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DAN WEISS STAREBABY: WBGO Premieres “Head Wreck”

Tomorrow, New York City-based drummer DAN WEISS and his all-star STAREBABY lineup will release their second album, Natural Selection, through jazz label Pi Recordings. The collective sees DAN WEISS joined by Ben Monder on guitar, Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Fantômas) on bass, and both Matt Mitchell and Craig Taborn on keyboards, pianos, and electronics. WBGO has unveiled the new single “Head Wreck” through an exclusive premiere on the eve of Natural Selection’s release.


In the wake of the tragic deaths of fellow Texan musicians, vocalist Riley Gale (POWER TRIP) and guitarist Wade Allison (IRON AGE), TEAR DROP is paying homage to the hometown friends with a cathartic cover of TYPE O NEGATIVE’s song “Love You To Death.” The track was first revealed at RevolverMag.com and can be found on the band’s upcoming EP, “Did You Wanna Love Me To Death,” that’s out on September 25th via Static Era Records.

NEW Tonya Lewis Taylor “I Am More Than A Conqueror” Lyric Video


2019 proved to be a breakout year for Nudy. Sli’merre, his collaborative album with Pi’erre Bourne, was released to critical acclaim, with Pitchfork writing, “In an era when so many rappers just show up and are suddenly stars, Nudy’s rise over the last four years has been refreshingly organic.” He was also featured on two songs from Dreamville’s Grammy-nominated album Revenge of the Dreamers, “Sunset” and “Down Bad”, the latter of which earned Nudy his first ever Grammy nomination for Rap Song. He also joined 21 Savage on his extensive I Am > I Was North American tour earlier in the year.

New Music From JAWNY “Super Bad Mantra feat. Christian Blue” Out Now On Interscope Records

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist JAWNY has shared his new single “Super Bad Mantra,” a falsetto-laced and irresistibly upbeat track featuring emerging indie artist Christian Blue. “Super Bad Mantra” is the second song released from JAWNY’s upcoming project For Abby, due out via Interscope Records on October 27.

GRiZ Releases Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3 Album

Today, multi-instrumentalist and electronic producer GRiZ returns with the release of his highly anticipated full-length project, Chasing The Golden Hour Pt. 3. Arriving as the third installment in his beloved mixtape series, Pt. 3 soaks up the last summer sunsets and embodies the warmer, nostalgic side of GRiZ’s funk-filled productions. Exuding a sense of hope and optimism that aligns with his personal ethos, each track demonstrates GRiZ’s flourishing sonic maturity and artistic versatility across his extensive career. The album is a reflection of GRiZ’s self-awareness and deep connection to the universe through his music.

Dry Kill Logic release heavy new single “Don’t See Ghosts”

Today, New York metal outfit Dry Kill Logic returned with the hard-hitting new single “Don’t See Ghosts”. Premiering on Revolver, the track stays true to the band’s masterful blend of nu-metal and metallic hardcore that has captivated fans over their 25-year career. “Don’t See Ghosts” flows through Cliff Rigano’s deep, soaring vocals cut between heavy breakdowns and top-shelf guitar shredding. Lyrically, the track is meant to conjure interpretations from each individual listener, creating a more personal attachment to the song. You can listen to “Don’t See Ghosts” now on YouTube and find the track on Spotify and all streaming services tomorrow (9/18).


Known for merging hypnotic rap and otherworldly R&B crooning over smoked-out landscapes, SK8 has spent countless hours perfecting his craft. Originally an aspiring pro basketball player, SK8’s trajectory changed after attending Wiz Khalifa’s Waken Baken tour in 2011. Shortly thereafter, the Omaha, Nebraska native was inspired to pursue music and went on to release several independent mixtapes and teamed up with fellow hometown sensation Jack & Jack for the gold-certified single “Like That.”

CHROME WAVES: Treble Premieres “Spoonfed” Single

An album full of dynamic aggression and brooding melody, CHROME WAVES’ Where We Live offers six new songs which delve further into post-black metal and post-rock territory. The lineup for the album sees new drummer Dustin Boltjes (Demiricous, Wretch, ex-Skeletonwitch) joining James Benson (Amiensus), and Jeff Wilson (Deeper Graves, ex-Nachtmystium, ex-Wolvhammer). The drums were recorded by Daniel Farnsworth at Gravity Studio in Chicago (Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Josh Homme), and the rest of the album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Jeff Wilson at Disorder Recordings. The album features guest contributions of cello from Christopher Brown (Kakophonix) and vocals from Kim Dylla (ex-GWAR) and is completed with art and layout by Brian Sheehan/Legerdemain.

Hear Chrome Waves’ gloomy new goth-metal dirge “Spoonfed”


Wallace Dietz – Timely Neil Young style pop track makes a call for a “Seed Change” in these trying times.

Steam Train Hearts plays a melodically charged brand of indie rock, spitting smoke and cinder. Imagine Neil Young fueled by the 80s indie guitars of bands like Dinosaur Jr., Psychedelic Furs, and Dream Syndicate.”Seed Change,” the first single off the Smoke & Cinder album, is a call to find common ground in a society that’s becoming more divisive each day as we approach the November election. Debut album “Smoke & Cinder” releases October 16, 2020. Rumble On!

