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The Avett Brothers’ New Album ‘The Third Gleam’ Available Now

Following the release of singles “Victory,” “I Go To My Heart, and “Back Into The Light,” the eagerly-awaited third installment of The Avett Brothers’ ongoing Gleam series is available now on CD and digitally via American Recordings/Loma Vista Recordings, with vinyl available September 18. Stripped-back and returning to the band’s roots, The Third Gleam offers a glimmer of hope in a time of uncertainty, and it has been featured on New Music Friday as one of “The Top 8 Albums” out today by NPR’s All Songs Considered, with co-host Stephen Thompson predicting, “fans, like me, who love those first two Gleam records are going to be so happy this exists.” Paste highlighted the album as one of “The 10 Albums We’re Most Excited About in August,” and they observed, “on The Third Gleam, The Avett Brothers take a step back from all that gloss and shine and just focus on the songwriting, the harmonies and the dynamic between three musicians in a room. Hearing The Third Gleam is like stepping into a sunny, peaceful clearing after hours of running through the woods.”

REBELMATIC debut new LP ‘Ghost In The Shadows’ on Red Right Recordings

NYC hardcore-punk band, REBELMATIC, unveiled their powerful new full-length Ghost In The Shadows today in partnership with Red Right Recordings. Ghost In The Shadows is a potent ten-song collection that comes out swinging and doesn’t relent until the last crash of the album rings out. On this record, the band has blended inspiration from metal, punk, and hip-hop with thought-provoking lyrics, a sound that has earned them a devoted following over the course of their career, and refined it; resulting in arguably their strongest record to date. You can stream or purchase the album digitally on Bandcamp or on vinyl via Red Right Recordings.

NECROT: Mortal Full-Length Out NOW And Streaming Via Tankcrimes

NECROT’s eagerly anticipated new full-length, Mortal, is out TODAY via Tankcrimes! Recorded by Grammy-award-winning engineer Greg Wilkinson (High On Fire, Autopsy) and mastered by Alan Douches (Cannibal Corpse, Cattle Decapitation, Mastodon) at West West Side, the followup to the band’s critically adored Blood Offerings debut is at once earth rupturing and memorable.


Dallas rapper Bobby Sessions continues to fight the social justice issues of systematic racism afflicting African Americans, as he releases his new single “Reparations,” available today via Def Jam Recordings. The track arrives in advance of RVLTN (Chapter 3): The Price of Freedom, his new EP set for September 11th release. Sessions gained notoriety in 2020, after connecting with Megan Thee Stallion and co-writing her RIAA platinum single “Savage,” whose remix with Beyoncé has topped charts worldwide since its April release.

Eric Francis Releases Quarantine-Made LP “Under A Fake Sky”

Creating a deliberate sense of “musical whiplash” in his sound, Eric Francis uses a contrast between light and heavy elements in his writing. “Under A Fake Sky” was conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic from March – July, and was created entirely by Francis in his home while in quarantine. Lyrically, the LP tells the story of his personal experiences during quarantine, and how he was handling isolation, current events, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Keith Harris releases solo debut studio album ft. Estelle, Jordin Sparks, FAARROW, Chief Wakil, Church Boi, and Tayler Green

After creating excitement in the music industry with the release of his two-track EP featuring ‘Get It’ and ‘Happy We Made It’ and subsequent singles ‘All I Want Is You’ feat. Estelle and ‘Footwerk’, multi-platinum producer and two-time Grammy award winner Keith Harris is finally revealing his highly anticipated solo debut studio album: The Keith Harris Experience Vol 1. Over the course of his career, Harris has collaborated with a number of world class superstars, including Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Usher, and Mariah Carey to name a few; but now the iconic producer has his eyes set on a solo project that will redefine his musical career for the future.

Squirrel Nut Zippers & Andrew Bird Team Up Again For “Train On Fire”

Today the Squirrel Nut Zippers release “Train On Fire,” the second track from their forthcoming album Lost Songs of Doc Souchon (Out September 25th).

The track features violin and backup vocals from Andrew Bird. It’s Bird’s first appearance on a Zippers album since 1998’s Perennial Favorites.


Platinum-selling German/Croatian producer ​Topic and Swedish singer/songwriter ​A7S ​reunite on the new single “Why Do You Lie To Me” ​featuring chart-topping, GRAMMY®-nominated rapper ​Lil Baby​. Laden with infectious melodies and warm piano chords, Topic’s new offering flaunts his signature “melancholic dance music” style. Alongside an emotive vocal performance from A7S, Topic enlisted Lil Baby to bring his gritty rap stylings to the track, which was released by Astralwerks today.


Atlantic Records/Warner Music Canada recording artist CARYS has announced her debut EP To Anyone Like Me will be released October 2. The forthcoming EP is heralded by her effervescent new track “Crush.” The new song follows up on her most recent single “No More” which has collected over 2.5 million streams on its way to debuting on the Canadian Top 40 and Hot AC radio charts.

