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My Morning Jacket release physical version of “The Waterfall II” today

My Morning Jacket is proud to announce today’s physical release of their acclaimed new album, The Waterfall II. Released earlier this summer to all DSPs and streaming services, the album is available now via ATO Records on CD and LP at all retailers.

Three versions of the vinyl are available including a Deluxe LP edition featuring 180 gram vinyl in a gatefold foil jacket with zoetrope labels, as well as a “merlot-wave” colored LP (available exclusively to independent records shops) in addition to a clear- colored wax LP available to all outlets.

Ferris & Sylvester release new single ‘Knock You Down’

Ferris & Sylvester have released their brand new single ‘Knock You Down’, the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming EP I Should Be On A Train out October 2nd via LAB Records. The video premiered with Far Out Magazine who called the song “gorgeous… an absolute sonic delight”.

GiddyGang ‘Thunderstorms’

‘Thunderstorms’ is the stellar first offering from Norwegian based ones-to-watch GiddyGang. Taken from their forthcoming mixtape ‘Giddy Mix’, GiddyGang successfully carve their own irresistible stamp on hip-hop and R&B influences such as Anderson.Paak, Butcher Brown and J Dilla. The lo-fi ‘Thunderstorms’ sets the tone impressively, with its laidback vibe and bass heavy production.

OKAN share “Mercedes”

Featuring Cuban rapper Telmary Diaz, pianist Hilario Duran, and trumpet-player Alexis Baro, “Mercedes” includes elements from a genre called Pilón; a rhythm that is native to, but seldom played in Cuba today. OKAN want to help preserve this near-extinct sound, which came to life in the ’50s and ’60s, taking rhythm cues from the motions of workers pounding sugarcane and coffee beans. The narrative of the song is painted with double entendres; it’s a story about Mercedes, a beautiful Cuban woman who trades favors to different people. It describes a very realistic picture of the struggles Cuban people face today, and the Cuban way of discussing these topics with a dark sense of humor.

Kyd the Band Announces New EP ‘Season 3: The Realization’

“Corridors” was co-written with Adam Friedman (Allen Stone, Mike Posner) and Kevin Griffin (The Night Game, Moon Taxi) and produced entirely over Zoom in true 2020 fashion. Throughout the track Guisande tries to break free of his mental prison to finally overcome past relationships. Instead of remaining trapped in old memories and endless brain loops, the song encourages to keep your head up and positively push forward against the odds. The new single is just another example of Kyd the Band’s unabashed honesty in his lyrics and broad range across his collection. With each season, Devin reveals more of himself as he finds the confidence to delve deep into his tumultuous past from a socially isolated childhood, to leaving his home and family; overcoming a drug overdose to then finally finding solace in music and healthy relationships.

Amaunet’s 90s inspired upbeat single with britpop influences

Swedish indie-rockers Amaunet are back with their latest single “Supernovas”, out everywhere now alongside it’s music video. Taken from their upcoming debut EP, the single is the perfect 90s britpop inspired indie-rock hit with a dance worthy sound and upbeat tempo.

“Supernovas” perfectly shows how the band draws their inspiration from the iconic 90’s britpop, with an upbeat tempo, roaring guitars and a brighter, catchy sound. The perfect song to hear pouring out the speakers on the dancefloor of your local indie club, under shimmering lights in a dim lit bar.

Amaunet’s 90s inspired upbeat single with britpop influences

CNCO Surprise Fans With New Single “Beso”- Performing on VMA’s this Sunday!

After months in quarantine, and a tease to their fans for the past few weeks of an unidentified 14 second audio of a song, the award-winning, multiplatinum Latin American boy band, CNCO surprise their fans with the highly anticipated release of their new single “Beso.”

ALA.NI Releases Adrian Younge-Produced “Lament for Emmett Till” (Amazon Original)

Memorializing the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till’s death, today ALA.NI released the Adrian Younge-produced single “Lament for Emmett Till” (Amazon Original). The song is a reimagined version of ALA.NI’s sparse, achingly-beautiful song released earlier this summer on July 28, 2020 (the eve of what would have been Emmett Till’s 79th birthday). In “Lament for Emmett Till” (Amazon Original), ALA.NI recites a 1955 poem of the same name by the radical activist, journalist and organizer Claudia Jones over Adrian Younge’s lush, cinematic production. The song is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

MICKY’s single ‘Northstar’ reminds us of the value of hope, resilience & hard work

Michael Persall, better known by his artist name MICKY is a regular fixture in New York City’s live music scene, where he made his come-up. His sonic influences range from heartfelt Motown classics to introspective reggae hits and old-school rock, but what really underpins MICKY’s broad musical style is his relatability, lyricism and ability to conjure emotions from his listeners. His latest single and video ‘Northstar’ do just that by taking us on a journey that reminds us all of the value of hope, resilience and hard work.

