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Dava Drops Eye-Catching “Papercut” Visual

Having already wowed this year with singles “ASOS” and “Right Time,” Los Angeles-based genre blurring left-of-center pop artist Dava makes it three for three with the reveal of stunning new offering “Papercut.” Arriving alongside an eye-catching video, the track showcases yet another string in the bow of an artist who is proving herself adept across several sonic styles. Having gained acclaim from the likes of Wonderland, COLORS, Idolator, Lyrical Lemonade, and more over the past weeks, Dava has been cementing herself as an artist to watch this year.

Armon Jay (Dashboard Confessional) shares full-length studio album ‘The Dark Side Of Happiness.’

Armon Jay shares his third solo album The Dark Side of Happiness, today. The new record offers an intimate glimpse into Armon’s own inner conflict, handling depression, searching for glimmers of light all in a quiet record with subtle dynamics, but emotionally raw. The Dark Side of Happiness features Armon’s first single “Half Life,” a stunningly dark and beautiful song which premiered exclusively via Tower Records’ PULSE and Armon’s second single, “Lighthouse,” which debuted on legendary tastemaker magazine The Big Takeover.


Multi-talented, singer/songwriter Sevyn Streeter releases new track “HMU” and accompanying visual to her fans today via TStreetz Corp/Groundwērk/eOne. “HMU” was written and produced by Sevyn and Smash David (Big Sean, Chris Brown), and channels the emotional transformation within an intimate situation when feeling young and free. The accompanying video, directed by Malakai, shows Sevyn’s more seductive and playful side.


Rising singer Bjrnck is here and clearly, she did not come to play. The Chicago-born singer released today her second single “Waiting On You” off her upcoming EP Love Language. The Jnico-directed video showcases Bjrnck’s dynamic flair for sensuality, aesthetically pleasing and alluring backdrops, and sensual movements that help convey what she is feeling. “Waiting On You” is built upon a rhythmic, pounding bass beat with a groovy melody and sultry vocals. Giving R&B lovers even more reasons to love Bjrnck, she is featured throughout the video in stunning jewel encapsulated lingerie and angelic face showcasing her athletic body in the most tasteful way.

Anne Malin Share New Single “Hourglass” About Losing Your Sense of Time

Quote from Anne Malin Ringwalt on the track: “Hourglass” started, lyrically, from my sense of detachment from time during the pandemic. When I wrote “somewhere an hourglass stands at night / sand slips by in the moonlight” I was feeling—at the depth of Will and my unemployment—out of control but loving the experience of how dense our days together were, how our days blurred together. I was picturing time as something far away from us. The image of sand inside the hourglass got me thinking about summer, though, and all the ways I’d enjoy my time pre-covid. As I wrote, I moved from this sense of temporal bewilderment to my relationship with Will. We’re getting married late this summer, so when I sing about “last July” I’m singing about Will proposing to me—how time seemed to be opening up for us then, the possibility we felt. How does one enter that sense of possibility from a pandemic? I tried to sing towards that.

Zilched’s Scorching “Velcro Dog”

Detroit-based artist Zilched (Chloë Drallos) just released her latest noise-pop heater “Velcro Dog,” the first single from debut album DOOMPOP — out October 23 via Young Heavy Souls. Over wall-of-sound grunge guitars inspired by Nirvana’s Nevermind and The Jesus and Mary Chain’s Psychocandy the album is full of headbanging earworms that find Drallos tackling what it means to grow up and the effect that has on one’s mental health.


In a little over two months “NERVOUS!” has gained over 2.3 million streams worldwide across all platforms and overall, ZaeHD & CEO have garnered over 104 million streams worldwide on Spotify and Apple alone. Early fans of the young rappers include Justin Bieber, Drake, Lizzo, Chance the Rapper, Shaquille O’Neal, Jessica Alba and more.

YNW BSlime Reflects On His Pain in Heartfelt “Just Wait” Video

Inspired to make music by his brother YNW Melly, Florida prodigy YNW BSlime is the game’s youngest star. Saying a prayer for his brother as he awaits trial, the artist shares “Just Wait,” a heartfelt new video single. Produced by Yung Shad, who was behind the boards for BSlime’s hit “Slime Dreams,” “Just Wait” derives its strength from BSlime’s preternatural melodic ability, switching between clipped rhythms and elongated vocal sighs as he explores the deep feelings brought by watching his brother fight for his life in court. The video finds BSlime in a reflective mood, as he imagines his brother’s trial and reminisces on good times they once had. Through it all, BSlime gets comfort from knowing how proud Melly feels knowing that his little bro is so successful at such a young age. “Just Wait” is BSlime’s latest video to arrive in recent months, following the puppy love anthem “Luv U” (700k views) and the fun-loving “Freestyle LOL” (2.7 million YouTube views).