KIND: new single “Faster Number Two” streaming now!

Boston-based stoner rock supergroup KIND (with current and former Elder, Black Pyramid and Roadsaw members) share the new single taken from their sophomore album ‘Mental Nudge’, due out September 11th on Ripple Music.

“Faster Number Two” is built on a proto-Stooges riff and is one of the more upbeat songs on ‘Mental Nudge’. The title is the follow-up to the song “Faster Number One” from their debut album ‘Rocket Science’. Vocalist Craig Riggs says: “Faster Number Two is a song about the greatest party in the world. After an earthquake, a man walks up to a crack in the ground and looks in to see another world, and he wants in. When he gets there it slowly dawns on him that he is in Hell. But maybe that’s ok because it’s not as bad as he has been told. I guess this is the life for me. Got everything here I need.” says guitarist Darryl

Exclusive Premiere: KIND Streams “Faster Number Two” From ‘Mental Nudge’ [Album Review]

TikTok & Jaden Smith Partner to Promote ‘CTV3’ Album With Merch & Livestream

TikTok breaks new ground with innovative formats that allow artists to be their authentic selves and meaningfully connect with fans. TikTok’s new partnership with Jaden Smith on the occasion of his new album CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3 demonstrates the unique interactive elements of a TikTok campaign. Jaden will be the first artist to make exclusive co-branded merchandise available through TikTok LIVE stream on Sunday. Fans tuning in across the globe will be able to buy new TikTok-exclusive co-branded merch without navigating away from the stream.

Oceanator’s exciting debut LP ‘Things I Never Said’ is out today on Plastic Miracles!

Under the Radar premiered and reviewed the album yesterday, stating: “While nothing as dire as a crack in the world has come about yet, it is not hard to connect with Oceanator’s anxieties or her attempts to “keep the skies blue anyway.” Her debut taps into both the intrusive stresses of young adult malaise and the desire to hold on to those we love close in response, making for an instantly relatable listen.

Oceans Of Slumber New Album Out 9/4

“This is a song about love and catastrophic loss. Living with that loss and continuing on because of community and purpose, a purpose to fulfill that loss which you suffered in other people. To enrich your surroundings. Losing someone so close that it shakes the very foundation of your existence. Loving someone despite that consequence,” states OCEANS OF SLUMBER.


Following the huge success of his global smash hit This City and recent These Cities Project, Sam Fischer has shared his new project Homework alongside two new singles Ready and People I Don’t Know via Sony Music Entertainment UK/RCA Records.


Today, multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning music icon Lil Wayne surprises fans and releases the critically acclaimed No Ceilings mixtape on all digital streaming platforms via Young Money Records/Republic Records. In honor of the late Kobe Bryant, the project features the bonus track “Kobe Bryant,” which Wayne performed as tribute to the NBA legend at this year’s BET Awards

Pop punk band Give Me A Reason are back to piss off your ex

Last month, Swiss pop punk quartet Give Me A Reason released a pink-hued music video called “Sad,” shot in the Supercandy Pop-Up Museum in Germany. Today, they return with the follow-up “Funny,” shot in the same location, with both videos filmed in one extreme 17-hour session.

“If you’re my home, I’m burning down my own house!,” belts vocalist Mattia Di Paolo on the break-up track. “It’s about a relationship with someone who doesn’t treat you like you deserve,” explains Mattia.


Hailed by The FADER as “one of the premiere rising acts in R&B with a voice that has the ability to translate all the uncertainty, agony, and pleasure that comes with the complications of love,” Walker exemplifies the kind of strong, independent woman that “Love Cycle” celebrates. Toosii joined Walker on her First and Last Tour in late 2019. Her new EP, Life on Earth, recently debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard 200.


GDE/Island Prolific/Atlantic’s R&B/soulpop songstress returns with the release of a brand new, bold single “Pick A Side.” Raiche sends a message in new release to those who are just all talk. The song, produced by the well-known Menardini “Bridgetown” Timothee (Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Trey Songz) and coproduced by araabMUZIK & Audio Anthem, is the first of soon to be released singles. Her upcoming album can best be described as her “Coming of Age” project and is an exploration of self-discovery, self-love and self-acceptance.

Soul-Pop Singer Seint Monet Unveils Nostalgic Single & Video “32 Degrees”

Independent, rising soul-pop artist Seint Monet unveils sophomore single “32 Degrees” today! The songs nostalgic feel immediately draws listeners in, with lyrical content relatable to many. Seint Monet wrote the track alongside Johnluke Lewis (LANY), Julius Rodriguez (Brasstracks, A$ap Rocky), Mike Malchicoff (Mark Ronson Julia Michaels, Troye Sivan) and Miette Hope.

