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actor, comedian, and musician Jon Daly signs to Northern Spy Records

August 14th, 2020 marks a momentus occasion. Northern Spy Records has signed comedian Jon Daly. To celebrate our signing and the 39th anniversary of the release of The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up,” we’re releasing a remastered version of Jon Daly’s quarantine, #emojicore hit “Cheer Me Up.” Listen. We’ve also captured rare footage of Jagger In The Wild. Records coming in 2020 and 2021!

Practice shares new single + video: “The Afterlife”

NYC-based dance-pop artist, Michael Tapper, who was the previous drummer of We Are Scientists, Bishop Allen, Fool’s Gold and Yellow Ostrich, has a new project: Practice. Today, he announces his forthcoming album, Not A Game, and shares his first single and video, “The Afterlife.” The song acts as the counterpart — the yin to the yang — of previously released single, “Sleep In My Clothes,” which was about sinking into the melancholy of isolation. “The Afterlife” is about embracing life the way it is and the way it’s not.

The Midnight Preachers Release Single + Video for “Pusher Woman” via The Label Group/INgrooves

Irish rock band The Midnight Preachers released their new single titled “Pusher Woman” to all digital outlets via The Label Group/INgrooves. The band also released the official music video for the single that was drawn by the band’s very own Emer McLaughlin on her iPad.

Declan J Donovan Releases “Perfectly Imperfect” via Interscope Records

“‘Perfectly Imperfect’ is about the people who make your life special and don’t even realise it,” Donovan explains of the new release. “Everyone has someone who they couldn’t imagine a world without, someone who lights up their days but has no self-belief or confidence. It can be so heartbreaking to love a person so unique and precious to you and watch them shy away from the world, believing they’re not worth the time of day. Everyone has their own vision of what it means to be ‘perfect’ but it’s actually our imperfections, our scars, experiences both good and bad that make us one of a kind and better people overall. This song is for the underappreciated loved ones in your life – let them know how much they mean to you.”

Emerging artist Billy Lemos to release debut album Wonder on 9/25 & “Different Word” featuring Danny Dwyer premieres on The FADER

In conjunction with the announcement, Lemos debuts “Different World” featuring Dwyer, which premiered on The FADER who call proclaim, “Billy Lemos has established himself as one of the Midwest’s brightest rising beatmakers. It’s a title he embraces on his forthcoming debut album Wonder, a tight but expansive collection of thrilling miniatures that fit together to form an endeavor of their own.” Lemos recalls, “I remember I went over to Danny’s apartment in 2019 and was just flipping through some of his demos until I heard the beginnings of this. I took what he already had and tried to flip it in a more electronic, IDM-esque direction. Danny’s bright vocal melodies on this are some of my favorite on my upcoming project and perfectly suit the beats overblown bassline.”


Today, rising singer, rapper, and producer, Kofi, releases his highly anticipated debut label EP, Story of My Life via Red Bull Records. A massive up-and-coming talent, Kofi himself co-produced, wrote, mixed, and mastered the 6-track project. Story of My Life is available on all digital platforms now.

DAUZAT ST. MARIE Releases New Single And Video, “Common Ground,”

In a nation most divided, Los Angeles duo DAUZAT ST. MARIE–(pronounced dō’-zaht, “like robot,” as guitarist Mat Dauzat says)–are scouring the market for the most prime of real estate, “Common Ground.” They expertly sum up our current collective state in their observational new single, “Common Ground,” with the lyric “We’re strong, but sometimes just worn out… adrift on seas of headlines – trying not to drown.”

Finding Common Ground with Dauzat St. Marie

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF Presents “All Thoughts Fly,”

ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF shares the title track from her forthcoming new album, All Thoughts Fly, set for release through Southern Lord in late September. Here, in solo instrumental mode, the entire record consists of just one instrument – the pipe organ – and represents absolute liberation of the imagination.

Turkuaz Brings The Sun After The “Rain” With Latest Beatles Cover Release, “Here Comes The Sun”

More from their Live From Out There set is here. Nine-piece ensemble Turkuaz followed up their previous Beatles cover of “Rain” with the warmth and comfort of the sun with an uplifting cover of the 1969 classic, “Here Comes The Sun.”

Super Producer Ronny J Cements His Status as a Rapper & Vocalist with Solo Album Jupiter

Known as a super-producer for Kanye, Travis, XXX, J Balvin, 6ix9ine, Iggy, Bhad Bhabie, and more, Ronny J is aware that people recognize his name and producer tagline (*valley girl voice* “OMG Ronny”) more than his face but with his second solo album in which he producers and raps, he plans to change that. Unleashing his full power as a one-man-band, Ronny J shares Jupiter, his brand new album. Packed with futuristic trap production that trades the distortion of Ronny’s early Soundcloud rap-defining style of production for expansive, mutating soundscapes, Jupiter is a wide-ranging opus, with Ronny as the ultimate vibe curator and tour guide through his musical world. His attention to sonic detail and innate understanding of dynamics evokes the high-definition rap orchestration of sound architects like Mike Dean, but his uniformly excellent drum programming is second-to-none, which is unsurprising, given he grew up playing drums and percussion in the church and marching band.

Benn Good: “Mulholland Drive” Out Now!


Madden NFL 21 is set to deliver an all-new soundtrack that will elevate the season, the spirit of the game, and the future of hip-hop culture like never before. Madden NFL soundtrack history is further made by a record number of tracks by female MCs, led by #RUNWAYCHALLENGE queen Stunna Girl, and her new standout single “Rotation (Game Mix)”.


