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Shaefri releases brand new single ’23’

’23’ premiered with Clash Magazine as their Track Of The Day who said, “An artist whose work is both enticing and complex, she draws on her half-Egyptian, half-Irish heritage to sculpt uniquely atmospheric works of pop-art… It’s the sound of Shaefri lying still, picking through the debris of her life to make sense of it all. Rooted in those neat acoustic guitar inflections, her swirling vocal is emphatic in its execution, the sound of a young artist working with bold confidence.”

OneDa drops lyric video in for inspiring new single ‘Power’

Following on from the success of ‘My Way’, Manchester’s meanest spitter OneDa is back with ‘Power’, a triumphant song of dignity and female finesse. Throughout the song, Oneda’s over-arching sentiment hits home, delivering her self-assurance, self-respect and self-esteem. A statement of how OneDa needs the approval of no-one and assistance of no one to realize her internal value.

Japan, Man // ‘I Like To Wait’

Speaking more on the track, Japan, Man shares: “This song is written about being stuck in a certain place where you feel trapped and confused. Sometimes we feel as though life would be better if we were somewhere different with a fresh start, but in reality the only way to make life feel pleasurable is to be patient and await what is to come for us. Sometimes it’s hard to see that we have to live in the moment but when we start to do so, the time flies.”

MAX RAD Shares New Track ‘Back Around’

The laid-back track showcases Max’s ability to create heartfelt electronica alongside deeply emotional lyricism. Having been on the alternative London electronic music scene for just over a year, singer/songwriter/producer/ Max has become a sought-after vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a steady flow of exceptional releases (Carousel, Rumours, Flesh & Blood + ‘String On Me’) alongside his soul-baring debut EP ‘Save Me From Myself Part 1’. ‘Back Around’ is the first offering to the second part of the project, ‘Save Me From Myself Part 2’ –due out later this year and described by Max as “an inner dialogue that tackles grief, loss, uncertainty, waiting for change and trying to move forward.”

DEADLINE – ‘Show Me How’

Sosumi welcome Brazilian DJ/Producer DEADLINE to the label with his high energy, groove filled track ‘Show Me How’. This track oozes plenty of Sosumi signature groove vibes and with a huge vocal breakdown this one will keep the groove train rolling! Available as a free download at bit.ly/SMHSC and from Beatport, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and more from 20th May.

2020’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations – WalletHub Study

With the travel and tourism industries gutted by COVID-19 and travelers opting to stay close to home this summer, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2020’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, as well as accompanying videos.

To identify the best spots for staying local, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 15 key indicators of a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation. Our data set ranges from parks per capita to the average home square footage and the idealness of summer weather.

STONEBIRDS: new single “Only God” streaming now!

“They manage to craft a dark, monolithic and apocalyptic sound that could turn stone to dust, and once the dust settles, it’s hard not to go back for more.” describes Metal Injection. “Our sound has become wilder, darker and more radical, making the light of hope more and more distant. “Only God” is the opening track of our new album “Collapse and Fail” and it reflects all of our musical dimensions, from gripping sludge metal to epic melancholic doom throughout this apocalyptic journey”, adds the band.

STONEBIRDS Usher In A New Era of Apocalyptic Sludge On “Only God”


Written by Abrams and Blake Slatkin (who also served as the song’s producer) and featuring string contributions from acclaimed instrumentalist/composer Rob Moose (Bon Iver, FKA twigs), “Long Sleeves” presents a finely detailed portrait of saying goodbye, each line illuminated by the quiet power of Abrams’s voice. With its stark yet dreamlike sonic backdrop, the track builds a beautiful tension between the pain of letting go and the clarity of following your own truth.

South London alt-grunge band Gaygirl release new single “Killing It”

South London band Gaygirl return today (20th May) with new single “Killing It”, lifted from their debut EP Pleasurehead, out this Friday 22nd May via Permanent Creeps.

Dominic Sen releases post-apocalyptic pop banger ‘Steal Me Away’

Blending a love for pop and sci-fi, New York based singer songwriter Alex Cohen’s alter-ego Dominic Sen was born as a manifestation of their extremes and deep-seated desires. As the 7th and only surviving child of the super massive black hole at the centre of the galaxy M64, their album ‘Visitor’ stands as a unique combination of gender commentary, fanfiction, myth and dance-worthy hooks.

Southbound 75 Signs With Bill McDermott’s Roxy Entertainment Group in Nashville

Alt-country southern rock quartet Southbound 75, led by singer/songwriter Mark Lorenzo, officially announced today they’ve signed a recording deal with Roxy Entertainment Group, headed up by hit-making Nashville producer Bill McDermott (Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, George Strait). The Tampa-based country rockers debut album Tales From The Black Swamp, also produced by McDermott, is due out later this summer.

