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The Gutter Daisies Poke at Society in New Track “American Pie”

LA-based band The Gutter Daisies released “American Pie”, their second single of 2020, out everywhere today.

“[The track] covers topics like depression and anxiety, the disconnect from connecting to social media, gun violence in schools, and how the people that can help just look the other way as if it‘s just an over-exaggerated false reality”, explains singer Doug Rockwell. “It’s all become too normal, while we advertise ourselves as the best place on earth. ‘Come on down, we know you’re just dying to try the ol’ American Pie!'”

Lil Baby’s album ‘My Turn’ breaks 1 Billion streams

Lil Baby’s latest album My Turn has earned over 1 billion global streams in only a few weeks, pushing his career total to a massive 13 billion global streams. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, his first time in his career, and sold 197,000 units in its first week. 14 songs from the album charted on the Hot 100 chart simultaneously after release, earning him as many Hot 100 hits as Prince and Paul McCartney. Lil Baby continues to be one of hip-hop’s shining stars and his reign shows no sign of slowing down.

Jaki Nelson – The Millennial hand-washing song

Nearly 40 percent of hospitalized Coronavirus patients are as young as 20, according to the CDC **, so millennial Billboard Top 40 artist Jaki Nelson, who has an underlying health condition, wanted to get the word out to young people with, “(Don’t Get) Physical”:

“(Don’t Get) Physical” is a parody of Dua Lipa’s “Physical” that also features Loris (“The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula”, Season 1) as “Corona” with a cameo from Billboard artist Joey Suarez.

YOUNG KNIVES announce new album “Barbarians”

Young Knives (brothers Henry Dartnall and The House of Lords) today announce their fifth album, Barbarians; their first full-length in seven years, following 2013’s acclaimed Sick Octave. Barbarians is a leap into both sonic and thematic experimentation by a band who love to confuse and entertain in equal measure.


The Michael Jackson Estate is donating $300,000 to coronavirus response efforts to help three communities that have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 virus.

Broadway Cares, Three Square Food Bank (Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization) and MusiCares will each receive a $100,000 donation.

16-year-old acoustic rocker Ben Harrison releases debut EP ‘Capitulation’

Hailing from London, England, 16-year-old Ben Harrison is an acoustic singer-songwriter making the most of his teenage years, and doing things that stretch far beyond that aforementioned adolescence.

After only picking up the guitar for the first time back in October 2019, Ben has gone on to start writing and demoing his own tracks. Whilst starting out on an electric guitar, he switched to an acoustic where he has developed a unique style of songwriting, with melodic chord progressions that suit his flexible tone of voice. His main influences are Jake Bugg, Johnny Marr, Noel Gallagher, and Richard Ashcroft, to name a few.

French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead shared entire new EP ‘Unless You’re afraid to change’ on YouTube

A couple of weeks after the official release of their brand new EP called ‘Unless You’re afraid to change’, French stoner/fuzz/garage power-trio Prohibition Dead shared the whole effort for on YouTube thanks to the courtesy of some various channels (666MrDoom, HeavyRockFreak…)

In addition to this news, ‘Unless You’re afraid to change’ is still available on CD & digital through Bandcamp and the main legal platforms.

Glen Campbell’s Recording Of “Wichita Lineman” Inducted Into National Recording Registry Of The Library Of Congress

The honor was announced today by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden who inducted the recording along with two dozen others in the 2019 class of audio treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage. Each year, the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress chooses recordings showcasing the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage in order to increase preservation awareness. The diversity of nominations received highlights the richness of the nation’s audio legacy and underscores the importance of assuring the long-term preservation of that legacy for future generations.

5 Seconds of Summer Premiere New Song “Wildflower”

Co-written with Rami Yacoub (Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande) and Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes, Quinn XCII), “Wildflower” is an ’80s-pop-inspired but undeniably forward-thinking track, its energy propelled by 5SOS’s massive harmonies and powerful rhythms. In a particularly brilliant move, “Wildflower” finds 5SOS deliberately omitting certain words from the chorus lyrics, amping up the song’s potent but euphoric mood of romantic tension.


