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Last week, trailblazing, RIAA-Certified Gold singer-songwriter Wafia released her sunny and lovable new track, “Pick Me.” Today, the rising singer has released the official video to the living-room-dance-party ready track via Refinery 29 which praised the visual as “shift[ing] the narrative towards what happens when Wafia chooses herself in the end. Freed from the restraints of a failed love story, she celebrates the new chapter of her life with the people who helped her get there — her friends…”

Lil Lotus Releases ‘All My Little Scars Vol. 1’

Today, Lil Lotus drops All My Little Scars Vol. 1 which features two new tracks “Rigor Mortis,” “Last One” and the previously released “I Don’t Even Like You,” and “Never Felt Better.” All My Little Scars Vol. 1 is the first of a three-part series and Lotus’s first EP since 2017’s influential Body Bag EP (featuring GothBoiClique’s Cold Hart and Nedarb).

VOODOO GODS Release New Album ‘The Divinity Of Blood’

The wait is finally over. The new album from death metal super group VOODOO GODS feat. George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher on vocals is in stores now worldwide. ‘The Divinity Of Blood’ was produced by Andy La Rocque of King Diamond, who also took the helm for the mixing and mastering of the record. The result is a huge and powerful Death/Thrash metal album that combines influences from voodooism, rituals and anti-christian forces.

VOODOO GODS The Divinity Of Blood


Charm La’Donna, the VMA-winning choreographer behind brilliant work by Kendrick Lamar, Rosalia and more, blesses this release day with her debut single, “So & So.” The track is produced by Grammy winner Bongo ByTheWay, and you can watch its lyric video below.


SimxSantana releases the anticipated visual for his eerie banger “Basic” featuring Brookyn’s own Fivio Foreign. Directed by DevKamera, the super charged, high energy video follows Sim and Fivio as they channel their inner Fast N Furious while hijacking a car warehouse and dodging the cops through the streets of Brooklyn. “Basic” comes following the release of Sim’s explosive 6-track project Trenches 2 Riches.

Australian Trio THE BUCKLEYS Release “Breathe” Following Massive World Virtual Tour

The new soul-stirring single comes nestled in an equally emotive animated video that showcases a haunting and impassioned side of the band’s pop Americana trademark which they call “hippie country.” Directed and animated by Michael Piwowarczyk and Erin McDermott, alumni of The California Institute of the Arts (a private visual and performing arts school founded by Walt Disney in 1961), the video’s stunning visuals evoke an emotional weight that highlights the melodic weather of the song… of misty Australian landscapes, frigid nights warmed by outback campfires, and those quiet moments of solace.

Problem’s tribute to Nipsey Hussle

Today, multi-talented Compton rapper and producer Problem shares a poignant music video dedicated to his late friend Nipsey Hussle. Premiered with Complex, the Joshy Gonz directed visual brings Problem to a clear open space, both figuratively and literally, as he comes to terms with the tragic passing of his close friend. The song is produced by Nipsey’s in-house production team Mike & Keys with saxophone and vocoder from Terrace Martin. Clips from Problem’s short film A Compton Story, which contains an original version of the track, are featured in the music video as well.

Jess Knights Drops New Single “Baby Won’t You Stay”

“Baby Won’t You Stay,” the first single taken from the forthcoming album, was written on Eleuthera, an Island in the Bahamas that translates to a feminine version of ‘free’ or ‘freedom’ in Ancient Greek. Capturing a vintage, throwback sound with a contemporary twist of dirty blazing guitar riffs, “Baby Won’t You Stay” is the feeling of not wanting a great night to end so that you can enjoy the company of someone who tickles your fancy just a little longer.

JORDY’s “Boys Boys Boys” Out Now! The Queer Anti-Anthem to Love, An Ode To F***boys.

“Boys will be boys.” JORDY explains, “No matter where they live, what they do, who they like: boys will be boys. As a gay man I’ve struggled at times with the entitlement of other men – whether it’s at a bar or a club or a party or even professional settings, I’ve experienced moments of vulnerability and discomfort that I wanted to write about. I fully acknowledge that I am a man singing about men in a pretty general sense; but I think I wrote the song that way to own the fact that being a man, especially a white man, comes with an immense amount of privilege. But I’ve experienced these moments in the queer community and I think we can do better. Respect people’s space. Respect people.”


Director Jack Murgatroyd says, “The video nods to the current moment, that ubiquitous feeling of uncertainty and uneasiness. This was our creative approach to exploring those emotions, our abstract way of trying to tap into our feelings of isolation and redundancy.”

