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Artist: Nikki Taylor Vibe – Track: Games

Nikki Taylor Vibe is an American Singer Songwriter, born in Long Island, NY. She’s a cross genre artist with a soulful voice and ability to connect deeply with her audience through hypnotic vocals and deep lyrics that tell stories. She started writing songs at a young age and has written, performed on and co-produced multiple collaborative albums, across multiple music genres. Nikki has worked with numerous well known artists and legendary producers, placing several songs with established music labels. She dropped her first single ‘Wasted’ off of her debut EP on January 20, 2020 and released her debut EP ‘Siren’ on June 4, 2020. Her unique sound is rooted in her formative music years working in Indie Hip Hop.


Anonymous Club is a platform for sound and culture operated by the creatives behind Hood By Air. Designed to bring forth emerging artists, Anonymous Club showcases and distributes exclusive content based in music and performance. The platform will play out in the digital space as an ever populated, content driven platform, and in the physical realm as events, happenings, exhibitions, clothing and limitless alternative spaces it can plug into. Anonymous’ practice is to create detailed collaborations with independent artists, musicians, commercial conglomerates, or institutions to materialize fully imagined worlds.

Fontaines D.C. share new video for “A Lucid Dream”

Today Fontaines D.C. have shared a music video for “A Lucid Dream,” the thunderous and apocalyptic highlight off their newly-released second LP ‘A Hero’s Death’ (Partisan).

Andrew Jannakos Releases His Viral Track “Gone Too Soon”

Country singer/songwriter Andrew Jannakos has released his highly anticipated new song “Gone Too Soon.” Previews of the song received an explosive response on TikTok earlier this summer; earning nearly a million likes, over nine million views and helping Andrew build an audience of well over half a million subscribers on the platform. The song had already earned an astounding 8K Shazam searches before being released on digital platforms. It premieres today on The Ward Guenther Show on the new Apple Music station, Apple Music Country.

Death Valley Girls share the title track off their upcoming album, Under The Spell of Joy, that’s out Oct. 2nd

While studies have been conducted aiming to understand the science behind music, our inexplicable ability to tap into the emotions of another human being by way of arrangements of sonic frequencies still seems a bit like magic. LA’s Death Valley Girls have always sought to wield that magic like ancient mystics, creating psychic bonds with willing ears through the medium of their fiery rock n’ roll. On the surface, previous albums like Glow in the Dark and Darkness Rains were rowdy mash-ups of early American punk, sun-baked psych rock, and proto-metal fire-and-brimstone guitar worship, yet there was always an undercurrent of some kind of strange, celebratory communal ritual in their music. With their latest album Under the Spell of Joy, the band dives even deeper into that magical cosmic energy.

TWIN GOD: BrooklynVegan Premieres “You And I” (Death Of The Twin)

Uniting founding guitarist/vocalist Bryan Elkins with bassist Ed Charreun and drummer Felipe Torres, the influence of heavy innovators like Big Business, Black Cobra, and Botch infiltrate TWIN GOD’s sludge metal/noise rock hybrid approach. Torres’ drumming and Charreun’s bass were recorded by Charreun at his home studio, Radon Waves. Elkins’ guitars were tracked with original drummer Mike Tarlazzi at his studio, Chromium Homes. The vocals were self-recorded by Elkins, parallel parked in Brooklyn in his mom’s Honda CRV on a laptop during the height of NYC’s coronavirus shutdown. Elkins mixed the tracks at home, which were then mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves.

Mamalarky (Fire Talk/ex-Cherry Glazerr) announce debut on Fire Talk/share “Schism Trek”

Since signing to Fire Talk Records in late 2019 Atlanta (by way of Austin and LA) band Mamalarky have been building an unexpected kind of acclaim. Despite their touring plans and their scheduled appearances at SXSW going by the wayside with the rest of the year’s live music calendar, the band – which counts ex-Cherry Glazerr bassist Livvy Bennett and White Denim keyboard player Michael Hunter among its members – have been the subject of a rare mid-pandemic buzz on the back of two one off singles, “Fury” and May’s “How To Say.” Described by Nylon as “indie rock [that] summons an easy and pure joy,” the band’s scant catalog has seen them praised by outlets like NPR, Billboard, Bandcamp, Uproxx, The Grey Estates, Pond Magazine, Refinery29, Alt Citizen, Paste, Beats 1 and The Line of Best Fit. Today, the band are announcing their full length debut and sharing the album’s buoyant lead single “Schism Trek.”

