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When We Versus the Shark formed in 2003, the group’s members were barely in their 20s and living in three different states. The math rock foursome converged on the music hub of Athens, Georgia as a homebase and promptly set about storming the town’s gates. Starting with their debut album Ruin Everything!, the group kicked up a screwy racket of Dischord-ant guitars, noisy synths, and electro-shock rhythms. Foot soldiers in the DIY basement army, they dutifully toured their asses off, squirming and spasming over small stages at home and abroad. Seven years, an EP, a darkly aggressive follow-up (Dirty Versions) and a cover album later, the group called it a day in 2009 and scattered to the four winds once more.
“Our River” is warm and hopeful, the kind of song that should be played at home with a coffee on the porch, or in a car taking time to get somewhere.
Reminder: SAINTS OF DESTRUCTION Released “Dream of Pain”
SAINTS OF DESTRUCTION debut single “Dream of Pain” via The Label Group with INgrooves is a shot of ‘balls to the wall’ rock! The track “Dream of Pain” solidifies a heavy sound; while slinging the grunge sludge undertones up into your eardrums. Saints of Destruction’s “Dream of Pain” level up a complex sound that carries its own identification. Yet at the same time, the song also slays a sound that feels familiar when listening – an intimate sound where their influences can be heard. Saints of Destruction have truly created their own formation of solid sound rock within “Dream of Pain” and their coming creations are to be kept an eye on for the future of more exciting tracks.
Deradoorian Shares Animated Video For New Single “It Was Me”
After years of making records alone, Deradoorian spent her last few years in New York City doing improvised collaborations with other musicians, connecting with people and creating a desire to carry that energy to the recording of her next album. That record is Find the Sun, coming out on September 18 via ANTI-. Sequenced with a double vinyl disc package in mind (its only available physical format), the record is broken up into quadrants, helping guide the listener through its various twists and turns. The connecting thread is the theme of internal exploration, reaching for the best version of yourself.
Floating between LA, London, Paris and Berlin, the enigmatic Trustfall has honed his craft as a prominent songwriter and instrumentalist, collaborating with the likes of Lafawndah, Kelsey Lu, Holly Herndon and Sega Bodega, whilst composing soundtracks for film and runway, as well as being the producer of acclaimed guest mixes on NTS and Rinse FM.
SETH BOGART SHARES “BOYS WHO DON’T WANNA BE BOYS”; NEW ALBUM IN JUNE
Los Angeles-based musician, artist and DIY / queer icon Seth Bogart today has announced his forthcoming new album Seth Bogart Presents….Men On The Verge Of Nothing, set to arrive June 26th via new label Wacky Wacko Recordings. Along with the album announce, Bogart’s first new music in four years, he shares the first single “Boys Who Don’t Wanna Be Boys” and the accompanying official video. Co-directed by Bogart and Henry Metcalf, the video was all self-shot at home and features cameos from comedians Kate Berlant and John Early, RuPaul’s Drag Race queen Tammie Brown, iconic queer artists like JD Samson, Brooke Candy and San Cha. The single will also see a remix from critical favorite U.S. Girls, coming June 17th.
Official Music Video for Viral K-pop Smash “Lucky Cat” Released by DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer/DJ
“Lucky Cat” is the first single from DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer/DJ’s upcoming debut album, aptly titled Escape From NYC. The song literally came to him complete in a dream three years ago. In the dream, it went massively viral, had its own dance, and came at a time of real human need – which is right now.
Aidan Knight – Shares New Single: ‘Sixteen Stares’
The Vancouver Island, BC-based artist, Aidan Knight is today sharing his new single, ‘Sixteen Stares’ – listen here – in line with which he is announcing details of his forthcoming fourth album, Aidan Knight, due for release via Next Door Records on August 28, 2020. The new record arrives following previous releases that have secured support on both sides of the Atlantic and found Knight performing alongside Half Moon Run, Andy Shauf and Villagers, as well as marking an appearance at Glastonbury Festival.
