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Texas Rockers KINGDOM COLLAPSE Reveal Video for Latest Single, “Uprise””

“We’re excited to release the new single at this time with everything going on in the world,” says vocalist Jonathan Norris. “With what we’ve all endured globally with the recent pandemic, this is an anthem assuring the fact that we will not only recover but we will rise even stronger.”

Blake Rose Releases New Single ‘Rest Of Us’

Rising musician and songwriter, Blake Rose returns today with ‘Rest Of Us,’ “a middle finger to anyone who doesn’t want you to live your dream,” Blake reveals. “A friend of mine wanted to be a musician but his family was not supportive. This took a toll on him and he ended up never pursuing his dream. You hear about stuff like this happening all the time and I think it’s incredibly sad that there are so many people in the world whose art we will never have the chance to discover because some narrow minded folk decided to steer them away from doing what they love. F*ck those people.”

Hannah Georgas shares “Same Mistakes” produced by Aaron Dessner of The National (Brassland/Arts & Crafts)

In March, Toronto’s Hannah Georgas shared her single “That Emotion,” the first look at her forthcoming collaboration with producer Aaron Dessner of The National. The track arrived alongside the announcement of her signing to Brassland (the imprint co-founded by Aaron & Bryce Dessner) and Toronto indie stalwart Arts & Crafts, and made an immediate impact, earning high praise from outlets like The FADER, Stereogum, American Songwriter, BrooklynVegan, Exclaim, The Line of Best Fit and Consequence of Sound, who dubbed Georgas “a new generation’s Feist,” one of several outlets to draw favorable comparisons to Georgas’ fellow Canadian songwriter.

Keaton Henson Returns With New Track “Career Day” || Out Now On Play It Again Sam

Reflecting on the video, Keaton explains: “The video is a collection of often abstracted shots from deeply personal home videos. I just liked the idea of hearing an aging weary man, singing about his failings over distorted shots of his childhood, and how it colors those captured gleeful moments with the sadness of the passage of time.”

Nadine Shah Releases New Single ‘Buckfast’ – New Album: Kitchen Sink – Out June 26th

Nadine Shah releases ‘Buckfast’ today, a new single from her fourth studio album, Kitchen Sink (out on Infectious Music/BMG. on June 26th.) ‘Buckfast’ finds Shah exhausted but victorious as she ruminates on a toxic relationship over an irresistible chug: “Definitely not my drink of choice or one that I would admit to drinking anyway. I like the idea that it is brewed by Benedictine monks though, makes it seem that bit classier. But like this song, we hide our bad habits, the “food too embarrassing”, unworthy of our Instagram feed. The food we scrape together when we feel so shite and can’t take ourselves to the shop so make up a concoction of condiments left over from old Indian takeaways and cut the corner of mould off the bread meals. “Buckfast” is about a toxic relationship, it’s about gaslighting.”

Sweet Spirit seek solace on the dancefloor with new Trinidad single “Llorando”

Sweet Spirit’s lustful, sassy, and passionate third album Trinidad arrives May 29. Out today is “Llorando,” an experience in empathy turned into a 4-minute dance song. Guitarist and co-songwriter Andrew Cashen instructs the listener: “Go to an unfamiliar foreign country. Find a warehouse filled with sweaty young people. Dance the entire night and when the moment is right (you’ll know), put on ‘Llorando’ and let the magic happen.” Press play and listen for the Topo Chico bottles that were used as percussion!

I.W.M.H.B. (I Want My Hoodie Back!) – New R&B Single from MalikOnMusik!

MalikOnMusik has released his latest single “I.W.M.H.B.” An abbreviation for “I Want My Hoodie Back,” the song details wanting to return to the honeymoon phase of a relationship that has long run its course, a sentiment that will resonate with any listener. The track skillfully blends pop and R&B with rich, soulful melodies and upbeat production. “I.W.M.H.B.” is now available on digital music platforms worldwide.

