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Soulful & emotive Sam Tompkins drops new single ‘Charlie’

The affecting acoustic ballad features one of Sam’s most compelling vocal performances so far. A sweet melody that traverses themes of heartbreak and unfaithfulness – and a not so secret anti-drug message attesting to his tee-total lifestyle. ‘Charlie’ sees Sam at his honest, unapologetic best and follows in the lineage of his surprise lockdown release, ‘isolation diaries’ – intimate songs focused on his incredible voice and emotions, rather than attitude and bravado.

Dragged Under To Release Deluxe Version Of Debut Album On 11/13

Seattle punk rockers Dragged Under will be releasing a deluxe version of their debut album The World Is In Your Way, with two bonus tracks titled “Just Like Me” and “Feel It’” via their new home Mascot Records on 13th November. The album will be released digitally, on CD, and as a limited edition clear base/green splatter LP for the first time. The LP will include a paint by numbers insert of the cover art. Ahead of this, the band and Mascot Records have premiered a new official video for “Just Like Me” which can be screened here:


Today, singer-songwriter and rising pop superstar Johnny Orlando delighted fans with the release of his highly anticipated new single and video, “Everybody Wants You” via Island Records. “Everybody Wants You” sees Orlando collaborate with New York-based songwriters/producers Pom Pom aka Kellen Pomeranz and Jesse Fink, and singer-songwriter and label-mate Soran Dussaigne (Soran), to create a strong, ‘crank-up-the-volume’ track that will be featured on Orlando’s upcoming sophomore EP, scheduled for release this fall.


Balenciaga is now on Apple Music, curating exclusive playlists. Balenciaga Artistic Director Demna Gvasalia has personally chosen a group of influential artists to create original playlists that will be announced over time, along with limited-edition Balenciaga product releases.

Artists whose work has greatly inspired Demna throughout his life were invited to share their own musical universes with personal references and music they themselves enjoy listening to. The resulting playlists will be available exclusively via Balenciaga’s curator page on Apple Music.

Along with each playlist, a collection of limited-edition products inspired by these chosen artists will be available to purchase in select stores and on Balenciaga.com. These items loosely reference the merchandise and backstage gear found at live music venues or clubs.

DAN WEISS STAREBABY: Revolver Magazine Premieres “Dawn” By New York City Avant Jazz Supergroup

Natural Selection is the highly anticipated follow-up to drummer composer DAN WEISS’s 2018 release Starebaby. Along with WEISS, the rest of the collective – who all return from the first album – is made up of a dream-team of musicians who share a love for heavy metal and whose playing is unbound by genre. The intriguing and intense album has been expertly captured by veteran recording engineer Ron Saint Germain (Soundgarden, Living Colour, Bad Brains, Sonic Youth) and mastered by Joe Gastwirt.

VIDEO: Liverpool Gen-Z punks, STONE release ‘Stay Silent’

Having been caged by COVID-19, but riding out the confused claustrophobia of the era on the British airwaves, exciting, Liverpool agit-wavers, STONE return with their latest single, STAY SILENT. An accompanying live video, captured at Liverpool’s perennially-threatened, DIY-hangout, 24 Kitchen Street, shows a drum-tight band releasing every exhilarating drop of pent-up energy.

Elohim Releases ‘I’m Lost’ Remixes

Today, Los Angeles artist, producer and songwriter Elohim unveils a brand new Remix EP for her new single “I’m Lost.” The 4-track collection features remixes by Australian producer, edapollo, UK-based production duo Eli & Fur, UK house & techno duo PAX and Canadian musician and producer, Jacques Greene.

ORPLID release single ‘Dunkle Stunde’

ORPLID have revealed the new single ‘Dunkle Stunde’ taken from their forthcoming full-length “Death Cult”, which has been scheduled for release on September 25th. The track is featuring legenday East German singer Katrin Lindner. More information about this record can be found below.

Swedish Metal Band TRUMBITEN Release New Single Titled “Fear Me” To All Digital Platforms

Swedish metal band TRUMBITEN released their first original metal song titled “Fear Me” to all digital outlets. The song was produced by Los Angeles producer Evan Rodaniche (Cage9) and features Nya Campos Cruz of Portuguese band Kandia on vocals.


