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Devils Kiss – Debut Single & Music Video – ‘At Least You Tried’

Describing the overall style as ‘melodic hard rock, metal’, Devil’s Kiss intrepidly draw on metal, blues, punk and rock, their tracks tackling the inevitable conflicts between freedom and failure, integrity and chaos, hope and loss.

Elle Bates’ incisively candid vocals are engaging, highly versatile and dynamic, with all vocals sung clean but emotional rawness reminiscent of PJ Harvey and Johnette Napolitano. The rhythm section of Amie JD on bass and Darren Gough on drums is tight and unified while still being warmly resonant, bold and articulate.

OTF Vulture JusBlow600 Drops a Bag with Memo600 in a New Single

Founded by Lil Durk, the Only The Family roster teems with talent, boasting melodic warblers and hard-as-nails street rappers. Today, JusBlow600, one of the hard-hitters, delivers “Drop A Bag,” his new single. Defined by a horror-movie instrumental, complete with a menacing single-note piano line, “Drop A Bag” is a stern warning to all of JusBlow’s haters–there’s no price he won’t pay to strike back at the opps: “Alley-oop for an assist/You made the list/Check ’em off like a gift.” JusBlow is joined on the track by fellow OTF signee Memo600, who snarls a merciless guest verse. The follow-up to JusBlow’s “SnitchK” single, “Drop A Bag” is available everywhere to stream via Only The Family/EMPIRE.

Dana Gavanski Releases New Single “Small Favours”

Serbian-Canadian musician Dana Gavanski will release her debut album, Yesterday Is Gone, on March 27th via Flemish Eye Records (Canada), Ba Da Bing Records (Americas) and Full Time Hobby (Rest of the World).

Marco Benevento Surprise Release ‘Levon’s 3/9/19’ Out Today

Marco Benevento and his band—bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Dave ‘DB’ Butler—had their sold out two night run at Levon Helm Studios on March 27-28 postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the spirit of lemons and lemonade, Benevento cracked open the multi-track recordings from last year’s show at Levon’s barn and spent the past several days mixing and mastering the 16-song, 100+ minute set.

ROTTING CHRIST Announce Rescheduled Dates for North American Headlining Tour

With tours taking a major hit during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Greek metal veterans of ROTTING CHRIST have some good news! The band is still set to headline the Devastation on the Nation tour, which was originally scheduled to kick off today. While the tour has been postponed, we are pleased to announce that it has been rescheduled for early 2021!

If you already purchased a ticket for the tour, it will be honored at the rescheduled date. Fans who can no longer attend can look into refunds at their point of purchase.

BETHLEHEM CASUALS – Hit ‘The Drink’ || New album: out 17 April 2020

When life gets tough, it’s not unusual to hit ‘The Drink’. And it’s no exception in the case of BETHLEHEM CASUALS, who slam down their new single ‘The Drink’, on all platforms today.

Freddie Gibbs performs “Cataracts”

Vevo announces Freddie Gibbs as the next artist in their Ctrl series with a performance of “Cataracts and Soul Right” premiering today.Vevo’s Ctrl series highlights the work of hard-hitting, cutting-edge musicians making an impact in today’s music scene – both emerging and established. These artists demand attention, and Vevo’s Ctrl shines a deserving spotlight. Shot in Vevo’s Brooklyn studio, Freddie Gibbs’ performance follow sessions from Rick Ross, Common, Rapsody, Fat Joe, Jeezy, Jadakiss, Fabolous, A$AP Ferg and more.

Once & Future Band Share “Andromeda” Via Brooklyn Vegan

Once & Future Band shared the story behind the single saying, “Andromeda is kind of a time traveling song, I first started writing it in 2004 when the band initially got together, struck by the line “will I wait this lonely lifetime” from I will by the Beatles…And felt like that seemed tragic, so I thought of a character who was willing but a little more bregrudging, like ok I’ll wait if I have to…we actually recorded the basics back during the last record at Phil Manley’s studio, I never liked the bridge so we just moved on, and when we went to record it for the new one In our practice space we just started replacing everything and we just kept the bass and drum tracks, from there I just constructed a new bridge from the old bass line and the song reached an angle of repose and just kind of fell together. Also if you listen closely to the quiet part you can hear me swatting a spider on my face, I missed.”

Alexander 23’s New Track And Video “Loving You Gets Hard” Out Now

“I thought about postponing the song release due to everything going on,” says Alexander. “But I think maintaining as much normalcy (while still being safe) as we can is something that we owe to ourselves and each other. Additionally, I think the message of the song really applies to what we are all going through right now: being there for people when things are easy is easy, but being there for people when things get hard is hard. It’s the latter that really defines a compassionate relationship.”

