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“I often tell stories by first explaining how they end. Somehow the destination of a tale creates something like a center of gravity to draw all the details of the past towards the final point,” Lovell has said of his process. “The story told in these songs has had several endings and several beginnings, a natural byproduct when a project spans the course of so many years. In these years of writing and recording, I have gathered quite a wild palette of paints. In a way, Nobody Cries Today has actually been my teacher. As I have written these songs, each of them has been like a tiny rowboat to get me from one day to the next,” he said. “These songs have witnessed me in the years that I was in the throes of trying to find acceptance for myself and for the world I’m living in. As a gay man of Southern origin, this proved to be a tall order. These songs have also helped me to explore things like zest for life, discontent, hunger, truth, and hope.”

French Lo-Fi Beatmaker Mounika. Releases Sophomore LP “I Need Space” Out Now

In June 2017 Mounika. unveiled his debut LP “How Are You” that featured the single “Cut My Hair,” which amassed over 75+ million plays throughout the world organically with no promotion behind it. Now three years later, Mounika. returns with a new project on a base he particularly likes, that of electro chill. Discreet by nature and himself surprised by this craze, Mounika. responds to himself by naming this new opus “I Need Space,” as a nod to his previous album “How Are You.” Listening to these 9 tracks, a dialogue is established between the artist and his inner self.

Monte Warden Releases “Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few”

Over the better part of the last four decades, Monte Warden and his songs have ebbed and flowed through the Austin music scene, influencing the city’s musical landscape as much as he’s been influenced by it. On June 19th, Warden proudly shared his critically acclaimed record Monte Warden & The Dangerous Few, which was cut live in two days at Austin’s legendary Arlyn Studios. This album garners praises from outlets such as Glide Magazine, who declared, “The sound produced is enough to make you feel like you are in some smoky jazz club seeing this band perform live,” and Austin Chronicle who applauded the album saying, “Warden’s songs dance with the timelessness of his ageless tenor..”

Monte Warden and The Dangerous Few Swing and Rock on Self-Titled Debut (ALBUM REVIEW)

HADEES MARKET Releases Official Music Video for “Hesitate”!

Rosedale, WA based Alternative Rock band HADEES MARKET has released the official music video for “Hesitate.” The first single from the band’s forthcoming EP, To the Island, From the Lake, “Hesitate” features drums and tabla by drum legend Jen Gilleran, and bass by Tony “AMP” Peterson.

5 Billion In Diamonds (Butch Vig) Share “Divine Accidents” Video Via Brooklyn Vegan

Butch Vig’s 5 Billion in Diamonds have returned with new single “Divine Accidents.” The song is a dream fuelled rocket refrain for the summer and is the title song from the upcoming second album by the transatlantic musical alliance – Vig (Garbage,Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Green Day), Bristol UK Producer Andy Jenks and UK DJ James Grillo are joined again by Viking Rock God Ebbot Lundberg (The Soundtrack of Our Lives, The Indigo Children) on vocals on this addictive slice of psych-pop magic. The song also features David Schelzel from The Ocean Blue on backing vocals.

Love Fame Tragedy (Murph from The Wombats) announces debut album out July 10 & shares new single + video, out now

Following the release of his second EP, Five Songs to Briefly Fill the Void, in March, Matthew “Murph” Murphy – guitarist and lead singer of platinum-selling indie heroes The Wombats – announces details of Wherever I Go, I Want To Leave, the debut album from his collaborative solo project, Love Fame Tragedy, due for release on July 10 via Good Soldier Songs/AWAL.

Jet Edwards Drops New Music & Music Video “Coming Home To Homeless”

Limited Ink Entertainment announces the launch of the music video Coming Home to Homeless from its upcoming LP American Pride. The words and music come from the heart and soul of the artist Jett Edwards whose mission is to bring hope and healing within urban communities afflicted by discord and displacement. All proceeds from the downloads of this song goes toward combatting Homelessness and Community Healing.

[indie-pop] Nora Rothman Releases New Single “groves,”

Earlier this month, we got the first glimpse into the forthcoming album from singer / songwriter Nora Rothman with new single “borderline” ft. Blush Wilson. Praised by Atwood Magazine as “Gloriously brooding and effortlessly effervescent,” “borderline” sets the tone of Rothman’s work that explores the “dark underbelly” of pop music and delivers it with a riveting combination of mesmerizing vocal arrangement and stripped back production. Today we’re getting another preview of the album, titled enough, with the project’s second release “groves.”

