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Supergroup The Wheelblocks (Feat. Members of Fozzy, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Ex-Machinehead) Release Cover of Iron Maiden’s “Aces High”

“Once again in the middle of a pandemic, I had the honor of getting together with some amazing musicians to play a cover of one of my favorite band’s best songs!” exclaims The Wheelblocks singer Chris Jericho. “‘Aces High’ is not only one of the hardest vocals I’ve ever had the pleasure of singing in a studio, they were even harder to record while I was flying a fighter plane! As a result, I think the power (slave) of this song fits perfectly into the hard rock world of today and I’m excited to see ‘Aces High’ fly as high up the charts as the protagonist of the song itself! So head up the runway, let off a shot burst and UP THE WHEELBLOCKS!”


The making of “IDFC” was a seamless collaboration. In Perto’s words: “Caroline and I linked when she came to Sydney for some shows and we ended up hanging out for days – in the studio, grabbing meals, we even went to the zoo with Rico [Nasty] lol. Ravenna and I had started IDFC last year, but it sat on my computer for months. I played it to Caroline one of the days and she really fucked with it. We went in on the production and turned it into a whole new record :)”

GRID: Swedish Grindcore Act Signs To Selfmadegod Records

Selfmadegod Records is proud to announce the signing of Umea, Sweden’s GRID. After several vinyl and cassette EPs, the trio has completed the recording of its debut full-length, Livsleda. Consisting of nine blistering grindcore songs with echoes of melodic crust/d-beat, Livsleda will appeal to fans of Nasum, Rotten Sound, Sayyadina, Afgrund, Wake, Tragedy, Martyrdöd, and the like.

Aloe Blacc “My Way” from the new album All Love Everything


Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Phil Good has unveiled an official remix of his latest single “Everything’s Good” from DJ and producer Slow Magic.


Three. Two. One. was named one of Vulture’s ‘Best Albums – Spring 2020’ with the publication declaring: “Stella’s solo debut [Three. Two. One.] proves her mettle in a pop field of play.” The 13-track LP was also proclaimed “Stella’s shining moment” by American Songwriter while Earmilk coined it “a formal introduction to a blooming high-profile artist.”


Annika Rose “Butterflies” New Single & Official Video Out Now

Rising artist and LA-based singer-songwriter Annika Rose has released her new single “Butterflies” today via TaP Records. Annika teamed up with Erik Hassle (Rihanna, TV On The Radio) and Tim Randolph (Imagine Dragons, Whethan) to write and produce the new single. Inspired by a late-night conversation with a friend about the pressures of their futures and the transition from adolescence to adulthood, Annika shares, “I found myself reflecting deeply on childhood naivety and the freedom from the realities of the world and growing up, back to what often feels like a simpler time. Catching butterflies is a metaphor for that lost innocence and purity of life when we’re young. Especially lately, the intensity of this feeling has grown with everything happening in the world and I want to use this song and my music to connect with others who may be feeling a similar way.”

Mexican Anti-Boyband AQUIHAYAQUIHAY Kisses Toxic Love Goodbye In “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.


Moroccan-American vocal powerhouse ABIR infuses modern pop and R&B with the extraordinary sounds of her native country Morocco in HEAT, the latest EP from the Arab-Pop songstress. The album is accompanied by the explosive companion visual to “Yallah,” a uniquely powerful visual that showcases the artist’s hypnotic vocal presence. HEAT is available now at all DSPs and streaming services –


Nu-core masters TALLAH have revealed their latest single, “Placenta,” from their upcoming, highly anticipated debut album, Matriphagy, that’s due out October 2nd from Earache Records. The band’s vicious new single is accompanied by an equally chaotic video that can be seen below.


Global multi-platinum rapper, Nasty C, releases the high energy track and hot visual, “PALM TREES,” the latest single from his forthcoming and highly anticipated album, “ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER” to be released via Def Jam Recordings on August 28. “ZULU MAN WITH SOME POWER” is available for fans to pre-save now.

VICIOUS RUMORS Releases Video For New Single “Pulse of the Dead”

US Metal legends VICIOUS RUMORS have released a new single and video today. The song “Pulse Of The Dead” is taken from the forthcoming album “Celebration Decay”.

