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Pop Punk & Pink Band Give Me A Reason Debut New Music Video

Swiss pop punk quartet Give Me A Reason tap into another era with a music video for their new single “Sad.” The energetic, crystal clear track is about people who try to hold you back while you pursue your dream. The ones that try to force you into a mold and believe there’s no way to live other than the 9 to 5 life.


Canadian newcomer Eryn Martin makes compelling inroads into 2020 with stunning new video for new offering Blonde. A glitchy left pop cut which lands somewhere in the sweet spot between Grimes and Purity Ring, Blonde showcases the gorgeous vocal tones of Eryn Martin over a bed of shapeshifting beats.


Hailing from Tuscaloosa, Alabama the Dexateens have built an institution from their fiery brand of punk and roll. Since 1998, as one line-up or another, they’ve left jaws agape and arms akimbo as if some kind of inadvertent hypnotism has occurred. Their first two releases, a self-titled southern punk masterpiece lovingly known as “Headphones” and their sophomore effort Red Dust Rising both came out on the legendary Estrus Records label.

Del Paxton return with “September”

Driven by bold hooks and harmonic riffs, the Buffalo trio Del Paxton make heartfelt punchy emo reminiscent of the melodic sensibilities of the mid-90’s. Their latest are a set of singles teeming with the exuberance and excitement of being young, alive, and earnest. The lead single, “September” is an ode to camping in the Adirondacks, evoking vintage emo and punk nostalgia, while lyrically channelling an anti-nostalgic balm for living in the moment. Reflections on long-term friendships shine through call-and-response vocals that echo euphorically over dexterous rhythms and crunchy start-stop melodies. With their overdriven choruses of diaristic contemplation, Del Paxton’s thoughtful ruminations stir up the passions of prolonged youth and the challenges of holding onto friends you could never let go.


Grammy and Ivor Novello nominated live phenomenon, producer, singer, songwriter ELDERBROOK drops an anthemic new cut in the shape of “MY HOUSE” (produced by Jacknife Lee; The Killers, U2, R.E.M., Bob Moses). The new single showcases a different side to the respected UK talent; a playful, funk-infused, synth-led offering which debuts as another impressive teaser from his much-anticipated debut album ‘WHY DO WE SHAKE IN THE COLD?’

TRUTH Release Drum & Bass EP on Deep, Dark & Dangerous

Production outfit TRUTH are using their New Zealand heritage within their forthcoming EP on bass music imprint Deep, Dark & Dangerous, the platform they created which gives them full creative control over their output. Renowned for their precise production standards and their searing basslines, their ‘Without You’ EP presents a different flavour from the duo, although it’s still linked to the music which provides a soundtrack to the clubbing spaces of their roots. They’ve now exported this to California, where Andre now resides in LA, whilst they keep one foot in Christchurch, New Zealand through Tristan – and it provides an insight into the progression of TRUTH’s artistry. From Mala’s Deep Medi Musik, to the sounds on Deep, Dark & Dangerous, this drum & bass EP presents another turning point for the producers. Due to be released on July’s Bandcamp day, it also highlights one of the finest independent labels to come through in recent times.

ELM: Cvlt Nation Debuts “Whole Year Inn” Video From Italian Noise Rock Unit

Notes the band of the Sin City-inspired clip, “‘Whole Year Inn’ is a quote from a book we love: Leaving Las Vegas by John O’Brien. It’s the name of an imaginary hotel, where the strange, moving love story between Sera, Ben and self-destruction is consumed. Such a perfect story: a kind of bright nightmare, in which even the sunlight is cold. There is no escape, and you chose to embrace it.”

Witness the Fuzzed out Noise Rock of ELM’s “Whole Year Inn”


British D&B stars The Prototypes tease more new music with ‘Enter The Warrior’ feat. B3ndu on vocals, the third offering from their upcoming album, ‘Ten Thousand Feet & Rising’ set for release on 23 October.

The new cut follows on the recently released singles ‘Oxygen’ feat. Kudu Blue, which was premiered by Danny Howard on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show before she named it her ‘Hottest Record’, while Mixmag called an “anthemic monster” in their review of the single and 90s Hardcore throwback cut ‘Shadows’ featuring Lily McKenzie’.

