “Coasting” w/ FLOOD

Today, Honey Cutt are sharing a new single entitled “Coasting”, the title-track from their forthcoming LP, out on Kanine Records on March 13th. Released to coincide with the announce of a North American tour (full details of which can be found below), “Coasting” is the second single from the album, following January’s “Vacation,” and is premiering today with FLOOD Magazine.


TELEPATHY formed in 2012, the product of three Polish brothers (Piotr, Albert, and Krystian Turek) and one English guitarist (Richard Powley), later joined by bassist Teddy James Driscoll. The quintet’s second and most recent LP, Tempest (Spring 2017) was released to rave reviews globally, including Metal Hammer, Kerrang!, The Quietus, Visions, Metal Hammer DE, and more.

Jimmie Allen’s “Make Me Want To” Hits No. 1 on Country Radio

Today, platinum-selling singer/songwriter Jimmie Allen lands his second career No. 1 single with “Make Me Want To” hitting No. 1 on both the Billboard and Mediabase charts. This accomplishment marks the first time in history that a black artist launched their career with two consecutive No. 1 singles on Country radio—his first being the platinum selling No. 1 single, “Best Shot,” off his Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane.

D Mitch “Team Us” New Single

NOLA’s Juán Tigre Announce Debut Release + Share First Single

Meet Juan Tigre, the bilingual alt-rock brainchild of guitarist/vocalist John Maestas. Inspired by the iconic high desert imagery of New Mexico and imbued with the expansive folklore of the southwest. Psychedelic distorted guitars float over a video game sound palate with melodies that evoke a range from Nirvana to Thundercat. Based in New Orleans, Maestas has become well known locally for his guitar and production talents forming Juan Tigre in 2017 to present his own music.

Cubicolor – ‘Rituals’

16BL members Peter Kriek and Ariaan Ollieroock teamed up with UK vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Tim Digby-Bell (Duologue) to form Cubicolor in 2017. Debut album ‘Brainsugar’ was received with international acclaim accumulating over 40 millions streams with DJ Mag calling it ‘a startlingly accomplished debut’. A three-piece live band, the new record showcases their remarkable production techniques and textured sound design – Cubicolor continues their unconventional rise to the upper ranks of the electronic music world. The bands new single Rituals is the lead single for the album, both due to drop next week.

AZRA Empowers Women With New Single “Dangerous”

“I wrote this song as a response to all of the different industries that mistakenly thought they could obviate the respect required for me and my female deities,” AZRA explains of the track. “The female energy in any environment is invaluable, powerful and not to be messed with or judged by the cover.”

Tove Lo Announces North American Summer Tour

Speaking about the new lyric video, Tove reveals, “I asked the fans what they wanted Sunshine Kitty to do next and a lot of them said dance with me. When Doja Cat didn’t have time to do a lyric video, I mean she’s taking over the world right now, I thought it would be perfect to have Sunshine Kitty do it! We shot it all around my old house in Venice.”

Brandy Clark’s “Your Life is a Record” featured at NPR Music

Out this Friday, March 6 on Warner Records (pre-order), Your Life is a Record was produced by award-winning producer Jay Joyce and features 11 songs recorded largely as an intimate acoustic four-piece—featuring Clark, Joyce, Giles Reaves and Jedd Hughes—with subsequent Memphis strings and horns layered in with arrangements by Lester Snell. Created after the dissolution of a long-term relationship, the album features Clark’s most personal songwriting to date along with special guest appearances from Randy Newman (“Bigger Boat”) and guitarist John Osborne (“Bad Car”). Already receiving widespread attention, NPR Music’s Ann Powers proclaims, “Breakthroughs don’t always have to come for brand new artists,” and continues, “[Your Life is a Record] sounds like an instant classic. It sounds vintage, it evokes classic ‘60s country albums, but it also sounds completely contemporary,” while Rolling Stone included it as one of their “70 Most Anticipated Albums of 2020.”


