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The answer seemed to satisfy the boy. The word rang in Leaver’s ear. He thought it might make a good name for his next incarnation. That night, just to make it official, Leaver picked up his guitar and wrote a song called “Birdthrower”.

“I felt like it was finally time to throw some birds. The plan was always to wait until I felt ready,” Robert O. Leaver aka Birdthrower says about going public with his songwriting. He’s been writing songs for years, playing out occasionally in various guises, and making demos at home. Leaver taught himself to play at the end of his teens, using the guitar to write songs. Those creations found a brief home in a trio he fronted called Raw Believer, then a duo called Crash&Burn. Leaver was Crash and when Burn tragically passed away he decided it was time to go solo, and Birdthrower was born.


Just when you thought it was safe, High Off Life, the eighth studio album from Future, arrives on May 15. Executive produced by DJ Esco, High Off Life features Drake, Travis Scott, DaBaby, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert and more.

FreeVibe releases “Stay Safe” to encourage us to stay home

As presidents, doctors and pastors are advising the masses to stay home so as to safe, FreeVibe reinforces their actions with this song he calls “Stay Safe”. With the power of music, the rapper advises everyone to stay home; wash hands often; avoid handshakes; and go by all those advice the authorities have been giving.

Devin Kennedy returns with a catchy new single, “No Parachute

Hot off the soaring praise for his latest single “Happy Yet”, the Berklee College of Music graduate has experienced a steady rise. Since his debut in 2018, he’s won Hollywood Music in Media’s “Best New Emerging Artist” award, has amassed over 1.8 million digital streams and sold out his debut headline show at LA’s famous Peppermint Club. His unique pop style has been featured on Apple’s “New Music Daily”, “In My Room”, “Today At Apple” and “Date Night” playlists as well as BMI’s “Music Monday”, not to mention various placements on MTV & XBox. His newest single “No Parachute” is just another step on his road to stardom.

Yard Arms return with a triumphant ‘love letter to the anxious’ with new single ‘Mantra’

Yard Arms return with their promisingly melancholic new single ‘Mantra’, described by lyricist and frontman Villeneuve as a ‘triumphant love letter to the anxious’. The track exudes the playful exuberance of Psychedelic Furs and INXS combined with the romantically morose lyricism ala Ben Gibbard or Paul Buchanan. Think John Hughes movies if they were soundtracked by Tim Burton. A pulsating stadium sized emo-anthem to soundtrack your summer time.

Robert Gugliuzza – “Love To Cope”

As I watched the video it became obvious that I needed to help this artist get this song to everyone, right now the world needs lots of love, “Love To Cope”. – James Sanderford

LA Rocker, Tadini, Shares Raucous Debut Single ‘The Arsonist’

Tadini is your new rock hero from the West Coast scene. Armed with a guitar, a phalanx of Moogs, the odd Mellotron and a theremin set to ‘stun’, he is a one-man army of sound, drawing deeply from the musical wells of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the maelstrom of rhythms and melodies from his native Brazil. Turn up the volume to 13, switch on the lava lamp and get your orders in at the bar, this a glorious nod to the rock giants of old and for first glimpse at a modern musical magician at work.

Berlin-based electronic pop project DISCOVERY ZONE shares brand new single ‘Dance II’

Today, Discovery Zone shares lead single ‘Dance II’. On the single, Weihl says “I remember finding this beat on an old Yamaha keyboard and playing the chords on the guitar in my studio. I was absolutely elated. I was dancing around the room. In the beginning stages of writing the songs that ended up on this record, I lacked a lot of confidence. I’ve been making music and touring for the past several years with my band Fenster, but this project is the first time I ever tried to write and record music on my own.”

Sergeant Buzfuz unveil ‘Theresa McKee’ from forthcoming new album ‘Fox Pop’

Described by NME as ‘Universally Charming’ and continually racking up airplay from Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Gideon Coe and Marc Riley, Sheffield punk-folk stalwarts Sergeant BuzFuz are gearing up to release a highly anticipated seventh album ‘Fox Pop’ on July 3rd via their DIY label Blang Records (Brix And The Extricated).

Sean Christopher announces new album ‘Wander’ out May 29th, shares video for new single ‘Indigo Blue’

Speaking about the new video, he said, “The animation for Indigo Blue is done by my brother Julian. Back in the days, when we were kids, he always came up with film projects to work on together. Whether it was a stop motion action figure movie or an improvised play; he could create his own creative world. Indigo Blue was a nice opportunity to work together again. My brother has an authentic view on life and that was exactly what I looked for in this song.”

