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Cable Ties to release new album Far Enough on Friday

This Friday, Melbourne’s Cable Ties will put out their second album and Merge debut, Far Enough. The album arrives after the release of lead single “Tell Them Where to Go” and music videos for “Hope,” “Self-Made Man,” and “Sandcastles,” all of which caught the ears of The Guardian, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, and many others. Advance copies of Far Enough are available upon request.

New release: Certain Animals – Love, Space & Time (single)

New single Love, Space & Time is a loving, psychedelic trip along the earliest childhood memories to the currently found feeling of unity of Certain Animals. Hhinting to Creedence Clearwater Revival, A reverberated intro easily glides into a droning riff which could have been taken from an unused B-side of The Beatles’ Rubber Soul or Revolver.

Local H Shares “Hold That Thought” Live Video

Alt-rock duo Local H have shared the live video for their recently released banger “Hold That Thought.” Of that video, Scott Lucas says, “Ryan got a GoPro for Christmas, so we decided to put it to use. It’s a pretty good video representation of what that tour with Soul Asylum was like. The decision to start dressing like WHAM! and wear those ‘CHOOSE LIFE’ shirts seemed like a pretty obvious idea to me —our new record is called “LIFERS”— but I’m not sure people got it. I think some people thought we were making some kind of a pro-life statement. We were NOT making a pro-life statement.”

High Tone Son of a Bitch “Lifecycles: EPs of HTSOB” Out Now via Tee Pee Records

High Tone Son of a Bitch (HTSOB) was originally formed by brothers Paul and Andrew Kott from the ashes of Oakland prog/doom sludge masters Cruevo. The band preceded Paul’s work in the Matt Pike-fronted Bay Area metal band Kalas, which the press dubbed an underground “supergroup”.

Walk Off the Earth and gnash Release “Nicknames”

On their new single, Walk Off the Earth shares, “We’ve all been in that relationship where you and your ex share the same social circle. Running into them at a bar, a friend’s house, etc. It’s an awkward and confusing time and it brings back so many mixed feelings. We wanted to write a song that captured those emotions.”

Pretty Ricky, the Reunited R&B Heroes, Share the Visual for “Quarantine & Chill” Anthem “Body”

The first group to mix smooth R&B with rapid-fire rhymes, Pretty Ricky is one of the best-loved and most influential R&B acts that debuted in the ’00s. The Miami, Florida natives have two platinum singles under their belt (“Grind with Me” and “On the Hotline”), plus three more Gold-certified smashes (full-lengths Bluestars and Late Night Special, plus single “Your Body”).

Afonso’s second smokey soul and jazz-influenced single ‘Luz’

‘Luz’ is the second release from Afonso. The song represents a self-analysis, where the singer focusses on his necessity of development and discovery within himself, although the song was written for the minds that don’t recognise this quality. ‘Luz’, meaning light in Portuguese – the singer’s mother tongue, acts as a teaching piece, almost like an enlightenment for the listener. To Afonso, this phenomenon has been very important throughout his life and it’s what makes him feel whole, so he sings to underline the fact that it’s only possible to reach this thought through the level of sincerity you have with yourself, your emotions and your journey. It’s by facing his demons that the singer frees himself of negative thoughts and welcomes happiness. Through the heartfelt chords, groovy percussion and the wave-like harps and strings, Afonso sets himself by the seashore – the place where he feels most at ease and connected with himself.

MESSER to Release 23 Track Remix Album for “Simple Man,”‘RE:TURN RE:VISIT RE:MIX’!

Heavy, Alternative rock band MESSER has announced the release of RE:TURN RE:VISIT RE:MIX. Originally launched by the band’s producer, Chad Gendason of Maddpants Records with popular music-production site Splice.com as a remix contest, fans inundated the band and site with hundreds of submissions, leading to a mammoth, 23 track collection of rei-maginings of the band’s 2019 released single, “Simple Man,” to showcase the talent of these diverse up-and-coming producers. Gendason worked closely on the final arranging and mixing, and the extraordinary results take the song in wildly different emotional and musical directions.

