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NEWS: Paul Kelly releases music video for new single, “Sleep, Australia, Sleep”

Paul Kelly’s new song, “Sleep, Australia, Sleep,”is now available to download or stream on all the usual platforms worldwide. The official video, directed by Siân Darling, is out today, featuring images of the glory and ruin of the natural world as well as human efforts to protect it. Much of the footage was kindly provided by conservation organizations.

LA’s BOYO Debuts “Tough Kid” Video via FLOOD Magazine

“In ‘Tough Kid,’ I’m trying to pep myself up while also talking down to myself. I’m no tough kid, no matter how much I’d like to be,” explains Tilden. “We walk through life curating a version of ourselves and then putting our guards up to whatever extent a situation calls for. It’s when we let our guard down, and drop the tough exterior, that we can be our truest forms: ‘Take me to the places I can recognize.’”

Justin Timberlake meets Tom Misch // Tropical New Single – Nick Black – Entitled “IRL”

Nick Black is a fun, optimistic and authentic young artist from Memphis, TN. Influenced by the feel-good music of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars and the musicality of legacy acts, such as Al Green and Sting, Black has created his music to sound modern and unique, yet familiar and nostalgic. Striving to bring his optimistic life-vision to his music, Black’s songwriting encompasses his beliefs in human nature and the Universe, creating true, honest, perceptive and passionate releases.

Unfits – From homeless to the top of the charts – “Satisfy Me”

Now, with a group of friends that included influencers Jay Alvarrez, Ayla Woodruff, and Celine Farach, the band released an adrenaline-pumping video for “Satisfy Me” that Billboard just premiered. The video is an eye-show that follows the band across seven countries, navigating battle-scarred streets in the Ukraine, swimming with 15-foot tiger sharks near Bora Bora, and even filming in the Dark Knight’s Bat Cave. While the video suggests that our lived experiences may be nothing more than AI simulations, all of the jaw-dropping footage here is real and as dangerous as it looks.

TIA CARRERA: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Taos”

BroolynVegan is currently streaming “Taos,” the latest single from Austin, Texas-based heavy psych/blues rock instrumentalists TIA CARRERA. The track comes by way of the trio’s long-awaited Tried And True full-length set for release via Small Stone June 12th.

Will Stewart (Timber) Drops Surprise EP, Way Gone

“Subtle synths create an alluring atmosphere of closing time coquetry. The mystique of meeting a stranger carries weight throughout, landing hard with a potential plot twist.” – American Songwriter

Will Stewart Premieres “Southern Raphael” in Advance of ‘Way Gone’ Album

Skope x Tei Shi “Die 4 Ur Love” [Colombian-Canadian alt-pop artist]

As a quick refresher, here are some Tei Shi fast facts…

+ Tei Shi is the moniker of LA based artist / producer Valerie Teicher
+ Grew up between Bogotá, Colombia and Vancouver, Canada
+ Bi-lingual and has songs in both English and Spanish
+ Released two EPs, Saudade in 2013 and Verde in 2015
+ 2017 debut album, Crawl Space, was revered by the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader and Stereogum, and projected her as one of today’s most influential, multidisciplinary acts
+ Making a splash in fashion + art worlds partnering with iconic brands like MoMA, Helmut Lang, Christopher John Rogers & Collina Strada
+ Collaborated with Blood Orange on his album, Negro Swan
+ In addition to joining him onstage at 2019’s Coachella Music Festival, Tei Shi also starred in Blood Orange’s video for “Hope” alongside Diddy, A$AP Rocky, & Tyler the Creator
+ Latest album La Linda, released Nov 15, 2019 via Downtown Records and garnered praise from i-D, Pitchfork, NY Times, NYLON, & more


Of the song which she wrote alongside Grammy-nominated producers Rogét Chahayed (Halsey, Travis Scott) and John Hill (Rihanna, Charli XCX), L Devine says, “‘Don’t Say It’ is about when someone tells you they love you but they don’t mean it, they’re just telling you what you want to hear. It’s about how beautiful the lie is and how much you try to believe it, but the truth always reveals itself and hurts you. I love the way these feelings are depicted in the music too. There’s such an interesting use of space in the song and the contrasts between tranquillity and chaos in the music really reflect the lyrics.”

