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“Monkeys” is the newly released track from NYC act Half Hadley

Half Hadley are an independent American rock band from New York City, featuring Scott Rainaud (Lead Vocals), Benji Arnold (Guitar, Vocals), Troy Johnson (Guitar), Forrest Klawunn (Bass) and Winston Vargo (Drums). The group formed in October 2018 after Scott, Benji, Troy and Winston attended a Tigers Jaw concert at Brooklyn Steel. The four met as a loose circle of mutual friends and left as bandmates, knowing something special was on the horizon the moment they made introductions. Forrest joined the band a few months later as their full time bassist to round out the group and enhance their sound.

EMMA CHARLES Shares Gorgeously Nostalgic Video for New Song “Connecticut”

Says Charles: “‘Connecticut’ is such a personal song for me so it was important that the video represented this visually. As this is my first EP release, I wanted to present myself in the most honest and true form possible. So what better way than to dig out old family videos and take the audience on my personal journey of growing up in Connecticut and then bringing them with me as I drive across the country and move to LA.

Listen Now – Unreleased Roberta Flack Track “Groove Me”

A breezy, jazz-oriented number infused with Flack’s velvet vocals and a titillating drum beat, “Groove Me” spins the story of infatuation, as Flack sings, “If you knew what you worked away in me, you’d come rushing to my arms. You’d hold me, and you’d whisper three little words to me. Oh yeah, you groove me.”

Alexander 23 unveils music video for “I Hate You So Much”

“I Hate You So Much” marks Alexander 23’s official return following 2019’s critically acclaimed debut EP I’m Sorry I Love You. Recorded at Alexander’s home studio in L.A., I’m Sorry I Love You finds the multitalented artist tapping into the deeply personal yet relatable pathos that has come to define his music. In addition to championing raw emotion and eclectic sonic styles like lo-fi pop, folk, R&B and hip hop, I’m Sorry I Love You showcases Alexander’s penchant for writing songs spontaneously—he finds sudden inspiration in simple exchanges and moments in everyday life and translates them into complex emotional soundscapes. Although Alexander controls all aspects of the recording and writing processes, he attributes specific importance to the lyrics he writes. “I’ve learned from making music for so long that no matter how catchy a song is, or how much I like the production, I’ll only end up wanting to put something out if the lyrics really mean something to me,” he says.

Constrict (Vamachara, Forced Order) debut title track from ‘No Eden’ with Revolver

The hellish LA group, CONSTRICT, make abominable metallic hardcore with an aggressively negative worldview. Today, the band shared the title track from their forthcoming EP titled No Eden in partnership with Revolver Magazine. “No Eden” wastes no time showing off the unholy power of the band which is comprised of members from God’s Hate, Vamachara, Disgrace, Forced Order, and more. Due out March 20th on Flatspot Records, the band’s label debut is bound to turn heads with its abysmally dark themes and sheer ferocity. “No Eden” is now available to stream on Bandcamp or Spotify and pre-orders for the EP are available here.

The Airborne Toxic Event unveil first single from new studio album, ‘Hollywood Park’

The Airborne Toxic Event has announced today’s premiere of “Come On Out,” the first single from their eagerly awaited new album, HOLLYWOOD PARK. The track is available now at all DSPs and streaming services. Uniquely, HOLLYWOOD PARK arrives alongside a new literary work of the same name by Mikel Jollett, to be published by Celadon Books, a division of MacMillan, on May 5. Hollywood Park: A Memoir sees Jollett chronicling his extraordinary personal journey, from his early childhood in one of the most infamous cults of the 1970s, through a childhood of poverty and emotional abuse, before finding his voice as an artist among the confusion of an adult life spent nursing the wounds of childhood, and the redemption which came from looking inward and an acceptance of self and the fierce love of family.

Roots Magazine: Drew Fish’s latest is “for anyone craving fun-loving country music”

For anyone craving fun-loving country music that gets you through both the weekdays and the weekend – you can find just that in native Texan country artist Drew Fish’s recently released third album, Wishful Drinkin’. The album was produced by five-time Grammy winning producer Adam Odor. The singer/song wrote every track on the album in collaboration with many talented hit songwriters. This honky tonk, true twang country album is about nights on the bar, falling in love, and has an all-around positive energy anyone can appreciate.