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 Soundtrack List

The faithful remaster of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 and 2 will include blockbuster songs from the original franchise. We wanted to share a look at the track list. The game will launch on September 4, 2020, but in the meantime, fans can listen to the songs from both games on Spotify –

Deidre Thornell Releases Acoustic Video of New Single “Keep On Loving Me”

Deidre Thornell is a rising Country starlet. Her first big success came in 2013 when she was one of five finalists in the 2013 Texaco Country Showdown, leading to a performance on the stage of the infamous Ryman Auditorium, which aired on Great American Country Television. More recently in 2018, Deidre was voted “Most Entertaining Songwriter” at Lyrics on the Lake Songwriting Fest and sold out a full band show in Dallas at The Rustic. To date, Deidre has released a full-length album ‘Destination Unknown,’ followed by her EP ‘Dallas,’ now followed by her most recent single ‘Keep On Loving Me.’

Alaina Castillo Releases Video for “no vuelvas a mirar atrás”

About the video Alaina explains, “‘no vuelvas a mirar atrás’ is a song about forgiving and living in the moment. It’s a simple message that means a lot to whoever needs to hear it so we did a video that has a simple beauty to it so the message of the song can continue to be heard.”


Lolo’s name has been on the rise in 2020, touted by some of the biggest names in press and pop music – including recent shoutouts on Instagram from both Billie Eilish and Grimes and mentioned by Demi Lovato in her Harper’s Bazaar cover shoot where she shared that Lolo was one of her favorite new artists/songwriters. Lolo initially announced her new EP late last week on Instagram via Yuna’s Quarantine Freestylin’ series, talking about the project and her experiences in quarantine. The EP is Lolo’s first release since her explosive debut album High Highs to Low Lows, which just celebrated its one year anniversary in April of 2020. Lolo is slated to support Dua Lipa next year on her EU and US Future Nostalgia tour dates.


Arkansas-Based Pop Punk Band Go For Gold Just Dropped Their New EP ‘Color Me’ Via InVogue Records

The band says, “We used the EP to dive further into a more original sound. By taking elements from a wide spectrum of music, we were able to create 6 songs that are unique but still provide a commonality that is recognizable. This release will stand out from anything we have done and will do in the future. It introduces our eternally increasing versatility as artists and musicians.”


Speaking about ‘Faster Than Light’, Howie notes; “Really heavy, really catchy, and loads of groove is what it is. It’s the best rock and roll song I’ve done, I mean its a pop song really, like all the best rock and roll songs – we just delivered it in a heavy package. It has my favourite lead guitar break to play at the moment, especially the intro which has a bit of an Albert King thing about it. My guitar playing has always been heavily influenced by blues, but I don’t think I’ve really put it out front so much before, so I really do dig that this one has a bit more of that about it. It’s going to be massive live, and I can’t wait to play it.

J GRGRY releases first new single of 2020, “Don’t Ever Give Up”

Seattle-based synth pop hero J GRGRY released “Don’t Ever Give Up,” his first new music of 2020 and the first single from his upcoming debut LP.

“The song is an upbeat affair, with dazzling synth based melodies baked in to give the song a sense of hope and camaraderie for those trying to navigate during these uncertain times,” Music Box Pete writes in their coverage.

Don’t Ever Give Up by J GRGRY

Dead Lord Release 7″ Single “Distance Over Time”

Dead Lord announces their new album Surrender with their new line-up, which is set for release this September via Century Media Records. To celebrate the announcement, the band have released their brand new single “Distance Over Time” off the forthcoming full-length.

Chuck Prophet Shares “Willie Nilli” From ‘The Land That Time Forgot’ Out August 21

Described as a “21st Century Exorcism” from Silicon Valley to the White House by the San Francisco native, The Land That Time Forgot was originally inspired by the never-ending gentrification he has witnessed in his hometown.

Having recorded over a dozen albums in the Bay Area, Prophet found himself priced out of his regular haunts and retreated to Upstate New York to record The Land That Time Forgot. Given that distance, he explores the hope, despair and melancholy wonder of his native city like never before.

WurlD Releases New EP ‘Afrosoul’ via Platoon

“Love Nobody” was released on April 24th. The official music video was premiered via YouTube’s Stay At Home program and the song was featured on an array of popular streaming playlists, including Apple Music’s ‘Hot Tracks’ and ‘New Music Daily’, Spotify’s ‘We Everywhere’, Pandora’s ‘New Afrobeats Now’, and more. OkayAfrica praised the video, declaring it: “a cinematic escape during lockdown.”

