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Denver’s eclectic multi-talented musician ITSOKTOCRY has just dropped a feverish, nightmare fuel video for his latest single, “MOCKINGBIRDS BLEED BLACK,” from the newly released record, Destroy All Monsters!, that’s out now on Cleopatra Records.

ITSOKTOCRY plays by his own rules. On the new song, the unconventional artist bypasses all preconceived notions and standard boundaries that govern typical music. He bends and blends genres of hip-hop, metal and electronica with angst and ease as he creates a unique style of music that’s fresh and both inviting and terrifying at the same time.

WOWS great return: watch the video “Mythras”.

The Italian post metal act WOWS is back with a new album Ver Sacrum, out via Dio Drone, Shove Records, Coypu Records and Hellbones Records.

Ver Sacrum is a path through destruction, emptiness and rebirth. The whole album is mostly a studio live recording that preserves the rage and the deep emotions coming from the true core of the band. With Ver Sacrum, Wows pushes the boundaries set with the previous work AION and go further in the research of the atmospheric sound and the aggressiveness of their live performances.

British Doom Collective ATAVIST Announce New Album “III: Absolution

Reformed in 2017 after a 10-year hiatus, the UK’s most devastating death/doom stalwarts, ATAVIST, triumphantly return in 2020 with the brand new studio album III: Absolution. The record will be released via Candlelight Records on June 19 and is the band’s third full length. It arrives almost 13 years after their highly acclaimed 2007 release II: Ruined (Profound Lore Records).

Drab City Share New Track “Devil Doll”

Today new Bella Union signings Drab City, whose debut album Good Songs For Bad People will be released on June 12, 2020, are pleased to share a second track “Devil Doll”. “Devil Doll” is a slow-burning tune of smooth melancholy. A beautiful, airy vocal melody is supported by descending vibraphone chords and a solid bass line, ornamented with strings and flutes. Though a conventionally catchy and pretty song, everything feels slightly off-kilter, giving it a mildly uneasy quality. The gentle, melodic vocal is actually not, one realizes, delivering a tale of love or romance, but a tale of disappointment, betrayal, and small town hopelessness. Listen to it HERE.


“Her alt-R&B style, which demonstrates her pen game and ability to tell eccentric stories…she’s already become one to watch due to her impressive way with words.” – Revolt

BLACK RAINBOWS: cheer up with new single “Radio 666” now!

Italy’s stoner rock heroes BLACK RAINBOWS have recently announced the released of their eight studio album ‘Cosmic Ritual Supertrip’ on Heavy Psych Sounds, and unveil a new track today exclusively via Revolver Magazine.

“We chose Radio 666 as our sophomore single because it’s catchy, straight in your face and it has a cool vibe. It sounds like the soundtrack of a trip on the California coast in a cool Ford Mustang!” comments BLACK RAINBOWS frontman Gabriele Fiori.

LAMB OF GOD Release “Memento Mori” Track and Music Video

Executed from a narrative treatment written by vocalist D. Randall Blythe, the “Memento Mori” video features the band (guitarists Mark Morton and Willie Adler, bassist John Campbell, drummer Art Cruz, and Blythe) performing the unrelenting album opener from their upcoming self-titled new album (due May 8 worldwide). Lyrically and visually, the message of both the song and video are extremely topical, offering hope at a time of societal and personal upheaval.


Rapper Da Great Ape has shared a new video for “Motivated,” featured on his debut mixtape Last Dope Boy Left . Following a string of recently released visuals, which include “Pillow Talking” and “King of The Trap” (feat. Style), “Motivated” finds Da Great Ape recounting his achievements and how they inspire him to continue hustling. The part-narrated, part-documented video shows glimpses into past performances and long nights in the studio while Da Great Ape reflects on where he’s been and where he’s going.

Da Great Ape – “Motivated” [VIDEO]

Caitlyn Smith Shares “Long Time Coming” Official Video

Following the release of her sophomore album Supernova on Friday, rising singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith shares the official video for her single “Long Time Coming.” Directed by Jonatán López (A$AP Ferg, DaBaby, Polo G), the video captures Caitlyn going through the motions on the set of a retro photo shoot, knowing that despite her underlying struggle and sadness, she will ultimately be okay. The FADER premiered the video for “Long Time Coming” this morning, declaring the track “has the bones of a standard, a soaring and swelling soul song that acts as a paean to persistence and good faith. Written as an anthem for hope, it’s the kind of song we could all use right now.”

