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Breantonia x Jak keep up the Summer vibes with their “EXPOSURE” Lyric video

Merging the soulful, angelic harmonies of Breantonia’s vocal range and the Summer inducing, woozy R&B tones of Jak’s creative flair, it’s an instant seasonal playlist addition. Coming through with a creative, film-inspired lyric video, “Exposure” is the leading single to their forthcoming project . The duo stand firm in their unique creativity as emerging artists in the scene, it’s an exciting time for the pair.

Theatrical Metal Act RAVEN BLACK Reveals Poignant New Video for “Hear Me Cry”

“‘Hear Me Cry’ is about the chaotic and deeply disturbing thoughts when I once attempted suicide,” Raven explains. “The inner battle of wanting to give up and yet wanting to fight and change your own life. The personal psychosis and finally calling out for help, which ultimately saved my life. This song hopefully inspires those who struggle with suicidal thoughts to speak up and seek help. Someone is always ready to help. Suicide is not the answer. You can change your life and you can survive.”

Allegra Krieger Shares New Single “Forgot” From Upcoming Album ‘The Joys of Forgetting’ Out 8/7 via Northern Spy

Today, Brooklyn singer/songwriter Allegra Kreiger shared her new single “Forgot” from her upcoming album, The Joys of Forgetting, releasing August 7th, 2020 with Northern Spy Records. On the track, Krieger explains: “‘Forgot’ is the realization of losing one’s self in a relationship, and becoming completely beholden to the will of another.” Building from softly strummed guitars to a crescendo of distortion, Allegra discovers that in her effort to please, she “forgot” all about herself. One of the most sophisticated tracks on Krieger’s upcoming LP, “Forgot” represents Allegra at the peak of her creativity. Listen to the track here.

San Cisco Announce New Album; Share Video For “Messages”

Today, San Cisco announce their new album, Between You and Me, will be released on September 4, 2020. It is the fourth album by the indie trio from Fremantle in Western Australia, town of sun-baked sandstone and sea breezes. It’s an album two years and at least one sadly remembered love affair in the making. Set to an upbeat indie-pop groove on the cusp of innocence and heartbreak, this is where San Cisco lives.

Serpent Servant Slave (Feat. Jesse Smith, ex-Zao) Debuts New Single “Whatchu Doin’ Wanting More?”

“I like to leave the interpretation to the listener, but for me personally the song has dual meaning: It’s about the power of will & intention, as well as accepting the present moment and maintaining presence; whatever the situation. I wrote it at a time where I was pushing for a lot of change, but at the same time losing sight of what was already in front of me. It’s easy to forget the simple gifts of existence….our vibratory energetics craft our reality.”- Jesse Smith

Rufus Wainwright releases much anticipated album ‘Unfollow The Rules.’

Wainwright says of the song, “My Queen moment? I wouldn’t go that far, but ‘Devils and Angels (Hatred)’ is the single and I think it’s an important song. It’s about what’s going on in the world today. We’re in the midst of a “war” that has to be won and to do that requires a dog spirit, a triumphant attitude. The concept comes from an opera I saw in Italy with my mum many years ago–Gluck’s Armide, premiered merely 10 years before the French revolution. There’s an amazing scene where the main character has to summon hatred in order to save herself. She sings an aria and hatred rises. Of course, hatred isn’t great, but it’s not all negative. It is an energy required in battle. That’s my sister Martha Wainwright on backing vocals. All of my albums have a Martha moment and this song required the big guns,” as for the video he remarks, “ we shot the video on the last day before the lock down in California. I think it captures a little bit of that end of the world spirit that people felt when this happened.”

Elizabeth Cook’s “Bones” debuts today; watch the official music video

Of the video, Cook shares, “We went to New Orleans with my spacesuit, a bat and a gas mask. We trespassed all day. It’s a quarantine travelogue.”

Rich Nana Continues to Defies All Expectations With Debut Single ‘Papi Chulo’

Swiss-based Rap artist and songwriter Rich Nana releases her new summer anthem and is ready to take the world by storm with a glossy video filmed in Cuba and directed by well-acclaimed director Gils Green who has worked with the likes of Camilla Cabello, Nicky Minaj, Jason Derulo and Ne-Yo. Produced by 1212sauce and mastered by Randy Merrill (Lady Gaga, Adele, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Harry Styles) at the well-known Sterling Studios, the track has already gained traction across TikTok, going viral with an accumulative 11million views, with over 1.5k individual videos using the track. With its slick production and sexy Latino rhythm the track has inspired creators across the platform to use it for their content, bringing the soundtrack of Havana straight into your living room.

Out Now: Jimmie Allen’s “Bettie James” Star-Studded Collaboration EP

The seven-track EP – co-produced by Allen and Ash Bowers – is a musical composition of love, heartbreak, perseverance, hope and faith with six brand new songs created with a variety of hitmakers. Bettie James was inspired by and named after his late father, James Allen, and late grandmother, Bettie Snead, who passed away in September 2019 and February 2014 respectively.


