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Lastlings Release Remix of Cassian’s “Together ft. Thandi Phoenix” on Rose Avenue

Australian electronic sibling duo Lastlings return with a new remix of Rose Avenue label-mate and Grammy-nominated producer Cassian’s track, “Together ft. Thandi Phoenix.” Adding a textured ethereal spin on the pop-forward record, Lastlings seamlessly allow the beauty in Thandi’s vocals to shine beneath their dark evocative sound. “Together” comes off Cassian’s summer debut album release Laps, featuring hit singles with the likes of ZOLLY, Tora and Gabrielle Current.

SIMA Releases Edgy Version of “Love Is A Battlefield”

“I decided to cover ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ because I’ve always loved the song and Pat Benatar’s music and powerful voice, and knew that I could create a version that is my own and bring my SIMA sound to it,” she shares. “I loved watching the music video growing up on MTV and VH1. Looking back at my journey – leaving Israel, my overprotective parents, moving to NYC at a young age, and living such an exciting life in the big city – I can relate to the video even more now. People always told me that I should cover this song and years later, I’m finally doing it! I love the combination of the electronic and rock sounds that I often mix in my own music. ‘Love Is A Battlefield’ has a sense of this rebellious, young vibe and spirit. It’s powerful and inspiring, with an essence of love and life. I can definitely relate to the lyrics and energy of the song and it felt like the perfect song to release after my single ‘Runaways’ that touches upon many of the same themes. I’m someone who is rebellious and powerful, walks my own path in life, and believes in love and wants that in my life. There are no guarantees in life and love; you’ve got to take the risks and keep your heart and mind open, even if knowing that you might get hurt.”

Soul-pop Newcomer, Liz Cass Shares Vibrant New Single ‘Chaos’

London based Soul-Pop artist Liz Cass is back with an atmospheric cut building anticipation for her upcoming EP. Recorded and co-written with Ed Graves (known for his work with Alt-J amongst others) at Rainbow Wood Studios in Bath, the follow up to her solo debut ‘Bad Love’, ‘Chaos’ captures more of a soulful energy, excellently showcasing Liz’s captivating, effortlessly angelic vocals while still retaining the dreamy sound of her previous single ‘Bad Love’.


Filmed in Rileyy’s hometown of NYC, the visual was directed by Erik Rojas and showcases various couples going through ups and downs, but never wavering in their commitment to one another.

“Marry Me” is lifted from Rileyy’s debut EP Beautiful Mistakes, which was released in May of this year. The 5-track project also includes “Foul Play,” “Left 4 Me,” “I’m Leaving,” and “I Had U.”


Today, Cordae and Roddy Ricch, two of modern hip-hop’s greatest players, come together for a new song. “Gifted” features a vocal appearance by Ant Clemons and arrives in honor of Cordae’s birthday. The track follows his Grammy-nominated debut project The Lost Boy, which was named one of the best projects of 2019 by Billboard, Complex, Stereogum and more. The song also follows Roddy Ricch’s debut album Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, which landed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 Chart and includes his #1 hit “The Box.”

SVNTH: Spring In Blue Full-Length From Italian Post-Black Metal Unit Now Playing At Toilet Ov Hell

Captured by Colin Marston at Menegroth, the Thousand Caves (Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus, Cleric) in Queens, New York, Spring In Blue fuses atmospheric black metal eruptions with the more solid structured roots of ’70s class rock and ’90s shoegaze consequently serving as a soundtrack to one’s deepest emotions. An analysis of human existence, the record explores themes of childhood loss, existential philosophy, and modern technology’s consequences on man.


Swedish singer-songwriter Clara Mae has teamed up with multi-platinum country recording artist Russell Dickerson for collaborative new single “Alright” – available today alongside a self-directed video companion. Produced by Mugisho and co-written by Clara alongside Calle Lehmann (Panic! At The Disco, Liam Payne), Alexander Krashinsky (Post Malone, Mike Posner) & Cassandra Ströberg (Felix Jaehn), the duet captures yet another stage of romance – serving as soundtrack to tumultuous post-breakup emotions.

Chris Stapleton returns with new album “Starting Over” out November 13, title track debuts today

Written by Stapleton and Mike Henderson, “Starting Over” begins an album of startling prescience—completed in late February only days before the shutdown began. Across its fourteen tracks are songs that examine life’s simplest joys and most serious struggles. Alongside eleven written by Stapleton with both longtime friends and new collaborators are three carefully chosen covers: John Fogerty’s “Joy Of My Life” and Guy Clark’s “Worry B Gone” and “Old Friends.” The resulting album—both timely and timeless—speaks to and transcends the current moment in ways unimaginable even while it was being created.

Nat Geo: The Selecter’s Pauline Black Reflects on Coventry’s Musical History

Pauline Black, lead singer of The Selecter, has lived in Coventry — the birthplace of 2 Tone music in the 1970s — for the past 50 years. As the city prepares to become the UK’s City of Culture for 2021, Pauline reflects on its powerful musical past.

