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Tall Heights & Ryan Montbleau cover “Helplessly Hoping”

The trio have had previous success with their cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” garnering over 60 million streams. Tall Heights have garnered over 200 million Spotify streams and have performed sold out shows across the globe, while Ryan Montbleau is a well-known folk singer/songwriter. “Helplessly Hoping” is a testament to their friendship and continuing musical journey.

Skope | punk legend Alice Bag – new video – “Sender Is Blocked”

Prolific punk icon, Alice Bag has digitially released her new album Sister Dynamite via In The Red Records. Today, she has released the “Sender Is Blocked” video directed by Amber Williams and featuring members of Fresno, CA bands Squid Ink and Fatty Cakes and The Puff Pastries in multiple roles. The poignant video tackles the cataclysmic issue of our nation’s communication breakdown in both personal and political arenas.

“L.A.’s original punk” – The Los Angeles Times
” …her words are a revolutionary rally cry.” – Pitchfork


Sharing real life snapshots in song, Rence magnifies his personal perspective through a genre-less palette, bordering pop, alternative, electro, indie and hip-hop all at once, yet never dipping into one for too long. He introduced himself on the breakthrough independent project, Pink. The lead single “Baby Blue” racking up nearly 10 million streams. Peers such as Chelsea Cutler and FLETCHER lent support as critical acclaim came from Hilly Dilly, Lyrical Lemonade, Ones To Watch, Elevator Magazine, and more. Tastemaker Zane Lowe handpicked “Ways To Go” as his “World Record” on Apple Music’s Beats 1.

LESSER GLOW Debuts Crushing “Toba” Single At Ghost Cult

Ghost Cult crowns the track, “harrowing, sorrowful, beautiful, and heroic sounding,” while the band further elaborates, “‘Toba’ was inspired by the super volcano that exists on present day Lake Toba, Sumatra. 75,000 years ago, it is believed to have bottlenecked the human population. Within the arc of Nullity, we see this as earth’s attempt of reclamation; cleansing itself of any record of humanity and exposing the futility of human existence.”

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Lesser Glow – “Toba”

Iba Mahr Share Powerful Message In His New Release ‘Stay Positive’

Following his 2019 hits “Million Thoughts” and “Concentrate”, Iba Mahr in collaboration with Ghetto Youths Intl. has released his latest single titled Stay Positive. A track produced by multi-winning Grammy producer and artist Stephen ‘Ragga’ Marley. The collaboration between Iba and Ghetto Youths Intl is not the first partnership for the star – this link has spawned hits like the 2015 release “Talk If Them Want”, produced by, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley.

Watch Camille Delean’s new “Go Easy” video via Gold Flake Paint

Camille Delean appeared on the Canadian music scene in 2017 with the release of her debut, Music On the Grey Mile. The album introduced the Montreal-based songwriter and vocalist’s work as a self-contained sound world: a distinct palette, stylistically timeless, full of place and character. Through live performances in Canada and Europe with her band—a rotating ensemble of Montreal, Hull, and Toronto musicians—the three years since have seen Delean bend moody, evocative folk-rock further down a path of her own. That evolution is now captured in a follow-up LP, Cold House Burning, the hypnotic documenting of a spiral of solitude.

New Music: Camille Delean — “Go Easy”

Evan Myall (Sleepy Sun) Streams Full-Length Debut

Evan Myall is the full length debut from LA based singer-songwriter Evan Myall Reiss, who performs and records under the name Evan Myall. Evan has spent the last decade playing guitar, writing songs, and touring the world with Sleepy Sun, as well as writing and recording with Fine Points. Inspired by classic songwriters like Glen Campbell and George Harrison, he set out to make an album of his own songs, informed by timeless sounds as much as the post-modern psych and swirl of his other projects.


REDEYΕ CARAVAN – single “The Descent”

Redeye Caravan released the full-length album “Nostrum Remedium”. A caravan loaded with music and words from haunted worlds began and continues for its destination.


