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GRAMMY®, TONY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artist Ben Platt has announced today’s release of a remarkable new single. “So Will I” is now available via Atlantic Records at all DSPs and streaming services –


Emerging Bad Realm/Atlantic Records artist BRELAND charges ahead with the new track “Horseride” and adjoining lyric video today (5/8), dropping the gate on another bold Country-trap anthem.

Released by the Atlanta-based singer/songwriter and self-described “cultural bridge,” the fleet-footed anthem once again mixes Rap and Country flavor in fearless style, fusing swift beats with BRELAND’s attitude.

The Growlers choose the “Dream World,” with a new single

What better time than a global pandemic for The Growlers to drop “Dream World” – the new single on the band’s very own Beach Goth Records and Tapes? Recorded after sessions for their last album, 2019’s Natural Affair LP, the track imagines an alternate universe available to everyone, if you want it. Upright pianos, razorwire guitars, and singer Brooks Nielsen’s most prescient lyrics to date invite us all to embrace the other side, whatever that might be….


Featuring lead vocals from Young & Free’s Karina Wykes, “Never Have I Ever” is already a crowd favorite in Hillsong’s youth ministry. The song emphasizes God’s love and kindness for us, and the restored promise of peace for those who trust in Him.

THE BLACK MOODS Drop New Album ‘Sunshine,’ Announce Virtual Record Release Show (Sat., May 9)

Rock and roll trio THE BLACK MOODS today (May 8) release their highly anticipated sophomore album SUNSHINE via Steelhorse Entertainment/The Fuel following the news of its title track becoming the fourth single to debut in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts at #37 earlier this week. “Sunshine”-the band’s most recent single which premiered in April with an animated music video seen here-follows the previous Billboard charting singles “Bad News” (#24), “Bella Donna” (#29) and “Whatcha Got (#30).


“‘I Feel It’ was a song made in a confusing time in life where a lot of transitions were happening to me and my close friends. Everybody goes through dark periods in their lives, but a lot of times we don’t want anyone to know, so we hide behind our pain with smiles and laughter. Regardless of how much happiness we may have, unfixed pain always remains. With this song, I wanted fans to know that I go through things just like them. I feel the pain too.”

Blake Mills’ new album Mutable Set out now on New Deal Records/Verve

Mutable Set is Mills’ fourth studio album, crafted as a soundtrack to the emotional dissonance of modern life. The record reflects the push and pull of opposing forces: harmony and eerie tension, symphonious crescendos against moments of near silence, melodic yet unresolving chord progressions. The sonically warm album holds Mills’ guitar finger picking, gentle piano playing and relaxed tenor at its center.

Evening Hymns – Shares New Single: ‘My Drugs, My Dreams’

Evening Hymns – the ever-evolving project of musician, composer and producer, Jonas Bonnetta – is today sharing his new single, ‘My Drugs, My Dreams’ which arrives with a stunning visual accompaniment directed by Monika Kraska – watch here. In tandem with sharing new music, Bonnetta is announcing the long-awaited new Evening Hymns record, Heavy Nights which is out via Shuffling Feet Records on June 26, 2020 and features an array of guests including Joseph Shabason (Destroyer), José Contreras (By Divine Right) and Bonnetta’s partner, Caylie Runciman (Boyhood).

LETTUCE New Studio Album ‘Resonate’ Out Now

On Resonate, which plays like a master class in funk sub-genres, Lettuce continue to be celebrated boundary-pushing innovators nearly three decades into their lauded career, blurring the lines and smashing it up with jazz chords, psychedelic passages, big horns, strains of soul and go-go, hip-hop elements and a joyful, uplifting improvisational sound all their own. Resonate was helmed by esteemed producer and engineer Russ Elevado [D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu] and written and recorded during the same Colorado Sound Studio sessions for Elevate, which hit #1 on both the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart and iTunes Top R&B Albums Chart and has racked up more than 3 million streams.

Duñe x Crayon – Share New Single: ‘Save Yourself First’

‘Save Yourself First’ poses as the final track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, further edging into their downtempo electronica, flavoured with supple production techniques that segue between soul, G- funk, and R&B. Hundred Fifty Roses – as an album – looks to tell the story of the over-connected and often over-stimulating world that we live in. Somewhat dystopian in its exploration, the album, which touches on the sounds of J Dilla, MF Doom and Kaytranada, paints the world of a man out of touch with himself. Using the metaphor of the rose, the pair tell stories of vices, addiction, and habit, and the labyrinth-like journeys that they take our protagonist on.

