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TOXIC HOLOCAUST: Revolver Premieres “New World Beyond” Video

Crossover thrashers TOXIC HOLOCAUST are pleased to unveil the official video for “New World Beyond,” now playing at Revolver. The track comes by way of the band’s latest full-length, Primal Future: 2019, released last Fall via Entertainment One (“eOne”).

The raucous clip was shot in Oregon City by band founder/principal songwriter Joel Grind and Jaime Robillard. Comments Grind, “‘New World Beyond’ is a song about a dystopian future where resources are scarce and daily life is a struggle for survival.”

Martin Garrix Teams Up with Rising Star Clinton Kane For Brand New Single “Drown” Out Now

Martin Garrix is back with a long awaited new single, this time collaborating with rising singer Clinton Kane. Martin is never one to sit still and has been releasing one track after the other, now with “Drown.”

Yung Mal Throws Down Like “Blake Griffin”

Bursting out of East Atlanta with one of his city’s freshest flows, Yung Mal is on the fast track to stardom. Teaming up with producer Pyrex Whippa, another rising star in the trap scene, Yung Mal announces 6 Rings, his next project. The upcoming tape showcases Mal’s effortlessly intricate rhymes–the 24-year-old rapper is an expert at finding unique rhythmic pockets within the beat, frequently messing with listener’s expectations of meter and the bar line. A favorite of the new generation of Southern rappers (DaBaby, Offset Lil Gotit, Dreamville), the Baltimore-born Pyrex is a perfect fit for Mal’s style, offering a diverse variety woozy trap instrumentals on which the young rapper can perfect his flexes. Featuring appearances from Lil Keed, Lil Gotit, Doe Boy, and more, 6 Rings arrives on March 5th via Alamo Records.

JINJER Releases Official Music Video for “Retrospection”

“A cocktail of modern prog metal, ‘Macro’ is the album where Jinjer show us what the future of heaviness sounds like.” – Loudwire

After an incredibly successful 2019 that saw the band tour North America as well as Europe (the latter even twice) and release their worldwide charting new album, Macro, Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners JINJER return with the official music video for their standout track, “Retrospection” – a song that touches the sensitive subject of family.

BTS Reveals Powerful Music Video For “ON”

Global superstars BTS unveiled the official music video for “ON,” the lead single of their 4th studio album MAP OF THE SOUL : 7.

In the second official music video, BTS takes a cinematic approach in portraying the lyrics of “ON”. The video symbolically depicts BTS’ vow to accept their predestined path as fate and to keep going on, no matter the obstacles. The band’s signature charisma and perfectly synchronized choreography during the video’s dance break is set to attract the attention of millions of viewers around the world.

Instrumental Rockers Unconditional Arms premiere second single, “Westbrae Sunrise”

Oakland, CA post-rock band Unconditional Arms is debuting a new track (“Westbrae Sunrise”) off the upcoming album ‘Formation’ out April 3rd on Bay Area indie label Sell The Heart Records – run by Andy Pohl of Tsunami Bomb.

Unconditional Arms is a brainchild of musician Jeff Wright (The American Scene, Compltr). The band also consists of drummer Ross Traver and features musicians Randy Staat, Christopher Sturm, Tyler Thalken, Julie Lydell (who plays piano on “Westbrae Sunrise”), and Scott Goodrich.

Don McLean Inks Recording Deal With Time Life

Songwriter Hall of Fame member Don McLean has amassed a plethora of albums throughout his 50-year career, which began in 1969, and quickly soared his status to stardom with the 1971 release of American Pie. Now, in 2020, many of the recordings which has been unavailable on any digital platform will soon be released through a new recording and distribution agreement with Time Life, which is distributed through the WEA/Warner Bros. distribution system.

