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Galimatias Announces ‘Renaissance Boy’ ft Bas, Xavier Omar + Shares “Let Go”

Following lead single “Redeye,” “Let Go” is another track submerged in Galimatias’s exquisite late-night, blurry-eyed feelings, bringing the sensuous and pensive palette of his upcoming debut LP into sharper focus. The opening half of “Let Go” foregrounds Galimatias’s fragile vocal performance over tender, dripping keys and crisp percussion while the second half blooms to life with orchestral flourishes and staccato piano. Started in 2018 and finished years later, “Let Go” is the sound of competing mindsets or feelings trapped in the past.

NYC Pop Trio Running Lights Releases “One in a Million”

Rising pop band Running Lights, consisting of Mike and Nick Squillante, and Stephen Ranellone, has released “One in a Million,” an uplifting summer track that inspires listeners to cherish those you love, whether they be new relationships or old, and live life to the fullest. Combining a catchy, uptempo dance-pop beat that is sure to make your feet tap with confident, emotional vocals, “One in a Million” sounds like the way butterflies feel when you fall in love. The single is now available on digital music platforms worldwide.

NYC Pop Trio Running Lights Releases “One in a Million”

Lil Romo Releases “Long Time” Track/Video Today

Chicago rapper Lil Romo released his new single/video “Long Time” today, premiered via Lyrical Lemonade. Lil Romo and Duke Da Beast team up to pay homage to their fallen homies. Romo and Duke rap about their personal trauma and loss in the Milky-directed video released at a time when Chicago sees its most violent month in 28 years, with over 2000+ shootings so far in 2020 . “Long Time” is the most recent single from Lil Romo’s forthcoming debut project, A King With A Crown, set for release next Friday, August 14th – preorder available now via The Programm/Empire.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ “Leave It At The Gate” brings honesty, authenticity

Chris Jones is a storyteller who has long used acoustic music — mostly bluegrass, mostly original — as his medium. But whether it’s a wistful country ballad or a banjo-driven groove, one of his own or from the pen of a Music Row legend, the honesty and authenticity in his musical voice are — just like his warm, nuanced baritone itself — unmistakable. So, too, are the honesty and authenticity of the stories he tells, and the latest release from Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, “Leave It At The Gate,” is also the latest illustration of the way that his music is rooted in real life.

Starfish from the coral reefs of Fruit Island

Led by the exuberant melodies of cross-tapping guitarist Marcos Mena, the LA duo standards make meticulous instrumental math-rock whose effervescent riffs teem with sunny enthusiasm. On the band’s debut full-length, Fruit Island, standards deftly retool math-rock’s unforgiving, challenging tendencies into a style that is both danceable and compositionally profound. Drummer Forrest Rice’s boisterous chops complement Mena’s unpredictable melodies, grounding the unusual self-dueling riffs and balancing the bright compositions with tasteful fills and immaculate syncopations.

Other Music documentary announces wide digital release on Aug. 25

Factory 25 is pleased to announce the wide digital release on Aug. 25 of Other Music, a documentary about the legendary NYC record store that closed in 2016. The store helped launch the careers of countless indie stars. The film will be available on Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, etc.

OUT TODAY: London-based multi-instrumentalist Zeb Samuels to release “Positive Spirit”


La Corporación lanza al mercado hoy el mas reciente sencillo del cantautor urbano Chacal titulado “CALOCHA”. El Chacal sobresale por tener un estilo muy original y canciones con “hooks” pegajosos. Con este sencillo, producido por DJ Unic, no es la excepción. Hace apenas una semana, lanzo el tema “INTROL” el cual ha obtenido gran aceptación entre la fanaticada del artista.


Omar Apollo, one of the most talked about new artists of the last couple of years, returns today with the release of his new song “Stayback” and the accompanying music video. The first single from his forthcoming project, the track is a self-produced and self-written song recalling the woozy, soulful side of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective. Only having released one other song all year, Omar merges from a deeply creative period ready to deliver on the promise displayed across his early releases.

Terra Lightfoot reveals new album & debuts lead single ~ “Paper Thin Walls” ~ album out Oct 16

“I wrote this song about overhearing someone you love sharing some harsh words,” says Lightfoot about “Paper Thin Walls.” “I’ve tried to modulate my reactions to things like that, strived to be calmer in my interactions even when I feel strongly. ‘Paper Thin Walls’ is about having your heart run over by someone who never really comes through.”


