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Freddie Dredd Prepares to Do the “DEVIL’S WORK” on His Latest Single

Emerging from the corners of the internet that few dare to tread, Freddie Dredd spins his darkest fantasies into intoxicating rap music. Diving ever-deeper into the world of the occult, Freddie shares “DEVIL’S WORK,” his new single. Over a Ryan C. production that mixes sliding, subsonic bass under a gravelly groaning sound that evokes a chorus of the damned, Freddie role plays as the ultimate evil, threatening lost souls with the prospect of eternal damnation: “Sacrificin’ to the demons, you know I love it when you screamin’,” croaks Freddie. The follow-up to the macabre “SPEAK UP,” “DEVIL’S WORK” is the latest release from SUFFER, Freddie’s upcoming EP, which arrives on August 18th.


Praised for his lyricism and raw storytelling, and blessed with a loyal New York following, Dave East is one of the most promising rappers on the scene today. Born and raised in Harlem, he was inspired by older generation East Coast rappers ranging from Notorious B.I.G. to Styles P, Jadakiss, Cam’ron, and Big Pun. After a college basketball stint, Dave’s attention gravitated full time to music.

Dave East is dropping ‘Karma 3’ project on August 14

Gwyn Love Drops Video for “never have to see u again”

Oklahoma born pop singer-songwriter Gwyn Love drops the video for her debut single “never have to see u again,” which was released via Canadian indie label 604 Records last month.

The Ophelias Announce Digital EP ‘For Luck’

The Ophelias have today announced a new digital EP, For Luck, along with a video for the first track, “Grand Canyon.”

To commemorate the EP’s release, this song will be cut to 150 limited edition lathes, which are available for pre-order now. Both the digital EP and the lathe cuts will be released on August 26, 2020.

Says guitarist/lyricist Spencer Peppet of “Grand Canyon”:
“Grand Canyon was written the morning after David Berman died. I woke up from a sunset-colored, panoramic dream and wrote the first two verses down still half-asleep. The rest came soon after. We recorded it remotely, half of us in Ohio and half of us in New York. John was able to put our at-home recordings together and work some mixing magic. It’s definitely a product of quarantine- using what we had at home and working together, even just virtually.”

lindsay ell set to release sophomore album “heart theory” this friday august 14

Three years since her debut album, chart topping musician, vocalist and songwriter Lindsay Ell’s highly-anticipated sophomore album heart theory is set to arrive this Friday, August 14. The music has already received widespread acclaim from critics and fans alike. Ell currently covers the August issue of American Songwriter, who hails heart theory a “career-altering, masterpiece of an album.”

Lindsay Ell Lets Truth Lead the Way on Career-Altering Album ‘heart theory’

Maggie Miles and Manic. debut “Nothing With You” official new music video; Manic.’s debut EP out August 21

In July of 2020, newcomers Maggie Miles and the duo Manic. collaborated to make a single that captures the loneliness of loving. The track, titled “Nothing With You”, is the first single off Manic.’s upcoming debut EP will be released August 21, 2020. Maggie Miles and Manic. make for a perfect blend of dark and edgy pop. “Nothing With You” is an anthemic song we all need in this time period.


Hit-Boy – one of the most sought out producers in the music industry – is named the executive producer on Nas’ highly anticipated, forthcoming project. It is slated to arrive August 21st and is one of the few projects where Hit-Boy will take on the executive producer role this year.

Without giving too much away about Nas’ release, Hit-Boy says “August 21st will be a day to remember.”

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The Psychedelic Furs new album ‘Made Of Rain’ debuts #11 on the U.S. Billboard Top Current Albums chart

The Psychedelic Furs are proud to announce their acclaimed new album, Made Of Rain has returned them to the charts, landing at #11 on Top Current Albums chart in the U.S. and #13 in the U.K. Additionally, it’s #3 on Billboard’s U.S. Indie Albums, #4 on Current Alternative Albums, and #4 on Current Rock Albums all in just its first week.

From its exhilarating opening bars, Made Of Rain is classic Psychedelic Furs in both sound and execution. It’s a joy to hear again, fresher than ever. The album was produced by Richard Fortus with The Psychedelic Furs, whilst mixing duties were handled by Tim Palmer (David Bowie, U2, Robert Plant).

James Alphonse – “What Are We Doing Here”

In my last year of university, I had been looking for a serious relationship, but I kept meeting girls who just wanted flings. They would kind of treat me as an afterthought and it began getting frustrating. I wasn’t able to be direct and say how I felt, so this song reflects a very passive experience of this circumstance.

Soul/R&B Artist Summer Dennis Drops Single Longing for Pre-COVID Times via The Word is Bond

Washington DC-based, soul/funk artist Summer Dennis announces the dynamic and sultry track “You and Me” follow up to her latest album Second Summer, out now! “The funky record sees singer Dennis give thanks for the simplest things in life with a passionate vocal performance over a smooth groovy backdrop.” (EARMILK) She has acquired media accolades, including appearances on Great Day Washington, Celebmix, Soulbounce, and Blog Talk Radio, who gushes, “Summer has a warm welcoming vocal style that celebrates her love of singing not just as an artist but as someone who truly loves the music.”

