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Check Out ABOVE SNAKES Ominous Active-Rock “Adrenaline” Visualizer

Boston, MA based hard rock band ABOVE SNAKES releases visualizer which gives the first glimpse into the filthy, ego-driven wasteland that gave birth to their first single, “Adrenaline.” Produced by Kile Odell (Fozzy, Through Fire, Motionless in White), “Adrenaline” is the introduction to the band’s debut EP, rumored for a 2021 release.

“‘Adrenaline’ is a heavy, catchy track that gets you amped up,” says singer Johnny Skulls, through a puff of smoke.


Says Kris, “This Channel Tres remix is a refreshing down tempo take on my feel-good type song. I’m happy this version is different enough for me to be excited about listening to this song again, after hearing the original so many times over the past year. Channel Tres is super talented and I hope the world enjoys this remix as much as I do.”


Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed’s new single “Us (How Sweet It Was)” with Jim James & Duendita out TODAY

Ricky Reed debuts “Us (How Sweet It Was)” with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Duendita today, the latest track from the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum producer and songwriter’s forthcoming debut album The Room—due August 28 via his own Nice Life Recording Company. The video features the true story of an offshore sailor tasked with delivering a boat across the Atlantic at the outset of the pandemic. Reed notes, “Like most people I was in a rough spot in March and April of this year. I asked the public to share stories of disconnection, to feel less alone. This one showed up in my inbox one day. It’s her words, her voice, her videos.”

Jerry Joseph, with Drive-By Truckers, Releases Political Rant “Sugar Smacks”

Jerry Joseph releases “Sugar Smacks”, a musical rant on the state of the world, a raw blast of emotion accompanied by a dizzying cinematic video, filled with footage from the global wanderer’s many travels over the years. The montage includes images of Joseph’s tours to Lebanon, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Israel, New Zealand, trips with his non-profit Nomad Music Foundation to Kurdish Iraq and Afghanistan and travels to Mumbai, Brazil and many more.

Eli Winter Releases the Joyous “Maroon” From Upcoming Album Unbecoming

About the track, Eli writes:

“When I first drafted this song four years ago I thought of it as a solo piece, but as I cycled through contrived middle sections to find one that felt my own, I realized it needed a group. Enter Tyler, Cameron and Sam, who have developed singular approaches to their instruments largely through different contexts of improvising: Tyler through freely improvised music, Cameron through deep study of bluegrass, oldtime and adjacent traditions, and Sam through experimental theatre. By chance, when we recorded the song, Sam, Tyler and I had never played it as a group, and Cameron had agreed to record from Houston after the fact, each working on scant instruction amounting to “do what feels right.” The result, I think, is a song fluid and tightly structured, one where each note is in service to the one before it, one whose distinct instrumental layers merge into an evocative whole.”


Today, Chicago’s own Famous Dex releases a new single and music video for his song “Couped Out” ft. New York rap savant Fivio Foreign. Both rappers, hailing from cities at the forefront of the drill movement, join forces for the explosive track produced by SethInTheKitchen. The music video, directed by Mills Miller, is shot against the background of New York City, with both Dex and Fivio visually embodying the energy of the song by bringing their lyrics to life.

Maxwell Stern Announces Debut Solo LP For Lauren Records and Unveils First Single

“This song is about relocating for the purpose of reinventing yourself and, upon settling into that new place, concluding that you’re still mostly the same person” says Stern of the single. “I feel like everyone’s done something like that to a certain extent. Now that I’ve been in a new city for a couple years, I’ve found that many of the things I was trying to run away from are actually things I like most about myself, my hometown, and my support network. It continues to surprise me, which is how I got the line, “There are rooms in this house that I’m still finding.”’

Carolina Story Offers Hope With “Dandelion” – Title Track Off Forthcoming Album

Today, Husband and wife duo Carolina Story share “Dandelion,” the breezy title track off their forthcoming sophomore release that drops September 4 via Black River Americana. Featuring the gorgeous harmonies of Ben and Emily Roberts, “Dandelion” is a song of tender beauty and deep pain, capturing the album’s mix of hope and despair with the formidable flower representing the enduring human spirit. The song is accompanied by a performance video shot in Nashville’s famed studio, The Smoakstack, and was featured this morning at The Boot, who praised the “uptempo and folky” song that “offers listeners a bit of hope and encouragement in a hard time.”

INVIDIA Unleashes Impactful Lyric Video for Single “The Other Side”

Las Vegas heavy metal band Invidia have released their impactful lyric video for single “The Other Side.” The song features guest vocalist Aaron Nordstrom of Gemini Syndrome.

“With everything that has gone on with recent events, I feel this song has even a stronger meaning than the day I wrote it, love prevails” says Travis Johnson.

Dre Island ft. Wyclef Jean “Justice”

In May, standout Jamaican reggae artist Dre Island released his long-awaited debut album with Now I Rise. Like many great reggae albums before it, the 13-track projects features Dre covering his country’s social climate, pride he has for being from Kingston, and love songs that serenade the masses.

