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Sydney indie trio Grids & Dots return with lush new single ‘The Great Divide’

First introducing themselves last year with the sweeping shoegaze infused dream-pop track ‘Never Change’, Sydney band Grids & Dots are back with new music for 2020. Their latest single, ‘The Great Divide’ continues to establish the group as a dynamic musical trio; utilising a strong handle on their influences in creating a sound completely theirs.

Reverend John Wilkins shares new spellbinding spiritual; new album out Sept 18

“‘Walk With Me’ is an old song that my Daddy use to set up in the house and play with my Mother, who would be on tambourine,” says Reverend Wilkins. “It was one of the first gospel songs that I learned how to play. The words to the song have always been something that I believed and I never forgot how to play it. I want Jesus to walk with me and it doesn’t look like he has quit.”

Video Premiere: Rev. John Wilkins “Walk With Me”

New Music: Jake Allen Releases Single “Rising Tide” –

“The folkpop track highlights his trademark acoustic finger plucking style which follows in the lush and exquisite tradition of Damien Rice and Duncan Sheik, heart firmly placed on their proverbial sleeves. His complex and twisty command of the melody is a joy to hear” – American Songwriter

Robert Jon & The Wreck and their video “Do You Remember”

The band have received numerous accolades and raving reviews for years now, from nominations of “Best Rock” and “Best Blues” to multiple top 10 chart placement on Southern Rock Brazil’s Top 20 Albums to being praised as “Classic and fresh at the same time” and “keeping the history of classic 60’s and 70’s rock alive for newer generations” by Blues legend Joe Bonamassa.

Introducing Superlove — Noise-pop band releases new single, signs to Rude Records

“I Love It” follows their previously self-released material which has garnered over 400,000 streams to date & found them fans within the alt rock scene after sharing stages with Roam, Dream State, Stand Atlantic & Vukovi.

Emone Quadeem & Bigg Baby Release “Dior Bucket” Video feat. Korporate Today

The new single and video come behind the release of “You Decide” in July. On the ProductBeatzBangin-produced track, the two westside Chicago natives rap with braggadocious bars on growing up out west, one of Chicago’s most unforgiving neighborhoods. On the song’s hook EQ raps, “I come from Chiraq where n****s slide because it’s do or die.”

INTRODUCING: VALDEZ – Debut Single “Saint Munchausen” Out Now

Influenced by artists like Neutral Milk Hotel and Bright Eyes, Nate has created a signature m­inimalist-but-not-quite Lo-Fi sound that’s all his own. “Saint Munchausen” is the first taste of a lot more music coming soon from this unique artistwho spent his teenage years working in his grandfather’s mortuary in the rural Colorado town of Las Animas, Spanish for “the souls,” an apt name for his set of forthcoming songs which are filled with intimations of mortality, fading memories, regrets and even the presence of otherworldly spirits.

Black Pistol Fire: “Hope In Hell” Out Today; Austin Rock Group Announce Sixth Studio Album Coming Winter 2021 Via Black Hill Records

BLACK PISTOL FIRE will return Winter 2021 with their sixth studio album on Black Hill Records. The Austin-based group has finished the new album with co-producer and engineer Jacob Sciba (Gary Clark Jr, Gov’t Mule, Warren Haynes) and mixer Vance Powell (White Stripes, Raconteurs, Chris Stapleton). The album brings a mix of their untamed signature sound–melding classic southern rock and garage punk—and follows in the footsteps of the group’s last album Deadbeat Graffiti pronounced by the Austin Chronicle as “Torrential fuzz and hot-lightning riffs.” Elsewhere, New Noise hailed “the duo’s pop prowess is soulful yet gritty, and is often heavy on reverb… Unpredictable, well executed and full of contagious energy,” while Memphis Flyer added, “punkish energy, blues riffs, and a good ol’ fashioned rock-and-roll veneer… the band sounds too lush and too dynamic to be just two people.