OCEAN ALLEY’s “Most Ambitious” Record Lonely Diamond Out Now

The ‘masters of groove’ wrote and recorded the highly-anticipated follow-up to 2018’s Chiaroscuro over 18 months, and discussing the expectation they felt to deliver on this record, Ocean Alley shared, “The pressure was immense for the band but also for each of us individually. We had never been so exposed to critique like that before and it’s not something we ever expected to experience when we started doing this. At times we all felt a bit out of control but it was important for us to go through it together so we can back each other up.”


This song represents a time of emotional confusion for me. I wasn’t sure how I felt, and I wasn’t sure how this other person felt, all I knew was that the chemistry was there. Nothing ever came of it, and I guess this song invokes some nostalgia about that time as well. The blissful naivety of a simple crush.

ANDREW releases “Love Somebody” – The new single is out now on House of Feelings in celebration of Pride!

“‘Love Somebody’ is a Queer Disco Anthem that celebrates, uplifts, and gives voice to the LGBTQIA+ community. The song was inspired during a summer night in Mykonos where I was dancing under the stars with beautiful people from all walks of life, from all over the world, and felt transcended into this overwhelming feeling of love. The lyrics of this anthem are pretty straight forward- we NEED to choose love. All you need to do is choose one somebody- and send them all of the love you have possible. Queer people have been met with so much hate- this hate creates a collective trauma. And yet, we choose to be resilient. We choose to lead with love. That’s what disco is! Dance music that is all about love and at the same time has a purpose and makes a statement (not to mention was created by Queer people of color)! I want this song to act as a joyous dance experience full of love, but also an anthem and a call to action. We all must choose to Love Somebody! My lyrics to the second verse say it all; “love is love, and that’s the truth- don’t you try to question me; when the world accepts the truth-THAT’S when all the people will be free.” ANDREW

Lasse Passage Announces New LP ‘Sunwards’ Out 8/28 Via Sofa Music, Shares Lead Single “Miles Away”

At first glance, Sunwards is a handful of charming and catchy pop-songs, but upon a closer listen a more complex emotional landscape emerges. With elaborate arrangements and detailed production, Passage narrates with dark humor and self-irony, making the somewhat universal topics personal yet relatable. On the opening track “Miles Away,” Passage’s musical harmonies, soothing arrangements, and delicate voice contrast with sharp, unapologetic observations that hook the listener, setting the distinct tone for the rest of the album.

Lasse Passage Reveals New LP And Single

Another Sky Announce New Album ‘I Slept On The Floor’ + Release Video for “Fell In Love With The City”

Another Sky have announced the release of their debut album I Slept On The Floor, due for release on August 7th via Missing Piece Records / Fiction. They have also released their brand new single “Fell In Love With The City,” by far their most ambitious and euphoric track to date. The song premiered today in the UK as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1, while the video was premiered by Flood Magazine.

Another Sky Capture the Excitement of Being on the Road in “Fell in Love With the City” Video

Crucifix Releases Video For “Devil in the Fireball”

Produced by Wess Nyle, directed by Crucifix & Joshua Kirk, Devil in the Fireball is the sixth music video from Cruce’s latest Top 40 Billboard album, “Desperado”. The video gives viewers the cinematic adrenaline rush of a horror film as Crucifix drowns himself in a tub of whiskey beneath the seductive dance of Inked and Sullen model Morgan Taylor.


Two Bird Stone is a dynamic new band founded by singer/songwriter Liam Thomas Bailey and featuring some of Nashville’s and New York’s finest musicians. The band formed in 2019 and will release their debut album, Hands & Knees, on September 11th via Soundly Music. “Just take a listen to ‘If You Wanna Come Back’ below whose gentle opener gradually builds in pace before hitting dance-pace, set off by a great Dirk Powell fiddle tune that will surely get your feet tapping,” said Folk Radio UK in their premiere of the track. “This story is told by a cheeky fellow who intends to convince his companion that his selfish absence is absolved by the depth of his return,” Bailey told Folk Radio UK.

Oak View Group Unveils COVID-19 Task Force To Reopen U.S. Live Entertainment Venues

Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, today announced the launch of a blue ribbon task force mandated to safely reopen America’s live entertainment and public congregation facilities as soon as possible.

Comprised of category leaders across all facets of facility operations, including sanitization technology and equipment, research and development, design, food and beverage, capital expenditure management, content, and more, OVG’s task force will provide development and operation protocols, guidance, and ongoing auditing of all COVID-19 and other infectious disease mitigation to ensure Americans can return safely to live entertainment facilities.