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Infectious Modern Rockers AMERICAN DREAM MACHINE Reveal Video for Third Single, “Dead”

“‘Dead’ is about addiction and the affect it has on not only you, but the people around you,” says vocalist Shawn Adams. “It changes everything, from your motivation to your end goals. I have personally seen it destroy a few people in my life and I can’t fucking stand it.”

The Next Great American Novelist share new single + video “Bad Animation”

Brooklyn-based indie rock band, The Next Great American Novelist (aka NGAN), share their new single, “Bad Animation,” from their forthcoming, sophomore record, Careless Moon, due out October 2, 2020. The Deli NYC calls their music “nerd rock-inflected” and compares NGAN to both Queen and Weezer. BTR Today says the band “blends dreamy, melodic indie rock with hints of sun-kissed pop in a way that feels somewhat more West Coast than Brooklyn in a super refreshing way.”

Australian Powerhouse GG Magree Joins Joey Fleming for “Nervous Habits”

Australian powerhouse GG Magree teams up with In Her Own Words singer Joey Fleming on “Nervous Habits,” premiered by This Song Is Sick. Magree’s sonic ambition is on full display, as she duets tight hooks over melodic dubstep instrumentation.

PREMIERE | GG Magree Serves Up New Bass-Fueled Single “Nervous Habits”

Foals Share “Collected Reworks Vol. II”

Today, Foals release Collected Reworks Vol. II, the second instalment of their most essential remixes from throughout their career. For ‘Collected Reworks Vol. II’ The band delved into their archives to rediscover the most creative dance and electronica remixes from their extensive back catalogue. The band have launched the album with a brand new ‘Wash Off’ remix courtesy of KUU, a new project from Alex Metric and Riton. The compilation also includes a flashback to Foals’ early years with a remix of ‘Hummer’ from Surkin, the French artist who later produced M.I.A., Mura Masa’s glitchy take on ‘Night Swimmers’, while Jono Ma of Foals’ friends and previous touring partners Jagwar Ma brings pounding beats to ‘Mountain At My Gates’. Listen to Foals’ Collected Reworks Vol. II here.

– https://foals.me/collectedreworks-vol2

San Diego’s Blacks Beach Boys Announce Debut LP, Share First Single

With a heavy nod to past eras of rock n’ roll Blacks Beach Boys bring their own unique take on that classic Southern California sound. They like to throw some subtle and some not so subtle hints to their favorite artists like Television, Neil Young, Dinosaur Jr., and The Smiths. Their lyrics vary from subjects like first loves, fictitious scenarios, and love notes to their other favorite creatives (David Lynch, Pee-wee Herman, and maybe a cartoon or two).

PREMIERE: Blacks Beach Boys – “Piehole”

Indie folk artist Shane Casey shines a light with single “Find My Way”

Indie folk artist and singer-songwriter Shane Casey serves a moving and insightful single “Find My Way”, off his upcoming album Silver Star. A light at the end of the tunnel, the song embodies the spark of inspiration and hope, knowing that while the path may be long and rough, you’ll make it through.

Tokyo’s Revenge & Jasiah Take a “BODYCOUNT”

Rising rapper/artist Tokyo’s Revenge shows no sign of slowing down. Earlier today, the young artist released a thrasher of a track called “BODYCOUNT” featuring Jasiah. The pair did not hold back on the new song, relishing in the beat’s minimal production to unleash hype energy and a mastery of quick witted lyricism for which both Tokyo and Jasiah are favored for. Cue up a mosh session (even if that’s the kitchen these days) and hit play on “BODYCOUNT” –

Oceans Of Slumber Release New Single and Video for “The Colors Of Grace” Feat. Mike Moss

Launched via 2013’s Aetherial debut, but truly blossoming upon the arrival of vocalist Cammie Gilbert for 2015’s Blue EP and the following year’s Winter full-length, Oceans Of Slumber re-emerge in 2020 with the weight of expectation bearing down on their shoulders. The result is their self-titled release, an album that masterfully redefines the band’s sound for a new era while bringing their conceptual core into sharper focus. Sonically spectacular and proudly melodramatic and yet vulnerable and intimate, these new songs represent the commencement of the next stage in this remarkable band’s evolution.

