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Becky Hill Releases ‘Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP’ via Interscope Record

Today singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP, featuring brand new reworks from Sammy Porter, Vintage Culture, Chloe Wilson and MYRNE, alongside previously released remixes from HOSH and Topic. Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP is available via Interscope Records.

Bahamas Returns With New Album SAD HUNK on October 9th And New Track

Celebrated, award-winning artist Bahamas has announced the October 9th release of Sad Hunk (Brushfire Records). Bahamas’ sound defies genre categorization, yet it incorporates many – pop, R&B, rock, folk, soul, alternative, Caribbean, blues and more. Sad Hunk contains 11 songs that encapsulate all that legions of Bahamas fans have grown to love – great songs, insightful lyrics, infectious hooks, exceptional musicianship, distinctive arrangements and sharp wit. A prime example is captured on the brand-new song “Own Alone”, released today.

DEVILDRIVER Reveals Entrancing Music Video for New Single “Nest Of Vipers”

Top-charting dark groove metal originators DEVILDRIVER recently announced the highly-anticipated release of their upcoming double album, Dealing With Demons. The first volume – entitled Dealing With Demons I – drops on October 9, 2020 via Napalm Records and marks the band’s first release of new, original material since 2016’s acclaimed Trust No One.

LINDSEY STIRLING Releases New Single “What You’re Made Of” feat. Kiesza

Stirling teamed up with 2D mobile shooter game Azur Lane for the new track to represent their official theme song in celebration of the game’s 2nd anniversary. The empowering pop song, which Stirling wrote at an all-female SheWrites writing camp with RuthAnne Cunningham and Wendy Wang, put on by YouTube and She Is The Music, and its heroic vibe blend perfectly with Azur Lane’s worldview, which is based on a water-covered planet facing the attack of mysterious enemies named Siren. All battleship factions unite together to create an organization named “Azur Lane” and fight to protect this beautiful world. PRESS HERE to watch the official lyric video featuring scenes and images from the game. “What You’re Made Of” marks the first taste of new, original music from Stirling in 2020.

PILLOW QUEENS (Guardian Ones To Watch 2020) share heartfelt video for new single “Holy Show”

Pillow Queens return today with brand-new single “Holy Show”, the follow-up to June’s emphatic, emotionally wrought “Handsome Wife”. In a physically, and morally, divided world “Handsome Wife” studied the importance of life’s often underappreciated, fleeting moments and was met with universal praise, spending weeks on the BBC 6 Music Playlist, Radio X playlist, NME Radio playlist, as well as pulling in airplay on BBC Radio 1 from Huw Stephens. “Holy Show” sees the band turn their 90’s grunge-inspired sounds into something of a more widescreen experience. Again they focus in on the details and, through Kate Dolan’s latest video with the band, bring their experiences into vivid reality.


“‘Middle of the Road’ came from ruminating on what my life would’ve been like if I’d stayed in my hometown,” says Chaz Cardigan, who is from the small central-Kentucky city of Elizabethtown. “I realized I would’ve been miserable, stuck in a cycle of debt and probably addicted to something, pretending to be someone I’m not for the rest of my life.”

Emerging singer-songwriter Lizzy McAlpine releases debut album Give Me A Minute today

Written in the fall of 2019 while she was studying in Spain, Give Me a Minute is a folk-pop chronicle as one romantic relationship ended and another began, all while McAlpine far away from family, friends and her peers at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majors in songwriting. “It was a very lonely time, so I wrote a lot of songs… That tends to happen whenever I go through a large-scale change, whether it’s in my environment or in my personal life,” says McAlpine.

Darian Zahedi (CRX, People on People) releases debut solo single “DANCING!”

Zahedi expands on the background of “DANCING!”: “This track has been my roommate for the last few months, so to speak. I didn’t intend those chorus lyrics to stay but as the lockdown dragged on they became the perfect release for the timely waves of isolation and separation that permeate the verses. The simplest things can provide such a massive release, I can only imagine what it would feel like to go out with someone who made you excited and dance, have a good time, blow off steam. What was once a careless Friday night is now a forbidden fantasy.”

