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Casey Conroy & COASTCITY Release New Video for “Best Shoes”

After the release of their well-received single “Best Shoes,” Casey Conroy and COASTCITY premiere a touching video for the heartfelt song exclusively on LATV.

SLAY AT HOME Virtual Metal & Art Fest Announces First Wave Of Bands, More Each Day

Frank Godla of music media outlet Metal Injection, is proud to announce Slay At Home, the first of its kind metal music and art festival, in support of MusiCares and Global Giving. Taking inspiration from some of Godla’s favorite European festivals, Slay At Home will be an artfully curated two-day livestream event with exclusive never-before-seen performances from over 30 bands, a dozen cover song collaborations, commissioned music from artists that will debut at the fest, special guest appearances, art installations and much more.

Hard Rock Collective Sunset Cloak Share ‘Don’t You Know’

American Rock band Sunset Cloak return with their latest emotive single ‘Don’t You Know’ on May 15th. Following in the footsteps of rock contemporaries likeBreaking Benjamin, Deftones, and Avenged Sevenfold, Sunset Cloak’s sound falls somewhere between pop and hard rock.


At 15 tracks the album will include features from some of the most notable names in R&B including Miguel, Brandy and Masego. MANTIC will also feature previously released tracks “Last Time” which has over 10 million streams and video views worldwide and “Touchy Feely” which Noisey included on their “18 R&B Songs That Make Up for This Unbearable Year List” and explains: “[Ro James] has a penchant for sensual songs, and his sophomore album is shaping up to be just as sexy as his last.”

Anthony Garcia (cinematic Americana) singer-songwriter to release album in July

Austin, TX-based singer-songwriter Anthony Garcia is set to release his album, Acres of Diamonds, on July 17, 2020. A guitarist and classically trained pianist, Garcia creates music that is perhaps most accurately been described as “cinematic Americana,” a genre that interweaves songwriting with a healthy dose of genre-blending and expanding, quasi-orchestral sections.

Linda Varg – “Dom skrev att jag borde skjuta huvudet av mig!”

Sveriges Radio, två stora reportage, spotifylistor och dom största musikbloggarna i Sverige. Där spelades och skrevs det om Linda Vargs låt “DO YOU WANNA BOOM BOOM”. I all hysteri så började det även dyka upp en negativ spiral. Nu berättar Linda om nya låten “Like A Boss” som släpps imorgon fredag 15 maj. I samband med släppet så medverkar Linda på den livestreamade festivalen Virtuel Female som sänds i Italien.

Izzy Bizu Returns w/ Euphoric Dance Single – ‘Faded’

Acclaimed British singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu today makes her glistening return with euphoric brand new single “Faded,” bursting with vivacious energy and 70’s hues. Written in the aftermath of an exhausting fall-out that left her feeling drained, “Faded” is a gorgeous disco track with overtones of True-era Solange and is the first taste of new music from Izzy in 2020.

Girlhood who are today sharing their new single, ‘The Love I Need’

‘The Love I Need’ is the first taster from Girlhood’s debut album – the first song to be written and the last song to be finished for the album. It finally came together in the penultimate few days of mixing the record at the tail end of 2019. The result is a gospel and blues-tinged explosion of cut and paste joy which Tessa describes as being about how “we’re rooted in our need to communicate, understand and be understood. This is the love I need.”

THE THIRD KIND: New York City Crossover Outfit With Members Of All Out War And More To Release Man vs Earth Debut LP In June

New York City sci-fi crossover outfit THE THIRD KIND – with current and former members of All Out War, Bastard Clan, Vise Massacre, Strap Hangers, The Last Crime, Run Like Hell, Big Gunz, Shiro And The Raw Dogs, Awkward Thought, On The Offense, and many others – will release their Man vs. Earth debut LP in June. The band has issued the cover art, track listing, and preorders, and the lead track, “Sole Mission,” has premiered at No Echo.