The 74th Annual Tony Awards, scheduled to air live on the CBS Television Network on Sunday, June 7th from Radio City Music Hall in New York City, will be postponed and rescheduled at a later date, in coordination with our broadcast partner. The health and safety of the Broadway community, artists and fans is of the utmost importance to us.

We will announce new dates and additional information once Broadway opens again.


“A lot of images from a lot of different apartments wash over me when I think of this song. It feels like I only remember the mornings. Always waiting on a text, or for someone to pick up the phone. I’ve changed my number since then. It felt natural to film the video in a similar scene, and our director Gus Black nailed the landscape from our first phone call. He understood the deliberate contrast between the energetic soundscape and the desperate lyrics, allowing us to visually mimic the ritual highs and lows of waiting around for the feel-good mailman.” – Dedric Clark (vocals, guitar)


Speaking on the album Pabllo shares, “This album is unlike anything I’ve released so far. It’s more artistic, there’re more musical experiments. I’m very happy with the results and excited about the positive feedback we have had by now. My wish as an artist is to reinvent myself constantly to give new meanings to my work and dreams.

5 Seconds of Summer Premier New Song “Wildflower”

Co-written with Rami Yacoub (Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande) and Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes, Quinn XCII), “Wildflower” is an ’80s-pop-inspired but undeniably forward-thinking track, its energy propelled by 5SOS’s massive harmonies and powerful rhythms. In a particularly brilliant move, “Wildflower” finds 5SOS deliberately omitting certain words from the chorus lyrics, amping up the song’s potent but euphoric mood of romantic tension.

Dave Matthews Kicks Off Verizon’s “Pay It Forward Live” To Help Small Businesses

Verizon today announced the launch of Pay it Forward Live, a weekly streaming entertainment series that will include music, gaming, comedy and more in support of small businesses affected by COVID-19. The weekly series will debut on Thursday, March 26, at 8:00 p.m. ET with a performance from Dave Matthews.

Gathering Of Strangers ‘No Remorse’

It follows the release of previous singles ‘Lady’ and ‘Nice Hair’ which received radio plays on BBC Radio 6 (Chris Hawkins), Kerrang Radio, and XS Manchester. Recorded at Hope Mill Recording Studios in Manchester, you can stream it below:Talking about the inspiration behind the track, lead singer Conor Rabone explains “The song tries to align the beauty and tragedy that lies behind family relationships, that some people may experience. Lyrically it speaks from an outsiders perspective, hopefully giving the listener a certain type of comfort and appreciation when listening to the lyrics. Knowing the emotive implications that the song may have, we were never going to make a video that highlighted the subject so directly. In turn we focused all our energy on the love and positivity that you can draw from the song”.

Juán Tigre Share New Video “In These Veins”

“Imagine for a second that you could meld the musical worlds of Nirvana and Thundercat together. That would be pretty strange, right? But it’s also something that you’d like to hear. Well, then I present to you Juan Tigre, the bilingual alt-rock brainchild of guitarist/vocalist John Maestas. Today, we share the video for the project’s new single. “In These Veins” throws you off balance with its snarling riffs and Maestas’s vocals that float above like a psychedelic haze before hitting you full force.” – Earbuddy

Shabazz Palaces shares “Chocolate Souffle” official video from The Don of Diamond Dreams

Shabazz Palaces “Chocolate Souffle” is a scorching, electrofunk standout and the second official video from The Don of Diamond Dreams, directed by David Shields and James Nugent (Marshawn Lynch: A History). The performative visual stars Shabazz Palaces’ Ishmael Butler amid a dizzying array of images set to match the songs rapid-fire lyrics, and was compiled by Shields, Nugent, and Butler (who acts as the video’s director of photography).

