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Today Charli XCX releases the video for ‘forever’, the debut track taken from her forthcoming album ‘how i’m feeling now’. Charli announced the visual at the second of her Zoom press conferences last night with fans and special guests such as Nadya Tolokno of Pussy Riot and Shamir Bailey in attendance.

Harper Grae Reimagines Perfect Proposal in “Best For You” Video

Harper Grae is no stranger to adversity. From a difficult childhood and modest beginnings in her small Alabama hometown, she’s taken the circumstances she’s been given and turned it into something beautiful. Grae’s new single released today, “Best For You,” and its accompanying video, finds the vocalist and songwriter doing so once again: the heartwarming video features her proposal to her girlfriend, intended to take place after Grae ran the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Marathon, originally scheduled for late April. After the marathon was postponed, Harper employed some creativity to bring her proposal to life.

REYNA’S new single “Coachella” is OUT NOW

REYNA’s new single ‘Coachella’ is OUT NOW. The song is accompanied by a self-directed video that premiered on Billboard (Online) today. The song is taken from their much anticipated upcoming debut EP set to be released this year. The single reflects happier times at Coachella last year and juxtaposed with the beginning of the end of a relationship, coupled with Mariachi trumpets and signature pop sound. The music video will be part of VEVO’s Emerging Artists/Best New Emerging Artists UK Playlist as well.

For Skope: Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu release long-awaited collaboration “Destiny” [out now]

Nicky Romero & Deniz Koyu’s newest release – “Destiny” ft. Swedish singer Alexander Tidebrink, which just has been released on Protocol Recordings. “Destiny” is their highly anticipated collaboration, as Nicky has been using it in his sets as closing track since Tomorrowland 2019. It’s also 2nd time both artists work together (they teamed up in 2018 on “Paradise”).

Kygo “Freedom” ft. Zak Abel…world-renowned DJ producer releases aptly titled song ‘Freedom’

The video features Kygo and Zak Abel in their respective homes on lockdown. They were originally meant to shoot a video in the Maldives with blue water and palm trees. That didn’t happen of course, as none of us can go anywhere now due to the global pandemic. So instead they stayed at home and made the best of it. The video chronicles Kygo’s and Zak’s trying to keep themselves occupied. Kygo is unsure when his next show will be, so he’s been spending time working on new music..and juggling ; ) I guess the lesson for us all is to try and make the best of the situation.

Out now: ‘Seasons’ by mountain rock band, Whitacre

Fusing elements of Americana, folk and rock, Whitacre has become one of Denver’s fastest rising bands, selling out shows with Mt. Joy, Wild Child and Birdtalker, playing legendary venues such as Red Rocks and The Bluebird Theater, and amassing half a million streams on Spotify. With the release of Seasons, the four-piece made up of Paul Whitacre on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Chase Perry on banjo, Mark Cunningham on drums and Joe Fishel on bass, are poised to break out nation-wide.


Brooklyn-based artist KAMAUU has arrived with his first musical offering of 2020 with “Far Rockaway.” His newest track is also accompanied by a companion visual and will be featured on this Sunday’s (April 19th) episode of the award-winning HBOâ series Insecure airing at 10PM EST.

AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN: BrooklynVegan Streams “Water’s Edge”

All Fell Silent, Everything Went Quiet is the impending new full-length from atmospheric black metal unit AN AUTUMN FOR CRIPPLED CHILDREN, set for release May 1st via Prosthetic Records.

“Hostage” – Maya Malkin

Maya Malkin is a young singer-songwriter from Montreal, QC, who has made waves in the Canadian music scene with her band, Motel Raphael. With Motel, Maya has released two studio albums (500,000+ Spotify streams), toured Canada twice, played the likes of Osheaga & SXSW, opened a sold-out show for Tegan and Sara, performed on Parliament Hill for Canada’s official 150th birthday celebration, and more.

The Academy of Sun’s dark yet buoyant ‘The Parts That Need Replacing’ with eerie video

British psychedelic post-punk outfit The Academy of Sun present the video for their highly dynamic power pop-infused lead single ‘The Parts That Need Replacing’, an upbeat taster of ‘The Quiet Earth’, an expansive album of breathtaking ambition, which will be released in early summer.

