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Fantastic Negrito announces new album ‘HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?’

Double GRAMMY® Award-winner Fantastic Negrito has announced the release of his anticipated new album, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?, which arrives everywhere via Cooking Vinyl/Blackball Universe on August 14th. 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, ‘Chocolate Samurai’, which is currently rising up the US radio charts.

City-Songwriter Ten Kills The Pack Releases Debut EP ‘Force Majeure’

Toronto-based “city songwriter” Ten Kills The Pack (aka Sean Sroka) has released his debut EP Force Majeure, along with a new video for track “Relaxing Apartments.” Tomorrow, he’ll join World Café host Raina Douris for a unique Instagram experience called “A World Café Afternoon Pick Me Up” – some chitchat, some performance and some “pick me up news” – at 1pm ET.

Force Majeure is a series of definitive moments delivered through artful songcraft and organic instrumentation as he defines “city folk” as a genre. These songs were crystallized through recording sessions held in multiple Toronto high-rises, where the sights, sounds and shapes of the city were woven into the music.

2nd Grade’s debut album, Hit to Hit, is out next week on Double Double Whammy and you can hear its final single now!

For Peter Gill (Friendship, Free Cake For Every Creature), the fearless leader of Philadelphia power-pop group 2nd Grade, being our full, open selves means we can be as sincere as we are sarcastic. New album Hit To Hit is about wearing your heart on your sleeve but at arm’s length. It’s about being both earnest and ironic. It’s playing with different selves yet managing to coalesce them into one identity; a self-aware and self-reflexive identity that makes the characters concocted by Gill amusing, relatable and insightfully authentic.

All-Star Modern Metal Band IMONOLITH Shares New Quarantine Sessions Video for “The Mourning”

Says drummer Ryan Van Poederooyen, “’The Quarantine Sessions’ are getting pretty fun to do for all of us in IMONOLITH. We’re changing it up with every session we do. The videos have been getting a great response from our supporters and we’ve been gaining new supporters along the way. It’s a great way for all of us in IMONOLITH to keep active and give people something fun to watch. Jon’s kicking ass editing the videos and we’re all having fun recording our parts for it.

Imonolith premiere ‘Quarantine Sessions’ video for “The Mourning”

Introducing Topeka: A digital destination for fans to connect directly with artists live

Topeka is a unique digital destination allowing fans to connect face-to-face with their favorite artists via live interactive video. Topeka is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for artists (hosts) to connect on a personal level via scheduled, moderated two-way Hang Sessions, with customizable lengths typically lasting between 15 and 45 minutes. This form of personal communication enables artists to engage with fans either solo or as part of a larger group to connect through authentic conversations, mini-concerts, private lessons and more, creating meaningful conversations where artists can also get to know their fans on an individual level.

LA-based Grunge Rock Revivalists, Broken Machine, Announce “Kaleidoscopic Jam” via Pancakes and Whiskey

Central figure and songwriter/vocalist, Schyler Douglas, states that the song is about “taking LSD and going through the transformation of shedding one’s own skin: burning everything that was oneself and remembering one’s unity with the universe.” Additionally, the song and EP hold weight for the band in that they are looking to exhume grunge rock and rekindle an appreciation for melodies, harmonies, meaningful lyrics, and real instruments. With a past stained by indulgence, debauchery, and substance abuse, Broken Machine channel their inner demons into their brand of brooding Post Grunge.


Today multi-platinum singer/songwriter James Arthur releases a newly recorded acoustic version of his 2016 single “Safe Inside,” from his No.1 album Back From the Edge. This acoustic version was recorded and produced by James in his at-home studio during the quarantine and is now available for streaming and download. Alongside the release is a beautifully designed lyric video – watch it

We Three “i wanna love somebody” | Skope Magazine

Siblings Manny, Bethany and Joshua are also know as WE THREE. Many of their 429K+ Facebook fans likely discovered the Portland, OR based Pop band on America’s Got Talent. We Three recently released their new single and video, “i wanna love somebody”.

Ane Brun’s new video “Song For Thrill and Tom” out now

Today, Norwegian songwriter Ane Brun debuts new track and video, “Song For Thrill and Tom;” watch/share the video HERE. The track is from her forthcoming as-of-yet untitled album, due this fall via Balloon Ranger Records.

“Song for Thrill and Tom” is about a complex, beautiful and extraordinary love story. The main characters are real people in my life, who I’ve tried to portray as authentic as possible, so that it becomes like a musical monument of the existence of their love. Like a ring on their fingers,” Brun explains, “Thrill and Tom, are my dear friend Tirilleia and her Tom, the great love of her life, who tragically passed away two years ago.” Tirilleia directed the video, saying “Developing and printing these precious memories from our 20 years together, has been the hardest – yet most healing – thing I have ever done. I hope by sharing the love, it can heal others too.”

