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VARG Releases Title Track from Upcoming Album “Zeichen”

The wolves of VARG return to their roots with their seventh full-length album, Zeichen (engl. “signs”), to be released on September 18, 2020 via Napalm Records. The album marks a new era of the wolves haunted by wild battles, death and bloodlust – a resurrection from the fields of Pagan Metal, pairing razor-sharp melodic death riffs with Freki’s furious vocals. Forget anything you have seen or heard about them in the past few years and embrace the new album as a reboot of a band that never ceased to evolve and has gotten rid of everything superfluous.

Ron Hawkins and The Do Good Assassins – New video for Teenage Insurrection right here!

My self-produced track, “Teenage Insurrection,” is a call to every human to tap into that insurrectionary energy we had access to as 16 year olds. To put a shoulder to the wheel and do positive things in our lives.

Single: Big Lo – Water

“Water” is Big Lo’s third single from his forthcoming album, “Spaceboi”.

This is one of Big Lo’s most personal records of his career, focusing on trying to be a good father while leaving behind a life of vice.

PIG DESTROYER: Announce The Octagonal Stairway EP Coming August 28th; Share “The Cavalry” Music Video

PIG DESTROYER return with their new EP, The Octagonal Stairway, coming August 28th! A blistering dose of grindcore, harsh noise, and industrial swagger, The Octagonal Stairway features 6 crushing tracks from the legendary band, B-side noise tracks, and a special appearance from Iggor Cavalera!

Out Today: Shamir video + album announce

Following the crazy success of pop quarantine anthem “On My Own,” today Shamir announced the title & release date of his upcoming album – Shamir out October 2.

It reimagines 90’s Pop & Rock for the modern world (with some tracks produced by Kyle Pulley – Hop Along, Diet Cig, Adult Mom, Kississippi), in what Shamir alludes to as his most accessible album since 2015’s debut Ratchet.

California Trio, EV KAIN Share New Single, “Overpour”

To tell the tale of California’s favorite pop/new wave/prog/tropical/psych sensation EV Kain, we must rewind all the way back to a dim 80s-themed karaoke bar in San Francisco’s Japantown, many moons ago….

PREMIERE: EV Kain – “Overpour”


After exploring his mental health and panic disorder on the early 2020 EP Vulnerabilia, Chaz Cardigan takes on post-breakdown life with his bombastic new single, “Everything’s Wrong,” co-written by Julian Dente and produced by Simon Oscroft (The Aces, The Naked & Famous).

Jonathan Something (Solitaire) shares “I Tried To Lose You But I Didn’t Know How” From Cannibal House Rules LP

Jonathan Something’s forthcoming Cannibal House Rules is a dramatic left turn for an artist who in his short career has already developed a reputation for his dexterous, left-field approaches to pop music. His rapid fire flow of releases that has included numerous singles, 7 inches and two full LPs over the past two years, has seen him cycle through classic pop sounds that recall artists like Nick Lowe, Jonathan Richman, Bruce Springsteen and Todd Rundgren among many others, while maintaining a warped sensibility and crooked sense of humour that gives his songwriting a striking and unique tone.

Jonathan Something Wilds Out on the Synths in “I Tried to Lose You But I Don’t Know How” Video

Alternative Rock Band The Nomadic Release Official Music Video for 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.

Introducing… Chiminyo | Drummer from Maisha

Not sure if you’re already familiar with Chiminyo’s work, but he is a genuinely prolific member of the London jazz firmament – he is the drummer for Brownswood signees Maisha, and has also played and recorded with the likes of Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Theon Cross, Zara McFarlane, Gary Bartz and many more. However, on a solo level, whilst Chiminyo’s joint use of analogue and digital technology (he plays everything live from his kit) meaningfully honours London’s bustling scene, his own music remains ever-changing and impossible to pigeonhole crossing over into hip-hop, future pop, experimental electronic and global spheres.

Aladean Kheroufi Share New Single/Video for ‘Take A Step’

Aladean Kheroufi, the Canadian by way of Algeria multi-instrumentalist and producer is today sharing his new single, ‘Take A Step’, the first track to be lifted from his forthcoming three-track EP, Beauty Beyond Grief that is due on August 7, 2020.


Cave States is an American indie-band, formed by Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner and Todd Schnitzer. The St. Louis-based band often interweaves introspective lyrics, orchestral restraint and experimental soundscapes.

Protoje Releases “Same So”

Protoje’s leading track, produced by Sean “Ziah” Roberts and himself, is an early look at his forthcoming major label debut album, which will be available for pre-order on August 6, 2020. Since earning a nomination from the Recording Academy for Best Reggae album in 2019, fans have eagerly awaited Protoje’s highly-anticipated follow-up to A Matter of Time.

EXPANDER: “Megacorp” By Austin Thrash Faction Now Playing

“Megacorp” is the capitalist-decapitating new single from Austin, Texas thrash marauders EXPANDER. The track is a warning shot fired from their incoming second album, Neuropunk Boostergang, nearing August release through Profound Lore.

