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American Aquarium Releases Timely Track “A Better South”
American Aquarium has released a live performance video (from quarantine) for “A Better South” from their #1 release Lamentations. On Lamentations frontman BJ Barham skillfully dissects the Southern experience while offering empathy as the lights continue to dim. Although written earlier, Lamentations feels eerily current, as “A Better South” implores his Southern community to do better. He sings “Proud of who I am and where I’m from, But I ain’t so proud of how far we’ve come.” With monuments falling and consciousness raising, the song and album are so relevant, especially right now.
AD INFINITUM Releases Official Video For “Fire And Ice”
Symphonic metal fire-starters AD INFINITUM continue their triumphant march to conquer your mind! Today, the band emphasizes their magnificent mysticism by revealing an atmospheric music video for “Fire And Ice”, cut from their marvelous debut album, Chapter I: Monarchy. Plus, don’t miss the chance to discuss the video with AD INFINITUM themselves at 4pm CET via live chat on YouTube!
No Joy shares “Dream Rats” music video, Motherhood is out Friday
Today No Joy releases the official music video for “Dream Rats” from their forthcoming album Motherhood which is out this Friday. Also this Friday No Joy plays a full band livestream / album release show via Baby TV at 8pm EST.
Will Butler releases new single “Close My Eyes” off upcoming solo album Generations
On his new solo record Generations, out September 25, Arcade Fire’s Will Butler digs beneath the recent chaos of the world and finds only more chaos. The songs are conversations that cycle back on themselves. All answers are refuted; all truths are contingent. And yet, there’s a powerful, almost hopeful, sense of forward movement pulsing through the record.
Lydia Loveless Shares Video for New Single “Wringer,”
Lydia Loveless today shared her captivating, melancholic new single “Wringer” alongside its video, directed by herself and Michael Casey. The song is the second preview track from her new album Daughter, due out September, 25th, 2020, via her new label Honey, You’re Gonna Be Late Records, and follows the chiming lead single “Love Is Not Enough.” “Michael and I started making videos for the record right as the country started to go into lockdown, and ‘Wringer’ is a song about feeling trapped in a situation, so the horror theme made sense,” explains Loveless. “My friend Tony, who plays the kidnapper, is married to a mycologist and they have a huge lab on their property. I went over to scope out the lab and Tony said ‘Hey, I could put you in this pit. That would be really creepy!’ It was a great day of playing around and feeling creative in a time when everything felt horrific and uncertain.” Daughter–her first album in four years–marks the triumphant return of Loveless and documents her self-aware journey into independence.
Retro Pop Powerhouse Nova Miller releases the video for glow-up anthem “Mi Amor”
Nova Miller is back with the music video for her powerful pop anthem, “Mi Amor” – watch here. With “Mi Amor”, Nova blends her retro sound with a pulsing disco beat, resulting in an ABBA-inspired track that highlights Nova’s unmatched vocals and brilliant harmonies as well as her Swedish roots that greatly impact her music. Mi Amor not only has an intoxicating beat and undeniable 5-octave vocal range, but an important message of empowerment, self-growth, and transformation. The video for “Mi Amor” is a vibrant dance party, featuring Nova slaying signature 60s- inspired style, dawning several killer looks– perfectly coordinated to the retro salon the video is set in. In between dance breaks, Nova get her hair blow dried and even plays the saxophone– she really can do it all! The “Mi Amor” video perfectly captures Nova’s radiant energy and shows off her killer dance skills. Fans will be inspired by Nova’s powerful lyrics and have no choice but to get up and dance along while watching!
DERMOT KENNEDY RELEASES ALTERNATIVE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR ‘GIANTS’
Global phenomenon DERMOT KENNEDY today releases the alternative official video to his latest single ‘GIANTS’. The live action video follows the animated video released in July and Dermot’s hugely successful ‘Some Summer Night’ live streamed pay-per-view concert from the Natural History Museum on July 30th.
