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Milwaukee hip-hop duo Guerrilla Ghost are preparing for the release of their second album, “We Get What We Deserve”. While the debut single “Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man” showed a growth from the group’s previous efforts, it also built upon what their audience has come to know and love from the group-a sound rooted in electronica and hip hop filtered through the more aggressive elements of metal and industrial music. Their newest single, however, showcases a side of the group that hasn’t been quite as visible in their past work.
RALPH TRESVANT Releases Smash New Single ALL MINE featuring JOHNNY GILL
“ALL MINE” was produced by Gregg Pagani and written by Francesca Francci Richard, Jeffrey Brent Anderson, Sean Tsai and Gregg Pagani. The beautifully performed duet is available on all streaming and download platforms now, via the SRG ILS/UMG label imprint.
NNAMDÏ has dropped a new LP, the second of three to come this year, via his label Sooper Records. The initial composition giving rise to the album’s namesake began 3 years ago when NNAMDÏ was inspired by the frantic orchestral compositions of Carl Stalling; the musician known for his score work on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. NNAMDÏ was drawn to Stalling’s work because it broke orchestral boundaries in order to capture the absurdist physical comedy of the cartoon universe that it accompanied.
Shoreline Mafia Announces 7/31 Debut Album Mafia Bidness, Shares New Song “Change Ya Life”
One of the most popular hip-hop acts on the West Coast, Shoreline Mafia has accomplished so much since forming in 2018–sold-out tours, platinum plaques, festival headlines, and more. Putting a bow on their meteoric rise, Shoreline announces Mafia Bidness, their highly-anticipated debut album. Working with frequent collaborators and new faces, Mafia Bidness expands and refines the Shoreline sound, offering viciously clever bars atop propulsive instrumentals. Hosted by OhGeesy, Fenix Flexin, Rob Vicious, and Master Kato, the upcoming project fits firmly within the West Coast tradition, offering beats that reference classic hyphy, G-funk, and party rap tracks, bringing hard-hitting L.A. anthems produced by frequent collaborators RonRon and Ace The Face, and furthering the deep connection between flourishing rap scenes in Los Angeles and Detroit. Mafia Bidness hits DSPs on July 31st via Atlantic Records and is now available for pre-order.
VICIOUS RUMORS Releases New Single and Lyric Video!
It’s obvious that 41 (!) years into the band’s history, Geoff Thorpe is still brim-full of zest and artistic enthusiasm. Celebration Decay is a kind of best-of-both-worlds recording, he beams: “There are classic Vicious Rumors numbers such as ‘Pulse Of The Dead’, ‘Arrival Of Desolation’, ‘Death Eternal’ (which will be released as a single and lyric video today) and ‘Collision Course Disaster’. And then there’s a song like ‘Darkness Devine’ with a structure that’s very unusual for us.”
Alexandra Savior shares acoustic version of hit single “But You”
The world is not quite the same as it was when Alexandra Savior released her sophomore album, The Archer, on January 10, via Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records.
When her European tour was postponed for a year, “Portland’s mystery girl (VICE)” immediately responded by selling her one-of-a-kind artwork for charity as an initial response to the pandemic. Today, as a further response, she shares her acoustic cover of “But You,” along with a video. Proceeds will go to The Loveland Foundation. On choosing this particular foundation Savior says, ” they help young women of color retrieve free therapy and mental health Counseling. It’s incredibly powerful and necessary work that they do and I’m honored to be able to support in some small way”
$not Releases Police Brutality Inspired Anthem “Can You Help Me?”
Today, rapper $NOT releases a timely social justice anthem “Can You Help Me”. Composed of $NOT’s signature melodic sound and moving lyrics, “Can You Help Me” is a plea for help for the Black Community in the fight against police brutality. Following the release of $NOT’s acclaimed album – TRAGEDY + that led him to be named “The reigning underground king of alternative rap” by Teen Vogue, $NOT has recently been in Miami working on new music. A few days after George Floyd was tragically murdered $NOT took a break to get these words off his chest.
Beenie Man’s “Zungguzungguguzungguzeng” is Available Now!
When Reggae and Dancehall icon and legend Beenie Man steps into the booth to record, we know that teamed with the right producer, the track will be musical murdah. When you put iconic producer Jeremy Harding in the production seat, then give the track to Beenie Man, we are in for a sweet treat. Guess what VP Records has done …?!
