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Wyatt C. Louis Releases New Single “Dancing With Sue”

Wyatt C. Louis is a Cree-Métis folk singer-songwriter, based in Moh’kinstsís (Calgary). He has made an impact on the eclectic city with songs built from soaring melodies, railroad-like finger picking and quiet, haunting vocals and lyrical phrasing. Dark, rustic tales meld folk and soulful blues to tell tales of love, loss and the journey home. They’re beautiful, subtle creations that juxtapose emotions, striking imagery and experiences that charm and envelop listeners.

HONNE ANNOUNCE NEW MIXTAPE ‘no song without you’

It lands as the band’s first new material since acclaimed 2018 album, ‘Love Me / Love Me Not’ and follows the release of lead single and title-track, ‘no song without you’, earlier this month, which formed a heart-warming first taste of a sound HONNE have been experimenting with since the turn of the year. The track’s memorable animated video, created by revered illustrator Holly Warburton, has already racked up over 1.1 million views in a matter of weeks.


Following the release of Finnish pop punk supremo ALMA’s debut album Have U Seen Her?, today ALMA releases a 3-track Have U Seen Her? Acoustic EP, which features a brand-new acoustic version of “Bad News Baby” with an accompanying video out today on via Sony Music Germany/RCA Records.

UK electro MADDOX JONES shares addictive after-party anthem “MY HOUSE”

“I wrote the bare bones of ‘My House’ on the piano and then fleshed it out a bit with my close friend Dave Crawford before taking it to Louis Souyave who produced it”, explains Jones. “I have known Louis for years, since he was in Daytona Lights, we got back in touch and it turns out we are both on the same quest for truth and authenticity”.

Delta Spirit announce new album ‘What Is There’

Their New West Records debut follows their acclaimed 2014 studio album Into The Wide, of which Uncut said the band “… progressively unleash waves of measured ferocity… toward payoffs that are staggering in their intensity.” What Is There was recorded at Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX, produced by the band and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Black Keys), and is dedicated to the memory of their friend and musical inspiration, Richard Swift.


Vancouver-based genre-bending alternative band Rare Americans has released its latest powerful track, “Gas Mask.” The inspiring song encourages the listener to get up every time they are knocked down and move forward in the face of adversity. The track arrives alongside an animated visual acting as the latest chapter in the band’s ongoing exploration of a colorful creative universe dubbed “Crooked City” –

Becky Hill Releases “Heaven On My Mind” with SIGALA

“Heaven On My Mind,” which is written by Becky Hill and produced by Sigala, is the second single to be lifted from Becky’s upcoming debut album release. It sees Becky reunite with Sigala, who she collaborated with last year on the UK top 10 hit, “Wish You Well,” which she recently performed as part of a bedroom session medley for Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2020 and has now sold over 750,000 records in the UK alone.


Jauz has been dominating the electronic music space for years with a #1 album “The Wise & The Wicked” that reached top of the charts on iTunes dance within 90 minutes of release, hit singles ‘Feel The Volume’ (over 30 million streams) and ‘Rock The Party’ (over 25 million streams) and headlining festivals across the globe including Ultra Music Festival, Life Is Beautiful Las Vegas, EDC Japan, Tomorrowland and many more. He’s secured residencies in Las Vegas at premier nightclubs including KAOS the WYNN, and Hakkasan, and went viral at Coachella last year dropping his remix of Pink Fong’s ‘Baby Shark’, which accumulated over 250 million impressions during the festival’s weekend. Jauz made his TV debut last summer performing as a special guest DJ on The Discovery Channel’s Shark Week for the “Shark After Dark” program alongside comedians Rob Riggle and Adam Devine.

M. Ward Shares NPR Tiny Desk (Home) Concert Today, New Album ‘Migration Stories’ Out Now

This spring M. Ward released his tenth solo album and first for ANTI- Records titled Migration Stories. With the songs described as “conjured stardust” and “really warm and really comforting” by NPR Music’s Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson, M. Ward is featured on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series today featuring performances of songs from the record –

Tigers Jaw Sign to Hopeless Records & Release “Warn Me,” First New Single In 3 Years

Tigers Jaw today released “Warn Me,” their first new single in three years, alongside the announcement that they’ve signed to Hopeless Records. The band have finished recording their sixth full-length album, returning to work with longtime producer and friend Will Yip. Teddy Roberts and Colin Gorman have joined veteran members Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins to craft this new batch of Tigers Jaw songs after years of tightening their playing together on the road. While the emotionally charged “Warn Me” isn’t featured on their forthcoming release, it offers a preview of their new and expanded sonic approach.

