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CURSE THE SON: watch “Worry Garden” video; new album coming on Ripple Music

‘Excruciation’ is a defining moment for a band who has dealt with multiple challenges since the release of ‘Isolator’, and responded in full with their most diverse, ambitious, and genre shattering record to date!  Bassist Brendan Keefe developed a much larger role in the writing and performance aspect on the record, while frontman and guitarist Ron Vanacore was fueled by the extremely trying times CURSE THE SON had endured as a whole and individually.  ‘Excruciation’ is shaded heavy and light.  ‘Excruciation’ is beautiful and disfigured.  ‘Excruciation’ is depressingly sad but strangely uplifting at the same time.  It is a record that defies genres, defies limitations and generalizations.  A true musical experience for one and all who love their music HEAVY!

Mexico City’s Rey Pila returns with Dave Sitek-produced single “Let It Burn”; Tease new album

Since forming in 2010, Rey Pila have perfected their unique blend of dark synth pop and gloomy dance rock from their hometown of Mexico City to New York City’s legendary studios and hallowed halls, plus countless other stages around the world. Citing inspiration from the fusion of synthesizers and guitars embraced by acts like The Cars, Depeche Mode, Aphex Twin, and Boards of Canada, the band have filtered those influences through their own musical worldview and embellished that with their knack for writing catchy, danceable tunes.

INF! – “Headshot” [Video]

By definition ‘Headshot’ is a close-up, well lit portrait of a thespian used to sell themselves for money, except this isn’t in reference to that, this is a swift, accurate, fatal blow to the cranium courtesy of Rochester, NY producer/emcee INF! of High Caliber Music. “Headshot” is the latest video-single directed by long-time collaborators DDFRx + cameo appearance from MIC Johnson Jr. INF! recent project “INFstrumentalz 2” is available now. #inf #headshot #infstrumentalz2

Blue Water Highway Share “All Will Be Well”

Today, Blue Water Highway share their new song “All Will Be Well.” The Austin, TX based band were originally saving the song for their next album, but given its message and the overwhelming response it’s received from fans during their recent StageIt shows, they felt it was best not to wait.

Atmosphere Drops New Music Video, “Whenever” feat. Gifted Gab, Murs & Haphduzn

Today, Atmosphere unveils a new music video, “Whenever” feat. Gifted Gab, Murs and Haphduzn. The title track to Atmosphere’s latest album, “Whenever” finds the star-studded list of features melding together their diverse styles and perfectly matching the blessed-to-be-alive tone of Atmosphere’s raps. Directed by Tomas Aksamit, the visual opens with Ant, Atmosphere’s silent half, sitting down in an empty movie theater and watching as the vocalists, each conspicuously solitary, deliver verses in settings that range from post-apocalyptic to bizarrely historical.

Crobot And Mascot Records Present Visualizer For “Gasoline”

The lead single, “Low Life” was a runaway hit at the active rock format, peaking in the Top 10, following a lengthy 29 week run on the Billboard charts. The song has now exceeded 4 million streams at Spotify, alongside over 868,000 views at YouTube. Across all streaming platforms “Low Life” has received over 7.5 million plays, while cumulative streams for the repertoire on MOTHERBRAIN is over 10 million. Additional key radio stations in major markets continue to spin the song at the format, in anticipation of transitioning to the follow-up “Gasoline.”


Today, rapper $NOT releases the music video for “Pressure” off of his album – TRAGEDY + released in March. The music video, directed by Omar Jones, is a mixture of kaleidoscope-like visuals and live performance footage from $NOT’s sold-out North American tour earlier this year. On “Pressure”, $NOT’s monotone delivery of his calibrated bars are the perfect contrast to the beat of the song, which mixes tranquil flute notes with heavy hitting 808’s mentally placing you inside a mosh pit.

Brian West and Emerging Artist Lauren Phillips Prove The Laurel Canyon Music Scene Is Still Alive and Well

The first thing you notice when you listen to Lauren Phillips’ new single, “Is This Us”, is how polished her sound is. That shouldn’t come as a surprise when you look at who she is working with behind the scenes. Produced by Grammy Nominated producer Brian West (Sia, Nelly Furtardo and Maroon 5), and recorded in his Laurel Canyon Studio, Lauren’s vocals and complimentary piano blend together with Brian’s influence to present a dynamic and beautiful creation.