Tommy Siegel (Jukebox the Ghost) shares new track from debut solo album

“They say it’s morning in the nation, but it needs an intervention / It’s dangling off the edge of the flat earth, ready to jump / The whole thing’s busted, nobody trusts it/it’s time to put the old dog down.”

The opening lines of Tommy Siegel’s solo debut, Another Century Wasted seem jacked straight into the veins of the chaotic hellscape of 2020 in America. Hypnotic, colorful and darkly funny, it’s a dance record for the collapse of the American dream, stacked with cathartic, self-aware grooves for 21st century anxiety that tap into the uncertainty of the current moment.

Jukebox the Ghost’s Tommy Siegel Shares “State of Affairs” From His Solo Debut

The Vamps Return with New Single and Album Announcement – “Married in Vegas” out now!

The Vamps are back with a brand new single ‘Married In Vegas’ released today via Island Records. ‘Married In Vegas’ heralds a new era for the band, the rebirth of The Vamps. The song was created remotely in lockdown by lead singer Brad Simpson with producer Lostboy (Dua Lipa, Rita Ora, Anne-Marie). The scuzzed up, sky-scraping banger is the first off their upcoming album, Cherry Blossom, which is due out October 16th, 2020 and is their most personal and fully-formed album to date.

Massachusetts Stewie Grey Drops Summertime Feel Good Video “Dreamin'”

Massachusetts’s Stewie Grey, formerly known as Greyhound, follows up the re-release of his Out Of The Shadows Reloaded LP with a new sunny visual Dreamin’. The video is directed by Sando Films and is partly inspired by the late Mac Miller’s K.I.D.S. “It’s a simple song about summertime. While flexing a few braggadocios rap bars, this song puts you in the mood for a beautiful day. Forget about your problems, sit in nature and relax” says Stewie.


NEIL YOUNG released “Lookin’ For A Leader 2020” from the recent Porch Episode of his acclaimed Fireside Sessions livestream series today. The song can be heard and viewed exclusively on Neil Young Archives. Originally released on the 2006 masterpiece LIVING WITH WAR, this lyrically revised and impassioned update is squarely aimed at the problems we currently face.

Rod Wave Shares New “Freestyle” Video

Rod Wave’s dominance on the rap game continues today with the release of his new video “Freestyle.” Directed by TRUFilms, Wave (Alamo/Geffen Records) revels in his success and enjoys his victory lap over his hapless competitors. With a fistful of cash in his hands, Wave applauds his unbeatable work-ethic and sizzling hit-making prowess inside his plush hotel room.

Identical Homes share meandering new single “Nomad Blues”

Daniel explains “Nomad Blues”: This is a good song for riding a bike through a forest, when the sun is peaking through the tree branches in bright flashes. It has a nice feeling of constant movement, which is how it was named. I wrote it with my very good friend and collaborator Eric Kuhn (of Silian Rail, Erica and Erica and many more). I sent him the raw tracks to add drums, and he sent back, not only the perfectly performed drum groove, but also this hypnotic keyboard line that adds such a beautiful climax to the end of the song. I like how much patience this song demands of the listener, and we both agreed the first synth loop could last another 10 minutes and still be nice to listen to.”

NEW RELEASE: Blume Hinges “Fleeting Fingers” (Single)

Out today is “Fleeting Fingers”, the second single from Blume Hinges forthcoming sophomore album Build Your Castle Inside of a Mountain. The moniker of Canadian (Saskatoon) musician and songwriter Aaron England, for Blume Hinges’ latest track Aaron is joined by Claire Cuny (of Reliant Tom) on background vocals, Chicago and Nashville based musician Van Isaacson on violin, and musician and producer Scott Simon Haus on bass and keys. A stylistic departure from his previous album and single, “Fleeting Fingers” encapsulates the new sound of Blume Hinges upcoming album with its more mid-tempo, rolling and melodic style with expanded instrumentation.

THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Premiere Video For “You Got It” at Brooklyn Vegan – WATCH!

