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Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed’s “Better” w/ Leon Bridges & Kiana Ledé out today with video!

Ricky Reed debuts “Better” with Leon Bridges & Kiana Ledé and its accompanying video (directed by Jai Moseley) today, the latest track from the Grammy-winning, multiplatinum producer and songwriter’s forthcoming debut album The Room—due August 28 via his own Nice Life Recording Company.

¿Téo? Reveals New Single “Hope4”

Following up his well-received single Uni2, Colombian multi-talented artist ¿Téo? today reveals an ode to better times in gorgeous new offering Hope4. Arriving as the world scrambles to get back to normal in the wake of Covid-19, Hope4 showcases ¿Téo?’s dreamy vocals over a wonderfully floaty arrangement. The track is a message of hope from ¿Téo? to his supporters, and arrives ahead of his upcoming album ” New Perfume, set for this year.

New Single & Video: Lost – Jealous (feat. Einfach Flo)

Tribe Friday Share “If I Were You” Video

Swedish dancefloor-filling indie-rockers Tribe Friday, have released the visual accompaniment to “If I Were You”; The sublime synth-forward closing track from their EP Chasing Pictures (March 27, 2020). The video could arguably be considered the young band’s most fully-realized artistic statement to date. The emotive lyrics were written in Noah’s mid-teens, wrapped in the recent sonic explorations of young adulthood, and now visualized amongst the streets of Stockholm in 2020. It’s the maturation of a busy 12-months that has seen the band fight out of the backwoods of central Sweden to gain international acclaim from the likes of Alternative Press, the airwaves of KROQ, and the stages of NYC & LA.

Introducing Scottish Dark-Pop Artist Dylan Fraser – “Vipers” Out Now!

As much a fan of gentle folk as he is maximalist hip-hop, Dylan Fraser possess an innate ability to fuse different sonic worlds together to form something that feels uniquely his, as showcased seamlessly on his first offering, “Vipers.” Written by Dylan himself, the feverish track twists and turns amidst inner turmoil; one that finds the 18-year-old reflecting on a period of uncertainty whilst figuring out his path into music.

Young Dolph Reveals the Man Behind the Mogul on New Album ‘Rich Slave’

Paper Route EMPIRE Founder and CEO Young Dolph shares Rich Slave, his most emotional, political album yet and his first solo album in two years. The album explores Dolph’s rags to riches story, emphasizing his Memphis roots with Dirty South instrumentals and recorded phone conversations with a family friend, as he mixes his trademark flex-heavy witticisms with his thoughts on the responsibility that comes with mogul status. As Dolph flexes bar after bar about his earned wealth, the album title Rich Slave emphasizes the glass ceiling on the upward mobility of Black people; no amount of money can buy true equality for Black people in this country: “They say this the land of the free/It seem like the land of bullsh*t to me,” rhymes Dolph on album highlight “The Land.”

Stream Young Dolph’s New Album Rich Slave

CENSUS Release Stirring New Single “Sunbeam”

Released alongside an incredibly personal music video, “Sunbeam” brings the issue of domestic abuse to light. Falling outside the scope of the typical metal band, CENSUS presents a powerful pop vocal style that meshes perfectly with their heavy rock instrumentation. CENSUS has opened up for a wide range of national touring acts, including Beartooth, Like Moths to Flames, and Kublai Khan, among others. Pairing modern metalcore and 80’s-esque guitar riffs with emotionally driven lyrics, CENSUS aim to continually evolve their platform with “Sunbeam”. Heart wrenching and unsettling at points, “Sunbeam” brings listeners on an emotionally sonic and visual ride


Martin Jensen’s 2020 has already been a year scattered with a slew of fan-favorite releases from “Carry On” with masked duo MOLOW and multi-million streamed collaborations with the viral Imanbek on “I’m Just Feelin’ (Du Du Du)” and ALOK & Jason Derulo on “Don’t Cry For Me.” Now, Martin Jensen unveils “At Least I Had Fun,” a new summer tune in collaboration with the sparkling talent that is RANI.