Fusilier (Brassland, OkayAfrica, Hannah Georgas) | Shares New Single ‘Upstream’
Having spent much of 2019 wrestling with depression, the Brooklyn-based, Atlanta-born Fusilier explains: “‘Upstream’ is ‘a song for the next day.’ I decided it’s okay to enjoy the taste of eggs in the morning, and to have nothing else to smile about. It’s okay to treat the streetlamp like the sun when you need light at 3am. I’ll find light.”
Hardly Art is pleased to announce the release of LA band Girl Friday’s debut full-length Androgynous Mary, out worldwide on LP, CD, and digital Friday, August 21st. Today, The FADER premiered the music video for the band’s lead-off single “Amber’s Knees: A Matter of Concern.” The track is a propulsive, evolving example of Girl Friday’s penchant for air-tight harmonies, rock-along choruses, and unpredictable song structures. The video, directed by the band, pays winking homage to the band’s reality TV guilty pleasure go-to Rock of Love starring Bret Michaels, and was embellished with primitive throwback CGI during a feverish editing spree under quarantine.
Thin Lear postpones ‘Wooden Cave’ album release on EggHunt Records to July 24
Matt Longo, aka Thin Lear, tells us, “I hope everyone reading this is safe and healthy during these challenging times. After a lot of thought, we’ve decided to push back the date of Wooden Cave’s release from April 24 to July 24, which will allow us to deliver the best possible version of this record. Wooden Cave was a two year labor of love, and I’m so excited to share it with you all later this summer.”
Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Kathleen Edwards will release her highly anticipated new album, Total Freedom, August 14 on Dualtone (an Entertainment One Company). In advance of the release, the album’s first single, “Options Open,” is debuting today.
Today, Lauv releases the music video for “El Tejano” featuring Sofía Reyes, a track off his 21-track debut album ~how i’m feeling~ with a first look from PAPER Magazine. The video was shot pre-quarantine at the actual restaurant and bar that inspired the song, El Tejano in Los Angeles’ North Hollywood. In the video directed by Kid. Studio (The Weeknd, Future), Lauv eats a mysterious spicy pepper, and hallucinates his way through the rest of the video, that includes a dance sequence choreographed by Teresa Toogie Barcelo (Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” and “Electricity” choreographer).
Wilderun Release Video For Re-imagined Version Of “Hope & Shadow”
After recently announcing their worldwide signing to Century Media Records, progressive metal outfit WILDERUN releases an alternate version and video of their track “Hope & Shadow” today. The new version of the track was recorded during lockdown and was originally released on the band’s second album Sleep at the Edge of the Earth.
Venus Furs Announces Debut LP, Shares “Page Before” Via MXDWN | Self-Titled LP Out July 10th Via Silk Screaming Records
With this announcement comes new single, “Page Before” which premiered with MXDWN. “Page Before” is a song about walking into a party with a weird vibe, only to discover that you are walking into your own wake. There’s a nod to We Are Scientists in the lyrics (“the scene is cold and the party’s dead”). There’s an abrupt change around the two-minute mark, to a bass driven riff that builds and builds to a crescendo, with delayed noise solos matched in performance with panning, for a trippy headphone experience…
Like A Motorcycle – WIDE AWAKE – the new single from upcoming DEAD BROKE LP out NOW
“Wide Awake” is about waking up between a past stained with unhealthy choices and a future of bleak dystopian uncertainty. Although the song was written some time ago, it’s sentiment rings true now more than ever.
Jackboy Celebrates Haitian Flag Day with “Spittin Facts” Video
A proud member of the bustling Haitian community in his native Pompano Beach, FL, Jackboy always stands up for his heritage and hometown. Continuing his tradition of dropping new songs on Haitian Flag Day, Jackboy shares “Spittin Facts,” his latest missive. A fierce statement of loyalty to his close friends and family, “Spittin Facts” finds the young rapper alternating aggression and emotion with soaring melodies and clipped cadences. Directed by Shula The Don, the “Spittin Facts” video opens with a brief snapshot of poverty and protest in Haiti, and continues into Jackboy’s South Florida apartment, where he raps in front of the Haitian flag. Bringing a celebratory spirit to quarantined Haitians forced to observe their holiday indoors, “Spittin Facts” is Jackboy’s first new song since the release of JACKBOY, his new project.
