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SXSW 2020 canceled due to coronavirus

SXSW, the annual tech, music, and film meetup held in downtown Austin, is the latest major conference to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak, and just one week before it was slated to start. It is the first time in the event’s 34-year history that it’s been canceled.

Yung Mal Shares ‘6 Rings’ Project, Connects with Keed & Gotit for “Shut Up” Vid

Stacking racks on racks and perfecting his unique flow, Yung Mal prepares to take over the trap game. Taking a major step on his ladder to stardom, Mal shares 6 Rings, his new project. Created in collaboration with rising producer Pyrex Whippa, 6 Rings is an excellent showcase for Mal’s effortlessly intricate rhymes, which weave within swinging hi-hats and entrancing flute loops. 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: “Rockin’ two chains and I got on versace/Coupe got two seats, so I ride with the choppa,” spits Mal on choice cut “Exotic.”

ENTER SHIKARI Debuts “{ The Dreamer’s Hotel }” video

Following the announcement of their sixth album Nothing Is True & Everything Is Possible, released April 17, 2020, ENTER SHIKARI have shared the video to first single “{ The Dreamer’s Hotel }” which was Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In the World on February 10th.

Courtney Marie Andrews’ “Old Flowers” out June 5, new song “If I Told” debuts today

Created in the aftermath of a long-term relationship, Old Flowers features Andrews’ most vulnerable writing to date on ten new songs that chronicle her journey through heartbreak, loneliness and finding herself again after it all.

Andrews reflects, “Old Flowers is about heartbreak. There are a million records and songs about that, but I did not lie when writing these songs. This album is about loving and caring for the person you know you can’t be with. It’s about being afraid to be vulnerable after you’ve been hurt. It’s about a woman who is alone, but okay with that, if it means truth. This was my truth this year—my nine-year relationship ended and I’m a woman alone in the world, but happy to know herself.”

Clive Davis to be Honored at 2020 NYU Tisch Gala

NYU Tisch School of the Arts today announced it will honor distinguished NYU alumnus, American record producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Clive Davis ’53, Hon.’11 at its 2020 gala. He joins previously announced honoree Ang Lee ’84 (MFA, Film) at the annual event, which will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020, at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Manhattan.

The annual gala celebrates the incredible accomplishments of the iconic arts institution and showcases the depth and breadth of the school’s program offerings. All proceeds from the gala will go towards funds to support the critical needs of talented Tisch students.


“‘Pick Me Up’ is about the struggles of a relationship, and the highs and lows of being in love but also the difficulty of feeling like you only want a person more when they ‘let you down,’” says Lola Young, who will perform at London’s Courtyard Theatre tonight as part of BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac’s AMP London 2020.

JULIA BHATT Announces Tour Dates and Releases Psychedelic “I’m Cool” Lyric Video

Genre-jumping indie artist Julia Bhatt turned 18 in January, graduated high school last week and today she announces her first ever tour (acting as support on select dates of Mutlu’s The Good Trouble Tour). This announcement arrives in tandem with the release of her psychedelic ode to 90’s VHS “I’m Cool” Lyric Video.

“Keep Us Young” Lyric Video Released by On The Rise Country Music Trio, Lockeland

Kyndon Oakes shared, “I had a lot of the song written when all three members of Lockeland sat down for a writing session and we finished it together. This was one of those songs that came to me when I was playing guitar and I was envisioning how 90’s country songs were, with the story behind them and the rest wrote it itself.”

LIFE OF AGONY Kicks Off “Beast Coast Monsters” Tour with New Lyric Video for “Stone”

LIFE OF AGONY is riding high off of the success of their critically acclaimed 2019 release, The Sound Of Scars (Napalm Records), and is teaming up with legendary Misfits guitarist Doyle for the “Beast Coast Monsters” US tour, beginning Friday the 13th of March in Philadelphia, PA and ending on May 25th at The Whisky in Los Angeles, CA. Special guests include All Hail The Yeti.


Fat Freddy’s Drop today unveil the live video for ‘OneFourteen’ ahead of their album release tour in Europe and UK and share a special message to their fans.

ORGÖNE sign to Heavy Psych Sounds; first single streaming!

