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THE SONIC DAWN: stream new LP “Enter The Mirage” in full via Shindig!

Says the band: “We created Enter the Mirage to be experienced as a full album. The songs make sense in each other’s company. So far it has been very positively received, with fans ripping the LPs off our shelves and many overwhelming reviews already. Shindig Magazine called it “A modern psych classic and early contender for album of the year.” Enter the Mirage is not only a record intended for the diehard acid rockers, though. We hope that many different folks will give in to their natural curiosity and take a 38 minute high-volume stroll through the mirror with us. Come on in, friend, the water is fine!”

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Pure X Stream First Album in 6 years

Two week’s ago Pure X announced the release of their forthcoming self-titled album, their first album in 6 years. The announcement, which was accompanied by the release of singles “Middle America” and “Fantasy,” was greeted with excitement from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, Brooklyn Vegan, Line of Best Fit, Exclaim, Under The Radar, NME and Spin, and today the band are sharing a stream of the full album, two days before it’s official release on Fire Talk Records, alongside a feature on The FADER, their first major interview since returning from a 6 year break.


“stunning and emotional…”- Fader

“spotlights the rising star’s rich, bluesy vocals”- Consequence of Sound

Lesley Barth Releases Country-Tinged Track “Nashville”

“This record is about facing the negativity, feeling isolated, rebuilding yourself from failed attempts to navigate the ever-turning, numbers game that is modern life.” -Madeline Crone, American Songwriter

Lesley Barth Releases First Single, “Woman Looking Back at Me” from ‘Big Time Baby’


“I was contemplating the emotional strain that comes when someone you care about isn’t able to be honest with you, “says Faouzia, “Whether it’s about how they’re feeling, what they’re going through, or maybe something heavier. This song is about letting them know that they can come to you in times of need, no judgement, only support; and no matter what they tell you, you will always be there for them.”


Fredo entered into a partnership with Def Jam in the fall. The hits continued unabated with “Face Down” and “Vest Up,” then into 2020 with “Yo Slime,” and “Waitin 4” (with a beat from Hard­body B-Eazy and DJ Chose). Fredo’s next mixtape, Pain Made Me Numb hit in November, with the single + video releases “Cap A Lot” and “Slidin.” April 2020 brought the back-to-back releases of the single + video “Trust Issues,” and Fredo’s newest mixtape, Most Hated.

Jackboy Wilds Out in the Intense “Won’t Understand” Video

Rhyming with raw nerve emotion and a malleable vocal style, Jackboy makes Florida trap with an unpredictable edge. Daring listeners to see life from his point of view, the Sniper Gang emcee shares “Won’t Understand,” his latest video. Toe-tagging a country-fried beat by TNTxD, Jackboy alternates rapidfire patter with high-pitched melodies, laying down the law and saying things to the opps that he can’t take back: “F*ck you and yo dead ass partner.” In the video, Jack hits up an empty warehouse to strut his stuff, mugging for DrewFilmedIt’s camera in his Sniper Gang letterman jacket and his designer face mask. “Won’t Understand” is the latest video from JACKBOY, the Pompano Beach, FL rapper’s latest project.

HONEYBADGER – single “That feel” from upcoming album “Pleasure Delayer”

Honeybadger is a heavy, desert rock band with four members from Athens, Greece.

Influenced by bands like Monster Magnet, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch, Truckfighters, amongst others, they formed in 2014 and achieved local success in their home city, Athens.

Stream Mark Allen-Piccolo’s upcoming LP early via Week in Pop

Mark Allen-Piccolo strives to make every song an adventure. With each new idea, a sonic journey awaits; one where he’ll discover new sonorities, new dissonances along the way. He often doesn’t know where his writing will lead, but every song has promise as a romantic journey of luscious chords and melodies—songs that are lush, dark, and moody, while never collapsing from the weight of their own angst.

The Highwomen unveil official music video for “Crowded Table”

Filmed throughout the making of their acclaimed, self-titled debut album, the video features appearances by the collaborative movement’s founding members—Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires—along with Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Yola, Tim and Phil Hanseroth and more. The “anthem for our time” (“CBS This Morning”) and “hymn of togetherness and support” (Rolling Stone) also serves as the centerpiece of Campbell Soup Company’s new commercial, “We All Want a House with a Crowded Table.”

boyband – “realtree”

Best known for his contributions to “Kick It” from the Grammy-Nomination Lil Nas X’ 7, his work with Young Thug, Gunna and his association with hot production collective, Internet Money, boyband has established his reputation as one of Los Angeles’ most sought after producers. Melding dopamine-inducing drops with adrenaline charged riffs and armed with a deft, meticulous ear, boyband is smudging the lines of genre to create a flawless fusion of timeless sounds.