THE IMBECILES – Release Surreal Animated Video for ‘One Hand Tommy’

Taken from their acclaimed self-titled debut album, ‘One Hand Tommy’ is its latest single and proves no matter how strange our world seems right now, it could always be stranger…

In a blitz session of blood curdling vocals, disarticulated fretwork and wickelly deranged lyricism, ‘One Hand Tommy’ sees The Imbeciles tell us the tale of: Tommy; a child trapped in a dystopian landscape of nuclear annihilation with only a giant killer snake for company.

Big Wild kicks off 2020 with dynamic new single: ‘Touch’

Singer, songwriter and producer Big Wild (aka Jackson Stell) marks his first release of the new decade with fresh single ‘Touch’, out 13th May on Counter Records, and it’s a revelation.

‘Touch’ is a disco-infused, bright indie single with pop undertones that ramps up the rich, colourful emotion that Big Wild has become known for. The energetic release ventures into new stylistic frontiers for Big Wild, serving as a departure from previous releases characterised by electronic influences.

Orpine (Heist or Hit) annotate ever-present percussion through the solemn ‘Migrating Geese Overhead’

Orpine release the final single ‘Migrating Geese Overhead’ before the release of their debut LP ‘Grown Ungrown’, due May 15th via Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Nature TV), and produced by Jonathan Coddington (The Magic Gang, Joanna Gruesome).

Orpine is Eleanor Rudge and Oliver Catt. Separated by 300 miles of British countryside, the pair spent brief stints in different bands and singing on one another’s records, but they lost touch.

Tammy Rivera – “Charlie” Official Audio

B.S.M. presents Singer, Song Writer, Recording Artist and WE TV Reality Star Tammy Rivera “Charlie” produced by Carlos Cahee. Delivered on Mothers Day this heart felt anthem for all Mother Daughter relationships is sure to leave a lasting impression on all that lend an ear.


2019 saw the CRO-MAGS crushing the masses with the release of their first pieces of music in 19 years. Today, the legendary hardcore pioneers have released a music video for the previously released single “From The Grave,” featuring former Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell. The band’s first full length album in 20 years, titled In The Beginning, will be available on June 19th via Mission Two Entertainment.

GIANNI BODO – featuring the single ‘Hurricanes and Butterflies’

Conceived as a balm to appease the collective angst brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, Montreal born singer-songwriter, Gianni Bodo, releases his brand-new single Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die).
Entirely written and recorded in confinement during the month of March as the global health crises heated up around the world, Hurricanes and Butterflies (Flowers Don’t Die), a personal song metaphorically anchored in the current times, unfolds in a slow and fluttering pace casually transforming into a colorful high flying rocker not unlike a butterfly gently breaking out of its cocoon into a beautiful yet menacing world.


“‘July’ is about accepting the highs and lows of life. One can’t really exist without the other. If we never experienced bad days we wouldn’t be able to truly appreciate how beautiful a good one can be,” says the band, “Sometimes it can be difficult to convince yourself that things are okay, that there doesn’t have to be a problem. “July” is our way of saying enjoy the highs, and if things happen to be low, good days will eventually come back around.”

Abhi The Nomad Shares New Track “Long Nights” ft. Khary

Today Austin rapper Abhi The Nomad has released “Long Nights” ft. Khary, the first track from his new project Abhi vs. The Universe that will be dropping this coming fall. In the album’s teaser video, fans saw Abhi transported into a video game challenge that he can only escape by streaming on Twitch, engaging the fans, and most importantly releasing new tracks.

Silverbacks (Stereogum Band To Watch) announce debut album “Fad” and share new single “Muted Gold”

Dublin 5-piece Silverbacks are today announcing their debut album “Fad” with a new single “Muted Gold”, produced by Girl Band (Rough Trade) bassist Daniel Fox. Taking their cues from the taut rhythms and urgent drive of late 70s punk and the discordant, unpredictable freak-outs of NYC no wave, they craft a signature sound spiked with triple guitar riffs, a motorik rhythm section and on-the-pulse lyrics. New single “Muted Gold” also debuts today at Stereogum – with Silverbacks featured as their Band To Watch – who describe them as “a band with late ’70s art-rock and punk and ’90s indie in its DNA, all of it tangled and then burst back open by their three-guitar arrangements.” They go on to comment that their music is “a strain of art-punk-glam-slacker-pop that only belongs to Silverbacks.”