Deep Throat Choir Share New Track “Camille”

After reverential reviews of their 2017 debut, Be OK, Deep Throat Choir return with their new single “Camille”. Taking its name from Children of the Compost, a collection of future fables by the eco-feminist writer Donna Haraway, the track is “an exploration of the feeling that the boundaries between yourself and the natural world, or somebody else, are entirely porous and dissolving”, says choir leader Luisa Gerstein. A music video for the track has been created by London based visual artist Rachel Sale.


Today Grammy-nominated artist Lil Baby releases “We Paid (feat. 42 Dugg)” off his chart-topping album deluxe album My Turn (Quality Control Music / Wolfpack Global / Motown Records). My Turn topped the charts at number one on Billboard, and the album has not left the Top 5 since its February release. With more than two billion streams, the album pushses Lil Baby’s career-streaming total to an incredible 14 billion+ global streams.


Dropping infectious rhymes and flaunting fashion-forward fatigues, Skyxxx pushes a punchy new paradigm for hip-hop on his debut for Warner Records. Of Dominican descent, the New York-born and Orlando-based rapper went from corner battle rapping as a kid to earning early viral success with “Bangk” in 2013. A string of independent solo projects followed, including the And Then The Moon Fell and the Sixxxty EP. 2018 saw him turn up on Hellbound Radio, which Elevator proclaimed, “a captivating composition from the enigmatic young MC as he continues to elevate his sound.” In 2019, the momentum ramped up further with a deal from Warner Records and high-profile collaborations such as Slushii’s “Run Up The Block” and “Chicken Dinner” with Party Favor. Skyxxx makes his formal debut with the incendiary and irresistible single “Hotboy.”

OUT TODAY: UK music mavericks I LIKE TRAINS present hard-hitting single ‘The Truth’

Leeds-based trailblazers I LIKE TRAINS present ‘The Truth’, an eye-opening lead track that forebodes their potent, hard-hitting new album ‘KOMPROMAT’, written as an instinctive gut reaction to a world that has changed beyond all recognition. This is a record that digs beneath populism’s rise, from the divide and conquer tactics that caused Brexit in the UK, to Trump’s ascent in America and the subsequent reign of lies and misinformation, to discover the grubby hands that have engineered it all.

The British quintet will release their fourth studio album via Schubert Music’s newly founded Atlantic Curve label in late summer. This is the band’s first record since 2012’s ‘The Shallows’, which focused on how the internet and smart technology is re-wiring the human mind and affecting our concentration spans. Now, with ‘KOMPROMAT’, it’s clear that this same technology, in the wrong hands, has taken an even more sinister turn. The game has changed – and I LIKE TRAINS have changed with it.

Jackboy Goes on a Speedboat Joyride in the “Pack A Punch” Video

A master of clipped cadences and memorable hooks, Jackboy has built a reputation as one of Florida’s best emcees. Taking advantage of his state’s pristine climate, Jackboy takes a boat out on Biscayne Bay in “Pack A Punch,” his latest video. Produced by SG Kid Hazel and Go Grizzly, “Pack A Punch” is a minimalist smack-talker, as Jackboy utilizes an ever-switching flow to elaborate on his boss tendencies: “Try to knock me down still I rise/In the chain gang had 4 knives/187 down for a ride/You know Jack gon’ cha cha slide.” In the video, Jack hops on a speedboat with some models and bottles, rocking several chains and his Sniper Gang ski goggles as he dances on the dock and tries out his new jetski. “Pack A Punch” is the latest video from JACKBOY, the rapper’s new project, following the recent video for “Won’t Understand.”

NAZ TOKIO Featured on the NEW Dallas Austin Track “Moneyango”

Rowdy Records has released the first single from Dallas Austin and Naz Tokio titled “Moneyango.”


When Melvoni screams, “I’m from New York,” it tells you everything you need to know. The 16-year-old Brooklyn wunderkind represents the toughest spirit of New York through and through. Born to Jamaican parents, he spent his childhood back-and-forth between the States and Jamaica. Facing hardship growing up, he ditched his first part-time job after being robbed and turned to the streets. Yet, he took that hustle to the studio as soon as possible, recording music and catching the attention of his manager outside of a concert. In the aftermath, he found himself in an L.A. studio recording “No Man’s Land”—which originally might’ve featured the late and great Pop Smoke.