Premiere: Darian Zahedi, ‘Dancing!’

GARGOYL Shares New Song “Wraith” via Prog Magazine!

Progressive grunge rockers GARGOYL, which features guitar virtuoso Dave Davidson (REVOCATION) and guitarist/vocalist Luke Roberts (AYAHUASCA), will be releasing their debut full-length on October 9 via Season of Mist! The band has partnered with Prog Magazine to reveal the second new single, “Wraith.”

Zach Heckendorf Releases “Stronger Than I Once Was”

Today, Zach Heckendorf announced a September 25th release date for his new album HAWK TALK. Produced by Grammy winner John Fields (Jonas Brothers, Ben Rector, Cory Wong), HAWK TALK will be released via Missing Piece Records / Organically Elevated. The announcement comes with Zach’s new single “Stronger Than I Once Was,” which premiered at Ones To Watch.

Nario Da Don “Bottom Baby” | @NarioDaDonCBR

Connie Boy Records presents Tallahassee, FL. based rapper and recording artist Nario Da Don. “Bottom Baby” a hard hitting ode to the streets produced by Syndrome for Connie Boy Records. Any self respecting southerner knows how sweet the come up is when you come from the “Bottom”, Nario Da Don drops off another feature track from the stellar mixtape “The Kid From Ebony Gardens hosted by Living Legend, Bigga Rankin. “Bottom Baby” Directed By Charlie Sky and Hollow is available on all streaming platforms.


Illustrating the pain of knowing that heartbreak is just around the corner, Jutes slings rhymes with both grit and grief: “Why you always got me playing cat and mouse / Fill my cup when I’m filling up with doubt.” “Bad Dream” is an age-old tale of unrequited love, drenched in a hyper-modern slurry of woozy beats. “Thought I heard you say you didn’t love me,” he sings, “Or maybe I’m just living in a really bad dream.” It’s a heartfelt ballad disguised as a banger, slowly building off a poignant riff enhanced by the steely production of longtime collaborator Tarro (whose recent credits include the Tinashe and 6LACK “Touch & Go” remix).

Godcaster Share New Single “Sassy Stick Boy” + Release Live Video

Spit and jitter in a revelatory stance. Profundicate your masticators and whisper “so longs” into the deepest dearths. Out of the spout, out of the flash, out of the gnash and fleeting cry comes Godcaster with Long Haired Locusts.

RYAN HAMILTON (ft. KAY HANLEY) – Praise classic albums in ‘OH NO’

A music lover’s paradise, the latest from Ryan Hamilton and co. plays like who’s who of all of your favourite records in one sweet hit. With name-checks for ‘Nevermind’ to ‘Purple Rain’, ‘Darkside of The Moon’, ‘Let It Bleed’, ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Born To Run’ and countless others, ‘Oh No’ is the closest you’ll come on record to capturing that unbeatable feeling of rifling through the racks in your favourite record store. Arriving just ahead of the 2020 Record Store Day celebrations, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more joyous celebration of getting lost in music.

‘MAKE ANGER GREAT AGAIN’ says fierce new song by James Kennedy

After being taken down from Youtube because of it’s rebellious message, ‘The Power’ by James Kennedy is now back online. The timely hard rock protest song is an unashamed call to action ahead of the US elections and has been getting some great momentum on the streaming sites. The Power is the 1st single from James’s forthcoming album ‘Make Anger Great Again’, which is released worldwide on September 25th and you can hear it at :

The controversial video is now also back online in its original, uncensored form at :

Los Angeles based artist KiNG MALA – “sugarblind”

KiNG MALA is the moniker of El Paso born, Los Angeles based alternative soul artist Areli Castro. Touching on themes such as lust, recklessness and badass femininity, KiNG MALA isn’t afraid to spill her guts. Setting out with the intention to create brave and unapologetic music, the bold and brazen artist is delivering her own distinct sound, just the way she wants it. Castro shares, “Thats really the inspiration for the name KiNG MALA, king cuz fuck being someone’s queen, and mala literally means “bad bitch” in spanish.”

