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Randall Bramblett To Release “Pine Needle Fire” November 13th

Today, American Songwriter has premiered the album track “I’ve Got Faith In You,” calling the song “… genuine and trustworthy, a pierce of sunlight through those dark clouds we seem to be encountering all too often these days.” “I’ve Got Faith In You” comes complete with something of a musical bonus: a slide-guitar melody performed on Duane Allman’s famous 1961/1962 Gibson SG. It’s the same one heard on the Allman Brothers’ legendary At Fillmore East and particularly well known for being the instrument played on the live recording of “Statesboro Blues.” Speaking to American Songwriter, Bramblett said, “Pine Needle Fire is filled with people on their different journeys through life…experiencing loss, getting up before dawn to go to work, knowing time is running out, remembering lost love, hearing the wolf at the door and feeling lucky to be alive. Jason Slatton and I wrote ‘I’ve Got Faith in You’ several years ago. I thought it fit in nicely on the record as a voice of encouragement and support. We were able to borrow Duane Allman’s original Gibson SG for that session and my old friend, Tommy Talton, used it to play a beautiful slide guitar solo. Since Tommy knew Duane when they were both living in Macon, GA, using that guitar created a circle of sound and memory for us all. It helped capture the feeling of longing and hope that we needed to complete the record.”

Randall Bramblett Looks For The Silver Lining on “I’ve Got Faith in You”


The Avalanches’ new album, We Will Always Love You, will be released by Astralwerks on December 11. An exploration of the vibrational relationship between light, sound and spirit, it doubles as an examination of the human voice and a spiritual reckoning via the big questions: Who are we really? What happens when we die? The Avalanches – Robbie Chater and Tony DiBlasi alongside collaborator Andrew Szekeres – have moved beyond the party-up exuberance of their youthful music to a tender, reflective sound infused with hard-earned life wisdom. Building on the sample-based approach of their classic albums Since I Left You and Wildflower, but stepping boldly into new terrain, We Will Always Love You is their most song-oriented album yet, made with an array of guest singers and writers.

Manongo Mujica announces collaborative 2xLP with Terje Evensen for Buh Records, out 10/26

Manongo Mujica is a Peruvian percussionist, composer and visual artist. His constant search for sounds, from native to electronic, has even led him to compose music from silence. Norway’s Terje Evensen specialises in improvised modern jazz combined with electronic elements, creating spacious and dramatic soundscapes of profound intensity.

Paracas Ritual, the new album by Manongo Mujica and Terje Evensen, is the result of an investigation carried out by the duo in the desert and bay of Paracas, south of Lima, on the Peruvian coast. Long days of deep listening and recordings of sounds from the desert and the bay have served as material and inspiration for this first collaborative project. The album also includes photographs of the Paracas landscapes made by Pauline Barberi and paintings by Manongo himself, also inspired by these landscapes, which were in turn the result of a previous visual project and which have served as a point of reference and complement.

Our Oceans Share Details For New Album “While Time Disappears”

Dutch rock trio Our Oceans will release their new album “While Time Disappears” on November 27th 2020 via Long Branch Records. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut album which was released in 2015. “Unravel”, the first single off the new album is already out now and can be streamed and downloaded at your favourite digital platform.

King Park Share “Stuck In The Middle”

Following the release of their debut EP, the band is gearing up to release their debut full-length, Everett, later this year. They’re starting with a new single, “Stuck In The Middle” – a more subdued version of the band’s usual alt-rock with chiming guitars and broken-up baritone vocals.

Logan Smith released his new music video for the single “Baby, You Might Kill Me”

With over 53K Spotify followers and millions of streams, Logan’s fans often compare his sound and style to artists like The 1975, Harry Styles, Stephen Day, and other contemporaries. Logan is also using the video to announce his forthcoming EP Feels Right, set to release on September 25th.

The Simple Radicals lampoon Donald Trump in new video “Rich Man Wanna Be King”

The Simple Radicals are a band that has never been afraid to put a purpose behind all the riffs. Founded in Chicago, Illinois, by John Malkin (lead vocals & guitar) and John Griffin (lead guitar & vocals), the band captures the passion and energy of their collective musical experience, with different tastes, sounds, and styles. The music they create is pure, visceral rock ‘n’ roll – poignant, from the heart, topical and direct.