WurlD Releases New EP ‘Afrosoul’ via Platoon

Space Kamp, the Rule Breaking, Spreading the Love Rebel Hippies Release “500 Miles” Today!

The Pennsylvania based group, Space Kamp, is on a mission to break rules and spread love around the globe with their forthcoming album “Electric Lemonade.” After spending 3 years on the road touring and gaining a cult following of dedicated “Kampers,” the band has honed their stylistic sonics. The new album takes listeners on a sonic trip, mixing Psychedelic soundscapes, Hip Hop, and Reggae while keeping to the mission — breaking rules and spreading love. Today they release the first single “500 Miles” off the new album ‘Electric Lemonade’ is due out June 26th! “500 Miles” is out now and available everywhere you stream music.

Premiere: Space Kamp Unveils Music Video for “500 Miles,” Feat. TabinStereo

Anjulie – The new single “FUYL”

“The new single, “FUYL,” is about the anxiety I get when everything is going great in a relationship and I’m super into the person but I’m 100% sure I’m about to ruin it.
This is the first single off my sophomore album Loveless Metropolis.”

SENSE OF FEAR – single “Angel of Steel”

Sense of Fear is one of the oldest heavy metal bands in Greece in action, as they started playing in 1998, in the city of Kozani. Musically, they follow in the Heavy paths of Metal, with roots in decade of 80’s. They follow an aggressive line in their playing and in a dark atmosphere they have created their own musical style with modern elements and melodies, attracting descriptions as a kind of Dark, Aggressive, Heavy Metal with thrash and power elements.

Mounika. The Lofi French Beatmaker Releases New Single “Tender Love” x Ocie Elliot

In June 2017 Mounika. unveiled his debut LP “How Are You” that featured the single “Cut My Hair,” which amassed over 70+ million plays throughout the world. Now three years later, Mounika. returns with a new project on a base he particularly likes, that of electro chill. Discreet by nature and himself surprised by this craze, Mounika. responds to himself by naming this new opus “I Need Space”, as a nod to his previous album “How Are You”. More details to be revealed in early June.

Caitlin Cannon Confronts “Inner Garbage” on ‘The TrashCannon Album’

Throughout its 12 tracks, Caitlin Cannon’s The TrashCannon Album shines a light on hard truths. Out today, it’s a batch of songs that confronts alcoholism and addiction, dishonesty in relationships, the divisive effects of class structure, economic injustice and difficult family situations. It sounds like it might be a heavy record — and it’s true, Cannon does dive deep into what she’s saying — but it’s arranged in such a way that she makes sure you know she’s always looking for the humor in the silver lining.

NY’s Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons release “Mars Bar Baby”, new LP out June 12th

NYC cult favorites Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons premiered a new single today ahead of their new record, Razor Wing Butterfly, out on June 12th.

Butterfly leans into the americana-tinged psych rock that the Demons have been building on across six albums and one live record (2018’s Live at Mercury Lounge). Butterfly marks the band’s first set of new songs since America Weeping in 2017.

Lorraine Leckie & Her Demons set release date

Psych rockers ZEBEDEE share new ‘Fancy Seeing You Here’ EP; out everywhere now

Brooklyn-based psych-rockers, ZEBEDEE, share their new EP, Fancy Seeing You Here, now out everywhere, after being exclusively available on Bandcamp. The four fuzzed-out tracks follow in the wake of stand-alone single, “Messy Boy.” The latest songs show how the music has evolved and how the band continues to “dangerously flirt with the edge of madness (The Deli NYC).” With hard hitting drums, grungy guitar tones and a flurry of fluttering vocals that harken back to the early days of Tame Impala, the new tunes show inspiration from Kurt Vile and Queens of the Stone Age with their jet-fueled but quirky vibes.

Shira Elias Shares Soulful Summer Jam “Cherry Pie” Ahead of Debut EP Release

“Cherry Pie,” a soulful summer jam narrating the emotive journey of falling into a new love, was a collaborative effort between producer MEGA (who is credited as the producer of GOODS) and guitarist Sasha Brown. Stylistically, the song incorporates diverse soundscapes, melding together elements of electro-R&B, but also hinting at neo-soul, pop and jazz. And of course, Elias gives a very strong vocal performance throughout the 4:30 track.

X Ambassadors Share New Song and Video for “Zen” Feat. K.Flay and grandson

With its kinetic beats and moody guitar work, “Zen” perfectly captures the endless anxiety and isolation of the current moment. “We wanted to talk about what stresses us out,” says Harris. “What we wish we understood better. What we think no one else understands. We talk about finding peace in chaos. And finding chaos in…well, everything.”