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NEWS: Austin trio Nobody’s Girl (BettySoo, Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis) release full-length album debut on July 10th

“We always joke that it started out by accident,” offers singer-songwriter (and former Voice contestant) Rebecca Loebe when asked about the fortuitous aligning of stars that officially brought her and fellow Austin-based troubadours BettySoo and Grace Pettis together as Nobody’s Girl. “Well, actually, Grace and I like to joke that we tricked BettySoo into being in a band with us …”

Jade Hairpins ready debut album Harmony Avenue for May 29

After pulling the curtain back last month, as well as a premiere lap around the UK, Jade Hairpins present their music video for new song “J Terrapin” via Flood Magazine. The energetic and absurdist how-do-you-do serves as the opening song from the London group’s debut album Harmony Avenue, arriving May 29 worldwide on Merge. Pre-order today on LP and CD in the Merge store, and watch the music video now!

Silverstein Premiere “Madness” ft. Princess Nokia via NYLON

While many bands would take their 20-year anniversary as an opportunity to rest on the laurels of nostalgia, Silverstein (vocalist Shane Told, guitarists Paul Marc Rousseau and Josh Bradford, bassist Billy Hamilton, and drummer Paul Koehler) see the landmark as a time to appreciate how far they’ve come, while also channeling all those years of experience into something new.


“The album consists of rhythmic tracks that take listeners away in the 90s, when EVIL’S TOY and the early works of the SOLITARY EXPERIMENTS clanked the scene. Elements of Old-school EBM add rhythm, so some tracks may fit Post-Industrial dancefloor. Good smooth album, which can be called a great return to the 90s. Again.” – Reflections of Darkness

LILI REFRAIN: new ambient video and dark folk experimental EP!

Italian dark folk experimental conjurer LILI REFRAIN is about to release her new EP ‘ULU’ this March 20th on Subsound Records. Today she shares a new video for the track “Mul”, a tribute to exquisite slowness.


Electric Mob is the newest up-and-coming hard rock sensation signed to Frontiers Music Srl. A mixture of powerful vocals, mean guitar riffs, and heavy groove with influences from the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, the band is prepared to put Brazil back on the rock ‘n roll map! Their debut album, “Discharge” is slated for release on May 8, 2020. Watch the video for first single and video, ‘Devil You Know’ HERE:

altopalo share “am I am” from farawayfromeveryoneyouknow out 24th April

“‘am I am’ is about being full of shit”, the band says, likening the track’s subject to “Thoreau with a supermarket. A manchild with a trust fund googling his way through the wilderness after watching The Revenant.”

Made of veterans of the NY scene, altopalo are becoming known for disintegrating the boundaries of ambient, electronic and guitar music, calling to mind other genre-bending masters like Bon Iver, Moses Sumney or King Krule. Beneath their alien musical transmissions, altopalo grapple with modern themes of anxiety, embracing fear and the rejection of self-care as a lifestyle brand.


Today, Empress Of, born Lorely Rodriguez, returns to announce a new album. I’m Your Empress Of is due 3rd April and is a testament to not only Rodriguez’ craftsmanship as an artist but as a producer. Rodriguez wrote and produced the entire album except “U Give It Up” and “Hold Me Like Water,” for which she enlisted the help of Jim E-Stack and Mikey Freedom Hart, respectively, and executive production co-helmed by BJ Burton. The album is her third full-length, following the “delicate but skillful” (NPR) Us and her “astonishing” (Pitchfork) 2015 debut Me.


The result of three years of experimentation and collaboration for no other purpose than shared pleasure, NOSSO RITMO marks a turning point in the story of Yuksek, that of independence and letting go. Detailing how the album came together, Yuksek explains “after the release of my last record I thought I would never do an album again, but I re-discovered the pleasure of making dance music, to share the studio with super talented and lovely artists like Bertrand Burgalat, Fatnotronic, Polo & Pan, to make a track and simply release it on my own label as soon as we are happy with it. And after more sessions with Breakbot, Zombie Zombie and all the amazing guests I have on the record, this album popped up by itself. I only wanted to make tracks with friends and I finally got an album, more easily than anything I did before. No headache, no plan, only music.”