Smokepurpp Connects with Lil Pump for First Video from Upcoming Florida Jit Project

One of the rap scene’s most reliable mischief makers, Smokepurpp is a titan of turn-up. Returning to his roots, Purpp announces Florida Jit, his next album. The upcoming project is a chaotic and energetic effort, with a sound that returns to Purpp’s roots in the aggressive and influential South Florida SoundCloud scene. Florida Jit is set to drop in the coming weeks via Alamo Records.


The winners of the 26th Annual Communicator Awards have officially been announced by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. With over 6,000 entries received from across the US and around the world, the Communicator Awards is the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals. Winners who received the competition’s highest honor, the Award of Excellence, include Amazon, ESPN Films, Publicis Sapient, Macy’s, PepsiCo Design & Innovation, Forbes Media, and Savvy. Please visit communicatorawards.com to view the full winners list.



Today, on his birthday, Martin Garrix treats his fans to the release of a brand-new track “Higher Ground” ft. John Martin. The track sees the pair reuniting after they previously worked with on “Now That I’ve Found You” together.

John Martin’s bright vocals perfectly complement the overall uplifting sound of the track, proving that the two are still a successful combination. No stranger to collaborations, John Martin’s voice also gained worldwide recognition after being featured on tracks such as “Don’t You Worry Child” and “Save The World.”

Balmorhea’s RG Lowe (Western Vinyl) shares “Beauty Finds Forever” video

RG Lowe’s new album Life of the Body, the follow up to his well-received 2017 debut Slow Time, will be out on Western Vinyl May 22nd. The co-founder of the celebrated instrumental band Balmorhea, a global presence in the world of neo-classical music over the past 14 years, Lowe’s solo work sees him apply his deft musicianship and compositional ear to what FLOOD Magazine termed “pop-oriented ambient music” in their coverage of his recent single “Sorrow.”

Jon Stancer – “Chase The Moon”

“Chase The Moon” is the first of my new material to emerge from sessions that were underway before the pandemic struck and shut everything down. It’s also my first release since last year. It’s available anywhere there’s music, including SoundCloud, and you can watch the official music video on YouTube now.

JoJo Pellegrino releases Video for “Where I’m From 3”

JoJo Pellegrino signs label deal with Sony/Orchard and releases “Where I’m From 3” produced by Custodian of the Records & Dom Staxx on his Pella-Vision imprint.

Ireland’s The Coronas Set July 31 Worldwide Release of “True Love Waits” — First New Album in Three Years

The Coronas’ 13-year journey has definitely been unique. With a handful of multi-platinum selling albums and a huge fan base in their native Ireland, they were just about to embark on a planned six-month world tour in support of their long-awaited sixth album when a certain unfortunately named virus spoiled the party. Resilience, however, has won out, and the band are now back on track to release TRUE LOVE WAITS, their first new album in three years, on July 31 with rescheduled tour dates and a point to prove.

‘True Love Waits’: The Coronas Set To Release New Album July 31


Aurora and Glassnote Records are thrilled to release her new single “Exist for Love” out now. The single and accompanying video were just premiered to over fifteen thousand fans on YouTube followed by a live stream performance.


One of the most influential and revered metalcore bands of the last decade MISERY SIGNALS will make their long-awaited return in 2020 with the independent, self-funded release of their fourth album, Ultraviolet, on August 7th. The upcoming record marks their first full-length release in seven years, and first with founding vocalist Jesse Zaraska since their 2004 debut, Of Malice and the Magnum Heart.

Actor and musician Resa owns her sexuality on sultry new single ‘Sunday’

Having already found success in the acting world with prominent roles in Netflix’s series ‘Ragnarok’ and NRK’s international phenomenon SKAM, singer and songwriter Theresa Frostad Eggesbø aka Resa is now looking to make her name in music as she delivers her warm and vibrant debut EP ‘Dumb And Numb’, out 13th May via Toothfairy Music.

Sparks ride “Lawnmower” into release day

A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP has already been met by strong critical praise, with Pop Matters hailing the LP as “yet another remarkable testament to Sparks’ enduring appeal and quality…it’s another wildly thought-provoking, fun, and wholly distinctive venture.” A STEADY DRIP, DRIP, DRIP “fizzes with as much energy as any of their records,” declared Q, “being an effervescent brew of rock, electronica, and classical.” “Ron and Russell Mael’s world is as fabulously off-skew as ever,” wrote MOJO, “and, even better, wonderful melodies tumble out of the speakers.”

