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Josh Kelley Releases “Oh My She’s Fine”

Josh Kelley’s new single, “Oh My She’s Fine,” out today, is a product of current times: Kelley began writing the single on his own, and later, unintentionally, turned it into a family project.

“‘Oh My She’s Fine’ started with me creating an ‘island groove’ in my quarantine studio in the mountains of Utah,” Kelley says of the song. “After a break for family movie night, my kids wanted to sound like ‘Trolls World Tour.’ So, upstairs to the studio, we went! I put headphones on all three kids and they each took turns singing through an auto-tune plugin that made their voices sound like Guy Diamond. They loved it.”

Body Count Releases Animated Music Video For “Thee Critical Beatdown”

LA’s BODY COUNT release a music video for the hard-hitting track “Thee Critical Beatdown” from their highly acclaimed recent full-length album Carnivore. The animation work was done by Tommy The Animator, who previously created the music video for “The Ski Mask Way” off Body Count’s previous release Bloodlust (2017).

Pop Evil debuts animated music video for “Work”

Michigan’s own, POP EVIL, debuted the music video for their newest hit single “Work” that was released earlier this spring in the midst of uncertain times. The track arrived alongside “Let The Chaos Reign”, one of the heaviest songs the band has released yet, while “Work” counterbalanced it with driving guitars atop a grooving rhythm with electronic flourishes. The new animated video brings “Work” to life, tackling the angst and emotions of being stuck in a rut, the monotony of daily life juxtaposed with constant communication as technology is fused with all parts of life. As heard this summer in ESPN’s UFC promotions, “Work” has jumped into the Top 10 Active Rock songs at US radio charts, tying for the band’s fastest Top 10 hit yet.

MAD MAX Releases New Single “Talk to the Moon”

German Hard Rock band MAD MAX will release their new digital single today. The song “Talk To The Moon” is taken from the forthcoming album “Stormchild Rising”.

Colter Wall Drops “Cowpoke,”

Swift Current, Saskatchewan – Colter Wall fans have long adored the lonesome sound of his live versions of “Cowpoke,” the Stan Jones classic cowboy tune. The big sky sound continues with Wall’s full-band studio version of “Cowpoke” off of his upcoming, self-produced album, Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs.


J Álvarez sigue arrasando con la serie “El Jonson”, y como costumbre, hoy viernes, lanza otro tema de este proyecto “Me Tienes Mal” Remastered. La canción es la #16 de la serie y es un tema bailable producido por Eliot Feliciano “El Mago de Oz” X Trobi, escrita por J. Alvarez junto a Joel L. Vasquez, bajo la disquera del artista “On Top Of The World Music”. La canción se trata de una mujer que “lo tiene mal”, le dice que ella no se tiene que enamorar pero el quiere hacerla vibrar.


Isaiah wrote ‘Know Me Better’ alongside award winning Sydney-based duo DNA (Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Delta Goodrem, Mitch James) who also produced the track. Isaiah’s mature vocal perfectly accompanies the message of the song; “This song actually means a lot to me because I finally feel like I’m starting to know myself better and I am heading in the direction I want to with my music” says Isaiah. “I’ve been in the studio a lot over the last three years and have experimented with lots of styles but ‘Know Me Better’ is a song that I’m really proud to release. I love the song, I love the production and I just can’t wait to be able to show people this song!!”

Indie-Pop Duo Fly By Midnight Reveal Breathtaking Music Video For Their Latest Single “Lost Without You” Feat. Clara Mae

Indie-Pop sensation Fly By Midnight return with a heartfelt new music video for their single ‘Lost Without You’ out Friday, July 24th via Snafu Records. Featuring the emotive vocals of Swedish pop artist Clara Mae, ‘Lost Without You’ depicts a relationship that has grown apart, but still longs to be connected. The music video follows the single release that hit over 60K plays and counting just two days after its release.

Bear Grillz Drops Fiery “Ground Zero” EP

Across 4 hard-hitting cuts, Bear Grillz conjures an array of thundering bass on his Ground Zero EP. Continuing his propensity for collaboration, Bear Grillz invites rapper Atarii to join him on several tracks, including the chaotic intro cut “Vision.”