FLOR RELEASES NEW SINGLE “LMHO”
“‘lmho’ was written around the time come out. you’re hiding was completed. Most of my lyrics try to look at the bright side, but this song had no barriers. I was simply spilling my sadness, confusion, and heartache into our music,” shared flor frontman Zach Grace. “There are points in our lives where we feel completely out-of-control and stuck, and I did my best to be honest with myself and write exactly how I was feeling. Four years later, and our world is at a halt—some of these feelings have a way of coming back again.”
Dizzy’s video for “Beatrice” debuts today!
“The ‘Beatrice’ video was unique to do because we were actually playing our instruments. In most music videos you’re meant to only pretend like you’re playing but Ryan was really keen on making the performance feel genuine- and after being apart for so long due to COVID we were stoked to be able to just hang out together and jam for a few hours. Having our gear plugged in for hours made the mirror room extremely hot and by the last take we were sweaty and tired and a little buzzed- so basically, we got our tour fix despite the looming pandemic outside the studio,” notes frontwoman Katie Munshaw.
East London native Chinwe is a singer-songwriter and producer who sights Nina Simone and Portishead amongst some of her biggest influences. The daughter of a Nigerian father and a Jamaican Mother – Chinwe was exposed to an eclectic range of music from an early age. Having taken classical violin lessons for several years, she eventually ditched the violin in favour of teaching herself the guitar. The self-taught musician started writing songs in her early teens, and shortly after began experimenting with production as another outlet for her creativity. Having released her debut single in June 2019 and a further two singles in 2020, Chinwe has already gained acclaim from the likes of Complex and Wonderland. As well as support from Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1xtra, Tom Robinson on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and Robert Bruce from CapitalXtra.
COREY TAYLOR SHARES “BLACK EYES BLUE” OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
GRAMMY® Award-winning singer / songwriter, actor, and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Corey Taylor has shared the official music video for his single “Black Eyes Blue.” The DJay Brawner directed music video arrives as Taylor rockets to #1 on Billboard’s “Hard Rock Songwriters” chart following an unprecedented debut of his first ever solo material – “Black Eyes Blue” and “CMFT Must Be Stopped” [feat. Tech N9ne & Kid Bookie].
Barbarossa (Memphis Industries, BBC 6 Music, Ghost Culture) – Shares New Single, ‘Recliner’
The new single is a typically ethereal release from the artist, drawing on tender electronic soundscapes akin to Zola Blood, Klangstof and Otzeki – thematically, it mirrors some of these woozy soundscapes tackling anxiety and the ability to give in to your own and other’s expectations of you. This new batch of music from Barbarossa – real name James Mathé – trails his tipped 2018 record, Lier, an album that found him touring in support of José Gonzàlez (James is also part of José’s band), and score syncs with Suits and How I Met Your Mother.
bloody white is poised as a breakout new artist. His buzzy lo-fi electronic pop single “tongue tied, has garnered over two million plays across all streaming platforms since its February release, receiving editorial support from Spotify’s Fresh Finds and Lorem playlists. He followed that up with his tumultuous performance on second single “funeral,” shattering his teen angst and vulnerability with honesty and rawness. Today, bloody white premieres his favorite track off his forthcoming debut EP, “first time.”
Following the commercial and critically acclaimed success of the recent albums Blues (2019) and the three-week running No.1 album on the Billboard Blues Chart Check Shirt Wizard – Live in ’77 (2020), UMe is pleased to present a new Rory Gallagher collection entitled The Best Of Rory Gallagher on Friday, October 9, 2020.
Artist: George Khouri – Track: Changes Pt. 2
After playing Tupac’s greatest hits albums on repeat, George Khouri was determined to make music with a message. “Changes” is one of his favorite records of all time. He feels the same way about Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” George incorporated these vibes into his introspective records which gained him respect from FM radio stations in the DMV. This lead George to sharing the stage with Immortal Technique and other highly acclaimed artists.
Rising Houston Star SHAWNO Releases New Visuals for “Be Around”
The City of Houston has a lead role to play when it comes to hip hop music’s popularity. It is the home to many iconic and legendary rappers and also the budding zone of newcomers. One artist who is recently becoming the talk of the town is Shawno and his tracks are the exemplary ones to define the spark of Houston hip hop scene.