Ryden Commands Attention On Inspiring New Noise Debut “Whoever I Want”

Hailed by EDM.com as “one of the most versatile producers and songwriters in the industry,” Ryden is a multifaceted artist, bursting at the seams with talent. Her latest effort “Whoever I Want” is a bold call to action, rallying fans to leap over roadblocks and stay focused on their dreams and aspirations. As a teenage runaway who put herself through a Stanford education, all while battling a debilitating health condition, the Los Angeles native knows a thing or two about dream chasing and defying odds. Today, Ryden stands out as an emerging talent, mixing slick rap vocals over swagger-filled house beats. By trusting her gut and staying true to herself, Ryden became her own superhero, laying down a strong foundation for a promising career.

Ryden Commands Attention On Inspiring New Noise Debut “Whoever I Want”


Seattle-based breakout rapper, Xavier Weeks, has dropped another melodic track, “No Go”, along with an official visual that displays his laid-back vibes. The “No Go” visual, directed by Kcoyi and track produced by Ryan Slaughter, hinges on a hard beat and an undeniably catchy chorus. The 16-year old rising star has quickly gained popularity after his debut single “TEAM” went viral as a frequently-used track on Tik Tok.

Haim “The Steps” New Single & Video Out Now; New Album Out April 24

After revealing yesterday that their highly anticipated third studio album, “Women In Music Pt. III,” will be released on April 24 (Columbia Records), Haim have shared their new single, “The Steps,” from the forthcoming album today. “The Steps” pushes guitar to the forefront in a way the band has not done before. Clean, chorused electric guitar, overdriven lead lines, and strummed acoustic 12-Strings lock in together to generate what feels like an endless chug. The result is one of Haim’s fastest and heaviest songs to date. “The Steps” was written by the band along with longtime collaborators Ariel Rechsthaid and Rostam Batmanglij.

French Space/fuzz/ambient/post-everything/noise One-Man-Band L’Orchidée Cosmique released brand new EP ‘Vision / SF12’

About 18 months after the release of its last studio effort ‘Supernova’ (2018) – he also shared a live recording in September 2019 – French Space-Noise Fuzz-Post-Metal one-man-band L’Orchidée Cosmique aka Flo P. (bass/fuzz/synth/looper) just release a “one-track” EP called ‘Vision / SF12’, available right now on Digital & “Pay What You Want” Download through Bandcamp.

The Son (of Ghostface Killah) Continues To Shine: Sun God Premieres “Colorful Noise” With HipHopDX

“I’ve had my trials and tribulations throughout my journey,” reflects SUN GOD to HipHopDX, who are premiering his newest song “Colorful Noise.” “I ain’t really know how life was going to turn out but I’m here now. When the people need me, I’ll be there to deliver and play my part.” Following 2019’s “Slick S**t”, the latest track from the son of iconic rapper Ghostface Killah and collaborator of 2nd Generation WU continues to showcases his versatility as a rapper, teasing what’s to come as he prepares to release his new solo album later this year.

Pom Poko Share New Track “Praise”

Of the song, the band comment: “the idea for Praise was made in a tiny cabin in the woods, with no electricity and a lot of smoke from the fireplace clouding our the songwriting. The idea was to have a fast paced tune that was a bit wonky rhythmically, and it kept evolving during our touring in 2019 until it became a regular part of our setlist as Praise. Lyrically it’s about how you can “achieve anything you want” as long as you have a clear goal, and that you’re expected to always try to be the best version of yourself.”

Progressive house duo Marnik drop fresh new track “Made Of Stars”

Whether it be starring in TV shows or films, writing hit pop songs, or taking the social media world by storm…every individual has the potential to be something great. Everyone has hidden super talents and, regardless of their origin, the possibility to become a well known and coveted star each and every one of us is able to break away from the unbearable monotony of normal everyday life. But, can you really trust that a destiny like this lies within all of us? Is there really a secret ‘star’ in every one of us? The Italian DJ/producer duo Marnik discuss this and let us in on their skepticism about the matter in their new single: “Tell me are we really made of stars?”


