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Friends are Forever – Emma Pierson Releases “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” Single/Video

“Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, the new single/video from engaging young Austin based Singer/Songwriter Emma Pierson, is available on Spotify, YouTube and all the other major services today Friday August 28th 2020.

AltHard Rockers AWAKEN Release “BEHEMOTH” with The Label Group

ALTERNATIVE/HARD ROCK BAND: AWAKEN have signed with The Label Group and are distributing via INgrooves; bringing to their fans both old and new with their single/video “Behemoth”. Awaken brings their deeper-reaching lyrics to the higher level of connecting the listener to the meaning in melody, rhythm, beat, and words. As “Behemoth” shows their skills in a message melding with structure, it is undeniable that their fans reflect the same emotion and are ready for more of what Awaken has created and are ready for what is coming. Powerful rock music that fans relate and rock out to.

TONY REED sign to Ripple Music for solo acoustic album ‘Funeral Suit’!

Ripple Music announce the signing of Seattle heavyweight, multi-instrumentalist and respected producer TONY REED (also frontman of Mos Generator) for the release of his debut solo acoustic album ‘Funeral Suit’, as part of the ‘Blood And Strings: The Ripple Acoustic’ series. Stream the first single via Invisible Oranges and preorder the album now!

With ‘Funeral Suit’, TONY REED delivers his most up-close and personal work to date. Known for being the driving force behind heavy rock stalwarts Mos Generator since 2000, the prolific songwriter made his solo debut with ‘The Lost Chronicles Of Heavy Rock Vol. 1’ tribute record in 2018, yet never had he found the right occasion to sit down, grab a guitar and lay himself bare as freely and soulfully as he does on ‘Funeral Suit’.

Jake Allen Announces Single “Rising Tide” Out August 28th

“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

Jake Allen Fights Against Complacency in New Single, “Rising Tide”

Bestial Mouths shares video for The Falls

2020 has been a very prolific year for Bestial Mouths. In spite of the Pandemic, a relocation to the US, and personal struggles, Lynette Cerezo managed to release what is considered by fans “Simply the best Bestial Mouths record!”. Besides releasing RESURRECTEDINBLACK via Rune & Ruin Records, the band has been working on a series of videos to highlight some of the most visceral songs of the album. Now is the turn of “The Falls”, a track that lyrically incites the listener to reflect about the boundaries of reality.

Johnny Schaefer – ‘Unflown’ (Official Music Video)

Johnny Schaefer is a Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter of eclectic music. He has a BA in Music (Composition and Voice) from California State University, Fullerton. He has sung backup for Josh Groban, Melissa Manchester, Sarah Brightman, Sarah Vaughan, Pete Townshend, Billy Idol, Diahann Carroll, and others. He is a winner in Melissa Manchester’s “Fanchester Video Cover Contest” for his mashup of Melissa’s “Midnight Blue and Lights of Dawn.” He has collaborated with Producer Stephan Oberhoff (Heartbeat Brazil), Bram Stoker Award-winning author and lyricist Elizabeth Massie, best-selling author Marianne Williamson, Carol Robbins-jazz harpist, Christoph Bull, Paul the Trombonist, Chad Ellis, and composer Lynn Kowal. He has been a cantor at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hollywood, CA since 1981.

Daniela Andrade – Shares New Video/Single, ‘Puddles’

This is the first new music from Daniela since her acclaimed 2019 EP, Tamale (FADER, NPR, Best Fit, Red Bull Music, Dummy, etc), a collection of music that also found Complex, Wonderland and Billboard spotlight her as an artist to watch out for in 2020 whilst thematically it explored her Honduran heritage and the experience of trying to assimilate that with growing up in Canada. It was a deeply personal project for Daniela that found her challenging a lot of perceptions and longstanding emotions to do with her heritage that she had refrained from confronting until the writing process began.

Niiva – ‘Trigger’

My new track, “Trigger,” is about when your partner is pushing your buttons in a challenging way and you give into it

Tension doesn’t necessarily mean aggression.

Everyone has different ways of expressing it, but I always find it incredibly exciting when I find my equal – someone who can meet my wit, intelligence, and crazy with the same.

Sizzy Rocket Announces ‘ANARCHY’ Album & Pre-Order

Sizzy effortlessly combines her punk-rock roots with her lyrical pop prowess across the album. She juxtaposes slow burners like “Spill My Guts” with in-your-face anthems like “Straight To Mars (feat. Wes Period),” curating a record that is bold and evocative from start to finish. “I want you to be able to drown in this record — indulge in the big, dangerous feelings,” Sizzy writes. “Because fuck it — that’s who we are, who we’ve always been, and you can be whoever the fuck you wanna be. Even queen of the world, just for a moment. Friction on leather in the backseat, fleeting like the lifespan of a rose, this is our rebellion and it feels like LOVE, psychedelic and warm. The stakes are high but the reward is higher than heaven — so let me take you all the way.”