Rory Taillon: “Welcome”

Ottawa-based singer/songwriter Rory Taillon is a road warrior, touring across the country and back again. He has the soul of the East coast but the sound of the West in his songs with a voice to match the majesty of the Rockies.

DÄTCHA MANDALA: watch rumbling new video “Stick It Out”

Within nine years, DÄTCHA MANDALA have established as a force to be reckoned with among the French vintage rock scene, through their relentless touring and an impressive, one-off performance at Stade De France arena in Paris. Their new video “Stick It Out” delivers a “blues-laden track, sometimes tinged with psychedelic hard rock, that flirts with garage rock as well as with the 70s and 80s rock metal” (Visions Magazin). In addition to their butt-kicking hard rock sound, the video stages the ever-worrying earth pollution induced by human waste.

OKKULTOKRATI To Release La Ilden Lyse Via Southern Lord On May 15th

OKKULTOKRATI is keeping their fire alive with their new album La Ilden Lyse, which translates roughly to “Keep The Fire Burning,” now announced for release through Southern Lord Recordings in May. The lead single from the LP, “Kiss Of Death” is now streaming.

La Ilden Lyse is an album of pure, cold, grim, rawness. Themes of enduring life, transcending death, worshipping the moon, and triumphant, satanic darkness are all at play here, and the album sounds harder, faster, and nastier than ever.

LOOSE SUTURES: Invisible Oranges streams Italian heavy fuzz/garage rockers’ debut

Italian fuzzy garage rockers Loose Sutures’ debut self-titled boasts an abundance of evil beats, killer fuzzes, and unhealthy lyrics. Comes this Friday, 27th March via Electric Valley Records, the LP is currently being streamed exclusively via Invisible Oranges.

“We are proud to have given birth to our creature, between cries of terror, moans, sweat, and blood. It is an unhealthy, bizarre and annoying record,” the band declares.

Camp 8 Reveal Gorgeous New Single ‘HURT’

The project of Melbourne based songwriter Reuben Apirana, Camp 8 made an impression last year with the introspective indie-folk showcased on tracks like Everything and Barbie, stellar offerings which gained the attention of the likes of Triple J and KCRW. With grand plans for 2020, Hurt serves as a bold entry point.

Americana/Country Rock Artist HEATHER ANNE LOMAX Shares “Better Luck” Music Video

The uplifting self-empowerment manifesto “Better Luck” will be featured on the Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and guitarist’s new album ALL THIS TIME (due May 1) and was recorded with the sonics of Elvis Presley’s “Sun Sessions” and the American Sound Studios “From Elvis In Memphis” in mind.


HYENAZ invite you to participate in a very special online gathering on the 27th of March, 2020 beginning at 17:32 Central European Time (preparation) and 18:32 CET (ritual).

Critical Magic is a dance event, a ritual, and a gathering. It is based in consent, touch, sound, and movement to break physical and mental isolation and to spark discourse that is both critical and utopian. It is offered and guided by HYENAZ but fuelled by the energy of all of its participants as we synchronously offer intentions related to the current global pandemic.

All members of your affinity group are welcome to join including children. As well of course your animal friends and plants.

THIS SUNDAY: Boston Lyric Opera’s NORMA Stream

Boston Lyric Opera’s audio streaming of its final dress rehearsal for NORMA begins its run on BLO.org and ClassicalWCRB.org this Sunday, March 29 at 3 PM. The stream is free to all listeners.

The audio was captured by 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston at BLO’s March 11 dress rehearsal. The production, which was to star rising international soprano Elena Stikhina in her role debut, was cancelled before its opening night on March 13, due to mounting concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.


“WHEREDAFUCC” is KILLBOY?! She’s dropping the colorful, outrageous companion visual to her recently-released bold song “WHEREDAFUCC.” The visual features all the neon, drama, vehicle vandalism, and irreverent attitude you’d expect from KILLBOY. Watch the official video for “WHEREDAFUCC,” now streaming on YouTube –

NAACP Image Award Nominee, OMAR WILSON Releases a “LIVE AT HOME”

“In these difficult times that we are in right now, I just wanted to remind everyone that a change is going to really come and that we just have to stay safe and hang in there. Music can be therapy to many people’s souls and If I am able to bring just sprinkle of hope to someone, why not,” mentions Omar. “A Change Is Gonna Come” is available on streaming platforms now and was written by Sam Cooke and re-produced by Lou Humphrey and Jasmon Joyner.