ANE BRUN has announced details of a brand new single, ‘Take Hold Of Me’, which will be released by her label, Balloon Ranger Recordings, on August 7, 2020. It’s the sixth taste of her as-yet-untitled eighth studio album, which will represent her first of original material since 2015’s acclaimed When I’m Free. Due in stores this autumn, it follows 2017’s exquisite collection of cover versions, Leave Me Breathless.

New Single: Ane Brun – Take Hold Of Me

Sam Tinnesz Releases White Doves EP Today Via ADA Worldwide

Hitmaker and Warner Music Group ADA artist Sam Tinnesz, known for developing alternative powerhouses like Ruelle and with a current Top 40 Dance chart hit thanks to his collaboration with pop staple Kygo, releases his White Doves EP today (Aug. 7) via ADA Worldwide.

White Doves is the second half of a full-length record about the duality of life. While the first half, Warplanes, features the 100+million-times-streamed “Play With Fire” and focuses on the darker themes of life (hate, anger, violence, etc.), the new EP is about justice, peace, love, family and all the good things about life.

Galimatias shares “Let Go” from debut album

Following lead single “Redeye,” “Let Go” is another track submerged in Galimatias’s exquisite late-night, blurry-eyed feelings, bringing the sensuous and pensive palette of his upcoming debut LP into sharper focus. The opening half of “Let Go” foregrounds Galimatias’s fragile vocal performance over tender, dripping keys and crisp percussion while the second half blooms to life with orchestral flourishes and staccato piano. Started in 2018 and finished years later, “Let Go” is the sound of competing mindsets or feelings trapped in the past.

Stream Galimatias Shares New Single, “Let Go”

LIL KEED RELEASES NEW ALBUM TRAPPED ON CLEVELAND 3 [Ft. Travis Scott, Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, + More] 

Today, rapper Lil Keed releases his sophomore album Trapped On Cleveland 3 via 300 Ent./Young Stoner Stoner Life Records. The album includes the previously released singles “Fox 5” ft. Gunna, “She Know” ft. Lil Baby and a remix of Keed’s viral hit “Wavy”, assisted by Travis Scott.

DC The Don Celebrates Individuality on Debut Album Come As You Are

DC The Don built a massive following on SoundCloud and socials with his future rap anthems, rising up out of Milwaukee with his athletic rhymes and earworm hooks. Ready to put himself on the line, the Milwaukee native shares Come As You Are, an engaging and hyper-melodic new album. Mixing soaring vocals and fast-paced flows, DC The Don is a natural behind the mic, stacking flexes and wise-cracks in his verses and creating memorable choruses. Spanning 14 tracks, the new album emphasizes the importance of being authentic to your creative self, and reflects the 20-year-old rapper’s willingness to put in the work and create his own lane in a stifling city.


John Herndon – the massively influential and highly respected drummer, producer, and founding member of post-rock icons Tortoise – has released his debut LP under the moniker A Grape Dope. Arthur King Presents A Grape Dope: Backyard Banger consolidates blasts of experimental hip hop beats, grinding lo-fi house grooves, clattering noise passages, and even subdued synth ambiance into a concise and colorful 32-minute journey.The album features vocal contributions from celebrated artist Travis Millard (The Other Fudge) and rare vocals from Herndon himself.


Today, StaySolidRocky releases a remix bundle for his viral banger “Party Girl”. Tapping into his fan base over the pond, the bundle features appearances from VIZE, Kina and Sarcastic Sounds. “Party Girl” Remixes is available on all digital platforms, listen here.


2 Chainz, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award®-winning MC returns with “Money Maker” feat. Lil Wayne, the first new single from his forthcoming sixth studio album via Def Jam Recordings. The song samples Louisiana’s HBCU Southern University world-renowned marching band, Human Jukebox, which are also featured in the artwork. 2 Chainz previewed the song last night during his Verzuz battle with Rick Ross where the King’s of the South celebrated their legacies and iconic catalogs.

