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Hear “For Eddie Hazel” off the Gunn-Truscinski Duo’s Soundkeeper – Out October 9th on Three Lobed Recordings

The new album is out October 9th on Three Lobed Recordings. This new single, “For Eddie Hazel”, is a tribute to the deceased guitarist. According to Gunn, “our collaboration over the years has been inspired by extensive discussion of albums and musicians we love and admire. The tone and feel of Eddie Hazel’s guitar playing has always been a particular talking point, especially Hazel’s open playing and inventive use of the echoplex on the album ‘Maggot Brain’. Because we’ve listened and talked about him so much, we figured it was time to dedicate something in his honor.”

Josh Johnson shares new single “Nerf Day” from debut LP ‘Freedom Exercise’ out 10/9 via Northern Spy Records

Josh Johnson—the Los Angeles via Chicago multi instrumentalist and composer who has toured and recorded with Jeff Parker, Makaya McCraven, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Leon Bridges—is sharing his new single “Nerf Day” from his debut album, Freedom Exercise, releasing October 9th, 2020 via Northern Spy Records.

With its unusual tempo changes, Josh Johnson’s “Nerf Day” is an auditory illusion. The surreal, vivid dream world begins with Gregory Uhlmann’s off kilter guitar and Aaron Sttele’s breezy drumming before Anna Butterss’ sparse but sparkling bass and Josh’s unclouded, blossoming horn lines materialize. The perfect piece of music to soundtrack a late summer hang.

Dorian Electra announces new project My Agenda out 10/16

Today, Pop-music-agitator Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is announcing their new project, My Agenda, out October 16th. The follow up to their 2019 debut album Flamboyant, which Interview Magazine called “a pop magnum opus,” My Agenda explores a deeper, darker, and even more political side, with Dorian examining the ‘crisis in masculinity’ through a queer lens. Featuring production by Dylan Brady, d0llywood1, umru, Count Baldor, Clarence Clarity, Sega Bodega, and more, the project includes a masterful assortment of genres, including hardcore, metal, pop, dubstep, and epic baroque just to name a few.

Steep Canyon Rangers Share “Sunny Days”; ‘Arm In Arm’ Out October 16

GRAMMY award-winning band North Carolina-based Steep Canyon Rangers today share “Sunny Days,” the fourth track unveiled from their thirteenth album, Arm In Arm, out October 16 on Yep Roc Records.

Helmed by Graham Sharp’s banjo, “Sunny Days” is a gorgeous manifestation of several members’ virtuosity. “It’s got a driving pulse at the top of it, like a rock anthem, but it changes at the line, “What I wouldn’t give to be with you in the sunshine,” says Mike Guggino. “We knew the song had to change there, so we bring it down, and there’s a group solo with the banjo, fiddle, and mandolin all playing at once with each instrument occupying a different space. The music releases as the speaker releases that wish to be in the sunshine.”

Goo Goo Dolls Debut Music Video For “Autumn Leaves”

With fall now officially upon us, multi-platinum, four-time GRAMMY-nominated rock band Goo Goo Dolls have released the music video for their song “Autumn Leaves” today. The slow-burn track initially appeared on the band’s twelfth studio record Miracle Pill [Warner Records], quickly becoming a standout among fans. Directed by artist Matt Mahurin, the visual depicts multiple generations of people traveling through natural landscapes and explores the dramatic, yet awe-inspiring effect time inevitably takes on all life.

MONEYPHONE share video for new single ‘Indecision’

Toronto’s genre-blurring duo MONEYPHONE today return with the release of their new single ‘Indecision’ alongside its official video. Made up of high school friends Enoch Ncube and David May, the DIY group merges influences to create a sound that is genreless and more of a sum of its pop culture parts, with the band taking inspiration from every direction. ‘Indecision’ is the product of such a technique, creating lo-fi pop music of true warmth fused with syrupy hip hop and lush production.

New video: Emerging artist Chloe Rodgers unveils new video for her sweeping debut single ‘A Delphian Lullaby’

Known for her sublime voice, ‘A Delphian Lullaby’ saw the singer make a bold impression on many when it was released in early September, and now the new video looks to add even more texture to the release. Filled with its cinematic imagery and Chloe’s commanding onscreen presence, the new visuals add a level of brevity and intensity to the single, highlighting more of its bolder and euphoric elements.

VOUS AUTRES Streams New Album in Full

French post black metal formation VOUS AUTRES will be releasing the full-length ‘Sel de Pierre’ on September 25 via Season of Mist Underground Activists!

