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Car Seat Headrest debut new track “Hollywood” with video, new album out May 1 on Matador

“This song is about Hollywood as a place where people go to make their fantasies come to life, and they end up exploiting other people and doing terrible things to maintain their fantasy,” says bandleader Will Toledo, whose alter ego Trait appears in the video in animated form. “There’s this terror you’re going to lose the fantasy, and you’re going to have to face the facts, and some people will do anything to avoid facing that. It’s about that fear, and the pain of being subjugated to someone else’s fantasy against your will, and it’s all tied together under this banner of this physical location of Hollywood that we all know about and dream about, but none of us really want to think about what is going on behind the scenes there.”

US doom metal trio CURSE THE SON return with new album ‘Excruciation’ this June 12th on Ripple Music

Connecticut-based doom metal trio CURSE THE SON debut “Suicide By Drummer, the intoxicating debut single taken from their fourth album ‘Excruciation’, due out June 12th on Ripple Music.

Curse the Son Premiere “Suicide by Drummer”; Confirm June 12 Release for Excruciation

The Angry Lisas – Stonewaller single + video

“I’ve always had a really hard time letting go of things. There are these momentsthat stick in my brain that are really hard for me to stop thinking about. I overanalyze everything, every detail.” For Sean Taylor, principal songwriter of Portland-based indie-rock outfit The Angry Lisas, there are many reasons why history will not let him go.

AETHER REALM Releases Third New Track and Video, “Guardian”

Melodic death metal masters AETHER REALM recently announced the upcoming release of their mind-boggling upcoming full-length album, Redneck Vikings From Hell, out May 1, 2020 via Napalm Records. With their new album, the band improves upon their already distinctive sound that’s been astonishing fans since day one – taking listeners on a stupefying rollercoaster ride of death metal, thrash and even neo-classical shred.

Revenge Premiere New Song “Self Segregation (System Torched)” via CVLT Nation

Extreme black metal titans REVENGE have partnered with CVLT Nation to release “Self Segregation (System Torched),” the second new single from their upcoming full-length, ‘Strike.Smother.Dehumanize.’ The album is out on May 22 via Season of Mist Underground Activists!

FTW! Exclusive REVENGE Stream of “Self Segregation (System Torched)

Indie-Pop Whiz RENCE Releases “Tears In December” 

The track begins with creaky guitar and echoey beats as his breathy vocals exhale confessional verses. The energy organically blooms into the quotable refrain—”Sick of the sound of my heart hitting the ground”—before the vibe turns on a dime into a lonely late night dancefloor singalong. The song takes inspiration from Rence’s own journey and come-up, having made the decision in December of 2019 to move from New York to Los Angeles.

Courtney Marie Andrews debuts “Burlap String”

More than a decade ago, I would travel from my home in Phoenix, Arizona to a quirky little historic Mexican border town in the southeastern hills of Arizona called Bisbee. In Bisbee, all the musicians play in old saloons, making a small, but honest living off of tip jars. This special place became my haven as an artist. The entire town is ripe with characters and creativity. During my visits there, I befriended a local musician couple, whose moniker was Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl. They became my DIY musician mentors, being fifteen years older than me, and showing me it was possible to pay rent off of playing music. I adored them, and we did lots of shows together throughout my early twenties. About five years ago now, they both died unexpectedly within twenty-four hours of each other. Losing them was a devastating blow. They were a large part of the Arizonan community. I still go back to Bisbee often, as it’s where my heart belongs in many ways. During one of my visits a couple years ago, I discovered a special place called Young Blood Hill. It’s a hike to a sacred and rocky peak, littered with catholic influenced memorials, shrines and crosses. It turned out to be a place where many of my personal revelations happened, so naturally I chose to shoot the album cover for Old Flowers there. Unknowingly, while shooting the album cover under the last full moon of the decade, Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl’s memorial ended up in many of the press shots. When showing them to someone in town, they remarked how sweet it was that Amy and Derrick made it into those photos. It came as a beautiful gift and surprise, for I was unaware it was their memorial at the time. With that gift, I decided to shoot my music video for ‘Burlap String’ on Young Blood Hill. By the end of the video, I am placing flowers on Derrick and Amy’s memorial, as a way of reckoning with their loss and each loss we grieve throughout our lifetime. Though this song was written for one of the great loves of my own lifetime, I wish to place flowers on heartbreak’s memorial as well.”

Jackboy Announces 4/24 Self-Titled Project, Applies “Pressure” With His Latest Single

Featuring appearances from his friend and Sniper Gang boss Kodak Black, and an all-star lineup of guest rappers including YFN Lucci, Casanova, Blac Youngsta, and Warhol.SS, JACKBOY arrives on April 24th via Sniper Gang/EMPIRE.

Pray For Sleep Promote Mental Health Awareness Month

On May 1, Pray For Sleep will self-issue the digital release of their debut album, Behind Our Eyes, which aims to bolster a generation racked by anxiety, depression and suicide with a message of solidarity and a cathartic roar on 10 powerful songs. The digital release features two unreleased tracks—“Blood Is Not Blue” and “Off Track”—as well as a new acoustic version of anchor single “Scream Back.”

COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS – Reveals single: ‘Burlap String’

Produced by Andrew Sarlo (Bon Iver, Big Thief), Old Flowers was recorded at Sound Space Studio and features only three musicians: Andrews (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano), Twain’s Matthew Davidson (bass, celeste, mellotron, pedal steel, piano, pump organ, wurlitzer, background vocals) and Big Thief’s James Krivchenia (drums, percussion).

Squarepusher premieres new video for “Detroit People Mover”

There had long been an intention to shoot a video for this piece on the Detroit People Mover itself, the neglected mass transit system in the US city from which the track takes its name. As production got under way, it was apparent that the typically empty train has a peculiar resonance with the desolation settling on urban areas across the world. Director Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman explores our new-found isolation on a driver-less journey through the city, contrasting it with human contact in images from Detroit’s history produced by an correspondingly autonomous printer.

Chicago’s Ganser premiere new video for “Lucky” via FLOOD

“‘Lucky’ is a commentary on personal feelings of inadequacy and how these feelings can often result in unhealthy or extreme behaviors. Especially now, as we are in a time of uncertainty, it feels like we have even less control over what is happening to and around us. Isn’t it shitty when things don’t work out the way we’d hoped?!” – Nadia Garofalo

Three Days Grace Release New Music Video For “Strange Days”

Three Days Grace, the internationally acclaimed and multi-platinum certified Canadian band, today release their music video for “Strange Days,” off their latest album Outsider. “We’re excited to share the new music video for “Strange Days”, a song about sticking together, supporting each other, and keeping your head up and carrying on during scary and uncertain times. We hope these strange days are over soon and until then please stay safe and look out for one another.”

Magnetic Fields Release “(I Want to Join A) Biker Gang”

“Merritt can be relied upon to pack more wit into two minutes than most songwriters manage in an album, as proved by his new five-EP box set of short songs, Quickies. Here, we find him subverting the stereotypes of the motorbike gang: “I will be known henceforth as Fang…”” —Uncut

The Mommyheads create animated Rotoscope video at home for new song

“Indie pop vanguards The Mommyheads have continued to reappear at the most opportune times following their groundbreaking experimental indie-pop years of 1989-1998.

Experimental sounds would mix with flawless harmonies in their songs which would later inadvertently appear in the realm of Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors.

Perhaps The Mommyheads were 20 years ahead of their time, but now is the perfect time to enjoy their creative contributions.” – Glide

VIDEO PREMIERE: The Mommyheads Return With Captivating Rotoscope Animated “SpeakerHeart” To Benefit Rising Ground

New Signing: Ten Kills The Pack, Debut EP ‘Force Majeure’ Out May 15

Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of Toronto-based “city songwriter” Ten Kills The Pack (aka Sean Sroka). His debut EP, Force Majeure (out May 15th), is a series of definitive moments delivered through artful songcraft and organic instrumentation as he defines “city folk” as a genre. These songs were crystallized through recording sessions held in multiple Toronto high-rises, where the sights, sounds and shapes of the city were woven into the music.

-(16)- Announces New Album Dream Squasher

-(16)- returns with their new album, Dream Squasher. Set for release June 5th via Relapse Records, Dream Squasher is a testament to the power of loss, its every moment casting the San Diego outfit into deeper, darker depths.

Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean – Watch the Official “This Storm” Music Video

As sisters in song, we have decided to collaborate for the first time together on an offering to you, entitled “This Storm.” Though born from self-isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, this is truly a medicine song for the ages.

UCPAC Hosts Virtual Stage for UnCancelled Music Festival

This is the venue in Rahway, New Jersey, that brings you the ProgStock Festival (ProgStock.com) every October. Now UCPAC is bringing music right into your home, during this crazy time of isolation, by way of the UnCancelled Music Festival. UCPAC is hosting a virtual stage for the festival and bringing you some great shows from artists performing live in their homes or home studios. Ann Rinaldi (ACR Management) from ProgStock Festival is curating the talent for the stage.

Joshua Crumbly Releases New Single “Noah” – Debut Album ‘Rise’ Out May 15

Today, bassist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Crumbly released “Noah,” the second single from his debut album Rise (out May 15 via Open Book Records). So far the album has been praised by Hypebeast, Indieshuffle, Jazziz, and Earmilk, who said “with the LP’s gorgeous second single ‘Noah,’ the up-and-coming bassist offers a deeper view into the emotional depth and communal feel of the forthcoming project.”

Art Of Shock Premieres “Dark Angeles” Music Video with Lambgoat

“We got lucky! We shot the ‘Dark Angeles’ video right before the quarantine started. Several people from our crew bailed out last minute, understandably. We thought for a second that it wasn’t going to happen. Luckily for us, the most essential people soldiered on and we got it done,” states Art Of Shock frontman Art Geezar about the music video.

British Hard-rockers The Baskervilles release ‘Got Your Back’

While uncertainty distills throughout the live-music industry and beyond, British rock outfit The Baskervilles are lacing up to strike with some much needed musical empowerment; their Spring 2020 release ‘Got Your Back’.

