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Horror metal band FROM HELL has unleashed a sinister new video for “They Come at Night,” the latest horror story in the FROM HELL anthology, Rats & Ravens, out May 22 via Scourge Records. Delve into the darkness of “They Come at Night” exclusively via BraveWords.
The free-spirited versatile artist Lila Iké is quickly climbing the ranks fusing a genre-bending sound of reggae, hip hop and R&B. Today (May 15), the 26-year-old singer unleashes her debut EP The ExPerience via RCA Records in conjunction with Six Course Records and In.Digg.Nation Collective.
Post-metal, doomgazers MOUNTAINEER Will release their heavily-anticipated, third full-length album, “Bloodletting,” next Friday, May 22nd with Lifeforce Records. With a week to go, the band has unveiled another new song, titled “Ghost Story,” further revealing the depth and magnitude of the impending record. Fans are invited to pre-order “Bloodletting” now –
Few artists have proven as versatile as Cellus Hamilton. Not only is he a self-proclaimed Bible nerd, he often has quoted “I’m really not that good. All I do is steal verses from the Bible”. Well, today he released a surprise new song called Psalm 55 and he did just that. Psalm 55 is a fierce upbeat trap song inspired by King David’s corresponding psalm. It is a song about betrayal and the deep wounds and emotion that comes with having your enemy become your friend. The song features production by Will Jeffery.
R&B Riser Derek King Connects with Eric Bellinger for Love-Struck “Stories” Video Single
Smoothly straddling the line between R&B eras, NorCal singer-songwriter Derek King delivers detailed accounts of modern love. Connecting with Eric Bellinger, Derek King shares “Stories,” his new single. With a lush instrumental from ReeceBeats, who layers gently-plucked harps, twinkling vibes, and echoing 808s, “Stories” finds the two singers madly in love, going on and on about their perfect woman: “She figured out my heart like a Rubik’s/If it’s about my heart, shawty can intuit,” sings Derek King. The new single is an excellent combination of both singers’ sensibilities, as Derek paints a vivid picture of his girl and Eric flexes his clever pen to find every angle of the “story” concept.
LA’s Leah Kate Releases “bad idea” Single
“bad idea” marks Leah Kate’s first release of the year, following her 2019 Impulse EP with singles garnering support globally from the likes of 1883, Clash, Dancing Astronaut, Earmilk, Ladygunn, NYLON, Ones To Watch, Wonderland, and more. LA Weekly calls the newest offering “feel-good pop” while HollywoodLife asks, “if Leah’s voice is the sound of temptation, how could anyone not give in?”
STUNNA GIRL RELEASES NEW SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO “LIKE I SAID THO”!
About the video, she shared, “Although we’re on quarantine, it was important for me to shoot a visual for my fans. It’s a complex time, but I must keep going.”
Trey Pollard teams up with Roberto Carlos Lange (also known as Helado Negro)to remix acclaimed album Antiphone – out now on Spacebomb Records. Lange has added his cosmic touch to Pollard’s contemporary chamber music creating a new galaxy that amplifies the multi-sensory experience of the original works.
Sammy Johnson charms with new R&B single ‘Amazing’
“The song ‘Amazing’ is an ode to old school 90’s R&B and soul. I feel so blessed to have grown up in an era where vocals, harmonies, and vocal arrangements were everything. I remember the feeling of hearing K-Ci & JoJo’s soulful ballads and Mary J Blige’s raw emotions in her vocals, it’s just not done like that anymore,” commented Sammy Johnson. “I’ve always wanted to just go all the way there and what better time than now, where the world is feeling so much and is at a complete standstill. I pray that ‘Amazing’ makes you feel something and gives you an escape from this crazy time. I pray everyone is safe and well.”
“2020 could be Moneybagg Yo’s biggest year” according to Complex after he released his highly anticipated album Time Served. The album, originally released in January went on to amass over 840 million streams globally and garner attention from Forbes, Hypebeast, Billboard and more. Today, he’s back with the deluxe version, seven brand new tracks with features from Lil Baby, Rylo Rodriguez, Big Homiee G and Big 30.
Vonn Kiss & The Dark Horses remain a force to be reckoned with as the latest single “Hardest Thing to Lose” is released from his upcoming album, due out later this year. This single signifies hope and bravery as Vonn drops an emotional guard outlining a battle with inner demons through acceptance and perseverance. The new single “Hardest Thing to Lose” released on May 15, is produced by Greg Archilla and stays true to Vonn’s classic nature. Available on all streaming platforms, “Hardest Thing to Lose” could not come at a better time as it relays a message of light at the end of the tunnel for those hunting for hope.
Perhaps nobody has described The Sea The Sea better than The Huffington Post, when they proclaimed: “If Joni Mitchell and Elvis Costello had ever decided back in the day to write, sing, and make a duets record together, it might’ve sounded something like this.”