Mike Campbell’s The Dirty Knobs premiere new song “Lockdown, Part II” alongside video

Today, celebrated guitarist and songwriter Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Fleetwood Mac) and his band The Dirty Knobs debut “Lockdown, Part II.” The new track is the follow-up to the group’s April release of “Lockdown,” which received critical praise from Rolling Stone, Associated Press, Vulture and The New York Times who proclaimed the track to be “a wry, pithy, Rolling Stones-style stomp, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ going stir crazy.”

Hen Ogledd Share New Track “Space Golf” | ‘Free Humans’ Out This Friday, September 25

In anticipation of their new album, Free Humans, about to land this Friday, September 25, Hen Ogledd have shared new track “Space Golf”. On the track, the band—comprised of Richard Dawson, Rhodri Davies, Sally Pilkington and Dawn Bothwell—make use of their wit to lyrically skewer Trump, denouncing the obscenity of the ruling elite and catastrophic capitalism. Much like the album as a whole, “Space Golf” manages to hold both the tragedy of the wrongs happening in the world, whilst retaining a sense of hope and liberation at the same time.

Grand Pax Shares New Track “Wavey” || Announces ‘Wavey’ EP Due Out 11/20 On Blue Flowers

“‘Wavey’ is kind of me telling a tale through the depiction of images that are consistently moving, or altering,” Pax explains “Imagine following a shadow through a crowded space, loud music and lights marring your vision. It’s kind of a play on the idea of being in a space or with somebody that only exists for a short time.”

Falcon Jane Shares New Single, ‘Heaven’

This new single follows last month’s Earmilk-tipped ‘The Other Moon’ and adds to May’s new sonic and thematic direction – previous releases from the artist earned support from GoldFlakePaint, Atwood, The Grey Estates and more, and asserted May’s self-described “plez-rock” genre. This new sound tries to mine something a little different though, looking to blend textures to create something that is in equal bouts light and dark.

Singer-Songwriter & Actress BRAVE WILLIAMS Releases LYRIC VIDEO for Her New Ballad “DON’T TELL ME NO”

Don’t Tell Me No, is an unapologetic assertion of vulnerability. It gives you permission to not let your ego make decisions for your heart and a reason to say yes to love. The song was written by Brave Williams, Brittany Barber (John Legend, Ty Dolla), and Kristal Tytewriter Oliver (Diddy, Chrisette Michele) and produced by Ivan “Orthodox” Barias (Mary J Blige, Phony PPL, Chris Brown).


Ritt Momney was slated to hit the road with Dayglow this spring, but due to COVID the tour got canceled. With newfound time on his hands, he recorded a cover of Corinne Bailey Rae’s 2006 Grammy-nominated hit “Put Your Records On.” Ritt’s modern take on the nostalgic track immediately gained traction on TikTok, with over 40k videos posted per day using the sound, including posts by Lizzo and Iggy Azalea. The track is currently #26 on Spotify US, #50 on Spotify Global and climbing. “Put Your Records On” reached #1 on Spotify’s US Viral 50 and #2 on Global Viral 50 and has been added to various Spotify playlists including Today’s Top Hits, Pop Rising, Chill Hits, and more. It’s also currently in the Top 100 on Apple Music Global and iTunes.


Today, Pop-music-agitator Dorian Electra (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is announcing their new project, My Agenda, out October 16th. The follow up to their 2019 debut album Flamboyant, which Interview Magazine called “a pop magnum opus,” My Agenda explores a deeper, darker, and even more political side, with Dorian examining the ‘crisis in masculinity’ through a queer lens. Featuring production by Dylan Brady, d0llywood1, umru, Count Baldor, Clarence Clarity, Sega Bodega, and more, the project includes a masterful assortment of genres, including hardcore, metal, pop, dubstep, and epic baroque just to name a few.

Grammy-winning producer Ricky Reed’s video for “Shipwreck” with Michael Sneed premieres!

Of the song and Cedric Crisologo-directed video, Sneed explains, “To me this song at its core is about being exhausted. The character in the song is more than unhappy with the mediocrity of his life and is aware that systemic oppression has put a ceiling on his freedoms. So, instead of fighting for his joy, fighting for his freedom, and fighting for his loved ones he decides that it would be easier to sit in this body of water and allow for himself to drown. This person doesn’t believe himself to be brave enough to continue living the painful and unhappy life that he lives. But it’s all perspective.

