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“Mind and Soul” – Chynna Lewis’ New Single

Born in Taiwan, Chynna Lewis moved to Canada at the age of ten. Growing up in a musical family, her mother sang, her father taught her guitar, and she and her brothers played music and harmonized together. As a teenager, Chynna discovered her love for singing through soul and R&B music. She began writing her own songs on the piano and guitar at the age of fifteen, and this creative instinct eventually led her to her career in music.


In the Manheela directed video, Angelica searches for potential love on dating apps and goes on a series of unsuccessful dates. In the end, she realizes she is better off without them after the dates go left.

Nick AM premieres “Take It Back” on Billboard, Utopia EP due March 17

Of the video, Nick explains, “Not too long ago in Iran, tradition and modernity were more balanced. ‘Take It Back’ is meant to instill pride, provide hope, and soundtrack the new wave of revolution in Iran and around the world. Take back your rights, your identity, your country.”

Gotts Street Park Share New Track “Favourite Kind Of Girl” Feat. Flikka

Showcasing newcomer Flikka’s distinctive vocal, “Favourite Kind Of Girl” adopts a soulful framework and GSP’s slick and memorable production. Lyrically tackling the theme of self-love and understanding your worth, “FKOG” is the perfect track for the beginning of Spring and another offering from an EP which is currently in the works, following the previously released “Bad” featuring Zilo and “Where You Going” featuring Marco McKinnis.

Thin Lear explores isolation in cinematic folk-rock track “Wooden Cave”

“I feel both a painful empathy for, and a great terror of, outcasts. The majority of the songs on the album have outcast narrators. I feel I’ve always been one, never really fitting in despite my best efforts, and I’ve slowly come to embrace that and be okay with it. And yet, at this particular moment in time, outcasts have been responsible for some pretty heinous things. So it’s not a title I feel I can use proudly for myself anymore. The narrator of ‘Wooden Cave’ confronts a loner on the edge, basically just ripping him apart: ‘If you were desired, loved deeply and true. Do you think it would change the deadliest parts of you?’ It’s a song against people who weaponize their loneliness, turn it into rage, and point it outward.”


The track follows his 2019 debut album Shelby, featuring the now RIAA Certified Platinum single “i”. “Havin My Way (Ft. Lil Durk)” is accompanied by an official video, streaming now via YouTube HERE.

Whiskey Myers Presents Firewater Music Festival

Whiskey Myers are taking their live show to the next level with today’s announcement of their own curated event, Firewater Music Festival. Set for Thursday, October 1 through Saturday, October 3 just 45 minutes outside Kansas City, the event features three days of camping and outdoor activities while Friday & Saturday will be jam-packed with live music – all personally selected by the headliners declared by American Songwriter to be on an “ascent towards country rock royalty.”

DRAGONFORCE To Kick Off US Headlining Tour This Week

Extreme power metal unit DRAGONFORCE will kick off their anticipated US headlining tour this week! Slated to commence on March 5th in Mesa, Arizona, the journey winds its way through over two dozen cities upon its conclusion March 21st in Brooklyn, New York. Support will be provided by Unleash The Archers and Visions Of Atlantis.

DRAGONFORCE w/ Unleash The Archers, Visions Of Atlantis:
3/05/2020 Club Red – Mesa, AZ
3/06/2020 The Regent – Los Angeles, CA
3/08/2020 The Regency Theater – San Francisco, CA
3/10/2020 Metro Music Hall – Salt Lake City, UT
3/11/2020 Oriental Theater – Denver, CO
3/13/2020 Fine Line – Minneapolis, MN **
3/14/2020 Red Flag – St. Louis, MO **
3/15/2020 House Of Blues – Chicago, IL
3/17/2020 The Agora – Cleveland, OH
3/18/2020 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
3/19/2020 Roxian Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
3/20/2020 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
3/21/2020 Warsaw – Brooklyn, NY
** No Visions Of Atlantis

Icelandic Emotional Post-Rock Outfit VAR Releasing ‘The Never-Ending Year’

Bassist Egill Björgvinsson says, “Moments” was written shortly before our tour to Japan in December 2017 and was put on the setlist just before leaving. When we got back home we decided to record the song and contacted our friend Eiður Steindórsson to produce and record with us. We really liked working with Eiður and the sound he brought, so we decided to make a whole record with him. So one could say that “Moments” set the tone for the whole album. Lyrically the song is about enjoying moments with the ones who are closest to you; family, friends.”