Ravoshia “Fashion Killa”

Rising artist Ravoshia’s sound is a unique blend of hip-hop, pop, reggae, and soul. She has a special voice unlike any other voice out there in mainstream music. Armed with a strong confidence and unmistakable womanliness to her sound, Ravoshia is a breath of fresh air. She’s determined. She’s driven. She’s magnetic, multi-talented triple-threat force of nature. A spicy, strong-willed yet femininely soulful artist that has something to say, and leaves her audience hypnotized. Ravoshia is a beautiful music force to be reckoned with and a true entertainer at heart.


Today, J. Cole delivers 2-song pack “Lewis Street” featuring songs “The Climb Back”, produced by J. Cole and “Lion King On Ice” produced by J. Cole, T-Minus, and jetsonmade. The songs will serve as the first two songs from forthcoming album The Fall Off.

NEWS: Nils Lofgren to release live album, ‘Weathered,’ on August 21st.

In between E Street Band and Crazy Horse work, master rock singer songwriter-guitarist Nils Lofgren fit in his first tour with a full band in over 15 years. Inspired by the writing with the great Lou Reed on his last studio album, Nils knew it was time. Audience and band alike sharing their souls, gifts, spirit and energy on the tour made for a fresh, new live sound for Nils. The result is in an earthy, rockin’ album that breathes life into a world temporarily void of the excitement, energy, tenderness, and spontaneity of live music during COVID-19.

Tanzos addresses the tiring seek of approvals in new monochromatic video ‘How Do You Want Me?’

Bursting with squalling guitar harmonics, glitches and intense facial expressions, the new monochromatic visuals for ‘How Do You Want Me?’ sees Tanzos explore the emotions and pressures felt when striving for the acceptance of others.

SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE: Israeli Prog Collective Signs With Sensory Records

New Jersey-based progressive metal source Sensory Records has signed Israel’s long-running troupe SUBTERRANEAN MASQUERADE. The band has recently completed their fourth LP, Mountain Fever, which is being prepared for release in the months ahead.

Jolly Roger Records: Witchwood “A Taste of Winter”

Jolly Roger Records is proud to reveal new videoclip “A Taste of Winter” by Italian 70’s hard rockers Witchwood, taken from new album entitled “Before the Winter”, to be released in Autumn on 2 Lp, Cd, Digital formats. Further details will follow shortly. The haunted wood is coming back… meanwhile enjoy a taste of winter, on these summer days.


“Namesez is such a fun track for me, my friend R2 who produced this track is Brazilian and creates a lot of Brazilian Funk music. When we tried to mix my style of vocals over his production we were so shocked and amazed at how different this sound was. It inspired the whole idea for the song which is about breaking boundaries and not sticking to the same styles and genres.”

New > Duma > ‘Omni’ video > debut LP out 7th August on Nyege Nyege Tapes

Martin Khanja (aka Lord Spike Heart) and Sam Karugu emerge from Nairobi’s flourishing underground metal scene as former members of the bands Lust of a Dying Breed and Seeds of Datura. Together in 2019 they formed Duma (Darkness in swahili) with Sam abandoning bass for production and guitars and Lord Spike Heart providing extreme vocals to the project.

BEDSORE: Hypnagogic Hallucinations LP From Rome, Italy Death Metal Crew Streaming In Its Entirety

BEDSORE’s Hypnagogic Hallucinations is a debut album of considerable imagination and subconscious peculiarity, an uninhibited first step for a band emboldened to travel to the farthest reaches of the possible within the celestial spheres of death metal.

Another Sky Releases New Song “All Ends” – Debut Album ‘I Slept On The Floor’ out 8/7

Another Sky have released “All Ends,” taken from their upcoming debut album I Slept On The Floor, out August 7th via Missing Piece Records / Fiction. Having confidently stepped into the spotlight with their performance on Later… with Jools Holland, Another Sky has earned praise from Paste, The FADER, FLOOD Magazine, and NPR, who invited them in for a Tiny Desk Concert earlier this year to perform I Slept On The Floor album tracks “Brave Face,” “Avalanche,” and “All Ends.”

Logan Farmer Shares New Single/Video “Sorrowbirds,”

“The lyrics of ‘Sorrowbirds’ were written to address my personal bouts with depression and addiction in a straightforward, almost poppy way. The instrumentation was partially inspired by the Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy record Arise, Therefore, which heavily uses drum machine alongside skeletal guitar work. I love to play with dichotomous elements like that: cold, digital drums with emotional storytelling,” explains Farmer. “The visuals were taken from F.W. Murnau’s visionary silent film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, which is full of these really stylized and innovative tracking shots. I took a bunch of these and edited them to tell a slightly different story, one about a couple that takes a vacation to the city to rejuvenate their fading relationship, only to perish in a storm during the return voyage.”

