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Storry – ‘WORTH’ (feat. Thurz) – OUT NOW!

“Growing up, I was all about being natural. I’d try to convince my mother she was more beautiful without make-up and that she didn’t need those expensive so-called anti-aging creams or beautifying procedures. As I got older, my breasts stopped growing with me when I was 12.”

RESERVING DIRTNAPS: BrooklynVegan Premieres “Blood On The Walls” Featuring Patric Gardner From Queensway; Another Disaster EP Nears Release Via WAR Records

Memphis metallic hardcore outfit RESERVING DIRTNAPS will deploy their merciless new EP, Another Disaster, through WAR Records next week. With the release date closing in, BrooklynVegan is hosting the premiere of new single, “Blood On The Walls,” which features guest vocals from Patric Gardner of Baltimore hardcore crew Queensway.

All Them Witches To Release “Nothing As The Ideal” September 4th – Release “The Children Of Coyote Woman” Video Today

All Them Witches will return with Nothing as the Ideal on September 4th, 2020 via New West Records. The 8-song set was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in the legendary Studio Two (home to landmark recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and more). It was produced by the band and Mikey Allred (producer of their 2015 New West debut Dying Surfer Meets His Maker). Nothing as the Ideal is the follow up to All Them Witches’ acclaimed 2018 ATW LP and last year’s standalone single “1X1.” Unremittingly forward-looking, the new album is their most experimental work to date. Tape loops coincide with unplugged minimalism. It’s their heaviest album marked by their broadest atmospheres, intimate and pummeling. Nothing as the Ideal is also their first full length album as a paired down trio, their smallest iteration as a band.

2nd Zooni x Skope Mag

Discovered by Mercury and Brit award winning producer Charlie Andrew (Alt J, London Gramma, Marika Hackman), Zooni – Peter Martin, George Godwin, Ben Clark, and Matt Glasbey – played a Sold-Out headline show at The Waiting Room (London) in the summer of 2019, following on from an unforgettable appearance at The Great Escape Festival in that same year – and still hope to be playing some UK shows later this year.

Winnetka Bowling League Releases New Track “Come To The Beach” — From Forthcoming “CONGRATULATIONS” EP Out September 18th Via RCA

“Come To The Beach” will be featured on Winnetka Bowling League’s forthcoming EP entitled CONGRATULATIONS set for release September 18th via RCA Records, along with previously released tracks “Kangaroo” and “CVS.”

UK band MIYA MIYA has released their dramatic new Sci-Fi music video “Cold Blood”

“Cold Blood” is about the uncertainty that comes with not knowing whether a tricky relationship is meant to be or if it is simply being forced to work. The band worked with the award-winning director Bailey Tom Bailey to bring their vision to life of being stuck in this difficult situation, but also matching it to the strange times surrounding the pandemic.

EJ Marais Shares “Bedroom RnB” Via Glide

Alternative-R&B artist EJ Marais shared the latest single “Bedroom RnB” off of his upcoming LP Cuts out August 28th Via La Castanya. The track was premiered with Glide praising, “Bedroom RnB” a ravishing display of modern soul, pop and hip-hop. Taking hints from The Weeknd and FKA Twigs, Marais molds slow tempos, jazzy interludes, and rock approved grooves for a fulfilling display of electronic meets instrumental artistry.”

Teenage Wrist Release New Track “Silverspoon”

Today, Los Angeles band Teenage Wrist release their new track “Silverspoon.” Produced by Colin Brittain (Basement, A Day To Remember, Papa Roach), the track explores how excessive comfort can be destructive in relationships. This new release offers a glimpse at the band’s forthcoming record.

Sa-Roc Announces New Album, Drops “Deliverance” Music Video

Today, Sa-Roc—the emcee heralded by OkayPlayer as “one of the most formidable microphone mavens in the game”—drops “Deliverance” and announces October 2 as the release date for her long-awaited Rhymesayers Entertainment debut album The Sharecropper’s Daughter. Since signing to the independent powerhouse, Sa-Roc has released a steady stream of singles, including “Forever” (with over 4 million views), “Goddess Gang,” and “Hand of God.” For “Deliverance,” she tapped label mate Evidence to produce the track and direct the bold, visually striking music video.

Deante’ Hitchcock’s New Video Displays the Art of the Hustle

Deante’ Hitchcock wins fans with his sharp pen, his conversational flow, and his boisterous personality. All of these attributes are out in full force in “I Got Money Now,” his latest music video. Produced by Deante’s go-to guy Brandon Phillips-Taylor, who works in a sample of Minnie Riperton’s classic “Les Fleur,” “I Got Money Now” is a thumping dirty south anthem about making something out of nothing: “Remember they told me that I wouldn’t get it/Then I went and got it (Hmm, sh*t, huh)/I ain’t have shit but lint in my pockets, n****/I was havin’ withdrawals, now I’m at the bank/Makin’ deposits, n****,” opens Deante’.

