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LISTEN: Kadeema – “Good Lies”

Southern Ontario’s Kadeema are charting a new path with their debut eight-song EP, Napoleon Tornapart. Songwriters Jimmy Chauveau (vocals) and Tal Vaisman (guitar/vocals) began collaborating together in their former band, Ascot Royals, choosing to continue their creative partnership in the wake of the group’s dissolution. Taking their name from Vaisman’s hometown, which translates to forward in Hebrew, the duo embraced its meaning.

Eve Owen Shares New Single/Video “Blue Moon,”

“‘Blue Moon’ is about unrequited love, but not the hurtful kind. It’s when you love someone so dearly that even if they turn out to be just a friend, you’re grateful. It’s just about being endeared by someone’s mere existence, nothing more nothing less. I think when you take it upon yourself to truly accept unrequited love and still keep it, is when you’re finally becoming stronger again,” explains Eve Owen. “It was the first time I ever sang with electric guitar as opposed to acoustic, and I think Aaron captured that curiosity and excitement of mine really delicately. We wanted to capture some sort of Stevie Nicks atmosphere where I was vocally more free and spontaneous.”

Andy Cook shares new single “Tried Pretty Hard” | Debut LP out in June

As a child, Andy Cook was afraid to sing. After years dodging performances in school music classes, he decided it was time to face his fears. Yet 2017 EP In Space and 2018 follow-up Modern Man still bore traces of that childhood anxiety: vocals surrounded by reverb and delay, melting into swelling banks of guitar. This time around, Cook is determined to recognize his voice for the instrument it really is; putting it front and center on new record I’ll Be Fine.

Sam Himself, alt-indie Swiss artist shares “Slow Drugs” accompanied by visually stunning video

“‘Slow Drugs’ began with a particular person and experience in mind, but the song kept growing in scope until it became this jubilantly morose ode to a whole period of my life when I craved some sort of medicine against the unbearable slowness of time spent alone.”


Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, the Oakland-based band fronted by singer and songwriter Thao Nguyen, is now debuting the new video for the track “Phenom.” Shot entirely via Zoom video conferencing software in the midst of the California’s Stay At Home order, the video was filmed without any of the collaborators ever being in the same room together.


Ryan Chadwick – the 26-year old aerospace engineer-turned-producer behind OTR – says, “The song ‘Broken’ initially sounded like a happy pop anthem when it was initially written. On the flight back from Columbus to Atlanta last year, I had this idea to make it a bit darker and wrote the new instrumental on the spot. Thankfully, Au/Ra was available and jumped in. It was a lot of fun working with her; she added a ton of life and a whole new direction for the song. Working with her was much like the rest of the album; it was very collaborative and took the music to another level.”

Juniper Bush’s ‘Healing Through A Sonic Figure’ Out Now Via Transistor 66

Healing Through A Sonic Figure, the debut full-length record from Winnipeg psych-rock/shoegaze troupe Juniper Bush is out today via Transistor 66. The album deals, in part, with finding one’s way through the other side of painful experiences towards a better sense of truth.

NJ Pop Punk outfit FRND CRCL releases new single “Loose Cannon”

New Jersey’s FRND CRCL (pronounced Friend Circle) does its best not to forget the ‘pop’ in pop-punk.

Delivering their new single “Loose Cannon” with angsty, punk-driven lyrics catchy melodies and arena-sized instrumentals, the track is essentially about embracing the mentality and spirit of punk rock, with lyrics about navigating through the bullshit of life, dealing with relationships, doing your own thing and going your own way.


Bringing to life a page from her diary, “Own Worst Enemy” is LOVA confessing her regrets, what if’s, and could have’s that stem from striving for perfection and the universal instinct to please others. Her one of a kind vocals intertwine with the electrifying pops of percussion as the chorus comes in with the all too true statement, “I can be my own worst enemy.”


