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Westerman shares title track to upcoming album ‘Your Hero Is Not Dead’ (out 5th June)

Today, Westerman shares a new song from his forthcoming debut album Your Hero Is Not Dead, out June 5th 2020 via Play It Again Sam (and Partisan in North America). The title track features Westerman’s dark baritone floating effortlessly above a sea of soft and fluttering instrumentals. The song follows previously released tracks “Waiting on Design”, “Think I’ll Stay” and “Blue Comanche”.

New > Boardgame James new EP, ‘Daydream’

Boardgame James has announced the release of his debut, ‘Daydream’, a four-track EP of string-led instrumental grime straight out the golden era of Limewire-exchanged mp3s.

Lili Kendall Presents Debut Project, ‘love, herself.’

love, herself. is a dreamy odyssey into the world of Lili Kendall. She refuses to be boxed into any one genre, instead dabbling with elements of soul, R&B and pop in order to create her own sonic universe across the record’s 10 tracks. Lili’s vocals remain her calling card throughout the record; her soulful cadence and passionate vocal hooks feel like magic.

FIVE SURVIVE – Precognition – Lyric Video

With the 2017 Jon Doe EP and 2019 single release Stonewall already under their belts, Five SurVive are back for 2020. The band is very proud to release brand new single Precognition with accompanying lyric video – now available on all music platforms.

Rockers Mint return with mental health video ‘Turbulence’

On ‘Turbulence’ frontman Zak has penned a searing anthem that catapults the listener onto a claustrophobic high-octane joyride replete with such vivid imagery you’d think Ken Kesey’s Furthur bus has sprouted wings and a pair of turbines. The chorus is pivoted around Rashid’s trance-like refrain (“this is your captain speaking / Never forget this feeling”) which grows in menace like the turbulence of a tin can rattling seven miles high above the ocean. Rashid says “it’s a nod to mental health seen through a cinematic plane crash.” The accompanying video ostensibly appears to be the fulfilment of a male fantasy – the horny teenager and the sexually available teacher, but the fantasy is quickly subverted in a moment of bathos. It was filmed during the Coronavirus pandemic adhering to safety measures. Keen-eyed treasure hunters will also find an easter egg somewhere in the video. ‘Turbulence’ is released together with a leering alternate industrial mix by guitarist Lenny, which he laughingly describes as “like Nine Inch Nails soaking up reruns of Twin Peaks in the early hours…”


At the start of 2020, Glass Peaks started on a high, soon after selling out their headline show at St Pancras Old Church in London – the London alternative-indie tro announced their debut EP ‘It’s Raining On The Wrong Side Of The Window’, due for release the 1st May 2020. The band provided us with a taster to that release with post-grunge anthem ‘Never Really Left’. Now they are back with their latest single ‘London Is Concrete’ – a beautiful, ambient love letter to the concept of home.

Sondre Lerche Finds Acceptance And Peace With Devastatingly Powerful New Single

Los Angeles-based, Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche will release his ninth studio album Patience on June 5th. After living in New York City for over a decade, the album is his first since relocating to the west coast. Recorded mostly in Norway, the inspiration for this record comes from a recently discovered love of ambient music, running marathons, and a quest for serenity. Today he released his new single “Why Would I Let You Go,” the devastatingly powerful centerpiece to Patience.


Interpreting a tapestry of multicultural influences into her own distinctive vision, Ghita is shaping up to be an international future pop icon. Her latest track ‘Out of My Life’ added Wonderland to the growing list of new music champions who have highlighted her ascendant talent, joining the likes of Clash, PAPER, High Snobiety, Idolator, plus inclusion on Deezer’s Brand New UK and Spotify’s New Music Friday in the UK, US, North Africa and Middle East.

Raven Artson – ‘notice me’

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’.

Abigail Lapell – Watch the brand new “Down By The Water”

Shooting this video was super intense and fun. I didn’t know anything about boxing, and prepared by training with a coach and watching films like Million Dollar Baby. The woman playing my opponent, Sierra, is a great athlete, and was inspiring to work with (even if we would never actually box each other since we’re in totally different weight classes).

Bill Nye Premieres “Mixtape for Mother Earth” Only on Apple Music

In honor of this year’s Earth Day-the 50th anniversary of this global observance-Bill Nye (a man who needs no introduction) is taking over Apple Music’s Mixtape for Mother Earth playlist, and he’s chosen some music with a message. From Hank Williams to Meghan Trainor, all of these artists have something to tell us about our relationship with the world around us.

