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Under The Reefs Orchestra’s, the Brussels based jazz trio, release their s/t debut album today on Capitane Records!

Some band names capture the sound they emit almost perfectly and Under the Reefs Orchestra is one such band. “The underlying poetic idea is that by drowning, being at the bottom, losing everything, we discover a new and hidden world,” says Clement Nourry. “Like walking at the bottom of the ocean.”

The Belgian trio is a band that ostensibly evolved out of the guitarist’s solo work, with him being joined by Louis Evrard on drums and Marti Melia on sax and bass to expand the sound. “My compositions became our compositions,” Nourry says.

MUSHROOMHEAD Release Music Video for “The Heresy” – New Album “A Wonderful Life” Out June 19th on Napalm

Cleveland, OH-based masked metal icons MUSHROOMHEAD are set to release their new studio album, titled ‘A Wonderful Life’, two weeks from today (June 19) on Napalm Records. Today, the band dropped the music video for their evocative new single “The Heresy”, which can be found via the link seen below. Hair-raising, dynamic, and socially-inclined, “The Heresy” is a melodic, haunting rally cry that showcases the stunning lead vocals of Ms. Jackie. Vocalist J Mann described the track as, “The soundtrack to a dystopian delirium, cinematic and surreal!”

Sondre Lerche Releases New Album ‘Patience’

Today, the Los Angeles-based, Norwegian-born singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche released his ninth studio album Patience. After living in New York City for over a decade, the album is his first since relocating to the west coast. Recorded mostly in Norway, the inspiration for this record comes from a recently discovered love of ambient music, running marathons and a quest for serenity.

Joy Downer’s Debut LP “Paper Moon” Out Now

LA musician Joy Downer has released her debut LP Paper Moon today, independently via AWAL. The 9-song album was self-produced and recorded at home over the past year by Joy and her musical collaborator and partner Jeffery Downer and is available to purchase HERE via Bandcamp – with all release day proceeds being donated to Black Lives Matter LA – and is available for streaming via all DSPs. Earlier this week, Joy Downer released the title track with a music video directed by John Knipp, which premiered via FLOOD Magazine and can be watched below.

PREMIERE: Joy Downer Shares a Video for the Title Track of Her New LP, “Paper Moon”

Big Havi Shares No Pen No Pad Just Pain, His Emotional New EP

Using his innate sense of melody to mine his deepest thoughts and emotions, Big Havi makes music for the struggle. Pouring his heart out into his latest release, Havi shares No Pen No Pad Just Pain, his new EP. Over the EP’s 8 tracks, Havi works through his thoughts and feelings about his rough upbringing, processing his PTSD and expressing his urgent desire to succeed.


Today, Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley releases powerful anthem “Mr.Officer”. The song boldly addresses the issue of police brutality alongside a poetic hook with the assistance of Queen Naija and the children of the Detroit Youth Choir. As protests across the country continue, Tee explains the importance of releasing the song by saying “I got a million experiences I can touch on in my music, but I couldn’t make another song without speaking on what’s going on. I’m not a politician or activist but right now it’s everybody’s job to speak up because the pain, the struggle for equality and the brutality is real”.

DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY Hits Nearly Quarter-Million Views with Video for New Single, “This Is War”

The video for DEAD GIRLS ACADEMY’s “This Is War,” the anthemic first single from the blistering rock ‘n’ roll outfit’s upcoming Doves in Glass Houses EP, has racked up nearly a quarter million views since its release a few short weeks ago.

Mike Mago releases new single “Recognise”

“Recognise” arrives on the heels of Mago’s latest single “On Repeat” with Kelli-Leigh. Mago graced the cover of Spotify’s “New Dance Revolution” playlist and claimed a coveted spot on UK’s “New Music Friday” as well as “You Can Do It,” “Ibiza 2020 Deep House, mix, Ocean Beach, Nassau Beach…” and more playlists. The rising star recently joined NGHTMRE, SOFI TUKKER, Matoma and more as part of the Blockeley Music Festival—a two-day virtual festival in Minecraft celebrating the recent graduates of UC Berkeley.