Sufjan Stevens debuts “America,” new album The Ascension out September 25
The Ascension, the eighth solo studio album from singer, songwriter and composer Sufjan Stevens—and the long awaited follow-up to Carrie & Lowell—is set for release September 25 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. “America,” the album’s debut single, is out now alongside a video filmed by Sufjan—stream “America” and pre-order the album –
GUCCI MANE ANNOUNCES THE NEW 1017 LABEL AND RELEASES ‘GUCCI MANE PRESENTS: SO ICY SUMMER’
GRAMMY nominated multi-platinum superstar Gucci Mane has officially announced the partnership of The New 1017 label and Atlantic Records, along with today’s release of his eagerly awaited new compilation mixtape. GUCCI MANE PRESENTS: SO ICY SUMMER is streaming now at all DSPs –
Legendary composer/director John Carpenter has returned with his first non-soundtrack music since 2016’s Lost Themes II. Collaborating again with son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies, his bandmates and co-composers for the David Gordon Green-directed Halloween films, Carpenter has shared the propulsive new single “Skeleton” and its B-side, the haunting “Unclean Spirit.” Both songs are available digitally now and will be released as a deluxe limited-edition 12″ with art by Chris Bilheimer on August 28. The sessions for these songs saw the trio shifting their focus from scoring for the screen and engaging a totally different creative muscle.
Father-Son Country Duo FOLKS LIKE THEM Releases Lyric Video for”Life Worth Livin'” Out Now!
Vermont-based Father-Son Country duo, Folks Like Them, share their lyric video for their single “Life Worth Livin”. Highlighting the importance of living your truest life, the video filled with moving imagery reminds us all of the importance of living a compassionate lifestyle.
Alternative rock musician, Zachary Kibbee, dropped two new captivating bluesy garage rock-influenced singles, “Somewhere To Put My Gold” and “Come Back,” from his upcoming album Life In Low Fidelity, due out July 31st. In addition, Kibbee released an emotionally soothing bonus track, “Stay With You” which features fellow Los Angeles artist and NBC’s The Voice contestant, Jessica Childress. The song is currently featured in a commercial for the Charleston Animal Society. “Somewhere To Put My Gold / Come Back (Split)” is available exclusively on Bandcamp.
Monte Luna Premiere Ep Via CVLT Nation Live Stream
Monte Luna says: This video is our take on the Cvlt Nation live streams as well as the streams everyone is doing, we’ve seen some good streams and some bad streams.We decided to go all “live at Pompeii” on it! We have been fortunate to quarantine as a band, and we miss seeing you all, we wanted to send off a broadcast into deep space, we hope you received this transmission well Earthlings! sit back, smoke up, drop some lsd and enjoy…your eyes are dazed and heavy..
DOG DAY RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM, PRESENT…debut single, “Hell on Earth,” streaming now
As the opening count in and fuzzed-out bass congeal, “Hell on Earth” wastes no time
plunging the listener right back into the Halifax-based band’s heralded “shoegaze-stricken lo-fi indie-pop” (The Toronto Star). A chiming guitar hook melds seemlessly with airy synths, setting a summer-y tone for the track from the jump. But beneath the sheen, carefully Dog Day frames their longstanding penchant for somber themes and wistful warnings: “Tomorrow morning we’re gonna face hell on earth / Let them do their worst / When tomorrrow dawns it won’t matter where you went wrong / We’ll all share the burn.”
THE FRONT BOTTOMS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘IN SICKNESS & IN FLAMES’
The Front Bottoms have announced details of their widely anticipated new album, In Sickness & In Flames [tracklist below]. The twelve-song collection, which was produced by Mike Sapone, follows the band’s acclaimed 2017 LP Going Grey and is set to arrive August 21st via Fueled By Ramen [album art / tracklist below]. The duo of Brian Sella and Mathew Uychich have also shared “montgomery forever,” a brand-new track off the forthcoming LP, which is available today on all streaming platforms and joined by an official music video directed by longtime collaborator Mark Jaworski.