Troye Sivan Shares Official Video for “Easy”

“A story that’s still unfolding, this small collection of songs explores an emotional rollercoaster period in my life when the feelings and thoughts were most shockingly fresh,” explains Troye Sivan. “Revisiting these songs and moments is tough, but I’m proud of this music and excited to have it out in the world.”


“One of the darker, more sinister tracks from the album, ‘Break it All’ attempts to make sense of narcissistic destruction and the fallout”, explains frontman Bruce Soord. “I remember this song developed really quickly, with Gavin (Harrison) firing back new ideas that sent me off in all kinds of directions. We seem to have developed our shared musical understanding even further with this album. Sometimes I listen back and wonder where on earth it all came from.”

YUNGBLUD Premieres New Song “Strawberry Lipstick,” Video Co-Stars Jesse Jo Stark

Today, YUNGBLUD shares his explosive new song “Strawberry Lipstick” and its equally outrageous video. Released via Locomotion/Interscope Records, “Strawberry Lipstick” is the brand-new single from the British singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist’s full-length sophomore album, due out later this year.

Erin Enderlin Premieres “Fishin’ In The Dark” Video with CMT and CMT.com

Directed by Ryan Nolan and filmed in Neely’s Bend, Tenn., the video features Enderlin performing the track solo in an idyllic barn and heading out to do some fishin’ in the dark of her own with her husband.


After making his Warner Records debut in April and attracting acclaim from E! News, Idolator, Pop Sugar, and more, Joshua Bassett unveils a brand-new song with accompanying music video entitled “Anyone Else.” Not only did Joshua pen the song, he also played guitar, bass, cajón and drums on the track and notably makes his video directorial debut.


ROZES is back with a brand-new single “All Up In My Head” alongside a stunning animated visualizer today – listen now via your preferred listening service. ROZES looks inward on the track and encourages listeners – and herself – to stop overthinking and practice and embrace self-love. She says:

“When I wrote ‘All Up In My Head,’ I wanted to talk about the insecurities people face living in their own bodies. No matter how many times others tell us we’re beautiful & worthy, sometimes it’s hard to find self-love. A lot of times I wish I could see myself through the eyes of those who love me, and I know I’m not alone in that.”

(HED) P.E. Announces Twelfth Studio Album “Class of 2020”

Legendary SoCal artists (HED) P.E. have revealed details for their twelfth studio album, Class of 2020, set for release on August 21 via legendary Californian independent label Suburban Noize Records. The date also marks the 20th anniversary of the group’s breakthrough album, Broke.

(HED) P.E. Announces Twelfth Studio Album “Class of 2020”

SPOOK THE HORSES: New Noise Magazine Unveils “Cell Death”

Wellington, New Zealand-based post-metal collective SPOOK THE HORSES are pleased to unveil their video for “Cell Death.” Now playing at New Noise Magazine, the track comes off the band’s forthcoming new full-length, Empty Body, set for release August 28th via Pelagic Records.

Video Premiere: Spook the Horses – ‘Cell Death’

Crown Lands announce self-titled debut album

Today, mission-driven Canadian rock duo, Crown Lands, release their powerful new single, ‘End of The Road’ with Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. ‘End of The Road’ pays tribute to the Indigenous womxn, girls, and two-spirits who have gone missing or have been murdered on Yellowhead Highway 16 in British Columbia, which is referred to as the Highway of Tears.

Berklee’s Songs for Songs for Social Change Contest

This year, Berklee’s Songs for Songs for Social Change Contest received 90 submissions of original songs from students around the world, including Australia, England, Hong Kong, India, Macedonia, Norway, Qatar, Singapore, and Spain. The contest, which has been held annually for more than 10 years, encourages Berklee students to write songs expressing their convictions about social issues and promoting positive social change.

Gayathri Karunakar Menon won first place for her song “Privilege to Dream,” about growing up in Qatar as an immigrant from India. Second place was awarded to Australian Alexandra Riordan for her song about experience with sexual assault. Third place resulted in a tie, with awards to songwriting major Samuel Foster for “Ghost on the Sidewalk,” and Madison Simpson for “Quilt Too Big to Fold,” dedicated to the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Ed Harcourt Shares New Track “Drowning In Dreams”

Today Ed Harcourt has announced details of Monochrome To Colour, his ninth studio album that will be released on Friday, September 18th 2020 on Point Of Departure, his second release for the label following 2018’s Beyond The End.


Careful arrives hot on the heels of recent single Strong Friend, a mental health awareness track which picked up support from the likes of Wonderland Magazine, Ones To Watch and was playlisted on Spotify New Music Friday, Alternative R&B, Anti-Pop and more. Stepping into 2020 in rare fashion, Teezo Touchdown has announced himself as a sure-fire artist to keep an eye on.

Guerrilla Ghost Release “Algorithm Nation” Feat. Kool Keith

Milwaukee hip hop duo Guerrilla Ghost have spent the last few months preparing audiences for the release of their sophomore album, We Get What We Deserve. The album’s previous two singles served as an apt introduction for listeners both new and old, giving them a solid overview into what it has to offer. The final single, “Algorithm Nation 1814” shows the group’s love of collaboration taken to new highs, employing the lyrical abilities of one of hip hop’s most iconic figures, Kool Keith.

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