New Jersey-based rock n’ roll trio THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX are set to release their new studio album, ‘Scorpio’, August 28th release via Tee Pee Records. The group, which originally formed in the mid-90s, consists of lead vocalist/bassist Chris Kosnik, drummer Bob Pantella, and guitarist Garrett Sweeny, all of whom are past or present members of the band Monster Magnet. Scorpio is the follow up to the group’s 2017 full-length ‘Force Field’, and their eighth studio LP overall spanning more than two decades.

Alternative Rock Band The Nomadic Release New Single “Manhattan View”

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.

Alternative Rock Band The Nomadic Release New Single “Manhattan View”

Introducing: Curtis Waters. New Single and Video For ‘The Feelings Tend To Stay The Same’ Out Today

Very rarely does an artist come along, out of nowhere, that is able to instantly connect to an audience on a global scale, thus embarking on a journey as an internationally recognizable name within a matter of weeks. Curtis Waters is that artist. Since uploading his debut video and single ‘Stunnin’ Ft. Harm Franklin to the internet, and launching his own TikTok campaign to hype the track back in May, the 20-year-old Nepal-born artist, producer and songwriter Curtis Waters’ debut song has already amassed a staggering 80 MILLION PLAYS, including over 50 MILLION STREAMS on Spotify alone, and is currently averaging over 1.5 MILLION COMBINED GLOBAL STREAMS DAILY.

Jonathan Tyler shares new video ft. Nikki Lane

Austin/Nashville-based Jonathan Tyler shares his new music video for “Mister Resistor” today, the second official release from his forthcoming album, Underground Forever, via Timeless Echo. Using classic footage of unrest and rebellion juxtaposed with nostalgic scenes of cultural touchstones, the video is a dystopian worldview, apropos for our times.


On the track, edgy vocals echo between tip-toeing strings and overpowering bass. The hypnotic duet flutters from haunting verses towards a dark invitation, “Treat me like a stranger. Pick your party favors. Fight until my face hurts. Waking up the neighbors.”


When asked about the track, cehryl said, “When I wrote this I was obsessed with that Penny and the Quarters song from the movie Blue Valentine. The consistently shameless, confessional lyrics in love songs in the 60’s that painted the same clichés over and over again (the moon, the stars, roses, flowers, cigarettes, starlight, black and white movies). I was moved by how timeless the writing is in jazz standards, and wanted to recreate that tone. ‘moon eyes’ is an unrequited love story. It is about the lightness and brightness of falling in love as a convenient shield or distraction from feeling disappointed by someone. It is about being abandoned, being left to wonder. specifically, to wonder with a childlike optimistic naivety (‘maybe you’ve gone to buy me flowers’).”


Atlanta based fast rising newcomer Dwn2earth today lives up to recent hype with the reveal of his stunning debut body of work, ATLANTIS. On the back of support from Wonderland, 2DOPEBOYZ and more, Dwn2earth has crafted a body of work packed with ice-cool beats, otherworldly vocals and songwriting of intricate depth. Released today via Rostrum Records ( Mac Miler, Wiz Khalifa), ATLANTIS is a body of work to get lost in. Driven by the euphoric vocals of the Atlanta native, the 12 track body of work is a compelling introduction to an artist set for big things.

Ghetto Kumbé Debut ‘Self Titled’ LP Out Today To Via ZZK Records

Colombian threesome, Ghetto Kumbé, has shared their highly-anticipated self-titled debut LP. Ghetto Kumbé bring political content to an Afrofuturist mixture of sounds that spread between Latin America, Africa, and Europe, meshing genres and cultures, creating a sound like no other.


Today also marks the debut of the new video for “When They Need You”, directed by Corentin Leroux and creative directed by King B. The surrealist video through a vintage lens has the burgeoning star making deals with the Devil, signing his life away to “eternal damnation” in exchange for money and a fancy car.