S.K. Wellington – “Like a Ghost” came to me following the loss of a significant relationship

It would have made for an epic country song (they took the dog and all!) but I decided to go in a different direction. I was so broken that all of my inhibitions and fears about music, arranging, and producing, went right out the window. I needed to pursue this radically different process and new sound for my own healing and passion.

Smokescreens announces David Kilgour-produced LP on Slumberland, shares first single

Los Angeles’ Smokescreens are a group of friends who bonded through a love for New Zealand’s Flying Nun label, as well as shared inspirations such as The Velvet Underground, The Go-Betweens, The Television Personalities and of course indie pop of all flavors. Their self-titled debut was released to wide acclaim in 2017, and was quickly followed-up with the excellent Used To Yesterday in 2018.


Polo G has been flying high on the Billboard 200 chart since the release of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album, THE GOAT, and now, he’s been named one of the Freshman Class 2020, XXL’s annual roundup of hip-hop’s brightest new stars. He joins the ranks of prior Freshman which includes the likes of J. Cole, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and many others.

Boslen releases summer anthem ‘MY WAYS’

Boslen is back after the successful release of VULTURES, which caught the attention of notable tastemakers such as Ones to Watch and Lyrical Lemonade. Deviating from popular new age trap production, Boslen flows and sings over an upbeat melody co-produced by Nani Beats and executive producer justsayin, who is leading production for Boslen’s debut album. In a recent interview with StockX, Boslen revealed that the debut project is scheduled for release sometime in October.

Artist: Joe Kenney – Track: Another Side

‘Another Side’ is emotive but also spiritually uplifting, as it makes you look at your own life with fresh eyes. The lyrics shine through the musical styles, which are seamlessly stitched together. – Neon Music (United Kingdom): Premiere of “Another Side”


Australian alternative rock/rap duo A Broken Silence once again is striving to showcase the band’s undeniable talent and sense for originality by releasing a moving acoustic rendition of the group’s critically acclaimed recent single – “At The End Of The Day”. This version also marks the first piece of the upcoming “Unplugged” album that A Broken Silence is planning to launch on 30th October, which will feature the re-imagined, acoustic versions of the group’s whole catalogue. With its stripped down essence, this rendition of “At The End Of The Day” further recognizes and emphasizes the masterful songwriting capabilities of the band, as the track does a superb job of retaining the original’s theme of an all-encompassing love while expressing it in a completely different way. The reworking upends the entire composition of the song, revealing an inner beauty that could easily have been neglected in the original recording, as it also proves that A Broken Silence is far more diverse and interesting group of musicians than many would expect at first glance.

Herman Suede Releases Third Single of The Year Titled “One By One”

Teen Ghanaian singer-songwriter, Herman Suede outdoors his third single of the year titled “One By One”.

Still only 17, Herman Suede broke out with his debut single titled “Be Mine” released some three years ago.

Last year however was arguably his best year yet as he successfully outdoored his debut 6-track EP “Hi I’m Herman” to raving reviews; headlined his first concert dubbed “After Prep”; and was featured on African rap superstar Sarkodie’s “Womba” taken off his critically acclaimed “Black Love” album.

ICYMI: Lazarus Kane releases “Night Walking” remixes by Minsky Rock (Working Men’s Club & Ross Orton) & ZX Horse (Young Knives)

Today he returns with two remixes suggesting that Lazarus’ twilight walk is anything but finished yet. ZX Horse (Henry from Young Knives) and Minsky Rock (Syd from Working Men’s Club and The Fall & Arctic Monkeys producer Ross Orton) have put their own spin on Lazarus’ latest hit and you can hear both in full here:

Artist: Lil Joey – Track: Candle’s Lit

Lil Joey is an exciting new artist out of Philly with a big sound, a story to tell, and a new single, “Candle’s Lit” out now. Joey had a tumultuous upbringing to say the least. Between growing up under a crowded roof in the Liddonfield Projects, facing housing insecurity, and at different times seeing his father and later his mother face incarceration.

