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Wild Rivers & Voices of Our City Choir Share Special Performance Of “Thinking ‘Bout Love”      

Folk-pop foursome Wild Rivers share a very special video for their single “Thinking ‘Bout Love” featuring Voices of Our City Choir, the San Diego-based non-profit organization created in response to the current housing crisis. The Toronto band was introduced to the choir while spending time in Southern California on a writing trip in 2019 and became incredibly moved by the members and their stories. Wild Rivers previously announced plans to donate $1 from each ticket sold to their now rescheduled tour to the organization. While tour plans were postponed due to the global pandemic, the band wanted to help raise awareness for the choir and their mission with the release of this uplifting video that was filmed just prior to Covid-19 hitting North America.

NATEGAWD + New Single With Lil Jon & Flo Rida

Dallas-native, NATEGAWD’s latest release “Take A Shot And Make a TikTok” has a combined 65 million views on TikTok and streaming platforms with thousands of fan-made videos. The song was quick to pick up speed with influential TikTokers like Jason Derulo, Jena Frumes, Tana Mongeau, and other social media influencers creating and sharing their own version of the challenge.

LIL KEED Releases NEW Music Video for “HERE” Off Of Trapped On Cleveland 3  

Born in Atlanta, Georgia Lil Keed is the city’s latest rising rap phenom. His distinct flow and catchy melodies have set him apart from his peers, as he carves out a lane of his own. Signed to Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records (YSL) via 300 Entertainment, the young rapper broke onto the scene with his hit single “Nameless” in 2018 which has since achieved RIAA certified Gold status and accumulated over 28 Million views on Youtube.

Guided By Voices – Mirrored Aztec LP Out August 21st

When we last heard from Guided by Voices they had released an astonishing four albums in just over 12 months. Each of the four has a distinctive creative identity: Zeppelin Over China was a meat-and-potatoes double album, Warp and Woof was a return to the band’s low-fidelity roots and under-two-minute earworms, Sweating the Plague was a slice of moody stadium rock, and Surrender Your Poppy Field was an unpredictable grab-bag of all of the above.

Emmy The Great Shares New Track “Mary”

Of the track Emmy says: “Mary is named for a Hong Kong fortune teller I met in Kowloon, who gave me the wrong fortune when I mixed up my Cantonese words. It was written in 2017, when I wandered Hong Kong’s neon-lit streets looking to explore my relationship with the city of my birth, unaware that this was the last moment of calm before the city changed beyond recognition with the protests that began in the summer of 2019. Maybe that’s why the song is about a fortune teller who can’t tell the future. The song was later recorded in Brooklyn, with Jo Lampert, my friend and an astonishing singer who played the lead in David Byrne’s Joan of Arc, as ‘Mary’.”

Synth-pop artist premieres new video with Under the Radar

Synth-pop artist, Local Nomad, has released the new video, “Summertime,” via a premiere with Under the Radar. “Summertime” is the fifth video from his recently released self-titled EP, and is the first time Local Nomad himself has appeared in one of his music videos.

Blacc Cuzz – Rush (Official Music Video)

Dream Big Empire presents Blacc Cuzz “Rush” the latest offering from the rapper and recording artist hailing from Lincoln Ave. in Pittsburgh PA. Taking you along for a ride on his latest musical journey “Rush” directed by The Wizard and Produced by Lyons League is a radio ready, street banger that is sure to keep his new fans and established fans alike craving more. Stay Tuned and follow Blacc Cuzz on his social media platforms for updates and giveaways.

GUNNA Releases “WUNNA FLO” Music Video ft. Yak Gotti  

Today, Grammy nominated, multi-platinum rap superstar & “The King of Drip” Gunna dropped a new music video for “Wunna Flo” featuring Yak Gotti off of his recently released album WUNNA—Watch it HERE WUNNA debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and has amassed a staggering 697 Million streams worldwide since its June release! Gunna also gave fans an exclusive behind the scenes look into the making of his new album through his documentary WUNNA, directed by Spike Jordan in partnership with Amazon Music.

The Ghost of Paul Revere Release “Love At Your Convenience” Animated Video

Holler folk trio The Ghost of Paul Revere have released an exciting new animated lyric video for “Love At Your Convenience” – the lead single from their forthcoming third full-length studio album, Good At Losing Everything.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant national health crisis, I am sad to announce that VetsAid 2020 will not be moving forward as a live and in person event this Veterans Day weekend. We had hoped to bring our traveling circus to the Midwest this year but will look forward to doing so in 2021 when, hopefully, the virus is under control and live music can be enjoyed safely and responsibly.