Silverdale duo Aquilo have already exceeded 250 million streams of songs such as ‘Silhouette’, ‘Sorry’ and ‘Thin’. Despite not releasing any new material since the summer of 2018, Aquilo still command an impressive following with 1.7 million monthly listeners at Spotify alone.

Now, however, Aquilo (Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher) break their silence by sharing the long-awaited new single ‘Sober’. The song is the title track to their new EP of the same name, which follows on June 3rd.

HELL SPET release lyric video for new album title track “Killer Machine”

Post-apocalyptic country metal punk? Everything is possible when a band like Hell Spet decides to release an album like “Killer Machine”, a savage mix of punk, bluegrass and country, with a metal touch.

The band has just released a lyric video for the title track “Killer Machine”, which perfectly embodies the spirit of the album in sounds and lyrics.

New Music Video by Nightwatchers – “Fellah’s Temptation”

French melodic punk band Nightwatchers releases a music video for their single “Fellah’s Temptation”. The single is taken from the band’s debut album “La Paix Ou Le Sable”, released on Lövely Records in 2019. The video is made by Xavier Girardot at l’Atelier de Pechbonnieu and is now available to stream exclusively at Vive Le Rock.



The Day That You Left will be everything and more for fans of Charli XCX, Troye Sivan and Dua Lipa – heartfelt, sincere lyricism paired with an irresistible beat and killer, sharp production. The sentiment behind the track is intensely relatable; most will identify with the feeling of being fixated on everything said and done by someone just before they leave you for good. Speaking on the inspiration behind the track, Jake explains, “The Day That You Left is the product of all the failed relationships I’ve experienced in my life. It focuses on the denial that floods in when somebody is no longer in your life and the harsh wave of emotions that comes with it. Whether it be a falling out with a friend, a break-up, or a death, most of us have experienced the feelings that come with losing somebody and I wanted to channel that into a dark, pulsating synth-pop track (produced and co-written by the brilliant Ben Oldand) that you can still bop along to while simultaneously crying your eyes out.”



CLIPZ’s bootleg elevates the track with rapid breakbeats and salutes Koffee’s roots amplifying the jungle sound. Emerging through the ’90s rave movement in Bristol, CLIPZ grew up in a time of free warehouse parties, sound systems and dubplates. Before commercial success as Redlight, CLIPZ began producing music in the 2000s and inspired a generation by releasing tracks through labels like Full Cycle and Digital Soundboy. He also collaborated with D&B legends Roni Size, DJ Krust, DJ Die and more, as well as self-releasing on his own label Audio Zoo Recordings.

New > PEDRO reveals details of debut album ‘Da Linha’ > Out March 20 on Enchufada

Fast-rising Lisbon-based DJ/producer PEDRO has shared details of his long-awaited debut album, ‘Da Linha’, which releases on March 20 via Enchufada.

First teased with the release of bubbling lead single ‘Calores’ in January, ‘Da Linha’ crowns a defining breakthrough three years for PEDRO that has seen him establish himself as one of Portugal’s most vibrant and exciting new-school producers.

Swedish producer Donnie Castle reveals intoxicating addiction in blurry new record ‘Alprazolamia’

Gothenberg based producer Donnie Castle unveils hallucinogenic new single ‘Alprazolamia’, taken from his upcoming record Donnie II. This follows 2018’s mixtape, and trilogy of singles Oooh which received critical praise, a top 10 on Hype Machine, and inclusion of Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Flume’s Essentials playlist.

‘Alprazolamia’ is a trance-addled journey, focussing on Donnie’s addiction to prescription drugs. Discussing the meaning behind the song, he tells us “something I’ve been dealing with for a long time, I feel how they control me by this point.”

STRFKR New single “Never The Same”

STRFKR’s “Never The Same” is a sharp left turn from anything the band has explored before, hitting hard with a minimal arrangement of acoustic guitars, stripped down drums and Josh Hodges’ familiar weightless vocals all bathed in lo-fi production. The song is warm and direct, with twisting melodies and a straightforward delivery that highlights how vulnerable the band’s lyrics can be. This kind of careful, hushed energy is new territory for STRFKR, and it’s a risky move for a band loved for their exclamatory synth pop. Going out on this ledge results in one of the band’s most immediate and rewarding songs, one that’s strange and beautiful but as intense as a secret being whispered in your ear.

