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Steep Canyon Rangers Albums See Wide Release

Today, GRAMMY award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers see the wide release of their recent albums: North Carolina Songbook is now available at all digital service providers and Be Still Moses available on CD/LP.

Recorded at the 2019’s MerleFest, North Carolina Songbook features eight songs that weave a path through North Carolina musical history. Adding their own unmistakable style to each track, the band reinterprets the work of cross-generational NC icons, including Elizabeth Cotten, Doc Watson, Ben E King, James Taylor, Tommy Jerrell, Ola Belle Reed, and Thelonious Monk. The album was initially released as a 2019 Record Store Day Black Friday exclusive and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.


It’s full of quintessential TeaMarrr energy and will be featured in the season 4 premiere episode of the award-winning HBO series INSECURE, this Sunday, April 12th at 10P (ET). The show always highlights today’s brightest stars in music and is curated exclusive by Issa Rae, the show’s music supervisor Kier Lehman, and Raedio President, Benoni Tagoe. “Cool Enough” is the first track from TeaMarrr’s forthcoming major label EP debut Just A Sip…, due for a summer release.

Donovan Woods releases new video for ‘Grew Apart’ today!

“Grew Apart” follows Woods’ deeply personal “While All The While,” a track co-written alongside Lori McKenna. Cumulatively, Woods’ songs have earned more than 130 million streams and more than 1 million monthly listeners. Woods’ independently released song “Portland, Maine” was recently Certified GOLD in Canada.


Rapper YSN Flow releases his new mixtape FLOW $ZN today via Republic Records. The 12-track tape includes features from Justin Rarri, Lil Tjay, Quando Rondo and YSN Jayo.

Ali Holder Confronts ‘Uncomfortable Truths’ on New Album

We each have unique fibers that weave, twist and turn to make up the person we are. Some can be a little ragged, a little worn, a little less than what we expected they would be — the parts of our brains and bodies that require a little extra care. Uncomfortable Truths, out today, finds singer-songwriter Ali Holder facing these pieces of her own story head-on.

Ali Holder Is Unapologetic on ‘Uncomfortable Truths’

Karma Kids Drop New Single “Matrix”featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup

Indianapolis’ Karma Kids has dropped a new single “Matrix” featuring Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. The track appears on the trio’s upcoming album “Dystopian Dream Part Two: Land of the Free” available April 17. Part one of the double album “Dystopian Dream Part One: American Mind” dropped Feb 21.

Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons premiere “Under A Vampire Moon”, new LP in June

Earlier today, cult NY act Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons premiered “Under The Vampire Moon” via Jammerzine with the announcement of their new record out in June.

“Part guitar rock, part punk, part alt,” Jammerzine’s Ryan Martin raves. “This is refreshing to say the least.”

PARTS PER MILLION Release Impactful Video for Their Single “2020 VISION”

PARTS PER MILLION have released their new music video for single “2020 Vision.” The single is off of their upcoming EP titled The Cycle due out this spring. The video shows how effective a tool media can be in the hands of the most influential and powerful in society. Bias on certain channels can sway opinions toward certain sides or ideas while behind the scenes the strings are being pulled by all of the same influencers. Meant to inspire people to ask more questions about what they’re being told across all platforms of media, the video seeks to unite instead of divide.


The new blood of Santa Cruz hardcore punk and recent Revelation Records signees, Drain have released their debut for the label, California Cursed, today. In celebration, the band has premiered a performance video for the album’s title track. Frontman Sam Ciaramitaro comments: “The music video embodies everything that Drain is about. We encourage everyone to feel free and to do whatever they want/be whoever they really are when they see us.”