Caro Releases New Single “Too Far Gone” – ‘The Longest Year: Part One’ EP Out 9/24

Today, multi-talented singer-songwriter and producer Caro (Caroline Baker) has released her new single, “Too Far Gone.” It’s a track about giving into an Ex that just keeps coming back – no matter how hard you try not to think about them … “but I’m too far gone and you know that,” she sings.

Valley Latini, NY-based Colombian artist, shares sultry single “Blue Moon”

Valley shares, “I was always inspired by big ballads, and I always wanted to write one. I was listening to a lot of Lykke Li at the time I wrote this song. It is mainly about being lonely in love. The song started in my loft apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. I played the whole thing on my Korg SV1 and recorded the demo in Logic Pro. It started as a demo, and then I took it to producer Harper James, who helped me take my vision to the next level. This is the first track that I feel the most authentic and truest to who I am as an artist out of all of the music that I’ve released in the past. This is definitely my most vulnerable song to date.”

Jacob Asher Releases New Video for “Medusa”

New York-based multi-instrumentalist and producer Jacob Asher released his single “Medusa”, along with an accompanying video, out everywhere today. The track is a follow-up to “Joshua Tree” and Jacob Asher’s 4th release of the year. Jacob Asher is the solo, passion project of Ben Bailey, keyboard player of Rochester Indie-Rock band JOYWAVE.

The New Restaurants unveil “Dug Up Proust”

On the track, the band shares, “There’s a pocket of white dudes that have gotten rich enough that they’ve started saying things like, ‘we can cure death,’ and it is so stupid and bad. This song is about that. A lot of these same people are also guilty of believing that technology in itself is a net positive, and that by applying technology to anything it automatically gets better, so this song is about that too. Let’s shoot all the rich people into space and leave them there!

South Of Eden (formerly Black Coffee) Release Debut EP “The Talk”

“Whether you’re cruising down the road or burning one on your couch, there’s a song in here for you. This EP represents what we believe is real, raw music. No click tracks and triggers, or copy and paste. Just a bunch of hippies in a room.” – SOUTH OF EDEN

Paper Jackets Share Reimagined New Single “Miss You (Too)”

LA based alternative – pop band Paper Jackets has shared a new single and video for “Miss You (Too)” today, premiering now with Live For Live Music. “Miss You (Too)” presents a new version of Paper Jackets’ latest single “Miss You,” stripped down and reimagined. The video, filmed in the desert of California and directed by Alexander Nikishin and Hayden Warner, features the members of the band against the backdrop outside of beautiful Joshua Tree National Park.

PREMIERE: Paper Jackets Bring New Heart To “Miss You” With Stripped-Down “Miss You (Too)” [Video]


After receiving critical acclaim from her latest single “I’ll Break My Heart Again, “Mimi Webb releases a beautiful stripped down performance of the track baring her vocals with just a piano accompaniment. About the single and video, Mimi commented, “Writing this song came from a really vulnerable place of admitting the truth of where your heart belongs. You know it’s not right or good for you, but you can no longer convince yourself to stay away from the person you’re still in love with—even though you have something good going with another. It took me a long time to face it, but this song really helped me through that process.”

New Video! Frunt Ro da Youngin “Born Like Dis”

Romaire King, or artistically known as Frunt Ro da Youngin, is an emerging artist, singer, rapper, and songwriter originating from Atlanta, Georgia. The talented artist is quickly making waves in the scene with his unparalleled sound and style. His style encompasses the melodies of the south with a twist of new age.


Nigerian Afrofusion singer/songwriter Burna Boy has released the official music video for track “Monsters You Made” (Feat. Chris Martin), taken from his recently released critically acclaimed fifth studio album, TWICE AS TALL.

CONVULSE: Finnish Progressive Death Metal Veterans To Release Deathstar Full-Length October 30th Via Transcending Records; Preorders Available

Finnish progressive death metal veterans CONVULSE will unleash their long-awaited new full-length, Deathstar, October 30th via Transcending Records.