Born in Cedar Rapids, Ted formerly fronted the acclaimed indie band Mansions on the Moon. The singer/songwriter/producer has toured with Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, worked in the studio with The Neptunes, and currently bounces between Los Angeles and Nashville. All of these elements and experiences inform his new, genre-defying sound. Ted wrote and produced “Edge Off” with Zack Sekoff (Vince Staples, Thundercat).


Produced by Palmistry with additional production from A. G. Cook and Mechatok, ‘I Finally Understand’ explores the feeling of everything falling into place and realizing the strength of your emotions. Brimming with hyperactivity, ‘I Finally Understand’ presents a more straightforward pop format than ‘forever’ or ‘claws’ but with a no less diverse sonic palette, drawing from elements of UK garage and hints of Baltimore club music while providing a truly irresistible vocal line from Charli.

THE HEAVY EYES: Psychedelic Stoner Rock Merchants Release “Late Night” Video

Their fourth full-length and first new offering since 2015’s He Dreams Of Lions, THE HEAVY EYES continue to churn out fuzzed out, bluesy, hypnotic riffs, this time with the addition of long-time recording engineer, Matthew Qualls, on second guitar. Adding a fresh layer of depth to their signature swagger, Qualls enabled the band to collaborate in a different way exploring new song structures, tones, and attaining a bigger sound overall without stripping any of the grittiness and love of ’60s and ’70s rock that has shaped the band since inception. The songs sing of doomed armies, of lost loves, and of course, of that damn meddling Wolfman. In short, there is something here for everyone: the bellicose, the poignant, the absurd.

33 Artists Unite for COVID Musicians Relief Fund New Original Song “Come Home Again”

“Come Home Again” features musicians with credits shown in the video who have worked with a wide range of artists such as Idina Menzel, The Killers, John Legend, Fishbone, Eminem, Camila Cabello, Michael Buble, Keith Urban, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, Norah Jones, Avishai Cohen, and more.

BREAKBOT – Reveals Anime video for ‘Be Mine Tonight’ single (on Ed Banger)

The concept for the animated video was born out of an experience during Breakbot’s tour in Japan last year, where he became engrossed in the kitchy arcade scene that is prevalent in Tokyo. He found himself wanting to make a song to soundtrack that dopamine-inducing experience of achieving a high score at a public arcade. The animated video for ‘Be Mine Tonight’ features a sprightly child achieving a new high score on an old-school dance machine her local arcade.

Skope Magazine — ISC 2019 Winners Announced

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC) is pleased to announce its 2019 winners. Established in 2002, ISC is the world’s largest international songwriting competition, receiving over 18,000 entries from 140 countries in 2019. More than $150,000 in cash and merchandise is awarded to 71 winners in 23 categories covering all genres of music.

Indie-folk artist, William Wild, releases new music video, “Wound Up (alt.)”

William Wild has unveiled “Wound Up (alt.),” the latest video from his recent major-label debut, Push Ups, released March 20th, 2020, on Sony Masterworks. A pivotal moment in the career of Tennessee-based artist Garrett Sale, the singer-songwriter, producer and engineer behind William Wild, Push Ups combines subtle folk textures with gripping electronic and alternative elements in a sonic and thematic contemplation of identity and morality.


The hugely popular track has amassed over 1m streams and multiple spins on both day and night BBC Radio 1 shows since its release just 2 months ago. Storming through with yet another irresistible remix, Martin Ikin gives the funky track a tech house makeover. Applying his signature of throttling basslines and hypnotic high-hats, Martin Ikin sets his remix apart from the original by flipping Give Me Your Loving into a fresh dance record.

I Break Horses Share Live Version Of New Track “Depression Tourist”

Maria Lindén comments: “I wanted this song to sound as if it was broadcasted from space, the loneliest place I could imagine. As I obviously couldn’t perform it up there I filmed this version in the loneliest field I could find in Malta.”