“I’m pretty excited to have worked with up and comer Atarii throughout Ground Zero. Back in March, during the first lockdown, I got together with him and he made a few vocals for me and a couple pre-drop samples. I ended up using them all. One of my favorites is Vision, which is just a 128BPM smasher and he murdered the rap.” – Bear Grillz


Atlantic Records and Geaux Uptown Records are proud to announce the signing of phenomenally talented singer-songwriter Jamie Miller, alongside the arrival of his debut single “City That Never Sleeps” – available now with a soaring Evan Hara-directed visual companion. Penned/produced by GRAMMY-nominated MNEK (Beyoncé, Dua Lipa), Noise Club (Liam Payne, Zedd) & Asia Whitacre (Hailee Steinfeld, 5 Seconds of Summer), “City That Never Sleeps” marks Miller’s first original song release, following widespread viral acclaim for his vocally stunning cover videos.

Indie Folk Project Byland Drops Single and Reflects on Decade-Long Soul-Searching Journey via Audiofemme

Byland states, “Believe” is about my struggle with insecurity, and realizing how much weight I often put into the opinions of others. The line, “if you believe in me, maybe I won’t have to” is an expression of self-satire, written with the hope of causing listeners to pause and evaluate their own aptitude for self-doubt. It’s easy to hide behind other people’s opinions, talents and ideas, because then we don’t have to actually do the hard work of refining our skills, forming our own beliefs or trusting ourselves.”


Chloe Moriondo has shared “Kindergarten (BUNT. Remix),” which is available now on all DSPs. The German duo have reimagined the Spirit Orb EP single, pitching up Moriondo’s soft vocals and adding their signature folk-house twist to the ukulele tune.

August Brodie Shares New Single “Playing For Keeps” | Listen Now

Ontario based genre-bending artist August Brodie has excitedly shared his new single “Playing For Keeps” today, making it the fifth offering from the artist this year. Set to a soundtrack of alternative rock blending with pop influences, “Playing For Keeps” depicts the stage at the end of a volatile relationship when it becomes too toxic to maintain.


Branded a “force” by Complex, Amir Obè grew up the son of a father with a PhD in education and a pianist mother. Amir was ready to give up music four years ago when he decided to pour his heart into one final mixtape project: Detrooklyn, named in honor of the two cities that raised him, was the critically acclaimed result. Fellow Detroit native Big Sean called.

Thomas Bartlett/Doveman’s solo piano nocturnes album out today

Today, acclaimed pianist/producer Thomas Bartlett releases his extraordinary debut solo album, SHELTER, via Modern Recordings/BMG. SHELTER is a collection of eight disarmingly beautiful piano nocturnes named after types of roses that was recorded in Bartlett’s home over two days following the beginning of lockdown. The album was written as a love letter to his partner, British actress and singer Ella Hunt, as well as to New York City itself, his home for 21 years.

Eclipsica Release “Beer Never Broke My Heart” Video + Cover from Luke Bryan

The band, featuring members Danny Stone-Vocals, Marky Midnite-Drums, Roc Perez-Bass, Vik Sunday-Guitar, Adam Garret- Guitar hailing from Orange County, California and quickly exploded on to the scene. In early 2020, joining CB Entertainment for representation and supporting numerous nationals surrounding Los Angeles. Pre-pandemic, Eclipsica was headed on a two-week United States tour with a stop performing at the famed EarthDay Birthday Music Festival in Orlando, Florida. Slated to take place this past April with acts like Shinedown, Fozzy, New Year’s Day, and more- it’s been rescheduled for 2021 and will still see Eclipsica performing!


Alternative folk-rock duo Illiterate Light declares “Thank You Too!” – releasing a high-energy live cover of the iconic My Morning Jacket track, recorded during a sold-out show at legendary Nashville venue The Basement East.

Gregory Uhlmann’s most fulfilling project to date

The singer-songwriter and guitarist Gregory Uhlmann, a member of Perfume Genius, Fell Runner and the genre-bending improvising trio Typical Sisters, has in the past found loveliness in dark places. His acclaimed solo album of 2016, Odd Job (Dog Legs Music), blended “lush, hypnotic, minimalist chamber-pop with compelling, introspective folk melancholy,” per the Big Takeover. The Chicago Reader had equally high praise for Uhlmann’s “tender singer-songwriter album,” a collection of “beautiful melodies with somber, baroque arrangements.”