A near forty-one-minute masterwork, Deathstar delivers nine tracks that transcend the boundaries of standard death metal. Fusing the prime tenets of death metal, heavy rock, and prog into something innovative and enticing, the record arguably picks up where the band’s underrated 1994 gem Reflections full-length left off adopting a similar genre-bending approach and modernizing it.

BATZ return at their dynamic best with new single ‘Remain The Same’

Returning like a much needed beam of light amidst the darkness that has been 2020, Melbourne’s BATZ deliver another cracking tune in ‘Remain The Same’. For those who have been following the band’s journey from the beginning, this new single marks an exciting new statement of intent while for newcomers, the single is one helluva introduction.


“Hate U” received early support from major radio and playlist partners. Upon release, the song was included on Spotify’s coveted New Music Friday playlist and premiered on SiriusXM Hits 1. The track remains on coveted top playlists across DSPs.

WATCH: Sin City drop new video ‘She’s Got No Heart’

The smoky, gin-soaked second music video from Sin City sees the lads showing off their soul side with their jaded tale of heartbreak; “She’s Got No Heart”. With disco-balls a-spinning and leopard print dresses a-twirlin’ you’ll be hard pressed not to light up a smoke and sink a few tear-soaked whiskeys after watching this sleaze-fest.

DVNA releases new track ‘All My Friends’

DVNA returns today with her new single called ‘All My Friends’, a personal track that touches on issues surrounding mental health that she had witnessed in her own friends.

The single also drops alongside the announcement of her debut EP All My Friends set for release on Friday 25 September, and a Queensland EP Tour set to commence from mid October.

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Noted Spiritual Artist Ananta Govinda Releases Mirror of Desire Album

Responding to the current times led to his new project, an epic album and fantasy novel, Mirror of Desire. “I truly believe that rediscovering our common heritage will help us overcome the tendency to divide and see each other on opposite sides.” Ananta has put that into the allegorical storyline of the Mirror of Desire trilogy, where White and Black wizards are competing for access to the mysterious land of the Pyramid, accessed through the Gates of Time. Ananta adds, “I wanted to show that those two colors are the range of the spectrum and they could not exist without each other.”

Marche Funèbre – ‘Einderlicht’ – due for release on Friday September 25, 2020

2020 sees the release of Marche Funèbre’s 4th full length album. The Belgian quintet has built a steady reputation of making a unique blend of eclectic doom death metal, and their new album proves to be the pinnacle of their growth.

Entitled ‘Einderlicht’, which translates as the light at/of the end, the new album brings all the elements known from Marche Funèbre: death, black, and doom metal in a unique mix, with strong melodies and a wide vocal approach.

Ingridi Verardo teases new single “Read Between The Lines”

Brazilian singer INGRIDI VERARDO posted a sample of her second single, entitled “Read Between The Lines”, which will be released on September 1st. The track will be featured on “Imperfection”, her debut album which should be released until the end of the year.

From Ashes To New release PANIC

The 11-track album is the band’s third full-length release and follows 2018’s breakthrough release, THE FUTURE. The band’s first 3 focus tracks released earlier this year have already garnered over 6.5 million streams, namely the title track “Panic” which has amassed over 4.5 Million listens and 1.4 Million video views alone since its April release, setting the tone for their album. The track currently sits Top 11 at active rock radio, poised to enter the Top 10 in short order – a format FROM ASHES TO NEW is no stranger to; the band has had 3 top 10 singles, including “Crazy” off their last album THE FUTURE, and the most recent feature with breakout act The HU’s “Yuve Yuve Yu.”