Formed in Brighton nine years ago, The Academy of Sun is a four-piece comprised of Nick Hudson (piano, synths, hammon organ, harmonium, vocals, percussion, synths), Kianna Blue (bass, synths), Guy Brice (guitars) and Ash Babb (drums).

JULIEN-K Releases Album Harmonic Disruptor

Industrial/electro rockers Julien-K, founded by original Orgy members Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh have released their new album titled Harmonic Disruptor through TLG/INgrooves. The title track off of the album, “Harmonic Disruptor,” was released as a single on January 24th. Their second single “Shut Down Your Soul” dropped on February 28th and the third single “Stronger Without You” dropped on March 20th. The band has also announced the rescheduled dates for their massive national tour with The Birthday Massacre –

THE NATIONAL PARKS Release New Single “Time”

“‘Time’ was one of the first songs I wrote for this album and was the first one we took to the studio to record,” shares lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks. “In a lot of ways, ‘Time’ was a catalyst for the rest of the album and sparked us creatively. It was also a reminder for us that we all go through dark times, life is full of ups and downs and sometimes the places we want to go can seem out of reach, but we can make it through

Iris Lune Shares “Debris” Single Via American Songwriter, Debut LP ‘lovelosslove’ Out 6/5

Brooklyn-based alternative indie pop artist Iris Lune shares her second single, “Debris.” Yesterday, American Songwriter premiered the track, praising how its “infectious beats glide along its emotional and ethereal swell. There’s a fragility in Meir’s voice as she goes through the motions of brushing off the excess and moving forward.” Her debut album lovelosslove is due out June 5th, 2020.

Iris Lune Removes the Excess on “Debris”

Dead Lakes Share New Video For “Paradise”

“‘Paradise’ is about a time that I was going through when we first all moved out to Washington. I was dealing with a lot of anxiety and self-doubt and I wrote the song as a way to explain where my headspace was at the time to my friends and the people around me. I was at the bottom and people were trying to pull me up, but the anxiety had the best of me for a long stretch,” Dead Lakes singer Sumner Peterson shares with Rock Sound, “Honestly though, my reality is kind of a paradise. I’ve got a great circle, a roof over my head, my dog. Sometimes I feel like your headspace can make you feel like paradise seems like you’re eternally stuck in a quarantine.”

Sidny x Chaix drops new dance track “Found You”

Sidny x Chaix is the collaborative project of vocalist SIDNY and producer Chaix. The Toronto based duo formed in 2019 with the release of the single “Smoke.” The two are on track to release a steady stream of singles throughout 2020.

Debut EP from London’s Natalie Shay – NAKED

To date she has collectively amassed hundreds of thousands of streams, with her music being placed in Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in ten countries. Shay has garnered acclaim from the likes of Billboard, American Songwriter, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Earmilk and LADYGUNN to name a few.

Fredo Bang Establishes His “Up Next” Bonafides with Most Hated

“With the 2015 arrest that threatened to derail his rising career now decidedly in the rearview, Fredo is back with a newfound sense of purpose: more viral, more hardworking, and more determined to advance than ever before.” – The FADER

“New Gen Winter 2019–His city’s favored up-and-comer and its most versatile rising act. Songs like ‘No Mo’ show his penchant for soul-searching narratives and music-as-medicine melodies; the success of ‘Oouuh’ proves he has a one-of-a-kind ability to reach all sides of the hip-hop and R&B spectrum.” – HYPEBEAST

Marlin’s Dreaming Share “Alike” Via American Songwriter

New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming released their third single, “Alike” for their forthcoming album, Quotidian out next Friday April 24th. The single premiered exclusively with American Songwriter praising, “Set to a dreamy landscape of floating melodies and upbeat, jangling riffs, “Alike” taps into the light and dark side of this person’s mind. It’s an indie pop melody of split personality.

