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Nonesuch Releases “Kraftwerk in a Blackout” from Magnetic Fields’ Quickies Today

Nonesuch Records releases the Magnetic Fields’ Quickies on May 15, 2020. The set—due digitally May 15 and on five vinyl EPs and CD on May 29—features twenty-eight new short songs by Stephin Merritt, ranging in length from thirteen seconds to two minutes and thirty-five seconds. A second song from the record, “Kraftwerk in a Blackout,” was released today; a video may be seen here. Another song from the set, “The Day the Politicians Died,” was previously released. Album preorders are available now at the Nonesuch Store, iTunes, and Amazon, where “Kraftwerk in a Blackout” and “The Day the Politicians Died” may be downloaded immediately; both songs are also available to stream at Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and other streaming services. Pre-orders of Quickies from the Nonesuch Store include an exclusive, limited-edition print autographed by Merritt.

Flawes Release “Still Not Ready” Live Performance Video via Red Bull Records

Amidst the current uncertain times ahead of us, Flawes have taken the decision to postpone their upcoming UK headline tour. As a thanks to their fans for all of their constant and dedicated support, the band has released a teaser of what’s to come with a live video of their single “Still Not Ready”, out now via Red Bull Records.

Atreyu Share “Super Hero” Video Featuring M. Shadows + Aaron Gillespie

“Our song ‘Super Hero’ was written about what it’s like to be a parent and the vast amount of time, effort, energy, and hard work it takes to be a real-life superhero for your children,” the band says. “The song also has a broader meaning, especially given the current situation the entire world is dealing with. There are many superheroes out there who appear in many forms — namely the first responders, medical personnel, and health care workers who are putting others first as they work to fight COVID-19 and to save lives. We dedicate this song to them.”


British D&B duo The Prototypes release ‘Oxygen’ feat. Clementine Douglas of Kudu Blue on vocals. The new cut is the second single from their upcoming album, ‘Ten Thousand Feet & Rising’ rescheduled for release on 31st July.

The duo is also planning a series of online residencies, ahead of their live streams The Prototypes just gave us the best quarantine gift by releasing footage of their Let It Roll festival set. Just a glimpse of what we can expect from the yet to be announced album launches the band had to postpone this spring due to COVID-19.

International Recording Artist Jahmiel Release Powerful Single To Uplift The World “Jah Over Everything”

As the world deals with novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our families, people have turned to music or movies to distract themselves. With these unprecedented times of self-isolation and quarantine, the power of the arts to bring laughter, hope or feel good sensation is more important than ever.

BigKlit releases “Boy Bye” video

Provocative rap sensation BigKlit has released her intergalactic sex domination romp of a video for her new song “Boy Bye.” Rocket fueled by propulsive 808s and a bounced out rhythm track, BigKlit is gonna have it her way no matter what dimension she’s landing in. The video was produced by ROT$ Worldwide, green-screen filmed by Jump Into the Light and edited by MJ Whitaker.


“I wrote this song post-breakup after a few months of living completely alone for the first time in my life,” shared Phil. “It was tough, but eventually, I learned to cherish and celebrate being alone. I think a lot of people can relate to those feelings of loneliness and isolation right now more than ever, and it’s so important to find happiness any way you can in these tough times. If dancing by yourself helps, do it.”

neumodel Share “Faster” ft. AKA George Via Earmilk | ‘Rock’ Out April 17th

“Faster” was premiered exclusively with Earmilk praising, “neumodel quickly takes to the dark notes of the decade that defined them, finding the perfect balance between bitterness and privilege. While the use of vocals can often balance out the density of a bass-heavy track, AKA George’s presence does nothing of the kind. Instead, his falsetto cries beckon a warbling bass so heavy, you might have to take a seat just to receive it. ”

Award-winning singer-songwriter Jenny Bruce aka GHOSTE releases new single “Brick by Brick”

Internationally acclaimed, multiple-award winning singer-songwriter, Jenny Bruce, introduces her new artistic identity, GHOSTE. Today, she releases her new single “Brick by Brick”, a defiant declaration of grit and resilience. The track is from her new album, GHOSTE, produced by Matt Anthony, who has worked with Pat Monahan of Train, Darius Rucker, Shinedown, among other major artists. GHOSTE is set to release on October 31, 2020.