TYLAN Releases The Official LYRIC VIDEO To His TOP 30 Single, “FEEL THIS WAY” Featuring RONNIE DEVOE

“Feel This Way” was written by multi-award winning singer-songwriter, RL and produced by B-Flat and RL. “I am just thankful and honored to have been able to record this classic song and add a new twist to it,” mentions Tylan. “Because of my mom’s love for New Edition, I thought it would be cool to be able to pay homage to one of the greatest groups of all times and to be able to release it on my mom’s birthday, was just the best gift ever from me to her,” he adds.

Spotify’s Baila Reggaeton Playlist Breaks 10 Million Followers

Latin music has now reached another milestone! Spotify’s fourth most followed flagship playlist, Baila Reggaeton has officially broken past the 10 million followers mark.
From Daddy Yankee’s Gasolina in the mid-2000s to 2017’s Mi Gente by J Balvin, the genre has seen explosive growth and influence throughout the years. Latin legends Daddy Yankee and J Balvin have taken the spot as the number one-streamed artist on Spotify globally following the release of their hits on the playlist.

The king of reggaeton and pioneer of the genre, Daddy Yankee, spoke to this milestone by expressing “I always had the vision that reggaeton would be heard in the entire world. It was already a lifestyle but it took some time to realize that people would grow within this new culture—it was a movement. I was absolutely clear about it, and even if they called me crazy I always envisioned what we are now living through,” he also personally congratulated Spotify on this celebration in this video.

IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS: Decibel Magazine Premieres Lux Full-Length

Writes Decibel, “Lux is a riff-driven affair, something IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS make very obvious from the first second of mammoth opener ‘The Fool’s Journey’ to the dark spaghetti western sounds so present on ‘The Chasm At The Mouth Of All’ and album closer ‘Prima Materia.’ The combination of influences gives IN THE COMPANY OF SERPENTS a unique sound; the droning sludge trio have riffs for days, but it’s the thoughtful inclusion of spaghetti western music that elevates Lux to a new level.”

Full Album Stream: In the Company of Serpents – “Lux”

Volbeat Share New Animated Video For “Leviathan”

Today, multi-platinum Danish rock band Volbeat debut their new animated video for “Leviathan” the latest single off their 7th studio album, Rewind, Replay, Rebound (Republic Records). “Leviathan” was directed and animated by Steven Mertens and is based on a painting by Karsten Sand that originally appeared in the album artwork for Rewind, Replay, Rebound.


Iconic rapper and producer El-P, perhaps best known as one half of powerhouse rap duo Run the Jewels, recently announced an extensive reissue campaign of his full solo catalog via Fat Possum Records. Unavailable for nearly a decade, January 2020 marked the digital release of I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, on streaming services for the very first time since its initial release in 2007. Today, his critically acclaimed and massively influential 2002 debut solo album, Fantastic Damage, makes its own official streaming debut in conjunction with its 18th anniversary, to be followed by physical editions of both albums later this year.

ENTRY: Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Quartet To Release Debut LP, Detriment

The follow-up to their sold-out No Relief 7″ released on Dune Altar, ENTRY’s Detriment LP is succinct and ferocious. Detriment is a diverse album which provides a breath of fresh air to the genre. The album showcases ENTRY’s appreciation for different aspects of punk and hardcore, and their imaginative songwriting that is condensed into nine concise musical statements of intent.

Track Premiere: Entry – ‘Your Best Interest’

Crown Lands release new single ‘Howlin’ Back’

Powerhouse Canadian rock duo Crown Lands have shared their latest track, ‘Howlin’ Back’, which is out now via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Guitarist Kevin Comeau describes, “this is a dark blues romper that owes its occult imagery to our fascination with the woods. It’s the most unapologetically blues-based song we’ve ever recorded.”