Dawes take on mental health and survival in new song/video; new album out Oct 2

LA rockers Dawes have released a deeply thoughtful and insightful new song and video about mental health and personal survival today. “Didn’t Fix Me,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services, is the fourth song from the Los Angeles-based band’s eagerly awaited seventh studio LP, GOOD LUCK WITH WHATEVER. Produced by 6x GRAMMY® Award-winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit) at Nashville’s famed RCA Studio A, the album arrives via Rounder Records on Friday, October 2; pre-orders are available now.

Dawes Share the Origins of New Single “Didn’t Fix Me”: Stream

George Gretton Shares his Innovative & Incredible Debut EP ‘Floods’

Speaking on the release, EP Gretton explained “I produced these tracks over the last year, and each one of them sort of touches on my feelings towards a different person in my life. It feels kind of unfiltered and honest, which is quite scary to share!

For example, I wrote “Walk” while weighing up the different ways to try to help a friend who was going through a lot, knowing you don’t always have the answers. I was walking really late, the concept built up around this walk I was on. I made the beat that night, and used a recording of my walk at the start and end of the song. I’ve always wanted to make a song that was perfect for a late-night walk home with headphones, where all you can hear is your steps and a few cars in the distance. “Walk” was my attempt at that. I basically just hope some people can immerse themselves in it as much as I have.”

Joshua Speers’ Summerland EP out today, Thunder Blanket lyric video debuts

The title of the EP refers to “both a place and a timeframe,” says Speers. Summerland is “a real and physical destination but also a more abstract window of time and season of feelings. In my mind it’s a small town carnival—you go to escape and be happy but if you start to look closer you can see all the grit and pain. Summerland is optimism just barely holding off a breakdown.” The record follows Speers’ Human Now EP, which V Mag called “a soul-searching project”, and Human Now (Acoustic), which featured pared-down renditions of three of its tracks.

Big Black Delta Shares Live Performace for “Killing Me”

Big Black Delta shares a live performance of track “Killing Me,” performed live from his living room. Backed by a green screen displaying Trumpian anti-mask footage, Jonathan Bates manages to capture the feelings surrounding current events, all while delivering the signature vibrant Big Black Delta sound. Donning masks and socially distant, Bates’ at-home performance will serve as a time capsule of this strange musical moment for years to come.


“Too Many Nights” encompasses the instantly anthemic melodies and bold, infectious beats 220 Kid is fast becoming synonymous for. A producer, DJ and writer that centers powerful and emotive songwriting at the forefront of all of his music, “Too Many Nights” was written alongside Joe Janiak (Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, Snakehips, Britney Spears) and features an impassioned and uplifting vocal from rising pop powerhouse, JC Stewart.

Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles “Do What You Can” Country Single Available Now

Fifteen years after working together on the Grammy-winning, chart-topping single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band Bon Jovi and country music superstar Jennifer Nettles have reunited for a country single of the band’s newest song “Do What You Can.” The song will make its live debut at this year’s iHeart Radio music festival on September 19th.

Freezepop are BACK! New maxi-single & video for “Anchor to the World Below”

Funded by the band’s dedicated fanbase through Kickstarter, the new Freezepop album Fantasizer finds the Boston band back with their first LP since 2010’s Imaginary Friends.

Lead single ‘Anchor to the World Below’ is out via its striking silent film-inspired music video, and streaming via nine-track maxi-single release with b-sides and remixes.

Squirrel Nut Zippers Release “Cookie” / New Album Out Next Friday

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

“Cookie is the next oldie I’ve dug up for ya and it was written by a very good friend of mine, Ivrin McClair,” Jimbo Mathus remarked. “This was written before WW1. Irvin used to play piano at tne old Triangle Theater in New Orleans as an accompanist to the silent movies. he also performed in vaudeville as one of the Fuzzy Wuzzy twins. They had a piano and vocal team.”

