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UK’s ALVAREZ KINGS Release New “Emotionally-Charged, Hook-Filled” Single “Words I Couldn’t Say”; Now Streaming Everywhere

Vocalist Simon Thompson tells PopMatters, “The song came about when I was turning our spare room at home into our baby’s nursery as the acoustics were awesome. I was writing songs off of the back of some pretty extensive touring over the years. There were definitely some issues with alcohol and substance abuse as a result, which impacted heavily on relationships. It’s not necessarily an autobiography or about one person in particular. It’s a story of an uncontrollable collision course of self-destruction from drug and alcohol abuse, the desolation of a failed relationship, and self-blame. ‘Words I Couldn’t Say’ is the burden of the truth and a lie that is too heavy to carry.”

GANG OF FOUR releases “Day Turns To Night” single.

“Day Turns To Night” was written by John Sterry just days after Andy’s death and will be the first single for his JJ Sterry solo artist project, with a debut EP forthcoming later this year.

“I had no intention of it being about him,” says John. “It just came out that way and also I didn’t intend for it to be released. I often cloak lyrics with ambiguity and this felt too raw. But listening now, I’m glad I wrote it with no thought of where it might go—it’s just a pure distillation of the years I’d spent with Andy and the band.

Boston Singer/Songwriter Gillian Shares New Single “Static”

Today, pop singer/songwriter Gillian is releasing “Static,” the second single from her forthcoming debut album, 3AM, slated for release later this year.

“Static” is a bittersweet pop number that chronicles Gillian’s inner-dialogue ahead of a night out. “I actually wrote ‘Static’ minutes before leaving my house to go out with my friends… I didn’t want to go, but I also didn’t want to miss out,” Gillian writes of the relatable concept behind the track. Balancing melancholic, piano-driven verses with synth-soaked pop choruses, “Static” arrives as a track that is lyrically and musically in sync.

Loud Forest – Entitled “Glow” – Infectious Indie Pop // Apple Music Favorite

Bernard and Rachel Chadwick are the husband-and-wife duo that create pop/rock music imbued with love and artisanship. Theirs is an enviable creative relationship built around making more of themselves and the world through collaboration. The band started while Bernard was earning his MFA at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. It was a way for rock to fuse into art and art to fuse into rock. This became the exact intention of their music going forward. The band’s incorporation of pop sensibilities, ethereal vocals, insightful lyrics and rock undertones give them a sound that is unique, fun and sure to keep you grooving.

Longwave shares adventurous music video for “It’s Not Impossible” from album ‘If We Ever Live Forever’

Acclaimed NYC indie rockers Longwave share a brand new video for their track “It’s Not Impossible” after teaming up with filmmaker Bill Moldt. The idea was to create a unique crowd-sourced choose-your-own-adventure style video for the song. “It’s Not Impossible” is from their first album in ten years If We Ever Live Forever. The video was constructed through a series of bi-weekly Instagram posts, each depicting a scene painted in watercolor. Each post contained a video of the scene being created, a caption, and a question prompting the band’s Instagram followers to determine the direction of the next scene. The video used the “poll” feature on Instagram Stories for tallying the audience choices. The video was then hosted and voted on @longwavetheband and @billmoldt Instagram pages. After 48 hours of the voting, the story’s direction became determined and Moldt created the next scene. In all, 10 scenes were created and assembled into what become Longwave’s official music video for “It’s Not Impossible.”

Metal Powerhouse DISCIPLES OF VERITY (D.O.V.) Reveals New Single, “The Flow”

DISCIPLES OF VERITY (D.O.V.), the powerhouse newcomers fronted by vocalist Corey Glover, has revealed a new single and lyric video for the song “The Flow,” featuring a guest appearance by Sevendust drummer Morgan Rose, from the band’s upcoming debut, Pragmatic Sanction.

Heavy Hearts Drop New Album ‘Room With A View’

On Room With A View, the band lean into their post-rock sensibilities, embracing elements of their sound that are wholly Canadian, while retaining the raw vocals and vibrant melancholia that audiences across the globe keep growing to know and love them for.