HOKI close out a turbulent Summer season with stirring Official Video for new single ‘Crash’

Canadian indie electronic duo HOKI close out a turbulent Summer with an emotive new cut titled ‘Crash’. The song, which features on their forthcoming second album ‘Today’, fuses the searing, storyful vocal tones of Aussie Brent McCormick with a nostalgic melody-infused base crafted by partner Varti Deuchoghlian. The track captures the experience of a harrowing life-changing moment with beautiful contrast.

Global songwriting and production collective Her Songs release new EP ‘Toronto Vol 2’

Her Songs is a global female collective of producers, musicians, songwriters and artists. United by a mutual mission to shine a light on female producers and artists and to celebrate female collaboration, today (14/8/20) the group release their much-anticipated new EP ‘Toronto Vol. 2′.

Written, recorded, and produced together over the course of a week in an open-plan Airbnb in Toronto – the EP follows Her Songs’ previously released ‘Toronto Vol. 1’ EP, and 2018’s ‘Los Angeles’ EP.

L.A Hip Hop Artist Crunch Is Striking A Nerve In The Music Industry – ‘Crunch Twerk & Roll’

Meet Los Angeles, CA based hip hop, rap artist Crunch. Crunch is striking a nerve in the music industry with his very eclectic releases that have garnered him quite a bit of independent success. His album “Lethal” and lead single”Twerk & Roll” was released on July 22nd, 2020 to all major streaming platforms. A music video for the was released on July 25th, 2020.

Crunch was born Carlos White on December 8th, 1982. He was born in Mississippi but his mother quickly relocated to Los Angeles. He credits his family and the music they played in the household as a strong influence on his decision to be a musician. As early as 12 years old he knew he wanted to pursue music professionally. At the age of 12, he obtained a manager named Steve Freedman.

Ella Vos shares self-directed “Dreaming, backwards” video, second album Turbulence out now

“‘Dreaming, backwards’ is a song about recognizing how I’ve sabotaged my dreams and aspirations,” Vos says. “I got married young when I wanted to be unattached and travel the world freely. I had a baby long before I was ready to be a mother and unsure if I ever wanted to have kids. I did both of these while wanting to pursue my artist career but continued to put that dream last. I sabotaged myself because I was so focused on doing the “right” things. I made this music video with my five-year-old son in an effort to heal the disjointed relationship I’ve had with dreams and reality. They can coexist I can feel young and free, I can be sad, I can be happy, I can feel detached, I can recognize my mistakes, and I can move forward.”

PRIMITIVE MAN’s Immersion Full-Length Is Out TODAY Via Relapse Records

In conjunction with the release of the record, the band has unveiled a video for “Consumption,” now playing at Decibel Magazine. Issues the magazine in part, “Immersion… is the album 2020 deserves. A six-song, thirty-five-minute descent into Hell, Immersion stares down the state of current world affairs: distrust among people, existential crises, and the race for mutually-assured destruction… By the time album closer ‘Consumption’ fades out, PRIMITIVE MAN has assailed the listener with so much anger, depression, tension, misery and pure, grating noise that there isn’t much left in the tank…”

Video Premiere: Primitive Man – ‘Consumption’

Smith & Thell Release “Year of the Young” Today With Official Music Video

Of “Year of the Young,” Smith & Thell said: “Last year, we and those close to us lost several young friends and loved ones due to tragic circumstances. Our private lives were hit by one sadness after another. At the same time, our artist career took off and we experienced what seemed like success after success. New Year’s Eve came around, and our friends decided to throw a ‘fuck off party’ for the wildest and saddest year of our lives so far. We hung up balloons with the number 2020 and the words ‘Happy New Year’. A few plastic numbers and words from the dollar store have never looked so sad and yet so comforting. At some point during the preparations for the party, we felt as though we needed to write one last song to mark the end of the year.


Following the release of her poignant love song “U Should,” and just in time for her acting debut, fast-rising artist and activist Chika has shared her latest single “My Power” via Warner Records. The single is featured in the Netflix film Project Power – out now. Boasting about self-worth, Chika’s new track celebrates the power of perseverance.

