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LA rapper Slake Dransky shares new singles: “Good To Know”

His latest single, “Good To Know” is a slow burning radio hit with a cold detachment to it. Here, we listen to Slake’s crooning vocals harp around the perplexing and frustrating struggles of hookup culture, all while attempting to maintain a cool and collected front. The track is reminiscent of Drake, Mac Miller, and Travis Thompson, among other artists.

Skope spotlight on UNFITS – ‘Satisfy Me’

Drawing on their background in skydiving and extreme sports, it’s an immersive sci-fi production featuring everything from rocket launchers to tiger sharks. It may be one of the first music videos where the artist almost died making it…all of the footage is real and as dangerous as it looks. The song was produced by Emile Haynie (Kanye West, Lana Del Rey).

Grammy Award-winning Latina songwriter Maxine Ashley drops new urban pop single “Runaway”

As an urban R&B/pop artist, Pat McGrath/Fenty model, and Pharrell Williams protégé, Maxine Ashley has it all at just 25 years old. Pulling from her experiences growing up in the Bronx and her Puerto Rican roots to create a serious bad bitch persona, her newest single “Runaway” leans on her experiences with complicated love and is another step into the DIY scene. Ashley has written Grammy-award winning songs for Ariana Grande (sweetener album) alongside Pharrell, who signed her on to his label and took her under his wing when she was just 17 years old, after discovering her talent via YouTube.

MARMALADE KNIVES: Santa Cruz-based act conjure progressive psychedelia in new video

Santa Cruz, CA heavy psych/prog dealers Marmalade Knives’ debut LP, Amnesia, arrives this Friday, April 24th, via Italian label Electric Valley Records. The vinyl will be available from May/Early June, but the album will be available digitally on the scheduled date.

The group reveals the trippy video for the 2nd track “Rivuleting” off of the album.

MUSHROOMHEAD to Release Eighth Full-Length Album, A Wonderful Life, on June 19 via Napalm Records

For the better part of the past five years, top-charting masked metal machine MUSHROOMHEAD have been crafting the epic follow up to their monumental 2014 full-length album, The Righteous & The Butterfly – waiting ever-so-patiently to drop their next collection of anthems. The Cleveland collective make their prodigious return with the new full-length oeuvre, A Wonderful Life – the eighth release of their benchmark career – out June 19, 2020 via Napalm Records.

Freja The Dragon’s Debut EP “Long Gone Girl” Out 5/8 via INGRID

Sweden’s Freja The Dragon is set to release her debut EP – Long Gone Girl – on May 8th via INGRID. The solo project is the work of Swedish singer/songwriter and producer Freja Drakenberg and collaborator Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John and LIV, who has written/produced incredible records with Lykke Li, Chrissie Hynde, Neko Case and more.


“I wrote this song while reminiscing over the innocence of my first love. While I was in the process of making new friends and keeping myself accountable for my own happiness; I couldn’t help but wonder if they were well and/or occasionally thinking of me,” said John-Robert about the track.

Man Man shares “On the Mend” from ‘Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between’

Man Man’s “On the Mend” is a new highlight from Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between – A heartbreak-post-breakup pop song with Swordfishtrombones-vibes, that includes backing vocals from Steady Holiday’s Dre Babinski and Rebecca Black.

Honus Honus says of the track, “I wrote this a year or so after a painful break-up and although I was in a better place at the time, I wanted to touch on all of those raw emotions someone has to work through in order to get healthy and able to love themselves again. Musically, the tempo, the push, and pull of the band, the openness of it all just drives this home. So, yes, it’s a bit of a heavy song but I think it’s also one about hope, healing, letting go and moving on. The heart can be cruel but you can’t let it consume you.”

Deradoorian Shares New Video For Single “Monk’s Robes”

“Monk’s Robes” follows a monk who journeys to a mountain top in hopes of being one with God. When he arrives, his God turns his worldview on its head, exposing his ignorance as he questions his understanding of the world and his desires to be free. All the more prescient in today’s circumstances, it is a song about accepting the futility of attempting to escape your reality, finding peace in acceptance and working with what you have to make something beautiful.

Helfró Stream Entire Debut Full-Length via Black Metal Promotion

HELFRÓ comment: “At last! Let the forlorn discordance wash over the world! Proudly we release the grip on these mad melodies. As a journey comes to an end, another one begins. We present; Helfró.”

FAITH & SCARS Releases Official Music Video for “No Apologies”

American Rock band FAITH & SCARS has released the official music video for “No Apologies”. Written & Produced by FAITH & SCARS, Directed by Jaiden Hord Frost, “No Apologies” is off the band’s upcoming album, Revolver, due out October 17th, 2020.

London based band Seven Spies. Entitled “Chameleon”

Formed in London by childhood friends, Seven Spies are a three-piece band looking to infiltrate the ears of the world. Consisting of David Blomiley (vocals, guitar, piano), Olly Brown (drums, backing vocals) and an ever-rotating bassist taking form of old band members and musical friends, you can expect to witness a healthy dose of melodic riffs and anthemic choruses.

Mirabelle shares “Betty”

Today, Montreal singer-songwriter Mirabelle is sharing her new single “Betty”, from her upcoming album Late Bloomer, out on Simone Records on May 29th. “Betty” just might be the backbone of Laurence Hélie’s upcoming album. It’s the first new song she wrote, the spark in the void that was two years or so ago – before everything that led to Late Bloomer, before she realized that she had found a new sound and called it Mirabelle.

SEASONS Release Official Music Video for “Violence Is a Virtue”

Richmond, VA Metalcore band SEASONS has released the official music video for “Violence Is a Virtue.” Directed by Hive Minds Media, “Violence Is a Virtue” was filmed at Another Round Bar & Grill Through the music, and evident in the chorus of “this is my way of letting go,” Seasons continues to remind listeners that creativity and artistry are at the forefront. This idea is further shown when people come to their shows, watch them live, and hang out with them afterwards. This is what they live for.

Gaten – ‘Weight Up’

Gaten Music presents Atlanta based Rapper and Recording artist Gaten ( @1gaten ) “Weight Up” Available Everywhere. Follow Gaten on all social platforms.


Warner Music Group today announced the first-of-its-kind virtual music festival, PlayOn Fest supporting the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the UN Foundation. As part of a spectacular three-day live streaming event, PlayOn Fest promises to bring energy and high production values from world class stages (including Coachella, Sydney Opera House, Lollapalooza, Apollo Theater, Bonnaroo, The O2 Arena, Primavera Sound, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rock In Rio, Global Citizen Festival, and more) to music fans hungry for communal live experiences. Warner Music Group labels have opened up their vaults to relive epic show-stopping performances for this one-time-only live viewing event. Fans won’t want to miss their favorite artists’ set time, to be released later this week, including some extraordinary, and rare, footage from the likes of Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Green Day, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monáe, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Uzi Vert, David Guetta, and more, as well as a look back at Nipsey Hussle’s incredible Victory Lap album release show.

Wetware announces ‘Flail’ LP for Dais Records out June 26, shares single

Brooklyn-based outfit Wetware (Roxy Farman and Matt Morandi) return with the intense follow-up album to 2018’s Automatic Drawing, an electronic dirge, simply titled: Flail

Formed in 2015 and known for their odd and unpredictable live performances, Wetware’s new album captures this disorienting confusion in a series of definitive documents that encompass a concentrated, noisier sound that pushes and pulls against electronic textures and frenetic vocals, creating a palate of wild, unhinged sonic collages.