Rae Rae, 17-year-old Rapper With 35M Streams Drops Video For “Crash Flow”

Rae Rae, a 17-year-old rapper, songwriter, and self-taught producer is ready to make his mark in hip-hop with his self-produced single “Crash Flow (Ain’t Trippin) feat. Taeman.” Watch the new video here via Run-It-Up Records / Motown / CMG. The video was directed by Chase Walker and features Rae Rae in his element driving and drifting down the streets of Atlanta with his friends. The teenagers showcase what southern swag is with their cars, cash, dice, and dance moves.


The master sonic sculptor Simon Posford has crafted one of his most innovative albums in his 30 years of groundbreaking electronic music production: Flux & Contemplation – Portrait of an Artist in Isolation.

Mux Mool enters new chapter with “Latest Sulk”, premieres via PopMatters

Denver-based producer Mux Mool recently announced the arrival of Skulltaste II on July 10th on Young Heavy Souls, followed by an August 14th release date for the vinyl edition on Young Heavy Souls, in conjunction with Fat Beats distribution. The original Skulltaste album was released on Ghostly International, and was known for its giddily spiraling samples and monstrous slabs of ice-water synths. The sequel takes the ethos from the original and channels it into a sharper, more streamlined vision that is less reliant on samples while emphasizing his skilled finger drumming and original soundscapes.


Multi-GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum singer/songwriter/producer, Charlie Puth, celebrates summer with his first solo release of the new year, “Girlfriend” – available now via Atlantic/Rumson Records. With infectious, soulful grooves, the song complements Puth’s signature falsetto. In true Charlie Puth fashion, “Girlfriend” is self-produced and co-written alongside longtime collaborator, J Kash (“Attention,” “How Long, “The Way I Am”).

Learn More About Duke Ellington’s BLACK, BROWN AND BEIGE

Blue Engine Records, Jazz at Lincoln Center’s in-house recording label, will release a present-day recording of Duke Ellington’s groundbreaking masterpiece Black, Brown and Beige by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Captured during a live, Rose Theater performance in 2018, Black, Brown and Beige is Wynton Marsalis’s first recording of the work and Blue Engine’s first release dedicated entirely to Ellington. Black, Brown and Beige will be available exclusively on all digital platforms on March 6, 2020.

Nashville metal group Thirty Nights of Violence premiere wild new EP

The promising Nashville metal group, Thirty Nights of Violence, has premiered their sophomore release, You’ll See Me Up There, in full today ahead of its official release on June 26th via Unbeaten Records. Across the six tracks, the band displays razor-sharp riffs and explosive drumming that shift between ethereal bridges and scathing passages of controlled chaos.

Brendan Benson releases video for “Dear Life,”

DEAR LIFE was heralded by the rhapsodic first single “Good To Be Alive.” BrooklynVegan praised its “’70s singer-songwriter verses and synthpop-y choruses.” American Songwriter lauded the album as a whole, calling it “a collection of electrified and harmoniously erratic arrangements only Benson could concoct with 11 songs encapsulating his dynamic songwriting, bound by tight hooks and digitized beats.” New track “Richest Man” followed shortly after, which Rolling Stone praised as “a charming ode to family life.”

TITAN TO TACHYONS: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Morphing Machineminds” From Cactides LP

New York City-based avant/instrumental metal trio TITAN TO TACHYONS has completed their debut album, Cactides, which is now confirmed for mid-August release through Nefarious Industries. As the record’s details, and preorders, are issued, the lead track and maiden single, “Morphing Machineminds,” has been released through an exclusive premiere at Decibel Magazine.