Danny De La Rosa Premieres Official Music Video For Single “It’s Alright Its OK” on V13.net

“This song is from the perspective of a straight laced moralistic guy that is hanging out with a girl that likes to party and raise hell. The guy is trying to change her to be his idea of normal and trying to push “maybe just wine on Sundays listening to Coldplay” instead of constantly drinking and embarrassing him. He ends up realizing he cant change her and he has to stop wasting his time. The album has an extended version of this song with a cool blues breakdown” says Danny De La Rosa.

Watch Danny De La Rosa’s Video Game-Themed “It’s Alright It’s OK” Video [Premiere]


The Bradley & Pablo-directed video was shot in Malibu in January. “Watermelon Sugar” is certified Platinum and is the follow-up single to the Top 40 and Hot AC radio #1 hit “Adore You.” Both songs are included on Harry’s album Fine Line, which is also certified Platinum and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 upon release.

Árstíðir Shares Live Acoustic Performance via Club Weltenklang

The enigmatic Icelanders of ÁRSTÍÐIR have shared a live, acoustic performance in partnership with Club Weltenklang, a virtual venue, where you can watch videos of multi-genre artists.


It is what it is according to Ventura, CA bred rapper and actor KYLE who is celebrating his 27th birthday today with a new single titled “What It Is.” Produced by Mick Shultz (Jeremih, Zendaya), the melodic new song arrives alongside an Jakob Owens-directed companion visual and is available now via independently popular./Atlantic Records

Gus Harvey kicks off 2020 with new single ‘Albion’

“We collected the reverb and echoes of abandoned UK buildings, the old Kray twin pub in Hackney and a disused church, and I was taking photographs of everything I saw,” Harvey explains. “Living in the pub had a huge impact. It felt like something weird was happening to time inside the walls – I was very curious and nostalgic for the old England that I could see and smell, also aware of being in this one last moment of suspension before little pockets of history just disappeared.

Orlando Weeks (formerly of The Maccabees ) Shares New Track “Milk Breath”

Orlando Weeks’ first two solo singles “Safe In Sound” & “Blood Sugar” have provided a fascinating insight into the life-changing journey of fatherhood that he documents in his upcoming debut album A Quickening (out 6/12 on Play It Again Sam).

Sliptrick Records Welcome Progressive Rocker ALBERTO RIGONI

Alberto Rigoni is an Italian bass player and composer, internationally known for his career as a solo artist and as a member of the metal band BAD As, The Italians, Lady & THE BASS, co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project and member of progressive rock band TwinSpirits (no longer active). Between 2008 and 2019, Alberto has released numerous solo albums worldwide spanning musical styles from progressive rock metal to fusion. The albums also feature legendary musicians such as Kevin Moore (ex Dream Theater), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree, King Crimson), Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats), Göran Edman (ex Yngwie Malmsteen), Michael Manring and many others.


“…a broad appetite and staggering musical proficiency.” – THE NEW YORKER

“NNAMDÏ is a clear natural talent” – PITCHFORK

“NNAMDI is “Mind Blowing” – NPR


“Having enjoyed being the main ingredient to many successful dance records, I started wanting to create the whole dish. In the past when performing on the stages of my white male peers, I always felt like a visitor being one of the few Black women I could see, so it never fully occurred to me to claim dance music as my music, as an artist, even though it was at the heart of my connection to music.” Aluna admits. “Then I looked at the history of dance music and saw how, for example, Chicago House, known as the invention of house music, was pioneered in the Black and Latino LGTBQ+ communities which gave me inspiration to stake my flag in the ground as a Black woman in dance music by taking control of production and songwriting with my own vibe.”


Skip Marley takes a giant step into music history as “Slow Down,” his global smash with multi-platinum Grammy© Award-winning artist H.E.R., takes the #1 spot on the Billboard R&B adult chart and at Mediabase Urban AC (Adult Contemp­orary), the first time a Jamaican-born artist has scaled this plateau. On the success of the single, Skip states, “I never set my sights on a chart position when we recorded the song, but I give praise and thanks to the almighty that the music can reach these heights and connect to a wider audience. Ever proud to represent Jamaica achieving new levels in any endeavor. We apprecialove all the DJs, programmers, and stations who supported. It takes an army of Jah soldiers to make this type of noise. Maximum respect to H.E.R. for lifting the track with her heavenly vocals and much love to Wale for blessing the remix.”

BEDSORE: 20 Buck Spin To Release Hypnagogic Hallucinations LP; “The Gate, Closure (Sarcoptes Obitus)” Now Streaming

Warping minds and matter with their two-track 2018 demo, BEDSORE came to the attention of 20 Buck Spin, who together in twisting conspiracy now issues the band’s proper full-length, marking the first Italian band to sign with the label. Hypnagogic Hallucinations is a fitting title for the dark lucid dreamscapes and obscure fantasia BEDSORE delivers on their debut. Like an Argento film, the Roman band paints the canvas of death metal in vivid bright washes of ornamented color and stabs of inventive horror that belies the corporeal grotesquery of the band’s name. Probing into the brain through psychedelic digression and winding hypnotic prog a protean world of weird organic contours and mysterious meaning take shape.