Anthony Russo Releases Summer Bop ‘Nobody To Love’

Today Singer-Songwriter, Anthony Russo releases his new single and visualizer for his summer anthem, “Nobody To Love”. Anthony’s nostalgic vocals standout against the smooth guitar lines and bass riffs, creating a universal beach vibe bounce. “Nobody To Love” is an ode to Russo’s idea of simpler days, when we could go outside, and yet a reminder to treasure the present moment and all of the adventures summer has to offer.


Upstate have shared a new video for their forthcoming single “Everything Changes.” Available tomorrow (Fri. May 15) on all streaming platforms, both the song and video were recorded and filmed simultaneously in one take in vocalist Mary Kenney’s living room a few weeks prior to the nationwide shutdown due to COVID-19. While the Hudson Valley-based band didn’t write the song with the pandemic in mind, it retroactively speaks to the current times. PopMatters wrote in its premiere of the video: “You can’t plan for songs to sync with world events but when they do, the results can be remarkable.”


Young Rog’s love won’t be on lockdown as he pulls out all the stops for his music video for “On The Road.” Directed by LVRN’s Carlon Ramong, the rapper-singer engages with his love interest from a distance but uses quarantine cheat codes like romantic Zoom backdrops, Dollar Tree cookout candles and rousing lyrics to bring new life to their love. Young Rog’s creative leaps while social distancing–like virtual yoga and smoke sessions– prove he has more than a few tricks under his sleeve. With FaceTime dates becoming a new normal during quarantine, Young Rog’s DIY visuals teach us a thing or ten about fostering love in isolation. Watch HERE.


Charlotte says: “I’ve always had a hard time controlling my emotional compass and tend to inwardly dwell. I kept having this dream, which I hear is common when living in a tiny New York City apartment, where I discover a whole new room in my home through a door in the closet or someplace unexpected and realize I have so much more space than I ever thought. When I wrote it I was sort of caught between fantasizing about being totally alone, pushing people away and then feeling super lonely and reaching out to anyone I knew who might give me attention. Someone told me to “just go on autopilot” as if there was a switch I could flip somewhere inside me that would make me function normally. I told them I wasn’t f***ing flying a plane.

Vinyl Williams shares astral psych track “Soft Soul” via Brooklyn Vegan

Vinyl Williams’ anticipated LP Azure is set to release June 5th 2020 on Requiem Pour Un Twister. After collaging hundreds of paintings together in a string of new artwork, Williams combined over 25 paintings just to create the album art for Azure; attempting to equally represent the complexly organic & decadent music apparent on the record.

The Prairie States shares hard-hitting country track “Low Life”

Mat Cardinal, Jeff Dick, Mike Nash, Doc deGroot, and Jay Der formed The Prairie States in 2017 and immediately started writing songs for their full length album, Lost In The Right Direction. Independently released in June 2018, it was nominated for the ACMA Album Of The Year and included three radio singles, which all broke the top 100 Mediabase Canadian Country Chart.

FELLAHIN FALL Streaming New Album ‘Tar a-Kan’ Exclusively via Metal Injection – OUT TOMORROW

Brooklyn-based industrial rock band FELLAHIN FALL will release their new studio album, ‘Tar a-Kan’ tomorrow (May 15). The group is pleased to share that fans can now check out the new full-length LP via an exclusive stream over at Metal Injection. ‘Tar a-Kan’ serves as the follow up to Fellahin Fall’s debut self-titled EP, and is lyrically narrated through the first person perspective of a character who is ravaged by the drastic changes of time, technology, and himself.

FELLAHIN FALL’s New Album Tar A-Kan Will Doom You

Ghetto Kumbé (AfroLatinFuturism/NPR/Billboard) LP, July 31st via ZZK Records

Ghetto Kumbé have shared the video for the first single “Vamo a Dale Duro” off of their upcoming self-tilted debut album. The video directed by Guillermo Camacho was shared with Vice LatAm. Ghetto Kumbé will be released later this year via ZZK Records. In the midst of political uprisings all over the world, Ghetto Kumbé released their first single “Vamo a Dale Duro” as a sonic protest of the injustices caused by class divide.

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