Indie Duo AFTYN Releases New Single “Sunday”

“Sunday” is a song that we brought back from our EP because we thought that it had more potential than what we released before. The song has been re-recorded with a full production and is one of our most upbeat songs. The lyrics are about being apart from a significant other over a long period of time.

Carmanah Share New Single “Mountain Woman”

Iris, their forthcoming album is a natural evolution and a moody counterpoint to their debut. Recorded between the wild forests of B.C. and the concrete high rises of Brooklyn, Iris is a heartfelt offering, a tapestry of thoughtful stories for our time. Undulating rhythms and bountiful instrumentation create a rich sonic backdrop for driving melodies and potent lyricism.


Katy Perry’s official video for her new single, “Smile,” is out now after receiving an exclusive first look on Facebook yesterday. Katy’s “Smile” video is the first official video premiere with Facebook’s PMV launch. Mathew Cullen, who helmed the official videos for “Dark Horse,” “California Gurls” and “Chained To The Rhythm,” directed the new clip.


Today, NEIL YOUNG releases a video for “Lookin’ For A Leader 2020” from the recent Porch Episode of his acclaimed Fireside Sessions livestream series. “Lookin’ For A Leader 2020” is now viewable on YouTube. The original version of the track appeared on Young’s 2006 masterpiece LIVING WITH WAR. This timely 2020 update targets the problems we currently face.

Southern California Rockers Satellite Citi Practice “Black Magic” In Fiery New Single

Satellite Citi is a rock band hailing from the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, CA. Front-woman Anna Gevorkian, serves as both lead vocalist and drummer, combining thrashing vocals with equally heart-thumping drumming. While guitarist and backing vocalist, Shaunt Sulahian provides powerful and distinctive guitar riffs that are both an homage to classic anthem rock, yet wholly original and infectiously catchy. The band is joined on stage by 2 anonymous Spacewalkers on bass and guitar, creating a one of a kind atmospheric aesthetic for their live shows.

Partner returns with Never Give Up! Out Nov. 20th on You’ve Changed Records

Never Give Up is Partner’s second full-length album, following 2017’s In Search of Lost Time. In the years since their first release, the band has developed their “post classic rock” sound, leaving behind 90s rock comparisons. The new album retains elements that will be familiar to Partner fans, such as guitar solos and humorous subject matter, but with more structurally adventurous songs and abstract lyrics. They have spent the last several years on tour with drummer Simone TB, and this is evident in the looser and more confident performances captured on the album. Never Give Up was recorded by Steve Chaley at Palace Sound in the summer of 2019.

Body Language Announces New LP, Shares “Perfection” Via Cool Hunting

Perfection only happens once, and so much so, they said it twice. Body Language’s first single from their forthcoming fourth LP Travel Guide, “Perfection,” brims with pillow-y synths and saccharine splashes, however this nectar only looks so sweet on first glance. With lyrics musing on the destruction of a flawless world and the so called invincible, their warning glides atop a luring and sugary instrumental only to have it completely unravel right before the listener. “We have our differences of form and color take a little time to love each other.”

Premiere: “Perfection” by Body Language

Gillian Heidi Shares New Single “Desperate”

Today, emerging pop singer-songwriter Gillian Heidi is releasing her new single, “Desperate.” Following on the heels of her recent singles, “High” and “Static,” “Desperate” is another preview of Gillian’s forthcoming debut album, 3AM, slated for release later this year.

Country Newcomer Chase Wright Releases Debut Song “My Kinda Morning”

At only 23 years old, country newcomer Chase Wright is already a much-buzzed-about singer/songwriter who has captured the attention of industry veterans landing a publishing deal with Toby & Molly Music and signing with Morris Higham Management for exclusive representation.

“I started playing covers and teaching myself guitar my freshman year of college, and from posting videos and playing around campus, my buddies entered me into a contest to win a weekly gig at our local bar Swizzle Stick. At the time I was furious and embarrassed, yet the athlete in me was too competitive not to give it my all, and from that, there the fire kindled,” shares the Indiana native. “Shortly after I realized the reactions to songs I wrote weren’t the ones people got a refill on, and that’s when I knew I needed to be in Nashville.”