Based in Upstate New York, The Sea The Sea, comprised of Chuck and Mira Costa, is an indie folk-pop duo frequently celebrated for their otherworldly vocal harmonies, infectious melodies and unconventional song arrangements.
GRIDFAILURE: The Sleeping Shaman Premieres “Wish To Disinvent” Video
The Sleeping Shaman is hosting the video premiere of “Wish To Disinvent,” by New York City-area hostile faction GRIDFAILURE. Joining GRIDFAILURE’s creator David Brenner on the new song are guests Chuck Schaaf (Deadbird, Pinebox), his wife Star, and their children, Izzie and Mason. “Wish To Disinvent” is found on the incoming Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II – the second installment in five-album concept series – which is nearing release on June 5th via Nefarious Industries.
Cuddle Magic Shares New Single “Working On Me” From Upcoming Album ‘Bath’ Out July 3rd via Northern Spy
“Working On Me” is a tender ode to self-improvement propelled by Kristin Slipp’s emotive vocals. Slipp, who has also been a member of Dirty Projectors since 2018, humbly requests patience from her partner in this delicate earworm. In her own words, Slipp explains the songs content: “So much of what I’ve written in the past three years has referred either indirectly or, in this case, very literally, to my pursuit of self-improvement. ‘Working On Me’ is a tender request for patience from a partner or a friend. The spare arrangement conveys hope, which reaches a fever pitch by the final chorus when the whole band joins in.”
SARAH AND THE SAFE WORD Releases “Sick on Seventh Street”
After last year’s Red Hot & Holy introduced the cinematic and fantastical Sarah and the Safe Word, “You’re All Scotch, No Soda” kicked off the journey to their follow-up LP on New Year’s Day. Now, the “cabaret rock” creators have re-emerged with “Sick on Seventh Street,” complete with string section, several vocal solos from the band’s multi-instrumentalist roster, and an ambience perfect for an early Halloween. (Hint hint.)
Bad Suns Share New Track “Unstable”
“’Unstable’ came to be, following a stormy night spent in a cabin on the east coast, where I was writing songs for the Mystic Truth album,” explains vocalist Christo Bowman. “Walking through the neighborhoods of Bridgehampton the next day, as the fog rolled in from the ocean, I got the sense that this would be the perfect locale for a murder mystery. I felt inspired to write a song from the perspective of a psychopath, so that’s exactly what I did.”
GAVIN JAMES’ NEW SINGLE, “BOXES,” IS OUT TODAY
“The message of the song is to not listen to anybody. Just listen to yourself and follow your dream,” explains Gavin James. “I went to an all-boys school in Dublin where if you wore the wrong shoes, you had to walk around in slippers all day. I was a bit mad at school, I wouldn’t even try a little bit. For years I had people saying I couldn’t do anything, that it was too hard to make it in music, I shouldn’t try.”
NANOWAR OF STEEL Releases “Sneeztem of a Yawn”
NANOWAR OF STEEL are well known for perfectly fitting songwriting for every occasion, so it appears more than obvious that their new single “Sneeztem of a Yawn” is just the right song to accompany every metal fan through these difficult times – with a little dose of humor of course!
The full power of metal riffs blasts from the very first minute while the intense lyrics of the insanely catchy chorus turn the song into an epic masterpiece that will never ever leave your head again. It doesn’t need many words, as coughing and sneezing makes “Sneeztem of a Yawn” another hypnotizing hit anthem created by NANOWAR OF STEEL!
After introducing himself in 2019 and receiving acclaim from the likes of Elevator Magazine and more, Tampa, FL-born, and Los Angeles-based rapper Rube Boyy releases his debut project No Silver Spoon via BeatStars Records, a new imprint under BeatStars, the leading social music marketplace for independent and established producers.
7candystars release debut EP ‘Cherish’ out now
Today, 7candystars self-released their genre-blending debut EP, Cherish. Across the powerful four tracks on the release, the duo of Kane Gelaznik (vocals/guitars) and Jason Duarte (bass/synth) showcase a more aggressive alternative rock sound mixed with new wave, goth, industrial and pop tendencies. To celebrate the release, the band have also shared a visualizer for the hard-hitting, emotional opener “Cordial”. On the track, Gelzanik executes a haunting, yet stark vocal tone on painful lyrics like “I forget all your names, erased, degraded.”
LA based alternative – pop band Paper Jackets is thrilled to release their brand new single “Baby Teeth” today. The propulsive song showcases the six-piece’s captivating energy and celebrates change while ushering in a new era for the band.
“Baby Teeth is symbolic of change and growth in life,” shares frontman James Mason on the track. “We’re all traveling along a certain path and all have relics from our past. These are little reminders of where we come from and where we’re headed. I find great personal joy sharing and exploring these stories in our music.”