However, we will soon be announcing a special VetsAid virtual event this holiday season that our fans can enjoy from the safety and comfort of their homes. This will once again serve as a fundraiser to pool vital monies for veterans services around the country so I hope you will join us.

I have been personally affected by this virus. A close friend of mine was taken suddenly, unexpectedly and far too young by COVID-19. I ask you all to please wash your hands, to socially distance and, for the sake of your friends, family and fellow Americans, to wear a mask when you leave the house. We’re all in this together.

God bless America and all of our veterans out there tonight. — Joe

Portland’s Vulnere Announce Debut LP and Unveil First Single

Decibel says Vulnere “is appropriately a throwback in the best, nastiest way, calling to mind early Incantation, Suffocation, and — particularly in its fantastically chunky breakdowns — classic Sepultura.” adding “It’s got about four million riffs and all of ’em kill.”

Track Premiere: Vulnere — “And They Fall”

Powerhouse Pop Vocalist Greya Releases Music Video For Smoldering New Single

“The song is applicable to so many different storylines, and because I didn’t write it about anything specific, the vision was too broad. After weeks of talking in circles and so much panic, I finally just sat in my room one night, put the song on repeat, shut my eyes and tried to watch the song like a movie. Eventually, I reached out to Malike Sidibe, whom I’d done a photo shoot with months earlier. We shot at my house with a crew of eight people all wearing masks in 12 hours.”

San Diego’s Blacks Beach Boys Share Single “HGTV in HD”

Be it in the nude at Blacks Beach, or fully clothed on stage, Blacks Beach Boys are your new favorite hunks from San Diego.

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 “HGTV In HD”

“Thunder” – First Single off Movie Club’s Debut LP “Black Flamingo”

Katz here, I represent the rock duo Movie Club out of Venice, CA. On September 4, the band is releasing the first single “Thunder” off their debut 13-track record “Black Flamingo.”

Billboard charting Indie Gospel artist Robert Hawkins releases New Video for “Finished Work”

When preparing for a new album, Robert Hawkins has delivered a new single “Finished Work”. Written and produced by Floyd “Timeless” Thomas, “Finished Work” is a musical shift artistically for Robert. His contemporary Gospel and worship stylings are replaced with an urban track laced with digital vocal affects showcasing his versatility and innovative creativity. With the addition of “Finished Work”, Robert is quickly building an impressive catalog of music.

Today: Drew Citron LP announcement + new video

“Summertime,” is dreamy and languishing, a painful shimmer about not wanting to let yourself hurt.” – Stereogum
“Beverly has guitars that tumble, froth and curl like waves.” – Rolling Stone
“new-wave leanings, an infectiously catchy bass line and smart, captivating lyric” – Paste
“that sharp and poppy place where post-punk lightened up just a little and groups like
Pylon and The B-52s came ready to party.” – BrooklynVegan
” a sound that at times is reminiscent of The Slits slamming into The B52’s at a ’70s disco.” – Under The Radar
“as danceable as it is frantic” – The Line Of Best Fit

King SwaVay releases New Video for “I Need That”

King SwaVay™ (SWAH-VAE) was born on April 28 in Bay City, Michigan. Raised in one of the most smallest yet, violent cities in the country Saginaw, Michigan – he grew up in the roughest of neighborhoods brushing elbows with the most rugged but was never engulfed by the streets. Humbled by life’s dealings but very well-spoken – he can navigate both sides of the coin. It was during high school years that he would adorn his name because the girls thought his voice was very suave and charming.

St Valentine EP out This Friday, New Single Out Today

Darker and moodier than previous EP singles, the track’s chilled, atmospheric beats and warped melodies carry Lund’s lyrical musings. He says, “this song is about seeing ghosts or seeing things that aren’t really there and situations that aren’t how you imagined them.”

St Valentine Debut “Ghosts Aren’t Real”


Hailing from Birmingham, AL, Li Heat is the latest viral rap phenomenon poised to take over the industry’s new wave. Heat originally gained notoriety for his track “007”, an instant viral success and his biggest single to date. The rambunctious, trap-flavored, warm tune has now amassed more than two million views since uploaded to YouTube on May 27. The song’s simple, yet catchy setup has made fans out of everyone, including Young Thug and Gucci Mane (who he’s since collaborated with).


