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Steve Earle Releases New Song “Times Like These” Today

Steve Earle has released a brand new song, “Times Like These” (Acoustic Version) on the heels of his acclaimed Ghosts of West Virginia. Today, SPIN has premiered the new song which was recorded late last week. They say, “The bare-bones recording, with Earle unaccompanied on acoustic guitar, stresses the urgency of ending the Trump administration… Its lyrics are sadly evergreen and reflect the problems that the country continues to face today.”

TORRES shares new music video for Silver Tongue b-side

In her new video for the cryptically titled “Too Big for the Glory Hole,” Mackenzie Scott of TORRES captures domestic solitude in her now-iconic cowboy boots. But Scott and the world seem light-years away from the “Dressing America” video, set in that same home. The sparse keys and solemn delivery of lines such as “Must be that God can take a joke / To make the one I like best the one I fear most” push “Too Big for the Glory Hole” into near-hymn territory.


From energetic street shows to viral hits, rising Belarusian multigenre group INTELLIGENCY is on a mission to write a truly unique international success story for itself with their sensational track “August”. Today, the band has virtually joined forces with top Russian, German, and Belgian influencers and professional dancers, to show their versions of #AugustDance in an official dance video for the English version of the hit song.

Black Pumas Release “Fast Car” (Tracy Chapman Cover)

Black Pumas, the Grammy-nominated duo of vocalist Eric Burton and guitarist Adrian Quesada, release their cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” today. The band’s powerful performance of the track became a fan favorite at their live shows, and its poignant lyrics about dreaming of a better life take on a personal resonance for Burton, who traveled the country as a street performer before forming Black Pumas. “To me, ‘Fast Car’ is a song of hope, dreams and a relentless heart to go somewhere and be someone,” says Burton. “I learned the song when I first began to busk and of the covers that I knew, it garnered the most attention from the random passerby. As a musician and artist, I’m attracted to songs that make us reflect on our daily struggles for making life worth living for.”

Glen Hansard Shares Video For “Cold Comfort”, A Song For Life In Lockdown

Glen Hansard, along with most of the world, has been in quarantine and attempting to make sense of everything. Hansard’s creation of art thru the act of storytelling has been growing in these moments and he recently recorded the new song “Cold Comfort”. He also created a video for the song at home and has shared it with the hope it would bring exactly what its title implies.

Magno Garcia and Retrospec Prove that GOD is always GOOD With New Video “Relationship Ghosts”

Magno Garcia returns with his second video Relationship Ghosts off his acclaimed underground Hip Hop Gospel LP Like A Thief In The Night. Produced entirely by Retrospec, The album has been praised by both Hip Hop Heads and the Spiritual Community worldwide.

Radio Chart Toppers The Unlikely Candidates Release New Single “High Low”

The song was recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic in TUC singer Kyle Morris’ closet and is about the loneliness of returning home from touring and finding that friends have moved on with their lives. “High low is about change, isolation, and watching the world spin around you from your seat on the couch. The song began as an ode to tour life and growing up to see your friends fade away into new lives, cities, families, and jobs, but a few short weeks after writing it, the song took on new meaning as an anthem of longing for human connection and the shared experience of loneliness that brings us together even though we are far apart,” states Morris about “High Low”. Let me know your thoughts and if you would like to set up a feature.

R8eDR Releases Official Lyric Video for “Wall Between Us”

Spearfish, SD based Rock / Rap artist R8eDR has released the official music video for his new single, “Wall Between Us,” which is off of his upcoming debut album.

MORA PROKAZA Release Third New Single, “Im Not Yours”

The song is taken by the band’s third full-length, ‘By Chance,’ which is due via Season of Mist on July 3, making it their debut to the label! 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.

Jon Gurd announces his ten-track LP ‘Lion’ [Anjunadeep]

Anjunadeep welcomes seasoned DJ and producer Jon Gurd to the label with the announcement of his ten-track LP ‘Lion’, arriving on August 14.

A reputed selector and producer, Jon came through the UK underground in the early 2000s as resident DJ at the legendary Slinky in Bournemouth, warming up for the likes of Mauro Picotto and Paul Van Dyk. His early productions were championed by Paul Woolford, Sasha, Lee Burridge, James Zabiela, and Sander Kleinenberg, and Jon soon found himself traveling the world performing alongside the artists he’d been opening for not long before.

Samantha Crain: LP ‘A Small Death’ out July 17, debuts new video “Pastime”

The video was direct by Crain herself, who explains “The video was meant to be a celebration of the community of the town I live in, Norman, Oklahoma, as well as a nod to the capture of improvisation. Spontaneity is often forgotten as a great tool and teller of stories and I wanted to have a day of filming the wonderful people in my community remembering and exercising the flustering and freeing practice of ‘just winging it.’”