Zella Day Releases Brand New EP “Where Does The Devil Hide”

Where Does The Devil Hide, the eagerly anticipated EP from inventive singer-songwriter Zella Day, has officially been released today in partnership with Concord Records and Easy Eye Sound. Produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, the project ignites a vibrant new era for Zella and signals her evolution as both a musician and a visual auteur. Today, Zella has also debuted her newest single “Benny My Dear”, a song packed with lush instrumentation, dazzling harmonies and guitar solos all dripping with retro Californian charm. It’s a track that wholly encapsulates the spirit of the project and serves as a fitting finale to the EP. Listen to Where Does The Devil Hide now via digital streaming platforms everywhere.

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah Releases New Live Album ‘AXIOM’

Though it feels like a lifetime, March 10th, 2020 was only five short months ago. At that moment GRAMMY-nominated bandleader Chief Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah was in a familiar place during an unfamiliar circumstance — about to play New York City’s famed Blue Note Jazz Club as COVID-19 uncertainty gripped the world. Determined to stay the course, Chief Adjuah made the decision to press on with the show. Little did he or his band know, this would be their last show for some time. This performance was captured as AXIOM — Adjuah’s latest live album out today via Ropeadope / Stretch Music.

BAKER GRACE // ‘B.Y.F.M’ & ‘Yourz Truly’ EP Out Now

On her sophomore EP “Yourz Truly” (out today), 19-year-old singer/songwriter Baker Grace illuminates her inner world and personal philosophies more freely than ever, sharing her story with equal parts boldness and dreamy sensitivity. It’s a reflection of who I am as a person and who I want to become. Through writing these songs I found a way to stay true to myself, even when the world wanted to pull me in so many different directions,” the New York City-based artist shares.

HOWIE PAYNE (ex-The Stands) – Reveals video for ‘It Feels Like Summer’

The single is the very first taste of the ex-Stands frontman’s much anticipated forthcoming solo album, soon to be announced for release in early 2021.

The new single follows recent EP release ‘In Dreams’, the latest addition to a much-admired solo career begun with Howie’s Ethan Johns-produced 2009 debut album, ‘Bright Light Ballads’, followed by 2017’s ‘Mountain’.

Internet Money Shares Debut Album B4 The Storm

Few albums released in 2020 are as star-studded as B4 The Storm, the debut album by artist/producer collective Internet Money. Not only is this a testament to Internet Money founder Taz Taylor’s years of building relationships from the bedroom to the boardroom, but with every song viable of becoming yet another Gold Record for the young mogul, it solidifies the notion that Taz Taylor is a proven hitmaker whose got the juice. The 17-song project came together over a two-week period during quarantine and was produced in full by Internet Money, which includes notable producers like Nick Mira and JRHITMAKER and artists like TyFontaine and Alec Wigdahl. B4 The Storm is out now via 10K Projects/Internet Money Records.

The Smashing Pumpkins Release Two New Songs. Confirm Album On The Way.

GRAMMY® Award-winning, critically-acclaimed alternative rock luminaries, The Smashing Pumpkins return with two new tracks, Cyr’ and ‘The Colour Of Love,’ out on Sumerian Records today. Recorded in Chicago and produced by Corgan, the new tracks come with the news of a forthcoming studio album in the works with founding members Billy Corgan, James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlin, with longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Return With Two New Tracks + Confirm New Album Is On The Way


“Strawberry Blonde” follows the release of previous singles “Sometimes Things Just Fall Apart” and “Tears In December,” which have already racked up close to 2 million combined streams and received praise from the likes of tmrw Magazine, EARMILK, Euphoria and Lyrical Lemonade who called “Tears In December” “a song you NEED to listen to before the day is over.”