Captivating Pop Songstress Greya Drops Explosive Track “All Hell Breaks Loose”, Watch LIVE Video

Ask 21-year-old singer/songwriter, Greya, about her musical ambitions and she’ll probably wax poetic about some of the songs that have become staples in her life.

Then, she might say, “That’s what I want. I just want to give someone a staple.”

ANOTHER DAY DAWNS Release Official Music Video for “Forget Me Not”

Lehighton, PA Hard Alternative Rock Band ANOTHER DAY DAWNS has released the official music video for their newest single, “Forget Me Not.” Directed by Cyrus Entezam, “Forget Me Not” features Josh Balz (Formerly of MOTIONLESS IN WHITE.)

DAMNATION ANGELS Debut “More Than Human” Lyric Video

UK symphonic metal band DAMNATION ANGELS have released their new lyric video for ‘More Than Human’ featuring Lauren Francis (ex Devilment). The track is taken from their impending third album ‘Fiber Of Our Being’, which is due for release on 31st July 2020.

Perfect Blue Sky Premier ‘Oh Pretty One’ Single And Music Video

PERFECT BLUE SKY ‘Darkness meets light’ song craft duo featuring Swedish black metal guitarist Pontus (PNA) Andersson from Netherbird and Australian alt-rock vocalist Jane Kitto. Combining their influences as songwriters, their sound is a hybrid between 70’s psychedelic rock meets 90’s grunge. They have performed in various constellations with guest musicians throughout the UK, Australia, Scandinavia, France and the Baltic states. Their current British line-up features James Frost on drums and bassist Jon Middleton. During Covid 19, all of PBS main shows had been cancelled until 2021. In the meantime the duo have kept up their presence making occasional on-line acoustic appearances. Andersson and Kitto together have released 2 full length albums and 5 singles. Perfect Blue Sky’s 1st single/video ‘Oh Pretty One’ is out June 26, 2020 via Record Union in Stockholm Sweden.

Venus Furs Shares “Fire In Her Eyes” Video Via Psychedelic Baby, Debut LP Out July 10th Via Silk Screaming Records

Complete with funeral march percussion at a solemn pace, Fire in Her Eyes is the second song on the album featuring a brass section using a flugelhorn and trombone, creating a ghostly production experience assisted by haunting vocals.

‘Fire in Her Eyes’ by Venus Furs

Quinn L’Esperance Kicks Off Summer With New Single & Video “Unstoppable”

On Friday, June 26th singer, songwriter and actress Quinn L’Esperance introduced her ode to summer with the release of her new single and music video “Unstoppable,” the perfect upbeat summer jam, inspiring people to live fearlessly.

DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer/DJ Returns with EDM Pop Hardstyle track “RIOT!” Featuring Vocalist Baethoven

Following the viral success of K-pop hit song “Lucky Cat,” which has racked up more than one million views and plays, DRMAGDN Cyborg Drummer/DJ is back with the EDM Pop Hardstyle track “RIOT!” featuring female singer BAETHOVEN on vocals.

The second single from this fall’s Escape From NYC conjures images of Paramore’s Hayley Williams covering a song by The Chainsmokers, with a heavy Steve Aoki-meets-The Prodigy drop.


Rising progressive death-metal project DESSIDERIUM, helmed by Alex Haddad (ARKAIK, NULLINGROOTS), has released a new record, “Shadow Burn,” today! Already receiving wide acclaim from critics and fans, “Shadow Burn,” is a study of dynamic rhythm and mind-boggling technicality that weaves elements of death, black and symphonic metal together for one of the skillful and memorable progressive albums out this year.

Tejon Street Corner Thieves poke fun of Amigo The Devil, Death South and Orvile Peck in new video

Colorado Springs outlaw blues and trash-grass pioneers Tejon Street Corner Thieves have just released their new EP “Demons”, through new label Liars Club. The label is a partnership between Banjo-attacking murderfolk troubadour Amigo the Devil and indie powerhouse Regime Music Group. To celebrate the new release, Tejon Street Corner Thieves have also released a brand new video for “Never Meant To Be”. The video features Tejon Street Corner Thieves playfully doing a parody impersonation of key artists in the dark folk and alt-country scenes including Dead South, Shawn James, Days N’ Daze, Orville Peck, Bridge City Sinners, Harley Poe and the group’s new label founder Amigo The Devil.