“damn right” is the first installment from the 21-year-old’s forthcoming EP out later this year. The hypnotic new track follows “Long Night,” “Comic Sans” ft. Louisville rapper, Jack Harlow, “Paper” which COMPLEX lauded as a “low-slung, ultra-cool piece of R&B” and “Time” which was praised by WONDERLAND as an “R&B haze.” In June, Audrey was named one of Pigeons & Planes Best New Artists and was a featured artist in the Dazed100 list.

twst shares “Girl On Your TV (hikikomori baby 0001)” video, debut EP TWST0001 out now

Following “Are You Listening? (hikikomori baby 0001),” the new video is the second in a series exploring twst’s fascination with the Japanese concept of reclusiveness known as “hikikomori.” Made in collaboration with London-based art director and GUT Magazine founder Ami Evelyn, the second session finds the two creatives uniting over a penchant for referencing the human experience in an absurd fashion while staying true to twst’s continued exploration of themes of surveillance, privacy and the malleability of online identities.

La Femme Releases New Single and Video “Paradigme”

Today, French psych-pop band La Femme make their return with “Paradigme,” a new video and single previewing the release of their upcoming third album (details TBA). Refocused around their original trio of Sacha Got, Marlon Magnée, and Sam Lefèvre, this is La Femme’s first release since their 2016 acclaimed album Mystére. “Paradigme” has all the elements behind the band’s signature sound: overpowering melodies, nonchalant vocals, old school brass arrangement, and an irresistible chorus. The single is released via the band’s label Disque Pointu, distributed worldwide by IDOL.

Bleacher Days Release New Single “Icarus”

Formerly an upbeat, raucous pop punk band, Bleachers Days has resurfaced with a new emo-infused hip hop sound thanks to the sole remaining member, Wren Mohammed. “Icarus” was written three years ago, but was shelved after the band deemed it “not pop punk enough.”

After years of DIY touring and a well-received EP release, the band went on hiatus in 2017. “I refused to give up, though,” says Wren. “I kept working with our producer and showed him the stuff that wasn’t ‘pop punk enough’ and he loved it. I just kept recording songs, not knowing what would come next. Now we’re here. I’m writing another record, under the name I love with a new sound I love. When and if the world goes back to normal, I’d love to join forces with some new friends and bring this music to as many cities as possible.”


Pooh Shiesty and The New 1017 recently teamed up with Audiomack for the “17 Bars with The New 1017” series. Pooh’s freestyle was the first of the series to be released and can be viewed here. He also debuted as #3 on Rolling Stone’s “Breakthrough 25” chart documenting the fastest-rising artists of the month as well as being featured as #1 on Pandora’s Trendsetter Chart. “Twerksum” arrives after his most recent releases “Monday to Sunday” feat Lil Baby & Big30 which has just celebrated 10M views on YouTube alone and “Main Slime Remix” feat Moneybagg Yo.


Sharing real life snapshots in song, Rence magnifies his personal perspective through a genre-less palette, bordering pop, alternative, electro, indie and hip-hop all at once, yet never dipping into one for too long. He introduced himself on the breakthrough independent project, Pink. The lead single “Baby Blue” racking up nearly 10 million streams.

(HED) P.E. Releases Music Video for “First Blood” From New Album, Class of 2020

Legendary SoCal artists (HED) P.E. just released their twelfth studio album, Class of 2020, via Suburban Noize Records on August 21. The date also marked the 20th anniversary of the group’s breakthrough album, Broke. To celebrate the launch of the new record, (HED) P.E. has released “First Blood,” directed by Devin Pacheco. The video features footage from ground zero of the uprisings that recently sparked a major global revolution. Watch the video for “First Blood” now at


And they’re back! Supergroup Spillage Village released new single “Baptize” late last night alongside the announcement that new album, Spilligion, on September 25th. “Baptize” is another taste of what fans and critics can come to expect from the album that has been teased since the release of “End of Daze.”


