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Madison Olds – 3’S A CROWD

Close your eyes and picture this baller, badass bitch laying in a bathtub of diamonds sucking back bottles of champagne. Like a more savage version of Audrey Hepburn.

This imaginary woman dominates life and love. She knows how to get down and dirty, and keep it classy and powerful at the same time.

Allow “3’S a Crowd” to bring out the true boss in you.


Rising LA-based singer-songwriter Bjrnck (byo͝or’nik) releases her new single and video for “Real” featuring Cali rapper WS Boogie today via ATS Records/HITCO. Written by Bjrnck and produced by her longtime producer Eesh, the single is seductive yet vulnerable. It uses Bjrnck’s captivating angelic tone along with WS Boogie’s melodic story-telling rhymes of experiencing an authentic relationship in a world full of uncertainty. The accompanying video, directed by Jnico, displays the couple’s real-life romance. It draws viewers into their magnetic energy as it weaves in and out of the intense storyline.

new Leikeli47 track + video

Leikeli47 is back with “Zoom”, a new track from her forthcoming, soon to be announced album Shape Up. The song arrives with a side-scroller, NES-inspired video that has 47 and a mysterious new partner named Moriah battling bad guys on the freeway. Watch the video below and stay tuned for album details.

Nashville Based Indie/Dream-Pop Group Cloud Baby Release Debut Single “Blocks”

If The Cardigans, Clairo and Lana del Rey had a baby, you’d get Nashville-based dreamy indie-pop group, Cloud Baby. Composed of frontwoman Jenna Scott, guitarist Cole Anderson, drummer/producer Timothy Ryssemus, and bassist/keyboardist/producer Greg Graves, Cloud Baby brings you their debut single, “Blocks”.

The track is out everywhere today through distributor United Masters Select, and independent label Altru: Upgrade.


With his deep, barking drawl and a natural affinity for melody, Fredo Bang (Fredrick Givens) is the next rhymer to rise out the Bayou. The highs and lows of his life encompass turning down a scholarship at Texas Southern U. in order to study closer to home, and a stiff jail sentence for aggravated battery that was commuted in 2018. At age 23, the Baton Rouge native’s rhymes have now won the South.

LA psych-pop standouts SWIMM share “Feel Better”

Los Angeles psych-pop outfit, SWIMM, officially launched the next chapter in their creative journey with the release of the brand new single and video, “Feel Better” via a premiere on American Songwriter. The track offers solace and hope to a young LA woman who has fallen victim to “the cliches of men in Hollywood taking advantage of starry-eyed transplants for the first time” as vocalist, Chris Hess (a.k.a Cookie), puts it. As the guitars roll over a soul-soothing beat accented by a myriad of carefully arranged synths, the song’s protagonist let’s his friend know it is ok for her to slow down and do what she needs to do to feel good.

SWIMM Share “Feel Better,” Sign to Sweat It Out’s Sunset Mesa Records

Secret Machines Share ‘Awake in the Brain Chamber’ LP Via TSM Recordings

Last Friday, Secret Machines shared Awake in the Brain Chamber, the band’s first new full-length album released in 12 years. Featuring songs written, recorded and produced over the course of the last decade, the 8-song album tells the stories that were left unsaid. As a whole, Awake offers listeners the sound and sonic range that Secret Machines has been known and loved for, throughout their career, while reaching into newer, modern territory. Awake in the Brain Chamber is out now, globally, on all streaming platforms. Standard vinyl is available for purchase via Bandcamp, following a sold-out first pressing of the limited edition LP.

Listen to The Strumbellas’ drummer Jeremy Drury’ new single ‘Do It Right’ ahead of LP out Aug 28th!

With a heavier edge, driving beat and lyrics that wouldn’t be out of place in a protest song, “Do It Right,” the latest single to be taken from Company Store, leans towards punk influences. The call to action in the title encourages the listener to fight for what they believe in and to raise their voice to be heard.