Frontwoman Kailynn West tells American Songwriter, the song is “about the unexpected struggles you go through after a breakup- the small inconveniences that turn into bigger problems just because you’re struggling to get into a better headspace. Things like making new keys and not knowing what to do with your old ones become an emotional struggle and not just a task.

HARLOE – New Music Video Shot Entirely On iPhone

HARLOE is a powerhouse vocalist, cut-to-the-bone songwriter, and badass producer, earning Grammy nominations for her co-writing on Ella Mai’s 2019 self-titled album and co-writing/production on Kelly Clarkson’s 2017 album, Meaning of Life. She’s also written for Celine Dion’s latest album and has worked with JoJo, Madison Beer, Nick Jonas, Charli XCX, and Britney Spears to name a few!

Take Flight With “RiSE”

Pop artist, Nadia Vaeh has released a new lively single, “RiSE” featuring Hazel Rose just in time for Pride Month. “RiSE” is an upbeat and positive song about slowing down and being in the present moment due to the fast-paced environment surrounding our society. For the release of this song, Vaeh has aligned herself with the ‘Love Has No Labels’ campaign and will be donating proceeds of the single to the Human Rights Campaign. “I wrote ‘RiSE’ in hopes of helping to bridge or repair some of the gaps and barriers between our one human race,” she explains. “When I found ‘Love Has No Labels’, I immediately felt a connection with the organization and their message to the world.” “RiSE” is now available for streaming and download on digital music platforms worldwide.

Will Hoge’s “Tiny Little Movies” out Today via Thirty Tigers

For two decades, Will Hoge has carried the torch for American rock & roll, carving out his own blue-collar sound rooted in amplified guitars, melodic hooks, southern soul, and rootsy stomp. It’s a sound that nods to the best moments of the past—the punch of Tom Petty’s anthems; the countrified twang of Buck Owens’ singing; the raw, greasy cool of the Rolling Stones—while still pushing forward into new territory with Hoge’s storytelling and larger-than-life voice leading the charge on his new self-produced album, Tiny Little Movies, out today via Thirty Tigers. In the days leading up to Tiny Little Movies’ release, Associated Press called the album “Compelling soundtrack material for the progressive political movement,” adding “whether the subject is politics or romance, Hoge sings with a hungry heart.”

Marlana (Milo Greene) Shares “I’m Good” Via BuzzBands LA, New EP ‘At Least I Tried’ Out July 24th 2020

Today, Marlana has shared her latest single “I’m Good” off of her upcoming EP, At Least I Tried. “I’m Good” is a powerful, honest and vulnerable song on depression and speaking out against the stigmas that come with talking about one’s mental health. The song premiered exclusively with BuzzBands LA praising, “I’m Good,’ tackles the latter, a powerful memo-to-self that turns the typical response to the common question “How ya doin’?” on its ear.”

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Multicultural Activist Raye Zaragoza New Single

Zaragoza confides “Growing up, all I ever wanted to be was the it girl. I thought that meant I needed to be a pretty blonde princess Barbie who met her Prince Charming and rode off into the sunset. This fantasy left me with immense inner turmoil and self-hatred. In high school, I would even lighten my skin with lemon juice, dye my hair lighter, and wear blue contacts. I truly thought that in order to be beautiful, you had to be white. The It Girl is my outcry for diverse representation in media, a plea to throw out the old rule book of western expectations of women. I am proud to be a multicultural brown woman with insecurities and a vibrant intersectional identity that I continue to grapple with.”