Blue Öyster Cult will release their new album, “The Symbol Remains” on October 9, 2020 on CD/LP/Limited Edition Color LP/Digital. Check out the band’s just premiered new video for one of two new singles, ‘Box In My Head’ HERE:

DIDIRRI Shares New Song

Today, alternative singer-songwriter Didirri gives an early listen to his new song, “Loose Belt Drive,” from his upcoming EP Sold For Sale, out September 25th via Nettwerk. Opening with a wave of strikingly grand strings followed by a constant heartbeat-like thrum of bass and drums, “Loose Belt Drive” commands the listeners’ attention right from the start. It’s available across streaming services tomorrow (September 11).

Written at the home studio of Jon Hume in West Hollywood and produced the legendary Joe Chiccarelli’s (Elton John, Beck, The Shins, The White Stripes), the contemplative track muses on the feeling of being worn out and disillusioned with the world, influenced by the largess of both the music industry and the church. Didirri approaches this idea with a powerful, poetic sense of reflection.


“Chemicals,” the latest bop from The Vamps (following “Married in Vegas”) is out today via Island Records. ‘Chemicals’ is a trippy, squelchy, beat-lead bop that finds the band at their most playful as they touch on the high of new love. Lead singer Brad Simpson delivers an alluring melody guaranteed to live in your mind rent free: “So give me that summertime, sweet like caramel, the way that you get me high, is something like something like chemicals.”

Nic Cage & Jeff Goldblum (pillows) star in Teenanger’s “Romance For Rent” video

Toronto’s DIY scene purveyors, Teenanger have today shared their blistering new single, “Trillium Song”, the second to be lifted from the new record, Good Time – out October 2 via Telephone Explosion Records – which has so far earned praise from outlets like Paste, The Line of Best Fit, Exclaim, BBC 6 Music, So Young and more. The new record, which comes mixed by renowned Toronto musician, Sandro Perri, follows previous releases that have found the band share stages across North America and Europe with the likes of METZ, Ty Segall, Death From Above, Dilly Dally, Dish Pit and more.

Folk-Pop Songstress Penelope Unveils New Single “coming home” via VFiles

New York-born and raised singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Penelope unveils her new single “coming home” today via VFiles. The songstress channels folk intimacy, soul energy, and pop expanse on her new single, while a dusty acoustic guitar resounds underneath her graceful delivery. The song builds towards a fluttering refrain and a promise, “I’m coming home to you,” timely for the single who just moved back home to New York. In addition, Penelope also released the lyric video for “Coming Home” exclusively via Atwood Magazine.

Premiere: penelope’s “coming home” Is a Heartfelt Homecoming

Progressive Metal/Fusion Virtuosos Arch Echo Releasing New 4 Song EP “Story I” on October 2nd

Critically acclaimed progressive metal/fusion 5 piece Arch Echo returns with a new EP titled ‘Story I’ on October 2nd. The lead single “To The Moon” is now streaming everywhere.

Keyboardist Joey Izzo says, “To the Moon is contagiously uplifting and a really fun sonic journey. The groovy part in the middle is a bit of a new adventure for us and then it ends with a huge keyboard solo that was a ton of fun to make. I’m really happy with how this one turned out!”

Singer-Songwriter & Change Activist RUSSELL TAYLOR Releases Powerful and Thought-Provoking Visuals to His New Single, WAKE UP

WAKE UP, is a call to action for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and their Allies, and is written and produced by Russell Taylor, and co-written by the artist CROWN for IndigoBlue Music. The short music-film was directed by Dominga Martin on location in Boston in August 2020 and was created in conjunction with The Poor People’s Campaign voter outreach effort, “We Must Do MORE: Mobilizing, Organizing, Registering, Educating People for a Movement that Votes.” WAKE UP is available on all streaming and download platforms now.

Slow Pulp release new single, “At It Again”

Madison, WI-bred and Chicago-based band Slow Pulp – Emily Massey (vocals/guitar), Alexander Leeds (bass), Theodore Mathews (drums), and Henry Stoehr (guitar) – recently announced Moveys, their self-produced debut album, and have so far shared two standout singles in “Idaho” and last month’s “Falling Apart”, which made The Guardian’s Tracks Of The Week alongside further plaudits for its stop motion, patchwork music video.