Watch: Groove Armada’s official video for ‘Lover 4 Now’ feat. Todd Edwards (new album out Oct. 2)

The dreamlike qualities of the duo’s latest single are perfectly portrayed in this animated tale of blossoming love in lockdown between the video’s eccentric character-leads, Cosmo the cat, and Mio the dog (pictured above). Living in homes that show no sign of human life, Cosmo and Mio help themselves to the contents of the fridge and pantry and find solace and companionship through their video chat.


We’re so excited to begin the Whatever, Man era and are thankful to everyone who has supported us in our journey so far,” the band shares regarding the next chapter of BLACKSTARKIDS.

Blending garage rock, synthpunk, and hip hop, BLACKSTARKIDS have created a blissful DIY sound with shimmering Gen-Z anthems, jangly guitars and pulsing drums. With a range of influences from Outkast, N.E.R.D, Smashing Pumpkins, Odd Future, and Weezer, the Kansas City outfit is ushering in a new wave of indie.

DISCIPLES OF VERITY (D.O.V.) Reveals Lyric Video for Latest Powerhouse Single, “The Lost Ones”

“We all feel like we’re the only ones suffering,” says vocalist Corey Glover says of the poignant new single. “Like you are the only ones that getting the shitty end of the deal. You’re not. We all are. The world ain’t no paradise. At least we’re in it together.”

Hugar come full circle on “Reykjavík”

When Bergur Þórisson and Pétur Jónsson — Hugar — independently released their self-titled debut album in 2014, they were a pair of talented, experienced local musicians from Seltjarnarnes, the smallest township in Iceland, just outside of Reykjavík.

Premiere: “Reykjavík” by Hugar

august brodie brings back teen angst nostalgia with new single “killing me” | out today

Ontario-based alternative rock artist august brodie is back at it again with another anthem to extend your summer with new single “killing me.” Produced by Toronto’s own Dutch Revz, and mixed and mastered by Dominic “Dot” Okune (Ali Gatie, Jon Vinyl, anders), “killing me” was written as an anthem to outline the perils of uncertainty in love and life itself but with a feel good alternative pop-punk feel.

CRAFTING THE CONSPIRACY: New Noise Magazine Streams The Cosmic Key II

Texas-based deathcore outfit CRAFTING THE CONSPIRACY’s The Cosmic Key II sees release this Friday through Innerstrength Records, and preceding its official unveiling, New Noise Magazine is now hosting an advance stream of the entire record.

Album Premiere: Crafting the Conspiracy – The Cosmic Key II

Music Video Captures the Frustration and Despair of Our Times

“I wrote “Broken Down” in response to the last US presidential election,” said Catlea. “It was actually the second song I ever recorded, right after “Breathe Away.” We held back the release for over a year anticipating the 2020 election season.” Catlea notes, “It’s even more relevant today. Just look around. The worldwide outcry to George Floyd’s murder and the peaceful social justice protests that were met with a violent response by the police; the botched COVID-19 pandemic; over 30 million people unemployed; record temperatures an wildfires caused by climate change; kids in cages at the border, Russian interference in US and British elections, it’s an endless list of dark issues.”

Delta Spirit Share “The Pressure” Today – First Album In 6 Years, “What Is There,” Out September 11th

Delta Spirit are set to return with their first album in six years, What Is There, on September 11th, 2020. The 10-song set was produced by the band and mixed by Tchad Blake (U2, Black Keys). Their New West Records debut follows their acclaimed 2014 studio album Into The Wide, which Uncut said Delta Spirit “… progressively unleash waves of measured ferocity… toward payoffs that are staggering in their intensity.” What Is There was recorded at Sonic Ranch outside of El Paso, TX and is dedicated to the memory of their friend and musical inspiration, Richard Swift.

Shamir’s new single/video out today, “Running”

It addresses toxic friend groups, mental health & gender dysphoria — with animated video from Faye Orlove (known for her work w/ Mitski, Palehound, Vagabon, etc). The track is off Shamir’s upcoming self-titled album (out Oct 2), in which the indie rock figurehead reimagines 90’s Pop/Rock for the modern world.

Canadian post-punk/shoegaze band ultrviolence release new dream pop single/video for “In Fashion”

“In Fashion” follows ultrviolence’s latest release “Self Care,” the new album’s lead single that came out at the end of July along with the new album announcement. In the intervening years since the release of their last output, 2017’s Forty Knives EP (produced by Jason Corbett from ACTORS), founding member and primary songwriter Nate Jespersen made the move from his native Calgary to the rural landscape of Okanagan, in British Columbia. From his newfound mountain home in the semi-arid working-class soul of the region, Jespersen began writing and recording the new ultrviolence album in isolation.