Former ABOLITIONIST Frontman, Oregon-based Dustin Herron Releases Synth/Post-Punk Solo Concept Album ‘War Of Good Intentions’

“DZTN 1980” is the strangely-named solo project of former ABOLITIONIST frontman, Dustin Herron. Focused on exploring music with a wider perspective than previously performed in that Oregon punk band, Dustin aims to expand the range of his musical output over the next several years. He’s got a new computer, DAW, and interface, and arguably too much free time, so the sky’s the limit. In addition to the debut (only electric guitar, a la Billy Bragg) album, ‘Outside The City,’ and the latest home-recorded project (post-punk/synthwave, in the vein of New Order & Gary Numan), ‘War of Good Intentions ‘(both available on limited-run cassette), expect at least one (or three?) more releases before 2020 is mercifully over with …

MAUD THE MOTH (Madrid/Edinburgh) – ‘Orphne’

Maud the Moth has released two full-lengths so far: Home Futile Home (2011) and The Inner Wastelands (2015) plus the live album, Live at the Reid Hall (2017), has toured in Europe twice (once with Portuguese electronic duo Ermo and another with Swedish classical folk-jazz collective House of Trees) and, on a side note, has more than three million plays on Spotify.


THE ALBUM, Teyana’s official third studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to K.T.S.E., one of the five G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam albums produced by Kanye West during his 2018 sojourn in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Released in June 2018, K.T.S.E. (acronym for Keep That Same Energy) set off an 18-month chain reaction for Teyana, starting with its summertime Top 10 R&B smash “Gonna Love Me.” Teyana performed “Gonna Love Me” (in a medley with “Rose In Harlem,” another K.T.S.E. track) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Hip-hop audiences embraced the “Gonna Love Me” remix featuring Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Raekwon, whose video was also directed by Teyana.

World-pop singer Naïka releases new video

“Vultures” is a song about beating your demons,” says Naïka, “and ignoring the voices that don’t have your best interest in mind and make you feel like you are not good enough. I hope it helps ignite your inner strength the same way it did for me.”


Jessie Ware Releases New Single “Save A Kiss” Today

Echoing Disco divas of the past, “Save A Kiss” sees Jessie at her most flirtatious and carries the carnal energy of a first encounter on a nightclub dancefloor. It’s a recipe for club glory with its sleek disco influence and the kind of free-roaming rubbery bass lines that would have you dancing relentlessly. It’s the perfect prescription for a world without dance floors.


“…..Never thought that this song would take such a meaning during these weird times. We originally wrote it for family members that we will always remember. But we felt we had to revisit it with a different kind of approach, both musically and mentally. With the little means we have from our homes we managed to perform “Respirator” in a different way and with a different vibe. This is a raw, live performance hoping to exorcise all bad thoughts and express all the hidden feelings that are quarantined in our minds. The video was recorded on our phones and put together by Ody and Marianna. Mixed & mastered by Petros Vinakos @ Destiny Studio Athens….”

Songstress YV SALOME Explores the Duality of Life in Her New Song “Kill U”

Internationally published model and classically trained solo artist YV SALOME announces her new song Kill U, off her upcoming EP Love My Life. Kill U explores the duality of life, how with happiness and love can come pain and misery. The higher you climb in life the harder it hurts on the way down. In the end though it’s ok to feel pain and deal with the hardship along with the good things in life. It’s the only real way to understand the nature of the world, when you see it from both sides.


“The making of the Ella music video was a pretty interesting process due to the COVID-19 quarantine restrictions. We came up with the idea of shooting a music video on my cell phone and at first had no idea how to do it, but we just drove around looking for cool shots and I really like what we came up with. The concept is pretty simple, I’m just lonely and in my feelings “says D. Munoz.

New: Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked Announce – H.A.R.D.

Today Complex announced a new project from Joell Ortiz & KXNG Crooked who met the year they both won XXL’s coveted Freshmen of the Year Award. The two’s careers are as legendary as any in the rap game. Joell Ortiz started by signing to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath label, then moving to Shady records as part of the Super group Slaughterhouse with Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9 and KXNG Crooked. Add to that a fresh feature on Eminem’s newest album “Music To Be Murdered By.” Meanwhile, KXNG Crooked was signed to Virgin Records at just 17 before joining Death Row Records. He’s had a flourishing solo career including collaborations along the way with TechN9ne, 2Pac, Benny The Butcher, Raekwon, Akon, Ray J and more.