Ronny J Shows His Range, Shares Multi-Lingual Ode to His Hometown

A foundational figure in the South Florida SoundCloud scene, Ronny J never tires of finding new worlds to conquer. Showing off his vocal talent with an ode to his adopted hometown, Ronny shares “Miami,” his new single. Brimming with Ronny’s signature distortion, “Miami” is a tuneful and bass-heavy slice of urbano, offering a booming reggaeton beat and mosh pit-ready 808s. Featuring guest verses from Argentinian trapper Duki & Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta (who rhymes in his native tongue), the new song showcases Ronny’s vocal ability, as he crafts a magnetic auto-tune hook and delivers boss-life bars in English and Spanish. “Miami” is set to appear on Jupiter, Ronny’s forthcoming follow-up to his 2018 solo album OMGRONNY, which featured the hit “Costa Rica” (85 million streams).

The Bobby Lees cover “Blank Generation” by Richard Hell

From Sam Quartin: “Richard Hell is one of our favorites – We reached out to him to see if he wanted to be on the track, he wrote back and said he doesn’t play music anymore but gave us his blessing so we felt like we had to give it a try!”

Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles Release Powerful & Unifying Song “Rise”

Internationally renowned artist, producer and keyboard master Cory Henry and his band the Funk Apostles release their powerful and unifying song “Rise” today with proceeds from song going to support civil rights group, Color of Change. The track, which is being released on Culture Collective, features features lyrics focused on the issues of today with the band’s signature blend of uplifting soul and gospel. “I wrote this song to help inspire people all over the world to come together and Rise to make it a better world. There is no time more than right now that this is needed,” says Henry. “My hope is that this song lifts the spirits of everyone impacted by social injustice, the pandemic and all other challenges we face in the world today.”

Worshipper Releases New Single “Lonesome Boredom Overdrive” On Bandcamp

The band decided to release “Lonesome Boredom Overdrive” today because Bandcamp is waiving their share of sales to support artists impacted by Covid-19, including those donating their share to organizations in support of racial justice and change.

GRIDFAILURE: Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II Out Now On Nefarious Industries

As resources are depleted, so are morals. This is the underlying theme of GRIDFAILURE’s Sixth Mass-Extinction Skulduggery II, the second installment in the outfit’s five-album concept series. Marauding factions, societal collapse, revenge, organ harvesting, nuclear warfare, pandemic contagion, devastating weather events, dystopian rule, cannibalism for survival, and other grim topics poetically permeate this intense album which fully envisions the extreme, anti-genre, experimental vision more than any prior release from GRIDFAILURE to date, and even infuses elements recorded outdoors and in extreme weather events.


From the ashes of the acclaimed Ohio rock band Buffalo Killers, singers/songwriters/siblings Zachary and Andy Gabbard have re-emerged as The Gabbard Brothers. And while there are still similarities to their previous band, with nods to greats like Neil Young, James Gang and Buffalo Springfield, there’s a hazier, organic, earthy-psych vibe running through the brothers’ new music.

OUT TODAY: Victoria Bailey (classic country) “Honky Tonk Woman” single

Huntington Beach, CA-based classic country singer-songwriter Victoria Bailey is set to release “Honky Tonk Woman,” the first single from her forthcoming album, on June 5, 2020 via Rock Ridge Music. “Honky Tonk Woman” is a melancholy, twangy anthem to the places where she fell in love with live country music. Grounding her timeless country music palette is her crystalline voice; an inviting warm tone with the occasional flutter that transports you back in time to a classic honky tonk, one where Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris were all in heavy rotation. The album – Jesus, Red Wine & Patsy Cline, set for release in the fall of 2020 – is namechecked in the lyrics from the song.

Trace Adkins Releases New Song and Music Video “Mind On Fishin'”

“As a man who still likes to fish about every evening, ‘Mind On Fishin” is very relatable to me,” Adkins shared with One Country. “The song, co-written by one of my favorite writers, Wynn Varble, along with Aaron Raitiere, humorously tells the story of a struggle we have all faced a time or two.”

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: Trace Adkins Releases New Video and New Single “Mind On Fishin’”

Spunsugar return with brooding new offering ‘Happier Happyless’

Following on from the release of their breakthrough debut EP ‘Mouth Full Of You’ last year, a collection that cemented them as one of the finest emerging shoegaze outfits of the moment as well as garnering support from Steve Lamacq at BBC 6Music, Swedish trio Spunsugar now return with their latest dose of forlorn industrial electronics on ‘Happier Happyless’ through Adrian Recordings.