Payton Moormeier Releases Official Video for “Habits”

Music has helped the Georgia-born and North Carolina-raised singer gain the confidence to express his innermost thoughts through self-penned originals. After discovering Metallica at seven-years-old, his mom bought him a guitar, and Payton taught himself how to play by consuming countless hours of lessons on YouTube. He later widened his musical palette by listening to Post Malone, blackbear, and more.


Titled ‘Loaded’ and produced by former Santa Cruz guitarist Joonas Parkkonen, the song is a taste of what’s to come with Reckless Love’s fifth studio album; the follow-up to 2016’s ‘InVader’, this anticipated outing will be available in 2021.

Shades Apart “So What Now” Premiere

This is your last chance to get a preview of the new Shades Apart LP before it releases this Friday. As previously announced, the band will be releasing Eternal Echo, their first album in nineteen years, on August 28th via Hellminded Records. Eternal Echo was mixed and mastered by Jason Livermore at the legendary Blasting Room (Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX).

Interview: Mark “V” Vecchiarelli of Shades Apart


The Inoculated Canaries, is a New York City-based band whose music has a retro “late 60’s/early 70’s” feel of the socially conscious rock bands of the era like Cream, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon and the Animals, and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

Inoculated Canaries are Michael Rubin (guitar, vocals,) James Terranova (drums,) Dylan Gross (bass,) Brian Sweeney (keyboards.)

Speaker Face – WORK FRIENDS – Streaming wherever you swim.

“Work Friends” speaks to the masks we wear in the workplace. Forced relationships playing out in environments unnaturally curated to make us our most productive. This track is a covert dance party for the freak hiding behind a tightly buttoned shirt and uncomfortable shoes.

EP “Little Death” – Tallie Gabriel

Ethereal singer/songwriter and cellist Tallie Gabriel has unveiled her debut solo E.P. Little Death, a collection of tender hopeful and heartbroken stories written in the aftermath of and reflection on a breakup, featuring singles “Story,” “Hummingbird,” “Laundry,” and cover of “Who Knows Where the Time Goes.”

Icelandic Emotional Post-Rock Collective VAR Unveil Music Video For Anthemic, Dreamy New Video “Run”

VAR began as a solo project of Júlíus Óttar (vocals, guitar, piano) in 2013, but soon after, he realized that his vision for VAR could not be fully realized without additional collaborators — so he called upon those who were close. Soon his wife Myrra Rós (synths, vocals) and his brother Egill Björgvinsson (bass) joined the band along with friends Arnór Jónasson (guitar) and Andri Freyr Þorgeirsson (drums). With this lineup, VAR wrote and recorded the EP Vetur and performed for several years building a fiercely loyal fanbase. With time and competing responsibilities, Myrra Rós was pulled in a different direction and drummer Sigurður Ingi Einarsson replaced Andri Freyr to solidify the band’s current and more concentrated lineup. It was this transition that served as a catalyst for the reimagining of VAR’s sound.

For Skope: Teamworx throw back to golden era of progressive house with “Can’t Get Enough” ft. Sarah De Warren (out now on Protocol)

Israeli duo Teamworx returns to Protocol Recordings with a groovy progressive gem titled “Can’t Get Enough,” featuring vocals by Sarah De Warren. After their latest heavy-hitting track “Techno,” which received an edit by Nicky Romero himself, the veterans switch up their style with ethereal melodies and softly undulating basslines that melt into a deep and groovy breakdown. De Warren’s breathy vocal performance with lyrics like “I can’t seem to get enough, it’s all that I’ve been thinking of” make for a sensual but dancefloor-friendly vibe that will carry you long into the night. De Warren recently worked with Trilane & YARO on “Way Out,” on Protocol Recordings, which was widely supported by industry’s tastemakers, incl. BBC Radio 1. Teamworx have previously released “Just Like That” and “We Are Lost,” among others, this year on the imprint.