Kane & James release their debut single “Thinking of You” via Atwood Magazine

Brothers Kane and James Maraday are New Jersey-based musicians who have always made music together. They bought their first multitrack cassette recorder back in 2013 off Craigslist for $30. Living in the woods of central NJ, Kane & James draw inspiration from the natural beauty around them, attempting to distill particular seasonal “snapshots.”

Premiere: Kane & James’ Reflective “Thinking of You” Is the Product of Its Environment

Michael Ray Returns with New Single “Whiskey And Rain” This Friday, Sept. 25

Michael Ray has spent the last few months traveling between Nashville and his hometown of Eustis, Florida, where he grew up in a family of musicians, watching his grandfather’s band The Country Cousins, learning his first guitar chords at 8-years-old and eventually joining them on stage.

“If I start feeling real down, I just need to go down there for a few days to see everybody. I’ll get rejuvenated with my family. Something about being on that dirt just does a lot for me,” shares Ray. “This year helped me realize that going back home allows me to move forward, being around the people who would say, ‘We know you can do it’ when I would say, ‘I think I can do it’ as I was getting started.”

“Let Your Trouble Go” with Amelie Patterson’s New Single

Kicking off the Playlist is “Let Your Trouble Go,” is about wishing you could hold the grief or burdens of your loved ones for them; allowing them to take the afternoon off and access their memories without fear of being overrun by the sometimes scary and out of control expressions of grief.

ARASHI’s Bruno Mars produced new single “Whenever You Call” out now

“Personally, I have been a huge fan ever since his mainstream debut, and have attended his live shows multiple times,” Jun says of working with Bruno. “We originally intended to go to Los Angeles and work under his vocal direction in recording, but alas with the current COVID-19 situation that was not to be…Through many discussions and his advice on how best to handle the nuance of the vocals, we were able to finish it anyway. It was a fantastic experience to be able to learn from his unique and incredibly talented singing style.”


Today, South Coast Music Group star Toosii releases the third video, “Sinners Prayer,” from his new project, Poetic Pain, which dropped Friday. The cinematic visual finds Toosii alone on a barren street, creating a stark backdrop for the charisma that the Raleigh, NC, rapper brings to his music. Similarly, his contrasting all-black outfit and copious drip highlight the track’s dark mood and the lyrics’ defiant rags-to-riches proclamations.

My Morning Jacket announce new 7″ to coincide with National Voter Registration Day

My Morning Jacket has announced today the release of a brand new 7”, “Bring The Power Back Home” b/w “Bring The Power Back Home (Acoustic),” now available for preorder via the band’s official webstore. The 7”, limited to 2,020 copies, coincides with today’s National Voter Registration Day, and is available at a special “Pay What You Can” price ranging from $10.00 to $25.00; all proceeds from this release will benefit Fair Fight, the voter participation advocacy group founded by Stacey Abrams.

Bring The Power Back Home 7" – PRE-ORDER


The Academic have been dropping their sharp, intensely listenable, moreish indie rock songs and finding themselves gaining more and more fans with each new release. It’s exactly what an artist wants and expects to happen, but The Academic are doing at a dizzying speed that finds them playing some of the UK’s more substantial venues before they’ve had much opportunity to introduce themselves.

Soul – Jazz Singer Jarrod Lawson readies timely ‘Be The Change’, featuring legendary percussionist Sammy Figueroa

Set for October 30th on Dome Records, ‘Be The Change’ is a beautiful, restrained, dreamy mix of love songs, irreverence and social commentary, all delivered with the “blue eyed soul” about which The London Evening Standard praised, “it’s not just Lawson’s wide ranging tenor and ability to swing, scat and groove that has made him the biggest soul-jazz sensation in years. It’s the way he’s bringing spirituality back to a genre that had lost its depth.”

Ghetto Kumbé Share “Tambó” Official Music Video, Debut Self-Titled LP Out Now Via ZZK Records

“Tambó” explores for the first time this Afrofuturist trio’s repertoire in the introspective dynamics of love. It is a ritual that is born from melancholy and longing over a love that’s gone, that is far away and has departed forever, but which at the same time sets out on that journey of nostalgia over the loss, understanding the situation and finally reaching forgiveness. Band leader and singer Edgardo Garcés “Guajiro” says: “For me the drum and the percussion are something that move me a lot, so it was really important during the healing process, through each beat of the drum and every moment of singing, every dance move, joyful laughter amid the tears. In the end it turned out well, we were able to end up dancing and laughing and thinking happy thoughts.” As part of the whole concept of the record, this is a song that reflects love from a place of sincerity, organically and intimately, it’s a necessary breath within the tribal spirit of downtempo that characterizes this track. And as Edgardo says, “this is the moment to breathe, to exhale, and to throw out everything that overwhelms us.”