Band To Watch: Silverbacks


Haux today released “Calico,” the transportive second single from songwriter/producer Woodson Black’s debut album Violence In A Quiet Mind, now scheduled for release on July 17th, 2020, via Color Study. Premiering late yesterday via FLOOD Magazine, the rural Massachusetts-based artist explains he wrote the stunning and plaintive folk song “in a kind of daze one day last March. I lost my phone when I was writing the album and had forgotten to back up my voicemails, including one from my aunt calling to say happy birthday. It was one of the last times I heard from her before she died from an overdose. Losing it felt like I somehow lost my last connection to her, which triggered a very strange and confused grieving process for me. From this I wrote ‘Calico,’ and I couldn’t help but feel like this song was maybe my last time with her — like the song itself was my aunt’s final resting place in my mind.” “Calico” follows the first single “Heavy,” which The New York Times raved “exists near the intersection of Bon Iver and quiet storm R&B. It’s bracing — weepy, pulsing, as still as when you close your eyes and can only hear the air funneling in and out of your nose.”

Soft Plastics shares “I Dreamed of Cold Clean Green Seas” video and two more new songs

Soft Plastics declared their band re-birth (of sorts) earlier this spring. A new project from the creative director and musical visionary, Carey Mercer also the former songwriter and leader of the critically adored, Frog Eyes. Soft Plastics’ debut album, 5 Dreams will be released on June 5, 2020 via Paper Bag Records. The songs on 5 Dreams were written by Carey in the fall and winter of 2018–2019, mere months after the dissolution of Frog Eyes, the band Mercer shared for eighteen years with Mel Campbell and a rotating cast of musicians.


Produced during quarantine over FaceTime, FLETCHER co-wrote “Bitter” several months ago with Kito and Mary Weitz (a close friend who also attended The Clive Davis Institute at NYU). The track is about the relationship in which FLETCHER’s acclaimed debut EP you ruined new york city for me was based upon.

JINJER Releases Intense Music Video For “Noah”

Ukrainian modern metal frontrunners JINJER return with an indignant rage – chock full of confidence and wrath. Today, JINJER occupies your sanity with a new music video for the hard-hitting epos “Noah“, off of their latest chart-breaking juggernaut Macro.

In a vortex of clean vocals, vibrant growls and blazing drums JINJER bends the progressive metal horizon. Accompanying an artful audiovisual featuring stormy, tumultuous and disturbing yet comforting imagery, JINJER draws the viewer into a parallel universe.

Loyal Lobos Announces Debut Album ‘Everlasting’ Out 8/7/20

“‘Whatever It Is’ is a song about a new love,” Silva explains. “Meeting someone when you’re in the dark and learning to accept and experience new things without a traditional romantic narrative, and finding new excitement in things that seemed dull before.” Of the Diego Trenas-directed video, she details further: “This video is a dreamy journey into mystery in the jungle of Colombia. Horses have been a huge part of my life since I was very little. I wanted to portray my relationship with horses as a sign of freedom and power through a journey. We shot the outdoor scenes in Victoria, Caldas, pulling favors from all the neighbors who ended up as production assistants. We also got to shoot at El Teatro de La Candelaria in Bogotá with the help and artistic direction of Simón Uribe.”

Low Cut Connie announce details of new album ‘Private Lives’

Last month, Low Cut Connie released the official video for the album’s title track – the second song to be released from Private Lives following ‘Look What They Did’ – to acclaim from the likes of NPR Music’s Ann Powers, who called it “the freak anthem we need right now”, and Rolling Stone, who said “the title track is an archetypal upbeat piano-rocker from the road-warrior collective, with Adam Weiner celebrating the secret side hustles and quiet eccentricities of the ‘town freaks’ of his native Philadelphia.”

Ben Harper Shares Video For New Single “Don’t Let Me Disappear”, Listen Now

“‘Don’t Let Me Disappear’ is about the fine line between loneliness, isolation and invisibility, to where you can’t seem to find a way not to be hiding in plain sight,” Multi-GRAMMY award winning artist Ben Harper said of his new single.