Joshua Van Tassel Releases New Video

“There’s a lot of really ugly shit happening in the world,” says Joshua Van Tassel, “and I wanted to make a really beautiful album.”

Like the instrument that inspired it, the Ondes Martenot, Van Tassel’s Dance Music: Volume 2 is elegant and expressive, the score to a movie inside your head.

Watch/Listen: Lila Iké Drops “I Spy” + Announces Debut EP via RCA Records

On the heels of her freshly-inked signing to RCA Records—in conjunction with In.Digg.Nation Collective and Six Course Records —”I Spy” is Lila Iké’s inaugural single through the major label and serves as a prelude to her debut 7-track EP The ExPerience, which will be released May 15.

CANNABIS CORPSE Hosts 4/20 Gimme Radio “Wake and Bake” Special 💨

Weed lovers have been blessed with an entire month of 4/20 this year and what better way to celebrate the high holidaze than with stoner death metal icons CANNABIS CORPSE! The band will be hosting a very special two-hour “Wake and Bake” show via Gimme Radio on April 20 at 8:00 A.M. PDT // 11:00 A.M. EDT // 17:00 CEST. Bassist/vocalist Phil “Landphil” Hall hand selected some of his favorite tunes and will be present for a live Q&A and to talk all things weed and metal.

Manchester’s Harry Stafford releases ‘Black Rain’

Manchester-based indie music stalwart Harry Stafford presents his new single ‘Black Rain’, written by Phil Shoenfelt. The video fittingly captures the track’s meaning and mood. He also offers insight into his new long-play ‘Gothic Urban Blues’ in a new video offering intriguing track-by-track commentary on this album.

This is an album about the Metropolis, the naked city, the urban sprawl and the need to get back to the ripped back streets when you’re far away. If there are a million stories in the naked city, here are a few to keep you warm.


5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) have released the kaleidoscopic and fantastically colorful video for “Wildflower,” the latest single from their new album C A L M. In an incredible burst of imagination, the visual came to life soon after the band’s original video shoot was cancelled due to California’s shelter-in-place order. Directed remotely by Andy DeLuca and assistant director Sarah Eiseman, “Wildflower” was shot entirely on green screen through a meticulously arranged process that involved transporting the green screen and camera to each band member’s doorway in order to film their individual parts.

Loretta Lynn Releasing New Video, “I Fall To Pieces,” Today, Thursday, April 16

The track and video are in celebration of the book “Me & Patsy Kickin’ Up Dust” (released April 7 through Grand Central Publishing), an up-close-and-personal portrait of a friendship that defined a generation and changed country music indelibly–and a meditation on love, loss and legacy. The “I Fall to Pieces” video includes quotes from the book.

Idris Elba-curated video for rising Canadian artist Emanuel’s debut single “Need You” debuts

Within 24 hours, over 3,000 submissions for the collaborative video had been sent in from people around globe with a final total of over 4,500 entries from over 20 countries. By creating this collaborative call to action, Elba and Emanuel let the world direct: a moving, honest expression of humanity’s deep need for connection. Emanuel’s stirring vocals and the compelling images create a sense of union in a distanced world.

Raven Artson fucking loves LA!

Following on from a string of highly praised and engaging releases, which have included ‘Crowded In My Heart’ and ‘Seen By You’, LA-based singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer Raven Artson now returns to his stellar ways with the effervescent new single ‘notice me’. New EP coming June, check out the video and new single ‘notice me’ here.

Mark Allen-Piccolo premieres new “Yer Goin Up” video

Mark Allen-Piccolo strives to make every song an adventure. With each new idea, a sonic journey awaits; one where he’ll discover new sonorities, new dissonances along the way. He often doesn’t know where his writing will lead, but every song has promise as a romantic journey of luscious chords and melodies—songs that are lush, dark, and moody, while never collapsing from the weight of their own angst.

Maya Killtron shares new EP and focus track “The Middle”

Multi-facetted artist Maya Killtron has returned with a new EP, Fired Up, her follow up to 2019’s Never Dance Alone. The Toronto based singer now finds herself at home in the modern boogie and funk genres with the new EP full of lush strings, horns and big vocals.

Italian alt-metal band NEREIS reveal new ‘Induced Extinction (Turning Point Tour)’ music video

Italian alternative metal band NEREIS have revealed a new music video for the song “Induced Extinction”. The video was directed by Maurizio Del Piccolo and filmed while the band was on tour in Ukraine and Russian Federation.

Introducing // Selmer

The old days aren’t always the best, bad things happen, we make mistakes and we learn to grow from them. In his nostalgic trip down memory lane Oslo-based artist Selmer does just that. Mapping his personal growth, “New Me” is all about change – not that one amazing summer where you come face to face with freedom, but the journey which gave the power to move forward and move on.

New John Carroll Kirby track / video “Wind”

On the making video, Flanagan explains “I wanted to take that half-awake, half-asleep transitive state and convey that with the visuals. John’s approach is so fluid and playful with time- and I tried to match that in the edit, smearing and layering movement across the track. The idea was to make a piece that follows the experience of listening to the song rather than projecting a prescribed narrative on the viewer.”