Canadian singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist known as BAD CHILD drops the provocative new track “HI DEF” with Capitol Records stateside along with 21 Entertainment and Universal Music Canada and Virgin Records in the UK. Released today, the new track arrives as a couplet titled, II which includes “HI DEF” as well as the latest single, “Blood.” II follows the release of the first two-pack I which came out earlier this year.

Jaah SLT Shows Off His Brash Bars in Ultra-Confident “Real Sh*t” Single

Delivering brash bars in a nursery rhyme flow, Jaah SLT has the charisma to become North Carolina’s next superstar. Annihilating a monster movie instrumental, Jaah SLT shares “Real Sh*t,” his ultra-confident single. Sliding between haunting synths and blasts of subsonic bass, Jaah shows the world what he’s made of on the new single, barking at his enemies to step back and watch his shine: “Ion ever get mad, when the n****s mad/Cause the n****s just mad that I got a damn bag.” In the video, directed by Lurxh, Jaah stalks the streets of an apocalyptic city, terrorizing the populace as mysterious figures try to take him down.

R O N I shares new single “Stop Motion”

R O N I, while visiting her home town of Jerusalem and dealing with a failed relationship was invited to a freestyle session with producer FortyForty. R O N I heard the beat and synth parts that developed in the room, came up to the microphone and fully gut-improvised “Stop Motion.”


“‘Monsters’ is a record about people who hide their true nature and intentions. In life you come across many different monsters… from being in this business to the average person you meet. With everything happening around justice and equality, it’s my way of letting people know to be careful of who you trust.” – FREDO BANG

Liberian Artist and Musician GIRL GOD Releases Long Awaited Eponymous Debut Album

Liberian-born, LA-based fashion designer, visual artist, and musician TAKI (Artist Name Girl God) transforms sounds of war into harmonic rhythms of love and peace in his debut album, GIRL GOD, out Friday, JULY 24th, 2020. The eponymous album celebrates and honors women, as do all of Girl God’s creative explorations through art, fashion, and music. The seven-track album was produced by Girl God, with assistance from Grammy and Emmy-Nominated producer Elliott Lanam who helped to mix and master the project at Lanam’s recording studio – Hidden City Studios in Santa Barbara.


“El Demonio De La Fama”, Chacal, calienta con su más reciente sencillo y video musical de “INTROL”. Chacal es considerado uno de los cantantes más exitosos del genero Urbano que ha llegado de Cuba. Su talento, personalidad y experiencia se imponen en el genero y cada día es mas respetado. Chacal cuenta con apoyo impresionante en las redes sociales, ya que muchas mujeres lo ven como un símbolo de sensualidad aparte de su talento.

Practice shares new video: “Sleep In My Clothes”

Tapper says, “It’s about remembering a time when you would get up and go out the door and be a go-getter, and now you get up and don’t really have anywhere to go or anything to do and you want to escape, but you’re at a loss.” Reflecting on it now, he adds, “It’s sort of how you might feel on a bad day in quarantine. But you know, sometimes connecting with a song that speaks to how you’re feeling when you’re down can feel good, too, like commiserating. And in the end, it’s kind of sad but kind of hopeful about wanting to make the world better, even if you feel kinda helpless to do so.”

3409 Drop New Track “Small Talk”

Toronto based urban pop band 3409 effortlessly moves between dance, hip-hop, and world music to create a blend of rhythm and blues wrapped in youthful enthusiasm. Using laid back atmospheric production, the four-piece create anthemic memoirs for those pursuing self-discovery and happiness, despite the trials life may throw their way.


“Don’t Blink” marks the first new outing from Fancy since 2015, and represents a remarkable evolution of an artist who has confidently found his voice, demonstrating his passionate, authentic music-making that defies categorization. Fancy Hagood is the first artist to release music via the Mick Music imprint, home of Mick Management and notable artists including Maggie Rogers, Sharon van Etten, and Leon Bridges among others.