Global superstar, producer and DJ Kyrre Gørvell-Dahll – a.k.a Kygo, has today released the music video for “Broken Glass” w/ international pop sensation Kim Petras. The video was directed by Griffin Stoddard –


Shot via split screen and directed by Elliot Simpson, the video features both Joel and MNEK and taps straight back into the heart-warming, feel-good message of the track itself, playing on the duality of head and heart.

Madison Olds – • Best Part of Me •

I wrote “Best Part Of Me” with that in my mind, having felt tired of pretending, and hiding bad days. I think my exact words that day were, it feels really good to just sit on the floor, cry and give into an anxiety attack.

Moscow Apartment’s ‘Better Daughter’ EP is Out Today!

Many different things inspired Better Daughter; the biggest being going back to school and living another year. Since their self-titled 2017 EP, Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla have changed as people and so has their taste in music. The duo cover some topics in this album that are more adult because, well, so are they.


Says MASN, “How To Kill A Rockstar is a collection of my biggest weaknesses and vulnerabilities put into song, a beautiful mess of my deepest fears. If you listen closely to each song you will discover a roadmap to my own destruction, my kryptonite.”


Produced by Kaiser Chiefs’ Nick Hodgson, the EP opens with the band’s Capitol Records debut single “Anything Could Happen.” The six tracks that form this project act as a timely introduction to The Academic, right as they commence their journey to take their music beyond the confines of their home country.

Joy Club remix new Marshmello & Halsey smash ‘Be Kind’

A high-energy, pitched up rework, Joy Club’s remix of ‘Be Kind’ harnesses euphoric dancefloor energy, adding forceful kick drums and euphoric drops while losing none of the emotion that makes the original so special. Released in May, ‘Be Kind’ has already amassed 124 million Spotify streams and counting.


X Lovers is a pop duo/band from Northern California. After forming their first punk band at age 10 together, London and Jacob (both 22) have been collaborating as a team since their teenage years. London, who is the vocalist and drives most of the songwriting works in conjunction with Jacob who produces all the records. After creating a highly dedicated fan base across their hometown of Nevada City and Northern California, the two best friends moved to Los Angeles, to master their craft. Citing Green Day and Kanye West as their biggest influences.

Chicago R&B/hip-hop artist Matt B delivers smooth new pop single “Deep”

Chicago R&B artist Matt B shares his new single “Deep” today. Blending R&B, hip hop, and pop, Matt B builds a captivating charm of talent. Warm, lush vocals dance over an infectious beat, building into a powerful single.


“Brooklyn is deemed as one of the roughest cities to come from. There are so many bright lights that are covered up by dark clouds, making it hard to get out of ‘Ghetto Town.’ It’s really a blessing being born and raised in Brooklyn,” says Brutini on the video.


Officially announced earlier in the week, My Morning Jacket have released their new record, The Waterfall II, an unforeseen and timely continuation of a psychic and sonic journey begun long ago. The album was massively inspired by the band’s idyllic surroundings in Stinson Beach, CA — and a sense of charmed isolation that frontman Jim James likened to “living on our own little moon.” There, the Kentucky-bred five-piece ended up creating over two dozen songs at the mountaintop studio known as Panoramic House. Though they flirted with the idea of putting out what would have been a triple album, the band ultimately decided that less would be more at the time and divided the project into two halves, releasing the first segment as The Waterfall: a 2015 full-length that earned the band their third consecutive Best Alternative Rock Album Grammy Award nomination in a row (Evil Urges, Circuital, The Waterfall). The Waterfall II will be released on CD and vinyl on August 28. Pre-orders, including both standard and deluxe versions featuring 180-gram vinyl with Zoetrope labels in a gatefold foil jacket, are available now.

My Morning Jacket Releases ‘The Waterfall II’ Studio Album

NEWS: Bobby Rush returns to roots on new album ‘Rawer Than Raw,’ due out August 28

On August 28, 2020, Grammy-winning blues icon Bobby Rushwill release Rawer Than Raw, a stripped down, acoustic tribute to the rich blues history of Mississippi featuring songs from a handful of blues greats from his adopted home state.

The record, on the 86-year-old’s own Deep Rush Records label in partnership with Thirty Tigers, is a follow-up to Rush’s Grammy-nominated 2019 album Sitting on Top of the Blues, and his first project since his acclaimed cameo in last year’s Golden Globe-nominated Eddie Murphy film hit Dolemite Is My Name.

Bobby Rush Still Going Strong On “Shake It For Me”

otta Shares Video For “just like the rain”

The EP has seen her garner further praise from the likes of NME, The Guardian, i-D and more, and fulfills another leap forward musically. Direct, often cathartic lyricism meet playful beats in a sound that twists and turns around a voice that is hers and hers alone.

OUT TODAY: Gentleman’s Dub Club Drop New Video For Use Me ft. Kiko Bun On Easy Star Records

Gentleman’s Dub Club return with a new music video and release of “Use Me,” a funky reggae-infused cover of the classic Bill Withers hit. The song features vocals from UK-reggae star Kiko Bun (who has worked with Loyle Carner, Shy Fx, Chase And Status, and Ticklah, among many others). The video premiering via Clash Music is a pitch-perfect take on Withers’ well-known live performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test from 1972.