Psychic Shakes releases summery ode to crappy jobs, “Wage Slave” | New EP out soon

Since its nception, Psychic Shakes, the solo project of Brighton-based artist Max McLellnm, has transported listeners with easy going, melodically engaging hooks that drift through the subconscious. Far away vocals, downtempo beats, washed out 7th chords and lyrical vulnerability swirl for a sound evocative of The Drums, Beach Fossils and Men I Trust.

“Energy Czar” is The Zolas first release since 2016’s Swooner

“Energy Czar” is The Zolas first release since 2016’s Swooner, which saw them hit #2 on Canadian Alt Chart and won Best Group at Canada’s Indies. Singer Zach Gray says, “The name Energy Czar came before the song itself. I wanted to write something about our delusions of domination over nature. How with climate change Mother Earth is starting to remind us that we’re not in charge here and never were.”

Little Kid Share New Single: ‘All Night (Golden Ring)’

“I was really saddened to read about that, and to picture how that must have felt for Tammy,” says Boothby. “I can’t relate directly, but as a survivor of abuse, I can only imagine what it would feel like to have to sing with my abuser, much less to have to sing love songs with him and act like everything is OK.”

‘Crisp and sharply defined’ GOAN DOGS explore nostalgic memories on bone-chilling track ZOMBIES

Described as ‘Crisp and sharply defined’ by CLASH magazine, Bristolian quintet Goan Dogs announce their third offering ‘Zombies’. Converging eerie experimental synths with jangling guitar pop, ‘Zombies’ reminisces over happy recollections of one’s past. Given the world’s current circumstances with the Global pandemic, it seems only fitting that this ambitious track is next on the bands release radar.

Royal Albert Hall and Nashville Meets London Partner for Virtual Country Concert Event on July 18

London’s Royal Albert Hall and Nashville Meets London have partnered for a virtual Country music concert event to be held Saturday, July 18, 2020, at 19.30 BST / 1:30 p.m. CDT as part of the venue’s recently launched livestream series, Royal Albert Home. The free viewing event will feature performances by American Southern rock group The Cadillac Three, American country music singer Michael Ray, singer-songwriter from Alberta, Canada, Tenille Townes, and Yorkshire-native, Twinnie. The event will be hosted by Country Hits Radio and Mainly Music radio presenter and host of No Chords But The Truth podcast, Matt Spracklen.

To catch the at-home livestream concert event, visit the Royal Albert Hall YouTube channel (here) on July 18 at 19.30 BST / 1:30 p.m. CDT.

DYLYN – Watch the “Call Me What You Want” video

“I’ve been spending the current zombie apocalypse on a rural property on the outskirts of Toronto, listening to Black Sabbath and making demonic masks for my band to wear in the official video for “Call Me What You Want,” my brand new single.

Bring the anger, the smashing, the crashing energy that I sometimes feel when I listen to heavy music.”

Joan Osborne Speaks Out On New Album TROUBLE AND STRIFE – Out September 18th

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Joan Osborne is back with Trouble and Strife (Womanly Hips Records), her first album of original material in six years. Osborne self-produced the new collection and penned all ten songs, with two co-writes. Trouble and Strife finds the gifted vocalist offering a strong yet uplifting response to some of the socio-political issues plaguing our nation over the last several years. Osborne beautifully balances the weight of her messages with solace and optimism. The new track “Boy Dontcha Know” touches on the challenges of being a female in our society and why one might prefer to be male.

Permanent Collection’s LP is out next Fri, 6/19

Permanent Collection is the moniker Jason Hendardy has made music under since 2010. Most would probably classify the music as post-punk, alternative, a surprising mess of noise, or too loud if you were a sound guy at a show between 2010-2013.

San Antonio, TX’s LOVE AGAIN Sign To Wiretap Records

San Antonio, TX emo/indie rock trio LOVE AGAIN have signed with Wiretap Records. The band’s current single “86” debuted in April and you can watch the video below.

With comparisons to bands like Taking Back Sunday, Armor For Sleep, Hot Rod Circuit, Into It Over It and more, “86” comes ahead of the band’s debut EP out later this year. As featured on Washed Up Emo as “Your New Favorite Band”.

JANET DEVLIN embraces the outside world with “Big Wide World” video

Following the release of her long-awaited sophomore album Confessional and autobiography My Confessional last Friday, Janet Devlin has released “Big Wide World” her newest single/ video which fully embraces the outside world and inadvertently takes on a new positive meaning during the pandemic.