Robert Earl Keen’s Americana Podcast Joins American Songwriter

Americana Podcast: The 51st State is dedicated to sharing and expanding on the Americana genre’s roots, reach, and definition. Each episode is told from the point of view of the musicians that have dedicated their lives to the genre. Host Robert Earl Keen, interviews musicians, exploring their unique histories, creative processes, successes, failures, and everything in between. Full of music, laughs, and insights, this podcast is a can’t-miss for music lovers. Americana Podcast is produced and was co-created by Clara Rose.

American Songwriter Podcast Network

Ultimate Fakebook Are Guests on Low-Budget Talk Show “After Hours At Melin’s” Video from First New Album in 16 Years

It’s been a long 16 years for fans of the pop punk band Ultimate Fakebook to release new music. And boy, it was worth the wait. The band is back with a comical new video for their song “After Hours at Melin’s,”

The video finds the band on a low-budget talk show, with the host, played by Curtis Rainsberry, referring to them as the “Ultimate Facebookers,” ironic for the fact that when these guys last released music, Facebook wasn’t really a thing – it was all about Myspace. As the three members of the Kansas-based band field questions from the host, bassist Nick Colby disguised to look a bit like Hulk Hogan, rips off a killer keyboard solo in a demonstration of the talk show’s musical capabilities. Then, the band rips into the song on the talk show’s tiny makeshift stage.

Darkovibes Unveils “Confirmed” Visual w/ Kwesi Arthur & Joey B

“Confirmed” is a standout off Darkovibes’ recently released debut album Kpanlogo, which also features stunning collabs with the likes of Mr. Eazi, King Promise, Runtown, and Stonebwoy and finds Darkovibes effortlessly coalescing between several languages – including English, Pidgin, Ga, and Twi – helping to form his own distinct contemporary sound that blends elements of Ghanaian Afrobeat with hip-hop, trap, and rap. The LP yielded the hit “Inna Song (Gin & Lime)” featuring King Promise, which peaked at #1 on the Apple Top 100: Ghana chart.

On Man Reveals Stellar New Offering “Darks”

On Man is an artist who wants to slip between genre lines, letting sonic boundaries pass harmlessly through him. Based in the countryside sprawl that extends beyond North London, he’s partly connected to the city while remaining rooted in rural bliss. It suits him, too: an electronic producer working within his own passions, his blistering mutant pop is born from a place of absolute independence.

Musician-Singer-Songwriter & Producer JOSH X Returns With New Single, I MISS YOU

“I Miss You was inspired by me wanting that special person to know that I needed one more hug, and one more touch before they walked away. You realize that you never know what you have until it’s gone,” mentions Josh. “Unfortunately, while in love, it happens like that sometimes,” he adds.


AURORA has released an acoustic version of “Exist For Love” remixed by Benjamin Mørk out now on Glassnote Music. The singer has also written an original song, “The Secret Garden,” for STX Entertainment’s The Secret Garden out now on Video On Demand in the US and due out in other territories later this year. The film was directed by Marc Munden (Utopia, National Treasure, The Mark of Cain). The song will be available to download and stream on September 4th.

Emerging Welsh talent ELA brings wistful Summer love vibes with debut single ‘Our Summer’

ELA (pronounced ‘Ella’) is an emerging new artist who writes from her core and sings from her soul. The Welsh London-based singer-songwriter is an experienced recording artist for TV drama and is now embarking on releasing her own material with a forthcoming E.P. ‘Unfurl’ which will be released later in the year and which is written by ELA and Ian Barter who has worked with big names such as Izzy Bizu, Paloma Faith and Amy Winehouse. Each of the five songs are based on her own personal experiences and are about the challenges of becoming a young woman. Fans may be surprised at the range of genres: from smoky jazzy chords to piano and voice ballad to a sassy number. The first single from the E.P. is the chilled and upbeat ‘Our Summer’, released on 26th June 2020.

Experimental Pop Artist CHILD Drops Evocative Debut Single “The Encounter”

With a passion to explore sonic territories, experimental pop artist Devin Coogan, also known as CHILD, is releasing his much-anticipated debut single, “The Encounter.”

Born and raised in New England and currenty based in Raleigh, NC, CHILD encapsulates what often makes alternative pop music so remarkable – familiar melodies and hooks, as well as a haunting lyrical depth.

