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ELM: Ghost Cult Premieres The Wait From Italian Noise Rock Unit; Record To See Release This Friday Via Bronson Recordings

Ghost Cult is currently streaming The Wait, the forthcoming new full-length from Italian noise rock unit ELM. The premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release this Friday, June 12th via Bronson Recordings.


Thin Lear releases sweeping orchestral ballad “A Simple Phrase”

Queens-based indie folk-rock singer-songwriter Thin Lear shares the new track “A Simple Phrase,” a sweeping orchestral ballad featuring a lush string arrangement, upright bass, and sparse piano. A heartbreaking message in a gorgeous package, the song recalls the melodicism of Harry Nilsson and the songcraft of Sharon Van Etten. The track premiered via GoldFlakePaint, who called it “suitably rich and antiquated, a beautifully elegant step towards the new album which will shift the pace of your day down to something delicate and hypnotic.


Lido Pimienta has released the Chancha Via Circuito remix of “Te Queria,” the first official remix issued from Miss Colombia (ANTI), one of the most celebrated releases of the first half of the year. Miss Colombia was met with an 8.0 from Pitchfork, 4 out of 5 stars from Rolling Stone, Album of the Week by Stereogum, and an NPR Music First Listen and Top Album of April. The New York Times deemed the album “a substantial cultural statement” and in a review broadcast on All Things Considered, NPR described the album as “a complicated ode to a country and a culture that still struggles to celebrate its black and Indigenous women.”

Michael Franti Announces “Stay at Home Concert World Tour”

With concerts currently postponed, globally recognized musician and humanitarian Michael Franti has an alternative to socially connect with his Soulrocker community while physically distancing from one another: Stay at Home Concert World Tour series. With its first three dates announced, the series features live performances and interactive opportunities during shows scheduled for June 19, July 18 and August 15. Each show begins at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET and will be available on demand for 24 hours after the show has ended.

Second Arrows Premiere “Thornes”

Anticipation continues to grow since Second Arrows announced their self-titled debut LP just a few weeks ago. The metal-core outfit, featuring current and former members of Deadguy, Every Time I Die, Nora, and Ensign, have teamed up with New Jersey indie label Hellminded Records for the release which is available on June 26th. Keeping the momentum moving forward the band just released a second single titled “Thornes.”

Hero The Emcee Pays Homage To Gang Starr With New Single “The Weight”

Hero the Emcee is a new young artist fresh out of Boston Mass with a style akin to the days of the golden era. You can date his love and influence for Hip Hop back to his childhood when his mom first brought him to a Gang Starr concert. Some people have said the classic sound is dead but Hero flips that stigma and pushes lyricism and boom bap to the forefront. He makes sure everything he puts out is clear, concise, familiar, and new at the same time.

Blues and Soul Musician QUINN DEVEAUX Releases “Holiday” in Support of Protests

Nashville musician QUINN DEVEAUX has just written and released the soulful blues song “Holiday,” offering a musical look into his sense of grief and loss and the passionate need for positive change during these uncertain times. Referencing the 14 year old black child who was brutally murdered in 1955 for offending a white woman, Quinn sings, “I can’t forget the face of Emmett Till / And all the faces they take from us still,” in honor of the child’s lasting impact on the Civil Rights’ movement. Quinn’s poignant track provides even more power by the accompanying video of his weighty and heartfelt solo performance.

Quinn DeVeaux Completes “Holiday,” a Song of Protest and a Call for Action

CONCRETE: Upstate New York Hardcore Unit To Release Free Us From Existence Full-Length Via Black Voodoo Records And Blood Blast Distribution; New Track Streaming + Preorders Available

Albany, New York hardcore unit CONCRETE will release their battering Free Us From Existence full-length August 7th via Black Voodoo Records and Blood Blast Distribution, a new service powered by Nuclear Blast and Believe Music.

Forged in late 2010, CONCRETE immediately made waves in the New York hardcore scene with their fast and heavy grooves and frenetic live output. Releasing a string of increasingly heavier and darker releases including their classic split with California’s Hammerfist (2014) and 2017’s Everything Ends Now, CONCRETE began to explore new sonic territory and move further from their heavy hardcore roots.

ILS Premiere Video For New Single From Debut LP

Decibel says “This catchy, nasty straight sidewinder of a record feels like an improbably successful attempt to build a tightly coiled rope bridge between Jesus Lizard, Kyuss, and EYEHATEGOD.”

