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Leah Capelle releases “i keep her” – a coming out letter and ode to women exploring their sexuality

LA-based singer-songwriter and guitarist Leah Capelle unveils her new single “i keep her” today – a personal coming out letter to herself and an ode to women exploring their sexuality. BlackBook says “…with the kind of visceral intensity of a Vanessa Carlton or Lykke Li, she conveys longing and vulnerability in equal measure over an opulent, haunting sweep of strings.”

Discrete’s latest synthpop track ‘Better Days’

Taking inspiration from an extensive range of genres, which is evident in his artistry, Discrete pushes beyond the boundaries of dance music. Collaborating with singer-songwriter Chris Collins, the Swedish artist is back with new single ‘Better Days.’


On the heels of his debut EP, Thrill Seeker, which released March 13th on Warner Records, 19-year-old New Jersey alt-pop artist Sub Urban has landed the top spot at alternative radio with his breakout smash “Cradles.” The track claimed the #1 position on both the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart and the Mediabase Alternative Radio Chart; a monumental fete for a new artist to achieve with a song he wrote and produced himself. “Cradles,” which initially skyrocketed on TikTok with over 1 billion uses, has been streamed over half a billion times across all platforms. Additionally, the music video for “Cradles” has surpassed 103 million views to-date on YouTube.

Jeff Beam Releases New Single, “Think Twice, It’s Not Alright,”

Jeff Beam has been strumming at the crossroads of Portland, Maine’s fertile indie-rock, folk and jazz scenes for years, and on this fittingly eponymous album, we get an eerie, era-spanning snapshot of every soul he’s encountered and a timely statement of activism that speaks to this particular moment in America’s history. The multi-instrumentalist is responsible for nearly every sound on the 9-track album—an inspiring and cathartic collection of songs that pleas for healing and change through civic engagement and artistic output.

Dropkick Murphys Release New Single “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding” Direct To Fans

Dropkick Murphys have just released a new single, “Mick Jones Nicked My Pudding”–along with a B-side “James Connolly,” written by the band’s friend Larry Kirwan–direct to fans via www.DKMStore.com and dropkickmurphys.bandcamp.com. The band debuted the new single live during their Streaming Up From Boston St. Patrick’s Day concert on March 17.


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.

Zachery Allan Starkey Shares “Force” (Ft. Bernard Sumner)

Zachery Allan Starkey has released “Force” with Bernard Sumner of New Order. Combining Starkey’s passionate songwriting/production with Sumner’s trademark synthesizer, guitar, sequencer, and programming work, “Force” is an uplifting anthem reminding us to remain strong and brave in these dark and frightening times. “Fear will not tear us apart!” sings Starkey at the climax of the track. “Force” also marks the first brand new music from Sumner since the release of New Order’s 2015 LP Music Complete.

Singer-Songwriter Eileen Carey Named AC/Hot AC Female Artist of 2020 by New Music Weekly

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Eileen Carey now has one more award to add to her ever growing list of accolades. New Music Weekly has named Carey the AC/Hot AC Female Artist of the Year in their recent announcement of the 2020 New Music Awards. Carey, who has previously won five NMW awards, joins the impressive list of 2020 New Music Weekly Awards winners, including Billie Eilish, Lewis Capaldi, Jonas Brothers and fellow AC/Hot AC Male Artist of the Year, Sam Smith, to name a few.

ULCERATE: “Dissolved Orders” From New Zealand Death Metal Trio Now Streaming

Set for release on April 24th, the unparalleled sound of ULCERATE finds its emotional apex on Stare Into Death And Be Still, as the band emerges from the claustrophobia and dissonance of their recent past to offer up a next-level exploration of melody, harmony, and power. The band’s signature, ultra-atmospheric blend of unorthodox death metal with the textures of futurist black metal is here pared down with the consummate hand of experience, giving stunning credence to the riff, the song, and the meaning. Thematically, the album explores the concept of “death reverence” – drawing on recent personal experience to confront the truism that death and tragedy aren’t always sudden or violent, that people are often passive observers trapped “in the silent horror of observing death calmly and cleanly.”