North Mississippi Allstars Release “Catfish” ft Cedric Burnside Today – All Proceeds Benefit Black Lives Matter

North Mississippi Allstars have released their version of “Catfish” featuring Cedric Burnside today. The song was recorded at Willie Mitchell’s historic Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, which was home to the legendary Hi Records and the Hi Rhythm Section. Co-produced by Willie Mitchell’s son, the Grammy Award winning Boo Mitchell and Luther and Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars, all proceeds from“Catfish” will benefit Black Lives Matter.

North Mississippi All Stars Pair With Cedric Burnside on “Catfish,” Donating Proceeds to BLM


Charlotte Rose says: “I spent most of my time during the lockdown at my parents house on Martha’s Vineyard where I grew up. All I’ve wanted to do is watch movies I’ve already seen before and listen to songs I already know all the words to. It’s like comfort food. It’s been cool to revisit songs from the EP in the same way. I wrote these songs alone, and I’ve played them more on stage by myself than with a full band. In a lot of ways they sound more familiar to me this way. There’s an element of loneliness in everything I write, and I think that really comes through when the melodies are laid bare like this.”

BlackBook Premiere: New Charlotte Rose Benjamin Single ‘Cursed,’ Acoustified


Fresh off the release of their “For A Feeling” collaboration with CamelPhat, Ukrainian music project ARTBAT are the first to spin their own take on the original, fusing their inimitable techno sound with trance influences. Next up, Italian-born, Berlin-based duo Mind Against lace their rework with euphoric, high-tempo chords and a floor filling breakdown. Rounding off the package, German producer Patrice Bäumel approaches his ominous remix of “Hypercolour,” which builds upon the hypnotic and darker tone of the original.

Artist / Actor Phil. turns up on “watch out.”

At just 23 years old Phillip Johnson-Richardson, aka Phil., has already established himself as a promising singer, rapper, and actor. Currently playing the role of Benny on Apple TV+ original series ‘Little Voice’ created by the award-winning team of J.J. Abrams, Sara Bareilles and Jessie Nelson, Phil. has been balancing his time working on music for his debut EP.

Armon Jay (Dashboard Confessional) speaks out on depression in new song ‘Half Life’

Armon Jay has released the first song “Half Life” from his forthcoming third solo album The Dark Side of Happiness. The new album offers an intimate glimpse into Armon’s own inner conflict, a quiet record with subtle dynamics, but emotionally raw.

Gorgeous, Neo-Classical “Quartets” by Hedia out Today!

Quartets is the latest audiovisual work from Albuquerque, NM based artist and musician Bryce Hample (REIGHNBEAU). Originally a conceptual Viola Da Gamba quartet recording, Quartets was recorded in stereo in the center of the Craft Gallery in ABQ using only the natural reverberation of the concrete gallery space. Each overdub was performed from a different location of the room, starting in the corners.

THE CORONAS – “Cold” is getting hotter by the hour!

The Coronas’ 13-year journey has definitely been unique. With multi-platinum-selling albums and a huge fan base in their native Ireland, they have not only had to endure their entire 2020 game plan for the release of their 6th album and a world tour being totally upended by a global pandemic, they have also been the target of lots of (not so gentle) ribbing.

The Coronas – “Cold” is getting hotter by the hour

Repentance Release New Single, “God For A Day”

Metal band Repentance has released their new single “God For A Day” off of their debut album also titled God For A Day due out September 25th via Art is War Records/Intercept Music.

Repentance came together in 2018 when Shaun Glass, a veteran guitarist of Broken Hope and Dirge Within, recruited Mike Sylvester on bass and began songwriting with lead guitarist Markus Johansson of the group Them. Robb Rivera of Nonpoint introduced Stuck Mojo front-man Robby J. Fonts and from there… Repentance was born.

UK Thrash Metal Pioneers ONSLAUGHT Release “Generation Antichrist” Today

The long-awaited new release from UK thrash metal innovators ONSLAUGHT, Generation Antichrist, is available today via AFM Records.

“I’m so psyched that we’re finally getting this new ONSLAUGHT album out on the streets after seven years, but where’s the freakin’ time gone?” says guitarist and founding member Nige Rockett.

UK Thrash Metal Pioneers ONSLAUGHT Release Generation Antichrist Today