2 Chainz Drops New Single “Money Maker” Feat. Lil Wayne, Available Today via Def Jam


“To be at Sixes and Sevens means to be at a state of total confusion…Love is confusing,” explains Tiana Major9, who has been giving fans a glimpse into the making of the EP through an autobiographical, four-part miniseries. BEHIND AT THE SIXES AND SEVENS explores the evolution of Tiana, with each episode melodically chronicling the expansion of her sound, artistry, perspective and journey since signing to Motown. Watch the first episode of Behind At The Sixes and Sevens here, second episode here, and third episode here. The EP’s first single, “Think About You (Notion Mix),” has already amassed more than five million combined global streams.

The Allman Betts Band release stunning cinematic music video for ‘Pale Horse Rider’

“Pale Horse Rider” opens ominously, quickly evolving into a dark and dense rumbler accentuated by Devon Allman’s emotive and ghostly wordless chorus and a thunderous, expansive outro. It’s an unbridled storm of guitars centered on a Duane Betts riff evoking the spirit of Neil Young’s Crazy Horse and modern counterpart, My Morning Jacket. Written, in part, in Baton Rouge, La., it portends an album of explorative song structure.

Skittish Announce New LP, Share single “Car Crash Companion”

Jeff Noller has been the creative force behind the band Skittish for over ten years. Sprung from the lake country of Minnesota in 2007, Skittish has earned critical acclaim for the Paul Simon meets Arcade Fire blend of bedroom folk-rock. Choosing the name Skittish was a nod to the kinship and calm Noller has found around animals, and less so around people. Other musicians seem to be the exception to that preference, because although he writes and records on his own, many talented Midwest musicians have joined Noller in the Skittish lineup over the years.

Emi Jeen – Stream My New Track “Runaway”

“When I first began to write the lyrics for this song, I was in LA and just wanted to escape reality.

I wasn’t comfortable in my current situation, having so many disappointments fighting the music business for the last 10 years.

I often feel so different when I’m in another country and feel like there’s so many new opportunities that I feel like another person.”


Today, multi-platinum, chart topping rapper/singer/songwriter/producer Doja Cat officially releases “Freak” at all digital service providers via Kemosabe/RCA Records. The track, which Doja initially uploaded to her SoundCloud last year quickly became a viral sensation on TikTok with over 1.2 million original creations. With over 5 million streams on SoundCloud, she treats fans by releasing the full track across all platforms while she works on new music.

Lewis Del Mar shares new track and video “TV,” AUGUST out 8/21

“Much of the ethos behind Lewis Del Mar is rooted in the practice of collage, and ‘TV’ touches on this concept from two angles,” Lewis Del Mar says. “First, the lyrics are a societal stream of conscious that weave a haywire line through disparate scenes and ideas: the water cycle, call centers, crowded subways, my mother’s voice. The song seeks connection in chaos, much like scrolling, flipping the channel. The recording itself is also its own collage. The drums, vocals, and guitar were recorded live in the room, while the synths and samples were programmed around this foundation to invoke the saturated and layered sensation of over-consumption that we’ve all grown accustomed to.”


Co-produced by Hines, Portal One: The Mixtape features his powerful and politically charged recent single “Get Up (with Vince Staples)” — a collaboration with Vince Staples that’s earned acclaim from tastemakers like Rolling Stone, Brooklyn Vegan (who hailed it as “a dose of kinetic art-funk”) and The FADER (who praised the track’s “forceful, heart-racing peak”). Meanwhile, Rolling Stone noted that Staples’s verse on “Get Up (with Vince Staples)” “perfectly com­plements the still-relevant urgency Hines packed into the original.”

Gavin Haley Releases New Track “Be There For You” & Video

The single is accompanied by its music video, directed by his sister Frances Haley, which reflects the song’s vulnerable lyrics as it follows along a past relationship and the emotions felt when it comes to an end – watch here.

QUIHAYAQUIHAY Releases New Single + Video “MUACK”

“‘MUACK’ describes the courage, adrenaline, and confidence that comes with saying ‘no’ to a toxic relationship. Breaking free from the chains [of love] and doing what you want which rushes blood to your head…but freedom is a double-edged sword if you don’t make the right moves. ‘Kiss on the cheek so it doesn’t hurt anymore’ a healthy way to say goodbye to toxic love,” affirms AQUIHAYAQUIHAY.