Holly Humberstone Reveals Brand New Single “Falling Asleep At The Wheel”

Speaking about the meaning behind “Falling Asleep At The Wheel”, its video and how they came together, Holly explains:

“The track is about losing momentum and feeling like your emotions will slowly destroy the relationship you’re in and you altogether. I think the dark, wonky sonics define who I am musically, which is why ‘Falling Asleep At The Wheel’ is such a milestone track for me, and has taught me so much about myself as a musician.

We created the video very close to my childhood home, which is where I also shot the video for Deep End. It’s completely out in the middle of nowhere, so thankfully no one noticed me floating along the road at 1am in the morning! It’s where I feel the most me and I love that so much is all coming from that one place.”

TESLA Premieres New Video For Live Cover Of “We Can Work It Out” Via Ultimate Classic Rock

TESLA premieres their video for the acoustic live classic cover of “We Can Work It Out” via Ultimate Classic Rock. The cover is off their upcoming new album Five Man London Jam. The album is a live performance of some their most iconic songs from their catalog. Five Man London Jam was recorded and filmed in 4K high-definition as an homage to their critically acclaimed and highly influential Top 20 platinum album Five Man Acoustical Jam. Five Man London Jam will be available in multiple formats including Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digitally.

Brighton-hailing singer/songwriter George Ogilvie unveils new gem “Die Down”

Rising singer-songwriter George Ogilvie continues to captivate listeners with his pensive, refined, soul-stirring music. With the warm reception of his first single of 2020 “In Only A Day”, he unveils his latest gem “Die Down” ahead of his forthcoming debut album White Out officially out April 17th.

NECK OF THE WOODS: Invisible Oranges Streams The Annex Of Ire Full-Length From Vancouver Progressive Death Metal Unit

Invisible Oranges is currently streaming The Annex Of Ire, the latest full-length from Vancouver, British Columbia-based progressive death metal unit NECK OF THE WOODS. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s release on Friday, March 20th via their new label home of Pelagic Records.

Writes Invisible Oranges of the release, “NECK OF THE WOODS is a restless band, never content to sit on the same idea for too long; in writing these songs, they’ve struck a balance between these impulses and the control with which they rein themselves in. The band gives their music freedom to explore, and in doing so, they’ve created a record brimming with life and enthusiasm.”


Grammy nominated songwriter/artist/musician/producer CHILDISH MAJOR is continuing to hold 2020 in a headlock as he unleashes his latest song and visual, “Wife You.” “This is a song that explores the balance between insecurities and valid questioning,” explains Childish. “Am I secure enough to be with this woman knowing her previous/current ways?” he continues. “Wife You” is only the latest cut from a string of releases that Childish has slated for this year as he continues to apply #necessarypressure throughout 2020.

Swedish composer Per Störby Jutbring announces new release date for ‘The Thief Bunny Society’ LP

“In this stressful place of today, I think we all need to affirm naiveté and escapism, to practice imagination; to inspire them pictures to be made, to float away with the undertow, among the dugongs. So, switch the phone off. Join the Thief Bunnies. I’ve made you a soundtrack.”


Jucee Froot is fresh off of the release of her 16-track “Black Sheep” mixtape, stacked with features from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Rico Nasty, Juicy J, and Kevo Muney. The Memphis rapper is continuing to support the release with the debut of a brand new music video for “Sidewalk,” premiered today via YouTube –

Jamie Jean latest track “I Can Dream Can’t I?”

On matters of the heart, nothing quite compares to the safety of a daydream. Through upbeat lyrics and wistful undertones, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Jamie Jean’s latest track is reminiscent of a crush she had back in her late teens. Inspired by her old diary entries, self-reflection and what she believes could be a casual fear of commitment, Jamie decides it’s better to daydream than get in too deep. Releasing April 3rd, 2020, this chill-pop single and video, “I Can Dream Can’t I?” invites listeners to keep it lighthearted when it comes to love.

“Why am I like this?” Jamie Jean asks herself, reflecting, “I’m just afraid to show that side, I guess. Dreaming is like a safe place, a safe way to think about things. I spent a lot of time dreaming about things and not really doing them.”

Italian songwriter Claudio Conti releases new single “The Strange Iron Star”

Italian songwriter Claudio Conti shares the final single leading up to his forthcoming LP ‘Frail Boats.’ The driving acoustic song “That Strange Iron Star” shares Conti’s range as a songwriter with the ability to shift from tender ballads to catchy folk-rock. Pop Dust shared the premiere of the accompanying music video which showcases Conti’s more kaleidoscopic vision.