This past Saturday, singer-songwriter and pop artist, Johnny Orlando dropped the video for his new single “Phobias,” which has already garnered over 2.1 million streams to-date, out now via Universal Music Canada/Island Records. Premiering on his YouTube channel, the highly anticipated video conveys a futuristic and dreamlike quality and stars TV and film actress Emily Skinner as Orlando’s love interest. The “Phobias” video was directed by L.A.-based director and filmmaker, Nayip Ramos. Also announced this past weekend, Orlando will be hitting the road in Canada for Johnny Orlando Live at The Rec Room, where he will perform “Phobias” acoustically for fans plus other fan favorites, and partake in a live Q&A. “I’m so excited to be back on the road for a few shows this March,” says Orlando. I can’t wait to finally see all my fans again, and to perform ‘Phobias’ for the first time!”

Listen to Eldafyre’s single ‘Slip Stream’

In a world addicted to simplicity, Eldafyre seeks to inspire others to take the road less travelled. His focus single Slipstream a slow-twisting maelstrom of poetry in motion.

A musical-stylist and poet, Eldafyre sends out a euphoric melancholia infused with a compassionate love. With influences ranging from Patti Smith, Rodriguez and Melanie Safka, Eldafyre is righteous in his approach to the sublime, sharing stories that elate the listener and elevate art as an integral conduit of change.

Gallery 47 Announces New Album & Shares Track

East Street is the 9th album by Nottingham songwriter Jack Peachey, known since 2010 by the pseudonym Gallery 47. The album was recorded at Jack’s family home over the Christmas period in 2019/2020. The bare bones of all songs were recorded on a Gibson Les Paul Studio through a Vox AC 15 amp on the same day. Most takes were recorded with an AKG C414 condenser microphone, and many songs feature upwards of ten vocal takes double tracked in unison or harmony. There is no bass guitar on the album except for the final song, ‘Calm’. One song, ‘Dulcimer #2’ is instrumental and dates back to 2013. Despite the seemingly melancholic subject matter – many songs touch affectionately on paranoia, disease, addiction and death – the album was written and recorded in a positive state of mind, optimistic for the future.

VOODOO GODS to Release “The Divinity Of Blood” on May 15th, 2020

When death metal icons like George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher, guitar virtuoso Viktor Smolski, bass titan Jean Baudin and guitar god Jacek Hiro join together to form a death metal band, it reads like the membership list of the Metal Hall of Fame. This is the case with VOODOO GODS and therefore this band can be called a Death Metal Supergroup without exaggeration.

Voodoo Gods to release “The Divinity Of Blood” in May

Black Metal Nihilists SICARIUS Unveil Nonconformist Anthem “Pagan Vestige(s)”

New album ‘God of Dead Roots’ due March 13; record release show with Swallow The Sun booked – The Black metal assassin dagger cult SICARIUS – hailed by Metal Hammer as “USBM with serious forward thrust” – has released a third preview track from their forthcoming second album, “God of Dead Roots,” due via M-Theory Audio on March 13. As of today, the blistering nonconformist anthem “Pagan Vestige(s)” can be streamed on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms or check streaming audio player at

OUR HATE Are Brutalized And ‘Defiled By Evil’

March 3rd sees the CD/Digital release of Defiled By Evil, the new EP from Belgium metal group Our Hate. The groups musical influences from different kinds of heaviness are covered and blended into a pounding and brutal metal sound and the 5 tracks of Defiled By Evil showcase precisely this.


On the heels of her video for ‘Comme Des Garçons (Like The Boys)’, Rina Sawayama is sharing a new song from her upcoming debut album SAWAYAMA due April 17th via Dirty Hit. ‘XS’ written by Rina, Nate Company and Chris Lyons premiered as ‘Hottest Record in The World’ on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show and further cements her status as one of pop’s brightest stars. Produced by Kyle Shearer, Rina and her long-time friend and collaborator Clarence Clarity the song’s infectious early 2000’s soundscapes beam against gritty car revs, fuzzy guitar riffs, and Rina’s smooth vocals. ‘XS’ confronts a darker issue about a materialistic world facing the horrors of global warming.

Marsicans release video for new single ‘Juliet’

Having last week made a triple whammy of announcements; releasing their brand new single – the bombastic ‘Juliet’, announcing debut album ‘Ursa Major’ (out May 22nd through Killing Moon Records) and a run of UK headline dates for October 2020, not to mention being confirmed to play numerous events at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas including the official BBC Introducing Stage. Marsicans (“MAR-sick-anz”) continue to build on their relationship with long-term visual collaborator – Leeds based Sodium Films – today releasing the music video for their latest single ‘Juliet’.