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Brazil/NYC-based electro/indie-pop duo, B.A.D.A – ‘Exile’

Aiming for conceptual depth while standing out in the overpopulated electronic-indie-pop scene, is B.A.D.A. ‘s ambitious mission. Brazilian artist/producer Pedro Cesario and Brooklynite multi-instrumentalist/producer Carey Clayton devoted the whole of 2019 to this mission after the vision for Exile came to Cesario during Burning Man in 2018. The story that underlies the single is very personal to Cesario, who states, “I quit music after experiencing a traumatic experience recording a demo when I was 10 years old. The lyrics and film represent the creative hiatus in my life and my search for that grit again as an adult.”

Curren$y Announces New Collab Project with Jet Life Signee Fendi P, Shares Luxurious “Strategize”

The world’s hardest-working stoner, Curren$y is an omnipresent figure in the rap game. Connecting with Fendi P, one of the most impressive signees to his Jet Life Recordings, the veteran rapper announces Smokin’ Potnas, an upcoming project. Coasting atop production from the likes of Harry Fraud, Sledgren, and more, Curren$y and Fendi P exhibit a lived-in chemistry. The Jet Life boss is on top of his game, rhyming with focus, offering words of wisdom for bosses and aspiring bosses. Ever enamored with life’s finer things, Fendi P offers a striver’s perspective, reveling in the fruits of his labors–cars, drip, and loud weed. Together, the two emcees offer a new vision of success, where the ultimate goal is to make enough to comfortably sit back with a partner and smoke. Now available for pre-order, Smokin’ Potnas releases March 13th via Jet Life Recordings/EMPIRE.

Batida apresenta IKOQWE ‘VaiVai’

The track, ‘VaiVai’ (out today on Beating Heart Music) is a vibrant bass loaded afrobeat banger that tantalizes the senses with a non-stop array of sounds and a heavy groove!

And the video see’s the duo, masked with make-shift antennae and riding through the desert in a Candongueiro (Angolan Taxi), in a cartoon style escapade, journeying, eventually launching up to space where perhaps this track belongs with its otherworldly rhythms, laser-like zaps and cosmic raps.


This new single was engineered by Tyler Postiglione at Thump Studios, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and incorporates powerful melodies, silky, rich harmonies, and 60’s and 70’s rock and folk-inspired instrumentation. These aspects together create an eloquent dichotomy that is simultaneously bouncy and catchy, while also stirring a vivid sense of deep longing and yearning.


Nashville-by-way-of-New England singer/songwriter Glenn Thomas has released “Oriole,” the lead single from his forthcoming LP Reassure Me There’s A Window, out May 15th via Palace Flophouse Records. “I wrote this song after a bout of insomnia, where I wouldn’t fall asleep until early in the morning each night,” Thomas told Atwood Magazine in its premiere. “There was that dreaded time before the sun began to rise where the birds would start chirping. I thought it would be funny to ask the birds the questions that were keeping me up since they were all unanswerable anyway. When I set the words to music, I thought it would be fun to make the music sound…lively, like a 60s pop song with serious lyrics.” “Folky, calm, with a skip in its step, its rhythm is familiar and bright,” Atwood Magazine said. “Raised in New England, Thomas encapsulates that ambience of small-town daydreaming. “Oriole” is a reminder that, whether we’re with our own thoughts or sharing company with nature, we’re never solely alone- regardless of how delirious we feel.”

The Grizzled Mighty return with new single “Rewind”

Welcome to the world of The Grizzled Mighty. An audio spatial concept not constricted by the limitations of fidelity, and expounds upon its quantitative capacity to the point of frenzy. A force greater than gravity, pulling you in past the event horizon to be swallowed down to the belly of compressed luminiferous aether. Inescapable and all encompassing, every electron will be sonically deconstructed only to reemerge whole again, but unsure of the existential paradox of consciousness and existence.

Godlands Strikes Gold on SAMPLEGOD Collaboration “Smoke Em Up”

Sitting at the forefront of Australia’s burgeoning bass music scene, the Adelaide-based musician continues to spread her bold sounds around the globe. Coming off a brief stint in Japan for Snow Machine Music and Ski Festival and recent fall dates supporting Joyryde in North America, Godlands returns stateside this month to play several stops on Steve Aoki’s Neon Future IV: The Color of Noise Tour. The new single follows the hot trail of success left by her Dim Mak debut EP, 4 U Only, and subsequent Blanke collaboration “Hellraiser.” Godlands picks this tune up right where she left off on previous hybrid trap tracks “No Stress (feat. Jelacee)” and “Lowkey (feat. Lil Traffic).”

Grace Gillespie – “Goodbye”

Grace Gillespie is a London-based artist and producer originally from Devon, who spent much of 2017 touring as part of the live line-up for 4AD’s Pixx. Grace released her solo debut, an EP titled Pretending in 2019, and is now following with a new single.

