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Ben Kunder – “Stranger” is me really letting go

The stranger, from my upcoming album Searching For The Stranger, is the unknown, the different, the fight, the human connection we long for but haven’t yet experienced. The strange and weird that exists inside of us, the genetic makeup that we tend to hide but makes us who we are.

Chicago Emo-Pop/Emo-Rapper Safehold Releases “LETTHERAINFALL!” Single + Music Video

Safehold is an upcoming emo-pop/emo-rap artist from Chicago, IL who began experimenting with early releases on Soundcloud in 2017. Safehold’s upcoming album titled “Boyish” effortlessly blends emo and rap into a first-class debut, for fans of: Lil Peep, Iann Doir, & Lil Lotus.


Ruth recently commented, “’If I Have a Son’ is an honest reflection of how I have been feeling. The murder of George Floyd has served as a wake up call for a lot of people, but for black people everywhere, this has always been a reality. I hope that one day we live in a world where I don’t have to be afraid to have kids solely because of the colour of their skin. It has been awe inspiring to see the unity and change that is already happening because of George Floyd. I pray for justice for all.” #BLM

Outer space jammers SLIFT unleash enthralling new live video “LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS”

French space psych trio SLIFT are about to release their new full-length ‘Ummon’ across the Atlantic Ocean this June via Vicious Circle. Today, they share a mind-blowing live footage, courtesy of Invisible Oranges.

Heaviness, riffs, psychedelic, science-fiction… SLIFT’s progressive sound is a colourful and legendary journey to the edge of kraut and stoner rock. The live video “Lions, Tigers & Bears” highlights the band’s magnetic creativity as well as powerful and unearthly jams. Recorded at Mix’art Myrys in Toulouse, France on March 7th 2020. A video by Jeff Morlais.

The Agonist Releases New Video For Title Track of Their Latest Album “Orphans”

September 2019 saw melodic death metal juggernaut, The Agonist, release their sixth studio album, Orphans, via Rodeostar Records. With Orphans the band delivered their most extreme, melodic, and larger-than-life sounding record to date.

UK Indie Rockers LAKES Debut New Single “Kids”

Watford, UK indie rockers LAKES are debuting a new track titled “Kids” featurings Dan Lambton (formerly of Real Friends).

Mirabelle shares video for “Betty”

Today, Montreal singer-songwriter Mirabelle is sharing her new video for “Betty”, from her latest album Late Bloomer, out now on Simone Records. Directed by Frederique Bérubé, the video shows a group of high school students preparing for their graduation in isolation, each student celebrating in their own creative, intimate and original way.

Thiago Nassif Shares New Single “Santa” via The Wire Magazine

The track debuted this past friday via The Wire Magazine, and provided context to the lyrics (which were co-written by artist Fernanda Zerbini) as well as the composition’s Afoxé rhythm, which comes from Afro Brazilian Candonblé (religion), which Nassif describes as a “Brazilian Funk Carioca… or an attempt to recreate the type of music being done in Rio’s slums. In my view, this type of music is compared to minimalism and it is the most interesting music Brazil has to offer. It represents Brazilian rhythms in many levels from Samba to Jongo and the African rhythms used in Camdonblé rituals, but all of it transposed to minimal electronic music.”


Written with Alex Lahey, “My Own Worst Enemy” is an arena-ready up-tempo pop-rock fusion, gritty and raw, showcasing Imogen’s powerful vocal. Lahey, who also lends guitar and synth to the track, is underpinned by music legends Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) on cascading synths and piano, and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello and the Attractions) on drums, both infusing the song with their own unique rock-flavour.

Jackboy Taunts The Law In “Bring The SWAT” Video

Few rappers have been busier in recent months than Sniper Gang’s Jackboy, releasing videos at a rapid pace. On Friday, Jackboy connected with director Cassius King for the “Bring The SWAT,” video. It’s a cinematic adventure — Jackboy enlists two baddies to handle the work and count the money while he taunts law enforcement officers to, “bring the SWAT.” They do, but Jack is two steps ahead, leading them to an empty scene with the only trace of Jackboy being a Haitian flag. Little do they know Jack was there, clad in SWAT gear, and narrowly escaping by pretending to be one of them. The lyrics are equally sneering, “Pull up on a opp block, I’m a let the Glock pop/Oh that’s your lil thot thot, b***h come give me top top.”