“I am very excited to be working with Mark Lorenzo and the rest of the guys in Southbound 75,” said McDermott! “I am really looking forward to great things happening for these guys. Lorenzo’s songwriting abilities are just flat-out remarkable as an artist.”

David Ramirez Announces New Album, My Love Is A Hurricane, Due Out July 17

Austin, TX-based artist David Ramirez has announced a forthcoming new album, My Love Is A Hurricane, set to release July 17 via Sweetworld Records / Thirty Tigers. For the introspective 10-song set, Ramirez teamed up with Dallas producer Jason Burt — who recently collaborated with Leon Bridges and John Mayer on their new single “Inside Friend” and has worked with artists such as Sarah Jaffe and Paul Cauthen as well — to layer his widely acclaimed vocals atop “misty psychedelic undertones and potent gospel arrangements” (NPR Music). Originally meant to be a collection of love songs dedicated to Ramirez’s partner, the resulting set instead charts the tumultuous journey of falling in and out of love through piano ballads, moody synths, and heavy R&B influences. This impressively executed sonic expansion can be heard prominently on the album’s title track, out today.

Matt Berninger of The National sets debut solo album, “Serpentine Prison”—due October 2

Serpentine Prison, the debut solo record from Matt Berninger—frontman of critically acclaimed group The National—is due October 2. The album, produced by famed Memphis multi-instrumentalist Booker T. Jones will be released via Book Records, a new imprint formed by Berninger and Jones in conjunction with Concord Records. In celebration of the upcoming release—the first on the new imprint—Berninger is premiering the video for the album’s title track today –

Rina Sawayama Shares New Video For ‘Bad Friend’

Rina shares about the video, “The Bad Friend video was one of the last videos we shot before UK lockdown with director Ali Kurr (STFU!, XS). We had so much fun making this, as it was my first time doing stunts and being in prosthetic makeup. The song is about the heartbreak of losing a friendship and realising that you were the cause of the breakdown. When you hear the song, this is not the video you imagine – but that’s exactly what we wanted. The music video is a reimagining of the themes in Bad Friend; of longing, loss, self-hate and ultimately self-love. Choosing a slow, film noir style focuses all the attention on performance and acting, which was definitely very daunting, but I had so much fun making a video that is so wildly different from my previous videos.”

Kelly Clarkson’s Stunning California Home

First year American Idol winner in 2002, Kelly Clarkson has not only crafted a stellar award-winning career, but over the last 18 years her creativity has taken on a life of its own. She writes and sings top-of-the-charts songs, writes children’s books, made her mark as an actress, coach on The Voice and is now host of her own television show, The Kelly Clarkson Show. But since evolving into a homeowner, Kelly has developed a unique decorating style that could easily bear her name. It shows in her waterfront Tennessee mansion, a Montana ranch where she and her family are hunkering down in a cozy cabin during the 2020 pandemic, and in her stunning Encino mansion she has recently put on the market for $9.995 million.

Clarkson has always been popular for her girl-next-door persona and fresh, energetic personality. From growing up very poor to a staggering net worth of more than $45 million, she has chosen beautiful but functional mansions, not the soulless showoff structures that scream, “Look at me! See how important I am!” Instead, her style says, “Come on in and have some iced tea!” The rooms are always large and airy but filled with wood and industrial accents, deep coziness and feelgood textiles. Guests are impressed, but are bear hugged in warmth and friendliness upon entering. Her San Fernando Valley Encino home is no exception.

Kelly Clarkson the Home-Decorator Star!

A.A. Williams Shares New Track “Melt”

Of the track Williams says: “Melt addresses an individual’s search for, acknowledgement of and acceptance of independence. After only believing in their own fragility they come to realise that they themselves were never dependant on others, others depended on them. Within this newfound strength they find comfort.”


Chicago-bred production duo Louis The Child release brand-new track “Nobody Like You,” which premiered on Monday on Triple J, and features Australian up-and-coming singer-songwriter, Vera Blue. An up-tempo dance-pop track with cool vocals over a vibrant beat, “Nobody Like You” with Vera Blue excellently showcases Louis The Child’s dynamic sound and makes for the perfect summer soundtrack. “Nobody Like You” with Vera Blue is available now at all digital retail providers via Interscope Records.

Eddy Current Suppression Ring Share “Vicariously Living” Video Via BrookylnVegan

“These lyrics are about staying at home on a Saturday night and living life through a movie or a book, a magazine, or scrolling through images on the computer or phone, to the point where it consumes you, and you feel like you’re living life through these images, often images of images, blurry snippets of information, recycled jargon, social events, false idols, scenes and stories that begin to lose all meaning. Always leaving you craving more, something else. Constantly unwrapping scrappy information, like a never ending game of pass the parcel.”