The Driver Era Releases “Places” Official Video, Directed by Ross Lynch

Today, THE DRIVER ERA unveiled the official video for their latest single “Places”. Directed by Ross Lynch, assisted by brother Ryland Lynch and filmed by their longtime creative collaborator, cousin Gordy De St Jeor, the music video stars Rocky and his real-life girlfriend, actress Alex Hopkins. The visual takes you on an alternate, fictional journey of Rocky originally wrote the track about.


Austin Lucas releases his new album Alive In The Hot Zone! October 30th, 2020. Written and recorded in the earliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter/American uprising, this album represents a new direction for Austin, yet retains his distinctive voice and hyperliterate writing style. Contained are ten songs that serve as direct commentary regarding the ongoing global situation, isolation, fear and the indomitable spirit required to stand up against systemic racism and fascism, in a world spiraling out of control.

Austin Lucas Debuts An Anti-Fascist Folk-Punk Anthem, “Already Dead”

Rising pop and r&b artist, SAAKB, releases his new single entitled – “Move Until You’re Numb”

New Jersey-based artist, SAAKB, is excited to announce the release of his new single “Move Until You’re Numb.” SAAKB is no stranger to the Toronto music scene, he’s worked alongside Toronto-based artists Yassin and Rizzla on the tracks “Shame” and “Summer” the remix, garnering SAAKB almost 1 million streams on Spotify. For this single, SAAKB wanted to turn from his familiarity sounds of slow r&b to a fresh upbeat pop and r&b mixing. Co-produced by SAAKB himself and Seoul, Korea based producer Noden of Mixtape Seoul,


“This song is about the different ways in which we communicate our love for each other,” says Phil [vocals, guitar, production]. “How special it is to find someone that speaks the same love language as you. It’s a celebration of the uniqueness of relationships.”

DEEPER GRAVES: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Last Transmission” Video

Open Roads, the expansive debut album from newly-formed DEEPER GRAVES – the solo project of Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer) is out now on Disorder Recordings. The act now offers a gripping official video for the record’s “Last Transmission,” through a premiere hosted by Decibel Magazine.

Track Premiere: Deeper Graves – ‘Last Transmission’

Kat Saul Shares “Monsters” Music Video

Today, alt-pop darling Kat Saul is sharing the official music video for her new single “Monsters.” In keeping with the poignant messaging of the song, the mixed-media music video acts as a visualization of a panic attack. By overlaying the video with animation and green screen footage, the video highlights how hard it can be to decipher fact from fiction when anxiety takes over.


The iconic, #1 selling series in Call of Duty history returns to fans around the globe with the all-new Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War. A direct sequel to the original, fan-favorite Black Ops, and set in the early 1980s, Black Ops Cold War, drops players into the depth of the Cold War’s volatile geopolitical universe in a gripping experience where nothing is as it seems. In addition to the story campaign, Black Ops Cold War will bring an arsenal of Cold War weapons and equipment into the next generation of Black Ops Multiplayer combat, and an all-new co-operative gameplay experience with Zombies.

Developed for next generation consoles by Treyarch and Raven Software, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Battle.net starting November 13th with versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X to release in Holiday 2020, depending on when consoles are available to consumers.

Introducing: Mikey Ferrari – Releases First Single “moving slow”

Laced with atmospheric synths curled around rattling beats, Mikey’s intricate vocal echoes emanate over a glitchy soundscape on the track. The song encourages others to subscribe to the notion that being persistent can be a healthy decision, even when our peers might be discouraging.

“It takes time to fall in love with whatever it is you like doing,” Mikey, who uses his music to cope with his anxiety and depression, concedes. His voice beams raw emotion over the iridescent production of “moving slow” and his lyrical cadence reinforces the importance of endurance and self-confidence.

Tommy Siegel (Jukebox the Ghost) releases debut solo album

The album was forged in tandem with Siegel’s personal challenge to draw a comic every day for 500 days, the results of which gained an international following of hundreds of thousands across social media, including shout outs from cultural juggernauts like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ringo Starr, as well as fans across the music continuum (Noname, Ed Droste of Grizzly Bear, Tre Cool of Green Day, Young the Giant, The New Pornographers).

CAVERN: New Noise Magazine Debuts Powdered From Maryland Atmospheric Post-Rock Trio

New Noise is currently streaming Powdered, the impending new full-length from Maryland-based post-rock trio CAVERN in its alluring entirety. The exclusive premiere comes on the eve of the record’s official unveiling.

Recorded at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts with the legendary Kurt Ballou (Converge) and Zach Weeks and mastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna), Powdered will be released independently on digital and vinyl formats.

Album Premiere: Cavern – Powdered


With over 33.6 million followers, Derulo is TikTok’s most popular active platinum-selling musician across the entire platform. “Take You Dancing” marks the latest in a seemingly infinite series of hit releases from Derulo, including such current favorites as Alok, Martin Jensen & Jason Derulo’s “Don’t Cry For Me” and Jason Derulo x Puri x Jhorrmountain’s club classic, “Coño,” the latter featured in more than 25 million TikTok videos.