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Pluto x “Hood Baby”: Lil Gotit and Future Share “What It Was” Video

Wielding an offbeat and infectious melodic style, Atlanta’s Lil Gotit is quickly earning the approval of his city’s trap elite. Joining up with Future, Gotit shares the video for “What It Was.” With production from D. Hill, who produced Drake & Future’s #2 hit “Life Is Good,” “What It Was” is a dramatic and immense-sounding trap banger, as both rappers take turns describing their rises from the gutter to Gucci shoes. In the video, Gotit and Future show off their lime green ‘Rari in a remote garage, bathed in the flashing lights brought by fame and fortune. “What It Was” follows a series of successful videos from Gotit’s recent Hood Baby 2 mixtape, including the fiery “Bootron,” the country-fried “No Kizzy,” the black-and-white “Bricks In The Attic” (over 1 million views).

girlfriends (Travis Mills + Nick Gross) – World Premiere of “California” Music Video

The music video encapsulates the caffeinated pop-punk style that first inspired them while also showing how much fun these seasoned vets have with their art. “Getting to shoot this video for California was an epic experience,” shares Gross. “Travis and I being able to act in multiple scenes outside of just our performance shots was what ties this entire thing together. I think fans will love the energy of this video and get a few laughs out of it.”


Grammy Award winning artist Ray LaMontagne’s latest single “Strong Enough” is #1 at AAA radio. The #1 marks LaMontagne’s #1 and 9th top 10 at the format. The track has been #1 on the BDS/Neilsen chart for the 4th consecutive week and officially #1 at Mediabase today.


Directed by Stephen Isaac Wilson (Jorja Smith, Mykki Blanco, Isaac Juliet), the video explores a world where GRIFF embraces a dream-like state of reality. Combining elements of Alice in Wonderland, lyrical dancing & the British seaside, this video further solidifies the surrealistic brand that is GRIFF.


Ready to Dance is a collection of house and dance music inspired by the music of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. Hip-hop and House share a rich musical history ever since the 1970s. In Chicago, a club called ‘The Warehouse’ coined the term “house music” and birthed an entire genre that flipped disco on its head and, more importantly, provided a safehouse for marginalized black, brown and gay youth to freely express themselves.

Wilderman Shares “Cope Trip” Video Via EARMILK

Wilderman has released the video for his latest single, “Cope Trip” on all DSPs. The video was shared with EARMILK, praising “Despite the warm, inviting tones, the track carries an escapist self-awareness. Breathy, understated vocals are made more natural and organic next to the stiff confines of bouncing synths around them. “Cope Trip” plays out like a mid-afternoon daydream leaning more towards longing than anticipation. Despite this, the track is instantly memorable and the perfect accouterment to a potential summer cope trip of your own.”


Premiering on Queerty, the track was described as “channeling the work of Drake, Ariana Grande and a hint of early Miley Cyrus… With a pounding electro beat, the song seems ready for dancefloor revels.”

Jake Allen Announces His 4th Studio Album “Affirmation Day” Due out October 2nd

The multi-instrumentalist and fingerstyle guitar artist, Jake Allen announces his newest album “Affirmation Day,” due out October 2 releasing on his label, Jake Allen Music, and being distributed in conjunction with Six Degrees Records. The new album beautifully captures Allen’s existential thoughts juxtaposed with his transcendent perspectives encased in a blend of prog-pop, folk and alt-rock sensibilities. It is an impressive album with technical guitar stylings under simple melodies and strikingly deep lyricism.

Lachy Doley drops much-anticipated ‘Voodoo Child’ single after video hits 4 million views

The year 2020 marks 10 years for Lachy Doley as a solo artist. In 2010 Lachy was Australia’s top session keys man for the likes of Powderfinger and Jimmy Barnes. Come 2020, he’s become a globally celebrated original recording and touring artist. A regular on the European, Canadian and US summer festival circuits leaving rave reviews and viral live videos wherever he performs.


