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Wande Unveils Second Single “Be The Light” Leading Up to EP Debut This Week

” ‘Be The Light’ was written as a call to action to believers to continue to be a light in a dark world,” explains the First Lady of Reach Records. “Sometimes our current situations and life circumstances don’t match the work God is doing within us. It’s an encouragement that through whatever may come your way, don’t let it dim your light and distract you from the mission to share the love of Christ with the world.”

Drake heavily inspires Ulrik Munther in new single – Man In Need

“The relationship my girlfriend and I have built together is probably the thing I’m most proud of in my life. It’s also what brings me the most joy. We’ve talked for hundreds of hours and had more fights than I can count. I think it’s important to challenge each other, not only for the sake of the relationship, but to grow as human beings. Of course, there are still times where we fall into old patterns, and “Man in Need” is pretty much me trying to own up to my shortcomings.”

joan Sign To Photo Finish Records, Release Epic Single, “love me better”!

joan are EVERYTHING. The Arkansas duo have spent the past two years building their musical empire in the perfect way, single by single – tour date by tour date (and their live shows are intoxicating!). They’ve won hearts internationally by doing what they do best, bringing joy into our lives through their super unique take on alt pop that ranges seamlessly from dance party in your living room to soaring ballads infused with the sweetest hint of 90’s R&B influences.

DJ Esco x Doe Boy Releases New Music Video For “Pop It”!

Toronto via Philippines quintet, Pantayo

‘V V V (They Lie)’ is the latest track to be taken from their self-titled album which is due for release on May 8 and comes produced by the tipped Canadian experimental artist, Alaska B (Yamantaka // Sonic Titan). The five members, who each had a very different experience of moving to Canada, take their influences primarily from kulintang (a modern term for an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small gongs) and cut this alongside a punk sensibility and electronic textures looking to generate a musical vehicle to channel their queer, diasporic Filipino identity.

Spencer Sutherland Pleads for “Help” In New Single

Soulful alt pop singer and songwriter Spencer Sutherland has released his new song “Help” today in anticipation of his sophomore EP, expected later this year on BMG. The track originally was inspired by a personal experience he dealt with in summer of last year, Spencer admits that this very personal and honest song has now found a new meaning.

“I feel ‘Help’ is super relevant and it conveys the current sentiment and will really connect with listeners…” Spencer explained. “I believe people will relate with the emotions and lyrics as they are struggling with their own increased stress, anxiety and depression brought on by the feeling of isolation and uncertainty of the current global crisis.”

Bad History Month (Exploding in Sound) shares early stream of Old Blues LP via Bandcamp

Bad History Month’s sophomore album Old Blues is just a day away from it’s long-awaited release on Exploding in Sound. The album’s release has been preceded by two well-received singles, the LP’s dramatic opener “Waste Not,” and its follow up “A Survey of Cosmic Repulsion,” and a series of live streamed performances, including a 2.5 hour long set earlier this week, performed from his bathroom in which Bad History Month (aka Sean Sprecher) dug into his extensive back catalog. Exploding in Sound have promised that the career-spanning set will be preserved and formally released online in the not so distant future, but today Sprecher is sharing a preview of his album a day early via Bandcamp.

Diplo shares video for “On My Mind” with Sidepiece

The “On My Mind” video follows another recent Diplo release “Do Si Do” with Blanco Brown, the latest from his long-awaited country album Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley Chapter 1: Snake Oil, set for release May 29 on Columbia Records.

Adeline Hotel Shares New Single & Video “Strange Sometimes”

Adeline Hotel is the psych-folk/indie rock project led by guitarist and vocalist Dan Knishkowy, joined by guitarist Ben Seretan, pianist Winston Cook-Wilson (Office Culture), bassist Andrew Stocker, drummer Sean Mullins (Wilder Maker), with guest vocalists Brigid Mae Power and Matt Kivel, and a host of others.

Adeline Hotel Premieres Poignant Indie-Folk “Strange Sometimes”

The White Buffalo releases official music video for “Problem Solution”

Today, The White Buffalo (Jake Smith) has released the official music video for “Problem Solution” from his recently released album On The Widow’s Walk (Snakefarm Records).

Video Premiere: The White Buffalo’s “Problem Solution,” prod. Shooter Jennings


Today, pop phenom AJ Mitchell has unveiled the official music video for his track “Down In Flames” (Epic Records). Directed by Kyle Goldberg (Future, Ella Mai) and filmed amidst the backdrop of a remote airfield in Kansas City, the song and video offer an emotional and timely spotlight on the irreplaceable nature of the world around us.

The Rolling Stones Release New Song “Living In A Ghost Town” Today

Mick- ”So the Stones were in the studio recording some new material before the lockdown and there was one song we thought would resonate through the times that we’re living in right now. We’ve worked on it in isolation. And here it is – It’s called ‘Living in Ghost Town’ – I hope you like it”

Keith- “So, let’s cut a long story short. We cut this track well over a year ago in L.A. for part of a new album, an ongoing thing, and then shit hit the fan Mick and I decided this one really needed to go to work right now and so here you have it , “Living in a Ghost Town”. Stay safe!”

AFTERMATH Warns the Masses in New “Diethanasia” Video Update

“As a kid I always questioned and challenged authority. That’s one thing that never changed for me. I’m a cynic and that has led to my search for the truth. I have been on a path to answer questions I have had for years. That search has led to some horrifying realities. The quest for the truth and the answers I have uncovered led to our latest album called “There is Something Wrong”. It is a concept record that challenges the listener to question everything and to never believe the official story just because your government or media tells you to. From the Fed to organized religion to Agenda 2030, the lyrics expose it all” says Kyriakos “Charlie” Tsiolis.

Red Bull Records Announces Virtual Festival – Streaming Live on 5/1

Showcasing its expanding roster of innovative artists, independent label Red Bull Records has announced its first-ever Virtual Festival, airing Friday, May 1 exclusively on Facebook, YouTube and Twitch.

Highlighting a lineup of diverse and cutting-edge talent, the multi-genre livestreamed festival will feature intimate at-home performances from Red Bull Records artists, exclusive content, surprise guest appearances and more, entertaining fans across the globe while staying indoors.


To be released on May 15th 2020, Charli XCX’s forthcoming new album ‘how i’m feeling now’ is a completely unique project. Written, recorded and released in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the album invites collaboration in a new way, welcoming fans to give feedback on every aspect of the record; from contributing to videos, to songwriting choices, to single selection and more. Following on from a poll hosted by Charli, today she unveils ‘claws’, the Angel-selected second single from the album.

Charli XCX Unveils Electro-Pop Stunner, ‘Claws’


Today, rising Atlanta rapper Mulatto releases her new freestyle “No Hook” along with a video via RCA Records. Directed by John Tashiro (Queen Naija), co-directed by Diesel and shot in Atlanta, the video shows Mulatto stripped down, freestyling and releasing her thoughts as a form as therapy to herself.

Mr Ben & The Bens Share New Track “Watering Can”

Of the track bandleader Ben Hall says: “Watering can is a gently-swaying brassy ode to small town life. I took up gardening recently as our band obtained an allotment and I loved the image of a watering can becoming a metaphor for good intentions. Lyrically the track deals with the themes of lost love, claustrophobia and aspirational dreams that somehow never seem to be realised. The song is the finale of the new album and I wanted it to be that very specific combination of uplifting melancholy.”

Lorelei Rose Taylor Exclusively Premieres “Versailles” via Substream Magazine

Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Lorelei Rose Taylor carefully treads the space between dreamy alternative and baroque-pop with a story of love, lust, and loss. Through cinnamon butter vocals and raw, lyrically pungent storytelling, she draws inspiration from the likes of The Cranberries, Jewel, Stevie Nicks, Florence and the Machine, and Sinead O’Connor. Today, she is exclusively premiering her new single “Versailles” via Substream Magazine.

PREMIERE: Lorelei Rose Taylor shows growth on “Versailles”

MA Hip Hop Duo “The Hashassins” Stay True To Their Lane with “Moments” EP + Video

The Hashassins is a hip hop duo (William Wallace & Sincere) rooting from Westfield, MA creating music that carries a strong message, but also keeps it funky. They have an older soul sound reminiscent to J.Dilla and Madlib with an original new school perspective.


Speaking on the release, LOONY states: JOYRiDE is youth, irresponsibility, a way for me to go back and revisit – and even re-contextualize – certain moments or phases of my life. It’s really like a little love letter to a few things that have left some sort of imprint on me, for better or worse. And I want to honour and immortalize them, but also leave them alone for a bit. Essentially I’m like hijacking my memories, using them to create something new so that I can move on. And then if I choose to look back on them, I can do it in this curated and re-imagined way that makes it a more pleasant experience for me. Where it’s me owning it, rather than it owning me. Or at least, it’s my attempt at that. An attempt to organize chaos.

ST. SOUTH Shares Track + Video “Growing Up”

Australian bedroom artist St. South has announced her anticipated debut full length album Get Well Soon will be released on July 17th. As a songwriter, singer, and producer, St. South has worked tirelessly on the skills required to make the kind of nuanced and soulful electro she’s known for. But her sound is not just a study in technical self-reliance; it is an intimate portrait of an artist who lives life on her own terms, and one that has pulled in millions of listeners from all corners of the world. On Get Well Soon, St. South continues to be revelatory, as she unfolds a story of grief, heartbreak and ultimately, self-love.

The 1975 Release New Song and Video for “If You’re Too Shy (Let Me Know)” Via Dirty Hit / Interscope Records

Toronto Alt Garage Rockers THE VANIERS Ask ‘Who Are You To Say?’ In Debut EP

Toronto alt rockers The Vaniers are out with their debut EP, Who Are You To Say? — and sophomore single, “On The Regular” — available now!

The five-track breakout EP hits with inspo from band beacons like The Strokes or Arctic Monkeys alongside original, intuitive and tightly-knit musicality from the three former high school classmates — Diego Paz on bass guitar and vox, Alex Iacobellis on guitar, and Nick Donato on drums.