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Iyamah delivers self-directed, styled and produced video for ‘Won’t Work’

British soul artist Iyamah has unveiled the spiritual official video for her latest single ‘Won’t Work’, out now.

Styled, directed and post-produced by Iyamah herself, the official video for ‘Won’t Work’ was filmed during a trip to India. With shots of her weaving through Indian markets and lush landscapes on a scooter, the visuals successfully capture her strength and spirituality.

CIRCE releases cinematic Dark-Pop single ‘Ten Girls’ via JAZZ LIFE

London based dark-pop artist Circe releases cinematic new single ‘Ten Girls’ on July 29th via Jazz Life.

Circe takes cues from artistic icons Bjork, Grimes and FKA Twigs in her atmospheric sound, as well as a devastating recourse to aesthetic. Sonically she filters visceral synths through a sepia-toned filter, inspired by eerie soundtracks, painting a universe which is at once apocalyptic and claustrophobic, but also romantic and melancholy. Key touchstones are the symphonic and suffocating scores for Stranger Things and David Lynch films.

Dublin’s Ailbhe Reddy announces debut album ‘Personal History’

Dublin alt-folk artist Ailbhe Reddy announces debut album ‘Personal History’, set for release 2nd October via Friends of the Family, and shares contemplative new effort ‘Between Your Teeth’ out today (July 29th).

Three years in the making, her forthcoming record will find Ailbhe ruminating on the rites of passage in life as a young, emerging, queer artist from Ireland.

Loma to release ‘Don’t Shy Away’ October 23rd, 2020 / Sub Pop

Loma (Emily Cross, Dan Duszynski, and Jonathan Meiburg) have returned with Don’t Shy Away, their incredibly absorbing new album and the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut, which will be available on CD/LP/CS/DL October 23rd, 2020 on Sub Pop. The eleven-track effort featuring the standouts “Ocotillo,” “Half Silences,” “Elliptical Days,” and “Homing,” was produced and recorded by the band at Dandysounds in Dripping Strings, Texas—with the exception of “Homing,” which was produced by Brian Eno.

Hen Ogledd Announce New Album ‘Free Humans’

It is with great pleasure that Weird World announce Free Humans, the forthcoming album from Hen Ogledd, due for release on September 25, 2020. Along with the album news, the band—Dawn Bothwell, Rhodri Davies, Richard Dawson and Sally Pilkington—has shared a video for lead single “Trouble.”

SCANDAL (Osaka, Japan) Announces Rescheduled “Kiss From The Darkness” North American World Tour Dates For Fall 2021

Osaka Japan rock band SCANDAL regretfully announces the postponement of its highly-anticipated 2020 “Kiss From The Darkness” North American WORLD TOUR, due to COVD-19.


Kydd Jones – ‘Way Up’

Born and raised Austinite Kydd Jones delivers his new single, “Way Up” in conjunction with French-Japanese music and fashion label Kitsune Musique. The single, produced by fellow Austinite TyOnDaTrack, marks the transition into fall for Jones as the Texas emcee/producer/singer-songwriter follows up his performance at Austin’s Blues On The Screen with a high energy single. Kydd performed at SXSW & Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2018 as well as in 2019 with Grammy award-winning guitarist Gary Clark Jr. He has also performed at festivals such as Billboard Hot 100 Fest, The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, and NXNE in Toronto.


GRAMMY® Award-winning singer / songwriter, actor, and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Corey Taylor has announced his widely anticipated debut solo album, CMFT, out October 2nd on Roadrunner Records. Additionally, the Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman has shared the album’s first two singles: “Black Eyes Blue” and the video for “CMFT Must Be Stopped” [feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie], which are available now on all streaming platforms.

GFTD Premieres New Video for “LEGACY DRIP”

2nd Generation Wu leader and 1/2 of the GFTD duo, iNTeLL, wants you to know that his Drip has always been rooted in his Legacy. On his latest offering appropriately titled “Legacy Drip” [produced by Squeegie O] and distributed by Tommy Boy Records, iNTeLL reminds his world audience that lyrics are more important than flashiness when trying to build and maintain an everlasting legacy like the one Wu-Tang has provided to not only the rap game but for global culture as a whole.

NEWS: Bonnie Whitmore takes center stage with ‘Last Will and Testament, out October 2nd.

Bonnie Whitmore is not new to the music business. For the last two decades, she’s played bass and sung with some of the biggest artists in the Americana genre: Hayes Carll, John Moreland, Eliza Gilkyson, Sunny Sweeney, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, to name a few. She’s also maintained a weekly residency at the legendary Continental Club Gallery in Austin,where she lives.