Brendon Randall-Myers / Dither Quartet Share “Trem Chorale”

Today Brendon Randall-Myers and the Dither quartet release “Trem Chorale,” a new single edit and music video from their upcoming album Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies.” Directed by Derrick Belcham, the video pairs a live dance performance with a seething, frantic moment on the album.

Smokepurpp Learns to Live with Regret in “Said A Lotta Things”

He made his name with mosh pit-ready bangers, but Smokepurpp is just as effective when he simmers down. Today, Smokepurpp shares “Said A Lotta Things,” a regret-filled, bite-sized trap ballad. Crooning atop a muted guitar melody from Thank You Fizzle (Gunna, Lil Pump), Purpp reflects on how his partying habits have serious effects on his emotional well-being: “I was on 10 xans when I told you you were my girlfriend/I was on 9 percocets when I told you that I love you/And when I told you I love you I was high on mushrooms.” The song gets a lift from Purpp’s burbling, high-pitched ad-libs, which provide a secondary hook. “Said A Lotta Things” is Purpp’s first new song since the release of Florida Jit, his recent project.

MÖRK GRYNING Unveil New Album Details, Release First Single

Legendary Swedish black metal formation MÖRK GRYNING will be releasing their first new album since 2005! ‘Hinsides Vrede’ is due on October 23 via Season of Mist, making it the band’s debut to the label. The tracklist and album art can be found below.


New Jersey-native and Brooklyn-based Ski Team celebrate the return of the NBA season with the tongue-in-cheek “Knicks Suck” (out 8/14) an “ode to all the Knick fans who stick it out, despite years of torment” says Lucie Lozinski (aka Ski Team). But “under the surface, ‘Knicks Suck’ is about relationships that bring pain. It’s hard to quit things you love, even if they let you down.”

Premiere: Ski Team Draws Similarities Between Sports & Romance with “Knicks Suck”

Holy Motors’ (Wharf Cat) Estonian Americana finds a darker tone on “Endless Night”

Holy Motors, the enigmatic quartet of ex-Soviet cowboys, are back with their second single, ‘Endless Night,’ ahead of their second album, Horse. It’s the follow up to the group’s stunning 2018 debut, Slow Sundown, and will arrive on October 16th via Wharf Cat Records (Bambara, Dougie Poole, Public Practice).

Yves Tumor presents “Strawberry Privilege” lyric video

YVES TUMOR has shared a hypnotic new lyric video for “STRAWBERRY PRIVILEGE” from the critically acclaimed 2020 release Heaven To A Tortured Mind (out now on WARP RECORDS.) The video was directed by Jordan Hemingway and Collin Fletcher and stars Yves Tumor and Julia Cumming. It also arrives alongside exclusive new merchandise available from Yves Tumor’s Bandcamp page.

Musician-Singer-Songwriter & Producer JOSH X

“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.

Ben Brown Releases Funky New Single, “Socks & Sliders”

Ben Brown plays on ‘tongue & cheek’ lyrical themes to keep the vocals as bright as the groove and the beat it sits on. The song consists of playful lyrics of the joy of wearing socks and sliders despite the negative public opinion and ‘fashion disaster.’ With his lighthearted lyrics and catchy beat, you can’t help but bop your head along. The laid-back and airy attitude masterfully blend with his smooth and silky vocals. To further emphasize the humor and playfulness of this witty single, he includes a phone call asking a friend, ‘how do you feel about people who wear socks and sliders?’ In response, his friend replies, laughing that, ‘they should just live their best life,’ underlining the relaxed and carefree theme of the song to live and enjoy life to the fullest regardless of others’ opinions. “Socks & Sliders” is co-produced and mixed by Will Paterson, and mastered by Kevin Tuffy at Alchemy Mastering.

BLACK MAGNET: Cvlt Nation Premieres “Hegemon” By Industrial Metal Entity

Industrial metal outfit BLACK MAGNET will release its debut LP, Hallucination Scene, through 20 Buck Spin in early September. With the record closing in, the new single “Hegemon” is now streaming exclusively at Cvlt Nation.

Listen to the militant industrial metal of BLACK MAGNET’s “Hegemon”

Australian Trio THE BUCKLEYS Release Debut “Daydream” on September 25th

Purveyors of what they call “Hippie Country,” – a genre representing the infectious personality and spirited conscience that the band maintains through these tough times, these three young artists – Sarah 20, Lachlan 19 and Molly 17, – have been making strides since they released their first singles in 2019, including “Daydream,” which catapulted the trio into the limelight, scoring a #1 single on Australian country radio, which was followed by the second single, “I’m Comin’ For Ya (Love),” which reached #3. Their worldwide debut single “Money” reached #2 and its follow up “Breathe” at #3 and headed upwards to #2.

