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In the sunny day-in-the-life visual directed by Nicolas Castro, the MC gives a tour of various black-owned businesses in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Taking to the streets on his bike, he cruises the neighborhood and meets up with author and activist Tony Lewis, Jr. to pick up his book Slugg: A Boys Life In The Age Of Mass Incarceration before stopping by Southwest Soda Pop Shop, The Museum, Spice Suite, and the legendary Horace & Dickies. We see the faces of this community in the clip. In a thoughtful post-script, he recalls, “I spent Black Out Tuesday supporting friends and family with Black owned businesses and hope you did too… What A Day.”

J Kane “Burn Burn Baby” Sony Music x Concore Entertainment

Artist J Kane has recently signed a record deal with Concore Entertainment x Sony Music for a fiery new single “Burn Burn Baby”, a Pop x hip hop track regarding BLM protests and the aftermath of the George Floyd incident.

LATE NIGHT SAVIOR Sign with ROCK SHOP RECORDS; Release Official Music Video for “Monster”

After managing to garner over 7.5 million streams worldwide independently, Utah based hard rock band LATE NIGHT SAVIOR recently signed a deal with NEW LABEL ROCK SHOP RECORDS. Their first single, “MONSTER,” was produced by CRISPIN EARL (THE VEER UNION / ROCK SHOP RECORDS) and the video premiered this week on METAL INSIDER. LATE NIGHT SAVIOR will be kicking off their rock radio campaign in America on July 28 and is also slated to be on tour as a supporting artist on the Rock Shop Records International Tour scheduled for the spring/summer of 2021.

Video Premiere: Late Night Savior – “Monster”

OUT NOW – Joel Christian’s “Alluring & Bewitching” Debut Dark-Pop Album

Dark Magic has already garnered acclaim from Music News, HYPE Magazine, Gigsoup, NUDE. Magazine, Berlin on Air, Trend Music, and others since its release on Friday!

Shoreline Mafia & Wiz Khalifa Head to the Skate Park in the “How We Do It” Video

Dropping a steady stream of heat as they prepare for their debut album, Shoreline Mafia is about to take the West Coast by storm. Coming through with a socially-distanced summertime vibe, Shoreline shares the music video for “How We Do It.” Sampling Montell Jordan’s #1 hit and L.A. classic “This Is How We Do It,” “How We Do It” is a statement of purpose for Fenix Flexin and the rest of Shoreline Mafia, as he asserts his undying devotion to getting money and getting faded: “I mix molly with my Henn/I get geeked up, count my ends/If a n**** run up on me/Pull this thirty out my pants.” In the video, Fenix and guest rapper Wiz Khalifa head to an L.A. skate park in a low-riding Chevy, as they vibe with the locals to the beat of the music. Released last week, “How We Do It” is the latest single from Mafia Bidness, Shoreline Mafia’s official debut album, out July 31st via Atlantic Records.

Everything Everything Release New Song and Video, ‘Violent Sun.’ Album To Be Released September 11

Today, Everything Everything share their new single ‘Violent Sun’. It was premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, making it their third single in a row to receive a premiere from Annie Mac. It’s the latest song to preview the band’s fifth album ‘RE-ANIMATOR’ which follows on September 11.

Artist: Todd Barrow – Track: Girl Like You

Todd’s music is no country for old men. While he undoubtedly draws his sonic influence from titans like Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, his melodies skew modern. He plays almost every instrument, from piano to guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and drums, and the multi-instrumentalist doubles as a songwriter for himself as well as for other artists. “”If I can put a smile on someone’s face through song, well that just means the world to me,” he says. “I try to get to the real heart and soul of a song. To me, it’s not just words but a story, and I do my best to portray that with every line. That’s my main draw to country music; the stories, the people, and the sincerity that comes from the heart.”

THE ELECTRIC MUD: Florida Stoner Rock Unit To Release Burn The Ships Full-Length Via Small Stone September 25th

Crawling from the humid, mangrove-choked banks of the Caloosahatche River, THE ELECTRIC MUD drifted from late night jam sessions, backyard keggers, and a revolving cast of members until one night, in the taproom of a closed up brewery, Peter Kolter, Pierson Whicker, Tommy Scott, and Constantine Grim found themselves in an old fashioned Morricone-style standoff. Each had reputations around their Florida town as serious musicians and hard workers, and after throwing lightning bolts around the room for a few hours it became clear that they had found not just a band, but a sound. Alongside their love for The Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and their shared Florida roots, came also a deep appreciation for the proto metal of Black Sabbath and the prog metal of Mastodon, and the band aimed to slow cook it and serve it to the masses. After countless hours of grueling rehearsals and gigging in the dives and biker bars of their hometown, THE ELECTRIC MUD released its debut album, Bull Gator, in 2018, and hit the road.