SiriusXM’s Pearl Jam Radio to Broadcast Special Programming for Band’s New Album

SiriusXM announced today that Pearl Jam Radio, the band’s exclusive SiriusXM channel, is creating special programming surrounding the release of Gigaton, Pearl Jam’s new album that will air in its entirety on Friday, March 27.

Pearl Jam will release their much-anticipated eleventh studio album on Friday.Gigaton marks the band’s first studio album since their GRAMMY award-winning album, Lightning Bolt, which was released over six years ago. Pearl Jam Radio’s special broadcast of Gigaton, will air on Friday, March 27 at 12:00 am ET on channel 22 on satellite radios and on the SiriusXM app. The special broadcast will re-air on Friday, March 27 at 6:00 am ET,11:00 am ET and 6:00 pm ET.

YBN Nahmir Races Foreigns with G-Eazy and Offset in “2 Seater” Video

Consistently delivering for his legion of fans since bursting onto the scene, YBN Nahmir is only just getting started. Collecting his coupes for a stunt-filled joyride, Nahmir shares “2 Seater,” his new video. Directed by Arrad, “2 Seater” paints a cinematic picture of a day at the racetrack, as Nahmir and guests Offset and G-Eazy show what their foreign cars can do in an empty racetrack. Rocking designer and matching the color scheme of the cars, the three emcees make themselves at home in the track–Nahmir does donuts, G-Eazy flirts with fly mechanics in the engine room, and Offset plays the enthusiastic hypeman.


The Bobby Lees’ new record Skin Suit was produced by underground punk legend Jon Spencer of the Blues Explosion and will be released on Alive Naturalsound Records on May 8th.

The Bobby Lees are a young bone-shaking Garage Rock band out of Woodstock, NY. In the past year they’ve played with The Chats, Future Islands, Boss Hog, Daddy Long Legs, Shannon & The Clams and Murphy’s Law. They will be on tour in the US and Europe throughout 2020. Their sound mixes classic garage-punk hits with raw and emotive storytelling.

Video: Joey Trap – “I DO”

Building a loyal legion of fans with his varied and personal blend of trap music, Joey Trap is ready to make the leap from cult hero to national concern. Slyly undermining an oblivious couple for his own gain, Joey shows off his irresistible and chaotic charm in the new video for “I DO.” Skating atop skeletal xylophones and syncopated 808s, Joey flexes on his money-making prowess and indulges himself in life’s myriad luxuries–he spills expensive liquor on expensive shoes, he eats bread with the crust. The young rapper shows off an easy charisma, perfecting the art of blasé brags: “I eat good I love the cake/Young rich squad, I love to make.” In the video, shot and directed by Brett Arndt, Joey worms his way between an engaged couple, causing mayhem, turning their nuptials into a function, and eventually seducing the bride from under the groom’s nose. With a behind-the-scenes “I DO” is the first taste of the CHAMP EP, hitting DSPs on March 27th via Young Rich Squad/PIVTL Projects.

SADFACETHUGGIN New Single “My Addiction” – Official Lyric Video

“World of SADFACE” is the third installment from the “SADFACE” installment which included “SADFACE” & “SADFACE II – Emotionless”, both of which were met with Critical Acclaim. Leading up to the release of the LP, “Detonator”, “Put One In The Air” ft JayDaYoungan, and “Cancer II” were released as singles and received amazing media and DJ support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Travis Mills, Hot New Hip Hop, Lyrical Lemonade, Okay Player, Elevator Magazine, HipHopDX and more.


In celebration of his 32nd birthday today, chart-topping recording artist and entertainer Big Sean has officially announced his long-awaited, 5th solo studio album, Detroit 2 . The album will be released via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings.