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Sam the Astronaut (Garrison Johnson and TJ Gibson) – ‘High for You’

“High for You” is a love song you’ll want to dance to, with nods to 2000s electro pop. It’s about the highs of entering a new relationship, while trying to decide at the same time if you’re actually ready for it before jumping in even further. I open up my heart and dive right in, before I even learn to sink or swim.

Jesse Osborne-Lanthier shares new single ‘Aegis (For Madison Justine Dinelle)’

Active since 2007, Jesse Osborne-Lanthier is a Montréal-based multidisciplinary artist, designer, and musician. His interest lies in using his work to create both a living ecosystem of abstract memories and outward-looking, physically-reactive music to shock, appall, and delight his audiences in equal measure. His last several releases have found homes on Halcyon Veil, raster-noton, Where To Now?, United Standard, and now, Haunter Records.

Tobacco’s Trent Reznor collaboration “Babysitter” gets video treatment

Pennsylvanian experimentalist TOBACCO recently announced the arrival of Hot Wet & Sassy, his latest full-length album oozing with expressions of anti-love, self-hate, and disappointment in others. It’s set for release just in time for Halloween on October 30th via Ghostly International in cornetto or black vinyl, CD, digital, and cassette.


Multi GRAMMY®-nominated vocal powerhouse Ryan Shaw’s new studio album IMAGINING MARVIN is set for a November 27th release via Shaw’s own FORM (Fans Of Real Music) Records with distribution by Broadway Records. Inspired by one of Shaw’s idols, Marvin Gaye, IMAGINING MARVIN is the powerful new project that originally premiered live in New York City in 2019 to a sold-out crowd. Showcasing Shaw’s soaring and impassioned vocals, the album features numerous Marvin Gaye hits alongside five of Shaw’s original songs; the latter inspired by Gaye’s legacy. The first single, a Shaw original, is “Strong Men Can,” co-written by Shaw and iconic songwriter, Valerie Simpson, who, with her late husband Nick Ashford, wrote a plethora of hit songs for Marvin Gaye himself. “Strong Men Can” is due out on September 18th.


Chicago multi-instrumentalist, producer, singer, songwriter Luke Titus has announced his debut album PLASMA available November 13th via Sooper Records. The album, which features Ravyn Lenae, Sen Morimoto, Qari, and Elton Aura, is fully produced and composed by Titus – a touchstone of most Sooper signees. Highly regarded in the Chicago music scene for his work on Noname’s Room 25 album and for his drum work for Ravyn Lenae, PLASMA finds the 23-year-old fully in stride for his supremely weird and innovative project.

PIMMIT HILLS: New Washington, DC-Area Doom/Rock Outfit To Release J. Robbins-Recorded Heathens & Prophets Debut EP

PIMMIT HILLS, the Washington, DC-based quartet which spawned from the revered doom rock act King Giant, has completed their debut recording, now ready to see release as the Heathens & Prophets EP in September. A brief teaser and more on the record have been issued.

With four new songs bursting with the same Appalachian/rural mid-Atlantic rock and doom influences King Giant was inspired by, PIMMIT HILLS conjures even more of an organic sense of melody and vibrance, bringing the tracks to an even more emotive territory than the majority of the members’ former act.

Breakthrough DJ / Producer MIME Releases New Electronic Pop Single “NOT IN LOVE”

Today, the New York based, quickly rising producer and DJ MIME releases his new single “NOT IN LOVE,” featuring award winning, platinum singer songwriter Jantine. This release precedes his exclusive live set on SiriusXM’s broadcast of Electric Zoo, Friday September 4th, where MIME will play “NOT IN LOVE,” spin fan favorites and premiere new, unreleased tracks.

Pop Duo MIDLO Enter New Dimension With ‘Waste Your Time’

Pop duo MIDLO have recently released their latest single ‘Waste Your Time,’ an infectious song about two people who meet at the wrong time. “Any other time, any other place, another universe we could have our way, I’m just gonna waste your time,” sings the duo. With their latest single, MIDLO has entered a higher dimension of creativity, sound and pop perfection. Check out the music video here:

Agent Envy – Releases Debut Single – Cover of Deftones “My Own Summer”

Agent Envy, is the musical persona of Alejandra Jiménez, an upcoming artist from Brooklyn, New York who leads a double life. Her sound combines a sensual allure with a hard-edged rock sound. When she’s not working on music, Agent Envy is traveling the world working as a private investigator. Recently Agent Envy released her debut single an eerie cover of the Deftones’ classic, “My Own Summer”

‘Dom Pérignon’ by Xylon Genesis

The modern era of music has given way to enigmas and artists of all shape and form who break the norm of what have come to expect as far as what an artist truly is. Xylon Genesis also known as (Professor X) is
one artist that epitomises the essence of the modern era. A multi-talented rapper, producer and drummer from Romford in the UK, Xylon is making music that is thoughtful, conscious and driven by a desire to motivate, inspire, comfort and spread joy to all those that hear it.

Jaco Announces New LP, Shares Single “Weigh You”

Power pop indie rock may seem like a lost cause and art form in today’s pandemic-infused, doom-and-gloom apocalyptic hellscape, with a sheen a little too bright to counter the unrelenting woes and insanity of the day, but in so many ways it’s exactly what’s needed to help balance out the dragging drudgery of a rudderless world gone mad, with Jake Waitzman being just the man to place his hand on the scale for a better musical tomorrow.

Landshapes Share New Track “The Ring”

Loneliness, isolation, alienation, the need for connection and community. The salient themes of our times resonate with a haunting, predictive and vital power on the forthcoming third album from London four-piece Landshapes. Scheduled for release via Bella Union on November 20th, Contact is an album that digs deep into the past, looks ahead to the future and burns with vivid life in the present, where its mind-expanding soundscapes, beguiling melodies and resonating emotions exude a tremendous in-the-moment vibrancy. Alongside news of the album, Landshapes have shared a first single titled “The Ring”.

KONTINUUM Releases Stunning Music Video for “Two Moons”

The band comments: “Much like every other artist on the planet, we were faced with this new reality. Forced to think outside the box we decided to revisit this song from ‘No Need To Reason,’ which we always thought deserved a visual artistic expression.”

DREGG Release New Track “I’m Down”

“We wanted to construct something that outlined our current frustrations while simultaneously mocking ourselves and anyone who takes everything great they have for granted,” explains DREGG. “The song explores the idea of breaking down ones ego to rebuild it for a greater purpose. Not just for the people around you but for your own sanity and prosperity.”

Ronnie Watts overcomes “Sad Summer”, announces debut EP

Singer-songwriter Ronnie Watts and her alt-pop sound, which she has fittingly referred to as “heartbreak, but make it pop music”, have broken out of Western New York and found a global growing audience. The Rochester native’s delicate vocals and evocative songs not only earned her won her Tilly’s “Social Star Search Contest” and the title of “Best Local Song” on WNY radio, but also caught the attention of Universal UK management / label imprint W!ZARD Talent, who quickly signed the talented teen.

Don Def and Edo. G “Talk Business” with New Video

Rapper Don Def grew up in Cambridge, MA and was heavily influenced by the Boston Hip Hop scene and continues to represent the region. Over the years he has rocked many shows and collaborated with local natives Mr. Lif, Nabo Rawk (Porn Theatre Ushers), Estee Nack, V-Knuckles (N.B.S), and more. His strong passion for the culture and dedication has made him a noteworthy up and coming New England artist.

wifisfuneral Takes It To The Sheets With “Back Ache”

Pivoting away from the cerebral rhymes on which he made his name, wifisfuneral has thrown himself into a new melodic artistic direction. Today, wifisfuneral shares “Back Ache,” a bite-sized tale of sexually explicit shenanigans. Crooning over a moody guitar line and bouncy syths, wifi tells his girl exactly how he likes it. Wifi shifts from brisk rhymes to melodic hooks and even nods to Future’s “Where Ya At?” flow, with a quick burst of rhymes in the DS2 hit’s fashion. “Backache” is the latest single to come from his upcoming album pain? – out Friday, August 28th via Alamo Records.


As their latest single “Real Long Time” ascends the Alternative and Triple A Radio charts, Louisville Kentucky’s White Reaper have shared a new accompanying visual for the track. A nod to VH1’s iconic ‘Pop-Up Video’, the clip sees the original Lance Bangs-directed music video updated with trivia about the band and their hometown.

Steep Canyon Rangers Share “Honey On My Tongue”; ‘Arm In Arm’ Out October 16

Today, Western North Carolina-based Steep Canyon Rangers share “Honey On My Tongue,” the third track revealed from Arm In Arm out October 16 on Yep Roc Records.

Cradled by a warm acoustic guitar and resonant banjo and rounded off with gentle fiddle turns, “Honey On My Tongue” is a gorgeous tribute to the catch-22 of parenthood. “Being a parent makes you vulnerable,” says Graham Sharp, who wrote the song and has lead vocals. “It’s hard to understand that the only way your kids can make it in the world is without you.”

Hands Like Houses announce self-titled EP, reveal new single “The Water” out now

Vocalist Trenton Woodley explains that the single has had a special place in his heart from the moment it was written, adding that though it may not be explicit, there’s an underlying fantasy element to the track.

“I picture the protagonist as some beautiful, fantastical, strange and surreal sea creature that has come to live among us, but wants to go home,” he says. “I feel like the voice of this song is one that has done its best to make a place to belong, but knows it doesn’t, can’t or won’t, and is trying to say a heartfelt, honest goodbye.”

Freddie Dredd Makes Mayhem in the Animated Video for “DEVIL’S WORK”

Welcoming listeners into his warped world with distorted bass and ultra-violent lyrics, Freddie Dredd is rap’s demonic trickster figure. Channeling Beelzebub in a visually striking new animated video, Freddie shares “DEVIL’S WORK,” animated by Alex Sarzosa and directed by JetPhynx. Over a Ryan C. production that mixes sliding, subsonic bass under a gravelly groaning sound that evokes a chorus of the damned, Freddie delights in the suffering of his victims. The video takes us straight to hell, as Freddie plays both demon and lost soul, as demon Freddie tries to tempt the human Freddie to sell his soul. With an animation style that splits the difference between Ren & Stimpy, Don Bluth, and H.R. Giger, the “DEVIL’S WORK” video mixes horrific imagery with a sly sense of humor, but be warned…it does not have a happy ending. “DEVIL’S WORK” is a highlight track from Freddie’s recent SUFFER EP.


Insurgent punk-hardcore protest band BARFBAG, featuring industry veteran and vocalist David Bason with Brian Viglione (THE DRESDEN DOLLS, THE VIOLENT FEMMES, NINE INCH NAILS) on drums and Kenny Carkeet (AWOLNATION), will release their riotous, debut album, “Let’s Stop A War,” on Election Day, November 3rd via Stay Gold Records.

Track Premiere: Barfbag – ‘Street Crime’

LA Duo NEIL FRANCES Reminds Us It Is “Tuesday” In The Dog Daze of Summer; Shares New Track & Video 

Indie-electronic duo Neil Frances share their carefree, dreamy day-time disco-infused track “Tuesday,” inspired by the monotony of long summer days in a quarantined Los Angeles. The duo is comprised of Sydney-born Jordan Feller and Southern California native Marc Gilfry. Jordan explains, “‘Tuesday’ is another nod to that joyous feeling of 90’s French house with just the right amount of hook and repetition. The creative process on this one was pretty typical for us, Greg (our bassist) and I fleshed out an idea for the groove and then Marc and I worked on the vocal melodies. I called in our drummer Rhythm Luna to track drums so the feel was more human than machine. Then we had our friend Hazel English, who we’ve worked with previously on our song ‘Better Way,’ sing backing vocals for that extra lil bit of spicy sauce!”