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Multiplatinum Bryce Vine has shared a new version of his single “Baby Girl,” featuring GRAMMY-nominated rapper & producer Jeremih. “Baby Girl” is already off to a fiery start, with more than 3 million streams and counting, Jeremih brought even more heat to get you up and dancing in your living room. Bryce explains, “As if making a record with Chad Hugo wasn’t cool enough, I’ve got another legend now on the song! Jeremih is one of those songwriters you can’t help but idolize. I honestly had no idea where else this song could go, but Jeremih took it to this sexy whole new place, and it blew my mind.”

The Weeknd drops his album ‘After Hours’

The Weeknd has shared his highly anticipated new album, After Hours, out today everywhere via XO Records / Republic Records. The first two songs from the album, “Heartless” and “Blinding Lights”, have already taken the world by storm, earning Platinum status and bringing The Weeknd into the Top 10 artists of all time for RIAA singles. In addition to acclaimed live TV performances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live! – he made his fourth appearance on Saturday Night Live performing “Blinding Lights” and debuted new song “Scared To Live”, along with the hilarious comedy skit “On the Couch”.

Turn-Up Virtuoso Jasiah Shares Chaotic “Break Sh*t!” Single, Announces Upcoming EP

A virtuosic vocalist who channels his classical training into full-throated belts, Jasiah is one of the game’s most invigorating new voices. Today, the Dayton, Ohio native shares “Break Sh*t!”, his ferocious new single. A furious assault on the senses, it’s impossible to sit still while listening to “Break Sh*t,” as Jasiah layers his ragged screams atop marching band horns and relentless 808s: “F*ck you, b*tch/and the clique that you came with/I don’t wanna bullsh*t, I just need my payment!” Produced by Jasiah himself, “Break Sh*t” is an anti-authoritarian anthem–a cathartic release of feral energy for anyone who feels trapped in their lives.

Squirrel Nut Zippers Release Pandemic-Predicting Song W/ New Video

Featured on their hit album The Inevitable, which the band was ironically celebrating the 25th anniversary of with their “The Inevitable 25th Anniversary Tour”, “La Grippe” accurately describes the pandemic saying “There’s an Asian influenza, Infecting us all by the scores, And it’s turning into pneumonia.” However, in true SNZ fashion it invites one last night of revelry, saying “We must go out once more, There’s a fool moon howling at the night, And each bark is much worse than each bite. So we must go out and dance around. Yes we must go tonight”.

Lecrae Releases New Single and Video “Set Me Free” ft. YK Osiris!

“As I went through my own restoration process, I realized there were things that had held me down, keeping me from being all that God had created me to me. My prayer is that we’re all set from shackles like negative thoughts that keep us from experiencing true freedom!”

R&B Singer, Mikhala Jené Performs Her Original Song “Lyin 2 My Friends”

R&B Singer/songwriter, Mikhala Jené teams up with Escape Tracks to perform her original song “Lyin 2 My Friends” in honor of Womens History Month. In the clip, which is shy of twenty-five thousand views, the Jacksonville, NC native effortlessly showcases her soulful and angelic yet powerful voice.

L.A. Takedown Shares “When Its Over” Video

Today, L.A. Takedown ft. Yukihiro Takahashi have shared “When Its Over” video off of their recently released LP, Our Feeling of Natural High. The video premiered with Buzz Bands LA, praising, “The video, a simple but symbolic affair directed by Olson and David Feeney-Mosier, features the artist and his band (Jessica Espeleta, Stephen Heath and Miles and Mose Wintner) performing on an ordinary L.A. street … mundane except for the thriving ficus tree towering over them. As amplified by Allison Schulnick’s painting on the album cover, the tree’s beauty is the kind you often take for granted. Until you don’t.”