Okkervil River Announces “A Dream in the Dark: Two Decades of Okkervil River”

Rolling Stone is premiering an advance stream of the entire album. “I wanted it to be sleek and fun and satisfying, a complement to our studio albums,” says Sheff in an accompanying interview. “I wanted to include all the songs people always ask for live, but I went for versions that felt like exciting upgrades to the studio versions or drastically different approaches. Over the years, we’ve had a ton of fun re-imagining the songs completely and letting them breathe and mutate; I wanted to include a lot of that stuff since this felt like a rare opportunity to put more than one arrangement of my songs out into the streaming and vinyl universe. So in a way, this is like greatest hits and a rarities record that shows you a quite different side of the band than is on our albums.”

Okkervil River Prep Career-Spanning Live LP ‘A Dream in the Dark’

Mamalarky (ex-Cherry Glazerr, Fire Talk-signed, Dehd) – Shares New Single & Announces Album

Their new single is called “Schism Trek” comes in-line with the announcement of the band’s self-titled debut, which will be released at the end of November. You can read a little more on the band at this really lovely recent Pond Magazine feature which gives you a bit more background. It’s a really exciting sound, I think. Indie rock with a timeless, well-honed quality that could sit comfortably at any point in the last 20 years of the genre, but that still brings something new in its combination of Bennett’s frank songcraft and the band’s jittering-yet-melodic proggy excursions.

BLACKTOP MOJO Release Official Music Video for “Signal’s Gone”

“All too often today, people have the option of not having the hard conversations with the people in their lives because we no longer have to do it face to face. It is much easier to “ghost” someone, and let a relationship fade in time with no real closure than it is to look that person in the eye and say, ‘This isn’t working.'” – Matt James

Dyani releases debut ambient experimental LP ‘UNDER’

Haitian American producer, composer and DJ Dyani self-releases their debut album, ‘UNDER’ via Chann3l, co-owned with sister/manager Khalila Douze.

A student and lover of Afrodiasporic dance music like Detroit techno and South African gqom and inspired by the likes of Underground Resistance and Drexciya, Dyani works in the underground electronic tradition of sonic mythmaking to resurrect spiritual tradition, ancestral memories, generational trauma and healing.

Mabes Reveals Retro Music Video For “Danny” – New EP Due Out This Fall via The Other Songs

Indie-folk-pop artist Mabes shares her retro video for latest single “Danny” – a poignant track about a lover left behind while their spouse is off serving time in the armed forces. With her wistful lyrics, Mabes impeccably captures the heart-wrenching essence of true love, patience, and yearning. The new content (including previously released “Too Young To Love”) is a precursor to her forthcoming EP due out later this Fall via The Other Songs.

Draeden Drops Sci-Fi Inspired “Crossfire” Featuring Garrett Raff

Orchestral riffs and sci-fi inspired dubstep come to a crossroads on Draeden’s clever New Noise debut “Crossfire (feat. Garrett Raff).”

Hennessey Share Debut S/T EP + “No Transformation” Official Video, EP Out Now Via Velvet Elk

Hennessey is the creation of singer-songwriter Leah Hennessey and electronic musician E.J. O’Hara, both native New Yorkers. They are joined in different permutations by guitarists Malachy O’Neil and Noah Chevan. In the tradition of Le Tigre, Gorillaz, Devo and Roxy Music they are a group of multidisciplinary artists who have come together to create vintage-pop obsessed electronic dance punk.

Molly Moore Releases Video For “Handsomer” ft. Maty Noyes

“Since the essence of the song is about self-worth, empowerment, not needing anybody else to feel complete, we wanted to paint that image while still making people laugh,” Molly shares about the video for “Handsomer” which was directed and produced by Dillon Petrillo and Brittany Freece, features a cast of friends, and was shot at her and Maty’s house.

New Release: “Cumbia del Oeste” by Twanguero OUT NOW

Spanish guitarist and singer-songwriter Twanguero has just released his latest single “Cumbia del Oeste.” The percussive cumbia and roots rock track is available now via Cosmica Artists.


Featuring dancers Caleb Bonney and Stephen Ojo — both of whom appeared in Beyoncé’s recent film Black Is King — the video echoes the uplifting anthemics of the single, pairing the soaring house pianos and breathy vocals with fluid movements and captivating choreography. It’s a continuation of the previously released dance video, but the world is bigger, magnifying the ecstatic energy and adding a sense of optimism.