Alternative Metal Band, ALBORN, Sign Distribution Deal with Imagen Records

Alternative metal band, ALBORN, have signed a distribution deal with Imagen Records (ADA, Warner Music). Their debut EP Impairative released on August 28, 2020.

“When the opportunity opened up for me to sign Alborn to Imagen, I jumped on it. I’ve known these guys for years and have worked closely with them. The songwriting is so unique to me. It’s fresh and not predictable. I think people will get so much out of what this band has to say,” says Imagen Records’ A&R Representative Morgan Rose.

SPOOK THE HORSES: Empty Body Full-Length From New Zealand Post-Metal Unit Out NOW

Following the calm and sublime People Used To Live Here, Empty Body rears its head with distortion levels cranked up, tempos sped up, and songs condensed and stripped down to the bare, ugly essentials. Indeed, Empty Body comes as a brutal wake-up call within the rampant COVID-19 fatigue and an unexpected surprise in almost every regard. “We’ve always been both a heavy and a quiet band. An entire album of our prettier, more bittersweet inclinations demands a reply of our most aggressive and confrontational. The pendulum must swing back the other way,” comments multi-instrumentalist Callum Gay.


Multi-platinum Bompton-based rapper YG officially reveals October 2nd as as the in-store date for MY 4HUNNID LIFE, his eagerly awaited fifth studio album on Def Jam Recordings. Released today in anticipation of the album is the video for “Equinox” featuring Day Sulan, the L.A. rapper signed to YG’s 4HUNNID label. Day Sulan won attention last year for her feature on “Her Story,” a track from YG’s album, 4Real 4Real which marked his fourth consecutive Top 10 debut on Billboard 200 album chart.

Skope | Mike Doughty new band/single (Soul Coughing)

“”‘Rona Pollona,” a freewheeling, casual jaunt that stands in direct contradiction to its pandemic-minded lyrics […] showcases the same brand of offbeat, not-quite-this and not-quite-that arrangements — and, of course, Doughty’s famous tongue-in-cheek rhymes.” – Stereogum

ICYMI: Paper Jackets Drops Reimagined Pop Anthem “Miss You (Too)”

On this latest offering from Paper Jackets, the band shares “You can’t call it just a remake if it feels like a new song altogether. Looking back at the song as a whole and forward to this acoustic version we’ve gotten a chance to relive the emotions we all share around the world of missing our friends and wishing we all had a little more time. There’s a hopeful melody and a hopeful chorus that echoes in our hearts when we hear it and we know you’ll feel the same”

Nashville Psychedelic Rock Band DE3RA Announce Inspiring New Single, “Old Scratch” via V13.net

DE3RA states that “Old Scratch” is, “about beseeching the void. It explores reaching out into the darkness and seeking inspiration and power. The inspiration comes from the feeling of desperation that we’ve all felt. The idea that we would do almost anything just to make things better. The intro to the song is a thick synth part reminiscent of an 80’s Sci-Fi movie soundscape. This is the heaviest song on the new album and probably the heaviest song the band has ever created”.

Itching for New Music? Hear De3ra’s New Single “Old Scratch” [Premiere]

RAVEN Releases New Single and Video For Title Track of New Album “Metal City”

The British/American metal trio Raven have released a new single and video for the song “Metal City”. The song is also the title track of the new studio album.

The Gallagher brothers have devoted the title track to their British home city: “Newcastle upon Tyne has been referred to as Metal City for good reason. We come from there for a start. But it’s about a mindset, the people there have a tenacity and an ability to go beyond the limits to get to where they are going.”

May Have release new EP + new focus track “Home” out now

Originating as a three­piece, Maerin Hunting’s songwriting and soaring vocals are elevated by the contagious energy of the rhythm section, Sebastian Balk-Forcione (drums) and Matt Rousseau (bass/synths). Adding Dan Rougeau (guitar) and Emily Rockarts (vocals and keys), May Have has added depth to their sonic palette. With an impressive array of synths, samples, and guitars.


“Cultural Institutions are important. Being an integral part of one is an honor bestowed and to uphold,” says Chuck D. “Public Enemy songs are forever sonic prints in the sands of time. And it’s time – it’s necessary – to bring the noise again from a place called home. Def Jam. Fight The Power 2020.” – Chuck D

BANGLADEAFY: Decibel Magazine Premieres “Lifeforms”

New York City hyper-avant metal duo BANGLADEAFY presents the new single “Lifeforms,” as the release of their new Housefly full-length grows ever closer through Nefarious Industries. Decibel Magazine is hosting the exclusive advance stream of the new track.

Track Premiere: Bangladeafy – ‘Lifeforms’

Rachel Lark: “The Unicorn Song”

With hints of Garfunkel & Oates to Alanis Morissette, Oakland-based singer/songwriter Rachel Lark has officially released her comic new single “The Unicorn Song” on all platforms today. A whimsical journey through polyamorous follies, it’s off her newly announced Sex and Balances EP, out Sep 25. Full of political angst and existential dread, the EP speaks to the moment of 2020 better than Lark would like it to.