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PLAGUE YEARS: MetalSucks Debuts “Paradox Of Death” Video

Detroit-based crossover death thrashers PLAGUE YEARS are pleased to unleash the video accompaniment to “Paradox Of Death.” Now playing at MetalSucks, the latest bruiser comes off the band’s raging Circle Of Darkness full-length out TODAY via Entertainment One (“eOne”).

Plague Years Unveil Stomping “Paradox of Death” Video

Texas Native and Veteran Country Entertainer, George Dearborne, Releases “Old Brown Bottle”

Country music entertainer and Texas native, George Dearborne (REG Records) celebrates the release of his first Nashville recording, “Old Brown Bottle.”* Written by Jimmy Ritchey (George Strait/Mark Chesnutt/Jake Owen), Donald Poythress (Big Loud Shirt, Nashville) and GMA Dove Award Winner Tony Wood, and produced by Ritchey (Jake Owen/ Mark Chesnutt/Clay Walker), the track is now available via all major digital retail and streaming outlets (Amazon/iTunes/Pandora/ Spotify/Tidal). The tune is the title track and the early introduction to the Texan’s forthcoming album OLD BROWN BOTTLE.

Kelly Lang Releases Highly Anticipated Album ‘Old Soul’

The stage is set as singer/ songwriter Kelly Lang draws the curtains and starts the show with the release of her highly anticipated album, ‘Old Soul”. Surviving the tests of time, these serendipitous spins on popular classic hits of the 70s and 80s brush the dust off of a time capsule to uncover the feel-good intent of simpler times. ‘Old Soul’ dances into the scene with unrivaled grace and distinctive dynamic, transporting listeners back to music’s greatest era. ‘Old Soul’ is available to download and stream on all digital platforms.

Cassian Enlists Durante for “Open Up” Remix

Grammy-nominated producer, DJ and mixing engineer Cassian today released a rework of his single “Open Up”, from Italian DJ and producer, Durante. Out on RÜFÜS DU SOL’s Rose Avenue imprint, the original track was released earlier this summer on Cassian’s highly anticipated debut album Laps. Drawing on his ardor for versatility, Durante retools the emotive single with raw rhythms and melodic chords, garnishing the synth-driven single with addictive percussive textures.


Projecting a vision unlike anything else in the game, bold, brash, and buzzing artist and producer Note Marcato uncovers his debut single for “Rafiki” today.


21-year old singer/songwriter/rapper Steven Moses, who has drawn critical acclaim for his outside-looking-in heartbreakers “Lose It” and “Fake Love,” releases his debut album, 99, available today via Def Jam Record­ings.

Parson James Returns With New Single ‘High Tide, Low Tide’

Multi-platinum selling artist Parson James has returned today with his brand new single ‘High Tide, Low Tide,’ also marking the first release since signing to his new record label 12Tone Music.

“‘High Tide, Low Tide’ actually came about during the throes of quarantine. It’s clearly been an exceptionally odd year for everyone and personally it’s forced me to look inward and face things about myself in a way that I had never done before.” Parson James confesses. “As always, a hunter for silver linings, I am thankful for what I’ve learned during this time. The opening line of the song is “my empathy is killing me” & what I mean by that is that my empathy is always getting the best of me. I’m always trying to help others before ever helping myself and more often than not this does not work in my favor.” Read Parson James’ full interview and learn more about the inspiration behind the song in V Magazine.

Parson James Talks New Single, Lockdown, and Artistic Freedom

New Dancehall Sensation Tallis – DNB Release New Single “Blicka”

Influenced by the dancehall and reggae rhythms of his native island of Jamaica, rising recording artist Tallis DNB (Di New Breed) crafted his sound by fusing his musical roots with the various boisterous music genres found in the melting pot that is New York City.

Party anthems or social justice messages, dancehall like rap have cultural connection as both have been around in Jamaican music since the 1950s. The latter self evident as multi-talented Tallis DNB, collaborated with UK based famed producer Smoodface and Prestige Sound on his latest single dancehall-infused-hip hop release “Blicka”, a track that delivers the boastful crude reality of money, liquor, marijuana and women on display!

LÉON Releases New Single “Head And Heart On Fire”

Nostalgia, longing, and heartbreak is a major overarching theme throughout LÉON’s upcoming album Apart and “Head And Heart On Fire” is no different. The singer/songwriter perfectly summarizes the instantaneous feeling one has the moment they meet someone and are immediately taken aback by their presence; aware of how strongly they set everything inside of you ablaze. Looking back on that exact moment for LÉON, she sings “You set my head and heart on fire, wish I could go back to that night, you’ll be forever on my mind.”