Florida Rapper Hard Target Is Burned Alive In “Moonlight” Video

Florida rapper Hard Target has been single handedly killing the game as of late, releasing his banging new album “Joyridin” and then following that up by teaming with Struggle Jennings and DJ Winn to drop the monstrous new single “The River”. Never one to rest, Hard Target is back with a brand new video for “Moonlight” online, off of the “Joyridin” record. The video was directed by Breadwin and stars model Francheska Torres setting fire to the past, as she laughs maniacally while burning Hard Target
at the stake. Watch “Moonlight” online now.


Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sasha Sloan presents “Lie” the music video via RCA Records. Directed by Tim Mattia (1975, The Killers, Chris Stapleton) and filmed in Nashville the video sheds a somber light on how isolation and loneliness can compel people to escape into a world of lies on the internet. Shot with somber tones and featuring a beautifully haunting acting turn by Sloan, “Lie,” the video, is a gorgeous companion to the track which has already been praised as a “…bittersweet bop…” by Idolator and declared a “…straight up radio hit…” by Billboard.


GRAMMY® Award-nominated rock band NEEDTOBREATHE have released an official music video for “Hang On”, the lead single off their forthcoming album Out of Body. The video, which premiered earlier today on People.com, is the first in a five-part series of visuals for the album.

Dua Lipa Releases “Levitating” feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott – Remixed by The Blessed Madonna

“Levitating” feat. Madonna and Missy Elliott Remixed by The Blessed Madonna is out today, taken from “Club Future Nostalgia” – an entirely remixed version of her global #1 album “Future Nostalgia”, created in collaboration with The Blessed Madonna. The album is due for release on Friday August 28th.

Crowns Lands release debut album & share ‘Leadfoot’ video

The stunning 12-inch record features art designed by Bruno Borges and stays true to the Crown Lands aesthetic; “a reflection of the world we live in, but bent through a heightened, psychedelic otherworldly lens. The colour palette is meant to reflect the sonic palette of the album: warm, inviting, nostalgic. Grand landscapes are what we live for – we spend as much time communing with nature as possible, and it comes out on our work,” describes lead singer and drummer Cody Bowles. Crown Lands is sure to be a favourite of any record collection.

Becky Hill Releases ‘Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP’ via Interscope Records

Today singer-songwriter Becky Hill releases the Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP, featuring brand new reworks from Sammy Porter, Vintage Culture, Chloe Wilson and MYRNE, alongside previously released remixes from HOSH and Topic. Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP is available HERE via Interscope Records. Since its June release, “Heaven On My Mind” has seen Becky achieve her highest UK charting debut single to date and garner over 14 million streams.

Becky Hill Releases ‘Heaven On My Mind Remixes EP’

Olympia, WA shoegaze quartet Jupiter Sprites announce new LP ‘Holographic’, share new single “Feeeel”

Max explains the song: “This one is an experimental pop track that was actually based on something I wrote as a teenager. Coming back to it was like dusting off an old book that you had forgotten about. So there was an element of nostalgia involved,” says Max. “My favorite moments are the weird samples that we did of Alicia’s vocals – they really drive the track forward”.

Skope / Burry (NS) traces LGBTQ2A+ themes in “Yellow Paint”

“The title references Van Gogh’s desire to eat yellow paint, which he thought was a happy colour and thus might make him happy on the inside,” said songwriter Emma Burry (she/her). “The struggles that come with being a queer woman in the music industry, or a member of a marginilized community, and having your dreams doubted by the people around you are the experiences that inspired me to write this song.”

Delta Spirit To Release First Album In 6 Years “What Is There” September 11th – Release “Home Again” Video Today

Delta Spirit are set to return with their first album in six years, What Is There, on September 11th, 2020. The 10-song set was produced by the band and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Black Keys). Their New West Records debut follows their acclaimed 2014 studio album Into The Wide, which Uncut said Delta Spirit “… progressively unleash waves of measured ferocity… toward payoffs that are staggering in their intensity.” What Is There was recorded at Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX and is dedicated to the memory of their friend and musical inspiration, Richard Swift.