Spell Releases “Deceiver” Music Video

Hypnotizing heavy metal band Spell will release its new LP, ‘Opulent Decay’, on April 10 via Bad Omen Records. Featuring ten tracks of prime, progressive heavy music rife with crepuscular atmosphere, ‘Opulent Decay’ paints an aural vista where moonlit melody, strident heaviness and potent romanticism collide to startling effect.

Video: Yung Mal – “100 Missed Calls” (Prod. by Pyrex Whippa)

Zig-zagging through trap instrumentals with the precision of a jazz drummer, Yung Mal has the freshest flow in Atlanta’s Zone 6. Too busy stacking racks to take frivolous phone calls, Yung Mal ignores “100 Missed Calls” in his brand new video. Complete with an atmospheric production from Pyrex Whippa, Mal touts his hard-earned wealth, humbled–but not surprised–by how far he’s come: “Drip, and my wrist got a whole brick/Hop in a foreign do tricks/Look at this sh*t/We was so broke i ain’t think we would ever get fix.” The ShotByWolf-directed video finds Mal flexing in grainy close up, as he ruminates in his Zone 6 crib, chiefing blunts and doing his dance. “100 Missed Calls” is the latest video from 6 Rings, his brand new project, following the Lil Keed and Lil Gotit-featuring “Shut Up” (556k views on YouTube) and the Doe Boy-co-starring “Blake Griffin” (368k views).

Tungz’ “Can’t We Just Be Friends Again” is a funk-pop tale of reconciliation

The day the EP dropped, was the day principal songwriters Nicky Green and Jamie Maier had to move from their Bristol home. With no tangible plans, the pair found themselves sofa surfing around London. Migratory and provisional, writing and recording was implemented in whatever temporary space they found themselves. Months of limbo passed until the day came to move into a place of their own; coincidentally and symbolically, the same day the band signed to label home Heist or Hit.

Static & Ben El, Pitbull – “Further Up (Na, Na, Na)”

The party is just getting started for talented pop duo, STATIC & BEN EL thanks to the release of their new single and global hit, ‘Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na)’. Produced by Ten Towns Duo Alvaro Rodriguez & Troy Scott along with the group’s very own Yarden Peleg (Jordi), the track has already surpassed 10 million streams and almost 20 million video videos! This song is the latest addition to the artists’ repertoire and combines fast-paced rhythm, catchy lyrics and the talents of acclaimed worldwide star, Pitbull–elements that are sure to have everyone saying, “Excuse me, Mr. DJ!”

KT Tunstall and Italian DJ Molella release single “Starlight & Gold”

KT TUNSTALL demonstrates her musical versatility and vitality once again with her performance on “Starlight & Gold” produced by the legendary Italian DJ MOLELLA. The track has everything a successful dance-pop track needs: catchy melody, killer drop, groovy bassline: an exciting piece of dance-pop. The song starts off in a breezy way, with a captivating, yet simplistic guitar progression giving  into the amazing vocals of KT quickly followed by an infectious chorus and drop that will climb into your head and refuse to leave. “Starlight & Gold” is a radio-friendly dance song and you may find yourself unable to stop singing along.

NOLA Nu-Jazz group Slugger gets stone cold on “Try Again”

Try Again is a dynamic journey that builds upon an offbeat syncopated motif. With a searing repeating melody the song builds to a dramatic unison chorus punctuated by satisfying hits and breaks by the rhythm section. A gentle, B3 organ moment builds through the form giving way to explosive guitar licks that finally segue to the triumphant reprise. Again, Slugger creates their own world and takes the listener on a trip that is both challenging and exciting.

NLE Choppa Releases New Banger “Walk Em Down” Feat. Roddy Ricch!!!

Rising rap star NLE Choppa continues his hot streak with the release of “Walk Em Down” feat. Roddy Ricch via No Love Entertainment / Warner Records. The Cash Money AP and Loshendrix-produced track hits hard as the young artists unleash their original styles. “Walk Em Down” is on track to be the “Song of the Summer” from its melodic verses, infectious wordplay, climactic chorus and a new dance that’s sure to trend on TikTok.

UK Rapper Casscade drops visuals for “Hurry Up & Buy” Ft. Joshimizu

UK x Germany collab featuring German artist Joshi Mizu. Joshi Mizu is an established artist in Germany, with tracks in the official charts, including one of his latest songs in the Top 10 for 9 weeks. Other highlights include collaborations with the biggest artists in their scene, most streamed audio at 16 million plays, tours and over 50K subscribers on youtube.