Both renowned for holding nothing back, the duo are equal players in a twisted game of lies and betrayal, introducing a sharp hook: “Everybody ends up leaving. Eventually the death of me. I rest in peace. I’m definitely a goner, off the deep end.” Through the celestial vocals of Audrey and the crashing fluidity of Souly’s witty soundscape, this boldness comes just in time for summer, offering listeners the necessary motivation one needs to leave “cuffing season” behind and dive head-first into singledom. With more releases on the horizon, this catchy track only solidifies Souly’s upward climb.


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 4th & Orange wants to remind you that this is “Not the End” with their latest single. The track pushes positivity and reinforces unity – a ray of sunshine to break up these cloudy times. “We wanted to find a way to spread a little positivity and hope. When it feels like it’s close to the end, it isn’t. It’s only the beginning of something new.”

Mara Connor shares ‘No Fun’ EP, out now on Side Hustle Records

Much of title track “No Fun” was recorded to tape in East Nashville at the Bomb Shelter with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Margo Price) with additional recording at Hollywood’s TTG Studios (where legends like Neil Young and The Velvet Underground & Nico recorded) with her good friend Adrian Simon (son of Paul Simon & Edie Brickell) and drummer Andrew Marshall (Billie Eilish’s drummer). The EP’s title track was mixed by Noah Georgeson (The Strokes, Devendra Banhart) and the others were mixed by Sean O’Brien (The National). No Fun includes three original songs (“No Fun,” “Wildfire” and “Soldier Heart”) and one cover (Rayland Baxter’s “Yellow Eyes”). Connor’s LA roots shine through her songs, which are drenched in the sound and spirit of Southern California and harken back to a bygone era of music.


EDM’s emerging queen WHIPPED CREAM has been on a tear since signing to Big Beat Records last year, releasing banger after banger, including collaborations with Lil Xan, Baby Goth, Jasiah and more. Her streak continues today with “I Do The Most,” her brand-new single that features Lil Keed and is out today alongside its similarly seductive video that’s sure to make you sweat, marking WHIPPED CREAM’s first time appearing in a music video – and certainly one fans won’t soon forget. “I Do The Most” showcases WHIPPED CREAM’s affinity for producing dark, hip-hop influenced heavy bass music mixed with trap beats. Featuring the Atlanta rapper Lil Keed on vocals throughout, “I Do The Most” puts his inimitable flow on full display –


From energetic street shows to viral hits, rising Belarusian multigenre group INTELLIGENCY is on a mission to write a truly unique international success story for itself. After exploding on Shazam and TikTok, the band is poised to breakout on a global scale with the release of an english version of their hit single “August”.

Pike & Sutton Release Debut Album ‘Heart Is A Compass’

Pike & Sutton is a partnership, a creative evolution, and a promise fulfilled. Equally anchored by the powerhouse vocals of Pike and the deep textured guitars of Sutton, Heart Is A Compass is both a transformative celebration of the pair’s R&B, soul, and roots influences and an exhilarating call-to-arms for the faithful. Co-produced with Grammy-winner Jim Watts (Emmylous Harris, Jenny Lewis, Kelly Clarkson), the album crackles with passion, vision, and undeniable hip-shaking rhythms.

The Blue Stones Put A Different Side of Their Creativity On Display with New Single “Careless”

The Blue Stones treated fans today with the release of “Careless”, the third single from their highly-anticipated new album due out later this year on Entertainment One (eOne). “Careless” shows a new side of the band, placing singer Tarek Jafar’s soulful voice in the spotlight, complimented by a finessed mix of keys, vibey guitars, 808 kicks and snare. While the band has amassed a considerable following around their brand of dynamic alternative rock, “Careless” is an important track in their creative journey as it showcases their ability to produce music outside of what might be considered their ‘comfort zone’.

SUPER AMERICAN Releases “How Big is Your Brain?”

