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Norwegian artist Ane Brun debuts “Song For Thrill and Tom” video

“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.”

Country Westerns share new video via CoS

Consequence of Sound debuted the video via its “Origins” series, which allowed the band to open up on the creation of the track. “Getting to record at Strange Weather with Matt Sweeney and Daniel Schlatt was a godsend,” the band’s Joey Plunkett said to Consequence of Sound about their work with producer Matt Sweeney (Iggy Pop, Chavez). “Carmine’s Pizza, Sneaking pints at Harefield Road, soup dumplings and the pulse of being back in NYC on a block where I had lived for many years previously made everything more immediate and special all at once. The state of the world these days makes it even more vivid and magic. Hope we get back there soon.”

Country Westerns Share the Origins of New Single “I’m Not Ready”: Stream

CIRCA WAVES Release “Sadder, Happier” acoustic EP

Made up of five unreleased tracks, the EP includes an acoustic version of lead single “Sad Happy”, introducing a whole new dimension of intimacy to the already emotively-driven fan favorite.

The original “Sad Happy” is lifted from the band’s latest record of the same title, which was celebrated as their highest charting release to date, debuting at #4 in the UK Official Album Charts. Additional tracks on the EP include “Gun In My Hand”, “The Only One Who Lets Me In”, “Sugar Side” and “Anti Social Anxiety”, all of which individually bear the markings of a band in their prime.

ICYMI: Thiago Nassif shares new single “Plástico”

“Plástico” gives context to the interdisciplinary alternative scene of Rio De Janeiro as well as Thiago’s vocation as visual artist as well as musician. Arhythmic guitars and sporadically timed synth patterns accompany Thiago’s part-spoken, part-sung Portuguese vocals, which are harmonised by Laura Wrona and experimental artist Negro Leo. Claudio Brito on atabaque and timbau and Vinicius Cantuaria on drums are a Brazilian reminder of this music’s origin.

Track: Thiago Nassif – Plástico

Madge combines 2000s emo & avante garde pop on new track H8R

Delving into Celtic mythology, the legacy of their Mormon upbringing in Utah, contemporary spirituality and a 2020 take on pop sounds, Madge is the power-punching, self-produced artist banishing the music industry’s bros and blood suckers. Their unique pop style has drawn praise from i-D, DIY, VICE, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, Pigeons & Planes, Paper Mag, Ladygunn & BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders.

Satori & Dr. Echo Release “Decision” Video

Check out the trippy music video, created by Ryan Todd, by heading over to New Noise Magazine. “The Decision video was shot in Sacramento, California all the way back in 2007, I believe?,” says Steven Jess Borth II. “It was the first-ever video that I was involved with in front of a green screen, and I thought the whole process was super interesting. Ryan Todd is a friend who has worked with me quite a bit, and this was my second music video with him. I remember he used a RED camera and being really impressed at how clear everything turned out on screen.” Dub Defender Sessions releases on May 22nd via New Zealand indie label Anicca Records.

Video Premiere: Satori vs. Dr. Echo – ‘Decision’

Deante’ Hitchcock and Young Nudy Refuse to Compromise in “Attitude” Video

“I don’t think anyone saw it coming and that’s something I really love about this collaboration,” explains Deante’ Hitchcock to Complex. “Me and Nudy brought two completely different worlds and soundscapes together and made something crazy and it’s still 100 percent Atlanta.”

Sia Releases New Single “Together” – Song + Video Out Now

The music video will give fans the first peek at Sia’s feature directorial debut, Music, starring Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., and Maddie Ziegler. In the movie Zu (Kate Hudson) is newly sober and finding her way in the world when she receives news that she is to become the sole guardian of her half-sister named Music (Maddie Ziegler), a young girl on the autism spectrum. The film explores two of Sia’s favorite themes — finding your voice and what it means to create family.

Caitlyn Smith Shares “Long Time Coming (Live In Studio)”

Rising singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith shares the electrifying live video for her single “Long Time Coming.” Filmed in her hometown of Cannon Falls, MN at Pachyderm Recording Studio, where artists including Nirvana and PJ Harvey have recorded, “Long Time Coming (Live In Studio)” highlights Caitlyn’s powerful, raw vocals against a backdrop of gritty guitar rock. Written by Caitlyn as a message of hope to herself during a season of personal excavation, the song has taken on a larger meaning during the pandemic, with The FADER pronouncing, “it’s the kind of song we could all use right now.”


Set to acoustic guitar and understated beats, the song’s verses document the story of a faltering relationship. And as it explodes into life with its soaring hook, the lyrics build dramatically as JC suggests that there’s no turning back: “I need you take hate me, say it to my face, I’ll go.”


Smooky MarGielaa presents a distorted reality in his new visuals for “Rockstar.” Directed by Eric Vite (A Boogie, Young MA), MarGielaa puts on a one man show while sharing the importance of loyalty, hard work and other benefits of his rockstar spirit. Twisted images over fluorescent purple hues (and luxury face masks) only pump up the vibes, setting the 17-year-old apart from his peers. Premiering on Complex today, “Rockstar” has already amassed over 300,000 global streams and counting.