Mike Campbell debuts new song “Lockdown” to raise funds for Feeding America, video out now

Today, celebrated guitarist and songwriter Mike Campbell (The Dirty Knobs, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) debuts a new song and video for “Lockdown,” in response to COVID-19. The song will only be available for download via The Dirty Knobs’ website with all proceeds benefitting Feeding America. By donating $1, fans will unlock a download code, and depending on the donation amount, they’ll also receive a special “Lockdown” bandana.

Yung Mal & Lil Quill Take to the Zone 6 Streets in Mal’s ”How It Feel” Video

Renowned for his arsenal of smooth flows, Yung Mal is one of the freshest rhymers in East Atlanta. Reuniting with his close friend and frequent rhyme partner Lil Quill, Yung Mal shares “How It Feel,” his new single. On “How It Feel,” Mal & Quill let their vocals sit comfortably atop sinister trap production, continuing to prove they’re no strangers to the world of flexing: “Brick on my wrist, half a brick in my ear,” spits Mal.

Songstress + Fashion Designer Tatiana Hazel Drops Visuals to “Don’t Care”

LatinX bilingual songstress, multi-instrumentalist, producer and fashion designer Tatiana Hazel, releases visuals to her latest single “Don’t Care” from forthcoming EP via Downtown Records. The well-received single she produced, engineered, mixed and mastered, amassed over 100k streams the week of its release, got added to major playlists across all digital streaming platforms, and was picked up my major media outlets such as Lyrical Lemonade, Remezcla and People en Español to name a few.

The Ghost Inside Announce New Album Out June 5 + Share “Aftermath”

Metalcore band The Ghost Inside will release their fifth studio album on June 5 via Epitaph Records. The self-titled album arrives as the follow-up to the band’s 2014 release Dear Youth, which debuted #63 on the Billboard 200, and will be the first release since their tragic bus accident in 2015. The road to recovery has been extensive both mentally and physically but all things considered, they’ve shown a positive and inspiring attitude through the entire process of recovery. They will not stop fighting to do what they love and are excited to return.

Dizzy’s new album The Sun and Her Scorch out July 31

The Sun and Her Scorch, the forthcoming record from emerging Canadian band Dizzy is set for release on July 31 via Royal Mountain Records. The Sun and Her Scorch follows the release of their 2018 Juno Award-winning debut album, Baby Teeth—NME called it, “[A] dreamy escape from monotonous suburban life,” while CLASH Magazine further praised the album’s “matching fizzing guitar pop melodies with incisive, often very personal lyricism.”


New York City-based group MisterWives have returned with new single “Rock Bottom.” The anthemic, danceable track trumpets the power of resiliency and is available now on all streaming platforms.

Frontwoman Mandy Lee commented on the song, “Rock bottom is where I’ve spent most of my time these last couple of years, but this song is about getting up and out that dark and painful place and knowing you never want to get to that lowest low again. Breaking down to break through is the backbone of this song along with a real fun dance groove to make you move and feel as free as I did when I wrote it.”

Major Lazer + Marcus Mumford debut video for “Lay Your Head On Me”

Director Filip Nilsson curated a cast of artists from around the world to contribute to the video through movement and music. Comprised of 177 clips from 28 countries, this global collaboration conveys a celebration of humanity fitting for these tough times and today’s celebration of Earth Day.

Rockie Fresh Stays Shining in the Effortlessly Cool “VS Ideas” Single

Unflappable in the face of success and always cool in a crisis, Rockie Fresh is one of the rap game’s most reliably chill figures. In a mood to celebrate his rise from nothing to something, Rockie shares “VS Ideas,” a brand new single. Saluting his well-earned life of luxury with lilting melody Rockie raises his glass as he enjoys the spoils of his success: “I done came up in the game, now I’m a pro wit it/These n****s say they in the game, but they got no minutes.” Produced by Mathaius Young, “VS Ideas” is the second new song the Chicago native dropped in 2020, following “Let It Be,” which earned placement on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist.

VIDEO: “Project Nim” Scientist Says Humane Science Holds the Key to COVID-19 Cure

This World Week for Animals in Laboratories, world-famous “Project Nim” primatologist, Robert Ingersoll, has joined four international animal protection organizations to support ethical researchers who are embracing modern methods to accelerate research for COVID-19 vaccines. The National Institutes of Health has made a historic move to begin human clinical trials without waiting for all the results from animal experiments in a move that acknowledges the lengthy and unreliable nature of animal “models” of disease.