Ben Kweller observes our country’s divide with new song, “American Cigarettes”
With turmoil all around and COVID-19 on the rise again, beloved songsmith, Ben Kweller, sticks his guitar neck out to comment on a growing divide he sees in the US. “American Cigarettes” is a metaphoric tale of one person yearning to keep an old love alive while the other is ready to walk out the door.
“It doesn’t take long,” Kweller says, “Flipping through the TV or social media, to realize that this is us right now as a country – we’ve been brought to our knees by a dual pandemic. Innocent people are dying each day from a micro bug called COVID and being brutalized by a macro bug called RACISM. With so much at stake, how can it be that we seem to have zero things in common? Instead of focusing on solutions that heal, we shout at each other and claim bad faith. How do we survive when two of our country’s most basic promises – safety and equality – have become politicized into us versus them?”
LISTEN TO "AMERICAN CIGARETTES" With turmoil all around and COVID-19 on the rise again, beloved songsmith, Ben Kweller,…
TIME THIEVES RELEASE STRIKING NEW ALT-POWER-POP ALBUM, “SPACE,” TODAY!
TIME THIEVES are Annie (This is My Fist/Ambition Mission), Jonathan (Brickfight), Lilly (Chicken Happen), Mike (Sass Dragons/Rad Payoff), and Tim (Horrible Things/Hospital Job). The band is a collective of people who in their “regular” bands get angular, dissonant, and angry and PBR-soaked or whatever, but with TIME THIEVES just craft perfect power pop songs that simultaneously seem as if you’ve both heard them before and never experienced anything like them. Huge hooks, sweet keyboard licks, a rock solid rhythm section, and killer vocal harmonies: TIME THIEVES have crafted the perfect album for the summer.
Nick Sumner and The Assistance Release New Single “Look Out Below”
New York-based rock trio Nick Sumner and The Assistance have released their new single “Look Out Below,” available on all digital platforms NOW. Despite delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band is excited to share the single, and offer a refreshing, modernized version of their genre. The powerful rock track makes for an incredibly passionate release; containing elements of 90’s rock and influence from their home city, “Look Out Below” solidifies the trio’s collective identity. Written in the vein of a mantra to be repeated, “Look Out Below” is sure to be a summer rock powerhouse.
TORY LANEZ AND KEVIN GATES TEAM UP TO RELEASE SECOND TRACK “CONVERTIBLE BURT”
The mixtape is a star-studded project heralding the next chapter in the Fast & Furious franchise, one of the most popular motion picture series of all time. F9 will open in theatres worldwide in April 2021, and an official soundtrack companion will also arrive via Atlantic that same month.
VANTAVOID (CRANKTHATFRANK + MAKEOUT) DEBUT NEW SINGLE “OUTCAST”
The metal outfit, VantaVoid, comprised of Frank Gioia (CrankThatFrank) and Tyler Young (Makeout), have released their first single “Outcast.” This marks the first time the duo has released a song under the name VantaVoid, since previously working together and releasing a track for CrankThatFrank titled “Drowining” in July 2019.
JASON DERULO DIALS UP THE HEAT WITH HIS REVIVAL OF PURI X JHORRMOUNTAIN’S ‘COÑO’
The irresistible club track from 2017 was a Dutch, Hip-Hop, collaborative masterpiece between Puri, Jhorrmountain, and Adje. Now, American powerhouse artist Jason Derulo energizes ‘Coño’ for 2020 with a playful twist, out now on Big Beat Records/Spinnin’ Records.
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 1.5 million views in a matter of weeks.
Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne celebrates the 5th anniversary of the Free Weezy Album (FWA) by releasing the project on all digital streaming platforms. Released via Young Money Records/Republic Records, the album features the bonus track, “We Livin’ Like That.” Wayne’s 11th studio effort was previously only on TIDAL.
Galya Bisengalieva’s video “Barsa-Kelmes” out now
The shrinking of the Aral Sea has been called one of the worst environmental disasters on the planet. Situated in Central Asia, it was once the fourth largest lake in the world. But the rivers that fed the Aral were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects from the 1960s. It has been disappearing ever since. “It was important to me that this was made by somebody, who, like myself, grew up with the story of this disaster, as well as visiting the area and experiencing the devastation first hand,” says Bisengalieva. “I felt that making a music video was important to convey the horror of the Aral disaster, as it’s not well documented in the West.”