Video premiere: L.A. Takedown, ‘When It’s Over’

LVRN x Manny Norte x 6LACK x Rema x Tion Wayne Releases “4AM” Single

LoveRenaissance has joined forces with a number of international heavy-hitters to release the highly anticipated single, “4AM.” Produced by UK powerhouse, Manny Norte, the track features LVRN’s 6lack, Nigerian artist, Rema and the UK’s Tion Wayne. With a highly infectious melody, the up-tempo track fuses R&B with the ever-popular sound of Afrobeat. Along with the release, Norte has also announced the accompanying Meiji Alabi-directed visual which features breathtaking shots of Accra, Ghana and West Africa. The video trails the group as they are seen immersing in local culture.

Love Fame Tragedy (Murph from The Wombats) share 2nd EP ‘Five Songs To Briefly Fill The Void’

NME praised the “emotive new Love Fame Tragedy single” that’s built upon layered vocal samples, textured synth and boasting a chorus that burrows deep and stays put. “Multiply” delves into the destructive nature of hedonistic excess, a theme Murph has confronted before in “Pills” and “Brand New Brain.” Murph and Jack’s distinctive vocals complement each other perfectly, egging themselves on in a partnership of enablement. The hypnotic video, animated by Australian superfan Jamie Mac, is a paranoia-tinged psychedelic trip that encapsulates the mental journey of unchecked indulgence.

The Wombats’ Matthew Murphy shares video for emotive new Love Fame Tragedy single, ‘Multiply’

New Release from Artoffact Records: Ritual Dictates “Give In To Despair”

Inspired by a wide array of styles and instruments, the music itself has straightforward elements of metal and grind, with detours into anything from black metal to good time rock and roll. Picking up on inspiration from their respective previous bands Allfather and Angel Grinder, ex-3 Inches of Blood members Justin Hagberg and Ash Pearson (drummer of Revocation) are continuing down the heavy metal path while fusing their eclectic influences of black, grind, death metal and classic rock into interesting new places.


THE KILLERS today release the video for their massive new single, “Caution”, taken from the upcoming new album, Imploding The Mirage, which is set for release on May 29th via Island Records. The video is the first glimpse of a longer film the band has made with its director, Sing Lee, coming soon on Apple Music.

Jerry Castle’s video for Tequila and Tears Premieres on The Boot

Written on the very last day of recording for Castle’s forthcoming album, “Tequila and Tears” is a booze-drenched track about self-reflection, “through the lens of a tequila haze during a time of loss,” Castle tells The Boot — and it’s totally autobiographical.

David Ramirez Streaming Live Performances Next Monday-Friday at 3pm CST via Stageit

Following a successful appearance as part of Luck Reunion’s ‘Til Further Notice live streaming event Thursday night, Austin-based singer/songwriter David Ramirez has announced a series of in-house performances all next week via Stageit to benefit the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Fans can tune in next Monday through Friday at 3:00pm CST for intimate sets of songs old and new, including recently released singles “Hallelujah, Love Is Real!” and “Lover, Will You Lead Me?,” the latter of which NPR Music states, “The Austin icon dabbles with misty psychedelic undertones and potent gospel arrangements on this newly-released standalone.”

Poppy shares self-directed video for “Sit / Stay”

Post-genre art and music visionary Poppy has shared a video for “Sit / Stay,” the sixth single from her latest album I Disagree. The self-directed video is a visually arresting vignette set in medical isolation, where sonography and mind control measures cause Poppy to become disorientated as she battles through padded cells, under control of an unidentified source. The clip was directed by Poppy (with Aiden Ulrich as director of photography), edited by Garrett Nicholson, and produced by Psycho Films.

Austin, TX Rapper Quin NFN Releases New Single “All Blues” On 10K Projects

Austin, TX rapper Quin NFN has released a new single “All Blues,” out now on 10K Projects. The single will feature on his forthcoming QUINCHO EP, out March 27. QUINCHO is the follow up to Quin’s 2019 project, 4NUN, which has over 115 million US streams and was praised by the likes of Pitchfork, Complex, XXL, Genius, and more.

Skope | Zebra Katz video + LP out today

Zebra Katz, the musical moniker for Ojay Morgan, is a first-generation Jamaican-American who has released his debut album LESS IS MOOR today. Infused with industrial, electronic, and drum and bass elements, the release comes alongside the new, cinematic “MOOR” video co-directed by Zebra Katz and Žanete Skarule.