NEW RELEASE: Katzù Oso’s New ‘Colour’ EP OUT NOW

Life is not monochromatic. SoCal native Bedroom Pop artist Katzù Oso released his new EP ‘Colour’ via Cosmica Artists. ‘Colour’ takes us through six different tales of love, life, and longing. “Similar to the cover art ,’Colour’ represents different stories/life experiences, from falling in love while working my day job to going back to the house I grew up in. It’s a reminder to me that life isn’t just black or white but an array of Colour.” – Katzù Oso (Paul Hernandez)


“Top Of My Love” catapults you right back into the height of Motown soul: the quivering strings, the call-and-response choruses, the softly leading bass, the rousing vocals and the radiant melodies – it’s all there. It’s about not becoming emotionally dependent on other people, putting self-fulfillment above self-optimization. She fiercely throws out her new, hard-won credo: “I was a stranger in my home, I broke through the concrete and the stone.

Zella Day Debuts New Single “Only A Dream”

Today, maverick singer-songwriter Zella Day has released her mesmerizing new ballad “Only A Dream”. The track marks the latest single from her upcoming five-song EP Where Does The Devil Hide, produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and due out August 28th, 2020 in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Driven by Zella’s spell-binding vocals, the song reflects on all-consuming love and conquering the darkness that can come from within such an exploration.

OUT NOW: Vanessa Zamora’s “AYER” Single + Video

“Yesterday freezes the ephemeral longing to be with someone with whom you connect deeply, and even feel a past life connection, but for many reasons you could not be together. An ephemeral crush, a dream that is not projected into reality. But the hope that dreams and thoughts are the channel to connect.” – Vanessa Zamora, on her single “AYER”


Up-and-coming Dallas rapper Tay Money has linked up with Saweetie to deliver “Bussin 2.0”, the highly-anticipated follow up to Tay Money’s original track “Bussin”, with accompanying music video. With the addition of Saweetie’s magnetic vocals, “Bussin 2.0” breathes new life to the already bold and bouncy standout track from Tay Money’s album Hurricane Tay – a 2019 release featuring a guest spot from DaBaby. “Tay’s original “Bussin” quickly caught the attention of her fans, amassing 8.7 million views on YouTube to date and 37 million streams across all digital streaming platforms.

OH! THE HORROR Celebrates Release of “Halloween 365” Debut with New Video for “Pain”

Sacramento-based metalcore-rap-horrorcore trio OH! THE HORROR is marking the release of their Halloween 365 debut, available today via Welcome To The Underground, with a video for the track “Pain,” featuring a guest appearance by KidCrusher.


El cantante y compositor Tempo ha sabido aprovechar muy bien el “encierro” y la cuarentena para darle rienda suelta a su creatividad musical, y así, entregarles a sus fanáticos este nuevo sencillo y video musical que lleva por nombre “Relax”.

Singer Songwriter Samantha Tieger Shares Sweetly Soulful New Single “Close My Eyes” Available Today

Nashville-based singer/songwriter Samantha Tieger (pronounced “Teeger”) is set to follow up her seductively resonant single “Eyes Wide Open” with a new soulfully sweet entry, “Close My Eyes.” In a time when friends and family are experiencing isolation and loneliness, “Close My Eyes” holds hope that distances can be closed via a powerful emotional connection. It delivers a very soothing and reassuring pop vibe thanks to Tieger’s effortless and comforting vocals. Her sweet, soulful delivery and alluring harmonies bring listeners together in a way that is deeply personal and almost magical. “Close My Eyes” was co-produced by multiple Emmy Award-winning producer Ed O’Donnell (Friends, Beverly Hills 90210) and Bobby Campbell, with Tieger and O’Donnell collaborating as co-writers. “Close My Eyes” will be released as a single today, July 31 and will be included on Tieger’s forthcoming six-song debut EP in late summer.


GRAMMY®-winning Atlanta hard rock juggernaut Mastodon turned 20 this year! Celebrating two decades together, the group will unleash a rarities collection, Medium Rarities, this September 11th, on CD and digital via Reprise Records. A pink vinyl edition will follow on October 16th. Among the many rare highlights included here is a new track “Fallen Torches,” recorded in 2019.


Says Gavin, “When I am skating or blading and dancing to a song I feel embodied, grounded, and joyful. I connect to the groove and am able to be present. I think the lyrics that came out of me for Bodies are partially a celebration of that experience.”