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Today, Nick Hakim shares a new song from his forthcoming album WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD out May 15th via ATO Records. “CRUMPY” walks through Hakim’s mind as he pleads with a lover to return home with him before it slowly fades out into a beautiful instrumental soundscape. The track features Mac DeMarco on guitar and is the second offering from the album following the heart of the album “QADIR,” which came with a Nelson Nance-directed visual and was named Best New Track by Pitchfork among other critical praise.

Low Cut Connie announce – ‘Private Lives’ Music Video via Youtube:

Today, Low Cut Connie announces his new album Private Lives with the official music video for the title track. The self-produced double album which took the Philadelphia-based rock and roll act three years to assemble will be released later this year via Contender Records/MidCitizen Records.

Mark Lanegan Shares New Track “Stockholm City Blues”

With his new album Straight Songs Of Sorrow due for release on May 8th via Heavenly Recordings, and his memoir Sing Backwards And Weep due to publish on 4/28, Mark Lanegan has today shared “Stockholm City Blues”, a sparse, beautiful, strings and finger-picking meditation on the remorse code of addiction, and one of the many standout tracks from the LP.

New Holy Hive Album “Float Back To You”

Homer Steinweiss, the Brooklyn based soul/funk drummer, always had a soft spot for folk music. Paul Spring, a young idealist folk singer traveling the country with his guitar, always had a beautiful falsetto in his back pocket. A family introduction would lead to Homer producing a few solo records of Paul’s, which would eventually lead to the creation of Holy Hive. The two enlisted Joe Harrison on bass and started out recording their first tunes as a group. A tour with soul legend Lee Fields would turn out to have an unexpected effect on their sound as they played their material to crowds of soul fanatics looking to dance. It was this realization that forced the next step in their evolution and gave birth to a sound unique to Holy Hive, a sound that walks a line so perfectly it necessitated a new genre, Folk Soul.

Oscar Jerome shares ‘Your Saint’ ft Brother Portrait & announces debut LP

South London’s Oscar Jerome today announces his highly-anticipated debut album ‘Breathe Deep’, due for release on July 10th 2020 via Caroline International. The details arrive alongside a new single ‘Your Saint’, which features Oscar’s fellow bandmates in Afrobeat group KOKOROKO and the rapper and poet Brother Portrait, of arts collective Steam Down. You can stream ‘Your Saint’ – which follows 6Music B-listed ‘Sun For Someone’ – and its accompanying video here:


Reassuringly familiar, if a little bit flashier, the longsuffering but thankful NQ Arbuckle wins another battle against the urge to cut and run with “Love Songs For The Long Game,” his first new music in six years. For an artist whose songs have always grappled, at least in part, with the panic that comes with both asking and answering the question “Why am I doing this?” NQ Arbuckle has found his place writing seafarer songs for drinking on dry land, for our labours of love large and small. These are songs to magic our straw into gold, songs to keep the dread at bay. Songs that keep promises, long after those ships have sailed.

New DELANILA single “It’s Been A While Since I Went Outside” premieres today

Created long before the current pandemic, “It’s Been A While Since I Went Outside” describes the paradoxical sense of isolation often experienced at the hands of our hyper-connection through screens—and becomes even more prescient in this collective moment of social distancing. Composer, performer and multimedia artist Danielle Eva Schwob says, “I wrote and recorded this song a while back, during a time when I was working alone a lot, connected to the outside world through TV, phone and computer screens—and feeling deeply isolated in a way that, in a horrible twist of irony, reflects what many of us in lockdown are currently experiencing.”

Hear “Eurasia” off TENGGER’s upcoming album, Nomad, that’s out June 12th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond.

“Eurasia” comes of their new album that’s out June 12th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond. The single premiered on Raven Sings The Blues recently: “With the DNA of Neu and Klaus Schulze in their veins, the band push the motorik impulses into a new generation…”

Don’t miss the absolutely beautiful video for the album’s first single “Achime”. It premiered last month on The FADER calling it “a five-minute stunner that finds them refracting the sun-dappled transience of a fresh dawn.”


Hardcore punk band BARFBAG has declared an all-out war on the current administration at a time when revolutionary music is needed the most. As the world celebrates and honors Earth Day today, BARFBAG are using the moment to launch their attack with a seething new song titled “Right To Fight Back” which takes aim at an unchecked President who seemingly is profiting from the destruction of the planet.

Baby Taylah aches over nostalgic memories in new track Home

Following the release of her empowering pop track ‘Reclaim’, Scottish singer-songwriter Baby Taylah shows off her impressive artistry in gripping sophomore single ‘Home’.

Rising Appalachia Celebrate Earth Day with “Stand Like An Oak”

“Now, in the time of corona, we are seeing the necessary roles of music and healing practices in our abilities to see through this pandemic and stay steady on our course of compassion and strength,” says Chloe. “I wrote this song for a loved one going through the wave and arc of depression and anxiety, someone whom I wanted to sing a reminder to, to find her roots and footing when the wind blows strong. Mental health is a gripping mountain for so many people to climb, and this song honors that journey as well as the people who pull us up out of it. Leah adds, “‘Stand like an Oak’ is a song to remind us of our innate sturdiness and deep roots in this vital dark soil of Earth; the innate presence and stability of the Oaktree as our model and muse of calmness in the great storms.”