@DonMcLeanOnline inks recording deal w/@TimeLife; McLean to release previously unavailable catalog albums via digital platforms & new album

Swedish born, London based artist JANOS – Entitled “Sicky/Sticky”

Swedish born artist JANOS spends his time between the streets and pubs of Oslo and London. Fusing beautiful pop melodies, soulful vocals and explosive energy, the pop-punk soul artist delivers listeners with a fresh, contemporary sound. From fragile, heartfelt ballads to funky upbeat anthems, JANOS tells a story relating to the highs and lows of our generation.

K$k DRE – ‘I Know’

“A heartbreak or possibly a love story?” Find out in K$k DRE’s latest track where he breaks down his emotions and commitments to a possible lover. With a beat produced by Relly Made the rapper is sure to leave you with a few struck strings.


Says Max of the track, “Cautious is about isolating yourself from the world in an attempt to protect yourself from it, but ultimately discovering that the beauty and meaning in life are often derived through its discomfort.”

“Cautious” is the follow-up to Leone’s debut single “First Grade,” which garnered early praise from Paper Mag, the BBC, KCRW, Alt Citizen and more. Defined by soulful, acoustic-led songwriting with left-of-center production choices, Leone’s music calls to mind King Princess, Cautious Clay, or the DIY pop intelligence of Omar Apollo.

HUMAN IMPULSE: No Echo Streams Eponymous Debut EP

Minneapolis, Minnesota punk/metal trio HUMAN IMPULSE – formed by musicians collectively formerly of Ambassador Gun, Path Of Destruction, Tinnitus, and others – prepares to issue their eponymous debut EP this Friday. Popular hardcore/punk portal No Echo is now hosting an advance stream of the record alongside a short feature on the band.

A punch drunk INDIE ANTHEM > Big Society – ‘Feel’

Manchester-based Big Society kick off their 2020 with the release of their intoxicating new single ‘Feel’.

Recorded in the cold, removed countryside of Worcestershire with producer Pete Robertson (ex-Vaccines), it is a unification of punch drunk melody and nervous adolescence, and speaks to the daft loneliness of teenage life and the necessity for exploration outside your comfort zone.


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum British singer/songwriter James Blunt has shared the feel good video for “Halfway” featuring country pop duo Ward Thomas. The original solo version of the track appears on his acclaimed sixth studio album Once Upon A Mind.

Steve Earle & The Dukes Return With “Ghosts of West Virginia” May 22nd

Steve Earle & The Dukes will release Ghosts of West Virginia on May 22nd, 2020 via New West Records. The album was produced by Steve Earle and engineered by Ray Kennedy at Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios in New York City. The 10-song set is Earle’s 20th studio album and was mixed entirely in mono, lending a sonic cohesion and punch. In recent years, Earle has experienced partial hearing loss in one ear and can no longer discern the separation that stereo is designed to produce. The recording features his latest incarnation of his backing band The Dukes; Chris Masterson on guitar, Eleanor Whitmore on fiddle & vocals, Ricky Ray Jackson on pedal steel, guitar & dobro, Brad Pemberton on drums & percussion, and Jeff Hill on acoustic & electric bass.

Steve Earle Previews New Album With Miners’ Ode ‘Devil Put the Coal in the Ground’

Thurlowood premieres “Survivalist” & announces debut album ‘Discontinue Normal Program’ via MXDWN

Today, Thurlowood releases his first single, “Survivalist,” via MXDWN. Along with the single premiere comes the announcement of Thurlowood’s debut album, Discontinue Normal Program; check out the premiere here. Discontinue Normal Program is due on April 10th, 2020.

“I can go into my office and pick up the telephone, and in 25 minutes 70 million people will be dead.”
-Richard Nixon

mxdwn PREMIERE: Thurlowood Releases Aching Electro-Pop Song “Survivalist” and Announces New Album Discontinue Normal Program for April 2020 Release

Hayley Thompson-King Announces Sophomore LP, Sororicide, Due Out May 29, 2020

“A classically trained singer with a fondness for rock, country and German theater songs, Hayley Thompson-King certainly draws from a diverse palette on her second album, Sororicide. And she came up with a concept that allowed her to explore all of it — including the Country & Western weeper ‘Drink Her Away.’” — Billboard Magazine

Shred Kelly – Stream our new single ‘Dead Leaves’

“Dead Leaves,” our new single, is a sombre reflection on our social connections online. Our online experiences are half ‘Instagram happy,’ seen in the shadow of dire warnings of what’s happening in the world around us.