LISTEN: Sammy Legs Goes Warehouse Techno with Desert Hearts Black Debut

After years cutting his teeth in the Californian underground, Sammy Legs is ready for his grand debut on Desert Hearts Black. Released today, his ‘Flux’ EP sees the burgeoning producer tackling new soundscapes while simultaneously creating one of label co-owner Marbs’ favorite releases on the imprint.

Sammy Legs has always been partial to gritty, techno soundscapes infused with progressive arrangement—but until ‘Flux,’ has rarely been seen making a foray into the genre. He comes out swinging, however, opening his EP with a rumbling title track peppered with ominous melodic bursts and heavy kicks. Discodisiac adds to the tension created by Sammy and Malley with hypnotic vocal slices.

Ilithios unveils new single/video “FLORIST” | Debut LP out 10/23 via Totally Real Records

“FLORIST” is the title track off of Ilithios’ forthcoming debut album. The work of Manny Nomikos (previously of Gracie Mansion, Pow! Wow!, and Coyote Eyes) Ilithios is his first solo venture. The project came into existence during the pandemic with a focus on honing a livestream performance that allows Nomikos to connect from quarantine.

Singer-Songwriter JOSHUA HYSLOP Shares New Album

Today, Canadian singer-songwriter Joshua Hyslop shares his fourth studio album, Ash & Stone. Recorded at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver, BC with producer and frequent collaborator, John Raham he expanded his sonic palette, weaving in synths, horns, and pedal steel.

Joshua explains how Ash & Stone is his most personal offering yet: “On previous records, I spent a lot of time writing from a place of empathy for other people’s issues. Instead, ‘Ash & Stone’ was naturally my story. I wrote about my own mental health, doubt, relationships and, ultimately, hope. I reached a heightened level of vulnerability. When I showed these songs to anyone else, I’d have tears in my eyes while playing them, which had never happened to me before.”


Southend five-piece Nothing But Thieves have announced the release of new single Impossible, which is available now. The song follows recent singles Is Everybody Going Crazy? and Real Love Song and is taken from their forthcoming third album Moral Panic. They have also announced a huge UK, Ireland and European tour for Autumn 2021, including a headline show at London’s The O2.

Lumiere fuses free jazz & orchestral constructs on new track “F”,video out now

Set for a September 18th release on Friday, Lumiere’s Phases is his second full length album. The Greek artist (aka Thanos Christodoulou) uses the piano as the core instrument and combining post-classical elements with electronic structures, minimalism, and modern jazz, with the aim to create moving cinematic music that grips the listener and becomes the exciting soundtrack of modern daydreamers.

NYC-based composer David Bird releasing voice-looped, ambient LP ‘Mirrors’ Oct. 23rd!

David explains the idea behind Mirrors: “I primarily work as a composer, focusing on live performances and commissions on projects often using electronics and multimedia. COVID changed those plans, and turned my creativity inwards. The scope of this “mirrors” project was informed by these conditions. I am not a singer, but it seemed like the most immediate honest form of expression in lieu of being able to work with other performers… which I’m generally more accustomed to.”

OCEAN ALLEY To Premiere Live Studio Film Of Third Album LONELY DIAMOND

Ocean Alley are proud to announce their upcoming film Lonely Diamond – Live In Studio, a live performance of their recent third album Lonely Diamond played in full. Presented in conjunction with the band’s community brand A Day For The Beaches, the film will premiere online at 8pm local time on Friday, September 25 in Sydney, UK, New York City and Los Angeles, available for ticket-buyers to watch at any time globally for 48 hours. The band will join a live Q&A chat hosted on the video platform to coincide with the premiere in each time zone.

JESSA shares focus track “Not For You”

JESSA just released a new album, Simple Songs. She says of the release, “Life isn’t simple. We need music to transport us somewhere else that exists only in our imagination. I started writing this album just to write songs people could sing along to, but all of a sudden it became my confessional about love, loss, precious things and dreams. I’m thankful for the travels, experiences and people that inspired this music and to my family, blood and chosen. Come lose yourself in here with me for a little while.”

Peter Katz Entices on Dreamy Single “KMOTM”

Not to suggest that everyone needs to fall off a cliff to discover a renewed direction in life and art, but, as it turns out, it did work for Peter Katz. The accidental drop was his twisted and not a little bit painful road to making his startling new album, City of Our Lives, set for release November 25th.

