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“We are really proud of The Kingdom,” says BUSH vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Gavin Rossdale. “It’s as if all roads traveled over the last few years have gotten us to this point. We look forward to this cycle – old fans, new fans, likeminded people who are searching for their kingdom.”

Woods Announces New Album “Strange To Explain”

Woods return today with the announcement of their new album Strange To Explain, due out May 22 on the band’s own Woodsist label. In the years since the psych-folk outfit’s acclaimed last pair of releases, 2016’s City Sun Eater in the River of Light and 2017’s Love Is Love, frontman Jeremy Earl became a father and bassist/producer Jarvis Taveniere relocated from New York to Los Angeles, making Woods a bicoastal band for the first time in its 15-year existence.

FACTORY 25 announces acquisition of Other Music Documentary

Factory 25 announced the acquisition of the North American rights to the Tribeca Film Festival premiering documentary Other Music by Puloma Basu and Rob Hatch-Miller and premiere of the film’s official trailer featuring a 1996 live in-store performance by Neutral Milk Hotel (the first live performance ever of “Two Headed Boy”). The film delves into the iconic New York City record store’s influence with appearances by Tunde Adebimpe (TV On the Radio), Jason Schwartzman, Martin Gore (Depeche Mode), Matt Berninger (The National), Janeane Garofalo, Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend) and more…

Watch Corridor’s new video for “Grand cheval” animated

Corridor has delivered an official video for “Grand cheval,” directed and animated by Chad VanGaalen, and a standout from Junior, their acclaimed debut of 2019.

Corridor’s Jonathan Robert says of “Grand cheval,” “The song is inspired by a grumpy old man who came to bother us in a park once. He talked about mediocre poetry and philosophies of life while asking us for cigarettes and beers. When we asked him to leave us alone, he became angry, climbed on his high horse (“Grand cheval”) and became this old demagogue belittling the youth.”

Big Boi Presents His Inaugural Kryptonite Festival in Atlanta

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, RIAA diamond-certified hip-hop luminary, producer, and member of OutKast—Big Boi announces his inaugural Kryptonite Festival today. The festival is set to take place at the Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park on Saturday April 18th, 2020. General on-sale tickets will be available on March 6th.

The festival will feature performances by Atlanta legends, including a headlining set by Big Boihimself along with Goodie Mob as well as Earth Gang, Kneel’n Ray and more.

Shopping share new video for ‘All Or Nothing’

Last month, Shopping released All or Nothing, “their most articulate record to date” (Paste) on FatCat Records. In advance of their lengthy North American tour, which kicks off this week, the band releases a new video for the album’s title track. “All Or Nothing” is propelled by a thrumming bassline, angular guitar, and Rachel Agg’s near-spoken chants. Its accompanying video, directed by Lessa Millet, is entirely animated and features collaged photos of the band.

Watch Swamp Dogg’s Animated Video For Piano Ballad “Billy”

Its creators explain: “Swamp Dogg’s song captures the bittersweet essence of the human experience. In the video we tried to convey the color and beauty of life paired with scenes of quiet isolation and loneliness that are felt after a deep loss. The song is sad, but hopeful as we see life continue to grow. We were honored to be a part of Swamp Dogg’s art and hope that the accompanying video reminds everyone that there is still a bright world in the midst of your darkest moments.”

Swamp Dogg Countrifies His Twisted Soul

The Aces Release New Single “Daydream” via Red Bull Records

“We want our fans to feel submerged in this music and walk away feeling closer to us than ever,” says the band. “‘Daydream’ is about what it’s like to be away from a loved one. When we’re on tour, we’re leaving a love note and memento saying, ‘I’m thinking of you, so daydream about me.'”

GREEN CARNATION Reveal New Album Details, Premiere First Single via Prog Magazine

Norwegian progressive metal stalwarts GREEN CARNATION will release ‘Leaves of Yesteryear’ on May 8 via Season of Mist! The record is the first new music from the band in 14 years. The album art and tracklist can be found below.

In conjunction with the album announcement, GREEN CARNATION has teamed up with PROG magazine to premiere the official music video for the title track, “Leaves of Yesteryear.”

ICYMI: Suzanne Santo & Gary Clark Jr. on The Joe Rogan Experience yesterday

Suzanne Santo appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience on Tuesday, March 3rd where she premiered her new track “Fall for That” – due to release wide in April. This is the first song to be released ahead of her upcoming full-length album, expected later this year.

Sheffield’s SHEAFS share new single “Thinking Out Loud”

Sheffield’s SHEAFS release their debut EP “Vox Pop” this Friday, March 6th, on Blood Records (Dream Wife, The Blinders, The Amazons etc.). Today, they have shared a final taster from it in the form of single “Thinking Out Loud”. In a new interview with Atwood Magazine, the band explain the meaning behind it:”The idea was to capture the array of disorganised thoughts that often fill our heads throughout the day. The contrast of associating laundry and bigger world issues was one that we found interesting”.