Thin Lear isolates in ‘Wooden Cave’

Indie singer-songwriter Thin Lear shares his debut full-length album Wooden Cave on EggHunt Records. NPR featured Thin Lear on today’s New Music Friday and the album received a 9/10 review from PopMatters, who called it “one of the best, if not the best album of this year,” praising Thin Lear’s “chamber pop perfection of the highest order.”

Ryan Miller – Track: The Shape of Water

Nashville based Ryan Miller emerged in 2019 with his evocative and electric debut single, “Would You Come.” A deeper introduction to Miller comes later in the summer of 2020 with the release of his newest song, “The Shape of Water.”

“The Shape of Water” is a pop / folk pop song about finding oneself in the face of demons. It’s about seeing beauty in the uncertainties we too often see as scary, and leaning on friends in our toughest times.

ECONOLINE CRUSH Premiere Official Lyric Video For Single “Get Out of the Way” on Revolvermag.com

“We felt this song was the perfect track to kick open the doors and announce to the world that the band is back. Unfortunately as we began work on this recording the COVID pandemic started. The song took on a life of its own as we saw it as a battle cry for front line workers. “Get us the equipment and gear we need and Get Out of The Way and we’ll take care of business” says Trevor Hurst.

Dawson Gamble – “Get Myself Over You”

It’s funny to me, the process of getting over somewhere. No matter what you’re doing during your day, there’s this one person who thoughts fall back to. It drove me crazy that no distraction was enough to stop thinking about her, even knowing in the back of my mind she’s not the one. Chasing her for the sole reason that she wasn’t into me.

Artist: Rebel Kicks – Track: Way Out

Rebel Kicks is an indie Rock band based out of New York City. They are made up of two brothers who both write, sing, and play all of their own music. Their first album, A Portrait of Man: Part I, is coming out August 14th, 2020.

Chevel Shepherd Releases Visceral New Song “The Letter” + Debut Music Video

“I immediately fell in love with this song as even though there’s sadness, there’s hope. I remember turning up the volume in the car and listening to it with my mom and both of us crying and in that moment we knew if we felt this way, there are so many families that may need this message in the face of grief,” remarks Shepherd. “Finishing the song with ‘Keep looking up’ is a reminder that no matter what you are going through, remember there’s someone there by your side.”

CATHOLIC GUILT (Melbourne, AUS) Debut New Single/Music Video “A Boutique Affair”

Of the new single, vocalist Brenton Harris tells PopMatters, “The older we get, the harder it seems to be to make new friends, and the harder it seems to be to maintain older friendships. Neither phenomenon is necessarily anyone’s fault. It is likely a byproduct of aging, in that as careers, children, and other interests occupy our time, it becomes hard to keep in touch with old friends, especially those who are at a different stage of their life to you. While the lack of free time and avenues for social connection means it is less likely, we’ll find ways to make new friends.”

For Skope: Cityzen’s brand new fusion of UK-garage/tech-house “U Need More” out now on CYB3RPVNK

Cityzen is back with another brand new, party-ready track “U Need More,” out now on R3HAB’s CYB3RPVNK label. True to form, the mysterious bespectacled producer delivers a kick-drum focused, tech-house influenced track complemented by groovy, deep synths and distorted vocals. The result is slightly reminiscent of ZHU with a grimier edge, suited to getting down in dark basements (even if it’s just your own) or simply grooving to with the lights off. “U Need More” falls in line with Cityzen’s recent tracks “Party Instruction” and “Watch Me,” all of which feature dark house sounds and driving basslines. Press play on this new sonic gem and let Cityzen blast away your quarantine blues!

Beth Keeping – “Cool Kids”

Beth Keeping is a singer/songwriter from Surrey, UK. Drawing influences from both traditional country storytelling and modern pop music, Keeping delivers a fresh and modern sound of what she calls “pop stories”. Creating songs that speak about real situations, her honest lyrical approach and emotive vocals have been garnering attention from fans and critics across the globe.

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