Kacy Hill unveils video for “I Believe In You” featuring Francis and the Lights, album forthcoming

“I had an idea to strap myself to the roof of a car and do donuts around Francis dancing while an Arizona sunset plays in the background,” Hill says about the video. “Somehow, I got him to agree to it. Francis is without a doubt one of the most talented people in the world and someone I hugely look up to, and I am forever grateful for him sharing his time with me. Making visuals for this album has been a dream.”

The Wood Brothers Release Video For “Little Bit Sweet”

Premiered today by American Songwriter, the song—off the band’s latest studio album, ‘Kingdom In My Mind’—builds upon a simple, fingerpicked guitar figure with a poignant lyric that speaks to the complexities of love in all forms—familial, romantic and spiritual among them. A soaring harmony supports the refrain, while Chris Wood’s bass line delicately establishes a lilting forward motion. The accompanying video, created by Austin, Texas-based artist Gary Dorsey, combines band performance footage with animation that reflects the song’s sentiment.

The Wood Brothers Discuss “Little Bit Sweet” Off Of ‘Kingdom In My Mind’


The Queen of the DMV, Rico Nasty, is well aware that her fans are waiting for her highly-anticipated debut. In the meantime, she’s managed to leave deliver fans with a number of rockstar features and releases. Today, Rico unveiled her latest, colorful release “Lightning.” The enchanting record is available now on all DSPs and streaming platforms.

New Music: Rico Nasty – “Lightning”

Pax Impera & Felmax Bring The House Down On New Noise Single “Neck Drop”

At just 21 years old, Pax Impera first broke onto the scene in late 2018 with his massive bootleg remix of Flume’s classic “Insane.” Followed up by slew of originals last year, including “Paranoia” released through Deadbeats, Pax Impera honed his distinctive brand of mid-tempo free-form bass music and developed a cult following. He’s gone on to perform at MTV’s Snow Globe Music Festival, Ubbi Dubbi Fest and Red Rocks, and 2020 is looking to be another fruitful year for the rising producer.

Swiss post-hardcore/post-rock/metal collective Darius premiered new music video “Leap Of Faith”

About two years after the officiel release of their EP ‘Clôture’ (2018, Cold Smoke Records), Swiss post-hardcore/heavy-post-rock/metal quintet Darius just premiered a first excerpt from its upcoming effort with the music video of “Leap Of Faith” available right now on YouTube.

The Buttertones ‘Jazzhound’ Out April 10th Via Innovative Leisure

The Buttertones have announced their upcoming LP, Jazzhound will be released April 10th via Innovative Leisure. Last week, they shared “Fade Away Gently” the second track off of the LP. On the track Sean Redman explains, “This is a coming-of-age song that focuses on an individual’s journey. Melancholy and full of regret but acceptance that we’re in the midst of life and we need to be open to change. Musically this track has a resemblance of our earliest days as a group.”

Roccwell feat. M-Dot “Roadrunner”

Roadrunner, the first single from Roccwell’s upcoming producer album Still Lovin` Boombap, features the “hardest working man” in the underground rap biz: M-Dot from Boston. The two of them have been friends for years and so it was obvious to produce the track Roadrunner in Munich during M-Dot’s last European tour. Written, recorded and shot within only 24 hours.

Australian Alt-Pop Artist San Mei Shares Title Track from ‘Cry’ EP Out March 20

San Mei, aka Gold Coast alt-pop artist Emily Hamilton, is set to return with her Cry EP this Friday, March 20, via Sydney’s etcetc Records. With assistance from producer Oscar Dawson (Ali Barter, Alex Lahey), the powerful 4-song set pulls inspiration from guitar-driven heroes The Kills, Metric, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well as indie-pop visionaries like Grimes and Lykke Li. Ahead of Friday’s release, San Mei shared the title track with Audiofemme today alongside an in-depth interview.

San Mei Premieres Dreamy Title Track from Cry EP


NBC’s Live Airing Slated for April 29th To Be Rescheduled For Later Date – dick clark productions and NBC today announced that the “2020 Billboard Music Awards” – scheduled to air live on NBC from Las Vegas on Wednesday, April 29th – is postponed and will be rescheduled to air on NBC at a later date.

The Convalescence debut “The Virus” Stream Video

Toledo, Ohio based heavy-metal act The Convalescence has just released a brand new streaming video for their single “The Virus”.

The track comes from their 2019 effort ‘Monument of Misery’ which released in June worldwide. This album was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered by Christian Donaldson (of Cryptopsy fame) at The Grid in Montreal, Canada.