Working Men’s Club Share New Track “Valleys”

Talking about the track, Syd from the band said: “‘Valleys’ is probably the most honest song on the record and I guess sets a premise for the rest of the album, growing up in a small town and trying to escape. It was one of the last songs we finished, we couldn’t quite get the right string sound despite layering up about 4 synths up then Ross brought in his fixed LE string synth and it sounded perfect for the song. It’s the first track on the album and one of the last songs I wrote before going into Sheffield to finish off the record. Having been in lockdown since the end of Winter in Todmorden it seems like there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to release this song.”

Josh Johnson signs to Northern Spy

LA-based multi-instrumentalist Josh Johnson—whose vital presence in the vanguard of new jazz music is evident by his features on countless critically-acclaimed projects like Jeff Parker’s Suite for Max Brown and Makaya McCraven’s Universal Beings—today, launched his project under his own name with the release of his first single, “856,” and announced signing with Northern Spy. An electronic track that displays his musically omnivorous DNA, “856” reveals a love for the proto-house explorations of Herbie Hancock and the graceful modular synthesizer compositions of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

KSHMR Premieres New Side Project “Dreamz” With Single ‘Casual’ ft. Nevve

Underpinned by the powerful vocals of LA singer Nevve, who previously collaborated with KSHMR on single ‘Do Bad Well’, ‘Casual’ is an infectious modern pop track influenced by KSHMR’s dance music background. An extension of our psyche as music lovers, Dreamz aims to create sounds that counteract our daily stressors. Each time the Dreamer lays his head down to fall asleep, he’s whisked away into dreamland where his songs come alive as a story in dream form.


“Baby No More” shows off the huskier side of Anjimile’s voice, fitting for a song where he calls himself the “king heartbreaker.” Lyrically dejected but sonically not defeated, Anjimile unpacks the ways in which he failed his partner, someone named Mary. Like an epiphany, the song starts quiet and soft, with just him and his acoustic guitar. As new realizations come to him, new instruments and effects join in alongside him. Though upbeat and sunny, the song’s cheerful tone belies the heaviness of its subject matter.

Brothers Osborne Give Fans Exclusive Free Live Stream Concert

“Brothers Osborne: Let’s Play Live,” presented by Lighting Link™, brings together the thrill of live entertainment in the comfort & safety of people’s homes across America, as Award-winning duo Brothers Osborne will perform an exclusive, FREE live stream concert on YouTube complete with their GRAMMY-nominated tracks and Platinum-selling hits. During the concert, fans will be encouraged to donate to ACM Lifting Lives® COVID-19 Response Fund to be disbursed to individuals in the Country Music community who are currently in need of pandemic relief assistance. To learn more about ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund, visit ACMLiftingLives.org.

Attic Salt Announce Get Wise on Jump Start Records

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Attic Salt. If you’re not familiar, this pop-punk quartet out of Springfield, IL have been kicking around since 2017. Their self-titled debut made a splash in the punk scene drawing comparisons to bands like The Copyrights and early Blink 182. Now the band is back with a brand new album and a new home. Attic Salt have signed with Jump Start Records (MXPX, A Wilhelm Scream, Plow United) to release their sophomore album, Get Wise. The ten track release builds on their previous effort and showcases the songwriting skills of both Alyssa Currie and Andy Harmon. Get Wise is available on September 25th, 2020, but Jump Start Records put together a teaser to feed your ears now. You can expect the first single and physical pre-orders to go live next week.

Bang La Decks and Wiwek release powerful visual for ‘GQOM’

Paying tribute to the great essence and life that is within the dance and culture of the South African sub-genre, ‘GQOM’ see’s Bang La Decks and Wiwek showcase the typically hard hitting and hypnotic sounds the genre’s known for, with their adoration for the legendary Guinean vocalist Mory Kante, who passed away at the age of 70 this year, utilising his iconic 1987 vocal on ‘Yeke Yeke’ to bring the production to life.

BECK Presents HYPERSPACE: A.I. EXPLORATION A Visual Album Experience

Given that ROLLING STONE’s 4-star review of Beck’s Hyperspace (Capitol Records) likened his voice to “David Bowie’s Major Tom checking in from distant orbit,” it’s purely logical that the seven-time GRAMMY-winner’s next collaboration would be with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in southern California.

With the release of Hyperspace: A.I. Exploration, Beck takes the universally acclaimed album to new frontiers via an interstellar journey combining publicly available NASA mission images, curated with assistance from NASA JPL, visualizations, animations and data with revolutionary Artificial Intelligence tech. The result is the creation of new worlds borne from NASA missions, each soundtracked by Beck’s songs: actual Hyperspaces.