Country singer/songwriter Reyna Roberts Latest Single “Stompin’ Grounds”

From a young age Reyna was exposed to many artists across various genres of music, including Aretha Franklin, the Chicks, Led Zeppelin, Christina Aguilera, Gretchen Wilson, Destiny’s Child, and Journey to name a few. This early exposure to music created the soundtrack to her life. Reyna’s first performance was at 3 years old at a bar in Fairbanks, Alaska where she sang “Lady Marmalade.”

Dani Draco Links Up With Moor Sound For “Ready”

Record producer and recording artiste Dani Draco joins forces with RGG Studio’s Moor Sound on the newly released song “Ready”.

Following the success of his feature on label mate $pacely’s earlier released “Paradise”, Labadi Music’s Dani Draco collaborates with prolific record producer Moor Sound on his first major outing of the calendar year.

Westberg Releases “Anxiety” Single July 27

“Westberg,” the Gen X duo of Ariel Westberg and Scott Bruzenak (aka Noisecastle III) explore anxiety and depression through a bittersweet lens with the release of the second single, “Anxiety” on July 27. Off their latest EP due out this fall, they examine Boomer souls and GenX culture to inform their sound.

R.E. Seraphin releases Tiny Shapes, an LP

R.E. Seraphin, the new moniker of ex-Talkies frontman Ray Seraphin, makes jangling power pop that finds itself somewhere between paisley pop and post-punk. Each track is beautifully constructed: chiming guitar leads and a hushed yet wobbly vocal delivery that adds a sneering moodiness and lurking romanticism. Fans of Peter Perrett (The Only Ones), Mazzy Star-era David Roback and The Feelies will find much to love in R.E. Seraphin’s debut, Tiny Shapes.

Artist: Gaitta – Track: The Difference

East oakland Bay area recording artist. Allizm President/Artist is a hard hitting lyricist who uses punchlines to vividly paint a picture for listens. Born in New York and raised in Oakland,Ca Gaitta’s delivery blends the blends the best of both coast giving listeners something new to get used to.

Kosmogonia (Gre) “Enthrone the Gods” @ Folk/Melodic Death Metal

Kosmogonia is a pagan folk melodic death metal band that takes place in Athens, Greece.

It was founded by Kostas Magalios on vocals and guitars and Christos Drossos on guitars in 2015.

In the beginning, the band used to play melodic thrash metal, but that was until the year of 2017 when the line up was completely changed and Kostas decided that the band should follow a different music style. And so they started to add on their music more folk elements.

SANGHEILIS (Fra) ‘S\T’ @ Metal

Sangheilis, a band from Rouen in France, founded in 2013, returns with a new EP “Sangheilis”, marking their musical know-how, the Neocore!

The band is inspired by the American and international scene in the Metalcore, Djent, Deathcore, and Nu Metal registers.


A warm and intimate take on placing your trust in the guiding hand of fate, Justin Jesso’s latest track ‘If You’re Meant To Come Back’ has made a powerful impact on fans. Having quickly exceeded 3 million streams, Justin now shines fresh light on the track by sharing its official video.

J Appiah releases his first solo single of 2020

J Appiah releases his first solo single – ‘Chains’ – of 2020 via his imprint 19fifty7. Produced by Ruckspin, who has previously worked with Submotion Orchestra, ‘Chains’ is an elegant electronic masterpiece with poetic freedom at its core.


Featuring Thandi Phoenix on vocals, ‘Shine On’ follows up on recent singles ‘For The Mighty Dollar’ featuring The Streets vocalist Kevin Mark Trail and long term Basement Jaxx collaborator soul singer Sharlene Hector, ‘Searching For Love’ feat. Kiko Bun, which saw support at radio from the UK home of soulful music Mi Soul, with Indie London featuring the singles in their ‘Singles of The Week’.

New Music // Sody x Cavetown – “Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?”

“”Is Your Bedroom Ceiling Bored?” is for my fellow overthinkers,” she explains. “It’s when you’re staring at your ceiling at 4am looking for answers and wondering what someone is thinking. It’s when you write paragraphs to someone over text but then delete it and respond ‘I’m okay’. I imagine so many of us are experiencing this in isolation which unites us all!”

Following Kerrang and Planet Rock Support, Centre Excuse Release Debut Album!

Until now Rutland may only have held claim to being England’s smallest county and birthplace to the fabled band, The Rutles but now it can rightly be called the home of the nation’s natural successors to Depeche Mode. Centre Excuse have cultivated their electronic-rock hybrid over the last ten years, playing headline shows at Rough Trade and support slots for the likes of Tonight Alive, Twenty Twenty, Room 94 and B-Movie, the duo have been honing their song-writing skills until they achieved perfection…that time is now.