Jonathan Personne (of Montréal band Corridor) – Shares New Single & Announces Solo Record

Roberts drew a wealth of praise last year from Paste, The Line of Best Fit, Stereogum, DIY and more for the latest Corridor record, Junior – the band’s third full length but debut on the esteemed label, Sub Pop. Now he returns with his second solo record, Disparitions via Montreal indie label, Michel Records (Halo Maud, Alex Nicol), that draws on a similar wiry post-punk palette while fusing it with the sounds of 80s jangle-pop. This first track, ‘Springsteen’ is a real highlight for me with Jonathan exploring the idea of missing home whilst on tour, overlaying twelve-string guitar with sun-washed vocals leaving for something he terms as “spaghetti western rock”.

Sohrab – Track: Secrets

Sohrab is an emerging producer whose music epitomizes the Southern California lifestyle. The Orange County native has been honing his craft for years, influenced by pop and electronic artists to create a dynamic sound. With his latest release, he has begun to turn heads establishing himself as a unique talent who should be around for years to come.

Alyssa Caroline – Track: Stay This Time

Alyssa Caroline draws influence from genres as diverse as the experiences she writes songs about and has developed a truly contemporary sound that speaks to the deepest themes in life: love, loss, and perseverance in the face of it all. Stay This Time is a story of learning your lesson about people, realizing that not all of them stay in our lives although we still hold on to the hope that they might.

Joe Barksdale, Announces Beat-Infused EP

Austin-based, indie rock/electric soul artist and NFL player, Joe Barksdale announces his EP R&B(eats), out today! Usually known for his R&B/soul style, he takes a different approach on the EP, using hip hop and jazz beats. He is set to release his full-length indie soul album, Sincerely, due out Sepetember 4 2019. A former NFL player for the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams and San Diego Chargers, Barksdale has been featured in articles for sites, such as ESPN, The Los Angeles Times, Fender, San Diego Tribune, and CBS Sports, among others.


Back in early May, Ian Isiah announced his latest funk incarnation, AUNTIE. Today, he shares the project’s velvety, gospel and funk-infused single “Loose Truth”. Accompanying the single is a powerful visual directed by frequent collaborator Thuan Tran (@onlunchbreak). The visual features Ian taking us around a cast of Brooklyn’s essential workers, first responders, business owners, activists, artists, friends and family members. It also depicts the strength and tenacity found in the neighborhood’s community. In a moving finale, we hear them share their truth directly to the camera.

Fresh from collabs with Kehlani, Coucheron teams up with Pasha for I SPY

Having already teamed up with the likes of Kehlani, Nick Jonas, Kyle and Don Diablo on his previously shared releases, Grammy-nominated producer Coucheron has now returned to collaborate with fast-rising Norwegian hip-hop star Pasha on their new single ‘I SPY’, out 26th June via Toothfairy Records.

Carmen Pascucci goes POP! with brand new single available “All The Way To Africa” OUT NOW!

International recording artist, Carmen Pascucci, is giving us all a reason to dance this summer with her new tribal love song called “All The Way to Africa”. Carmen comes from a small city in Italy called Teggiano where she dreamed of becoming a pop star. Taught to follow the traditional way of life in Italy she studied Classical Vocal Performance at Giuseppe Martucci Conservatory in Salerno, Italy. Facing her own self-doubt she released her debut single “Roots”, which is now sitting at 18,000 streams on Spotify.

ENTRY: Detriment Debut Album From Los Angeles Hardcore Punk Quartet Nears July Release Through Southern Lord; Vinyl Now Shipping

Detriment was recorded in Los Angeles by the band’s Sean Sakamoto and Christopher Dwyer, mixed by Christopher Dwyer, and mastered by Will Killingsworth at Dead Air Studios. The album is completed with photography by Katie Krulock and layout by Emma Maatman.

Willie Nelson’s new studio album, First Rose Of Spring, out now

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is pleased to announce that First Rose Of Spring–Willie Nelson’s 70th solo studio album (and 14th for the label)–is out today.


Baltimore rockers Signal 13 have recently completed filming a video for the song “Stay With Me” – one of the standout tracks from their recently-released EP, ‘Destination Unknown.’ The video (which will be released in mid-summer) was filmed in a Victorian mansion built in 1838 just outside of Gettysburg, PA – called the Lookout House. Directed and edited by Wade Spencer, the house is listed as one of the 10 most haunted homes in the United States – the property has many photos and relics from the past of people who lived and died in the home.