Rustin Man Releases New Album, ‘Clockdust’ + Shares New Video for “Kinky Living”

Today, Rustin Man aka Paul Webb releases his new album, Clockdust, and shares the video for new track “Kinky Living”.

Idiosyncratic and quietly haunting, Clockdust is seeped in sepia-tinted nostalgia, “a powerful force of nature,” Webb states, “up there with love and desire.” It is Webb’s second album in a two-year period, following a 17-year gap between solo releases. The album blurs the boundaries between past and present, with some songs like “Kinky Living” revealing faint echoes as far back as the world of the 1940s.

Phantom Posse’s new album, Forever Underground is out today on Orchid Tapes

Eric Littmann has spent much of the past decade mining his voice as a recording artist with the tools most readily at hand: his command of computational biology (a day job turned life-pursuit) alongside a healthy saturation in the tropes of the 90’s /early aughts college radio charts. Filtering these data through the evolving traditions of home recording, Littmann has shared north of a dozen releases under the monikers Steve Sobs and Phantom Power as well as producing acclaimed records by artists such as Julie Byrne, Yohuna, Emily Yacina, GABI and many others.


A virtuosic vocalist who channels his classical training into full-throated belts, Jasiah is one of the rap game’s most invigorating new voices. Today, the Dayton, Ohio native shares “Break Sh*t!”, his ferocious new single. A furious assault on the senses, it’s impossible to sit still while listening to “Break Sh*t,” as Jasiah layers his ragged screams atop marching band horns and relentless 808s: “F*ck you, b*tch/and the clique that you came with/I don’t wanna bullsh*t, I just need my payment!” Produced by Jasiah himself, “Break Sh*t” is an anti-authoritarian anthem–a cathartic release of feral energy for anyone who feels trapped in their lives.

Empty Country (Joe D’Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars) Shares Self-Titled LP Out Now Via Get Better Records

Today, Empty Country, the newest project of Cymbals Eat Guitars’ Joseph D’Agostino, released their self-titled LP, Empty Country Via Get Better Records. Empty Country is DAgostino’s fifth full-length album and the first outside Cymbals Eat Guitars. Under the new project D’Agostino was able to re-design his sound. “I treated the process of making this record a lot more like a first record,” D’Agostino says. “I got the chance to build everything meticulously, and think everything out in a way I hadn’t in many years.”

Award Winning Producer Sha Money XL And Purple Rope Ent. Sign New Hip Hop Artist “Chubbs The Dreamer”

Award winning music producer Sha Money XL known for his producing hit making abilities and his success with 50 Cent, BIG K.I.R.T, Bobby Shmurda and G-Unit has partnered with entertainment production company “Purple Rope Ent.” to sign and release CHUBBS THE DREAMER and his debut single W.O.W.. W.O.W. produced by SHA MONEY XL is now available across all streaming platforms.


Having scored a succession of hits, Stockholm’s multi-talented artist and songwriter KIDDO has collaborated with producer-duo JIM OUMA to create her new single ‘Bang My Head’. The track looks set to continue KIDDO’s rich run of form after featuring on Hogland’s ‘Letting Go’ (16.7 million streams at Spotify); teaming up with GASHI for ‘Coming Down’ (14 million streams, the #5 most added track on Spotify); and ‘Drunk And I Miss You’ (12 million streams).

Dan Wilson Releases New Single “Red Light”

Today, Grammy-winning songwriter Dan Wilson continues his run of monthly single releases with “Red Light” which was co-written with Jenny Owen Youngs and Ethan Gruska after discovering the master tapes for his bands Semisonic and Trip Shakespeare were lost in the UMG fire. “Red Light” was co-produced by Wilson and Ethan Gruska.