Video Premiere: Drain – ‘California Cursed’

Watch the Jacka in “Cherish Me,” His Latest Posthumous Video Release

With his raspy voice and streetwise lyricism, few rappers command love and respect like the late Cali legend, the Jacka. A celebration of his life and career featuring some of his friends and artists, the Jacka’s presence returns in “Cherish Me,” a new music video. A deeply soulful mob anthem, “Cherish Me” finds the Jacka dwelling on his own mortality and imploring his fans and friends to love him while he’s still around: “Guess I won’t be here forever/Better cherish me/In the same game where real n****s perish away.” The new video collects archival images of the Jacka, intercut with clips of his friends, including 2 of the 3 members of Jacka’s Artist Records label, guest rappers Dubb 20 and Street Knowledge, reminiscing about the man in a secluded bar and at the intersection of 94th and MacArthur, where a fan painted a mural in Jacka’s memory. “Cherish Me” is the second video from Murder Weapon, the Jacka’s recently released posthumous album, following the vibrant video for album highlight “Ask God.”

Lili Kendall Shares New Single “third degree love crimes” || Debut Album ‘love, herself’ Out April 22

On April 22nd, pop/R&B artist and songwriter Lili Kendall will release her debut project, love, herself, a transformative and healing body of work that chronicles womanhood, self-empowerment, love, and life. Today, Lili presents the final pre-release single, “third degree love crimes” alongside the love, herself pre-order.

Alt-Pop Singer/Producer Mima Good Shares “Sad Club Night” with Audiofemme

Brooklyn based Anti-Pop artist Mima Good just shared her bouncy new single “Sad Club Night” with Audiofemme. The singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist has been working on an exploratory, genre-bending collection of songs for the past year in her home studio. From a closet vocal booth covered in red velvet, Mima playfully serenades her microphone with youthful woes from a troubled world.

PREMIERE: Mima Good Teases Debut LP With “Sad Club Night” Single

OUT NOW: Shadow of Doubt by Americana/Folk band, Satin Nickel

Satin Nickel began as a collaboration between Samantha Aneson (vocals, guitar, banjo) and fellow songwriter Morgan Hollingsworth (vocals, guitar, mandolin). Combining Hollingsworth’s aggressive approach to the Americana narrative with Aneson’s sentimental and introspective approach to folk music, they found their contrasting styles complemented each other, forming a powerful dichotomy, smooth as satin and hard as a nickel. In the winter of 2018, they met fellow theater artists Nikola Balac (drums) and Ariana Karp (cello) and released their debut self-titled EP. Adding bassist Andrew Shewaga to the group, Satin Nickel became a full-bodied quintet and recorded Shadow of Doubt.

Horisont To Release New Album ‘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.

Electro-Rock Duo, Satellite Mode Releases Fiery New Track, “Click Now”

Technology is always stalking us, lurking in the background and informing a lot of how we interact with the world. We are so attached to our devices that they’re becoming extensions of ourselves, in turn disconnecting us from one another in this age of massive connectivity.

Raye Zaragoza – Entitled “Fight Like a Girl”

Raye Zaragoza shares, “It’s about how ‘fighting like a girl’ means something different to every female identifying person out there. It is about the resilience of women of color, and all women. It is time for feminism to include all women – Indigenous, Immigrant, Trans, and all those marginalized for their identities. This is the time for intersectional feminism and the youth will lead the way!”

OUT TODAY: Ezra Jordan drops new EP “Cheap Therapy”

Now, Ezra Jordan finds himself fully recovered, fully honed, and fully ready to launch into his next musical chapter – releasing his very first solo EP as a piano playing, singing-songwriting Canadian rockstar. With a strong musical background, killer talent, and a heartwarming story of resilience and strength, Ezra is set to top charts and win hearts the world over.


“‘Man Of Hate’ is an ode to an Elizabethan play set before Lord Misery and Lady Destiny and their court,” explains JARBOE. “The scenes are described by the narrator and the actors chime in, including cherubs who repeatedly sing true love in the face of hate. As the audience shouts bravo, all are beheaded.”

Once & Future Band Share New LP Via BrooklynVegan

Today, Once & Future Band have shared their latest album, Deleted Scenes via Castle Face Records. The album was shared via BrooklynVegan and given four stars by All Music, praising, “Throughout, playful detailing including effects breathes even more life into already-vibrant creations. The trio — singer/keyboardist/guitarist Joel Robinow, bassist/guitarist Eli Eckert, and drummer/technician Raj Ojha — who had played together in various incarnations in the Bay Area before forming Once & Future Band, not only sound like a veteran arena combo here but offer the material to make them shine”.