Steven Wilson shares new song; new record out Jan 2021

Steven Wilson has announced today’s premiere of an apocalyptic new song. “Eminent Sleaze” is available now for streaming and download; an official video directed by Miles Skarin is streaming now at YouTube. “Eminent Sleaze” is a wholly unethical life lesson strapped to a piece of grimy, low-slung funk, and as much a departure from Steven’s previous records as its immediate predecessor. The song heralds Wilson’s eagerly awaited sixth solo album, THE FUTURE BITES, due to arrive via Arts & Crafts on January 29, 2021, following a delay caused by the initial onset of COVID-19 and a subsequent revision. A striking trailer previewing the album’s provocative themes of high-concept consumerism and post-internet evolution is streaming now via YouTube.

Lydia Loveless Shares New Single/Video “September”

Lydia Loveless today released the third and final single from her forthcoming new album Daughter: “September,” a stirring piano ballad featuring vocals by Laura Jane Grace. She’s also shared an accompanying video, directed by herself and Michael Casey. “‘September’ is a song about the loneliness and ache of being a teenager. I wanted to depict that in the video without being too personal, and we thought Bridget and Kyle would be the perfect people to star in it,” explains Loveless.

Grace Gillespie – “Hoppers,” the second single from my EP ‘After the Harvest Moon’

“Hoppers” is my song of life and death. It was written in the middle of a heatwave in very rural France and is a product of having nothing to do. I watched endless tiny creatures dance and hum with life, then die away. As I swept them from the kitchen floor, I was reminded of the distinct fragility and brevity of our own human existence…

Watch METZ’s stellar new video for “Blind Youth Industrial Park”

The stunning new METZ video for “Blind Youth Industrial Park,” the latest track from Atlas Vending, the band’s soon-to-be-released new album, is out now. The beautifully dystopian video depicts a woman dragging an injured companion on a stretcher through an alien landscape as the pair are tracked by a squad of armed soldiers, and provides sharp contrast to the song, which is an ode to the naivety of youth and the freedom of being unburdened by the world around you.

Turkuaz Releases New Single feat. Jerry Harrison & Adrian Belew – “Ophidiophobia”

Nine-piece funk outfit Turkuaz explores the space between beauty and poison with their new single, “Ophidiophobia” (pronounced oh•fid•e•oh•fo•bia), featuring Jerry Harrison and Adrian Belew of the Talking Heads.

New documentary offers in-depth look at America’s longest continually running rock club, celebrating 50 years of music history

A new independently produced documentary, “If These Walls Could Talk” looks back at the legacy behind Columbus, Ohio-based The Agora/Newport Music Hall, America’s longest continually running rock club, as it celebrates 50 years in 2020. Ohio is no stranger to music history as home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, world famous musicians of all genres and some of the most famous venues in the U.S. Providing an inside look at live music history and its progression to cultural phenomenon, the hour-long film features exclusive never-before-seen footage and performances alongside intimate accounts and personal memories of what the historic central-Ohio venue has meant to some of music’s biggest artists and most influential industry professionals.

Josh Kinghoffer’s band Pluralone’s ‘I Don’t Feel Well’ out 10/16/2020 from Org Music

Pluralone’s I Don’t Feel Well is singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Josh Klinghoffer’s first album since leaving the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and his second full-length since the critically-acclaimed ‘To be One with You’ was released in late 2019. It comes out on October 16, 2020, after a series of cover singles and viral videos brought him much solo success, including an appearance on the Marc Maron WTF Podcast.

“This is a wild time,” Klinghoffer said about the new release. “This album was made during and amongst some very new experiences. I hope it captures some of how it felt during this period. I’ll feel better when this is behind us.”

Josh Klinghoffer’s Pluralone Previews New Album With ‘The Night Won’t Scare Me’

Stephanie Lambring’s “Joy of Jesus” Asks Tough Questions

Singer-songwriter Stephanie Lambring’s “Joy of Jesus” is the product of years inside the church—and still struggling to find what feelings are supposed to accompany the phrase. Out now, Lambring wrote the no-holds-barred look at Evangelical Christianity after talking with a friend who was relentlessly harassed on the internet by the same person who told her to find Jesus and repent. The song also discusses harmful practices and behaviors aimed at LGBTQ Christians, like conversion therapy and Lambring’s own reconciliation with childhood beliefs.