(Pronounced ilz) ILS is a 4 piece disaster chic band from Portland, OR. ILS consists of Tom Glose (Black Elk) on vocals. Nate Abner (The Days, The Nights) on guitar. Tim Steiner (Passerby) on drums and Adam Pike (White Orange) on bass.

Video Premiere: ILS — “No Luck”

The Jayhawks Release Socially Distant “Dogtown Days” Music Video

The Jayhawks have released a cinematic new video for “Dogtown Days”, the new song off their forthcoming album, XOXO (July 10 via Sham/Thirty Tigers). Filmed in May during quarantine, the video tells the story of two friends on a road trip to see The Jayhawks, illustrated with social distancing filming techniques and vintage 1985 footage of the band soundchecking. Billboard featured it this morning, saying “XOXO contains the jangly, guitar-driven, instantly catchy tunes the band is renowned for…that welcoming, identifiable sound is especially evident on ‘Dogtown Days’…”

Mossy Kilcher’s 1977 Private Press Double-LP ‘Northwind Calling’ out digitally worldwide via Tompkins Square, July 10

Over the years, unearthed folk records by lost sirens have made their way beyond hardcore collectors into the collective consciousness of the indie music-buying public: Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, Sibylle Baier, Tia Blake, Connie Converse, to name a few.

One such artist recorded a self-released (and now, very expensive) double LP in 1977, issued under her name at the time – Mossy Davidson – mainly for her family and friends. What sets Mossy Kilcher apart from the other Lost Women of Song is that she is from . . . Alaska. And the album is a love letter to the land outside of Homer where her family built a homestead and lived as pioneers beginning in the late 1930’s, and where she resides to this day.


Rising Florida rapper TEEJAY3K has announced today’s release of his new EP, INTROVERT: SIDE A. The project is available via Free The Lost at all digital music retailers and streaming services here. To accompany this release he’s also introduced a new visual for one of the project’s standout tracks, “Whatever You Need,” and dropped new merch available via his official website.


“Virtues of the Vicious,” the forthcoming full-length debut by the Boston-based dark, melodic power/thrash group LET US PREY, features guest guitar solos by a number of notable shredders, including Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Metal Mike Chlasciak (Halford, Testament), Jimi Bell (Autograph, House of Lords) and the late Oli “The Wizard” Herbert (All That Remains).


Midnight Resistance is The Toxic Avenger’s fourth studio album and is undoubtedly his most adventurous and accomplished. It features high profile collaborators like Jay-Jay Johanson, Maxence Cyrin, Look Mum No Computer and many more to make it an album full of gems. This French artist is a sound designer and producer of high repute who has won awards for his computer games soundtracks, has DJed all over the world and written many scores in his time (Furi, Ubisoft, Mutafukaz the anime movie). The last year has seen him release four EPs that were recorded at home with only a singular modular synth with Greg Kozo, and each one picked up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, DJ T. and Maceo Plex.

XIBALBA: Años En Infierno Out Now On Southern Lord

For the past thirteen years, XIBALBA has been dedicated to carving a sound which combines unadulterated aggression booming out of the vocals, an ultra-heavy low-end frequency, colossal death metal riffs, brutal hardcore breakdowns, and a trademark groove now synonymous with the group. Showing no mercy, and keeping their cultural message intact, Años En Infierno’s eight songs culminate into XIBALBA’s most brutalizing material to date.

Drab City Share Video For “Live Free & Die When It’s Cool”

With their much-anticipated debut album Good Songs For Bad People due for release this Friday, 6/12 via Bella Union, today Drab City have shared a video for current single “Live Free and Die When It’s Cool”. Of the track the band say: “Live Free and Die When It’s Cool tells the story of a young, penniless drifter who arrives in the big city searching for understanding and like-minded weirdos, only to find the wide open city has been replaced by a hyper-gentrified city of dull careerists.” The tale is told over an uncanny mix of echoey dub, 70s rock, and funky drum breaks – a sonic blend as free spirited and cool as the song’s title suggests. The video, filmed around 5am and featuring the band dancing around on abandoned beaches, can be viewed HERE.


El talentoso Jhon Menez X Yulien Oviedo celebran el éxito de su tema y video musical “Que Tu No Llores”. Con menos de un mes desde su lanzamiento, el video ya cuenta con mas de 1.2 millones de visitas en YouTube. El tema urbano que esta dedicado a las familias y los niños con Cancer, habla de tener esperanza durante esos momentos difíciles, y que nunca se puede perder la fe.