Shawno is young and enthusiastic and is well versed with the changing trends of the genre. He is one star who has taken the Dirty South music to the next level. The lyrics of his tracks are evocative and deals with different critical issues faced by the masses. This local artist is soon going to become global with the exquisite range of tracks with his soon to be released project “Tsunami”.
for Skope: R3HAB’s remix turned original with Nigerian hip-hop artists Thutmose & Rema (out now on EMPIRE)
R3HAB says, “Originally, I was asked to remix Thutmose & Rema’s ‘Love In The Morning,’ but the workflow on this one was so smooth and pleasant, and additionally Thutmose and Rema were so involved and interested in the process, that we decided to combine our forces to release this dance spin-off of ‘Love In The Morning’ as our original release. I have never done anything like this before. I love this fusion of Dance Music and Afrobeats.”
Watch a new video for “Truth” from Brighton’s Wax Machine
Brighton’s Wax Machine are a band so steeped in the kernel of psychedelic seep that there’s every indication they may have slipped through a side door in space-time and sprouted anew a few years back on the UK coast. However, for all intents and purposes it’s best to believe that they truly sprang from the fertile mind of Brazilian-born, Italian/English-raised Lau Ro (Guitar/Vocals). Lau’s international upbringing served as the wellspring for some of the eclectic taste that informs the core of Wax Machine’s sound.
After a ten year spell back in the house underground, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have finally unveiled the details of a fully-fledged new Groove Armada LP. The eleven-track ‘Edge Of The Horizon’ will be released on October 2nd via BMG.
Baton Rouge, LA’s SORRY GHOST Enlisted Fans To Help With New Music Video “Nosedive”
Baton Rouge, LA pop-punk trio Sorry Ghost successfully crowd-sourced a music video from the safety of quarantine and discovered that their fans made something better than they could have ever imagined.
Harry Hains Re-Imagines “Bang Bang” as ANTIBOY – Animated Video Out Now
“ANTIBOY represents the idea that most things that we are taught to believe in are an illusion. The idea of gender, sexuality and race are social constructs. ANTIBOY is this place of true equality. The surface doesn’t really matter anymore. It’s really who we are…that’s what matters – the amalgamation of our memories and experiences. We are one human consciousness.”
– Harry Hains
Ellie Goulding Releases New Music Video For “Love I’m Given”
Featured on Brightest Blue, “Love I’m Given” is a powerful and emotive pop ballad. The breathtaking new video sees Ellie team up with director Rianne White, who worked with Ellie on “Flux” last year alongside director of production Rina Yang (Kelela, FKA Twigs, Bjork). The talented team have created a stunning visual which aesthetically echoes the artwork of the double-sided album, playing with the contrasting gold and blue artwork on Brightest Blue. The video sees Ellie boxing, shot at her local boxing gym during lockdown, juxtaposed with footage of Goulding dressed in stunning gowns by Schiaporelli and Ashi Studio.
Born in North West London, Treasure’s family relocated to the Countryside in the early 2000’s trading the busy city life for the suburban serenity, a feeling present throughout his catalogue. Inspired by the likes of Frank Ocean, Choker, HOMESHAKE, The Internet and D’Angelo, his laidback production and genre-merging tendencies provide a nostalgia based backdrop for his lush soulful harmonies. Treasure wears his emotions on his sleeve. He transverses his musical world with this heightened sense of vulnerability, creating a space where he and the listener can rest at ease with no fear of judgement.
NEW VIDEO ALERT! Bloody Heels “Black Swan”
Bloody Heels’ new album, “Ignite The Sky” is one of the year’s BEST hard rock releases. For those who haven’t heard it yet and for those who have and love it, then please enjoy the band’s epic new music video ‘Black Swan’!
Thomas Csorba Releases New Song “Expectation Runs”
This Friday Texas singer/songwriter Thomas Csorba will be releasing “Expectation Runs,” the third single from his upcoming album Thomas Csorba (out 9/25). Fans can hear the track today with Cowboys & Indians who say “With a touch of Texas twang, southern steel guitar, and lonesome laced vocals, ‘Expectation Runs’ is the perfect musical antidote to navigating the world’s latest curve balls.”