VAR Embark on a Thoughtful Journey with “Moments”

Don Canyon – “Don’t Lie” ft. Joakem

DON CANYON was formed in Cyprus in 2018. They released a Rock version of soundtrack of well-known movie “Requiem for a Dream”, and the instrumental single titled “Palladio”. Immediately after “Palladio”, the band released their debut single, an Anti-bullying song called “DYNASTY” featuring award winning vocalist Chandler Mogel from the band “Outloud”.

Las Vegas, Nevada Heavy Metal Band HEMLOCK Announce the ‘European & UK Adventure Tour’ 2020

Las Vegas, Nevada Heavy Metal band HEMLOCK are celebrating 27 years as a band with the announcement of the ‘European & UK Adventure Tour’ 2020. The tour includes two U.S. dates that begin on April 24th n St. Joseph, MO at Cafe Acoustic.

Las Vegas Heavy Metal Band HEMLOCK Announce the ‘European & UK Adventure Tour’ 2020

Morgan Harper-Jones Shares New Track “Lie To Me”

Explaining the inspiration behind “Lie To Me”, Harper-Jones simply added, “Modern dating can be weird and complicated, eh.”

A talk all night, tales for days, brutally honest songwriter and storyteller, Harper-Jones has been perfecting her craft and performing across the northwest of England for a few years; now she is stepping into focus and introducing herself to the wider world with a simply stunning debut release in “Breathe”.

Canadian producer Factor Chandelier shares “UNDERGROUND”

Factor Chandelier on “Underground”:

“Cadence Weapon stopped into Chandelier Studios in Saskatoon SK while on tour and recorded this long overdue collaboration “UNDERGROUND” we sat down in the studio and got right to it, I worked on the track while the tour made its way in town. I wanted to make something high energy to compliment his ferocious style and he matched it perfectly. We’ve known each other a long time and have been talking about collaborating on a track since around 2014. This one came together naturally and was worth the wait.”

JAHMED shares new single and Zane Lowe World Record “JEEP”

Rap newcomer with the confidence of a veteran, JAHMED, keeps his foot on the gas with the release of his new single “JEEP” off his upcoming debut album, slated for release this March. Today, JAHMED returns with his latest video for the lead single, which premiered on HYPEBEAST and was named a World Record on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio Show. “JEEP” is a brash track with a booming low end that brings forth JAHMED’s raucous energy and encapsulates his hard-hitting, wide-array of influences. He weaves together elements of West Coast artists like Kendrick Lamar with those found in East Coast and Southern influences like Three 6 Mafia. The visual directed by Polygon, follows JAHMED as he raps alongside his broken-down JEEP while surrounded by a whirlwind of lyrics and abstract imagery citing life and death. The video also tells a much more personal story for JAHMED, referencing the passing of his brother on July 10th, 2010.

SATARAY: Dark Ambient Project Releases “Saturn”

“This song was originally created for a ritual performance, with the energy of the planet Saturn and its energetic influence in mind,” notes SATARAY. “Saturn is already very much a part of me, but over the last year its influence has been especially intense and transformative in my life – and this song is ode to that.”

Scorching Metalgazers SPOTLIGHTS Drop ‘WE ARE ALL ATOMIC’ EP

Following their acclaimed 2019 album Love and Decay and the announcement of their slot on this summer’s massive Faith No More / Korn package, Brooklyn trio SPOTLIGHTS return with the ambitious new We Are All Atomic EP to further validate the majesty of their singular shoegaze/doom/post-metal blend..

Exclusive Track Premiere: “Part IV” by Spotlights

Big Havi is Ready For His Close-Up: the ATL Rapper Teams with Qasquiat for “Narcotix”

Big Havi’s music might sound effortlessly catchy, but the ATL artist uses earworm-y trap jams to delve into heavy situations. An inspirational anthem that touches on addiction, poverty, and P.T.S.D., Havi’s “Narcotix” is an ideal example of his honey-voiced street gospel. Directed by Qasquiat (Lil Uzi Vert, Roddy Ricch, Smoove L), the “Narcotix” video is an intimate and eye-catching video that perfectly suits the song’s subject matter. The bulk of the video is shot in close-up, alternating focus on Havi’s expressive face and another figure, fraught with doubt and struggling with addiction. Filmed with neon-lit special effects, the video draws parallels between the addict’s attempts to break free of drugs and Havi’s need to escape his neighborhood. “Narcotix” is a highlight track from Personal Problems, Havi’s recently released debut project.

Debbie Gibson hits #8 on the Billboard Dance Charts

Debbie Gibson has moved into the TOP 10 at #8 with Girls Night Out on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart this week! FUN facts – Debbie’s last visit on the Billboard Dance Club chart was nearly 23years ago and the last time she visited the TOP 10 was 1989’s Electric Youth. Girls Night Out is her 3rd TOP 10 hit!