Delta Spirit Spend Some Quality Time With Family in “Home Again” Video

GRANDE FOX – single “Hermitage” from the trilogy EP “Kulning”.

The band was created in October 2013, as a “Fox Terrier” and consisted of four people. It currently has three official and one upcoming release.

In April 2018 the band released the EP “Kulning”. The album features 3 songs titled “Hermitage”, “Sealed curse” and “Kulning”, by two very young musicians, Angelina Papadopoulou in female vocals alongside the band’s leading voice, Nikos Berzamanis. Also, on the second track of the album entitled “Sealed Curse” have collaborated with Stephan Keeman in the role of cellist. The result is a magical trilogy, with a very spiritual attitude that attracts anyone who will listen to it.

L.A. Witch shares “True Believers” ahead of the release of their sophomore album, Play With Fire, that’s out August 21st on Suicide Squeeze

“‘True Believers’ is about being overwhelmed with the constant stream of news and information we see everyday. It’s about feeling anger and frustration with the state of the world. In a way, the track mocks the All Lives Matter culture that has come to fruition in the U.S.

At times when you’re traveling around and meeting new people, you get into conversations about social matters and different political standpoints. A lot of people don’t believe they have any power over the matters concerning them, and that can be frustrating. It can be difficult for people to see themselves having an actual impact with what we’re all facing in the world today, all you can really do is take it day by day, lead by example, and know that any and all change starts with you. It’s important to always believe in who you are, even through all the chaos.” – Sade Sanchez

Sufjan Stevens debuts “Video Game” with video choreographed by and starring Jalaiah Harmon

The Ascension, the long-awaited follow-up to Sufjan’s Carrie & Lowell, is set for release September 25 on Asthmatic Kitty Records. “America,” the album’s debut single, was released in July along with its B side, non-album track “My Rajneesh.”

Watch Sufjan Stevens’ video for his new single ‘Video Game’, starring TikTok’s Jalaiah Harmon

Lord Apex joins Pitch 92 on Suttin’ In The Trunk

At only 27 years old Pitch has already received ‘veteran’ status earned from working with the likes of IAMDDB, Layfullstop, Foreign Beggers, Fliptrix, The Four Owls, Ocean Wisdom, Verb T as well as previously being apart of Mouse Outfit. His production style is said to have throwback values that embody golden age Swing and Soul with a contemporary, boundary-pushing edge.

WAYLEY – ‘Waiting for You’ Available on all streaming platforms

“Waiting for You” is a love note.

A prequel to my debut single, I find myself screaming to the mountains that I will wait for however long it takes for my crush, “Anna,” to be ready to make things serious.

It’s an age-old story of hope. A boy waits around his whole life for that one girl he’s always loved to finally come around and want to be more than “just friends.”

The Elliptical Bike Celebs Like J. Lo Are ‘Standing Up’ For

Discover the stand up bike motivating people of all ages with diverse fitness goals from the health-conscious to serious competing athletes. There’s a reason they’re skipping the indoor workout for fresh air that empowers the body, mind and the soul.

Fluid 365 Stationary Trainer

DEATHCAVE: New Noise Premieres Smoking Mountain Debut From Seattle Doom/Sludge Trio

New Noise Magazine is currently streaming Smoking Mountain, the debut full-length from Seattle-based doom/sludge trio DEATHCAVE. The premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official unveiling via Satanik Royalty Records.

Premiere: Deathcave – Smoking Mountain

Hurtwave Premiere New Song “Bleach” at Alt Press

Dayseeker vocalist Rory Rodriguez and drummer Mike Karle announced their new project Hurtwave earlier this summer. For this endeavor, the pair traffic in synths and the output is decidedly different than that of their main band. Today, the band, which is signed to Spinefarm Records, premiered the new song “Bleach” at Alternative Press.