R&B artist Sid Tipton – Entitled “Omg You Ain’t Shit”

Sid Tipton was born and raised in Nashville,Tennessee. She began writing and singing before the age of 3. She would sing and rhyme to anything she would hear, from words on a cereal box to passages in the Bible. Determined to succeed, Sid taught herself acoustic guitar and piano, and at age 17 with over 100 original songs, she began the search for her success.

Steve Forbert Releases New Single/Video, Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues”

GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Steve Forbert releases a brand new single on April 3, a cover of Danny O’Keefe’s “Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues.” The track gives fans a preview of Forbert’s forthcoming album, “Early Morning Rain,” his first collection of cover songs since his GRAMMY-nominated release, “Any Old Time,” in 2002. American Songwriter premiered the lyric video earlier today, which includes photos of Forbert throughout his career.

Steve Forbert Premieres “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”

AARA: En Ergô Einai Full-Length From Swiss Atmospheric Black Metal Duo Out Now

En Ergô Einai, the gripping new full-length from Swiss atmospheric black metal duo AARA, is out TODAY via Debemur Morti Productions.

‘Tessy Lou Williams’ Features Dancehall-Ready Country Music

Tessy Lou Williams’ self-titled solo debut features the kind of songs you would want to be playing on a dancehall stage when you walk in or emanating from the jukebox when the band isn’t there. It’s the perfect soundtrack for a two-step or a waltz just the same—or simply sitting back and enjoying well-crafted country music. The album, deeply rooted in traditional influences with Williams’ spin on western culture, is set for release on May 22.

Bass Connoisseur QUIX Exhilarates On Heart Racing Single “Gunning For You”

Weaving Nevve’s dreamlike vocals through a brooding rollercoaster of tensional builds and wonky trap drops, bass connoisseur QUIX exhilarates on the heart racing single “Gunning For You.”

Along with the help of frequent collaborator Nevve, the late night party jam sees QUIX pen a heartfelt song about a desperate love obsession, and arrives following a run of NZ/AUS tour dates in support of his 2019 four-track banger EP, IDK [Vol. 1]. “Gunning For You” serves as a taste of QUIX’s next big project, keeping fans on their toes for unexpected sounds.

Los Rakas & D Smoke Release New Single & Video “Poquito Más”

Grammy-nominated Panamanian duo Los Rakas have returned with a new single titled “Poquito Mas” that will attempt to free you from the craziness that is going on right now in the world. Featuring Rhythm + Flow season one winner D Smoke, “Poquito Mas” follows a string of visual releases from the group’s critically acclaimed album Manes de Negocio.

Venus Furs: “Living in Constant”

Venus Furs is the moniker of Montreal’s Paul Kasner, a multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer and self-described perfectionist. In the preceding years, the act has taken many forms, supporting the likes of The Horrors and The Twilight Sad as Kasner worked on refining and determining exactly what Venus Furs was meant to be. After years of hard work and multiple hurdles, Kasner is on the verge of releasing Venus Furs, a rigorously crafted set of songs that voyage heedlessly through sonic and mental terrain in a way that could only be the product of a single idiosyncratic mind.

Atmospheric Rockers State To State Unveil “Dirty, High-Energy” New Track

Atmospheric alternative rockers State To State (STS) are back with a howling new single that they describe as “a dirty, high-energy song about love and lust.” “Undead Love,” which is the band’s fourth official release and the second from a new collection of songs, will be available on all DSPs starting April 17.

To create the singularly synergetic sound, the critically-acclaimed LA quintet, once again, joined forces with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Plain White T’s, 3 Doors Down) to record the latest material. According to frontman Shea Stratton, “Undead Love” was written in spurts over the course of about three months, leading to its frenetic albeit interconnected tone.

Atmospheric Rockers State To State Unveil “Dirty, High-Energy” New Track

New single from Cannon – Entitled “Conversations”

Cannon is a 21-year-old independent artist from South Carolina who blends strong hip/hop and R&B influences with an organic sound he developed at open mic nights with an old acoustic guitar.


A mosaic of raw rap, alternative experimentation, confessional lyrics, subversive pop, and cinematic vision, the eight-track project introduces him as an eruptive force. On tracks like the infectious opener “Bad For My Health,” he assures, “I break the mold,” before going on to just do that on every subsequent track. Everything culminates on the emotionally charged vigil “Take Me Away.” Over ominous bells and a hi-hat skitter, he admits, “So I tried to go and blame it on my fucking past, now I know that these addictions are my better half.” It proves equally chilling and catchy.