Elliphant Unveils New Music Video For Latest Single “Had Enough”

Today, Swedish artist Elliphant has unveiled the official music video for her latest single “Had Enough.” Directed by Florian Dezfoulian and filmed amidst the lush and wooded backdrop of her home outside of Stockholm, the jaw-dropping piece showcases Elliphant and two of her oldest friends adorned in avant-garde fashions designed by Sandra Backlund, O.L.D by Linda Lindgren, and Valerie. It’s a visual feast that juxtaposes exuberance and bright colors with gloomy imagery of the Swedish countryside. This dichotomy represents the light and darkness that lives within all of us, and the idea of embracing both sides with open arms.

PARTNER announce new album, release double single (Canadian queer rock shredders)

The follow up to their break out debut album, In Search of Lost Time, is out November 20th on You’ve Changed Records and the band has released a DOUBLE single “Hello and Welcome // Rock Is My Rock”, with two incredible videos:

Partner – “Hello And Welcome”

Philly’s Shawn Smith Releases New Single “Braggadocious” Today

Southwest Philadelphia rapper, Shawn Smith released his new single “Braggadocious” today via Sink or Swim Productions. Formerly known as Young Savage, the RAFS rapper continues to flex his lyrical prowess on the new release. His rhymes cut through the boom-bat inspired Charlie Heat-produced track like a knife. With slick bars and witty wordplay, Shawn continues to prove his own as a lyrical heavyweight. “Braggadocious” is available everywhere now.

Shawn Smith comes from Philly with “Braggadocious”

(HED) P.E. Release New Single “Death Awaits” from Upcoming Album, “Class of 2020”

“The Great Equalizer. Here is a situation where I thought I was being original, only to find out Shakespeare himself had used the words Death Awaits and so have other writers of note. Christian, Atheist and Buddhist alike share the same fate,” commented (HED) P.E. frontman Jared Gomes. “My YouTube yogi Sadhguru said we’d all be better off if we contemplated our death once a day. More and more, people are less concerned with the afterlife and trying to create heaven on earth, which as it should be.”

Premiere – (HED) P.E. return with ‘Death Awaits’


Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions continues to tear away at the oppressive racism that afflicts African-Americans in our society, with his anthemic new single new single “Fight,” available today via Def Jam Recordings. Also today, the “Fight (Declaration Trailer Remix)” debuts as the track for the interactive game trailer of “Boosted,” the new sixth season entry in EA’s wildly popular Apex Legends series. Most recently, Bobby connected with Megan Thee Stallion and co-wrote her RIAA platinum single “Savage,” whose remix with Beyoncé has topped charts worldwide since its April release.

Kathleen Edwards’ new album “Total Freedom” out today

Co-produced by Edwards, longtime collaborator and guitarist Jim Bryson and Grammy Award-winning producer and musician Ian Fitchuk, the album marks a major return for Edwards, who took an extended step away from music in 2014.


Today, YouTube sensation and rising singer, songwriter, and producer, DEVVON TERRELL, releases “HOMEWRECKER”, an animated video for the new smooth and vibey track produced by Tyler Rohn and Dave Cappa. The “HOMEWRECKER” visual created by Devvon Terrell himself, takes the audience on a virtual journey of a conflicted Devvon and his not so single love interest.

LISTEN: Scavazza & Harry Romero Land on DIRTYBIRD with New EP

DIRTYBIRD fans have become familiar with the name ‘Scavazza’—the Brazilian talent made waves in 2019 with his debut single on the label’s Miami compilation. He returns now for an EP from the left field, ‘Shake Your Hearts,’ with NYC legend Harry Romero on remixing duties.


