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Bruce Hornsby to release Non-Secure Connection August 14 + “My Resolve” featuring James Mercer debuts

The new record follows the release of 2019’s acclaimed album, Absolute Zero, which The New York Times praised as “one more daring, rewarding turn in his catalog: 10 knotty, thoughtful yet rambunctious songs that juggle scientific concepts, history and human relationships.” NPR Music declared, “Far from a conventional Hornsby album, Absolute Zero is the sound of an artist subverting expectations and pulling it off brilliantly. At this point in his career, Hornsby could easily coast on writing cozy songs and settling for that. Thankfully for us, he’s still up for an adventure.” Pitchfork furthered, “Hornsby plays with elegance… It’s a confidence that arrives with both comfort and age and it’s what unifies all the disparate elements of Absolute Zero, shaping the album into a testament to the full range of Hornsby’s gifts.”

Hey, King! Share New Single “Lucky”

Hey, King! is comprised of songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Natalie London and her partner, vocalist and percussionist Taylor Plecity. A high-spirited eight piece orchestral band when playing live, Hey, King! has the exuberance of Arcade Fire, the freewheeling simplicity of Tom Petty and the wit-filled resonance of Fiona Apple.


JC commented: “Honestly, when I asked if we could set a car on fire outside an old country house I was half-joking. But here we are. I’m so proud of this video and it represents everything I want this song to be. Epic, emotional, ambitious. It was amazing to have Emilia Jones involved as well. She’s an UNBELIEVABLE actress so it was an honour that she said yes! Hope you enjoy!”

Body Count Releases New Radio Edit Of “No Lives Matter” Today

The track’s message is more relevant than ever as Body Count frontman Ice-T states in the music video intro, “…when I say ‘Black Lives Matter’ and you say ‘All Lives Matter’, that’s like if I was to say ‘Gay Lives Matter’ and you say ‘All Lives Matter’. If I said, ‘Women’s Lives Matter’ and you say ‘All Lives Matter’. You’re diluting what I’m saying. You’re diluting the issue. The issue isn’t about everybody, it’s about black lives, at the moment.”

Heavy Metal Icon DEE SNIDER to Release “For The Love of Metal Live” Album & DVD/Blu-Ray

Legendary heavy metal frontman, actor and radio personality DEE SNIDER recently announced the July 31, 2020 release of For The Love Of Metal Live, a larger than life live album and DVD/Blu-Ray set available via Napalm Records.

Music lovers around the world are craving the return of live concert experiences, and For The Love Of Metal Live is just the thing to keep live music where it belongs – with the fans! Combined behind-the-scenes footage, various detailed interview clips, insightful personal commentary and electrifying live performances make this release an entertaining experience that every heavy metal fan needs in their collection.

Nicolas Michaux (BBC 6 Music, Tony Allen, Damon Albarn) – Shares new single ‘Nos Retrouvailles’

Belgian singer-songwriter Nicolas Michaux is today sharing his new single ‘Nos Retrouvailles’, the latest to be lifted from his forthcoming album, Amour Colère which is due for release on September 25, 2020 via Capitane Records.

Smokepurpp Prepares for Florida Jit, Shares “Big Dawg” ft. Rick Ross

An imposing figure in the raucous South Florida rap scene, Smokepurpp specializes in visceral trap bangers. Putting aside his Audi to make some Maybach Music, Purpp shares “Big Dawg,” his new single. Produced by Diego Ave, “Big Dawg” is Purpp’s first collaboration with fellow Floridian Rick Ross, whose booming presence meshes perfectly with Purpp’s melodic hooks and declarative rhymes: “I got the bag and I knew I couldn’t fumble it/I put some racks in the hood then I juggled it,” spits Purpp. “Big Dawg” is the latest single from Florida Jit, Purpp’s upcoming project, following the outrageous video for the Ronny J-produced “Pop Sh*t.”

STONEBIRDS: watch “Stay Clean” video now

Britanny’s sludge and post-doom trio STONEBIRDS unleash a dark and aesthetic video for “Stay Clean”, the new single taken from their upcoming album ‘Collapse and Fail’, due out July 24th via Ripple Music. An apocalyptic journey that feels closer than ever…

STONEBIRDS tell us more about this new single: “Stay Clean is a song that we’re really proud of, as we managed to put a lot of things we like in it without making it sounds wobbly. You can find a lot of energy and aggressiveness here, but also catchy melodies. It’s the kind of song that almost writes itself on its own.”


Matt Rollings Releases New Single “Stay” featuring Alison Krauss and Vince Gill

Today, the GRAMMY Award-winning producer, piano virtuoso and first-call session superstar Matt Rollings released the official video for his latest single “Stay” featuring Alison Krauss and Vince Gill via The Tennessean. The song is the third to be taken from Matt Rollings Mosaic, his first solo album in over thirty years out on August 14.

The Streets Share Official Video For ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him’

Today, Mike Skinner has shared the official video to his new single ‘I Wish You Loved You As Much As You Love Him ft. Donae’o & Greentea Peng’ – the second track from his forthcoming mixtape None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Life Alive. Made entirely by Mike himself, the video is a multi-faceted visual shot with an unmistakably British backdrop, featuring the two artists with whom he wrote the single. He says, “This video took me 6 weeks to make! I learned a new skill on this lockdown”.

Lori McKenna’s “Good Fight” music video debuts today

Of the video, McKenna shares, “When it came time to make the video for ‘Good Fight’ I just loved the idea of having boxers in the ring. It’s such a skillful dance they do. I loved working with these women that day. They each expressed their own strength in such beautiful and different ways.”