UMI shares new track and video “Mother” for Earth Day

“I believe there is a deep connection between Earth and Mother. The idea that Mother Earth is a selfless creator and giver,” UMI says. “I wrote this song as a letter of gratitude to Mother Earth and to my own mother for this existence. I hope that through this song we become more aware of our connection to Earth and our responsibility to protect it. Every day is Earth Day :)”

The Texas Gentlemen Return With “Floor It!!!” July 17th

Today, Rolling Stone Country has premiered the album track, “Ain’t Nothin’ New.” Rolling Stone Country says, “Taking cues from Little Feat, early Elton John, and even a dash of prog rock, ‘Ain’t Nothin’ New’ opens with some chilly synthesizer swells before warming up quickly with some chromatic piano chords and splashes of brass. There’s a dazzling series of jazzy little runs between verses and a soaring, melodic slide guitar solo that leads into the final vamp.” Co-frontman Nik Lee said “This is undoubtedly the best I’ve ever felt about the music” while Daniel Creamer offered of “Ain’t Nothin’ New,” in particular, “I think it’s the perfect introduction to the sound on the new album.”

Texas Gentlemen Preview New Album With Trippy ‘Ain’t Nothin’ New’

YUNGBLUD Releases New Single “Weird!” Today via Locomotion / Interscope Records

Despite its incredibly relevant chorus, “Weird!” was written prior to the shelter-in-place orders. Built on frenetic beats, shimmering guitar work, and particularly soulful vocals from YUNGBLUD, the track captures a mood of uncertainty that the 22-year-old artist felt his listeners might find relatable.

THE DODIES Release Lyric Video for Single “Sell Out”

“I wrote Sell Out after our old band toured and back-lined with an Israeli pop star when we were teenagers. At the time I didn’t really see it as selling out even though the whole project was obviously more about money than music. But as I grew older I was very ashamed of the matter and realized we were taken advantage of. Many promises were made, none came to life” says Yoni.

KYVA Shares “Dollar Sign” Video Via Line Of Best Fit, NME Feature

A cultural shake up is happening. Entrenched societal values and judgements are being challenged across a broad political spectrum, creating a gap in which previously hidden identities emerge and new modes of expression are manifested. And it’s in this gap that you’ll find KYVA – the dynamic new project from Kyle Linahan.

Nahko And Medicine For The People release ‘Honor The Earth’

Today, Nahko And Medicine For The People release their new song ‘Honor The Earth’. In honour of Earth Day, ‘Honor The Earth’ pays tribute to the Great Law Treaty at Lake Onondaga, which led to the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy. Based on principles of peace and formed consensus, ‘Honor The Earth’ is from the band’s forthcoming album, Take Your Power Back, out May 15th on Medicine Tribe Records/SideOneDummy Records and Executive Produced by cut&dry and Dan Fratoni.

Watch Silverstein’s New “Madness” feat. Princess Nokia Music Video

Today the post-hardcore legends have shared an official music video to accompany album standout, “Madness,” featuring a charged performance from critically acclaimed rapper, Princess Nokia, with the band’s trademark aggression serving as an unexpectedly natural fit for her dynamic vocals.


“Take a Chance” is a romantic reminder that by taking a chance with a someone, we can overcome our fears and discover something new about ourselves. Sometimes you need a little push to get you out of your comfort zone and realize what you might be missing. “Take a Chance” was the very first song I wrote for myself and I also used it as a vehicle to bring something new out of me. I took a chance at writing this song and it helped me find the path of the album; the reward is always in a form of risk.

Inventions (Eluvium + Explosions In the Sky’s Mark T. Smith) share humming track “Calico”

On Continuous Portrait, set for a May 29th digital release and July 10th cd/vinyl release via Temporary Residence Ltd., Inventions further their creative curiosities first touched on in 2015’s Maze of Woods.

Listen to Devon Williams’ new single “A Tear In The Fabric” via Treble

Regarding the single, Williams stated: “In domestic bliss, there are times when you start to wonder who you really are. At a certain age, I think you start to feel more mortal, and you hold a little tighter to parts of yourself that are a little more difficult to reconcile. So, you’re basically trying to keep a part of you alive that should be dead. So, you may feel stuck. So “A Tear in the Fabric” says we can change, we can stay the same, or maybe we can just do both. And at the end of “A Tear in the Fabric” is a sample of the Clifford T. Ward song “No More Rock N’ Roll.” He’s the best at taking the everyday and commonplace and making it remarkable and romantic.”


“Eat It Up” follows the release her most recent singles “Not Friendly” and “My Attitude” which was met with great critical acclaim upon release with The New York Times including in the track in “The Playlist” and describing her as “A clever, cheerful lyricist” and explaining, “‘My Attitude’ might be her best to date, a persistently tough blend of aw-shucks sexual candor and eye-rolling dismissals.” The track also received a rave review from NYLON and its video premiered on The FADER who describes her, “Aside from her flows and lyrics, Flo Milli has a good sense of melody and knows where to sprinkle it in.”

LETTUCE Releases Live Video For “House of Lett”

GRAMMY-nominated funk-jazz-soul-hip-hop-psychedelic-jam-experimental titans Lettuce are renowned for their remarkable live shows. While unable to tour due to the worldwide pandemic, the band has been rolling out exclusive live content to give fans new performance footage to enjoy while quarantined at home. Today, the acclaimed sextet has issued the official live video for their funky new single “House of Lett,” the latest track off Lettuce’s forthcoming seventh studio album Resonate, set for release May 8th via Round Hill Records.

Lettuce Releases ‘House Of Lett’ Video