Star-Studded Internet Money Debut Album, B4 The Storm, Out Now

Los Angeles based artist/producer collective Internet Money releases their highly anticipated debut album B4 The Storm, available now via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records. The album was put together over a two-week period during quarantine at the Internet Money HQ in Los Angeles, and includes features from Juice WRLD, Trippie Redd, The Kid Laroi, Kevin Gates, 24KGoldn and more. The project includes the single “Lemonade” featuring Gunna, NAV and Don Toliver; released on August 14 alongside a Cole Bennett-directed music video, “Lemonade” just debuted at #66 on Billboard’s Hot 100, has earned over 35 million streams, and made its way into Spotify’s Today’s Top Hits a week after its release. Also featured on the album is the single “Somebody” featuring Lil Tecca and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie which was released in October 2019 and was certified gold this February.


Fresh off the release of the live version of their now-platinum hit “Sunday Best,” Surfaces releases their new single “Sail Away,” out now via 10K Projects/Homemade Projects. “Sail Away” finds the duo singing over an easy going, tropical beat and invites listeners to relax and unwind with them. The new track comes after a massive summer for Surfaces—their single “Sunday Best” was certified platinum by the RIAA, gaining nearly 1.7 billion global streams, they performed on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and they collaborated with one of their idols, Sir Elton John, on the single “Learn To Fly.” With over 17 million streams on Spotify to date and placements on playlists like New Music Friday, the duo reflected in an interview with Billboard that making a song with Sir Elton John was “like winning a Grammy.”


Los Angeles-based independent label 10K Projects releases Bill & Ted Face The Music, Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, a musical body of work curated for Orion Pictures and Hammerstone Studios’ motion picture Bill & Ted Face The Music. Both the soundtrack and the film are out today. Executive produced by Elliot Grainge, founder of 10K Projects, the album features music from the film including highlights like “Beginning Of The End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)” by Weezer and “Story Of Our Lives” by Cold War Kids. The star-studded rock soundtrack also features new songs from Mastodon, FIDLAR, Big Black Delta, and Lamb of God. Full track listing is available below.


Today marks the highly awaited release of “Ice Cream” — the electrifying new single from global pop sensations BLACKPINK and multi-platinum singer/songwriter Selena Gomez. Another powerhouse performance from BLACKPINK, “Ice Cream” is the second single from the K-pop quartet’s massively anticipated debut album, set for release via YG Entertainment/Interscope Records on October 2nd.


Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul releases his debut full-length album International Hotel today on Interscope Records. International Hotel was recorded with two microphones in Raffoul’s girlfriend’s room in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario. The simplicity of that approach is perfectly suited to the rugged intimacy of Raffoul’s songwriting, and to the Americana-leaning sensibilities he brought to the making of International Hotel.


Today ESCAPE THE FATE releases their new song and music video for “Walk On.” The song will be on their forthcoming album, due out in 2021, and the track is featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming Better Noise Films’ movie, SNO BABIES.

“Walk On” is a rock anthem that builds on the classic ESCAPE THE FATE sound, with catchy vocal melodies, huge guitars, and driving drums. “Lyrically the new single is a message of positivity,” lead singer Craig Mabbitt says. “‘Walk On’ is a song about recovery, about not giving up when things seem impossible to overcome, it’s always darkest before the dawn and you just need to hold on until the sun rises. Walk on.”ADAPTING TO COVID 19 The music video for “Walk On” DRAWS ON footage of ESCAPE THE FATE’S past live performances, along with MOVIE footage from the upcoming Better Noise Films debut FEATURE FILM release SNO BABIES. SNO BABIES message mirrors that of the track, portraying how easy it is to fall into a pattern of substance use.

New Music From 5AM “Pull Up” Out Now On 1865/Interscope Records


Hailed as “one of the richest R&B talents of the last decade” by The New York Times, Ty Dolla $ign is a multiple GRAMMY-nominated musical powerhouse who has single-handedly shaped the music industry with his undeniable classic songs (“Paranoid,” “Or Nah,” “Blasé”,) chart-topping collaborations (“Psycho” with Post Malone, “Work From Home” with Fifth Harmony) and genre-defying songwriting and production contributions (JAY-Z & Beyonce, Kanye West, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Drake, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera, Khalid, Wiz Khalifa and more.)