Paddlefish – ‘Small Song’ single

It is not easy to find a fresh take of the coming-of-age story, which is perhaps what makes Chicago-based Paddlefish’s debut studio album Flyer so appealing. Principal songwriter Owen Misterovich doesn’t so much rewrite the coming-of-age narrative as crack it open and expose the process itself. Written over the course of his first year away from his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, Misterovich presents eight tales told from the threshold between youth and adulthood, a chronological account of his own journey of disillusionment, acceptance, and eventual growth.

The New Regime Releases The Lyric Video To Uplifting Track “It’s Gonna Be OK” Today

The New Regime, the brainchild of Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves), release the new lyric video for their uplifting track “It’s Gonna Be OK” today. Watch the lyric video, filmed in desolate New York City during the COVID-19 lockdown –

Keyboardist Jakob Magnusson drops a jazz-funk set from “High North” on Friday

Observing the global pandemic from his relatively unscathed northern perch in Iceland, keyboardist Jakob Magnusson follows developments on the virus and its economic impact closely. With less than a dozen deaths directly attributed to coronavirus in this Nordic nation, the jazz-funk artist is focused on dropping his “High North” EP on Friday on the Woodward Avenue Records label. As some astute observers believe that Iceland is in one of the strongest positions to recover and rebound swiftly from the worldwide challenges, Magnusson exudes a sense of national pride, which inspired the title to the five song-set he wrote with two-time GRAMMY-winning producer-guitarist Paul Brown.

For Skope: Dash Berlin joins Protocol with remix of Nicky Romero’s “Stay” (out now)

Dance music icon Dash Berlin gives a euphoric interpretation of Nicky Romero’s recent single “Stay,” which is currently holding steady on the US Dance Radio and Billboard’s Hot Dance charts. For the remix, Dash Berlin amps up the original’s gentle melodies with his signature ElectroProgPop sound, weaving in uplifting synths and big-room basslines that will make your heart soar. Where the original is perfect for radio play and at-home singalongs, the remix is born for festival stages and club dance floors. Dash Berlin’s “Stay” is sure to be on heavy rotation this summer, welcoming this respected veteran to the ranks of Romero’s Protocol Recordings.

French post-metallers UNBURNT premiered new single “The Veil”

About two years after the official release of their EP ‘Æthereal’ French post-metallers UNBURNT just shared a brand new single called “The Veil” and available right now on YouTube.

Exciting Liverpool collective LONA unveil new single ‘Wonderland’

The group prove again and again they possess a versatility that is so often hard to find as they confidently navigate through different soundscapes while still being true to their artistic integrity. They do so once again with their newest cut “Wonderland” a bright uplifting yet purposefully alt-rock anthem further underpinned by its rousing lyrics as they speak to letting go of inhibitions with a chorus call to euphoria.


Aussie brothers, Travalley have today dropped their seriously fun, raucous new single, Dear Babe. The track is accompanied by a fittingly bonkers video that sees the duo, Levi and Sam Mellington, munch through as many chillies as possible throughout the duration of the clip, and they’ll be celebrating the release with a livestream single launch on Saturday May 23 at 7pm on Instagram.

SUNBATHER releases new single + video ‘WIDE OPEN’

Brisbane dream-pop duo Sunbather have returned today with their second single ‘Wide Open,’ an emotive song about finding closure premiered last night on triple j’s Unearthed TOPS.

The first song written for their upcoming debut EP Brown Bread set for release on Friday 26th June, ‘Wide Open’ features lightly spatialised guitars, thoughtful vocal harmonies and gorgeous swells across the deeply introspective piece. “The song explores the sense of space that opens up in your soul when you can truly let someone go, without forgetting or devaluing them,” explains vocalist Sally Latter.

Electronic Act SHADOWS AND MIRRORS Announces Their New Full-Length Release, Levels

Rockford, Illinois electronic artist SHADOWS AND MIRRORS proudly announces the release of their new full-length album, Levels.


The concept of Levels refers to the “levels of human existence” both in the physical and spiritual realm. It’s the understanding that every single person you interact with is operating on a unique level both physically and spiritually.


On Saturday May 9th, the historical Sarah Brightman: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, full performance will be streamed via YouTube for all to enjoy during this unprecedented time. The critically acclaimed performance, not commercially available, features Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber and will be streamed to raise funds for COVID-19 relief charities.

Full Length Premiere Streaming of the Classic 1997 Performance
Beginning Saturday, May 9th, 2020
12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET/8:00 pm UK/9:00 pm Europe