Little Kid – Share New Single: ‘Losing’

Operating since 2011, Little Kid is Toronto-based band led by songwriter Kenny Boothby. Building a cult audience through performances with artists like Car Seat Headrest, Horse Jumper of Love, Fog Lake and Half Waif, and a prolific output of idiosyncratic home recordings, Little Kid announced their signing to Solitaire Recordings in April, their first time on a label, and shared a single called “Thief On The Cross” which received a warm reception, earning praise from outlets like NPR, Beats1, Line of Best Fit, World Cafe and Exclaim. Today, Little Kid have announced their debut LP for Solitaire, an album entitled Transfiguration Highway, and are sharing the album’s first single “Losing.”

Industrial Metal Band DEAD ANIMAL ASSEMBLY PLANT Premieres Official Music Video For Single “A Violent Breed” on Bravewords.com

The Sweet Meats Slaughterhouse was founded in 1895 by Wilhelm Schröder. Internationally known for his advances in industrialized butchery…he produced 30% of the meats consumed in the United States. In 1915 tragedy struck the small town he called home when all the livestock took some unexplained fatal disease. The ever resourceful Schröder turned to the only available meat. The townsfolk. When they discovered the terrible truth – they enacted their own form of justice. Feeding the once prolific Schröder to his own machines. The Sweet Meats Slaughterhouse remained eerily quiet and vacant..until one night…horrible noises resembling music emanated from the dank hallways.

Matt Rollings Releases New Song “Wade In The Water”

Today, the GRAMMY Award-winning producer, piano virtuoso and first-call session superstar Matt Rollings released the official video for “Wade In The Water” featuring The War and Treaty and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The song is the second single to be released from Matt Rollings Mosaic, his first solo album in over thirty years out on August 14. The album is now available for pre-order. Rollings spoke with American Songwriter about the origins of his new single and forthcoming album.

MAMADRAMA Release New Single Titled “MILF” (Moms In Leather Forever!)

MAMADRAMA is a mom-only band made up of five moms who rock by night, and roll (with 11 kids) by day. What’s more punk than a kickass mom band?! When not rocking out, they are small business owners, entrepreneurs, and a Kindergarten teacher.

MAMADRAMA Release New Single Titled “MILF” (Moms In Leather Forever!)

Merritt Gibson – New Single Benefiting Healthcare Workers – “Breaking Down”

Merritt wrote the song almost instantly after finding out that she wouldn’t be returning to UVA to visit her junior year of college. Like most students, she was completely stunned and sought to articulate the feelings she was experiencing. The song grapples with the feelings of loss and having something just ripped away from you.

Flawes Release ‘Lowlights’ EP via Red Bull Records

Following the release of their debut album Highlights earlier this year, British alt-pop trio Flawes announce Lowlights – an EP of four songs taken from the album, and stripped back to their rawest form.

The band has also unveiled a video of the Lowlights version of one of their most anthemic songs “Look No Further”, the intimate recording revealing the intricacies and emotion of the track.

Trevor Daniel Soars Over 1 Billion Streams Globally for “Falling”

Music’s fastest growing artist, Trevor Daniel, today celebrates over a billion plus streams globally for his breakout hit single “Falling.” The song also hit a new chart position; #7 at Pop radio and not looking slowing down anytime soon. The Houston, TX artist continues to breath excitement and discovery around him with his laid back personality and evocative performance style —


Having gained widespread acclaim over the past months, rising Atlanta based melodic rapper Zaia today releases his stellar sophomore EP,Very Alone. A 9 track body of work showcasing the unique flows and innovative production that have seen him rack up millions of plays and land a key placement on Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure, Very Alone see’s Zaia stake a claim to being among the next to emerge from Atlanta’s conveyor of genre defying unique artists.

Blue Heaven premiere new video for ‘Shade’

“We’ve always loved the colors we feel in our music, so when we had the chance to make a video, Shade was the first that came to mind. We had recently relocated to Austin TX, restructured as a band, and felt that we had been too quiet over the last 2 years. Now we’re entering a new wave of productivity and creativity for the band. We’re excited to share what we’ve been working on these last two years. More goodies coming soon.”

Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall “Dreams and Scars”

Heavy metal guitarist, songwriter, and producer Magnus Karlsson has announced the third album, “We Are The Night” from his solo project Magnus Karlsson’s Free Fall. It will be released on June 12, 2020 via Frontiers Music Srl. As with the prior two Free Fall releases, “We Are The Night” features an exciting array of guest vocalists taking the lead on tracks throughout the album.