Today, on his 31st birthday, Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum global superstar Chris Brown teams up with Grammy Award winning artist, tastemaker, and CEO Young Thug to release their first full-length mixtape Slime & B, available now at all digital service providers via RCA Records.

ripmattblack Drops a Video for the Daytrip-Produced “All U Need”

Singing about modern romance with hooks and humor, ripmattblack is gaining traction with his genre-fluid pop. Today, Matt shares “All U Need,” his charming new music video. A minor-key, guitar-driven track produced by Take A Daytrip, the song finds Matt describing a tumultuous relationship with a woman who is looking for a level of commitment Matt isn’t quite ready for: “And I’m an open book, let me know if you need clarity/She got class tomorrow and she says I need therapy/Spending too much money to feel better apparently/Baby, I’ll do anything but she want a wedding ring.”


Hip-hop’s newest star, Polo G, has announced his eagerly anticipated sophomore album, THE GOAT, will release May 15 via Columbia Records. The Chicago native also revealed the stunning album cover art, which features Polo with his son Tremani.

THE GOAT is the follow-up to Polo’s critically acclaimed Gold certified debut album DIE A LEGEND and delivers his most powerful and heartfelt material to date. On DIE A LEGEND, Polo G mourned his fallen family members and friends; THE GOAT is a celebration of life and legacy. The new album features his latest release “DND,” as well as the Tay Keith & Mike WiLL Made-It produced lead single “Go Stupid” ft. Stunna 4 Vegas & NLE Choppa. THE GOAT will also include production from some of music’s biggest hit makers including Murda Beatz, Mustard & Hit- Boy.


Trailblazing, RIAA-Certified Gold singer-songwriter Wafia has released her eagerly-awaited, feel-good new single “Pick Me,” available now on all DSPs and streaming services HERE via Atlantic Records/Rodeo Records. The sunny and lovable track is the perfect addition to your go-to, feel-good playlist that has kept you going throughout quarantine! In spite of current physical distance, Wafia is collaborating and creating with her friends more than ever. The single arrives alongside whimsical artwork made by fellow recording artist Lil Halima as well as a colorful and vibrant lyric video created by her sister — Watch the handmade lyric video –

Wafia Always Chooses Herself on “Pick Me”

New music: St Lundi return with new single ‘Ruin’ out today through Propeller Recordings

Much like his previous offering, ‘Ruin’ sees the producer take to the piano for this smooth and heartfelt new ballad. Coupling atmospheric production with his own sweet and soaring vocals, his newest cut cements him as one of the more endearing new artists to have emerged so far this year.

ADMT – Shares Flawless Stripped Back Visual of ‘Dream’

Just when we need it the most, Doncaster native Adam Taylor gives us an injection of optimism, reassuring us that things will get better. Bearing his message with infectious vocals and an intricate genre-crossing sound, the unique emerging songwriter’s new track carries a lot of weight. Speaking more on the track Adam shares:

JPEGMAFIA shares ‘BALD! REMIX’ feat. Denzel Curry alongside video

Following the release of ‘BALD!’, JPEGMAFIA’s anthem for the follicly-challenged, Peggy teams up with Denzel Curry for its remix alongside a DIY self-directed video, marking their second collaboration following the Denzel single ‘VENGEANCE’. ‘BALD!’ was the first in a series of singles/videos released by JPEGMAFIA during quarantine, including ‘Covered In Money!’ and ‘BODYGUARD!’, all recorded after returning home early from a sold out UK/EU tour due to the covid-19 pandemic.


Canadian alternative pop band Courage My Love have released their new EP “SPECTRA” which is now available on all DSPs.

Consisting of twin sisters Mercedes Arn-Horn (guitar / vocals), Phoenix Arn-Horn (drums / programming / vocals) and Brandon Lockwood (bass), the trio’s new EP was produced by Phoenix in the band’s home studio.

Acclaimed Folk Musician & Film Music Composer, Roly Witherow, Shares New Single ‘Lord Franklin’

Having made a name for himself as a successful composer of music for film and television, Roly Witherow has chosen an entirely different direction for the first solo release – traditional folk music. Telling stories through his music comes naturally to Roly and by expanding his universe to include sea shanties, styles from not just around the British Isles but also around the world, as well as the whole gamut of life, love, death and a dash of humour, Ballads and Yarns provides a modern yet classic celebration of the art of folk music.