“Reminiscing,” the latest in a series of videos to accompany songs from Toosii’s Platinum Heart (Deluxe) mixtape, was released today. The clip offers a poignant look back at the young rapper’s life – time spent with boyhood friends Niko and Tadoe, the obstacles he’s overcome, the loved ones he’s lost and the direction his life might have taken if he hadn’t chosen to devote himself to music. The video closes with a moving voiceover from his late friend Niko’s mother, leading into the closing frame – LONG LIVE NIKO & TADOE.

PROVISION Breaks Seven Year Silence With Hearts Turn Dark

North America’s purveyors of “darkpop,” PROVISION return on 7-20-2020 with their long-awaited 6th Full Length LP, Hearts Turn Dark!

“What does it mean to truly hurt? And to truly heal? “

It’s been 7 long and turbulent years since PROVISION gave the world A New Revolution. What followed that album in late 2012 was the internal breakdown of the band itself. While every attempt was made to rebuild and forge ahead, PROVISION was destined to be burned in flames.

Short Shadows, ‘The Jig is Up’

Hard-working party band from Melbourne, Aust. hits a home run with their new single “The Jig is Up”.


Jason Farrell, longtime marketer and public relations practitioner for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, announces today the launch of his marketing and public relations agency, Jason D. Farrell LLC. The business will provide communications and content solutions for the music industry, as well as other traditionally overlooked verticals steeped in the subculture – such as fine art, skateboarding, tattoos and more.

Farrell is a dynamic and seasoned marketing, public relations and communications professional who has managed global campaigns for the largest musical instrument manufacturers, high-profile Fortune 500 technology companies and everything in between. In addition, he is a lifelong musician who plays drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. He has played in bands for the past four decades and recorded and performed everywhere from Los Angeles to London.

Accidental President: Australian Alternative Hard Rockers Release Video ‘Hateful’

Accidental President state about Hateful: “Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Targeted for your appearance. Taken advantage of. Attacked for being who you are. Held against your will. Disrespected. Objectified. Depersonalised. Brutalised. Dehumanised. But this time, YOU get to have the last say. A song of strength in desperation inspired by the testimony of an escaped abductee #respect #hateful”

New single from Crown Lands “Leadfoot”

Following an unrelenting wave of new music this summer, today powerhouse Canadian rock duo Crown Lands unveil their self-titled debut album. Crown Lands was recorded in the iconic RCA Studio A in Nashville and produced by six-time Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Rival Sons, Chris Stapleton).

BRILLIANT hand-cut illustrations come alive as THE CORAL’s Paul Molloy releases ‘My Madonna’

The glowing strength of female role-models cascades over My Madonna, the latest, serotonin-slinging single from The Coral guitarist, Paul Molloy’s forthcoming, debut solo album, The Fifth Dandelion. Reliably showing the way to the ‘straight and narrow’ if the masculine mind gets stuck at the lights, the influence of mothers, partners, sisters and daughters finds both melodic and poetic tribute in the deeply personal ode to Molloy’s guiding lights.

ELEINE is Back and Invite You to Hell – ”Dancing In Hell”

ELEINE will release their 3rd full-length album “Dancing In Hell” November 27th 2020, through Black Lodge Records on CD, LP, cassette, box set & digital. For the recording of the new album, ELEINE returned once again to The Panic Room, the album is mixed and mastered by Thomas ”Plec” Johansson.

ELEINE continues to evolve and ”Dancing In Hell” is a darker and heavier ELEINE, yet they manage to keep their signature sound that seduces and empowers their listeners.

ELEINE goes full out with ”Dancing In Hell”, offering the album in two versions: Full color and black/white.

Rising Irish pop artist KEHLI returns with official video for new single ‘Ur So Cool’ featuring Louis III

After returning with her highly praised fourth single ‘Ur So Cool’ ft. Louis III in July, which was premiered by the coveted Wonderland Magazine upon its release, Irish pop starlet KEHLI is back to share the official video for her latest offering.