In a flash of good luck and caffeine jitters, unstoppable duo Super American returned earlier this year with YOBWOC , their most focused work to date. Darting between the jagged pop-punk of their 2017 debut Disposable and the self-aware pop-rock of 2018 smash Tequila Sunrise ultimately created something worthy of being the next chapter in a constantly challenging and mutating discography.

Portland’s Deathlist returns with new album ‘You Won’t Be Here for Long,’

Deathlist is the solo project of Portland-based multi-instrumentalist Jenny Logan, exploring themes of loss, grief, survival, love, and dreams in the vein of New Order, Suicide, and The Jesus and Mary Chain.

Anna Burch’s If You’re Dreaming is out now on Polyvinyl Record Co.

Starting August 1st in Detroit, fans will be able to catch her live with a full band all over North America. Tickets purchased for the previous dates will be honored.

Tartarus Records Announces Tithe LP and Unveils First Single

Emerging from the rain-soaked grey of Portland, Oregon, Tithe is leaving its mark of pummeling auditory exploration. Drawing influence from all over the musical spectrum, Tithe offers a truly unique blend of death, grind, and sludge metal. The trio comes together with their debut full-length album Penance to explore the psychedelic experience and the depravity of human nature. Featuring Matt Eiseman on guitar, Alex Huddleston on bass and Kevin Swartz on drums, Tithe is a force to be reckoned with on the metal circuit and shows no signs of holding back.

Exclusive Track Premiere: “Palindrome” by Tithe


Of the new tune, Young Bombs poignantly declare, “Our whole lives, we used to take the low road. Over the past year, we began taking the middle road. On April 3, 2020, we will finally begin taking the high road.”

Curb Records’ Lee Brice Announces Next Song & Radio Single, “One of Them Girls”

Curb Records recording artist and ACM and CMA award winner Lee Brice announces his next song and radio single, “One of Them Girls.” The song—available next Friday, April 10 on all digital service providers—follows the massive success of his No. 1 smash, “Rumor,” and his duet with Carly Pearce, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which currently holds steady in the Top 15 at Country radio.

Lee Brice Announces Next Song & Radio Single, “One of Them Girls”

Living Dead Stars – New Debut Album Out Now!

Vocalist M. Nox says, “It’s giving us a great sense of achievement being able to release this record with a reputable label, as it’s the culmination of three and half years of really hard work finally being able to be shown to as big an audience as possible.” On what the album means to him, Nox notes, “It’s about seeing the negativity of the world but finding a way to change your circumstances for the betterment of everyone.”

David Haerle Releases “Edendale,” New Single & Music Video Off New Album ‘Death Valley’ Out May 8

“Edendale” first premiered on Glide Magazine, who had this to say about the song: “…a clear standout amongst the album’s fifteen tracks. Bringing to mind the soft-spoken folk of Bill Callahan, ‘Edendale’ is a sunny morsel of acoustic folk that reflects the warm weather and blue skies of the Los Angeles neighborhood it is based on…It is enlightening and soothing to see this footage accompanying a peaceful song during a time when most of us are stuck inside away from the people and places we love.” (4/1/20)

VIDEO PREMIERE: David Haerle Shares Sunny and Simple Folk Tune “Edendale”

Paper Idol Shares “Money For Flowers” Via Grimy Goods

Paper Idol has shared the second single and title track off of his upcoming EP Money For Flowers. “Money For Flowers” was premiered with Grimy Goods, praising, “”Money For Flowers” oozes with all the slick hooks and deeply burrowed angst of the best pop-rock pieces, pulsating with a rambunctious but raw style of storytelling in the vein of Bleachers.”

Paper Idol share another indie-rock banger in the form of “Money For Flowers”

Eighty Ninety Share New Single “Know Me”

On “Know Me”, Abner’s voice floats over Harper’s earthy blend of banjo and acoustic guitar as the track builds to a vibrant pop chorus, complete with 808s and stacked ethereal harmonies. “The song is about loving someone through life’s darker moment and how that kind of love can bring hope, meaning, and maybe even redemption in the face of tragedy,” the brothers explain. “Know Me” stays true to Eighty Ninety’s breezy indie-pop aesthetic while also adding an Americana-inspired flair that feels fresh and new for the band.