WICKED GARDEN Releases Official Music Video for “Home, Too Far”,! FFO Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Temple Of The Dog

Las Vegas, NV based rock band WICKED GARDEN has released the official music video for their new single, “Home, Too Far.” Written and directed by Dominick Muzio and Shawn Trojahn, the video for “Home, Too Far” was filmed by Stephy Hayward of Livewire Photography and edited by Nicholas Muzio at Die-Hearts Productions.


BRAVE THE COLD, led by longtime Napalm Death axeman Mitch Harris, have released their first-ever music video, the confrontational “Hallmark Of Tyranny,” from their debut album Scarcity. Joined by Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren, the track is an attack on overreaching governments – highlighting financial superpowers, forced vaccines, targeted false flag operations and frequency harnessing of the masses to achieve a one-world government.

al Riggs and Lauren Francis’ Bile and Bone, is out now on Horse Complex Records

Bile and Bone is the new album from songwriter al Riggs and guitar annihilator Lauren Francis.

Two years in the making, and in between countless side-projects, singles, side-albums, and a premiere at Hopscotch Music Festival 2019, Al and Lauren recorded this nine-song album in two different New York apartments, an apartment in Durham, a house on the other side of Durham, and additional recording in yet another house on yet another side of Durham.

Winnetka Bowling League Today Releases “CONGRATULATIONS” EP Via RCA Records

Congratulations features title track out today, plus previously released summer vibey singles “Come To The Beach, “Kangaroo” and “CVS.”

Matthew Koma offered the following about his inspiration for their new EP: “We were fortunate enough to record this EP and play these songs on tour right up until the world stopped worlding. Overly hopeful titles considering the climate, but hopefully it’ll play even better in 2021.”


Kidd Kenn, the 17-year old Chicago hip-hop sensation selected for GLAAD’s prestigious list of “20 Under 20: Young LGBTQ People Shaping The Future of Media and Activism” (presented by Teen Vogue earlier this summer) has unleashed the official audio + music video for “Freestyle,” his viral collaboration with Delli Boe, available at all DSPs today via Island Records.

OUT TODAY: Liz Longley – ‘Funeral For My Past’ LP

Nashville-based indie-folk singer/songwriter Liz Longley’s sixth LP, Funeral For My Past, is out today and available everywhere you buy and stream music, including Longley’s online merch store. The record’s warm sound was curated by Grammy-nominated producer Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, The Weeks, Caitlyn Smith) and brought to life by a cast of esteemed players known for records by Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Jake Bugg, Ingrid Michaelson, Kim Richey, Cam and more. Funeral For My Past arrives following Longley’s amicable split with her former label, Concord / Sugar Hill Records, and a wildly successful crowd-funding campaign that placed her as the fourth most-funded solo female musician ever on Kickstarter.


Having picked up support from the likes of Zane Lowe, Pigeons & Planes, The Line Of Best Fit and more, Japanese -American newcomer rei brown today reveals stunning new single Honest. Relocating from Kobe, Japan to attend the Berklee College Of Music in Boston, brown has been crafting a unique blend of lo- fi R&B, drawing inspiration from the genre-blurring styles of Jai Paul and Sampha. Following up the well-received, Zane Lowe- championed single Islands, piano left-pop cut Honest showcases the dreamy vocals of rei brown over a shapeshifting arrangement.

SARAH AND THE SAFE WORD Reveal New Music Video

After last year’s Red Hot & Holy introduced the cinematic and fantastical Sarah and the Safe Word, “You’re All Scotch, No Soda” kicked off the journey to their follow-up LP on New Year’s Day. Now, the “cabaret rock” creators have re-emerged, complete with string section, several vocal solos from the band’s multi-instrumentalist roster, and an ambience perfect for an early Halloween.

Sarah and the Safe Word will be releasing their forthcoming LP Good Gracious! Bad People. on October 30th via T3H. Five songs from the release are available now, introducing the album’s upgraded sonic palette, which comes courtesy of Jim Wirt (Incubus, Jack’s Mannequin). Watch the new video for “Something’s Afoot on Old Man McGrady’s River” below. The roaring 2020s are here after all. What a kickoff year it has been. See you soon.


Natalie Schlabs has unveiled her latest single “Don’t Look Too Close,” the title track from her forthcoming album due out October 16th. The album was written while Schlabs was pregnant with her first child, which sparked a lot of introspection and reflection, and caused her to process her fears about becoming a mother.