New > Luke Jenner from The Rapture > new solo record announced > “1” > out 15th May

It’s hard to speak about unspeakable things – violence, abuse, addiction and abandonment; especially when these things rupture the innocence of childhood.

But one of the merits of Luke Jenner’s new solo project is that he not only speaks of these things but he does so in a way that wrests them from the dark, small cubicle of shame, placing them firmly in the light so that we, as listeners and fellow survivors, can start to maybe walk with our head high. In this moment of empty pop music séance, the scope and ends of this project – to try and help people – feels almost revelatory.

ALIEN TANGO reveals wild, oddball disco ride ‘Heavenly’

London transplant from Spain Alien Tango announces new EP ‘Friends!’ and unleashes wild oddball disco ride ‘Heavenly’. Traditionally writing with his chaotic live show in mind, on ‘Heavenly’ all elements of restraint are removed, resulting in a decadent, electrifying track, inspired by loneliness, and a perfume commercial.

Brighton-based dreamers CIEL share whimsical second offering ‘Days’

Brighton-based dreamers CIEL share whimsical new offering ‘Days’, the second single taken from the band’s debut EP ‘Movement’ out later this spring.

Delivering moody alt-pop with magnetism, merging shoegaze with post-punk, noir rock dream pop, the trio’s second release builds on the early promise shown in lead single ‘The Shore’, conjuring up innovative and nostalgic ideas and drawing comparisons to Alvvays, Cate Le Bon and Our Girl with their intrinsic mystique.

Soccer96 share new single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’

Today, Soccer96 return with new single ‘I Was Gonna Fight Fascism’. Having recently signed to Moshi Moshi Records, the track is accompanied by the announcement of the band’s forthcoming EP ‘Tactics’, which is due out 26th June.

THE SONIC DAWN: watch feel-good video “Hits Of Acid”

Denmark’s psychedelic rock figurehead THE SONIC DAWN debut their cheerful new video for “Hits Of Acid”, taken from their impressive fourth album ‘Enter The Mirage’, out March 27th via Heavy Psych Sounds. Surround yourself with the warmth and cheerfulness of their psych blues sound now!

Past, present and future melt into one on “Hits of Acid”, the third single off THE SONIC DAWN’s forthcoming album ‘Enter the Mirage’. It sounds like the warm colors of a Californian seventies sunset, but leads the listener into somewhere in the eternal now. “We dreamed up a summer hit for an imaginary best summer, where sunshine evaporates the clouds on your mind. A summer of love… Living in the moment, grooving on the track.” says frontman Emil Bureau. Why not take a Hit of Acid and make it real?

AZURE EMOTE: Invisible Oranges Streams The Third Perspective

AZURE EMOTE is the brainchild of vocalist Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Hypoxia, Divine Rapture) joined by guitarist Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction). The Third Perspective also sees drums provided Mike Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy, Raven), bass from Kelly Conlon (Death, Pessimist, Monstrosity) who also played trumpet on “Three Six Nine,” vocals from Melissa Ferlaak (Therion, Plague of Stars, Echoterra, Aesma Daeva), violins from Pete Johansen (Sins Of Thy Beloved, Tristania, Morgul, Sirena), and keyboards by Jonah Weingarten (Pyramaze, We Are Sentinels, Teramaze). Additional guest guitars on “Loss” are provided by Mark English (Monstrosity, Deicide), and on “Dark Realms” and “Solitary Striving” by Bob Davodian (Divine Rapture, Randall Flagg).

Good Dog Nigel Releases “Strawberries”

Good Dog Nigel is the stage name of Parker Emeigh (pronounced “Amy”), a 23-year old college drop and self-proclaimed hopeless romantic who devoutly follows the philosophy that “life is too precious to not do what makes you and others happy.”


The video, directed by Eddie Whelan and creatively directed by Ben Ditto, see’s Rina embrace the otherworldliness of masculine confidence – a space age reflection of the track’s themes. With shifting shapes, movement and colours ‘Comme Des Garçons (Like the Boys)’ pays homage to the fashion houses, their iconic logos sprawled across the visuals for this 90’s inspired video which accompanies the brilliant, pulsating club track which describes trying to alchemize the confidence of the gay men that have always shown Rina love.