THE DEARS – Premiere New Single “I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful”

Montréal quintet The Dears, led by husband & wife duo Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, have released “I Know What You’re Thinking And It’s Awful,” the third single from their upcoming album Lovers Rock. It premiered today on Exclaim. View and share via YouTube.

Rite Hook Is Somewhere Between Love And Hate For Hometown on “Home” Single

Rite Hook drops another impressive single Home that speaks to the complicated relationship he has with his hometown in Massachusetts. “I wrote the song in a time where I valued my home state and upbringing but also harbored deep resentments for it at the same time for some dark times it provided me. This song is about dancing between love and hate for where you’re from” says Rite Hook.


Crooked Colours have quickly earned applause as one of Australia’s hottest new electronic dance acts, scoring over 50 million worldwide streams thus far with a series of increasingly popular tracks – including the breakthrough single, “Flow” – and show-stealing festival performances around the globe. Acclaimed by Triple J for “expanding their spellbinding sonic world,” LANGATA, the band’s 2019 sophomore album, rose to #1 on the ARIA Top 25 Dance Albums Chart as well as top 10 on the overall ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart, fueled in part by tracks like “Just Breathe,” “I’ll Be There,” and “Never Dance Alone (Feat. Ladyhawke).”


“Hullabaloo,” which chronicles a young man learning to think for himself as he navigates through the world of The Lemming Corporation, marks the latest chapter in Rare Americans’ ongoing exploration of a colorful creative universe dubbed Crooked City. The track’s companion visual furthers a series of aesthetically intertwined animations – including the wildly popular “Brittle Bones Nicky” – that have already earned more than 41 million YouTube views and gained them over 207,000 subscribers.

New video – Das Kope (ffo Tame Impala, Ariel Pink, Os Mutantes)

His debut album is a fittingly apocalyptic, lo-fi psychedelic portrait of isolation. Reminiscent of Tame Impala & Ariel Pink with a “Beach Boys trapped in a Black Mirror episode” vibe, he’s also played guitar on Lil Peep’s album and with Elle King, made videos for Bishop Briggs, toured w/ STRFKR and been on NPR’s New Music Friday + Spotify’s Fresh Finds – Allie X is a fan.


Directed by GASHI, shot on iPhone in quarantine by his mother and father and edited by Brendan O’Connor, the video finds GASHI reflecting on his relationships and life thus far and includes footage of GASHI as a child as well as a guest appearance from his nephew at the end (who’s also featured on the cover art).


“I once dated a pop star when I was the most broke I’ve ever been. She was always offering to buy me things, pay for gas, fly me everywhere… It made me feel indebted,” Jake explains. “I felt small not being able to take care of her or buy her nice things. It wasn’t until after we split that I realized all she wanted was a few plucked flowers every now and then. I wrote this song after she told me she couldn’t take me back. I hope she hears it while at the movies with whomever she’s seeing now.”

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Revolver Premieres “The Chasm At The Mouth Of The All”

Revolver is currently streaming “The Chasm At The Mouth Of The All” from Denver-based doom bringers IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS. The haunting new hymn comes by way of the band’s impending Lux full-length, set for release on May 15th.


Chicago-bred production duo Louis The Child have shared the timely and uplifting video for their recent single “Little Things,” a collaboration with Detroit singer/songwriter Quinn XCII and up-and-coming artist Chelsea Cutler which entered the Spotify US Viral Charts at #31. Directed by Stefano Bertelli from Italy in complete lockdown (a filmmaker who’s also worked with artists like lovelytheband, Coyu & Moby, and Robbie Williams), the animated visual delivers an emotionally powerful and incredibly imaginative take on quarantine-style videos.

Up and Coming Post-Hardcore Band AMERICAN SLANG Set to Release Debut Album, “Death Drive,” on May 22

Up and coming Chicago-based post-hardcore band AMERICAN SLANG will release their debut album, Death Drive, on Friday, May 22

“Musically, we wanted to make something that brought together all of the parts of the hardcore, punk, metal and classic rock we all love,” says guitarist Tyler Grier. “Something that was aggressive and engaging, but at the same time, you could still sing along.”