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David Haerle – The Free Show (Official Music Video)

Elmore Magazine wrote: “The video and premise of ‘The Free Show’ work together as well as any video we’ve seen, and may well alter the listener’s outlook on the world surrounding him or her. That may be a bold claim, but check it out.”

Roxy Girls share new single ‘Dirtier’

Today, Sunderland post-punk 4-piece Roxy Girls return with the announcement of their frenetic new single ‘Dirtier’. The single is taken from their new EP ‘A Wealth Of Information’, which is due out 5th June 2020 via Moshi Moshi Records.

Zoltan Bathory of Five Finger Death Punch honors fallen Nevada Highway Patrol Officer

Last Friday, on April 10th, 2020 Zoltan Bathory, founding guitarist of global multi-platinum rock band Five Finger Death Punch has visited state troopers with the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) in Las Vegas just 2 weeks after fellow state trooper Sgt Ben Jenkins was tragically murdered while assisting a stranded motorist in Ely, Nevada.

Being a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada Bathory is a major supporter of his local law enforcement, as well as law enforcement throughout the country. He frequently visits police departments to talk with officers and discuss various topics affecting law enforcement.

Smoke Fairies Release Surprise Single Today

Smoke Fairies have surprised fans by releasing an exclusive and unheard new track ‘No Matter How This Goes, Just Make Sure That You’re Kind.’ Recorded with producer Phil Ek in Seattle last year for their recent critically acclaimed Darkness Brings The Wonders Home album, the track was initially held back. However, the band, Jessica Davies & Katherine Blamire, feel the song to be so pertinent to the current world health crisis they wanted to share its message of love. The track is out today via all digital platforms:

Jake Beck – Always Be My Home – “Back Then”

The track stemmed from reflecting on a few years I spent living in the Middle East in what would have otherwise been a long distance relationship.

Detroit Rock Duo The Messenger Birds Release Haunting Video For Timely New Single “Play Dead (Just For Tonight)”

With the uncertain times we are living in, there are bands like Detroit alt-rock noisemakers The Messenger Birds who have just the right words to say in songs like “Play Dead (Just For Tonight).” Today, the power-packed duo debuted the poignant single and video that touch on current themes with provocative visuals and a strong message delivered through a refined musical tone.

Dougie Poole (Wharf Cat) premieres warped country anthem “Vaping On The Job”

Dougie Poole, the Brooklyn-based country musician and songwriter, will be a familiar name to many in the DIY music scene. After coming of age in Providence, Rhode Island Poole has long had ties to several artists in the experimental music scene including Jerry Paper with whom he toured nationally while playing in Paper’s live band, and in 2019 he appeared on the Drugdealer album Raw Honey, drawing praise from Pitchfork for his “sad-eyed Elvis croon” on the track “Wild Motion.”


Lil Keed drops off a new track and music video for “New Dealings” via 300 Entertainment. The quarantine style video shows a blend of in-home shots alongside footage from his headlining North American tour last year. As of recently, Keed’s singles “HBS” and “Snake” off of his debut album Long Live Mexico have gone viral on Tik Tok generating new dance crazes. Last year, Buzzfeed named “HBS” one of the “top ten dances on Tik Tok” and “Snake” follows closely behind with over a million video creates to date. Ready to start a new chapter, Lil Keed is also gearing up to release his new project Trapped On Cleveland 3 this year.

L.A.’s Opus Vitae shares conflicted new rock song “Carry The Weight”

“Carry The Weight” does in fact carry a lot of weight; emotions run high and mounting tension is evident. Though Banah had a few different themes in mind that came together in writing this, further interpretations from the subconscious have come to light over time. Even now with the quarantine and how the American government is dealing with everything, the song feels more present than ever.

Follow Me Dark Shows Off A Range Of Styles With The Release Of Their Debut EP “Stars Collide”

Grass Valley-based Alt Rock/Metal band Follow Me Dark packages their first four singles in their debut EP “Stars Collide”. Not too shy to push the limits of genre, “Stars Collide” includes a range of haunting, groovy & anthemic tracks. Collecting “As She Feeds”, “Entwined”, “Ancient Ones” and the title track “Stars Collide”, fans are in for a treat when they hear the dynamic progression of growth from the fall of 2019 to now.

Permanent Collection announces new LP & shares “Blurring The Lines” video via The Alternative

Permanent Collection is the moniker Jason Hendardy has made music under since 2010. Most would probably classify the music as post-punk, alternative, a surprising mess of noise, or too loud if you were a sound guy at a show between 2010-2013.

ICON OF EVIL: Selfmadegod Records To Release New EP From Polish Death Metal Act In May

With former and current members of Evil, Infekcja, Wojtyla, Creeping Corrupt, Poltergeist, and more in its lineup, ICON OF EVIL has delivered their brand of damaging metal since forming in 2011. Drawing comparisons to the likes of Bolt Thrower, Hail Of Bullets, Asphyx, Benediction, and Massacre, the band has issued splits with The Bold And The Beautiful and The Dead Goats in addition to their 2013-released debut album, Syfilis Mentalis.

Cheap Cuts Presents “Check Your Phone” ft. Pete Wentz – Out Now

It’s a device that has become an extension of our most personal selves. An entryway to the entire world, as both participant and spectator, at the palm of our hands. Leaving home without it is unthinkable. The desire for that new notification. The constant, almost involuntary and compulsive need to keep up to date.

Swiss metalcore outfit Divergency premiered alternate version of the single “Mask”

A couple of months after the official release of their new album ‘Cassandre’, Swiss metalcore outfit Divergency just shared an alternate “lockdown” version of the single “Mask” available right now on YouTube.