Yebba Releases “Distance,” The First Track from Her Forthcoming Debut Album

“Distance” was co-written by Yebba, produced by Mark Ronson and Yebba, and recorded with The Roots and Pino Palladino at NYC’s Electric Lady Studio. More music and information about her first album will be announced soon.


Born Brandon Rainey, hip-hop was always on his mind. “It’s something that’s always interested me. I love music. I’ve always been the ‘rap nigga’ in my area.” He briefly lived in South Central as a teenager and remembers that time marked by the lure of the streets as well as hip-hop.

FAITH & SCARS Releases Official Music Video for “No Apologies”

American Rock band FAITH & SCARS has released the official music video for “No Apologies”. Written & Produced by FAITH & SCARS, Directed by Jaiden Hord Frost, “No Apologies” is off the band’s upcoming album, Revolver, due out October 17th, 2020.

6ix9ine Crushes Multiple All-Time Records with new “GOOBA” Single

Tekashi 6ix9ine released his first music in well over a year at 3pm Eastern time yesterday with “GOOBA,” a single and video that has propelled the controversial MC to superstar status. On YouTube, where “GOOBA” instantly became the Number One trending video on the platform, the clip became biggest hip-hop debut of all time with 43.55 million views in a 24 hour period, easily surpassing last year’s record set by Eminem’s “Killshot” which logged in 38.1 million views in the same period. “GOOBA” is now the 8th most viewed debut video ever on YouTube.* “GOOBA” is being distributed globally by Create Music Group.

T-Dawg Da Don – ‘LOL’

T-Dawg Da Don shows how he perceives laughing out loud or rather LOL on this Kato Produced beat that effortlessly lets you enjoy T-Dawg’s Lyrics while understanding how much he’s been through.

Caroline Renezeder Releases New Single “Common Theme”

LA-based bedroom pop artist Caroline Renezeder is back with her new single “Common Theme,” out everywhere today. The ode to hopeless romanticism, which was co-produced by Caroline’s long-time collaborator Reef Boii and Caroline herself, premiered yesterday on c-heads magazine. “Some might say I’m a bit too trusting when it comes to love and 9 times out of 10, it has gotten me in trouble,” Caroline explains on the meaning behind the song. “Avoiding red flags and giving the wrong boys the benefit of the doubt has been a recurring theme in my life. In order to hammer the concept into my brain that I shouldn’t be doing that, I thought perhaps I’d write a song about it. So alas, here is my vibey, alternative message to myself that If I truly want to attain the sort of love I so desire, I need to break the common theme of my love life and stop going for guys that are all wrong for me.”

Song Premiere: Caroline Renezeder – “Common Theme”


Chicago’s finest Lil Zay Osama is speeding on a fast track to stardom as he shares his new song and video for “Street N****” feat. Atlanta stalwart K Camp. The reflective track follows a string of hot releases and videos from Lil Zay to much fan fervor and buzz, including “Pick Yo Homie Up,” “BMW,” “Soul Cry” and the Chicago anthem “Ballin Dese Bitches,” which has amassed over 5.2 million views. Listen to “Street N****” as Zay and K Camp trade verses over the guitar-laden production.

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn the Loss of Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon Little Richard

Grammy Award winning, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame member, Little Richard, the mastermind behind legendary hits “Long Tall Sally,” “Rip It Up,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Tutti Frutti” and many more, has passed away at the age of 87. Little Richard’s music broke racial barriers and his impressionable style shattered all that was standard. The eccentric star paved the way for other stand-out acts with his unique nature, flamboyant flair and inspiring innovations to culture. With an unmatched career of stellar achievements, the musical giant leaves behind an unforgettable legacy. Little Richard was not only a distinct entertainer but a friend to many in the music industry.

Lil Durk Shares Just Cause Y’all Waited 2, His New Album

A master of melody and a vivid storyteller, Lil Durk is a titanic figure on the rap scene. Treating his patient fans to a supremely self-assured new album, Durk shares Just Cause Y’all Waited 2. Packed with the well-drawn characters, single-line stories, and earworm-y melodies for which Durk is famous, Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 expertly balances the Only The Family CEO’s emotional rap ballads with snarling “no auto” missives, presenting a picture of a mature emcee in complete control of his vast talents. The album boasts state-of-the-art production from CardoGotWingz, DY, Go Grizzly, Touch Of Trent, 12Hunna, and more, providing a diverse soundscape for Durk to deliver his brutally honest lyrics.