LA-based producer TOKiMONSTA returns today with the release of her Come and Go Remixed EP. The EP features five original remixes by both upcoming and mainstay producers, including Dombresky, Falcons ft. KingJet, Promnite, Halogenix, and Damian Lazarus. The EP serves as the first installment pack from the upcoming Oasis Nocturno Remixed album slated for release later this Fall via Young Art Records. The remixed album is a unique follow up to TOKiMONSTA’s well-received fourth full-length album released earlier this year, Oasis Nocturno, which resulted in recognition from Hypebeast, Pitchfork, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, NPR, Dancing Astronaut, DJ Mag, and more.

Personal Trainer returns with a new single on House of Feelings: “What’s Left”

A song they wrote about the rediscovery of pleasure as a radical act of resistance against the male gaze. Press play on the wonderful video for it now:

Ron Gallo Announces New LP Via Flood

Ron Gallo has returned with the announcement of his upcoming LP, PEACEMEAL Via Flood. With the album announcement came the release of his latest video, “WUNDAY.” “It’s an introvert summertime party jam celebrating alone time and isolation, but then after too much solo time starting to go crazy.,” he shares of the track. “I think I wanted this song to sound like Will Smith’s outfits in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, blending the jazz chords with an old-school boom-bap beat. A very simple, sort of stupid, feel good song.”

Ron Gallo Announces New LP “PEACEMEAL,” Shares Video for “WUNDAY (CRAZY AFTER DARK)”

May Have – New single “May Have (Misunderstood)”

“We are excited to share the first single from our EP out August 28th, entitled “May Have (Misunderstood).” The spark for this song came from that moment of acceptance that comes with being wrong, combined with the desire to make amends and grow from one’s mistakes.”

Elrichman Shares New Single: ‘Seeking Grey Skies’

The new album follows 2014’s Young, Healthy and Wonderful as well as Paul’s more recent material as part of Goosebump (previously called Germaphobes) and Ducks Unlimited. Emerging from the same scene as Kiwi Jr, the aforementioned Ducks Unlimited and Ellis, the new record packs in a bunch of Toronto-based talent – Alex Gamble helms production duties (previously worked with Fucked Up and Alvvays) with further contributions coming from Zach Bines (Weaves) and Jon Pappo (Hooded Fang), as well as the Boston-based Anh Phung (Twisted Pine) who provides some magnificent flute work on the new track.

New Fries Share New Single “Lily”

Today, New Fries are sharing the final single from their forthcoming album Is The Idea Of Us, out on August 7th through Telephone Explosion (Badge Epoque Ensemble, Pantayo, Chandra, Scott Hardware). The band’s first new material since 2016’s More (produced by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh), “Lily” is a perfect example of New Fries’ glitching and fidgeting No Wave inspired meditations.

JOSIE COTTON Re-releases breakthrough debut “Convertible Music” on Aug. 4th

“This record changed everything for me,” says infamous pop icon JOSIE COTTON about her debut album CONVERTIBLE MUSIC which will be reissued in digital form on August 4, 2020 via her own label Kitten Robot Records. “I was the annoying girl with demo tapes getting turned down all over town.”

Heavy Metal Icon DEE SNIDER to Release “For The Love of Metal Live” Album & DVD/Blu-Ray

Experience electrifying DEE SNIDER concert moments and more from your home!

Legendary heavy metal frontman, actor and radio personality DEE SNIDER is about to drop For The Love Of Metal Live, a larger than life live album and DVD/Blu-Ray set, this Friday, July 31 via Napalm Records.

Music lovers around the world are craving the return of live concert experiences, and For The Love Of Metal Live is just the thing to keep live music where it belongs – with the fans! Combined behind-the-scenes footage, various detailed interview clips, insightful personal commentary and electrifying live performances make this release an entertaining experience that every heavy metal fan needs in their collection.

Josiah Johnson Reveals New Single “Woman In A Man’s Life”, Listen Now

Growing up curious and bright in an insular, conservative community, Josiah Johnson learned early on to discern which parts of himself were welcome and which were not. Though he felt love in that community, it was a smaller love than what he needed. Now, though, after years of self-study and self-healing, Johnson is ready to pen the next chapter of his life. That next chapter includes his new single “Woman In A Man’s Life”, out today.

Hear Actress Remix LEYA’s “Wave” via The FADER

British electronic musician Darren Cunningham, better known as Actress, has lent his expansive vision to “Wave,” the second track from the NYC-based duo’s acclaimed March 2020 release, Flood Dream. “When I heard and saw the video for “Wave” by LEYA I experienced one of those rare moments when time stood still outside of my own practice,” Actress told The FADER over email for the track’s premiere. The previously cyclic and lilting tune is stretched into an 8-minute landscape in Cunningham’s hands, a trickling, groaning, subterranean ebb that eventually opens skyward while never straying from the thread-like meditation that is a defining theme in LEYA’s work.