Aime Simone announces debut album ‘Say Yes, Say No’

Aime Simone has announced the release of his debut album Say Yes, Say No out on July 31st and available to pre-order here. The album is a bright and soulful record from the Berlin-based, Parisian singer and is entirely self-written, produced and mixed.

Say Yes, Say No is an open journal and a journey that weaves from reflective nostalgia of melancholic lows, to a breath of new energy and hopeful sentimentality.


“Immortal”, single and lyric video by the Italian melodic death/epic metal band Gigantomachia, is out.

The track, already included on debut “Atlas”, is released in a brand new version, with a new mix made at Wolf Recording Studio (Rome, Italy) and with mastering by Jean François Dagenais (JFD Studio – Dallas, USA), guitarist from Canadian death metal bands Ex Deo and Kataklysm.

The band says: “About 2 years after the release of our album Atlas, we decided to bring one of our most impressive tracks back to life. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes, Immortal returns with a more aggressive sound but always surrounded by epicity”


The duo, made up of Boothlord and Louie Duffelbags, was featured as a Pigeons & Planes “Best New Artist Of the Month” for December where they describe, “Danger Incorporated’s dreary, unpredictable, grunge-meets-hip-hop style is perfect for right now, and the guys are ready to take it to a broader audience.” Describing them further, Lyrical Lemonade explains, “the group has developed masterful cohesivity in all facets of their creative output, whether sonically, visually, or aesthetically — all of which orbit around the odd, devious world of what it means to be a ‘Danger Boy.'”

Den-Mate returns with meditative new single “It’ll All Come Back”

Quote about the song from Jules Hale:
“”It’ll All Come Back” is a song about overcoming something painful that you have experienced in your life. These lyrics serve as a mantra: “you’re not a victim if you choose not to be, a little planning, get dirt in between your feet” to signify a change to grow, forgive, and accept. Growth is not an easy thing, especially if you are coming from the depths of a wounded mindset. Then, the opening phrase: “you have the right to be who you wanna be” is a reassurance when the hard work involved feels too heavy. During these difficult times it’s important that we focus on what we can do to make ourselves a home for peace alongside being kind to others. I hope someone who is struggling can listen and feel empowered.”

London duo 0171 return with surrealist electro-pop video + single “Automatic”

Joe Bedell-Brill and Georgie Hoare are 0171. Today the duo are sharing their new single “Automatic”. A pensive, surrealist study into nihilism as a means to counter unease, 0171 are breaking down societal conundrums, all played out to a backdrop of experimental electro-pop.

Vicious metal group Thirty Nights of Violence share lead single from new EP

Today, the Nashville metal group, Thirty Nights of Violence, announced their sophomore release, You’ll See Me Up There, due out June 26th via Unbeaten Records. To celebrate, the band debuted the lead single “Marbled Regression” via a premiere with Revolver Magazine and an accompanying video directed by Joseph Wasileski.

The Texas Gentlemen Return With Floor It!!! July 17th – “Bare Maximum” Video Premieres Via American Songwriter Today

Today, American Songwriter has premiered the video for the instrumental jam “Bare Maximum.” Co-Frontman Daniel Creamer said “… we put on some primary colors, had our fair share of beers, sprayed blood on our faces, went for a nighttime jog, and next thing you know we had the number one music video of 2020. At least that’s what I’m assuming is going to happen.” See the Rett Rogers-directed “Bare Maximum” video –

The Texas Gentlemen Made “Bare Maximum” With Blood, Sweat, and Beers


Written by McCartney, Scott Effman & Riley Biederer, the Twice as Nice-produced track is an homage to the people who become chosen family. A music video for the song – shot remotely to adhere to social distancing guidelines – will be released in the coming weeks.

Greer Share New Track “Aeroplane”

Since the band’s formation in November 2018, Greer have moved forward with incredible momentum, fueled by their immaculate songwriting and unguarded sincerity. Originally joining forces for a one-off gig at a high school homecoming dance, the band played their first official show at L.A.’s iconic DIY venue The Smell a month later, then quickly self-released their magnetic debut single “Song for Me.” “Song for Me” and follow-up single “Bittersweet” have earned the band an impressive internet presence including 10 million global streams.


Inspired by a trip to California’s Antelope Valley to see the superbloom, frontwoman Mandy Lee commented on the track, “Standing amongst the vast and vibrant flowers that weren’t supposed to grow in the desert terrain, I was moved by its beauty and accurate representation of where I was at in life. Just like the flowers, I had grown in unexpected places. After experiencing a not-so-graceful and incredibly turbulent fall to rock bottom, I picked myself up and slowly grew through the pain. I felt an awful lot like these resilient little poppies that came out the other side against all odds – and I think that deserves congratulations.”