One of the most respected names in all of metal, Carl Canedy, is ready to unveil the latest release by his solo project, Canedy, entitled ‘Warrior.’ Released on May 8th with digital and streaming versions, and on August 7th on CD and vinyl via Sleaszy Rider Records, Canedy is comprised of Mike Santarsiero (lead vocals), Charlie Russello (guitars, synth), Tony Garuba (bass, vocals, cello), and Carl on drums. And as evidenced by the material on ‘Warrior,’ it is a decidedly vintage metal sound with a modern approach that the quartet specialize in, as seen/heard in the first video for the album’s title track:

Evening Hymns – Shares New Single: ‘My Drugs, My Dreams’

Evening Hymns – the ever-evolving project of musician, composer and producer, Jonas Bonnetta – is today sharing his new single, ‘My Drugs, My Dreams’ which arrives with a stunning visual accompaniment directed by Monika Kraska – watch here. In tandem with sharing new music, Bonnetta is announcing the long-awaited new Evening Hymns record, Heavy Nights which is out via Shuffling Feet Records on June 26, 2020 and features an array of guests including Joseph Shabason (Destroyer), José Contreras (By Divine Right) and Bonnetta’s partner, Caylie Runciman (Boyhood).

Marin Patenaude – Single ‘Gone Blind’ out now!

“Gone Blind” is a raw and honest communication of my experience being diagnosed with pigment dispersion syndrome, an eye condition where the blue pigment cells in my iris are being rubbed off and plugging the drainage system of my eye, which leads to increased eye pressure that causes glaucoma.

Being diagnosed with a compromising condition is uncomfortable. It seemed final, definitive, and clinical, which I didn’t like. It made me want to revolt. My stubborn and independent nature was challenged.

Patriarchy Ft. Ian Svenonius Shares “Burn The Witch” Video Via BrooklynVegan

Patriarchy have shared the latest video “Burn The Witch” Ft. Ian Svenonius via BrooklynVegan. “Burn The Witch” is one of the tracks off of their debut LP released last year via DERO Arcade. The record earned praise from BrooklynVegan describing it as, “Dark, gothy electro that should appeal to fans of ’80s 4AD, ’00 witch house and most black-clad sounds in between.”

CLINTON KANE RELEASES NEW SONG “i don’t want to watch the world end with someone else”

In speaking about “i don’t want to watch the world end with someone else,” Clinton says: “This song was inspired by everything that’s going on right now. It’s about feeling like the world’s ending and wishing I had the person that I regret letting go of with me to go through all this shit together. I hope it helps people feel like everything is gonna be ok as long as they hold onto their loved ones.”


“Sin is about how one mistake can lead to everything falling apart in a relationship. You both want it to work and would do anything for each another, but no matter how hard you try you still can’t make it right.”

Mondo Cozmo announces pre-order for upcoming album, ‘New Medicine’ out June 12

Mondo Cozmo – the chart-topping brainchild of alternative singer-songwriter Josh Ostrander – has announced the pre-order and track listing of his upcoming album, NEW MEDICINE, out June 12 via Last Gang Records. NEW MEDICINE features album highlights “Come On,” “Black Cadillac,” “Generator,” which was recently featured on ABC’s hit drama, The Good Doctor and his latest single “Upside Down,” which is on current rotation on SiriusXM’s Alt Nation.

Maren Morris unveils Maren Morris Live From Chicago EP only on Amazon Music

The EP was recorded at the inaugural show of her GIRL: The World Tour on March 9, 2019, which was livestreamed globally by Amazon Music. The footage features performances of “GIRL,” “A Song for Everything,” “Common” and “The Bones.”

“Feeling so nostalgic for shows lately so here’s a few tracks from opening night of GIRL: The World Tour,” Maren says.


Leading on from the success of the tag-team collab ‘Dare Me’ with NERVO and further productions with Timmy Trumpet and Tim Morrison, Plastik Funk continues on in inimitable form returning to Spinnin’ alongside Firebeatz to see if you can get ‘High Enough’.

Rising artist Kathleen’s debut EP Kathleen I out today

The EP features previously shared tracks “Asking The Aspens”—written by Kathleen and Daniel Nigro and produced by Noah Conrad and Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Beyoncé, Vampire Weekend, HAIM, Kelela)—and her debut single “The Longest Year,” which Consequence of Sound praised for its relatability while Idolator noted, “calling this song a mood is something of an understatement.” The EP also features two new tracks, “Seven Miles” and “Half My Mind Ago.”

Parisalexa Releases Debut Album ‘2 Real’

Parisalexa today shares her debut full-length project, 2 Real. Traversing the ups and downs of romance, celebrating her self-worth, body-image, her blackness, and more, the 21-year-old’s debut shines with springy ’90s era R&B bops, soulful ballads, and mid-’00s hip-hop inspired jams. “This project,” says Paris, “is an invitation to the listener, whoever they are, to be themselves and to celebrate themselves.” A radiant, intimate conversation about what’s really good, listen –