New England’s Jay Gudda’s Dark Thoughts Take On New Meaning With “Wake Up” Single/Video

Even in his home region of New England, Jay Gudda remains an enigma. His social media presence displays disinterest. His local collaborations do not exist. His content is often brash, but undoubtedly creative and honest. Aside from a keen ability to craft bodies of work, Jay is a seasoned live performer and has rocked numerous stages along side many (many) established artists; joining an east coast tour with R.A. The Rugged Man and performing as the sole opener for Dipset are amongst his brightest live moments. Jay is following his own rules, and perhaps that’s just what we need.

49 Winchester Announces New Album, Shares Gutting First Track “Everlasting Lover”

Alt-country explosions 49 Winchester are slated for a thunderous return this fall with the release of their highly anticipated third album III, out October 2, 2020. Today, Americana Highways premiered the first track “Everlasting Lover,” calling it “a soul stirring, unabashed love song” that leads the album with a warm and relatable message before more raucous numbers take charge.

Song Premiere: 49 Winchester “Everlasting Lover”


Following the release of their debut EP last year, Bet On You, Toronto-based, alt-indie trio The Man Who return with a brand-new track “Something To Believe” today via Virgin Records. The anthemic track arrives alongside a powerful remixed version today produced by Calvary. The Calvary remix will be used in a MLB Network piece, “New Faces in New Places” that will detail every big name who changed teams this year. The piece will air on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24 on MLB Network as part of Major League Baseball’s return. The remix will also be used in other MLB Network Opening Week coverage placements.

LP Releases New Song & Video “The One That You Love” Today

Internationally-famed singer/songwriter LP today released her new single “The One That You Love.” Co-written by LP with her longtime collaborators, Mike Del Rio (co-writer and producer) and Nate Campany (co-writer), “The One That You Love” reunites the team responsible for “Lost On You,” which hit No. 1 in 18 countries and has recently surpassed one billion streams. Written and recorded in San José del Cabo, México, this swagger-filled musical adventure combines LP’s timeless vocals with a thumping pulse, modern attitude, romance, and introspection on a song that begs to be played loud. The new track is available now at all major Digital Service Providers (DSPs).

Delta Spirit share new track ‘It Ain’t Easy

Delta Spirit have shared the lyric video for their new single ‘It Ain’t Easy’, which premiered with Consequence Of Sound, who declared that “It grows increasingly intoxicating with each listen…” They also interviewed frontman Matthew Logan Vasquez about the inspiration behind the song.

Delta Spirit Share the Origins of New Song “It Ain’t Easy”: Stream

Andy Shauf shares “Judy” b/w “Jeremy’s Wedding”

Today, Andy Shauf has shared “Judy” b/w “Jeremy’s Wedding,” two b-sides from The Neon Skyline, released earlier this year on ANTI-. Upon its release, The Neon Skyline was beloved by fans and critics alike, with NPR Music praising Shauf as “a gifted singer-songwriter. More than that, a gifted storyteller.” “Judy” and “Jeremy’s Wedding” continue the vignette of love interest Judy who much of The Neon Skyline centres around.

“American Pie” Madonna Style Celebrates 20th Anniversary

As many people know, there are some songs that are considered classics. So when another artist covers a classic song, it can either turn out to be a hit (Whitney Houston covers Dolly Parton’s ‘I Will Always Love You’) or it could be a dud (Jessica Simpson covering Nancy Sinatra’s ‘These Boots Are Made For Walkin”).

One song that would be considered both, depending on who you talk to, is Madonna’s take on “American Pie” by Don McLean.

Toots and the Maytals Release Official Music Video For ‘Warning Warning’

Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick “Toots” Hibbert today unveils a poignant video for his new single ‘Warning Warning’, the second offering from his highly anticipated first studio album in a decade Got To Be Tough, set for global release via Trojan Jamaica/BMG Records on 28th August.

Zoey The White Lioness’ latest EP ‘Annihilation’ is out!

Zoey Baker a.k.a. Zoey The White Lioness (ZWL) is a determined and fierce Hard Rock artist. ZWL strives to put out quality content complete with harsh realities, personal mental struggles and songs of pure angst. Her music has been clearly influenced and inspired by many other artists and bands. The angsty lyrics draw inspiration from remarkable figures such as Trent Reznor and Kurt Cobain, while the music itself sounds like a post-grungy mix of Skillet and Nirvana.

Louisiana’s LeRoux releases new album

Forty-two years after its debut album and 18 years after its most recent studio recording, bayou rock legend Louisiana’s LeRoux is back with a stunning new studio album entitled One of Those Days. From the hard-driving title tune that opens the record to the album’s finale, a rich and vibrant version of the band’s classic ballad “New Orleans Ladies,” One of Those Days displays LeRoux at its best, with memorable songs, soaring harmonies, killer instrumental work, and tight arrangements.

Folk-rock singer-songwriter, Evelyn Cools, releases title track to upcoming EP

Folk-rock singer-songwriter, Evelyn Cools, has released the title track of her upcoming EP, Misfit Paradise, via a premiere with Folk Radio UK. Inspired by songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Simon & Garfunkel, Lana Del Rey, and Angus & Julia Stone, Cools is recognized for her powerful lyrics and her storytelling abilities through music.