Jaime Wyatt will release Neon Cross next Friday, May 29th, 2020. The 11-song set was produced by the two-time Grammy Award winning producer Shooter Jennings (Brandi Carlile, Tanya Tucker) and is her New West Records debut. The album features Jennings on the song “Hurt So Bad” and Neal Casal on guitar, harmonica, and wurlitzer in one of his final recordings before his death in August of 2019. Neon Cross is the anticipated follow up to Wyatt’s 2017 Felony Blues EP, which was named one of the best albums of the year by Rolling Stone Country, Vice/Noisey, Wide Open Country and more.
Richard Lynch – “Starting Now” – Traditional Christian Country Based On Powerful True Story
Richard Lynch is a Waynesville, Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, “A Better Place” topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart. His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent.
GLOBAL POP PHENOMENON NCT 127 RELEASE NEW SINGLE “PUNCH”
The Seoul-based global pop powerhouse debuted “Punch” live for the first time at their livestreamed concert, NCT 127 – Beyond the Origin, on Saturday evening, May 16. Part of Beyond LIVE, the groundbreaking new concert streaming series via SM Entertainment and Naver V LIVE, the show reached over 104,000 paid viewers in 129 countries. Additionally, the hashtag “#NCT127_BeyondLIVE” was Twitter’s No. 1 trend worldwide and in countries including the United States, Canada, Mexico, France, Russia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Peru, giving insight into their global popularity.
US progressive doom explorers FORMING THE VOID unveil a high-end, hypnotic video for their single “Trace The Omen”, taken from their new album ‘Reverie’ on Ripple Music.
Says frontman James Marshall: “Trace the Omen is one of the most pessimistic songs on this album. It has an end of days theme and takes an indifferent look at it. The video concept is a tree of life growing and creating humanity, only to be destroyed by its creation. Cycle of life and death.”
MORA PROKAZA Release Second New Single, “WIMG”
Extreme Avant Garde duo MORA PROKAZA will be releasing their third full-length, ‘By Chance,’ via Season of Mist on July 3! The up and coming experimental duo combine the ferocious sounds of black metal with the street vibes of trap, tinges of industrial, and out-of-the-box instrumentation, creating a sound that is wholly unique and groundbreaking that you must hear it for yourself to truly grasp the artistic genius behind the Belarusian outfit. The outfit is now releasing the second single, “WIMG,” which is available along with an accompanying music video –
“Get Right” is a stirring track from Brooklyn-based act Starlight Girls
Now available on all streaming platforms, “Get Right” showcases Starlight Girls’ engrossing sound, which Billboard describes as a “smoky, retro-pop sound that’s irresistibly upbeat.” Earmilk’s description was “glow-in-the-dark noise pop.”
Lead singer Christina Bernard has forayed into directing with the release; her narrative music video for “Get Right” (shot on a commune in rural North Carolina) is a surreal spoof on ’90s karaoke videos.
Nicole Mercedes embodies IG vs reality with new single & video, “Filters,” out now; announces LP due out June 5
Brooklyn-based dream-pop singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Nicole Mercedes, shares the second single, “Filters,” along with a video, and announces the release date of her sophomore album, Look Out Where You’re Going, will be June 5, 2020. The pre-order of the record is available now via Bandcamp, who has stepped up to champion artists during this time of canceled shows and tours, and says, “we’re waiving our revenue share for all sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT” on June 5.
LOS ANGELES’ TYLER BOONE RELEASES AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NEW TUNE, “GETTIN’ HIGH”
“‘This song is literally an autobiography of my move to Los Angeles and how my life has been elevated since moving to the West Coast. Anyone would be terrified to sell everything and just take what you can in your car, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.’
The man can write. The man can play. And given what we’ve seen so far, the man has no problem jumping into the deep end with everything he’s got.”
– American Songwriter
otta Shares New Track “Never See”
Following the release earlier this year of her critically acclaimed debut EP after it all blew over, the British-Finnish artist otta returns today with insistent and playful “Never See”, a song that she attributes to “not being able to see the good that’s around you and within you”
SHINING STREAMING BLACKJAZZ ANNIVERSARY SHOW FROM ICONIC HEAVY WATER PLANT
The Norwegian band best known for surprising stunts like playing on top of a mountain or combining black metal and free jazz, will perform their seminal album Blackjazz as a live-streamed concert on June 6th.