SAIAH Debuts ‘(BLACK)PLANET’ Music Video

Arizona based SAIAH continues to make a mark with a steady stream of buzz-generating singles, like his latest “(BLACK)PLANET,” from his upcoming sophomore EP titled ‘Honest Red’, due out this fall on InVogue Records/No Name Records/Black17.

The follow-up to the recent tracks “Polaroid” (which is has racked up well over 1 million streams on Spotify alone) and “Heart (Break”), “(BLACK)PLANET” pairs breezy, laid-back beats and female backup vocals from fellow AZ artist Plantedherb (who co-wrote the track with SAIAH), with a timely message that speaks to the current state of race relations in America.

The Mountain Goats are ready to “Get Famous” with their new song

Getting Into Knives highlight “Get Famous” compresses the Mountain Goats’ fervor into a backhanded benediction, a three-minute pop entreaty to reach for the stars. But frontman John Darnielle isn’t the type to wish fame on anyone. Instead, he sings the song’s title as if it were a curse. “Get Famous” arrives on all digital platforms today.

Listen to Andrew Adkins’ Plea For A Hero In New Single

Andrew Adkins is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with over a dozen years of playing in clubs, theaters, festivals in the United States several times over from coast-coast. His songs have been featured in television/film (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, CBS, MTV, History Channel, Oxygen Network, and Lionsgate Films). He’s shared the stage with artists such as Sturgill Simpson, Cage the Elephant, Little Big Town, and Billy Joe Shaver among others.

Australian Industrial/Metal Band NO NAMES Announces The Release Of I Surrender To the Void As Of Now I Am The Void

September 11, 2020: Industrial/metal band NO NAMES and Machine Man Records are happy to announce the release of I Surrender To The Void As Of Now I Am the Void. The release features four studio tracks and four remixes.


After dropping his new single, “Right Now,” last Friday, Toosii is back with the official video. In the clip, Toosii stars as a Los Angeles bachelor. Accompanied by the women in his life, he delivers rapid-fire bars as he moves through his lush hilltop estate, enjoying the ultimate staycation. Edgar Esteves (Chris Brown, Pedro Capo x Alicia Keys x Farruko), who teamed up with Toosii on the official videos for “Love Cycle” and “Mercedez,” directed.

Casey Donovan performs on ‘How I Roll’ for Wheelchair Sports NSW single + video

Today is the world premiere of a new anthem in women’s sport – ‘How I Roll’.

Performed by Australian superstar and ARIA Nominee Casey Donovan, ‘How I Roll’ is a song that showcases the extraordinary spirit of female role models in wheelchair sport.

Inspired and funded by the NSW Office of Sport’s ‘HER SPORT HER WAY’ Strategy, ‘How I Roll’ recognises the importance of role models to encourage girls and women with disabilities to get involved in sport. Building on the phrase “if she can see it, she can be it”, this song and music video are designed to build new role models of various ages and abilities.

BRICK Start Building Their Future With ‘Done Counting My Scars’

Done Counting My Scars is the sophomore effort from Swedish heavy metallers Brick. And it’s all here! Hot ass riffs and soaring refrains with music that’s a vibrant mixture of hard and soft, hot and cold. From the darkest of Sweden they come brave and bold. The group even pitched in a slow song for those sultry moments!

pyxis debuts on Eloisa Records with 4-track EP ‘The XX’

Exciting new producer pyxis makes her debut on Eloisa Records with new EP ‘The XX’, out 15th September.

A four-track release with a different female vocalist on each song ‘The XX’ announces itself with the tranquil, jazz-inflicted vibes of ‘Aura’, featuring the soulful vocals of Ella Sopp. Next up, ‘Senses’ ventures into the deeper end of the D&B spectrum, accompanied by the smooth voice of Collette Warren, before ‘Timepeace’ unleashes full sonic eruption, paired with the similarly electrifying vocals of SOFi MARi. Closing things out is the soft, meditative ‘Zen’, with Sydney throwing her enchanting vocals into the mix.

Felin releases powerful video to C19

Felin is a Stockholm-based artist who creates connections between sound and visual, constantly exploring the collision of these two creative worlds. She’s surrounded by a creative collective that has the combined experience of writing for artists such as Adam Lambert, as well as having visuals published in Interview Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar.

The Swedish artist is releasing her upcoming single “C19” on the 1st of September. “C19” was written and produced by her during quarantine, which she also credits as the inspiration behind the track.