On the track, funky clean guitar curls around a propulsive bounce, as her voice captivates during the verses. It builds towards an upbeat and undeniable chorus, as her powerhouse vocals take center stage with throwback energy and dynamic spirit. Be on the lookout for the music video very soon.

Ross Ellis Releases Heartfelt New Song, ‘Love Blind’

Sony Music Nashville recording artist Ross Ellis, known for penning hits for country music superstars such as Tim McGraw’s “Neon Church,” released the heartfelt new song “Love Blind” today. Listen HERE. The track, which was inspired by his romance with long-time girlfriend, Brittany, follows recent additions to his catalog including breakthrough song and No. 1 on SiriusXM’s The Highway, “Buy and Buy,” as well as recent fan-favorite and his first release with Sony Music Nashville, “Home To Me.”

Out today: Debut from vintage-inspired pop-rock artist, Eddy Lee Ryder

Eddy Lee Ryder has released her debut EP, Expected to Fly. A ready and willing mistress of everything from murder ballads to love songs and upbeat party tunes, Ryder’s intricate storytelling twists and turns over staccato electric guitars, moody piano, and center-stage drums that nod to the extravagance of the ’80s.

Flipp Dinero Releases NEW Music Video for “Rich Today” Out Now!


Released via Maroney’s Carnival EP (2018), the track has recently gained traction, garnering over half a million streams a week and bringing the Knoxville-native’s catalog up over 40 million global streams – all prior to the release of a debut album.

MAKEOUT Release Urgent and Infectious First Single with New Vocalist Kyle Dee and Bassist AJ Khah (Sleep On It)

Pop-punk phenoms Makeout, have debuted “Home” their first single with new frontman Kyle Dee (formerly a Season 11 American Idol contestant, and lead singer of Chicago mainstays, The Frantic) and bassist AJ Khah (who was previously a member of Sleep On It). Dee and Khah join founding members Tyler Young (Lead Guitar) and Scott Eckel (Drums) for a more mature sounding yet still super melodic new version of MAKEOUT which should make longtime fans super stoked.

AVOID Release Raucous Music Video for New Single “Flashbang!”

Seattle, WA rockers AVOID have dropped a new single from their yet to be announced upcoming studio record. The track, titled “Flashbang!”, is an unapologetic rager that evokes memories of house shows and young artists hungry to make their mark. Fans can check out the raucous music video for the track by clicking on the image found below.

Alt Rock Artist, Rob Clores, Releases New Single and Announces Debut EP

Split Second Meltdown is the brainchild of NYC based keyboardist and composer, Rob Clores, who has spent the better part of his career performing and recording with a host of well known artists including Jesse Malin (D-Generation), The Black Crowes, Colin Hay (Men at Work) and Alejandro Escovedo, among many others.


At the start of 2017, Evan Thomas Weiss wasn’t sure that he would make Figure, his long-awaited fourth full-length record under namesake Into It. Over It. But built slowly and kindly with the help of his friends, Figure became his commitment to do better and to be better.

Oceans Of Slumber Release New Single and Video for “The Adorned Fathomless Creation”

“Violence, revenge, retribution, repeat. The adorned fathomless creation that is humanity, that is society, that is each of us. Warped and blinded by this eye for an eye mentality, we stumble along the path of this insidious and cyclical nature of violence and pain. Hate begets more hate. Fear a contagion. Compassion a lost art of emotional bending. Outcry, anger, rage, repeat. We long for the gentle embrace of compassion, hope to be soothed by a love that is no where to be found. So the machine churns, spewing smoke along a degenerative wasteland. Victim, valor, vengeance, repeat. Our only hope is to remember that among ourselves is an ability to connect, an ability to heal, an ability to grow. To break the machine and free ourselves from its corrosive and cancerous nature. Teach, acknowledge, heal, repeat,” states Oceans Of Slumber about the track relese.

Watch this: Keith Harris Experience video for “Happy We Made It” featuring Somali sister duo FAARROW

While ‘Get It’ ft Chief Wakil and Church Boi is a stripped-down sweatbox of a dance track inspired by Chicago’s underground footwork scene, the wistful pop song ‘Happy We Made It’ pivots into a more introspective territory, with a heartfelt performance by Somali sister duo FAARROW, whose immigrant experience colors the track with an irrepressible sense of hope and uplift.

Oscar Lang Releases New Single “Apple Juice”

“Apple Juice” continues Oscar’s shift from lo-fi, anti-folk bedroom pop towards a more warped and shimmering slacker-rock sound, fueled by wobbly synths and jangly guitars. Almost mirroring Lang’s eccentric but charismatic personality, his music practically contradicts itself, balancing experimental mischief with a delicate and deliberately focused on the euphoric aspects of normal, everyday life. Lang isn’t writing about wanderlust. He’s creating three and half minute short stories that bend old ideas into new shapes through the lens of breezy, psychedelic rock.


“Mister Mister” is a song about addiction that was inspired by a loved ones’ harrowing battle with the disease. “This person never got to hear it, but I want this song to help someone who might be struggling to not let the monster inside win,” Mishaal says.

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