[PREMIERE] Eighty Ninety – Know Me


Fredo Bang, the 23-year old Baton Rouge rapper who overcame a Louisiana jail term to generate some of the most viral street anthems of the past year, keeps the momentum going with “Trust Issues,” his new song + video arriving today via Def Jam Recordings. The track is released ahead of Fredo’s third mixtape in 11 months, Most Hated, which boasts features from Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby, and YNW Melly.

Horisont Release Music Video For “Free Riding” Off ‘Sudden Death’

“From the ashes of a personal tragedy, rises the song ‘Free Riding’. A song that slowly builds up and grows on you listen by listen. Musically it takes the listener along the road that took us to where we stand today. You can hear the many different influences coming together to make the HORISONT sound,” states the band about the new release.

Chin Injeti – “Falling” In and Out

Death is one of those things that tears a family apart, and if you come from a good one it brings you back closer together than ever. “Falling” is a song about how I dealt with my father’s death.

It captures something I never expressed to anyone and through doing so accepts that it is okay to fall apart.

The Stolen Release Acoustic Version of “Only In The Night”

New Jersey-based alternative band, The Stolen, has released an acoustic version of their song, “Only In The Night.” The original track is off their debut self-titled LP which was released in May 2019 via Revival Recordings. The stream video is available to view on The Stolen’s Facebook page and the Revival Recordings YouTube channel now.


Ashton Travis is from the best city in the world. He knows he’s biased, but the charming poet-turned-singer from Houston, TX is more than sentimental about his hometown—he has the facts to make his case. “Houston has a strong style and culture, from music, to food, style, the cars we drive, and some of the most beautiful black people in the world; We’re champions in sports, and we put out legendary music acts from DJ Screw to Beyonce to Ashton Travis,” he boasts. To Ashton, being from Houston means having an ear for “slow, loud and banging” beats oozing from the stereos of unhurried cars on gravel roads—vehicles affectionately known as slabs. In that regard, Ashton’s sound is uniquely Houston. You feel it just as much as you hear it, his catchy, soulful melodies over atmospheric production firmly rooting him within a legacy of music talent from the city.



“My current music is about being young, when you’re an adult but there are still enormous mistakes you can make. Introspection is huge for me, and in my new songs I’m trying to be more direct and less esoteric: relationship breakdowns, mental health struggles and drugs, young people struggling, highs and lows, trying to figure it all out.” – Yoste


The track introduces his fiery, flashy, and funky style. Co-produced by Daniel Gleyzer, Eddie personally played every instrument on the track, concocting the pulsating groove and steady beat, composing on guitar, keys, and bass. Meanwhile, his seismic vocal range takes center stage, leaping from breathy verses into a hypnotic chant. It all climaxes on one last mind-bending bass transmission.

New Music This Week – M. Ward, Purity Ring, Thundercat, and More

New Releases for April 3, 2020 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Pokey LaFarge To Release “Rock Bottom Rhapsody” Next Week

Today, FLOOD Magazine has premiered the video for the song “Bluebird.” Lafarge says, “I wanted to write a song that I could see people dancing to at Pacific Parc in Amsterdam. A place where I’ve gone many times with friends to listen and drink and dance to 45’s until dawn.” See the Horatio Baltz-directed video HERE.

Blind Channel premiere music video for “Died Enough For You” on Ghost Cult Magazine, ‘Violent Pop’ out now

The kings of Violent Pop, Blind Channel was formed in 2013. The band plays heavy rock with fresh pop elements, dual vocals, electrifying energy and a massive crossover potential. The band claims to be inspired by Enter Shikari, 30 Seconds to Mars and the early works of Linkin Park.

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO PREMIERE: Blind Channel – “Died Enough For You”