YungManny Looks For Silver Linings in the Poignant “Blessings In Disguise” Video

The ascendant star in his DMV rap scene, 16-year-old rapper YungManny is known for his versatile songwriting and supernatural sense of melody. Today, Manny announces Confused EP, available to stream everywhere on May 27th.

Forest Bees – Release date: Friday, June 12th 2020

At a glance, the genesis of Forest Bees (aka San Francisco solo artist Sheetal Singh) reads like standard music biz fare: a critically-acclaimed indie band has a brush with the big time, fizzles in the face of industry frustrations, and a former member goes it alone.

Only Forest Bees is going it alone fifteen years later, as a mother of two and, as she puts it, “a brown woman in what is still a very white indie rock world”. And Forest Bees explores themes rare in such dream pop, from postpartum depression and loneliness within marriage, to cultural expectations and humanity’s intersection with artificial intelligence.

Anya Hinkle releases video for “Road Of The Winds”

Alternating moody verses with a singable chorus, “Road Of The Winds” expresses a longing for motion that defines both an end and a beginning for the song’s narrator. Throughout, Hinkle’s distinctive voice is framed by a hand-picked group of musicians drawn from the rich musical community around western North Carolina: fiddler Julian Pinnelli, mandolinist Thomas Cassell (Circus No. 9), renowned resonator guitarist Billy Cardine, bass player Johnny Calamari, and harmony singer Mary Lucey. Produced by Jon Weisberger, the single is an auspicious start to the new stage of Hinkle’s career.

Sophie Hunger – ‘EVERYTHING IS GOOD’

‘Halluzinationen’ – Hunger’s first album in two years – is her second collaboration with Carey, who also produced her 6Music-supported previous release, ‘Molecules’. Informed by an exploration of the relationship between loneliness and the imaginary, Hunger’s latest material finesses the electronic direction she’s been pursuing with Carey ever since a relocation to Berlin. Electing this time around to decamp from Carey’s Speedy Wunderground studio in South London to the august surrounds of Abbey Road’s Studio 2, ‘Halluzinationen’ is suffused with the nervous energy of its continuous live recording technique, with the album captured in sequence just six times over the course of two days. It’s an approach Hunger succinctly identifies as ‘Full risk’.

TITHE: Portland’s shape shifting extreme metallers premiere new album “Penance” at Decibel Magazine!

Emerging from the rain-soaked grey of Portland, Oregon, TITHE is leaving its mark of pummelling auditory exploration. Drawing influence from all over the musical spectrum, TITHE offers a truly unique blend of extreme metal. The trio comes together with their debut full-length album “Penance” to explore the psychedelic experience and the depravity of human nature.

Full Album Stream: Tithe — “Penance”

AJ McLean Premieres Heartwarming Video for “Wild World” With US Weekly!

It truly is a “Wild World” out there right now, and AJ McLean has teamed up with friends, family and his beautiful girls to rework the much-loved Cat Stevens classic. The heartwarming version is available to watch now on US Weekly. The video features our brave frontline workers as well as some of his nearest and dearest. This is AJ’s own beautiful way of thanking the people who are keeping both himself and all of us going, professionally and personally.

AJ McLean Enlists Daughters for ‘Wild World’ Cover Thanking First Responders

OKKULTOKRATI: BrooklynVegan Streams La Ilden Lyse LP In Its Entirety

La Ilden Lyse – which roughly translates to “Keep The Fire Burning” – is an album of pure, cold, grim, rawness. Themes of enduring life, transcending death, worshipping the moon, and triumphant, satanic darkness are all at play here, and the album sounds harder, faster, and nastier than ever. No more messing around. Keep it black, keep it metal, all the time.


New LA duo make a stunning entrance with the reveal of gorgeous offering, Paradise Ain’t So Cheap. A crystalline left-pop offering showcasing a delicate falsetto laid atop skeletal beats, the track is a mirror into the word of lead vocalist Dylan Bond. Speaking on the release, Bond states:

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