Fresh from the release of his well-received debut album LEMONS, South Africa born/ LA based polymath Nick Leng today reveals the stunning video for Waste My Time. Directed by the brilliant Avery Wheless, the video perfectly complements the deeply personal track.

Hard Target Releases New Music Video For “No Breaks” Off New Album “Joy Ridin”

Hard Target has been casting a spell on fans with his hypnotic rapid-fire flow and trademark chipmunk soul since the release of his 2013 album “Karma”. His knack for infectious melodies and rhymes that pack an emotional wallop caught the attention of Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst who jumped on multiple tracks and managed Hard Target for a brief stint. With a fiercely punk-rawk ‘do-it-yourself’ work ethic and a blue-collar mindset, Hard Target records/produces his own albums and is an acclaimed music video director known for his cinematic eye. His unique brand of country rap has quietly amassed over 20 million Youtube views on his channel and another 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. In 2019 Hard Target emerged with his breakthrough hit “Chevrolet”, which has since gone viral with nearly 8 million views on Youtube and another million spins on Spotify.

Archers of Loaf share new single “Talking Over Talk”

With brutal honesty, The Loaf’s Eric Bachmann reports on their newest single:

“Of all the songs Archers of Loaf have written and recorded over the last 28 years, “Talking Over Talk” ranks 26th (out of around 75, give or take a few) in overall relative quality. It’s no rock epic like “Wrong” or “Harnessed in Slums,” but it’s no snooze fest like “After the Last Laugh” or “Death in the Park,” either. If you’re a fan already, you’ll probably allow it into the lexicon with mild enthusiasm. If you’re new to the Archers, however, you probably won’t make it through the first minute or so, which is understandable because there are so many other sounds to enjoy during your short time here.”

Psycle Releases Lyric Video for Single “Last Chance for the Saints”

Psycle has released their lyric video for their third single “Last Chance for the Saints.” The band will release their new album titled Kill the Machine via The Label Group/INgrooves on June 12, 2020.

THE THIRD KIND: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Man vs Earth” Video

New York City’s THE THIRD KIND – formed by current and former members of All Out War, Bastard Clan, Vise Massacre, Awkward Thought, and more – will release their debut LP, Man vs Earth, in less than three weeks. A raging video for the album’s title track is the newest single to be unleashed, courtesy of a Decibel Magazine exclusive premiere.

Video Premiere: The Third Kind – ‘Man vs Earth’

GLORIA GAYNOR’s iconic “I Will Survive” gets remixed by Eric Kupper

Gloria Gaynor’s perennial and iconic worldwide smash “I Will Survive” has received the special modern remix treatment by dance music producer Eric Kupper. On June 12, 2020, “I Will Survive (The Eric Kupper Remixes),” featuring three new remixes, will be released as a digital EP by UMe.

Paint (Allah-Las’ Pedrum Siadatian) shares new video from 7/10 LP (Mexican Summer)

New single ‘Land Man’ is a Ray Davies-smirking slice of songwriting as we hear Siadatian protest all things aquatic, despite social pressures to the contrary. He sings “I’m no Toucan Sam-man, in some guitar jam band” on this Kinks-y ode to land-locked life, complete with “Bah Bah Bah” harmonies and a tropical marimba line. Pedrum declares “I don’t need no surf, I don’t need no sand” as he dispels the popular belief that everyone in his Californian band are keen surfers. The video was made by Salvador Cresta whose work you may recognize with Ariel Pink.

Eileen Carey’s Stop Motion Music Video for “Finally” Has Surpassed 100K Views On YouTube!

With “Finally”, Eileen Carey amplifies emotions we at time have difficulty describing with crystal clarity. “Strong emotions sometimes cry out for strong language,” Carey asserts. The Hype Magazine describes the successful music video as “refreshing and welcoming to watch.” Carey’s latest single “Finally” follows the international success of her chart-topping hit “Meet Me Halfway”, released in May 2019. Both tracks continue Carey’s uplifting musical style as well as her trademark take on love.

Smokepurpp Shares “Pop Sh!t”

With an aggressive delivery and a preference for bass-boosted beats, Smokepurpp’s music hits you right in your chest. Letting loose for a 93-second slice of trap anarchy, Smokepurpp shares “Pop Sh*t,” his new single. With a stark, piano-led beat from frequent Purpp collaborator Ronny J, “Pop Sh!t” is a menacing and invigorating bite-sized banger.