BINNY – “Deep End”

Entitled “Deep End” the track narrates connecting with someone on a deeper level beyond the shallow aspects, touching on unintentionally falling for someone, acting as an anthem for f– boys with feelings. “Deep End” incorporates a variety of aquatic sounds, emanating a blissfully, floaty feeling through rippling beats and tranquil melodies.

Bear Grillz Turns Up The Bass On New Single “Fire”

“When quarantine first started, I reached out on Twitter to any rappers who could come up with some good pre-drop vocals. Well, an artist named Atarii from Salt Lake City reached out and had recorded several for me. I ended up using them all for this upcoming EP and he even sings + raps on 2 of the tracks. Fire is the first single with his pre-drop vocal.” – Bear Grillz

Band of Mystery, Nearly Skulls, Release Track Paying Tribute to the Bonehead-in-Chief

“American Rules is about the slow-motion train-wreck of American politics, which ultimately affects everyone, not just Americans.

American Rules is ultimately a catchy pop tune about folks who claim to be great and good and right, while doing and saying things that are obviously awful and wrong”.

Brigid Dawson (Oh Sees) & The Mothers Network Share “Season” Video Via Raven Sings The Blues

Today, Brigid Dawson & The Mothers Network share the video for their single, “Is The Season For New Incarnations.” The video was premiered exclusively with Raven Sings The Blues, praising, “The album opener is a dark patch of sky that heralds ominous clouds and turbulent waters ahead. She’s paired the track here with a prog-tipped video that’s flipping through Roger Dean landscapes and etched with runic signatures of unfathomable meaning.”


“I feel like I’ve watched too many coming-of-age stories. It sucks to feel like you’ve never had any main character moments in your own life, unlike what you see in those movies and tv shows.

I wrote this to try to capture for myself, what it might feel like to live a life of young and carefree moments. I hope that when you listen to “City Lights,” you can feel those moments too.”

Alternative Rock Band The Nomadic Release New Single “Beyond Blue”

Australian guitarist and singer/songwriter Robert Gaylard brings a unique perspective and vision when it comes to creating music. His inspiration and passion for starting The Nomadic began early on as a child after traveling to many countries like Myanmar (formerly Burma), Singapore and the Solomon Islands. His “nomadic” lifestyle continued on into his adulthood when he began to work for the United Nations in various countries such as: Kenya, Somalia, the Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Israel and Palestine. His travels eventually brought him to New York in September of 2012 and motivated him to pursue his songwriting by establishing an indie rock band.

NEW RELEASE: Salt Cathedral’s “CAVIAR” Remix

Salt Cathedral have shared “CAVIAR Reimagined *in Isolation*”. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the group’s tour in support of their just released debut album CARISMA was cancelled. They began to do complete reimaginings of the songs that reveal another facet of the compositions. They collaborated digitally with other musicians on these adventurous and introspective new arrangements. Salt Cathedral will release a completely reimagined version of the CARISMA album (Ultra) and have shared the first taste with “CAVIAR Reimagined *in Isolation* ”. The intimacy in the new arrangement has a volcano of emotions just on the edge of erupting as the serenity of the songs first half gives way to fractured rhythms.

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Presents Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. II

Variations & Rarities: 2004-2019 Vol. II focuses heavily on the Self-Titled LP-era, giving all a previously-unseen and unheard glimpse behind the curtain at some of the early stages and ideas for songs that ultimately became the band’s most successful album to date. “Villa Del Refugio (Study)” is the earliest-known recording of the band conceptualizing the song and exploring its tonality. These particular chord progressions made it through to the end. “They Move On Tracks Of Never-Ending Light (Concept)” is a raw practice recording/run-through of the song with live drums, well before the song ultimately was smoothed out with electronic beats and full production. The feel at this point in gestation was almost a hybrid between “They Move…” and “The Mighty Rio Grande,” so it made sense to keep pushing “They Move…” into different territory sonically.

NEW Single and Video: Michael Lukes – “Stars” (UK, indie folk)

As the artist himself points out: “In Stars I wanted to represent just this concept: the equality of people. Each one of us, then, when we understand that we belong to it, can be what we want and, above all, can be happy”.

Singing and Songwriting Sensation Ariel B. Releases Trio of Songs

San Francisco-based singer and songwriter Ariel B. is set to make a big splash with a trio of debut song releases, the first offerings of a musical collaboration she’s begun with multiple Grammy and Emmy-winning producer Narada Michael Walden.

Singing and Songwriting Sensation Ariel B. Releases Trio of Songs