Summer Dennis lifts our spirits on “You and Me” [TWIB Premiere]

DEAFKIDS & PETBRICK: Revolver Magazine Premieres “Sweat-Drenched Wreck” Video

As Neurot Recordings and Rocket Recordings prepare for the release of Deafbrick – the collaborative album between Brazil’s DEAFKIDS and the UK’s PETBRICK – a new single has been issued. Revolver Magazine is now hosting the worldwide exclusive premiere of a video for the album’s “Sweat-Drenched Wreck.” Neurot Recordings is handling the album for North America while Rocket Recordings is handling the Euro release.

Brandy Clark’s “Bigger Boat” music video feat. Randy Newman premieres

“Bigger Boat” is from the Grammy-nominated and CMA Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician’s critically acclaimed new album, Your Life is a Record, which was released this past March on Warner Records (stream/purchase here). Earlier this summer, Clark performed the song on CBS’ “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”

Emone Quadeem & Bigg Baby “You Decide” Out Now

On the song’s hook EQ raps “I come from Chiraq where n****s slide because it’s do or die.” Hailing from L-town on the westside of Chicago, Emone is no stranger to the struggle and the streets. Now a respected artist and businessman, Emone is in the process of opening his own dispensary – reclaiming a profession that has put so many of his loved ones behind bars.

Danielle Ponder & Karate Boogaloo Drop New Single “Look Around” Out Now

New York singer and activist Danielle Ponder pairs up with Melbourne cinematic soul outfit Karate Boogaloo to deliver “Look Around,” a haunting reflection on the times we live in. “Look Around” was written in the studio with the band in the first days of 2020 when Danielle was in Melbourne, and at the time was conceived as a cry for help in the literal firestorm that was engulfing Australia. As 2020 progressed, the words that came in that moment of inspiration seemed to reflect each of the multiplying calamities this year has presented. When the death of George Floyd ignited indignation across the USA and the world, the lyrics to Look Around could not have been more apropos.

Chelsea Peretti shares new EP ft. Wale, Kathleen Hanna, Kid Mero, Reggie Watts, and more

The full length, set for release this Fall, was written and produced with Chelsea’s longtime collaborator Kool Kojak (Flo Rida, Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul, Weezer) and includes contributions from Juliette Lewis, Hannibal Buress, Patti Harrison, and Andy Milonakis. On its surface the full length is a powerful and inspired concept album about coffee, but as the listener follows Chelsea down a caffeinated rabbit hole they will find that “coffee” is simply a signifier for the choppy seas of addiction, the foam and flotsam of anxiety, loneliness, shame, and mortality. Coffee is everything.

EELS share surprise single, “Baby Let’s Make It Real”

EELS have unveiled a surprise new single “Baby Let’s Make It Real” today, recorded at the band’s Los Feliz, California studio; listen/share HERE. Band leader Mark Oliver Everett, a.k.a. E, says: “How ‘bout a new song to get your mind off your troubles for 3 minutes and 55 seconds? Play it again if you want to double that time.”

Listen to Eels’ surprise new single ‘Baby Let’s Make It Real’

Caitlin Pasko Shares “Even God” (FADER Premiere) from ‘Greenhouse,’ out Aug. 28 on Whatever’s Clever

Caitlin Pasko–the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, piano player, and weaver of dreamy, elegiac meditations–has shared “Even God,” the third and final single from her new album Greenhouse, out August 28 via Whatever’s Clever.


Today, GRAMMY winner Tori Kelly unveiled her new single, “Unbothered,” and the accompanying lyric video. The summery throwback finds Tori sounding empowered while describing the exhilaration of getting over an ex. She collaborated remotely on the track with writers Chloe George and Micah Premnath and producer Jorgen Odegard (P!nk, Yungblud).

YATRA: Maryland Psychedelic Doom Trio Completes All Is Lost Full-Length For October Release

Maryland-based psychedelic doom metal trio YATRA recently finalized work on their most ambitious and devastating release to date. The band proudly offers their crushing third album, All Is Lost, now confirmed for October release through Grimoire Records, who this week issues the record’s cover art, track listing, preorders, and more.

Artist: LD – Track: This is Me

The 19 year old artist, LD, in his new EP Only Can Make It, meticulously allows the listener to step into his shoes, experiencing the ups and downs of the music come up. LD born and raised in Minneapolis, MN has had much thrown at him, since a young age. All from loss to drug addiction, LD has always found a way out of the storm. He plans to use this same determination and willpower in his music career; emphasizing the title: Only Can Make It.

Early Eyes Share New Track “Drawing Myself”

With the track, the band explores the notion that some emotions simply do not have words to go with them. “I have become obsessed with untranslatable feelings,” explains vocalist Jake Berglove. “The ones you get when you feel warm sand in your toes the first time you step on the beach. The kind-of-embarrassed-but-not-quite one you get while practicing your coffee order in your head before you get to the counter. And, of course, the feelings you get while stopped at a gas station in the dead of night while on a road trip. The senses of isolation, community, sonder, melancholy, and homesickness emulsify into a strange textureless mush of inexplicability. We wrote ‘Drawing Myself’ in an effort to render that road trip feeling as tangible.”