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Scan the press on soul-groove outfit Dirty Streets and you’ll see numerous references to rock, soul, and dirty-blooze touchstones like the Faces, Humble Pie, Otis Redding, CCR and more. Spin Dirty Streets’ records and you’ll hear all of those echoes, plus others—some jazz timing, some acoustic balladry. But by and large, what you’ll hear is a raw, rowdy blend of Motown, Stax and rock—the pure American blood-beat moving through the heart of Memphis groove.

Exclusive Song Premiere: Dirty Streets “Walk A Mile In My Shoes”

Connor Cassidy “Not An Addict” Video Available Now

Connor Cassidy is an American rapper, producer, and guitarist based in Boston, MA of Irish & Lebanese descent. With the charisma of a comedian, the hunger of an outsider, and the intensity of a fighter, his blend of lyrical, spiritually introspective, and growth oriented music imprints his listeners with the motivation to pursue excellence and fearlessly express themselves.

Drab City Share New Track “Troubled Girl”

Sounding a little like the Shangri-Las, perhaps, but only after being sampled by RZA and overlaid with a crushing drum break and the band’s otherworldly embellishments, “Troubled Girl” tells the story of a misunderstood and belittled teen girl’s angst and her dreams of escape. A remarkably fresh take on a classic pop song trope that sounds at once familiar and like nothing else.

RAC Shares New Track “Change The Story (ft. Jamie Lidell)”

Today Grammy-winning producer and songwriter André Allen Anjos, known as RAC, shared “Change The Story (ft. Jamie Lidell)” the third single from his upcoming album BOY. RAC said of the track, which debuted today on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe, “at its very core, this song represents freedom to me. It was written with such a playful energy. I ignored all the typical pop writing rules and just had fun with it. I have very vivid memories of listening to Jamie when I was growing up never imagining in a million years that I’d get to work with him.”


Produced by Go Grizz (Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie), “That’s What I Said” marks the first new music of the year from Bhad Bhabie. The rapper recently completed shooting the second season of her “Bringing Up Bhabie” reality show with Snapchat, which is due to release this summer. The first season received the highest premiere views of any reality series, dethroning Keeping Up With The Kardashians.

CLOSE THE HATCH: Ohio Doom/Atmospheric Metal Unit To Release Modern Witchcraft Full-Length May 22nd

Independent of strict classification, yet beholden to the lineage of conceptual metal, CLOSE THE HATCH stride confidently in the footsteps of post and doom metal heavyweights like Neurosis and Isis yet emote with a conviction that’s distinctly their own. With six studio albums under their proverbial belts since their 2011 conception, CLOSE THE HATCH has shown continual evolution in sound and structure, exploring darker avenues of punishing riffs while seamlessly intertwining atmosphere, melody, and ethereal elements over the course of their musical output.

Only Total dwells in frustration and honesty in latest cut – ‘After Dark’

Only Total is Milo McNulty, the acclaimed talent behind previous projects Morning Smoke and Method Actress. Returning under a fresh name, the London-based artist is set
to release a new track After Dark.

Orions Belte Releases Video for Kobe Bryant Tribute Single “Bean”

Norwegian instrumental rock trio Orions Belte delivers bright, beaming music for today’s troubled times. The band recently released the standalone single, “Bean”; the song features a casually strolling groove and playful melody and its title is a tribute to the late Kobe “Bean” Bryant, one of our generation’s most influential sporting heroes. Today, Orions Belte drops a video for “Bean”, during which, guitarist Øyvind Blomstrøm (also of Sondre Lerche) can be seen walking past a coronavirus graffiti tag in a ghost town-like Oslo. Watch Orions Belte’s “Bean” video at this location.

ABYSMAL DAWN Release 3D Music Video for “Coerced Evolution”

ABYSMAL DAWN comments: “The basic idea behind the lyrics is that some time in the near future, human life on Earth will have become unsustainable. In turn, a certain portion of the population will forcibly have their consciousnesses uploaded to a grid in order to alleviate resources. The same corporations that would have destroyed the Earth, would run these grids and would continue to make a profit on what’s left of humanity in some fashion. The ruling class would continue to live in the real world and make the planet sustainable once again.”

Norwegian rapper Ivan Ave shares “On The Very Low” video

“known for his ability to mix flexing lyrics about wooing women with the more existential shit, and his style is significantly old school – a true homage to the rappers of a bygone era that taught him how to make it through their work.” – Highsnobiety

“straight money” – EARMILK

“The Norwegian MC makes no bones about being deeply rooted in R&B and hip-hop, but it is the ’70s jazz and soul genres that make us excited to learn more about this project.” – Okayplayer

Video Premiere: Ivan Ave “On The Very Low”

LORD FOWL: The Obelisk Premieres Glorious Babylon In Its Entirety

The Obelisk is currently streaming Glorious Babylon from Connecticut riff rock/retro metal conjurors LORD FOWL in its entirety! The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, April 24th via Small Stone.

Review & Full Album Stream: Lord Fowl, Glorious Babylon

Kyler Tapscott shares emotive, nostalgic new single “Home” today!