Multimillion-selling R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Toni Braxton has earned her 9th #1 single with “Do It” on the Billboard Adult R&B Chart. Braxton released “Do It” earlier this year and was the #1 most added song at Adult R&B radio after release, marking her highest debut at the format.


Rock Guitarist/Vocalist/Songwriter MIKE SKILL releases timely rock single “’67 RiOT”

As musicians have done for centuries, 40-year career rock guitarist/songwriter/vocalist, Mike Skill, uses music as a vehicle to expose societal ills of his time. Best known as a co-founding member of popular 80’s band, The Romantics, Skill releases his new single, “’67 RiOT” (A-Square Records), recounting a dark spot on American history that changed his hometown of Detroit forever. The song features Wayne Kramer, guitarist and founding member of legendary Detroit rock band, MC5, and whom Rolling Stone Magazine recognizes as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. “’67 RiOT” is available now on all digital platforms.

Acid Blood – “Harvest Day” new video

Swedish punk band Acid Blood has a brand-new video out for the track “Harvest Day”, taken from their debut album “Acid Blood” (JANML/MvL). The new video was directed by Nicklas Viberg and is the 6th video released from the album.

LKeys – “Here” (Official Music Video)


Christian French, one of 2020’s brightest rising stars—with over 250 million Spotify streams under his belt — is back with his emotional new single “paper thin,” where he finds himself at the breaking point of a tumultuous relationship. The melancholic track is the latest entry from his highly-anticipated good things take time EP (via RCA Records UK), which drops on August 21st.

Marie Naffah shares acoustic video for new single ‘The Cage’

Marie Naffah has shared a live acoustic video for her new single, ‘The Cage’, a captivating and infectious ode to escapism.

Stripping away the original’s lush production to just vocals and guitar, the video shines a light on the track’s poignant and insightful lyricism. With its buoyant rhythms giving way to a free-flowing and ethereal ambience, it highlights Marie’s stunning vocals and raw emotion, as well as the track’s liberating sentiment.

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE: new EP ‘Lavender Blues’ available to preorder!

Californian heavy rock collective BIG SCENIC NOWHERE, (w/ Bob Balch, Gary Arce, Tony Reed and Bill Stinson) return this September 25th with their brand new EP ‘Lavender Blues’ on Heavy Psych Sounds Records, with special guests Per Wiberg (ex-Opeth), Daniel Mongrain (Voivod) and Chris Goss (Masters of Reality).

BIG SCENIC NOWHERE is the ambitious project merging the massive and fuzzy riffing of Bob Balch (Fu Manchu) with the atmospheric guitar lead of Gary Arce (Yawning Man), also featuring Tony Reed on bass, vocals, synths and guitar (Mos Generator) and Bill Stinson on drums (Yawning Man). In early 2020, the collective released their debut album ‘Vision Beyond Horizon’, which also featured the likes of Mario Lalli, Alain Johannes, Nick Oliveri, Thomas V. Jäger among others. A combination of talents and a true creative force of nature, which sum of its parts created a brand of rock that is both transcending and uplifting all at once.

SARONDE borrow 50’s Kikuyu acapella for ‘Firewood’ ft. African icon Idd Aziz

Beating Heart Music label founders and dance duo Saronde (Ollie Wood and Chris Pedley) are back from a short break after having ignited airwaves (6 Music Giles Peterson, Cerys Matthews, Tom Ravenscroft) and festival stages (Glastonbury, Boomtown, Elrow) in 2019 with their unique recordings from across Africa featuring contemporary artists alongside vintage field recordings, all fused with a New Forest, UK originated musical twist.


The music platform Djooky is calling for talented artists and songwriters around the world to register for the Djooky Music Awards, the first global online song contest. The contest takes place in three stages which include National, Continental, and Global voting rounds. The first deadline for entries is 15 August 2020 at midnight EST.

The contest is backed by Brian Malouf, a world-recognised American producer, engineer, and mixer who has worked with Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers and Stevie Wonder.