East London’s Berna announces debut EP with title track ‘PLRK’

‘PLRK’ – an acronym for Poor Little Rich Kid – juxtaposes his humble beginnings with his present-day success and opportunity. Demonstrated poignantly in the single artwork, shot by Filmawi, is a shattered mirror image of Berna inspired by him reflecting on the past whilst looking forward to what lies ahead.

narou Shares Visuals for ‘Check On Me (w/ at the crib.)’ from Upcoming EP

narou continues to build anticipation for his upcoming debut EP ‘GOOD COMPANY’ with the latest single and video ‘Check On Me (w/ at the crib.)’. After 7M+ streams, strong features, a Hypem #1 and charting radio-songs, narou continues his journey for GOOD COMPANY alongside ever-talented, established and undiscovered talent.

Brooklyn’s Oceanator shares new single ‘Heartbeat’

There’s a line on Oceanator’s debut full-length when Elise Okusami belts, “I think I think too much.” It’s a plainspoken yet resounding thesis for an album called Things I Never Said, which sees the NYC multi-instrumentalist hyperbolically equating early adulthood malaise with apocalyptic destruction. The type of anxieties that form when thoughts bottle up and stress gets the best of you. Today she announces signing to UK label Big Scary Monsters, and releases a new single from the record ‘Heartbeat’.

Oceanator shares new single “Heartbeat” from upcoming LP ‘Things I Never Said’

Elise says about the track: “This song is loosely about having a crush, and both the grounding feeling and the anxiety that feeling brings. We recorded it all together like a live performance, and then I went back and added the lead guitars and the vocals. Guitar and vocals by me, bass Eva Lawitts (they), drums Aaron Silberstein (he).”

Canadian post-punk/shoegaze band ultrviolence announce new album (out 9/25)

In the intervening years since the release of their last output, 2017’s Forty Knives EP (produced by Jason Corbett from ACTORS), founding member and primary songwriter Nate Jespersen made the move from his native Calgary to the rural landscape of Okanagan, in British Columbia. From his newfound mountain home in the semi-arid working-class soul of the region, Jespersen began writing and recording the new ultrviolence album in isolation. The result is Sally Would Say.., an album that reveals the emotional, painful, and ultimately inspirational trek in which he embarked. The songs emanate from the deepest throes of frontman Nate Jespersen’s depression. Within, the listener can experience feelings of ultrviolence breaking free of wallowing nihilism by facing his demons head-on, and navigating the rocky terrain of ultimate self-acceptance and humility.

Alt-R&B singer Rasharn Powell releases double sided single Twelvemonth

Today, London Alt-R&B singer Rasharn Powell releases his new double-sided single ‘Twelvemonth’ produced by ‘Smithereens’ collaborator AB001 and Luca Buccellati, accompanied by the Chopped & Screwed edit on the B-side. Quoted saying his music sits ‘within dusk and dawn’, ‘Twelvemonth’ captures the beauty of drawn-out summer days. Through his smooth, dulcet tones, Rasharn vividly paints a picture of a post-romantic rollercoaster love story.

Phillip Sandifer – “Weep For Angry Christians” (Phillip Sandifer) Video

“Greetings from Austin, Texas. As an Americana Singer/Songwriter I felt the need to address the anger percolating up in our society seemingly caused by a lot of the passion in our religious communities. I wrote this song and created this video to provoke discussion towards love and compassion instead of anger and hate.” Phillip Sandifer

Alexis Marshall (Daughters) makes solo debut

Daughters frontman Alexis Marshall has released his first solo offering in “Nature in Three Movements”. A stand-alone single recorded during the session that yielded his upcoming debut album (to be announced in the coming months for an early 2021 release). Recorded at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket, RI with the musical assistance of Jon Syverson (Daughters) and Evan Patterson (Jaye Jayle, Young Widows), the song is a ferocious marriage of relentless percussive battery, dissonant guitar work, industrial throb, and Marshall’s signature invectives a la Junkyard-era Birthday Party grafted with early Einstürzende Neubauten.

Orchestra Baobab premieres official HD video for “Dée Moo Wóor”

“Dée Moo Wóor” translates from the Senegalese Wolof language as “death is the only sure thing.” The song was written and sung by the late Ndiouga Dieng, in which he recalls the nights following the death of his father, which he spent contemplating the true meaning of life. The song’s theme is all the more poignant following the sudden passing of one of the band’s leaders and co-founders, Balla Sidibé, in early August at the age of 78.

Scarlet Aura’s “The Heretic” out now!

Romanian Heavy Metal band Scarlet Aura drops the new video for the “The Heretic”, the third single from their latest album “Stormbreaker” released on 27/03/2020 via Silver City Records.