Review: SHEAFS’ Debut EP ‘Vox Pop’ Speaks to, and For the Younger Generations

South London four-piece Gaygirl announce debut EP PLEASUREHEAD, share new single ‘Mikkel’

South London band Gaygirl are today sharing a new single ‘Mikkel’ and announcing their debut EP Pleasurehead, due for release April 24th via Permanent Creeps.

Pairing the raw, emotional grunge of PJ Harvey with the immersive, bold alt-pop moments of early Garbage, each of Gaygirl’s 4 band members bring a unique set of influences to the table. As a unit, not only do they create a sound that is hard to pin down, but with every twist and turn – they make an impression that’s unshakable.


Lightning Bug is the hypnotic shoegaze project led by Brooklyn-based Audrey Kang, who released their new album October Song last year to an 8.0 from Pitchfork. Today, the band is announcing they’ve signed to Fat Possum, who will re-issue October Song on vinyl for the first time on April 24th. To celebrate the news Lightning Bug have shared a stunningly atmospheric new song and video called “The Onely Ones.” Gorilla vs Bear, who premiered the song and video today, is calling it “a soaring and glowingly ethereal shoegaze ballad that beautifully conveys that very intense, but also sort of hazy and difficult-to-articulate happy/sad feeling that we all get at times.”


Produced by GRAMMY® Award-winner Martin Terefe, the five-track EP distills rustic guitar, anesthetized beats, and heart-wrenching storytelling into an impossible-to-look-away-from mosaic of addiction, lust, loss, and redemption. Indicative of this blend, “Feels Good” slips from ethereal vocal echoes into laidback rhymes and soft strumming. Meanwhile, “Polly in the Closet” tells the tragic story of two lovers as doomed by circumstance as they are by the needle. From the jump, he sets the stage, “She was 23, he was 44, burning like great balls of fire…she left high, and he got higher.” At the same time, “Headstone” serves up an elegy to youth as he admits, “We were kids then, searching for a feeling.”

BTS Delivers A Breathtaking Performance In The New “Black Swan” Music Video

Global superstars BTS just revealed the music video for “Black Swan”, the 1st single included in their 4th studio album MAP OF THE SOUL : 7.

The music video depicts BTS transforming from swans into black swans on stage. The black and white attire symbolizing the swans and the performance set on a picturesque stage amplify the artistic sensibility of the song.

TRAUMA: Ominous Black Streaming Early At No Clean Singing

TRAUMA delivers their anxiously anticipated Ominous Black, featuring nine new tracks composed and recorded by the band’s Jarosław “Mister” Misterkiewicz. The songs were captured at the band’s TRAUMAtic Sound Studio, mixed and mastered by Wiesławscy Bros at the famous Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Hour Of Penance, Beheaded), and the album completed with cover artwork by Polish artist Mariusz Lewandowski (Bell Witch, Fuming Mouth, Mizmor). The new lyric video for “The Black Maggots” was created by Filip Musiatowicz of KUR Pictures.



Industrial/electro rockers Julien-K, founded by original Orgy members Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh have signed on to a massive national tour with The Birthday Massacre (dates below). The band will be dropping their new album titled Harmonic Disruptor in early April. The title track off of the album, “Harmonic Disruptor,” was released as a single on January 24th. Their second single “Shut Down Your Soul” dropped on February 28th and the third single “Stronger Without You” will drop on March 20th.

Great news for fans: Julien-K will be joined by their legendary original drummer and Dead By Sunrise bandmate, Elias “Bones” Rodriguez.


Today New York based singer, songwriter and producer Amber Mark releases the official video for her new single ‘Generous’, out now via PMR/Interscope Records. Directed by Nathalie Christmas, the video stars Amber in a mixture of vintage Hollywood glam and burlesque. “I’ve always been so in awe of the aesthetic of the late 50s – early 60s. I wanted to create a visual that was inspired by this era but also incorporated the contemporary style we have now” says Amber; “‘Generous’ has such a beautiful balance between the classic Hollywood era as well as the hip hop world we live in now. I felt it was key to express that visually.”

Alexandra Lost releases fuses orchestral pop in “Modern Feelings”

Alexandra Lost is the brainchild of Jane Ehrhardt and Simon Paradis, two veterans of the Quebec City music scene armed with vintage synthesizers and well-crafted verse. Ehrhardt and Paradis are partners in both music and life. Together, they have nearly four decades of accumulated experience in the realms of independent music.