French avant-garde rockers ORGÖNE announce the release of their debut double album ‘MOS/FET’ this May 29th on Heavy Psych Sounds, and unveil mind-boggling first single “Mothership Egypt” right now

Debut double album ‘MOS/FET’ is eighty minutes of pure craziness: many different genres are flowing, with the genius and genuineness of this band popping up quickly after the first notes and riffs. While the band’s background is made of prog rock and space rock, avant-garde and heavy psych, everything blends seamlessly with the unique vocals of lead singer Olga. The French band deliver four massive suites of 20 minutes each, comprised of different movements: this non-conventional approach really impressed Heavy Psych Sounds Records and led them to sign the band on their roster.

The Monkees Premiere Live “Last Train To Clarksville” Video

Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will launch a new tour and release their first-ever official live album on April 3. Today, they revealed the first music from the album with a new music video and digital single for the live version of their Monkees classic “Last Train To Clarksville.” The single is live now on all digital download and streaming services and the video can be viewed below. The 25-track live album THE MONKEES LIVE – THE MIKE & MICKY SHOW will be available on CD and digitally on April 3, with a 2-LP version available on May 15

Witch Taint to Release Sons of Midwestern Darkness, April 10th on Tee Pee Records

From the mean streets of Gary, Indiana by way of Oslo, Norway (or maybe the other way around- we’re not sure) comes Witch Taint, the most extremely extreme and Satanic Norwegian Black Metal band from Indiana ever probably and you can ask anyone.

The band’s full-length debut Sons of Midwestern Darkness, recorded entirely in darkness in a damp room that was also annoyingly cold even if you wore a coat and a hat and stuff the whole time, will be released by New York City’s Tee Pee Records on April 10th.


Tempering punk energy with vulnerable vitality and irresistible catchiness, The Fight is a ten-song battle-cry. It’s the kind of record that might inspire you to quit your job, run a marathon, divorce your  husband, change your life in the way you always wanted to, but needed an extra push for. The Fight is the push.

CHRYSALISM tackles understated romance on the retro-futuristic ‘YOUR NAME HERE’ EP

North London’s Chrysalism releases debut EP ‘Your Name Here’ on March 6th, a four-track collection of his future-gazing, vintage-inspired RnB indie balladry.

AKA Michal Vojtech, Chrysalism embraces everyday melodrama, crafting romantic Lo-fi songs, combined with an eye for aesthetic taken from co-ownership of a visual arts collective Peekabu Luv. This spirit of collaboration is exemplified by Jakob Ogawa’s guitarist Axel Oksby appearing on the EP.


Rapper, Musician, Storyteller, Actor and Activist Riz Ahmed has released his debut album The Long Goodbye via his label Mongrel Records. Produced by former Swet Shot Boys collaborator Redinho and featuring Jay Sean, the album uses eastern influence melding rap, spoken word, and R&B by way of UK and US musicality. The Long Goodbye is an album about homeland alienation. Ahmed explains: “The record is a breakup album – but with your country. So many of us feel like we’re being dumped by the place we call home, a home that we built. This album takes you on the journey of this breakup; through the stages of denial, anger, acceptance, and finally self-love to counter the hate.” Be it immigrants and minorities in England, USA, India, China – or being Mexican or African American in the ICE / Trump Era, The Long Goodbye is a work for anyone who feels alienated or wrongly persecuted by their own country now, in the past and future.

danyiel reveals stand out project ‘MADISON HIGH’

Firmly announcing himself as one to watch this year, Portland based hip-hop artist daniyel steps out with remarkable EP MADISON HIGH, a body of work packed with imaginative beats, honest lyricism and versatile flows. Led by the impactful BLACK WALLS, MADISON HIGH is an introduction to an artist set to make noise this year. Speaking on the release.

The Upper-Austrian Dream-Pop squad LIKE ELEPHANTS are going to drop their new single “COASTAL DRIVE”

It was a cold summer morning at the coast that inspired the band LIKE ELEPHANTS to write their new song COASTAL DRIVE. The calm sea, the early morning mist, the cold air and the loneliness of the beach are reflected in the sound of the song. In contrast, there is a positive mood that guarantees confidence in a special time. The song was produced by Like Elephants and Christofer Frank. Released on the Vienna record label Las Vegas Records.

HELLIGATORS New Single ‘Snake Oil Jesus’ – Out Today!

Snake Oil Jesus was a song Helligators originally published in 2012 as a single. It was the re-recorded and included in the band’s second album, Road Roller Machine. Since then, it has become the song with which their fans and crowds in general have become most fond of and it has been the closing song of Helligators live shows for years. In the last two years, the band has done many acoustic shows called ‘The Road Roller Unplugged Machine’, playing songs from their three albums in a re-arranged acoustic version, along with cover songs from their favourite artists.