BANDANTE – Shares new music & video collaboration with artist Timothy Shepard: ‘So This Is Now’

When not performing with the Bad Seeds, George Vjestica is the driving force behind Bandante, a moveable feast of a band, recording and performing George’s music for which other musicians, artists and film makers, are brought in to contribute. It is the experimental nature of Bandante and in particular his work with Tim – the overlapping of lenses through a collaborative process – that allows George to develop new, interesting and unexpected creative dynamics and outcomes.

TRAAMS return with the 9 minute+ ‘The Greyhound’

TRAAMS have always wrestled with category and that isn’t something that has changed during an absence where their influence on others has grown audibly.

Part motorik drum beats, part discordant guitars, pop melodies and hypnotic bass lines. All are present in a collection of three new tracks set to be released over the coming months. Collaborating with friends and new instrumentation, each track is different from the last, but all sound like the inimitable TRAAMS.

Drop Top Alibi Release “EYES FOR YOU”

“Drop Top Alibi strives to break the mould. This latest installment “Eyes For You” explores the darker and more vulnerable side of Drop Top Alibi’s sound. It is also the third and final single from our collaboration with producer Michael Hanson (formerly of Glass Tiger). Our goal was to bring you the vibes of our city in the summertime; from the dusk to the dawn.” – Drop Top Alibi

Stephanie McCourt – ‘She Walked On’

Stephanie McCourt is a London-born retro soul singer with a passion for music like no other. With influences including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Christina Aguilera and Amy Winehouse, Stephanie’s unique blend of retro soul, gospel and jazz with modern-edged production is a breath of fresh air to the current 2020 musical climate.

Swedish genre-bending duo Slide return with new video for single ‘Maybe I Just Hate You’

Following on from the release of their critically acclaimed new EP ‘Things I Tell Myself’ on July 31st, Swedish alt-pop outfit Slide now return with the official video for the EP’s lead single ‘Maybe I Just Hate You’.

Listen to Brothertiger’s new single, “Shelter Cove”

Regarding the origin of the single, John stated: “‘Shelter Cove’ was one of the last tracks I wrote for Paradise Lost. I was sort of at a crossroads at that point in terms of how I wanted to wrap up the record. I found the pad sound on my Juno 60 after running it through a bunch of compression and saturation, and I knew I had to make a song around it. The song is about some specific times on tour, driving through northern California on the Pacific Highway, finding swimming holes with my friend and sound tech Will. We’d look up some spots on our days off and drive to them. Last time we did was in October. We went to Pfieffer Beach near Monterrey. It was really windy and it clearly wasn’t swimming season, so everyone at the beach was dumbfounded watching two pale idiots running into the ocean.”

Kierobeat’s new track “Everything’s Canceled (Wrong Timeline) feat. Jopo”

Kierobeat’s new track “Everything’s Canceled (Wrong Timeline) feat. Jopo” is a unique and experimental crossover trip mixing elements from drum & bass and hard rock. Jopo’s distorted guitars and raspy vocals raise Kierobeat’s neurofunk to new heights and bring the song some sweet street credit.

new Sen Morimoto track ft. AAAMYYY w/ KAINA directed video

Sen Morimoto has dropped “Deep Down” the next track from his forthcoming self-titled album (out 10/23 on Sooper Records) featuring Japanese electronic artist AAAMYYY. The two developed a musical chemistry when they toured together in Japan last year. The bilingual standout track is a dreamy synth-soaked cut in which the deceptive danceiness of AAAMYYY’s Tokyo based electro-pop community comes to bear on the sound of contemporary Chicago intrinsic to Morimoto’s pioneering production.