SoCal native Bedroom Pop crooner, Katzù Oso is using this time to connect with fans like never before and delivering on his promise of new music with his newest release titled, “Secuestro Al Corazón”. The new single is Katzù’s first Spanish language release and is available as of today across all digital music platforms. The Mexican-American artist revealed during a livestream chat with various music industry tastemakers last week that he found the inspiration for the song after watching the Netflix drama,” Narcos”. “I was hooked on Narcos and the idea of making a song that captured the intensity of what the show portrayed which is why the title just seemed fitting. “Secuestro” is heard and seen throughout the series so I wanted to capture the emotion of “kidnapping” someone’s heart just as the title says”, explained Katzù Oso.
Börni has already achieved more in one pop lifetime than most can dream of, from huge TV exposure, glowing reports from the likes of Hello! and Billboard to working with megastars like Sean Kingston and Celine Dion but New Heights is the music she’s always dreamed of making. New Heights really does signal new beginnings, a brilliant combination of effervescent pop, dance and urban cool, it’s the futuristic sound that makes Börni THE star to watch in 2020!
Body Count Release Video For “Point The Finger” Feat. Riley Gale Of Power Trip
Today, LA’s Body Count releases the music video for their song “Point The Finger” from their highly acclaimed recent album Carnivore (March 6th, 2020). Due to the current worldwide crisis, the video was shot entirely with the band members’ cell phones in home quarantine. Watch the video, produced and edited by Jay Rodriguez for Itchy House Films, which also features guest vocalist Riley Gale from popular Texan crossover thrash outfit Power Trip –
“Remorse, acknowledgement, mental health, depression, flow, drowning in the pressures of life, frustration with the status quo, loneliness, and love.
The story is of someone trying to figure it out, to deal with their issues, to ask for forgiveness of their shortcomings and to acknowledge what was done and to try and move on.
I want anyone who may feel alone in their struggles to maybe not feel so alone. I want to help with the stigma around mental health. I want to use my darkness, my issues and my acknowledgement of my shortcomings in a positive way and create something that I am passionate about and proud of.” – RT
XL The Beast (The Kreators) has been steadily re-introducing himself back into rap game after a hiatus with the re-release of Man In The Bottle and Spare Change (EP). The World Today feat Skyzoo is the first new release from the Massachusetts lyricist and songwriter and is a power of example of what to expect from the New England Heavyweight’s upcoming Heavy Hands LP.
Fusilier (Brassland) shares Arthur Russell-esque experimental R&B single “Upstream”
Fusilier is the mononym of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Blake Fusilier, who was recently described by The Creative Independent as “an Atlanta native who moved to New York to make a name for himself by crafting his own decidedly queer hybrid of indie rock and experimental R&B.” He has released an EP and several singles on Brassland (the label founded by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner) that have earned praise from the likes of Stereogum, Dazed & Confused and Okay Africa, and today Fusilier is announcing a new EP entitled Upstream and sharing its title track. The music of Upstream shows that he is now ok making the kind of music he wants to make. It’s the beautiful, chaotic, punk revelry of a rebellion and the small victory of taking a long shower after being too sad to move for days.Fusilier finds light with his newest single “Upstream” while highlighting themes that have run through his art for years.
Captain TisaKorean Sets Sail in the Animated Video for “Bate Onna Bo”
“Super excited to show the world the ‘Bate Onna Bo’ video,” says TisaKorean. “I wanted to step outside of the box and do something that’s next level and different! Plus, there’s so much more coming! Party Pack is on the way! Gogettas is on the way! REAL CLUB ROCKERS!!!!”
After an eight-year music hiatus singer, hairstylist, reality television personality, actor Miss Lawrence announces new stand-alone single “Say Her Name.” Self-penned by Miss Lawrence and Rick Robinson, “Say Her Name” blissfully serves up a feel-good anthem that celebrates women from all over and the defying strength they all exude as bosses, front-line workers, creatives and more.