GRAMMY Award winning singer, songwriter, and producer Anderson .Paak releases “Lockdown” (Remix Bundle)

Esteemed singer, songwriter, and producer Anderson .Paak announces the release of his “Lockdown” remix bundle today via Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12Tone Music, LLC. The 5-track “Lockdown” remix bundle includes instrumental, acapella, and the official remix featuring JID, Noname, and Jay Rock. Inspiration for the song followed .Paak’s participation in a Los Angeles Black Lives Matter protest where peaceful protestors were being shot with rubber bullets by the police. Met with rave reviews, the original version was released on Juneteenth with a video directed by Dave Meyers featuring Andra Day, Jay Rock, Syd, SiR, Dumbfoundead & Dominic Fike.

Che Noir and 14 trapdoors Connect in the 716 for “Orion’s Belt” Video

Delivering offbeat bars in distinct styles, Buffalo trio 14 trapdoors are motivated by a love of rapping and a limitless creative drive. Teaming up with fellow Queen City native Che Noir for a lyrical and ethereal video single, the group shares “Orion’s Belt.” With a warped, twinkling beat from Buffalo beatmaker Camoflauge Monk, “Orion’s Belt” finds all four emcees discussing their ambitions and money motivations: Bendyface counts his currency, WZA dreams of early retirement, Short Moscato spits in the face of the Grim Reaper, and Che Noir fantasizes about sipping champagne in a hotel jacuzzi.

Shenna Shares “Taste” Via American Songwriter, Look Out For New Music In 2020

Shenna has returned with her latest single, “Try Another Taste” the first release since her 2019 EP Blue Memories. The track premiered exclusively with American Songwriter praising, “Lightening the lyrical load from her most recent EP, 2019’s Blue Memories, an exploration of her depression and technology’s impact on the human psyche, Shenna has shifted the storyline in new single “Try Another Taste. – The steady, sultry groove of “Try Another Taste” reveals another side of Shenna’s propulsive pop singing” –

Shenna Sees Love as a Many-Flavored Thing on “Try Another Taste”

Billy Raffoul Premieres New Song & Video “What Makes a Man;” Announces New Album

Sparsely arranged but full of raw feeling, “What Makes a Man” is a profoundly moving protest song that speaks out against systemic racism in policing. As Raffoul explains, “What Makes a Man” was the final song written and recorded for International Hotel.


A hard-hitting anthem of resistance and don’t-fuck-with-me bravado, “Weapon” reiterates the motto Code Red Riot’s Corky Gainsford learned as a kid from one of his favorite movies, Rocky: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” Given the tumultuous climate of 2020, this motto rings true now more than ever. The video was filmed and edited in hotel rooms across the United States in early 2020 when Gainsford was on tour drumming for the Blue Man Group (before the nation went on pandemic lockdown).

Boston’s STL GLD Returns With New Unapologetic Video “My Block”

Boston’s Alternative Hip Hop group STL GLD have been steadily captivating crowds, winning awards, and pushing their music experience beyond traditional ways. After the success of their last three LPs, they return with a new abstract video single My Block under disastrous times. “Hip Hop is the escape for me. It’s a place to shed pain, cry out loud or scream.

The Avett Brothers Release New Single “I Go To My Heart”

“I Go To My Heart” and previously released single “Victory,” which Paste declared one of “The Best Songs of July 2020,” are available instantly upon preordering The Third Gleam here. The album will be released on CD and digitally August 28, with vinyl available September 18. While written and recorded ahead of the pandemic and most recent social reform movements, the eight song collection addresses themes of injustice, incarceration, and mortality, as well as resilience, love, and hope that resonate strongly today.

On Stage Gospel Channel Now Online

A new Smart TV/OTT (over the top media service), cell app and internet platform devoted to faith-based entertainment is now available.

The outlet, On Stage Gospel, is the creation of New Jersey-based Charles Jerkins, who comes from a dynasty of hit makers and leaders in the church. “I come from a family of 13 siblings,” says Charles – whose nephews are Grammy Award winning songwriters/producers Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton and Michael Jackson) and brother/collaborator “Uncle” Freddie Jerkins III. Charles’s partner, Bishop Robert Colson, also has a lot of experience in the music and film industry as well.