Attention: the Mountain Goats are Getting Into Knives in a big way on October 23

Today, the Mountain Goats announce Getting Into Knives, the perfect album for the millions of us who have spent many idle hours contemplating whether we ought to be honest with ourselves and just get massively into knives. Barn-burning lead single “As Many Candles As Possible,” which features Al Green’s organist Charles Hodges, arrives today. Watch the Lalitree Darnielle-directed lyric video now, and pre-order Getting Into Knives ahead of its October 23 release on cassette, CD, and 2-LP wherever records are sold, as well as limited-edition metallic gold Peak Vinyl in the Merge store and salmon-colored deluxe vinyl in the the Mountain Goats store.

Dark Pop/Trap Goth Artist BELLA KELLY Reveals Debut Single/Video “Throat”

17-year-old Georgia-raised, Los Angeles-based dark pop singer/songwriter BELLA KELLY is elated to share her first-ever single “Throat” alongside its riveting horror-themed music video which premiered last Friday (August 7) via Outburn Magazine. The video, seen below, was directed by Vicente Cordero (3Teeth, Skold, Julien-K) along with makeup and propsby Laney Chantal (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Rob Zombie) and shows BELLA’s villainous side while paying homage to the vintage horror films she grew up on.

Exclusive Premiere of BELLA KELLY’s Debut Single and Video for “Throat”

KNIFEY – Brand new album ‘Sleepwalker’ out now!

“Can’t Stop Feeling” is a product of the toxic blending of normally unrelated fears; the fear of two different types of mortality: romantic and literal. It is the confluence of two unique and overwhelming emotions which blend into a nightmarish, Twilight Zone-esque dream of insecurity and dread.

GIRL FRIDAY Share ferocious new single “Earthquake”

Entitled “Earthquake”, the latest track is one of the band’s most gloriously raging moments and sees the group power through three and a half minutes of unadulterated catharsis, chanting the refrain “I just wanna feel like an earthquake / Everything is boring for f*cks sake.”

The band comment: “‘Earthquake’ is a moment of complete catharsis. From four people who have been repeatedly told to be careful not to hurt themselves, not to disturb the peace, not to get too angry, we deliver this message from our hearts to yours: break anything that’s holding you back. Break free from the chains of patriarchy. Break free from ALL chains and scream.”

Emma Swift releases new Dylan video in tribute to Milton Glaser

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Emma Swift has announced the release of a new animated lyric video for the Blood on the Tracks classic, “You’re A Big Girl Now.” The song is taken from her new album, BLONDE ON THE TRACKS – a collection of the Nashville-based artist’s interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, arriving via Tiny Ghost Records this Friday, August 14.

Cass McCombs Shares New Official Video For “The Wine of Lebanon”, Watch Now

This past May Cass McCombs released the new single “The Wine of Lebanon” in partnership with Universal Audio. Today he has shared a new video for the track. Filmed in January, prior to the current shelter-in-place orders, McCombs visited the resting places of the respected and influential artists Ritchie Valens, Etta James, Merle Haggard, Darby Crash and more.

LAUREL returns with “Scream Drive Faster” + video, first new music since 2018

The ’80s-hued “Scream Drive Faster” finds LAUREL euphoric, a mood starkly different from the melancholic chamber pop of her first album. “I really loved the songs on Dogviolet, but they were very heavy,” she explains. “At one point in my life I was in a pretty dark place and it was really comforting to sing about it, but it was hard to revisit those emotions every night.” When composing the track, Laurel wanted it to reflect the happiness she has found since.

Antonioni Signs To Lauren Records, Releases New Single

Lauren Records is excited to announce that they have signed Seattle’s Antonioni, and unveiled a new single from the band. “Mary Bell” was written while Sarah Pasillas from the band was processing a friend committing an unthinkably violent and inhuman act. What could cause someone to do something so evil? Could that same evil reside in me?

“Mary Bell” is a brash yet melodic song with a dark underbelly. “I wrote this song after watching a couple True Crime Youtube videos about young girls who became murderers. I was drawn to this topic in particular as one of my best friends murdered someone a couple years ago– an incident that was so traumatizing and close to my heart that I can’t help but explore the grief time and time again through songwriting.” says Pasillas of the inspiration behind Antonioni’s new single.