VYCE//VERSA single ‘Life is Temporary’

What’s the greatest thing that you could have hoped to happen? Well, we did just that and we begin to feed off each other perfectly. It was almost within seconds that we formed a bond and cycle to begin the birth of all the other songs on the album as well. ‘Life is Temporary’ takes you down that road, sitting at the end of the bridge, down to your last couple of dollars type days and reminds you that there is so much more to live for and fight for. Life has so many ups and downs. You can never keep up. Hopefully this song gives the listener the energy and the motivation to get through whatever it is they might be going through whether it be big or small. Every song that we write has a message of positivity and strength. There will always be light at the end of the tunnel.”

St Lundi unveils video for new single ‘Heavy Words’

Working alongside director Oli Brotherhood, the pair looked to create a video that was reminiscent of the track’s core narrative; the building up and then destruction of a relationship. Using a mixture of vibrant and metaphorical imagery, alongside the artist’s own captivating performance, this new clip looks to create a deep and thought-provoking journey that highlights some of the song’s more personal and intimate moments.

Alf Hale releases his latest wonderfully understated album ‘Seven’

Alf Hale’s third studio album ‘Seven’ is released this Friday 31st July.

After a long break from touring the world in various bands, Alf restarted his musical journey in April 2017 with debut solo EP ‘Misanthrope’. After two subsequent albums, ‘Seven’, recorded at Stage 2 Studios in Bath with Josh Gallop (Phoxjaw), is the first album that has seen Alf focus solely on how his faith has impacted him personally.


“RIOT” is about our fights for equal rights that are happening on our streets globally, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests in the U.S. and the recent arrest of Pussy Riot’s Peter Verzilov. “Hate to hate, and my religion is resistance. Fuck the state, men love when women only whisper” – screams Nadya Tolokonnikova. The track was released on the July the 3rd, and was warmly welcomed by critics; Anthony Fantano called the track “a banger”.

[Black Metal] Seventh’s new album ‘Vacarme’

Seventh released their new album entitled ”Vacarne” earlier this month. It was recorded at La Boîte Noire studio in Quebec city, Canada with François C. Fortin.

In terms of central lyrics and ideas for ”Vacarme”, the album explores psychological distress, mental disorder (song like Echoes) and how some individuals will benefit from committing immoral acts to escape reality. Some people will try to find remedies by drowning themselves in lust to forget and remain vulnerable forever instead of solving their problems. Lust touches that subject. Disheartened is about determination and redemption, while The Gift of Death is about human sacrifices to fuel religious incarnations.

WALT DISCO release potent new single “Hey Boy (You’re One Of Us)”

Walt Disco are a band who defy all convention to create a world of their own, truly like no other. Their fearless, unique pop songs are created without constraint, with a message of self expression at the very core of everything they do.


A couple of weeks after they revealed the collaboration to rave reviews, grunge & b duo THEY. and the multi-talented Tinashe are revealing the 90’s influenced video for Play Fight. Taken from THEY’s upcoming The Amanda Tape, the stellar video can be seen –

Pandora Launches UNINTERRUPTED Radio to Bring Fans Closer to Athletes Through Shared Music

Pandora is launching UNINTERRUPTED Radio, a brand new and exclusive station that features music selected by top NBA and WNBA players. With UNINTERRUPTED, listeners get access to the very soundtracks that top athletes listen to on and off the court, including those curated and used by LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Trae Young, A’ja Wilson, Draymond Green, Lonzo Ball, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Tobias Harris, Angel McCoughtry and others. UNINTERRUPTED Radio, available today, coincides with the NBA resuming the 2020 season from the NBA bubble in Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports near Orlando, Florida and the WNBA season happening from the WNBA bubble in Bradenton, Florida.

The Mighty WARKINGS Reveal Third Single & Video “Odin’s Sons” feat. Queen Of The Damned

Driving war drums pave the way for the Vikings’ return to the battlefield with untamed will and power. The horns call for the WARKINGS – and they answer with a force capable of ending the world as all mortals know it. With growling battle cries and the brutal vocals of the Queen Of The Damned, the WARKINGS withstand the bloodthirsty furor, in which the demons of the realms of obscurity seek revenge.

Canada’s otherworldly experimental-indie Lailien drops ‘Ta-dah!’

Ta-Da! Is pure Lailien, a combination of ultra-trippy melodies, religious invention and a nuclear powered-kaleidoscopic world view, it shows off the endless colours of Brad Shubat’s magical musical mind.

Containing eleven tracks of blisteringly inventive electro-indie fireworks, Ta-Da! Reinforces Lailien’s reputation as one of music’s most ‘out-there’ artists, bringing together not only an array of musical influences to his songs but a broad canvas of philosophical, religious and pop culture references.