Mokita Shares New Single/Video “Down”

Today, Nashville singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Mokita is releasing his new single/video, “Down.” Unrelentingly honest and deeply personal, Mokita approaches songwriting as a confessional form of expression, often tackling the sincerest of subjects with thoughtful clarity. His new single “Down,” is a love letter to anyone who is struggling right now. Beginning with a somber piano introduction, “Down” surges into a meditative, downtempo pop number that’s guided by poignant yet hopeful lyricism.

New music: Rence ‘Strawberry Blonde’ (Columbia)

About the track, Rence commented, “Taken at face value the lyrics of ‘Strawberry Blonde’ tell a story about someone worried about everything – their past, the future, everything – their unsureness is taking a toll on the relationship, and signals aren’t clear. To me, it’s the secondary meaning that really rings true. As I sat with the song for a while, I realized that I was talking about myself thinking things too much. I assumed we’re free of blame and worry, when really we’re the ones freaking out.”

AG Club shares “Memphis (Pt. 2)” featuring NLE Choppa and A$AP Ferg

“We had to get Choppa on the remix. When he said he wanted to, we went CRAZY!” AG Club says. “Then Ferg heard the song and wanted to jump on it. Like wtf! AG Club, NLE Choppa, A$AP Ferg. That’s manieeee.”

NLE Choppa is a 17-year-old Memphis-born rapper whose major label debut album Top Shotta was released to critical acclaim earlier this month. Harlem-born rapper A$AP Ferg recently collaborated with Lil Wayne and Jay Gwuapo on his latest single “No Ceilings” and Nicki Minaj and MadeinTYO on the hit song “Move Ya Hips.”


Today, acclaimed multi-platinum Savannah, GA rapper Quando Rondo has finally unveiled his new mixtape, Diary of a Lost Child. The 16-track project is an impressive follow up to the release of his debut album, QPAC earlier this year. The new release arrives with an official music video for one of the mixtape’s standout track, “Shooters & Movers.”

Norwegian artist Ane Brun debuts “Lose My Way” featuring Dustin O’Halloran

“Dustin and I decided to try to co-write in Dustin’s studio on a very warm Berlin night back in 2016… When we met, it was only a few weeks since my father had passed away, so I was in a very special, vulnerable state of mind. We had a glass of wine and improvised our way to this song, which was finished the same night, with words coming out of me like a message to my father,” Brun says of working with O’Halloran.

Brighton UK’s Rapt announces new LP ‘None of This Will Matter’ out Oct. 2nd

Rapt is the alias of Jacob Ware, a musician based in Brighton, England. After 8 years of involvement in the extreme metal scene and co-founding the death metal band Enslavement, Rapt is an exploration of his other musical passions.

Spanning slowcore, folk, shoegaze, ambient and electronic music, the moniker’s name is intended to be fluid and loose, allowing the project to explore a range of genres. The blog Tome to the Weather Machine succinctly described Rapt as ‘Categorically Autumnal Music’.

Toots and the Maytals Releases New Album ‘Got To Be Tough’ Today

Legendary Jamaican artist Frederick “Toots” Hibberts has released his first studio album in a decade, Got To Be Tough, out now via Trojan Jamaica / BMG. The album is the first Toots has produced himself and has garnered widespread praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, MOJO and UNCUT.

The energizing provocation of Got To Be Tough renews the near six-decade career of the man who launched a new sound and genre with his 1968 release, ‘Do The Reggay.’ It’s a reminder that through Toots’ creative veins run all the roots and shoots of the Black Diaspora. Blues, soul, r’n’b, funk, jazz, reggae, African griots – Toots honors, embodies and owns them. Throwing down an authoritative guide: how to survive and thrive among our earth challenges.

Euphoric Manchester-raised indie-pop // Demons Of Ruby Mae ‘Come Home’

For most, 2020 will be a year filled with uncertainty, delay and setbacks. For Demons Of Ruby Mae, it will be a year marked by resilience and relentlessness. At a time when doing anything seems destined to be delayed, the Manchester based duo have been unstoppable. Having already released 5 singles in as many months, including the anthemic ‘This Is Your Time’ and ‘Live For Today’ they are back with their brand new single ‘Come Home’. A vast and epic soundscape driven by a chorus of uplifting lyrics. In their own words “it’s about remembering your roots no matter the experience, and that you shouldn’t always run from your problems as they will find you eventually”.


Legendary MC for GRAMMY® Award-winning platinum-certified hip-hop luminaries The Roots, Black Thought debuts new track “Good Morning,” feat. 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.

Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed’s debut album – ‘The Room’

The Room is a result of Reed’s remote collaborations during lockdown, mostly created during the NICE LIVE! sessions, where many of the songs were started and/or worked on by Reed and his collaborators in real time. The songs are inspired by Reed’s and his collaborators’ feelings, attitudes, and experiences in the first half of 2020. The album features collaborations from Leon Bridges, Jim James, Dirty Projectors, Alessia Cara, Ayoni, Kiana Ledé, Lido Pimienta, duendita, and John-Robert among others.