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes share new single/video “Kyiv”

Tom Misch and Yussef Dayes have unveiled another clue to their extraordinary collaborative opus, What Kinda Music, in the form of the supple and sylphlike single “Kyiv.” Shapeshifting fluidly between progressive jazz, sleek electronica, hip hop and more, “Kyiv” – accompanied by another incredible live video showcasing the duo’s wide ranging musical prowess – is another piece of the puzzle, and another shining example of why What Kinda Music (out April 24 on Blue Note / Caroline) will be one of the most intriguing and groundbreaking albums of the year.

Deerhoof Announce New Album ‘Future Teenage Cave Artists’ Out 5/29 Via Joyful Noise Recordings

The band explains that on the title track, released with a lyric video directed by Ryan Hover and Allison Durst, they “wanted to express what it feels like knowing that the rebels are our only hope. Today’s derelicts, romantics, and children are forced to be tomorrow’s heroes.”

NZCA LINES (Memphis Industries, BBC 6 Music) – Shares New Single, ‘Pure Luxury’

‘Pure Luxury’ is the first from Lovett following tips from The Guardian, Pitchfork, BBC 6 Music, NPR and Stereogum for his previous releases, inc. 2016’s Infinite Summer which featured members of Hot Chip and found him opening for Connan Mockasin and Django Django. Alongside his work as NZCA LINES, Lovett has played guitars/synth on the Christine and the Queens track, ‘People i’ve been sad’ and her debut LP, as well as performing live with Metronomy.

New Release: Blume Hinges “One in the Same” – Out Now

Out now is the new single “One in the Same” by Blume Hinges, the project name for Canadian (Saskatoon) based singer/songwriter Aaron Egeland with the backing of Scott Simon Haus and drummer Justin Hauck. “One in the Same” is the first single from Blume Hinges’ forthcoming sophomore album, due out this summer, that was written and recorded over the past two years in both Saskatoon and Chicago. The album’s most accessible pop/rock/alt track, featuring layered and interplaying guitars and a counter melodic bass, “One in the Same” is both concise and explosive.

Fake Names Announce Self-Titled Debut Out May 8

Punk rock supergroup Fake Names – which includes Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) – will release their self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph.

Estefan Enterprises Partners with CVS Health to Match Temporarily Displaced Workers with Employment Opportunities

As the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to challenge the hospitality and restaurant industries, Estefan Enterprises announced today that they will partner with CVS Health to match up to 300 workers in South Florida, Orlando and Vero Beach with immediate employment. Estefan owned-and- operated establishments, such as restaurants and hotels have been mandated to close or restrict business operations in order to curb the spread of COVID-19. Estefan Kitchen Miami Design District, Larios On The Beach Ocean Drive, Estefan Kitchen Orlando, The Wave at Costa d’ Este in Vero Beach and the Cardozo South Beach hotel have all been temporarily closed with the exception of offering take-out and delivery at all restaurant locations.


Mako Announces LP Oeuvre on Metalheadz

Bristolian Stephen Redmore, known through his drum & bass alias Mako, is finally set to unleash his forthcoming LP on Metalheadz, something which he’s been working on behind the scenes for some time. The label head of Utopia is well known for his slick production and penchant for underground anthems, something which has been seen again and again on his own imprint, as well as across a plethora of labels which have acted as pillars for the drum & bass world. Having already made his presence felt before within the catalogue of Metalheadz, as well as Break’s Symmetry Recordings, Dispatch, Soul:R and Samurai Music, he’s a valuable part of the genre’s make up, which is why the announcement of his forthcoming LP ignited widespread anticipation.

Modern Metal Act FLYING CUPID Reveals Lyric Video for First Single from “Reflections” EP

Boston-based act FLYING CUPID, the solo project by guitarist and composer Abhiruk Patowary, has revealed a lyric video for the song “Changes,” the first single from the upcoming EP, Reflections.

DJ EZ to perform another marathon 24-hour set

The legendary DJ EZ returns to the decks this Saturday 28th March 2020 (from 6PM GMT) for another 24 hour live stream, hosted live via Boiler Room along with DJ EZ’s social channels, in conjunction with My Kind Deed – the good news feed, an initiative set up with one purpose – to spread kindness – to encourage a new way of thinking and to promote the things in life that really make a difference.