Born in Harwood, Ontario, Kyler Tapscott began playing the guitar at age 11. His recently recorded EP, Kyler, marks his debut as a solo artist, and showcases his talent not only as a guitarist but as a singer-songwriter. Produced by Darcy Yates of the Juno-winning band Bahamas and featuring a lineup of Toronto’s top musicians, the EP is an eclectic mix of Kyler’s influences, which range from rock to roots.

Eliot Bronson Releases New Song “Even This Is Going To Pass” ft. Lori McKenna Out Now

Eliot Bronson whose talents with “bluesy harmonies and a dark sense of humor create powerfully evocative folk songs” earned him the accolade of Best Songwriter by Creative Loafing, releases a powerful new song today. Bronson shares his new work “Even This Is Going To Pass,” featuring beautiful harmonies from one of the most respected singer-songwriters, Grammy-winner Lori Mckenna. Proceeds from “Even This Is Going To Pass” will be donated to Feeding America in support of their incredible work year-round, and especially during the Covid-19 crisis – https://www.feedingamerica.org/

Eliot Bronson Reminds Us All “Even This Is Going to Pass”

The Pretenders release new video; new album out July 17

Made entirely under lockdown, the video was produced and directed by the band’s longtime collaborator John Minton, who has also worked with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Portishead and Savages previously.

CEO Chino Marley “Make Em Believe” Track + Video Out Now

Birmingham Alabama’s Ceo Chino Marley released his new single “Make Em Believe” with accompanying visuals today. Co-produced by trusted collaborator SspikeTrap and WockBoy, the song’s melodic soundscape perfectly complements Marley’s infectious vocals. “Make Em Believe” is available everywhere now,

Saved By Friday Release New Single/Video “A Love Song”

Three follows-up the band’s 2016 EP Jaded, which was recorded with Nik Bruzzese of Man Overboard and Ace Enders of The Early November. Following this release, the band had the chance to play at Bullstock, USF’s annual music festival, and 97X’s Next Big Thing. They also opened for acts like Mayday Parade and New Politics.

New single from Ollie called ‘Perfect Landing’, out on BMG Records

When you fall for so many people that end up being the wrong one, when you eventually find that person who’s the right one it starts to feel like a perfect landing. “I don’t know what I’d do, if it weren’t for finding you right when I should.”

AUROCH: Stolen Angelic Tongues By Vancouver Black/Death Cult Now Streaming

AUROCH’s first new material since 2016’s Mute Books LP, the mini-album Stolen Angelic Tongues comes pressed as a one-sided 12″ with a B-side etching, the five tracks drawing upon the magical and spiritual traditions of South America and the Caribbean as their histories, past and present, represent a microcosm of the great spiritual rebellion that has been the band’s inspiration throughout its singular discography. An ever-evolving beast of the deep, here AUROCH conjures vicious black/death spells of occult necromancy and technical sorcery, making manifest a dark vision of obscure magic. Returning to the fold is original vocalist Culain who here summons spirits of the abyssic fire with savage equanimity. Joining with their Covenant Circle brethren in Night Profound and Aos Si, eerie ambient recordings bookend the concept piece to dramatic effect.


The life story of Whitney Houston, one of the biggest music icons of all time, is headed to the big screen, and Stella Meghie, whose most recent movie The Photograph was released in February, is in advanced talks to direct. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter and producer Anthony McCarten has signed to pen the screenplay for the Whitney Houston Estate, Primary Wave, and Grammy Award-winning music producer Clive Davis.

Pat Houston on behalf of the Houston Estate, Davis, Larry Mestel on behalf of Primary Wave Music, Denis O’Sullivan, and McCarten will produce, the latter through his Muse of Fire Productions banner. Primary Wave Music is a partner of the Whitney Houston estate.

DESTROYED IN SECONDS: Decibel Magazine Streams Divide And Devour Full-Length From Los Angeles Hardcore

Divide And Devour emits eleven tracks of unrelenting d-beat ferocity centered on pushing back against the growing wave of far-right populism, authoritarianism, and the rise of neo-Nazism and the alt-right. Tracked by drummer Sean Vahle at Architeuthis Sound in North Hollywood, and mixed and mastered by John Haddad (Final Conflict, Phobia) at Trench Studios in Corona, the record includes the addition of bassist Kyle Hertz (Temple Of Dagon, State Of Defiance) and lead guitarist Christian La Rocca (Ruin, Gravehill, Cobra Venom), writing a new chapter of rage and fury for the band.

Full Album Stream: Destroyed In Seconds – ‘Divide and Devour’

Ashes to Omens Third Single “Another Brick in the Wall” (Pink Floyd Cover) from Their Coming Album

New Post-Black Metal Project Featuring Colin Marston and Kevin Paradis

Rejoice! The Light Has Come’s debut ep is a 14 minute sonic journey into the underworld of black metal. Combining avant garde black metal with dissonant guitars, tight drumming, and sharp vocals, Rejoice! The Light Has Come grab the listeners attention from every direction on their debut release. Fans of Ulcerate, Deathspell Omega, and Gorguts will undoubtedly find this in heavy rotation.


Grateful Dead Shakedown Stream Series To Premiere Rare 1993 Show This Friday

The Grateful Dead’s new streaming concert series “Shakedown Stream” has been off to a hot start, with the first two concerts garnering hundreds of thousands of viewers and raising over $35,000 for charity. For week three, the bar will be raised higher with the June 11, 1993 concert from just outside Columbus, Ohio at Buckeye Lake Music Center (now Legend Valley), which will be debuting in its near-entirety for the very first time. The concert premieres this Friday, April 24, at 8PM EST on the official Grateful Dead YouTube channel. Once again, the performance will be preceded by a live, on-camera pre-show with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux and historian Gary Lambert, who will be joined this week by journalist and Dead enthusiast Jesse Jarnow. Each “Shakedown Stream” concert includes a “Donate Now” button for viewers to directly support a different charity supporting the community during these challenging times, with this week’s show benefiting the Sweet Relief Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

Skope video submission: Space Cadet, “Eyes Closed”

“Initially I wanted to be walking next to the car while it was moving really slowly, to tie in with the theme of the hook, like a walk in the park type thing,” Cadet says regarding the video. “However, the car (which my best friend Larry let me borrow) battery died and we had to wing it. I think in the end, the video now ties in much more to the verses as far as having to deal with the obstacles and adversities of the journey.”

Billboard Premieres deFrance’s Music Video “Lights Down Low”

Arkansas’s premiere rock & roll band deFrance are excited to announce the release of their latest music video, “Lights Down Low”, off their newest full-length album No Longer A Stranger In This Town today through Billboard Magazine; set to release May 15th. This is the second album of four ready to be released.

“Lights Down Low” takes you into a chilly reminder of what heartache and isolation look like in these trying times of quarantine. Beautifully shot and creatively linked to Sharpe Dunaway, this video adds an element of what it’s like to be a true Americana artist.

Fried Monk – Welcome (Official Music Video) Premiere

“Welcome”, has a trippy music video to accompany the cacophony of syllables . Shot through the streets of Philadelphia in cold weather, the video brings attention to a few key points that we might not otherwise be focusing on right now” – Imperfect Fifth

LAKELEND makes debut with euphoric pop ballad ‘Fall Down’

Combining dreamy synths, smooth beats and Lachlan’s heartfelt vocals, the upbeat track tells the decidedly downbeat story of Lachlan’s first love and, by extension, first break up. In a word, ‘Fall Down’ explores a lover’s betrayal. “It creates a nostalgic yet heartbreaking feeling upon listening that was written for those that really need it – including myself,” Lachlan explains. Mixing vulnerability with likeability, and turning pain into something upbeat, Lachlan has created an entirely relatable sound that “people can listen to, drive to and dance to,” Lachlan continues.

DISCONNECTED Release Official Music Video for “Unstoppable”

French Modern Metal band DISCONNECTED has released the official music video for “Unstoppable,” the debut single off of their upcoming, sophomore album. Directed by Olivier Gobert and filmed at La Chapelle Argence (Troyes, France), features the band performing on stage, delivering the song with strength, energy, and great passion . The song was recorded at Studio Caverne (Paris-France), mixed at Studio Besco (France) by François-Maxime Boutault (Dagoba, Behemoth, Loudblast) and mastered at Euphonic Masters (Memphis-Tennessee USA) by Grammy Award winner Brad Blackwood (Korn, Three Days Grace, Maroon Five, etc…).

LAMB OF GOD Debut “New Colossal Hate” Track and Lyric Video

LAMB OF GOD have unleashed another track from their forthcoming self-titled album (now due June 19 via Epic Records) in the form of “New Colossal Hate” – a song which finds the band at the height of their formidable powers – unrelenting, unstoppable, and as always, setting the standard for aggressive modern music.

Where now-classic LAMB OF GOD slabs As the Palaces Burn (2003) and Ashes of the Wake (2004) zoomed in on specific issues, Lamb Of God (2020) takes a broader view, calling attention to and laying out an argument against intolerance, apathy and injustice, both in the United States and abroad.

LAMB OF GOD Debut “New Colossal Hate” Track and Lyric Video

Dan Croll releases ‘Grand Plan’ video

The album, which is available to pre-order now, features his latest double-a-side singles – album title track ‘Grand Plan’ and ‘Work’ – which are out now. Today the video for ‘Grand Plan’, shot by visual collaborators The Wild Honey Pie, is released.

Metro Ones To Watch, Empathy Test, Return With Haunting New Single ‘Monsters’

Monsters is the forthcoming single from synth pop magicians, Empathy Test, the lead track from their forthcoming album which looks to cement them as one of the most inventive, emotionally affecting and addictive musical experiences around. Written collectively by all four band members, Monsters is described by the band themselves as, “an ode to anxiety” and is accompanied by a highly anticipated upcoming video, directed by the award-winning Calum Macdiarmid, which has been nominated for this year’s Berlin Music Video Awards

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