Lubalin shares minimalistic R&B/Hip-Hop track “cycle”

Today, Canadian artist Lubalin makes his debut with the lead song and video from his forthcoming EP. “cycle” is an R&B/Hip-hop track that experiment with downtempo minimalism. Premiering on Vents Magazine, the song represents a time of struggle in the musician’s life. Cathartic and contemplative, the video showcases dark tones that represent the battles of inner conflict.

PREMIERE: Montreal R&B/hip-hop artist Lubalin tackles inner turmoil with “cycle”

Bear Kittay shares debut single “Summer Babies” feat. Erlend Øye from Kings of Convenience

Newcomer Bear Kittay shares his debut single “Summer Babies” featuring Erlend Øye from Kings of Convenience and Whitest Boy Alive, via El Ganzo Records. The recording took place at El Ganzo Hotel in Mexico, where the California guitar player and singer has been helping run the hotel for over a year. In recent months, he’s orchestrated a slew of livestreams with El Ganzo, which also has a recording studio for artists. Talents have included Third Eye Blind, LP, Ximena Sariñana and more.

Kasbo drops first new music of 2020 ‘Play Pretend’ out via Counter Records

Swedish artist and producer Kasbo announced his second studio album ‘The Making of a Paracosm’ will be out on 23rd October via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records.

The journeying fourteen track LP welcomes a host of collaborators including Frida Sundemo, Noomi and Freja The Dragon – championing Sweden’s undeniable talent throughout it.

New Orleans indie-rockers Lawn share “Jane Ryan”

New Orleans indie-rockers Lawn recently announced their sophomore LP, Johnny, due out September 4, 2020 via a collaboration between Community Records (Hikes, Slingshot Dakota) & Muscle Beach Records (Kate Teague, Molly Drag) and available for pre-order on vinyl HERE. The trio is led by bandmates Mac Folger and Rui DeMagalhaes, who released their raw and scrappy debut, Blood on the Tracks, on Minneapolis label Forged Artifacts back in 2018. Recorded over three months with friend and local mainstay Matthew Seferian (Pope, Matt Surfin’ & Friends), Johnny is a massive step forward for the band: intense but effortless, jumping to and from ragged post-punk and gleeful ‘90s indie-rock hooks. Today, Lawn is sharing the heavy art-punk-infused album standout “Jane Ryan,” which explores wealth inequality and corruption through the story of former Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos.

Tyler Childers’ Spotify Singles session debuts today, feat. special guests Ricky Skaggs, Larry Cordle and The Travelin’ McCourys

The session is released today in celebration of the one-year anniversary of “House Fire,” the original version of which is from Childers’ critically acclaimed new album, Country Squire—out now on Hickman Holler Records/RCA Records (stream/purchase here). Once again produced by Sturgill Simpson and David Ferguson, Country Squire debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and received overwhelming critical acclaim landing on “Best of 2019” lists at NPR Music, Rolling Stone, Variety, Stereogum, Paste and many more.

Half Moon Run’s Dylan Phillips Announces Solo Piano EP

Dylan Phillips is a multi-instrumentalist and classically trained pianist originally from the Comox Valley, in British Columbia. He is currently based out of Montreal, Québec as Dylan is a founding member of the platinum selling, 2020 Juno Award winning group, Half Moon Run. Today Dylan releases “Candle Eyes” a brief but breathtaking track, partially inspired by the stunning visual archival footage of the arctic captured by Hugo Perrin.

Soundwalk Collective With Patti Smith Share New Track “Knowledge Of The Self”

Of the track, which features Anoushka Shankar on sitar, Patti Smith says: “We have to, in order to be free of all of the things that we are attached to, even ideas of ourselves, or masks that we put on or Band-Aid’s upon our transgressions, in order to achieve this freedom, we have to peel away everything, every defence we have, every defence that we put up for ourselves. I think that Daumal is directing us to do this but in a benevolent way, although there is no way to protect anyone from the pain of enlightenment, you have to grope about, and you have to strip down.”

Eyedress – ‘Let’s Skip To The Wedding’ – Release date: Friday, August 7th 2020

Eyedress’ upcoming LP, Let’s Skip To The Wedding, is the first album he’s created since moving to the United States. A passionate exploration of the themes of love, settling down, adjusting to life in a new city, and preparing to welcome a child into this ever changing world. Let’s Skip To The Wedding channels the uncertainty of 2020 into an eclectic collection of songs and loved up remedy for the times.

Chemical Dreams (Mark Gane & Martha Johnson) – Look to the Moon

On a snowy February evening, the three of us were working together on a track for a car commercial which called for a dance or club feel. Martha made some hip-hop beats and I added some rhythm guitar, but we needed a rap element.

Subculture & Rachel Chinouriri share “The River Bend” video

UK producer Subculture and rising British/Zimbabwean artist Rachel Chinouriri today share their visual for “The River Bend,” first screened by The Fader’s Digital Fort 2.0 over the weekend. Both the track and video’s concept were inspired by how racial prejudice and the misunderstanding of other people’s cultures can warp someone into feeling deeply emotionally, psychologically, and physically threatened by the harmless presence of others.