Track Premiere: Titan to Tachyons – ‘Morphing Machineminds’

Jojo Pellegrino “FloJo” (VIDEO)


Texas-based duo Surfaces have released an accompanying music video for their collaborative single “Learn To Fly” with legendary multi-GRAMMY Award winning Elton John, out now via 10K / Homemade Projects. Released on June 12, “Learn To Fly” accumulated over 6.4 million global combined streams within its first week. A lighthearted animated short, directed by Ivan Dixon (Childish Gambino’s “Feels Like Summer”) and produced by Sean Zwan from Studio Showoff, the “Learn to Fly” music video exhibits the same whimsical spirit of the single, depicting the musicians as singing pilots flying through the sky.

KID DAD New Single “LIMBO” Out Now; Debut Full-Length ‘In A Box’ To Be Released August 21

KID DAD’s new track ‘Limbo’ is a song that deals with feeling unsafe, hassled, or even abused. As vocalist and guitarist Marius Vieth says, it’s about being “caught between uncertainty and fear, searching for something real to hold on to, in search of hope.”

The band has chosen to convey this in a music video that tells the story of a child trying to escape domestic violence. Part of what initiated this concept was the fact that, due to Covid-19 and the regulations put in place to battle the pandemic, there has been a surge in cases of domestic violence worldwide. Being trapped at home, a place that should be a haven of safety, can turn into a living hell for far too many people with the detection rate for young victims being shockingly low.

JP Saxe Releases “Hey Stupid, I Love You” With Official Video Today Via Arista Records

Toronto-born, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter JP Saxe, releases his latest single, ‘Hey Stupid, I Love You” today, off of his forthcoming project out later this year. The track was written by JP and Scott Harris (Shawn Mendes) and produced by Ojivolta. It is accompanied by an official heartwarming music video, directed by Lillie Wojcik during quarantine in Los Angeles.

Songland winner Anna Graceman, new video out today

Songland winner and pop/singer-songwriter, Anna Graceman released her brand new video “Night Follows” today. This vulnerable piano piece is accompanied by a stunning video that captures the emotional weight Graceman carried after being carjacked at gunpoint. “It’s a metaphor for the fear and weight I still carry around from this experience,” she explains.

Don’t Sleep (ex-Dag Nasty) Debut New Music Video “Refine Me” and Album Details

As soon as the state of Pennsylvania gave the green light to reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic, DON’T SLEEP immediately took advantage to record the video “Refine Me,” an anthem about how to come out stronger on the other side. Vocalist Dave Smalley insists that, “We need to take inspiration from those that try to bring us down. Either through work, or family, or sadly in music – we get hurt in life, we all feel pain. People will betray you and as the old saying goes, ‘what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’ echoes that truth, and “Refine Me” acts as a reminder to remember that. It is important to be forged and refined by the flames of adversity. Let your enemies make you stronger.”

French Alternative/Metal Rockers PERSEIDE shared new full-length album ‘The Only Thing’ out YouTube

A couple of days after the official release of their debut full-length album ‘The Only Thing’, French alternative-metal/rockers from Lyon PERSEIDE just shared the whole record for free streaming on YouTube.

“Love Songs” by Sarah Barrios

You know when you know, but falling in love can still be a confusing rollercoaster of emotions, especially when you spend your days trying to write songs about your feelings.

With her new single rising pop star Sarah Barrios gets meta, she’s falling fast and documenting the whole process with her autobiographical lyrics. “Love Songs” speeds through obsession, daydreams and sleepless nights until its ultimate realisation that being in love isn’t all that bad.

ZYCLOPS: Texas Atmospheric Sludge Faction Featuring Current/Former Members Of The Roller, The Devil And The Sea, Glassing, Skycrawler And More Releases Inheritance Of Ash

Forged in Austin, Texas in 2018 by Ryan Pankratz (The Devil And The Sea, Weak Flesh, Skycrawler) and Ed Davis (The Roller, Skycrawler), ZYCLOPS sat in gestation until reinforcements arrived in the way of Cory Brim (Glassing) and Matt Moulis (Unmothered). Merging elements of slow burning sludge, down-tuned grunge, trippy post-metal, and full on cacophonous noise, together ZYCLOPS manifests an ocean-wide wall of sound lurching forward in seizures of controlled chaos and melodic catharsis; a gritty, textural cascade of knuckle dragging barbarianism combined with dynamic complexities and reverb-drenched, sub-space noise that offers a new light into the vast sludge/doom genres.