Jane’s Party – “Change Her Mind”

Jane’s Party’s hook-heavy brand of organic indie rock has earned international acclaim via a diverse string of releases. The band combines colours and textures from various styles into a constantly-evolving sonic tapestry that can shapeshift from song to song, while staying consistently compelling and true to themselves.

PaperBoy Casino – “Still Sippin”

Paperboy’s second single “Still Sippin”, off the highly anticipated project “Big Mood”, is a California inspired record. It showcases only a sample his range of melodic wordplay and creativity. After visiting Uncle Snoop in LA and receiving the co-sign, it was classified as a certified banger.

Geographer Shares “Love” (Ft. Walk The Moon) Via American Songwriter | LP Out December 4th

Geographer, moniker of Mike Deni, has shared his latest single, “Love Is Madness” co-written by Kevin Ray from Walk The Moon and produced by Chris Zane whose credits include Passion Pit, the Walkmen, St. Lucia and more. The track is off of his upcoming LP, Down And Out In The Garden Of Earthly Delights, will be released December 4th.

Geographer Soothes Some Suffering on “Love is Madness”


In the wake of rampant police brutality and national civil unrest and how it is a reminder of the horrific injustices of apartheid in South Africa, multi-platinum rapper Nasty C and the multi-hyphenate Tip “T.I.” Harris have teamed up for their first-ever collaboration. “They Don’t” – is a powerful new track where the two share their perspectives of racial injustices around the world. Touching on the parallels of the horrific injustices of apartheid in South Africa and the police brutality going on in the United States, the unlikely pair break from business as usual to take on serious global issues. The track, released via Def Jam/Grand Hustle/Def Jam Africa, is produced by Gemini Major.

Putchewin Payne “Winning” (Single)

Putchewin Payne (Sewaside Squad, G.G.S.E.) is “that artist” who truly makes music for himself and doesn’t sound like anyone you’ve heard. Hailing from Marlboro MA, inspired by the underground and influenced by the culture of oldschool Hip Hop; Putchewins’ style is motivational, relatable, and entertaining.

Austin-Based Alt- Rockers The Dragon Berries Announce New Video via Pancake and Whiskey to Lift Spirits

The band elaborates, “‘Nectarine’ is a song about the internal struggles we face within ourselves. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies by having negative thoughts and emotions, and it can be very difficult to ignore this constant chatter in our minds. The song details ways to overcome these challenges such as pursuing your passion, making choices for yourself without regret, and self reflection. Rather than external forces, such as society or other people bringing us down, it’s simply our own thoughts.”

New Music This Week – Run the Jewels, Lady Gaga, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, and More

New Releases for June 5, 2020 – Here are the AllMusic editors’ picks for the most noteworthy releases this week. Looking for more? Visit our New Releases page.

Joe Barksdale, Announces Single via V13.net

Barksdale describes “Moonbeam;” “When I was younger, I fell in love with space and science and one of the things that always fascinated me was the moon. Everyone marvels at the sun, but I never felt that people appreciated the moon. Things are easy to do in the daytime, but things get infinitely harder in the dark of night.

Joe Barksdale Aims High with His Soulful New Single “Moonbeam” [Premiere]

Double Identity Release New Single “Your Anything”

The energetic duo previously shared their last release in 2019. Bouncy and upbeat, “Your Anything” continues to cement Double Identity’s style as fun, yet lyrically in depth. The track delves into the reclamation of personal power after escaping an abusive relationship, and although young, members Courtney and Arden Kurhayez are incredibly introspective.

John Baumann Releases New Album, Country Shade

“I need to see that silver lining in those dark and stormy skies, and pray I catch that feeling that I used to know back when, back when I never knew I’d ever need a second wind,” John Baumann sings on “Second Wind.” The Bluegrass Situation premiered the track earlier this week, an excerpt from his new album, Country Shade, out today. The track is about digging deep and finding the next gear, a familiar idea for someone who’s spent the last few years establishing himself as a promising songwriter within his home state and beyond its borders. No Depression calls the album “one of the Texas songwriter’s finest accomplishments…considering this marks his third full-length, there’s no question that his honest, revelatory voice is just beginning to command an ever-growing audience.”