Having picked up support from the likes of Wonderland, IDOLATOR, American Songwriter and more already this year, Philadelphia raised, LA based artist JUJ continues to impress in 2020 with pop cut 1-800-Hell No. Showcasing her stand out vocals over sky-reaching production , the track serves as a further example of JUJ making big inroads this year.

for Skope: R3HAB & Amba Shepherd release “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

R3HAB joins forces with Amba Shepherd for one of his most meaningful releases yet, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” out now on his imprint CYB3RPVNK. It’s no small feat to take on such a legendary and iconic song, but R3HAB and Amba accomplish their modern dance version with finesse. Amba’s famously gorgeous vocals serve as the forefront to a deep, sultry bassline and dark melodies, capturing the essence of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in an indie-dance context. R3HAB and Amba both weigh in on the new release below:

Zephaniah OHora Releases “We Planned To Have It All” – New Album ‘Listening To The Music’ Out 8/28

‘Listening To The Music’ was written and recorded in Zephaniah OHora’s adopted hometown of Brooklyn, NY where prior to the pandemic he curated the music and frequently performed at Brooklyn traditional country music epicenter, Skinny Dennis. The 12-track collection proves that great country music can come from anywhere. The recording was produced by Neal Casal (who would tragically pass away not long after mixing was completed) along with a virtuosic band, including guitarist John Lee Shannon, pedal steel guitarist Jon Graboff, keboardist Roy Williams, bassist Jeff Hill and drummer Arthur Vint along with special guests like Dori Freeman, Mickey Raphael and Norm Hamlet from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard’s bands, respectively.

Temme Scott Premieres “A Lot to Lose”

Based in Los Angeles, Scott doesn’t shy away from rawness. Her candid lyrics and folk influenced singer-songwriter melodies fuse with gritty intonation and soulful but tender vocals to reveal something hiding in plain sight. Vulnerability is her biggest strength, but she’s also, in her own words, “really just trying to have a good time.”

Temme Scott Premieres “A Lot to Lose”

Muck and the Mires Unveil “Zoom Breakup” Video and Announce New EP

“Zoom Breakup” is the brand new video and single by Muck and the Mires, and is featured on the band’s upcoming EP “Take Me Back To Planet Earth” which is coming out via Rum Bar Records on September 25th. The song’s timely lyrics coupled with a timeless power pop sound are guaranteed to provide joy to any self-isolating music fan looking to either socialize or social distance.

Tyler Shaw is back with a bright new single to close out the summer

The multi-platinum-selling artist, producer and actor Tyler Shaw today releases his energetic new track/video “Remember.” Co-written by the Vancouver-native with Frank Walker and Nick Henriques, this is the first solo song he has released since spearheading the COVID-19 relief single “Lean on Me” by ArtistsCAN. The official music video also premiered today, watch here.


Experimental, genre-bending artist DRAAGYN continues to elude convention with her latest track “Venom,” that’s out today. The companion track to the recently released single “A Night Between Two Days,” is another stunning introduction to the enigmatic multi-instrumentalist who piques curiosity with her dynamic yet incredibly accessible fusion of ominous angelic folk and progressive rock. Another layer peeled back on the elusive and alluring artist whose artistry knows no bounds.


Sailmaker’s Debut ‘Endeavours’ EP is Out Today

Endeavour means to try hard to do or achieve something. That isn’t always easy and, for some, it can be extremely difficult. Small steps could be what is required for someone but in setting small, simple and achievable goals to build on for the future can be hugely rewarding and help to reset a person’s mindset. Sailmaker explores these themes on Endeavours naturally to connect with people who may be struggling to find that positivity.

Korine shares art-driven video for “Cast”

Korine, the Philadelphia based electronic pop duo of Morgy Ramone and Trey Frye, recently announced the upcoming arrival of their new album The Night We Raise on September 4th via Born Losers Records (US) and Data Airlines (EU). Today the duo shares the video for “Cast”, the gut-punching album-closer that is an art driven combination of video technology-era graphics and inward looking thematics.


La nueva generación de intérpretes del género urbano se prepara para arrasar en la industria con el lanzamiento de “Estamos Chillin”. Luego de meses de espera y extensa preparación, el próximo viernes 14 de agosto, los emergentes artistas Ozziel, Yovng Iverson, Hozwal y Kalo, oficialmente lanzan su primera colaboración musical.


dick clark productions and NBC announced today that the “2020 Billboard Music Awards” has set a new date for Wednesday, Oct. 14 live on NBC. Additional details regarding production of the show will be announced at a later date.

The “2020 Billboard Music Awards,” originally scheduled to air live on NBC from Las Vegas on April 29, was postponed due to the pandemic.

New, incendiary LA-based noise rock band share debut EP: ‘Paper Tiger’ out now

LA-based post-rock band, French Mouth, is all about pointing their anger in the right direction and basking in self-awareness. Those energies combined are present in the four-piece’s 5-track debut EP, Paper Tiger, out now. The EP was engineered and mixed by Josh Franks at JFM Studios and mastered by Nick Townsend. All songs were written by French Mouth.


Produced by Tainy, the Puerto Rican mastermind who’s been responsible for churning out some of the biggest hits in reggaetón and trap, “Volverás” (You’ll Be Back) showcases Carmen’s melodic vocal presence against the backdrop of a sexy guitar and classic reggaetón beats. The result is a contagious and empowering song that channels confidence and self-love, from the very first note. The 19-year-old artist sings from the heart, about emotions and experiences we’re all too familiar with, giving it a modern twist with universal appeal.