To celebrate today’s re-release of extreme progressive metal pioneers INTO ETERNITY’s hard-to-find 1999 self-titled debut and their acclaimed 2008 concept album “The Incurable Tragedy,” the band has unveiled a visualizer for the rare track “Silence Through Virtue,” which appears on the newly-released CD and LP editions of their debut album. The clip – designed by Raf Ortega of Ecliptic Visions (Ayreon, The Absence) – can be seen at this location:

Twisted Pine’s New Album ‘Right Now’ Out Today

Twisted Pine—once a straightforward, Boston-based bluegrass act—has been hard at work, busily evolving into what the Boston Globe now calls “something else, a wider version of a string band; boundary jumpers akin to outfits like Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, and Crooked Still.” Their influences certainly don’t stop there—Twisted Pine’s collective instrumental and songwriting skills should also be listed in the same echelon of contemporaries like Vulfpeck or Hiatus Kaiyote or Lake Street Dive.

Twisted Pine Release “Don’t Come Over Tonight,” Reveal Upcoming New Album

Kat Meoz Delivers A Darker, Grittier Sound In Latest Single “Somebody Else”

The might of LA-based Venezuelan-American singer-songwriter, composer, producer Kat Meoz’s “swagger-rock” sound arrives better than ever in the shape of her new single ‘Somebody Else’.

BROHUG Travels to the UK on “London Thing” Featuring NEWYON

BROHUG bring their bass house-infused brand of club music to the UK underground via Dim Mak single “London Thing,” featuring newcomers NEWYON.

“London Thing is the long awaited energetic song we played live all over the world. With our signature BROHUG bass sound we wanted to create a ‘hands in the air shuffle floorfiller’ with a vocal breakdown, which hooks you from your first listen. Inspired by fans all over the world and living in the UK, London Thing is a way for us to give back to all of you!” – BROHUG

Tampa Bay Hip-Hop Duo They Hate Change Release 666 Central Ave. EP

Today Tampa Bay hip-hop duo They Hate Change release their debut EP, 666 Central Ave., on LA-based label Godmode. The five-track collection of abstract cuts flex the duo’s forward-thinking production sensibilities through a genre-defying lens. After a string of cult fave releases on esteemed label Deathbomb Arc, producer-rappers Andrè and Vonne have established themselves as ones to watch in the DIY space, known for combining old-school sampling and cipher-style rapping with the chaotic joy of booty bass, Chicago footwork, and experimental dance music.

Trace Adkins Announces “Ain’t That Kind of Cowboy” EP

With over 11 million albums sold, Country icon Trace Adkins is announcing a new EP, Ain’t That Kind of Cowboy, set for release October 16, via Verge Records, with his new song, “Just The Way We Do It.” Autographed copies of the EP in addition to exclusive new merchandise items are available in the Official Trace Adkins online store.

Trace Adkins Announces New EP ‘Ain’t That Kind Of Cowboy’

Max Parker – “Right Back Where We Started” OUT NOW!!

“Right Back Where We Started” is a sentimental tune, inspired by a recent relationship where things were going great. And then it went sideways! Now I’m wishing for that special feeling in a relationship to come back.

“Karen Jonas revels in days past with new song ‘The Last Cowboy (at the Bowling Alley)'”

Fredericksburg, VA’s Karen Jonas is ramping up to the release of her newest album The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams – out August 28 via Yellow Brick Records. American Songwriter premiered Jonas’s new single “The Last Cowboy (at the Bowling Alley)” earlier this week, calling the song “warmly nostalgic and old-fashioned” and “vintage American roots country,” noting that the track “aims to take the listener back to years with less digital freneticism and more of the classic small community bonding that pervaded towns with cherished gathering spaces.”

Karen Jonas Revels in Days Past with “The Last Cowboy (at the Bowling Alley)”

Out now: ‘Misfit Paradise,’ by folk-rock singer-songwriter, Evelyn Cools

Folk-rock singer-songwriter, Evelyn Cools, has released her new EP, Misfit Paradise. Inspired by songwriters such as Stevie Nicks, Simon & Garfunkel, Lana Del Rey, and Angus & Julia Stone, Cools is recognized for her powerful lyrics and her storytelling abilities through music.

“Inspired by times of restlessness, elation, heartbreak, and wonder, Misfit Paradise explores the complex relationships we have with ourselves, others, and our environment, and how we find peace and meaning within it all,” Cools says. “It is about life’s greatest joys – love, acceptance, nature, adventure – but also its greatest sorrows. It aims to capture little specs of magic against a world of unknowns.”