Cold War Kids release new song, “1 x 1 (featuring Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers)”

Today, Cold War Kids have released their new song and video, “1 x 1 (featuring Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers).” The song was co-written by OneRepublic’s Brent Kutzle and features Schultz on vocals. With a solitary acoustic guitar and gentle strings as foundation, CWK’s Nathan Willett’s and Shultz’s voices luminesce in the forefront, trading lead vocals across each verse and ultimately converging in hymnal bliss upon the refrain.

Cold War Kids release new song, “1 x 1 (featuring Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers)”

Brad Stank shares new track “Stanky Om” From upcoming debut album – 5th June on Heist or Hit

Today Brad Stank shares “Stanky Om”, the third single from his forthcoming debut album Kinky Om to be released via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Guest Singer). It follows previous singles “Kinky Visitation” and “Breathing Like A Baby” [featuring Ryshon Jones].

“Stanky Om” is about the “eternal Sexistential sound of the universe. A love song of longing, yearning and pontificating on what could be a supreme love affair.”

Peter Gabriel: Rated PG

Rated PG is a collection of Peter Gabriel songs from the movies, originally released as a limited-edition picture disc for Record Store Day 2019. The album is now being made more widely available with a re-release on black vinyl LP and a first-time release on CD.

Having always loved the combination of film and music (aged 17 he gave up a place at film school to pursue a career in music) Peter Gabriel’s first opportunity to really marry these twin interests came when he was asked to create the music for Alan Parker’s film ‘Birdy’ in 1985. Further film work, including his music for Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Last Temptation of Christ’ (that became the album ‘Passion’) and the soundtrack to Philip Noyce’s film ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’ (released as the album ‘Long Walk Home’), has continued to feed that interest.

OUT NOW // Arlo Parks – ‘Black Dog’

Rising 19 year-old London poet, singer and producer Arlo Parks returns after ‘Eugene’ with her new single ‘Black Dog’, released on Transgressive Records.

Along with it comes a stunning music video directed by Molly Burdett who is now becoming a long term collaborator, and also directed the ‘Super Sad Generation’ and ‘Sophie’ videos.

Eve Owen Shares “Mother” Video

Eve Owen today shared the video for “Mother,” the fourth single off her debut Aaron Dessner-produced album, Don’t Let The Ink Dry, out this Friday, May 8th, via 37d03d Records. The song was released last week to glowing press from The New York Times, Stereogum, Brooklyn Vegan, and more, and its accompanying video can now be seen –

Nadine Shah To Release Fourth Album: Kitchen Sink – Out June 26th

Nadine Shah will release her fourth studio album Kitchen Sink on June 26th via Infectious Music/BMG. Kitchen Sink is the follow up to Shah’s Hyundai Mercury Prize nominated 2017 album Holiday Destination – a triumphant unification of a political message with an infectiously driving groove which received critical acclaim including AIM Awards ‘Independent Album of the Year’, a #7 ‘Album of the Year’ from BBC 6 Music and #5 from The Quietus. Kitchen Sink was produced by long time collaborator and producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Depeche Mode) who also co-wrote and played most of the instruments on the album.

New > Jonah Yano Shares ‘delicate’ > Taken From Debut Album ‘souvenir’ Out 19th June

Today, Jonah Yano, the Japanese-Canadian auteur that makes “tunes that will make you feel like you’re slow dancing in a burning room” (Highsnobiety) shares ‘delicate,’ the second single from his upcoming debut album ‘souvenir’. The accompanying video is an intimate and personal depiction of a day spent with a loved one as he croons “isn’t it so delicate…the way you make up my mind.”

Sci-Fi Romance stream The Rain Becomes A River early on Last Day Deaf

Earlier this morning, LA alt-folk outfit Sci-Fi Romance premiered the entirety of their upcoming EP, The Rain Becomes A River, on Last Day Deaf ahead of its May 8th release.

“Singer and multi instrumentalist Vance Kotrla has created one of the most intriguing alt-folk releases of the year so far, in the vein of Secret South-era 16 Horsepower among others,” LDD writes in their premiere.