ERRANT: Brooding New Solo Project Helmed By Immortal Bird’s Rae Amitay To Release Debut EP

ERRANT was conceived in 2019 as a vehicle for realizing ideas that exist in a separate space from Immortal Bird. Recorded by Pete Grossmann at Bricktop Recording in Chicago, Illinois, ERRANT is a look at self-loathing, confusion, and searching for strength in an enervating world. The three original tracks see Amitay playing synth, guitar, bass, drums, and performing both harsh and clean vocals. The music isn’t wedded to genre and explores black metal, rock, thrash, doom, and other styles. The arrangements are direct but take time to weave in progressive elements and dynamic atmosphere. Closing out with a cover of Amitay’s favorite song by Failure, “Saturday Saviour,” ERRANT is also an opportunity to record something removed from the metal genre, while still being rooted in emotion and urgent, melancholic energy.

TEMPERANCE Reveals New Single & Official Video “Start Another Round” – Out TODAY!

There’s a time when we’ve got to decide the perfect move to write again our story, nothing matters but glory.

From blood, sweat and tears to the great victory: TEMPERANCE has just released their new energetic single “Start Another Round”, fresh off their latest album, Viridian. Taking risks and playing with one’s own luck and fate are the main topics of this melodic live anthem – even if the way to success and victory is paved with bruises and disappointments, it is the grand prize and self-fulfillment that matters after all.

James Righton (formerly of Klaxons) Shares Video For “Edie”

Speaking of the video, Righton comments: “For the ‘Edie’ video I wanted a sense of intimacy to chime with what’s at the core of a very personal song. The guys from Ill-Studio and director Hugo Campan delivered something that did just that.”

New > Seb Wildblood shares Rosalia ‘A Palé’ remix > Listen Here

Seb Wildblood’s first new music of 2019 comes in the form of an edit of Spanish superstar Rosalia’s ‘A Palé’. Kicking off a dancefloor-focused year with an energized and club-ready edit, the release follows Wildblood’s introspective and accomplished debut LP, ‘sketches of transition’ in 2019.

Grizzly Coast – “Forever”

“My new single, “Forever,” embraces the idea that nobody should wait around for someone who can’t make up their mind on if they want to be with you, while also acknowledging the confusing feelings of projection and desire that typically accompany that dynamic.”

Neck Deep Invites Fans to Sonderland // New Single “Lowlife” Out Now

No mere collection of songs, All Distortions Are Intentional is conceptually rich, with themes of disconnection, existential confusion, and the search for meaning. The album tells the story of a loner named Jett, who lives in a place dubbed Sonderland, a combination of “Wonderland” and the somewhat obscure word “sonder”: the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own, with their own ambitions and worries. “It’s that strange existential realization that you are not the entire world,” explains singer Ben Barlow. “Everyone around you feels and lives the same way that you do. You’re just an extra in their story.”

AFRAID OF GHOSTS Release New Single “No Hero”

Everyone has ghosts they run from and internal struggles that haunt them, and pop newcomers Afraid Of Ghosts tell their own story about wrestling with their demons. With a fresh take on electro-pop, the mysterious supergroup take on love, loss, and the darker aspects of the human experience. The lyrics are heartfelt and raw against an undeniably catchy musical backdrop, but it’s not all gloom and doom; within their story lies a glimmer of hope.

Baseball Gregg Premieres Calendar LP via THRDCOAST

Baseball Gregg is a Pop duo from Stockton (California) by way of Italy. Founders Luca Lovisetto and Samuel Regan met in Bologna, the former a native of the city and the latter a math student studying abroad. Here, their first songs took shape and were recorded in a flurry of late spring nights, eventually becoming the duo’s self titled debut EP, Baseball Gregg (2014).