[Alt Pop | Indie] Debbiah’s new single “The Villain”

Born in Brazil and living in the United States, she’s already boasting streams in the hundreds of thousands online for collaborations. Debbiah, as a singer, songwriter and pianist, has been making a name for herself in recent years for her dark, alt-pop anthems. She’s influenced by artists like Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse and Billie Eilish; all the way to heavier acts like Marylin Manson, Black Sabbath and Korn. Her inspirations shine through, in a style that is boldly dramatic, yet still smoothly intoxicating to the ears. Debbiah is currently working on her first EP, which will be self-released.

BARBARA BLACK – “Tiger Tamer”

When you mix an attitude that Lemmy himself would sign with a vocal capacity worthy of Myles Kennedy and to that you add a sound that borns from the roots of rock with the power of today’s metal, the result can only be an album not to be missed. That album is “Love, Death & Flies”, the third album by Bárbara Black, a singer and a band born to rock.


Dying Vision drop their first single Plague Bringer ahead of their second album release set for August 27th this year. They have launched the single with a lyric video set on an eye catching gothic cathedral background.

RESPECT – Watch the Teaser Trailer Now – Jennifer Hudson stars as Aretha Franklin

Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.

J.Lamotta Releases ‘Brand New Choice’ EP

On the back of two recent video releases for the ‘Can’t Refuse’ and ‘Hope So’ singles, Berlin based Israeli/Moroccan artist and producer J.Lamotta shares her ‘Brand New Choice’ EP, out Friday 26th June via Jakarta Records.

Listen: Rayowa share their disco-tinged debut EP ‘Keepin’ Me Under’

Having sold out three London shows earlier this year, including Moth Club with an eight-strong live band, the magnetic three-piece follow the release of ‘Better Man’, ‘Chance’ and ‘The Only Night’ with ‘Keepin’ Me Under’ completing their debut EP. The feel-good EP explores disco and pop elements, reminiscent of Chic or Jungle, but scorches in its own unique energy.

Ocean Alley share In The Studio video for new single ‘Hot Chicken’

Ocean Alley have shared a new ‘In The Studio’ video for their single, ‘Hot Chicken’, taken from their brand new album Lonely Diamond, out now.

The album has been met with widespread acclaim with glowing reviews from the likes of NME and Rolling Stone Australia, as well as a spot in the Top 3 of the Australian album chart. The new video sees the band performing one of the album’s stand-out tracks in a live showcase of their innate musical dexterity and immersive groove.


“Be Kind” is the latest song offered from Marshmello, who is coming off a strong 2019 with 6x Platinum “Happier” with Bastille – also released by Astralwerks – plus 4x Platinum “Silence” with Khalid.


Atlanta based fast rising newcomer Dwn2earth makes stunning inroads into 2020 with the reveal of galactic new offering “VACATION”, an ice cool left R&B cut showcasing Earth’s standout vocals over intricately crafted beats. The track comes from Dwn2earth’s upcoming album “ATLANTIS”, set for release via Private Club/ Rostrum Records.

Italian duo Pongo unveil official video for new single ‘Freedom’

Italian brothers Pongo have unveiled the cinematic official video for latest single ‘Freedom’, out on Monday 29th June.

A rich tapestry of visuals that covers topics such as homelessness, poverty, relationships and how we interact as humans, the official video for ‘Freedom’ is a gripping assortment of clips that lends itself perfectly to the vibe of the track.

Logan Farmer Announces Debut LP ‘Still No Mother” Out 8/21

Newly signed to Western Vinyl, Logan Farmer will release his debut album Still No Mother on August 21st, 2020. On the spacious and somber album, the Colorado songwriter processes and explores climate change anxiety using the framework of the American folk song. Today he shared the haunting, understated first single “Rome, Through A Fog” alongside its cinematic video; of the clip, Farmer explains: “The concept of the video came from discussions that I had with director Ben Ward about his interest in documenting the forgotten communities of eastern Colorado, a vast and often drought-ridden region of the Great Plains. He had been introduced to Carlin Stratton, a cattle rancher in the small town of Otis, and spent a few days with him and a small production crew, filming Carlin’s daily routine on 16mm film. The final product is a stirring short documentary as well as a fitting visual accompaniment to ‘Rome, Through a Fog’, a vaguely defiant song about memory and life in the ruins of an empire.”