With 2020 marking a decade into their musical careers The Dirty Clergy vacillates between shoegaze-esque ruminations on love and struggle and more straightforward garage numbers that surge into ecstatic cacophony all accented by eerily laconic vocals, The Alabama-based trio (featuring vocalist/guitarist Brian Manasco, bassist Ky Carter and drummer Cody Moorehead) are looking to expand their already respectable discography with their upcoming full-length, the aptly titled In Waves.

Alexandra Lost – New Single + Video “Modern Feelings” Out Now

“Our latest single, “Modern Feelings,” is a call to just get in the car and get over it. It sounds like fireworks at dusk, as orchestral pop meets smooth funk. Filmed in Saint Augustine Beach, Florida, the song’s video chases poolside mojitos with a shot of psychedelia.”

PREMIERE – Alexandra Lost releases video for “Modern Feelings”


The quickly rising symphonic metal powerhouse LOST SYMPHONY has unveiled their latest single today, “Premeditated Destruction,” from their heavily anticipated debut album, Chapter I, coming out on March 27th with XOff Records. The song features guest performances from master shredders Brock Richards (STARSET), Richard Shaw (CRADLE OF FILTH), Jimi Bell (AUTOGRAPH, HOUSE OF LORDS) and session guitarist Matt LaPierre and is the latest cut from an electrifying, instrumental master class of musicianship that also boasts appearances by past and present members/contributors from GUNS N’ ROSES, ALL THAT REMAINS, NEVERMORE, STEEL PANTHER and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA among others.

Ruthie Collins Spars With Her Conscience On “Bad Woman”

“I was thinking about what it would be like to not have the moral responsibilities of trying so hard to be a good person, of always trying to do the right thing,” Collins told Taste of Country who featured the song. “I think as women especially, we are raised to constantly be thinking of putting others’ needs first, and I was doing a lot of spiritual work that was putting that belief into question. Sometimes to find balance in life, I have to swing the pendulum all the way to the other side of a spectrum to find the middle ground. ‘Bad Woman’ was an exercise in that.”

…and Oceans Release New Single, “Vigilance and Atrophy”

Vocalist Mathias Lillmåns comments: “‘Vigilance and Atrophy’ shows the melodic side of …AND OCEANS. A song laden with guitar melodies and draped in spacious synths, it introduces you to the more epic soundscapes of ‘Cosmic World Mother.’ While being a pretty up-beat song, the words were written during one of the darkest times in my life, in a place somewhere in between, in an insomnia fueled trance like state.”

JEWEL Debuts New Music Video for “No More Tears”

The time period is especially significant, as Jewel’s debut album Pieces of You was released 25 years ago, on February 28 in 1995. Recorded in a studio on Neil Young’s ranch, and included Young’s backing band, The Stray Gators, the prolific album remained on the Billboard 200 Albums chart for two years and spawned Top 10 hits including the platinum-certified singles “You Were Meant for Me,” “Who Will Save Your Soul”, and “Foolish Games.” Described by Rolling Stone as “a record that carved out a perfectly confessional, coffeehouse niche between the decline of grunge and the rise of the slinky pop princess,” the album also reached mainstream success selling over 12 million copies and becoming certified 12x platinum.


Sergio Bienati and Kevin Harris, two of dance music’s biggest operators whose management roster includes Meduza, James Hype, Chuckie, Goodboys and Josh Good, have formed a brand new label The Cross, and entered into a partnership with the legendary Island Records label in the UK and Virgin Records Germany.

PLAGUE YEARS: Michigan Crossover Death Thrashers To Unleash Circle Of Darkness Full-Length

Like an icepick to the face, PLAGUE YEARS arrives with an electric surge of sudden pain. An unrelenting end of the world assault of the cataclysmic convergence of thrash and hardcore, with bits of blackened death and midtempo madness to spare, the Detroit master blasters are here to crash the crossover party. Summoning the primitive spirit of the singular moment when the heaviest of metal first smashed into a circle pit, PLAGUE YEARS reignites the flame with sharp fury.

Video Premiere: Plague Years – “Play the Victim”

Ane Brun “Don’t Run and Hide” video debuts via Billboard

The track is from her forthcoming new album, out this fall via Balloon Ranger Records. “In ‘Don’t Run and Hide,’ I try to encourage and remind anyone who’s in a dark place not to isolate themselves and not disappear into a state of fear” Brun tells Billboard of the song, “…to reach out and show their vulnerability.”