Justin Wells Releases New Album ‘The United State’

Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Justin Wells released today his new album The United State. Recorded with acclaimed producer Duane Lundy (Ringo Starr, Sturgill Simpson, Joe Pug), it’s Wells’ most ambitious and methodically crafted collection of songs to date, as it explores the concept he described as “the common thread that connects us all.”

Justin Wells Shows Dedication to His Craft on New Single, “No Time For a Broken Heart”

Singer/Songwriter Lends Listeners a Roadmap Inspired by Real-Life Lessons

When everything is “just fine” for too long, it could feel as though you’re riding in the passenger seat of your own life. This feeling describes what singer/songwriter Lyn Koonce experienced at the tailend of a seventeen-year relationship in 2016, which – in hindsight – was a turning point she didn’t know she needed. With a history of teaching, Koonce’s decision to pursue music full-time was met with newfound strength, independence and purpose; now in a new, healthy relationship that aligns with her core values, she feels like she’s finally behind the wheel. In her full-length album, “Begin Again,” set to release August 28, 2020, Koonce lends listeners a roadmap inspired by real-life lessons.

“A huge part of this album is finding the truth of who I am and what I settled for,” Koonce shares. “When I started to believe in who I am as an artist & as a person, that’s when it became clear.”


Legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought debuts new track “Good Morning”, featuring Pusha T, Killer Mike, and Swizz Beatz via Republic Records. This release marks the second track off of Black Thought’s highly anticipated Streams of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & Able, which is set for release September 18, 2020.

Black Thought Features Killer Mike, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz On New Single, “Good Morning” [Listen]

Desure Announces ‘Pollen’ EP, Shares New Single/Music Video “Masochist”

“Everybody has something inside of them that they try to hide or suppress,” says Desure. “A secret or some animalistic quality. This song reveals the beast within us all.”

Stocked with songs that are every bit as colorful as the pink letters running across the record’s cover, the Pollen EP finds Desure turning a new page. It’s a sound that’s every bit as diverse as his native Los Angeles, a town whose anything-goes spirit and melting pot of musical traditions — including alternative rock, West Coast pop, psychedelia, punk, and indie-folk — left a permanent mark on the songwriter. With this new record, he salutes those wide-ranging influences while also moving beyond them, chasing down a style that’s adventurous, lushly Californian, and uniquely his own.


Blue Öyster Cult will return with a mammoth new studio album “The Symbol Remains“ on October 9, 2020. Coming nearly two decades after the release of their last studio album, “Curse of the Hidden Mirror,” the album showcases a band who hasn’t been slowed by the time passed, but simply unphased by it. “The Symbol Remains” is one of the band’s most spirited, diverse, and inspired releases to date. Fans can listen to two new songs from the album, ‘That Was Me’ and ‘Box In My Head’ at the links below or on any music streaming service.

Heavy Metal trio RUSTY EYE Return with First Music in Six Years with new album ‘Dissecting Shadows’

Marking their first new music since 2014 and sixth album overall, heavy metal trio RUSTY EYE have announced the October 23 release of their new full-length album DISSECTING SHADOWS on Epoché Records/Blood Blast Distribution. Their most ambitious recording thus far, DISSECTING SHADOWS encompasses their personal blend of prog, thrash, punk, blackened death, and synthwave, all squeezed through a keyhole of grindhouse grime that they define as “Rust’n’Roll.” The entire album celebrates exploitation cinema, Italian horror, and grindhouse, executed with topnotch musicianship, songwriting, and creative originality.

RUSTY EYE Attacks Influence on New Song “This is Permanent”

CATHOLIC GUILT (Melbourne, AUS) Drop New EP “This Is What Honesty Sounds Like”

Melbourne, Australia’s Catholic Guilt have just released their new EP ‘This Is What Honesty Sounds Like,’ a stunningly confident 5 song EP that heralds the arrival of a band on the brink of greatness.


“[‘Tommy Lee’ is] a hedonistic ode to life on the road…” – NME

“Tyla Yaweh is undoubtedly on the precipice of stardom…On ‘Tommy Lee,’ Yaweh connects with his big homie for the guitar-laden anthem, which pays homage to the ’90s rock legend.” – Billboard

“…this collaboration with Malone [“Tommy Lee”] feel[s] so seamless…” – Complex