2020’s Happiest Cities in America – WalletHub Study

With March 20 being International Day of Happiness and with the aim to find out whether money really does buy happiness, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Happiest Cities in America as well as accompanying videos.

In order to determine where people in America are most content with their lives, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of happiness. The data set ranges from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day.


North Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriter/guitarist Brianna Cash releases a lyric video for her debut single “Numb”. The “Numb” single and accompanying music video with Toronto rapper Tory Lanez officially released this past January. The video arrives on the heels of Cash’s stripped-down acoustic video for the song which released this past month, a spellbinding version of the song that showcases the raw heart and talent in Cash’s voice.

Heaven Shall Burn Release New Single and Video for “Eradicate”

“We are big fans of Isaac Nabwana. His energy, creativity and his uncompromisingness to chase his dreams to create new perspectives and improvements for his environment is absolutely unique and inspiring. A few years ago I read an article about him and his movie called “Who killed Captain Alex?” which was incredibly fascinating. I followed his work ever since. It is a great honor to become part of the Wakaliwood set. Those few minutes of the charming action-movie-madness means more to us than any other shiny Hollywood video clip. While working with Isaac we instantly felt like young boys again, who are seeing a Schwarzenegger or Bud Spencer movie for the first time. It was immensely important to us to get an authentic Wakaliwood video. The chance to work with the legendary VJ-Emmie as an commentator made it even more special to us.” – Maik Weichertz

Pike & Sutton Share Inspiring Video For New Single “Let The Music Get You High”; Debut Album Out 4/3

Austin-based duo Pike & Sutton will release their debut full-length album Heart Is A Compass on April 3rd. Led by “hometown favorites” (Austin American-Statesman) Patrice Pike and Wayne Sutton, the band has evolved out of the longtime alternative rock band Sister 7. Today they shared the video for their new single “Let The Music Get You High,” which Austin Chronicle called “a testament and ode to friendship, collaboration, and an abiding mission.”

Western Centuries Release Second Single

In an age when independence is idolized and every person seems to be seeking their own lone wolf career path, Seattle-based roots band Western Centuries believe that the way forward is better together. Collaboration, inspiration and mutual admiration are what Cahalen Morrison, Ethan Lawton, and Jim Miller cite as the heart of their project. Western Centuries are set to release their third album, Call the Captain—a tongue-in-cheek reference to the band’s lack of hierarchy—on April 3rd via Free Dirt Records.

Alexander 23 drops “I Hate You So Much” acoustic video

The one man songwriter/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer/engineer etc. also recently remixed Selena Gomez’s “Rare” after dropping the studio version of “I Hate You So Much,” his first release of 2020. He’s currently on tour with Chelsea Cutler on the heels of his two first ever headline shows at LA’s Moroccan Lounge, which both sold out in minutes!

AJ Mitchell (ft. Rich the Kid) — Spring Break

“I had a blast making Spring Break,” said AJ. “I haven’t really made a song like this before and I’m excited for people to hear a new side to me. I’ve always liked challenging myself and making different kinds of music, so it was nice to make something so carefree and fun. It’s really just inspired by the idea that Spring Break is a frame of mind. If you’re not on spring break, listening to this song will take you right there.”


“Only One” highlights his high-powered hypnotic vocals as it shifts from an R&B groove into an undeniable and unshakable pop refrain. To accompany the track, he shared the cinematic music video. After he and his wife Catherine pull up to the Santa Monica pier, he dons a dapper bowler hat and bowtie and delivers a show-stopping performance under the glow of the carnival and Ferris wheel lights.

LA indie rock/pop act Blushh announces debut album

Blushh was never Shab’s plan. Shab Ferdowsi started writing songs in 2015 as a joke before moving to Ireland for a month. She thought it would be funny if she could make some money busking on the streets of Galway while she was abroad. Well she didn’t make a lot of money, but she did get into the habit of songwriting every single day. When she came back to LA with those new songs, her friends offered to join her band so she decided to give this a shot.

PSYCHONAUT: BrooklynVegan Streams Unfold The God Man Debut From Belgian Psychedelic Post-Metal Trio

BrooklynVegan is currently streaming Unfold The God Man, the debut full-length from Belgium-based psychedelic post-metal trio PSYCHONAUT, in its mind-blowing entirety.

Cup Share Lead Single + Video “Night Lite” Via BTRtoday

Today, Brooklyn-based band Cup share their vampire-filled music video for their lead single “Night Lite”, which premiered on BTRtoday. The psych-garage rockers also announced their new album Nothing Could Be Wrong, out May 8th. BTRtoday exclusively premiered the video, praising, “you need this fun short horror video about a vampire drummer in your life.” Cup has also shared tour dates supporting the release (see below), including a hometown show at Alphaville on April 17th. Nothing Could Be Wrong LP is due out May 8th.

Premiering Cup’s Spooky Music Video “Night Lite”