Kelsey Wilson from Wild Child shares new Sir Woman song; debut EP out Oct 16

Austin-based singer and Wild Child co-founder Kelsey Wilson is excited to announce her debut solo EP under the new, acid-trip inspired stage name, Sir Woman. Her Bitch EP will arrive October 16, 2020 via Nine Mile Records and to herald the announcement, Sir Woman shares the new disco-inspired song, “Can’t Stay Mad.” The song premiered earlier today via American Songwriter, who praised Sir Woman for her “passion and playfulness.”

Sir Woman Changes Course And “Can’t Stay Mad”

Bedroom Soul Artist cehryl Shares Hazy New Single

Today, indie-R&B artist cehryl shares her dreamy almost hypnotic new single “Superbloom” about the hazy unfolding of a doomed relationship. cehryl explains, “‘Superbloom’ is about flowers dying, about disappointment following a naive, light-hearted love. The verses reference cartoons and colours and the innocent child-like beginnings of everything and the chorus reveals the ending. The song is about the death of an immature love.”

BANGLADEAFY: Metal Injection Premieres “Tar” Video

Marking a development in the band’s philosophy and approach to songwriting, particularly in the vocal department, Housefly embraces more personal lyricism and an uncharacteristically up-front vocal presence. In 2020, BANGLADEAFY have freed themselves of all expectation and restraint – now, anything goes. With the drums recorded and mixed by Mike Gatto of Gatto Records, Housefly was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jonathan Vergara of Pancake Studios, and completed with artwork by Bryan Elkins. The new “Tar” video was filmed and directed by Nick Spadafora.

BANGLADEAFY's New Song "Tar" Is a Reflection on Lawless Shows


Today, singer/songwriter Jack Gilinsky releases new track “Lose Somebody” with iann dior. Jack executes the perfect pair: melancholy lyrics and an upbeat melody, making “Lose Somebody” the ideal heartbreak anthem for fall 2020. He earnestly croons: “I should’ve chased you down when you said goodbye, I don’t know why I had to lose somebody to miss somebody.” Produced by T-Collar [Rita Ora, Kevin Gates, Chris Brown] and Dr. Chaii [Camila Cabello, Jason Derulo, Dua Lipa, French Montana], “Lose Somebody” marks Jack’s second solo single following “My Love” (Feat. Don Toliver) released earlier this year.

Abracadabra’s Virtual Festival 2.0 Cracks The Code On How To Survive Music Industry During Covid 19

Abracadabra Festival, the new 4-day livestream music festival and environmental fundraiser presented by ABRACADABRA and Twitch, has announced its full lineup. For 24 hours each day, the festival will teleport viewers around the globe to experience live virtual performances from over 75 artists & guests including DJ Snoopadelic (Snoop Dogg), Tycho, Diplo, Chanel Tres, and Kool & The Gang, discussions and workshops with environmental thought-leaders, wellness activities including live palm reading by T-Pain, interactive magic shows, and more. The festival is free to attend and 100% of the proceeds from voluntary viewer donations will benefit environmental organizations including Lonely Whale, Parley for the Oceans, and Abracadabra co-founder BLOND:ISH’s non-profit, Bye Bye Plastic, which is dedicated to eliminating single use plastics from the music industry by 2025. While wildfires are blazing and record-breaking heat is becoming the annual norm, this fundraiser event will be hosted live from the historic Los Angeles Theatre, drawing awareness around global warming from one of the states hit hardest in recent years.

GRAVE DESECRATOR: Brazilian black/death act shares new video “Temple Of Abominations”

Long-serving black/death metal group Grave Desecrator has recently released a video for the track “Temple of Abominations” from their latest album, Dust to Lust. The video contains footages from the “20 Years Of Desecration Tour.”

With this video, the Brazilian group puts an end to the Dust to Lust era. The quartet is currently working on the new album that is likely to appear in the first half of 2021.

The band states: “We are ending a cycle and starting a new chapter in the history of Grave Desecrator. We are finalizing the new compositions, and very soon, we will enter the studio to start the recording process.