Trapboy Freddy & 42 Dugg Join Forces For New Single “Sum Mo”

Today, rapper Trapboy Freddy releases his new single “Sum Mo” featuring 42 Dugg. Accompanied by a heavy-hitting 808, the Detroit and Dallas rappers link up for this new single to be found on Trapboy’s upcoming mixtape Big Trap. A follow-up to the joint project I Am My Brother’s Keeper with Yella Beezy which housed fan-favorite “Raccs”, Big Trap will be the long-awaited debut from the Oak Cliff native.

New music: Comedic Singer/Songwriter Rachel Lark & Indie-shoegaze Draag

LA indie-shoegaze quintet Draag are back again today with a spaced-out cover of Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges’ “Clube Da Esquina N°2”. Making up for lost time on the road this year, the band crafted a Covers EP featuring versions of iconic Deerhunter, Throbbing Gristle, Pinback, Milton Nascimento & Lô Borges and Goon songs.

Pablo Cruise Release Music Video for “Breathe”

The beloved, platinum-selling American pop-rock band Pablo Cruise have released a brand new music video to support their recently released new single, “Breathe”. A gloriously upbeat and irresistibly hooky feel-good anthem custom-made for our troubled times, “Breathe” represents the first piece of new music the group has recorded since 1983 and features the stellar lead vocals of Robbie Wyckoff.

Producer/artist Billy Lemos debuts “Midlife Crisis” featuring Tati

The new music has already begun to receive critical praise—The FADER proclaims, “Billy Lemos has established himself as one of the Midwest’s brightest rising beatmakers. It’s a title he embraces on his forthcoming debut album Wonder, a tight but expansive collection of thrilling miniatures that fit together to form an endeavor of their own,” while Ones To Watch adds, “Billy Lemos can’t be placed in a box. Not that He would want to be, but you couldn’t if you tried. The Iowa-raised and Chicago-based artist/producer has a penchant for eclectic sounds and consistently finds a way to mold his sonic amalgamations into very unique compositions.”

Dizzy Spells premiere “Night Owl,” debut album out in November

Los Angeles indie pop duo Dizzy Spells announced a new single, “Night Owl,” with a premiere on Vents Magazine ahead of their new album out in November.

“‘Night Owl’ captures the genre-bending spirit of the band with high pitch vocals reminiscent of Glass Animals [and] some of the most fun and upbeat melodies,” Vents’ RJ Frometa writes on the single.

Following advance singles “Oh No!”, “Hiya”, and “Pool,” the premiere of “Night Owl” also comes with the announcement of the band’s long-awaited debut, A Fearful Leap Into The Dark, out on November 20th. Writing from a dilapidated, cramped cabin in Calabasas, Deskins and Stover scrapped and refined over 30 demos for AFLITD into a tight eight song set.

PREMIERE: Dizzy Spells Release New Single “Night Owl”

Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa Return More Ruthless Than Ever on “Chop Bloc PT.3”

Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa continue their run as ruthless emcees on “Chop Bloc Pt. 3,” a strong comeback since their last link up on “Chop Bloc Pt. 2.” Representing Memphis, the rappers take no prisoners while exchanging bars about handling their foes expeditiously. The visuals, directed by Young Tada, show the emcees ready for war while having a little fun.

Phor Releases New Video “Sometimes I Wanna” Today

Phor uses creative expression to break strongholds to find mental and emotional peace. His latest project, Self Love, acts as an homage to himself and the strides he’s made to find mental clarity. He recently launched a “Self Love Series” for his followers with curated events catered to self-care and self-love.

Teens Start Southern California Chapter of Non-Profit During Quarantine to Provide Free Music Lessons to Kids over Zoom

Emma Kay, a sophomore at the Orange County School of the Arts, has been singing since she could walk. She plays guitar, piano, ukulele, violin, and clarinet. She was lucky enough to have access to private lessons for some of these instruments, but she recognized that this was not a reality for the majority of children her age. In July of 2020, Emma met Jane Park, a Junior at Homestead High School, at a University of California Los Angeles songwriting intensive. Jane is the executive director of the Northern California Chapter of Notelove. After learning more about Notelove, an organization that provides free music education, Emma decided to work with Jane to expand their services to Southern California. Emma quickly realized that managing an entire team is difficult work, so she enlisted Rebecca Ritchie, a sophomore at Aliso Niguel High School and Emma’s best friend, to be her associate director. Rebecca has been singing, acting, and dancing for ten years.

ALTAR OF GORE: New Jersey Death Metal Act To Release Obscure & Obscene Gods CD Through Nameless Grave Records In October

Extreme underground label Nameless Grave Records presents a physical pressing of Obscure & Obscene Gods, the brutalizing new album by New Jersey death metal entity ALTAR OF GORE.

ALTAR OF GORE makes a cruel and immediate statement with its long-awaited debut Obscure & Obscene Gods. Picking up where the demo left off, ALTAR OF GORE unleashes a six-track long-play of psychotic and primal metal to celebrate death.