“America” is a protest song written at 5A.M. at the beginning of Trump’s Presidency. Even though the song pre-dates the widespread conversation about race and police brutality taking place in 2020, its messages ring out like a premonition of the united rage that was on the horizon. “Given the current climate this song just felt like the only acceptable type of music to be released at the moment. While everyone calls this place the land of the free, I wanted to shed some light on the truth about America,” notes JRM.
All Them Witches will return with Nothing as the Ideal on September 4th, 2020 via New West Records. The 8-song set was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in the legendary Studio Two (home to landmark recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and more). It was produced by the band and Mikey Allred (producer of their 2015 New West debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker). Nothing as the Ideal is the follow up to All Them Witches’ acclaimed 2018 ATW LP and last year’s standalone single “1X1.” Unremittingly forward-looking, the new album is their most experimental work to date. Tape loops coincide with unplugged minimalism. It’s their heaviest album marked by their broadest atmospheres, intimate and pummeling. Nothing as the Ideal is also their first full length album as a paired down trio, their smallest iteration as a band.
With a creative peak that continues to shoot skyward, On Sunset features ten classic yet modern Paul Weller songs. On Sunset is a soul album. At the same time, it’s also an electronic album, an orchestral album, an album packed with masterly pop songs and heart-tugging ballads, and an album filled with touches of experimentalism. It’s also an album that sees Weller taking a rare glance into the rear-view mirror as he speeds into the 2020s. As ever, Weller retains a rigorous forward-looking focus when it comes to seeking out the best contemporary sounds and music, but lyrically, Weller – back on his old home, Polydor Records for the first time since the Style Council days – is also starting to look back on the past with the insight of age and experience.
Ghetto Kumbé Share “Tambó” Via FLOOD | Debut LP Out July 31st Via ZZK Records
The Colombian threesome Ghetto Kumbé have released “Tambó”, a blend of melancholy, longing and healing ritual, the last single to be released from their debut album out at the end of July on ZZK Records. The track was premiered exclusively via FLOOD Magazine. With the release of “Tambó” Ghetto Kumbé shared two videos to accompany it an animated version and quarantine version.
DANGER INCORPORATED RELEASE THEIR EP “WORKING ON DANGER” OUT NOW VIA AWFUL RECORDS/RCA RECORDS
The duo, made up of Boothlord and Louie Duffelbags, was featured as a Pigeons & Planes “Best New Artist Of the Month” for December where they describe, “Danger Incorporated’s dreary, unpredictable, grunge-meets-hip-hop style is perfect for right now, and the guys are ready to take it to a broader audience.” Describing them further, Lyrical Lemonade explains, “the group has developed masterful cohesivity in all facets of their creative output, whether sonically, visually, or aesthetically — all of which orbit around the odd, devious world of what it means to be a ‘Danger Boy.’”
Joel first broke through last summer with ‘Sorry’ – a thumping re-work of Monsta Boy’s UKG classic of the same name – which spent 10 weeks in the UK Top 10, peaking at #6, and broke Shazam’s all-time daily record in the UK after receiving over 41,000 tags in one 24-hour period last July.
Massachusetts Own Stewie Grey Re-Releases “Out The Shadows” LP
Stewie Grey, formerly known as Greyhound, is a rapper from Massachusetts with a unique talent for melodies and speedy flows. Born and raised in suburban Belmont, he developed a fascination for punk music in the 6th grade, then picked up bass at 11 years old, and eventually developed an interest in Hip Hop through Eminem, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Mac Miller, and many others. Stewie then had a rough few years as a teenager where he used and abused drugs until getting sober at 19. Now with over 3 years clean, he channels recovery through his music. Since then he started to develop a buzz through doing local shows in New England and collaborated with Kyle Bent, Ren Thomas, Aristotle Jones, Hero the Emcee, and Yung Steen.
Peel Dream Magazine releases surprise new EP for Bandcamp day
NYC’s Peel Dream Magazine dazzled listeners with their recent release Agitprop Alterna, a smart album that draws from a wide set of post-punk, shoegaze and indiepop influences but still has an assured, unique sound. Now they’re following up with Moral Panics, a companion EP that features unreleased songs from the Agitprop Alterna sessions. Far from being outtakes, these are all songs that stand strong on their own, and gathered together function as a useful corollary to the album.