Emma Zander Premieres New Single/Video “America’s Favorite Tranquilizer”

The corresponding video, which marks Zander’s directorial debut, was filmed completely in quarantine using dollar store props. The clip playfully challenges the notion of “safer at home”, as Zander elaborates, “Are we really safe at home? Left to our devices? Alone with our vices? In some sense, we really are our own worst enemy and to be left alone with our thoughts for so long can be a disaster.”

Roman Rouge – Entitled “The Other Me”

Roman Rouge is a R&B pop singer/songwriter from El Paso, Texas. Born with music running through his veins, the musician was exposed to the industry from a young age and never looked back. Despite various struggles which he faced throughout his childhood, including his single mother trying to make ends meet, Roman took every obstacle in his stride, ultimately building his character and making him who he is today. Through every failure came strength and eventually the hardships paid off.

Jasper Lotti premieres “Sword” music video

Back in February singer-songwriter and producer Jasper Lotti released “Sword,” a new song that anatomizes fantasies about human connection in the digital age. Today Jasper Lotti has returned to share the music video for “Sword,” which will premiere today on Nylon in conjunction with a live stream performance from Jasper Lotti, who will be playing songs from her debut EP XOskeleton.


Tel Aviv’s dark metal band TOMORROW’S RAIN is making waves in underground doom circles with their recent track “Fear” (feat. Aaron Stainthorpe of MY DYING BRIDE). Now the band returns with their follow-up single “In The Corner Of A Dead End Street,” which features guests Greg Mackintosh (PARADISE LOST) and Sakis Tolis (ROTTING CHRIST). The impressive collaborations are found on TOMORROW’S RAIN’s forthcoming, debut album, “Hollow,” that’s due out September 11th from AOP Records.


As we emerge from isolation, we all have our different stories to tell. For two-time Grammy nominee Bring Me The Horizon, this has been a time to reflect, create, and record.


London based four piece The Skinner Brothers released their latest single ‘Away Days’, on 12th June across all digital formats via Blaggers Records with digital distribution by Horus Music.

‘Away Days’ is an ode to missing your real passion – in the lads case, that’s football mania and is inspired by the build up to an away game during the football season, a feeling which so many are missing during lockdown’s suspension of the football season. However the song’s sentiments translate just as well towards all weekend activities, everything that’s not there anymore, day trips to the theme park, days out at the beach, and even time spent dodging the seagulls scoffing chips whilst drinking in the sunshine.

Watch > Nigerian Superstar + Beyoncé Collaborator Yemi Alade Shares ‘Boyz’ Video > Watch here

Award-winning Nigerian superstar Yemi Alade—who most recently contributed two tracks to Beyoncé’s The Lion King companion album—shares a new track, ‘BOYZ.’ The song, uptempo Afropop courtesy of frequent collaborator Vtek, is the first new music from Yemi this year and is taken from her forthcoming fifth LP.

Ayreon Announce New Album – Transitus (September 25th Release Date)

Ayreon will be releasing a brand-new sprawling and epic studio album titled TRANSITUS on September 25th via Music Theories Recordings. The album will be available on 2CD, 2LP gatefold red transparent vinyl and a 48-page Earbook which includes 5 discs; 2CD album, 1CD instrumental versions, 1CD guide vocal versions, and a DVD with bonus footage which includes a behind the scenes video, a videoclip, trailer and a 5.1 audio and hi-def stereo mix of the album. The release will be accompanied by a 28-page graphic novel which will be included in the Earbook as well as the 2LP. The physical pre-order will launch on June 25, where digital will go live on July 16.

Adelaide’s Josh Kroehn makes his mark with the revealing new single ‘Never Found’

Adelaide indie songwriter Josh Kroehn is marking his first release for 2020 in the striking ‘Never Found’. Letting his natural tone and lyrics take prominence, the acoustic driven song is an evocative release from the young artist, who is continuing to define his creative identity on record.


One of Australia’s favourite storytellers, Josh Pyke has today shared his affecting new single Don’t Let It Wait, a bittersweet song written to inspire us all to enjoy every moment. This is the fourth single to be shared from Pyke’s impending album Rome, set for release on August 28, with the track complemented by a fittingly heartwarming video.