Rockie Fresh Shows Off His Hoop Skills in Stylish “VS Ideas” Video

His debut album after a series of well-received mixtapes, Destination is a supremely self-assured effort by an artist making the exact type of music he wants to make. With over 30 million streams to date across platforms, the album includes “Feelings Hurt,” featuring 24hrs and Rockie’s frequent collaborator Casey Veggies, and the smooth R&B-flavored love song “Must Be,” a Chris Brown-featuring single that recently surpassed 20 million streams. The deluxe edition boasts five new tracks, including recent single “Let It Be,” which earned a placement on Spotify’s Most Necessary playlist, and last week’s trap-happy “I Forgot” single.

Once & Future Band Share “Airplane” Video Via Glide

Once & Future Band have shared their latest video “Airplane” off of their recently released LP, Deleted Scenes out now on Castle Face Records. The video was shared exclusively with Glide, praising, From “Airplane” one down, Once & Future Band has made one of 2020’s mid-year best-of albums, a challenging yet accessible musical journey combing the most approachable aspects of prog, baroque psychedelic and art-rock.”

VIDEO PREMIERE: Once and Future Band Sonically Reflect on Isolation In 75 Time Lapses

Seth Walker Shares “We Got This” Video

The song is a rallying cry for people everywhere to come together. While its origins pre-dated the COVID-19 outbreak, Walker completed the lyrics and recording with the help of producer Jano Rix of The Wood Brothers following the shutdown caused by the pandemic. The accompanying video, which was directed by Austin, TX-based artist, Gary Dorsey, presents visual images flashing across the screen from crises overcome throughout the history of the United States.

Used Cassettes share new “Dirty Beaches” video & announce final LP via American Songwriter

Along with the video premiere is the announcement of Used Cassettes’ self-titled LP which will also be there final record. Used Cassettes is due out on June 5th, 2020 via Loose Union. Regarding the single, Lead singer Danny Arens had a few things to say about the single: “From the beginning we knew the melody had something special in it; a melodic nod to ballads from the 50’s and 60’s. As a band we were all dealing with the fact that we were going our own ways. All of us were going through difficult personal emotions at the time. “Dirty Beaches” waltzes that balance of appreciating what you had and the pain of moving on.”

Used Cassettes Premiere “Dirty Beaches” Off Final, Forthcoming LP

Ian Chang (Son Lux) shares new video for “Zoetrope”

“Zoetrope” sees Chang’s crunching beats accompanied with evocative visuals by artist Luigi Honorat. Using visual forms programmed to be triggered by the track’s original stems, the video reveals a haunting AI presence that flickers with the myriad of layers within Chang’s complex production work.

DUST BOLT Raises Mental Health Awareness with New Video for “Exit”

German metal act DUST BOLT have just released a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing new video for their emotional single “Exit”, off the 2016 album Mass Confusion. DUST BOLTaddresses a rather important topic with “Exit”: one’s own mental health. Everyone suffers from mental health issues from time to time, some more than others. Especially under the circumstances we are currently living in, social distancing becomes a mostly overseen social problem. But the fewest actually talk openly about it, and rather isolate themselves instead of opening up to someone. With “Exit”, the band wants to encourage people who suffer from these kind of issues to step forward and lean on a friend in times of dire need, to believe in themselves and to accept help when provided or provide help yourself for others.


“Just Friends” was released earlier this month and was met with praise with E! News calling it an “irrepressibly catchy track”, Billboard declared Audrey’s vocals as “top-notch” and Ones To Watch called it “a certified bop.”

Slow Coming Day to Release New Album “Quarantine Sessions” May 22nd

“Quarantine Sessions” features 7 songs. Featuring NEW tracks, acoustically themed, and reworked versions of some classic songs. Songs of hope and songs inspired by the recent events unfolding around us. Perfect songs to chase away those quarantine summer blues.

Blake Rose Releases Video For ‘Rest Of Us’ (Live)

Speaking about the song’s origins, Blake explains, “A friend of mine wanted to be a musician but his family was not supportive. This took a toll on him and he ended up never pursuing his dream. You hear about stuff like this happening all the time and I think it’s incredibly sad that there are so many people in the world whose art we will never have the chance to discover because some narrow minded folk decided to steer them away from doing what they love. F*ck those people.” Listen to “Rest Of Us” HERE.

Machine Gun Kelly Releases “Bloody Valentine” Video Starring Megan Fox

Machine Gun Kelly (EST 19XX/Bad Boy/Interscope Records) releases the official music video for his latest hit single “Bloody Valentine,” the first single off his forthcoming Tickets to My Downfall album. In the video, we see an affectionate-twisted love story between actress Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly. Directed by Michael Garcia, the video shows off Machine Gun Kelly’s edgy persona while Megan Fox takes full control of their fictional romance. The music video made its broadcast premiere on MTV Live, MTVU and on the Viacom Times Square billboard.

Megan Fox is Machine Gun Kelly’s ‘Bloody Valentine’ in New Music Video Amid Dating Rumors (Watch)