R&B/PopArtist/Guitarist Jackie Venson Announces New Single via Consequence of Sound

“Make Me Feel” is a sensual love story, ethereal and otherworldly, with a quiet, mesmerizing strength that builds throughout the song.

In naming Venson one of “15 Women-Fronted Music Acts Getting Their Due at SXSW 2019,” alongside Billie Eilish, Forbes magazine noted, “Jackie Venson is truly an Austin legend in the making. An accomplished guitarist and talented singer to boot, she collaborates with some of the best instrumentalists and artists in Austin, Texas, on a regular basis.”

Jackie Venson Shares the Origins of New Single “Make Me Feel”: Stream

SXSW Comedy Festival Announces Initial 2020 Lineup

South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 13-22, 2020) has announced an initial list of SXSW Comedy Festival participants and shows. A unique gathering of performers from all reaches of entertainment, SXSW Comedy Festival hosts a lineup of acclaimed comedians and entertainers. The festival endeavors to foster an environment where tomorrow’s most promising comedians can perform alongside and mingle with icons from the world of film and television.


Last month, Grouplove kicked off HEALER with the release of their lead single, “Deleter.” After its premiere on Sirius XM, the track and companion video were met with widespread critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Billboard hailed the “much-anticipated return” as “political and powerful” while Consequence of Sound stated, “It’s almost impossible to hear [‘Deleter’] without imagining the band dancing around the recording studio. For the first single from a new album, it certainly bodes well for the musical direction Grouplove are going in.” The single has been rapidly climbing the alternative chart and is headed to the top ten and beyond.

neumodel Share “Black Block” Video Via BlackBook

French electronic duo, neumodel, have released the second video off of their upcoming debut record, Rock. The video premiered with BlackBook, praising, “Black Block’ offers a more dreamy, melancholic release, seemingly inspired through the likes of Massive Attack and The xx.”

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Eerie New neumodel Video For ‘Black Block’

Enrique Iglesias And Ricky Martin Announce First Ever Co-Headlining Arena Tour In North America

GRAMMY Award-winning, multi-platinum powerhouse artists Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin are hitting the road together for the first time ever. The global superstars have built unstoppable solo careers with dozens of #1 songs and millions of albums between them, and are now joining forces live in concert this fall. Fans can expect to hear renowned hits from two of the biggest names in pop and Latin music on their historic North American arena tour. Latin music’s newest sensation Sebastián Yatra will join the outing as special guest. The GRAMMY nominee has become one of the most powerful Latin pop artists of his generation.

Niall Horan ‘Nice To Meet Ya’ Australian tour September-October 2020

Presented by TEG Live, the Australian shows will kick off in Brisbane on September 30 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, before moving through Sydney to play Qudos Bank Arena on October 2, and wrapping up in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on October 3. This will be Horan’s second headline tour of Australia, who welcomed him with open arms back in 2018 where he played mostly sold out shows as part of his Flicker World Tour.


Today, Capitol Records released Katy Perry’s new song, “Never Worn White.” She wrote the moving piano ballad with Johan Carlsson, John Ryan and Jacob Kasher Hindlin. It was produced by Carlsson. Download / stream “Never Worn White” –

KNOE Takes Us On A Lusty Journey With ‘Manhattan Summer’

KNOE takes us back to the sexy warmth of summer nights with his new single ‘Manhattan Summer’, a track that captures the rough sophistication of love in the queen of metropolis.

Once more, KNOE unfolds his seemingly effortless ability to transport the listener to ‘there and then’, with an element of Jazzy rap that makes this track ever so sensual. KNOE’s desire is for us “to feel the music.”

Sun Glitters collaborator Rome in Reverse shares ‘Oracolo’

Avant-garde dance music producer and sound-designer Rome in Reverse will be releasing her new single ‘Oracolo’ on March 6th via Telavivi Records. Premiered by tmrw magazine on February 7th, ‘Oracolo’ was written and produced by Antonella Pacifico, aka Rome in Reverse, with Victor Ferreira, aka Sun Glitters, handling the mixing and mastering. Rome in Reverse caught the attention of the Luxembourg-based producer, and co-founder of Future Archive Recordings (FAR), Sun Glitters, resulting in ongoing collaborations between the two artists. Sun Glitters directed the music video for ‘We’ve Been Here’, the title track of her 2019 album released by Future Archive Rec., which premiered on Magnetic Magazine. The last five years have seen her talents showcased on stage alongside the likes of Charlotte Adigèry, Arms and Sleepers, Little people, Blockhead, Blackbird Blackbird, Yppah and Big Wild.

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.). Ahead of the release on Friday, 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