THEYRGY: CVLT Nation Premieres Exit Strategies Debut By Chicago Post-Punk Act With Members Of Yakuza And More
Recorded by the band’s John E. Bomher at Horse-Drawn Productions, Exit Strategies was produced and mixed by THEYRGY – besides “Hiding Your Face In The Wall” which was mixed by Sanford Parker (Voivod, Yob, Indian) at Hybercube, and the record was mastered by Josh Bonati at Bonati Mastering. Kathleen Keane (Drovers, Gaelic Storm) is a guest contributor on the track “Dreamcatcher,” and the record is completed with cover art by Mirek Iskra, layout and logo by Pono Design Studio, and photos by Okbritknee.
Bradford, UK’s stoner rock wielders PSYCHLONA premiere their fuzztastic sophomore album “Venus Skytrip” exclusively on Doomed & Stoned website, ahead of its release this August 21st on Ripple Music (CD/digital) and Cursed Tongue Records (vinyl). Go for this far-out desert and space rock trip now!
“This album is explosive entertainment.” — Outlaws Of The Sun
“The year’s best stoner rock set yet.” — Planet Rock Magazine
“Fifty minutes of pure awesomeness.” — The Sleeping Shaman
“It’s dirty, it’s gnarly but above all it’s intensely enjoyable.” — The Razor’s Edge
Neverkept Share New Track “Sundown Somehow”
Partly influenced by the work of German philosopher Hegel, The Phenomenology of Spirit, the song dives into the negative effects of being caught in a cycle and flirting with darkness over and over again. “We wanted to write something that would sound like the ups and downs you face in recovery or struggles in any capacity, for that matter, through the sound of pissed off guitars, room rocking drums, and intimate vocals,” says Neverkept.
Séamus Premieres “Host” via Too Much Love Magazine
Singer, songwriter, and producer Séamus creates introspective, genre-agnostic songs that feel entirely fresh, yet remarkably familiar. Pulling from r&b, pop, new wave, and experimental, he delivers tracks with cinematic atmospheres, vocal experimentation, and hypnotic synth work that show great depth and attention to detail.
DUKE DUMONT REVEALS “NIGHTCRAWLER” OFFICIAL VIDEO
Produced by Obra House (Lil Nas X – Panini, Cardi B – Press, Megan Thee Stallion – Realer) the retro stylistic video depicts two women on a mission driving through the streets of LA. It precedes Duke’s latest offering, a remix from disco legend Cerrone set for release this Friday, August 21st. Acting as the latest installment to the recently announced Duality Remixed album, the Cerrone remix will feature alongside recent reworks from Purple Disco Machine, Ilyus & Barrientos, Tensnake, and Franky Wah, with a host of big names still to come.
INTRODUCING ELAINE: THE MOST STREAMED FEMALE ARTIST IN SOUTH AFRICA
South African R&B singer and songwriter, Elaine, has already become a household name as the most streamed female artist in her home country, and now she’s introducing herself to the world.
As the newest member of the Columbia Records family, Elaine unveils the highly anticipated sultry new visual for “Risky,” a standout track from her history-making debut EP, Elements. The 7-song collection blends mellow yet sweet R&B melodies with hints of trap-inspired moodiness. With Elements, Elaine became the first independent female artist to ever reach #1 on the Apple Music Sub-Saharan African charts. The certified platinum EP features breakout track “Changes” which received airplay on The Joe Budden Podcast, and sleek banger “Say It” featured on Ebro In The Morning.
WATCH/LISTEN: Mindchatter Reworks LCD Soundsystem’s “I Can Change” on 10 Year Anniversary
Fresh off the release of his transportive single and music video for “Night Goggles,” budding New York-based producer and vocalist Mindchatter returns with a nostalgic cover of “I Can Change” by the esteemed electro-rock band LCD Soundsystem. As one of the leading alternative pioneers of the millennium, the cover celebrates the group’s work in tandem with the 10-year anniversary of the track, originally released in 2010. Mindchatter puts his signature spin on the synth-driven slice, staying true to the original while adding his own dreamy vocals and playful retro beats.