Starwolf – ‘Astro Lobo’ – Release date: Friday, October 16th 2020

The legend of Starwolf dates back to 2016, where the three piece band started creating an other-worldly blend of funk/pop music in rural Illinois outside of St. Louis, MO. Since its inception, the band has released several singles and a self-produced EP, Ti Amo, Stargazer, in 2018. Starwolf is composed of Tim Moore (drums, synth, percussion), Max Sauer (guitar, bass, synth) and Chris Rhein (vocals, bass, guitar). The band’s forthcoming EP, Astro Lobo, is slated to be released on October 16, 2020. Astro Lobo was co-produced and mixed by Jason Kingsland (Washed Out, Band of Horses, Deerhunter). The band’s standout single, “Bad Feeling,” features a guest appearance by Tim Lefebvre (David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Empire of the Sun) on bass. Starwolf’s persistence and determination for the world to hear their music can be attributed to only one thing: Huey Lewis told them so.

Jack Klatt’s New Single “Tennessee Blues” Out Now

Following the success of 2019’s It Ain’t The Same, singer/songwriter Jack Klatt brings his “earnest, unhurried crooning” (No Depression) to “Tennessee Blues,” a new single and cover of the Bobby Charles classic. Now available at all DSPs, the video for the single premiered today.

Recorded in studio on a snowy Minnesota afternoon in late January, for the track Klatt enlisted three brothers of the Cactus Blossoms—Tyler Burkum (electric guitar), Page Burkum (backing vocals and Jack Torrey (electric guitar)—along with Chris Bierden on bass and Lars-Erik Larson on drums.

Spreading ‘L.O.V.E’ Under Quarantine As Dobie ft. Myra Bro’s Release Feel-Good Electro Pop Track

Dobie ft. Myra are due to release their feel-good Electro Pop track on Thursday 1st October, their aim is to spread messages of L.O.V.E and positivity to all the people under all these unprecedented circumstances. Dobie, a producer from Croatia,has recently been announced as a finalist for the Unsigned Only EDM Award in Nashville, picked by a panel of judges from Rolling Stone Magazine, Warner Music and RCA Records.

L.O.V.E. was recorded between Zagreb and Rotterdam with Myra Bro and Brad Grobler (Samantha Fox and Dance Nation), the song is a positive track endorsing the power of the most precious currency out there – love. As Dobie states “Love is the most powerful energy in the universe. Love has no limits, the feeling is the same in any age range. Love is simple when you love someone unconditionally. This is a great boost to handle all the difficulties in life. Get ready to love and be loved”.

New Video! ChuckWavy “Salutations”

ChuckWavy: that is one word and please be sure to include the WAVY !!

It is no surprise ChuckWavy is on the rise and making big waves in the music industry. Before the release of Westbank, the New Orleans native made a name for himself in the streets, in the military and in the barber industry . Steamrolling off his most recent success, the Barbership is a strategically designed mobile barbershop sprinter van, coupled with his own dynamic marketing approach, has enabled him to bring the barbershop, the streets and music to one, all on four wheels.

Brooklyn based Middle Part – “& Cry”

Brooklyn-based indie pop artist Middle Part creates synth-laden music in the hopes of making you feel something. Composed with honesty and sincerity, his music takes inspiration from both 90’s and early Millenium alternative bands. Middle Part was born when singer Andrew Selkōw moved to the deepest parts of Northern Alaska to find himself, after experiencing a major meltdown. Living in a shipping container in the isolated vastness of the Alaskan wilderness, Selkōw ignited his love for literature and music, with the musician sharing, “Art is important, no matter how you decide to approach it. There’s no age or formula so just create. It’s the most healing form of therapy I’ve ever experienced.”

Pom Poko Share New Track “My Candidacy”

According to the band: “the song itself is about the wish to be able to believe in unconditional love, even though you know that there probably is no such thing. We, at least, believe in unconditional love for riffy tunes with sing-song choruses.”

Raven Artson’s “Whatever” is his most poetic and honest outing yet

Returning with new single ‘Whatever’, Raven delivers a powerful testimony; to empower your authentic self. Intertwined with a synth-fuelled melody and a hint of autotune, a detail which compliments his ethereal vocals; the new woozy bop sees Raven step out of the shadows to present his most confrontational outpour of emotions yet.