Evil Genius Freddie Dredd Announces SUFFER EP, Shares “SPEAK UP” Single

Along with the announcement of the EP, Freddie Dredd shares “SPEAK UP,” the latest single from the project. Produced by Ryan C., “SPEAK UP,” is a macabre tour-de-force, combining screeching synths and subsonic bass with morbid lyrics about death and destruction: “I got no thoughts up in my head, I just go dumb/I get my big green dollars from your mum.” “SPEAK UP” is an appropriately dark introduction into Freddie’s twisted fantasies.

R.A. THE RUGGED MAN Premieres “All Systems Go” Video With American Songwriter

The triumphant return of R.A. THE RUGGED MAN has been one of the most exciting hip-hop developments of 2020. The impact of the legendary emcee’s widely acclaimed new album All My Heroes Are Dead (Released on Nature Sounds) continues to reverberate, as R.A. is now back with another music video off the project, premiering today via American Songwriter. Produced by electronic music star Michal Menert (formerly of Pretty Lights), “All Systems Go” is a futuristic thrill ride anchored by whirlwind flows and awe-inspiring lyricism from the Rugged Man.

R.A. the Rugged Man Premieres First Look at “All Systems Go” From His Latest Collection

The Heavy Hours share debut single “Don’t Walk Away” co-written by Dan Auerbach and Simone Felice

“Don’t Walk Away” heralds the arrival of Cincinnati quartet The Heavy Hours. The extraordinary song was co-written with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach and produced by Simone Felice (The Lumineers, Jade Bird, Matt Maeson) and produced and mixed by David Baron in the Catskill Mountains.

Virus Syndicate Drop their ‘Too Sick’ EP on Blackout

Manchester rap collective Virus Syndicate are an integral part of the bass music scene, having brought through their local vibes to a host of international record labels. Members JSD and Nika D are renowned for being part of the global dance music community and this can be seen through their frequent link ups which span across several figurehead imprints. This continues with their brand-new EP alongside a host of heavyweight names on Netherlands based label Blackout Music. A staple of the underground drum & bass world, Blackout Music has been a gamechanger since it was launched by Black Sun Empire and the forthcoming EP from Virus Syndicate upholds the standards it’s set throughout nearly a decade.

Christopher Shayne “Any Given Sunday” Out Now via Carry On Music

Christopher Shayne and his longtime band— Dave Lansing (lead guitar), Trevor Hammer (percussion), Mark Blades (vocals/bass guitar), Zachary Hughes (keyboards, vocals, guitar)— blend classic southern rock and blues influenced rock, complete with modern tones and contemporary twists on the track, the first from his EP release due out in early 2021.

Acclaimed Indie/Avant-Garde/Dance Artist Torii Wolf (Featured on Billboard, Okay Player, Stereogum) Announces “Summon (KLVR GRL Remix)”

On the remix, Wolf states, “This record was created with KLVR GRL during Shelter In Place We collaborate virtually KLVR GRL is a drummer/producer /otherworldly creature. He is gentle fire, a humble creative and brilliant star I feel a profound connection with KLVR GRL I believe we will have an everlasting creative relationship here. There is plenty more to come. It feels very natural for me creating with KLVR GRL; we see each other ‘Summon’ is all about hypnagogia, the fine line between dream world and wake state…Floating in between. Loosening our grip. Surrendering to our reality.”

Touché Amoré Announce New Album ‘Lament’ + Share “Limelight”

Since their formation in 2007, Touché Amoré has been burrowing through angst, alienation, cancer, and death throughout four adored studio albums. After over a decade of working through darkness, Lament, finds the light at the end of the tunnel. The album arrives as the follow-up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 release, Stage Four, which found vocalist Jeremy Bolm mourning and paying tribute to his late mother. Lament shines a light on what life for the band has been like since then, tackling themes of fragility, empathy, politics, and love while pushing forward a newfound sense of hope.

THEYRGY: New Noise Magazine Premieres “Walk Away” By Chicago Post-Punk Outfit

Chicago-based post-punk quartet THEYRGY prepares to release their debut EP, Exit Strategies, through their newly formed Dead Sage imprint in August. With the record’s release closing in, the lead single “Walk Away” has been issued through a premiere hosted by New Noise Magazine.

Video Premiere: Theyrgy – ‘Walk Away’

Fleetburner (feat. Members of Dark Tranquility, ex-In Flames) – Release Official Video For “The Passenger”

This September a special and surprising debut album by a project called Fleetburner will see the light. It’s instigated by Dutch guitarist/songwriter Kevin Storm and realized with a choice of renowned musicians from the international world of metal.