In addition to this news, ‘Cassandre’, is still available on CD & Digital editions through Bandcamp and the main legal platforms (Apple Music, Deezer, Spotify…) + full-streaming on Bandcamp and YouTube.

LA-based indie pop/r&b Rituals of Mine share “Symmetry”

Rituals of Mine is the emotionally dense electronic recording project of Los Angeles-based songwriter Terra Lopez and live percussionist Adam Pierce. Inspired by ’90s trip-hop, footwork, and downtempo R&B, Rituals of Mine has crafted a uniquely heavy sound that fuels its cathartic and uplifting performances. For the past decade that Lopez has been actively crafting music, multimedia art, and poetry, she has always seen her creative output as a necessary therapy.


Singer-songwriter and pop artist Johnny Orlando unveiled his brand new single “See You” this morning via Universal Music Canada and Island Records. Co-written by acclaimed songwriters Geoff Warburton (Shawn Mendes, renforshort, Chase Rice), Sam Fischer (Demi Lovato, Keith Urban, Jessie J), Derik Baker (Virginia to Vegas) and Mike Wise (Allie X, bülow, Dvbbs), who also produced the track in collaboration with Orlando this past January, the song is about still having feelings for someone after a break-up and wanting to see them.

Legendary Punk-Gospel-Noise outfit ONO Release New Single: “Coon”

Today ONO is releasing a new single, titled “Coon”. Premiered yesterday by AFROPUNK, the track recalls the racist slur that appeared on signs and was uttered by white people around Chicago neighborhoods in the year 1919.

Jaime Wyatt To Release “Neon Cross” May 29th

The 11-song set was produced by the two-time Grammy Award winning producer Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker) and is her New West Records debut. The album features Jennings on the song “Hurt So Bad” and Neal Casal on guitar, harmonica, and wurlitzer in one of his final recordings before his death in August of 2019. Neon Cross is the anticipated follow up to Wyatt’s 2017 Felony Blues EP, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone Country, Vice/Noisey, Wide Open Country and more.

Tim Burgess (of the Charlatans) Shares New Track “Laurie”

Of the track Burgess says: “Laurie is a love letter to the future from the past. An uplifting view of the world, written about a time when it’s hard to find positivity, but when you need optimism more than anything else.” The colorful part-animated video is directed by Callum Scott-Dyson and with filmed content by Nik Colk Void.

World-renowned Roots Rock Violinist SCARLET RIVERA new EP “All of Me” – out this Friday 4/17/20

World-renowned violinist and composer Scarlet Rivera blazed the trail for rock violinists when she was featured on Bob Dylan’s legendary Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. Today, she proudly presents her vocal debut album, All of Me. The 6-track EP is Scarlet’s 12th solo body of work and is set to release on April 17, 2020 on Bright Sun Records.

Americana singer/songwriter Jesse Lynn Madera blends her country/soul – “Fortunes”

The album features a duet with critically acclaimed actor John Hawkes and Australian-born, LA-based singer/songwriter Joel Taylor. Madera produced a bulk of the the album herself, with some help from Paul Redel (mixing on Leslie Odom’s recent album and engineered the 2017 ZZ Ward album), mixing by Ryan Hewitt (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Sheryl Crow), mastered by Eric Boulanger of The Bakery Studios (Hozier, Randy Newman, Harry Connick, Jr, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young) and featuring incredible strings by Stevie Blacke (Pink, Chris Stapleton, Rihanna).

FUNERAL LEECH: Decibel Streams Death Meditation Full-Length From New York City

Decibel Magazine is currently streaming Death Meditation, the debut full-length from New York City-based death/doom merchants FUNERAL LEECH in its delightfully putrid entirety. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, April 17th via Carbonized Records.

Full Album Stream: Funeral Leech – ‘Death Meditation’

Breaking Pop Artist, Miles Hardt releases his Debut Album “Running Out Of Time”

This release is following the success of his Debut EP “Medicinal” which has been stremed 6 million + times. This album features his hit singles “Long Ago”, “Dizzy” & “Running Out Of TIme” which have broken him into top pop charts and playlists across all DSPS. Miles is also giving us a handfull of fresh tracks to get us through this special time with songs like “Only One” & “After All”. There is something for everyone on this record, from dance/pop anthems you would hear at a festival to intimate singer-songwriter tunes that just warm the soul.

SANDMOON Shares Evocatively Moody Video for Forthcoming Single “EMPTY”

Centered around lush layers of gently fuzzy guitars, shimmering and atmospheric synths and Arslanian’s tender vocals, and gorgeous layered harmonies, the Beirut-based indie rock quartet’s latest single manages to recall — to my ears, at least —’Stories From The City, Stories From the Sea’-era PJ Harvey. But at its core, Sandmoon’s latest single is imbued with an aching longing. Joy of Violent Movement on “Angel” –

“Nothing but a Nightmare Releases Alt/Pop Jam”

The band just released their latest single “Living in a Lie”, now streaming on all platforms. They also announced that their second studio album “Kleptomania” will be out in Summer 2020 along with the return of original bass player Clayton Malaney. The Philadelphia based rock band in the U.S. has seen many high’s including opening up for Andy Grammer and OBB in 2019 along with releasing their first studio album “Nostalgia”. They hope for long term success in the future.”

Gulp’s video for “My Girl From Liverpool”

The Gulps, a London-based group of young provocateurs famed for fusing furious indie rock with catchy power pop, hail from three corners of Europe and the Middle East. The band, formed of Harry All (Vocals), Charlie Green (Guitar), Franco Buffone (Guitar), Simon Mouchard (Bass) & Raoul Khayat (drums), are looking for press from reputable media outlets to support their video “My Girl From Liverpool” –