Second Single from Up and Coming Atmospheric-Prog Rock Act ITAYIL, “Degrade,” Available Today

Opening with darkly delicate piano and electronics before into transitioning into a heavy, guitar-driven track, the second single from atmospheric-prog rock act ITAYIL, “Degrade,” is a musical expression of one’s descent into madness caused by isolation.

Itayil Imparts Atmospheric Progressive Rock with the New Single “Degrade” [Premiere]

Good Dog Nigel Shares New Video For “Strawberries”

“From the guitar tone to the lilt of the riff to the vocal runs, the influence of The Beatles is evident,” said American Songwriter in their interview with Emeigh. “Even the way [he] dresses is reminiscent of the late ‘60s fashion — a calculated move on the part of Emeigh, who adores showmanship in music…the new live video [is] such a good example of what Emeigh’s artistry is all about.”

Parker Emeigh of Good Dog Nigel Explains How ‘White Album’ Changed His Songwriting


Multiple GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording artist Tayla Parx is back with the fourth installment of her personalized fill-in for Coachella, Couched with Tayla Parx. Parx invites fans to grab a front row seat to her performance of “Rebound” in her vibrant living room set, available now HERE. the six-episode Coached with Tayla Parx series via YouTube Thursdays at 12p PT / 3p ET. Watch the fourth episode HERE.

RUSSELL TAYLOR Releases The “Quarantined Visuals” For His New Single, “COME MORNING”

“Come Morning” is Russell Taylor’s steamy return to the music scene since releasing his critically-acclaimed “Tin Man: The Blue” trilogy series in 2017. The sensual and up-tempo song was written by Russell Taylor, A. Cinelu and C. Richardson and co-produced by longtime producer T. Kvasnosky and Russell Taylor. The video was directed by Dominga Martin. “Come Morning” is available on all streaming platforms now.

BEAR: Toilet Ov Hell Streams Propaganda Full-Length From Belgian Progressive Metal/Hardcore Collective

Writes Toilet Ov Hell of the offering, “Propaganda is a bottom-heavy album…with tracks like ‘Stigmata’ and ‘The Ram’ having interesting instrumentals, ‘The Engine’ with its black metal-esque drive, and “Flares” with its odd rhythms and quick changes to clean singing that give an almost J-metal feel…”

GS11 “Bunkin” New Single!

GS11, of the North Carolina based 11 Grooves collective of musicians, is a versatile artist and writer from the city of Magnolia. His interpretation of trap blended with diverse storytelling is deeply influenced by his southern small town roots. As music continues to evolve GSil and the creative team at 11 Grooves including Nado and Wisereli, continue to build a catalog that speaks to his broad audience of followers looking for raw story telling fitting tales of street life vs reality. Gsil is soon to be a name remembered across the landscape of unique entertainers.

NEW MUSIC: Clay G Delivers New Single “God Army”

Dallas based reggae artist Clay G is proud to announce his debut reggae album, Forged in Fyah, which is due out on June 5, 2020. The first single “God Army” is out now featuring GRAMMY award winning artist Peetah Morgan (of Morgan Heritage) and Tony B, resulting in an uplifting reggae jam, rooted in spirtual lyrics and positive messages. Many notable artists are also featured on Clay G’s album including Lutan Fyah, Fanton Moja, Jah Sun, Benjah, Nikki Burt, Lion Fyah, Natural Vybz, Maad T-Ray of Tribal Seeds and more. The album also includes a stellar cast of producers including Small Axe Production’s & DubTonic Kru as well as local Dallas based producers O.Z. and Tony B.

Tigerwine Releases New Album ‘Nothing Is For You’

“The video has a lot to unpack” guitarist Steve Lichtenwalter shares with The Noise. “Our buddy Keenan Goodwine both directed and animated it. We told him we wanted to focus on the concept of people doing themselves harm when they think they are doing themselves good. I think of the David Bazan lyric “you cut your leg off to save a buck or two, because you never consider the cost.” I think Keenan nailed it.”