L.A. Witch returns with Play With Fire! Out August 21st

The single premiered on Paste calling it “a tantalizing yet humble track about accepting defeat in order to progress. The essence of this band lies in their ability to pick their battles—when to deeply give a fuck and when not to…”

“‘I Wanna Lose’ is about feeling free and feeling stronger because you’ve lost everything and now you’ve got everything to win. It’s about being a punching bag in a martyr-like way, and losing a fight to move on.” Sade Sanchez of L.A. Witch

Stoke-on-Trent newcomer AVERAGE JOE shares brooding new cut ‘Promo’ | out June 17th

Described in his own words as “an invocation of the egoic spectres of rock and roll, dressed as a grandstanding anthem to pop vanity”, Joe’s latest effort encompasses the qualities of confessional storytellers Father John Misty and Tom Waits, mixed with the caustic spirit of Sleaford Mods and Mike Skinner, taking timeless themes and rendering them razor-sharp on the conditions of the present day.

Rob Vicious Reaches Terminal Velocity in the Latest ‘Breakthrough’ Video

He made his name with party-positive bangers like the platinum-selling “Bands,” but Rob Vicious’s introspective new material radiates a bleary-eyed intensity. Bringing one of his most adventurous songs to life, the Shoreline Mafia emcee shares “Terminal V,” a trippy new music video. Produced by Hurtboy AG & Foster, “Terminal V” finds Rob experimenting with his drawly vocals, using auto-tune and falsetto to mimic the frenzied mind-state of an abrupt comedown: “Geeked, roll my eyes so I can see inside my brain, ayy/No, I don’t know why, but why that love don’t feel the same? Yeah/Oh yes, I get high, but I know drugs won’t kill the pain, yeah/Sometimes I wish this high could last forever.”

otta Shares New Track “sick inside”

She details the project as “nearly free form in places” and that the EP was “home recorded in my ‘studio’, which nowadays I would describe more as a cupboard under the stairs-meets-shed, but still a precious altar within my music making.”


“We made many great memories through this track during the hot summer days! Whenever I listen to this song, it makes me think of delightful moments where we spent time together practicing our choreography, shooting the photos and the music video. It’s like a treasure, which makes me extremely happy” says Vocalist Seongmin. Wonjin adds; “This track makes us laugh together and brings us lots of energy and happiness. It makes our bond stronger thus making our teamwork improve. It helps us to unite as one.”

Ketch Harbour Wolves – •NEW SINGLE• “Exodus”

“Exodus” was written after an early spring walk in Toronto’s mysterious Don Valley – one of my favorite places and one of few that still feels somewhat haunted. I saw no one that day, but the leafless trees afforded little cover for traces of human occupation.

Mikal Cronin announces electronic “Switched-On” version of Seeker, out digitally June 30

Mikal Cronin experienced a creativity boom in late 2018/early 2019, inspired in part by the massive wildfires in Southern California that forced him to evacuate from the Idyllwild cabin where he’d been writing songs. Upon his return to Los Angeles, he recorded two full albums: Seeker, released in October 2019, and its electronic counterpart Switched-On Seeker, which is out digitally June 30 and on vinyl August 29 via Record Store Day Drops.


19-year-old singer/songwriter Baker Grace celebrates her hero and #1 fan with her new single “Pops.” Landing just ahead of Father’s Day, “Pops” is a heartfelt ode to the special relationship between fathers and daughters. In the song, Grace reflects on her bond with her Pop.

MIGHT: The Sleeping Shaman Premiers “Pollution Of Mind” Video

Exile On Mainstream is preparing to release the eponymous debut album from Hanover, Germany-based MIGHT in July. The first full single from Might has been released in the form of an official video for the song “Pollution Of Mind,” which makes its premiere through The Sleeping Shaman.

Video Premiere: MIGHT ‘Pollution Of Mind’

Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade debuts video for “BOYZ”

The uptempo Afropop track, which Okayafrica praises for its “booming production” courtesy of frequent collaborator Vtek, is the first new music from Yemi this year and is taken from her forthcoming fifth LP.

BLUE EYED CHRIST Releases Music Video for Title Single off of Prescient New Album

LA based Electronic Industrial Rock artist BLUE EYED CHRIST has released a unique, experiential concept video for “World on Fire,” the title track off of the May 22nd released LP. Originally premiered on ReGen Magazine, and featuring EN ESCH and MEA FISHER, the visual experience for “World on Fire” was created by long time video collaborator neiL kuLL.

ReGen Premiere: Blue Eyed Christ releases music video for title track of latest album, featuring EN ESCH and Mea Fisher

Atlanta rapper LaDonnis – please watch – “Black Boy”

It speaks for itself but his words: This song was written as a mantra. A mantra for times like these. A mantra of self love. I want to extend this mantra to all of my brothers and sisters. I am you and you are me. The atrocities Ive seen across our nation and specifically in my backyard of Atlanta GA have sparked something deep in all of us. We will be heard. We will be seen. We will not be silenced. Black is Beautiful. Black is worthy. We are Black. I love you thank you.

Cold Beaches [Chicago indie-psych-rock] releases music video for first single “Problems and Heartache (I Got Them)”

Cold Beaches is releasing the music video for their first single “Problems and Heartache (I Got Them)!” You can find it on all streaming services! The Big Takeover premiered the music video yesterday and had this to say about it “Dream-popper “Problems and Heartache (I Got Them)” swims with airy synth chord progressions, reverberating guitar shimmer and chime, bass line undertow, a strict, but driving drum beat, and Nadia’s gentle, crooning vocals. She shows her vulnerability on this song by transporting to a place where the music, and her emotions are multi-layered and relateable.”