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Germany’s Riches of the Poor Release New Single + Video – “Please”

“On their latest single, “Please”, the band evokes the dense melodicism of The National and the noisy guitar rock of DIIV, finding a balance between overt theatricality and subtle emotional reconfiguration. Ripe with melancholy pop lay lines and driving guitar riffs, the track alternates between quieter moments of introspection and broader bouts of universal sentiment. Melodies tumble over opaque textures as the band works through their common inspirations to achieve the sort of rare musical equilibrium that few bands are even aware of.” – Beats Per Minute

Riches of the Poor explore an interconnected melodic density and emotional vulnerability on “Please” (BPM Premiere)


Today, rapper 645AR releases his super charged, eye-popping video “Yoga” directed by BRTHR, the duo behind videos from Travis Scott and The Weeknd. Watch the high octane, animation filled video here.

Says 645AR, “So much stacks, just like Soulja.”

Adds BRTHR, “645AR, we need to shoot something before this lockdown or we’ll go nuts man”.

Joshua Crumbly Releases New Song “For Victor” – Debut Album ‘Rise’ out May 15

Today, bassist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Crumbly released “For Victor,” the third single from his debut album Rise (out May 15 via Open Book Records). WBGO’s Nate Chinen praised “For Victor” as “a muscular fusion tune whose quick-twitch harmonic movement may lead some younger listeners to draw comparisons with Thundercat. But as the title suggests, it’s inspired by the former Weather Report bassist Victor Bailey, an important early mentor to Crumbly who died in 2016.”

Check out Sami Nathan’s timeless ‘Beautiful Outside’

It’s time to discover sensational new artist Sami Nathan. Born and raised in North London, Sami started playing the piano and singing in her early years. A natural songwriter with an explosive voice. She honed her craft writing all over the world learning that there’s nothing more important than the song! Drawing comparisons to the likes of Amy Winehouse with a sprinkling of Janis Joplin, Sami is influenced by a wide range of artists such as Elton John, The Beatles, and Stevie Wonder and like them before her uses a song to tell her story. Chaka Khan is a fan, showering praise on Instagram at this future talent, having seen a blistering cover of Chaka & Rufus’ ‘Tell Me Something Good’.

New Noise: Sami Nathan

Dinosaur Pile-Up announce new podcast ‘The Cosmic Barbecue’

The Cosmic Barbecue finds Dinosaur Pile-Up’s Matt Bigland (vocals, guitar), Mike Sheils (drums) and Jim Cratchley (bass) discussing “everything and anything”. The first episode discusses the origins of the band, prompted by questions from fans, and is the band’s way of staying connected with each other and fans during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Lukas Ionesco | New video clip “Emotions”

New video clip “Emotions” from Lukas Ionesco and Clara Benador is out now! A track from his new album “Magic Stone” out on march 20th.

Boniface Shares Video For “It’s A Joke” || Debut Album ‘Boniface’ Out Now On Transgressive

The visuals were shot in Toronto, just one day before lockdown commenced in Canada.

“It’s weird to think about now,” Micah Visser remembers fondly. “But I’m glad it’s the last thing we got to do. Basically, we just wanted to have fun with this one. And we did! The energy was so positive on set and I think the playful nature of the song really comes through in the video. We also finally got to pay homage to ABBA in a Boniface video, which I’ve wanted to do from the start.”

PLAY: Zanski’s soulful electronic-R&B ballad “Consequence”

Toronto-based multi-instrumental, producer and songwriter Zanski presents his new single “Consequence,” a mesmerizing slow-tempo sonic adventure is the first single off Zanski’s forthcoming EP out in June and explores the theme of self-acceptance in the face of overwhelming internal struggle.

Avant-Garde Jazz Duo MRS. FUN Release New Album TRUTH

MRS. FUN plays nu jazz. Complex, sophisticated and adventurous, their music is a unique blend of off-center jazz, ultra-funk, spoken word rap, and their own brand of neo-cabaret. Intelligent lyrics, stellar musicianship, and a dynamic stage presence are hallmarks of their music. The MRS. FUN sound is derived from Connie Grauer’s funky bass-driven keyboard playing, combined with Kim Zick’s skillful in-the-pocket drumming.

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.

Doja Cat shares new “Say So” video with Vevo

Vevo and Doja Cat today released a live performance of “Say So” off her new album Hot Pink as part of Vevo’s LIFT program. LIFT connects today’s up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo’s artist development program shines a spotlight on the world’s freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Billie Eilish, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, YUNGBLUD, Sam Smith, CNCO and more.

Harrieta – Track: No More Cages

“No More Cages” is an outstanding single hit declaring and affirming powerful message for humanity; “you know my name, you know me, you felt my touch”. Through the opening verse, She explores the fears and doubts that keep us quiet until the powerful crescendo into a chorus, where her smooth vocals encourage us to speak out. The lush, gorgeous track has all the elements of a perfect pop song; chorus that hooks, relatable lyrics that pack a punch, and a melody that is impossible to forget.

ICYIM: Mr. Popular Displays His ‘Flair For The Dramatic’

Songwriter/producer Mr. Popular today releases his debut album, Flair For The Dramatic, out via Big Noise. The title is itself a mission statement for Mr. Popular. It’s the L.A-based artist’s quest for creative originality while taking “drama” to be both the emotional content of his songs, as well as the desired physical effect. These are songs of shared trials, and these are songs to make you dance.


18 year old Suffolk based newcomer Oscar Welsh today reveals stellar new single S.A.D, an intricately crafted left-pop cut from an artist already turning alot of heads. Crafted in his bedroom, the sun-bleached track showcases Oscar’s dreamy vocals over rolling beats to create a must-listen offering from a surefire artist to watch this year.

XIBALBA Premieres Title Track To Años En Infierno LP As Album Nears Late May Release Through Southern Lord

Pomona, California-based metallic hardcore powerhouse XIBALBA prepares for their anxiously anticipated fourth LP, Años En Infierno. As the album nears its release through Southern Lord Recordings late this month, the title track to the album has been premiered through an exclusive at Revolver Magazine.

Heavy Hearts Drop New Single “Out of Reach”

Hailing from Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Heavy Hearts have been singled as one of the top bands leading an emo revival. Bolstered by the warm reception of their 2017 On a Chain EP, Heavy Hearts have enjoyed success since introducing their debut full-length, Bliss, in 2016. Infusing unabashed emotional range and rugged lyricism into each new release, Heavy Hearts are fueled by a willingness to experiment; from emo to post-punk, they run the alt-rock gamut.

Moneybagg Yo Releases Video For “Spin On Em ft. Fredo Bang” Today

Kid Froopy Releases Debut Album, Silver Silver, Out Now via Deadbeats

Featuring a total of 11-new tracks written, performed, and produced all by Kid Froopy himself, Silver Silver is influenced by and combines a a myriad of genre’s including 70s rock, french electronic music, americana, bossa nova, indie-pop and more. Showcasing the artist’s own falsetto reaching vocal range and eclectic production chops, the album acts as a sonic photograph into the mind of the artist himself. Introspective with a melancholic tint of nostalgia, the LP’s songwriting pulls from his own experience moving from small town America to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, and the journey of being alone in the world.