Ibranovski Pens Love Letter to Japan via Charming Single “Kawaii”

Cutesy Japanese-inspired lullabies collide with unexpected samples and classic four-on-the-floor bass house via Ibranovski’s charming “Kawaii.”

“Kawaii” arrives following Ibranovski’s recent Dim Mak debut single “Mi Eye,” off the back of a phenomenal 2019, which saw the Dutch producer play a series of life-changing shows in Japan.


Over glitchy cinematic production, the artist’s instantly recognizable voice takes hold. Claustrophobic verses practically collide with a hard-hitting, yet hypnotic hook. These “Lonely Vibes” might just provide the perfect antidote to quarantine isolation. It’s catchy, cathartic, and classic Shy Glizzy. Be on the lookout for the premiere of the music video very soon.


“In the video, I invite a guy I’ve been talking to online, to one of my performances and right off the bat, I notice he’s a flirt with every girl he sees, so I’m like “nope” and tell him that I don’t need his False Illusions!” says Sarah.

Paul Vernet – ‘Three Chords’

“Here’s a feel good song about the value of simplicity. The video was shot at Lock-down Central, but a sunny day under lock-down is still a sunny day! Check out “Three Chords”.” Thanks – Paul

Fearing’s “Shadow” LP Out Today on Funeral Party!

The Big Takeover says album opener, “Catacombs”, “sweeps by with a cantering bass line, sharper guitar lines, and propulsive drumming. Swirls of synths break out, creating a dreamy atmosphere amid the heaviness of the bass line. Noir sing-talking vocals take on a dispassionate tone that bleakly speak of the futility of it all.”

Vanyaland says “perhaps nothing better reflects our gloomy times trapped within walls than Shadow.”

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.

Eamon McGrath – “Yellow Sticker”

Eamon’s new single, “Yellow Sticker,” is about clandestine evil and mimics an Appalachian, bluegrass style, which mirrors the common country music lyrical traditions of singing about Satan and a fear of the unexplainable.

Chart-topper Brian Culbertson drops his twentieth album, “XX”

Instead of being on stage in Pittsburgh Friday night, one week into a planned 70+-date coast-to-coast concert tour set up to launch his milestone twentieth album release, the aptly titled “XX” (Roman numerals for twenty), R&B/jazz/funk multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson will be home, marking the occasion by hanging out with a glass of wine and entertaining fans via his popular Facebook Live broadcast “Friday Night Studio Hang” (8pm ET/5pm PT).


The track showcases her astonishing vocal range over a sweeping soundscape of nocturnal piano and neon production. Meanwhile, her storytelling takes center stage as she
conjures vivid imagery of an endless evening in love.

New Music This Week – The Strokes, John Anderson, Maddie & Tae, and More

New Releases for April 10, 2020 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Adrian Benegas (Tragul) releases new video ft. Herbie Langhans (Avantasia)

Composer and keyboardist Adrian Benegas is pleased to share a brand new video of his song THE REVENANT from his debut album. Its a special quarantine edition video featuring the band, Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia) on vocals, paraguayan musicians Diego Bogarin on guitar and bass, and Seba Ramirez on drums.

COUCHELLA TUNE IN: Coachella Documentary Streaming Free on YouTube

The feature film two decades in the making opens up the vault for the very first time to present the performances and behind-the-scenes stories that shaped the music festival. The film gives a rare look at Coachella’s colorful beginning, presents exclusive, never-before-seen footage and interviews, and features key performances from some of the biggest names in music, including Billie Eilish, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Madonna, Travis Scott, BLACKPINK, LCD Soundsystem, Rage Against The Machine, Pixies, Swedish House Mafia, Jane’s Addiction, Björk, The White Stripes, Moby, Beck, Radiohead and more.

EllMatic & MpDrees24 “One Step At A Time” [Video Submission]

With the “One Step At A Time” video single Ellmatic and beatsmith MpDrees24 annouce the release of their “Practice Makes Perfect” album. Expect nothing but sixteen original 90’s-infected boombap rap tracks with guest spots by the likes of BlabberMouf, Christmaz, Ntan, Malev Da Shinobi and other like-minded artists.