Fred again.. is a London based musical polymath who, behind the scenes, has already been involved in some of the biggest UK rap, grime and pop tracks in recent years. Over the last year we’ve seen the latest stage in Fred again..’s musical evolution, as he steps out of the shadows to start releasing his own music which he’d been creating in parallel all along, most recently on his acclaimed artist collaboration with Headie One and their GANG mixtape.
Lorena Leigh debuts ‘Tired To The Bone’ Music Video
Lorena’s latest album ‘Water Theory’, released November 2019, is an 11-song adventure produced by Ernesto Valenzuela (Tommy Genesis, Espé, B-52s) and features an all-star cast including drummer Sterling Campbell (David Bowie, B-52s and Duran Duran). Laced with hints of Nelly Furtado, Faith Hill, Spice Girls and Cyndi Lauper, Water Theory is a complete galaxy with engaging sentiments, vibrant characters, and cinematic soundscapes.
Today, bassist, composer, and bandleader Joshua Crumbly released his debut album Rise via Open Book Records. So far, the album has been praised by Hypebeast, Indieshuffle, Jazziz, WBGO, Earmilk, No Treble, Exclaim!, Glide, and The FADER, who said Rise features “explosions of synths mixed with a driving drum pattern that has the dusty texture of a jazz lounge.”
Timmy Trumpet & Florian Picasso Drop Timeless Lovestruck Collaboration “Armageddon”
In a beautiful cohesion of dreamy indie pop melodies and old school dance anthem sensibilities, Timmy Trumpet and Florian Picasso come together for the lovestruck collaboration “Armageddon.” Paired alongside the single is Timmy Trumpet’s Chill Mix, premiered via ThisSongIsSick, which sees the producer dial down the club beats and let the falsetto hooks and glossy synths glide into the sunset.
“Midnight In Miami was the song i wrote when i wanted to start actually doing the things i always thought about doing but would forever put off,” shares vocalist Michael McGough. “I would listen to so many songs, and experience all of these feelings as i was trying to translate what they were actually about, and i told myself ‘I wanna write a song that physically makes me feel something like these songs do. I wanna write a song that can transport you to a completely different place to where you’re currently at.'”
Finnish pop punk supremo ALMA has shared her brand new single today “LA Money” alongside the release of her compelling punk-tinged pop debut album Have U Seen Her?, which are both out now via Sony Music Germany/RCA Records.
AL1CE Faces Loss and Grief in Their New Song “For Dead”
For Dead was written by AL1CE while they sequestered themselves in the desert of Joshua Tree, CA at the beginning of the year. After experiencing various forms of loss within the band and having to face mortality, they found themselves drawn to the concepts of death, the tree of life, freedom, and the different shackles of enslavement that we as humans can experience in its various forms during a lifetime. After spending a week in the desert AL1CE had put together the base for their new album As Above So Below,, which For Dead is the first single off the album. As Above So Below will be released later this year. The artwork for the song was created by Brittany Bindrim of the band I:Scintilla, which captures yin-yang quality of the upcoming album.
Speaking of the new track Stephen says, “‘Watching You Walk Away’ is about a relationship never getting too deep. It’s always difficult to cross the line from casual to serious. Sometimes we don’t say what we mean and show what we feel so you ultimately settle with the situation, but wish it was something more meaningful.”
RANGLEKLODS RETURNS FROM 5 YEAR HIATUS WITH THE BUBBLING NEW SUMMER TUNE ’NEVER LIE’
Re-charged, back from a five year journey around the world as part of Danish internationally acclaimed duo, Blondage, one-man-electronic-army Esben Nørskov Andersen returns to his origin as Rangleklods.
Fantastic Negrito announces new record details; releases new song
2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Fantastic Negrito has announced the release of his anticipated new album. HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET? arrives everywhere via Cooking Vinyl/Blackball Universe on Friday, August 14. The album is available for pre-order now, with all pre-orders joined by instant grat downloads of “How Long,” as well as the current single rising up the radio charts, “Chocolate Samurai,” which Fantastic Negrito will perform today on CBS’s The Late Show with Stephen Colbert #PlayAtHome series, posting at 3pm ET.
THE NATIONAL PARKS Release New Single “Waiting For Lightning”
“‘Waiting For Lightning’ was a song that started pouring out of me late one night,” explains lead vocalist/guitarist Brady Parks. “I remember sitting in my room with my guitar and this visual of lightning kept coming to my mind. At its core, this song is about feeling like you are waiting for something so rare and spectacular. It’s about setting the fear of the unknown aside and stepping out into the storm. It’s about holding on despite challenges that arise. We hope this song can be a reminder to hold on to hope and to not let go of the things that matter most to you.”