Welshly Arms To Release The Video For Their New Single “save me from the monster in my head”

On Thursday, September 17th, alternative rock band Welshly Arms will release the official music video for their new single “save me from the monster in my head,” a song that was written about anxiety, fear, stress and all of the emotions that a lot of the world is going through right now.

The video was directed by Clayton McCracken (Alabama Shakes, Dirty Projectors, Adult Swim, Washed Out, Nike x Footlocker) and features Amanda Tran (Coreology, Los Angeles Dance Festival, Harvest Dance Festival, Chop Shop Dance Festival.) Luke Orlando (Apple Music, Coachella, Pepto Bismol) is the Director of Photography for the video.


With their latest single released today, “She Doesn’t Want To Be Here,” insurgent punk-hardcore protest band BARFBAG is shifting their focus from deplorable regimes to the plight of sex workers and the human trafficking crisis. Listen to the song now at all streaming services.

Blacc Cuzz – “Rush” (Official Music Video)

Song Description: Dream Big Empire rapper and recording artist Blacc Cuzz presents a new banger for the hustlers, “Dope”. Jumping off the porch waist deep into the streets of Lincoln Ave, a young wild Blacc Cuzz rose quickly before hitting rock bottom as a youngin’. Resilient, he bounced back with a Corvette at 16. A decade later and Blacc Cuzz’s lyrics take you on the journey he blazed to bulldoze his way up from being down on his ass. Stay tuned and follow Blacc Cuzz on his social media platforms for updates and giveaways.

DYSTOPIA (NL): Dutch black metallers premiere new track “Razernij: III”

The new album “Geen Weg Uit” is set to be unleashed through Wolves of Hades on 25th September 2020.

Three years succeeding the epic opus “Chaos Philosophorum”, Dutch unit DYSTOPIA reappears and amazes yet again with a new utmost experience on profundity and emotion, an imposing ordeal entitled “Geen Weg Uit”.

In the course of three passages, the quintet dwells deep and beyond the eclecticism and singularity it purveyed more and more on recent endeavors.



The Birds of a Feather EP is the first part of a two-part release, fully called Birds of a Feather Flock Together, to be released in 2021. It was recorded live at Diamond Mine Studios (Lady Gaga, Adele, The Black Lips) in Queens, NY. Shira and producer Paul Carbonara (Blondie), collaborated with an ace six-piece band, including Grammy-nominated drummer Dan Pugach, whom she met as a performer in New York’s vibrant theatre community. Together they created a live folk-acoustic sound so raw you could almost hear the wooden floors creaking under their feet. Shira calls her sound fairy-folk; infused with her sensational ukulele stylings, her music is reminiscent of powerhouse singer-songwriters like Ingrid Michaelson or Sara Bareilles.



El intérprete de música urbana Jay Wheeler se presentó con gran éxito en la serie digital de conciertos Summer Stage de Amazon, el festival más grande de la ciudad de Nueva York.

Durante la presentación, Wheeler interpretó por primera vez para la plataforma digital su tema “La Curiosidad,” (feat. Myke Towers) el cual se ha apoderado exitosamente de las carteleras radiales en Estados Unidos y latinoamérica. El artista estaba sumamente emocionado por la oportunidad de poder ser parte del festival que ofreció presentaciones gratis al aire libre en cinco municipios, reflejando la verdadera diversidad cultural de Nueva York y el cual ha sido la plataforma y partidario de cambio para la comunidad por más de 30 años.

Weekend Lovers shares new single “Larvae Love”

A sultry, smart retro garage rock rave-up with cowpunk and Paisley Underground sensibilities, “Larvae Love,” is a tale of a maybe summer love born bratty out of timing and bad habits.

“‘Larvae Love’ is a bratty summer love song of bad habits, disconnects and the void of waiting around for a monsoon rainstorm that never came,” shares Marta DeLeon (vox, bass). “I had watched the Linda Ronstadt doc and wanted to capture her rock vocal style and sonic arrangements. A dash of Tom Petty, the Hollies and dream pop. I also needed an upbeat pop song that was more rock-pop tradition in structure than the other songs on the album.”

Weekend Lovers Premiere “Larvae Love” Off Their New LP

“Coming Home,” the new album from Sam Friend

Sam Friend is a composer, vocalist, and guitarist. He founded Sam Friend and the Hoodoo Sauce in New York City in 2011, performing regularly in Manhattan before they recorded their first EP at the legendary Jungle City Studios. Sam co-founded the New Orleans Swamp Donkeys in the Crescent City in 2012 and toured internationally with the band for several years, recorded 4 albums while also making a viral video with over one million unique views, with the band’s trad-jazz version of the Game of Thrones theme song.

Liza Owen Returns With Brand New Single “Getting Good”

Pop songstress Liza Owen returns to the spotlight unfiltered with her brand new single, “Getting Good” via EPIC Records. Written alongside co-writers Julian Bunetta, Shungudzo, John Ryan, Andrew Haas, and Ian Franzino and produced by ASL, “Getting Good” tells the ultimate story of self-destruction and the lengths we go to leading ourselves down the wrong paths.