Shawn Smith Releases New Project ‘Til Death Due Us Art’ Today

Shawn Smith releases his highly anticipated new project, Til Death Due Us Art today via Sink or Swim Productions. With endorsements from top lyricists like Joe Budden and Black Thought as a skilled rapper and wordsmith, alongside a record breaking freestyle on Cosmic Kev’s radio show, Shawn Smith returns with a powerful statement on his latest project continuing to cement his namesake. Delivering slick bars and hard hitting production, the project features production assists from Grammy nominated producer, Weathrman.

Swiss Heavy-Rockers Snurfu shared new music video “No Fucks Given”

As announced a couple of weeks ago : about six years after their debut full-length effort ‘Play This Game’, Swiss rockers Snurfu are about release their sophomore album ‘Round Two’, on CD, LP & Digital on November 9th through all platforms.

In the meantime, the official music video of their new single is still available on YouTube ! Click the play button below and fill your eyes and ears with “No Fucks Given”!

keshi releases new track “drunk,” available today via Island Records!

keshi, the enigmatic singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist raises the curtain on his next project with “drunk,” the brand new track available at all platforms today via Island Records. keshi, who has been cosigned by BTS and named an “essential new artist for 2020” by NME, has amassed over 1 billion global artist streams and boasts a super-engaged fanbase of 460K+ Instagram followers.

Julian Lamadrid Releases “Patience” Along With Music Video

22-year-old Mexican singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, Julian Lamadrid, is primed for the release of his newest single, ‘Patience” along with the official music video out today via Arista Records.

Minimalism and tranquility are widely evident as overarching themes in the video for “Patience,” the whole of which features only a dancing Julian against a vast, color-changing backdrop. There are no other actors or inanimate objects, other than the synth we see Julian standing behind in the video’s opening. It’s as minimalistic as it gets, and yet you can’t take your eyes off of it.


One of 21st century hip-hop’s strongest contenders and chart-topping multiplatinum rapper Lil Tecca unleashes his anxiously awaited full-length debut album Virgo World today via Galactic Records/Republic Records.

AI Chatbot Cancels Internet Troll: A Meta Cautionary Tale

Every computer user’s worst nightmare is the skeletons on their hard drive coming to light. So what happens when a sentient customer service chatbot gains control of an internet troll’s computer?

Directors Saman Kesh and Justin Daashuur Hopkins teamed up during lockdown to create a provocative yet playful tale on cancel culture, wherein a human protagonist gets doxed by a savage chatbot. Set to the track “Algorithm” by Makeup and Vanity Set (MAVS), this absurd yet poignant narrative showcases the sinister side of internet phenomena: AI’s influence, anonymous racists and misogynistic trolling, and most importantly, the world’s obsession with cancel culture.


Today, recording artist ppcocaine releases the official music video for “3 Musketeers” featuring NextYoungin. Directed by Bobby Astro, ppcocaine and NextYoungin, the colorful video finds ppcocaine and NextYoungin on the hunt for eligible baddies for their Musketeer squad. Sure, everyone wants to hang; but are they worthy? Armed with a fuzzy pink paddle the feisty, no-nonsense duo – better known as Kaine N Cocaine – puts the recruits through a vigorous bad bitch bootcamp complete with selfie and dance tasks – may the strongest survive. Digital savvy viewers will recognize appearances from a wide range of personalities including but not limited to Loveliveserve’s Rhino and NoahBoat, Rob, Mooptopia, Quen and Larray. Watch the video here.

Nightly Releases New Single “the car”

This latest track marks the fifth release from their highly anticipated debut album – night, love you. – due to release October 16th via BMG Recordings. Comprised of 14 tracks mostly written in quarantine, the album features previously released favorites “the movies” and “not like you,” “you should probably just hang up,” and the fleeting romance track “summer.”

Los Angeles producer Blaire Michael and San Diego rapper Lew Salem share “Start With You” video

Blaire Michael is an electronic music producer and artist located in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, her upbringing was set to an eclectic playlist of blues, soul, and rock and roll music. This music stayed with her as she moved around the country in pursuit of various graduate degrees. Music production and songwriting had become her escape during graduate school, an active therapy that allowed her to smooth the rough edges of life. After finishing her PhD in Geography, she realized she needed to give more breath to her creative voice. Now, she is a member of the new wave of female producers challenging the status quo in the mostly male-dominated music industry. She takes a spontaneous, playful approach to crafting sonic palettes, each with their own unique flavor. You’ll find hints of her musical upbringing in her Alt-R&B sound and soulful voice.