HUNTER & THE BEAR – Release “Digital Light”

Pumped up and on pulverising form, “Digital Light” is an incendiary tour-de-force from a band whose big ambitions and radiant confidence in their new material couldn’t be more apparent. A clash of white-hot guitar lines, crunching power chords and addictive choruses propelled by Will Irvine’s yearning vocals, the track was recorded in Cardiff with producer maestro Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Twin Atlantic, Funeral For A Friend).

Martin Solveig & Roy Woods drop remix package for Juliet & Romeo

Martin Solveig and Roy Woods have unveiled an extensive remix package for their latest hit ‘Juliet & Romeo’, out 20th March via Positiva Records. Something of a global sensation, the original has racked up over 26 million global streams alone since its December release.

WOLFHEART Releases Official Music Video for New Track “Hail Of Steel”

Finnish heavy melodic death metal unit WOLFHEART recently announced the upcoming release of their new full-length Winter War epic, Wolves Of Karelia, out April 10, 2020 via Napalm Records.

Today, WOLFHEART has revealed another fantastic offering cut from Wolves Of Karelia, entitled “Hail Of Steel”. The track signals oncoming war with an ocean-like wave of rhythm and hair-raising guitars, cascading into an extreme, melodic wall of blastbeats and symphonics. Accented by piercing clean vocal harmonics and pummeling double bass, the track sets the grand stage for the entire album. The new music video is equally as searing – a fiery performance fitting for the epic track.

Up-And-Coming Bronx Rapper, Justin Rarri Releases New Song And Video For “RICCHEZZA” Today

The Bronx born-and-raised sensation spent late last year building momentum releasing his debut mixtape 4EVARARRi. The project featured his hit track “W2LEEZY,” which amassed oved nine million views on YouTube and twenty-one million streams on Spotify as well as garnered recognition from the Los Angeles Lakers and the NFL. The nine song EP also features “TREESHA” (shy of two million views on YouTube) and “D3MONS,” which Complex called “one of the project’s biggest highlights.” Inspired by artist like Young Thug, Future and A$AP Rocky as well as his New York City upbringing Justin Rarri will continue to fuse his melodic flow with hard-hitting beats as he continues to release music this year.

Pavey Ark’s debut album “Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing” out today

Pavey Ark are a fast-rising alternative folk band from Hull, fronted by singer and songwriter Neil Thomas. Formed in 2016, their debut album “Close Your Eyes and Think of Nothing” is out today, March 20th. Uncut have described the album as “a striking debut” and admired “the enticing acoustic motifs found on Lost In Blue and the plaintive horns and simpatico strings of Cuckoo that’s softly seductive”. Folk Radio described it as simply “a perfect antidote for these uncertain days.”


Raised on Australia’s Gold Coast, FISHER became a sponsored pro surfer at age 16 and travelled the world. In recent years, he turned his DJing hobby into a massively successful career. His first two releases, Ya Kidding and his Oi Oi EP, were released on the famed Dirtybird Records. “Losing It” – released jointly by FISHER’s own Catch & Release label and Astralwerks in 2018 – reached No. 1 on both Billboard’s Dance Club Songs chart and the Australian Club Tracks chart. The biggest club record of the year, it became a staple in every DJ’s set, with spins from the likes of underground titans such as Carl Cox, Nic Fanciulli, Idris Elba, Erick Morillo and mainstream artists such as The Chainsmokers, Tiesto and more. To cap it all off, “Losing It” received a GRAMMY nomination for “Best Dance Recording.”

TONIGHT: Jewel Raises Funds via Livestream

WHO: Four-time Grammy Award-nominated recording artist JEWEL (“You Were Meant for Me,” “Foolish Games”). Throughout her 20 year storied career, she has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and appeared on the cover of numerous magazines including TIME and Rolling Stone, performed on Saturday Night Live, at the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals, for The Pope and for the President of The United States.

WHAT: Jewel will be hosting her very own Live From San Quarantine: A Livestream Concert via her official Instagram and Facebook pages to raise the necessary funds to benefit her Never Broken program powered by the Inspiring Children Foundation, which was due to raise $1.8 million at a fundraiser that has since been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

WHEN: TONIGHT! Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST