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On the heels of glowing acclaim from The FADER, Clash, and more, buzzing 17-year-old Columbus, OH alternative pop songstress KIITA unleashes her new EP, BAYARD THE BLOODHOUND, today.

SAMUEL PROFFITT Announces Shades EP; Shares “Surry”

Artist and producer Samuel Proffitt is excited to announce his upcoming EP Shades will be released via Nettwerk on July 24th. Samuel, who is also working towards his PhD at Brown University, takes inspiration from personal writings, poetry, and his interest in philosophy. Shades revolves around exploration of a particular psychological locus that manifests itself following moments of extreme anguish and trauma, a re-breaking. He is inspired by the concept of shade from Greek and Roman mythology, which is when a spirit or ghost must pay a debt to pass into the underworld or be forced to wander for eternity.

➕ LISTEN ➕ Ominous new synth-pop single “Bad For Me” from multifaceted band LOWBORN

While their previous tracks take on more of a rock-influence, multifaceted band LOWBORN’s new single “Bad For Me” contains eerie, heavy pop-synth beats with lightning-like vocals from Wes Lauterbach. Created in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, “Bad For Me” feels incredibly ominous and relatable. With its inspiration rooted in the fear of change, “Bad For Me” acknowledges bad behavior that, while fun and exciting, ends up creating further damage.

BEAR: BrooklynVegan Unveils “Gutter Love” Video

Belgian progressive metal/hardcore practitioners BEAR are pleased to unveil their latest video for “Gutter Love.” Currently playing at BrooklynVegan, the track comes by way of the band’s Propaganda full-length, set to drop next month via Pelagic Records.

Marlin’s Dreaming Share ‘Quotidian’ LP, Out Now on All DSP’s

New Zealand indie outfit Marlin’s Dreaming have shared their latest album, Quotidian. The band’s eclectic mix of genre combined with their divergent sounds made them an indie favorite, amassing millions of streams worldwide. This momentum has continued as singles from Quotidian have seen praise from NME, American Songwriter, Clash, Brooklyn Vegan, Atwood Magazine, and more.

Stay Over Releases “Happy” Video

Stay Over is one to watch and has been getting some key, early support from Spotify who featured “Happy” on their New Music Friday playlist – he’s also working with and signed to GRAMMY-nominated producer Cisco Adler’s label. Writing music as his own version of therapy, Stay Over has more music to come that cuts right to the heart of his positive message about mental health, knowing you’re not alone, and overcoming emotional battles.

“Forever” is a track from NYC-based artist Carly Shea

Carly says the following about the music video: “This was put together by a talented video artist, Riviera (@rivirrs) — he took random clips I had from a trip to Amsterdam. The clips were shot by a new friend I randomly made there on a solo trip. It was my birthday– we ran around exploring the city running from thrift stores to coffee shops having a great time.”

Very Very – “Daydreams”

Her new single – “Daydreams” – marks the second offering from her forthcoming Badlands EP. A haunting lullabye, the song plays with cheerful tones and playful melodies that mask a dark truth; just beneath the surface lies a violent battle between the artist’s love and enmity.

G59 rapper Shakewell debuts new song and video Late Night

Today, Los Angeles rapper Shakewell debuts his breezy new cut and head-spinning visual “Late Night,” the lead single from his forthcoming album Long Haired Dragon releasing via G59 Records / Caroline. Produced by Dretta, Shakewell doesn’t take any chances as he raps about his after-hours hustle over the melodic beat. The song is his first official release on G59 Records, home to artists $uicideBoy$, Germ, Night Lovell and Ramirez.

“I wrote the song as kind of a commentary on my own experience being both an addict and an artist at the same time. On the one hand, I’ve had this ability to make music that reaches millions of people and has created all sorts of success in many areas in my life but on the other hand there’s always that urge to clean up my act for the sake of my brain and long-term health,” explains Shakewell.

For Skope: Teamworx release deep progressive house track “Just Like That”. Out now on Protocol

Protocol veterans Teamworx are back, and this time they’re taking label’s debutant Umut Ozsoy under their wings with new track “Just Like That.” Their collaboration showcases Teamworx’s dynamic style in a new way, delivering deep and bouncy basslines and rolling melodies combined with soulful, sultry vocals. These elements serve as the perfect complement, giving “Just Like That” after-hours vibes for those nights that just don’t want to end. Hailing from Cyprus, Ozsoy is the newest member of the Protocol label and makes a strong debut with this single, so we can’t wait to see what’s next from this young producer. Teamworx last graced Protocol with January’s single “We Are Lost,” a collaboration with MR.BLACK, making a stop on the way by Revealed Recordings with “Zoom Zoom.”

April becomes musicalized with “No son palabras, son mis huellas,” the new single from X Alfonso

Talented Cuban artist X Alfonso will release “No son palabras, son mis huellas,” (They are not words, they are my footprints) the eighth track from his latest album Inside on the 24th of this month; it will be available for streaming on the main digital music services Spotify, Deezer, and Apple Music. The lyrics are perfect for a world fighting to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.

With “No son palabras, son mis huellas,” X Alfonso acknowledges the tragedy facing the world today and offers a sobering, heartfelt message for all of us. Employing piano accompaniment, rap beats, and the ancestral rhythms of his native Cuba, the artist makes clear his message that only love and unity can save us.


Nashville-based Colorado-bred singer/songwriter Michelle Mandico has released Something New, a three-song collaboration with NYC jazz pianist Eunha So. The pair met while attending college at the University of Denver in 2012. “On Something New, the artists merge styles,” says Quip Magazine. “Mandico’s vocals shine with depth and softness throughout the tracks, while So’s melodies keep afloat a wistful, romantic hope. The piano succeeds in leveling these love songs, opening each track to the possibility of tenderness that rings more authentic than maudlin. All in all, Something New makes for an affecting teaser of songs from two talented upcoming musicians. So’s exquisite piano complements Mandico’s brand of sensitive Americana, adding layers of emotionality to the gentle and naturalistic style.” “Besides my sister, she was the first pianist I hired to play in my band because she could play anything,” says Mandico. “As we got to know each other more, we both were thinking that we wanted to write some music together,” adds So. “At the time, we were mostly performing Michelle’s original music with a band in Denver venues, but we thought it might be cool to bring my jazz side into our music.”

Dark Folk Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist Rett Smith – releases New Single “Better Day “

American Songwriter aptly states, ” ‘Better Day’ has a certain confessional intimacy. Smith, in a somber, hushed voice, sings about a failed relationship and the resulting depression. The lyrics display a poetic, if damaged, romanticism, especially when he shows a bruised hopefulness for a reconciliation. A gentle female vocal provides a beautiful harmony on the chorus, though it is Smith’s world-weary voice throughout, with its world-weary rasp, that truly gives the song its emotional depth. The sparse instrumentation – delicately chiming guitar, subdued percussion and spare bass lines – shows Smith’s “less is more” approach, allowing the lyrical sentiments to take center stage.”

MICHAEL BUONO Shares Darkly Spirited Video for Single “Rescue”

Says Buono: “This song to me is about how we’re all struggling, but each of us is afraid to pull back the curtain to anyone else and let them know the suffering we’re experiencing. Sadly, this results in everyone looking out at the world and feeling that they’re the only ones who aren’t alone, despite the fact that everyone is simultaneously feeling the same way and contributing to the landscape of fake happiness on platforms like Instagram.

Perpetuals Premiere New Single “Passive Witness”

Formed in 2018, Philadelphia-based alternative rock trio Perpetuals is refreshingly reflective. Coming together after working on a range of music projects throughout the 2010s, Perpetuals came to their current identity in 2018. Their sound is distinct, crafted from their variety of musical endeavors, both separate and together. Through reflective and passionate vocals, well-crafted guitar riffs, and energetic percussion, the group thrills all listeners and audiences alike. With styles reminiscent of artists like Young the Giant, Coldplay, U2, and Kings of Leon, the band is known for bringing a raw and emphatic energy to every live show. Their new single “Passive Witness,” which was passionately written for a film about the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, is a clear demonstration of their motivation and artistry. From high energy funk-influenced tunes to open and swaying ballads, Perpetuals is hungry to create music, and be proud of what they create. “Passive Witness” is out on all digital platforms NOW.

Danzig’s Latest Album ‘DANZIG Sings ELVIS’ Available Today

The wait is finally over as punk rock icon DANZIG releases his highly anticipated new album DANZIG Sings ELVIS today with Cleopatra Records. After crediting Elvis Presley as one of his greatest influences, DANZIG has wrapped up this eagerly-awaited full-length album, which is also available on vinyl.

While recording this project, it was important for DANZIG to not only include some well-known Elvis recordings, but also some that were not hits, but influential nonetheless. With tracks such as “One Night,” First In Line,” “Like A Baby,” popular versions of “Fever” and a haunting rendition of “Always On My Mind,” there is no denying, DANZIG cut no corners when creating this iconic record.

Shatter Brain: Premiere New Video Death Goes On

Pitchfork Justice was recorded and mixed by Jimmy Balderston at Ghostnote Recording Studios (Scott Kelly, Sumeru, Space Bong) in Adelaide, and mastered by Dav Byrne at Iridium Audio (Witchskull, YLVA, Space Bong). All artwork and layouts were done by Adelaide local Steve Lehmann. Pitchfork Justice contains nine cohesive songs that are a unique blend of sludge metal, old-school thrash, and hardcore, with modern and diverse vocals. The production is lively and bombastic, as well as punchy and aggressive, and the lyrics make a strong statement about the current state of the world, particularly around social media and PC culture.

Tortured Soul returns with their latest single “I Wish You Were Here” feat. Lisa Shaw

For their latest release, Tortured Soul has joined forces with Lisa Shaw for a deep house love duet. “I Wish You Were Here” is a sweet serenade between Lisa Shaw and John Christian Urich—a song of reassurance that a blissful time is in store once they are reunited! Despite having been in the deep-house music scene simultaneously for years, this marks the first time Tortured Soul and Lisa Shaw have collaborated.

THE SCOTTS by KAWS Cover II Released

To celebrate the final show of Fortnite + Travis Scott Present: ASTRONOMICAL that took place at 6 PM EDT Saturday 4/25, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi have released an alternate version of THE SCOTTS cover art by legendary artist KAWS.

Zach Bellas – ‘No One Cares About What We’ve Done’ Video

Zach Bellas is an American musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and founder of the independent recording label SMB Records. He is most well known for fronting the band Groundscore (2008 -2012), his work as lead guitar player for The Pasadena Band (2015 – 2017), and has worked more recently under his own name as the leader of the three piece rock band Zach Bellas (2012 – Present). He currently fronts Zach Bellas and produces records for his independent label SMB Records. He is a sponsored artist by PRS Guitars and 1710 Percussion. Since beginning his professional music career in 2008, Bellas has performed over 1,000 shows all across the USA and internationally, including touring in support of great bands such as Clutch, Corrosion of Conformity, and Flogging Molly. He has also produced and released five full length albums, an EP and several singles through his label, including some key collaborations with Hall of Famer Junior Marvin from Bob Marley and The Wailers, Jean-Paul Gaster from Clutch and legendary producer Don Zientara.

Los Angeles alt rock band Trope – Entitled “Shout”

Trope is an alternative prog/rock band located in Hollywood, LA. Formed in 2016, the band have been perfecting their sound and songwriting, leading to their highly anticipated debut album Eleutheromania. Combining hypnotic rhythms with dark, progressive elements, singer Diana Studenberg gives the band their recognizable sound with her delicate-to-angst vocals which cascade dramatically atop their dynamic melodies.

Briannagh D “Grateful” New Single