We Are Revolution – ‘Saved By Animals’

Dminor and Falcon Chest, the two members of We Are Revolution, have dug into their parents record collections as well as exploring the record stores of their hometown to come up with an eclectic mix of the last 30 years of electronic pop music. Their debut single Saved By Animals speaks with its beautiful melodies and airy production of what to expect of their forthcoming album. Album out on Labrador in the fall of 2020.

Deeper share new single ‘The Knife’

Deeper’s highly anticipated sophomore LP Auto-Pain is due out this Friday, March 27th on Fire Talk, and the album is already generating excitement in the press. The follow up to the band’s critically-acclaimed eponymous 2018 LP, the album was one of Bandcamp’s best selling indie albums during last Friday’s sale despite being a week out from release, and praise for the album has been coming from all quarters, including in a major Stereogum profile last week where the record was tagged as being “bigger, more ambitious and more direct in just about every way” then the band’s “already excellent” debut.

Midnight Vesta – “I’ll Have Another”

“I’ll Have Another” was born out of that sliver in time between a break-up and deciding that you’re worthy of love again. It’s okay to look back on past relationships with a critical eye.”


Steve Dawson & Funeral Bonsai Wedding Announce Last Flight Out LP With Title Track

A quote from Steve: “The more I think about this song, and the whole album, really, it seems to be about the feeling that we are all living through a giant collective ending. With climate change, global rage and violence, the undoing of the fabric of society it feels like an ending. So, the next thought is, “how can I best use the time that’s left?” This song feels like an acknowledgement of the situation. The song purposely has no tonic – no clear home base chord – and the strings wind through it like vines searching for places to hang on.”


Rap newcomer JAHMED is revving up to full speed with the release of his debut album THEBOOFMOBILE, out now via Human Re Sources. The 8-track project puts JAHMED’s ferocious energy and crafty wordplay on showcase. THEBOOFMOBILE is named after the first vehicle JAHMED bought with all of his savings while living in Victorville/Pomona. The car both physically and metaphorically represented his ability to get to Los Angeles over the course of two years to record and work on his album. THEBOOFMOBILE is JAHMED’s vehicle to reach the next stage in his life.


Up-and-coming singer/songwriter contradash has shared the video for his viral hit single “blocked.” The Southern California native self-released “blocked” in January and quickly amassed over a million streams on Spotify, thanks in large part to his infectious hooks and genre-bending creativity.

California Roots & Ineffable Records Announce: ‘Cali Roots Riddim’ | Produced by Collie Buddz

The California Roots Music & Arts Festival has moved their dates for this year’s event to October 9-11, 2020 at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center. The lineup will remain 100% intact and will feature the biggest names in reggae, hip hop, and roots music.

Funeral Party Premieres New Track from Upcoming Fearing LP

Fearing is a dark post-punk band based out of Oakland, California who formed in 2016, when an online friendship quickly blossomed between Rogers & Brian Vega (guitar/vocals). What started as collaborations between the two and their bedroom synth projects; Fearing was formed out of the desire to combine both of their talents and to create something new & fresh in the Bay Area. The addition of Mike Fenton (drums) & Joey Camello (guitar) helped to further expand the sound and depth of the band.

We Versus The Shark announce new album, share track via NPR

Influential Athens, GA math-rock quartet We Versus The Shark (mems. Double Ferrari, Bit Brigade, Sunwatchers, Man… Or Astroman?, Modern Nature) are excited to announce Goodbye Guitar, their first album since 2008 (due June 19 via Ernest Jenning Record Co.). To ring in the announcement, the group has shared new track “Righteous Vibes” via NPR Music, who called Goodbye Guitar “a lot more of a fist-pumping, wham-bam rock and roll record than expected.”

Chatham County Line Release Lyric Video for Title Track; ‘Strange Fascination’ Out April 24

Today, Raleigh, NC’s Chatham County Line share the lyric video for the title track of their forthcoming ninth studio album, Strange Fascination, and announce they have moved up the release date to April 24 (originally May 15). A staple of the North Carolina music scene for two decades, the band Introduce a new sound and line up with Strange Fascination, which is now available for pre-order.