20-year old, Alabama born rapper, Flo Milli has taken the Internet by storm in her short accent. Releasing her first official track “Beef FloMix” on her SoundCloud in late 2018, she had gone viral by early 2019 on TikTok, marking her breakout success and she hasn’t let up since. Releasing tracks and visuals throughout 2019, she followed up with “In The Party” which has been streamed and viewed nearly 200 million times worldwide.

The Secret Sisters’ new “Saturn Return” commentary album out today

Of the album, the sisters share, “As we age, we face obstacles that are beyond our control. Some forces are internal: insecurity, anxiety, fear. Some are external: the loss of loved ones, an unjust system and the fragility of time. Yet the mark of maturity is how you respond when you realize you’re not in control. Where do you find your resilience?

This album is a reflection of us coming to terms with how to find our power in the face of an unfair world. These songs lead listeners past ‘where happy man searches, to a place only mad women know.’ We question our purpose, our relationships, our faith. Trading the fears of our youth for the dread that rages within us as mature women.

With Saturn Return, our hope is that women can feel less alone in their journey through the modern world. We need each other more than we ever have; the less competition and the more inclusiveness and understanding, the better. We are southern women in the 21st century, convicted by our beliefs.”

Inspiring Pop Artist Theresa Announces New Single “Marathon”

Theresa isn’t just an undeniable new force on the modern pop scene. She has also become something of a role model, showing people all across the world that it’s never too late to go after what you want.

The Long Island native has infiltrated the music scene at the age of 40, after deciding to finally pursue her childhood dreams.


PRAYERS, the groundbreaking electronic cholo goth duo from Los Angeles, featuring Leafar Seyer (vox, lyrics and founder of the cholo goth movement) and Dave Parley (drums, beats and music) release “CHOLOANI” today on their YouTube channel. “CHOLOANI” is a stunning oral history in video form featuring Teypohs’weepeehl (Iron Jacket), a traditional language speaking member of the Chichimeca tribe whom shares the history of modern day cholo subculture from it’s cholani origin.


Today, US underground rock upstarts Icon For Hire returns with “Curse Or Cure,” a rallying anthem that draws inspiration from giant names such as Bring Me The Horizon, PVRIS and Linkin Park. “Curse Or Cure” is released on September 18th via Kartel Music Group.

“Curse Or Cure” is Icon For Hire at their most visceral, powerful and robust, with heavy guitars, soaring vocals and a poignant message that begs to be heard. “Curse Or Cure” was recorded during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the band merging their quarantine with Nashville Producer David Thulin in order to safely create the song. Then the track was mixed remotely by Grammy-Nominated engineer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Don Broco, Busted and Kids in Glass Houses) in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Blacc Cuzz – Make A Way (Official Audio)

Description: Hailing from Lincoln Ave. in Pittsburgh PA., Dream Big Empire rapper and recording artist Blacc Cuzz is getting it by any means necessary on “Make A Way”. Painting vivid pictures of street life over soulful chords and funky, hard-hitting bass, Blacc Cuzz shows that no matter what obstacles are in front of you, you can always Make A Way. Stay Tuned and follow Blacc Cuzz on his social media platforms for updates and giveaways.

Sarah Barrios Unveils “Somebody I’m Proud Of” With Vibrant Music Video Via Visionary/Arista Records

Rising singer-songwriter Sarah Barrios continues to pull on our heartstrings with her latest single, “Somebody I’m Proud Of” out today via Visionary Records/Arista Records. The track is accompanied by an effervescent music video.

Of “Somebody I’m Proud Of”, Sarah explains: “I think everyone at some point in their lives questions who they are and how they’ve changed since their youth, but I’m finding that no one is always the hero or always the villain in their story, sometimes we’re both and that’s okay.”

United Shapes release “Fractalvision,” debut studio album out October 16th

Earlier today, Austin indie pop duo United Shapes celebrated the release of “Fractalvision,” the second single from their upcoming album Compound Shapes, with a premiere via Cool Hunting.

“Abstract certainly defines “Fractalvision,” but it also happens to be fun from start to finish,” Cool Hunting editor David Graver writes in their feature on the track.

United Shapes: Fractalvision

Corey Harper Releases “Entertainment (Stripped)” – Watch The Official Video Now

Singer-songwriter Corey Harper returns today with a stunning stripped performance video for his emotive ballad “Entertainment.” Released earlier this summer, the original track has gone on to receive praise from fellow artists including Justin Bieber. Today’s visual finds Corey delivering a striking new version of the record from a dimly lit room, accompanied by only his piano and his powerful, raspy voice. On “Entertainment (Stripped),” the artist showcases a raw tenderness that reinforces his credentials as one of the most promising rising acts on the scene today.