CHVRCHES Release Video for “Forever” (Separate but Together)

CHVRCHES premiere a music video for song “Forever” recorded while isolated in their respective home studios. Placements throughout Netflix’s hit show, Elite, have grown a new audience for the song that was released on their 2018 album, Love Is Dead.

Songs For Screens: How Chvrches Scored a Synch Smash in Netflix’s ‘Elite’ With ‘Forever’


Today, indie songstress Niki Black releases her latest single, “Ego,” from forthcoming full length project Lilith. With a heightened soundscape, this song is not only a study of ego in a general sense, but more specific a feminist rebuttal.

Ruby Singh’s Sufi Hip-Hop Project Jhalaak Release 2nd Single ‘Mustt Mustt’

In a time when Muslims are being persecuted at an alarming rate in India, Jhalaak’s second single, ‘Mustt Mustt’, turns towards India’s pluralistic roots and celebration of the incredible Sufi culture, which is woven into the very fabric of India. This song was made popular by the late great Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Massive Attack. Here, Jhalaak has created a contemporary version that brings together a Muslim family (Chugge, Salim and Khette Khan); Canadian born Sikh rapper Ruby Singh, who delivers thoughtful rap interpretations/translations of the Urdu lyrics; and Hindu master drummer of the Nagara, Solanki Nathu Lal.

Award-Winning Short-Film, Dragon Song, Produced by John Carter Cash, To Be Released Worldwide on April 10

Filmed on location in Oregon and Tennessee, the fictional film is based on the aftermath of the civil war. Survivors Lamberic White and Spiney Shamblins remain lost in the ongoing chaos of a living hell. Lamberic, enraged by Spiney’s drunken abuse of his wife Veronica, responds with grim measures, leading to momentous consequence. Produced by John Carter Cash and April Kimbrell, the film features appearances by John’s wife and recording artist, Ana Cristina Cash, his son Joseph Cash, chart-topping singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson.

Adam Hartshorn – Track: Mere Men

Hartshorn grew up in Washington State, and Utah, but his imagination was born in their mountains. He draws inspiration for his songs from the outdoors, friends, and stories. Mainly a solo performer, he plays the guitar, harmonica, piano and various household items to express the feeling of his songs.

The Unlikely Candidates Release New Track “Invincible” Today

“Novocaine” skyrocketed in popularity since the release of the music video, which has nearly 20 million views on YouTube. On top of “Novocaine’s” radio success, the track was one of Vevo’s “Most Watched Alternative Video List”, featured in the season 4 trailer of HULU’s popular TV show Veronica Mars, and on Now That’s What I Call Music.

Endless Forms premiere “Everything Still Waits For Me”

Earlier today, Tulsa-based project Endless Forms released their latest single, “Everything Still Waits For Me,” a month ahead of the release of their upcoming third album, More Than Candy, on May 8th.

VANESSA SKANTZE: Captured Howls Premieres “River”

Writhing Treasure Feast is a soundtrack to SKANTZE’s solo dance exploration. Here, SKANTZE explores the sounds of the fierce beauty, pain, resourcefulness, and resurrection of the land, the people, the creatures, and elements of the original Americas, dancing with the gods of Mexico, North America, and Haiti primarily. Writhing Treasure Feast draws from the artist’s travels to Mexico and Haiti, her experience and initiation into a Vodou Sosyete (community) in New Orleans, and her residency in Seattle, the traditional land of the Duwamish People.

Vanessa Skantze Premieres Emotionally Gripping New Soundscape — Listen Here!

Instrumental Rockers Unconditional Arms Release ‘Formation LP’- Out Today

Oakland, CA post-rock band Unconditional Arms has released the new album ‘Formation’ via Bay Area indie label Sell The Heart Records – run by Andy Pohl of Tsunami Bomb.

Unconditional Arms is a brainchild of musician Jeff Wright (The American Scene, Compltr). The band also consists of drummer Ross Traver and features musicians Randy Staat, Christopher Sturm, Tyler Thalken, Julie Lydell (who plays piano on “Westbrae Sunrise”), and Scott Goodrich.