Marlin’s Dreaming Hear Different Voices on “Alike”

HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD Release Official Music Video for “MOVIES;”

Houston, TX Rock Band HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD has released the official music video for their single “Movies.” Directed, shot, and edited by Blake Ralston, “Movies” is off of the band’s Valentine’s Day released EP, Love Stories.

French electronic artist Rone shares new single “Esperanza”

Today French artist Rone (aka Erwan Castex) shares “Esperanza,” the fourth single from his forthcoming album, Room With a View. Erwan had this to say about the track:

“With “Esperanza,” I wanted to make a track that would be solar and optimistic, which lifts you, encourages you to rise, to fight, to see things in a positive light. I see this as a little spark that can restart a nearly extinct fire. During the intro one can hear the footsteps of the dancers of the Ballet National de Marseille walking in rhythm and giving a quasi-military pace to the track. I like the fighting spirit this pace gives the track.

Genre-defying duo Bonelang share dark and lavish video for “Fox And The Hound”

In anticipation of Bonelang’s new album SAINTMAKER out next week, the genre-bending Chicago duo has released their new music video for “Fox And The Hound” today via a premiere on New Noise Magazine. The group has always had a propensity for stunning visuals and “Fox And The Hound” only adds to that claim, finding the tight-knit sonic duality of Samy.Language and Matt Bones being merged into a painting come to life, full of dark and lavish imagery. Also featuring the singer Carlile, the video quickly turns to absurdity in a mansion worthy of Bonelang’s intriguing sound.

Video Premiere: Bonelang – ‘The Fox And The Hound’


“Huh?!” and “Fetish” are the follow up singles to TyFontaine’s March released ‘Virtual World’ EP. The EP features the standout track “tragic”, in which Pitchfork notes “Fontaine displays his newfound dynamism with a next-level performance”. Made with producers like Jetsonmade (DaBaby, Roddy Ricch), 1800 offers everything from the ’80s-inspired groove, to massively catchy melodies and mosh-pit energy.

Swiss post-hardcore/post-rock/metal collective Darius stream new album ‘Voir’

As announced and after already shared some various audio and video excerpts from the effort, Swiss post-hardcore/heavy-post-rock/metal collective Darius just officially released its brand new full-length album called ‘Voir’ and available right now on CD, LP through Hummus Records (COILGUNS, Emilie Zoé, Rorcal…), Digital on all legal platforms (Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Amazon…).

Smallpools & morgxn Join Forces In New Single “Slow Down”

“Slowdown is an anthem of taking a break. Resetting the pallet and knowing that the world will be there when you’re ready to take the next step..” – morgxn

Atmospheric-Prog Rock Act ITAYIL Reveals Debut Single, “Bloom”

“This song reflects on the finite nature of life, and how nothing is constant,” Chunn says. “Just as quickly as we learn and grow, we forget and the light leaves us, similar to a flower in bloom.”

JusBlow600 Takes Aim at Goofies and Opps in “Bow” Video

With a percussive flow and uncompromising attitude, JusBlow600 is one of Chicago’s hardest-hitting emcees. Announcing his presence with his latest battle cry, JusBlow shares “Bow,” his new video single. Built around a creeping, low-note piano loop, “Bow” finds the Only The Family staying cool and applying heat, intimidating the opps with his sinister rhymes: “Racks in my pocket, the other a glock/The faker you is, the harder you flop/We shoot at the opps, then back on the block/Your homie got popped, you ran to the cops.” A brisk banger clocking in at just more than two minutes, “Bow” demonstrates the vicious lyricism and ear-catching charisma that endeared JusBlow to OTF label boss Lil Durk.

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 out today, April 17, 2020, on Bright Sun Records.

The Jungle shares intoxicating new EP of sunny, electro-pop funk [ffo: Leisure, Mk.gee, BOYO]

Sacramento native Troy Jagan taught himself to play piano at a young age, then later cut his teeth playing keyboard and singing in various bands around the Northwest, while producing beats that he would later embellish and experiment with. Wanting a fresh start, he relocated from Seattle back to his hometown and released WATT+KARL, an homage to his city and the sounds that influenced him growing up. His new project, INFERNO, takes a close look at the fiery dance between love and obsession.