Teenanger Borrow “Yours To Discover” Jingle for New Post-Punk Heater “Trillium Song”

Toronto’s DIY scene purveyors, Teenanger have today shared their blistering new single, “Trillium Song”, the second to be lifted from the new record, Good Time – out October 2 via Telephone Explosion Records – which has so far earned praise from outlets like Paste, The Line of Best Fit, Exclaim, BBC 6 Music, So Young and more. The new record, which comes mixed by renowned Toronto musician, Sandro Perri, follows previous releases that have found the band share stages across North America and Europe with the likes of METZ, Ty Segall, Death From Above, Dilly Dally, Dish Pit and more.

Skope | Drew Citron new LP + video

Debut solo album from Drew Citron, featuring guests Sam Owens (Sam Evian) and Tim Wheeler (Ash). The announcement comes alongside lead single “Summertime” released with a deceivingly lighthearted video which is an homage to the movie King of New York.

THE JAPANESE HOUSE Releases “Dionne” ft. Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver)

Adored by both critics and fans for the “tender and textured songs” that are “atmospheric, lofty, and soothing” (Nylon), and “melancholic melodies” that create “an amalgamation of The xx and Wet” (V Magazine), The Japanese House, “hits the invisible and shifting target of hype that so many artists, even with money, readily miss” (Consequence of Sound), gathering over 285+ million streams on Spotify since her start in 2015.

Artist: Michael Rahme – Track: Free

Located in Ottawa, Canada, artist Michael Rahme is best known for his lyrics that captivate elements of storytelling; creating an addicting presence that pulls listeners in with each press of the play button.

Wayley’s New Single “Waiting for You”

Born and raised in Toronto, Wayley blends indie, folk, and pop, to create a full band sound and anthem-style sing-alongs. His lyrics explore subjects anywhere from heartbreak to self encouragement that are held together by catchy choruses.

Keaton Henson Shares New Track “Prayer”

“Prayer” is the album’s vulnerable centerpiece, arriving in two distinct parts; firstly, there’s the preparation for loss that, in truth, will never truly prepare you at all, and then the orchestral second half, a final goodbye to his father.

Eric Francis Announces Quarantine LP “Under A Fake Sky,” Out August 28th

Progressive metal artist Eric Francis has announced the upcoming release of his new LP “Under A Fake Sky,” available on all digital platforms August 28th. Creating a deliberate sense of “musical whiplash” in his sound, Eric Francis uses a contrast between light and heavy elements in his writing. “Under A Fake Sky” was conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic from March – July, and was created entirely by Francis in his home while in quarantine.

BEANS ON TOAST – ‘Save The Music’

With the safe return of live events still posing one of the pandemic’s biggest headaches; Beans on Toast’s latest song chimes with the #WeMakeEvents protests this week and his message is clear: ‘We have to save the music’.


Upon the release of Kaash Paige’s debut EP – Parked Car Convos – Pitchfork wrote: “intimate images match her conversational lyrics; she admits to her manipulative ways in the sweetest melody…It’s a style that has taken her from lo-fi SoundCloud phenom to rising R&B star, which should be cemented when she releases her debut album later this year.”

James Lee Baker Announces New Album “100 Summers” – Out September 4th

There’s something to be said about the ingenuity it takes to put a group of great musicians together in a great room to record great songs and having them all coming together in one take. Undoubtedly, James Lee Baker has just pulled it off. Coming as no surprise to Baker’s existing fans—No Depression once said, “to call him anything other than brilliant would be criminal”—his new album 100 Summers accomplished this feat with graceful execution and the backbone of timeless songs and stories.

James Lee Baker Explains the Double Entendre in New Tune, “Santa Barbara”

New York electronic artist Photay shares “Warmth in the Coldest Acre” remix by NY producer AceMo

It’s 2020, and everyone is exhausted. Things are falling apart, and then there’s the day-to-day stress of just existing in the modern world. Screens are everywhere, we’re all tethered to our phones and social media; trying to keep up with it all seems just as impossible as unplugging altogether, especially when we’re all feeling that neverending push to always be productive—inspiration and motivation be damned.

seeyousoon Continue To Build Buzz With “BEN AFFLECK” Video

Shortly after the release of their debut project VIDÉ, Florida 9-piece seeyousoon have revealed the vibrant video for album cut BEN AFFLECK. A dive into their world, the video showcases what makes this collective very special.

BLACK ELEPHANT: Heavy Blog Is Heavy Streams Seven Swords Full-Length From Italian Psychedelic Fuzz Rock Unit

Heavy Blog Is Heavy is currently streaming Seven Swords, the latest full-length from Savona, Italy-based psychedelic fuzz rock unit BLACK ELEPHANT. The exclusive premiere comes in advance of the record’s official release August 21st via Small Stone Records.